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More On Irritainment

Via Greg Ellifritz comes this article on the effects of irritainment. It's five years old, but more valid than ever.  Bear Greg's advice in mind when reading it, though...This is a really good article. It will likely offend anyone who strongly identifies with either the far right or the far left on the political spectrum. Keep reading, even if you are offended. The article describes the difference between fear and anxiety and how large interest groups on both sides of the political aisle in...
Tags: Politics, Guns, Tam, Greg, Greg Ellifritz, Life In The Monkey House, Teh Intarw3bz, Spitting In The Wind

Wife of Rep. Mike Kelly may have used 'confidential information' she got via her husband to reap thousands in a stock, report says

US President Donald Trump greets Rep. Mike Kelly and his wife Victoria upon arrival at Erie International Airport in Erie, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2018. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images A congressional ethics watchdog says Rep. Mike Kelly's wife may have made an illegal stock purchase. A report found "substantial reason to believe" she used insider information for the purchase. Kelly previously violated the STOCK Act by not reporting a stock purchase on time, Insider reported. Ther...
Tags: Politics, Congress, US, Trends, Pennsylvania, Commerce, Ohio, Stocks, Associated Press, Victoria, Donald Trump, Stock, Trump, Kelly, Mike Kelly, ERIE Pennsylvania

Facebook executive says tech firms need stronger regulation

Vice-president of content policy believes government regulation can ‘establish standards all companies should meet’The tech industry “needs regulation” because it should not be left to make the rules on issues including harmful online content on its own, a Facebook executive has said.Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice-president of content policy, believes that “government regulation can establish standards all companies should meet”. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Social Media, UK News, Ofcom, Nadine Dorries, Monika Bickert Facebook

A GOP lawmaker in Oklahoma referred to Asian Americans as 'yellow' immediately after a presentation about racism

Oklahoma State Sen. David Rader called Asian Americans "yellow" after a presentation on the racial wealth gap. Oklahoma State Legislature A GOP lawmaker in Oklahoma referred to Asian Americans as "yellow" during a presentation on the racial wealth gap. "Well into your presentation did you go to yellow families?" state Sen. David Rader asked the presenter. The presenter, policy analyst Damion Shade, corrected Rader on his use of the term, which has historically been used as a slur. A GOP ...
Tags: Politics, News, Senate, US, Trends, Gop, Npr, Oklahoma, Black, KFOR, Rader, Oklahoma Senate, Sarah Kim, Oklahoma Democratic Party, Asian Americans, Oklahoma Policy Institute

Michael Gove ‘open’ to keeping Grenfell Tower as a memorial

Housing secretary’s intervention follows speculation that the building would be demolished because of structural fearsMichael Gove has signalled he will explore “retention” options to preserve Grenfell Tower as a memorial to the 72 people killed in the 2017 fire, a move that has been welcomed by relatives of the dead.The new housing secretary’s intervention, weeks into his latest post, follows speculation that Grenfell would be demolished because of safety concerns. It is understood his predeces...
Tags: Politics, London, Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, Michael Gove, Grenfell, Grenfell Tower, Grenfell Tower fire, Robert Jenrick

UK ‘will not cave in over role of European court in NI protocol’

Government sources say talks with EU ‘constructive’ but ‘we are still far apart on big issues’ The UK government has described talks with the EU over the Northern Ireland Brexit protocol as “constructive” but insisted it was not about to cave in on its demands that the role of the European court of justice be scrapped.Government sources dampened hopes of a breakthrough, saying the two sides were still “far apart on the big issues”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, Northern Ireland, Brexit, Trade Policy, Northern Ireland Brexit

Wisconsin nonpartisan audit concludes that elections in the state were 'largely safe and secure' in 2020

Workers count Milwaukee County ballots on Election Day at Central Count in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 3, 2020. AP Photo/Morry Gash A nonpartisan Wisconsin audit showed state elections to be "largely safe and secure." Former President Trump has called for an election audit in the state, despite no evidence of fraud. President Biden defeated Trump in Wisconsin by roughly 20,000 votes in the closely-contested state. A nonpartisan audit of the 2020 presidential results in Wisconsin rele...
Tags: Politics, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, Wisconsin, Republican Party, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, The Associated Press, Milwaukee Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, Legislative Audit Bureau, Audit Bureau, Tony Evers, Ben Wikler

Trump has 'still not forgiven' Kevin McCarthy for suggesting his censure after the January 6 riot, report says

President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) step off Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., after returning from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on May 30, 2020. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Trump still views McCarthy warily months after leaving office, The Washington Post reported. He has "still not forgiven" the GOP lawmaker for floating a censure resolution after January 6, per the report. The two Republicans have tried to forge a continued partnership to boo...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Congress, California, Washington Post, Washington, White House, Trends, Gop, House, Ohio, Fox News, Michigan, Republican Party, Donald Trump, The Washington Post

Trump is 'hungry' to go head-to-head against Biden for president and can only be stopped by a 'prison sentence': former advisor

Left: Joe Biden; right: Donald Trump Getty Donald Trump is "hungry" to announce a 2024 presidential campaign, a former advisor said on CNN. Political commentator David Gergen said his interest in running jumps when he sees Biden in trouble. Republican voters show strong support for Trump as a potential presidential candidate in 2024. Donald Trump is gunning hard for the presidency, a former advisor said Friday on CNN. Advisors close to Trump for months have said the former president is con...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Washington Post, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Cnn, Afghanistan, Taliban, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Quinnipiac University, Potus, Gergen

Reforming Lawson or austerity Osborne: how will Sunak’s budget go?

A chancellor bent on trimming the deficit will face opposition from MPs, business and more this weekFor the past 20 months Rishi Sunak has been fighting to limit the economic damage from Covid-19. This week marks the chancellor’s first real opportunity to set out proposals for the rest of the parliament, and demonstrate to backbench Tory MPs that the Treasury’s tax and spending plans support the ambitions of his neighbour in No 10.There is a danger for Sunak that many of his supporters will turn...
Tags: Business, Politics, Economics, George Osborne, Austerity, Economic policy, Economic recovery, Treasury, Boris Johnson, Osborne, Liz Truss, Lawson, Rishi Sunak, Sunak, Autumn budget 2021

Christmas bin collections in UK at risk as lorry drivers quit

Local councils face a shortage of refuse collectors who can earn tens of thousands more driving for supermarkets or food hauliers Households are being warned of a “Christmas crisis” in bin collections as drivers quit their jobs for better pay working for supermarkets and food hauliers.Bin lorry drivers are being offered pay deals worth as much as £40,000 a year to switch to jobs in the food industry. One council in Lancashire said last week it had lost almost half of its drivers in the last thre...
Tags: Politics, UK, UK News, Ethical and green living, Local Government, Recycling, Road transport, Waste, Lancashire, Supply Chain Crisis

The newly-appointed Texas secretary of state briefly worked with Trump to challenge the 2020 election results in Pennsylvania

The Texas State Capitol in Austin. Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott appointed Fort Worth attorney John Scott to oversee the state's elections. Scott briefly sought to help Trump overturn the 2020 presidential results in Pennsylvania. The attorney withdrew from the case a day before its scheduled hearing last November. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday appointed a secretary of state who briefly worked with former President Donald Trump to challenge the 2020 election re...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Congress, Trends, Pennsylvania, Gop, Washington Dc, US Senate, John, Biden, Donald Trump, Fort Worth, Abbott, Trump, Greg Abbott, State

White House delays release of JFK assassination records, citing COVID-19 pandemic

President John F. Kennedy speaks at a press conference August 1, 1963. National Archive/Getty Images The White House has delayed a planned release of classified documents about JFK's assassination. In a memo President Biden said that the pandemic had hampered the process of reviewing possible redactions. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, and his death has sparked numerous conspiracy theories. The White House said it would again delay the release of long-classified doc...
Tags: Politics, White House, Trends, UK News, Joe Biden, Fbi, Mexico City, Dallas, John F Kennedy, Cia, Jfk, Biden, Donald Trump, Martin Luther King Jr, Lee Harvey Oswald, National Archives and Records Administration

Donald Trump attacks 'lowlife' Meghan McCain after she recalled a 'weird' midnight phone call from him and described Ivanka as a 'funeral crasher'

Former President Donald Trump has described Meghan McCain as a "low-life" and a "bully." Getty Images Former President Donald Trump has described Meghan McCain as a "lowlife" and a "bully." The attack follows McCain calling Ivanka Trump a "funeral crasher" in her new book and a subsequent TV interview. McCain also recalled a "weird" phone call with the former president and Melania Trump while her father was ill. Former President Donald Trump has described television personality Meghan McCa...
Tags: Politics, News, Trends, Bravo, News UK, John Mccain, Donald Trump, Andy Cohen, Trump, Melania Trump, McCain, Newsweek, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump, Arizona Sen John McCain, Melania

Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Glenn Youngkin accused of anti-Semitism after saying George Soros plants 'political operatives' on school boards

Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks to members of the press after casting an early ballot September 23, 2021 in Fairfax, Virginia. Win McNamee/Getty Images Glenn Youngkin said Jewish billionaire George Soros was planting "political operatives" on school boards. The GOP Virginia gubernatorial candidate has been accused of anti-Semitism by some Democrats. A spokesman for Youngkin said the accusations were "ridiculous partisan nonsense." Virginia gubernatorial candidate ...
Tags: Politics, Washington Post, Virginia, America, Trends, UK News, Gop, Anti-semitism, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Terry McAuliffe, George Soros, Soros, Fairfax Virginia, Loudon county, Virginia Democrats

‘We’ve been caught half-dressed’: ambivalent Glasgow awaits Cop26

Ambivalence, industrial disputes and other issues are complicating city’s build-up to the climate conferenceDiwali candles in pretty terracotta pots are stacked around the counter at Suresh & Sons grocer in Finnieston, the Glasgow district that borders the UN-managed “blue zone” of the Scottish Event Campus. Next weekend more than 30,000 delegates from 196 countries will converge on the area for the crucial two-week Cop26 climate conference.Four days into the event is the Hindu festival of light...
Tags: Politics, Scotland, Environment, UK News, Local Government, Un, Glasgow, Scottish politics, Climate Crisis, Finnieston, Cop26, Suresh Sons, Leena Kumar

Donald Trump's social network broke software rules and has 30 days to comply before access is terminated or the platform is sued, report says

Former President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he will be launching TRUTH Social, his own social network, in the first quarter of 2022. Paul J. Richards/ AFP via Getty Images; Screengrab/ TRUTH Social App Store Truth Social has ripped off code and violated a software licensing agreement, the Software Freedom Conservancy said. Former President Donald Trump's social network has 30 days to comply with the agreement, the nonprofit said. If Truth Social doesn't comply, it cou...
Tags: Politics, Technology, News, Media, Trends, Social Media, Code, News UK, Gizmodo, Donald Trump, Trump, Mastodon, Mike Pence, Software Freedom Conservancy, Paul J Richards, Rochko

A Nevada man said a ballot cast in his dead wife's name 'lent some credence' to voter fraud claims. Now officials say he's the one who did it.

Steven White/iStock/Getty Images Plus Donald Kirk Hartle of Las Vegas was charged with two counts of voter fraud in the 2020 election. Hartle voted twice, including with the mail-in ballot issued to his dead wife, officials said. Hartle previously said the ballot cast in his wife's name gave credibility to voter fraud claims. Donald Kirk Hartle of Las Vegas, Nevada, has been charged with two counts of voter fraud related to the 2020 general election, the office of Nevada Attorney Gene...
Tags: Politics, Trends, Gop, Ford, Associated Press, Las Vegas, Nevada, Las Vegas Nevada, Steven White, Rosemarie, Hartle, KLAS, Voter Fraud, 2020 Election, David Chesnoff, Aaron D Ford

Rishi Sunak to announce £500m package for families

Chancellor to unveil details in budget but Labour describes plan as ‘smokescreen for the Conservatives’ failure to deliver for families’Hundreds of thousands of families are to receive extra support as part of a £500m package from the government.The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will announce a range of investments to give children the “best possible start in life” during Wednesday’s budget and spending review. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Budget, Children, Society, UK News, Public sector cuts, Public services policy, Labour, Rishi Sunak, Autumn budget 2021, Spending review 2021

Cop26 climate deal will be harder than Paris accord, admits Sharma

Summit president says 2015 global emissions agreement a ‘framework’ but rules were left for future talksAchieving a global climate deal in Glasgow in the next three weeks will be harder than signing the Paris agreement of 2015, the UK president-designate of the Cop26 talks has said.Alok Sharma, the cabinet minister in charge of the UK-hosted talks, just over a week away, said the task would be to get nearly 200 countries to implement stringent cuts to their greenhouse gas emissions, in line with...
Tags: Politics, UK, Environment, UK News, Paris, Glasgow, Sharma, Alok Sharma, Cop26

Mkhize throws the book at the Special Investigating Unit

It’s a long shot at political redemption for the former health minister and, more pressingly, a bid to avert criminal charges The post Mkhize throws the book at the Special Investigating Unit appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Politics, South Africa, Department Of Health, ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, Siu, Main, Top Six, Special Investigating Unit, Andy Mothibi, Zweli Mkhize, Mkhize, Kaizer Kganyago, Ralph Mathekga, Popo Maja, Anban Pillay

An Illinois school board member said she resigned after finding 4 dead rodents in front of her home: 'I was afraid on a day-to-day basis'

A photo of Carolyn Waibel's AC unit after she said harassers tampered with it next to a picture of one of the dead rodents left in her driveway. Carolyn Waibel. An Illinois school board member resigned this month following months of "unrelenting harassment." Carolyn Waibel told Insider someone trespassed on her property and vandalized her home. She believes her aversion to extremism made her a target among angry community members. When the vitriolic emails began arriving in her inbox...
Tags: Politics, News, Masks, Trends, Hitler, Illinois, Ac, Daily Herald, School Board, Waibel, Erin Snodgrass, School Board Meeting, Carolyn Waibel, St Charles School Board, Fox Valley Illinois, St Charles Police Department

Judge Blocks Trump-Era Rule That Limits States’ Ability To Review Federally-Approved Water Projects

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge has vacated a Trump-era rule that limited states’ ability to review federally-permitted water projects. When the federal government OKs a permit for a project that will discharge into navigable waters, state governments have the right to review the project to make sure it complies with state laws. States can approve, modify or deny the permit. Former Republican President Donald Trump’s administration issued new rules that limited states’ ability to review these ...
Tags: Politics, New York, California, Joe Biden, Ap, Epa, Donald Trump, Trump, U S Environmental Protection Agency, Sacramento Calif, California Washington, William Alsup, Rob Bonta, President Donald Trump, Water Projects

Trump Coup Lawyer John Eastman Calls Himself ‘White Knight Hero’ In Spectacular Interview

Not all heroes wear capes. Not everyone who capes is a hero.
Tags: Politics, Law, Government, Elizabeth Dye, Election Law, John Eastman

Putin rails against cancel culture and suggests teaching gender fluidity to kids is a 'crime against humanity'

Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Valdai Discussion Club's plenary meeting on October 21,2021, in Sochi, Russia. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Putin on Thursday slammed cancel culture and supporters of transgender rights. The Russian president suggested that teaching gender fluidity to kids is a "crime against humanity." Putin has been condemned worldwide over his anti-LGBTQ policies and rhetoric. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday took aim at "cancel culture" and su...
Tags: Politics, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, Time, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Cameroon, Un, Fox News, Lgbtq, Kremlin

A new whistleblower reportedly claimed Facebook exempted right-wing outlet Breitbart from certain rules because it didn't want to 'start a fight with Steve Bannon'

Then-President Donald Trump and Steve Bannon. Getty Facebook "whitelisted" Breitbart to avoid angering Republicans, a new whistleblower told The Washington Post. When an employee questioned the move, an exec reportedly said "do you want to start a fight with Steve Bannon?" Facebook has long been ensnared in a political war over how it moderates users and content. Another whistleblower has come forward with claims against Facebook, according to The Washington Post. The anonymous former empl...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Politics, News, Washington Post, Trends, Social Media, SEC, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Breitbart News, Wall Street Journal, Whistleblowers, Journal, Trump, Tech Companies

Eastern Cape premier Mabuyane lives large amid province’s poverty

Oscar Mabuyane and MEC Babalo Madikizela allegedly used a portion of state funds for struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s commemoration for their own benefit The post Eastern Cape premier Mabuyane lives large amid province’s poverty appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Politics, South Africa, Eastern Cape, Mec, ANC, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Statistics South Africa, Main, Top Six, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, Public Protector, Oscar Mabuyane, Mabuyane, Babalo Madikizela, Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality

Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted for funneling foreign money into US campaigns

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 03: Lev Parnas (C) arrives to federal court with his wife Svetlana Parnas (R) for a hearing on February 3, 2020 in New York City. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images Giuliani associate Lev Parnas was convicted on 6 campaign finance-related charges after a high-profile trial. His co-defendant, Andrey Kukushkin, was also found guilty of the two charges against him. Both men were accused of illegally funneling a Russian businessman's money into US campaigns. Lev Par...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, New York City, US, Trends, C, Cnn, Manhattan, Giuliani, Rudy Giuliani, Federal Election Commission, R, Kukushkin, David Correia, Parnas

Texas And Florida Beat California In Job Gains As Hiring Slowed In September

SACRAMENTO (AP/CBS13) – In California, new coronavirus cases are at their lowest point since the start of the pandemic, schools have fully reopened and the more generous unemployment benefits from the federal government have expired – all signs of what should have been a robust economic recovery in September. Instead, California is now tied with Nevada for the highest unemployment rate in the country at 7.5% after adding just 47,400 new jobs last month. That number would have been considered hug...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Texas, Jobs, News, Nbc, California, Sacramento, Ap, Nevada, Chuck Todd, Loyola Marymount University, U S Bureau of Labor Statistics, Newsom, Duane Morris, California Employment Development Department

Is Twitter’s Algorithm Actually Biased in Favor of Right-Leaning Content?

Despite a constant stream of rhetoric asserting otherwise, a new study conducted by Twitter found that right-leaning news outlets see greater algorithmic amplification on its platform compared with left-leaning news outlets, and tweets posted by accounts from the political right receive more algorithmic amplification than the political left when studied as a group. The social...
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