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The Remaining Primary Calendar

Consider, in the months ahead, how changed we are.

BETTER -- Hezekiah Walker

Even this atheist is feelin' it! Come on, brothers and sisters! Hang tough! We got this!

Update On The Coronavirus

From Facebook -- Slashdot's Post

hackingbear writes: A group of 27 prominent public health scientists from outside China, who have studied SARS-CoV-2 and "overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife" just like many other viruses that have recently emerged in humans, is pushing back against a steady stream of stories and even a scientific paper suggesting a laboratory in Wuhan, China, may be the origin of the outbreak of COVID-19.

"The rapid, open, and transparent sharing of data on this outbreak is now being threatened by rumors and misinformation around its origins," the scientists, from nine countries, write in a statement published online by The Lancet .

Many posts on social media have singled out the Wuhan Institute of Virology for intense scrutiny because it has a laboratory at the highest security level -- biosafety level 4 -- and its researchers study coronaviruses from bats; speculations have included the possibility that the virus was bioengineered in the lab or that a lab worker was infected while handling a bat.

Researchers from the institute have insisted there is no link between the outbreak and their laboratory. Peter Daszak, president of the EcoHealth Alliance and a cosignatory of the statement, has collaborated with researchers at the Wuhan institute who study bat coronaviruses. "We're in the midst of the social media misinformation age, and these rumors and conspiracy theories have real consequences, including threats of violence that have occurred to our colleagues in China.


Wikipedia's update

Additionally, on February 21, five US nationals evacuated from the Diamond Princess to Travis Air Force Base in California tested positive, bring the total number of cases in the US to 35 as of February 21, 2020.

Red = confirmed cases Blue = suspected cases

Midday Music for Millennials

The American Dollar. "Signaling Through the Flames"

Bill Browder On Magnitsky's Love of Rule of Law & How Law Never Rules Corruption W/O Enforcement

Sergei Magnitsky was William Browder's legal surrogate, and later, co-defendant, in Russia.

The Magnitsky Act has become a human rights law to protect capitalists.

Banning Russian adoptions was Putin's retaliation for the Magnitsky Act. How the act sanctioned, then angered Putin himself, is the reason Putin decided to secure his wealth more tightly in the West through the Trump Tower meeting, and get Trump to overturn the Magnitsky Act.

Sounds like a "likely story" of a narcissist, until you understand all autocratic government are rule of men, not laws, and going after Western money, starting with Browder, is personal. Just like Trump sees all attempts to "know" his money as Personal.

Seriously. It's really been all that personal.

Understanding Putin's Russia -- and Putin's attempt to sink Hillary Clinton's campaign to get Trump elected -- helps to understand Trump's network, which says, "I'd rather be Russian than a Democrat." .

Today Putin owns 50% of all Russian oligarchs' wealth, and we in the West and U.S. are back to containment of Putin's criminal regime. I hope.

Bill Browder,The First Western Businessman in Russia, Explains His Business Entanglement With Russia

Interesting points are his family's communist background, his work at Solomon Brothers, how his "stealing analysis" of Gazprom, his biggest investment, worked out, and how corrupt mafia economics work in a nation of men, not of laws.

It's long but highly informative.

It's uncanny how Trump's approach to crippling this government sets the scene for Russia's same mafia economics in the U.S.

Wait. Reconsider that tweet OP a Sanders smear. Here's why.

1. Sanders voted yes on the 2015 Magnitsky Act: http://classic.maplight.org/us-congress/bill/114-s-284/8112670/total-contributions.table

2. Sanders voted yes on the Iran Libya Sanctions Act, and later voted again to extend it: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/104-1996/h250.

3. And he's publicly called for sanctions on Russia but, again, didn't want to endanger the nuclear agreement with Iran.

4. He's also said Saudi Arabia should be sanctioned, especially if the Saudi government killed Khashoggi.

"I think one of the strong things that we can do is not only stop military sales, not only put sanctions on Saudi Arabia, but most importantly, get out of this terrible, terrible war in Yemen led by the Saudis," Sanders said on CNN's "State of the Union."


It's always easier to eat up some tweet than fact check it. Not cool. Votes about bills are always complicated by the compositions of those bills, very often full of pork or other shenanigans.

We have always known how evil NDAA's are. Yet perfectly justifiable sanctions have been rolled into them. I wouldn't have voted for any of this country's fucked up NDAA's myself. I've read enough of them to know how they prop the hated Patriot Act that denies constitutional rights, nevermind the sections that overfund questionable uses of our money for military industrial contractors.

Mish-mashed bills that "roll in" various Acts and fundings should stop. Speaker Pelosi should make a new House rule to allow only clean bills to the floor for votes, instead of these bills that create complications that confound lawmakers' voting. New clearn bills, besides, will set a good example for the Senate's own sleazy bill writing tendencies.

Sanders is not one to avoid defending his record. Let's relax about him here, and just let him.

That's the least we can do at this point. Please. Give the clamor a rest.

Unity of support is the goal.

Support never necessitates agreement.

Mutual support builds unity, not uniformity.

EDIT: BIG thank you to Garrett78 for doing all the first link citing I used above. It's this kind of homework that makes DU a great place to learn. Garrett, you've brought the temperature down. Thanks.

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We can, and we will.

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