Archive for the ‘Politics+War’ Category

Trump Protects Americans


(Tom the Dancing Bug) – Ruben Bolling:

These are clearly no big deal. I’ll throw tens of millions of Americans off health insurance, no problem.” …

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Ruben Bolling: Trump Protects Americans

Trump Is Tame Compared to India’s Modi


(The Independent::Voices) – Sunny Hundal:

Narendra Modi’s party came to power after several of its members tore down a mosque in 1992. Since then it has banned 11,000 foreign NGOs from India and incited religious hatred that led to thousands of attacks on Muslims and lower-caste Hindus for disrespecting cows. …

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Narendra Modi

Our Brilliant Plan Cannot Fail!


(Slate Politics) – Katy Waldman:

Trump and his henchmen keep ruining their Muslim ban by bragging about it like dumb movie villains. …

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Trump signing Executive Order 13780

The Republican Health Care Proposal


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

The replacement plan for the existing Affordable Care Act, called the American Health Care Act, has been rolled out by Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives. It is abundantly clear that it is an assault on the poor that the main winners are the rich, particularly the very, very rich. This plan has enabled Ryan to finally unleash his inner Ayn Rand, of whom he is an ardent devotee and his love for whom he has tried to conceal up to now. …

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German Parties and Ministries Vulnerable To Hacking Attacks


(Spiegel) – Fabian Reinbold:

Politicians in Germany are warning about the threat of hacking attacks, but when it comes to their own data, many are too careless. Some German political parties are failing to take advice from the country’s information security authority seriously enough. …

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Brexit is May’s Falklands War


(The Guardian Comments) – Zoe Williams:

Behind a smokescreen of bogus patriotism, ideologically driven cuts to the NHS and all our public services are unpicking the bonds of nationhood. …

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Margaret Thatcher posing on tank

Politicizing Science vs. Ben Franklin


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

Bertrand Russell: “When Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod, the clergy, both in England and America, with enthusiastic support of George III, condemned it as an impious attempt to defeat the will of God.” …

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Lightning strikes wind turbines

Mad Dog Mattis


(The Intercept) – Mehdi Hasan:

Did you know that the Trump administration almost went to war with Iran at the start of February?

It was only thanks to what Mattis’s commander in chief has called “illegal leaks” that the operation was (at least temporarily) set aside and military action between the United States and Iran was averted. …

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James Mattis

Medicaid Is Doomed


(The Intercept) – Jon Schwarz:

Most of Donald Trump’s speech to Congress Tuesday night can safely be ignored. Almost all the government policy he advocated is either strenuously opposed by House and Senate Republicans (driving down the cost of drugs, paid family leave, promoting clean air and water), is not going to happen whether or not they oppose it (“American footprints on distant worlds”), or is so vague that Trump might as well have said, “I support good things.”

However, Trump did call for something specific that Republicans desperately want and that is completely feasible: brutal cuts to Medicaid. …

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Medicaid cuts

An American Reichstag Fire


(Alternet) – Peter Schrag:

On the night of February 27, 1933, less than a month after Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany, fire gutted the central chamber of the Reichstag in Berlin, the nation’s parliament building.

Within hours of the fire, hundreds of people were arrested and put in “protective custody” or sent to concentration camps, and the next morning (in the words of the Cambridge University historian Richard Evans), “the cabinet, which still had a non-Nazi majority, met to draw up an emergency decree that abrogated civil liberties across Germany. Signed by President Hindenburg the same day, it abolished freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and association, and freedom of the press, suspended the autonomy of federated states, such as Baden and Bavaria, and legalized phone-tapping, the interception of correspondence, and other intrusions.” …

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Reichstag Fire 1933-02-27