While much of the discussion of Kushner’s real-estate empire has focused on glitzy high-rises in New York City, Kushner also owns far more modest low-rise residential rental complexes across the country. The NY Times has a superb exposé of shoddy conditions and exploitative, extortionate tactics used in Baltimore housing complexes owned by a company called “JK2 Westminster”. The JK stands for Jared Kushner’s initials. The article describes the travails of one young woman who terminated her lease early, with permission from the landlord, a few months before Kushner bought the property. Kushner’s lawyers filed a court-case to extract several thousand dollars …Continue reading →
Seems like all kinds of news on take out the trash day. The Washington Post reported a few minutes ago that someone familiar with the Russia probe has identified a WH official as “a person” of interest. …Continue reading →
As several news sources have pointed out, prior to the ACA, insurers could deny coverage to victims of sexual assault. Prior to the passage of Obamacare, survivors of sexual assault who sought medical attention for injuries sustained during the assault could be denied coverage later on because rape was considered a pre-existing condition. The National Women’s Law Center launched a campaign at the time “Being a Woman is Not a Pre-Existing Condition,” as Gina Scaramella from the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center recalled. Under the new MacArthur-Meadows Amendment in Trumpcare, states would be allowed to waive the ban on denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. It …Continue reading →
Jonathan Allen covered the White House and the 2016 campaign for Bloomberg News. Amie Parnes is the White House correspondent for The Hill. In 2015, they published a book titled HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton. It was a largely positive profile of the former Secretary of State. Allen and Parnes covered the Clinton campaign starting in 2014, planning to write a second book about it. They had high level access to many campaign insiders. In their introduction, they say the expected to be writing about the election of a woman for the first time as President. Instead, they, like most …Continue reading →
The Harvard Harris poll sampled over 2000 voters across the country last week (April 14-17). Sanders is viewed favorably by 57 percent of registered voters, according to data from a Harvard-Harris survey provided exclusively to The Hill. Sanders is the only person in a field of 16 Trump administration officials or congressional leaders included in the survey who is viewed favorably by a majority of those polled. […] Only 32 percent have a negative view of Sanders, including nearly two-thirds of Republicans. — thehill.com/… It’s important to note that the survey looked only at current politicians, not those who aren’t in office today. Obama’s …Continue reading →
VX Explained Following the assassination of Kim Jung-Nam (half brother to North Korea’s current dictator Kim Jung-Un) last month at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur airport, I thought it might be worthwhile to explore what VX nerve gas (Kim Jung-Nam’s supposed killing agent) actually is. Our friends at the University of Nottingham, and founding contributors to the Periodic Table of Videos, offer this information, and with my hearty thanks. Gene Silencing Using a technique called RNA interference, researchers at Imperial College have developed a new and apparently very potent LDL cholesterol reducing drug called Inclisiran, which “switches off” a gene responsible for …Continue reading →
We need someone in the White House with some $ sense – this plan of TRUMPS makes no sense – http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/10/216-billion-internal-dhs-report-shows-border-wall-cost-roughly-double-what-trump http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/13/daywithoutlatinos-rapid-response-teams-deportation-resistance-builds http://www.commondreams.org/further/2017/02/09/trumps-first-deported-bad-hombre-working-tax-paying-mom-two-american-teenagers …Continue reading →
The Fermi Paradox The great Italian physicist and Nobel Laureate Enrico Fermi asked the seemingly innocuous question “Where are they?” in response to a luncheon conversation with colleagues about the oddity that no extraterrestrial sentient beings had contacted us Earthlings yet. This question is commonly known as Fermi’s Paradox. Notwithstanding the obvious rejoinder that ETs (aka bad hombres) are currently occupying the White House, Fermi’s question has obvious merit, given the large number of habitable planets circulating around the immense number of stars we know exist in each of the immense number of galaxies we can and do observe in …Continue reading →
Does No One Care That up to 7 Million Votes Were Not Counted? By Thom Hartmann – Crosscheck kicked millions of people – overwhelmingly people of color, according to Palast – off the voting rolls before election day. In many key states, the number of people purged by Crosscheck was much, much larger than Trump’s margin of victory. MI, WI, PA – As of 1-9-2016 Thoms story has almost 40,000 FB shares, 800+ Twitter Shares, and 40,000+ shares in other ways. at 100,000+- shares, sharing is running 100 times that of many recent stories posted to his site. Does No …Continue reading →
Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves.
Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 million acres of tribal lands, two chairmen of the coalition told Reuters in exclusive interviews.
The group proposes to put those lands into private ownership – a politically explosive idea that could upend more than century of policy designed to preserve Indian tribes on U.S.-owned reservations, which are governed by tribal leaders as sovereign nations.
The plan dovetails with Trump’s larger aim of slashing regulation to boost energy production. It could deeply divide Native American leaders, who hold a range of opinions on the proper balance between development and conservation.
The proposed path to deregulated drilling – privatizing reservations – could prove even more divisive. Many Native Americans view such efforts as a violation of tribal self-determination and culture.
“Our spiritual leaders are opposed to the privatization of our lands, which means the commoditization of the nature, water, air we hold sacred,” said Tom Goldtooth, a member of both the Navajo and the Dakota tribes who runs the Indigenous Environmental Network. “Privatization has been the goal since colonization – to strip Native Nations of their sovereignty.”
TYT covers the story here:
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Happy Saturday Peeps! So let’s first address the elephant…I mean donkey, in the room – “basket of deplorables”?? I think it was a stupid thing to say if you’re trying to win an election. Last night, when I heard that at her fundraiser with Barbra Streisand, Clinton said to laughter: “To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Clinton said. “Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.” Nice. Insult a big chunk of voters. I thought liberals were supposed to be caring people, people who often went the …Continue reading →
Happy last day of August my friends! I gather things didn’t go too well in Florida yesterday. 🙁 Good luck people of Florida! What’s really got my attention this morning, though, is the letter that Reps. Elijah Cummings, John Conyers, Eliot Engel, and Bennie Thompson sent to the FBI yesterday. The letter, which presents no actual evidence of wrongdoing, and which follows up the one Harry Reid sent the FBI the other day, smacks of both a desperate attempt to deflect attention away from the revealing Clinton emails and as a bald election season ploy to cast aspersions on a …Continue reading →
President Obama yesterday exposed Trump as a phony populist, and along the way complimented Bernie Sanders as a genuine populist who spent his entire career working for the people. On a self-described “rant” about populism, but without mentioning Donald Trump by name, President Obama today submitted that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s rhetoric is not populism, but actually “nativism or xenophobia.” “They don’t suddenly become a populist because they say something controversial in order to win votes,” the president said, taking a moment of liberty at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa, Canada, after several questions at a news conference explored Trump’s campaign rhetoric. …Continue reading →
Sanders shows that he cares about all issues and communities. This is why I am #StillSanders. Bernie Sanders To Speak At National Latino Conference After Clinton, Trump Decline Bernie Sanders will speak at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) conference in Washington D.C. Thursday morning, a week after he appeared in a video saying he will seek to work with Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump and ensure the Democratic platform is the most progressive in its history. His address is expected to be 20 minutes long at 8:30 a.m. While Sanders did not dropout, he …Continue reading →
There was a huge buzz yesterday at TOP over Politico’s scathing article about Bernie. I doubt their latest offering will see the same exposure or enthusiasm. Politico, being an equal-opportunity critic, has published a new article demonstrating how easily Clinton could lose the 2016 General to Trump. They say she is already making four mistakes that could cost her the election, but she is unlikely to change course. How Hillary Loses Every superdelegate going to Philly really ought to read this and carefully consider it. …Continue reading →