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Historic 1932 Hitler speech to industrialists in Dusseldorf Germany: the case against democracy

https://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/modern-world-history-1918-to-1980/weimar-germany/text-of-the-dusseldorf-speech-of-1932/

Steve Schmidt of The Lincoln Project referenced it on the latest TLP Youtube podcast, at ?t=3509

How in the ever living F**** can the House GOP blame Speaker Pelosi for January 6th ??

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/564988-house-gop-blames-pelosi-not-trump-for-jan-6

House GOP leaders teed off on Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Tuesday morning, accusing her of neglecting her duty to defend the Capitol on Jan. 6 and demanding answers about her role in the violent attack that injured more than 140 police officers.

"On Jan. 6 these brave officers were put into a vulnerable and impossible position because the leadership at the top failed," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters just outside the Capitol.

The accusations served as a prebuttal to the House select committee's investigation into the attack, which was set to kick off shortly after the Republican press conference without any allies of former President Trump on the panel.

Yet in a sign of just how partisan the debate surrounding the insurrection has become, the Republicans offered no critique of the former president, who had encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol on Jan. 6 to block the certification of his election defeat — the spark that inspired the deadly riot.


This is laughable partisan BS at its very toxic worst. Classic victim blaming. Ignoring the facts. And the sad thing is... most Republicans will believe it.

Interesting (and doubtful accuracy) map of the states of the United States...



North Dakota, biggest penises ? WHAT THE HELL..... how would one get that data unless that's a total joke ?!

South Carolina, most polite ? Depends on how you define that word, and how would you even measure that ?

Florida has the most 4 year olds in pre-school ? That does surprise me, if it's true.


eta: thanks for patience with the map

Raise your hand if you get your lab results before your doctor/PA/NP visit and....

worry a tad about the slightly abnormal results. I do (I admit it).

Case in point: in my latest blood work, my sodium is a tad too low. That has NEVER happened in my entire life, to my knowledge. I was tempted last night to "do something" about it, but logic reigned and I will wait for what he has to say. He may very well want to retest me. I am on Lithium Carbonate 2x day, so this is a tad serious for me.

You also ?

DU Brits may enjoy this piece by Nate White, one of your writers, about our criminal Trump

His piece was originally on quora.com but the mods there took it down. It was preserved at the link below:

https://timpanogos.blog/2019/06/24/nate-whites-stunning-answer-to-the-question-why-do-many-british-people-not-like-donald-trump/

(no copyright that I am aware of, so I am quoting the entire piece)

A few things spring to mind…

Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.

For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever.

I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.

But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

Trump is a troll.

And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.

And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.

There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.

Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.

Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.

And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.

Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.

He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.

He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.

That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.

There are unspoken rules to this stuff – the Queensberry rules of basic decency – and he breaks them all. He punches downwards – which a gentleman should, would, could never do – and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless – and he kicks them when they are down.

So the fact that a significant minority – perhaps a third – of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think

‘Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’

is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:

Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.

You don’t need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.

This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.

After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form;

He is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit.

His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.

God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.

He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.

In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws – he would make a Trump.

And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:

‘My God… what… have… I… created?’

If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.

Nate White, British writer, on why the British do not like the twice-impeached criminal (Trump)

His piece was originally on quora.com but the mods there took it down. It was preserved at the link below:

https://timpanogos.blog/2019/06/24/nate-whites-stunning-answer-to-the-question-why-do-many-british-people-not-like-donald-trump/

(no copyright that I am aware of, so I am quoting the entire piece)

A few things spring to mind…

Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.

For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever.

I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.

But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

Trump is a troll.

And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.

And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.

There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.

Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.

Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.

And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.

Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.

He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.

He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.

That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.

There are unspoken rules to this stuff – the Queensberry rules of basic decency – and he breaks them all. He punches downwards – which a gentleman should, would, could never do – and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless – and he kicks them when they are down.

So the fact that a significant minority – perhaps a third – of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think

‘Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’

is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:

Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.

You don’t need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.

This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.

After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form;

He is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit.

His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.

God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.

He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.

In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws – he would make a Trump.

And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:

‘My God… what… have… I… created?’

If being a twat was a TV show, Trump would be the boxed set.


I enjoyed reading that, immensely. Of course, Nigel Farage and his admirers (and Johnson too, I think ?) all like the criminal.

COVID-19 patients in ICUs at a Florida hospital are 'begging' to be vaccinated, nurse says

https://www.businessinsider.com/florida-covid-19-patients-begging-vaccinated-nurse-says-2021-7

Patients in intensive care units (ICUs) with COVID-19 at a Florida hospital are "begging" to be vaccinated, a nurse told CNN.

The unnamed nurse, who works at the Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida, said that patients, the overwhelming majority of whom are unvaccinated, are "at a loss" for what they can do to stay alive.

"Every single day... you're getting ready to intubate the patient in ICU, which means putting them on a ventilator, and they say, 'If I get the vaccine now, can I not go on the ventilator?'" the nurse told CNN's Randi Kaye.

She said that she has to repeatedly point out that the right time to get a COVID-19 vaccine is before they get sick.


Video at: https://edition.cnn.com/videos/health/2021/07/24/randi-kaye-nurse-covid-19-florida-vaccine-icu-ventilator-sot-ac360-vpx.cnn

This video needs to be shown every hour on the hour (in highly condensed 30 second form) on FauxFascistNews, OANN, and Newsmax. Maybe then the MAGA's will wake up and pay attention. Oh, and so the MAGA's will actually believe it, remove all references to CNN and rebrand it as one of their productions. If FauxFascistNews actually utters a true and complete fact in complete perspective, I will believe it. The MAGAs ? It has to come from DearLeaderTrump or their fascist networks

Nerdy mathematics question about Morgan Freeman and distributive property

https://news.yahoo.com/texas-hospital-system-confirms-first-210414035.html

As theGrio previously reported, back in the spring Hollywood heavyweight Morgan Freeman sent out an important message to any of his fans who may be on the fence about getting the COVID vaccine.

The Oscar-winner starred in a PSA for The Creative Coalition and the Ribbon Task Force titled “Be There. This Is Your Shot.” The spot essentially urges Americans to “take care of one another” and do their part in the fight against the coronavirus by getting vaccinated.

“I’m not a doctor, but I trust science. And I’m told that, for some reason, people trust me,” Freeman explained in the PSA. “So here I am to say I trust science and I got the vaccine. If you trust me, you’ll get the vaccine. In math, it’s called the distributive property. In people, it’s called taking care of one another. Get the vaccine. Help make our world a safe place for us to enjoy ourselves again. Please.”


I don't understand what he meant about the distributive property. Can someone math-savvy explain it to me, who is not so math savvy ? Thanks.

His video:

Full vaccination rates: Vermont 67.1%, Florida 48.1%, and Alabama (dead last, again) at 33.9%

Source using CDC data as of today: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/map-covid-19-vaccination-tracker-across-u-s-n1252085

If we actually had a competent, ethical and compassionate governor (one can dream, I guess), our rate might actually approach Vermont's or exceed it. Instead, we are supposed to ignore the fact that 51.9% of Floridians aren't fully vaccinated. If DeathSantis actually did his job instead of 2024 campaigning in other states....

FauxFascistNews is actually getting on the vaccination bandwagon now ? That *might* help us, no thanks for being super late to the party, you fascist greedy immoral bastards.

Peter Jackson's 6-hour Beatles documentary confirmed for Disney+ this November

Sorry for lateness of news, but I just stumbled on this !

published June 17, 2021

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/06/peter-jacksons-six-hour-beatles-documentary-confirmed-for-disney-this-november/

Peter Jackson's next six-hour epic is finally coming out this year—and in a first for the acclaimed director, the film will launch directly to a streaming service. It will also be broken up into episodes.

The Beatles: Get Back, an expansive documentary originally announced for a theatrical run this August, has had its release strategy tweaked. On Thursday, Jackson and Disney confirmed that the entire project will launch exclusively on Disney+ during this year's American Thanksgiving holiday. Each third of the documentary will launch on the streaming service on November 25, 26, and 27. As of press time, Disney hasn't said how the film will reach audiences outside of Disney+'s supported territories. Neither Jackson nor Disney clarified how the original theatrical run might have worked or whether the global pandemic forced anyone's hand.

Today's news confirms that Jackson had an abundance of footage to work with. Roughly three years ago, the remaining Beatles handed him access to a musical holy grail: over 60 hours of previously unseen video recordings, mostly capturing the Beatles working on the album Let It Be and rehearsing for, and then performing, the band's legendary 1969 rooftop concert in London.

Jackson stitched the footage together with access to what Disney calls "over 150 hours of unheard, restored audio"—meaning yes, somehow Apple Corps. still has some tapes in hiding after this many Beatles special edition albums, anthologies, video games, and Cirque du Soleil collaborations. For further context on the Let It Be recording sessions, the film will be paired with a physical book full of photos and original interviews, now delayed to an October launch.
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