The Evening Blues - 9-22-23



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The day's news roundup + tonight's musical feature: Pat Boyack & The Prowlers

Hey! Good Evening!

This evening's music features blues rock outfit Pat Boyack & The Prowlers. Enjoy!

Pat Boyack & The Prowlers - For You My Love

"The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism."

-- George Washington


News and Opinion

Heh, well, if they want to stop defense spending, more power to 'em!

McCarthy says hard-right Republicans ‘want to burn whole place down’

The House Republican speaker, Kevin McCarthy, was dealt his second humiliating defeat of the week on Thursday, when his conference again failed to approve a procedural motion as members continued to clash over government spending levels with just days left to avert a federal shutdown. With no clear path forward in Republicans’ negotiations, the House concluded its work on Thursday without any stated plan to reconvene on Friday. ...

A proposal to take up House Republicans’ defense spending bill failed in a vote of 216 to 212, with five hard-right members joining Democrats in opposing the motion. The vote marked the second time this week that the motion had failed, after members of the House Freedom caucus first blocked the bill on Tuesday.

The defeat was interpreted as a dismal sign for House Republicans’ prospects of approving a separate stopgap spending bill before government funding runs out at the end of the month.

Leaving the floor on Thursday, McCarthy voiced exasperation with his critics within the Republican conference. “I don’t understand why anybody votes against bringing the idea and having the debate,” McCarthy told reporters. “This is a whole new concept of individuals that just want to burn the whole place down. That doesn’t work.” ...

Given that the defense spending bill is usually one of the least contentious spending measures in the House, the second failed vote spelled major trouble for the spending talks. If no agreement is reached on a series of funding bills, the federal government will shutter on 30 September. In the event of a shutdown, starting 1 October, hundreds of thousands of federal workers would likely go without pay and key healthcare and other public programs would be affected.

NO SHUTDOWN DEAL: Gaetz vs McCarthy As GOP Hardliners REFUSE Spending Package

Silicon Valley, mass media and British government doing everything they can to delegitimize allegations against Russell Brand

Silicon Valley, the mass media and the British government seem to be doing everything they can to delegitimize the very serious allegations against Russell Brand by making it abundantly clear to everyone that what they actually care about is his online content, not his accusers. The Google-owned platform YouTube has demonetized Brand’s account, empire propagandists like James Ball of “The only barrier to Julian Assange leaving Ecuador’s embassy is pride” fame are writing screeds attacking Brand’s content, and a British MP with ties to the British army’s psychological warfare division has been writing letters to other social media platforms demanding that Brand be demonetized.


I wasn’t even going to weigh in on this controversy. But I also wasn’t expecting the media, government officials and Google to openly advertise the fact that they care solely about removing Brand’s content from the internet, not about helping his accusers.


Elensky speaks to Zelensky. McConnell, UKR money to deter China. Zaluzhny offensive scapegoat.

Zelenskiy faces difficult conversations in Washington amid spending battle

Volodymyr Zelenskiy is finding his latest visit to Washington a much tougher occasion than the hero’s welcome he was given nine months ago. Zelenskiy was given a standing ovation when he delivered an address to a joint sitting of Congress in December. This time, he addressed the Senate in a closed session, but House Republicans turned down a request to address both chambers again. They are also reported to have turned down an administration briefing on Ukraine.

Zelenskiy arrived on Capitol Hill in the midst of a bitter spending battle that could trigger a government shutdown, and he faced difficult conversations when he met congressional leaders behind closed doors. Republicans have proposed a stopgap bill that does not include funding for Ukraine, an omission that the Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer, called “an insult to Ukraine and a gift to Putin”.

The Republican leadership in the Senate is broadly pro-Ukrainian, but the party is more divided in the House, where the speaker, Kevin McCarthy, faces a restive group on the right hostile to military support for Kyiv. McCarthy made clear to his party that he would approach Biden’s pending request for an additional $24bn in support for Ukraine with considerable scepticism.

“Is Zelenskiy elected to Congress? Is he our president? I don’t think I have to commit anything and I think I have questions for him,” McCarthy told ABC News. “Where’s the accountability on the money we’ve already spent? What is the plan for victory? I think that’s what the American public wants to know,” McCarthy added.

“Zelensky Is A Scam On The Ukrainian People” — Scott Ritter

America's old people might not get their Social Security checks, but Ukraine will keep getting its welfare.

Pentagon Exempts Ukraine Operations from Potential Government Shutdown

The Pentagon will exempt its operations supporting Ukraine in the war against Russia from a government shutdown that will happen if Congress fails to pass a funding bill by September 30.

During government shutdowns, the US military typically suspends activities that are deemed not vital to US national security. But Pentagon spokesman Chris Sherwood told POLITICO on Thursday that US support for Ukraine would not be suspended.

“Operation Atlantic Resolve is an excepted activity under a government lapse in appropriations,” Sherwood said, using the name for US military activities in Europe that have come in response to events in Ukraine since 2014, the year a US-backed coup in Kyiv led to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the civil war in Ukraine’s Donbas region.

Russia temporarily bans export of petrol and diesel to stabilise domestic market

Russia has temporarily banned exports of petrol and diesel to all countries outside a circle of four ex-Soviet states with immediate effect, in order to stabilise the domestic market. “Temporary restrictions will help saturate the fuel market, which in turn will reduce prices for consumers,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

The energy ministry said the measure would prevent unauthorised “grey” exports of motor fuels. Diesel prices in Europe jumped 5% to more than $1,000 a tonne in response.

In recent months Russia has suffered shortages of petrol and diesel. Wholesale fuel prices have spiked, although retail prices are capped to try to curb them in line with official inflation. Brent crude prices are approaching $100 a barrel, and rose 1% to $94 on Thursday.

Anti-government protesters block streets in Armenia capital

Bolsonaro met with army, navy and air force heads to discuss coup

Jair Bolsonaro’s former secretary has reportedly told investigators his ex-boss met the heads of Brazil’s army, navy and air force late last year to discuss a “putschist plan” for a military coup. The claims – reported by two of Brazil’s most important news outlets, O Globo and UOL – prompted calls for the alleged rightwing conspirators to be brought to justice. ...

The news website UOL reported that Bolsonaro’s former aide-de-camp, Lt Col Mauro Cid, had told federal police that one such scheme was brought to Bolsonaro after he lost the election to his leftwing rival, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

The draft document, reportedly shown to Bolsonaro by a former foreign policy adviser called Filipe Martins, allegedly outlined plans to call fresh elections and for political rivals to be arrested. Martins and Bolsonaro reportedly held a “secret meeting” on 18 December 2022.

Cid, who cut a plea deal with police after being arrested in May, reportedly told investigators that Bolsonaro had subsequently floated that plan during a meeting with the military top brass. Bolsonaro’s former aide told police the then commander of the navy, Adm Almir Garnier, voiced support for the “putschist plan”, according to both O Globo and UOL. However, the head of the army high command rejected the idea.

The television network CNN Brasil, which also reported the allegations, said Cid had told investigators the navy commander had advised Bolsonaro “his troops were ready to act [and were] only awaiting his order”.

Rupert Murdoch stepping down as chair of Fox and News Corp

Rupert Murdoch is stepping down as chair of Fox and News Corp – ending a seven-decade run as one of the world’s most transformative and controversial media moguls.

In a note to staff first reported in the Murdoch-controlled Wall Street Journal, he wrote: “For my entire professional life, I have been engaged daily with news and ideas, and that will not change. But the time is right for me to take on different roles.”

Murdoch, 92, will become chairman emeritus of the two corporations, the company said in a release.

Lachlan Murdoch, Murdoch’s eldest son, now seems to be his successor.

US autoworkers to expand strikes amid contract stalemate: ‘We’re not messing around’

The United Auto Workers (UAW) looks set to escalate strike actions against US car plants on Friday as the union struggles to reach a deal with the automakers General Motors, Stellantis and Ford.

The UAW president, Shawn Fain, announced last week that the union would launch a series of “stand up” strikes at individual car plants after failing to reach agreement over a new union contract with the car companies.

“If we don’t make serious progress by noon on Friday, September 22nd, more locals will be called on to stand up and join the strike,” Fain said this week. “Autoworkers have waited long enough to make things right at the big three. We’re not waiting around and we’re not messing around, so noon on September 22nd is a new deadline.”



the horse race



CORRUPTION: NJ Senator Menendez INDICTED For Cash, Gold BRIBES



the evening greens


EPA failed to sound alarm in Michigan water crisis, watchdog finds

In the aftermath of the Flint water crisis, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2016 established a new lead contamination response system that regulators claimed would help prevent a repeat of the deadly catastrophe. But that newly implemented policy was ignored by EPA staff starting in 2018 as residents in Benton Harbor, Michigan, for three years drank water poisoned with astronomical levels of lead in some cases far above what was found in Flint, federal investigators charge.

In a new audit of the agency’s Benton Harbor response, the EPA office of inspector general criticized EPA staff for not alerting senior leadership to the unfolding crisis, as the policy recommends. Sounding the alarm might have resulted in a swifter response – instead, the water remained contaminated as state regulators attempted fixes that failed for three years.

“After Flint, everyone said ‘Never again’, and yet 175 miles from Flint, it happened again, and for a longer period of time,” said Cyndi Roper, senior policy advocate with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Benton Harbor is an impoverished community with approximately 9,000 residents, about 87% of whom are Black. The city’s median income is about $24,000, and regulators’ slow response is viewed as a clear environmental injustice by many public health advocates. ... Residents reported that tap water was the color of tea and “sizzling like Alka-Seltzer”, but they were not given clean water or advised on how to avoid the dangers until 2021.

Environmental regulators with Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration first tried in 2018 to lower the amount of lead leaching into drinking water by tweaking chemicals that control corrosion. But that failed as staff in the EPA’s region five office monitored the state and local response, the inspector general audit found. The situation met four out of five criteria for alerting senior leadership, as recommended by the “Policy on Elevation of Critical Public Health Issues’’, but staff did not “elevate” it. Though the system is voluntary, clear evidence of highly contaminated water should have prompted staff to act, the audit found.

Duh! Boy the elites are slow on the uptake (or dumb like a fox).

Exclude fossil fuel firms from Cop28 if they only want to obstruct, says ex-UN chief

Fossil fuel companies should not be included in the Cop28 climate summit if they continue to block climate action, the UN’s former climate chief told reporters on Thursday. “If they are going to be there only to be obstructors, and only to put spanners into the system, they should not be there,” said Christiana Figueres, who was pivotal to the delivery of the landmark Paris climate agreement in 2015.

Figueres made the statement a day after global leaders from more than 100 national governments gathered for the United Nations’ climate ambition summit to outline new plans to curb global heating and adapt to its effects, in preparation for this fall’s Cop28. The remarks came as part of an interview with the NBC News anchor Zinhle Essamuah at a conference at Columbia Journalism School in New York City convened by the global journalism collaboration Covering Climate Now and its partners, including the Guardian.

Figueres for years argued that oil and gas companies should have a seat at the table in climate policymaking discussions, but in June wrote an op-ed in Al Jazeera entitled: “I thought fossil fuel firms could change. I was wrong.”

“My patience ran out, and I say that with sadness,” Figueres said on Thursday about her change of heart. In recent years, she noted, oil companies have rolled back their climate pledges and continually lobbied against climate regulations, while reaping record profits and “paying dividends” to their shareholders.

“They could have an amazing impact on accelerating decarbonization, but they’ve decided not to do it.”

Brazil supreme court rules in favor of Indigenous land rights in historic win

Brazil’s supreme court has blocked efforts to dramatically strip back Indigenous land rights in what activists called a historic victory for the South American country’s original inhabitants. Nine of the court’s 11 members voted against what rights groups had dubbed the “time limit trick” – an agribusiness-backed attempt to prevent Indigenous communities claiming land they did not physically occupy in 1988. ...

Only two supreme court justices voted in favour of the “marco temporal” (time marker) thesis restricting Indigenous land claims: Kassio Nunes Marques and André Mendonça. Both men were appointed to the supreme court by the former far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who activists accused of unleashing a historic assault on Indigenous territories by dismantling protection agencies and with his anti-Indigenous and anti-environmental rhetoric. Before joining the court, Mendonça was Bolsonaro’s justice minister.

Ahead of Thursday’s decisive hearing, activists had warned the “time limit trick” could scupper scores of legitimate claims for the delimitation of Indigenous lands, from groups who had already been evicted from their ancestral lands or whose presence had yet to be recognized at the cut-off date. Many Indigenous groups were driven from their ancestral lands during Brazil’s 21-year military dictatorship which ended in 1985.

Casting her vote against a thesis a majority of justices decided was unconstitutional, judge Cármen Lúcia Antunes Rocha said: “We are caring for the ethnic dignity of a people who have been decimated and oppressed during five centuries of history.”

Brazilian society had “an unpayable debt” to the country’s native peoples, Rocha said.


Also of Interest

Here are some articles of interest, some which defied fair-use abstraction.

When Authorities Believe Their Citizens Will Become Dangerous…

Ukrainian president holds crisis talks in Washington amid failure of “spring offensive”

US Can’t Deal with Defeat

How Will The Biden Administration Cope With Its Loss In Ukraine?

Jeffrey Sachs: NATO Expansion & Ukraine’s Destruction

For NYT, Cluster Munitions Are Completely Wrong—When Russians Use Them

Poland & Ukraine Have Plunged Into A Full-Blown Political Crisis With No End In Sight

Okinawa Disproves The US Narrative About Overseas Bases

A few thoughts on the Russell Brand furore

‘A hidden universe of suffering’: the Palestinian children sent to jail

If the Facts Come Out, it Could Spell the End for Joe Biden

Despite "Symbolic Rebukes" of Israel & Netanyahu, Will Biden's Legacy Be Apartheid?

NEW Russell Brand Accuser Comes Fwd, Agent DROPS Him Amid Slew Of Sexual Misconduct Allegations


A Little Night Music

Pat Boyack & The Prowlers - Operator

Pat Boyack & The Prowlers - I Know It's Over

Pat Boyack & The Prowlers - Lover's Rhumba

Pat Boyack & The Prowlers - Goin' To Chicago

Pat Boyack & The Prowlers - Look at Me, Look at You

Pat Boyack & The Prowlers - Mr. Moondog Man

Pat Boyack & The Prowlers - She Did The Do

Pat Boyack & the Prowlers - Mexican Vodka

Pat Boyack & The Prowlers - Louisiana Love Shack

Pat Boyack, Bobby Counts & DB Denny - I'm A Hog For You


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Dawn's Meta's picture

This was meant to be my comment two nights ago. Thunderstorm shut us down yesterday after several weeks of mostly way hot weather. Here we are:

The news is so often more than bearable. but, Music can transport us beyond today's woes.

Last night's extensive quotes from Caitlin were excellent, with the table setting quote from Tim Field. Obama deserves to be unmasked. He was a disaster from the beginning.

Trudeau is the last person to be trusted on what happened on Canadian soil in BC ffs. He's probably projecting.

I've read almost every News and Blues for a very long time and find your perspective and unique views to be more than just reporting but an additional way of seeing and interpreting what is going on.

I can't thank you enough for your weekly offerings and gifts.

Grazie mille.

NB - well duh. i had an emoji in there, and they don't post. My bad.

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A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. Allegedly Greek, but more possibly fairly modern quote.

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@Dawn's Meta

great to see you, thanks for the kind words and thanks for reading!

sorry to hear about the thunderstorms. we are battening down the hatches here in advance of a big blow coming up the coast at us tonight and tomorrow. it's a slow moving tropical depression so it might stay with us through sunday. mr. weatherman says 4 inches of rain are possible - eek! glad i'm on high ground.

i hope that all is going well, have a good one!

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If they truly wanted a bill passed the D's could vote with
the R's minus the Tea Party or whatever they're called these days.

I'm of the thought that the D's now want kill the govt the
same as the R's did all these years. It's the WEF @ work.

Here's more on what an exceptional country we are. Walgreens
sent a text that they're out of my medication but will order
it. Illinois is short on blood. Biden blames R's on border,
Kamala named gun czar. Insurance troubles, shipments delays
hinder Covid vaccine rollout.

If possible I think we should BOYCOTT Youtube here at C99.
Maybe JtC can explain how we could put RUMBLE video's on C99
to avoid using Youtube if possible....Just a thought on how we
can do something anything to slow down the destruction machine

Here's Russell telling us about his show on RUMBLE

Stay safe everyone and have a great weekend

Thanks for the EB's Joe!!!

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I never knew that the term "Never Again" only pertained to
those born Jewish

"Antisemite used to be someone who didn't like Jews
now it's someone who Jews don't like"

Heard from Margaret Kimberley

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@ggersh

Seems like it happens almost every time republicans hold the House and they say that they won’t approve the budget until something bad happens to we the people. I’m not sure if this happened during a standoff, but I think one time they did that they forced Obama to cut $5 billion from food stamps. Republicans hold the budget hostage and make demands on what needs to be cut and to prevent whatever bad would happen if it does democrats just have to give in to their demands even though it’s what both parties want to do anyway. It’s the Harlem globetrotters giving the Washington Generals cover for losing the game. McCarthy wants to cut $5 billion from food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid. Gosh how surprising. There are the values again of the pro life party. It’s so hypocritical that they want to force women to give birth because they are concerned about the babies, but once they do gawd forbid that they ask for some help doing it.

Weird though that neither party suggests cutting subsidies on fckingly rich corporations to find the money that republicans are looking for. Or raising their taxes just a tad and especially after they have spent the last decade buying back their stock. Heh…I feel another rant coming on!

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@snoopydawg

It’s not billions that republicans want cut from the budget for what I mentioned, but TRILLIONS.

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@ggersh

i'm sure that the so-called moderates of the biparty could get together and cobble together an agreement that would hurt americans enough to garner sufficient votes to pass. i am guessing that is what will eventually happen if the mic and corporate america get hungry enough for their welfare payments.

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just so much good stuff in this world.

Walking on the beach at Lacanau Océan this last winter, trying to regain lung function by walking rain, shine and snow five kilometres daily by the eastern Atlantic. We had Huawei cell tower signal on the sand. Yes France has it's cell system built on Chinese technology.

I could walk and sing no-one else the wiser. One of my favorites is k.d. lang Songs of the 49th Parallel.

This tops the list for me:

ETA lyrics for singing along.
[Verse 1]
Flawless light in a darkening air
Alone... and shining there
Love will not elude you
Love is simple

[Verse 2]
I worship this tenacity
And the beautiful struggle we're in
Love will not elude us
Love is simple

[Chorus]
Be sure to know that
All in love
Is ours
That love, as a philosophy
Is simple

[Verse 3]
I am calm in oblivion
Calm as I ever have been
Love will not elude me
Love is simple

[Chorus]
Be sure to know that
All in love
Is ours...
Is ours...
That all in love
Is ours
And love, as a philosophy
Is simple...
And ours...

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A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. Allegedly Greek, but more possibly fairly modern quote.

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@Dawn's Meta

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This is just ghastly! Or is that ghoulish?

New law could allow big business to profit from organ donation

As the Biden administration looks to upend the nation’s organ donation system, I have a question — and the answer will impact millions of lives: should entities be allowed to profit from one person’s decision to give the literal gift of life to another?

On July 27, Congress passed legislation that, for the first time, allows for-profit companies control over our nation’s transplant system under contract with the federal government. The bill eliminates three rules that have been in place since the 1980s to make sure our system, built on the backs of people’s willingness to donate organs, is free from incentives to make money off their altruism:

1- Only non-profit entities may be awarded government contracts to run this system.

2- They must have expertise in organ donation and transplantation.

3- The annual funds awarded through these government contracts cannot exceed a specified upper limit, which is currently $7,000,000. The for-profit bill lifts that cap entirely.

With Congress’ passage of the bill and President Biden’s signature, for-profits will be eligible to run everything from the transplant patient waitlist to system policymaking that governs how the system operates nationwide. In short, it could lead to a for-profit donation system. The very term is a dangerous oxymoron with potentially fatal consequences for transplant patients, particularly patients of color who are at higher risk for developing organ failure — and have historically suffered most within profit-driven systems.

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@snoopydawg

cooperate with western investors.

https://www.rt.com/russia/580958-russia-ukraine-organ-trafficking/

Ukraine has become a world leader in black-market trafficking, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has claimed.

Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has alleged that members of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s administration are personally engaged in, and are covering up, the illicit export of human organs.

In an article published on the Foreign Ministry's website, Maria Zakharova cited media reports suggesting that the organs of killed Ukrainian soldiers, such as hearts, kidneys and livers, have been appearing on some of the biggest marketplaces of the dark net, with prices starting at €5,000 ($5,500). One dealer allegedly claimed that it takes 48-60 hours to receive any desired organ in a medical box, with deliveries limited to EU countries.

Zakharova noted that organs were also being traded offline, citing reports from June that representatives of a health ministry in a NATO country had struck a deal with some “private businessmen” who were assisted by Ukraine’s Health Ministry and Presidential Office to deliver a refrigerated train car full of human organs and body parts.

According to the spokeswoman, organ trafficking in Ukraine has boomed since the authorities in Kiev passed a number of laws that “drastically simplified the work of transplant specialists in the country.”

Specifically, Zakharova pointed to last year’s Law No. 5610, which exempted transplantation from value-added tax, and the December 2021 Law No. 5831, which removed the need to notarise the written consent or authenticate the signature of a living donor to give up their organs.

In an explanatory note attached to the 2021 bill, Ukrainian lawmakers explained the simplification of the country’s organ transplant regulations by the need to increase the efficiency of the transplantation system, in order to save more lives. Additionally, Ukrainian law prohibits buying or selling human anatomical materials and bans the harvesting of organs from orphaned children, unidentified persons, or people who died in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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@snoopydawg

gosh, what could possibly go wrong with that?

i can't wait to purchase a new kidney someday at an organ auction.

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Sounds conscienceless, this behavior; property before people. But that’s pretty much at the core what our government protects.

Disaster researchers call this phenomenon “elite panic.” When authorities believe their own citizens will become dangerous, they begin to focus on controlling the public, rather than on addressing the disaster itself. They clamp down on information, restrict freedom of movement, and devote unnecessary energy to enforcing laws they assume are about to be broken.

Were people told to go to the superdome after Katrina to keep them from from looting stores to get something to eat? And why there was no help for them for days? Remember that cops killed people on the bridge that were going somewhere…maybe into places that they weren’t welcomed in?

Glad you posted the Cook essay on Brand. I thought he made some really good points and I wanted to post it, but I forgot where I saw it. Hope people will take the time to read it. Tara Reade weighed in on this too if anyone is interested.

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Remember that cops killed people on the bridge that were going somewhere…maybe into places that they weren’t welcomed in?

i could be wrong, but if i remember correctly, the people crossing the bridge were crossing into another parish (county) that had a mostly white population. if i'm right, that sort of panic is endemic in suburban communities full of white-flight people. i remember back in 1968 my neighbor telling me to let my dad know that he had spare guns if we wanted them in case the blacks came up from the city.

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Could a reverse Maidan be in the works?

The US seems to be backing Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan who is turning to the west.

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@humphrey

things are certainly in flux in a lot of places. i would imagine that the eu government will settle poland's hash pretty quickly and probably get elensky to drop the wto suits. as i understand it, the eu is helping poland to respond to the suit.

there's a bunch of shoes that need to drop in syria, but biden should hear his train a comin'.

armenia is certainly an interesting conflict. it's hard to see how this one will come out from here.

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@humphrey

I just forgot the country where another Maiden is being planned. Georgia maybe? Anyhoo it will be in a country that has strong ties to Russia of course just to make trouble for them in more countries while they are in Ukraine. And of course the Vicky Nuland is up to her knees in fermenting it.

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The US was hoping to use India as a foil against China yet we get this.

Canada accuses India of being involved in a murder! Relations become strained.

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@humphrey

sounds like the u.s. wants some leverage on india.

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