From here via Ian Welsh (read his blog!):
In the three months since Internet monopoly Google announced plans to keep users from accessing “fake news,” the global traffic rankings of a broad range of left-wing, progressive, anti-war and democratic rights organizations have fallen significantly.
Google has taken their corporate motto, the long out of date Do No Evil, and have changed it to Do Evil in Sneaky Ass Fucking Ways to make Money for You and Your Shareholders and then Pretend to not be Evil.
From the Intercept here:
But now, a group of 43 senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine.
‘Liberal’ lions Chuckie Boy Schemer and Kristen Gillibrand are co-sponsors.
You can’t protest or boycott Israel in America?
You’re fucking kidding me, right?
From the New York Times:
Vice President Mike Pence has undertaken extensive personal outreach to donors, fueling speculation that he is preparing for his own political future.
And I don’t use the word lightly for Jesus Pence. He believes in the gay conversion therapy bullshit, the ‘religious freedom’/deny gay folks commercial rights, he’s a big fan of controlling women’s bodies.
He looks very reasonable, he’s got the gray hair, he’s a serious, thoughtful looking dude. The problem is he’s a fascist, a real one, not just one that has a big mouth and likes to urinate on people (we’re looking at you Donald).
From Zero hedge here:
The United States was falling behind on education. That meant people who were losing their jobs weren’t being retrained to the jobs that were available. Also, the US doesn’t have a strong safety net. So when people lose their job they can fall quite far. That’s why America is much more focused on strong growth than other countries. Since the safety net is so weak it needs strong growth in order to avoid public anger.
Recent history also shows when you push for extremely strong economic growth you also end up with fraud and abuse which is inflicted on everybody not in the ruling class but minorities especially.
In a post industrial society you can get your goods and services from two places: from the government or from companies.
Look at healthcare — you have a half baked healthcare system (Obamacare) that was always afraid of having government pick up the tab (outside of the successful Medicaid expansion) so it has floundered. Or you have the corporate insurance market where you’re at the mercy (or not) of insurance companies.
If we didn’t have such a shitty government we wouldn’t have to endure such a shitty, predatory economic environment.
From Reuters here:
Connecticut may become first U.S. state to allow deadly police drones
Yes, it was only a matter of time!
As the article points out, the first Americans to be droned in America will most likely be African American.
Because that’s our American tradition to use excessive force against non-white people.
This is another great step forward.
From Bloomberg here:
Exxon Mobil Corp. says a technical glitch may have prevented it from automatically preserving emails in a secondary account used by former Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson to discuss climate change risks and other issues under the alias Wayne Tracker.
And it appears to be a completely accidental technical glitch!
I can’t believe it!
Literally, I can’t believe it! It’s not true.