Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Veterans related links 010919



TRUMP OBSERVES VETERANS WEEKEND BY SHUNNING WAR DEAD, PUSHING TO DISENFRANCHISE OVERSEAS MILITARY VOTERS.

How Veterans Changed the Military and Built the Middle Class: Like labor unions before them, veterans and soldiers organized to win benefits millions now rely on.

AP poll shows high job approval for Trump from veterans (Note from LDH: I challenge my fellow veterans to ratchet up their self-education and acquire greater critical thinking skills)

Military women, female veterans are shifting away from GOP (Note from LDH: This would indicate to me that some women may be more intelligent than some men)

Stories We Keep To Ourselves

Trump Says Retired 4-Star Gen. Stanley McChrystal Has ‘A Big, Dumb Mouth’: Trump was apparently mad that Stanley McChrystal called him “shady” and “immoral.”

Laws expected to improve veteran's healthcare to take effect in new year

Battle for Blue Water Navy Benefits Will Begin Again in 2019

VA Update: Key Programs, Policies Take Shape as 2019 Dawns

Veterans Affairs has made real progress in Philadelphia | Opinion

After the parades, invest in Philly’s veterans

Ranking Member Roe Introduces the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019

About the Jewish War Veterans Philadelphia County Council

A guide to the best and worst veterans charities

Criminal Justice and Racism links 010919



Judge: Mumia Abu-Jamal can reargue appeal in 1981 Philly police slaying

Tuesday’s Election: Racism and Anti-Semitism Versus Social Security and Medicare

Race Regimes

Time to strike a blow against hate

Where are Prison Reformers?

Why Are the Police Caught Flat-Footed by Right-Wing Extremism? Because They Are Right-Wing Extremists.

The High Stakes of Today

Can We Talk About Guns?

Hate crime stats leave much to be desired, but what they tell is disturbing

The Struggle to Resolve: The triumph of the Brooklyn Museum’s “Soul of a Nation.”

Can Humanism Overcome Hate?

INSIDE THE WALLS | If Only More Atheists Robbed Banks

30 States with the Death Penalty and 20 States with Death Penalty Bans

Malaysia set to abolish death penalty, in move which could spare lives of women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam

Execution of Juveniles in the U.S. and other Countries

Poem: Don’t Get Me Wrong.  In praise of George Starbuck and his poem “Of Late.”

White Lies: Ijeoma Oluo On Privilege, Power, And Race

Praise Song For The Day

Notes On Surrender

Sunbeams DECEMBER 2018

Congress votes to end blood quantum requirement, applies to five tribes

Jailed by an Algorithm: Algorithms that are supposed to remove sentencing bias may perpetuate racism instead, say civil rights groups.

Don’t Defend Title IX. Replace It.: Anti-discrimination and affirmative-action rules don’t help the Americans who need them the most.

Marc Lamont Hill Was Arguing for the Rights of Humans, Not of States: The important demand that CNN rehire Hill has obscured much of the actual content of his speech.

Libertarianism is a form of white supremacy: economist

We Must Hold Officials Responsible for Black Man's Death

He Was a Gay Man on Staff at a Catholic Parish. Then the Threats Began Coming In.

DEVAH PAGER, HER WORK AS A SOCIOLOGIST HIGHLIGHTED RACIAL INJUSTICE IN THE UNITED STATES.

Report finds nearly half of U.S. adults have had an immediate family member incarcerated

2018 'worst year for US school shootings'

Disturbing data shows how often domestic violence turns deadly

Charlie Kirk: The First Step Act prison reform bill deserves a Senate vote

A Welcome Chance to Reform Criminal Sentencing: Mitch McConnell should give a bipartisan bill a chance.

Trump’s Criminal Justice Reform Is a Step in the Wrong Direction: The First Step Act denies help to those who need it most.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

Library of Congress Acquires Archive of Jazz Great Billy Strayhorn

Economics and Corruption related links 010919


Neoliberalism And The Rationalization Of Corporate Tyranny

Agency: Government workers could do painting or carpentry work to help pay rent during shutdown

What's the Internet Doing to Our ... Oh! Look at This!

China Grabs 3.4 Million American Jobs

How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’

NAFTA 2.0: The US Mexico Canada Agreement is a Fraud

How Aristocracies Are Born: Our country is on track to be run by the children of billionaires. Our ancestors recognized this and took action. We can too.

NAFTA 2.0 Will Help Corporations More Than Farmers

Common-Sense Food Stamps

Volcker at Twilight

Mars and Other Fantasies

How Capitalism Has Screwed Women Over

Privatization Is Not an Option

The AgriCULTURE Attitude

America's Wealth Floods Into Already Wealthy Cities

What Abbey’s ‘Desert Solitaire’ means in these trying times: The book turns 50 this year, and is more relevant now than ever.

TRUMP’S TRADE WARS HURT ALL OF US IN FARM COUNTRY: When agriculture suffers, all Iowans do — even those who've never set foot on a farm.

Labor’s Challenge to the New Democrats in Congress

Learning From 3.7 Percent Unemployment: It’s More Than Just a Number

The Trump Tax Cut: Heavy Costs, Little Benefit to the Markets

Pax Vobiscum: Who are the patriots in the Age of Trump?

Break up Facebook (and while we're at it, Google, Apple and Amazon): Big tech has ushered in a second Gilded Age. We must relearn the lessons of the first, writes the former US labor secretary

The Demise of American Denim?

Hubris at the Feast

With Amazon HQ2, Be Careful What You Wish For

What's Wrong with the Economy, and What Can We Do About It?

Now the Hard Part

US-Led ‘Great Power Rivalry’ Causing Instability in Asia

Calgary Olympic Bid Goes Down in Flames

'The Trump brand has lost its mojo,' as condos lose value and golf business drops

A woman’s rights

Just Write Families Checks: Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have bold new plans to fight poverty, but they miss out on simpler strategy: a child allowance.

Marijuana Comes to Coalinga: The weed business promised to save this struggling California town. So far, it’s been a bust.

NC bills would legalize possessing up to 4 ounces of marijuana for personal use

Trump issues executive order freezing federal workers' pay in 2019

Feds to furloughed workers: Try bartering for rent

Which Is Worse, Trump or Brexit?  The answer will depend on what the left can make of what comes next.

Who’s Afraid of a Sex Workers’ Union?  A movement for sex workers’ rights is gaining momentum in Spain—but it’s facing opposition from the national government and some feminists.

Yanis Varoufakis’s Internationalist Odyssey: The former Greek finance minister is on a quest to unite the global left.

Atlas Weeps: Alan Greenspan and Adrian Wooldridge’s strange elegy for capitalism.

Your Ex Sucks, but Capitalism Sucks More: Another reader asks about her trash-talking 10-year-old son.

Give Your Heart Out!  A list of 10 charitable organizations to help out this holiday season.

The Shortest Way Home: Keith Gessen’s new novel examines a Moscow caught at a crossroads.

Mortality rates rising for Gens X and Y, too: Reduced US life expectancy is not just the Baby Boomers

Why Is Life Expectancy Falling in US?

Mortality in the United States, 2017

Taxpayers Dish Out $54,000 For Mar-a-Lago Party Tents For New Year’s Eve: The public eats the costs of a bash at Trump’s Florida resort while federal workers go without pay amid the partial government shutdown.

FIRST PERSON | Remission

HUMANIST DILEMMA | How Do I Tell My Sister She Can’t Have My Sperm?

Eliminating Female genital mutilation – World Health Organization says there is no health benefit and United Nations calls FGM a human rights violation

ACLU AND AMERICANS UNITED ASK TO JOIN MAINE CASE OVER TAXPAYER-FUNDED RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

WHAT ARE TAXES FOR? THE MMT APPROACH

Further Comment: In Search of the Good Guys: There are good guys under capitalism. They’re just the ones actively subverting it.

Hard-Pressed American Farmers Left Out In The Cold By New 11-Nation Trade Treaty: Aussie, Canadian farmers celebrate treaty Trump nixed, while U.S. wheat producers fear Japan market collapse.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dares Congress To Halt Congressional Pay During Shutdowns

Austerity results in ‘social murder’ according to new research

How Austerity Ripped the World Apart: How the Worst Idea America Ever Had Came to Rule the World

Myth Fighter Blog

Why I am so tired of “doing the Semmelweis” Saturday, Jun 25, 2016

A journalist shines a harsh spotlight on biomedicine’s reproducibility crisis

How To Elect Democrats Who Actually Answer To Workers

Federal workers union sues Trump admin over government shutdown

US Corporations Are Micromanaging Curricula to Miseducate Students

How the global market for legal marijuana exploded in 2018

The Battle Over NAFTA 2.0 Has Just Begun: Progressives must fight strategically to improve it—if they don’t, the consequences could be devastating.

No Space to Be Human: Work on the Amazon assembly line.

Trump’s Gentrification Scheme to Enrich Real Estate Developers: A tax loophole intended to help the poor is funneling money to wealthy investors.

Brains remember more easily with drawings than written notes

Trump says the Treasury is taking in 'MANY billions of dollars' from the tariffs on China. The only problem is that US companies are paying the price.

DISPATCHES: TREASURY REPORT NIXES REVIVAL OF POSTAL BANKS. BUT PROPOSES LIMITS ON POSTAL UNIONS.

Alcohol and Opioids Are Different Risks

Trump Got Rolled

"Yellow vest" protesters in Paris and Green New Dealers at home: Enemies, or future comrades?
Implacable opponents? Maybe not: To succeed, the environmental movement must help build an economic future

Workers Petition Congress: Protect Our Pensions

GM Offers Proof to the World that Slashing Wages Isn't the Ticket to Profitability: German and Japanese auto manufacturers succeed despite sticking to a high-wage model.

Sanders–Khanna Bill Would Stop Monopoly Drug Pricing in the US

ROBERT REICH: TRUMP TAKES ON GENERAL MOTORS—GUESS WHO'LL WIN? | OPINION

The Gray Wave Rises

Letting Go of Industrial Regulations Isn’t Bringing Back the Jobs

Executives Make Millions Misleading Cancer Patients. Here’s One Way to Stop Them: Cancer-treatment executives are reaping fortunes off misleading marketing. We should make that less profitable.

Trump’s Sugar High

Building a Green New Deal

Subsidize This

HELL-CARE IN MICHIGAN: My loved one was abruptly dropped by Medicaid, which is potentially life-threatening. This is what happens when politicians don't treat care as a right.

Court Challenge To FCC Media Rule Changes Moves Forward.

Kamala Harris: Everyone Gets Sick. And We Deserve Better.  What my mother’s death taught me about the health care system America needs.

As loans and aid dry up, U.S. farmers face fresh challenge from shutdown

US national debt reaches a new high under Trump

Trump attempts to pin blame for the stock market stumbles on House Democrats' threats to impeach him

Google shifted $23 billion to tax haven Bermuda in 2017: filing

Mark Zuckerberg halts Facebook stock sale as value PLUMMETS over privacy scandals: The controversial billionaire is facing hard times...

Senior Trump administration officials get raises during government shutdown as hundreds of thousands of federal employees remain without paychecks

Our retirement savings fuel a stronger nation

Mommy and data: “Femtech” companies are marketing themselves to women who are worried about having kids. Are these startups alleviating female anxieties or exploiting them?

Here’s How Blue States Can Pave the Way for Medicare for All: Democrats were elected on promises of affordable healthcare. This is what states can do even under Trump.

States Can Break Up Big Banks. Here’s How.  A healthy economy has no need for mega-banks.

Putin says Russia will supply soy beans, poultry meat to China

A tribute to Congressman Louis Thomas McFadden

ED SADLOWSKI, THE CHICAGO STEELWORKER WHO FOUGHT TO UNITE THE WORKING CLASS.

The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting Raising children has become significantly more time-consuming and expensive, amid a sense that opportunity has grown more elusive.

TRUMP IS WREAKING HAVOC ON THE AMERICAN ECONOMY

Golden Age of Rich People Not Paying Their Taxes: An eight-year campaign to slash the IRS’s budget has left the agency understaffed, hamstrung, and operating with archaic equipment. The result: a hundred-billion-dollar heist.

Opinion: What Straight-A Students Get Wrong.  If you always succeed in school, you’re not setting yourself up for success in life.

Washington’s move to stifle Huawei will undermine itself

Canada should not let US dictate its politics: China Daily editorial

On Huawei and 5G, Canada must unapologetically pursue our national interest

U.S. and China tried to keep Huawei exec's arrest and trade war separate, but then Trump waded in

Huawei Arrest Raises Thorny Questions of Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy

U.S. health care spending grew 3.9 percent in 2017, reaching $3.5 trillion or $10,739 per person.  As a share of the nation's Gross Domestic Product, health spending accounted for 17.9 percent.

World Bank President Abruptly Resigns: Jim Yong Kim is leaving the World Bank nearly three years before the end of his term.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/07/us/politics/jim-kim-world-bank-president.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=fb-nytpolitics&smtyp=cur&fbclid=IwAR3L1qs1A9ecZgPhYOypQzwPNTBExg_M8PH4v8fAZ7ruMoBshsBbLG_b9rA

Ecology and Pollution related links 010919



Corporate interests compromise the Interior Department

California Is on Fire. Trump’s Solution: Rakes?  America’s largest state is suffering one of its worst climate catastrophes to date, but the president refuses to see the obvious.

Losing Paradise

Put people before fossils

The Fire This Time: California’s Camp Fire is a reckoning, an alarm shrieking that our leaders won’t save us from climate change—but perhaps we can.

Trump’s Wall May Threaten Thousands of Plant and Animal Species on the U.S.–Mexico Border
The region—called the Sky Islands—harbors more than 7,000 species, many of which struggle to cross human-made obstructions

What Will It Take to Stop Trump From Bulldozing Most Diverse Butterfly Center for Border Wall Section Already Funded?

First Nations declare war on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “They are declaring war on our people because we have said no. We have said no, no passage. You cannot bring this pipeline through our lands,”

Another giant has left us: the Sumatran rhino is extinct in the wild in Sabah

Living with Geoengineering: Injecting sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere would cool the planet considerably, so what’s holding us back? Quite a few things.

Opinion Why isn't the media covering climate change all day, every day?

Earth Over the Brink

Climate Sanity—How We Get There from Here: The path out of this nightmare is relatively clear—and communities on the frontlines are leading the way.

On the Line: A Bright REDD+ Line: Indigenous peoples fight schemes to buy and sell their land in the name of a climate change ‘solution.’

Smoking Gun: Incredibly Stupid Things Donald Trump Has Said About Climate Change
There've been a few . . .

Saving Climate Changelandia: In the nation’s ‘laboratory’ for land loss, Louisiana fishermen are innovating their way to survival.

Those Who Suffer Most: With climate crises at home, a network of South Asians in the U.S. are holding their adopted country accountable.

Moving On: Forty years ago, an epic flood pushed a tiny Wisconsin village to a new place on the map. In the age of climate change, it’s a model for the nation.

What Response to Climate Change Gives You Hope?  Movement leaders tells us about communities making concrete change in the face of planetary crisis.

The Hope of Harvesting: At the epicenter for climate injustice, Nicaraguans plant solutions.

Catching a Wave: What will it take to create a public for the ocean?

‘Do The Right Thing Anyway’: Climate journalist Dahr Jamail finds his own kind of hope.

Plastics on Hurricane Alley: A post-Harvey development frenzy in Texas opens up another front in the fight against fossil fuels.

Emptying the Cages: A new book envisions the end of animal factory farming and all the suffering it causes.

‘We Are Facing a National and Planetary Crisis’: An excerpt from a new book by Bernie Sanders.

‘I Know There’s a Path’: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on a post-Maria Puerto Rico in which residents are trained for transformation.

Maeve in America: Why I'm a Tree Hugger.  The first tree huggers were incredibly brave.

Is the Great Barrier Reef on the Mend?

Update: Six barges carrying coal have sunk into the Ohio River.  The sunken barges are spilling tons of coal into the water

POPULATION NEWS AND DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS with Population Connection magazine

LACKING BIRTH CONTROL OPTIONS, DESPERATE VENEZUELAN WOMEN TURN TO STERILIZATION AND ILLEGAL ABORTION

AS VENEZUELA’S HEALTH SYSTEM CRUMBLES, PREGNANT WOMEN FLEE TO COLOMBIA

SLOWING THE “REPRODUCTIVE TREADMILL” IN RURAL VENEZUELA: THE TURIMIQUIRE FOUNDATION STORY

SLOWING THE “REPRODUCTIVE TREADMILL” IN RURAL VENEZUELA: THE TURIMIQUIRE FOUNDATION STORY

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR of Population Connection DECEMBER 2018

IN THE NEWS in Population Connection DECEMBER 2018

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS HANG IN THE BALANCE AS 2019 NEARS

A TOUGH 2018 MEANS WE’LL FIGHT EVEN HARDER IN 2019

EMPOWERING TEENS: NEW ACTIVISM TOOLKIT FROM POPED

EDITORIAL EXCERPTS DECEMBER 2018

Economists Who Changed Thinking on Climate Change Win Nobel Prize: The ideas of William Nordhaus and Paul Romer have shaped today's policies on greenhouse gas emissions

The Green New Deal Is Good for the Planet—and the Democratic Party: Democrats can no longer get away with offering milquetoast solutions.

Trump Denies What Farmers Already Know: Rains are Heavier Every Year.  Trouble is, practices aren’t changing as fast as the climate. If simple and affordable conservation methods were adopted, productivity loss could be minimized. Eventually, they will have to be.

Astronomy Calendar of Celestial Events for Calendar Year 2019

Farmers Won’t Like Climate Change, and Neither Will You

Trump’s methane rule rollback burns the natural gas bridge: Without emissions regulations, the ‘clean’ fossil fuel is as dirty as coal.

Pray for the Dead. Fight like Hell for the Living

Researchers conduct first-ever global-scale evaluation of the role soil minerals in carbon storage

Hothouse Earth Is Merely the Beginning of the End: Not the end of the planet, but maybe the end of its human inhabitants

In nature, a bit of solace at the end

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accelerate Like a ‘Speeding Freight Train’ in 2018
Daytime traffic amid smog in Beijing on Sunday. China produces 27 percent of global carbon emissions, the most of any country.

Wilderness Deserves to Be Left Alone: Humans should keep their hands off the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Mr. Trump, Tear Down This Wall!  President's proposed border wall is an environmental, human rights nightmare

Generation X Author Douglas Coupland Turns Ocean Trash Into Art: The artist reimagines the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and sends it on tour

Rocks Hold the Key to the History, and Future, of the Planet: A geologist digs for the story of Earth's evolution

Inside the Dark World of the Animal-Parts Market: Rachel Love Nuwer's "Poached" investigates the extinction business

How Do Dogs Affect the Environment?  Mr. Green digs around for the answer

Indigenous Activist and Cancer Survivor Works for a Just Transition: Kandi Mossett helps tribes transition to a sustainable future

Uber and Lyft Could Free Us From Cars—Or Kill Public Transit: Ride-hailing companies promised to revolutionize transportation, but it's just getting worse

WRISE Opens New Doors for Women in Solar and Wind: Kristen Graf says more women in the field is key

A Group of Young Afghan Women Reach New Heights Trekking in Nepal: Three teens from Kabul reach personal summits while mountaineering

Is Bringing New Wolves to Isle Royale National Park "Restocking the Zoo"?  Sometimes wilderness just can't take care of itself

The Last Stand of the Last Great Wilderness: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is in jeopardy as never before

Military Moms Find Camaraderie, and Peace, in the Outdoors: Adventure therapy can help veteran mothers transition to civilian life

This Lawyer Helped Bring Down Scott Pruitt: Justine Thompson Cowan and Sierra Club attorneys uncovered mind-bending scandals

The Aloha State Paves the Way for a Clean Energy Future: Hawaii is riding a clean energy wave

Learning How to Speak with My Ancestors: I learned Alutiiq, my native tongue; now I am a whole person

Hope for the Best and Prepare for the...  Climate adaptation will have to take a number of different forms

We Need to Halt Greenhouse Gas Emissions While Also Preparing for a Hotter Planet: At this point in time, we have no choice but to adapt and prepare for climate change

There Is No Planet B: It's up to us to craft the shape of the future

Can We Help Our Forests Prepare for Climate Change?  And if we can, what's the right way to do it?

Future Farming: High-tech agriculture may be the key to feeding a growing human population

Jump to navigation: How to Pack a Go Bag.  In today's world, everyone needs an emergency kit next to the front door

Why Do Swiss Villagers Cover a Glacier With a Blanket?  To slow down its pace of melting. But it's still disappearing anyway.

The Atolls of Arkansas: Doomed by climate change, Marshall Islanders find a new home in Springdale

What Happens After the Mines Close?  In eastern Kentucky, former coal mining towns are plotting how to reinvent themselves

An Ill Wind: This is what it looks like when a violent dust storm hits Phoenix, Arizona

Can South Florida Adapt to Rising Sea Levels Before It's Too Late?  Cities like Miami grapple with how to make sure adaptation programs serve everyone

How Is the Netherlands Preparing for Sea Level Rise?  Floodable parks, salty lettuce, and other tools for a soggy planet

Here's How Not to Catch Global Warming Fever: How to protect yourself from climate-related illnesses

Can Phoenix Remain Habitable?  You can't crank up the AC forever

To Fix Climate Change, We Need to Understand Time: Vonnegut was right: We need a "secretary of the future."

Your guess is as good as theirs

Our Freshwater Emergency Is Worse Than You Think: How blue state governors can address a sprawling national water crisis.

DAVID BUCKEL, AN ENVIRONMENTALIST WHO CAME TO SEE HIS OWN EXISTENCE AS UNJUST.

Alaska's No Good, Very Dry Winter

The uncontacted tribes of Brazil face genocide under Jair Bolsonaro

BRUSSELS PARLIAMENT RECOGNISES ANIMALS AS SENTIENT BEINGS

The Only National Park Site Reopening Amid Shutdown Is in a Trump Hotel

TEN 2018 EXTINCTION AWARDS

Spotted Lanternfly Could Be Worst Invasive Species In 150 Years: International shipping sometimes brings unwanted guests: invasive species. The latest invader, the spotted lanternfly, threatens fruit and hardwoods. It's recently spread to Pennsylvania.

'We didn't respond fast enough': Seattle lawmakers warn New York over Amazon
Council members urge New Yorkers to demand concessions like labor standards before company gains foothold in city