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Switzerland has a stunningly high rate
of gun ownership — here's why it doesn't
have mass shootings
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Posted by Kafka2 5/26/2022 5:20:35 PM Post Reply
Switzerland hasn't had a mass shooting since 2001, when a man stormed the local parliament in Zug, killing 14 people and then himself. The country has about 2 million privately owned guns in a nation of 8.3 million people. In 2016, the country had 47 attempted homicides with firearms. The country's overall murder rate is near zero. The National Rifle Association often points to Switzerland to argue that more rules on gun ownership aren't necessary.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell: We won't hesitate
to raise rates to tame inflation
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Posted by Kafka2 5/21/2022 12:23:56 AM Post Reply
The US central bank is in the midst of a "whatever it takes" moment when it comes to inflation, but if Fed officials had known how high inflation would rise, they would have changed their course on policy earlier, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday. "In hindsight, it would have been better to raise rates earlier," Powell said in an interview at the Wall Street Journal's Future of Everything event.
U.S. Says Ukraine 'Diagnostic, Biodefense'
Labs Have No 'Biological Weapons'
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Posted by Kafka2 3/12/2022 11:17:53 AM Post Reply
A State Department spokesperson has clarified the nature of biological research facilities in Ukraine at the center of dueling accusations between U.S. and Russian officials. Moscow has alleged to have uncovered a plot by Kyiv to unleash biological or chemical weapons as a pretext for blaming Russia and drawing in further support for Ukraine's efforts to resist a military incursion from the neighboring nation.
"Capehart" with Barbara F. Walter replies
Posted by Kafka2 3/9/2022 10:56:18 PM Post Reply
Well, American exceptionalism used to be a mantra that both sides of the aisle used to tout. But after four years of Donald Trump and the January 6th insurrection, not only is that in question but so is our standing as a democracy. A compelling new book argues that we haven’t been a traditional democracy for a few years, and worse, we are following a well-worn path that has led many a nation to civil war. Could it happen here again? Can we stop the slide?
"Capehart" with Barbara F. Walter replies
Posted by Kafka2 3/8/2022 5:53:42 PM Post Reply
Well, American exceptionalism used to be a mantra that both sides of the aisle used to tout. But after four years of Donald Trump and the January 6th insurrection, not only is that in question but so is our standing as a democracy. A compelling new book argues that we haven’t been a traditional democracy for a few years, and worse, we are following a well-worn path that has led many a nation to civil war. Could it happen here again? Can we stop the slide?
'A huge disconnect': Developingnations
say climate changeagreement draft is too weak
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Posted by Kafka2 11/13/2021 10:47:09 AM Post Reply
GLASGOW, Scotland — Developing nations pleaded for more aggressive action to combat climate change on Friday, (snip)“There is a huge disconnect between where we are, where we will be, based on current projections, and where we need to be, based on what science is telling us,” said a representative of the government of Bangladesh,(snip)In particular, they want bigger cuts in the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, more assistance for developing countries to build economies powered by clean energy, and more funding to adapt to climate change and compensation for the losses they are already incurring.
Biden Gripes That AmericansCan’t Understand
Supply Chain Issues
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Posted by Kafka2 11/9/2021 1:26:34 AM Post Reply
President Joe Biden mocked Americans who are concerned about rising prices on Saturday and questioned whether they are actually able to understand supply chain issues.

When asked about Democrats’ brutal electoral losses last week and whether they were a sign that voters are unhappy with his administration, Biden admitted that “people are worried,” but suggested they don’t actually understand the issues at stake.

“If we were all going out and having lunch together and I said, ‘Let’s ask whoever’s in the next table, no matter what restaurant we’re in, have them explain the supply chain to us.’ Do you think they’d understand what we’re talking about?” Biden asked.
Truckers, port workers vent as supply,chain
frustration mounts: 'A lot of us are willing
to work'
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Posted by Kafka2 10/27/2021 1:41:18 PM Post Reply
The great global supply chain crisis of 2021 — which has ensnared groceries, holiday shopping and everything in between — has bottlenecked West Coast ports, and drawn the involvement of the White House to address it.(snip)“There's a lot of us that are willing to work,” Carlos Rameriz, a 25-year truck driving veteran, told Yahoo Finance in an interview. Speaking from a nearby area where trucks have idled and multiple chassis have sat unattended, Rameriz blasted a reported driver shortage as “the biggest excuse,” and simply “not true.”(snip)“There are truck drivers that come in and are waiting for a chassis and the company does not allow us to give them it”
The $10,000 IRS Tax Dragnet replies
Posted by Kafka2 10/24/2021 12:59:18 PM Post Reply
Democrats walked into a political ditch with their plan to let the Internal Revenue Service snoop on American banks accounts, and so far they’re doing a lousy job of scrambling to get out.(snip)The details are murky, but most Americans could still get ensnared in this dragnet unless they pay bills and buy goods in cash. Democrats say banks will only have to report total annual inflows and outflows, not discrete transactions. But nearly all Americans spend more than $10,000 a year. The real political goal here is to create a mechanism for triggering audits—probably through an algorithm—so the IRS can rifle through all of a taxpayer’s business and other financial records.
In U.S., Record-Low 47%
Extremely Proud to Be Americans
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Posted by Kafka2 7/6/2021 10:18:16 AM Post Reply
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- This Fourth of July marks a low point in U.S. patriotism. For the first time in Gallup's 18-year history asking U.S. adults how proud they are to be Americans, fewer than a majority say they are "extremely proud." Currently, 47% describe themselves this way, down from 51% in 2017 and well below the peak of 70% in 2003. (snip) While the 47% who are extremely proud (snip) 25% who say they are "very proud" and 16% who are "moderately proud." That leaves one in 10 who are "only a little" (7%) or "not at all" proud (3%).
If we want to fight the climate crisis,
we must embrace nuclear power
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Posted by Kafka2 6/22/2021 2:05:45 PM Post Reply
On 30 April, the Indian Point nuclear power plant 30 miles north of New York City was shut down. For decades the facility provided the overwhelming majority of the city’s carbon-free electricity as well as good union jobs for almost a thousand people. Federal regulators had deemed the plant perfectly safe.(snip)The first full month without the plant has seen a 46% increase in the average carbon intensity of statewide electric generation compared to when Indian Point was fully operational. New York replaced clean energy from Indian Point with fossil fuel sources like natural gas.
NPR at 50 Years: Still a Lib Sandbox replies
Posted by Kafka2 5/8/2021 11:50:12 PM Post Reply
National Public Radio is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week in a classic way: asking its fans for money. A fundraising email gushes, “From covering the Vietnam War in 1971 to the COVID-19 vaccination effort today, and everything in between, NPR has delivered fact-based news and trustworthy analysis to millions.”