Posts by Rice

    CARLOS!!! Do not be ashamed for your country! Continue to call out injustices and mismanagement that you see, in order to help Argentina live up to its enormous potential!

    The rest of us on this forum are all too happy to talk about crazy things our current and past leaders have done and will do. This is Free Speech!

    The irony is that in Arizona the Trump-led audit found 360 more votes for President Biden!


    You can’t make this stuff up. His own people concluded that the third Arizona recount showed what the first two recounts showed: that Biden clearly won. Yet with a straight face, and to audience cheers, he boasted that the audit proved HE had won.

    How can this country go on, with so many voters begging to be lied to? This particular lie of a “stolen election,” is especially toxic, as it is being used to strip voting rights and make sure that the only party that will be allowed to win in the future will be the trumpist party, which is installing their own loyalists in positions responsible for presenting each state’s presidential electors.

    Headline from a conservative newspaper today:

    Trump keeps stolen election case alive at Georgia rally, claims vindication from Arizona audit.

    Here’s The Telegraph’s explanation of the burst of Franglais from Boris, who everyone knows speaks very good French.

    This was not the act of bumbling crassness it may have appeared. It was a very un-bumbling crassness. Consider the diplomatic context. The French, with Talleyrand-like subtlety, broke diplomatic relations with the US and Australia over the issue, but chose not to recall their ambassador to the UK on the presumed reasoning that we were not important enough to bother snubbing.   

    Accordingly, the Prime Minister’s flippant burst of Franglais was a calculating reassertion of the upper hand. By refusing to take French anger seriously it was designed to drive the prideful M Macron and his garlic-chewing metropolitan allies in North London into a state of purple-faced fury, while giving Mr Johnson’s natural allies, who consider snails a pest rather than a main course, a good chuckle.”

    Not sure it’s because of the We Hate Putin lobby. The FDA is notoriously slow, even when the drug being considered is made in the USA.


    Why is the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine not yet approved in the US?

    In the United States, all vaccines must go through a rigorous development process before being approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    According to the FDATrusted Source, vaccine development begins with the exploration and testing of potential compounds that can be used to prevent or treat a certain disease. This initial research and testing phase can include testing on cells or animals, and afterward, clinical development begins.

    At the clinical development stage, a vaccine must go through three phases of testing before it can be reviewed for approval:

    • Phase I. During phase I, the vaccine is tested on small groups of people.
    • Phase II. During phase II, the vaccine is tested on larger groups of people who are the intended recipients of the vaccine.
    • Phase III. During phase III, the vaccine is administered to thousands of people and clinical testing is performed for safety and effectiveness.

    After Phase III trials prove a vaccine is both safe and effective, it then enters the approval process. The vaccine approval process includes:

    • applications
    • inspections
    • additional testing

    Only after a new vaccine has completed every step of the development and approval process can it enter the market for distribution in the United States.

    As you can see, this lengthy process means that it can take years for a vaccine to receive approval for distribution in the United States — especially if the vaccine is from another country, which is the case for Sputnik V.”

    UK Man , I’ve been looking to see if the US recognizes Sputnik as an acceptable vaccine, but can’t find a definitive answer. It is not approved for distribution in the US, but were you able to also verify that it is not accepted as a valid vaccination for people entering from other countries? What about Sinopharm?

    There should be no place for a murderer in government. But as for Mr. Sola, I’m afraid he was not unique in having a high position in Diplomacy without being able to speak other languages. Look at all the ambassadors the world has sent to Argentina, who have not spoken Spanish! Outrageous. And as for experience in Diplomacy, what about the British Ambassador who was a former flight attendant?

    Northerner , if you fly to Miami from Argentina, will you start again with one of the three vaccines approved for use in the US? AstraZeneca will get you into the country, but you won’t be able to get a second shot.

    In case this helps, it was updated in the NYT yesterday:

    For the past 18 months, virtually all visitors from the banned countries, including those that are members of the European Union and a handful of others, have been prohibited from traveling directly to the United States. Come early November, this policy will no longer apply, Jeffrey D. Zients, the White House pandemic coordinator, announced on Monday. Individuals from these countries can fly to the United States, as they did before the pandemic, so long as they can show proof of vaccination and a negative coronavirus test taken within three days of boarding a flight. No quarantine will be required.

    Apologies for the broken link. Here is the repaired one.

    September 24, 2021
    On Monday, we learned that after last year’s election, John Eastman, a well-connected lawyer advising former president Donald Trump, outlined a six-point plan…

    I agree with you, Carlos . Argentina’s government has been far more corrupt than that of the US, until 4.5 years ago. Now it may be impossible to repair the damage. When you are able to read the attached article, because of your knowledge of US history and institutions, you will agree.

    Some forum members have privately asked me what in the world is happening to democracy in the US. While the larger discussion would be how and why things have devolved to the current state, this is a more manageable account of what the state of affairs is now, and a fascinating if depressing read, from a historian who looks at current events through the lens of history:

    September 24, 2021
    On Monday, we learned that after last year’s election, John Eastman, a well-connected lawyer advising former president Donald Trump, outlined a six-point plan…

    This seems like a problem the hell-for-leather Brexiteers never foresaw. The article makes a Covid reference but doesn’t explain its immediate effect on long-haul drivers: Did a lot of them die of Covid?

    I like the idea of training Afghan refugees with experience driving large vehicles. They are already in the country and will welcome permanent jobs. Relying on temporary labor from the EU can get the UK past this immediate problem but invites it to reoccur when the temporary visas expire.
    The New York Times


    Donald Trump was not cheated of victory in Arizona’s largest county in 2020, a draft of a Republican-ordered review of the election showed.

    Friday, September 24, 2021 12:13 AM EST

    The draft report from the company Cyber Ninjas found 99 additional votes for President Biden and 261 fewer votes for Mr. Trump in Maricopa County, the fast-growing region that includes Phoenix. The full review is set to be released on Friday.

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