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Doomstead Diner Daily 1/20
« Reply #585 on: January 20, 2020, 05:49:09 am »

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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…

Virginia on high alert ahead of pro-gun rally

bbc.com - Thousands of people are expected to descend on the US city of Richmond, in Virginia, on Monday for a pro-gun rally that authorities fear could turn violent. State governor Ralph Northam declared a st…

Virginia capitol staff will be forced to confront armed protesters because of official’s ‘bravado’: strategist

rawstory.com - Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency after white supremacists threatened to come to the state capitol in Richmond, Virginia, with weapons to protest new gun laws. Northam gave a “mand…

America’s greatest hero: Martin Luther King Jr

intrepidreport.com - On the occasion of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., I think it’s important to compare his accomplishments to that of others lionized in our culture as heroes. Known for leading the revolution …

‘No sound basis’: Georgetown law professor explains why Alan Dershowitz will crumble under Senate questioning

rawstory.com - Georgetown law professor John Mikhail suggested on Sunday that the portion of President Donald Trump’s defense which is being covered by Alan Dershowitz to fail because it has “no sound basis” in his…

The Erasure of Political History at the National Archives

newyorker.com - Last month, a photographer named Ellen Shub died, near Boston, at the age of seventy-three. I had got to know Shub in the nineteen-eighties, when I worked for gay and lesbian publications. At that ti…

Nobel economist: Trump’s economy is an absolute disaster for people and the planet

rawstory.com - As the world’s business elites trek to Davos for their annual gathering, people should be asking a simple question: Have they overcome their infatuation with US President Donald Trump? Two years ago,…

A Majority of Millennials Surveyed Expect World War III in Their Lifetime

english.chosun.com - A survey of 16,000 millennials in 16 countries at peace and at war indicates a majority is nervous about the future, and a large plurality believes heightened global tensions are likely to lead to a …

Watergate’s John Dean thinks Trump wrote part of his legal team’s brief — because it’s so terrible

rawstory.com - Former White House counsel for Richard Nixon, John Dean, explained that the legal brief out of President Donald Trump’s White House was so bad that it had to have been dictated by Trump himself. Satu…

Billionaires richer than 60 percent of the world's population: Oxfam

news.yahoo.com - The 22 richest men in the world have more wealth than all the women in Africa, Oxfam says (AFP Photo/CARL DE SOUZA) The world's billionaires have doubled in the past decade and are richer than 60 per…

The black hero honoured with an aircraft carrier

bbc.com - The US Navy is to name its new aircraft carrier after a black sailor who fought in World War II. Doris Miller earned the Navy Cross for his actions during the Japanese attack on Hawaii's Pearl Harbor…

If people of color showed up to a Capitol protest heavily armed — Trump would call them terrorists: commentator

rawstory.com - Legal analyst Areva Martin explained in a CNN panel discussion Sunday that the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday has historically been a day in which white supremacists rear their ugly heads with ra…

"Flood the zone with ****": How misinformation overwhelmed our democracy

vox.com - No matter how President Trump’s impeachment trial plays out in the Senate, one thing is certain: Despite the incontrovertible facts at the center of the story, the process will change very few minds.…

Malaysia says won't be 'garbage dump' as it returns waste

news.yahoo.com - Butterworth (Malaysia) (AFP) - Malaysia has sent back 150 shipping containers of plastic waste to mostly wealthier nations, with the Southeast Asian country saying Monday it would not be the world's …

Chinese Man Infected With Mysterious Strain Of Corona Virus Quarantined In Nepal

ndtv.com - The possibility of infection is high among the Nepali population, doctor said (Representational) A Chinese man has been quarantined in Kathmandu with a mystery strain of corona virus just days after …

An intensifying climate crisis threatens more than half of the world's GDP, research says

cnbc.com - Burnt trees are seen in Mallacoota on January 15, 2020 , Australia. The Princes Highway between Mallacoota and Orbost remains closed to public due to the risk of falling trees following the devastati…

Qatar signs $470 mn solar deal

news.yahoo.com - Skyline of the Qatari capital Doha (AFP Photo/GIUSEPPE CACACE) Doha (AFP) - Gas-rich Qatar signed a $470-million deal on Sunday to build its first solar energy plant, capable of meeting up to one-ten…

Lake Erie, Toxic Algae, and Mobilizing to Protect Toledo's Drinking Water by Declaring the Lake a Person | naked capitalism

nakedcapitalism.com - In my slow perambulation through the biosphere, I’ve looked at mangrove swamps. coral reefs, and estuaries. Today, I’ll look at a lake. This lake: That’s like Erie from the Canadian side. This and th…

New hospital-based data contradicts HUD estimates on homelessness

today.uic.edu - Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago report that in Illinois hospital visits associated with homelessness have tripled since 2011. Their findings, which are published in the American …

Wolf puppies play fetch, surprising researchers

mnn.com - Some dogs just love to play fetch. When you have the ball, they need you to throw it immediately so they can catch it. But it's not just dogs that love this game. Researchers recently found that wolf…

Just being outside can improve your psychological health

qz.com - Hello. It’s the weekend. Maybe you should go outside? Here’s why. Reason one: Just being in a wooded area boosts your immune system. Consider the scientifically backed practice of forest bathing, whi…

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Premiere Sees Larry David Take On #MeToo, Weinstein, and Trump Hate

thedailybeast.com - With a million things in the world over which to be incensed and terrified—terrorism, environmental calamity, nuclear war, everything and anything related to our criminal commander in chief—it’s nice…

Google suppressing World Socialist Web Site content in its search results for the New York Times’ 1619 Project

wsws.org - Based on current search results and other web site analytics, it is clear that Google is manipulating its search algorithm to suppress the popular, original and authoritative content published by the…

Pompeo unveils a U.S. “Murder, Inc.” to deal with U.S. opponents around the world

intrepidreport.com - Stanford University’s Hoover Institution still echoes the dire warning Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered in a January 13 speech. The speech, titled “The Restoration of Deterrence: The Iranian …


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Doomstead Diner Daily 1/21
« Reply #586 on: January 21, 2020, 07:37:13 am »

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Farmers refuse to cheer for Trump as he lies that he’s fighting for them to keep their land

rawstory.com - President Donald Trump appeared in Texas Sunday to speak to the Farm Bureau conference. Among the things he promised was that he was fighting for them to have their water rights and rights to control…

Trump’s lawyers, Senate GOP allies work privately to ensure Bolton does not testify publicly

washingtonpost.com - The House impeachment managers make their way to the Senate for a walk-through of the Senate floor in preparation for the impeachment trial. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) By Robert Costa and clos…

Stop Calling Armed Mobs the "Militia"

angrystaffofficer.com - This morning, the Virginia state capitol in Richmond saw dozens of armed men gathering to demonstrate their support for the Second Amendment of the US Constitution – the right to bear arms. These men…

‘Can you imagine a group of black men walking around with masks and guns?’ Virginia rally sparks questions of racism and privilege

rawstory.com - It’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and for several hours now countless mostly white, mostly male pro-gun, anti-gun control activists have been marching throughout the streets of Richmond, Virginia…

MLK, the KKK and the NRA: A Brief History of Racists With Guns

theroot.com - A white supremacist with a gun killed Martin Luther King Jr. That fact alone makes Monday’s white supremacist-palooza seem particularly disrespectful. However, the history of the Second Amendment ref…

In the Face of Rising White Supremacist Violence, Police Continue to Investigate Victims and Activists

theintercept.com - It’s been 10 months since someone set an office building on fire at Highlander Research and Education Center, a storied civil rights institution perched in the mountains of northeastern Tennessee, bu…

First Alan Dershowitz said you can be impeached without committing a crime. Now he says you can't be.

cnn.com - Washington (CNN)Constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz said in 1998 a president could be impeached even if they were not accused of a crime. Now that he's helping President Donald Trump's impeachment …

More than half the world’s millennials fear a nuclear attack this decade

vox.com - A majority of millennials around the world believe it’s more likely than not that a nuclear attack will happen sometime in the next 10 years — a sign that younger adults’ views on global affairs is e…

Toy Story: Hong Kong protest models become major hit - The Observers - France 24

rfi.fr - Intricately detailed Hong Kong protester figurines have become the latest must-have collectables as toy stores recreate the pro-democracy movement's street battles with police in their shop displays.…

Suicide bomber kills nine civilians in western Chad

news.yahoo.com - Chadian soldiers who had been in Nigeria this month returned to Chad to patrol the Lake Chad area (AFP Photo/AUDU MARTE) N'Djamena (AFP) - Nine civilians died in western Chad after a female suicide b…

Bolivia: Interim Government Mobilizes Military Ahead of Elections

mintpressnews.com - Wednesday, January 22 marks the day that Jeanine Añez is set to stand down as “interim” President of Bolivia, beginning the process for fresh elections set for May 3. Añez came to power in November, …

China sentences ex-Interpol chief to 13 years jail

bbc.com - A former Interpol chief accused of bribery was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in jail by a Chinese court on Tuesday. Meng Hongwei, who was the first Chinese head of Interpol, vanished on a trip bac…

Lebanon president to chair crisis talks over weekend violence 

france24.com - Lebanon's under-fire president is set to meet Monday with top security officials to discuss rare violence over the weekend that left hundreds wounded in the protest-hit country. Michel Aoun will be j…

The mystery of our solar system's 'great divide' may finally be solved

mnn.com - Our solar system's "great divide," the expanse that separates the terrestrial planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars) from the gas and ice giants (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) may finally have an …

Pyrenees glaciers 'doomed', experts warn

news.yahoo.com - Toulouse (France) (AFP) - Glaciers nestled in the lofty crags of the Pyrenees mountains separating France and Spain could disappear within 30 years as temperatures rise, upending ecosystems while put…

What can we learn from the French Revolution today? 

aeon.co - If the French Revolution of 1789 was such an important event, visitors to France’s capital city of Paris often wonder, why can’t they find any trace of the Bastille, the medieval fortress whose storm…

The Rumbling Methane Enigma - CounterPunch.org

counterpunch.org - The northern continental shelves of Russia, inclusive of the Barents Sea, Kara Sea, Laptev Sea and East Siberian Sea (ESAS) are some of the least researched yet most controversial subjects in climate…

Amtrak to Reduce $25K Ticket Price for 2 Wheelchair Users After Outcry

thedailybeast.com - Amtrak said it will drop its $25,000 price tag for a wheelchair-accessible train ticket from Chicago to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, following widespread criticism. NPR reports that two wheelchair u…

Bulgarian Minister Charged With Causing City's Water Crisis

nytimes.com - SOFIA, Bulgaria — Bulgaria's prime minister has sacked his environment minister after he was charged with deliberate mismanagement of water supplies for a city in western Bulgaria. Ex-minister Neno D…

Conservative States Seek Billions to Brace for Disaster. (Just Don’t Call It Climate Change.)

nytimes.com - Mr. Forbes called climate change “not that important a thing for an action plan,” and said that mostly leaving the phrase out of the document was not intentional. He said the purpose of the proposal …

Chinese officials urge people not to travel in and out of city at center of virus outbreak

washingtonpost.com - Medical staff carry a box at the Jinyintan hospital, where the patients with pneumonia caused by the new strain of coronavirus are being treated, in Wuhan, China Jan. 10, 2020. (Darley Shen/Reuters) …

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

nytimes.com - “In 2017, Peter gave a talented young founder $200,000, which two years later converted to equity in Clearview AI,” said Jeremiah Hall, Mr. Thiel’s spokesman. “That was Peter’s only contribution; he …


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Doomstead Diner Daily 1/22
« Reply #587 on: January 22, 2020, 07:00:48 am »

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Senate adopts ground rules for impeachment trial, delaying a decision on witnesses until after much of the proceedings

washingtonpost.com - By Seung Min Kim, close Seung Min Kim White House reporter Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Felicia Sonmez and close Felicia Sonmez National reporter on The Washington Post's breaking political news t…

Chief Justice Roberts admonishes impeachment lawyers, telling them to ‘remember where they are’

washingtonpost.com - By Paul Kane and close Paul Kane Senior congressional correspondent and columnist Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Elise Viebeck close Elise Viebeck Enterprise and investigations reporter focused on p…

Bezos Investigation Finds the Saudis Obtained His Private Data

thedailybeast.com - For 40 years, I’ve advised at-risk public figures and government agencies on high-stakes security matters. My career has included working with the CIA, FBI, at the Reagan White House, counseling fore…

6 big things we still don't know in the bombshell report of how Jeff Bezos' phone was hacked by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

businessinsider.com - The Guardian published a bombshell report on Tuesday: That Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone was hacked by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. According to the report, a WhatsApp message that Bezos re…

Mike Bloomberg shifts presidential ad campaign to focus on impeachment

washingtonpost.com - Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg speaks during a rally Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer/AP) By Michael Scherer close Michael Scherer National political reporte…

Did vulnerable Republican senators just agree to take the fall for Trump in 2020?

Fast response: How Tokyo Olympics will cope if earthquake strikes

news.yahoo.com - It's 9:15 am on Sunday July 26 and excitement is building at the Tokyo Aquatics centre as the first swimming medals are up for grabs. Nearby at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, US superstar Simone Biles…

What you need to know about that mysterious Chinese virus

mnn.com - A mysterious pneumonia outbreak in China may be linked to a virus that has never been seen before. Chinese scientists have identified the virus as a new type of coronavirus, reports the World Health …

How Trump Twisted Iran Intel to Manufacture the ‘Four Embassies’ Threat

thedailybeast.com - When President Donald Trump publicly claimed earlier this month that he had seen intel showing Iran’s now-deceased top military leader Qassem Soleimani was plotting attacks on “four [American] embass…

Trump threatens Europe with fresh tariffs in Davos, deepening a rift with longtime U.S. allies

washingtonpost.com - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and President Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. (Evan Vucci/AP) By Heather Long close Heather Long Economics corr…

In the Name of “Security” Retreating US Gives Israel Billions More in Military Funding

mintpressnews.com - Billions of US tax-payers’ money will continue to be funneled into Israel in the next fiscal year, and for many years in the foreseeable future. Republican and Democratic Senators have recently achie…

Glenn Greenwald Speaks: Bolsonaro Is Trying to Silence Me

thedailybeast.com - Famed journalist Glenn Greenwald on Tuesday reacted to the news that the Brazilian government has charged him with “cybercrimes” by railing against President Jair Bolsonaro’s regime and its attempts …

After unloading on Sanders, Hillary Clinton walks back not committing to him as nominee

nbcnews.com - Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night walked back scathing comments in which she would not commit to backing Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as the Democratic presidential nominee and said "nobody likes him."…

Thai party cleared over secret society claims

bbc.com - A court in Thailand has acquitted one of the country's largest opposition parties after it was accused of having links to a mythical secret society. A sedition charge against Future Forward alleged t…

‘The Driving Force Is to Help Polluters Get Their Permits Faster’

fair.org - Janine Jackson interviewed the Center for Biological Diversity’s Brett Hartl on the National Environmental Policy Act for the January 10, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transc…

Trump tears into environmental 'doom' mongers at Davos forum

news.yahoo.com - Davos (Switzerland) (AFP) - President Donald Trump tore into environmental "prophets of doom" at the Davos forum Tuesday, rejecting fiery warnings from teenage campaigner Greta Thunberg, and lauding …

These corporations are spending the most to undo our democracy — thanks to Citizens United

rawstory.com - This article was paid for by Raw Story subscribers. Not a subscriber? Try us and go ad-free for $1. Prefer to give a one-time tip? Click here. It has now been exactly 10 years since the U.S. Supreme …

36 civilians killed in northern Burkina Faso

news.yahoo.com - Ouagadougou (AFP) - Militants killed 36 civilians when they attacked villages in northern Burkina Faso, the government said Tuesday, appealing for local volunteers to bolster its fight against jihadi…

'Pablo Escobar of eggs' faces justice after 35 years of poaching

news.yahoo.com - London (AFP) - Jeffrey Lendrum spent three decades living as the so-called "Pablo Escobar of eggs", smuggling the fragile shells from the nests of falcons and other birds of prey to wealthy internati…

‘It tastes like clay’: residents of Rio alarmed by murky, smelly tap water

theguardian.com - Just weeks before hosting its world famous carnival – and with summer temperatures soaring past 40C (104F) – Rio de Janeiro is on edge as residents across the city complain of murky and foul-smelling…

A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet

wired.com - Global emissions linked to plastic—now just under 900 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually—could by 2030 reach 1.3 billion tons, as much as almost 300 coal-fired power plants, the Cente…

America's Radioactive Secret

rollingstone.com - Justin Nobel is writing a book about oil-and-gas radioactivity for Simon & Schuster. This story was supported by the journalism nonprofit Economic Hardship Reporting Project In 2014, a muscular, midd…

Is the Wuhan Coronavirus a Global Emergency?

foreignpolicy.com - Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: A WHO expert committee meets over the Wuhan coronavirus, the Trump administration has plans to expand its travel ban, and what’s ahead at day two of Davos. We we…

Madacascar Is Planting 60 Million Trees in Ambitious Drive Inspired by Its President

ecowatch.com - Madagascar has embarked on its most ambitious tree-planting drive yet, aiming to plant 60 million trees in the coming months. The island nation celebrates 60 years of independence this year, and the …

Many in the north backed Brexit. They will soon begin to feel the costs | David Conn

theguardian.com - Boris Johnson and his ministers have made huge promises for the United Kingdom after we leave the European Union next week, particularly for “the north” – that unfamiliar land which can now be mined …

How a laurel leaf led to a new solar energy plan

bbc.com - A new form of combined solar power generation and storage is being developed for the UK. It couples thin, flexible, lighter solar sheets with energy storage to power buildings or charge vehicles off-…


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Doomstead Diner Daily 1/23
« Reply #588 on: January 23, 2020, 05:55:50 am »

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World’s Super Rich Meet in Davos to Discuss the Climate Change Problem they Created

mintpressnews.com - The world’s wealthiest elites are congregating in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos for the 2020 World Economic Forum, a place where thousands of the planet’s most influential business people meet t…

Democrats scale back language as Trump and GOP press ahead with attacks on Senate impeachment trial

washingtonpost.com - By Seung Min Kim, close Seung Min Kim White House reporter Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Elise Viebeck and close Elise Viebeck Enterprise and investigations reporter focused on politics Email Email…

Wuhan, China, is cut off from the outside world in an unprecedented quarantine after a deadly virus killed 17 and infected 571

businessinsider.com - The Chinese city of Wuhan — the center of a viral outbreak that has killed at least 17 people and infected 571 — has been locked down. As of 10 a.m. Thursday morning local time, public transport had …

Trump Casually Confirms Medicare Is on the Chopping Block

vanityfair.com - Something you’ve probably noticed about Donald Trump by now is that the man is a full-fledged pathological liar. Whether it‘s big lies like “imminent” attacks on Americans or small lies like the numb…

Hong Kong turns holiday camps into quarantine zones as virus fears spike

news.yahoo.com - Hong Kong will turn two holiday camps, including a former military barracks, into quarantine zones for people who may have come into contact with carriers of the Wuhan virus, officials announced Thur…

The man who took Aung San Sui Kyi to the world court

bbc.com - Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou's actions brought Aung San Sui Kyi to The Hague to deny that her government was committing a genocide. As the UN's highest court is about to rule on the ca…

Greta v Trump at Davos

bbc.co.uk - Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and US President Donald Trump both spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, but had very different messages.

President Trump's Davos speech fact-checked

bbc.co.uk - President Trump made a series of claims about his record in office - on the US economy and on the environment - during his speech to the World Economic Forum at the Swiss resort of Davos. Reality Che…

FBI 'persuaded Apple to halt iCloud encryption'

bbc.com - Apple reportedly abandoned plans to let customers fully encrypt back-ups of their iPhones on the company's iCloud following pressure from the FBI. Full encryption involves converting data into code s…

Humanity Has Killed 83% of All Wild Mammals and Half of All Plants: Study

globalcitizen.org - When it comes to planet Earth, humans are very tiny. The weight of all 7.6 billion humans makes up just 0.01% of all biomass on Earth, according to a report published in the Proceedings of the Nation…

Coronavirus: panic and anger in Wuhan as China orders city into lockdown

theguardian.com - A sense of panic has spread in the central Chinese city of Wuhan as the city of 11 million was put on lockdown in an attempt to quarantine a deadly virus believed to have originated there. On Thursda…

False and Misleading Claims at Impeachment Trial

factcheck.org - White House lawyers distorted the facts on the impeachment process and other issues during the Jan. 21 Senate trial: In addition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his resolution outlining …

U.S. drinking water widely contaminated with 'forever chemicals': environment watchdog - Reuters

reuters.com - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The contamination of U.S. drinking water with man-made “forever chemicals” is far worse than previously estimated with some of the highest levels found in Miami, Philadelphia a…

Extremism pays. That’s why Silicon Valley isn’t shutting it down | John Naughton

theguardian.com - Zeynep Tufecki is one of the shrewdest writers on technology around. A while back, when researching an article on why (and how) Donald Trump appealed to those who supported him, she needed some direc…

Inside the Religious Death Cult That Massacred Seven in Panama

thedailybeast.com - CALI, Colombia—At first glance, the story looks almost too twisted to be true, like some Heart of Darkness spin-off for the post-post-colonial age. Joseph Conrad himself couldn’t have dreamed up an e…

Christian Nationalists Are Drafting Legislation for State Republicans: Report

nymag.com - Though Democrats have regained significant ground on the state level since the 2016 election, state legislation is still largely a Republican game, with the GOP in charge of 21 trifectas, in addition…

The Doomsday Glacier - Rolling Stone - Pocket

rollingstone.com - Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is so remote that only 28 human beings have ever set foot on it. Knut Christianson, a glaciologist at the University of Washington, has been there twice. A few yea…

Scientists discover 'why stress turns hair white'

bbc.com - Scientists say they may have discovered why stress makes hair turn white, and a potential way of stopping it happening without reaching for the dye. In tests in mice, stem cells that control skin and…

Brand new shoes are washing up on beaches around the Atlantic

treehugger.com - Scientists and concerned beachcombers are looking for answers. Over the past several months, beachcombers on both sides of the Atlantic have been encountering the same thing – hundreds of Nike runnin…

Canberra airport closed as bushfires approach

bbc.com - The airport in Australia's capital city of Canberra has been shut down due to the threat of approaching bushfires. Flights were cancelled out of Canberra Airport, a 20 minute drive from Parliament Ho…

Volkswagen in Canada ordered to pay CAN$196.5 mn over emissions scandal

news.yahoo.com - Toronto (Canada) (AFP) - A court in Toronto on Wednesday ordered Volkswagen to pay a fine of Can$196.5 million (US$150 million) after the automaker pleaded guilty to violating environmental laws in t…

Plastics Watch: China to Ban Single-Use Plastics, Malaysia Rejects Waste Shipments | 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. China announced this past Sunday it intends to implemen…

Mexico police held over missing butterfly activist

bbc.com - In Mexico, 53 local police officers are being questioned over the disappearance of environmental activist Homero Gómez. Mr Gómez, who manages a butterfly sanctuary in the central town of Ocampo, was …

The imperative of pulling together to beat the Trump who would be king

intrepidreport.com - Hey, Sanders, hey, Warren, hey, Biden and the rest of you. Listen, I know from party divisiveness. As a very (very!) young man, I worked on the campaign staff of Democratic presidential candidate Geo…

The court ruling that sold our democracy

intrepidreport.com - Ten years ago, in January 2010, the Supreme Court released its disastrous Citizens United decision. The court, either through remarkable naivety or sheer malevolence, essentially married the terrible…

The prosecution of Glenn Greenwald and the global war on free speech

wsws.org - The “criminal conspiracy” charges levelled by the Brazilian government against Intercept Brasil publisher and renowned investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald is the latest in a series of state atta…

How Virginia’s Gun Rally Dodged a Bullet

slate.com - Earlier this week, gun rights activists arrived outside the capitol building in Richmond, Virginia to rally against proposed gun control laws. Some people worried the event would turn into another Ch…

Climate Change: A Concise Assessment of What we are Risking.

cassandralegacy.blogspot.com - The failure of the Madrid climate negotiations, the Cop25, was not really unexpected. Even today, very few people, be they politicians or citizens, understand the risks of what's happening, and those…


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How Do You Blow The Whistle On A Whole Society?
« Reply #589 on: January 23, 2020, 04:16:37 pm »

You’d have to be incapable of understanding mafia talk to be bewildered by a U.S. newspaper.

January 22, 2020

How Do You Blow The Whistle On A Whole 🐍 Society?

By David Swanson.

Like perhaps most people who visit Los Angeles, I consider it my duty to offer a brilliant new idea for a film script. My idea is in the genre of science-fiction mafia, a genre that I think has not been sufficiently exploited. In this film, the protagonist wakes up to the fact that without knowing it, he has somehow joined the mafia. I expect people to be able to relate to the story because I believe that this entire country either has become aware or needs to become aware that it has joined the 🦀 mafia . -more-

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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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Re: How Do You Blow The Whistle On A Whole Society?
« Reply #590 on: January 24, 2020, 06:15:08 am »


You’d have to be incapable of understanding mafia talk to be bewildered by a U.S. newspaper.

I have been saying to anyone I can get to listen that the Trump Crime Family is just like the Sopranos, but without the veneer of class.

Probably one of the reasons they won't let me in Kroger's anymore...

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Doomstead Diner Daily 1/24
« Reply #591 on: January 24, 2020, 06:16:05 am »

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China locks down cities to curb virus outbreak

news.yahoo.com - Wuhan (China) (AFP) - China locked down some 20 million people at the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak on Thursday, banning planes and trains from leaving in an unprecedented move aimed at contai…

China rushes to build new hospital for virus within 10 days

news.yahoo.com - Beijing (AFP) - China is rushing to build a new hospital in a staggering 10 days to treat patients at the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak that has stricken hundreds of people, state media report…

China battles to prevent New Year virus spike

bbc.com - China is battling to contain a deadly coronavirus in its Hubei province, as hundreds of millions of Chinese prepare to travel over the Lunar New Year. Beijing and Hong Kong have cancelled some major …

Ratings Show Americans Don’t Care About the Impeachment Trial Enough to Watch It

nymag.com - Within the Senate chamber, lawmakers were doing their best to endure the long hours of the Trump impeachment trial’s first two days, bringing crossword puzzles, falling asleep, and flaunting the no-e…

Trolling Day at the Trump Trial

newyorker.com - When a two-decade-old video clip of Lindsey Graham blared out of a monitor on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon, it was clear that this was going to be an edgier sort of day in the impeachment tria…

Senators 'nap and play' in Trump impeachment trial

bbc.com - US senators have been accused of falling asleep, playing games and breaking other rules during President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Jim Risch and Jim Inhofe are among members who have apparent…

BUSTED: Susan Collins wanted to clear an entire row of the press gallery of reporters — and keep it empty

rawstory.com - The Senate took a dinner break at 6:30 p.m. EST and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) used the break to “loudly” tell Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Thune (R-SD) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) that she didn’t lik…

Democrats detail abuse-of-power charge against Trump as Republicans complain of repetitive arguments

washingtonpost.com - House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff, second from left, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, second from right, lead the House managers to the Senate chamber for the…

Jihadist assault 'kills dozens of Syrian soldiers'

bbc.com - Up to 40 Syrian soldiers have been killed in an assault by hundreds of militants in north-western Syria, according to Russia's defence ministry. The ministry, which supports Syria's government, said …

Trump rolls back US water pollution controls

bbc.com - The Trump administration is set to scrap protections for America's streams and wetlands, repealing Barack Obama's Waters of the United States regulation. The move, expected Thursday, will dismantle f…

Russian MPS give quick first approval to Putin reforms

news.yahoo.com - Moscow (AFP) - Russian lawmakers on Thursday unanimously approved a sweeping constitutional reform bill put forward by President Vladimir Putin in its first reading, after less than two hours of deba…

Pandemic, epidemic, endemic: What's the difference?

bbc.co.uk - Concerns are growing that the recently-detected coronavirus may spread. Dr Rosalind Eggo explains.

US steps up scrutiny of pregnant visa applicants

bbc.com - The US Department of State has unveiled new rules to deter pregnant women from travelling to the US to give birth. The policy takes effect on Friday and is intended as a crackdown on what is known as…

How Big Tech Manipulates Academia to Avoid Regulation

theintercept.com - The irony of the ethical scandal enveloping Joichi Ito, the former director of the MIT Media Lab, is that he used to lead academic initiatives on ethics. After the revelation of his financial ties to…

The healthy and the wealthy waste the most food in the US

treehugger.com - A new study is the first to identify and analyze the level of food waste for actual households. Imagine buying three bag of groceries, coming home, and immediately throwing one of those bags of groce…

Current Time - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - Rachel Bronson is the President and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, where she oversees the publishing programs, the management of the Doomsday Clock, and activities around nuclear risk,…

The next big privacy scare is a face recognition tool you've never heard of

thenextweb.com - The global debate on the use of facial recognition by governments and law enforcement just got a lot more intense. Over the weekend, the New York Times’ Kashmir Hill published an eye-opening piece de…

Australian bushfires to contribute to huge annual increase in global carbon dioxide

theguardian.com - Australia’s bushfire crisis is expected to contribute up to 2% of what scientists forecast will be one of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide on record. The atmospheric concent…

Revealed: the true identity of the leader of an American neo-Nazi terror group

theguardian.com - The Guardian has learned the true identity of the leader and founder of the US-based neo-Nazi terror network the Base, which was recently the target of raids by the FBI after an investigation into do…

Bloomberg gets under Trump’s skin as he ramps up spending on 2020 ads

washingtonpost.com - Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks Wednesday before the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) By Josh Dawsey and close Josh Dawsey Reporte…

Tackling DR Congo's six biggest problems in 12 months

bbc.com - When Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in as president in the Democratic Republic of Congo exactly a year ago, it was hailed as a landmark moment - the first peaceful transfer of power in the vast country's…

Is Iraq between the Hammer and the Anvil? | New Eastern Outlook

journal-neo.org - “Iraq caught between a rock and a hard place”, “Iraq between the hammer and the anvil” and similar headlines in Iraqi news reflect public reactions towards recent events within the nation. We are ref…

Poland’s Disgraceful Denial Over Holocaust Commemoration

strategic-culture.org - There was good reason why Polish President Andrzej Duda was prevented from addressing the Holocaust memorial event in Israel this week. The organizers anticipated he would use the event to make ugly …

Poland’s Disgraceful Denial Over Holocaust Commemoration

strategic-culture.org - There was good reason why Polish President Andrzej Duda was prevented from addressing the Holocaust memorial event in Israel this week. The organizers anticipated he would use the event to make ugly …

The Greatest Extermination in History: How Humans won the war on Whales

cassandralegacy.blogspot.com - Image from the NYT. This dead whale on a California beach and the man taking a selfie in front of it symbolizes the war of humans on whales. The whales lost in what was probably the largest extermina…

Stock Market More Overpriced and Perilous Than Anytime in History

thegreatrecession.info - I’m not going to predict when and how the US stock market will crash as I did by laying out the stages of its fall for 2018. That was easy, but the times are different now. Back then, the Fed had lai…

Wolf Richter: The Great American Shale Oil & Gas Bust: Fracking Gushes Bankruptcies, Defaulted Debt, and Worthless Shares | naked capitalism

nakedcapitalism.com - Jerri-Lynn here. I’ve previously crossposted many segments of Justin Mikulka’s excellent series for DeSmogBlog on fracking follies. Here’s Wolf Richter’s take on the issue, wrapped up with a discussi…


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'Take her out': Recording appears to capture Trump at private dinner saying he wants Ukraine ambassador fired

abcnews.go.com - A recording obtained by ABC News appears to capture President Donald Trump telling associates he wanted the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch fired while speaking at a small gathering…

The Closing of the Senatorial Mind

newyorker.com - Each day this week, when the Senate impeachment trial of Donald John Trump has convened at 1 P.M., the proceedings have opened with a prayer by the Senate chaplain, Barry Black, pitched to the tenor …

What happened so far in Trump impeachment trial

bbc.com - The Democratic Party will on Friday finish making its case in the Senate for the removal of President Donald Trump - bringing to a close three days of meticulously presented evidence that they said p…

Coronavirus outbreak: Wuhan hospital doctor dies from virus as toll hits 41 – updates

theguardian.com - Last night, public health authorities set up a public health hub at Heathrow airport, in terminal four. The hub is staffed by teams of seven clinicians working on rotation, who will support those fly…

Pompeo Dares Veteran Foreign Correspondent to Find Ukraine on Map (She Does)

nymag.com - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has managed to stand out among President Trump’s national-security advisers for his overt sycophancy. (“He’s like a heat-seeking missile for Trump’s ass,” a former amba…

NPR host says Pompeo had a meltdown when she asked him about Ukraine

theguardian.com - Mike Pompeo is said to have unleashed a foul-mouth tirade at a well known US radio host after she asked him questions about Ukraine in an interview. Mary Louise Kelly, a respected broadcaster on Nati…

Hong Kong to close schools over coronavirus fears as death toll rises in China

washingtonpost.com - Tour agent Delfina Wang from Taiwan wears a surgical mask as a preventive measure as she waits for clients from China at Benito Juarez international airport in Mexico City on Friday. (Carlos Jasso/Re…

The coronavirus plaguing China was not created by a US government agency

factcheck.afp.com - A Facebook post from January 21 claims that the coronavirus recently discovered in China was “lab created and patented in 2015” by the CDC, the leading US public health agency. The original post, whi…

Former Brazilian President Lula da Silva: Obama, Hillary Ordered Me Not to Negotiate with Iran

mintpressnews.com - He was the world’s most popular leader. Now he is “the world’s most prominent political prisoner” according to American political philosopher Noam Chomsky. From extremely humble beginnings as a peanu…

Houthis Anticipate US Assassination Attempts, Warn US Troops Will Be Targeted in Retaliation

mintpressnews.com - As tensions in the Middle East continue to rise, there are indications that Donald Trump’s administration is planning to carry out assassination operations against high-ranking Houthi officials insid…

US media trust gap widens in wake of Trump attacks: poll

news.yahoo.com - The partisan divide among Americans over trust in the news media has widened in the past five years, according to a Pew Research Center report (AFP Photo/SCOTT OLSON) Washington (AFP) - A partisan sp…

Huge rally as Iraqis demand US troops pull out

bbc.com - Huge crowds have taken to the streets of Iraq's capital, Baghdad, to demand that US forces leave Iraq. Powerful Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr earlier called for a million people to join Friday's …

TV provider shifting satellite to high orbit over explosion fears

news.yahoo.com - Washington (AFP) - US authorities said Friday they had granted permission to a TV provider to urgently lift a four-ton (3,600-kilogram) satellite to a so-called "graveyard orbit" over fears a battery…

Enormous Crowds at Iraq’s Million Man March Tell America to Leave for Good

mintpressnews.com - People from all over Iraq have descended upon its capital Baghdad, heeding the call from influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr for a “million man march” calling for an end to the nearly 17 year-lon…

Why China’s LGBT hide their identities at Lunar New Year

bbc.com - China is marking the annual Lunar New Year holiday, which for most people means getting together with family and loved ones. This year, the celebrations have been overshadowed by the new virus sweepi…

We can’t trust the billionaires of Davos to solve a climate crisis they created | Payal Parekh

theguardian.com - This week, among the private chalets and deep snow of Davos, the world’s leading politicians and businesspeople have been spending their time at the World Economic Forum (WEF), and they’ve been talki…

Atmospheric rivers aim at Pacific Northwest, with copious coastal rain and feet of mountain snow predicted

washingtonpost.com - The European model simulates “precipitable water,” a measure of atmospheric moisture content, as an atmospheric river aims from the tropics to the Pacific Northwest this weekend. (Weatherbell) By Mat…

Pompeo heads to Ukraine after saying ‘Americans don’t (expletive) care about’ them — and the web won’t let him forget

rawstory.com - In an NPR interview, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bellowed, “Americans don’t f*cking care about Ukraine!” Saturday he’s scheduled to head to the country he claims doesn’t matter. It was one of the …

Deadly distractions: Laying the groundwork for the next civil war

intrepidreport.com - “Pity the nation oh pity the people who allow their rights to erode and their freedoms to be washed away…” —Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet “Pity the nation oh pity the people who allow their rights to e…

French Christian charity workers disappear in Iraq

bbc.com - Four aid workers from a French Christian charity have gone missing in Iraq, with authorities from both countries investigating their disappearance, the organisation said. SOS Chretiens d'Orient (Chri…

‘He gave away the game’: Doctors Condemn Trump threat to slash Medicare funding

intrepidreport.com - An advocacy group composed of doctors and medical professionals on Wednesday joined the chorus denouncing President Donald Trump for threatening to slash Medicare and Social Security funding “at some…

Warmer, Dryer, Browner

news.ucsb.edu - The western United States has experienced such intense droughts over the past decade that technical descriptions are becoming inadequate. In many places, conditions are rocketing past “severe,” throu…

Opinion - While Trump cuts food stamps, USAID bankrolls Venezuela regime change with half a billion in tax dollars

informationclearinghouse.info - It is impossible to obtain a precise estimate of the number of Venezuelans displaced in the US-fueled crisis. Venezuelan government officials have told The Grayzone that most figures echoed by the US…

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a 'Snake Flu'

wired.com - Sharing data during an outbreak is vital for public health. But it can also lead to sensational, and even spurious, research, like a controversial new paper claiming that people probably picked up a …

Japan postman hid 24,000 letters at home

bbc.com - Japanese police have announced an investigation into a former postman who kept tens of thousands of undelivered items at his home. Authorities found about 24,000 pieces of mail at the man's house in …


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That "Take her out" recording is the best evidence of 🦀 Trump's mobster mindset I have listened to. It is absolutely chilling to hear the vocal inflections, the deliberate pause, and the deadly intent in his words in the recording.

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Iraqis security forces raid Baghdad protest site

bbc.com - Iraqi security forces have moved against the main anti-government protest site in central Baghdad. They fired live ammunition and tear gas as they began removing tents and concrete barriers near Tahr…

Saying Trump did 'nothing wrong,' White House opens Senate defense

news.yahoo.com - Washington (AFP) - White House lawyers began presenting their defense of Donald Trump at his historic Senate impeachment trial on Saturday, saying the president had done nothing wrong in his dealings…

Watch: Tape of Trump Saying ‘Get Rid of’ Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch

nymag.com - The lawyer representing Lev Parnas has released a 2018 recording on which President Trump tells him and other associates to “get rid of” then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. On Friday, …

Republicans decry impeachment as ‘boring’ in an attempt to swiftly dismiss charges against Trump

washingtonpost.com - By Toluse Olorunnipa and close Toluse Olorunnipa White House reporter Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Robert Costa close Robert Costa National political reporter covering the White House, Congress an…

Fox Judge Sees ‘Ample Evidence’ To Remove Trump - The National Memo

nationalmemo.com - I don’t blame President Donald Trump for his angst and bitterness over his impeachment by the House of Representatives. In his mind, he has done “nothing wrong” and not acted outside the constitution…

Why a question about Ukraine sent Mike Pompeo into a rage

vox.com - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo allegedly verbally harassed an NPR reporter for having the audacity to ask him about his leadership ... of the State Department. During a Friday interview with Pompeo o…

China's animal trade to bring more viral outbreaks: experts

news.yahoo.com - The animal-borne SARS virus 17 years ago was supposed to be a wake-up call about consuming wildlife as food, but scientists say China's latest epidemic indicates that the practice remains widespread …

The mystery of India's 'missing 54' soldiers

bbc.com - They are called "the missing 54" - Indian soldiers forgotten in the fog of past wars with Pakistan, and who appear to have slipped through the cracks of the rival neighbours' troubled history. India …

World’s largest twin-engine jet takes to the air

bbc.com - Boeing has successfully completed the first test flight of the world's largest twin-engined jet, the 777X. It comes as the firm attempts to boost its image after its 737 Max plane was grounded last y…

Car with hidden drugs sold at police auction

bbc.com - Thailand's anti-drugs authority has apologised after it accidentally auctioned off a car hiding tens of thousands of amphetamine tablets. A buyer paid 586,000 baht ($19,000; £14,500) for the Honda CR…

The tiger ‘gift’ that horrified Polish rescuers

bbc.com - Nine emaciated and distressed tigers transported from Italy to the Poland-Belarus border are safe now, but the case exposed a cruel, shadowy trade in exotic animals destined for Asia. The discovery l…

Scientists to search for relatives of extinct Galapagos tortoises

news.yahoo.com - Quito (AFP) - A scientific expedition to the Galapagos Islands will spend ten days searching for relatives of two tortoise species believed to be extinct, including those of the archipelago's Lonesom…

Alan Dershowitz: How He's Infected by Trump's Madness | DCReport.org

dcreport.org - Alan Dershowitz agreed last week to be on Donald Trump’s defense team—in whatever form. So the need to highlight him as a potential personification of a wider, shared psychosis with the president has…

Insect extinctions caused by pesticides will 'affect the way the planet functions', NZ scientist warns

tvnz.co.nz - A Kiwi scientist is calling on New Zealand to crack down on pesticide use or risk losing the insects that keep us all alive. Without action to stop the extinctions, the consequences will be felt by e…

Strengthening coronavirus surges across China as authorities mobilize response; third case confirmed in U.S.

washingtonpost.com - Street view after Wuhan government announced to ban nonessential vehicles in downtown area to contain coronavirus outbreak, on the second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Wuhan, Hubei province, …

Farewell Europe: the long road to Brexit

theguardian.com - Last week, with the end of the UK’s 47-year membership of the club of European nations just days away, I looked back at some newspaper cuttings from my time as a Brussels correspondent. A picture of …

The Long War Against Slavery

newyorker.com - “Here’s to the next insurrection of the negroes in the West Indies,” Samuel Johnson once toasted at an Oxford dinner party, or so James Boswell claims. The veracity of Boswell’s biography—including i…

Republicans Feign Anger at Schiff ‘Head on Pike’ Speech to Justify Cowardice

nymag.com - “A Trump confidante tells CBS News,” the network reported Friday, “that Republicans senators have been warned, ‘vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.’” That night, Adam Schiff q…

Trump, Impeachment, and the Short-Term Thinking of the G.O.P.

newyorker.com - In the dazed aftermath of the 2016 election, as a vast portion of the country tried to come to terms with the fact that a fixture of the tabloids and of reality TV would be the next President of the …

Hillary Clinton: Mark Zuckerberg Has ‘Authoritarian’ Views on Misinformation

theatlantic.com - Listening to Clinton, I was struck by how remarkably similar her account was to something Zuckerberg had once told me. Facts, Zuckerberg had suggested, are best derived from foraging many opinions, i…

A Twist in the 2,000-Year-Old Mystery of Herculaneum

sapiens.org - In their new study, Thompson and his colleagues looked at two main features of the bone samples: the presence of a protein called collagen and the crystal structure within the bone. Collagen, the mai…

Stress Really Does Make Hair Go Gray Faster

nytimes.com - The researchers found that the sympathetic nerve cells released a neurotransmitter called noradrenaline that was taken up by nearby melanocyte stem cells. Then a series of events unfolded in quick su…

Northeast apple production suffering from Climate Change

energyskeptic.com - Preface. Although this article is only about one crop in one area, it portends a darker future for food production in the future, with each region having their own issues (i.e. drought in California)…

Bill Gates Foundation Predicted 65 million deaths via Coronavirus in a simulation ran just three months ago.

offgridsurvival.com - In late 2019, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-hosted a pandemic exercise that simulated a global coronavirus outbreak. The findings are extremely disturbing in light of the current Coronavir…


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