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Inner City Press has been live-tweeting Joe Tacopina’s cross of E. Jean Carroll. Admittedly biased, but I think she has had a very good day.
Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Apr 27, 2023, 04:23 PM (24 replies)

Mamie Till speaks of forgiveness

December 2002, a month before her death. The Bryants did not take her down.
Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Apr 27, 2023, 01:12 PM (2 replies)

E. Jean Carroll: "I'm here because Donald Trump raped me."


NEW YORK — A writer suing Donald Trump took the stand Wednesday to tell jurors that the future president raped her after she accompanied him into a department store fitting room in 1996.

"I'm here because Donald Trump raped me, and when I wrote about it, he said it didn't happen. He lied and shattered my reputation, and I'm here to try and get my life back," she testified.

Trump denies E. Jean Carroll's allegations. He hasn't attended the trial thus far, but his lawyers said Tuesday it's still possible he could decide to testify.

More at https://www.npr.org/2023/04/26/1172189592/e-jean-carroll-rape-lawsuit-trial-trump
Posted by BeyondGeography | Wed Apr 26, 2023, 01:30 PM (11 replies)

What makes Debussy sound French?

Posted by BeyondGeography | Mon Apr 24, 2023, 12:37 AM (3 replies)

Josh Marshall: There are no good arguments for Feinstein remaining in office

Gillibrand’s Weak Defense

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) took to the airwaves yesterday in defense of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), arguing that it’s up to Feinstein to decide if and when she leaves office before the end of her term. Gillibrand says that many other senators have had serious illnesses that have kept them away from the Senate. “They all deserve a chance to get better and come back to work. Dianne will get better. She will come back to work.” This is not a strong or good argument.

…First, the Democrats have a 51 seat majority. Every day she’s absent makes confirming judges significantly harder. That is especially because she is not only one vote in the Senate. She’s also a critical vote on the Judiciary committee. Without her present, Democrats need at least one Republican vote to advance nominees to the floor. Given GOP control in the House confirming judges is the main thing the Senate is doing now. Every day she’s away is a big deal and she’s been away since February. Feinstein has asked that she be temporarily replaced on the Judiciary Committee. But Republicans have the power to block that move and almost certainly will do so.

…Second, this isn’t a matter of cutting short a Senate career over one illness. Feinstein has already announced she’s not running for reelection. So this would only be ending her Senate career about 18 months ahead of schedule. This is quite different from the time Sen. Lujan (D) of New Mexico, then age 49, was absent from the Senate after suffering a stroke in early 2022. He’s at the start of his Senate career and there’s every reason to think voters might return him to office for decades into the future. He’s thirty nine years younger than Feinstein. Similar facts apply to Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) and his recent absence for treatment of clinical depression. The facts are just totally different.

Third – really the elephant in the room – while we have no formal diagnoses there is quite a lot of evidence that Feinstein is no longer truly capable of carrying out her Senate functions. There appears to be almost universal agreement that she’s suffered a precipitous cognitive and physical decline in recent years. If she were present in the Senate it’s likely that staff and colleagues could pick up the slack and cover for her. But that’s not the case. Taken together, these three facts make Feinstein’s situation categorically different even from Senators who have had to take lengthy time away from the Senate to recover from illness. There’s simply no argument for her remaining in office beyond personal pride and the awkwardness of the situation for those around her.

Posted by BeyondGeography | Mon Apr 17, 2023, 05:17 PM (50 replies)

Jimbo's Lullaby - Debussy

Posted by BeyondGeography | Sun Apr 9, 2023, 02:31 AM (1 replies)

Cafe explosion in St Petersburg kills military blogger

Source: BBC

An explosion in a St Petersburg cafe has killed prominent Russian military blogger Vladlen Tatarsky, Russia's Interior Ministry has confirmed. At least 16 people were injured in the Street Bar Cafe explosion, police say.

Videos posted on social media show an explosion and injured people on the street. It is not clear who was responsible for the blast.

Vladlen Tatarsky (real name Maxim Fomin) was a vocal supporter of Russia's war in Ukraine. He had reported from the Ukraine frontline and gained particular notoriety last year after posting a video filmed inside the Kremlin in which he said "We will defeat everyone, we will kill everyone, we will rob everyone as necessary. Just as we like it."

Interior ministry sources quoted by Russia's RIA news agency said a bomb was hidden in a statue presented to Tatarsky in a box as a gift.

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-65155075
Posted by BeyondGeography | Sun Apr 2, 2023, 12:55 PM (71 replies)
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