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Home country: USA
Current location: Arizona
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Democratic debate No. 2: What you need to know

Article from USA Today -Democratic candidates in Detroit for the second debates of the 2020 presidential campaign …

https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/politics/elections/2019/06/21/democratic-debates-who-made-stage-and-when-they-debating/1509378001/

But then you know this...
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Tue Jul 30, 2019, 12:21 PM (0 replies)

This is so full of information - I will share with DIL - all that I know

about the Philippines comes from conversations with her. She has her Masters in Math, earned in the Philippines, taught HS 11 years in Zamboanga. She arrived here almost 6 years ago - alone, with a small bag..she and my son waited 3 years for her to be able to make the journey..he did visit many times during the process she had to endure..they are both teaching in the states..last year she was so excited when the math results in her school demonstrated an improvement in test scores..

Zamboanga has a terrible history of kidnapping Americans..even their own need to be very careful - my DIL when she journeyed to her parents home in a more northern island in the Philippines, the trek taking more than 12 hours by many buses - she said she had to always be on alert, keep her head down and become a ghost as much as she could. To this day, any social media they communicate with, they use different names..my son is ret. Navy 21 years..ALL in the Pacific Fleet..he is very familiar with the need to be discreet...

I read you posts all the time..never disappointed..you seem to have an affinity for global affairs..I am not surprised by your attention to detail re this agribusiness in the Philippines..I always learn something new..

Salamat
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Mon Jul 29, 2019, 10:57 PM (0 replies)

Thanks for posting..even the companies who own the voting machines

THINK THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW....

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/22/us-voting-machine-private-companies-voter-registration

When Raskin learned that there are next to no federal laws that govern or regulate private sector companies involved in US election infrastructure, he hurriedly introduced a bill that would prevent states from contracting with firms owned or influenced by non-US citizens. He plans to reintroduce an updated version of the bill in this legislative session, he told the Guardian. While it has a decent chance of passing the Democratic-controlled House, it would require Republican support in the Senate to become law.

That is not likely. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell has been antagonistic to election reform bills, as has the whole Republican party. The party narrative is that Democrats are trying to use the federal government to take over state and local elections; the political angle is that recognizing vulnerabilities or flaws in the election system could raise doubts about the legitimacy of the party’s – and Donald Trump’s – victory in 2016.


Hey mcturte..who is gaslighting who.....
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Mon Jul 29, 2019, 05:42 PM (0 replies)

The more info we have the better insight for all of us..yes, this article is

from 4/22/2019..but has so much info re these machines...but, what can anyone do but watch money change hands...

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/22/us-voting-machines-paper-ballots-2020-hacking

If it’s the case that almost nobody looks at the paper records produced by ballot marking devices, then we have a problem
Ron Rivest, MIT


Also.....

https://www.coalitionforgoodgovernance.org/news/
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Mon Jul 29, 2019, 05:05 PM (0 replies)

No wonder you took up math..you have mastered sequencing - wonderful story...

My daughter-in-law, has her masters in math for which I take no credit, but do boast proudly. She is from the Philippines where teachers are revered. She came to this country 6 years ago and landed a teaching job within 11 months...took a bit of time for her to become acclimated, married..to most honorable son. (a globetrotter, retired Navy Chief), yes, boasting again, whom she met three years prior, in the Philippines. She is the most humble person I have ever met, so kind, caring, and full of grace. They just came back from their globetrotting to Hong Kong (yes, they have pictures of the protest) and her family in the Philippines. Wonderful stories of their adventure - they go back every year after their school term ends. He teaches also.

I ask her questions all the time about her experiences teaching here. She laughs, or shakes her head, but steady and persistent, in keeping 5th through 7th graders in line..is definitely different from teaching in the Philippines...where the students are very studious and respectful, if I may. Some of her stories are funny, some sad, and some downright horrible, and yet, she is going into her 4th year. She moved the needle at her school for math test scores..this is what motivates her to continue..as she shakes her head and laughs..

I just love this from YOUR story, "such as something is true "if and only if" something else was true". Can be said for so many situations.

I will share this link as well as your story with her. She is teaching me Tagalog, her native language...so, I will just say Salamat (thank you in Tagalog)
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Mon Jul 29, 2019, 11:06 AM (1 replies)

I never put my party dress on until the day of the party..nor do I prejudge

if I will have a good time or not..At this link you will find 35 questions many think congress should ask Mueller....including questions from Readers - my feeling about this, if Mueller answers any and all of these questions, having read through them all, we will have a more clear picture - I just don't see how the questions presented at this link veers from the report...

https://www.justsecurity.org/64137/what-congress-should-ask-robert-mueller-when-he-testifies/

For example....

3. Upon concluding your work and submitting your final report, did you anticipate the Attorney General reaching and publicly announcing a conclusion on whether the President had obstructed justice? Would you have recommended that the Attorney General do so?


At Just Security another story of interest...

https://www.justsecurity.org/64972/house-should-prepare-criminal-referral-of-a-g-barr-for-lying-to-congress/

Be well..
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Mon Jul 22, 2019, 02:21 PM (0 replies)

Got Cabin Fever from heat..Here is Rachel's Homework Assignment from last night..

https://www.lawfareblog.com/introducing-report-podcast-series-lawfare

Podcast further down in article..I just finished listening - most impressive was Clint Watts...

Stay cool..and most of all, stay informed....
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sat Jul 20, 2019, 04:06 PM (1 replies)

Woodbury Fire Burns More than 36K acres - no end in sight..possible July 1st containment...

Bad area to get to on the ground....the large, very large planes being used for retardant, fly over the house to fuel up at Falcon Field just to our west.....as well as the helicopters....

This fire is in the hills just NW of Superior..a distance from us, but many are wary, obviously, closer to Superior and the Roosevelt Dam...winds have picked up today...This fire started June 8th -

Reported 721 - 15 different crews and 30 fire engines...

Smokey the Bear says...make sure your campfires are extinguished.....

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona-wildfires/2019/06/17/woodbury-fire-fire-burns-over-36-000-acres-zero-contained/1474844001/
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Mon Jun 17, 2019, 05:10 PM (2 replies)

I support your sentiments 100% - I will try to make a long story short from meeting

the wife of one of my hubby's golfing friend last night-

Friendly enough on our back patio - she is from TX...small talk, getting to know you kinda chit chat..then she goes into a story about her friend, who's husband is carrying on a tryst at the CC (Country Club..of which I have ZERO interest in)..

She tells me she confronted the little twit in the lady's room..and how everyone at the CC knows about their affair...she is telling me ALL this...(oh, and the little twit went around saying this gal from TX hit her, not true).. okay..they get ready to go..hand shake, hug, and then she says - "I'm for trump" - clearly she did not expect my reaction - SHE JUST MET ME - WTF..

I took her story of confrontation in the lady's room, and invited her to join me in my lady's room..just she and I, and we can have a little chat..AND I told her I wouldn't hit her...I was emphatic, but moderate in tone...kinda like guys do, let's take this outside..but, with a smile on my face..flustered, she was...

Walking out to their golf cart in our driveway..she took a swipe at the eight years of Obama...REALLY???walking away????? I got the last word as they drove off...I said " get used to it", remember this name", and I threw out my choice for Dem Prez... and said "by now"...this all transpired within 2 minutes walking out..tops…..

I told my husband, (we have agreed to NOT talk politics with HIS friends), because he was thinking I started it, I said, "she started it"....my motto has always been - I won't start it, but, I sure as hell will finish it....boom.....he said now that I know what happened...good on you girl....the kicker..SHE KNOWS hubby is a DEM....he said I will take care of it at the CC..I told him I can fight my own political battles...with a smile.....
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sat May 25, 2019, 02:31 PM (1 replies)

Totally agree..I said yesterday, I wish I could just call the pentagon and tell them to stand down..

2 brothers Viet Nam, and my son, Ret. Navy Chief, 21 years...he said he would NOT put a uniform on for this pos.....he was in the gulf at the beginning of the shit show, shock and awe bs....more military need to step up and sound off...

At least some in congress recognize the need for legislation on the war front...
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Thu May 9, 2019, 12:37 PM (2 replies)
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