US Politics in Trump era Public date: 19.05.2020 20:05:49

10 Apr 2020

“Who Cares? Let ‘Em Get Wiped Out”: Stunning CNBC Anchor, Venture Capitalist Says Let Hedge Funds Fail and Save Main Street

"When a company fails, it does not fire their employees, it goes through a packaged bankruptcy," said Palihapitiya. "If anything what happens is the people who have the pensions inside the companies, the employees of these companies, end up owning more of the company.
"When a company fails, it does not fire their employees, it goes through a packaged bankruptcy," said Palihapitiya. "If...
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7 Oct 2019

We Need Biodiversity-Based Agriculture to Solve the Climate Crisis

The Earth is living, and also creates life. Over 4 billion years the Earth has evolved a rich biodiversity — an abundance of different living organisms and ecosystems — that can meet all our needs and sustain life.
The Earth is living, and also creates life. Over 4 billion years the Earth has evolved a rich biodiversity — an...
1 Aug 2019

The Research Is In: Stop Fracking ASAP

Concerned Health Professionals of New York and my organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility, recently released a remarkable compendium of research on the subject. It summarizes and links to over 1,500 articles and reports and has become the go-to source for activists, health professionals, and others seeking to understand fracking.  The new studies we looked at expose serious threats to health, justice, and the climate.
Concerned Health Professionals of New York and my organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility, recently released...
13 May 2019

‘We Don’t Know a Planet Like This’: CO2 Levels Hit 415 PPM for First Time in 3 Million+ Years

Atmospheric levels of carbon registered 415 parts per million over the weekend at one of the world's key measuring stations, a concentration level researchers say has not existed in more than 3 million years – before the dawn of human history.
Atmospheric levels of carbon registered 415 parts per million over the weekend at one of the world's key measuring...
30 Apr 2019

New Report Names Nearly 4,000 Companies Profiting Off of Private Prison Industry

"Today, more than half of the $80 billion spent annually on incarceration by government agencies is used to pay the thousands of vendors that serve the criminal legal system." A new report provides information on which corporations are profiting from the private prison industry. 
"Today, more than half of the $80 billion spent annually on incarceration by government agencies is used to pay the...

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18 Apr 2019

Nearly 100,000 Pentagon Whistleblower Complaints Have Been Silenced

I don’t know if I’d have the nerve to be a whistleblower. I’d like to think I would.  But to blow the whistle on a huge organization with a lot of power, likely drawing that power to come crashing down on your head—that takes some serious spine-age. Yet thousands, even tens of thousands, of people have taken that step over the past five years.
I don’t know if I’d have the nerve to be a whistleblower. I’d like to think I would.  But to blow the whistle...
15 Apr 2019

Why the US Elected a Despot, and Why It’s Poised To Do It Again

There’s an emerging conventional wisdom that says the way for Democrats to win in 2020 is to move to the center and pick up some of those centrist votes. This is the perspective being pushed by the neoliberal establishment, the mainstream media, and the bulk of the paid political pundits. There are two things wrong with this.
There’s an emerging conventional wisdom that says the way for Democrats to win in 2020 is to move to the center and...
20 Mar 2019

Social Democratic Nations Rank Happiest on Global Index (Again). US Ranking Falls (Again).

The social democracy of Finland was once again ranked number one on the United Nations' World Happiness Report, released on Wednesday, while the corporate-dominated United States fell one place to rank at 19th.  For the seventh year in a row, the UN's Sustainable Development Solutions Network released a report ranking 156 countries according to measures including income, freedom, trust in government, and social support.
The social democracy of Finland was once again ranked number one on the United Nations' World Happiness Report, released...
15 Mar 2019

Of Course College Admissions Rigged for the Rich. The Whole Economic System Is

The children of working stiffs learned a brutal lesson this week as federal prosecutors criminally charged rich people with buying admission to elite universities for their less-than-stellar children. The lesson is that no matter how hard you work, no matter how smart or talented you are, a dumb, lazy rich kid is going to beat you.
The children of working stiffs learned a brutal lesson this week as federal prosecutors criminally charged rich people...
11 Feb 2019

‘Mass Invasion’: Russian Islands in State of Emergency as Hotter Planet Drives Polar Bears to Hunger

As human activity continues to drive the climate crisis that is causing rapid ice loss at both poles and in other cold regions, destroying the habitats of animals who live there, Russian islands in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago have declared a state of emergency in response to a "mass invasion" of dozens of starving polar bears who have been "chasing people and entering residential buildings."
As human activity continues to drive the climate crisis that is causing rapid ice loss at both poles and in other cold...
28 Dec 2018

Facebook’s Secret Censorship Manual Exposed as Platform Takes Down Video About Israel Terrorizing Palestinians

After the New York Times on Thursday published an exposé of Facebook's global censorship rulebook, journalist Rania Khalek called out the social media giant for taking down a video in which she explains how, "on top of being occupied, colonized territory, Palestine is Israel's personal laboratory for testing, refining, and showcasing methods and weapons of domination and control."
After the New York Times on Thursday published an exposé of Facebook's global censorship rulebook, journalist Rania...
14 Nov 2018

Secret CIA Document Shows Plan to Test Drugs on Prisoners

Thanks to an ACLU victory in federal court, we know much more about how CIA doctors violated the medical oath to “do no harm.” One of the most important lessons of the CIA’s torture program is the way it corrupted virtually every individual and institution associated with it. Over the years, we have learned how lawyers twisted the law and psychologists betrayed their ethical obligations in order to enable the brutal and unlawful torture of prisoners.
Thanks to an ACLU victory in federal court, we know much more about how CIA doctors violated the medical oath to “do...
21 May 2018

The Coming Collapse

The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is the result of a long process of political, cultural and social decay. He is a product of our failed democracy. The longer we perpetuate the fiction that we live in a functioning democracy, that Trump and the political mutations around him are somehow an aberrant deviation that can be vanquished in the next election, the more we will hurtle toward tyranny.
The Trump administration did not rise, prima facie, like Venus on a half shell from the sea. Donald Trump is...
4 Jul 2016

Report Shows How War Profiteers Are Now Refugee Profiteers, Too

As Europe comes to terms with a Brexit vote fueled in large part by anti-immigrant hate-mongering, a new report exposes how war profiteers are influencing EU policy to make money from unending Middle East conflicts as well as the wave of refugees created by that same instability and violence.
As Europe comes to terms with a Brexit vote fueled in large part by anti-immigrant hate-mongering, a new report exposes...

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