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  1. Tesla Will Lay Off More Than 10% of Workers Along with the departure of two senior executives, the cuts added to signs of turmoil at the electric car company. https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/15/business/tesla-layoff-elon-musk.html
  2. White House says Biden will not accept a standalone funding bill for aid to Israel https://www.cnn.com/middleeast/live-news/israel-hamas-war-gaza-news-04-15-24/index.html
  3. Maybe this is why he fell asleep in the court room -- those private messages from his assistant were not the Best News of the Best News! Trump Media closes down more than 18% after filing plans to issue more DJT stock https://www.cnbc.com/2024/04/15/trump-media-shares-plunge-after-company-files-to-issue-additional-djt-stock.html Elsewhere someone not me suggested perhaps his defense team slipped him sleep aid to keep him from erupting in the court room and earning prison time. I, for one, haven't a clue what to consider as possible any more.
  4. "I also noted yesterday that we shouldn’t understate just how skillfully the White House seemed to manage a major, major crisis over the last few days. High stakes foreign policy crises like these generally have an almost limitless number of ways they can go wrong and one or two ways they can go right. And so far the White House has managed to prevent damage in Israel and prevent further escalation." Share link -- https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/getting-into-the-details-on-what-happened-over-the-weekend/sharetoken/t5tl81zIn5G7
  5. Except when it comes to the US War of the Rebellion. Brett is weak there too -- it's so far in time beyond his interests and researches. It's not only we 'modernists' who love the 'freeman' ideology -- 14th C Ibn Khaldun went into great detail with it, supporting his cyclic philosophy of history -- yah, Spengler didn't invent it. Nor was Ibn Khaldun the first by any means. This cyclic, wheel turning, as historical concept is embedded in many Asian religions. Whereas, in contrast, for instance, christianity embeds the idea of moving from a fixed point to the future, when history ends with the Second Coming and every person who has ever lived or is living goes to heaven or goes to hell.
  6. For sure, and not only weak, but misinformed as to these soldiers not cognizant in Latin. That was at least as much the mission of the Roman armies in disputed and conquered lands -- it latinized not only the mercenaries or auxiliaries, but the populations as a whole, and not only terms of language. And even by the days of the dominance of the Eastern Empire, christianizing them. Which then leads to those who argue that "Rome" never "fell," since ultimately so many of those Goths who moved into what was the western empire had been so successfully Romanized in administration and taxes, the army, the language and religion. As you are aware, Theodoric and Ravenna are sort of these historians' and arguments' crucible.
  7. In Iran's direct missile and drone attack on Israel, a seven-year-old Arab girl was the only one to be severely injured. The Bedouin girl was hit on her head by shrapnel and has undergone surgery. https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/arab-girl-lone-casualty-iran-attack-israel-hamas-gaza-missile-attack-death-negev-bedouin-tribe-2527362-2024-04-15
  8. Old and sleepy, Don falls asleep in the courtroom during jury selection. https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/trump-asleep-hush-money-trial.html
  9. In the meantime for those terrified that peer pressure is forcing kids to want to identify differently than their birth assigned gender identity, it got me thinking about what is in the headlines every day of women attacked and killed every day around the world, one cannot help speculating upon The Screwfly Solution By James Tiptree Jr., first published in Analog. There has been a rise in men killing women in the modern-day world. Scientists desperately try to understand why this phenomenon is occurring and must do everything in their power to stop this before all of humanity becomes extinct. Sexism, Hate, Mental Illness: Why Are Men Randomly Punching Women? Conversation about the attacks on the streets of New York have centered on mental illness, but the offenses seem to have their roots in hatred of women. https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/12/nyregion/new-york-city-random-attacks-women.html Femicide surge: the Cycladic figures found in the Aegean show a deep respect for the female body. How did Greece lose this? https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2024/apr/15/femicide-surge-cycladic-figures-greece Man punches child in Grand Central week after breaking woman's nose: police https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/grand-central-attacker-arrested-again/5318950/ Just 3 examples from the weekend.
  10. Wahhhhhhhht? Do even They known what They mean? Trump supporters echo pro-Palestinian ‘genocide Joe’ chant It’s unclear what they meant by it, as Trump has pledged similarly strong support for Israel https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/04/14/genocide-israel-gaza-iran-trump-biden/
  11. This article illustrates, again, how the Ukraine war, on the Ukraine side, is quite different from how contemporary powers have conducted their colonial wars, i.e. Ukraine unlike Russia is not engaged in a grab for territory and resources. What it means when the mercenaries appear Elliot Ackerman’s new novel is “2054,” written with retired Adm. James Stavridis. This piece is adapted from an essay in the spring 2024 issue of Liberties, a journal of culture and politics. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/04/15/liberties-mercenaries-wagner-group-warfighting/ Sean -- I sent the full text of the piece to you via private message, thinking lots of bits in it would be of interest to you -- not necessarily informing you -- unlikely! -- but still of interest. It goes rather well, too, in places with Brett D's latest entries.
  12. Outside the bubble opinion and pundits globally are thinking and saying otherwise. What make you of this?
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