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Did you see this letter she sent out?


Found at:

I cannot believe the overt stupidity out of so many Republican leaders, acting like amateur epidemiologists and with nothing but business interests in their brains.

There surely must be laws governing this type of dangerous public health-related rhetoric from elected officials.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Aug 8, 2020, 10:48 AM (1 replies)

Remains recovered after California Marine tank sinks

Source: AP News

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities on Friday recovered the bodies of nine people killed when a Marine landing craft sank in hundreds of feet of water off the Southern California coast, authorities said.

The remains of seven Marines and a Navy sailor were found after underwater salvage operations that followed the sinking on July 30. They will be flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to be prepared for burial by mortuary affairs teams, according to a statement Friday night from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

The remains “will then be released to their families in accordance with their wishes,” the statement said.

The amphibious vehicle sank in 385 feet (117 meters) of water as it headed back to a Navy ship after completing routine training, the military said.

Read more: https://apnews.com/1bcbeee0036a4ab7394b660bf4fb80db

Rest in peace, good soldiers..........

The Gob-Smacking Stupidity of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

The Gob-Smacking Stupidity of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
The Wry Wing Politics blog
August 4, 2020 by Brian Lambert

Read it here: https://www.wrywingpolitics.com/the-gob-smacking-stupidity-of-the-sturgis-motorcycle-rally/#comment-144467

It goes without saying that the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a tribal extravaganza of face-to-face, jowl-to-jowl, belly-bumping machismo and consumer exhibitionism holds the high probability of being the single largest “super spreader” of COVID-19 held anywhere in the world since the outbreak began last November. A quarter of a million people, the vast majority middle-aged to older white men, will both ride into western South Dakota this week for the giant, mechanized bacchanal … and then turn around ride back to their homes, all across the country, spreading everything they picked up in Sturgis all along their routes, like a horde of toxic Johnny Appleseeds.

Bikerworld’s other big rally, in Daytona, Florida went on as scheduled this past March in the early days of the pandemic. But Daytona’s “Biketobefest” seems likely to be cancelled this fall, what with the virus surging worse than ever … in large part due to “protestors”, the roughly 36% of freedom-loving Americans who refuse submit to reality and continue to prolong and enhance the peril to the lives and livelihood of everyone else.

Letting Sturgis happen amid all this is of course not surprising given the culture of South Dakota. The current governor, Kristi Noem, once upon a time the South Dakota Snow Queen, is every Trumpist’s dream girl. She’s abolished the requirement to get a permit before carrying a concealed gun, opposed Obamacare and every form of abortion rights she can find or be pointed at, is on record — during Obama’s term — as being very concerned about the national debt, so much so that as a Congresswoman she declared the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Medicaid, high-speed rail projects, cap-and-trade technical assistance, and subsidies for the Washington Metro rapid transit system examples of federal programs she thought needed a damn good whacking.
Point being. No matter what science or common sense or common courtesy say, no matter what’s good for the rest of the country, South Dakota wants the money the flagrant recklessness and naked stupidity Sturgis brings in.

Mr. Lambert is an excellent writer and I hope you enjoy his story.

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Chart compares Dem and Rethug pandemic economic relief bills....


Handy for responding to Trumpsters without even saying a word. Well, the ones that can read anyway.

Hattip to Americans for Tax Fairness........

Visit them here: https://americansfortaxfairness.org/

Canada slaps retaliatory tariffs on US aluminum goods

Source: BBC World News

Canada has announced a C$3.6bn ($2.7bn, £2.1bn) tariff on US aluminium products a day after US President Donald Trump imposed a 10% tariff on some Canadian aluminium products. Canada and the US reached a deal last year to lift tariffs on steel and aluminium imports that had been imposed on grounds of "national security".

Mr Trump reintroduced them on Thursday to protect the US industry. Friday's retaliatory tariffs by Canada will go into effect on 16 September.

The countermeasure was announced after deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland previously promised a "dollar-for-dollar" fight.

Canada's Chamber of Commerce said the "tariffs were the wrong instrument when they were first imposed in 2018, and they remain the wrong instrument now". National Foreign Trade Council, a US-based pro-trade group, called imposing the new measures a "misguided action", warning it could undermine the new free trade agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico, which came into force in July.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53683569

IMO, Trump's tariffs are nothing more than a giveaway to American aluminum companies and their stockholders to buy votes. As usual, American families will pay the cost.

Didn't he say Democrats are going to hurt the Bible too?

They best lock up all their Bibles 'cause Joe will send agents with Sharpies to make revisions.....

Same agents President Obama sent to take all their guns.......

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Aug 6, 2020, 08:38 PM (0 replies)

Beirut explosion: how you can help victims in Lebanon

Beirut explosion: how you can help victims in Lebanon

The death toll stands at 135, with more than 5,000 injured and 300,000 homes badly damaged. There are several organisations seeking donations or funding
The Guardian World News
Helen Sullivan @helenrsullivan
Published on Wed 5 Aug 2020 22.43 EDT

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/06/beirut-explosion-how-you-can-help-lebanon-victims-fund-donate-donations-food-relief

Large swaths of Beirut were destroyed on Tuesday when a huge blast ripped through the Lebanese capital. The explosion, blamed on 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at the port, sent a shockwave across the city that shattered windows and collapsed roofs. The death toll stands at at least 135, with around 5,000 injured.

The governor of Beirut has estimated the cost of the damage as more than $3bn and said up to 300,000 people had suffered damage to their homes, leaving some uninhabitable.

The disaster hit a nation already struggling with an economy in free fall, rising food prices and the coronavirus pandemic.

Here is a list of organisations seeking donations to help Lebanon’s victims:

The article goes on to describe and provide links for five organizations accepting contributions. I'm sure there are many more.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Aug 6, 2020, 08:38 AM (6 replies)

Rest in pease dear public servants. Here's a video of where they had responded.....

at the warehouse a bit before that big explosion:

CNW @ConflictsW

Footage of the initial fire at Beirut port yesterday shortly before the massive explosion

From Jaras Scoop FM
5:51 AM · Aug 5, 2020

Note how the heavy black smoke propagates down the roof line fairly quickly as time passes.

As a former firefighter, this appears to me to be a very hot "cooking" fire in which explosive gasses build up inside a closed structure from decomposition of materials inside, including wood and plastics. We were warned to watch carefully for the warning signs because opening up a stucture under those conditions lets oxygen in suddenly, usually resulting in a massive explosion. An investigation will reveal the true sequence of events, but that could have been the initial explosion prior to the big one.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Aug 6, 2020, 07:20 AM (1 replies)

Update on Marine amphibious assault vehicle that sank off the coast of California.

Marines react to discovery of sunken tank, remains off California coast
by: Liberty Zabala, KSWB and Nexstar Media Wire
Via KOIN TV, Portland
Posted: Aug 5, 2020 / 11:26 PM PDT / Updated: Aug 5, 2020 / 11:26 PM PDT

Link: https://www.koin.com/news/marines-react-to-discovery-of-sunken-tank-remains-off-california-coast/

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KSWB) — Family and service members were in mourning Tuesday after the military found remains of missing servicemen and the amphibious assault vehicle that sank off the coast of San Clemente Island.

Seven Marines and a Navy sailor were missing after the 26-ton landing craft sank last week. Another Marine was pronounced dead at the scene and seven others were rescued.

The Marines say the amphibious assault vehicle sank to a depth of 385 feet after it began taking on water during a routine training exercise. The Navy plans to place equipment near the vehicle and begin recovering the remains.


Officials with the @15thMEUOfficial and the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) positively identified on Aug. 3 the location of the amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) that sunk off the coast of San Clemente Island on July 30.


@USNavy Undersea Rescue Command confirmed human remains were identified with remotely-operated video systems aboard HOS Dominator, an undersea search & rescue ship. The Navy has expedited the movement of assets to recover the remains of the Marines and Sailor, and raise the AAV.

4:01 PM · Aug 4, 2020

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Thu Aug 6, 2020, 06:36 AM (9 replies)

Live updates and on death, injury and destruction in Beirut, Lebanon....

Beirut explosion: at least 78 dead and 4,000 wounded, says Lebanon health ministry – live updates

Interior minister says ammonium nitrate likely caused at least one explosion amid reports hospitals too damaged to treat patients

The Guardian World News

See: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/aug/04/beirut-explosion-huge-blast-port-lebanon-capital

Scroll down to see photos of the horrific destruction from this explosion, or see "In Pictures" link below.

Other Guardian articles available on this disaster:

Full report: Lebanon in mourning: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/05/lebanon-in-mourning-after-deadly-beirut-blasts

Crisis upon crisis: blast rocks a Lebanon already on its knees: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/05/crisis-upon-crisis-blast-rocks-a-lebanon-already-on-its-knees

Ammonium nitrate: what is the chemical blamed for blast in Lebanese capital?: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/05/ammonium-nitrate-what-is-the-chemical-blamed-for-blast-in-lebanese-capital

‘We’re cursed’: shock and despair as explosion devastates city: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/04/cursed-shock-despair-beirut-explosion-rocks-city-lebanon

Beirut explosion – in pictures: https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/aug/04/beirut-explosion-in-pictures

Time for all nations to step up and lend Lebanon a hand with emergency aid.

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