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Continual crisis!

Friday, December 11, 2020

Linkee-poo reaches Friday, Dec 11

"The results of their multi-disciplinary approach suggests that – despite the substandard nature of previous research into La Ferrassie 8's purported burial – the old conclusions were correct: the child was buried." Neanderthals buried their dead. We aren't special.

"In a 17-4 vote, with one abstention, a panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended Thursday that the COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech be authorized for emergency use during the coronavirus pandemic."

"Boris Johnson says there is a "strong possibility" the UK will fail to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU… Speaking for the first time since a crunch meeting in Brussels, the PM said 'now is the time' for firms and people to prepare for a no deal outcome." I know, I too am shocked. Not.

"The leaders of the European Union's 27 member states have reached a final agreement on the $2 trillion package designed to rebuild the bloc's faltering economies in the wake of the coronavirus recession… The package comprises the EU's €1.1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) Multi-annual Financial Framework, which is paid into by every member state and distributed across the bloc over a seven-year period, and a special Covid recovery fund of €750 billion ($858 billion), for which the EU will centrally raise money on financial markets and hand out as both loans and grants to member states."

"Hyundai Motor Group and its chairman have agreed to buy a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank Group Corp in a deal that values the U.S.-based robot maker at $1.1 billion."

"Morocco has become the latest Arab League country to agree to normalise relations with Israel in a deal brokered with US help… As part of the deal, the US has agreed to recognise Morocco's claim over the disputed Western Sahara region." Screwing over one peoples for the chance to screw over others.

"They accuse Facebook of, as the FTC puts it, 'suppressing, neutralizing, and deterring serious competitive threats' to its own dominance in social media… The company did so, the authorities allege, by swallowing some rivals — most notably photo-sharing app Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp — and suffocating others by cutting off valuable access to Facebook's data and systems." I don't disagree with the lawsuit, I just wish it felt less like Trump's personal revenge.

"A wave of outrage from human rights group, activists, elected officials, and others over the execution Thursday night of federal prisoner Brandon Bernard continued to grow on Friday behind a coordinated call for the abolition of the death penalty."

"In the Coronado National Memorial — where conquistador Francisco Vásquez de Coronado entered what is now modern-day Arizona — contractors are pulverizing the wilderness in a rush to put up as many miles of border wall as possible before the Trump administration vacates Washington." Doing as much damage (and logging billable time) as possible before Trump is tossed out. Also, I love how Douglas, AZ Mayor Donald Huish is all about building the wall and to heck with the damage to nature… until he sees where he goes to hunt deer.

"Florida's Department of Law Enforcement released bodycam footage on Thursday showing officers trying to contact Jones by calling her phone and knocking on her door Monday morning. When they received no response, one officer points a pistol at the door while another holding a sledgehammer demands Jones open the door. She obeys and exits with her hands up, wearing a T-shirt and sweatpants."

"The St. Louis prosecutor spearheading the case against Mark McCloskey, one half of the husband-and-wife team accused of menacing Black Lives Matter protesters with weapons, has been removed from the case… Circuit Judge Thomas Clark II on Thursday dismissed Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner and her entire staff, saying campaign fundraising emails Gardner sent to constituents that alluded to Mark and Patricia McCloskey's case 'raise the appearance of impropriety and jeopardize the defendant's right to a fair trial,' The Associated Press reported." Notice where the bar is set here, "the appearance of impropriety". If it hadn't been for the GOP and the president's staff and family jumping back and forth over that line, I would say this is good. But to hold a black woman to that line (which is where it used to be before Trump) seems a little discriminatory to me.

"Congress is running out of time with just hours to go until a shutdown is triggered by the expiration of government funding at midnight Friday."

"Few signs of progress toward a coronavirus relief deal emerged Thursday as Congress inches closer to letting millions of Americans fall deeper into financial peril… They will have to wait longer for Washington to figure out how to help them. After votes Thursday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told representatives the chamber would adjourn until at least Tuesday pending an agreement on pandemic aid and full-year government funding."

"When President-elect Joe Biden takes office next month, one of his first challenges will be the nearly 2 million-member federal workforce. Morale is down in many agencies after four years of attacks on the civil service from President Trump… Trump has called the federal workforce the 'deep state.' His administration has moved hundreds of jobs out of Washington, D.C. There was a hiring freeze, a government shutdown and job cuts in some agencies."

"Rep. Dick Hinch, a Republican who was elected speaker of the New Hampshire House just one week ago, died of COVID-19 on Wednesday. This comes about a month before the state legislature, the largest in the U.S., is expected to convene for its regularly scheduled annual session."

"The Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in downtown Boise, Idaho, was tagged with Nazi propaganda sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. The memorial spans nearly an acre along the Boise River, situated in the heart of the community. A visitor was out for a morning walk through the park and realized the memorial had been vandalized." Fucking Nazis.

"It has been more than eight decades since Spain's fascist dictator, Gen. Francisco Franco, took possession of the Pazo de Meirás during the civil war that brought him to power… Since then, the palace in the northwest region of Galicia has served as an opulent summer retreat — first for the dictator himself, then for his family after Franco's death roughly 45 years ago… On Thursday, the Spanish government formally seized the palace from Franco's heirs in a simple ceremony that capped a hard-fought legal struggle to expropriate the property."

Meanwhile, on Bullshit Mountain… "There has been plenty of criticism in recent days of the mainstream media's refusal to cover the New York Post's bombshell reporting on Hunter Biden ever since the Biden transition issued a press release acknowledging that he was under investigation over his so-called 'tax affairs,' but the media went far beyond simply ignoring the controversy." When the "tax affairs" was public, news orgs covered it. There's no connection to the so-called bribery/influence peddling in Ukraine and the DoJ's investigation, so the stories are only connected because of the name Hunter Biden. "It is not clear whether the ongoing taxes probe is in any way connected to the laptop's contents." They present it like "well, we don't know why people are talking about this" when they're the only ones talking about it. This is a bald faced attempt for Fox saying, "see, you can't trust those other guys." But they've got nothing.

"Although all 50 states have certified their election results and the Supreme Court swiftly rejected an emergency request from Pennsylvania Republicans to block election results in the commonwealth, the justices are now grappling with a new controversial bid from Texas, supported by President Donald Trump and 17 other Republican-led states."

And as welcomed as a beached whale, Crazy Uncle Pat starts up the prophet engine… "Prominent televangelist Pat Robertson described Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's effort to overturn Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump in the Supreme Court as 'a miracle,' saying God will intervene to keep the president in office." Think it'll work? It would take a miracle.

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