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Re: This is the real "National Emergency" - the hot topic in the 2020 elections
« Reply #11970 on: February 16, 2019, 12:08:01 PM »
IMHO I think we'll have worse climate catastrophes. The number 1 will be loss of the summer wheat or soybean crops due to a devastating heat wave/drought. Then maybe when some products don't show up on store shelves or prices on staples go through the roof we will see climate catastrophe on the radar.
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Who is "we"?  Diners have had Climate Catastrophes on the Radar for 7 years.  I think you mean "they", as in the vast number of Climate Change Deniers and Trumpovetsky Voters.

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Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« Reply #11971 on: February 16, 2019, 03:21:37 PM »
Of course you both are correct 😉. The vast majority (and especially the MAGA idiots) will only see an emergency when food disappears at Walmart.
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French police fire tear gas as latest 'yellow vest' protests turn violent
« Reply #11972 on: February 17, 2019, 05:47:08 AM »
French police fired tear gas to disperse protesters who threw projectiles and set bins on fire in Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux on Saturday, as the 14th straight weekend of "yellow vest" protests took a violent turn in the afternoon.

In Rouen in the north, four people were injured after a driver tried to force his way through a crowd of protesters, authorities said.

Demonstrators gathered peacefully earlier in the day at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, a flashpoint of clashes with the police in the early days of the protests, before marching toward the Eiffel Tower.

Later in the afternoon, police and hooded protesters clashed at the Esplanade des Invalides in central Paris where the march was expected to end, forcing some into adjoining streets where some skirmishes were reported.

In Bordeaux and Lyon, police also fired tear gas and charged, to disperse projectile-throwing demonstrators after bins were set on fire and properties destroyed.

Protesters tried to block a depot operated by online retail giant Amazon and some threw stones at police in Toulouse in the south, BFM Television reported.

A poll this week showed dwindling support for the "yellow vests" demonstrations, named for motorists' high-visibility jackets, which began in November over fuel taxes and morphed into a more general revolt against politicians and a government they see as out of touch.

More than half of those surveyed said they wanted the occasionally violent protests to end.

But some at Saturday's protests said they were part of a humanist movement aimed at improving the lives of everyone in the country.

"I can understand that some people have had enough, but we're not doing this just for us," said Madeleine, a 33-year old unemployed protester. "It's a very humanist movement and we're doing this for everyone. So if right now they're fed up, then too bad for them."

There has been infighting between leaders of the grassroots movement, although some have outlined plans to extend the weekly protests to Sunday.

The number of protesters have fallen from highs of over 300,000 nationwide in November to over 51,000 last week, according to government estimates.

French interior ministry said around 41,500 protesters took part in demonstrations across the country, compared with 51,400 including 4,000 in the capital, compared with 5,000 in Paris last week.

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Biden tells Europeans in Munich that America is 'an embarrassment'
« Reply #11973 on: February 17, 2019, 05:52:48 AM »
Speaking on German soil 75 years after the U.S. and its allies prepared for D-Day, Joe Biden described America as "an embarrassment" and its trade policies "self-defeating."

"The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border. Americans know that’s not right,” the former vice president and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate told the Munich Security Conference. "The American people understand plainly that this makes us an embarrassment. The American people know, overwhelmingly, that it is not right. That it is not who we are."

Biden, 76, speaking at the annual gathering of foreign policy leaders, didn't mention Trump by name. But, despite a longstanding tradition of politics "stopping at the water's edge" and refraining from criticizing a commander-in-chief while on foreign soil, Biden took the opportunity to blast him, even veering into criticism of domestic policy as he launched into what sounded like a stump speech.

The former vice president was speaking exactly three-quarters of a century after American troops were fighting against Germans at the Battle of Anzio and Allied military staffs were deep into planning for the D-Day invasion of Normandy less than 4 months later.

Biden said: "While I cannot speak today as an elected government official who is able to set policy, I can speak as a citizen. I can offer insight into my country. I know we’ve heard a lot today about leadership, but in my experience, leadership only exists if somebody — and others — are with you. Leadership in the absence of people who are with you is not leadership.”

That concept of American politics ending at "the water's edge" was formulated in 1947 by Sen. Arthur Vandenberg, a Republican from Michigan who was then the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman. He was urging President Harry Truman to take a bipartisan approach to foreign policy.

[Related — Dueling vice presidents: Pence and Biden joust in Munich over foreign policy]

Biden’s jabs drew applause from European critics of Trump hours after Vice President Mike Pence had spoken at the conference lauding the president's efforts to press NATO allies to increase defense spending in the face of Russian aggression.

Ironically, Biden lambasted Trump at the high-profile conference for making his grievances with allies public. “You’re never allowed to disagree with your brothers and sisters in public,” he said. “Today, because of, I think, a lack of leadership coming from the other side of the Atlantic, we find ourselves in a different place,and it’s uncomfortable.”

Biden alluded to limbering up for a bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination, which would be his third tilt at White House, after sputtering attempts in 1988 and 2008. “I have spent the better part of the last two years traveling throughout the United States of America, from Minnesota to Texas; from Boston to Birmingham,” he said. “I can assure you, that the American people, the ultimate wellspring of power in the United States of America, remain committed to engaging the world with decency and respect.”

He added, “Those same people who I met all across the United States, who may feel disconnected, discounted, ignored, or left behind ... They still believe, as I do, that the core values enshrined in our alliances are worth defending.”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/biden-tells-europeans-in-munich-that-america-is-an-embarrassment
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Billionaires Threaten a Hostile Takeover of the Catholic Church
« Reply #11974 on: February 17, 2019, 06:00:56 AM »
There's a plot going on to neutralize Pope Francis. Even worse, it's about neutralizing Jesus and his "preferential option for the poor" that has dominated our liturgical readings for the past several weeks.

This week's readings are no exception. In fact, in today's Gospel selection, that option for the poor receives its starkest expression so far. There, Luke the evangelist has Jesus say clearly that the poor are the object of God's special favor, while the rich are not. In Luke's version of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus speaks frankly: "You poor are blessed." He tells the rich just as clearly, "you are cursed." And he does so for no other apparent reason than that the objects of Jesus' blessing and cursing are poor and rich respectively.

Before I get to that, let me say a word about the plot I just mentioned.

What I'm talking about was reported in January's Sojourner's Magazine - the progressive Christian Evangelical monthly published by Jim Wallis. It all appeared there in a piece authored by Tom Roberts, the executive editor of the National Catholic Reporter. The article was entitled "How Right-Wing Billionaires Are Attempting a Hostile Takeover of the Catholic Church."

There, Roberts described an aggressive project to establish what I would call an ecclesiastical "shadow administration" bent on usurping the authority of the church's U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The undertaking is "financed by the Koch brothers, by Domino Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan, and a slew of other billionaires linked to the Knights of Columbus and conservative Catholic Cardinals - all of whom enjoy favor with Breitbart's Steve Bannon and the Trump administration.
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Seeking to replicate the rise of the Evangelical right in the 1980s, the group advocates a Catholic version of the prosperity gospel described by Roberts as "a hybrid of traditional pieties wrapped in American-style excess and positioned most conspicuously in service of free-market capitalism." It is ". . . 'in your face Catholicism' . . . often expressed amid multi-course meals followed by wine and cigar receptions, private cocktail parties for the especially privileged, traditional Catholic devotionals, Mass said in Latin for those so inclined, 'patriotic rosary' sessions that include readings from George Washington and Robert E. Lee, and the occasional break for a round of golf."

Doctrinally, the goal is to bury more deeply than ever what many have called "the best kept secret of the Catholic Church," viz. its progressive social teachings. Since Pope Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical, Rerum Novarum, those teachings have repeatedly criticized the abuses of both capitalism and socialism while advocating workers' rights, labor unions, fair wages, social security, and (especially with Pope Francis) care for the earth in the face of human-caused climate chaos.

The billionaire cabal in question finds especially offensive not just Francis' emphasis on social justice themes, but the 1983 pastoral by the USCCB questioning the morality of modern warfare and of nuclear weapons. They resent above all the bishops' 1986 letter entitled "Economic Justice for All" which disagreed specifically with the economic policies of the group's great hero, Ronald Reagan.

In place of such teachings, the billionaires in question think that the Catholic social narrative should focus exclusively on sexual issues: abortion, contraception, gay rights, and the rights of divorced and remarried people within the Catholic Church. They want the church to be more celebratory of individualism, entrepreneurship, and of free market fixes for society's problems. Their goal is to shrink government in general and diminish its services to the poor and marginalized in particular.

Doesn't that sound completely like the Republican agenda?

And with the Catholic Church currently weakened and reeling from its sex-abuse scandals, the billionaire conspirators are convinced that the time is completely ripe for their hostile takeover.

But could anything be further from the teachings of Jesus which a few weeks ago, our Gospel reading summarized as "good news to the poor?"

There, Jesus announced his program with the following words: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord."

This was a proclamation of a new order (what Jesus called "the Kingdom of God") directed towards improving the lot of the poor, the imprisoned, the ill and oppressed. It was the proclamation of the Jewish "Jubilee Year," where debts would be forgiven, slaves freed, and wealth redistributed.

Now in today's Gospel reading, the Master expresses the same sentiment, only this time in even a more in-your-face manner. Here, it's worth quoting the words Luke attributes to Jesus.

"Blessed are you who are poor,
for the kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man . . .
But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are filled now,
for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false
prophets in this way."

Shocking words - all of them, don't you agree? They are part of the great reversal in the new order proclaimed by Jesus. There, the values of the world will be turned on their heads. The poor will be in charge. They will have food to eat. Laughter will replace their tears.

But the rich will experience great misery (woe). That's because they have been led astray by false prophets like those cardinals participating in the billionaire hostile takeover of the Catholic Church. Those fake prophets console the super-rich with honeyed words about their specialness

But according to Luke's Jesus, the rich may be enjoying those multi-course meals, private cocktail parties, cigar receptions and rounds of golf now. But when the Kingdom's new order comes, they will find themselves hungry. They may be laughing now, but then they will weep and cry. Their false prophets may praise them now but come the new order, the wealthy will be cursed as the most wretched of men.

Obviously, Jesus' teaching contradicts our culture's worship of the rich. We think of the rich as heroic entrepreneurs. Jesus sees them as worthless wretches. We see the poor as losers. Jesus sees them as objects of God's special favor.

In other words, Jesus turns our thinking upside down. As Marianne Williamson puts it: Jesus' truth (God's truth) is 180 degrees opposed to what our culture values and teaches.
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That realization should be Christians' fundamental guide in reading the news and thinking about world events. It should be the confident guide of our activist efforts.

Most everything is the opposite of what our culture claims!

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Billionaires-Threaten-a-Ho-by-Mike-Rivage-Seul-Billionaires_Catholic-Church_God_Hostile-Take-overs-190217-345.html
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The Tesla Model 3 Is Taking Over The World
« Reply #11975 on: February 17, 2019, 06:07:18 AM »
The European Invasion Continues With Model 3 Deliveries In Norway, Finland, Germany, Spain, & More

The very first Tesla Model 3 owners in Norway received their cars on Friday as the electric invasion of Western Europe continued. Deliveries have been confirmed to customers in numerous countries and new owners have flooded the interwebs with photos of their new favorite thing.

Customers in the Netherlands and Belgium were the first to get their cars, with neighboring Germany following shortly thereafter. As it stands, customers have taken delivery in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Denmark, and Austria.

The marketing campaign continues just ahead of the flood of deliveries as demonstration cars and Model 3s available for test drives are hitting the streets across Europe. (Some buyers want to at least sit in the car before finalizing an order.)

Tesla has taken up the strategy of putting them in the high-traffic halls of airports across the continent, with a Model 3 station in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.

The Tesla Model 3 configurator is now open for everyone in the countries of Western Europe where Tesla is shipping Model 3s (not just reservation holders), allowing anyone to get in on the action and order a Model 3. This strategy was vetted by Tesla in the United States, where Tesla opened up ordering to everyone shortly after the launch, with reservation holders getting a priority spot in line after ordering, but with the actual ordering process being open to everyone.

The floodgates are opening much faster in Western Europe than we saw in the United States, however, as Tesla is on a warpath to get the cars off of the ships and into the hands of as many of customers as possible as fast as possible. Having demonstrated that it can turn a profit for two successful quarters in a row, the company is committed to delivering a consistent stream of profit moving forward and the first quarter of 2019 is the most challenging yet for the company since it ties up thousands of vehicles on boats leaving the United States for Europe and China, to hopefully be delivered in the same quarter.

Opening up new markets is an obvious opportunity now that the Model 3 is here and Tesla is going to have to dance the most delicate dance of its profitable life if it is going to have any shot at maintaining that status. With the TSLAQ shorts watching every indicator for a sign of the company faltering, the push for profitability is about a fight that has been ongoing for over a decade — it is not just about a few million dollars that will be earned in the next quarter when more vehicles are delivered.

But let’s be honest. From day 1, Tesla has done the impossible.

Build an electric car that’s fun to drive.
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Build an electric luxury car that people will pay $100,000+ for.
✓ Check.

Build an electric luxury car for $70,000 that people will absolutely love to drive.
✓ Check.

Build an electric luxury SUV with falcon-wing doors.
✓ Check

Build the safest cars on the planet, bar none.
✓ Check.

And the list goes on.
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That doesn’t mean it won’t be hard work, because it surely will, but when has anything worth doing been easy? It’s going to be a bumpy, painful road. There will be blood, sweat, tears, and even a few angry customers, to be sure, especially as Tesla works out the kinks. At the end of the day, though, we will all be better for it as Tesla makes progress against its goal of accelerating the adoption of electrified transportation and sustainable, clean energy.

#ThanksTesla

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/02/17/the-tesla-model-3-is-taking-over-the-world/
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Is capitalism killing our planet, or is it our only hope?
« Reply #11976 on: February 17, 2019, 06:12:57 AM »
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Re: Billionaires Threaten a Hostile Takeover of the Catholic Church
« Reply #11977 on: February 17, 2019, 02:42:51 PM »
There's a plot going on to neutralize Pope Francis. Even worse, it's about neutralizing Jesus and his "preferential option for the poor" that has dominated our liturgical readings for the past several weeks.

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Most everything is the opposite of what our culture claims!

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Billionaires-Threaten-a-Ho-by-Mike-Rivage-Seul-Billionaires_Catholic-Church_God_Hostile-Take-overs-190217-345.html

Great find knarf, thanks.
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Re: Knarf's Knewz Channel
« Reply #11978 on: February 17, 2019, 07:14:40 PM »
The Jesus movement was never against the rich. It simply ignored them.

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Bernie Sanders Enters 2020 Presidential Campaign, No Longer An Underdog
« Reply #11979 on: February 19, 2019, 04:28:10 AM »

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks about his new book, 'Where We Go From Here: Two Years in the Resistance', at a George Washington University/Politics and Prose event in November 2018. He announced a second presidential campaign on Tuesday.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is giving it another go, launching a second campaign for the White House four years after surprising Democrats with a strong bid for the party's 2016 nomination.

"We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it's time to move that revolution forward," the independent senator told Vermont Public Radio in an interview airing Tuesday morning.

But this 2020 bid will undoubtedly be a very different presidential campaign than his quest for the Democratic nomination as an underdog in 2016. Sanders enters the race as a top contender who, along with former Vice President Joe Biden, tops most early polls, far outpacing other Democratic candidates in support and name identification.

It's a sharp contrast from when Sanders seemingly came out of nowhere to surprise the political class — and at times himself — by winning several key primaries against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Buoyed by a big early win in New Hampshire, Sanders fought Clinton for the Democratic nomination through the final June contests, drawing tens of thousands of supporters to rallies in the process.

In the years since his loss to Clinton, Sanders has remained a national leader of the Democratic Party, though he still refuses to join.

"I think we have had real success in moving the ideology of the Democratic Party to be a pro-worker party, to stand up to the billionaire class," Sanders told NPR during the 2018 midterms. "We've got a long way to go."

Many of the issues he's promoted for years — most notably a Medicare-for-all national health care plan and a $15 minimum wage — have shifted from the party's fringe to its mainstream, and are now seen as effective litmus tests for presidential candidates.

Indeed, Sanders' most recent Medicare-for-all bill was cosponsored by fellow presidential candidates Sens. Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and Elizabeth Warren. The Senate's one other presidential candidate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, co-sponsored Sanders' most recent $15 minimum wage bill, in addition to the other four.

Sanders pointed to the Democratic Party's leftward shift as a reason for a second run. "It turns out that many of the ideas that I talked about – that health care is a right, not a privilege, and that we've got to move toward a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system: very, very popular. The idea that we have got to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour," he told Vermont Public Radio. "When I talked about making public colleges and universities tuition-free and lowering student debt, that was another issue that people said was too radical. Well, that's also happening around the country."

But running in 2020, Sanders could be a victim of his own success.

While Sanders provided liberal Democratic primary voters with a sharp contrast to Clinton's political pragmatism in 2016, progressives will have no shortage of candidates to choose from in the increasingly broad and diverse 2020 field.

Most declared Democrats support Sanders' vision of nationalized health care, more robust federal programs and policies, all funded by higher taxes on top income earners.

And in a party that has placed an increasing premium on being more representative of the broader electorate and country in recent years, many other candidates will offer voters the 77-year-old's platform — with the added benefit of youth and diversity.

"My question is, does he provide added value in this campaign for 2020? Or are there a lot of people who sort of carry very similar messages? Does it have to be him? I don't think it does, and I admire him," New Hampshire radio host Arnie Arnesen, a 2016 Sanders supporter, recently told NPR. "I think it's time for us to start creating a new bench. And the new bench isn't old, it shouldn't be white, and it probably shouldn't be male."

Asked by Vermont Public Radio how he will pitch his candidacy in such a diverse and progressive field, Sanders argued, "We have got to look at candidates not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or gender, and not by their age. I think we have got to try to move us toward a nondiscriminatory society that looks at people based on their abilities, based on what they stand for."

There have been hurdles as Sanders prepared to run again in 2020. His campaign has had to answer to charges of sexism and harassment by staffers in 2016, with his former campaign manager acknowledging "a failure." Sanders also had to clarify comments about the role of racism in the 2018 campaign, addressing the losses of gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.

Sanders took several steps to maintain his national political profile and strengthen his presidential prospects in recent years, including his support for Democratic candidates in 2018.

Frequently criticized by the Clinton campaign during 2016 for ignoring foreign policy, he delivered several high-profile speeches laying out a progressive worldview that attempts to thread the needle between a broad, America-As-World-Police approach to international politics, and President Trump's isolationist views.

Sanders also played a lead role opposing Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and engaged with the Democratic National Committee that famously opposed his 2016 campaign, as revealed in internal emails stolen by Russian hackers and posted to Wikileaks.

In the wake of the 2016 campaign, the DNC changed its presidential nominating process, in part by largely removing party leaders known as "superdelegates" from influencing the selection, a move Sanders supported.

https://www.npr.org/2019/02/19/676923000/bernie-sanders-enters-2020-presidential-campaign-no-longer-an-underdog
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Nancy Pelosi to Europe: Trump is not the boss
« Reply #11980 on: February 19, 2019, 08:22:36 AM »
The house speaker underlined ‘power of the purse’ belongs to Congress, not the president.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants Europe to know who's really boss in Washington — and it isn't President Donald Trump.

Pelosi and a delegation of U.S. lawmakers were in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday to reassure European partners at a time when transatlantic relations have been deeply fractured by Trump's criticism of allies and his unpredictability in policymaking.

Among the messages that Pelosi said she brought to the EU capital was that the U.S. president is not all-powerful. Of course, it was a lesson Europeans watched her teach Trump in the standoff over a recent government shutdown — where she forced the president to back down.

"We're not a parliamentary government even though we're parliamentarians," Pelosi said at a news conference. "We have Article 1, the legislative branch, the first branch of government, coequal to the other branches and we have asserted ourselves in that way."

Pelosi said that one European colleague had asked why the House of Representatives had only recently adopted a resolution in support of NATO. She said that she explained it was because she and the Democrats had only retaken control of the majority at the start of the year.

    "I think it's a reminder tour that the United States government is not just one branch." — US Rep. Gerry Connolly

"I said because we just got the majority and then we can control, we can manage what goes on to the floor," Pelosi said. "But once the Republican colleagues had the opportunity to vote on this, H.R. 676 NATO Support Act — what was it? 357 to 22 no's. I think that that sends a very clear message."

Pelosi added, "I don't think that there's any difference between Democrats and Republicans on our relationship with NATO. This is not partisan in any way."

Representative Gerry Connolly, a Democrat from Virginia, reiterated Pelosi's point about Congressional authority.

"In terms of the question — is this a reassurance tour? I think it's a reminder tour," Connolly said, "that the United States government is not just one branch. And as the Speaker said, Article 1, the first Article in the Constitution of the United States deals with the powers of the legislative branch not the executive branch and those powers include war and peace and even direction of the armed forces."

Pelosi then leaned back toward the microphone to interject: "And the power of the purse."

    The visit was clearly intended to draw a contrast between Congressional Democrats and Trump.

Neither Pelosi nor any member of her delegation mentioned the president by name, but it was an unmistakable message to Trump back in Washington, where the president has declared a national emergency, intent on building his wall along the Mexican border even though Congress has denied him the money to do so.

A group of states has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop Trump, and the upcoming court fight will almost certainly test the balance of powers between the executive branch and Congress.

Pelosi and her delegation arrived in Brussels after attending the annual Munich Security Conference, where the deep fissures in transatlantic relations were on full display.

At the news conference in Brussels, Pelosi said that she and her delegation were in Europe "reaffirming our commitment to the transatlantic alliance, our commitment to NATO and respect for the European Union."

The visit was clearly intended to draw a contrast between Congressional Democrats and Trump, who has left America's historic allies deeply unsettled, particularly by the unpredictability of his decisions such as surprise announcements of a drawdown of troops in Syria and Afghanistan and, over the weekend, a threat to release captured ISIS fighters if European allies don't accept them and put them on trial.

In Brussels, Pelosi and her delegation met NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's high representative for foreign policy, Federica Mogherini.

https://www.politico.eu/article/nancy-pelosi-to-europe-donald-trump-is-not-the-boss/
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Welcome to the 13th Extinction Rebellion newsletter!
« Reply #11981 on: February 19, 2019, 01:41:12 PM »
Extinction Rebellion is back on the streets. Months of preparations are now bearing fruit, with actions in Britain’s major cities and all over the world.

 

But April’s International Rebellion takes us into the countryside too. On April 15th, our March For Life will see rebels walking across the fields and the hills to take a stand against climate inaction, while before that we’ll be re-connecting with nature and each other at the Spring Uprising festival on March the 16th. But we’re also mobilising in cyberspace: this new Facebook group gives us a collective voice – one that can’t be ignored – to demand that the BBC gives the ecological crisis every moment of attention it deserves. And the design for a new window-poster (best printed on coloured paper) means our rebellion will be brewing not just on the streets, but above them!

There’s a lot more to come, and not just from us: on Friday the 15th, the globe-spanning Youth Strike made a phenomenal start in the UK, with 10,000 children across 60 towns showing adults how it’s done. With growing momentum for an American Green New Deal, and major NGOs shifting to support civil disobedience, it’s clear that we’re part of a rapidly rising tide of protest.

 

It’s time for a turning-point. The next few months could be a crucial moment in human and ecological history. To join the momentum, please see our volunteers page for available roles or get in touch with your nearest XR group. If you can’t spare time, but can donate money instead, please see our fundraiser page.

Check out what’s on near you with our full list of upcoming events, available to view on our website rebellion.earth/events. Or create your own event by filling in our talks and trainings form. If you’re new, or haven’t already seen it, remember to check out our Campaign Overview Document.

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Re: Welcome to the 13th Extinction Rebellion newsletter!
« Reply #11982 on: February 19, 2019, 04:33:21 PM »
Extinction Rebellion is back on the streets. Months of preparations are now bearing fruit, with actions in Britain’s major cities and all over the world.

 

But April’s International Rebellion takes us into the countryside too. On April 15th, our March For Life will see rebels walking across the fields and the hills to take a stand against climate inaction, while before that we’ll be re-connecting with nature and each other at the Spring Uprising festival on March the 16th. But we’re also mobilising in cyberspace: this new Facebook group gives us a collective voice – one that can’t be ignored – to demand that the BBC gives the ecological crisis every moment of attention it deserves. And the design for a new window-poster (best printed on coloured paper) means our rebellion will be brewing not just on the streets, but above them!

There’s a lot more to come, and not just from us: on Friday the 15th, the globe-spanning Youth Strike made a phenomenal start in the UK, with 10,000 children across 60 towns showing adults how it’s done. With growing momentum for an American Green New Deal, and major NGOs shifting to support civil disobedience, it’s clear that we’re part of a rapidly rising tide of protest.

 

It’s time for a turning-point. The next few months could be a crucial moment in human and ecological history. To join the momentum, please see our volunteers page for available roles or get in touch with your nearest XR group. If you can’t spare time, but can donate money instead, please see our fundraiser page.

Check out what’s on near you with our full list of upcoming events, available to view on our website rebellion.earth/events. Or create your own event by filling in our talks and trainings form. If you’re new, or haven’t already seen it, remember to check out our Campaign Overview Document.

If you’d like to look back through the newsletter archive, you can find it here.

 
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Clarence Thomas Fires a Disturbing Shot at the Free Press
« Reply #11983 on: February 20, 2019, 03:59:09 AM »
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas made a remarkable argument today, sliding in a fundamental rejection of a case that is central to the modern press’s protection under the first amendment. This is bad for pretty much everyone in journalism — everyone at Splinter, everyone at big-name outlets like the Post and Times, even the chuds at the Daily Caller. 

During a concurring opinion on a Court decision connected to the Bill Cosby case, Thomas suggested that the Court should roll back precedent established in New York Times v Sullivan, a landmark case that established what public figures — like politicians — had to prove in order to win a libel case. The Court’s Times v Sullivan decision makes it very hard for officials like the notoriously litigious president to prevail in libel suits, forcing them to prove that the publication they want to sue knowingly and recklessly published something false.

This precedent is a core provision in how the free press functions today — it’s what keeps pretty much any publication that publishes pieces critical of the government from being buried in waves of lawsuits. And Thomas, one of the most conservative members of the court, is saying that he wants it gone.

Per the New York Times today:

    In Justice Thomas’s view, the First Amendment did nothing to limit the authority of states to protect the reputations of their citizens and leaders as they saw fit. When the First Amendment was ratified, he wrote, many states made it quite easy to sue for libel in civil actions and to prosecute libel as a crime. That was, he wrote, as it should be.

    “We did not begin meddling in this area until 1964, nearly 175 years after the First Amendment was ratified,” Justice Thomas wrote of the Sullivan decision. “The states are perfectly capable of striking an acceptable balance between encouraging robust public discourse and providing a meaningful remedy for reputational harm.”

Thomas is known as a originalist, or someone who basically thinks the Constitution’s authors knew best and we shouldn’t mess with their wisdom. This would fit, of course, with his dislike of Times v Sullivan’s expansion of what the First Amendment actually protects. But as Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern put it in his great thread collecting some responses from other heavyweight journalists and putting this in more context, the point that Thomas is making about the states being able to protect freedom of the press is essentially bullshit.

What this would mean today is pretty obvious. The Post runs a story quoting anonymous Trump officials saying something damaging? Lawsuit. A publication reports on credible accusations against a public official that turn out to be false or misconstrued? Lawsuit.

This, of course, is something that Trump has already said he wants to do. The president is actively seeking the ability to sue the shit out of the free press, as it thus far has been somewhat of an impediment to people in his administration getting away with a ton of crimes. And now Thomas has given him at least one solid vote in the Supreme Court.

Trump appears to be putting weight behind the strategy of pushing cases toward the Supreme Court and hoping that his two seated nominees and the other three conservative justices on the Supreme Court will break landmark decisions his way if they vote along party lines. But fortunately for, well, pretty much everyone, that may not necessarily be the case. Chief Justice John Roberts has occasionally sided with the more liberal justices on the court, and the Times notes that both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh have expressed general support for the broader interpretation of libel protection in past cases. But it’s scary enough to know that the often-mute Clarence Thomas is ready to speak out in favor of silencing the free press, if and when it comes to that.

https://splinternews.com/clarence-thomas-fires-a-disturbing-shot-at-the-free-pre-1832743359?rev=1550632406014
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ACLU sues Trump over his national emergency for border wall
« Reply #11984 on: February 20, 2019, 04:15:40 AM »
This move comes after 16 states filed a separate lawsuit challenging the president's declaration.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to build his long-promised border wall and his ability to take taxpayer dollars from other budgets to pay for the construction.

“The president is using a bogus declaration of a nonexistent emergency to undermine our constitutional system of checks and balances,” Cecillia Wang, ACLU deputy legal director, said. “We’re filing suit to stop the administration from moving forward with this patently illegal attempt to steal taxpayer money for a border wall that Congress, security experts and Americans have said is unnecessary and harmful.”

The civil rights group filed the suit in federal court in the Northern District of California. The Sierra Club, a California-based environmental group, is the organization's chief client in the lawsuit, along with residents and community organizations who live and work along the border.

This move comes after 16 states filed a similar lawsuit in the same court Monday challenging the president's emergency declaration. That suit was led by California and also includes Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia.

The ACLU plans to argue that by issuing the emergency declaration to build the wall and use money from other federal agencies to build it, Trump is usurping the authority of Congress, which passed a bipartisan spending package last week that the president signed and that did not include funding for his proposed wall.

Trump said when announcing the emergency last week that he anticipated lawsuits, particularly in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears cases from the Northern District of California and has frequently drawn his ire because of its rulings against several of the administration's policies.

"We will have a national emergency, and we will then be sued," Trump said. "And they will sue us in the 9th Circuit, even though it shouldn't be there. And we'll possibly get a bad ruling, and then we'll get another bad ruling, and then we'll end up in the Supreme Court, and then hopefully we'll get a fair shake, and we'll win in the Supreme Court, just like the ban," a reference to his administration's ban on travel from several predominantly Muslim countries, which the high court upheld last summer.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/aclu-sues-trump-over-his-national-emergency-border-wall-n973306
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