What is said in Assange's hearing, Assange cannot hear, because he is kept in a glass box. He has to get a summary from his lawyers -- but not very often, as they are forbidden to speak with him in the court.
The Democratic candidates running against Sanders would welcome superdelegates giving them the nomination.
There is a real danger that that will happen.
Sanders would work to reduce the global problems that Putin derives his power from exploiting: tax havens (plutocracy), dependence on fossil fuels, and seeing international relations as a zero-sum competition for power.
*How Alabama blocked a man from voting because he owed [the state] $4.*
A US Republican politician tried to bribe Assange to say that Putin was not involved in leaking DNC emails, offering him a pardon. Assange refused.
There is a disagreement about whether that offer came from the conman or not, but I don't think that detail changes anything.
Bravo for opposition shadow-minister McDonnell for speaking up for Assange.
Decreased acquaintance with neighbors in the UK is marching along with increased use of antisocial media.
The British state tells schools and other institutions to report people for nonviolent commitment to dissenting positions such as protecting the environment, and animal rights.
It was only a matter of time before this mechanism was put to the service of labeling dissent as "terrorism".
People demonstrate racist and sexist bias in showing sympathy for someone who reports pain. When the sufferer is black, or female, others often look for excuses to disbelieve the report.
*'No Tolerance': Union Urges DCCC to Cut Off Support to Dems Who Voted Against Pro-Labor Bill.*
The bill passed the house despite them, but when a "Democrat" is as Republican as that, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee should not support per.
*Democrats Call on White House to Ensure Any Coronavirus Vaccine Is Not [a Monopoly] for Big Pharma.*
Safe drinking water advocates applauded the public pressure which forced the EPA on Thursday to announce it would regulate substances known as "forever chemicals"—but warned the new rules could take years to have an impact on water safety.*
Bolivia's court says Evo Morales cannot run for senator in Bolivia because he is not a resident there. What a sick excuse! (He has taken refuge in exile since the coup in November, only 3 months ago.)
Always paying cash (as I do) can save you lots of money by helping you decide not to buy. It is important to learn to appreciate that, each you consider buying.
And that's not to mention the most important thing it can give you: privacy!
(satire) *General Motors unveiled Friday their new 14-seat, 11-door, 7-wheel, 4-trunk Chevrolet Teton.*
Error Graham died because the UK cut off his welfare benefits because he missed an appointment. His unsent letter to the officials who did that begs them to "judge [him] fairly." He was too depressed to send it, or take any action except to huddle in a quilt as he starved.
*Thousands of people in the UK are dying from the cold, and fuel poverty is to blame.*
Teaching assistants at the University of Santa Cruz are on strike and are threatened with being fired from their assistantships.
CommonDreams reports that Emily's List and the Center for American Progress silenced their criticism of Bloomberg because they couldn't do without his donations.
That's the power oligarchs enjoy. In the same way, Bill Gates's money ensured that hardly anyone in the field of education would criticize his plans to restructure public schools in the US.
A worst-likely-case scenario for 2050 if the planet-roasters remain in control.
Some have envisioned the complete extinction of humanity. I think that is unlikely. People survived with low tech in harsh environments before, and could do so again, albeit in small numbers (most of humanity would be killed by such a transition).
New exhaust scrubbers now required for ships keep toxic pollutants out of the air by sending them into the ocean instead. This is not necessarily better.
Bloomberg News killed Michael Forsythe's article about intimate financial dealings of relatives of Chinese party officials, because it didn't want to jeopardize its sales in China. Then it fired him, and demanded repayment of money provided for him to move to Hong Kong unless both he and his wife signed a nondisclosure agreement. Then it threatened to sue them if she didn't.
She, Leta Hong Fincher, now reports on those events. Bloomberg News seems to demand others bow meekly to its threats just as it bows to China's threats.
Bravo Ms Fincher!
India built a wall so that the bullshitter would not be able to see a slum during his visit there.
Supposedly this was for "security reasons", and that might be true in an ironic way. If he had seen the poor people's improvised houses, who knows what he might have done? Bomb the whole city?
A right-wing MSNBC anchorman compared Sanders's success in Nevada with the German conquest of France in World War II.
One crucial difference which he disregarded is that Sanders is doing well in a peaceful, democratic election, whereas France in 1940 was defeated by a military invasion. Many MSNBC commentators are also smearing Sanders.
The bully is preparing to ban unions for the civilian workers in the Defense Department.
Gentrification is replacing old fashioned food stalls and food trucks with "gourmet" versions inside chic markets, that make the food a little fancier and far more expensive.
They may enable you to formulate a romantic fantasy of your meal, as long as you can afford to eat there.
People who criticize the cost of Sanders's plans to fix our pressing problems fail to compare them with the cost of not fixing them.
Except for Warren, the other candidates don't propose to really fix them.
A fable about what happens if all life activities are managed over the internet, and it goes down.
Cash will continue to work.
*[Thugs], Prosecutors, and Republicans Are Looking to Undo a Criminal Justice Reform in New York.*
The US and the Taliban have agreed on a truce and are considering a peace deal if the truce holds.
*Beware the politics of identity. They help legitimize the toxic far right.*
Protesters are blocking train tracks in Canada to protest the planned planet-roaster pipeline to Canada's west coast.
The indigenous Wet'suwet'en group continues to resist attempts to build the pipeline across its land.
3/4 of Americans support the Equal Rights Amendment. 3/4 of Americans also believe the Constitution already requires equal rights for men and women. I wonder how the two questions, and their answers, relate. Did the pollsters inform people about the current situation before asking whether they support the amendment?
Half a million people in Britain live in buildings with flammable "cladding" insulation, and they face the threat of enormous bills to replace it -- bills they cannot ever pay.
*Bloomberg's Investment Portfolio Includes Bets on Private Equity, Fracking.*
1/3 of the population of Venezuela has trouble getting food.
This is partly because of Maduro's foolish policies, and partly because of crushing US sanctions on Venezuela.
UK plans to keep prisoners, that were convicted of somehow supporting terrorism (which can include having copies of propaganda or information), longer in prison can backfire by giving prisoners more of a chance to further radicalize each other.
Whatever we do to those prisoners, it has some chance of reducing terrorism and some chance of inciting more terrorism. No perfect solution is known. It is foolish to presume that "tougher equals better."
Public pressure for climate defense convinced a mining company to drop its application to start a new tar sands oil mine.
Governments meeting about protecting biodiversity have presented a "Global Rescue Plan", but aside from the name, it is inadequate.
Greyhound has stopped allowing deportation thugs to enter buses at will and demand to see passengers' ID.
Sanders proposes federally-funded prekindergarten and child care for young children, as an investment in America's future.
(satire) *the United States unveiled a plan Monday for the rest of the world to become carbon-neutral by 2030.*
China has sentenced kidnapped book publisher Gui Minhai to 10 years in prison.
Sanders will not attend the AIPAC event: "You can support the Palestinian and Israeli people without supporting leaders or organizations that oppose the freedom and liberation of the Palestinian people."
Craig Murray reports on how Julian Assange's extradition hearing is being stage-managed as a show trial. The public is nearly excluded, and the mainstream media quote from prosecutors' press release instead of reporting on the real matters at stake.
The whole article is worth reading. The details are far worse than I would have supposed.
*Julian Assange was handcuffed 11 times, stripped naked twice and had his case files confiscated after the first day of his extradition hearing, according to his lawyers, who complained of interference in his ability to take part.*
To do this to a person who has never shown any tendency to violence, and who is hardly able to access weapons, is sheer political theater as well as sabotage of his defense.
Because Chilean thugs systematically shot protesters in the eye, people have painted bloody eye sockets on statues around Chile.
*A 'brokered convention' designed to block Bernie Sanders would be a poison pill.*
We will see whether the Democratic Party is so obedient to plutocrats (including Bloomberg) that it will destroy itself at their command in order to block Sanders.
Bloomberg is spending a lot of money to make that happen.
Buttigieg has morphed into a plutocratist tool to attack Sanders, along with progressive political ideas.
Black students in some countries' public schools often face punishment because of the shape and form of their hair, which doesn't easily comply with the rules designed based on white students.
The conviction of Weinstein shows that victim-blaming and millions no longer assure impunity.
*Bloomberg effort to mock Sanders with tweets praising dictators backfires.*
Over and over, plutocratists accuse progressives of exactly what the plutocratists often do. Supporting and praising dictators is a perfect example.
Physicians for Human Rights reports on how the bully's family separation policy amounts to torture -- and often included intentional cruelty to the parents and their children.
India has released some of the arbitrarily-imprisoned political leaders of Kashmir. But the former highest leaders are still in prison.
*To connect the enclaves that make up Kedumim, [illegal Israeli colonists] seized control of a central road serving Palestinians and blocked their access to it.*
*Israeli ["settlers"] torch Palestinian school in latest 'price tag' attack.*
Slavoj Zizek: *US enters brutal ideological civil war as four-party system begins to take form.*
I disagree partially. It is a mistake to talk about four parties; really there are only three. There are still some "moderate" Republicans (though they are even further from what most Americans stand for than the "moderate" Democrats) who disagree with the bullshitter, but hardly any dare to stand against the extremist Republican Party.
The US had real moral leadership during World War II and the Cold War. In some places and times its behavior was consistent with its stated principles, especially in Europe and Japan, even as in other parts of the world the US supported colonial empires or economic elites.
Meanwhile, the US contended against horrible enemies. Communist Russia and China committed massive crimes. Imagine if the bully could have anyone in the US imprisoned or shot, as a whim, and nobody dared to hint at disobedience; that's what Stalin's rule was like. In China, Mao's delusional "Great Leap Forward" caused an artificial famine that killed millions. There too, no one dared criticize. The imprisonment of a million Uighurs for brainwashing is a sample of what Mao's rule was like.
These were not merely a low standard of comparison against which US looked better than it was. They were real enemies on a global scale.
In today's United States, the good aspects have faded while the bad ones have increased. But we know that the way forward is with Sanders and his political revolution.
When our land was great before, We taxed the rich a whole lot more.
*The IDF Spokesman Announces: Continue to Shoot Palestinian Children.*
*There is nothing radical about Bernie Sanders' views on Israel, yet the American Jewish establishment seems bent on portraying the Democratic front-runner as an anti-Semite.*
What those organizations can't stand is that Sanders takes the two-state solution seriously and is willing to press for it. They present themselves as representing all American Jews, but most of them agree rather with Sanders.
Climate Defense Team endorses Sanders for president. Comparing all the presidential candidates' climate defense plans, it finds that Sanders's plan comes closest to what is needed to save the ecosphere.
*Living under an oligarchic system, we should develop a healthy skepticism of the actions of billionaires, whether they are running for office, bankrolling other candidates or giving billions to charity.*
*'String of Intentional Outright Lies': Bloomberg Campaign Deletes Tweets Containing Fake Quotes of Sanders Praising Despotism.*
Armed gangs of Hindu extremists in Delhi are carrying out a pre-planned pogrom against Muslims. Often the uniformed thugs support the unofficial thugs.
The gangs were urged on by an official of the Hindu-extremist BJP, which is the ruling party. I suspect it organized the gangs, too, to win more votes in the Delhi election. Bigotry against Muslims is its platform. Prime Minister Modi got his initial political boost from presiding over a pogrom in the state of Gujarat, where he was a state official.
The conman and Modi are made for each other: each shift his country towards hate and cruelty.
Google directs some email from political campaigns to secondary mailboxes. More from some campaigns than from others.
Your Man in the Public Gallery -- Assange Hearing Day 2. The judge is so hostile towards Assange that when his lawyer, joined by the prosecutor, call on her to ask the prison officials not to persecute him (so he would be able to participate properly in his case), when they both said this was normal practice and that prison officials usually followed judges' advice, she said she had never heard of such a thing.
At the end, she announced that UK law authorized extradition for political offenses. Shame on the UK, if that is true.
The arguments in Assange's extradition hearing show that he is being prosecuted for journalism.
Lead poisoning from lead paint continues to stunt the intelligence of many US children.
Some ocean bottom species live only in in a small area of the bottom. A single zinc mine could cause extinction.
The corruptor is replacing many US civil servants with people personally loyal to him.
*Barbaric': 8 Million Americans Have Been Forced to Start Crowdfunding Campaigns to Cover Medical Costs, Survey Shows.*
(satire) *the American Psychiatric Association announced Thursday the supplemental addition of "Obsessive Categorization of Mental Conditions" to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders.*
Starbucks is firing staff for organizing a union.
WHO and UNICEF: Children's "collective concerns must now be heard, and effective actions taken to prevent the next generation inheriting an irreversibly damaged planet."
The conman's campaign has sued the New York Times for libel based on a story which asserted that the conman had an "overarching deal" with Russia to help get him elected.
That was four years ago. It would be entirely in character for the conman to make such a deal, but I can't remember whether we had evidence showing he had done so. I would like to see what the Times says to support that claim. It is somewhat closer to truthful than the conman is, but it often presents half-truths, as cited in many political notes.
It is extremely difficult for a public figure (in particular, any candidate for office) to win a libel lawsuit in the US. Since the suit a New York State matter, the conman hasn't got much influence to pervert justice with. Maybe he plans to drop the suit after the election.
Billionaires are accustomed to getting the US government to do their bidding, and feeling poor compared to decabillionaires, that they believe they naturally deserve to rule and don't grasp what poor Americans suffer.
*'I Bough...—I, I Got Them': Bloomberg Almost Admits to Buying Members of Congress.*
I suppose he was going to say that he bought their offices for them rather than that he bought them. After all, slavery is still illegal in the US, and so is bribery -- unless it is indirect and disguised.
*'In Chile, In Guatemala, In Iran': Sanders Applauded for Highlighting US Record of Overthrowing Governments Around the World.*
In order for the US to quit the coup addiction, it needs to start by recognizing it.
Palau has banned commercial fishing on most of its waters. The protection needs to be rebalanced, because people have entirely stopped catching tuna and now catch the more rare (and more easily threatened) reef fish instead.
People should not draw the simplistic conclusion that marine protected areas are a bad idea. Stricter protection on reefs, along with allowing some additional area for fishing for tuna, might correct the problem.
US citizens: call on Congress to pass the MORE Act, which would legalize marijuana.
Party of famously rainy New Zealand is suffering from an unheard-of drought.
The Department of "Health" refuses to commit to making Covid-19 vaccine affordable for all Americans.
This is terribly foolish, because it would forfeit the chance of achieving herd immunity and thus eradicating the disease.