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magsview

Literally no one expects a fair trial for Assange in the U.S.

Clinton stans will have a field day with him if given half a chance.

jcitybone

jcitybone

https://www.tampabay.com/news/education/2021/12/06/uf-researchers-felt-pressure-to-destroy-covid-19-data-faculty-report-says/

Fear of upsetting state officials is pervasive among faculty at the University of Florida, to the point that race-related references have been edited out of course materials and researchers felt pressure to destroy COVID-19 data, according to a report released Monday by a Faculty Senate committee.

orlbucfan

This crap has been going down for years. The Kochs, Sick Rott, DeathSantis, you name it.

jcitybone

https://www.thedailybeast.com/tennessee-medical-board-buckles-under-pressure-on-covid-misinformation-warning

Tennessee’s medical licensing board voted Tuesday to delete a policy opposing coronavirus misinformation from its website due to fears a powerful conservative lawmaker would otherwise dissolve the board and replace its members.

The policy, unanimously adopted by the Board of Medical Examiners in September, establishes that doctors who spread demonstrably untrue information about COVID-19 vaccines could have their licenses suspended or potentially revoked. Members voted 7 to 3 to delete — but not rescind — the policy.

The deletion was spurred by Rep. John Ragan, R-Oak Ridge, a co-chair of the Joint Government Operations Committee, who insisted board members don’t have the authority to create a new disciplinary offense without the approval of lawmakers on his committee.

polarbear4
polarbear4

What use is it, then? We have to start standing up to bullies and go to the media, unrelentingly

Torabs
Torabs

It’s the only way to make any real change, agreed.

magsview

I am ALL for standing up to bullies!

orlbucfan

This is precisely what I’ve been screaming about with the politicizing of a family of contagious diseases that kill.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Is it too late for us earthlings?

magsview

co-written by David Sirota! Thanks for the heads up Ain’t! (Apologies for bad pun tho)

The asteroid expected to fly through our neighborhood tomorrow will apparently do so 10 times the distance between us and the moon (so we should be ok tomorrow) but, seriously, I did recently hear about an asteroid coming our way in 2029 that I imagine is being well-tracked:

Back in September, reports revealed a massive asteroid that is roughly 1,120 feet wide will pass by Earth in 2029 at around 19,000 miles away. That will make it one of the closest encounters we’ve ever had with an asteroid. Much like 4660 Nereus, though, that asteroid shouldn’t cause any impact possibility for another 100 years.

ok, ok, hang on, glad to hear no “impact possibility for another (mere) 100 years”, but even just flying by 19,000 miles away from Earth seems awfully close.

For perspective, the moon, of course, is just under 240,000 miles away from us, so something the size of almost 4 football fields wide coming the rough equivalent of an inch from us if using a one foot scale vs the moon’s distance from us makes me nervous, tbh.

But the scientists cited in the article do not sound alarmed, so hopefully it’ll all work out fine:

On April 13, 2029, the asteroid Apophis will pass less than 20,000 miles (32,000 kilometers) from our planet’s surface – closer than the distance of geosynchronous satellites. During that 2029 close approach, Apophis will be visible to observers on the ground in the Eastern Hemisphere without the aid of a telescope or binoculars. It’s also an unprecedented opportunity for astronomers to get a close-up view of a solar system relic that is now just a scientific curiosity and not an immediate hazard to our planet.

“When I started working with asteroids after college, Apophis was the poster child for hazardous asteroids,” said Farnocchia. “There’s a certain sense of satisfaction to see it removed from the risk list, and we’re looking forward to the science we might uncover during its close approach in 2029.”

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasa-analysis-earth-is-safe-from-asteroid-apophis-for-100-plus-years

If it comes by closer than “the distance of geosynchronous satellites”, does that imply that it may pass through the satellite field?

orlbucfan

With all the space junk anymore, who knows? More seriously, a big asteroid will cause major havoc if it strikes the earth.

magsview

For sure. I’m hopeful that NASA still retains some exclusively scientific purpose:

NASA Goddard Helps Ensure Asteroid Deflector Hits Target, Predicts and Will Observe Impact Results

The spacecraft will intercept Didymos’ moonlet in late September 2022, when the Didymos system is within about 6.8 million miles (11 million kilometers) of Earth, enabling observations by ground-based telescopes and planetary radar to measure the change in momentum imparted to the moonlet.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2021/dart-goddard

polarbear4
polarbear4

moonlet, sweet word. baby moon. awww. 🌝

polarbear4
polarbear4

👀

wi64

More worried about deflecting a global killer, but then again climate change may do the job instead

jcitybone

In the late night hours following the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, Maryland Rep. Andy Harris found himself in the middle of a fight.

The hard-right member, and the only Republican in Maryland’s delegation, had spoken out against certifying Pennsylvania’s electoral votes during a debate on the House floor. Later that night, Pennsylvania Rep. Conor Lamb said in a speech that the Republican objectors should’ve been “ashamed” of their “lies,” especially after what they had seen earlier in the day. A shouting match, and then a confrontation in the aisle between the two sides, ensued, prompting the deputy sergeant-at-arms to get in the middle and break things up. The whole thing was defused before coming to blows, but Harris would later vote with 137 of his House Republican colleagues to uphold the objection. A couple of weeks later, after new security measures had been put in place at the Capitol, Harris was caught by security carrying a gun outside of the House floor.

This is a member of Congress whom Maryland Democrats, in complete control over their redistricting process given their state legislative supermajorities, had a chance to draw into oblivion ahead of the next election cycle. In doing so, they could not only have gotten rid of a representative Democrats consider one of the worst of the worst, but they could’ve helped the national Democratic Party counteract Republicans’ national redistricting advantage ahead of the 2022 midterms. Democrats have only a few states where they can play offense in redistricting, and Maryland is one of them.

And yet. When Maryland Democrats sat down to draw a new map, one that could have gone from a 7–1 Democratic advantage to an easy 8–0 shutout, they flinched. The map that the state’s General Assembly passed this week would make Harris’ district more competitive, but FiveThirtyEight still rates it as Republican-leaning, as does the Cook Political Report.

The decision not to go all-out split Maryland Democrats, some of whom had district interests they wanted to protect, and some who were just uncomfortable pursuing a maximal gerrymandering strategy in their state while the national party has spent years trying to ban partisan gerrymandering.

And it’s left national Democrats furious.

Why, they ask, when Republicans are using their redistricting advantage liberally across the country, are Maryland Democrats extending a lifeline in the ’22 midterms to Andy Harris? Why, if Republicans insist on blocking the national partisan gerrymandering ban that Democrats have been pushing, shouldn’t Maryland go for the jugular?

polarbear4
polarbear4

I’m really glad that the article talks about it, and I look forward to the day when there is no question why anymore. They do not want to represent our best interests

orlbucfan

The same monied crap that buys off the GOPukes, buys/bribes them, too. Opposition Party?? Give me a mf break!

jcitybone

“Moderates” and “pragmatists” are code words for bought and paid for.

https://www.businessinsider.com/senate-democrats-leave-out-billionaires-tax-biden-spending-plan-wealth-2021-12?utm_source=reddit.com

Senate Democrats are not sticking with their previous plan for a billionaires’ tax in their $2 trillion social and climate spending bill as they race to finalize the details and approve it before Christmas.

Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the Senate Finance Committee chair, said his panel would release new bill text on Friday.

He’s long pushed a tax on billionaires’ assets, introduced in late October. But the Oregon Democrat conceded it would not form part of the new Senate legislation.

“I do not expect that it will be,” Wyden told Insider on Thursday evening. “I have continued to talk to my colleagues and there is widespread awareness that this is the largest amount of money that has been scored by the Joint Committee on Taxation.”

The plan had run into immediate opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who argued it was “divisive,” as well as from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who privately assailed it as a public-relations stunt.

“I think there’s a wide swath of moderates and pragmatists in the caucus concerned about the second-order effects of this,” a Senate Democratic aide granted anonymity to speak candidly told Insider.

polarbear4
polarbear4

Second order blah blah blah

orlbucfan

Wyden, running in fear from who?? Couple of rich bought off politicos like Manchin and Pelousy?? Spare me. Pelousy heads the House, not the Senate. Who is giving Wyden his marching orders?

jcitybone

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/12/seattle-kshama-sawant-reelection-socialism-city-council-capitalist-strategy

In a razor-tight race, Seattle’s socialist city council member Kshama Sawant beat off a recall attempt bankrolled by the city’s business interests. She won by just over two hundred votes in a race that went down to the wire. The outcome wasn’t determined until two days after the election, as mail-in ballots streamed in after election day. Six hundred ballots have been challenged and could still be counted, but they are not expected to change the recall’s outcome.

Sawant won largely based on a concerted effort to get out the youth vote. Among all demographics, the eighteen to twenty-five cohort was the only one which increased its turnout from the most recent election, held only one month earlier. Three hundred more voters in that age group voted in this election compared to last month, and those three hundred were largely the margin of victory. To indicate the level of interest in the race: last month’s general election turnout was 43 percent. Turnout for the Sawant recall — a single-candidate special election — was 53 percent.

Seattle’s capitalists have tried repeatedly to stamp out Sawant and her socialist politics from City Hall since her election in 2014. Repeatedly, they have failed.

The victory over the Seattle recall takes some of the sting out of the defeat of progressive candidates for mayor and city attorney in November’s general election. It confirms that an avowedly progressive socialist message still resonates among Seattle voters.

Those defeats were, in part, a backlash against last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, in which activists occupied the heart of the city’s Capitol Hill in June 2020. Two of the incidents emphasized by the recall proponents against Sawant were her participation in a march on City Hall, in which she used her key to open the building for the protesters. Separately, the local Democratic Socialists of America chapter organized a march on Mayor Jenny Durkan’s home for which Sawant was blamed.

Concurrent with the Capitol Hill occupation, the city’s corporate power structure was running a competing campaign portraying the city as “dying” due to crime, vandalism, and homeless encampments “invading” schools and neighborhoods. The city’s Sinclair Broadcasting affiliate, KOMO News, produced a special with the death-rattle title “Seattle Is Dying,” drawing national attention to these right-wing talking points.

The TV evening news showed hundreds of stories of gang violence, shootings, and murders. They produced stories about fires, drug dealing, and murder at homeless encampments. The Seattle Times, owned for a hundred thirty years by a single wealthy Republican family, breathlessly hyped these developments on its news and editorial pages.

During the year between the Capitol Hill occupation and the November election, the anti-homeless media campaign had a major impact. The city council, passed a 20 percent cut to the police department budget. But the mayoral candidate who ultimately won in the November election opposes any cut at all. By November, the enthusiasm and commitment which the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) had infused into Seattle had dissipated. That explains the electoral defeats mentioned earlier.

The good news is that Sawant’s victory has arrested the momentum of the corporate elite. There will be no stampede to rid the city of its homeless population. The Left still has a strong voice in Seattle.

polarbear4
polarbear4

thank the dieties ❣️

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Yay!!! I’m still recalling my gasp a couple years ago when I went to Seattle to support my baby brother whose best friend from childhood had passed away suddenly (we all grew up in the same block in Harlem). My gasp was caused by the shock when I turned to look out the window after my niece picked me up from the airport and there were colonies of homeless people living under bridges and this colony included baby strollers. Why, why, why in the city of two of the country’s/world’s wealthiest billionaires are people forced to live like this?!!!!

orlbucfan

Come live where I do. We’ve got plenty of homeless here. I used to see them under a couple of overpasses about 10 minutes from my house. However, my area has been gentrifying like nuts in the last 10-15 years so they’re not around anymore.

wi64

Homelessness is everywhere even in my city of 45k we have it ,just not as noticeable but we have it nonetheless

magsview

colonies, eh? that sounds like things have gotten even worse than I feared out on the west coast 🙁

I see news articles, like the awful story of the young girl sold off in Afganistan (I rarely watch tv news, but I saw that one..) and I looked around the camp she and her family were living in and wow, no vegetation at all, just tents, guess some kind of refugee camp, and here we have our own version of refugee camps.

polarbear4
polarbear4

We have a Lotta new Jeanne too, and we are working on some very small housing, like a covered wagon thing and there is actually a little thing of tiny homes I think coming up but it’s very sporadic and not anywhere near meeting the need.

But I’d rather see the tents then do what our sister cities Springfield is doing which is just not allowing them anywhere. Hard ass law enforcement and some brag about it.

magsview

wow, thank you jcitybone for a sliver of good news!! 200 votes…wow