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Sarah Sanders hopes she'll be remembered as being "transparent and honest" / Boing Boing
Soon-to-be-former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told a reporter on Tuesday how she hopes to be remembered, “I hope that it will be that I showed up every day and I did the very best job that I could to put forward the president’s message ... to do the best job that I could to answer questions. To be transparent and honest throughout that process and do everything I could to make America a little better that day than it was the day before.”

"The miserable have no other medicine but only hope." -- Shakespeare
3 hours ago
Stonekettle Station: Quick and Easy
Trump is a simple fool.

Those who support him are worse fools.

Because the fools drag the foolish and the reasoned down alike.

And because they are the one who will someday soon suffer the worst of Trump’s quick and simple nonsense.
2019-06  factcheck  trump 
4 days ago
These six corporations are financing the war on women in six states
In 2019, state legislatures across the country are enacting radical new restrictions on abortion. Alabama banned virtually all abortions. Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio banned all abortions after six weeks, which is before many women even know they are pregnant. Missouri banned abortion after nine weeks.

While these policies are extreme, the politicians responsible have the financial backing of some of America's largest companies. In their corporate literature, these companies present themselves as champions of women and gender equality. But they have collectively donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to politicians seeking to roll back reproductive rights.
politics  money  power  hypocrisy  womens_rights 
4 days ago
How to defend your privacy online - The Boston Globe
Even as Amazon and the tech giants Facebook and Google scoop up every available fleck of our personal data, they insist they really care about privacy.

And they mean it, up to a point. These companies know that simmering public outrage about the abuse of our personal data is bad for business. So they’ve loaded their products and services with privacy features, trusting that most of us won’t use them.

They’re probably right. But if you’re one of the few who value privacy enough to do something about it, here’s a far-from-complete list of smart moves you can make to protect your data:
tech  privacy  security  data 
4 days ago
Dalio panel overseeing CT schools investment exempt from ethics, disclosure rules -
Legislators learned Monday what conditions come with the $100 million contribution hedge fund giant Ray Dalio’s philanthropic foundation is making to Connecticut’s underprivileged school children.

Foundation representatives overseeing how that money — and a matching $100 million in taxpayer money — are spent would be exempt from key ethics and disclosure rules.
2019-06  government  connecticut  law  ethics  money  power  education  wtf  transparency 
4 days ago
EXCLUSIVE: Draft Charter of Pompeo's "Commission on Unalienable Rights" Hides Anti-Human Rights Agenda - Just Security
Initial reporting on the Commission, by Nahal Toosi at Politico, highlighted concerns of human rights activists that the “natural law” language was code for religiously-infused opposition both to reproductive rights and to protections for members of the LGBTQ community. In subsequent days, Roger Pilon at the Cato Institute weighed in, acknowledging concerns that the Commission could be used as a vehicle to advance a particular religious agenda, but ultimately concluding that “this commission, properly staffed and conducted, affords an opportunity to redirect our public debate to America’s first principles.”
2019-06  corruption  rightwingnutjobs  government  religion  human-rights  lgbt 
4 days ago
That ‘Straight Pride’ parade in Boston is just a pack of neo-fascist brawlers trying to rebrand
The whole truth—beyond the stark reality that, as BuzzFeed notes, Boston actually has denied the permit for this event, so it’s unlikely to even occur—is that these guys are much more than that: The chief organizer is a far-right street brawler who has traveled the country participating in and organizing Proud Boys-style events that are billed as “rallies” but in reality are fronts for provocations intended to create street violence directed at left-wing activists.
lgbt  alt-right  fascism 
4 days ago
Koch brothers float possibility of backing congressional Democrats in 2020 primaries
The latest memo nonetheless reflects a surprising shift in the Koch network’s priorities. However, AFP’s stated support for politicians of any party appears to be limited to incumbent candidates facing primary challengers.

“AFP or AFP Action will be ready to engage contested U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and state-level primary races, including Republican, Democrat, Independent or otherwise, to support sitting legislators who lead by uniting with others to pass principled policy and get good things done,” the memo says.

AFP has usually concentrated its spending on general elections, but spending during the primaries could allow the group to extend its influence into districts where one party dominates.
politics  money  power  koch  campaign2020  election 
4 days ago
White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony calling climate change ‘possibly catastrophic’ - The Washington Post
Officials sought to excise the State Department’s comments on climate science because they did not mesh with the administration’s stance
2019-06  government  corruption  science  climate_change  environment 
4 days ago
US 'now a full-fledged banana republic' after Mitch McConnell wife $78m grants revelation | The Independent
Transport secretary reportedly designated special liaison to help husband's state prepare funding applications
2019-06  government  congress  corruption 
5 days ago
Chao created special path for McConnell’s favored projects - POLITICO
A top Transportation official helped coordinate grant applications by McConnell’s political allies.
2019-06  government  congress  corruption 
5 days ago
If There Are Looms in Heaven....
Then this dear man is already seated and throwing a shuttle....
obit  ravelry 
5 days ago
Impeach Trump. But don’t necessarily try him in the Senate. - The Washington Post
By resolving now to pursue such a path, always keeping open the possibility that its inquiry would unexpectedly lead to the president’s exoneration, the House would be doing the right thing as a constitutional matter. It would be acting consistent with its overriding obligation to establish that no president is above the law, all the while keeping an eye on the balance of political considerations without setting the dangerous precedent that there are no limits to what a corrupt president can get away with as long as he has a compliant Senate to back him. And pursuing this course would preserve for all time the tale of this uniquely troubled presidency.
2019-06  politics  congress  constitution  law 
8 days ago
Trump Supporter Arrested After Allegedly Threatening To Kill Members of Congress | HuffPost
Scott Brian Haven of Utah is accused of making over 2,000 phone calls to the U.S. Capitol over a three-year period about Democrats threatening Trump’s presidency.
2019-06  politics  rightwingnutjobs  batshitcrazy 
8 days ago
It’s un-British to roll out the red carpet for Donald Trump | Sadiq Khan | US news | The Guardian
The US president gives comfort to the far right. The prime minister should speak truth to power
10 days ago
How Sarah Kendzior Became the Prophet of Flyover Country
there are things an audience is virtually guaranteed to hear in a Kendzior speech: that Robert Mueller isn't going to save the country. That democracy is threatened by the "normalization" of propaganda and corruption. That Donald Trump is turning the White House into the headquarters for a "transnational crime syndicate masquerading as a government."
kendzior  profile 
10 days ago
Hidden Figures: How Donald Trump Is Rigging the Census – Mother Jones
Efforts to sideline minority populations in 2020 will undermine democracy for decades to come.
2019-05  politics  corruption  government  racism  gerrymander  democracy  demographics  stats  data 
13 days ago
Digging Up the Latin Roots of 14 Abbreviations | Merriam-Webster
We're guessing that not many people know the full Latin words behind some common and not-so-common abbreviations, such as viz for videlicet. We're here to educate. Some of the abbreviations that we will discuss are most often seen in the footnotes, endnotes, parenthetical notes, and bibliographies of professional writing; others can be found in more casual writing, maybe even in an email or text message. We hope it's not TMI.
language  vocabulary  history  geekery 
13 days ago
Impeach or wait? It’s an oath-of-office question | MinnPost
It’s no longer a partisan question. It becomes clearer every day. It’s not a strategic question. It’s no longer a question of how much more, or when is enough enough. It’s a constitutional question. It’s an oath-of-office question, the oath taken by every member of Congress under the U.S. Constitution
2019-06  opinion 
13 days ago
US demands social media details from visa applicants - BBC News
Previously, only applicants who needed additional vetting - such as people who had been to parts of the world controlled by terrorist groups - would need to hand over this data.

But now applicants will have to give up their account names on a list of social media platforms, and also volunteer the details of their accounts on any sites not listed.
2019-06  bbc  police_state  surveillance 
13 days ago
US energy department rebrands fossil fuels as 'molecules of freedom' | Business | The Guardian
Press release from department said increasing export capacity is ‘critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world’
15 days ago
If Trump doesn’t warrant impeachment, who does? - The Washington Post
That process, like it or not, is impeachment. I’ve been back and forth on the wisdom of taking that step, but there’s one question that nags me: If the impeachment clause of the Constitution wasn’t written for a president like Trump, then why is it there?
15 days ago
Chris Hemsworth on Thor, ‘Avengers’ and ‘Men in Black: International’ – Variety
This summer, Hemsworth is trying to pull off that rare thing in Hollywood: back-to-back blockbusters. “Avengers” has already grossed a stunning $2.6 billion worldwide, and it’s closing in on “Avatar” as the No. 1 movie in history. In “Men in Black: International,” Hemsworth stars opposite Tessa Thompson as the new agents in the series, which has banked $1.7 billion in global ticket sales after three installments with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. If Hemsworth can turn the fourth movie — opening in theaters on June 14 — into another hit, he will cement his status as one of the biggest and most bankable movie stars in the world.
marvel  fandom  avengers 
17 days ago
'I even loved his Twankey': Dench, Hopkins, Mirren and more on Ian McKellen at 80 | Culture | The Guardian
Wild parties, stunning performances, silhouette erections and marrying Patrick Stewart twice … as the actor turns 80, friends including Derek Jacobi, Janet Suzman, Michael Sheen, Bill Condon and Stephen Fry pay tribute
McKellen  fandom  Judi-Dench 
19 days ago
Trump’s Golf Costs: $102 Million And Counting, With Taxpayers Picking Up The Tab | HuffPost
Donald Trump’s golf habit has already cost taxpayers at least $102 million in extra travel and security expenses, and next month will achieve a new milestone: a seven-figure presidential visit to another country so he can play at his own course.
19 days ago
State Department to LGBT Married Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens
Children of U.S. citizens are falling victim to a policy that de-recognizes their parents’ marriage—and strips them of their birthright citizenship.
2019-05  lgbt  human-rights  constitution 
28 days ago
Invaders from Mars - Charlie's Diary
Why do we feel so politically powerless? Why is the world so obviously going to hell in a handbasket? Why can't anyone fix it?

Here's my (admittedly whimsical) working hypothesis ...
The rot set in back in the 19th century, when the US legal system began recognizing corporations as de facto people. Fast forward past the collapse of the ancien regime, and into modern second-wave colonialism: once the USA grabbed the mantle of global hegemon from the bankrupt British empire in 1945, they naturally exported their corporate model worldwide, as US diplomatic (and military) muscle was used to promote access to markets on behalf of US corporations.

Corporations do not share our priorities. They are hive organisms constructed out of teeming workers who join or leave the collective: those who participate within it subordinate their goals to that of the collective, which pursues the three corporate objectives of growth, profitability, and pain avoidance. (The sources of pain a corporate organism seeks to avoid are lawsuits, prosecution, and a drop in shareholder value.)

Corporations have a mean life expectancy of around 30 years, but are potentially immortal; they live only in the present, having little regard for past or (thanks to short term accounting regulations) the deep future: and they generally exhibit a sociopathic lack of empathy.
politics  money  power  corruption  history  society  business  economics 
4 weeks ago
Trump’s Jokes About Shooting Migrants Are No Laughing Matter
To review: Trump’s decision to brand Central American families fleeing adverse conditions in their home countries as an army of invading criminals has inspired armed vigilantes to flock to the border; these vigilantes have been illegally detaining migrants at gunpoint; some militia members are reportedly contemplating executing detained migrants en masse; and the president nevertheless keeps saying that shooting border crossers would be an effective way of deterring a major threat to the United States — and that he actually cannot think of any other effective means of doing so under our nation’s existing laws.
immigration  hate  bigotry  politics  gop 
4 weeks ago
Before Trump’s purge at DHS, top officials challenged plan for mass family arrests - The Washington Post
In the weeks before they were ousted last month, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and top immigration enforcement official Ronald Vitiello challenged a secret White House plan to arrest thousands of parents and children in a blitz operation against migrants in 10 major U.S. cities.

According to seven current and former Department of Homeland Security officials, the administration wanted to target the crush of families that had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border after the president’s failed “zero tolerance” prosecution push in early 2018. The ultimate purpose, the officials said, was a show of force to send the message that the United States was going to get tough by swiftly moving to detain and deport recent immigrants — including families with children.
immigration  government  politics  corruption 
4 weeks ago
How the West Virginia coal industry changed federal endangered species policy - The Washington Post
President Trump’s pro-coal stance is not surprising, but the documents offer a rare glimpse into how state and industry officials have tapped the president’s political appointees to advance their economic interests over the objections of the agency charged with protecting endangered wildlife — in this case, two crayfish species that help keep the state’s creeks and rivers healthy.
politics  science  regulation  environment  nature  animals  pollution  corruption  government 
4 weeks ago
Unsealed Documents in Special Counsel Mueller's Investigation [Updated] - Just Security
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has prosecuted the Russia investigation by bringing charges against a number of former Trump campaign officials and their associates, and against Russian individuals and entities. Those charges have yielded a series of indictments and plea deals. Find below an updated list of substantive documents in cases related to the Russia investigation.
Mueller-Report  russian  law  archive  politics 
4 weeks ago
Jonathan Stickland: Vaccinations ‘Sorcery’ | Talking Points Memo
Texas state Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R) called vaccines “sorcery” on Tuesday while fighting with doctors on Twitter.
politics  gop  anti-science  batshitcrazy  rightwingnutjobs  texas 
4 weeks ago
How Judi Dench inspired Kenneth Branagh to make All Is True |
The legendary Shakespearean actors have worked together numerous times — Dench even appeared in Branagh’s feature film directorial debut Henry V. But her performance as Paulina in a 2015 production of The Winter’s Tale, which Branagh directed as part of his season-long residency at London’s Garrick Theatre, sparked inspiration in him and screenwriter Ben Elton.
shakespeare  movies  Judi-Dench  McKellen 
4 weeks ago
Harrison Ford Bids Farewell to 'Star Wars' Co-Star Mayhew | Time
“We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience,” Ford said about his co-star, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
obit  starwars 
4 weeks ago
The Legacy Of Character in Avengers: Endgame – Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds
Which is why, for me, it’s worth looking at this last movie from that one angle: from the angle of character. It’s why we’re here. It is the single most important give-a-fuck factor in storytelling.

So, let’s do that. Let’s unpack the character legacies on display here.

Let’s see what works, what doesn’t, and what yet befuddles us. (The royal “us,” meaning, mostly, me.)
marvel  movies  fandom 
6 weeks ago
Far-Right Smear Merchants Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman Try to Slime Pete Buttigieg with Bogus Sex Assault Claim
A pair of right-wing provocateurs are being accused of attempting to recruit young Republican men to level false allegations of sexual assault against Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

The details of the operatives’ attempt emerged as one man suddenly surfaced with a vague and uncorroborated allegation that Buttigieg had assaulted him. The claim was retracted hours later on a Facebook page appearing to belong to the man.
2019-04  campaign2020  shenanigans  rightwingnutjobs  corruption 
6 weeks ago
Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign unveils tech tool to increase its voter database
The online tool allows everyday supporters to contribute to the campaign’s voter database by logging names and background information of anyone from a family member to a stranger met at a bus stop. It matches each name to a voter record before noting their level of support, priority issue and even union membership.
2019-04  campaign2020  surveillance  wtf  privacy 
6 weeks ago
Trump may have degraded U.S. politics for a generation to come - The Washington Post
Donald Trump may well have an impact nearly as far-reaching. But in his case, it’s the way he is dragging our politics down to his depraved level. And he’s able to accomplish it only because of the enthusiastic support of his party. That’s the vital part of this picture, the element that takes the poison Trump injects into our political bloodstream and sends it coursing through the entire body politic.
6 weeks ago
IRS Commissioner Charged with Releasing Trump Tax Returns Profits from Trump-Branded Property - CREW
Rettig’s financial interest at Trump-branded property raises serious ethics questions as the president continues to fight to keep his tax returns secret. The public has a strong interest in seeing the president’s tax returns to understand whether he is using the White House to further his own bottom line. The fact that Trump’s IRS Commissioner is entangled in the president’s business interests means we have to ask whether Rettig’s decision on releasing the president’s tax returns is based on the public interest or his own financial interests.
2019-04  government  ethics  corruption  politics  money  power 
7 weeks ago
Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan - Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Talk Sweetly is a novella set in 1882.  It’s about Stephen Shaughnessy, who we all know and love from his “Ask a Man” column which was so sublimely introduced in Milan’s last novel, The Suffragette Scandal.  Stephen has a reputation as a rake and his column is quite scandalous (and hilarious, and touching).  Stephen is an Irish Catholic with a working class background.  He has risen in the world largely by virtue of sheer audacity.  Stephen is madly in love with his neighbor, Rose Sweetly. 
books  review  romance 
7 weeks ago
Notes on the Mueller Report: A Reading Diary - Lawfare
I am reading the entire document carefully, starting at the beginning. I’m writing up my thoughts as I go in this post. There will be no cohesive argument to this journal. It will simply be a collection of my observations, questions and thoughts as I go through the document. It will get long. I will not attempt to summarize the underlying document, merely to reflect on it, but I will organize this post by document section. I will update the post as I read. I hope people find it useful.
2019-04  Mueller-Report  law  politics  corruption  government  analysis 
7 weeks ago
Justice Department rejects House Oversight subpoena on census citizenship question - Axios
"This is a massive, unprecedented, and growing pattern of obstruction. ... The subpoena that was issued to Mr. Gore was adopted by our Committee on a bipartisan basis.  Neither the White House nor the Department of Justice has asserted any privilege that would relieve Mr. Gore of his legal duty to comply. Both President Trump and Attorney General Barr are now openly ordering federal employees to ignore congressional subpoenas and simply not show up—without any assertion of a valid legal privilege.  These employees and their personal attorneys should think very carefully about their own legal interests rather than being swept up in the obstruction schemes of the Trump Administration."
2019-04  congress  government  oversight  law  gop  politics  corruption  constitution 
7 weeks ago
Expulsion of Missouri lobbyist’s son behind Title IX bills | The Kansas City Star
After his son was accused and subsequently expelled from Washington University in St. Louis last year through the school’s Title IX process, a leading Jefferson City lobbyist launched a campaign to change the law for every campus in the state.

Richard McIntosh has argued to legislators that Title IX, the federal law barring sexual discrimination in education and mandating that schools set up internal systems to police sexual violence, is tilted unfairly against the accused. His proposals — made first as a failed amendment to an unrelated bill near the end of the 2018 session and then this year as a full-fledged bill — create more protections for those accused of Title IX violations.
2019-04  privilege  law  womens_rights  money  power  hypocrisy 
7 weeks ago
Pruitt, Zinke move through revolving door from government to industry – ThinkProgress
The revolving door between the Trump administration and the industries it is meant to regulate is whirring on, with the former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Interior Department (DOI) now actively employed in efforts including fossil fuel lobbying and consulting for a mining corporation.
2019-04  politics  corruption  gop  environment  BigOil 
7 weeks ago
Why Won’t Twitter Treat White Supremacy Like ISIS? Because It Would Mean Banning Some Republican Politicians Too. - Motherboard
A Twitter employee who works on machine learning believes that a proactive, algorithmic solution to white supremacy would also catch Republican politicians.
2019-04  twitter  politics 
7 weeks ago
My TED talk: how I took on the tech titans in their lair | Carole Cadwalladr | UK news | The Guardian
For more than a year, the Observer writer has been probing a darkness at the heart of Silicon Valley. Last week, at a TED talk that became a global viral sensation, she told the tech billionaires they had broken democracy. What happened next?
2019-04  tech  facebook  google  twitter  democracy  socialmedia 
7 weeks ago
Trump tampered with witnesses. These Senate Republicans voted to oust Bill Clinton for doing just that | US news | The Guardian
Mueller’s report essentially accuses Trump of witness tampering – one of the offences Republicans impeached Clinton on. Here’s how they explained their votes
2019-04  politics  hypocrisy  gop  congress 
7 weeks ago
Republican discussed violent attacks and surveillance with rightwingers | World news | The Guardian
Washington state representative Matt Shea exchanged messages with far-right figures, chat records obtained by the Guardian reveal
2019-04  rightwingnutjobs  batshitcrazy  politics  violence 
7 weeks ago
Democrats Are Hoping You Don’t Understand What “Impeachment” Entails | The New Republic
Democratic leadership seemingly believes that the party can’t let its candidates campaign on promises to materially improve the lives of voters while also letting its elected officials carry out the responsibilities of their offices. They also believe, deep in their bones, that the country is not on their side. They believe going after Trump too directly will stir his mighty base, rather than imagining that full and transparent investigations into his various fraudulent and corrupt activities may demoralize his staunchest supporters—just as Trump himself was demoralized at the prospect of Mueller’s investigation—while also persuading those people who aren’t already in the cult of MAGA that this administration, and the party that abets it, need to be soundly defeated.

Once again, we can celebrate a modern example of bipartisanship: a deep conviction, on both sides, that the only legitimate force in American politics is white grievance.
2019-04  politics  congress 
8 weeks ago
Barr’s Playbook: He Misled Congress When Omitting Parts of Justice Dep’t Memo in 1989 - Just Security
On Friday the thirteenth October 1989, by happenstance the same day as the “Black Friday” market crash, news leaked of a legal memo authored by William Barr. He was then serving as head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). It is highly uncommon for any OLC memo to make headlines. This one did because it was issued in “unusual secrecy” and concluded that the FBI could forcibly abduct people in other countries without the consent of the foreign state. The headline also noted the implication of the legal opinion at that moment in time. It appeared to pave the way for abducting Panama’s leader, Gen. Manuel Noriega.

Members of Congress asked to see the full legal opinion. Barr refused, but said he would provide an account that “summarizes the principal conclusions.” Sound familiar? In March 2019, when Attorney General Barr was handed Robert Mueller’s final report, he wrote that he would “summarize the principal conclusions” of the special counsel’s report for the public.
2019-04  corruption  history  politics 
8 weeks ago
Australia Says It's "Ready To Confirm" A Key Meeting That Led To The Investigation Into Links Between Russia And Trump
The London meeting between former high commissioner Alexander Downer and Trump adviser George Papadopoulos was first reported by the New York Times in December 2017, reportedly revealing how Downer had been told by Papadopoulos that Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Until now, the Australian government and Downer have refused to confirm or give any details about the meeting central to the beginning of the Trump-Russia investigation, repeatedly citing the need to preserve national security.

But in a letter sent to Australia's Information Commissioner after a 15 month-long FOI battle with BuzzFeed News, a senior foreign official said his department was ready to confirm the meeting and release redacted documents, because Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation was now finished.
8 weeks ago
All About Pete | Current Affairs
I have lots of friends who are the products of elite institutions, but became critical of those institutions after being exposed to their inner workings. If Pete Buttigieg is one of those, great!

Pete Buttigieg is not one of those.
campaign2020  politics 
8 weeks ago
Cory Doctorow: Terra Nullius – Locus Online
The Ayn Randian hero is delusional: his (always his) achievements are a combination of freeriding on the people whose contributions he’s erased, and bleating that everyone who had the same idea as him was actually stealing his idea, rather than simply living in the same influences he had. This isn’t intrinsically racist or sexist or class-discriminatory, but when you’re ripping off and denigrating other people, it’s a lot easier to get away with it if you’re a rich, white dude.
colonialism  property  history  economics  race  oppression  civilization  John_Locke  copyright 
9 weeks ago
How White Nationalist Jared Taylor Wrote Candace Owens' Playbook - It's Going Down
Organizations like Turning Point USA, which was seeded, funded, and kept afloat by wealthy billionaires, people from within the fossil fuel industry, and connections to the Trump organization, Fox News, and the Republican party, exist as a clear middle ground between the Alt-Right and electoral politics. They also represent the current strategy of the MAGAfied Republican party post-Unite the Right, which is to deny that white nationalism is a problem, or that it even exists, and instead claim that the real danger comes from “the Left,” while at the same time, mining the far-Right for talking points, ideas, and conspiracy theories to animate the base. But while demonizing immigrants and flirting with Q-anon sells, it more importantly helps distract from the GOP’s full on class war assault.
2019-04  white-nationalism  gop  politics  society  race 
9 weeks ago
Michael Dutton: Why Stop & Shop workers could be on picket lines - NewsTimes
Why is Stop & Shop looking to cut benefits and essentially freeze wages? Even though Stop & Shop claims to be struggling to stay competitive with its non-union competition, Ahold USA is a profitable company and, according to its own shareholder statements, its union stores, Stop & Shop and Giant, are more profitable than its non-union stores. With last year’s cut of corporate taxes, the company has had even more free cash to work with. That cash has been used buy out a regional grocery chain on Long Island and at the same time aggressively buy back Ahold stock shares, rewarding the company’s institutional investors.

The board of directors of any corporation is entitled to take actions that reward its investors, and they are entitled to be rewarded, but is taking benefits from the hard-working families who help you earn those profits and giving that money to money managers moral? Is Stop & Shop management proud that by pushing their employees harder they are allowing more profits to be outsourced to European investors? Couldn’t just a bit of those profits be used to reward the workers who helped earn those profits? How much is enough for Ahold? When is the stock price high enough that they can share the profits with the employees?
2019-04  labor  inequality  unions  injustice 
9 weeks ago
Stop & Shop strike: supermarket employees are striking across the Northeast - Vox
The largest private sector strike in years is playing out at supermarkets across the Northeast
“They’re a billion-dollar company because of us.”
2019-04  labor  inequality  unions 
9 weeks ago
Russia efforts to reach Bernie Sanders supporters more than was known, researcher says - The Washington Post
While much attention has focused on the question of whether the Trump campaign encouraged or conspired with Russia, the effort to target Sanders supporters has been a lesser-noted part of the story. Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, in a case filed last year against 13 Russians accused of interfering in the U.S. presidential campaign, said workers at a St. Petersburg facility called the Internet Research Agency were instructed to write social media posts in opposition to Clinton but “to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump.” 
2019-04  campaign2016  russian  election 
9 weeks ago
'Are You Serious?' John Kerry Interrupts GOP Climate Denial Logic in Disbelief | DeSmogBlog
During this hearing, Massie wasn’t alone in displaying bizarre logic to attack science and the reality of climate change. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) apparently thought holding up a fossil disproved that humans are causing climate change.

“Climate change has been changing all through the life of this planet. I’ve got a fossil right here from Western Wyoming — a desert — but that once was under an ocean,” he said.
2019-04  climate_change  anti-science  congress  batshitcrazy 
9 weeks ago
Avengers: Endgame stars grace EW's latest cover |
It’s strange when a reunion feels like a farewell.

That was the bittersweet vibe around Avengers: Endgame when Entertainment Weekly sat down with the Original Six, the actors who first united as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes once upon a time in 2012’s The Avengers.
marvel  interview  video  avengers  rdj 
9 weeks ago
Trump's DOJ nominee refuses to say he supports school desegregation
Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision that desegregated schools, is one of the pillars of American jurisprudence. But Trump's pick for Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice, Jeffrey Rosen, won't even agree that it is settled law.

Rosen was tapped by Trump to replace Rod Rosenstein, who is stepping down.

At his confirmation hearing Wednesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) asked him whether he agreed that Roe v. Wade was correctly decided, Rosen bobbed and weaved: "What I would agree with is that it’s the precedent of the Supreme Court for better than 40 years now and unless and until that changes, it's the law."
9 weeks ago
Trump's sister retires to dodge investigation of family's tax crimes
Maryanne Trump Barry, Trump's older sister who served as a federal judge on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals for nearly two decades, retired from her job in February — a move that ended an investigation into her role in a series of potential tax crimes the Trump family committed over the years, the New York Times reported.

Multiple official judicial conduct complaints into her role in the "outright fraud" the Trump family engaged in during the 1990s after the family patriarch, Fred Trump, died were filed in October, after the New York Times initially reported on the Trump family tax crimes.
2019-04  corruption 
9 weeks ago
Pork industry to gain power over inspections - Los Angeles Times
The Trump administration plans to shift much of the power and responsibility for food safety inspections in hog plants to the pork industry as early as May, cutting the number of federal inspectors by about 40% and replacing them with plant employees.

Under the proposed new inspection system, the responsibility for identifying diseased and contaminated pork would be shared with plant employees, whose training would be at the discretion of plant owners. There would be no limits on slaughter-line speeds.

The new pork inspection system would accelerate the federal government's move toward delegating inspections to the livestock industry. During the Obama administration, poultry plant owners were given more power over safety inspections, although that administration canceled plans to increase line speeds. The Trump administration in September allowed some poultry plants to increase line speeds.
2019-04  food  safety  regulation  government  corruption 
9 weeks ago
Paul Gosar Omitted Dinner with Far-Right Nationalists in Travel Report – Sludge
When Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar filed his travel report from a July 2018 trip to London with the House clerk’s office, he listed a Saturday night dinner with “members of the U.K. parliament” to “discuss the need to protect the right to free speech.”

Because of The Brink, a new documentary about former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s political work in Europe last year, we now know the guest list for the dinner Gosar attended that night, which took place in Bannon’s London hotel, included no British MPs at all—and instead included several right-wing nationalist politicians from Belgium, France, and Sweden.
2019-04  congress  corruption  white-nationalism 
9 weeks ago
Jonah Goldberg and the fascism fraud that will not die, a decade later
From Charlottesville to Portland to Christchurch, we’re awash in the effects of a resurgent white nationalist movement that considers the “liberal smear” that fascism was a right-wing movement further evidence of a “cultural Marxist” campaign against white Western civilization. D’Souza’s book The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left—which has been a bestseller, despite having been systematically dismantled by everyone from Ross Douthat to Mark Bray to Kevin M. Kruse and exposed as a risible fraud from start to finish—was in fact, as Douthat suggests, essentially a dumbed-down, frat-boy repackaging of Goldberg’s 2008 best-seller, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. D’Souza also made a slickly produced “documentary” pursuing this thesis further, titled Death of a Nation.
9 weeks ago
William Barr’s Mueller cover-up reveals America’s delusional dreamland about democracy | Will Bunch
The irony is that the Barr cover-up somehow managed to reveal the one thing every American needs to know. That the dreamland of a working democratic system — in a landscape populated by an empowered, truth-seeking Congress, honest judges, and investigative reporting that can change public opinion — died a long, long time ago. Knowing that is both terrifying and empowering. Because the real, radical work of waking up can finally begin.
9 weeks ago
Privileged | By Kyle Korver
he fact that black Americans are more than five times as likely to be incarcerated as white Americans is wrong. The fact that black Americans are more than twice as likely to live in poverty as white Americans is wrong. The fact that black unemployment rates nationally are double that of overall unemployment rates is wrong. The fact that black imprisonment rates for drug charges are almost six times higher nationally than white imprisonment rates for drug charges is wrong. The fact that black Americans own approximately one-tenth of the wealth that white Americans own is wrong.

The fact that inequality is built so deeply into so many of our most trusted institutions is wrong.

And I believe it’s the responsibility of anyone on the privileged end of those inequalities to help make things right.

So if you don’t want to know anything about me, outside of basketball, then listen — I get it. But if you do want to know something? Know I believe that.
2019-04  racism  race  society  privilege 
9 weeks ago
Icebreaker Pt 1 - Secret Homeland Security ICE/HSI Manual for Stripping US Citizenship - UNICORN RIOT
A confidential manual, which Unicorn Riot has obtained in full, guides the US Department of Homeland Security’s little-known investigative arm, Homeland Security Investigations, in targeting and stripping citizenship from naturalized foreign-born Americans.

This is the first story in Unicorn Riot’s “Icebreaker” series, which aims to promptly release this information in complete form,
2019-02  immigration  police_state  government 
10 weeks ago
It’s time to face the facts: Racism is a national security issue - The Washington Post
Ever since U.S. intelligence agencies reported that the Russian government worked to sway the 2016 election, foreign election meddling has been one of our nation’s top national security concerns. But our discussions about Russian interference rarely touch on the other major threat to our elections: the resurgence of state-sponsored voter suppression in the United States. In light of these disturbing new reports, it is clear we can no longer think of foreign election meddling as a phenomenon separate from attempts to disenfranchise Americans of color. Racial injustice remains a real vulnerability in our democracy, one that foreign powers are only too willing to attack.
racism  race  security  politics 
10 weeks ago
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