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After Life of Incalculable Harm, Billionaire Climate Denialist David Koch..... dead.

After Life of Incalculable Harm, Billionaire Climate Denialist and Right-Wing Villain David Koch Dead at 79

From the article:

Billionaire industrialist David Koch, who spent vast sums of his billions in personal fortune promoting climate denialism and other right wing causes over the last four decades, died Friday at 79.

His legacy in modern American politics was summed up by The New York Times:
Three decades after David Koch's public steps into politics, analysts say, the Koch brothers' money-fueled brand of libertarianism helped give rise to the Tea Party movement and strengthened the far-right wing of a resurgent Republican Party.

Koch was a controversial figure. His vast fortune—made in large part through fossil fuel extraction and manufacturing, though the company has interests in nearly everything—made him and his brother Charles two of the richest people in the world. The brothers spent at least $100 million since the 1970s promoting right-wing causes, and David ran for vice president as a member of the Libertarian Party in 1980.

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Trump Promised To Bring Back The Factories, But Manufacturing Shrunk For The First Time In 10 Years

From the article:

U.S. manufacturer growth slowed to the lowest level in almost 10 years in August, the latest sign that the trade war may be exacerbating the economic slowdown.

The U.S. manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) was 49.9 in August, down from 50.4 in July and below the neutral 50.0 threshold for the first time since September 2009, according to IHS Markit.

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Trump is an incompetent idiot. And when an incompetent idiot attempts to play at being President, bad things will happen.

The term "existential issue"is often overused, but in the case of climate change...

it is accurate.

If we cannot deal with the issue of climate change quickly, that delay will not cause the issue to go away. Nor will the delay cause the severe effects to lessen.

And part of dealing with the issue is acknowledging that the issue might be the most critical of the many critical issues facing the world today.

What more needs to be said?

Regarding the "gig economy" that is so much in the news.

When I read what the US corporate media says about the gig economy, what is emphasized is that these gig workers are in control of their own time.

What is presented is that these poorly paid gig workers can work when they want, and get paid multiple times in a day.

Can someone explain to me how this model differs from the day labor model, where the workers wait in a hiring hall and hope that they are hired to work?

In each model, there is no security, no real advancement, and no benefits. Plus, the workers are non-union, and the very nature of the business makes it difficult to unionize.

In my view, these gig workers are no better off than the vast majority of Amazon and WalMart workers. No security, no living wage.

All part of the race to the bottom for wages and benefits even as the pundit class and US corporate media insist that the economy is doing well.

Frequently asked questions about hate groups (SPLC article)

From the article:

The Southern Poverty Law Center defines a hate group as an organization that – based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities – has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics. We do not list individuals as hate groups, only organizations.

The organizations on our hate group list vilify others because of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity – prejudices that strike at the heart of our democratic values and fracture society along its most fragile fault lines.

The FBI uses similar criteria in its definition of a hate crime:
[A] criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.

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In our area, we have dealt with Act for America, an SPLC designated hate group that is currently supporting an Islamophobic racist near to my town.

The SPLC list is a valuable guide for local activists dealing with local and national right wing groups.

'A Quiet Army in Himself': Trump Judges are Giving Clarence Thomas the Judicial 'Troops'

A Quiet Army in Himself’: Trump Judges are Giving Clarence Thomas the Judicial ‘Troops’ to Remake Constitutional Law

From the article:

As Americans call on lawmakers to take action in response to the most recent spate of mass killings, it isn’t just the National Rifle Association and its bought-and-paid-for legislators standing in the way. It’s also a federal judiciary that is being packed at a record pace with judges who share Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s once-lonely radicalism on the Second Amendment—and on decades of constitutional law that undergird much of what the federal government now does.

“Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution,” a fawning book by conservative author Myron Magnet, celebrates that “a significant number of key administration officials and federal judges” are former Thomas clerks, “including 20 percent of the appellate judges President Trump has appointed.” (And that was written before Neomi Rao—described by Magnet as “the Trump administration’s lion-hearted scourge of administrative-state regulations”—took her seat on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.)

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As bad as Trump's Presidency has been, the damage will continue for many years as these far right Judges rewrite the law and make precedent.

1619: 400 years ago, a ship arrived in Virginia, bearing human cargo

From the article:

After having been kidnapped from their villages in what is present-day Angola, forced onto a Portuguese slave ship bound for what Europeans called the New World and stolen from that ship by English pirates in a confrontation off the coast of Mexico, “some 20. and odd Negroes” landed at Point Comfort in 1619, in the English settlement that would become Virginia....

For many black readers, accustomed to being told in myriad ways that blacks had no history, the notion that their ancestors’ presence in America predated the 1620 arrival of the Pilgrims story was a mind-boggling revelation. Bennett provided an origin story to embrace.

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Over 240 years of literal slavery, and unpaid contributions to the slavers and their descendants.

The maddeningly untraditional and modern faith of Abraham Lincoln

From the article:

The recent rediscovery of a Bible once owned by Abraham Lincoln has renewed a long-standing debate about Lincoln’s faith and what role it played in his life and presidency. It has also reminded us how maddeningly untraditional and surprisingly modern his faith was...

Then there are those, most Lincoln scholars among them, who insist that Lincoln was an atheist, or at least an agnostic, and that his public use of God-language was merely the religious window dressing required of politicians in a religious age...

Obscured by the fog of these debates is the reality that the story of Lincoln’s faith was a journey, a progression. He was an atheist, then a seeker. He claimed to be spiritual but not religious, was churched though not converted. Ultimately, he was convinced of God’s existence but agonized over the meaning of Providence in a tragic world.
In other words, Lincoln’s faith was much like what we see among millions today.

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Trump Responds With Total Dementia When Asked About Recession

From the article:

I think we’re going to have a long period of wealth and success. Other countries are doing very poorly. As you know, China is doing very, very poorly. The tariffs have really bitten into China. They haven’t bitten into us at all except for the reporters that want to make it look that way. But they don’t understand what’s happening. The tariffs we’ve taken in close to $60 billion in tariff money, and the consumer has not paid for. Now at some point they may have to pay something, but they understand that.

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A very Sarah Palinesque word salad. We know Trump is not the most intelligent President in US history, but his mental condition seems to be deteriorating badly.

One might say the stress of the job, but Trump is lazier than Reagan ever was.

'Let our voices be heard': Churches march against immigration raids

From the article:

Churches were the backbone of the civil rights movement. Today, as President Trump and Republican allies continue to defend the raids, churches have emerged as the top sources of spiritual and material support to the mostly Mexican and Guatemalan workers targeted by the raids.
Some churches are going beyond comfort and material aid, with their response flaring into political opposition. The state’s Catholic, Episcopal, United Methodist and Evangelical Lutheran bishops denounced the raids in a joint statement Friday (Aug. 9).

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