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Celebrations on Black Lives Matter Plaza in D.C. after Joe Biden declared winner..

Posted by Princess Turandot | Sat Nov 7, 2020, 01:07 PM (4 replies)

Joe's Thank You message. Just lovely!

Posted by Princess Turandot | Sat Nov 7, 2020, 01:00 PM (4 replies)

160 years ago today, Mr Lincoln won his first presidential election..

..and a date with history.

From Michael Beschloss
Posted by Princess Turandot | Fri Nov 6, 2020, 07:49 AM (0 replies)

They expect to have imagery of the event tomorrow morning..

In the meanwhile, Bennu:

Bennu: Full Rotation at a Distance of 50 Miles

This series of images taken by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft shows Bennu in one full rotation from a distance of around 50 miles (80 km). The spacecraft’s PolyCam camera obtained the 36 2.2-millisecond frames over a period of four hours and 18 minutes.

Date Taken: Nov. 25, 2018
Instrument Used: OCAMS (PolyCam)
Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

Posted by Princess Turandot | Tue Oct 20, 2020, 09:59 PM (0 replies)

Here you go: Biden's timing at the organization, from the WFP annual reports:

He began the role in 2011, and is listed as Chairman in their 2011 annual report. See the board list on page 14:

He is also shown as the chair in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 reports. (See the collection of the annual reports shown here. Just scroll down a bit:

In 2016, there was new chair, but Biden is still listed as a board member. He continued on the Board in 2017. He is no longer listed as a member in 2018.

The 2010 report is the earliest available on the webpage linked above. However, it does not list the trustees in the report, as the subsequent reports do. So, it's not clear if he was already on the board when he was named the chair.

Also, it's not at all uncommon for chair-persons of organizations to serve a fixed term. He was the role for 5 years. It's perfectly reasonable for him to have rotated out at that point.
Posted by Princess Turandot | Sat Oct 10, 2020, 01:10 PM (2 replies)

'Don't cry for me, White House Staffer' by the Lincoln Project..

Posted by Princess Turandot | Tue Oct 6, 2020, 10:04 PM (3 replies)

Wanna see it move?

GOES West satellite imagery of the Eastern Pacific, taken every 30 minutes over the last 18 hours. (The most recent is usually around 40 minutes old.):

GOES West satellite imagery of the Eastern Pacific via SLIDER by RAMMB / CIRA at CSU

You'll need to click the 'play' button on the upper left. Give it a few moments to load the imagery panels.

This viewer is a collaboration by a NOAA subsidiary and the University of Colorado. It has weather imagery spanning the globe from the US (GOES West of the Eastern Pacific and GOES East (W. Atlantic), Japan (Himawari-8 over the W. Pacific), and EU's Meteosats of the Indian and Eastern Atlantic oceans. It also has a view looking from over the North Pole, via NOAA/NASA's Joint Polar Satellite System.
Posted by Princess Turandot | Fri Sep 11, 2020, 12:04 AM (0 replies)

NYS: COVID. 168 bars/restaurants to date have had their liquor licenses suspended...

...for violation of the pandemic-related executive orders. The majority of the suspensions occurred after 7/1, after Governor Cuomo (and New Yorkers phoning in complaints) decided that enough was enough. In many cases, the businesses had received prior warnings/citations, but failed to address them. (Several were also cited for offering services that they weren't licensed for, such as hookah. And an exotic entertainer.)

~136 of the businesses were in NYC, with another 12 in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties. Some have had the suspension lifted, after paying some very healthy fines ranging from $5,000 to $35,000, depending on the number and type of violations.

On a positive note, the number of businesses that have been found egregiously violating the law has declined since they ramped up disciplinary actions. (And the majority of them were already in compliance.)


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state has suspended liquor licenses for six additional bars/restaurants in New York State after finding egregious violations of pandemic-related Executive Orders, bringing the total number of liquor licenses suspended during the coronavirus pandemic to 168. Between Monday and Friday nights, the state's multi-agency task force -- led by the State Police and State Liquor Authority -- conducted 5,981 compliance checks, documenting violations at 35 establishments. Businesses found in violation of COVID-19 regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant's liquor license.

"New Yorkers' hard work is paying off, with the state maintaining an infection rate of less than 1% for over three weeks straight — but we must remain vigilant and continue to follow the guidelines that got us here or risk backsliding," Governor Cuomo said. "Compliance in higher-risk industries like bars and restaurants has been key to achieving this progress, and as today's suspensions show, the state will hold bad actors who put public health in danger accountable. The vast majority of bar owners continue to take this public health emergency seriously, but my message to the small number who openly flout the rules is simple: we will not tolerate you putting yourselves, your customers, your employees, your neighbors, and our reopening at risk."

State Liquor Authority Chair Vincent Bradley said, "We are seeing better compliance across the state as a direct result of the hard work of the task force and the actions of conscientious business owners that are putting public health and safety first. But we're still in the middle of a global pandemic, and the task force will continue taking action against the small number of establishments who willfully violate the coronavirus-related regulations."

Posted by Princess Turandot | Sun Aug 30, 2020, 12:22 AM (1 replies)

She's perfectly eligible..

Per Twitter in trending Politics

Kamala Harris is eligible to serve as US president, fact-checkers confirm.

Multiple fact-checkers, including AP, PolitiFact and Snopes, confirmed that Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California, therefore making her a natural-born citizen of the United States and eligible to serve as both vice president and president.

(Among others):

"She was born on Oct. 20, 1964, in Oakland, California, making her a natural-born U.S. citizen. Her father, an economist from Jamaica, and her mother, a cancer researcher from India, met at the University of California, Berkeley as graduate students.

Since she was born in the U.S., she is regarded a natural born citizen under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution."


The 14th Amendment of the Constitution states that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside."


Posted by Princess Turandot | Thu Aug 13, 2020, 08:10 PM (0 replies)

Live: Representative John Lewis' body is about to be carried across the Pettus bridge..

Live NBC coverage via YouTube:
Posted by Princess Turandot | Sun Jul 26, 2020, 11:26 AM (4 replies)
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