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BeyondGeography's Journal
BeyondGeography's Journal
March 2, 2021

At least 15 people dead after SUV, semitruck collide in southern California, hospital says

Source: USA Today

A t least 15 people died after an SUV with dozens of passengers collided with a semitruck carrying gravel near the U.S.-Mexico border in California on Tuesday morning, according to officials with El Centro Regional Medical Center.

"We believe there was 27 passengers in this SUV that struck a semitruck full of gravel," emergency room managing director Judy Cruz said in a Facebook Live video.

At least 14 people died at the scene of the "major accident," Cruz said. Three people were flown to a hospital, she said. Seven patients were taken to El Centro, where one person died. Two patients were taken to Pioneer Hospital, she said.

...The Imperial County emergency services office responded to the "mass fatality incident" at 6:16 a.m. PT, deputy fire chief Sal Flores told the L.A. Times. Imperial County Fire department told USA TODAY multiple agencies were responding to the scene.

Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/03/02/imperial-county-crash-multiple-dead-southern-california-reports/6885406002/

March 1, 2021

Patria (HBO)

Brilliant and binge-worthy.

Two Basque families torn apart by nationalism and ETA violence:

“The personal aspect is key to the series,” says “Patria” producer Miguel Salvat.

“Patria” focuses on a 60-something woman, Bittori, who has cancer, who returns to her native village in the Basque Country Gipuzkoa and seeks reconciliation with her best friend, after they were torn part by the Basque conflict.

“Patria’ is not about ETA. It’s a journey towards an embrace,” Gabilondo told the Spanish press at San Sebastian.

“The novel describes how normal people lived, people who weren’t politicians, in the military nor police, nor terrorists,” Gabilondo told Variety.

“It turns on the suffering on the street, how everybody was worried about what was going out, and didn’t talk, couldn’t really comment, or feel, without running the risk of being said to be on this side of the fence, and being used.”


Elena Irureta’s performance as Bittori is spellbinding, and she has a lot of company on the cast. Even the intro is a work of art:

February 27, 2021

Andrew Yang comes to aid of photographer attacked on Staten Island Ferry

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Andrew Yang, a former Democratic presidential candidate and current frontrunner in the race for NYC mayor, came to the rescue of a photojournalist who was attacked Friday on the Staten Island Ferry.

Yang was traveling on the 11 a.m. boat from Manhattan to Staten Island for a tour of the borough, accompanied by his press staff and a few members of the media, including Getty photographer Spencer Platt.

When a ferry passenger carrying what appeared to be a metal pole approached the photographer, shoved him, and threateningly raised the implement, Yang sprang into action.

“I think most people would have the same impulse I had,” Yang said of the incident. “To try and do anything that you can to protect somebody who might be threatened or endangered.”

The man recognized Yang, who engaged and calmed him, speaking with him briefly and allowing the photographer to get away from the tense situation...

February 27, 2021

House passes $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill with $1,400 checks, vaccine funding

Source: NBC News

WASHINGTON — The House voted early Saturday to pass President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package, a step to implementing his vision for bringing the pandemic under control just days after the U.S. crossed the tragic milestone of 500,000 deaths.

The Democratic-controlled House voted 219 to 212 to approve the bill, which includes $1,400 direct payments, a $400-a-week federal unemployment bonus, a per-child allowance of up to $3,600 for one year and billions of dollars to distribute the coronavirus vaccines and to assist schools and local governments.

The vote split largely on partisan lines, with every Republican voting against the measure and just two Democrats joining them — Jared Golden of Maine and Kurt Schrader of Oregon.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where a provision to raise the minimum wage is likely to be removed. But the rest of the package is in good shape to pass as Democrats are using a process that doesn't require Republican support.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/house-vote-biden-s-1-9-trillion-covid-relief-bill-n1258883

February 23, 2021

Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Former Saudi Oil Minister, Dies at 90

Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Saudi Arabia’s powerful oil minister and architect of the Arab world’s drive to control its own energy resources in the 1970s and its subsequent ability to affect oil production, fuel prices and international affairs, died in London. He was 90.

His death was announced on Tuesday by Saudi state television.

In an era of turbulent energy politics, Mr. Yamani, a Harvard-trained lawyer, spoke for Arab oil producers on a world stage as the industry weathered Arab-Israeli wars, a revolution in Iran and growing pains. The world’s demand for oil lifted the governments of Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states into realms of unimaginable wealth. Crossing Europe, Asia and America to promote Arab oil interests, he met government leaders, went on television and became widely known. In a flowing Arabian robe or a Savile Row suit, speaking English or French, he straddled cultures, loving European classical music and writing Arabic poetry.

Mr. Yamani generally strived for price stability and orderly markets, but he is best known for engineering a 1973 oil embargo that led to soaring global prices, gasoline shortages and a quest for smaller cars, renewable energy sources and independence from Arab oil.

As the Saudi oil minister from 1962 to 1986, Mr. Yamani was the most powerful commoner in a kingdom that possessed some of the world’s largest oil reserves. For nearly 25 years, he was also the dominant official of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, whose rising and falling production quotas rippled like tides through worldwide markets.

More at https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/business/ahmed-zaki-yamani-dead.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

February 22, 2021

Marsha Blackburn reading questions provided by some wingnut source

Lazy Republicans can’t even make up their own bullshit.


February 21, 2021

AOC offers Texans FEMA assistance tips

Wag wonders if Cruz will give it a try:


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
TEXANS: FEMA assistance is now available for you to apply at http://disasterassistance.gov
Make sure you take photos Camera with flash , keep all receipts Receipt, and document EVERYTHING you can to rebuild.

Ted Cruz is going to take pictures of his airline tickets to try and get reimbursed, isn't he?

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