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Recommendations for news sites.

I’m letting my NYT and WaPo subscriptions lapse.

Am looking for recommended go-to news sites. I am happy to pay for subscriptions. Just have had it with the “mainstream press “Chuck Todd” treatment of Biden

Help me understand. If $9.5 Billion of Afghanistan's money has been frozen, is the Talban

stupid, are the confident they don’t need it? Can we hold it up in perpetuity??

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-17/u-s-freezes-nearly-9-5-billion-afghanistan-central-bank-assets

“The U.S. has frozen nearly $9.5 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank and stopped shipments of cash to the nation as it tries to keep a Taliban-led government from accessing the money, an administration official confirmed Tuesday.

The official said that any central bank assets that the Afghan government has in the U.S. will not be available to the Taliban, which remains on the Treasury Department’s sanctions designation list.

Ajmal Ahmady, acting head of Da Afghan Bank, the nation’s central bank, early Monday tweeted that he learned on Friday that shipments of dollars would stop as the U.S. tried to block any Taliban effort to gain access to the funds. DAB has $9.5 billion in assets, a sizeable portion of which is in accounts with the New York Federal Reserve and U.S.-based financial institutions.”
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Has anyone seen this covered in the mainstream media?

I’m sick of the lazy reporting and misinformation.
Please note the date of the article. This effort began in APRIL. It’s important.

ATLANTA — U.S. military officials said they had removed some 60 planeloads of gear from Afghanistan and identified about 1,300 pieces of equipment for destruction by Tuesday as the Pentagon works to exit the country where American troops have been at war for nearly 20 years.
The drawdown effort to remove U.S. forces and the warfighting gear that they have spread across Afghanistan since invading in October 2001 was roughly 2% to 6% completed by Tuesday, U.S. Central Command said in a statement. The formal retrograde process began Saturday as the Pentagon works to remove more than 3,000 troops, thousands of U.S. contractors and their equipment by Sept. 11, the date that President Joe Biden decided he wanted all American forces to be out of the country.
Air Force C-17 cargo jets, which the service said can carry about 17,900 pounds of cargo, are running near around-the-clock missions to move military equipment out of Afghanistan in the Pentagon’s largest drawdown effort since it left Iraq in 2011, officials said. The CENTCOM statement on Tuesday indicated officials intended to provide regular updates on retrograde progress but would give only an estimated range of the completion for security reasons.”
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More at the link

https://www.stripes.com/theaters/middle_east/60-planeloads-of-us-military-equipment-leave-afghanistan-as-drawdown-begins-centcom-says-1.672257

Important long time US Diplomat flying under the radar.

Read all about him and his deep history advising US administrations.

Zalmay Khalilzad

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zalmay_Khalilzad

This is some of his advice to the Foreign Relations Committee. Some of whom are now Biden critics.

Snip.
On May 18, 2021, at a U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on U.S. policy in Afghanistan, Khalilzad downplayed the prospect of a swift Taliban takeover when U.S. forces leave saying, “If they [Taliban] pursue, in my judgment, a military victory, it will result in a long war, because Afghan security forces will fight, other Afghans will fight, neighbors will come to support different forces.” He later added at that same hearing, “I personally believe that the statements that the [Afghan] forces will disintegrate, and the Talibs will take over in short order are mistaken. The real choices that the Afghans will face is between a long war and negotiated settlement.”[35][36] Despite this statement, the 2021 Taliban offensive culminated in a swift Taliban takeover and the dissolution of the Afghan National Army.
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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/8/23/us-envoy-zalmay-khalilzad-and-the-talibans-rise

Biden has the Taliban by the financial short hairs...

Yep. Our President is no push over.


https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/568209-biden-administration-freezes-afghan-government-reserves-in-us-banks

In all the noise and words being spewed by talking heads, Lawrence O Donnell made sense to me,

and I could not dispute what he said.
(I don’t know how to post videos)


Lawrence O'Donnell says no one knows how to run the American evacuation from Afghanistan without the same chaos and dishonor we experienced in Vietnam.




https://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/lawrence-o-donnell-says-vietnam-was-much-worse-than-what-s-happening-in-afghanistan-118917189630

IRS 2020 Tax refund question.

Mr. Ninga filed our taxes electronically the end of March. We are due a refund and keep checking the Where's My Refund link and it always sez "pending".

Mr. Ninga had it up to his eyeballs and called the IRS at 8 AM today. He eventually got through nearly 1.5 hrs later.
The person checked and said Tax Return was processed and is now in the refund department. Mr. Ninga got transferred to said department and was on hold for an hour and 11 minutes when a human answered. The human said yep, due refund, but we have no idea when funds will be available to process, or in what order given the backlog.

So. Anyone else have this experience?

Yep. France lowers the hammer on anti-vaxxers.



“ French President Emanuel Macron's statement:
“I no longer have any intention of sacrificing my life, my time, my freedom and the adolescence of my daughters, as well as their right to study properly, for those who refuse to be vaccinated. This time you stay at home, not us. "
In France, those who do not get vaccinated will no longer be able to go to restaurants, cafes (from the beginning of August), cinemas and museums (from July 21) and get on airplanes or trains (again from August). Alternatively, you will have to submit a negative test, which will no longer be free (49 euros for the PCR, 29 for the antigen).
Macron then announced the vaccination obligation for medical personnel and for those who work in contact with fragile people. Since September 15, a nurse who has refused to be vaccinated will no longer be able to go to work and receive a salary. "We cannot make those who have the civic sense to get vaccinated bear the burden of inconvenience," Macron said. "The restrictions will weigh on others, those who for reasons incomprehensible in the country of Louis Pasteur, science and the Enlightenment still hesitate to use the only weapon available against the pandemic, the vaccine."
I am aware of what I am asking you," he said, "and I know that you are ready for this commitment. This is, in a sense, part of your sense of duty."

My political life is in a holding pattern much like an airplane circling the New York skies waiting

for clearance to land at LaGuardia.

I keep hearing that a gate has opened and I can prepare for landing, except, it’s only false hope because it never happens.

Lots of gates have potential for opening, but for some unknown reason they never do.

I am in suspended animation. It all started with “Fitzmas”

Mueller? Comey? Flynn? 2 Impeachment trials? Cyrus Vance? Jan 6? DOJ? Lots of potential no fruition.

I am preparing to work very hard on the 2022 election and will support Democrats in other states.
Until then, if you need me, just check the New York skies over LaGuardia.

Very informative article regarding Covid rates among unvaccinated.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/interactive/2021/covid-rates-unvaccinated-people/?itid=hp_pandemic%20test

A case study from Washington State.


“These adjusted numbers paint a far less optimistic picture: Washington’s case rate among unvaccinated people is as high as it was in late January, near the peak of Covid infections.”
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