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  1. Welcome to the official home for discussions related to US politics! 2020 US Presidential Election (op will be under construction for a little bit) Please, remember to be courteous to other members because not everyone will see every issue in the same way. Flame bait, name calling, trolling, and other disruptions will not be tolerated. Friendly debate is welcome and encouraged
  2. ATRL supports a free Palestine. We are also sympathetic to innocent citizens of both nations during this conflict. We hope members understand that criticism of the Israeli government is not criticism of the Jewish religion and that criticism of Hamas is not criticism of the Free Palestine movement itself. Posts that cross the line and drift into criticism of Jewish and/or Muslim religion and people as a whole will be properly warned. ATRL reserves the right to close this thread at any point and create post restrictions, thread bans, or complete bans to members who break the rules in this thread.
  3. what in the X-tina Vegas residency is going on in here
  4. https://cointelegraph.com/news/bitcoin-breaches-60-000 where’s the crypto hype now? Compared to 2021 it’s almost at ATH hope you bought a bag and is not missing this ride
  5. Russian Invasion of Ukraine PLEASE NOTE: Want a resource link to send funds to besides the armed forces? Please check out the tweet below. I try to update this OP at least weekly with new Ukraine war maps from Al-Jazeera further below. This OP was originally oriented around an original thread on Five Eyes intelligence of an upcoming invasion first posted here in November 2021 that was changed to reflect the invasion that officially began in February 2022 and then subsequent posts were deleted as a result of the April 2022 forum reset. Al-Jazeera Live Daily Tracker Before the war - Maps in Context RESOURCE CONTEXT Sourcing: Shorter source list (English only) Verified and/or Highly Cited: CLICK NAMES FOR LINKS No endorsement of any of their other positions or those of their employers; news focused only Phil Stewart (Military correspondent, Reuters) Christo Grozev (Executive Director, Bellingcat) Eliot Higgins (Founder/Creative Director, Bellingcat) The Kyiv Independent (Ukrainian independent outlet) Kyiv Post (Ukrainian newspaper) Kevin Rothrock (Editor, Meduza English) Andrei Soldatov (Senior Fellow, CEPA) Liveuamap (Global independent outlet) Andrew Roth (Moscow correspondent, The Guardian) Liubov Tsybulska (Stratcom Ukraine Information/Hybrid Warfare Security Center Founder) Stratcom Centre (Ukraine Ministry of Culture's Strategic Comms / Info Warfare) Oleg Shakirov (Russian Center for Advanced Governance, consultant at PIR Center) Daria Kaleniuk (Executive Director, Ukraine's Anti-Corruption Action Centre) Paula Chertok (Kyiv's Mohyla Journalism School; Writer, Euromaiden Press) Nataliya Gumenyuk (Kyiv-based founder of Public Interest Journalism Lab) Myroslava Petsa (BBC Ukraine reporter) NEXTA (Former Belarusian-based outlet covering Eastern Europe, now based in Poland) SUSPILNE NEWS (Ukrainian Public Broadcaster) Max Seddon (Moscow Bureau Chief, Financial Times) Michael Kofman (Director, Russian Studies at CNA) Maria Shagina (Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Sanctions in post-Soviet regions) Polina Ivanova (Financial Times Ukraine/Russia correspondent) Illia Ponomarenko (Defense reporter, The Kyiv Independent) Euromaiden Press (Ukrainian independent outlet) Maria Avdeeva (Research Director at Euro Expert Association, Security Ops/Disinfo in Ukraine) Michael Horowitz (Le Beck International Geopolitical Consulting Firm) Anton Troianovski (Moscow Bureau Chief, New York Times) Mary Ilyushina (Washington Post/CBS Russia correspondent) Olga Tokariuk (EFEnoticias freelance correspondent in Kyiv) Julia Davis (Russian Media Analyst, The Daily Beast) Shaun Walker (Eastern Europe reporter, The Guardian) Samuel Ramani (Bylines in Washington Post/Foreign Policy, Fellow, RUSI) Neil Hauer (BNEIntellinews independent journalist in Ukraine) Jack Detsch (National Security Reporter, Foreign Policy magazine) Christopher Miller (BuzzFeedNews, reporting on Ukraine) Shashank Joshi (Defence Editor, The Economist) Unofficial OSINTtechnical The Intel Crab Caucasus War Report
  6. Singer Cat Janice Signs Off Song Rights to Her 7-Year-Old Son (modernparenting-onemega.com) It debuted at #37 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart
  7. Genius1111

    COVID-19 [Day 1545]

    Updated Nov 30 2021 Source: Tracking SARS-CoV-2 variants (who.int) Working definition: A SARS-CoV-2 variant that meets the definition of a VOI (see below) and, through a comparative assessment, has been demonstrated to be associated with one or more of the following changes at a degree of global public health significance: Increase in transmissibility or detrimental change in COVID-19 epidemiology; OR Increase in virulence or change in clinical disease presentation; OR Decrease in effectiveness of public health and social measures or available diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutics. Currently designated Variants of Concern (VOCs)+: WHO label Pango lineage• GISAID clade Nextstrain clade Additional amino acid changes monitored° Earliest documented samples Date of designation Alpha B.1.1.7 GRY 20I (V1) +S:484K +S:452R United Kingdom, Sep-2020 18-Dec-2020 Beta B.1.351 GH/501Y.V2 20H (V2) +S:L18F South Africa, May-2020 18-Dec-2020 Gamma P.1 GR/501Y.V3 20J (V3) +S:681H Brazil, Nov-2020 11-Jan-2021 Delta B.1.617.2 G/478K.V1 21A, 21I, 21J +S:417N +S:484K India, Oct-2020 VOI: 4-Apr-2021 VOC: 11-May-2021 Omicron* B.1.1.529 GR/484A 21K - Multiple countries, Nov-2021 VUM: 24-Nov-2021 VOC: 26-Nov-2021 • Includes all descendent lineages. See the cov-lineages.org and the Pango network websites for further details. * See TAG-VE statement issued on 26 November 2021 ° Only found in a subset of sequences *Notable spike (S) amino acid changes under monitoring, which are currently reported in a minority of sequenced samples. Working definition A SARS-CoV-2 variant : with genetic changes that are predicted or known to affect virus characteristics such as transmissibility, disease severity, immune escape, diagnostic or therapeutic escape; AND Identified to cause significant community transmission or multiple COVID-19 clusters, in multiple countries with increasing relative prevalence alongside increasing number of cases over time, or other apparent epidemiological impacts to suggest an emerging risk to global public health. Currently designated Variants of Interest: WHO label Pango lineage* GISAID clade Nextstrain clade Earliest documented samples Date of designation Lambda C.37 GR/452Q.V1 21G Peru, Dec-2020 14-Jun-2021 Mu B.1.621 GH 21H Colombia, Jan-2021 30-Aug-2021 The journey so far... (as of Jul 08 2022) Average rise in neutralizing antibody levels: Live Science Pfizer-BioNTech Booster Moderna Booster Johnson & Johnson Booster Two doses Pfizer-BioNTech Initially 20x 31.7x 12.5x Two doses Moderna Initially 11.5x 10.2x 6.2x One dose Johnson & Johnson Initially 35.1x 75.9x 4.2x ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Long-terms effects of COVID-19 ("Long COVID") More than 50 long-term effects of COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis | Scientific Reports (nature.com) ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Information added on Jan 25 2022 Statement on Therapies for High-Risk, Nonhospitalized Patients | COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines (nih.gov) Mixing and matching vaccines Information accurate as of Nov 2021 Note: Always check with a medical professional first if you have any doubts on the vaccines that you are going to get _________________________________________________________ Let's support one another in these difficult times! _________________________________________________________ Masks 4 All https://masks4all.co/ _________________________________________________________ [My original post on Jan 09 2020] https://www.google.com/amp/s/time.com/5759289/wuhan-pneumonia-outbreak-disease/%3famp=true How serious is the pneumonia outbreak? According to Wuhan’s health bureau, 59 patients have been diagnosed with the virus, including seven in critical condition as of Sunday. Some of the patients operated stalls at the seafood market. All of the patients are in quarantine, and 163 people who had been in close contact with them have been placed under medical observation. The World Health Organization says symptoms include fever and difficulty breathing. How fast is it spreading? The first case was discovered in Wuhan on Dec. 12, the city’s health bureau says. On Monday, authorities in Hong Kong reported that six more patients were found to have fever or respiratory symptoms after returning from Wuhan, bringing the number of cases in the city to 30.
  8. Gary Pilnick, the Chairman and CEO of Kellogg, made the comment on CNBC this week after a Wall Street Journal report found that Americans spend 10% or more of their income on food. "If you think about the cost of cereal for a family versus what they might otherwise do, that's going to be much more affordable," Pilnick said, claiming that it could help a "consumer under pressure" because the price of a bowl of cereal with milk and fruit "is less than a dollar." When pressed on CNBC whether the messaging of struggling people eating cereal for dinner might seem distasteful, Pilnick doubled down, citing company statistics that found a quarter of cereal consumption was outside breakfast time. "In fact, it's landing really well right now," Pilnick said. "Cereal for dinner is something that is probably more on trend now, and we would expect to continue as that consumer is under pressure." https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/kellogg-ceo-cereal-dinner-save-money-2024-2 We’re in hell.
  9. President Biden has been using notecards in closed-door fundraisers, calling on prescreened donors and then consulting his notes to provide detailed answers, according to people familiar with the routine. Why it matters: Biden's reliance on notecards to help explain his own policy positions — on questions he knows are coming — is raising concerns among some donors about Biden's age. The president is 81 but claims he feels younger. The staged Q&A sessions have left some donors wondering whether Biden can withstand the rigors of a presidential campaign, let alone potential debates with former President Trump, 77. Biden advisers say the president is given notecards only for very detailed and technical questions, and say he frequently does spontaneous Q&As. Most recent presidents — including Trump, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — have carried crib notes, or used teleprompters, to help guide them through various public events and meetings. In Biden's case, donors have noticed he's also using notecards in private events. Biden's campaign dismissed such concerns. "In news that matters to the American people when it comes to the 2024 election today: Three IVF clinics in Alabama ceased operations out of fear of criminal prosecution by the state — all at the feet of Donald Trump," Biden campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz said, referring to an Alabama court's rulingthat frozen embryos are children, the latest decision to follow the Supreme Court's rejection of abortion rights. What we're hearing: Biden's notecards are partly the result of a detail-oriented staff that wants to ensure his fundraisers are successful. They have been: Biden's robust fundraising schedule has given his campaign and the Democratic National Committee a colossal cash advantage over Republicans with the election less than nine months away. As a senator for 36 years, then vice president for eight years, Biden expects to be prepped by staff for nearly every meeting on his schedule. In those briefings, Biden is demanding, difficult to please — and frequently profane. What they're saying: In some impromptu Q&A sessions, certain donors have been impressed. "He's always been an extemporaneous speaker, and he spoke off-the-cuff. Not scripted at all," said Fred P. Hochberg, a donor who attended a fundraiser in Manhattan earlier this month. "I asked him about immigration and the border, and he talked about what's going on," Hochberg said. Full article: https://www.axios.com/2024/02/23/biden-notecards-fundraisers-donors-age
  10. A police officer The murderer met loads of celebs.
  11. Gelato

    Queen Victoria laid to rest

    This is ATRL Times reporter Gelato, dispatching from London on this most solemn of days, the second day of February in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and one. In this epoch of unparalleled transformations and the zenith of Britannic power, the Empire has tendered a grave and dignified farewell to its most enduring Sovereign, Her Late Majesty Queen Victoria, who departed this life on the twenty-second day of January, Anno Domini one thousand nine hundred and one, at the advanced age of eighty-one, within the confines of Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Her peaceful demise, in the presence of her esteemed lineage including her grandson, Kaiser Wilhelm II, heralds the close of a chapter that witnessed the British Empire's ascendancy to the pinnacle of global dominion and the flowering of the Victorian epoch. The arrangements for Her Majesty's final rites were, nonetheless, beset by initial disarray and a notable absence of precedent, as recounted by Sir Frederick Ponsonby, the Queen's equerry and assistant private secretary. Given that the last sovereign's death had occurred in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty-seven, the royal household found itself in a quandary to ensure that the funeral observances due such a monumental figure were aptly conducted. This tumult was mirrored across the royal servants and courtiers, showcasing a surprising disaccord with the requisite protocols for a monarch's passing. Despite these early tribulations, the preparations for the Queen's interment advanced with a blend of haste and solemnity. Queen Victoria, distinguished for her unique predilections in life, had bequeathed explicit directives for a funeral that was to be both grand and modest, mirroring her personal tastes and the profundity of her bereavement for her late consort, Prince Albert. Notably, she envisioned a white funeral, a symbol of purity and, perhaps, a final, poignant divergence from the mourning black she had donned for decades. The procession on the Isle of Wight, and subsequently through the thoroughfares of London to Windsor, was an exhibition of national lamentation and reverence. On the first day of February, the Queen's mortal remains were conveyed aboard the royal yacht Alberta, escorted by a splendid armada of British warships, to the mournful strains of Chopin's funeral march. The realm, in deep mourning, adhered to the edicts of sorrow, though the Queen had eschewed the tradition of lying in state, preferring the intimacy of a more secluded adieu. London's avenues were congested with mourners on the second day of February, despite the inclement clime, as the funeral cortege wended its way to Windsor for the concluding rites. The metropolis witnessed an unprecedented effusion of grief, with every echelon of society represented in the vast multitude of spectators. The pathos of the occasion was immortalized by the nascent technology of the moving picture, courtesy of Pathé cameramen, ensuring that this historic event would be etched in the annals for posterity. The funeral service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle was graced by royalty and luminaries from across the continent, signifying the Queen's international esteem. The procession was not devoid of its vicissitudes; an unfortunate incident with the horses drawing the gun carriage bearing the Queen's coffin necessitated an impromptu resolution that saw naval personnel drawing the carriage, a testament to the adaptability and veneration accorded to the Queen. Queen Victoria's final repose is beside her beloved Albert in the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore. Her funeral, though executed with meticulous attention to detail, was imbued with a simplicity and decorum that spoke eloquently of her persona and reign. Amidst the complexities and pomp of the ceremonies, the essence of Victoria's wishes was preserved, culminating in a white funeral under the snowfall, a serene and fitting tribute to a monarch whose legacy shall forever remain interwoven with the fabric of British history. As the realm advances under the aegis of King Edward VII, the memory of Queen Victoria's profound influence on Britain and the broader world remains indelible. Her funeral not only marked the conclusion of an era but also underscored the enduring respect and affection harbored for her by her subjects and the international community alike.
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