Saturday 27th of November 2021

old america...


You may not know it, but America is run by OLD PEOPLE. 


Not all senators and Congress representatives are old, but they all come under the spell of the old charming PELOSI woman. She controls the loot. Even Biden cannot escape her clutches and she is the one who is making political prisoners squirm, hidden away from the media. Pelosi is the female who keeps torturing Trump publicly about the 6th of January. Trump is an OLD nobody these days who can do nothing against the vengeful witch. 


And there, in the balance of power, there is the Old Dianne FEINSTEIN… Her cognitive abilities “are in decline”, we are told. In my days, old people were sent to one of the corner of the dinning room, next to the fireplace, in a rocking chair with a blanket on their knees. Fed with homemade pear brandy, the old folks would soon fall asleep, and you hoped they would not fall into the slowly cindering fire. 


And I am not the only one thinking America is run by OLD people… 


Yes, the old people can smell of wisdom and of unrestrained farts, like OLD Joe Biden sitting downwind from Camilla in Glasgow (she could hear the winds), but this isn’t good news for the future. Old people can say a lot of good/bad things, including pontificating crap, and achieve nothing because of their physical shape. I know. I have problems trying to open jars. I have shrunk 5.2 centimetres since my heydays riding a horse. I walk at a pace that would not win a race against a walking stick. I used to lift 100 kgs of potatoes (or someone looking like a potato bag), above my head, but these days, if I lift a 12.35 kgs bag of manure for the garden, my back goes into a spasm of arthritic lockdown... Even a full kettle demands high concentration as not to spill the hot content on my dicky knees. 


My brains and ideas are actually more manageable: there are less of them. When I was young, a great number of genius-like thoughts would cram inside my pigeon-loft… Nowadays, I need to fossick through the ruins of my neurons to find one ordinary thingy...


So there, America is run by old people:


California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is in the spotlight following a New Yorker report about internal concerns over her apparent cognitive decline. The story relies primarily on the testimony of sources on background, who spoke “with respect for her accomplished career” but believe “her short-term memory has grown so poor that she often forgets she has been briefed on a topic.”


Earlier this year, the California senator received backlash from progressives over her handling of far right Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearing, and now faces scrutiny for an entirely different reason. As a result, Feinstein, who is the oldest sitting U.S. Senator at 87 years old, was reportedly asked twice by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to step down from her leadership position on the Judiciary Committee following Barrett's confirmation, but she forgot their first exchange, sources said.


Those familiar with her situation also told the New Yorker's Jane Mayer that Feinstein will forget “what she has said and [get] upset when she can’t keep up,” and while she seems herself at times, her staff added she is at “other times unreachable.” As one former Senate aide told Mayer, “The staff is in such a bad position. They have to defend her and make her seem normal.”


These comments paired with her recent stumble while questioning Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey during a Senate hearing last month — Feinstein posed the same question twice in a row — have many discussing whether it’s time for the Senator to step down altogether. But Congress’s aging problem isn’t really about Feinstein at all — it's not even really about her age, either. Rather, there is a long history of political leaders in U.S. government who outlasted their time. 


Former South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond, who served to age 100, was described as confused and unable to adequately perform his duties by the end of his term. Meanwhile, former Arizona Sen. John McCain, who served until age 81, struggled during his questioning of former FBI director James Comey during the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. McCain went on to receive praise as an anti-Trump hero. Until her recent death in September, the entire fate of American democracy rested on 87-year-old former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who remained on the court through her battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer.  


From the halls of Congress, to the White House, to the Supreme Court, some of the highest positions in U.S. government are held by people in their 70s and older. The core problem isn’t necessarily about age, either. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who both ran for president in the 2020 election, have arguably remained impassioned advocates for working class Americans, even at ages 71 and 79 respectively. Still, it is essential to recognize when our representatives can no longer effectively do their jobs, especially when those jobs include leading accountability hearings in the Congress and negotiating legislation that millions of people depend on. 


But such a reckoning would also require a larger cultural conversation about Americans working while sick, and the fact that public health isn't typically treated as a priority by political officials. Look no further than the federal government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, as millions of people are forced to choose between going to work to make ends meet, and staying home as the deadly virus surges across the country. Such a change in work culture would also require an overhaul of the systems and policies that prevent people from leaving work due to illness. An October report from Robert Half found that 90% of American workers go to work while sick, either due to pressure from a boss or because they can’t afford not to. 


“Our culture is reflected and reinforced by public policy,” Caitlyn Collins, an assistant professor of sociology at Washington University in St. Louis told the Washington Post in 2016. “We are the only industrialized country with no federally mandated paid sick days. When the federal government tells you that you have no right to sick days, they’re telling you that you have no right to self-care or to care for loved ones.”


And while most Americans don’t have a choice of whether or not to continue working — even through illness, age, or other conditions — there is an urgent need for change to the seniority system in Congress. Senior officials who hold some of the most important positions in government need to step down when they are dealing with, as Mayer describes, “disruptive health problems that clearly [undermine] the Senate’s ability to function.” 



So rather than merely call out Feinstein, who very well may have outlasted the appropriate amount of time in the Senate, let's point to all the other leaders — current and past — who have done the same. Whether it be due to age, mental decline, or just an inability to represent the needs of their constituency, the crisis in American leadership is not relegated to Dianne Feinstein — it's much deeper, widespread, and deserving of real attention and action.



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an old president...

President Biden will undergo a physical examination soon but no specific date has been set, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a news briefing Thursday.

Video from the briefing shows Psaki fielding questions from Playboy reporter Brian Karem as she donned a face mask and prepared to leave the White House briefing room after a session with a roomful of journalists.

"Hey Jen, will he take a physical anytime soon and report it to the American public?" Karem asked about Biden, who will turn 79 years old Nov. 20 and is the oldest man ever to serve in the Oval Office.


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BY Derek Thompson — a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, technology, and the media. He is the author of Hit Makers and the host of the podcast Crazy/Genius.


MARCH 5, 2020


When Joe Biden climbed to the stage in California to celebrate his Super Tuesday comeback in the Democratic primary, three things happened in a matter of minutes. He basked in the thunderous applause from the crowd. He mistook his wife for his sister. And he delivered the sort of confusing, intermittently slurry, and occasionally indecipherable oration that has defined so many of his recent public appearances.


One might expect a typical opponent to seize on these verbal slips by questioning whether Biden, who is 77, is too old to hack it. But his rival Bernie Sanders, who has already suffered a heart attack during this campaign, is a year older. In January 2021, the three people most likely to be the next president—Biden, Sanders, and the incumbent, Donald Trump—would each be the oldest president to ever give an inaugural address in American history.

We have now before us three candidates divided by ideology, but united in dotage. All three white men were born in the 1940s, before the invention of Velcro and the independence of India and Israel. Amazingly, each is currently older than any of the past three U.S. presidents. If, through some constitutional glitch, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, or Barack Obama jumped into the 2020 race at this very moment, each would suddenly become the youngest man in the contest.


How did this happen?

One possibility is that it’s mere randomness. It’s only one election that’s been roiled by Trump, you might think, and younger blood is waiting in the wings. But old age runs deep in modern presidential politics. Elizabeth Warren would also be the oldest president-elect in American history. The losers of the past two presidential elections, Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton, were born months apart in 1947.

The mystery of America’s old presidential candidates is really two separate questions—one of demand, and one of supply. First, are there reasons today’s voters might prefer older candidates to younger ones? And second, why is the pipeline of viable presidential candidates so advanced in years?

The most obvious reason America’s presidential candidates are so old might be that Americans are getting older. Voters over 65 routinely go to the polls more often than young voters do, and political-science research has found that voters typically prefer candidates “who are closest to themselves in age.” This sounds like a universal formula: Older countries produce older politicians.


But since the 1980s, almost every European country has gotten older, while the typical European Union leader has actually gotten younger. In the United Kingdom, although people over 55 outvote people under 30 by one of the widest margins in the world, the current prime minister, Boris Johnson, is “only” 55. Biden, Sanders, and Trump are all older right now than the U.K.’s five previous prime ministers, going back to Tony Blair.

So the preference for very old candidates seems to be weirdly, specifically American. What’s that about?


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presidential moribundity...


BY Vladimir Odintsov



A year ago, a provisional count of US presidential election results identified Democrat Joe Biden as the winner, promising “massive construction and record investment at home, as well as a big American comeback on the international scene.”

Although Joe Biden emphasized his political experience during the campaign, he has been constantly haunted by setbacks in the months since coming to the White House. Those setbacks apply to the country’s stalled pandemic coronavirus vaccination; in addition, some areas of the US have been hit hard by a Covid-19 strain called Delta. Then there was Afghanistan when the White House underestimated the potential of the Taliban (a formation banned in the Russian Federation), which led to the chaotic and disgraceful withdrawal of American troops from Kabul in August. As for Taiwan, Biden has further strained relations with China by stating the US intention to defend the island militarily if necessary. In addition, Biden managed to provoke a diplomatic crisis with France, America’s oldest ally, by concluding the AUKUS military pact, which meant canceling a deal to build French submarines for Australia.

Now, as it turns out, Biden is failing to unite even his own party in Congress, European media noted. Moreover, the time slot for significant accomplishments seems about to close. Because if Democrats want to get anywhere after the 2022 mid-term elections, Joe Biden’s presidency needs to start recording victories, not missteps and miscalculations, as soon as possible. If the Democrats lose their majority in the House in 2022, Biden could be a lame duck.

Biden’s apparent policy failures are also pointed out by Germany’s Die Welt, noting that failures in the fight against the pandemic, the lack of a clear strategy on China, chaos in Congress, and the crisis on the border with Mexico have brought down the politician’s rating.

As a result of the current Administration’s failed policies on many fronts, Biden’s approval rating, from 57% when he took office, has begun to plummet in recent months. Judging by the latest opinion polls, only 38% of the population supports the current US President. According to the poll, 64 percent of respondents said they do not want the president to launch a bid for reelection, including 28 percent of Democrats, writes The Hill. A similar drop in Biden’s rating was confirmed by Gallup research and the results of a USA Today and Suffolk University poll.

As many analysts point out, the Democrats’ defeat in regional elections in several US states also resulted from Joe Biden’s critical fall in the ratings because he failed in economic and social policies. The most intriguing struggle was in Virginia, where various cultural controversies escalated in the months before the election, and Biden also lost: a Republican was elected governor of the state. The election outcome in Virginia is a sign that “A significant portion of the electorate is not ready to continue to tolerate the party’s turn to the left,” warns the New York Times Opinion Section.

Four anti-Biden ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ songs reach iTunes top 10, writes The Washington Times. All songs are called Let’s Go Brandon turning the phrase into a euphemism for all opponents of a sitting president after an NBC reporter at a race event failed to hear the crowd chant “F*ck Joe Biden.”

America’s position as a reliable ally has weakened markedly in the world. And, ultimately, the blame for the failures lies with the president, concludes The New York Times. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates hit the mark in 2014 when he said Biden was repeatedly wrong in making crucial foreign policy and national security decisions, the publication adds, describing the current US President.

Under the above conditions, as Newsweek notes, former US President Donald Trump has a good chance of taking revenge against Joe Biden in the 2024 election. Trump is supported by 45 percent of registered voters while Biden is backed by just 43 percent, the latest Emerson survey data shows. US President Joe Biden has senile dementia and is so wildly unpopular as to increase Donald Trump’s chances of re-election, Steve Hilton, a former political strategist for former British Prime Minister David Cameron, told The Daily Telegraph As The Daily Telegraph recalls, at a climate conference in Glasgow, the 78-year-old Biden, the oldest president in US history, apparently fell asleep. There have previously been concerns about Biden’s mental health and even physical abilities, as he often confuses and forgets names.

As for the possible consequences if Trump replaces Biden, the Former White House Russia expert Fiona Hill suggested that Donald Trump’s “populist” rise to power could lead to an explosive situation and civil violence in the country.

It should be recalled that when Donald Trump was the American President, Joe Biden criticized him just about every step of the way. Today, they have switched places, and all the criticism is already going to Biden, who has taken over the presidency. Thus, when Trump was recently asked on Fox News to evaluate the current administration’s performance, the former president did not hold back, calling Biden’s presidency the worst in American history, grading his performance an F.

Biden was hard to call the obvious leader of the US Democratic Party from the beginning. His candidacy was more likely the result of collaboration among Democrats: a familiar and predictable enough figure to suit different pressure groups equally and help defeat Trump, the Republican head of state with no alternative. However, it turns out that this “compromise” president still does not receive unanimous support even within his own party.

In addition, many Americans do not consider Biden to be a legitimate president: nearly one in three believe that Trump won the 2020 election, which means that liars and enemies of democracy are in power in the country. Hence the degree of hatred at the anti-Biden rallies: the participants holding Fuck Joe Biden banners echo the attitude that the liberal part of the country had exhibited for all four years when the Republican was President.

President Biden’s first year in office isn’t over yet, but it is already doubtful that he will be the leader of America that will lead a split nation to reunification. The split continues to worsen, showing that ordinary Americans are already tired of both Trump and Biden’s clownery, which only leads to the deterioration of the country’s social condition and confrontation with more and more of the world’s leading nations. However, even experts do not know how the USA will deal with this crisis.



Vladimir Odintsov, political observer, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.



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a geriatric ward...

US President Joe Biden intends to run for re-election in 2024, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki has told reporters.

Mr Biden, 79, has suffered a dip in his job approval ratings in recent months, leading some Democrats to wonder whether he might not seek another four-year term.

“He is. That’s his intention,” Ms Psaki said on Monday as Biden flew aboard Air Force One for a Thanksgiving event with US troops in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


Democrats were rattled by Republican victories in Virginia’s state elections earlier this month and a narrow Democratic victory in New Jersey.

Questions have arisen about the viability of Vice President Kamala Harris in 2024 should Mr Biden decide not to run again.

A recent USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll found her with a 28 per cent job approval rating.

Mr Biden underwent his first physical examination on Friday since taking office in January and doctors found he has a stiffened gait and attributed frequent bouts of coughing to acid reflux. Doctors said he was fit to serve.

Mr Biden’s political prospects appeared to have been buoyed last week by congressional passage of a $US1 trillion ($1.4 trillion) infrastructure plan.

Still being debated is another $US2 trillion ($2.8 trillion) in spending on a social safety net package.


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