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  Paul Harvey
Posted by: IceWizard - 09-20-2021, 09:28 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (1)

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  Ellsworth woman sues School Board, alleges First Amendment violation
Posted by: IceWizard - 09-19-2021, 05:26 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

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Ellsworth woman sues School Board,
alleges First Amendment violation

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(From left) Ellsworth School Board members Paul Markosian,
Muneer Hasham and Elizabeth Alteri and Chairwoman Kelly McKenney
discuss back-to-school plans at an Aug. 3 workshop.
Vice Chairwoman Abigail Miller attended remotely. An Ellsworth woman
has filed a lawsuit alleging her First Amendment rights were violated at
an Aug. 12 board meeting.

September 3, 2021
by Anne Berleant on Education, News   


A local woman upset with how she was treated at an Aug. 12 School Board meeting
filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Bangor on Aug. 27.

Gwendolyn J. Clark claims the School Board and Vice Chairwoman Abigail T. Miller
violated her First Amendment rights and named both as defendants in the suit.
She seeks a judgment that Miller and the School Board did violate her First Amendment
rights; a court injunction against further violation of her First Amendment rights;
“compensatory or nominal” damages; and attorney fees.

Portland-based Drummond Woodsum represents the school department, with attorneys
Elek Miller (no relation to Abigail Miller) and Melissa Hewey handling the lawsuit.

“We don’t believe the case has merit, and we will vigorously defend it,” Elek Miller said.

Initially, Clark posed three questions regarding student masks and critical race theory (CRT)
during the public comment portion of a July 13 meeting. The board answered her questions.
Next, on Aug. 12, Clark again addressed the board during public comments, alleging
Board Vice Chairwoman Miller “lied to my face” on whether critical race theory is taught in
Ellsworth schools and that the board had held illegal meetings.

At that point, Chairwoman Kelly McKenney cut her off.

Later during the public comments—an emotionally charged time when many parents spoke
against mask requirements for students—citizens repeatedly interrupted another citizen at the
podium, who then sat down. As board members admonished the public, Clark shouted out,
“I have a question,” but was not recognized by the board, which was still talking. She continued
to call out and was then escorted out by a member of the Ellsworth Police Department.

According to school policy on public participation at School Board meetings, the chairman is
responsible for recognizing all speakers, and speakers are not permitted to make defamatory
comments or use abusive or vulgar language. In addition, the chairman must give approval for
citizens to address other board members or the superintendent.

The policy also states, “The Chair has the authority to stop any presentation that violates these
guidelines or the privacy rights of others” and “Persons who disrupt the meeting may be asked
to leave, and the Chair may request law enforcement assistance as necessary to restore order.”

Clark’s complaint alleges “upon information and belief” that the board request for a police presence
at the Aug. 12 meeting was based on Clark’s line of questioning at the July 13 meeting, and
“presents a chilling effect on the exercise of the Plaintiff’s First Amendment rights as well as other
members of the public who desire to speak before the school board.”

Clark referred all questions to Bangor attorney Brett D. Baber of Lanham Blackwell & Baber,
who is representing her in the case.

“When she rose to ask a question, the School Board motioned the police into action and they
escorted her out, in my view,” Baber told The American Sept. 3, adding, “Board policies have
to yield to the First Amendment.”

Further, Baber stated, “Accusations against public officials is fundamental to the First Amendment.
If you run for office, you’re a public official and you have to be able to withstand public scrutiny.”

The meeting that Clark alleged was illegal while speaking at the Aug. 12 board meeting was a
July 14 board retreat. The retreat date and location were stated at June 22 and July 13 meetings.
The American asked Superintendent Dan Higgins whether the retreat had been publicly posted.
Maine law requires notice of public meetings be given “in ample time to allow public attendance.”

“The school department takes its obligations very seriously,” Higgins responded. “We do our best
to be open and transparent about all of our public business, and to let the public know what we
are doing and when we are doing it.

In addition to her lawsuit, Clark filed a request under the Maine public records law,
Freedom of Access Act, on June 13, for “Any and all correspondence, meeting minutes,
training sessions and materials involving School Board members, administrators and teachers
in reference to and including records and materials of: curriculum and training of the 1619 Project,
Critical Race Theory, Cultural Response Training, Social Emotional Learning Training, Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion training. Grant applications and Awards surrounding this training for the
school years 2019 thru (sic) present.”

Clark received the records shortly after the Aug. 12 board meeting and said, “It proves CRT has
been taught in our schools last fall,” adding “there are 81 different names” the training can fall under.

Some staff and School Board members attended the Cultural Competence Institute presented by
the Maine School Boards Association and the Maine School Superintendents Association. The program
has stated goals of “developing a deep understanding of creating a culture of inclusion” and
“creating a sustainable practice for diversity, equity and inclusion in our schools,” among others.

As for critical race theory, school officials say it’s not taught in local schools.

“People attribute things to us that just aren’t what we do,” Superintendent Higgins said in an earlier
interview. “CRT isn’t part of our curriculum, and it isn’t what we do.”

While the lawsuit does not specifically address illegal meetings and CRT, it references that Clark raised
both allegations to the board.

Baber said his office is in the process of serving court papers to the board and Miller. Following that,
a date to appear in federal court in Bangor will be set.

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  Thousands of migrants converge under Texas bridge, posing new challenge for Biden
Posted by: IceWizard - 09-18-2021, 11:55 AM - Forum: World News - Replies (1)

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Thousands of migrants converge under
Texas bridge, posing new challenge for Biden

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CIUDAD ACUÑA, Mexico, Sept 16 (Reuters)

Thousands of migrants have converged under the bridge that connects
Del Rio, Texas and Mexico's Ciudad Acuña, creating a makeshift camp with
few basic services in intense heat in the latest border emergency facing
U.S. President Joe Biden.

Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said that as of early Thursday evening 10,503
migrants were under the Del Rio International Bridge, up from 8,200 in the morning.

Food and water has been scarce, around 20 migrants told Reuters, and
temperatures have risen to around 99 Fahrenheit (37 Celsius). Reuters
witnessed hundreds of migrants wading through the Rio Grande river and
back into Mexico to stock up on essentials they say they are not receiving
on the American side.

The migrants are mostly Haitians, with Cubans, Venezuelans and
Nicaraguans also present.

The squalid conditions are reflective of the humanitarian challenge facing Biden
as border arrests hover around 20-year highs. U.S. authorities arrested more
than 195,000 migrants at the Mexican border in August, according to government
data released on Wednesday.

Ernesto, a 31-year-old Haitian migrant, slipped back into Mexico on Thursday to
buy water and food - for the fourth time, he said, since arriving in the United States
on Monday morning. Ernesto, who declined to give his surname to protect his identity,
said he and his 3-year-old daughter had not been fed at the camp, where migrants
are jostling for shade.

Sometimes, he said, he runs to avoid Mexican migration officials but is usually not
bothered by them. "But now money is running out," he added.

Migrants showed Reuters tickets with numbers they had received from U.S. Border Patrol.
Several said other migrants told them they could be stuck at the camp for up to five days.

Border Patrol said in a statement it was increasing staffing in Del Rio to facilitate a "safe,
humane and orderly process." Drinking water, towels and portable toilets have been provided,
the statement added, while migrants wait to be transported to facilities.

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Biden, a Democrat who took office in January, has rolled back many of the hardline
immigration measures of his Republican predecessor, former President Donald Trump.

But he has been caught between pro-migrant groups and some Democrats who have
criticized him for not doing more to help migrants, and opponents who say his policies
have encouraged illegal immigration.

Del Rio is in Val Verde County, which voted for Trump in 2020. Some residents in this
sprawling, bilingual border town say they feel abandoned by the federal government
on border security.

"Are they doing anything to stop them from coming?" one woman said while
she looked down at the encampment while driving over the bridge.


Carlos, a 27-year-old Venezuelan who said he left his home after graduating university
in July, said he thought the camp had doubled in size since he arrived on Tuesday. Carlos,
who declined to give his full name, said he had only $10 left, and that there were 400
families ahead of him in the queue for processing.

Both migrants and Mexican officials said many more people are expected in coming days.
Some told Reuters they had chosen to cross here because the river is shallow and they felt
there was comparatively less cartel activity.

Jeff Jeune, a 27-year-old Haitian who was reselling water bottles for a 3 peso (15 cent) profit,
said he and his young family were exhausted, hungry and sleeping on the ground. He fretted
about his kids falling ill in the makeshift camp.

"My ten-year-old asks: 'When are we leaving?' He's always asking that."

Reporting by
Alexandra Ulmer,
editing by Ross Colvin,
Diane Craft and
Rosalba O'Brien

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Posted by: IceWizard - 09-17-2021, 11:36 AM - Forum: World News - No Replies

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"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense,
promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves
and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this
Constitution for the United States of America

This preamble to the U.S. Constitution – signed 234 years ago on Sept. 17, 1787,
establishes the mechanism by which this country may achieve lofty national goals.
On this anniversary day, Duke joins the rest of the country in celebrating the
Constitution’s goal of creating a more perfect union and examining both its strengths
and its shortcomings.

“This constitutional mechanism has been improved over the last 234 years and will
continue to require amendment as we move into a world that our founders could
scarcely have imagined,” said Michael Gillespie, professor of political science and
philosophy and director of the Duke Program in American Values and Institutions. 

The need for justice, domestic tranquillity, and the promotion of the general welfare
remain the foremost requirements of our country and are the essential prerequisites
of liberty and all the blessings it may bring.  It would be fitting at this time of
hyperpartisanship to rededicate ourselves to those goals that our founders laid out,
and help to assure their goal, that our union shall long endure

During the day, the Duke Carillon will play several pieces celebrating the US Constitution
during the daily 5 p.m. recital. The music will include the National Anthem,
"Washington's March," "Variations on America" and "Keller's American Hymn."

The university community is encouraged to use this commemoration as an opportunity
to reflect on the values that might guide us to a more inclusive and principled future.

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  Leaked Zoom Video Reveals Hospital Officials Discussing COVID-19 Scare Tactics
Posted by: IceWizard - 09-16-2021, 01:57 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (3)

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Leaked Zoom Video Reveals Hospital Officials
Discussing COVID-19 Scare Tactics

September 14, 2021
Updated: September 14, 2021

A leaked Zoom conference reveals a doctor questioning how to increase the count of
COVID-19 patient numbers on the hospital’s dashboard report.

The media outlet National File said it obtained the recording from an “internal source”
at the Novant Health System that includes New Hanover Regional Medical Center in
Wilmington, North Carolina.

National File posted the video on its Twitter feed on Sept. 10.

National File and other local media outlets that reported on the leak identified the people
in the video as Mary Kathryn Rudyk, a physician at the medical center, who is asking Carolyn Fisher,
the hospital’s director of marketing, how to inflate the number of people classified as
COVID-19 patients for the purpose of generating fear in the unvaccinated.

I think we have to be more blunt, we have to be more forceful—we have to say something
coming out—if you don’t get vaccinated, you know you are going to die
,” Rudyk said in the video.
Let’s just be really blunt to these people.”

The video begins with Fisher explaining how her department is communicating
“meaningful numbers”—the percentage of the unvaccinated, vaccinated, and percentage
of deaths in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)—to the public.

Rudyk then asked how post-COVID cases can be included in the number of people
hospitalized for COVID-19.

My feeling at this point in time is that maybe we need to be completely a little bit more scary for the public,”
Rudyk said. “There are many people still hospitalized that we’re considering post-COVID, but we are not
counting in those numbers, so how do we include those post-COVID people in the numbers of patients
we have in the hospital

Fisher asked if she meant every patient who has been in the hospital
“since the beginning of COVID?”

Rudyk answered, “Well, that are still in, and that’s something I can take to someone else,
but I think those are important numbers: the patients that are still in the hospital, that are
off the COVID floor, but still are occupying the hospital for a variety of reasons

Also on the Zoom conference call was Shelbourn Stevens, president of New Hanover Regional
Medical Center, who said those patients are classified as “recovered.”

But I do think, from our standpoint, we would still consider them a COVID patient because
they’re still healing
,” Stevens said.

Rudyk said she thinks those patients need to be “highlighted as well, because once they’re off isolation,
they drop from the COVID numbers,” prompting Stevens to say that they can later talk offline about
“how we can run that up to marketing.”

Novant Health Response
In response to questions asking for confirmation on if people in the video were employees of
New Hanover Regional Medical Center and what the context of the video was, a spokesperson
for Novant Health told The Epoch Times that staff involved in the excerpt of the video are seeing
the “highest levels of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths so far in this pandemic, despite
having safe and effective vaccines widely available.”

This was a frank discussion among medical and communications professionals on how we can
more accurately convey the severity and seriousness of what’s happening inside of our hospitals
and throughout our communities
,” the spokesperson said. “Specifically, the data we have
been sharing does not include patients who remain hospitalized for COVID-19 complications even
though they are no longer on COVID-19 isolation, so it does not provide a complete picture of the
total impact of COVID-19 on our patients and on our hospitals

The hospital continues to be concerned with misinformation, the spokesperson said, and that it
strives “to be transparent and tell the whole story.”

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  John Durham Reportedly is Finally Taking Action
Posted by: IceWizard - 09-16-2021, 11:20 AM - Forum: World News - Replies (1)

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John Durham Reportedly is
Finally Taking Action

By Larry Johnson
Published September 15, 2021 at 8:12pm

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Breaking news from the New York Times:

Quote:John H. Durham, the special counsel appointed by the Trump administration
to scrutinize the Russia investigation, has told the Justice Department that he
will ask a grand jury to indict a prominent cybersecurity lawyer on a charge of
making a false statement to the F.B.I., people familiar with the matter said.

The lawyer is Michael Sussmann, who is accused of lying to the F.B.I. in a
2016 meeting about Trump and Russia.

To paraphrase a speech by Winston Churchill, I do not know if this is the
beginning of the end or the end of the beginning, but it is a beginning.

According to the Times, the indictment hinges in part on
testimony from former FBI General Counsel:

Quote:Mr. Baker, the former F.B.I. lawyer, is said to have told investigators that he
recalled Mr. Sussmann saying that he was not meeting him on behalf of any client.

But Sussmann told Congress a different story

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I want to believe that this is the start of the indictments of the Obama officials
who spread the lie that Donald Trump was a puppet of Putin and a stooge of the Russians.

It was a heinous lie but the media worked tirelessly to spread it and keep it alive.
But I am also a realist and acknowledge that hopes of justice being done have been
dashed repeatedly. According to the Times, even Sussmann’s lawyers expect him to be indicted.

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  Joe sniffs a kid and kid is not happy camper
Posted by: Charon - 09-15-2021, 09:33 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (1)

Watch: Biden Defies COVID Protocol, Appears to Scare Baby When He Leans In for Kiss

By Isa Cox
  September 15, 2021 at 10:58am
While speaking at an event touting his “Build Back Better” plan for the economy, President Joe Biden was caught on camera kissing a stranger’s baby while meeting members of the public.

Now, there is not anything that unusual about a politician kissing a baby — it’s a cliché, in fact.

That is, there wasn’t anything unusual about a politician kissing a baby until 18 months ago — for politicians other than Joe Biden, a man whose apparent extreme fondness for touching children has been the subject of countless photo collages and internet video compilations for years.

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You see, in case you’ve been living under a rock (in which case I envy you dreadfully), we are in the middle of a pandemic of unprecedented historical significance, and Biden is the man who promised America he’d “shut down the virus.”

He thus has been aggressively pursuing mandates for the COVID-19 vaccine and has insisted that masks should be mandatory for children in public schools.

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Although the virus has been consistently regarded as posing a significantly lower risk to children, including babies, Biden said last week that schools need universal mask requirements, mandatory vaccines for teachers and staff, and routine testing of the unvaccinated in order to open safely (standards that few of the nation’s major school districts live up to, as The New York Times reported on Monday).

We know that Biden is vaccinated, but not only is his administration recommending masks for the vaccinated, but Vice President Kamala Harris suggested on Twitter this week that even the vaccinated are in need of “protecting,” whatever that means.

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So why on earth is Joe Biden kissing a stranger’s baby?

Shouldn’t this be tantamount to environmental terrorism, based on his own assertions about the virus?

In reality, both breaking his own recommended COVID-19 protocols and getting way too close to small children are par for the course for our president, although that hardly makes the optics here any better.

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He routinely breaks protocols that he has touted as the tools he’ll use to completely eliminate the virus from our society (as if that were even possible). In one glaring example, the president posed for photos on federal property without a mask on immediately after signing an order that mandated masks on federal property.

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Meanwhile, he has been known for much of his career for getting entirely too up close and personal with constituents, colleagues and political wives and family members — including children.

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You can tell the baby Biden kissed in Colorado was unsettled by the strange man’s unsolicited affection, although, to be fair, this is not entirely unusual for a young child.

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What is bizarre is how none of the adults around the president seem to think it odd that the unmasked Biden just kissed a small child who is far too young to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as his administration has been insisting that the delta virus is so deadly and dangerous that even the vaccinated must be protected from it.

Is his desire to touch, fondle, kiss and smell young children so out of control that it overwhelmed his otherwise prudent sensibilities about COVID safety? Or is all his rhetoric about the deadliness of the virus just politicking to justify a disturbing expansion of federal power over the private lives of Americans?

In other words, does he have absolutely no self-control, or is he totally exaggerating the deadliness of the virus in his insatiable quest for power? Or both?

Somehow, I’m guessing it’s both.


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  When the Roman Empire withdrew from a war
Posted by: Charon - 09-15-2021, 08:30 PM - Forum: Political Discussion - Replies (1)



Hadrian's Retreat From Parthia Drew Fierce Criticism—and Opened the Door to a Better Roman Future
When an Empire Withdrew from an Unwinnable War | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian
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Ending wars has always been hard for great powers. Hadrian knew this. In 117 A.D., the new Roman emperor decided to withdraw his forces from an unwinnable war against the Parthian Empire.

Hadrian had inherited the conflict with Parthia—a large empire centered in what is now Iran—from Trajan, his imperial predecessor. Trajan’s generals resisted Hadrian’s withdrawal so forcefully that the emperor feared he might lose both his crown and his life. His ending of the war brought historical condemnation upon him for centuries.

It also was a decision that made Rome stronger.

The war began in late 113 A.D. after Parthian meddling in the Armenian kingdom that sat between the two empires gave Trajan a reason to attack. The emperor assembled as many as 80,000 troops at a forward base near the Armenian frontier and they advanced easily through Armenia, assuming complete control of that kingdom by the end of 114.

In 115, Trajan’s forces absorbed many of the smaller kingdoms occupying the highlands of what is now eastern Turkey and northern Iraq. Then, in 116, Trajan mounted a full invasion of the cities and farmlands situated between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

By the end of 116, Romans had occupied the famous city of Babylon and seized the Parthian capital of Ctesiphon (the ancient Persian capital, near present-day Baghdad). Trajan even erected a statue of himself in Parthian territory near the Persian Gulf. The Roman Senate voted to give Trajan the honorary title “Parthicus,” and Trajan celebrated the capture of Ctesiphon by issuing a gold coin that displayed two Parthian captives seated beneath a victory trophy. The coin carried the legend “PARTHIA CAPTA”: Parthia Captured.

But Parthia had not really been captured. Roman forces had swiftly occupied a great deal of territory without facing a large Parthian army. Parthian troops had instead withdrawn from the lowlands of Mesopotamia into the Zagros mountains and there began to organize a strong and effective response to the Roman occupation that would make Trajan’s new conquests ungovernable.

Trajan’s generals resisted Hadrian’s withdrawal so forcefully that the emperor feared he might lose both his crown and his life. His ending of the war brought historical condemnation upon him for centuries. It also was a decision that made Rome stronger.
While Trajan was touring Babylon and musing about how he might have matched Alexander the Great’s conquests if he were a younger man, the emperor received word of Parthian-sponsored rebellions erupting in cities all along the Tigris and Euphrates. Trajan had to send three different troop contingents to fight against these rebels, with the emperor himself leading the division around Babylon. Then he received word that a Parthian field army was marching on the new Roman province of Armenia.

Although Roman armies recaptured most of the rebellious cities by early 117, the revolts persuaded Trajan to return authority in Armenia to a pro-Roman Armenian king and to place a Roman-backed Parthian pretender on the throne in Ctesiphon. Trajan planned to return to campaign more in Mesopotamia, but he suffered a stroke and died in August 117.

Hadrian took over the empire at this moment of crisis. It was true that Roman forces had won nearly every major engagement in the Trajan’s eastern campaigns. But the new emperor realized that Rome’s large and capable army could not continuously respond to local insurrections in the cities of Mesopotamia, much less attacks by a Parthian adversary able to melt back into mountainous regions where the Romans dared not follow them.

So, the anonymous author of the Historia Augusta wrote, Hadrian “relinquished all of the conquests across the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers.” He later quotes the new emperor as saying that “those areas that can not be defended, should be declared liberated” and returned to local control. Hadrian left the defense of these regions up to the allied governments Rome had just installed.

The Roman withdrawal happened very quickly. Hadrian officially took power on August 11. Roman forces vacated Dura Europos—a base on the Euphrates and likely one of the last places Roman troops left—by September 30. In a little more than a month and a half,
Hadrian had pulled back from the two provinces of Armenia and Mesopotamia as well as the territory in southern Iraq that Trajan had claimed for Rome.

As Roman troops departed, the ally that Trajan installed as Parthian king in Ctesiphon saw his regime collapse. Hadrian saved face by placing the deposed monarch in charge of a smaller border kingdom, but it was clear to all that Rome’s postwar settlement of Mesopotamia had failed. “Thus it was that the Romans, in conquering Armenia, most of Mesopotamia, and the Parthians, had undergone severe hardships and dangers for nothing,” reflected Roman senator and historian Cassius Dio decades later.

Cassius Dio captures a sentiment that many of Hadrian’s contemporaries shared. Hadrian had to remove several of Trajan’s top generals after he became suspicious that their disapproval of his policies might induce them to rebel. Later Roman historians passed an even harsher judgement than Cassius Dio. Writing more than 200 years after Hadrian’s order to withdraw, the historian Festus claimed that Hadrian “returned Armenia, Mesopotamia, and Assyria” because he “envied Trajan’s glory.”

Hadrian’s answer to his critics remains instructive today. He did not apologize for withdrawing from the lands across the Euphrates. The Historia Augusta instead suggests that Hadrian elected a strategy of “reinstituting the approach of the earlier emperors” and “devoting himself to actions that maintained peace” across the empire. In Hadrian’s view, Rome needed to exit foreign quagmires and stop fighting wars of expansion so that it could focus on improving domestic conditions.

Hadrian devoted much of his 21-year reign to improving the lives of Romans within the empire’s boundaries. He put down internal rebellions that had erupted after Trajan’s foreign wars drained troops and resources away from the empire’s core provinces. Hadrian spent much of his reign traveling across the empire, repairing infrastructure, and building new public buildings. Hadrian’s Wall in Britain, the Pantheon in Rome, and the massive Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens are among his most famous infrastructure projects. Hadrian then advertised his achievements with a series of coins illustrating his arrival in each province, his restoration of its prosperity, and his departure.

It is unlikely that any of these achievements would have been possible had Hadrian decided to keep fighting the costly war he inherited. Hadrian’s retreat was not popular, but the emperor understood that Trajan’s war had to end before his own Roman renewal could begin.

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Many Romans eventually came to respect Hadrian’s choice to put domestic affairs above foreign conquests. When Hadrian died, his successor Antoninus Pius pushed the Senate to declare Hadrian a god. Then Pius decorated the temple in which this new god was worshipped with sculptures of every Roman province, suggesting the prosperity Hadrian had restored.

Hadrian likely could have imagined no better commemoration.

holds the Alkiviadis Vassiliadis endowed chair and is professor of history at the University of California, San Diego. He is author of the new book The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea, and, previously, Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell Into Tyranny.

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  Texas Hospital Faces Closure Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: CEO
Posted by: IceWizard - 09-15-2021, 04:55 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

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Texas Hospital Faces Closure Over
COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: CEO

By Jack Phillips
September 15, 2021
Updated: September 15, 2021

The chief executive of a hospital in Texas warned that his facility faces closure
after President Joe Biden’s announcement last week that most healthcare workers
get the COVID-19 vaccine.

If the mandate goes through, Brownfield Regional Medical Center CEO Jerry Jasper
said that “20 percent of my, probably 20 to 25 percent of my staff will have to go
away if that’s the case,” reported KCBD. Losing those workers, he said, would likely
cause his hospital to shut down, and losing Medicare and Medicaid money isn’t
an option either.

A White House stipulates that healthcare workers who work at hospitals and
facilities that receive either Medicaid or Medicare funds will have to get the
COVID-19 vaccine.

“It’s huge in our rural community as all the other rural communities. We all have
high poverty levels and stuff like that, so a lot of Medicaid usage in our communities
and stuff like that,” Jasper remarked to the station.

Another local hospital executive said that the mandate echoed Jasper’s sentiments.

“Well, it would be devastating for the community, frankly. We have a large percentage
of our revenue that comes from Medicare, Medicaid, and those kinds of products,”
Larry Gray, the CEO of the Seminole Hospital District, told the station.

While Gray said he encourages vaccines, mandates don’t work.

“I think the mandate is just a terrible message because if the vaccinations are working,
why do you have to mandate people to get the vaccines?” Gray asked. “What happens
to individual choice and medical decisions between the patient and their doctor, which
is all of the things that we’re trying to support.”

Other than mandates for healthcare workers, Biden also announced he would direct
the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to enforce a rule against
companies with 100 or more workers that employees either get the vaccine or submit
to weekly COVID-19 testing. Federal workers and contractors will also have to get the
vaccine, he said.

In Upstate New York, a regional hospital’s executive said that the facility will have to
at least temporarily close down its maternity unit and will not be able to deliver babies
due to a mandate that was handed down by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Lewis County Health System Chief Executive Officer Gerald Cayer said that six employees
who were employed in the unit resigned, according to local media reports.

“If we can pause the service and now focus on recruiting nurses who are vaccinated,
we will be able to reengage in delivering babies here in Lewis County,” Cayer said
at a news conference on Sept. 10.

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  Who Sang It Better?
Posted by: Traygold - 09-15-2021, 03:57 AM - Forum: The Lounge - Replies (12)

I thought this would be a fun thread to get started.  Post two versions of the same song with and which version you like better.  Everyone post their favorite. And post  two versions of a different song.  

I have to go with Lenny Kravitz on this one.

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