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Treasury Sanctions Russia with Sweeping New Sanctions Authority -- Rachel's Top Story Tonight


WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury took multiple sanctions actions under a new Executive Order (E.O.) targeting aggressive and harmful activities by the Government of the Russian Federation...

...this new E.O. authorizes sanctions to counter Russia’s harmful foreign activities that threaten the national security and foreign policy of the United States, including:
undermining the conduct of free and fair elections and democratic institutions in the United States and its allies and partners;
engaging in and facilitating malicious cyber activities against the United States and its allies and partners that threaten the free flow of information;
fostering and using transnational corruption to influence foreign governments; pursuing extraterritorial activities targeting dissidents or journalists;
undermining security in countries and regions important to the United States’ national security;
and violating well-established principles of international law, including respect for the territorial integrity of states.
To address these threats, the E.O. of April 15, 2021 authorizes sanctions on a wide range of persons, including, among others, those operating in the technology and defense and related material sectors of the Russian Federation economy, and in any additional sectors of the Russian Federation economy as may be determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State...

Pursuant to the E.O. of April 15, 2021, Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is issuing a directive that generally prohibits U.S. financial institutions from participating in the primary market for ruble or non-ruble denominated bonds issued after June 14, 2021 by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the National Wealth Fund of the Russian Federation, or the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, and further prohibits U.S. financial institutions from lending ruble or non-ruble denominated funds to these three entities...

Treasury’s first use of the E.O. of April 15, 2021 targets companies operating in the technology sector of the Russian Federation economy that support Russian Intelligence Services. The following companies are designated for operating in the technology sector of the Russian Federation economy: ERA Technopolis; Pasit, AO (Pasit); Federal State Autonomous Scientific Establishment Scientific Research Institute Specialized Security Computing Devices and Automation (SVA); Neobit, OOO (Neobit); Advanced System Technology, AO (AST); and Pozitiv Teknolodzhiz, AO (Positive Technologies)...

Unless authorized by a general or specific license issued by OFAC, or exempt, OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all transactions by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons. The prohibitions include the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any blocked person or the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

That last paragraph (bolding mine) is going to stop Trump, Jared, Manafort, Bannon and every Ruskie adjacent Republican like McConnell and his buddy Deripaska, back in Kentucky.

2022 and 2024 just got real for trumpcult.

The Biden Hammer slams on!

How New Mexico Became the State With the Highest Rate of Full Vaccinations


ALBUQUERQUE — Despite having one of the highest poverty rates in the country, New Mexico is surging past states with far more resources in the race to achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus.

After New Mexico put into motion one of the most efficient vaccine rollouts in the United States, more than 57 percent of its adult population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New Hampshire is the only state with a higher vaccination rate. Nearly 38 percent of New Mexico adults are fully vaccinated, more than any other state.

The feat is providing some relief in a state where Hispanic and Native American residents — groups that have been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus — together account for 60 percent of the population. Going into the pandemic with a dearth of financial resources compared with richer states, and vulnerabilities like having fewer hospital beds per capita than nearly every other state, the authorities in New Mexico saw the vaccine as their most powerful weapon to stave off an even more harrowing crisis.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat and former state health secretary, set the tone of New Mexico’s pandemic response over the past year by adopting significant social distancing measures from the start of the crisis, despite fierce opposition from critics. Many of those restrictions, such as mask mandates, remain in place.

Opinion surveys have shown broad support for the governor’s actions. Protests against her policies have not been as contentious as those in other states, though they have grown into a recurring feature of New Mexico’s politics over the past year. It is common to drive past storefronts in parts of the state with signs that proclaim “No MLG.”

In devising its vaccine distribution plan many months ago, the health department also turned to Real Time Solutions, a small software company in Albuquerque. While other states adopted piecemeal registration approaches, resulting in chaotic rollouts, Real Time set up a centralized vaccine portal for all residents to sign up for shots.

Ms. Lujan Grisham said in a statement. “I fully believe New Mexico can be the first state to reach herd immunity and be the first to begin operating in the new post-pandemic ‘normal’ the right way, the safe way.”

A vaccination site at the University of New Mexico’s campus in Gallup, N.M.
(Cate Dingley/Bloomberg)

President Biden Announces The U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Governor Cuomo Holds A Covid Vaccine Event On Long Island

He shows the nation what good -- as in not perfect -- Democratic leadership does as they do their job -- he and New York leaders that he brings together...

-- Credit persons and institutions for their competence and partnerships.

-- Remind New Yorkers of 2020 lessons learned and forgotten, about covid itself and young people's vulnerabilities.

-- Define covid resistance approaches ("theories" ) and argues against them using data and logic, and appeals to their sense of moral duty to not privilege their covid resilience at the expense of spreading the virus to others.

-- Describe the state's mass and informal vaccination system.

-- Explain how the college vaccine system will work.

Not one Republican governor speaks to his/her citizens this way. Not one.
Because s/he doesn't even speak to his/her citizens, but to his/her donor class.
What they do talk about is freedom, but never the differences between using freedom irresponsibly and using freedom responsibly. The profitable benefit being that the less citizens know about using freedom responsibly, the less responsibility the corporate class need assume.

The Good News That Bears Repeating: We'll Never Have Another 2020,

because of the BEST things we've gotten out of 2020:

1. Our scientists and other scientists around the world can now map every new virus within 24 hours;

2. Scientists all over the world have the CRSPR biotech to input all new viral genetic maps so that CRSPR Cas9 editings can result in vaccines being developed even faster than they were for COVID-19;

3. We have the infrastructure for manufacturing and distributing enough vaccine to stop highly infectious viruses almost at points of entry, and through contact tracing, so that there's only a cluster, not even an outbreak, nor an epidemic, nor a pandemic.

We've really learned a lot from the scientific and governing ends of this pandemic. We know enough now to be on top of all new viruses anywhere globally that they rapidly spread.

We can thank Jennifer Doudna for breaking down the components of RNA, the scientific work that enabled the already-existing CRISPR to quickly map edited genomes that work against new viruses.

We'll never have another 2020 for the above reasons.

CRSPR Existed, But Nobel Prize Winner Jennifer Doudna Used It To Edit Genes In All of Life

She got her Nobel Prize for Chemistry because she was the first to consistently SEE RNA by refining crystallographic methods, then through that photography, study its atomic components, folds, and map RNA to see how it works in the trillion year war between bacteria and viruses.

Without Jennifer Doudna's atomic mapping of RNA, the world wouldn't have been able to use CRSPR to disable the coronavirus. Her RNA work created CRSPR Cas9, that targets, slices and mends genetic codes. It was Emmanuelle Charpentier who read her work, discovered the enzyme tracRNA and collaborated with her to use it to guide the Cas9 enzyme to the targeted gene to be edited.

The Swedish Academy wasted no time crediting them with the means to solve mankind's problems in the world of microbes, and awarded them both in October, 2020.

Biotech will now have a greater future impact than digital tech has had. And women did it -- understanding how life works.

At the 4:00 mark, Emmanuelle Charpentier explains her work.

Walter Isaacson, great biographer of Steve Jobs, Einstein and others, learned from Doudna's lab assistants to edit genes using CRSPR.

Rachel Maddow Speaks To Vaccine Fear, Weighing Risk, Makes The Case That the Vaccine Is Not For You

Rachel Maddow On Gaetz' Pardon Trophy Request, Corporate Voting Rights Support in 2006

Corporate involvement in key issues of the nation has a history.

But right now, imo, if 170 corporations are serious about voting rights, they can go further than talk, or threat, about the loss of donations to politicians who would throttle voters or autocratically overturn the state popular vote.

These corporations can refuse donations to enough Senate Republicans, enough to make at LEAST 10 actually change their votes on S1.

Furthermore, they can then go after every Senator who still votes against S1 in 2022. That's a threat Republicans would take seriously.

So far it looks as if enough corporations are deciding that democracy is better for business than autocracy. They'd likely rather work WITH government, imo, than against it when they see how badly Republicans damage the humans of their markets. Hell, even Bezos declares he's okay with corporate taxation, as in "investment will require concessions on all sides... We look forward to Congress and the Administration coming together to find the right, balanced solution that maintains or enhances U.S. competitiveness. "

It might end up being a fight by billionaire blocs lined up over what they want for the future of America.
Dark money is waiting and watching.

Climate cascade crises are coming. Enough corporations can already see the benefit of an all hands on deck approach with the smarter party.

President Biden's Update On Vaccinations And The Covid Pandemic

Sgt. Marcus Flowers Runs Against Marjorie Tayler Greene

Hope GA knows badass when they see it.

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