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Man Tied To Va. GOP Arrested In Voter Form Destruction

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A Pennsylvania man employed by a company working for the Republican Party of Virginia was arrested by investigators from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s office on Thursday and charged with destroying voter registration forms.

 

Always glad to see the GOP doing its best to destroy democracy. What a bunch. Do you really want to vote for any of them?

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Iran and Iraq sign accord to boost military cooperation

Iran and Iraq sign accord to boost military cooperation | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military cooperation and the fight against "terrorism and extremism", Iranian media reported, an accord which is likely to raise concerns in Washington.
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The King of Jordan tried to warn Dick Cheney that taking down Saddam would result in strengthening Iran, but Cheney and the neocons figured they knew better. With the invasion of Iraq, George W. Bush's administration made it way to the bottom of the judgment barrel of history right along with LBJ's escalation of the war in Vietnam and Reagan's fiasco in Nicaragua. Then too we had Somalia under George H. Bush (yes, he also helped create the mess and straighten it out for the first Gulf War) and Libya under Obama. Lots of stupid prizes to go around.  And, for Bush, Obama, and Trump we have Afghanistan. 

Might I suggest that one great advantage of Mr. Trump's presidency is that none of the other countries of the world want much to do with him, which means we might have fewer great crusades coming out of the Pentagon and the espionage community. It would be nice to see them cut down, but of course, the purchasing of weapons won't be decreased; how else would the big guys make their money?

Perhaps a POTUS from a third party might actually be interested in giving peace a chance.
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A Conversation with Maggie Haberman, Trump’s Favorite Foe

A Conversation with Maggie Haberman, Trump’s Favorite Foe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
David Remnick speaks to Maggie Haberman, the New York Times White House correspondent, about Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, attacks on the media, and more.
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In had three take-aways from this article. First, Donald Trump probably wants things to be better for the American people. Second, Donald Trump doesn't have the personal discipline or other characteristics that would make a successful POTUS or other administrator. Third, there is chaos in the White House which only feeds the sense of resentment and victimization that seems to characterize so many of the people there. Now, is this an accurate picture? Woes Maggie Haberman know as much as she claims? That I cannot say. 

What I do know is that the mainstream press doesn't like Trump, but that doesn't mean they aren't right about him. I also know that this is a White House that is failing to lead, and that is bad for America. We need balance among the three branches of government, and that balance is teetering. 
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Alabama lawyers say a 12-year-old rape victim shouldn’t be allowed to have an abortion

Alabama lawyers say a 12-year-old rape victim shouldn’t be allowed to have an abortion | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Conservative attorneys argue that the 12-year-old is not "mature enough" to make a decision about life and death
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Some stories just disgust me. Here's one of them. These two "conservative attorneys" should rot in hell. They would in effect rape this child a second time by taking away her right to make this decision about her own life and body. There is something sick about those who would save the unborn child but have so little regard for the child who is already living. 
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Trump said he left his seat at G-20 dinner because the Japanese first lady spoke no English. She's pretty fluent

Trump said he left his seat at G-20 dinner because the Japanese first lady spoke no English. She's pretty fluent | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Mystery over Trump's dinnertime Putin encounter deepens with his claim about Japanese first lady's English.
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More from the bizarro world that is Trump: He didn't talk with Putin during dinner then he did. Then he did it because the woman he was seated next to didn't speak English; now it turns out she does quite well. And of what did they speak? Adoption, the same subject that Donald Jr. tried to hide behind. But we know that he and Macron do have a strange thing going with their hands, maybe there's a new secret ganging town, one with its own special handshake. 

So, back in reality, do we continue to trust this man? I just met another person who had business dealings with him. "Of course, I never go paid," was her comment. America, we are in trouble but it is full-out funny to watch. 
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World Heritage Coral Reefs Likely To Disappear By 2100

World Heritage Coral Reefs Likely To Disappear By 2100 | Upsetment | Scoop.it
During my six years with UNESCO’s World Heritage Marine Programme, I have had the privilege of visiting some of the world’s most beloved ocean places
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Sweltering through one of the most brutal summers we've had since we moved to Arizona, it's easy for me to empathize with those billions of little creatures that make up the coral reefs. Reality is that the situation is getting worse and that the polar ice caps that help regulate temperatures of the sea and then of the planet are getting every smaller as the earth absorbs energy. Well, as the Mayfly says to his missus, "It's been short, but it's been fun." Maybe it's time for humans to simply die off and let the Earth regenerate for a few million years. 

While your waiting to melt, why not enjoy a good book? No better way to stay cool. Since we're all crazy or we'd take better care of our planet, I suggest Memoirs From the Asylum for you next read. 
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Trump Threatens Sen. Dean Heller at Lunch, May Have Found Trumpcare Patsy

Trump Threatens Sen. Dean Heller at Lunch, May Have Found Trumpcare Patsy | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This is the president of the United States threatening his party’s most vulnerable senator up for re-election in 2018 with the loss of his job.
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Did we really need a bully-in-chief? I have the feeling that the Democrats are wishing the mid-term election were tomorrow as the GOP has Mr. Trump clearly trying to shoot them in the foot instead of dealing with his own ineptitude. America deserves more. 
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House Republicans unveil budget blueprint that boosts military spending and favors Medicare cuts

House Republicans unveil budget blueprint that boosts military spending and favors Medicare cuts | Upsetment | Scoop.it
House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a 10-year budget blueprint that would dramatically increase military spending while putting the GOP on record favoring Medicare cuts
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Once again the GOP in the House adds smoke to the process that is government. There are three ways to balance the budget that can work politically and socially. One is to cut military and espionage spending and perhaps some cuts in the crazy wars on drugs and terror. Another is to raise taxes on the wealthy. The third is to grow the economy, which could be done by working on infrastructure and supporting research but not by tax cuts. Instead, they make believe that they are going to cut the programs that shouldn't and won't in reality be cut, those that are necessary to keep the large numbers of us at least minimally accepting of the government in order to make their own far-right fringe happy. This is not government but slight-of-hand. Can we get some real leadership in Washington? I doubt it. 
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Trump pushes ‘Made in America’ as White House defends Trump companies making products overseas

Trump pushes ‘Made in America’ as White House defends Trump companies making products overseas | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Trump wants products made in America — except his own, apparently.
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To be fair, the role of companies is to maximize profits. That's why there has to be a government that sets policies that will make it more profitable for those companies to do what is in the social interest, in this case to create jobs in America. From tax policies, setting import criteria, offering inducements, and supporting research in manufacturing: there are many things the government can do to bring jobs back to these shores. 

If Mr. Trump were smart, he would say the obvious, "Trump products, including my daughter's, should ideally be made in America. The goal of my presidency is to create the economic conditions that will bring those jobs back to our shores while making sure that the workers who hold those jobs can afford a decent, American lifestyle. Alternatively, we have to create jobs that will sell even more products to the rest of the world so that our balance of trade is better and so that our work force can have the best possible employment." 

Sadly, he cannot say that because he really doesn't get the purpose of government and because, well I hate to say it, he isn't that bright. Also, he really isn't interested in the average working person. He may talk jobs, but he really thinks about capital and land. He's an opportunist and a speculator, not a maker of things. While "Times to Try the Soul of Man" is not about him, he was doing similar things in the Upper West Side of Manhattan when the real events that inform my novel were unfolding in Alphabet City. Check out the trailer:
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China is telling India to accept changing realities

China is telling India to accept changing realities | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As technology kills the distance between the two Asian giants, the current Himalayan standoff is Beijing’s way of warning New Delhi not to trample too egregiously on China’s interests, o
Kenneth Weene's insight:
China sees India more as a block to her designs in Africa than a direct threat. Other than the Tibetan plateau, they really have little real conflict. The northeast portion of India, which juts through a small pass, is mostly composed of impoverished tribes. While they are as Chinese in ancestry as they are Indian, I doubt that Beijing really wants to take on the responsibility for their futures. And the small countries of the Himalayas are also not part of historic China and therefore are of little real interest to Beijing. They really don't need to control the climbing rights to Mount Everest or the market in yak dung. The big goal for China is quite simply to bypass India and to make sure that Delhi is never a threat in Tibet or anywhere else and to make sure that passage through the Indian Ocean is under Chinese control. With that comes domination over Western Africa and access to much needed raw materials.

One part of Beijing's plan has been closer ties with Pakistan. Of course, this has its own perils, especially as the militant Muslims of that country reach out to their co-religionists in China. And, lord only knows what mischief Islamabad might wreak be it in Kashmir or perhaps in some exporting of terrorism to countries of Central Asia that lie to China's west. With threats from both China and Pakistan, India has little choice but to bind more closely with America and our central ally in the region, Japan. I'm sure that treaties with Australia and New Zealand will soon be added as Delhi looks for ways to feel secure so close to the Giant Panda.  
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In South Sudan, preparing young generation for young country's future

In South Sudan, preparing young generation for young country's future | Upsetment | Scoop.it
South Sudan became an independent nation only in 2011, but civil war broke out in 2013. One of NGOs' chief challenges is healing children's scars and educational deficits, whose affects may be felt for decades.
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What a sad commentary on our world and our species articles like this are. Should we not be doing more to help people and less to kill and maim them? Should the adults of South Sudan not be providing not just homes but preparation for life for these young survivors? How can we help them. Recently, I co-authored a memoir by on of the "Lost Boys of South Sudan." We are still looking for a publisher. Meanwhile, his story might help us to better understand what is needed by these youngsters. 

Want to learn a bit about that memoir? Here's a trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXT7FRHInZg&t=10s
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With Possible New Sanctions, White House Gets Serious on China’s North Korea Ties

With Possible New Sanctions, White House Gets Serious on China’s North Korea Ties | Upsetment | Scoop.it
With Possible New Sanctions, White House Gets Serious on China’s North Korea Ties « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
Kenneth Weene's insight:
The Trump administration is certainly willing to push on China about North Korea. Mr. Trump also seems to understand that this is not a simple issue for Beijing. Obviously, the US can try for stronger sanctions, for example pushing back against Chinese goods by imposing better health and safety inspections before allowing them into this country. Given the recent change in rules governing cooked chicken, that would be something most of us would want to see anyway. At another level, we need to assure China that we don't want a regime change in North Korea just a change in leadership. Neither our friends in Seoul or our frenemies in Beijing want chaos in North Korea; and given the weapons at its army's disposal, neither should anyone else. 

Speaking of weapons, there's the real issue. North Korea is a weapons producer and seller, just like we are. They are the surrogates for Russian and Chinese weapons sales to much of the world, especially to those regimes and movements that everybody considers pariahs. Russia has been providing Kim with technology and China has been supplying his regime with materials. Let's be honest, as long as selling guns is big business for the world, there will be a place for a rogue state ready to sell bombs and missiles. Perhaps, the real solution would be to find a way to integrate Pyongyang into the world economy. Clearly, they have technical skills and could compete. Can we get China (and Russia) to agree to a surgical change in this country of  25 million, of whom only a small proportion are able to live well? 

Is anybody in Washington trying to move in that direction? And, if they are, can Kim be removed with a quick action, probably from Beijing? Here's the stuff of a good action novel. 
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Iran to US: Worry about your own domestic problems

Iran to US: Worry about your own domestic problems | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Iranian officials have criticized US Secretary of Defense James Mattis for accusing Iran of causing instability in the region and saying regime change in Tehran will have to precede renewed ties with the United States.
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If the US rejects the Iran nuclear agreement, my guess is that Russia and Europe will ignore us and continue to improve relations with Tehran. If we continue to call for regime change, that will clearly mark us as a stupid empire, since we tried that one once and it brought misery to the Iranian people and then the current regime and its antipathy towards us. Fairly quickly and surely, the current administration is proving that it knows nothing of international relationships and rules. But, at least, Mr. Trump enjoys a good parade---albeit at the expense of the American taxpayers. 
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The $10 Lifetime National Park Pass for Seniors Is About to Get a Lot More Expensive

The $10 Lifetime National Park Pass for Seniors Is About to Get a Lot More Expensive | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The National Park Service announced its lifetime senior park pass will increase from $10 to $80 in August
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We had one, but it was lost in an accident so we got another. One of the great deals for older Americans. I hate to see the price go up, but can understand the need. Still an 800% increase seems a bit excessive. Sadly, the government is no longer about serving the people. Too busy protecting and serving the rich. At any rate, do take time to see the wonderful national parks and other sites. 
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Clinton Donors Have Picked Their 2020 Democratic POTUS Nominee: Sen Kamala Harris

Clinton Donors Have Picked Their 2020 Democratic POTUS Nominee: Sen Kamala Harris | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Since Hillary Clinton’s unexpected loss to Donald Trump, her donors have strategized with Democratic leadership about how to revive the failing party.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
While this article goes on to question Harris's failure as a US Attorney to prosecute cases that involved her own donors, that is really secondary to my concern. What is wrong with these people that having had such an internal battle with Bernie and having lost to Trump that they still think they should be picking the party's candidate behind closed doors? You would think that with three years to go before they need a nominee that they would be encourage openness and discussion rather than plotting. We really do need a new party in America, one that represents the people. My fear is that as unrest gains momentum and economic inequality grows that a party based on anger and false-populism will emerge. We have already seen the sprouts of that kind of negative, destructive thinking during the last few years, and I am concerned where it can lead us. 

Will a new leadership emerge? It is time for a rebirthing of America and we need re-founding fathers and mothers to move us into the next era of greatness. 
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Trump Administration Brings al-Qaeda Suspect to the U.S. to Face Civilian Court

Trump Administration Brings al-Qaeda Suspect to the U.S. to Face Civilian Court | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An al-Qaeda suspect linked to a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist has been brought to Philadelphia from Spain to face terrorism charges.
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Interesting that the Trump administration manages to do some things right in the midst of their raging. I'm not sure how America has jurisdiction over this case, but if we do, it certainly is appropriate to use our legal system rather than the black ops approach of Guantanamo. That was what Mr. Obama told us over eight years ago and I thought him right and I still do. If we let our courts work, they can do a better job of dealing with terrorists whom we have caught than the military-espionage gang who have brought us water-boarding and disrepute. 
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Worst Drought Since 2001 Hits North Korea's Food Supplies

Worst Drought Since 2001 Hits North Korea's Food Supplies | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The worst North Korean drought since 2001 has severely damaged staple crop production and could lead to serious food shortages
Kenneth Weene's insight:
We know that not providing food aid to North Korea will not directly effect the diets of Kim or his coterie of close supporters. Presumably, the tech workers and military, too, will be fed even if Pyongyang has to use precious foreign currency to buy the necessary food from China. Probably those who will die will be those who already know that the Kim government is unworthy. Still, the elites and military will assuredly see that suffering and death taking place and it will cause them to question. 

So what do we and our allies do? Alleviate such human suffering or allow it to happen in the hope that it will weaken the wall that Kim has built around his nation? 

Personally, I would agree to providing the food aid but with two conditions: 1) It must be delivered to North Korean ports or via the demilitarized zone by American or South Korean ships, trucks, etc. 2) The actual distribution must be done by NGOs that have an international reputation not by the government in Pyongyang. 

And, I would not allow any propaganda to be distributed with the food, not by either side or any religion or cause. 

Would Pyongyang agree to those terms? I don't know, but they would be the ones I would impose. Obviously, I would prefer that the people of North Korea not suffer, but I certainly don't think we should be saving them while Kim paints us as the evil enemy or while China masquerades as the honest go-between. 
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Texas Republican factions battle each other in latest “bathroom bill” fracas

Texas Republican factions battle each other in latest “bathroom bill” fracas | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Pro-business Joe Straus and religious right fanatic Dan Patrick face off in a Texas legislature special session
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As a shrink, I really want to know what's going on inside the head of Texas Lieutenant Governor and fanatic Dan Patrick. My best guess, just as with the anti-homosexual nuts of the past, that he's got some serious issues about his own sexual identity. Perhaps, his great terror an attraction to transvestite prostitutes. Yes, I know that most transvestites are not transexual in their identities, but does he? I wonder if he'd know the difference anyway.

Speaking of transvestites and sex, have you read Tales From the Dew Drop Inne? Yeah, it's in there along with other great stuff set in that local bar. https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Drop-Inne-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B0070FZBQQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
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Trump criticizes Sessions and vents frustration at Russia investigation and leaders of the Justice Department and FBI

Trump criticizes Sessions and vents frustration at Russia investigation and leaders of the Justice Department and FBI | Upsetment | Scoop.it
President Trump expressed regret for hiring Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, saying it was "very unfair" that he recused himself from th
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Sadly, the American people have elected a POTUS who doesn't get it. The Presidency is about upholding and serving the law not about self. While I think Sessions was a horrid appointment, he serves a draconian notion of justice, he at least understands that we do not elect a king to be served or an autocrat to be lord over us. 

The entire Washington scene is beginning to turn into a horror story. I've begun to liken this POTUS to Bela the clown. Don't know Bela? Meet him in Two Tales of Terror. https://www.amazon.com/Two-Tales-Terror-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00FHZIKE6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
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Miami boy's overdose death shows a powerful opioid's chilling potential

Miami boy's overdose death shows a powerful opioid's chilling potential | Upsetment | Scoop.it
"We need to solve this case ... I believe this may be the youngest victim of this scourge in our community."
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While Mr. Trump worries about bags of drugs thrown over his proposed wall and hitting people in the head and his Attorney General insists we have to fight marijuana, the really dangerous drugs are coming from our pharmaceutical industry. Why aren't we allocating the necessary money to fight opioid abuse and force drug companies to be more careful in distributing their products? Well, guess which way yields more money, jobs, and opportunities to imprison people? Nah, nothing wrong in America folks, all fake news. Argh.

Just how corrupt is the system? Well, you really should read Times to Try the Soul of Man. Here's the trailer:
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Justine Damond's fiance 'heartbroken' over police shooting - BBC News

Justine Damond's fiance 'heartbroken' over police shooting - BBC News | Upsetment | Scoop.it

Australian Justine Damond was shot dead by a US police officer she called to report a disturbance. At least this time the skin color issue is reversed, an officer of color and a victim who was white. 

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One of the first things I noticed in the reports of this tragedy is the absence of mention of race. The victim of the police shooting was white and the officer a man of color. Does that matter? In some ways not, but in some very much so. What we see here is that it has become blue versus us. Cops, as much as they may reflect racial bigotry within the station house, see themselves as one blue, "On the Job" family and the rest of us as the people they have to control. While there are moments when police can be very concerned about the average citizenry, in the end "protect and serve" has been replaced with "control and fear". What this officer feared from the woman in her pajamas who came to the window of his car, we cannot know. After all, he had been sent out to investigate a possible instance of sexual violence. I'm sure his lawyer will tell us a "plausible" story. In the meantime, a caring woman who wanted to help died at the muzzle of his gun. Are you disturbed yet by the wave of police violence? I sure am. 

By the way, did you know that the captain of the precinct in which Jose's wife lived, the one who was responsible for "investigating" Jose's murder, went on to become an international expert in security. Funny how he went from that precinct in the far reaches of Queens to such a great job. Could that be connected to the murder? Read the book in figure that out for yourself. Times to Try the Soul of Man. 
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U.S. Secret Service rejects suggestion it vetted Trump son's meeting

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The U.S. Secret Service on Sunday denied a suggestion from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer that it had vetted a meeting between the president's son and Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign.
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Of course it is the job of lawyers to mislead and use innuendo to defend their clients, but when the lawyers of the president decide to cast doubt on the Secret Service, then they had damn well better be right. In this case, the lawyers didn't even have the most basic fact correct. 

First fact, the meeting took place. You can argue it was okay; but I think the vast numbers of Americans think it wasn't. 

Second fact, Donald Trump Jr. and the other participants should have reported the meeting on the proper forms and they didn't. Some may think that is not a big deal, and others may want to make a bigger deal of it than it was. The way the facts came out in drips and drabs was incredibly stupid and destructive, and that is perhaps more to the point than any questions of treason. Was it against the law? Well, that I leave to the courts and congress.

Third fact, at the time Trump Jr. was not under Secret Service protection, so they would not have vetted the meeting. Also, if they had vetted it, they would be doing so only to make sure that their protectee was safe not to make sure that what he was doing was legal. There is a line between say stopping the children of a POTUS from holding up banks or dealing hard drugs and intervening in their normal decisions, such as having business meetings. In this case, however, they weren't involved at all. 

Fourth fact, and this is the biggie, the Trump administration and its lawyers are beginning to look incredibly incompetent and dishonest. Instead of coming clean, they just keep making the situation worse. That troubles me. Stupidity is one thing but obstinate stupidity is another. 

Of course, power is a corrupting influence. That's one of the messages of my novel Times to Try the Soul of Man, which you can find at https://www.amazon.com/Times-Try-Soul-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00VYSQ1VO/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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Globe Spotlight report: A four-star case of failure at Manchester VA - The Boston Globe

Globe Spotlight report: A four-star case of failure at Manchester VA - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it

The only hospital for military veterans in New Hampshire has become ground zero for an extraordinary rebellion led by doctors who say care for their patients is deteriorating fast. That doctor, pictured here, is William "Ed" Kois, and he is a true American hero.

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I hope you share my horror at this story of the mistreatment of our veterans. There is something clearly wrong in Manchester, but it is also wrong here in Phoenix and probably all over the country. As I read the article, clearly the problem is not simply administrative and budgeting but also that patient care in the VA has been taken out of the hands of the patient and their individual caring physician and placed in the robotic processes of a bureaucracy in which moving records is more important than actual care; and that includes the fiasco of outsourcing, which just means that somebody else is given the record to move about. 

Of course, were we to use a single payer system, then these veterans would be better served in the general medical arena and the VA would only be concerned with the care of those returning from battle in need of treatment. 

Meanwhile, I hope that stories like this in the Boston Globe keep reminding us that our veterans deserve care and that we have to do better than creating fly-ridden, decaying pits into which to push them.
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Uh Oh: O'Care Repeal Bill Counts The Same Pot Of Money Multiple Times

Uh Oh: O'Care Repeal Bill Counts The Same Pot Of Money Multiple Times | Upsetment | Scoop.it
GOP leaders unveiled the Senate’s revised health care bill on Thursday, and the updated legislation included a version of a controversial amendment drafte
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Lots of people complain about the new math, but I wonder if they catch this political math. At least Susan Collins, a GOP senator whom I admire—of course she comes from Maine, which helps—not only caught it but told the rest of us. Does anybody believe that the Republicans have come up with an improved plan for providing healthcare? I have one. It's called single payer. It's working in most of the developed countries of the world. Now, if Mr. Trump had discussed this with President Macron while they were watching that parade, I'd be happy. The French have one of the best single payer systems in the world. 
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Extreme Weather Takes A Toll On Wheat Harvests. Climate Change Will Make It Worse.

Extreme Weather Takes A Toll On Wheat Harvests. Climate Change Will Make It Worse. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Excessive water and heat account for 40 percent of fluctuations in yearly wheat supplies, and other crops are at risk, too.
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One of the most important threats associated with global warming is the challenge it represents for agriculture. Sporadic famines will be a big problem as variations in weather become greater. Hopefully, the pharaohs of the world will listen to the Josephs and plan on storing grains. As for cattle and other herd animals, they will become more of a luxury when it becomes more difficult to assure their nutrition. We already see the difficulty with herding in Africa where herders are invading preserves to find even momentary grass supplies. Clearly, we will need to be rethinking the human diet as our species adapts. 
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Trump official apologizes for saying most campus sexual assault accusations come after drunken sex, breakups

Trump official apologizes for saying most campus sexual assault accusations come after drunken sex, breakups | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Candice Jackson, acting head of the Office for Civil Rights, said she regretted being “flippant” about the matter.
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It's the ultimate "he said, she said" issue; not about one case but about the entire question of campus rape. What should be the criterion by which such cases are judged, a clear preponderance of evidence or beyond a reasonable doubt? 

One thing is clear to me, that whichever criterion you use, this is not a simple or superficial topic, and the idea that the administrator in charge of the topic can be flippant about it when speaking with a major newspaper is troubling.

Of course, historically, colleges have been very flippant about the issue of campus rape because they have been dedicated to  protecting their male students (and staff) who were sexual predators saying, "Boys will be boys," and of course protecting their schools' brand names. It is the failure of school  and local authorities to take action that resulted in federal involvement in this topic, just as it has been the failure of local governments to act in other areas of civil rights that has led to other federal efforts. 

In the end so much of the unease about the encroachment of the federal government in American life goes back to the Fourteenth Amendment. You might, at this point go re-read my essay on that topic. http://www.kennethweene.com/what-does-the-fourteenth-amendment-ancho

As for my thoughts about rape, especially date rape, you might want to read "Widow's Walk" and of course "Memoirs From the Asylum."


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