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20,000 lesbians in the desert: welcome to the Dinah, a world without men

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["For five days in Palm Springs, Arwa Mahdawi entered an alternate reality where gay women celebrate each other with pool parties, dancing and debauchery." On the one hand I hear what they're talking about: "a lot of people don’t think lesbians (that is, real human lesbians, not the male porn fantasies) have any fun. 'People think we just sit at home in sensible shoes reading feminist theory to our cats.'" On the other, this is the absolute epitome of the reformist feminism that bell hooks talks complains about: we just want what white boys already have. No vision for a new and better world here. Meanwhile: Born free, killed by hate - the price of being gay in South Africa. *RON*]

Arwa Mahdawi, The Guardian, 8 April 2016

Every year at the end of March, 20,000 lesbians from around the world fly into the Californian desert for five days of debauchery, and I’m one of them. It’s my second time at the Dinah, also known …

Inside America’s Auschwitz

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[Poignant. A new museum offers a rebuke — and an antidote — to our sanitized history of slavery. How long before the Jewish Defamation League complains about the comparison? *RON*]
By Jared Keller, Smithsonian, 4 April 2016
At first glance, the “Wall of Honor” at Louisiana’s Whitney Plantation slavery museum — a series of granite stones engraved with the names of hundreds of slaves who lived, worked and died there — evokes any number of Holocaust memorials. But as the future mayor of New Orleans noted at the museum’s 2008 opening, this site is different; this is America’s Auschwitz.

“Go on in,” Mitch Landrieu told the crowd, according to the New York Times. “You have to go inside. When you walk in that space, you can’t deny what happened to these people. You can feel it, touch it, smell it.”

How offshore banking is costing Canada billions of dollars a year

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[So, on the one hand, we have these two reporters who can put numbers to this story lickety-split: $6-7.8 billion per year in lost tax revenue. Then, on the other, we have the response of the Trudeau government, which is 'After we blame Harper, let's do a study': The Canadian government has absolutely no clue how much money it's losing to offshore tax dodgers. *RON*]

By: Robert CribbMarco Chown Oved, The Star, 4 April 2016
The hidden identities of 350 Canadians with offshore tax haven investments have beenrevealed in the private database of one of the world’s leading shell company registration firms, according to a Toronto Star analysis of a massive leak obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Oil Companies Donated To Clinton Foundation While Lobbying State Department

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[And the beat goes on... Also: The Problem With Hillary Clinton Isn’t Just Her Corporate Cash. It’s Her Corporate Worldview. *RON*]
By David Sirota & Ned Resnikoff, International Business Times,  5 April 2016

"I'm so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me..."
Faced with new questions last week about her cash haul from the oil and gas industry, Hillary Clinton and her campaign fended off the queries with a flat rejoinder: There is no explicit quid pro quo between major donations and public policies pushed by Clinton. The Clinton team also noted that the millions of dollars that flowed to her campaign and a super PAC supporting her White House bid came from the industry’s individual employees and lobbyists, not from the oil companies themselves.

But Clinton’s family foundation has accepted millions of dollars directly from major fossil fuel companies — including from those that lobbied her State Department just before the age…

Oops! Bill Clinton Says he Accidentally Took $500,000 from Algerian Govmt During Key Arms Negotiation with State Department

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[The cracks are showing in the corruption machine, at least. *RON*]

By Robert Gehl, Downtrend, 5 April 2016

Oops!

Bill Clinton is claiming his foundation “accidentally” accepted money from foreign governments who were negotiating with his wife while she was Secretary of State – a definite no-no.

The Clinton Foundation received $500,000 from Algeria in 2010 while the country was lobbying the State Department for an increase in weapons export authorization.

The International Business Times says that “some of those export authorizations were for weapons classified as “toxicological agents, including chemical agents [and] biological agents.”
“[Critics] said, ‘Oh you got $500,000 from Algeria at very same time they were lobbying the State Department,’” Clinton said. “Those two facts are accurate but if you put them back-to-back they are incredibly misleading. Here’s why: I never considered that the Algerians gave me the money.” Huh?

As B.C. pushes to build Site C, Oregon and California agree to tear down four dams

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[As Christy Clark barrels ahead with Site C, Oregon Governor Kate Brown says, "I’m proud to be a part of a plan that invokes the spirit of collaboration to ensure the recovery of the Klamath's historic fishing grounds while sustaining the region’s farming and ranching heritage." See also: BC Hydro's Bizarre, Multi-Million Dollar Boondoggle to Save Fish from Site C DamIt’s Official: Site C Dam Could Power Fracking Operations in Northeast B.C.Site C Dam: A $10 Billion Taxpayer Subsidy for LNG, Fracking, and MOST IMPORTANTLY: STOP THE SITE C DAM (see how you can help). *RON*]

By Charles Mandel, National Observer, 7 April 2016
While the British Columbia government is pushing ahead with the much-reviled Site C dam, across the border in Oregon and California, they’re removing them.

In one of the largest river restoration efforts in the U.S., nation, state and federal officials signed an agreement Wednesday expected to remove four…