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Feb 02 11:10

Nuclear Deterrence: Giving Common Sense a Bad Name

Our views on nuclear weapons run the gauntlet from guarantor of our national security to theater of the absurd. Those partial to the former paint nuclear weapons as not a weapons system, but a threat that’s not even brandished, but sits on the shelf: “our nuclear deterrent.” To most, the concept of deterrence makes perfect sense. Even a child instinctively understands the basic principle: you need something to brandish in a bully’s face to make him back off.

Feb 02 11:06

We Need Bernie Sanders to Redefine Our Politics — Just Like Ronald Reagan Did

During the 2008 primaries, Hillary Clinton criticized Barack Obama after he cited Ronald Reagan’s presidency as an example of the impact he hoped to achieve. Reagan “changed the trajectory of America,” Obama told a Nevada newspaper, adding, “He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it.” Obama’s point was not that he admired Reagan’s policies but rather that, like Reagan, he wanted to redefine what is viewed as possible in our politics.

Feb 02 10:53

‘Toxic’ topics: Guardian removes comments section from Islam, immigration, race articles

The Guardian’s website boasts that “comment is free,” but that motto will soon be a thing of the past for some of the newspaper’s articles. The publication is banning remarks on topics such as race, immigration and Islam, citing “toxic commentary.”

Feb 02 10:40

London to host Syria fund raising

The capital of Britain, London is set to host world leaders who will come together to try to raise $9 for the millions of Syrians hit by the country’s conflict and a refugee crisis spanning Europe and the Middle East.

Feb 02 10:34

Zika Hoax: five things that will happen next

“Now we have a January 27 Associated Press story out of Rio, published in SFGate: ‘270 of 4,180 suspected microcephaly cases confirmed.’ That’s called a clue, in case you’re wondering. Of the previously touted 4,180 cases of microcephaly in Brazil, the actual number of confirmed cases so far is, well, only 270. Bang. But wait, there’s more. AP: ‘Brazilian officials said the babies with the defect [microcephaly] and their mothers are being tested to see if they had been infected. Six of the 270 confirmed microcephaly cases were found to have the [Zika] virus.’ Bang, bang, bang. Out of all the microcephaly cases re-examined in Brazil, only six have the Zika virus. That constitutes zero proof that Zika has anything to do with microcephaly.”

But of course, The Machine is rolling and it will move forward. Also, a number of independent investigators are behind the curve. They are still assuming there is proof of a Zika-microcephaly “epidemic.” If there is proof, it is nowhere to be found yet.

Here are five things that will happen next.

Feb 02 10:32

Obama asks for $3.4bn to fortify NATO’s eastern flank: Report

The United States plans to deploy more heavy military equipment in Europe to fortify NATO’s eastern flank against Russian “aggression” in the region, according to a report.

Feb 02 10:23

A GPS TRACKER FOR KIDS HAD A BUG THAT WOULD LET HACKERS STALK THEM

Thanks to the so-called Internet of Things, gone are the days when parents had to wonder where the hell their kids were. Now, parents can just easily track their children on their smartphone screens’ thanks to myriad internet-connected wearablegizmos. But what happens when those devices get hacked?

Feb 02 10:20

More than 1 million in US face food stamps cutoff

More than 1 million low-income people across the United States could soon lose their government food stamp benefits if they fail to meet work requirements. The threatened mass cutoff of the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits constitutes a vindictive bipartisan attack on some of the nation’s poorest and most vulnerable residents.

Feb 02 10:18

The Big-Oil Bailouts Begin

Feb 02 10:16

FEDS: WE CAN’T DISCLOSE FBI RECORDS BECAUSE THEN PUBLIC WOULD KNOW HOW FBI WORKS

Granting the ACLU and the public access to staffing, budgetary, and statistical information about the Boston Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and FBI would mean “the public would know where the FBI was putting its resources,” warned an Assistant US Attorney in oral argument in a Boston federal court last week. The government apparently doesn’t want the public to know anything about how the FBI and JTTF spend public money, staff its offices, or conduct investigations.

Feb 02 10:07

Stop ‘damaging’ attacks on lawyers investigating soldiers’ abuse of Iraqis – human rights groups

Senior Tory attacks on lawyers investigating alleged abuses and murders committed by British troops during the Iraq War are “ill-judged and damaging,” say human rights groups.

Feb 02 10:04

Illinois prepares new attack on pensions as budget impasse enters eighth month

As Illinois enters its eighth month without a budget, Democratic Senate President John Cullerton has indicated that he and billionaire Republican Governor Bruce Rauner are close to a deal on a bill that would cut pensions for state workers. Such a bill would likely be a prelude to a comprehensive austerity budget deal, which would include massive cuts to higher education and social services.

Feb 02 09:57

Why doesn’t the U.S. government track prescription drug death statistics more diligently … since they spend so much time surveilling everything else?

Recent revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on the heads of state of countries allied with the United States – even after President Obama promised to end such spying – have sparked new debates about U.S. surveillance culture.

Feb 02 09:56

Weapons of Mass Destruction May Be Slipping Through Canada's Ports

Short-staffing and outdated technology at Canada's borders could be helping groups abroad build weapons of mass destruction.
The findings of a new audit, tabled Tuesday, found almost a fifth of high-risk exports are not being screened, while gaps in screening could mean exporters are gaming the system.

Feb 02 09:54

The sneaky language today's politicians use to get away with racism and sexism

In 2015, a CNN segment over a word turned into an awkward, dramatic confrontation. When host Erin Burnett asked why the word "thug" isn't an acceptable way to describe predominantly black protesters and rioters in Baltimore, City Councilman Carl Stokesresponded, "Come on. So calling them thugs? Just call them ni**ers."

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