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Posted 05 March 2021 - 12:46 PM

View PostJackD, on 04 March 2021 - 07:55 PM, said:

Hunting for the sheer "fun of it" is simply cruelty.
Every hunter I know eats their kill.
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Posted 05 March 2021 - 01:57 PM

View PostTraveler, on 05 March 2021 - 12:46 PM, said:

Every hunter I know eats their kill.

Not these assholes.

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" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 04:48 PM

View PostLFC, on 05 March 2021 - 01:57 PM, said:

Not these assholes.

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Posted 09 March 2021 - 04:47 PM

Biden's Agenda.

I for one, am happy Pres Biden has learned from Pres Obama's GOP "problems". Pres Obama tried very hard to get bipartisan action on things the US needed at the time. Result: Crickets. (Even though there was Dem control of the Government) Mc Connel and Company did everything to derail his efforts.

If President Biden learned anything, he learned to do it without the GOP. "Damn the McConnells and Mc Carthy's full speed ahead !!" Result of this "GOP griping" ? Statements about "lard" and minimal efforts to "own the libs". Meanwhile the agenda continues to be adopted.
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Posted 09 March 2021 - 08:08 PM

It's a little early to give Biden credit. There's lots more to be done (like a new voting rights act, for example), and it can't all be done through reconciliation.

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Posted 09 March 2021 - 08:42 PM

View Postandydp, on 09 March 2021 - 04:47 PM, said:

If President Biden learned anything, he learned to do it without the GOP. "Damn the McConnells and Mc Carthy's full speed ahead !!" Result of this "GOP griping" ? Statements about "lard" and minimal efforts to "own the libs". Meanwhile the agenda continues to be adopted.

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That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome.

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Posted 15 March 2021 - 08:57 AM

The CDC has released life expectancy data including by state.

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If you’re born in the South, chances are you’ll have a shorter life expectancy compared with the rest of the United States, according to newly released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.

The findings, published in the National Vital Statistics Reports, examined state-level mortality and population estimates from 2018, as well as state-specific death and population figures for older Medicare beneficiaries that year.

The CDC found that Americans are expected to live an average of 78.7 years, though women were more likely to outlive men by five years nationwide, according to the report. States in the South fared worse when compared with their Northeastern and Western counterparts.

West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina and Missouri all ranked in the bottom 10 states for life expectancy, respectively, the CDC found. West Virginia, which had an average life expectancy of 74.4 years, ranked the lowest for both men and women.

“With a few exceptions, the states with the largest sex differences are those with lower life expectancy at birth, while the smallest sex differences are found mostly among states with higher life expectancy,” CDC researchers wrote in the report.

Meanwhile, Hawaii took the top spot for the state with the highest average life expectancy at 81 years. The Aloha State was followed by California, New York, Minnesota, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington, Colorado, New Jersey and Rhode Island to round out the top 10 states where you’ll live the longest.


I would love to have seen an interactive map done in red and blue that allowed you to switch between life expectancy and political leaning. As it is the light blue is for lower life expectancy and the South sticks out as expected.

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Here's the link to the CDC report.

EDIT: Here's an presidential electoral map for comparison. Not quite what I want but a decent approximation. All 10 of the bottom states voted for Trump. 14 of the bottom 20 did.

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Posted 15 March 2021 - 09:14 AM

A little dated (from 2018) but here's a map of the states by party affiliation.

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" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 15 March 2021 - 12:18 PM

Hmmm. Interesting. However, IMO outside the extreme blue (NY, CA) and extreme red (Deep South & WV) the correspondence is less robust. For instance, based on the political leanings alone, I would expect NM and UT to be flipped WRT life expectancy, and I would expect the Dakotas to be lower on the scale than where they seem to fall.

Still an interesting exercise, though. A deeper dive might involve finding out what driving or confounding factors influence the life expectancy numbers -- high Native American or African-American populations (historically underserved), urbanization (or lack thereof), percentage of population that engages in outdoor recreation, number of fast-food joints per 100K population, presence of Superfund sites (and how far the cleanup has progressed)...
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Posted 15 March 2021 - 12:27 PM

View PostBact PhD, on 15 March 2021 - 12:18 PM, said:

Hmmm. Interesting. However, IMO outside the extreme blue (NY, CA) and extreme red (Deep South & WV) the correspondence is less robust. For instance, based on the political leanings alone, I would expect NM and UT to be flipped WRT life expectancy, and I would expect the Dakotas to be lower on the scale than where they seem to fall.

Still an interesting exercise, though. A deeper dive might involve finding out what driving or confounding factors influence the life expectancy numbers -- high Native American or African-American populations (historically underserved), urbanization (or lack thereof), percentage of population that engages in outdoor recreation, number of fast-food joints per 100K population, presence of Superfund sites (and how far the cleanup has progressed)...

Inside blue California...seriously inside meaning nonCoastal and not San Diego, life expectancy is lower. Ag workers are exposed to herbicides and pesticides, water quality is declining due to depleted aquifers, even dust raised by ag creates issues with or without chemicals.

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Posted 15 March 2021 - 12:35 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 15 March 2021 - 12:27 PM, said:

Inside blue California...seriously inside meaning nonCoastal and not San Diego, life expectancy is lower. Ag workers are exposed to herbicides and pesticides, water quality is declining due to depleted aquifers, even dust raised by ag creates issues with or without chemicals.
And FL is truly a mixed bag, what with the ag all over the state, but concentrated in the northern part anymore, and several urban centers that include underserved populations...but little heavy industry and lots of outdoor recreation, pursued by young and old alike. Confounding things here even further is the number of people who were born, grew up, and spent most of their adult lives elsewhere who then relocate here upon retirement. I couldn't tell you off the top the county-by-county breakdown of life expectancy in the Sunshine State.
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Posted 16 March 2021 - 04:44 PM

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has raised the possibility that the FBI investigation of Brett Kavanaugh was sandbagged and designed NOT to find out anything. I suspect he has a pretty strong likelihood of being correct.

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D- RI) suggested in a recent letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland that the FBI’s background investigation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was “perhaps fake.”

Whitehouse, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Attorney Garland last Thursday, addressing a number of issues including proper oversight into the agency’s 2018 probe of sexual assault allegations first made by Christine Blasey Ford against Kavanaugh. Whitehouse suggested in the letter that the investigation had been “politically-constrained and perhaps fake.”

“Dr. Ford’s testimony obviously justified further investigation to seek corroborating or inconsistent evidence,” Whitehouse wrote, citing examples that suggested the FBI had been reluctant to accept or gather evidence into the allegations.

“This was unique behavior in my experience, as the Bureau is usually amenable to information and evidence; but in this matter the shutters were closed, the drawbridge drawn up, and there was no point of entry by which members of the public or Congress could provide information to the FBI,” he wrote. “Senator Coons asked for a clear procedure at the time, to no avail.”

Trump administration officials at the time, warned against allowing the investigation to become a “fishing expedition,” into the broader behavior of Kavanaugh, but denied forcing any limitations on the probe.

The Rhode Island lawmaker on Thursday, however, railed against what he claimed was an ineffective “tip line” during the now more than two-year-old investigation that had “operated more like a garbage chute.”

Whitehouse also suggested in the letter that FBI Director Christopher Wray had refused to answer Congressional inquiries and that many questions from a July 2019 oversight hearing “remain unanswered.”

“Such stonewalling does not inspire confidence in the integrity of the investigation,” he wrote.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 16 March 2021 - 06:28 PM

View PostLFC, on 16 March 2021 - 04:44 PM, said:

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has raised the possibility that the FBI investigation of Brett Kavanaugh was sandbagged and designed NOT to find out anything. I suspect he has a pretty strong likelihood of being correct.

Gee Senator, ya think?

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Posted 18 March 2021 - 08:53 AM

I find it hard to believe Wray was the directing force here. Barr made this decision, and Wray had to carry it out.
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Posted 26 March 2021 - 01:11 PM

The investigation into Cuomo has expanded from sexual harassment.

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The New York General Assembly committee that’s holding an impeachment inquiry into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will look at reports that the governor’s family and allies jumped the line for priority COVID-19 testing in the early stage of the pandemic.

“Everything brought to the committee’s attention is going to be considered and investigated,” Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D), the committee chair, told the New York Times on Thursday. “I will only say inquiries have been made. We’re paying attention to it and will act accordingly.”

However, the inquiry will still focus on the accusations of sexual misconduct against Cuomo and his administration’s alleged cover-up of the true extent of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents, according to Lavine.

The Times Union, Washington Post, and New York Times reported on Wednesday that Cuomo ordered health officials to conduct speedy COVID-19 tests for his brother, aka CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, mother, and at least one sister in March last year, when testing access was inaccessible for most New Yorkers. Preferential treatment for testing was also reportedly offered to powerful Cuomo allies and VIPs.

The Times also reported on Thursday that George Yancopoulos, the president of pharmaceutical company Regeneron and longtime friend to Cuomo, received priority testing as well.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 30 March 2021 - 01:55 PM

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Oh, boy. This isn't just a threat to extract public mea culpas anymore. Somebody, or somebodies, are going to be forced to pay for a legal team this big. I don't see Dominion just eating the costs. Thoughts and prayers, motherf***ers. And get those checkbooks ready.

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The legal firm leading a heap of lawsuits for Dominion Voting Systems against promoters of false claims about its voting software, recently expanded its armory of attorneys as it prepares to go to battle against former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” about a stolen 2020 presidential election.

The Daily Beast reported on Monday night that Clare Locke — the legal team orchestrating Dominion’s complaints — welcomed assistance from seven attorneys at Susman Godfrey, a firm known for its defamation litigation.

Dominion lawyers have already filed a host of billion-dollar lawsuits in recent months against Trump’s former election lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, as well as MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and most recently, Fox News.

The beefed up legal team comes as Dominion lawyers signal plans to deliver another round of lawsuits to conservative news networks that willingly aired debunked theories of a stolen election that involved false claims about Dominion.

“We’re looking at other media outlets, and making sure we can meet all of the elements of defamation,” Dominion attorney Tom Clare told Axios in a podcast interview published Monday.” There were other outlets that played a similar role to Fox in spreading these lies. I expect that we’re going to be holding them accountable as well.”

Two people told the Daily Beast that Newsmax and One American News Network could be fresh targets in that effort.

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"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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Posted 30 March 2021 - 03:06 PM

View PostLFC, on 30 March 2021 - 01:55 PM, said:

Oh, boy. This isn't just a threat to extract public mea culpas anymore. Somebody, or somebodies, are going to be forced to pay for a legal team this big. I don't see Dominion just eating the costs. Thoughts and prayers, motherf***ers. And get those checkbooks ready.

I know I've said this before, in one way or another, but doesn't all this decades and decades of faffing about indicate that the American legal system in general, and its litigatory custom and practice in particular, is not fit for purpose a warm steaming smelly pile of poo?
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Posted 30 March 2021 - 07:55 PM

Not in this case.
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Posted 01 April 2021 - 08:57 AM

And there's the money motive for Cuomo to shut down information getting out about the actual number of nursing home deaths.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) managed to seal a book deal that offered him more than $4 million to detail his pandemic leadership, while his administration worked to revise a potentially damaging Health Department report that would expose staggering COVID-19 nursing home deaths, The New York Times reported late Wednesday.

According to the Times, revisions by Cuomo’s top aides to an impending Health Department report overlapped with the governor securing the lucrative book deal and served to temporarily preserved his image as a leader amid the pandemic while guarding him from criticism.

The governor’s secretary Melissa DeRosa and another aide, Linda Lacewell, had shown concern about the higher death toll which had appeared in the second sentence of the report and was deleted from the final version, according to drafts of the report reviewed by the Times.

According to the Times, Cuomo also used the resources of his office to help with the manuscript for “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic,” using aides and junior staffers for tasks like editing and clerical work that potentially violated state laws prohibiting use of public resources for personal gain.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer





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