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polarbear4

Kavanaugh: Dr. Christine Blasey Seeks to Forestall a Trauma to the Nation That Was Inflicted on Her

So this great and selfless woman has dedicated her life to helping people (including veterans) who have been abused and traumatized to deal with the resulting symptoms. She took her own horrible experience with spoiled DC elite males and turned it into lemonade for others. And now, at immense personal cost, she has stepped forward to attempt to save us all from a severe trauma.

If the GOP shoehorns Kavanaugh in (even though we are on the cusp of an election and they sidelined Merrick Garland on exactly these grounds) then all Americans will be raped by the elitist political philosophy of Kavanaugh, and half of Americans will lose autonomy over their own bodies to a Federal government in thrall to a religious minority (Evangelicals are now only about 17% of Americans, and anti-abortion Catholics are maybe 12%). Workers will lose the few rights they have left. The US will revert completely to the Robber Baron age of the late nineteenth century, and America will be about as favorable to women’s rights as Mauritania, the Philippines and Honduras.

Very passionate for Juan Cole. i like his take on how, in a sense, we, the people are continually raped by the DC “bully” boys (and girls). Cole is usually more reserved.

BTW, luckily for the world, “Christine Blasey Ford [is] a professor of Psychiatry at Palo Alto University and an affiliate at Stanford University, which will make it harder to question her credibility for many.

humphrey

This comes from perpetual Presidential candidate with no shame.

polarbear4

i used to like Biden more. now i see his “good uncle” bit as a smarmy lie in the service of money.

polarbear4

There should be quotation marks after “Stanford University.” The rest is mine.

polarbear4

Europe Just Voted to Wreck the Internet
New EU law would allow spying on everything and censoring vast swathes of our communications
by Cory Doctorow

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As Trump Commits to Endless War, Corporate Media Obsess Over Anonymous Op-Ed

The anonymous New York Times op-ed (9/5/18), purportedly written by a senior Trump administration official, coupled with the release of Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear—itself full of White House back-stabbing and anonymous quotes—unleashed a veritable tsunami of breathless press speculation last week. But lost amidst the deluge was a Trump administration story that will have deadly, far-reaching consequences long after the Times op-ed is forgotten and Woodward’s book hits the discount pile. That’s because Trump effectively endorsed endless US war in Syria last week, and almost no one in the press noticed.

This is weird. Or not.

Despite the dearth of coverage in its news pages, the Times editorial board did, however, take the time to write an editorial (9/8/18) on the Trump administration’s new Syria policy—in order to tacitly support it. (As FAIR has previously noted—3/27/17—this move is in keeping with the Times’ long track record of supporting every overseas US military campaign for the past 30 years.) In its Sunday Review column, the paper matter-of-factly endorses the Trump plan of keeping more than 2,000 US troops in Syria as “leverage,” while also not-so-subtly echoing Trump’s “take the oil” campaign rhetoric (“Mr. Assad will have to change his behavior to get control of that area’s oil and gas resources”), the better to blackmail President Bashar Assad into complying with US diplomatic demands.

WTFrack? Assd will have to change his behavior to get control of his country’s own oil and gas resources???? NYT has truly gone down.

humphrey

They have been down for quite a while. Remember the articles by Judith Miller in the lead up to the Iraq War.

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humphrey

I would imagine that the worst is yet to come.

http://www.valdostadailytimes.com/news/business/pollution-fears-swollen-rivers-swamp-ash-dumps-hog-farms/article_9b3a9a3c-3c32-56a6-9ca9-b99811db4ed9.html

Flooded rivers from Florence’s driving rains have begun to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday.

Duke Energy said the weekend collapse of a coal ash landfill at the mothballed L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington, North Carolina, is an “on-going situation,” with an unknown amount of potentially contaminated storm water flowing into a nearby lake. At a different power plant near Goldsboro, three old coal ash dumps capped with soil were inundated by the Neuse River.

An Associated Press photographer who flew over eastern North Carolina’s Trent River on Sunday saw several flooded hog farms, their long metal buildings ringed by dark water. Such farms typically have large pits filled with hog urine and feces that can cause significant water contamination if breached. State regulators said they hadn’t received any reports of spills so far.

An AP analysis of location data from hog waste disposal permits shows at least 45 active North Carolina farms are located in 100-year and 500-year floodplains.

Federal forecasters predicted several rivers would crest at record or near-record levels by Monday, and high water could linger for days. Officials with the N.C. Park Council, and industry trade group, said farmers had prepared for the storm by lowering water levels in waste ponds and moving animals to higher ground.

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orlbucfan

Wonder if they had enough sense to let the animals out before the storm hit?

polarbear4

probably the best did, the worst didn’t. we have some local small pig farmers that supply Laughing Planet here, which I’ll eat once in a while–pulled pork in a DIY “taco” (a big bowl full of yummies). i won’t eat the big boys’ pork. And if i watch Babe, i can’t even eat local for a while. lol. been eatin’ less and less muscle.

orlbucfan

We’re talking some major eco-disasters in areas primarily due to coal ash dust.

polarbear4

oh that’s awful. dammit. when will tptb get their heads on straight? just makes me sputter!

baby Bodhi just left though, so i get a major dose of heart love lots of days.

polarbear4

BTW, to keep M4A candidates in red districts in mind, here’s a tip from BENNY :O):

“Another Justice Dem who could use some attention is Jamie Schoolcraft, MO-7.

You can check out his priorities here: https://www.electschoolcraft.com/priorities-for-congress.”

Also tweeted it.

humphrey

A few things that might be of interest to wi60

there is nothing that is too low for the Republicans.

polarbear4

Too bad that it can’t be great if he did kneel!

wi60
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Ted Cruz Might Lose, and Other Giddy Tidbits From Election 2018

Truthout has a shiny layout now and this article from William Rivers Pitt discusses many of the recent progressive wins. I imagine Stacy Abrams in Georgia will get a lot of support, but she is also one in a tight race. I’ve been back and forth on Pitt, but this is a good one. I’ll just drop a few paragraphs.

The stench of panic permeating RNC headquarters is thicker than the fog beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. No lesser light than GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has sounded the alarm about this race to his colleagues and donors. GOP Sen. John Cornyn called the O’Rourke campaign “a serious threat,” and even Rick Tyler, Cruz’s former campaign strategist, is worried. “We’re not bluffing,” said Tyler on MSNBC, “this is real, and it is a serious threat.”

How is this brazen defiance of known political gravity even possible? First and foremost, Ted Cruz is about as popular as toenail fungus. His GOP colleagues all remember with grim clarity Cruz’s grandstanding anti-ACA “Green Eggs & Ham” filibuster debacle of 2013, when he comprehensively failed to understand the moral of a children’s story on live television. The main problem congressional Republicans have with Ted Cruz is the fact that he is a shameless self-promoting carny huckster just like they are, but he is wildly obvious about it, thus blowing their cover.

And in closing:

On September 29, music legend Willy Nelson will headline a rally in Texas for Beto O’Rourke. In his entire career, Nelson has never once done a public concert for a political candidate. “My wife Annie and I have met and spoken with Beto and we share his concern for the direction things are headed,” said Nelson in a press release. “Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine.”

There’s something happening here, to quote another musician, and it ain’t all Trump. When progressives actually run as progressives, when voters are given candidates who have discarded the thoroughly discredited empty vessel that is tepid “third way” Republican-lite centrism and offer genuine and workable policy alternatives, those candidates do very, very well.

Even in Texas, where Ted Cruz might lose.

polarbear4

No way!!!! Please tell me the law can stop misuse of this. puhlleeeeeeeeze!

Internet Howls After Learning Trump Will Soon Be Able to Send Text Alerts to Every Single US Resident

“Sorry. No opting out.”

At precisely 2:18 pm ET on Oct. 3, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says it will test the nation’s first-ever “presidential alert,” a system that will allow Trump to address the entire nation directly via text. Users cannot opt out of presidential alerts—which will reportedly make a uniquely loud noise—so the only way Americans can avoid seeing the messages is to turn their phones off.

And no, you won’t be able to text back.

I’m putting it on my Oct. 2 calendar, telling everyone, and turning my phone off on October 3. Bet I’m not the only one.

Funny tweets at link. Too long a thread of them to post here. Here’s one.

wi60

For Christ sake I cant stand watching him on the tube and turn the channel when he starts spewing his BS, for that matter Walker too!!!!!!!

polarbear4

so many stories, so little time. 🙂

Cooking the Books in the Trump Universe
Could Donald Trump be a one-man version of either Enron or Lehman Brothers, someone who cooked “the books” until, well, he imploded?

Nomi Prinz gets quite detailed, so I’ll just lay out a piece:

Yet the financial disclosures that The Donald did make during election campaign 2016 indicate that there are more than 500 companies in over two dozen countries, mostly with few to no employees or real offices, that feature him as their “president.” Let’s face it, someone like Trump would only create a business universe of such Wall Street-esque complexity if he wanted to hide something. He was likely trying to evade taxes, shield himself and his family from financial accountability, or hide the dubious health of parts of his business empire. As a colleague of mine at Bear Stearns once put it, when tax-haven companies pile up like dirty laundry, there’s a high likelihood that their uses aren’t completely clean.

Now, let’s consider what we know of Donald Trump’s financial adventures, taxes and all. It’s quite a story and, even though it already feels like forever, it’s only beginning to be told

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So many ways to be crooked….

polarbear4

it’s Prins, not Prinz. I’m off to dinner with a friend, been a long time. :O) we get a free dinner at a nice restaurant for listening to a solar panel sales talk. fine with me.

humphrey

Enjoy your dinner. The price is right.

polarbear4

Revealed: The Justice Dept’s Secret Rules for Targeting Journalists With FISA Court Orders

The documents raise several concerning questions:

How many times have FISA court orders been used to target journalists? The memo that accompanies these rules strongly suggests that there have been journalists subject to FISA court orders in the past (“Consistent with this determination, such applications [targeting members of the media] shall be reviewed by the Attorney General or Deputy Attorney General“) and that it’s entirely possible there are such orders active now. How many journalists have been targeted total, and are any currently under a FISA investigation?

Why did the Justice Department keep these rules secret — even their very existence — when the Justice Department updated its “media guidelines” in 2015 with great fanfare? FISA Court orders are exempt from the media guidelines yet apparently these rules existed in secret at least since then.

If these rules can now be released to the public, why are the FBI’s very similar rules for targeting journalists with due process-free National Security Letters still considered classified? And is the Justice Department targeting journalists with NSLs and FISA court orders to get around the stricter “media guidelines”?

Special thanks to our co-plaintiffs and legal counsel for this case, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. you can read their full analysis of the secret FISA rules here

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orlbucfan

The FRightwingnut crooks have been getting away with this BS since 1980. Until they are held accountable, AND SERIOUSLY JAILED, nothing will change. People have got to get informed. and. vote. T and R, mags!! BTW, my football team (aka the catfish of the NFL) won in a big upset yesterday. It was Hell Bowl on the playing field-105 degrees. I’ve attended those games so I know first hand. Records were set yesterday here in central FL for the heat. Climate change?

polarbear4

Go, catfish! lol congrats, obf!

humphrey

I will bet that this caused a few redneck heads to explode. LOL!

https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/407121-black-ish-star-jenifer-lewis-wears-nike-sweatshirt-to-emmy

Actress Jenifer Lewis, one of the stars of ABC’s “black-ish,” wore a Nike sweatshirt on the red carpet for the Emmy Awards Monday night in support of the company’s decision to feature former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in their “Just Do It” ad campaign.

“I am wearing Nike to applaud them for supporting Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice,” Lewis said on the red carpet, according to Complex.

Lewis’s black and red Nike sweatshirt features a rhinestone-covered “swoosh” logo. “Black-ish” received five nominations for Monday’s Emmy Awards, including outstanding comedy series.

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humphrey

I am pretty sure that China will have a response to this.

humphrey

There is some speculation that it might take this form.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-16/china-may-skip-trade-talks-cripple-us-supply-chains-after-trump-slaps-new-tariffs

When discussing yesterday’s WSJ report that the Trump admin may slap the new, $200BN round of tariffs on Chinese imports as soon as tomorrow, we said that such an escalation would likely derail talks with top Chinese officials, currently scheduled in Washington for Sept. 27 and Sept. 28. Now, in a follow up report, the WSJ has confirmed that in light of the Trump’s imminent announcement, China is considering declining Trump’s offer of trade talks later this month as Trump’s “pressure tactics” aren’t “sitting well” with Beijing, which has repeatedly said it wouldn’t negotiate under threat.

“There is a lot of uncertainty right now,” a Chinese official told the WSJ. “If more tariffs come out, the Chinese side could very well choose not to go.” That said, a final decision has not yet been made on the trips, and will depend on what Trump does in the coming days.

Yesterday, we noted that Beijing could prompt respond “qualitatively” by selectively targeting US companies which have a major presence in China, such as US auto makers or Apple. It now appears that China’s escalation will be even more targeted, and that some Chinese officials involved in advising the leadership are proposing to step up the trade fight a notch by restricting China’s sales of materials, equipment and other parts key to U.S. manufacturers’ supply chain.

polarbear4

smart. would be kinda cool if we would start making them again. prolly hell will freeze over b4 corpses will pay fair wages to have it done here again. although nowadays i’m sure people will take a lot less than in the manufacturing heyday.

humphrey

this is worth sharing.

Benny

Don’t even get me started!

orlbucfan

No comment.

polarbear4

and with no irony.

it’s not like we pay a lot of taxes for the common “good.” There is no way we can crowdfund the health needs of everyone, even if we could and thought we should.

humphrey

This is probably worth a view.

Benny

I’ll have to watch, but I think Bernie needs to say more than one person, one vote.

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