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« Reply #570 on: January 09, 2020, 03:27:17 pm »


The Media Is Waking Up to a Possible Bernie Victory. Get Ready for the 👹 Backlash.
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Of Two Minds - Was Marx Right about Capitalism Destroying Itself from Within?
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Yes, the Propaganda arm of the 🎩 Dollars and 🏴‍ Drones U.S. Empire, otherwise known as the 😈 Mainstream Media, will go after Senator Sanders in order to demonize him with all sorts of character assiassination, defamatory remarks, and scaremongering about Green New Deal "Socialist economy endangering evils".

It won't work. BUT, that doesn't matter.

Here's the 🦀🐘🦕🦖😈👹🐍 PLAN:

After months and months of serial defamatory bullshit, complete with wailing, gnashing of teeth and hysterical shrieking about how POTUS Sanders would put your entire family in a commie labor camp making solar panels and wind turbines, confiscate your 401K and health insurance, ban all "Christian" religious activity and turn America "criminally overrun" brown by welcoming immigrants of the "wrong" color, the REAL skullduggery, the RIGGING of poll numbers based on FAKE defamatory "news" about Sanders, will have been accomplished. The poll numbers will be manipulated so the American Public can be suckered into believing Sanders is, on the eve of the 2020 election, at the 50% approval rating point vs. WHATEVER the Trump (in the toilet) numbers are.

As long as that "no higher than 50% Sanders approval" CORK is the perceived "reality" on the eve of the election, then the election rigging for a Trump "win" can then proceed without raising too many (see: preserving the 😇 "democracy" pig lipstick) eyebrows. .

The reality is that the popularity of 🦅 Senator Sanders will continue to grow. The jackals in our Capitalist Police State don't want to make a martyr out of him because that could spark a REALLY Socialist Revolution here, so the 😈 poll numbers perception management is the 🐍 plan.

ANYONE that believes that Trump won the election in 2016 fairly or has a chance to win the 2020 presidential election fairly is in denial of the facts. But then, denial of reality is an intrinsic part of the mindset of that small, but noisy, segment of our population that supports Trump.


If God does not step in to crush the poll manipulating and election rigging, Trump will steal the 2020 election. Then it really will be over for this country, and possibly the entire human species.


Yes, Marx was right, although CHS (a fierce critic of unregulated chrony Capitalism 👍, BUT an enemy of all things socialist 👎) cannot bring himself to admit it.

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Doomstead Diner Daily 1/10
« Reply #571 on: January 10, 2020, 06:57:59 am »

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Iraqis to the United States: What Part of “Go Home” Don’t You Understand?

mintpressnews.com - Iranian forces launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against two military bases housing US troops in Iraq early hours of Wednesday morning. The al-Assad airbase in western Iraq was hit by 17 …

House approves measure limiting Trump’s authority to take further military action against Iran

washingtonpost.com - President Trump addresses the nation Wednesday about his administration’s standoff with Iran. (Alex Brandon/AP) By Karoun Demirjian close Karoun Demirjian Congressional reporter focusing on national …

U.S. Intel: Iran Shot Down Plane, Then Realized Mistake

thedailybeast.com - The Ukrainian airliner that crashed on Wednesday morning in Iran, killing all 176 people aboard, was shot out of the sky by one of Iran’s anti-aircraft missile systems, probably as the result of a ho…

Video From Jeffrey Epstein’s First Suicide Try Destroyed, Feds Admit

thedailybeast.com - In the latest screw up in Jeffrey Epstein’s death case, federal officials revealed Thursday that video of the cell where the **** reportedly made his first suicide attempt was accidentally destr…

Internal Boeing documents show employees discussing efforts to manipulate regulators scrutinizing the 737 Max

washingtonpost.com - An employee works near a Boeing 737 Max aircraft at Boeing's 737 Max production facility in Renton, Wash., in December. (Lindsey Wasson/Reuters) By Ian Duncan, close Ian Duncan Member of the transpor…

Trump’s DOJ quietly ends two-year fishing expedition on the Clintons — and admits it found nothing

rawstory.com - On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that the Department of Justice is quietly winding down a two-year probe into the Clintons, and admitting that “nothing of consequence” was found to suggest t…

Surprise, Surprise: The DOJ’s Hillary Clinton Investigation Has Been a Bust

vanityfair.com - Back in 2017, buoyed by President Donald Trump’s calls for investigations into “Crooked Hillary & the Dems,” the Justice Department launched an inquiry into Hillary Clinton and Republicans' pet consp…

Hong Kong PTSD level 'like warzones', study finds

bbc.com - Around a third of adults in Hong Kong reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the often-violent pro-democracy protests, according to a new study. The number was six times hi…

Asia's Great Rivers: Climate crisis, pollution put billions at risk

news.yahoo.com - The year is 2100. The glaciers of the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region -- the world's "Third Pole" -- are vanishing as the planet warms, the ice that once fed the great rivers of Asia is all but lost, and…

‘Bone Saw Arabia says hi’: Trump ridiculed for claiming he ‘will never make excuses for America’s enemies’

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 …

Voters Think Trump’s Iran Attack Made America “Less Safe”

vanityfair.com - Donald Trump and his allies have defended their deadly drone strike on Qassem Soleimani by claiming the killing protected American security. “We took a bad guy off the battlefield,” Secretary of Stat…

Australia bushfires: Mega blaze likely on Friday

bbc.com - Two of Australia's bush fires are likely to merge into a so-called "mega blaze" on Friday evening, authorities have warned. The merger is expected at the border of New South Wales and Victoria and ha…

India's top court orders review of Kashmir internet shutdown | India News

aljazeera.com - India's Supreme Court on Friday ordered authorities to review the suspension of internet services in Indian-administered Kashmir within a week. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed …

Trump Complains About Not Winning Nobel Peace Prize Days After War Crime Threat

nymag.com - Days after authorizing an unambiguous act of war backed by a shoddy rationale, the president of the United States began this week by reiterating a threat to commit war crimes by bombing cultural site…

Opinion | When did it become acceptable to kill a top leader of a country we aren’t even at war with?

washingtonpost.com - Visitors walk around the stairs inside of the Rotunda to the top of the Capitol dome last month in Washington. (Samuel Corum/AFP/Getty Images) By Jim Webb January 9, 2020 at 5:55 PM EST Jim Webb, a D…

Trump Doesn’t Want Voters to Know How Much His Family’s Trips Cost Taxpayers

nymag.com - Though the president’s displays of ostentatious wealth didn’t hurt his electoral prospects last time around, the administration is reportedly worried about the public response if voters learn just ho…

Ice-free Arctic Ocean allowed ancient carbon leaks | Climate News Network

climatenewsnetwork.net - As the world warms, more greenhouse gas will enter the atmosphere. Researchers now think an ice-free Arctic Ocean explains how and why. LONDON, 10 January, 2020 – Deep in a cave in Siberia, Israeli, …

PayPal blocks donations to The Grayzone that mention Iran

thegrayzone.com - Following the US government’s assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, PayPal has delayed and blocked small donations to The Grayzone that mentioned this website’s news coverage of Iran.

Donald Trump’s reckless gamble with Iran to distract from his domestic political problems

intrepidreport.com - “Don’t let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected. Be careful Republicans!—Donald Trump (1946- ), 45th American president and hotel and casino owner, (statement made…

“This is What Empires Do” - CounterPunch.org

counterpunch.org - I follow Forrest Palmer on social media and when he posted this on Sunday, it totally struck a chord with me: “I am so cynical now, my only response to the Iran debacle is “Spare me the fake ****

Come home, America: Stop policing the globe and put an end to wars-without-end

intrepidreport.com - “Let us resolve that never again will we send the precious young blood of this country to die trying to prop up a corrupt military dictatorship abroad. This is also the time to turn away from excessi…

Giant Chinese Fish Is Now Extinct After Surviving Millions of Years

ecowatch.com - Scientists have concluded of the largest freshwater fish species in the world is now extinct because of human activity. The Chinese paddlefish, sometimes called the "panda of the Yangtze River," was …

Panic mode? Iran could have ‘access’ to nuclear weapon in 1-2 years, French FM warns

rt.com - If the Islamic Republic continues “with unraveling” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on its nuclear program, Tehran could obtain a nuclear weapon in the nearest future, Le Drian told RT…

Want out of Jail? First You Have To Take a Fast-Food Job

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Doomstead Diner Daily 1/11
« Reply #572 on: January 11, 2020, 06:38:37 am »

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Iran admits it shot down Ukrainian Airlines flight 752, blaming human error

businessinsider.com - Iran admitted shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet with 176 people on board, which it says was the result of human error. In a statement by military officials early Saturday, Iran admitted hitting…

Ukraine demands punishment, compensation for airliner downed by Iran

news.yahoo.com - Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has demanded that Iran punish those responsible for the downing of a Ukrainian airliner (AFP Photo/Sergei SUPINSKY) Kiev (AFP) - President Volodymyr Zelensky de…

We still don’t know what the "imminent" threat from Iran was

vox.com - The Trump administration’s stated rationale for killing Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani — that he posed an “imminent threat” to Americans requiring the US to take him out — is looking more a…

Trump now claims four embassies were under threat from Iran, raising fresh questions about intelligence reports

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Trump’s Rationale for Killing Soleimani Is Falling Apart

nymag.com - Why did the United States kill Iranian general Qasem Soleimani? President Trump, in remarks to the nation the morning after the attack, gave a clear rationale. Soleimani “was planning new attacks on …

Boeing's fired CEO got his $62 million payout confirmed the same day 2,800 people in the 737 Max supply chain were laid off

businessinsider.com - The recently-fired CEO of Boeing is leaving the company with a package worth $62 million, the company said Friday — just hours after 2,800 workers lost their jobs over the 737 Max disaster. Payout de…

Officials order 250,000 to evacuate in Australia near 'megafire'

upi.com - Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Authorities issued new evacuation orders Friday for a quarter-million people in southeast Australia due to an advancing "megafire," officials said. Fire danger is threatening homes i…

Twitter Bots are Spreading Disinformation on Australia Fires...

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An Australian ecologist explains just how bad the fires are for wildlife

vox.com - Australia’s wildfires have been terrifying to watch. It’s one of the country’s worst fire seasons on record: 17.9 million acres have burned. That’s an area larger than West Virginia, and more than ni…

Lee Camp: The War in Afghanistan Is a Fraud (and Now We Have Proof)

mintpressnews.com - Bombs have numbers. Humans have names. Our American military boasts a skill and passion for using numbers to turn names into yet more numbers. But these numbers have grown so gargantuan and out of co…

Reclaiming the Narrative: How to Combat Israel’s Misuse of “Antisemitism”

mintpressnews.com - At a talk I delivered in Northern England in March 2018, I proposed that the best response to falsified accusations of antisemitism, which are often lobbed against pro-Palestinian communities and int…

Mystery Chinese virus: How worried should we be?

bbc.co.uk - A mystery virus - previously unknown to science - is causing severe lung disease in the Chinese city of Wuhan. More than 50 people have been infected. Seven are currently in a critical condition. A n…

Bolivia's New Right-Wing Government Intensifies Crackdown on Journalists, Doctors

mintpressnews.com - The U.S.-backed right-wing coup government of Jeanine Añez continues its moves against media and other dissenting voices. The latest victim of the crackdown was Marcelo Hurtado, president of the ATB …

Bolivian Coup Gov Targets TeleSur, Alternative Media as Protests Increase

mintpressnews.com - Facing increased resistance to its rule, the new “transition” government of Jeanine Añez in Bolivia has begun to purge and censor potential threats to its authority, including in the media. TeleSUR, …

Australian animals face extinction threat as bushfire toll mounts

bangkokpost.com - GLENMORE PARK, Australia: When volunteer Sarah Price found a baby kangaroo frightened but miraculously alive in the pouch of its dying mother surrounded by the embers of Australia's bushfires, it see…

Russian and US warships almost collide

bbc.co.uk - "The crew of the Russian warship acted professionally, performing a manoeuvre that prevented a collision with the intruder ship," the ministry's statement said.

Volcano's spectacular eruption caught on camera

bbc.co.uk - Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupted on Thursday with a dramatic show of lava and a cloud of ash and rocks that reached 3,000m (9,800ft) into the sky.

Australians Battle Historic Fires — and Official Climate Inaction

undark.org - In February 2017, Scott Morrison, then the treasurer of Australia, brought a cantaloupe-sized chunk of coal to the country’s parliament. After waving the coal around for a moment and invoking the min…

Big Pharma Won’t Let Us Import Drugs From Canada, But Insists on Sending Carcinogen-Contaminated Pills to the Public | naked capitalism

nakedcapitalism.com - Yves here. I understand the desire of Americans to be able to re-import drugs from Canada. But this is at best an interim strategy, since meaningful orders from Canada could easily cause problems wit…

Another 3,500 truck drivers lost their jobs in December — and it's a troubling sign of the recession that's slamming the $800 billion trucking industry

businessinsider.com - The trucking industry slashed 3,500 payrolls in December, according to the most recent jobs report released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Industries related to trucking also struggled l…

Study pinpoints the timing of earliest human migration

upi.com - Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Sangiran, a World Heritage archeological site on the island of Java, is home to dozens of hominin fossils, comprising three different species, including evidence of the earliest homi…

Hungary to provide free IVF fertility treatment

bbc.com - Hungary will provide free in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment to couples at state-run clinics, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced. He said fertility was of "strategic importance". Last mont…

'No Other President Has Had the Gall': Environmental Groups Balk as Trump Proposes Major Rollback of Infrastructure Review Process

ecowatch.com - President Donald Trump proposed one of his most aggressive environmental rollbacks yet on Thursday, announcing a change that would exempt federal agencies from considering the climate impacts of pipe…

Iran-US crisis challenges Mid-East friends and foes

bbc.com - Imagine, if you will, a Middle East situation room with four of the region's key leaders who have been watching the recent confrontation between the US and Iran unfold. At the table is Saudi Crown Pr…


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« Reply #573 on: January 12, 2020, 06:33:14 am »

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Aerospace Chief Says He Wishes He Was Dead After Iran Admits Shooting Down Ukraine Jet

thedailybeast.com - Iranian authorities have said they accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jet with 176 people aboard—and the country’s aerospace chief said he wishes he was dead. Tehran’s first acknowledgement of respon…

Iran admits to downing airliner amid calls for justice, transparency

washingtonpost.com - Red Crescent workers check the debris from the Ukraine International Airlines plane near Khomeini International Airport outside of Tehran on Wednesday. (Wana News Agency/Reuters) By Erin Cunningham a…

Iranian newspapers pay tribute to crash victims as anger grows | Ukraine News

aljazeera.com - Newspapers in Iran have paid tribute to those killed in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane, while heaping pressure on the country's leadership amid growing public anger after the military ack…

Russia to Iran: Don’t Admit Guilt—Blame the U.S. Instead

thedailybeast.com - After initial denials of responsibility, having been confronted with mounting evidence, Iran finally acknowledged that it accidentally shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet earlier this week, killing…

Fox Host: Trump Has ‘Himself to Blame’ for Iran ‘Skepticism’

thedailybeast.com - Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace doesn’t think President Donald Trump or anyone else in his administration should be surprised that Congress and the American people are not taking their claims abou…

The administration’s deceptions about the Soleimani strike are a big deal

vox.com - The Trump administration has maintained from the start that it ordered the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in order to forestall an imminent threat to American lives. It’s pretty clear…

In Taiwan Elections, President Tsai Ing-wen Triumphed, and China’s Fake News Failed

thedailybeast.com - HONG KONG—The president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, has won reelection with a record-breaking 8 million votes, a major victory over Beijing’s concerted campaign of lies and propaganda meant to support h…

Malta gets new PM after Muscat departs over Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

theguardian.com - Outsider Robert Abela is set to become Malta’s new prime minister after the downfall of previous leader Joseph Muscat over the investigation into the murder of an investigative journalist. Abela, who…

Who’s Behind Those Mystery Drone Swarms? An Investigation

nymag.com - A month after swarms of drones began appearing over Colorado and Nebraska, their provenance remains a mystery. How to even start? Authorities have admonished that it’s illegal to shoot them down, and…

What is in the Brexit deal?

ednh.news - London – The Brexit deal approved by MPs addresses the most immediate separation issues arising from Britain’s decision to end almost half a century of European Union membership. The EU Withdrawal Ag…

George Conway and Neal Katyal advise Pelosi on how to trip up McConnell’s impeachment plans

rawstory.com - On Friday, conservative attorney George Conway and law professor Neal Katyal wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post suggesting a key way that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) could get the upper hand…

Fossil Fuel Interests Applaud Trump Administration's Weakening of Major Environmental Law | naked capitalism

nakedcapitalism.com - By Dana Drugmand, a freelance writer and attorney who writes about climate issues. Originally published at DeSmog Blog Industry groups including oil and gas trade associations were quick to pile on t…

Facebook Helped Decimate the Media Industry but Wants Journalists to Do Its Job

thedailybeast.com - Mark Zuckerberg has faced fiery, pervasive criticism for not wanting his social network to decide what is true, at least when it comes to politics. On Thursday, as the 2020 presidential campaign hurt…

Puerto Rico earthquake aftershocks again rattle coastline as residents deal with disaster after disaster

washingtonpost.com - By Arelis R. Hernández and close Arelis R. Hernández Reporter covering the U.S. Southern border, Immigration, Texas and beyond Email EmailBio BioFollow FollowCristina Corujo January 11, 2020 at 5:35 …

‘A national disgrace’: As impeachment hung over a president’s head, he went on a wild rally tour

washingtonpost.com - This Thomas Nast illustration lampoons President Andrew Johnson’s disastrous speaking tour in 1866. (Harper’s Weekly) By Ronald G. Shafer January 11, 2020 at 7:00 AM EST “Congress, factious, domineer…

Ajit Pai Still Thinks Killing Net Neutrality Was a Brilliant Idea

vice.com - Ajit Pai continues to double down on the claim that net neutrality was a huge boon for American consumers, even if supporting evidence for that claim remains largely nonexistent. Speaking at the Cons…

The gates of hell: Auschwitz 75 years on

theguardian.com - Renee Salt had just turned 15 when she arrived at the gates of hell. Her journey with her parents to Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp near Kraków in Poland, was by cattle truck, wedged in with hundreds…

As the ice melts, Greenland considers its future

bbc.com - Greenland is not used to being the centre of attention, but last year it made the front pages of newspapers around the world. It came after US President Donald Trump confirmed news reports that he wa…

» All the Times the US allied with Gen. Soleimani against Common Enemies

zcomm.org - Since the US political establishment and press has been demonizing Gen. Qasem Soleimani since he was rubbed out by Trump, it is perhaps worth complicating the story– especially now that Trump is accu…

Scientists discover 10 new birds

mnn.com - A group of scientists set out on a six-week expedition near Sulawesi, Indonesia, in hopes of learning more about the region's bird population. What they discovered was far more exciting — undiscovere…

The best way to clean your apples, according to science

qz.com - How do you clean your apples before you eat them? A rinse under the faucet? A brisk wipe with your sleeve? Whatever the method, chances are you’re doing it wrong, according to a new study. Unless the…

Bolivia's New Right-Wing Government Intensifies Crackdown on Journalists, Doctors

mintpressnews.com - The U.S.-backed right-wing coup government of Jeanine Añez continues its moves against media and other dissenting voices. The latest victim of the crackdown was Marcelo Hurtado, president of the ATB …

Squirrels rely on birds to let them know when it's safe to go out

mnn.com - Gifted acrobats, they trampoline from tree to tree, always a step ahead of danger. They've even been known to gather old rattlesnake skins and rub the scent on their fur to create a kind of predator …


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« Reply #574 on: January 13, 2020, 07:48:13 am »

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The Trump administration is still struggling to get its story straight on why it killed Soleimani

vox.com - The Trump administration has given ever-changing answers about its reasons for deciding to kill Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani, first claiming that the leader posed an “imminent threat” to …

Esper Says He Saw No Evidence Iran Targeted 4 Embassies, as Story Shifts Again

nytimes.com - Mr. Trump himself has made clear in other circumstances that he does not trust the intelligence agencies that he is now citing to justify his decision to eliminate General Suleimani. Moreover, given …

Did Pompeo Dupe Trump into the Soleimani Hit? - Global Research

globalresearch.ca - Donald Trump is under the illusion that the fracas with Iran is over. He thinks that Iran’s pinprick missile strikes on US bases in Iraq have assuaged Tehran’s thirst for revenge. But he’s wrong. The…

Trump Says He Supports Freedom of Press in Iran, Contrary to Record at Home

nymag.com - One of the many curiosities of the first Twitter presidency is Trump’s direct outreach to the Iranian people online. After an apparent de-escalation of the conflict with Iran following retaliatory st…

Iran agrees de-escalation 'only solution' to solve crisis with US

news.yahoo.com - Tehran (AFP) - Iran has signalled it favours a de-escalation after 10 days of heightened tensions with the United States during which both sides fired missiles and Tehran accidentally shot down a pas…

Ari Fleischer comes out against resurrecting White House briefings — and blames press ‘hostility’ to Trump

rawstory.com - In so-called normal times and under business-as-usual administrations the job of White House Press Secretary doesn’t lead to renown or infamy. Those terms — normal, business as usual — don’t apply to…

Iran's only female Olympic medallist defects

bbc.com - Iran's only female Olympic medallist, Kimia Alizadeh, says she has defected. Alizadeh, 21, posted on social media that she had left Iran because she didn't want to be part of "hypocrisy, lies, injust…

Fossil Fuel Interests Applaud Trump Administration's Weakening of Major Environmental Law | naked capitalism

nakedcapitalism.com - By Dana Drugmand, a freelance writer and attorney who writes about climate issues. Originally published at DeSmog Blog Industry groups including oil and gas trade associations were quick to pile on t…

Australia ablaze: Up close and in your face | Climate News Network

climatenewsnetwork.net - 13 January, 2020: One of today’s most respected climate scientists is Michael Mann. On 1 January The Guardian published his eyewitness account of what Australia’s catastrophic bushfires are doing, an…

How to Survive a Nuclear Bomb

vice.com - So you’re worried about dying in a nuclear war. Given recent world events, it’s a perfectly reasonable concern. Iran said on Sunday it would no longer abide by most of the restrictions on uranium enr…

Capitalism is turning us into addicts

vox.com - Capitalism is great at making people want things they don’t need. And of course this is what we should expect from a system that runs on production and consumption. Companies make and sell products a…

Senior administration officials struggle to explain intelligence behind killing of Soleimani

washingtonpost.com - Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper in Florida on Dec. 29. (Tom Brenner/Reuters) By Karen DeYoung close Karen DeYoung Associate editor and senior national security correspondent Email EmailBio BioFollow …

Taal volcano eruption forces thousands to seek safer ground in the Philippines

washingtonpost.com - By Regine Cabato close Regine Cabato Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow January 13, 2020 at 6:04 AM EST MANILA — An erupting volcano spewed lava into the air and spread ash across the Philippines on Mon…

Revealed: US listed climate activist group as ‘extremists’ alongside mass killers

theguardian.com - A group of US environmental activists engaged in non-violent civil disobedience targeting the oil industry have been listed in internal Department of Homeland Security documents as “extremists” and s…

'Like a bomb going off': why Brazil's largest reserve is facing destruction

theguardian.com - Deep in the Yanomami indigenous reserve on the northern reaches of the Brazilian Amazon, the ruins of an illegal goldminers’ camp emerge after an hour in a small plane and two in a boat. No roads rea…

Video: Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown

washingtonpost.com - In this image made from video, protesters carry an injured woman to the sidewalk’s edge near Azadi Square, in Tehran, Iran. Iranian demonstrators defied a heavy police presence Sunday night to protes…

'Cowardice': Olympics Committee Slammed for New Guidelines Barring Athletes From Kneeling, Raising Fists | naked capitalism

nakedcapitalism.com - By Andrea Germanos, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams The International Olympic Committee drew sharp criticism from rights advocates Thursday after the organization…

Under US pressure, social media companies censor critical content and suspend Venezuelan, Iranian, and Syrian accounts

thegrayzone.com - The Donald Trump administration is ramping up its information war against Venezuela, Iran, and Syria. And it has enlisted social media platforms as weapons in its assault on these top regime-change t…

Portuguese rider Paulo Goncalves killed after Dakar crash

sports.yahoo.com - Paulo Goncalves suffered a fatal crash in the Dakar Rally's seventh stage (AFP Photo/Juan MABROMATA) Wadi ad-Dawasir (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) - Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Goncalves has died after a…

‘The Outsider’ Is HBO’s Latest Addictive Murder Mystery

thedailybeast.com - The phenomenal hook of Stephen King’s 2018 novel The Outsider is that it presents a case that is, in a very literal sense, impossible. In small-town USA, an 11-year-old boy is found brutally raped an…

New Songbirds Discovered in Indonesia | naked capitalism

nakedcapitalism.com - By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Just about every days brings yet more grim news about t…


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Ari Fleischer was in on the 9/11 Fascist Coup from the start. That TRAITOR belongs in prison. Anything he says is simply a defense of the EVIL U.S. Fascist profit over people and planet status quo, PERIOD.
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Ari Fleischer was in on the 9/11 Fascist Coup from the start. That TRAITOR belongs in prison. Anything he says is simply a defense of the EVIL U.S. Fascist profit over people and planet status quo, PERIOD.

From your lips to God's ear. And part of same crew who gave us the Iraq war and the transfer of $3 trillion into the hands of war profiteers and their trough-mates.

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Doomstead Diner Daily 1/14
« Reply #577 on: January 14, 2020, 06:23:23 am »

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Russian spies hacked Ukrainian gas company at heart of Trump impeachment trial, company says

washingtonpost.com - By Ellen Nakashima close Ellen Nakashima National security reporter Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow January 13, 2020 at 11:40 PM EST Russian military spies have hacked a Ukrainian gas company that is…

‘I wouldn’t trust a thing they share’: Intelligence Dem blasts Russia’s latest hacking scheme to finish what Trump started

rawstory.com - On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA) condemned the Russian government’s apparent attempt to hack the dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden that President Donald Trump att…

Iran detains people over downing of Ukraine plane

bbc.com - Several people have been detained in Iran over the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane with a missile, the country's judiciary says. Spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said investiga…

How Trump’s Iran War Bluster Paved the Way for the Ukrainian Airliner Shoot-Down

vanityfair.com - What began Wednesday morning as a wild internet rumor had by lunchtime Thursday become close to a settled—though still scarcely imaginable—fact: that Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, a Bo…

U.S. Officials: More Than 20 Saudi Students To Be Expelled In Wake Of Fla. Shooting

npr.org - An Air Force team moves a transfer case containing the remains of one of the young sailors killed after a Saudi military student opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola last month. Officials are e…

‘Four embassies’: The anatomy of Trump’s unfounded claim about Iran

washingtonpost.com - By Philip Rucker, close Philip Rucker White House Bureau Chief Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow John Hudson, close John Hudson National security reporter focusing on the State Department and diplomacy…

Trump sent aides out to lie about the Suleimani killing and now it has blown up in his face: Morning Joe

rawstory.com - According to the panel on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” any political benefit Donald Trump might have derived in killing Iranian military leader Qassem Suleimani with a drone attack was frittered away when &h

Trump Takes Credit For Obamacare, Says Democrats Want to Repeal It

nymag.com - Since he began running for president, Donald Trump has been lying about health care in general, and protections for patients with preexisting conditions in particular. Trump’s long-standing lie is th…

Toward a Working-Class Anti-War Movement

newrepublic.com - In this depressing landscape, there may very well be the seeds of an anti-war effort capable of thwarting new interventions in the Middle East—which is to say, accomplishing what we couldn’t in 2003.…

Six Children Died in Border Patrol Care. Democrats in Congress Want to Know Why. — ProPublica

propublica.org - Trump’s Immigration Policy at the Border ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. After a ProPublica …

Disgraced Trump-loving congressmen should get nearly 5 years in jail for insider trading: prosecutors

rawstory.com - Prosecutors are recommending that disgraced former Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) get 57 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to insider trading charges. Axios reports that prosecutors in the case are r…

Secrets of '1,000-year-old trees' unlocked

bbc.com - Scientists have discovered the secret of how the ginkgo tree can live for more than 1,000 years. A study found the tree makes protective chemicals that fend off diseases and drought. And, unlike many…

What lies beneath the Antarctic ice sheet?

mnn.com - The Antarctic ice sheet that for centuries hid a massive canyon has slowly been releasing even more secrets about what lies beneath all that ice. For the past few years, researchers have been studyin…

Why Climate Denial Survives While Australia Burns

newrepublic.com - Within these circles, the official narrative seems to be: What summer isn’t complete in Australia without the scent of bushfire in the background—like a candle lit for an extra atmospheric touch? Eve…

Hotter temperatures could kill 2,000 more a year in US: study

news.yahoo.com - Paris (AFP) - A rise in temperature of just two degrees Celsius could lead to an additional 2,100 deaths from injuries every year in the United States, researchers said Monday, highlighting another d…

Suicides and drownings: New study lays out the surprising ways a hotter climate will kill Americans

rawstory.com - From wildfires in Australia and California to hurricanes and flooding in Florida, a variety of extreme events will become more severe and more common as climate change accelerates. And according to a…

Oceans are warming at the same rate as if five Hiroshima bombs were dropped in every second

cnn.com - The study shows that while the oceans warmed steadily between 1955 and 1986, warming has accelerated rapidly in the last few decades. Between 1987-2019, ocean warming was 450% greater than during the…

Australia bushfires are harbinger of planet’s future, say scientists

theguardian.com - The bushfires ravaging Australia are a clear sign of what is to come around the world if temperatures are allowed to rise to dangerous levels, according to scientists. “This is what you can expect to…

Jeff Bezos Donates Three Minutes’ Income to Help Australia Fight Wildfires

mintpressnews.com - Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the newly crowned richest person in the world, announced Sunday on his Instagram page that his company was donating one million Australian Dollars (around 690,00…

Ross Garnaut's climate change prediction is coming true and experts warn it's going to cost the nation billions

abc.net.au - Twelve years ago, economist Ross Garnaut made a prophecy that has devastatingly come true. In the 2008 Garnaut Climate Change Review, which examined the scientific evidence around the impacts of clim…

At least six dead after huge sinkhole in China swallows bus and pedestrians

theguardian.com - An enormous sinkhole has swallowed a bus and pedestrians in China, killing six people and leaving 10 missing. Footage on state media showed people at a bus stop running from the collapsing road, as t…

Inside Mike Bloomberg’s Plan to Drive Trump Insane

vanityfair.com - Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that Mike Bloomberg had dropped more than $10 million on a prime time Super Bowl ad with the sole purpose of **** with Donald Trump. “The biggest po…

Four reasons why millennials don’t have any money

intrepidreport.com - The same forces that are driving massive inequality between the top 1 percent and the rest of us are creating a vast generational wealth gap between baby boomers—my generation—and millennials. Millen…

Water-related crime doubles as drought hits many Indian states

newindianexpress.com - NEW DELHI: The increasing water crisis in the country and the resulting disputes arising out of it are reflected in the latest National Crime Records Bureau report released two days back, with cases …

Congresswoman Cardi B? Rapper mulls political career

news.yahoo.com - New York (AFP) - Rap superstar Cardi B is floating the notion of a political career, saying she could "shake the table" as a member of US Congress. "I think I want to be a politician. I really love g…


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Ukraine prosecutor offered information related to Biden in exchange for ambassador’s ouster, newly released materials show

washingtonpost.com - Rudolph W. Giuliani, right, arrives with Lev Parnas, third from right, for the state funeral of former president George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on Dec. 5, 2018. (Susan Walsh/AP…

Donald Trump goes completely berserk after Lev Parnas reveals plot to hire goons to target Marie Yovanovitch

palmerreport.com - Yesterday Lev Parnas turned over a treasure trove of Ukraine scandal evidence to the House. This evening the House released the first batch of that evidence, including WhatsApp text messages which re…

Here is the Republican operative that is the new poster boy for why Trump was impeached

rawstory.com - The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday transmitted a huge cache of evidence from Lev Parnas to the House Judiciary Committee. Parnas, an indicted associate of Donald Trump defense attorney Rudy …

More than 130 dead as severe weather hits Pakistan, Afghanistan

au.news.yahoo.com - Avalanches, flooding and harsh winter weather has killed more than 130 people across Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent days, officials said Tuesday, as authorities struggled to reach people stranded…

State Department security officials weren't notified of 'imminent' threats to US embassies

cnn.com - But State Department officials remain in the dark about the specific nature of that threat, the sources said. These officials also say the State Department did not produce the analysis that US embass…

McConnell unlikely to pursue dismissal vote on impeachment articles

nbcnews.com - WASHINGTON — While President Donald Trump has tweeted that he would like to see the Senate dismiss the impeachment articles against him ahead of a trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is unl…

‘Organized-crime-type stuff’: Republican Trump foe George Conway on shocking new Lev Parnas documents

rawstory.com - Republican Washington lawyer George Conway blasted President Donald Trump for his involvement revealed by a series of documents released by Rudy Giuliani’s associate Lev Parnas. Tuesday, however, the…

At the Iowa Debate, Bernie Sanders’s Most Vociferous Opponent Was CNN

theintercept.com - In another moment, moderators interrupted Sanders as he sought to link his opposition to Trump’s newly negotiated U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement — setting himself apart from the rest of the field, part…

How an Israeli Spy-Linked Tech Firm Gained Access to the US Gov't's Most Classified Networks

mintpressnews.com - If the networks of the U.S. military, the U.S. intelligence community and a slew of other U.S. federal agencies were running the software of a company with deep ties, not only to foreign companies wi…

Pelosi: What Kind of Sick S--t Do the Russians Have on McConnell?

vanityfair.com - On Tuesday, nearly a month after the House of Representatives officially voted to impeach Donald Trump, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would vote Wednesday to send its impeachment char…

Biden, Buttigieg, and corporate media are eager for Sanders and Warren ‘trash talk’ narrative to take hold

intrepidreport.com - Corporate Democrats got a jolt at the end of last week when the highly regarded Iowa Poll showed Bernie Sanders surging into first place among Iowans likely to vote in the state’s Feb. 3 caucuses. Th…

Trump Turns to McCarthyite Attacks as His Suleimani Story Crumbles

newyorker.com - After insisting for almost two weeks that he ordered the assassination of the Iranian general Qassem Suleimani to thwart an imminent Iranian-inspired operation, or operations, that could have killed …

Wisconsin appeals court puts voter rolls purge on hold

apnews.com - MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court on Tuesday put on hold an order to immediately remove up to 209,000 names from the state’s voter registration rolls, handing Democrats who had fought th…

“A Serial Liar”: How Sarah Palin Ushered in the “Post-Truth” Political Era in Which Trump Has Thrived

pbs.org - The rise of online misinformation, shared on social media and designed to stoke fear and inflame divisions, gained major national attention in connection with the 2016 presidential election. Continue…

Singapore’s fake news law is facing its first real challenge in court

qz.com - A controversial new law meant to combat “fake news” online but widely criticized for granting the Singaporean government sweeping powers to choke dissent is coming up for a legal challenge tomorrow (…

Thousands face uncertainty as Philippine volcano spews lava

rfi.fr - Taal volcano in the Philippines could spew lava and ash for weeks, authorities warned Tuesday, leaving thousands in limbo after they fled their homes fearing a massive eruption. The crater of the vol…

Australia Faces Extinction but its Leaders Still Don’t Want to Know

thedailybeast.com - “The whole town is on fire! Head for the beaches!” But wait… aren’t those fireworks over Sydney Harbour Bridge? Such are the mixed signals as Australia proves, once more, that living at the front lin…

Terrifying Video Shows the Moment a Sinkhole Swallowed a Bus Full of People

vice.com - Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. A giant sinkhole swallowed the front half of a bus in China on Monday, killing at least six people. The public bus was making a stop b…

Of Two Minds - Instability Rising: Why 2020 Will Be Different

oftwominds.com - In 2020, increasing monetary and fiscal stimulus will be the equivalent of spraying gasoline on a fire to extinguish it. Economically, the 11 years since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09 have b…

China conducting 'intense' global attack on rights: HRW

news.yahoo.com - China is using its economic and diplomatic might to carry out the "most intense attack" ever on the global system for protecting human rights, a leading campaign group said Tuesday, sparking a furiou…

Debt will kill the global economy. But it seems no one cares | Phillip Inman

theguardian.com - The warning signs are clear. Debt is rising on every continent and especially in the business sector, which has spent the past decade ramping up its borrowing to previously unheard-of levels. Last Oc…

Mega Droughts Engulf Countries

pressenza.com - Throughout the world, mega droughts are hitting hard with a ferocity not seen in decades and in some cases not seen in centuries. It’s not merely coincidental that as global warming accelerates droug…

Town out of water after company allowed to extract water from area

dailymail.co.uk - A drought-ravaged town has run out of water just weeks after a Chinese company was given the go-ahead to run a commercial water extraction facility in the region. Stanthorpe in Queensland's Southern …

Deaths From Drugs and Suicide Reach a Record in the U.S.

nytimes.com - On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a prescription treatment intended to help the 16 million adult Americans living with depression. Experts in treating depression said they were en…

The data show that how we connect with romantic partners changes as we age

qz.com - If you’re in your 20s or 30s and feel insecure in your relationship, you’re not alone. The good news: it’s likely that things will get better, according to data gathered about people’s attachment sty…

Michael Flynn moves to withdraw guilty plea, claiming government ‘vindictiveness’

washingtonpost.com - Former national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves the federal courthouse in Washington with his lawyer Sidney Powell, left, in June. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) By Spencer S. Hsu close Spencer S. Hs…


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Doomstead Diner Daily 1/16
« Reply #579 on: January 16, 2020, 06:47:38 am »

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Trump’s Goons Were Up to Something Very Shady in Ukraine

nymag.com - Last night, the House Intelligence Committee released several documents provided by Lev Parnas, one of the crooks President Trump recruited to help run his Ukraine extortion scheme. Two of the docume…

Here are 7 explosive claims from Lev Parnas’ interview with Rachel Maddow blowing up the Ukraine scandal

rawstory.com - In his first media appearance, Lev Parnas — an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani who was a key player in President Donald Trump’s impeachment — gave an explosive interview this week, aired Wednesda…

Yovanovitch calls for investigation into 'disturbing' surveillance as ex-diplomats outraged over her treatment

cnn.com - Three retired ambassadors who know Yovanovitch expressed shock and horror Tuesday at the idea that the longtime diplomat was being surveilled by an American. "It's horrifying, it's just unbelievable,…

Parnas used access to Trump’s world to help push shadow Ukraine effort, new documents show

washingtonpost.com - Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani, exits a court hearing in New York on Dec. 17. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters) By Colby Itkowitz, close Colby Itkowitz Congress, campaigns, health policy, P…

Fox News Cannot Cope With Parnas Bombshell

crooksandliars.com - Their so-called president is so guilty, that actual evidence against him is being discovered on a regular basis. The latest, Lev Parnas's bombshell texts and notes, led Fox News to either poo-poo it …

Ex-CIA official under Trump reveals the president’s disturbing use of intelligence — and doubts the reason for killing Suleimani

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rawstory.com - In a new post for the blog Just Security from the New York University Law School on Wednesday, a former CIA counterterrorist manager revealed details of his work under President Donald Trump and why …

Trump wanted to repeal an anti-corruption law so US businesses could bribe foreigners

vox.com - Shortly after taking office, President Donald Trump grumbled to his secretary of state about a decades-old US law that bars American companies from bribing foreign officials and pledged to repeal it …

Warren accused Sanders of calling her ‘a liar on national TV’ in their tense confrontation after Tuesday’s debate

washingtonpost.com - Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as billionaire activist Tom Steyer listens after the seventh Democratic presidential debate in Des Moines on Jan. 14. (Shannon …

Virginia Declares State of Emergency After Armed Militias Threaten to Storm the Capitol

vice.com - In response to what he described as “credible intelligence” of threats of violence at an upcoming gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency and will …

Nancy Pelosi's unprecedented gamble to hold her fire with Trump's impeachment is paying off in spades

businessinsider.com - As soon as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided last month to withhold the transmission of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, critics asked whether it would be worth the risk. The …

Mike Pence praises Trump with Chinese proverb explaining why bad people are able to prosper

rawstory.com - Vice President Mike Pence quoted a Chinese proverb on Wednesday that may represent a subtle dig at his boss. During a White House press conference, Pence quoted a Chinese proverb to President Donald …

fair.org - The biggest loser from last night’s Democratic debate (1/14/20) was CNN’s journalistic credibility. CNN debates have been marked by a tendency to pit one candidate against another, American Gladiator…

Tucker Carlson Goes Full Bernie Bro in Attack on CNN

thedailybeast.com - For most of the day on Wednesday, #CNNisTrash was among the top trending topics on Twitter thanks to Bernie Sanders supporters unhappy with the way their candidate was treated at the previous night’s…

When Will Australia’s Prime Minister Accept the Reality of the Climate Crisis?

newyorker.com - When Prime Minister Scott Morrison took Australia’s top office, in August, 2018, the leadership of his predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull, had been in question for months, if not years, by his coalition o…

Climate change is making Australia’s weird weather even weirder

vox.com - The gargantuan bushfires across Australia continue to rage. They’ve burned at least 17.9 million acres, destroyed more than 3,000 homes, and killed at least 28 people since September. The choking smo…

Climate change fueled the Australia fires. Now those fires are fueling climate change.

grist.org - Australia is in the midst of a devastating wildfire season that is being exacerbated by climate change. But the fires, which have been burning for months and could rage on for months to come, are als…

Australia's Terrifying 'Fire Clouds' Are Here to Stay

vice.com - Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. As Australia’s massive bushfires have raged, some fires have grown so large and so fierce that they’ve started to create their own wea…

What the five hottest years on Earth look like - in pictures

theguardian.com - The past five years – and the past decade – are the hottest in 150 years, the latest research has shown. It is bringing increasingly severe storms, floods, drought and wildfires, with one scientist s…

How Giuliani’s outreach to Ukrainian gas tycoon wanted in U.S. shows lengths he took in his hunt for material to bolster Trump

washingtonpost.com - Rudolph W. Giuliani meets with, from left, Igor Fruman, business executive Dmitry Torner and Lev Parnas at a Paris cigar bar in May. (Courtesy of Joseph A. Bondy) By Rosalind S. Helderman, close Rosa…

How do countries fight falling birth rates?

bbc.com - Russia has promised greater support for parents as the country continues to struggle with a low birth rate. "We have to help young people, those who want a family life and are dreaming about children…

A police department collected 65,000 face scans — but the system hasn't been connected to a single arrest, Business Insider - Business Insider Singapore

businessinsider.sg - Police in San Diego have been using facial recognition for seven years, and over 65,000 face scans have been collected by law enforcement in San Diego county in the past three years alone. But San Di…

WSJ News Exclusive | U.S. Warns Iraq It Risks Losing Access to Key Bank Account if Troops Told to Leave

wsj.com - The Trump administration warned Iraq this week that it risks losing access to a critical government bank account if Baghdad kicks out American forces following the U.S. airstrike that killed a top Ir…

Epstein trafficked and abused dozens of young girls on his private island in the Caribbean in a 'trafficking pyramid scheme,' a new lawsuit says

businessinsider.com - A new lawsuit filed against Jeffrey Epstein's estate alleged that the sex offender lured girls and young women to his private Virgin Islands hideaway, where he and his associates coerced and forced t…

A North Korean outpost in Seoul: The Pyongyang Bar

channelnewsasia.com - SEOUL: Tucked away in the dazzling neon of Seoul's Hongdae nightlife district, a small building bears an image of a North Korean-looking construction worker pointing to the slogan: "Look! It's the Py…

Your worst office romance was never this bad

qz.com - JK fell in love the old-fashioned way—she met someone in real life. The relationship would fall apart spectacularly, though, in the digital realm. When the 24-year-old accepted a position selling ins…


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Trump and his entire Traitorous Wrecking Crew are guilty as sin of felony criminal acts involving, at a minimum, extortion of Ukrainian officials for 🦀 Trump political gain, Obstruction of Justice and Obstruction of Congress, as your January 16, 2020 Doomstead Diner News Roundup irrefutably reveals.

The reaction of the 🐘😈 reactionaries was par for the bold faced corrupt traitor course. Robert Reich 👍 explains:


January 16, 2020 4:26 PM

Dear Anthony,

"President Trump knew exactly what was going on."

"Mr. Barr had to have known everything."

"[Devin Nunes was] involved in getting all this stuff on Biden."

"Everybody was in the loop."

Those are the words of Lev Parnas, a Rudy Giuliani associate who sat down for an explosive interview with Rachel Maddow last night.

His revelations made Watergate look like child’s play.

He directly implicated Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr, John Bolton, and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes in the scheme to coerce Ukrainian President Zelensky to announce investigations into Joe Biden in exchange for the release of $400 million in military aid — which the Government Accountability Office today ruled was illegal.

How are 🐘 Republican senators reacting to the news?

Martha McSally of Arizona called a reporter a "liberal hack" and refused to answer questions
John Coryn of Texas maintained that the GAO’s legal ruling "doesn’t change anything"
Joni Ernst of Iowa blamed Democrats: "They were in such a hurry that they didn’t get all this information? What the heck, OK?"

Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell still hasn’t committed to holding a fair trial with witnesses and this relevant new evidence. What the heck, indeed.

Republican Senators, faced with damning new revelations against their Dear Leader and a multitude of high-ranking government officials, are sticking their heads in the sand. They’re determined to shirk their constitutional duties and cover up one of the biggest scandals in modern political history.

Today these senators took their oath to be impartial jurors in a trial they have already rigged.

We need to make sure they don’t get off easy.

Buckle up,

Robert Reich
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For the Lord will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them. Pr. 22:22-23

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📢 Indivisible 🦅 Team announces Endorsements 🌞
« Reply #581 on: January 16, 2020, 07:56:59 pm »

January 16, 2020

We’ve talked to local groups, we’ve vetted candidates, and we’ve counted the votes. And now, we’re excited to announce Indivisible’s second round of national endorsements for the 2020 election cycle! These national endorsements elevate the candidates preferred by the grassroots, showcasing a new class of leaders who reflect the values of the Indivisible movement.

We’re so grateful to the local groups who nominated these candidates -- this process wouldn’t have been possible without their help every step of the way. So without further ado, our second slate of nationally endorsed candidates are:


We’re proud to announce our endorsement of Dana Balter (NY-24), TJ Cox (CA-21), Arati Kreibich (NJ-05), Alex Morse (MA-01), and Amanda Stuck (WI-08):

If the name Dana Balter sounds familiar, it’s because she was one of the candidates we endorsed during the 2018 primaries. Balter is running again because she still believes that affordable healthcare and a fair economy are issues worth fighting for. Last year, she was just five points away from winning a district Democrats have lost by double digits in past elections. This year we know she will flip the 24th once and for all.

In 2018, TJ Cox flipped a district that went red by 13 points in 2016. Now, he is running for reelection because there is still much work to be done. Representative Cox will listen to and work with the people of the 21st district to ensure their concerns are addressed in Washington. He has been firm in his commitment to keep corporate money out of his campaign and has fought hard to ensure healthcare is affordable and accessible to everyone. We are confident he can win reelection and that he will keep working for the people.

Arati Kreibich is a neuroscientist, a mother, a grassroots organizer, an immigrant, and a local elected official. In 2018, she even volunteered for the man she is now running against to keep the 5th District blue. Arati joined the race to represent the NJ-05 district after being disappointed by Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s failure to stand up for immigrants and his continued reliance on big-dollar donors. Indivisible NJ5 quickly got behind her candidacy because they know she will be a true representative of the people.

In 2011, Alex Morse became the youngest mayor elected to the town of Holyoke. Now, he is running to represent Massachusetts’s 1st district. We’re proud to support Alex in his primary challenge because of his fearless pursuit of progressive priorities. Alex is running against an entrenched incumbent who is beholden to corporate interests and has failed to use his power to hold Trump accountable. We know Alex will be a great representative for the 1st district because he is already running a campaign that is people-centered and people-powered.

In one of the 🐘 reddest districts in Wisconsin, Indivisibles have endorsed Amanda Stuck because they know she has a deep understanding of the challenges families across the 8th district, and America, face. A single mom at 19, Amanda knows what it’s like to struggle when the odds are stacked against you. In Washington, she will fight for families like hers, and make sure everyone gets a fair shot.

We’ll see this work through -- by registering voters, door-knocking, text-banking, and much, much more. Indivisibles can help change the power landscape because endorsing progressive candidates is just the first step.

These two candidates are great, but we know that there are many more races out there where your groups’ endorsements, and a subsequent national endorsement, can make all the difference. Much like Illinois and California Indivisibles, your initiative could catapult a local race into the national spotlight!

We’re thrilled that we’re able to get this cycle’s endorsement program up and moving and excited to see what comes next. As you can imagine, this has been a lot of work for both groups and our staff, and over the next twelve months, we’ve budgeted nearly a million dollars to support the program. If you can, please consider donating to support our Endorsements program and all of Indivisible Action’s work!

Can you tell just how excited we are about this? We’re ready to watch your groups throw all your political power behind these endorsed candidates, and bring real progressive change to your neighborhoods, districts, and states!

In solidarity,
Indivisible Team
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Doomstead Diner Daily 1/17
« Reply #582 on: January 17, 2020, 06:11:50 am »

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Lev Parnas: ‘I Felt Like My Family Left Me’

thedailybeast.com - In an interview with The Daily Beast, Lev Parnas–an ex-associate of Rudy Giuliani’s who’s at the heart of the impeachment scandal–said he’s determined to keep speaking out about his work in Trump Wor…

Impeachment trial opens as watchdog says Trump broke law on Ukraine

theguardian.com - As the Senate opened an impeachment trial in which Donald Trump will stand charged with abusing the power of his office, the president was hit with new allegations of wrongdoing by an agency within T…

Lev Parnas Just Became A Problem For Trump (And Pence And Giuliani And Barr And Nunes)

vice.com - Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. WASHINGTON — Lev Parnas just threw pretty much Trump’s entire inner circle under the bus. In an astonishing hour of television Wednesd…

Senate impeachment trial begins with rancor over witnesses and new evidence about Trump’s Ukraine dealings

washingtonpost.com - Reps. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), left, Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) lead other designated House members into the Senate chambers as prosecutors to formally read the articles of impeachment against Preside…

Lev Parnas Claims That Trump Knew ‘Exactly What Was Going on’ in Ukraine

nymag.com - On Wednesday, Rudy Giuliani’s fixer in Ukraine, Lev Parnas, appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show, claiming that the senior staff of the Trump administration were “in the loop” of President Trump’s plan…

Sealed Epstein Docs Name ‘Persons of Means’ in Sex Abuse Case

thedailybeast.com - A federal court in New York is preparing to release more sealed documents in a 2015 defamation suit filed by Virginia Giuffre, a victim of dead sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, against his alleged mad…

Bill Barr urged to ‘retain a criminal defense attorney’ after Lev Parnas bombshells

rawstory.com - Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, who is facing federal campaign finance charges, has been outspoken about the Ukraine scandal this week — granting interviews to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and CNN’s And…

The Equal Rights Amendment May Have Found Its Moment

newrepublic.com - As the Virginia General Assembly prepared to vote on the Equal Rights Amendment on Wednesday, Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy posed a question to her colleagues: “Which side of history do you want to b…

Federal prosecutors explore years-old media disclosure, raising fears Trump is using Justice Dept. for political gain

washingtonpost.com - Former FBI director James B. Comey speaks during a conference in Canada in 2018. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press/AP) By Matt Zapotosky close Matt Zapotosky National security reporter covering the Justice…

These 6 GOP senators have negative approval ratings — threatening Republican control in 2020

rawstory.com - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may not be in control of the body following the 2020 elections. In fact, he might not even be a senator. On Thursday, Morning Consult released a new poll…

Georgia election server showed signs of tampering, expert says

nbcnews.com - BOSTON — A computer security expert says he found that a forensic image of the election server central to a legal battle over the integrity of Georgia elections showed signs that the original server …

Intel officials are terrified of briefing Congress on global threats — because Trump will be furious if they contradict him

rawstory.com - On CNN Thursday, correspondent Kaitlan Collins revealed the startling reason why intelligence officials don’t want to hold a congressional briefing on global threats: Because they are afraid they’ll …

Ukraine Is Finally Investigating Something. It's Not at All What Trump Wanted.

vice.com - Ukraine, it turns out, is not just a setting in the ongoing impeachment saga. It’s also a nation with laws of its own. On Thursday, Ukrainian authorities announced a pair of investigations, and neith…

Trump surrounded himself with yes-men who treated him like a cult leader. As his impeachment trial looms, that could prove a disaster.

businessinsider.com - As he heads closer to becoming only the third president in US history to face an impeachment trial in the Senate, a familiar pattern is emerging in the associations that got President Donald Trump in…

Almost 40% of the world's countries will witness civil unrest in 2020, research claims

cnbc.com - Protesters march on a street during a rally against the extradition law proposal on June 9, 2019 in Hong Kong China. Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in Hong Kong in Sunday against a contr…

Brexit will soon have cost the UK more than all of its payments to the EU over the last 47 years put together

businessinsider.com - Brexit will have cost the UK more than £200 billion in lost economic growth by the end of this year - a figure which almost eclipses the total amount the UK will have paid towards the EU budget over …

Scientists Found Ancient, Never-Before-Seen Viruses in a Glacier

vice.com - 15,000 years ago, some water froze atop the Tibetan Plateau and became part of a glacier. While humans were busy domesticating dogs, the ice entrapped millions of microscopic organisms per square inc…

Bird species are facing extinction hundreds of times faster than previously thought

theconversation.com - Extinction, or the disappearance of an entire species, is commonplace. Species have been forming, persisting and then shuffling off their mortal coil since life began on Earth. However, evidence sugg…

‘World Economy Would Collapse’ If City of London Stopped Laundering Money, Says HSBC Whistleblower

sputniknews.com - Nicholas Wilson, a financial services whistleblower who was fired by UK law firm, Weightmans, after exposing millions of pounds in unfair customer charges, claims the City of London relies on "dirty …

Analysis of 30 years of single-payer research shows Medicare for All would absolutely save us money

intrepidreport.com - A comprehensive new study that reviewed nearly three decades of existing analyses shows implementation of a single-payer healthcare system like Medicare for All could dramatically reduce costs in the…

Mandela would be 'unhappy' with 2020 South Africa

bbc.com - "It was the moment I realised 'wow ... my great-granddad was Nelson Mandela'!" Pumla is recalling the day, in 2013, when she read a poem at her great-grandfather's memorial service. The former South …

No Senator Is Less Popular in Their Own State Than Susan Collins

nymag.com - As the impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins, a lot of attention is being paid to Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who has made a lot of ambivalent noise about possibly cooperating with Democrats o…

Red flag nation: Anti-gun laws, sanctuary cities and the Second Amendment

intrepidreport.com - “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”—The Second Amendment to the US Constitution “A well…

Tomorrow is the Tenth Podiversary of "The Professional Left:" Listen and give them some love.

dailykos.com - Driftglass and Bluegal of The Professional Left, that’s who. Contra the New York Times, the best place to take the pulse of the Midwest is not a diner in Ohio, Michigan or Illinois. It’s The Professi…


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Trump scalded for adding Dershowitz and Starr to impeachment team: ‘Invite clowns — expect a circus’

rawstory.com - President Donald Trump raised eyebrows by adding attorneys Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr to his impeachment defense team. Starr served as independent counsel during Bill Clinton’s impeachment, and bo…

Ex-Ambassador blasts Pompeo as his silence on Yovanovitch creates a ‘crisis of morale’ at the State Dept

rawstory.com - Addressing reports surrounding the “crisis of morale” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s reported “silence” is creating in the State Department regarding the White House’s pressure campaign on Ukraine …

Nunes aide communicated with Parnas about Ukraine campaign, messages show

washingtonpost.com - Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, confers with colleagues during the House impeachment inquiry on Dec. 9. (J. Scott Applewhite) By Paul Sonne, close P…

Pence remained silent as a ‘wax museum guy’ as Trump hurled insults at military leaders: report

rawstory.com - President Donald Trump shocked and infuriated his top officials with an insulting rant against the U.S. military — and others present for the Pentagon meeting were angry that Vice President Mike Penc…

How a Hidden Parliamentary Session Revealed Trump's True Motives in Iraq

mintpressnews.com - Since the U.S. killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis earlier this month, the official narrative has held that their deaths were necessary to prevent a…

Eleven US Troops Were Injured in Jan. 8 Iran Missile Strike

defenseone.com - Nearly one dozen American troops were wounded in Iran’s Jan. 8 missile attack on Iraq’s al-Asad air base. This week, they were medically evacuated to U.S. military hospitals in Kuwait and Landstuhl, …

Why Isn’t Rudy Giuliani on Trump’s Impeachment Team? Depends On Whom You Ask.

nymag.com - As news broke on Friday that Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz would be joining President Trump’s legal team for the Senate impeachment trial, Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern Distric…

Bill Barr singling out Trump’s enemies for ‘selective’ scrutiny: ‘The pattern is unmistakable’

rawstory.com - Attorney General William Barr is singling out President Donald Trump’s enemies, one by one, for scrutiny. The deeply conservative Barr has opened investigations into special counsel Robert Mueller’s …

Not a Joke: Trump Is Looking Into Making Bribery Legal

vanityfair.com - The trouble with the Trump administration, beyond the moral bankruptcy, rampant nepotism, sheer incompetence, mass corruption, white nationalism, idiot children, assault on the concept of truth, and …

Brazil’s far-right government backed terror plot against Venezuela, top newspaper reveals

thegrayzone.com - Brazil’s far-right government helped support military attacks on Venezuela in hopes of inciting a coup and violently overthrowing the country’s leftist government. This plan was revealed by a major p…

Winter storm takes aim at northern tier, bringing blizzard conditions, wintry mix

washingtonpost.com - The European model’s simulation of the snow totals through Sunday. (WeatherBell) By Matthew Cappucci Matthew Cappucci Meteorologist, Capital Weather Gang Email Bio Follow January 17 at 4:00 PM A wint…

Hackers Are Coming for the 2020 Election -- And We're Not Ready

rollingstone.com - Anthony Ferrante had just arrived for work at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next door to the White House, when the first attack hit. Around 7 a.m., internet service went out across the Un…

Black Americans are deeply pessimistic about the country under Trump, whom more than 8 in 10 describe as ‘a racist,’ Post-Ipsos poll finds

washingtonpost.com - “As a black person, you’ve always seen all the racism, the microaggressions. But as white people, they don't understand this is how things are going for me,” said Courtney Tate, a 40-year-old element…

Are there too many people on Earth... and other questions

bbc.co.uk - "The moment of crisis has come" in efforts to tackle climate change, Sir David Attenborough has warned. He spoke as BBC News launched a year of special coverage on global warming. Here are our answer…

91% of Peer-Reviewed Papers Find Medicare for All Would Save Public Money, Cover Everyone

mintpressnews.com - 91 percent of all peer-reviewed scientific articles find that a single payer healthcare system like Medicare for All would save the country money, according to a meta analysis released Wednesday. The…

FBI arrests three more members of 'The Base'

bbc.com - Three more alleged members of a US neo-Nazi hate group have been arrested in Georgia, authorities say, in what appears to be a national operation. The arrests came on the same day that three suspecte…

Credit Suisse Wealth Report: There Are More Poor People In America Than China

forbes.com - This is a wonderfully counter intuitive finding from the new Credit Suisse Wealth Report. There're more poor people in America than there are in China. No, really, this is true, when measuring by wea…

Our Super(lative) National Forests

nationalforests.org - Stretching from the rim of the Great Basin to the colorful Colorado River canyons in southern Utah, the Dixie National Forest presents some of the sharpest climate extremes found in the country. At l…

The US and Iran were "incredibly lucky" to avoid a war

vox.com - Last week, Iran attacked two US military sites in Iraq. Now, a week later, one thing has become unmistakably clear: The US and Iran only barely avoided a potentially devastating war. Defense One repo…

National Archives exhibit blurs images critical of President Trump

washingtonpost.com - The original, unaltered photo of the 2017 Women’s March in the District. An altered version appears in an exhibit at the National Archives. (Mario Tama/Getty Images) By Joe Heim close Joe Heim Report…

New Chinese virus 'will have infected hundreds'

bbc.com - The number of people already infected by the mystery virus emerging in China is far greater than official figures suggest, scientists have told the BBC. There have been nearly 50 confirmed cases of t…

Spoiler Alert: There Will Be No Impartial Justice for Donald Trump

newyorker.com - Shortly after 2 P.M. on Thursday, ninety-nine of the hundred members of the United States Senate raised their hands and swore en masse to do “impartial justice” in the impeachment trial of President …

The Person Who Changes the Constitution

theatlantic.com - First, some background: In 1972, Congress passed the current ERA, forbidding the denial of equal rights on the basis of sex, to protect women from workplace, education, and jury-service discriminatio…

Bill Maher Warns of ‘Civil War’ If Dems Don’t Embrace Trumpsters

thedailybeast.com - After two months off for winter break, Bill Maher returned to Real Time on Friday night and, following a cringe-worthy joke or two about things like recharging the batteries in his vape, the comic ad…


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Lost and damaged: Philippine volcano steals livelihoods - The Observers - France 24

rfi.fr - Decimated fish, scarred coffee plants and vanished tourists: the Taal volcano eruption in the Philippines has inflicted significant damage on the livelihoods of tens of thousands and is expected to c…

‘Once this is over, we’ll be kings’: How Lev Parnas worked his way into Trump’s world — and now is rattling it

washingtonpost.com - Lev Parnas, center, a onetime associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani, arrives with his wife Svetlana Parnas for a hearing at federal court in New York on Oct. 23, 2019. (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg) By Rosali…

WATCH: Trump lawyer Pam Bondi brushes off her meeting with Lev Parnas during NBC grilling

rawstory.com - During an interview with NBC News’ “Today” on Saturday, Pam Bondi, the former attorney general of Florida and one of the lawyers representing President Donald Trump in impeachment matters, dismissed …

Richmond braces for giant gun rights rally on Monday

washingtonpost.com - The Virginia State Capitol building is surrounded by fencing in preparation for a giant rally Monday by gun rights advocates. (Bob Brown/AP) By Gregory S. Schneider and close Gregory S. Schneider Rep…

Neo-Nazis Are Organizing Secretive Paramilitary Training Across America

vice.com - A neo-Nazi who goes by the alias Norman Spear has launched a project to unify online fascists and link that vast coalition of individuals into a network training new soldiers for a so-called forthcom…

‘Liberal hack’ attacker McSally trashed by ex-GOP lawmaker for desperation move to save her seat

rawstory.com - Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday morning, former GOP lawmaker David Jolly (R-FL) had little good to say about Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) for her attack on CNN’s Manu Raju where she called the Capitol H…

The Fog of Rudy

nytimes.com - In the middle of September, shortly before the House of Representatives opened its impeachment inquiry against President Trump, I started texting with his personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, to try to…

Macron rushed from Paris theatre during protest

news.yahoo.com - Protesters were demonstrating outside the theatre against Macron's reforms (AFP Photo/Lucas BARIOULET) Paris (AFP) - French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife were rushed from a Paris theatre lat…

Devin Nunes needs to ‘fess up’ or he’ll end up in jail after bombshell report on Parnas contacts: GOP strategist

rawstory.com - Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday Morning, GOP strategist Susan Del Percio said that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is in a very bad place now that he has been closely tied to Lev Parnas, and it is time for hi…

Disney culls 'Fox' from 20th Century Fox in rebrand

bbc.com - Disney executives have cut the word "Fox" from their 20th Century Fox film studio in an apparent bid to distance it from operations of the previous owner, Rupert Murdoch. US media suggests Disney doe…

The EPA Is Aggressively Approving Very Dangerous Pesticides

popularresistance.org - As reported by U.S. Right to Know last May, court documents showed that a domestic policy advisor at the White House said, ‘We have Monsanto’s back on pesticides regulation.’ In a new and unsettling …

Pelosi’s impeachment pens cost about $15 each — not $2,025

politifact.com - Republicans criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for giving pens to other House members as keepsakes after she used them to sign the articles of impeachment against Pre

‘Take your letter and shove it’: Rep. Ted Lieu sends fiery response after Devin Nunes threatened to sue him

rawstory.com - Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California fired a salvo at Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, also of California, on Friday by posting a letter responding to his colleague’s threat of a lawsuit. Lieu said tha…

Why Do Americans Idolize the Rich?

eand.co - It’s often said these days, that if you think America has problems, of capitalism, of decline, of blindness and folly and self-inflicted ruin, that you must hate the rich. No, I don’t hate the rich. …

The Pesticide Industry’s Playbook for Poisoning the Earth

theintercept.com - In September 2009, over 3,000 bee enthusiasts from around the world descended on the city of Montpellier in southern France for Apimondia — a festive beekeeper conference filled with scientific lectu…

A Trade Deal Meant to Heal Rifts Could Actually Make Them Worse

nytimes.com - Even within Wednesday’s deal, China has negotiated itself an out when it comes to its commitment to buy $200 billion more in American goods. The agreement says actual purchases must be “based on comm…

Experts warn over scale of China virus as US airports start screening

news.yahoo.com - Hong Kong (AFP) - The true scale of the outbreak of a mysterious SARS-like virus in China is likely far bigger than officially reported, scientists have warned, as countries ramp up measures to preve…

In Australia, fires heat up environmental movement

washingtonpost.com - Vacationers swim at McKenzies Beach in Malua Bay, New South Wales, Australia, with scorched trees in the background from the recent bush fires. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) By Scott Wilson clo…

Republicans Don’t Even Know What They’re Covering Up

nymag.com - By the time the House voted to impeach Donald Trump in mid-December, a grim anti-climactic feel had settled upon the proceedings. Senate Republicans, unimpressed by hundreds of pages of testimony and…

National Archives Apologizes for Censoring Protest Signs From Women’s March

nymag.com - The National Archives apologized on Saturday for using a censored image from the 2017 Women’s March on which it had digitally obscured mentions of President Trump and women’s anatomy on marchers’ pro…

Study Confirms Climate Models are Getting Future Warming Projections Right – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

climate.nasa.gov - There’s an old saying that “the proof is in the pudding,” meaning that you can only truly gauge the quality of something once it’s been put to a test. Such is the case with climate models: mathematic…

Why NASA wants to 'touch the sun'

mnn.com - The sun, the very centerpiece of our solar system and the most important source of energy for life on Earth, has a visitor. NASA's Parker Solar Probe has been studying the sun, flying closer than eve…

The Firefighter Whose Denunciation of Australia’s Prime Minister Made Him a Folk Hero

newyorker.com - Until a few days ago, Paul Parker was a volunteer firefighter in Nelligen, a small village on the coast of New South Wales, in Australia—an area that has been devastated by the bushfires currently sw…

A Hot Blob in the Pacific Ocean Caused 1 Million Seabirds to Die

livescience.com - Five years ago, tens of thousands of emaciated seabirds washed ashore on the Pacific Coast. Now, scientists know why: a long-lived marine heat wave known as "the blob." The common murre (Uria aalge) …

Survival of the Richest

onezero.medium.com - There’s nothing wrong with madly optimistic appraisals of how technology might benefit human society. But the current drive for a post-human utopia is something else. It’s less a vision for the whole…

Battle of the Ages to stop Eurasian integration

informationclearinghouse.info - Retired US Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s chief of staff from 2001 to 2005, cuts to the chase: “America exists today to make war. How else do we interpret 19 straight years of war an…

Burning Planet, Climate Fires and Political Flame Wars Rage

middleeast-business.com - Economic and political polarization will rise this year, as collaboration between world leaders, businesses and policy-makers is needed more than ever to stop severe threats to our climate, environme…

What Happens When Capitalism Devours a Society? America Does.

eand.co - There are three great lessons from the 20th century which we are only just beginning to learn, in the difficult and tumultuous adolescence of the 21st. The first is that stagnation brings with it aut…

Opinion - Russia Prepares For Split With International Banking System

informationclearinghouse.info - The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Information Clearing House.

Being wealthy adds nine years to life expectancy, says study

theguardian.com - Being wealthy adds nine years to healthy life expectancy: a life free from disability and pain, according to transatlantic research. The 10-year study, conducted across the UK and US, looked at all t…

YouTube’s algorithm is pushing climate misinformation videos, and their creators are profiting from it

niemanlab.org - When an ad runs on a YouTube video, the video creator generally keeps 55 percent of the ad revenue, with YouTube getting the other 45 percent. This system’s designed to compensate content creators fo…

The easiest way to lucid dream, according to science

aeon.co - In Tibetan Buddhism, the group of tantric techniques known as milam aim to reveal the illusory nature of waking life by having practitioners perform yoga in their dreams. It’s a ritualized version of…


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