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#41 golden_valley

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Posted 08 February 2021 - 07:25 PM

 LFC, on 08 February 2021 - 06:34 PM, said:

Putting this here because if details from this story come out I suspect they will be political. This type of terrorist attack has been predicted for quite some time.

That's Tampa and St. Pete...maybe a Super Bowl connection... :ph34r: Just kidding. It probably happened before the Bucs won the playoffs.

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Posted 08 February 2021 - 11:15 PM

Per Tampa Bay Times, the attempt was made this past Friday:

https://www.tampabay...k-sheriff-says/

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Local and federal authorities are investigating after an attempt Friday to poison the city of Oldsmar’s water supply, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.

Someone remotely accessed a computer for the city’s water treatment system and briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide, also known as lye, by a factor of more than 100, Gualtieri said at a news conference Monday. The chemical is used in small amounts to control the acidity of water but it’s also a corrosive compound commonly found in household cleaning supplies such as liquid drain cleaners.

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The Sheriff’s Office learned of the attack and began investigating Friday evening, Gualtieri said. Investigators don’t yet know whether the attack originated within or outside Pinellas County, Florida or the United States. If the attacker is apprehended, he said, they’ll face state felony charges and possibly federal charges.

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Posted 17 February 2021 - 11:43 AM

Mr. MyPillow looks like the next liar to get buried in a lawsuit by Dominion. Dumped by buyers, competition from the left, his Dear Leader tossed out of office, and now this. What's a poor little MAGAt to do? Why triple down, of course!

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MAGA diehard and pillow magnate Mike Lindell is the next target of a Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit over his wild claims about nonexistent election-fraud conspiracy, with the lead attorney representing Dominion telling The Daily Beast he expects to file the suit “imminently.”

Lindell, a staunch Donald Trump ally and founder of the MyPillow company, became a prominent voice and financial backer in attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and, alongside Trumpist attorneys Lin Wood and Sidney Powell, made a series of false allegations that China and others somehow hacked voting machines and swung the 2020 election to Joe Biden.

“He has doubled down and tripled down. He has made himself a higher public profile with his documentary,” Tom Clare, an attorney representing Dominion, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday afternoon. Clare confirmed in a brief phone call that Dominion would be filing suit against Lindell “imminently.”

The suit would make Lindell the third pro-Trump figure sued by Dominion after the company filed $1.3 billion suits against attorneys Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani.

When reached for comment on Tuesday, Lindell was, characteristically, defiant. “That would so make my day because then they would have to go into discovery, and that would make my job a lot easier,” he said in a phone interview. “It’ll be faster for me to get to the evidence, and to show the people in the public record the evidence we have about these machines… I will not stop until every single person on the planet knows, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, what these machines did to us.”

”These machines need to be removed, and [these people] brought to justice for what they did to our country in these attacks,” he continued. “If they sue me, I would be so happy.”

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Posted 17 February 2021 - 12:10 PM

 LFC, on 17 February 2021 - 11:43 AM, said:

Mr. MyPillow looks like the next liar to get buried in a lawsuit by Dominion. Dumped by buyers, competition from the left, his Dear Leader tossed out of office, and now this. What's a poor little MAGAt to do? Why triple down, of course!

So, has he not yet retained counsel? Or has said counsel just been unable to convince him to STFU?
"strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations, unpled in the operative complaint and unsupported by evidence"

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Posted 17 February 2021 - 01:23 PM

 baw1064, on 17 February 2021 - 12:10 PM, said:

So, has he not yet retained counsel? Or has said counsel just been unable to convince him to STFU?

I hear that Rudy is available! :lol:
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Posted 17 February 2021 - 05:05 PM

Once again we have a company that is lying as they desperately fend off competition the old fashioned way: buying political support to punish your competitors. This company in South Carolina bleeds horseshoe crabs to get a compound which is used extensively in the medical industry to detect contamination. This has been a great approach for decades. Now a better synthetic mouse trap has been built and is the gold standard in Europe and Asia but here in the U.S. it's being blocked. The largest harvester of horseshoe crab blood has tried to create a synthetic but has had poor results. At this point it's just likely fighting for time to succeed. Welcome to America.

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Representatives from Charles River have said that more than 80 million LAL tests are performed annually at a value of over $500 million, and that the company makes the most in the industry.

“We were fifth in a field of five when we started, and now we’re the number one provider of this technology,” said John Dubczak, an executive director for Charles River based in South Carolina.

Though the company has tried to make its own synthetic equivalent to LAL, Charles River has been unsuccessful at manufacturing something that works as well as its blue blooded product, Dubczak indicated.

That’s part of the reason why the company has become one of the main antagonists to the synthetic innovation, believes Dr. Lawrence Niles, a wildlife biologist who co-leads the national Horseshoe Crab Recovery Coalition from New Jersey and has been involved with animal conservation projects for more than 40 years.

“They have a lot to lose from switching over to rFC,” Niles said.

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Charles River’s statements about the synthetic — a technology first invented over 20 years ago in Singapore and already approved in Europe, Japan and China as an equivalent to LAL — have indicated the company believes it doesn’t provide for a test as effective as the natural one, and more research is needed to prove it does.

“Our position is that this is very exciting, but it requires more development,” Dubczak said.

Last year, the company hired a lobbyist based in Washington D.C. to pressure the government about its opinions on the topic.

“Speedy adoption should not be viewed more favorably than certainty of patient safety,” Charles River urged the U.S. Pharmacopoeia in its 2019 letter.

The efforts seem to have paid off. Half a year after it received Charles River’s letter, the U.S. Pharmacopoeia announced it was canceling a proposal expected to eventually grant the synthetic equivalent status to LAL in America. The decision was “based on stakeholder comments and in accordance with USP’s public process for standards development.”

The group has clarified it is supportive of investigating the use of rFC and may publish a chapter about it later, but that it is taking time to consider the synthetic since “tests using rFC do not benefit from the same level of real-world evidence as LAL.” A committee is expected to vote on a related issue in March.

Some scientists said the information Charles River provided to regulators was misleading.

“When they present data, there is always a spin,” said Dr. Jessica Ponder, a toxicologist at Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. “They want to establish a paradigm where LAL is the gold standard purely on precedent, which is not scientific. The oldest method is not the best method in most of science.”

The pandemic has heightened the urgency to approve the synthetic as an equivalent to LAL, Ponder believes, since there’s a growing demand for vaccines and antibody drugs that have to be tested for contamination.

“I don’t feel safe counting on a limited resource for all of our response to COVID when anything could happen to it,” she said.

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Posted 20 February 2021 - 10:47 PM

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Posted 20 February 2021 - 10:47 PM


“Trump’s a stupid man’s idea of a smart person, a poor man’s idea of a rich person & a weak man’s idea of a strong man.”

— Fran Lebowitz


“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

— Carl Sagan


Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 03:35 PM

Dominion said they're not done filing lawsuits.

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Dominion CEO John Poulos on Tuesday slammed MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for being “reckless” in peddling disinformation and signaled that the defamation lawsuit like the one the company is waging against Lindell won’t be the last of its kind.

During an interview on CNBC on Tuesday, Poulos took aim at the “reputational damage” that Dominion has experienced as a result of Trump loyalists, such as Lindell, pushing the former president’s false claims of widespread election fraud, which include unfounded allegations of Dominion contributing to a “stolen” election.

Poulos insisted that the $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Lindell is about getting the facts out.

“The reputational damage alone has been devastating to us,” Poulos said. “We are seeing untold damage unfolding every day with our customers and the effects that they are having with a lot of constituents who unfortunately watch these videos, and watch the repeated attacks and disinformation.”

Asked whether he intends to put MyPillow out of business, Poulos denied that’s the case and said that Dominion “strongly believes in” free speech.

After taking aim at Lindell for being “reckless” in his “peddling of disinformation and the falsities,” Poulos signaled that Dominion’s lawsuit against Lindell is “definitely not the last” against figures who peddled Trump’s election fraud falsehoods.

Pressed on whether Dominion has a lawsuit against Fox News in the works, Poulos replied: “We are not ruling anybody out.”

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 11:53 AM

State legislatures are debating resolutions about statehood for Washington DC, some for and some against. This bit struck me in particular:

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South Dakota State Sen. Jim Bolin ®, the sponsor of the state’sresolution, said he fears the addition of two senators from D.C. would “dilute” South Dakota’s power in Congress, since D.C.’s senators would most likely be Democrats.

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Echoing congressional Republicans, Bolin also insisted in an interview that D.C.’s economy lacked “basic human economic activities” — an argument that has rankled critics and ignores the hundreds of thousands of residents who are teachers, health-care workers or first responders in the plurality-Black city.

“You look at every other one of the 50 states, whether it’s farming in South Dakota, whether it’s forestry in Oregon or Washington . . . all of them have basic industries that are common to human society and human economic activity,” Bolin said. “The District of Columbia doesn’t have any of those type of things.”

South Dakota’s population (about 892,000 according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates) is only slightly larger than D.C.’s (712,000) — but Bolin said his concern island mass. “Rhode Island, our smallest geographical state, would be 18 times larger than the District of Columbia,” he said.


A legislative procedure blog says this about admission:

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Congress has added 37 states to the original Union. Of those 37 acts, nineteen were the admission of an entire territory, already bounded and recognized as a political community. Ten were the partial admission of a territory. Some territories became a state, and the residual portion of the territory was reorganized as a new community. One state (California) was created out of unorganized federal land. One state was formed from a bounded nation (Texas). And four states (Vermont, Kentucky, Maine, and West Virginia) were created from land legally held by existing states.


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Posted 01 March 2021 - 11:30 AM

Sarkozy is going to prison. Let's hope America can provide a sequel.

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of influence peddling for attempting to bribe a judge. He was sentenced to three years in prison with two years suspended.

Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012 and who was nearly as famous for his marriage to Italian starlet Carla Bruni as for his political prowess, has the right to ask for his sentence to be served on house arrest.

The charges stem from an investigation into alleged discrepancies in campaign finances tied to his political party. He was accused of asking magistrate Gilbert Azibert for information that would help his defense in exchange for a posh appointment in Monaco. Two of Sarkozy’s lawyers were also charged with the former president.

At the trial, prosecutor Jean-Luc Blachon told the court, “The events would not have occurred if a former president, as well as a lawyer, had kept in mind the magnitude, the responsibility, and the duties of his office.”

The prosecution had requested four years in prison for the trio, asking that two years would be suspended in what he told the court was a “corruption pact.”

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