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Posted in: Leaders of Russia and China tighten their grips, grow closer See in context

China also has some serious green initiatives in place

Both China and Russia have huge reserves of elements needed for alternatives to burning so much fossil fuel. China is currently second to the US in burning fuels. I can't imagine their industries burning less in the near future.

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Posted in: Biden to unveil actions on guns, including new ATF boss See in context

homemade, military-style semi-automatic rifles and handguns.

Curious whether gun extremists will claim it's their right to own these because their 'militias' need them to overthrow the state.

That so many Americans live in a constant state of fear so serious they believe weapons of all sorts are required wherever they are, be it home, church, a concert, movie theater, wherever, says US society is moribund.

The reality that whenever anyone even mentions discussing ways to deal with the guns problems the gun extremists threaten 'second civil war' says the US is indeed doomed.

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Posted in: Leaders of Russia and China tighten their grips, grow closer See in context

Xi and Putin are heroes to anti-democracy, pro-authoritarian groups around the world. They both lead empires expanding their areas of control well beyond their borders.

Russia has enough fossil fuel reserves to keep the planet burning, burning, burning for decades, enough fuel to burn to ensure the planet is pushed far passed climate change tipping points. And with Russia's partner China increasing its demand for more fuel to burn, burn, burn, the rest of the world is well stuffed.

Russia ranks 146the on the World Press Freedom Index, China 177. That must please the media-phobes in the anti-democracy, pro-authoritarian movements who daily use a free, for-profit media to attack the free, for-profit media.

Russia and China are also alike in the ways they deal with political opposition. Waiting for 'west is worse'.

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Posted in: Biden makes all adults eligible for a vaccine on April 19 See in context

he warned Americans that the nation is not yet out of the woods when it comes to the pandemic.

Parts of the US where large numbers of Republicans live must want to stay in the woods, must want to continue to see their family, friends and neighbor's health put at risk while slowing down any economy recovery because 50% of Republicans claim they will NOT get vaccinated.

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Posted in: Ukraine calls for path into NATO after Russia masses troops See in context

Russian troops massing at the border with Ukraine, a build-up of Russian military in the Arctic, Russian troops (and mercenary forces) fighting in Syria and Libya. It's getting increasingly difficult to describe Putin's state as little old agrarian Russia, especially when it has the world's largest, maybe second largest stockpile of nuclear weapons.

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Posted in: Georgia voting fight sets the stage for Kemp's 2022 run See in context

gives the GOP-controlled legislature greater control over how elections are run,

This came about because Trump and his fellow Republicans backed by their powerful far right media convinced a large number of Americans voter fraud had occurred in the 2020 election. To date that has been debunked at every level of government, including the courts.

Reasonable people accepted no large scale fraud occurred, they accepted instead that Trump, his fellow Republicans and their far right media had told BIG LIES.

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Posted in: McConnell warns CEOs: 'Stay out of politics' See in context

Just another example proving that the right hates free speech.

Recall, however, in defense of their wack brand of free speech they've claimed in court 'reasonable' people would NOT believe them.

It's clear the wack right want to cancel the free speech of all who question them.

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Posted in: McConnell warns CEOs: 'Stay out of politics' See in context

McConnell's warning to big business not to get involved 

Mitch is biting the hands that have fed him for decades.

America’s top CEOs are opening up their wallets for Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign

Top Republican senator receives more money from S&P 500 CEOs than any other candidate in a competitive Senate race

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/americas-top-ceos-are-opening-up-their-wallets-for-mitch-mcconnells-re-election-campaign-11603820924

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Posted in: U.S. promises 'much more' vaccine aid; puts envoy in charge See in context

"We won't trade shots in arms for political favors. This is about saving lives," Blinken said.

That's a mighty big trust me, a statement I find hard to fully believe coming from DC after so many decades of hearing 'intentional misinformations', and especially coming right after the Trump era when more lies were told than at any time in US history. If true, good. If not - same old same old.

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Posted in: Suga willing to establish 'children's agency' See in context

in a bid to woo voters ahead of a general election.

So cynical. 'Woo voters', soften up some who might support your opponents, then do nothing.

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Posted in: McConnell warns CEOs: 'Stay out of politics' See in context

'Stay out of politics'

Money where your mouth is, Mitch. Return all the millions in campaign donations you've been given by corporations that have paid you well to do their political bidding for them. How are your wife's family business arrangements with China doing?

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Posted in: Supreme Court nixes Alex Jones' appeal in Newtown shooting case See in context

Boo boo. First amendment gives the right to speak, doesn’t mean anyone has to listen.

Jones can use the same defense others in the kook right have used while defending Trump's big lieS claiming 'reasonable' people would NOT believe him.

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Posted in: Florida Republican Rep Gaetz says he won't resign over 'false' sex allegations See in context

Innocent until proven guilty. Hopefully his fellow Republicans will allow a proper investigation to be conducted.

partisan crooks in Merrick Garland’s Justice Department

Mighty partisan of you, Matt. The investigation was started by Trump's boy Bill Barr during your Trump's reign.

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Posted in: Putin signs law allowing him 2 more terms as Russia's leader See in context

It seems the majority of Russian people prefer to be governed by an authoritarian regime. Centuries of tsars, Stalin, now Putin. It's their country, after all.

But I find It worrying the global far right want a Russian style system to replace 'western' style democracies, especially watching what's happening in Brazil, Myanmar and Hong Kong where authoritarian states are showing what can happen when leadership goes unchecked.

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Posted in: U.S. shuts once-secret Guantanamo prison unit; moves prisoners See in context

The US needs an off site where we can always interrogate and use coheres methods to obtain vital information from terrorists

Given domestic terrorists are the greatest threat to the US, the US needs to have 'infrastructure' of all sorts within the country to deal with them. No more foreign wars.

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Posted in: Republicans dangle 'easy' win for trimmed Biden plan See in context

what infrastructure DOESNT mean.

Words connote and denote. It's not surprising the far right once again are trying to claim their connotation of a word like 'infrastructure' is the only possible way it can be understood. The far right have been effective at developing a lexicon used by their media and politicians to try influence their base.

On the other hand, it's easy for reasonable people, especially those able to understand levels of complexity the far right tries to dismiss, to understand a word like 'infrastructure' covers a range of meanings.

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Posted in: Republicans dangle 'easy' win for trimmed Biden plan See in context

showing that its blueprint is popular among ordinary Americans of all political stripes, if not Republican lawmakers.

The above reinforces the reality that the Republican Party is a minority party out of touch with the majority of Americans.

No wonder the Republicans are so anti-democracy. No wonder they want to restrict voting rights.

No wonder Republicans continue their culture wars in their ongoing attempts to return the country to a mythical yesterday while blocking - their sole policy - attempts to move the country forward.

For Republicans "progress" is a dirty word. All the R's have left are big lieS which reasonable people, i.e. the majority of Americans, continue to dismiss.

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Posted in: U.S. shuts once-secret Guantanamo prison unit; moves prisoners See in context

The US needs to clean up Guantanamo and then return the property to Cuba.

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Posted in: Swimmer Ikee wins Olympic relay spot after leukemia battle See in context

Heroic!

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Posted in: Georgia governor vows a fight after MLB yanks All-Star Game See in context

The Republican led culture wars and their ongoing attempts to limit voting are a continuation of their Trump's attempts to further divide the country.

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Posted in: Man says he attacked police officer, hoping he would be shot dead See in context

A sad story. But it's another example showing that Japan is not a trigger-happy country, that Japan's police (and individuals) can deal with a serious confrontation without resorting to pulling out a gun to kill their attacker. I feel safe in Japan thanks in large part to its sensible gun laws.

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Posted in: Georgia governor vows a fight after MLB yanks All-Star Game See in context

It's increasingly clear to reasonable people, i.e. those who do NOT believe Trump and his fellow Republican's big lieS, that Georgia Republicans along with Republicans across the country know they can NOT win the White House without making voting a challenge for the millions of Americans at the lower ends of the economic ladder and the millions of Americans with disabilities, people who have historically not voted Republican.

The Republican Party continues its anti-democracy, anti-republic efforts. It's not surprising 'foreign' authoritarian states have their 'fantom' {sic} keyboard armies fanning fans in support of US Republicans

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Posted in: Florida prohibits vaccine passports, citing 'freedom' See in context

DeSantis “cited” something he pulled out of the air or somewhere.

DeSantis knows his Floridaman audience well and caters for them, just like so many other Trump Republicans do. The far right have long given up trying to reach 'reasonable' people.

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Posted in: Biden hails U.S. pandemic recovery as employment surges See in context

MAGA statistics - no reference obviously...

@bassBecause liberals hate the truth unless they can control the narrative, we know.

In other words the statistics were fabricated. No wonder 'reasonable' people questioned them.

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Posted in: Biden hails U.S. pandemic recovery as employment surges See in context

MAGA statistics - no reference obviously...

Being unafraid to spread misinformation was one of many reasons 'foreign' states hired far right 'American' 'journalists' to post falsehoods on social media for them.

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Posted in: Biden hails U.S. pandemic recovery as employment surges See in context

But the data show lasting damage from the pandemic:

Biden inherited that damage from the previous admin which botched fighting the pandemic in part because 45 prioritized golf and twitter over the health concerns of the general population. Of course 45 and his fellow 1% had the best healthcare money can buy.

as vaccinations become more widely available, 

Perhaps if the 50% of Republicans refusing to get vaccinated would get the vaccinations the economy could grow more.

Unless those Republicans want to continue to sabotage Biden's efforts.

Sabotaging and further undermining the republic seems to be the main policy of the modern Republican Party.

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Posted in: Man rams car into 2 Capitol police; 1 officer, driver killed See in context

Still the USA appears light years away from coming close to dealing with it’s racial past

That's a worrying reality, especially when far right, white nationalist movements are growing more vocal through their media - and politicians - while whitewashing the hideous historical problems that continue to this day.

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Posted in: Man rams car into 2 Capitol police; 1 officer, driver killed See in context

f Jan 6 

For reasonable Americans, Jan.6th was a day when the greatest assault on the remaining bits of US democracy occurred. Only anti-democracy groups want to ignore the day, want it whitewashed to protect their pro-authoritarian movements.

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Posted in: Man rams car into 2 Capitol police; 1 officer, driver killed See in context

 fake "domestic terrorism" narrative.

Individuals can believe anonymous internet posters parroting Qanon/Breitbart/RT/LindseyGraham/TuckerCarlson/TedCruz/MattGaetz and ilk, or believe reports written by US intelligence agencies showing domestic terrorism is among the greatest threats to US society.

Reasonable individuals will ignore those pushing big lieS.

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Posted in: Biden administration welcomes talks on readmitting U.S. to Iran nuke deal See in context

when Obama dropped off$1.7 billion in cash

The above parroted by those susceptible to intentional misinformation pushed by far right media sources like Breitbart/Fox/RT etc.

Reasonable people (see how the term is used by legal teams defending the big lieS spreaders who claim reasonable people would NOT believe wack big lieS spread by the far right) know otherwise.

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