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11/18/2022

Weekend Open Thread

Filed under: General — Dana @ 7:04 am



[guest post by Dana]

Let’s go!

First news item

Former Vice-President Mike Pence says ‘thanks but no thanks”:

Pence was speaking to CBS, to promote a new book in which he sets out his version of events on the day supporters of his president, Donald Trump, attacked Congress, some chanting that Pence should be hanged.

Pence previously said he would consider testifying. But to CBS, he said: “Congress has no right to my testimony on separation of powers under the constitution of the United States.

“And I believe it will establish a terrible precedent for the Congress to summon a vice-president of the United States to speak about deliberations that took place at the White House.”

Pence, who is weighing out a run for the presidency in 2024 and can’t afford to lose the support of, well, anyone, added:

But I must say again, the partisan nature of the January 6 committee has been a disappointment to me. It seemed to me in the beginning, there was an opportunity to examine every aspect of what happened on January 6, and to do so more in the spirit of the 9/11 Commission, non-partisan, non-political, and that was an opportunity lost.

January 6 Committee chair Rep. Benny Thompson and vice-chair Liz Cheney responded to Pence:

“The select committee has proceeded respectfully and responsibly in our engagement with Vice-President Pence, so it is disappointing that he is misrepresenting the nature of our investigation while giving interviews to promote his new book.

“Our investigation has publicly presented the testimony of more than 50 Republican witnesses, including senior members of the Trump White House, the Trump campaign, and the Trump justice department.

“This testimony, subject to criminal penalties for lying to Congress, was not ‘partisan’. It was truthful.”

Second news item

Moms for Liberty, the group in which members had a shameful view of Ruby Bridges Goes To School, pushed conservative candidates in school boards elections across the country:

Moms for Liberty said it has endorsed more than 500 school board candidates across the country this year, 49% of whom have won. The organization’s candidates were highly successful in Florida, but they had mixed results in Arkansas, California, Michigan and other states.

Moms for Liberty celebrated the six candidates’ wins in Berkeley County as an example of flipping a school board in favor of people who “value parental rights.”

School boards are powerful entities. Thankfully, board members are elected by the public, so it remains an avenue in which parents – for better or worse – can make their voices heard if they’re willing to do the hard work of running for a seat.

Third news item

Trump faces criticism over Covid response:

March, 29, 2020, is a day that should live in infamy. The national mitigation plan against Covid-19, “15 days to stop the spread,” was about to expire. In the Rose Garden, President Trump declared that lockdowns would continue for another 30 days. I tweeted: “President Trump just lost the election.”

When Mr. Trump announced his 2024 campaign Tuesday, he didn’t apologize for the lockdowns or even mention them. I supported him in 2016, and during his tenure he did much to dredge the political swamps, but his decision to approve and extend drastic Covid interventions should disqualify him for a second term.

Fourth news item

Not good news about American Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia:

Brittney Griner has begun serving her nine-year sentence for drug possession at a Russian penal colony, her lawyers and agent said Thursday.

Griner was transferred to a penal colony in Mordovia, about 350 kilometers (210 miles) east of Moscow, after a Russian court last month rejected her appeal of her sentence.

According to the report, President Biden is hopeful that President Putin will want to resume talks about a prisoner exchange concerning both Griner and Paul Whelan.

This morning, Axios is reporting that “The Kremlin aims to secure the release of convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout in any prisoner swap with the U.S., a senior Russian official told the news agency Interfax on Friday.”

Also, it as been reported that Navalny has been permanently moved to solitary confinement:

Aleksei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader jailed after surviving an assassination attempt, said on Thursday that he has been transferred permanently to a solitary confinement cell that would limit his contact with other prisoners and the outside world.

“They’re doing it to keep me quiet,” Mr. Navalny said in posts on his verified Twitter account, adding that staying in the small, cramped cell was typically limited to 15 days as a punishment. The rules also bar “long visits” from relatives, he said.

The order came just four days before his family was expected to come see him, according to a post on Twitter from Team Navalny, the core organizers behind his opposition movement, who have all fled Russia.

At least nine years have already been added to his initial two-year sentence, and few expect him to emerge from prison while Mr. Putin is still president.

Fifth news item

Yet again President Biden capitulates and plays politics with human rights abuser:

1.

Biden as a Democratic presidential candidate vowed to make a “pariah” out of Saudi rulers over the 2018 killing of Khashoggi.

“I think it was a flat-out murder,” Biden said in a 2019 CNN town hall, as a candidate. “And I think we should have nailed it as that. I publicly said at the time we should treat it that way and there should be consequences relating to how we deal with those — that power.”

2.

The Biden administration says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s high office should shield him from a lawsuit over his role in the killing of a U.S.-based journalist, making a turnaround from Joe Biden’s passionate campaign trail denunciations of the prince over the brutal slaying.

The administration spoke out in support of a claim of legal immunity from Prince Mohammed — Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, who also recently took the title of prime minister — against a suit brought by the fiancée of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and by the rights group Khashoggi founded, Democracy for the Arab World Now.

Note:

A federal judge in Washington had given the U.S. government until midnight Thursday to express an opinion on the claim by the crown prince’s lawyers that Prince Mohammed’s high official standing renders him legally immune in the case.

The Biden administration also had the option of not stating an opinion either way.

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi’s fiancé responds to the news: “Biden himself betrayed his word, betrayed Jamal. History will not forget this wrong decision.”

Sixth news item

A very significant event:

Protesters in Iran have set on fire the ancestral home of the Islamic republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini two months into the anti-regime protest movement,

The house in the city of Khomein in the western Markazi province was shown ablaze late Thursday with crowds of jubilant protesters marching past, according to images posted on social media, verified by AFP.

Khomeini died in 1989…The house was later turned into a museum commemorating Khomeini. It was not immediately clear what damaged it sustained.

Images of Khomeini have on occasion been torched or defaced by protesters, in taboo-breaking acts against a figure whose death is still marked each June with a holiday for mourning.

Masih Alinejad lays out key points:

The leaders of democratic countries should recognize this as a revolution, as it is. This is just the beginning of the end. When teenagers are getting killed… but the day after, they take back to the streets… this is called a revolution”

In contrast w. Russia, would add not even one Islamic Republic diplomat has been asked to leave European soil despite its arming of Putin; hostages; human rights abuses; & terror plots. That must change.

Seventh news item

Cut from the same cloth, I would expect nothing less from these two:

1.

Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert (CO) declared herself the winner of her congressional race Thursday evening, despite the race heading to an automatic recount. While media outlets, including The Associated Press, have deemed the race far too close to be called, the MAGA-loving firebrand conveyed to her over 1.7 million Twitter followers that she’s the victor, while only being ahead of Democrat opponent Adam Frisch by around 550 votes. “We won! I am so thankful for all of your support, and I am so proud to be your Representative!” Boebert tweeted. “Come January, you can be certain of two things,” she added in an a video with the Capitol building serving as a backdrop. “I will be sworn in for my second term as your congresswoman, and Republicans can finally turn Pelosi’s house back into the People’s House.”

2.

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R) declined to concede governor race to Democrat Katie Hobbs Thursday, raising concerns about the election process.

The Associated Press and other outlets projected that Hobbs won the race on Monday. But Lake indicated she is assembling a legal team that is “collecting evidence and data” pertaining to the electoral process.

“Rest assured, I have assembled the best and brightest legal team and we are exploring every avenue to correct the many wrongs that have been done this past week,” Lake said in a video address posted Thursday morning. “I’m doing everything in my power to right these wrongs.”

P.S. Jim Geraghty shows his work: Even if all of the remaining votes were for Kari Lake, Hobbs would still win the election by about 6,000 votes.

P.P.S. Yesterday, Lake’s team confirmed that she was at Mar-a-Lago. Possibly auditioning to be someone’s running mate??

Eighth news item

Only Congress can solve coming border surge:

The progressive collapse of this country’s asylum system over many years, and not the Biden administration’s admittedly murky messaging on migration, is the main cause of today’s accelerating disarray at the border….

Granted, the president and his border policies have contributed to the problem. On taking office, President Biden set about dismantling the Trump administration’s restrictions, including trying to scrap Title 42 expulsions earlier this year. Simultaneously, officials pleaded in vain for migrants not to attempt to enter the country — without any effective strategy to deter them.

In response to Judge Sullivan’s ruling, the Biden administration asked for a five-week grace period to prepare for the anticipated surge of migrants. It has prepared to rush resources to the border, including thousands of beds to hold detainees in tent facilities, and is planning for quicker deportations as a deterrent. Ultimately, though, the fix, and the failure, lie with Congress.

Ninth news item:

–Dana

195 Responses to “Weekend Open Thread”

  1. Good morning!

    Dana (1225fc)

  2. I like the positive view of the future in Item 9.

    Appalled (d74a32)

  3. Good morning, Dana!

    Re the fifth news item:

    Can somebody explain to me how an Article III court has jurisdiction to hear a wrongful death suit arising for the killing of a Saudi citizen by the Saudi government in a Saudi consulate in Turkey when the deceased was neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident;

    And how a fiancée has standing to bring the suit?

    nk (51a6b4)

  4. Appalled,

    I’m torn. Mostly, I think: die already, Twitter. But then I am reminded of the countless number of people throughout the world in conflict areas who are experiencing life-and-death situations (Ukraine, Iran, etc.) where Twitter is their lifeline and vehicle to get critical news out to the world in real-time about what is really happening on the ground. It is truly an invaluable, life-saving tool in many parts of the world. Here in the West, it can certainly be informative, but it’s also a tool to play a more sophisticated and ugly game of tit-for-tat telephone.

    Dana (1225fc)

  5. Twitter delenda est

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  6. @3: Fairness!

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  7. Brittney Griner:

    Apparently we need more hostages.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  8. Only Congress can solve coming border surge:

    Except that at least one party has no interest in fixing this on any compromise terms. Both parties prefer to let problems fester, so they can raise money using them.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  9. I don’t see anything wrong with a Congresswoman who claims victory when leading by 550 votes. Most would. They, more than anyone, know that perception is 90% of truth in politics.

    Keri Lake is another matter. It’s one thing to seek a recount, or to claim victory in a closer election. It’s quite another to attack the vote counting itself. She had better have film.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  10. Oops, I put my Kari Lake comment in the “agenda” thread, rather than this one:

    Here are two details about Kari Lake that surprised me:

    Lake has been married to Jeff Halperin since August 1998.[17] She was previously married to Tracy Finnegan, an electrical engineer.[93] Prior to 2015 she identified as a Buddhist,[94] but converted to Christianity in 2019.

    (There’s no mention of any children.)

    Oh, and she’s been an independent and a Democrat, as well as a Republican. That doens’t surprise me.

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  11. Kari Lake said in advance she was not going to accept the results of the election (unless she won, of course). She also told McCain supporters to “get the hell out”. Arizona really dodged a bullet rabid ferret this time, I think.

    nk (51a6b4)

  12. Kevin @ 5,

    Your argument, which echoes Beldar’s, ignores what I pointed out in my comment: Twitter, right now, is and has been an invaluable tool for Ukrainians trapped in the war and for protesters risking life and limb in their revolution. Whether it’s reassuring loved ones of their safety, whether it’s strategic information of an enemy’s next target, or where life-saving medical aid can be found, these people in desperate straits rely on the availability and existence of Twitter (and Telegraph. Because it’s a hellscape here doesn’t mean it is there.

    Dana (1225fc)

  13. Breaking news item:

    Qatar bans sale of beer at World Cup stadiums in about-face

    FILE – In this Thursday, March 5, 2015, file photo, Budweiser beer cans are seen at a concession stand at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla. World Cup organizers reportedly have made another late change in alcohol policy only two days before games start in Qatar by banning beer sales at the eight soccer stadiums in and around Doha. Media reports say Qatari authorities are pressing FIFA to ban all sales of long-time World Cup beer sponsor Budweiser at the eight venues. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
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    FILE – In this Thursday, March 5, 2015, file photo, Budweiser beer cans are seen at a concession stand at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla. World Cup organizers reportedly have made another late change in alcohol policy only two days before games start in Qatar by banning beer sales at the eight soccer stadiums in and around Doha. Media reports say Qatari authorities are pressing FIFA to ban all sales of long-time World Cup beer sponsor Budweiser at the eight venues. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar banned the sale of beer at World Cup stadiums on Friday, a sudden U-turn on the deal the conservative Muslim emirate made to secure the soccer tournament with only two days to go before the opening game.

    The move was the latest sign of the tension of staging the event, which is not just a sports tournament but also a month-long party, in the autocratic country where the sale of alcohol is heavily restricted. It’s also a significant blow to World Cup beer sponsor Budweiser and raised questions about how much control FIFA retains over its tournament.

    When Qatar launched its bid to host the World Cup, the country agreed to FIFA’s requirements of selling alcohol in stadiums — but the details were only released in September, just 11 weeks before the first kickoff, suggesting how fraught the negotiations may have been. Friday’s statement from FIFA said non-alcoholic beer will still be sold at the eight stadiums, while champagne, wine, whiskey and other alcohol will be served in the luxury hospitality areas of the arenas.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  14. Dana,

    I was actually channeling Beldar. I agree that Twitter (and other services) are useful to those denied traditional communications channels.

    For the last year, my wife has been facilitating 12-Step groups in Iran dealing with certain behavioral issues, to the point she began learning Farsi. She was mostly using Zoom and WhatsApp. These are now closed off and VPNs are shut down as quickly as they appear. She’s had no contact with her Iranian groups for over a month. It’s a problem for her (and no doubt to those in Iran). While these services ARE useful, they don’t stand a chance against a regime committed to throttling them.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  15. Here’s a book recommendation: Steven E. Koonin’s Unsettled.

    I finished it recently and found it a good treatment of “what climate science tells us, what it doesn’t, and why it matters”.

    (I was charmed to see that the comments at B&N are, as I write, perfectly bimodal, seven top ratings, one bottom rating — and none in between.)

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  16. Sorry for the repeat posting in #13

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  17. Kevin M,

    Because these services are facing such challenges doesn’t mean that they should be shut down by the West. Starlink provided immense help to Ukraine at a critical time.

    Also, Bill Browder writes about how he was picked up by the authorities in Spain, without explanation or telling him where they were taking him. He was terrified because he knew he was on Putin’s radar and the FSB was after him. Scared to death, he remembered that his lawyer had said if anything ever happened like this, tweet it out and then thousands upon thousands of users would know what was happening. Because he did just that, rescuers reached him in time.

    These modern forms of communication have their downsides because people are loons. But not everyone.

    Dana (1225fc)

  18. I don’t think I said they should be shut down. I dislike Twitter for its bumper-sticker level of “discussion” — and the bumper-sticker minds it attracts. Back when they were gleaning bandwidth for cell phones, it was a structural limit, but that is no longer technologically necessary.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  19. If Twitter were to die, not from evil intent but from dissatisfaction and obsolescence, it would not be the end of things. A Bill Browder would have other avenues to get his message out, such as Facebook or WhatsApp, even if Twitter died. And really, would Twitter be the best call now?

    Services die. I once had a dial-up modem, then ISDN (yes, really). I have cut several cords in the last 5 years and am starting to wonder about email (this happens every election cycle). I used to facilitate several email discussion groups, but this is no longer useful (especially after the Covid/Zoom thing).

    —–

    All that being said, I think that a lot of what is going on with Twitter is an organized campaign to get Musk to sell his control so that the Millennial gatekeepers of truthiness can return.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  20. School boards are powerful entities. Thankfully, board members are elected by the public, so it remains an avenue in which parents – for better or worse – can make their voices heard if they’re willing to do the hard work of running for a seat.

    School boards oscillate between self-serving union-backed “educators” and populist mobs of parent-backed firebrands. It’s a beautiful system really.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  21. Mike Pence used somewhat indirect language and they didn’t pick up on it:

    MP>

    But I must say again, the partisan nature of the January 6 committee has been a disappointment to me. It seemed to me in the beginning, there was an opportunity to examine every aspect of what happened on January 6, and to do so more in the spirit of the 9/11 Commission, non-partisan, non-political, and that was an opportunity lost.

    January 6 Committee chair Rep. Benny Thompson and vice-chair Liz Cheney: BT+LC>

    “Our investigation has publicly presented the testimony of more than 50 Republican witnesses, including senior members of the Trump White House, the Trump campaign, and the Trump justice department.

    It was truthful.

    He’s talking about the fact that they only looked into Trump’s role.

    He’s talking about the poor intelligence, like with 9/11. And there is a lot to look at there. The Republicans talk about intelligence ignored or national guard troops rejected (probably a distortion of the facts) but what’s really important is why an intelligence assessment was changed:

    From the Senate report, page 45:

    Follow the links: (it’s difficult with later versions of Windows)

    https://www.rules.senate.gov/news/press-releases/peters-portman-klobuchar-blunt-release-bipartisan-report-investigating-january-6th-capitol-attack

    https://www.rules.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Jan%206%20HSGAC%20Rules%20Report.pdf

    In the days following the issuance of the January 3 Special Assessment, IICD issued three DIRs—none of which reflected the likelihood of violence described in the January 3 Special Assessment or more broadly known within IICD. In fact, the January 4, January 5, and January 6 DIRs assessed the probability of acts of civil disobedience from the planned protests across all of Washington, D.C. as “Remote” to “Improbable.”261 Regarding a “Million MAGA March/US Capitol,” the report assigned a probability of “Improbable,” adding as context, “it [is] possible the Million Magi [sic] March folks could organize a demonstration on USCP grounds. Women for America First has permitted on USCP grounds and Freedom Plaza parade permit through MPD and has been the permitted portion of previous Million MAGA Marches.”262 The Stop the Steal event was assigned a probability of “Highly Improbable” given that “no further information has been found to the exact actions planned by this group.”263 The Women for America First event planned for the Ellipse also received a “Highly Improbable” rating, but the report contained no explanation or context as to why this rating was assigned.264

    It is clear that IICD intelligence products, in particular the January 3 Special Assessment analysis that “Congress itself is the target on the 6th” and its warning about the “significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike,” were not incorporated in subsequent intelligence documents. One explanation given to the Committees for why the January 3 Special Assessment was not incorporated into the DIRs is because a single analyst
    prepared and disseminated the DIRs without supervisory review.265

    It seems to be that it is quite plausible that the Capitol Police was infiltrated by the planners of the riot.

    (and also that probably only a Russian could think it would accomplish anything) This is not like Yeltsin’s attack on the Duma in 1993.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  22. You could also talk about, but Pence is probably not that familiar with the question as to came up with the idea for rallies because I think Trump was roped into somebody else’s conspiracy. The genesis was not with him, nor was it a likely outcome of speech on the Ellipse — That a rally planned for the Ellipse also received a “Highly Improbable” rating as taking place at all!

    The committee has a serious problem with Trump wanting to go to the Capitol. That is not consistent with him knowing there was going to be a riot, or, if he learned about a disturbance and still wanted to go, that anything that couldn’t immediately easily be taken care of was occurring.

    They are reduced to speculating improbabilities:

    https://sports.yahoo.com/jamie-raskin-trump-thought-could-041033771.html

    Jamie Raskin: Trump thought he could enter the Capitol on January 6 ‘like Mussolini being carried on the shoulders of his supporters’

    Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin said the panel learned how Trump was “incensed” about not being able to “join the mob.”

    He said Trump likely thought he would enter “like Mussolini being carried on the shoulders of his supporters.”

    More likely, this proves that Trump had no idea that the work of Congress would be interrupted.

    I also can say that I don’t think that’s exactly what happened with Mussolini and the March on Rome 100 years ago.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_on_Rome#:~:text=The%20March%20on%20Rome%20(Italian,in%20the%20Kingdom%20of%20Italy.

    On the following day, the Quadrumvirs, Emilio De Bono, Italo Balbo, Michele Bianchi and Cesare Maria de Vecchi, were appointed by Mussolini at the head of the march, while he went to Milan. He did not participate in the march, though he allowed pictures to be taken of him marching along with the Fascist marchers, and he went to Rome the next day.[17] Generals Gustavo Fara and Sante Ceccherini assisted with the preparations of the March of 18 October.

    The truth is, the legitimate government of Italy caved in, on more or less pacifist grounds.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  23. The rampage on January 6 2021 was inconsistent with any of Trump’s, Giuliani’s and Eastman’s plans for the day.

    It was planned in advance but it was planned without Trump or any of the people close to him.

    Trying to pin this on Trump is indeed partisan (or stupid).

    Trump didn’t want to disavow his supporters or tell them to disperse, because having a crowd there, whose numbers he greatly exaggerated, was part of his plans for the day.

    By the way, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a big mistake the day of the occurrence – she was recorded by her daughter as saying she thought stopping the proceedings could somehow maybe cause Trump’s term to be extended or that that was intention.

    Actually per the 20th amendment and legislation, had a failure to qualify a president by Jan 20 occurred, it would have made her Acting President!

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  24. Third news item

    Trump has a problem. His biggest supporters are anti-vaxxers, yet the biggest thing he can take credit for is pushing the development of vaccines and other treatments — not enough.

    He could even make an Carter like “October Surprise” accusation against the Democrats for stalling the vaccine past Election Day 2020 — but he can’t.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  25. Incidentally, there was some news in Science section of the New York Times printed this week (dated online Nov 7) about Covid.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/07/health/covid-patients-ventilators-consciousness.html

    In March 2020, New York City’s hospitals filled up with patients desperately ill with Covid-19. In many cases, when their fluid-filled lungs could no longer give them oxygen, doctors sedated them and put them on ventilators.

    The patients who recovered were taken off the machines and anesthesia. Within a day or so, their doctors expected them to wake up.

    But some didn’t. Some people went into a long term coma after being given anesthesia and didn’t come out of for weeks or months. They usually did eventually regain full consciousness, with no sign of brain damage.

    A mystery.

    Finally somebody thought of turtles.

    The brains of unconscious Covid patients bear a striking resemblance to those of turtles that spend the winter encased in ice, argued Dr. Schiff and his collaborator, Dr. Emery Brown, a computational neuroscientist at M.I.T. The turtles survive by putting their neurons into an unusual quiet state that lasts for months. Dr. Schiff and Dr. Brown believe that the combination of Covid and sedatives prompts a similar response in people.

    I wonder if it happens any other time.

    Across the northern world, coldblooded turtles that live in freshwater have to survive chilly winters. They do so by spending months buried in frozen mud, barely breathing. Researchers who study turtles in laboratories have found that the animal prepares its brain for winter by flooding it with a chemical called GABA. The compound quiets the activity of neurons so that they don’t waste energy producing electrical pulses.

    “It’s like they auto-anesthetize themselves,” Dr. Brown said.

    Over the winter, the turtles produce distinctive brain-wave patterns, with isolated bursts of electricity separated by long stretches of silence. Just like the turtles, unconscious Covid patients produce brief bursts of electrical activity between long silences. And these patients typically received anesthetic drugs that mimic GABA.

    It happened over and over again wit Covid early in the epidemic. The doctors apparently did not try to force them to wake up., which might be dangerous.

    They collected instances of 795 severe Covid patients with delayed recovery in three hospitals in New York City and Boston. One-quarter of the patients took 10 days or more after coming off a ventilator to indicate consciousness After 23 days, 10 percent were still not conscious.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  26. R.I.P. Robert Clary, last remaining main cast member of Hogan’s Heroes (Corporal LeBeau)

    Icy (7a93eb)

  27. There’s a problem with telling time.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/14/science/time-leap-second.html

    Lately the second is running into trouble. Traditionally the unit was defined in astronomical terms, as one-86,400th of the mean solar day (the time it takes Earth to rotate once on its axis). In 1967 the world’s metrologists instead began measuring time from the ground up, with atomic clocks. The official length of the basic unit, the second, was fixed at 9,192,631,770 vibrations of an atom of cesium 133. Eighty-six thousand four hundred such seconds compose one day.

    But Earth’s rotation slows ever so slightly from year to year, and the astronomical second (like the astronomical day) has gradually grown longer than the atomic one. To compensate, starting in 1972, metrologists began occasionally inserting an extra second — a leap second — to the end of an atomic day. In effect, whenever atomic time is a full second ahead, it stops for a second to allow Earth to catch up. Ten leap seconds were added to the atomic time scale in 1972, and 27 more have been added since.

    Now the earths rotation is speeding up. Subtracting asecond could maybe create a problem.

    Cellphone transmissions, power grids and computer networks are synchronized to minuscule fractions of a second. High-frequency traders in financial markets execute orders in thousandths and even billionths of a second. And there’s GPS. (Of course, Einstein’ Theory of Relativity makes the passage of time not the same everywhere anyway – a fact not mentioned in this article)

    The time scale most commonly used in place of U.T.C. is the American government’s global-positioning satellite system, or GPS. Each satellite in the GPS network, which is operated and maintained by the U.S. Space Force, carries atomic clocks that provide time data, along with information about longitude, latitude and altitude.

    Users of GPS, which include cellphone and data networks, can determine the time of day to within 100 billionth of a second, and the information is free and widely available. But it is neither funneled through the B.I.P.M. nor adjusted for leap seconds. The United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union recently suggested that telecommunication networks make GPS, rather than U.T.C., their official time because it does not incorporate leap seconds and therefore is an uninterrupted flow of time.

    To metrologists the implications are grave: Although GPS keeps good time, using it rather than U.T.C. would mean that time would no longer be overseen by an organization that must abide by international agreements.

    Maybe that could be a way to get North Korean Iranian and even Chinese and Russian ICBMs to miss their target – if they use American GPS, which might be tweaked in an emergency.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  28. 19. Kevin M (1ea396) — 11/18/2022 @ 10:01 am

    I once had a dial-up modem,

    Doesn’t work, even with Pulse dialing under FIOS. But long before I had FIOS, the last BBS I connected to via modem went down on August 15, 2007.

    I used to facilitate several email discussion groups, but this is no longer useful (especially after the Covid/Zoom thing).

    Email is cumbersome, but mailing lists are still useful (it gets funneled through a central address where a moderator forwards it. Not instantaneous, but it is better. You don’t get such fear of missing out.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  29. All that being said, I think that a lot of what is going on with Twitter is an organized campaign to get Musk to sell his control so that the Millennial gatekeepers of truthiness can return.

    That was what caused the drop off in advertisers, but Musk telling everyone to work longer hours or quit is his own doing.

    He could get some from subscribers. He wants to charge $8 for prominence? He could offer a lifetime membership for $480 (equal to 60 payments) and allow people to pay 2 cents or 5 cents to a handle – and if someone got a surplus, they could give it to someone else. Maybe you could find a way get people to self-select who or what is interesting.

    Elon Musk seems to believe that the quickest way to learn something is to make mistakes.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  30. nk,

    The Saudi was – I think – a green card holder on assignment from the NYT when killed

    EPWJ (650a62)

  31. He wrote for the Washington Post.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  32. Parody in 1989 at the time of the Salman Rushdie fatwa:

    Rule Khomeini.
    Khomeini rules the planet.

    His word, never never never can —
    or can it?

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  33. Biden plays politics with everything.

    But I think his default inclination is moderate. He caves i very very easily.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  34. The Saudi was – I think – a green card holder on assignment from the NYT when killed

    WaPo like Sammy said, here on a non-immigrant temporary worker’s visa, in Istanbul on personal business.

    nk (51a6b4)

  35. January 6 Committee chair Rep. Benny Thompson and vice-chair Liz Cheney responded to Pence

    that Bennie Thompson is a 2004 election denier should inform everyone about the partisanship of the investigation and that Liz is oblivious

    JF (992c3e)

  36. Eighth news item: Only Congress can solve coming border surge

    translation: Republicans will be blamed if they don’t fix the mess Democrats made

    this seems to be the default sentiment for every problem lately

    JF (992c3e)

  37. Mitch mcconnel votes against bill to ban laws against interracial marriage even though his wife is asian. Want to cut the budget? What percent of the defense budget do you want to cut? Border patrol and ICE? We cut interest and only pay back principal. Other countries do this all the time and their currency is not backed by thermo nuclear weapons.

    asset (7d1c64)

  38. Biden’s flip on Khashoggi, Trump being his usual bah humbug self reminds of a warning that is going around.
    “The dildo of consequences rarely arrives lubed”

    steveg (2e960f)

  39. Lest you forget: ‘you bought him; you own him’– but hey, no mean tweets, tailwaggers:

    The oily ‘principles’ of plagiarist swamp creature Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.:

    Biden administration says Saudi prince has immunity in Khashoggi killing lawsuit

    WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The Biden administration ruled on Thursday that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has immunity from a lawsuit over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, drawing immediate condemnation from the slain journalist’s former fiancee.

    Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in October 2018 by Saudi agents in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, an operation which U.S. intelligence believed was ordered by Prince Mohammed, who has been the kingdom’s de facto ruler for several years. – https://www.reuters.com/legal/biden-admin-says-saudi-prince-has-immunity-khashoggi-killing-lawsuit-court-2022-11-18/

    Biden Scoffs at Reporter’s ‘Silly Question’ About Khashoggi Killing

    ‘… During a Democratic party debate in November 2019, Biden said that he would “make them [the Saudis] in fact the pariah that they are” as he vowed to take an opposing stance against Saudi Arabia over allegations of human rights violations…’

    https://www.newsweek.com/joe-biden-dismisses-reporter-question-jamal-khashoggi-death-1725171

    Biden disputes Saudi account of Khashoggi murder discussion

    July 17 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Saturday differed with Saudi Arabia in their account of discussions at a bilateral summit about the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a major point of contention between the two countries.

    U.S. intelligence agencies believe Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing in 2018 of Khashoggi, a Saudi insider-turned-critic who had been living in self-imposed exile in Virginia. The de facto Saudi ruler denies it.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/biden-disputes-saudi-account-khashoggi-murder-discussion-2022-07-17/

    Our incompetent, 20th century bum starts his 81st year on Earth in 48 hours.

    …and Putin smiled. Xi grinned… Kim started another countdown… and Musk will outlive them all.

    DCSCA (67238f)

  40. So, Garland lets Trump pester the GOP for another year or two. After doing all this investigation, they punt over to a Special Prosecutor who will probably have to go over the same ground again de novo. Every witness gets one more run through the gauntlet.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  41. MEMO to Bureaucrat Garland: and what of Hunter;

    Backfire is a Russian bomber.

    DCSCA (8d3350)

  42. Already a special counsel appointed, Garland has.

    nk (3ffd95)

  43. Quote of the day:

    “We are running out of comedians.” – Swanson TV Dinner heir & current FoxNews comedy star Tucka Carlson

    Another Biden-fueled shortage, Tucka?

    Memo to Tucka:

    It’s Putin’s fault.

    DCSCA (8d3350)

  44. CNN bans on-air drinking during New Year’s Eve broadcasts — except for these hosts [Coop & Cohen]

    CNN’s new boss told staffers that on-air talent won’t be able to booze it up when the ball drops on Dec. 31 to ring in 2023, although the yearly shindig’s hosts Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper will be exempt from the ban. The left-leaning cable network’s new CEO Chris Licht told employees at a town hall meeting at the network’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters earlier this week that on-camera drinking damaged CNN’s credibility in the eyes of viewers, according to a Variety report which cited unnamed CNN staffers. The clampdown comes after CNN personalities like Don Lemon got demonstrably tipsy and boozy during New Year’s Eve festivities…

    This year’s New Year’s Eve broadcast will be the first of the [Chris] Licht era, which began earlier this year after the unceremonious departure of his predecessor, Jeff Zucker. Licht’s recent town hall, which was moderated by CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota, left staffers worried about their future after the boss made clear that the network will announce another round of layoffs in early December. The network has been forced to tighten its belt as part of a mandate handed down by its corporate parent, Warner Bros.,/Discovery.”

    https://nypost.com/2022/11/17/cnn-bans-on-air-drinking-during-new-years-eve-broadcasts-except-for-these-hosts/

    What?? No more immature Walter-wannabes mooning the world w/self-aggrandized importance on global TeeVee?!?!

    “And that’s the way it is…” -dead CBS News anchor, Walter Cronkite

    DCSCA (8d3350)

  45. It’s a trick to out the Russian bots.

    nk (3ffd95)

  46. Already a special counsel appointed, Garland has.
    nk (3ffd95) — 11/18/2022 @ 5:00 pm

    investigating a political opponent is so 2016

    JF (4d5b3d)

  47. It was 2017. And like Star Wars, I’ll tell the last past first, so you’ll understand the first part better.

    When Trump wanted Barr to be his AG, Barr said “The DAG has the AG’s balls in his pocket”. And he took the job only if he could choose his own DAG.

    What happened with Sessions is that when he was confirmed as AG he fired DAG Rod Rosenstein. And Trump overruled Sessions and re-appointed Rosenstein. Who appointed Mueller as special counsel.

    That’s our Jar-Jar!

    nk (3ffd95)

  48. It was 2017

    it was 2016, and like Star Wars your yarn is fiction but has batsh!t crazy super fans who take it way too seriously

    JF (4d5b3d)

  49. Despite being on the Trump bandwagon that there was “massive fraud” in the 2020 election, Boebert was so confident in her election that she declared victory with only a 550-vote spread. Funny that.

    Paul Montagu (b351b8)

  50. Mueller was appointed on May 17, 2017.

    I have noticed that you have a severe problem with equivalences. I refuse to cater to it. In this instance, equating the Steele dossier which showed up some time during the transition with the appointment of a special counsel.

    And likewise your penchant for alternative facts. Facts are facts, and it’s pointless to argue them.

    nk (3ffd95)

  51. Mueller was appointed on May 17, 2017.

    cool

    JF (4d5b3d)

  52. Mick Ryan has a good thread on how the respective militaries will handle Putin’s War. The way I see it, the Ukrainians have homefield advantage.

    Paul Montagu (b351b8)

  53. This got my grumpy old man ire ratcheted up a few notches:

    Women Are Getting Designer Nipples to Look More Like Kendall Jenner

    We are in the late stages of decadence appropriate to a collapsing empire. Not to go all Mark Steyn on all of you, but this is just how it is.

    And since this is a political blog, let me point out that all of these young ladies who are prioritizing their disposable income towards the aesthetics of their nubbins rather than — oh, I don’t know — paying back their student loans appear in this article to be located in New York City. I think that young, single women in New York City probably voted for progressive Democrats by a 19:1 margin in the past few elections.

    JVW (15c733)

  54. point out

    JVW (15c733) — 11/18/2022 @ 10:09 pm

    Heh.

    norcal (a1f318)

  55. “Former Vice-President Mike Pence says ‘thanks but no thanks'”

    I’m not sure what Mike Pence sees as a path to the White House. He utterly disappointed MAGA, yet won’t go under oath to officially document his view of events leading up to and culminating on Jan 6th. I suppose there is always the chance that DeSantis will implode on the national stage. I get that Pence is try to appear to be standing up to the 1/6 committee, but he comes across as terminally weak. Sure Trump did nothing as his most avid supporters were chanting to hang the VP. Pence gives the impression that it all was just a big disagreement. His loyalty to team over all means he will never get my vote. He’s part of the problem….

    “Yesterday, Lake’s team confirmed that she was at Mar-a-Lago.”

    I’m shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here.
    We can say with some confidence that Lake would not have certified the electoral votes….it’s the minimum requirement for the privilege of running with the Don. More part of the problem….

    AJ_Liberty (6a18fd)

  56. If you are upset with how Biden is treating the Saudi government over one death wait until you find out we’ve been helping them slaughter and starve civilians in Yemen by the 1000s for years. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yemeni_Civil_War_(2014%E2%80%93present)

    kaf (e7633c)

  57. 44, well maybe there will be another Mariah Carey meltdown, this time the foundation wear fails on live TV.

    urbanleftbehind (153056)

  58. So that’s what I had last weekend. That’s my excuse for being such a lollygag, and I’m sticking to it.

    Paul Montagu (b351b8)

  59. Frum is right. It’s also interesting how the “realists” are so unrealistic about Putin and his ambitions, denying that his expanding his empire through military conquest is not actually imperialism.

    The New Yorker piece shows Mearsheimer cheerleading for Putin’s attempts to secure the four oblasts he illegally annexed, going with the canard that “what motivates him is fear of Ukraine becoming a part of nato.” It was also interesting how Mearsheimer got so b1tchy near the end of the interview. My read is that both are unpleasant men, with Chotiner having the unique skill of getting the interviewee’s skin.

    Paul Montagu (b351b8)

  60. There were three cartoons in Politico’s weekly colllection that I especially liked: Kal’s running again, Wuerker’s Murdoch, and Ramirez’s wolf.

    (Wuerker included another of his own cartoons in the collection, something he usually doesn’t do. And shouldn’t have this time, since the second one is a failure.)

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  61. “with Chotiner having the unique skill of getting the interviewee’s skin.”

    I would NEVER let him get my skin….EVER. Heck, I wouldn’t even let him get under my skin. 🙂

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  62. As Biden turns 80, Americans ask ‘What’s too old?’

    WASHINGTON, Nov 11 (Reuters) – The 2024 race for the White House could be uncharted territory in the United States, which celebrates youth, but where millions of Americans – including presidents – now keep working well beyond the traditional retirement age of 65.

    Ronald Reagan was 77 when he left the White House, but President Joe Biden, who turns 80 on Nov. 20, would be 86 by the time a second four-year term ends, should he win it. His leading potential Republican opponent, Donald Trump, would be 82 when he left office if he won in 2024.

    While 71% of Democrats think Biden is “mentally sharp and able to deal with challenges,” 46% say he may not be up to the challenge of running in 2024, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken Wednesday and Thursday. About a quarter of Republicans, 26%, think Trump may not be up for 2024 because of his age.

    Political affiliation aside, 68% of people surveyed think Biden may not be up for the challenge two years from now, and 49% say the same about Trump. Some 86% of Americans said they believe the cutoff for serving as president should be age 75 or younger, the poll found. – reuters.com

    … and Putin smiled; Xi showed glee… as Prince MBS watched ‘Never Give A Sucker An Even Break.’

    DCSCA (51fc26)

  63. Dana @17:

    So, I thought a bit more about Twitter’s troubles and its utility to bypass dictators and such. Then I looked at what is happening to Musk’s attempt to use Twitter to bypass the MSM’s control on “misinformation” and the dots begin to connect. It’s not just sh1th0le countries that try to suppress information they don’t care for.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  64. Biden is now at the point that Reagan was when he left office — mentally rigid and with declining powers. It wasn’t until after the 1992 election that Reagan’s Alzheimer’s got to the point where he withdrew from public view.

    Biden *might* be able to function in the 2024 election — but he’s quite unlikely to be able to complete that term without significant help from the news media and, well, everyone he contacts. I think that any credible candidate in 2024 could beat him in the primaries, let along the general election. This does not include Donald Trump who has his own mental issues (and his growing rage and pettiness is a sign of Alzheimer’s itself).

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  65. Sammy the fish alito leaker! NYT Mr schenck a former anti abortion leader said alito told him and mrs. wright who told her husband about dobbs and hobby lobby decision so states could get ready to pass anti-abortion laws!

    asset (fcf99a)

  66. There were three cartoons in Politico’s weekly collection that I especially liked

    The Horsey cartoon should have had Trump saying “Give Up? In our moment of triumph?”

    That second Wuerker cartoon is not just a failure, but demonstrates the man’s hard hard left politics. So the the three he chose just before that.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  67. Trump admits abortion ruling cost gop in mid terms. You think! Alito also leaked dobbs decision to stop justice roberts from changing the decision DU.

    asset (fcf99a)

  68. Trump admits abortion ruling cost gop in mid terms. You think!

    I think he also blames Hannity, Melania and sunspots.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  69. @65. Did Ronald Reagan have Alzheimer’s while in office? Early signs of dementia are revealed in former president’s speech

    ‘Long before he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Ronald Reagan’s speech may have contained clues to his worsening mental state. This is according to U.S. scientists who have found subtle changes in the former president’s speech during his term in office from 1981 to 1989.

    Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1994, and always maintained that he would resign from his post if his mental health went into decline. Now researchers at the University of Arizona believe Reagan was suffering from the early onset of Alzheimer’s while acting as president. They came to the conclusion after comparing transcripts of 46 news conferences that Reagan held to the 101 sessions George H. W. Bush held in his term.

    ‘Key word counts previously associated with cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease were extracted and regression analyses were conducted,’ the authors wrote. Reagan used words such as ‘thing’ as a trigger to recall the correct words more often Bush. He also used more repetition. The team used a new algorithm based on a technique used by others to analyze changes in writing by novelists, according to a report in the New York Times.

    ‘President Reagan showed a significant reduction in the number of unique words over time and a significant increase in conversational fillers and non-specific nouns over time,’ the researchers said. There was no significant trend in these features for President Bush,’ they added.

    The findings, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, do not conclusively prove that Reagan had dementia that affected his judgment as president. But the scientists involved in the project hope the technique will help reveal signs of Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases much earlier. Early detection could slow the progression of the disease before it severely damages the brain. Ronald Reagan died at the age of 93 in 2004.

    In 2010, a book marking the 100th anniversary of his birth included claims by his son Ron, that he saw early signs of dementia in ‘an out-of-touch president’ during the 1984 campaign. He says he saw those signs again in 1986 where he claimed his father could not remember the names of the familiar California canyons he was flying over. While some people suggest they knew Reagan had the disease while in office, his four White House doctors said they saw no evidence of it… ‘Had the diagnosis been made in, say, 1987, would he have stepped down?’, Ron asks in the book. ‘I believe he would have’.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3020517/Did-Ronald-Reagan-Alzheimer-s-office-Early-signs-dementia-revealed-former-president-s-speech.html

    DCSCA (51fc26)

  70. @65, I still strongly doubt that the DEMs will put forward Biden. It’s a hard image to sell. He couldn’t announce not running before the midterms; I suspect it comes sometime between now and the summer. The midterms should not falsely suggest great love for Biden, but disdain for denialism and some pushback on Roe. Yes, there’s no great or obvious alternatives on the DEM side, but the DEMs need a younger, more energetic look to inspire confidence. 2022 wasn’t a vote of confidence….I think the DEMs understand that.

    AJ_Liberty (5f05c3)

  71. I’ve more than once mocked DCSCA’s (and now asset’s) assertion that Alito leaked the Dobbs draft opinion. So I take no pleasure in admitting that that assertion just became a lot more plausible.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  72. @71. Who in the party is going to push him off his bicycle? Steny? Nancy? Chuckie? Who does he listen to? Jill– or whispers from Dead Beau?? He is a thick-headed, Irishman; obstinate–certain he is in the right when wrong–and already said no to change any policy– and that rigidity only roots deeper w/age. Look at his history. He’s starting his 81st year on Earth tomorrow… firmly rooted in 20th century thought and deeds; OPEC butt kissing, inflation burdened, Amtrak ridin’ Joe– our 18-wheeler Corvette drivin’ man. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

    Carterrific!

    DCSCA (51fc26)

  73. @72. Tip of the cap to you. There’s no pleasure at all points of the compass in considering or recognizing any zealotry that degrades another American institution.

    DCSCA (51fc26)

  74. Schenck says that Mrs. Wright told him that Alito told her at dinner at his house that Hobby Lobby would prevail in the 2014 Obamacare contraception case. Mrs. Wright says Schenck is lying. About everything, including dinner with the Alitos.

    I believe Mrs. Wright. I believe Schenck is lying. But most of all I believe Politico getting a draft of the Dobbs opinion in 2022 is as different from dinner conversation about Hobby Lobby as self-appointed Evangelical plate-passers are from the College of Cardinals.

    nk (63fa21)

  75. about Hobby Lobby *in 2014*

    nk (63fa21)

  76. Don’t get me wrong, I still doubt Alito leaked Dobbs, and I’m agnostic as to whether Schenck’s story is accurate. But if it is, and the Times article makes a stronger case for it than you’re allowing, then IMO the Alito-leaked-Dobbs theory goes from tin-foil-hate nuttery to not laughably implausible.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  77. *tin-foil-hat*

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  78. @77. I don’t; he did it. His zealous behavior and own tin-foiled, 13th century musings all but ooze it– and he is dying to go full Jack Nicholson/Nathan Jessup and tell you he ordered the Code Red. It’s a small circle; and it’s a good bet the CJ know it was him, too; hence he hasn’t been publicly outed to do further damage the institution. But as with Deep Throat back in the day- in time, we’ll know.

    DCSCA (f4c5e5)

  79. Sammy the fish lied at his confirmation hearing that roe was settled law. E mails by wright suggest she told schenek about hobby lobby. Alito was worried that roberts was getting to gorsuch on dobbs. His carefully worded denial is lawyer speak. He is lying now as he lied about roe at his confirmation hearings. Now he says the donor lobbyists at his house dinner parties weren’t lobbying him.

    asset (b68f60)

  80. This is according to U.S. scientists who have found subtle changes in the former president’s speech during his term in office from 1981 to 1989.

    It’s possible the derangement was ant the other end of the analysis, like Lowell’s Martian canals were at the other end of the telescope.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  81. I’ve more than once mocked DCSCA’s (and now asset’s) assertion that Alito leaked the Dobbs draft opinion. So I take no pleasure in admitting that that assertion just became a lot more plausible.

    Uh, no, it didn’t.

    We have a second-hand account, where someone told him they she got it from the Alitos at a dinner party. Hearsay, to begin with, and we don’t know if she was told outright or inferred it for some more vague comment, or possibly a mistake by Mrs Alito, whom I suspect Justice Alito talks to.

    Even assuming this is true, this is a far cry from distributing an opinion to the press, and the jump from one to the other is a vast gulf. It also neglects similar mistakes by other justices that must happen from time to time.

    There have been leaks of this sort since the beginning of the court, but copies of opinions has not been done. In one extreme case, Justice Fortas used to brief LBJ after every Friday conference, but even he never delivered a draft opinion.

    Wikipedia:

    Fortas continued to serve as an adviser to Johnson after becoming an associate justice. He attended White House staff meetings, advising the president on judicial nominations and discussed private Supreme Court deliberations with him.

    In short, I will continue to ridicule this idea. Why would he do it? There is no profit for him. There is huge political profit for the liberals, as we saw on November 8th.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  82. Sammy the fish lied at his confirmation hearing that roe was settled law.

    It was a group lie. If everyone thought it was settled law, they would not be asking all those questions about it. Fifty years later, everyone expects it will be overturned some day and are trying to hold of that day.

    Then again Plessy WAS settled law when it was overturned.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  83. Guy steals coat rack and a bottle of booze from the Capitol and gets 3 years in prison. Terrorist admittedly hits cops with rocks and firebombs a cop car and gets a year and a half.

    Equal justice under the law is a joke.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  84. As far as Kari Lake is concerned, I did report on election day that there were huge delays at 70 polling places in Phoenix as officials struggled with misprogramed voting machines that printed scan cards that were unreadable by counting machines. People reported standing in line for 3 hours, and while all who waited got to vote, not everyone could or would wait. Calling that voter suppression is defensible. That a judge refused to delay poll closing in Phoenix exacerbated the situation.

    I have no idea whether this was enough to cause Lake to lose — party registration of early/mail voters was about equal this year, so the day-of vote might also have been equal.

    It would really be a good idea to find out how the voting machines got misconfigured. If it was an intentional act by a partisan, the entire AZ election is probably undone.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  85. Uh, no, it didn’t.

    Uh, yes, it did. I didn’t say it was plausible. I said it was a lot more plausible. I’m not assigning any probabilities, so take these only for examples’ sake: If a .5% plausibility goes to 5%, that’s a lot more plausible. Heck, if it goes to 1%, that’s a 100% increase, i.e., still a lot more. Without the Times article, there’s no evidence Alito ever betrayed a SCOTUS confidence; ergo, given the taboo against such betrayals and the magnitude of the betrayal in Hobbs, baselessly accusing him of being the Hobbs leaker is motivated, tin-foil nonsense. But if the Schenck allegation is true, then Alito is an established leaker of one SCOTUS confidence, so suspecting him of this one has at least some nexus to his historical behavior. Yes, Hobbs is orders of magnitude more egregious than what Schenck alleges, but for purposes of whether the plausibility of the Hobbs allegation has substantially increased, the question isn’t whether the Overton Window is wide open; it’s whether it was opened at all.

    As for the reliability of Schenck’s story, again yes, you recite valid reasons for skepticism. But like nk, you also fail to acknowledge any of the corroborative evidence adduced by the Times. I won’t repeat that evidence, since I assume you read the article. As I said, I’m convinced neither of Schenck’s truthfulness nor falsity, but to suggest the matter isn’t in legitimate dispute would be silly.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  86. @82. Given the incredivly small and secure small circle involved, he did it. It was his draft. His pattern of outspoken behavior over the years reinforces this– and like Nathan Jessup– he’s just itching to tell you he did it– has inferred same in post leak comments [as in Rome] and the CJ likely knows he did it; and won’t compromise nor humiliate his court further by disclosing it publicly while Alito remains a sitting justice- or alive. It’s either that- or our the Berobed Bureaucrats- our ‘Dancing Alitos’ are utterly incompetent government paper jockeys, wholly unqualified to be ruling on how the rest of the citizenry should live. Shut it down and run the leak to ground.

    Faith in Supreme Court hits historic low, poll finds

    https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2022/09/29/faith-in-supreme-court-hits-historic-low–poll-finds

    DCSCA (05f99b)

  87. ‘The people have spoken’: Musk lifts Twitter ban on Donald Trump

    https://www.politico.com/

    DCSCA (05f99b)

  88. @86 it was found so no fraud. Trumpsters talk about votes that weren’t found. Trumpsters in cochise county refuse to certify election because no fraud was found!

    asset (b68f60)

  89. Plausible deniability One of his anti-abortion lobbyist photo copies decision while sammy the fish is out of the room so he can denied he knows any thing about. This is standard operational procedure.

    asset (b68f60)

  90. Breaking trumpsters on line wont certify election in cochise county saying votes for democrats illegitimate and asking other counties to do the same. On line asking trumpsters to jan.6 maricopa county voting center. (ace)

    asset (b68f60)

  91. Embellishment is not corroboration. It’s giving your editor a quarter-page.

    There are two, and only two, pieces of competence evidence in the article:
    — Mrs. Wright’s denial.
    — Alito’s denial.
    Everything else is filler.

    nk (a77063)

  92. What you are really seeing is the champagne-and-canapés set’s (i.e. NYT’s) contribution to the campaign to delegitimize the Supreme Court in its present composition.

    nk (a77063)

  93. 85. Kevin M (1ea396) — 11/19/2022 @ 7:50 pm

    It would really be a good idea to find out how the voting machines got misconfigured.

    It was the printers not the ballot reading scanners, that didn’t work right.

    In Maricopa County, which contains appproximately 60% of the voters in Arizona, any person could vote in any precinct. If the list of offices standard for that precinct was different than the ballot style that the voter was supposed to get, a ballot was printed for that voter. They didn’t realize that the problem was not particular to that precinct and they told voters who didn’t want to let them put the ballot in a secure “Box 3” to be counted later at election headquarters to try at another voting place.

    But all the printers were the same.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  94. 89. Musk did one of his Twitter polls, and letting Trump back on won the vote by a slight majority.

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  95. https://www.factcheck.org/2022/11/ballot-printer-delayed-maricopa-voting-contrary-to-unfounded-claims

    …Posted on November 9, 2022

    Tabulating machines at some polling locations in Maricopa County, Arizona, couldn’t process ballots during part of Election Day, though affected voters could leave their ballots in a secure box or go elsewhere to vote. But some conservatives, including former President Donald Trump, made the unfounded claim that the setback indicated an attempt to “steal” the election.

    …Printers in Maricopa County, Arizona, produced ballots that were too light for scanners to read at some polling locations for part of the day on Election Day, according to the Maricopa County Elections Department.

    Election workers identified the problem and began fixing it by mid-afternoon, the elections department said in a post on Twitter. Tabulators at approximately 60 of the county’s more than 200 polling locations were affected.

    Throughout the day, election officials advised that voters could leave their ballot in a secure box to be tabulated later, or they could check out of the polling location and cast a ballot at a different location….

    https://twitter.com/maricopacounty/status/1590088467983499265

    .

    @maricopavote has identified the solution for the tabulation issues at about 60 Vote Centers. County technicians have changed the printer settings, which seems to have resolved this issue. It appears some of the printers were not producing dark enough timing marks on ballots. 1/
    4:06 PM · Nov 8, 2022

    ·Twitter Web App

    Maricopa County
    @maricopacounty
    ·
    Nov 8
    Replying to
    @maricopacounty

    This solution has worked at 17 locations, and technicians deployed throughout the county are working to resolve this issue at the remaining locations. 2/2

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  96. Maybe only 25% of the printers were set wrong. (you can’t tell from these stories)

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/printing-malfunction-in-arizona-polls-slows-vote-count-fuels-conspiracy-theories

    When voters in the county check in, they are handed a ballot for their specific election precinct; the races for which they can vote are printed for them. That process allows voters to go to any voting location in the county. The voters then fill out the ballot and put it into a tabulation machine to be counted.

    Some of the tabulators at 60 voting sites did not read the ballots because the printers did not produce what are known as “timing marks” dark enough to be read by the machines. Voters who had their ballots rejected were told they could try the location’s second tabulator, put it in a ballot box to be counted at the central facility later or cancel it and go to another vote center.

    The majority of Arizona counties do not count ballots at polling places. Officials bring the ballots to a central facility for counting. The ballots that were left in the drop boxes will be counted at that central site.

    https://www.azmirror.com/2022/11/08/maricopa-county-sees-widespread-problems-with-ballot-tabulators-on-election-day-but-votes-will-still-be-counted/

    Vote-counting machines were having trouble tabulating the ballots because the timing marks on the ballot — the black lines on the sides that tell the machine where the contests are located so the machine can tally the votes — were not printing correctly. As a result, the machines were rejecting the ballots.

    By 3:45 p.m., technicians had resolved the problem at most of the affected locations. But with intense national scrutiny on voting in Arizona, the damage had been done: GOP leaders across the state, echoed by former president Donald Trump, had already begun suggesting this problem was not an accident and was disenfranchising Republican voters.

    County Supervisor Chairman Bill Gates was adamant at two news conferences that was not the case, saying that “none of this indicates any fraud or anything of that sort.” The county was offering options for voters, and Gates reassured the public that all ballots cast would be counted.

    “Everyone is still getting to vote,” Gates said. “No one is being disenfranchised. And we have redundancies in place.”

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  97. comment 98 is in moderation for some reason I don’t know

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  98. 70

    Key word counts previously associated with cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease were extracted and regression analyses were conducted,’ the authors wrote. Reagan used words such as ‘thing’ as a trigger to recall the correct words more often Bush. He also used more repetition. T

    Then what about Donald Trump?

    Repetition is very noticeable with Trump whenever he speaks extemporaneously..

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  99. 36. Only MAGA Republicans, and bureaucrats, are bothered by anything having to do with the border. Only strong Democrats worry about climate change.

    https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/AVS-2021-Presentation-V6-rpj.pdf

    https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/gs_20221027_inclusive_democracy_transcript.pdf

    So here first are Republican priorities, right? So the top four that actually cracked more
    than 50 percent, cost of housing, immigration, crime, health of our democracy, right. Guns, abortion,
    climate change fall far below that. So that’s Republicans.

    There’s Democrats, right? So very different list of things. Topping out the list at more
    than six in 10, health of our democracy, then abortion, then access to guns and gun safety, climate
    change. The one place where they do agree is increase in cost of housing, but immigration and crime
    way down the list for Democrats. If I put them back up together you can kind of see just, you know,
    here’s Republicans and it looks really different.

    The other thing to say is that even though both parties believe that the health of
    democracy is one of their top issues, again it will not surprise you that they mean very different things by that…

    Sammy Finkelman (b434ee)

  100. Wrong way to fight a culture war.

    Paul Montagu (b351b8)

  101. Guy steals coat rack and a bottle of booze from the Capitol and gets 3 years in prison.

    He also lied in court, which had to have affected his sentencing. I hear that judges don’t like it when defendants lie under oath.
    It was a travesty of justice that the terrorist attorneys got off so lightly.

    Paul Montagu (b351b8)

  102. The criminals who burned a police car also took a plea deal. I’m told that a plea deal often gets you more lenient sentencing the going to trial. Not that Rob cares about facts.

    Time123 (2613bf)

  103. Looks like Garland found the right guy

    Plenty of experience leveraging federal investigative and prosecutorial powers against political opponents.

    JF (06dd5d)

  104. “Aldrich is accused of firing on patrons at Club Q in Colorado Springs, killing at least five and injuring at least 18. He had previously been arrested in June 2021 for making multiple bomb threats and refusing to surrender to police.

    Police received reports from Aldrich’s mother on June 18, 2021, stating that Aldrich was “threatening to cause harm to her with a homemade bomb, multiple weapons, and ammunition,” according to the El Paso Sheriff’s Department.

    Aldrich was charged with two counts of felony menacing, and three counts of first-degree kidnapping for the incident. The El Paso Sheriff’s Office, which handled his arrest, did not release a mug shot from the incident and did not immediately respond to inquiries from Fox News Digital.”

    Sounds like someone who needed to be out on the streets, and have access to an “AR-15 style rifle.”

    I guess he didn’t have a J6 connection.

    JF (cb4f79)

  105. Wrong way to fight a culture war.

    Be careful about jumping to conclusions before the facts are all in. Remember how the left immediately ran with the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando to try and score cheap points about how redneck America seethed with hatred for the LGBT community, only to have egg on their faces when it turned out to be a radical Muslim immigrant who was responsible? You know, the same people that progressives earlier insisted should be coddled and exempted from criticism because of Islamophobia?

    JVW (15c733)

  106. @107 Her mistake was founding the company somewhere other than DC or northern Virginia, where a jury swayed by a defendant’s political leanings can be had.

    JF (06dd5d)

  107. Rejoice: Squinty McStumblebum begins his 81st year on Planet Earth today.

    A birthday message from one brain-damaged Irish Catholic POTUS to another who, =surprise=, spoke of MAGA– of making America great again:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt2efsDbYzY&t=11s

    DCSCA (05f99b)

  108. R.I.P. science fiction author Greg Bear

    Icy (cffdd6)

  109. Damn. I liked Greg Bear’s stuff. “Forge of God”, “Queen of Angels”, “Darwin’s Radio”, “Eon” — all good reads.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  110. “Everyone is still getting to vote,” Gates said. “No one is being disenfranchised. And we have redundancies in place.”

    The lie of the half-truth. Those who could not stand in line for 3 hours while officials got their thumbs out WERE disenfranchised.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  111. It was the printers not the ballot reading scanners, that didn’t work right.

    The printers are part of the voting machines. I specifically differentiated those from the counting machines. Take some time to read the post before you rush to correct it.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  112. I’m told that a plea deal often gets you more lenient sentencing the going to trial

    When offered.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  113. A birthday message from one brain-damaged Irish Catholic POTUS to another. . .

    Reagan’s dad was a non-practicing Catholic, but the Reagan boys were raised Presbyterian.

    JVW (15c733)

  114. Time,

    Your slanders are repulsive, but par for the course.

    The plea they agreed to had substantially more jail time when Biden’s Dept of Injustice wiped it out and gave them a sweetheart deal. Then she asked to walk instead.

    Just like Obama’s DOJ did with the racist Black Panthers that interfered in elections.

    NJRob (8b1405)

  115. I been in the right place
    But it must have been the wrong time
    I’d have said the right thing
    But must have used the wrong line
    I been on the right trip
    But I must have used the wrong car
    Head is in a bad place and I wonder what it’s good for
    I been in the right place

    Dr. John. He got two years one time on a federal drug conviction. I saw him perform in person a long time ago at the late Blues Etcetera in Chicago.

    Different offenses, different circumstances, different defendants, get different sentences, at different places, by different judges. Theseus killed Procrustes a long time ago.

    nk (6e544c)

  116. BTW, a federal “plea bargain” is nothing more than a promise by the U.S. Attorney not to ask for more than such-and-such a sentence. It’s only binding on the U.S. Attorney. The defendant can ask for less and the judge can impose less or more.

    nk (6e544c)

  117. I’ve seen a lot of Shipwreckedcrew’s tweets recently.

    Apparently his shadow ban has been lifted. He says it started in 2020 when Trump tweeted about an article he’d written. Contributions to his Jan 6 defense fund for 12 hours were 5x higher than his best previous half day.

    He’s still fighting the good fight.

    https://twitter.com/shipwreckedcrew/status/1594348486064865280?s=46&t=U6fS8YYn2FA3X3vpEeD5kA

    Obudman (a1c23a)

  118. @113 I think the precedent has been established many times over that long waits aren’t disenfranchisement.

    If you feel otherwise that’s okay, but that opens up a long conversation about we do voting infrastructure and registration requirements in many parts of the country.

    The waits you’re calling unacceptable are normal in a lot of areas.

    Time123 (2613bf)

  119. NJRob, I notice that you have no refutation to my point that taking the case to trial likely contributed to a longer sentence.

    Another scumbag who was with him plead guilty and was sentenced to 40 days.

    Just to further drive my point home.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/18/us/dustin-thompson-capitol-riot-sentenced.html

    Time123 (2613bf)

  120. nk (6e544c) — 11/20/2022 @ 11:49 am

    When listening to the music played at a family gathering at a funeral home, my brother asked me “do you know what I want played at my wake?” I quickly responded with “Dr. Johns’ Right place, wrong time!”

    felipe (484255)

  121. The lady trial judge presiding over Jan 6 trials made it explicitly clear that she would impose a trial penalty on any defendants pleading not guilty. It’s legal and Constitutional, and one of the perks of being a judge — getting your BDSM kicks and getting paid for it.

    nk (6e544c)

  122. Time,

    I note that you are defending all the bounces that go your way today.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  123. The lady trial judge presiding over Jan 6 trials made it explicitly clear that she would impose a trial penalty

    So, not so many bench trials.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  124. Still, reducing the plea-bargain sentence for firebombing cop cars seems to be appeasement of the mob. Judge didn’t want them calling her a cop-lover.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  125. Kevin, I think we should make it easier to lawfully vote and that excessive waits should be avoided. But I’m not much moved by complaints from people who’ve never been concerned with delays and other voting inconvenience when those issues stacked up to their advantage.

    For the other issue I think the arsonists got off way to lightly, but the penalties for the people who violently attacked the police to stop the lawful transfer of power on Jan 6 have been fair in the cases I’m aware of. And that Rob is (as usual ) being deceptive in his representations.

    Time123 (8b829e)

  126. Kevin, further proving my point that this is a trial penalty and not political persecution:

    He turned down a plea deal for 60 days

    Thompson turned down a plea deal from federal prosecutors asking for at least 60 days in prison, according to Stewart, who replaced Shamansky as Thompson’s attorney in May.

    Time123 (07b41a)

  127. Plea deals favor the guilty over the innocent.

    felipe (484255)

  128. Forgot to include “bumper sticker suggestion.”

    felipe (484255)

  129. I like that one! The trial penalty is a serious problem and i think sentencing reforms are a needed.

    Time123 (07b41a)

  130. Cory Booker asks for leniency for Theranos fraudster Elizabeth Holmes: Wants to make world ‘a better place’

    JVW (15c733) — 11/20/2022 @ 9:53 am

    Honestly, the automatic response for any these type of appeals is, “So what?” I’ve noticed the same remarks made about Bankman-Fried.

    Pathological altruism is the cause of most of today’s social problems.

    Factory Working Orphan (490897)

  131. FWO, why would we believe bookers statement? He’s not well known for honesty

    Time123 (07b41a)

  132. So, Paul Ryan has been making news today, talking aobut how we go forward from here. He says that he was never #neverTrump — having supported him in 2016 and worked with him as Speaker. But he says he is now #NotTrumpAgain as Trump has shown that he is a drag on the Party and Ryan wants to win.

    He also has a new (free) book out: American Renewal, talking about how we get ourselves out of our existential fiscal mess. Its 20 contributors (mostly from the AEI) set out a platform for the future.

    Folks who want to see changes in Social Security and Medical entitlements will find it a useful resource.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  133. Some speculation about the new House:

    On Saturday, McCarthy spoke at a Republican Jewish Coalition event in Las Vegas, during which he announced he would follow through on his promise to boot the notorious anti-Semite, Rep. Omar, off the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

    “I’m keeping that promise,” he told them.

    Sources close to McCarthy told The Washington Times that Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell can expect to be kicked off the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as well. Schiff falsely claimed to have seen intelligence that Trump colluded with Russia, and he heavily promoted the debunked Steele Dossier. Swalwell’s relationship with a Chinese spy had many in the GOP calling for him to be removed, but the Democrat-led House refused.

    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2022/11/20/mccarthy-omar-swalwell-and-schiff-to-lose-committee-assignments-n1647343

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  134. Kevin and felipe, along with a few others, I am always happy to read your comments. Thank you for taking the time.

    Simon Jester (e87920)

  135. P.S. Dr. John was very much a trip.

    Simon Jester (e87920)

  136. Time123 (8b829e) — 11/20/2022 @ 2:13 pm

    no, voting is meant for productive members of society said the founding fathers

    EPWJ (650a62)

  137. FWO, why would we believe bookers statement? He’s not well known for honesty

    Time123 (07b41a) — 11/20/2022 @ 3:59 pm

    True, but I suspect the only reason he’s inserting himself in this to begin with is because Holmes was dialed in to the political elite before Theranos blew up. She was scheduled to host a fundraiser for Hillary in 2016 right after the WSJ expose came out, and she had all those DC heavy hitters on her board and staff.

    When it comes to Holmes, I’m not sure who the bigger mark is, her current husband or all the Illuminati types she played.

    Factory Working Orphan (490897)

  138. Incidentally, I strongly recommend checking out “Bad Blood” if you some spare coin. It’s a quick read and a hell of a window into how warped Silicon Valley’s culture is.

    Factory Working Orphan (490897)

  139. Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert (CO) declared herself the winner of her congressional race Thursday evening, despite the race heading to an automatic recount.

    If memory serves, a similar situation occurred in the ’00 Bush/Gore mess; the Vulcans- led by Daddy Darth andhis minions, pressed ahead w/setting up government transfer offices etc., even though the election finalities, hanging chads and so forth, remailed in recount limbo. Quite Cheneyesque.

    DCSCA (fef516)

  140. Wordle in three with NOVEL as my starter word.

    nk (139ccf)

  141. True, but I suspect the only reason he’s inserting himself in this to begin with is because Holmes was dialed in to the political elite before Theranos blew up.

    Bingo. Don’t forget that he’s a Stanford alum and is thus deeply dialed into the Silicon Valley and ancillary power structure.

    JVW (15c733)

  142. Wordle in three with NOVEL as my starter word.

    In four with PIETY as starter word. Meh.

    Dana (1225fc)

  143. I’ve seen a lot of Shipwreckedcrew’s tweets recently.

    Apparently his shadow ban has been lifted. He says it started in 2020 when Trump tweeted about an article he’d written. Contributions to his Jan 6 defense fund for 12 hours were 5x higher than his best previous half day.

    He’s still fighting the good fight.

    https://twitter.com/shipwreckedcrew/status/1594348486064865280?s=46&t=U6fS8YYn2FA3X3vpEeD5kA

    LOL

    Patterico (911dec)

  144. This is a pretty good article on swc’s client.

    Both were on the Roger Stone security detail that morning. In the afternoon, when they were notified that the Capitol had been breached, the two men changed into military gear, jumped into a golf cart and sped to the Capitol. James barked out directions to Minuta, who swerved through traffic and barricades, according to court records, while Minuta grabbed his phone and posted a live video of the drive to the Capitol along with his commentary.

    “Patriots are storming the Capitol building; there’s violence against patriots by the D.C. Police; so we’re en route in a Grand Theft Auto golf cart to the Capitol building right now … It’s going down, guys; it’s literally going down right now … Patriots storming the Capitol building… f**king war in the streets right now… Word is they got in the building … Let’s go.”

    That should make entertaining viewing for the jury.

    Everyone is entitled to a defense. That said, I think this guy is dead to rights.

    Patterico (911dec)

  145. Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.

    “Patriots are storming the Capitol building; there’s violence against patriots by the D.C. Police; so we’re en route in a Grand Theft Auto golf cart to the Capitol building right now … It’s going down, guys; it’s literally going down right now … Patriots storming the Capitol building… f**king war in the streets right now… Word is they got in the building … Let’s go.”

    There is intent here, openly express, to levy war against the United States.

    No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

    The Founders did not have cell phones or recordings. I think this would be an easy update for them.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  146. We watched the event live, and when they entered the building my wife turned to me and said “That’s not a protest any more.”

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  147. @145 Swalwell, schiff malfeasance in office. OK. Ilhan Omar opposes israel policy and its support in U.S. That is her opinion not censorable other wise election deniers should be censored for their opinions. Squad should be given top positions in democrat leadership not party hacks and corporate stooges like hakeem jefferies.

    asset (597fb7)

  148. Haley on possible 2024 White House bid: ‘I’ve never lost’

    Darling Nikki better start polling more than her current 1%.

    TrumpWorld not amused:

    <blockquote<There’s always a first time, Nikki…. Another idiotic gift South Carolina has given America……. America first? She’s a full on neocon. There is no daylight between her, Bill Crystal, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain. Or Barack Obama or Joe Biden for that matter. Nor Hillary Clinton. No thank you. She is not America first she is neocon globalist first……. Better start learning how to lose now girl. I would hope that President Trump would not pick her to be his running mate. I don’t think I could accept another RINO as his running mate, and would probably stay home. Then of course there is the question of her eligibility to run for President.…….. Her competitors will quickly drive a steak through her campaign……. Get used to disappointment…….. She got the ball rolling on destroying monuments and heritage. What’s it matter to her anyway? She’s a foreigner……… Many conservatives will never support Haley. She started the campaign to remove flags and statues when she was SC governor.…… She is as delusional as Pence.……..

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  149. In four with PIETY as starter word. Meh.

    Heh! Four is my average. Now that I’ve learned it, I’ve become whimsical in order to enjoy it. NOVEL was because I just finished one and was looking to start another, and my second word was equally the clues from the first word and because I had Thanksgiving on my mind.

    nk (139ccf)

  150. Because of one specific letter, you made a great opening selection. I won’t say which in case someone here hasn’t yet done it.

    Dana (1225fc)

  151. “She’s [Haley’s] a full on neocon. There is no daylight between her, Bill Crystal, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain.”

    Is the GOP fixable….or is this the new normal?

    AJ_Liberty (6a18fd)

  152. #156

    Is the GOP fixable…

    Depends if the GOP thinks it can win general elections with Trump. My eight ball says Outlook Cloudy.

    The GOP-notTrump needs to agree on a candidate and freeze out other notTrumps to eject the man — as things stand now. The risk is that will drive him to try a third party run.

    I don’t want the values of the current Democratic party to triumph. But they are better than the authoritarian means and ends of today’s Trump supporting right.

    Appalled (03f53c)

  153. Bill Crystal

    What does a smarmy Hollywood actor have to do with GOP politics?

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  154. The way out is to repudiate Trump at the polls. Let him run, but offer better candidates to his former backers. Also, change the primaries to something more proportional rather than giving lopsided delegate counts to someone who takes 30% in a 5-way field.

    Kevin M (1ea396)

  155. The GOP-notTrump needs to agree on a candidate and freeze out other notTrumps to eject the man — as things stand now.

    That kind of coronation-type nomination process happened in 2012 with Romney, and tried to do with Jeb in 2016. Those kind of reindeer games aren’t going to do anything other than piss off the base and undermine the candidate’s support in the general even if that person gets the nomination. The GOPe can’t rely on “well, at least it’s not a Democrat” anymore when it acts like that, and running that playbook again is going to be immediately recognized.

    Rather than trying to pull what the DNC did with Biden in 2020, or what they did in 2012 and 2016, they should let each candidate make their case on an equal playing field, and accept who the voters actually want, rather than try to manipulate the process in a top-down manner by freezing out threats to their preferred candidate. If they have to put their thumb on the scale for someone, that shows they don’t trust their own voters, and probably shouldn’t be running the party anyway.

    And if they don’t want MAGA types, they need to figure out a way to nerf the DNC funding those candidates in the primary, because the Akin playbook is going to continue to be used as long as it produces more wins than losses for the DNC.

    Factory Working Orphan (490897)

  156. Bill Crystal

    What does a smarmy Hollywood actor have to do with GOP politics?

    Kevin M (1ea396) — 11/21/2022 @ 8:59 am

    I think the person meant former General William Chrystal.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  157. Morning Consult/Politico National Tracking Poll (Nov. 10-14, 2022)

    If the 2024 Republican presidential primary were being held today, for whom would you vote?

    Donald Trump-47%

    Ron DeSantis-33%

    Mike Pence-5%

    Someone else-3%

    Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, Would not vote-2% each

    Nikki Haley, Liz Cheney, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, Larry Hogan-1% each

    Josh Hawley, Tim Scott, Kristi Noem, Rick Scott, Mike Pompeo, Chris Christie-0% each

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  158. FWO —

    The primary system we have now makes me feel very reactionary. I would prefer that the party have its convention and pick it candidate rather than have mob rule pick out the bad idea who is popular at the moment. If the conventions give us a string of Jebs and Mitts, they’ll lose and they will stop.

    I think 2022 (when combined with 2020) has delivered the electoral verdict on Trump. He may be the GOP candidate for 2024. He will not be the winner of the election.

    But the GOP does not have a good system that can prevent too many candidates from running, when one guy has cornered the market for a wing of the party. Trump can win the primaries by just getting 30% while everyone else gets 5% or 10%.

    Appalled (019ddd)

  159. The primary system we have now makes me feel very reactionary. I would prefer that the party have its convention and pick it candidate rather than have mob rule pick out the bad idea who is popular at the moment.

    Funny how “democracy” becomes “mob rule” depending on whose goose is getting cooked.

    This system has been in place for decades. The GOPe doesn’t like it anymore because their preferred candidates are being rejected, just as Democrat activists want to eliminate the Senate because its mechanisms allow their enemies more of a say–despite the fact that it was Democrats who brute-forced an amendment that changed how Senators were elected to a state-wide popular vote.

    In both cases, the system only became a problem it didn’t secure permanent power anymore for the people who thought they had the game rigged.

    I think 2022 (when combined with 2020) has delivered the electoral verdict on Trump. He may be the GOP candidate for 2024. He will not be the winner of the election.

    If the other candidates can’t make the case for why they’d be a better candidate than Trump in the general–and making that case should be easy as pie at this point–then they don’t deserve the nomination. If they can’t beat Trump, how are they going to beat Biden?

    Factory Working Orphan (490897)

  160. Last week, Kathleen Parker described a rehab center for women, with an unusual feature.

    Lovelady was founded in 2004 and welcomes women into its program straight from prison, sometimes because of court orders and sometimes through self-admittance. Many are teen mothers who were born to teen mothers. Many are drug addicts or prostitutes. Most have suffered abuse in one form or another. The center, which houses and feeds several hundred women and 60 children, is for many the last stop on a road that was leading nowhere.

    The feature? Artists paint portraits of the women, showing them what they could be.

    (Lovelady Center and
    Portraits of Hope)

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  161. 3. nk (51a6b4) — 11/18/2022 @ 7:22 am

    Can somebody explain to me how an Article III court has jurisdiction to hear a wrongful death suit arising for the killing of a Saudi citizen by the Saudi government in a Saudi consulate in Turkey when the deceased was neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident;

    And how a fiancée has standing to bring the suit?

    It seems to be modern revival of the Alien Tort Act, passed in 1789, and intended to deal with crimes committed on the high seas, including piracy, on or by a ship that came into a U.S. port

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

    The ATS was rarely cited for nearly two centuries after its enactment, and its exact purpose and scope remain debated.[1][2] The U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the Act’s primary purpose as “[promoting] harmony in international relations by ensuring foreign plaintiffs a remedy for international-law violations in circumstances where the absence of such a remedy might provoke foreign nations to hold the United States accountable.”[3]

    Since 1980, courts have generally interpreted the ATS to allow foreign nationals to seek remedies in U.S. courts for human rights violations committed outside the United States, provided there is a sufficient connection to the United States.[4] Both case law and jurisprudence differ on what characterizes a sufficient U.S. connection, particularly with respect to corporate entities.[2]

    AND ALSO the Torture Victim Protection Act, passed in 1991.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torture_Victim_Protection_Act_of_1991#:~:text=102%E2%80%93256%2C%20H.R.,torture%20and%2For%20extrajudicial%20killing.

    (TVPA; Pub.L. 102–256, H.R. 2092, 106 Stat. 73, enacted March 12, 1992) is a statute that allows for the filing of civil suits in the United States against individuals who, acting in an official capacity for any foreign nation, committed torture and/or extrajudicial killing. The statute requires a plaintiff to show exhaustion of local remedies in the location of the crime, to the extent that such remedies are “adequate and available.” Plaintiffs may be U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens.

    Although the Act was not passed until early 1992, it was introduced the previous year, and the official name of the Act is the “Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991.”

    n 1992, Sister Dianna Ortiz was the first to file a case under the act, in a civil action against former general and Defense Minister Héctor Gramajo of Guatemala, contending that, by his command authority, he was responsible for her abduction, rape, and torture by military forces in Guatemala in November 1989. A federal court in Massachusetts ruled in her favor, awarding her $5 million in damages in 1995.[1]

    The TVPA has been used by victims of terrorism to sue foreign states that have been designated by the U.S. as state sponsors of terrorism, such as Iraq (which has since been removed from the list) and Iran. In May 2000, Miami based attorney Andrew C. Hall[2] and clients David Daliberti, Bill Barloon, Chad Hall, Kenneth Beaty and their wives were awarded a collective sum of almost $19 million for the pains the men suffered in captivity. see Daliberti v. Republic of Iraq, 97 F.Supp.2d 38 (D.D.C. 2000);[3] and also Weinstein v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 184 F.Supp.2d 13 (D.D.C. 2002). The Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA), 28 U.S.C. §§ 1602–1611,[4] prohibits foreign states from being sued in U.S. courts for most non-commercial issues.

    The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA), 28 U.S.C. § 1605(a)(7), created an exception to the FSIA, allowing U.S. nationals to sue foreign states if the state has been designated as a state sponsor of terrorism and if the plaintiff’s injury has been caused by the state’s support of a terrorist organization. Following the passage of the AEDPA, numerous suits have been filed against state sponsors of terrorism, particularly Iran. Because some courts have held that the AEDPA does not create a cause of action against foreign states, plaintiffs have used the TVPA and the AEDPA in concert, first using the AEDPA to provide an exception to a foreign state’s sovereign immunity, and then using the TVPA to provide a cause of action.[5]

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  162. From the Washington Post:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/khashoggi-family-sues-mohammed-bin-salman-/2020/10/20/f12076b6-12d5-11eb-ad6f-36c93e6e94fb_story.html

    …..Khashoggi’s work in the United States is critical to the success or failure of the
    lawsuit, which must establish that events in any conspiracy leading to his death occurred in this country and that a U.S. judge has jurisdiction.

    Foreign leaders are typically immune from civil suits in U.S. courts while in office. However, the plaintiffs sued under the Alien Tort Statute and a 1991 law called the Torture Victim Protection Act, which provides recourse in U.S. courts for violations of international law and for victims of “flagrant human rights violations,” including torture and summary execution abroad.

    Which this was.

    The action that took place in the United States was the assurance to Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States that it was safe for him to go into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

    More:

    In the news conference, Gill and Harper also said the crown prince is neither the head of state nor the head of the Saudi government, limiting any immunity claim.

    This has just changed, MbS was the deputy prime minister, but he became the Prime Minister on Sept 27, a tittle usually held by the King.

    The crucial nexus:

    Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, at the crown prince’s direction, assured
    Khashoggi that it would be safe for him to retrieve
    the document he needed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, setting in motion events that led to his killing, the lawsuit asserts.

    “Defendants’ actions were also purposefully aimed at the United States, as Mr. Khashoggi was a U.S.-resident journalist and human rights advocate,” the suit alleged. “Defendants acted with the intent to lure Mr. Khashoggi outside of the United States and murder him.”

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  163. @157 the gop cannot win with out trumpsters let alone populists they are 60% of the party at the least. Cochese county az trumpsters refuse to certify election vote. Az ag investigating voting machines. Bill gates county board of supervisors (gop) in hiding in secure site from gopper trumpsters driving around his house with guns.

    asset (bc40c3)

  164. Mr. Musk decides on subtraction by addition for his brand.

    Paul Montagu (b351b8)

  165. @161. Try again: William Kristol; Bill’s the former D turned radical, out of favor, R, Neocon whose claim to fame is Chief of Staff for Kamala ghost, Dan Quayle, and editing a defunct rag that never turned a profit- The Weekly Standard.

    She’s a full on neocon.

    Neocon Nikki? Nyet. She is a saner path for VP than a volatile opportunist like DeSantis- but Haley will end up being DeSantis’s Jeb as Jeb was to Trump. JVW should be pleased, though- unlike Daughter Darth, Tulsi has a future in a new, improved GOP.

    DCSCA (3e2995)

  166. THE SAMUEL ALITO LEAK ALLEGATIONS PUT THE SUPREME COURT’S ACCOUNTABILITY PROBLEM ON FULL DISPLAY

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/11/samuel-alito-leak-allegations-supreme-court-accountability-problem

    Hmmmm…

    “I had no prior knowledge of the Watergate operation. I took no part in, nor was I aware of, any subsequent efforts that may have been made to cover up Watergate.” – The Big Dick

    DCSCA (2c52be)

  167. @NJRob@170 I know that you think that any bill that passes that offends you is an attack on your beliefs, but do you realize that any bill that strengthens an individual’s ability to live their individual beliefs also protects and strengthens your ability to live your individual beliefs? Even the ones you are offended by? Because there are undoubtedly people who are as offended by your beliefs as you are by theirs and would be equally happy to suppress yours as you are to suppress theirs and if you go down a route of suppressing other people’s beliefs, you are leaving a route for other people to suppress yours.

    Nic (896fdf)

  168. https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/11/cbs-reports-inside-hunters-bidens-laptop.php

    CBS finally gets around to admitting they rigged the 2020 election in concert with the rest of the leftist media and social media conglomerates.

    NJRob (ba8f28)

  169. Nic,

    You”ve already made it clear you use your position of authority to encourage children to mutiliate themselves and pretend to believe something that is a genetic possibility. I will never support that abomination and destruction of God’s children.

    I would say what I truly think of your conduct, but I’m a guest here and will leave it to the owner to decide how to respond to those who support destroying our children.

    NJRob (ba8f28)

  170. @NJRob@175 What is wrong with you that you can’t make an honest reading of another person’s position, and can’t stay on topic or comment back to a person you disagree with without insulting them? I have 12 year olds who can address delicate topics better. Grow up.

    Nic (896fdf)

  171. *impossibility.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  172. NJRob (ba8f28) — 11/21/2022 @ 5:56 pm

    Who knew that biased media coverage = “rigged election”. Using that “standard”, every election since Hoover was rigged.

    Paul Montagu (b351b8)

  173. Pravda agrees with you Paul.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  174. Observaton from older posts in this thread. The fact that most of us political savy commenters can’t identify Bill Kristol shows how time wounds all heels.

    There are an awkward number of Iraq hawks among the GOP Trump opposition. Doesn’t make the Donald acceptable.

    Appalled (03f53c)

  175. Pravda agrees with you Paul.

    Nah, I just don’t agree with your whacked hyperbole.

    Paul Montagu (b351b8)

  176. Failure of one media outlet to cover a favored story doesn’t constitute “election rigging”. There was plenty of coverage by other media on the Internet. Anyone could have easily found it.

    Rip Murdock (bec137)

  177. One outlet… hahahaha.

    Rip, I didn’t know you were a comedian.

    How’s the modern day Journalist treating ya?

    NJRob (c44c94)

  178. Farside is back:
    https://www.thefarside.com/

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  179. Nic,

    You”ve already made it clear you use your position of authority to encourage children to mutiliate themselves and pretend to believe something that is a genetic possibility.

    If she’s done that, I missed it, so please point to where it happened.

    I will never support that abomination and destruction of God’s children.

    I would say what I truly think of your conduct, but I’m a guest here and will leave it to the owner to decide how to respond to those who support destroying our children.

    NJRob (ba8f28) — 11/21/2022 @ 6:03 pm

    Lol. So if it weren’t uncivil, you’d tell her what you really think of her, instead of merely accusing her of wanting children to destroy themselves? How genteel of you.

    If you can point to where nic said she supports destroying our children and encourages them to mutilate themselves, I’ll concede you were right and I’ll apologize for these comments. If you can’t, this is a vicious smear for which an apology would be inadequate, but IMO you should offer it anyway.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  180. Geez, how did that formatting get messed up? Let’s try that again:

    Nic,

    You”ve already made it clear you use your position of authority to encourage children to mutiliate themselves and pretend to believe something that is a genetic possibility.

    If she’s done that, I missed it, so please point to where it happened.

    I will never support that abomination and destruction of God’s children.

    I would say what I truly think of your conduct, but I’m a guest here and will leave it to the owner to decide how to respond to those who support destroying our children.

    NJRob (ba8f28) — 11/21/2022 @ 6:03 pm

    Lol. So if it weren’t uncivil, you’d tell her what you really think of her, instead of merely accusing her of wanting children to destroy themselves? How genteel of you.

    If you can point to where nic said she supports destroying our children and encourages them to mutilate themselves, I’ll concede you were right and I’ll apologize for these comments. If you can’t, this is a vicious smear for which an apology would be inadequate, but IMO you should offer it anyway.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  181. OK, that’s better.

    And now, in 5,4,3… will come the usual suspects complaining that I’m “hall-monitoring.” Well first of all I’m a lawyer. On a good day I may make it all the way to lunch before I’m called worse than that, so bring it on. But the thing is, it’s not even accurate. A hall monitor enforces rules. I’ve never so much as mentioned the sites’ commenting rules, much less threatened to call their violation to the attention of a moderator. That I do consider none of my business. IMO site rules violations are between each individual commenter and the mods. What I do, and what I believe is proper, is what my parents taught me is basic citizenship. When I see someone bullying, abusing, or otherwise being a bad neighbor, don’t report them. Tell them directly to cut it out. Tell them this is a nice neighborhood with nice people, and we’d like to keep it that way.

    To which I’d add that if you don’t think nic is nice people, then you don’t know what nice people are. For which I pity you.

    lurker (cd7cd4)

  182. Appalled: “The GOP-notTrump needs to agree on a candidate and freeze out other notTrumps to eject the man — as things stand now. The risk is that will drive him to try a third party run.”

    Unfortunately, most GOPers….for whatever reason….aren’t ready to eject Trump. That’s the challenge. Otherwise he would have been impeached post Jan 6th or at least made persona non grata. You have a smaller number, say 30%, who are still personally invested in Trump and will remain loyal to the end. This group wants a broad collection of challengers to create the same 2016 dynamic that gave them an over-inflated voice. The reality is that the GOP as a party is simply not organized enough to smartly winnow a field.

    The nature of politics…specifically the nature of media and social media….has cleared the smoke-filled rooms. Candidates can bypass party structure and go grass roots. Now you can applaud this as democracy in action, but you must also recognize that it breeds the insanity of 21-person fields like 2016, where debates become little more than personality contests and who can be the most entertaining. Hardly the best way to choose a leader.

    A functional party does establish some pecking order…and through polling (which we have an abundance of)….should be able to identify candidates with clear constituencies or broad appeal and persuade others to try again later. I get that election dynamics change and a low probability candidate initially can surge later. If I recall, Bill Clinton followed that path. But if we want ideas and resumes to matter more than drama queenery, there should be some culling process.
    There is a case for DeSantis. There could be a case for Haley. I struggle to see a path to relevance for Pence or Pompeo. The Hogan and Cheney wing will have to decide on one champion and recognize the difficulty in unifying the party in the end.

    I’ve never been a big fan of someone who has only been a senator running for President, especially with no major legislative accomplishments. The same with someone who has never held any elected office. Being leader of the free world shouldn’t be an entry-level job. But none of this is rational any more. Everyone is whiney. People do want to be entertained and they want drama….so I expect more of that…

    AJ_Liberty (6a18fd)

  183. And now, in 5,4,3… will come the usual suspects complaining that I’m “hall-monitoring.”

    You have to consider the source of that accusation, a guy who soapboxes generalities and avoids answering questions.

    Paul Montagu (b351b8)

  184. While Democrats are accusing Republicans of wanting to damage Medicare, the Anti-Inflation” bill is poised to destroy it at the beginning of 2025 according to a Op-ed in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.

    It makes Part-D uneconomic, unless the pharmaceutical companies are bargained into reducing prices (which has its own problems, given drug FDA drug regulation) , and therefore pushes people into Medicare Advantage, while reducing its utility.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-inflation-reduction-act-comes-for-medicare-ira-elderly-voters-payments-benefits-cuts-revenue-losses-subsidies-11669060307

    ..We estimate that beginning in 2025, plan subsidies—specifically, the reinsurance subsidies for the beneficiaries with the most drug spending—will be cut $30 billion, out of revenue that currently totals about $110 billion. With $30 billion less to finance prescription benefits, something will have to give. Plans currently have far too little profit to span the chasm that the Inflation Reduction Act opens between expenses and revenue.

    Existing plans have room to cut benefits, although the original Part D statute limits their ability to do so. As plans are under no obligation to take a loss, their other choice is to exit the market, which from the patient’s perspective means that all the benefits disappear. In essence, the Inflation Reduction Act statute may prohibit Part D plans from being economically viable, even if it doesn’t explicitly ban them.

    We see a last resort. Seniors might find drug coverage in Medicare Part C even as the Biden administration unwittingly amputates stand-alone drug plans from the Medicare program. These plans, known as Medicare Advantage, cover drugs, hospitalization and physician visits. They will also be losing the same two drug-revenue sources, but the Inflation Reduction Act gives them room to compensate with higher premiums, reduced drug benefits (with fewer drugs covered and more constraints on accepted claims), or cuts to nondrug benefits such as dental or mental-health coverage. They will likely do all three, which will be undesirable for seniors but at least be economically viable. The best part of the last resort? The plans won’t go away.

    Roughly half of Medicare beneficiaries currently have traditional Medicare coverage rather than Medicare Advantage plans. These are the beneficiaries relying on stand-alone Part D drug plans, which are the ones that may be run out of business by the Inflation Reduction Act.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  185. The Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial saying that there was a
    great gerrymander by Democrats in Illinois and they did other things to entrench themselves in power:

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/democracy-dies-in-illinois-democrats-unions-j-b-pritzker-11668462531

    fter deposing Mr. Madigan, Democrats last year did him proud by jamming through new state legislative maps that forced 12 Republican incumbents into six House districts. Democrats held 73 of 118 House seats under Mr. Madigan’s gerrymander. Their new, more extreme gerrymander helped them pick up four to five more seats.

    Which is as much as they lost on New York.

    Democrats also redrew state Supreme Court districts for the first time in 60 years. Three Justices are elected exclusively from Cook County, which includes Chicago. This guarantees Democrats three seats. But their majority looked in danger after a Democratic Justice representing central Illinois lost a retention election in November 2020 for the first time in state history.

    Unions and Democrats have counted on the Democratic Supreme Court to block pension reforms and a ballot initiative backed by former GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner that would have established an independent redistricting commission. Democratic Justices have prevented citizens from using the ballot process to bypass the Legislature and enact government reforms.

    To retain their 4-3 High Court majority, Democrats this year needed to win one of two judicial elections. Both districts were trending Republican so Democrats simply redrew the map to give themselves an edge.

    They also passed legislation limiting the influence of Republican donors like Citadel CEO Ken Griffin by capping individual contributions to judicial candidates and independent expenditure committees both at $500,000. A federal court struck down the independent expenditure limits, but the candidate caps hurt Republicans.

    Even as Democrats claimed to deplore the influence of money in judicial elections, billionaire Gov. J.B. Pritzker circumvented the individual caps by using his personal trust fund to contribute to the Democratic judicial candidates in the two competitive races. Both won, giving Democrats a 5-2 majority. Not only did Democrats choose their voters, they essentially picked the judges who would hear any challenge to their overreach.

    Democrats also spent some $30 million in the GOP gubernatorial primary to boost the Trump-endorsed candidate Darren Bailey and knock down Republican Richard Irvin, a black mayor from a Chicago suburb who stood the best chance of beating Mr. Pritzker. The Governor won re-election by 11.6 points against his hand-picked opponent.

    The Wall Street Journal got letters saying that Republicans did similar things in Texas and in Ohio:

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/republicans-democrats-ohio-texas-illinois-gerrymander-electoral-map-11669050806

    In Ohio:

    Our former statehouse speaker has been charged in a $60 million bribery scheme to prop up utility companies on the backs of consumers. Our governor’s son sits on the state Supreme Court and won’t recuse himself from cases involving his father. [ !!! ] Our electoral maps have been ruled unconstitutional, but we used them anyway.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  186. Slowdown in drug development:

    It’s taken 40 years to develop a vaccine that may delay Diabetes Type I for 2 years or more. (of course the problem is 90% or more caused by feeding infants cows milk before the age of 6 months – the diabetes develops years later.)

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/18/health/fda-type-1-diabetes-delay.html

    The story of the new treatment dates back to the 1980s and involves determined researchers who pursued the idea as company after company — four in total before Provention — got interested but then ended up dropping the drug for a variety of reasons.

    Dr. Jeffrey A. Bluestone, an academic until recently who is now chief executive of Sonoma Biotherapeutics, said he and his colleague, Dr. Herold, who has consulted for Provention and other companies, spent 20 years “trying to keep the drug alive.”

    “Scientists were passionate about it,” said Dr. Bluestone, who has consulted for Provention and has been a company board member. “Guys at companies were really passionate about it.” But for reasons unrelated to its potential, it kept being dropped.

    Dr. Herold said he vividly remembered trips that he and Dr. Bluestone and a French researcher, Lucienne Chatenoud of Paris Descartes University, made to drug companies “begging them to pick this thing up.”

    At one point, Dr. Bluestone actually took the antibody, developed at that time by Ortho Pharmaceuticals, and made a clinical batch of the drug in the lab. Dr. Herold tested it in a small study of people who were newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

    The treatment prolonged the period in which they made some insulin, but eventually all got diabetes.

    In 2011, Dr. Bluestone and Dr. Herold proposed a different sort of study. They would treat people who were at high risk of diabetes but who had not yet developed it. It was a bold move, Dr. Bluestone noted. “Other than vaccines, there aren’t many drugs given before diagnosis,” he said.

    To find those people, the researchers worked with a group of clinical trial sites, TrialNet, that were supported by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Herold is now the group’s chairman. TrialNet investigators screened 200,000 people who were immediate family members of people with Type 1 diabetes, looking for antibodies indicating an immune attack on the pancreas and abnormal glucose metabolism.

    The result was a study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, that led to Thursday’s approval.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  187. Oh, and this limited value drug will cost nearly $200,000. (but if it didn’t, it never would have been pushed through the approval process)

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  188. zWhen it comes to new drugs and Vaccines it’s regression to the pre-Operation Warp Space mean:

    There’s a new vaccine that targets more variants of Covid, which is being promoted on television, but it doesn’t do much good and it’s out of date.

    Near useless, although it possibly can limit the spread, because it targets both the newer versions and the “original” version of Covid, which is now nearly extinct, and two recent versions, when used as a booster stimulates more immunity to the extinct version. Out of date because, of the two more recent versions, one is disappearing and the other is diminishing and some others not covered are now spreading — but they lag too far behind.

    The Wuhan variant was only nearly original – I think the real spread came from the second lab leak which China is pretending was the original version

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/18/health/covid-boosters-surge.html

    …The newer variants, called BQ.1 and BQ.1.1, are spreading quickly, and boosters seem to do little to prevent infections with these viruses, as they are excellent evaders of immunity….

    ….The most recent boosters are “bivalent,” targeting both the original version of the coronavirus and the Omicron variants circulating earlier this year, BA.4 and BA.5. Only about 12 percent of adults have opted for the latest shot.

    In an interview, Dr. Peter Marks, the Food and Drug Administration’s top vaccine regulator, acknowledged the limitations of the available data on the updated boosters.

    “It’s true, we’re not sure how well these vaccines will do yet against preventing symptomatic disease,” he said, particularly as the newer variants spread.

    …Diminishing returns from tinkering with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines call for a new approach to protecting Americans altogether, Dr. Moore and other experts said. A universal vaccine that targets parts of the coronavirus that do not mutate would be ideal, for example. A nasal vaccine might be better at preventing infections than an injected one.

    “Chasing variants by tweaking the mRNA vaccines is not a sustainable strategy,” Dr. Moore said. “There’s a need for better vaccine designs, but that needs a change of attitude at the government level.”

    ….Recently, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna reported that their bivalent shots yielded antibody levels in study participants that were four to six times higher than those produced by the original vaccine.

    But the companies were measuring antibodies against BA.4 and BA.5, not the rapidly accelerating BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 variants. A spate of preliminary research suggests that the updated boosters, introduced in September, are only marginally better than the original vaccines at protecting against the newer variants — if at all.

    The studies are small, based on laboratory tests, and have not yet been vetted for publication in a scientific journal. But results from several teams generally agree…

    ….But BA.4 has all but disappeared. BA.5 now accounts for less than 30 percent of cases and is swiftly receding. BQ.1, on the other hand, has sent numbers soaring in Europe. That virus and its close relative, BQ.1.1, now account for 44 percent of coronavirus infections in the United States.

    In recent research, Dr. Barouch’s team found that BQ.1.1 is roughly seven times as resistant to the body’s immune defenses as BA.5, and 175 times more so than the original coronavirus. “It has the most striking immune escape, and it’s also growing the most rapidly,” he said. BQ.1 is expected to behave similarly.

    By now, most Americans have some degree of immunity to the coronavirus, and it does not surprise scientists that the variant that best evades the body’s immune response is likely to outrun its rivals…

    … In August, a modeling study by immunologists in Australia suggested that any booster at all would confer additional protection, but that a variant-specific shot was unlikely to be more effective than the original vaccine….

    …Studies have shown that most of the antibodies elicited by a vaccine targeting BA.5, for example, still recognize only the original virus.

    That’s because of a phenomenon called “immune imprinting,” in which the body preferentially repeats its immune response to the first variant it encountered, despite being alerted to a newer variant.

    “It’s easier for the immune system to go back to something that it has already seen,” said Florian Krammer, an immunologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. (Dr. Krammer has served as a consultant for Pfizer.)

    Some experts have suggested that the booster shots should have been “monovalent,” simply targeting the recent variants. Instead, the manufacturers effectively halved the crucial Omicron-specific component of the new booster, undermining the shot’s effectiveness, they said.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  189. http://blog.archive.org/2022/11/15/digital-books-wear-out-faster-than-physical-books/

    …For those of us tending libraries of digitized and born-digital books, we know that they need constant maintenance—reprocessing, reformatting, re-invigorating or they will not be readable or read. Fortunately this is what libraries do (if they are not sued to stop it). Publishers try to introduce new ideas into the public sphere. Libraries acquire these and keep them alive for generations to come.

    And, to serve users with print disabilities, we have to keep up with the ever-improving tools they use.

    Mega-publishers are saying electronic books do not wear out, but this is not true at all. The Internet Archive processes and reprocesses the books it has digitized as new optical character recognition technologies come around, as new text understanding technologies open new analysis, as formats change from djvu to daisy to epub1 to epub2 to epub3 to pdf-a and on and on. This takes thousands of computer-months and programmer-years to do this work. This is what libraries have signed up for—our long-term custodial roles.

    Also, the digital media they reside on changes, too—from Digital Linear Tape to PATA hard drives to SATA hard drives to SSDs. If we do not actively tend our digital books they become unreadable very quickly.

    I think it’s not so much time, as abrupt changes in software and hardware.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

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