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  • The Climate Crisis? It’s Capitalism, Stupid

    11/20/2017 6:59:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 20, 2017 | by Benjamin Y. Fong
    Even casual readers of the news know that the earth is probably going to look very different in 2100, and not in a good way. [snip] The real culprit of the climate crisis is not any particular form of consumption, production or regulation but rather the very way in which we globally produce, which is for profit rather than for sustainability. So long as this order is in place, the crisis will continue and, given its progressive nature, worsen. This is a hard fact to confront. But averting our eyes from a seemingly intractable problem does not make it any...
  • Blumenthal’s office probing potential “bot” attack

    11/17/2017 2:22:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 67 replies
    CT Post ^ | November 17, 2017 | by Ken Dixon
    As charges of sexual improprieties shake the landscape around entertainment and politics, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and his staff on Friday were investigating what they believe is an attack by a web robot involving a woman who says she was harassed and assaulted when he was U.S. attorney nearly 40 years ago. “These allegations are completely and unequivocally false. We are looking into the origins of these untrue claims,” said Maria McElwain, Blumenthal’s communications director. Someone calling themselves Linda Flores of Cheshire claimed that Blumenthal assaulted her when she was a summer intern in 1979. Blumenthal went on to the...
  • The Democrats Must Nominate Another Woman for President

    11/17/2017 11:38:46 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    New Republic ^ | November 17, 2017 | By Jeet Heer
    As sexual misconduct scandals hit Capitol Hill, it makes even more sense for the party to run a female candidate against the sexist president. This year, Franken emerged as an outside contender for the presidency in 2020. The former Saturday Night Live comedian, elected in 2009, is an effective and studious senator who’s earned the respect of his peers—and, lately, the fear of his opponents, as he’s been one of the Senate’s most ruthless interrogators of Trump nominees and one of his party’s most entertaining critics of the president. Now, his job is in serious jeopardy and he’s out of...
  • Moore vs. McConnell: Alabama Republicans take on D.C.

    11/17/2017 10:49:48 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | November 17, 2017 | by Jonathan Allen and Keri Geiger
    MOBILE, Ala. — Roy Moore is on the warpath against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. As Republicans here reckon with allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore, their nominee in next month's Senate election is trying to turn the race into a referendum on whether McConnell has spent too much time on Alabama politics and too little advancing President Donald Trump's agenda in Washington. There are signs that his attacks are resonating with Republicans in some corners of Alabama. "I’m picking up a strong sense that people are not happy that people from outside the state, particularly the Washington establishment, are...
  • Commentary: Why social democrats have become irrelevant

    11/17/2017 10:35:10 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 17, 2017 | by John Lloyd
    In almost every country in Europe, parties of the center-left struggle to remain competitive in the political arena. Yet social democracy - though it can claim success in creating and developing public services which have improved the lives and health of citizens - can now rarely convince its former supporters that it’s still worth their votes. Since the war (WW II), social democratic parties offered capitalism a deal. The state would be largely responsible for public welfare and education, and organized labor would – in varying degrees – be granted strong bargaining rights, even co-determination in enterprises. Capitalism would be...
  • Dionne: Who will stand up to unforgivable recklessness?

    11/17/2017 9:53:25 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | November 17, 2017 | by E.J. Dionne
    WASHINGTON — The GOP bill that should be called the Cut Taxes on President Trump and Other Very Rich People Act of 2017 always had a secondary purpose: to jack up the deficit so Republicans could later cry out in horror, “Look at that awful debt!” They’d then use the pools of red ink they created to justify deep cuts in social programs.> But people who call themselves conservative are shovelling out so much money so fast to corporations and the privileged that they needed some health care cuts upfront — at the expense of coverage for millions of our...
  • Millennials are narcissistic? The evidence is not so simple

    11/17/2017 9:09:59 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | November 17, 2017 | by Christian Jarrett
    At the next table in the cafe where I was working this morning, a young woman spent a whole hour talking excitedly to her older companion about herself, her hopes and aspirations for her job, her romantic relationship and her home. It was hard to avoid the impression that she thought herself the centre of the Universe, her dreams eminently fascinating and important. Is this simply what young people or “millennials” (people born after 1980) are like these days? Fuelled by the endless opportunity for self-promotion and self-reflection on social media, combined with a wider culture that’s arguably placed greater...
  • UN climate talks draw to a close as US holds firm on fossil fuels

    11/17/2017 8:30:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    France24 ^ | November 17, 2017 | Staff
    UN negotiations on implementing the Paris climate change agreement wrapped up on Friday after two weeks of talks that were slowed down by the United States defending the use of fossil fuels. Delegates reported mixed progress in Germany, with the reemergence of divisions between rich and developing countries. A key stumbling block was on finance for the world’s poorer nations to help them prepare for, and deal with, the fallout from climate change including more frequent and severe superstorms, droughts and land- and crop-gobbling sea level rises. Another obstacle was the insistence of developed nations led by the US that...
  • Steve Mostyn, Democratic mega-donor, dies at 46

    11/16/2017 2:04:58 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | November 16, 2017
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Democratic mega-donor Steve Mostyn, a powerful Texas trial lawyer who was among the nation's largest backers of liberal causes and candidates, died after what his wife says was "a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue." He was 46. Amber Mostyn said Thursday that her husband died the previous day, calling him "a devoted father who adored his children and never missed any of their sporting activities." She did not confirm a cause of death but said, "If you or a loved one are thinking about suicide, or experiencing a health crisis, call the National...
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says training "not enough" to prevent sexual assault on Capitol Hill

    11/16/2017 1:55:56 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | November 16, 2017 | By EMILY TILLETT
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, said Thursday that the issue of sexual assault on Capitol Hill is a pervasive one that needs to be changed. "What we have right now is a process that's opaque, difficult to navigate and most survivors don't even know where to report," said Sen. Gillibrand on "CBS This Morning." Gillibrand and Rep. Jackie Speier, D-California, introduced the "Me Too Congress Act" on the Hill on Wednesday in response to growing concerns of sexual misconduct at the nation's capitol. She says the bill will make the reporting process "transparent, make it more accountable and we'll actually...
  • Blaming mental illness for Trump's actions excuses their structural causes

    11/16/2017 1:51:19 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | November 16, 2017 | by Rebecca Seligman
    A year after the election, many of us are still trying to explain how Trump got elected, while also searching for explanations of his often erratic, dangerous and un-presidential behavior. Many have diagnosed Trump from afar with various mental disorders, including antisocial personality, paranoia, sadism, hypomania and especially narcissistic personality disorder. But as a psychological anthropologist, I know that explaining Trump requires that we look beyond the vagaries of his brain chemistry or socialization, to the social and political structures around him. And though we systematically ignore structural causes for people's behavior in favor of personal ones, I would argue...
  • Sen. Franken Statement on Efforts to Curb Military Sexual Assault [2014]

    11/16/2017 12:25:36 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    US Senate.gov ^ | March 6, 2014 | US Senator Al Franken (D-MN)
    U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said he is pleased after the Senate took an important step to help address sexual assault in the U.S. Military by advancing one piece of legislation on the subject. "The number of sexual assaults experienced by members of our military is totally unacceptable, and it's outrageous how hard it has been for these survivors to seek and get justice," said Sen. Franken. "I'm pleased we were able to come together to take steps that will help curb military sexual assaults.
  • Franken's Proposal To Guarantee Sexual Assault Victims Their Day In Court [2009]

    11/16/2017 11:44:45 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    US Senate ^ | October 6, 2009 | US Senator Al Franken (D-MN)
    Today, the amendment offered by U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to stop funding defense contractors who deny assault victims their day in court passed the United States Senate by a vote of 68 - 30 Last Thursday, Sen. Franken introduced an amendment (S.2588) to the FY2010 Defense Appropriations Bill that would restrict funding to defense contractors who commit employees to mandatory binding arbitration in the case of sexual assault. The legislation, endorsed by 61 women’s, labor and public interest groups, was inspired by the story of Jamie Leigh Jones, who watched the vote from the Senate gallery today. “I’m proud...
  • 'Political watershed' as 19 countries pledge to phase out coal

    11/16/2017 10:20:02 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 16, 2017 | by Damian Carrington
    A new alliance of 19 nations committed to quickly phasing out coal has been launched at the UN climate summit in Bonn, Germany. It was greeted as a “political watershed”, signalling the end of the dirtiest fossil fuel that currently provides 40% of global electricity. New pledges were made on Thursday by Mexico, New Zealand, Denmark and Angola for the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which is led by the UK and Canada. “The case against coal is unequivocal,” said UK climate minister Claire Perry, both on environmental and health grounds – air pollution from coal kills 800,000 people a year...
  • Exclusive: Secret witness in Senate Clinton probe is ex-lobbyist for Russian firm

    11/16/2017 8:58:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 16, 2017 | by Joel Schectman
    Senate Republicans say their investigation of Hillary Clinton’s role in approving a deal to sell U.S. uranium mines to a Russian company hinges in part on the testimony of a secret informant in a bribery and extortion scheme inside the same company. The Senate committee searching for Clinton’s alleged wrongdoing is keeping their witness’s name cloaked. However, William D. Campbell, a lobbyist, confirmed to Reuters he is the informant who will testify and provide documents to Congress about the Obama Administration’s 2010 approval of the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian company with uranium mines in the United States, to...
  • New Roy Moore accuser: 'He didn't pinch it; he grabbed it'

    11/15/2017 2:56:03 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 100 replies
    Alabama.com ^ | November 15, 2017 | By Anna Claire Vollers
    A Gadsden woman says Roy Moore groped her while she was in his law office on legal business with her mother in 1991. Moore was married at that time. In the past week, Moore has been accused by five other women of a range of behaviors that include sexual misconduct with a woman when she was 14, and sexual assault of another when she was 16. This is the first public accusation of physical contact that happened after Moore was married. In recent days, Moore has publicly denied any wrongdoing, and has denied knowing some of the women. In interviews...
  • Illegal immigrant charged in 2015 murder of New York socialite

    11/15/2017 2:17:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | November 15, 2017
    An illegal immigrant was charged this week in the death of a New York socialite who was found bludgeoned to death in her hilltop estate two years ago, the end result of an elaborate international manhunt. Esdras Marroquin Gomez, 32, pleaded not guilty Monday at his arraignment on a murder charge in the death of 83-year-old Lois Colley, according to the Westchester County district attorney's office, who said he was indicted by a grand jury last year. "The murder scene was horrendous," Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino said. "From our evaluation, we believe the murder weapon was a home...
  • U.S. Justice Dept Eyes Spring to Release Findings on FBI Handling of Clinton Email Probe

    11/15/2017 2:01:40 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | November 15, 2017 | By Sarah N. Lynch
    WASHINGTON - The internal watchdog at the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday he hopes to complete his review by early spring into whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation erred when it announced it was reopening its investigation into Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's emails ahead of the 2016 presidential election. "We have interviewed dozens of people. We are not at the 100 level yet, but we're in the dozens range. We've reviewed about 1.2 million records in the course of the investigation," Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said, in testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives panel. "We are...
  • Column: Politics shouldn’t override decency in cases of Roy Moore, Bill Clinton

    11/15/2017 1:32:06 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 14, 2017 | by John Kass
    What is being lost as Republicans — the number dwindling every day — defend Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore from allegations of sexually assaulting teen-age girls? There is a cost to defending Moore. Don’t kid yourselves that there is no cost to it. And something is lost. So what is it? With a corrupt establishment political center collapsing of its own rotten weight and the left pulling one way and the right pulling another — it seems that politics is everything to us now. Speaking of which, remember when Democrats rallied around their big dog, then President Bill Clinton? Feminists...
  • The Tehama County shootings: Why did this guy have guns?

    11/15/2017 11:51:49 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | November 15, 2017 | By PATRICK MAY
    Despite California laws designed to keep firearms away from troubled people, this assailant still got his guns. The red flags were flying all over the place. Let’s review: crazy guy, history of wreaking violence on others, and multiple weapons at his disposal in a state with the toughest gun laws in the nation. It doesn’t quite add up. So what about that California law banning certain weapons from certain people who’ve had run-ins with authorities? It’s called APPS for short, or the Armed and Prohibited Persons System, and it’s designed to allow California law-enforcement officials to automatically track firearm owners...