Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

-Carl Sandburg

‘While there’s British interference, there’s going to be action’: why a hardcore of dissident Irish republicans are not giving up

by Marisa McGlinchey, © The Guardian
July 22, 2021

In the early hours of 19 April 2019, Belfast-born Irish republican Anthony McIntyre was awakened by his wife, Carrie, in their home in Drogheda, just south of the border in Ireland. “It’s not true, it can’t be true,” she was saying. “Lyra has been shot dead.”

Drowsy, confused and not quite believing what he had just been told, McIntyre fell back asleep. He awoke the following morning thinking, “What did she tell me?” McIntyre looked online, and saw that it was true: their good friend, the 29-year-old journalist Lyra McKee, had been observing a riot in Derry the previous night when she was shot by a republican gunman.

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To be a good loser is to learn how to win.

-Carl Sandburg

‘Sore loser’ Trump reaps fruits of election lies in Arizona

by Stephen Collinson, © CNN
July 25, 2021

Ex-President Donald Trump’s big lie came full circle on Saturday as he traveled to Arizona to dangerously seize on the false fruits of a sham election “audit” precipitated by his own discredited claims the 2020 election was stolen.

On a late afternoon of delusion and incitement, Trump offered a preview of how he could exploit grievances of millions of supporters who buy his lies about voter fraud to power a possible new presidential run in the future.

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The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation Online

By Sheera Frenkel, © The New York Times
July 24, 2021

The article that appeared online on Feb. 9 began with a seemingly innocuous question about the legal definition of vaccines. Then over its next 3,400 words, it declared coronavirus vaccines were “a medical fraud” and said the injections did not prevent infections, provide immunity or stop transmission of the disease.

Instead, the article claimed, the shots “alter your genetic coding, turning you into a viral protein factory that has no off-switch.”

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We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves.

-Barbara Jordan

Republican politicians lost in Medicaid expansion standoff, and Missouri voters won

July 22, 2021

Thursday, the Missouri Supreme Court — with a clear, unanimous voice — said expanded Medicaid is constitutional. That means 275,000 people now eligible for Medicaid must soon be enrolled in the program if they apply.

It was a good day for the rule of law. It was a great day for the working poor, who will be able to get someone to take a look at that nagging cough or skin infection.

All Missourians should celebrate. They won their case.

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You live in the image you have of the world. Every one of us lives in a different world, with different space and different time.

-Alejandro Jodorowsky