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Evidence that Tara Reade isn't writing her own tweets, w/ examples:



Well, I had planned to spend a good chunk of time reading Tara's old tweets to find ones that seemed to be written in a Russian accent.

I only made it 2 weeks back before I ran out of space for more examples.

These are the red flags I found JUST from the last 2 weeks.


You might think I'm being harsh here, but she graduated from law school and is a native English speaker. If she's trying to present herself as a smart, professional woman , she should tweet in proper English.

Here are some of the most interesting red flags that stood out to me:



Just hilarious! She's defending herself from being called a Russian agent by screwing up a common English phrase


She has "medical and education debt".
And a lot of otherwise poor grammar.


For contrast, here is a piece of writing that was confirmed to have been written by Tara.

It has phrases like "the eucalyptus swayed in the gentle morning breeze"...and she clearly enjoys writing in a flowery/wordy style. The polar opposite of her Twitter style.


Now scroll back up and compare it to how she speaks now. Either she lost fluency in English or someone else is writing her tweets.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri May 1, 2020, 12:09 PM (9 replies)

Apocalyptic vision: the unsettling beauty of lockdown is pure sci-fi

Glad to see I'm not the only one who feels like they're stuck in a J.G. Ballard story...


The end of everything we took for normal has a dire aesthetic fascination. The streets lie silent and still under unnaturally clean skies. A lone walker stares into a deserted bookshop. Office buildings, once vulgar, fulfil their true potential as sets for a sci-fi nightmare, glassily reflecting the empty city. While I do not want to in any way downplay the tragedy that has left thousands dead and will kill thousands more, there has been one eerie byproduct: the apocalyptic beauty of lockdown Britain.

Take a walk through quiet streets for your daily exercise and you come across vistas sci-fi has spent more than a century preparing us for. A main road so still you can stand in the middle of it, among the squatting pigeons. A row of expensive shops all closed and dark midweek. Such scenes of The End have haunted the modern imagination since HG Wells described the abandoned streets of the imperial metropolis and devastated Surrey in The War of the Worlds. We’ve all absorbed these visions of apocalyptic Britain, generation after generation, from the 1970s TV chiller Survivors to Danny Boyle’s uncannily convincing dawn photography of an emptied landscape in the film 28 Days Later. Surely we can be forgiven a frisson of macabre awe at seeing all these fantasies become real...

...It might be healthier to embrace the nightmare than pretend we’re in a cosy new normal. I’m not too sure about “lockdown culture”. It’s all so positive and mutually supportive. Let’s bake, exercise and singalong. But imagination is black-hearted and feeds on shadows. Positivity is the opposite of sensitivity. The 18th-century aesthetician Edmund Burke looked honestly into his own soul and confessed that, for all the seductions of pretty things, he was more truly drawn to disturbing sights – a pitch-black night, a cliff face, a storm at sea. Burke called their aesthetic appeal “sublime”. Tell an audience gathered to watch a play that a public hanging is about to happen down the road, he says, and the theatre will empty.

A normally bustling city or town that has been reduced to ghostly calm is a startling instance of the sublime. And a new one. For all the gleeful shudders of sci-fi, no previous generation has ever quite experienced this before. Writers imagined it and film-makers strived to visualise it – but no one has actually woken up in a modern world that has come to such a disturbing standstill...

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Apr 29, 2020, 08:40 PM (1 replies)

This one...

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Apr 29, 2020, 08:30 PM (2 replies)

Judge Tosses California Ammunition Purchase Law


U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez called the ammunition background check law “onerous and convoluted” and “constitutionally defective.”

A federal judge on Thursday blocked a California law requiring background checks for people buying ammunition, issuing a sharply worded rebuke of “onerous and convoluted” regulations that violate the constitutional right to bear arms.

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez in San Diego ruled in favor of the California Rifle & Pistol Association, which asked him to stop the checks and related restrictions on ammo sales.

“The experiment has been tried. The casualties have been counted. California’s new ammunition background check law misfires and the Second Amendment rights of California citizens have been gravely injured,” Benitez wrote in a 120-page opinion granting the group's motion for a preliminary injunction...

...While it is intended to keep ammunition from criminals, it blocked sales to legitimate, law-abiding buyers about 16% of the time, he wrote. Moreover, he ruled that the state's ban on importing ammunition from outside California violates federal interstate commerce laws.

Good- that law is in no wise different from the "abortion safety" and "voting safety" laws Republicans love, and its ultimate demise can't come soon enough.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Apr 24, 2020, 08:22 PM (28 replies)

Those who *still* won't vote for Biden are making 'Farquaad's Sacrifice'

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Apr 13, 2020, 08:02 PM (8 replies)

Partners Tells Employees No Hazard Pay During Coronavirus Pandemic


BOSTON (CBS) – Partners HealthCare has told its employees they will not receive hazard pay during the coronavirus pandemic, WBZ-TV’s I-Team has discovered.

The I-Team obtained a copy of an email sent out to employees which said that “A core part of our mission is that we deliver the same high-quality care to all patients without regard to the type or severity of their condition. Similarly, we do not calibrate pay and benefits based upon the patients’ condition and for this reason we do not offer hazard or crisis pay.”

Partners went on to say that employees will receive pay and benefits if they are unable to work due to a “COVID-related” illness, and the organization will offer eight weeks of pay and benefits to employees who “are temporarily without their own work or a reassignment opportunity because their job has been affected by deferrals of elective or other non-urgent procedures.”

Partners said it will also provide hotel rooms for employees working directly with patients if they are too tired to commute or don’t have enough time between shifts to go home...

A more likely reason is Partners' acute case of 'edifice complex':


Partners HealthCare expects to spend $6.1B in next five years on expansions

...Partners plans to spend $6.1 billion from fiscal 2020 through fiscal 2024 to stay at the top of the health care food chain, according to the presentation. Spending, in both committed projects and new initiatives, could ultimately be higher, with another $675 million available for the organization...

...In fiscal 2019 alone, revenue from innovation totaled $349 million — a 139% increase from fiscal 2018. Apart from general upticks, the health system saw a large bump in fiscal 2019 from the sale of an orthopedic device to Zimmer Biomet (NYSE: ZBH), an Indiana-based medical device company, for $47 million.

At the same time, the organization has saved millions of dollars since fiscal 2017. From fiscal 2017 through fiscal 2019, Partners had saved $424 million through a variety of expense management techniques, including supply chain efficiencies, workflow improvements, a buyout of Brigham employees and other operational efficiencies. The organization hopes to save another $76 million in fiscal 2020.

That strategy has allowed Partners to embark on the next five years on solid footing. The health system’s operating income has been trending upward for the past three years, culminating in $485 million in operating income reported in fiscal 2019....

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Apr 5, 2020, 03:51 PM (1 replies)
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