Famous French former Prime Minister Guizot: "What was formerly democracy would now be anarchy; the democratic spirit is now and long will be nothing but the revolutionary spirit". Excellent slogan for the US Republican Party.

Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, 's first MP, and supporter of Democracy, has been thrown out of that nation's legislature by the Constitutional Court. She had first been elected as a member of the Future Forward Party, which was banned by the Constitutional Court, then joined the Moving Forward Party. pinknews.co.uk/2020/10/29/thai

Religion, Trump as God's instrument on Earth 

Evangelical (by the US definition) Christians (by a very low bar definition) viewing as 'the imperfect vessel for God's Will'. I regard this as an attempt to place a scriptural veil over the , and that drives the Christian right theguardian.com/us-news/2020/j

Ukraine airliner crash in Iran hit by missile 

, and agree that the airliner that crashed in killing all 76 aboard was shot down by an Iranian missile, possibly in error edition.cnn.com/2020/01/09/pol

is moving closer to being listed by the US as a currency manipulator, due to the present trade surplus of $20.05 billion. The surging THB has been moderating over the last few days, trading today at 30.3530 to the USD bangkokpost.com/world/1831214/

Construction has been completed for 's (light rail) Blue Line loop, trial running of the extension to continue until March railwaygazette.com/transport-a

USpol, Pompeo, Kansas senate seat 

Current Secretary of State says he will not resign and run for the open Senate seat, throwing the into disarray, as the default gop candidate is now Kris Kobach, whom everyone in the party hates. The presumed Democrat candidate was a Republican until 2018. edition.cnn.com/2020/01/07/pol

Congress, War Powers resolution, Iran 

US House Speaker announces a war powers resolution restricting 's ability to wage war on . A similar resolution was put forward by Tim Kaine (D-VA) in the Senate. But Trump has defied the Congress so often, why would this time be different nbcnews.com/politics/national-

Vzla politics, Guaido replaced as congress leader 

announces the election of a new congress leader, displacing Guaido, whom many view as a US asset. The anti- block denounces the move as illegal, as a quorum did not exist, calls the election a "parliamentary coup" reuters.com/article/us-venezue

enters the list of 50 most expensive world cities, and residents are feeling hard pressed by rising prices. The linked article focuses on accommodation (rent) and transportation costs. Bangkok is choking on auto emissions, so drastically reducing fares on light rail might be in order. bangkokpost.com/thailand/speci

Cambridge Analytica document dump 

100000+ Cambridge Analytica documents released into the wild, documenting the defunct corporation's activities in 68 countries. theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/j

Stormont, N. Ireland, Irish Language Act 

Chances for restoration of devolved government in N. seem dim, as draws a line in the sand over the Irish Language Act, and Sinn Fein upholds it history in demanding the implementation of the act. The Torygraph accuses Sinn Fein, ofc bbc.com/news/uk-northern-irela

's Finance minister says that policy makers still have "monetary and fiscal policy space" to reign in the , but for some reason, this is not the time. As a side note, it's almost amusing the US is considering listing Thailand as a currency manipulator, when its attempts to manipulate in favor of the USD have failed. bangkokpost.com/business/18284

Maeve boosted

analysts predict the value of the will continue to slide, as the blossoming (heh) of trade peace w/ makes the "safe-haven" case unconvincing. There are, ofc, some analysts who beg to differ. straitstimes.com/business/us-c

Abortion rights under extreme threat in the US 

US rights: 39 Senators and 168 members of the House join an amicus brief, asking the to reconsider or to repeal outright Roe v Wade. edition.cnn.com/2020/01/02/pol

I'll be shifting my presence to my account @maeve, so I invite you to follow that account, if you are of a mind to do so.

Virginia, Equal Rights Amendment 

legislators are so confident that the will pass, they are planning for celebrations. If it does, Va becomes the critical 38th state to do so, but the original law for the ERA imposed a time limit which has expired wtop.com/virginia/2020/01/lawm

Netanyahu asks Knesset for immunity in corruption cases 

PM asks the (the legislature) for a grant of immunity against charges of corruption, saying he plans to lead the country "for many years to come" edition.cnn.com/2020/01/01/mid

AOC for president, some future date 

Speculation of an presidential candidacy at some future date, she does not yet meet the minimum age requirement. A hard row to hoe, in the present state of the Democratic Party politico.com/news/2019/12/27/a

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