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Monday, July 27, 2015

RSN: Trump: Loose-Haired Agent of Chaos





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Donald Trump and Lindsey Graham. (photo: AP)
Amy Davidson, The New Yorker
Davidson writes: "On consecutive days last week, two Republican senators, both of whom are hoping to be the next President, released videos in which they destroyed stuff."
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n consecutive days last week, two Republican senators, both of whom are hoping to be the next President, released videos in which they destroyed stuff. First, Rand Paul went at a pile of paper, which he said was the United States tax code, with fire, a wood chipper, and a chain saw. (He wore safety goggles—he may be against regulations, but he’s also an ophthalmologist.) The next day saw Lindsey Graham attacking his Samsung flip phone with a cleaver, a blender, and a golf club. He also dropped a concrete block on it, threw it off a roof, and doused it with lighter fluid and ignited it. These videos suggest that Fox News, which is co-hosting the first G.O.P. Presidential debate, in Cleveland, on August 6th, should have in place firm rules regarding props, and that, perhaps, extra fire marshals should be deployed. With sixteen declared candidates, there is already a crowd-control problem; now the campaign threatens to be defined by demolition.
The loose-haired agent of much of the chaos has been Donald J. Trump. About a week ago, John McCain, the Party’s nominee in 2008, told Ryan Lizza, a writer for this magazine, that Trump had “fired up the crazies” in the G.O.P. with his descriptions of undocumented immigrants as rapists. Trump demanded an apology, and said that, anyway, McCain is “not a war hero.” Graham then asked that Trump “stop being a jackass.” Any New Yorker, having witnessed decades of the Donald, could have told Graham that this wasn’t going to happen. On Tuesday, Trump gave out Graham’s personal cell-phone number at a televised event in South Carolina. “Let’s try it,” Trump told the crowd. That inspired Graham, who had complained that Trump was turning the race “into a circus,” to make his video.
Some other numbers that became public last week may cause the Republican Party more worry. A Washington Post/ABC News poll showed Trump in the lead among the candidates, with twenty-four per cent of the vote. Scott Walker had thirteen per cent, followed by Jeb Bush (twelve), Mike Huckabee (eight), and then, in order of diminishing returns, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Chris Christie, John Kasich (who signed on last week), Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, and Lindsey Graham—in last place but with a chance of moving up, now that Trump has made sure that everyone knows where to reach him, as soon as he gets a new phone.
The poll results matter, even now, more than a year before the election, because Fox and the Ohio Republican Party, which are co-hosting the first debate (with Facebook), have said that the final five national polls leading up to it will determine who takes part—just the top ten. If things keep going as they are, Trump will be front and center, and he may need to be restrained from slapping a gold-lettered nameplate on the lectern. Another reason that the stakes are so high is that other efforts to cull the field have failed. Jeb Bush, whose campaign and its associated super pac have raised more than a hundred million dollars, can’t shake off the insurgents. In an attempt to make the primaries less of a carnival than they were in 2012, Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, pushed to have only nine sanctioned debates. This creates a strong temptation for candidates to stage a scene while they can. The second debate, in September, hosted by CNN, will also use polls to limit the participants to ten. (CNN and Fox will both hold secondary events for any left-out candidates polling higher than one per cent.) For the hopefuls at the bottom of the list, this is the moment to make some noise.
It’s hard enough to be heard in a crowded room without having to compete with a man who ended the week in Laredo, Texas, so that he could inspect the border, professing, “They say it’s a great danger, but I have to do it.” (He added that, once he is elected, “the Hispanics” are “going to love Trump.”) It’s harder still when you’re trying not to offend his supporters. After Trump insulted Mexicans last month, Bush said that he was personally offended, but others were more cautious. Christie commented that although some of Trump’s remarks may be “inappropriate,” he is “a good guy.” Cruz said, “I think he speaks the truth.” But if Trump weren’t around would the other Republicans behave that much more responsibly?
There is a serious discussion to be had over the Iran deal, yet the G.O.P. contenders seem willing to shatter years of diplomacy in the name of grandstanding. Cruz announced that “the Obama Administration will become the leading financier of terrorism against America in the world,” and Graham thought that the deal looked like “a death sentence for the State of Israel.” Rubio, in a Trump-like move, said that Obama lacked “class.” Bush and Walker got into a fight about whether they’d renounce the deal and start planning military strikes on Inauguration Day or wait until the first Cabinet meeting. Saying it’s Trump who’s wrecking the Republican Party ignores the ways that he embodies it.
Trump is not going to be elected, but he is intent enough on staying in the race to have filed financial-disclosure paperwork with the F.E.C.—a step that many observers thought he would stop short of—and he promptly put out a press release stating his worth at “ten billion dollars.” (Forbes estimates four billion; the biggest discrepancy comes from Trump’s assertion that his name alone is worth three billion.) In this election, the post-Citizens United financing mechanisms have fully matured, effectively removing the limits and the disclosure requirements for individual donations to campaigns. The money may have to be laundered through a super pac, but that is just a formality. This distorts the process in both parties and might help explain the large assortment of candidates. Cruz may seem like a preening opportunist, unpopular among his colleagues, but, having attracted more than fifty million dollars in contributions, he is a credible candidate. The Times reported that a significant portion of his early money came from a single donor: Robert Mercer, a hedge-fund executive who is so private that one of the few traces of his personal life in the public record is a lawsuit that he brought against a toy company that installed a model train set in his home and, he felt, overcharged him—by two million dollars.

To mount a Presidential campaign these days, you need just two people: a candidate and a wealthy donor. Or, in Trump’s case, just one: he is his own billionaire. And he is the unadorned face of American politics.




If you believe.....

that the US is the wealthiest nation, how do you support slashing FOOD STAMPS to feed children? even as Gazillionaires enjoy their tax shelters?  

How do you support allowing children to live in POVERTY? 

Is this the end of the Republican Empire? 
Does this define the Moral Bankruptcy of the GOP? 




Cecil the lion in Hwange


We have lost our humanity!





Published on Jul 23, 2015
Tourists eager to see Cecil the lion on safari in Zimbabwe
Shot with an arrow then chased for two days until he was skinned and beheaded: Zimbabwe’s most famous lion, Cecil, becomes a hunting trophy Cecil the Lion, 13, was one of the stars of Hwange National Park The lion was shot with an arrow by a hunter, outside the park's border Badly wounded, the lion was left for two days before he was killed The hunter skinned Cecil the Lion and cut off the head for a hunting trophy 


American Tourist Pays $50,000 To Kill, Behead, Skin Treasured African Lion (VIDEO)

AUTHOR JULY 27, 2015
It’s almost baffling how much people will pay for the “pleasure” of taking an innocent creature’s life. Cecil the lion is dead and the hunter or hunters who killed him, forked over about $55,000 for the “privilege” of murdering him.
Cecil was something of a treasure in Zimbabwe. Part of an Oxford University research project and perhaps the most famous lion in Africa, Cecil made his home at the Hwange national park. Thanks to the greasing of some park employees’ palms, the 13-year-old lion was lured about a half-mile out of the park by some employees so a hunter could take his life — the practice, The Guardian notes, is commonly used to allow hunters to “legally” kill protected lions:
The Oxford University study was looking into the impact of sports hunting on lions living in the safari area surrounding the national park. The research found that 34 of 62 tagged lions died during the study period. 24 were shot by sport hunters. Sport hunters in the safari areas surrounding the park killed 72% of tagged adult males from the study area.
Dr Andrew Loveridge, one of the principal researchers on the project, said that “hunting predators on the boundaries of national parks such as Hwange causes significant disturbance and knock-on effects” such as infanticide when new males enter the prides.
Thanks to a GPS collar, Cecil’s final movements were able to be tracked. Cecil was first shot with a bow and arrow. Then, the lion injured and dying, hunters tracked their victim for 40 hours until they finally finished him off with a rifle. When officials found Cecil’s body, they discovered something horrible: the lion had been beheaded and skinned.
“Cecil’s death is a tragedy, not only because he was a symbol of Zimbabwe but because now we have to give up for dead his six cubs, as a new male won’t allow them to live so as to encourage Cecil’s three females to mate,” said Johnny Rodrigues, head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. “The two people who accompanied the hunter have been arrested but we haven’t yet tracked down the hunter, who is Spanish.”
“I followed him and reached him two days later. Skinned and with his head cut off,” Rodrigues said.
While the murderer was widely identified as Spanish, a hunter who guided him identified the man who shot Cecil as “North American.” The unnamed hunter says that he did not know Cecil was famous and that he is “devastated” by the error — because, apparently, only famous lions matter.
“It was a magnificent, mature lion. We did not know it was well-known lion. I had a licence for my client to shoot a lion with a bow and arrow in the area where it was shot,” he said, noting that he reported the “mistake” to the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority the next day.
Cecil was well-known for being friendly with visitors to the park, even approaching them and “posing” for photos.
The ranger accused of accepting the hefty bribe and luring the lion outside park boundaries has been identified; but, authorities are still seeking the person who shot Cecil — and the lion’s head, which they expect will become a prized trophy. They suspect that it has already been removed from the country.
Earlier this year, the right’s favorite pedophile and pants-sh*tting draft dodger Ted Nugent posted this brain-meltingly stupid defense of trophy hunting:
CELEBRATE how lions thrive in areas where they are valued/hunted as precious renewable resources & hunters pay massive Gob$ of money to pay for game departments & gamewardens to ensure their thriving balanced truly proteced/managed condition. Not to be confused with the evil lies of animalrights freaks who have never saved or protected or paid for jackshit! CongratSalute lion hunters everywhere. We who truly care SALUTE you for your honest conservation values & honesty & success. We guarantee thriving game populations by hunting them. Go figure.
He helpfully included this photo of a trip in which he helped further thin the already-dwindling lion population:
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No matter where the hunter who killed Cecil is from, the practice of murdering majestic animals for nothing more than sport must stop. Trophy hunters kill approximately 600 lions each year, though as few as 32,000 are left in the wild — and National Geographic’s Jeff Flocken noted in 2013 that “Approximately 60 percent of all lions killed for sport in Africa are shipped to the U.S. as trophies” so good, God-fearing ammosexuals like Nugent can feel like they accomplished something.
Watch Cecil “pose” for some tourists, below:



Published on Jul 11, 2015
A great male lion who at this time was the pride male at Linkwasha. He was very approachable and looking innocent here, could be quite fierce, which he needed to be to look after all his females

Wealthy White Guys' OLYMPIC Brain Fart TERMINATED!


Bravo to those who stood tall with the FACTS and COSTS. 

Fix the infrastructure. Fix Public Transportation first among numerous other issues.....



Boston’s Bid for Summer Olympics Is Terminated

Why Is the New York Times Swiftboating J Street?


The Neo Con Chicken Hawks promote WAR and Empire Building at any costs.




We bring our soldiers home wounded in soul and body. 




It's time to say an emphatic NO! to the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex and those who profit from WAR. 






People who want to destroy the nuclear agreement with Iran to pave the way for another war are trying to swiftboat supporters of the deal as "anti-Israel."

Their latest outrage? Swiftboating J Street in the New York Times

I called out the New York Times in a piece at Huffington Post.

You can read and share it here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-naiman/why-is-the-new-york-times-swiftboating-j-street_b_7876026.html
You can sign our petition urging the New York Times editors to investigate here:

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/NYT-dont-swiftboat-jstreet

Thanks for all you do to help defend diplomacy and prevent war,

Robert Naiman
Just Foreign Policy


Voting Rights Act & the Wack-A-Dingers Who Disenfranchise


While we frequently target and label those states intent on racial discrimination to disenfranchise voters, let's not ignore that the Wack-A-Ding Tea Baggers have disrupted polling places in Massachusetts and the Middleboro Wack-A-Dings attempted to pass a By Law mandating Voter ID at Town Meetings. 

Local Town Meetings frequently have difficulty obtaining and maintaining a quorum - they're not MOBBING the doors.



The Uninformed Wack-A-Dings are out there threatening citizens' rights to vote at every level, hallucinating non-existent enemies and fraudulent voters.  








From Senator Elizabeth Warren in response to my emailed concerns: 



Thank you for contacting me about the Voting Rights Act.
The Voting Rights Act is one of our most important civil rights statutes. It was designed to protect voters from discrimination and has been an overwhelming success for 50 years. Despite this success, the Supreme Court recently gutted some of the Voting Rights Act's key provisions -- striking down the coverage formula in Section 4 of the Act, which identified jurisdictions with a history of pervasive discrimination and required those jurisdictions to "pre-clear" potential voting changes with the Justice Department or the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia before allowing those changes to take effect. I strongly disagree with this decision and believe Congress must act swiftly to override it.
The Justice Department has used these preclearance provisions to block restrictive laws in many parts of the country where racial and language minorities continue to face voting discrimination, and has called them essential to defending the rights of millions of Americans.  Now that the Supreme Court has struck down the coverage formula, it is Congress's responsibility - and obligation - to re-enact this provision according to the standards set forth by the Court.
That is why I have joined my colleague Senator Leahy in introducing the Voting Rights Advancement Act - a bill that would supply a new coverage formula to ensure we have the tools we need to protect the voting rights of all Americans.  The last time Congress reauthorized the Voting Rights Act in 2006, it passed the legislation with bipartisan majorities in the House and the Senate based on an extensive congressional record. That is as it should be.  Ensuring that every American has equal access to the polls should not be a partisan issue.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me about this important issue, and I hope that you will reach out to my office if I can be of assistance in the future.
Sincerely,
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CounterCurrents: Israel Sees Nazism In Mirror It Mistakes For Window, Turkey’s New “War on Terror” Mainly Targeting Kurds, US-Backed Saudi Strikes In Yemen Kill 120 Civilians , The Poverty of America’s Two-Party System



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US-Backed Saudi Strikes In Yemen Kill 120 Civilians 
By Thomas Gaist

http://www.countercurrents.org/gaist270715.htm

Saudi war planes killed at least 120 civilians in a series of airstrikes in the city of Taiz late Friday night. The strikes destroyed buildings that were serving as workers’ quarters as well as a nearby agricultural facility. The attack was only the latest instance of mass killing of civilians in the bombing campaign waged by the Saudi-led, US-backed coalition that began in March


Turkey’s New “War on Terror” Mainly Targeting Kurds 
By Juan Cole

http://www.countercurrents.org/cole270715.htm

What was at first announced as a new Turkish turn toward attacks on Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) on Friday has quickly become largely a campaign against Kurds instead. It is being alleged that the Turkish Air Force launched dozens of strikes against bases of the Kurdistan Workers Party over the border in Iraq on Saturday, and just 4 against Daesh positions in Syria


Israel Sees Nazism In Mirror It Mistakes For Window 
By David Swanson

http://www.countercurrents.org/swanson270715.htm

Israel is trying to expel the population of a village for the crime of not being Jewish, the same crime for which Israel bombs the people of Gaza for a month or so every few years and blockades them in between these bursts of violence. Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee declares that making peace with Iran amounts to marching Israelis "to the door of the oven." Guess which of the two stories will get more coverage!


The Need For A New Economic System 
By John Scales Avery

http://www.countercurrents.org/avery270715.htm

In the future, the only way that we can avoid economic collapse is to build a steady-state economy. There exists much literature on how this can be achieved, and these writings ought to become a part of the education of all economists and politicians


The Poverty of America’s Two-Party System 
By Jon Kofas

http://www.countercurrents.org/kofas270715.htm

The dominant political parties have the party machine tools at the local, state and national levels to bring any dissident movement into the mainstream. Otherwise, with the help of the media, they destroy it. Therefore, I do not see a viable third-party movement or movements until the next deep recession in America later this century, perhaps in the 2030s or 2040s. Because deep recessions or depressions cause economic polarization, the inevitable result will be social and political polarization, the ingredients which we see present in American society today that is much more polarized just beneath the surface than the “consensus-oriented” political, economic and media elites would have the public believe


UN Document Platform For Action And Its Recent 20 Years Celebration: 
A Few Critical Reflections On Its Stance On Poverty And Inequality Of Women 
By Dr. Zeenath Kausar

http://www.countercurrents.org/kausar270715.htm

The United Nations has recently celebrated the 20 Years Anniversary of one of its world known documents on women’s rights, Platform for Action, which is referred to as Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, BPA, which was passed in Beijing, China, in September, 1995. In this write-up, we would present few critical reflections on this UN document, Beijing Platform for Action, BPA and on some important reports which throw light on important discussions that took place during the 20 Years Anniversary of the document, from 8th to 20th March, 2015, in New York, at the UN Headquarters


Kargil War Remembered, Heroes Forgotten
By Abdul Rashid Agwan

http://www.countercurrents.org/agwan270715.htm

The national leaders couldn't even remember the exact day of the 'Vijay Diwas'. These instances may be found illustrious enough how the national leaders take “supreme sacrifices” of war heroes in a disingenuous way. They are even not publically sure about the date of the sacrifice, then what much should be expected of them. May their act was inadvertent but it gives a message of oblivion. The American poet Richard Watson Gilder hoped in his composition, “The ballads of martyrs be sung/at each anniversary of martyrdom/so that generations to follow value/the sacrifice of our Heroes./....Lest we forget.”


Is CBCS In India Narrowing The Role Of Education From Promoting 
All Round Development To Training Marketable Skills? 
By Dr. Swaleha Sindhi

http://www.countercurrents.org/sindhi270715.htm

The UGC has always initiated measures to bring efficiency and excellence in the Higher Education System of India but as far as CBCS is concerned it is too early to say if this system will be successful in the Indian Universities or not. The basic motive is to expand academic quality in all aspects, right from the curriculum to the learning-teaching process to examination and evaluation systems but the CBCS seems to narrow the role of education from encouraging the development of well-rounded individuals to training for marketable skilled workforce