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Sunday, January 22, 2017

RSN: Trump's Speech Gave Us America the Ugly. Don't Let It Become Prophesy.




This is not who Americans are! 


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FOCUS: Frank Rich | Trump's Speech Gave Us America the Ugly. Don't Let It Become Prophesy. 
Donald Trump giving his inaugural address. (photo: unknown) 
Frank Rich, New York Magazine 
Rich writes: "There were some typical Trumpian declarations in the text ('America will start winning again, winning like never before'), but most of it was pure Stephen Bannon. The language was violent and angry." 
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BRAVO! RSN: Hackers Downloaded US Government Climate Data and Stored It on European Servers as Trump Was Being Inaugurated



Below is a collage of a few images protesting the ignorance of the Anti-Science Party now dictating. 

BRAVO to those who preserved SCIENCE!

Large Corporations, Trump's Major Campaign Donors, have sought to intimidate, terrorize, sue and insult SCIENCE that stymies their GREED! 

Pathetic times to live in when the GOP perpetuates ignorance - another Dark Ages. 





















Hackers Downloaded US Government Climate Data and Stored It on European Servers as Trump Was Being Inaugurated 
Zoë Schlanger, Quartz 
Schlanger writes: "As Donald Trump was sworn into office as the new president of the US on Jan. 20, a group of around 60 programmers and scientists were gathered in the Department of Information Studies building at the University of California-Los Angeles, harvesting government data." 
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Robert Reich | The Life of the Party: 7 Truths for Democrats 
Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich. (photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star) 
Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog 
Reich writes: "The ongoing contest between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wings of the Democratic Party continues to divide Democrats. It's urgent Democrats stop squabbling and recognize seven basic truths." 
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Women's March on Washington Overshadows Trump's First Full Day in Office 
David Smith, Guardian UK 
Smith writes: "The large crowd sent a clear signal to a man notorious for his thin skin and prone to boasting about the size of his crowds." 
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Hackers Downloaded US Government Climate Data and Stored It on European Servers as Trump Was Being Inaugurated 
Zoë Schlanger, Quartz 
Schlanger writes: "As Donald Trump was sworn into office as the new president of the US on Jan. 20, a group of around 60 programmers and scientists were gathered in the Department of Information Studies building at the University of California-Los Angeles, harvesting government data." 
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The American Left Will Be Reborn Under President Trump 
Owen Jones, Guardian UK 
Jones writes: "Donald Trump is now the most powerful man on Earth. You would expect the American left to be despondent; it's not. The left is stronger than it has been for decades." 
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The GOP's Healthcare Plans Have Awakened the Wrath of a Powerful Constituency: Older Americans 
Susan J. Douglas, In These Times 
Douglas writes: "Donald Trump, at age 70, will be the oldest person to assume the presidency. He is part of a major demographic revolution - the aging of the baby boom - which received minimal attention during the campaign. But now Trump seems poised to declare war on his own generation, or at least the portion that doesn't live in gilt towers in Manhattan." 
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How Somali Muslims Are Raising a 10,000-Person Anti-Hate Army 
Christopher Zumski Finke, Yes! Magazine 
Finke writes: "The large refugee community in Minnesota is a big target for bigotry, and tensions are expected to get worse. But they've got a plan." 
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Tossing Environmental Rules Won't Raise Wages, No Matter What the White House Says 
John Upton, Grist 
Upton writes: "Shortly after Donald Trump was sworn in as president on Friday, the White House said that eliminating power plant climate rules, a clean water rule, and other environmental regulations would 'greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next seven years.'" 
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CounterCurrents: Translating Trump’s Inaugural Speech From the Original German, Defending Civil Resistance Under International Law




Dear Friend,

Donald Trump’s inaugural speech, like the candidate himself, was a chain of falsehoods, saber-rattling and scary Neofascist uber-nationalism. But it could be difficult to follow because so much of it seemed stolen from the mass politics of the 1930s in central and southern Europe. Juan Cole offers a very important plain English translation. 

We here in India have been going through this falsehood, hatred and violence for the past two and half years. It is very surprising that two of the largest democracies on earth is going through similar trajectories. Shamsul Islam  wrties "Modi Cult Building Is Part Of Hindu Rashtra Building"

The Motto of Countercurrents is "Educate ! Organise! Agitate!". This motto is becoming all the more relevant with the current turn of events. Derrick Jensen, one of the greatest ecologist of our times, writes "So what I want you to do in response to the election of Donald Trump is to get off your butt and start working for the sort of world you want. Don’t mourn the election of Trump, organize to resist his reign, and organize to destroy the stranglehold that the Capitalist Party has over political processes, the stranglehold that capitalists and racists and woman-haters have over the planet and over all of our lives."

And also more stories from around the world. 

If you don't mind, and if you think the content of this news letter is critical for the dignified living and survival of humanity and other species on earth, please forward it to your friends and spread the word. It's time for humanity to come together as one family! You can subscribe to our news letter here http://www.countercurrents.org/news-letter/. 

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Translating Trump’s Inaugural Speech From the Original German
by Juan Cole

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/01/22/translating-trumps-inaugural-speech-from-the-original-german/

Donald Trump’s inaugural speech, like the candidate himself, was a chain of falsehoods, saber-rattling and scary Neofascist uber-nationalism. But it could be difficult to follow because so much of it seemed stolen from the mass politics of the 1930s in central and southern Europe. So here is a plain English translation of some key passages.




Modi Cult Building Is Part Of Hindu Rashtra Building
by Shamsul Islam  

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/01/22/modi-cult-building-is-part-of-hindu-rashtra-building/

There has been a universal belief among the modern historians and political scientists that history does not repeat ever. But recent happenings in the ‘largest’ democracy, India and the ‘greatest’ democracy, USA seem to have presented a challenge to the above dictum.




One Does Not Hate When One Can Despise
by Derrick Jensen 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/01/22/one-does-not-hate-when-one-can-despise/

So what I want you to do in response to the election of Donald Trump is to get off your butt and start working for the sort of world you want. Don’t mourn the election of Trump, organize to resist his reign, and organize to destroy the stranglehold that the Capitalist Party has over political processes, the stranglehold that capitalists and racists and woman-haters have over the planet and over all of our lives.





The Birth Of Trumpland: Notes On An Inauguration
by Dr Binoy Kampmark 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/01/21/the-birth-of-trumpland-notes-on-an-inauguration/

This inauguration has been a painful birth.  The mother continues to writhe in disgust and amazement, pondering whether the child needs strangling, if not smothering.    But in the end, it has remained yet another inauguration, another birth, the dawn of another era.  Dullness will find some way of entering the Oval Office, lumbering away to make matters plain and perhaps less terrifying.





Is President Trump Going To Be Hoodwinked By Netanyahu Like Barack Obama?
by Dr Ludwig Watzal 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/01/21/is-president-trump-going-to-be-hoodwinked-by-netanyahu-like-barack-obama/

If President Trump doesn’t watch out, he is going to be Netanyahu’s chump, says Thomas L. Friedman from the New York Times.[1] Trump’s statements about the abstention of the latest UNSC-vote by the US and his appointments for the ambassadorship to David Friedman or his son-in-law Kushner in the White House are causing serious fears. He seems ideologically so close to Netanyahu as only the right-wing Israel settlers can be, and they are very critical of Netanyahu





Democrats’ Lack Of Protest Under Obama More Likely An Expression Of Ignorance Than Hypocrisy
by Robert J Barsocchini 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/01/21/democrats-lack-of-protest-under-obama-more-likely-an-expression-of-ignorance-than-hypocrisy/

As Democrats express disgust at and prepare massive protests against Trump on his inauguration day (as was also done regarding Bush Jr.), respected analysts detail how the public has been kept ignorant of Obama’s actual policies and instead exposed to sycophantic praise, distortion, and omission regarding his actions.





A Reply To The Times of India
by Delhi Union Of Journalists 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/01/22/a-reply-to-the-times-of-india/

On the eve of the budget session and state elections the newspaper industry has made out a case for financial sops, including exemptions from the forthcoming Goods and Services tax, and higher government advertisement rates. The pretext is the losses it claims it faces as a result of paying journalists and other employees fair wages. This is a case of killing two birds with one stone: make a killing by getting more money from the government and by denying employees the dues ordered by the Majithia Wage Board.





Trolling Of Zaira Wasim: Why The Selective Generalisation?
by Imran Khan 

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/01/21/trolling-of-zaira-wasim-why-the-selective-generalisation/

They way Zaira was trolled to make one believe that Kashmiries seem to reject their young individual achievers. However such a trolling needs wholistic understanding. It can be considered as catharsis of few Kashmiri youth who faced very abnormal circumstances during 2016 uprising. Most of the youth are basically dissatisfied with mainstream politicians who tend to speak one language at the time of elections and other when they come to power. So the trolling is nothing but a well understood emotional reaction to an attempt by mainstream politicians to use the individual achievements by Kashmiries for their political gains.


Defending Civil Resistance Under International Law

http://www.countercurrents.org/2017/01/22/defending-civil-resistance-under-international-law/

Dr. Francis Boyle’s landmark book tells you how to run your own legal defense of civil resistance actions. This book is a must for any person who has taken part in a civil resistance action, or who has contemplated doing so. See how this defense can not only give you your best chance to avoid jail, but can also advance the cause for which you risked arrest.



Trump's America: The World Mocks Donald Trump





Trump's America: Cartoon views from around the world 


http://www.cnn.com//2017/01/20/opinions/gallery/2017-opinion-cartoon-galley/index.html 




























RSN: The Women's March Is Double the Size of Trump's Inauguration, Michael Moore Calls for Mass Opposition to Betsy DeVos as Pushback Against Trump's Education Pick Grows




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Dan Rather | We Now Have a New and Untested Captain 
Dan Rather. (photo: Rob Rich/WENN/News.com) 
Dan Rather, Dan Rather's Facebook Page 
Rather writes: "And so it begins. Of the nearly 20 inaugurations I can remember, there has never been one that felt like today. Not even close. Never mind the question of the small size of the crowds, or the boycott by dozens of lawmakers, or even the protest marches slated for tomorrow across the country." 
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The Women's March Is Double the Size of Trump's Inauguration 
Esther Yu Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress 
Lee writes: "President Donald Trump really likes to marvel at the size of the crowds at his events as a way to show himself support. He has said that there would be an 'unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout' at his inauguration." 
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Trump Signs Sweeping Order That Could Gut Obamacare 
Jennifer Haberkorn and Nolan D. McCaskill, Politico 
Excerpt: "A few hours after taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order that encourages federal agencies to dismantle large parts of Obamacare, possibly including the hugely unpopular mandate requiring most Americans to purchase insurance." 
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Michael Moore Calls for Mass Opposition to Betsy DeVos as Pushback Against Trump's Education Pick Grows 
Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post 
Excerpt: "Filmmaker Michael Moore told the crowd assembled for the Women's March on Washington Saturday morning that they should make their top priority opposing the confirmation of President Trump's nominee to run the Education Department, Betsy DeVos." 
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Internal List Shows President Trump Was Sworn In Next to His VIP Donors 
Mattathias Schwartz, The Intercept 
Schwartz writes: "Immediately after taking the oath of office Friday Donald J. Trump declared that 'we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.'" 
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As Trump Pledges to Resume Torture, New Documents Detail the Bush Era CIA Torture Program 
Sheri Fink, James Risen and Charlie Savage, The New York Times 
Excerpt: "When C.I.A. interrogators in a Thailand prison sent a cable to agency headquarters recounting that they had been slamming Abu Zubaydah, a captured terrorism suspect, against a wall, they emphasized that they were obeying instructions to take steps to prevent his injury, like putting a rolled-up towel behind his neck, and described the practice in detached terms." 
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5 Disturbing DAPL Developments You Need to Know 
Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch 
Chow writes: "The fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) wages on. Just this week law enforcement used tear gas and fired bean-bag rounds to disperse crowds and arrested nearly 40 people since Monday, the Billings Gazette reported. One Water Protector appears to have suffered a nasty wound in his leg after an alleged confrontation with an officer on Thursday (warning, the photo is graphic)." 
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Weekly Democratic Address: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)



Dear Members of the Democratic State Committee,

Weekly Democratic Address
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) delivered the first Democratic weekly address the day after the inauguration of President Trump. He talked about the Democratic Party’s domestic agenda on economic equality and the middle class.


Chuck Schumer
REP. SCHUMER: YESTERDAY, OUR COUNTRY TOOK PART IN A TRADITION THAT IS A CORNERSTONE OF OUR GOVERNMENT. THE ORDERLY TRANSFER OF POWER. THE CEREMONY ALSO OFFERED A CHANCE TO HEAR THE NEW PRESIDENT ARTICULATE HIS VISION FOR THE COUNTRY. TODAY IN A CONVERSATION WITH YOU, I WANT TO SHARE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY'S VISION AND HOW WE WILL WORK TO ADVANCE IT IN THE NEW YEAR AND NEW CONGRESS. FIRST, WE ARE GOING TO RECOMMIT OURSELVES TO PRINCIPLES THAT HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AT THE CORE OF OUR PARTY. WHAT MY FRIENDS CALLED, ECONOMIC JUSTICE. SPEAKING OF FOR WORKING FAMILIES, ECONOMIC FAIRNESS FOR THE AMERICAN WORKER, OPPORTUNITY AND PROSPERITY FOR THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS AND THOSE TRYING TO REACH IT. THOSE PRINCIPLES WILL ONLY BE OUR NORTH STAR. WE WILL FOLLOW THEM AND FIGHT FOR THEM. AND SECOND, WE SHALL FULFILL OUR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO HOLD THE OTHER BRANCHES ACCOUNTABLE. IT IS NOT OUR JOB TO BE A RUBBER STAMP, IT IS OUR JOB TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THAT IS WHY WE WERE ELECTED. SO, TO THE EXTENT THAT THE PRESIDENT PURSUES POLICIES THAT HELP AMERICANS AND ARE CONSISTENT WITH OUR VALUES ON ISSUES LIKE INFRASTRUCTURE, TRADE AND CLOSING LOOPHOLES, WE STAND READY TO WORK WITH THEM. BUT IF THEY PROPOSE POLICIES THAT WOULD HURT AMERICANS, CUT THEIR MEDICARE OR MEDICAID OR SOCIAL SECURITY, IF THEY PROPOSE TO WORLD THAT CONSUMER PROTECTION, OR THE LAWS THAT KEEP WALL STREET IN CHECK, IF THEY WANT TO WIND BACK PROTECTIONS FOR THE WATER, WE WILL FIGHT THEM TO THE AND NOW. -- TOOTH AND NAIL. WHEN THEY TRY TO TAKE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE AWAY FROM TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, THEN DEMOCRATS WILL FIGHT THEM WITH EVERY FIBER OF OUR BEING. AS WE ARE DOING RIGHT NOW. AND WHAT WE WILL ALWAYS DO IS HOLD THE PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE. ACCOUNTABLE TO THE WORKING PEOPLE, WITH -- FOR WHOM HE PROMISED SO MUCH AND ACCOUNTABLE TO ALL PEOPLE, ALL COLORS AND CREEDS AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION. AND PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANT, ACCOUNTABLE TO THE LAW. DEMOCRATS WILL MAKE THIS YEAR'S CONGRESS AND ACCOUNTABILITY CONGRESS. THE PRESIDENT RAN AGAINST BOTH PARTIES, HE PROMISED TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT AMERICA OPERATES, TO DRAIN THE SWAMP, BUT SINCE THE ELECTION HE SEEMS TO HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT. HIS CABINET IS STACKED WITH BILLION YEARS, CORPORATE EXECUTIVES, TITANS OF WALL STREET AND THOSE EMBEDDED IN WASHINGTON'S POWER. TOO MANY SUPPORT THE SAME POSITIONS THAT MANY IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAVE HELD FOR YEARS, POLICIES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE REPEATEDLY REJECTED. AND WE ARE ALREADY WORKING TO HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE FOR THAT. FEW DEMOCRATS CANNOT CONTROL WHAT THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS DO, WE CAN ONLY CONTROL WHAT WE DO AND WHAT WE WILL DO IS KEEP THE FAITH, HOLD TRUE TO OUR VALUES, AND FIGHT FOR THEM, AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS, HOLD THE PRESIDENT AND HIS PARTY ACCOUNTABLE. IT IS AN IMMENSE RESPONSIBILITY, BUT WE WILL MEET WITH PASSION AND THE COMMITMENT TO CONTINUE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH YOU, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.

Globally Inspiring! RSN: The Women's March Heralds a Renaissance of Resistance




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FOCUS: Eve Ensler | The Women's March Heralds a Renaissance of Resistance 
Eve Ensler. (photo: Brigitte Lacombe) 
Eve Ensler, Guardian UK 
Ensler writes: "Donald Trump is giving women nightmares. Many of them have reached out to me to say they are being seized by flashbacks of trauma and rape. They blame Trump's rise to power. So do I: my own rape came flooding back to me in a dream the other night. It was stirred by the inauguration of the president I call our predator-in-chief." 
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