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Report: Trump ends covert plan to arm Syrian rebels

It was not long ago that to assert that the U.S. was arming the ‘moderate’ rebels to ultimately unseat Assad, but here, from AP:

The program was a key component begun by the Obama administration in 2013 to put pressure on Assad to relinquish power. But even its supporters have questioned its usefulness since Moscow sent forces in Syria two years later.


Ah shit. I should have known that it wasn’t going to be that easy!

CIA Ends Covert Funding of Syrian “Moderate” Rebels, but Pentagon to Continue Arming and Training

An official said to Reuters said that a “downside” of the CIA program is that some “moderate” fighters were defecting to the Islamic State group.

It is unlikely the move signals the end of U.S. action against the Syrian government. Officials also told Reuters that while the CIA program is ending, a “separate effort” by the Pentagon will continue, involving training and arming of Syrian opposition groups, as well as support through air-strikes.




At least the CIA rebels won’t be fighting the Pentagon’s rebels anymore?…..




Bernie on with Al Gore right now on FB. https://www.facebook.com/senatorsanders


I missed most of it, but probably a video from Bernie TV to follow.

Good discussion about solutions to address climate change. My only criticism is that Al Gore said that the new Tesla models were affordable these days. Well, that’s partially true. If you have $36K and well into the middle class, it’s affordable. If you make less than $75K, it’s not terribly affordable.

The question I’ve always wondered is how much electricity all electric cars require to recharge overnight. I drive hybrids and have for 13 years.


The question I’ve always wondered is how much electricity all electric cars require to recharge overnight.

I’d love to know that too (and have often wondered).

I drive a 2001, lol, but someday I hope to get a hybrid.

I want the solar roof on next car:

Panasonic’s new product allows for a 180 W module on the Prius Prime and for the first time, it will be able to recharge the powertrain battery (as well as the 12 V battery).

And I want regenerative braking (captures & stores energy of the braking action).

But that may be awhile in the future for me tbh.


very cool.


This is one petition I will sign: Justice Dems are taking the People’s Platform to the DNC on July 25 in Washington. Also holding a rally for it, if any of you are free and close are want to make the trip.

They’re asking the DNC to do more than resist Trump, to support a people’s platform.

Medicare for All: H.R. 676 Medicare For All Act
Free College Tuition: H.R. 1880 College for All Act of 2017
Worker Rights: H.R.15 – Raise the Wage Act
Women’s Rights: H.R.771 – Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act of 2017
Voting Rights: H.R. 2840 – Automatic Voter Registration Act
Environmental Justice: Climate Change Bill – Renewable Energy (More details soon!)
Criminal Justice and Immigrant Rights: H.R.3543 – Justice is Not For Sale Act of 2017
Taxing Wall Street: H.R. 1144 – Inclusive Prosperity Act


Nothing on the wars….


I’m a scientist. I’m blowing the whistle on the Trump administration.

I am not an accountant — but you don’t have to be one to see that the administration’s excuse for a reassignment such as mine doesn’t add up. A few days after my reassignment, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testified before Congress that the department would use reassignments as part of its effort to eliminate employees; the only reasonable inference from that testimony is that he expects people to quit in response to undesirable transfers. Some of my colleagues are being relocated across the country, at taxpayer expense, to serve in equally ill-fitting jobs.

I believe I was retaliated against for speaking out publicly about the dangers that climate change poses to Alaska Native communities. During the months preceding my reassignment, I raised the issue with White House officials, senior Interior officials and the international community, most recently at a U.N. conference in June. It is clear to me that the administration was so uncomfortable with this work, and my disclosures, that I was reassigned with the intent to coerce me into leaving the federal government.

I filed the disclosure because eliminating my role coordinating federal engagement and leaving my former position empty exacerbate the already significant threat to the health and the safety of certain Alaska Native communities.


Trumpcare Is Dead. “Single Payer Is the Only Real Answer,” Says Medicare Architect.

One of the activists pushing for such an expansion is Max Fine, someone who is intimately familiar with the program — because he helped create it. Fine is the last surviving member of President Kennedy’s Medicare Task Force, and he was also President Johnson’s designated debunker against the health insurance industry.

Fine, now 91, wrote to The Intercept recently to explain that Medicare was never intended to cover only the elderly population, and that expanding it to everyone was a goal that its architects long campaigned for.

Fine said he met with former First Lady Hillary Clinton’s health care task force in the early 1990’s, and advised them to incrementally expand Medicare, starting first with children and then lowering the age for the elderly.

“They had the money but not the interest in the idea,” he lamented, “instead spending a year developing a complex bill that was DOA on [Capitol] Hill.”

Fine also hit on something that has been on my mind. Republicans, using people like Warren Buffet as their justification, and citing business cost savings, etc., deking out Democrats:

Single payer is the only real answer and some day I believe the Republicans will leap ahead of the Democrats and lead in its enactment,” he speculated, “just as did Bismarck in Germany and David Lloyd George and Churchill in the UK.”


This is what the Democrats should be shouting from the rooftops!

But it ain’t happening.

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