Showing posts from July 2, 2017

Today's Trumpery

[Welcome to the monkey house. A daily pastiche of Trumpisms and responses thereto. *RON*]

Junkie Running Dry, National Review [no less]

Far-Right Militia Groups May Serve as Security at GOP Events Near Portland, Oregon, AlterNet

Trump blasts states for refusing to hand over voter data, Reuters

Bill to create panel that could remove Trump from office quietly picks up Democratic support, Yahoo! News

Understanding Republican Cruelty, New York Times

Seeing more skepticism around Trumponomics, Business Insider [Trump vows 4% growth; IMF downgrades it to 1.8%]

Cleaning out my closet


Major correction to satellite data shows 140% faster warming since 1998

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[It's hard to escape a sense of impending doom around our political/corporatist blindness to this problem. See also: Siberian Wildfire Can Be Seen From Space as Earth's Boreal Forests Burn at Unprecedented Rates; Unprecedented heat in the Southwest shatters energy use records; Science division of White House office no longer staffed: report; and Pruitt will launch program to 'critique' climate science. 😠 *RON*]
Zeke Hausfather, Carbon Brief, 30 June 2017
A new paper published in the Journal of Climate reveals that the lower part of the Earth’s atmosphere has warmed much faster since 1979 than scientists relying on satellite data had previously thought.

Researchers from Remote Sensing Systems (RSS), based in California, have released a substantially revised version of their lower tropospheric temperature record.

After correcting for problems caused by the decaying orbit of satellites, as well as other factors, they have produced …

By 2100, Refugees Would Be the Most Populous Country on Earth

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[As of today there are already more displaced people in the world than there are people living in the United Kingdom! Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement. *RON*]
Vijay PrashadAlterNet, 29 June 2017

The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.

The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that…

Sue Google, Brussels regulator urges rivals

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[Many of the reader comments express outrage over government interference. Interference in what? 'Free' markets? The problem is that Google has a near monopoly. "Over coming months, the [EU anti-trust] commission is expected to publish a redacted version of its report, shorn of commercially sensitive information, which could then be cited in civil claims." *RON*]

Simon Duke & Danny Fortson, The Sunday Times, 2 July 2017
Europe’s competition chief has urged companies that believe they have been hurt by Google’s “illegal behaviour” to sue for lost earnings.

Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission’s anti-trust tsar, said any business with a potential claim against the internet search giant should use a damning report she is about to publish to bolster its legal case.

Vestager hit Google with a €2.4bn (£2.1bn) fine on Tuesday for manipulating internet search results to favour its own price comparison shopping service, and …

SAS soldiers ‘executed dozens of unarmed Afghan civilians and covered up the killings’, probe claims

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[A rogue unit of the elite special forces is accused of shooting dead suspected Taliban insurgents on night raids in 2011. *RON*]
Tess De La Mare, The Sun, 2 July 2017

SAS soldiers covered up the killings of dozens of unarmed Afghan civilians, according to a probe.

The men were said to be from a rogue unit which shot dead suspected Taliban insurgents on night raids.
In one case from 2011 the British soldiers allegedly handcuffed and hooded their targets before shooting them dead.

They are also suspected of planting pistols on victims as well as falsifying mission reports so it appeared Afghan special forces partners were to blame.

The potential war crimes were uncovered by Royal Military Police investigators working on Operation Northmoor, run from a military bunker in Cornwall.

The allegations were said to be supported by drone film, while bullets retrieved from victims’ bodies were of a type used by the SAS, according to The Sunday Times.

But the Min…