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Posted in: U.S. backs France in standoff with Turkey over warships See in context

France said it was acting on intelligence from NATO that the civilian ship could be involved in trafficking arms to Libya.

France is still looking out for TOTAL and others in the French oil, gas and petrochemical industries' interests. The French played a key role in having Ghadaffi ousted and offed.

Libyan people continue to suffer as the globe's oil powers continue their fights for control of oil, gas and their shipment.

Long passed time to stop burning so much oil, gas (and coal), long passed time to move away from the fossil economy. Stop wars for oil.

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Posted in: As Canada nears zero COVID-19 deaths, officials fear reopening spike, U.S. risk See in context

In the U.S., the response has been politicized with Republican President U.S. Donald Trump attacking opponents at the state and city level.

Trump continues his attacks and continues to flip-flop and bungle while the country's health and economic problems worsen. Canada is wise for not following Trump's American way.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus data is funneled away from CDC, sparking worries See in context

Hospital data related to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. will now be collected by a private technology firm

Trump etal are turning data collection over to a private surveillance capitalism firm that has been handed a contract they didn't even have to bid on. Curious how those claiming they believe in something I've heard them call 'free market capitalism' view this. Crony capitalism? Corporatocracy? National socialism?

The new system was set up by TeleTracking, a private company based in Pennsylvania, which was awarded the $10 million contract in a non-competitive bid in April.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/07/15/891351706/white-house-strips-cdc-of-data-collection-role-for-covid-19-hospitalizations

US$10,000,000 is a puny amount. It's hard to believe they'll do much more than shine some data to make Trump look less inept - to his followers.

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Posted in: In the open: White House advisers bicker over virus response See in context

Infighting over the White House's handling of the coronovirus pandemic

Who's in charge? What happened to "I alone can fix it. I have the authority."

Or is Trump back to "I don’t take responsibility for that." He, his media, his WH PR employees and his Republican Rapid Response Team are throwing Dr. Fauci under the bus. They're also blaming Obama plus the usual 'others' including dems/libs, something they call 'the media', China (deservedly) and of course something they call the deep state.

Trump etal are deflecting, pointing blame away from themselves and the problems they are responsible for dealing with while the pandemic continues to further damage the country in every way imaginable.

But Trump's fellow 'elite' couldn't care a whit ; they've got the best healthcare possible and the financial means to continue living their posh lifestyles.

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Posted in: Virus cases rise in Arizona, Texas and Florida; Oklahoma governor has coronavirus See in context

 Trump’s rally in Tulsa last month, which health experts have said likely contributed to a surge in coronavirus cases there, 

The virus continues to spread in the US and elsewhere. There are many plausible explanations why people have contracted the virus. One obvious one is ignoring advice from health experts; an example not wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Another reason is people listen to 'leaders' and actually believe those saying it's un-American to do so. Rot starts at the top and from there is trickled down on all levels, especially on true believers and the 'poorly educated'.

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Posted in: Ghislaine Maxwell denies sex crimes in Epstein case See in context

She has way deeper connections with Clinton than she does with Trump. Keep digging, you'll find them.

Thanks for honest-ing up and admitting Trump's Epstein connections.

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Posted in: Biden unveils ambitious climate plan in new contrast with Trump See in context

Given Russia's biggest source of revenue is selling gas, oil and coal, expect even greater Russian 'meddling' in US elections. And also expect US and global oil corporations to pour even more money into Republican coffers.

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Posted in: Trump issues tough response to China's treatment of Hong Kong See in context

But isn’t China supposedly helping Trump win the election? Why would he do this then?

Xi knows Trump only cares about his and his family's business dealings. Trump's making the CCP members even richer through their deals.

Xi knows Trump's weakening the US, allowing China to become even stronger. All the globe's other authoritarians also want Trump because he's made the US a puny, isolated laughingstock.

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Posted in: Trump calls California school closures a 'terrible decision' as deaths rise in 3 southern states See in context

The first paragraph of this article makes your whining mute.

He's 'just doing his job'.

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Posted in: Trump calls California school closures a 'terrible decision' as deaths rise in 3 southern states See in context

@blacklabel What was happening 6 weeks ago? not Memorial Day. Not 4th of July.

Another keep it simple and reduce the frame of discussion to otherside-bad- ignore-my-'side's'-problems and complexity coming from the Republican Rapid Response Team.

Lots of things happened. People clubbing, going to church, gun clubs, restaurants, attending political rallies and demonstrations, among going to dozens of other places, many refusing to wear masks and practice social distancing. Many of those not following safety suggestions following a leader who called doing so 'un-American'.

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Posted in: Ghislaine Maxwell denies sex crimes in Epstein case See in context

she has passports from the United States, Britain and France as well as wealth and an international circle.

15 bank accounts associated with Maxwell recently, with their total balance at one point exceeding $20 million.

used an alias to buy the secluded New Hampshire luxury property 

Full on member of the global elite.

13 months in jail under a secret plea deal struck with the then state prosecutor.

Google Barr's law firm and Trump Labor appointee (formerly) Acosta. Maxwell's been connected with the Trump admin, Clinton and a 'royal' among others in the global elite. And now she's in a facility overseen by Barr/trump.

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Posted in: Trump bristles at question about police killing Blacks See in context

“More white people, by the way. More white people.”

Trump knows his base. Trump continues to further divide the country in every way imaginable. Who inside the country's borders gains from a fractured and weakened USA.

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Posted in: Trump issues tough response to China's treatment of Hong Kong See in context

Trump issues tough response to China's treatment of Hong Kong

That's a positive. But I might start to believe Trump's sincere about being 'tough' on China when I read he, Ivanka and Jared have cut all their business ties with members of the Chinese Communist Party.

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Posted in: Trump calls California school closures a 'terrible decision' as deaths rise in 3 southern states See in context

Refusing to reopen puts some districts at odds with U.S. President Donald Trump

The list of those at odds with Trump grows daily.

the United States has one of the highest numbers of cases per capita in the world. 

The US becoming less great each day as Trump continues to bungle everything he's involved in. A reverse-Midas, an unclothed emperor.

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Posted in: Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students See in context

Another check on Trump's attempts to further impose his brand of authoritarianism! Little Stephen Miller and his ilk must be fuming.

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Posted in: Trump fuels, then downplays, tensions with virus expert Fauci See in context

"As a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don't think you can say we're doing great,"

When a declining mortality rate, probably a blip, nothing more, is the metric used by Trump etal as an indicator of something positive happening during his watch it's pretty easy for those outside the Trump silo to say

the US is not doing great.

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Posted in: American Airlines contacts Senator Cruz after he goes maskless on flight See in context

'Aides to Cruz' have the same credibility Cruz has: None. Another 'elite' flouting rules he expects the little people to obey. Another in the ever growing list of 'rules are for peasants, not the elite' harhar ohmy

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Posted in: U.S. brands China claims in South China Sea illegal See in context

"The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire."

China is expanding its empire as the 'west's' various empires fade. The Pacific, Indian and Arctic Ocean regions will see more battles ahead over claims for shipping rights, territory and resources.

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Posted in: Nearly 1,000 U.S. immigration detention center employees test positive for coronavirus See in context

Lawmakers have raised concerns about the spread of the virus 

But sill the deniers persist in claiming it's 'just another flu'.

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Posted in: As virus spreads in Brazil, Bolsonaro's ties with military under strain See in context

In recent weeks, however, influential figures in military spheres have begun a pushback against his use of the armed forces.

If so, that's reassuring. States with some remaining democratic principles can check an authoritarian trying to seize greater control. As messed up as democracies are and always have been, they're still preferable to autocracies. For the general population, at least.

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Posted in: Trump fuels, then downplays, tensions with virus expert Fauci See in context

Trump, like all despots before him (and now) needs to constantly find 'others' to blame for any and all problems. Trump uses every possible issue as a wedge issue to further divide his followers from the general population, i.e. the majority of Americans. Trump knows it's easier to keep his base riled up by naming enemies to fear and hate because he no longer has anything positive to say about his reign.

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Posted in: U.S. debates school reopening; WHO warns pandemic will intensify See in context

The United States and Brazil alone account for more than a third of all global deaths from the disease.

Two states run for the benefit of the 'elite' by 'elite' 'conservatives' with zero regard for the general population. How's rightwing 'populism' working out these days for the general populations in both states.

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Posted in: Abe visits rain-hit Kumamoto to assess damage See in context

The shiny boots and shoes indicate their status.

Sincere hats off to all those involved in the hands-on efforts. They are heroes.

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Posted in: New Zealand mosque gunman to represent himself at sentencing See in context

Yes. Are your for freedom of information and freedom of speech, or against it?

Pro-freedom of speech and pro-freedom of information. Vehemently anti-authoritarianism and anti-empire. I oppose the Trumps, Putins, Erdogans, Xis, etal. And all far right movements. Including the neo-national socialist movements pushed from Moscow.

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Posted in: New Zealand mosque gunman to represent himself at sentencing See in context

I have read his "manifesto"

Isn't it great that most 'westerners' have access to what was written, can interpret what was written based on their own personal beliefs, and can use a media outlet to report that interpretation!

Viva democracies and a free, for-profit press!

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Posted in: Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID-19 cases in U.S. See in context

well the liberal claim is that Trump is personally responsible for every death in every state

That's the first I've heard anyone say that. Or is this another case of a Trump supporter unable to find a single positive thing to say about their Trump and instead make up a story hoping to take the thread off topic and have it shut down.

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Posted in: Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID-19 cases in U.S. See in context

Care to elaborate ?? Playing politics with the dead seems rather disgu......

The far right are no longer hiding their beliefs. They're further emboldened having ultra-nationalistic, far right authoritarians saying the same things and offering to protect them.

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Posted in: Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID-19 cases in U.S. See in context

Do not trivialize peoples' lives just because it suits your political agenda!!!!

It's not surprising but worrying nonetheless the far right have been so blatant in pushing their eugenicist beliefs. This era has seen more and more of them openly and freely claim they favor discriminatory policies. They're saying the quiet parts even louder.

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Posted in: Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID-19 cases in U.S. See in context

And what is up with people in Florida, ranting about masks, crowding beaches, bars.....

There are numerous reasons "Florida man" is a meme.

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Posted in: Trump, Biden try to outdo each other on tough talk on China See in context

Except with Trump it is credible and underlined by actions

Actions? Has he had his family sever their business relations with CCP members? One action I'm aware of is Trump and ilk giving even larger subsidies (aka welfare/socialism for the rich) to corporate agriculture.

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