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Posted in: Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in 'equity' push See in context

That looks like grandstanding ala Abe, something that would best be done at the local level.

He may lack the entertainment value of you-know-who, but he has proved to be an able leader.

Fully agree.

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Posted in: U.S. tries to expedite release of migrant children See in context

Stephen Miller must be suffering the tortures of the damned hearing this news.

Doubtful. He's long shown he has even the tiniest of feelings. But his name, his nastiness, the nasty man he served and their nasty political party need to be kept fresh in the caring public's memories. If not the right wing revisionists will continue to whitewash history - e.g. blame it on the 'others' and claim it was a peaceful demonstration by mothers, the elderly and the overweight (see Rep. Sen Johnson) - they're trying to do with the Jan. 6 attack on the capitol.

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Posted in: Former aide says Cuomo kissed her, suggested strip poker See in context

You do love your double standards

Hallmark of a flamer. Just here to rabble rabble. But for whom?

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Posted in: Harris urges Black Americans: 'Let's not let COVID get us' See in context

Blacks and Hispanics have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19 with a disproportionate number of deaths

The above is one of many reasons Trump and his Republicans didn't put much effort into dealing with the pandemic. The mostly white Republican banker/country club caste was least affected by the virus plus had the money to afford superior healthcare.

in part because of the nation’s history of unethical practices in medical research on African Americans.

The legacy of racism. America's racist past continues to haunt the country, and white nationalists make problems even worse.

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

but wow do I cringe at some of the lines and other content sometimes.

Agreed. An example the cigar store 'statue'?

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Posted in: Capitol defenders blame bad intelligence for deadly breach See in context

I was keeping the focus on the rioters- the actual cause of the rioting.

What do Trump supporters want to keep hidden? But I know even if facts come out of a bi-partisan panel showing a direct line of responsibility back to Trump, his family and his bureaucrats Trump's klans would still deny it.

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Posted in: Capitol defenders blame bad intelligence for deadly breach See in context

If the findings show Trump and his bureaucrats are still in fact hiding truths to protect Trump, and Trump and his bureaucrats did actually have roles in allowing the Trump mobs to get as far as they did, it’s still doubtful Trump’s faithful will believe those facts. 

Trump and his Republicans continue to pit their minority of anti-democracy, pro-authoritarian backers against the majority of Americans who want to see the republic remain intact, not splinter so a leader can more easily push it to become another Russia or China.

The Republican Party is aware it cannot win the White House without allowing Qanon, Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and the dozens of other far right, white nationalist groups (i.e. the people who did attack the capitol for Trump) into its ‘tent’.

Expect to see Trump Republicans dismiss facts showing Trump’s involvement in the capitol attack. Expect Trump Republicans to deflect responsibility away.

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Posted in: Beat poet, publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti dies at 101 See in context

RIP. To me his 'Unfair Arguments with Existence' is a classic for its title alone.

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Posted in: Capitol defenders blame bad intelligence for deadly breach See in context

What was known before the Trump mob attacked the capitol in their attempt to steal the election for their Trump must be made public.

Trump and his Republicans undermined the bits of trust many Americans had in intelligence agencies. Trump supporters came to trust reports from the Kremlin and Qanon instead of intelligence agencies. Trump was the most UNpopular president in US history for many reasons. Yet the Republicans still back him.

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Posted in: Toyota begins building smart city near Mt Fuji See in context

Good on Toyota.

I completely support any efforts to reduce the amount of fossil fuels burned. But I'd still like to see some sort of generally agreed to method of life cycle costing which might provide a better estimate showing how effective new ways of producing and using energy could be.

Keep on developing alternatives to burning so much oil and gas, and make conservation a much higher priority than it is now.

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Posted in: COVID-19 death toll in U.S. tops 500,000 See in context

That is where the blame should lie in my view.

I'm surprised when I read people claiming to be career military ignoring the mistakes that occurred while the 'commanding officer' was in charge, especially while during the time that commanding officer was in charge 400,000 of his 'people' died, millions were sickened, and the stable economy he inherited from his predecessor was ravaged. Were he a general, he'd go down in history as among the worst ever to lead, As a 'war president', I think history will show he was the worst. Ever.

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

Seinfeld rules.

The serenity now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW_s6EqOxqY

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Posted in: Rockets target U.S. embassy in Iraqi capital See in context

US military out of Iraq and MENA. Use American resources to address the huge number of problems the country is facing. Find ways to use the talents of scientists, engineers and technicians working for big defense industries to solve the country's problems. Leave sovereign states alone. And stop burning so much oil and gas, instead find ways to reduce the demand for oil and gas. Control over oil, gas and their shipment have caused far too many wars from which the globe's 1% have been the prime beneficiaries and those at the lower ends of the economic spectrum victims.

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Posted in: What are some past TV shows that could no longer be aired because they would be considered politically incorrect? See in context

In the US Seinfeld and most other comedy shows from the 1950's up through the last couple years. Maybe a large number of other shows regardless genre during that same time period.

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Posted in: Supreme Court won't halt turnover of Trump's tax records See in context

Still the center of the US political universe.

Center? Trump remains a creature of the fringe. Florida-man after all.

squandering millions of taxpayers’ money on frivolous law suits

Squander is in the eye of the partisan. If cities and states can get back some of the money Trump is found to owe them, their citizens will benefit.

Speaking of squandering...

Trump’s election fraud falsehoods have cost taxpayers $519m — and counting

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-election-fraud-lawsuit-tax-b1798784.html

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Posted in: Man shot dead at used car dealership in Fukushima Prefecture See in context

I'm sorry to hear about this regardless who was shot and who did the shooting. One of the many reasons I've long enjoyed living in Japan is the extremely low number of shootings. I'm well aware there are numerous devices that can be used in a huge number of ways to attack, even kill people, but not one of them is as effective as a gun of some sort firing bullets. I salute Japan once again for its sensible gun laws. To me Japan is one of the safest places in the world, in large part because of its gun laws.

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Posted in: Power failure: How a winter storm pushed Texas into crisis See in context

 but he’s a State Senator

In the US Cruz is called a US Senator representing the state of Texas. A Texas state senator serves in Texas state government. I know, US politics are confusing for even many Americans.

 the governor or mayor who’s responsibility is to oversee and make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.

Bingo! The Texan Republican governor, Republican House and Republican senate plus those Republicans they've appointed to run Texas must be held accountable. No wonder the R's are so desperately pointing fingers at others, doing their time-honored other-guy defense. Including claiming a woman from New York who did more to help Texans than the Republicans spending time on Fox and in Cancun even thought of doing.

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Posted in: Power failure: How a winter storm pushed Texas into crisis See in context

Everome who lives in Texas must be living AOC because she sprung into action to help Texans when their own law makers abandoned them.

R's trolled, political theater at its best. Her concern for those NOT from the privileged castes was made clear for all to see. Grandstanding no doubt, but knock wood her brilliant show and snub will make some at the lower end of the economic spectrum see politicians and their spokespeople like Cruz, Trump and family, Tucker Carlson etal, that those three and their ilk care nada for anyone not from their upper caste. Maybe more will see AOC is actually a champion of working people who were not born to privilege.

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Posted in: Power failure: How a winter storm pushed Texas into crisis See in context

The state’s Republican leadership was blamed for ignoring warnings

But the problems Texans continue to deal with stem from decisions made by Republican's controlled by the oil and gas corporations and energy agencies. Texas Republicans decided to set up a power grid separate from surrounding states, so when the power went out in Texas they had no back up. Texas was the only state to do so.

Texans wanted to do it the Texas way. And Texans pay the price for it today. Now Texans need federal tax money to bail them out. Now taxpayers in 49 other states need to subsidize them.

And now its Republican governor is damning DC with faint praise, claiming he wants more federal money. While deflecting problems, pointing to a New York US representative who flew to his state (not Cancun) to set up help for Texas citizens.

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Posted in: Libyan interior minister survives attack on motorcade See in context

Then NATO bombed out all the infrastructure, including police stations and prisons and now the country is a total mess.

All? That's questionable. But there's no doubt NATO raids devastated the country. That's an undeniable fact.

But that's history. What's going on in Libya now? Which of the big global corporations backed by their country's mercenary forces continue to make life miserable for the Libyan people.

The devastation of state's like Libya is one more reason the world needs to start burning much less oil and gas.

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Posted in: Beyond 100 mil: Biden team aiming for bigger vaccine numbers See in context

 Joe Biden is on a glide path to attain that goal and pitching well beyond it 

Good job of getting this far, this fast after Biden was left with no plan by the Trump admin.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000 See in context

Donald Trump, whose handling of the crisis was judged by public health experts to be a singular failure.

Indeed, Trump's biggest failure was the way he bungled handling the pandemic. But blame also needs to be apportioned.

Trump's government agencies also failed; time will tell whether that was a result of Trump's interference in their operations, or the people he appointed to run them.

State governments also failed. Local governments also failed.

And the 'no one can tell me I can't infect other people' plus the 'it's a hoax' crowd compounded problems. With help from 'foreign' nations paying keyboard warriors to target America's most alienated and perhaps most poorly educated in those nation's ongoing attempts to further rile them up while pushing anti-democracy, pro-authoritarian messages.

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Posted in: Suspected hypothermia deaths in homes mount in Texas See in context

Texans were stupid to put all of their faith in ugly and dirty windmills

If indeed Texans put all of their faith in windmills, they were in fact stupid. Everything I've read about energy suggests places need to diversify. But I know diversity is a pejorative in the alt right glossary.

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Posted in: Europe applauds Biden's approach, stresses cooperation See in context

when journalists will actually return to reporting the news and asking questions...

Curious when you think that might have happened and what percent of journalists that might include. Examples?

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Posted in: White House working with Facebook and Twitter to tackle anti-vaxxers See in context

Besides, when I’m in Japan I’m in the countryside so.....

Were you in Texas where the oil/gas industry and its Republican Party failed y'all? Or back in Germany.

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Posted in: Suspected hypothermia deaths in homes mount in Texas See in context

 could overtake natural gas, coal or oil

Of course the problem has to be looked at as a dynamic made up of many elements, including the excessive power the oil and gas industry has over the Republican politicians they control.

Speaking of natural gas, here's what a Dallas newspaper is reporting

Texas largely relies on natural gas for power. It wasn’t ready for the extreme cold.Experts say natural gas infrastructure, from pumping it out of the ground to the plants in city centers, was unprepared for the plunging temperatures brought by the winter storm.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2021/02/17/texas-largely-relies-on-natural-gas-for-power-it-wasnt-ready-for-the-extreme-cold/

According to the Media Bias / Fact Check website, the Dallas Morning News is a center-right biased paper with a high degree of being factual (bias and factuality are independent variables, obviously).

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Posted in: Suspected hypothermia deaths in homes mount in Texas See in context

green energy alone wouldn’t fail

I've followed 'green energy' for decades and never read nor heard that from anyone in any energy movement.

If the Republicans actually believed that 'green energy alone wouldn't fail', then they must not have done any research. Pretty hard to see them as victims if they accepted someone's words without fact checking. Oops, I forgot - Republicans.

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Posted in: Europe applauds Biden's approach, stresses cooperation See in context

Russia is one of the largest exporters of grains in the world and the supermarkets are brimming with more food than ever in history.

I'm aware. I laud Russia's agrarian efforts. It's great the supermarkets are stocked better than the days of Stalinism.

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Posted in: Europe applauds Biden's approach, stresses cooperation See in context

Nord Stream 2 is a game changer, no way Merkel is walking away.

If a gas line is that critical it affects government choices and further increases risks of even more conflicts over fossil fuels, it shows it's long passed time to reduce reliance on burning so much fuel and instead increase conservation measures and alternative forms of energy. Russia can become the 'agrarian' state its proponents claim, increase its role in feeding its citizens and others. Saudi, the UAE, Iran and other oil states can sell solar power.

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Posted in: White House working with Facebook and Twitter to tackle anti-vaxxers See in context

People should have a choice whether they want to get the vaccine or not 

And they do have a choice.

should never be pressured by the media

Pressured by the media? Media-phobia is strong among the alt right. Except when it's their alt right media, then they believe what's reported.

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