Links 10/8/19

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Links for you. Science:

USDA nixes release of multiple reports over researcher exodus
As vaping became widespread with little known about its health effects, US government delayed key regulations
Don’t let Trump pollute our lakes and streams
Uncovering how microbes in the soil influence our health and our food
Trump Has Gutted an Agency That’s Vital to American Farmers

Other:

“Worth This Investment”: Memos Reveal the Scope and Racial Animus of GOP Gerrymandering Ambitions
A police union group in D.C. is holding its holiday party at President Trump’s hotel. Some members are furious.
We’re Getting Ripped Off
Democrats, Please Don’t Mess This Up. Impeach Trump for All His Crimes, Not Just for Ukraine.
Great News: Wall Street Democrats Might Leave the Party
During the Jewish High Holidays, there’s a growing awareness that not all U.S. Jews are white
Dear anonymous op-ed writer: Your plan didn’t work
The Ukraine call record shows Trump talking like a mob boss
This Guy Truly Has No Idea What He’s Talking About
The Shaw Family Admission Plan: One Wall Street billionaire and the ultimate college hedge.
The Right Way to Impeach Trump
Researchers Assembled over 100 Voting Machines. Hackers Broke Into Every Single One.
Elizabeth Warren wants congressional staffers to get paid more
Police chief accused of slamming black teen’s head into door: Trump is ‘last hope for white people’
The Tiny Globe That Puts the World and Heavens in Your Palm
Impeach William Barr
In her memoir, Debbie Harry gives an unvarnished look at her life in the punk scene
The Whistle-Blower Knows How to Write
Create a Public Option for Simple Banking
How to defeat dog-whistle politics, win elections and build a progressive majority: Part 1

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1 Response to Links 10/8/19

  1. Zachary Smith says:

    Create a Public Option for Simple Banking
    Key part for me:

    Postal banking could also help support the post office.

    The US congress wants to kill the post office. Both Parties! If my link is correct, the law designed to kill it off passed by a voice vote. Saint Barry of the dark skin had a chance to do away with the act designed do destroy the Post Office, but like with the vaping, he didn’t bother because he was a ‘moderate’ Republican in all but name.

    Summary
    The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act was passed in less than 48 hours. There were no recorded votes. Republican Congressman Pence asked for the yeas and nays but was denied. Appears Democrats had no objections. The Congressional Record seems to indicate that Minority Leader Reid was on the floor when the Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent.

    People look at stamp prices and believe the Post Office is gouging them. In 1932 the cost of a first class letter stamp went to 3 cents. In 2018 when the same first class stamp cost 50 cents, the inflation-adjusted 1932 value of three pennies was 52 cents. With the 2019 jump to 55 cents the comparison (as of August) shows the 1932 “3 cents” is now equivalent to 53.8 cents. Inflation in the US is much worse than people imagine and I expect it’s going to accelerate.

    The Whistle-Blower Knows How to Write
    Recently I’ve had more exposure to the Neocon York Times and the Warmongering Post than ever before. This article has caused me to conclude that though the WP is usually bad, the NYT is invariably worse. Maybe I have an allergy to trivia, but this one was just pitiful.

    Impeach William Barr
    Unbelievable foolishness. Back in January Barr was confirmed by a vote of 54 to 45. Impeaching him means the “45” would have to become “66”. No way in hell will that happen. Even if it could, one impeachment at a time!

    Researchers Assembled over 100 Voting Machines. Hackers Broke Into Every Single One.
    Easily hackable & unverifiable voting machines are another Bi-Partisan thing in the US. If you’re going to ‘use’ them on an important election you need to have had an endless drumbeat about how badly Candidate Scheduled Loser has been doing. The TV can have 24 hour cable news doing some of the heavy lifting, and jiggered opinion polls can do the rest. Either don’t allow any exit polling, or arrange for some cheating there as well. Until we revert to unhackable and honest voting techniques, US “democracy” is a joke.

    The Right Way to Impeach Trump
    This author gets it right. If the Democrats have a weak case with the Ukraine business (and they might!), there won’t be another trial for any of Trump’s other sins and crimes. What I fear is this is what Pelosi and her gang are really after. IMO they prefer Trump’s Second Term to Sanders, and maybe also Warren.

    A police union group in D.C. is holding its holiday party at President Trump’s hotel. Some members are furious.

    Union leaders interviewed for this story said Berretta told them at a meeting that it wasn’t political; they’d looked at other sites but Trump’s hotel gave them the best deal.

    Obviously paying $175 to a Trump facility is a better deal than spending $35 to go somewhere else.

    Trump Has Gutted an Agency That’s Vital to American Farmers
    Summary: the Stable Genius with his Great and Unmatched Wisdom has gathered a bunch of people who hate government and who use their appointments by the World’s Greatest Person to destroy it.

    Uncovering how microbes in the soil influence our health and our food
    Nice. Back in 1950 Robert Heinlein wrote a story for juveniles – Farmer In The Sky. Humans had colonized Ganymede and were transforming a barren frozen rock into a place suitable for agriculture. Heinlein spoke of the process of accumulating all the small-to-microscopic forms of life needed to “seed” the new farm ground. He called the stuff “pay dirt”. Like most of his other early novels, this one Is worth looking up.

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