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Former Sr Fellow @CFR_org. Recipient of Pulitzer Prize, Polk (3Xs) and Peabody Awards. Author: IHeard theSirensScream, TheComingPlague, Ebola & BetrayalofTrust.
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May 9 12 tweets 4 min read
Trump’s deal to Big Oil [give my campaign $1B & all #Biden climate & green policies will be void] echoes the Teapot Dome Scandal in another #Republican #POTUS race 100 yrs ago. Until now, it was the biggest presidential corruption case in US history.
In 1920, the US Navy was converting its fleet from coal to oil and wanted oil on federal lands reserved for military needs. Republican Warren Harding was running for POTUS: he told oil execs to back him & he would let them drill those reserves. When he became President...
May 9 18 tweets 9 min read
Big Oil execs met at #MarAlago and...
"Trump’s response stunned several of the execs: You all are wealthy enough, that you should raise $1 billion to return me to the White House. He vowed to immediately reverse dozens of President #Biden #environmental rules & policies & stop new ones from being enacted."
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"Giving $1 billion would be a 'deal,' #Trump said, because of the taxation & regulation they would avoid thanks to him.
Trump’s remarkably blunt & transactional pitch reveals how the former president is targeting the oil industry to finance his reelection bid."…
Mar 14 4 tweets 2 min read
Folks @Reuters made clear, graphic evidence of the collapse of US Congress : in both houses it's seen its productivity plummet by more than half in the 21st Century. At the rate they're going, soon, no laws of significance will pass. MORE… Since the Reagan Era Congressional legislation has fallen by 2/3rds -- not to mention its failure to pass a full, on-time budget.
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Feb 11 10 tweets 8 min read
With so much political news this week -- today's top one being #PakistanElection2024 results! -- I fear I gave short shrift to some key elements of #climate science.
Starting with: New studies suggest that the heating of the #AtlanticOcean is so severe...
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we may being heading into a collapse of AMOC -- the key ocean circulation system.


If it happened, the movements of deep, cold H20 vs warmer surface H20 across the entire Atlantic wld shift or stop, w/huge impact on Africa, Europe & the Americas.……Image
Feb 9 8 tweets 4 min read
"Monday, Monday.
Can't trust that day.
Monday, Monday.
Seems like it just turns out that way."
DC appeals court ruled against #Trump claims of immunity from fedl prosecution for crimes committed while he was #POTUS w/a Monday deadline for him to ask #SCOTUS to put his case on its docket.
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I have so many questions that I fantasize #SCOTUS Justices asking, such as:
1. Is this immunity inviolable? (#Trump lawyers say only impeachment can remove immunity.)
2. Trump is the only federal official to ever have been impeached 2Xs – is that enough to lift his --
Feb 6 5 tweets 3 min read
If you've been watching #CliveOwen in "Monsieur Spade" you may have realized it's about a whole lot more than your average murder whodunit. And you may be confused. Except for flashbacks, the story is set in 1961, in a French village. But a lot of it is about #Algeria .
MORE To understand what's going on, and learn about the French/Algerian war, and France's Nazi collaboration legacy, here you go -- can't really follow the Sam Spade saga without:

With Sam Spade as a foil, the show is diving into France's ugliest saga.
Dec 15, 2023 9 tweets 4 min read
Biden @NIH today :
"You can have the exact same drug made by the exact same company in the United States, and you buy it in America for one price. You go to Toronto, Paris, Berlin, or any other major capital in the world, you’ll find they’re paying 2 to 3 times less..."
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"...than the American is paying at an American drugstore. Folks, it’s wrong. The results? Seniors are skipping doses, cutting pills in half, foregoing prescriptions entirely because they simply can’t afford their prescription drugs."
Announced 48 more drugs on new...
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Nov 29, 2023 17 tweets 7 min read
Last night #JoeBiden gave a speech in Denver: a few quotes:
-This month in local elections, "The American people voted to protect the fundamental freedoms, like the right to choose. They voted to protect democracy. They voted against the extremism of our opponents."
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-"Democrats up & down the ticket ran on our record. They're proud of that Biden-Harris agenda...each of the people who won this off-year election cited the record they ran on. And it's a winning election."
-"the only reason there's a ban on #abortion --"
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Oct 11, 2023 4 tweets 2 min read
Nearly all the major U.S. Ambassador seats in the Middle East remain unfilled, due to #Republican refusals to approve #Biden nominees. It's no big deal, of course -- we're only dealing with a potentially catastrophic war in the region. No biggie.
MORE… 2/ "Nominees have languished in limbo for months or even yrs due to the 'new normal' practice of #Republican senators placing sweeping holds on all nominees for different agencies over policy disputes with the administration. On the Pentagon side, hundreds of senior..."
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Oct 4, 2023 18 tweets 7 min read
Howdy, World.
Greetings from America.🇺🇸
Here's a thread on how we're doing today:
1.) In 44 dys we may shut down our govt. Or maybe not. We have no idea, actually. But please continue buying into our T-bills, debt purchases & products. We’re sure things will work out. Honest. Image 2.) While we’re on the topic of our budget, uh, well, good morning Kyiv. Gosh, we sure admire you guys. We’re behind you all the way. Honest. But, well, it’s possible we’ll sop sending you arms, ammo & cash soon. Or maybe not. Hang in there – we’re sure everything will work out. Image
Sep 26, 2023 14 tweets 6 min read
OK, Folks, here's some details from Justice Arthur Engoron's NY Supreme Court ruling today in the case against the #Trump family & companies, filed by NY Atty Gen #LetitiaJames
1.) Trump claims that NY didn't have standing is "pure sophistry" & "it is not disputed" that...
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James is empowered to sue for violations of Executive Law.
2.) Trump claimed NY AG couldn't sue bcuz she wasn't operating in the public interest. Judge calls that "erroneous" & says govt has the onus, "guaranteeing a marketplace that adheres to standards of fairness."
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Jul 27, 2023 13 tweets 12 min read
So many questions about this, and few answers. When they cluster, are the #WHALES communicating? Are they "deciding" something? Why do they all head to the beach at once -- is this a sort of mass suicide?
Marine mammals are exhibiting strange new behaviors.
MORE A sea otter has taken to attacking surfers in Santa Cruz, CA.
A sea lion attacked a swimmer in Hawaii.
Orcas attack boats off southern European waters.

Jul 18, 2023 16 tweets 8 min read
Kerry Kennedy condemned her brother, #RFKJr , claims that #SARSCoV2 was "designed" as an ethnic weapon, sparing Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese. His supporters claim RFK was properly citing @NIH-funded studies. So let's look at those studies.
THREAD 2/ In this study researchers noted that hypertension -- which is regulated/dysregulated via the ACE2 receptor and its interactions with angiotensin, among other things -- has long been linked to poorer outcomes in #COVID19 patients. They asked -…
Jul 11, 2023 5 tweets 2 min read
This is not science fiction. This is not "by 2030 or 2040" future-casting. This is NOW, and it is unfolding with astonishing speed.
What should we do about it? Feel helpless? Here:
- Make sure NONE of your retirement money is in any fossil fuel company
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- Ask your politicians -- local to federal -- what they are doing about #ClimateCatastrophe & if they hem and haw, never vote for them
- Pressure renewable energy companies to design technology suitable for use by renters & people who live in dense urban settings
Jun 24, 2023 11 tweets 4 min read
The intelligence rept ordered by @WhiteHouse on the origins of #SARSCoV2 is out.
Regarding 3 #Wuhan scientists said to be sick w/#COVID in 2019?
"We have no indications that any of these researchers were hospitalized because of the symptoms consistent with #COVID19 ."
"While several WIV researchers fell mildly ill in Fall 2019, they experienced a range of symptoms consistent w/colds or allergies w/symptoms typically not associated w/COVID-19, & some of them were confirmed to have been sick with other illnesses unrelated to #COVID19 ."
Jun 9, 2023 13 tweets 5 min read
So, #Trump is being indicted on 31 counts.
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second batch of #TrumpIndictment charges -- more to come Image
Jun 7, 2023 4 tweets 4 min read
Some #NYC comparisons, shot from the same vantage points: Normal versus Today. #NYC #CanadianWildfires #AirQualityAlert
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#NYC #CanadianWildfires #AirQualityAlert
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May 22, 2023 5 tweets 5 min read
OK, let's pause to reflect on some details here.
The PRC🇨🇳 govt is not denying a dire prediction that the #SARSCoV2 #XBB variants have, for the first time, hit #China and will cause a massive epidemic over the next 6-to-8 weeks.…
MORE 2/ Zhong Nanshan is a national hero in China, having led combat against SARS2003. At a biotech conference in Guangzhou today he said:
- #XBB will cause 40 million infections/week by the end of May, before peaking at 65 M/wk in late June
- PRC is rushing on a XBB #vaccine
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May 20, 2023 11 tweets 7 min read
The #G7HiroshimaSummit seems to be unusually productive, with the leaders agreeing on a very large list of actions. Among them, combined with new bilateral US/Australia pacts, are possibly profound energy & #climate resolutions. Image 2/I'll quote a few examples from the Joint Declaration.
- accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs ), recognizing that reducing poverty & tackling the #climate and nature crisis go hand in hand;
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Apr 30, 2023 6 tweets 5 min read
Some @POTUS @JoeBiden quips at last night's @WhiteHouse Correspondents Dinner:
"Like I often say, don’t compare me to the Almighty, compare me to the alternative.
We added 12 million jobs, and that's just counting the lawyers -- who defended the president." (Laughter.)
MORE Image 2/ "I had a lot of #RonDeSantis jokes ready, but Mickey Mouse beat the hell out of me & got there first. (Laughter & applause)
Now, look, can’t be too rough on the guy. After his reelection as governor, he was asked if he had a mandate. He said, 'Hell no, I’m straight'.”
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Mar 27, 2023 13 tweets 5 min read
Boy, I goofed. I confused in my memory banks two different original outbreaks -- Lassa and Marburg, mis-recalling things I wrote nearly 30 years ago.
I apologize. And here, I will quote a section of THE COMING PLAGUE referring to #Marburg in a thread. Image 2/"In August 1967 three factory workers in #Marburg, German, reported in sick, suffering from muscle aches & mild fevers. The three men were employed at Behringwerke AG, the vaccine-producing subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Hoechst AG, and though their ailments looked.."