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I am 57, retired teacher and illustrator, life-long dem., activist, union member. Also I do not use social media and I'm technologically retarded. I love dogs, rock music and swearing (a lot). My 17 year old "puppy" died on June 2, 2020. She grew up listening to Animals (Pink Floyd). She has kept me sane through the tRump years, not easy, and has given me endless love, companionship, kisses and tail wags.

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Jonathan Pie: Election 2021

(who NOT to vote for)...

Posted by BigmanPigman | Thu May 6, 2021, 08:46 PM (1 replies)

Judge orders release of Trump obstruction memo, accuses Barr of being 'disingenuous'


"Judge orders release of Trump obstruction memo, accuses Barr of being 'disingenuous'."

"District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Monday ordered the DOJ to release the legal memo within two weeks in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the liberal watchdog group Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW). The DOJ had argued in court that the full memo - portions of which have already been released - should be withheld because it falls under exceptions to the public records law for attorney-client privilege and deliberative government decisionmaking. But Jackson said on Monday that those claims were not consistent with her own review of the unredacted memo or the timeline revealed by internal emails among top Justice Department officials."

"The judge cited internal emails that showed the OLC memo and Barr's letter to Congress were being prepared at the same time and by the same officials, further casting doubt on the DOJ's argument that the memo should be shielded from the public as part of an internal process to help government leaders make an official decision. Jackson also said that the memo did not just contain legal advice but was a blend of legal and strategic recommendations about how Barr should handle the Mueller report."

"Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for CREW, said in an emailed statement that the 2019 memo "is a key piece to understanding the Department of Justice's actions around potential obstruction of justice charges for then-President Trump," adding, "We are grateful that the judge agreed that the public deserves to see it."

"The inconsistencies between Attorney General Barr's statements, made at a time when the public did not have access to the redacted version of the Mueller Report to assess the veracity of his statements, and portions of the redacted version of the Mueller Report that conflict with those statements cause the Court to seriously question whether Attorney General Barr made a calculated attempt to influence public discourse about the Mueller Report in favor of President Trump despite certain findings in the redacted version of the Mueller Report to the contrary," Walton wrote in his decision."
Posted by BigmanPigman | Tue May 4, 2021, 07:49 PM (4 replies)

Newsom gets strong ratings on schools, economy despite recall attacks


"Gov. Gavin Newsom just got the most concrete evidence to date showing why he’s positioned to survive a recall vote."

"But a new statewide poll suggests those two pillars of anti-Newsom sentiment aren’t as sturdy as his foes think. The Public Policy Institute of California found 59 percent of likely voters approve of how Newsom has managed school reopening — and 59 percent approve how he has handled jobs and the economy. That figure is a few points higher than the share of likely voters who told PPIC in March they would vote to keep Newsom in office."

"By comparison, in a June 2003 PPIC poll, only 21 percent of likely voters approved of then-Gov. Gray Davis' job performance. The same survey found 51 percent of likely voters supported a recall, presaging his ouster four months later. The latest PPIC poll did not ask voters whether they would support removing Newsom."

There is evidence of infections even among the vaccinated in India...is there a new variant?

"Doctors, the public and the media point to anecdotal evidence of infections even among the vaccinated. Scientists say the data is too thin and cite other reasons behind the country’s second wave."

"NEW DELHI — At Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, a huge facility in the middle of India’s capital, 37 fully vaccinated doctors came down with Covid-19 earlier this month."

"The infections left most with mild symptoms, but it added to their growing fears that the virus behind India’s catastrophic second wave is different. They wonder if a more contagious variant that dodges the immune system could be fueling the epidemic inside the world’s hardest-hit nation."

"So far the evidence is inconclusive, and researchers caution that other factors could explain the viciousness of the outbreak, which has overwhelmed India’s capital so quickly that hospitals are entirely overrun and crematories burn nonstop. Still, the presence of the variant could complicate the taming of India’s Covid-19 disaster.


CDC says fully vaccinated people can go without masks outdoors, except in crowded settings

"Today is another day we can take a step back to the normalcy of before," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a briefing by Biden administration officials. "Over the past year, we have spent a lot of time telling Americans what they cannot do, what they should not do. Today, I'm going to tell you some of the things you can do if you are fully vaccinated."

"The new recommendations say fully vaccinated individuals can engage in the following activities without wearing masks:

Walking, running, hiking or biking outdoors alone or with members of their household

Attending small outdoor gatherings with fully vaccinated family and friends

Attending small outdoor gatherings with a mixture of fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people

Dining at outdoor restaurants with friends from multiple households."

"Fully vaccinated people can also attend "a crowded, outdoor event, like a live performance, parade, or sports event," as long as they remain masked, according to a CDC infographic of the new guidelines. "


Why are places having a hard time finding employees to return

to work once they are given the green light to open? Is it that many people have been able to work from home and prefer it? Are people getting help from the govt still and they are making more than they were when they were employed before the pandemic? Are people afraid to return and possibly get infected?

I keep hearing and reading that employers, especially in the restaurant industry, are having a hard time getting employees to fill the same jobs that are open again.

Are citizens in "Western" countries more likely to boycott the Covid vaccination?

I was just watching CNN and there are "Covid is a hoax" protests in London like there are in the US and other European countries. Do you think this is a common problem in certain countries while not in others? If so, what would account for this? I considered Russian propaganda as a factor but there are anti-vaxx/Covid protests in Russia too.

1 in 4 workers is considering quitting their job after the pandemic--here's why


"Of the 26% of workers planning to leave their employers after the pandemic, 80% are doing so because they're concerned about their career advancement; meanwhile, 72% say the pandemic caused them to rethink their skill sets. More than half of potential job-hoppers have sought out new trainings and skills during the pandemic, possibly to prepare to change jobs in the next few months."

"The notion of jumping ship to get other offers and increase your market value tends to work better for members of dominant groups" including white men, but less so for women and minorities, Avery tells CNBC Make It. Already, people who can work remotely tend to be white, college-educated and higher-income workers. If a post-pandemic workplace accelerates this trend, it could worsen existing income inequality, Avery says."

"One result of the pandemic has been an accelerated rate of technological adoption to remain competitive, and therefore a need for learning skills," Falzon says. But in the past year, many organizations have focused less on skills training and more on shifting their business operations, as well as providing workers with emergency resources for concerns like mental health and child care."

John Oliver poem, "Ted Cruz Can Fuck Himself"

This is from a few weeks ago but I just discovered it. I think it is like Dr Seuss.

Gov Newsom declares drought in two CA counties....


Calif. -- Standing in the dry, cracked bottom of what should have been a more watery Lake Mendocino, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared an emergency executive order Wednesday in two Northern California counties in response to drought conditions affecting much of the state and the West Coast.

The announcement affects Mendocino and Sonoma counties, where Newsom says drought conditions are especially bad, but it falls far short of a statewide declaration despite some regions seeking one. California, which is now in its second year of drought conditions, is bracing for another devastating wildfire season after a winter with little precipitation
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