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11.16 How pesticide bans can prevent tens of thousands of suicides a year [how many thousands more die early from eating pesticide-laced food?]
11.15 The long read: The plastic backlash: what's behind our sudden rage – and will it make a difference? [the world wants to throw-up...]
11.15 Claws out: crab fishermen sue 30 oil firms over climate change [workers are waking-up...]
11.12 This Land is Your Land: The Zinke effect: how the US interior department became a tool of industry [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Trump responds to worst fires in California’s history by threatening to withhold federal aid [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Interior department sued for ‘secretive process’ in at-risk species assessment [behaving ignorantly again...]
11.11 Keystone XL pipeline: judge rules government 'jumped the gun' and orders halt [behaving ignorantly again...]
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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.17 As Energy for Medicare for All Explodes, Steny Hoyer's Plan Includes Waiting for Trump to Help Make Obamacare Better [Another who is unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.17 'A Staggeringly Bad Idea': Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would 'Kneecap the Progressive Agenda' [Unfit to be Democrat leader]
11.16 As 'Green New Deal' Demand Grows, Democrats Have Choice: Confront and Defeat Fossil Fuel Industry or Take Credit for 'Doomed' Planet [Two choices: Save life-on-Earth or help Republicans let it die?]
11.15 Democrats Won Big. Can They Go Bold, Too? [it's about suppressing the influence and leadership by Republican-like Democrats who counsel 'íncremental' (no) change, such as Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Shumer and Joe Biden]
11.15 Pentagon Officials Forced to Make Fewer Public Appearances to Avoid Provoking Trump [...by revealing Trump's huuuge ignorance]
11.15 REPUBLICANS USED A BILL ABOUT WOLVES TO AVOID A VOTE ON YEMEN WAR [if there are 'defense industry' profits to be made—including congress-critter insider-trading—and political 'donations' to be had, we mustn't stop killing innocent civilians!]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.16 Amazon’s HQ2 Will Get a Tax Break Designed to Help the Poor [a Republican program that directly helps participating wealthy companies—but only helps workers if and when 'trickle-down' occurs.]
11.16 Trump doesn’t want to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi. His new sanctions prove it. [George W. Bush made a similar immoral decision for the same oily reasons after 9-11, protecting Saudi defense contracts while facilitating the slaughter of poorer Arab "terrorists" in the region.]
11.15 The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us [fossil fuel burning, un-recyclable plastic production/use and methane gas release must cease ASAP.]
International & Futurism
11.17 Thousands gather to block London bridges in climate rebellion [We're losing WWIII because the enemy is invisible while we're like frogs slowly cooking. We aren't informed enough to be alarmed, but must get organized and motivated to fight back. We need a War Plan to ruthlessly pursue the fight of our lives!]
11.17 Policies of China, Russia and Canada threaten 5C climate change, study finds [Climate catastrophe is increasingly likely without worldwide organization, funding and commitment to winning THE WAR AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.]
11.15 Cuba to pull doctors out of Brazil after President-elect Bolsonaro comments [terms must be negotiated for fairness to Cuba's health professionals without disruption of healthcare for Brazil's poor]
11.14 'Appalling' Khashoggi audio shocked Saudi intelligence – Erdogan [Exposing a psychopath?]
Roberts’s “Bush Moment”
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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