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    So much depends on the opinions of respectable white people. As long as they tolerate fascism while ambivalent toward liberal democracy, the Republicans will always have the advantage above and beyond the structural advantages they already enjoy. What is it going to take? What is it going to take for respectable white people to understand that the Republicans, their paramilitaries and their justices on the Supreme Court are ensnaring whole classes of people in expanding rings of social control? It began with immigrants. It’s going to end with – I don’t know. But when states enact laws regulating marital sex, respectable white people will ask: “How the fuck did this happen?” I’m thinking specifically of their reaction to a handful of protests staged over the weekend outside the homes of Republican justices of the Supreme Court. Last week, a draft opinion leaked showing a court standing ready to strike down Roe, thus voiding the constitutional right to privacy, equal social standing, individual liberty and abortion. So some Americans did what Americans do in such times. They raised hell....
    Many new state laws are being introduced which will intentionally blacklist companies that are boycotting the oil industry. Several state legislators have launched laws that are similar to the Energy Discrimination Elimination Act, which was created by the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) to protect the oil industry from companies refusing to work with them. A list of companies is being made to target. One of them is BlackRock, which has put some pressure on companies to reach “net zero” goals but is by no means boycotting the oil industry. In a statement to the Guardian, they said just that. “BlackRock does not boycott energy companies.” “We do not pursue divestment from oil and gas companies as a policy. We expect to continue to be invested in these companies and will work with them as they drive the energy transition to maximize long-term value for our clients.” Dan Patrick, the Texas Lieutenant Governor, was the man who put BlackRock on the list. In his view, BlackRock could eliminate the oil industry and cause a huge disruption in the economy....
              more   A University of Georgia (UGA) professor said in a recent column that the not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial will motivate members of the political right to inflict violence upon the left. That professor, Cas Mudde, teaches international affairs, according to his UGA profile. “We know that ‘self-defense’ – often better known as vigilantism – is legally protected and highly racialized in this country. Think of the acquittal of George Zimmerman of the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2013,” Mudde wrote in a Guardian column. “In essence, the Rittenhouse ruling has created a kind of ‘stand your ground’ law for the whole country. White people now have the apparent right to travel around the country, heavily armed, and use violence to protect the country from whatever and whoever they believe to be threatening to it. Given the feverish paranoia and racism that has captured a sizeable minority of white people in the U.S. these days, this is a recipe for disaster.” The Rittenhouse verdict, Mudde went to on to say, gives “rightwing vigilantes a legal precedent to...
    It happened three times yesterday, and I only watched or half-watched a few hours of TV news. It happens every day, it seems. Somebody wonders out loud (yesterday's most prominent was Alex Witt with Dr. Anthony Fauci) why over 60 million Americans who are eligible to be vaccinated are still refusing — including hospital workers in some parts of the country. Everybody treats it like it's a confounding question with no easy answer. The actual answer, though, is pretty straightforward: the psychopaths running the rightwing media ecosystem dominated by Fox "News" and social media, and echoed by 1500 radio stations across the country, have decided people dying and being disabled is both profitable and politically advantageous to them. When Joe Biden was elected president the Republican Party and their joined-at-the-hip rightwing media did a sudden about-face from praising Trump's "Operation Warp Speed" to encouraging their followers to remain unvaccinated so President Biden would struggle to get the economy back on sound footing. That, they figured, was their best bet to take back Congress in 2022 and the White House...
    Former President Barack Obama‘s 60th birthday bash is back on and happening today, after previous backlash surrounding Covid-19 worries caused it to be reportedly canceled. The original near-500 guest list has been significantly scaled down, according to CNN. New York Times White House correspondent Annie Karni told CNN that it looks like a few hundred guests have shown up so far to the party at Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard mansion. “A lot of the celebrities kept their invites and a lot of the former administration officials who really credit themselves with helping the former president having built this legacy that allows him to fit in so comfortably with the A-list stars were cut,” she said. “There is some hard feelings and some disappointment that this is the way it’s turning out.” A CNN graphic listed some of those who lost their invites including Larry David, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and David Axelrod. Those who were still “in” included Jay-Z, Beyonce, Tom Hanks, and Eddie Vedder. Karni continued: “As we’ve seen celebrities arrive on the island, the tabloids have some pictures of the...
    40 Cities That Could Be Poised For a Housing Crisis The 5 most eye-popping disclosures in Robinhood’s long-awaited IPO filing The extremist rhetoric from rightwing news networks and some elected Republicans is “intensifying”, experts have warned, after a Republican congressman compared Democrats to Nazis and a hard-right news host suggested tens of thousands of Americans should be executed. © Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Rightwing TV personalities, including Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, and Republican politicians have seized every opportunity to rail against Democrats and liberals in recent months, with race increasingly coming to the fore. Load Error On his Fox News show on 24 June, Carlson, seated in front of a screen blaring the words “anti-white mania”, raged that the US could “become Rwanda”, apparently referencing the 1994 genocide in the country, when hundreds of thousands of Tutsi people were slaughtered. The comments came a couple of months after the Anti-Defamation League called for Carlson to resign, following what it said was a “dangerous” and “impassioned defense of the white supremacist ‘great replacement theory’” by...
    Over at the Guardian, they’re using data from the US Crisis Monitor to compare police responses to left-wing vs. right-wing protests: The Guardian compared the percentage of all demonstrations organized by leftwing and rightwing groups that resulted in the use of force by law enforcement. For leftwing demonstrations, that was about 4.7% of protests, while for rightwing demonstrations, it was about 1.4%, meaning law enforcement was about three times more likely to use force against leftwing versus rightwing protests. Well, OK, but maybe the left-wing protests were generally more violent. That would justify— The disparity in police response only grew when comparing peaceful leftwing versus rightwing protests. Looking at the subset of protests in which demonstrators did not engage in any violence, vandalism, or looting, law enforcement officers were about 3.5 times more likely to use force against leftwing protests than rightwing protests, with about 1.8% of peaceful leftwing protests and only half a percent of peaceful rightwing protests met with teargas, rubber bullets or other force from law enforcement. OK then. There’s also this, showing the trajectory of militia...
    The Guardian As the White House changes hands, so will Fox News’ support of the presidency After four years of slavishly promoting the president and White House, rightwing media will turn an abrupt about-faceWhen Joe Biden is sworn in as president on 20 January, cable news viewers may witness one of the most dramatic 180-degree turns in history.After four years of slavishly promoting the president, Fox News is expected to pump on the brakes within seconds of the inauguration ceremony.All of a sudden, the person in the White House is not a Republican. More than that, the network can no longer rely on the willingness of the president or his aides to call into Fox News any time of the day or night.The rightwing TV channel, and its big name hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, will spend the next four years as the party of the opposition. The network has done this before, of course – the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency weren’t that long ago – but Biden presents a different challenge.“Of course we can expect it...
    The Guardian As the White House changes hands, so will Fox News’ support of the presidency After four years of slavishly promoting the president and White House, rightwing media will turn an abrupt about-faceWhen Joe Biden is sworn in as president on 20 January, cable news viewers may witness one of the most dramatic 180-degree turns in history.After four years of slavishly promoting the president, Fox News is expected to pump on the brakes within seconds of the inauguration ceremony.All of a sudden, the person in the White House is not a Republican. More than that, the network can no longer rely on the willingness of the president or his aides to call into Fox News any time of the day or night.The rightwing TV channel, and its big name hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, will spend the next four years as the party of the opposition. The network has done this before, of course – the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency weren’t that long ago – but Biden presents a different challenge.“Of course we can expect it...
    The Guardian As the White House changes hands, so will Fox News’ support of the presidency After four years of slavishly promoting the president and White House, rightwing media will turn an abrupt about-faceWhen Joe Biden is sworn in as president on 20 January, cable news viewers may witness one of the most dramatic 180-degree turns in history.After four years of slavishly promoting the president, Fox News is expected to pump on the brakes within seconds of the inauguration ceremony.All of a sudden, the person in the White House is not a Republican. More than that, the network can no longer rely on the willingness of the president or his aides to call into Fox News any time of the day or night.The rightwing TV channel, and its big name hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, will spend the next four years as the party of the opposition. The network has done this before, of course – the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency weren’t that long ago – but Biden presents a different challenge.“Of course we can expect it...
    The Guardian As the White House changes hands, so will Fox News’ support of the presidency After four years of slavishly promoting the president and White House, rightwing media will turn an abrupt about-faceWhen Joe Biden is sworn in as president on 20 January, cable news viewers may witness one of the most dramatic 180-degree turns in history.After four years of slavishly promoting the president, Fox News is expected to pump on the brakes within seconds of the inauguration ceremony.All of a sudden, the person in the White House is not a Republican. More than that, the network can no longer rely on the willingness of the president or his aides to call into Fox News any time of the day or night.The rightwing TV channel, and its big name hosts Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, will spend the next four years as the party of the opposition. The network has done this before, of course – the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency weren’t that long ago – but Biden presents a different challenge.“Of course we can expect it...
    In a Tuesday op-ed for The Guardian, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont issued a dire warning for the Democratic Party. Sanders — who competed in the Democratic Party presidential primaries in 2016 and 2020 — welcomed Joe Biden’s convincing victory over President Donald Trump, but noted that Trump’s popularity has only increased since 2016. Trump, the senator pointed out, won 11 million more votes this November than four years ago, largely because he managed to increase his support in vulnerable communities, “where unemployment and poverty are high, healthcare and childcare are inadequate, and people are hurting the most.” Sanders wrote that Trump spent his entire presidency catering to the billionaire class and corporations, while cutting vital programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, social security and waging a war on organized labor. “Yet, a certain segment of the working class in our country still believe Donald Trump is on their side,” Sanders continued, arguing that Trump has successfully branded himself as a “fighter” who is trying to rid the government of corruption and drain the Washington swamp. Sanders wrote that Democrats...
    Democracy is a low priority for Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week At Mother Jones, Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery write—Facebook Manipulated the News You See to Appease Republicans, Insiders Say: Near the close of the first year of the Trump presidency, executives at Facebook were briefed on some major changes to its News Feed—the code that determines which of the zillions of posts on the platform any one of us is shown when we look at Facebook. The story the company has publicly told is that it was working to “bring people closer together” by showing us more posts from friends and family, and to prioritize “trusted” and “informative” sources of news. The changes would also reduce how much news most people see, and therefore decrease revenue for many publishers. What wasn’t publicly known until now is that Facebook actually ran experiments to see how the changes would affect publishers—and when it found that some of them would have a dramatic impact on the reach of right-wing...
    CNN anchor Jake Tapper declared that the growing allegations made against Hunter Biden ahead of the final presidential debate are "too disgusting" to repeat on-air.  Ever since The New York Post released its initial batch of emails that allegedly came from Hunter Biden's laptop, a trove of other emails and text messages emerged suggesting impropriety between his foreign business deals and his father Joe Biden while he was vice president.  During a panel discussion on what advice President Trump and Joe Biden should take ahead of the final debate, Tapper alluded to the line of attacks the president is likely to make against his Democratic opponent and his son, though he avoided sharing details of the explosive claims to his viewers.  ABC NEWS HAS COMPLETELY IGNORED HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP SCANDAL, STUDY FINDS "Bakari, the rightwing is going crazy with all sorts of allegations about Biden and his family. Too disgusting to even repeat here," Tapper told his Democratic colleague Bakari Sellers. "I mean, some of the ones I've seen from the president's son and some of the president's supporters are just wildly unhinged. If Trump...
    CNN's leftwing media reporter Brian Stelter suggested that social media giants aren't doing enough to censor what he describes as "disinformation." On the latest episode of BBC Radio 4's "The Media Show," Stelter participated in a panel discussion about the explosive New York Post report on Hunter Biden's emails and Twitter and Facebook's efforts to suppress the spread of it on its platforms.  Axios media reporter Sara Fischer began the conversation about big tech companies being warned by the intelligence community to look out for "illegally hacked or illegally obtained" information that is leaked to the press ahead of the 2020 election following the DNC email hack in 2016. Fischer stressed that this "matters" because "disinformation campaigns from bad actors" could be sharing altered emails that appear more damaging than they really are.  SUSAN FERRECHIO TORCHES BRIAN STELTER FOR DISMISSING HUNTER BIDEN NEWS, DEFENDING RUSSIA COVERAGE No one from the Democratic nominee Joe Biden's team has yet to say that any of the reported emails are inauthentic. Washington Examiner Chief Congressional Correspondent Susan Ferrechio pointed to the "Democratic operatives" who now have high-ranking positions at...
    Jeff Stein, the editor-in-chief of SpyTalk, took to Twitter on Wednesday to accuse Donald Trump of fueling the recent political plots against Democratic politicians. “Trump’s giving cover to rightwing nutballs who want to murder Democrats,” he tweeted. The comment was in response to The New York Times report on the arrest of James Dale Reed, who is accused of threatening to kidnap and murder Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris. Some social media users responded to the article with sentiments that echoed Stein. “Remember how Trump encouraged his supporters to go to the voting places — to police them essentially?” one tweeted. “Trump’s pushing too much hate! He should be held accountable for this! It’s criminal!” another wrote. “When we have a president* who pushes to lock up his political opponents, kidnapping is the next ‘logical’ step from the right wing,” another user chimed in. Another user paralleled the attack with Trump’s presidential debate comments on the right-wing extremist group Proud Boys, which were interpreted by the group as approval. “Was this Maryland man ‘standing...
    A MAN has died after being shot dead during opposing protests by leftwing and rightwing groups in Denver. A man has since been arrested on suspicion of the man's shooting. 5Pictures shows a protester clashing with the security guardCredit: Getty Images - Getty What happened in Denver? On Saturday, October 11, rightwing group known as the Patriot Muster organised a protest known as the Patriot Rally. This was countered by several groups who also claimed to be staging a "Black Lives Matter-Antifa Soup Drive". It has been reported that a verbal altercation ensued before the shooting which took place around 5:37 pm ET near the Civic Center Park, according to Division Chief Joe Montoya. A report by the Denver Post suggests that a member of the rightwing group sprayed a mace at another man He also added that two guns and a can of mace was retrieved from the scene. The victim was transported to a hospital where they were pronounced dead. 5There appears to have been an altercation between the two before the alleged...
    Actress and activist Alyssa Milano hit out at the "rightwing media" and internet "trolls" on Tuesday after she and her family went viral over the weekend for reportedly calling authorities to report an armed man in their neighborhood. Judging by her storied social media presence, Milano, a vocal leftist, apparently supports defunding police departments across America. What are the details of the incident? Milano, in her latest Twitter update, said that her husband and neighbor called police over the weekend to report what they believed was an armed man, clad in all black, roaming the neighborhood with a gun. The call brought in a massive police response, but authorities determined that the "man" was nothing more than a teen who was hunting squirrels with an airsoft gun. The story went viral after the Daily Mail reported it, and many social media users pointed out the hypocrisy of Milano supporting the "Defund the Police" movement when her family was so quick to call authorities for help. Despite Milano's assertion that...
    Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has paid nearly $900,000 to her new husband's consulting firm since he began working for her in 2018. The freshman congresswoman from Minnesota gave Tim Mynett, who she married in March, $292,814.99 from her campaign this year for digital advertising, fundraising consulting, and research services, according to the Federal Election Commission filings, the New York Post first reported on Tuesday. All together, Omar has paid Mynett's firm $878,930.65 the entire time Mynett had worked for Omar's campaign. Omar's payments to Mynett's firm prompted an ethics complaint in August after Mynett's then-wife alleged in a divorce filing that Mynett was having an affair with the congresswoman while working as a paid consultant. Omar was married to her second husband at the time. Given that the FEC allows lawmakers to hire their spouses or family members to work on campaigns, the business relationship between Omar and Mynett are technically above board. Should an investigation take place, the two would have to prove that the campaign is paying him at a reasonable market-based price. Omar spoke out on the...
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