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Monitoring Biden and other Contemporary Events

 
 
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Reply Fri 16 Apr, 2021 06:56 pm
@snood,
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His efforts haven’t produced anything but a bigger prison population while still not doing anything to mitigate opioid addictions in pandemic proportions.


He most likely uses the example of his drug-addicted son to make his judgements on dope. Can't say I blame the old bastard, in that respect.
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BillW
 
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Reply Fri 16 Apr, 2021 11:29 pm
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Roger Stone owes IRS $2 million in unpaid taxes and fees, Justice Dept. alleges in lawsuit - The Washington Post

www.washingtonpost.com › 2021/04/16

5 hours ago · Roger Stone owes nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes and fees, Justice Dept. alleges in lawsuit. Roger Stone, former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump............

Throw a few jay walking and being ugly in public charges in with Tax Evasion, then put him behind bars for at least 5 years!
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hightor
 
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Reply Sat 17 Apr, 2021 05:41 am
Why Spy Agencies Say the Future Is Bleak

Climate change, technology, disease and financial crises will pose big challenges for the world, an intelligence report concludes.

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Every four years, at the start of a new administration, American intelligence agencies put out “Global Trends,” a weighty assessment of where the world seems headed over the next two decades. In 2008, for example, the report warned about the potential emergence of a pandemic originating in East Asia and spreading rapidly around the world.

The latest report, Global Trends 2040, released last week by the National Intelligence Council, finds that the pandemic has proved to be “the most significant, singular global disruption since World War II,” with medical, political and security implications that will reverberate for years. That’s not schadenfreude. It’s the prologue to a far darker picture of what lies ahead.

The world envisioned in the 144-page report, ominously subtitled “A More Contested World,” is rent by a changing climate, aging populations, disease, financial crises and technologies that divide more than they unite, all straining societies and generating “shocks that could be catastrophic.” The gap between the challenges and the institutions meant to deal with them continues to grow, so that “politics within states are likely to grow more volatile and contentious, and no region, ideology, or governance system seems immune or to have the answers.” At the international level, it will be a world increasingly “shaped by China’s challenge to the United States and Western-led international system,” with a greater risk of conflict.

Here’s how agencies charged with watching the world see things:

- “Large segments of the global population are becoming wary of institutions and governments that they see as unwilling or unable to address their needs. People are gravitating to familiar and like-minded groups for community and security, including ethnic, religious, and cultural identities as well as groupings around interests and causes, such as environmentalism.”

- “At the same time that populations are increasingly empowered and demanding more, governments are coming under greater pressure from new challenges and more limited resources. This widening gap portends more political volatility, erosion of democracy, and expanding roles for alternative providers of governance.”

- “Accelerating shifts in military power, demographics, economic growth, environmental conditions, and technology, as well as hardening divisions over governance models, are likely to further ratchet up competition between China and a Western coalition led by the United States.”

- “At the state level, the relationships between societies and their governments in every region are likely to face persistent strains and tensions because of a growing mismatch between what publics need and expect and what governments can and will deliver.”

Experts in Washington who have read these reports said they do not recall a gloomier one. In past years, the future situations offered have tilted toward good ones; this year, the headings for how 2040 may look tell a different story: “Competitive Coexistence,” “Separate Silos,” “Tragedy and Mobilization” or “A World Adrift,” in which “the international system is directionless, chaotic, and volatile as international rules and institutions are largely ignored by major powers like China, regional players and non-state actors.”

There is one cheery scenario thrown in, “Renaissance of Democracies,” in which the United States and its allies are leading a world of resurgent democracies, and everybody is getting happier. Its apparent purpose is to show that people could, in principle, turn things around. But nothing in the report suggests it is likely.

The gloom, however, should not come as a surprise. Most of what Global Trends provides are reminders of the dangers we know and the warnings we’ve heard. We know that the world was ill prepared for the coronavirus and that the pandemic was grievously mishandled in most parts of the world, including the United States. We know the Arctic caps are melting at a perilous rate, raising sea levels and threatening dire consequences the world over. We know that for all the grand benefits of the internet, digital technology has also unleashed lies, conspiracies and distrust, fragmenting societies and poisoning political discourse. We know from the past four years what polarized and self-serving rule is like. We know that China is on the rise, and that it is essential to find a manageable balance between containment and cooperation.

Global Trends offers no solutions. It can’t, by law: The 18 organizations that make up the intelligence community, including the National Security Agency and C.I.A., are sternly proscribed from giving policy recommendations.

Yet when a large body of intelligence specialists with access to an extraordinary array of privileged information invest considerable resources into figuring out where the world is headed, and then turn on a bright, flashing red light, there is good reason to take heed.

“We have the great benefit of drawing on both the broad and deep expertise that exists across the intelligence community. There are 18 intelligence agencies that we can reach out to, as well as other federal partners,” said Maria Langan-Riekhof, who as director of the National Intelligence Council’s Strategic Futures Group led the publication of “Global Trends 2040.” “We are not narrowly looking at just one issue or one domain; we’re trying to look across all those issues and asking how are they developing over time and what do they mean in aggregate.”

The warnings are clear. The real question is whether we — the government, global institutions, our societies — are capable of heeding them at a time when states and societies are turning inward and political discourse has become poisonous.

Mathew Burrows, principal editor for many earlier “Global Trends” at the C.I.A. and National Intelligence Council — including the one that warned of a pandemic — believes that the initiative to take the future seriously has to come from the executive branch. “You have to have a driving force to compel agencies to engage in longer-term planning,” he said.

A decade ago, Leon Fuerth, a deputy national security adviser in the Clinton administration who directs the Project on Forward Engagement at George Washington University, proposed ways to do just that. The government, he wrote, needed to create mechanisms to anticipate the frequency and complexity of crises in today’s world, “to be anticipatory rather than reactionary.” The Biden administration started well on some fronts, notably on environmental policy and infrastructure. As a leader with a unique perspective on how politics, society and the world have changed over the years, President Biden can also be the one to recognize that an increasingly complex, volatile and unpredictable world requires a serious and coherent mechanism for anticipating and preparing for what lies over that dark horizon. The intelligence is there, and it cries out for action.

nyt
blatham
 
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Reply Sat 17 Apr, 2021 06:53 am
@snood,
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[Biden is] missing the boat on this [pot legalization].

Yes, he is.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 17 Apr, 2021 07:10 am
@blatham,
Funny thing is our laws on paper are quite harsh re cannabis but in reality police tend to turn a blind eye to possession of small amounts.

My father is on a **** ton of prescription medicine having had a serious rugby injury before I was born. I’m sure a bit of cannabis fudge would help as he’s not had it and hasn’t developed a tolerance like he has for everything else but if I suggested it he would go mental. The prejudice is hard wired and not something that can be reasoned.
blatham
 
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Reply Sat 17 Apr, 2021 07:12 am
@hightor,
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This widening gap portends more political volatility, erosion of democracy, and expanding roles for alternative providers of governance.
"Alternate providers of governance". There's a phrase for our times.
blatham
 
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Reply Sat 17 Apr, 2021 07:22 am
@izzythepush,
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The prejudice is hard wired and not something that can be reasoned.
That you use your father as an example seems to demonstrate the generational element here. It's an understandable cultural phenomenon given the history of how recreational drugs have been maligned/demonized in our lifetimes (and earlier) and because cultural change is much easier for young people to navigate. As in Britain, here in Canada the police gradually changed in their perspective on cannabis use as a reflection of cultural change and that began decades ago but politicos were reluctant to take the step of legalization for a very long while. A federal task force on the question set up in the late 60s advocated legalization which we got 80 years later.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 17 Apr, 2021 07:24 am
@blatham,
100 Days Without Trump on Twitter: A Nation Scrolls More Calmly
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Democrats are breathing easier. Republicans are crying censorship. For all of the country’s news consumers, a strange quiet has descended after a four-year bombardment of presidential verbiage.
snood
 
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Reply Sat 17 Apr, 2021 07:29 am
@blatham,
blatham wrote:

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This widening gap portends more political volatility, erosion of democracy, and expanding roles for alternative providers of governance.
"Alternate providers of governance". There's a phrase for our times.



Yeah... what’s it mean?
hightor
 
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Reply Sat 17 Apr, 2021 07:40 am
@snood,
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Yeah... what’s it mean?


You know how we have these independent non-profit groups of activists and reformers who work on foreign policy, elections, the environment, healthcare, women's rights, economic development, etc? They're known as "non-governmental organizations". I suspect "alternate providers of governance" denotes something similar, people starting groups to specifically address problems caused by governmental abdication of responsibility with respect to conditions leading to societal collapse.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 17 Apr, 2021 07:49 am
@blatham,
My father and I are very different.

From an early age I decided to be as different from him as was possible.

It’s not been easy, whenever I was talking to the kids I would stop and do a volte face the minute I thought I was sounding like him.

The biggest compliment I ever received when when someone who used to work for him said that had she not known I was his son she would never have guessed because I’m not remotely like him.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Sat 17 Apr, 2021 08:27 am
@blatham,
blatham wrote:

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The prejudice is hard wired and not something that can be reasoned.
That you use your father as an example seems to demonstrate the generational element here. It's an understandable cultural phenomenon given the history of how recreational drugs have been maligned/demonized in our lifetimes (and earlier) and because cultural change is much easier for young people to navigate. As in Britain, here in Canada the police gradually changed in their perspective on cannabis use as a reflection of cultural change and that began decades ago but politicos were reluctant to take the step of legalization for a very long while. A federal task force on the question set up in the late 60s advocated legalization which we got 80 years later.


This seems as good a point as any to mention how much I despise the term "legalize" when applied to marijuana.

The government (of the US or Canada) never "legalized" oatmeal or beef barley soup, but we can enjoy them nonetheless.

For one reason or another, the government at one point made "recreational marijuana use" illegal.

Now the government of the US should repeal that law and decriminalize its use as a recreational drug. In any case, the operational word should not be "legalize"...but rather "repeal" or "decriminalize."

Just sayin'. Comes too late for me. I have not had so much as a toke for the last ten years or so. Wrote all sorts of op ed pieces about decriminalization back a few decades...when the idea was not very popular. And now...it is coming to pass.

Damn!
izzythepush
 
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Reply Sat 17 Apr, 2021 08:37 am
@Frank Apisa,
Decriminalise means something else, it’s decriminalised in Holland but the police still periodically raid coffee shops and other cannabis venues.

It literally means they will take no action if you a caught with a certain amount for personal use, but if you have more than that or if you’re supplying they can take action.
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blatham
 
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Reply Sat 17 Apr, 2021 09:37 am
@Walter Hinteler,
For sure, his absence has been a blessing. Biden's strategy of behaving as something like Trump's opposite is both politically smart and civilly responsible.

But of course, FOX and the other similar outlets along with most Republican office holders are doing all they can to duplicate Trump's noise and agitprop.
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revelette3
 
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Reply Sat 17 Apr, 2021 09:38 am
Interesting read on all these posts (finally learning to really ignore my ignores.)
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blatham
 
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Reply Sat 17 Apr, 2021 09:54 am
@Frank Apisa,
You're right. Decriminalize is the better term.
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