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  • Swedish fake fact-checker page pulled from Facebook

    01/22/2017 10:22:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 22 January 2017 14:55 CET+01:00
    A Swedish fake fact-checking page reported on by Britain’s Guardian newspaper has been pulled from Facebook after a string of critical articles. The Mediekollen page, which purported to be a fact-checking website but instead itself pushed propaganda and fake news, was removed from Facebook on Friday afternoon after Viralgranskaren, a fact-checking site run by Sweden’s Metro newspaper, contacted Facebook to complain and wrote an article on the site. “We noticed that after we wrote the article, they wrote an article saying our article was fake,” Viralgranskaren’s Hugo Ewald told The Local. “I then posted some comments under that article, and...
  • Trump to begin renegotiating NAFTA pact soon with Mexico, Canada

    01/22/2017 1:26:13 PM PST · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 22, 2017 | Ayesha Rascoe
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he plans talks soon with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement."We will be starting negotiations having to do with NAFTA," Trump said at a swearing-in ceremony for his top White House advisers. "We are going to start renegotiating on NAFTA, on immigration and on security at the border."
  • Trump to begin renegotiating NAFTA with leaders of Mexico, Canada

    01/22/2017 2:29:38 PM PST · by Innovative · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan. 22, 2017 | Eric Bradner, CNN
    President Donald Trump said Sunday he will begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement when he meets with the leaders of Canada and Mexico. A central promise of Trump's campaign was that he would revamp the 23-year-old trade pact. At a White House event Sunday, Trump said he had scheduled meetings with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. "We're going to start some negotiations having to do with NAFTA," Trump said. "Anybody ever hear of NAFTA?" he said. "I ran a campaign somewhat based on NAFTA. But we're going to start renegotiating on NAFTA,...
  • All your safe space are belong to us.

    01/22/2017 4:13:41 PM PST · by moonhawk · 19 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | Scott Morefield
    Are you ready to shred some safe spaces? If you’re familiar with classic memes, you’ll likely recognize the theme upon which this video is based. “All your base are belong to us” is a broken English (“Engrish”) phrase found in the opening cutscene of the 1992 European release of the Mega Drive port of the 1989 arcade video game Zero Wing which became a popular Internet meme. The quote is included in the European version of the game, which features poor English translations of the original Japanese version.
  • German FM warns of 'turbulent times' post Trump

    01/22/2017 10:12:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 January 2017 08:45 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Germany’s foreign minister on Sunday predicted turbulent times ahead for the world following Donald Trump’s accession to power in the United States. “With the election of Donald Trump, the world of the 20th century has definitely been overtaken,” Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote in a commentary published in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. Steinmeier, 60, has emerged in recent months as the German government’s most strident detractor of Trump. […] But Steinmeier said he would seek dialogue with the Trump administration and outline “our position, our values and our interests.” …
  • Saying Goodbye to State Employees, Kerry Says, ‘We Decided to Rock the Boat’

    01/20/2017 6:52:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 19, 2017 | 11:52 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday he was optimistic about the future, telling State Department employees that the women’s, peace and environmental movements half a century ago had achieved change because people “went out and fought for it.” “And I am absolutely confident now that people are prepared to fight for the future in the same way, with the same energy, with the same vision and the same commitment,” he said. Kerry told employees gathered at the department that his generation “came along in the 1960s and we decided to rock the boat, and we did.” Recalling the...
  • Swarthmore Paper Apologizes for ‘Accidentally’ Printing Column With Conservative Viewpoint

    09/27/2016 9:33:46 PM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    heatst.com ^ | September 13, 2016 | Emily Zanotti
    The Swarthmore Daily Gazette has utterly failed its student body and it would like to issue a sincere and full apology. You see, on Monday, the Daily Gazette, the voice of Swarthmore College, printed an opinion column with a conservative viewpoint, overestimating the capacity of Swarthmore students to accept an opinion that might depart, in substance, from the standard liberal pedagogy. Today, they acknowledge that the column did not meet with its “rigorous” editorial standards — “We Fucked Up,” as the apology is headlined — and such an incident will never happen again. The opinion column in question, which still...
  • Democrats in sad shape: Power deficit as Trump era begins

    01/19/2017 10:05:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2017 3:59 PM EST | Bill Barrow and Mary Clare Jalonick
    Democrats begin the Donald Trump presidency in sad shape. They lack a clear power base, they’ve got no distinct national leader, and party brokers are searching for a formula to counter the new Republican-dominated government and figure out how to win again. It’s a curious and dispiriting position for a party that has led the national popular vote six out of the past seven presidential elections. Yet Hillary Clinton lost the Electoral College count, while Republicans maintained their largest House majority since 1928 and kept control of the Senate — with 2018 advantages that offer the potential of a Senate...
  • Soros: Trump a 'would-be dictator' who will rattle markets

    01/19/2017 5:07:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2017 6:43 PM EST
    Billionaire investor George Soros said Thursday he views President-elect Donald Trump as an “impostor and con man and a would-be dictator” who will rattle financial markets. Soros, a big supporter of Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign, said he is confident Trump will be checked by Congress and the Constitution. […] “I personally am convinced that (Trump) is going to fail,” Soros said. “Not because of people like me who would like him to fail, but because the ideas that guide him are inherently self-contradictory.” …
  • Joe Biden warns that the progressive democratic world order is at risk of collapse [tr]

    01/18/2017 5:38:18 AM PST · by oblomov · 65 replies
    CNBC ^ | 18 Jan 2017 | Jay Yarrow
    Vice President Joe Biden delivered an epic final speech Wednesday to the elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The gist of his speech was simple: At a time of "uncertainty" we must double down on the values that made Western democracies great, and not allow the "liberal world order" to be torn apart by destructive forces. Biden went after Russian President Vladimir Putin by name, saying he is using "every tool" in his power to whittle away the European project, and undermine Western democracies. Biden accused Putin of wanting to "roll back decades of progress." Biden said...
  • Target lowers 4Q profit and sales outlook

    01/18/2017 5:32:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2017 7:30 AM EST | Anne D’Innocenzio
    Target is lowering its fourth-quarter profit and sales outlook after the discounter says it had sluggish holiday sales and traffic in its stores that offset a surging online business. Target says revenue at stores opened at least a year for the November and December period were down 1.3 percent. The company now says that the key barometer for a retailer’s health will decline 1 percent to 1.5 percent in the quarter, compared to guidance of down 1 percent to up 1 percent. …
  • Report: Schools Are Teaching Kids To Hate America Under The Guise Of ‘Civics’

    01/17/2017 9:46:30 AM PST · by doug from upland · 49 replies
    federalist ^ | 1-17-17 | Joy Pullman
    Report: Schools Are Teaching Kids To Hate America Under The Guise Of ‘Civics’ The New Civics sweeping colleges and K-12 teaches that citizenship means looking for grievances, then agitating for bigger government to address them. Joy Pullmann By Joy Pullmann January 16, 2017 U.S. civics education, if it exists at all, is being transformed into a political machine to push left-wing causes, undermine American government, and incite civil unrest, finds a 525-page report from the National Association of Scholars. The “New Civics” uses attractive, bipartisan-sounding words like “civics” and “service learning” to trick Americans and their representatives into allowing progressive...
  • Trumping Trump? Democrat Cuomo courts 'middle-class anger'

    01/16/2017 9:55:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2017 11:10 AM EST | David Klepper
    An ambitious Democratic governor with possible White House aspirations has a formula for staying blue in the time of Trump: Take your progressive message directly to angst-ridden middle-class voters. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to break from tradition and roll out his state-of-the-state address in a series of speeches across the state this past week infuriated lawmakers he essentially bypassed. But his populist proposals, including free college tuition, expanded child care tax credits and a “buy American” plan, appear to have landed with at least some of his intended target. […] But some wonder just how sincere Cuomo really...
  • King's daughter: Fight 'no matter who is in White House'

    01/16/2017 9:51:01 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2017 12:04 PM EST | Bill Barrow
    As civil rights leaders and activists gather at sites across the country to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the slain civil rights leader’s daughter is encouraging Americans to fight for his vision of love and justice “no matter who is in the White House.” Bernice King addressed more than 2,000 people gathered at her father’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta four days before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. She spoke hours before her brother, Martin Luther King III, is scheduled to meet with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York. While Bernice King did not offer a...
  • Teen removed from mother's custody for being 'too effeminate' [Venice, Italy]

    01/15/2017 10:12:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 10 January 2017 10:54 CET+01:00
    An Italian court has ruled that a 13-year-old boy be removed from his mother’s custody due to an alleged “personality disorder” linked to having “almost exclusively female role models”. Venice’s Court for Minors said the boy “tries in every way to show that he is different” and described his attitude as “effeminate in a provocative way”, according to local paper Mattino Padova. A social services report said the child from Padua, northern Italy, suffered a “personality disorder” and argued that he has difficulty forming relationships due to dependence on his mother. It also detailed an incident in which the boy...
  • Roger Chesley: Not knowing history is truly American

    01/15/2017 6:46:19 PM PST · by Bogle · 15 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | January 11, 2017 | Roger Chesley
    By the time students enter college, they want to focus on their specific area of study or proposed career. Educators should dictate what’s best for the curriculum, not legislators.
  • Now is not the time for reconciliation. Dietrich Bonhoeffer didn't reconcile [tr]

    01/15/2017 8:42:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Twitter ^ | January 14, 2017 | Martin O'Malley
    Now is not the time for reconciliation. Dietrich Bonhoeffer didn't reconcile with the Nazis. MLK didn't reconcile with the KKK. Now we fight
  • Old white academics are 'unable' to teach black students because they're potentially racist

    01/15/2017 8:00:25 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 101 replies
    Lecturers who are '60 year old white men' are unable to teach black and minority ethnic (BME) people, students have complained. The students, who are studying at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), said under-representation of black people among the teaching staff, relative to the student body, made students feel 'isolated', unable to engage with their studies and lecturers.
  • Pelosi: Were It Not for Obama, $19,951,756,200,280 Debt Would Be Higher

    01/13/2017 10:08:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 13, 2017 | 2:00 PM EST | Penny Starr
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Friday that were it not for "the work" of President Barack Obama, the federal debt would have increased even more than the $9 trillion that it has increased over the eight years of his presidency. “Absent the work of President Obama this national debt would be even higher,” Pelosi said at her weekly briefing with reporters at the Capitol when asked about the increase in the federal budget under Obama. […] “As I’ve said over and over again: Show me your budget, show me your values,” Pelosi said. “And we see today...
  • Obama Uses the Word 'Change' 16 Times in Farewell Speech

    01/11/2017 8:27:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 11, 2017 | 8:59 AM EST | Susan Jones
    President Obama, the man who has embraced “change” throughout his presidency, used the word 16 times in his farewell speech Tuesday night, but he did not directly mention the change Americans embraced in November by voting for Donald Trump. At times, Obama — the “hope and change” president — seemed to warn against the kind of change Trump has promised. […] “Take the challenge of climate change,” Obama said. “In just eight years, we’ve halved our dependence on foreign oil; we’ve doubled our renewable energy; we’ve led the world to an agreement that has the promise to save this planet....
  • Diet soda contains chemicals found in rust remover

    01/10/2017 3:25:49 PM PST · by Signalman · 130 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/10/2017 | Christina Earle
    Rust remover, anyone? Or maybe a dash of cement with your meal? Swapping your “full-fat” Coke for a diet alternative might seem like the sensible, healthy thing to do. But think again. Last week, experts at Imperial College, London claimed sugar-free drinks won’t help you lose weight or avoid Type-2 diabetes. In fact, they could stimulate your appetite and make you gain weight. And worse, some sugar-free soda has ingredients you wouldn’t usually dream of consuming — chemicals found in rust remover, steel cleaner, and cement, albeit in tiny quantities. They also have ingredients that in high doses have been...
  • Congressional Black Caucus to be more aggressive under Trump

    01/08/2017 8:17:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 75 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2017 9:15 AM EST | Jesse J. Holland
    For almost eight years, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus existed in the shadow of the first black president. They praised President Barack Obama’s achievements while at the same time pushing him to do more for their constituents who overwhelmingly supported his history-making campaign and administration. But with Obama set to leave the White House on Jan. 20, black lawmakers in the House and Senate are recalculating and reassessing their place in Washington. And realizing they’re regaining the limelight as the most visible and powerful African-American politicians in the nation’s capital. President-elect Donald Trump will face a larger and...
  • Pelosi Rebukes Media For Reporting on Hacked DNC Emails: ‘You Were Accomplices’

    01/06/2017 4:18:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 88 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 6, 2017 | 1:27 PM EST | Penny Starr
    At her weekly briefing with journalists House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized them from reporting on the hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), calling them ‘accomplices’ in what she said was an effort by Russia to disrupt the U.S. presidential election. […] “It was every single day you reported that there was an email that was embarrassing to the Clinton administration without saying, ‘We know this because of disruption by a foreign power into our electoral system,’” said the House Minority Leader. ‘You knew that,” Pelosi said. “You knew it was the Russians.” …
  • WashPost’s Dana Milbank Compares Obama to George Washington, Disney Demigod

    01/05/2017 4:21:43 PM PST · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    newsbusters.com ^ | 1/5/17 | Scott Whitlock
    Washington Post journalist Dana Milbank on Thursday, Barack Obama is comparable to George Washington and a fictional Disney Demigod. Lamenting the fact that the outgoing President isn’t getting enough credit, the columnist referenced the 2016 film Moana and quoted from song lyrics where the deity Maui bragged about how amazing he is: “What can I say, except you’re welcome for the tides, the sun, the sky? Hey, it’s okay, it’s okay. You’re welcome.”
  • ‘Repulsive’: Scarborough Rips Sean Hannity ‘Bromance’ with WikiLeaks’ Assange

    01/06/2017 9:13:20 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On today’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough ripped as “repulsive” Sean Hannity’s “bromance” with Julian Assange, and more generally criticized the Republican change of heart on Wikileaks. Background on the evolution of Hannity’s views on Assange here [note: from Daily Beast.] Scarborough noted that when Wikileaks divulged information about a CIA operation some years ago, Assange became the Republican “enemy #1.” In 2010, Donald Trump himself tweeted that WikiLeaks was “disgraceful” and that there “should be death penalty or something.” View the video here.
  • DNI Clapper: Russians Did Not Change Any Vote Tallies in U.S. Elections

    01/06/2017 7:23:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 5, 2017 | 12:24 PM EST | Melanie Hunter
    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that the Russians did not alter vote counts in the U.S. election. “They did not change any vote tallies or anything of that sort,” Clapper said under questioning from Chairman John McCain (R.-Ariz.) Clapper further implicitly conceded that whatever the Russians might have done in making Democratic National Committee emails available to the public, the outcome of the U.S. presidential election nonetheless reflected “the choices” of American voters. …
  • Record 95,102,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Number Grew 18% Since Obama Took Office in 2009

    01/06/2017 6:32:56 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 6, 2017 | 8:49 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Barack Obama’s presidency began with a record number of Americans not in the labor force, and it's ending the same way. The final jobs report of the Obama presidency, released Friday, shows that the number of Americans not in the labor force has increased by 14,573,000 (18.09 percent) since January 2009, when Obama took office, continuing a long-term trend that began well before Obama was sworn in. In December, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, a record 95,102,000 Americans were not in the labor force, 47,000 more than in November; and the labor force participation rate was...
  • Study: Stand Your Ground led to increase in homicide cases

    01/06/2017 4:23:20 AM PST · by rarestia · 73 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Friday, January 06, 2017, 12:04 AM EST | Cheryn Stone
    New medical findings link Florida's Stand Your Ground law to a significant increase in gun deaths. JAMA Study: 24.4% increase in homicide associated with Stand Your Ground Study authors say findings should be used to make informed decisions A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association states implementing Stand Your Ground in Florida is associated with a 24.4 percent increase in homicide and a 31.6 percent increase in firearm-related homicide in the state. "So the implication of these findings is that almost immediately after Stand Your Ground was enacted, rates of homicide and firearm homicide have gone...
  • SHOCKER.Shaun King more concerned over ‘white supremacist hashtag’ than actual attack

    01/05/2017 8:11:00 PM PST · by JOAT · 26 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | January 5, 2017 | Sam J.
    Following the horrendous act of four young black adults in Chicago, wherein a young white man with a disability was kidnapped and tortured, Twitter exploded (understandably) in outrage. Very quickly the hashtag #BLMKidnapping started to trend in first place across the country, Americans furious over not only the absolutely awful crime, but the lackluster response in Chicago. We’ve all been waiting for leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement to denounce the crime, at the very least, but instead people like Shaun King tweeted this … Shaun King ✔ @ShaunKing I'll reply to the white supremacist #BLMKidnapping hashtag later this...
  • Obama: Going to Newtown was the ‘toughest day of my presidency’

    01/05/2017 11:44:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/05/2017 | Dylan Stableford
    As Barack Obama continues to reflect on his legacy in a series of exit interviews, the outgoing president says he still considers the day he met with the parents of the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 the toughest day of his presidency. “I still consider the day I traveled up to Newtown to meet with parents and address that community as the toughest day of my presidency,” Obama told the History Channel in an interview that will air on Jan. 15, five days before he leaves office. “It’s the only time I ever saw...
  • NC governor pledges to expand Medicaid, despite state law

    01/04/2017 4:22:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 4, 2016 7:03 PM EST | Gary D. Robertson
    Setting up more conflict with the Republican-led legislature, new North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday announced plans to expand Medicaid through the federal health care overhaul, even though a state law specially prevents such unilateral action. Cooper, the attorney general for the past 16 years before narrowly beating GOP Gov. Pat McCrory in November, announced at a New-Year economic forum that he plans to file paperwork with federal regulators by Friday. Cooper’s action comes in the waning days of the administration of President Barack Obama, who championed the 2010 health care law and wants to protect his legacy,...
  • Sheriff Clarke: For 8 Years Obama Has 'Rubbed White Peoples' Nose in the Stain of Slavery' [tr]

    01/02/2017 7:38:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 30, 2016 | 2:34 PM EST | Michael W. Chapman
    In reference to the horrendous number of homicides in Chicago and President Barack Obama’s practice of dividing people by race, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said Black Lives Matter never marches in Chicago and Obama, for eight years, has been rubbing “white people’s nose in the stain of slavery” because he cannot let the issue go, and wants America to wallow in racial division. […] “He’s about 150 years removed from slavery,” said the sheriff. “Nobody said ‘forget about it’, but you have to be able to move on at some point. And he will not allow America to do...
  • ‘Black’ Activist Rachel Dolezal Dropped from MLK Event by North Carolina Town

    01/01/2017 8:10:14 AM PST · by NCDragon · 34 replies
    Heatstreet.com ^ | December 30th, 2016 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    A North Carolina town has nixed Rachel Dolezal from its Martin Luther King Jr. Dreamfest next month, saying her scheduled appearance would “take away from the goals” of the event. Charming Cary, North Carolina, had originally booked Dolezal to speak on a panel about racial identity and race relations. The former president of the Spokane, WA NAACP chapter, Dolezal drew nationwide controversy after news broke that she was born to white parents. She says she identifies as black.
  • France raises 'terror tax' to support victims of attacks

    12/29/2016 11:03:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2016 10:08 AM EST
    French citizens will contribute an extra €1.60 ($1.67) on their property insurance policies to help finance a fund for victims of the extremist attacks that have recently hit the country. The measure comes into force on Sunday and requires policy holders to contribute €5.90 instead of €4.30. French government officials said in October when they revealed the scheme that about 90 million insurance policies are floating the fund, which currently has reserves of €1.45 billion. …
  • NYPD Officers Will be Allowed to Wear Turbans and Grow Beards for the First Time (Ed. Tr.) (PICS)

    12/29/2016 9:41:13 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12-29-2016 | Hannah-Al-Othman
    The New York Police Department is now allowing officers to wear beards and grow turbans in a bid to accommodate Sikh recruits. Sikh officers will be allowed to wear turbans in place of the traditional police cap and grow beards up to a half-inch long, which are required for religious reasons. Police Commissioner James O'Neill announced the new rules that affect all religious members on Wednesday following a graduation ceremony for new police recruits.
  • Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand. Ruth Bader Ginsberg wasn’t the only one thinking this.

    12/25/2016 10:11:15 AM PST · by tired&retired · 66 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Anna Fifield
    The prospect of a Trump presidency led to some prominent Americans — including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — joking, or perhaps half-joking, that they would move to New Zealand. Ginsburg gave a nod to this splendid isolation during an interview with the New York Times in July. “‘Now it’s time for us to move to New Zealand,’” Ginsburg said her husband would be urging if Trump won the election. Billy Crystal had the same idea. “I might consider finding a nice little ranch in New Zealand,” he told Australian media earlier this year. (By the way, Billy, we...
  • Is there a reason why the US should stay in the UN?

    12/24/2016 6:31:30 PM PST · by richardtavor · 72 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 24, 2016 | Staff
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will re-assess its ties with the United Nations following the adoption by the Security Council of a resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement building, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday. The vote was able to pass the 15-member council on Friday because the United States broke with a long-standing approach of diplomatically shielding Israel and did not wield its veto power as it had on many times before - a decision that Netanyahu called "shameful".
  • Don’t Let Trump’s Win Fool You—America’s Getting More Liberal

    12/24/2016 7:13:48 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 68 replies
    Wired ^ | 15 Dec, 2016 | AUTHOR: ISSIE LAPOWSKY
    IN ONE OF the most incisive pieces of post-election pop culture so far, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock on Saturday Night Live school an election night party full of blithely ignorant white liberals on the deep, persistent currents of American racism. “Because of changing demographics, there might never be another Republican president in this country,” cast member Beck Bennett says in the sketch. Chappelle glares at him, dumbfounded. “Word?” he says. “You ever been around this country before?” The gag of course is the fact that, as a black man, Chappelle has seen the country at its ugliest, its least...
  • Trump to Mika: ‘Let It Be an Arms Race: We Will Outlast, Outmatch them All’

    12/23/2016 6:07:05 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 73 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It was the strangest of settings for some very serious breaking news. There was Mika Brzezinski, cuddled up in her flannels on Morning Joe‘s special Christmas set. In the previous segment, Joe Scarborough had grilled Sean Spicer, whom President-elect Trump yesterday named as his White House spokesman, over Trump’s tweet of yesterday in which he said that the US needed to greatly strengthen its nuclear arsenal. Spicer repeatedly refused to say that the Trump tweet came in response from a statement by Vladimir Putin, just hours earlier, announcing Russia’s intention to strengthen its own nuclear arsenal. When the show returned...
  • Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich: ‘Boycott All Trump Products’

    12/21/2016 2:26:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 138 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 21, 2016 | 3:25 PM EST | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Robert Reich, who served as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, is urging his fellow progressives to block President-elect Donald Trump from carrying out his policy plans for his first 100 days in office, including a suggestion to “boycott all Trump products, real estate, hotels, resorts, everything.” Reich’s “First 100 Day Resistance Agenda” also urges Democrats in Congress to draw out the hearings of Trump’s Cabinet nominees while progressive journalists “dig into their backgrounds”. “Our version of ‘Drill, baby, drill’ is ‘Sue, baby, sue’,” he continued. “Throw sand in the gears. Lawyers, get organized.” He also recommended “coordinated fund-raising”...
  • Covering Politics in a "post-truth" America

    12/21/2016 6:44:22 AM PST · by dirtboy · 21 replies
    Brookings ^ | December 2, 2016 | Susan B. Glasser
    Journalism has never been better, thanks to these last few decades of disruption. So why does it seem to matter so little? Reflections on the media in the age of Trump. For the last two decades, the rules of political reporting have been blown up. And I’ve cheered at every step along the way. Not for me the mourning over the dismantling of the old order, all those lamentations about the lost golden era of print newspapers thudding on doorsteps and the sage evening news anchors reporting back to the nation on their White House briefings. Because, let’s face it:...
  • The New Republic: Media Matters Seeks New Identity in Post-Clinton World

    12/20/2016 5:13:23 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12-2012016 | Danny Johnston
    Danny JohnstonDecember 20, 2016 Clio Chang and Alex Shephard write in The New Republic about the organizational shake-up and shift in focus at the leftwing media watchdog Media Matters for America. The brainchild of its Clinton ally founder David Brock, Media Matters now seeks to reinvent itself in a post-Clinton world. Brock has recently stated that he hopes to transform his social media platform Shareblue into a “Breitbart of the left.” But Clinton’s electoral loss offers a unique challenge for Media Matters because, as Chang and Shephard report, “[t]he organization had long ceased to be a mere watchdog, having positioned...
  • The electoral college is thwarting our ability to battle global warming

    12/19/2016 4:39:22 PM PST · by dynachrome · 67 replies
    washington Post (fake news site) ^ | 12-19-16 | Todd Cort
    It is this solution, brilliant at the time, that leads us to Brearley’s legacy on climate change. Because over the course of the last 200 plus years, the electoral college, which provides for stronger voting power per person in more rural and less populated states, has elected four U.S. presidents who clearly lost the popular vote (1876, 1888, 2000 and 2016). Two of those elections have occurred during the period in which we have known about the causes and impacts of carbon dioxide emissions and climate change and in both cases, the impacts of those elections have very likely had...
  • Survey: Israelis increasingly losing faith in government [Israel Democracy Institute]

    12/19/2016 10:03:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2016 5:52 AM EST | Josef Federman
    A leading Israeli think tank on Monday said it has found that Israelis are increasingly losing faith in their government and most Israeli public institutions — findings that mirror the global trend of dissatisfaction and cynicism that helped propel Britain’s exit from the European Union and the victory of President-elect Donald Trump. The Israel Democracy Institute also found a continuing nationalistic streak among the country’s Jewish majority, with more than half of respondents in a nationwide survey opposed to allowing Arab political parties into the governing coalition. Tamar Hermann, an Israeli professor who led the research, said the study found...
  • Obama says he'll focus on helping new generation of leaders

    12/19/2016 8:56:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2016 6:29 AM EST
    President Barack Obama says one of his missions after leaving office will be to develop a new generation of leaders on issues such as climate change, criminal justice reform and expanding health insurance coverage. In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, Obama said he wants to ensure that young people working on those issues have “whatever resources, credibility, spotlight that I can bring to help them rise up.” Obama said in the interview airing Monday that the issues he cares most about will be well served when that new generation moves into positions of authority. …
  • Electoral College part of a broken system [Erbrechen Warnung/barf alert]

    12/19/2016 7:28:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 12.18.2016 | Jefferson Chase
    To be clear right off the bat: On Monday, December 19, the Electoral College will and should confirm Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. Under the current rules, Trump won the 2016 presidential election, the object of which is to amass a majority of electoral votes in a winner-takes-all, state-by-state process. As he himself might say, he “gamed the system” real good. Now the Electoral College will do its job. But let’s hope this is the last time it will do anything. Defenders of the College, created in the late eighteenth century in response to arcane...
  • Michelle Obama: Barack Obama is the Parent and the American Public Are His Hurt Little Kids

    12/18/2016 3:56:56 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 112 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 17, 2016 | Justin Baragona
    During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama pretty much compared the relationship between her husband and the rest of the country to that of a parent and an injured child. Noting that we’re now feeling what not having hope feels like, Mrs. Obama explained how “hope” was more than a slogan for Barack Obama. “Our children respond to crises the way they see us respond,” Mrs. Obama said. “You know, it’s like the toddler that bumps his head on the table and they look up at you to figure out if it hurts.” She went on to...
  • LA Times Editorial: Electoral College Is Unconstitutional And Should Be Banned

    12/17/2016 8:57:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 194 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/16/16 | Blake Neff
    The Los Angeles Times has published an editorial arguing that the Electoral College shouldn’t be allowed to choose the next U.S. president, on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. Needless to say, Kenneth Jost’s argument is a very bold one, since the Constitution explicitly creates the Electoral College and describes how it works; the system was even refined with the 12th Amendment. But Jost, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, says that’s no barrier to having the Supreme Court abolish the Electoral College by fiat.
  • Stressed-out students pet puppies, learn secrets of 'adulting'

    12/17/2016 6:28:19 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | December 16, 2016 | Amber Athey
    Oglethorpe University and Rutgers University have joined the list of schools making sure students don’t get too stressed out by final exams and jobs. OU recently hosted a three-hour "Stress Free Zone" featuring lawn games, henna tattoos, and "PUPPIES!!!!," while the Rutgers "BOLD Center" hosts "coffee and chat" events on subjects like "adulting." Oglethorpe University and Rutgers University have joined the list of schools making sure students don’t get too stressed out by final exams and jobs. The Oglethorpe Counseling Center, for example, recently sponsored a three-hour "Stress Free Zone" on December 9, the last day of classes, where...
  • U.S. to disclose estimate of number of Americans under surveillance

    12/16/2016 8:22:25 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    reuters ^ | 12-16-16 | Dustin Volz
    The U.S. intelligence community will soon disclose an estimate of the number of Americans whose electronic communications have been caught in the crosshairs of online surveillance programs intended for foreigners, U.S. lawmakers said in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday. The estimate, requested by members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, is expected to be made public as early as next month, the letter said. Its disclosure would come as Congress is expected to begin debate in the coming months over whether to reauthorize or reform the so-called surveillance authority, known as Section 702, a provision that...