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🤔 Agelbert NOTE: What goes unsaid in too many of these articles, like the one below, that correctly expose the FACT that virtually ALL the social and environmental problems dooming our civilization are the product of the wholesale EMBRACE by TPTB of unethical behavior, is that no amount of prinicipled behavior from the media will stop Catastrophic Climate Change. Sorry to burst all those idealistic political bubbles out there, but all that politically virtuous principled behavior championed by people of good will became moot around 1978.

You see, in 1978 is when we went into the baked in extinction phase of the Global Warming inertia. Sure, most people alive today will live out there natural lives as the biosphere becomes more and more degraded. But the fact remains that human food, shelter and health needs CANNOT be met on a planetary atmosphere averaging 2 degrees C and above.

The following article correctly points out that the U.S. went in exactly the wrong direction in the last decade. True. But, that is what the U.S. has done ever since it KNEW, back in 1976, how dire the situation was for the human species, during the Carter Adminstration. President Carter was blocked at every turn from beginning the transition to 100% Renewable Energy that he supported.

The Reagan and Bush fossil fuel lackeys rigged the election so Carter would lose and the rest, all the way up to 2020, is a clear extinction trajectory. In fact, EVERY decade after the year 1978, even higher temperatures have become baked in, even if we stopped all the GHG pollution at any given point after 1978.

Here we are in 2020 with about 4 to 6 degrees C (those are the conservative estimates - it's probably a LOT worse) baked in by 2100. Back in 1978, we weren't supposed to get past human civilization destroying 2 degrees C warming before 2100. Now it's projected for 2050. Some are already saying THAT is wrong too and we will pass 2 degrees C by the end of THIS decade, not 30 years from now.

My point is that there is no political point any longer. Do YOU think most politicians are going to grow a conscience any time soon? Do YOU think ethical behavior is anything but a joke to TPTB? We are ruled by people who WORSHIP UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR!

Let's get real here, shall we? These spiritually depraved elites are NOT going to change.

The Inertia of Catastrophic Climate Change is NOT going to be slowed. If anything, The Inertia of Catastrophic Climate Change will become more massive as the polluters continue to (as the below article stated in regard to the corporate media) abdicate from principled behavior, with no hesitation, in favor of a craven devotion to the 🐍🦀🐘🦕🦖 reigning orthodoxy.

So, what is to be done by little people like you and I who read the news with increasing dread?

Please hear me out. This is what we all should do:

In life, we must always prioritize what to do among our daily list of pending tasks. As a species, we also have priorities that, though somewhat of a general nature, apply to each and every intelligent, responsible adult person now alive.

The most important priority we all have now is to tell the truth about the unstoppable nature of Catastrophic Climate Change. The importance of our politics does not mean squat in comparison to the importance of countering all lies claiming climate change is "no big deal".

Taxes, health care, "isms" and so on are all lost causes if we do not have the ability to grow our food and preserve the biosphere we all depend on. We can argue and fight about ethics all we want, but it will do nothing to stop our extinction trajectory.

So, from this day on, if you actually don't want be condemned by future generations (I'm being optimistic here) for being willfully masochistic, stupid or hopelessly deranged, you must NOT buy from, vote for, or support in any way, shape or form, ANYONE who does not accept the truth that addressing Catastrophic Climate Change, no matter if it takes over a century, must be funded BEFORE a penny goes to any other government activity, especially wars.

Ask people where they stand. They will tell you. Then tell them that if they do not totally accept the dire, unvarnished truth that making the Government Funded Mitigation of Catastrophic Climate Change, through fostering a 100% Renewable Energy powered economy, plus the the fining and imprisonment of all polluters, is the number one priority, they are part of the problem.

Then walk away, and stay away. Americans who prefer to bury themselves in illusions and self-deceptions are a threat to human civilization. There is no longer any way for YOU to get around the fact that YOU or/and some family members or some politicians or some friends are making things worse by not facing Catastrophic Climate Change FACTS.
 
While it is true that, even if a crash prgram is started by the U.S. Government and all major polluting countries all over the world this very year (an impossibility with people like 🦀Trump,  🦖 Putin, 🦕 Bolsonaro, etc. in power), billions of people and other life forms will die until it is stopped and reversed, it is the only sane thing to do. This is no longer even about ethics, as I mentioned before; this is about SURVIVAL OF THE SPECIES.

IF we survive (a mighty big "IF"), we can be less in-your-face with modern day arrogant self-worshipping egotists who endlessly spout their spiritually bankrupt, corrupt status quo defending, doubletalking sophistry, while they hold firm to their vile belief that ethical behavior is "just for suckers and rubes".

You can call the status quo anything you want, but the truth is that preserving the status quo is a death sentence for our species. Anyone defending it is not your friend. It really is GET-IN-THEIR-FACES time.

I support Senator Sanders because he understands that addressing Catastrophic Climate Change is sine qua non for the survival of our species, not just for our country. Medicare-for-All, improved Social Security, taxing Wall Street and so on are all of LESS importance than a crash program to properly mitigate (and reverse) Catastrophic Climate Change.



Enjoy the article but remember what is our NUMBER ONE PRIORITY.

Like King Canute's attempt to hold back the tide, The U.S. Empire's desperate effort to preserve a hegemony built on biosphere polluting AND democracy degrading hydrocarbon fuels is doomed to fail.

A Monumentally Destructive US Decade — Symptomatic Of Imperial Decline

By Patrick Lawrence, Consortiumnews.com
December 31, 2019 | EDUCATE!

A monumentally destructive U.S. decade — symptomatic of imperial decline  — exposed a shamefully pliant press. But we have at least one reason to resist incurable pessimism.

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I sit in one of the dives

On Fifty-Second Street

Uncertain and afraid

As the clever hopes expire

Of a low dishonest decade.

These are W.H. Auden’s lines, written as the 1930s drew to a close and six years of global conflagration commenced.

Eighty years later, they are pitifully, painfully apt as the second decade of our new century gives way to the third. With 2019 staggering to its end, what do we see when we look back over the 2010s? What when we look forward to the 2020s? These are our questions, each to be answered without flinching, dissembling or deflecting.

It requires a wide-eyed Boy Scout’s optimism to consider the decade now behind us and see anything other than a steady descent into global disorder, violence and abuse of international law. If this seems unduly pessimistic, it is merely because the 2010s were also a decade of probably unprecedented mis– and disinformation, both deployed to mask responsibility for 10 years’ worth of calamities that, with no obvious exceptions, could have been averted.

In this same line, you would have to be Hillary Clinton or Mickey Rooney, fresh from a rendition of “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” to miss the rampantly pernicious character of American foreign policy this past decade. The evident trajectory resembles what we find on the climate-change question: Amid copious signs of crisis, the U.S. spent the last 10 years hurtling in the wrong direction. By any measure, it is now very arguably the primary source of global disorder in this century.

U.S. as Major Planetary Threat

The world comes to understand this, even if many 🙈🙉🙊 Americans prefer to bury themselves in illusions and self-deceptions.

A Pew Research Center study published earlier this year indicated that nearly half the planet now considers the U.S. “a major threat” to their nations. This is almost double the rate of negative views Pew found in 2013, when it began this series of surveys.

Two years ago, the Council on Foreign Relations convened a workshop of Europeans to consider “Managing Global Disorder,” as the event was titled. “To some,” CFR reported afterward, “the principal source of instability has been the overzealous actions of the United States — particularly in the wake of 9/11 — in promoting democracy, human rights, and regime change around the world in contravention of established principles of state sovereignty.”

The good people at Pew seem intent on sanitizing the 2010s by dropping the blame for this rise in anti–American sentiment on Donald Trump’s doorstep. The president certainly bears responsibility for souring the global mood, notably in pulling out of the Paris climate pact in 2017, the Iran nuclear accord a year later, and various arms-limitations agreements with Russia. But let us disabuse ourselves on one important point. The world’s wariness and weariness of America’s conduct beyond its shores was well in train before Mr. Trump went to Washington.

🐍 Bearer of Many Clever Hopes

President 🐍 Barack Obama 💵🎩, then a year in office, was the bearer of many clever hopes when the 2010s began. It was not two weeks into the new decade before the first signs arrived that these were to be years of blighted expectations and media manipulation by way of a shamefully pliant press.

The decade announced itself on Jan. 12, 2010, when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck just outside Port–au–Prince, killing some 250,000 Haitians, injuring 300,000 more, and leaving 5 million displaced. In less than a month, it was clear that the U.S. was using its contribution to the rescue effort to establish a formidable military presence in Haiti. This 🦍 corruption foreshadowed the many 👹 frauds to come under the Responsibility to Protect rubric.

Houses destroyed by earthquake in Haiti, Jan. 21, 2010. (EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid/Flickr)

A year later and at Washington’s insistence, the U.N. Security Council cited the R2P doctrine as it authorized a disastrous military intervention in Libya. Low and dishonest hardly do justice to 👹 Hillary Clinton’s determination to destroy an entire nation. It was Clinton, as Obama’s secretary of state, who persuaded the Russians not to veto the Security Council’s resolution by promising to limit the mission to humanitarian amelioration. NATO bombing operations then led to Muammar Gaddafi’s gruesome assassination —  about which Clinton infamously cackled, “We came, we saw, he died.” >:(

One year in, the decade’s 🦍 template was already evident. Let us note its constituent parts as these recur again and again.

In 2012, the U.S. began its not-very-covert regime change operation in Syria by arming the very types of jihadist militias it claimed to be countering. Seven years later, this story continues. We now have liberals and “progressives” howling in defense of U.S. intervention when Trump proposes even a minor withdrawal from Syrian soil.

🦍Regime-Change ☠️ Ops

The coup in Egypt was the premier event in 2013. This was a classic case of wholesale deception. The director of this “regime change” op was Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, who green-lighted the Egyptian military’s move against the legitimately elected Mohamed Morsi hours before it began.

The New York Times reported Rice’s role — once, on July 6, three days after the coup was complete. This was plainly judged an error, for Rice’s telephone call to Cairo was never again mentioned anywhere in the American press. A few weeks later, the Times dutifully quoted John Kerry, Obama’s secretary of state by this time, as he praised the Egyptian generals “restoring democracy.”

Neat and nice. The U.S.–cultivated coup in Ukraine, on Feb. 21, 2014, by contrast, was neither neat nor nice. There is abundant evidence of Washington’s key role in this “regime change” — not least a recording of Victoria Nuland, the State Department apparatchik, as she directed the op against the (once again) duly elected president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.

President Barack Obama and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine talk after  their bilateral meeting in Warsaw, June 4, 2014. (White House/Pete Souza)

Fabrications Known as Russiagate We still live with the resulting mess, of course. But the U.S. press has not once reported accurately on the events leading to Yanukovych’s ouster, instead pretending that the Ukraine crisis began when Moscow, entirely out of the blue, annexed Crimea (after a properly conducted referendum) to protect its naval base on the Black Sea. Neither has there been any acknowledgement of Kiev’s post-coup dependence on neo–Nazi militias for its survival.

On the decade goes. In 2016 the fabrications collectively known as “Russiagate” began their long life, setting back any prospect of a constructive new détente with Moscow by at least a decade and very probably more. Two years later the Pentagon declared Russia and China America’s two most threatening global adversaries.

This brings us to the year now ending. January gave us the attempted-and-failed coup in Venezuela, starring a jumped-up flunky named Juan Guaidó, whose moment, we now read, has passed. In November we saw the coup — and to be clear, there is no other word for it — against the (again, duly elected) Evo Morales in Bolivia.

Even this pencil sketch of the 10 years gone by yields six U.S.–directed coup operations on three continents, four of them successful (Egypt, Ukraine, Honduras and Bolivia). We end the decade with two officially declared adversaries in the Cold War mold — both of which are on the record preferring a cooperative relationship with the U.S. in the interest of securing a global order we do not now enjoy.

What conclusions are to be drawn? Let us derive one from our backward glance and another from our look forward.

If the 2010s have a single lesson for us, it is that the U.S. has entered its late-imperial phase — those years when its preeminence as a global power begins to fray at its edges and its conduct abroad takes on a hue of desperation.

Look back: America has cast itself as global spoiler these past 10 years — forlornly attempting to hold back an arriving era the way Cú Chulainn, the mythical Irish warrior, wielded his sword to battle back the incoming tide. For all the damage the U.S. has done elsewhere this past decade, notably but not only in the Middle East, it has done as much or more to itself.

There may seem little of good in prospect as we peer into the 2020s, but before succumbing to incurable pessimism and yet more of the deadly ennui that saps our energies, let us consider a few more lines from Auden’s “September 1, 1939.” These appear toward the poem’s end: 

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Defenseless under the night

Our world in stupor lies;

Yet, dotted everywhere,

 Ironic points of light

 Flash out wherever the Just

 Exchange their messages…

At the end of our low, dishonest decade, we find that the ranks of those able to see this nation for what it is—so recognizing the urgent need for remedies and redirection— have swollen considerably since 2010. There are more of us, with our ironic points of light, and newcomers arrive by the day. This already matters, and it will matter ever more as the new decade proceeds.

In this connection, the collapse of corporate media’s ethics and professional standards over the past decade — and hence their credibility — is of special importance. These media bear much of the blame for the messes just outlined. This assign is an ever-greater responsibility to what is commonly called “the alternative press.” This is a phenomenon easily discerned these past 10 years. As these media grow into this responsibility, they stand to re-establish the press as an independent pole of power — a station our corporate media have (with no apparent hesitation) abdicated in favor of a craven devotion to the 👹💵🎩🦍🍌🦀🏴‍☠️ reigning orthodoxy.

In truth, there is no such thing as alternative media: There are only media, good and bad, of greater or lesser resources, of greater or lesser loyalty to principle. If the 2020s turn out at all well, this will become ever-more evident. If we are to make more sense of the decade to come than we find in the decade now ending, these media will have much to do with it.

https://popularresistance.org/a-monumentally-destructive-us-decade-symptomatic-of-imperial-decline/

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

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If you were a former Trump supporter, what is the point at which you finally said, “He’s gone too far this time, I’ve had enough”?

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Ben Kleschinsky, studied at Nashua Community College

Updated Dec 27, 2019

I’ll tell Quora right up front my political beliefs when it comes to Donald Trump, and why I was a die hard supporter of his as a young adult going into the election.

It wasn’t one thing he said or one move he made that made me lose support. It was a lot more gradual than that.
This is the full story.
 

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A MAGA sign now sits in the farthest corner of my home collecting dust. What will one day be known as a relic of history, known as the day America made a grave mistake including myself. As the saying goes fool me once shame on you. I’m not going to let Trump fool me again.

My Conclusion:

So yes I supported him, I greatly supported what he said in the last election and I fully admit that. However it gets the point where you have to admit that someone is a liar, and that you were wrong. Well I admit as a Trump supporter that I was wrong, and in the next election I will no longer be voting for Trump. Everything that Trump said he was going to do, he did the exact opposite.



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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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If you were a former Trump supporter, what is the point at which you finally said, “He’s gone too far this time, I’ve had enough”?

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Ben Kleschinsky, studied at Nashua Community College

So yes I supported him, I greatly supported what he said in the last election and I fully admit that. However it gets the point where you have to admit that someone is a liar, and that you were wrong. Well I admit as a Trump supporter that I was wrong, and in the next election I will no longer be voting for Trump. Everything that Trump said he was going to do, he did the exact opposite.


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Surly,
Your daily news roundup is always comprehensive, as well as being concise, but your January 04, 2020 Doomstead Diner Daily news roundup is a particularly important read for those who care about the unvarnished TRUTH. 🦉

I'm reading the Iran Cables, a series of articles published by the Intercept. The NYT is publishing them too, though that lowers their value for me, since the NYT has never seen a war for empire they did not cheerlead with lots of alarmist bulllshit plus doubletalk and lies about "freedom and democracy". As usual, after the money for the MIC has been spent, the NYT comes back years or decades later with some truth to preserve their credibility. Unlike the NYT, The Intercept has, so far, stuck to the unvarnished truth, so I decided to read the Iran Cables.

The Iran Cables cover Iranian Intelligence operations (of which there are TWO factions, not one) in Iraq. 🦍 U.S. actions (perpetrated almost exclusively for control of Iraqi oil) in Iraq from 1963 😲 to the present are covered by the reporters writing about the several hundred cables. The Iran Cables detail MOIS (Ministry of Intelligence of the Islamic Republic of Iran) operations in Iraq from late 2013 through early 2015 and include reports from Iranian assets at the highest levels of the Iraqi government.

Your headlines about Iran today, which shed light on how they may react to the latest Trump Fascists 'R' US murder and mayhem, are better understood when the information in the Iran Cables is digested.

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For more than six decades, the U.S. has played a central role in fomenting disasters that have destroyed the lives of entire generations in Iraq and Iran. Any criticisms of Iran’s role today cannot efface this ugly record.

The "Iran Cables" articles cover a lot of territory, but any serious student of history should read them. I find them to be credible.

Here's a snippet from one the the Iran Cables that shows why the Neocons have never wanted to do anything but to divide, conquer and destroy, while we-the-people are coerced to fund this evil, counterproductive CRAP:

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“The U.S. can overthrow Saddam Hussein,” said Aziz, an Iraqi Christian and one of the most senior figures in Saddam’s government. “You can destroy the Baath Party and secular Arab nationalism.” But, he warned, “America will open a Pandora’s box that it will never be able to close.”

A LITTLE OVER a decade before 😈 George W. Bush decided to overthrow the Iraqi government, his father’s administration had taken a very different path. After mercilessly destroying Iraq’s civilian and military infrastructure in a bombing campaign during the 1991 Gulf War, George H.W. Bush was persuaded that it would be too dangerous to march on Baghdad. Not because of the potential human costs, or deaths of U.S. soldiers in combat, but because Saddam was a known quantity who had already proven valuable in the 1980s when he attacked Iran and triggered the brutal Iran-Iraq War. During that eight-year conflict, the U.S. armed both countries but overwhelmingly favored Baghdad. More than a million people died in trench warfare reminiscent of World War I. Henry Kissinger put a fine point on the U.S. strategy in that war when he quipped that it is “a shame there can only be one loser.”

Even after the war had ended, the American fear of Iran outweighed any appetite for regime change in Iraq. So Saddam remained.

Bush’s 🦍 son took a different view. In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, high-ranking figures in his administration began falsely connecting Saddam’s regime to Al Qaeda. In reality, the religious extremists were mortal enemies of the Baathists. But the process for Saddam’s removal had already been determined by neoconservatives who had been bent on waging war against Iraq years before 9/11.

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Your daily news roundup is always comprehensive, as well as being concise, but your January 04, 2020 Doomstead Diner Daily news roundup is a particularly important read for those who care about the unvarnished TRUTH. 🦉


Thanks for the kind words, AG. I do try. I take this seriously.

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Surly,
Your daily news roundup is always comprehensive, as well as being concise, but your January 04, 2020 Doomstead Diner Daily news roundup is a particularly important read for those who care about the unvarnished TRUTH. 🦉


Thanks for the kind words, AG. I do try. I take this seriously.


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bellingcat.com - Terms such as civil war or internal conflict are often used to describe the war in Eastern Ukraine. However, the available evidence no longer supports this view. During summer 2014, Ukrainian officia…

State of emergency after a surge wave smashes windows, floods houses in Khabarovsk region

siberiantimes.com - Aftermath of the surge wave in the village of Morskoy. Picture: Yulia Romanenko Over 60 houses and house territories were hit by an icy surge wave - alike to a mini tsunami - on the New Year’s day. V…

Live updates: Iran holds massive funeral for slain commander in Tehran amid calls for vengeance

washingtonpost.com - Iranian people attend a funeral procession for Iranian Lt. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Tehran Jan. 6, 2020. (Wana News Agency/Via Reuters) By Sarah Dadouch close Sarah Dadouch Correspondent covering the …

Prospect of gun control in Virginia draws threats, promise of armed protest

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Opinion | In fire-ravaged Australia, climate denial goes up in smoke

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Why Trump Is Escalating The US-Israeli War On Iran

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'Cancer clusters' are popping up in towns across the US and the environment may be to blame

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The Year Fascism Swept the Globe — and Nobody Much Noticed

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Cheetahs can't roar, they meow instead

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Reckless US Actions Fire Up The Antiwar Movement

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The ‘Great Game’ is afoot: Killing Soleimani reflects US desperation in the Middle East

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Trump’ Hit On Iranian Commander Puts A Target On Top US Generals’ Backs

popularresistance.org - Above: Quds Day rally, Parade of military forces, along with photographs of Qasem Soleimani, Iran Tehran, May 31, 2019. As far back as at least the American Revolution, there was an unwritten rule am…

Opinion -“Yankee, Go Home!” - Iraqi parliament passes resolution calling for US troops to be expelled

informationclearinghouse.info - The PM added that there are two options available regarding the withdrawal of US-led coalition troops. The first would see their immediate and complete withdrawal, the second would order foreign mili…

Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’

theguardian.com - An explosive leak of tens of thousands of documents from the defunct data firm Cambridge Analytica is set to expose the inner workings of the company that collapsed after the Observer revealed it had…

Perspective | Five myths about rural America that muddle the political realities

washingtonpost.com - (iStock) By Christopher Ingraham close Christopher Ingraham Reporter covering all things data Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Reporter January 3, 2020 at 8:00 AM EST In political, media and academic …


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Military Contractors Raytheon, Lockheed Martin See Stock Prices Soar Amid Iran Crisis

mintpressnews.com - War. Motown singer Edwin Starr claimed it was nothing but a heartbreaker and good news only for the undertaker. But another group rubbing their hands at increased tensions with Iran are military cont…

Iran: dozens dead in stampede at Suleimani burial procession – state TV

theguardian.com - Dozens of people have been killed in a stampede in the south-eastern Iranian city of Kerman, where hundreds of thousands of mourners have gathered for the burial of the military commander Qassem Sule…

Israel's Fingerprint Are All Over the Assassination of Qasem Soleimani

mintpressnews.com - By killing top Iranian military commander, Qasem Soleimani, American and Israeli leaders demonstrated the idiom ‘out of the frying pan into the fire.’ US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Mini…

TV Pundits Praising Suleimani Assassination Neglect to Disclose Ties to Arms Industry

theintercept.com - Jack Keane, a retired Army general, appeared on Fox News and NPR over the last three days to praise Trump for the strike on Suleimani. “The president acted responsibly,” Keane said during an appearan…

Iraqi PM reveals Soleimani was on peace mission when assassinated, exploding Trump’s lie of ‘imminent attacks’

thegrayzone.com - Desperate to justify the US drone assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that Washington had made an “intelligence-based assessment” that Sole…

Trump under fire for threat to Iran cultural sites

bbc.com - US President Donald Trump has faced growing criticism over his threats to attack Iran's cultural sites. Mr Trump made the threats amid fallout from the US assassination of Iranian commander Qasem Sol…

As Sanders and Warren Vow to Block War With Iran, Biden and Buttigieg Offer Better-Run Wars

theintercept.com - The legacy of the Iraq war, and the prospect of a bloody sequel sparked by Donald Trump’s assassination of a senior Iranian official in Baghdad this week, has the potential to transform the Democrati…

Trump's Iran Aggression Sparks Protests Across America, World

mintpressnews.com - The weekend saw more than 70 spontaneous or hastily organized demonstrations across America in opposition to the Trump administration’s warlike actions against Iraq and Iran. On January 3, the United…

AOC Expresses Frustration With 'Moderates', Generally States Facts In New Interview

theroot.com - It’s been frustrating in recent years watching the Democratic party try too hard to appeal to a group that wants nothing to do with it. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) seems to know tha…

Unpacking the Black Box in Artificial Intelligence for Medicine

undark.org - In clinics around the world, a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning is starting to supplement or replace humans in common tasks such as analyzing medical images. Already, at Massachus…

What's the true carbon footprint of flying?

treehugger.com - We usually just talk about the plane, but it is a lot bigger than that. It's a constant source of discussion on TreeHugger and a battle with our consciences about whether we should be flying or not. …

In Case Anyone Needs More Proof the Trump Administration Is in Over Its Head With Iran…

rollingstone.com - Less than a week into a dangerous, highly sensitive new frontier of relations with Iran, the Trump administration is already showing its ass. The day after the Iraqi government voted to expel all U.S…

Fox News Welcomes ‘Deep State’ Intelligence When It Leads to Conflict With Iran

nymag.com - When the targeted killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was announced last Thursday, Fox News immediately brought in salesmen of the last (albeit, ongoing) war in the region. The night of the st…

If the world ran on sun, it wouldn’t fight over oil | Bill McKibben

theguardian.com - We are sadly accustomed by now to the idea that our reliance on oil and gas causes random but predictable outbreaks of flood, firestorm and drought. The weekend’s news from the Gulf is a grim reminde…

Live updates: Iran leaders describe ‘nightmare’ retaliations planned for U.S. as commander finally buried

washingtonpost.com - Iranian mourners gather for the burial of slain top general Qasem Soleimani in his hometown Kerman on Jan. 7, 2020. (Atta Kenare/Afp Via Getty Images) By Erin Cunningham close Erin Cunningham Middle …

Bolton’s willingness to testify in Trump’s impeachment trial ramps up pressure on Senate Republicans

washingtonpost.com - President Trump listens as then-national security adviser John Bolton speaks during a presidential memorandum signing at the White House last February. (Leah Millis/Reuters) By Rachael Bade, close Ra…

Almost 2,000 homes destroyed in Australian fires

bbc.com - Almost 2,000 houses have been destroyed in Australia's months-long bushfire crisis, officials say, as crews prepare frantically for worsening conditions. After ferocious conditions last week, firefig…

The Future of America’s Contest with China

newyorker.com - Last fall, to celebrate the seventieth birthday of the People’s Republic of China, the government planned the largest military parade and “mass pageant” in Beijing’s history. On October 1st, more tha…

“No one could have predicted this” says government that was warned about this in 1988, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019

chaser.com.au - The Australian government has today pledged $2 billion in support for fire affected communities over the next two years, taking only one month longer than the time it took for the government to annou…

How Trump’s Trade War Is Making Lobbyists Rich And Slamming Small Businesses — ProPublica

propublica.org - ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. Mike Elrod voted for Donald Trump in 2016, hoping for a brea…

Once a policy afterthought, Iraq becomes a problem for Trump administration

washingtonpost.com - A U.S. Marine carries a sandbag during the reinforcement of the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Saturday. (Sgt. Kyle Talbot/AP) By Karen DeYoung, close Karen DeYoung Associate editor and senior n…

Libya's Haftar forces say have taken control of Sirte

news.yahoo.com - Fighters of a military battalion loyal to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar gather in the eastern city of Benghazi on December 18, 2019 (AFP Photo/Abdullah DOMA) Benghazi (Libya) (AFP) - Forces of Liby…

Seven arrests after activists occupy drilling rig

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The New NAFTA Is a Raw Deal for Workers

jacobinmag.com - The Democratic Party and the AFL-CIO might as well put this on a T-shirt after their jubilant unveiling of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) this week. House Ways and Means Committee …

About Those Mystery Drone Swarms Over Colorado …

nymag.com - The latest mystery to manifest in American skies: swarms of drones that fly by night over the Great Plains. Since the middle of December, residents within a 200-mile swath of eastern Colorado and wes…

A state of war exists between the US and humanity

intrepidreport.com - There’s no ambiguity about what’s going on globally. Washington’s geopolitical agenda is all about seeking dominance over other countries, their resources and populations worldwide—by whatever it tak…

January 6, 2020

heathercoxrichardson.substack.com - Today was chaotic, but there did seem to be a pattern underneath it all. The backdrop to everything today was always Donald Trump. He has been impeached by the House of Representatives, and is furiou…

Julián Castro Endorses Elizabeth Warren for President

rollingstone.com - Former Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro announced Monday that he is endorsing Elizabeth Warren in the race he pulled out of just days ago. Though 15 Democrats have already dropped out …

Embodied carbon is in the spotlight

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TV Pundits Praising Suleimani Assassination Neglect to Disclose Ties to Arms Industry

theintercept.com - Jack Keane, a retired Army general, appeared on Fox News and NPR over the last three days to praise Trump for the strike on Suleimani. “The president acted responsibly,” Keane said during an appearan…

Iran launches missile attack at US forces in Iraq at al-Asad and Erbil – live updates

theguardian.com - No Iraqis were harmed in Wednesday morning’s attacks on bases by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, according to the security cell of the country’s prime minister’s office. The cell says the missile barrag…

Boeing 737 Crashes Near Tehran, Killing All 176 Aboard: Report

nymag.com - On Wednesday morning in Iran, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukraine International Airlines crashed near the Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport shortly after taking off with 176 aboard. According t…

Oil spikes, stocks plunge after Iran attacks

news.yahoo.com - Tokyo (AFP) - Oil prices spiked Wednesday and Tokyo stocks plunged as investors took fright at escalating tensions between the United States and Iran after Tehran launched missile attacks on US force…

Trump's Iran War Will Blow A Much Bigger Hole in the Federal Budget | DCReport.org

dcreport.org - How much is Trump’s unnecessary new war with Iran going to cost us? Hardly anyone ever asks that about wars, unlike the costs of social programs. So let’s look at how much money our government needs …

Putin on surprise visit to Assad as Mideast boils

news.yahoo.com - Damascus (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin met Syria's Bashar al-Assad Tuesday during a surprise visit to Damascus as the prospect of war between Iran and the United States loomed over the reg…

Donald Trump Will Do Anything To Avoid Prosecution–And John Bolton Will Help

fastcompany.com - This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company. advertisement advertisement In October 2017, U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson died in a ha…

Iran launches ballistic missiles at bases housing U.S. military personnel in Iraq

washingtonpost.com - By Karen DeYoung , Karen DeYoung Associate editor and senior national security correspondent Email Bio Follow Paul Sonne and Paul Sonne National security reporter focusing on the U.S. military Email …

Plunging US imports push trade deficit to 3-year low in November

news.yahoo.com - Washington (AFP) - America's trade deficit continued to tumble in November, hitting its lowest level in three years as imports of crude oil, computers and industrial supplies fell off sharply, the go…

Could Iran-US tensions mean troubled waters ahead in the Strait of Hormuz?

theconversation.com - Soaring tensions between Iran and the United States have reignited fears that the Strait of Hormuz could become a flashpoint as Tehran responds to the killing of its top general. Oil prices climbed o…

Canada to move some troops from Iraq to Kuwait: official

news.yahoo.com - Montreal (AFP) - Some of the estimated 500 Canadian troops in Iraq will be moved temporarily to neighboring Kuwait in the coming days to ensure their safety amid rising tensions in the region, a top …

Iranian Presidential Adviser Hints At Attack On Trump’s Real Estate Empire

mavenroundtable.io - One of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s suggested this week that retaliation against the United States for the killing of the country’s top military general could come in the form of attacks on Pre…

Opinion | McConnell’s coverup for Trump cannot make this one thing disappear

washingtonpost.com - (Brendan McDermid/Reuters) By Greg Sargent close Greg Sargent Opinion writer covering national politics Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow Opinion writer January 7, 2020 at 10:13 AM EST We live in endle…

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

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

Australia Will Lose to Climate Change

theatlantic.com - Read: The Amazon cannot be recovered once it’s gone The second is the irreversible scouring of the Earth’s most distinctive ecosystems. In Australia, this phenomenon has come for the country’s natura…

Analysis | Apocalyptic wildfires may force a climate reckoning for Australia’s conservative leader

washingtonpost.com - By Ishaan Tharoor close Ishaan Tharoor Reporter covering foreign affairs, geopolitics and history Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow January 8, 2020 at 12:00 AM EST Want smart analysis of the most impor…

What Will Happen to the Trump Toadies?

nymag.com - This article was featured in One Great Story, New York’s reading recommendation newsletter. Sign up here to get it nightly. Irony, declared dead after 9/11, is alive and kicking in Trump’s America. I…

Lawrence Wilkerson on Trump’s Iran aggression: same neocon lies, new target

thegrayzone.com - Guest: Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell. Currently a distinguished professor at the College of William and Mary. Aaron Maté is a journalist and producer. He hosts Pushba…

Republicans Scared John Bolton Will Testify About Trump’s Ukraine Crimes

nymag.com - When a parade of witnesses defied the White House to testify about the administration’s plot to turn Ukraine policy into a lever to dirty up President Trump’s domestic enemies, Republicans dismissed …

Mike Pompeo Isn’t Riding to the Rescue in Kansas

nymag.com - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the news a lot as foreign policy chief in our warlord-president’s camp. But in certain precincts in Washington he has mostly been thought of as a future U.S. Sena…

'Extreme privilege': Ivanka Trump faces backlash over keynote speech at CES

theguardian.com - Ivanka Trump’s appearance at a major technology conference in Las Vegas has been met with a backlash from industry figures, who denounced her “privilege” and lack of tech qualifications. Trump spoke …

Trump accused of ‘disgraceful abdication’ of duty to protect earth for proposal to neuter landmark environmental law

intrepidreport.com - The Trump administration was again accused of moving to attack the environment and wildlife in response to reports that the White House is moving to gut a five decade-old law referred to as the Magna…

How the Next Decade’s Technological Tsunami Will Change Life as We Know It

vanityfair.com - This time a decade ago, there was no such thing as an iPad. There were no food delivery meal kits. You didn’t speak to a machine called Alexa or Siri, or get laid with an app called Tinder. You staye…

America’s Coal Consumption Entered Free Fall in 2019

theatlantic.com - The United States is the world’s second biggest emitter of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which cause both ocean acidification and global warming. While the United States is responsible f…

800,000 Years Ago, a Meteor Slammed Into Earth. Scientists Just Found the Crater.

livescience.com - About 790,000 years ago, a meteor slammed into Earth with such force that the explosion blanketed about 10% of the planet with shiny black lumps of rocky debris. Known as tektites, these glassy blobs…

EPA's proposed 'secret science' rule directly threatens children's health

theconversation.com - The Trump administration is working to weaken U.S. environmental regulations in many areas, from water and air pollution to energy development and land conservation. One of its most controversial pro…

Disinformation For Hire: How A New Breed Of PR Firms Is Selling Lies Online

buzzfeednews.com - This story was reported in partnership with the Reporter, an investigative news site in Taiwan. Peng Kuan Chin pulled out his phone, eager to show the future of online manipulation. Unseen servers be…


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United States and Iran back away from imminent conflict as Trump says he is ready for peace ‘with all who seek it’

washingtonpost.com - President Trump addresses the nation from the Grand Foyer at the White House on Wednesday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) By Anne Gearan, close Anne Gearan White House reporter Email EmailBio B…

Trump Backs Away from Threats to Retaliate for Iranian Missile Strikes, Promises New Sanctions

mintpressnews.com - WASHINGTON DC — In a statement delivered late Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump made it clear that the U.S. would not militarily respond to the missile strikes launched by Iran on U.S. milita…

'Insulting and demeaning': Two GOP lawmakers rip Trump administration after Iran briefing

nbcnews.com - WASHINGTON — Lawmakers came away with vastly different interpretations of two classified briefings that top Trump administration officials held Wednesday about the airstrike last week that killed top…

GOP Sen. Mike Lee furious after an 'insulting' Senate briefing on Trump's Iran strike: 'The worst briefing ... on a military issue I've seen in 9 years'

businessinsider.com - Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah was furious on Wednesday after a Senate briefing on President Donald Trump's decision to order an airstrike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, which brou…

Trump Administration Fails to Prove Suleimani’s Assassination Was Justified

theintercept.com - This was the Trump administration’s first briefing to all members of Congress on the operation, which was carried out last Thursday. It comes after Iran retaliated Tuesday night by firing ballistic m…

The Media Is Waking Up to a Possible Bernie Victory. Get Ready for the Backlash.

jacobinmag.com - For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, something unusual occurred in the final weeks of 2019. As the Democratic nomination race finally spluttered towards Iowa and New Hampshire the media’s posture …

Iran probe finds Ukrainian plane turned back after 'problem'

news.yahoo.com - Iranian experts begin their investigation into why a Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran with the loss of all 176 people on board (AFP Photo/Akbar TAVAKOLI) Tehran (AFP) - A …

Questions Surround Mysterious Plane Crash in Iran That Left 176 Dead

mintpressnews.com - A Kiev-bound Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran, Iran, early Wednesday morning, killing all 176 passengers and nine crew members on board. The hea…

Ukraine investigators considering possibility missile brought down passenger plane over Tehran

washingtonpost.com - Debris of a plane belonging to Ukraine International Airlines that crashed after taking off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport, Jan. 8, 2020. (Wana News Agency/Via Reuters) By Isabelle Khurshudyan clo…

It Sure Looks Like the Ukrainian Airliner May Have Been Accidentally Shot Down

nymag.com - In the wake of the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 in Tehran this morning, two schools of thought quickly emerged. The first accepted the explanation given by Iranian authorities…

Iraq, China launch 'oil for reconstruction' agreement

al-monitor.com - When Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi led a delegation to China in September, Baghdad and Beijing activated an "oil for reconstruction" and investment program. Under the arrangement, Chinese fir…

The Strategy Behind Trump’s Incoherent Iran Address

nymag.com - On the morning after Iranian missile attacks on Iraqi bases where U.S. forces are stationed, President Trump delivered a televised address from the White House that offered a condensed version of eve…

‘What drugs is he on?’ Trump sparks concern by slurring and sniffling through Iran remarks

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 …

Authorities prepared to hand over Roger Stone records to media: report

thehill.com - Officials are prepared to hand over sealed records from Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneAuthorities prepared to hand over Roger Stone records to media: report Bannon: 'We need the Republican establishmen…

Mike Bloomberg Says He’s Immune to Corporate Influence. His Campaign Is Managed by Lobbyists.

theintercept.com - Bloomberg spokesperson Stu Loeser, before joining the campaign, was retained by Purdue Pharma, makers of OxyContin, to combat widespread criticism that the company had fueled the opioid addiction cri…

Australian fires: Victorians urged to leave amid fears 'heat spike' will cause bushfires to merge

theguardian.com - Residents in large areas of Victoria have again been advised to leave their homes before a day of “extreme” fire conditions throughout south-eastern Australia that could see the merging of at least t…

In What May be the Largest Strike in World History, Millions in India Protest PM Modi's Policies

mintpressnews.com - An estimated quarter billion Indians – roughly three percent of the world’s entire population – went on strike today across the subcontinent, protesting the government of Narendra Modi’s racist and “…

Boeing 737 Max Case is Latest Example of Why Industry Can’t Regulate Itself

mintpressnews.com - CHICAGO — The fatal crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, just months after the Lion Air Flight 610 crash in Indonesia, has led to governments and airlines around the world grounding their Boeing 7…

Panic in Israel as the ICC Takes Momentous Step in the Right Direction

mintpressnews.com - At long last, Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has uttered the long-anticipated conclusion that “all the statutory criteria under the Rome statute for th…

Opinion | When Politicians Get a License to Lie

nytimes.com - For example, Mr. Trump’s 2017 tweets provoking North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and calling him “Rocket Man" were deemed “a declaration of war” by a North Korean foreign minister. Despite Twitter’s…

Liberalism and Empire | Current Affairs

currentaffairs.org - Paul Krugman had a column a few weeks ago called “Fall of the American Empire” about Donald Trump’s repudiation of “the values that actually made America great.” It is worth analyzing, because it is …

Of Two Minds - Was Marx Right about Capitalism Destroying Itself from Within?

oftwominds.com - What are the internal contradictions that could unravel capitalism from within? One of the core tenets of Marx's work is that capitalism will be undone by internal contradictions that would manifest …

Imperial Oil, Canada’s Exxon Subsidiary, Ignored Its Own Climate Change Research for Decades, Archive Shows

theintercept.com - Record droughts, raging forest fires, crop failures, and disappearing glaciers: It has become undeniable that the planet is in the early stages of a climate crisis with dire implications. As terrifyi…

Disinformation For Hire: How A New Breed Of PR Firms Is Selling Lies Online

buzzfeednews.com - This story was reported in partnership with the Reporter, an investigative news site in Taiwan. Peng Kuan Chin pulled out his phone, eager to show the future of online manipulation. Unseen servers be…

Smirking All the Way to the Bank: Nick Sandmann Settles Lawsuit With CNN

theroot.com - If you thought 2020 was shaping up to be one hell of a year (in the literal sense), here’s another case to add to the file: Nick Sandmann, the Covington, Ky. prep school student perceived to be mocki…


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