Duterte: I'll die first before facing the ICC 

president says he will "die first" before facing the International Criminal Court over summary executions in his drug war. An acceptable solution

Split in Philippines ruling party, presidential election next year 

Boxing legend and Senator Manny Pacquiao accepted the nomination for president of one faction of the ruling PDP-Laban party. The other faction of the same party has nominated president , who is termed out, for VP, with his pal Bong Go as presidential candidate apnews.com/article/philippines

governor Abbott plunges in the state, with approval behind Beto O'Rourke and actor Matthew McConaughey, neither of whom have declared an intention to run for governor thehill.com/homenews/state-wat

Details on the Democrats' proposed legislation to raise taxes on the rich (defined as having adjusted tax income over $400000). They plan to push the plan through using reconciliation. edition.cnn.com/2021/09/19/pol

Haiti, a country already in crisis, asks the US for a humanitarian moratorium on deportation of its citizens from the US. nytimes.com/2021/09/19/world/a

TX gyn defies new abortion law 

Dr Alan Braid, of San Antonio, states publicly that he violated Texas' new anti- law, saying in an editorial " I acted because I had a duty of care to this patient, as I do for all patients, and because she has a fundamental right to receive this care' edition.cnn.com/2021/09/19/pol

on the US/France fracas over subs 

Biden requests to speak to Macron, as the government of expresses anger over a scuppered deal on submarines for Australia, who changed their mind and bought US subs instead. France recalled ambassadors from US and Australia apnews.com/article/joe-biden-b

3 tourists from Texas beat a host in a NYC restaurant who asked them to prove they had been vaccinated, as NYC law requires. She had to be hospitalized. npr.org/sections/coronavirus-l

Survivors of Kabul drone strike demand investigation 

Survivors of mistargeted drone strike in Kabul that killed 10 innocents demand investigation into who was responsible for targeting the strike, as well as compensation npr.org/2021/09/18/1038556483/

'Justice for J6' rally falls flat 

Saturday rally to demand release of those detained for their Jan 6 invasion of the Capitol draws a few100 protesters, vastly outnumbered by cops and media buzzfeednews.com/article/sarah

FDA rejects Pfizer booster for general public 

US rejects a plan for Pfizer booster shots for the general public, pares back the proposal to persons 65 or older, or with certain medical conditions cnbc.com/2021/09/17/fda-panel-

Pelosi: UK imperiling trade agreement chances 

US House Speaker warns that a breakdown in peace in N. Ireland effected by violation of the Good Friday Accords will result in the scuttling of the planned US/UK trade agreement thehill.com/homenews/house/572

UK rule that under 16s can't give informed consent for puberty blockers overturned 

rule limiting the use of puberty blockers for youth under 16 is overturned. Puberty blockers have no permanent effects, simply give youth breathing space to decide if they want to transition later. bbc.com/news/uk-58598186

The military has too much money, and so we can't have nice things 

Just cut the fucking military budget by no less than 30%, and bring the troops home, train them where necessary to do socially useful work. A war with China or Russia would go nuclear

Biden kicking deportation of Haitians into high gear 

(la Migra) intends to intensively deport immigrants to their native Haiti, 8 deportation flights next week, increasing the number of flights by 10 per week thereafter. The opportunity to apply for asylum will not be provided the deportees. nbcnews.com/politics/immigrati

The danger of the military budget 

With 1.3 million in the US Military, and raising the Military appropriation to $753 billion (49.5 % of US discretionary budget), Afghan and Iraq wars lost, who does the US intend to invade next? nationalpriorities.org/blog/20

US Military admits targeting water truck in error, killing 10 

US military admits (what was generally known) that it targeted the wrong vehicle in a Kabul, , killing 10 innocents edition.cnn.com/2021/09/17/pol

Attack on the protocol, and the future of NI 

Unionists in Northern and their co-conspirators against the protocol in London makes it look like NI has no future in the UK. Sinn Fein is likely to be the largest party in the regional parliament (Stormont) after the next election theguardian.com/commentisfree/

My principal personal nightmare 

were some disaster to occur, and the Thai immigration department were to decline to extend my retirement visa as of December 2 and require me to return to the US, I would return homeless, friendless, and with no idea where to find housing with public transportation. This gives me nightmares

ICC investigating Duterte's crimes against humanity 

The International Criminal Court (ICC) formally announced its investigation of 's crimes against humanity in his drug war. npr.org/2021/09/16/1037782183/

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