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Comrade Bernie (I - Vt) visited Soviet Union during honeymoon

Earlier this year, two minutes of the long-lost videos went viral when a staffer at Chittenden County’s Channel 17 posted a compilation of the station’s archival footage online. The clip featured a shirtless Sanders and other Americans singing “This Land Is Your Land” to their hosts after relaxing in a sauna. A few minutes later, Sanders doled out the gifts to his Russian friends with a towel wrapped around his waist.

Their goal was to establish a “sister city” relationship with Yaroslavl, a community along the Volga River home to about 500,000 people. At the time, the Soviet Union was beginning to open itself to the world, if only slightly — and Sanders was a self-described socialist with an unusually large interest in foreign affairs for a mayor.
Bernie is such a silly, I can't take him serious in such some events. To travel to Yaroslavl during your honeymoon to create a partnership with this city, handing over gifts from the West... This man is far from being a threat to the American Way of Life, no matter what he does. :'D
Later, he tells a Russian man, “I’m not very happy about this, but there are not many people in the state of Vermont who speak Russian. In fact, one of the things that we want to do is to see if we can develop a Russian studies program in our high school.”
I guess that wouldn't have gone well if he seriously tried to introduce something like this. Soon enough, people would've fallen for a Russian craze, accusing him of being a spy for the KGB to infiltrate innocent Americans and such some crap.
Davitian, who lived in Burlington at the time, said progressives were thrilled by Sanders' trip to the Soviet Union, while everyday residents didn’t mind. “As long as the streets were getting paved, there wasn’t opposition to him as an activist mayor,” she said.
In the end, he was only a small fish, a town mayor. He wasn't even elected to Congress back then, so what would the people have minded anyway? He didn't have any power to create something significant beyond a partnership between Burlington, VT and Yaroslavl.
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Washingtonians to receive «public option» in health insurance

The plans won’t be available until January 2021, and it’s too early to know what exact coverage they will offer or how much they’ll drive down health-insurance costs.

“This legislation is one way for our state to push back, to ensure that all Washingtonians have high-quality health-care insurance, an option they can afford that is available across the state of Washington,” said Inslee, who is also running for president.

“We want to see lower premiums and lower deductibles over what’s being offered today on the exchange,” said Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle and sponsor of the bill.
Still sounds too regular to actually be needed to be discussed. But on the other hand, we're talking about the US, a country in which regular things are simply not a standard, because... 'Murica!
_Senate Bill 5526 is also aimed at shoring up Washington’s health exchange by providing additional coverage. Currently, 14 of Washington’s 39 counties have only a single insurance option available for people searching for coverage on the exchange.__
It might look worse, in other states.
Lawmakers also approved bills to make prescription drug costs more transparent and protect consumers from high out-of-network medical bills. Legislators also passed a wide-ranging plan to improve Washington’s mental health system.
Something Bernie promotes as well.
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Libertarian Republican Justin Amash (MI) becomes first of his kind to favour Trump's impeachment

“Contrary to Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Drumpf engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” Amash tweeted in a lengthy thread Saturday, becoming the first and only congressional Republican to acknowledge that the FBI investigation into Drumpf’s campaign and its alleged connection to Russian officials established grounds for impeachment. While several Democrats have also called for impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly sidestepped the issue, instead calling for more investigations.
His Tweet thread is really worth reading, I have to admit.
Core to Amash’s statement is the reality that Barr’s summary of the Mueller report has been key to how Republicans in Congress have crafted their message around the investigation. Even as the report showed damning evidence of obstruction, the attorney general used language that made it easy for Republicans in general to chalk up this scandal to everything from a total nothingburger to a partisan “witch hunt.”
Would you have beleived that there'd ever be a Republican to vividly and consciously stand up against Trump and his puppet, AG William Barr? Now, here he is, alive and well. And still not removed from his office, although some in his Twitter space said that they still didn't like him for his vote against a recovery of Flint's water crisis, or equal payment for women.
He has been outspoken on the need to investigate Russia’s alleged ties to the Drumpf campaign and administration. In December 2016 he penned a letter with the late Republican Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, asking former President Barack Obama for a classified briefing on any evidence that Russia tampered with the 2016 elections. After Drumpf abruptly fired Comey, Jones and Amash again joined the ranks of Democrats calling for an independent investigation into Russia’s possible ties to the Drumpf administration.
Good to know.
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Fmr. casino magnate Steve Wynn donated $400k to RNC and NRSC

The longtime Republican donor stepped down as both RNC finance chairman and from his position at Wynn Resorts last year after he was accused of sexual misconduct spanning more than a decade. He has denied the allegations.
A true Trumpist, I would say. He lives by the motto of grapping women by the pussy...
“Over the last year and a half, multiple investigations into the allegations against Steve Wynn have concluded. Throughout this entire process, Steve has repeatedly and unequivocally denied wrongdoing, and he has not been charged with or found guilty of any crimes,” she said in the statement. “At this point, there is no reason for refusing his support."

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Another Guatemalan migrant child dies in US custody

“The immigration agency lacks protocols for tending to migrant populations, and especially for populations presenting some type of illness,” said Jorge Andrade of the independent nonprofit Institute for Democracy and Safety, which monitors the detention of migrants in Mexico.

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When you survived the Holocaust but you also like Metal music

After leaving Hollywood, she began writing poetry. At age 93 she was introduced to metal and has been using heavy music as a new way to be heard; as she says, "In American, and even European culture, old people are excluded from life....Nobody really cares what you have to say." But at age 96, she's learned a new way to get people to care, or at least take notice: she performs with musicians Lucia Caruso and Pedro da Silva, who are also known as the TritoneKings.
Now thaat's a highly unusual story...
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Newly Released FBI Docs Shed Light on Apparent Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks
#Palestine #US #Visa She's absolutely right, this is petty and vindictive. She has grandchildren living in the US, and attended University there. Is this Jared Cohen's doing, you think?

#PresidentTrump: This was TREASON!

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Swiss president Uli Maurer visits Trump in DC

And you know you have fucked up bigly when even the Swiss president is going to visit you. I mean: When did you hear of the last foreign visit of a Swiss president to a foreign nation? I don't even know if Swiss has ever left any remarkable outcomes in the New Age, beside being a major tax haven and a landlocked mountainese country well-known for cheese, chocolate, and speaking one of the strangest German accents. :D
It is possible that Drumpf wants the Swiss to reach out more actively to the Iranians. Up until now Switzerland has taken on the role of a letterbox, or a go-between, at best. In that capacity, Switzerland is not expected to directly transmit a phone number. It is up to Iran to go and retrieve it.

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Architects and engineers seemingly confused about Trump's border wall plans

According to The Washington Post, among the changes Drumpf has ordered are that the metal bollards be painted a particular hue of black that absorbs heat to make them too hot to climb; the tips should be pointed to cause injury; and there should be fewer and smaller gates.

“But building high-rises in New York City is not the same as putting up a barrier at the border,” Lapan, now at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, told the publication. “You’re not looking for aesthetics; you’re looking for functionality.”
But aesthetics are the only thing in building and construction in general, and not even there, he excels with brilliance or actual knowledge, regarding the interior of his Penthouse suits in Trump towers. You know, the lavish, golden design that makes you vomit.
“If you want to climb that, it's pretty sharp up on top, too," said the president, according to CNN. "If you want to climb that then you deserve whatever you can get, but it’s very, very hard. It’s meant anti-climb. It’s called anti-climb, so it’s a great wall and… I think it looks fantastic—very see-through, so you’re able to see the other side, which is a very important element."
Does he promote psychotic terror in such a way that he wants migrants who try to climp upon the border to hurt themselves out of desperation? This is completely fucked-up, a sociopathic arsehole he is, he needs to be removed from office, dead or alive.
#US #USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #GovernmentShutdown #GovernmentFunding #FederalEmployees #FederalBranches #Politics #News #BuildTheWall #ShutItDown #Senate #HouseOfRepresentatives #Congress #Nielsen #KristjenNielsen #McAleenan #KevinMcAleenan #RefugeesWelcome #DHS #DepartmentOfHomelandSecurity #Mexico #México #Calexico #SanYsidro #RioGrande

14-year old girl became latest alt-right star on Youtube

Users — and more importantly to YouTube, advertisers — have over the past year started to hold the platform accountable for enabling the exploitation of children and exposing them to disturbing content. But this video reveals an entirely different way the platform is harming kids: by letting them express extreme views in front of the entire world. This is what indoctrination looks like when it’s reflected back by the indoctrinated.

This is sick, simply sick...
Of course, it’s all presented in the terminally ironic style popularized by boundary-pushing comedy groups like the influential Million Dollar Extreme and adopted of late by white supremacist mass shooters in Christchurch and San Diego.

Assuming you can call shit like this comedy, which we finally have to cease. This is not comedy, this is spreading of hate, fearmongering, and inciting violence against minorities. To call it comedy is like surrendering to the ongoing threat of white supremacy, fascism, racism, nationalism. Plain as simple, isn't it? Well, it doesn't seem to go in everybody's head, which is a problem as well.
She’s 14, precocious, isolated, and pissed off, a combination that has produced a lot of bad behavior over the years, but not all of it monetized through preroll ads and a Patreon, and not all of it streamed to millions.

The making of an oncoming Youtube star for the alt-right, as young as fourteen years old...
“Susan, I’ve known your address since last summer,” Soph said, directly addressing YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. “I’ve got a Luger and a mitochondrial disease. I don’t care if I live. Why should I care if you live or your children? I just called an Uber. You’ve got about seven minutes to draft up a will. ... I’m coming for you, and it ain’t gonna be pretty.”

She's consciously threatening her life. I would report her, to get her parents imprisoned and may the Social Services take care of her, to find her a stricter foster family to straighten her, anyhow. This can't go on like this, she clearly requires some education in discipline. Well, she is something like a right-winger, isn't she? Well then, why not send her into a boot camp? They'll take care of her there, and I'm sure she's gonna love it. ;-)
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Hong Kong or Sweden 

The songs that made the wobblies go crazy

He relays his own Joe Hill anecdote with obvious pride and an impish chuckle. The British singer-songwriter and activist has always been one hell of a storyteller, and his knack for making the political personal has kept him and his music relevant since he started playing pubs in 1977—well before Margaret Thatcher went to war with the UK's coal miners in 1984 and gave him a cause to rally behind.
The people she put on a dole... No matter what the Conservatives talk about her, her austerity has put enough people into bankruptcy, in hopelessness, only in sake of a constantly growing economic well-being. She's been in too many concerns' pockets.
His life was cut short by the state following a sham trial, but Hill's Wobbly anthems had already been collected (alongside a bevy of other labor songs) into a volume eventually christened The Little Red Songbook. First printed in Spokane in 1909, it was soon distributed by Wobbly publishing bureaus in other cities too—including Chicago, where the IWW itself had been founded in 1905.

"Union songs fucking own," he says. "It's very hard not to get caught up in the feeling—they're songs about the power of being together, at their core, which is the same power we all feel in a room together playing and listening to and sharing music. Music itself is kind of inherently about union."

"These songs look an unjust world square in the eye, slice it apart with satire, dismantle it with rage, and then drop a mighty sing-along chorus fit to raise the roof of a union hall or a holding cell," he writes. "The IWW literally wrote the book on protest music. These songs, some written many decades ago, address the same issues facing us today: poverty, police brutality, immigrant rights, economic and racial inequality, militarism, threats to civil liberties, union busting."

#LeftWing #LeftWinged #US #USA #Seeger #PeteSeeger #Hill #JoeHill #Phillips #UtahPhillips #IWW #Union #SolidarityForever #UnionSongs #Internationale #GeneralStrike #Anarchism #WorkersOfTheWorld

Televangelist sells Trump coin for 45 dollars

And this, my friends, is how crooked a religion can be abused for greedy means. If Jesus was still alive, I guess that he would track down this false prophet, kick him down with God's fist, take all the coins, and send them down the river. This man has already fallen from God's grace, because he sold himself to the sins. And, of course, to Donnie.
“When I asked the Lord, ‘Why the coin?’ he said ‘Because when you take the coin, it’s a point of contact,’” Wallnau said in the recording, the Daily News notes. “So your faith is being released with a million other believers to pray protection and peace and wisdom and counsel over the president of the United States and over his family.”
Unfortunately, there really are idiots who believe in this crap.
And because Drumpf is the 45th president the coin is doing the most to justify its $45 price tag by linking Isaiah 45:1 in the Bible which reads, “Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kinds of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates shall not be shut.”
Someone either attended one's Bible courses or did a lot of research in the Holy Fucking Bible.
#Religion #Christianity #US #USA #Teleshopping #Televangelism #Trump #DonaldTrump #Greed #Funny #Humour #Humor #News #Politics

14-year old girl became latest alt-right star on Youtube

Users — and more importantly to YouTube, advertisers — have over the past year started to hold the platform accountable for enabling the exploitation of children and exposing them to disturbing content. But this video reveals an entirely different way the platform is harming kids: by letting them express extreme views in front of the entire world. This is what indoctrination looks like when it’s reflected back by the indoctrinated.
This is sick, simply sick...
Of course, it’s all presented in the terminally ironic style popularized by boundary-pushing comedy groups like the influential Million Dollar Extreme and adopted of late by white supremacist mass shooters in Christchurch and San Diego.
Assuming you can call shit like this comedy, which we finally have to cease. This is not comedy, this is spreading of hate, fearmongering, and inciting violence against minorities. To call it comedy is like surrendering to the ongoing threat of white supremacy, fascism, racism, nationalism. Plain as simple, isn't it? Well, it doesn't seem to go in everybody's head, which is a problem as well.
She’s 14, precocious, isolated, and pissed off, a combination that has produced a lot of bad behavior over the years, but not all of it monetized through preroll ads and a Patreon, and not all of it streamed to millions.
The making of an oncoming Youtube star for the alt-right, as young as fourteen years old...
“Susan, I’ve known your address since last summer,” Soph said, directly addressing YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. “I’ve got a Luger and a mitochondrial disease. I don’t care if I live. Why should I care if you live or your children? I just called an Uber. You’ve got about seven minutes to draft up a will. ... I’m coming for you, and it ain’t gonna be pretty.”
She's consciously threatening her life. I would report her, to get her parents imprisoned and may the Social Services take care of her, to find her a stricter foster family to straighten her, anyhow. This can't go on like this, she clearly requires some education in discipline. Well, she is something like a right-winger, isn't she? Well then, why not send her into a boot camp? They'll take care of her there, and I'm sure she's gonna love it. ;-)
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Fmr. Army Intelligence Analyst and Assange supporter Chelsea Manning again incarcerated after refusing to comply with court

In addition to being held in custody for the duration of the grand jury's investigation or until Manning testifies, the judge ordered her to be fined $500 every day that she is in custody after 30 days and $1,000 every day in custody after 60 days, according to a statement by Manning's lawyers.
This is getting out of hand, this is blackmailing into complying with court: You either obey us, or we are going to bleed you out financially. This cannot be lawful, in my opinion.
Assange remains in England and has vowed to fight extradition to the United States. Swedish prosecutors have reopened an inquiry into rape allegations against him, and are seeking to extradite Assange to Sweden.
One way or the other, they try to get their hands on him, they even warm up those allegations, as if they found any more evidence on it.
#PressFreedom #FreedomOfThePress #News #Politics #JulianAssange #Assange #Manning #ChelseaManning #Sweden #England #UK #GB #UnitedKingdom #GreatBritain #Britain #US #USA #Wikileaks #Journalism

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R - TX) believes Iran threats are credible

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) – the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations – requested in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that he brief senators on the decision, saying they had "great concern" about the move.

“There had to be a strong signal sent to Iran that we would defend ourselves if we are attacked,” he said. “I hope everybody can rally around that. Showing that we are willing to stand up and defend Americans was an important thing to do.”

He added: “If we’re attacked, I expect our military forces will be in a position to respond. I hope that’s not what happens. ... It shouldn’t happen. I hope that the tensions start to diminish.”

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US legislation creates additional obstacles for same-sex parents on naturalising their children

“They first indicated that they needed proof of our marriage, which I found quite odd,” Roee said. “They needed the original marriage certificate, which we didn’t have with us, but I didn’t actually think anything more about it. I thought, ‘We don’t have time for this, we’ll just deal with it in the U.S.’”

“This is a very clear attack on families, on American families,” Roee, who married Adiel in California in 2013, told The Daily Beast. “Denying American married couples their rights to pass their citizenship, that is flat-out discrimination, and everyone should be concerned about this.”
You chose an unfortunate time for measurements like this, under one of the most reactionary governmentst that existed in the 21st century USA. We currently have to deal with a racist, bigot, discriminatory and anti-patriotic United States that created a façade of freedom before a groundwork of right-winged authoritarianism.
“They basically take our marriage, and they say ‘It doesn’t mean anything. Your child was born out of wedlock,’” Adiel said. “We were there when she was born, she took her first breaths in our arms. Make no mistake: We are her parents—we are her only parents on her only birth certificate.”
As I said, a bigot government that paves the way for a bigot legislature. This has got nothing do with freedom, but is biased to the core and, at least to my understanding, against the Constitution.
When their son was born on an American military base abroad last fall, it took months for their application for his U.S. passport to be processed—and only after they submitted reams of paperwork proving that one of the two women was the gestational mother, confirming whether or not the former officer had a “genetic relationship” with her son, and “physical evidence” that they had used an anonymous sperm donor.
Remember: Republicans only want to decrease bureaucracy when it concerns their own lives; but when you live in a same-sex marriage and want to naturalise your newborn, they are delighted to put more bureaucratic burden upon you, so that your non-traditional lifestyle will give you headaches from the cradle to the grave.
“Where is my child supposed to live? Is she supposed to go back to Canada?” asked Adiel rhetorically. “Can I live there? The scenario is just ridiculous. I cannot believe that these are the values of the American government.”
Of the current one, yes, unfortunately. They are twisting the founding principles around in such a way that they are completely distorted from how they are supposed to work. The land of the free - my arse. The land of racial, discriminatory bigots who are too narrow-minded to avoid any slight out-of-the-box thinking.
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AOC (D - NYC) confronts BigPharma's ridiculous drug pricing

"Truvada still has patent protection in the United States and in the rest of the world it is generic," O'Day explained, adding, "It will be generically available in the United States as of September 2020."

"I think it's important here that we notice that we the public, we the people, developed this drug. We paid for this drug, we lead and developed all the patents to create Prep and then that patent has been privatized despite the fact that the patent is owned by the public, who refused to enforce it," Ocasio-Cortez said.
this is for sure a plot twist, if you think about this and are able to rightfully assume that she was right about who really developed the drug itself; when it's not Gilead, and Gilead only took it over and was granted patent protection upon it, I would say that this is unjustifiable, unless you don't care much about the people who need this drug to survive.
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#Iranian commander warns #US aircraft carrier is a 'target' not a threat, as US firepower pours onto its doorstep
#US non-essential personnel ordered to leave #Iraq Embassy, consulate
#US #Iraq
#US and Its Euro Lackeys Rip #Iran Nuclear Deal to Shreds, Dare Tehran to Retaliate
PEPE ESCOBAR: Iran Squeezed Between Imperial Psychos and European Cowards
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Farmer shows outstanding will to live by amputating own leg with pocketknife

Kaser, who was released from the rehabilitation center on Friday, replayed the whole harrowing ordeal for the ABC affiliate. He said he first got into the situation due to a split-second mistake while he was moving corn.
"Stepped into the hopper in the little hole. It just sucked my leg in and I was trying to pull it out, but it kept pulling," he said.

"He pretty much told me, his goal was, 'I need to get home and get back to what I was doing before,' and his main goal was farming," Willey told KETV.
#US #USA #News #Farmer #Amputation #IWillSurvive #WillToLive

Austrian McDonald's stores now cooperate with embassy to help US tourists and expatriats to find their way

"American citizens traveling in Austria who find themselves in distress and without a way to contact the U.S. Embassy can enter – as of Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – any McDonald's in Austria, and staff will assist them in making contact with the U.S. Embassy for consular services," the announcement read.

In a statement to, McDonald’s spokesperson Wilhelm Baldia said the U.S. Consulate selected the fast-food company because of the "brand's great fame among Americans."
This story is only getting funnier while you read it. :'D
#US #USA #ForeignPolicies #ForeignAffairs #McDonalds #Culture #CulturalHeritage #Tourism #News #Politics #Funny #Humour #Humor

New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern unable to understand the US

Yet, don't worry, Ms. Ardern, you're not alone, because no-one understands the US, they are not to be understood but only to be feared and to be admired about their freedom, even their freedom to destruct itself, just because it wants to. The US are like a mystery that no-one is capable of explaining because it's above humans' understanding.
"After you witness 51 of your New Zealand Muslim community be attacked in that way the only answer was to to do everything we could to prevent it ever happening again."
Almost humane, to act once a tragedy like this has happened.
"I've spoken to Mark Zuckerberg directly, twice now, and actually we've had good ongoing engagement with Facebook. Last time I spoke to him a matter of days ago he did give Facebook support to this call to action."

Ms Ardern earlier attended the the Voices for Action summit, which she said discussed the role algorithms play online harm, and the need for technology companies to be more transparent about that.

#JacindaArdern #Ardern #NewZealand #NZ #Christchurch #MosqueShooting #2ndAmendment #SecondAmendment #GunViolence #GunControl #NRA #Freedom #Shootout #US #USA #SocialNetwork #Zuckerberg #MarkZuckerberg #Politics #News

The worst decision the Supreme Court ever felled

When I joined the Supreme Court in 1975, both state and federal judges accepted the Court’s unanimous decision in United States v. Miller as having established that the Second Amendment’s protection of the right to bear arms was possessed only by members of the militia and applied only to weapons used by the militia.
The problem is that no-one ever defined when the establishment of a certain militia with a certain objective before it is actually justified. I mean, if I only wanted to possess a firearm and the Constitution told me that this was only allowed to militias, I could assemble with like-minded individuals, declared ourselves a militia to maintain security in my neighbourhood, and purchased ourselves some firearms of our interest. There we go, we have armed citizens who follow their own purpose and roamed the streets, looking out for targets to gun down.
“[T]he Second Amendment guarantees no right to keep and bear a firearm that does not have ‘some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia.’”
If I understood him correctly unto this point, the Second Amendment actually only justifies the possession of a firearm when organised in a well-regulated militia, but not for private interests such as hunting, any means of sport or collecting, to name a few examples. That's interesting to know, compared to today's situation in the US, in which shootouts happen almost on a daily base.
In those discussions—particularly those with Kennedy—I now realize that I failed to emphasize sufficiently the human aspects of the issue as providing unanswerable support for the stare decisis argument for affirmance. After all, Kennedy had been one of the three decisive votes that had saved Roe v. Wade from being overruled in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
We all make mistakes, but I guess that in your case, Sir, you have learnt from your mistake. The NRA-stooges don't even think twice about any counter-arguments on their case, they simply jump forward and ignore anyone who disagrees with them.
#US #USA #News #Politics #Justice #SupremeCourt #SC #2ndAmendment #TheRightToBearArms #GunViolence #GunControl #Scalia #Kennedy #AntoninScalia #AnthonyKennedy #WellRegulatedMilitia

Rampant healthcare costs scares patients away from ER

Which is morbidly funny since in Germany, we have an exactly opposite problem in regards to ERs: People are often entering the ER, therefore occupying doctors, although they don't need to go there. On the one hand, it's the problem that in the rural areas, we lack the doctors who could take care of smaller operations and examinations, and on the other hand, people lose all understanding of their injuries, so they don't know when it's time to avoid the ER and simply see a doctor next door. But these are luxury problems, compared to what people in the US experience, thanks to a completely corrupted healthcare system.
But Clark knew that the emergency room can be expensive. A few months earlier, she’d gone to the emergency after falling down her friend’s stairs. She ended up with a $1,200 bill that she still hadn’t paid.
Holy God...
Emergency room physicians and hospital administrators I’ve interviewed have sometimes made the case that they need to keep their prices private so patients don’t make decisions based on cost. They worry, for example, about the patient who needs a lifesaving treatment but says no when they get the price tag.
If you wanted to #MAGA, you should really start with renewing the healthcare system in such a way that such some situations never happen again, are never experienced by any taxpaying US-American. This is horrible, these are situations you would normally expect to happen in third-world countries. Let's face it: The US are a newly industrialising country. Neither poor, nor rich or average.
She’d actually thought she had coverage then, but it turned out she had missed a month’s payment on her COBRA plan. “My mother had passed away unexpectedly, and I was caught up with the funeral planning,” she says.
Predatorial measurements - once you stumble over an obstacle, we will trample you to death. This is how the US healthcare system seems to work.
#US #USA #News #Politics #healthcare #Corporatism #CorporatismKills #Capitalism #CapitalismKills #ER #Health #RightWinged #GOP #RightWing

Talkin' 'bout Socialism: EPA intends to remove ban on Asbestos

Asbestos is a group of fibrous, heat-resistant minerals used in manufactured goods, particularly building materials. According to the World Health Organization, "All types of asbestos cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, cancer of the larynx and ovary, and asbestosis (fibrosis of the lungs)."
In regards to my headline: Asbestos, which was produced in the then-Soviet town of Asbest, was mainly used as a means of buildings, in the GDR too. We still have an entire sector of removal of Asbestos in older buildings. It's a risky job that includes lengthy pauses because you cannot work too long in removing this poisonous material, because it could assail your lungs. Now imagine that we would again use this toxic trash in our buildings because the lobby-stricken EPA lowered regulations on it.
"The sheer number of lives cut short and families destroyed from asbestos exposure demand nothing less than an outright ban," Benesh said in a statement. "I can't think of an easier vote for members of Congress to cast than for a bill that bans a substance responsible for the deaths of so many."
Oh God, can you already see the cramped faces of Republicans that are caught between the protection of the US-Americans' health and the money that vanished once they voted in favour of a ban on Asbestos that would clearly hit their supporters? This is going to be fun, once the vote is going to enter Congress. As for Democrats, this will of course be an easy choice to be made.
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Alabama passes strictest abortion ban in the entire US

From Mike Cason: The bill passed exactly as it was introduced by Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur, about six weeks ago. It includes only one exception -- to allow abortions in cases of a serious health risk to the woman. The goal is to trigger a legal challenge to Roe v. Wade.
As it was expected by everyone: We don't care for women's freedom but only for the rights of unborn life that can hardly be viewed as life in general; the only exception is when both beings' lives are endangered (I guess that once the bearing mother is dead, the unborn life's survival would be in vital danger as well, so they necessarily had to care for the woman too).
Abbey Crain on Monday looked at just who would be voting today: "Alabama has the sixth lowest percentage of female legislative representation in the country. Women make up just over 15 percent of Alabama’s legislature, but only 11 percent of the state Senate, leaving issues that primarily affect women up to the men. There are four women in the Alabama state senate"
Totally a women's choice, wasn't it? No? Well, must be due to the few women who represent those above whom this decision was felled.
#Feminism #AbortionRight #WomensRights #ProLife #AntiAbortion #PlannedParenthood #Unplanned #News #Politics #Alabama #GOP #Republican #US #USA

Senate to vote upon disaster aid bill next week

"I hope it's a vote on a deal that has been reached by both sides of the aisle and the White House. If not, we will be having a vote because I'm not going to be sending members of either party home to these storm- and flood-ravaged states without at least some action," he said.

"There are still some outstanding issues, but on Puerto Rico they are moving strongly in our direction," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters on Tuesday.

But as of Monday evening, at least two hurdles remained in the talks: an effort to include the White House's $4.5 billion request for emergency border money and a fight over including harbor maintenance funds, which would benefit states such as Shelby's.

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Mitt Romney (R - TX) rejects Trump's court pick Michael Truncale

"He made particularly disparaging comments about President Obama. And as the Republican nominee for president, I just couldn't subscribe to that in a federal judge," Romney said in a brief interview. "This was not a matter of qualifications or politics. This was something specifically to that issue as a former nominee of our party."
If you ever wondered what true patriotism looks like, then have a look at Mitt Romney. Patriotism also includes bipartisanship, to avoid the nomination of those who sew the seeds of hatred among us, as best as one can. This is what he does. Patriotism doesn't mean that you will side with your party whenever you have to because you affiliate with your party. It also means that you make rightful decisions upon your own mind, and not on the basis of herd intelligence. Think about it.
Unfortunately, the GOP, nowadays, is filled with brainless puppets that pretend to represent anyone but themselves and their pocket money.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D - NYC) exposes penetrating lobbyism in the US

“This event wasn’t about fixing the health care system,” Wendell Potter, president of Business Initiative for Health Policy, told the Intercept. “It was about protecting the health care industry, no matter the cost to patients, families, workers or employers.”

Ocasio-Cortez said this was just business as usual for much of Washington as lobbyists “schmooze policymakers in secret” into accepting their industry-friendly talking points to stay on message:

The article, posted by AOL, copied from HuffPost: AOC exposing lobbyism

The Intercept article AOC referred to: No Medicare For All, thanks to pharma industry

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A chronology of hate on behalf of Trump

_I went to a place called Operation Open City. What they had done was send “testers”—meaning one white couple and one couple of color—to Drumpf Village, a very large, lower-middle-class housing project in Brooklyn. And of course the white people were treated great, and for the people of color there were no apartments. We subpoenaed all their documents. That’s how we found that a person’s application, if you were a person of color, had a big C on it.
How subtle...
We met with the architect to go over the elevator-cab interiors at Drumpf Tower, and there were little dots next to the numbers. Drumpf asked what the dots were, and the architect said, “It’s braille.” Drumpf was upset by that. He said, “Get rid of it.” The architect said, “I’m sorry; it’s the law.” This was before the Americans With Disabilities Act, but New York City had a law. Drumpf’s exact words were: “No blind people are going to live in this building.”
Reminds me of the time when he made fun of a man with disabilities at his rally. This is not only discrimination but also ashaming for an entire nation, to see this arsehole representing the most powerful nation around the globe.
He was very much the kind of person who would take people of a religion, like Jews; or a race, like blacks; or a nationality, like Italians, and ascribe to them certain qualities. Blacks were lazy, and Jews were good with money, and Italians were good with their hands—and Germans were clean.
Yes, man!, I am clean as a kingpin, you slick bastard.
I think about when they took our DNA and they tried to match it against what they had. And there was no match, and they still moved forward. The spiked wheels of justice continued to roll down the hill and mow us down. And all of this on the heels of what Donald Drumpf had published. Donald Drumpf’s ad was vicious. It was very disrespectful of what the law is supposed to be about.
It reflects his stance on interior policies, doesn't it?
He trusts his gut on issues surrounding race, because he’s got a simplistic, deterministic, and racist perspective on who people are. I think at his core he has a genetic understanding of what makes people good and bad or successful. And you see it all the time—he talks about people having good genes. He looks at the world that way. He’s got a very Aryan view of people and race._
Yep, completely his policies, interior and foreign.
Drumpf mentioned Native Americans who had recently opened casinos and said to George Miller, “They don’t look like Indians to me.” He said that. It was so outrageous.
Stephen Miller surely is proud of him.
And that is a statement that reflects the thinking of a Donald Drumpf. Donald can be racist in ways that he’s not even aware are racist, because he is so out of touch with people who are not like him.
Sounds legit to me, since he only surrounds himself with people of his kin and yes-sayers who won't dare to challenge him on anything, don't even dare to criticise him because they know they would be fired immediately.
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11-year old rape victim unable to receive abortion due to heartbeat bill

In an email to CBS News, the Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost defended the statute when asked if the law would apply in this circumstance. "Sometimes, the evolution of the law requires bold steps," Yost wrote. "In the last 46 years, the practice of medicine has changed. Science has changed. Even the point of viability has changed. Only the law has lagged behind."
It lacks behind right now. Ohio has gone back in time, especially in terms of women's suffrage. The relation to The Handmaid's Tale appears sadly apparent.
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Appalachian trail murderer creating nightmarish horror

The Wythe County Tactical Team has to be ready for anything -- shootouts, standoffs and the call that came in early Saturday morning -- a man with a machete threatening hikers on the Appalachian Trail and possible injuries.

When the team reached the trail, they found campers and saw a dog belonging to Jordan. Just yards away, they found Jordan when he yelled out to authorities not to shoot his pet. The team found the machete and the victim's body nearby.

"Especially with the stress involved in it, it can be overwhelming at times but we try to stay prepared for that," Dunagan said.

#News #Murder #Virginia #Appalachia #US #USA

Did the IDF (dleiberately) destroy Palestinian cultural institutions?

These photographs show the Said al-Mishal Centre (not the “National Cultural Center”) in Gaza that was destroyed during an air strike on 9 August 2018 at the end of a “round of escalation” between the militant group Hamas and the IDF. Here’s how the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center summed up the events that eventually led to the Centre’s destruction:

From the Information Centre's article:
On August 8 and 9, 2018, there was a fifth round of escalation between Hamas and the IDF. Hamas and the other terrorist organizations fired about 180 rockets and mortar shells at Israeli territory. The IDF responded with extensive attacks on Hamas’ infrastructure and assets. During and between the rounds of escalation (end of May to August 9, 2018), more than 610 rockets and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory. At the same time, contacts have been held to reach an agreement between the sides, mediated by Egypt and the UN envoy to the Middle East, so far without result.

The claim that Israel destroyed the “Azhar Library” is even further removed from reality. This meme is likely referencing the library at Al-Azhar University — Gaza (AUG), but that library appears to still be standing. We were unable to find any reports of this library’s being destroyed, and the university’s official website makes no mention of the facility’s having been hit by a missile:

(Not going to quote that too, you can read it in the article that was linked below) To me, it seems like we again talk about misleading and outright lying claims that pretend to support the Palestinian affair, while they only cause the opposite of it. They all behave like Roger Waters when rushing against the ESC in Tel Aviv: They behave counterproductively, and therefore have to stop immediately, on sight. Otherwise, they will turn everyone into a hater of the Palestinian people. We have to de-emotionalise the entire debate on both sides of the aisle, so that we can move on to establish a ground on which both parties are able to cooperate and draw lines for a two-state-solution. This is the only way this war will ever end. Yet, presumably, the Hamas has to be dissolved, it cannot function as a representative party for the Palestinian people, it's solely a terrorist organisation that reaps on the women, children and men of Palestine, using them as shields and güerreros who have no chance to stay alive but are told they will fight for their country and die as martyrs. What the Hamas does is to create reasons to rush against the IDF while they leave them no chance to not murder them. You won't be able to create a long-lasting solution when you try to destroy a country that has developed a system to defend itself against the odds. Israel won't vanish, but so won't Palestine. Hence, both sides have to calm down, lock themselves inside a room and only leave when they have found a bipartisan ground to end their conflict. The Hamas doesn't intend to find such a ground, so we have to get rid of it. The PA has to be the overall representation, period. And Netanyahu has to step off his high horse, end the settlement annexation process, and has to start favouring the two-state-solution again.
Just my two cents.
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Ship seizure violated deal of US-DPRK summit, Kim Jong-Un's foreign affairs dept. claims

“This act is an extension of the U.S.-style calculation of trying to hold us in submission with its ‘maximum pressure’ and is a total denial of the fundamental spirit of the June 12 DPRK-U.S. joint statement,” an unnamed ministry spokesman said.

U.S. Justice Department officials said the North Korean vessel, known as the “Wise Honest,” was being impounded to American Samoa. The announcement came hours after the North fired two short-range missiles on Thursday.

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Attorney General tells CT chief federal proescutor John Durham to examine Mueller investigation

Barr announced that he had launched the review last month during an appearance before a Senate subcommittee. He expressed concern about the FBI's use of surveillance involving associates of then-candidate Donald Drumpf as authorities sought to understand Russia's interference efforts, though Barr also said he did not know whether officials had done anything wrong.
So, he thinks that spying was a bad thing and therefore tells a federal proescutor to review the Mueller investigation, yet he doesn't know whether the FBI might have done something wrong when they did what Mueller also referred to during his work as a special counsel? What? Does he only do that because he doesn't like the House Democrats and whats to deter their work in the Judiciary Committee, or is it all about satisfying Donnie's deranged needs? What is the matter of this review anyway, then? I don't get this man, he seems completely biased about the whole investigation. Please, remove him.
"I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred," Barr told the Senate Appropriations subcommittee. "I am concerned about it. There is a basis for my concern."
Your basis is your bias, man. But well, let's do it, we didn't know whether Donnie had some help from Russia either, when the investigation started. We knew that he obstructed justice, though. And we also knew that once Mr. Barr took over the DOJ, he should've recused himself.
#Trump #US #USA #Politics #News #DonaldTrump #Mueller #RobertMueller #MuellerTime #ProtectMueller #WilliamBarrMustRecuse #Russia #SpecialInvestigation #Putin #VladimirPutin #Giuliani #RudyGiuliani #Cohen #MichaelCohen #RussianCollusion #ObstructionOfJustice
#Afghanistan: Does anyone think that Trump cares about the persons who have helped and depended on the #US? Translators, This TV star and such, don't have much of a future under the Taliban. - YouTube

Rashida Tlaib (D - MI) makes equivocal statement about Palestine's role in Holocaust

"There’s always kind of a calming feeling when I think of the tragedy of the Holocaust, that it was my ancestors – Palestinians – who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity and their existence, in many ways, has been wiped out… in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-Holocaust, post-tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that in many ways,” Tlaib said.

When asked about the two-state solution, Tlaib criticized Netanyahu and said she does not believe a two-state solution is currently possible because Netanyahu's doctrine prevents it. She added that the only way for a two-state solution to be possible today would be if Netanyahu "gets up tomorrow morning and decides: ‘I’m going to take down the walls, I’m not going to expand settlements, enough is enough.'"

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NRA threatened by probable investigation into financial wrongdoing

On Saturday, the Daily Beast reported that an anonymously leaked document appeared to show allegations by former NRA president Oliver North that the group was facing an “existential threat” in the form of legal bills. In the leaked confidential April memo dating to the week before he was dramatically ousted as president, North wrote that the NRA was being billed nearly $100,000 a day. North then pleaded for an audit of their payments to outside attorney Bill Brewer.

New York Attorney General Letitia James has opened an investigation into the NRA’s finances and tax-exempt status. The NRA is chartered in New York, and James has the authority to punish the organization if she finds wrongdoing by forcing it to repay money or even dissolve the organization itself, though the latter is highly unlikely. The IRS is also investigating the NRA and may remove its tax exempt status as a nonprofit—a move that would dramatically undercut its ability to solicit money from wealthy donors.

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On the trade war between the US and China

“I expect that China will retaliate and they will do it in as commensurate a way as they can, and that will include not just imports,” said Susan Shirk, former deputy assistant secretary of state during the Clinton administration. “I think our farmers and our farm exports to China will be targeted because that’s what President Drumpf cares about politically,”

He said China’s shrinking current account balance, and the tariffs re-escalation “will create an opening for the (People’s Bank of China) to accept further market-driven depreciation ” of the yuan in the second half of this year.

#US #USA #News #Politics #China #PRChina #Jinping #Xi #XiJinping #Tariff #Tariffs #TariffWar #Economics #Economy #TradeWar #Nationalism #Patriotism #NoNationalism #NoPatriotism #Currency

Refusal to reveal sources leads to armed police invading his home

Two weeks before, police investigators showed up at his home to ask him, politely he says, to identify the source who provided him with a confidential police report about the February death of the city’s public defender, Jeff Adachi.
And this is exactly why some sources prefer to stay anonymous, therefore safely able to tell the reporter eveything they know: They fear that the police could go after them, and even captivate them for their own investigations. Reporters don't necessarily work together with the police, and since they don't like to cooperate with the cops, they don't identify. Reporters, on the other hand, seem to bear the risk of being persecuted if they protect their source's anonymity. Brave new world has reached the civilised world.
He works every night from about 10pm to 6am, where he chases news, like car crashes, crime scenes, disasters, weather stories, the release of a new video game – “anything that happens overnight”, he says – and then sells his services and materials he gathers to local stations for their morning broadcasts.

Mr Carmody said he had never been pressured by law enforcement to give up a source before in 29 years of reporting, mentioning, as an example the leaked photographs from San Francisco’s public transportation agency he recently acquired that exposed a safety issue with some trains.

#US #USA #SF #SanFran #SanFrancisco #California #PressFreedom #FreedomOfThePress #Journalism #Police #ACAB #Politics #News #OnBehalfOfAnonymity

On the states that intend to ban abortions

The Louisiana legislature is halfway toward passing a law — like the ones enacted in Mississippi and Georgia — that will ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into a pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant. Alabama is on the cusp of approving an even more restrictive bill.
Hooray, we're about to force women into bearing a child without even them knowing they are pregnant in the first place. This gives men quite some opportunities in regards to ransom.
State governments are on a course to virtually eliminate abortion access in large chunks of the Deep South and Midwest. Ohio and Kentucky also have passed heartbeat laws; Missouri's Republican-controlled legislature is considering one.
Funnily, it's especially the Deep South that enforces and passes such some bill. Talking about a divide along the Mason-Dixon-Line.
Lawmakers sponsoring the bans have made it clear their goal is to spark court challenges in hopes of ultimately overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
And if they should make it to the Supreme Court, they will be lucky since the Conservatives currently overwhelm the majority inside there. The last remaining liberals will leave soon, making it easy to overturn them as well, finally implementing a solely Conservative SC, for many, many decades.
An abortion clinic operated by The Women's Centers in Atlanta began receiving anxious calls from patients soon after Kemp signed the law. Many callers had plans to travel from outside the state for abortions. Georgia's heartbeat ban would have a wider impact because the state has 17 abortion clinics — more than the combined total in the other four Southern states that have passed or are considering bans.
This is the tragedy of what many egoist pro-lifers call the right to live: It only serves a certain class, and lives that don't even live in any regular definition. You destroy a life for an "unconscious "life". Splendid, isn't it?
"These laws are blatantly unconstitutional," said Elisabeth Smith, chief counsel for state policy and advocacy for the Center for Reproductive Rights, which also has filed suit over Mississippi's ban. "But if they were allowed to go into force, they would have devastating consequences for the residents of all of these states."
You see? GOP politicians only refer to the Constitution as long as it serves their cause. Otherwise, they couldn't care less and will overgo it as often as necessary.
But Jenna King-Shepherd told Alabama lawmakers she believed the abortion she had at age 17 allowed her to finish college. She said her father, a part-time Baptist preacher furious about her pregnancy, drove her to the abortion clinic because he trusted her to make the right choice.

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The link:

#JoeBiden: “I believe the fence is needed… [because]people are driving across that border with TONS, TONS, hear me, TONS of everything from byproducts for methamphetamine to cocaine to heroin & it's all coming up through corrupt Mexico.”

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Links between Russia, NRA, Treasury Dept. thicken

In an interview with NPR on Thursday, Butina called her meetings with government officials, politicians and the National Rifle Association "civil diplomacy, this unofficial channel of diplomacy" and said it was meant to build relationships between the U.S. and Russian governments — and ultimately to promote peace.

Treasury aide Erik Woodhouse consulted with a number of officials inside its Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence and the White House's National Security Council, but no red flags were raised about the meeting, which ultimately took place on April 7, 2015.

Of her meeting with Fischer, she said: "Torshin put it straight: that he is here as an NRA member and he's just interested in meeting similar-minded people. ... I don't remember, even, the details of this conversation, because it wasn't significant at all."

#US #USA #Russia #NRA #TreasuryDepartment #RussianMeddling #GunRights #GunViolence #News #Politics #GunControl #Butina #MariaButina #Torshin #AlexanderTorshin #ForeignPolicy #ForeignAffairs #Kremlin #Putin #VladimirPutin
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