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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.
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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

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Thursday, 16 January 2020

Lev Parnas: "President Trump knew exactly what was going on."

quote [ Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, talks with Rachel Maddow in an exclusive interview about the extent of Donald Trump's knowledge of the work he was doing to manipulate the president of Ukraine to help Trump smear political rival Joe Biden. ]

The jig is up. Parnas says Trump, Giuliani, Barr, Pence and Nunes were all in on it, and it had nothing to do with fighting corruption. He has texts, notes, and tons of other documentation, which is now in the hands of the House Democrats.

(feel like I'm channelling bbqkink, but Maddow has the scoop of the decade here)
[SFW] [politics] [+4 Interesting]
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Thursday, 9 January 2020

Youth-led climate group endorses Sanders for president

quote [ "We believe a Bernie Sanders Presidency would provide the best political terrain in which to engage in and ultimately win that struggle for the world we deserve," the youth-led climate group said in a Medium post. The Sunrise Movement cited Sanders's "political courage," "holistic vision of the future" and "his commitment to building a cross-class, multi-racial movement" as reasons members voted for Sanders. ]

Also - Illinois is the latest blue state to end the war on pot users.
[SFW] [politics] [+3 Good]
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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

A GOP Congressman Posted a Fake Pic of Obama. He's Now Doubling Down

quote [ A GOP congressman circulated a fake photo of former President Obama on Monday, showing him shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted the photo, adding the caption, "The world is a better place without these guys in power." The photo has long been debunked?Obama and Rouhani never actually met in person?and Rouhani is actually still in power. Per CBS News, the part of the image that shows Obama appears to have been lifted from a 2011 picture of him shaking hands with then-Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. ]

Conservatism used to have a real purpose in American politics, but, now it has devolved into this strange creed with a tantrumlike struggle against reality.
[SFW] [politics] [+2]
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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.
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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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Finland is winning the war on fake news. Other nations want the blueprint

quote [ Russia's neighbor has developed a plan for countering misinformation. Can it be exported to the rest of the world? ]

Meanwhile here in the US one of the major parties is actively opposing election security, Facebook has open for business when it comes to fascist disinformation, and media consolidation means investigative journalism is dying.
[SFW] [politics] [+1 Underrated]
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Saturday, 21 December 2019

Official U.S. Government Website Lists Fictional Country of Wakanda as Free Trade Partner

quote [ If you saw the 2018 Marvel movie Black Panther, you know that the fictional land of Wakanda is filled with some incredible technologies. But did you know that Wakanda is a trade partner with the United States? At least that?s what was listed on an official U.S. government website until it was recently taken down. ]

Got my diamonds from Wakanda
[SFW] [politics] [+1 Funny]
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