Scholar details how nuclear war with North Korea would likely unfold

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A reckless tweet from Trump, misunderstood by North Korea’s dictator, would lead to the use of nuclear weapons by North Korea. Millions of people, including Americans, would die:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/this-is-how-nuclear-war-with-north-korea-would-unfold/2017/12/08/

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to an anti-nukes group:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/10/europe/nobel-peace-prize-ceremony/index.html

Trump’s former national security adviser pleads guilty, will cooperate with investigation

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42192080

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/us/politics/michael-flynn-guilty-russia-investigation.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/flynns-takedown-may-be-the-moment-everything-changed/2017/12/01/d62d97e8-d6de-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/flynns-plea-raises-new-questions-about-whether-trump-obstructed-justice/547328/

Flynn led chants of “Lock her up!” at Trump campaign rallies. Oh, the irony.

CNN defends freedom of the press after Trump’s attacks

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http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2017/11/28/anderson-cooper-trump-cnni-tweet-ac360.cnn

http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2017/11/27/facts-first-despite-attacks-wolf-sot.cnn

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/11/28/cnn-stars-blitzer-cooper-amanpour-and-others-fire-back-at-trump-in-day-of-rage/

 

Trump calls US senator ‘Pocahontas’ at meeting honoring Native American WWII heroes

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How could anyone be so stupidly offensive:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-says-pocahontas-during-ceremony-to-honor-navajo-code-talkers/2017/11/27/d5ea047a-d3ae-11e7-9461-ba77d604373d_story.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-pocahontas-elizabeth-warren-navajo-code-talkers-white-house/

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/trump-pocahontas/546842/

http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/11/28/russell-begaye-trump-reaction-newday.cnn

Nine million children to lose health insurance in a few weeks

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Nine states, including California, will run out of federal health insurance funding by late December or early January for nine million children and 370,000 pregnant women:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/states-prepare-to-shut-down-childrens-health-programs-if-congress-doesnt-act/2017/11/23/01a6169e-ba7d-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html

Republicans also plan to give billions of dollars in tax cuts to the rich and increase the military’s budget to $700 billion.

More:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/10/01/9-million-kids-get-health-insurance-under-chip-congress-just-let-it-expire/

FCC plans to eliminate net neutrality Dec. 14

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The Republican majority in the FCC plans to remove equal access protections so that a few giant internet service providers can do whatever they want, including increase prices, slow download speeds, and even block access to websites for political reasons:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/11/rip-net-neutrality-fcc-chair-releases-plan-to-deregulate-isps/

The Republicans’ claim that turning over the internet to the free market will benefit consumers is specious, as 50 million homes only have access to one internet service provider. There is no free market without competition:

https://www.bestvpn.com/privacy-news/fcc-net-neutrality-repeal/

The changes will permit monopolies to charge whatever they want for internet access and censor the internet to promote their agendas:

https://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now

Net neutrality protects the people’s access to the internet:

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/11/22/fcc_moves_to_gut_net_neutrality

Here is a site that makes it easy for you to contact your Congress member to voice your opinion and save the internet:

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/11/today-and-every-day-we-fight-defend-open-internet

If enough people demand net neutrality be saved, Congress and the FCC will notice that the public disagrees with their plans:

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2017/11/how_to_save_net_neutrality_before_it_s_destroyed.html

Protests are planned nationwide Dec. 7:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/11/net-neutrality-supporters-plan-nationwide-protests-on-december-7/

An FCC member is urging the public to demand net neutrality be saved:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-rosenworcel-fcc-net-neutrality-repeal-20171122-story.html

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai attacks celebrities for their criticism of his plans to gut net neutrality protections:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/11/ajit-pai-blames-cher-and-hulk-actor-for-ginning-up-net-neutrality-support/

 

Trump has lied 1,628 times in less than 300 days

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Trump is now averaging five lies a day, even more than in his first months in office:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/11/14/president-trump-has-made-1628-false-or-misleading-claims-over-298-days/

Update: Trump is now lying an average of nine times a day:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/i-study-liars-ive-never-seen-one-like-president-trump/2017/12/07/

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/washington-post-launches-interactive-graphic-about-trumps-140-lies/

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/trump-has-lied-more-than-1000-times-in-first-seven-months-as-president/

 

FCC allows media consolidation, ends broadband subsidies

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Republicans continue to favor giant corporations over the people:

https://www.cnet.com/news/fcc-votes-to-loosen-media-ownership-rules/

Now one media company will be able to own several broadcast stations and the local newspaper in the same city. The result will be less diversity of opinion with fewer voices:

https://www.poynter.org/news/fcc-rolls-back-ownership-regulations-big-media-companies

And many low income Americans will no longer receive subsidies to help pay for broadband internet at home:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/11/sorry-poor-people-the-fcc-is-coming-after-your-broadband-plans/

Next up for the FCC is its plan to kill net neutrality. This would make it possible for internet service providers to charge fees to some wealthy websites and apps for faster speeds, which would slow down the internet for everyone else. ISPs would even be able to block or throttle lawful internet content:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/11/fccs-net-neutrality-killing-vote-on-track-for-december-14/

Trump accused of demanding sale of CNN as condition to approve merger

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If the accusation is true, Trump would have crossed a line into banana republic authoritarianism:

https://www.recode.net/2017/11/8/16624946/trump-punish-cnn-att-time-warner

Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch has contacted AT&T twice about purchasing CNN, which would explain Trump’s eagerness to force the sale of CNN. Fox News is the mouthpiece of the Republican Party:

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/10/media/rupert-murdoch-cnn-att/index.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/08/business/dealbook/att-time-warner.html

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/11/trump-justice-department-cnn/545393/

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/11/is-rupert-murdoch-a-hidden-hand-in-the-cnn-merger-meltdown

 

‘Our minds can be hijacked’ with social media

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/12/12/former-facebook-vp-says-social-media-is-destroying-society-with-dopamine-driven-feedback-loops/

Trump’s media handlers and the Russians knew they could use fake news and ads in social media and the internet to manipulate millions of voters. Now it will be interesting and scary to see whether they can do it again.

Another scary question is whether social media and the internet will kill democracy, and whether we will even notice:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/05/smartphone-addiction-silicon-valley-dystopia

https://blog.dscout.com/mobile-touches

The great hope in the early days of the web was that it would facilitate democracy by leveling the playing field so that anyone could participate in the process and have a voice. Trump, though, turned that potential for good upside down.

I agree with the tech evangelists who point out that social media is neither inherently bad nor inherently good.  But, as we saw with the election of Trump and the success of Brexit, it can be used with devastating effect to manipulate millions of people to act against their own interests. The algorithm beast is constantly learning at the speed of light, and its data are available for sale to the worst possible political candidates.

Here is one way to defend yourself against this manipulation:

http://www.timewellspent.io/

Another way is to read the best of journalism:

https://www.nytimes.com/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/

https://www.theguardian.com/us

https://www.theatlantic.com/

http://www.cnn.com/

https://www.npr.org/

https://www.democracynow.org/

John Stuart Mill was right in pointing out that truth does not always defeat falsehood in the short run. Truth can win out, though, if we do our part.

It is encouraging to see so many millennials doing their part by reading the best news media:

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/millennials-subscribe-to-newspapers-magazines-in-record-numbers/

 

Congress allows perpetual war without authorization

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http://www.pe.com/2017/11/09/putting-an-end-to-americas-endless-wars/

http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/12/put-an-end-to-perpetual-war/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/opinion/the-never-ending-war-in-afghanistan.html

The U.S. has nearly 700 military bases in 74 nations around the world, including 179 in Germany and 109 in Japan:

https://qz.com/1059549/afghanistan-troop-build-up-where-else-in-the-world-does-the-us-have-military-bases/

By serving as the world’s police, the U.S. subsidizes the national health care plans of the developed world while failing to take care of its own people. This is illogical, bad for the economy and morally inexcusable.

Few Congress members, including Democrats, will ever vote against a weapons program when it is based in part in their district. And many of the most costly weapons inexcusably include parts that are manufactured in all 50 states, thus guaranteeing Congressional approval in what can only be described as a racket to defraud the American taxpayers.

President Eisenhower warned against failing to reign in the military industrial complex, but his words of wisdom have been ignored:

https://www.npr.org/2011/01/17/132942244/ikes-warning-of-military-expansion-50-years-later

Instead of heeding Eisenhower’s warning, the $700 billion U.S. military budget has grown to monstrous proportions. The military budget increase for 2018 is being financed with huge cuts to domestic spending for environmental protection, education, the arts and many other programs:

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-budget-defense/congress-finalizes-700-billion-defense-spending-plan-idUSKBN1D82I5

Many people in the developed world view the U.S. as violent, insensitive and uncultured. There are plenty of reasons why this negative image persists. One of them is that we elect politicians who spend the taxpayers’ money on weapons and war instead of on taking care of our people and the environment.

As we begin to look beyond the vile nightmare that is Donald Trump, we should demand that the next president must commit to changing the nation’s direction to emphasize education, environmental protection, human rights and dignity, social justice and free health insurance for everyone. We cannot settle for mediocrity or more steps backward. The world is at a critical moment in history with the problems of climate change and hate groups experiencing a resurgence, and so the people should demand nothing less than a president who will be a progressive statesman who will lead the nation forward to meet these urgent challenges.

 

Trump administration proposes destruction of most pristine place in US

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https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/11/10/opinion/sunday/wildest-place-in-america.html

The New York Times used maps, photos and graphics well to help tell the story about what will be lost when Trump gets his filthy hooks into this beautiful land. The reader comments, too, are worth reading.

There is no limit to Trump’s greed and madness.

Study confirms climate change human caused

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https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/a-major-new-us-report-affirms-climate-change-is-getting-worse/544952/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/03/climate/us-climate-report.html

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/us-government-climate-report-climate-change-is-real-and-our-fault/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/03/climate/climate-change-impacts.html

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/03/climate-change-report-us-government-contradicts-trump

 

Republicans offer plan to give $1 trillion in tax cuts to business, increase taxes on middle class

Most of the tax cuts would go to the rich and businesses. Taxes would increase for the middle class to pay for the rich and businesses to get tax cuts:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/us/politics/tax-plan-republicans.html

The tax breaks for student loans, tuition and medical expenses would be eliminated. As would the tax deduction for state taxes, which would disproportionately hurt Californians. And the national debt would spiral out of control:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/opinion/trump-republican-tax-plan.html

The Republicans’ plan to eliminate higher education tax deductions and credits would increase the cost for students and their families by $71 billion:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/11/16/government-analysis-shows-house-tax-bill-would-increase-the-cost-of-college-by-71-billion-over-a-decade/

Trump campaign officials indicted, aide pleads guilty

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/manafort-and-former-business-partner-asked-to-surrender-in-connection-with-special-counsel-probe/2017/10/30/6fe051f0-bd67-11e7-959c-fe2b598d8c00_story.html

Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is expected to broker a deal to stay out of prison in return for revealing the campaign’s crimes and/or shady dealings with Russia to influence the presidential election. Trump can pardon Manafort for federal but not state crimes, and so Manafort’s only option to stay out of prison may be to reveal everything about the campaign’s misbehavior:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/opinion/paul-manafort-indictment-trump.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/opinion/manafort-indictment-trump-russia.html

The special counsel’s investigation has linked Trump’s former campaign manager to what is described as the most dangerous organized crime group in the world:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/mueller-reveals-new-manafort-link-to-organized-crime

Manafort faces up to 15-20 years in prison.

Facebook now says that 126 million Americans saw the ads and fake news from Russia that attempted to influence the U.S. presidential campaign:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/2017/10/30/4509587e-bd84-11e7-97d9-bdab5a0ab381_story.html

Senators’ proposal to regulate online political advertising was met with a cool reception from Facebook, Google and Twitter.

http://www.dailyherald.com/business/20171101/russian-ads-now-public-show-sophistication-of-influence-campaign

Here are some of the fake ads from Russia:

http://www.sbsun.com/2017/11/01/here-are-some-of-the-russian-ads-that-targeted-crucial-election-states-on-facebook-and-twitter/

Campaign experts say that it is almost certain that Trump campaign officials helped Russia to target the ads and fake news in battleground states and key voting districts in what could amount to a bloodless coup to steal the presidency.

Trump’s approval ratings have dropped to a new low of just 38 percent, the lowest of any modern president at this point:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/10/30/the-other-bad-news-for-trump-on-monday-new-approval-rating-lows/

Trump was already unstable, but now that he is seething with anger there is no telling how he may lash out in a way that makes sense only to him.

Trump may now opt to fire the special counsel, but that could  increase the perception that his authoritarian presidency lacks any shred of legitimacy or even lead to his impeachment.

There is also concern that Trump may order a nuclear attack on North Korea to crazily attempt to divert attention from his slipping approval ratings and the investigation into his campaign’s alleged corruption.

Millennials subscribe to newspapers, magazines in record numbers

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There is reason to be hopeful about the nation’s future:

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/21/millennials-trump-paying-for-news-244001

More:

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/newspaper-magazine-subscriptions-break-records-with-huge-increases/

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2016/12/28/news-readership-subscriptions-surge-after-trump-win/

Twitter to ban some hate speech, violent groups

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https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/10/twitter-has-a-timeline-for-stamping-out-revenge-porn-violent-tweets/

Twitter will still allow “President” Trump to continue spewing hate and encouraging violence in his tweets.

Twitter’s new policy rings hollow, as Trump is its worst abuser.

Police and the military will also still be allowed to have Twitter accounts.

Bush, Obama criticize Trump for dividing nation

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/19/us/politics/george-bush-trump.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/george-w-bush-comes-out-of-retirement-to-deliver-a-veiled-rebuke-of-trump/2017/10/19/3b7881ea-b4ec-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/19/george-w-bush-trump-bigotry-lies-coded-attack

Trump disrespects fallen American soldier with callous comment to family

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What kind of sick monster makes an insensitive comment to the gold star widow of a soldier who died serving his country? The answer, of course, is “President” Trump:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/10/18/totally-fabricated-trump-disputes-congresswomans-depiction-of-his-exchange-with-soldiers-widow/

http://www.newsweek.com/frederica-wilson-johnson-trump-call-687810

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-military-niger-khans-mccain-vietnam-war-688047

Trump described as increasingly ‘unstable’

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Trump administration officials discuss what they would do if Trump orders a nuclear attack:

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/10/donald-trump-is-unraveling-white-house-advisers

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/14/donald-trump-iran-healthcare-white-house-corker

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senators-deadlock-in-debate-over-whether-to-restrain-trumps-nuclear-launch-authority/2017/11/14/491a994a-c95b-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html

Trump announces end of health insurance subsidies

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This is the end of national health insurance unless Congress acts to save it, which is highly unlikely:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/us/politics/trump-obamacare-executive-order-health-insurance.html

Republicans cut off health insurance for 9 million children recently. Their cruelty knows no bounds:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/10/01/9-million-kids-get-health-insurance-under-chip-congress-just-let-it-expire/

Trump crazily threatens to shut down news media he does not like

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-escalates-threats-against-press-calls-news-coverage-frankly-disgusting/2017/10/11/32996dba-ae9c-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/11/politics/donald-trump-media-tweet/index.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-11/trump-threatens-nbc-tv-licenses-after-story-on-nuclear-buildup

There’s just one problem with Trump’s bizarre threats: We have this thing called the First Amendment:

http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/11/media/trump-nbc-licenses-tweet/index.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-11/can-trump-really-shut-down-nbc-a-twitter-threat-over-fake-news

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse asked whether Trump is violating his oath of office to uphold the constitution:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/10/12/sen-ben-sasse-asks-if-president-trump-recanting-his-oath-office/757182001/

Democrats called on the FCC to publicly refuse to revoke NBC affiliate licenses:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/10/fcc-chair-refused-to-rebuke-trump-over-threat-to-take-nbc-off-the-air/

Trump has repeatedly threatened the news media:

https://newsmustread.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/trump-levels-over-the-top-attack-on-journalists/

Trump, our national nightmare, needs to be impeached as soon as possible (or removed with the 25th Amendment):

http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/13/opinions/is-it-time-to-talk-the-25th-amendment-opinion-zelizer/index.html