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Huge explosion at Achinsk Ammo Depot in in Krasnoyarsk, Russia today

MSM initially reported but I haven’t found anything up to the minute, except on Twitter.
No one yet saying whether nukes or chemical weapons involved.

[link:https://twitter.com/amichaistein1/status/1158605790971867136?s=21|

https://twitter.com/liveuamap/status/1158412346387251205?s=21

#TrumpIsManson --or his aides--deleting tweets

[link:https://twitter.com/msignorile/status/1158036881969491973?s=21|

[link:https://twitter.com/joaquincastrotx/status/1157829925254107137?s=21|

Pelosi Statement on the Progress of House Investigations

[link:https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/8219-2/|

AUGUST 2, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement on the progress of the House’s investigations:

“When we take the oath of office, we solemnly vow ‘to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’ The Mueller report states unequivocally that Russia interfered in the 2016 election ‘in sweeping and systematic fashion.’ And the Intelligence Community informs us that Russia is working 24/7 to undermine our elections. This assault on our elections is a serious national security matter which the President chooses to ignore.

“The Mueller report and his testimony last week confirmed that the President’s campaign welcomed Russian interference in the election, and laid out ten instances of the President’s obstruction of justice. The President’s more recent attempts to prevent us from finding the facts is further evidence of obstruction of justice.

“To protect our democracy and our Constitution, Democrats in the Congress continue to legislate, investigate and litigate.

Litigation:

Last week, Jerry Nadler, Chair of Judiciary, took a significant step when he filed a petition to obtain the grand jury testimony underlying the Mueller report, for the House to ‘have access to all the relevant facts and consider whether to exercise its full Article I powers, including a constitutional power of the utmost gravity — approval of articles of impeachment.’
Elijah Cummings, Chair of Oversight and Reform, is winning in court in the Mazars case, seeking the President’s financial statements and reports prepared by his accountant to determine financial conflicts, violations of the Emoluments Clause, and the truthfulness of representations contained in the President’s statutorily required financial disclosure forms;
Maxine Waters, Chair of Financial Services and Adam Schiff, Chair of Intelligence are winning in court in the Deutsche Bank case, seeking the President’s bank account records to assist with the Committees’ investigation of unsafe banking practices, including money laundering, illicit transactions and foreign investments;
Richie Neal, Chair of Ways and Means, is pursuing the President’s tax returns to assist with the ongoing investigation of the IRS’s presidential tax audit program;
Eliot Engel, Chair of Foreign Affairs, on another front, is investigating the Russia connection with hearings seeking the facts from the Trump-Putin meetings;
In addition, last week, the House voted to reiterate its oversight authority, and ratified and affirmed the subpoenas already issued by the committees and any subpoenas to come. Responding to the subpoenas gives the President an opportunity to provide information that could exonerate him. If he has nothing to hide, he should cooperate with the subpoenas.
Investigation:

Our litigation has been strengthened by the months of work from our six committees which are engaged in the investigations. 54 percent of House Democrats serve on these committees engaged in hearings and investigations, and I am very proud of their work.
Legislation:

We have sent the Securing America’s Federal Elections Act to the Senate. However, Mitch McConnell refuses to take up this legislation or any other legislation to protect our democracy. Why do the President and the Republican Leader in the Senate choose to protect Russia rather than to protect the integrity of our elections? We will continue to lead a drumbeat across the country demanding the GOP Senate act.
“The assault on our elections and our Constitution is a grave national security issue. We owe it to our Founders to sustain our system of checks and balances and our democracy. We owe it to our heroic men and women in uniform who risk their lives for freedom to defend our democracy at home. We owe it to our children to ensure that no present or future president can dishonor the oath of office without being held accountable.

“In America, no one is above the law. The President will be held accountable.”


Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across US

[link:https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/02/pentagon-balloons-surveillance-midwest|

Democrats introduce constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United

Source: The Hill

“Senate Democrats introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday to undo the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

“A group of Democrats, led by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and progressive activists rallied outside of the Supreme Court to unveil the amendment, which faces an unlikely path to being ratified.

“Few decisions in the two hundred and some odd years of this republic have threatened our democracy like Citizens United. People say they want to get rid of the swamp, Citizens United is the embodiment of the swamp," Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said at the rally.

“Schumer added that "overturning Citizens United is probably more important than any other single thing we could do to preserve this great and grand democracy."
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Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/455342-democrats-introduce-constitutional-amendment-to-overturn-citizens-united

Sonic Cannons to Frighten Birds

Does anyone have experience with this issue?

I live in a small farming community in the Rio Grande migratory corridor and just returned from an overseas journey.

Yesterday, a cannon exploded EVERY MINUTE until around 2 p.m., when it started to rain. I live at the edge of the valley and birds normally on my property were frightened away.

I am a retired criminal trial lawyer who knows very little about this issue and would appreciate any knowledge or advice you could share. I didn’t envision a return to the courtroom, but I will to protect those I love.

Thank you.

I find many reactions by leaders

bear comparison to reactions from historical personae in the 1770’s, 1850-60s, and 1930’s.
For instance, the Democratic Party ran George McClellan against Lincoln, on a Copperhead platform, in 1864 and, in 1933, there were good people in the Reichstag arguing that National Socialists should not be referred to as Nazi pigs because, civility. The threat, tyranny, has always been the same. I suppose the reactions to it are the same, too.

I agree the foundations of western civilization are at stake

Those fools would burn Magna Carta and 1000 years of common law to own the libs. And, ignoring and compounding global warming amounts to a kind of arson.
It is a planetary and civilizational arsonist party—with guns.

Unf******believable! Spurs!

One of the greatest games ever, yesterday, topped by an even greater game today.
I loved the Jurgen Klopp quote about motivating his team, Liverpool, to risk being beautiful failures. Spurs were listening.

You mean like 'Retreaded Fascists Party' does?

ReThugs works for me, too, though.

If this were April, 1863 would you be complaining that rebel bastards ought to be called Confederate soldiers? If it were November, 1932 would you be complaining that Nazi scum should be referred to as National Socialists? Who are you helping with these posts criticizing Democratic supporters? Isn’t that the number one rule, not bash Democrats? We’re all Democrats, maybe. You are either too naive or too savvy. Framing means nothing to you after two years? You don’t know what a concern troll is?

Either way, you’re too much.
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