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Ask Jack Pardee How That Works

I was talking with some friends and new people at lunch and one of them was defending trump. He was arguing that everything was going pretty good until Covid hit
We talked a little bit about it and finally I said, "Ask Jack Pardee How That Works."
Most of the table is as at least 10 years my junior. Though I doubt anyone my age might have gotten the reference right away (unless they were from Buffalo or Houston).
I said, "In 1993, in a playoff game, the Houston Oilers were leading the Bills going into the 3rd quarter 35-3. The Bills won the game in overtime. Nobody says what a great job Pardee did in the first two-and-a-half quarters. As the team on the field melted down and the Bills raced back, the Oilers coaches had no answers. That's what people remember. How they handled the crisis on the field. And they handled it poorly. Trump's handling of Covid is Pardee and the Oilers in the 2nd half in 93. He handled Covid poorly early on. He had no answers and still doesn't. As the economy melted down, again he had no answers. No one cares what happened between 2017 and the beginning of 2020. You are judged by how you lead in a crisis."

I remember that game well. I had twenty on Buffalo. And at halftime I was certain I was out twenty
I also have used this analogy once or twice before

Alps glacier collapse fear: Courmayeur evacuated as huge chunk of ice threatens to break away

An Italian resort in the Alps remained on high alert on Friday over fears a massive glacier could collapse due to high temperatures.

The municipality of Courmayeur in the Valley of Aosta ordered dozen of residents and tourists to evacuate from a large exclusion zone on Wednesday because of a high risk of avalanche. Several roads have been closed and pedestrian access is strictly prohibited.

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Local officials said in an order decree that a chunk of ice of approximately 500,000 cubic metres is on the verge of breaking away from the Planpincieux Glacier.

The glacier is "the size of Milan cathedral or a football pitch covered in ice 80 metres (260 feet) thick" according to an official. It could break free of its perch about 2,600 to 2,800 metres above sea level.

https://www.euronews.com/2020/08/06/alps-glacier-collapse-fear-courmayeur-evacuated-as-huge-chunk-of-ice-threatens-to-break-aw

Buried In A Casino Wall, A Dark Secret From Romania's Communist Past

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In 1949, as the communists tightened their grip on the Eastern European country, Nicolaie Voicila, 17, was arrested and later sentenced to four years of hard labor for “plotting against the social order.”

His crime was joining a literary club at which members discussed the relatively new communist regime led by Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej and hoped it would disappear.

The high school student was one of the thousands the communists incarcerated in prisons and labor camps after World War II, often simply because they had fallen afoul of the communist regime.

There are no universally accepted figures, but a 2006 presidential commission established to study the communist dictatorship said more than 600,000 Romanians were sentenced for political crimes between 1945 and 1989. Thousands died from beatings, illness, exhaustion, cold, or lack of food or medicine.

https://www.rferl.org/a/secret-political-prisoners-note-buried-in-casino-wall-revives-dark-memories-of-romania-s-communist-era/30773148.html

5 Stories from Europe You May Have Missed

1. Erdogan: Turkey has restarted drilling in East Mediterranean amid tensions with Greece

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey had resumed energy exploration work in the eastern Mediterranean as Greece had not kept its promises regarding such activities in the region.

NATO members Turkey and Greece have long been at loggerheads over overlapping claims for hydrocarbon resources and tensions flared up last month, prompting Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, to hold talks with the country's leaders to ease tensions.

“We have started drilling work again,” Mr Erdogan told reporters after participating in Friday prayers at the Hagia Sophia mosque. “We don't feel obliged to talk with those who do not have rights in maritime jurisdiction zones.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/turkey-erdogan-drill-oil-mediterranean-greece-mitsotakis-a9659666.html


2. Scuffles with police in Poland as protesters try to block arrest of LGBT activist

Protesters in Poland scuffled with police as they tried to stop the arrest of a gay rights activist on Friday in the city of Warsaw.

The activist, is known officially in court as Michal SZ, but identifies as a woman called Margo. She is suspected of causing criminal damage to the Pro-Right to Life Foundation van with homophobic slogans in June.

The activist is also accused of pushing a volunteer from the group which owned the van.

A court order the campaigner to be held for two months in preventative detention.

https://www.euronews.com/2020/08/07/scuffles-with-police-in-poland-as-protesters-try-to-block-arrest-of-lgbt-activist


3. Anti-Government Protesters In Bulgaria Restore Blockades Removed By Police

Anti-government protesters in Bulgaria have restored their traffic blockades in downtown Sofia, less than a day after they were removed by police.

Some 5,000 protesters gathered in the capital for a 30th consecutive evening on August 7, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov's conservative government over corruption.

The protesters had occupied three major crossroads in downtown Sofia since July 29 and August 1 as part of the biggest protest wave in years in the EU's poorest country. Blockades had also been set up in Plovdiv and the Black Sea port of Varna, severely disrupting traffic.

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However, demonstrators in Sofia set up fresh tent camps at three major crossroads overnight, buttressing them with cordons of large garbage containers, park benches, and concrete street flowerpots.

https://www.rferl.org/a/anti-government-protesters-in-bulgaria-restore-blockades-removed-by-police/30772937.html

4. Kazakhstan Allows Transit Of Uzbek, Kyrgyz Workers Stranded In Russia

NUR-SULTAN -- Kazakhstan has allowed the transit of thousands of Uzbek and Kyrgyz migrant workers who've been stranded in Russia for months along the border with Kazakhstan due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

The decision by Kazakhstan's government to allow the migrant workers to cross through the country to return to their homelands was made after clashes near the border between the migrants and Russian police.

Kazakh Foreign Ministry's spokesman Aibek Smadiyarov said on August 5 that 2,435 Kyrgyz citizens had been allowed to pass through Kazakhstan from Russia's adjacent Samara region aboard 40 buses. He said 2,200 Uzbek citizens also were allowed to cross through Kazakhstan on trains.

https://www.rferl.org/a/kazakhstan-allows-transit-of-uzbek-kyrgyz-workers-stranded-in-russia/30767694.html


5. Eleven people killed in Czech Republic apartment building fire

At least 11 people have been killed in a fire in an apartment building in the northeastern Czech Republic, police and firefighters said Saturday.

Police said the fire hit the 11th floor of the 13-story building in the afternoon in the town of Bohumin.

Firefighters spokesman Lukas Popp told local media that six people, three adults and three children, were killed in an eleventh-floor apartment.

The other five died after they were trying to escape from the building ``in panic'' by jumping from its windows on the 12th floor, Interior Minister Jan Hamacek told Czech public radio.

https://www.euronews.com/2020/08/08/eleven-people-killed-in-czech-republic-apartment-building-fire

How did 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate make it to the Port of Beirut? #TheCube

How the shipment made it to the port and why such dangerous cargo remained there for more than six years, has been central to the questions raised in the aftermath.

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After becoming embroiled in both a legal and financial dispute, the ship never left Beirut's waters and the explosive material was transferred onto land in the port.

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Articles from the Seafarer's Union of Russia detailed the same case, saying that Russian members of the crew had not been paid. The Union, which is affiliated with the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), reported that the crew was concerned about the nature of the cargo.

Euronews contacted Lloyd's List, a Maritime Intelligence agency, to corroborate the reports. They cited a briefing by a Beirut-based law firm who said that the ship was abandoned and detained by the port's state control. This happened "after the charterer and cargo interests lost interest in the consignment of ammonium nitrate," according to Lloyd’s List

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"At some point between the detention and the sinking, some 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate - an industrial chemical widely used in the manufacture of fertiliser and of both commercial and illicit explosives - were warehoused inside the perimeters of the port," Lloyd's List added.

https://www.euronews.com/2020/08/06/how-did-2-750-tonnes-of-ammonium-nitrate-make-it-to-the-port-of-beirut-thecube

Beirut bride videographer speaks to Euronews

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=32&v=ZRRSv2eej2Y&feature=emb_logo

The 27 second mark

Could this be why the Republicans think American workers won't work because of unemployment benefits

I went through the House and Senate calendars for 2020. They can be found at congress.gov
https://www.congress.gov/days-in-session

What I found interesting was the number of days the Senate was in session for 2020: (or should I say, not in session)
In January the senate did actually work 20 days.
In February they worked zero Fridays and took the 18th, 19th and 26th off
On the 10th of February: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 6:38 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2020
On the 17th: The Senate met at 1:45:01 p.m. in pro forma session, and adjourned at 1:45:33 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., on Thursday, February 20, 2020.
On the 3rd and 24th it appears they were actually in session for the whole day

March 18 days
Took 3 Fridays off. They were in session one Friday, one Saturday and one Sunday
Mon, Mar 2: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 6:56 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
Mon, Mar 9: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 7:10 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Mon, Mar 16: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 7:19 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The 30th they were in session, but were nor Mar 31 and Apr 1. I guess they were celebration April Fool's Day

April 10 days
They worked no Wednesdays or Fridays
They worked 1 Tuesday
Mon Apr 6: The Senate met at 10:00:20 a.m. in pro forma session, and adjourned at 10:00:49 a.m. until 10 a.m., on Thursday, April 9, 2020
Mon Apr 13: The Senate met at 10:00:02 a.m. in pro forma session, and adjourned at 10:00:41 a.m. until 3 p.m., on Thursday, April 16, 2020.
Mon Apr 20: The Senate met at 2:00:03 p.m. in pro forma session, and adjourned at 2:04:25 p.m. until 4 p.m., on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
Mon, Apr 27: The Senate met at 8:02:15 a.m. in pro forma session, and adjourned at 8:02:45 a.m. until 1 p.m., on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

May 15 days
They worked 1 Friday, 3 Mon and 3 Wed
Mon May 4: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 6:21 p.m., until 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Mon, May 11: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 6:36 p.m., until 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
Mon, May 18: Senate convened at 3 p.m. and adjourned at 6:44 p.m., until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

June 19 days (However did they stand working all those days?)
They took off 3 of 4 Fridays
All 5 Mondays they opened session at 3 pm and adjourned between 6 m and 8 pm

July 14 days
July 6: Pro Forma session 30 seconds. Then they took 2 days off
July 13: Pro Forma 33 seconds. Took two days off
July 20: 3pm to 7 pm
July 27: 4pm to 7:12 pm

For people who get all upset that people are getting 600 bucks a week and then claim they'll do nothing
Senators make about 170k a year and their calendars reflect very little work
Maybe they just think those on unemployment are as lazy as they are
For anyone who wants to know about the House, 2 things:
1. I didn't check
2. Isn't relevant, since it's not Pelosi and the House Democratic leadership that is pushing this narrative about people living like Jeff Bezos on unemployment

5 Stories from Europe You May Have Missed

1. Surging Belarusian Presidential Candidate Plans Three Rallies Amid Security Concerns

Belarusian presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, whose recent campaign events have drawn large crowds, is scheduled to hold three rallies on August 1.

Tsikhanouskaya, who announced her candidacy only after her husband was arrested last month after he expressed his intention to run for the presidency, will appear at rallies in Grodno, Volkovysk, and Slonim.

Tsikhanouskaya has said that all events planned for her campaign would proceed despite a warning from the Belarusian Security Council about the need for additional security measures at public events.

The warning came after Belarusian authorities this week said they had detained 33 Russian mercenaries who authorities allege wanted to destabilize the country ahead of the election. Moscow has rejected the claims, saying the men were only transiting through Belarus on their way to Turkey.

https://www.rferl.org/a/belarus-presidential-candidate/30760999.html


2. Kremlin calls for release of Russians accused of conspiracy in Belarus

On Friday, Russia demanded that 33 of its citizens who had been arrested in Belarus be released. The detainees are accused of wanting to orchestrate "mass riots" in Belarus a few days before the presidential election, which is proving a difficult endeavour for Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

According to the government in Belarus, the suspects are men from the private paramilitary company Wagner, a group long accused of being close to the Kremlin and of deploying its mercenaries in foreign countries.

"We hope that our Belarusian allies will explain this incident as soon as possible and that our citizens will be released," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

https://www.euronews.com/2020/07/31/kremlin-calls-for-release-of-russians-accused-of-conspiracy-in-belarus

3. Moscow Court To Decide Next Week On Trial Of Sisters Charged With Killing Their Father

A court in Moscow says it will make public next week its decision regarding how to proceed with the trial of two sisters, who along with their younger sister are accused of killing their father in 2018.

After holding a preliminary hearing, the Moscow City Court said on July 31 that the court's decision on the extremely high-profile case will be made public on August 3.

Lawyers for Krestina and Angelina Khachaturyan have asked the court to send the case back to prosecutors, saying that the two sisters must be tried together with their younger sister Maria.

Maria Khachaturyan, who was 17 when the alleged crime took place, is set to be tried separately. A medical evaluation following the killing found her mentally unsound at the time of the crime, and she was recommended for psychological treatment.

https://www.rferl.org/a/moscow-court-to-decide-next-week-on-trial-of-sisters-charged-with-killing-their-father/30759195.html

4. Azerbaijan's Despotic Ruler Throws 'Tantrum' In Unprecedented Crackdown On Pro-Democracy Rivals

Facing growing public dissent over corruption, a mismanaged economy, his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and no progress in the country's long-running conflict with neighboring Armenia, Azerbaijan's strong-arm ruler Ilham Aliyev decided to crack down on the opposition.

In an action widely seen as an attempt to eliminate pro-democracy advocates and political rivals once and for all, as many as 120 opposition figures and supporters have been rounded up in the past two weeks by Aliyev's security services.

They include senior members of the largest opposition group, the Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (AXCP).

Political analysts say charges of "attempting to overthrow the government" against the AXCP's Fuad Qahramanli and Mammad Ibrahim suggest Aliyev's regime is ultimately seeking to arrest and silence AXCP leader Ali Karimli.

https://www.rferl.org/a/azerbaijan-s-despotic-ruler-throws-tantrum-in-unprecedented-crackdown-on-pro-democracy-rivals/30757480.html

5. Catalan politicians to sue Spain's former spy chief over alleged phone hack

Two Catalan separatist politicians have filed a lawsuit against the former head of Spain’s intelligence agency for allegedly trying to hack their mobile phones.

Roger Torrent, the speaker of Catalonia’s regional parliament, and Ernest Maragall, a member of Barcelona’s town council, filed the suit at a Barcelona court against former spy chief Félix Sanz Roldán on Thursday.

The two politicians have also launched proceedings against an Israeli technology company, NSO Group.

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Earlier this month an investigation by newspapers El País and The Guardian reported that Torrent had been targeted by spyware that is only sold only to governments and national security services, according to its owner NSO Group.

https://www.euronews.com/2020/07/30/catalan-politicians-to-sue-spain-s-former-spy-chief-over-alleged-phone-hack

Rights Activist Askarov Dies In Kyrgyz Prison Hospital

BISHKEK -- Jailed human rights activist Azimjan Askarov has died in custody, according to Kyrgyz Ombudsman Tokon Mamytov and human rights activist Tolekan Ismailova.

The cause of death and whether it was related to the coronavirus pandemic has not yet been determined.

Askarov, a well-known ethnic Uzbek human rights activist sentenced to life in prison on charges rights groups described as trumped-up, had been transferred to a different detention center on July 24 amid reports about an abrupt worsening of his health.

Ismailova, the chairwoman of Kyrgyzstan's One World-Kyrgyzstan human rights organization, told RFE/RL on July 24 that an ambulance brought Askarov to a detention center in Bishkek that was better equipped to administer medical services.

Confirming the death, the Kyrgyz authorities said Askarov had been suffering from preexisting medical conditions and had recently refused to be treated with oxygen.

https://www.rferl.org/a/rights-activist-askarov-dies-in-kyrgyz-prison/30746503.html

Miracle On The Vistula: How Poland Beat Back Lenin's Communists (12 pics)

Rarely seen photographs of the David-versus-Goliath fight between Poland and communist Russia that raged on the outskirts of Warsaw 100 years ago

https://www.rferl.org/a/miracle-on-the-vistula-the-1920-war-between-russia-and-poland/30744735.html



Polish troops march in Kyiv in May 1920.

After several skirmishes with Russian troops in the blurred border areas, Polish along with some nationalist Ukrainian fighters captured Kyiv in the spring of 1920. It was not a popular move. British Prime Minister David Lloyd George remarked, "The Poles are inclined to be arrogant and they will have to take care they don’t get their heads punched."



Vladimir Lenin rallies a crowd of Red Army soldiers in Moscow before they head west to fight the Poles.
Poland’s seizure of Kyiv was a gift for Russia's new communist rulers. With victory in the Russian Civil War looking assured for Lenin's forces, the Bolsheviks were plotting the spread of the "revolutionary fires" of communism to Western Europe, particularly to Germany.



Left-wing militants in Germany's Ruhr region in the spring of 1920



Germany was in economic turmoil after World War I and, with the streets seething with unemployed soldiers and political extremists, a communist revolution there looked increasingly possible if Lenin's cavalry could clatter into German cities to help kick off a violent uprising.
The only thing standing between Russia and Germany was Poland.



Red Army soldiers reading a newspaper while assigned to the Polish Front.


Russian communist cavalry on its way to fight Polish forces

Although the opposing armies had various modern weapons at their disposal including lumbering, unreliable tanks, the swiftly moving battlefronts meant cavalry was key, and much of the fighting resembled wars from another era.


Polish volunteers stand armed with scythes

A Polish horseman described watching one tense face-off between Polish and Bolshevik Cossack cavalry:
"A colorfully-dressed rider galloped out of the swarm of Cossacks on a magnificent black horse and, waving his sword above his head shouted: 'Well, my lords, I'm Cossack Kuzma Kruchkov. Who'll take me on?'
"At this, a murmur ran along the row of officers standing in front of the first lancers. 'Raciecki! Yes, Raciecki.' Captain Raciecki (the best swordsman in the regiment) passed his sword to his left hand to make the sign of the cross with his right and then began to move towards Kruchkov at a walk. Kruchkov sprang towards him at a gallop. Raciecki parried the first cut, aimed at his head, himself slashing fiercely to the right and down, cutting Kruchkov open from the collar to the waist. At this, a howl went up among the Cossacks and the whole lot turned tail as our regiment began to charge."



Polish fighters kneel to pray.


Polish troops being transported to the front line in boxcars. The troops were "decorated with flowers by Polish boys and girls as they passed."

On August 6, Polish forces planned a final stand at Warsaw as vast dust clouds from the advancing communist horsemen were spotted smudging the horizon, and panic swept over the city.



Polish troops just east of Warsaw await the communists.



One American pilot who volunteered for the Poles was Merian C. Cooper (above). After Cooper's plane was shot down he spent several months in Red Army captivity before escaping. He would later return to the United States to co-direct and produce the 1933 hit movie King Kong. It is Cooper himself depicted piloting the plane that finishes off King Kong in the film's final action sequence.


Polish fighters get ready for battle.


A Bolshevik delegation arrives for talks with Polish representatives before the battle for Warsaw.
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