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  1. #16696

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    So he is endorsing biological warfare. That's nice. GH

  2. #16697

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Jason Campbell
    Daily Wire host defends giving smallpox blankets to Native Americans: "It's not like the Native Americans were sitting there, you know, eating corn on the cob and being very peaceable, and the British came in 'cause they're mean and wanted to wipe them out."

    And why you would give them smallpox blankets if you didn't want to wipe them out (or at least a large percentage of them)?
    "And for my next fearless prediction..."

  3. #16698

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    Plus. The British DID come in and wanted to wipe out the native population out. So...
    Missing winter...

  4. #16699

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    Pensacola Naval base shooting: Gunman was a military pilot from Saudi Arabia training in the U.S.
    By T.S. Strickland,
    Brittany Shammas,
    Alex Horton and
    Kim Bellware
    Dec. 6, 2019 at 1:35 p.m. EST

    PENSACOLA, Fla. - An assailant opened fire Friday morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola, leaving three people dead and several others injured before Florida sheriff’s deputies shot and killed him in the second deadly shooting at a naval base this week.

    The gunman was a military pilot from Saudi Arabia training in the United States, according to a senior U.S. official.

    It was unclear whether the three deceased victims were service members or civilians, said Lt. Cmdr. Megan Isaac, a Navy spokeswoman. Multiple people were taken to hospitals, including two Escambia County sheriff’s deputies who are expected to survive, Chief Deputy Chip Simmons said during a Friday morning news conference.

    Reports of an active shooting inside an air station classroom came in at 6:51 a.m., drawing a major law enforcement response in the Florida Panhandle city. The base was placed on lockdown, the Navy said, with its gates secured. After about an hour, the sheriff’s office took to Facebook with an announcement: “There is no longer an active shooter on NAS Pensacola. The shooter is confirmed dead.”

    The incident shook a community whose identity is deeply entwined with the base, with many residents either employed there or tied to the industry that sprawls alongside Pensacola Bay. The number of personnel assigned there is almost half the population of the city itself.

    As the military facility’s gates remained closed into Friday afternoon, authorities stressed that they are in the beginning stages of their investigation. During the news conference, they said they did not want to comment on the identity of the shooter, including whether he or she had business on the base. They would not disclose the type of weapon used.

    NAS Commanding Officer Capt. Timothy F. Kinsella also declined to specify which classroom had been targeted, saying he did not want to cause alarm to families of air station employees who were still in the process of being notified.

    Baptist Health Care said it had admitted eight patients from the shooting but could not yet report on their conditions.

    “Our teams are treating patients and we are working with Navy personnel to communicate with family members,” the hospital said in a statement.

    Naval Air Station Pensacola, which hosts 16,000 military personnel and more than 7,000 civilians, is known as the “cradle of Naval aviation.” It’s home to the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron and is the first stop for training to become Naval pilots or flight officers. The air station schoolhouse also trains pilots from partner militaries around the world.

    Base security and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are investigating, the Navy said in a statement, adding that victims’ names “will not be released until the next of kin have been notified.”

    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said on Twitter that the state’s emergency management agency had deployed an official “to coordinate mental health resources for families impacted by this tragic shooting.”

    President Trump said in a tweet that he had received a briefing on the incident and spoken with the governor.

    “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time,” he wrote. “We are continuing to monitor the situation as the investigation is ongoing.”

    In Pensacola, officials called Friday a tragic day for the community, underscoring the close relationship between the city and the air station.

    “For 200 years, they have been a part of the city of Pensacola. We’re a military town,” Mayor Grover C. Robinson said during the news conference. "Our hearts and prayers are connected to all those who serve us every day. Certainly the expectation that this would happen here are home was unexpected.”

    Jana Lormer, who is renovating her grandmother’s home directly across the bayou from the base, comes from a long line of service members -- like many in the neighborhood. She said the area’s usual sense of quietude had been shattered.

    “I woke up and opened my texts to all of these messages and then looked across the water to see all the ambulances on the bridge,” she said. “It was too close for comfort.”

    That sense of shock was echoed by Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan, himself a former service member.

    “You just don’t expect this to happen at home," he said. "This doesn’t happen in Escambia County. This doesn’t happen in Pensacola. This doesn’t happen to our friends and neighbors who are members of the United States Navy. But it did. And it has. And so for now, we’re here to pick up the pieces.”

    The shooting in Florida came just two days after a gunman opened fire at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam near Honolulu, killing two and injuring a third before shooting and killing himself.

    The shooter in that incident was identified as an active-duty U.S. Navy sailor and his three victims as civilian Defense Department employees working on the base’s shipyard.

    Strickland is a freelance journalist based in Florida. Shammas, Horton and Bellware reported from Washington.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

  5. #16700

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    NBC Politics

    JUST IN: President Trump says Saudi King Salman has “just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack" at NAS Pensacola.

    ...Trump says Saudi king "said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people."
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

  6. #16701

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    Eugene Gu, MD

    Saudis used our flight schools just before 9/11. Now the US military training Saudi personnel for money and arms sales is a consequence of our military industrial complex caring more about profits for the top 1% than about our lives and national security. Pensacola was avoidable.

    It’s especially infuriating that when American Green Card holder Jamal Khashoggi went to a Saudi embassy for papers to marry his fiance, he was dismembered by bone saw in retaliation for his Washington Post articles. Trump let Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman get away with murder

    Trump also let North Korea not only get away with falsely imprisoning and then murdering American student Otto Warmbier, but he even let them bill the United States $2 million for taking care of Otto after they literally made him comatose in a persistent vegetative state.

    As President of the United States, Trump’s top priority should be to protect the lives of the American people. But apparently he cares more about making money from Saudi Arabia and shitty deals with North Korea while they murder Americans in cold blood without any consequences.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

  7. #16702

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    Lawrence Hurley
    BREAKING: Supreme Court refuses to allow Trump administration to resume federal executions next week

    Three conservatives -- Alito, Gorsuch Kavanaugh -- have a separate statement saying they want an appeals court ruling ASAP
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

  8. #16703

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    For what is worth.
    When I was in Oman, a newspaper ran a poll in Saudi Arabia about how the general population felt about the USA. 60% of all respondents stated they "HATED THE USA". I am not paraphrasing. That was the range of questions.
    One of the reasons is that the USA supports the monarchy. Another is their support for Israel.
    Do not be fooled into believing Saudi Arabia is an ally. It is a business partner, ready to jump if a new and better deal is proposed.
    Missing winter...

  9. #16704

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    Pensacola suspect hosted dinner party to watch mass shooting videos night before fatal attack, official says

    Updated 5 minutes ago

    PENSACOLA, Florida -- A U.S. official says the Saudi student who fatally shot three people at a Florida naval base had hosted a dinner party the night before to watch videos of mass shootings. The official was briefed by federal investigators and spoke on condition of anonymity. He says authorities tell him one Saudi student was recording outside the building while the shooting took place. He says 10 Saudi students are being held at the base and that several others are still unaccounted for.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

  10. #16705

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    New Amazon Lease for NY Space Renews Debate Over Failed Deal
    December 7, 2019


    By ALEXANDRA OLSON AP Business Writer

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has signed a lease for a new office space in Manhattan that will house more than 1,500 employees, less than a year after pulling out of a deal for a larger headquarters in the borough of Queens after politicians and activists objected to nearly $3 billion in incentives.

    The new office almost immediately renewed a debate over whether the tax breaks and other incentives were excessive, given the likelihood that Amazon would continue to expand in New York City regardless because of the city’s large talent pool. The online retail giant received no incentives for its new 335,000-square-foot complex in a building near Hudson Yards, a high-end commercial and residential development on the west side in midtown Manhattan.

    Amazon said the new office will open in 2021 and will house employees from its consumer and advertisement teams. The Seattle-based company already has 3,500 employees in other New York offices, and the headquarters for its subsidiary Audible is in nearby Newark, New Jersey.

    “As we shared earlier this year, we plan to continue to hire and grow organically across our 18 tech hubs, including New York City,” the company said in an e-mailed statement.

    Amazon dropped plans this year to build a $2.5 billion campus in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City that was projected to bring 25,000 new jobs over 15 years. The company had chosen Long Island City for one of two new headquarters after a fierce bidding war among more than 200 metropolitan areas that Amazon itself had stoked. The state and city had offered $2.8 billion in incentives that included $1.5 billion in tax breaks and grants, and a helipad near the new offices.

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had lashed out at politicians and activists whose campaign helped unravel the Queens project, saying it threatened to undermine New York City’s emergence as tech hub and squandered an opportunity for generate money for schools, housing and transit. Critics of the incentives package swiftly cited Amazon’s latest corporate lease to argue those fears were unfounded.

    “Amazon is coming to New York, just as they always planned. Fortunately, we dodged a $3 billion bullet by not agreeing to their subsidy shakedown earlier this year,” New York state Sen. Michael Gianaris said in a statement.

    Cuomo pushed back against the reaction, saying the Queens headquarters would have brought in more jobs and the new office will not benefit Long Island City.

    “This is crumbs from the table compared to a feast,” Cuomo said. “We don’t have a problem bringing businesses to Manhattan but we have been trying for decades to get that Queens waterfront developed.”

    Mayor Bill DeBlasio had blamed Amazon for pulling out of the deal prematurely. His office did so again Saturday, while lamenting that Long Island City had lost out on Amazon’s expansion plans.

    “Amazon couldn’t take the heat and didn’t want to work in good faith with New Yorkers. Now, New York is getting just a fraction of the jobs and Queens is getting none of the benefits,” said Jane Meyer, a spokeswoman for the mayor.

    Even before the deal unraveled, experts said Amazon’s choice of New York City underscored that its main concern when it comes to expansion is access to talent at a time of fierce competition for computer programmers, mobile app developers, data scientists and cybersecurity experts. The company is continuing with its plans to build another headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C. that is also a emerging tech hub.

    New York has a thriving start-up scene, and big tech companies are already rapidly expanding their presence in the city. Facebook announced a deal last month to lease 1.5 million square feet of office space in Hudson Yards. Google and Instagram have also opened new offices in recent years.

    “Utimately, what Amazon needs is qualified tech talent and that’s why it needs to be in New York,” said Joe Parilla, a fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute.

    Still, Parilla said the large incentive package was targeted at luring Amazon to one of New York’s outer boroughs, which have not benefited from the tech boom like Manhattan has.

    “Everyone who was pushing for this investment understood that New York would be fine either way overall. Within that context, they were trying to make a more precise argument, which is that Long Island City was not reaping the benefits,” Parilla said.

    U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat who represents a Queens district near Long Island City, said officials had been offering costly incentives in exchange for a promise of jobs that were not guaranteed.

    “The 25,000 jobs figure was a 10-20 year fantasy … from Amazon, not a promise or agreement,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet.
    She added that the 1,500 new jobs Amazon is now adding “are for FREE.”

    Associated Press writer Karen Matthews in New York contributed to this story.

    No matter how she spins it this was a bad move by AOC. The incentives were needed to entice the company to move to Queens, a borough with horrible intra borough transit. No incentive was needed to locate in Hudson Yards.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

  11. #16706

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    Every single one of them is a grifter.

    Medicare chief asked taxpayers to cover stolen jewelry

    12/07/2019 07:44 PM EST

    A top Trump health appointee sought to have taxpayers reimburse her for the costs of jewelry, clothing and other possessions, including a $5,900 Ivanka Trump-brand pendant, that were stolen while in her luggage during a work-related trip, according to documents obtained by POLITICO.

    Seema Verma, who runs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, filed a $47,000 claim for lost property on Aug. 20, 2018, after her bags were stolen while she was giving a speech in San Francisco the prior month. The property was not insured, Verma wrote in her filing to the Health and Human Services department.

    The federal health department ultimately reimbursed Verma $2,852.40 for her claim, a CMS spokesperson said.

    Verma’s claim included $43,065 for about two dozen pieces of jewelry, based off an appraisal she'd received from a jeweler about three weeks after the theft. Among Verma's stolen jewelry was an Ivanka Trump-brand pendant, made of gold, prasiolite and diamonds, that Verma’s jeweler valued at $5,900.

    Verma’s claim also included about $2,000 to cover the cost of her stolen clothes and another $2,000 to cover the cost of other stolen goods, including a $325 claim for moisturizer and a $349 claim for noise-cancelling headphones.

    A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes CMS, said the department has a longstanding policy of paying for goods like jewelry when they are lost during a work trip.

    "When paying for such goods, the department pays a discounted rate based on age for the items that were lost," the spokesperson said. "It’s perfectly appropriate that the administrator filed a personal property loss claim for goods stolen while on work travel and this is not an unusual practice for federal employees."

    But the news of the large request for stolen luxury items comes at a time of unusual scrutiny for Verma, who formerly served as a consultant to then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence in Indiana and has led CMS since March 2017. The $1 trillion health agency administers Medicare, the nation’s health insurance program for seniors; Medicaid, the program for low-income Americans; and Obamacare, among other programs.

    Verma has been engaged in an acrimonious feud with HHS Secretary Alex Azar that has spilled over into policy matters and prompted separate closed-door meetings for each official with Vice President Pence. Her spending of taxpayer money has also been under scrutiny by the HHS inspector general, after POLITICO reported in March about her extensive use of outside public relations consultants, some of whom worked to burnish Verma’s personal brand.

    The $2.25 million public relations contract was put on hold pending the probe, and Verma has been under investigation from congressional Democrats.

    Verma’s luggage was stolen out of her rented Chevrolet Tahoe SUV on July 25, 2018, while she was giving a speech at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, according to statements she gave to the local police and HHS. Verma initially estimated the cost of her lost property as $20,000, according to the police report, before later revising the cost upward when filing her claim to the health department.

    POLITICO last month filed a Freedom of Information Act request about Verma’s claims for personal damages and separately obtained the documents and confirmed their authenticity with multiple sources.

    A CMS spokesperson said that Verma was one of three staffers whose luggage was stolen, and HHS lawyers instructed them to file detailed claims for all missing items, including Verma’s jewelry. "At her own expense the administrator travels to Washington, DC, from Indiana each week to work at CMS, which was why she was traveling with her personal collection of jewelry," the spokesperson said. Verma‘s family lives in Indiana.

    Staff were unaware of a federal health employee previously filing a claim as large as $47,000.

    Verma was in San Francisco as part of a scheduled three-day trip to Northern California that included a speaking engagement in Napa Valley and a visit to Palo Alto-based Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The trip was approved by ethics counsel, a CMS spokesperson said.

    Verma’s San Francisco speech marked a notable point in her tenure: It was the first time the nation’s Medicare chief had publicly attacked “Medicare for All” proposals, arguing that Democrats’ ideas for single-payer health care would destroy the federal health program for older Americans and lead to “Medicare for None.”

    Verma won plaudits for the speech inside the White House, POLITICO reported, and she touted it online as part of a months-long campaign against Democrats’ proposals. A watchdog group later filed a complaint that Verma’s continued attacks on Medicare for All allegedly violated the prohibition on federal officials engaging in political activity.

    According to Verma’s lost property claim, the stolen items included 11 pairs of earrings, five necklaces and three pendants. Verma appeared to have worn the Ivanka Trump pendant on multiple public occasions, according to a POLITICO review of her appearances, including meetings with the president and at a November 2017 speech when she announced her plan to let states impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients and crack down on other program spending. The government spends approximately $5,700 per Medicaid patient.

    NOTHING the Feckless Princess puts her name on is worth more than $10.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.

    ― Frank Zappa

  12. #16707

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    Serious question for the Americans: How do you feel when mega-corporations get incentives to locate or start ventures somewhere? I am obviously talking about the Amazon deal, a company that in less than 25 years has gone from zero to the largest retailers world-wide? How do you feel when they get these massive tax-breaks while pulling in billions of dollars in net income on a quarterly basis?
    Missing winter...

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