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Katy Tur was on about the Kemp Hacking bull, and never mentioned it was the Dems who reported it.

Seriously, what kind of fecking asshole is she ?

Full of bothsides-ism of course.

Venice flooded

Three-quarters of Venice flooded after exceptional high tide


Rain-soaked tourists were barred from St Mark's Square in Venice where local authorities said the "acqua alta" (high water) peaked at 156cm, leaving almost three-quarters of the Italian city under water.

Elevated wooden platforms usually placed on main passageways in the Renaissance city were not high enough to ensure safe passage in the low-lying square.

Families carried children on their shoulders through the surrounding streets.

While some tourists donned wellies, others had opted to take off their shoes and wade through the water.

The waters have only topped 150cm five times before in recorded history.

In 1966, when floods swept through the country, famously devastating Florence's historic centre, the waters reached 194cm in Venice.


Irish Blasphemy Referendum and Presidential Election : Exit Poll

In a continuance of the efforts to modernise the Irish Constitution, the Repeal of the Blasphemy article is going to be a resounding Yes by 71 to 27%.

Also President Michael D. Higgins is going to be re-elected for another 7 year term, with 58% of the vote. The only downside is that 1 of the 3 Reality TV "stars" (I know, I know), Peter Casey, was on course to finish last, but last week caused consternation when he rejected Irish Travellers right to have their own ethnicity, taking a leaf from the Trump playbook. He came second on about 20% of the vote.

The only plus is that there was a low turnout nationally, so it was about 20% of 40% turnout, where as normally a General Election would bring 65% turnout.



Podhoretz again, on Morning Joe

He really is a despicable asshole, saying the races are tightening because of Kavanaugh and that there isn't a shred of corroboration of Dr Ford. My rageometer is through the roof, so I turned it off for today. There's a fucking narrative by dickheads like him, coupled with the sham FBI Kavanaugh investigation that is going to see Republicans railroad his nomination through.

Who Do You Think You Are? Samantha Power

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power explores her ancestry, finding secret military officers and a Communist scourge of the Catholic hierarchy. It's online until Oct 23rd.

This is the link to the program on the Irish National TV site. Apologies if it is restricted to Ireland only, but there is no indication that this is the case. As I'm in Ireland, it works for me !


Avenatti : I don't traffic in nonsense. I traffic in facts and evidence.



Anyone surprised by Mika's silence while Joe and his Repug sycophants give Ford and Dems a kicking ?

My blood is boiling. Where's her MeToo now ?

Judge Napolitano on if Kavanaugh's nomination is in jeopardy

Trump's Irish visit: 'There should be no welcome for this man'

US president Donald Trump has been told he is not welcome in Ireland with two Government Ministers saying they intend to boycott his visit in November.

Independent Alliance Ministers Finian McGrath and John Halligan said they intended to join the protests that are anticipated to take place when Mr Trump arrives as part of a European trip, which will see him participate in events to mark the centenary of the end of the first World War.

The White House said that Mr Trump’s visit would seek “to renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations”.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and his predecessor Enda Kenny both invited the US president to come to Ireland when meeting him in Washington in the last two years. Mr Trump, who owns Doonbeg Golf Club in Co Clare, told Mr Varadkar in March that he would “love to” visit Ireland, saying it was “a great country”.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin said said “Ireland is an open and tolerant nation, committed to peace and democracy. Trump’s values are not our values and there should be no welcome for this man”.


Treason vs Betrayal

With people wary of using the Treason word, it occurred to me that Betrayal might be a better fit i.e. Trump is betraying the American people and the Constitution.

I was looking up the difference, and came across this thread from 2010


Is there a difference between treason and betrayal ?

It seems to me that treason is used in the context of law and that betrayal in more general. Am I right ?



Treason is indeed an offence under English law. It has been a capital offence since 1351 and includes essentially helping one's own nation's enemies (so a French person can't be accused of treason against Britain). However it includes such miscellaneous offences as arson in the royal dockyards and raping the queen or female heir to the throne.

Betrayal, fortunately, is far less dramatic.

But what can be considered betrayal, is it the same as "disloyalty"?

If you accuse a president of treason and betrayal, should I assume that betrayal is a synonym of disloyalty? He was not loyal to his nation, for example...

It might be easier with examples. Let's say a president allowed a rival country access to military secrets - that would be treason. He might also break his election promises (to reduce unemployment, build more schools, or whatever) - that would be betrayal but not treason. A president can betray his electorate without betraying his country. Treason is if you like a subset of betrayal

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