Robert Parry may be gone from Consortiumnews

Robert Parry may be gone from Consortiumnews.com
(RIP), but our friends with Veteran Intel Pros for Sanity —
like Ray McGovern and Bill Binney — haven’t stopped
being sane at that great site. Formerly global NSA head,
Binney was called a “conspiracy theorist” by CNN (quite
a demotion!), but the CIA’s Pompeo invited him in for a
chat anyway. “Binney told Pompeo his analysts had lied…”

How American “his-story” is taught

How American “his-story” is taught. You know about Ann Sullivan, and Helen learning how to finger-spell “water,” right? The moment she learned how to think–brilliantly–the public suggested she was being brainwashed by nasty partisans taking advantage of her “disability,” one she’d overcome. I wish everyone could learn history from David Rovics, Howard Zinn, and Mickey Z. …

Inspired by Florida student Emma Gonzalez to lawmakers and gun advocates: ‘We call BS’: The people in the government who were voted into power are…

Inspired by Florida student Emma Gonzalez to lawmakers and gun advocates: ‘We call BS’: The people in the government who were voted into power are lying to us. And us kids seem to be the only ones who notice and our parents to call BS.Companies trying to make caricatures of the teenagers these days, saying that all we are self-involved and trend-obsessed and they hush us into submission when our message doesn’t reach the ears of the nation, we are prepared to call BS. Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have been done to prevent this, we call BS. They say tougher guns laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS. They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS. They say guns are just tools like knives and are as dangerous as cars. We call BS. They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS. That us kids don’t know what we’re talking about, that we’re too young to understand how the government works. We call BS.
If you agree, register to vote. Contact your local congresspeople. Give them a piece of your mind. #wecallBS

After a year of struggle, the Mariachis and their fellow RENT STRIKERS are pleased to announce that they have come to an agreement on a reasonable…

After a year of struggle, the Mariachis and their fellow RENT STRIKERS are pleased to announce that they have come to an agreement on a reasonable rent increase for their units. The agreement allows for the tenants to stay in their homes and in their neighborhood. We would like to thank all the supporters and allies who helped to make this agreement happen. The Mariachis and ownership of the building will gather at the building on Thurs Feb 15th at 5:30pm. Come and listen to the sounds and words of the mariachis and celebrate with us! #rentstrike #mariachis #boyleheights

Buried in this piece is something I’ve long argued: Uber’s key growth strategy is to compete with “optional rider” public transit, and with…

Buried in this piece is something I’ve long argued: Uber’s key growth strategy is to compete with “optional rider” public transit, and with automation, will be priced comparably with large, inefficient transit systems.
Major transportation organizations have their heads in the sand. While they continue to dig tunnels, buy non-autonomous systems and let their systems fester (mostly for labor-related costs, mind you). They are being disintermediated by technology that will cause the death spiral of their business.

First, it was Chavez

First, it was Chavez. (SEVERAL hours before his death, the State Department–with a crystal ball?–tweeted a denial it had anything to do with that.) Now, Maduro. And at the end of the proposed immigration-restriction list, described as predominantly Muslim-majority countries, is Venezuela. The US still favors Batistas over Castros: Monroe Doctrine (“Bad Neighbor Policy”).

As I have long said, the main difference between democrats and republicans in terms of their success is in their NEGOTIATION strategy

As I have long said, the main difference between democrats and republicans in terms of their success is in their NEGOTIATION strategy.
The Republicans start at zero, and they put forward policy ideas all the time. Democrats usually respond with some kind of compromise position (let’s call that 50 on this scale of 0-100, conservative–>liberal).
In a win-lose negotiation, the expected value lies at the midpoint of the two sides’ proposed opening numbers. That is, 25 in this case. Conversely, if Republicans said 0 and Democrats said 100, the expected value would be 50.
Note that Trump’s budget does EXACTLY this. Eliminating CPB and NEA…not just cutting them, but zero. The net result will be a compromise that cuts them *substantially*, and Democrats will say “but at least it didn’t get eliminated”.
It is PELOSI and SCHUMER (and the rest of the old guard) who are screwing us over, not the Republicans, who are merely doing what they said they would do.

The simple reason I am pro slavery reparations is this: the economic benefit to slave owners (and traders, etc) in the United States over 200+ years…

The simple reason I am pro slavery reparations is this: the economic benefit to slave owners (and traders, etc) in the United States over 200+ years has enabled billions (trillions?) in unethical, amoral and pernicious wealth creation that continues to this day. Those profits are not acceptable and some of that should be returned to the uncompensated, brutalized slave-labor that generated them.
The greatest mistake that Lincoln made was not insisting on southern plantation owner reparations during reconstruction (instead the US government PAID SLAVE OWNERS for the release of slaves). Redistributing that wealth at that time might have changed the course of the subsequent 150+ years for the better.
It is also a matter of economic justice for African Americans. The after effects of slavery have not been “priced in” to the market (eg in access to education), and some money would go a long way to helping rebalance the playing field. Because if there’s one thing Americans can universally agree upon, it’s not fairness, equality, generosity or openness – it’s the power/value of wealth.
It’s time to insist on getting this money back.

Excited to share this news! Starting today, we’re accepting applications for our Facebook Community Leadership Program to support people making a…

Excited to share this news! Starting today, we’re accepting applications for our Facebook Community Leadership Program to support people making a major difference in their communities.
Five people from around the world who already use Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, or Oculus to bring people together will get up to $1 million to fund new ideas, and 100 people will get up to $50,000. They’ll also get training and mentorship to help bring their projects to life.
These community leaders do incredible work. I was recently in Paris where I met people running Facebook Groups – like Sarah who started Donna Momma in France so moms can share parenting advice. Her mom passed away when she was young, so when she found out she was expecting a baby, she felt lost. She wanted other moms in similar situations to have a community they could turn to, so she created just that. Soon they started talking about more challenging subjects like addiction and domestic violence. Sarah stepped in to help and found healthcare professionals who volunteered to be a part of the Group so they could give support.
Like Sarah, so many community leaders dedicate a big part of their lives to bringing people together over shared experiences. They see where there’s a need and they fill it – and they deserve our support so they can make an even bigger impact.
Learn more about how to apply to our fellowships or nominate inspiring leaders:

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