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The US and UK have let xenophobia bring them to the brink
The UK still has no Brexit deal, and the US is enduring the longest government shutdown in its history over funding for a border wall.
fearmongering  theTerrorismExcuse  immigration  casteingTheLowerClass  popularUnrest  governmentIncompetence  endOfTheUSEmpire 
3 days ago by joeybaker
House votes 362-53 to disapprove Trump lifting of sanctions on Russian companies
In a major rebuke of President Trump, the House overwhelming passed a resolution Thursday formally disapproving of the Trump administration’s rolling back of sanctions on companies owned by Oleg Deripaska, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Put
trumpAuthoritarianism  trumpCorruption  governmentIncompetence 
5 days ago by joeybaker
McConnell blocks House bill to reopen government for second time
Senate Republicans blocked a House-passed package to reopen the federal government for a second time in as many weeks on Tuesday. Democratic Sens.
governmentIncompetence 
7 days ago by joeybaker
Ajit Pai Refuses to Brief Lawmakers Over Phone-Tracking Scandal, Dubiously Blames Shutdown
Saying there is no legal reason why Ajit Pai should rebuff an invitation to brief lawmakers during the government shutdown, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Monday criticized the FCC head for refusing to appear for a briefing about the ongoing controversy over Americans’ real-time location data being actively disclosed to unauthorized third-parties.
trumpAristocracy  governmentIncompetence 
8 days ago by joeybaker
Government shutdown: TLS certificates not renewed, many websites are down
Over 80 government websites are down after TLS certificates expired and there’s nobody on hand to renew them.
governmentIncompetence 
12 days ago by joeybaker
Americans are happier in states where governments spend more on public goods, among them libraries, parks, highways, natural resources and police protection, a Baylor University study has found.
Americans are happier in states where governments spend more on public goods, among them libraries, parks, highways, natural resources and police protection, a Baylor University study has found.
governmentIncompetence  win 
16 days ago by joeybaker
Hundreds of TSA screeners, working without pay, calling out sick at major airports
Hundreds of Transportation Security Administration officers, who are required to work without paychecks through the partial government shutdown, have called out from work this week from at least four major airports
governmentIncompetence 
18 days ago by joeybaker
‘There’s so many different things!’: How technology baffled an elderly Congress in 2018
In hearings with Mark Zuckerberg and others, the House and Senate revealed a lack of familiarity with our digital ways.
oligarchy  governmentIncompetence 
20 days ago by joeybaker
Pollution from US manufacturing has massively declined since 1990, despite increases in production. New study in the American Economic Review finds that it is primarily due to environmental regulation.
In the 1960s, there were worries that U.S. economic growth would lead to increasingly dangerous levels of pollution, and that by the year 2000, air pollution would make cities like Los Angeles and New York uninhabitable. Instead, U.S. air quality has improved dramatically since then. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the reduction in U.S. air pollution since 1990 prevented several hundred thousand premature deaths annually, so it is important to understand its causes. How do U.S. manufacturers produce more now, while polluting less?
climateChange  governmentIncompetence  win  corporateIndemnity 
22 days ago by joeybaker
Treasury Official Who Allegedly Leaked Trump Associates’ Bank Records Claims She Went to Congress First
The senior advisor at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) who arrested and charged for the unauthorized leak of confidential bank records to a BuzzFeed reporter reportedly raised her concerns as early as the Summer of 2016, including to congressional staffers.
governmentIncompetence  trumpAristocracy  trumpCorruption  trumpAuthoritarianism 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
New FCC Data Indicates Future Broadband Access for Most Americans Will Be a Monopoly
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) produced its first Communications Marketplace Report, a biannual report recently required by Congress, to comprehensively assess the status of America’s communications and media market. And here’s the good news: if what you want is a choice of slow,...
ISP  corporateConsolidation  corporateIndemnity  governmentIncompetence 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
The average outpatient visit in the US costs nearly $500, according to a new study. In addition, the average inpatient stay had a price tag in 2016 of more than $22,000. Both underscore a common understanding in the health profession: The US exceeds every
The average outpatient visit in the United States costs nearly $500, according to a new scientific study. In addition, the average inpatient stay had a price tag in 2016 of more than $22,000. Both of these dollar amounts underscore a common understanding in the health profession: The US exceeds every other nation in total health care costs.
healthcareMalfeasance  governmentIncompetence 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
The FCC Has Made the Same Mistake for Text Messaging That It Did for Net Neutrality
Almost exactly a year ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to strip net neutrality protections from the Internet and reclassify Internet Service Providers as an “information service” rather than a “common carrier” telecommunications one. This year, the FCC has voted to classify...
governmentIncompetence  ISP  corporateIndemnity  netNeutrality 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
Google CEO responds to Steve King's iPhone concerns: 'Congressman, iPhone is made by a different company'
Google CEO Sundar Pichai Tuesday responded to Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) confusion over why he sees unwelcome news on his iPhone, telling King, “Congressman, iPhone is made by a different company.”
governmentIncompetence 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
CO2 rises for the first time in four years
Global efforts to tackle climate are off track says the UN, as it sees a rise in CO2 after years of decline.
climateChange  governmentIncompetence 
8 weeks ago by joeybaker
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