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Yesterday's Gone: Iowa Was Waterloo for Democrats

rollingstone.com - “I was third party in 2016. I supported Gary Johnson,” says Grace. “But then even from the sideline, I thought, ‘Man, the DNC is rigging this against Sanders.” “They’re dirty, man,” David agrees. “Th…

Acronym, the dark money group behind the Iowa caucuses app meltdown, explained

vox.com - This isn’t how Acronym wanted to rocket onto the national stage. The Iowa caucuses debacle drew a lot of attention to a new app made by a company called Shadow that was at the center of many technica…

Rigged: The Acquittal of Donald J. Trump

theintercept.com - As predicted, the Republican-controlled Senate voted on Wednesday to find President Donald Trump not guilty on both articles of impeachment brought by the House of Representatives. It was a party-lin…

Trump’s new budget proposal expected to show how far he has moved away from some 2016 campaign promises

washingtonpost.com - The White House at dusk. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) By Jeff Stein and close Jeff Stein Economic policy reporter Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Erica Werner close Erica Werner Congre…

Rogue soldier shot dead after Thai shopping mall massacre

theguardian.com - A soldier who shot dead 26 people has been killed by police following an overnight siege at a Thai shopping mall. Eight people were held hostage by the gunman in the city of Nkhon Ratchasim, accordin…

Republican Senators Tried to Stop Trump From Firing Impeachment Witness

nytimes.com - The ousters came two days after the Republican-led Senate acquitted Mr. Trump on two articles of impeachment stemming from his effort to pressure Ukraine to incriminate Democratic rivals. Outraged De…

Trump cries fake news as image of dramatic orange tan line goes viral

theguardian.com - An image of a windswept Donald Trump, which appears to show a dramatic forehead tan line through his blown-back blond hair, has gone viral – prompting the hashtag #orangeface to trend on Twitter. Thi…

China virus deaths rise past 800, overtaking SARS toll

news.yahoo.com - Beijing (AFP) - The death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak soared to 803 in China on Sunday, according to official figures, overtaking the global toll for SARS. With 81 more people dying in H…

OPEC committee urges output cut over coronavirus

news.yahoo.com - Algiers (AFP) - A committee appointed by the OPEC club of oil-producing countries and its allies to study the effects of coronavirus recommended additional output cuts on Saturday, Algeria's energy m…

Crisis in Lesbos as more refugees arrive

theguardian.com - Greek authorities are struggling to cope with rising tension on islands where pressure from a new influx of refugees and migrants has reached a critical point. Friction is growing between local peopl…

We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump

thecorrespondent.com - Today is November 18, 2016. I want you to write about who you are, what you have experienced, and what you have endured. Write down what you value; what standards you hold for yourself and for others…

Report: Trump Organization Is Bilking Taxpayers and Lying About It

nymag.com - President Trump has been claiming that his Ukraine extortion scheme was motivated by an earnest concern about corruption. The president and his allies say they are so outraged that Hunter Biden made …

Delta's uniform debacle proves how toxic clothes can be

treehugger.com - The clothing production process is full of toxic chemicals that can harm human health. Employees of Delta Air Lines are upset after a new uniform left them covered in hives and experiencing respirato…

The US Navy Quietly Shut Down its Task Force on Climate Change

ucsusa.org - What happened: The US Navy has dismantled its Task Force on Climate Change, which was designed to use the best available science to prepare naval leadership for global shifts in sea levels, melting i…

China turns to AI, data in fight against virus

news.yahoo.com - Beijing (AFP) - A man who had travelled to Wuhan -- the central city at the heart of China's coronavirus crisis –- was surprised when police showed up at his door after he returned home, asking to ch…

Climate Models Are Running Red Hot, and Scientists Don’t Know Why

bloomberg.com - There are dozens of climate models, and for decades they’ve agreed on what it would take to heat the planet by about 3° Celsius. It’s an outcome that would be disastrous—flooded cities, agricultural …

Why some counties are powerhouses for innovation

theconversation.com - By the time the application window closed, Amazon had received 238 proposals from cities and regions throughout North America looking to become the second headquarters of the behemoth tech company. A…

Is the United States beyond the point of repair?

bbc.com - The new decade in American politics has started with a hangover that keeps on getting worse - a quickening of the downward democratic spiral we have witnessed over the past 30 years. So much of what …

Perspective | Trump’s quest for revenge could mean the end of whistleblowing

washingtonpost.com - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has long sought to unmask the whistleblower. (Drew Angerer/AFP/Getty Images) By Walter M. Shaub Jr. close Walter M. Shaub Jr. Bio BioFollow Follow Walter M. Shaub Jr., is a for…

Ireland general election: Sinn Féin surges to 22% in exit poll

theguardian.com - Sinn Féin has scored dramatic gains in Ireland’s general election, according to an exit poll on Saturday night, realigning Irish politics and boosting the party’s chance of joining the next governmen…

Biden Launches Attacks on Buttigieg, Who Nears Sanders in New Hampshire

nymag.com - Joe Biden went negative against Pete Buttigieg on Saturday, attacking the Iowa-bolstered South Bend mayor over his inexperience, as well as attempting to counter the notion that Buttigieg was a Barac…

'Something Big Is Shifting': As Georgetown Announces Fossil Fuel Divestment, Students Across US Demand Their Schools Follow Suit | naked capitalism

nakedcapitalism.com - Jerri-Lynn here. Go Hoyas! Georgetown decides to divest from fossil fuels investments, Let’s hope this inspires others to follow. By Julia Conley, staff writerg for Common Dreams. Originally publishe…

Trump Points His Finger, and a Life Is Ruined

theatlantic.com - His was not a political position. He is an active military officer, rotating through the NSC on assignment. The president can put quotation marks around lieutenant colonel, as he did in today’s tweet…

Thy Neighbor’s Solar Panels

theatlantic.com - Taxation is always controversial. But unlike prohibitions and prescriptive regulation, it shows respect for individual freedom by affording flexibility to those who would find it hardest to curtail h…

'Sea-level rise won't affect my house' – even flood maps don't sway Florida coastal residents

theconversation.com - Advertisers understand that providing consumers with the facts will not sell products. To get people to stop and pay attention, successful advertising delivers information simply and with an emotiona…


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  • A Republican Plutocrat Tries To Buy The Democratic Nomination ❧ Current Affairs

    currentaffairs.org - The idea of Michael Bloomberg becoming the Democratic presidential nominee should be too absurd to even consider seriously. For one thing, he is a conservative who openly believes that the poor shoul…

    WATCH: Wearing Masks, White Supremacists Marched Through Washington DC Yesterday

    mavenroundtable.io - Covering up their faces and with police protection, White Supremacists marched throughout Washington DC yesterday yelling "RECLAIM AMERICA”. Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI, recently told Congr…

    America's dark history of organized anti-Semitism re-emerges in today's far-right groups

    theconversation.com - Hours after Robert Bowers allegedly walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue and killed 11 people, investigators told the media that Bowers appeared to have acted alone and fit what experts call the “lone …

    The Wuhan coronavirus has killed more than 800 people and infected more than 37,000. Here's everything we know about the outbreak.

    businessinsider.com - "Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed the emergence of a previously unknown pathogen, which has escalated into an unprecedented outbreak," the WHO's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus…

    Of Two Minds - Controlling the Narrative Is Not the Same as Controlling the Virus

    oftwominds.com - Are these claims even remotely plausible for a highly contagious virus that spreads easily between humans while carriers show no symptoms? It's clear that the narrative about the coronavirus is being…

    Trump Proposes Massive Cuts to Safety Net Once Again

    nymag.com - On Monday, President Trump will reveal his budget proposal for the federal government in 2021, a document that ultimately reads more like a wish list than a final plan, due to significant back-and-fo…

    'Most devastating plague of locusts' in recent history could come within weeks, U.N. warns

    nbcnews.com - GAROWE, Somalia — At a glance, the desert locusts in this arid patch of northern Somalia look less ominous than the billion-member swarms infesting East Africa in the worst outbreak some places have …

    dcreport.org - It took three years but a leading U.S. regulator finally got tough with probably the most lawless large U.S. financial institution. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, an arm of the Treasu…

    Prime Minister Of Iceland Calls For Prioritizing “Well-Being” Of Citizens Over GDP

    collective-evolution.com - Prime Minister of Iceland Katrin Jakobsdottir is now urging governments to prioritize sustainability and family time over obsessing about economic growth — as most developed nations seem to do. Scott…

    ‘Parasite’ makes Oscars history as the first foreign-language film to win best picture

    washingtonpost.com - South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” won four Oscars, including best picture and best director. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) By Paul Farhi close Paul Farhi Media reporter Email EmailBio BioFoll…

    Venezuela’s Capital Is Booming. Is This the End of the Revolution?

    nytimes.com - The drastic economic liberalization has been accompanied by political repression designed to snuff out the last vestiges of organized opposition to Mr. Maduro’s rule. This new model has led some Vene…

    Russian politician offers to fly political party to Florida to celebrate Trump's acquittal

    thehill.com - The leader of Russia’s pro-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, congratulated President TrumpDonald John Trump Biden says Buttigieg is 'not a Barack Obama' on NH campaign trail…

    Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

    wired.com - It’s perhaps the best known and more worrisome of climate feedback loops: As the planet warms, permafrost—landscapes of frozen soil and rock—begins to thaw. And when it does, microbes consume organic…

    Energy secretary announces coal research initiative

    thehill.com - Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette on Friday announced a $64 million dollar initiative to fund research and development for coal, giving an assist to an industry that appears to be on the decline. Brou…

    Denver Police Cash In on Houseless Encampment Clean-Ups

    unicornriot.ninja - Denver, CO – For nearly eight years Denver police officers, public works employees, park rangers, and occasionally inmates have been carrying out and enforcing the Unauthorized Camping Ordinance (cam…

    Amazon Pays 1.2% Tax Rate On Last Year’s Profits

    mavenroundtable.io - That amounts to a 1.2% tax rate for the tech giant. However, the company asserts that it has paid billions in taxes. The 1.2% is more than the 0% paid in taxes for the $11 billion in profit made duri…

    We did the math to calculate how many hours it takes America's top CEOs to make what their workers earn in one year

    businessinsider.com - CEOs make a lot more than the workers they oversee. We took a look at just how big that gap is at some of America's biggest corporations. One of the provisions of the post-financial-crisis Dodd-Frank…

    Fires and floods: maps of Europe predict scale of climate catastrophe

    theguardian.com - A series of detailed maps have laid bare the scale of possible forest fires, floods, droughts and deluges that Europe could face by the end of the century without urgent action to adapt to and confro…

    New global biodiversity study provides unified map of life on land and in the ocean

    phys.org - New research led by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and partner organizations yielded the first comprehensive global biodiversity map documenting the distribution of life both on land and in the ocean. The…

    Justice Department Drops Antitrust Probe Against Automakers That Sided With California on Emissions

    nytimes.com - In the months after California struck the deal with the automakers, the administration and Justice Department pushed an unusual series of legal and policy moves against California and the auto compan…

    Norway becomes first industrialised nation to submit updated UN climate action plan

    businessgreen.com - The race is on to submit officially updated climate action plans to the UN ahead of the crucial COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow this autumn, after Norway became the first industrialised nation to tab…

    Ocean Currents Are Speeding Up, Driven by Faster Winds

    scientificamerican.com - All over the world, the oceans are changing in profound ways. They’re storing up more heat as the world warms. Marine ecosystems are shifting in response to climate change. Sea levels are rising as t…

    Hotter heat waves are wiping out bumblebees, study finds | CBC News

    cbc.ca - Many bumblebee species have vanished from places where they were once common. Now a new Canadian-led study finds that hotter temperatures during heat waves are to blame, and uses it to predict which …

    Argentina’s Financial Meltdown

    prepareforchange.net - The Argentine Crisis: Could It Hit Here? In December 2001, the Argentinian government defaulted on $155 billion in public debt. Since then, this once-wealthy country has gone through five presidents …

    Chile is preparing to rewrite its constitution. Why are people still protesting?

    washingtonpost.com - Demonstrators clash with security forces during a protest against the government of Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Wednesday in Valparaiso. (Rodrigo Garrido/Reuters) By Rachelle Krygier Februa…

    Opinion | Apps are selling your location data. The U.S. government is buying.

    washingtonpost.com - (Stephen Lam/For The Washington Post) By Editorial Board February 9, 2020 at 2:10 PM EST AMERICANS HAVE lately been learning that the apps they use to check whether they need an umbrella, or follow t…

    Philippines moves to strip biggest media group of its franchise

    theguardian.com - Government lawyers in the Philippines have moved to strip the nation’s biggest media group of its franchise in what campaigners say is another attack on press freedom under the presidency of Rodrigo …

    Jordan Peterson’s year of ‘absolute hell’: Professor forced to retreat from public life because of addiction

    nationalpost.com - Jordan Peterson is recovering from a severe addiction to benzodiazepine tranquilizers and was recently near death in an induced coma, his daughter Mikhaila said. He is being treated at a clinic in Ru…


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    New York suit says Trump travel restrictions are unconstitutional

    politico.com - “No one should ever use our national security as a political weapon, let alone the commander in chief,” James told reporters at her lower Manhattan office shortly after filing the suit. “The presiden…

    Justice Dept. sues ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions in new crackdown over immigration enforcement

    washingtonpost.com - Attorney General William P. Barr announced Monday that the Justice Department would sue two so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions — including the state of New Jersey — over policies that he sees as ove…

    Trump barges in on Democratic primary races, seeking to steal the spotlight

    washingtonpost.com - Supporters of President Trump stand outside SNHU Arena during the 61st Annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner on Saturday in Manchester, N.H. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post) By Robert Costa, cl…

    WSJ News Exclusive | White House to Reduce Budget Request for Border Wall

    wsj.com - WASHINGTON—The Trump administration plans to request $2 billion in new funding for border-wall construction, significantly less than the amount it sought last year, in the budget proposal set for rel…

    Coronavirus live updates: Ambulances wait to take patients off virus-ravaged cruise ship

    washingtonpost.com - The Diamond Princess, where 135 passengers and crew have tested positive for coronavirus, at Yokohama port in Japan on Tuesday. (Issei Kato/Reuters) By Simon Denyer close Simon Denyer Tokyo bureau ch…

    'Come back soon': coronavirus wreaks havoc on global tourism hotspots

    theguardian.com - Most February evenings, it’s a struggle to push through the crowds to get to Yanakawee Srialam’s souvenir stall in Bangkok’s Ratchada Train night market. It’s peak tourism season and the market’s all…

    Coronavirus Updates: Virus Is Said to Spread Through Apartment Building’s Pipes

    nytimes.com - Until now, only two others have been dismissed in connection with the outbreak: two officials from Huajiahe, a township about a two-hour drive west of Wuhan. They were ousted after a disabled teenage…

    The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

    news.yahoo.com - As part of efforts to fight the new coronavirus, a worker wearing a protective suit disinfects the stair handrail of a business in the Chinese city of Shanghai (AFP Photo/NOEL CELIS) The new coronavi…

    3 ways coronavirus will affect the US economy – and 1 silver lining

    theconversation.com - As the new coronavirus spreads around the world, and confirmed cases and deaths mount, economists are increasingly concerned about the impact on the U.S. economy. In a recent report to Congress, the …

    Counting the cost of Australia’s summer of dread

    theguardian.com - On 7 January Charlotte O’Dwyer, the 19-month-old daughter of volunteer firefighter Andrew O’Dwyer, held her father’s helmet over her head as the New South Wales Rural Fire Service commissioner, Shane…

    Opinion | Chinese Hacking Is Alarming. So Are Data Brokers.

    nytimes.com - Equifax is eager to play the hapless victim in all this. Don’t believe it. In a statement praising the Justice Department, Equifax’s chief executive, Mark Begor, deflected responsibility, highlightin…

    Roger Stone deserves 7 to 9 years prison for lying to Congress in Russia probe, U.S. says in sentencing recommendation for Trump confidant

    washingtonpost.com - Roger Stone, former adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, is set to be sentenced on Feb. 20. (Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg News) By Spencer S. Hsu, close Spencer S. Hsu Investigative reporter…

    How the Supreme Court Could Gut Reproductive Rights Without Ruling on a Single Abortion Restriction

    theintercept.com - Julie Bindeman’s first pregnancy went so smoothly, and she and her husband were so enamored with their newborn son, that the couple decided to try for a second child as soon as possible. They conceiv…

    Journalist Abby Martin Sues State of Georgia Over Law Requiring Pledge of Allegiance to Israel

    mintpressnews.com - After refusing to sign a pledge of allegiance to the state of Israel, the state of Georgia shut down a media literacy conference featuring journalist and filmmaker Abby Martin at Georgia Southern Uni…

    Real pay data show Trump's 'blue collar boom' is more of a bust for US workers, in 3 charts

    theconversation.com - If you thought workers’ hourly pay was finally rising, think again. At first glance, the latest data – which came out on Feb. 7 – look pretty good. They show nominal hourly earnings rose 3.1% in Janu…

    At least 15 refugees drown after boat sinks off Bangladesh

    news.yahoo.com - Rickety boats packed with refugees frequently run into trouble while trying to reach Malaysia and need rescuing by fishermen or Bangladeshi border guards (AFP Photo/STRINGER) Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh)…

    Michael Bloomberg blocks footage of Aspen Institute appearance

    aspentimes.com - Michael Bloomberg representatives have asked the Aspen Institute not to distribute footage of his recent appearance in Aspen, where the three-term New York City mayor made pointed comments concerning…

    Of Two Minds - China's Fatal Dilemma

    oftwominds.com - Ending the limited quarantine and falsely proclaiming China safe for visitors and business travelers will only re-introduce the virus to workplaces and infect foreigners. China faces an inescapably f…

    'Consistent With a Mass Extinction': New Study Warns Climate Chaos Driving Rapid Decline of Bumblebees

    commondreams.org - The rising frequency of extremely hot temperatures tied to human-caused global heating is creating "climate chaos" that drives widespread declines of bumblebees, some of the planet's most important p…

    Did Washington use a false pretext for its bloody escalation in Iraq?

    thegrayzone.com - This originally appeared at Just World Books In a key piece of actual extensive, on-the-ground reporting, the New York Times’sAlissa Rubin has raised serious questions about the official US account o…

    Trump Said China Doesn't Have a Drug Problem. The Data Tells A Different Story

    time.com - President Donald Trump on Friday said that China does not have a drug problem, and suggested that the U.S. should emulate its harsh drug-regulation tactics — but data from China tells a different sto…

    For Israelis and Palestinians, a Battle Over a Humble Plant

    undark.org - For just under three months a year, towards the end of the winter rains, Samir Naamneh and his wife Nadya get up at 4 in the morning, gear up in improvised camouflage, and pack into a truck headed fr…

    Opinion | Trump is right. We might have to impeach him again.

    washingtonpost.com - Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is sworn in to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington in a public impeachment hearing in November 2019. (Andrew Harnik/AP) By George …

    7 common dishwasher-loading mistakes that may surprise you

    treehugger.com - Brought to you by the researchers who spend their time studying the mysterious mechanics that happen behind the closed dishwasher door. Of all the complicated things we have to contend with in day-to…

    “We’re in the Middle of a National Emergency”: Was Iowa Turnout a Huge Red Flag?

    vanityfair.com - In the first two years of the Trump administration, the peak ****-hat-and-progressive-podcast moment, Democratic primary turnout soared, presaging big gains for the party in the midterms of November…

    The pornification of America: How young girls are being groomed by sexual predators

    intrepidreport.com - “The brutal reality is that a predator doesn’t have to be in the same room, building, or even country to abuse a child. And that’s what they’re doing — subjecting children to psychological and sexual…

    8 natural remedies to get rid of household insects

    treehugger.com - From ants and pantry moths to black flies and fruit flies, these non-toxic DIY solutions are safer and more eco-friendly than traditional pesticides.. Most people don't want to share their homes and …


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    Bernie Sanders wins New Hampshire Democratic primary; Buttigieg, Klobuchar are top moderate candidates

    washingtonpost.com - By Matt Viser and close Matt Viser National political reporter Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Sean Sullivan close Sean Sullivan Reporter covering national politics Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Fe…

    Prosecutors quit amid escalating Justice Dept. fight over Roger Stone’s prison term

    washingtonpost.com - By Matt Zapotosky, close Matt Zapotosky National security reporter covering the Justice Department Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Devlin Barrett, close Devlin Barrett Reporter focusing on national s…

    William Barr Intervened to Ease Sentencing Rec for Convicted Trump Ally: Report

    nymag.com - As the earliest results from New Hampshire showed Bernie Sanders with a slim lead in the Democratic race and Trump with a substantial one in the GOP’s technicality of a primary, NBC News reported tha…

    With New Hampshire Behind Him, Sanders Looks to Nevada Workers as Vegas Union Bosses Rally Against Him

    theintercept.com - 2020 could be different. Nevada is also considered the first real test of a presidential candidate’s appeal to voters of color, Latinos make up almost a third of the state’s population, and Sanders i…

    Coronavirus has become 'very grave threat' to rest of the world, WHO boss warns

    mirror.co.uk - Global health authorities are warning China's coronavirus outbreak poses a "very grave threat for the rest of the world." The World Health Organisation's (WHO) boss issued the stark warning today as …

    Scientists Predict Coronavirus May Live For Up To Nine Days On Surfaces

    forbes.com - Subway workers clean and disinfect glass door panels on a platform at a subway station in Shanghai, ... [+] China, on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg © 2020 Bloomberg Finan…

    Coronavirus brings China's surveillance state out of the shadows - Reuters

    reuters.com - BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - When the man from Hangzhou returned home from a business trip, the local police got in touch. They had tracked his car by his license plate in nearby Wenzhou, which has …

    'Exhausted': Doctors at China's virus epicentre overworked and unprotected

    news.yahoo.com - Doctors on the frontline of China's new coronavirus epidemic are facing a daunting task: treat an ever-growing number of infected patients and risk getting infected themselves due to a drastic shorta…

    Make No Mistake, Trump Is Test-Running Fascism To See What He Can Get Away With

    mavenroundtable.io - “Babies in cages were no ‘mistake’ by Trump,” argues Fintan O’Toole in the Irish Times, “but test-marketing for barbarism.” Is it possible that President Donald Trump is throwing out policy and rheto…

    John Whitehead: A Case for Not Giving Up on the American Dream

    mintpressnews.com - Listen: we don’t have to agree about everything. We don’t even have to agree about most things. We don’t have to love each other. We don’t even have to like each other. And we certainly don’t need to…

    Trump Seeks to Halve U.S. Funding for World Health Organization as Coronavirus Rages

    foreignpolicy.com - The Trump administration is eyeing steep cuts to global health funds in its 2021 budget proposal, slashing more than $3 billion in overall programs, including half of its annual funding to the World …

    How Trump’s “Peace” Plan Will Redraw Israel’s Borders to Exclude to Non-Jews

    mintpressnews.com - Qalansawe, Palestine: one of ten towns slated by Donald’s Trump’s Middle East “Peace” Plan to be transferred from Israel to a future Palestinian state. To fully understand what this means, it is help…

    Election coverage: the road not taken - PressThink

    pressthink.org - Originally published as a Twitter thread on election day, 2018. There was a path the American press could have walked, but did not. This alternative way was illuminated as far back as 1992. Our polit…

    Devin Nunes: Outing Media ‘Assassins’ The ‘Most Important Thing’ Trump Has Done

    newshounds.us - Devin Nunes, who seems to have nothing better to do than to sue various media outlets and figures, unloaded his hatred for a free press last week to a sympathetic Laura Ingraham. Last week, during a …

    Canadian Scientist At Center Of Chinese Bio-Espionage Probe Found Dead In Africa?

    zerohedge.com - Update (1135ET): It seems that Mr. Plummer made a habit of getting the biological material he was working on "stolen," as we found a report from 2009 in the Winnepeg Free Press that details the theft…

    Explainer: Nine ‘tipping points’ that could be triggered by climate change | Carbon Brief

    carbonbrief.org - Explainer: Nine ‘tipping points’ that could be triggered by climate change The persistent march of a warming climate is seen across a multitude of continuous, incremental changes. CO2 levels in the a…

    US Power Will Decline Under Trump, Says Futurist Who Predicted Soviet Collapse

    vice.com - Johan Galtung, a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated sociologist who predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union, warned that US global power will collapse under the Donald Trump administration. The Norwegian…

    In a Flawed Health Care System, Doctors Lament 'Moral Injury'

    undark.org - Dr. Keith Corl was working in a Las Vegas emergency room when a patient arrived with chest pain. The patient, wearing his street clothes, had a two-minute exam in the triage area with a doctor, who o…

    Grow these plants to survive an apocalypse!

    treehugger.com - Even if doomsday never comes, these 20 plants are some of the most practical you can grow. You may not be worrying about zombies or end times anytime soon, but hey, who knows? There's always super vo…

    Why Does Chuck Todd Exist?

    theroot.com - Despite having ball-handling skills that resemble a Caucasian clapping at a Pentecostal gospel concert; in spite of possessing the vertical leap of a Benadryl-drunk third-grader, I am often afforded …

    Two of America’s biggest coal plants closed this month

    qz.com - First the dirtiest ones began shutting down. Then it was the old ones. Now it’s some of the biggest. America’s coal plants are turning off the boilers, facing brutal economics and customers fleeing f…

    Easter Island discovery: Experts shed new light on the mystery of the civilization’s 'collapse'

    foxnews.com - Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Experts are shedding new light on the demise of the civilization that built the famous statues on Easter Island. It ha…

    Global economic growth will take big hit due to loss of nature

    theguardian.com - Loss of nature will wipe £368bn a year off global economic growth by 2050 and the UK will be the third-worst hit, with a £16bn annual loss, according to a study by the World Wildlife Fund. Without ur…

    Bitcoin bounces back over $10,000 amid coronavirus concerns

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    Make No Mistake, Trump Is Test-Running Fascism To See What He Can Get Away With
    mavenroundtable.io - “Babies in cages were no ‘mistake’ by Trump,” argues Fintan O’Toole in the Irish Times, “but test-marketing for barbarism.” Is it possible that President Donald Trump is throwing out policy and rheto…

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    True. The phrase "test running Fascism", though applicable to 🦀 Trump Tactics in a general sense (i.e. criminals are ALWAYS pushing the boundaries of law to see what they can get away with), it neglects to point out the grievous, deadly harm Trump has already caused (see below).

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    Trump’s Budget Shows Depth Of His Denial, But the Union of concerned Scientists Reminds Us That Lives are at Stake

    President 🦀 Trump released his (i.e. 🐘🦕😈🦖🐍) proposal for the government’s budget this week. Given that Congress controls the power of the purse, even with a functioning democracy these budgets are  really a messaging document, meant as a signal to the president’s party about what they want to prioritize. Since the House is controlled by the Democratic party, and even the GOP-controlled Congress has repeatedly shrugged off Trump’s budget, this one is particularly pointless.

    But if President Trump wanted to prove to us skeptics that he prioritizes clean air and clean water, he could have suggested big budget increases for those issues, knowing full well that Republicans in the Senate wouldn’t accept those funding levels anyway. Trump would get the free publicity and the appearance of concern about environmental issues, without having to actually do anything or otherwise inconvenience his industry backers by limiting their ability to profit off of pollution.

    But even that symbolic gesture towards the clean air and clean water he claims to care about (in an attempt to shore up support among suburban women and young conservatives) seems to be too much. Trump’s proposed budget absolutely slashes all sorts of environmental programs – not just the climate ones, but also programs like Superfund, which the administration has used to try and distract from its lack of other environmental regulation enforcement.

    E&E has some details on the new budget: a 27 percent cut to the EPA’s budget overall, reducing employment by 11 percent. For EPA’s air quality work, a reduction from $813 million to just $437 million. At the Energy Department, cuts would be 8 percent, and at the Interior Department, a 13 percent reduction.

    While those don’t sound quite as bad, as Center for Western Priorities’ Aaron Weiss highlighted on Twitter, that’s at least in part thanks to the continued support for fossil fuels in the Interior. While the budget proposed a 97 percent cut to the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a $581 million and 1,000 jobs cut to the National Park Service, and a $71 million cut to fish and wildlife habitat management, it keeps mineral and energy resource research intact, and boosts coal funding by $3 million. Meanwhile, the Department of Energy recently announced a $64 million gift to the coal industry (and that’s in real money, not just a proposed budget line item). 

    And what about that innovation agenda Republicans claim to be so keen on? Trump’s budget proposes zeroing out funding for the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

    While it’s worth calling out that this budget leaves massive holes in what even conservatives claim to care about, the fact that Congress will all but ignore it doesn’t mean Trump’s anti-science, pro-pollution agenda isn’t having real-world 🏴‍☠️ impacts.

    To document some of those, the Union of Concerned Scientists recently released a report on how Trump’s regulatory rollbacks are Endangering Generations by “failing to protect children from contaminants in their food, water, and the air they breathe, and putting generations in peril of the dramatic impacts of climate change.” 

    If that sounds like it may be a bummer, not to worry! They also have a fun illustrated version called Breathe in the Smog, Drink in the Lead. It’s a children’s book that isn’t for children, but rather about them, and all the problems they face, like air pollution and lead in water or paint. You can check out the video version to hear terrible, not-at-all-child-friendly truths in a rhyming, toddler-friendly style: “Should kids work in mines? Should babies drink beer? When you listen to science, the answers are clear.”


    Maybe someone will read it to the toddler in the White House?

    Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
    For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23

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    Live updates: China’s leaders shake up political ranks as coronavirus cases near 60,000

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    Vietnam quarantines area with 10,000 residents over coronavirus

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    OPEC chops global oil demand growth forecast over China virus

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    How a global city helped to spread coronavirus

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    A Canadian Energy Company Bought an Oregon Sheriff’s Unit

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    We Now Have a Perfect Symbol of Trump and Barr’s Badly Damaged DOJ

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    Coronavirus: EU health ministers head to Brussels for emergency talks

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    Uighurs in exile fear spread of coronavirus in China's internment camps

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    Expiration Of New START Means Nuclear Chaos

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    This bizarre virus has genes never seen before

    livescience.com - Our planet is teeming with mysterious microbes. Now, in the waters of an artificial lake, scientists may have discovered one of the most mysterious of all: a brand-new virus with genes that have neve…

    John Kelly Finally Lets Loose on Trump

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    Opinion - US enters brutal ideological civil war as four-party system begins to take form

    informationclearinghouse.info - Really? When did the US exert moral leadership over the world? Under Reagan or Bush? They lost what they never had, ie, they lost the illusion (the “credibility” made in Harrison’s claim) that they’v…


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    Doomstead Diner Daily 2/14 The Valentine's Day Edition
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    Can the World’s Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War

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    Economic fallout from China’s coronavirus mounts around the world

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    COVID-19 causing first drop in oil use in decade: IEA

    news.yahoo.com - Paris (AFP) - Global oil demand will suffer its first quarterly drop in a decade as the COVID-19 virus lashes the economy in China and its impact ripples throughout the world, the IEA said Thursday. …

    Of Two Minds - The Violent Collision of Market Fantasy and Viral Reality

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    No. 1 Sponsor of Terrorism? US Media Name Iran, but Overlook a Candidate Closer to Home

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    John Kelly Finally Lets Loose on Trump

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    Why Is Bloomberg's Long History of Egregious Sexism Getting a Pass?

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    US troops are staying in Syria to ‘keep the oil’ – and have already killed hundreds over it

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    Senate Acquittal Gave Trump a Blank Check. With Roger Stone’s Sentencing, the President’s Crime Syndicate Is Cashing In.

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    A Thorn in YouTube’s Side Digs In Even Deeper

    nytimes.com - In response, Mr. Maza compiled a video of Mr. Crowder’s insults and tweeted them out, blaming YouTube for its inconsistent enforcement of its hate-speech policies. (One tweet read: “YouTube is domina…

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    Off topic, maybe  ;), but I do believe 👹 Harvey Weinstein is following in 🐍 Meyer Lansky's footsteps.

    Weinstien, Lansky and 🦀 Trump are birds of the very same "feather".

    Speaking of 🐍 Meyer Lansky, it seems that fine fellow had exactly the same "business interests" as Trump's daddy, and eventually his POTUS stealing son. The quibble is that Lansky and Lucky Luciano went beyond money laundering real estate and Casino crimes (i.e. they established the very profitable and competition eliminating 'Murder Incorporated'). POS POTUS Trump wouldn't do anything like that, would he?...

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    Meyer Lansky (1902-1983) was involved in a wide-range of organized criminal activity and was associated with many other well known criminal figures from the 1920s to the 1970s.

    Lansky was especially active in gambling ventures, including the rise of Las Vegas and efforts to build casinos in Cuba before the communist revolution there. In 1972, he was indicted on charges that he and others had skimmed millions of dollars from a Vegas casino that they owned; the indictment on Lansky was later dismissed since he was considered too ill to face trial.

    The files in this release range from 1950 to 1978.
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    Lansky was born in 1902 in Grodno, in the Russian Empire (today in Belarus) in 1902 to a Jewish family named Suchowlanski. At age 7, he immigrated with his parents to the United States, where he was naturalized under the name Lansky. He grew up on New York’s Lower East Side, and played as a boy with his boyhood pal 😈 Benjamin Siegel. When they grew up, he and “Bugsy” established a gang that would grow into a crime organization called the National Crime Syndicate by the press. Together with another friend, 🐊 Charles “Lucky” Luciano, Lansky later founded “Murder Incorporated,” a council of gangsters who made decisions and settled disputes for the mob. The group is believed to be responsible for hundreds of contract killings.
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    Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
    For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23

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    🦀 Trump's Budget will cause the ☠️ DEATH of a LOT of innocent men, women and children.




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    🦀 Trump just released his new budget for 2021, including $750 billion in Medicare cuts and $76 billion out of Social Security disability benefits. Worse yet, the budget cuts more than a trillion from Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.1

    These cuts are a moral abomination, but if we sound the alarm now, we can mobilize the kind of massive political backlash that will guarantee no president ever tries anything like this again.

    The problem is that the 😈🎩 mainstream media is almost totally ignoring this story, so we need to launch a major public push to make sure the public knows what's happening before it's too late.

    There's an old saying that Social Security is the "third rail of politics"—if you touch it, you die. The reason is that Social Security and Medicare are two of the most popular government programs of all time, and the people who primarily rely on these programs are seniors.

    One of Trump's biggest campaign promises in 2016 was that unlike other Republicans, he promised never to touch Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid.2 But then, two weeks ago, Trump told the global elites at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos that he would cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid if he was re-elected.3

    And now he's actually put forward a budget that cuts these programs by more than $1.5 trillion over the next ten years.

    With any other president, cuts like this would be the lead headline in every newspaper and cable news show. But the media have been so obsessed with impeachment, horse-race politics, and the latest Trump Twitter distraction that they've barely mentioned these cuts. And if the people don't know what Trump is doing, he just might be able to sneak these cuts through.

    Sources:

    1. Explainer: President's Budget for FY 2021, Congressional Progressive Caucus Center, February 2020

    2. The Washington Post, Trump’s new budget proposal expected to show how far he has moved away from some 2016 campaign promises, February 8, 2020

    3. Common Dreams, "'Hobnobbing With Billionaires in Davos,' Trump Admits—If Reelected—He Will Seek to Cut Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare," January 22, 2020




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    🦀 Trump just released his new budget for 2021, including $750 billion in Medicare cuts and $76 billion out of Social Security disability benefits. Worse yet, the budget cuts more than a trillion from Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.1

    These cuts are a moral abomination, but if we sound the alarm now, we can mobilize the kind of massive political backlash that will guarantee no president ever tries anything like this again.

    In the near term, this budget isn't going anywhere. But in the event of complete success of Trump's domestic goons and Russian fixers, it provides a blueprint for Murica's dystopian future.

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    Doomstead Diner Daily 2/15
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    McClatchy files for bankruptcy protection to shed debt and reorganize. Key details remain to be negotiated. - Poynter

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    🦀 Trump just released his new budget for 2021, including $750 billion in Medicare cuts and $76 billion out of Social Security disability benefits. Worse yet, the budget cuts more than a trillion from Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.1

    These cuts are a moral abomination, but if we sound the alarm now, we can mobilize the kind of massive political backlash that will guarantee no president ever tries anything like this again.

    In the near term, this budget isn't going anywhere. But in the event of complete success of Trump's domestic goons and Russian fixers, it provides a blueprint for Murica's dystopian future.

    True. Trump's (2017 to now) present and future actions are perfectly aligned with the wildestly dystopian dreams of The Heritage Foundation.


    Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:
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    Fascists just hate having their "job" being made too obvious. Like termites, they much prefer to undermine the democratic framework of society covertly.

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    As to "revenge", if I were part of Trump's Wrecking Crew, I'd be more concerned with being the object of it than carrying it out.

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    ... they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,--That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
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    Bill Barr is Trump's faithful fascist lapdog.
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    🦀 Trump just released his new budget for 2021, including $750 billion in Medicare cuts and $76 billion out of Social Security disability benefits. Worse yet, the budget cuts more than a trillion from Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.1

    In the near term, this budget isn't going anywhere. But in the event of complete success of Trump's domestic goons and Russian fixers, it provides a blueprint for Murica's dystopian future.

    True. Trump's (2017 to now) present and future actions are perfectly aligned with the wildestly dystopian dreams of The Heritage Foundation.


    Be quite clear and content in the knowledge that they want us dead. I sure am.

     

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