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Today's Trumpery


Inconvenient data buried as 'confidential business information.'

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[Monsanto vs the public good. The level of evident collusion between the EPA and the corporatocracy is appalling; and this certainly didn't start with Donald Trump. *RON*]

Pete Myers, Environmental Health News, 4 June 2017
After the European Parliament obtains the release of Monsanto's data, a very different picture emerges about the safety of its product.

The key ingredient in the most widely used herbicide in the world, Roundup, is stirring up controversy again.

A new analysis of previously confidential data has revealed serious errors in the supposedly scientific justification that glyphosate is safe.

The analysis comes from a real silverback in the environmental health field: Dr. Chris Portier, retired Director of the US National Center for Environmental Health and formerly the director of the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. He finds that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemical Agency (EC…

Obama: a Hollow Man Filled With Ruling Class Ideas

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[The crapification of progressive politics. Excellent piece on "America's first technically black president." In a two-party nation, who is left to vote for when you get to choose between this or Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? *RON*]

Paul Street, Counterpunch, 2 June 2017

A “Hollow” Man Who Was “Unwilling to Fight the Good Fight”

What on Earth motivated the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and law professor David J. Garrow to write an incredibly detailed 1078-page (1460 pages with endnotes and index included) biography of Barack Obama from conception through election to the White House? Not any great personal affinity for Obama on Garrow’s part, that’s for sure. Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama is no hagiography. On the last page of this remarkable tome, Garrow describes Obama at the end of his distinctly non-transformative and “failed presidency” as a man who had long ago had become a “vessel [that] was hollow at its core.…

Hell Is Empty And All the Hedge Fund Managers Are At The Bellagio

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[Good read. "On Thursday evening, the singer Jewel appeared to play a set for the crowd in the Bellagio ballroom. In front of a screen reading “INVEST IN HUMAN CAPITAL,” she recounted how she became homeless and was forced to live in her car and then her car got stolen, before launching into her tune, Who will save your soul,
After all those lies you told? When she finished, everyone looked up from their phones and applauded." *RON*]
Hamilton Nolan, The Concourse, 1 June 2017
Blue blazers. Blue checked shirts. Collar open. No tie. Brown shoes. Black shoes. Or Nike shoes. New, new, all new. Soft leather satchels with bold brass zippers. Good cufflinks. Good watches. Better than you know. Hundred dollar haircuts. Straight razored shaves. Shaped cuticles. Manicured nails. Clean, soft, tailored. New. Talking boisterously in the check-in line at the Bellagio. “I have to be in Palm Beach. Everyone is in Palm Beach.” Pencil skirts. High heels.…

Hate crimes against Muslims in Canada up 60%, StatsCan reports

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[Group says Conservative rhetoric during 2015 election campaign helped fuel increase in incidents. See also: 29% of reported hate crimes against Indigenous people in Canada in 2015 occurred in Thunder Bay: StatsCan'Someone was asleep at the wheel': Mosque shooting victim blames police for inaction before shootingOshawa, Ont., woman charged in 5 alleged assaults on Muslims over 2 days. *RON*]
Kathleen Harris, CBC, 13 June 2017
The number of police-reported hate crimes against Muslims jumped by 60 per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to Statistics Canada.

New data released Tuesday show there were 159 anti-Muslim incidents reported to police that year, up from 99 the year before.

National Council of Canadian Muslims vice-chairman Khalid Elgazzar called 2015 a "difficult year" for Muslim Canadians, as two terrorist attacks in France inflamed anti-Muslim sentiment and former prime minister Stephen Harper made a…

Steve Scalise: Republican House whip shot and wounded

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[I'm waiting for confirmatory details, but The Guardian reports that the politicians were going later that day to vote on a measure to make it easier to use guns with silencers. *RON*]

BBC World News, 14 June 2017

A top congressman was among five people wounded as a gunman sprayed bullets at Republican lawmakers during baseball practice in a Washington DC suburb.

House of Representatives Majority Whip Steve Scalise was expected to survive after the early morning attack at a park in Alexandria, Virginia.

Two police officers suffered non-life threatening bullet wounds as they fired back at the attacker.

Police said the gunman was among five people taken to hospital.

Latest updates

Alexandria police tweeted: "Suspect is in custody and not a threat."
The lawmakers were practising for the annual congressional ballgame scheduled to be played on Thursday at Nationals Park, home of Major League Baseball team the Washington Nationals.

Alexandria …