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Harry Walpurgisnacht

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Name: Henry (Harry)
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Hometown: Pleasant Valley, NY
Home country: United States
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Israeli parliament nominates Netanyahu to form new government

Source: Reuters

MAY 7, 2020 / 11:51 AM

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli parliament formally nominated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to form a new coalition government despite his upcoming trial on corruption charges, bringing him closer to a fifth term after more than a year of political stalemate.

Seventy-two of the Knesset’s 120 lawmakers signed on to Netanyahu’s candidacy after parliament passed legislation approving details of a power-sharing deal between the premier’s right-wing Likud party and centrist rival Benny Gantz’s Blue and White, a joint statement from the factions said.

Netanyahu’s nomination was submitted to President Reuven Rivlin.

Netanyahu and Gantz, who were deadlocked in three inconclusive elections since April 2019, plan to swear in their new coalition in on Wednesday. Their deal would see Netanyahu serving as prime minister for 18 months after which Gantz would take over.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-politics/israeli-parliament-nominates-netanyahu-to-form-new-government-idUSKBN22J29F?il=0



Meet the new boss/
Same as the old boss
- The Who
Posted by Harry Walpurgisnacht | Thu May 7, 2020, 10:44 AM (4 replies)

China says it backs WHO in tracing COVID-19, denounces U.S. 'lies'

Source: Reuters

MAY 7, 2020 / 5:32 AM
By Yew Lun Tian

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Thursday it supports the World Health Organization (WHO) in trying to pinpoint the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and accused U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of telling one lie after another in his attacks on Beijing.

The virus has killed more than 255,000 people worldwide, including more than 70,000 in the United States, the worst-affected country, since it was first identified in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, addressing reporters in Beijing on Thursday, said China supported WHO efforts to investigate the origin of the pandemic. “We are always open to cooperate with the WHO on matters, including on the question of origin,” she said. But she repeated a timeline of signals from France, Sweden and the United States itself that the virus may not have emerged in China.

“While scientists have not come to a conclusion, why is Secretary Pompeo drawing the hasty conclusion that the virus came from a Wuhan lab? Where is his proof? Show us the proof. If he cannot show any evidence, then he may still be in the process of making up this evidence.”



Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-china/china-says-it-backs-who-in-tracing-covid-19-denounces-u-s-lies-idUSKBN22J10G?il=0



Pompeo and Hua, dueling propagandists.
Posted by Harry Walpurgisnacht | Thu May 7, 2020, 08:51 AM (0 replies)

ElectoralVote Website: Arizona now "Likely Democratic"

Same for North Carolina. In the Biden-Trump national contest, Electoral-Vote.com, over all three of its probability categories, has the former Vice President at 352 EVs, with Putin's Orange Viceroy at 148. When whittled down to "Strongly Dem" and "Strongly GOP" states, Biden leads Trump 213-108. And Texas is tied!!!

https://electoral-vote.com/
Posted by Harry Walpurgisnacht | Wed May 6, 2020, 01:28 PM (5 replies)

Sweden says its coronavirus approach has worked. The numbers suggest a different story

By Emma Reynolds, CNN

Sweden has been an outlier during the coronavirus outbreak. The country has not joined many of its European neighbors in imposing strict limits on citizens' lives, and images of people heading to work on busy streets, or chatting at cafes and bars have raised eyebrows.

Among Nordic countries -- which share similar cultural, geographical and sociological attributes -- the contrast with Sweden is great. Finland declared a state of emergency, closed schools and banned gatherings of more than 10 people on March 16, restricted travel to and from its Uusimaa region on March 28 and closed restaurants, cafes and bars on April 1.

Denmark announced widespread closures on March 11 and was among the first in Europe to close borders, shops, schools and restaurants, and to ban large gatherings. Norway began introducing travel restrictions in mid-March and has since closed schools and daycare centers, banned the use of vacation properties, canceled events and closed businesses such as hair and beauty salons.

The death rate in Sweden has now risen significantly higher than many other countries in Europe, reaching more than 22 per 100,000 people, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University, controlled for population. By contrast, Denmark has recorded just over seven deaths per 100,000 people, and both Norway and Finland less than four.

Denmark has had 9,049 cases and 427 deaths in a population of 5.8 million, Norway 7,599 cases and 206 deaths among its 5.4 million people, and Finland 4,695 cases and 193 deaths in its population of 5.5 million.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/28/europe/sweden-coronavirus-lockdown-strategy-intl/index.html


You might wanna quote this the next time a Cultist is telling you about Sweden's "success" story.
Posted by Harry Walpurgisnacht | Wed May 6, 2020, 07:23 AM (6 replies)

Don Shula, winningest head coach in NFL history who led Dolphins to perfect season, dies at age 90

Source: CBS

by Jeff Kerr
4 mins ago

Don Shula, the winningest head coach in NFL history, died Monday morning at age 90, the Miami Dolphins confirmed in a statement released by the team. Shula won 347 games in the regular season and postseason in his NFL career, including two Super Bowl titles with the Dolphins (1972 and 1973). He was an NFL head coach for 33 seasons.

"Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years," the team statement reads. "He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the city of Miami in the national sports scene. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Anne, along with his children Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne, and Mike."

Shula took the Dolphins to prominence in the 1970s, leading the 1972 team to the only perfect season in league history. The 1972 Dolphins finished the season 17-0 and were the only team to win their first 17 games in a season until the 2007 New England Patriots, who lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Shula won five AFC championships with the Dolphins and finished with a 257-133-2 (.659 win percentage) in his 26 seasons coaching the team. The Dolphins won 67 games in Shula's first seven seasons (1970 to 1976) and had a .817 win percentage during that stretch, the best in the NFL.

Read more: https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/don-shula-winningest-head-coach-in-nfl-history-who-led-dolphins-to-perfect-season-dies-at-age-90/?ftag=SPM-16-10abi8e



Video: Reaction

Posted by Harry Walpurgisnacht | Mon May 4, 2020, 10:44 AM (21 replies)

Italy eases long lockdown, leaders push vaccine effort

Source: Associated Press

By GEIR MOULSON and NICOLE WINFIELD
35 minutes ago

ROME (AP) — Millions of people were allowed to return to work in Italy Monday as Europe’s longest lockdown started to ease, while countries from Iceland to India took a patchwork of steps to loosen coronavirus restrictions. Businesses including hairdressers in Greece and restaurants in Lebanon were opening their doors under new conditions.

With pressure growing in many countries for more measures to restart the economy, politicians also were trying to boost funding for research into a vaccine for COVID-19. There are hopes that one could be available in months, but warnings that it could take much longer.

Italy, the first European country to be hit by the pandemic and a nation with one of the world’s highest death tolls, started stirring after its two-month shutdown. In all, 4.4 million Italians were able to return to work, and restrictions on movement eased. Traffic in downtown Rome picked up, construction sites and manufacturing operations resumed, and flower vendors returned to the Campo dei Fiori market for the first time since March 11.

“It’s a new page that we must write together, with trust and responsibility,” Premier Giuseppe Conte said in a message to Italians.

Read more: https://apnews.com/4f6aea856c17944f115468a68ccc9d71



Just wondering how many hours (or minutes, probably) before Trump gets hold of this and starts bleating how we should emulate Italy's actions. . .
Posted by Harry Walpurgisnacht | Mon May 4, 2020, 07:39 AM (1 replies)

Backlash to the {Astrotured} Backlash: Governors, medical officials wary of rush to reopen

By JUAN PEREZ JR. and DAVID COHEN, POLITICO

America’s governors indicated on Sunday that they were continuing to walk a fine line in dealing with a global pandemic and economic desperation, as well as pushing back against resistance to measures designed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Governors from both parties discussed a range of difficult choices that would have been almost unimaginable three months ago — as well as such peculiar side issues as having armed protesters march on their capitols or needing to use the National Guard to protect coronavirus testing kits. And even as many states have taken assorted steps to reopen — moves encouraged by President Donald Trump — political leaders and health professionals expressed concerns that more mitigation was needed.

“We have to keep listening to the epidemiologists and experts, and not listen to the partisan rhetoric or these political rallies, or tweets, for that matter,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, a Democrat, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We have to keep doing the right thing, the next right thing.”

The pandemic’s death toll has continued to rise, topping 67,000 in the United States — by far the highest in the world — according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine tracker. Scott Gottlieb, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, warned that a “slow simmer” of persistent new cases and deaths through the summer could preview a larger outbreak when schools and residential college campuses are back in session this fall.

“People are letting their guard down a little bit more, people are back at work after an August recess, and then you can see this slow simmer explode into a new epidemic or a large outbreak,” Gottlieb said on CBS’ “Face The Nation.” “That's the concern, that if we don't snuff this out more, and you have this slow burn of infection, it can ignite at any time.”

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/03/coronavirus-governors-reopen-231624


Damn right I bracketed the word Astroturfed into the title: These "protests" are about as authentic as the original Tea Party bullshit a decade ago!
Posted by Harry Walpurgisnacht | Mon May 4, 2020, 05:14 AM (0 replies)

Pence Threatened To Punish Reporter For Exposing His Incompetence

The Ring of Fire
3 May 2020



Mike, I really don't think you have to worry about a reporter exposing your incompetence!
Posted by Harry Walpurgisnacht | Sun May 3, 2020, 06:40 PM (0 replies)

Backlash to the backlash: Governors, medical officials wary of rush to reopen

Source: Politico

By JUAN PEREZ JR. and DAVID COHEN
05/03/2020 12:57 PM EDT

America’s governors indicated Sunday they are continuing to walk a fine line in dealing with a global pandemic and economic desperation, as well as pushing back against a backlash over the measures designed to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Governors from both parties discussed a range of difficult choices that would have been almost unimaginable three months ago — as well as such peculiar side issues as having armed protesters march on their capitol or needing to use the National Guard to protect coronavirus testing kits. And even as many states have taken assorted steps to reopen — moves encouraged by President Donald Trump — political leaders and health professionals expressed concerns that more mitigation was needed.

“We have to keep listening to the epidemiologists and experts, and not listen to the partisan rhetoric or these political rallies, or tweets, for that matter,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, said on CNN’s “State of the Union. “We have to keep doing the right thing, the next right thing.”

The pandemic’s death toll has continued to rise, topping 66,000 in the United States — by far the most in the world — according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine tracker. Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned a “slow simmer” of persistent new cases and deaths through the summer could preview a larger outbreak when schools and residential college campuses are back in session this fall.

“People are letting their guard down a little bit more, people are back at work after an August recess, and then you can see this slow simmer explode into a new epidemic or a large outbreak,” Gottlieb said on CBS’ “‘Face The Nation“: “That's the concern, that if we don't snuff this out more, and you have this slow burn of infection, it can ignite at any time.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/03/coronavirus-governors-reopen-231624



My only comment is to say the title of this report should be slightly amended to, Backlash to the Astroturfed Backlash
Posted by Harry Walpurgisnacht | Sun May 3, 2020, 04:04 PM (3 replies)
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