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Friday, April 29, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor


365.115 (4/25/11)

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By Steven L. Taylor

Hiding from the Sun

365.116 (4/26/11)

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By Steven L. Taylor

Easter 11

365.114 (4/24/11)

Tuesday, April 26, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Via WAKA:  Gov. Bentley Says He Will Sign Constitution Resolution.

Every step towards making this a mainstream topic of political discussion, the better, even if it is just appointing a committee.

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By Steven L. Taylor

From me @OTB:

  • Campaigning Like its 2024
  • Trump Doubles Down on Birther Claim
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Friday, April 22, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

From me @OTB:

  • More Poll Numbers (None of Them Especially Happy)
  • More Cautionary Poll Tales
  • Poll: 70% of Tea Party Supporters Oppose Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid
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Wednesday, April 20, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Via the BBC:  Fidel Castro at Cuba congress alongside Raul

It is the first time the two have appeared publicly together since Fidel, 84, handed over the presidency to Raul five years ago.

Congress also elected Raul, 79, to take over from Fidel as first secretary.

Communist Party stalwart Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, 80, was elected second secretary.

This was the first party congress held in 14 years.  Other highlights include:

the congress decided to allow Cubans to buy and sell their homes for the first time since the communist revolution in 1959.

For the past 50 years, Cubans have only been allowed to pass on homes to their children, or to swap them through a complicated and often corrupt system.


Raul Castro also told delegates that top political positions should be limited to two five-year terms, and promised "systematic rejuvenation" of the government.

He said the party leadership was in need of renewal and should subject itself to severe self-criticism.

We shall see how much severe self-criticism is deployed in the coming years.

Although I will say that when upper leadership is in its late 70s and early 80s, imposing two five-year terms shouldn’t be too difficult to accomplish.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Via the BBC:  Chile to exhume former President Salvador Allende.

The question:  did Allende commit suicide on the day of the military coup of September 11, 1973 or was he murdered?

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Tuesday, April 19, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Via Reuters:  Support slides for UK electoral reform - poll

Forty-four percent of Britons backed maintaining the current first-past-the-post voting system, with 33 percent wanting a switch to AV and 23 percent undecided, according to a Guardian/ICM poll.

There will be a referendum held on May 5 to determine if a change will be adopted.  If the above numbers are an accurate reflection of voter sentiment, then it would seem rather unlikely that the reforms will win the day.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Via io9:  R.I.P. Elisabeth Sladen, Doctor Who’s Apprentice.

Sladen played Sarah Jane Smith, companion to Doctor’s Three and Four and later played alongside Ten and Eleven.

She died due to complications associated with cancer, according to the BBC.  She was only 63.

May she rest in peace.

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