News – February 23, 2018

Trump Dances With the NRA
Associated Press – Trump bucks NRA, backs raising age for buying assault rifles
CNN – NRA chief accuses Democrats of pushing ‘socialist’ agenda in wake of Florida shooting
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Jeff Bezos Is Building A Giant Clock Inside A Mountain. Definitely Not Part of A Supervillain Lair.
BBC – Bezos-backed 10,000 Year Clock now under construction

YouTube Censorship Reaches New Level. Who Watches the Watchmen?
USA Today – ‘Crisis actors’ YouTube video removed after it tops ‘trending’ videos
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The Left is Beginning to Stand Up
Politico – Dylan Ratigan declares for Congress, shakes up Stefanik race
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Democratic Establishment Goes To War With Itself
The Intercept – EMILY’s List Weighs in Hard in Texas Primary – Against a Leading Woman in the Trump Resistance
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Here’s Another Open Secret Finally Garnering An Honorable Mention From Mainstream News
New York Times – The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine
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If Only They Went After All the Vultures As Enthusiastically
Associated Press – US asks judge to approve seizure of ‘Pharma Bro’ assets
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Pennsylvania Gerrymandering Drama Continues
New York Times – Democrats Didn’t Even Dream of This Pennsylvania Map. How Did It Happen?
New York Times – The New Pennsylvania Congressional Map, District by District
The Intercept – GOP Senator Says Impeachment of Judges Who Struck Down Gerrymandered Map Is “A Conversation That Has to Happen”
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As Is Tradition
CNN – Car intentionally hits security barrier near White House
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Puerto Rico: Ignored But For Plundering
The Intercept – Citigroup Drove Puerto Rico Into Debt. Now It Will Profit From Privatization on the Island.
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The UN Fiddles As Syria Burns
U.S. News – Deaths Mounts in Syria as UN Weighs Cease-Fire Resolution
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News – February 13, 2018

Freedom Intensifies


A Social Service for Food Might Be A Good Idea Under A Responsible and Humanist Government, Not This One
Yahoo! – Trump Wants to Replace Food Stamps for Impoverished Americans With Food Boxes to Save Money
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As much disdain as I have for Blackwater/Xe Services/Academi/Constellis, I’m not looking forward to karma circling round…
Bloomberg – U.S. Strikes Killed Scores of Russia Fighters in Syria, Sources Say
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Sending Fake Chemical or Biological Substances To Folks Is Not Cool
Bloomberg – Donald Trump Jr.’s Wife Taken to Hospital After White-Powder Scare
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About Time We Hashed This Out. Gerrymandering Is A Cancer In Our Electoral System and Must Be Excised.
U.S. News – Pennsylvania Gerrymandering Fight Just the Start of a Wider War
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Without A Doubt, Yes. Social Programs Should Benefit All Who Pay In, Lest They Become Targets of Ire. Favors For Special Interest Groups Divides Society and Costs More To Administrate.
U.S. News – Should Free College Give Rich Kids a Free Ride?
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NAFTA Squabble Continues Without Any Sign Of Agreement
Reuters – Canada, U.S. exchange barbs over NAFTA talks as stresses rise
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Trump Urges Protectionism, While Corporate Lackeys Suggest More of the Same Old, Same Old
Business Insider – Trump held a freewheeling White House meeting on trade — and it sounds like some of economists’ worst fears could come true
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Interesting. The Dutch Media Were Also Responsible For the Unverified Claim of Russian Hacking Proof. Very Interesting Indeed.
BBC – Dutch foreign minister quits over lie about meeting Putin
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Will Netanyahu’s Chickens Come Home to Roost?
Jerusalem Post – Analysis: Police Try to Box in AG, PM Takes Eye Off the Ball
Reuters – Israeli police recommend bribery charges against Netanyahu
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This is What We Call Plausible Deniability
CNN – White House says Netanyahu claim of US-Israel talks on West Bank annexation ‘false’
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Illegal Detention Continues
The Guardian – Judge refuses to withdraw Julian Assange arrest warrant
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Ice and Human Error May Be At Fault In Russian Plane Crash
U.S. News – Russia: Human Error, Faulty Sensor Behind Deadly Plane Crash
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News – February 11, 2018

Time for a little…
Sonic Catch Up

The Falcon (Heavy) Has Landed!


Elon Musk Fires Car Into the Void, Kicking Off New Space Race
Washington Post – While Trump congratulates SpaceX for Falcon Heavy launch, Elon Musk says he looks forward to a new ‘space race’
CNN – NASA is keeping tabs on Elon Musk’s Tesla roadster
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Haters, With No Vision, Gonna Hate. Perhaps We Should Have Remained Living in Caves.
The Guardian – We’ve trashed the oceans; now we are turning space into a junkyard for billionaires
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But Wait, There’s More!
Ars Technica – SpaceX sent a nerdy Easter egg into space, but can anyone read it?
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Single-Payer Health Insurance Still on California’s Table Despite Democrats’ Attempt to Crush It
Los Angeles Times – California confronts the complexities of creating a single-payer healthcare system
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The Pentagon Pivots Back to the Cold War. Get Ready For A Change In Warmaking Rhetoric.
Politico – New Pentagon strategy takes aim at Russia, China
Defense News – The Pentagon is planning for war with China and Russia — can it handle both?
NPR – U.S. Military Advantage Over Russia And China ‘Eroding,’ Pentagon Says
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In Pursuit of the Aforementioned Repositioning
Business Insider – The US is considering sending heavily armed Marines to Asia to counter China
Defense News – Marine F-35 pilots to perform first-ever hover landings aboard amphibious ship
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China Rolls Out J-20 Early
CNN – Chinese stealth fighters are combat-ready, Beijing says
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Mattis’ Great Power Competition Cools Off
CNBC – Russia and China vie to beat the US in the trillion-dollar race to control the Arctic
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The Palestinians Gain a Friend
Al Jazeera – Modi visits Ramallah, backs independent Palestine state
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Apparently We’re Not Finished Bombing Syrian Government Forces
Chicago Tribune – In what it calls self-defense, U.S. launches airstrikes on Syrian government troops; 100 dead
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Israel Gets In On the Brawl in Syria
BBC – Israel warns Iran after launching major raids in Syria
New York Times – Israel’s Clash With Iran and Syria: 5 Takeaways
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$716 Billion Per Year, But Education and Health Care For U.S. Citizens Are Too Expensive
Al Jazeera – Trump to increase military budget above China, Russia
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Democratic ‘#Resistance’ Eagerly Expands Trump’s Military Budget
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