Showing posts from July 24, 2016

Leaked Docs Reveal DNC Determined to Undermine Sanders Campaign

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[Needless to say, this blows out of the water any contention by the supposedly neutral Democratic National Committee that they have not favoured Hillary over Bernie. A trove of emails, released by WikiLeaks, reveal how higher-ups in Democratic National Committee sought to boost Clinton's campaign. *RON*]

By Andrea GermanosCommon Dreams, 22 July 2016

WikiLeaks on Friday published roughly 20,000 leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The whistleblowing organization describes the trove, which includes over 8,000 attachments, as "part one of our new Hillary Leaks series," and is just the latest in a series of document dumps that show the DNC—which, as the The Intercept notes, "isn't supposed to favor one Democratic candidate over another until they receive a nomination"—seeking to bolster the candidacy of the former secretary of state and working against that of rival Bernie Sanders.

It is unclear at …

Syria: Civilians at Risk as Aleppo Siege Tightens

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[On the one hand the West continues to terrorize and kill Muslim civilians; on the other, in response to their response of Muslim terrorism, it declares states of emergency that threaten the human rights of all Westerners. See also the clip for the movie "Our brand is crisis" and Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. *RON*]

Reuters, Human Rights Watch, 22 July 2016
© 2016 Reuters (New York) – The Syrian government and allied forces should urgently allow access to aid to besieged eastern Aleppo.

Residents of eastern Aleppo and aid workers told Human Rights Watch by phone that as the Syrian government siege has tightened since July 11, 2016, food prices have soared and medical supplies have decreased to alarming levels.

“Syrian government forces are repeating the terrible siege tactics in densely populated eastern Aleppo that devastated civilian populations in other towns in Syria,” said Nadim Houry, deputy…

After the crash, can biologists fix economics?

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[Orthodox economics is broken. We need to get the message out about how evolution, ecology, and collective behavior can help us avoid catastrophe. *RON*]
By Kate Douglas, Evonomics (Originally published at the New Scientist), 22 July 2016
The global financial crisis of 2008 took the world by surprise. Few mainstream economists saw it coming. Most were blind even to the possibility of such a catastrophic collapse. Since then, they have failed to agree on the interventions required to fix it. But it’s not just the crash: there is a growing feeling that orthodox economics can’t provide the answers to our most pressing problems, such as why inequality is spiralling. No wonder there’s talk of revolution.

Earlier this year, several dozen quiet radicals met in a boxy red building on the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany, to plot just that. The stated aim of this Ernst Strüngmann Forum at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies was to create “a new sy…

How to Reduce Police Violence

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[There is in fact disappointingly little in here on preventing police violence. On this, see our previous posting: We Already Know How to Reduce Police Racism and Violence. However, I'm always surprised at how many people ardently believe that there is no race bias in police shootings in the US. This article has a link to "the strongest data yet on how often officers use force on the job and how those actions differ according to the race of the people involved." When you run into deniers, you can direct them to this research (for all the good it will likely do). *RON*]

By Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, 22 July 2016

In the latest police shooting of an unarmed black man, an officer in North Miami this week shot Charles Kinsey—a therapist who was lying on the ground with his arms in the air. He had apparently been trying to help a patient with autism who was sitting in the street. Kinsey survived, but the incident follows letha…

A Third Woman Alleges She Was Sexually Assaulted By Donald Trump

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[Come on, people! How can a person to stay on as a presidential candidate with three rape accusations against him? *RON*]

By Kali HollowayAlterNet, 22 July 2016

On Wednesday, in the midst of the Republican National Convention, new allegations emerged of sexual assault committed by Donald Trump. This is the third woman who has accused the GOP presidential nominee of sexual assault.

The latest allegations of unwanted sexual contact by Trump come from Jill Harth, a makeup artist and business associate of the billionaire in the early 1990s. According to Harth, Trump sexually harassed her on numerous occasions, including cornering her in his daughter Ivanka’s bedroom and attempting to have sex with her. In 1997, Harth filed a lawsuit detailing Trump’s alleged repeated efforts to force her to have sex with him, as well as a number of other outrageous and inappropriate behaviors.

Harth, who gave an interview to the Guardian earlier this week, says s…

The demographics of income inequality

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[Income inequality correlates with "life expectancies, literacy, infant mortality, homicides, imprisonment, teenage births, trust, obesity, mental illness, addiction and social mobility." *RON*]

David Moon, Knoxville News Sentinel, 24 July 2016

The growing wealth and income gap between the wealthiest and poorest Americans is real, and, according to a recent study, responsible for higher levels of social ills and unrest in the U.S.

Whether the relationship is causal or a result, education and race play an uncomfortable role in this dynamic, one that is likely to worsen.

In a recent study about the correlation between differences in income and social cohesion, Professors Kate Pickett and Richard Williamson found that income inequality is highly and positively correlated with an index measuring 11 combined social items: life expectancies, literacy, infant mortality, homicides, imprisonment, teenage births, trust, obesity, mental illness, addi…