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25.11.2021 - 18:55 [ NIH.gov ]

Increases in COVID-19 are unrelated to levels of vaccination across 68 countries and 2947 counties in the United States

(2021 Sep 30)

At the country-level, there appears to be no discernable relationship between percentage of population fully vaccinated and new COVID-19 cases in the last 7 days (Fig. 1). In fact, the trend line suggests a marginally positive association such that countries with higher percentage of population fully vaccinated have higher COVID-19 cases per 1 million people. Notably, Israel with over 60% of their population fully vaccinated had the highest COVID-19 cases per 1 million people in the last 7 days.

25.11.2021 - 11:16 [ theLancet.com ]

COVID-19: stigmatising the unvaccinated is not justified

(20.11.2021)

In the USA and Germany, high-level officials have used the term pandemic of the unvaccinated, suggesting that people who have been vaccinated are not relevant in the epidemiology of COVID-19. Officials’ use of this phrase might have encouraged one scientist to claim that “the unvaccinated threaten the vaccinated for COVID-19”.1
But this view is far too simple.

There is increasing evidence that vaccinated individuals continue to have a relevant role in transmission.

25.11.2021 - 11:15 [ theLancet.com ]

The epidemiological relevance of the COVID-19-vaccinated population is increasing

(19.11.2021)

High COVID-19 vaccination rates were expected to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in populations by reducing the number of possible sources for transmission and thereby to reduce the burden of COVID-19 disease. Recent data, however, indicate that the epidemiological relevance of COVID-19 vaccinated individuals is increasing. In the UK it was described that secondary attack rates among household contacts exposed to fully vaccinated index cases was similar to household contacts exposed to unvaccinated index cases (25% for vaccinated vs 23% for unvaccinated).

14.11.2021 - 11:19 [ National Aeronautics and Space Administration ]

Solar Activity Forecast for the Next Decade

(12.06.2019)

The results show that the next Solar Cycle will start in 2020 and reach a maximum in 2025.Cycle 25 is expected to be even weaker than the current solar cycle.

According to this forecast, upcoming solar activity will be the weakest in the last 200 years.

14.11.2021 - 10:24 [ Electroverse.net ]

From New Mexico to New England: More Than 100 Million Americans Under ‘Cold Weather Warnings’, + AGW/COVID Cults

So-called ‘climate experts’ are pointing to this year’s wild temperature swings as the direct impact of “global climate change” — but there is a far more likely culprit that is being willfully ignored: The Sun, the source of our climate system’s energy, is currently in a historically weak state–a fact nobody is disputing. Frustratingly though, investigating the impact such reduced solar output could have on the climate (via the weakening of the jet streams, among other forcings) has been labelled heresy, and there are very few academics left with the gumption to openly discuss it, let alone study it–not that they’ed ever receive funding.

14.11.2021 - 10:21 [ Yahoo.com ]

Nations reach climate change agreement in Glasgow but follow-through in doubt

But the deal reached goes further than any before it, in no small part because scientists have made clear that without a significant and sustained effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the world is poised to embark upon an era of catastrophic consequences. If the signatories all follow through on their promises and return in 2023 with even stronger emissions targets, it is still possible that mankind could spare itself the worst effects of climate change.

01.11.2021 - 08:24 [ theGuardian.com ]

Cop26 summit at serious risk of failure, says Boris Johnson

In a blunt admission after two days of preliminary talks at the G20 meeting of world leaders, the prime minister conceded little progress had been made – and the conference is not on track to achieve a deal that keeps the goal alive. He put the chances of success as “six out of 10”.

“Currently, let’s be in no doubt, we are not going to hit it and we have to be honest with ourselves,” he said. The commitments being made so far were a “drop in the rapidly warming ocean”.

23.10.2021 - 07:04 [ ConstituteProject.org ]

Poland’s Constitution of 1997

Article 4

1.Supreme power in the Republic of Poland shall be vested in the Nation.
2.The Nation shall exercise such power directly or through their representatives.

Article 5

The Republic of Poland shall safeguard the independence and integrity of itsterritory and ensure the freedoms and rights of persons and citizens, the security ofthe citizens, safeguard the national heritage and shall ensure the protection of thenatural environment pursuant to the principles of sustainable development.

(…)

Article 7

The organs of public authority shall function on the basis of, and within the limits of,the law.

Article 81

.The Constitution shall be the supreme law of the Republic of Poland.
2.The provisions of the Constitution shall apply directly, unless the Constitutionprovides otherwise.

23.10.2021 - 06:58 [ New York Times ]

Why Is Poland Fighting the Supremacy of European Union Courts?

(08.10.2021)

Poland threw down the gauntlet to the European Union on Thursday when its Constitutional Tribunal issued a judgment that the Polish Constitution in some cases supersedes rulings by the bloc’s highest court.

The Polish judgment, which is a direct challenge to the primacy of European law, one of the cornerstones of the European Union, will only take effect once it is published by the government in an official journal, which could take some time.

02.10.2021 - 18:57 [ Cnet.com ]

Climate change: COP26 is the biggest conference in the world. Here’s why it matters

Unless nations take drastic action to wean themselves off fossil fuels in the coming decade.

That’s why November’s UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, is being hailed as „the world’s best last chance“ to get the climate emergency under control. To ensure temperature change remains „well below“ the 2 degrees Celsius agreed to by UN signatories in the Paris Agreement in 2015, countries need to act fast and double down on commitments to reach net zero emissions.

20.09.2021 - 05:40 [ Yahoo.com ]

Vital role of ocean in upcoming COP 26 highlighted by world leaders as UN Global Compact launches Ocean Stewardship Coalition

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 20 September 2021 — With less than two months until COP 26, the United Nations Global Compact today launched the Ocean Stewardship Coalition to address the twin crises of biodiversity and climate change. Research suggests that ocean mitigation solutions could reduce the emissions gap by up a fifth on a 1.5° C pathway by 2050.

19.08.2021 - 18:25 [ Matt Karnitschnig / Twitter ]

German intelligence (BND) advised government last Friday that it was „unlikely“ the Taliban would take Kabul before September and that they had no interest in doing so, according to minutes of emergency meeting seen by Bild.

(18.08.2021)

18.08.2021 - 09:29 [ Al Jazeera ]

Transcript of Taliban’s first news conference in Kabul

“We have expelled the foreigners and I would like to congratulate the whole nation on this.

This is pride, not only for a limited number of people. This is a proud moment for the whole nation. This kind of pride is rare when it can be achieved. The whole nation, after the whole history of the nation and therefore, on the base of this I would like to congratulate the whole nation and I would like to welcome you.

Freedom and independence seeking is a legitimate right of every nation. The Afghans also use their legitimate right after 20 years of struggle for freedom and for emancipating the country from occupation, this was our right and we achieved this right.“

16.08.2021 - 09:42 [ Al Jazeera ]

Taliban says Afghanistan war over as president flees: Live

A spokesman for Taliban’s political office told Al Jazeera the group did not want to live in isolation and said the type and form of the new government in Afghanistan would be made clear soon.

Mohammad Naeem also called for peaceful international relations.

“Thanks to God, the war is over in the country,” he said.

16.08.2021 - 09:16 [ Al Jazeera English / Youtube ]

Exclusive: Taliban enters Afghan presidential palace | Al Jazeera Newsfeed

Taliban fighters have entered Afghanistan’s presidential palace in Kabul hours after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

15.08.2021 - 20:46 [ BBC ]

Afghanistan: Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen calls the BBC – interview in full

Suhail Shaheen called the BBC’s Yalda Hakim, live on air.

In the wide-ranging interview, she pressed him on the Taliban’s plans for the country amid concern the militants will impose strict interpretations of Sharia law, including corporal punishments and a ban on girls going to school.

05.08.2021 - 16:25 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Joint List: No Support for a Budget that Will Deepen the Occupation

“If we need to, we’ll recruit one or two of the Joint List lawmakers without shame. We have a majority for the budget, we don’t need 61 votes,” racist Minister of Finance Avigdor Lieberman told Channel 12 on Monday evening. In response, the Joint List, said it “can’t be bought.” “We won’t support a budget that deepens the occupation and settlements, raises the prices of electricity and gas, raises the retirement age for women and disenfranchises the weak,” the Joint List statement read.

02.08.2021 - 05:50 [ Newsweek ]

Berlin Detains 600 Anti-Lockdown Protesters Defying Ban As Police ‚Harassed and Attacked‘

Police said that protesters „harassed and attacked“ officers in the city’s Charlottenburg district, according to local news outlet Deutsche Welle.

„They tried to break through the police cordon and pull out our colleagues. This led to the use of irritants, batons and physical violence,“ tweeted Berlin police.

01.08.2021 - 08:26 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Netanyahu in 1993: Iran will have bomb by 1999

(04.03.2015)

The prime minister has been warning for over 20 years that Tehran is close to achieving its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

17.07.2021 - 17:54 [ New York Times ]

‘It Is All Connected’: Extreme Weather in the Age of Climate Change

(today)

The question is, how much did climate change affect this specific storm and the resulting floods?

A complete answer will have to await analyses, almost certain to be undertaken given the magnitude of the disaster, that will seek to learn if climate change made this storm more likely, and if so, by how much.

But for many scientists the trend is clear. “The answer is yes — all major weather these days is being affected by the changes in climate,” said Donald J. Wuebbles, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois.

13.06.2021 - 16:35 [ theGuardian.com ]

Can Netanyahu say just what he likes?

(25.10.2015)

The storyteller said he was convinced at that moment that Netanyahu himself believed it.

If apocryphal, it is definitely in character. Netanyahu regularly embraces bad ideas or even lies so totally that he convinces himself of their rightness. Others start to believe them too. His outlandish idea, uttered in a speech, was that Hitler would have been happy with just expelling Jews if a Palestinian, the then grand mufti of Jerusalem, had not suggested annihilation instead.

13.06.2021 - 16:30 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu attacks Bennett on Iran issue: he always does the opposite of what he says

Netanyahu compared the current U.S. policy on Iran to the American refusal to carry out bombing missions to hinder the Nazi genocide of the Jews during the Second World War. „The new U.S. administration has asked me to keep our disagreements under wraps,“ Netanyahu said. „But I told them we won’t do it and I’ll tell you why. The lessons of history are in front of my eyes. In 1944, at the height of the Holocaust, President Roosevelt refused to bomb the trains and the gas chambers, what could have saved many of our people,“ Netanyahu said.

04.06.2021 - 12:12 [ apnews.com ]

No ‘provoking’: Israeli official vows quieter tone with US

Sitting across a table from his U.S. counterpart at the Pentagon, Gantz said, “Our dialogue is so important to ensuring that any deal effectively meets its goal of keeping Iran away from nuclear weapons.”

“Of course, given the scope of the threat, Israel must always make sure that it has the ability to protect itself,” Gantz added.

04.06.2021 - 12:00 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Netanyahu in 1993: Iran will have bomb by 1999

(04.03.2015)

The prime minister has been warning for over 20 years that Tehran is close to achieving its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

04.06.2021 - 11:52 [ apnews.com ]

Netanyahu: Israel would risk ‘friction’ with US over Iran

(01.06.2021)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he’s prepared to risk tension with the U.S. if that is what it takes to neutralize Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

The embattled premier, whose political future is in question just 11 days out from a bruising war, said Israel’s biggest threat remains the possibility of a nuclear-armed Iran

13.05.2021 - 06:40 [ JTA.org ]

Biden says Israel has a ‘right to defend itself’ as he sends envoy to deescalate conflict

(12.05.2021)

During a White House press conference Wednesday afternoon, Biden said he had just spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and had an “expectation and hope” that the conflict would end soon.

13.05.2021 - 06:39 [ theHill.com ]

Biden speaks with Israel’s Netanyahu amid spiraling conflict with Hamas

(12.05.2021)

“I had a conversation for a while with the prime minister of Israel, and, I think, my hope is that we’ll see this coming to conclusion sooner than later,” the president said during remarks to the press about the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The president said his national security and defense staff have been in “constant contact” with their counterparts in the Middle East, including the Israelis but also the Egyptians, Saudis and Emiratis.

12.04.2021 - 18:05 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Settlers to tell ICC West Bank not occupied, Israel good for Palestinians

The Yesha Council plans to launch their own diplomatic initiative against any International Criminal Court war crimes suits, including sending a folder to The Hague explaining that the West Bank is not occupied and that Israel’s presence there is good for the Palestinians.
The document, which is likely to be sent out in the next few weeks was first published on the Hebrew news website Ynet.

27.03.2021 - 12:38 [ theGuardian.com ]

France claims UK will struggle to source second Covid jabs

“The UK is proud to have vaccinated many people with the first dose, but they will have a problem with the second dose,” Le Drian said. “And we are fully vaccinated with two doses, not one. Today we have the same number of fully vaccinated people in France and the United Kingdom.

18.03.2021 - 10:49 [ USA Today ]

Russia recalls its ambassador to the US after Biden says he thinks Putin is a killer

The move came after President Joe Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin would „pay a price“ for Moscow’s interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. In an interview with ABC News, Biden was also asked if he thought Putin is a killer.

„I do,“ Biden responded.

11.03.2021 - 19:31 [ CBC.ca ]

Pfizer, BioNTech say Israeli data suggests vaccine greatly reduces asymptomatic infections

Findings not yet peer-reviewed, interaction of vaccine with B1351 variant unclear due to limited data

08.03.2021 - 08:32 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Pushes U.N.-Led Peace Conference in Letter to Afghan Leader

Negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban began in September as part of a February 2020 agreement between the militants and the United States. But the talks have faltered over issues like a prisoner exchange and reductions in violence.

Mr. Blinken wrote that the United States had not decided whether to withdraw the remaining 2,500 American troops from Afghanistan by May 1, as outlined in its agreement with the Taliban.

07.03.2021 - 13:33 [ London School of Economics (LSE) ]

Shaping the post-Covid World: Moving towards wellbeing over the lifetime as the unit of analysis in policy

Professor Paul Dolan, Professor of Behavioural Science, LSE

Professor Lord Richard Layard, Emeritus Professor of Economics, LSE

Lord Gus O’Donnell, Chair of Frontier Economics and Visiting Professor, LSE

Professor Liam Delaney, Professor of Behavioural Science, LSE

Dr ChristianKrekel, Assistant professor of Behavioural Science, LSE

Dr Jet Sanders, Assistant Professorof Behavioural Science, LSE

Dr Celia Blanco-Jimenez. Fellow in Behavioural Science, LSE

Dr Kate Laffan, Fellow in Behavioural Science,University College Dublin

Dr Georgios Kavetsos,Associate Professor in Behavioural Science, QMC London

Dr Laura Kudrna, Fellow in Behavioural Science, University of Birmingh

(…)

4.5. The foregoing discussion highlighted the importance of processes as well as outcomes, and so a separate wellbeing commission should be established …

31.01.2021 - 21:07 [ Spiked ]

Lockdown has ravaged the working class

From the moment this disastrous policy was instigated, it became immediately apparent that we were not all in it together. In every single aspect of life, the working class has suffered most during lockdown. Worse still, over the course of the past year, class inequalities have grown wider and have become more entrenched. And yet, at each turn, left-wing lockdown lovers have demanded ever-more severe restrictions on people’s lives.

31.01.2021 - 20:14 [ DailyBeast.com ]

Rep. Stephen Lynch Contracts COVID After Two Pfizer Vaccine Doses

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) announced late Friday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 more than a week after receiving his second dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

31.01.2021 - 20:04 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Social distancing may remain in place ALL YEAR: Graphs show how UK could see huge spike in deaths if restrictions are lifted too early as vaccine would have to be 85% effective to stop a surge in fatalities

Grim new graphs lay bare the dilemma facing Boris Johnson’s government as officials try to work out how to reopen the country without causing a third wave of coronavirus infections, as SAGE recommends keeping social distancing measures in place until 2022.

31.12.2020 - 04:55 [ Movement for a People’s Party / Twitter ]

#ForceTheVote Town Hall

30.12.2020 - 19:10 [ ForceTheVote.org ]

#ForceTheVote Town Hall

Dear progressive members of Congress,

We invite you to join us at a live town hall meeting on Wednesday at 8:30 pm ET to discuss forcing a vote on Medicare for all.

Tens of millions of Americans are struggling without health care in the middle of a pandemic and we have a fleeting opportunity to bring Medicare for all to the floor of the House for a vote. Medicare for all is overwhelmingly popular and forcing the vote has enormous support in the progressive movement. Please join thousands of your biggest supporters to discuss #ForceTheVote.

30.12.2020 - 19:00 [ @JohnKramarz / Twitter ]

Here’s #MyStory , or at least one of them, to #ForceTheVote on #M4A Thanks @jimmy_dore for forcing this issue!

30.12.2020 - 18:53 [ Sherrie Scott / Twitter ]

Hey @jimmy_dore This is #MyStory let’s #ForceTheVote

30.12.2020 - 18:42 [ BJG / Twitter ]

Ms. Wood’s daughter Charlie was born premature. The cost of keeping her alive has been devastating. It turned Ms. Wood from an ACA advocate into a Medicare for All advocate. Please listen to her testimony from last year’s committee hearings on #MedicareForAll. #ForceTheVote

30.12.2020 - 18:32 [ Jonathan Gartin / Twitter ]

#ForceTheVote #MyStory #MedicareForAll #NewGenMindSet #publicpressure #townhall

30.12.2020 - 18:24 [ @healthcarety / Twitter ]

#ForceTheVote #MyM4AStory #MyStory #MedicareForAll #MultipleSclerosis @0rf @ForceTheVoteM4A

30.12.2020 - 18:19 [ William, The Sim / Twitter ]

Let’s make something happen for once. #MyStory #ForceTheVote

30.12.2020 - 18:07 [ Lady Long Limbs / Twitter ]

It’s tough to condense #MyStory on why I believe in #ForceTheVote , but I gave it my best shot

The short version is that I’m tired of seeing people suffer in one of the most powerful countries in the world, and it’s time to hold our representatives accountable for change.

19.12.2020 - 20:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Are hospitals REALLY creaking under the strain of Covid before Christmas? NHS data shows trusts are STILL quieter than last December – with seven times fewer wards close to being full

– Average intensive care ward occupancy down to 75 per cent from 84 per cent from the same time last year
– 15,465 people in hospital with Covid in England on Wednesday compared to 18,974 on worst day in spring
– But statistics suggest the health service is, overall, coping better with its workload than it did last winter

30.08.2020 - 07:21 [ theGuardian.com ]

Michael Moore warns that Donald Trump is on course to repeat 2016 win

The documentary film-maker Michael Moore has warned that Donald Trump appears to have such momentum in some battleground states that liberals risk a repeat of 2016 when so many wrote off Trump only to see him grab the White House.

“Sorry to have to provide the reality check again,” he said.

26.08.2020 - 06:28 [ theGuardian.com ]

UN security council rejects US attempt to extend Iran sanctions

The US has suffered another humiliating diplomatic setback after the president of the UN security council rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to extend economic sanctions on Iran.

22.08.2020 - 04:13 [ Reuters ]

Thirteen of 15-member U.N. Security Council oppose U.S. push for Iran sanctions

Pompeo again warned Russia and China against that on Friday, threatening U.S. action if they refuse to reimpose the U.N. measures on Iran.

21.08.2020 - 13:16 [ theHill.com ]

Bowman on Democratic frictions: There seems to be ‚disconnect‘ between DNC, what’s happening

Congressional candidate Jamaal Bowman on Monday told Hill.TV that there appears to be a “disconnect” between the top speakers at the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) and figures he said represent the future of the party.

21.08.2020 - 13:10 [ CBS News ]

Full text and video: Joe Biden’s speech at the Democratic National Convention

Ella Baker, a giant of the civil rights movement, left us with this wisdom: Give people light and they will find a way.

Give people light.

Those are words for our time.

The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division.

Here and now, I give you my word: If you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us not the worst. I will be an ally of the light not of the darkness.

It’s time for us, for We the People, to come together.

21.08.2020 - 13:08 [ LA Times ]

‘I’ll be an ally of the light, not the darkness,’ Biden says, tearing into Trump in acceptance speech

Closing out the four-day Democratic National Convention, Biden spoke for less than 25 minutes, relatively short by traditional convention standards, but it was his most consequential speech in half a century in politics.

While he never mentioned Trump by name, he hammered away at the president’s performance and the chaos of his administration as it struggles with a deadly pandemic and an economic calamity.

21.08.2020 - 04:12 [ BBC ]

Iran nuclear deal: European nations ’siding with ayatollahs‘ – Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused European allies of „siding with the ayatollahs“ after they said the US could not reimpose sanctions on Iran.

The UK, France and Germany said the US did not have the legal right to trigger „snapback“ sanctions because it pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.

21.08.2020 - 03:34 [ CNN ]

US isolated as allies and opponents reject its bid to snapback UN sanctions on Iran

The Trump administration was left isolated on the world stage as foreign allies and competitors alike rejected its demand to restore UN sanctions on Iran Thursday.

02.08.2020 - 19:36 [ Neri Zilber / Twitter ]

Netanyahu spends 6 minutes during cabinet mtg lashing out at „leftwing“ protesters outside his home, their „incitement to murder“ against him, „North Korean“ media fanning flames, „double-standard“ re demos/coverage, and more. He is, as always, the ultimate victim.

02.08.2020 - 19:21 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s Tirades Against Protesters Highlight a Growing Detachment From Reality

Critics routinely lambaste the prime minister’s corruption and incitement, but mostly ignore his compulsive lying and flights of farcical fantasy

21.07.2020 - 12:24 [ Daniel DePetris/ Business Insider ]

Mike Pompeo’s Iranian boogeyman is just an excuse for a policy that isn’t working

(11.07.2020)

Despite the anti-American railings and innuendo from the political leadership, Iran is at best a mid-level power sharing a region home to states that are skeptical, if not downright opposed, to Iranian objectives. At $454 billion, its economy is nearly half the size of Florida’s.

10.07.2020 - 10:28 [ Balkan Insight / Twitter ]

Protesters hold a sign that reads „the earth is flat“ in reference to Serbian President Vucic’s claims that Tuesday’s violent demonstrations were incited by far-right orgs, anti-migrant extremists, fantasists who ‘believe the Earth is a flat plate’.

05.07.2020 - 10:29 [ CBS News / Youtube ]

Obama advises Kanye West on 2020 White House run

(Oct 10, 2015)

The president spoke at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in San Francisco, where the hip hop artist will later perform. Mr. Obama has a few political nuggets to pass on for West’s 2020 bid for the presidency.

04.07.2020 - 13:31 [ TalkingPointsMemo.com ]

So…Why Hasn’t There Been A COVID Spike From The Protests?

(24.06.2020)

The problem with masks, Hassig said, is the psychological element.

She called it a “normative behavior” much like littering.

04.07.2020 - 13:29 [ Washington Post ]

No Mr. Trump, the virus is not under control. It is in control.

Mr. Trump — whose early reaction to the pandemic was to wish it away, who failed to muster the logistical support to confront it and who then decided to walk away by leaving the response largely to the states — this week continued to engage in magical thinking, referring to the raging pandemic as “certain hot spots.” In fact, states that opened up prematurely in May are paying the price now, and Mr. Trump bears responsibility for encouraging governors to loosen the restrictions too early.

16.06.2020 - 13:35 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Stop Calling Israel a Jewish Democracy

(08.06.2020)

The looming annexation of the West Bank will create a one-state reality, forcing American elites to choose between a commitment to the country’s Jewishness and democratic values.

14.06.2020 - 07:07 [ Jenny A. Durkan, 56th Mayor of Seattle./ Twitter ]

Earlier today, I visited the #CHAZ and met Marcus Henderson, the person behind the new community garden popping up in Cal Anderson Park. Read more about Marcus and the work that’s gone into creating the gardens:

14.06.2020 - 06:51 [ theStranger.com ]

Residents of CHAZ Respond to the President

(11.06.2020)

Our President thinks „ugly Anarchists“ and „Domestic Terrorists“ have taken over Capitol Hill. In case you somehow missed it, here are the tweets:

30.05.2020 - 15:01 [ Libor Jany, Newspaperman for the Star Tribune / Twitter ]

? How could you underestimate the number of people who would show up tonight? Harrington: We listened to people who said that the curfew would keep people inside, and numbers of protesters down.

01.05.2020 - 09:54 [ the Hill ]

The Memo: The surprising popularity of the Great Lockdown

Several recent polls bear out that view.

27.04.2020 - 18:58 [ Spiked ]

Against the new normal

‘We are moving towards a new normality.’ This is how Germany’s finance minister, Olaf Scholz, put it at a coronavirus press conference last week, alongside Angela Merkel and various state premiers. The government was announcing its timetable to phase out the lockdown measures. Before it began, the conference had an almost religious feel, with those gathered seeming to wait for proclamation and guidance.

14.04.2020 - 18:28 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

Tell the Democrat Governors that “Mutiny On The Bounty” was one of my all time favorite movies.

A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain. Too easy!

14.04.2020 - 18:23 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Gov. Cuomo: Trump Does Not Have Total Authority; „We Have A Constitution, We Don’t Have A King“

“ The president doesn’t have total authority. We have a constitution. We don’t have a king. We have an elected president. That’s what our founding fathers did when they wrote the constitution. And the constitution clearly says the powers that are not specifically listed for the federal government are reserved to the states. And the balance between federal and state authority was central to the constitution, it’s one of the great balances of power. „

14.04.2020 - 18:14 [ Fox8.com ]

‘The authority is total’: President Trump says he will decide when the economy reopens, not governors

Trump would not offer specifics about the source of his asserted power, which he claimed, despite constitutional limitations, was absolute.

“When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total,” Trump said Monday at the White House. “The governors know that.”

10.03.2020 - 05:12 [ Politico.com ]

House leaders near deal to renew federal surveillance powers

House leaders are closing in on a bipartisan deal to renew a set of federal surveillance powers expiring this weekend, but no final agreement has been reached, according to lawmakers and aides of both parties.

15.02.2020 - 17:41 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Propagandists Cry About Bernie’s Online Base Because It’s Effective, Not Because It’s Mean

Power is the ability to control what happens. Absolute power is controlling what people think about what happens.

03.01.2020 - 19:20 [ MSDNC ‏/ Twitter ]

#BREAKING: US forces assassinate Iranian General Qasem Soleimani after CIA intelligence suggested he was planning to attack American forces in the Gulf of Tonkin, using weapons of mass destruction purchased from Saddam Hussein.

03.01.2020 - 19:19 [ CNM ‏/ Twitter ]

Breaking: Soleimani was a bad dude. He also was working with Osama bin Laden and has weapons of mass destruction! To hear more CIA propaganda, tune in to CNM.

25.12.2019 - 16:47 [ Cenk Uygur, Democratic Congressional candidate / Twitter ]

Opinion | How ‘Centrist Bias’ Hurts Sanders and Warren – The New York Times. Sorry, but I’ve been saying this for about two decades. After calling us crazy for all that time they finally treat it like they had an epiphany.

Still, I’m thrilled to see it!

25.12.2019 - 16:46 [ New York Times ]

How ‘Centrist Bias’ Hurts Sanders and Warren

Over the years, many press critics have pointed out one weakness of this approach: false equivalence, the refusal to consider the possibility that one side of an argument is simply (or mostly) right.

But that’s not the only problem. There’s also the possibility that both political parties have been wrong about something and that the solution, rather than being roughly halfway between their answers, is different from what either has been proposing.

13.12.2019 - 15:08 [ Spiked ]

The revenge of democracy

So now we know. Now we know what happens when you declare war on democracy. Now we know the consequences of demeaning the largest democratic vote in a nation’s history. Now we know what becomes of a political class that sneers at voters, silences their democratic voice, and libels them as racist, xenophobic know-nothings who cannot be trusted with stewardship of the nation. You get punished. You get rebelled against. You get replaced.

13.12.2019 - 15:06 [ Mo Lovatt ‏/ Twitter ]

Brexit was never a culture war. It was a democratic vote for sovereignty.

You turned it into a culture war. Some of us are still not playing in it.

25.08.2019 - 07:55 [ NewStatesman.com ]

Fear, shame, guilt, suicide: ordinary Germans at the end of the Second World War

Each author focuses on one segment of the world that was falling apart. For Rein, it is a little group of dissidents – a young deserter, a heroic saboteur, a humanitarian doctor, a doctrinaire communist, and a kindly innkeeper – who work together clandestinely, attempting to save at least some of the people and buildings of Berlin by persuading German troops to accept defeat.

26.05.2019 - 06:32 [ NBC News / Youtube ]

Edited Nancy Pelosi Video Highlights Concerns About Misinformation And Elections | NBC Nightly News

As technology makes it harder to tell what’s real and what’s fake online, experts warn that public opinion could be manipulated through skillfully edited videos.

26.05.2019 - 06:30 [ Washington Post / Youtube ]

Pelosi videos manipulated to make her appear drunk are being shared on social media

(23.05.2019)

Altered videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), slowed down to make her sound sluggish and slurred, are spreading across social media.

04.04.2019 - 13:44 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu and His Alternative Reality Must Go

Slander was always Netanyahu’s favorite campaign strategy, and that’s how the alternative reality he’s weaving for his voters also looks. In this engineered hallucination, a former chief of general staff is mentally ill and three indictments are a leftist persecution campaign.

Netanyahu has created an alternative reality in which much of the public is convinced that others living in this country are dangerous traitors.

31.03.2019 - 18:28 [ Alltime10s / Youtube ]

Top 10 Movies That Predicted The Future

Published on Oct 14, 2015
Bet you didn’t think that ‚The Matrix‘, Terminator 2 and Super Mario Bros predicted 9/11, well guess again as we delve into the top 10 movies that predicted the future..

07.01.2019 - 21:25 [ wgbh.org ]

Warren Names Former Clinton Campaign Aide Press Secretary

Woolheater served as policy chief for Hillary for America and has spent the last two years as policy lead for Oculus VR, a virtual reality company owned by Facebook.