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Not your imagination: mass shootings now happen more frequently in the US | US news | The Guardian

Frequency of shootings.

It is worth considering the broader context of gun violence in the US. Large-scale mass shootings make up a small fraction of that violence. Of the approximately 33,000 gun violence deaths each year, only about 1.5% come from mass shootings. Two-thirds of gun violence deaths are from suicide. This chart does not show the people who are injured by guns each year in the US – more than 70,000 of them.

via Not your imagination: mass shootings now happen more frequently in the US | US news | The Guardian

No hurricane aid if you boycott Israel, says Texas city | The Electronic Intifada

Photo published for Texas City Tells People No Hurricane Harvey Aid Unless They Promise Not to Boycott Israel

Free speech hypocrisyAmid a national furor of the claimed right of Nazis and white supremacists like Richard Spencer to speak on college campuses, establishment media and politicians seldom criticize the growing censorship around Israel.But journalist Glenn Greenwald commented that the move by Dickinson again demonstrates that “the greatest and most frequent threat to free speech in the West is the attempt to criminalize and outlaw activism against Israel.”

Source: No hurricane aid if you boycott Israel, says Texas city | The Electronic Intifada

‘A legal shield for the Palestine movement in the U.S.’ | +972 Magazine

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of a Kansas public school teacher who, as a condition for taking her job, was required under a new state law to declare that she would not engage in boycotts of Israel. The law is just one in a growing list of measures in recent years aiming to counter the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in the United States.

Source: ‘A legal shield for the Palestine movement in the U.S.’ | +972 Magazine

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We Get Sick, They Get Rich | Informed Comment

 

— Cost per day for inpatient hospital stay: $5.49 in Cuba; $1,994 in the U.S.

— Inpatient hernia surgery: $14.59 in Cuba; $12,489 in the U.S.

— Hip-fracture repair: $72.15 in Cuba; $14,263 in the U.S.

— Kidney transplant: $4,902 in Cuba; $48,758 in the U.S.

 

How so? The vast bulk of corporate executive pay today comes in the form of stock awards. The higher a company’s share price, the heftier the CEO’s compensation. This stock connection encourages CEOs to single-mindedly focus on raising their company share prices by any means necessary.Among those any means: Pharmaceutical CEOs will jack up prices on prescription drugs and do whatever they can to get doctors to prescribe more pills. Health providers will push unnecessary tests and procedures. Hospital chiefs will downsize support staffs for patients. All these decisions fatten corporate bottom lines, pump up corporate share prices, and leave our health care downgraded.How could health care get better? Blue-ribbon commissions have all sorts of suggestions. They urge us to eliminate unnecessary procedures, tests, and devices. We need to better coordinate care, they add, and lower prices.

Source: We Get Sick, They Get Rich | Informed Comment

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LA changes Columbus Day to ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ as statues continue to be destroyed — RT America

Los Angeles has voted to rename the holiday named after Christopher Columbus to commemorate Native Americans. The measure was passed as statues of the 15th-century explorer have been destroyed in recent weeks.

Source: LA changes Columbus Day to ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ as statues continue to be destroyed — RT America

Take that, Trump! 5% of California New Car Sales now Electric | Informed Comment

Already, 22% of California’s electricity comes from renewable sources, and lawmakers are considering legislation requiring the state to be 100% green in its power by 2045.It isn’t just California that is swinging into action as the president retreats from our responsibility to avoid climate disaster. Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont will jointly cut power plant emissions by 30% between 2020 and 2030.

Source: Take that, Trump! 5% of California New Car Sales now Electric | Informed Comment

Donald Trump looked directly at the eclipse, ignoring his own government’s safety advice – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Most of the millions of Americans who watched the total solar eclipse did so wearing safety glasses. US President Donald Trump did the opposite.

Incidentally, a press release sent out to journalists shortly before the eclipse took place explained that the Commander-in-Chief would be “watching the total eclipse from the Truman Balcony [of the White House] with the First Lady.” BuzzFeed’s Zahra Hirji noted that from Washington DC, only a partial eclipse would be seen – and shortly afterward, the White House press statement was updated

The Trump administration and its figurehead already have the ignominious reputation of being the most anti-scientific federal government in living memory, but this may be a new record. Honestly: how can anyone get a solar eclipse wrong – on multiple occasions?

Well, there’s a first time for everything, we suppose.

Source: Donald Trump looked directly at the eclipse, ignoring his own government’s safety advice – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A right-wing terrorist tried to blow up a government building: report – Salon.com

Both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a report in May that warned about the likelihood of far right groups carrying out future attacks, according to a report by Foreign Policy. The same report detailing this also pointed out that white supremacist groups had carried out more attacks over the past 16 years than any other domestic extremist group and “likely will continue to pose a threat of lethal violence over the next year.”

Source: A right-wing terrorist tried to blow up a government building: report – Salon.com

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Criminalizing support for Palestinian human rights | +972 Magazine

Progressive American senators are having a hard time explaining their support for a law that would criminalize support for the Palestinian boycott movement, BDS. By James J. Zogby It is fascinating to watch some U.S. senators tripping over themselves as they attempt to defend their support for or opposition to proposed legislation that would make it a federal crime to support the international campaign to Boycott, Divest, or Sanction (BDS) Israel for its continued occupation of Palestinian lands. What ties these officials up in knots are their efforts to square the circle of their “love of Israel,” their opposition to…

Source: Criminalizing support for Palestinian human rights | +972 Magazine

Scientists Leak Study on Global Heating Impact b4 Trump can Suppress it | Informed Comment

 

The report is concrete, careful and scarier than any horror movie you’ve ever seen. It gives upper and lower estimates, depending on whether humankind gets its act together. Given the oil-drenched buffoons now in charge, you’d want to bet on the higher and more dangerous numbers in each case.

Source: Scientists Leak Study on Global Heating Impact b4 Trump can Suppress it | Informed Comment

Mississippi man freed after 11yrs in jail without a trial — RT America

Steven Jessie Harris allegedly embarked on a violent spree over a decade ago. Since then, he has been in jail, waiting for a trial date, which never came. He was finally released after doctors found him mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Source: Mississippi man freed after 11yrs in jail without a trial — RT America

US Inequality Crisis Worst in Industrialized World. Trump Will Make It Worse. | Common Dreams

If the policies favored by the Trump administration—including massive tax cuts for the rich and reductions in spending on Medicaid and education—go into effect, the U.S. will only fall further in the global rankings

Source: US Inequality Crisis Worst in Industrialized World. Trump Will Make It Worse. | Common Dreams

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Donald Trump’s tweets a ‘window into his soul’: Chris Uhlmann questioned over viral critique on US TV – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ABC’s political editor explains his searing critique of US president Donald Trump’s performance at the G20.

Source: Donald Trump’s tweets a ‘window into his soul’: Chris Uhlmann questioned over viral critique on US TV – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Ready or not, Trump may be about to face his first full-blown international crisis

n the many occasions over the last five months where President Donald Trump demonstrated his deep ignorance, his alarming impulsiveness, his bottomless need for praise, or his tendency to lash out when criticized, one common response has been to ask, “What happens when he faces a genuine crisis with the need to make difficult decisions and lives at stake?”

Source: Ready or not, Trump may be about to face his first full-blown international crisis

US seeks to ‘milk’ terrorism sponsor Saudi Arabia – Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to RT — RT News

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As the US influence in the Middle East wanes, it increasingly associates itself with dictatorships like Saudi Arabia, whose “dark face” and “role in supporting terrorism is known to everyone in the region,” a high ranking Iranian Revolutionary Guard official told RT.

Source: US seeks to ‘milk’ terrorism sponsor Saudi Arabia – Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to RT — RT News

US rebukes Saudi Arabia over Qatar embargo in reversal after Trump comments | World news | The Guardian| But it’s business as usual nevertheless

Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state. The department has raised doubts about Saudi Arabia and its allies’ actions over Qatar.

State department says it is ‘mystified’ by lack of clarity from Gulf states in latest sign of gap between Trump’s comments and foreign policy

Source: US rebukes Saudi Arabia over Qatar embargo in reversal after Trump comments | World news | The Guardian

US Coalition Admits Using Chemical Weapons Against Civilians in Iraq — Media Silent

Earlier this month, multiple reports surfaced of US-led coalition forces in Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria, using the incendiary chemical weapon, white phosphorus, on civilians. For over a week, the US government and the coalition at large have remained silent on the issue — until now.In an error that will likely get him much backlash, in an interview with NPR, New Zealand Brig. Gen. Hugh McAslan, and member of the US-coalition has admitted — for the first time — to using white phosphorus during operations in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Source: US Coalition Admits Using Chemical Weapons Against Civilians in Iraq — Media Silent

Man Prevents a Murder by Disarming Attacker, Police Show Up and Kill Him

A man has been fatally shot by the police in another display of brutality. Jimmie Sanders, of Milwaukee was fatally wounded by the police last Sunday at Jack’s Apple Pub after someone called 911. Sanders has been involved in a fight with Henry Nellum, who pulled a gun on Sanders, but was disarmed after her […]

Source: Man Prevents a Murder by Disarming Attacker, Police Show Up and Kill Him

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What’s powering your devices? US consumers want to know when their power is coming from renewable sources — ScienceDaily

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Americans, regardless of whether they’re Democrats or Republicans, want to power their homes with renewable energy, according to a new study.

Source: What’s powering your devices? US consumers want to know when their power is coming from renewable sources — ScienceDaily

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U.S. Repeating Same War Crime In Syria That Starved 500K Children To Death In Iraq

No matter the position one might take on the issue of sanctions, the fact remains that they caused a decade of tremendous suffering and widespread deaths of Iraqi civilians, many of them children.

Source: U.S. Repeating Same War Crime In Syria That Starved 500K Children To Death In Iraq

US incidents of anti-Muslim bias increased dramatically in 2016, monitoring group says | The Independent

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When the Masjid Al-Kareem mosque in Providence, Rhode Island, received a threatening letter in November calling Muslims a “vile and filthy people,” its members were frightened enough they asked for and got extra police protection. The 42-year-old mosque was far from alone. The letter it received was one of 2,213 anti-Muslim bias incidents in the US last year, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Source: US incidents of anti-Muslim bias increased dramatically in 2016, monitoring group says | The Independent

Armed neo-Nazis prepare for potential clash in small Kentucky town | US news | The Guardian

Hate groups have come to tiny Pikeville in a bid for support, but locals fear a violent standoff between the neo-Nazis and anti-fascist protesters

Source: Armed neo-Nazis prepare for potential clash in small Kentucky town | US news | The Guardian

Israel Has Interfered More in U.S. Politics Than Russia, but Don’t Expect a Probe of Israelgate – Truthdig

As Official Washington fumes over Russiagate, Israel’s more significant political-influence-and-propaganda campaigns are ignored.

Source: Israel Has Interfered More in U.S. Politics Than Russia, but Don’t Expect a Probe of Israelgate – Truthdig

Secret Documents Reveal a Constellation of American Military Bases Across Africa – Truthdig

While the U.S. maintains a vast empire of military installations around the world with huge, hard-to-miss complexes in Europe and Asia, bases in Africa have been far better hidden.

Source: Secret Documents Reveal a Constellation of American Military Bases Across Africa – Truthdig

‘Terrible affront to 1st Amendment’: Journalist Barrett Brown re-arrested amid media tour — RT America

Barrett Brown, the journalist and “hacktivist” who is on parole after serving a four-year prison term over reporting on corporate espionage against Americans, has been arrested again. He had been speaking to the media and was set to appear on PBS.

Source: ‘Terrible affront to 1st Amendment’: Journalist Barrett Brown re-arrested amid media tour — RT America