Do you reckon many Americans are aware of the level of puzzlement and ridicule people in other countries regard US politics? Coin tosses where the tosser-theres a word with a different meaning where I live-looks at the coin then turns it over and a high card/low card "decision"!
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So... The Dems will not win the presidency—Russia will see to that. And w/ Sanders on the ticket, they will dramatically lose the House and the Senate. Looks like it's going to be 4 more yrs of Trump. God help us.
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The gleefulness of some women who claim to be Democrats at the possibility of women dropping out of the race to leave it all 78 year old one-term white men is the clearest indicator that misogyny continues to play a huge role in US politics. America is so tragically backward.
Russian President Vladimir Putin used a big speech on Wednesday to broach some major changes in how the country is run.
After spending 20 years concentrating all the power of the state in his person, he’s realized that that approach just isn’t working, writes Christian Caryl (@caryl.christian).
As Putin put it, “Our society is clearly calling for change.” So he’s decided to shift power away from the presidency to the parliament and some other institutions. Hooray! Looks like the end of dictatorship is finally dawning.
Not so fast, Christian writes.
Putin’s plans — which apparently include major changes to the constitution — are no triumph for democracy. They won’t dilute his personal power. They won’t invigorate the institutions of state or advance the cause of decentralization. And they certainly won’t solve Russia’s economic problems or address the festering problem of corruption.
So why go to the trouble?
Visit the link in our bio to read Christian's analysis.
(📸: Anton Vaganov/Reuters)
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Sie nennen sich „active shooter drills“ und sollen für den Ernstfall vorbereiten. 95 Prozent der öffentlichen Schulen in den USA übt mit den Schülern und Mitarbeitern regelmässig, wie sie sich verhalten sollen, falls ein Amokläufer die Schule angreift.
Bei sogenannten „lockdowns“ verbarrikadieren sich die Schüler in ihren Klassenräumen und schalten das Licht aus. An manchen Schulen geht die Übung weit über dies hinaus: dort lernen die Kinder, wie sie sich verteidigen und den Schützen angreifen können. Dabei stürmt jemand als Amokläufer verkleidet das Klassenzimmer und die Kinder rennen von ihm weg oder werfen Bücher auf ihn. Oft sind diese Übungen unangekündigt.
Nun schlagen zwei grosse Lehrervereinigungen und die nationale Bildunsvereinigung Alarm: diese Arten von Training haben nicht erwiesen, dass sie effektiv seien. Allerdings seien sie vor allem eines: traumatisierend.
Deshalb raten sie von diesen „active shooter drills“ ab - falls sich Schulen doch für diese Art von Training entscheiden, sollten sie nicht unnötig realistisch sein und die Kinder und Lehrer vorher vorwarnen. Laut Shannon Watts, der Vorsitzenden der „Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety in America“, berichten immer mehr Eltern davon, dass ihre Kinder von diesen Übungen traumatisiert seien, nicht schlafen können oder ihre schulische Leistung darunter leide. Es gebe Berichte von Übungen, in denen Lehrer von einem Luftgewehr angeschossen wurden. „Wenn wir einen Feueralarm üben, machen wir doch auch nicht extra ein Feuer“, sagt sie. Laut Kritiker sei es viel effektiver in Prävention zu investieren und zum Beispiel den Zugang zu psychiatrischen Anlaufstellen auszubauen, oder darüber aufzuklären, wie man Waffen richtig wegschließt.
In dem Schuldistrikt von Newtown, in dem 2012 ein Amokläufer an der Sandy Hook Grundschule 26 Menschen erschoss, liegt der Fokus dieser Trainings darin, den Lehrern beizubringen die Kinder zu schützen - alles andere wäre zu traumatisierend, sagt Abbey Clements, die 2012 an der Schule gearbeitet hat: „Und was gut genug für Newtown ist, sollte doch auch gut genug für den Rest des Landes sein, oder?“ 📸 @lilli_groccia
@AC360 Calling out BS is what good reporters do. The US media has always been tempered. If one thing comes out of this period in US politics it may be improved journalism and reporting.
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Not wanting to get involved in US politics but are the democrats really going to elect a civil war aged borderline communist to stand against Don Trump? That doesn't seem like an awfully good idea tbh.
There are more teen activist leaders than in recent memory. Young people are on the front lines of every movement. And with the internet teenagers are more informed than ever before. It’s THEIR future adults are voting on. I was 17 in 2016 and it was horrible to not be able to have a say.
This is ridiculous & they don't see the Israelis meddling in US politics as the same thing. Fuckin' hypocrites.
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I only started following US politics indepth when Trump was elected (thanks guys), & am constantly shocked by the processes, the length of time it goes on for & the amount of money it costs, but holy shit, caucuses are a new level of crazy. WTF America. #USElections#NevadaCaucus
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Watching the #NevadaCaucus reminded me:
Tuesday 25th February: Pancake Tuesday
Tuesday 3rd March: Super Tuesday
Really exceptional double bill of Tuesdays for the narrow subset of Irish pancake enthusiasts / US politics nerds.
The War on Drugs is a 47 year old failed attempt at the State trying to protect you from yourself. Their rules will put you away if you take or sell certain drugs. Not all drugs, just some drugs. And they’ve made some curious choices. They permit you to drink the powerful drug, alcohol (albeit under a heavily-taxed, heavily regulated, corrupt three-tier system designed in the 1930’s which only goes to raise prices and promote corruption). They permit you smoke cigarettes, which kills seven million people each year and which is equally corrupt and which the state profits from mightily ($6.86 of tax on each pack of 20 in NYC). Despite them approving and profiting off of those deadly drugs, some states most states choose to hunt you down, throw you in jail and ruin your life for something relatively benign like marijuana, which many states have legalized (and which Florida is finally considering legalizing). They will throw you in jail for otherwise peaceful actions, thereby creating criminals from nowhere and generating violence in the form of no-knock raids and turf wars among drug dealers whose activities have been driven underground by the state. Other deadly drugs are illegal, too, of course. No one is recommending methamphetamines, crack cocaine or heroin for people. People are right to consider them bad news, very bad news. But making them illegal is not proving to be a deterrent. The laws are not curbing use and, worse, they are keeping people who get hooked on these dangerous substances from getting the treatment which could help them. The effort to stop them is expensive and immoral. In short, it is not for society to make these decisions for others and it is wasteful to try. #warondrugs#choices#endthedrugwar#drugwar#freedom#liberty#thereisnosocialcontract#prison#marioncountyjail#jail#cops#police#libertarianism#taxationistheft#liberty#anarchism#ancap#anarchocapitalism#democrats#republicans#trump#president#donaldtrump#conservatives#prageru#tpusa#politics#uspolitics
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In the United States and Canada, redlining is the systematic denial of various services to residents of specific, often racially associated, neighborhoods or communities, either directly or through the selective raising of prices. Neighborhoods with high proportion of minority residents are more likely to be redlined than other neighborhoods with similar household incomes, housing age and type, and other determinants of risk, but different racial composition. While the best known examples of redlining have involved denial of financial services such as banking or insurance, other services such as health care (see also Race and health) or even supermarkets have been denied to residents. In the case of retail businesses like supermarkets, purposely locating stores impractically far away from targeted residents results in a redlining effect. Reverse redlining occurs when a lender or insurer targets particular neighborhoods that are predominantly nonwhite, not to deny residents loans or insurance, but rather to charge them more than in a non-redlined neighborhood where there is more competition.
Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redlining
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The presidential campaign at this strange moment is a bonfire of the boroughs: a nasty, hate-throuple of white, male, septuagenarian New York politicians who have little use for traditional parties and regard themselves as creators and leaders of their own outsider movements, writes Howard Fineman, an NBC news analyst and Real Clear Politics contributing reporter.
All three politicians — President Trump, Sen. Bernie Sanders and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg — have the go-the-distance wallets — either their own or their online supporters’ — that other contenders cannot match.
"Many voters are going to love this stuff. They want one nasty New Yorker to take on another. They want a Democrat who can fearlessly — eagerly — throw it back at Trump. Whether Bloomberg can do that live and on a debate stage is now, after Las Vegas, an open question," writes Fineman.
"Until then, the silky billionaire is Sanders’s best-ever focus and foil."
Visit the link in our bio to read his full op-ed.
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The manipulation in media is amazing. In 2019, Isamic terrorists killed over two hundred Christians in Sri Lanka, and no one cared. No one blamed Muslims. Jihadist activity was responsible for 84,000 deaths worldwide in 2017 (22,000 of which were civilians)... and yet again, Muslims aren’t responsible. BUT ALL WHITE PEOPLE are to blame for the sins of one man, one deranged shooter in Christchurch. To put this in perspective, the ADL, a far-left organization, estimates 37 were killed in the U.S. due to white supremacy in 2017. That’s the extent of our “white male problem.” But it’s all the news will ever blast. It’s all you’ll ever hear about.
Reposted from @postopinions William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, was commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014.
He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden.
In an op-ed, he writes:
Over the course of the past three years, I have watched good men and women, friends of mine, come and go in the Trump administration — all trying to do something — all trying to do their best.
I have known Joe Maguire for more than 40 years. There is no better officer, no better man and no greater patriot.
Joe told the White House that, if asked, he would testify, and he would tell the truth. He did. In short order, he earned the respect of the entire intelligence community.
They knew a good man was at the helm. A man they could count on, a man who would back them, a man whose integrity was more important than his future employment.
But, of course, in this administration, good men and women don’t last long.
Visit the link in our bio to read the full op-ed.
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The cold war helped forge the current duopoly that engulfs US politics. The US has been aimless without the Soviet Union as a foil but that won’t stop some of the fossils from that era to try to pull a broken lever. https://twitter.com/27khv/status/1230993571018395649 …