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This one Republican affidavit says so much about the sorry state of Republicans today

first_img1. No allegation of fraud. Just like the entire stack of affidavits, this is not an allegation of fraud. It is an allegation of … nothing, really. He observed ballots be counted. The only crime committed here is that he didn’t like the results. 2. The conservative media bubble makes you stupid.- Advertisement – 3. Republicans going for volume over substanceIt’s one thing for some ignorant Republican poll watcher to puzzle over the results of military ballots. It’s another for Republican lawyers to write it up and then release it to the public. It’s clear that this isn’t a serious effort to detail wrongdoing. They’re just going to say “WE RELEASED 234 PAGES OF WRONGDOING!” in order to con people into thinking that Trump has been robbed. The Washington Post’s David Weigel, talking to us on our weekly web show The Brief, detailed that strategy—get lots of media attention making allegations and filing frivolous lawsuits, fully expecting the media (including their right-wing outlets) to ignore stories of judges or other information and analysis dismissing those claims. So that one affidavit showed us three critical things in this post-election period: That Republicans remain safely ensconced in their media bubble, misinforming themselves, that they are feeding that media bubble with bullshit claims and accusations, fully expecting any debunking to be ignored, and despite all that, they still can’t find any fraud to point to, anything that might flip the tens of thousands of votes they would need to change the election results. And to what end? To THIS end: As long as the MAGA deplorables think the election can be flipped, Donald Trump can keep his grift alive, and Republicans have zero interest in putting the interests of democracy ahead of Trump’s ego and bank account. And maybe, if they play their cards right, they can slip a coup in there.   This is the problem with being trapped in the right-wing media bubble—you aren’t presented with reality. Fact is, rank-and-file service members are disproportionately Black and brown. They come from lower socio-economic backgrounds. And as would be expected, Black and Latinos are more liberal, while poor (heavily Southern) whites are more conservative. This isn’t rocket science. When I served in the Army, the white boys had confederate flags flying in their barracks rooms, Black and Latinos did not. So it would make sense that if you’re observing ballots, in Detroit, from local military personnel serving outside the state, that those ballots would reflect the rest of Detroit—likely heavily Black, and heavily Democratic. Not to mention, we had a president who didn’t just disrespect Sen. John McCain, a war hero, but also called service members who died in war “suckers” and “losers.” It’s likely why a Military Times poll of our troops found Joe Biden leading 41-37, with 50% of them holding an unfavorable view of Trump. This is the problem with living in the right-wing media bubble is that it really does make you stupid.- Advertisement – A Republican poll watcher found it suspicious that Joe Biden would get military votes. As the affidavit states, “I did find it odd that, throughout the day/night, I saw a few dozen military ballots be counted. Although I cannot provide specific numbers or names, I can estimate that at least 80% of the military ballots I saw were straight ticket democrat or simply had Joe Biden’s name filled in on them. I had always been told that military personnel tended to be more conservative, so this stuck out to me as the day went on.” Oh, this is so juicy.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Russians implement cost saving programme

first_imgSWEEPING proposals to reduce the cost of operating Russia’s 87469 km rail network are being implemented under an ’anti-crisis programme’ agreed at a board meeting of the Ministry of Railways in July. Recently appointed Railways Minister Nikolai E Aksyonenko said that the restructuring of Russian Railways (RG 3.97 p149) was making progress despite serious financial difficulties, but he ordered that a special programme be launched to stave off future problems by reducing costs and improving service levels for strategic freight customers.The anti-crisis programme is based on proposals drawn up by First Vice-Minister of Railways V Kovalyov. His concept sees routes divided into four categories by tonnage levels, with maintenance resources reallocated to ensure their most effective use on the busiest lines. Category 1 includes the key route east of Moscow from Perm to Nizhni Novgorod and the rest of the Transiberian main line, the Samara – Kropachov line and a number of other routes handling more than 30 million gross tonnes a year and/or 20 passenger trains a day. In category 2 are routes carrying from 15 to 30 million gross tonnes, with category 3 comprising lines with 5 to 15 million gross tonnes. Those lines with less traffic are all designated category 4, and some of these are to receive only minimal levels of maintenance; others may be earmarked for closure.Several routes between major industrial centres will be given special strategic status. These comprise lines carrying flows of oil, ores, coal and other minerals essential to the economy as well as those moving export freight. Key flows will be rerouted on to these trunk corridors, allowing maintenance to be reduced on parallel but less busy routes. At the same time operating costs will be cut thanks to more efficient use of motive power, crews and wagons. About 100 fewer locos and 5000 fewer wagons will be needed to move the same volume of traffic.Better management of finances is an essential part of the anti-crisis programme, and these are to be brought under central control with an internal auditors’ department set up at the Ministry of Railways. Full budgeting for future operating expenditure and investment will be introduced this year, and efforts will be made to lift the annual rate of return on investment projects to more than 10%.Priority will be given to development of container, piggyback and other intermodal services. This is likely to see a comprehensive service agreement signed between Trans Siberian Express Services and NDX Intermodal, the aim being to provide seamless transport between CIS states and western Europe. This is likely to become more important as the Transiberian landbridge struggles to remain competitive. TSES has a fleet of 2000 flatcars which it runs in block trains of 55, and this summer sees it introducing ’smart’ reefers for refrigerated traffic; they will run in groups of 10, with power provided from a generator car and security ensured by on-board staff.Greater use of computers to speed information flows is seen as essential. Vice-Minister Podavashkin said that a 50000 km network of optic fibre cables will be laid to help improve communications links, and that 311 km of optic fibre cable are already in use in the Sverdlovsk region.Stressing the need to stabilise the Russian economy, First Prime Minister B Nemtsov called for further analysis of the effect of lower rates being introduced for selected types of freight and asked for the establishment of dedicated long-distance and short-distance passenger companies to be examined.The number of RZD’s regional managements has been cut from 19 to 17 under the restructuring programme, and the Moscow region has already succeeded in reducing its locomotive fleet by one-third and has cut fuel and power consumption by nearly 20%.High speed lineWhile preliminary work for the 654 km Moscow – St Petersburg high speed line has begun in St Petersburg and alignment clearance has reportedly started in forested areas near Novgorod, questions remain about the project’s future. The Russian parliament has asked the government ’to monitor the construction of the high speed line at the design and implementation stage’, but this does not mean that the project has been officially sanctioned. An appeal has been issued by 90 members of parliament and 27 local authorities to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation seeking repeal of presidential decrees and government decisions favouring the project. Among concerns listed are environmental problems and the failure of the Tver District Administration to sanction construction on its part of the route.HOn July 25 work was completed on the first stage of the Chechnya bypass route when the first freight train ran from Kizlyar to Karlan Yurt. Work is due to be finished in 1999, when the route will be able to handle 16 trains a day each way. olast_img read more

Beneficial Use Opportunities Along the Great Lakes (VIDEO)

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, last Friday unveiled a video on the partnering that drives beneficial use opportunities along the Great Lakes.In the video, Brigadier General Mark Toy, Commander of the Army Corps Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, explains the innovative partnering efforts occurring across the Great Lakes Navigation System to find sustainable solutions for dredged material management.The Corps of Engineers believes public safety and environmental stewardship are of the greatest importance, and shares in the public’s concern for the well-being of the Great Lakes.last_img read more

Burglary Investigation Leads To Arrest Of Three

first_imgThree Greensburg residents are facing charges after a search of a home resulted in the discovery of marijuana, methamphetamines and a sawed-off shotgun.Greensburg Police received a report of a residential burglary in which a firearm was stolen. During the investigation, police learned that an alleged suspect lived on Anderson Street in Greensburg and may have been participating in illegal drug use at the same residence.A search warrant was conducted during the early morning hours of Wed., Nov. 27.“Evidence located inside the home was a quantity of marijuana and methamphetamines,” reported Greensburg Police Chief Stacey Chasteen. “Also were numerous smoking devices and other drug paraphernalia used to snort methamphetamines and crush pills.”According to police, 24-year-old Michael Pittman was arrested for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Dealing in sawed-off shotgun and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.23-year-old Justin Tucker and 21-year-old Julia McKee are also facing preliminary charges of Maintaining a Common Nuisance.last_img read more

Tardelli: It’s all about the Faroes

first_img Ireland will host the Faroe Islands on Friday evening with three precious qualification points at stake, and knowing they can afford no slip-up if they are to keep alive their dreams of making it to next summer’s finals in Brazil. They will head into the clash with the Group C strugglers brimming with confidence after a 1-1 draw at Wembley and a comprehensive 4-0 dismissal of the 10-man Georgians on Sunday. However, assistant manager Tardelli has warned the players that will count for nothing on Friday evening. Marco Tardelli has ordered Ireland’s players to forget about the euphoria of their performances against England and Georgia as they prepare to return to World Cup battle. He said: “England was very important, but the big match is Ireland v the Faroes as it’s a match to qualify for Brazil. We need to forget the matches against England and Georgia and focus on this match. But the players have worked very hard in training and are thinking of this match.” Both Tardelli and manager Giovanni Trapattoni would settle for a repeat of Sunday’s performance against Georgia in which Ireland overwhelmed Temuri Ketsbaia’s side in the wake of keeper Giorgi Loria’s 20th-minute dismissal. However, the Faroes initially proved tough to break down in the reverse fixture in Torshavn in October last year before Ireland ran out 4-1 victors, and Tardelli is expecting another difficult test. He said: “We want to play the same, but we have different opponents. Against the Faroes, we need to take the ball and play the ball – we need players with this quality. It’s possible to play like we did against Georgia, but sometimes it is difficult.” That said, the mood within the camp is high with the players going through their paces in glorious sunshine in Malahide. Central defender Richard Dunne sat out as a precaution after playing his first football for a year as a second-half substitute against Georgia, while keeper David Forde and full-back Marc Wilson trained in the gym as they continued their recovery from knee and hamstring problems respectively. Tardelli said: “Richard is here with us and he has recovered well. I think it is possible that he plays against the Faroes or against Spain. But today, he was rested and it’s good for him to be here. Today he was rested because he played the first important match after one year and it’s normal to rest.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

WICB chief executive officer to quit in October

first_imgWEST Indies Cricket Board’s chief executive Michael Muirhead will step down from his position after a four-year stint in the role.Muirhead’s contract was up for renewal on October 14, but he has opted to quit the WICB.Muirhead, who had replaced Ernest Hilaire, the WICB CEO in 2012, said he had helped the board turn its finances around.“I came in at a time when the state of finances at the board were in deficit and in my brief tenure I have managed to turn around and will be leaving with a surplus,” Muirhead told ESPNcricinfo.With a banking and marketing background, Muirhead was focused on the numbers and the money element and worked in close association with WICB president Dave Cameron.Although Muirhead counts as having contributed to West Indies’ two World T20 wins, his tenure, along with Cameron’s, will be remembered for their run-ins with senior West Indies players over issues like the pay disputes and selection.A dispute related to payment structure between the players, the WICB and the West Indies Players’ Association resulted in the team pulling out of their tour of India in October 2014.The board faced a crisis before this year’s World T20 in India after the players appeared to collectively reject the contracts offered by the WICB due to what they perceived as “huge financial reductions”. Following West Indies’ title win, Darren Sammy and a few other senior players had criticised the WICB, and were reprimanded by the ICC after the tournament.Muirhead agreed the chasm between the board and the players has been always there, but the divide is steadily being breached. He pointed out that when he entered the WICB, there was constant strife between the board and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA).“When I came in it was extremely hostile between us and the players’ association. We were in court regularly,” he said. “There was judgement and arbitration against us. I think I played a more conciliatory role instead of being antagonistic to the point that we have not had petitions against us. Our legal fees have gone down significantly. And we have a good relationship with the union (WIPA).”Before the two-match T20I series against India in Florida, WIPA and the WICB hosted a symposium where players and administrators met in an effort to resolve longstanding disputes. “A lot of players were able to speak quite frankly. The lines of communication are now re-opened,” Muirhead said. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Team Nigeria to Depart for Rio2016 Paralympic Games Thursday

first_imgThe Secretary General of Nigeria Paralympic Committee, Dr. Frank Thorpe and some senior officials of the sports ministry to Rio are in the advanced party that will welcome the athletes on arrival in Rio tomorrow night.The Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, charged the athletes to go for gold and be good ambassadors of the country by competing clean at the Games even as he emphasised on the need for them to be of good behaviour and avoid any act capable of tarnishing the good image of the country.Dalung warned that the sports ministry will not take it kindly with any athlete caught spiking his system with performance enhancing drugs in order to excel.He stressed that available records showed that Nigeria has in the past been doing well at the Paralympic Games especially the last edition held in London, 2012 where the country won 6 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals.President of Paralympic Committee Nigeria, Monday Emoeghavwe, is optimistic that the athletes will not be of any disgrace in Rio.According to him, “the expectations are high and the athletes who are already in high spirit to do the country proud by winning laurels at the Games are set to go”, he remarked.One of them, Nick Chinedu Emmanuel, a table tennis player said he is not going to Rio to see Marcopolo buses rather his mission to Brazil is to win gold for Nigeria.Also sounding optimistic is the power-lifting head coach, Prince Are Feyisetan who has vowed to repeat his London 2012 Paralympic Games magic of six gold medals if the lifters adhere to instructions and no biased officiating.Nigeria will compete in only three sports – para-athletics, power-lifting and table-tennis.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Team Nigeria’s contingent to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games is expected to depart today for Brazil.Paralympic Committee Nigeria Media Officer, Mr. Patrick Ibeh, said the team which is made up of 23 athletes and six coaches plus one athlete’s competition partner will depart the country through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja via Emirates Airline at 5pm.last_img read more

USC tries to stay unbeaten at No. 20 Oklahoma State

first_imgFollow Lauren on Twitter @LJJonesSports The Women of Troy have come out the gates swinging this season, starting out 3-0 for the first time since the 1998-1999 season. But USC will be faced with its toughest challenge yet as the squad takes on No. 20 ranked Oklahoma State Friday night.The Cowgirls (6-0) are also undefeated after opening with a relatively easy nonconference schedule this far, meaning both teams will lay it all on the line to maintain their pristine records.A win for USC would also break Oklahoma State’s 28-game winning streak in non-conference matchups at home.Home court advantage does not just apply to the Cowgirls. USC senior forward Desiree Bradley is a native of Oklahoma City, just an hour’s drive away from Oklahoma State’s campus in Stillwater, and hopes to come up big in her homecoming game.Bradley and her teammates will have to rally to pull out yet another win on the road, were they’ve already triumphed twice this season. The Women of Troy will have to utilize all of their weapons and be dominant on both ends of the court to upset the Cowgirls.The Women of Troy will rely heavily on the momentum they have gained from the nail-biting win over SDSU last week — especially afer making several errors that nearly caused them to blow a 20-point lead.“Moving forward we have to play for 40 minutes,” head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said.Junior guard Ariya Crook will have to show up to Gallagher-Iba Arena locked and loaded, ready to pace the offense and unleash clutch 3-point shots at any time. After a big game (18 points) for the young guard against SDSU, Cooper-Dyke said she’s expecting a breakout year from Crook.“I am constantly challenging Ariya to never be satisfied,” Cooper-Dyke said.Her challenge has been accepted. Crook said she is putting in all the hours to make sure her and her team make it back to the NCAA Tournament after a four-year absence under former coach Michael Cooper.“I am following her footsteps because she knows the road I need to take to get to the next level,” Crook said.In preparation for this week’s matchup, Cooper-Dyke said earlier in the week that she is challenging her entire team to maintain a high level of intensity.“Strength and conditioning has been a focal point,” Cooper-Dyke said.The team has also been focused on reducing the amount of turnovers and fouls. The Women of Troy committed 17 turnovers and 24 team fouls against the San Diego State Aztecs.Though the Women of Troy’s frontcourt looked solid in their last contest, they will have quite the task trying to contain OSU’s junior Lashawn Jones. The 6-foot-3 center has scored in double digits for three consecutive games, and is averaging 11.5 points this season.Jones and the Cowgirls are continuing to build off the success they had last season. In 2012, the team made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament as a No. 7 seed before falling to No. 2-seeded Duke 68-59.The last time USC played OSU was way back in 1986, before either teams’ players were even born. This will be a great test for the Women of Troy and will prove if the team can hang with one of the top programs in women’s college basketball.After the matchup against OSU, the Women of Troy will only have two days to recover and prepare for Monday’s tipoff against South Carolina at the Galen Center.last_img read more

Monmouth Park’s Dennis Drazin latest to join Sports Betting Hall of Fame

first_img Share StumbleUpon SBC announces digital future for Europe, America, CIS & Africa July 30, 2020 Submit Christopher Metcalf, Leon House: Social barriers must be broken on gambling treatment June 25, 2020 Share Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Dennis Drazin of Monmouth Park racecourse is to be the third industry stalwart to be inducted into the Sports Betting Hall of Fame. Drazin will join former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Las Vegas bookmaking legend Art Manteris in the latest intake of the Hall of Fame, curated by SBC (Sports Betting Community).The Hall of Fame ceremony is being held on 25 April 2019 at Sky Room in Manhattan (330 West 40th Street) as part of the closing party for the biggest dedicated sports betting conference in the US – Betting on Sports America – which is being held at the nearby Meadowlands Exposition Center in New Jersey.Drazin has a long association with horse racing in the state of New Jersey over the last five decades, first as a fan, then as a racehorse owner and currently as the CEO of Darby Development, the operator of Monmouth Park. An advisor since the 1990s to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Drazin also became chairman of the New Jersey Racing Commission in 2009. In 2012, he took the reins at Monmouth Park, something that saw him billed as the racetrack’s saviour. The venue entered New Jersey history when it took the first legal sports wager by Governor Phil Murphy on 14 June 2018.Drazin commented: “Horseracing and betting have been a big part of my life ever since my dad brought me to the races in the 1960s. It’s fantastic to be recognised by my peers for something I enjoy doing so much.”Sue Schneider, Community Director at SBC, added: “In an industry that isn’t shy of them, Dennis is a tenacious character and he played a key part in getting sports betting legalised in New Jersey. He’s definitely earned his berth in the Hall of Fame.”The purpose of the Hall of Fame, first established by SBC in 2016, is to honour, preserve and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments of personalities who have added true value to the sports betting sector.The Hall of Fame’s esteemed members are Mark Blandford, Carsten Koerl, Howard Chisholm, Paris Smith, Fred Done, Vigen Badalyan, Pontus Lindwall, Fabio Schiavolin, Warwick Bartlett, Norbert Teufelberger, Constantinos Antonopoulos, Art Manteris and Chris Christie.last_img read more