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  • Would Impeaching Trump Set Off a Gun-Toting Citizens’ Uprising?

    10/22/2017 9:19:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Newsweek ^ | October 21, 2017 | Neil H. Buchanan
    It will soon have been three weeks since the Las Vegas shooting massacre, but already the news cycle has moved on. All of the other issues that have been in the headlines—male sexual predation, Donald Trump’s (un)fitness for the presidency, the respective futures of the Iran nuclear agreement and the Affordable Care Act, and on and on—are undeniably important. On the other hand, we know in our aching hearts that such carnage will happen again. At this point, it still counts as news when a man kills three people and wounds two others in Maryland, but such numbers do not...
  • From The Gym To The Gun Range, Here's Where Antifa Learn To Fight

    10/21/2017 9:27:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Buzzfeed News ^ | October 19, 2017 | Kate Talerico
    The anti-fascists are wearing their sweatpants today. Tennis shoes are a must. They’ve been told to wear something breathable — no masks, no bandanas, no armor. Almost nobody wears black (almost nobody). Gym members drift in through the door of the Breakaway Social Center in the Little Village neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side. The two-story corner building was once home to a $10-a-haircut barbershop, but now the walls are lined with posters bearing anarchist symbols and advertising a recent lecture on militant suffragettes. The couches are pushed back to the walls, next to shelves stacked with political journals. On the...
  • Wishing for Trump’s impeachment? 5 reasons the next president could be even more dangerous

    10/21/2017 10:57:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Salon ^ | October 21, 2017 | Jacob Sugarman, Alternet
    From the moment he was elected, liberals have clung to the possibility, however remote, that Donald Trump will be removed from office. They've fallen for the conspiracy theories of #Resistance hucksters like Louise Mensch, Claude Taylor and Eric Garland, and continue to hold out hope the Mueller investigation will bring his corrupt presidency crashing down. Just this week, law professor and short-lived presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig laid out a series of preposterous if/then scenarios explaining how Hillary Clinton could still become president, almost a year after her shocking defeat. If Jane Mayer's latest feature is any indication, the left should...
  • White Men Asking Barack Obama to Lead the Resistance Need to Do the Work Themselves

    10/20/2017 3:17:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Root ^ | October 20, 2017 | Michael Arceneaux
    In the final press conference of his presidency, then President Barack Obama reiterated that he would largely keep mum once his successor took office. “It is appropriate for him to go forward with his vision and his values,” Obama explained. However, that statement did come with a bit of a caveat. For Obama, there would be “certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values are at stake” that might “merit me speaking out,” he said. Those issues included “systematic discrimination being ratified in some fashion,” “explicit or functional obstacles to people being able to vote,” “institutional efforts...
  • Why your alarmism over Trump is dangerous for democracy

    10/20/2017 12:41:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | October 18, 2017 | Shadi Hamid, senior fellow, Brookings Institution
    We live in an era of alarmism. Everyone, or at least Trump opponents, seems alarmed nearly all the time. Even when we can’t quite summon the energy, we’re expected to be outraged. Our outrage is then presented as a badge of honor, evidence of virtue at a time of historic challenge to the Republic. But the nature of the outrage – overwrought before even Trump took office – has taken a new turn. We are confronted daily not simply with outrage, but a kind of end-of-worldism: America is on the brink of dictatorship; Trump is going start World War III;...
  • When Will Hollywood’s Dirtiest “Open” Secret Finally Be Exposed?

    10/19/2017 8:25:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | Oct 19, 2017 | Joe Reid
    In the wake of the ever-unfolding series of accusations and accounts of sexual abuse at the hands of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, perhaps the biggest scandal has been that Weinstein’s abuse is constantly described as having been an “open secret” in Hollywood for years, maybe decades. While the extent of Weinstein’s monstrous action may not have been available to everyone, again and again we hear from people who had “heard the rumors” about Harvey for years. Yet through a combination of fear, silence, and active accomplices, he was able to continue operating in the film business for years. And while...
  • 'If you cared about voting for Hillary, you have to care about resisting Trump'

    10/18/2017 4:43:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | October 18, 2017 | Anne-Sophie Brändlin
    Neera Tanden, senior Clinton campaign adviser, tells Conflict Zone that the role of the Democratic Party right now is to fight Trump and provide alternatives. But how exactly should that work? To say US President Donald Trump's approval ratings aren't the best would be a big understatement. In fact, right now they're the worst for any president at this point in their term in the history of public opinion polling, according to the polling analysis website FiveThirtyEight. But are the Democrats able to turn Trump's unpopularity into political victories? "I would say that they were able to so far successfully...
  • Living in Fear: Why I Wrote "Me Too" Along With So Many Other Women

    10/18/2017 5:23:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Daily Banter ^ | October 17, 2017 | Nicole Perry
    One night I asked my husband if he understood that as a woman I’m afraid much of the time. He didn’t, so I explained it to him. Yesterday the words “Me too” were re-tweeted, posted, and shared all over Facebook and Twitter. News organizations responded by reporting how Alyssa Milano’s initial call to write “Me too” if you have ever been sexually harassed or assaulted had erupted into a huge viral event. Was it a shock? Were people really that surprised? Or maybe it was only men who didn’t realize how pervasive of an issue this is. Are men that...
  • The JFK Document Dump Could Be a Fiasco

    10/17/2017 10:21:14 PM PDT · by Rabin · 24 replies
    politico ^ | October 16, 2017 | PHILIP SHENON and LARRY J. SABATO
    Within the next two weeks questions of (murder verses susside) of our late President, John F. Kennedy has finally come to us. The National Archives must, by October 26 release tens of thousands of Justice Department’s CIA, FBI compact, JKK/LBJ & Related, documents detailing VP, Lyndon Johnson’s part in the (k-1 and spinoff) “incident “Dt-Dp, 22111963.” Cloistered by bums, for all these years, to protect us. The once great Central Agency has not confirmed or denied reports that it continues to engage in the process to “determine the… next steps with respect to unreleased information.”
  • Pay No Attention To That Other Russian Scandal

    10/17/2017 12:04:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    FITS News ^ | October 17, 2017
    This news site has run hot and cold with U.S. president Donald Trump lately … but one area where we have consistently defended him relates to the various Russian meddling allegations. We’re not saying Russian meddling didn’t happen during the 2016 election – we just haven’t been convinced any of Trump’s people had anything to do with it. Also, other plausible theories exist as to what happened last year … Moreover, when it comes to rigging elections … the only proof we’ve seen of that involves Democrats rigging their primary against populist insurgent Bernie Sanders and in favor of establishment...
  • Two Guns Per Person

    10/14/2017 10:46:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Slate ^ | October 13, 2017 | Doug Pennington
    A simple, constitutional proposal that protects both Americans’ lives and liberty. The 27 words of the Second Amendment don’t say anything about how many guns someone can own in America. Neither do the other 7,564 words in the Constitution. Yes, this is a facile point to make. A lot of things—including rights, responsibilities, and government powers we take for granted—aren’t itemized in the Constitution. While saying you can’t find something doesn’t necessarily mean anything, conservatives use this trick all the time. Consider marriage equality, a precept protected by the Constitution’s Equal Protection and Due Process clauses. That’s the case even...
  • We’re all racist. But racism by white people matters more

    10/14/2017 9:04:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 5, 2017 | Mona Chalabi
    We don’t live in a racially neutral society: from police officers to headteachers, all the gatekeepers in my life have been white. Yet we do have to acknowledge those who feel they lose out to ethnic minorities Most white people don’t see themselves as racist. They can comfortably reel off a list of people of colour they know, like, or maybe even love. They can’t think of a time when they’ve negatively discriminated against someone on the grounds of their race. And they don’t see, in a concrete way, how their own race has positively affected them. More than that,...
  • If Hillary Had Won, We Might All Be Getting Paid to Live in America

    10/12/2017 6:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Cheat Sheet ^ | October 12, 2017 | Sam Becker
    Hillary Clinton gave consideration to a national basic income program in 2016. •The goal was to raise incomes using “the Alaska model.” •If the chips had fallen in the right places, it could have led to every American getting a monthly check from the government. Most Americans are sick of hearing about Hillary Clinton. Enough people didn’t trust her, didn’t like her, or couldn’t be persuaded to vote for her, which led to Donald Trump’s victory. After that, we expected her to fade away — to ride off into the sunset with Bill and enjoy retirement. She did fade away...
  • Kathy Griffin appears at comedy gig wearing Trump mask

    10/09/2017 4:17:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 9, 2017 | Naomi Lim
    Kathy Griffin donned a President Trump mask during a bold return to the U.S. comedy circuit after posing with a faux severed Trump head in May. "Hello gays! It's me, Kathy Griffin, a genuine comedy fugitive," Griffin said on Sunday at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Griffin opened the Aid for AIDS Best in Drag Show fundraiser by parading on stage in the mask, while giving the audience the middle finger. She was also wearing a blue dress similar to the one she was photographed in with the bloodied fake Trump head. "I know...
  • Reparations for Africans and Their Descendants Explained

    10/09/2017 8:00:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    teleSUR ^ | October 3, 2017
    David Comissiong, chairman of the Caribbean Pan-African Network, has penned a 12-point explainer outlining the campaign for reparations for the legacy of crimes against humanity perpetrated against the sons and daughters of Africa by European nations, the United States and other North American governments. During the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent from 2015-2024, the 12 points read as follows: No impunity; validation of our humanity; knowledge of our history; completion of the emancipation process; compensation must be proportionate to the crime; reparations must produce the just society; we Africans must exercise autonomy throughout the process; we...
  • Male Writers at Liberal Outlets Sent Misogynist Tips to Breitbart, Other News Women Need to Know

    10/09/2017 7:40:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Vogue ^ | October 8, 2017 | Mary Wang
    Dear women, We tried very hard to remain optimistic this week, but it’s time to admit that this wasn’t a great week for women. So, let’s start with the little good news we do have. The good news • The Norwegian FA has announced that it’s almost doubling the financial compensation female soccer players will receive from 3.1 million Norwegian kroner ($390,000) to 6 million kroner ($750,000). Even better news: Male players are paying for part of that out of their own fees. This new agreement will lead to men and women receiving equal compensation. Equal pay for men’s and...
  • Savage: Shooter 'Well-Trained,' Something Is Wrong There

    10/08/2017 11:19:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 2, 2017 | Solange Reyner
    The Las Vegas shooter who killed 59 people and injured 515 in the largest mass shooting in American history Sunday night was "well-trained," talk show radio host Michael Savage said on his show Monday, per The Daily Caller. "This guy was well-trained, something is wrong with the picture," Savage said after questioning why it took 72 minutes for the police to arrive and shoot 64-year-old Stephen Paddock. He added, "There's more questions than answers. This is a new 9/11 in America and the questions will grow all week – very embarrassing and very difficult questions we are now back to...
  • Iraq’s central bank eases financial restrictions on Kurdistan

    10/08/2017 9:29:15 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    ekurd ^ | October 4, 2017 | Editorial Staff
    Iraq’s central bank eased financial restrictions imposed on Kurdistan over its independence vote after receiving a pledge of cooperation from Kurdish banks. The Iraqi central bank had informed the Kurdistan Government it would stop selling dollars to the four Kurdish banks, and would halt all foreign currency transfers.
  • How to Fund a Universal Basic Income Without Increasing Taxes or Inflation

    10/07/2017 10:29:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Truth Out ^ | October 7, 2017 | Ellen Brown, The Web of Debt Blog
    The policy of guaranteeing every citizen a universal basic income is gaining support around the world, as automation increasingly makes jobs obsolete. But can it be funded without raising taxes or triggering hyperinflation? In a panel I was on at the NexusEarth cryptocurrency conference in Aspen September 21-23rd, most participants said no. This is my rebuttal. In May 2017, a team of researchers at the University of Oxford published the results of a survey of the world's best artificial intelligence experts, who predicted that there was a 50 percent chance of AI outperforming humans in all tasks within 45 years....
  • Massoud Barzani Kurdish president; the happiest day of my life.

    10/04/2017 8:35:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    ynetnews ^ | 02.10.17 | Bernard-Henri Lévy
    “I’ve been fighting for half a century. With my people I have been through mass killings, deportations, gassings. In 1991 after the first war against Saddam, the democracies came to our rescue but left the dictatorship in place, thus casting us back into the shadows. During those decades of resistance, of hopes dashed and reborn… never imagined that in my people would finally come together and express to the world their desire to be democratic and free. That day came; and it is the happiest day of my life. It’s as if everything I’ve done and dreamed of, all of...