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December 1, 2019

Whistleblower in New Orleans hotel collapse is deported to Honduras

Source: The Guardian

A Honduran construction worker injured during the Hard Rock hotel collapse in New Orleans was deported by US immigration authorities on Friday, his lawyers confirmed.

Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma had reported potentially dangerous lapses in construction safety to his supervisors before the collapse, according to lawyers working on his immigration case and a civil complaint filed by Ramirez Palma and several other workers against hotel developers.

The collapse on 12 October killed three people and injured dozens. The bodies of two victims are still inside the half-crumbled remains of the 18-storey structure in downtown New Orleans. Developers are working with city officials to finalise plans to demolish the rest of the building.

Immediately after the accident, Ramirez Palma was interviewed by the local Spanish-language media outlet Jambalaya News. Two days later he was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice), while fishing with his family in a national wildlife refuge, because he lacked identification documents.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/30/whistleblower-in-new-orleans-hotel-collapse-is-deported-to-honduras

December 1, 2019

Mark Penn (HarrisX, Harvard Harris) advising Trump on impeachment

(Re: Primaries) Harris polls are untrustworthy as the man himself, and his sidekick, Scott Rasmussen.

Former Clinton strategist Mark Penn counsels President Trump on impeachment

As President Trump’s White House battles impeachment, he turned to a familiar face last week: Mark Penn, one of President Bill Clinton’s top strategists.

Penn visited the Oval Office for more than an hour last Monday, three people familiar with the meeting said, and provided polling data and impeachment advice for the president. Penn reassured Trump that he would not be removed from office, according to people familiar with the meeting, and encouraged him to travel the country as Clinton did when he was fighting impeachment over 20 years ago, officials said.

Vice President Pence and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway were present for the meeting. Penn was escorted by Andrew Stein, a longtime Trump friend from New York who recently wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed calling for former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to replace Pence on the 2020 election ticket.

(snip) In a brief interview, Penn said repeatedly that he was not working for Trump. “It’s the second time I have ever met with the president. I’m not counseling him. I’m not advising him.” Penn said he discussed with Trump only publicly available data but declined to be specific on his advice. “I don’t get into presidential meetings.”


I’m not counseling him. I’m not advising him - translation: we talk every day. weasel.

November 30, 2019

Rich kids should pay fees to attend public schools.

Why should lower income families ever subsidize schooling for wealthy families?

The extra monies should be used to improve disadvantaged schools, and schooling overall.

EDIT: Why should lower/middle income families ever subsidize public college for wealthy families? That's the argument for something like Pete's proposals. I support fee free public education, no matter how wealthy the parents are. That's the point of this thread.

November 30, 2019

Bernie Sanders primary support - unsinkable?

One the RCP averages, Bernie Sander's support has fallen (marginally) below 15% on three occasions - in the immediate aftermath of VP Biden's announcement, during Kamala's "that little girl was me" sugar hit and at the height of Warren's surge. Like DU's rankings, Sanders' numbers are extremely solid; not even a heart attack could take him down.

November 28, 2019

Terrified by a Turkey :)

A touch of Stephen King

November 28, 2019

Donald Trump signs Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law, brushing off China's warnings

Source: South China Morning Post

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law legislation that could bring diplomatic action and economic sanctions against Hong Kong, brushing off multiple warnings by China against such a move.

“The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act reaffirms and amends the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, specifies United States policy towards Hong Kong and directs assessment of the political developments in Hong Kong,” the White House said in a statement. “Certain provisions of the act would interfere with the exercise of the president's constitutional authority to state the foreign policy of the United States.”

The legislation has provoked a backlash from the Chinese government, which on Monday summoned US ambassador to China Terry Branstad to warn that Congress’ passage of the legislation last week constituted “meddling” in the country’s internal affairs and would result in “consequences”.

Trump also signed into law the PROTECT Hong Kong act, which will prohibit the sale of US-made munitions such as tear gas and rubber bullets to the city’s authorities.

Read more: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3039673/donald-trump-signs-hong-kong-human-rights-and-democracy-act

White House Press release

I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong. They are being enacted in the hope that Leaders and Representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace and prosperity for all.

I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi .... He has to get a lie in there.

November 27, 2019

Bernie & Yang: Bromance

November 27, 2019

BBC: Russian cows get VR headsets 'to reduce anxiety'

BBC: Russian cows get VR headsets 'to reduce anxiety'

A Russian farm has given its dairy cows virtual reality headsets in a bid to reduce their anxiety.

The herd donned VR systems adapted for the "structural features of cow heads" and were shown a "unique summer field simulation program".

Moscow's inistry of Agriculture and Food cited research which they say has shown a link between a cow's emotional experience and its milk yield.

According to a statement from the ministry, the experiments took place at the RusMoloko farm in Moscow's Ramensky district.


November 26, 2019

(Jewish Group) Despair: Chief rabbi's criticism of Labour strikes a chord

'It reflects the despair': chief rabbi's criticism of Labour strikes a chord

Plenty of Jews in the UK would say the chief rabbi does not speak for them. They may be from different traditions in Judaism – progressive or ultra-Orthodox – or they may be secular. But many, probably most, agree with the thrust of his unprecedented intervention in next month’s general election.

Ephraim Mirvis, the UK’s most senior Jewish leader who represents Orthodox Judaism, accused Jeremy Corbyn of allowing a “poison sanctioned from the top” to take root in the Labour party. British Jews, he said in an article in the Times, were gripped by a justified anxiety about the prospect of a Corbyn-led government.

(snip) Raymond Simonson, chief executive of JW3, a Jewish cultural centre in north London, said: “I’ve worked in this community my whole career and lived in it my whole life. I can’t remember something like this happening before.

“For the chief rabbi, the most senior religious leader in the UK Jewish community, to come out with something as strong as this is extraordinary. Even if people disagree, the fact he’s moved to say this publicly reflects absolute angst in his heart, soul and mind.

“I speak to hundreds of [Jewish] people as part of my job – Orthodox and Reform, religious and secular, gay and straight – and I know not everyone thinks the same on this or on any issue. But what I’m hearing again and again is people who have been natural Labour voters reluctantly coming to the conclusion that they can’t vote Labour this time. I guarantee this will be the number one conversation around Shabbat dinner tables this Friday.”


See also: Corbyn will not apologize.
November 26, 2019

General election 2019: No apology from Jeremy Corbyn over Labour anti-Semitism claims

Source: BBC

Jeremy Corbyn has declined to apologise to the UK Jewish community after the chief rabbi criticised how the party deals with anti-Semitism claims.

In a BBC interview with Andrew Neil, the Labour leader was asked four times whether he would like to apologise.

Mr Corbyn said his government will protect "every community against the abuse they receive".

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis claimed "a new poison - sanctioned from the very top - has taken root" in Labour.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/election-2019-50564965

Labour has been beset by allegations of anti-Semitism for more than three years. Even during an election, Corbyn can not bring himself to apologize the the party's inadequate response.

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