Tuesday, 18 February 2020
quote [ A new generation of Democratic Party politicians burst onto the national scene at the height of this crisis. These ?New Democrats? or ?Atari Democrats? went to great lengths to distance themselves from the party?s traditional associations with the industrial manufacturing sector and its powerful labor unions, shifting their focus to relentless high-tech growth instead.
By the time Bill Clinton returned to Whiteville in 2016, the area had long since attained the broadband internet access it once sorely lacked. But, if anything, the economic fortunes of the community had only worsened since his first visit sixteen years earlier. ]
That was interesting. And a global problem that one.
Tuesday, 11 February 2020
The CIA secretly bought a company that sold encryption devices across the world. Then its spies sat back and listened.
quote [ U.S. and German intelligence agencies partnered on a scheme to dupe dozens of nations into buying rigged encryption systems ? taking their money and stealing their secrets. ]
Long article. Rather impressive feat
Tuesday, 4 February 2020
quote [ Monday night?s Iowa caucuses were supposed to offer America a first look at the Democratic Party?s frontrunner in the 2020 presidential race, based on the results of the first primary battle. That didn?t quite happen. Instead, after a chaotic night full of errors and mismanagement, the party had still failed to name a winner by the next afternoon.
While party leaders and pundits alike are struggling to figure out what went wrong, it looks like a hastily built and reportedly insufficiently tested smartphone app is at the center of the disaster. ]
We should be doing paper..even for ballots. Cannot believe they were using an app. Leave it to the Dems to turn a caucus into a clusterfuck.
Monday, 27 January 2020
quote [ Yeah, it?s an amazing thing about looking at The Economist?s history because you can track what it is saying and who it is speaking for in real time against all of these other movements in history from pre-Civil War, through the rise of communism and socialism and then onto through the World Wars and colonialism and then post-colonialism. It?s an incredible view into the British colonial mindset. ]
If we're putting people up against the wall, The Economist is probably a good place to start.
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
quote [ One of two things is wrong with America: Either the entire system is broken or is on the verge of breaking, and we need someone to bring about radical, structural change, or ? we don?t need that at all! Which is it? Who can say? Certainly not me, and that is why I am telling you now which candidate to vote for. ]
#IEndorseBernie Trends as Sanders Supporters Slam NYT Editorial Board for 'Top Four' Snub
Episode 16 -- Editorial Boards: Protectors of Establishment Ideology by Citations Needed Podcast
Just your usual primary hilarity. Main WaPo article in extended.
Bonus: Mitten Rainbows
Thursday, 16 January 2020
quote [ Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, talks with Rachel Maddow in an exclusive interview about the extent of Donald Trump's knowledge of the work he was doing to manipulate the president of Ukraine to help Trump smear political rival Joe Biden. ]
The jig is up. Parnas says Trump, Giuliani, Barr, Pence and Nunes were all in on it, and it had nothing to do with fighting corruption. He has texts, notes, and tons of other documentation, which is now in the hands of the House Democrats.
(feel like I'm channelling bbqkink, but Maddow has the scoop of the decade here)
Thursday, 9 January 2020
quote [ "We believe a Bernie Sanders Presidency would provide the best political terrain in which to engage in and ultimately win that struggle for the world we deserve," the youth-led climate group said in a Medium post. The Sunrise Movement cited Sanders's "political courage," "holistic vision of the future" and "his commitment to building a cross-class, multi-racial movement" as reasons members voted for Sanders. ]
Also - Illinois is the latest blue state to end the war on pot users.
Tuesday, 7 January 2020
quote [ A GOP congressman circulated a fake photo of former President Obama on Monday, showing him shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted the photo, adding the caption, "The world is a better place without these guys in power." The photo has long been debunked?Obama and Rouhani never actually met in person?and Rouhani is actually still in power. Per CBS News, the part of the image that shows Obama appears to have been lifted from a 2011 picture of him shaking hands with then-Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. ]
Conservatism used to have a real purpose in American politics, but, now it has devolved into this strange creed with a tantrumlike struggle against reality.
Thursday, 2 January 2020
quote [ NHS cancer care and kids? treatments are up for grabs in a stealth Tory sell-off, the Sunday Mirror can reveal.
Private firms are being invited to bid for chunks of our health service ? in complete contrast to Boris Johnson ?s repeated election campaign denials.
Cardiology, gynaecology, paediatrics and oncology are among the services being offered to companies. ]
This will definitely help things. /s
Tory MP calls for social care insurance for 'those who can afford it'
quote [ Kinda weird for a Soviet immigrant like me to realize that you fled one failing society only to end up in a society that was also entering an accelerated phase of decline and degradation. ]
Citations Needed did a really good 2 parter on reporting around homelessness and how much of the rhetoric surrounding it is often weaponized against the victims in order to push forth agendas of business and real estate interests at a local level, and then shifting cultural norms at a national level.
Episode 85: Incitement Against the Homeless (Part I) ? The Infestation Rhetoric of Local News
Episode 86: Incitement Against the Homeless (Part II) ? The Exterminationist Rhetoric of Fox News
On the Bright Side, the Bernie Sanders campaign has reported a record breaking $34.5 million raised for the final quarter of 2019 with nearly 300,000 new donors.
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