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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:
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to an anti-nukes group:
Millions of Americans now realize they were tricked into voting for Trump:
Flynn led chants of “Lock her up!” at Trump campaign rallies. Oh, the irony.
How could anyone be so stupidly offensive:
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:
Republicans also plan to give billions of dollars in tax cuts to the rich and increase the military’s budget to $700 billion.
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:
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:
The changes will permit monopolies to charge whatever they want for internet access and censor the internet to promote their agendas:
Net neutrality protects the people’s access to the internet:
Here is a site that makes it easy for you to contact your Congress member to voice your opinion and save the internet:
If enough people demand net neutrality be saved, Congress and the FCC will notice that the public disagrees with their plans:
Protests are planned nationwide Dec. 7:
An FCC member is urging the public to demand net neutrality be saved:
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai attacks celebrities for their criticism of his plans to gut net neutrality protections:
Trump is now averaging five lies a day, even more than in his first months in office:
Update: Trump is now lying an average of nine times a day:
Republicans continue to favor giant corporations over the people:
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:
And many low income Americans will no longer receive subsidies to help pay for broadband internet at home:
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:
If the accusation is true, Trump would have crossed a line into banana republic authoritarianism:
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:
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:
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:
Another way is to read the best of journalism:
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:
The U.S. has nearly 700 military bases in 74 nations around the world, including 179 in Germany and 109 in Japan:
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:
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:
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’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:
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:
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:
Senators’ proposal to regulate online political advertising was met with a cool reception from Facebook, Google and Twitter.
Here are some of the fake ads from Russia:
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:
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.
There is reason to be hopeful about the nation’s future:
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:
Trump administration officials discuss what they would do if Trump orders a nuclear attack:
There’s just one problem with Trump’s bizarre threats: We have this thing called the First Amendment:
Republican Sen. Ben Sasse asked whether Trump is violating his oath of office to uphold the constitution:
Democrats called on the FCC to publicly refuse to revoke NBC affiliate licenses:
Trump has repeatedly threatened the news media:
Trump, our national nightmare, needs to be impeached as soon as possible (or removed with the 25th Amendment):
I am so impressed with Reid’s heartfelt and brilliant comments about why NFL players are kneeling during the national anthem. He makes it clear that the athletes are doing exactly what good citizens are supposed to do in a democracy: They are expressing their opinions about serious problems that are unacceptable:
If only Trump and Pence were half as decent, patriotic courageous as Eric Reid.
When 49ers players knelt during the national anthem, Vice President Pence left the game as a planned stunt in a desperate attempt to divert attention from Trump’s failure to accomplish anything significant as president.
There is now little hope that a DACA deal can be struck. Democrats and moderate Republicans will not agree to Trump’s draconian immigration demands:
California is to become a sanctuary state to protect immigrants:
Election experts have said that it is very unlikely that Russia could have drilled down so precisely to place targeted advertisements in key districts in the U.S. presidential election without help from the Trump campaign. Trump won the two battleground states — Michigan and Wisconsin — by less than 1 percent. And the ads were seen by 10 million Americans.
Thus, it appears that the Trump campaign likely conspired with Russian spies to steal the U.S. presidential election in a bloodless coup by “weaponizing” Facebook ads and fake news. Trump campaign officials appear to be headed for prison, although Trump could pardon them. Can he pardon himself, though?
Marking posts private may not keep out prying eyes, as the spies can and do get warrants to force the tech giants to turn over user data. It can help partially protect privacy in some cases, though, as some court orders only apply initially to metadata instead of the content of messages.
Undocumented people and citizens as well will self-censor when they are afraid of mass surveillance by the government. And democracy dies each time a voice is silenced:
Trump’s tweet tally: 24 about the NFL. Four about Puerto Rico:
Congress needs to pass legislation to extend DACA protections before they expire in March and create a reasonable path to citizenship. Either one without the other would not be enough.
The deadline to file for DACA renewal is fast approaching: