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  1. And his donors might not like that. He's more useful as their minion in the Democratic party, the Republicans are pro-Corp anyway. I still think his main goal may not just be to get the numbers down, but to get everything out that is anti-fossil fuels etc., and anti-Big Pharma (negotiating prices etc.).
  2. They did stop, after season 3. I completely agree, after s1 they totally abandoned caracterization and any credible plot in favor of inserting their issues, but being too lazy to do it in a meaningful way fitting the time and place. And the speechifying... the dialogue... the 21st century vocabulary and mindset... Even Marilla, whom I loved, is acting ooc. The signs were already there in s1, I think (a whole village doesn't know how to deal with a fire, but Anne does, etc), but there was so much good stuff I was willing to overlook them. Such a wasted opportunity.
  3. Itserves as a handy justification for whatever you want to do... it's all resistance.
  4. Ugh. Mansion in an interview, about AOC: "I don't know the young lady very well..." Condescending asshole. Oops, sorry. I don't know the old geezer very well...
  5. I watched the first episodes of Only Murders In The Building and find it mildly amusing. I do hope Ms. Williams will grace us with a second facial expression some day soon.
  6. To WV or to corporations/ donors, who knows...
  7. Sen. Feinstein would totally do something about the filibuster if democracy was at stake, but she just doesn't think it is. Just don't see it folks, sorry!
  8. Precedent? I highly doubt it would be the first time such pressure was applied to get a senator in line.
  9. Yeah. Any bets on when he'll get his twitter back? Or will FB be the first? Oh joy. Yes, firefighters, cheer him on. He's got your back, just like with the Capitol Police.
  10. Did a U.S. Drone Strike in Afghanistan Kill the Wrong Person? | Visual Investigations
  11. Miami Airport now has two dogs who can detect covid-19 (people give them their masks to sniff) with the accuracy of over 97 and 99 %, respectively. I shouldn't be surprised, we know dogs can sniff diabetes and many other serious illnesses, but it's still awesome.
  12. Heather Bresch, Joe Manchin’s Daughter, Played Direct Part in EpiPen Price Inflation Scandal A new email shows the former Mylan CEO worked with her counterpart at Pfizer to corner the market and keep costs up. The documents also show Bresch approving a scheme to force customers, captured by the company’s monopoly, to purchase two EpiPens at once, regardless of medical need. The EpiPen is an auto-injectable device that injects epinephrine into the body and can be the difference between life or death for a person suffering a severe allergic reaction. (...) Among the documents is an email sent on behalf of Bresch, who is the daughter of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to her counterpart at Pfizer, then-CEO Ian Read. In the email, sent in January 2011, Bresch confirms a previous discussion with Read in which she says that the two agreed that as part of a deal, Pfizer would disinvest from its EpiPen competitor, Adrenaclick. Eliminating its main competitor would then allow Mylan to continue raising its prices. (...) Following the deal with Pfizer, Mylan drove the price above $600 within five years. Meanwhile, Gayle Manchin, Bresch’s mother, lobbied states to require schools to stock epinephrine as the head of the National Association of State Boards of Education. Gayle Manchin was recently confirmed to serve as co-chair of the federal Appalachian Regional Commission, a government agency tasked with promoting economic development across the region’s 13 states. Cutting a deal with Pfizer to divest from its competitor may be brazen enough, but to memorialize the agreement in an email produces a startling window into the ways in which corporate executives are able to manipulate markets.(...) With the monopoly locked down, Mylan made its next move, a plan to eliminate its single-pack EpiPen in the United States and instead require customers to purchase two pens at once. (...) The two schemes were separate but mutually reinforcing. (...) The company also conducted market research and concluded that since it was a matter of life and death, customers would suck it up and buy two pens if that was the only choice. (...) Bresch had been named chief operating officer of Mylan in October 2007, a promotion that immediately sparked a scandal when the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that her claim of having a master’s degree in business administration from West Virginia University was false. Bresch’s father Manchin was the state’s governor at the time, and the school soon corrected the paper, saying that she had indeed obtained the degree. A subsequent investigation concluded that the initial answer had been right: Bresch had been far short of a degree, and university administrators fabricated grades to get her over the line, leading to multiple resignations from the university’s senior leadership. Manchin was elected to the Senate in 2012. Manchin last week urged Democrats to take a “strategic pause” in consideration of the party’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, the centerpiece of the Biden agenda. A key component of the bill would lower drug prices by allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies. That market power would save the government and patients billions over the next decade, but perhaps even more importantly, it would give the government greater insight into how pharmaceutical executives set prices. The change could reveal the type of collusion that keeps those rates high, exposing companies to risk of regulation or prosecution. https://theintercept.com/2021/09/07/joe-manchin-epipen-price-heather-bresch/ Manchins Dirty Empire: https://theintercept.com/2021/09/03/joe-manchin-coal-fossil-fuels-pollution/
  13. This is what I feared all along: PS: Happy birthday Bernie.
  14. Biden administration tells ex-Trump officials to resign from military academy advisory boards or be dismissed The Biden administration has told 11 officials appointed to military service academy advisory boards by former President Donald Trump to resign or be dismissed, a source familiar with the situation tells CNN's KFile. The officials asked to resign include prominent former Trump officials like former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, former senior counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and former national security adviser H.R. McMaster. They were appointed to the advisory boards of the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and West Point respectively. (...) At least one Trump appointee, Vought, has signaled he will not resign. "No. It's a three year term," Vought tweeted, attaching an image of the letter requesting his resignation. (...) In a statement, Mobbs said she would not be resigning. "Frankly, I find this whole act unconscionable and not all in the spirit by which this Administration promised to govern. President Biden ran on a supposed platform of unity" (...) Conway posted a statement on Twitter addressed to Biden, calling the news "petty and political" and saying she would not resign. "Your decision is disappointing but understandable given the need to distract from a news cycle that has you mired in multiple self-inflicted crises and plummeting poll numbers," Conway wrote. (...) https://edition.cnn.com/2021/09/08/politics/trump-appointees-biden-boards/index.html
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