Showing posts from July 20, 2017

Today's Trumpery

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

Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions, New York Times [This is the one to read today. Re: the Mueller warnings, on MSNBC, columnist Eugene Robinson likened that to being pulled over for speeding and telling the officer, "whatever you do, don’t look in the trunk." So, sure enough: Deutsche Bank expects subpoenas over Trump-Russia investigation, The Guardian. He constantly shoots himself in the foot then blames everyone around him.]
U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel, The Intercept [They want to make it a felony to criticize Israel!!!]

Jeff Sessions says he’ll remain in office despite Trump’s rebuke over Russia, PBS Newshour
Trump officially nominates climate-denying conservative talk radio host as USDA’s top scientist, Think Progress
David Cay Johnston: Trump is "Appallingly Ignorant" on Healthcare & Puts Gre…

Britain spends billions on flawed F‑35s

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[Setbacks and hidden charges push cost of stealth aircraft to £150m each. This plane is a monstrous farce. Canada still has not cancelled its order for 65 of them = $16 billion! *RON*]
Alexi Mostrous & Deborah Haynes, The Times, 17 July 2017

Britain is paying hundreds of millions of pounds in hidden costs for a next-generation warplane that will be unable to function properly because of defence cuts, an investigation by The Times has revealed.

The F-35 Lightning II, the most expensive aircraft of its kind, has been described by Sir Michael Fallon, the defence secretary, as the “most powerful and comprehensive” fast jet in history. Its American manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, has said that the aircraft will cost Britain between £77 million and £100 million each.

However, taxpayers face spending more than £150 million for each of the high-tech fighter-bombers delivered this year, analysis suggests. The extras — for items such as software upgrades, …

Defend Europe boat tries to block migrant rescues

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[As Defend Europe sets sail in hope of turning refugees back, UK anti-racism monitor issues warning over migrant safety. Could this be considered attempted murder? *RON*]

Al Jazeera staff, Al Jazeera, 17 July 2017

Far-right activists have set sail in a boat with plans to prevent the arrival of Europe-bound boats carrying refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, sparking criticism from an anti-racism monitor.

Italy struggles to cope with refugee influx

Defend Europe, the group behind the journey which began Sunday, said on its fundraising page that its members would set sail in a 422-tonne vessel with a 25-member crew after receiving more than $115,000 in donations in recent weeks.

The crew is expected to arrive in Catania, Italy, on Monday to await the arrival of the boat they will use on their mission, organisers said.

The UK-based organisation, HOPE not hate, which has monitored Defend Europe, reported that the boat was setting sail from Dji…

Anti-Violence Activist Is Fatally Shot in Chicago

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["It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it." Geroge Carlin *RON*]

Christine Hauser, New York Times, 17 July 2017

He was known as the Mayor of 95th Street, an angular figure in a cap and blazer who was a fixture of the streets of his Chicago neighborhood. He was an activist who tried to help young people rise above the city’s unrelenting gun violence.

But William Cooper, 58, fell victim to the violence he had worked so hard to stop.

On Monday, Chicago emerged from another bloody weekend of gun violence in which 10 people were killed in 35 gunfire incidents from Friday evening through just before midnight on Sunday, the Chicago Police Department said on Monday. Among them, the department confirmed, was Mr. Cooper, known as Willie.

Outside the Lilydale Outreach Workers for a Better Community in the city’s South Side neighborhood, local television stations broadcast an impromptu prayer vigil and a shrine …

Andy Warhol'd Superstars and the Invention of Downtown New York

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[An interesting piece that draws a straight line from Andy Warhol to the Kardashians. "On a master of surfaces and the entourage he created." *RON*]

Victor P. Corona, Literary Hub, 20 July 2017

Andy Warhol was among the first artists to uphold a kind of lifestyle as art that is now firmly ingrained in us during the age of Instagram filters and Snapchat stories. Before Warhol, artists of renown like Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock were hallowed names in the art world, but few outside the elites could probably identify their faces in a crowd. Warhol morphed into more than a successful aesthete, becoming an emblem to adorn bags, mugs, and other overpriced museum tchotchkes. Himself a stargazer who fussed over stars ranging from Truman Capote to Marilyn Monroe, Warhol knew the substance of the shining iconicity he was pursuing.

His reach extends to the actual bodies of our common idols. Old Lady Gaga pal Brendan Jay Sullivan recalled a mom…

A parting shot from Christy Clark's government -- shocking but not surprising

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[What complete creeps! Brought to my attention by my friend David, who says "On their last day in power, the BC liberals OK'd mining exploration in a First Nations park - announced while the people of the region were evacuated for wildfires... 'Could this have anything to do with a $300,000 donation to the Liberals from Taseko Mines?'" See also: ‘It’s Insulting’: BC Liberals Issue Mining Permits in Tsilhqot’in Territory as Wildfires Rage. *RON*]

Sara Golling, The Nelson Daily, 18 July 2017

While four of six Tsilhqot’in communities are evacuated due to raging wildfires surrounding their communities, Christy Clark's outgoing Liberal government has granted permits to Taseko Mines to conduct extensive pre-construction exploration and drilling for the New Prosperity mine proposal in a place precious to the Tsilhqot'in Nation. Never mind that the federal government has twice nixed successive versions of the proposal. …