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Dennis Donovan

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Beschloss tweet; "Nixon backers exploring prospects for third term"--March 1973


No doubt, in response to this:


Beschloss win!
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sun Jun 16, 2019, 01:23 PM (4 replies)

Tiedrich tweet; "happy fathers day to the guy who cheated on the mother of his first three children"


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:25 PM (5 replies)

A Bennett cartoon that actually makes me sad as hell...

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sun Jun 16, 2019, 11:57 AM (15 replies)

Lieu tweet; "Hey @realDonaldTrump: Did you see today's Fox News poll?"


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sun Jun 16, 2019, 10:44 AM (8 replies)

Obama tweet: Happy Father's Day


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sun Jun 16, 2019, 10:12 AM (7 replies)

Exclusive: Boeing seeking to reduce scope, duration of some physical tests for new aircraft - source


PARIS (Reuters) - Boeing Co engineers are reducing the scope and duration of certain costly physical tests used to certify the planemaker’s new aircraft, according to industry sources and regulatory officials.

But the strategy could be at risk if regulators and U.S. lawmakers probing two deadly Boeing plane crashes require even more rigorous safety tests before certifying new aircraft as passenger-worthy.

As Boeing kicks off the year-long flight testing process on its new 777X, its engineers will cut hours off airborne testing by using computer models to simulate flight conditions, and then present the results to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as part of the basis for certification, according to two people with direct knowledge of the strategy.

Reuters could not determine when Boeing decided to move forward with the plan to cut back on physical tests or the extent to which it planned to reduce them for the 777X.

For Boeing’s proposed twin-aisle jetliner, known internally as NMA, Boeing’s Test & Evaluation group is developing the technology to replace costly and labor intensive physical safety tests used for decades - such as using machines to bend the wings to extreme angles and shaking the fuselage until it cracks - with computer modeling, according to three people with knowledge of the matter, including an FAA official.


Bill Allen and Tex Johnston are spinning in their graves. This is how they flight-tested when safety was actually a concern:
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sun Jun 16, 2019, 09:56 AM (16 replies)

Trump campaign makes a radical break from 2016


President Donald Trump is sitting on a war chest topping $40 million, boots on the ground spread across nine regions crucial to his 2020 map and a sprawling network of volunteers who’ve been rigorously trained for the months ahead.

When he takes the stage Tuesday in Orlando to announce his bid for re-election, Trump will be joined by 20,000 guests whose personal information — names, zip codes, phone numbers — was meticulously recorded when they requested tickets to the rally. First-time attendees will receive relentless emails and texts in the coming weeks, reminding them that they can help “keep America great” by contributing $5, $10 or $15. Some maxed-out donors who gave generously to his 2016 campaign will trek to Florida to witness what they delivered, and decide whether to give big again.

It’s a straightforward strategy to get the president four more years in the White House: be the political juggernaut Trump lacked in 2016.

While 23 Democratic presidential candidates scramble for attention, Trump’s 2020 campaign is quietly flipping the script from its ham-fisted approach the first time he sought elected office. His team has spent two and half years building a robust, modern and professional operation to optimize as many variables as possible, and amassing an unprecedented pile of cash to keep it all afloat.

It’s worked so far. The Trump campaign and Republican National Committee had a combined $82 million in the bank as of April — the result of a joint fundraising operation — and staffers have yet to devolve into the bitter infighting that strained the president’s first campaign and stained his earliest days in the White House.


I consider this to be a clarion call to arms. It's going to be a battle for the soul of the United States of America. And a classic battle of Good versus Evil.

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sun Jun 16, 2019, 09:38 AM (3 replies)

Dodgers' ballgirl catches foul ball like Joe Rudi!

1972 World Series, A's vs Reds:

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sun Jun 16, 2019, 09:25 AM (11 replies)

To protect and slur; Inside hate groups on Facebook, police officers traffic in CT's, racists memes


by Will Carless and Michael Corey | June 14, 2019

Hundreds of active-duty and retired law enforcement officers from across the United States are members of Confederate, anti-Islam, misogynistic or anti-government militia groups on Facebook, a Reveal investigation has found.

These cops have worked at every level of American law enforcement, from tiny, rural sheriff’s departments to the largest agencies in the country, such as the Los Angeles and New York police departments. They work in jails and schools and airports, on boats and trains and in patrol cars. And, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting discovered, they also read and contribute to groups such as “White Lives Matter” and “DEATH TO ISLAM UNDERCOVER.”

The groups cover a range of extremist ideologies. Some present themselves publicly as being dedicated to benign historical discussion of the Confederacy, but are replete with racism inside. Some trade in anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant memes. Some are openly Islamophobic. And almost 150 of the officers we found are involved with violent anti-government groups such as the Oath Keepers and Three Percenters.

More than 50 departments launched internal investigations after being presented with our findings, in some cases saying they would examine officers’ past conduct to see if their online activity mirrored their policing in real life. And some departments have taken action, with at least one officer being fired for violating department policies.

U.S. law enforcement agencies, many of which have deeply troubled histories of discrimination, have long been accused of connections between officers and extremist groups. At the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, marchers flew a “Blue Lives Matter” flag alongside anti-Semitic and white supremacist messages. In Portland, Oregon, police officers were found to have been texting with a far-right group that regularly hosts white supremacists and white nationalists at its rallies. A classified FBI Counterterrorism Policy Guide from April 2015, obtained by The Intercept, warned that white supremacists and other far-right groups had infiltrated American law enforcement.

It can be difficult to determine how deep or widespread these connections run. Researchers recently found numerous examples of police officers posting violent and racist content on their public Facebook pages. Reveal’s investigation shows for the first time that officers in agencies across the country have actively joined private hate groups, participating in the spread of extremism on Facebook.


This probably shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, given the epidemic of "cop on minority" crimes we hear about almost daily.
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sun Jun 16, 2019, 09:03 AM (15 replies)

Krugman; has the Gulf of Trumpkin incident receded from the top of the news unusually fast?


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sun Jun 16, 2019, 08:54 AM (17 replies)
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