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Saturday News: You've been served

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HOUSE PANEL ISSUES SUBPOENA FOR MARK MEADOWS IN JAN 6 INSURRECTION PROBE: “You were the president's chief of staff and have critical information regarding many elements of our inquiry,” Thompson wrote. “It appears you were with or in the vicinity of President Trump on January 6, had communication with the president and others on January 6 regarding events at the Capitol and are a witness regarding the activities of the day.” Thompson wrote Meadows that the panel has “credible evidence” of his' involvement in events within the scope of the committee’s investigation. That also includes involvement in the “planning and preparation of efforts to contest the presidential election and delay the counting of electoral votes.” Hopefully this will include the threatening phone call to Georgia's Secretary of State.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article254482152.html

Friday News: Not a member of the Club

UNC TRUSTEES DON'T WANT TO HEAR WHAT THE RIFF-RAFF HAVE TO SAY: The leaders representing groups of UNC-Chapel Hill professors, employees and graduate students have not been invited to speak on behalf of their colleagues to the campus Board of Trustees since new leaders of the board took over in the the summer. It is customary in the past for the faculty chair, Employee Forum chair and president of the Graduate and Professional Student Government to give remarks at board meetings, typically in the University Affairs Committee meeting. At least one of those representatives, and usually all three, spoke at every board meeting over the past year thought May. But since that May meeting, none of them have been invited to speak, they say. Because they know they're doing a piss-poor job, and don't want that on record.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article254462223.html

Thursday News: The wrong question

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UNC BOG AND TRUSTEES TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHO'S BOSS: The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on Wednesday discussed the powers it has to make campus decisions on issues including personnel actions and tuition. That was prompted by a UNC System Board of Governors’ resolution passed this summer to amend and restate what the boards of trustees at individual campuses do. The resolution essentially asks campuses to map out where power is delegated and who decides about campus issues, from tenure to tuition. The trustees’ discussion also comes after complaints from UNC-CH faculty and the newly established Coalition for Carolina group regarding decision-making that affects campuses. Both the BOG and the Trustees should have relatively little to do. The Chancellor and Faculty department heads are not children who need to be guided, they're highly intelligent, experienced, and invested in the success of their school. No higher authority is needed.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article254433908.html

Wednesday News: Abject failure

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JOHNSTON SCHOOL BOARD IGNORES MADDY AND KEEPS MASK MANDATE: Johnston County students and teachers must continue to wear face masks in school, despite a protest led by U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn last week to make the coverings optional. The Johnston County school board voted 4-3 on Monday to continue its face mask requirement for at least another month. A group of two school board members will now meet with Dr. Marilyn Pearson, the county health director, to discuss the metrics for lifting the mask requirement. The vote comes at a time when nearly all of North Carolina’s 115 school districts are still requiring masks in the face of rising number COVID-19 numbers from the delta variant. But some districts, such as Harnett County and Lincoln County, voted last week to end their mask requirements. STFU, Comm's Guy.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article254381138.html

Monday News: Fifteen thousand, six hundred fifteen

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AS MANY AS 1,120 NC CITIZENS MAY DIE FROM COVID IN SEPTEMBER ALONE: At least 1,330,492 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 15,615 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 7,905 new COVID-19 cases, up from 7,160 the day before. At least 3,573 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Thursday, including 908 adult patients who were being treated in intensive care units, health officials said. As of Wednesday, the latest date for which data is available, 9.7% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Roughly 68% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 63% have been fully vaccinated. Well, we may have surpassed herd ignorance anyway.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article254330063.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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PLAYING POLITICS WITH A VIRUS THAT HAS NO IDEOLOGY IS A DEADLY GAME: School boards have had to face irrational and angry protests. Threats shut down Moore County’s school board meeting this week. In some communities, out-of-control protests and un-schooled boards are prompting retreats on necessary protocols to fight the pandemic. “Without a universal mask requirement in Union County Public Schools, a 14-day quarantine period remains the best option to provide for the protection of students, teachers, staff and members of the community,” Union County Public Health Director Dennis Joyner told the school board in a Sept. 10 letter. As of last week, 480 students and staff in the school system tested COVID-19 positive while 7,285 – 15% of the district’s total enrollment – were in quarantine. The Union school board is having none of it. No masks, no contact tracing, no quarantining, the board ordered. Ignore the facts and the problem goes away? Is that the misguided lesson this board and others are teaching? It's one of the lessons, and another is that "feelings" trump scientific reasoning. Both represent negligence.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-playing-politics-with-a-virus-that-has-no-ideology-is-a-deadly-game/1...

Saturday News: Racism is Racism

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3-JUDGE PANEL RULES NC VOTER ID UNCONSTITUTIONAL DUE TO RACIAL DISCRIMINATION: Republican lawmakers in North Carolina wrote the state’s voter ID law with the intent, at least in part, to make it harder for Black residents to vote, a panel of state judges ruled on Friday. “In reaching this conclusion, we do not find that any member of the General Assembly who voted in favor of (voter ID) harbors any racial animus or hatred towards African American voters, but rather ... that the Republican majority ‘target[ed] voters who, based on race, were unlikely to vote for the majority party. Even if done for partisan ends, that constitute[s] racial discrimination.’” The ruling strikes down a voter ID law that lawmakers wrote in 2018, after voters statewide approved the general idea during the 2018 elections, on a ballot referendum for a constitutional amendment. That amendment passed with over 55% of the vote.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article254318478.html

Friday News: Leadership vacuum

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UNC SYSTEM PRESIDENT NEEDS TO GROW A PAIR: On Thursday, UNC System President Peter Hans defended the system’s position that it cannot legally require a COVID-19 vaccine at this time. He would not say whether he would want to mandate vaccines for students and employees if he could. “I think it’s best left in the hands of public health experts,” Hans said in a press conference. He then quoted a state law and said lawmakers clearly delegated the ability to add immunizations for children to public health experts through the North Carolina Commission for Public Health. And “that’s where those decisions best lie,” he said. Hans said they are following current public health guidance and flexibility for campuses given their particular situations, including local health conditions, capacities and cultures. But he has not given chancellors the go-ahead to mandate COVID-19 vaccines. “I can’t delegate legal authority I don’t possess,” Hans said Thursday. Then step aside for somebody who will.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article254278218.html

Thursday News: IOKIYAR

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CONSERVATIVE BOOGEYMAN GEORGE SOROS INVESTED IN TED BUDD'S FAMILY BUSINESS: There are few people more maligned in ultra-conservative circles than George Soros, the Hungarian-born investor and philanthropist who has donated millions to Democratic causes and candidates. U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, a Donald Trump-backed candidate in North Carolina’s 2022 U.S. Senate race, has a loose business connection with the billionaire activist, according to records with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. A Soros investment firm was the largest shareholder of AgriBioTech, a seed company led by Budd’s father that filed for bankruptcy in 2000, securities filings show. Budd was a shareholder but was not an officer. Right-wing zealots have accused me of being on Soros' payroll, to which I responded, "I wish!" :)
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article254257103.html

Wednesday News: Oxygen Thief

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CAWTHORN IS NOW LEADING THE ATTACK-THE-SCHOOL-BOARD IDIOTS: Hundreds of people are expected to join U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn on Tuesday outside the Johnston County school board meeting to protest mandatory masks in schools. Crowds also are attending local school board meetings across North Carolina, which have become heated battlegrounds in recent weeks because of face mask mandates. At an August Buncombe County school board meeting, some parents “overthrew” the current school board and instated themselves into the positions. Critics of requiring masks hope Cawthorn’s presence will cause the school board to reverse its 4-3 vote in August to mandate that students and teachers wear masks indoors. Apparently David Rouzer doesn't mind being cuckolded by a juvenile delinquent...
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article254214428.html

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