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polarbear4

I just feel like crying. Every time I’ve tried to text or phone bank for Nina, something has happened. Today’s texting actually started at eight and I’ve been trying to get on since before eight and my computer is way too slow and I’m supposed to get a short training I have no idea what’s going to happen if I’ll be able to text today or not. I emailed them and apologize for being such a flake this time. aaaaaarrrrrrggghhhh. It’s hard enough to get started without a lot of tech disasters. I think my company wants me to upgrade.

Phone is working, but I can’t text on my phone—there’s just too many working parts and my phone is pretty small

anyway. T AND R BENNY! Thanks for being here

wi63

Minnesota court rules rape charge doesn’t apply if the victim got willingly drunk

Oriana Gonzalez
Sat, March 27, 2021, 7:53 AM
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a man who had sex with a woman while she was passed out on his couch cannot be found guilty of rape because the victim got herself drunk beforehand.

The big picture: Minnesota is one of the many states that says that for a victim to be too mentally incapacitated to give consent, they must have become intoxicated against their will, such as if a person secretly drugged someone’s drink, The Washington Post reports.

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Context: Francios Momolu Khalil in 2017 picked up a woman from a Minneapolis bar and took her back to his home. The woman “blacked out” on Khalil’s couch and woke up to find him allegedly sexually assaulting her, per The Post.

A jury in 2019 convicted Khalil of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. His lawyers appealed the decision saying that the charge was not applicable because that statute applies when the victim took drugs or alcohol without their consent, while the woman in this case had taken five vodka shots herself prior to meeting Khalil.

If a person is convicted of the third-degree charge, they could face up to 15 years in prison, pay a fine of no more than $30,000, or both.

The state Supreme Court overturned the conviction and gave Khalil a new trial, arguing that the prosecution’s explanation of the charge “unreasonably strains and stretches the plain text of the statute,” state Justice Paul Thissen wrote, per the Duluth News Tribune.

The court said that Khalil could be charged with fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a gross misdemeanor. If convicted, he would face up to one year in prison, a fine of no more than $3,000 or both.

Worth noting: The Minnesota House of Representatives is currently considering a bill that would change the language of the third-degree criminal sexual conduct statute, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

It would make it a crime to have sex with someone who is too incapacitated to give consent, regardless of how they got to that state.

Our thought bubble, via Axios’ Torey Van Oot: Expect lawmakers in the divided Legislature to face growing public pressure to fix the statute before they adjourn in May.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/minnesota-court-rules-rape-

wi63

The usual GQP response

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magsview

What is GQP?

jcitybone

Grand Qanon Party

magsview

Thanks, I guess I haven’t been keeping up. It’s awful how influential Q has become! Bastards preying on people’s fears and insecurities.

As a social psychologist, I normally study terrorists. During research for “Pastels and Pedophiles: Inside the Mind of QAnon,” a forthcoming book I co-authored with security scholar Mia Bloom, I noticed that QAnon followers are different from the radicals I usually study in one key way: They are far more likely to have serious mental illnesses.

I found that many QAnon followers revealed – in their own words on social media or in interviews – a wide range of mental health diagnoses, including bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and addiction.

In court records of QAnon followers arrested in the wake of the Capitol insurrection, 68% reported they had received mental health diagnoses. The conditions they revealed included post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid schizophrenia and Munchausen syndrome by proxy – a psychological disorder that causes one to invent or inflict health problems on a loved one, usually a child, in order to gain attention for themselves. By contrast, 19% of all Americans have a mental health diagnosis.

Among QAnon insurrectionists with criminal records, 44% experienced a serious psychological trauma that preceded their radicalization, such as physical or sexual abuse of them or of their children.

My Q bro has become obsessed with pedophiles. And assholes like some of the creeps that donate to the Dem party sure don’t help as far as his radicalization went. Weinstein, Peter Buck, Epstein, Clinton, preying on young people.

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

Oh, I thought it was a typo. Lol

wi63

Moved from 3/26 to today, that what i get for have two tabs (TPW dates open at the same time) 🤪🤪

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wi63

The depths of Lake Michigan are getting warmer, new study reveals. That could mean more snow and less ice

Laura Schulte
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A new report is offering a look into the effects of climate change on freshwater lakes around the globe, showing the water is getting warmer, even 500 feet below the surface.

The report was compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Research Laboratory, using data collected every hour over the last 30 years by technology deep within the waters of Lake Michigan, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. The peer-reviewed report was published in the Nature Communications journal earlier this month.

It’s the first sustained look at what happens each year as Lake Michigan’s waters rise and fall, and likely the most detailed measure of temperature below the surface of a freshwater lake available.

The numbers collected over the years show the deeper water warming by about 0.11 degrees Fahrenheit each decade, faster than the ocean or even air temperature.

While the change doesn’t seem large, the rising temperatures could have impacts on the ice cover on top of the lake each year, as well as the organisms that live in water and depend on the steady changes in temperature, said Eric Anderson, the lead author of the study and a physical scientist with the Great Lakes Research Laboratory.

It’s evidence that climate change is already having an effect on the Midwest, too. Winter is warmer, on average, as is spring, Anderson said. And summer is lasting longer, stretching into the time where fall usually brings on cooler temperatures.

“What this study does is give us the ground truth to show us what direction we’re heading,” he said.

The warmer temperatures deep within the lake are also part of the reason Wisconsin has faced so many issues with erosion along the shorelines. Ice isn’t forming as thick or as early in the season as it once did, keeping the water underneath it.

Under cold conditions, the ice would act as a buffer, preventing waves from crashing into the shore and washing dirt back out into the lake. Without the ice, little protection is offered during cold, windy stretches, Anderson said.

The warming will also affect fish populations within the lake, he said.

“Certain species are going to be impacted. Coldwater fish like whitefish and yellow perch are going to be impacted,” he said. “With the warmer temperatures and less ice, the ice that used to shelter their eggs near the shore won’t be there, and the eggs are susceptible to the rough shoreline.”

Warmer water temperatures can also mean fewer eggs, leading to fewer fish successfully hatching into Lake Michigan.

“Changes in lake conditions can lead to impacts on how abundant fish are,” he said. “And that can change the way things look, change communities and tribes who rely on the lake.”

The warming of the lake could also result in changes in the amount of snow seen around the lake, said Michael Notaro, the associate director of the Nelson Institute Center for Climate Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“The warming lake waters and declining lake ice cover support enhanced lake evaporation and lake-effect precipitation during the cold season. As the lakes warm in the cold season, the temperature difference between the water and overlying air increases, supporting greater turbulent fluxes of heat and moisture from the lake to the atmosphere,” he said in an email. “That favors more vertical atmospheric motion that can support cloud and precipitation formation in the cold season.”

To understand the data, and why the temperature in Lake Michigan fluctuates, Anderson said it’s important to know that it’s a dimictic lake, meaning it has a full thermal cycle, in tune with the seasons.

In the summer, the water at the surface of the lake warms up as the air around it warms and the sun beats down. The bottom of the lake, however, remains cool. In the fall, the water begins to cool, along with the air temperature, and the water “turns over,” or mixes with the cooler lower-level water. At that point, the whole lake is the same temperature.

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In the winter, the surface temperature of the water then drops again, allowing an ice cover to form. But with spring’s warmer temperatures, the ice melts and the warming surface water again mixes with the water at the lower level, Anderson said.

The turning over of the lake is important to its ecosystem, he said. Many freshwater lakes across the world follow a similar process, meaning that the data gathered in the Lake Michigan research can be extrapolated to other bodies of water.

“Most freshwater on earth is in these large lakes, the 10 biggest lakes hold over 80% of available freshwater, and more than half of that water is in a lake that acts like Lake Michigan,” he said. “This is a good place to look to understand impacts, it’s a good indicator of what to expect in other lakes around the world.”

The last 10 years or so this is spot on in my area

“It’s evidence that climate change is already having an effect on the Midwest, too. Winter is warmer, on average, as is spring, Anderson said. And summer is lasting longer, stretching into the time where fall usually brings on cooler temperatures”.

this past winter we had the 10 days of the extreme sub zero weather other wise we had another mild winter

orlbucfan

Oh, climate change is for real. It’s not even April yet, but this area is already hitting 90 degrees with relatively dry humidity. We need the cooling rains. This is the kind of weather we used to get in June-July. 🤮😡

NYCVG

Under Pressure!
China and Iran Turn the Screws on USA. $400 Billion Deal. Trade China’s Money and tech info and nuclear capabilities for Iranian Oil Supply.

USA wants back into the Iran deal?

“Lift the sanctions first,” says China. I agree with China. We (Orange madman) left the 5 Nation Nuclear Deal. We want back in we have to show some good faith.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/27/world/middleeast/china-iran-deal.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
China, With $400 Billion Iran Deal, Could Deepen Influence in Mideast
The countries signed a sweeping pact on Saturday that calls for heavy Chinese investments in Iran over 25 years in exchange for oil — a step that could ease Iran’s international isolation.

A photo released by the office of President Hassan Rouhani of Iran as he welcomed Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China, left, in Tehran on Saturday.
A photo released by the office of President Hassan Rouhani of Iran as he welcomed Foreign Minister Wang Yi of China, left, in Tehran on Saturday.Credit…Office of the Iranian Presidency, via Associated Press
By Farnaz Fassihi and Steven Lee Myers
March 27, 2021
Updated 11:39 a.m. ET
China agreed to invest $400 billion in Iran over 25 years in exchange for a steady supply of oil to fuel its growing economy under a sweeping economic and security agreement signed on Saturday.

The deal could deepen China’s influence in the Middle East and undercut American efforts to keep Iran isolated. But it was not immediately clear how much of the agreement can be implemented while the U.S. dispute with Iran over its nuclear program remains unresolved.

President Biden has offered to resume negotiations with Iran over the 2015 nuclear accord that his predecessor, President Trump, abrogated three years after it was signed. American officials say both countries can take synchonized steps to bring Iran into compliance with the terms of the agreement while the U.S. gradually lifts sanctions.

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Iran has refused to do so, and China has backed it up, demanding that the United States act first to revive the deal it broke by lifting unilateral sanctions that have suffocated the Iranian economy. China was one of five world powers that, along with the U.S., signed the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.

ImageAt the Grand Bazaar in Tehran in October.
At the Grand Bazaar in Tehran in October.Credit…Arash Khamooshi for The New York Times
The foreign ministers of the two countries, Javad Zarif and Wang Yi, signed the agreement during a ceremony at the foreign ministry in Tehran on Saturday, according to Iran’s semiofficial Fars News Agency. That capped a two-day visit by Mr. Wang that reflected China’s growing ambition to play a larger role in a region that has been a strategic preoccupation of the United States for decades.

“For the region to emerge from chaos and enjoy stability, it must break free from the shadows of big-power geopolitical rivalry, stay impervious to external pressure and interference and explore development paths suited to its regional realities,” a spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry, Hua Chunying, said on Friday. “It must build a security architecture that accommodates the legitimate concerns of all sides.”

Iran did not make the details of the agreement public before the signing. But experts said it was largely unchanged from an 18-page draft obtained last year by The New York Times.

That draft detailed $400 billion of Chinese investments to be made in dozens of fields, including banking, telecommunications, ports, railways, health care and information technology, over the next 25 years. In exchange, China would receive a regular — and, according to an Iranian official and an oil trader, heavily discounted — supply of Iranian oil.

orlbucfan

Red China is waging economic war. How does anyone think it has lasted as long as it has—several millennia. Ole Xi and his boys are no different from the totalitarian garbage raising havoc here and throughout the world.

polarbear4

and they are smart enough to offer help to countries they want something from instead of starving or bombing them.

magsview

Yes, heaven forbid a potential trading partner doesn’t just demonize, lay down sanctions and threaten harm if the other partner doesn’t capitulate.

Oh, that’s right, the U.S. adversarial version of ‘negotiating’ raises security threat levels, which are then used to justify more military spending.

magsview

Seems to me that China is just doing what all countries do – make deals that benefit both parties.

I’m uncomfortable with the new xenophobia I see vis-a-vis China.

Feels like hating on the Russians is old news, now they’re trying to get people to hate on China.

NYCVG

agree.

wi63

The Win Win scenario, Craprate America gave up on that a long time ago

polarbear4

we use sanctions bc they are so “undercover” and really so violent, in their own way. people don’t even realize how and why these countries we vilify for not having supplies, for being poor, got that way.

magsview

U.S. sanctions cause a great deal of suffering around the world.

But I don’t get the impression that those who place sanctions care one bit about the suffering part, other than how useful the ensuing suffering and discontent of the people can be as leverage to squeeze even more out of uncooperative foreign governments.

NYCVG

Wonderful, if true.

Also, another sign of the crumbling influence of USA/Israel alliance and what that will look like down the road as the American Empire fades slowly out of view.

We have a choice: We can cut our military expenditures and direct funds toward making America a better place for all of us and our children and grandchildren.

Or we can continue to piss away our energy on military battles we cannot win with our outclassed and out-moded weapons from the last wars.

Fight China and every country who objects to the Occupying Destroying War Machine we have become, or age gracefully as one of many among the nations of the world.

orlbucfan

This idiotic country with its stupidity and religious hysteria never really was exceptional in a true positive sense. China, Iran, Russia and the rest aren’t anything special either.

polarbear4

well said.

orlbucfan

T and R, Ms. Benny, and the usual excellent TPW suspects!!☮️😊👍👊

polarbear4

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