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The U.S. Helped Defeat Ebola in 2014. Now, We’re Watching a Crisis Become a Catastrophe

I think that piece of shit Stephen Miller is smart and immoral enough to advise Trump to continue to do fuck-all so that when Ebola breaks out of Central Africa, the panic will be quite useful for ramming through all kinds of "emergency measures" to keep the Disease-Ridden Subhumans from the Shithole Continent--and anyone with too much melanin, frankly--out of lily-white America, what with its best air and water and health ever!
My biggest regret from the last Ebola response is that the world didn’t scale up earlier and faster. The 2014 crisis was unlike anything we had seen before and it exposed how ill-prepared America and the world were to respond to infectious disease threats.  But when America did lead, the rest of the world followed. The United States rallied technical experts and leaders from governments all over the world to launch a coordinated response to the Ebola crisis in Western Africa. Together, we leveraged American investments to yield new commitments from o…

Ruthless Philippine President's High Popularity Is the Result of Failed Democracy

Trump praised this psychopath to the skies, of course. This guy, and after he sad this:

PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there’s three million, there’s three million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them. At least, if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines—What? You know, my victims, I would like to be all criminals to finish the problem of my country, and save the next generation from perdition.

Trump’s Asylum Ban 2.0 Is Broadest Attack Yet on the Asylum Process

From Truthout; some choice bits:

Last year, the Department of Homeland Security unveiled a rule change in how its agencies interpreted “public charge,” the likelihood that an immigrant or would-be immigrant is or will be a “burden” on state finances. Historically, that definition of public charge has been largely limited to reliance on cash welfare; it has never been used to render immigrants ineligible for emergency food or health or housing assistance. Under the new definition, use of any of these additional forms of assistance would also render a person vulnerable to deportation — or, for would-be immigrants, if they were deemed likely to use these forms of assistance in the future, to denial of entry in the first place.

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The Department of Justice changes, which news agencies began reporting in May, would fast-track deportations resulting from the use of benefits that the DHS public charge rule changes prohibit immigrants from accessing. Since a court ruling in 1948, the governme…

Two Adaptations of the Claudius Novels for Radio that Are Wicked Pissah

First, a three-hour BBC version from 1985.
Second, a six-hour BBC version from 2010, with Derek Jacobi as Augustus.

Info from MoveOn on Migrant Raids, including a Petition

Trump is—again—escalating his administration's campaign of fear and terror against immigrant communities. Immediately after spurring international outrage over the criminal conditions in detention camps across the country, he is now launching mass ICE raids targeting families.
Make no mistake: These raids are designed to tear apart families, cause fear, and retaliate against cities that have stood up to Trump's racist, anti-immigrant policies.1
ICE and CBP are agencies teeming with cruelty and racism—and not only has Trump continued to embolden them, he is gearing up to send thousands more people into their custody with these raids, despite recent reports detailing abuses in detention camps. These agencies even spent massive amounts of money on raids after claiming they don't have funds to improve detention conditions.
Every action Trump is taking gives ICE even more power. This is part of a calculated and heartless attack—and the misery and pain ICE creates will impact far m…

“The Task Ahead Is Enormous, and There Is Not Much Time”: AN INTERVIEW WITH NOAM CHOMSKY

We are approaching ominously close to the level of global warming [ie, average planetary temperature, not ppm of carbon] 125,000 years ago when sea levels were 6–9 meters higher than today, and the rapid melting of Antarctic sea ice threatens to narrow the gap, possibly by nonlinear acceleration, some recent studies suggest. Is there a chance to avoid such catastrophes? No doubt. There are well-worked out and sound proposals; economist Robert Pollin’s work on a Green New Deal is the best I know. But the task ahead is enormous, and there is not much time. The challenge would be great even if states were committed to overcoming it. Some are. But it is impossible to overlook the fact that the most powerful state in human history is under the leadership of what can only be accurately described as a gang of arch-criminals who are dedicated to racing to the cliff with abandon. It is hard even to find words to capture the scale of the crimes they are contemplating. A small but telling exampl…

Amazon in Danger of Total Destruction Under Brazil's Right-Wing President Bolsonaro

More here, from the Intercept.

With Panorama’s hatchet job on Labour antisemitism, BBC has become the Tory’s attack dog

The always excellent Jonathan Cook:

It is difficult to describe as anything other than a hatchet job the BBC Panorama special this week that sought to bolster claims that the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn has become “institutionally antisemitic”. The partisan tone was set from the opening shot. A young woman whose name was not revealed tearfully claimed to have been abused with antisemitic taunts at a Labour Party conference. The decision not to disclose the interviewee’s identity is understandable. It would have discredited the whole narrative Panorama was trying so hard to build. The woman’s name is Ella Rose, a senior official in the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), an organisation representing Jewish and non-Jewish members of Labour at the forefront of attacks on Corbyn. Rose has a secret past too: she once worked at the Israeli embassy in London.

Two years ago she and other JLM officials were exposed collaborating with Shai Masot, an Israeli embassy official. He had to be hurried…

Bernie Sanders' Official Anti-Endorsements Page

Terrific idea; dig it here.




The Riders who say "Ni!" (LOTR / Monty Python's Holy Grail)

The physical limit of Peak Nerd-ery. Yes, I found it amusing. I also just bought Dungeons and Dragons for my wife, who is also Peak Nerd. We have two -- not one, but two -- Priuses, too. No kids. Of course. One cat. Named Grendel. And I'm not kidding.

The Guardian publishes, then censors Jewish open letter defending smeared pro-Corbyn Labour MP Chris Williamson

The full article: Britain’s leading newspaper The Guardian, which has relentlessly attacked Jeremy Corbyn and his leftist allies, published but then quickly removed an open letter signed by Noam Chomsky defending Labour MP Chris Williamson from “anti-Semitism” smears. By Ben Norton Britain’s leading newspaper The Guardian has censored an open letter published by prominent Jewish intellectuals, writers, and activists that defended leftist Labour Party Member of Parliament Chris Williamson from “anti-Semitism” smears.
The Guardian printed, but then quickly removed the letter without explanation. Meanwhile, the paper has refused to retract a wholly discredited article that maligned journalist and political prisoner Julian Assange which has remained on the website for more than seven months. WikiLeaks says this piece is completely false, and has pledged to sue the newspaper over it.
The retracted open letter was a defense of Chris Williamson emphasizing that the socialist and anti-imperialist…