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Monday, 27 January 2020

Citations Needed - Episode 98: The Refined Sociopathy of The Economist

quote [ Yeah, it’s an amazing thing about looking at The Economist’s history because you can track what it is saying and who it is speaking for in real time against all of these other movements in history from pre-Civil War, through the rise of communism and socialism and then onto through the World Wars and colonialism and then post-colonialism. It’s an incredible view into the British colonial mindset. ]

If we're putting people up against the wall, The Economist is probably a good place to start.
[SFW] [politics]
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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

In a break from tradition, I am endorsing all 12 Democratic candidates

quote [ One of two things is wrong with America: Either the entire system is broken or is on the verge of breaking, and we need someone to bring about radical, structural change, or — we don’t need that at all! Which is it? Who can say? Certainly not me, and that is why I am telling you now which candidate to vote for. ]

#IEndorseBernie Trends as Sanders Supporters Slam NYT Editorial Board for 'Top Four' Snub

Episode 16 -- Editorial Boards: Protectors of Establishment Ideology by Citations Needed Podcast

Just your usual primary hilarity. Main WaPo article in extended.

Bonus: Mitten Rainbows

[SFW] [politics]
[by steele@2:36amGMT] [15 comments]

Friday, 3 January 2020

Afghan Papers Inadvertently Document WaPo’s Role in Spreading Official Lies

quote [ If the Post is now publishing material demonstrating that US officials have been “following the same talking points for 18 years,” emphasizing how they are “making progress,” “especially” when the war is “going badly,” shouldn’t the paper acknowledge that it has been cheerleading this same line for all of those 18 years? Doesn’t it have a responsibility to examine how it served as a primary vehicle for those officials to spread these same “talking points” to spin the coverage in the desired fashion? ]

After 18 Years of US Occupation, Poll Finds Zero Percent of Afghans Thriving, 85 Percent "Suffering"

Already seeing plenty of headlines, social media posts, and memes trying to demonize Iran in the same way we do every other country the US sticks their nose into. Even saw a WMD style accusation floating around. I should hope those on the "left" remember that we're against war because it's wrong, not because Trump didn't get authorization or some legalese bullshit... but I don't have my hopes up.


[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+4]
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Baghdad airport attack: Iran general Qassem Suleimani killed amid US tensions

quote [ Drone strike in Iraq kills man regarded as the second most powerful person in Iran ]

So this probably isn't going to end well.

[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+2 Informative]
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Thursday, 2 January 2020

Private firms invited to run NHS services with cancer and kids treatments on sale

quote [ NHS cancer care and kids’ ­treatments are up for grabs in a stealth Tory sell-off, the Sunday Mirror can reveal.

Private firms are being invited to bid for chunks of our health service – in complete contrast to Boris Johnson ’s repeated election campaign denials.

Cardiology, gynaecology, paediatrics and oncology are among the services being offered to companies. ]

This will definitely help things. /s

Tory MP calls for social care insurance for 'those who can afford it'
[SFW] [politics] [+1 Informative]
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New Year in Los Angeles

quote [ Kinda weird for a Soviet immigrant like me to realize that you fled one failing society only to end up in a society that was also entering an accelerated phase of decline and degradation. ]

Citations Needed did a really good 2 parter on reporting around homelessness and how much of the rhetoric surrounding it is often weaponized against the victims in order to push forth agendas of business and real estate interests at a local level, and then shifting cultural norms at a national level.

Episode 85: Incitement Against the Homeless (Part I) — The Infestation Rhetoric of Local News

Episode 86: Incitement Against the Homeless (Part II) — The Exterminationist Rhetoric of Fox News

On the Bright Side, the Bernie Sanders campaign has reported a record breaking $34.5 million raised for the final quarter of 2019 with nearly 300,000 new donors.
[SFW] [politics]
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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

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quote [ 1 Jan 20, 14:04
:steele: JFC, it is too early for this shit. Login cookies were default set in the code to expire in the far, far off future of Jan 1, 2020. Fixed it, hopefully we don't lose anybody. Happy new year.😅 🎉 ]

Hopefully you have your passwords or your email account is up to date. If you can't get back in, email sensibleendowment at gmail and with your credit card and social security we'll verify your account and get you back in.
[SFW] [Meta SE] [+9 laz0r]
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Monday, 23 December 2019

Deaths in custody. Sexual violence. Hunger strikes. What we uncovered inside ICE facilities across the US

quote [ The USA TODAY Network uncovered the Richwood episode during an investigation of the rapidly growing network of detention centers used by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The investigation revealed more than 400 allegations of sexual assault or abuse, inadequate medical care, regular hunger strikes, frequent use of solitary confinement, more than 800 instances of physical force against detainees, nearly 20,000 grievances filed by detainees and at least 29 fatalities, including seven suicides, since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017 and launched an overhaul of U.S. immigration policies. ]

McKinsey designed ICE's gulags, recommending minimal food, medical care and supervision


[SFW] [politics] [+1 Underrated]
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Sunday, 22 December 2019

Faroutride: Travel far. Get out. Ride everyday.

quote [ Hello! We’re Isabelle and Antoine 🙂 In 2017 we sold our house (and everything in it), quit our engineering careers and moved into our self built campervan. We’ve been on the road since then and every day is an opportunity for a new adventure; we’re chasing our dreams and hopefully it inspires others to do the same! ]

Crazy amount of van life resources for completing a build here. Their little 360 tour is quite nifty. :D
[SFW] [travel] [+1 Good]
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Exclusive: Canada police prepared to shoot Indigenous activists, documents show

quote [ Canadian police were prepared to shoot Indigenous land defenders blockading construction of a natural gas pipeline in northern British Columbia, according to documents seen by the Guardian.

Notes from a strategy session for a militarized raid on ancestral lands of the Wet’suwet’en nation show that commanders of Canada’s national police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), argued that “lethal overwatch is req’d” – a term for deploying snipers. ]

Meet the young Indigenous organizers working to bring together ceremony and activism in Alberta | The Narwhal

I love how we're still building pipelines despite shooting far beyond the genocidal 2C limits of the Paris Agreement... but then again in ExxonMobil’s 2019 Outlook for Energy, the company projects no reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector through 2040—and no date at which emissions reach net zero, implying indefinite warming.

[SFW] [Big Brother] [+2 Informative]
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