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jcitybone

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/369897-haitians-protest-trump-outside-trump-tower

Hundreds of Haitian-Americans and Haitians living in New York City protested President Trump’s reported comments referring to the country as a “shithole” on Friday night.

The New York Daily News reports that hundreds of demonstrators descended on Trump Tower waving Haitian flags, beating drums, and blowing horns while chanting slogans at the president.

Trump was not in New York City at the time.

“We have a president in power who knows no history and seems to have no education, who just disrespects any and everybody in the world,” one Haitian-born social worker who lives in Brooklyn told the newspaper.

jcitybone

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/the-oil-spill-that-wasnt/550820/?utm_source=atlfb

Over the last two weeks, the maritime world has watched with horror as a tragedy has unfolded in the East China Sea. A massive Iranian tanker, the Sanchi, collided with a Chinese freighter carrying grain. Damaged and adrift, the tanker caught on fire, burned for more than a week, and sank. All 32 crew members are presumed dead.

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities and environmental groups have been trying to understand the environmental threat posed by the million barrels of hydrocarbons that the tanker was carrying. Because the Sanchi was not carrying crude oil, but rather condensate, a liquid by-product of natural gas and some kinds of oil production. According to Alex Hunt, a technical manager at the London-based International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation, which assists with oil spills across the world, there has never been a condensate spill like this.

wi59

Music video Bernie would’ve won couldn’t pass up

polarbear4

Love it! Shared.

wi59

Found this meme as well

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polarbear4

This too. :O)

polarbear4

Assange Keeps Warning Of AI Censorship, And It’s Time We Started Listening

What this means is that using increasingly more advanced forms of artificial intelligence, power structures are becoming more and more capable of controlling the ideas and information that people are able to access and share with one another, hide information which goes against the interests of those power structures and elevate narratives which support those interests, all of course while maintaining the illusion of freedom and lively debate. …

“When you have AI programs harvesting all the search queries and YouTube videos someone uploads it starts to lay out perceptual influence campaigns, twenty to thirty moves ahead,” Assange said. “This starts to become totally beneath the level of human perception.” …To be clear, this is already happening. Due to a recent shift in Google’s “evaluation methods”, traffic to left-leaning and anti-establishment websites has plummeted, with sites like WikiLeaks, Alternet, Counterpunch, Global Research, Consortium News, Truthout, and WSWS losing up to 70 percent of the views they were getting prior to the changes. Powerful billionaire oligarchs Pierre Omidyar and George Soros are openly financing the development of “an automated fact-checking system” (AI) to hide “fake news” from the public. [links in the article.]

To make matters even worse, there’s no way to know the exact extent to which this is going on, because we know that we can absolutely count on the digital super states in question to lie about it. In the lead-up to the 2016 election, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was asked point-blank if Twitter was obstructing the #DNCLeaks from trending…and Dorsey flatly denied it. More than a year later, we learned from a prepared testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism by Twitter’s acting general counsel Sean J. Edgett that this was completely false and Twitter had indeed been doing exactly that to protect the interests of US political structures by sheltering the public from information allegedly gathered by Russian hackers

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Benny

Benny

I recognize that unlike TOP we are not the blog for the Anti-Trump sentiment (we are progressives who prefer to get things done), still it is day one of the Power to the Polls march weekend.

Benny

Sign in my front yard too:

polarbear4

A well-sourced, lengthy but eye opening article on how we’re funding regime change and unrest in Iran. Of the many, this one involves climate change. I wouldn’t put it past our govt. to covertly encourage climate change because it helps destabilize countries that don’t tow our line.

One NED project funded by the State Department in 2016, for instance, seeks to exploit Iran’s escalating water crisis to ramp up hostility toward the government. According to the NED, the project’s goal is:

“To mobilize public participation in initiatives aimed at ending widespread water mismanagement by national and local authorities. Project activities will raise civil society and public awareness of the role that authorities’ mismanagement of water has played in Iran’s current drought conditions, endeavoring to elevate the issue for debate in the public political sphere.”
The US foreign policy establishment has closely watched the impact of Iran’s water crisis over the last few years. A recent Scientific American piece, for instance, reports the observations of senior US policy wonks from the Atlantic Council and Brookings Institution, which have significant influence on high-level US foreign policy discourse.

The analysts told Scientific American that while the immediate factors behind the protests were low wages, growing mistrust of political leaders, and the collapse of financial institutions (much of which has been amplified by ongoing US-backed sanctions), underlying drivers include the impact of climate change.

Iran has experienced a cycle of intensifying extreme droughts since the 1990s, driven largely by climate change, but exacerbated by official water mismanagement. This has impacted crop production, affecting the lives of rural farmers and worsening already high unemployment rates for young people, even as the state has responded by slashing subsidies in response to mounting economic woes.

He could improve the article by providing links (does Medium do that?), but he does cite many government documents.

jcitybone

California attorney general will prosecute employers who help ICE officials

During a news conference on Thursday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned that he would prosecute any employer who willingly cooperated with federal immigration raids on their businesses, slapping them with a $10,000 fine in some cases. His comments come amid threats by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, who say they’re already upping their presence in the state to “protect” communities.

“It’s important, given these rumors that are out there, to let people know — more specifically today, employers — that if they voluntarily start giving up information about their employees or access to their employees in ways that contradict our new California laws, they subject themselves to actions by my office,” he said, according to the Sacramento Bee. “We will prosecute those who violate the law.”

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