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Can the World’s Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War

mintpressnews.com - February 15 marks the day, 17 years ago, when global demonstrations against the pending Iraq invasion were so massive that the New York Times called world public opinion “the second superpower.” But …

39 prosecutors blast Attorney General Barr for ‘dangerous and failed’ approach to criminal justice

washingtonpost.com - (Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images) By Michael Brice-Saddler close Michael Brice-Saddler General assignment reporter Email EmailBio BioFollow Follow February 13, 2020 at 10:12 PM EST Thirty-nine elec…

Virus death toll soars as China changes counting methods

news.yahoo.com - Beijing (AFP) - China's official death toll from the new coronavirus spiked dramatically on Thursday after authorities changed their counting methods, fuelling concern the epidemic is far worse than …

Economic fallout from China’s coronavirus mounts around the world

washingtonpost.com - A worker disinfects machines on Feb. 9 before workers return to work from holidays at a factory in Lianyungang in China’s eastern Jiangsu province. (AFP/Getty Images) By David J. Lynch close David J.…

COVID-19 causing first drop in oil use in decade: IEA

news.yahoo.com - Paris (AFP) - Global oil demand will suffer its first quarterly drop in a decade as the COVID-19 virus lashes the economy in China and its impact ripples throughout the world, the IEA said Thursday. …

Of Two Minds - The Violent Collision of Market Fantasy and Viral Reality

oftwominds.com - When the stampede tumbles off the cliff, buyers vanish and markets go bidless. The shock wave unleashed in China on January 23 is about to hit the U.S. economy and shatter everything that is fragile …

Enormous Crowds at Iraq’s Million Man March Tell America to Leave for Good

mintpressnews.com - People from all over Iraq have descended upon its capital Baghdad, heeding the call from influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr for a “million man march” calling for an end to the nearly 17 year-lon…

No. 1 Sponsor of Terrorism? US Media Name Iran, but Overlook a Candidate Closer to Home

fair.org - After the illegal assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, FAIR (1/9/20) noted that the corporate media offered no moral objections to murdering another country’s high-ranking state official. …

John Kelly Finally Lets Loose on Trump

theatlantic.com - David A. Graham: This is what an unleashed Trump looks like “He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave,” Kelly told the audience at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. “He went and to…

Why Is Bloomberg's Long History of Egregious Sexism Getting a Pass?

gq.com - In December 2015, employees at Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control organization funded by Mike Bloomberg, arrived at work to find a holiday gift on their desks from their employer: the former m…

US troops are staying in Syria to ‘keep the oil’ – and have already killed hundreds over it

thegrayzone.com - US President Donald Trump has reassured supporters that he is “bringing soldiers home” from the “endless” war in Syria. But that is simply not the case. While Trump has ordered a partial withdrawal o…

Senate Acquittal Gave Trump a Blank Check. With Roger Stone’s Sentencing, the President’s Crime Syndicate Is Cashing In.

theintercept.com - U.S. Attorney General William Barr arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 1, 2019. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images Donald Trump has finally found his …

Opinion | The Roger Stone case highlights our pernicious system of tiered justice

washingtonpost.com - Roger Stone arrives at federal court for the second day of jury selection for his federal trial in November 2019 in Washington. (Cliff Owen/AP) By Radley Balko close Radley Balko Opinion writer focus…

A Thorn in YouTube’s Side Digs In Even Deeper

nytimes.com - In response, Mr. Maza compiled a video of Mr. Crowder’s insults and tweeted them out, blaming YouTube for its inconsistent enforcement of its hate-speech policies. (One tweet read: “YouTube is domina…

Guy who helped ruin our economy says Bernie Sanders will ruin our economy

dailykos.com - Blankfein CEO Economy IncomeInequality Recommended sanders SocialMedia WallStreet OnePercent Tag History Blankfein created by Walter Einenkel at 02/12/2020 12:07 PM Blankfein CEO created by Walter Ei…

Opinion | Mike Bloomberg Is Hacking Your Attention

nytimes.com - What the Bloomberg campaign seems to have bought into is that, when you lean into the potent combination of content creation and shamelessness, any reaction it provokes is a good reaction. This strat…

History of Valentine’s Day

history.com - The Legend of St. Valentine Origins of Valentine’s Day: A Pagan Festival in February Valentine’s Day: A Day of Romance Who Is Cupid? Typical Valentine’s Day Greetings Valentine’s Day occurs every Feb…

Turtles the size of a car once roamed the earth. Scientists just found their fossils.

washingtonpost.com - An illustration of the huge extinct freshwater turtle Stupendemys geographicus, that lived in lakes and rivers in northern South America during the Miocene Epoch. (J.A. Chirinos/via REUTERS) By Reis …

Guest post: Could the Atlantic Overturning Circulation ‘shut down’? | Carbon Brief

carbonbrief.org - Generally, we think of climate change as a gradual process: the more greenhouse gases that humans emit, the more the climate will change. But are there any “points of no return” that commit us to irr…

Six things we learned from asking couples how they stay together

theguardian.com - Everyone knows that couple: the one that endures no matter what life throws at them. So how do they do it? Over the last few months, we’ve asked 15 couples that question – and, as Tolstoy suggested w…

Valentine's Day: Do you know the origins of the holiday?

foxnews.com - Valentine's Day Origins: Fox News spoke to expert Nikki Lewis who deals with love year-round to learn more about the heart-filled holiday. Lewis is co-founder of the BEVY, a bespoke matchmaking servi…

Another problem with fracking: Increased sexually transmitted infections?

treehugger.com - If a massive water footprint, air pollution, contaminated drinking water, earthquakes, and general environmental degradation weren't bad enough... Well here's one we didn't see coming. According to a…

Plastic waste is a problem, but wasting what the plastic is wrapping is many times worse.

treehugger.com - Judith Thornton questions the conventional wisdom about plastic packaging. She has a controversial point. Surveys show that people think recycling is the greatest greenest thing they can do, yet we o…

Opinion | Beware Rich People Who Say They Want to Change the World

nytimes.com - Consider David Rubenstein, a co-founder of the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm. He’s a billionaire who practices what he calls “patriotic philanthropy.” For example, when a 2011 earthquake damag…

Australia's climate crisis has been building for years but no one listened

cnn.com - "I think the size and the intensity of these fires, coupled with the drought, have really just pushed Australia into a place that doesn't feel like home anymore." said Linden Ashcroft, lecturer in cl…

Antarctic temperature rises above 20C for first time on record

theguardian.com - The Antarctic has registered a temperature of more than 20C (68F) for the first time on record, prompting fears of climate instability in the world’s greatest repository of ice. The 20.75C logged by …

Icebreaker Pt 1 – Secret Homeland Security ICE/HSI Manual for Stripping US Citizenship

unicornriot.ninja - A confidential manual, which Unicorn Riot has obtained in full, guides the US Department of Homeland Security’s little-known investigative arm, Homeland Security Investigations, in targeting and stri…


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Barr Wants to Hide Trump’s Authoritarian Plans, But Trump Keeps Confessing

nymag.com - The smooth and congenial relationship between President Trump and William Barr went through a brief patch of turbulence last night, when Barr complained openly that Trump’s highly public tweets about…

Why Is William Barr Really Criticizing Donald Trump?

newyorker.com - In the spring of 2001, historians interviewed William Barr about his tenure as Attorney General in the George H. W. Bush Administration. The multi-hour discussion was conducted by the University of V…

Trump Just Comes Out and Admits to Entire Ukraine Scam

vanityfair.com - Years after O.J. Simpson was found not guilty for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, he wrote a book called If I Did It, in which he basically explained exactly how the two were kil…

Trump claims he has 'legal right' to intervene in criminal cases

theguardian.com - Donald Trump has ignored a plea from his attorney general, William Barr, to not tweet about ongoing legal cases, by using his Twitter account to say he has a “legal right” to do so. Barr delivered a …

Why the coronavirus outbreak might be much bigger than we know

vox.com - In a remarkably calm and candid tone, Singapore’s prime minister acknowledged something difficult: The new coronavirus disease, Covid-19, was likely spreading in his country, even among people who ha…

Coronavirus: Media and Politicians Take Anti-China Fear Mongering to New Levels

mintpressnews.com - Starting in Wuhan in December, the coronavirus outbreak has spread across China, infecting around 64,000 people and worrying the rest of the world. Fueling the panic, media have been printing alarmis…

The coronavirus outbreak has only heightened Hong Kong’s hostility towards Beijing | Ilaria Maria Sala

theguardian.com - The coronavirus outbreak hit Hong Kong as the territory was still reeling from months of political unrest. Last year, the mass protests that started after the special administrative region’s chief ex…

Ukraine’s Far Right Is Boosting A Pro-Putin Fascist - bellingcat

bellingcat.com - Italian neo-fascist Franco Freda has published and promoted books by Nazis, written that “[we] only have accounts to settle with the Jewish or Judaized Europe,” was convicted of trying to resurrect B…

Trump is sending armed tactical forces to arrest immigrants in sanctuary cities

vox.com - The Trump administration is reportedly sending armed and highly trained law enforcement units to sanctuary cities across the country to support US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in carrying out …

McClatchy files for bankruptcy protection to shed debt and reorganize. Key details remain to be negotiated. - Poynter

poynter.org - McClatchy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday, seeking relief from an unmanageable debt burden. Its proposed reorganization plan allows all 30 of its regional papers to continue operating as pro…

As impeachment trial ended, federal prosecutors took new steps in probe related to Giuliani, according to people familiar with case

washingtonpost.com - Rudolph W. Giuliani at a White House signing ceremony in July. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) By Rosalind S. Helderman and close Rosalind S. Helderman Reporter focusing on political enterprise …

AIPAC Is Helping Fund Anti-Bernie Sanders Super PAC Ads in Nevada

theintercept.com - In the past, AIPAC enjoyed broad bipartisan support in Congress. But as it’s cozied up to the GOP in recent years and taken a harder right-wing stance on Israel policy, reflecting a rightward drift i…

Pundits Look to Bloomberg as Their Anti-Sanders Savior

fair.org - Coming out of the first two Democratic primary states, with Bernie Sanders leading in votes and Pete Buttigieg leading in delegates, who is “starting to dominate the national political debate like no…

Citing Hostile "Bernie Bros" Shadowy Group Launches Beat Bernie 2020 PAC

mintpressnews.com - A shadowy new PAC calling themselves the “Beat Bernie 2020” movement has launched what it calls a “massive grassroots fundraising haul” among citizens concerned that “Bernie Sanders is creating irrep…

Trump, Barr and the Radical Republicans Are Out for Revenge | DCReport.org

dcreport.org - The disturbing, divisive undercurrents of the impeachment continue to ripple through our political, investigative and legal systems. Even as voters were going to primary polls in New Hampshire, Team …

NYC Taxpayers Spending Millions on Cyber Center with Controversial Ties to Israeli Intelligence

mintpressnews.com - Early last week, the city of New York launched — with little media scrutiny — one of two new massive cybersecurity centers that will be run by private Israeli firms with close ties to Israel’s govern…

AI algorithms intended to root out welfare fraud often end up punishing the poor instead

theconversation.com - President Donald Trump recently suggested there is “tremendous fraud” in government welfare programs. Although there’s very little evidence to back up his claim, he’s hardly the first politician – co…

Mistrial Declared in Kafkaesque D.C. Trial of Venezuela Embassy Protectors

mintpressnews.com - The word “Kafkaesque” is thrown around liberally in the modern era, often without warrant. “The Trial,” a 1925 novel written by Bohemian writer Franz Kafka, tells the story of Josef K., a man arreste…

The Collapse of Civilization May Have Already Begun

vice.com - “It is now too late to stop a future collapse of our societies because of climate change.” These are not the words of a tinfoil hat-donning survivalist. This is from a paper delivered by a senior sus…

Book Review: Probing the Corporate Manipulation of Science

undark.org - Their secrets are out — the tobacco industry’s decades-long campaign to undermine the science linking their products to cancer and other deadly diseases has been the subject of numerous media reports…

Researchers Piece Together What Happened On Rapa Nui Following European Contact

iflscience.com - Located just off the coast of Chile, the island of Rapa Nui holds secrets that continue to mystify archaeologists to this day. Who were its inhabitants and why did they build the enigmatic giant-head…

The world’s biggest phone show has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns

theverge.com - The world’s biggest phone show, Mobile World Congress, is no longer taking place this year. After coronavirus threatened to throw MWC into chaos, the GSM Association (GSMA), which organizes the show,…

China Demands Resumption of Air Travel as Coronavirus Epidemic Rages

breitbart.com - Chinese state media on Wednesday demanded foreign carriers resume air travel even though the coronavirus epidemic is still raging. China’s state-run Global Times insisted the number of coronavirus ca…

London coronavirus patient turned up at hospital in Uber taxi

theguardian.com - The first person diagnosed with coronavirus in London turned up unannounced at a hospital in an Uber taxi after falling ill. Two staff from Lewisham hospital in south London are now in isolation at …

'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life

vice.com - In the summer of 2015—the warmest year on record at the time—it was the literal heat that got to Meg Ruttan Walker, a 37-year-old former teacher in Kitchener, Ontario. "Summers have been stressful to…

Preparing For The Slow Collapse Of Society

wholesurvival.com - There are always plenty of disaster based scenarios that get speculated on in the prepper community. I guess it's like any extreme event, it gets our attention even if the chances of any specific dis…

The environment in 2050: flooded cities, forced migration – and the Amazon turning to savannah

theguardian.com - ‘Good morning. Here is the shipping forecast for midday, 21 June, 2050. Seas will be rough, with violent storms and visibility ranging from poor to very poor for the next 24 hours. The outlook for to…

What the Heck Happened to Surprise Billing Legislation? (Or, It’s Never Too Late for the Lobbyists to Win) | naked capitalism

nakedcapitalism.com - Yves here. Way too much happening, and the nuking of surprise billing bills haven’t gotten the attention they warrant. We did comment on how proposed California legislation was dispatched by what amo…

Australia's offshore detention is unlawful, says international criminal court prosecutor

theguardian.com - Australia’s offshore detention regime is a “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment” and unlawful under international law, the international criminal court’s prosecutor has said. But the office of the…

Those Who Forget History

stonekettle.com - Whenever I mention certain subjects, people shout at me to read the Constitution. …The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America… …The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen unite…

Believe It or Not, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Was Even Worse Than Previously Thought | naked capitalism

nakedcapitalism.com - Yves here. We provided a great deal of coverage on Deepwater Horizon, aided considerably by a petroleum engineer who gave detailed explanations. We were on the downbeat side. As too often happens, we…


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  • ‘This Is an Apocalyptic Future That We’re Facing’

    fair.org - Janine Jackson interviewed EnviroVideo’s Karl Grossman about the weaponization of space for the February 7, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Janine Jackson: Gen. Joh…

    UK hit by hurricane-force winds, 'life-threatening' floods

    apnews.com - Storm Dennis roared across Britain on Sunday, lashing towns and cities with high winds and dumping so much rain that authorities urged residents to protect themselves from “life-threatening floods” i…

    Those Who Forget History

    stonekettle.com - Whenever I mention certain subjects, people shout at me to read the Constitution. …The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America… …The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen unite…

    Inside Mike Bloomberg’s years-long battle against women’s allegations of profane, sexist comments

    washingtonpost.com - Politics Mike Bloomberg for years has battled women’s allegations of profane, sexist comments Bloomberg LP chief executive Mike Bloomberg in 1998. Multiple lawsuits have been filed over the years all…

    Bloomberg reportedly considering Hillary Clinton as his running mate

    nypost.com - Mike Bloomberg could team up with Hillary Clinton to try to take down President Trump in November — by making her his running mate. Bloomberg’s internal polling found the combo “would be a formidable…

    Foreign-Funded Dark-Money Groups Lobby IRS to Repeal Remaining Reporting Requirements

    theintercept.com - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the largest business lobby organization in the world, spent over $10 million to influence the last 2018 midterm election cycle using its general fund. The group, which h…

    New virus has infected more than 69,000 people globally

    apnews.com - A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 69,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the corona…

    Why the coronavirus outbreak might be much bigger than we know

    vox.com - In a remarkably calm and candid tone, Singapore’s prime minister acknowledged something difficult: The new coronavirus disease, Covid-19, was likely spreading in his country, even among people who ha…

    Fears mount over new coronavirus case in Westerdam cruise ship thought to be infection free

    washingtonpost.com - The cruise ship MS Westerdam at dock in the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Matthew Tostevin (Matthew Tostevin/Reuters) By Gerry Shih close Gerry Shih China Corre…

    Scientists say the pangolin endangered by Chinese smuggling may have passed the coronavirus to humans

    qz.com - Before now news stories about pangolins, endangered ant-eating scaly mammals found in West and Central Africa and Asia, have focused on how China’s insatiable thirst for their meat and scales has led…

    From clothes to condoms: Coronavirus is threatening global consumption in ways you never knew were possible

    rt.com - Plummeting iPhone production and a lack of new cars rolling off the assembly line dominated early discussion of coronavirus-induced shortages. But the epidemic currently sweeping China and making det…

    Economist Suggests Infecting A Ton Of People With Coronavirus In Order To Help People With Coronavirus

    wonkette.com - If there is anything I very much dislike, it is people going around being named Robyn or Robin and being terrible. It's just rude. Most of us are lovely people. We steal from the rich, we give to the…

    Accreditation: This SD college apparently has no students or faculty

    usatoday.com - SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Reagan National University was supposed to be a place of higher learning in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. But it was unclear how it awarded degrees. By all appearances, at present it…

    ‘This may be the last piece I write’: prominent Xi critic has internet cut after house arrest

    theguardian.com - The Chinese professor Xu Zhangrun, who published a rare public critique of President Xi Jinping over China’s coronavirus crisis, was placed under house arrest for days, barred from social media and i…

    TV Executives Celebrate Bloomberg’s Unprecedented Spending Spree

    theintercept.com - Bloomberg, the ninth wealthiest person in the world, with a fortune estimated at almost $62 billion, has upended the Democratic presidential primary with an infusion of cash that has smashed through …

    Spring has arrived weeks early in the South. Flowers are blooming, and that could be a problem.

    washingtonpost.com - Where spring leaves are emerging. (National Phenology Network) By Jason Samenow Jason Samenow Editor and writer covering weather and climate Email Bio Follow February 13 Thanks to an abnormally warm …

    Poetic Justice Coming For The 1% - DollarCollapse.com

    dollarcollapse.com - To understand just how grim the coming decade is likely to be for the world’s super-rich, let’s start with three premises: 1) Capitalist democracy — defined as free individuals managing their own pro…

    Black Swim Team Member Suing Police for Putting Gun to His Head After Mistaking Him for Suspect and Continuing to Detain Him After Realizing They Were Wrong

    theroot.com - In today’s episode of Shit Black People Can’t Do Without Being Harassed and Brutalized we’ll be adding to the list: rest. According to WGN 9, the ACLU of Illinois filed a federal lawsuit against six …

    Speeding Sea Level Rise Threatens Nuclear Plants

    ecowatch.com - The latest science shows how the pace of sea level rise is speeding up, fueling fears that not only millions of homes will be under threat, but that vulnerable installations like docks and power plan…

    "Grim Reaper" Mitch McConnell admits there are 395 House bills sitting in the Senate: "We're not going to pass those"

    newsweek.com - During a television interview, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that 395 bills sitting in the Senate are not going to be passed. On Fox News Friday, anchor Bret Baier asked McConnell if De…

    Opinion | State-federal task forces are out of control

    washingtonpost.com - James King at 21. At right, after being beaten on July 18, 2014. (James King/Courtesy of) By Radley Balko close Radley Balko Opinion writer focusing on civil liberties, the drug war and the criminal-…

    How the Iowa caucuses came ‘crashing down,’ under the watchful eye of the DNC

    washingtonpost.com - Supporters of Pete Buttigieg wait for results at the Pete for America caucus night watch party at Bell Center at Drake University on Feb. 3 in Des Moines. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post) By Isaac …

    Harvey Weinstein faces moment of truth as jury weighs case on Tuesday

    theguardian.com - The jury at Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial in New York will begin deliberations on Tuesday, with the world’s media and the expectations of the #MeToo movement bearing heavily upon them. The five women…

    Why Is William Barr Really Criticizing Donald Trump?

    newyorker.com - In the spring of 2001, historians interviewed William Barr about his tenure as Attorney General in the George H. W. Bush Administration. The multi-hour discussion was conducted by the University of V…

    Florida Man May Refuse Dialysis If He Can't Bring Cardboard Cutout Of Trump With Him For Emotional Support

    wonkette.com - Nelson Gibson of Port St. Lucie, Florida, has to get dialysis three times a week, for three and a half hours. Because his family can't join him, he — like many other dialysis patients — sometimes bri…

    A Call to America’s Lawyers – Lawyers Defending American Democracy

    lawyersdefendingdemocracy.org - Our system of government is crumbling. As citizens and as lawyers, we have a choice: hunker down and hope to ride out the storm, or take action and fight for our democracy. We choose to fight. For th…


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    Re: This is how democracy dies
    « Reply #1219 on: February 17, 2020, 06:07:19 AM »
    Maybe it should titled "This Is How The American Republic Dies".......but even though I can't get behind the WaPo paywall, I get the message and am in full agreement.

    NPR actually had a very good interview piece yesterday with  Susan Henessey, who really gets this....and has written a book about it, from what I gathered.

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?468648-1/unmaking-presidency
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    Re: This is how democracy dies
    « Reply #1220 on: February 17, 2020, 06:12:22 AM »
    Maybe it should titled "This Is How The American Republic Dies".......but even though I can't get behind the WaPo paywall,

    Clear your cookies in Safari for WaPo and try again.
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    Re: This is how democracy dies
    « Reply #1221 on: February 17, 2020, 07:35:10 AM »
    Maybe it should titled "This Is How The American Republic Dies".......but even though I can't get behind the WaPo paywall,

    Clear your cookies in Safari for WaPo and try again.

    If an article is paywalled, I don't even bother to work around it anymore.  2-3 days later the same article gets published on another website that does not have a paywall.

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    Re: This is how democracy dies
    « Reply #1222 on: February 17, 2020, 03:25:19 PM »
    Maybe it should titled "This Is How The American Republic Dies".......but even though I can't get behind the WaPo paywall,

    Clear your cookies in Safari for WaPo and try again.

    If an article is paywalled, I don't even bother to work around it anymore.  2-3 days later the same article gets published on another website that does not have a paywall.

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    I suspect it was just a rant spiffied up.
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    Of Two Minds - COVID-19 Pandemic: The Complacent Are Clueless

    oftwominds.com - The eventual price of substituting magical thinking and survivorship bias for actual evidence will be far higher than the complacent realize. Here's a sampling of complacent assertions being made abo…

    Virus Kills Chinese Film Director and Family in Wuhan

    yahoo.com - A Chinese film director and his entire family have died from the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. Chang Kai, a film director and an external communications officer at a Hube…

    Americans arrive home from virus-infected cruise ship

    news.yahoo.com - Travis Air Force Base (United States) (AFP) - More than 300 Americans rescued from a cruise ship quarantined off Japan because of the new coronavirus arrived back in the United States Monday for two …

    Apple says the coronavirus will cause it to miss its revenue goals

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    Trump just couldn't wait to exercise his new Divine Right to intervene in the justice system. I wonder how this will play in the election....but I doubt it will make him lose in the current milieu. Only in a rotting system could a guy like this maintain his level of support.

    I wonder if he dies in office if Melania will become our Eva Peron?
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    « Reply #1226 on: February 19, 2020, 08:31:27 AM »
    Trump just couldn't wait to exercise his new Divine Right to intervene in the justice system. I wonder how this will play in the election....but I doubt it will make him lose in the current milieu. Only in a rotting system could a guy like this maintain his level of support.

    I wonder if he dies in office if Melania will become our Eva Peron?

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    Trump just couldn't wait to exercise his new Divine Right to intervene in the justice system. I wonder how this will play in the election....but I doubt it will make him lose in the current milieu. Only in a rotting system could a guy like this maintain his level of support.

    I wonder if he dies in office if Melania will become our Eva Peron?

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    The Pentagon: Russia and Turkey are on the Verge of an Armed Conflict in Idlib - Novinite.com - Sofia News Agency

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    The Methane Detectives: On the Trail of a Global Warming Mystery

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    Officials in Puerto Rico Are Undermining a Rooftop Solar Movement in Favor of Natural Gas

    theintercept.com - Tremors began shaking Puerto Rico just before New Year’s Eve, causing anxiety but only minimally disrupting festivities. On Three Kings Day, January 6, families across the island observed one of its …

    How Stephen Miller Manipulates Donald Trump to Further His Immigration Obsession

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    Of Two Minds - Covid-19: Global Retrenchment Will Obliterate Sales, Profits and Yes, Big Tech

    oftwominds.com - If you think global demand will rebound as global debt and confidence implode, you better not be making consequential decisions based on Hopium-addled magical thinking. Even before the Covid-19 pande…

    The Skeptics Movement Can't Afford to Ignore Racial Inequality

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    Aurora Australis officer asked to remove post criticising Scott Morrison's climate policy

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    Trump Declares War on the Chesapeake Bay | DCReport.org

    dcreport.org - Trump once again is trying to cut most of the funding to clean up the polluted Chesapeake Bay even as the Trump EPA undermines the cleanup with legal footnotes and inaction. Trump’s latest sabotage, …

    Trump Enters Full Conspiracist Mode at Colorado Springs Rally

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    City declares climate emergency, actually means it and does something

    treehugger.com - Bristol's airport expansion gets cancelled in a shocking act of doing something meaningful to go carbon neutral. The local North Somerset Council in the UK has just rejected the expansion of Bristol …

    Cop-Hating Vandals or Pro-Democracy Activists?

    fair.org - The “cop-hating vandals” poured glue on three turnstiles and “placed large stickers throughout the subway station” (New York Post, 2/5/20). The New York Police Department (NYPD) can generally rely on…

    More People Watched Wednesday's Democratic Debate Than the Golden Globes

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    Riots break out after a fake email about coronavirus went viral

    dailydot.com - A mass email sent out to Ukrainians falsely claimed that there were at least five reported cases of coronavirus in Ukraine, leading rioters to attack hospitals and burn blockades on Thursday. The ema…

    Worms Frozen for 42,000 Years in Siberian Permafrost Wriggle to Life

    livescience.com - Did you ever wake up from a long nap feeling a little disoriented, not quite knowing where you were? Now, imagine getting a wake-up call after being "asleep" for 42,000 years. In Siberia, melting per…


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