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Syphilis Is Killing Babies. The U.S. Government Is Failing to Stop the Disease From Spreading. ( www.propublica.org )

Last June, Pfizer, the lone U.S. manufacturer of the injections, notified the Food and Drug Administration of an “impending stock out” that it anticipated would last a year. The company blamed “an increase in syphilis infection rates as well as competitive shortages.”...

Opinions of the Court - 2023 ( www.supremecourt.gov )

This case raises the question whether the States, in addition to Congress, may also enforce Section 3. We conclude that States may disqualify persons holding or attempting to hold state office. But States have no power under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 with respect to federal offices, especially the Presidency....

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SCOTUS denies Colorado's state court to decide whether or not a person seeking to hold a federal office can be blocked. It must be decided by Congress alone.

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November is looking gloomier by the minute. :(

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From the SCOTUS document ...

Proposed by Congress in 1866 and ratified by the States in 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment “expand[ed] federal power at the expense of state autonomy” and thus “fundamentally altered the balance of state and federal power struck by the Constitution.” Seminole Tribe of Fla. v. Flor- ida, 517 U. S. 44, 59 (1996); see also Ex parte Virginia, 100
U. S. 339, 345 (1880). Section 1 of the Amendment, for instance, bars the States from “depriv[ing] any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” or “deny[ing] to any person . . . the equal protection of the laws.” And Section 5 confers on Congress “power to enforce” those prohibitions, along with the other provisions of the Amendment, “by appropriate legislation.”

Section 3 of the Amendment likewise restricts state autonomy, but through different means. It was designed to help ensure an enduring Union by preventing former Confederates from returning to power in the aftermath of the Civil War. See, e.g., Cong. Globe, 39th Cong., 1st Sess., 2544 (1866) (statement of Rep. Stevens, warning that without appropriate constitutional reforms “yelling secessionists and hissing copperheads” would take seats in the House); id., at 2768 (statement of Sen. Howard, lamenting prospect of a “State Legislature . . . made up entirely of disloyal elements” absent a disqualification provision). Section 3 aimed to prevent such a resurgence by barring from office “those who, having once taken an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, afterward went into rebellion against the Government of the United States.” Cong. Globe, 41st Cong., 1st Sess., 626 (1869) (statement of Sen. Trumbull).

Section 3 works by imposing on certain individuals a preventive and severe penalty—disqualification from holding a wide array of offices—rather than by granting rights to all. It is therefore necessary, as Chief Justice Chase concluded and the Colorado Supreme Court itself recognized, to “‘ascertain what particular individuals are embraced’” by the provision. App. to Pet. for Cert. 53a (quoting Griffin’s Case, 11 F. Cas. 7, 26 (No. 5,815) (CC Va. 1869) (Chase, Circuit Justice)). Chase went on to explain that “[t]o accomplish this ascertainment and ensure effective results, proceedings, evidence, decisions, and enforcements of decisions, more or less formal, are indispensable.” Id., at 26. For its part, the Colorado Supreme Court also concluded that there must be some kind of “determination” that Section 3 applies to a particular person “before the disqualification holds meaning.” App. to Pet. for Cert. 53a.

The Constitution empowers Congress to prescribe how those determinations should be made. The relevant provision is Section 5, which enables Congress, subject of course to judicial review, to pass “appropriate legislation” to “enforce” the Fourteenth Amendment. See City of Boerne v. Flores, 521 U. S. 507, 536 (1997). Or as Senator Howard put it at the time the Amendment was framed, Section 5 “casts upon Congress the responsibility of seeing to it, for the future, that all the sections of the amendment are carried out in good faith.” Cong. Globe, 39th Cong., 1st Sess., at 2768.

edited a bunch of times to take out annoying unneccessary hyphens.

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I honestly thought she was simply sticking around until SCOTUS ruled, so she'd have a chance at being the last one standing ... and, by default, the GOP nominee.

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You're right. So maybe she will continue then.

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It's this little blurb that I question ...

The relevant provision is Section 5, which enables Congress, subject of course to judicial review, to pass “appropriate legislation” to “enforce” the Fourteenth Amendment. See City of Boerne v. Flores, 521 U. S. 507, 536 (1997).

It's like SCOTUS is talking out of both sides of their mouth. Only Congress can decide but we have to review and OK it as well.

Bah.

Trillions of gallons leak from aging drinking water systems, further stressing shrinking US cities ( apnews.com )

For generations, the water infrastructure beneath this southern Alabama city was corroding, cracking and failing — out of sight and seemingly out of mind — as the population shrank and poverty rose. Until it became impossible to ignore....

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And where are they going to dump all the salt? I mean that would be a shit ton of salt to get rid of.

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The problem is that California alone would be desalinating billions of gallons of seawater per month just to water all the crops ... so way too much to just keep dumping it back into the sea. We'd be killing everything quicker.

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Those ideas sound like great solutions to more than a few issues!

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A dozen years ago I worked at a call centre. One of our clients was a company that pulled this crap. Every one of us who worked that account dreaded those calls, mostly because we understood their anger ... but it was hard having it directed at us (Canadians) by American customers.

I hated that job.

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Me too. :)

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Check out the post right under this one on the main NEWS page, where Israel agreed to a cease fire in Gaza ... then attacks Ramallah in the West Bank instead so, you know, nobody can be legitimately pissed off about it 'cause Netanyahu didn't break any rules.

Genociders gotta genocide no matter what.

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It doesn't matter if Hamas didn't agree to it yet because Ramallah is in the West Bank, not Gaza. So Netanyahu is just being a sneaky, murdering asshole.

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If Netanyahu hadn't tentatively agreed to it, why wouldn't he still be bombing the shit out of southern Gaza instead of of heading over to the West Bank?

Because he's a sneaky, murderous asshole who probably figured since the tentative agreement was for Gazan Palestinians alone, he'd be adhering to the letter of the "law" by murdering West Bank Palestinians instead.

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Douglas said he was mainly worried about the economy and immigration - issues which he felt Trump was more focused on. He said Democratic messaging about Trump's threat to democracy would not motivate him to vote, because he was already disillusioned with the electoral process.

And that's the biggest issue because no matter who Black, Brown or Indigenous people vote for, nothing ever changes for them.

Kimberly Jones said it best even tho she was referring to a different kind of disengagement.

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I enjoyed the pic (further down the article) with 3 arms. I mean it's so obvious, and your brain says there's something wrong, yet people still believe the bs.

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Just reading those 3 short sentences triggered me. ;)

Dune: Part Two premiered at Quebec palliative care home to fulfil man's dying wish ( www.cbc.ca )

A man from Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Que., had an almost impossible final wish when he knew he was at the end of his life. The movie buff said he would like to see the film Dune: Part Two, which was set to be released on March 1, before he died....

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Douglas Rushkoff shared a story in his book Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires ...

When Douglas Rushkoff was invited to speak to a group of mega-rich tech elite at a private desert resort, he thought he'd come fully prepared.

He was wrong.

Rushkoff, an author, theorist and professor at the City University of New York, had been asked to present an address on "the future of technology".

For his services, Rushkoff was offered an exorbitant fee — about a third of his annual professor's salary — along with flights and a three-hour limo ride to the mystery location.

"[When I arrived], instead of bringing me out onto a stage, they brought these five guys into this green room where I was getting ready. And they said, 'this is it'," he tells ABC RN's The Drawing Room.

The small group was from the "upper echelon of the tech investing and hedge fund world" and at least two were billionaires.

Initially, Rushkoff was peppered with a few innocuous questions.

"They asked me all the typical questions that tech investors ask, like, 'what's better, Bitcoin or Ethereum? Virtual reality or augmented reality?'" he says.

But then the real conversation started. It became clear why Rushkoff had been summoned to the desert.

"How do I maintain authority over my security force after 'the event'?" one of the men asked.

The rest of the story is here.

US says Israel has agreed to the framework for a Gaza cease-fire. Hamas must now decide ( apnews.com )

International mediators have been working for weeks to broker a deal to pause the fighting before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins around March 10. A deal would likely allow aid to reach hundreds of thousands of desperate Palestinians in northern Gaza who aid officials worry are under threat of famine....

US says Israel has agreed to the framework for a Gaza cease-fire. Hamas must now decide ( apnews.com )

International mediators have been working for weeks to broker a deal to pause the fighting before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins around March 10. A deal would likely allow aid to reach hundreds of thousands of desperate Palestinians in northern Gaza who aid officials worry are under threat of famine....

Joe Biden’s disapproval rating reaches new high, according to new poll ( www.theguardian.com )

The survey found that just one in four voters (24%) think the country is moving in the right direction – a key question in the run-up to a national election – and more than twice as many voters said that Biden’s policies had personally hurt them than those who said they had helped....

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Here is an archive version of the NYT article.

Here is a link to the Sienna College/NYT poll.

Here is the link to the Bloomberg poll from last week (discussed in the Guardian article) that supports some of the Sienna/NYT poll's findings.

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Glad to help. :)

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Robert Ford, a former US ambassador to Algeria and Syria wrote on X that being forced to carry out airdrops on Gaza (instead of delivering supplies by truck) was “Israel’s worst humiliation of the USA I’ve ever seen”.

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Orchard expansion in Canada's wine country stirs fears a key wildlife corridor will be harmed ( apnews.com )

New cherry varieties and climate change in British Columbia’s interior have enabled the fruit to grow at higher than usual elevations. Soon, this grassland terrain surrounded by mountains of ponderosa pine will be full of rows of cherry trees along a sloping hill above this city of about 145,000....

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Leader of the Workers Party of Britain, George Galloway, said what I believe to be the best comment ever about his losing rivals.

"Keir Starmer and Rishi Sunak are two cheeks of the same backside and they both got well and truly spanked tonight here in Rochdale."

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A friend of mine got it from working at his dad's auto wrecking business. Started off with a tiny scratch on his finger and within a week ballooned into a 2 week hospital stay and a warning he might be sterile when it was all over (he wasn't).

Get vaxed for it.

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... it will take time and government investment for the supply chain to catch up.

So in other words it needs corporate welfare.

Out-of-control wildfires scorch Texas Panhandle, prompt shutdown of nuclear weapons facility ( apnews.com )

A series of wildfires swept across the Texas Panhandle early Wednesday, prompting evacuations, cutting off power to thousands, and forcing the shutdown of a nuclear weapons facility as strong winds, dry grass and unseasonably warm temperatures fed the blazes....

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For Facebook Canada's Sponsored Stories ads (that swiped names and portraits) the settlement works out to just over $11 per person. Ofc the lawyers are getting just over 33%.

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