From James Comey in NY Times, 5/1/2019

Amoral leaders have a way of revealing the character of those around them. Sometimes what they reveal is inspiring. For example, James Mattis, the former secretary of defense, resigned over principle, a concept so alien to Mr. Trump that it took days for the president to realize what had happened, before he could start lying about the man.

Dramatically Capture the Climate Change Crisis

Life After Warming
By David Wallace-Wells

A Climate History 
By Nathaniel Rich

We Thought It Was Merely a Stone, But It Carried Away Our Wealth: The Eighteenth Newsletter (2019).

In Venezuela, the political leadership of the oligarchy beg for the men in green to set aside the Constitution, as Juan Guiadó and the Venezuelan right-wing opposition attempted a military coup in Venezuela this Tuesday. By nightfall, it was clear that the coup – one of many attempted in Venezuela – had failed. What prevented the coup – despite the difficult conditions inside Venezuelan society – was the mass mobilisation in the streets and people determined to protect the sovereignty of their country, determined to allow the Bolivarian process to stumble along against all odds.

Most Restaurant Workers Don’t Earn Enough to Feed Their Own Families

According to Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a nonprofit organization and worker center that supports and connects restaurant workers throughout the country, more than 13 million U.S. residents, the majority of them women of color, are employed in restaurants. In 18 states, they earn a base pay of $2.13 an hour plus tips, a sub-minimum wage that has been frozen since 1991.

The Last Time There Was This Much CO2, Trees Grew at the South Pole

[...] The signs of our overheated planet abound, and another collection of recent reports and studies shows things are only continuing to accelerate as human-caused climate disruption progresses.

A recently published study showed that Earth’s glaciers are now melting five times more rapidly than they were in the 1960s.

The Number of Giant Companies Paying $0 in Corporate Taxes Doubles

JPMorgan Chase’s attempt at Twitter humor failed Monday morning.

Free Speech For The “Right” Ideas

Michelle Goldberg recently focused her column in the New York Times on yet another inexcusable decision of the Trump Administration. (I know, there are several every day…)

For NYT, Israel Is Always Nearing ‘Apartheid,’ but Never Quite Gets There

Following Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election as Israeli prime minister earlier this month, the New York Times’ editorial board (4/11/19) wrote:

Why Robert Reich sees hope in Trump’s darkness

Some plain facts and hard truths: The top one percent of Americans own 40 percent of the country’s wealth and 90 percent of its income.

Robert Reich: Here’s how Mitch McConnell is killing the Senate

Congress has recessed for two weeks without passing a desperately-needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t want to anger Donald Trump by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats have sought but Trump doesn’t want.

America used to have a Senate. But under McConnell, what was once known as the worlds greatest deliberative body has become a partisan lap dog.

Time to Break the Silence on Palestine

On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the lectern at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. The United States had been in active combat in Vietnam for two years and tens of thousands of people had been killed, including some 10,000 American troops. The political establishment — from left to right — backed the war, and more than 400,000 American service members were in Vietnam, their lives on the line. 

Rabbinic Letter in Support of Professor Michelle Alexander

Over 100 rabbis from across the liberal Jewish movements joined together to applaud Professor Michelle Alexander for writing “Time to Break the Silence on Palestine,” which was published in the New York Times on January 20.

FBI Chief Christopher Wray Warns Of ‘Persistent, Pervasive’ White Supremacy Threat

Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress on Thursday that white supremacy is a “persistent, pervasive threat” to U.S. security — despite President Donald Trump’s indications to the contrary.

Israel seizes solar panels donated to Palestinians by Dutch government

The Netherlands has lodged a complaint with the Israeli government after dozens of Dutch solar panels donated to a West Bank village were confiscated by Israeli authorities. 

The hybrid diesel and solar power electricity system was installed last year in remote Jubbet al-Dhib, a village home to 150 people in an area of the West Bank occupied by Israel. 

GOP tactics have led IRS to audit poor, minority counties more often than multi-millionaires

Just in time for tax season is one of the most infuriating stories I’ve seen this year. A rural county in the Mississippi delta which is primarily black is the most heavily audited county in the country. A third of its residents live below the poverty line. The IRS is focusing its scarce audit resources on them rather than the wealthy. No wonder tax cheats like Donald Trump can get away with scams that bilk Tresury out of hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Trump's policies are destroying the American farm 'and no one knows how to stop it'

During the government shutdown at the beginning of the year, major media outlets produced a bumper crop of examples of the trope that always seems to be in season—stories about how Trump voters still support Trump.

Trump to roll back Obama-era lightbulb standards, will pollute more and cost consumers $12 billion

When President Barack Obama took office, he announced that, instead of re-inventing the wheel, he would continue to improve upon the national minimum energy efficiency requirements for lightbulbs developed under President George W. Bush. The plan was to move away from the old technology of incandescent lightbulbs that has been dominant for over 100 years into more energy-efficient, safer, and cheaper technologies available to us now.

This law professor’s proposal to stamp out robocalls is brilliant — here’s why

Americans are being bombarded with robocalls. It’s an epidemic, and it’s getting worse. By a recent estimate, 71 million of these scam calls are being placed per hour, often completely illegally. In fact, I was robocalled while writing this article.

Here’s how charter schools are scamming the US government

A new report issued by the Network for Public Education provides a detailed accounting of how charter schools have scammed the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program (CSP) for…

Barr Is a Distraction. We Must Insist on the Moral Indictment of Trump.

Trump’s legacy won’t be defined by the technical legal conclusions of the Mueller report, and certainly not by Barr’s scandalously opaque memo to Congress last weekend. Rather, his legacy will be defined by historians for the moral, cultural and physical violence his presidency has inflicted. He will be remembered for images of toddlers in diapers being paraded, unaccompanied by parents, before immigration judges.

Leading Off

• Florida: After Floridians overwhelmingly voted to approve a 2018 constitutional amendment to 

Trump’s Effort to Cut SNAP by Fiat Would Kill 178,000 Jobs Over the Next Decade

President Donald Trump’s latest budget blueprint is out, and it again calls for eviscerating nearly every program that helps families afford the basics, including cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—the United States’ largest food assistance program, which helps nearly 39 million people get enough to eat—by a staggering $220 billion, literally shri

Report: SNAP Work Requirements Cause Job Losses, Not Gain

INDIANAPOLIS - A plan to put work requirements on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - formerly food stamps - would cost the American economy nearly $180,000 jobs, according to a new analysis.

The "Barr Summary" is Meaningless. Release the Entire Report

From the moment the Mueller investigation began to the moment Attorney General William Barr released his “summary” of Mueller’s labors, Donald Trump acted like the guiltiest man on Earth.

Trump’s Budget Would Deny Food to 400,000 Children and Pregnant People

Donald Trump’s budget calls for cutting funding for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program by $3.5 billion over the next decade. WIC is a program that serves over 8 million low–income children and pregnant women; it has been shown to improve health for children, as well as educational outcomes as they grow older.

Trump Threatens to Unleash Paramilitary Violence in the US

This has been one of those whiplash weeks where so many particularly monstrous words have emanated from Donald Trump’s mouth and Twitter-fingers that it becomes almost dizzying.

Ohio is being destroyed under Trump, and it's about to get a lot worse

While a lot of states are turning blue, Ohio is one of the few states getting redder---but that is only because so many people are leaving.

Fox News’ smear campaign against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is working

Over the weekend, Fox News published a story (3/17/19) on a recent Gallup poll that asked the public about their opinions on Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The headline claimed that her unfavorable rating had “skyrocketed”—rising 15 points since last September—and that “most people” now viewed her negatively.

My dad's a Fox News watching Texan. What he said about Pete-Buttigieg stunned me.

It was a "boys afternoon" at home; my wife and daughter were off making the world a better place, leaving my 2- and 5-year old sons and I at home to cause trouble. A whirlwind of wrestling, playing Legos, and making a mess just small enough we could successfully clean it up before anyone noticed.

In 2017, more U. S. children were gunned down than on-duty police and active-duty military combined

This study led by researchers at Florida Atlantic University's Schmidt College of Medicine should be appalling to any American who hasn't been socialized into a state of numbness and apathy by the unrelenting torrent of gun violence in this country,


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