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  • OpEd: Will the NFL Stand Up to Trump and Acknowledge the Dignity of its Players? (Making it racial)

    09/23/2017 12:22:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    NBC News ^ | September 23, 2017 | Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve and Rashawn Ray
    At a political rally in Alabama, President Donald Trump encouraged American football fans to “leave the stadium” when they see “those people” taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. The predominately white crowd chanted “U-S-A” in affirmation, and Trump urged NFL owners to “Get that son of a bitch off the field” for “disrespecting” the flag. Again, we see that President Trump is stoking white prejudice and fears to position himself as the heavy-handed authoritarian who can reclaim order - even in the NFL. Trump threw down the gauntlet and the NFL needs to decide: is it...
  • Trump Is Like an Aggressive Chimp and May Not Last Long as President, Says Jane Goodall

    09/22/2017 5:37:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 20, 2017 | Tufayel Ahmed
    Primatologist Jane Goodall has made her name studying chimpanzees for over half a century. So, if anyone can deduce a distinct correlation between a brash chimp and the egoistic hubris of, say, the president of the United States, it’s Goodall. Pre-election, last October, Goodall made a comparison between then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and the primates she has devoted her life to understanding. “In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals,” she told the Atlantic. “In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: Stamping,...
  • Why So Many Women Cheat on Their Husbands

    09/21/2017 9:16:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 186 replies
    One of the more interesting facts in Esther Perel’s new book, State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity, comes near the beginning. Since 1990, notes the psychoanalyst and writer, the rate of married women who report they’ve been unfaithful has increased by 40 percent, while the rate among men has remained the same. More women than ever are cheating, she tells us, or are willing to admit that they are cheating — and while Perel spends much of her book examining the psychological meaning, motivation, and impact of these affairs, she offers little insight into the significance of the rise itself. So...
  • From lawsuit to book chapter, Boca lawyer pursues fight against Trump

    09/21/2017 2:15:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | September 21, 2017 | Jane Musgrave
    When Boca Raton lawyer James Herb filed legal papers last year to have President Donald Trump declared mentally unfit, he had no inkling his personal crusade would earn him a spot in a book that longtime liberal political pundit Bill Moyers said should become “an instant best-seller.” Along with more than a dozen of the nation’s top psychiatrists and mental health experts, Herb was invited to write a chapter in “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” a 360-page call to action that is to be released Tuesday by St. Martin’s Press....
  • Federal probe into House technology worker Imran Awan yields intrigue, no evidence of espionage

    09/20/2017 12:03:30 AM PDT · by Rabin · 20 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | September 16 | Shawn Boburg
    September, 23, 24, & 25, 2016, Twenty-five potentially corrupted leaders of Congress, linked closely to the Awan, family considered their options. Behind closed doors, the briefing and consideration into, closely held Awan Group data control; working their Capitol Hill covert opperation, for over ten years. In and under the nose of…. All. //Snipp// U.S.A. Inspector General’s Office tracked Awan Group (Aw G). They were alarmed by what they saw. The AwG had full and free access to 25 congressional servers. Encryption and interface networks. Routing “Pay to Play” as well as extracting, manipulating, selling, and mastering blackmail options on participant...
  • Can Black Lives Matter Win in the Age of Trump? (The Far Left wants to know)

    09/19/2017 4:06:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Nation ^ | The October 9, 2017 Issue | Dani McClain
    You could be forgiven for thinking the movement has gone quiet. But you’d be wrong. On June 1, the right-wing blogger and avowed white supremacist Jason Kessler and other alt-right activists met for dinner on the patio of Miller’s Downtown, a popular burger joint in Charlottesville, Virginia. The dinner was two weeks after white nationalists had gathered in the city’s Lee Park, wielding torches as a kind of dress rehearsal for the mid-August “Unite the Right” rally that left counterprotester Heather Heyer dead and dozens more injured. According to local reports, members of the white-led group Showing Up for Racial...
  • Bilbao Health Authority in Hot Water Over Cocaine Sniffing 'Kit'

    09/19/2017 11:54:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Local (Spain) ^ | 14 September 2017 | The Local
    Authorities in Bilbao are under fire for distributing advice on how to safely snort cocaine.The cards were distributed to people singled out as users or potential users during week-long festivities last month, a spokesman for the department told AFP. "We didn't hand them out to just anyone," he said, adding that each recipient was warned about the dangers of drugs. News of the controversial campaign emerged this week, sparking criticism from the conservative Popular Party in Bilbao.
  • Yes, I’m Dependent on Weed

    09/17/2017 8:14:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 98 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | September 15, 2017 | Andrew Sullivan
    Do I smoke too much pot? It’s a question I’ve asked myself over the years, and it raised its uncomfortable head this week as I absorbed the results of the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The first thing to note about the report is the good news. One of the major and legitimate fears of those who have opposed legalization is that teen use would increase. Weed is genuinely harmful to the developing adolescent brain and those of us who passionately advocated legalization argued that making it legal would actually make it harder for teens to get...
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders Is Worse Than Sean Spicer

    09/17/2017 3:26:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 15, 2017 | Clio Chang
    <p>Yes, the press secretary is better at her job. But that is bad news for the rest of us.</p> <p>The face of the White House press operation has already undergone several iterations, with each embodying the administration in their own special way. First was Sean Spicer, who exemplified the administration’s comfort with telling bald lies and being openly hostile toward the news media. Then came Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci, who was Donald Trump’s vulgarity incarnate. Now we have Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whose style as press secretary is less shrill than Spicer, and less pelvic-thrusting bravado a la The Mooch. But that’s what makes her the most insidious of them all.</p>
  • Martin Amis rounds on Donald Trump and his 'army of neo-Nazis' (He means you and me)

    09/15/2017 11:41:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 15, 2017 | Alison Flood
    Martin Amis has suggested that Donald Trump, who the author speculated could be suffering from dementia, is preparing for the possibility of an untimely end to his presidency by “trying to stock up an army of neo-Nazis”. Comparisons between Trump and Hitler are wrong, Amis argues, because the US president actually resembles a different fascist: Hitler’s ally Mussolini. Speaking to Guardian Weekend in New York, the novelist recalled seeing the slogan “Mussolini Is Always Right” on Italian bridges in the 1970s. “Trump is that crazy, and that boastful, and that deluded,” Amis said. “Even Mussolini had a few good years...
  • This Hillary Clinton would've won (He's serious)

    09/15/2017 10:33:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Week ^ | September 15, 2017 | Jeff Spross
    "Bernie would've won" has become something of a mantra among American leftists. Partially, it's just a pithy way to troll establishment Democrats. But it also suggests that Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign represented a different form of politics: one that put ambitious ideas and a sense of public solidarity ahead of expertise and qualifications. And this alternative strategy would've beaten Donald Trump. It turns out Hillary Clinton is having similar thoughts. Her new memoir, What Happened, has set off a wave of takes and counter-takes on whether Clinton is helping the Democratic Party move forward, and whether she's taking enough personal...
  • Why Isn’t Hillary Clinton Even Angrier? (Probably the rant of the week)

    09/14/2017 9:42:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Slate ^ | September 14, 2017 | Michelle Goldberg
    A few weeks after the election, I was hit by a sickening realization. Not only would my children have to learn about Donald Trump in school, but by the time they are old enough for college, there will probably be whole academic departments devoted to the study of him. (That is, assuming we still have colleges, and America, by then.) Before Trump was elected, the United States was a deeply imperfect democracy. Afterward, it became a sh*tty kleptocracy, run, against the will of the majority of the American citizenry, by a cruel, gaudy, grandiose lunatic. Overnight, the very texture of...
  • Man who outed FBI informants in...(OREGON STANDOFF) found in contempt of court

    09/11/2017 6:28:05 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 23 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 9/11/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    A federal judge has found California resident Gary Hunt, who published the names of confidential FBI informants in the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, in contempt of court. U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown gave Hunt until noon Wednesday to remove the articles on his blog that reference the informants and destroy all government documents he received on the informants. If he doesn't, he'll face more "coercive sanctions," the judge wrote in her 23-page ruling. Hunt, on his online blog, alerted readers of the judge's order. But he also urged others to download the material before he...
  • (Vanity) Help Me Out -- White People Looting

    09/10/2017 4:38:11 PM PDT · by IndispensableDestiny · 41 replies
    I'm looking for recent videos of white people looting. I can't find any. Somebody posted white people gathering jackets at the Boston Marathon bombing, but they seem to have taking those to the injured and shocked.
  • We Need to Fight for All Undocumented Migrants, Not Just Dreamers (She's serious)

    09/10/2017 4:17:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Nation ^ | September 8, 2017 | Sujatha Fernandes
    <p>Distinctions about who is more “deserving” or “patriotic” are invidious—all migrants are rights-bearing human beings.</p> <p>The announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is a devastating blow to those who are currently protected by it. (For more on how the rollback and six-month deadline works, see this piece by Julianne Hing.) We need to defend DACA while also pushing for permanent and legal protections for all migrants.</p>
  • Thinking the unthinkable: could there be a military coup in the US?

    09/10/2017 12:30:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    The Conversation ^ | September 7, 2017 | Luke Foster Middup
    What are the chances that Donald Trump’s presidency could be brought to a halt by a military uprising? At first glance, it seems like a strange question, and the idea of a military coup in a developed and seemingly stable Western democracy feels far-fetched. But then again, memories are short: in May 1958, France faced a military revolt in Algeria that threatened to spread to the French mainland. Without it, General Charles de Gaulle would never have been president, and the Fifth Republic would never have been born. It may not be necessary to start preparing for military takeover in...
  • Pregnant Woman's Suicide Roils China

    09/09/2017 6:42:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | 10 September 2017
    Ma Rongrong's labour pains were unbearable. For hours she had begged for a C-section to ease her agony. After multiple requests were refused, she jumped five floors from a hospital window in northern China to her death. Ma's family and her doctors have blamed each other for denying her the surgery that could have eased her suffering. The tragedy has attracted intense attention in China, with many wondering how Ma could be denied such a common procedure.
  • The Left After Charlottesville

    09/08/2017 5:43:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Jacobin Magazine ^ | September 7, 2017 | Robert Greene II
    The Left can't allow itself to be consumed by debates about antifa. We need a proactive program and patient organizing. The events in Charlottesville have remained in the headlines for the last few weeks for a variety of reasons. Surprise at the audacity of a torch-light procession of neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan sympathizers, and “alt-rightists” in an American city, coupled with the murder of social justice activist Heather Heyer during a counterdemonstration, fueled the initial coverage. President Trump’s abhorrent response to the tragedy and local struggles against Confederate statues kept it alive. And frequently dimwitted debates about the merits of...
  • Ryan’s already-shaky status with GOP colleagues takes another hit.

    09/07/2017 10:01:52 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    McClatchy Washington Bureau ^ | September 07, 2017 | Brian Murphy and Lesley Clark
    Republican congressmen, Mark Meadows chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, played down reports… “Nobody does policy better than Ryan, but we do have to transition” to the place where action follows on. There is one obvious replacement for Ryan,… former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who does not hold office, as a possible replacement. Speakers do not have to be congressmen. // Snipp // House Freedom Caucus, played down reports that he wanted to oust Ryan.
  • The Great God Trump & the White Working Class (View from the Far Left)

    09/07/2017 1:44:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Catalyst ^ | Spring 2017 Issue | Mike Davis
    This is a skeptical interrogation of the widely-accepted belief that white working-class voters elected Trump. A careful analysis of Rust Belt counties that voted for Obama in 2012 demonstrates a strong correlation between recent plant closures and the collapse of the Clinton vote, but shows only a limited movement toward Trump. Several hundred thousand white, blue-collar Obama voters, at most, voted for Trump’s vision of fair trade and reindustrialization, not the millions usually invoked. The mogul’s real election “miracle” was retaining the Romney vote and avoiding the widely predicted defections of Republican women and conservative minorities. He achieved this surprising...