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Posted by: Surly1
« on: October 13, 2019, 07:37:09 am »



News digest brought to you by the Doomstead Diner.


Can Extinction Rebellion Build a U.S. Climate Movement Big Enough to Save the Earth?

theintercept.com - A crowd of about 200 black-clad members of the climate activist group Extinction Rebellion gathered Monday morning at the southern end of New York City’s financial district. Some held banners painted…


U.S. forces say Turkey was deliberately ‘bracketing’ American troops with artillery fire in Syria

www.washingtonpost.com - This picture taken Saturday near the Syrian border town of Kobane shows a U.S. observation post where the Pentagon said U.S. troops came under Turkish artillery fire on Friday. (Ozan Kose/Afp Via Get…


Kurdish politician among nine civilians shot dead by pro-Turkey forces in Syria

www.theguardian.com - Turkish-backed proxies leading a ground offensive on Kurdish-held border towns in north-eastern Syria have killed nine civilians including a female politician, a human rights monitor has claimed. The…


Trump’s envoy to testify that ‘no quid pro quo’ came from Trump

www.washingtonpost.com - By Aaron C. Davis and Aaron C. Davis Investigative reporter Email Bio Follow John Hudson John Hudson National security reporter focusing on the State Department and diplomacy. Email Bio Follow Octobe…


PG&E Spent Billions on Lobbyists and PR Instead of Upgrades

theintercept.com - Power shutoffs affecting more than 1 million residents, scheduled by PG&E this week throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California, have sparked a massive backlash, with many community…


The Impeachment Loophole No One's Talking About | Washingtonian (DC)

www.washingtonian.com - A nugget of political arithmetic is suddenly everywhere: “Two-thirds majority.” This is the share of votes required to convict President Trump in an impeachment trial in the United States Senate. Tha…


How two Soviet-born emigres made it into elite Trump circles — and the center of the impeachment storm

www.washingtonpost.com - By Rosalind S. Helderman , Rosalind S. Helderman Reporter focusing on political enterprise stories and investigations Email Bio Follow Josh Dawsey , Josh Dawsey Reporter covering the White House Emai…


Opinion | U.S. foreign policy is for sale. Who else is buying?

www.washingtonpost.com - By Anne Applebaum Anne Applebaum Columnist focusing on national politics and foreign policy Email Bio Follow Columnist October 11 Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, a pro-Trumper or a never-Tr…


Ex-Deutsche Bank exec says bank may have ‘destroyed’ copies of Trump’s tax returns

www.rawstory.com - A former Deutsche Bank executive suggested that the financial firm may have “destroyed” physical copies of President Trump’s tax returns after the bank told a court that it no longer had them. Trump …


The Cipollone Letter: Trouble in the White House Counsel’s Office

www.lawfareblog.com - White House Counsel Pat Cipollone’s letter to the House leadership, declaring that the president will not cooperate in any impeachment inquiry, is an extraordinary document in more than one respect. …


Opinion |

www.nytimes.com - Now that’s all changed. As The New York Times reported, after Trump recalled the U.S. ambassador, Lutsenko gloated to the head of AntAC that he had “eliminated your roof,” using Russian mafia slang f…


BFP Exclusive: Syria- Secret US-NATO Training & Support Camp to Oust Current Syrian President

www.newsbud.com - I have been closely following the situation and events in Syria as they unfold. In doing so I totally bypass what’s being misreported by the US mainstream media-Washington Post, New York Times, and t…


Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie: the cognitive segregation of America

bigthink.com - I don't even know where to begin with this one. You've probably heard of Cambridge Analytica. Maybe you know they're a company that did some nefarious things involving facebook and the 2016 US presid…


Haiti and the failed promise of US aid

www.theguardian.com - When Bill and Hillary Clinton travelled to the Caribbean nation of Haiti as newlyweds in 1975, they were enchanted. Bill had recently lost a race for Congress back home in Arkansas, but by the time t…


Billions face food, water shortages over next 30 years as nature fails

www.nationalgeographic.com - A huge automated irrigation machine moves slowly over a potato plantation on reclaimed desert land in Egypt. A new model shows which areas of the world will be hit hardest by the changes to nature th…


We’re About to Become People Fighting Desperately Fighting For Survival on a Dying Planet, and It’s Not Going to Be Pretty

eand.co - You’d be forgiven, these days, for feeling a sense of near perpetual anxiety about a future melting away like an Antarctic glacier. Your anxiety is trying to prepare you for something. It’s going to …


The mystery of the missing Leonardo: where is Da Vinci’s $450m Jesus?

www.theguardian.com - Will it or won’t it appear? This is the question being asked across the art world about the Salvator Mundi - the first Leonardo to be discovered for more than a century - as the Louvre prepares for i…


Google Is Funding Climate Change Denialism

earther.gizmodo.com - Despite all it’s evidently performative public-facing climate change initiatives, Google is forking over “substantial” contributions to denier organizations and events. A report from the Guardian pub…


International Rebellion - Extinction Rebellion

rebellion.earth - Something is happening. You know it is, you can feel it. You are called on to be part of it. Because time is running out. We’re almost at the point of no return. The governments are doing nothing. Bu…


World’s Biggest Pork Producer Warns of Bacon Shortage

www.bloomberg.com - It’s scary news for bacon fans: The U.S. could see tight supplies, or even some shortages of pork bellies along with ham next year as the spread of a pig-killing disease in China ripples through the …


Trump Country Begs for Clean Water | DCReport.org

www.dcreport.org - A rural water district in a northern Nebraska county that voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election had to resort to setting up a gofundme account when a flood wiped out running water to half…


Army deployed in Ecuador as protests descend into violence

www.theguardian.com - President Lenín Moreno ordered the army on to the streets of Ecuador’s capital Quito after a week and a half of protests over fuel prices devolved into violent incidents, with masked protesters attac…


Those Foreign Business Ties? The Trump Sons Have Plenty Too

www.nytimes.com - Both sons have operated and promoted the Trump family business overseas during their father’s presidency, even as he retains ownership. And while the Trump and Biden father-son relationships differ i…


An 8-year-old girl climbed an 18-foot replica of Donald Trump's 'un-climbable' border wall in seconds

www.independent.co.uk - An 18-foot replica of Donald Trump's border wall has been scaled in a matter of seconds by novice climbers, an eight-year-old girl, and a man who returned for another attempt while juggling with one …


The 10 countries with the most endangered species in the world

energyskeptic.com - I don’t know whether to go to these countries to see these beautiful creatures before they’re extinct, or to spend my money on countries like Costa Rica and Tanzania that have set aside a quarter or …


18 killed, dozens injured as Typhoon Hagibis batters Japan | Japan News

www.aljazeera.com - At least 18 people have been killed and more than a dozen missing after the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in decades paralysed the capital, Tokyo, and surrounding areas, causing rivers to overfl…


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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 12, 2019, 02:33:32 pm »


Quote
swag (25,384 posts)  Sat Oct 12, 2019, 12:27 AM

California to end its use of 😈 private, 💵🎩 for-profit prisons
Source: Associated Press

by: DON THOMPSON and AMY TAXIN, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the use of for-profit, private detention facilities, including those under contract to the federal government to hold immigrants awaiting deportation hearings, under a bill that Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that he had signed.

The Democratic governor said the measure helps fulfill a promise he made to end private prison use, which he said contributes to over-incarceration and does “not reflect our values.”

The state’s prison system was already phasing them out, despite having to comply with an inmate population cap imposed by federal judges.

Immigrant advocates have praised the bill authored by Democratic Assemblyman Rob Bonta, which they said would put an end to almost all immigration detention in California in the next year.

Read more: https://www.koin.com/news/national/california-to-end-its-use-of-private-for-profit-prisons/
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Posted by: Surly1
« on: October 12, 2019, 06:21:13 am »



News digest brought to you by the Doomstead Diner.


Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Under Criminal Investigation

nymag.com - The role of a defense lawyer is to help the client minimize or avoid legal jeopardy. Generally speaking, you do not want your lawyer himself to be the subject of a criminal investigation. Yet that is…


Turkey’s invasion of Syria puts Islamic State fight on hold at a critical time

www.washingtonpost.com - By Liz Sly and Liz Sly Beirut bureau chief, covering Lebanon, Syria and the wider region Email Bio Follow Missy Ryan Missy Ryan Reporter covering the Pentagon, military issues and national security E…


Trump says he is replacing McAleenan as acting homeland security secretary

www.washingtonpost.com - Acting homeland security secretary Kevin McAleenan listens as President Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the White House on July 16. The president announced Friday that McAleenan is leaving t…


Bloodied clothes and body bags: Kurds mourn dead in Syria

www.theguardian.com - In a wooden hut at the back of a hospital, a woman cradled the head of a dead man and dabbed away grime and blood with a sponge. A blanket covered the man’s mutilated lower half. His blood-soaked mil…


How the War Against ISIS Was Won, Before It Was Lost

www.theatlantic.com - If you ask an Istanbullu where to find plant food or pesticide, you will be directed to a shopping arcade in an underpass beside the Galata Bridge, in the neighborhood of Karaköy, where these items a…


‘‘The Public Is Clearly on the Side of Net Neutrality’

fair.org - Janine Jackson interviewed Free Press’s Craig Aaron about the net neutrality setback for the October 4, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Janine Jackson: A federal ap…


Britain’s Pro-Brexit Press: When in Doubt, Blame the Irish

fair.org - The Daily Express (10/4/19) defies the reality that Brexit has a great deal to do with Ireland. The deadline for Britain to come up with a deal under which it would exit from the European Union is le…


An Unfaithful Servant of Imperialism: Why Trump Is Facing Impeachment

www.mintpressnews.com - The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other…


Look who met 3 weeks ago to discuss and make plans for Syria – Putin, Erdogan, and Rouhani

www.dailykos.com - Erdogan Iran Isis Kurds Recommended Russia Syria trump Turkey VladimirPutin HassanRouhani Tag History Syria created by Mark Lippman at 10/10/2019 07:03 AM Kurds Syria created by Mark Lippman at 10/10…


Why Shep Smith finally walked out of Fox News for good

www.cnn.com - Executives at the network leaned on him to stay, but to no avail. On Friday afternoon he announced his departure on the air, then exited the building immediately, clearly emotional about saying goodb…


American brands are trying to play both sides of the Hong Kong-China conflict

www.vox.com - Hong Kong’s massive anti-government demonstrations began in June, when protesters rallied against an extradition bill that could bring Hong Kong residents into mainland China’s legal system. Since th…


Houthis Vow Retaliation As Saudi Naval Blockade Sparks Fresh Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

www.mintpressnews.com - SANA’A, YEMEN — Recent political developments have offered a glimmer of hope to some that the end of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen may be near. But a new report by the United Nations Development P…


What Made Me Reconsider the Anthropocene

www.theatlantic.com - Where, in my essay, I emphasized the potential transience of civilization, Wing and colleagues on the Anthropocene Working Group emphasize the eternal mark left on the biosphere, whether our civiliza…


This Is What Adapting to Climate Change Looks Like

www.theatlantic.com - Read: The simple reason that humans can’t control wildfires That is in part because blackouts—while not as deadly or terrifying as wildfires—are nonetheless expensive in their own right. Outages this…


Indigenous-Led Protests Over Moreno's IMF Austerity Cuts Rock Ecuador

www.mintpressnews.com - QUITO, ECUADOR — “We don’t have a state! We don’t have any state!” The lady’s voice projects through a loudspeaker amid the crowd. She’s not having it. Nor is the groundswell of hundreds, if not thou…


Opinion | U.S. foreign policy is for sale. Who else is buying?

www.washingtonpost.com - By Anne Applebaum Anne Applebaum Columnist focusing on national politics and foreign policy Email Bio Follow Columnist October 11 at 4:08 PM Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, a pro-Trumper or…


Mike Elk on GM Strike, Trinity Tran on Public Banking

fair.org - This week on CounterSpin: One of the ways corporate media coverage of the now more than three-week-old GM strike is like coverage of every strike is the use, so common as to be invisible, of construc…


‘Dump Trump’ Protests to Counter Trump Rally in Minneapolis

unicornriot.ninja - Minneapolis, MN – Large protests are expected today as Donald Trump is due to arrive at the downtown Target Center for a campaign rally promoting his 2020 presidential campaign. Many liberal, leftist…


The Public Interest in Climate Change Reaches and All-Time High. Greta Thunberg Conquers the Memesphere

cassandralegacy.blogspot.com - The Public Interest in Climate Change Reaches and All-Time High. Greta Thunberg Conquers the Memesphere Greta Thunberg is having a phenomenal success as climate messenger. Good targeting, flawless pe…


Post-Capitalists Must Understand the Role of Migration in Global Capitalism | naked capitalism

www.nakedcapitalism.com - This is Naked Capitalism fundraising week. 1633 donors have already invested in our efforts to combat corruption and predatory conduct, particularly in the financial realm. Please join us and partici…


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Posted by: Surly1
« on: October 11, 2019, 07:09:17 pm »

I had to be out of the house by 5 every day this week, leaving no time for assemblymen bing a paper. Here's a late Friday edition.

News digest brought to you by the Doomstead Diner.


Ousted ambassador Marie Yovanovitch tells Congress Trump pressured State Dept. to remove her

www.washingtonpost.com - By John Hudson , John Hudson National security reporter focusing on the State Department and diplomacy. Email Bio Follow Karoun Demirjian and Karoun Demirjian Congressional reporter focusing on natio…


PG&E was once part of the climate-denial machine that helped fuel California's blackout crisis

www.motherjones.com - The Camp Fire in Paradise, California in 2018.Neal Waters, ZUMA Rather than take the chance that its downed power lines would spark another blaze like last year’s Camp Fire, Pacific Gas and Electric …


Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Under Criminal Investigation

nymag.com - The role of a defense lawyer is to help the client minimize or avoid legal jeopardy. Generally speaking, you do not want your lawyer himself to be the subject of a criminal investigation. Yet that is…


Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds May Be the Dumbest Move of His Presidency

nymag.com - A few long years ago, Donald Trump overcame 16 other Republican candidates — and the unified opposition of the GOP Establishment — to win his party’s nomination. He then overcame the most well-funded…


Trump Bored by His Own Speech, Just Wants to Talk About TV Shows

nymag.com - Roughly half an hour into his rally in Minneapolis last night, President Trump was reciting his prepared remarks about the evil political establishment shipping jobs overseas and flooding your commun…


Why Is William Barr Meeting With Rupert Murdoch?

www.vanityfair.com - Donald Trump might not be president were it not for Fox News, the right-wing network that for years gave the blustery game show host a political platform and in 2016 promoted his long-shot candidacy.…


Dark money is pouring in to protect the "worst energy policy in the country"

www.motherjones.com - This summer, Ohio’s beleaguered nuclear and coal plants got a major gift in the promise of a big bailout. Now, the fight over that promise has escalated into one of the most dramatic and bizarre show…


“Stand Down”: Ronan Farrow’s Producer on How NBC Killed Its Weinstein Story

www.vanityfair.com - The next morning, after NBC put Ronan on the Today show to discuss our Weinstein reporting, we exchanged texts. “They’re panicked,” he told me. “I was on the phone w [NBC spokesman Mark] Kornblau and…


Who's the secret Russian in the indictment of Giuliani's pals? We found some clues.

www.motherjones.com - Booking photos of Lev Parnas, left, and Igor Fruman./AP When the US attorney for the Southern District of New York charged two associates of Rudy Giuliani and two other men on Wednesday with campaign…


We found the corruption: Giuliani pals making shady donations to pro-Trump GOPers for Ukrainians

www.motherjones.com - As Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump squawk that the president’s quid-pro-quo-ish call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was only prompted by Trump’s heartfelt desire to address “corruption” i…


The Actual Laws Trump Has Broken Amount to 10 Years in Prison

theintercept.com - They are, however, indictable. A variety of felony criminal statutes plainly implicate Trump’s behavior, and come with lengthy prison sentences — the types of sentences doled out for high crimes, to …


The average US worker would need 10 times the lengt

qz.com - There are more people with a billion dollars today than at any other time in history. And there are more people with multiple billions of dollars too. A billion dollars sounds like a lot. But only wh…


Court Ruling Shows How FBI Abused NSA Mass Surveillance

theintercept.com - The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court found that the FBI may have violated the rights of potentially millions of Americans — including its own agents and informants — by improperly searching th…


Study Predicts 'Frightening Future' for North American Birds, With Two-Thirds of Species Extinct by 2100 If Earth Warms More Than 1.5 Degrees

www.commondreams.org - In a new study published Thursday by the National Audubon Society, scientists say that saving hundreds of bird species from extinction by the end of this century is entirely possible—but that without…


Bloodied clothes and body bags: Kurds mourn dead in Syria

www.theguardian.com - In a wooden hut at the back of a hospital, a woman cradled the head of a dead man and dabbed away grime and blood with a sponge. A blanket covered the man’s mutilated lower half. His blood-soaked mil…


Some in Hong Kong Feel Frustrated, as their City is Losing to Mainland China

www.unz.com - Hong Kong is losing to Mainland China. Its poverty rates are high, it suffers from corruption and savage capitalism. It is now the most expensive city on earth. People are frustrated, but paradoxical…


Rethinking cities, from the ground up

medium.com - Cities begin in the mind — or so thought Elias Canetti.¹ Ancient hunter-gatherers must have pondered the existence of collectives much larger than the ones they actually lived in. Proof, he felt, was…


13 stunning images that amplify the impacts of climate change

www.mnn.com - From dirty drinking water and deforestation to plastic pollution and poaching, the environmental impacts of humans on the planet are often devastating. This year's winners and shortlisted finalists i…


$1m a minute: the farming subsidies destroying the world - report

www.theguardian.com - The public is providing more than $1m per minute in global farm subsidies, much of which is driving the climate crisis and destruction of wildlife, according to a new report. Just 1% of the $700bn (£…


This Is What Adapting to Climate Change Looks Like

www.theatlantic.com - Read: The simple reason that humans can’t control wildfires That is in part because blackouts—while not as deadly or terrifying as wildfires—are nonetheless expensive in their own right. Outages this…


This bike lane is covered in solar panels. (It's also in the middle of a highway)

www.mnn.com - Right in the middle of a highway is interesting placement for a bicycle lane. In South Korea, there's a solar bike path that shields riders from the sun while at the same time generating power from i…


What Made Me Reconsider the Anthropocene

www.theatlantic.com - Where, in my essay, I emphasized the potential transience of civilization, Wing and colleagues on the Anthropocene Working Group emphasize the eternal mark left on the biosphere, whether our civiliza…


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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 08, 2019, 07:55:23 pm »

Quote
Is Jordan Peterson in rehab?

Mike Jones 👍
Mike Jones, Worked in technology for over 30 years.
Answered Sep 21

Based on what I’ve read this morning, he is in some form of rehab to deal with an addiction to clonazepam, which he was prescribed after his wife was diagnosed with cancer.

I wish Peterson the best, and sincerely hope that this experience will cause him to revisit some of his earlier work on how to deal with addiction, which was glib and judgmental.

Well said. Let us hope Mr. (closet fascist apologist) Jordan Peterson gets off his high "pecking order top position justifies WHATEVAH BECAUSE YOU CAN" horse.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 08, 2019, 02:17:16 pm »


read more: Doomstead Diner Daily 10/7

That Syria move by Trumpy is not going to go as Trumpy and his Wrecking Crew hope (i.e. distract from the Impeachment while strengthening Trump's election chances). Sure, the  Fox News Spin Machine will try to celebrate "our troops coming home".

//
So what happens now? It's a bit complicated but the end result of Turkey's (rather desperate, by the way) bellicose action is that the Kurds will actually gain more terrain, popularity and strength while Turkey's Trump clone legitimacy will be simultaneously severely eroded. Erdogan might even be replaced, but while that may happen within a year, I don't think it will happen during this latest Turkish attempt to engage in the genocide of the Kurds.

What happens within turkey (Kurdistan?) remain s to be seen. But what the Syria/turkey announcement did is push this story off the front pages, and the corporate press eagerly complied. Except for Doc Maddow.

Rachel Maddow just nailed it

| 12:10 am EDT October 8, 2019

Palmer Report » Analysis

On Sunday night, the AP broke arguably the most important story in Donald Trump’s whistleblower scandal to date, when it reported that Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Rick Perry were abusing their government positions to extort a Ukraine gas company into funneling money into the pockets of their allies. It was poised to dominate Monday’s news cycle and change the course of the impeachment narrative, until… well, Trump did something even worse.

After Donald Trump announced that he was immediately and disastrously pulling all U.S. troops out of northern Syria, Palmer Report said this: “This Syria-Turkey stunt is to distract from last night’s AP bombshell that he and Rudy were trying to extort money out of a Ukrainian gas company. And it’s working – no one is covering this crucial story.”

Sure enough, during the course of the day on Monday, the media (somewhat understandably) allowed the Ukraine gas company story to all but completely get lost in the shuffle. If Trump really did announce this stunt late last night in order to make sure the Ukraine bombshell got flushed out of the news cycle, it sure worked well.

But then came Rachel Maddow. During her Monday evening show, she made a point of covering the Ukraine gas company story. She made it important, and she spelled out how Donald Trump is trying to redefine the word “corruption” so that it loses its meaning, even as he falsely accuses his adversaries of doing precisely what he and his camp are doing. Maddow nailed it. Hopefully, as the dust settles on Tuesday, the rest of the media will decide to make the Ukraine gas scandal important.


We'll see. Anything that has to do with hydrocarbon industry corruption fun and games is generally off limits to the U.S. media. The fossil fuel Government has some unwritten media coverage "rules" that must be obeyed...


This Ukraine bit of 🦖Trump  and 🦕Rudy  Hydrocarbon Hellspawn corruption provides further evidence that Hydrocarbon LOVE is at the root of at least 90% of the ROT in the U.S. government. They just cannot let go of those biosphere destroying ☠️ "high energy density" Hydrocarbons






Posted by: Surly1
« on: October 08, 2019, 08:25:01 am »


read more: Doomstead Diner Daily 10/7

That Syria move by Trumpy is not going to go as Trumpy and his Wrecking Crew hope (i.e. distract from the Impeachment while strengthening Trump's election chances). Sure, the  Fox News Spin Machine will try to celebrate "our troops coming home".

//
So what happens now? It's a bit complicated but the end result of Turkey's (rather desperate, by the way) bellicose action is that the Kurds will actually gain more terrain, popularity and strength while Turkey's Trump clone legitimacy will be simultaneously severely eroded. Erdogan might even be replaced, but while that may happen within a year, I don't think it will happen during this latest Turkish attempt to engage in the genocide of the Kurds.

What happens within turkey (Kurdistan?) remain s to be seen. But what the Syria/turkey announcement did is push this story off the front pages, and the corporate press eagerly complied. Except for Doc Maddow.

Rachel Maddow just nailed it

| 12:10 am EDT October 8, 2019

Palmer Report » Analysis

On Sunday night, the AP broke arguably the most important story in Donald Trump’s whistleblower scandal to date, when it reported that Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Rick Perry were abusing their government positions to extort a Ukraine gas company into funneling money into the pockets of their allies. It was poised to dominate Monday’s news cycle and change the course of the impeachment narrative, until… well, Trump did something even worse.

After Donald Trump announced that he was immediately and disastrously pulling all U.S. troops out of northern Syria, Palmer Report said this: “This Syria-Turkey stunt is to distract from last night’s AP bombshell that he and Rudy were trying to extort money out of a Ukrainian gas company. And it’s working – no one is covering this crucial story.”

Sure enough, during the course of the day on Monday, the media (somewhat understandably) allowed the Ukraine gas company story to all but completely get lost in the shuffle. If Trump really did announce this stunt late last night in order to make sure the Ukraine bombshell got flushed out of the news cycle, it sure worked well.

But then came Rachel Maddow. During her Monday evening show, she made a point of covering the Ukraine gas company story. She made it important, and she spelled out how Donald Trump is trying to redefine the word “corruption” so that it loses its meaning, even as he falsely accuses his adversaries of doing precisely what he and his camp are doing. Maddow nailed it. Hopefully, as the dust settles on Tuesday, the rest of the media will decide to make the Ukraine gas scandal important.

Posted by: Surly1
« on: October 08, 2019, 08:19:51 am »

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Just Hours After Trump Bends to Erdoğan, Reports Indicate Turkey's Bombing of Kurdish Forces Has Begun

www.commondreams.org - As President Donald Trump was being denounced from all political sides—both domestically and on the international stage—for his decision to rapidly withdraw troops from northeast Syria, reporting on …


Exclusive: Official who heard call says Trump got "rolled" by Turkey and "has no spine"

www.newsweek.com - Donald Trump got "rolled" by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a National Security Council source with direct knowledge of the discussions told Newsweek. In a scheduled phone call on Sunday aft…


Syrian Kurds see American betrayal and warn fight against ISIS is now in doubt

www.washingtonpost.com - A view of Qamishli, the base of the Kurdish administration in northeast Syria. (Alice Martins/For The Washington Post) By Liz Sly , Liz Sly Beirut bureau chief, covering Lebanon, Syria and the wider …


Trump’s shocking Syria decision and confusing aftermath, explained

www.vox.com - The war in Syria is about to enter an uncertain phase after the White House announced late Sunday that it was withdrawing from northeastern Syria in advance of Turkey’s military operations across the…


Poll: Majority of Americans say they endorse opening of House impeachment inquiry of Trump

www.washingtonpost.com - By Dan Balz and Dan Balz Chief correspondent covering national politics, the presidency and Congress Email Bio Follow Scott Clement Scott Clement Polling director Email Bio Follow October 8 at 6:00 A…


Fox News in Disarray as Hosts Struggle to Digest Trump’s Betrayal of the Syrian Kurds

theintercept.com - “Overnight the administration did confirm, following a phone call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, that Turkey will soon attack Kurdish forces in Syria,” Yingst continued. “President Trump has …


Trump Is Calling Literally Everything Treason Now

splinternews.com - No one, except for the scientists who hopefully get to study his cottage cheese brain, can really say with any certainty what’s going on in Donald Trump’s head. So all we can really go off is what ac…


Brexit: Johnson poised to end talks after call with Merkel ends in deadlock - live news

www.theguardian.com - You can read James Forsyth’s Spectator blog, in which he publishes, apparently more or less in full, a message he got yesterday from a “contact in No 10” setting out Downing Street’s thinking on the …


"The Americans are traitors": Trump faces a major backlash over Syria announcement

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Giuliani says State Dept vowed to investigate after he gave Ukraine docs to Pompeo

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 07, 2019, 10:46:40 pm »

RIP Daisy Mae Miller February 18, 2011 – October 6, 2019


Agelbert NOTE: So true. That applies to a having a cat friend as well.





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« on: October 07, 2019, 05:30:55 pm »


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That Syria move by Trumpy is not going to go as Trumpy and his Wrecking Crew hope (i.e. distract from the Impeachment while strengthening Trump's election chances). Sure, the  Fox News Spin Machine will try to celebrate "our troops coming home".

That is, of course, a lie. The troops are emphatically NOT coming home, but most people won't even think of questioning that lie. Those U.S. troops, positioned in the Middle East for future war crimes against Iran, will just stay out of the way while Turkey tries to wipe out the Kurds. Again, nobody in the press will even bring up the issue of real world Pentagon military logistics planning.

The "Trump loves peace" trope is useful to the Trolls polluting Truthdig and other progressive news outlets, who will endlessly argue about how Trump is "against war". It's all BULLSHIT, but that's the way Trumpy, his Wrecking Crew and his enablers operate.

Remember when Palloy was hysterically screaming about "WWIII" back when Russia was preventing the U.S. (see: CIA bought and paid for ISIS "terrorists") from overthowing the Syria Government? I said it was all bullshit and Russia was going to be successful in preventing the USA (AND ISRAEL, of course) from taking down Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad.

Obama's CIA funded ISIS murderers got their asses handed to them, as I humbly 😉 predicted.

So what happens now? It's a bit complicated but the end result of Turkey's (rather desperate, by the way) bellicose action is that the Kurds will actually gain more terrain, popularity and strength while Turkey's Trump clone legitimacy will be simultaneously severely eroded. Erdogan might even be replaced, but while that may happen within a year, I don't think it will happen during this latest Turkish attempt to engage in the genocide of the Kurds.

The reason Turkey will fail is that the Kurds in Iraq, though 🙊 U.S. media will never utter a peep about them, because this Turkish (and U. S. betrayal) action is correctly perceived by all Kurds as an existential threat, are now united with the Syrian and Turkish Kurds. The Kurds will ALL physically fight Turkey's troops.

The result of this unified Kurdish campaign (with Russia helping them through high tech troop movement surveillance, hand fired missiles and other weapons hardware) will be MORE territory governed by the Kurds in Syria AND Iraq.

Yes, the Kurds want their part of Turkey back too, but that is a bridge too far at this time.

So, though they won't officially have a country called Kurdistan, which is their ultimate goal, for all practical purposes, they will have one 👍. Russia is doing exactly the same thing the U.S. did during the Cold War. That is, they fund and arm a group with a claim to territory that was taken from them in order to prevent, in the is case, expansion of U.S. influence while simultaneously increasing Russian influence. The difference in technique is that the U.S., in Russia's place, would probably want Kurdistan to be called "South Turkey", right after we dreamed up "North Turkey" (see: Korea and Viet Nam). 

The Kurds have had a legal, totally justified, gripe against Iraq and Turkish boundaries ever since the Imperialist Powers carved up the Middle East after WWI.

The Kurds KNOW that Russia isn't exactly their friend. Russia, however, will support the Kurds if they agree to be a vassal state. The U.S. (and ISRAEL) will never promote the creation of Kurdistan. Israel has only one goal when it comes to their territorial boundaries: MORE from Syria, Jordan AND Iraq. The Kurds know the score. It's realpolitic ALL THE WAY.

Here in Trumpland, the neocons (all 100% loyal to the United States of Israel) will go berserk when Turkish troops are defeated by the Kurds. Many of these neocons, like Colin Powell (see: "Get a Grip" message to fellow Republicans on their refusal to admit Trump is engaged in Impeachable High Crimes and Misdemeanors), are Republicans, as you know...

I am torn between putting up my "eating popcorn" graphic or that other one. I must admit all these Trumpian actions, faithfully following his 👹 mentor Roy Cohn's 🦍 bellicosity Mens rea Modus operandi, work quite well when you are dealing with a totally corrupted U.S. Judiciary.

Unfortunately for him, thank God, that method is doomed to total failure when applied to geopolitics.

I think the appropriate graphic here is the other one.

       
Posted by: Surly1
« on: October 07, 2019, 06:42:00 am »

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« on: October 06, 2019, 09:20:02 am »

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« on: October 05, 2019, 05:47:56 am »

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 04, 2019, 12:44:40 pm »


Today I posted my answer to the infamous Powell Memo, the crony capitalist road map to U.S. Government by Fascist Oligarchs. I posted it at Daily Kos. I doubt it will get any traction, but I put it out there anyway. I am the eternally hopeful optimist.

Oct 04, 2019 at 02:58:24 PM

Our republic is Fascist TOAST if we do not rid American politics of the influence of oligarch money.

You can call the following 📢 BRING REAL DEMOCRACY TO AMERICA marching orders memo for the Democratic Party the “Pelosi Memo” if she adopts it. Until she does, I’m labelling it the “Gelbert  Memo”. 🧐

🦅 GELBERT MEMO:

1. IMPEACH TRUMP (and Barr, Pompeo, etc.) NOW. Expose the corrupt bastards in the Senate that support Trump Fascism by forcing them to vote to “acquit” 🦀 Trump and his criminal cronies. 

2. After we get control of the Senate and the White House, PACK THE SUPREME COURT. Go scorched earth on the right wing crooks there with Congressional Investigations, impeachment inquiries and lawsuits. Drive them into a corner and expose all their corruption and crimes. Tighten up all the campaign finance laws and eliminate corporate personhood. Make bribery illegal again! Get money out of politics PERMANENTLY. Eliminate “limited liability” from corporate law and charters. Severely limit bankruptcy protection for corporations and return personal bankruptcy protection to where it was before the banksters bribed Congress to shaft Americans that fall on hard economic times while greedy corporations stiff creditors with impunity.

3. Imprison everyone previously impeached. Arrest, Try and Convict Giuliani and the rest of Trump’s wrecking crew for crimes committed on orders from Trump.

4. Launch investigations into Fox News, Right Wing Hate Radio, Right wing funded “think” tanks and the Internet Troll farms pushing hate and fascism.

5. MASSIVELY strengthen Social Security and make Medicare for all and free University Eduction the LAW OF THE LAND.

Do all the above and the Democratic Party will dominate elections for DECADES! ✨

If Pelosi does not have the intestinal fortitude to methodically do the above, GET SOMEONE WHO DOES!

OR, let FASCISM DESTROY this country.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/10/4/1890103/-Frustrated-IRS-whistleblower-Democrats-speak-Treasury-tried-to-interfere-in-Trump-or-Pence-audits#comment_75130701
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« on: October 04, 2019, 07:24:23 am »

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Trump wanted Ukraine’s president to launch investigations before face-to-face meeting, State Dept. texts show

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Poll: Trump's reelection prospects hold steady amid impeachment inquiry

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New Study Warns India-Pakistan Nuclear War Could Kill 125 Million Immediately—Then Spark Global Mass Starvation

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Irony is dead: The Trump sons are doing everything possible to make corruption a major 2020 issue

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Trump's commerce secretary oversaw Russia deal while at Bank of Cyprus

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Petition filed at ICC to probe Saudi ruler MBS for role in murder of Jamal Khashoggi

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Your cotton tote is pretty much the worst replacement for a plastic bag

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French wine and Italian cheese prices could rise with new US tariffs on EU

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Everything you wanted to know about Electric Vehicles but were afraid to ask

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The Trump jobs era really is different

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

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Tennessee Court Says Music City Can Keep Cracking Down on Home Recording Studios

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You Absolutely May Not Look at This Nickelback Photograph

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Most of Us Are Not Doing So Well: Numbers Crunching Working People

www.commondreams.org - Though a recent poll suggests the majority of Americans disapprove of President Trump’s “overall performance,” they support his “handling of the economy” more than other issues surveyed. "The prosper…


Handmaid's Tale Wedding Portrait Sparks Facebook Commenter Ire

jezebel.com - When Margaret Atwood first wrote The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985, she likely didn’t imagine Kylie Jenner to don a red cloak and scream “praise be” for an Instagram influencer’s birthday party. I’d also a…

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Posted by: Surly1
« on: October 03, 2019, 05:54:56 am »

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Why angry middle-aged men are so threatened by Greta Thunberg

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Schiff Makes Clear All Trump Efforts to Obstruct House Inquiry Will Be Added to Articles of Impeachment

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Pence: I Participated in the Ukraine Plot But Only As a Patsy

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Trump involved Pence in efforts to pressure Ukraine’s leader, though officials say vice president was unaware of allegations in whistleblower complaint

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General Motors Feeling the Squeeze as Auto Workers' Strike Enters Third Week

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Rudy Giuliani Asked Imprisoned Paul Manafort About Ukraine Via Lawyer: Report

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The Republican Party’s Deafening Silence

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Federal government has dramatically expanded exposure to risky mortgages

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IRS: Sorry, but It’s Just Easier and Cheaper to Audit the Poor

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Gina Ortiz Jones on Why She's Running Again for the Texas District She Nearly Flipped

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Trump's not Richard Nixon. He's Andrew Johnson.

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Study: Nuclear War Between India and Pakistan Would Trigger Global Starvation

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Ocean cleanup device successfully collects plastic for first time

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Russia formally joins Paris climate agreement

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The biggest likely source of microplastics in California coastal waters? Our car tires

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Ancient scrolls charred by Vesuvius could be read once again

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Melinda Gates is committing $1 billion to promote gender equality

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Posted by: Surly1
« on: October 03, 2019, 05:54:22 am »

Grifters Grifting Grifter Trump
Quote
A Grifter, is somebody who can influence anybody, anywhere, at anytime, into doing whatever they choose to have them do, that will result in the grifter's personal gain. Usually monetary, but really anything that benefits him or her somehow.
A Trump hotel mystery: Giant reservations followed by empty rooms
Source: Politico

House investigators are looking into an allegation that groups — including at least one foreign government — tried to ingratiate themselves to President Donald Trump by booking rooms at his hotels but never staying in them.

It’s a previously unreported part of a broader examination by the House Oversight Committee, included in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, into whether Trump broke the law by accepting money from U.S. or foreign governments at his properties.

“Now we’re looking at near raw bribery,”[/size] said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), a House Oversight Committee member who chairs the subcommittee with jurisdiction over Trump’s hotel in Washington. “That was the risk from day one — foreign governments and others trying to seek favor because we know

This is a story that deserves a whole lot more play than it's getting. there is no news budget left to bring it to the surface. trump sees to that.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 02, 2019, 04:00:04 pm »

Grifters Grifting Grifter Trump
Quote
A Grifter, is somebody who can influence anybody, anywhere, at anytime, into doing whatever they choose to have them do, that will result in the grifter's personal gain. Usually monetary, but really anything that benefits him or her somehow.

A Trump hotel mystery: Giant reservations followed by empty rooms
Source: Politico

House investigators are looking into an allegation that groups — including at least one foreign government — tried to ingratiate themselves to President Donald Trump by booking rooms at his hotels but never staying in them.

It’s a previously unreported part of a broader examination by the House Oversight Committee, included in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, into whether Trump broke the law by accepting money from U.S. or foreign governments at his properties.

“Now we’re looking at near raw bribery,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), a House Oversight Committee member who chairs the subcommittee with jurisdiction over Trump’s hotel in Washington. “That was the risk from day one — foreign governments and others trying to seek favor because we know Trump 💵 pays attention to this.... It’s an obvious attempt to curry favor with him.”

The investigation began after the committee received information that two entities — a trade association and a foreign government — booked a large quantity of rooms but only used a fraction of them, according to a person familiar with the allegation who isn't authorized to speak for the committee.

-snip-

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/02/trump-hotel-empty-rooms-016763

Read excellent comments at DU:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142375456

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 02, 2019, 03:23:59 pm »

Sanders has heart stent surgery after chest discomfort 
Source: Politico

Bernie Sanders experienced chest discomfort during a campaign event on Tuesday and had two stents inserted to address a blockage in an artery, his campaign announced.

“Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days," senior adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement. "We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/02/sanders-has-heart-stent-surgery-after-chest-discomfort-000164

I feared this greatly. Now the 🐘 Repukians and the pseudo-left Democratic Party Leadership will use this against Senator Sanders to try to destroy his presidential bid.

I'm sure 🦀 Trump and his 🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon Hellspawn enablers are all celebrating.   



The future is looking brighter and brighter, for Tardigrades.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 02, 2019, 02:42:57 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 02, 2019, 01:41:02 pm »



Donald 🦀 Trump is now talking about having people shot  >:(

Bill Palmer | 10:15 pm EDT October 1, 2019
Palmer Report » Analysis

A few weeks ago Palmer Report joked that, after Rudy Giuliani had screwed up for the umpteenth time, Donald Trump was going to delusionally order his underlings to feed Rudy to the alligators. We were kidding, of course. But now we’re learning that Trump really has been telling his advisers that he wants to feed people to alligators, and he’s apparently dead serious.

In a lengthy new expose from the New York Times that’s somehow not from The Onion, it turns out Donald Trump is telling his advisers that he wants U.S. law enforcement to shoot would-be immigrants in the leg.  He also keeps pushing the idea of building a border trench full of 🐍 snakes and 🐊 alligators. As proof that he’s not merely joking, he made his advisers go as far as studying what this alligator trench would cost.

Again, this is coming from the New York Times, so it’s real. More to the point, the only possible sources for this expose are Donald Trump’s own advisers, which means they’re so concerned about his deteriorating mindset, they’re sounding the alarm by running to the nation’s most respected newspaper and revealing Trump’s most deranged plans.

Again, last month we joked about Donald Trump telling his advisers to start feeding people to the alligators, because we thought it was such an absurdly over the top idea – even by Trump standards – it would be seen as pure sarcasm. Now it turns out Trump really is doing precisely that behind the scenes. It’s time for the 25th Amendment.

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/alligators-donald-trump-feed-people/21389/

Agelbert NOTE: See below:

Posted by: Surly1
« on: October 02, 2019, 07:12:49 am »

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  • Wednesday, Oct. 02, 2019

  • Trump labels impeachment a "coup"

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    Another whistleblower has apparently come forward alleging that 'inappropriate' steps were taking to influence an audit of Trump's taxes

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    Seeking asylum in the U.S. under Trump

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    Pompeo accuses House Dems of "bullying" State Department officials amid impeachment fight

    www.vox.com - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pushing back against House Democrats’ effort to investigate the State Department’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal as part of their impeachment inquiry into Presi…


    ‘A presidency of one’: Key federal agencies increasingly compelled to benefit Trump

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    Relaying Views of US’s Top General, Newsweek Sees No Need for Countervailing Facts

    fair.org - Newsweek (9/18/19) reports NATO is losing “superiority” over Russia, without mentioning that the alliance’s combined military budget is 17 times that of Russia. Lazy, one-sided reports like Newsweek’…


    Could President Trump be impeached and convicted – but also reelected?

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    Military Might Takes Center Stage at Chinese 70-Year Anniversary Parade

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    The Anti-Abortion Doctor Who Believes Ectopic Pregnancies Can Be 'Reimplanted'

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    Trump Is ‘Last Hope for White People,’ Said Police Chief on Trial

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    Bus-hailing apps in Kenya are facing their first major regulatory challenge

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    Quit Obsessing About Climate Change. What You Do or Don’t Do No Longer Matters.

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    There used to be 4 billion American chestnut trees, but they all disappeared

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    The Far Right’s Apocalyptic Literary Canon

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    Climate change means wild weather. Does that include snowstorms?

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    Opinion -Three Saudi Brigades Annihilated in Devastating Houthi Offensive in Saudi Arabia

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    This Is How Big Oil Will Die

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    The Dirtiest Secret Capitalism Doesn’t Want You to Know

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    Opinion - We Americans Enable Unspeakable Atrocities Every Day

    www.informationclearinghouse.info - Few Americans remember the US invasion, occupation, and pacification – a neat euphemism, that – of the Philippine Islands, but Filipinos will never forget. Perhaps half a million locals died (one-six…


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    Posted by: Surly1
    « on: October 01, 2019, 08:34:48 am »

    News digest brought to you by the Doomstead Diner.


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    Posted by: AGelbert
    « on: September 30, 2019, 01:37:26 pm »

    No Doomstead Diner Daily today. I have to be out of the house way too early this morning.
    Be back tomorrow.


    Got it. 8)
    Posted by: Surly1
    « on: September 30, 2019, 03:30:04 am »

    No Doomstead Diner Daily today. I have to be out of the house way too early this morning.
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    « on: September 29, 2019, 05:51:38 pm »


    True. In addition, there is an even greater threat to Florida in general, and Miami in particular, that should concern anybody that lives there. There is a superfund site very close to the Biscayne Aquifer, the main source of fresh water for Miami. Superfund sites all over the USA were designated as such decades ago by the EPA, when a national effort was undertaken to clean up all the poisonous chemicals in certain industrial areas going back to the early 1940's (and  some before that!).

    Not widely known by the American public (of course - we can't have Capitalism's Industrial Poisonous ☠️ Pollution waste by-product "Externalities" making Capitalism look like the biosphere destroying cancer that it is, now can we? 😈) is the FACT that some of those superfund sites are so chemically toxic that they have been designated as PERMANENT superfund sites. IOW, our good gooberment does not have the ability to de-toxify them.

    As the sea level rises, and long before it actually is a threat to even the coastal land areas, salt water encroachment through the coral base of Florida will reach that superfund site near Miami.

    //

    Tap water will be poisonous. Never mind what all those leached toxic chemicals, that DO NOT DEGRADE and CANNOT BE FILTERED OR CHEMICALLY SEPARATED OUT through present water purifying technology, will DO ☠️ to all the flora and fauna in the Everglades, absolutely everyone that does not own a water generator which extracts H2O out of the air will have to move or die.

    And how long will the rich bastards with their water generators hold out while the flora and fauna dies all around them? Not long, I'll wager.


    Brilliant deep dive on this topic, of which I was completely unaware. Sea level rise will make toxic seeps of these sites and corpses of the residents.

    I am more cynical about the endgame: we'll blame the poor, and the dead.

    Thanks bro. :)

    I admit your endgame analysis may be more reality based than mine. After all, there is the massive post-Nixon spin machine that was spelled out in an article you posted yesterday. That spin machine has been as hostile to climate change reality as it has been to irrefutable historical 🐘 right wing serial corruption and coverup of crimes reality.

    Quote
    The right has devoted decades of careful, patient investment to creating this system, which has three main arms.

    First, there’s a gigantic media ecosystem, with Fox News at the apex and innumerable smaller creatures. Second, there’s an intelligentsia based in think tanks and Ivy League professorships funded by conservative foundations. Third, there’s a legion of right-wing judges carefully selected for monomaniacal partisan loyalty.


    BUT, the article, though stating many truths, does not acknowledge a more basic truth that goes to heart of the rot destroying this country's hope for a better future. That is, TPTB have TOTALLY embraced an Orwellian inversion of Ethical Standards (see: Darwinian based "triumph of the best liar and crook" game theory INSANITY). I'll get to that in a moment, but the entire Watergate Republican pious 😇 weeping and gnashing of teeth noise was, itself, a 😈 cover up of Nixon's treasonous greater crimes. The article fails to point out that the purpose of the Republican public pity party for Nixon was, in itself, a disingenuous (see: game theory) ploy to KEEP the public focused EXCLUSIVELY on Watergate. It worked. >:(

    Most people do not give any importance to that Nixon quote on the tapes:"other stuff we do not want to get out there". The "OTHER" business was Nixon's link, through Howard Hughs, and Howard Hughs' lawyer, to the Cuba sabotage and Castro hit team members that NIXON, as a VP under Eisenhower (who fully approved), ordered to be created and funded. That "Plumbers" team was the very same team that participated in the Watergate burglary AND, in 1963, the assassination of JFK. "Other" stuff, indeed. 

    Pelosi, a card carrying member of the pseudo-left fascists, is doing exactly the same thing now by trying to keep the impeachment "narrowly focused" on the Ukraine shakedown. That will probably work, though not if Maxine Waters has anything to say about it. I hope she has good security.

    TPTB will, after cleverly firing up the Republican Base with so much outrage at Trump's "crucifixion by the libruls" that they will vote for ANY Republican Candidtate for ANY political office, quietly, but firmly. ask Mr. Trump to spend more time with his family, or something similar. Trump will then be the new Nixonian "martyr". 😉😈

    I predict that evil trick will NOT work this time around.

    Though the game theory adverts fervently wish otherwise (most people at Fox News and the CIA are true believers in this psycho-babble mindfork), no amount of right wing coordinated spin machine brainwashing can achieve that "1984" BALONEY of convincing most people, NOT so much that 'up is down' and 'down is up', but that WHATEVER YOU SAY IS THE "TRUTH", even if it is exactly the opposite of what you said yesterday, especially when said spin machine pushes the bold faced LIE that any and all historical examples of political corruption in the USA, even though far less significant than Trump's in-our-faces self enrichment corruption, "do not apply" to Trump. The "everybody does it" BULLSHIT is NOT going to fly either.

    These fascists who think you can warp people's brains so badly that you can consistently fool them are only right to a point. That point was reached with Nixon. The same point has now been reached with Trump. TPTB want to save their monstrous planet eating cancer at all costs. Trump is, like Nixon was, a darling, but expendable to save the BIG ORWELL cognitive dissonance machine. As with Nixon, the corrupt system will be preserved. Trump is a 🐒 dispensable tool of the system, even if he deludes himself into thinking he runs it. 

    I'm not a psychologist, but I know my stuff here. The right wing spin machine has a fatal weakness. That weakness is that, while you CAN, using Hitler's MO, fire up people to engage in violence against the "other", you have to be VERY careful to NOT trigger cognitive dissonance. WHY? Because the human brain goes TILT when incapacitated by cognitive dissonance.   

    Cognitive dissonance is the most effective totally unethical psychological tool there is to produce paralysis and INaction. IOW, if you keep piously and loudly repeating, over and over, for years and years, about the "justice" of impeaching and/or arresting the Clintons and Obama, only to claim NOW that Trump, who has done the same and much, much worse, is the victim of "INjustice", you are in danger of generating cognitive dissonance among Trump supporters.

    Yes, I know the fascists think they have all that figured out and can get around that pesky "old school" psychological stuff.
    BULLSHIT. Fascists are known for their overreach zeal, so I expect them to generate so much UNPLANNED cognitive dissonance in Trump supporters, that despite those chumps continuing to ideologically support Trump, a significant percentage of them will be too demoralized (it will actually be cognitive dissonance, but they will perceive it as lack of energy, depression or despair) to vote in the 2020 elections.


    As an aside, cognitive dissonance among Democratic Party supporters has been the right wing spin machine goal since Nixon. Though that certainly was instrumental to Trump's 2016 "win", it has NOT worked as effectively as they hoped (SEE: 2018 elections). That is why the fascists are always trying to disenfranchise anyone that does not support Republican candidates.

    I am certain that the modern day true believer liars populating the right wing spin machine have embraced Nietzsche's Orwellian inversion of lying, which makes the (SEE: Darwinian BULLSHIT) pretzel logic argument that liars are "mentally stronger".
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    Friedrich Nietzsche suggested that those who refrain from lying may do so only because of the difficulty involved in maintaining the lie. This is consistent with his general 🦍 philosophy that divides (or ranks) people according to strength and ability; thus, some people tell the truth only out of weakness.
    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie


    You can see how these cowardly evil bastards who love to lie, like Hitler then, and the right wing spin machine tools now, happily eat up any self serving horseshit about being "superior humans" because they are such "good" liars. Darwin helped way to many ethics rejecting crooks and liars justify happy horseshit, not just to calm their mostly calloused conscience, but to CELEBRATE MIGHT OVER RIGHT, the more cruel and/or mendacious, the BETTER! If you are the "fittest", you can do whatever you want! Never mind all that yammering about ethics, rule of law and respect for your neighbor and the rest of creation. That's for the WEAK.

    Which brings me back to the Climate Change and the three armed profit over people and planet monster.

    Quote
    The right has devoted decades of careful, patient investment to creating this system, which has three main arms


    The spin machine is inexorably committing the same mistake with Climate Change Propaganda as it is in regard to Trump's Crimes. Consequently Cognitive Dissonance among the deniers is slowly, but surely, taking hold.

    While your view that we will blame the poor and the dead accurately reflects exactly where the spin machine will attempt to place the blame, when a city like Miami is lost, the reality of a planet full of humans that overwhelmingly GET IT about who is really responsible for this Catastrophic Climate Change will expose the 🐍 spin machine as the handmadien of the 🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon Hellspawn.

    The true believing deniers will be mostly INactivated due to Cognitive Dissonace (SEE: Coal, Oil, Gas, CO2 = "good" but Solar Panels, Cheap Wind Electricity, etc. = "bad" ), while the masses who just want to LIVE will be more energized to take ACTION against the polluters than ever.

    The spin machine is a basically a LIE machine. We know who the Father of lies is. But even if you don't believe that Satan is a real entity, it is just plain impractical, often dangerous and occasionally even suicidally stupid, to live your life believing LIES from the spin machine created for the express purpose of covering up the despicable crimes of the Profit Over People and Planet evil elite. 

    Quote
    Once a lie has been told, there can be two alternative consequences: it may be discovered or remain undiscovered. Under some circumstances, discovery of a lie may discredit other statements by the same speaker and can lead to social or legal sanctions against the speaker, such as ostracizing or conviction for perjury.[30] When a lie is discovered, the state of mind and behavior of the liar is no longer predictable.

    Hannah Arendt spoke about extraordinary cases in which an entire society is being lied to consistently. She said that the consequences of such lying are "not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer. This is because lies, by their very nature, have to be changed, and a lying government has constantly to rewrite its own history. On the receiving end you get not only one lie—a lie which you could go on for the rest of your days—but you get a great number of lies, depending on how the political wind blows."
    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie

    Hannah Arendt saying that "nobody believes anything any longer" is refering, not to all sources of information, but SPECIFICALLY to the Government doing the consistent lying and modification of lies (In our case, it's the Fascist Government/Corporate 🐍 Media Spin Machine). THAT DECISION on the part of those consistently lied to is a product of Cognitive Dissonance. It's the consequence of the spin machine's embrace of the FLAWED LOGIC (see: Orwellian mindfork) that, as long as the source of the lie is offically celebrated as the source of "TRUTH", you can lie 24/7 to the chumps.


    Posted by: Surly1
    « on: September 29, 2019, 06:53:38 am »

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    Posted by: Surly1
    « on: September 29, 2019, 06:52:52 am »


    True. In addition, there is an even greater threat to Florida in general, and Miami in particular, that should concern anybody that lives there. There is a superfund site very close to the Biscayne Aquifer, the main source of fresh water for Miami. Superfund sites all over the USA were designated as such decades ago by the EPA, when a national effort was undertaken to clean up all the poisonous chemicals in certain industrial areas going back to the early 1940's (and  some before that!).

    Not widely known by the American public (of course - we can't have Capitalism's Industrial Poisonous ☠️ Pollution waste by-product "Externalities" making Capitalism look like the biosphere destroying cancer that it is, now can we? 😈) is the FACT that some of those superfund sites are so chemically toxic that they have been designated as PERMANENT superfund sites. IOW, our good gooberment does not have the ability to de-toxify them.

    As the sea level rises, and long before it actually is a threat to even the coastal land areas, salt water encroachment through the coral base of Florida will reach that superfund site near Miami.

    //

    Tap water will be poisonous. Never mind what all those leached toxic chemicals, that DO NOT DEGRADE and CANNOT BE FILTERED OR CHEMICALLY SEPARATED OUT through present water purifying technology, will DO ☠️ to all the flora and fauna in the Everglades, absolutely everyone that does not own a water generator which extracts H2O out of the air will have to move or die.

    And how long will the rich bastards with their water generators hold out while the flora and fauna dies all around them? Not long, I'll wager.


    Brilliant deep dive on this topic, of which I was completely unaware. Sea level rise will make toxic seeps of these sites and corpses of the residents.

    I am more cynical about the endgame: we'll blame the poor, and the dead.
    Posted by: AGelbert
    « on: September 28, 2019, 05:28:48 pm »

    Rising seas 🌊 threaten hundreds of Native American heritage sites along Florida's Gulf Coast

    True. In addition, there is an even greater threat to Florida in general, and Miami in particular, that should concern anybody that lives there. There is a superfund site very close to the Biscayne Aquifer, the main source of fresh water for Miami. Superfund sites all over the USA were designated as such decades ago by the EPA, when a national effort was undertaken to clean up all the poisonous chemicals in certain industrial areas going back to the early 1940's (and  some before that!).


    Not widely known by the American public (of course - we can't have Capitalism's Industrial Poisonous ☠️ Pollution waste by-product "Externalities" making Capitalism look like the biosphere destroying cancer that it is, now can we? 😈) is the FACT that some of those superfund sites are so chemically toxic that they have been designated as PERMANENT superfund sites. IOW, our good gooberment does not have the ability to de-toxify them.


    As the sea level rises, and long before it actually is a threat to even the coastal land areas, salt water encroachment through the coral base of Florida will reach that superfund site near Miami.



    When it does, in less than a decade from now, the chemicals in that superfund site will leach through the sea water to the ONLY fresh water aquifer that feeds the Miami metropolitan area and points south, as well as Ft. Lauderdale and some points north.


    Tap water will be poisonous. Never mind what all those leached toxic chemicals, that DO NOT DEGRADE and CANNOT BE FILTERED OR CHEMICALLY SEPARATED OUT through present water purifying technology, will DO ☠️ to all the flora and fauna in the Everglades, absolutely everyone that does not own a water generator which extracts H2O out of the air will have to move or die.

    And how long will the rich bastards with their water generators hold out while the flora and fauna dies all around them? Not long, I'll wager.

    That will be the end of Miami. No potable water, no life.

    The only upside (I'm the eternal straw grasping optimist ;D) to that TOXIC MESS is that, at that point, rather than blaming CAPITALISM'S Superfund toxic site COST for this horror , TPTB 😇 will blame Climate Change. There will be ZERO credibility among the public for deniers who try to continue pushing the LIE that Catastrophic Climate Change is not happening.

    THEN, at long last, "subsidies" (i.e. Oil and Gas CORPORATE WELFARE QUEEN HANDOUTS) for hydrocarbons will be cut off, some punitive measures will be imposed and EVERYONE in the Corporate Media will get behind the big push to go 100% Renewable.

    Except for aircraft and other machines that run some type of renewable energy based biofuel or hydrogen, electric EVERYTHING will be mandatory for all our machines within a few years. 👍

    EVs will be massively subsidized so we can all trade our CO2 belching gas guzzlers for an ⚡ EV with similar range at no cost. 👍

    I know, that's not much of an upside, considering the record breaking heat, fires, storms, drought, flooding, and so on will continue to worsen for at least a century, but it's the right thing to do, even if it's too late to stop most of the multiple mammalian vertebrate species extinction damage. We reap what we sow.

    You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing after they have tried everything else. - Winston Churchill




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