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Recent content by donsutherland1

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    Trump to blast Biden, call for GOP unity in CPAC speech

    Trump is a charismatic demagogue. He fills some people’s basic needs. They find meaning in what he offers, even if it isn’t real or is exaggerated. Thus, they build their lives—or at least political elements—around Trump. Moreover, nothing he does alters their faith in him, which is largely...
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    Medical Pre-Print on a Coronavirus Variant

    For those who are interested, the pre-print that covers the L452R mutation, which makes it easier for the virus to bind to receptor cells, and therefore more infectious can be found at: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.02.22.432189v1.full.pdf A pre-print has not yet gone through...
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    Cruz travels to Cancun, Mexico, as millions of Texans remain without power amid historic winter storm

    I find Senator Cruz’s flight from Texas during its period of severe hardship appalling. His throwing his daughters under the proverbial bus for his bad decision displays an inability to take personal responsibility for his choices. He’s supposed to be an adult. He could have chosen to stay...
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    Trump acquitted in second impeachment trial on charge of inciting Jan. 6 Capitol riot

    With this shameful acquittal, the Republican Party’s fall from a legitimate constitutional and once principled Party is now complete. It has severed its ties to the U.S. Constitutional system and cut its roots that go back to just before Abraham Lincoln. It has trashed its legacy. Its sole cause...
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    ‘Forever Stained’: Wall Street Journal Delivers Devastating Verdict On Donald Trump

    If the Republican Senators block Trump’s conviction, the Party will also be stained for all-time for accommodating a self-coup attempt to overturn a free election and the American constitutional framework.
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    Drug companies seek billion-dollar tax deductions from opioid settlement

    The Washington Post reported: Four companies that agreed to pay a combined $26 billion to settle claims about their roles in the opioid crisis plan to deduct some of those costs from their taxes and recoup around $1 billion apiece. In recent months, as details of the blockbuster settlement...
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    McConnell: Marjorie Taylor Greene's views are a 'cancer' for the GOP

    Unfortunately, only 11 House Republicans found her views and conduct objectionable: https://clerk.house.gov/evs/2021/roll025.xml
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    Voting technology company Smartmatic files $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News, Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell over 'disinformation campaign'

    Those who defamed Smartmatic and Dominion should be held accountable for their conduct. The gravity and malice of those who sought to bring ruin to Smartmatic and Dominion to advance far-fetched conspiracy theories they knew had no basis in fact was very damaging to both companies. If such...
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    Canada designates Proud Boys as terrorist organization beside Isis and al-Qaida (2/3/21)

    I applaud Canada for calling out the extremist Proud Boys group for what it is.
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    Biden reverses cruel family separation policy and works to reunite traumatized children with their loved ones.

    One should have vetted before any separations took place. The separations were carried out without regard for family considerations. Those were human rights abuses. Quite frankly, those who authorized or carried out such abuses should be held accountable. Unfortunately, that does not appear very...
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    Biden reverses cruel family separation policy and works to reunite traumatized children with their loved ones.

    What happened were nothing less than gross human rights abuses. These executive orders are welcome developments.
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    Anti-vaccine protesters temporarily shut down major coronavirus vaccine site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

    Such anti-science sentiment as displayed by those protesters is counterproductive. If the U.S. is to overcome the pandemic, mass vaccination will be essential. I am looking forward to the day I can receive the vaccine, though being someone who is in a low-risk, low-priority group, I doubt that I...
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    G.M. Will Sell Only Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035

    This is encouraging news. Business has been a laggard in addressing climate change, but is now moving in that direction. The science is solid. No scientifically credible objections against climate change remain. Having said that, I suspect electric cars will likely be a bridge to...
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    A reporter tried to ask Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene about her false claims. The journalist was threatened with arrest.

    When a movement increasingly relies of conspiracy theories and disinformation—all part of the QAnon playbook—transparency and especially the asking of relevant questions can be terrifying.
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