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11.18 Air pollution levels ‘forcing families to move out of cities’ [like from desertification, lack of drinkable water and rising oceans, there will also be pollution-caused immigration until humans fix things]
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.]
11.16 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 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.]
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...]
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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
11.19 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 11/18/2018 (HBO) [29:26 video]
11.19 Trump Says He Was 'Fully Briefed' and Also 'Not Briefed Yet' But Either Way Saudi Crown Prince 'Absolutely' Not Involved Because Trump Knows 'Everything That Went On' Without Listening to Tape of Khashoggi Murder
11.19 'We Need New Leaders, Period': Progressive Newcomers Urge Democrats to Embrace Bold Agenda or Face Primary Challenges [Current Democrat leaders are highly compromised by corporate donations]
11.18 Trump says Pelosi deserves speakership, offers Republican votes [An affirmation of Pelosi's unsuitability]
11.18 Khanna to Pelosi: Don't Just Create Green New Deal Select Committee, Make Ocasio-Cortez Its Chair [Will Pelosi earnestly change, or end her career in disgrace?]
11.18 Chuck Schumer, Feckless Hack [Neoliberal Democrats must go!]
11.18 What the State of the VA Tells Us About Trump’s War on Welfare [Privatizing often results in outright fraud and higher costs by private prisons, privatized health insurance and health care, privatized public schools and online "colleges" like Trump University]
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]
11.14 The Guardian view on Yemen’s misery: the west is complicit [WAR CRIMES]
Economics, Crony Capitalism
11.19 Bankrupt Sears wants to give executives $19 million in bonuses [blatantly immoral and sick to richly reward those who led the company into the bankruptcy]
11.18 Big Pharma Bankrolled Pro-Trump Group As Trump Pushed Pharma Tax Cut [Corruption Central!]
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.]
International & Futurism
11.18 France demands UK climate pledge in return for Brexit trade deal [Excellent!]
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!]
QUILTY OF BEING A LAWYER:
Updating Lynne Stewart's "Love Struggle"
Sunday, 4 April 2010
Republican and Democrat prosecutors demand maximum penalties against anyone they target - innocent or guilty, to punish using underhanded tactics to intimidate juries to convict, and tell defense lawyers to steer clear of unpopular clients or not defend them vigorously.
For millions worldwide, Lynne needs no introduction. For others: She worked selflessly, tirelessly, and heroically for 30 years as a human rights champion, defending America's poor, underprivileged, and unwanted - people never afforded due process and judicial fairness without an advocate like her. She knew the risks, yet took them until bogusly indicted on April 9, 2002 for:
The charges related to her alleged violation of Bureau of Prisons Special Administrative Measures (SAMS) that prohibit discussing topics the Justice Department rules outside "legal representation" - to inhibit a proper defense and obstruct justice for anyone DOJ wants to convict.
Her client was Sheik Abdel Rahman, a one-time CIA asset, convicted in 1995 and now serving a life sentence for "seditious conspiracy" for his alleged connection to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing despite convincing evidence of his innocence.
As an advocate for justice, Lynne was targeted, indicted, and after a seven month 2004 - 2005 show trial featuring the worst of McCarthy-like tactics, convicted on February 10, 2005 after 13 days of deliberation on all five counts. She was automatically disbarred, then sentenced on October 17, 2006 to 28 months imprisonment.
She remained free on bond until the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit revoked it on November 17, 2009, ordering her surrender on November 19 at 5PM to be imprisoned at:
Though subject to change, she'll be resentenced on July 15, at which time her 28 month confinement may be sustained, reduced, or what friends and family fear, increased after the three-judge Appeals Court panel accused her of lying, called for a longer sentence, and remanded her case to District Court Judge John G. Koeltl for reconsideration.
It puts strong pressure on him to comply, despite, on sentencing, calling Lynne's character "extraordinary" and, believing a long imprisonment would be "an unreasonable result," citing "the somewhat atypical nature of Stewart's case (and) lack of evidence that any victim was harmed as a result of the charged offense."
Also that terrorism enhancement sentencing was "dramatically unreasonable in (her) case (because it grossly) overstate(d) the seriousness of (her) past conduct and the likelihood that (she would) repeat the offense. (Stewart) has no criminal history and yet (terrorism enhancement would) place (her) in the highest criminal history category equal to that of repeat felony offenders for the most serious offenses including murder and drug trafficking."
Ordinarily, if lawyers violate SAMs or other prison rules, it's handled administratively like restricting visitation rights or denying them. For doing her job, Lynne was criminally indicted to:
Potential long imprisonment sends a strong message, what's for Obama administration prosecutors to consider after Judge Koeltl resentences.
Second Circuit Denies Full (En Banc) Rehearing
On February 23, the Appeals Court majority ruling denied Lynne's request, stating:
On July 15 or if rescheduled, the harsh Appeals Court message will weigh heavily on Judge Koeltl when he resentences.
As a result, Lynne's web site (lynnestewart.org) highlights the concern, saying:
A petition to free her can be found on her site. Add your name to the hundreds who've signed, and support Lynne's struggle against prosecutorial injustice.
After being jailed, Lynne's web site published her letter to "Sisters and Brothers, Friends and Supporters," saying:
At that time, she was well treated "due to my lawyer team and your overwhelming support. While I have received 'celebrity' treatment here in MCC - high visibility - conditions for the other women are deplorable. Medical care, food, education, recreation are all at minimal levels. If it weren't for the unqualified bonds of sisterhood and the commissary it would be even more dismal."
At the end, she thanked supporters for showing up for her jailing, calling it a moment she'll always cherish. "The broad organizational representation was breathtaking and the love and politics expressed (the anger too) will keep me nourished through this."
Her final comment was vintage Lynne:
Love Struggle, Lynne Stewart
On December 3, the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee's (LSDC) Pat Levasseur updated her status after a December 2 conference before Judge Koeltl discussing resentencing procedures. Under consideration was whether to do it "de novo" (starting over, disregarding his initial reasoning) or by clarifying and updating his October 2006 decision.
At issue is the Appeals Court opinion as well as Lynne's age (70) and health. Her blood pressure is "extremely high," and she needs bladder surgery. It's "not life threatening but increasingly uncomfortable," so it's essential to complete as soon as possible successfully.
LSDC plans public events on Lynne's behalf "in cooperation with others to fight for (her) sentence to remain 28 months."
Additional time will be cruel and unusual by any standard, yet Republican and Democrat prosecutors demand maximum penalties against anyone they target - innocent or guilty, to punish using underhanded tactics to intimidate juries to convict, and tell defense lawyers to steer clear of unpopular clients or not defend them vigorously.
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