'Refrigerator-sized' asteroid may 'buzz-cut' Earth day before election by Nemacolin in news
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A 6.5-foot asteroid will zoom past Earth just before Election Day but astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says it's nothing to worry about.
"Asteroid 2018VP1, a refrigerator-sized space-rock, is hurtling towards us at more than 40,000 km/hr. It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov 2, the day before the Presidential Election," he said.
NASA has previously said it has a 0.41% chance of entering our atmosphere.
"It’s not big enough to cause harm. So if the World ends in 2020, it won’t be the fault of the Universe," Tyson said.
NASA has been tracking the asteroid since it was discovered in 2018 by the Zwicky Transient Facility at Palomar Observatory in California. They've been monitoring its progress and found it was likely to be near Earth on Nov. 2.
In August, news of the 6.5-foot asteroid's approach spread due to its proximity to Election Day in the United States.
NASA, through an official social media account dedicated to asteroid observation, dispelled the notion.
'Refrigerator-sized' asteroid may 'buzz-cut' Earth day before election
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Gianno Caldwell: Trump has done a lot for Blacks — don't say I 'ain’t Black' because I won't vote for Biden by kesh in news
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Gianno Caldwell? Never heard of him. Neither has Wikipedia.
Saudia airliner came within 100 feet of smashing into drone by Nemacolin in news
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An airliner carrying up to 296 passengers came within 100ft of smashing into a suspected drone as it landed at Heathrow, a report has revealed.
The pilots of the Saudia plane reported that there was a 'high' risk of collision as they flew underneath the object on their final approach in July.
The B787 Dreamliner was flying at around 170mph at a height of 600ft when its first officer spotted the suspected drone pass just 100ft over the cockpit.
Saudia airliner came within 100 feet of smashing into drone
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Japan To Release Fukushima’s Nuclear Waste Water Into Sea by Nemacolin in news
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The cleanup costs are astronomical, so safety standards get ignored. Besides, few voters live in the ocean.
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Nearly a decade after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan’s government has decided to release over one million tonnes of contaminated water into the sea, media reports said on Friday, with a formal announcement expected to be made later this month.
The decision is expected to rankle neighbouring countries like South Korea, which has already stepped up radiation tests of food from Japan, and further devastate the fishing industry in Fukushima that has battled against such a move for years.
The disposal of contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi plant has been a longstanding problem for Japan as it proceeds with an decades-long decommissioning project. Nearly 1.2 million tonnes of contaminated water are currently stored in huge tanks at the facility.
The plant, run by Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc , suffered multiple nuclear meltdowns after a 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
On Friday, Japan’s industry minister Hiroshi Kajiyama said no decision had been made on the disposal of the water yet, but the government aims to make one quickly.
“To prevent any delays in the decommissioning process, we need to make a decision quickly,” he told a news conference.
He did not give any further details, including a time-frame.
Japan To Release Fukushima’s Nuclear Waste Water Into Sea
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Libertarian Bears in New England by Nemacolin in news
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A bit of a long read, but an amusing one that is well worth your time.
Libertarian Bears in New England
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Sen. Perdue appears to mock Kamala Harris' name at Trump rally by Nemacolin in news
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Oh. I do wish you had written that.
There are one hundred senators. They work together, they are all in a very small club. It takes a special kind of person to make fun of a co-worker's name. It takes a six year old.
Following Facebook, Twitter will now ban Holocaust denial by Nemacolin in news
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Go on. Who is the True Enemy? No need to keep us on tenterhooks. Don't keep it bottled up inside.
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I am not aware anyone said it was racist.
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Twitter will now ban posts that deny the Holocaust.
Bloomberg News reported Wednesday that a Twitter spokesperson said posts that “deny or distort” violent events including the Holocaust would be banned.
Twitter is the second major social media network to ban Holocaust denial this week. Facebook announced on Monday that it would ban posts that deny or distort the Holocaust, two years after Mark Zuckerberg said Holocaust denial should be allowed in the name of free speech.
“We strongly condemn anti-semitism, and hateful conduct has absolutely no place on our service,” the Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. “We also have a robust ‘glorification of violence’ policy in place and take action against content that glorifies or praises historical acts of violence and genocide, including the Holocaust.”
The moves come as social media networks make a series of moves to crack down on hateful content ahead of the presidential election, and as activists have called on social media companies to do more to combat hate and misinformation. Facebook also recently banned content related to the QAnon conspiracy theory, as well as a range of hateful posts including those that say Jews control the world. YouTube likewise banned QAnon content, and Twitter removed thousands of QAnon accounts this summer.
Twitter has taken an especially tough stance on disinformation recently, appending warnings to tweets by President Trump sharing false information, violent content or conspiracy theories. The network also recently blocked an unsubstantiated article about Joe Biden from the New York Post, before saying similar content would be allowed with a warning attached.
Following Facebook, Twitter will now ban Holocaust denial
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Sen. David Perdue, at a Georgia campaign rally for President Donald Trump, on Friday appeared to intentionally mock the first name of Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris.
At the Macon rally, Perdue, R-Ga., pronounced Harris' name as: "Kamala, or Kamala, Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know," with various emphasis on parts of the name, video showed.
Perdue made the comments while naming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and others when attacking what he called "radical socialism."
Perdue was elected to the Senate in 2014 and serves in Congress with Harris, who was elected in 2016.
Perdue's Democratic opponent in the Senate race, Jon Ossoff tweeted that Perdue "mocked" Harris' name, and added: "We are so much better than this."
John Burke, Perdue's campaign communications director, claimed in a statement that he "simply mispronounced Senator Harris' name, and he didn't mean anything by it."
"He was making an argument against the radical socialist agenda that she and her endorsed candidate Jon Ossoff are pushing, which includes the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-all, raising taxes, and holding up COVID relief for the people of Georgia," Burke said.
Harris is the first Black and South Asian-American woman to be on the ticket as vice president in U.S. history.
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Perdue spoke in the warm-up before Trump took the stage for a rally speech that lasted about an hour and 45 minutes.
Nikema Williams, Democratic Party of Georgia chairwoman, criticized Perdue, calling the mispronunciation intentional.
"Senator Perdue’s intentionally disrespectful mispronunciation of Senator Harris’s name is a bigoted and racist tactic straight from President Trump’s handbook," she said. "He owes Georgians an apology for his offensive display."
Perdue in July faced criticism for a digital campaign ad featuring a manipulated picture of Ossoff, who is Jewish, with an enlarged nose.
The ad was taken down. A spokeswoman for Perdue said in a statement at the time that it was it an “unintentional error” by an outside vendor, without naming the vendor, The Associated Press reported.
Ossoff appeared to refer to that in his tweet condemning Perdue's statements on Harris' name, referring to the him as "GOP Sen. David Perdue of anti-Semitic attack ad infamy."
When the ad was taken down the Perdue spokeswoman said that "Anybody who implies that this was anything other than an inadvertent error is intentionally misrepresenting Senator Perdue’s strong and consistent record of standing firmly against anti-Semitism and all forms of hate."
Sen. Perdue appears to mock Kamala Harris' name at Trump rally
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Judge allows public viewing of previous George Floyd arrest video by kesh in news
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I heard there was another video, one that showed the policeman killing him.
‘Lock Up the Bidens,’ Trump Says at Georgia Campaign Rally by Nemacolin in news
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President Donald Trump called on Friday night for Joe Biden and his family to be jailed, escalating his attacks on his Democratic opponent over unsupported accusations as he struggles to reverse his deficit in the polls.
“Lock up the Bidens. Lock up Hillary,” Trump declared at a rally in Macon, Georgia, stoking the crowd that chanted “lock him up” in favor of the Democratic candidate’s imprisonment.
“We’ve learned over the last couple of months: Joe Biden is a corrupt politician,” Trump said to his supporters, “and the Biden family is a criminal enterprise.”
Trump frequently demanded that his 2016 Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, be incarcerated over her use of a private email server as secretary of state. It was believed to be the first time he has ever used that sort of attack against the Bidens.
The FBI declined in 2016 to recommend charges against Clinton for sending a small number of classified emails through a private server at her New York home.
‘Lock Up the Bidens,’ Trump Says at Georgia Campaign Rally
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COVID-19 is losing steam --Anniston (Alabama) Star by Nemacolin in LettersToTheEditor
The New York Times published an article several days ago stating that COVID-19 was waning. This article said fewer people were catching it and even fewer were dying from it nationwide.
The governor of Florida canceled wearing masks in his state recently and said it’s time to get back to normal. Why? Because the daily national reports on COVID-19 were so conflicting that all they accomplished was confusion for the citizens of his state.
COVID-19 has weakened and is dying. Gov. Kay Ivey needs to stop listening to her cadre of doctors who would have us wear masks until every disease known to man was 100% cured, which is not possible.
Or, at the least listen to our state’s doctors, who realize COVID-19 is just another form of flu that has just about worn itself out. Or, is Kay Ivey more confused about COVID-19 than the governor of Florida?
COVID-19 is losing steam --Anniston (Alabama) Star
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Troy, Alabama A&M should stop accepting funds from Chinese government -Anniston (Alabama) Star by Nemacolin in LettersToTheEditor
Why are Troy University and Alabama A&M still allowed to be "Confucius Institutes" when the U.S. government has shut down the propaganda activity at 45 other institutes?
These colleges are being allowed to accept funds from the Chinese Communist government to organize and promote groups and meetings that promote that dictatorship China as a normal, acceptable way of life.
Normalizing slavery and government dictatorship ideals is not the American way. These groups are also found to be involved in espionage activities. Also, these active groups are influencing our local schools. The related Confucius Classroom Program partners with local school districts to provide teachers and instructional materials.
We, as Alabamians and Americans, demand that the influence of the Communist Chinese government be stopped in the United States of America. We do not hold any prejudices against Asians or Chinese people. It is the dictatorship ideals and control of the government of China that we protest.
Troy and Alabama A&M must be required to disengage from these groups and stop accepting funds from the Chinese government.
Troy, Alabama A&M should stop accepting funds from Chinese government -Anniston (Alabama) Star
US posts record $3.1T 2020 budget deficit by rainbow80 in news
I am not too interested in changing any minds here. I do not even know any of you people.
I am just here to be amused by other people's comments. That, and to post s/letterstotheeditor and s/lists
Best (and Worst) States for Gun Ownership
2 days ago by Nemacolin to /s/Lists from self.Lists
Darn you Obama! Darn you all to heck!
Porsche driver Richard Pusey granted bail after months in jail (Victoria) by Nemacolin in news
You ought to show your posts to your family and your doctor.
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British Supreme Court Permits Orthodox Housing Associations To Decline Non-jewish Applicants by Nemacolin in news
Orthodox Jewish housing associations in the United Kingdom may continue to restrict residency to Orthodox Jews, Britain’s highest court ruled.
In a ruling Friday, the court determined that the London Borough of Hackney had acted lawfully in declining to refer a non-Jewish mother’s housing application to the Agudas Israel Housing Association, the Jewish News of London reported. The association is a public charity that operates hundreds of low-cost rental properties in North London.
The woman’s lawyers had argued the borough’s refusal constituted discrimination on the basis of religion. But the housing association’s lawyers countered that reserving housing for Orthodox families is crucial to alleviating housing shortages facing the community.
Lower courts had accepted the association’s argument that the policy was a legitimate means of addressing a genuine social need. A panel of five judges on the high court unanimously agreed.
The Jewish housing association called the court’s decision a “landmark ruling.”
British Supreme Court Permits Orthodox Housing Associations To Decline Non-jewish Applicants
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Nothing like a good old-fashioned trial, our best method of finding the truth.
I am not overly familiar with Australian law on this point.
Trump’s retweet of ‘ludicrous’ conspiracy about Navy SEALs, bin Laden by Nemacolin in news
Outgoing Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) is condemning President Trump’s amplification of a false QAnon-linked conspiracy theory that then-President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden may have had Navy SEALs killed to cover up a plot involving an Osama bin Laden body double.
Riggleman, who last week co-led a House resolution condemning QAnon, appeared on CNN Wednesday night with Jake Tapper to continue sounding the alarm on what he described as dangerous, wildly fantastical conspiracies that could lead to violence — including the one Trump promoted on Twitter Tuesday.
The president retweeted an article pushing a fringe theory that Navy SEALs killed a bin Laden body double, rather than bin Laden himself, and that Obama and Biden may have had the SEALs killed to cover it up.
There is no dispute that Navy SEAL Team 6 killed bin Laden in a raid in 2011.
Trump’s retweet of ‘ludicrous’ conspiracy about Navy SEALs, bin Laden
3 days ago by Nemacolin to /s/news from washingtonpost.com
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Yes. He failed to render aid. That is morally wrong and a crime.
China declares it is “militarily and morally ready for war” by Nemacolin in news
America’s largest warships are being joined by 100 aircraft and 11,000 troops to practice defending the crucial Pacific island of Guam as China declares it is “militarily and morally ready for war”.
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Regan and assault ship USS America will join amphibious warfare vessels USS New Orleans and USS Germantown in war-games centred on Guam’s major naval and air force facilities.
Dubbed “Exercise Valiant Shield”, the co-ordinated land, sea and air operations around the central Pacific island will last 10 days and extend through the Marianas Island chain, the US Pacific Fleet said in a statement.
China declares it is “militarily and morally ready for war”
3 days ago by Nemacolin to /s/news from news.com.au
Porsche driver Richard Pusey has been granted bail on “strict and rigorous” conditions after allegedly filming a dying policewoman struck in a horror crash on a Melbourne freeway.
The 42-year-old spent almost six months on remand on a string of charges including reckless conduct endangering life and outraging public decency.
Leading Senior Constable Lynette Taylor, Senior Constable Kevin King and constables Glen Humphris and Josh Prestney were killed in the crash in April, involving a truck driven by another man.
“I’m of the view very strict and rigorous bail conditions can mitigate the risks so they are not unacceptable,” magistrate Donna Bakos told the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.
Reasons she cited for granting bail included the onerous conditions in prison and an “inordinate” delay of up to three years for the trial because of the coronavirus pandemic.
She said Mr Pusey also had stable accommodation at his home, family support and a “thorough” mental health treatment plan.
His lawyer Dermott Dann QC also argued any time spent on remand while waiting for a trial could exceed a possible sentence if found guilty of some of the serious charges.
“The charges are serious. That said, a period of up to three years before trial is extremely long,” Ms Bakos said in handing down her decision.
Police argued Mr Pusey should not be granted bail and told the court he was a risk to the public because of his driving and the fear he could intimidate witnesses.
“He’s a manipulative and controlling man. When he clashes with people, he resorts to all sorts of tactics,” Detective Senior Constable Aaron Price told the court earlier this week.
Even if bail conditions prohibited Mr Pusey from driving, Constable Price said he was concerned Mr Pusey would not abide by the condition because he “picks and chooses” what laws to follow.
“The accused does have a tendency to enjoy driving fast in … flashy cars,” he said.
The detective told the court Mr Pusey had previously intimidated, harassed and threatened others.
He allegedly threatened to kill someone over a disputed water bill but no charges were laid, the court was told.
However, the magistrate found it was speculation to suggest he could intimidate witnesses.
“I accept the informant has genuine concerns about the behaviour of the applicant, but the suggestion that the applicant will try to find out about witnesses is at the best speculative,” Ms Bakos said.
The businessman will be banned from driving and has to report to police three times a week, adhere to a curfew, undergo psychiatric treatment, surrender his passport and cannot contact witnesses.
He has also been barred from using electronic communications and social media to publish anything about or discuss the circumstances in the lead-up to the alleged offending with certain exceptions.
It comes after a ruling earlier this week that found Mr Pusey could face trial for the “rare” charge of outraging public decency.
His lawyers previously argued the charge did not exist in Australia, but Ms Bakos disagreed.
“Could a jury decide that the accused’s conduct was at the highest end of what is disgusting, repugnant, repulsive or offensive? In my view a jury could,” Ms Bakos wrote.
Mr Pusey was ordered to stand trial in relation to his alleged actions after the crash and he will face court next month.
Porsche driver Richard Pusey granted bail after months in jail (Victoria)
DEA recruits cite 'monkey noises' among claims of racism by Nemacolin in news
At the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Training Academy in Virginia last year, an instructor on the firing range called out a name that was shared by two trainees, one Black and one white.
When both responded, the white instructor clarified, “I meant the monkey.”
That behavior, as alleged in an internal complaint, didn’t stop there. The instructor also was accused of going on the loudspeaker in the tower of the outdoor firing range to taunt black trainees by making “monkey noises.”
“We were like, ‘It’s 2019. That shouldn’t even be a thing that we’re dealing with,’” said Derek Moise, who did not hear the noises himself but recalled the discomfort they caused his fellow Black trainees who did. “Everybody knows what those sounds and noises stand for.”
As the DEA continues a decades-long struggle to diversify its ranks, it has received a string of recent complaints describing a culture of racial discrimination at its training academy in which minorities are singled out, derided with insults and consistently held to a higher standard than their white counterparts, according to interviews with former recruits and law enforcement officials and records obtained by The Associated Press.
In one case, a Black recruit was told his skin color made him a surefire candidate for undercover work. In another, a Hispanic woman, chatting in Spanish with a fellow trainee, was admonished to “speak English, you are in the United States.” At least two of the complaints prompted internal DEA investigations, one of which remains ongoing.
The complaints, which are not typically made public, offer a rare window into the frustration minorities have voiced about their treatment at DEA since the filing of a 1977 civil rights lawsuit that remains unresolved despite a series of court orders governing the agency’s hiring and promotion practices. Last year, a federal judge ruled that DEA had run afoul of court orders intended to remove subjectivity from agent promotions.
Like other federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the DEA has struggled to fill its ranks with minorities. Of the agency’s 4,400 special agents, just 8% are Black and 10% are Hispanic.
The DEA said it could not immediately provide a racial breakdown of recent graduates of the Quantico, Virginia, academy, which puts through multiple classes a year of about 50 to 60 trainees each.
“DEA takes allegations of misconduct very seriously and will not tolerate discriminatory behavior of any kind,” the agency said in a statement. “DEA is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting a workforce that reflects the diversity of our country and the people we serve.”
In the case of the firing range instructor making “monkey noises,” at least two Black trainees raised their concerns to a DEA supervisor, who sent them up the chain of command, prompting Special Agent Jay Mortenson to be removed from his post on the firing range. But to the disappointment of the recruits, he was not disciplined before retiring.
The DEA told AP the instructor was “promptly reassigned”
DEA recruits cite 'monkey noises' among claims of racism
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Voting for Trump is an easy decision --Madison Wisconsin State Journal by Nemacolin in LettersToTheEditor
Let me get this straight: You want me to vote for Joe Biden, a candidate who has been in government for over 45 years and has no memorable past actions to speak of.
You want me to vote for a person who is 78 years old and is having memory issues. You want me to choose a president who has not really been "tested" by the media questions.
This does not make sense to me.
What about voting for a candidate such as President Donald Trump who the media dislikes? He's a president who has basically been through a "coup" attempt and many other unbelievable attacks.
Vote for a person who keeps his promises and works for the people. It is not difficult to make this decision.
Mary H. Quamme, Waunakee
Voting for Trump is an easy decision --Madison Wisconsin State Journal
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Baltimore Police back pilot program for surveillance planes, reviving controversial program by rainbow80 in news
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If you figure Baltimore does not have the big bucks to develop new policing equipment, it stands to reason that someone else is using Baltimore as a test bed.
Biden Calls For More Punishments On Corporations Amid Record Bankruptencies Due To The Lockdowns by NewsJunkie in news
Yep. The big corporation are way too big.
COVID-19 may survive on smartphones, banknotes for 28 days: Study by Snehashis09 in news
Actually I figure I roughly live on banknotes and mobile phones.
So does this mean the policeman did not really kill him?
Biden's court-packing 180, says he will now tell voters his stance before election by kesh in news
Most Americans seem to be opposed to the Republicans packing the court. This will set off a cycle of revenge that will be very damaging to the country.
Roman Polanski Honors Poles Who Saved Him From The Holocaust by Nemacolin in news
Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski returned to Poland, the country of his youth, and paid tribute on Thursday to a Polish couple who took him in and protected him when he was a child, saving him from the Holocaust during World War II.
Stefania and Jan Buchala were posthumously declared as “Righteous Among the Nations,” an honor bestowed by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, in a ceremony attended by their grandson.
The 87-year-old Polanski, who now lives in France, traveled to Poland for the occasion. That’s one of the very few countries Polanski can travel to safely given that he remains a fugitive from U.S. law after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1977 and fleeing the United States the following year.
Polanski recalled Stefania Buchala as an “extremely noble and religious person” who had the courage to risk not only her own life in sheltering him, but also the lives of her children. In occupied Poland, Nazi Germans punished anyone helping Jews with instant execution of the person involved and their entire family.
The couple’s grandson, Stanislaw Buchala, received the medal and the diploma on behalf of his late grandparents from Israel’s deputy ambassador, Tal Ben-Ari Yaalon, at a Jewish memorial center in Gliwice, in southern Poland. City authorities also attended the ceremony.
Polanski and Buchala posed for photos together, but any emotional gestures were made impossible by the anti-COVID-19 social distancing and masks.
Polanski was nine years old in 1942 when his parents made him escape from the Krakow Ghetto and hide with a Polish family that they knew and had paid to shelter him. Both of his parents were soon after deported to death camps.
The Krakow Ghetto was one of many where Nazi Germans isolated Jews from the outside world as they occupied Poland during World War II.
Polanski was eventually given lasting shelter by the Buchalas, from 1943-45, in the small southern village of Wysoka.
In his request for the Yad Vashem honor, Polanski wrote that Stefania “did not hesitate, but was driven by the love for another human being” when she decided to hide him.
“During all that time, despite poverty and scant food, she made sure that I was safe and fed,” he added.
The Buchalas died in 1953.
Roman Polanski Honors Poles Who Saved Him From The Holocaust
Central Americans edge north as pandemic spurs economic collapse by Nemacolin in news
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After losing her job in Honduras, Gabriela Alvarado has spent the last six weeks crisscrossing towards the U.S. border, part of a small but growing movement of Central Americans heading north after the coronavirus ravaged the already poor region.
Alvarado and her husband, Jose, decided their only option was to leave their two children with relatives and try to reach the United States, after a fruitless hunt for work at home.
“I went searching but there’s nothing, everything is shut down,” the 24-year-old former factory worker said on Tuesday from the northern Mexican border state of Sonora. “There’s no employment.”
Earlier this year, U.S.-bound migration plummeted as Central American and Caribbean countries imposed strict restrictions on movement in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic, and the United States implemented a new program of rapidly expelling people caught crossing the border without authorization.
The historic lockdowns threw the region’s well-trodden migration routes into such chaos that some ‘coyotes’ - human smugglers - reversed course and began trafficking stranded Central Americans south to their home countries.
Now, only weeks before the U.S. presidential election, the region’s complex migration machinery is reactivating, smugglers, experts and migrants say, as the collapse of Central America’s economies pushes families deeper into poverty, creating what could become a lightning rod political issue for the next U.S. administration.
U.S. Border Patrol conducted nearly 55,000 expulsions or apprehensions of migrants at the southwest border in September, according to new data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a 238% increase from April.
Central Americans edge north as pandemic spurs economic collapse
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U.S. Navy Unveils Plans for New National Museum in Washington by Nemacolin in news
The U.S. Navy announced today plans to bring new museum to the U.S. Capital.
The announcement was made Tuesday by the Secretary of the Navy Kenneth J. Braithwaite at the Washington Navy Yard the Navy’s intention to build the new flagship National Museum of the U.S. Navy. The day also marked the Navy’s official celebration of its 245th Birthday.
Renderings of the new campus were also unveiled.
The current National Museum of the U.S. Navy, which falls under Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), is located inside the Washington Navy Yard. The Navy said the preferred location for the new museum is in the vicinity of the historic Navy Yard, but the final location is not yet finalized.
U.S. Navy Unveils Plans for New National Museum in Washington
4 days ago by Nemacolin to /s/news from gcaptain.com
Less than 24 Hours to Complete Census by Nemacolin in news
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The deadline to fill out the 2020 census is less than 24 hours away.
Mail-in responses must be postmarked by today.
Online responses are due by 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.
The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the count could end today instead of on Oct. 31.
City census officials say the response rate in the five boroughs is nearly on par with the rest of the U.S.
"We have aggressively closed the gap between the country's self-response rate and the city's, and so right now we're five points away from the national self-response rate. In 2010, we were 14 points away,” said NYC Census Director Julie Menin.
City officials say if New York is undercounted and misrepresented, the city could possibly lose billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief and up to two seats in Congress and the Electoral College.
Less than 24 Hours to Complete Census
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Bronze statue of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be unveiled in Brooklyn during Women's History Month by Nemacolin in news
I sort of think they had that in the back room, waiting. I find the concept a little creepy.
A bronze statue of hometown legend Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be unveiled in Brooklyn, New York, during Women's History Month next year.
Ginsburg, who died last month at age 87, was born in Brooklyn in 1933 and raised in the borough.
The statue will be placed in front of City Point, a residential and commercial area in Downtown Brooklyn, according to a statement Tuesday from City Point.
Bronze statue of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be unveiled in Brooklyn during Women's History Month
4 days ago by Nemacolin to /s/news from abcnews.go.com
Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad by fred_red_beans in news
[–]Nemacolin 1 insightful - 2 fun1 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 2 fun - 4 days ago (0 children)
Well, if you refuse to vote for a candidate whose sons have not making money off their name, you would have nobody to vote for.
Another four years of Trump presidency would be good for business -- Cleveland Plain Dealer by Nemacolin in LettersToTheEditor
The Plain Dealer’s endorsement of Joe Biden (“Biden for president,” Oct. 11) ignores the elephant in the room -- the record $27 trillion national debt. Biden’s proposals for college tuition, the environment and health care would add trillions to that. Think that soaking the rich, raising corporate taxes and closing “loopholes” will pay that? Tell Joe to prove it.
And the full economic shock of COVID-19 is yet to come. Stimulus bills can’t go on forever. The endorsement correctly states, “the economy roared throughout Trump’s term before the coronavirus hit, and it has not faltered nearly as much as predicted during the pandemic.” He may be hard to take, but he’s good for business. Only a robust, expanding economy can bring us out of this. To think that the Democrats' plan for a Scandinavian-style welfare state can do it is a giant leap of faith. The average American pays about 14% in personal taxes; the average Swede, double that, plus a 25% value-added tax.
The Democratic base is hostile to the free enterprise system that has made us the most prosperous nation in history. Advice: Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Another four years of Trump presidency would be good for business -- Cleveland Plain Dealer
4 days ago by Nemacolin to /s/LettersToTheEditor from cleveland.com
Letter: The War on Local Police - The Lima News by Nemacolin in LettersToTheEditor
Protesters of policemen this summer included chants of yelling “We hope they die” referring to two Los Angeles sheriffs ambushed in Compton, California where the entrance to the emergency rooms were blocked even though a sign clearly states “Do Not Block Emergency Entries & Exits.”
A day after the shooting Lynwood City Manager, Jose Ometeotl posted on Instagram an image of Malcom X saying “Chickens Come Home to Roost.” This is one of a great many instances that continue in larger cities throughout the country with the help of many blue state governors and others in local government.
Yes there are rogue cops who should be brought to justice, however, they do not represent the vast majority of policemen. Evidence shows that there is no “systemic” racism on the part of either the police or Americans.
Pushing the idea that police departments are venues for systemic racism, radicals are aiming to nationalize police as a step in the process to make our country socialist/communist.
To thwart this planned agenda, it is imperative we support our local police and keep them independent which is vital to keeping America strong. Your vote will determine the outcome.
Linda Bishop, Findlay
Letter: The War on Local Police - The Lima News
4 days ago by Nemacolin to /s/LettersToTheEditor from limaohio.com
Defense: Whitmer kidnap plot was just 'big talk between crackpots' by Drewski in news
[–]Nemacolin 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 4 days ago (0 children)
It seems they are pleading guilty to a criminal conspiracy.
70% Of Jews Plan To Vote Biden, Pew Study Finds - by Nemacolin in news
[–]Nemacolin[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 5 days ago (0 children)
The Jewish vote in the upcoming presidential election should be very close to the way it has been split since 2012, a new study by the Pew Research Center found.
The survey, conducted earlier this month and published Tuesday, found that 70% of American Jews plan to vote for former Vice President Joe Biden, while 27% plan to vote for President Donald Trump.
If those numbers bear out, they will be nearly identical to the Jewish result in 2016, when Pew found that Hillary Clinton won 71% of the Jewish vote to Trump’s 25%. In 2012, the numbers were slightly higher for the Republican candidate: Barack Obama won 69% of the Jewish vote while Mitt Romney won 30%.
The margin of error for Jewish respondents on the Pew survey is quite large, at 9.6%, which means that the result is statistically similar to the Jewish vote in previous elections.
The poll is a blow to Jewish Republican hopes that Trump’s record in office — including recognizing Israeli territorial claims, brokering peace between Israel and two Arab states and pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement — could shift the vote in his favor.
70% Of Jews Plan To Vote Biden, Pew Study Finds -
5 days ago by Nemacolin to /s/news from vosizneias.com
About 75,000 more Americans died from COVID-19 pandemic than reported in spring and summer, study finds by Nemacolin in news
The coronavirus pandemic may have caused tens of thousands of more deaths in the spring and summer than previously thought, a new study says.
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond found nearly 75,000 more people may have died from the pandemic than what was recorded in March to July, according to the report published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal JAMA.
By examining death certificates, the study found more than 150,000 deaths were officially attributed to COVID-19 during that period. But researchers determined that nearly 75,000 additional deaths were indirectly caused by the pandemic, bringing the total number of deaths for those four months to more than 225,000.
Johns Hopkins University data puts the total COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. at just below 215,000.
“There have been some conspiracy theories that the number of deaths from COVID-19 have been exaggerated,” said Dr. Steven Woolf, director emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. “The opposite is the case. We’re actually experiencing more death than we thought we were.”
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Woolf says the deaths indirectly caused by the pandemic camefrom illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and heart disease, which sharply increased in the same five states that recorded the most COVID-19 deaths.
Delayed care, fear of seeking care or emotional crises stemming from the pandemic could have also contributed to these deaths, he says, as well as inaccurate death certificates that may have misidentified a COVID-19 death.
Woolf saw a similar pattern in a previous study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth and Yale universities that looked at excess deaths early in the pandemic, from March to April.
In that study, researchers found deaths from these other diseases spiked in states like New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, where coronavirus cases surged during the beginning of the pandemic. In June and July, Woolf said similar deaths spiked in Southern states that experienced a summer surge in coronavirus cases.
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Another notable finding is how long the surges lasted in various states. According to the study, the level of excess deaths in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts were immense but short-lived, resulting in a “A-shaped” model.
In Sunbelt states, however, excess deaths began to gradually increase at the beginning of the pandemic then skyrocket in June, rising until Woolf’s team ended its research in July.
“This suggests it has some policy implications in terms of the consequences of the decision of some states to ease restrictions early in the pandemic,” he said. “It’s sort of a warning call going forward.”
Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease physician and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said the study confirms what doctors see every day in the hospital and underscored how badly federal officials have performed during the pandemic.
While the study may be only a snapshot of March through July, he says the country is still seeing an excess of deaths from the coronavirus.
“The fact is even now in the fall with all the knowledge and the new tools ... this is still killing people at a rate that’s much too high,” Adalja said.
The study contributes to research from the University of Washington that suggests nearly 400,000 people will die this year from COVID-19 or consequences of the pandemic. JAMA editor-in-chief Dr. Howard Bauchner said in a journal editorial published Monday the number of excess of deaths “cannot be overstated.”
“These deaths reflect a true measure of the human cost of the Great Pandemic of 2020,” he wrote.
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Health and patient safety coverage at USA TODAY is made possible in part by a grant from the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation and Competition in Healthcare. The Masimo Foundation does not provide editorial input.
About 75,000 more Americans died from COVID-19 pandemic than reported in spring and summer, study finds
5 days ago by Nemacolin to /s/news from usatoday.com
Facebook's Transparency Report Just Made Everything More Muddy Concerning The War On Conservative Content by NewsJunkie in news
[–]Nemacolin 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 5 days ago* (0 children)
Conservatives? I have not seen one in years. Who are we talking about? Conspiracy people? Antivax people?
BREAKING: The UN Human Rights Council Is Protecting Countries That Torture And Murder Their Own Citizens by NewsJunkie in news
[–]Nemacolin 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 5 days ago (0 children)
Yes. An organization established by countries to protect countries tends to protect countries.
COVID-19 Is Now the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S. (Scientific American) by Nemacolin in news
I am running s/lists It is a sub devoted to lists. I am very proud of my daily list of the number of covid deaths in the US. There are other things there that catch my eye. I hope you might find it useful and amusing.
I have to go to breakfast. Please excuse me.
[–]Nemacolin[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 6 days ago (0 children)
Well, and to be serious for a moment, remember the court-appointed psychiatrist is not your friend. Further, if need to convince him you are nuts, tell him the voices are from outside your head. As you said, normal people use the idea of "voices"to describe thoughts.
Tell him you hear a whisper into your ear. That ought to work.
Now go upvote something on s/lists I bet you will find something you like.
So you just open your mind and listen to The Voices in your head?
Lockdowns of Young People Lead to More Deaths From Covid-19 by NewsJunkie in news
[–]Nemacolin 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 6 days ago (0 children)
Hardly matters. The only supports the Republicans get is fifty-one votes. Then the Democrats can begin the revenge.
[–]Nemacolin[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 7 days ago (0 children)
Thank goodness some people have the simple pure reason needed to see The Truth.
Because of the person, not the place. I have never been there.
Sorry for my preceding comment. I was being bitchy.
[–]Nemacolin[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 8 days ago (0 children)
Really? You seem to be able to tell all sorts of things about me. How many fingers am I holding up? Which one?
LIES, LIES and Lies -- Tullahoma Tennessee News
8 days ago by Nemacolin to /s/LettersToTheEditor from self.LettersToTheEditor
California Govenor signs bill exploring reparations for African Americans by AmericanMuskrat in news
[–]Nemacolin 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 8 days ago (0 children)
None of my business.
When I become a James Bond super-villain, I am not going to waste my time forcing the world to wear masks.
No. I got one of them pillboxes. You know, one container for each day of the week.
So seriously, what in the world makes you think that The Powers That Be are trying to trick you by saying there is a plague? For what purpose?
I am not especially afraid. I cannot help but think a lot of these virus deniers are acting out of fear. They cannot handle the truth in front of them so they claim it is not real.
Feds say plot was bigger than kidnapping Gov. Whitmer. It was civil war attempt. (Michigan) by Nemacolin in news
Or you could go upvote something.
[–]Nemacolin[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 9 days ago (0 children)
Excellent point. The Mad Scientists created a cabal with a secret plan to make you wear a mask.
I do not understand it. Your granddad marched in Berlin, now somehow wearing a mask is an issue for your generation.
Causes of Death in the US (Per Day)
9 days ago by Nemacolin to /s/Lists from self.Lists
[–]Nemacolin[S] 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun - 9 days ago (0 children)
No. I cannot see them. You know, Saudi Arabia, good solid Tory government.
Mike Pompeo tells Fox News he has ALL 33,000 Hillary Clinton's emails, will release them before Election Day by Trump_WG1WGA in news
[–]Nemacolin 2 insightful - 2 fun2 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 2 fun - 9 days ago (0 children)
It just seemed you were confusing Secretary Clinton and the FDOTUS.
I am very sorry. I do not understand what you are trying to say.
Short putt. Really a chip.
Australia 'unlikely to open borders until end of 2021' when vaccine is available by Nemacolin in news
Of course it is.
[–]Nemacolin 1 insightful - 2 fun1 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 2 fun - 9 days ago (0 children)
The First Daughter of the United States; Ivanka (Trump) Kushner.
[–]Nemacolin[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 9 days ago* (0 children)
Actually no. Let us look at the CDC figures:
Heart disease: 647,457 (per year)/365 = 1,773(per day)
Cancer: 599,108 = 1,641
Covid = about 1,000 a day
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936 = 465
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201 = 438
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404 = 439
Diabetes: 83,564 = 229
Influenza and Pneumonia: 55,672 = 152
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 50,633 = 138
Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173 = 138
By the way, deaths from all causes in the US are about 7,700/day.
But on our worse day, 17 April, about 2,400 Americans died of the virus. So at one brief point, Covid was the number one killer in the country.
But in any case, you are wrong. Now go upvote something on s/letterstotheeditor
Thousands as opposed to the millions of doctors who wear masks. No need to argue. Just think for yourself.
Well the fact that about a thousand Americans a day are being killed by this virus is not a matter of opinion. We can disagree on a favorite color. Disagreeing about the efficacy of masks is simply be obtuse and obdurate.
Senator Clinton's daughter? Maybe I typed "her."Of course I was talking about the First Daughter's secret emails.
"Moment of reckoning" as two architects of CIA torture program testify at Guantánamo Bay by rainbow80 in news
[–]Nemacolin 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun - 9 days ago (0 children)
When the United States wanted to hire torturers they found plenty of eager applicants.