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Two U.S. service members killed in Iraq during counter-ISIS mission

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS MARCH 9, 2020 / 8:59 AM / UPDATED 7 MINUTES AGO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. service members were killed in north central Iraq while accompanying Iraqi security forces on an mission targeting Islamic State, the U.S. military said in a statement on Monday attributing the deaths to “enemy forces.”

The two U.S. military members, killed on Sunday, were not being publicly identified until their families could be notified, the Combined Joint Task Force for Operation Inherent Resolve said in the statement released by the command.

The deaths highlight that despite losing its territorial caliphate in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State can still pose a threat.

An Inspector General report published earlier this year said that despite the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the militant group continued low-level attacks and while it did not appear to grow stronger, it did not “lose its freedom of movement or ability to hide and transport fighters and supplies in Iraq’s desert and mountainous terrain.”

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa/two-u-s-service-members-killed-in-iraq-during-counter-isis-mission-idUSKBN20W1QL?il=0

Boeing shares plunge as FAA rejects proposal on MAX wiring

Source: Reuters

BUSINESS NEWS MARCH 9, 2020 / 10:31 AM / UPDATED 2 MINUTES AGO

(Reuters) - Shares of Boeing Co (BA.N) dropped 12% on Monday after the planemaker’s proposal to leave wiring bundles in place on the grounded 737 MAX failed to get the backing of U.S. aviation regulators, potentially delaying the plane’s return to service.

Boeing shares were down at $231.60 in early trading, a level not seen since 2017.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told Boeing on Friday it did not agree with the planemaker’s argument that the wiring bundles meet safety standards and now it is up to Boeing to decide how to proceed.

Boeing in February said it did not believe it was required to separate or move wiring bundles on its grounded 737 MAX jetliner that regulators had warned could cause a short circuit on the 737 MAX, and lead to a crash if pilots did not react soon.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-boeing-hot/boeing-shares-plunge-as-faa-rejects-proposal-on-max-wiring-idUSKBN20W210?il=0



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This is the FAA trying to cover there collectives asses, if they knew the bundles were like that in the NG models and older models, why didn't they say something then.............................

Private Utility Monopolies Serve Shareholder Profits. Let's Make Power Public.

BY
Matthias Lalisse, Truthout
PUBLISHED
March 8, 2020

Consider a hypothetical corporation that has a monopoly over millions of people, providing a service that is indispensable to its customers. If it raises prices, customers have no choice but to pay those prices. Recognizing this, the government imposes some regulation. It cannot set arbitrarily high prices, but it negotiates with the government to obtain prices that guarantee a steady profit rate.

To the corporation, this is an acceptable bargain: Profits may not be as high as it likes, but they are high, and they are virtually guaranteed. Plus, because the corporation has been around for a long time, it has cultivated friendly relationships with local and regional politicians. It even makes a point of hiring some of them when they leave office. This makes it easier to strike a good deal.

The corporation is a staple in your town. Without you knowing it, though, a chain of parent corporations has bought the company, and investors from around the world have flocked to get an ownership stake. The people calling the shots about this necessary part of your life have become a shadowy network of global shareholders.

These global investors decide whether or not to raise your living costs, and where to send your jobs or whether to cut them entirely. They decide the quality of the service you receive and how much to charge you for it. Since your life and livelihood depend on the service they provide, the government sometimes steps in to make sure that service is decent and reliable. But the shot-callers are mainly interested in their profits, so they regularly shirk their responsibilities. Customers suffer, sometimes fatally.

https://truthout.org/articles/private-utility-monopolies-serve-shareholder-profits-lets-make-power-public/

Trump's CDC Director Has a History of Controversial Opinions on Controlling Viruses

Robert Redfield has long allied himself with conservative politicians and their pet theories about disease.
RUSS CHOMA
Reporter

While President Donald Trump rambled his way through an extremely weird visit to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta on Friday, the lineup of serious-looking scientists behind him was supposed to inspire confidence that there are trustworthy and qualified people leading the nation’s response to the deadly coronavirus. But as the CDC, the central agency in charge of public health, struggles to get a handle on key messaging and coronavirus testing efforts, the credentials of its director Robert Redfield are in the spotlight.

From the start of his administration, Trump has struggled to fill top positions with qualified candidates; the world of people who can do a particular job and who show enough personal or political loyalty is often quite small. Redfield, 68, is a well-known virologist who spent decades working on HIV/AIDS research in the military and as the head of the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology. He also has a long history of being a close ally to conservative politicians and their pet theories on HIV and AIDS.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, as an Army doctor stationed at Walter Reed Medical Center, Redfield worked on setting up protocols to handle service members infected with AIDS. Even by the standards of the era, when much was still unknown about the virus, his suggestions were controversial. He advocated quarantining infected soldiers, spreading their diagnosis across the chain of command with little concern for their privacy, and investigating their sexual histories.

Redfield advocated similar ideas outside of the military, aligning himself with a conservative Christian group called Americans for a Sound HIV/AIDS Policy (ASAP) which supported similar steps in the general public (mandatory testing and quarantines) to control the spread of the virus. According to Foreign Policy, in the introduction of a book by ASAP’s founder, Redfield rejected the medical norms for handling the epidemic and called for a more faith-based approach:

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/03/trumps-cdc-director-has-a-history-of-controversial-opinions-on-controlling-viruses/

And this asshole Redfield was laughing when the red hat idiot was talking about the big ships trying to dock while they were in Atlanta.........................

November 3, 2020 and January 20, 2021 cannot get here fast enough..............................

The Margin Stocks plunge, coronavirus spreads and Trump tweets image of himself playing fiddle

The Margin

Published: March 8, 2020 at 11:50 p.m. ET

By Shawn Langlois

Is President Donald Trump fiddling while the world burns?

In another era, Roman emperor Nero, according to ancient tradition, climbed to the top of his city walls and, in a familiar phrase, fiddled as Rome burned. While there are all sorts of questions surrounding what actually went down, the adage that rose from the legend is typically used to criticize someone for doing something trivial in the midst of some sort of crisis.

So Trump’s retweet of his social-media manager’s tweet showing him playing a fiddle couldn’t be more timely, considering the continued spread of the coronavirus and the fact that the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -5.762% is poised for a nasty selloff on Monday.

Here’s the retweet, in which Trump acknowledges that he is not sure exactly what Dan Scavino meant by “nothing can stop what’s coming”:


https://twitter.com/DanScavino/status/1236519422917062656/photo/1



https://www.marketwatch.com/story/stocks-plunge-coronavirus-spreads-and-trump-retweets-image-of-himself-playing-a-fiddle-with-an-ominous-message-2020-03-08?mod=home-page




SpaceX's 20th station shipment arrives with candy, science

Source: Associated Press

By MARCIA DUNN
2 hours ago

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station on Monday, delivering the company’s 20th batch of gear and treats.

The Dragon capsule reached the orbiting lab after launching late Friday night. NASA astronauts Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir used the station’s robot arm to capture the spacecraft.

The 4,300-pound (1,950-kilogram) shipment contains science experiments and equipment, as well as special goodies for the three-person crew aloft for months: grapefruit, tomatoes, Skittles, Reese’s Pieces and Hot Tamales.

This is the last of SpaceX’s original-style Dragons. All future ones are designed to carry either cargo or crew, and will dock automatically rather than require robot-arm assistance. SpaceX has been sending up station cargo since 2012 and plans to start launching NASA astronauts this spring.


Read more: https://apnews.com/d20dc4589f219ab6e8d820c26367b854

China turns to propaganda to right image in virus 'war'

By KEN MORITSUGU
today

BEIJING (AP) — As the rest of the world grapples with a burgeoning virus outbreak, China’s ruling Communist Party has deployed its propaganda playbook to portray its leader as firmly in charge, leading an army of health workers in a “people’s war” against the disease.

The main evening news on state TV regularly shows President Xi Jinping and his underlings giving instructions on the outbreak or touring related facilities. Coverage then segues to doctors and nurses on the front lines, drawing on a tradition of upholding model workers and the importance of sacrifice on behalf of the people and the party.

For the Communist Party, the epidemic is both a risk and an opportunity. It seeks to avoid blame for any mishandling of the outbreak, notably a slow initial response that allowed the virus to take hold. Conversely, it seeks credit for overcoming the crisis, enhancing the legitimacy of its rule.

State media, a tightly controlled internet and mass mobilization campaigns have all been harnessed for the effort.

https://apnews.com/f68179a2c6f729c13e1553753fdc55da

Li Desheng, a 22-year-old student who said news webcasts are his main source of information, commended the response of the party and the government, saying they had proven effective at stopping the spread of the virus.

“There is a Chinese idiom that says, ‘Point to a deer, call it a horse,’” the philosophy major said in an interview conducted via instant message. “If you say a deer is a horse, then that is a distortion of fact. When watching a news webcast ... at least at present, I think a deer is still called a deer, and a horse is called a horse, so I believe the report.”


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There are no words to describe this.....................point to a deer call it a horse............at least at present, I think a deer is still called a deer, and a horse is called a horse, so I believe the report.”

Well it is either a deer or its a horse...................for me a deer is still called a deer.....................

A single show-of-hands from Trump-supporting Wisconsin voters explains why the GOP is in big trouble

Published 1 min ago on March 8, 2020
By Sarah K. Burris

An interview with Donald Trump Jr. with Axios reporter Jim VandeHei was held with a group of Republican Trump supporters in a Wisconsin bar and grill. At one point, VandeHei asked the crowd if they place their loyalty to President Donald Trump higher than their dedication to the Republican Party. Every person in the audience raised their hand.

During the impeachment trial, many pundits couldn’t understand why Republicans were unwilling to stand up to the president. If Republican voters now support Trump over the GOP, it’s clear there is no way to escape the Trump following and the far-right of the party.

The first Trump son explained that people are only responding to it because his father is delivering on the GOP platform. He also claimed that his father gave Republicans the license to stand up for themselves, which ignores the entire tea party movement.

Trump Jr. also said that his father had shown the difference between a politician and a businessman, “a businessman knows how to negotiate.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/a-single-show-of-hands-from-trump-supporting-wisconsin-voters-explains-why-the-gop-is-in-big-trouble/

They are stupid when it comes to loyalty....................fucking amazing.....................

Italian soccer team forced to play in empty stadium as coronavirus rocks Italy

Source: Raw Story

Published 1 min ago on March 8, 2020
By Agence France-Presse

Aaron Ramsey starred as Juventus beat title rivals Inter Milan 2-0 on Sunday to reclaim top spot in Serie A in a game played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier in the day, Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora called for the league season to be put on hold.

His statement caused chaos at the early game between SPAL and Parma, with confused players sent back to the dressing rooms from the tunnel before eventually taking to the field 75 minutes after the scheduled kick-off.

Juventus’ game against Inter in Turin did go ahead, although in an empty Allianz Stadium, with the defending champions taking a one-point lead over Lazio at the top of the table


Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/italian-soccer-team-forced-to-play-in-empty-stadium-as-coronavirus-rocks-italy/

GOP leader accidentally describes Trump kids: 'The only reason you have that job is your father'

Published 1 min ago on March 8, 2020
By David Edwards

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Sunday offered a description of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son that also fit President Donald Trump’s children.

“This should not be about politics,” McCarthy said. “Any elected official that uses their office or has their children who uses their office to get economic gain, where you’re getting $50,000 a month — how many Americans don’t make that in a year?”

“And you have no experience whatsoever,” he continued. “And the only reason you have that job is because of your father.”

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/gop-leader-accidentally-describes-trump-kids-the-only-reason-you-have-that-job-is-your-father/

Hey Kevin, lets think outside the box on your stupidity first and foremost , you asshole where given the opportunity to vote and remove a complete and total criminal from the white house......................you failed in that mission along with 198 of your sycophants running around in that chamber........................and to try and jump the shark with Biden, shows that you have fucking nothing..........................your senate republican assholes are enablers of treason just like you are, the evidence says otherwise, your "guy' was IMPEACHED and when we take back the government there going to be indictments against those fucking criminal enterprise enabling kids............................

November 3, 2020 and January 3, 2021 cannot get here fast enough............................
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