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January 2022

by Bernard Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 05:49:19 PM EST

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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 05:49:45 PM EST
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Durante l'omelia della messa di fine anno, nel pomeriggio di venerdì 31 dicembre, il parroco ha criticato i vaccini e la linea adottata dal governo per contrastare la pandemia. È accaduto a Casorate Primo, un Comune pavese al confine con la provincia di Milano, la cui parrocchia di San Vittore Martire fa parte dell'Arcidiocesi milanese.

Le parole del prevosto, don Tarcisio Colombo, hanno suscitato la reazione di diversi fedeli, che si sono alzati dal loro posto lasciando la chiesa.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jan 2nd, 2022 at 04:20:52 PM EST
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Don Tarcisio defini Greta Thunberg "un pericolo per i giovani"

Don Tarcisio Colombo would welcome Donald in his confessional ... waiting in line Berlusconi 😂

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 2nd, 2022 at 05:13:10 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 10:17:20 PM EST
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RFERL | Bulgarian Protesters Clash With Police In Front Of Parliament Over COVID Restrictions, 12 Jan
Protesters were able to break through a police cordon in the unrest on January 12 and make it to the stairs of parliament before being pushed back. Eight police officers were injured, the Interior Ministry said. Some protesters then moved to the Council of Ministers building and the Ministry of Health but were contained by police.

Around 1,000 supporters of the nationalist Vasrazhdane (Rebirth) party, which holds 13 seats in parliament's 240-seat chamber, attended the protest.

vaccination-or-test "health pass"
Bulgaria is the least vaccinated country in the 27-member European Union, with only a third of its population fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To incentivize vaccinations, the new centrist government has offered 75 levs ($43.59) to pensioners who get fully vaccinated or receive a booster. Bulgaria is experiencing a fifth wave of coronavirus infections driven by the omicron variant, with the number of cases reaching a record high of 7,062 on January 12.
by Cat on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 08:01:50 PM EST
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Opt-in consent to "data gathering"
by Cat on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 08:16:37 PM EST
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Spain caps prices of COVID test kits amid surge in demand
"The maximum price for the kits on sale at pharmacies from Saturday [15 Jan] will be €2.94 [USD 3.37], Health Minister Carolina Darias told a news conference."
by Cat on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 08:20:22 PM EST
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Belgian police fire water cannon, tear gas during [weekend] COVID curbs protest, 23 Jan
The rally drew about 50,000 people, Belgian police said. It was peaceful at first as protesters chanted and filled streets, waving placards and balloons with slogans like: "We want to be free again" and "No Covid slave ticket", a reference to vaccine passes required for certain activities.
archived: Never besmirch the property
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell thanked police and condemned "the senseless destruction and violence" in a tweet that showed him standing in front of a broken pane of glass.
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Belgium is facing a fifth wave [4th second wave] of COVID-19 infections, with the peak not expected for at least a couple of weeks. Some 89% of Belgian adults are fully vaccinated and 67% have now also received a booster shot.
by Cat on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 05:56:26 PM EST
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Pro-vax demo in La Spezia. No water cannon.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 06:01:59 PM EST
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Funny how strong anti-vax opinions often go together with violence (and extreme-right).
by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 07:41:11 PM EST
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Colson et al., "Emergence in Southern France of a new SARS-CoV-2 variant of probably Cameroonian origin harbouring both substitutions N501Y and E484K in the spike protein", 29 Dec 2021
The index case was an adult first diagnosed as infected with SARS-CoV-2 by real-time reverse transcription PCR (qPCR) performed in a private medical biology laboratory on a nasopharyngeal sample collected mid-November 2021 (Table 1). He was vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 and returned from a travel to Cameroon three days before. He developed mild respiratory symptoms the day before diagnosis. [...] The analysis of viral genomes revealed the presence of 46 nucleotide substitutions and 37 deletions, resulting in 30 amino acid substitutions and 12 deletions (Figure 1a; Supplementary Tables S1 and S2). Fourteen amino acid substitutions and 9 amino acid deletions are located in the spike protein. ...
NZ Herald | Covid 19: French scientists discover new mutant variant
by Cat on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 07:08:08 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 08:52:25 PM EST
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Scientists scrutinise characteristics of new Omicron sub-variant BA.2
BA.2, nicknamed "Omicron's little brother", made its first appearance in France a few weeks ago.

Where does BA.2 come from?
BA.2 was first identified in India and South Africa in late December 2021. It is a sub-variant, believed to have emerged from a mutation of Omicron (officially known as BA.1).... Other sub-lineages have already been referenced[sic], such as BA.3 or BB.2, but they have attracted less attention from epidemiologists.

Is this sub-variant as dangerous as Omicron?
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Why is BA.2 so difficult to trace?
... In the UK, the way the tests are carried out does not allow us to distinguish between BA.2 and Delta," explains [Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences Florence] Débarre. There is a more accurate but less commonly used tool for tracking variants: genetic sequencing of the virus. ...But in France, for example, only some of the laboratory tests are randomly subjected to this more in-depth and expensive form of analysis.
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Where is BA.2 most dominant?
The sub-variant has been detected in at least 43 countries on all continents. It is believed to have become the most common variant in a number of countries, including India, Denmark[,] and Sweden
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Is BA.2 evolving as fast in France?  

by Cat on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 07:01:45 PM EST
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Two peaks have entered the room (with phase two").

UK Health Officials Play Down 426 Cases of New Omicron BA.2 Sub-Strain

A total of 426 cases of the so-called BA.2 sub-variant were identified in the UK on Friday, as a portion of the almost 96,000 people registered as testing positive that day alone.
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"As is routine for any new variants under investigation, UKHSA is carrying out laboratory and epidemiological investigations to better understand the characteristics of this variant," the UKHSA said. "We will continue to monitor this situation closely and recommend appropriate public health measures if needed. More detail will be available in UKHSA's regular variant technical briefings."
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While the strain's origin is unknown, it has already accounted for 45 percent of cases in Denmark during the second week of January -- up sharply from 20 percent in the last week of December 2021.
archived Sun Dec 26th, 2021, new  data from Britain
by Cat on Sun Jan 23rd, 2022 at 12:23:11 AM EST
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stealth omicron has entered "phase two".
Since mid-November, more than three dozen countries have uploaded nearly 15,000 genetic sequences of BA.2 to GISAID, a global platform for sharing coronavirus data. As of Tuesday morning, 96 of those sequenced cases came from the U.S.
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WHY IS IT HARDER TO DETECT [in the USA]?
The original version of omicron had specific genetic features that allowed health officials to rapidly differentiate it from delta using a certain PCR test because of what's known as "S gene target failure."

BA.2 doesn't have this same genetic quirk. So on the test, [Houston Methodist Hospital pathologist Wesley] Long said, BA.2 looks like delta

in the USA
by Cat on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 12:00:06 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 02:03:31 PM EST
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POLITICO.eu.com | Italy's presidential race strains political peace
The election is an opaque process, involving secret ballots that historically unfold through backroom deals among top lawmakers. Yet political leaders are struggling to strike those deals and convince their party members to get in line.
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Then there's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, whose international gravitas would serve Italy well as president. But inside parliament, where self-interest and expediency may trump lofty ideals, opposition is growing over fears that moving Draghi from prime minister to president could cause the governing coalition to fall apart, leading to early elections. A recent poll of parliamentarians suggested only one in three would be prepared to vote for Draghi. Even the tacit acknowledgment by Draghi that he could become president is impairing the cohesion of the governing majority and its ability to act.
Carl von Clauseswitz
Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory; even more, are false, and most are uncertain.

No exit consent to "data gathering"
by Cat on Sat Jan 15th, 2022 at 02:59:35 PM EST
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'A tragic joke': Master trickster Silvio Berlusconi eyes Italy's top job
The pinnacle of Italy's political system, the Quirinale lies somewhere in between France's powerful presidency and the largely ceremonial role of a German head of state. Its significant powers are most apparent in times of political instability - of which Italy has no shortage.
by Cat on Sun Jan 16th, 2022 at 07:32:19 PM EST
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Berlusconi withdrew last week, BUT...
Italy's presidential election still wide open as the political stalemate continues
The centre-right coalition - represented by Salvini's Lega, Meloni's Fratelli d'Italia, and Berlusconi's Forza Italia - can count on more votes in the elective assembly consisting of Italian lawmakers and delegates from regional administrations.

They presented their three official candidates yesterday (25 January); former minister of education Letizia Moratti, former magistrate Carlo Nordio and former president of the Chamber of Deputies Marcello Pera.

"It is a triad that we offer for discussion hoping that there are no vetoes," Salvini said during a press conference.

and "grandpa" is on the ropes
"We have entrusted to the helmsman a ship that is still in a difficult situation, but there are no conditions to change, and the helmsman cannot leave," said the leader of the Five Star Movement, Giuseppe Conte speaking to journalists.
by Cat on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 07:18:41 PM EST
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European Parliament elects first woman President in twenty years
Metsola was elected with 458 votes, followed by Green party candidate Sweden's Alice Kuhnke with 101 votes and leftist Sira Rego from Spain with 57 votes. At the last minute, conservative lawmaker Kosma Złotowski withdrew his candidacy following an agreement with other political groups on the roles of the assembly's vice-Presidents and quaestors, which are also due to be elected during this week's parliamentary session.
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Metsola succeeds Italy's David Sassoli, who passed away last week following complications due to pneumonia he developed in September. Sassoli's health was made precarious by leukaemia, which he suffered since he took over the presidency, but that was only made public after his death.
Roberta Metsola on abortion: 'My position is the European Parliament's position'
As a conservative lawmaker from Malta, a country where abortion remains illegal in all cases, Metsola consistently votes against parliamentary resolutions that defend the right to abortion. Her position stands in stark contrast with the majority inside the hemicycle, which advocates pro-choice viewpoints. Last year, the Parliament passed a resolution declaring safe access to abortion as as human right with 378 in favour and 255 against.
by Cat on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 08:11:05 PM EST
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POLITICO.eu.com | Angela Merkel turns down UN job offer
"Guterres wanted Merkel to lead a U.N. advisory board on global public goods, such as oceans and the ozone layer, one of his flagship reform projects"
archived I don't see her writing million-euro memoirs ...
by Cat on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 08:56:02 PM EST
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Mattarella re-elected.
by Cat on Sat Jan 29th, 2022 at 11:58:11 PM EST
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And only on the 8th ballot. Unlike Scalfaro or Pertini (16th) or Leone  or Segni (9th).
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jan 30th, 2022 at 12:02:41 PM EST
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Portugal election: Key takeaways as Socialists cement power
For political analyst and journalist Miguel Szymanski, the outcome of the election suggests that "the Socialist Party's strategy that triggered the snap election seems to have worked out fine: the two parties on the left were punished, the main opposition party did not benefit from it as (PSD leader) Rui Rio and the main opposition PSD expected."
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The Chega! (Enough!) populist party launched in April 2019. Six months later it secured 1.25% of the vote and one parliamentary seat. Now, it will become the third biggest party in parliament after securing over 7% of ballots. This could give the party twelve members in parliament.

by Cat on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 04:21:29 AM EST
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FRANCE24 | China's data 'disappearance' makes information access rough going for ["]outsiders["], 31 Dec 2021
Until recently, China lacked the means to keep such a tight grip on data. But that changed on November 1, when Beijing introduced new data protection regulations. The measures were initially presented as a Chinese version of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), the EU's data protection law. Indeed, the new Chinese laws enshrined a plethora of measures to protect the country's consumers from excessive exploitation of their data by internet giants.
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China's new regulations are an especially powerful tool due to the vague definition of what constitutes sensitive data. "It's a very broad category and that's created a lot of confusion among Chinese and foreign companies alike," Arcesati noted. The ambiguity also allows the Chinese regime to change its understanding of "national interests" as Beijing sees fit.
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Hampering foreign competitors?

The new, extensive data protection laws play into the Chinese leadership's goals: "What we're seeing is very much in line with Xi Jinping's long-term goal to decouple the Chinese economy from that of the West - while reasserting more political control over the nation's economy," Leoni said.

China, Russia & India Push Forward on SWIFT Alternative, 29 Nov 2019
Russia initially developed an alternate financial message system in 2014 when it was facing threats from Washington of removal from the SWIFT network. Although these threats are no longer present today [BWAH!], Russia has continued to press forward and is gaining momentum in establishing partners in some of the world's biggest economies.

The literal translation for the system from Russian is System for Transfer of Financial Messages. The commonly known acronym for this system is SPFS.

The BRICS trade bloc consists of five major economies - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Collectively, this group represents about 42% of the world's population and roughly 23% of the world's GDP.

archived "a weak definition of altruism in this agreement", What is the idea with the digital wallets?
by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 03:03:56 PM EST
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archived contract of adhesion, "covered information" of "real US personas"
No Exit consent to "data gathering"

Opt-in consent "data gathering"

APsplainin OBScURE ONE-CLICK consent investigation by French authoritays
The CNIL data privacy watchdog said its investigations found that while the U.S. online giants gave French users a single button to immediately accept cookies, there wasn't an equally simple way for them to decline because "several clicks are required to refuse all cookies."
by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 09:17:35 PM EST
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No Exit consent to "data gathering"
by Cat on Sun Jan 9th, 2022 at 08:11:16 PM EST
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No exit consent to "data gathering"

MOVE OVER BRUSSELS, YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN
Case in point: Polish lawmakers are almost finished with rules, known as the Freedom Act, that would force Facebook & Co Meta Platforms, Inc. to reinstate deleted posts/pages at the behest of Warsaw. FWIW, that may go against the EU's separate content proposals.

In the opposite direction are Germany and France, where national lawmakers are either planning to tweak existing online hate speech rules (known as NetzDG in Germany) or are about to pass legislation that would impose a so-called duty of care on social media companies to tackle illegal content (like child exploitation or hate speech) and publish regular risk assessments. The U.K., too, is finalizing similar legislation -- including hefty fines and potential jail sentences for wrongdoing.
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It's not just social media where diverging rules are popping up all over Europe. Last August, a new so-called gig-economy law came into force in Spain that made contractor drivers full-time employees (with benefits) at local delivery companies like Uber. Yet in Belgium, a court recently classified the same type of workers as self-employed, making it unclear where Europe, as a whole, stands on this issue. Interestingly, companies tried to sidestep local rules requiring them to provide benefits to contractors.

by Cat on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 06:35:01 PM EST
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Opt-in consent to "data gathering"
by Cat on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 06:39:20 PM EST
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No exit consent to "data gathering"
by Cat on Sun Jan 16th, 2022 at 03:49:36 PM EST
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Fed or ECB cheap money: "they both can't be right"
by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 03:39:28 AM EST
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European diplomats arrived at the Foreign Ministry to protest the treatment of Palestinians - and shouted
Diplomats and ambassadors from 16 European countries have filed a joint official protest against settler violence against Palestinians - the head of the European Division slammed them in response: "After everything the new government in Israel has done for the Palestinians, are you coming to complain? ". < wipes tears > Ministry of Foreign Affairs: There are allegations that should be responded to sharply
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When European diplomats arrived for a meeting with Ben-Nun, who previously served as Israel's ambassador to Paris, they began listing a wide range of issues such as construction in the E1 sensitive area near Ma'ale Adumim, construction in the Givat Hamatos neighborhood in East Jerusalem and the situation in Area C in the West Bank.
unadultered original דיפלומטים אירופים הגיעו למשרד החוץ כדי למחות על היחס לפלסטינים - וחטפו צעקות
by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 03:45:08 PM EST
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by generic on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 11:36:39 AM EST
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French far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour convicted of hate speech
"The court in Paris found the former journalist guilty of inciting racial hatred and ordered him to pay €100 per day for 100 days, or face going to jail."
archived under fire (15 Nov 2021)
by Cat on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 06:13:53 PM EST
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Get in line: all the lawsuits past and present against Z.

Candidature d'Eric Zemmour à la présidentielle : on fait le point sur les procédures judiciaires contre le polémiste - FranceInfo (Public TV)

Depuis treize ans, Eric Zemmour a accumulé une dizaine de dossiers judiciaires contre lui. Certaines procédures sont toujours en cours, d'autres se sont soldées par des condamnations définitives, notamment pour "provocation à la haine raciale", ou par sa relaxe.
by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 09:28:32 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 08:00:56 PM EST
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Straight from the horse's mouth:
by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 09:21:23 PM EST
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A True Democrat reacts ... so happy he renounced his British citizenship.

Radek Sikorski MEP  @radeksikorski

Get this, @RussianEmbassy, once and for all, in a language you can grasp. We were not orphaned by you because you were not our daddy. More of a serial rapist. Which is why you are not missed. And if you try it again, you'll get a kick in the balls.

Radek Sikorski British journalist intelligence agent "from Oxford to Afghanistan" 1987 Stinger missiles

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 09:33:53 AM EST
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David Sassoli: A great pro-European and a great president of European Parliament
I met David Sassoli during his first term as an MEP at a conference in Pisa when I was a young researcher. He liked my intervention, and we began a passionate discussion during the break.

We exchanged phone numbers, and that passionate discussion never stopped, resuming at every crucial turning point in the process of European unification.

Nothing could be more natural for an MEP who was also a member of the Spinelli Group, which brings together the politicians most committed to reforming the Union in a federal sense, and a member of the Rome section of the European Federalist Movement.
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Political battles can be won or lost, and in fighting them, one always creates enemies. Those who want to `be' something, rather than 'do' something, often play certain roles without a fight, perhaps in the hope of being able to maintain that position or obtain new ones at the national or European level.

This was certainly not the case with David. I like to recall three of his battles as president of the Parliament, which indicate his priorities and the compass to follow for those who want to follow in his footsteps. ...

Pollitico.eu.com | European Parliament President David Sassoli dies age
by Cat on Tue Jan 11th, 2022 at 03:52:47 PM EST
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European Parliament President David Sassoli dies after hospitalization
He passed away after a "serious complication" related to his immune system.[...?...] In September 2021, during a plenary session of the parliament, the 65-year-old came down with a bad case of pneumonia.
Jury still out on omicron and vaccines, says EMA
The EMA's head of vaccines strategy, Marco Cavaleri told a media briefing that repeated vaccinations within short intervals would not represent a sustainable long-term strategy.
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"COVID-19 vaccines need to ... elicit immune responses that are broad, strong, and long-lasting in order to reduce the need for successive booster doses," [WHO.int technical group] added. "A vaccination strategy based on repeated booster doses of the original vaccine composition is unlikely to be appropriate or sustainable." The WHO statement stopped short of advocating an omicron-specific vaccine at this stage.
circadian rhythm section avers
Pfizer developing vaccine that targets omicron
[Pfizer's CEO Albert] Bourla said at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Monday that Pfizer is developing an omicron-targeted vaccine, in addition to a shot that includes both the previous vaccine as well the omicron-specific vaccine, or a "hybrid," as he described.
FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC)
Influenza virus strains were selected based on the influenza vaccine production method; egg-based and cell- or recombinant based. The committee recommended that the quadrivalent formulation of egg-based influenza vaccines for the U.S. 2021-2022 influenza season contain the following:

  • an A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1) pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Cambodia/e0826360/2020 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Washington/02/2019- like virus (B/Victoria lineage);
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage).
by Cat on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 12:22:43 AM EST
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archived Tue Oct 27th, 2020
by Cat on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 02:30:24 PM EST
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EU chief scraps meetings because driver is COVID-19 positive
self-isolation or quarantine? The report does not say. You'll have to be the judge since this public notice is a lost opportunity to MODEL "ethical" conduct for the masses of freedom fighters.
by Cat on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 04:51:33 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 05:37:06 PM EST
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EU's call for abortion as fundamental rights - a political bluff?, 20 Jan
"We want this in the Charter of Fundamental Rights. We want this in the European strategy for public health," ES Iratxe García Pérez] said, highlighting that access to sexual and reproductive health rights "are vital."

A day before (19 January), Emmanuel Macron himself, speaking before EU's lawmakers, said that the right to abortion should be included in the charter.

"We have the charter of fundamental rights. Twenty years ago, the death penalty was outlawed throughout Europe. So we should use this charter to be more explicit on protecting the environment and recognising the right to abortion," he said.

However, according to Bruno de Witte, professor of European Union law at Maastricht University, "this is not going to happen, and Macron knew this very well."
[...]
"It would seem simple: those three can sit together and change the text," Witte said, but in reality, it would have no legal force unless the EU Treaties are revised.

"Even though some governments start talking about Treaty revision again, it is not likely to happen any time soon, and anyway the procedure for treaty revision gives a veto right to every state - for example, Poland in this case," Witte highlighted.

by Cat on Fri Jan 28th, 2022 at 06:17:22 PM EST
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strikes Paris, Geneva ... last summer


Three were located at diplomatic missions in Geneva, Switzerland, and one was located in Paris, France, The [Wall Street] Journal said. At least one person from the Geneva trio was evacuated to the US to receive medical treatment, it added. The [Wall Street] Journal did not name the four officials. The State Department told Insider it could not discuss embassy operations due to privacy concerns.
by Cat on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 12:44:13 AM EST
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Why keep calling it Havana syndrome?

About half of the approximately 200 cases of AHIs in China, Colombia, Austria, Germany, Australia, India, Vietnam, and other locations have been reported by members of the CIA.

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The delay in sharing information between the CIA and the State Department was a critical error in managing the emerging crisis.

Those Castro acolytes are just everywhere.

The classified report of 98 pages where 80 pages are redacted or blanked makes brief reading. Jiminy Crickets

Havana Syndrome: The Perfect Disease for a Post-Truth World | Balkan Insight |

In late 2016, the lives of Americans practicing the divergent arts of spycraft and statecraft in Cuba suddenly converged. Both CIA agents and State Department employees reported hearing loud ringing, buzzing, chirping and grinding noises resembling a mass of pulsing cicadas. Those affected immediately began to experience headaches, vertigo, insomnia, tinnitus, balance problems, nausea, hearing loss, cognitive difficulties and other symptoms normally associated with blunt-force head trauma.

Yet, mysteriously, there was no physical contact. By spring 2017 there were more than 80 alleged cases. Their medical diagnosis was akin to a "concussion without a concussion." Shortly after, more than two dozen personnel and family members attached to the Canadian Embassy in Havana began to report similar symptoms, but no noises. The "Havana Syndrome" was born.

By late summer 2021, this Havana Syndrome had made its first appearance in the Balkans and Central Europe, with cases erupting in Serbia, Vienna and Berlin. These outbreaks followed three years of a growing global escalation of similar cases at the US consulate in Guangzhou, China, as well as diplomats, intelligence officers and other US government personnel being afflicted in locations as diverse as Russia, Georgia, Taiwan, Vietnam, India, Colombia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Washington, D.C., near the White House.

The US Congress health act is named: Neurological Attacks Act.

For the common people unexplained illness with symptoms difficult to analyze, the GP and specialists quite easily conclude it is between the ears. Shut case.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 09:16:09 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 06:23:24 PM EST
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The invasion has started
Southern Russia and eastern Ukraine have been inundated with a gigantic swarm of crickets.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 06:50:00 PM EST
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U.S. foe or specific weapon not behind sustained, global campaign causing 'Havana Syndrome,' CIA finds
The interim finding, described to POLITICO by three intelligence officials, does not rule out the possibility that a foreign actor or a sophisticated weapon is behind a specific, smaller number of mysterious incidents that have stumped U.S. officials for more than five years.
well, alrighty then
by Cat on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 02:23:02 PM EST
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Lawmakers skewer interim CIA report on Havana, Miami, Haifa, Austria Syndrome
Collins, along with other senators from both parties, co-authored legislation last year to assist victims with medical costs and other bureaucratic hurdles. The House and Senate passed the measure unanimously, and President Joe Biden signed it into law.
How to hack re-assignment with perqs? You may be eligible. Apply today.
by Cat on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 11:22:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 16th, 2022 at 07:08:30 PM EST
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Guardian
Italy's cases have jumped to 228,179 from 83,403 a day earlier.
Should really be "jumped from around 180,000 2 days ago 228,179 today. The Monday figures almost always show a large drop, presumably reflecting fewer tests on Sunday.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 08:32:08 PM EST
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His green pass had expired....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 07:15:44 PM EST
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GOOG translate.
omg. What an enduring hot mess. Can't those people find Italian "heritage speakers" to populate the algo?
by Cat on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 08:23:47 PM EST
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Emily in Paris? The French call it Leave Me Alone, You Illiterate Sociopath
Emily is a chirpy clown person who works for an advertising company in Paris. She is an American innocent in a place of romance and fairy tale but she is unaccountably surrounded by smelly, smoking, frequently nude Parisians who insist on speaking gibberish and being sexually enthralled by her Ayn Randian American obliviousness.
Nothing can seriously impact Emily for she is an American Abroad. If she was an American at Home she would be endangered by inadequate healthcare, guns and the fact they put corn syrup in everything. In Paris she benefits from socialised medicine, gun control and the reality that if anything happens to Americans overseas, other people get renditioned.
by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 09:28:31 PM EST
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Assange wins first stage in effort to appeal US extradition
The High Court gave Assange permission to appeal so the [UK] Supreme Court can decide "in what circumstances can an appellate court receive assurances from a requesting state ... in extradition proceedings."
Given current circumstance in UK, I'm skeptical Assange will get relief there. IF he get's no relief from SCOTUK--except its gratuitous permission to appeal to the ECJ--his appeal path is done.
by Cat on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 07:47:06 PM EST
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FAZ
Bundesverteidigungsministerin Christine Lambrecht (SPD) hat die Lieferung von 5000 Militärhelmen an die Ukraine angekündigt. Die Regierung des Landes habe um die Unterstützung bei der Ausstattung ihrer Soldaten gebeten, sagte Lambrecht nach einer Sitzung des Verteidigungsausschusses im Bundestag am Mittwoch. ,,Wir haben das sofort geprüft und wir werden 5000 Helme an die Ukraine liefern." Dies sei ein ,,ganz deutliches Signal", dass Deutschland an der Seite der Ukraine stehe.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 06:41:46 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 05:50:02 PM EST
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jan 2nd, 2022 at 02:08:25 PM EST
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The National
GOD Save The Queen should be played more frequently by the BBC and other public broadcasters, ministers have said.

Culture minister Chris Philp told MPs the "more we hear the national anthem sung, frankly, the better" in response to a suggestion from a Tory colleague for the BBC to play it at the end of its programming for the day.

Andrew Rosindell (Romford) told the Commons: "I know the minister will agree that the singing of the national anthem is something that provides great sense of unity and pride in our nation.

To remind you of the good old days
Readers of a certain age may remember a time when cinemas played God Save the Queen at the end of the feature as the lights came up. This invariably provoked a mad dash for the exit before the dreaded tune started and some mad monarchist stood to attention and blocked the aisle, much to the audible annoyance of everyone else who was rushing to catch a bus or a train.

Far from promoting pride in being British, all this irritating ritual created was a fire hazard, and it was eventually quietly dropped in 1974 after the Health & Safety at Work Act became law and placed a protective obligation on those who ran businesses. Playing the anthem to encourage the rapid evacuation of the cinema was regarded as too risky to continue for fear of prosecution if anyone was trampled.

Likewise prior to the advent of 24-hour broadcasting, the BBC used to play God Save the Queen at the end of the day's programming. It served as a useful prompt to turn off the telly as quickly as possible before the even more annoying beeeeeeep noise started, although opinions varied about which of the two examples of noise pollution was more offensive to the ears.  

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 06:44:39 PM EST
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Similar to the US national anthem, the lyrics go downhill pretty fast once you get past the first verse.
by asdf on Sat Jan 8th, 2022 at 01:44:08 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 02:16:41 AM EST
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POP QUIZ: The EU Withdrawal Agreement stipulated how many years continuance of ECHR, ECJ jurisdiction of disputes arising in the UK?

[ECHR] rejects gay discrimination claim in British cake case, Gareth Lee v. The McArthurs (2015 in the first instance)

The Strasbourg-based court ruled on Thursday that Lee's case was doomed by its reliance on Northern Ireland's anti-discrimination law, as opposed to the 1953 convention that created the rights court. To rule [for Lee (appellant) v UK.gov], the ECHR found, would usurp the national courts' authority.
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[Lee] complained to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, which ultimately fined the bakery 500 pounds ($598) ...
a raft of McArthurw' appeals to UK law in UK superior courts ensued
In 2019, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom sided with the McArthurs' [EU Convention Art. 8, 9, 10, 14 defenses], ruling that they couldn't be forced to promote a message that was against their religious beliefs.
technicalities
The [UK] Supreme Court found on the facts of the case that the applicant [Lee] was not treated differently on account of his real or perceived sexual orientation, but rather that the refusal to supply the cake was because of the defendants' [McArthurs'] religious objection to gay marriage. What was principally at issue, therefore, was not the effect on the applicant's private life or his freedom to hold or express his opinions or beliefs, but rather whether Ashers' bakery was required to produce a cake expressing the applicant's political support for gay marriage. [...] the domestic courts were tasked only with balancing the applicant's very specific rights under the 2006 Regulations and the 1998 Order against the McArthurs' rights under Articles 9 and 10 of the Convention. At no point were they tasked with balancing his Convention rights against those of the McArthurs. It is clear from the [listed] impassioned third-party interventions in this case that this balancing exercise is a matter of great import and sensitivity to both LGBTIQ communities and to faith communities.
and special relationship
As the Supreme Court of the United States pointed out in Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd, these disputes must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs, and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market ...
by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 06:04:42 PM EST
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understated British ... accountability
on the upside ...
British trade spikes with 822% import surge from non-EU market
The research indicates that 878 tons of courgettes were imported from Morocco in January 2021 - compared to 95 tons in January 2020. ... UK exports of goods to the North African country have increased by 27.3 percent, the figures suggest.
by Cat on Tue Jan 11th, 2022 at 03:23:57 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jan 11th, 2022 at 09:14:24 PM EST
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Aren't those two cast in a Harry Potter flick?
by Cat on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 04:33:52 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 08:56:22 PM EST
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TripAdvisor Reviewers Dub Downing Street 'One Of The Best Secret Nightclubs In London'
But others claimed: "It wasn't as good as Peppa Pig world."
Much like the Co-op on the Strand, where staff reportedly bought enough bottles of wine to fill up a suitcase and wheel it back to Downing Street, No.10 has now received a series of scathing and presumably fake reviews online.

One person wrote: "Lovely garden. Great for parties. Plenty [of] room in fridge for wine."

Referencing the photo which was leaked to The Guardian, they added: "Only downside is the creepy guy on the balcony next door - looked like he was taking photos."

Another reviewer gave the venue just one star out of five, calling it a "lively party venue" and especially valuable because "you can have a proper party during Covid lockdowns".

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 11:26:45 AM EST
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We all know the feeling...

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 09:29:28 PM EST
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["]Prince["] Harry files court claim over UK police protection
The representative said Harry wanted to fund the police protection himself. His private[!] security team in the U.S. doesn't have adequate jurisdiction [?!] abroad or access to U.K. intelligence[?] information, they said.
Here ya go, Episode n +1
"In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home."
INDEPENDENCE is EXILE
archived gilded sippy cups, debut of Windsor millennials' media empire
by Cat on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 04:10:05 PM EST
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Guardian
Boris Johnson has claimed "nobody warned me it was against the rules" for a drinks party to be hosted in Downing Street during the first lockdown, but also refused to deny the possibility he could resign should he be censured by the inquiry into rule-breaking.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 03:38:36 PM EST
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UK upper house votes to make misogyny a hate crime
Once misogyny becomes a hate crime, judges would have scope to impose stronger penalties if prejudice against women is proved to be the motivation. It would also require the police to record whether crimes were motivated by a hatred of someone's sex or gender.
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, amendment 114F roll call
by Cat on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 06:41:48 PM EST
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Guardian
Boris Johnson has announced the end of all Covid measures introduced to combat the Omicron variant - compulsory mask-wearing on public transport and in shops, guidance to work from home and vaccine certificates - from next week.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 11:33:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 02:36:15 PM EST
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Letter to a haggis manufacturer from s Scot in Barcelona.
"Alas, this is the second year that Bawbag has stymied me wi' a supply situation worse than yon red cross parcel logistics sent oot tae Colditz castle fir the prisoners in WW2.

"Watching the lengthening truck queues at Dover and increasing demise of disUnited K, I wondered if your (no doubt incredible) SWAT team in marketing had considered establishing a production facility on the fine Emerald Isle in the independent republic of Ireland.

"The braw neebors there continue to maintain club membership with EU and this would facilitate my procurement of haggis for the consumption thereof, as the Guid Lord so intended."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 08:11:36 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 05:44:16 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 29th, 2022 at 08:51:24 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 05:50:19 PM EST
Happy New Year North America

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jan 3rd, 2022 at 07:16:24 PM EST
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Democracy? The Pretenders

Chances are Trump in '24.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 3rd, 2022 at 08:32:51 PM EST
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Hayes v Tilden and the congressional Compromise of 1877 that incidentally ended fed enforcement of the Reconstruction Acts, because BLM, and set the scene for the Voting Rights Act of 1964 < checks watch > ninety (90) years later.

Efforts to Trump-proof presidential certification electoral college crash into congressional realities
archived rhetorical question

by Cat on Mon Jan 3rd, 2022 at 09:32:57 PM EST
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Business Highlights: Prices for used cars, Biden on prices
Edmunds.com says the average price of a used vehicle in the United States in November was more than $29,000. That's a dizzying 39% more than just 12 months earlier. More than half of America's households have less income than they'd need to buy the average-priced used vehicle.
oh
by Cat on Mon Jan 3rd, 2022 at 11:11:08 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 01:53:25 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 09:57:59 PM EST
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GM has new online marketplace with 45,000 parts for sale: What customers should know, secondary market sales
"We are placing software and digital services at the center of every part of our business," Chief Digital Officer Edward Kummer said. "The future of GM retail lies at the intersection of digital and physical e-commerce."
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GM's online marketplace will make 45,000 repair and maintenance parts ... available to Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac owners.
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"I shudder to think of a customer ordering an oil filter and they come to pick it up at the dealership[,] and we have to say it's not the right one."
by Cat on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 07:03:01 PM EST
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State lawmakers enlisted to defend Baltimore City school re-opening plan
After previously learning remotely, city students have been back in the buildings, participating in weekly pool testing. But now, when there is a positive result, the students they will be given rapid tests "to quickly identify" which of them is positive. Those who test positive will be sent home.
oh
Maryland Gov. Maglev Hogan goes on tour to boost Republicans on Trump's enemies list
by Cat on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 01:22:50 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 09:54:25 PM EST
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White House announces website to order FREE COVID-19 tests starting Jan. 19, 14 Jan
dial COVIDTests.gov--limit 4 per household
Biden administration to ship FREE 400 million N95 masks across the US starting this week, 19 Jan
at local pharmacies, community centers, and more -- limit 3 per person
by Cat on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 09:17:49 PM EST
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CDC | Quarantine and Isolation
You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0).
  • Get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from other people and follow recommendations in the Isolation section below.
  • If you tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral [RT-PCR] test within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remain without COVID-19 symptoms, you do not need to quarantine or get tested after close contact.
  • You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0).
wut: CDC recommits to isolation and quarantine guidelines without tests
wut: U.S. CDC backs previous advice for 5-day isolation; no test needed
by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 01:27:59 AM EST
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CDC | What We Know About Quarantine and Isolation, Updated Jan. 4, 2022
Quarantine and Isolation: Learn the latest recommendations after COVID-19 exposure or if you are sick.
by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 01:32:43 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 01:43:00 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 01:56:27 AM EST
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Try to act surprised
Last month, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that health care workers who have no symptoms can return to work after seven days with a negative test, but that the isolation  time can be cut further if there are staffing shortages.
oh pre-omicron: delta COVID care workers only

Anti-RBG Watch

JUSTICE BARRETT: I think it was wise to shift your focus to those because of their references to health and safety, but I find it difficult because the language of each of those statutes is different, and not all of them reference health or safety.

[Principal Deputy Solicitor General] FLETCHER: That's right.

JUSTICE BARRETT: So, for example, I think the one on long-term care facilities is your best because that's the one that also refers to or requires skilled nursing facilities to establish and maintain an infection control program. That one, I think, gives you a stronger case than the ones that don't mention health and safety at all, or, for example, for ambulatory surgical centers, you know, the provision on which you rely describes the benefits provided to an individual, and then it lists the kind of services that would be covered, right, and then parenthetically it says "performed at an ambulatory surgical center (that meets health and and safety and other standards specified by the Secretary)," it seems to me a heavier lift to say that that kind of aside in a parenthetical is a grant of authority to CMS to impose this kind of vaccination requirement on those who work at the ambulatory surgical centers.

So I guess my question is this: One, you know, the government here is seeking the stay of the injunction and has the burden of showing likelihood of success on the merits, and -- and I understand because of space limits and the number of statutes on which you're now relying, it would be hard to make the specific case for each of these provisions, but what if I think some of the provisions might support you, and others don't?


by Cat on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 10:55:44 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 02:00:30 AM EST
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For these reasons The Associated Press has recently told its editors and reporters to avoid emphasizing case counts in stories about the disease. That means, for example, no more stories focused solely on a particular country or state setting a one-day record for number of cases, because that claim has become unreliable.
for example
Omicron may be headed for a rapid drop in Britain, US, 12 Jan: US "models" and "complex calculations"
In Britain, meanwhile, new COVID-19 cases dropped to about 140,000 a day in the last week, after skyrocketing to more than 200,000 a day earlier this month, according to government data.
by Cat on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 03:15:30 PM EST
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wut: "Hospitals across the U.S. are feeling the wrath of the omicron variant and getting thrown into disarray that is different from earlier COVID-19 surges."
by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 09:25:42 PM EST
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wut: "web of lies"
by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 03:43:54 PM EST
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wut: "on top of the toll of the continued coronavirus pandemic, escalating what has always been a relentless and high-pressure work environment"
by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 03:56:29 PM EST
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Whether they crouched behind a barricaded office door or watched wide-eyed from home, the impacts of that day continue to reverberate for both young Hill staffers and those who also lived through 9/11 and anthrax. "People do live inside of this place in a little more fear," said a House aide. "This is no longer the safest place you could possibly be."

by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 04:24:57 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 06:30:58 PM EST
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Are they still getting advice from Sir Tony?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 06:36:23 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 05:59:25 PM EST
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'Hatred in the eyes': How racist rage animated Jan. 6 riots
BUSH (not that one, anudder descendant of the Missouri Compromise)
the Missouri Democrat looked out the window of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 -- only her third day as a member of Congress -- she knew what was about to take place would be no peaceful protest. The Confederate flags in the crowd, and the makeshift noose and gallows erected on the Capitol grounds, spoke to a more sinister reality.
DUNN, law enforcement ossifer
recalled an exchange he had with rioters who disputed that Biden defeated Trump. When Dunn said that he had voted for Biden and that his vote should be counted, a crowd began hurling a racial slur at him.

"One woman in a pink MAGA (Make America Great Again) shirt yelled, 'You hear that guys, this n--- voted for Joe Biden!'' said Dunn, who has served more than a dozen years on the Capitol Police force.

JAYAPAL, "lawmaker of color"
"I thought there's no way I'm taking off my pin. Because it was either you get recognized by the insurrectionist or you don't get recognized by Capitol Police as a brown woman or Black woman," Jayapal told the AP in December. And so many of the members of color that I know did not take off their pins."
by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 07:52:36 PM EST
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"Five officers who responded selflessly to the attack on January 6th have since lost their lives."
Our answer is, and will continue to be, the same answer we would give with respect to any ongoing investigation: as long as it takes and whatever it takes for justice to be done -- consistent with the facts and the law.

I understand that this may not be the answer some are looking for. But we will and we must speak through our work. Anything else jeopardizes the viability of our investigations and the civil liberties of our citizens.

Merrick Garland's Muddled January 6 Message
by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 01:00:18 AM EST
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wut: "materials laden with images of protestors scaling walls, shattering windows in the Capitol or shoving police officers"
by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 03:59:24 PM EST
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pervasive anti-social behaviors and dissociative personality disorders SPEAK OUT!

No Exit consent to "data gathering" PLUS mundane ETS mandate
by Cat on Sat Jan 8th, 2022 at 02:07:03 PM EST
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[16] Elite universities accused of conspiring to exclude low-income students
"Defendants participate in the [price-fixing] cartel claiming the protection of Section 568 of the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994," the complaint states. ... If true, this collusion would violate the antitrust and anti-monopoly Sherman Act of 1890.
How many universities & colleges are in the US?
"Out of the 5,300 institutions in the USA, there are 1,626 public colleges, 1,687 private nonprofit schools, and 985 for-profit schools."

How many universities & colleges are in the US?
"As of the 2019-20 academic year, the U.S. has 3,982 degree-granting postsecondary institutions. This means they grant associate or higher degrees and participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs."

Public and Private Enrollment, 1965-2019 and Number for academic year of 2019/20, by state

With annual expenses totaling around 75,000 U.S. dollars, Harvey Mudd College[?!] in California was the most expensive college for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Harvey Mudd College Tuition & Expenses, 2021/22 "sticker" and "net"
by Cat on Tue Jan 11th, 2022 at 04:24:15 AM EST
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Supreme Court will take up Harvard, UNC affirmative action challenge
In the lawsuit Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, SFFA asked the high court to OVERTURN ITS RULING in a[?!] landmark affirmative action case -- Grutter v. Bollinger [2003] -- that has shaped college admissions policies for nearly two four decades.
referring to Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978), seven decades if you recall Brown v Board of Education (1954). But where's the fun in that ... when separate ain't equal
SFFA, which represents about 20,000 students, alleges the Ivy League school intentionally discriminates against Asian American students in admissions.
[...]
Additionally, the high court accepted SFFA's request to combine review of the Harvard case and a separate lawsuit against affirmative action policies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. SFFA lawyers had written in their brief that: "If [the court] decides to revisit Grutter, its analysis would be more complete if it considered both a private university (Harvard) and a public university (UNC)."
oh. y'all must be new here. Let me brief you.
On October 25, 1949, Harold Epps and other law students from the North Carolina College at Durham, filed a lawsuit seeking admission to UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. The suit was filed after both Epps and Glass applied to the law school but were denied admission. In a 1949 interview with the Daily Tar Heel, Epps said, "I am anxious to receive a first class legal education as provided to other citizens which I do not believe can be obtained at the North Carolina College at Durham because of its unaccredited status." [...] Carmichael v. McKissick, 341 U.S. 951 (1951) Per Curiam decision of the U.S. Supreme Court
"Harvard penalizes them because, according to its admissions office, they lack leadership and confidence and are less likable and kind," lawyers on behalf of SFFA wrote in their Supreme Court filing.
archived Tue Oct 1st, 2019, 130 pp trial court ruling
In November [2020], two judges from the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals -- one Republican appointee and one Democratic appointee -- ruled the district court was correct in ruling that Harvard's limited use of race in its admissions process to achieve diversity "is consistent with the requirements of Supreme Court precedent."
archived "reverse discrimination" pleadings from race quota to Fisher vs.Texas (2016) diversity balance
by Cat on Sat Jan 29th, 2022 at 04:16:54 PM EST
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Money is the only unit of measurement that US Americans agree.
by Cat on Sat Jan 29th, 2022 at 04:29:02 PM EST
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annuder OBSCURE yet scintillating US history lesson for yella sheet addicts!
FIGHT over [no-]vaccine mandate for National Guard rages
States and the federal government have dual control over the National Guard. While governors typically call out the guard to help with emergencies and national disasters, the federal government can also activate it, though such circumstances are rare.

reference
dual federalism, US edition
à propos CRS," The Origins of the Modern Grants-In-Aid System: 1860-1932" and
Articles of Confederation preceding
LOC | The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution

Posse Comitatus Act of 1878
because, yanno, BLM

archived ROW democratic confederalism

by Cat on Sun Jan 9th, 2022 at 10:57:49 PM EST
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Biden directs SURGE TEAMS to states hit hardest by omicron
The military medical teams, including more than 120 personnel, will be sent to Cleveland Clinic [int'l "health system"] in Ohio, Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Henry Ford Hospital near Detroit, University of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque, and University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, according to the official.
[...]
Biden concluded with an appeal to stop misinformation on social media and in some media outlets that has harmed pandemic progress [eh?!].
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"It has to stop. COVID-19 is ONE OF THE MOST FORMIDABLE ENEMIES America has ever faced. We've got to work together, not against each other," he said.
besides the dust bowl in the Great Depression? Or commie infiltration of UKRAINE's borders?
Dam providing power to millions nears critically low water level
"Current modeling does not project Lake Mead to decline to dead pool," Touton said, "within the next five years [!]." The term "dead pool" describes the point at which turbines in a dam no longer turn.
archived WH, "American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming our Capabilities," Sep 2021
by Cat on Sun Jan 16th, 2022 at 04:33:33 PM EST
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Re-writing History, the Lin Miranda method: First, they squeeze into "freedmen" costumes; now, they're trying on "radical Republicans" for size, yanno, either because certain events never occurred or because HITLER revived the confederate army or the most ignorant, litigious electorate on the planet is not to be trusted or "none of us currently living are responsible" for states' and federal governments' violations of the US Constitution or besides, no POTUS appointed cheeto US atty general.
"We intend to litigate this question [UNTIL DONALD J. TRUMP IS DEAD]," John Bonifaz, the group's president, told The Hill. "So if a secretary of state does not follow the mandate [ of Section 3, the 14th Amendment, we will bring this matter in court." But some scholars think such lawsuits could face serious hurdles and would likely face a challenge in the Supreme Court.
Democrats quietly explore barring Trump from office over Jan. 6

reference
14th Amdt, § 3
Ex parte Garland, 71 U.S. 333 (1866)

8. The admitted power of Congress to prescribe qualifications for the office of attorney and counselor in the Federal courts cannot be exercised as a means for the infliction of punishment for the past conduct of such officers, against the inhibition of the Constitution.

9. The power of pardon conferred by the Constitution upon the President is unlimited except in cases of impeachment. It extends to every offence known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken or during their pendency, or after conviction and judgment. The power is not subject to legislative control.
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"That hereafter every person elected or appointed to any office of honor or profit under the government of the United States, either in the civil, military, or naval departments of the public service, excepting the President of the United States, shall, before entering upon the duties of such office, take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation:"

"I, A. B., do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have never voluntarily borne arms against the United States since I have been a citizen thereof; that I have voluntarily given no aid, countenance, counsel, or encouragement to ...

BONUS Louisiana gov posthumously pardons Homer Plessy [FOR BEING A BLACK CITIZEN of THE USA], man behind [?!] from 'separate but equal' Supreme Court ruling
wow. One down, 30M to go.
by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 05:42:33 PM EST
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Sputnik serves an, ahem, authoritative if futile opinion.
"The original meaning of the Constitutional term 'insurrection' in the 14th Amendment that would bar someone from future federal office had to do with participation in a Civil War that caused the nation the loss of more than 700,000 lives", says Stephen B. Presser, leading American legal historian and professor of law at Northwestern University. "To liken that to the January 6 disturbance in which a group of unarmed civilians were, in effect, permitted to roam unchecked through a federal building is, in my opinion, the height of folly and dangerousness".
meanwhile ...
The yella sheets are still unwinding GRAVE DANGER posing as villains among the SCOTUS associates, rather than CDC "5+5" omicron safety guidance. Here's a quote that exemplifies legal analysis of "Biden's workplace vaccine rule" (demoted from "mandate" FKA EO14042, 14043) offered to an incredulous public.
A conservative majority concerned about federal overreach did bring an end to a federal moratorium on evictions put in place because of the pandemic.
in the TRUMP-ERA by the TRUMP-CDC, thrice, because the US Congress FORGOT to extend mortgage and rent moratorium before hitting their campaign trails.
by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 10:57:42 PM EST
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Biden's federal vaccine mandate has entered the room.
by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 11:22:05 PM EST
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Biden coronavirus vaccine-or-test mandate mandate has entered the room.
by Cat on Tue Jan 11th, 2022 at 03:30:29 AM EST
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ON THIS DAY, President Joe Biden's requirement entered the room.
by Cat on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 11:03:51 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 04:39:08 PM EST
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as a DOOR NAIL
New York AG says Trump's company misled banks, tax officials
The court filing said state authorities haven't yet decided whether to bring a lawsuit in connection with the allegations, but that investigators need to question Trump and his two eldest children as part of the probe.
the old DCF VIX ratio motion to subpoena goodwill in 2014
In the court documents, Attorney General Letitia James' office gave its most detailed accounting yet of a long-running investigation of allegations that Trump's company exaggerated the value of assets to get favorable loan terms, or misstated what land was worth to slash its tax burden.
by Cat on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 04:36:39 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Prosecutors charge Oath Keepers leader, 10 others with seditious conspiracy, 13 Jan 2022
Among those charged for the first time in one new grand jury indictment is Stewart Rhodes, a disbarred attorney alleged to have coordinated the attack on the Capitol who has long been of significant interest to federal prosecutors probing the insurrection by Donald Trump supporters. Rhodes was arrested in Texas Thursday morning, the Justice Department said.
[...]
The nature of the charges themselves cast the Jan. 6 in a far more menacing light. Seditious conspiracy charges are extremely rare. The most recent before the new charges facing the Oath Keepers came in 2010 against nine militia members who plotted a violent assault on federal authorities [AKA "an unidentified member of local law enforcement"].
by Cat on Sat Jan 15th, 2022 at 02:30:10 PM EST
[ Parent ]
sedicious conspiracy as RARE and OBSCURE as an Espionage Act indictment in a 100-year flood

a brief history
1851 Christiana Riot
Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, Findings of Fact

On September 11, 1851, slaveholder Edward GORSUCH (1795-1851) and his party of eight men rode into Christiana from Baltimore County, Maryland, with warrants for the arrests of four fugitive slaves. Upon reaching the home of William PARKER (1822-?), a fugitive slave, Gorsuch and his party were met with armed resistance. ... U.S. officials hastily arrested anyone possibly connected with the riot, including a white miller from Christiana named Castner HANWAY[et al.] ... charged with treason for "wickedly and traitorously" intending "to levy war" against the United States.
Findings of Law, purported trial transcript

1949-1951 US vs Toguri D'Aquino, "Tokyo Rose"

1954 US vs Lebron; Rafael Cancel Miranda, Andres Figueroa Cordero, and Irving Flores Rodriguez
reference
NY Yella Cake,FOUR ARE INDICTED IN HOUSE SHOOTING; PLOT PLANS BARED; Puerto Rico Terrorists
Library of Congress
US House, "Timeline of 1954 Shooting Events"

1980-1987 US v. Oscar Lopez et al., No. 86 CR 513
reference
DHS, Effects and effectiveness of law enforcement intelligence measures to counter homegrown terrorism: A case study on the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional (FALN), "Chicago 11"
US House report, "THE FALN AND MACHETEROS CLEMENCY".1999
Former Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera talks decolonization, solidarity

1995-1999 US vs Omar Abdel Rahman
reference
NY Yella Cake, THE TERROR CONSPIRACY; CHARGES; A gamble pays off as the prosecution uses an OBSCURE 19th-century law
McCarthy, Seditious Conspiracy Is the Wrong Charge in the Capitol-Riot Prosecutions

2006 US vs Adam Gadahn

2010 US vs Stone et al., "Hutaree"

by Cat on Sun Jan 16th, 2022 at 10:17:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Forget it.

Oral arguments tomorrow fer and agin "shadow docket" applications 21A244, 21A247, 21A240, and 21A241 to stay enforcement of OSHA "grave danger" Emergency Temporary Standard.

Decision TBD < checks watch > on or before close of SCOTUS 2021 term, June 2022, maybe.
archived CLASH of Circuits

by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 12:36:23 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Thankya jeebus, SCOTUS admin uploaded own assets this a.m.

21A244 Nat. Fed'n of Indep. Bus.(NFIB) v. Dept. of Labor
21A240 Biden v. Missouri
ORAL ARGUMENTS, audio
ORAL ARGUMENTS, transcript

The C-SPAN recorded stream (running time 02:06:09 under continuous cition NFIB v Dept. of Labor and OHIO[!] v Dept. of Labor) every.stinking.telecom delay drove me NUTS.

Notwithstanding a conspicuous absences of "evidence-base" epidemiology and a constitutional question, the dramatic climax of the hearing has to be SCALITO's request for the government to entertain a [KEYWORD:] administrative stay of judgment in order for the court to "digest the arguments before maybe people start losing jobs," ie. when OSHA's dread 9 February employee-paid employer antibody testing MANDATE kicks in, theoretically, regardless of mandatory vaccination as a condition of employment, "economy-wide"[BWAH!].

GENERAL PRELOGAR: I'm not going to say that, Justice Alito. If the Court believes that it needs a brief administrative stay, then, of course, it can enter it.
JUSTICE KAGAN: But you mean "brief," don't you?
GENERAL PRELOGAR: Yes. We think that there are lives being lost every day.
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Well, brief compared --
JUSTICE BREYER: I thought 750 --
CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: I'm sorry. Brief compared to what? The months that it --excuse me -- the months that it hasn't been in effect since November, whatever it is, when the courts have been active in this area, or brief -- brief compared to what?
[...]
JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: So the need for an administrative stay, if we're talking about a few days, is really small, if -- very small, correct?
GENERAL PRELOGAR: I certainly myself do not think an administrative stay would be warranted here, but I of course defer to the Court on that.
by Cat on Sat Jan 8th, 2022 at 03:52:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Mystery nearly solved...

NEW! color-coded Jan 2022 calendar of administrative events
o, look, gracious US SOLICITOR GENERAL PRELOGAR. When is the first Order List Issuance date? I know. It's difficult to understand that no other CRISIS beside "No-vaccine-mandate" applications for relief preoccupy the villagers who petition the SCOTUS.

Keep calm and carry on securing jobs saved or created by this administration's transformational American Pandemic Preparedness playbook.

by Cat on Sun Jan 9th, 2022 at 06:39:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Breyer must go! at the end of the 2021-2022 term.

His "retirement will give US President Joe Biden time to nominate a replacement while the Democrats still control the US Senate, as he has been under pressure to do" by liberal liberals and liberal conservatives in the peanut gallery.

archived KAGAN, J., filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, in which BREYER, J., joined, OUCH!, ICONIC opposition to arch-conservatives

by Cat on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 06:12:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
HOLD THE PHONE ...
"A great win for transparency that removes a stranglehold 'health' authorities have had on data independent scientists" imbued with the spirits of patron saints Madison and Jefferson < wipes tears >
INSTEAD OF FDA'S REQUESTED 500 PAGES PER MONTH, COURT ORDERS FDA TO PRODUCE PFIZER COVID-19 DATA AT RATE OF 55,000 PAGES PER MONTH!, 6 Jan 2022
I idly wonder if the FDA will appeal to the 5th Cir?
archived phmpt.org

interested parties...

JUSTICE ALITO: All right. So it's different in that respect. And here's another respect in which it may be different. And I don't want to be misunderstood in making this point because I'm not saying the vaccines are unsafe. The FDA has approved them. It's found that they're safe. It says that the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. I'm not contesting that in any way. I don't want to be misunderstood. I'm sure I will be misunderstood. I just want to emphasize I'm  not making that point.
But is it not the case that this -- these vaccines and every other vaccine of which I'm aware and many other medications have benefits and they also have risks and that some people who are vaccinated and some people who take medication that is highly beneficial will suffer adverse consequences? Is that not true of these vaccines? And if that is -- is that true?
GENERAL PRELOGAR: That can be true, but, of course, there is far, far greater riskfrom being --
JUSTICE ALITO: But there are --
GENERAL PRELOGAR: -- unvaccinated --
JUSTICE ALITO: -- there is -- there
GENERAL PRELOGAR: -- by orders of magnitude.
JUSTICE ALITO: Right. There is some risk, do you dispute that?

by Cat on Sat Jan 8th, 2022 at 11:13:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Sun Jan 9th, 2022 at 11:57:33 PM EST
[ Parent ]
NY Post's prurient details
by Cat on Sat Jan 15th, 2022 at 06:14:08 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Financial Accountability for Uniquely Compensated Individuals (FAUCI) Act

Minor Beef ... where is the TRUMP ACT ??

Charts by Roger "Moron" Marshall - a lame comparison

From his presentation
2020  20.2 million cases = 351,000 deaths = ratio 1 to 57,500 cases
2021  34.7 million cases = 462,000 deaths = ratio 1 to 75,100 cases

Trump was responsible for deaths through January 2021
Deaths in downward trend in 2021-22

Where are the deaths and infections ▼ blue and red states?
You are free to die, but do not infect your brother or sister. Be compassionate.

Conclusion: The SCOTUS is political and hates Red States.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 15th, 2022 at 08:29:31 PM EST
[ Parent ]
unexpectedly
by Cat on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 05:05:51 PM EST
[ Parent ]
US faces WAVE of OMICRON DEATHS in coming weeks, models say
COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing and modelers forecast 50,000 to 300,000 more Americans could die by the time the wave subsides in mid-March. ...  COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents started rising slightly two weeks ago, although still at a rate 10 times less than last year before most residents were vaccinated.
[...]
the notion that a generally less severe variant could still take the lives of thousands of people has been difficult for health experts to convey. The math of it -- that a small percentage of a very high number of infections can yield a very high number of deaths -- is difficult to visualize.
"This is omicron driven," [Penn State employee Katriona] Shea said of the coming wave of deaths. The combined models project 1.5 million Americans will be hospitalized and 191,000 will die from mid-December through mid-March. Taking into account the uncertainty in the models, U.S. deaths during the omicron wave could range from 58,000 to 305,000.
[...]
A study, posted online and cited during a recent White House briefing, found patients with omicron had a 53% lower risk of hospitalization with respiratory symptoms, a 74% lower risk of ICU admission, and a 91% lower risk of death. The study, which has not yet been peer reviewed, comes from researchers at Kaiser Permanente and University of California, Berkeley.
by Cat on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 05:07:44 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Transportation Dept. blocks 44 flights to China in response to country's restrictions on US carriers
The Transportation Department issued an order on Friday blocking 44 flights from China to the U.S. after China blocked tens of U.S. to China flights due to passengers later testing positive for COVID-19 in the country.
oh
The U.S. said that China had been instituting "circuit breaker" actions where airlines have to choose between two options[,] if between five and to nine passengers from a U.S. flight into China later test positive for COVID-19[...], airlines must either suspend flights for two weeks or limit their flight capacity to 40 percent for four weeks, the [DOT] order notes.
[...]
"We find that [Civil Aviation Authority of China's] recent actions impairing the operations of Delta, American, and United as described above are adverse to the public interest and warrant proportionate remedial action by the Department," [DOT] said.

"CAAC's unilateral actions against the named U.S. carriers are inconsistent with the provisions of the [U.S.-China Civil Air Transport Agreement] and are premised[sic] on circumstances wholly outside of the carriers' control," the [DOT] order added.

premise is not a verb; U.S.-China Civil Air Transport Agreement editorial brackets in original.

reference
US Dept. of State, "U.S.-China Air Transport Agreement of July 9, 2007", 1980-2008
Civil Aviation Administration China (CAAC)
-bi-lateral agreements
-normative documents

::pre-Biden-pre-delta-pre-omicron agreements
DOT, U.S. Department of Transportation Modifies June 3 Order Regarding Chinese Carriers, June 2020
Air Cargo Eye, "USA/China slowly re-open their doors to bilateral flights," June 2020

The Chinese government's flight restrictions on US carriers were embodied in a March 26, 2020 notice issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC). Then, on 4 June, CAAC ["]suddenly["] revised its decision to allow US airlines to provide one weekly passenger flight each from 8 June.

China's revisions have also included incentive measures - that will enable a carrier to either increase or, alternatively, be required to decrease, the number of its weekly frequencies based on "criteria relating to the health status of China-arriving passengers on its flights."

CAAC International Cooperation and Service Center, "Preventing Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)", 7th Edition, 26 Feb 2021
CAAC International Cooperation and Service Center, "Preventing Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)", 8th Edition, 10 Sep 2021
1.2.3 Among indicators for risk assessment of international/regional passenger flights, epidemic situation at the points of origin and flight distance shall be rated based on actual situations; passenger load factors shall be rated by the planned load factors if the flights are subject to restricted load factors due to epidemic situations at points of origin. Refer to Attachment 2 for details of planned load factors.
[...]
1.2.5 Flight risk levels shall be subject to real-time adjustment according to epidemic developments.

by Cat on Sun Jan 23rd, 2022 at 09:43:57 PM EST
[ Parent ]
FDA motion to Delay First 55,000 Page Production Until May and Pfizer Moves to Intervene
The FDA's excuse? As explained in the brief opposing the FDA's request, the FDA's defense effectively amounts to claiming that the 11 document reviewers it has already assigned and the 17 additional reviewers being onboarded are only capable of reading at the speed of preschoolers.
Pfizer "MOTION to Intervene for a Limited Purpose" and plaintiff's "RESPONSE TO PFIZER INC.'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO INTERVENE" at PHMPT.org
by Cat on Fri Jan 28th, 2022 at 03:08:40 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Dems to Biden: Move fast on SCOTUS; a tragedy could ensue
"He should get the person [FIRST BLACK CIS-GENDERED WOMAN SCOTUS NOMINEE] confirmed right away," said Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League. "Somebody in the Senate could resign, somebody in the Senate could die. The makeup of the Senate 50-50 could be altered by one career decision or tragedy. You can't wait."

  • Your Black Beauty VP pageant of 2020 didn't deliver as expected;
  • Reparations for descendants of US slaves is off the table of "justice";
  • Your JimCrowFusionFilibuster didn't collapse as expected, but the Senate has confirmed 40 Biden judiciary nominees in the past year without The Swing Vote;
  • Your Build-Back-Better bill didn't deliver to "black and brown" ESSENTIAL "women and minorities" as expected;
  • The DCCC's NEW! voting rights bills scream All Lives Matter in the Battle for the Nation's "Soul";
  • LAST CIVIL RIGHTS ICON Clyburn isn't getting any younger;
  • Harriet Tubman didn't replace the Hillbilly on the twenty-dollar bill as expected;
  • All the press' favorites pass the paper bag test;
  • Fewer arch-conservative SCOTUS associates retired than expected, so...

Flip a coin.
by Cat on Sun Jan 30th, 2022 at 05:54:36 PM EST
[ Parent ]
76 percent want Biden to consider 'all possible nominees' for Supreme Court: poll
An ABC News/Ipsos poll out Sunday showed that 76 percent of Americans wanted the president to consider "all possible nominees" while just 23 percent wanted him to only consider Black women for the nomination. Fifty-four percent of Democrats agreed that Biden should consider all potential candidates, according to the poll.

The poll was conducted between Jan. 28-29 and included a national sample of 510 [!] adults. It has a margin of error of 4.9 points.
[...]
Although the poll's sample size was not large enough < wipe tears > to break out results for Black people [OF COLOR !!1! bWAH], only a little more than 1 in 4 nonwhite Americans (28%) wish for Biden to consider only Black women for the vacancy. Democrats are more supportive of Biden's vow (46%) than Americans as a whole, but still a majority of Democrats (54%) also prefer that Biden consider all possible nominees.

You got yer black president AND yer black justice!
'This is not gonna be amateur hour': After considering six Supremes as [CHAIRMAN OF SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE], Biden finally gets to pick one [YOU ARE BLACK] as president
The current contentiousness of Supreme Court nominations has much to do with the first nominee Biden encountered as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [oh NO! HELL NO.] : U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Robert Bork [crucifix and salt ALERT], nominated by Reagan in 1987.
< wipes tears >
Can I get a Brandeis, Marshall, or O'Connor up in here for the new turnips in the house who need to be SEEN?
by Cat on Sun Jan 30th, 2022 at 06:53:04 PM EST
[ Parent ]
DOCTYPE html Title: Joe Biden Supreme Court pick_ No more affirmative action for white men

oh
by Cat on Mon Jan 31st, 2022 at 11:41:46 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Harris-to-Supreme-Court chatter opens window into Dems' deepest fears
In interviews with two dozen strategists and party officials for this story, fully half of them either volunteered or said they'd entertained the idea, including both moderates and progressives. Among those who did not, several women and people of color were repulsed that Democrats were even talking about it, viewing it as an affront to Harris.
wut
a Harris appointment to the high court, one adviser to major Democratic donors said, would "solve a lot of problems." One Democratic strategist in the Midwest joked that she could support a Harris court appointment "if it guarantees she never runs for [president] again." Another party consultant volunteered a Harris appointment, though implausible, would deliver a "two-fer jolt -- Kamala as Supreme Court justice and a new VP to bring in some excitement and change the narrative."
Why not to expect a scorched earth fight over Breyer's replacement
"A spokesperson for The Federalist Society said it 'does not take a position on the vacancy.'"
::
I'm done with this palace intrigue until sumbuddy appears for the confirmation hearing to allege RAPE on the ladder up.  
by Cat on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 03:39:00 AM EST
[ Parent ]
JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: Counsel, if I might just go back to Justice Alito's question, there's no vaccine mandate here, correct?
[US SOLICITOR] GENERAL PRELOGAR: That's correct.
Federal agencies prepare to act against unvaccinated employees
"Agencies continue to move forward with the process, including taking progressive disciplinary measures as necessary," an OMB spokesperson told The Hill. The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal workers is a cornerstone of Biden's coronavirus response. The deadline for federal workers to comply with the mandate was Nov. 24, when 92 percent of the 3.5 million employees working for the federal government had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.
JUSTICE ALITO: ... Does the federal government object to our taking a couple of days maybe to think about this, to digest the arguments before people start losing jobs?
archived EO 14043. Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees

Throne of Lies BULLETIN ...
Blinken sets limits on U.S. talks with Russia

"I don't think we'll see any breakthrough in the coming week," Blinken said.
"It's hard to see making progress with a gun to Ukraine's head."
by Cat on Sun Jan 9th, 2022 at 04:45:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"It's hard to see making progress with a gun to Ukraine's head."

Maybe he should take the gun away, then?

What strikes me as immensely peculiar in all this it the fun fact that at the end of December both the Pentagon and Ukrainian Chief of Staff said that Russian troops were not preparing to attack. Then Russia even removed ~15% of the troops "in the border" (a.k.a. 200 km from Ukraine). This week the head the Ukrainian Security Council said that Russian troops are not about to attack, nor could they, nor would there be enough troop to even consider an attack.

Of course, all this time Russians have been making clear that they have no intention to attack and they have no use whatsoever for Ukraine. They would very much prefer Ukraine to fulfill Minsk agreement and peace to return to Ukraine.

So in principle, the only one keeping this "crisis" on, or so to speak, keeping a gun to Ukraine's head, is the US state department. And the western so called media.

Of course, both Ukrainian and Russian military have pointed out that if Russia wanted, they could easily destroy Ukrainian fighting capability in an hour or two without a single soldier crossing the border.

by pelgus on Sun Jan 9th, 2022 at 05:38:29 PM EST
[ Parent ]
UPDATE
CRS | "Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2021"
  • NATO jobs save or created!
  • NATO arms deals save or created!
  • NATO christians ("any race or ethnicity") saved or created!

archived War Culture - Gun Culture: They're Related
by Cat on Sun Jan 9th, 2022 at 07:37:53 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 11:04:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Democrats push rival bill sanctioning Russia over Ukraine
proposed new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday if it invades Ukraine, looking to derail a Republican [Sen. Ted Cruz] proposal that the White House fears could undermine unity with European allies.
Some call it, "financial pain for Russia [?]"
U.S. and allies have begun to work on contingency plans should Russia move to cut off Ukraine and others from gas supplies [in Russia], according to a person familiar with planning who was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity. Currently, there are ["]above average inventories["] in Asia. Norway, the Netherlands, Italy and Qatar are other suppliers that could step in to fill the breach.
The briefing was hosted by Victoria "Fuck the EU" Nuland, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, and Amos Hochstein, a top energy envoy at the State Department.
by Cat on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 08:21:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Tom Duggan, war correspondent in Syria, dies in UK
by Cat on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 07:11:23 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"It is time for us to do what we've been doing and that time is every day. Every day it is time for us to agree that there are things and tools that are available to us to slow this thing down."
by Cat on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 07:21:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
19 Jan: POTUS press conference, ZZZZzzzzzzz time 01:53:09

20 Jan: White House looks to ["]clarify["] Biden's 'minor incursion' comment on Russia and Ukraine
renewed invasion has entered the room.

by Cat on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 04:26:13 PM EST
[ Parent ]
my bad < wipes tears >  EO 14042, "Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors" bites the dust... earlier than expected.

Supreme Court blocks federal mandate for private workers to vaccinate or test

While no judge signed the decision granting a stay of the mandate from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito joined a concurring opinion from Justice Neil Gorsuch. Justice Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor took the rare step meanwhile of co-signing a dissent that labels Covid-19 "a menace in work settings."
[...]
Skewering the majority's focus on OSHA's power to address a disease outside the workplace
Like this?
JUSTICE GORSUCH re: EO 14043 ... And so the question in my mind really turns a lot on the major questions doctrine in this case. Is this one that has been given to the agencies to decide or one that Congress has to make as a major question under our federal system? And I haven't heard a lot of discussion about that.

The Solicitor General says that the major questions issue only comes into play when a statute's ambiguous, and I'd like to give you an opportunity to explain your view. ...
Or like this?
JUSTICE BARRETT re: EO 14042 ... This was an omnibus rule, and even though the Secretary, in a chart, identified all these, you know, specific provisions, we don't really have before us the structural and textual arguments directed at each of these provisions. So what if I think some do and some don't? In an omnibus rule, what am I supposed to do? ...

Breyer, Kagan and Sotomayor emphasized that there is no dispute that Covid-19 poses a GRAVE DANGER and that a vaccination policy is necessary to thwart the harms it causes. They argue that nothing in OSHA's charge from Congress supports the majority decision.
[...]
"Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly," the ruling states. "Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category."
EO 14042 regulatory EDIT forthcoming? Biden adiministration corp tax incentive story developing ...
by Cat on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 09:17:25 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Biden calls on employers to mandate require vaccines despite Supreme Court ruling, 13 Jan
"I call on business leaders to immediately join those who have already stepped up - including one third of Fortune 100 companies - and institute vaccination requirements to protect their workers, customers, and communities," Biden added in his statement. He called the OSHA mandate regulations a commonsense requirement and a "modest burden" on workers.
[...]
"This emergency standard allowed [?!] employers to require vaccinations or to permit workers to refuse to be vaccinated, so long as they were tested once a week and wore a mask at work: a very modest burden."
moot court Wed Dec 29th, 2021
[Psaki] pointed to the White House encouraging private companies to impose their own mandates regulations again[,] when asked if Biden will try a mandate again or accept[?!] what the Supreme Court decided.
United Airlines CEO says that before the company's vaccine requirement, one employee a week was dying of COVID, 11 Jan
"[CEO Scott] Kirby attributed these numbers to United's vaccine mandate regulations, which went into effect last summer."

archived prerogatives APsplainin Tennesse DIY regulations, language of psychopathy, INCONTINENCE ALERT

by Cat on Sat Jan 15th, 2022 at 07:44:24 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Just checking if I've got this right :

In the USA,

  • an employer can require all their employees to be vaccinated, no problem
  • the government can not require anyone to be vaccinated

In the EU, in general, it's the other way round
(well actually, I think every variation exists in various member countries, lacking a supreme court or any other federal authority with concrete power to prevent states from seceding from a fragile and theoretical legal framework)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 08:47:37 AM EST
[ Parent ]
In the most ignorant, litigious nation on planet USA,

  • an employer* can require all all their employees [INSERT "CONTRACT-LIKE INSTRUMENT" OF EMPLOYMENT], until further notice

  • the government can not require a government of the U.S.A. may compel [SOME PERSON, SOME STATE] to [INSERT A PROVISION OF FEDERAL CODE ENACTED BY A LEGISLATURE OF THE USA ] so long as [INSERT A PROVISION] conforms with [TACIT OR ENUMERATED, STATE OR FEDERAL] Constitutional articles, distributing political rights among constituents of a polity, that is invoked by [SOME PERSON, STATE OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OFFICER], until further notice

  • in case of civil and criminal dispute, litigants consent in principle to arbitration and advice (JUDGMENT, DECISION, ORDER) of a state- and federal-appointed courts -- whose members may be either appointed or elected; in practice, all interested parties (litigants, intervenors, judges) rely on government  agents to enforce or execute the advice of courts ...
viz. Overwhelmed Hospitals Face a New Crisis: Staffing Firms Are Cutting Their Doctors' Hours and Pay, 2020; dispute and resolution, 2022
viz. SCOTUS consolidated applications to enjoin or affirm OSHA regulations and split decisions (described above); Biden administration officially withdraws vaccine rule[sic]

... or not.
viz. "Byrd Rule" proscribing bicameral privileges (1985); relevant SCOTUS advice (2020); Immigration advocates unite behind strategy to 'disregard' parliamentarian

by Cat on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 11:24:01 AM EST
[ Parent ]
FUN FACT: At the time BLS stopped reporting firm census figures (2005), the total employees of firms employing < 100 was greater than combined total of firms > 100. There's no reason to believe that ratio has changed. US is a nation of SMEs, sole-proprietors, orphan "temp" and "gig" workers unaccounted for in for BLS estimates of civilian labor force and participation. However, OSHA regulations pursuant to EO 14043 enforcement applied only to employers of 100+ individuals. The recurring, stressful headline, 84M "affected employees," not only underestimated the universe of unaffected GRAVE DANGERS, it exaggerated the purported moral authority and measures ETS success.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 12:14:06 PM EST
[ Parent ]
"measures" should be "police powers", as this is the term of art which the US Solicitor General employed in oral argument to justify OSHA's inherent authority (as executive bureau) to regulate any and all conditions of workplace safety.
by Cat on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 12:25:37 PM EST
[ Parent ]
still unraveling ...

SCOTUS blocks Biden's workplace vaccine rule [BWAH!]

The high court's action allowing the health care worker rule[sic] to proceed garnered a narrow five-justice majority formed by the court's three Democratic appointees and, two Republican-appointed jurists Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Both decisions hinged on the authority of federal regulators. The majority ruled that OSHA -- which is part of the Labor Department -- appeared to have exceeded the authority it was given by Congress, but not the Department of Health and Human Services in the ["]health care worker case["].

The court's action on the ["]business mandate["] punts that issue back to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Biden v. Missouri, per curiam emphasis on patients' health and safety
The challenges posed by a global pandemic do not allow a
federal agency to exercise power that Congress has not conferred upon it. At the same time, such unprecedented circumstances provide no grounds for limiting the exercise of authorities the agency has long been recognized to have. Because the latter principle governs in these cases, the applications for a stay presented to JUSTICE ALITO and JUSTICE KAVANAUGH and by them referred to the Court are granted. The District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri's November 29, 2021, order granting a preliminary injunction is stayed pending disposition of the Government's appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the disposition of the Government's petition for a writ of certiorari, if such writ is timely sought. The District Court for the Western District of Louisiana's November 30, 2021, order granting a preliminary injunction is stayed pending disposition of the Government's appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the disposition of the Government's petition for a writ of certiorari, if such writ is timely sought...
by Cat on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 12:17:09 AM EST
[ Parent ]
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 8th, 2022 at 06:15:45 AM EST
[ Parent ]
That sinking feeling...

There's a new plan to fix Millennium Tower's sinking and tilting -- with fewer piles than expected

Engineers are proposing a new fix for the sinking, tilting Millennium Tower that they hope will avoid exacerbating the building's settlement like during prior efforts.

The plan calls for installing 18 piles to relieve weight from the foundation, far fewer than an earlier plan that called for 52, which was paused after the 60-story tower sank further during the summer.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 8th, 2022 at 09:51:33 AM EST
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Who did I sue?, 7 Aug 2020
Through mediation with all the parties, a global settlement has been reached, including this class action. Liability is disputed by the Settling Parties, and no Court decision has been made on the merits. This Settlement is a part of the resolution of all of these lawsuits.
Meanwhile, next door ...
The Salesforce Tower will stand for centuries, but the employees are gone, Mar 2021
"San Franciscans are left with a phallic scar of a polarizing time in the city's history of prohibitively expensive housing and culture wars."
by Cat on Sat Jan 8th, 2022 at 02:54:31 PM EST
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SF Taxpayers On the Hook For $30 Million to Shore Up the Sinking Millennium Tower

.... but the paper explains that $30 million is still being chipped in by a city entity, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA). The money is coming from the "Phase 1" budget of the Transbay Transit Center, the construction of which was blamed by Millennium's developer for destabilizing nearby soils and causing the tower to sink and tilt.



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 8th, 2022 at 04:18:41 PM EST
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Why not just try to get the tourists who would otherwise have gone to Pisa? It's probably not as ugly...
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jan 8th, 2022 at 04:24:34 PM EST
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But the SF tower hasn't got enough tilt on it (yet) to be truly phallic

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 08:55:44 AM EST
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"Your Choices Regarding Cookies"
I recoil in horror. Far too complicated for me, get me out of here (and do i want parsely with that? sorry?)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 08:50:45 AM EST
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TPM
The Supreme Court blocked a Biden administration rule requiring workers at large employers be vaccinated or receive regular COVID-19 tests on Thursday.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 08:40:36 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 11:18:39 PM EST
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Maryland is not located in New England region. Neither is Pennsyltucky nor either of the Virginias. Maryland is a "border state," masquerading as a post-war "free state" whose relevance to American geopolitical aspirations is wholly indebted to Mason & Dixon.

Maryland is not even a "blue state." It's a DINO (or "purple," as in aubergine) state. It's the home of Agnew, Friedman, Pelosi, Steny The Ankle-biter, and Ben "Crush BDS" Cardin. The state legislature and congressional delegation, tho' dominated by Reagan-Democrats of every "race or ethnicity", has never--and I mean since John Adams toured it's boundaries and bay--been capable of committing to a "progressive" political agenda. That's why Tubman and Douglass, for instance, fled to NY state. These days, the no-low tax or spending culture in the "Capitol Corridor" and its proximity to congress still attract corporate opportunists.

GONZALES POLL: At 74%, Maglev Hogan is most popular governor over the past 60 years.
archived WHAT REPUBLICANS?!

by Cat on Sat Jan 15th, 2022 at 01:11:50 AM EST
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NY and New Jersey are also not New England states. New England is New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, with Vermont added later (1791), and Maine broken off from Massachusetts even later (1820).

A feature of New Englanders is the view that the Hudson River (only a short distance into NY from the western borders of CT, MA, and VT) is the boundary between their sensible region and the nonsensical rest of the country. I know adults living in New England who have never been west of the Hudson, maybe a trip to NYC once in a rare while. "Why should I go elsewhere? Everything of value is here!"

by asdf on Sat Jan 15th, 2022 at 05:42:45 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 15th, 2022 at 07:52:25 PM EST
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STATE ROUNDUP: LEGISLATIVE LEADERS GIVE TEPID RECEPTION TO HOGAN TAX CUTS; PURPLE LINE LATE AND COSTLY; FORMER ATTY GEN STEPHEN SACHS, MENTOR TO MANY, DIES AT 87
Purple Line would begin carrying passengers in the Washington suburbs in fall 2026 -- 4½ years behind schedule -- and cost an additional $1.4 billion
[...]
Stephen H. Sachs, who had prosecuted the Catonsville Nine in the late 1960s and later served two terms as Maryland's attorney general
[...]
Although Sachs' political career ended when he was at the relatively young age of 52, he remained on the edges of the political scene, serving as a mentor to scores of younger Democrats. His protégés include ... former Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, who is running for governor
ibid.
In a column for The Afro, former Del. Salima Marriott writes about Tom Perez and why so many African-Americans have lined up to give early support Tom Perez's bid for governor...."Tom's life's work has been to get stuff done and fight for justice and jobs. Which is why he has early endorsements from African American leaders from across Baltimore City and Maryland"
who filled the Mosby campaign coffers
I AM INNOCENT, and I intend to do what I've always done since I became state's attorney for the city and in the city that I love: fight"
Marilyn Mosby indicted for perjury and filing false mortgage applications, defrauding CARES Paycheck Protection fund, botched police Freddy Gray and GTTF convictions, allegedly leaking FBI info to the alleged GTTF "ring leader", and threat to sue the city's OIG for reporting questionable city reimbursement of travel expenses paid by her LLC to attend "conferences", 2018-2019.
by Cat on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 12:31:21 AM EST
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BREAKING: Marilyn Mosby used campaign funds to pay her defense attorneys
according to [Mosby] campaign report filed late last night [19 Jan 2022] with the State Elections Board.

It shows that Friends of Marilyn Mosby, the finance committee Mosby chairs and whose report she signed under oath as accurate, paid $37,500 to Bolden's Washington D.C. law firm, ReedSmith LLC.

Additionally, Friends paid another $10,229.60 to Baltimore criminal defense lawyer Granville Templeton III, who has been a vocal critic of Baltimore Inspector General [OIG] Isabel Mercedes Cumming, who issued a scathing report last February about Mosby's out-of-town [Mahogany Elite] travel and lengthy absences from her job.

Chapter 33.13.10.03 of the Code of Maryland  Regulations forbids campaign committees to pay the "legal defense costs or expenses" of an officeholder or candidate unless they relate to an investigation or action" resulting from the conduct of the campaign or election."
[...]
Last spring, Mosby and her husband, Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby, whose campaign and business records were also subpoenaed by the grand jury, organized a legal defense fund.
[...]
Among those who contributed to her campaign since news of the federal investigation broke last March:...

I'm dying.
archived The dominoes will be falling all summer long ..
by Cat on Fri Jan 21st, 2022 at 08:49:08 PM EST
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Summary of key people, events, and concepts in the early New England and Middle colonies

Plenty in the news about the pilgrims, Leiden, medicine and Hortus Botanicus, Plymouth, the Speedwell and Mayflower.

The Pilgrims Before Plymouth 1609-1620 | Smithsonian |

... one of the pre-eminent authorities on the Pilgrims, cites a 1645 proposal by the Plymouth Colony leaders that Jews, Catholics, Unitarians and many other sects be accepted in the Plymouth Colony.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 15th, 2022 at 03:31:48 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 12:17:42 PM EST
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Texas synagogue hostage stand-off not related to Jewish community - FBI
A hostage situation at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, was "not related" to the Jewish community, according to the FBI's Matt DeSarno.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jan 16th, 2022 at 05:18:10 PM EST
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FBI identifies British national as Texas synagogue hostage-taker, "named Malik Faisal Akram."
Akram had demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, an American-educated Pakistani neuroscientist who is accused of helping terrorists and is currently imprisoned in Texas for attempting to murder a U.S. soldier.
btw, Is Cpt. Dr. Nisal Hassan still alive?
by Cat on Sun Jan 16th, 2022 at 10:46:55 PM EST
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Rank: Major
Imprisoned in US Army Disciplinary Barracks Fort Leavenworth
Awards: Army Service Ribbon  National Defense Service Medal (2)  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Service: 1988-2009
Born: Arlington County Va.

Served under commander/preacher Anwar al-Awlaki who died by drone strike in Yemen after several failed attempts.

US Tomahawk cruise missile strike kills scores al-Awlaki tribe family members in Yemen's Saada province | Dec. 2009 |

Also known as Al-Majalah massacre in Abuyan governate (Yemen) via Wikipedia

Cause: Bush War on Terror and Afghan/Iraq War

See attack by Al Qaeda on USS Cole in 2000 and further bloodshed Enduring Yemen Civil War under Barack Obama

Clinton failed to take out Osama Bin Laden by cruise missile because he was falcon hunting in Afghanistan in a party of Emirati royalty from Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

The Military's Role in Counterterrorism: Examples and Implications for Liberal Democracies | US Army War College Carlyle - 2011 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 05:18:39 AM EST
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On Wednesday, army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan was sentenced to death for the 2009 the Fort Hood shooting rampage that killed 13 people., 2013

Fort Hood trial halted after attorney says suspect is sabotaging his defence, 2013

It is "clear his goal is to remove impediments or obstacles to the death penalty and is working toward a death penalty," Poppe told the judge overseeing the case at the Texas military base.
[...]
Hasan wanted to plead guilty to murder and attempted murder, but military rules forbid guilty pleas in death penalty cases.
Sentenced to death, Fort Hood shooter has years of appeals to come, 2019
"I'm confident he's not going to be put to death. I'm not too confident about how much longer he might languish on death row," [former defense atty John] Galligan said. "One of the biggest concerns I have is whether or not he will survive the appellate process."
[...]
And because the president, as commander in chief, must approve all military executions, whoever is occupying the White House if or when Hasan gets that far will have the final say on his fate.
Texas: The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the convictions and death sentences imposed on Major Nidal Hasan, 2020

NO MARTYRDOM FOR HIM!

by Cat on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 12:58:58 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 05:50:37 PM EST
flurona has entered the room.
There is a possibility that parallel infections could have occurred in medical practice before this event.
by Cat on Mon Jan 3rd, 2022 at 08:52:28 PM EST
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wut: "But there's no specific treatment or vaccine for RSV, so experts speculate children with 'flurona' may experience better outcomes."
by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 12:35:40 PM EST
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Covid-19's Devastating Effect on Tuberculosis Care -- A Path to Recovery
In 2020, there were roughly 1.5 million tuberculosis deaths worldwide, representing the first year-over-year increase in tuberculosis deaths since 2005 (see figure).2 Other negative pandemic-related effects include a 15% reduction in the number of people treated for drug-resistant tuberculosis, a 21% decrease in people receiving preventive treatment for tuberculosis infection, and a decrease (from $5.8 billion to $5.3 billion) in global tuberculosis spending between 2019 and 2020.
[...]
Without an effective tuberculosis vaccine for adults, treatment is the primary form of disease control. Because so many tuberculosis cases have been missed during the past 2 years, increased transmission is expected. WHO modeling suggests that the pandemic's effects on tuberculosis incidence and mortality in 2020 will be exacerbated in 2021 and beyond, in some cases throughout all 16 countries that were considered.
oh
by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 02:42:06 AM EST
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1.8 million deaths are linked to air pollution worldwide, reports find
One of the studies found that 2.5 billion people - around 86% of people living in urban areas worldwide - are exposed to unhealthy particulate matter levels. This resulted in 1.8 million excess deaths in cities globally in 2019.

Another study found that nearly 2 million asthma cases among children around the world were linked to traffic-related nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution, with two in three occurring in cities.
[...]
Between 1990 and 2019, the number of premature deaths attributable to air pollution in the European Union's member states has decreased from around 1 million per year to approximately 350,000 per year

until the PANDEMIC
by Cat on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 02:29:37 AM EST
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deltacron has entered the room.

What is it with you people and fixation to linear models of evolutionary DOMINATION?

by Cat on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 03:37:23 PM EST
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Why are countries cutting quarantine as Omicron cases explode?
countries "keeping in step with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" 5+5 rule: GR, UK, ES, IT, IR
by Cat on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 01:11:01 AM EST
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the study, which has not been peer-reviewed, looked at infectivity[sic] from the Alpha and Delta variants of concern, and was carried out before Omicron was dominant.
published by NEJM but not peer-reviewed by NEJM
Using a Bayesian hierarchical statistical model,5 we compared SARS-CoV-2 viral dynamics among 36 participants who were infected with the B.1.1.7 (alpha) variant, 36 participants with the B.1.617.2 (delta) variant, and 41 participants with a variant that was not of current interest or concern, along with 37 vaccinated and 136 unvaccinated participants. We found no meaningful difference in the mean peak viral load (with a lower peak cycle threshold [Ct] indicating a higher viral load), proliferation duration, clearance duration, or duration of acute infection of either the alpha or the delta variant as compared with variants not of interest or concern, as evidenced by overlapping 95% credible intervals (Figure 1A, 1B, and 1C, Table S2, and Fig. S1). We also found no meaningful difference in the mean peak viral load or proliferation duration between vaccinated and unvaccinated participants (Figure 1D and 1E, Table S2, and Fig. S2).
by Cat on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 02:20:14 AM EST
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Well, you all have to go back to work and in this context the science evolves.
by generic on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 09:05:27 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 06:57:25 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 28th, 2022 at 06:04:00 PM EST
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Reengineering [graduate medical education] GME in a Pandemic -- Looking Back, and Forward, 8 Jan 2022
As the pandemic unfolded and demands of patient care eclipsed other hospital priorities, [physician] resident and fellow training diverged from curriculum-based plans; supporting trainee well-being [and "Just-in-time learning"] became more challenging than ever; teaching and assessment required rapid reengineering; and approaches to trainee recruitment were transformed. Discussions with GME leaders nationwide, as well as my own experience, have illuminated the pandemic's key effects on GME (see figure)
excluding "excess deaths"
and led me to some recommendations for moving forward.
by Cat on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 02:41:52 PM EST
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Fri Apr 24th, 2020 "doctors share what they wish they knew before the outbreak"
by Cat on Mon Jan 10th, 2022 at 02:47:06 PM EST
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not yet peer-reviewed

Kirby et al., "Notes from the Field: Early Evidence of the SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.529 (Omicron) Variant in Community Wastewater -- United States, November-December 2021", CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 21 Jan 2022 (retrospective "pool testing")

The United States designated the B.1.1.529 (Omicron) variant of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) a variant of concern on November 30, 2021, and the first U.S. Omicron COVID-19 case was reported on December 1 (1).
[...]
Health departments in four states (California, Colorado, New York, and Texas) were the first wastewater surveillance programs to detect evidence of Omicron in community wastewater. This report describes the initial detections in wastewater during November 21-December 16, 2021, and the ["]interpretative framework["] for these types of data.
archived Nov 27th, 2021 WITHIN DAYS OF ITS DISCOVERY ..., WHO classifies B.1.1.529 as a variant of concern named Omicron, Fri Nov 26th, 2021 in Rise In Covid Infections and False QR Passes
by Cat on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 12:50:59 PM EST
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add FR for cutting quarantines and where parents have been sent self tests for their kids to perform and write in a "déclaration sur l'honneur" the result!
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 03:39:06 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 01:24:15 PM EST
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Moscow: Events in Kazakhstan Are Attempt to Undermine Security of State, Inspired From Abroad
Previously, Kazakhstan asked other member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) to send their peacekeepers due to violent protests in Almaty and unrest across the country.
preposterous!
by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 06:40:40 PM EST
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of a coup AKA rebellion AKA unrest AKA uprising AKA insurrection AKA riot AKA peaceful protest

DW: How could a small uprise against fuel prices get this serious? What's the background to all this?
EXPERT: Well, there's been simmering tensions out there for quite some time. There's a YUGE disparity of wealth in that country. ...
A year of insurgency: How Yellow Vests left `indelible mark' on French politics
archived Sat Sep 21st, 2019, Thu Oct 3rd, 2019, ...
by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 07:05:28 PM EST
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MSM awakes on the eve of INSURGENCY. With cheeto whistle.
'Risky and significant': Canadian capital braces for trucker protests
Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly said Friday[,] "These demonstrations are national in scope, they're massive in scale. Unfortunately, they are polarizing in nature."
[...]
The freewheeling organization is also creating fears of potential violence. Some supporters have made calls to invoke the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill. Others have promoted property damage and encouraged making threats to public officials.

Donald Trump, Jr. called Canada's trucker movement a "genius idea" and said he hoped to see more of the same kind of thing in the U.S.
[...]
Asked about Jan. 6 comparisons, Sloly also said he's aware it has been "sewn into the narrative" surrounding the trucker convoy. But he added he's confident the vast majority of people will demonstrate lawfully and peacefully.

Trudeau has refused to budge on the vaccine mandate based on his belief that he has Canada's silent majority [!] on his side.

GoFundMe: C$7.2M, 92K donations
[Sloly] agreed with rough estimates presented to him by a reporter during the press conference -- close to 1,000 vehicles coming into Ottawa from the west, including around 230 tractor-trailers and tractors. Police also believe up to 200 vehicles are rolling into Ottawa from Eastern Canada as well as around 2,000 people are expected to cross on foot across the nearby provincial border with Quebec.
safest place to be
Trudeau won't be meeting with any of the protesters over the weekend, at least not in person. The prime minister announced Thursday that he was exposed to Covid and would be isolated for five days after receiving a negative test.
by Cat on Sat Jan 29th, 2022 at 05:29:29 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 30th, 2022 at 05:05:57 PM EST
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Blinken urges `peaceful' resolution to Kazakhstan chaos
"Blinken 'reiterated the United States' full support for Kazakhstan's constitutional institutions and media freedom and advocated for a peaceful, rights-respecting resolution to the crisis,' according to a readout script from State Department spokesperson Ned Price."
by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 07:23:42 PM EST
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...has entered the Taliban newsroom:

Source

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 08:56:42 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 09:27:49 PM EST
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U.S. has no real leverage in Kazakhstan
All experts we spoke to said there's no military role here for the U.S. and that Washington has little-to-no leverage in Kazakhstan, let alone in Central Asia.
since NATO's retreat from Afghanistan?
o, wait.
Who was shopping for a "post-occupation" base in October?
o, right.
Russia against US troops in Central Asia near Afghanistan archive
The Biden administration has reportedly considered Uzbekistan and Tajikistan that border Afghanistan, as well as Kazakhstan, as possible staging areas for monitoring and quickly responding to possible security problems that may follow the U.S. military's withdrawal from Afghanistan.
SCO "gain of function": eight Member States (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), four Observer States, and six Dialogue Partners since 2001
"I don't think that anyone is interested in becoming a hostage to such US policy and intentions, and in inviting retaliation," Lavrov said.
Search for the weakest link continues ...
by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 02:17:38 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 02:20:54 AM EST
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Kazakh President Tokayev Orders to Open Fire on TERRORISTS Without Any Warning
According to [Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart] Tokayev, at least 20,000 gunmen attacked Almaty.
after cleaning out an armory?
He said that the armed rioters were trained and coordinated by one centre and that the terrorists will be eliminated if they refuse to surrender.
[...]
Tokayev thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for the prompt response to his appeal regarding peacekeepers and stressed that the CSTO forces ["peacekeepers"] would only be in the country for a short time.
famous last words
Additionally, he stressed that the authorities noticed the demands made by peaceful protesters[?!] before the riots[!] ignited, and announced reforms[!], saying he will deliver a speech in the nation's parliament on 11 January, regarding the current crisis.
Is it just me or have you, too, seen this flick before?
by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 03:16:21 PM EST
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All this story needs is a ... PROtAGONist, person or persons, claiming responsibility for the freedom fighters in a "mostly muslim" country.

ENTER the exiled Bankster
gotta hand it to the ruskies.

by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 04:47:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 01:31:18 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 01:35:57 PM EST
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Thanks for posting that. Strangely enough MSM/WASP/Xian world are all so silent when the bombed christians belong to 'deviant' (= too close to the orthodox) communities. I repost it: https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/ethiopia-tigray-saudi-arabia-deported-detained-mistreated
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 03:36:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 01:42:58 PM EST
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Ottawa releases early details of landmark $40B First Nations child welfare agreement
Compensation will be made available to First Nations children on-reserve and in the Yukon who were removed from their homes between April 1, 1991 and March 31, 2022.

Compensation will also be made available to those affected by what the government called its "narrow definition" of Jordan's Principle, used between Dec. 12, 2007 and Nov. 2, 2017. Compensation is being extended to children who did not receive an essential public service or faced delays in accessing such services between April 1, 1991 and Dec. 11, 2007.
[...]
It's not clear yet when payments will be made or exactly how much each recipient will be paid. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled in 2016 that $40,000 should be paid to each First Nations child unnecessarily placed in foster care.

"Our expectation is that $40,000 is the floor and there may be circumstances where people are entitled to more," said Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu.

by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 02:37:47 PM EST
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Clinical trial Cuba/Turin of using Soberana plus as a booster with other vaccines

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 09:15:19 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 8th, 2022 at 07:41:34 PM EST
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Another one bites the dust.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Jan 9th, 2022 at 06:11:57 PM EST
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melt-blown layers has entered the room.
by Cat on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 02:22:14 PM EST
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Africa[n Union] CDC in talks with Pfizer for COVID treatment Paxlovid™ pill
The director [Dr. John Nkengasong] of Africa[n Union] Centers for Disease Control said the organization is talking to Pfizer about bringing its COVID-19 treatment pill to the continent, which has just passed 10 million cases.
[...]
"My advice to the population on the continent is go get vaccinated," he said. "If the population is not ready to go get the vaccines the governments have worked so hard to bring to the continent, I see why countries would not have an option other than to impose vaccine mandates."
[...]
The strategy on countering COVID-19 in Africa is first vaccination, but "with the coming of new drugs, it appears it would be possible and recommended to treat even the mild cases," WHO Africa regional emergency director Abdou Salam Gueye told reporters Thursday.
South Korea gets first supply of Pfizer's COVID-19 Paxlovid™ pills
South Korea's initial supply is enough to support the required five-day treatment courses for 21,000 people. Officials say another batch of pills, enough to provide the required five-day courses for 10,000 people, will come by the end of January.
[...]
Because supplies of Paxlovid will be tight at the start amid global shortages, the pills will initially be available only to patients 65 years or older who are being treated at home or in shelters for mild or moderate symptoms.

"In clinical trials, this drug has showed it could reduce the risk of hospitalizations or deaths by 88%, so we are hoping for a similar level of (real world) effectiveness," said Lim Sook-young, a senior official in the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency.
[...]
South Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety is also reviewing whether to grant an emergency use authorization for Merck's antiviral COVID-19 pills, Molnupiravir.

archived where's muh patent waivers Fri Nov 5th, 2021, Sat Nov 20th, 2021, Thu Dec 23rd, 2021 in Losing Battle Against Omicron
by Cat on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 07:17:04 PM EST
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Africa takes vaccination into its own hands
According to African business leader Strive Masiyiwa, Africa has been deliberately sold short. In the early days of the COVID outbreak, he was appointed by the African Union to help procure vaccines.
[...]
"COVAX has delivered only a fraction of the doses it was supposed to. The people who bought the vaccines and those who sold them knew there would be nothing for us. We had money, we were willing to pay in cash upfront and they told us that all capacity for 2021 had been sold". He concludes, therefore, that Africa must build its own vaccine production infrastructure. That's already happening with at least a dozen production centres set up or in the pipeline across six African countries.

Companies like the UAE-based G42 has developed a vaccine called Hayat-Vax in partnership with Sinopharm. ... Elsewhere, vaccine manufacture is starting up, or due to be in Algeria, Egypt, Senegal and Morocco. The Egyptian government hopes their facility will produce a billion doses a year, whereas Senegal is seeing a $200m manufacturing facility built in partnership with the Pasteur Foundation.

archived surplus capacity in Herd Immunity .. Filling the Gaps
by Cat on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 12:59:17 AM EST
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Moderna hopes to market combined COVID and flu booster in 2023
Moderna hopes to market a combined booster vaccination for COVID-19, influenza and RSV -- a common respiratory virus -- as soon as the fall of 2023, CEO Stéphane Bancel said Monday. ... "Our goal is to be able to have a single annual booster so that we don't have compliance issues where people don't want to get two to three shots a winter," said Bancel.
[...]
Bancel told investors last September that Moderna was working on a booster shot that would combine its mRNA vaccine for COVID-19, a vaccine it is developing against influenza and possibly a dose to treat respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

The COVID booster is currently in phase three trials, he told the panel discussion, while the flu vaccine under development -- which also uses mRNA technology -- should progress from phase two to three trials in the second quarter. Investors sold off Moderna shares after an update in December showed that it generated antibody levels against all four strains of the influenza virus in an early-stage study that were not as robust in older people as an existing flu jab from Sanofi.

supra FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC)
archived universal vaccine, Nextstrain.org classification, nomenclature, and their consequences, 1918 H1N1 (1 Dec 2021)
by Cat on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 05:30:36 PM EST
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France celebrates 25th unicorn in strong start to 2022 for tech sector
To mark the occasion, Macron took to Twitter in a Steve Jobs-style turtleneck, crowing that French start-ups "change the lives of French people, create hundreds of thousands of jobs across France and are what make us sovereign!"
Pfizer announces €520 million investment in France to fight Covid-19 produce Paxlovid
The investment will initially involve the production of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) for paxlovid at a plant run by French pharmaceutical group Novasep, Pfizer said, noting that additional Novasep facilities will be added next year.

"Novasep will produce API for use in our manufacturing network, expected to contribute to the over[ ] all (global) effort to produce 120 million courses of treatment in 2022," it added.
[...]
Novasep confirmed the production schedule adding that technical transfer, on-site development and equipment installation activities at the Mourenx plant will begin immediately, with the company planning to recruit more than 40 ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES!! there.

archived
by Cat on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 10:40:07 PM EST
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Sputnik V Bests Pfizer Jab in Effectiveness Against Omicron, Research Shows
this is the key takeaway from the latest analysis by Italy's National Institute for Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani, Russia's Gamaleya Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology[,] and Moscow State Sechenov Medical University.
New Draft of US Sanctions Seeks Ban on Transactions With Russia's Sovereign Debt
The draft also seeks to declare Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and "Russian-backed" forces in Donbass as terrorists, The Washington Post's report says.

reference
Lapa et al., "Retention of Neutralizing response against SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant in Sputnik V vaccinated individuals"

Putin Accountability Act, draft sanctions

by Cat on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 04:48:26 PM EST
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APsplainin patent licensing without mentioning patent licenses or patent waivers
More than 2 dozen drugmakers to make Merck's COVID-19 molnupiravir pill ["versions"]
The Medicines Patent Pool said the deals would allow drug companies to make both the raw active ingredients for molnupiravir and the finished product dosage itself.

Molnupiravir, developed by Merck[-]Ridgeback Therapeutics, has been reported to cut the hospitalization rate in half among patients with early signs of COVID-19. Britain, the European Union and the U.S. authorized its use in recent months.
[...]
The group said 27 generic drug manufacturers in 11 countries, including Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Vietnam, Kenya[,] and South Africa, would soon start producing [molnupiravir].


archived Sat Nov 20th, 2021, India restricts export of some ingredients, 2020, Securing the U.S. Drug Supply Chain, Dec 2019
by Cat on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 06:02:40 PM EST
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Game-changing Covid pills remain out of reach for some patientsPaxlovid™ and LagevrioTM
a flurry of regulatory, testing and logistical issues is complicating the rollout, potentially requiring people with symptoms to make multiple stops at doctors' offices or testing sites within the five-day window when the drugs are recommended.
[...]
Trials have shown [m]olnupiravir is the less effective of the two and is not recommended for pregnant people or children because of possible side effects. Paxlovid™ interacts with a host of blood pressure, cholesterol and other widely used drugs [DDIs], meaning patients may have to suspend taking those medications [WTAF].
wild goose chase, "access mery-go-round"
The requirements also could wind up sending Covid-positive individuals into several public places. One state Nomi Health's Newman works with had planned to replicate its Covid vaccine drive by making Paxlovid™ available in grocery store pharmacies -- until officials realized that none of those locations has a drive-through option to allow Covid patients to stay outside.

"The whole distribution architecture of this is crazy," Newman said.

Pharmacy groups say one way to mitigate that issue would be to give pharmacists prescribing authority for the antivirals, just like they can administer [but not prescribe; that's FDA's "role"] Covid-19 vaccines under the PREP Act. That would, however, fall outside the "traditional" categories of prescribers the FDA stipulated in its authorization -- physicians, physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses who are licensed by states to dole out anti-infective[sic] drugs.

sales sheets
"You've got a lot of physicians who don't know these drugs yet, don't know how to prescribe them
um, manufacturers define recommended DOSAGE
and so pharmacists are spending a lot of time educating the physicians on it," he said. "And the bottom line is, the problem that this has created is that the payers[medical insurers who do have beneficiaries' medical histories] are just viewing pharmacies as dispensers."

The ["]nature of the drugs["] requires pharmacists to extensively review patients' medical histories [FALSE] and medication regimens to ensure the pill they're prescribed is the best option for them.

money quote
"I thought this drug was made for people that couldn't get vaccinated in the first place," Newman said. "How many people in America take a statin?"

The pharmacists' frustration is compounded by the fact they say they're getting paltry reimbursement rates of $1 or less ["]advising["] patients [to read manufacturers' ADR disclosures] on the antivirals [packaging].

"How many pharmacies are going to continue to even partner with the state health departments?" said Rebecca Snead, executive vice president and CEO of the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations. "They want to serve their communities [O RLY?], but they're losing a tremendous amount of money."

yes, That can be arranged.

archived From prescription pad to store shelf, [EMA] recommends two drugs for treating COVID-19
by Cat on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 01:34:30 AM EST
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Brilliant, that is exactly what is cooking for the EU.
by Tom2 on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 09:31:15 AM EST
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EUA monoclonal antibody
Regeneron: casirivimab + imdevimab
Eli Lilly: bamlanivimab + etesevimab
GlaxoSmithKline-Vir Biotechnology: sotrovimab
Merk-Ridgeback: molnupiravir

licensed protease inhibitor
Pfizer: Paxlovid™

FDA Rescinds Authorization For Covid Antibody Treatments By Regeneron, Eli Lilly

those treatments proved ineffective against the omicron variant, over a month after some hospitals voluntarily decided to stop offering the drugs.
some states where Eli Lilly drug is available a/a 15 Dec 2021
Because Regeneron's REGEN-COV treatment and Eli Lilly's bamlanivimab and etesevimab treatment are "highly unlikely to be active against the omicron variant," which currently accounts for 99.5% of cases, they are no longer authorized by the FDA, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research director Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni said in a statement. [...]The announcement came less than a month after the FDA's December 23 decision to temporarily pause distribution of Regeneron's and Eli Lilly's treatments due to their ineffectiveness.
[...]
Sotrovimab, a monoclonal antibody treatment produced by GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology, appears to still work against omicron, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. However, hospitals in New York, Maine, Texas and other states have struggled to maintain supplies of sotrovimab. In December 2021, the White House announced plans to ship about 300,000 sotrovimab doses to state and territorial health departments in January.
Biden administration limits use of two monoclonal antibody treatments
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and DeSantis have contended the delta variant still exists in the state, and have said they disagree that the antibody treatments are not effective against omicron.

For the week ending Jan. 23, states received nearly 100,000 combined doses of Regeneron's treatment and Eli Lilly's treatment, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

by Cat on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 01:01:12 AM EST
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Politico.eu.com | BioNTech/Pfizer launch Omicron [COMIRNATY™ mRNA] clinical trial
The Pfizer/BioNTech trial could deliver data that regulators can review as early as the second quarter, according to source familiar with the matter -- a timeline that would rule in the possibility of administering fresh doses to the elderly and vulnerable before the coming winter, when respiratory viruses spread faster.
[...]
Some have warned however against vaccines that target a single variant, suggesting a multivalent approach may provide better protection against future unknown variants.
Pfizer-BioNTech PR | Pfizer and BioNTech Initiate Study to Evaluate Omicron-Based [COMIRNATY™ mRNA] in Adults 18 to 55 Years of Age, 25 Jan]
The study will evaluate up to 1,420 participants across the three cohorts:

Cohort #1 (n = 615): Received two doses of the current Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 90-180 days prior to enrollment; in the study, participants will receive one or two doses of the Omicron-based vaccine
Cohort #2 (n = 600): Received three doses of the current Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 90-180 days prior to enrollment; in the study, participants will receive one dose of the current Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or the Omicron-based vaccine
Cohort #3 (n=205): Vaccine-naïve participants will receive three doses of the Omicron-based vaccine

under-reported disclaimers reiterated
Individuals should not get the vaccine if they:
[...]
Individuals should tell the vaccination provider about all of their medical conditions, including if they:
[...]
The vaccine may not protect everyone.

Side effects reported with the vaccine include:
[...]

The search for this study's clinicaltrials.gov identifier, design parameters, and territorial scope continues ...
by Cat on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 02:16:56 AM EST
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EU watchdog accuses Commission of maladministration over texts to Pfizer CEO
Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly made her verdict clear on Friday (28 January)

Try to act surprised.

by Cat on Fri Jan 28th, 2022 at 06:09:40 PM EST
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With Ursula von der Leyen? No surprise there.
by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Jan 28th, 2022 at 07:44:04 PM EST
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What's going on in Mozambique and what is Elon Musk demanding?
Elon Musk's company signed an agreement last month with Australia's Syrah Resources, which operates one of the world's largest graphite mines in the southern[?] African country.
[...]
Tesla will buy the material from [Syrah Resources]'s processing plant in Vidalia, Louisiana, [USA] which ["]sources["] graphite from its mine in Balama, Mozambique.
[...]
The deal is part of Tesla's plan to ramp up its capacity to make ["]its own["] batteries so it can reduce its dependence on China
Australia's Syrah Resources to cut 65% of jobs at Mozambique mine, 22 July 2020
by Cat on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 06:01:23 PM EST
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From DC with love!

<a href="https://dossier.substack.com/p/rogue-street-art-appears-overnight">DC art</a>

by Tom2 on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 02:13:57 PM EST
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raté!
by Tom2 on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 02:14:14 PM EST
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It should work if you don't use quotes ("") around the URL.
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 06:02:39 PM EST
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Tom's syntax is correct. I C&P it, too. Some other bug at work in the system.
DC art
by Cat on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 07:32:01 PM EST
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You're right: might be a 'newbie' setting; I'll have to look further.
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 09:02:25 PM EST
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Yes, Tom is new here (welcome Tom!) and hasn't/didn't have html enabled yet.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 09:25:05 AM EST
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What's happened to MSNBC?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 06:55:49 PM EST
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Meanwhile in the South China sea:

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 09:15:27 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 05:50:53 PM EST
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 08:58:03 PM EST
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Bad decision. Should have shut off coal plants first, regardless of whether people like nukes or not.
by asdf on Sun Jan 2nd, 2022 at 06:52:22 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 01:33:08 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 03:26:46 AM EST
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Friday morning in the US was marked with the cancellation of more than 2,300 flights, with northeastern schools and workplaces being shuttered due to blizzards. According to AccuWeather.com, the Northeast snowstorm could evolve into the winter season's first "bomb cyclone."
Wither the POLAR VORTEX of yesteryear < wipes tears >
by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 11:18:19 PM EST
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Turkmenistan's leader wants `Gates of Hell' fire put out - AFP

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) -- The president of Turkmenistan is calling for an end to one of the country's most notable but infernal sights -- the blazing natural gas crater widely referred to as the "Gates of Hell."

The desert crater located about 260 kilometers (160 miles) north of the capital, Ashgabat, has burned for decades and is a popular sight for the small number of tourists who come to Turkmenistan, a country which is difficult to enter.

The Turkmen news site Turkmenportal said a 1971 gas-drilling collapse formed the crater, which is about 60 meters (190 feet) in diameter and 20 meters (70 feet) deep. To prevent the spread of gas, geologists set a fire, expecting the gas to burn off in a few weeks.

The spectacular if unwelcome fire that has burned ever since is so renowned that state TV showed President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov speeding around it in an off-road truck in 2019.

The Central Asian equivalent to the Springfield tire fire.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 8th, 2022 at 07:30:45 PM EST
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An attack on Zoroastrianism!
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 03:24:03 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 05:51:10 PM EST
Are you too old to shovel snow? If you're over 45, beware of heart attacks, doctor says
"Dr. Barry Franklin has conducted studies on the topic after he knew two people who died during or after snow removal."
by Cat on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 07:36:23 AM EST
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Premiere recently in Berlin (where else?)

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 08:34:44 PM EST
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< wipes tears >
by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 09:30:53 PM EST
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Pharmaceutical companies face class action over side effects of antimalarial drug
The drug, which was originally developed by the U.S. Army and entered the commercial market in 1989, was marketed by Roche. In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration required the drug to carry a black box warning due to the severity of its side effects. Roche pulled Lariam™ from the U.S. market in 2009, but generic versions [mefloquine]are still available.

The lawsuit claims the companies concealed the dangers of Lariam and "recklessly sold the drug as a safe and effective first-line treatment for malaria prevention."

by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 01:54:44 AM EST
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Michael Hudson
He [Augustine] said, "Forget what Jesus in the Lord's Prayer said about, `Forgive us our debts.' What he meant was, the debt of Adam having sex with Eve. That's original sin, we're born into sin, that sin is all about sex. It has nothing to do with the sin of offense and egotism and hurting others and getting other people in debt. Forget that because, the Roman Empire, debt is us." In other words, Augustine said, "I'm pro Wall Street." He was just like President Obama or the other pretend Democrats supporting the status quo. Basically, Augustine came in and said, like President Biden, nothing's really going to change.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 06:09:02 PM EST
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viz. Graeber and Wengrow, "The dawn of everything". Humanity's anarcho-democratic origins have been forgotten, masked and perverted ever since bands of neolithic warriors conquered the original self-organising city-states.

Need a diary to discuss the book. Must I do it myself?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 09:37:18 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 10:07:54 AM EST
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Yes, please
by Katrin on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 11:29:40 AM EST
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Woo! It's been a long time, Katrin...
I'll do it for you (just give me a couple of weeks to finish reading the thing!)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 02:12:00 PM EST
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2017
Li Shuai and Milliken Ralph, "Water on the surface of the Moon as seen by the Moon Mineralogy Mapper: Distribution, abundance, and origins"
model: "We find that OH abundance increases as a function of latitude, approaching values of ~500 to 750 parts per million (ppm)."

2020
Honniball et al., Molecular water detected on the sunlit Moon by SOFIA (for subscribers)
Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy detects "a 6 µm emission feature at high lunar latitudes". NASA feature story

2022
Lin Honglei, Li Shuai et al., "In situ detection of water on the Moon by the Chang'E-5 lander", illustrated

We report analysis results of the reflectance spectra (0.48 to 3.2 μm) acquired by the Chang'E-5 lander, which provides vital context of the returned samples from the Northern Oceanus Procellarum of the Moon. We estimate up to 120 parts per million (ppm) of water (OH + H2O) in the lunar regolith, which is mostly attributed to solar wind implantation. A light-colored and surface-pitted rock (named as CE5-Rock) is evident near the lander. The reflectance spectra suggest that CE5-Rock could be transported from an older basalt unit. CE5-Rock exhibits a stronger absorption, near 2.85 μm, than the surrounding regolith, with estimation of ~180 ppm of water if the model for estimating water content of regolith is applicable to rock samples, which may suggest an additional source from the lunar interior. The low water content of the regolith may suggest the degassing of mantle reservoir beneath the Chang'E-5 landing site.
by Cat on Sat Jan 8th, 2022 at 05:54:08 PM EST
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Latham, "The myth of a food crisis," Ch.5,  Rethinking Food and Agriculture. 28 Oct 2020
World Agriculture Towards 2030/2050 is a major report predicting global agricultural
trends (Alexandratos & Bruinsma, 2012). It was produced by the economics division of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In its abstract the FAO authors make a prominent disclaimer. Its projections, they stress (both on p. i and p. 7), are not to be used for normative purposes; that is, their report is not a prescription of how the global food system should develop. It is merely an exploratory model; their most reliable projection of business as usual (Alexandratos & Bruinsma, 2012). ...
Some of the authors of this publication are also working on these related projects:
  • Unintended and off-target effects of CRISPR-Cas9 in plants (Wilson)
  • The origin of SARS-CoV-2 (Lantham)

reference
The Bioscience Resource Project origin stories
by Cat on Sun Jan 9th, 2022 at 08:02:31 PM EST
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WSWS
The Killer That Stalked New York (1950), directed by Earl McEvoy, is a fictionalized account of the 1947 smallpox outbreak in New York City and the systematic, citywide vaccination program in April of that year that brought the immense danger to an end.

At a time when health and public officials in the US still felt some responsibility for the well-being of the general population, New York authorities organized a campaign against the smallpox threat. According to Dr. Israel Weinstein, the city's new commissioner of health, writing in the November 1947 American Journal of Public Health, "In a period of less than a month more than 6,350,000 people were vaccinated in New York City, over 5,000,000 of them within the two week period following the appeal for universal vaccination made by the Mayor [William O'Dwyer]. Never before had so many people in one city been vaccinated in such a short time and on such short notice."

Vaccination campaign starts at around 46:00:
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 04:48:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 06:39:17 PM EST
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Note that Le Bar (they guy who brought smallpox from Mexico to NY in 1947 in real life) had been vaccinated. The woman in the movie had not been vaccinated, saving the need to explain this. Also, we never see anybody die from the vaccine - in real life it was about 1 in a million (and NY vaccinated over 5 million people). Of course, in real life, NY had Chinese-like figures: 12 infections and 2 deaths.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 11:25:20 AM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 05:51:29 PM EST
Two years ago, from the Global Times, an "official" Chinese media:
"Police in Central China's Wuhan arrested 8 people spreading rumors about local outbreak of unidentifiable #pneumonia. Previous online posts said it was SARS."

Among the "rumor spreaders" was Dr Li Wenliang, who later died from COVID a month later.

(Narrator: However, the "rumor" kept spreading, and the some...)

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 05:59:24 PM EST
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Yeah, SARS had lethality of ~10%, and at that point it was already known that this thing was not SARS. So people were first kindly told not to spread false information to incite panic (a.k.a. rumors), and when they didn't heed, they were brought in to police station and told sternly to stop being idiots. Or else.
by pelgus on Sun Jan 2nd, 2022 at 10:48:47 AM EST
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And on Jan 21

Xi Jinping Warns That China's Coronavirus Outbreak Must Be Taken Seriously

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that it's "extremely crucial" to take every possible measure to combat a new coronavirus that has infected 217 people in the country.

His remarks, cited by state broadcaster CCTV, came the same day that the country reported a sharp rise in the number of people infected by the novel form of viral pneumonia, including the first cases in the capital.

"The recent outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia in Wuhan and other places must be taken seriously," Xi said, according to CCTV. "Party committees, governments, and relevant departments at all levels should put people's lives and health first."

And on Feb 3

Xinhua Headlines: China penalizes derelict officials in coronavirus fight

The discipline inspection authorities in China have strengthened supervision and taken strict measures to deal with unqualified and derelict officials during the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Compare to on Feb 28:

Trump calls coronavirus Democrats' 'new hoax'

President Donald Trump accused Democrats of "politicizing" the deadly coronavirus during a campaign rally here on Friday, claiming that the outbreak is "their new hoax" as he continued to downplay the risk in the U.S.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Jan 2nd, 2022 at 03:50:54 PM EST
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China Stands (Almost) Alone: Zero-COVID Lessons for America and the World, Part 3

5  Conclusions

China stands nearly alone in having successfully implemented and sustained, for nearly two years, a zero-COVID policy. Although this is being tested by the omicron variant, it is very likely to be sustained, in part because the capability exists to do so, but largely because it is hard to imagine decision makers in China deciding that the alternative -- conditions in the EU, the United States, and elsewhere -- are preferable.

It is, rather, societies and leaders outside China that could benefit from China's example. This is not only because China has suffered far less illness and loss of life, and done much better economically, during the pandemic. In addition, and critically, had the world possessed the capacity and political will to employ a zero-COVID strategy like China's, there would probably be no omicron variant today, and COVID would not continue to ravage human societies. The inability or unwillingness of most other nations to adopt a zero-COVID policy has had far-reaching consequences, but these have been limited by COVID's relatively low case fatality rate (CFR) as well as by the development of vaccines and, soon, anti-viral drugs. A future pandemic could be worse.



She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Mon Jan 3rd, 2022 at 02:34:18 AM EST
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Omicron Origins
The final theory, and perhaps the most troubling one, is that Omicron is a result of our own doing, through the treatment of a Covid-19 patient with the highly mutagenic antiviral drug molnupiravir. Molnupiravir works by introducing errors into the virus' genetic code. When enough errors are introduced, virus replication slows and the patient clears the virus.

Under less than ideal conditions -- when the full dose of molnupiravir is not taken over the full period of five days, for example -- the drug could lead to the creation of highly mutated, but viable, strains of SARS-CoV-2. Even under ideal conditions, patients treated with molnupiravir produced viable virus a few days into their course of treatment. The extent of the mutations which appeared due to molnupiravir are significant. In the FDA analysis of Merck's clinical trial results, the authors note that patients who received molnupiravir showed more viral variation than those who did not, including amino acid substitutions, deletions or insertions in the spike gene, and amino acid changes were scattered throughout the coding sequence. A total of 72 emergent spike substitutions or changes was detected among 38 molnupiravir-treated patients.

In South Africa, where Omicron was first detected, molnupiravir has been taken in both ideal and non-ideal conditions. Four different South African locations were used in Merck's clinical trial of molnupiravir, which began in October 2020

by generic on Mon Jan 3rd, 2022 at 01:29:17 PM EST
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In SA, there was also the JandJ booster Sisonke trial more recently in Sept-Dec 2021.
About MOV, France rejected it as inefficient and India seems reluctant.
https:/economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/healthcare/biotech/pharmaceuticals/why-is-india-reluct ant-to-include-molnupiravir-in-its-arsenal-against-covid/articleshow/88887911.cms
https:
www.reuters.com/world/europe/france-cancels-order-mercks-covid-19-antiviral-drug-2021-12-22
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 03:17:14 PM EST
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China reports major drop in virus cases in locked-down Xi'an
AP locates the disgruntled
Nearly 200 Dallas first responders quarantined as COVID-19 cases surge
"City spokeswoman Catherine Cuellar said that it is unclear how many city employees have the virus, as it is not being tracked."
by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 01:20:35 PM EST
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Let me consult the table:

Looks like a case of fake statistics to me.
by generic on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 02:08:05 PM EST
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How China's 'zero COVID' pursuit is stoking anger, public shaming: Xi'an LOCKDOWN
"Additionally, the Chinese government needs to maintain its legitimacy to rule the country both at home and abroad. Domestically, they need to keep domestic outbreaks under control to showcase their governance. Internationally, they need to prove that China is the savior rather than the initiator of the global pandemic. The way to achieve these goals is to show how well Beijing can stick to the goal of zero COVID," [Chunhuei Chi, a public health professor at the Oregon State University] told DW.
[...]
Last week, a video circulating on social media showed armed police in Guangxi province parading four people who reportedly violated COVID prevention measures. They were in hazmat suits and carried placards that displayed their names and photos. Each of them was guarded by two police officers and circled by another group of police carrying riot gear or holding guns.

According to the state-run Guangxi News, the four were accused of illegally transporting migrants into China even though the country's borders were basically closed due to the pandemic. The news outlet described the measures as disciplinary measures that offered "real-life warning" to the public and "deterred border-related crimes."

by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 03:38:48 PM EST
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Authorities in S China's Baise in hot water for suspicion of violating Chinese law on parading violators through streets | Global Times |

Border areas in Guangxi have enhanced measures to avoid the spread of coronavirus, including encouraging residents to report information on illegal crossings, amid mounting epidemic control pressure in winter and sporadic outbreaks that were traced to imported sources. 

The issue soon became a hot topic on Chinese social media platforms. Related posts have received more than 350 million views and over 30,000 comments as of Wednesday night. 

....
Experts also pointed out that, although it is understandable that the Baise authority was trying to prevent crimes with special measures during special period and solidate the hard-won achievement in fighting virus, it is clear that the behavior is suspected of violating the law and is improper. 

The Ministry of Public Security of China issued a notice in February last year, clearly requiring local authorities to properly implement laws and banning rude law enforcement. The notice came after many authorities across the country, especially those at the village level, were denounced for rude and excessive law enforcement on the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. 



'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 07:47:53 PM EST
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Parading offenders against Public Order through the public streets has been a Chinese custom for a very long time.  The idea is shaming people, causing them to lose face, is a deterrent.  

It is interesting the Central authorities are trying to repress the custom.


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

by ATinNM on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 03:59:07 PM EST
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Unlike the perp walk, the Chinese guys have at least been convicted.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 04:03:12 PM EST
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What's happening in Hong Kong and what are world democracies demanding?
incoming flights from AUKUS, CA, FR, IN, PK, PH
by Cat on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 01:58:15 PM EST
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Jawjaw Judge sentences men convicted of Arbery murder to life in prison
Travis McMichael, daddy Gregory McMichael, and their videographer William "Roddie" Bryan: "an exercise in accountability" instead of capital punishment.
So. Progress!
by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 10:37:52 PM EST
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Soon on a battlefield near you?

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 09:04:44 PM EST
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Nah, until 2014 or so, the historians usually agreed that there was no Ukrainian identity until 1860's or so (sorry about the vagueness, but this has become very politicized issue of lately).

So in 1654 it was more about Ruthenian lower gentry seeking protection from Russia against Poland from which they had carved their domain.

It just reminds us that without Russia there would be no Ukraine, is all ;-)

by pelgus on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 09:33:36 PM EST
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The nation state is routinely overrated, and I can see no humanly acceptable rationale for according true nationhood only to those "peoples" who have had a strong enough centralised military tradition to dominate large territories.

Or if you prefer, we can fix an arbitrary date, say 1654, and redraw Europe's boundaries. Italy no longer exists; Austria gets a whole lot bigger; etc.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 09:50:52 AM EST
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On the other hand, a philosophy of "global citizen"
and unrealized formation of 8B "self-organized," stateless, and unincorporated persons dedicated to "human rights" warrants further research, possibly practice.

< wipes tears>

by Cat on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 05:17:05 PM EST
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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 05:51:58 PM EST
Guardian
On Saturday, it was revealed that David Boies, lawyer for Giuffre, said Maxwell should have "cut a deal," a decision that indicates she could have become a state witness in a wider investigation into the elite social circle of Epstein, her ex-boyfriend.

Boies told the Times: "I have said publicly for five years that she was making a mistake in not going in and trying to cut a deal with prosecutors. She could have cut a very good deal early on but she passed up that opportunity. I think that's proven to be a fatal mistake."

Interesting choice of language.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 08:52:24 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 07:11:27 PM EST
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This video about the Maxwell 'trial' is hilarious! but when he says that the press was banned, that's a mistake. We saw drawings in the MSM, so they were there.
The point is that indeed, there was hardly any coverage (since the material had been expurgated of 'explicit' words [!!] that wouldn't sell as much). In that, it is similar to the Paris 2013 attacks trial, which has been taking place since months now without hardly any coverage by the MSM.
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 03:12:01 PM EST
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By far the best coverage of the 2015 attacks is on Mediapart

(subscription required)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 10:00:58 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 04:11:34 AM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 04:19:25 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 6th, 2022 at 07:18:26 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 01:17:40 AM EST
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Mr Tibbs?
No.

Hattie McDaniel. American ICON
by Cat on Fri Jan 7th, 2022 at 10:24:54 PM EST
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Could this be a sane place to start a discussion on covid? It is not among the topics of discussion offered. Could be that the owner has no time to clean threads all day long.
by Tom2 on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 10:05:31 AM EST
Welcome!

You be the judge ... we think ET to be an open community, however small, but very dedicated. Love to learn about your interests and perhaps topics you'll love to write about. A brief introduction to help us get to know you?

ET started shortly after the launch of BooMan Tribune, US oriented with Martin Longman as prolific writer. He transferred his archive and started a new blog Progressive Pond. It's linked under the button still named "BooMan Tribune".

In the period of BooMan Tribune and the quick growth of the community, there were special diaries called "Welcome Wagon".

 Most comments are made in the Monthly Newsroom. Looking forward to your contribution.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 12:32:03 PM EST
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No problem. We have published the occasional diaries on Covid-19.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 12:46:40 PM EST
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Forgot to say Welcome! Looking forward to your contributions!

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 12:47:42 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 01:28:35 PM EST
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Welcome to our small and (most of the time) sane place. We always make allowance for our occasional silliness, of course :)

Please, check out the User Guide, our ETiquette and the ET Editorial Guidelines.

This is the Newsroom, and the recommendation is to post items under the different headlines, like Europe, World, Living off the Planet, etc... using reply-to, rather than in the body. For general discussion, we have open threads under the "A Place to Talk" banner.

Well, that's pretty much it: enjoy yourself and again, welcome!

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 06:10:13 PM EST
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Would it be possible to open a diary "What's wrong with MoA" ?
by Tom2 on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 11:53:10 AM EST
or something different?
by Cat on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 01:29:43 PM EST
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Ours is a European centered community, not a US blog. We don't discourage US-centric subjects, but don't be surprised if they bring little audience or reaction.
by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jan 13th, 2022 at 06:13:19 PM EST
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Yes I have noticed the readers are mainly in the US and Australia. But still there is a large portion of people from many other places, and some topics (Africa) are never addressed in posts and often censored in comments. Sometimes I wonder if MoA's only function is not to keep a map of the last true marxists on earth (for those who can see these internet layers).
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 02:38:48 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 05:11:57 PM EST
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https:/www.france24.com/en/africa/20220114-malians-demonstrate-en-masse-after-junta-calls-for-prote sts-over-sanctions
https:
/www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/la-france-et-les-europeens-restent-au-mali-mais-pas-a-n-importe-q uel-prix-annonce-jean-yves-le-drian-20220114

New on Mali

by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 06:11:47 PM EST
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Quote of the day: "If the Malians are free enough to demonstrate, they are free enough to hold an election".

End of Barkane: 20% of Malian territory under Islamist rule, now: 80%.

Background: https:/www.dw.com/fr/arm%C3%A9e-russe-ou-groupe-wagner-qui-est-au-mali/a-60363805
(interestingly, no report in Anglo-Saxon MSM since Xmas:
https:
/www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59777385)

by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 06:14:45 PM EST
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sorry, pressed post too quickly
the author of the quote is French FM Le Drian (a dinosaur kept by Macron all the way since Hollande/Syria)
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 06:15:41 PM EST
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Also, as I mentioned, instead of clicking on the general "post a comment" button, you may want to post under each section in this Newsroom: Europe, Brexit, World etc...
For this, please click on one of the sections at the top of the page, then on the "Reply to this" for the section.

Other (short) recommended reading: How do I embed a link?

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 07:43:39 PM EST
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mmm, I gather, I guessed wrong. But I will get to the bottom of the mysterious "MoA".

You've shared some provocative clues. Unfortunately, all but one (DW) have been scrubbed. I was aware of Wagner but not the Rus legion.

I am inspired to contact my US-naturalized Malian informant for a chat. It's been nearly a year since our COVID check-in. So, thank you for that.

by Cat on Sat Jan 15th, 2022 at 01:35:46 AM EST
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https:/www.rt.com/news/546044-covax-expiring-vaccines-rejected
https://www.vice.com/en/article/akvk9j/open-source-vaccines-got-more-funding-from-titos-vodka-than-t he-government

I am never sure if RT should not be double-checked (it should) but still, there is enough here for allowing a few approximations.

by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 01:48:48 PM EST
https://www.vice.com/en/article/akvk9j/open-source-vaccines-got-more-funding-from-titos-vodka-than-t he-government
 This cheap vaccine is 80% effective against Delta; in comparison, Novovax has not been tested against Delta yet apparently.
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 06:58:31 PM EST
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The French are discovering 'deactivation' (from society).
https:/www.leparisien.fr/societe/sante/passe-sanitaire-qui-est-concerne-par-la-desactivation-des-ce -samedi-14-01-2022-3QLCPFCCMVGVVKJYFP623YPFVQ.php

And this whole bulletin (from an hour ago)... Are other media you know as straight as this one? Am I alone to think there is an escalation lately?
https:
/aod-rfi.akamaized.net/rfi/francais/audio/journaux/r001/journal_international_14h00_-_14h10_g mt_20220114.mp3

by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 02:34:51 PM EST
Why is it that only Spain seems to have built a "covid-only hospital" with proper ceiling height and ventilation system?
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 03:40:14 PM EST
Making clear to the Plebs who owes the real power
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-59997364

(BoJo rejected pressures from his party members who told him he should make public excuses for n°10's lockdown parties)

by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 04:38:29 PM EST
Something rotten in the kingdom of D..
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-59992534
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 08:41:12 PM EST
6 months on and not peer-reviewed, the study that first showed vaccines negativity
https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.24.21262415v1.full#disqus_thread
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 10:11:37 PM EST
Why was the UK bugging Ben Ali ?
https://www.rfi.fr/fr/afrique/20220114-tunisie-la-bbc-r%C3%A9v%C3%A8le-des-enregistrements-des-derni ers-coups-de-fil-de-ben-ali
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 14th, 2022 at 10:59:02 PM EST
Sorry if it is in Europe but there is no covid thread
"As of Sunday, there were 436 COVID patients in serious condition in hospitals across the country. While this figure is still far lower than Israel's record of some 1,200 serious cases in previous waves of the pandemic, it is now coupled with a spike in flu cases and a growing number of staff members - 7,716 as of Sunday  - forced into isolation.

About 1,000 of the quarantined staff are doctors and some 2,190 are nurses."
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-in-eye-of-the-storm-bennett-says-as-quarantines-burden-ho spitals-schools-1.10541721

i.e. more flu than covid, same witnessed currently in Europe and North Afriac.

by Tom2 on Sun Jan 16th, 2022 at 03:47:46 PM EST
Influenza is seasonal, almost entirely in the winter. So if everybody is social distancing and masking, like last winter, then the flu rate will be low. And if everybody is going around as normal, like they are now, then the flu rate will be (at least) as high as normal.

The seasonal feature of influenza is also what lets you get away with only needing one flu shot per year. Even though the effectiveness falls off pretty quickly, the flu season falls off faster so by the time the vaccine is no longer providing protection, it is summer.

COVID is not seasonal, so a vaccine that is only good for six months means you need boosters more often. At least that seems to be the current story.

by asdf on Sun Jan 16th, 2022 at 10:51:18 PM EST
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This is exactly what the Moderna boss said yesterday...

On another issue, I see that a reader named "blues" who seems to have a background in medicine given his older post is now suggesting that IVM will be kept for the happy few. And he confirmed my thought a year ago that intensive use of anything would lead to its non efficiency (but that still does not excuse the fact we don't even try to use it in small doses at population levels)
https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/01/the-moa-week-in-review-ot-2022-005.html?cid=6a00d8341c640e53ef 0278806620ae200d#comment-6a00d8341c640e53ef0278806620ae200d

by Tom2 on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 11:01:26 AM EST
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CDC | Flu Season
While seasonal influenza (flu) viruses are detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons varies, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although significant activity can last as late as May.
[...]
CDC collects, compiles, and analyzes information on influenza activity year-round in the United States and produces FluView, a weekly surveillance report, and FluView Interactive, which allows for more in-depth exploration of influenza surveillance data. The Weekly U.S. Influenza Summary Update is updated weekly year-round.
CDC | Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, ending January 8, 2022
Seasonal influenza activity in the United States declined slightly this week but remains elevated and is expected to continue for several weeks. The amount of activity varies by region.


archived FluViews
by Cat on Wed Jan 19th, 2022 at 06:08:56 PM EST
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Erasmus budget for 2021-27 has been increased by 80%

They had to re-allocate the funds of all the other programs in which people don't apply anymore?

by Tom2 on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 10:58:43 AM EST
Another EU success in the making (well, they are not in yet, but we know some dream of it)
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/jan/16/panic-as-kosovo-pulls-the-plug-on-its-energy-guzz ling-bitcoin-miners
by Tom2 on Mon Jan 17th, 2022 at 11:20:57 AM EST
https:/www.rt.com/news/546401-massive-hamster-euthanasia-ordered-hongkong

Another natural rodent reservoir

by Tom2 on Tue Jan 18th, 2022 at 02:47:24 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 20th, 2022 at 10:25:30 PM EST
What a brilliant retaliation! The UAE bombing anonymously (their mark since Syria and Libya) a prison in Saada, and KSA bombing Sanaa again. What difference would it make if they drop a mini-nuke? Our Eurocrats do not seem to have any problem with wars going on all over. There is not delays and shortage when it really matters.
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 21st, 2022 at 08:59:09 PM EST
https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2022/01/22/des-djihadistes-de-l-ei-en-fuite-apres-l-att aque-d-une-prison-kurde-dans-le-nord-est-syrien_6110547_3210.html

uncoordinated? escalation in Syria and Yemen within 24 hours

by Tom2 on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 10:22:55 AM EST
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Am I confused? I click on Europe and find all the January material without distinction. SF, Maryland, Mozambique, everything.

Anyway, here are the EU news:
https:/www.welt.de/kultur/plus236381027/Wochenrueckblick-Ursula-von-der-Leyen-loescht-mal-wieder.ht ml
https:
/www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/ursula-von-der-leyen-europa-parlament-fragt-nach-ihren-sm s-eu-kommission-mauert-a-72146ec3-5db7-44d9-aaef-6fc074a51ca2

Now we know what is her mission at the head of the EU: continue to outsource everything including defense to opaque private cabinets

by Tom2 on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 09:06:18 AM EST
Indeed, now I click world and I end up on the same thread.
https:/2m.ma/fr/news/can-2021-a-yaounde-des-centres-des-depistage-covid-aux-abords-des-stades-repor tage-20220119
Looks like covid during the African cup in Cameroon is trated gently and with good spirits. I wish I was there.
by Tom2 on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 09:15:38 AM EST
Campbell rocks!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UHvwWWcjYw
by Tom2 on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 12:30:22 PM EST
Interesting reports on the ground from Burkina (rfi africa): people celebrating in the streets, new head of junte published last year a book on terrorism and got his diploma in France. People on the street asking for a transition of 5-6 years until the civilians can get in power (Mali model!)
by Tom2 on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 08:01:06 PM EST
Champaign: Hariri withdraws from politics and disband his Future movement.
by Tom2 on Mon Jan 24th, 2022 at 09:08:11 PM EST
Latest MSM version of why Putin will not launch a war on Ukraine: China would have asked him to postpone it after the Winter Olympics.
How low will they go?
by Tom2 on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 12:29:02 PM EST
by Cat on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 02:30:37 PM EST
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Hear, hear!
https:/www.reuters.com/world/africa/mali-asks-denmark-immediately-withdraw-troops-deployed-there-20 22-01-24
by Tom2 on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 12:41:09 PM EST
While we are still waiting for the results of the Oxford study, Duke University will trial IVM
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article257483164.html
by Tom2 on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 03:50:38 PM EST
Ivermectin's potential to treat COVID gets a serious look in Duke University study
THREE DRUGS INVOLVED IN NIH-SPONSORED STUDY Ivermectin is one of three drugs that Duke is testing under ACTIV-6, one of a series of studies of potential COVID-19 treatments and vaccines launched by the National Institutes of Health. Duke was chosen for the study because of its experience leading national clinical trials, said Hernandez, a cardiologist who has led large-scale trials.
surviving EUA monoclonal candidates
The two other drugs being tested in the ACTIV-6 study are fluvoxamine [SSI, blood-brain-barrier molecular wght], used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression, and fluticasone furoate, an inhaler medicine prescribed for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease[s,] or COPD.
inflammation of upper- and lower- respiratory anatomy: As it happens, last night I was perplexed by a Dr. Campbell episode feat. AU "mucosal compartment" specialist Dr. Clancy, who postulated rapidly degraded omicron excreted by white blood cells in bronchi mucosa expressed as waste product eg. "swallowed" phlegm or nasal mucus, CO2, urine, or feces that which circumvent serum ("blood") circulation, so suppressing progressive, or "systemic," COVID disease. Given familiarity with asthma, bronchitis, and COPD pathologies and treatments afflicting relatives, I brushed up relevant vascular and glandular anatomy (eg. Figure 4, immunoglobulin classes, and "biome" endocrinology). Over all, Clancy offers a plausible explanation for common omicron symptoms, but not persistant coronavirus' "binding" affinities --which The Science has marked for annihilation.
All three drugs are already approved for use in humans and have a track record of being safe, Hernandez said. All three are also easy to use at home and rarely interact with other medications, making them candidates to treat mild to moderate cases of COVID-19.
[...]
The three drugs were chosen for the study because they've shown some promise in treating COVID-19, through earlier studies and by what's known about how they work in the body. Fluticasone, for example, is a steroid that reduces inflammation [caused by particulate, bacterial, or viral infection] in [upper-and lower-respirator anatomy] the lungs that can cause breathing problems, which is also a primary symptom of COVID-19.
by Cat on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 06:46:59 PM EST
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in case you are wondering why fluvoxamine is included in this panel of "off-label" uses, prior research into sigma-1 receptor (S1R) "agonists like FLV" finally warrant a larger clinical study of its wide-spectrum, anti-viral properties in suppressing COVID symptoms.

Fluvoxamine: A Review of Its Mechanism of Action and Its Role in COVID-19, 2006-2020 summary

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, inflammatory, demyelinating neurodegenerative disease. SSRIs like sertraline have been shown to have immunomodulatory effects in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a mouse model of MS (Taler et al., 2011), and in a rat model of rheumatoid arthritis (Baharav et al., 2012). FLV reduces the severity in EAE in rats, even when treatment began 12 days post-induction of EAE (Ghareghani et al., 2017). ...
LOL
An 880 patient randomized study is underway and should provide some definitive answers (Lenze, 2020). Patients nationally can join this study from home and at no cost. However, given the current crisis, which is expected to worsen before a vaccine takes effect, one wonders if the FLV evidence in COVID-19 is strong enough to consider a change in practice guidelines, to even more quickly accumulate data on outcomes in COVID-19 patients (Sukhatme and Sukhatme, 2021). A small group of healthcare systems could consider this approach and simultaneously set up tools, e.g., a local or regional repository to track outcomes in real-time. If the efficacy is similar to the small randomized trial (Lenze et al., 2020), it should be evident in such data....
Reis, et al., "Effect of early treatment with fluvoxamine on risk of emergency care and hospitalisation among patients with COVID-19: the [Brazil] TOGETHER randomised, platform clinical trial" Lancet, 27 Oct 2021
The study team screened 9803 potential participants for this trial. The trial was initiated on June 2, 2020, with the current protocol reporting randomisation to fluvoxamine from Jan 20 to Aug 5, 2021, when the trial arms were stopped for superiority. ...
by Cat on Tue Jan 25th, 2022 at 08:22:09 PM EST
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Afghans in Syria war and role in 2015 attacks, not the kind of thing you will find in the MSM (who do their best not to cover the Nov 2015 attacks trial all along)
https://www.rfi.fr/en/france/20220126-truth-lost-in-translation-as-pakistani-suspect-manipulates-lan guage-gap
by Tom2 on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 09:53:36 PM EST
MSM (who do their best not to cover the Nov 2015 attacks trial all along)

You mean, like the special series "Procès des attentats du 13 novembre" from Le Monde, Médiapart, Libération or Le Nouvel Obs?

by Bernard (bernard) on Thu Jan 27th, 2022 at 07:35:47 PM EST
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These are all under paywall. I mean by MSM those that are read more widely. Neither do French radios go too much into the details that are too damning for France and its various manipulations in Syria.
by Tom2 on Thu Jan 27th, 2022 at 09:04:14 PM EST
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So now that the jihadists in the Hasaka prison have taken the children hostages (their own children), everyone seems to find it a scandal (but none want to recall that it is in the first place the Western countries refusing to take back their own black sheeps -and even the black sheeps' children- that have caused these children to be there.
Who remembers that during the "siege" of (some districts of) Aleppo, the same jihadists were shown as heroes on the MSM with toddlers on their lap while talking to the world by skype?
by Tom2 on Fri Jan 28th, 2022 at 12:06:35 PM EST
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The 'heroes' and their stories are still paraded in our capitals....

link

by Tom2 on Fri Jan 28th, 2022 at 09:04:19 PM EST
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So Denmark, at the peak of its covid epidemy, send troops to Mali without invitation. It's all normal, no?
https:/www.politico.eu/article/denmark-becomes-first-eu-country-to-scrap-all-covid-19-restrictions

https:/www.reuters.com/world/africa/mali-asks-denmark-immediately-withdraw-troops-deployed-there-20 22-01-24
https:/www.reuters.com/world/africa/denmark-says-its-troops-mali-basis-clear-invitation-2022-01-25
https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20220126-france-european-allies-urge-mali-junta-to-let-danish-cou nter-terrorism-forces-stay

by Tom2 on Thu Jan 27th, 2022 at 11:04:42 AM EST
Dutch properties value has increased by 40 percent in just 2 years.
https:/www.iamexpat.nl/housing/real-estate-news/dutch-housing-market-sees-largest-price-increase-ov er-20-years

Vultures are looking at EU properties. How long can citizens cope with that?
https:
/www.nakedcapitalism.com/2022/01/many-parts-of-eu-are-in-the-grip-of-an-insidious-housing-boo m-new-report-warns.html

by Tom2 on Fri Jan 28th, 2022 at 03:01:40 PM EST
Only 20 years in prison?
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-60185963
by Tom2 on Sun Jan 30th, 2022 at 05:28:33 PM EST
Under French pressure, Senegal is provoking a mayhem for itself and a risk of hunger in Mali
https:/senego.com/fermeture-frontiere-avec-mali-le-senegal-a-trahi-plus-de-600-camions-sont-bloques -gora-khouma_1379431.html
https:
/www.rfi.fr/fr/podcasts/le-d%C3%A9bat-africain/20220128-comment-expliquer-tous-ces-coups-d-et at-en-afrique
by Tom2 on Mon Jan 31st, 2022 at 11:05:03 AM EST
It's February, if I am correct, but this was from yesterday
https://www.rfi.fr/fr/afrique/20220131-mali-l-ambassadeur-de-france-somm%C3%A9-par-les-autorit%C3%A9 s-de-quitter-le-pays-dans-les-72-heures
French ambassador asked to leave Mali within 72 hours, Mali ready to cut all diplomatic relations if the French government does not tone done (Mali and Burkina are blamed for doing what in Egypt and Chad is considered as okay).
by Tom2 on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 11:08:13 AM EST
https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/1237/457240/Egypt/Defence/Egyptian,-French-air-forces-beg in-joint-exercise-i.aspx
After they condemned Sisi for his 'coup' they became friends again after the Saudis signed a few check for 'offering' military equipments to Egypt.
by Tom2 on Tue Feb 1st, 2022 at 11:20:08 AM EST
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