Monthly Archives: January 2019

2019-01-31: News Headlines

Henry Millstein (2019-01-31). Catholic Bishop in Kentucky: Trump agenda is anti-life and immoral. peoplesworld.org In the midst of controversy over videos showing young men from a Catholic high school in Kentucky harassing a Native American in Washington, D.C., the Catholic Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky, John Stowe, issued a remarkable op-ed in the Lexington Herald-Leader condemning President Trump's racist and anti-immigrant agenda as a violation of Catholic moral principles. The …

STAFF (2019-01-31). U.S. Moves Ahead With Oil Leases Near Sacred Park. truthdig.com Land managers will sell oil and gas leases in New Mexico and Oklahoma near sites of cultural and religious significance to Native Americans.

STAFF (2019-01-31). The Most Effective Way to Stop the Destruction of Black Wealth. truthdig.com Want an impossible task? Try identifying the most disturbing trend in America today. Consider the choices: Climate change denial, extreme political polarization, gun violence, etc. | Those are just the ones on the national radar. Here's one that isn't, but needs to be: the systematic destruction of black wealth. | The reality is horrific, according to the recent Institute for Policy Studies report Dreams Deferred. "Between 1983 and 2016, the median black family saw their wealth drop by more than half after adjusting for inflation," the report notes, "compared to a 33 percent increase for the median white househol…

Brenda Ekwurzel (2019-01-31). Winter Storm Jayden, the Polar Vortex, and Climate Change: 3 Factors That Matter. commondreams.org Remember that despite this bitter chill, the planet is still heating up.(Photo: ClimateReanalyzer.org) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2019-01-31). Imagining Reality: Two Minutes to Midnight on the Clock of the Atomic Scientists. globalresearch.ca On January 24, 2019, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has stated: | "Humanity now faces two simultaneous existential threats, either of which would be cause for extreme concern and immediate attention. These major threats—nuclear weapons and climate change—were exacerbated this …

STAFF (2019-01-31). Climate Change Is Coming for Your Coffee. truthdig.com Coffee drinkers, be warned. A combination of factors — including climate change — is threatening supplies of the beans on which the coffee harvests depend. | Latest analysis by a team of scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London found that more than 60 percent of over 120 coffee species known across Africa, Asia and Australasia are threatened with extinction. | For many people, coffee is their favorite tipple. In the U.K. alone, more than 80 million cups of coffee are drunk every day. The experts at K…

Juan Cole (2019-01-31). Top 10 Ways the United States Is the Most Corrupt Country in the World. commondreams.org Our government is so corrupt that the Environmental Protection Agency has not only ceased actually protecting the environment but it has become a cheerleader for polluting industries. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Diablo Rising Tide (2019-01-31). Stop Fossil Fuels! Protect the Climate! with German anti-coal group Ende Gelande. indybay.org On Friday March 8th at 630pm, join Diablo Rising Tide as we host climate | organizers with the German anti-coal direct action group Ende Gelande to | discuss their epic campaign to stop the coal mines of the Rhineland | region and protect the Hambach Forest.

RT (2019-01-31). Max Boot goes full 'White Man's Burden' in WaPo op-ed, sparking mass jaw-dropping. rt.com Neocon pundit Max Boot defended the unwinnable US "forever wars" in the Middle East in an op-ed comparing them to the slow-motion slaughter of Native Americans at the hands of settlers suffused with Manifest Destiny.

pip.hinman (2019-01-31). Scrap Australia Day, acknowledge the past and fight for the future. greenleft.org.au Celebrating January 26 is a state-sanctioned exercise that rubs salt into the wounds of Indigenous Australia. It proclaims, "You lost, we won. Know your place." | But the desire for an honest conversation about modern Australia's origins in the violent and ongoing dispossession of Indigenous people is not going away. | Across the country Invasion Day marches were both bigger than ever, and took place in many more places. More local governments have dropped their January 26 activities and finally the ABC allowed Triple J to shift its Hottest 100. | The mood for change is gathering momentum — and it'..

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-31). Why Germany Leads in Renewables: It Has Its Own Green Bank. truthout.org The Green New Deal endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and more than 40 other US Representatives has been criticized as imposing a too-heavy burden on the rich and upper-middle-class taxpayers who will have to pay for it, but taxing the rich is not what the Green New Deal resolution proposes. It says funding will come primarily from certain public agencies, i…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-31). Americans' Concern About Climate Change Surging to Record Levels. therealnews.com Dr. John Kotcher of George Mason University discusses a new poll about climate change and says improvements in media coverage have helped spur the public's concern about the issue

Dan Bacher (2019-01-31). Oil industry, environmental leaders mark 50th anniversary of Santa Barbara Oil Spill. indybay.org "The 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara oil spill is a grim reminder of how far we have to go in stopping not only offshore drilling, but onshore oil and gas expansion as well," said Tomás Morales Rebecchi, senior Central Coast organizer with Food & Water Watch. "If Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to lead opposition to the Trump administration's plans to expand dangerous offshore drilling, he should start by ending drilling in California state waters and onshore throughout the state."

Eds. (2019-01-30). 'I have faith in our generation'. mronline.org The last few Thursdays, Brussels' streets have been flooded with students who skip school to march for climate justice. The third march, held 24 January, attracted 32,000 people. | Source

Karl Grossman (2019-01-30). A Theology of Power: Mike Pence and the Dominionists. counterpunch.org Those involved in what's become a major component of the evangelical right in the United States call themselves "dominionists." They follow "dominion theology." Pointing to the Bible, they emphasize that in it God gave humans "dominion" over the natural world and life in it. This, they believe, gives them license to exploit the earth. Further, More

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-30). Another County Just Banned New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure. therealnews.com Climate justice advocate Anthony Rogers-Wright explains why a growing number of jurisdictions are saying no more fossil fuel extractions

Will Parrish (2019-01-30). How Police, Private Security, and Energy Companies Are Preparing for a New Pipeline Standoff. theintercept.com Law enforcement has been monitoring opposition to Enbridge Line 3 and seeking guidance from officials who led the militarized response at Standing Rock.

Sophie Kasakove, Tracie Williams (2019-01-29). Is New York City's Public Housing Ready for the Next Storm? thenation.com Is New York City's Public Housing Ready for the Next Storm?

Sharon Lerner (2019-01-27). The U.S. Military Plans to Keep Incinerating Toxic Firefighting Foam, Despite Health Risks. theintercept.com The U.S. military is moving ahead with plans to collect and destroy unused firefighting foam that contains the hazardous chemicals PFOS and PFOA. But in trying to solve one environmental problem related to these persistent chemicals, which have caused massive drinking water contamination, the Defense Department may be creating another. | More than 3 million gallons of the foam and related waste have been retrieved from U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, Army, and Air Force bases around th…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-24). Headlines for January 24, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Attempting to Engineer Coup, Competing Senate Bills to End Government Shutdown Unlikely to Pass, Federal Workers Flood Senate Office Building to Protest Shutdown, Trump to Delay State of the Union Address Until Shutdown Ends, Witness: El Chapo's Sons Murdered Mexican Journalist Javier Valdez, Brazil: Son of President Bolsonaro Linked to Criminal Syndicate, Iowa Anti-Abortion Law Struck Down as New York Pro-Choice Bill Passes, Michael Cohen Cancels Congressional Testimony, Citing Trump's Threats, House Committee to Probe White House Handling of Security Clearances, U.S. Climate Science Ha…

Ralph Nader (2018-12-24). A "Massive Outlaw" zcomm.org Interview on Single Payer, Climate Devastation, Impeachment…

Paul Dobson (2018-12-20). ANC Deputy Julio Escalona: 'The People are Angry Because They Consider that We Aren't Doing Our Job'. venezuelanalysis.com The revolutionary's criticisms came during the passing of 2019's budget, 75% of which is destined for "social protection."

2019-01-31: Social Media Postees

Catholic Bishop in Kentucky: Trump agenda is anti-life and immoral
Henry Millstein | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-31
In the midst of controversy over videos showing young men from a Catholic high school in Kentucky harassing a Native American in Washington, D.C., the Catholic Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky, John Stowe, issued a remarkable op-ed in the Lexington Herald-Leader condemning President Trump's racist and anti-immigrant agenda as a violation of Catholic moral principles. The …
peoplesworld.org/article/catholic-bishop…

U.S. Moves Ahead With Oil Leases Near Sacred Park
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-31
Land managers will sell oil and gas leases in New Mexico and Oklahoma near sites of cultural and religious significance to Native Americans. | The post U.S. Moves Ahead With Oil Leases Near Sacred Park appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/u-s-moves-ahead-wi…

The Most Effective Way to Stop the Destruction of Black Wealth
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-31
Want an impossible task? Try identifying the most disturbing trend in America today. Consider the choices: Climate change denial, extreme political polarization, gun violence, etc. | Those are just the ones on the national radar. Here's one that isn't, but needs to be: the systematic destruction of black wealth. | The reality is horrific, according to the recent Institute for Policy Studies report Dreams Deferred. "Between 1983 and 2016, the median black family saw their wealth drop by more than half after adjusting for inflation," the report notes, "compared to a 33 percent increase for the median white househol…
truthdig.com/articles/the-most-effective…

Winter Storm Jayden, the Polar Vortex, and Climate Change: 3 Factors That Matter
Brenda Ekwurzel | commondreams.org | 2019-01-31
Remember that despite this bitter chill, the planet is still heating up.(Photo: ClimateReanalyzer.org) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/01/31/winter…

Imagining Reality: Two Minutes to Midnight on the Clock of the Atomic Scientists
Dr. Andrew Glikson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-31
On January 24, 2019, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has stated: | "Humanity now faces two simultaneous existential threats, either of which would be cause for extreme concern and immediate attention. These major threats–nuclear weapons and climate change–were exacerbated this … | The post Imagining Reality: Two Minutes to Midnight on the Clock of the Atomic Scientists appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/imagining-reality-two-…

Climate Change Is Coming for Your Coffee
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-31
Coffee drinkers, be warned. A combination of factors — including climate change — is threatening supplies of the beans on which the coffee harvests depend. | Latest analysis by a team of scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London found that more than 60 percent of over 120 coffee species known across Africa, Asia and Australasia are threatened with extinction. | For many people, coffee is their favorite tipple. In the U.K. alone, more than 80 million cups of coffee are drunk every day. The experts at K…
truthdig.com/articles/climate-change-is-…

Top 10 Ways the United States Is the Most Corrupt Country in the World
Juan Cole | commondreams.org | 2019-01-31
Our government is so corrupt that the Environmental Protection Agency has not only ceased actually protecting the environment but it has become a cheerleader for polluting industries. (Photo: Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/01/31/top-10…

Oil industry, environmental leaders mark 50th anniversary of Santa Barbara Oil Spill
Dan Bacher | indybay.org | 2019-01-31
"The 50th anniversary of the Santa Barbara oil spill is a grim reminder of how far we have to go in stopping not only offshore drilling, but onshore oil and gas expansion as well," said Tomás Morales Rebecchi, senior Central Coast organizer with Food & Water Watch. "If Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to lead opposition to the Trump administration's plans to expand dangerous offshore drilling, he should start by ending drilling in California state waters and onshore throughout the state."
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/28/1882087…

Stop Fossil Fuels! Protect the Climate! with German anti-coal group Ende Gelande
Diablo Rising Tide | indybay.org | 2019-01-31
On Friday March 8th at 630pm, join Diablo Rising Tide as we host climate | organizers with the German anti-coal direct action group Ende Gelande to | discuss their epic campaign to stop the coal mines of the Rhineland | region and protect the Hambach Forest.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/29/1882089…

Scrap Australia Day, acknowledge the past and fight for the future
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-31
Celebrating January 26 is a state-sanctioned exercise that rubs salt into the wounds of Indigenous Australia. It proclaims, "You lost, we won. Know your place." | But the desire for an honest conversation about modern Australia's origins in the violent and ongoing dispossession of Indigenous people is not going away. | Across the country Invasion Day marches were both bigger than ever, and took place in many more places. More local governments have dropped their January 26 activities and finally the ABC allowed Triple J to shift its Hottest 100. | The mood for change is gathering momentum — and it'..
greenleft.org.au/content/scrap-australia-day-acknowledge-past-and-fight-future

Max Boot goes full 'White Man's Burden' in WaPo op-ed, sparking mass jaw-dropping
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-31
Neocon pundit Max Boot defended the unwinnable US "forever wars" in the Middle East in an op-ed comparing them to the slow-motion slaughter of Native Americans at the hands of settlers suffused with Manifest Destiny. | …
rt.com/usa/450201-max-boot-mideast-genoc…

Americans' Concern About Climate Change Surging to Record Levels
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-31
Dr. John Kotcher of George Mason University discusses a new poll about climate change and says improvements in media coverage have helped spur the public's concern about the issue | The post Americans' Concern About Climate Change Surging to Record Levels appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/americans-concer…

Allan Nairn: Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-30
In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Abrams w…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/30/allan_nai…

'I have faith in our generation'
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-01-30
The last few Thursdays, Brussels' streets have been flooded with students who skip school to march for climate justice. The third march, held 24 January, attracted 32,000 people. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/01/30/i-have-faith-in-…

A Theology of Power: Mike Pence and the Dominionists
Karl Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-30
Those involved in what's become a major component of the evangelical right in the United States call themselves "dominionists." They follow "dominion theology." Pointing to the Bible, they emphasize that in it God gave humans "dominion" over the natural world and life in it. This, they believe, gives them license to exploit the earth. Further,…
counterpunch.org/2019/01/30/a-theology-o…

Another County Just Banned New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-01-30
Climate justice advocate Anthony Rogers-Wright explains why a growing number of jurisdictions are saying no more fossil fuel extractions | The post Another County Just Banned New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/another-county-j…

How Police, Private Security, and Energy Companies Are Preparing for a New Pipeline Standoff
Will Parrish | theintercept.com | 2019-01-30
Law enforcement has been monitoring opposition to Enbridge Line 3 and seeking guidance from officials who led the militarized response at Standing Rock. | The post How Police, Private Security, and Energy Companies Are Preparing for a New Pipeline Standoff appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/01/30/enbridge-lin…

Is New York City's Public Housing Ready for the Next Storm?
Sophie Kasakove, Tracie Williams | thenation.com | 2019-01-29
Is New York City's Public Housing Ready for the Next Storm?
thenation.com/article/new-york-climate-c…

The U.S. Military Plans to Keep Incinerating Toxic Firefighting Foam, Despite Health Risks
Sharon Lerner | theintercept.com | 2019-01-27
The U.S. military is moving ahead with plans to collect and destroy unused firefighting foam that contains the hazardous chemicals PFOS and PFOA. But in trying to solve one environmental problem related to these persistent chemicals, which have caused massive drinking water contamination, the Defense Department may be creating another. | More than 3 million gallons of the foam and related waste have been retrieved from U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, National Guard, Army, and Air Force bases around th…
theintercept.com/2019/01/27/toxic-firefi…