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Doomstead Diner Daily 12/23
« Reply #540 on: December 23, 2019, 06:05:38 am »

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Saudis sentence five to death for Khashoggi murder

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White House blocked Ukraine aid just after Trump call

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Trump is committing "felony bribery" by giving fundraising cash to GOP senators ahead of impeachment trial, former Bush ethics lawyer warns

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Opinion | How Your Phone Betrays Democracy

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How a Poisoning in Bulgaria Exposed Russian Assassins in Europe

nytimes.com - In late May, Mr. Gebrev was released from the hospital and joined his son at the family vacation home on the Black Sea. There, the two men were poisoned again. This time, the symptoms were less drama…

'Burnt Christmas tree' in Sydney a perfect symbol for Australia's fire-ravaged holiday season

straitstimes.com - SYDNEY (WASHINGTON POST) - It's become a symbol of this year's tragic holiday season in Australia: a tree crafted from burned bicycles, charred wood and even a fire alarm collected in areas scorched …

Trump Told 2019's Lie Of The Year About Whistleblower Call

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Climate crackdown: Australia throws rule book at activists | News

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Officials Discussed Hold on Ukraine Aid After Trump Spoke With Country’s Leader

nytimes.com - In a June 19 email, Mr. Duffey asked Elaine McCusker, the Pentagon comptroller, about the aid in the context of the Washington Examiner article, saying, “The President has asked about this funding re…

Attacks on Capitalist Targets on the Rise as Greek Police Increase Violence

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China denies allegations of forced labour at Shanghai prison

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Pirates kill one, kidnap four in attacks off Gabon capital

news.yahoo.com - The city of Libreville is pictured in January 2017 (AFP Photo/Justin TALLIS) Libreville (AFP) - Pirates attacked four ships in the harbour of the Gabon capital Libreville overnight, killing a captain…

Opinion | Americans are at each other’s throats. Here’s one way out.

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New Anti-Aging Clinical Trial Begins. For $1 Million, You Can Be a Participant.

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Your every move is being tracked. Seriously.

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Interior Department Pads Panel with Anti-Environmentalists | DCReport.org

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The Christmas War

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Doomstead Diner Daily 12/24
« Reply #541 on: December 24, 2019, 06:51:51 am »



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This Christmas, Over Half a Million Americans Will Struggle with Homelessness

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'Everything Is Burning': Australian Inferno Continues, Choking off Access to Cities Across Country

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White Island volcano eruption: NZ police call off search for two remaining bodies

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French transport strike drags into Day 19, casts pall on Christmas

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House counsel suggests Trump could be impeached again

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Trump campaign plagued by groups raising tens of millions in his name

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Saw this yesterday. Apparently adherence to Christian ethics skips a generation in then Graham clan.

There are real Christians who have always known the score about the Trumpers who claim to be "Christians". This latest article from Christianity Today makes it clear to the Fake Christian Trump Cult that they are not going to back down an INCH from the correct Christian condemnation of ANTI-Christian 🦀 Trump and his pack of 😈 greedy, racist followers.

Real Christians are often accused of having a "rigid" personality because they will not back down when they make the claim that the gross immorality of a politician makes said politician unfit for office. Christians are called "hypocrites" for taking this position, as Christianity Today did in regard to Clinton, and now is doing, with still greater Christian Faith based justification, with Fascist Demagogue Donald J. Trump. I call it having a Christian moral compass, otherwise known as a spine.

Our  so-called "magical" God is far more REAL than the "situational ethics" (SEE: "dial your own moral reality", "If it feels good do it", "more is better, no matter who you take advantage of to get yours") crowd polluting BOTH mainstream political parties and most of what passes for reason based intellectual discourse in American universties.

God reveals, to anyone willing to humble themselves and listen (an 'examined life' basic tenet - see Cornel West video after article - of Christianity that, thanks to the methodical U.S. Corporate Fascist Corruption of Christianity from kindergarten on up, most hubris and pride filled Americans reject as "Un-American"), what is sine qua non behavior for a Christian.

While it is possible to live an examined life and not be a Christian, it is impossible to be a Christian and not lead an examined life.

You cannot honestly call yourself a Christian if you do not lead an examined life. Trump and his evil supporters eschew the examined life with every fiber of their money worshipping being.

This is not hard to figure out. I celebrate this renewed clarity of what is Christian morality and how, exactly, the Trump Administration is the destructivly evil antithesis of Christian morality by Christianity Today. I'm looking forward to an article condemning the Pence fake Christian Trump lackey as ALSO unfit for public office.

In the name of Jesus Christ, GO GET EM'!

 
 

EDITORIAL

The Flag in the Whirlwind: An Update from CT’s President

Why our editor in chief spoke out against Trump, and why the conversation must continue.

By TIMOTHY DALRYMPLE

DECEMBER 22, 2019


Reader responses to Mark Galli’s recent editorial have spanned the spectrum. We have received countless notes of encouragement from 🕊 readers who were profoundly moved.They no longer feel alone. They have hope ✨ again. Many have told us of reading the editorial with tears in their eyes, sharing it with children who have wandered from the faith, rejoicing that at last 🕊 someone was articulating what they felt in their hearts. They felt this was a watershed moment in the history of the American church—or they hoped it would prove to be. Stay strong, they told us, knowing we were about to reap the whirlwind.

On the other hand, we have heard from many readers who felt incensed and insulted . These readers felt the editorial engaged in character assassination, or maligned a broad swath of our fellow evangelicals, or revealed that we prefer the Democrats to a  President 😇 who has done a lot of good for causes we all care about. 


Of course, we appreciate the support and listen humbly to the criticisms. But at the end of the day, we write for a readership of One. God is our Tower. Let the whirlwind come.

President Donald Trump would have you believe we are “far left.” Others have said we are not Bible-believing Christians. Neither is true. Christianity Today is theologically conservative. We are pro-life and pro-family. We are firm supporters of religious liberties and economic opportunity for men and women to exercise their gifts and create value in the world. We believe in the authority of Scripture.

We are also a global ministry. We travel the world and see the breadth and depth of what God is doing through his people all around the planet. It is beautiful, and breathtaking, and immense. The global Body of Christ—and the community of evangelicals—is vastly larger than our domestic political squabbles. But partly on behalf of that global body, we can no longer stay silent.

American evangelicals have always been a loose coalition of tribes. We have fought one another as often as we have fought together. We at Christianity Today believe we need to relearn the art of balancing two things: having a firm opinion and inviting free discussion. We need, in other words, both a flag and a table.

First, then, the flag. Numerous reporters have asked whether the ministry supports what was stated in the editorial. Was Mark Galli speaking on behalf of the institution? CT does not have an editorial board. Editors publish under their own names. Yet Galli has stood in the trenches for men and women of faith for over three decades. He has been an outstanding editor in chief. While he does not speak for everyone in the ministry—our board and our staff hold a range of opinions—he carries the editorial voice of the magazine. We support CT’s editorial independence and believe it’s vital to our mission for the editor in chief to speak out on the issues of the day.

As an institution, Christianity Today has no interest in partisan politics. It does not endorse candidates. We aim to bring biblical wisdom and beautiful storytelling both to the church and from the church to the world. Politics matter, but they do not bring the dead back to life. We are far more committed to the glory of God, the witness of the church, and the life of the world than we care about the fortunes of any party. Political parties come and go, but the witness of the church is the hope of the world, and the integrity of that witness is paramount.

Out of love for Jesus and his church, not for political partisanship or intellectual elitism, this is why we feel compelled to say that the alliance of American evangelicalism with this presidency has wrought enormous damage to Christian witness. It has alienated many of our children and grandchildren. It has harmed African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American brothers and sisters. And it has undercut the efforts of countless missionaries who labor in the far fields of the Lord. While the Trump administration may be well regarded in some countries, in many more the perception of wholesale evangelical support for the administration has made toxic the reputation of the Bride of Christ.

Galli’s editorial focused on the impeachment, but it was clear the issues are deeper and broader. Reasonable people can differ when it comes to the flagrantly partisan impeachment process. But this is not merely about impeachment, or even merely about President Trump. He is not the sickness. He is a symptom of a sickness that began before him, which is the hyper-politicization of the American church. This is a danger for all of us, wherever we fall on the political spectrum. Jesus said we should give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. With profound love and respect, we ask our brothers and sisters in Christ to consider whether they have given to Caesar what belongs only to God: their unconditional loyalty.

Let me protect against two misunderstandings. The problem is not that we as evangelicals are associated with the Trump administration’s judicial appointments or its advocacy of life, family, and religious liberty. We are happy to celebrate the positive things the administration has accomplished. The problem is that we as evangelicals are also associated with President Trump’s rampant immorality, greed, and corruption; his divisiveness and race-baiting; his cruelty and hostility to immigrants and refugees; and more.In other words, the problem is the wholeheartedness of the embrace.  It is one thing to praise his accomplishments; it is another to excuse and deny his obvious misuses of power.

Similarly, this is neither a criticism of the evangelical Trump voter nor an endorsement of the Democrats. The 2016 election confronted evangelical voters with an impossible dilemma: Vote for a pro-choice candidate whose policies would advance so much of what we oppose, or vote for an extravagantly immoral candidate who could well damage the standing of the republic and the witness of the church. Countless men and women we hold in the highest regard voted for President Trump, some wholeheartedly and some reluctantly.

Friends we love and respect have also counseled and worked within the Trump administration. We believe they are doing their best to serve wisely in a fallen world.

We nevertheless believe the evangelical alliance with this presidency has done damage to our witness here and abroad. The cost has been too high. American evangelicalism is not a Republican PAC. We are a diverse movement that should collaborate with political parties when prudent but always standing apart, at a prophetic distance, to be what Martin Luther King, Jr. called “the conscience of the state.” That is what we believe. This is where we plant our flag. We know we are not alone.

Now, to the table. A table is a place of welcome, a place where bread is broken and friendships are forged. In a political landscape dominated by polarization, hostility, and misunderstanding, we believe it’s critical for Christians to model how to have a firm opinion and host free discussion at the same time. Evangelicals of different stripes cannot continue to shout one another down, bully those who disagree, or exclude one another and refuse to listen.

We hold fast to our view that the wholehearted evangelical embrace of Trump has been enormously costly—but we are committed to irenic conversation with men and women of good faith who believe otherwise. (And since an open letter was published even as we were preparing to publish this statement, let me simply say that I appreciate the thoughts it expresses, and I hope this statement too can be the beginning of a dialogue.)

In the words of Proverbs 27:6, “faithful are the wounds of a friend” (ESV). Deeply aware of our own sinfulness and limitations, we are going to invite supporters and critics alike to produce essays agreeing or disagreeing with our stated views. It is time for evangelicals to have a serious discussion about how our identity as Christians shapes our activity as citizens. We will invite authors who represent a variety of viewpoints in a thoughtful and charitable manner. We will publish those essays in mid-January. We hope we can come together in convicted humility and learn from one another.

Now it is time for Christmas. Christ is still the light that shines upon a people living in darkness. We look forward to resuming the conversation soon.

The flag is planted. The table is set. We invite you to join us at either one.

Timothy Dalrymple is president and CEO of Christianity Today.

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/december-web-only/trump-evangelicals-editorial-christianity-today-president.html

"With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him."Daniel 11:32

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« Reply #543 on: December 24, 2019, 03:37:40 pm »
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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Doomstead Diner Daily 12/25 The Christmas Day edition
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BBC Arts - BBC Arts - It's a Wonderful Life: From festive flop to Christmas classic

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11 facts about Iceland's elusive elves

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Weatherwatch: reindeer adapted to snow but not climate change

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Opinion | Let’s remember what Christmas and Christianity are all about
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Philippines typhoon brings Christmas Day misery
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Yes, Australia has always had bushfires: but 2019 is like nothing we've seen before
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As Fracking Companies Face Bankruptcy, U.S. Regulators Enable Firms to Duck Cleanup Costs
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Desperate workers have been leaving notes inside of holiday cards, jacket pockets, and purses for years, begging for Western shoppers to send help
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GOP Lawmaker Plotted Insurrections to Establish Christian State
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:( I looked at all the headlines you just posted and read some of the stories. Those workers in slave labor thankless jobs making clothing, who are putting pleas for help notes in shirt, jacket and pants pockets, says it all about how most humans in the egotistical greed based consumer world, that will read the notes, clutch their pearls, and continue to buy the clothing, have totally rejected the real meaning of Christmas. My decision a couple of decades ago to stop buying clothes as much as possible was based on frugality. I didn't know how bad things were, and ARE more than ever now, for those making the clothes, though I should have. I urge all people of conscience to STOP consuming slave labor made ANYTHING , not just clothing.

That news about the financially strapped frackers being allowed to turn their backs on their pollution piggery is, of course, expected from our fossil fuel government. 😠
It did not say that this is the second round of 🦕 fracker HELP from the  🦖 government, through the thoroughly corrupt 🐍 court system. Back in 2014, the bankruptcy courts were full of Fracker Chapter 11 Bankruptcies. The majority of the them were allowed to be "restructured" by the 🦕 Texas judges (the state where 😈 frackers always go to get out of the consequenses of their irresponsible behavior) through Chapter 11 fun and games (i.e. "legally" allowed to stiff their creditors and emerge from Bankruptcy).

This happened at exactly the same time that struggling Solar PV manufacturers, with relatively less financially harmful Chapter 11 Bankruptcy conditions, were told to eat and die by the judges all over the USA. 🤬

That Intelligencer article about the GOP evil bastard and the pseudo-Christian Crazies (i.e. the Oath Keepers) trying to gin up a "Bible based" Civil War underlines the bizarro level of heinous Bullshit that has been unleashed by those who seek to punish anyone calling themsleves a Christian who call Trump and his supporters out for being ANTI-Christian. There is a war going on all right, but it is a spiritual war. The
 pseudo-Christian Trump worshippers
are on the wrong side of it. That is what why they want a thoroughly UN-Biblical physical Civil War. This article shows that those with Christian courage will not buckle under the Trumper pseudo-Christian assault now taking place in Christian publications that expose Trump's ANTI-Chrisitan behavior and cruel polices:

Intelligencer

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The controversy over Christianity Today’s pro-impeachment stance is spreading to other publications

Journalist Napp Nazworth , who has worked for the Christian Post website since 2011, said he quit his job Monday because the website was planning to publish a pro-Trump editorial that would slam Christianity Today. Nazworth, who sits on the editorial board as politics editor, said the website has sought to represent both sides and published both pro- and anti-Trump stories.

“I never got the gist they were gung-ho Trumpian types,” Nazworth said. “Everything has escalated with the Christianity Today editorial.”

Nazworth, who has been critical of Trump and suggested leaders who supported him have “traded their moral authority,” said he doesn’t know what he will do next.

“I said, if you post this, you’re saying, you’re now on team Trump,” he said. He said he was told that’s what the news outlet wanted to do.

“I’m just shocked that they would go this path,” he said, adding that even though he felt “forced” to make the decision to quit, the parting was a mutual agreement between him and the outlet.
https://www.christianpost.com/news/evangelicals-trade-moral-authority-for-political-gain-in-defending-trump.html


Like the first Christmas, when Herod was busy hunting the newborn child to kill him, no matter how many children up to the age of two he had to kill to get the 👹 job done, these are perilous times. Good will eventually prevail, but many will continue to suffer and die until it does.

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Merry Christmas, America! Let’s Remember the Children that Live in Fear of Our Killer Drones.

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U.S. Cybercom contemplates information warfare to counter Russian interference in 2020 election

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The Christmas Eve Confessions of Chuck Todd - PressThink

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In aftermath of Ukraine crisis, a climate of mistrust and threats

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Australia fires: rain offers little respite as out-of-control bushfires continue to burn

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski ‘disturbed’ by McConnell’s vow of ‘total coordination’ with White House over impeachment

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Revealing the Real Threats and the Manufactured Ones: The Intercept’s 2019 National Security Coverage

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Michael Pento: Farewell Paul Volcker Hello Monetary Madness - DollarCollapse.com

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Anti-Putin activist Ruslan Shaveddinov 'forcibly conscripted' and sent to Arctic

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An Iranian Activist Wrote Dozens of Articles for Right-Wing Outlets. But Is He a Real Person?

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A New Era of Cyberwar: Wired's Andy Greenberg on the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers | Gaslit Nation on Patreon

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The Collapse of Civilization May Have Already Begun

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Why Winning a War for Capitalism Is Losing One to Fascism

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No One Likes Private Health Insurance.

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An In-Depth Analysis of the Greatest Christmas Song of All Time

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:( I looked at all the headlines you just posted and read some of the stories. Those workers in slave labor thankless jobs making clothing, who are putting pleas for help notes in shirt, jacket and pants pockets, says it all about how most humans in the egotistical greed based consumer world, that will read the notes, clutch their pearls, and continue to buy the clothing, have totally rejected the real meaning of Christmas. My decision a couple of decades ago to stop buying clothes as much as possible was based on frugality. I didn't know how bad things were, and ARE

I understand your position, and do not disagree. And we ALL have far many more clothes than we need, in large measure because they are so cheap as a result of the exploited labor. Yet we still have to be clothed. Perhaps the answer is to be far more discriminating.


That news about the financially strapped frackers being allowed to turn their backs on their pollution piggery is, of course, expected from our fossil fuel government. 😠

Keep in mind that offloading mitigation and cleanup costs to the taxpayers is a core part of the extractive industry business model. this occurs always and everywhere; we are as sheep to be shorn.



That Intelligencer article about the GOP evil bastard and the pseudo-Christian Crazies (i.e. the Oath Keepers) trying to gin up a "Bible based" Civil War underlines the bizarro level of heinous Bullshit that has been unleashed by those who seek to punish anyone calling themsleves a Christian who call Trump and his supporters[/b][/color] out for being ANTI-Christian. There is a war going on all right, but it is a spiritual war. The pseudo-Christian Trump worshippers[/b][/color] are on the wrong side of it. That is what why they want a thoroughly UN-Biblical physical Civil War.

These are the people given free reign and what's more, aid and succor (and cover) from what passes for local law enforcement outside of the cities. They pose as much of an existential threat to the fabric of law in this country as does Russia. I used to harbor a dream of retiring to the countryside and the end of my working days; this sort of all too prevalent rural idiocy which provides a rich soil in which Christofascism to grow has mooted that thought.

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Turkey's block on Wikipedia violates freedom of expression, constitutional court rules

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Refugees a Burden? Trump Says Yes; Research Says Otherwise

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We Can’t Find One Leftist Mark Zuckerberg Invited to Dinner

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One of the nation’s biggest school systems will let students take time off to protest. The conservative backlash has begun.

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Revealed: microplastic pollution is raining down on city dwellers

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US hardliners want Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning crucified

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Two huge suppressed news reports in a 3-day period reveal corrupt U.S. & allied mainstream press

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Massive explosion in Somalia’s capital kills at least 76

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Navy Seal pardoned of war crimes by Trump described by colleagues as 'freaking evil'

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The Daily Show’s Rally to Restore Sanity Predicted a Decade of Liberal Futility

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FBI Reportedly Investigating Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged ‘Madam’ Ghislaine Maxwell

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The Art of Creating Community: Bedtime Goose and Uproar Performing Arts

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How the Military Lost Its Proper Place in the Constitutional Order

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Dispatches From The Kwanzaa Kid: How I Killed the Kwanzaa Carol

theroot.com - If I’m ever sent to prison on charges of first-degree blackness or mayonnaise-related hate speech, I will probably have to do my time in solitary confinement. I’m pretty sure there are prison gangs t…

Fed study: Trump tariffs backfired, caused job losses and higher prices

thehill.com - President TrumpDonald John TrumpLA Times editorial board torches Trump on climate Spotify to pause the selling of political advertising Fed study: Trump tariffs backfired, caused job losses and highe…

Climate Change, Migration, and Militarization in Arizona’s Borderlands

theintercept.com - Imagine a sensation akin to sticking your face in a furnace, except the furnace is everywhere and you are walking through it. The air is not just hot. It actually burns against your eyeballs. Every s…

Peter Thiel’s Palantir Was Used to Bust Relatives of Migrant Children, New Documents Show

theintercept.com - A May 2017 ICE document on an impending “Unaccompanied Alien Children Human Smuggling Disruption Initiative,” characterized as “a joint effort of ERO and HSI,” makes explicit the fact that ERO used P…

A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

theintercept.com - Today, The Intercept launches “A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” a seven-minute film narrated by the congresswoman and illustrated by Molly Crabapple. Set a couple of decades …

The Citizens United ruling broke American democracy at the start of the decade. It never recovered

salon.com - The election of President Donald Trump will likely define this decade, but the breakdown in our political system which sowed deeper partisan divisions and ultimately paved the way for his White House…

2020: who and what to look out for

theguardian.com - The rancour over Brexit has been cruel to the restaurant sector. A weakening pound has made ingredients more expensive, while mixed messages on residency rights for EU citizens has caused myriad prob…

Over 1,000 experts call for global action on 'depleting' groundwater

telegraphindia.com - Nearly 1,100 scientists, practitioners and experts in groundwater and related fields from 92 countries have called on the governments and nongovernmental agencies to "act now" to ensure global ground…

'World's oldest rhino' dies aged 57

bbc.com - A rhino thought to be the oldest in the world has died in Tanzania, aged 57. Fausta, an eastern black rhino, was first sighted in the Ngorongoro crater in 1965, when she was three. She roamed the cra…

When crowds toppled communism's house of cards

bbc.com - When the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe collapsed in the final months of 1989, I was sent to report on each of the revolutions that took place in the space of only six weeks: the fall of the Berlin …

You Can Have Means Testing or You Can Have Democracy

jacobinmag.com - A few weeks ago, I made my way through Soldiers to Citizens, a 2005 book by the political scientist Suzanne Mettler. Ostensibly a history of the GI Bill, the work is part of a burgeoning scholarly fi…

How the Plastics Industry Is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World

theintercept.com - The students at Westmeade Elementary School worked hard on their dragon. And it paid off. The plastic bag receptacle that the kids painted green and outfitted with triangular white teeth and a “feed …

Neoliberal economics destroyed the economy and the middle class

intrepidreport.com - According to official US government economic data, the US economy has been growing for 10.5 years since June of 2009. The reason that the US government can produce this false conclusion is that costs…

From Socialism to Populism and Back

jacobinmag.com - Like training a helper monkey to use a butcher knife — that’s what the Economist crowd thinks about calls to democratize the economy. And with that overriding fear, polite liberals on both sides of t…

Why Don’t We Care About China’s Uighur Muslims?

theintercept.com - It’s been described as the worst human rights crisis in the world — the arbitrary detention in sprawling camps of a million or more Uighur Muslims in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province. The Chine…

X is for Extinction Rebellion: the insurgent climate movement that went mainstream

newstatesman.com - When Extinction Rebellion (XR) blockaded central London in April 2018, the movement seemed to have come from nowhere. Protesters assembled a fuschia boat in the centre of Oxford Circus and organised …


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Of Two Minds - The Hour Is Getting Late

oftwominds.com - After 11 years of "the Fed is the market" expansion, the Fed has now reduced its bloated balance sheet by 6.7%. This is normal, right? So here we are in Year 11 of the longest economic expansion/ sto…

Two shot dead at livestreamed Texas church service

bbc.com - A gunman has opened fire in a church in Texas, fatally shooting two people before being killed by an armed member of the congregation. The gunman stood up from a pew at West Freeway Church of Christ …

The Collapse of the Modern Western Empire. What Future for Humankind?

cassandralegacy.blogspot.com - The Collapse of the Modern Western Empire. What Future for Humankind? These notes are not supposed to disparage nor to exalt an entity that has a history that goes back to at least a couple of millen…

New Report Details Unrest Among Trump Officials As Trump Withheld Ukraine Aid

yahoo.com - A new report meticulously details the unrest in President Donald Trump’s administration during the time Trump ordered military aid be withheld from Ukraine until the country carried out investigation…

Fires worsen as every Australian state hits 40C

bbc.com - Scores of fires are burning out of control across Australia amid a heatwave which has seen temperatures exceed 40C (104F) in every state. On Monday, the most dangerous fires were in the state of Vict…

Border Patrol Arrest Reports Are Full of Lies That Can Sabotage Asylum Claims

theintercept.com - On December 29, 2017, the night his daughter was born, Augusto left the hospital and rode his motorcycle to his home in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, to pick up a change of clothes for his wife. On his way b…

How U.S. Tech Giants Are Helping to Build China’s Surveillance State

theintercept.com - An American organization founded by tech giants Google and IBM is working with a company that is helping China’s authoritarian government conduct mass surveillance against its citizens, The Intercept…

Supposedly “risk free” assets are looking awfully risky

qz.com - No one knows what will trigger the next recession. Often, a downturn starts in the financial sector, when the value of an asset class suddenly falls and wise people agree, after the fact, that prices…

Tulsi Gabbard, encouraged by Trump, may seek spoiler role

news.yahoo.com - It is not exactly breaking news that Tulsi Gabbard will not win the Democratic presidential nomination. Since announcing her candidacy in January, the U.S. House member from Hawaii has never polled h…

Psychiatry expert says Trump’s rambling Merry Christmas rant includes three signs of serious mental impairment

rawstory.com - President Donald Trump’s speech in Florida over the weekend provides evidence that he is suffering from cognitive decline, according to a psychiatric expert. Seth Davin Norrholm, an associate profess…

Before Being Hacked, Border Surveillance Firm Lobbied to Downplay Security and Privacy Concerns About Its Technology

theintercept.com - Few people had ever heard of Perceptics, a Tennessee-based subcontractor that sells license plate readers to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, before last month, when news emerged that the company …

The Biggest Business Con of 2019: Fleecing Workers While Bosses Get Rich

commondreams.org - Corporate social responsibility is the second-biggest con of 2019 (Donald Trump remains in first place). Consider Boeing, whose board just fired its CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, in order “to restore confi…

We Followed YouTube’s Recommendation Algorithm Down The Rabbit Hole

buzzfeednews.com - How many clicks through YouTube’s “Up Next” recommendations does it take to go from an anodyne PBS clip about the 116th United States Congress to an anti-immigrant video from a designated hate organi…

Internet trashes Face the Nation for softball interview with ‘unqualified grifter’ Ivanka Trump

rawstory.com - … then let us make a small request. Like you, we here at Raw Story believe in the power of progressive journalism. Raw Story readers power David Cay Johnston’s DCReport, which we've expanded to keep …

Opinion | 19 good things that happened in 2019

washingtonpost.com - (Washington Post illustration/Images by iStock) By Editorial Board December 17 1. Scientists announced a new thera

An Oncologist’s Take on Refocusing the Battle Against Cancer

undark.org - Depending on who is speaking, the war against cancer that President Nixon declared nearly half a century ago has either been a soaring triumph of innovation and doggedness or a colossal failure, feat…

The environment in 2050: flooded cities, forced migration – and the Amazon turning to savannah

theguardian.com - ‘Good morning. Here is the shipping forecast for midday, 21 June, 2050. Seas will be rough, with violent storms and visibility ranging from poor to very poor for the next 24 hours. The outlook for to…

The Year in Doom 2019

doomsteaddiner.net - From the keyboard of Surly1 Follow us on Twitter @doomstead666 Like us on Facebook Originally published on the Doomstead Diner on December 29, 2019 "Violence is as American as cherry pie." –H. Rap Br…

The most disruptive phase of globalization is just beginning

qz.com - To properly understand globalization, you need to start 200,000 years ago. Richard Baldwin skillfully takes on this daunting task in a new book, starting all the way back with the hunter-gatherers. F…

Australia fires: one firefighter killed as bushfires rip through four states

theguardian.com - One firefighter has died and multiple properties are feared lost after terrifying bushfires driven by extreme weather conditions swept across four Australian states on Monday. The volunteer firefight…

How Liberals Fell In Love With The West Wing | Current Affairs

currentaffairs.org - In the history of prestige tv, few dramas have had quite the cultural staying power of Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing. Set during the two terms of fictional Democratic President and Nobel Laureate in E…

Trump’s lawyer and the Venezuelan president: How Giuliani got involved in back-channel talks with Maduro

washingtonpost.com - Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro with senior military officers in Caracas on May 24, 2018. (Wil Riera/Bloomberg News) By Rosalind S. Helderman,, Tom Hamburger, close Tom Hamburger Investigative re…

Opinion | Trump’s pardon of Gallagher just got even more appalling

washingtonpost.com - Navy Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher celebrates with his wife, Andrea, on July 2 at Naval Base San Diego after being acquitted in the killing of a wounded Islamic State captive in Iraq in 2017. (…

Science Under Attack: How Trump Is Sidelining Researchers and Their Work

portside.org - In just three years, the Trump administration has diminished the role of science in federal policymaking while halting or disrupting research projects nationwide, marking a transformation of the fede…

Twenty Years Later – How Did Putin Do?

strategic-culture.org - <span data-mce-type="bookmark" style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span> Twenty years ago a not very well-known Vladimir Putin pub…

Climate Games

peaksurfer.blogspot.com - It took me a minute to recompose myself before continuing with the taping. I was thinking, “Do I confront this head-on and stick up for the science, or do I just shut up and move on?” I decided to zi…

Fifth Straight Year of Central American Drought Helping Drive Migration

blogs.scientificamerican.com - The main harvest of 2019 of the primary food crops of Central America—corn and beans—was completed in September, and for the fifth consecutive year, extreme weather led to a bad harvest. According to…

The Rust Belt Didn’t Have to Happen

theatlantic.com - James Fallows: Democrats should talk about place-based policy Miller’s approach was superficially similar to many of today’s public-private partnerships. The difference is that his program invested i…


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Protesters chanting ‘Death to America’ break into U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad

washingtonpost.com - Iraqis gather outside the main gate of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday to protest U.S. airstrikes against militia fighters. (Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters) By Mustafa Salim and Liz Sly close Liz Sl…

Ghosn flies to Lebanon, blasts 'rigged' Japanese justice

news.yahoo.com - Beirut (AFP) - Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, who was awaiting trial in Japan on financial misconduct charges, confirmed Tuesday he had flown to Lebanon, the latest stunning twist in a rollercoast…

Shocking new Ukraine revelations could make McConnell’s impeachment scheme even riskier for GOP

rawstory.com - Shocking new revelations about President Donald Trump’s pressure scheme against Ukraine show why additional witness testimony is needed in the impeachment trial — and could prove costly to Republican…

Australia bushfires: towns devastated and lives lost as blazes turn the sky red

theguardian.com - Australia’s bushfire crisis has claimed at least two more lives, authorities confirmed on Tuesday, as dozens of fires tore through several towns on the east coast and forced thousands of people to ta…

Darkness at noon: Australia's bushfire day of terror

theguardian.com - Daybreak never came to Mallacoota. By dawn on Tuesday the orange bushfire glow had disappeared from the horizon, replaced by a black shadow of smoke and ash that made early morning in the Victorian s…

Australia to send in military as fires rage

bbc.com - Australian military aircraft and vessels will be deployed to help emergency services in the fire-ravaged states of New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria. Thousands of people fled to beaches in the south…

Ivanka Trump Is a Senior Adviser to the President. She Should Be Asked Tough Questions.

theintercept.com - “Face the Nation” has been on air since 1954 and is considered to be one of the most prestigious and high-profile interview shows on American television. Yet Brennan’s interview with Ivanka — which w…

Ivanka Trump’s interview on Face the Nation could have aired on Fox News

vox.com - Ivanka Trump did a rare non-Fox News interview with CBS for Sunday’s edition of Face the Nation. But given the way it obscured key facts, host Margaret Brennan’s approach to interviewing the presiden…

The decade we finally woke up to climate change

nationalgeographic.com - This decade, many people around the world woke up to a grim reality: Climate change is here, it’s happening now, and it could very easily get much, much worse. These 10 years were punctuated by a ser…

Opinion | Explosive new revelations just weakened Trump’s impeachment defenses

washingtonpost.com - (Evan Vucci/AP) By Greg Sargent Opinion writer December 30, 2019 at 9:58 AM EST If Mitch McConnell is going to pull off his scheme to turn President Trump’s impeachment trial into a quick and painles…

Trump Runs the Country Just Like He Ran His Failed Businesses | DCReport.org

dcreport.org - “How do you impeach a president who has created the greatest Economy in the history of our Country?” Donald Trump tweeted in September. Trump has repeatedly claimed big economic benefits from his pre…

Accelerating Climate Change is Transforming Iceland’s Ecosystem

unicornriot.ninja - Reykjavik, Iceland – Unicorn Riot went to Iceland to take an in-depth look at the consequences of human-caused climate change. There we spoke with Dr. Halldór Björnsson, leader of the atmospheric & c…

Opinion | Our lopsided prosperity

washingtonpost.com - By Robert J. Samuelson Robert J. Samuelson Columnist focusing on economics Bio Columnist December 29 It was the year of inequality. The economic debate took a dramatic turn in 2019. To be sure, much …

Initial U.S.-China trade deal has major hole: Beijing’s massive business subsidies

washingtonpost.com - President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, Saturday, June 29, 2019. (Susan Walsh/AP) By David J…

The ocean plastic we see is 'the tip of the iceberg'. Where's the other 99%?

theguardian.com - Every year, 8m tons of plastic enters the ocean. Images of common household waste swirling in vast garbage patches in the open sea, or tangled up with whales and seabirds, have turned plastic polluti…

My Existential Dread of 2020

nymag.com - After an unusually long period of anxious anticipation (on my part, at least), the year 2020 arrives this week bearing many fearful possibilities balanced mostly by the hope of narrowly evading them.…

Entire West Virginia Correctional Officer Class Fired After Nazi Salute Photo

nymag.com - On Monday, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice fired close to 30 correctional officer trainees who posed in a Nazi salute for a class photo, following a state report into the photograph, which recomme…

William Barr Embodies the Conservative Surrender to Trump

nymag.com - Ever since his stern and angry speech at the University of Notre Dame in October, it’s been apparent that Attorney General William Barr is not simply a pliant spear-carrier for the man who lifted him…

What John Dos Passos’s “1919” Got Right About 2019

newyorker.com - “U.S.A. is the slice of a continent,” John Dos Passos wrote, in his novel “The 42nd Parallel,” from 1930. “U.S.A. is a group of holding companies, some aggregations of trade unions, a set of laws bou…

Bolivia’s free territory of Chapare has ousted the coup regime and is bracing for a bloody re-invasion

thegrayzone.com - Cochabamba, Bolivia — Known as Bolivia’s Chapare region, the Tropico of Cochabamba is a sanctuary for elected President Evo Morales’ most dedicated base of support. Since the November 10 coup, it has…

The Rust Belt Didn’t Have to Happen

theatlantic.com - James Fallows: Democrats should talk about place-based policy Miller’s approach was superficially similar to many of today’s public-private partnerships. The difference is that his program invested i…

The Collapse of the Modern Western Empire. What Future for Humankind?

cassandralegacy.blogspot.com - The Collapse of the Modern Western Empire. What Future for Humankind? These notes are not supposed to disparage nor to exalt an entity that has a history that goes back to at least a couple of millen…

Protip: Do Not Make It Easy For The Cops By Hiding Your Meth Stash Inside A Box Labeled "Dope"

thesmokinggun.com - A Louisiana woman is behind bars on a felony drug possession charge after police discovered her methamphetamine stash in a small plastic container that was helpfully labeled “Dope.” Cops responded Sa…

This Was the Decade We Knew We Were Right

blogs.scientificamerican.com - It rains in the Amazon because the trees want it to. There is plenty of moisture in the oceans that surround the continent, but there is also a hidden reservoir on the land feeding an invisible river…

Different Acronyms, Same Disaster: Bond Ratings Are Once Again For Sale - DollarCollapse.com

dollarcollapse.com - Of all the amazing scenes in The Big Short, a film about the genesis of the Great Recession, arguably the most shocking is the meeting between a couple of hedge fund managers trying to understand the…

The Demagogue’s Cocktail of Victimhood and Strength

theatlantic.com - Editor’s Note: This article is part of our “Democracy Undone” series about the erosion of liberal democracy around the world. WARSAW—For the European demagogue, victimhood and strength go hand in han…


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Presenting The 2019 “Griftie” Awards ❧ Current Affairs

currentaffairs.org - In response to a series of extraordinary grifts—from Elizabeth Holmes’s botched blood startup to fake heiress Anna Delvey’s skipped hotel bills to Anthony Enrique Gignac (who pretended and may actual…

In Iraq, the U.S. Gets Hit Where It Hurts

thesmokinggun.com - DECEMBER 31--There has been another casualty in the War on Christmas™. An Ohio woman is behind bars after allegedly repeatedly punching a female victim who made the mistake of wishing the assailant a…

Of Two Minds - Grab-Bag Resolutions 2020

oftwominds.com - A grab-bag of resolutions from the occasionally-controlled chaos of life. Since "We are what we repeatedly do" (attributed to Aristotle), i.e. we are what we do every day, resolutions have little con…

2019: The Year in Visual Stories and Graphics

nytimes.com - home page world U.S. politics Election 2020 New York business tech science climate sports obituaries the upshot Español 中文网 today's paper corrections

A Honduran Asylum-Seeker Was Brutally Murdered After Being Deported — From Mexico

theintercept.com - Leti, 20, had always been optimistic. Even after the death threats against the family began — when her little sister refused the advances of a local gangster — she was still cracking jokes about her …

Analysis | Trump keeps throwing around the word ‘treason’ — which may not be a great idea

washingtonpost.com - By Aaron Blake close Aaron Blake Senior political reporter, writing for The Fix Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow May 15, 2018 at 1:07 PM EDT For a guy who spends a lot of time denying and raising the …

A White House adviser is flip-flopping on whether China gave him information on Joe Biden's son after Trump asked Beijing to investigate the Bidens

businessinsider.com - An informal White House adviser on China is giving conflicting accounts to media organizations over whether China gave him information about former Vice President Joe Biden's son's activities in Chin…

The Amazon Lost 24,000 Square Miles of Land This Decade

undark.org - This year, I was on the judging panel for the Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Decade. Much like Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” competition, the internationa…

This Was the Decade Climate Scientists Stopped Being Polite

earther.gizmodo.com - Scientific warnings about the risks of unchecked global warming have reached a crescendo in the past couple of years, with urgent messages from researchers on social media, in congressional testimony…

Trump accuses Democrats of avoiding Senate trial to protect Bidens

washingtonpost.com - President Trump answers questions from reporters after making a video call to troops stationed worldwide from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) By John Wagner…

The Gilets Jaunes Have Changed How France Thinks About Strikes

jacobinmag.com - It’s now over a year since the gilets jaunes movement rocked France, as yellow-vested protesters occupied roundabouts and blocked roads in response to a planned fuel tax hike. Embracing a wider array…

The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers

wired.com - A couple of hours after the Christchurch massacre, I was on the phone with Whitney Phillips, a Syracuse professor whose research focuses on online extremists and media manipulators. Toward the end of…

How Plastic Pollution Is Making Central America Uninhabitable

theintercept.com - The fishermen stand thigh-deep in the muddy water as our boat pulls up to the shore, grass shushing against the hull. It is a still, cool morning and mist wicks off the river as the sun begins to ris…

Australia scrambles to reach thousands stranded by bushfires

news.yahoo.com - Fire-ravaged Australia has launched a major operation to reach thousands of people stranded in seaside towns after deadly bushfires ripped through popular tourist areas on New Year's Eve. Navy ships

In 2020, Skip Your Resolutions—Embrace a Vice

slate.com - Why a Dad Dancing to Frozen With His Son Is Still a Big Deal The Key to Never Forgetting Your Shopping List Again Plantation Weddings Are Finally Canceled. Plantation Christmases Should Be Next. How …

American Collapse

strategic-culture.org - In order to understand the great impeachment charade, it’s important to keep three facts about the strange bird known as the United States uppermost in mind. The first is that the US is the ultimate …

A Monumentally Destructive US Decade — Symptomatic Of Imperial Decline

popularresistance.org - Above Photo: Image of Earth taken from Apollo 17. A monumentally destructive U.S. decade — symptomatic of imperial decline — exposed a shamefully pliant press. But we have at least one reason to resi…

How to Get Prepped This Year Without Getting Overwhelmed

theorganicprepper.com - Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to make 2020 the year that you get better prepared? If it is, we’ve got you covered. You can easily and inexpensively get prepped by doing just five tasks per mo…

Welcome to the 2020’s, the Final Decade of the Failed Human Experiment

kevinhester.live - The late great Albert Bartlett in his seminal presentation titled ; The Exponential Function said “One of the greatest shortcomings of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential fu…

How to Survive a Failed Society

eand.co - When I look at our societies, there seems to be a kind of anguish rippling through them. Broken dreams, shattered expectations, lost possibilities. Is a happy life — much less a fulfilled one — even …

Why Boiling Methane in Arctic Seas Should Scare the Crap out of us: New Data Shows the Numbers Are…

medium.com - Recently scientists in the Arctic sea measured high methane in the air along with prolific underwater methane bubbles rising from the mud under the water. Methane, the greenhouse gas that is produced…

North Atlantic Current may cease temporarily in the next century

eurekalert.org - IMAGE: This image shows the Atlantic Ocean Circulation, which transports relatively warm water from the Gulf of Mexico to north-western Europe. view more Credit: Sven Baars, University of Groningen T…


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