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Posted in: Trump supporters want to 'blow up' Capitol, police chief warns See in context

Scaremongering

What Trump and his R's use to attract America's most fearful, that minority of Americans who arm themselves with weaponry to rival that of police departments, the minority who think people who oppose fascism and object to black people being shot by the police are the real enemy. The same minority who take Republican senator Johnson's word for the Jan 6 insurrection. The Republican senator who ignored the reports from police and instead believed the word of one of Trump's terrorists who attacked the capitol in an attempt to steal the election for Trump. Review Trump's speeches where he points to 'others', almost always non-whites, and rambles on about how 'they' are out to infiltrate the 'suburbs'. Lots of perspectives.

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Posted in: A mister no more: Mr Potato Head goes gender neutral See in context

Liberals are the ones for free market capitalism.

I know the terms 'liberal' and 'conservative' mean different things to different people. So if liberals prefer 'free market capitalism', would 'conservatives' prefer the market Stalinism Russia and China have? I know y'all are big Russia backers.

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Posted in: Trump supporters want to 'blow up' Capitol, police chief warns See in context

@mocheake I completely agree. But there's more money for big defense industries fighting foreign wars, especially foreign wars fought over oil, gas and their shipments. On that note I'm upset but not surprised Biden's got the US back involved in Syria.

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Posted in: A mister no more: Mr Potato Head goes gender neutral See in context

Once again far right posters are pining for some mythical past, another back to the garden reaction by those claiming America used to be great and the media were once objective. Watch Hasbro sales increase like Nike's did when they had Colin Kaepernick do ads for them.. Watch the anti-free market in the far right opposing this to go buy shares in Hasbro. Why do far rightists hate the free market so much? By the way - the 'garden' is a myth.

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Posted in: Jailed Putin critic Navalny moved, probably to prison camp: lawyer, activist See in context

Maybe Putin's learned from the way Jeffrey Epstein was epsteined during the Trump era

One of the few good things to come out of the Trump era is seeing more media attention given to the many ways 'elite' creeps around the globe are connected.

Jeffrey Epstein's ties to Russia's underworld will be explored in new book

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/jeffrey-epstein-russian-ties-craig-unger-story.html

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Posted in: New York prosecutors finally obtain Trump's tax records See in context

Trump's 'too big to fall'. At worst he'll get some fines, which he'll expect his supporters around the globe to pay for him. Conmale through and through. Out of these court cases, the Americans who trusted 'established' business people like Trump and admired their wealth should be able to see how much corruption there is among that 'establishment'. And I thought 'patriots' loved their country. If they do, why would they cheat on taxes?

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Posted in: U.S. extends jobless benefits eligibility to workers worried about COVID-19 safety See in context

at least 19 million people were on unemployment benefits under all programs in early February.

Add the above to Trump's legacy.

The Trump economy will go down in history as one that helped the already-have-a-lots to get even richer - with tax breaks to boot - but smacked the rest. The Biden admin is up against it thanks to the numerous failures of Trump and the plutocrats he appointed to his cabinet. Trump played golf on the taxpayer's dime while dozens of millions of Americans he cared nada for suffered. Trump was the most UNpopular president in US history for a whole lot of reasons.

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Posted in: Trump supporters want to 'blow up' Capitol, police chief warns See in context

they want to "blow up" the building and kill members of Congress, the acting chief of the Capitol Police said on Thursday.

'acting chief of Capitol Police' said. And the global alt right still try to convince their audience 'blue lives matter'. Pretty hard for the majority of Americans to believe after seeing videos and stills of a Trump supporting terrorist using a 'blue lives matter' flag pole to beat a policeman.

And alt right Republican senators like Johnson want to completely revise what happened saying the peaceful protestors made up of parents with children, the elderly and the overweight were made to look bad by Antifa and BLM infilitrators.

The alt right Republicans and their global followers believe their Qanon/Rt/Breitbart/Carson/Hannity/Alex Jones sources, not the police who were there being violently attacked and not the US intelligence agencies.

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Posted in: Japan to start vaccinations for elderly on April 12 See in context

half of whom are participating in a study to track potential side effects.

I hope in addition to tracking side effects and doing other health related research the government is looking at the logistics of vaccinating large numbers of people. I have family in two different US states who have been extremely positive about how efficient things have gone for them. I know it's got to be seen from a state by state, locality by locality standpoint, but maybe the Japanese government should look at places that have been successful as models, and places that have not been successful to learn from their mistakes. Quick anecdote: a family member had his appointment at 5:18 in the morning (Shinkansen time or what) and got his shot at 5:20 - without having to leave his car. He drove him with no arm pain.

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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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