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6/11/2021

Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:26 pm



[guest post by Dana]

Hello Weekend! I hope you’ve had a good week filled with love and good cheer. Here are a few news items to chew over. Feel free to share anything that you think would interest readers, and make sure to include links.

First news items

Oh:

Okay, but I’m pretty sure they are trying to talk to you directly:

Missouri Rep. Cori Bush, the progressive freshman Democratic congresswoman who has made many statements critical of Israel, is refusing to participate in an interview with the St. Louis Jewish Light, the leading Jewish newspaper in the city, according to its editors.

In a May 12 editorial, the paper’s editors said they have been ignored by the congresswoman’s staff in their efforts to interview Bush about her views on Israel and other topics. The lawmaker’s staff last communicated with the biweekly in an April 20 email.

Bush’s response to their interview requests “should trouble our readers,” the unsigned editorial said. The editorial did not clarify how long the Jewish Light had been trying to speak to Bush.

The Jewish Light said its goal is to clarify Bush’s views on the topic, as well as her social media posts comparing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to racial justice protests in the United States.

Related: Nancy tells Ilhan Omar to knock it off:

With a rare joint statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her entire leadership team on Thursday sought to quell a growing controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) remarks equating war crimes committed by the U.S. and Israel to those by the Taliban and Hamas terrorist groups.

The joint statement…came after Omar responded to a request from a dozen Jewish House Democrats to “clarify” what she meant in her original remarks.

“Legitimate criticism of the policies of both the United States and Israel is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate. And indeed, such criticism is essential to the strength and health of our democracies,” the Democratic leadership team said in its statement.

“But drawing false equivalencies between democracies like the U.S. and Israel and groups that engage in terrorism like Hamas and the Taliban foments prejudice and undermines progress toward a future of peace and security for all,” the statement adds.

This is what got the ball rolling:

Totally unsurprising.

Second news item

OMG, CNN’s level of desperation is just stunning! Eight months after that unfortunate Zoom moment, Jeffrey Toobin returned to CNN as the network’s chief legal analyst. To welcome him back, the brain trust at CNN decided to have reporter Alisyn Camerota talk about what happened. She told Toobin that she would provide viewers with a recap. He laughed and suggested she ‘help herself’:

Why, CNN? WHY??

Third news item

Texas to build border wall:

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday that Texas will build a border wall along the state’s boundary with Mexico — but provided no details on where or when.

Abbott declared his plans during a press conference in Del Rio. He said he would discuss the plans next week. The Biden administration issued a proclamation that stopped border wall construction on his first day of office.

Abbott announced the news while discussing a slew of border initiatives, such as a $1 billion allocation for border security in the state budget lawmakers just passed and a plan to establish a Governor’s Task Force on Border and Homeland Security with public safety and state government officials.

Fourth news item

The circus is coming to town:

Former President Donald Trump will go on a tour with Bill O’Reilly to talk about his presidency, with a series of paid ticketed events planned for December in Florida and Texas.

O’Reilly, the former Fox News host who now hosts the podcast No Spin News, announced the tour on his website on Monday. It’s dubbed “The History Tour,” focused on highlights from the Trump presidency and “a never before heard inside view of his administration,” according to a release.

“These will be wonderful but hard-hitting sessions where we’ll talk about the real problems happening in the U.S., those that the Fake News Media never mention,” Trump said in a statement.

Fifth news item

Wait just a minute: I thought Trump and friends accused Democrats of doing this:

As the Justice Department investigated who was behind leaks of classified information early in the Trump administration, it took a highly unusual step: Prosecutors subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, aides and family members. One was a minor.

All told, the records of at least a dozen people tied to the committee were seized in 2017 and early 2018, including those of Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, then the panel’s top Democrat and now its chairman, according to committee officials and two other people briefed on the inquiry. Representative Eric Swalwell of California said in an interview Thursday night that he had also been notified that his data had subpoenaed.

Prosecutors, under the beleaguered attorney general, Jeff Sessions, were hunting for the sources behind news media reports about contacts between Trump associates and Russia. Ultimately, the data and other evidence did not tie the committee to the leaks, and investigators debated whether they had hit a dead end and some even discussed closing the inquiry.

But William P. Barr revived languishing leak investigations after he became attorney general a year later. He moved a trusted prosecutor from New Jersey with little relevant experience to the main Justice Department to work on the Schiff-related case and about a half-dozen others, according to three people with knowledge of his work who did not want to be identified discussing federal investigations.

Sixth news item

California’s Covid chaos:

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to have the state mostly reopen and end pandemic restrictions on June 15 was dealt an unexpected blow last week when the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board decided to continue to require mask-wearing at factory and office workplaces if all workers had not been fully vaccinated.

This cautious position was not shared by federal authorities. Citing the extreme effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance on May 13 that said fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear face masks, including at most workplaces. The CDC’s recommendation helped prompt the Newsom administration to plan to end mask requirements next Tuesday, albeit with some fairly broad exceptions: at transit centers and on public transportation; at hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities; inside child-care centers and K-12 schools; at prisons and jails; and at emergency and homeless shelters.

Thankfully, Cal/OSHA realized that it was sowing confusion by having tougher standards than those of the administration it serves. It has acted to adopt mask rules in sync with those set by the state Department of Public Health and backed by Newsom — although they probably won’t take effect until June 28, unfortunately.

Seventh news item

Bipartisan billions and no tax increases:

A bipartisan group of 10 senators Thursday afternoon announced an agreement on a “compromise framework” to invest $1.2 trillion in infrastructure over the next eight years.

Sources familiar with the deal said it would provide $974 billion over five years. They also said the framework is focused on “core, physical infrastructure” and would not increase taxes, though it includes an option to index the gas tax to inflation.

Further, it would provide $579 billion in new funding over what would otherwise be spent without any new legislation.

“Our group — comprised of 10 senators, five from each party — has worked in good faith and reached a bipartisan agreement on a realistic, compromise framework to modernize our nation’s infrastructure and energy technologies,” members of the bipartisan group said in a joint statement.

“This investment would be fully paid for and not include tax increases,” they added.

Eighth news item

Crazier than Jewish space lasers starting fires:

In a way only they can, supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory are bizarrely suggesting there was huge significance in the moment a cicada flew around the neck of President Joe Biden before he boarded Air Force One.

A clip of Biden swatting away an insect while he was on the tarmac of Joint Base Andrews ahead of his visit to Cornwall, England, for the G7 summit was widely shared on social media on Wednesday.

“Watch out for the cicadas,” Biden told reporters shortly afterwards. “I just got one. It got me.”

The swarm of insects had already caused issues after filling up the plane’s engines, causing it to be grounded on Tuesday and delaying the president’s first overseas trip by several hours.

Rather than just seeing it as an example of the issues caused by the return of the large, loud insects after living underground for the past 17 years, some QAnon supporters claimed the reappearance of the Brood X cicadas is somehow a secret nod that justifies their radical movement.

We The Media, a collection of QAnon advocates with more than 225,000 subscribers on its Telegram account, believes Biden swatting at the cicadas is actually “comms,” a secret message that can be decoded by QAnon supporters.

“JOE BIDEN BITTEN BY A CICADA – COMMS? Just so happens that Cicada nymphs emerge after a 17-year childhood underground!!!” We The Media wrote.

For QAnon supporters, anything that can be linked to the number 17, no matter how tenuous, can be interpreted as “comms” for them as Q is the 17th letter of the alphabet.

“What? CHILD? UNDERGROUND? 17? Yes. Then after a short period above ground they molt, mate, lay eggs and die,” We The Media’s post added.

The “underground” comment is a reference to a long held belief from QAnon that there exists a network of secret underground tunnels where children are being trafficked and abused by the satanic pedophiles they claim they will one day expose.

MISCELLANEOUS

The heat of June has arrived. Thus,Flaming June:

Untitled
(Frederic Leighton, 1895)

If humans acted like dogs:

Have a good weekend.

–Dana

178 Responses to “Weekend Open Thread”

  1. Hello there.

    Dana (fd537d)

  2. Yay!

    nk (1d9030)

  3. Dana: Why, CNN? WHY??
    CNN: Just exactly what kind of audience did you think we have, Ms. Dana?

    nk (1d9030)

  4. I get it, nk, but still it’s just unbelievable that they would need Toobin that badly. And who did Cameron’s tick off that she was given this most unenviable task?

    Dana (fd537d)

  5. I don’t have access to the entire NYT article. Is their mention of Swalwell’s fornicating with a Chinese Spy? Maybe a competent DoJ would think that was a good reason to subpoena his data?

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  6. Maybe Toobin agreed to greatly reduced pay. CNN has to be cost-cutting because its rating are down since Trump left office.

    norcal (c58621)

  7. Almost no one is wearing masks in NJ anymore except where it is forced upon them. Was in the supermarket today and over 75% were unmasked. Was in Atlantic City last weekend for an event and no one was masked. Went to see a live band afterward and there were over a thousand people there without masks.

    The show is over.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  8. Correct, NJRob. The left coast will be the last to get on board, albeit kicking and screaming.

    What a bunch of sheeple.

    norcal (c58621)

  9. “All told, the records of at least a dozen people tied to the committee were seized in 2017 and early 2018, including those of Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, then the panel’s top Democrat and now its chairman, according to committee officials and two other people briefed on the inquiry. Representative Eric Swalwell of California said in an interview Thursday night that he had also been notified that his data had subpoenaed.”

    Ironically, Adam Schiff never met surveillance bill he didn’t like. I’d love to see this result in some sort of reform, but I’m not gonna hold my breath.

    Davethulhu (13b53b)

  10. Why, CNN? WHY??

    They’re jerkoffs. =rimshot=
    ___________

    In the United States, Standards and Practices (also referred to as Broadcast Standards and Practices) is the name traditionally given to the department at a television network which is responsible for the moral, ethical, and legal implications of the program that network airs. Standards and Practices also ensures fairness on televised game shows, in which they are the adjunct to the judges at the production company level. They also have the power to reprimand and to recommend the termination of television network stars and employees for violations of standards and practices.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadcast_Standards_and_Practices

    As if anyone is going to take him seriously anymore.

    Royalists gotta royal; lawyers gotta lawyer; cablers gotta cable.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  11. If humans acted like dogs

    Did Toobin clean his butt along some CNN carpeting, too?

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  12. Until recently women of color who would not defer to the democratic establishment were marginalized. AOC and others have had to fight their way to gain the little power that they have. Fighting their way to victory with little money and animosity by the corporate establishment democrat party in lockstep with the israel lobby until israel’s trump the corrupt grifter netanhayu came along. His latest war crime provoking a war with hamas. with his actions designed to stop his opponents from forming a coalition to get him out of power so he can be prosecuted for his criminally and graft.

    asset (dba1e5)

  13. It is high time the Squad kicked all those old white people out of power.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  14. Texas to build border wall

    I expect a lawsuit from the left claiming that states cannot have their own immigration policies. Without a tinge of irony.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  15. Tim Conway Jr Show

    Thirteen weeks.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  16. As if anyone is going to take him seriously anymore.

    Royalists gotta royal; lawyers gotta lawyer; cablers gotta cable.

    As to Lubin’ Toobin’s future Q rating, this case on the other side of Turner corporate (panty wearer, peg-ee, though at least it was with live women) might be the best he can hope for….otherwise it’s the Nooz version of Pee Wee Herman.

    urbanleftbehind (2fe8e1)

  17. Democrats push for speedy Newsom recall as new analysis pegs cost at $215 million
    An analysis released Thursday projects the recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom will cost at least $215 million, less than what elections officials initially estimated but a large enough price tag that local governments across California will need the state to pick up the tab.
    ……..
    “The total costs reported by all counties to conduct a special statewide recall election is $215 million,” state Department of Finance Director Keely Martin Bosler wrote in the Thursday letter to lawmakers. “This estimate does not reflect the Secretary of State’s costs associated with a statewide recall election.”

    The bulk of the costs for the election would be incurred on the local level, where elections are conducted. State costs are generally much smaller. A spokesperson for Secretary of State Shirley Weber said there was no immediate comment on what other expenses might be expected.

    …….. So far, almost six dozen Californians have filed statements of intention seeking to run in the recall election — including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, 2018 gubernatorial hopeful John Cox and reality TV star and retired Olympic decathlete Caitlyn Jenner, all Republicans.
    ………
    The 2017 law added up to 90 days to the preparations for a recall election — time for voters who signed the petition to change their minds and for state officials to calculate the cost to conduct the election. The deadline for voters to remove their signatures was Tuesday and now elections officials in the state’s 58 counties have until June 22 to send information about those changes to Weber.

    But the two required fiscal analyses — one by the state Department of Finance, the other by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee — are described differently in the law. Under the interpretation now embraced by (State Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood)) it’s possible the Newsom recall could be held before the end of the summer.

    Legislative staff members say a change to the 2017 recall law that expedites the fiscal analysis will be inserted into a state budget-related bill as soon as next week.
    ……
    Neither effort to crunch the numbers should be considered complete. A large number of candidates running to replace Newsom, for example, can lead to multipage ballots and voter guides, adding on additional expenses. In 2003, for example, there were 135 candidates on the ballot seeking to replace Davis.
    ………

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  18. “Until recently women of color who would not defer to the democratic establishment were marginalized.”

    Here’s an example that illustrates that generalization.

    Well, maybe not exactly.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  19. Rip @17. How many feet of high speed rail is that?

    nk (1d9030)

  20. Is their mention of Swalwell’s fornicating with a Chinese Spy?

    Assuming Swalwell actually did roger a Chinese spy, what does this have to do with the allegation of leaking classified intel about Russia?

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  21. WH announces gaff-prone President Plagiarist to duck doing joint presser w/Vlad.

    That’s-a-tell’en-him, Squinty McStumblebum!

    Old.
    Weak.
    Cowardly.

    … and Putin smiled.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  22. @19- I’ll take that as a rhetorical question. I too think the bullet train is a solution to a non-existent problem.

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  23. @19-
    If only had recall proponents put in same energy into an initiative to blocking the bullet train, that boondoggle might be ended.

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  24. Putin needs to get more creative at intimidating and killing his opponents. Poisonings and defenestrations are getting a little boring.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  25. I used to listen to the Tim Conway Jr Show on KFI as I was driving home from work in the later part of the evenings. I always liked him. He had his dad on one evening and the two of them were hilarious together. And he’s a pretty staunch conservative to boot.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  26. Likud promises peaceful transition of power, again accuses Bennett of fraud
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party on Thursday issued a clarification of the premier’s claims of “election fraud” in Israel that made international headlines and drew comparisons to former US president Donald Trump.

    In an English tweet thread retweeted by the premier, the party for the first time said that Netanyahu is committed to a “peaceful transition of power.”

    However, his office has refused to state whether the prime minister will be attending the traditional handover ceremony of the premiership on Monday, and a transitional briefing with incoming premier Naftali Bennett has not yet been scheduled…….
    …….
    On Sunday, Netanyahu told a Likud faction meeting, “We are witnesses to the greatest election fraud in the history of the country and in my opinion, the history of democracies.

    Those comments and others were picked up by CNN, which published a segment on Wednesday featuring side-by-side footage of Netanyahu and Trump using nearly identical rhetoric to dismiss the validity of election results, to disparage the media, to make claims regarding the existence of a “deep state” and to promise to fight the new government formed to replace them.

    Likud’s Thursday statement said: “When Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks about ‘election fraud,’ he isn’t referring to the vote-counting process in Israel, in which he has complete confidence.”
    ……..
    “There is also no question about the peaceful transition of power,” it said. “There always has been a peaceful transfer of power in Israel and there always will be.”

    However, Likud stood by Netanyahu’s characterization of “election fraud” to describe the formation of the unity government replacing him, saying it accurately depicted Bennett’s breaking of pre-election promises not to form a government with Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and the Islamist Ra’am party.

    “Bennett hijacked votes from the right and shifted them to the left in direct contradiction to his pledges,” Likud said. “If this isn’t fraud we don’t know what is.”
    ……..
    Likud falsely claimed Thursday that “Bennett’s actions are akin to US electors unilaterally switching the voters’ choice for president against the will of the electorate.”
    …….
    “The deep state is deep within this government,” Netanyahu said of the nascent coalition set to replace him, using a term for a supposed conspiracy of bureaucrats working against the elected leadership, popularized by Trump during his time in office
    ……..

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  27. (Rep. Chip) Roy introduces bill blocking Chinese Communist Party members from buying US land
    ……
    The bill, called the Securing America’s Land from Foreign Interference Act, is being introduced by Roy along with Reps. Lance Gooden (R-Texas), Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Randy Weber (R-Texas).

    “In their quest for global domination, China has been buying up land and strategic infrastructure all over the world and in the United States,” Roy said.

    “Direct Chinese investment in the US economy is a major threat to the American way of life and requires that we take serious action to thwart the Chinese Communist party (CCP) from ever seizing control of strategically valuable domestic assets in the US,” he added.
    >>>>>>>>
    What a joke-the bill does nothing of the sort. It directs the President to “take such actions as may be necessary to prohibit the purchase of public or private real estate located in the United States by members of the Chinese Communist Party.” No enforcement, and any President would ignore the law as interfering in his ability to conduct foreign policy. It is brief, though, at only two pages. Political grandstanding.

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  28. Assuming Swalwell actually did roger a Chinese spy, what does this have to do with the allegation of leaking classified intel about Russia?

    Great question.

    Due to the limited quotes of the linked article, and my lack of desire to subscribe to the NYT, I really have no idea what Swalwell’s #MeToo comment was truly about. As near as I can tell, from what is quoted here, it is unnamed sources that say the inquiry was solely about leaking confidential information regarding Russia.

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  29. 24.Putin needs to get more creative at intimidating and killing his opponents. Poisonings and defenestrations are getting a little boring.

    Russia has been flying the base design of the Soyuz spacecraft since the mid-1960s. The wheel still works, too.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  30. @16. The problem with CNN is Jeff Zucker.

    He’s no Dick Salant.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  31. @28 – next step a tattoo on the inside of their forearm and a yellow star pinned to their garments

    Horatio (b5075f)

  32. Sources familiar with the deal said it would provide $974 billion over five years. They also said the framework is focused on “core, physical infrastructure” and would not increase taxes, though it includes an option to index the gas tax to inflation.

    If you bumped up the tax tax by $1/gallon, you’d get $150 billion/year (assuming you didn’t dampen demand). Indexing to inflation will bring in very little comparatively.

    I do expect Biden to ramp up tax taxes though; maybe the old British formula of 50 cents more per year for ten years. Gasoline bad, electricity good. Then of course they’ll have to tax electricity to make up the shortfall.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  33. @216: New Israeli elections in a month, after Bennett fails to rein in some settlers and the Arabs bolt. You gotta believe that Netanyahu is arranging it now.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  34. @28 – next step a tattoo on the inside of their forearm and a yellow star pinned to their garments

    Being forced to get vaccinated against a deadly disease is not the same as being gassed to death. It really isn’t. Find a new meme that doesn’t mark you as an [expletive-deleted].

    Most people outside the first world are not so stupid as to refuse free medical care.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  35. Off-topic: Perhaps you can blame the pandemic, but this has got to be the worst television season ever. There may be a gem here and there, but the crap is well over the usual 90%.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  36. Being forced to get vaccinated against a deadly disease

    If COVID is considered a deadly disease, at this point – what disease isn’t?

    Hoi Polloi (b28058)

  37. Undervaccinated red states are nowhere near herd immunity as dangerous Delta variant spreads
    …….[T] the Delta variant — which drove the massive wave of infection and death in India this spring — presents some very real risks. According to epidemiologists in the U.K., Delta (or B.1.617.2) is 40 to 60 percent more transmissible than the Alpha variant (B.1.1.7) that first emerged there in late 2020 and was itself up to 70 percent more transmissible than earlier versions of the virus.

    As a result, Delta has quickly overtaken Alpha in the U.K., where COVID-19 cases — 91 percent of which are now Delta — have doubled over the last week. And while all two-dose COVID vaccines are effective against Delta when fully administered, the variant’s immune escape properties cut vaccine protection to just 33 percent in the period between the first dose and the second, according to a new study from Public Health England. (Vaccine protection from Alpha is 50 percent three weeks after the first dose, according to the study.)

    This means, as another new U.K. study has shown, that while the current risk of infection is 1 in 22,455 for fully vaccinated U.K. residents, it rises to 1 in 7,901 for those who are partially vaccinated and 1 in 2,908 for the unvaccinated.
    …….
    “We don’t want to let happen in the United States what is happening currently in the U.K., where you have a troublesome variant essentially taking over as the dominant variant,” (Dr. Anthony) Fauci warned. “We have within our power to [prevent] that by getting people vaccinated.”
    …….
    The latest CDC data shows that the gap between vaccination rates in red states and blue states is vast, and it’s only getting wider. Right now, the 10 states that have fully vaccinated the smallest share of their residents are Mississippi (28 percent), Alabama (30 percent), Arkansas (32 percent), Louisiana (32 percent), Wyoming (33 percent), Tennessee (33 percent), Utah (34 percent), Idaho (34 percent), Georgia (34 percent) and Oklahoma (35 percent).

    Meanwhile, the 10 states that have fully vaccinated the largest share of their residents are Vermont (60 percent), Massachusetts (57 percent), Maine (57 percent), Connecticut (56 percent), Rhode Island (54 percent), New Hampshire (53 percent), New Jersey (51 percent), Maryland (51 percent), Washington (49 percent) and New Mexico (49 percent).

    With the exception of Georgia, every state on the low-vax list voted Republican in the 2020 presidential election. Every state on the high-vax list voted Democratic.

    Likewise, the vast majority of the 100 U.S. counties with today’s highest per capita case counts are in conservative areas. According to the most recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll, more than three-quarters of Democrats (76 percent) say they’ve already been vaccinated, while less than half of Republicans (49 percent) say the same. A full 28 percent of Republicans say they will “never” get vaccinated.
    …….
    …….(T)he share of the population in undervaccinated states who were actually infected (and presumably acquired some degree of natural immunity) is still relatively small.

    Take Mississippi. Again, just 28 percent of the population there has been fully vaccinated. According to the NIH’s dashboard of seroprevalence studies, the share of Mississippians who possess antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 was most recently estimated at 28 percent as well. Given that there’s significant overlap between the two groups — many people who have had COVID also end up getting vaccinated — that probably leaves more than half of Mississippi’s population susceptible to Delta (at a time when few residents are continuing to take any precautions).

    ……. In fact, the most recent NIH antibody numbers are similar — or lower — across the other nine least vaccinated states: Alabama (30 percent), Arkansas (26 percent), Louisiana (15 percent), Tennessee (30 percent), Wyoming (29 percent), Idaho (19 percent), Utah (27 percent), Georgia (18 percent) and Oklahoma (19 percent).

    In comparison, New Jersey’s antibody estimate (31 percent), combined with its much higher full-vaccination rate (51 percent of the total population, plus another 10 percent who have received their first dose), puts it much closer to herd immunity……
    ……..
    ……… Delta could soon lead to more COVID-19 illness and death in undervaccinated communities than in well-vaccinated communities. And while the numbers may not be as big as before, they will be all the more tragic because they could have been prevented.
    ……..

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  38. NJRob-
    So if my hand was stamped (or forced to wear a wristband) when I enter a concert (pre-Covid) does that mean I was selected for possible death?

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  39. 28.https://www.bostonherald.com/2021/06/11/unvaccinated-students-at-prom-in-new-hampshire-had-numbers-written-on-their-hands/

    They were each given a serial number.

    Ever been to a ‘slave labor’ camp called ‘McDonald’s’ where they issue you a number and shout it out when your “order” is ready?!?!

    And they have ovens, too!

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  40. Teens hospitalized for COVID-19 at nearly 3 times typical flu hospitalization rate
    Adolescents have been hospitalized for COVID-19 at nearly three times the typical hospitalization rate for flu, and almost one-third required intensive care, according to a new report covering cases in 14 states.

    The data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also show racial disparities in hospitalization rates and an increase in rates this spring.
    …….
    The CDC and other experts analyzed data on 12- to 17-year-olds from a COVID-19 surveillance network that spans 99 counties in 14 states. From January through March this year, 204 adolescents within the network were hospitalized with a primary reason related to COVID-19, according to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. ……
    …….
    Roughly 71% of the hospitalized adolescents had an underlying medical condition. Obesity, chronic lung disease and neurological disorders were the most common. About 31% of the hospitalized teens were admitted to an intensive care unit, and 5% required invasive mechanical ventilation. There were no deaths.

    The teen hospitalization rate from COVID-19 was almost 13 times lower than the rate for adults, but it was higher than the rate for children ages 5-11.
    …….
    The COVID-19 hospitalization rate per 100,000 adolescents peaked at 2.1 in January 2021, fell to 0.6 in mid-March and then rose to 1.3 in mid-April, according to the report. Authors said circulating variants, children returning to in-person education and relaxed preventive measures all may have contributed to the recent rise.
    ……….

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  41. NJRob-
    See #38-Good news about NJ! Which is probably why fewer people are wearing masks.

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  42. https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/people-already-infected-with-covid-19-gain-no-additional-benefits-from-vaccination-study/ar-AAKQba2?ocid=sf

    study conducted on over 52,000 Cleveland Clinic employees found there was no significant difference in COVID-19 infections between previously infected and currently unvaccinated participants; previously infected and currently vaccinated participants; and previously uninfected and currently vaccinated participants. Researchers also found that 99.3% of all COVID-19 infections occurred in unvaccinated participants who had not been previously infected. The remaining 0.7% of infections were in vaccinated participants who were not previously infected.

    The study did not find a single incident of COVID-19 infection in participants who previously had the infection, regardless if the participant received the vaccine.

    Overall, the analysis showed vaccines significantly reduced the risk of COVID-19 for those who have never tested positive but not for those with previous infection.

    NJRob (eae831)

  43. Being forced to get vaccinated against a deadly disease is not the same as being gassed to death. It really isn’t. Find a new meme that doesn’t mark you as an [expletive-deleted].

    Most people outside the first world are not so stupid as to refuse free medical care.

    That you actually believe that a virus with a 99+% survival rate is “deadly” says more about you than my comment…you’ve obviously never heard of Marburg, Ebola, MERS-Cov, rabies…

    Horatio (3012c3)

  44. Man gets 10-year sentence for attacking and coughing on person who asked him to pull up mask
    ……
    The incident, first reported by the Iowa Capital Dispatch, unfolded Nov. 11, 2020, when (Mark) Dinning noticed (Shane Wayne Michael’s) mask was pulled below his nose inside the Des Moines store. After Dinning asked Michael to pull up his mask, the two “exchanged words” before exiting the store, the complaint says. At the time, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) had just signed an order extending the state’s public health emergency, in which customers and employees were required to wear masks at “establishments providing personal services.”
    ……
    Dinning told police that Michael followed him out of the Vision 4 Less and began assaulting him, with both men falling to the ground. Dinning said he bit Michael’s left arm when the man had gouged him in his left eye, the Capital Dispatch reported. Michael responded by kneeing Dinning in his genitals several times, according to the complaint. Then, Michael allegedly pulled down his mask and made a reference to covid while coughing and spitting on Dinning.
    …….
    …….. [M]ultiple witnesses at the scene reported Michael to be the aggressor, and one employee described him to police as a “problem.” A photo submitted as evidence to Polk County District Court shows Dinning’s face red and badly swollen, with his left eye swollen shut……….
    ……..
    Michael’s father downplayed Dinning’s injuries to the Capital Dispatch. “It’s like [Dinning] got a black eye in a bar fight, and now my son is getting 10 years in prison,” he said.
    >>>>>>>>>
    Waaaaaah !

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  45. Right now, the semi-official count of American deaths from COVID-19 is about 615,000. (Excess death estimates from various news organizations are somewhat higher. For example. And much, much higher for some other nations.) Moreover, the death toll will continue to rise, especially if there continues to be resistance to vaccinations among the less educated and the misinformed.

    Whether a death toll of more than 600K makes a virus “deadly” is, I suppose, a matter of opinion. Those who say it does not would have to come to some other odd conclusions, for example, that World War II was not deadly — for the United States — since our death toll in that war was about 400K.

    Nor are the deaths from COVID-19 the only health consequences. What we are learning about “long COVID” is, to say the least, disturbing, both in its prevalence, and its variety of symptoms. You have probably heard about the inability to smell that affects many who have recovered from the disease, but you may not have learned about the thousands who find that everything stinks after the disease, or the many who have “brain fog”, months later.

    We could have done much better in our reaction to this disease. If we had done only as well as the Canadians, about 400K Americans who died from the disease would now be alive. And a few states did do that well, as you can see by looking at the numbers for the American states at, for example, Worldometers.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  46. There’s nothing deadly about a disease that only killed twelve times more Americans in 19 months than Vietnam did in 19 years. Heck, folks, more than a 120 times that many people voted for Trump for President.

    nk (1d9030)

  47. you’ve obviously never heard of Marburg, Ebola, MERS-Cov, rabies…

    Trumpism, the deadliest of all.

    Hey, [deleted], how come 500,000 Americans don’t die from rabies every year? Wanna take a guess?

    nk (1d9030)

  48. World War II was not deadly — for the United States — since our death toll in that war was about 400K.

    :-/

    Isn’t the WW2 death toll relative to those who were actually involved in combat?

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  49. ALAMEDA COUNTY REVISES COVID-19 DEATH COUNT BY 25%

    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Alameda County has revised its COVID-19 death count, saying it over-counted more than 400 cases.

    As of Friday, the Alameda County Health department had reported 1,634 COVID-19 deaths, but later that day it was revised down to 1,223.

    https://wwwabc7news.com/amp/covid-death-count-alameda-county-deaths-19-cases/10755419/

    Can we really trust the covid death numbers?

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  50. I see the Wikipedia link breaks down the combat/non-combat deaths.

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  51. If CV19 isn’t deadly, then neither are strokes because only 150,000 died from them last year, compared to the 493,652 who died from the Xi Virus in the 12 months ending yesterday.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  52. Combat survivability (out of 1,000): 8.6 were killed in action, 3 died from other causes, and 17.7 received non-fatal combat wounds

    https://www.nationalww2museum.org/students-teachers/student-resources/research-starters/research-starters-us-military-numbers

    8.6 / 1000 = 0.0086

    According to google the US population is 331,449,281.

    331,449,281 X 0.0086 = 2,850,464.

    You would have to multiply the aprox 600,000 covid deaths by about 4.75 to catch up to the same rate as WW2 deaths.

    I guess it took longer for WW2 to kill the total amount of soldiers, but since Covid deaths are on the steep decline, I don’t see that ever making a difference in the lethality of war, per capita, vs this virus.

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  53. Rip @17. What percentage of California EDD payments lost to fraudsters over the past year is that?

    JoeH (f94276)

  54. Humans have 16 billion cortical neurons; dogs have 530 million; cats have 250 million; Trump suppositories have too few to be detected by an electron microscope.

    nk (1d9030)

  55. If CV19 isn’t deadly…

    I apologize if this has been covered as I just now logged on. Did anyone say CV19 was not deadly?

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  56. Did anyone say CV19 was not deadly?

    One of those Trump supporters who makes the remaining 5% look bad.

    nk (1d9030)

  57. I see. It appears as if “deadly” is being used as a synonym for lethality per capita.

    In that sense then I don’t have an objection to how it is being said. I could read into it to try and make a different point than what was posted, but there is no need for me to pretend to not understand the point that others were making.

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  58. “Can we really trust the covid death numbers?”

    BuDuh – That depends on what you are using them for. If you want an exact count for the United States — or for any single state — no. And we won’t ever have such a count, just as we will never have an exact count of the number of murders each year in the United States. Some go undetected, some deaths are mistakenly classified as murders. And the same problem applies to COVID; some COVID deaths were missed, especially early in the pandemic; some deaths were improperly classified as COVID.

    Are the counts that we have good enough to inform public policy? In my opinion, yes. And I come to that conclusion by looking at the excess deaths estimates — for the United States — which are higher than the semi-official counts, but they aren’t that much higher, so I would say that those semi-official counts are off by no more than 10 per cent, and are more likely to be underestimates, than the reverse.

    So the counts are good enough so that we can look for patterns and trends in the counts. We can, for example, compare states and conclude that Utah (Republican) and Washington (Democratic) have had much lower death rates than the national average.

    (The excess deaths estimates for other nations can be spectacularly off from the official death counts, because, I suppose, of incompetence, corruption, and lying. For an example, look at the difference between the official tolls and the excess deaths in Putin’s Russia. Not being a Russian specialist, I won’t opine on what the mixture of incompetence, corruption and lying is that sad nation.)

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  59. Approximately 2,594,000 US Servicemen served in country during the Vietnam War.

    1,736,000 were US Army
    391,000 were US Marines
    293,000 were US Airmen
    174,000 were US Sailors (this figure includes the US Coast Guard)

    Casualties:
    Hostile deaths: 47,359
    Non-hostile deaths: 10,797

    Total: 58,156 (including men formerly classified as MIA and Mayaguez casualties).

    https://lzsally.com/archives/namfacts.html

    47,359 / 2,594,000 = 0.0183

    331,449,281 X 0.0183 = 6,051,313

    Essentially Covid times ten.

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  60. Here are the Russian numbers:

    Among former republics of the Soviet Union, only Belarus suffered substantial excess mortality in the first wave, after introducing almost no constraints on daily life. The second wave affected almost every country in the region. Russia now has one of the world’s largest excess-mortality gaps. It recorded about 460,000 more deaths than expected between April 2020 and February 2021, compared with an official covid-19 toll of only 85,000.

    Perhaps DCSCA can explain them to us.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  61. Didn’t China have only 5000 deaths?

    LOL. I agree some are undercounted and others are over-counted. But I am unable to guess as to a probable range of actual covid specific deaths especially in light of a 25% screw up in that California county.

    Maybe that is an audit that everyone could back.

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  62. @38 the dangers of the delta variant were known weeks before biden belatedly put in travel restrictions for india

    if trump did this, blood on his hands

    no trump, so blame red states

    same old bullsh*t

    JF (e1156d)

  63. you can lock the stable door but you can’t make the horse drink

    nk (1d9030)

  64. A long time ago, in a place right here, I pointed out that most Swiss do not know who their President is. The federal legislature appoints department heads who elect one of themselves, on a rotating basis, to call them to order while retaining jurisdiction over his, and only his, own department.

    A comrade pointed out that that way there would be no one to blame when something goes wrong. I forebore from pointing out that it was the Swiss we were talking about. They don’t let things go wrong.

    I will point out, here, that if unvaccinated sh!tkickers get sick, they have no one to blame but themselves. If they were vaccinated, they would not need anyone to blame and, in that regard at least, it would make no difference whether it was Biden’s or Trump’s wrinkled old butt that was warming the Resolute Desk chair.

    nk (1d9030)

  65. #20

    If you want to see rats scurry around in circles, you put out a press release saying “In the interest of full transparency we are going to release all of the information found during our inquiry”

    They’ll suddenly shift their interest to sources and methods, and redact the whole thing black

    steveg (ebe7c1)

  66. @61. Why Jimbo… haven’t you heard?

    Liars figure; figures lie. AKA: Reaganomics. 😉

    … and Putin smiled.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  67. @65 follow the science, or ask bill maher

    a handful out of every hundred vaccinated can still get the virus

    JF (e1156d)

  68. Brezhnevnomics. The Glorious Five Year Plan measured wheat production from the collectives by gross weight. So the commissars ordered the truck factories to build heavier trucks, if they knew what was good for them. True, not apocryphal or a joke.

    And Reagan smiled.

    nk (1d9030)

  69. Overall, the analysis showed vaccines significantly reduced the risk of COVID-19 for those who have never tested positive but not for those with previous infection.

    The difference between recovered people and people vaccinated with the mRNA vaccines present proteins that are common to many (all?) variants while recovery only gives you antibodies to the strain you had. It may help against other strains, but it also might not.

    If the study was not conducted in an area with multiple variants of the virus in common circulation, it may not be as meaningful as you think.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  70. That you actually believe that a virus with a 99+% survival rate is “deadly” says more about you than my comment…you’ve obviously never heard of Marburg, Ebola, MERS-Cov, rabies…

    It killed three friends of mine, you &%^&*%$^&*%.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  71. @69. Leonid Brezhnev died in 1982, nk, amidst the Reagan’s Recession of ’81/’82. 😉

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  72. I was going to post that the J&J seems to be the best at combating other variants so far
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2021/06/09/j-j-covid-vaccine-protective-against-virus-variants-study-finds/7616060002/
    but I hesitated because I basically don’t believe anything they tell us anymore.

    nk (1d9030)

  73. @69: Then there’s the management fraud at Miniscribe that had them shipping 26,000 bricks to a distribution warehouse, packaged in disk drive boxes. They then recalled them as defective and played several more shell games before they were found out and the company collapsed.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  74. @72: Leading to Andropovnomics, which made even vodka hard to find in the USSR.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  75. @64. We’re living in Biden Times, nk:

    ‘you can lock the bunker door but you can’t make the horse’s azz think.’

    FIFY

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  76. but I hesitated because I basically don’t believe anything they tell us anymore.

    You had me until the last word.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  77. @75. Eventually leading to Mikhail Gorbachev being named Man of the Decade by TIME magazine. Not quite an Emmy nor an Oscar, but then Reagan and Trump won neither. 😉

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  78. @69. … Reagan’s Recession of ’81/’82.

    I remember the bread lines and the orphans selling apples for a dime on street corners in Chicago, DCSCA. It was horrible.

    nk (1d9030)

  79. @79. I remember my neighbor getting evicted from her apartment w/her two kids– at Thanksgivingno less. It WAS horrible.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  80. Your tax dollars at work: President Plagiarist attends G7 “beach BBQ.”

    1. “Beaches” in Britain suck.
    2. Mutton on a stick, tough, grain-fed scottish beef or Wimpy Bar horseburgers is what passes for ‘BBQ’ in Britain.

    No word on what flavor ice cream Squinty McStumblebum had. But CNN and the NYT will find out for us.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  81. Rip @17. What percentage of California EDD payments lost to fraudsters over the past year is that?

    JoeH (f94276) — 6/12/2021 @ 3:47 pm

    A small percentage.

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  82. Record-High 70% in U.S. Support Same-Sex Marriage
    …….
    Today’s 70% support for same-sex marriage marks a new milestone in a trend that has pointed upward for a quarter of a century. A small minority of Americans (27%) supported legal recognition of gay and lesbian marriages in 1996, when Gallup first asked the question. But support rose steadily over time, eventually reaching the majority level for the first time in 2011.
    …….
    Republicans, who have consistently been the party group least in favor of same-sex marriage, show majority support in 2021 for the first time (55%). The latest increase in support among all Americans is driven largely by changes in Republicans’ views.

    Democrats have consistently been among the biggest supporters of legal same-sex marriage. The current 83% among Democrats is on par with the level of support Gallup has recorded over the past few years.……
    …….
    As would be expected at a high-water mark in national support for same-sex marriage, all age groups are the most supportive they have been to date. Still, age differences remain, with 84% of young adults, 72% of middle-aged adults, and 60% of older adults saying they favor same-sex marriage.
    ……

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  83. Record-High 47% in U.S. Think Abortion Is Morally Acceptable
    …….. The 47% who say it is acceptable is, by two percentage points, the highest Gallup has recorded in two decades of measurement. Just one point separates them from the 46% who think abortion is wrong from a moral perspective.
    …….
    Democrats and political independents have become more likely to say abortion is morally acceptable. Sixty-four percent of Democrats, 51% of independents and 26% of Republicans currently hold this view.
    …….
    Just as the public is evenly divided in their beliefs about the morality of abortion, so too are they about equally likely to personally identify as “pro-choice” (49%) versus “pro-life” (47%).
    ……..
    The preferred abortion labels of demographic subgroups that typically align with the Democratic and Republican parties are as would be expected. Majorities of women, young adults, college graduates and liberals say they are pro-choice, and Republican-leaning subgroups such as men, older adults, those without college degrees and conservatives self-identify as pro-life.
    ……..
    Americans remain much more likely to believe abortion should be legal “only under certain circumstances” (48%) than to favor it being legal “under any circumstances” (32%) or “illegal in all circumstances” (19%). The nearly one-third of U.S. adults who support fully legal abortions is the highest such percentage since the early to mid-1990s, when it was consistently at that level.
    …….
    Currently, 33% favor legal abortions in only a few and 13% in most circumstances. This translates into 52% supporting a more restrictive approach on abortion, saying it should be either illegal in all circumstances or legal in only a few. Meanwhile, 45% favor a less restrictive approach, preferring that it be legal in all or most circumstances.
    …….
    While none of the demographic groups supports making abortion illegal in all circumstances, majorities of the following groups favor making it illegal or legal in only a few situations: Republicans, men, older adults, those without college degrees and conservatives.
    ……..

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  84. @84. Freedom of choice.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  85. How did I just now learn that the Deep State is on Twitter? And that it’s populated by dogs?

    Radegunda (33a224)

  86. “amidst the Reagan’s Recession of ’81/’82”

    Given Volcker raised the federal funds rate from 11.2% in 1979 to 20% in June of 1981, maybe we should call it the Volcker Recession. Of course, inflation then fell from a peak of 13.5% in 1980 to 3.2% in 1983…..and unemployment steadily fell from a peak of 10.8% to 5.3% when Reagan left office. So maybe most people look at the trend lines and see a reversal of “Carter’s stagflation years”…just spit ballin’

    AJ_Liberty (a4ff25)

  87. I’m not surprised, Radegunda, for is it not tweeted that every dog has his @?

    nk (1d9030)

  88. #73, finally, a win for the Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth of the vaccines.

    urbanleftbehind (154ce1)

  89. 87. T’was Reagan’s recession of ’81/’82; as was the stock market crash in October, 1987.

    ‘Voodoo economics’ as Pappy Bush called it; “Woodshed” Stockman went him one better:

    ‘Reaganomics!’

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  90. @66. ‘If you want to see rats scurry around in circles, you put out a press release saying “In the interest of full transparency we are going to release all of the information found during our inquiry” They’ll suddenly shift their interest to sources and methods, and redact the whole thing black…’

    Not to worry- they’ll be chasing shiny objects soon enough when that multi-million dollar DoD/Senate UFO report is released in a few weeks.

    “Watch the skies, everywhere! Keep looking. Keep watching the skies!” – Ned Scott [Douglas Spencer] ‘The Thing From Another World’ 1951

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  91. 2021 Pulitzer Prizes-Journalism

    Public Service
    The New York Times
    For courageous, prescient and sweeping coverage of the coronavirus pandemic that exposed racial and economic inequities, government failures in the U.S. and beyond, and filled a data vacuum that helped local governments, healthcare providers, businesses and individuals to be better prepared and protected.

    Breaking News
    Staff of the Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minn.
    For its urgent, authoritative and nuanced coverage of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis and of the reverberations that followed.

    Investigative Reporting
    Matt Rocheleau, Vernal Coleman, Laura Crimaldi, Evan Allen and Brendan McCarthy of The Boston Globe
    For reporting that uncovered a systematic failure by state governments to share information about dangerous truck drivers that could have kept them off the road, prompting immediate reforms.

    Explanatory Reporting
    Andrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Andrea Januta, Jaimi Dowdell and Jackie Botts of Reuters
    For an exhaustive examination, powered by a pioneering data analysis of U.S. federal court cases, of the obscure legal doctrine of “qualified immunity” and how it shields police who use excessive force from prosecution.

    Ed Yong of The Atlantic
    For a series of lucid, definitive pieces on the COVID-19 pandemic that anticipated the course of the disease, synthesized the complex challenges the country faced, illuminated the U.S. government’s failures and provided clear and accessible context for the scientific and human challenges it posed.
    ………
    National Reporting
    Staffs of The Marshall Project; AL.com, Birmingham; IndyStar, Indianapolis; and the Invisible Institute, Chicago
    For a year-long investigation of K-9 units and the damage that police dogs inflict on Americans, including innocent citizens and police officers, prompting numerous statewide reforms.

    International Reporting
    Megha Rajagopalan, Alison Killing and Christo Buschek of BuzzFeed News
    For a series of clear and compelling stories that used satellite imagery and architectural expertise, as well as interviews with two dozen former prisoners, to identify a vast new infrastructure built by the Chinese government for the mass detention of Muslims. ……

    Feature Writing
    Mitchell S. Jackson, freelance contributor, Runner’s World
    For a deeply affecting account of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery that combined vivid writing, thorough reporting and personal experience to shed light on systemic racism in America.

    Nadja Drost, freelance contributor, The California Sunday Magazine
    For a brave and gripping account of global migration that documents a group’s journey on foot through the Darién Gap, one of the most dangerous migrant routes in the world.

    Commentary
    Michael Paul Williams of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch
    For penetrating and historically insightful columns that guided Richmond, a former capital of the Confederacy, through the painful and complicated process of dismantling the city’s monuments to white supremacy
    ……….
    Breaking News Photography
    Photography Staff of Associated Press
    For a collection of photographs from multiple U.S. cities that cohesively captures the country’s response to the death of George Floyd.
    ………..
    Audio Reporting
    Lisa Hagen, Chris Haxel, Graham Smith and Robert Little of National Public Radio
    For an investigative series on “no compromise” gun rights activists that illuminated the profound differences and deepening schism between American conservatives.
    …………

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  92. Pulitzer Prizes cont’d

    Special Awards and Citations
    Darnella Frazier
    For courageously recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that spurred protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice.

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  93. At my local Jewel, now, wearing of masks is only “encouraged for the unvaccinated”, with about half of the customers, regardless of gender stereotype, not wearing them, today. But all the employees were.

    I wore mine. And gloves. I kind of like it. I don’t have to worry whether I trimmed my nose-hairs, and the gloves are like having washed my hands after I take them off, when I light up a smoke in the car.

    nk (1d9030)

  94. The 81/82 recession was under Reagan’s watch, but it was Volcker’s efforts at killing inflation that caused it, and it was inflation that spiked under Carter and the pre-Volcker Fed.

    Paul Montagu (5de684)

  95. More evidence for my theory that most journalism Pulitzer Prizes should be considered reprimands.

    Not all, but most.

    (And, of course, that the journalists should be fined.)

    Amazingly, the Pulitzer board is still unwilling to retract the prize they gave to Walter Duranty, all those years ago.

    Even the NYT finally got that one right.

    Jim Miller (edcec1)

  96. @95. Carter? ROFLMAO. ‘Whereas Nixon had implemented wage and price controls in an attempt to manage inflation, Ford, in October 1974, proposed a tax hike and asked for a reduction in federal spending. To build public support for his economic program, Ford asked Americans to join the fight by wearing buttons festooned with the acronym “WIN,” for “Whip Inflation Now.” By the time Ford took office, the U.S. economy had entered into a period of stagflation, which economists attributed to various causes, including the 1973 oil crisis and increasing competition from countries such as Japan.’ -source, unicornsandGOPRfaultfree.pixiedust

    BTW, ‘WIN’ buttons were free at most checkout counters.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  97. White House press secretary Ron Nessen turned his WIN button upside down, stating it stood fog “No Immediate Miracles”

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  98. With Squinty McStumblebum spooked to do a joint presser w/Vlad, Putin has already won the optics war. Hell, even adversaries like Nixon or Reagan had the agility to think on their feet, the professional courage -and the mental prowess- to field questions at pressers w/Russian heads of state on the world stage face to face. But ol’Squinty has no problem eating beach BBQ, slurping ice cream or sipping tea at with an old lady in a castle. Just like life back in the bunker, eh, Joe?!

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  99. Breaking news-President Plagiarist insults 95 year old Queen Elizabeth II to her face by saying:

    “You remind me of my mother.”

    Joe Biden’s mother, Catherine Biden, died in 2010 at the age of 92.

    Idiot.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  100. @98. Whereas mine was put to better use: it is framed up w/a signed pix taken of President Ford in Ohio.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  101. Trump is sabotaging the GOP’s Senate prospects
    …….
    (Trump’s) erratic behavior since losing the presidential election—exemplified by his conspiracy theorizing and suppression of the GOP vote in Georgia’s Senate runoffs in January, handing Democrats the majority—is only accelerating as the midterms draw closer. It’s leading to increasing Republican pessimism about their chances of retaking the Senate majority next year, even as the political environment is awfully favorable on paper to the party out of power.
    ………
    ……… [N]ow that he lacks tangible political power, he’s showing little willingness to play ball with party leadership. National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott made headlines in declaring that the party wouldn’t engage in competitive primaries, and he has said he hoped Trump would follow suit. But since then, Trump has picked his favorites with abandon, elevating a leading election denialist like Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Insurrectionist) to front-runner status in Alabama, opposing party-backed Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, and urging a political novice like former NFL star Herschel Walker to run in a must-win Georgia contest.

    Trump’s biggest impact has been in North Carolina, where he endorsed conservative Rep. Ted Budd (R-Insurrectionist) at a state party dinner last Saturday over former Gov. Pat McCrory and former Rep. Mark Walker. (The endorsement came after his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, declined to mount a bid of her own.) Before Trump’s endorsement, McCrory looked like the favorite to prevail, given his experience, higher name identification, and fundraising potential. But Trump turned that expectation upside down with his surprise endorsement of Budd.

    At the least, Trump’s intervention is sparking a nasty round of party infighting…… (and) the elevation of a hard-right conservative lawmaker (one who signed an amicus brief on a lawsuit contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election) threatens to diminish the GOP’s prospects in a reddish state Republicans need to win to retake the majority.

    ……. Last month, he slammed Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, seen as a top contender for the state’s Senate race, as “lackluster” for not joining other state Republicans in entertaining conspiracy theories about last year’s election. His endorsement of celebrity supporter Herschel Walker in the Georgia Senate race all but froze the nascent field against Sen. Raphael Warnock, even as the former running back isn’t showing signs of laying the groundwork for the big-time battleground race next year.……..
    ……..
    Republicans are also watching the Missouri Senate race nervously. Scandal-plagued former governor Eric Greitens has already hired top Trump campaign official (and Don Jr. girlfriend) Kimberly Guilfoyle as his campaign chair. Missouri is a reliably Republican state, but Greitens’s baggage is so extensive that his nomination would potentially put the race in play.
    …….
    Here’s the GOP dilemma: Republicans can’t win with Trump playing a central role in next year’s midterms, but they can’t win without him energizing the party base, either. Their strategy throughout the year was to keep Trump in the party tent, hoping to influence his behavior even if it meant indulging his worst excesses. But, so far, that plan isn’t working…….
    >>>>>>>>>

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  102. @102-
    Let the market decide the price, not government.

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  103. @84:

    Two poll questions I would like to see on abortion, to test out the extremes:

    1. Should a woman who was raped be allowed to take a “morning-after” pill?
    2. Should a 14-yo girl be able to abort a fetus at 35 weeks gestation?

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  104. How did I just now learn that the Deep State is on Twitter? And that it’s populated by dogs?

    I have nothing but contempt for those doxxing people who attended a legal demonstration. The unlawful entering of the building is quite different than demonstrating for a redress of grievances, even if those grievances are fanciful.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  105. You know, Joe, you remind me of my grandmother. She was born and raised for a time in Scranton, Pennsylvania, too, just like you.

    She also has been dead for 56 years.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  106. The 81/82 recession was under Reagan’s watch, but it was Volcker’s efforts at killing inflation that caused it, and it was inflation that spiked under Carter and the pre-Volcker Fed.

    Well, if had roots in LBJ’s guns-and-butter war, and Nixon’s continuation of same. The inflation started in the early 70’s and persisted throughout the decade. Volker’s actions were pretty much “Daddy coming home.” Reagan wasn’t happy with Volker at the time, but was the beneficiary in the end.

    ANd yes, Reagan ran “big” deficits. The national debt hit TWO TRILLION DOLLARS under his watch, and all we got for it was winning the Cold War, stable money, open markets, the world’s respect, and an end to malaise.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  107. Rip,

    Really the best course for the GOP is for the Democrats to jail Trump on charges (e.g. financial fraud) easily disbelieved by the faithful, and for far smarter people to “take up” (read: redefine) Trump’s banner. There are ways for smart people to meld Trump’s signature issues (e.g. trade with China and outsourcing) into the Reagan legacy. But not if Trump is around to make trouble.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  108. @108. ‘The United States ‘Revenue and Expenditure Control Act of 1968 created a temporary 10 percent income tax surcharge on both individuals and corporations through June 30, 1969 to help pay for the Vietnam War. It also delayed the scheduled reduction in the telephone and automobile excise tax, causing them to end in 1973 instead of 1969. It was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on June 28, 1968.’ -source, wikicladnotsilvercoinage.anothertexanscumbag.org

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  109. Bennett is now PM of Israel. I give this government 3 weeks before its incredibly contradictions tear it apart. All they had to keep them together was a dislike of Bibi. Now he’s gone and they can’t agree on lunch.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  110. @110: so what? It didn’t come close to stopping the inflationary pressures that were building. LBJ squandered our entire post-WW2 fortune on that flipping war, and Nixon was unable to stop it. Not that Nixon tried — he was if anything a go-along, get-along kind of guy.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  111. Breaking news-President Plagiarist insults 95 year old Queen Elizabeth II to her face by saying:

    “You remind me of my mother.”

    I’m sure Her Majesty appreciates the opportunity to meet a world leader who has been around for longer than she has. Slow Joe probably regaled her with tales of chasing girls with her Uncle Eddie back in the day.

    JVW (ee64e4)

  112. @112. So ‘The Big Dick’ could have ‘stopped it’ on January 21, 1969. So, unlike the Bush wars and Reagan’s build-ups, it wasn’t wholly put on Uncle Sam’s credit card. Cashed in any Gulf War bonds lately? 😉 BTW, Gold is nearly at $1,900/oz., now. 😉 Reaganomics!

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  113. @113. Wait ’til you see the video of the two of them “walking at Windsor.”

    At first you think it is in slow motion.

    It’s not.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  114. 81/82 recession was under Reagan’s watch,

    I mean, yeah, he inherited a lot of severe problems and turned that ship around. Put him on Rushmore already.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  115. Rip,

    Really the best course for the GOP is for the Democrats to jail Trump on charges (e.g. financial fraud) easily disbelieved by the faithful, and for far smarter people to “take up” (read: redefine) Trump’s banner. There are ways for smart people to meld Trump’s signature issues (e.g. trade with China and outsourcing) into the Reagan legacy. But not if Trump is around to make trouble.

    Kevin M (ab1c11) — 6/13/2021 @ 11:53 am

    Never will happen. If Democratic prosecutors indict Trump, it will only confirm that the “Deep State” was out to get him. Even if convicted and jailed he can still be elected President.

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  116. @84:

    Two poll questions I would like to see on abortion, to test out the extremes:

    1. Should a woman who was raped be allowed to take a “morning-after” pill?
    2. Should a 14-yo girl be able to abort a fetus at 35 weeks gestation?

    Kevin M (ab1c11) — 6/13/2021 @ 11:32 am

    1. No.
    2. No.

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  117. I guess you are in the NEver, ever camp. Most of us would say

    Yes.
    No.

    Some would say yes to both.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  118. Even if convicted and jailed he can still be elected President.

    If nominated. He can also be shivved. Or do Secret Service agents go to prison with him?

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  119. Put him on Rushmore already.

    Both had faults, but FDR and Reagan deserve the honor. If you added MLK, it might just happen, should they find a suitable mountain.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  120. Let the market decide the price, not government.

    The government has its hand so far up the market’s ass that there is no free market in prescription drugs, and even otc drugs are controlled.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  121. ‘The Big Dick’ could have ‘stopped it’ on January 21, 1969

    We were in too deep and the commitment was too pronounced. Sure, he could have, technically, ordered the troops home but if probably wouldn’t have worked. We are still in Afghanistan, 12 years after Obama took office. National policy cannot (and should not) flip on a dime. Biden is trying just that, to ruinous effect.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  122. Not that Nixon tried — he was if anything a go-along, get-along kind of guy.

    ROFLMAOPIP.

    Call a Plumber.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  123. Oregon (State) Rep. Mike Nearman expelled from Legislature in historic 59-1 rebuke

    The Oregon House voted 59-1 Thursday to expel Rep. Mike Nearman (R-Insurrectionist) the first time it has ejected a sitting representative.

    Lawmakers removed Nearman because he let far-right demonstrators, some of whom were armed, into the Capitol on Dec. 21 while lawmakers were holding a special session. The Capitol was closed to the public due to the pandemic and remains so.
    ……..
    Surveillance video captured Nearman, a four-term Republican, opening a door and exiting the building, stepping aside so that demonstrators waiting at the entrance could quickly slip into the building. The demonstrators clashed with police who attempted to expel them from the building and allegedly sprayed police with bear mace.
    …….
    In an interview Monday with a conservative radio host, Nearman said the group he instructed on how to text him when they arrived outside a door at the Capitol were “mostly blue-haired old ladies.”

    That did not accurately describe the group that showed up at the Capitol and entered the door Nearman opened. Rather, the demonstrators included the right-wing, Vancouver-based group Patriot Prayer known for street brawls, people wearing clothing with Three Percenters militia logos and a Confederate flag hat and people armed with rifles and wearing military gear.

    Nearman already faces criminal misconduct charges for the incident and in a committee hearing on the expulsion proposal earlier Thursday, he declined to answer questions on the advice of his attorney. …….

    Democrats gave Nearman unlimited time to speak during the House floor debate on the resolution to remove him. But Nearman, the lone “no” vote against his removal, kept his comments brief ……. The 22 other House Republicans, all of whom voted to expel Nearman, remained silent during the floor debate……..
    …….
    “(Nearman) made a decision to intentionally come up with a plan to let people into the building (when) he did not know how that would turn out and he was comfortable with that,” (House Republican Leader Christine Drazan, of Canby) said. “I am not comfortable with that. There could easily have been a death on that day.”
    ……..
    Republicans in the Oregon House of Representatives doing what Republicans in the US House wouldn’t do.

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  124. @123. Bullsh-t. He was elected to end it; and he expanded it. See Laos and Cambodia for details.
    Declare victory– and leave. He had the Pentagon Papers in hand and knew.

    There isn’t a hole deep enough for that bastard.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  125. Apple told Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel to former President Donald J. Trump, last month that the Justice Department had subpoenaed information about an account that belonged to him in February 2018, and that the government barred the company from telling him at the time, according to two people briefed on the matter.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/13/us/politics/justice-department-apple-donald-mcgahn.html

    lol. lmao.

    Davethulhu (13b53b)

  126. National policy cannot (and should not) flip on a dime.

    Except it does. Ask an ‘East German.’

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  127. @104. No.

    ‘To put it in perspective, the average cost of a unit of insulin for a diabetic in the U.S. is about $98; whereas, it is $12 in Australia and $7.50 in Canada.’

    Reaganomics!

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  128. according to two people briefed on the matter.

    I agree, there is something LOLish about that quote.

    BuDuh (4f332d)

  129. “I agree, there is something LOLish about that quote.”

    do you think they’re lying?

    Davethulhu (13b53b)

  130. do you think they’re lying?

    I haven’t formed an opinion yet. I don’t subscribe to the NYT so I have no idea if any better sources are named.

    BTW, did you ever figure out why your quote from the Lafayette Square report was missing text?

    BuDuh (677bf4)

  131. “I haven’t formed an opinion yet.”

    Maybe you can explain why you found it “LOLish” then.

    “BTW, did you ever figure out why your quote from the Lafayette Square report was missing text?”

    Perhaps you have formed an opinion here.

    Davethulhu (13b53b)

  132. Perhaps you have formed an opinion here.

    That is a weird thing to say. I took the time to have a dialogue with you to find out why we had different quotes. You noted that your quote came from the exact same page that my quote came from. Maybe the report had an update between when you pulled your quote and when I pulled the more complete quote? Maybe you did leave some of it out on purpose?

    I don’t know. Only you know. Should I form an opinion off this fact pattern? I would rather not and just let you explain what happened.

    As far as the LOLish stuff. To me it seems as though the Anonymous Get Trump Players don’t have the greatest track record.

    BuDuh (b0227b)

  133. “I would rather not and just let you explain what happened.”

    I feel like I’m being trolled, but whatever.

    I was trying to be succinct. The “omitted” parts were irrelevant to the point I was making. The fact that the secret service “retreated” is irrelevant to the point that they deployed without warning. The fact that the USPP didn’t follow is irrelevant for the same reason. USPP “guesses” and “speculation” as to why the secret service deployed early are absurd and don’t belong in the report. They’re literally whitewashing.

    Davethulhu (13b53b)

  134. To me it seems as though the Anonymous Get Trump Players don’t have the greatest track record.

    What does Trump’s track record for honesty seem to you? How about the track records of the Trump Is Always Right and Never Did Anything Wrong Players? Or does scrupulosity about honesty and integrity go only one way?

    Radegunda (33a224)

  135. I guess that is better than your first reaction where you pretended to be oblivious, Dave.

    I have now formed an opinion. I will no longer engage you in dialogue. I don’t like deceit.

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  136. What does Trump’s track record for honesty seem to you? How about the track records of the Trump Is Always Right and Never Did Anything Wrong Players? Or does scrupulosity about honesty and integrity go only one way?

    I think those people are idiots too.

    The point I was making was regarding the quote from the Times.

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  137. @136 let’s get excited that the media’s track record is comparable to trump’s

    JF (e1156d)

  138. @139 Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    norcal (c66c6b)

  139. From the mob, a seemingly unidentifiable hand reaches out with a Taser, in an attack that would leave DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone begging for his life.
    “I was beaten from, like, every direction. And then tased a number of times on the back of my neck,” Fanone would later tell CNN, adding that he suffered a heart attack from the Taser assault. “I just remember yelling out that I have kids.”
    Forrest Rogers and the other internet sleuths known as the “Deep State Dogs” saw the interview and were determined to find out who was behind the Taser attack.
    “I could not rest until he was apprehended, especially after seeing his first interview with CNN,” Rogers, the Deep State Dogs spokesman, said. “It broke my heart.”
    They compiled video evidence on the Taser suspect showing him — frame-by-frame — reaching out and briefly holding the Taser to Fanone’s neck. Then they traced the man through the January 6 crowd, revealing clear images of the suspect’s face. Others on social media pitched in to help determine the man’s identity.
    “You can see him reaching out — the suspect reaching out — putting the Taser on Officer Fanone’s neck, holding it very briefly,” Rogers said. “If this video was not single-framed, it would have — no one would have been able to have seen this, probably.”
    They delivered their findings to the FBI, as well as a Huffington Post reporter, who further vetted the alleged attacker’s identity: Daniel Rodriguez. Rodriguez now faces eight charges, including assaulting Fanone, and has pleaded not guilty.

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/11/politics/internet-sleuths-january-6-insurrectionists/index.html

    In general, this sort of vigilantism is concerning, because false identifications can have serious real life consequences. However, the group supposedly has a principle that they don’t release names on social media.

    Davethulhu (13b53b)

  140. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    Exactly. That is why I had hoped to just stick to the NYT article discussion. But then the whataboutisms started.

    Incidentally one of the nutty blogs is speculating that the NYT article about Trump’s DOJ spying in Trump’s lawyer is actually a spin move because he believes that the time frame of the subpoena makes it likely that the actual request came from Mueller’s team.

    I have no opinion, but I do like a good mystery.

    BuDuh (7bca93)

  141. @136. Radegunda, they ALL lie. In my lifetime, from General Ike on the U-2 through Trump the Entertainer to today’s contestant, plagiarist Squinty McStumblebum.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  142. Hamas didn’t like the comparison Ilhan Omar made.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-its-unacceptable-that-ilhan-omar-equated-us-with-israel

    Hamas on Saturday rejected US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s grouping of the Gaza-ruling terror group with Israel, America and the Taliban in her comments on alleged war crime investigations.

    Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, has faced criticism from Jewish colleagues over the remarks, but claims she was not equating Israel and the United States with Hamas and the Taliban.

    Calling her comments “peculiar,” Hamas did not accept her denial.

    “She equated between the victim and the executioner when she treated the resistance of the Palestinian people, the Israeli crimes in Palestine, and the US aggression in Afghanistan as an equal footing,” Bassem Naim, the Islamist terror organization’s international spokesperson, said in a statement….

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  143. It’s not only dogs, but honey bees that can be trained to detect Covid:

    https://modernfarmer.com/2021/05/bees-can-be-trained-to-detect-covid-19

    …Honeybees have incredibly sensitive olfactory systems, used in the wild to detect nectar in plants that might be in very small amounts and quite far away. Scientists (and sometimes artists) have used this ability to diagnose diseases. This new work in the Netherlands uses a standard Pavlovian method to train bees, which turn out to be more easily taught tricks than one might think.

    Bees in the experiment were given a sugar solution reward for detecting COVID-19, in this case a sample on a q-tip, drawn from COVID-19-infected mink. The bees would extend their tongues to receive the reward; with enough practice, they’d extend their tongues when they detected COVID-19 even without the reward. Soon, the bees could return a result within a few seconds.

    Bees aren’t the first animals to be used in this way, not even specifically with COVID-19. Dogs have also been trained to detect an infection from sweat samples in humans, although researchers say more peer-reviewed work is needed on that before it can be a viable solution….

    It is not necessary to be so scientifically precise. The other tests aren’t so good either.

    The problem with dogs is that there are so few of them that have been trained. And it is probably expensive. On the other hand, they can be quickly used in a crowd. A possible problem is what happens if they get sick themselves – will you know?

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  144. Last week, the front page headline of the Sunday (June 6, 2021) New York Daily News was: )with the letter Q’s in red)

    QANON QANT

    QUIT

    QRAZY

    QOUP

    QUEST

    Fringe right still
    pushing Don for
    prez – in August!
    Link:

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  145. 127. That was probably the Mueller investigation.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  146. RIP Ned Beatty (83).

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  147. Maybe they can use the dogs to determine whether one has had the vaccine or not.

    BuDuh (a3de2e)

  148. @148 I was at a dinner gathering just last night where “Deliverance” and “squeal like a pig” were discussed! The hostess (who is a farm girl from North Dakota) said that movie changed her life more than any other movie, because she didn’t know people like that existed.

    It’s too bad Beatty became so famous for that scene.

    norcal (c66c6b)

  149. @148 Just checked Wikipedia. It says “is” an actor. First time I’ve caught them before a change to “was”.

    norcal (c66c6b)

  150. Correction: Wikipedia has “was”, but Bing’s blurb of Wikipedia has “is”. Interesting.

    norcal (c66c6b)

  151. 12. asset (dba1e5) — 6/12/2021 @ 2:38 am

    . AOC and others have had to fight their way to gain the little power that they have. Fighting their way to victory with little money

    She had the support of the Democratic Socialists of America.

    A lot of these “progressives” are absolute hacks. They just belong now to a different than usual (and very destructive) political machine

    Take New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley:

    She (probably) had to sound out her backers to know whether or not was in favor of taking guns away from the police.

    And when she worked for de Blasio she helped him set up a way to evade contribution disclosure policies (because the fund was outside of it)

    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/nyc-elections-2021/ny-maya-wiley-involvement-in-de-blasio-donor-vetting-20210419-v7lcpvfnmfbjdjetthluhulw5q-story.html

    Before Maya Wiley became an MSNBC commentator and candidate for mayor, her most public moments came when she fell under the media’s glare for her role advising Mayor de Blasio and his administration on how to raise money legally.

    In the last debate she said she was acting as a lawyer.

    And when she headed the Civilian Complaint Review Board she didn’t or doesn’t satisfy “progressives.”

    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/nyc-elections-2021/ny-maya-wiley-ccrb-nypd-reform-20210601-4ja3qvrylvf7loqt227wq6bzcq-story.html

    And for three years she defended prison guards (and left it off her public resume)

    https://nypost.com/2021/06/12/maya-wiley-defended-prison-guards-charged-with-brutality-racism

    Wiley, 57, a former counsel to Mayor de Blasio who also chaired the Civilian Complaint Review Board, told the New York Times last month, “I’ve been a civil rights lawyer and advocate my whole career.”

    But as a young lawyer, Wiley worked to dismiss civil rights suits against the federal government as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York between 1994 and 1997.

    And that experience — in which Wiley defended federal corrections officers who allegedly threw a prisoner down a flight of stairs and US Post Office employees accused of harassing a black co-worker after she filed a discrimination complaint — is missing from her official campaign bio and her LinkedIn profile.

    Wiley’s work as a federal prosecutor came directly on the heels of the two years she spent as a staff attorney for the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which ended in 1994. There is a gap of three years between the NAACP work and her tenure as a senior advisor at the Open Society Institute, which began in August 1997, according to LinkedIn.

    In more than 25 cases reviewed by The Post, Wiley defended various federal agencies, including the Bureau of Prisons, Veterans Affairs and the Post Office, in complaints involving civil-rights challenges.

    The upshot is she doesn’t care about anything and would deliberately do bad things.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  152. @148. And so ends the Corporate Cosmology of Arthur Jensen.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  153. BuDuh (a3de2e) — 6/13/2021 @ 4:03 pm

    Maybe they can use the dogs to determine whether one has had the vaccine or not.

    I don’t think that’s detectable, even by a blood test. And nor everybody vaccinated becomes immune or totally immune.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  154. In more than 25 cases reviewed by The Post, Wiley defended various federal agencies, including the Bureau of Prisons, Veterans Affairs and the Post Office, in complaints involving civil-rights challenges.

    Because that’s what federal attorneys do? They don’t get to pick and choose their cases. Doesn’t mean they agree with their clients actions.

    Rip Murdock (2975ef)

  155. Some South Korean culture is making its way into North Korea, to the extreme concern of the dictator.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/11/world/asia/kim-jong-un-k-pop.html

    This is not the first time North Korea has lashed out against an “ideological and cultural invasion.” All radios and televisions are preset to receive government broadcasts only. The government has blocked its people from using the global internet. Disciplinary squads patrol the streets, stopping men with long hair and women with skirts that are considered too short or trousers deemed too tight. The only hair dye available is black, according to the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang.

    Also:

    North Korean state propaganda had long described South Korea as a living hell crawling with beggars. Through the K-dramas, first smuggled on tapes and CDs, young North Koreans learned that while they struggled to find enough food to eat during a famine, people in the South were going on diets to lose weight.

    South Korean entertainment is now smuggled on flash drives from China, stealing the hearts of young North Koreans who watch behind closed doors and draped windows.
    Its presence has become so concerning that North Korea enacted a new law last December to address it. The law calls for five to 15 years in labor camps for people who watch or possess South Korean entertainment, according to lawmakers in Seoul who were briefed by government intelligence officials, and internal North Korean documents smuggled out by Daily NK, a Seoul-based website. The previous maximum punishment for such crimes was five years of hard labor.

    Those who put material in the hands of North Koreans can face even stiffer punishments, including the death penalty. The new law also calls for up to two years of hard labor for those who “speak, write or sing in South Korean style.” …

    Computers, text messages, music players and notebooks are now being searched for South Korean content and accents, according to North Korean government documents smuggled out by Asia Press. Women in North Korea, for example, are supposed to call their dates “comrade.” Instead, many have started calling them “oppa,” or honey, as women do in K-dramas. Mr. Kim has called the language “perverted.”

    And

    And last month, the state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun cautioned that North Korea would “crumble” if such influences proliferated.

    If only it were so easy. But maybe he’s afraid his army won’t fight.

    https://nypost.com/2021/06/11/kim-jong-un-k-pop-is-a-vicious-cancer-merits-execution

    The secretive anti-K-pop campaign came to light through internal documents smuggled out of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by the Seoul-based news source Daily NK, the New York Times first reported Friday. These were then made public by South Korean legislators…

    ….However, it might be too late the curb the trend. A South Korean study of 116 recent defectors found that nearly half had “frequently” enjoyed southern content while residing in the DPRK, the New York Times reported.

    Of course, this is defectors.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  156. In more than 25 cases reviewed by The Post, Wiley defended various federal agencies, including the Bureau of Prisons, Veterans Affairs and the Post Office, in complaints involving civil-rights challenges.

    Post, Wiley? That might not fly. 😉

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  157. The World Health Organization has now given Greek letter names to some of the variants, which they want people to use.

    So now there could be three ways to refer to some of them.

    And here they are:

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/health/coronavirus-variant-tracker.html

    Alpha B.1.1.7 Emerged in Britain in December and thought to be roughly 50 percent more infectious. Now dominant in the U.S.

    Beta B.1.351 Emerged in South Africa in December. Reduces the effectiveness of some vaccines.

    Gamma P.1 Emerged in Brazil in late 2020. Has mutations similar to B.1.351.

    Delta B.1.617.2 Prevalent in India. Carries the L452R spike mutation, among others.

    Epsilon B.1.427, B.1.429 Common in California and thought to be about 20 percent more infectious. Carries the L452R mutation.

    Zeta P.2 First documented in Brazil.

    Eta B.1.525 Spreading in New York. Carries some of the same mutations as B.1.1.7.

    Theta P.3 First documented in the Philippines.

    Iota B.1.526 Spreading in New York. One version carries the E484K mutation, another carries S477N.

    Kappa B.1.617.1 Prevalent in India. Carries the L452R spike mutation, among others.

    Also (names for specific mutations)

    D614G B.1 Appeared in early 2020 and spread around the world.

    N501Y Several A defining mutation in several lineages, including B.1.1.7, B.1.351 and P.1. Helps the virus bind more tightly to human cells.

    E484K or “Eek” Several Appears in several lineages. May help the virus avoid some kinds of antibodies.

    K417 Several Appears in several lineages, including B.1.351 and P.1. May help the virus bind more tightly to cells.

    L452R Several Increasingly common in California, but not yet shown to be more infectious.

    Q677 Several Found in seven U.S. lineages, but not yet shown to be more infectious.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  158. Bye-Bye, Bibi.

    Netanyahu will go to a place Trump never will:

    prison.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  159. R.I.P. Ned Beatty

    Icy (6abb50)

  160. There will be another Israeli election this summer. The Settler-Intifada Party cannot last.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  161. OT: New Mexico paying $100 for people to get vaccinated.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  162. @163 I hate policies like this. The people who did it early don’t get the reward.

    It’s akin to people who pay off their student loans, only to see Pocahontas propose debt forgiveness.

    norcal (c66c6b)

  163. Kevin M (ab1c11) — 6/12/2021 @ 12:14 pm

    New Israeli elections in a month, after Bennett fails to rein in some settlers and the Arabs bolt. You gotta believe that Netanyahu is arranging it now.

    Netanyahu is probably strategizing for that, but it wouldn’t happen so soon (and the election itself would take place I think 3 or 4 months after a vote of no confidence.

    Now some factors:

    1) Bennett is precluded from joining any other coalition. This may be legally binding, unlike the paper he signed before the last election saying he would not form a coalition with Lapid. Of course here he got to be Prime Minister.

    2) Both Bennett and Lapid can stop any legislation.

    3) Bennett is supposed to switch places with Lapid in Sept, 2023 (the term of Knesset runs out in Nov 2025 I think. But it’s unlikely to reach the point of a transfer of offices. When Bennett is PM, the deputy PM is Gideon Sa’ar (another party founded by someone who left the Likud) When Lapid is OM the deputy PM is Benny Gantz. Both Bennett and Gantz are in danger of not making it into a new Knesset. Bennett has lost 2/3 of his base (right now 7 seats minus 1 out of a 120-seat Knesset.)

    4) There is a plan to pass legislation that would say when someone has been PM for eight years he must resign and cannot run for any office for four years. That would preclude Netanyahu heading the Likud ticket in a new election. However it would take a several months at least to pass such a bill. It is Sa’ar’s idea -in that event Likud would do much worse in another election.

    5) There is another ting that would keep Netanyahu out of the PM office but not the Knesset: A bill that would prevent anyone under indictment from serving as PM. The state of the law right now seems to be that person under indictment cannot have any Cabinet position except Prime Minister. But who knows how a court may rule?

    6) The legal cases against Netanyahu are flimsy and a stretch. Hes liable to be eventually acquitted on all of them – but it could take 2 or 3 years.

    7) Mansour Abbas gets $1.5 billion to spend as he will. He’s not likely to bolt the coalition before he gets a chance to spend any money. Or see anything else happen. And the moratorium on construction enforcement might stop.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  164. 162. Kevin M (ab1c11) — 6/13/2021 @ 8:42 pm

    The Settler-Intifada Party cannot last.

    There’s no new settlement construction – hasn’t been for awhile while houses bilt in volation of law by Bedouins can stand.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  165. Also: No new party can join the coalition without the concurrence of Lapid and Bennett. No religious party can join for a year without the concurrence of Avigdor Lieberman (the former Sov Un secular right wing party head)

    Everybody involved with gets something, or the possibility of something, that they’ve wanted for a long time.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  166. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of this tweet. I’ll just say nothing I’ve seen in Trump supporters causes me to question its plausibility.

    lurker (59504c)

  167. August 15th? Way to ruin my summer, lurker!

    norcal (c66c6b)

  168. Hey, I didn’t pick the date.

    lurker (59504c)

  169. It’s akin to people who pay off their student loans, only to see Pocahontas propose debt forgiveness.

    Or people who pay their mortgage, no matter what, seeing those who don’t get their balance/interest rate lowered. There are lots of policies that encourage irresponsibility, or even outright deceit.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  170. TRUMP/PENCE 2020

    TRUMP/TRUMP 2021

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  171. A woman has been killed in Minneapolis after a car drove into a crowd of people protesting the recent killing of Winston Smith.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/winston-smith-protest-woman-dead-b1865423.html

    Hopefully not named Julia.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  172. Pence is probably planning to run for president in 2024.

    But he won’t tell Trump until the last possible minute.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  173. 172, this one?

    Given TX and AZ construction plans, that may turn the NM panhandle into Ceuta or Lampedusa.

    urbanleftbehind (add341)

  174. ‘President Joe Biden confused Libya and Syria three times during a Sunday press conference at the G-7 Summit in Cornwall, United Kingdom. The president was responding to a question from NBC News’ Peter Alexander about what actions the administration plans to take against Russian President Vladimir Putin.’ -source, omg.omg.omg.gov

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  175. Biden sounded pretty good in his press conference, of which I only heard later parts.

    It must be that this matter was too abstract for Biden.

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)

  176. The CBS Evening News reported that what is called Delta is becoming more prevalent in the United States its percentage doubling every two weeks. This also was called the “double mutation” in India because it had both E484Q and L452R. It had a bunch of names

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SARS-CoV-2_Delta_variant

    Sammy Finkelman (51cd0c)


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