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Do we have any answers after all these years why so many 9/11 forewarnings were ignored?

Not just the famous Aug 6th PDB, but there were at least 2 high profile FBI whistleblowers saying that their warnings were being ignored, including Colleen Rowley, who was in charge of the case of the 20th hijacker who was arrested before the attacks, Zacarias Moussaoui.



Also keep in mind that the great Robert Mueller was in charge of the FBI at that time.

Posted by LymphocyteLover | Sat Sep 11, 2021, 08:46 AM (27 replies)

Never forget how Bush ignored, dismissed, downplayed multiple warnings of an Al Qaeda attack

prior to 9/11. Mehdi Hasan reminds us.

Posted by LymphocyteLover | Wed Sep 8, 2021, 07:31 AM (13 replies)

Does anyone know of any organizations looking for housing for Afghan refugees?

I'd be willing to take a family in if needed
Posted by LymphocyteLover | Mon Aug 30, 2021, 09:20 PM (9 replies)

Former soldier Elliott Ackerman on CNN was complaining bitterly about the withdrawal

He said the Biden people should have kept other airports open to get people out and we should have started months ago.

It seems to me we put out notices for people to leave months ago.

I'm not sure how many airports we could have kept open with the 2,500 soldiers we had left there.

But this guy was really upset and complained about all the chaos.

He did and we should all praise our troops for the job they are doing.

But I'm not sure how we were supposed to make Americans leave early if they didn't want to go.

And for several reasons we couldn't really get Afghans out until the end.
Posted by LymphocyteLover | Thu Aug 26, 2021, 09:57 PM (55 replies)

I thought Trump eliminiated ISIS? (sarcasm)

So how can they have attacked us?
Posted by LymphocyteLover | Thu Aug 26, 2021, 11:41 AM (2 replies)

Why are there so many non-military Americans still in Afghanistan anyway?

I remember the Biden people were telling non-essential staff to get out months ago.

And certainly once it was clear the Taliban was taking control, shouldn't they have gotten to the airport first?

Is it media types or what? They say thousands of Americans left in country.
Posted by LymphocyteLover | Fri Aug 20, 2021, 08:18 PM (20 replies)

Maine Will Make Companies Pay for Recycling. Here's How It Works.


The law aims to take the cost burden of recycling away from taxpayers. One environmental advocate said the change could be “transformative.”

Recycling, that feel-good moment when people put their paper and plastic in special bins, was a headache for municipal governments even in good times. And, only a small amount was actually getting recycled.

Then, five years ago, China stopped buying most of America’s recycling, and dozens of cities across the United States suspended or weakened their recycling programs.

Now, Maine has implemented a new law that could transform the way packaging is recycled by requiring manufacturers, rather than taxpayers, to cover the cost. Nearly a dozen states have been considering similar regulations and Oregon is about to sign its own version in coming weeks.

Maine’s law “is transformative,” said Sarah Nichols, who leads the sustainability program at the Natural Resources Council of Maine. More fundamentally, “It’s going to be the difference between having a recycling program or not.”

Long piece but quite good and I hope more states go this way
Posted by LymphocyteLover | Fri Aug 20, 2021, 06:50 AM (2 replies)

We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You


From there, the conversation naturally spiraled into the undercurrent of terror that comes with being alive today. Australia was ablaze, and the embers had barely cooled in the Amazon. A typhoon was encroaching on the Philippines. And that wasn't counting the countless other disasters underway in Africa and Latin America that never made the headlines. Even on our way in, we couldn't help but notice that it hardly seemed like December outside.

I could tell that it felt good to talk like this: open and honest about the experience of watching the world fall apart in front of our eyes. To say our fears out loud and have them, and ourselves, accepted and understood.

It was almost like I could see the weight lifting from our shoulders. But as that weight lifted, it only rose so far. It hung in the air, just above our heads like a heavy ominous cloud, until someone finally popped the question that brought the weight back down on us:

“But what can we, as individuals, do?”

The piece doesn't really offer any specific action items but still it's important that we all do SOMETHING, especially speak out to make this issue more pressing for lawmakers.
Posted by LymphocyteLover | Wed Aug 4, 2021, 08:38 AM (2 replies)

The Supreme Court Needs to Be Cut Down to Size


On Tuesday, the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States sat for its third public meeting. Formed in April by executive order, the 36-member commission exists to hear arguments for and against Supreme Court reform and to analyze and appraise the merits of specific proposals.

President Biden did not run on court reform and rejected “court packing” during the 2020 campaign. But after Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell pushed Amy Coney Barrett through the Senate in a hurried bid to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the presidential election, he could not resist calls from within the Democratic Party to do something.

The commission is Biden’s something, and it isn’t much to look at. Not only is it not meant to make recommendations or suggest a course of action, but its members come from the upper echelon of the legal elite — exactly the people most comfortable with the institutional status quo on the Supreme Court.

But this doesn’t mean the commission is worthless. It may not offer needed reforms, but in its three meetings so far it has already served as a valuable platform for scholars with a cleareyed view of the court and a powerful critique of its current role within the nation’s constitutional order. If nothing else, the commission has helped elevate important ideas and perspectives the broader public needs to hear. It is interesting, illuminating and worthy of your attention.

Really interesting column about how historically, SCOTUS is really anti-democratic and racist. He proposes a solution I hadn't heard before, which is that rather than altering the number of justices, Congress can pass laws circumscribing the power of SCOTUS.
Posted by LymphocyteLover | Mon Jul 26, 2021, 08:00 AM (22 replies)

Biden said something odd and RW twitter is going nuts saying he said

"my butts been wiped".

I'm sure he didn't say that but I can't figure out what he was saying. He was asked about immigration. Anyone have any idea? I'm just curious. Sounds like he was joking with the reporter but I can't make it out.

Posted by LymphocyteLover | Mon Jul 26, 2021, 07:21 AM (15 replies)
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