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Same as denem before 2016 election day.

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DJT is a monster.

The only thing that holds him back from extra judicial killing, and worse, is what remains of the rule of law. A monster. It hit me today.

EDIT: “You’ve got to give him credit. How many young guys - he was like 26 or 25 when his father died - take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden... he goes in, he takes over, he’s the boss. It’s incredible. He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one. This guy doesn’t play games.”

Trump on Kim Jong-un, impressed by psychopathic murder.

5 reasons why doubts about the electability of the Women Candidates are misguided

Vox, August 15, 2019

Women candidates are constantly asked about their electability. Here are 5 reasons that’s misguided.


1) Women candidates have a proven track record of winning, flipping the lion’s share of districts Democrats retook in 2018

2) The top 2020 women Democrats have never lost an election

3) There is no data to suggest a woman can’t win the Midwest — or other critical states

4) Voters are more excited about electing a woman

5) Electability is a misleading construct

Detailed argument in the OP.

Apple: Break Safari's privacy rules and we'll treat you like malware

CNet, August 15, 2019

Apple: Break Safari's privacy rules and we'll treat you like malware

(snip) Apple on Wednesday published a policy governing how its Safari browser will block advertisers and websites from tracking you online -- and it's got strong words for anyone who tries to thwart its approach.

Safari started blocking all such cross-site tracking two years ago, Brave has done so since its launch more than three years ago, Firefox started doing it in June, Microsoft is working on similar technology with Edge, and Google has begun something of a crackdown in Chrome. But websites can use sneaky methods like fingerprinting and supercookies to try to evade those privacy protections, and Apple doesn't like that one bit.

"We treat circumvention of shipping anti-tracking measures with the same seriousness as exploitation of security vulnerabilities. If a party attempts to circumvent our tracking prevention methods, we may add additional restrictions without prior notice," Apple's anti-tracking policy states. In other words, it's a data leakage hole Apple will try to close, and Safari might punish websites in different ways if they try to bypass Apple's approach.

(snip) "Good to have a bigco flexing that way," Brave Chief Executive and former Firefox leader Brendan Eich tweeted about Apple's move. Adapting web browsing to block privacy-invading tracking will be clash of the titans, he predicted. "The fight will come down to big vs. big, no doubt. Only a matter of time," Eich said.

O'Rourke: We (as a country) will die in our sleep if we don't confront Trump

Politico, August 15, 2019

O'Rourke: We will 'die in our sleep' if we don't confront Trump threat

Beto O’Rourke, blaming Donald Trump for acts of racism and violence spreading across the country, re-started his presidential campaign on Thursday as a singular, impassioned crusade to defeat the Republican president.

“I’m confident that if at this moment, we do not wake up to this threat," he said in an early morning address in El Paso, "then we as a country will die in our sleep.”

(snip) “We must take the fight directly to the source of this problem, that person who has caused this pain and placed this country in this moment of peril,” O’Rourke said. “And that is Donald Trump.”

“You do not get kids in cages until you’ve given people permission to put them in cages by calling them ‘animals’ and seeking to dehumanize them,” he said. “You don’t lose the lives of seven children in the custody and care of the wealthiest, the most powerful country on the face of the planet, unless you have made it possible. And you do not get somebody driving 600 miles to come to this community — in his manifesto repeating the very words used by the president of the United States to justify this act of terror and hatred and violence and death.”

A 'monster penguin' as big as a human lived in New Zealand

Canterbury Museum, August 19, 2019

Monster Penguin Find in Waipara, North Canterbury

A new species of giant penguin – about 1.6 metres tall – has been identified from fossils found in Waipara, North Canterbury.

The discovery of Crossvallia waiparensis, a monster penguin from the Paleocene Epoch (between 66 and 56 million years ago), adds to the list of gigantic, but extinct, New Zealand fauna. These include the world’s largest parrot, a giant eagle, giant burrowing bat, the moa and other giant penguins.

C. waiparensis is one of the world’s oldest known penguin species and also one of the largest – taller even than today’s 1.2 metre Emperor Penguin – and weighing up to 70 to 80 kg.

(snip) The fossils of several giant species, including C. waiparensis, will be displayed in a new exhibition about prehistoric New Zealand at Canterbury Museum later this year.

Bezos Scandal: Prominent economist offered op-ed to WaPo at Amazon's suggestion.

Prominent economist wrote op-ed about Amazon’s new headquarters at company’s suggestion

A prominent Washington-area economist wrote an opinion piece welcoming the arrival of Amazon’s new headquarters in Northern Virginia at the suggestion of a company official who hoped to build public support for the project before a key Arlington County Board vote, emails show.

Stephen S. Fuller, a professor at George Mason University, also showed the article to Amazon public relations staff before publication and invited them to suggest changes — although he rejected their revisions.

“I want to [be] helpful to your — Amazon’s — mission and objectives with respect to its move to Arlington,” Fuller wrote on March 1 to Jill Shatzen Kerr, Amazon’s policy communications manager, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Fuller first offered the opinion piece to The Washington Post, which turned it down. The Washington Business Journal published it March 21 under the headline, “Don’t underestimate Amazon HQ2’s importance.”

Fuller’s interactions with Amazon, which were not disclosed to the Washington Business Journal or its readers, raised questions about whether he was acting independently and transparently in penning the article, according to some ethics experts. The journal’s editor said the publication would have handled the article differently had it known.


Sanders: Medicare for All is the 'Defining Issue' of the 2020 campaign

Politico, August 13, 2019

(snip) Sanders told POLITICO he is now talking about Medicare for All more than ever before and that he sees it as the “defining issue” of the 2020 campaign.

“It could be the winning issue for me in the primary, it will be the winning issue for me in the general election,” he said. “I’m campaigning on the legislation that I wrote. As you know, I wrote the damn bill,” he added, referencing his quip from the second debate that went viral.

Campaign staffers argue the new tack is working, pointing out that Sanders received the biggest polling bump (1.8 percent) of any candidate after the second debate, according to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight. That was especially encouraging given that health care dominated much of the conversation.

(snip) “Health care is the No. 1 issue with voters, especially Democratic primary voters, and Bernie is the most trusted candidate on health care,” Sanders’ pollster, Ben Tulchin, said in an interview. “So it became increasingly clear over the last few months, as the campaign talked more and more about it, that health care was a real strength and opportunity for us to focus on. And as a result of doing that, we’ve gained in the polling.”

Esquire: Elizabeth Warren is the campaign's happy warrior

Esquire, August 11, 2019

The happy warrior goes to the Iowa State Fair

(snip) {There} are the outward manifestations of what her campaign has put together out here.... She draws enormous crowds and enormous ovations from those crowds. People see her and holler, unbidden, "Big Structural Change!"—the tagline for all her now-famous syllabus of plans. They chant, "Two cents!", the amount of each dollar over $50 million she proposes to tax to finance the implementation of those plans ... And, in the polls, she can't be said to have had a "moment" yet, but her rise has been steady, easing fears that she might be peaking too soon. She is now a solid second to Joe Biden, and it is still only August.

But the thing that's sold Elizabeth Warren to Iowa is primarily Elizabeth Warren. None of the candidates seems to be having as much fun as she is. The endless selfies after speeches. The pinky-swears with young girls about how what girls do is run for president. Her willingness to hold town halls anywhere. That loose-limbed, almost goofy wave with which she steps onto every stage. In a gloomy political time, with a humorless sociopathic bully in the White House, and with all the worst impulses of the national Id come out to play, Senator Professor Warren is the campaign's happy warrior, the teacher everybody hopes they get when school starts up again in the fall. People respond to the good feeling around her campaign as much as they respond to the blizzard of policy proposals that campaign has loosed upon the electorate.

She is a liberal academic who lives in Massachusetts, but she is not a Massachusetts Liberal in the easy caricature that has been so useful to the Republicans over the last 40 years. She is neither a quiet technocrat like Michael Dukakis nor a chilly WASPish icon like John Kerry. She is Oklahoma, born and bred, and it shows in the easy way she connects with audiences here. She is not Harvard. She is someone who went to two public universities before she ever got there. There is none of the distance, none of the archness, common to Ivy League academics.

And the people who come expecting a Dukakis or a Kerry come away happily surprised. And the people who come away expecting an ivory-tower Harvard lecturer leave feeling smarter, and experiencing the conquest of learning in a way they haven't felt it since elementary school. None of this is to say what may happen when the guns really open up on her, but it is to say, for now, that Elizabeth Warren is running a campaign of hope and optimism and enthusiasm as surely as did Ronald Reagan, that ol' Iowa radio guy, in 1980, and as surely as Barack Obama did in 2008.

Elizabeth Warren's Gun Violence Prevention plan

Senator Warren is proposing a comprehensive plan to curb gun violence. No doubt these proposals will make her NRA persona non grata.

The principal points are:-

• A federal licensing system
• Universal background checks
• A new Federal Assault Weapons ban
• High-capacity ammunition magazine ban
• Raising the minimum age for all firearm purchases to 21
• A 1 week waiting period
• A limit of one gun purchase per month
• Extreme risk (red flag) protection laws
• Repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act
• A federal private right of action against gun manufactures
• Holding gun industry CEOs personally accountable
• A 30% tax on guns & 50% on ammunition


Poland honors wartime group that collaborated with Nazis

Source: Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish officials joined war veterans on Sunday to pay tribute to a World War II-era underground force that collaborated with Nazi German forces toward the end of the war in their battle against the Communists, who were imposing control on the nation.

A Mass in Warsaw opened ceremonies honoring the Holy Cross Mountains Brigade of the National Armed Forces on the 75th anniversary of its formation. The partisans were honored for their sacrifices to the fatherland.

President Andrzej Duda’s official patronage and the presence of ruling party officials underlined the right-wing government’s rehabilitation of a partisan unit that fought both Germans and Soviets and which is celebrated by the far right.

It is seen as a part of a broader attempt by the ruling Law and Justice party to appeal to right-wing voters ahead of the nation’s parliamentary vote in October.

Read more: https://www.apnews.com/9eb9502f00724a50aeb33082ff7ce692

'An attempt by the Law and Justice party to appeal to right-wing voters'

'Holy Cross Mountain Brigade', 1945
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