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“There Are Innocent People on Death Row”

A corrections officer removes handcuff from an inmate in his cell at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. San Quentin, home to the state's only death row, houses 725 condemned inmates. On the November 8th California ballot voters have the chance to abolish the death penalty or speed up the process. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In remarks that emphasized racial disparities and the risk of executing innocent people, Newsom described his decision as the culmination of “a 40-year journey” that began when he was just a child. His grandfather introduced him to Pete Pianezzi, who came close to receiving the death penalty in 1940 after being set up by the mob. Pianezzi was eventually pardoned in 1981, at the age of 79. But wrongful convictions remain a profound danger. “You had someone just last year that was released from death row after serving 26 years in San Quentin,” he said, referring to the case of Vicente Benavides, exonerated in April 2018.

via “There Are Innocent People on Death Row”

Donald Trump tells a fake American story. We must tell the real one | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

 

Trump wants us to believe he’s the Triumphant Individual. But in fact he’s a conman who inherited his wealth

The second tale is the Benevolent Community – neighbors and friends who pitch in for the common good.

The third tale is the Mob at the Gates – threatening forces beyond our borders. Daniel Boone fought Indians, described then in racist terms as savages. Davy Crockett battled Mexicans.

The fourth and final tale is The Rot at the Top. It’s about the malevolence of powerful elites – their corruption and irresponsibility, and tendency to conspire against the rest of us.

But the real Rot at the Top consists of concentrated wealth and power to a degree this nation hasn’t witnessed since the late 19th century. Billionaires, powerful corporations, and Wall Street have gained control over much of our economy and political system, padding their nests with special tax breaks and corporate welfare while holding down the wages of average workers.

In this, the rich have been helped by Republicans in Congress and the White House whose guiding ideology seems less capitalism than cronyism, as shown time and again through legislative and regulatory gifts to big pharma, Wall Street, big oil and coal, big agriculture and giant military contractors.

via Donald Trump tells a fake American story. We must tell the real one | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump tells press secretary ‘not to bother’ with White House press briefings

The very nature of this Potus is to hand his media to Murdoch and Fox News. Will Sanders be seconded to Fox-White House News ? (ODT)

The president of the White House Correspondents’ Association says the apparent end of the daily White House press briefing “sets a terrible precedent”.

US President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he told White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders “not to bother” with the daily briefing.

Trump tells press secretary ‘not to bother’ with White House press briefings

Defeating the Fasc-Lican Party

The Fasclican Party:

The Fasclican Party is a creative formation forged out of the old Republican Party and the Alt-Right. Its most renowned leaders are Trump, Bannon, Hannity, McConnell, King, Nunes, Limbaugh, Miller, Ingraham and Kavanaugh. They mix together functions such as governing, judging and reporting, all highlighted by the recent presence of Hannity and Limbaugh at Trump rallies,

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Warning Trump Making US Soldiers Props in Racist Border ‘Stunt,’ Veterans Call on Active-Duty Troops to Refuse Orders to Deploy

“These extremely poor and vulnerable people are desperate for peace. Who among us would walk a thousand miles with only the clothes on our back without great cause?”

Fanning and Rapone urged soldiers to disavow the president’s racist attempts to portray migrants as dangerous in order to galvanize his base ahead of the elections, and work together to show Trump that they will not participate in criminalizing and endangering the lives of asylum-seekers.

via Warning Trump Making US Soldiers Props in Racist Border ‘Stunt,’ Veterans Call on Active-Duty Troops to Refuse Orders to Deploy

Fox host blames Democrats for bombs sent to Democrats, speculates the bomber may have wanted to “garner sympathy for Democrats”

When you don’t have an ABC in Australia this is what you can expect (ODT)

via Fox host blames Democrats for bombs sent to Democrats, speculates the bomber may have wanted to “garner sympathy for Democrats”

ASX set for heavy losses as Wall Street’s dive gets worse

The sell-off in US stocks accelerated, wiping out gains for the year in both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, as mixed corporate earnings and weak housing data fueled anxiety that rising prices will crimp economic growth. Treasuries rallied for a second day on demand for haven assets.

via ASX set for heavy losses as Wall Street’s dive gets worse

Fox News Cuts Trump Speech Clip Just Before U.N. Laughs At Him | Crooks and Liars

Donald Trump literally made himself an international laughing stock today as he boasted about himself in his address to the United Nations. Fox News thoughtfully cut the clip so that Twitter followers didn’t hear the derisive laughter.

via Fox News Cuts Trump Speech Clip Just Before U.N. Laughs At Him | Crooks and Liars

Fossil Fuel Industry Evokes Fury for Seeking Taxpayer Funds for Protection Against Climate Crisis It Created

An oil refinery is seen before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. As Hurricane Harvey comes ashore many of the countries oil refineries are in its path and have had to shut down. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The me before we in the crazy Capitalist structure.  Free market  unregulated competition forces me to oversupply, cause a major problem that then we have to pay and fix. Ergo I can’t lose in that never ending denier’s cycle.(ODT)

“Big Oil is asking tax payers to pay for protecting their refineries from sea level rise that they caused by keeping us addicted to oil? Yeah…no.”
by
Jon Queally, staff writer

via Fossil Fuel Industry Evokes Fury for Seeking Taxpayer Funds for Protection Against Climate Crisis It Created

In Latest Sign That Trump Team Has Given Up on Denying Collusion, Giuliani Admits Purpose of Trump Tower Meeting

Rudy Giuliani doubled down on President Donald Trump's earlier statement that members of Trump's campaign did, in fact, meet with a Kremlin-linked lawyer in the hopes of obtaining negative information about Hillary Clinton in 2016. (Photo: @MeetThePress/Twitter)

The president’s lawyer’s comments came weeks after Trump himself tweeted that his campaign staff made an attempt to gather information from a Kremlin-linked lawyer about Hillary Clinton

via In Latest Sign That Trump Team Has Given Up on Denying Collusion, Giuliani Admits Purpose of Trump Tower Meeting

In ‘Disastrous Wreck for Consumers and the Planet,’ Trump EPA Moves to Gut Clean Car Standards

“Everyone who breathes should be worried about the tailpipe pollution Trump’s administration wants to unleash.”
—Paul Cort, Earthjustice

via In ‘Disastrous Wreck for Consumers and the Planet,’ Trump EPA Moves to Gut Clean Car Standards

Donald Trump calls for end to Russia probe on second day of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s trial – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Courtroom sketch depicts Paul Manafort together with his lawyers and the jury

Donald Trump calls for end to Russia probe on second day of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s trial – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump claims ‘illegal’ spying after Carter Page warrant papers unveiled – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US President Donald Trump has claimed, without evidence, that newly released documents relating to the wiretapping of his onetime campaign adviser Carter Page show that intelligence agencies misled the courts that approved the warrant.

via Donald Trump claims ‘illegal’ spying after Carter Page warrant papers unveiled – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)