2018-07-08: News Headlines

Taylor Link, Salon (2018-07-08). 'Where Are the Babies?': Protestors Confront Mitch McConnell at Louisville Restaurant. alternet.org Protestors chanted "vote you out" while hurling questions at the Republican leader. | Trump administration staffers and Cabinet members are not the only ones facing public backlash for their immigration policy along the Mexican border. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell encountered a group of protesters of his own as he departed a Louisville restaurant Saturday. Protestors chanted "vote you out" while hurling questions at the Republican leader. This article first appeared on Salon. "Where are the babies, Mitch? " one protestor asked. A group of Louisville residents, including several @DemSocialists members, had a message for Mitch McConnell as he left a local restaurant today. Powerful people like Mitch deserve no peace while they enable the imprisonment of babies in concentration camps. #AbolishICE pic. twitter. com/ruCXhbnKse— Louisville DSA (@dsa_louisville) July 7, 2018McConnell should have probably anticipated such a confrontation. An "Abolish ICE" rally was taking. . .

Clara Romeo (2018-07-08). When Local Newspapers Fold, Taxpayers Take a Hit in the Wallet. truthdig.com Newspapers are the watchdogs of government. When the pooch gets put down, taxpayers pay the price. | In a recent study, researchers from the University of Illinois and the University of Notre Dame found that local newspaper closures result in higher costs for taxpayers. | Dermot Murphy, one of the study's co-authors, a professor of finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago, spoke with NPR's Lisa Mullins about the finding. | "When a local newspaper closes, then they are no longer providing a crucial watchdog role for us. When a local government isn't being watched, they are more likely to engage in bad behavior and just be more inefficient in general." | Multiple studies support Murphy's claims. When local newspapers stop their presses, civic engagement and political accountability decline. | Lenders to municipal governments take notice of the decreased governmental accountability.

britney (2018-07-08). How Can Environmental Groups Diversify? truthout.org May 15, 2018 — Eddie Love was the lone African American in a cohort of 90 wildlife management students at Auburn University and one of the three people of color at his U.S. Forest Service internship in the western Great Plains region of the U.S. Still, he was surprised by the lack of diversity in the marine non-governmental organization community when he accepted a Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship, part of a program designed to attract people of color to work on ocean issues. | Concerned that colleagues might not appreciate his background, culture or upbringing, he was pleasantly surprised that co-workers at two of the conservation non-profits behind the fellowship, Ocean Conservancy and Rare, welcomed him with open arms. They were…

Staff (2018-07-08). Local Media Wrongly Push for Local Gang Databases. truthdig.com New York papers play fast and loose with the inflammatory term "gang" and defer time and time again to questionable police tactics, just as it did with "stop and frisk" policies.

Taylor Link, Salon (2018-07-08). Fox News' Tucker Carlson Gets Schooled on Democratic Socialism by Cornel West. alternet.org Fox News, forever fearful of the left, is learning how to demonize democratic socialism, one interview at a time | For years, Fox News derided former President Barack Obama, labeling him a closet socialist and an anti-capitalist. They said Obama's policies were the beginning of the end for the American Dream. Obama's tenure came and went; yet, somehow, the U. S. did not collapse. Now Fox News has to grapple with a real party that champions the tenants of socialism, and its opinion hosts are struggling to describe its rise. To help explain what democratic socialism stands for, Tucker Carlson invited Cornel West onto his show. Who better to speak about this movement than West, recognized as the honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America Party (DSA)? While the interview was billed as an educative exercise, it soon turned into a debate about the. . .

Julia Conley, Common Dreams (2018-07-08). Prosecutors Drop All Remaining Charges Against Trump Inauguration Protesters After 'Epic Failure' to Prove Wrongdoing. alternet.org Prosecutors also came under scrutiny for relying on videos shot by the right-wing group Project Veritas to build their case | More than three dozen defendants in the year-long #DisruptJ20 trial celebrated Friday evening after prosecutors dismissed all remaining charges against them, following a number of failures to prove the protesters were guilty of wrongdoing. "The state failed at silencing dissent and today our movement is stronger than it was on #J20," tweeted Dylan Petrohilos, who was charged with conspiracy, rioting, and destruction due to his participation in planning to protest—even though he did not attend. "I'm proud of all my co-defendants, and everyone in the streets who resisted fascism and state violence. "The Department of Justice (DOJ) dropped charges against 38 people who were among the 234 arrested on January 20, 2017 at a protest against President Donald Trump's inauguration. Some of the. . .

Colin Fleming, Salon (2018-07-08). The Return of 'Yellow Submarine': Why Even People Who Aren't Beatles Mega-Fans Love It. alternet.org The 1968 animation classic will screen again in theaters this year. Its secret weapon? Its refusal to play happy | Dusting off a rarely heard, seen, or read treasure of yore is always bound to send Beatles people into a tizzy, as will be the case come the fall with the release of a vastly expanded version of 1968's White Album. Beatles people, even for how voluminous their number is, can be clannish. Dare to write something that evinces any criticism of the art of their heroes, and the brickbats are coming your way. A lot of Beatles fans espouse being part of that community, where it's also fun to like something that others like, which can make for a kind of bonding across generations, continents, world views. But what particularly interests me is when there is a Beatles-based work of art. . .

Vicki Larson, Aeon (2018-07-08). Here's Why a Temporary Marriage Makes More Sense Than a Marriage for Life. alternet.org In 1966, the American anthropologist Margaret Mead suggested a two-step version of marriage | In November 1891, the British sexologist Havelock Ellis married the writer and lesbian Edith Lees. He was 32 and a virgin. And since he was impotent, they never consummated their union. After their honeymoon, the two lived separately in what he called an open marriage. The union lasted until Lees' death in 1916. This is not what most would consider a model marriage. But perhaps because of its unusualness, Ellis was able to introduce an idea that remains as radical and tantalizing today as it was in his time: trial marriages, in which he envisioned couples exploring a temporary union of varying levels of commitment that allowed them to have sex, access birth control and have an easy divorce if desired, as long as no children were involved.

Staff (2018-07-08). Kids as Young as 1 in U.S. Court, Awaiting Reunion With Family. truthdig.com Immigrant family separations have become an embarrassment to the administration as stories of crying children separated from mothers and kept apart for weeks on end dominate the news.

britney (2018-07-08). Trump's EPA Suppressing Cancer-Causing Chemical Study. truthout.org New reporting in Politico puts the spotlight on continued themes of the Trump administration: suppression of science, threats to public health, and carrying out the bidding of industry. The issue laid out involves alleged political interference at the Environmental Protection Agency, and while the agency's current administrator, scandal-riddled Scott Pruitt, is now on his way out the door, the reins now head to number two Andrew Wheeler, who offers little reason to believe the burying of a key report will soon end. | As Politico's Annie Snider reported, Trump appointees at the agency are blocking the release of an assessment on formaldehyde produced by the EPA's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). A draft assessment already completed confirms research linking the common chemical to leukemia, nose and throat cancer, and other adverse health effects. | "They're stonewalling every step of the way,"

David Edwards, Raw Story (2018-07-08). 'God Bless Him': Rudy Giuliani Explains Why Trump Fixer Michael Cohen Should Cooperate With Mueller Investigation. alternet.org During an interview on CNN, host Dana Bash noted that Cohen suggested he would flip on Trump because he puts his family and country first. | Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, on Sunday asserted that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen "should" cooperate with prosecutors. During an interview on CNN, host Dana Bash noted that Cohen suggested he would flip on Trump because he puts his family and country first. Giuliani, however, did not not seem concerned. "I don't know what he has to flip over," Giuliani opined. "What I do know is, there is no evidence of wrongdoing with President Trump. So we're very comfortable. If he believes it's in his best interest to cooperate, God bless him. He should cooperate. ""I do not expect Michael Cohen is going to lie," he added. "I think he's going to tell the truth as best he can given his recollection. If he does that, we're home free. ""And you aren't worried about anything that is negative or even worse for President Trump? " Bash asked. "I'm very confident of that, and I think we all should be," the president's lawyer insisted. Watch the video clip below from ABC.

Tom Boggioni, Raw Story (2018-07-08). California Prosecutor Goes on Online Rampage with Attack on Michelle Obama — And then Calls for Maxine Waters to be Shot. alternet.org Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem — a 12-year veteran of the DA's office — is facing calls for his dismissal over the comments made on Facebook. | A veteran prosecutor in the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office is under fire after a series of vulgar posts and comments online called for the shooting of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) as well as attacks on former First Lady Michelle Obama and Mexican immigrants. According to The Sun, Deputy District Attorney Michael Selyem — a 12-year veteran of the DA's office — is facing calls for his dismissal over the comments made on Facebook. According to the report, the prosecutor who specializes in prosecuting gang violence, attacked the outspoken Waters online, writing: "Being a loud-mouthed c*nt in the ghetto you would think someone would have shot this b*tch by now . . . "Selyem also posted a doctored. . .

Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet (2018-07-08). A Psychologist Explains How to Battle America's Online Epidemic of Right-Wing 'Fake News' — And Avoid Civil War. alternet.org This is no time to take refuge in pious failure with our heads held high because when they went low we stayed high on our moral platitudes. There's a right wing troll epidemic going on. | There are lots of things to try in our pressing mission to tool up quickly to disappoint trolls. Overwhelm and overload: Trolls often treat their game as a war of attrition, wearing you down with things you have to answer for and explain. Return the favor. Ask them questions and ride them with unceasing demands and impatience. "He still hasn't answered my questions. " | Chide relentlessly: Mock, deride, ridicule, tease, piss them off in an endless gusher. They like to have it both ways, that you fight unfairly and you don't know how to fight. Show them that you know how to fight. | Do not enable: Never ever. . .

Staff (2018-07-08). Electric Car Sales Promise Shock for Big Oil. truthdig.com Oil and gas companies have underestimated probable electric vehicle sales and the effect they will have on their own businesses and profits, a new report says. | If the car manufacturers' projections of future sales of electric cars are correct, then demand for oil will have peaked by 2027 or even earlier, sending the price of oil in a downward spiral as supply exceeds demand, says Carbon Tracker (CT), an independent financial think-tank carrying out in-depth analysis on the impact of the energy transition on capital markets. | It says fossil fuel companies have taken into account some engine fuel efficiencies and the effect they would have on oil demand, but not the expected increase in electric vehicles themselves. There is a big mismatch between forecasts of EV market penetration from vehicle manufacturers and from oil majors, says Laurence Watson, a…

Merula Furtado (2018-07-08). Those Impacted by Colonialism Speak Out on the US's Legacy of Family Separation. truthout.org Those crying children, separated from their parents and detained for crossing the US border, are part of the original peoples of this continent. They symbolize all of the children that have been ripped away from their mothers' arms since the era of colonialism. | To be sure, Donald Trump is doing what the US has always done best: destroying and dehumanizing nations and peoples; destroying lives and peddling pseudo-religious-politico providential narratives. However, this time, it is the US itself that is imploding and being slowly destroyed by a would-be dictator and a spineless and complicit Congress. | On this continent, the crisis at the border began in 1492, and there is a direct line that begins with genocide, theft of a continent, theft of bodies, souls and even identities — all of which resulted in the destruction and enslavement of many peoples and…

Staff (2018-07-08). Trump Administration Takes Another Swipe at 'Obamacare'. truthdig.com The Trump administration says it's freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year.

Staff (2018-07-08). Iran: Trump's Tweets Have Added $10 to Cost of Oil. truthdig.com Iran's official for the Organization of Petroleum Countries, Governor Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, says the U.S. president's twitter activity is roiling the oil markets.

britney (2018-07-08). How ER Bills Can Cost as Much as $50,000 for "Trauma Response" truthout.org On the first morning of Jang Yeo Im's vacation to San Francisco in 2016, her 8-month-old son, Park Jeong Whan, fell off the bed in the family's hotel room and hit his head. | There was no blood, but the baby was inconsolable. Jang and her husband worried he might have an injury they couldn't see, so they called 911, and an ambulance took the family — tourists from South Korea — to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). | The doctors at the hospital quickly determined that baby Jeong Whan was fine — just a little bruising on his nose and forehead. He took a short nap in his mother's arms, drank some infant formula and was discharged a few hours later with a clean bill of health. The family continued their vacation, and the incident was quickly forgotten. | Two years…

Merula Furtado (2018-07-08). Donald Trump Uses Right-Wing Populism to Unite Divergent Groups. truthout.org No, the right wing is not a monolithic force. One of the key points Matthew N. Lyons details in his book Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right's Challenge to State and Empire is that the right wing is composed of groups with different historical roots. Trump, Lyons argues in this interview, is a right-wing populist. | Mark Karlin: Why is it important to break the far right in the United States into distinctive components? | Matthew K. Lyons: Because different branches of the far right represent different types of threats. They have different social bases, target different scapegoats, pursue different strategies, and have different strengths and weaknesses. Understanding these differences helps us fight them more effectively. | For purposes of analysis in Insurgent Supremacists, I define the US far right as encompassing those political forces that (a) regard human inequality as natural, desirable…

britney (2018-07-08). Even With SNAP Benefits, Some Low-Income Americans Lack Nutritious Food. truthout.org While researching how hard it is for low-income Americans to eat healthy on tight budgets, I've often found a mismatch between what people want to eat and the diet they can afford to follow. This made me wonder what eating right costs and how much of this tab gets covered by the largest federal nutrition program, commonly known as SNAP or food stamps. | To find out, I teamed up with Kranti Mulik, an agricultural economist. | MyPlate and SNAP: | We based our nutrition assumptions on MyPlate, the federal government's dietary guidelines, which account for differences according to age and gender. The guidelines spell out what you should eat from five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy and protein — including meat, beans, eggs, tofu and other soy-based products, nuts and seeds. | SNAP benefits also vary, based…

Merula Furtado (2018-07-08). Newly Unearthed FBI File Exposes Targeting of Folk Singer Dave Van Ronk. truthout.org

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