The Evening Blues - 8-23-19



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The day's news roundup + tonight's musical feature: Bonnie Raitt


Hey! Good Evening!

This evening's music features slide guitarist and singer Bonnie Raitt. Enjoy!

Bonnie Raitt - Angel From Montgomery

"You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you, sooner or later, 'cause they own this fucking place. It's a big club, and you ain’t in it."

-- George Carlin


News and Opinion

After Handing Rich $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut, Trump Reportedly Considering Slashing Medicare and Social Security as 'Second-Term Project'

After exploding the federal budget deficit with over a trillion dollars in tax cuts for the rich and massive corporations, President Donald Trump is reportedly considering using his possible second term in the White House to slash Medicare and Social Security—the final part of a two-step plan progressives have been warning about since before the GOP tax bill passed Congress in 2017.

The New York Times reported this week that, with the budget deficit set to surpass $1 trillion in 2020 thanks in large part to Trump's tax cuts and trade war, Republicans and right-wing groups are pressuring the president to take a sledgehammer to Social Security and Medicare, widely popular programs Trump vowed not to touch during his 2016 campaign.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) told the Times that his party has discussed cutting Medicare and Social Security with Trump and said the president has expressed openness to the idea. "We've brought it up with President Trump, who has talked about it being a second-term project," said Barrasso.


"The Trump/GOP tax cuts for the wealthy will add over $1.5 trillion in debt," said the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. "Now we know how they'll pay for those tax cuts, by cutting Social Security and Medicare."

Keiser Report: ‘Human tragedy’ in San Francisco

Record global dividend payouts fuel rising social inequality

A new report published this week by the financial advisory firm Janus Hendersons shows that the world’s largest corporations will hand out $1.43 trillion in dividend payments to their shareholders in 2019, setting a new record.

Ten years after the global financial crisis began in 2008, wages continue to stagnate, poverty is rising, and workers everywhere are lyingly told that there is no money for such elementary social needs as healthcare, education and pensions. At the same time, the class of corporate executives and billionaire shareholders continues to rake in incredible sums of money.

According to the report, which is based on data calculated for the world’s 1,200 largest companies, total dividend payments surpassed half a trillion US dollars in the second quarter of this year, reaching $513 billion. To place this number in context, the amount handed out directly to shareholders in 2019 will be more than the annual economic output of Spain, a country of 47 million people. In just three months, the 20 largest companies alone paid $87.9 billion in dividends, roughly twice the total economic output of Tunisia (population 11.5 million) for an entire year.

Dividends are payments made by companies to their shareholders on a quarterly or annual basis, with every share entitling its owner to receive an amount determined by the company’s board. The money for these payments does not arise out of thin air. It is extracted from the collective labour of the working class. Its source, as Karl Marx discovered more than 150 years ago, is the surplus arising from the difference in value between what the workers are paid in wages and what they produce in the course of their work.

The figures contained in the report demonstrate how the share market serves as a mechanism for the transfer of wealth up the income scale from the working class to the wealthiest sections of society. The overwhelming majority of shares of all these corporations are dominated by a relative handful of investment firms and hedge funds which are controlled by a tiny layer of billionaire and multi-millionaire shareholders.


Los Angeles Might Start Punishing Homeless People Based on Where They Sleep

Los Angeles officials are considering a new law to stop homeless people from sleeping near schools, parks, or otherwise “crowded public sidewalk areas.”

Some 60,000 homeless people barely scrape by in Los Angeles County, where there’s a ballooning rental crisis. Many of those people sleep in tents or cars because homeless shelters are already packed. But Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell proposed a new rule that would punish people based on where they sleep.

The city’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee drafted the rule Wednesday and submitted it to the full city council for consideration. The council has not yet vetted the proposal, according to the Los Angeles Times, and it will have to go through lawyers before it heads to a vote.

“The reality is we have sensitive areas to consider and as city leaders we must strike the balance between the needs of those experiencing homelessness and keeping our public spaces safe and accessible,” O’Farrell said in a statement to the Times Thursday.

French Yellow Vests join global activists at G7 counter-summit

Argentina's Macri shelves sales taxes as he seeks to cut left's lead

Argentine President Mauricio Macri, smarting from a bruising primary election loss, announced on Thursday an end to sales taxes on basic food products until the end of the year in a bid to salvage his re-election prospects and end an economic crisis.

In a televised address to the nation, Macri announced that sales taxes of around 21 percent would be axed on basic foodstuffs - including bread, sugar, milk, oil, flour, pasta, eggs and rice - to soften the impact of an IMF-backed austerity program on the growing ranks of the poor.

The tax cut represents the boldest of a series of measures Macri has unveiled since his overwhelming defeat on Sunday by the leftist opposition, as he seeks to bolster his waning support and revive Latin America’s third-largest economy.

The shelving of the sales taxes was an awkward about-turn for a president who took office in 2015 vowing to slash public subsidies and to correct what he called years of leftist economic mismanagement.

Macri has already announced a series of welfare subsidies and tax cuts for lower-income workers since the weekend. He has also promised to raise the minimum wage, temporarily freeze gasoline prices and increase the income tax bracket floor by 20%. On Thursday, he announced plans to help people with inflation-linked mortgages.

Hundreds of Argentinians take to the street to call for economic relief

Well, as president his order exceeds his authority. But, then again, perhaps it doesn't exceed the authority of "the chosen one." The delusions continue ...

Trump 'hereby orders' US companies to leave China after attacking Fed chair

Donald Trump ordered US companies to leave China on Friday after launching another blistering attack on Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell, asking “who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or [China’s] Chairman Xi?”

Moments after Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, warned the US central bank was facing a “new challenge” as it deals with the Trump administration’s seesaw trade policies and ongoing dispute with China, Trump went on a Twitter rampage calling for a US boycott.


The president has no legal authority to compel US companies to leave China – one of the US’s largest markets and trading partners. It is as yet unclear how he will impose his “order.”

John Pilger - We Are in a WAR SITUATION with China!

Netanyahu Appears to Confirm Recent Israeli Attacks on Iraq

In comments Thursday during an interview with Russian-language Channel 9, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to confirm weeks of reported Israeli strikes against Iraqi territory.

Asked about the matter, Netanyahu said Israel was operating “not just if needed” but also in many areas around the region where they believed
they could hit Iranian targets or interests. He added he’d given the
military “a free hand,” though he did not directly address any
particular attacks.

This lines up with satellite photos of the various targeted sites,
which reports appeared to confirm were targeted with airstrikes, and
not random explosions. Further reports suggested Israel’s attacks had
advanced approval from the US and Russia both.

Israel plans to attack the Houthis in Yemen

Sources from the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida claim that Israel plans to attack targets of Houthi rebels and Hezbollah in Yemen, near the Straits of Bab-el-Mandeb separating the Red Sea from the Gulf of Aden. According to the source, the Mossad and Military Intelligence are monitoring Iran's attempts to deliver weapons, including missiles and drones, which could be used for terrorist attacks against the region's maritime network.

It has also been claimed that some of the drones and missiles were transferred to Iraq in an attempt to mislead the other party, and that the bombings attributed to Israel in the Arab country were intended to prevent the continuation of the route towards Yemen.

The sources confirmed that Israel shared its intelligence with Arab states that have ports in the area, and that they could be targets for attacks. The United States has also been updated on developments in shipping weapons from Iran to the Red Sea region.

After Life of Incalculable Harm, Billionaire Climate Denialist and Right-Wing Villain David Koch Dead at 79

Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who spent vast sums of his billions in personal fortune promoting climate denialism and other right wing causes over the last four decades, died Friday at 79.

His legacy in modern American politics was summed up by The New York Times:

Three decades after David Koch's public steps into politics, analysts say, the Koch brothers' money-fueled brand of libertarianism helped give rise to the Tea Party movement and strengthened the far-right wing of a resurgent Republican Party.

Koch was a controversial figure. His vast fortune—made in large part through fossil fuel extraction and manufacturing, though the company has interests in nearly everything—made him and his brother Charles two of the richest people in the world. The brothers spent at least $100 million since the 1970s promoting right-wing causes, and David ran for vice president as a member of the Libertarian Party in 1980.

One of the causes Koch dumped his fortune into promoting was climate crisis denialism.

By making vast sums of money from destroying the planet and then fighting against efforts to stem the flow of the crisis, tweeted Native American activist Tara Houska, Koch was a double damage denialist. ...

In a piece for Earther, Brian Kahn wrote that Koch and his brother's funding of the movement to obfuscate the costs of the climate crisis made them even more than the "arch-villains" they were from funding other right-wing causes. And, said Kahn, David Koch now gets to avoid the consequences of his actions.

"Climate change is a form of violence that will largely affect people with little power to address it or relatively little role in creating it," wrote Kahn. "Death is an escape hatch for David Koch while the rest of us are left scrambling for the emergency brake before we go over the cliff."

Demanding Trump Impeachment, Progressives Disrupt Pelosi 'Resistance' Award Ceremony

Demanding that the nation's most powerful Democrat use her position to impede President Donald Trump's vicious anti-immigrant agenda and push for impeachment, progressive activists on Wednesday disrupted a "Heart of the Resistance" event honoring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a lifetime achievement award.

As dozens rallied outside, four activists with Credo Action entered the InterContinental San Francisco Hotel, the site of the $250-per-ticket dinner, and interrupted the award ceremony, calling on Pelosi to heed the demands of the grassroots and a growing number of House Democrats by backing impeachment. "Speaker Pelosi, I am undocumented. My community is being targeted by ICE and killed by white supremacists. Fight for my community and impeach Trump now," said Credo Action campaign manager Thaís Marques. "We can't wait. Impeach Trump."

In an email to supporters late Wednesday, Credo Action said many Democrats in attendance "shouted Marques down while Speaker Pelosi herself talked over Marques rather than listening to and engaging with her." The activists were eventually removed from the event by San Francisco police.

"The time to act is now—we can't wait on impeachment any longer," said Marques following the event. "Pelosi's refusal to hear me speaks volumes about the limits of today's Democratic Party, which congratulates itself on hating Trump but is unwilling to act to rein him in."


US Revives Clause That Kept Nazi-Era Refugees Out of the Country

During the Nazi era, roughly 300,000 additional Jewish refugees could have gained entry to the U.S. without exceeding the nation’s existing quotas. The primary mechanism that kept them out: the immigration law’s “likely to become a public charge” clause. Consular officials with the authority to issue visas denied them to everyone they deemed incapable of supporting themselves in the U.S. It is not possible to say what happened to these refugees. Some immigrated to other countries that remained outside Germany’s grip, such as Great Britain. But many – perhaps most – were forced into hiding, imprisoned in concentration camps and ghettos, and deported to extermination centers.

The Trump administration is now resurrecting “the public charge” clause as a way to limit legal immigration without changing immigration law. On Aug. 12, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced new regulations that will deny admission to those unable to prove under tough new standards that they won’t claim government benefits.

The public charge clause stretches back to an 1882 act, which was then incorporated into a 1917 law, that spelled out the classes of aliens who could be excluded from the U.S., including “persons likely to become a public charge.” For the first five decades, the public charge provision barred few people, basically only those unable to work due to physical or mental handicaps. After the 1929 stock market crash and the ensuing Great Depression, the Hoover administration sought to combat unemployment by reducing the number of immigrants. But it didn’t want to change the recently implemented Immigration Act of 1924 that set annual overall and country-by-country quotas.

In September 1930, the State Department issued a press release that told consular officials that they “must refuse the visa,” to anyone they believed “may probably be a public charge at any time.” The instructions achieved the desired effect. Within five months, only 10% of the quota slots allotted to European immigrants had been filled. When the Roosevelt administration assumed power in March 1933, it continued the new interpretation of the public charge clause. As refugees from first Germany and then most of Europe sought to escape Nazi persecution, the State Department used the public charge clause to limit the number of foreigners, most of whom were Jews, from immigrating to the U.S. ... Top State Department officials made clear what it was they wanted: to reduce immigration as much as possible. They also made clear that consular officials’ careers hinged upon accomplishing that goal.

Although immigration laws have changed considerably since the 1930s and 1940s, the existing Immigration and Nationality Act retains a version of the public charge clause. It is as vague as earlier incarnations. Anyone who is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible, but the act doesn’t define what that means. ... The regulations leave the ultimate determination “in the opinion” of the appropriate government official, but I see little reason to doubt the result will be fewer and different types of immigrants. The Trump administration is as likely to succeed in communicating what it wants to lower-level officials as was the Nazi-era State Department.

Governor criticized for 'disgusting' anti-immigrant email sent day before El Paso attack

The day before a gunman in El Paso carried out the deadliest attack against Latinos in modern US history, the Texas governor sent out an anti-immigrant fundraising letter calling on Republicans to “DEFEND TEXAS NOW” and “take matters into our own hands”, according to news reports.

The 2 August letter from the governor, Greg Abbott, lamented that in “just three weeks in June, 45,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended crossing the Mexican border into Texas!” It continued: “That amounts to the entire population of Galveston – every three weeks. In just six months, we’d add the population of Arlington!”

“If we’re going to DEFEND Texas, we’ll need to take matters into our own hands,” Abbott wrote in the mailer, which was reported by the Texas Signal website. The Guardian has seen a redacted copy but not the original document.

The fundraising appeal echoed the xenophobic rhetoric of Donald Trump, who has spoken of an “invasion” of migrants into the US. It also echoed the language in the racist “manifesto” allegedly written by the 21-year-old suspect before he killed 22 people at a Walmart near the US-Mexico border. The suspect, who traveled from a Dallas suburb 600 miles away, said the mass shooting was a “response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas” in his hate-filled document.

Sen. Merkley Condemns Trump’s War Against Migrant Families as U.S. Moves to Indefinitely Jail Kids

70 US Mayors Issue Scathing Letter Demanding Trump USDA Call Off Effort to Strip Food Stamps From 3 Million People

In a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, mayors from 70 cities across the country expressed their "strong opposition" to the Trump administration's proposed federal rule that could cut off food stamps for more than 3 million people.

USDA Secretary Sonny Purdue announced the rule, which would end automatic Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for those who receive other federal and state aid, last month. Critics swiftly condemned the proposal as an "unconscionable" attack on low-income Americans that would increase hunger among the most vulnerable.

Written on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) the new letter (pdf) describes SNAP as "one of our nation's key resources in the fight against hunger and... particularly important to vulnerable populations in our cities."

Trump abortion ‘gag rule’ leaves poor patients ‘with nowhere to go’ in US

Last year alone, 37,000 low-income patients in Utah received subsidized family planning under Title X, the federal program which distributes grants to clinics. But as of Monday, when Planned Parenthood withdrew from the longstanding scheme over new Trump administration rule banning clinics from referring patients for abortions, the US non-profit’s Utah branch must now look elsewhere for the $2m annual grant it used to depend on to provide essential services like birth control, STD and breast and cervical cancer tests to poor women.

“We’re doing all that we can as a team, as a staff, as an organization to try to do what we can to lessen the impact on patients, but the truth is that it harms patients,” said Heather Stringfellow, vice-president of public policy for Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.

“The fact that the Trump administration has put this gag rule in place has forced providers that use best medical practice to guide their care out of the program. The impact is on patients. It’s essentially potentially leaving our patients with nowhere to go.”

For 35 years Planned Parenthood has been the sole Title X provider in Utah, which has an overall annual budget of over $10m. Stringfellow said they have been preparing by diversifying funding streams and are doing their best to maintain services, but that the funding loss will still have a big impact on patients. ...

Impact is expected to vary greatly from state to state. In places such as Vermont, where the state has agreed to step in to fill any funding gaps, or Maryland, which earlier this year became the first state to opt out of Title X in favour of state funding, services are expected to continue as normal. But in others, such as Minnesota, where Planned Parenthood runs 90% of Title X services, or Utah, where it runs 100%, the future of these services is less certain.



the horse race



‘Pragmatic’: How Corporate Media Praise Dems Who Abandon Progressive Values

The battle for the Democratic presidential nomination is dominating the news cycle, and two of the three clear frontrunners in polls, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, draw their support from the resurgent left of the party. Sanders in particular describes himself as a democratic socialist and a threat to the establishment. The third favorite, Joe Biden, presents himself not as the representative of the conservative wing, but as a pragmatic, centrist reformer (FAIR.org, 7/17/19). Across corporate media, the choice is being portrayed as between progressive idealism and a more credible pragmatism—not left vs. right, but left vs. realistic: “Should Democrats Be Going Big or Getting Real?” asked the Associated Press (7/31/19), while the LA Times (7/31/19) defined the choice as between those who “call for big, ambitious policies” and those with a “more centrist, pragmatic approach.”

Pundits and analysts have expressed profound skepticism of the progressive platform, which includes universal healthcare, public funding of higher education, a “Green New Deal” to combat climate change and higher taxes on the wealthy. They urge voters to choose more moderate (i.e. pro-corporate) candidates, who, they claim, stand a far greater chance of unseating Donald Trump in 2020 (FAIR.org, 7/2/19). Despite this, the left of the party has continued to gain momentum, with many voters drawn to the argument that bold progressive programs are not only a realistic response to the serious problems the nation faces, but also a solid strategy for winning elections by appealing to non-voters as well as the many swing voters who have conservative social views but lean left on economic policy (FAIR.org, 6/20/17).

In the face of increasing public rejection of their definition of “pragmatism,” corporate media have moved from skepticism to outright hostility. Washington Post columnist David Von Drehle (8/2/19) savaged Warren, claiming it is embarrassingly “self-evident” that her “idealistic” plans are way “out of the mainstream,” and instead America needs a healthy “dose of pragmatism” from someone like healthcare entrepreneur-turned politician John Delaney, who will stop this Medicare for All nonsense. Similarly, a New York Times headline (7/30/19) asserted that “Ahead of Debates, Pennsylvania Democrats Want Candidates to Stress Pragmatism.” The story, by reporter Trip Gabriel, described supposed runaway grassroots “excitement” for Joe Biden, even among strong progressives, who “for pragmatism, would choose him.” It also presented Sanders’ support at virtually zero—based on “a straw poll at the Newtown [Pennsylvania] picnic”—suggesting that even Pete Buttigieg is seven times as popular.

This narrative of Sanders’ limited appeal was undercut by the Times itself (8/2/19) just three days later, when it produced an interactive map of the US, showing Sanders had far and away the most campaign donations across the US, including in the two counties the Times’ Gabriel visited for the article. Sanders’ edge in supporters was so overwhelming that the Times had to produce a second map, showing the top recipient of donations in every congressional district aside from the Vermont senator. ...

Judging by the polls, and multiple studies showing the public is sick of rampant inequality, the truly pragmatic thing to do this election cycle, the way to appeal to the actual political center, may be an all-out class war against Donald Trump. But don’t expect a media owned by millionaires and billionaires to be on board with this.

Bernie's rhetoric is becoming more ambitious:

Bernie Sanders tells Sacramento rally he won’t settle for defeating Donald Trump

Vermont senator and 2020 presidential contender Bernie Sanders drew an overflow crowd to his downtown Sacramento rally on Thursday evening, part of a multi-day swing through California as he vies for the Democratic nomination to take on President Donald Trump next year.

“I’m here this evening to ask for your help to win the Democratic primary in California,” Sanders boomed to a fired up crowd filling Cesar Chavez Plaza — a diverse mix of young people, parents with children, men and women in business attire, and retirees in wheelchairs.

But Sanders said he was also asking for more from his area supporters.

“It’s not just good enough to defeat Trump, he said. “We have to take on Wall Street. We have to take on the insurance companies. We have to take on the drug companies. We have to take on the fossil fuel industry. We have to take on the prison-industrial complex. We have to take on the military-industrial complex. We have to take on the whole damn one percent!”



the evening greens

Worth a full read:

Bernie Sanders’s Climate Plan Is More Radical Than His Opponents’ — And More Likely to Succeed

If you tried to design a program with the aim of offending the top brass of the world’s most powerful corporations and the politicians whose careers they bankroll, you’d get something like what Bernie Sanders unveiled today in his $16.3 trillion Green New Deal platform. That’s part of the point. “We need a president who has the courage, the vision, and the record to face down the greed of fossil fuel executives and the billionaire class who stand in the way of climate action,” the plan’s opening salvo states, going on to echo a famous line from Franklin Delano Roosevelt. “We need a president who welcomes their hatred.” Sanders outlines an expansive system, building on the resolution introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey in April, that would generate publicly owned clean energy and 20 million new jobs, end fossil fuels imports and exports, revivify the social safety net, redress historical injustices like environmental racism, and make prolific investments toward decarbonization at home and abroad — among many, many other things. It would not only transition American society away from fossil fuels but renegotiate decades-old nostrums, championed by the right, about the respective roles of the government and the economy. ...

There are novel, meaty policy proposals that make Sanders’s proposal stand out from an already ambitious field: a cash-for-clunkers and financial assistance program to scale up electric vehicle usage, and plans to boost public transit ridership 65 percent by 2030; a requirement that the Congressional Budget Office work with the Environmental Protection Agency to give new legislation a “climate score,” like the budget scores it currently doles out; and abiding by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to ensure the free, prior, and informed consent by Indigenous peoples. It’s also sparked controversy among energy wonks who see anti-nuclear provisions as antithetical to decarbonization. The plan also rules out carbon capture and storage, which experts suggest may be necessary in the short-run to transition hard-to-decarbonize sectors — but that fossil fuel executives have also long pushed as a way to extend its life indefinitely. Carbon taxes have been a mainstay of Sanders’s climate plans, and his Green New Deal blueprint doesn’t foreclose on the option but also doesn’t emphasize it.

Running through the plan is a different and more explicit theory of change than the lofty platforms other candidates have laid out; it’s built on organizing and naming enemies. Sanders promises to take on the “fossil fuel billionaires whose greed lies at the very heart of the climate crisis,” who, he argues, “have spent hundreds of millions of dollars protecting their profits at the expense of our future” and “will do whatever it takes to squeeze every last penny out of the Earth.” Outlining how the plan will be financed, it notes that he will get $3.085 trillion by making “the fossil fuel industry pay for their pollution, through litigation, fees, and taxes, and eliminating federal fossil fuel subsidies.” ...

Rather than inviting fossil fuel interests to the negotiating table, Sanders targets them as enemy number one. There are practical as well as political reasons not to enlist the likes of ExxonMobil in the transition to a low-carbon economy: Their core business model — to dig up and burn as much coal, oil and gas as possible — has not changed, and is plainly incompatible with decarbonizing along the timeline science is saying is necessary to avoid catastrophe. In addition to banning fracking, mountaintop removal coal mining, and extraction on public lands, Sanders plans to “[p]rosecute and sue the fossil fuel industry for the damage it has caused,” making particular reference to revelations in the last several years that Exxon funded climate disinformation while knowing full well the damage warming posed. “These corporations and their executives should not get away with hiding the truth from the American people. They should also pay damages for the destruction they have knowingly caused,” the plan states. On this point, Sanders’s plan is more confrontational than Ocasio-Cortez and Markey’s Green New Deal resolution, which doesn’t mention fossil fuels.

For a climate fight that’s historically been shy about naming enemies — and so often cast as a collective action problem — the Green New Deal framework encourages an “us versus them” strategy not unlike that of its namesake. “I think people generally feel really terrified about the climate crisis. But we’ve also been told a lie, in part, by the fossil fuel industry that it’s all of our fault,” Weber says. “But that’s obviously not the real story. The real story is that a handful of billionaires and their lobbyists and politicians are the reason we’re in this mess. If we’re going to make real progress on the crisis, I think people need to be told that truth, and need to get angry about it and know that if we get these folks out of the way, we can have a better world for everyone.”

Nebraska Supreme Court Approves Keystone XL Route

Environmental and indigenous rights activists vowed Friday to continue fighting after Nebraska's supreme court ruled in favor of the state's proposed route for the Keystone XL pipeline.


In the new ruling, the seven justices shot down landowner, environmental, and native groups' concerns over the 2017 approval for a proposed compromise route from the state's Public Service Commission.

"It's disappointing that the court ignored key concerns about property rights and irreparable damage to natural resources, including threats to the endangered whooping crane, but today's ruling does nothing to change the fact that Keystone XL faces overwhelming public opposition and ongoing legal challenges and simply never will be built," said Ken Winston, attorney for the Nebraska Sierra Club, in a statement. "The fight to stop this pipeline is far from over."

“Our House is On Fire”: Brazil Faces Global Outrage as Massive Fires Spread in Amazon Rainforest

Amazon rainforest fires: Macron calls for 'international crisis' to lead G7 discussions

France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, has said the fires in the Amazon are an “international crisis” and called for them to be top of the agenda at the G7 summit, prompting a furious response from Brazil’s leader.


Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing nationalist who bristles at the idea of foreign interference in the Brazilian Amazon, took exception to his French counterpart’s comments. “I regret that president Macron seeks to take advantage of what is a domestic Brazilian issue and of other Amazonian countries for personal political gain,” Bolsonaro tweeted, targeting what he called Macron’s “sensationalist tone”.

In a second tweet, he said: “The French president’s suggestion that Amazonian matters be discussed at the G7 without the involvement of countries of the region recalls the colonialist mindset that is unacceptable in the 21st century.”

Fast-moving wildfire erupts in California, forcing thousands to evacuate

A fast-moving wildfire that broke out on Thursday in northern California has forced the evacuation of nearly 4,000 residents, racing across at least 600 acres within just a few hours, officials say. The Mountain fire, which erupted on the outskirts of a national forest in northern California, has threatened 1,110 homes and structures. As of Thursday evening the fire was 0% contained and officials in Shasta county described the situation as “very fluid”.

Photos of the blaze posted on Twitter by the Shasta county sheriff’s office showed thick black and gray smoke billowing into the area over a highway near the Shasta-Trinity national forest. ... The Shasta College campus was closed along with Highway 299 and about a dozen smaller roads. Residents of small communities in the path of the flames were told to evacuate or be prepared to flee on short notice.

Scientists Definitively Debunk the Biggest Climate Change Lie

European and US scientists have cleared up a point that has been nagging away at climate science for decades: not only is the planet warming faster than at any time in the last 2,000 years, but this unique climate change really does have neither a historic precedent nor a natural cause.

Other historic changes – the so-called Medieval Warm Period and then the “Little Ice Age” that marked the 17th to the 19th centuries – were not global. The only period in which the world’s climate has changed, everywhere and at the same time, is right now.

And other shifts in the past, marked by advancing Alpine glaciers and sustained droughts in Africa, could be pinned down to a flurry of violent volcanic activity.

The present sustained, ubiquitous warming is unique in that it can be coupled directly with the Industrial Revolution, the clearing of the forests, population growth and profligate use of fossil fuels.

The finding is part of a sustained examination of global climate history, based not just on written and pictorial records but also studies of ancient lake sediments, ice cores, tree rings and other proxy evidence assembled by an international partnership called the Past Global Changes Consortium. It is reported in the journal Nature.

Global heating: ancient plants set to reproduce in UK after 60m years

An exotic plant has produced male and female cones outdoors in Britain for what is believed to be the first time in 60m years. Botanists say the event is a sign of global heating. Two cycads (Cycas revoluta), a type of primitive tree that dominated the planet 280m years ago, have produced cones on the sheltered undercliffs of Ventnor Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight.

The species is native to Japan and usually only found indoors as an ornamental plant in Britain, but one of the garden’s plants has produced what is believed to be the first outdoor female cone on record in the UK. Cycads previously lived in what is now Britain millions of years ago, with fossils of the plants found in the Jurassic strata of rock stretching from the Isle of Wight to the Dorset coast, an era when the Earth’s climate had naturally high levels of carbon dioxide.

A plant growing outside at Ventnor first produced a male cone seven years ago, but this year different plants have produced flower-like male and females cones, giving botanists the opportunity to transfer pollen and generate seed. “For the first time in 60m years in the UK we’ve got a male cone and a female cone at the same time,” said Chris Kidd, the curator of Ventnor Botanic Gardens. “It is a strong indicator of climate change being shown, not from empirical evidence from the scientists but by plants.”

According to Kidd, last summer’s heatwave and this year’s record-breaking temperatures have caused the plant’s production of cones, with a run of milder winters also helping. He said records kept at the botanic garden show that the highest average temperatures for January 100 years ago were lower than today’s lowest average for the same month. As a result, the 27-hectare (67-acre) garden, with a climate milder than any other part of Britain except the Isles of Scilly, is growing temperate plants that would have once been unable to survive through a British winter.


Also of Interest

Here are some articles of interest, some which defied fair-use abstraction.

About the Amazon Burning: It’s Worse than You Think

Refugee-Rescuing Boat Captain Rejects Humanitarian Award

40 rebuttals to the media’s smears of Julian Assange – by someone who was actually there

U.S. Military Named Secretive Base in Syria After “Game of Thrones” Bastion

Sen. Merkley on the Dangers of a New Nuclear Arms Race & Why He Backs the Green New Deal

The New York Fed Has Provided $78 Billion to Reduce the U.S. Budget Deficit in Just the Past Two Years

Cheerleading for Austerity

Why the Rich Want to Bury Bernie, the Not-Really-Socialist

Joe Biden inspires no one – not even his own wife

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Little Feat with Bonnie Raitt - Cold Cold Cold

Bonnie Raitt - I Will Not Be Denied

Bonnie Raitt - Devil got my Woman

Bonnie Raitt - Love Me Like A Man

Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, Kim Wilson - Ain't Nothin In Ramblin

Bonnie Raitt - Kokomo

Ray Charles and Bonnie Raitt - Do I Ever Cross Your Mind

Bonnie Raitt and Buddy Guy - Feels like rain

John Lee Hooker featuring Bonnie Raitt - I'm In The Mood

Bonnie Raitt - Pt. 1 Austin City Limits 2002

Bonnie Raitt - Pt. 2 Austin City Limits 2002


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https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/netanyahu-absolves-hitler-of-guilt-1...

Netanyahu: Hitler Didn't Want to Exterminate the Jews

Prime minister tells World Zionist Congress that Hitler only wanted to expel the Jews, but Jerusalem's Grand Mufti convinced him to exterminate them, a claim that was rejected by most accepted Holocaust scholars.

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trump will be amerika's last president

What if the impeachment of tRumpolini is meant
to destroy the D party, makes sense doesn't it?

elections = tptb excuse for sayin ameriKa is a
democracy

@ggersh
worse than Hitler. Well, that certainly would justify any treatment of Arabs, wouldn't it?

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@HenryAWallace and used that hatred to turn a country into
what ameriKa is evolving into, right wing nutz.

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trump will be amerika's last president

What if the impeachment of tRumpolini is meant
to destroy the D party, makes sense doesn't it?

elections = tptb excuse for sayin ameriKa is a
democracy

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@ggersh

From neo Nazis in Ukraine to some dude in Italy. Anyone know when his trial is supposed to be? I can't believe he got reelected after all the charges against him. But isn't the guy he is running against even worse?

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@ggersh

yep, i remember that controversy. bibi got debunked pretty quickly that time.

heh, he and trump are fitting representatives of the post-truth age.

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Things are ramping up! Listened to the Kaiser Report and got a bit of the scare into me. Better go buy some gold! I only need a couple more years to pay off my house - I hope to make it.

Well, my seat-belt is buckled. I don't like roller coaster rides, but there's no getting off this one. Hang on everyone!

Have a peaceful evening and weekend, folks! Pleasantry

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“The trouble [with injustice] is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.”
-- Arundhati Roy

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@Raggedy Ann

heh, i'm not really certain that gold is going to be terribly useful this time. it really doesn't taste very good, though i suppose that it is filling. Smile

have a great weekend!

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@joe shikspack
I’m stocking the freezer, too. Wink

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“The trouble [with injustice] is that once you see it, you can’t unsee it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There is no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.”
-- Arundhati Roy

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Here's a couple more vids.

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@Azazello

that's a good piece by dore calling out nyt's failure to do the job of journalism. aaron mate is rapidly becoming one of my favorite commentators.

have a great weekend!

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@joe shikspack

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@Azazello

good stuff!

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The Bernie Sanders show comes to Sacramento, and his rally is pushing out the homeless

sharknado! I downloaded the recording of that rally in the state capitol... firstly and foremostly they said: Buy Merch! Secondly, 'cause this is the Demockracy Party in action, donate $27 dollars! seig heil kalifornia Their final solution is... wait for it... an App! There's an app that will make Bernie president, go get it. Don't forget to ring the bell! ding

I sped the vid up to find out something that doesn't involve u.s. dollars for funding the DNCs current war against Trump... lol yeah right, What Happened, the sequel. no thanks

Rally with Bernie in Sacramento
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFuQ0-C11c4

Identity politics vomit comet is what that campaign rally sounds like so far, with some branded crisis on top. I purged through the speakers as fast as possible, and now Jane is also not saying one word about housing... wtf!?

Raise your hand if you watched the Kaiser Report in tonight's EB. That shit is everywhere in California, I am not kidding. Hoovervilles are back, thanks Obama! Somebody tell Sanders' D-consultants justice means citizens not having to defecate on the streets at least, mmkay? omg wtf Feel the Bern

Our Revolution will not be housing. The landlords are dead, long live the landlords.
"we're amerika's coming attraction, the future happens here first"
PEACE

P.S. The Sanders thought it would be a great investment to turn Burlington College in to a speculative landlord racket, as far as I can tell. enjoy scarcity

good luck

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@eyo
there in the Bee.

In that sense, it’s ironic that Sanders is speaking there on Thursday. Who is Bernie Sanders but a politician full of platitudes and slogans, with a scant legislative record for all this years in Congress?
His heart seems in the right place. But what has he done besides give speeches?

Are they centrists moderates right-wingers ?

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@Azazello @Azazello
https://consortiumnews.com/2019/08/22/the-missing-howls-of-denunciation-...

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chuck utzman

TULSI 2020

@Azazello Here are all Marcos Breton's articles at the SacBee I think, you can judge for yourself which wing he resides. I don't care at all, what I care about is affordable housing. Not free, not subsidized to death by the financial services industries, not speculated in to oblivion by the real estate industries, just plain old affordable housing. Not free market homeowners pulling a price from their greedy ass DUH it is not that hard, except for the disgusting corruption rotting within the Democratic Party of California, Donna Brazile et al. How do you think things got this bad? duopoly sucks

https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/marcos-breton/

At least he journals about our landless people, the economic refugees of actual D party policy failures galore. Bernie is not helping the situation, and not helping is the same as harming in my book. Lets see Bernie and Jane sleep on the streets unprotected everywhere they go in California, or wherever as they raise money for "The" DNC candidate their backroom will eventually pick. That law has not changed, right? The DNC is still a private club, despite all their entertaining fundraising kabuki. Donna Brazille still has more votes than any citizen of California ever will. good luck

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@eyo

Articles by Briahna Joy Gray:

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2017/09/how-identity-became-a-weapon-agai...

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/11/identity-politics-cant-get-us-out...

https://theintercept.com/2018/06/18/2020-presidential-election-democrati...

And a video of her making a presentation on the subject:

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@eyo

sanders has spoken about homelessness, here's a recent interview in california:

Q: One of the hottest political issues here locally in San Diego and also in the state of California is homelessness and housing affordability. Some of your opponents in this race have put forward platforms and policy ideas about how to address that. What would you do as president?

A: Well you're right, it is a terrible, terrible problem. And it's not only the fact that we have some 500,000 homeless people in America today. But you have millions of people who are spending 45%, 50%, 60% of their limited incomes on housing. I am very proud — when I was mayor of Burlington, we initiated a community land trust concept, which has now spread, not only all over America, but all over the world. Along with Representative Barbara Lee of Oakland, we passed the National Low Income Housing Trust Fund — first major piece of legislation passed to provide low-income rental units. We have a major crisis, and as president of the United States I will work with communities all over this country and invest the billions of dollars that we need to build the millions of units that this country absolutely requires. We should not be having people sleep out on the street. We should not be having people spend 50 percent of their limited incomes on housing. We need to build housing. We need to combat gentrification, which is destroying working class communities. We need to make sure that we have a policy that works for all people, not just real estate developers.

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@joe shikspack stupid kabuki like this is why Barbara Lee and Bernie Sanders do not speak for me. Show me no tent cities in their districts, then lets talk. Subsidized housing is a rotting handout for the professional class to keep their precious "services" from getting cut. compassionate class my ass

https://nlihc.org/explore-issues/projects-campaigns/national-housing-tru...

Yeah, this is a class war and no, I don't want subsidized crumbs from GWBs Ownership Society just to survive their insufficient wages and price gouging. Nor am I going to take the word of a bunch of corrupt politicians and their lobbyists about how many units need building... to provide more growth, more killing of the planet? California is massively overpopulated, and the people are stupidly uninformed, constant brainwashing out of hollywood is not helping. This economy needs to shrink down to sustainable life supporting systems, not keep growing everything to death with subsidies for the ones left out. duopoly sucks

Look at the Amazon wookie! If Bezos were burning I'd pay attention to that, and feel better about the Wholefoods workers who got their full time salaries cut, after Bernie mouthed off about $15 for AMZ warehouse workers. Has he come clean about that yet? NOPE Is he still lying about a $15 minimum being adequate, when he knows the oligarchs will just shift their pain elsewhere. Green New Deal!

It seems to me the thought box around here has shrunk down to D-duopoly or nothing. oh well

good luck
PEACE & LOVE
as the world burns

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@eyo

. . . Duopoly or Nothing?

The "Duopoly" is doing everything it can to destroy Bernie, but he's part of the Duopoly?

Oh yea, it's not for real. It's just Kabuki.

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@Wally if you think the DNC allowing Bernie Sanders to run as a Democrat for president, raking in a hefty percentage of his donors' millions, and stuffing their private surveillance database (ngpvan) is "doing everything it can to destroy" him, well alrighty then.

Hey Kool-Aid!

it's pure and good. heh

Sanders FEC Disbursements
same same

PEACE

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An Irish guy told me this one way back when:

Jesus walks back into town after some daze in the desert and he sees a large crowd surrounding a woman, screaming at her and waving sticks at her, threatening to beat her. (No, this isn't an older brother/edit add/ beating on his younger brother /cartoon video/ joke).

Jesus then walks amongst them and intones, "Let the one among you who is without sin cast the first stone."

The woman looks up, picks up a rock and throws it at a guy who had just picked up a rock, clonking him in the head.

Jesus says, "Y'know Mom, sometimes ya really piss me off."

Edit/ PS: What's so shocking about anything in those disbursements? Act Blue gets a samll cut? As far as I know, Bernie didn't invent the computer age.

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Thanks Joe! Good stuff.

re: house on fire. Maybe the politicos can do more than 'discuss' it with their G7 buddies?

Bolsonaro response: It's my fire and I ain't sharing.

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

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@QMS

i believe that there are means that the g7 might avail itself of to focus bolsonaro's mind on a more responsible path:

Emmanuel Macron says he will block EU trade deal with Brazil over Amazon forest fires

France will block an EU trade deal with Brazil and its neighbours over the country’s handling of fires in the Amazon rainforest, a spokesperson for Emmanuel Macron has said.

Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has been criticised around the world for his response to the fires, which scientists say are man-made and campaigners have linked to businesses looking to exploit the land.

“The president can only conclude President Bolsonaro lied to him at the Osaka summit,” a spokesperson for the Elysee told the Reuters news agency.

“In these conditions, France will oppose the Mercosur deal as it is.” ...

The EU-Mercosur trade deal reached agreement in principle earlier this year after 20 years of negotiation. Mercrosur is a trade bloc that includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, with Venezuela also a member but suspended since 2016.

If the deal is ratified it would be the largest trade deal struck by both the EU and Mercosur in terms of population.

Earlier today Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s prime minister, also indicated that Ireland could try and block the EU trade deal.

“There is no way that Ireland will vote for the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement if Brazil does not honor its environmental commitments,” Mr Varadkar said.

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The crappy attitude of Americans toward the homeless brings tears to my eyes. Including Los Angeles, with its current and former Democratic Mayors.

That it is less expensive for us to provide basic housing for the homeless than to leave them as they are has been proven. Even Salt Lake city, with its long history of Republican Mayors, was fiscally conservative enough to act on that datum. It built some basic housing for the homeless. (When I posted that on a Democratic board, but without reference to Democratic Mayors, someone replied that Salt Lake City had not built anywhere near enough free housing, which is also true. I wish I'd thought to reply, "Well, at least they were less evil.") Ennnywayyyyy...

We do not even have enough homeless shelters, much less enough free apartments. Families that still have cars sleep in them. Even then, they are harassed. The rest sleep outdoors and now we are harassing them there, too. What are they supposed to do? Die even faster than they already do?

Not only do we not provide free housing, even to homeless people caring for minor children, but we do not even provide them with pay toilets or pay showers or pay cooking facilities. How we live with ourselves, I have no idea.

Several years ago, I read about a moving company that noticed that people who were moving discarded a lot of food. On their own initiative, they spoke to their clients about it. Thereafter, they asked their clients not to discard food. The moving company would then take the food to a food pantry. It's nowhere near enough, but it's something.

P.S.. Believe it or not, Keeping Up With the Kardashians did a very sympathetic program about L.A.'s homeless; and there are indeed many of them.

Total non sequitur, except that Boston is another city with a long history of Democratic Mayors and no free housing for the homeless:

Bonnie didn't lick it from the grass, as those skilled in a certain kind of metaphor might say.

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@HenryAWallace

In S. California? It just went on and on and on for about 10-15 minutes. You're right about SLC doing a great job for the homeless. The wife of the guy who owned the Utah Jazz has put lots of time and money into helping people. Wish I could remember her name. Jenny Garff? They own a huge car dealership in Utah.

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@HenryAWallace
fall under the category of free housing? Seems to be the official solution for the domestic refugee situation. It's a crime to be poor, donchya know. No matter the cause.

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@HenryAWallace

some of the stories that i have read about highly-paid tech workers in san francisco complaining about homeless people cluttering up "their" city and diminishing their house valuations really piss me off and make me question whether humans are really capable of developing into a decent species.

anyway, the problem isn't a lack of housing, empty homes outnumber the homeless 6 to 1.

the problem is capitalist greed.

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Such a great voice.. and some heart breaking songs.

the world’s largest corporations will hand out $1.43 trillion in dividend payments to their shareholders in 2019, setting a new record.

Well then why do corporations still need to get subsidies and tax breaks since they are so profitable?How many billions do they get from them? This should be illegal because they give certain companies a huge advantage over smaller businesses. Isn't that why we had a little tea party when the East Indies were basically doing the same thing?

Bernie should have added that we need to take on the corporate Dems if we want to change the direction of the country. The democrats would do everything in their power to make Bernie a one term president if he somehow gets elected.

Just who does Bibi think he is? An American president who can bomb whatever country he wants? Iraq had created a no fly zone over it because of Bibi's attacks on Iranian positions. The last one was next to an American camp and he hit it anyway. BTW. Lindsay is trying to pass a bill that says if Israel attacks iran and they retaliate then the USA has to come to their defense. No! No way because Bibi has been itching to start a war with Iran forever. Good lord. It'd sure be nice if congress did as many back flips for Americans as it does for Israel.

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@snoopydawg

yep, you're right. corporations should not be getting subsidies from the government.

Bernie should have added that we need to take on the corporate Dems if we want to change the direction of the country. The democrats would do everything in their power to make Bernie a one term president if he somehow gets elected.

he could have said that, but everyone tacitly understands that his campaign is an assault on the corporate dems. how hard he plans to fight against the corporate whores is debatable but, it's clear that the corporate dems are not exactly delighted by his presence.

heh, if graham manages to get a bill that requires the u.s. to come to israel's aid if it attacks iran through congress (trump would unquestionably sign it) - israel's attack on iran will coincide with the signing ceremony.

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Plan clears way for mining and drilling on land stripped from Utah monument

A new US government plan had cleared the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land stripped from Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante monument by the Trump administration two years ago.

The plan, released by the Bureau of Land Management on Friday, would also open more lands to cattle grazing and recreation and acknowledges there could be “adverse effects” on land and resources in the monument.

Trump said scaling back the two monuments reversed federal overreach. The move earned cheers from Republican leaders in Utah who lobbied him to undo protections by Democratic presidents that they considered overly broad.

Bishop, Hatch, Lee and the other republicans from Utah have never done something to help people here. Bishop especially has had ties to the energy companies his entire time in government.

Well knock me down. Felix Sater who was caught up in the Russia Trump Tower deal has been an asset for the intelligence agencies for years. Has there been one person involved in the Russian entrapment fraud that hasn't had ties to them? Just one person? I sure hope Barr can take his investigation wherever it leads him and goes all the way to the top.

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it used to be an extraordinary place. i'm glad that i got out there to see it before trump and his minions gave it away to the cattle, oil, gas and mining industries.

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so many things went to hell here. Going to Arches or Moab back in the days when one could visit without the huge crowds and restrictions. I got to go river running in pristine parts of Moab when no one knew about how gorgeous the country was. And visit Arches with hardly no people. And skiing at SnowBasin which we called Utah's best kept secret before the Olympics made it a bigger resort and lift tickets were $8.00 a day which are now over $120 . And go to Pineview dam back before there were rules of no alcohol on the beaches. Seriously how does one expect to spend a day on the water with no beer?

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At the back of the photo is Snowbasin and on the other side is Ogden. I used to hike up the mountain in the spring and we'd slide down in garbage bags. Fun times, but never wear a tube top whilst sliding.... things have a tendency to pop out... but then spend the evening at the shooting star bar for a star burger. The star is the oldest bar in Utah.

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On the left side of the picture the mountains are being sold to a corporation that is building its own private ski resort and golf course and homes. This is in Morgan valley and very sad to see.

Utah has so many beautiful places and it's beyond sad to see how it's being sold out to the highest bidder. Glad to hear that you got to see it too back in its day.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris

you too!

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Great Bonnie Raitt. Love her singing and playing, and all the stuff with other greats is fantastic.

We can only hope the Koch brothers are soon reunited... they as much as any others are responsible for today's climate change denial.

Nancy Pelosi is the resistance to what???? Progress? Changing anything for the better for the little people? She has been the MIIC's best friend and resisted nothing.

So being a neolib centrist is pragmatic???? If you want to die and take the planet with you I guess.

Interesting about the Cycads producing cones in the U.K. You're going to love the viruses that come out of the tundra.

Have a great one!

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
both - Albert Einstein