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Posted in: U.S. expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking See in context

Executive Order on Blocking Property with Respect to Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/04/15/executive-order-on-blocking-property-with-respect-to-specified-harmful-foreign-activities-of-the-government-of-the-russian-federation/

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Posted in: 'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso See in context

Hehe, the irony of China, one of the worlds greatest and least concerned polluters, complaining about other nations pollution harming them.

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Posted in: Japan's neighbors react strongly to Fukushima water release decision See in context

Deputy Prime Minister of Japan advocates the decision to release "it's okay to drink contaminated water"

Let him drink it!

https://www.tellerreport.com/news/2021-04-13-deputy-prime-minister-of-japan-advocates-the-decision-to-release-%22it-s-okay-to-drink-contaminated-water%22.BJ85xvX8_.html

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Posted in: Iran to begin 60% uranium enrichment after nuclear site incident See in context

Tehran has said the explosion at Natanz, which knocked out electricity in centrifuge production halls, was sabotage by Israel and vowed revenge for the incident, which appeared to be latest episode in a long-running covert war.

Today, the Jerusalem Post confirmed this.

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/incident-reported-in-iranian-natanz-nuclear-facility-664792

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Posted in: Japanese hospital worker infected with coronavirus after 2 vaccine shots See in context

Remember the great Lysol panic-buying of 2020? Turns out, it probably wasn’t necessary. A year ago, we knew so little about the coronavirus that was rapidly infecting hundreds of thousands of people across the country. It only made sense to be extra cautious until scientists had more data to work with—and now they do.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released a new scientific brief that says your risk of contracting COVID-19 from a surface is about 1 in 10,000. That means, on average, you have a 0.01% chance of actually picking up the virus from, say, touching a counter.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/science-and-research/surface-transmission.html

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Posted in: Biden's budget meets criticism from right and left on Pentagon spending See in context

Biden would increase spending by $14 billion across agencies to deal with the effects of greenhouse gas emissions, a shift from the Trump administration's dismissal of climate science.

If we don't protect the environment we might as well quit everything.

If corporations and billionaires/millionaires would pay their fair share then we would have no problem affording what America needs! Offshore money and loopholes resulting in zero taxes from the 2% have to be done away with too!

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Posted in: COVID, Philip's no-fuss attitude mean simpler funeral plan See in context

Living to 99...married over 70 years. 

A sadness but not a tragedy.

He was a good man and I for one loved his classic British humour.

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Posted in: Manila hospitals struggle as virus surges See in context

The Duterte government did very little to nothing with over a year into the pandemic, huge budgets/loans, emergency powers and special legislations.

This is criminal negligence.

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Posted in: Northern Irish leaders struggle to quell worst violence in years See in context

If my own country weren't so dysfunctional I would marvel at the fact that British citizens voting for Brexit were like Turkeys voting for Thanksgiving.

Brexit, the pile of excrement that keeps on giving. The UK is sliding into the abyss just a little more every day.

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Posted in: Lavrov says U.S. policy towards Russia is 'dumb,' ineffective See in context

Yeah, it hurts when Russia's top US operative isn't reelected.

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Posted in: Biden tightens some gun controls; says much more needed See in context

I support making it illegal to own assault weapons and a "buyback" of those weapons already in possession. Rifles, shotguns for hunting, pistols for self-protection are enough. Way past time to stop this "gun rights" misinterpretation of the 2nd amendment nonsense.

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

He's also expected to nominate David Chipman, a former federal agent and adviser at the gun control group Giffords, to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Excellent choice. This is exactly the sort of professional, experienced, results-driven expert we've come to expect from the Biden administration.

Joe Biden has been doing what he promised: working for the American People, for us, without fear or favor. One foot in front of the other, he is crossing the great divide. He may not close it, but he is bringing hope wherever he goes.

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Posted in: EU drug regulator says it is up to countries to decide how to handle AstraZeneca See in context

Several countries in Europe have announced restrictions on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in younger people, after a link was found to very rare blood clots, mostly in women under 60 years of age within two weeks of vaccination.

While the risk is likely real, keep in mind that the risk of blood clots from birth control pills is much higher.

The bottom line is that the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks.

https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/risk-of-blood-clots/106257/

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Posted in: Rare Superman comic sells for record $3.25 mil See in context

Man, a steal!

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Posted in: U.S. weighs Beijing Olympics boycott with partners, allies See in context

Remember the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_Summer_Olympics_boycott

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Posted in: U.S. weighs Beijing Olympics boycott with partners, allies See in context

Personally, I think these games should be boycotted by everyone. China is out of control. 

China's oppression will only get bolder and more severe, if they are left unchecked.

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Posted in: World powers, Iran hold 'constructive' talks on reviving nuclear deal See in context

It’s incomprehensible that Iran would trust the US after we violated and quit the deal once. Thanks to Republicans, America has proven that it cannot be trusted.

It was the USA that reneged and withdrew from a nuclear agreement that allowed foreign observers to verify compliance, and resulted in Iran not pursuing nuclear weapons technology. Our decision to withdraw elicited strong criticism from all the other signatories, including our closest allies who refused to renege on that agreement because of a childish revenge against President Obama.

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

States ranked by percentage of population vaccinated: (updated everyday)

https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/public-health/states-ranked-by-percentage-of-population-vaccinated-march-15.html

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Posted in: N Korea says it won't take part in Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns See in context

North Korea having sensibility, whereas others seem clueless, or hopeful at best.

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Posted in: China says carrier group drills near Taiwan will become regular See in context

Taiwan is our ally and Never let China to take it.

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Posted in: Lawyer says mediation resolves feud among Jordan royals See in context

Never forget that when Queen Noor agreed to leave Jordan with her family after her husband's death, there was an agreement made. His older half-brother Abdullah would be king, and Hamzah would be his heir and the crown prince.

Fast forward four years, and Abdullah decided to make one of his own children his heir, going back on his original agreement.

No mention has been made in any article I've read as to what, if anything, Hamzah got or was promised in return.

Is there any wonder that there would be resentment?

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

Matt Gaetz, poster boy of the Trump legacy.

Even before this scandal was revealed, I knew he was a filthy person because when he opens his mouth, only trash spews out.

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Posted in: Jordan's king sends tough message on dissent in royal family See in context

Jordan has been a stabilizing factor in the Middle East. We've really messed with that region over the last years favoring the Saudis and Netanyahu who are the regional bullies.

The King is a member of the Hashemite clan and a direct descendant of Mohammed. As a Hashemite he is also not coincidentally a descendant of the former leaders of Mecca who helped the British overthrow the Ottoman Empire and who were in turn betrayed by them. The Hashemites were overthrown by The House of Saud - family of the current rulers of Arabia and who are also allied with the Wahhabi religious sect. This has directly impacted world history of course. 

The Hashemite kings were installed in Iraq and Transjordan by the British as a reward for the help against the Ottomans. Iraq of course was taken over by the Ba’ath party. The first King of Transjordan was assassinated by a Palestinian and King Hussein was also targeted by them in the uprising known as Black September which eventually help spark the Lebanese civil war.

In short this is of world importance. Jordan has been a bedrock of the modern Middle East and a bridge both to the West and to history and the roots of Islam.

But it’s also in the maelstrom of tribal, religious and geopolitical conflict. Its regime is itself a reflection of the Arab emergence from the Turkish empire and part and parcel of British colonialism.

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Posted in: Vaccine passports are latest flash point in COVID politics See in context

If today's conservatives had been in power during the postwar period polio and smallpox would still be rampaging, the interstate highway system would be a series of two-lane gravel toll roads with a 25 mph speed limit, and we would have an official state church in charge of public health rather than a CDC.

Back "in the day", these were called vaccination records and every kid had one when they went to school...

You know, public health, public safety.... 

WTH's wrong with republicans and these so-called "libertarians"?

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Posted in: Osaka governor requests stronger anti-virus steps amid resurgence See in context

There are two kinds of people: Those who think the government cares about them, and those who think.

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Posted in: 4 dead, including child, in Orange, California office building shooting See in context

The GOP Gun-Virus is devolving this nation even as we speak.

How much more of this nonsense can you guys take before effective gun control and safety legislation is enacted? Heart felt condolences.

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Posted in: Macron orders COVID-19 lockdown across all of France; closes schools See in context

Belgium must lift ‘all Covid-19 measures’ within 30 days, Brussels court rules

https://www.brusselstimes.com/news/belgium-all-news/162742/belgium-must-lift-all-covid-19-measures-withing-30-days-brussels-court-rules-verlinden-human-rights-league-ministerial-decree-penalty-civil-safety-act-pandemic-law-coronavirus/

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Posted in: Suspect in attack on Asian American woman in New York arrested See in context

The way the guard calmly looks out and closes the door is even more chilling than the attack itself. Depraved indifference to the suffering of that poor woman.

What a scene of depravity.

Asian Lives Matter Too

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Posted in: Biden unveils $2 trillion infrastructure plan See in context

Trump wasn't able to get it done because he and Republicans never developed a plan, just a slogan 'Infrastructure week'. 'Just a Slogan' is all Republicans ever have. 

The US Chamber of Commerce backed the infrastructure push, but said Biden's proposal was "dangerously misguided" over how to fund it.

Of course the Chamber of Commerce is both for it and against it. Our form of Capitalism is private profit and public debt. The CoC loves the idea of improving infrastructure, they just don't like the idea that those that will benefit most from the upgrade will have to pay for it.

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Posted in: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine batch fails quality check See in context

Dozens in Central Florida contract COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2021/03/29/dozens-in-central-florida-contract-covid-19-after-being-fully-vaccinated/

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