Moses
Thread made to lighten the load on Smoldering Wreckage of the American Experiment.
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Paquito
So what's going on with Bibi?
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Unregistered
Idris Elba says he has tested positive for Covid 19.
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Paquito

Israelis accuse Netanyahu of exploiting virus to keep power

His corruption trial will have to wait, apparently.

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wirthling
Paquito wrote:

Israelis accuse Netanyahu of exploiting virus to keep power

His corruption trial will have to wait, apparently.



wirthling wrote:
I feel like I keep hearing Bibi is done and he keeps not being done.
"I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything." - Charles Darwin
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MadMan
Paquito wrote:

Israelis accuse Netanyahu of exploiting virus to keep power

His corruption trial will have to wait, apparently.

That man has more lives than a cat. It's not over until it's over, I guess. 
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Ivan the Terrible
Viktor Orbán is also making his bid to rid himself of the last vestiges of democratic constraint.

Think we can expect to see a lot of authoritarian or would-be authoritarian leaders using the virus as a cover to cement their control. If there were a Doomsday Clock for democracy, and we were at 10:30 right now, it's now looking much more likely the coronavirus will push us towards 11:00 through willingness to hand control to bad people in a crisis rather than back to 10:00 through exposing the inadequacies of authoritarian governments to deal with that crisis.
It's the lack of stabbing that makes NoCrimesVille the kind of city I'm proud to live in.
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MadMan
Democracy has been on life support for a long time. Or so it seems that it barely exists.
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Putu
Oh, shiiiiiiii...

https://au.news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-threatens-next-generation-smartphones-230612668.html
That's...not what I meant at all.
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Moses

I don't have a link in English, but it looks like we just had a (so far) bloodless coup in Brazil. 

President Jair Bolsonaro's excesses in the face of the outbreak of the new coronavirus in Brazil irritated the Armed Forces' high command, which appears to have “elected” the chief minister of the Civil House, Walter Braga Netto, as the country's new “operational president”.

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MadMan
Moses wrote:

I don't have a link in English, but it looks like we just had a (so far) bloodless coup in Brazil. 

President Jair Bolsonaro's excesses in the face of the outbreak of the new coronavirus in Brazil irritated the Armed Forces' high command, which appears to have “elected” the chief minister of the Civil House, Walter Braga Netto, as the country's new “operational president”.

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Well as far as I know the US wasn't responsible for that one. At least I don't think so...
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Ivan the Terrible
Moses wrote:

I don't have a link in English, but it looks like we just had a (so far) bloodless coup in Brazil. 

President Jair Bolsonaro's excesses in the face of the outbreak of the new coronavirus in Brazil irritated the Armed Forces' high command, which appears to have “elected” the chief minister of the Civil House, Walter Braga Netto, as the country's new “operational president”.

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This would be great if true, but I've been waiting for major English language sources to report on it and so far I haven't seen anything.
It's the lack of stabbing that makes NoCrimesVille the kind of city I'm proud to live in.
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Esoteric Allusion
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Guess the NYT is doing this for international coverage too.
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Ivan the Terrible
Guess the NYT is doing this for international coverage too.


I wonder if someone could dig up a New York Times headline from 1933, saying something like "Hitler pushes for Enabling Act to protect Germany from Communist revolution. Some fear other motives."
It's the lack of stabbing that makes NoCrimesVille the kind of city I'm proud to live in.
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Caesar
Queen Elizabeth II gave an address yesterday. At one point she said,

"It reminds me of the very first broadcast I made in 1940, helped by my sister. We as children spoke from here at Windsor to children who had been evacuated from their homes and sent away for their own safety".

It's just amazing how long she's been on the world stage.

She gave that speech on the "Children's Hour" broadcast on October 13, 1940 (fun fact: my mother was born on October 4, 1940), when Princess Elizabeth was 14 years old.

When I think about World War II, I think of folks like Chamberlain, Churchill, Roosevelt, Truman, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Yamamota, etc. People who have been dead for a long time. Or course she was a child during the war, but she's (amazingly) still around.

My mother, who (as I mentioned) was born right before that speech, has been dead for 12 years. I'm beginning to believe that Queen Elizabeth II is going to live forever.
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Moses
As of 2 pm CST, May futures for crude oil are negative $15 per barrel. Oklahoma is screwed, sure, but imagine Russia, the Middle East, and those poor bastards inside Venezuela.
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Moses

CNN reports that Kim Jong-un is gravely ill after surgery.

So...North Korea is likely to get a woman its leader before the United States?

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whic
Moses wrote:

CNN reports that Kim Jong-un is gravely ill after surgery.

So...North Korea is likely to get a woman its leader before the United States?


I'm with her
nothing.
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MadMan
Moses wrote:

CNN reports that Kim Jong-un is gravely ill after surgery.

So...North Korea is likely to get a woman its leader before the United States?



SPOILER: 





Isn't that what happened in The Interview? Heh. 
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Caesar
Hungary prepares to end legal recognition of trans people

The bill (which was submitted on Tuesday) stipulates that gender should be defined as “biological sex based on primary sex characteristics and chromosomes”. It would also record each person's “sex at birth” in the Hungarian civil registry and thus make it impossible to change anyone’s legally recognized gender.

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Bernadett Szél, an independent MP who has opposed the law in parliament’s judicial committee, described it as “evil” and “a step back in time”. During a hearing in the committee, she tried to read out a letter from trans people explaining how harmful the law would be for them, but was shut down by the committee’s chair, who described the letter as “not relevant"

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Orbán’s government has become more hostile towards the LGBTQ+ community in the past two years, moving from generic language about traditional values and the benefits of heterosexual marriage to openly discriminatory language, such as comparing homosexuality to paedophilia.

“This kind of language was not present before, and now it is no longer just discourse, it’s going to become policy,” said [Tamás Dombos, a board member of the Háttér Society, a Hungarian organisation focused on LGBTQI rights].
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kgaard
Caesar wrote:
Hungary prepares to end legal recognition of trans people

The bill (which was submitted on Tuesday) stipulates that gender should be defined as “biological sex based on primary sex characteristics and chromosomes”. It would also record each person's “sex at birth” in the Hungarian civil registry and thus make it impossible to change anyone’s legally recognized gender.



Looking forward to the EU's feckless response to this!
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Paquito
Caesar wrote:
The bill (which was submitted on Tuesday) stipulates that gender should be defined as “biological sex based on primary sex characteristics and chromosomes”. It would also record each person's “sex at birth” in the Hungarian civil registry and thus make it impossible to change anyone’s legally recognized gender.


If they're going to base it off chromosomes, they're going to need more than two genders.
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Paquito
Paquito wrote:
If they're going to base it off chromosomes, they're going to need more than two genders.


Good Radio Lab episode on this
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MadMan

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Hungary trying to out right wing the US.
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Paquito
BBC: "Netanyahu is the first standing leader to face trial in the country's history. He denies accusations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust."
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Paquito
UK considers opening citizenship 'path' for 300,000+ Hong Kong residents, if China pursues security law

I wonder if this will rattle anti-immigrant brexiters.
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Esoteric Allusion
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nuclear-particles-baltic/sensors-detect-rise-in-nuclear-particles-on-baltic-sea-global-body-says-idUSKBN23X2TN?utm_medium=Social

Sure. Why not.
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