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We lost one the of greatest writers of the modern era today. May she Rest In Peace.


(David Bythewood) #406

SLOPPY: CDC Shuts Down Military Lab Studying Ebola, Plague, etc. Amid Fears It’s GETTING OUT Through Wastewater


The list is growing for Tucker Carlson’s advertising losses. Quite a few big ones…


Ding dong the witch is dead…



Symbolic acts of protest are important…that American athletes are taking a stand against overt racist statements from T, lack of gun control and a multitude of other problems affecting this country.

A member of the U.S. fencing team knelt on the podium during the national anthem and medal ceremony Friday at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, saying on Twitter: "We must call for change.”

Race Imboden, an Olympic medalist and part of the men’s foil team that won gold at the Pan American Games, wrote on Twitter that he was honored to represent Team USA at the event, but his pride was “cut short” by “shortcomings” of his country.

Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list," he wrote in a series of tweets. "I chose to [sacrifice] my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.”

At the Pan American Games, Imboden, 26, shared bronze in men’s foil with Canadian Maximilien van Haaster. He was part of the American team that won gold in team foil with Gerek Meinhardt and Nick Itkin. His two teammates stood as the national anthem played.

“Every athlete competing at the 2019 Pan American Games commits to terms of eligibility, including to refrain from demonstrations that are political in nature. In this case, Race didn’t adhere to the commitment he made to the organizing committee and the USOPC,” Mark Jones, vice president of communications for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, said in a statement Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

The statement continued: “We respect his rights to express his viewpoints, but we are disappointed that he chose not to honor his commitment. Our leadership are reviewing what consequences may result.”

Another American athlete, hammer thrower Gwen Berry, raised her fist during the national anthem Saturday, according to reports. NBC Sports reported that the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee issued the same statement after Berry demonstrated.

“Somebody has to talk about the things that are too uncomfortable to talk about. Somebody has to stand for all of the injustices that are going on in America and a president who’s making it worse,” Berry told USA Today.

The demonstrations happened amid a larger national discussion on issues that include gun control, which came in the wake of recent shooting rampages in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. Amid that discussion, some have noted President Trump’s tweets and remarks about immigrants. The suspect in the El Paso shooting, which left 22 people dead, told authorities that he was targeting “Mexicans,” according to police.

This week, another athlete — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills — also drew attention for his criticism of Trump. Stills chastised Dolphins team owner Stephen Ross on Twitter for hosting a fundraiser for Trump’s reelection campaign while also supporting Ross’s namesake nonprofit that advocates for racial justice and anti-discrimination measures.

“You can’t have a non profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump,” Stills tweeted.

He said Thursday after a preseason game during which he, too, knelt during the national anthem that he received death threats over his comments but was undeterred.

“Someone has to have enough courage to let him know he can’t play both sides of this,” Stills said, via ESPN. “It’s something that I can look back on and say I made the right decision. Maybe I shouldn’t have done it on social media, but I did. If you’re going to associate yourself with bad people, then people are going to know about it. I put it out there for everybody to see it.

“If you say you’re going to be about something, let’s be about it.”

(David Bythewood) #410

This is a move to curb legal immigrant by punishing immigrants, many of whom can vote.

Trump Rule Targets Legal Immigrants Who Rely on Food Stamps and Other Aid

Trump Administration Weakens Protections for Endangered Species

Remember that explosion that looked like a mushroom cloud? It was.

Russia Says Small Nuclear Reactor Blew Up in Deadly Accident

The Kremlin’s strategy for Trump’s re-election — and which Democrats it’s boosting

“pro-Kremlin media in Russia, she reports, seem confident that Trump will be reelected and that Putin will continue to have a friend at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

The Metadata Trap

The Trump Administration Is Using the Full Power of the U.S. Surveillance State Against Whistleblowers


Yes, more than disturbing. It was talked about last week and Russia has been wanting to keep a lid on it. But when the radiation reports came out…it may have been a test nuclear missile. It looks like it was both…a nuclear reactor within a test nuclear missile.

American intelligence officials are racing to understand a mysterious explosion that released radiation off the coast of northern Russia last week, apparently during the test of a new type of nuclear-propelled cruise missile hailed by President Vladimir V. Putin as the centerpiece of Moscow’s arms race with the United States.

American officials have said nothing publicly about the blast on Thursday, possibly one of the worst nuclear accidents in the region since Chernobyl, although apparently on a far smaller scale, with at least seven people, including scientists, confirmed dead. But the Russian government’s slow and secretive response has set off anxiety in nearby cities and towns — and attracted the attention of analysts in Washington and Europe who believe the explosion may offer a glimpse of technological weaknesses in Russia’s new arms program.

Thursday’s accident happened offshore of the Nenoksa Missile Test Site and was followed by what nearby local officials initially reported was a spike in radiation in the atmosphere.

Late Sunday night, officials at a research institute that had employed five of the scientists who died confirmed for the first time that a small nuclear reactor had exploded during an experiment in the White Sea, and that the authorities were investigating the cause.

Vyacheslav Solovyov, the scientific director of the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, said in a video interview with a local newspaper that the institute had been studying “small-scale sources of energy with the use of fissile materials.”

But United States intelligence officials have said they suspect the blast involved a prototype of what NATO calls the SSC-X-9 Skyfall. That is a cruise missile that Mr. Putin has boasted can reach any corner of the earth because it is partially powered by a small nuclear reactor, eliminating the usual distance limitations of conventionally fueled missiles.


My friend commented on this and saying the headline should read:


A guide post when T starts spouting off.


@dragonfly9 - Thanks for the eye opening Dow Jones statistics from John Harwood of CNBC. Your post led me to scroll through his Twitter feed – wow! It’s a gold mine of statistics that can serve as talking points in support of a Democratic point of view as well as ammunition against Republican disinformation campaigns.

For example, Harwood shared this surprising statistic about where the U.S. ranks when it comes to total tax revenue as a percentage of GDP. (At least it was surprising to me. :smile:)


Yes @Keaton_James John Harwood is a great reporter and in control of his facts…msnbc, cnbc and nbc have smart and dedicated reporters who get the right facts out there.

By way of also reporting another very low percentage point average is voter turn-out. Had been watching Msnbc’s sunday night show Drain the Swamp and they bring up these points. USA in 2014 had approximately 39% voter turn out and for the mid terms got 49.2% of all potential US voters. We fall so low in terms of potential voters vs those who do, it is pathetic.

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US voter turnout was way up in the 2018 midterms, but it still lags behind most developed countries’

  • Nov 13, 2018, 6:02 PM

  • Voter turnout in this year’s US midterms was way up compared with previous years but remained much lower than that of most developed nations.
  • This year saw the highest voter turnout for a US midterm election in over 100 years, but it was still less than half the eligible population.
  • France, South Korea, Belgium, Sweden, Israel, New Zealand, Germany, the UK, Canada, and Spain all had over half the voting-age population participate in their most recent national elections.
  • Roughly 116 million Americans participated in the 2018 midterms.

Voter turnout in the 2018 midterms was way up compared with previous years, but it remains much lower than that of most developed countries.

According to data compiled by the lobbyist Bruce Mehlman, voter turnout for a US midterm election hit its highest level in over 100 years in 2018. Still, the figures show less than half of eligible voters (49.2%) participated in the election.

Moreover, other developed countries put the US to shame when it comes to voter turnout in national elections, according to Mehlman’s figures. In France’s national election last year, for example, 67.9% of the voting-age population participated. South Korea’s national election in 2017 saw an even higher number: 77.9%.

Additionally, Sweden, Israel, New Zealand, Germany, the UK, Canada, and Spain all had over half the voting-age population participate in their most recent national elections.

While the US is technically [the world’s oldest democracy](Paul Ryan claims the US is the 'oldest democracy' in the world. Is he right? | PolitiFact Wisconsin), it has an abysmal record when it comes to voter participation.

Yes…we have some steep climbs for 2020…

(David Bythewood) #415


4chan user posted about Jeffrey Epstein’s death before it was public

Authorities now want to know who was behind the post, which contained medically accurate details about the financier and accused sex trafficker.

“[D]on’t ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago from hanging, cardiac arrest. Screencap this,” a post read on 4chan, accompanied by an image of Pepe the Frog.

(David Bythewood) #416

Lindsey Graham Accidentally Thanks President Obama For The Nation’s Economy

In the radio interview, Graham also seemed to slip up when he credited the strong economy to President Barack Obama instead of Trump.

“It’s no accident that under President Obama the economy is humming; there‘s more jobs and more money in your paycheck,” Graham said.

In the background, someone can be heard saying, “What?”


Thread - how vulnerable populations - white teenage boys may get caught up in alt-right propaganda. A concerned mom discusses what her sons were absorbed with and some warnings.

Worth a look.


Anyone surprised…? A real airtight as swiss cheese operation. (Sarcasm applied here)


This whole series is fantastic reading. I highly recommend it.

(David Bythewood) #420

Power Blows Past $9,000 Cap in Texas as Heat Triggers Emergency

It’s Time for Americans to Take Back the Vote

A powerful moment on American Swamp to see how Republicans used gerrymandering to help their party but hurt North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The largest historically black public college in the country was split in half - going from representation by one Dem to two Republicans.

Some handy figures on voter ID costs by state:


Here’s Pelosi calling out #MoscowMitch

(David Bythewood) #422

Ongoing story: 6 officers shot in active shooter standoff in Philadelphia, shooter still at large, barricaded in building: