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Old 2020-07-13, 17:53   #1200
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Betsy Devos: 0.02% of children are likely to die when they go back to school, totally 14740.

This means you have something like 73.700.000 children in the US right now, is that correct?
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Old 2020-07-13, 17:59   #1201
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There are projected to be (for the 2020-2021 school year) according to ed.gov
76,606,000 (all students)
56,678,000 (primary and secondary)

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Old 2020-07-13, 18:58   #1202
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It looks like a hyperlink, but it is not.
Is this a joke or a real message sent?
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Old 2020-07-14, 02:02   #1203
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It looks like a hyperlink, but it is not.
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The "link" is a joke, as the post obviously is. The reason why has been obscured.

The post was originally in the Perceptual "Funny" link thread.

Inspired by the allusions to "facts don't matter" then current in the thread, I quickly concocted the fake letter. Of course, there was no actual link, but luckily someone had altered the thread title a while back, changing the word "Perpetual" to "Perceptual." So, I created what looked like a link -- a "perceptual link," if you will.

However, the post was then moved to this thread, thus removing the context of "perceptual link" in the thread title.
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Old 2020-07-14, 05:07   #1204
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OK, Dr S. Now I get a fuller picture of the whole episode.
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Old 2020-07-19, 23:40   #1205
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"We don't have secret courts and secret trials-without-being-able-to-defend-oneself in America" died with the creation of the FISA court system. Now it would appear that "We don't have secret police in America" has also been officially dealt the death knell, based on recent goings-on in BLM-protest-hit Portland -- check out the "Police State Watch" links in yesterday's NC Links round-up. And "in the spirit of bipartisanship", who gave the Executive Branch these frightening heretofore-unthinkable powers? Here we go:

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-su...pus-in-america

“The National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama on the 31st December 2011 authorises the indefinite detention, without trial or indictment, of any US citizens designated as enemies by the executive. The individuals concerned are not only those who have been captured on the field of battle, but also those who have never left the United States or participated in any military action.”

It's as I've said, it's kind of Dark-State-Rising version of pro wrasslin: It's all choreographed, Team D are the faces (nice-guy personas), Team R the heels (bad guys), and the public-animus shtick is just kayfabe (phony 'behind the scenes reality' plotlines) dutifully peddled by the ringside shills (MSM). Except in the present instance the result is not generally-harmless entertainment, but something truly frightening, with each occupant of the White House widening and extending the abusive imperial-presidency powers ushered in by his predecessors.

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Old 2020-07-20, 03:38   #1206
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I find it interesting how Trump is getting asked for help from the states to fight covid, but is saying "it is up to the states to solve their own problems" yet for Black Lives Matter protests he is sending in the troops even though states don't want them.
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Old 2020-07-20, 12:28   #1207
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I find it interesting how Trump is getting asked for help from the states to fight covid, but is saying "it is up to the states to solve their own problems" yet for Black Lives Matter protests he is sending in the troops even though states don't want them.
I am old enough to have been interested in watching the news by the time "Bloody Sunday" (March 7, 1965) became national news. In those days, it was often local and state authorities that were the forces of oppression (denying black people the right to vote or conduct peaceful protest; or fair opportunities in housing, employment, entry to places of business, etc), and the federal courts, and sometimes "federalized" National Guard troops, were used to enforce court orders and to protect black people trying to engage in peaceful protests, to enroll in school, etc from being beaten or lynched by racist mobs.

Of course, the locals mightily resented the heavy hand of the federal government then, as the folks in Oregon do now. But in that era the slogan "States' Rights" was a pretense for defending Jim Crow, as it had a century before been a pretense for defending the institution of slavery. Now, it is the locals who are defending the right of peaceful protest enumerated in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and the Administration that is sending in law officers to gas them or kidnap them off the streets. The presence of these brownshirts has, according to local and state authorities, inflamed the situation.

In 1995, the NRA sent an infamous fundraising letter, and G. Gordon Liddy, speaking on his radio show, echoed a notable phrase used in reference to ATF agents. Curious that neither has spoken up about the current situation.

[haughty butler voice]The jack-booted government thugs have arrived, Sirs.[/haughty butler voice]

I find it amusing that some folks apparently now consider "Negro" a pejorative term for black people, as per a recent news item about Roger Stone. Back in the day, "Negro" was the generally accepted term. Southern racists used nr or "nigra" as well as any number of other terms which conveyed a sense of non-humanity.

March 7, 1965 became "Bloody Sunday" when Alabama law officers clubbed, beat, and gassed peaceful protesters on the Edmund Pettus Bridge as they tried to march from Selma to Montgomery. Eight days later, President Lyndon Johnson called for a voting rights act, saying
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Old 2020-07-20, 17:41   #1208
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What is appropriate usage of terms shifts over time. Minority groups typically do not have much of a say in what they all called. After hundreds of years of oppression it took a lot more time for blacks and browns to provide terms for the rest of us to use when describing them. Slavery and the systemic racism following the American Civil War (and which continues to this day) are major hurdles for them to overcome. They had to accept terms like "negro" because they didn't have enough of a voice. They now have a voice and are telling the rest of us to stop using the term "negro".
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Old 2020-07-21, 04:11   #1209
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Trump asked for help to fight covid
You (the last 2-3 posters) have to watch the last John Oliver (that about conspiracy theory, but the former are interesting too).
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Old 2020-07-21, 04:21   #1210
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I find it interesting how Trump is getting asked for help from the states to fight covid, but is saying "it is up to the states to solve their own problems" yet for Black Lives Matter protests he is sending in the troops even though states don't want them.
So the answer is to ask for help when you don't want it, and say nothing when you do want help. And Trump will do the opposite of your request just to spite you. Just like any recalcitrant 6 year-old would do.
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