2018-03-09: News Headlines

Staff (2018-03-10). Summit Plan Too Easy on North Korea? U.S. Rejects Criticism. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says North Korea has made promises to denuclearize, stop its nuclear and missile testing and allow joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises. | The post Summit Plan Too Easy on North Korea? U.S. Rejects Criticism appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.

RT (2018-03-10). 'Weapon of mass suppression': Russiagate now used to target any dissent in US — Max Blumenthal. RT US News Calls from US lawmakers to designate "anti-American" Al Jazeera as a foreign agent shows how Russiagate's real aim is to suppress any viewpoint that challenges the mainstream narrative, journalist Max Blumenthal has warned.

Staff (2018-03-10). The Health Care Bait-and-Switch. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists On the campaign trail in January of 2016, Hillary Clinton told Iowa voters that Bernie Sanders' single payer health care proposal was an idea whose time would never come. "People who have health emergencies can't wait for us to have a theoretical debate about some better idea that will never, ever come to pass," said the presumed shoo-in for president. Two years later, one-third of Democrats in the Senate have endorsed Sanders' Medicare for All Act and half the Democrats in the U.S. House have signed on to Rep. John Conyers' Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, HR 676. Polls show 75 percent of Democrats favor "expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American," and 31 percent of the public at-large wants health care to be the first problem the Democrats tackled if they win…

RT (2018-03-10). Trump says deal with North Korea 'very much in the making'. RT US News US President Donald Trump believes he is capable of reaching a deal with North Korea that will be a "very good one for the world," he said, after agreeing to talks with Pyongyang following Kim Jong-un's invitation for a meeting.

Elliot Murphy (2018-03-09). Why I'm No Longer Talking to Labour People About Gender. counterpunch.org The culture wars show no sign of abating. From digital blackface to charges of Nazism being levelled at those who claim that men are on average taller than women, orthodox social justice ideologues now carry great influence far beyond university campuses and theatres. As Jen Isakson and Ross Speer summarise: "[I]n valorising identity as the essence of More

Middle East Monitor (2018-03-09). Arizona State University Asks Palestinian Academic to Sign Contract Not to Criticize Israel. MintPress News Arizona State University asked a Palestinian academic to sign a speaker agreement which included a clause that prohibits criticising Israel or engaging with the BDS movement. | The post Arizona State University Asks Palestinian Academic to Sign Contract Not to Criticize Israel appeared first on MintPress News.

Michael Doliner (2018-03-09). Advanced Creepology: Re-Reading "Lolita" counterpunch.org Creeps are big in the news these days and it is a truth universally acknowledged that all American creepiness is a Russian plot the notorious KGB agent, Vladimir Nabokov, hatched with his novel, Lolita. Humbert Humbert, it's pseudonymous narrator, everyone agrees, is a creep. But he is not a run-of-the-mill creep. Humbert is not a creep More

WSWS (2018-03-09). Striking Illinois grad students speak out against attacks on higher education. World Socialist Web Site The Graduate Employees Organization is desperately trying to shut-down the strike of 2,700 graduate student workers at the University of Illinois.

Elizabeth Preza, Raw Story (2018-03-09). One Type of Voter Was Uniquely Vulnerable to Donald Trump and Brexit: Study. AlterNet.org Research indicates "neurotic traits positively predicted" the two election results. | A new Social Psychological and Personality Science study published Thursday found that " neurotic traits positively predicted" shares of voters who opted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election or to "leave" in the Brexit vote that same year. According to University of Austin psychology professor Sam Gosling—one of the study's co-authors—of the Big Five personality traits (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism), "regions highest on neuroticism are particularly receptive to political campaigns that emphasize danger and loss and that previous campaigns have not tapped into these themes as strongly as we saw in 2016. "The study, spearheaded by Queensland University of Technology psychologist Martin Obschonka, analyzed personality data from 17,217 Britons and over 3 million U. S. participants, testing for "regional prevalence of neurotic personality traits"—including anxiety, and depression. The researchers them. . .

Joan Roelofs (2018-03-09). How Effective are International Human Rights Treaties? counterpunch.org Comprehensive international human rights law began with the creation of the UN. "Before the end of World War II, how a state treated its own inhabitants was nobody else's business" (Louis Henkin). Protecting and advancing human rights was one goal of the UN, as many were horrified at the atrocities that led up to and continued throughout World War II. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by all members of the UN General Assembly in 1948 is not binding, yet it was a prelude to legally binding treaties (often called conventions or covenants). The US Constitution provides that treaties become "the law of the land." More

Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, Dante Dallavalle, Democracy at Work (2018-03-09). Blowing Up Some of the Biggest Myths About the Economy and the Deficit. AlterNet.org We can end student debt and have universal health care in our lifetime. | Left Out, a podcast produced by Paul Sliker, Michael Palmieri, and Dante Dallavalle creates in-depth conversations with the most interesting political thinkers, heterodox economists, and organizers on the Left. Stephanie Kelton is a leading American economist and a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Stony Brook University. Kelton was Chief Economist on the U. S. Senate Budget Committee and Economic Advisor to the Bernie 2016 presidential campaign. She's most known for being a pioneer of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). In this episode, Professor Kelton debunks budget deficit and government spending myths, and explains why understanding how our monetary system works is crucial to making the political and economic case for important programs like universal health care, free public higher education, infrastructure investment, and. . .

teleSUR (2018-03-09). Report: Women Are 217 Years Away From Equal Pay. MintPress News On average, women are paid nearly 23 percent less than men and in countries like Turkey, the gap can be as much as 75 percent. | As a response to the staggering gender pay gap revealed in the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report, the U.N. Women agency has adopted the theme of "Press Progress," in 2018 to emphasize how the vast majority of nations are at least 200 years away from gender parity. | The 2017 Global Gender gap report by the World Economic Forum, stated, "an average gap of 32.0 percent remains to be closed worldwide across the four Index dimensions in order to achieve universal gender parity." The gender pay gap is essentially the difference between the average hourly earnings of men and women | Additionally, when the report examined several regions, Western Europe recorded a gender gap of…

John Laforge (2018-03-09). Fukushima: A Human-Made Disaster Brought on by Bad Faith. counterpunch.org "Nearly seven years after the triple reactor meltdowns, this unique nuclear crisis is still underway," Greenpeace International's Shaun Burnie wrote in a blogpost last December. The word "unique" is an understatement but true. The March 11, 2011meltdowns are the world's first combined earthquake-tsunami-reactor catastrophe. Moreover, while other power reactors have run out-of-control, melted down and More

Fred Gardner (2018-03-09). Dennis Peron: Anti-War Activist. counterpunch.org Dennis Peron died in January. On Sunday March 11 there's going to be a memorial for him at Café Flor in the Castro. Everybody knows that Dennis was an indispensable leader in the medical marijuana movement and in the fight for gay rights. Not everybody knows about his role in the peace movement. After Dennis More

Ted Rall (2018-03-09). Why Does the U.S. Hate Peace? counterpunch.org Give peace a chance, the song urges. But the United States won't have it. Olympic diplomacy seems to be working on the Korean peninsula. After a pair of South Korean envoys visited Pyongyang, they issued a promising communiqué. "The North Korean side clearly stated its willingness to denuclearize," the statement said. Considering that the Korean More

Democracy Now! (2018-03-09). A Step Toward Peace? South Korea Announces Trump Will Meet with North Korea's Kim Jong-un. Democracy Now! The White House says President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet directly with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong spoke with reporters Thursday night outside the White House after briefing officials on the recent talks between Seoul and Pyongyang, and said the meeting would take place within two months. No sitting U.S. president has ever met with a North Korean leader; Kim Jong-un has never met another sitting head of state. For more, we speak with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism in Seoul.

Truthout Stories (2018-03-09). A Step Toward Peace? South Korea Announces Trump Will Meet With North Korea's Kim Jong-un. Truthout Stories The White House says President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet directly with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un. South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong spoke with reporters Thursday night outside the White House after briefing officials on the recent talks between Seoul and Pyongyang, and said the meeting would take place within two months. No sitting US president has ever met with a North Korean leader; Kim Jong-un has never met another sitting head of state. For more, we speak with Tim Shorrock, correspondent for The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism in Seoul. | TRANSCRIPT | AMY GOODMAN: The White House says President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet directly with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. This is South Korea's National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong speaking to reporters Thursday night, in the dark, outside the White…

Staff (2018-03-09). South Korea: Trump, Kim Jong Un to Meet 'by May'. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has accepted an offer of a summit from the North Korean leader and will meet with Kim Jong Un by May, a top South Korean official said Thursday, in a remarkable turnaround in relations between two historic adversaries. | The South Korean national security director, Chung Eui-yong, told reporters of the planned meeting outside the White House, after briefing Trump and other top U.S. officials about a rare meeting with Kim in the North Korean capital on Monday. | No serving American president has ever met with a North Korean leader. The U.S. and North Korea do not even have formal diplomatic relations. The two nations remain in a state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice and not a peace treaty. | Seoul had already publicized that North Korea had offered talks with the United…

Christopher Brauchli (2018-03-09). The Unfairness of Context. counterpunch.org It doesn't seem fair. And the unfairness is especially apparent when it's put in context. It is not as though he wanted to spend thousands of dollars on a personal phone booth, or use government funds to pay for charter or first class air travel around the world. And the criticism is not directed at More

Truthout Stories (2018-03-09). Christian Dominionists Meet at Trump's Washington Hotel to Answer the "Divine Call to War" Truthout Stories While all attention was focused on the Conservative Political Action Conference last month, the Christian Dominionists were holding their own event at Trump's Washington, DC hotel. An extreme faction of the Christian Right, the Dominionists are committed to turning the US into a Christian fundamentalist theocracy and view Trump as the leader who will bring about this change.(Photo: Ehrlif / Getty Images) | Truthout is your go-to source for news about the most critical issues of our time. If you want to see more stories like this one, make a tax-deductible donation today! | Last month, while NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre was regaling culture warriors at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference with tales of socialists trying to take away their guns, Christian Dominionists were holding an event called "The Turnaround: An Appeal to Heaven National Gathering," at Washington's Trump International Hotel.

Louis Proyect (2018-03-09). The Left and East Ghouta. counterpunch.org While reports filter out of East Ghouta about suffering on a massive scale reminiscent of the siege of Leningrad in 1941, some on the left support Assad's war crimes because they see them as necessary for winning the war on terror just as Germans supported the war on Bolshevism back then. Three of Assad's leading More

Cody Fenwick (2018-03-09). Trump May Meet with North Korea's Leader Kim Jong-un by May. MintPress News In a stunning turnaround from a year of playground insults and threats of nuclear annihilation, President Donald Trump agreed Thursday to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by May. | South Korean official Chung Eui-yong said in an announcement on the White House driveway that Kim "pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear missile tests" the run-up to the meeting. | Trump "will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined," said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain." | If the meeting goes as planned, it will be the first time a sitting American president has met with a North Korean leader. In many ways, this could be a…

Mel Gurtov (2018-03-09). Getting to "Yes" with North Korea. counterpunch.org For the first time in quite a few years, direct US-North Korea dialogue seems within reach thanks to North-South Korea talks involving Kim Jong-un and top officials of the Moon Jae-in administration. Whether or not North Korea's complete and verifiable denuclearization, which has long been the chief US demand, will actually be on the table More

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2018-03-09). Nuclear Contradictions, Hypocrisy and Absurdities. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. | —J. Robert Oppenheimer, American nuclear scientist, after observing an early U.S. nuclear weapons test | The year was 1983. I was still in the womb, as an earlier celebrity president, also obsessed with television, sat down to view a highly touted TV movie, " The Day After." Ronald Reagan, like Donald Trump, was a star—a famous actor—and also a well-known Republican foreign policy hawk with an aggressive nuclear weapons posture. The movie was a dystopian portrayal of the aftermath of a Soviet nuclear attack in the small college town of Lawrence, Kan., where I now live. | Reagan (like Trump) wasn't keen on briefing books or detailed memos. He was a visual learner and "The Day After" deeply affected President Reagan. It wasn't quite a " Road to Damascus" moment,…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-09). Towards a World War III Scenario: The Dangers of Nuclear War. Global Research Today, people are finally waking up to the dangers of a world war, which might emanate from the highest levels of the US government. | We are no longer dealing with a hypothetical scenario. The threat of World War III is …

RT (2018-03-09). Trump agrees to meet Kim but says 'sanctions will remain' until denuclearization deal is reached. RT US News Donald Trump has accepted a personal invitation from the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to discuss the possible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, but also has vowed to keep sanctions in place until a firm deal is reached.

Fidel Castro Ruz (2018-03-09). Conversations with Fidel Castro: The Dangers of a Nuclear War. Global Research If a war breaks out in Iran, it will inevitably become a nuclear war and a global war.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-09). "Fake News" and World War III. The Danger of Nuclear Annihilation. Global Research What we are dealing with is a War against the Truth. Objective reporting on the dangers of a Third World war is being suppressed. Why? The future of humanity is at stake. The danger of nuclear annihilation is not front-page news. The unfolding consensus among Pentagon war planners is that a Third World War is "Winnable".

Truthout Stories (2018-03-09). Economic Update: Winds of Economic Change. Truthout Stories This week's episode discusses the teachers' strike in West Virginia, Trump's tariffs, Germany's move to make public transport free, living standards during the UK's economic crash from 2005 to 2015, how the US's rich schools get richer and the return of debtors' prisons in US. This episode also features an interview with Dr. Harriet Fraad on the breakdown of the "traditional" family, and its causes and consequences. | Download the show | To see more stories like this, visit Economic Update: Your Weekly Dose of Revolutionary Economics | To listen in live on Saturdays at noon, visit WBAI's Live Stream | Economic Update is in partnership with Truthout.org | Your radio station needs Economic Update! If you are a radio station, check this out. If you want to hear Economic Update…

John Davis (2018-03-09). Can Hollywood Save the World? counterpunch.org The Shape of Water, Dir. Guillermo del Toro, is a tale of a woman establishing solidarity with the non-human whilst enduring the oppression of a corporatist, militaristic society — and then experiencing a profound physiological transcendence. The movie is suffused with post-humanist notions — where ethical concern expands beyond the human to embrace a connection More

Stephen Martin (2018-03-09). Globalization Demands a New Presidential Puppet: The Geopolitical Utility of Trade Tariffs and the 'Shelf Life' of Donald Trump. counterpunch.org One of the central pillars of Globalization as neoliberal orthodoxy and transfer of resources from poor to rich is the dominance of 'free trade' as determined and defined by Transnational Corporations and as minimises the sovereignty of State, subjugating same as 'former' to a unified 'supra national' command structure which is homogeneous as it is More

RT (2018-03-09). 'Hilltendo' for the win: CNN's Russian troll hunt digs up goofy Clinton video game. RT US News The internet appears largely unimpressed by a meticulous CNN investigation linking Russia to an anti-Hillary Clinton video game that was played an estimated 19,000 times in the run up to the 2016 presidential election.

Russell Mokhiber (2018-03-09). Labor History in Real Time. counterpunch.org I love West Virginia. I love the people, the mountains, and the history of a people not dependent on the corporate state. Yes, Virginia—there is a history of West Virginia not dependent on the corporate state. The early northern European settlers here were self-sufficient agrarians— hunting, fishing, foraging, farming, and making their own rye whiskey for More

WSWS (2018-03-09). Turkish government escalates crackdown on opposition as toll of Afrin invasion mounts. World Socialist Web Site More than 200 Turkish journalists are behind bars, while another 2,500 have lost their jobs following a media purge by the Erdogan government.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-03-09). Hillary Clinton: "We Created Al Qaeda". The Protagonists of the "Global War on Terrorism" are the Terrorists. Global Research The "Global War on Terrorism" uses Al Qaeda terrorist operatives as their foot soldiers. "Political Islam" and the imposition of an "Islamic State" (modeled on Qatar or Saudi Arabia) is an integral part of US foreign policy. America is the Terror State.

Gerald Sussman (2018-03-09). America's Troll Farm Media. counterpunch.org Despite all the smoke and mirrors, most Americans seem to see where the stenographers of corporate capitalism are taking us. A recent Gallup poll found that while 84% of Americans see media as "critical" or "very important" to democracy, only 28% see the corporatist mainstream news media (MSM) as actually supporting democracy. They're right on both counts of course. The quality of a democracy is only as good as the information people have to make informed judgements about public policy and politicians. More

Joan Roelofs (2018-03-09). How Effective are International Human Rights Treaties? MintPress News "The United States is alone among developed countries in insisting that while human rights are of fundamental importance, they do not include rights that guard against dying of hunger, dying from a lack of access to affordable healthcare, or growing up in a context of total deprivation." | — Philip Alston | The post How Effective are International Human Rights Treaties? appeared first on MintPress News.

Staff (2018-03-09). 'Angels in America' Teaches Us How to Survive Under Trump. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists "The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of 'Angels in America'" | A book by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois | In one of my high school theater classes, our (admittedly ambitious) teacher asked me and my best friend to read a scene from Tony Kushner's play "Angels in America." And not just any scene: He wanted us to act out the breakup between Prior Walter, who has been diagnosed with HIV and is suffering terribly, and his lover, Louis Ironson, who is in the process of leaving Prior because his illness has become too much for Louis to handle. The assignment could have interacted badly with our heightened teenage emotional states, but instead, I remember it as a moment that deepened our friendship and began my love affair with Kushner's remarkable two-part play. | That our teacher assigned an excerpt of "Angels…

Jill Richardson (2018-03-09). The Stunning New Cruelty of Immigration Enforcement. counterpunch.org We've reached a cruel new phase in the U.S. government's war on immigrants without papers. And it should disturb you no matter what your views on immigration. When undocumented immigrant families are detained, they are being increasingly split up. Not only are whole families being rounded up, but parents are being detained separately from their More

Juliette Legendre (2018-03-09). The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic. MintPress News Far more dangerous than the far-right effort to win elections alone is its concerted campaign to change the culture — a strategy it owes, perversely, to the left. | The post The Far-Right Effort to Win Hearts and Minds Across the Atlantic appeared first on MintPress News.

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-03-09). Are Republicans Finally Turning on Trump? AlterNet.org Republicans fear Trump's "trade war"—but the real danger is that he finally understands presidential power. | One of the more revealing dramas of the past year has been the spectacle of the Republican Party weakly wrestling with the Donald Trump phenomenon and then deciding to accommodate this erratic incompetent in the hopes that they could steer him toward pillaging the nation's shared wealth, their raison d'être. Republicans have so far been unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but they have successfully sabotaged it in numerous ways. Most important of all, they got their big beautiful tax cuts and have set federal agencies to stripping the nation of rules and regulations that serve the common good, so they have been more than satisfied with their decision. Nonetheless, Trump is very high-maintenance, with all the craziness and misbehavior and legal problems. A handful of. . .

WSWS (2018-03-09). Anger mounts over video of police beating unarmed man in North Carolina. World Socialist Web Site Although the beating of Johnnie Rush occurred in August, the public was not informed until police body camera footage was leaked to a local newspaper this week.

Alison Weir (2018-03-09). Israel's Online Shadow Operations. MintPress News Numerous well funded, organized projects by and for Israel work to flood social media with pro-Israel propaganda, while blocking facts Israel dislikes. The projects utilize Israeli soldiers, students, American teens and others, and range from infiltrating Wikipedia to influencing YouTube. Some operate out of Jewish Community Centers in the U.S. | The post Israel's Online Shadow Operations appeared first on MintPress News.

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-03-09). ICE Is Aggressively Targeting Activists Who Speak Out Against Them. AlterNet.org Alejandra Pablos is the latest progressive activist to be targeted. | Latina activist on reproductive justice was detained this week after she visited the Immigration and Customs office in Tucson, Arizona. The report noted that the check-in had been planned and scheduled in advance but when activist Alejandra Pablos came to the office, she was detained by ICE members. People close to Pablos point to her activism as the possible reason behind her detention. Pablos, who is affiliated with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), also works for the pro-choice program known as "We Testify" which shares stories and accounts on abortion access through the National Network of Abortion Funds. Her network NLIRH condemned her detention and released a statement on Wednesday. The group said, "Our hermana en la lucha and poderosa Alejandra was detained in Arizona. . .

Mehreen Kasana, AlterNet (2018-03-09). Philippine President Duterte Mimics Trump's Racism and Sexism in Defensive Insults at the U.N.. AlterNet.org Duterte attacked human rights officials this week. | When it comes to disturbing rhetoric, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is no stranger to the practice of stunning his viewers with a diverse range of obscenities. Be it misogynist invectives, promising cash prizes for killing rebels or boasting about committing murder, Duterte is notorious for openly uncouth proclamations. Keeping his record of indelicacy alive, Duterte recently attacked human rights officials, including reportedly mocking the race of a black prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. According to Al Jazeera, Duterte mocked United Nations rapporteur Agnes Callamard's appearance by calling him "malnourished" and "skinny" while pointing out ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda as "that black woman. " The disturbing comments elicited criticism and concern from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, who said Duterte needs "psychiatric evaluation. " Al Hussein. . .

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2018-03-09). The "Juniper Cobra" Air Defense Exercise: American and Israeli Forces Prepare for War against Syria, Hezbollah and Palestine. Global Research The Jerusalem Post reported that Juniper Cobra, a joint air defense exercise with U.S. and IDF forces which was announced by the U.S. Department of Defense last month involving simulated missile attacks directed against Israel from multiple fronts has begun. …

Jon Schwarz (2018-03-09). U.K. Rolls Out Red Carpet for Saudi Prince on Anniversary of U.S.-Saudi-U.K. Car Bombing That Killed 83 Civilians. The Intercept Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, met with Theresa May on Thursday at the prime minister's official government estate outside London. MbS, as he's known, is the son of the current Saudi king and is widely seen as both the power behind the Saudi throne and its heir apparent. | There's been significant public outcry, during MbS's three-day visit to the U.K., over Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen, which has been strongly supported by both the U.K. and the U.S. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labor Party, has said the British government is "colluding" in war crimes in Yemen. | What's gone totally unremembered, however, is that Thursday was the 33rd anniversary of a notoriously grisly assault carried out by Saudi Arabia, the U.K. and the U.S. On March 8, 1985, a car bombing in Beirut aimed at assassinating…

Eugene Robinson (2018-03-09). Stormy Daniels Beats Trump at His Own Game. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists The president who boasted of treating women like sex objects is being outplayed at his own tabloid-warfare game by a porn star. Maybe there's justice in the world after all. | You might have missed it in the ceaseless fusillade of news, but on Wednesday the White House all but confirmed the story that actress and director Stormy Daniels is dying to tell: Shortly before the election she was paid $130,000 in hush money to keep quiet about an "intimate relationship" she had with Donald Trump in 2006, soon after Melania Trump had given birth to the couple's son, Barron. | Daniels filed a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that she should be free to speak about the affair, since a nondisclosure agreement laying out the terms of the payment was never actually signed by Trump. Asked about the payment at a White House briefing,…

Geoff Dutton (2018-03-09). Notes From Inside a Glass Prison. counterpunch.org Liberation from drudgery isn't what it used to be. It's now mostly become a matter of upgrading our masters. Imagine you're an HR staffer at a temp agency. In the course of a workday you take a lot of meetings and in them lots of notes. Sick of transcribing your scribbles, you decide to buy More

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