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BBC: Joe's fences to mend - What has Trump said about your country?

US election 2020: What has Trump said about your country?
By The Visual Journalism Team
BBC News

Click on "view all" to see the complete list of nations.

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-54736485

This is an excellent summary article to bookmark for reference. It lists many of Trump's missteps, insults, arrogant statements and bad policy decisions during his tenure.

Excerpts from two examples.....

France:
In November 2019, President Macron described Nato as "brain dead" because of a waning commitment to the alliance by the US. Mr Trump hit back by saying the French leader had been "nasty" and "very disrespectful".

He also called Mr Macron "foolish" when France moved to introduce a tax on US technology companies and threatened to add a tax on French wine as retaliation, tweeting: "I've always said American wine is better than French wine!" Mr Macron put the new tax on hold.

Germany:
President Trump has repeatedly taken issue with Germany failing to spend the Nato target of 2% on defence, accusing the country of being "delinquent" in its payments to the alliance.

He has also accused Germany of being "totally controlled by Russia" because it imports "so much of its energy" from the country and has a new pipeline planned. Mrs Merkel responded by saying Germany "can make our own policies and make our own decisions".

But it has not been empty rhetoric from President Trump. In July this year, the US announced it was withdrawing about 12,000 of its troops from Germany in what officials described as a "strategic" repositioning of its forces in Europe.

Mr Trump's explanation was a little more direct, telling reporters: "We don't want to be the suckers anymore. We're reducing the force because they're not paying their bills; it's very simple."

I'm looking forward to watching Joe and Kamala rebuild our diplomatic corps and seeing open arms and repairs to friendly relationships around the globe.


KY.......... ..........
Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sun Nov 1, 2020, 02:25 AM (3 replies)

Sound up! Folks dancing with good music for pandemic emotional relief.

I encourage everyone to watch these five clips from around the globe. I absolutely love the last one from Angola.

If you have big speakers, crank it!

‘I wanted to keep the morale up’: five pandemic dance videos that won the internet

From an Indian doctor in PPE dancing to a Bollywood track to an Alabama principal’s take on MC Hammer, these videos could have only emerged in 2020
Sarah Fielding
Guardian World News
Tue 27 Oct 2020 15.45 GMT

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/oct/27/viral-dance-videos-2020-coronavirus-pandemic

A group of young men and women sit together in a courtyard, eating plates of food, when one by one, they break into dance to the tune of Jerusalema, the 2019 hit by South African artists Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode. That video, which was filmed in Angola at the outset of 2020, has been viewed more than 13m times and sparked a global dance challenge even as countries closed their borders due to the pandemic.

Healthcare workers in South Africa and Kenya have taken part in the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge, along with a Catholic diocese in Montreal, a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer and Romanian firefighters, among many others.


Three of these can also be found on YouTube.

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Matt, I'm what's called a HSP.....

or Highly Sensitive Person, also known as having Sensory Processing Sensitivity. I dealt with this condition all my life but only discovered the condition and science behind it well into my 60s (I'm 72 now) and it is mostly genetic....probably coming from our primitive ancestors that needed to be highly alert at all times.

I would encourage you to read up on this condition, beginning here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensory_processing_sensitivity

and, if you feel it may apply to you, consider further reading here: https://hsperson.com/

Dr. Elaine Aron's work is what allowed me to discover my problem and start doing things to help. I do have her book and find it highly useful.

Other than certain sounds that annoy the hell out of me (leaf blowers, mechanic's side grinders and certain dog barks for example), two of my symptoms are:

1. Trains and other distant sounds: I live near train tracks and I would often hear trains coming a long time before others in my family. I can still hear the engine and track sounds from many miles away.

2. Anytime there are multiple sources of sound, I am unable to think clearly and my mind becomes irritated and confused. For example, if I'm trying to speak with someone in our living room, the TV cannot be loud or else I cannot concentrate on conversation. Even a loud dog bark outside will cause me to lose focus.

Prior to discovering the HSP condition, I thought my hearing was far more sensitive than most other people. As it turns out, that is not the case. Most people's brains "tune out" low level sounds and they just don't notice them, while my brain hears everything.

Regardless of what your condition is, you are not alone and I encourage you to search until you find your answers. If I can help further, please reply or send me a PM.


KY...............

Enjoyed this interview with Joni Mitchell....

Joni Mitchell: 'I'm a fool for love. I make the same mistake over and over'
Guardian UK/Culture Section
Cameron Crowe
Tue 27 Oct 2020

As she releases a box set of her earliest recordings, in a rare interview Mitchell talks about life before fame, the correct way to sing her songs – and her long struggle to walk and talk again after an aneurysm

Link to article: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/oct/27/joni-mitchell-interview-archives-early-years-cameron-crowe

Snip......
Mitchell’s fans have long taken a different position. For years, pieces of this rich trove of unreleased material have circulated in sketchy bootleg form. Most of these early demos, work tapes, and performances have remained unheard. Mitchell’s manager, Elliot Roberts, had long been championing the idea of an archival collection. When Roberts passed away last year, the project was temporarily derailed. But the gathering of these recordings continued.

Some of the tapes are new discoveries, others had been meticulously collected and catalogued years earlier by “court archivist” Joel Bernstein. When Mitchell recently cranked up her living room stereo and listened to all the material for the first time, the project came to glorious fruition. Neil Young even gave some counsel, suggesting the songs be presented in chronological order. Mitchell, who has usually taken a more thematic approach to collections of her music, agreed.

Finally these rare compositions are all gathered in one place, presented with all the warmth of Mitchell’s twentysomething self. From her first recordings made during off-hours at a Saskatoon radio station, to a birthday tape made for her mother, to club dates in Philadelphia, Toronto, and New York, it’s a most personal document. Often armed only with her songs and her tunings, Mitchell begins her transcendent creative journey here.

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Link to her main web site: https://jonimitchell.com/

Link to her web store: https://store.jonimitchell.com/

There, one can pre-order Joni Mitchell Archives – Vol.1: The Early Years (1963-1967) 5CD ($64.98)

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Had no idea that Joni had suffered from an aneurysm and hope her recovery continues to be smooth and successful.

KY........

Good article on where she stands here.....

House already won? Nancy Pelosi thinks so, and reaches for more
By Associated Press via LA Times
Oct. 26, 2020 5:53 AM

Link: https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-10-26/house-already-won-pelosi-thinks-so-and-reaches-for-more

Snip....
“I would not miss any opportunity, on behalf of my colleagues, to make sure that there’s clarity on where we’re coming from on some of these issues,” she said.

She plans to run again for speaker, if Democrats keep control of the House: “Definitely.”

With control of the House hardly contested, Pelosi is working to fortify Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and win extra House seats in case Congress is called on to resolve any electoral college dispute with President Trump.

Pelosi said she feels so confident Democrats will keep the House this election, she’s already preparing to win the next one in 2022.

She is such a powerhouse for our Party!

KY..........

Another way to look at it is, to get votes the GOP has brought together the worst people...

in our population that do not want a unified, community-minded society. Their hidden goal it to eliminate anything that restricts power of the wealthy in any way.

There's nothing powerful and ultra-wealthy people fear more than a unified populace working against them.

So, over the last 50 or so years, they've corralled most all of the psychopaths, the majority of high-wealth individuals, most of those who have highly fearful insecure personalities, those whose personalities demand an authoritarian structure in their lives, people who are brainwashed in religion, and millions who are just outright spoiled selfish, self-centered assholes. Just to get their votes.

Did I miss any?

The rest of the decent world is also patiently waiting, holding their breath with us....

and hoping for a brighter, more just America next year. Our leadership is desperately needed right now.

As Thomas Paine said, these are the times that try men's souls.

KY...... .........VOTE

This is the American spirit I love.

KY......... .........

Go give them a hug. They're still family and will be gone before you know it.

KY............

Community outbreaks of Covid-19 often emerge after Trump's campaign rallies

Community outbreaks of Covid-19 often emerge after Trump’s campaign rallies
By Zach Nayer
StatNews.com
October 16, 2020

Link: https://www.statnews.com/2020/10/16/trump-campaign-rallies-leave-a-trail-of-community-outbreaks/

Excerpts:
When President Trump held a mass campaign rally in Newport News, where I now work, at the end of September, he did so against the explicit warning of local public health officials. He was entering this community — our house — not for the good of the sick but to promote himself. The gathering may have brought sickness to the community. As a new physician, I find that deeply disturbing.

As the death toll of Covid-19 heads toward 220,000 in the United States alone, more deaths than in any other country in the world, the president, who is currently convalescing from Covid-19 himself, has spent the past several months crisscrossing a pandemic-ravaged country in his bid for reelection. The crowds he draws are fertile breeding grounds for transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, followed by community outbreaks.

The president has repeatedly held these gatherings not only in defiance of public health guidelines, but seemingly to spite them: downplaying the threat of the virus, eschewing basic public health principles such as wearing face coverings and packing his supporters shoulder to shoulder for political optics. Several early campaign events were indoors, such as in Tulsa, where there was a reported surge in cases afterwards. Former presidential candidate Herman Cain, who was co-chair of Black Voices for Trump and who attended the Tulsa rally without wearing a mask, tested positive for Covid-19 two days after the rally and died less than two weeks later.
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Concerned about the impact of Trump’s campaign rallies, Majumdar and I compiled county-based data of new coronavirus cases from each of his general election campaign rallies between Tulsa in late June and Newport News in late September. We looked at case numbers for the 14 days before and after each event to see if any patterns of community outbreaks emerged. We chose 14 days to consider the longest incubation periods, given the median onset from exposure to time of symptoms for Covid-19 is about three to five days.

This issue should have been researched thoroughly long ago but this is the only article I've found so far where professionals tried to do the work. I believe some research was done on the virus hangover from his Rose Garden affair.

I see Trump's events as outright criminal negligence in an elected public official.

He only gets away with it because 1.) the infection effects are delayed for several days, 2.) people attending may be from a widespread area and 3.) because there are no public attendance records or contact tracing so the events can be studied. In addition, all GOP officials try their best to cover-up any news about any Republicans contracting this disease.

Trump just has his fun and walks away Scot-free. And, he does it mostly on our dime, paying for his travels.

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