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07.15 Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]

07.14 A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels [The willfully ignorant needn't read more, Trump]

07.13 'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life [Willfully ignorant governments—having fired many of their best scientists—have made themselves too stupid to despair]

07.13 Trump administration to approve pesticide that may harm bees [The worst government money can buy!]

07.12 These solar panels don’t just generate power—they produce drinking water

07.12 David Attenborough: polluting planet may become as reviled as slavery [1:34 video]

07.10 Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story [Fixing our world begins by educating your consciousness with the best truth from trustworthy news sources—so you'll then insist truly bad things will get fixed. But if instead you are educated by untrustworthy news sources—then your consciousness could be warped to where you are hating and fighting with your best friends. Clue: untrustworthy news sources never seriously report news about the world's most critical emergency—Global warming.]

07.10 Molly Scott Cato: ‘It’s the wealthy who are causing climate change’

07.09 Judge reinstates Madrid's low emissions zone [Yeh!]

07.07 How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World) [Hope they leave space between panels for wild flowers to grow so birds and butterflies can flourish!]

07.05 Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

07.04 On reflection: how the 'albedo effect' is melting the Antarctic

07.04 US produces far more waste and recycles far less of it than other developed countries [As expected—and made worse by Trump—the U.S. is best at being the worst]07.03 Booming LNG industry could be as bad for climate as coal, experts warn

07.03 Deep-sea mining to turn oceans into ‘new industrial frontier’

07.03 Caravan of Americans battling diabetes heads to Canada for affordable insulin [3:36 video; Like Central Americans flee for their lives from criminal drug gangs, Americans flee for their lives for affordable pharmaceutical drugs]

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07.02 'Committed' CO2 emissions jeopardize international climate goals, study finds

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07.01 Freak summer hailstorm buries cars in Mexico's Guadalajara [0:50 video]

07.01 Climate Change is Devastating India With Heat Waves and Water Shortages [13:48 video]

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06.30 The US military is a bigger polluter than more than 140 countries combined [Could a world-wide moratorium of military activity dramatically slow the climate crises?]

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07.16 Money Laundering Scandal Forces Puerto Rico’s Governor to Cut His Vacation Short — Just in Time for Another Scandal

07.16 Turnstile teaching [The problem is NOT the color of students skin, as our fake President reflexively thinks. The problem is the lax attitude and deficient funding by government to always do a much better job for a better future.]

07.15 Finding the Future in Radical Rural America

07.15 Sanders Accuses Biden of Parroting Pharma and Insurance Industry Script With Attacks on Medicare for All [Like Trump, Biden explains why he's unelectable every day.]

07.15 If there is an 'immigrant' who has failed to integrate in America, it's Donald Trump

07.15 Trump tells Ocasio-Cortez and other female progressives to 'go back' to 'original' countries

07.15 Trump Takes Pelosi's Side Against AOC and The Squad as Intraparty Fight Over Immigration Continues [Its about much more than immigration, its about the Corporate Dominance—by many of the same companies, even—over both major Political Parties. With too few exceptions, neither party has represented The Public since Nixon generously raised the minimum wage (Part D Medicare and ACA both became Frankenstein legislation due to excessive corporate price-fixing influence), and that has to change!]

07.14 Trump: People like Paul Ryan almost killed the Republican Party [Then it's too bad he didn't stay to finish the job!]

07.13 Trump's POS Labor Secretary, Acosta, Out. POS Number 2, Linked to Abramoff, to Fill Role [A willingness to perform criminal behavior seems the only competency required...]

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07.15 Zuma tells South Africa corruption inquiry he is victim of foreign plot [Unaccountable corrupt governments are so in fashion these days...]

07.14 Warren vows to probe U.S. crimes on immigrants if elected [Can you imagine living in a nation with a working Justice System? How far we've fallen!]

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07.15 India’s Terrifying Water Crisis

07.15 Australia now has the highest minimum wage in the world [From 1960 to 2018 – the U.S. has fallen from 1st place to below the tenth place and off the chart]

07.14 Kasich: The chilling effect of British ambassador's leaked memos

07.14 'Just a matter of when': the $20bn plan to power Singapore with Australian solar

07.14 At least 24 Yellow Vests lost eyes in violent protests. Now they're more determined than ever [Protests of all kinds will continue until systemic inequality loses political dominance]

07.13 New Zealand Begins Gun Buyback Prompted by Mosque Attacks

07.13 After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning [Since so-called modern humans evolved there have been 10,000 generations of people. It is extremely far-fetched to think anyone is racially pure. SO ALL THIS HATE IS INCREDIBLY STUPID.]

07.13 After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning

07.13 Brazil’s President May Appoint Son, Friend to the Trumps, as Ambassador to U.S. [Friend of the Trumps, so we know they're all brain-dead except about near-term profits. They are clear-cutting the Amazon Rain Forest to feed-then-butcher millions of methane farting cows, over and over. Yep, that's there business plan. So therefore the rest of the world will hopefully plant billions of trees elsewhere to sequester CO2 to offset what the Bolsonaro family and investors are destroying. What's wrong with this picture?]

07.13 Trump’s Cruelty and Mexico’s Duty [Our president is immoral to his core and reacts to things like a child, not understanding that his actions are often crueler than they should be. And that cruelty will never completely be excused or forgotten—the people's hatred of Trump is growing, like the Texan's hatred when President General Santa Anna laid seige to the Alamo, which was Mexico's territory at the time...]

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COMMENTARY:

Roberts’s “Bush Moment”

by Mark Crispin Miller
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Chief Justice Roberts screwed up Obama's oath of office because his heart just wasn’t in what he was saying—just like Bush, whose tongue broke down whenever he was forced to sound a note of altruism or idealism or inclusiveness, or any other alien notion.
With the whole world watching, Chief Justice John G. Roberts garbled up Obama’s oath of office yesterday—deliberately, some say, since the new president must speak his piece precisely, and Roberts made that quite impossible (unless Obama had decided to ignore his clumsy prompts, and do it right entirely on his own).

“I’m relatively certain they re-administered the oath out of view of the masses to make it all legit,” writes a friend. “I say he screwed it up on purpose.” That could be, although, if so, it would be a pretty brazen move. [Ed. Note: In fact, the Chief Justice did readminister the oath to President Obama at 7:35 p.m. in the White House's Map Room.]

I’d say that Roberts didn’t do it consciously, but that his screw-up was a stark bit of unconscious interference with Obama’s swearing-in. Roberts is, of course, a flaming Bush Republican—and, as such, intent on (further) disenfranchising the very citizens who voted, or tried to vote, for Obama/Biden.

For example, Roberts has been on (what we might call) the Klan side of every Supreme Court decision that pertains to voting rights since he was placed on that almighty body. He voted to uphold the Indiana photo ID law, having made some idiotic arguments defending it in open court.

The stated purpose of the law was to halt in-person “voter fraud” in Indiana. Replying to the point that there was not a single case of such fraud ever having been discovered in that state, Roberts noted that such lack of evidence was no surprise, since “voter fraud” is, by its very nature, secret, and therefore leaves no traces. (Cf. Rumsfeld’s Law: “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”) And upon hearing that ID-less Indiana voters have to cast provisional ballots, and then travel to the county seat to get them counted, Roberts said that that was not a hardship, since county seats in Indiana aren’t so far away.

And the Roberts Court has recently decided to take up a lawsuit arguing that there’s no longer any need for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act—a move whereby the Court could simply nullify Congress’s extension of the Act back in 2006. (Click here for more on this.)

Such moves make very clear that our Chief Justice is a faithful servant of, and true believer in, his ever-shrinking party and its racist base. Thus is he operating squarely in the un-American tradition of the Court that gave us Bush v. Gore. (He’s also following in the footsteps on his predecessor William Rehnquist, who made his bones as an anti-democratic activist way back in the early Sixties, when, as a lawyer for the GOP, he roamed the precincts of South Phoenix on Election Day, trying to block minority votes.)

In short, Roberts personifies that spirit of fanatical elitism whereby the Bush Regime, and its bad works, were forced on all the rest of us. Small wonder, then, that Roberts couldn’t make his tongue behave as he stood out there yesterday, half-trying to suppress his rage sufficiently to swear Obama in. And so he screwed it up, because his heart just wasn’t in what he was saying—just like Bush, whose tongue broke down whenever he was forced to sound a note of altruism or idealism or inclusiveness, or any other alien notion.

And this won’t be the last time that we hear the voice of Bush (or Cheney) piping up in unexpected places. Much depends on whether our new president will be polite, and let it resonate, or whether he will shut it down at last, and try instead to say—and do—what’s right.


Mark Crispin Miller, a professor of media ecology at New York University, recently edited a book about voting fraud, Loser Take All, a compendium of investigative reports. Miller researches such topics as modern propaganda, history and tactics of advertising, American film, and media ownership. His recent books include The Bush Dyslexicon and Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order. This article, published in the Baltimore Chronicle with permission of the author, was originally published on the author's "News from Underground" blog.



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