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(David Bythewood) #604

Not all heroes wear capes.

An emotional Michael Jordan opens his first clinic for the uninsured and under-insured


Facebook decided an LGBTQ clinic’s ads promoting HIV prevention were ‘political,’ and blocked the ads until the clinic cleared an authorization process meant for politicians



#605

This Appeals Court Noinee Steven Manashi, is one of those people T has singled out for the Judicial system, a hand-picked conservative, with bizarre points of view. He’s been controversial from the start, and has had a hard time getting approved (thankfully.) I hope he gets shut out.

Appeals Court Nominee Shaped DeVos’s Illegal Loan Forgiveness Effort

A judicial nominee slated for a key Senate committee vote on Thursday helped devise an illegal Education Department effort to use private Social Security data to deny debt relief to thousands of students cheated by their for-profit colleges, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times.

The plan, outlined by Steven J. Menashi when he was acting general counsel under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, was ruled by a federal judge to violate federal privacy laws. She ordered the department to stop the practice.

In the memo, President Trump’s appeals court nominee, who left the Education Department to join the White House legal team, outlined the department’s plan to use earnings data from the Social Security Administration to forgive only a small percentage of debts shouldered by 30,000 borrowers who attended Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit chain that the Obama administration found misled thousands of students. Corinthian’s collapse left its students and graduates with worthless degrees and mountains of debt.

In the previously unreported memo, Mr. Menashi wrote that Ms. DeVos had the discretion to determine how to respond to requests for relief, then boasted that the department had used Social Security income data: “The department utilized actual earnings data for borrowers maintained by the Social Security Administration.”

He also said her method was not subject to judicial review.

That proved untrue: Six months after a new partial-forgiveness policy was implemented, Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim of Federal District Court in San Francisco ruled that using the Social Security data violated the federal Privacy Act. Since then, the department has been entangled in a messy court battle, which recently resulted in Ms. DeVos being held in contempt of court and facing a $100,000 fine.


(David Bythewood) #606

(David Bythewood) #607

Gah.







#608

Farmers in deep despair…suicide rates very high. The farmers can not sustain their farms. So very sad.

It was a very dark Saturday night in the middle of the summer in the middle of a year that is on track to be the wettest in more than a century. The wind blew over the farm, the rain came down and she heard the ominous pings on her roof — pea-sized hail, striking the still-fragile stalks of the only corn her husband, Chris Dykshorn, was able to plant before he took his own life in June.

Did their crop insurance cover hail damage? She had no idea. That was something Chris would have taken care of, if he were here. Instead she was alone, with nearly $300,000 in farm debt, three kids ages 5 to 13 and a host of grief-fueled questions. Why hadn’t she been able to save him? What would happen to them now?

She scrolled through his final texts, rereading his words, leaning on the kitchen counter next to a whiteboard with the kids’ chore list — Kahne: dishwasher, Kalee: dust living room — and a book someone gave her titled “Through a Season of Grief: Devotions for Your Journey from Mourning to Joy.”

I’m struggling so bad today. I don’t know what to do anymore,” he texted on May 31. “I seriously don’t know how we r gonna make it.”

On June 1: “I just want to sit in the house and cry.”

And then: “What am I supposed to do. I am failing and feel like I’m gonna lose everything I’ve worked for the past how many years.”


#609

Yes, thank you for your service… :statue_of_liberty:

FERGUSON — Adolphus Watson remembers the day during World War II when a young German civilian asked him why he was fighting so hard for a country that treated black people so poorly.

Watson, who is black, was stationed in Germany at the time with the 351st Field Artillery Unit, a segregated unit. The man told Watson that he had lived in the United States for about 12 years and “knew what went on there,” recalled Watson, now 100 years old.

“We knew deep down in our heart that one day, one day I would feel like I do today,” he said, his voice barely above a whisper. “But it wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be.”

Watson recalled the moment during a recent interview at his home in Ferguson, as one of his favorite holidays — Veterans Day — approached.

For Watson, it’s a day that reminds him how far the country he fought for has come. He usually spends it dining with his son, Byron “Sarge” Watson, a Vietnam War veteran, at restaurants that serve meals to veterans for free. He sits where he pleases — the segregated seating he grew up with is now another memory.


(David Bythewood) #610

Sound familiar?




#611

Coverage of the Veteran’s Day parade. T stayed at Madison Square Garden and delivered his speech. But the divisions are clearly marked.


#612

Conway…taking the next step, to go on live TV - MSNBC to discuss impeachment hearings. He is part of a Conservative group called Checks and Balances…


#613

Yes, golden opportunity for that question - What about Syria, friend?


#615

At least a silver lining in this horror show with Epstein, his sudden death and all his victims who were awaiting justice to be served on him. The 911 lawyer, Ken Feinberg who helped decide how to compensate families of the 911 victims is chosen to distribute funds to all the women who were abused by Epstein.

A famed lawyer who distributed money to the families of 9/11 victims and survivors of priest abuse will now do the same for those abused by sex fiend financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Ken Feinberg will help oversee a “voluntary claims resolution program” to distribute portions of Epstein’s $577 million estate to women victimized by his international sex trafficking scheme. The proposal requires the approval of a judge in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Epstein’s will is filed.

“We are pleased to have been asked to implement this important program, and are eager to begin designing it so that claimants will have a forum where their suffering is acknowledged and their claims are promptly and appropriately compensated,” Feinberg said in a release.

Feinberg, a widely respected lawyer, has said that victims compensation programs offer a quick, confidential way to obtain closure that avoids lengthy, emotionally exhausting litigation.


(David Bythewood) #616

Mother Nature has a glorious sense of poetic justice.

Italian council in Venice is flooded immediately after rejecting measures on climate change


#617

Just because this is such idiocy…

Trump complains, and Jared wants her out, as George Conway fires fierce salvos at the president and parties with Kathy Griffin and Paul Krugman. But he still loves Kellyanne, sources say. “He’s going through a tough time,” says one.

Yesterday morning, George made a rare on-air appearance on MSNBC, where he launched broadsides at Trump shortly before William Taylor and George Kent testified in the House. “I’m horrified. I’m appalled,” George told hosts Nicolle Wallace and Brian Williams, referring to Trump. “If you had told me three years ago it would come to this, I wouldn’t have believed this. I don’t think I could have imagined a president, any president, engaging in this sort of conduct.”

According to three sources close to George, his relationship with Kellyanne has, not surprisingly, become increasingly distant as impeachment has gained steam. “He tells people she’s in a cult,” a Republican who has spoken frequently with George told me. “It’s not going to get better until she’s cast out of the cult,” another person close to George said


#618

:roll_eyes: idiocy is right.


#619

Marie Yovanovitch was honoring a slain Ukrainian anti-corruption activist when she was fired to make way for Trump’s alleged corruption

This is the heartbreaking story of the Ukrainian anti-corruption activist, Kateryna Handziuk, who died in hospital several months after being attacked with acid. It is a bitter truth that the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was asked to leave her post at the very moment she was honoring this courageous woman who died a horrible death as she fought corruption.

Trump has claimed he wanted to fight corruption in Ukraine, but the impeachment hearings are revealing that he didn’t care about corruption in Ukraine at all; he only cared about Ukraine smearing his political rival, Joe Biden. He actually removed Ambassador Yovanovitch, who has built a reputation on rooting out corruption, in order to clear the way for his own corrupt schemes. His actions in Ukraine are a disgrace: He has dishonored both Marie Yovanovitch and Kateryna Handziuk. :pensive:

Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, told an impeachment hearing Friday that when she received a phone call on April 25 telling her to leave Kyiv, she was at that moment honoring a late anti-corruption activist who had been attacked with acid.

“I was hosting an event in honor of Kateryna Handziuk, who is an anti-corruption activist — was, an anti-corruption activist — in Ukraine. We had given her the ‘Woman of Courage’ award from Ukraine,” Yovanovitch told the Democratic Counsel Daniel Goodman.

Handziuk was 33 when a man threw sulfuric acid on her in front of her house in Kherson, a city in southern Ukraine, on July 31, 2018. She suffered burns over 30 percent of her body in the attack and succumbed to her injuries on Nov. 4 of that year.

A journalist and an official with the Kherson city council, Handziuk had been a persistent critic of corruption in Ukraine, highlighting alleged problems within the police and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

She continued to speak out from her hospital bed, telling Hromadske TV in September that though her injuries made her look bad, she thought she looked “much better than fairness and justice” in Ukraine, “because they are not treated by anybody.”

At the event in Kyiv in April, Yovanovitch said “Kateryna paid the ultimate price for her fearlessness in fighting against corruption and for her determined efforts to build a democratic Ukraine.”