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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News – January 29, 2018

The EPA Makes A Surprisingly Good Decision
CNN – The EPA made a surprise move that could protect the world’s largest salmon fishery
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Republicans Fan the Curtain, Just a Tad.
New York Times – House Republicans Vote to Release Secret Memo on Russia Inquiry
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Roaring, hmm? When Else Was That Descriptor Used?
USA Today – Roaring economy gives Trump bragging rights for State of the Union address
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But Will They Be Aired?
Washington Post – Sanders and progressives plan three responses to the State of the Union
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Charges Against Foreign Banks Settled. No Admission of Guilt. How About Domestic Banks?
Washington Post – U.S. regulator, DOJ settle ‘spoofing’ charges against European banks
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Marijuana Hiccups Keep Black Market on Life Support. Is California’s Regulatory Scheme Practical or is Reform Required?
AP – After California pot stockpiles go up in smoke, what’s next?
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Shh, Don’t Tell the Kids That Mommy and Daddy Do Bad Things. Is This How Democracy Works?
Associated Press – Pentagon restricts release of Afghanistan war data
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I Wonder Why Information About Afghanistan Is About To Be Withheld…
Reuters – Trump rejects peace talks with Taliban in departure from Afghan strategy
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Liberal Hypocrisy on Full Display
Real Clear Politics – Maher Defends Jerusalem Decision: When You Win Wars You Take Land, Palestine A “Coiled Snake”
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Open Discussion About Our Fingers in Ukrainian Pie
Bloomberg – How Ukraine’s President Fooled Joe Biden
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They’ve Been in There for a While
BBC – Vice President Joe Biden’s son joins Ukraine gas company
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Competition in the Middle East and an Anchor for Saudi Arabia’s Planned City
CNN – Jeddah Tower: What does the world’s next tallest skyscraper look like now?
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But Does He Own Boardwalk or Park Place?
Forbes – Jeff Bezos Gains $2.8 Billion After Amazon Go’s Debut, Reaches Highest Net Worth Ever
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Nationalizing Is the National Procurement of Something Privately Owned. A 5G Network Doesn’t Yet Exist. This Would Be a Public Works Project, Not Nationalization.
Axios – Scoop: Trump team considers nationalizing 5G network
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Ajit Pai Doesn’t Like the Sound of That, Wants to Rely on Those Purposely Holding Back Build-Out
The Verge – FCC chairman Ajit Pai is opposed to a government-run 5G network

Suffocating Monkeys No Longer in Vogue
New York Times – German Carmakers Criticized for Emissions Research on Monkeys
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News – January 28, 2018

Democrats Faceplant, Yet Again
Politico – Schumer rejects Trump’s immigration proposal
Fox News – Pelosi: Trump’s Immigration Proposal Is Part of a ‘Campaign to Make America White Again’
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The Clintons Shock Nation with Double Standard
New York Times – Hillary Clinton Chose to Shield a Top Adviser Accused of Harassment in 2008
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Obama Picks New Labels for Himself
Univision News – Obama: “More Moderate-Republican Than Socialist”
The Hill – Obama on his criticism of Israeli settlements: ‘I’m basically a liberal Jew’
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As If Boeing Doesn’t Receive Subsidies
USA Today – Feds decide Delta importing Bombardier jets from Canada won’t hurt Boeing
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US Regulator Hits Foreign Banks
Reuters – U.S. CFTC to fine UBS, Deutsche Bank, HSBC for spoofing, manipulation: sources
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Oh, Sweet Summer Child, Take a Look at America’s Numbers
Der Spiegel – 50 Percent for 5 Percent: A Look at Germany’s Extremely Unequal Wealth Distribution
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Assange, Now an Ecuadorean Citizen, Asks the UK to Let Him Go
BBC – WikiLeaks’s Julian Assange becomes Ecuadorean citizen
BBC – Julian Assange asks UK court to drop his arrest warrant
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It Would Be the Catholic Church
New York Times – Pope’s Defense of Chilean Bishop in Sex Abuse Scandal Causes Outrage
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Macron Repositions France
New Yorker – At Versailles and Davos, Emmanuel Macron Makes His Move
CNBC – France’s Macron says globalization is going through a major crisis
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Merkel Attempts to Rally EU and Bolster Domestic Support
Deutsche Welle – Germany’s Angela Merkel decries right-wing populism as ‘poison’ at Davos summit
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A Truly Noble Goal
Huffington Post – Australia Plans To Become Top 10 Defence Exporter In A Decade
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Whitewashing History is a Crime Against All People. Without Context, We Are Lost.
Reuters – Israel and Poland clash over proposed Holocaust law
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Here’s Hoping Something Positive Results
Yahoo News – Palestinian official says India’s Modi to visit West Bank
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Double Standard: Trump and Haley Spurn Palestinians
Reuters – Trump threatens to pull aid to Palestinians if they don’t pursue peace
Reuters – U.S. will not chase Palestinians lacking will to seek peace: Haley
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Russia, Iran, Syria, and Turkey? What a Pitch!
Time – ‘America First’ Is a Hard Sell on Rex Tillerson’s Europe Tour
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The Europeans Are Already Pretty Dependent on Russia
Reuters – U.S. says planned Russian pipeline would threaten European energy security
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Halfway Around the World, An Iranian Tanker Sinks. Results Are What One Would Imagine.
Reuters – How the Sanchi’s oil could spread
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Fifteen Years of Occupation? Something Tells Me We’re Just Getting Warmed Up.
BBC – Kabul attack: Taliban kill 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital
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Turkey’s Offensive Continues, Ironic Operation Name Intact, and Washington Steps Back. What’s the Endgame Here?
Al Jazeera – Turkey urges US to withdraw from Syria’s Manbij
Reuters – Turkey says U.S. has promised to stop arming YPG, warns Washington on Manbij
Business Insider – Erdogan says Turkey will clean entire Syrian border of terrorists
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