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Thursday August 31, 2017

Groups call for immediate shutdown of South Texas nuclear power station in advance of continued Harvey flooding
BeyondNuclear.org | author | 08/28/17

... Beyond Nuclear and Texas watchdog groups Sustainable Energy & Economic Development (SEED) Coalition and the South Texas Association for Responsible Energy had called upon the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the operators of the South Texas nuclear power plant to put the reactors into "in its safest condition, cold shutdown" in advance of predicted flood waters that prompted Bay City authorities to declare a "mandatory evacuation" before emergency evacuation routes flooded.

The unprecedented rainfall in the region broke a U.S. continental record. The groups had warned that the NRC and the South Texas Nuclear Operating Corporation have previously recognized that there is a credible threat from a nuclear accident initiated by a breach in a 12-mile long perimeter embankment wall that surrounds the 7,000 acre Main Cooling Reservoir for the two reactors. ... Read more

Houston, Before and After Harvey | Times | 08/28/17 | 1:17

Fire Rages At Texas Chemical Factory
HP | Ryan Grenoble , Alana Horowitz Satlin | 08/30/17

... "There were different organic peroxides that were released and created a pop in the containers where they were stored," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. "Smoke initially emanated from it and that turned into black smoke."

... The factory lost power early Sunday, which it needs to refrigerate volatile chemicals. Those chemicals ignite if they get too warm, said the company's CEO, Richard Rowe. "Materials could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire," Rowe said. "The high water that exists on site, and the lack of power, leave us with no way to prevent it." ... Read more

Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America by John Nichols

Donald Trump has assembled a rogue's gallery of alt-right hatemongers, crony capitalists, immigrant bashers, and climate-change deniers to run the American government. To survive the next four years, we the people need to know whose hands are on the levers of power. And we need to know how to challenge their abuses. John Nichols, veteran political correspondent at the Nation, has been covering many of these deplorables for decades. Sticking to the hard facts and unafraid to dig deep into the histories and ideologies of the people who make up Trump's inner circle, Nichols delivers a clear-eyed and complete guide to this wrecking-crew administration.

The reality beneath Trump's tax reform talk
Politico | Brian Faler | 08/31/17

While he emphasizes benefits to regular taxpayers, much of the push is about cutting corporate rates.

Trump argued that his plans to cut the 35 percent corporate tax rate for the first time in 30 years would benefit regular wage earners by putting more money in corporate coffers, which he said business leaders would then use to hire more people and raise wages.

But most economists say companies' shareholders would be the primary beneficiaries of a corporate tax rate cut. That's because it would make companies more profitable, which would boost their stock price while also leaving them with more money to pay out dividends.

The official Joint Committee on Taxation, as well as the Treasury Department and the independent Tax Policy Center, all say shareholders bear roughly three-quarters of the burden of the corporate tax, and therefore would be the main winners were it cut. ... Read more

Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer by Dean Baker

There has been an enormous upward redistribution of income in the United States in the last four decades. In his most recent book, Baker shows that this upward redistribution was not the result of globalization and the natural workings of the market. Rather, it was the result of conscious policies that were designed to put downward pressure on the wages of ordinary workers while protecting and enhancing the incomes of those at the top. Baker explains how rules on trade, patents, copyrights, corporate governance, and macroeconomic policy were rigged to make income flow upward.
Poll: 56 percent say Trump 'tearing the country apart'

Naomi Klein: Face It, the Flooding Disaster Is Climate Change
AlterNet | Amy Goodman / Democracy Now! | 08/30/17

The World Meteorological Organization announced Tuesday that Hurricane Harvey's devastation is linked to climate change. All past U.S. rainfall records have been shattered, and the devastating storm is expected to bring even more rainfall to Louisiana and Texas in the coming days. Still, the corporate networks have avoided linking the record-breaking storm to the climate crisis. We examine storm coverage with Naomi Klein, best-selling author of several books, including "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

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*Naomi Klein's Message to the Media Covering Houston: Now is the Time to Talk About Climate Change | DN | 08/30/17 | 8:57

Trump and DeVos fuel a for-profit college comeback

"Rapidly Intensifying" Hurricane Irma Barreling Straight Toward The East Coast
ZeroHedge | author | 08/31/17

... In a few days, the hurricane will be moving over warmer waters with light shear shown by all of the model guidance. This should promote further strengthening of Irma, and the NHC forecast shows an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane next week, similar to the solutions provided by the HWRF and the ECMWF models. ... Read more

Models show BIG CAT 5, Tropical Storm IRMA, to form in Atlantic and threaten the East Coast by next Friday 09/08/17
Would Impeaching Trump Truly Lead to Civil War? (#114) | Keith Olbermann | 08/30/17 | 5:46
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 31 [11:38]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, August 31 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Surrounded by Oil Refineries, Port Arthur, TX Faces New Environmental Crisis Following Harvey Floods
  3. George Monbiot: We Can't Be Silent on Climate Change or the Unsustainability of Capitalist System
  4. Deandre Harris Was Savagely Beaten by White Supremacists in Virginia. Why Only Two Arrests So Far?
*Ex-NASA Scientist James Hansen: There is a Clear Link Between Climate Change & Stronger Hurricanes | DN | 08/30/17 | 11:26
*John Nichols: "Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America" | DN | 08/30/17 | 31:36
*Investigative Journalist Christian Parenti says -> Climate Change Is Creating A New Urban Crisis | TRNN | 08/30/17 | 18:49
*Col. Lawrence Wilkerson -> The New York Times Gives Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Free Advertising | TRNN | 08/30/17 | 9:56
*Economist Dean Baker says -> Trump's Tax Cut Plan Alienates His Base | TRNN | 08/31/17 | 9:32
Tomi Lahren Hired By Fox News. | TYT | 08/30/17 | 7:57
REPORT: Trump Sad And All Alone | TYT | 08/30/17 | 5:29
Hurricane Harvey Aftermath Only Beginning | TYT | 08/30/17 | 5:26
The1a.org
How To Help After Harvey | 1a.org | 08/31/17 | 1hr
A crisis can bring out the best in people ... and the worst. We see this on display as Harvey causes severe flooding in Texas and along the Gulf Coast. Many people have rushed to donate to disaster relief, but warnings about scams have also proliferated. How can you make sure your goodwill goes to help those in need?
The Smartphone Generation: Less Sex, Fewer Drinks, More Depression | 1a.org | 08/31/17 | 1hr
People who are growing up with smartphones are having less sex and drinking less alcohol than previous generations, some research indicates. Other studies also show this generation is more depressed, lonelier, more isolated and getting less sleep.

Psychologist Jean M. Twenge says these young consumers, a group she calls iGen, is "on the brink of a mental-health crisis." Has the smartphone harmed an entire generation? ...
PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 30, 2017 | TYT | 08/30/17 | 51:54
Explosion Expected From Hurricane Harvey Damaging Arkema Chemical Plant | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/31/17 | 22:36
Donald Trump Wants Alfa Bank Trump Tower Clean-Up Lawyer In Key DoJ Role | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/31/17 | 10:25
In A Focus Group, Donald Trump Voters Express Frustration | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/31/17 | 19:11
Chris Cuomo OWNS Kellyanne Conway, "Answer The Question, Will Trump Pay for HARVEY or the WALL?" | CNN | 08/30/17 | 19:43
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Confederate Statues: Some See Culture, Some See Racism | Trevor Noah | 08/30/17 | 6:36

08.31.2017. 13:21

Wednesday August 30, 2017

Trump Reportedly Pitched a Fit Over the Meager Attendance at His Phoenix Rally
AlterNet | Tom Boggioni / Raw Story | 08/29/17

The former organizer of President Donald Trump's rallies -- who now does the same for the Republican National Committee -- was reportedly fired after the president became enraged at a half-full hall for his Phoenix rally last week.

According to Bloomberg Politics, George Gigicos, the former White House director of advance events, was told in no uncertain terms that he would never organize another rally for the president after Phoenix. ... Read more

Trump is using the Hurricane Harvey tragedy to cover for his collapsing administration
RawStory |Michael Winship | 08/29/17

The latest news dump was the most brazen, a triple whammy, for not only did it fall on a Friday night, it happened in the face of a Category 4 hurricane that was just about to hit the Texas coast with a still-to-be-determined, massive loss of property and life. And we got not just one but two stories released as the storm's destruction loomed -- the signing of a ban on the transgendered serving in the military and the pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the scourge of Arizona law enforcement. ... Read more

Hurricane Harvey Is the Rainiest Atlantic Hurricane Ever Measured
TheAtlantic | Robinson Meyer | 08/29/17

"We woke up Sunday morning, and we were seeing the event unfold, and we knew that what we were seeing on TV -- it was not the end of the story," he told me on Tuesday. "Looking at our forecast models, and other information, we had confidence that there was more rain coming."

He consulted with his colleagues, who agreed with him that the agency needed to convey the scale of what was coming. "We felt we needed to say something," he said. "You kind of scramble to the record books to see, how does this compare to other events? We could not find something similar, in terms of the aerial coverage of the event. We were concerned we were going to have amounts near 50 inches." ... Read more

The1a.org
Hunker Down Or Head Out? When To Evacuate A City| 1a.org | 08/30/17 | 1hr
Almost as soon as Harvey made landfall, the questions began: "Why wasn't Houston evacuated?"

Consensus seems to be that the mayor was right not to order residents out of the city to escape flooding, but the decision is never made easily. And even if it is made, it can be hard to get people to follow the order.

It doesn't just happen during storms and floods. Whether it's wildfires or other threats, many people often don't want to -- or don't think they need to -- evacuate.

How do plans come together to evacuate a city? Who makes the decision? And why do some people not agree?
Zillionaire To Other Zillionaires: "Pay Up" | 1a.org | 08/30/17 | 1hr
You probably don't know Nick Hanauer, but he has more money than you. As a self-proclaimed "unapologetic capitalist," Hanauer deals in millions the way many Americans deal in hundreds ... or tens.

A few years ago, Hanauer called on his fellow one percenters to address America's growing income inequality. ...
PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 29, 2017 | PBS | 08/29/17 | 55:03
Caring Corrupted - The Killing Nurses of The Third Reich | UTHealth School of Nursing | 02/14/17 | 56:07
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 30 [6:31]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, August 30 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Environmental Crisis Unfolding in Houston as Oil & Chemical Industry Spew Toxic Pollutants into Air
  3. Texas Prisoners Evacuated as Floodwaters Rise, Houston Jail Keeps Inmates Next to Flooded Bayou
  4. Naomi Klein's Message to the Media Covering Houston: Now is the Time to Talk About Climate Change
  5. Ex-NASA Scientist James Hansen: There is a Clear Link Between Climate Change & Stronger Hurricanes
  6. The Red Cross Won't Save Houston. Texas Residents Are Launching Community Relief Efforts Instead
Dr. Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research says -> Mainstream Media Misrepresents Hurricane Harvey's Climate Change Connection | TRNN | 08/30/17 | 15:53
After Tiny Rally, Trump Needed Someone To Fire... | TYT | 08/29/17 | 8:57
Trump Brings Up Crowd Size During Hurricane Speech | TYT | 08/29/17 | 8:57
Houston Hazards Multiply As Flooding Worsens | Rachel Maddow | 08/29/17 | 19:32
Donald Trump Visits Texas But Fails To Address The Victims Of Harvey | MSNBC 11th Hour | 08/29/17 | 7:16
Chris Christie On Ted Cruz, Sandy, Donald Trump And His Biggest Mistake (Full) | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/30/17 | 21:38
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Late Show's Alter Egos III: Trump World | Stephen Colbert | 08/29/17 | 3:17
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Did Team Trump Reveal Their Middle Man to Moscow? | TheDaily Show | 08/29/17 | 6:54

08.30.2017. 21:02

Tuesday August 29, 2017

Texas Lawmakers Who Voted Against Relief for Hurricane Sandy Now Ask For Help With Harvey
MotherJones | Ashley Dejean | 08/28/17

All of a sudden, Ted Cruz is a big fan of disaster relief.

... "Given the potential catastrophic impact that the Hurricane may have on Texas communities," the senators wrote, "we strongly support this request and urge you to provide any and all emergency protective measures available by a major disaster declaration."

The irony of this request was not lost on lawmakers from states that had been devastated by hurricane Sandy in 2012. At that time, Texas lawmakers overwhelmingly voted against recovery assistance for New York and New Jersey. When asked about that hypocrisy today on MSNBC, Cruz dodged the question. "There's time for political sniping later," he said. "I think our focus needs to be on this crisis and this disaster." ... Read more

According to a preliminary and informal estimate by disaster economist Kevin Simmons of Austin College, Harvey's economic toll "will likely exceed Katrina" -- the most expensive disaster in U.S. history.

Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like
Politico | Eric Holthaus | 08/28/17

It's time to open our eyes and prepare for the world that's coming.

... But there's an uncomfortable point that, so far, everyone is skating around: We knew this would happen, decades ago. We knew this would happen, and we didn't care. Now is the time to say it as loudly as possible: Harvey is what climate change looks like. More specifically, Harvey is what climate change looks like in a world that has decided, over and over, that it doesn't want to take climate change seriously.

Houston has been sprawling out into the swamp for decades, largely unplanned and unzoned. Now, all that pavement has transformed the bayous into surging torrents and shunted Harvey's floodwaters towards homes and businesses. Individually, each of these subdivisions or strip malls might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but in aggregate, they've converted the metro area into a flood factory. Houston, as it was before Harvey, will never be the same again. ... Read more

Tidal Flooding and Sea Level Rise: The Growing Impacts of Global Warming | Union of Concerned Scientists | older | 3:29

Boomtown, Flood Town | PICTURES
Politico | author | date

Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority in the famously un-zoned city, creating short-term economic gains for some while increasing flood risks for everyone. ... Read more

Scoop: Trump frustration with Tillerson rising fast
Axios.com | Jonathan Swan | 08/27/17

There's a ticking problem with Rex Tillerson, and it's growing louder by the day, according to officials inside and close to the White House.

President Trump has been growing increasingly frustrated with his Secretary of State. One time recently, after Trump had returned from a meeting on Afghanistan, a source recalled Trump saying, "Rex just doesn't get it, he's totally establishment in his thinking." Tillerson's jaw-dropping comments on TV today will likely only worsen their relationship. ... Read more
Tillerson Likely Trump's Next Fire? | TYT | 08/28/17 | 6:37

Big bank insiders are selling off shares in their companies
Axios.com | author | date

Board members and executives at the top six banks in the U.S. have been consistently selling their own banks' shares this year, Financial Times reports, based on analysis of disclosures tracked by Bloomberg.

To get to the point: That's not a big vote of confidence for the economy from some of the people who know it best. This includes JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley, which collectively have sold a net 9.32 million shares on open market since the beginning of this year. Stark contrast from last year, when they bought more than they sold. ... Read more

For Whom Has Trump Made America Great? (#112) | Keith Olbermann | 08/28/17 | 9:24
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 29 [12:00]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, August 29 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Dr. Robert Bullard: Houston's "Unrestrained Capitalism" Made Harvey "Catastrophe Waiting to Happen"
  3. Hurricane Harvey: Zip Code & Race Determine Who Will Bear Burden Of Climate Change
  4. Immigrants in Houston Face Triple Threat: Flooding, Racist Texas Law SB4 & Potentially Losing DACA
  5. 1,200 Die as "Devastating" Climate Change-Linked Floods Submerge Parts of South Asia
  6. Just Before Harvey, Trump Admin Revoked Rules Requiring New Infrastructure to be Climate Resilient
"This Is the New Normal": How Climate Change Is Fueling Massive Storms like Harvey | DN | 08/29/17 | 11:04
As Catastrophic Flooding Hits Houston, Fears Grow of Pollution from Oil Refineries & Superfund Sites | DN | 08/29/17 | 15:07
Viral Tweet Saves Senior Citizens From Hurricane Harvey | TYT | 08/28/17 | 7:13
Providing basic care for Afghan orphans beset with challenges | Aljazeera | 08/29/17 | 2:29
The1a.org
With Major Floods, It's "When," Not "If" For Many Cities | 1a.org | 08/29/17 | 1hr
Many parts of the United States face dual watery threats. First, giant storms like Harvey, which has dropped nine trillion gallons of water on Texas (enough to cover the lower 48 states with a puddle as deep as the height of three pennies). Then there's the issue of rising sea levels, which, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists would make routine, chronic flooding a fact of life in hundreds more communities across the country in just a few decades (see the map below).

With both of these threats working in tandem, many cities -- and not just those on the coasts -- are already seeing more regular flooding and more severe occasional floods.
PBS NewsHour full episode Aug. 28, 2017 | PBS News Hour | 08/28/17 | 54:32
Donald Trump Sought Moscow Business Deal While Campaigning For President | MSNBC Rachel Maddow | 08/28/17 | 22:03
The Panama Papers: Secrets Of The Super Rich | Journeyman Pictures | 04/11/16 | 43:48
Top secret deals in Panama allows the rich to build vast banks of hidden wealth. Kings, criminals, presidents and prime ministers have been outed for dodging the rules and having assets stashed in tax havens abroad.
'Trump Was Winging It': What Moscow Deal Reveals | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/29/17 | 14:32
Robert Mueller Eyeing Trump's Response To Russia Meeting At Trump Tower | MSNBC 11th Hour | 08/28/17 | 9:43
Joe: Arpaio A 'Thug'; Pardon Could Haunt President Donald Trump Later | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/28/17 | 6:32
Is Rex W. Tillerson Right In Saying President Donald Trump Speaks For Himself? | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/28/17 | 12:52
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Profiles in Tremendousness: Pardon Edition - Sheriff Joe Arpaio | TheDaily Show | 08/28/17 | 8:03

08.29.2017. 13:38

Monday August 28, 2017

Houston Under Water
HP | Roque Planas | 08/28/17

HOUSTON ? Heavy rain pummeled the nation's fourth-largest city Monday morning as one of the worst flooding disasters in recent U.S. history was ongoing -- and poised to get worse.

At least 25 inches of rain have fallen in parts of Southeast Texas since Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport on Friday evening, shattering several previous rainfall records. Many highways and streets throughout the region are flooded, making normal travel impossible and forcing first responders to perform over 1,000 rescues over the weekend, with even more expected on Monday. FEMA administrator Brock Long said he anticipates that at least 30,000 residents will be displaced to temporary shelters. ... Read more

Trump confronts unprecedented public rebuke by Gary Cohn after Charlottesville
WashingtonPost | Damian Paletta | 08/25/17

An unprecedented rebuke of President Trump by National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn reverberated through Washington on Friday, forcing the White House to respond to harsh, public criticism from one of the president's top advisers.

Cohn lashed Trump's comments earlier this month blaming the violence in Charlottesville on "both sides," saying in an interview with the Financial Times that "citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK." The adviser, who is Jewish and has long given to Jewish causes, said that the administration "must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups." ... Read more

Sebastian Gorka, a fiery nationalist and Bannon ally, abruptly exits White House
WP | Philip Rucker | 08/25/17

Sebastian Gorka, a controversial White House staffer who served as a fiery spokesman for President Trump on national security matters, abruptly left the administration on Friday as his nationalist faction was being silenced, four people briefed on Gorka's exit confirmed.

Officials said it was widely known that White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, who has been restructuring the West Wing to stem infighting and chaos within the staff, was eager for Gorka to depart the administration. ... Read more
Sebastian Gorka, a controversial White House staffer who served as a fiery spokesman for President Trump on national security matters | WP | 08/25/17 | 2:14

James Clapper's Fear of Trump's Recklessness Should Set off Alarm Bells
Esquire.com | John Hendrickson | 08/23/17

When did you first feel the fear? Was it way back after his golden escalator ride, when Mexicans, at the group level, were deemed rapists and criminals? Was it when already-vetted refugees were getting off their planes on American soil and being detained at the border? Was it after he casually said he wanted an arms race? Was it after the Charlottesville press conference? Or was it last night, after yet another off-the-rails rally for the purpose of, what, exactly?

Tens of millions of Americans have come to fear the stability of their Commander-in-Chief in a way that seems legitimately unprecedented. You may have disagreed with Obama's progressive agenda regarding social programs, or Bush's decision to invade Iraq, but did you actually fear that those men would potentially lead you and your fellow Americans down the path of destruction? If you want to call that rhetoric alarmist and unwarranted, fine. ... Read more
James Clapper Shook After Trump's "Downright Scary" Speech | TYT | 08/27/17 | 6:50

The NRA's New Television Network Is Part Breitbart, Part InfoWars and Completely Deranged
AlterNet | Cydney Hargis / Media Matters | 08/28/17

Launched in late 2016, NRATV serves as the news outlet for the National Rifle Association, regularly defending President Donald Trump, slamming mainstream media outlets as "dishonest rags," and viciously criticizing any politician or activist who speaks out against the president and his policies. While some of the outlet's coverage focuses on gun policy, the newest developments in firearms technology, and tactical shooting, the programming has largely become a platform for far-right conservative talking points that are often unrelated to gun policy. As NRATV has strayed away from gun coverage, it has sparked a number of controversies and drawn widespread criticism in its inaugural year.

Launched in October 2016, NRATV is a rebrand of the National Rifle Association's long-running news outlet NRA News -- which began airing in 2004 -- with the aim of offering more live programming. NRATV broadcasts via online streaming at NRATV.com and satellite radio. ... Read more

Why People Still Support Trump
Bloomberg | Clive Crook | 08/28/17

There are two main theories of Trump's support. One is that a large minority of Americans -- 40 percent, give or take -- are racist idiots. This theory is at least tacitly endorsed by the Democratic Party and the mainstream liberal media. The other is that a large majority of this large minority are good citizens with intelligible and legitimate opinions, who so resent being regarded as racist idiots that they'll back Trump almost regardless. They may not admire the man, but he's on their side, he vents their frustration, he afflicts the people who think so little of them -- and that's good enough.

The first theory, if it were true, would be an argument against democracy. If tens of millions of Americans are racist idiots, how do you defend the popular franchise? That isn't a sliver of reprehensible people who'll be safely overwhelmed when elections come around. And there's plainly nothing, according to the first theory, you can say to change their minds. Why even go through the motions of talking and listening to those people?

The second theory -- the correct theory -- is a terrible indictment of the Democratic Party and much of the media. Why aren't the intelligible and legitimate opinions of that large minority given a hearing? Why must their views be bundled reflexively into packages labelled "bigotry" and "stupidity"? Why can't this large minority of the American people be accorded something other than pity or scorn? ... Read more

Why are we giving so much of our budget to the military??
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, August 28 [13:40]
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  2. As Catastrophic Flooding Hits Houston, Fears Grow of Pollution from Oil Refineries & Superfund Sites
  3. "This Is the New Normal": How Climate Change Is Fueling Massive Storms like Harvey
  4. A Dilemma for Undocumented in Texas: Wait Out Hurricane Harvey or Seek Help and Risk Deportation?
  5. "Resurrected From Irrelevance": Arizona Republic Columnist Slams Trump Pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio
"Resurrected From Irrelevance": Arizona Republic Columnist Slams Trump Pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio | DN | 08/28/17 | 8:01
*Leading climatologist Benjamin Horton says -> Sandy-Level Hurricanes May Occur Every Five Years Due to Climate Change | TRNN | 08/27/17 | 15:42
*Exxon Mobil Knew and Hid Oil's Link to Catastrophic Climate Change | TRNN | 08/27/17 | 11:30
*Can Big Money Silence a Free Press? Netflix "Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press." | TRNN | 08/25/17 | 19:38
Netflix "Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press."
Paul Jay On The Trump Administration: One of the Most Dangerous Times in Human History | TRNN | 08/25/17 | 1:09:25
LEAK: Trump Treats Secret Service "Like Servants" | TYT | 08/27/17 | 5:24
*Pesky Scientists Telling The Truth, You're Fired! | TYT | 08/27/17 | 4:21
John Kasich Wants 2020 "Unity Ticket" With Democratic VP | TYT | 08/27/17 | 6:15
How Many More Lives Sacrificed For Profits for the Military Industrial Complex? | ThomHartmann | 08/26/17 | 27:51
The1a.org
Harvey Hits Hard | 1a.org | 08/28/17 | 1hr
A monster storm like Hurricane Harvey hasn't hit the Gulf Coast in almost a decade. Residents have been told to evacuate or ready themselves for torrential rain, high winds and flash flooding.

The last hurricane that brought major damage to that region was Hurricane Ike, which slammed the coast of Texas -- right near Harvey's predicted point of contact.

We get an update on the storm, and talk with experts about recovery efforts, disaster relief and flood insurance reform proposals.
How Silicon Valley Is Shaping The News | 1a.org | 08/28/17 | 1hr
News publishing used to be a big priority for the press. Now, many newsrooms let tech companies worry about that.

The increasing involvement of social media platforms in how news is distributed has led to more content filtering and control over which stories get traction in your newsfeed. It's also changed the economic model and organizational structure in traditional newsrooms..

Are we ready for social media to become the "mainstream media"?
Mystery Beneath the Ice (2016) Full PBS Nova | PBS NOVA | 03/08/17 | 52:51
Joe: Arpaio A 'Thug'; Pardon Could Haunt President Donald Trump Later | MSNBC Morning Joe | 08/28/17 | 6:32
FEMA Head: Harvey Damage "Is Just the Beginning" | MSNBC | 08/27/17 | 6:11
Infowars | Alex Jones
Note: I try to include a lot of different opinions in this News Page, so people can compare and make up their own minds. I personally like DemocracyNow, TheRealNewsNetwork, TheYoungTurks, and ThomHartmann, but I think MaxKeiser@RT, and some of the Aljazeera shows to be pretty informative. PBS and NPR are always a good go-to, I especially like The1a.org, but be aware they do have sponsors from Big Oil. I'm including some of Alex Jones @Infoewars videos to expose you to what the alt-right is saying.
Its Big News: Alex Jones Show 8/27/17 (pt-1) | Infowars | 08/27/17 | 40:11
Roger Stone (b-day): Alex Jones Show 8/27/17 (pt-2) Infowars | Infowars | 08/27/17 | 41:15

08.28.2017. 11:05

Friday August 25, 2017

Another recession is coming, big banks warn
Salon | Michael Glassman | 08/24/17

Is it going to be 2008 all over again?

Stock market indices may be reaching record highs, but according to financiers, the good times may be coming to an end. Workers at major financial firms are predicting that another recession is on the horizon, Bloomberg is reporting:

Analysts at the Wall Street behemoths cite signals including the breakdown of long-standing relationships between stocks, bonds and commodities as well as investors ignoring valuation fundamentals and data. It all means stock and credit markets are at risk of a painful drop.

"Equities have become less correlated with FX [foreign exchange markets], FX has become less correlated with rates, and everything has become less sensitive to oil," Andrew Sheets, Morgan Stanley's chief cross-asset strategist, wrote in a note published Tuesday. ... Read more

Watch These Top Headliners at the Fed's Jackson Hole Conference
Bloomberg | Jeanna Smialek | 08/24/17

  1. Yellen, Draghi and Kuroda all attend for first time since 2014
  2. Top brass from the Fed, Europe, Asia and Latin America listed

Janet Yellen, Mario Draghi and Haruhiko Kuroda will be among the monetary policy superstars donning western wear and puzzling over the global economy this week at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's annual summit in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The trio gather together at the remote mountain resort for the first time since 2014, headlining a high-ranking guest list at the world's premier central banking event. It may also be Yellen's final appearance at Jackson Hole as Fed chair, unless President Donald Trump nominates her for a second stint when her current term expires in February. Most observers expect him to pick someone else. ... Read more

Exxon Dared Critics to Prove It Misled the Public. These Researchers Just Called the Company's Bluff.
MotherJones | Rebecca Leber | 08/22/17

Two years ago, Inside Climate News and Los Angeles Times investigations found that while Exxon Mobil internally acknowledged that climate change is man-made and serious, it publicly manufactured doubt about the science. Exxon has been trying unsuccessfully to smother this slow-burning PR crisis ever since, arguing the findings were "deliberately cherry picked statements." But the company's problems have grown to include probes of its business practices by the New York and Massachusetts attorneys general and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Now, science historian Naomi Oreskes and Harvard researcher Geoffrey Supran have published the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis of Exxon's climate communications that adds more heft to these charges. Exxon dared the public to "read all of these documents and make up your own mind," in a company blog post in 2015. The new paper, "Assessing ExxonMobil's Climate Change Communications," in the journal Environmental Research Letters, takes up the challenge. Oreskes and Supran systematically analyze nearly 40 years of Exxon's scientific research, reports, internal documents, and advertisements, and find a deep disconnect between how the company directly communicated climate change and its internal memos and scientific studies. ... Read more
InsideClimateNews.org website

*What Exxon Knew | YaleClimateConnections | 12/08/15 | 9:24
*Exxon Researched Climate Change in 1977 | PBS FrontLine | 09/16/15 | 3:20
PBS Global Warming The Signs and the Science | PBS FrontLine | 05/17/12 | 55:27
PBS Nova/Frontline Global Warming What's Up With The Weather | PBS Nova/FrontLine | 12/27/16 | 1:53:49
Global Warming, What You Need To Know, with Tom Brokaw | Climate State | 0xx/xx/xx | 1:27:32
**Merchants of Doubt (Stunning film exposes climate sceptics) | PBS FrontLine | 05/17/12 | 55:27
Merchants of Doubt is a 2014 American documentary film directed by Robert Kenner and inspired by the 2010 book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. The film traces the use of public relations tactics that were originally developed by the tobacco industry to protect their business from research indicating health risks from smoking. The most prominent of these tactics is the cultivation of scientists and others who successfully cast doubt on the scientific results.
Climate Expert Jim Hansen explains the Climate Crisis (March 2017) | Climate State | 2017 | 1:12:01

The Foreign Fascination With Trump's White House
TheAtlantic | Yasmeen Serhan | 08/25/17

When news that Steve Bannon had left the White House began circulating online last week, it happened in multiple languages.

"Stephen Bannon, l'éminence grise de Donald Trump, quitte la Maison Blanche," France's daily newspaper Le Monde reported.

In Germay's Die Welt, "Trumps Chefstratege Bannon verlässt offenbar das Weiße Haus."

The news of Bannon's departure appeared in headlines in Arabic, Spanish, and Russian, as readers around the world began to learn that President Trump's chief strategist, known for pushing the populist and nationalist agenda that helped earn Trump's electoral victory, would not remain in his role long enough to see that agenda implemented. And perhaps widespread coverage of Bannon's exit was not surprising--it followed the high-profile departures of other well-known Trump allies such as former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and former Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci, the last of whose firing led the BBC homepage when it occurred. But the fact of major international news organizations devoting prime space to such stories does raise the question: Why do people overseas, who might not be able to name a single Obama-era strategy adviser or communications director, suddenly care so much about the internal staff shake-ups at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? ... Read more

Here's what goes into a president's decision to launch nuclear weapons | PBS | 08/24/17 | 7:02
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, August 25 [11:25]
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  1. Headlines
  2. Meet the State Dept. Science Envoy Who Spelled Out "Impeach" in His Resignation Letter to Trump
  3. Science Envoy who Resigned in Protest of Trump: Climate Change Makes Storms like Harvey More Severe
  4. Despite Protest from Johnson & Johnson, Florida Executes Man Using Untested Drug Cocktail
  5. New DNA Evidence Cited As Missouri Governor Stays Execution of Prisoner Marcellus Williams
  6. This is Transparent Discrimination: ACLU's Chase Strangio on Trump's Military Trans Ban
Science Envoy who Resigned in Protest of Trump: Climate Change Makes Storms like Harvey More Severe | TRNN | 08/25/17 | 10:39
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson -> Has the Pentagon Taken Over US Foreign Policy in Afghanistan? Part 1 | TRNN | 08/24/17 | 32:54,      Part 2 | 28:08
**Exxon Knew | TYT | 08/25/17 | 11:35
*Trump: I'll Shut Down The Government If I Don't Get My Wall! | TYT | 08/25/17 | 7:02
*Republicans' Staggering Debt Ceiling Hypocrisy | TYT | 08/25/17 | 7:16
Mass Resignations Plague Trump Administration | TYT | 08/25/17 | 5:21
Gary Cohn Drafts Resignation Letter, Throws It Away | TYT | 08/25/17 | 12:50
Trump Live-Tweets Morning Joe, Which He Definitely Never Watches | TYT | 08/25/17 | 7:55

The1a.org
Friday News - Domestic | 1a.org | 08/25/17 | 1hr
President Trump has had his quiet weeks since taking office. This wasn't one of them.

After a televised national address on military strategy in Afghanistan, a controversial rally in Arizona and a speech to veterans in Nevada, the president's appearances eclipsed all else, including the eclipse.

We'll talk about his remarks at each event, plus what it's like to have the man who would be president stand a little too close for comfort and which dearly beloved pop icon is about to make history with a never-before-released concert film.
Friday News - International | 1a.org | 08/25/17 | 1hr
What's President Trump's strategy for winning the war in Afghanistan? A lot of people are still uncertain, even after a lengthy, televised address by the U.S. president on the way forward this week. Plus, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner travels to the Middle East to talk democracy with the Egyptian president and peace between Israel and Palestine. And China tries -- and fails -- to censor an important academic journal. Ready to catch up on some of the biggest international stories this week?

PBS NewsHour full episode August 24, 2017 | PBS | 08/24/17 | 54:35
Thursday on the NewsHour, President Trump continues his attack on Republican leaders in Congress. Also: The Kurds' dual objective to defeat ISIS and gain independence, what it takes to launch a nuclear bomb, rebooting retail to appeal to online shoppers and a Brief but Spectacular take on finding courage after Ferguson.
Trump Pardons Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio - Sebastian Goraka Resigns! | CNN | 08/25/17 | 4:53
President Donald Trump Pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio | MSNBC All In | 08/25/17 | 4:41
SNL
Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump Says What He Really Thinks Of Jared Kushner On 'Weekend Update' | SNL | 08/24/17 | 5:22
Weekend Update: Tina Fey on Protesting After Charlottesville | SNL | older 08/17/17 | 6:56
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Serious Trump vs. Somber Trump vs. Freestyle Trump | TheDaily Show | 08/24/17 | 6:26

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