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Thursday February 22, 2018

Florida Shooting Survivors Face Down The NRA And Politicians, Vow To Keep Fighting
HP | Nick Visser | 02/22/18

... More than 7,000 people gathered at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, to listen to many of those affected by the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, which left 17 people dead. The tragedy, the 17th school shooting so far in 2018, has prompted a wave of activism in recent days and an outpouring of anger directed at lawmakers who have refused to pass gun control legislation.

Such frustrations were on full display Wednesday as several people asked Florida Sens. Marco Rubio (R) and Bill Nelson (D) what they plan to do now. Ryan Deitsch, a senior at Stoneman Douglas, asked Rubio about Congress' failure to rein in gun access and why its the students themselves who "have to march on Washington just to save innocent lives." "You're right," the senator replied. "What you've lived through, and what you live through, is not supposed to be a part of your high school experience." ... Read more

Drones in the Sahara
TheIntercept | Joe Penney | 02/18/18

LATE IN THE morning of October 4 last year, a convoy of Nigerien and American special forces soldiers in eight vehicles left the village of Tongo Tongo. As they made their way between mud-brick houses with thatched roofs, they were attacked from one side by dozens of militants, if not hundreds. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Nigeriens and Americans fled, some on foot, running for cover behind trees and clusters of millet, their boots caked in the light brown earth. By the time the fighting was over, five Nigeriens and four Americans were killed, their bodies left naked in the bush after the militants took their uniforms.

The news went straight to the front pages in the United States and sparked a conflict between the family of one of the soldiers and President Donald Trump, after the president made insensitive remarks during a condolence call to the soldier's widow. But the story also spread like wildfire throughout Niger, where the big news wasn't so much that American soldiers had been killed, but that Americans soldiers were fighting in the country in the first place.

... In fact, U.S. Special Operations forces have been in Niger since at least 2013 and are stationed around the country on forward operating bases with elite Nigerien soldiers. What happened in Tongo Tongo is just a taste of the potential friction and instability to come, because the pièce de resistance of American military engagement in Niger is a $110 million drone base the U.S. is building about 450 miles northeast of Niamey in Agadez, a city that for centuries has served as a trade hub on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, not far from Mali, Algeria, Libya and Chad. In January, I hopped aboard an aging plane that followed a roundabout route to one of America's largest-ever military investments in Africa, its latest battleground in an opaque, expensive, and counterintuitive war on the continent. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, February 22 [12:39]
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  1. Headlines
  2. "The Time to Act Is Now": Florida School Shooting Survivors Confront Trump, Rubio on Gun Control
  3. Former Parkland Student: I Interned for Senator Rubio. Now I'm Begging Him to Act on Guns
  4. "A Monstrous Campaign of Annihilation": Death Toll in Eastern Ghouta Tops 300 from Syrian Assault
John Sipher -> Russian Espionage, or Clickbait? Part 1 | TRNN | 02/22/18 | 18:21
Parkland Crisis Actor Conspiracy Theory DEBUNKED | TYT | 02/21/18 | 11:21
The1a.org
1A Live From CPAC | 1a.org | 02/22/18 | 1hr
Last year, a guest on 1A suggested that we broadcast the show from CPAC: the Conservative Political Action Conference. We didn't hesitate to say yes.

And here we are. This year's conference will feature both the president and the vice president, as well as media figures, organizers, theorists and thinkers from across the conservative spectrum. There will be panels on economics, foreign relations, cybersecurity and career development. Here's the full agenda.


Joe: Yesterday, The White House Got It Right By Listening | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/22/18 | 8:56
Ari Melber On Latest Russia Guilty Plea In Robert Mueller's Investigation | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 6:12
Poll: Most Of The Country Doesn't Like Donald Trump As A Person | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 3:56
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Kids From Florida Aren't Acting | Stephen Colbert | 02/22/18 | 7:57
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Conservatives Attack Parkland Survivors Once Again | Trevor Noah | 02/21/18 | 7:28
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on Florida Shooting Survivors Being Called Fake News | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/21/18 | 7:16
Note: I add this just to expose you to what the Alt Right is listening to. Sometimes pretty scary.
Are Child Actors Being Used To Push Gun Control In Florida Shooting? | Alex Jones | 02/21/18 | 13:53
The Truth About Crisis Actors In The Florida Shooting | Alex Jones | 02/21/18 | 38:35

02.22.2018. 11:33

Wednesday February 21, 2018

Billy Graham, influential evangelist and friend to U.S. presidents, dies at 99
Politico | author | date

He preached the gospel around the world and served as a counselor to decades of American leaders.

The Rev. Billy Graham, one of the most influential religious figures in U.S. history and a trusted adviser to decades of U.S. presidents, has died. He was 99.

Graham was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1992. For decades starting with Harry Truman, Graham would be seen at the side of U.S. presidents as he served as a valued counselor, during both their brightest days and their sleepless nights. "People in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to," the evangelist said in 2011. ... Read more

"Has anyone had to bury their child because of pornography?" asked Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D), who sponsored the legislation seeking to ban assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.

Florida House Debates Porn, But Refuses To Discuss Assault Weapons
HP | Dominique Mosbergen | 02/21/18

As tearful survivors of the Parkland school shooting watched, the Republican-led Florida House of Representatives on Tuesday refused to discuss a ban on assault weapons. Photos showed a distraught student being comforted in the gallery. Another survivor of last week's massacre expressed "indescribable" rage on Twitter.

Later in the day, many of the same lawmakers discussed at length a bill that declares porn a public health risk. The bill ? which calls for improved "education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians, especially teenagers, from pornography" -- was approved by a voice vote, reported the Tampa Bay Times. ... Read more

White House Press Briefing | WH | 02/20/18 | 20:07
LastWeekTonight with John Oliver
*Trump vs. The World | John Oliver (HBO) | 02/18/18 | 19:14

Trump White House official says Florida shooting was 'reprieve' from bad publicity
Independent | Alexandra Wilts | 02/20/18

A Trump White House official reportedly said coverage of the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week has given the administration "a reprieve" from having to deal with bad publicity.

"For everyone, it was a distraction or a reprieve," the official told the Washington Post. "A lot of people here felt like it was a reprieve from seven or eight days of just getting pummeled."

"But as we all know, sadly, when the coverage dies down a little bit, we'll be back through the chaos," the official reportedly said. ... Read more
LEAK: Trump Team Enjoying "Reprieve" Of School Shooting | TYT | 02/20/18 | 5:53

How Much Data Does the NSA Look at Daily?
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 21 [12:26]
Robert Reich: Morality & the Common Good Must Be at Center of Fighting Trump's Economic Agenda | DN | 02/20/18 | 24:32
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Wednesday, February 21 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. "Orgies While People Are Dying": How Charity Oxfam Allowed Sex Abuse in Ailing Countries Like Haiti
  3. Edwidge Danticat: I Hope Oxfam Sex Scandal in Haiti Is a #MeToo Moment for Aid Organizations
  4. Inside the U.S. Military Recruitment Program That Trained Nikolas Cruz to be "A Very Good Shot"
Max Blumenthal -> Can Trump's Neocons Exploit Russiagate? | TRNN | 02/20/18 | 10:11
Angry Senator Yells At Students Who Drove 300 Miles To See Him | TYT | 02/20/18 | 5:57
The1a.org
Movie Club Sees "Black Panther" | 1a.org | 02/21/18 | 1hr
"Black Panther" broke several box office records in its opening weekend. The latest film in the Marvel movie canon earned more than $201 million (and counting) and was the biggest opening ever for a movie directed by an African-American -- or not directed by a white man.

But beyond the numbers, "Black Panther" [won hearts and minds culturally]. Moviegoers across the country dressed in costume or traditional African prints to celebrate the film's release. And the blockbuster platform elevated a black superhero to superstar status -- along with a gorgeous, brilliant and daring entourage of warrior women.


New White House Security Rule Could Force Jared Kushner And Others Out | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 20:57
Americans Google Alex Van Der Zwaan As Mueller Issues New Charges | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 20:48
As Shootings Become Epidemic, Is Now The Time For Change? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/21/18 | 18:16
Playmate Alleges Affair With President Donald Trump During Melania Marriage | AM Joy | MSNBC | 02/20/18 | 14:01
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
If Politicians Won't Take Action, These High Schoolers Will | Stephen Colbert | 02/20/18 | 3:39
Trump's Twitter Spree After Robert Mueller's Russia Indictments | Stephen Colbert | 02/21/18 | 6:11
Trump's State Of Affairs. . . Actual Affairs | Stephen Colbert | 02/21/18 | 6:29
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Parkland Shooting Survivors School Congress on Gun Violence | Trevor Noah | 02/20/18 | 8:11

02.21.2018. 12:13

Tuesday February 20, 2018

A decade after meltdown, Senate moves to roll back bank rules
Politico | Zachary Warmbrodt | 02/20/18

U.S. senators are planning to mark the 10th anniversary of Wall Street's meltdown this year with a gift to the nation's banks: a bill that would unravel regulations put in place after the crisis.

The proposed rollback of some key post-crisis rules - which could advance in the coming weeks - is one of the few examples of bipartisanship in Washington since President Donald Trump's election.

On one side are moderate Democrats such as Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and Jon Tester from Republican-leaning states who support the legislation because they say it will provide relief to small and regional banks and boost rural economies.

On the other are progressives like Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown and their activist allies, who argue that the bill will put consumers at risk. They're working to undercut the party's centrists before the vote, with several of the moderates -- as well as Brown -- facing tough reelection campaigns this year. ... Read more

Cancer drug Lomustine, at one point was being sold for around $50 a capsule, the same dose now costs $768.
TYT | author | 02/19/18

Lomustine has been used to treat brain tumours, lung cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma for more than 40 years but is now seen by some patients as too expensive.

In 2013, production of the drug, which was previously called CeeNU, passed from pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb to a Miami-based startup called NextSource Biotechnology.

At that point it was being sold for around $50 a capsule. The same dose now costs $768 (£570).

NextSource has increased the price nine times in less than five years. A 20 per cent hike in August was followed by a further 12 per cent rise in November, according to analysis by the Wall Street Journal. Prices of other doses of the drug, which the company has renamed Gleostine, have also been increased exponentially.

Although the patent for lomustine has expired, there is no generic version being produced and so NextSource has no competitors to discourage it from raising prices.

Professor Henry Friedman, a neuro-oncologist at Duke University, said: "This is simply price gouging. People are not going to be able to afford it, or they're going to pay a lot of money and have financial liability."
Cancer Drug Price Raised 1400% | TYT | 02/19/18 | 9:05
Anderson Cooper: Trump is all about himself
Anderson Cooper: Trump is all about himself | 02/19/18 | 7:43
Trump has... spent 26% of his time out on the golf course spend 33% of his time at a Trump branded property cost US $43,000,000.00 in tax payer money for golf.

A Consensus Emerges: Russia Committed an "Act of War" on Par With Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Should the U.S. Response Be Similar?
TheIntercept | Glenn Greenwald | 02/19/18

IN THE WAKE of last week's indictments alleging that 13 Russian nationals and entities created fake social media accounts and sponsored political events to sow political discord in the U.S., something of a consensus has arisen in the political and media class (with some notable exceptions) that these actions not only constitute an "act of war" against the U.S., but one so grave that it is tantamount to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Indeed, that Russia's alleged "meddling" is comparable to the two most devastating attacks in U.S. history has, overnight, become a virtual cliché.

The claim that Russian meddling in the election is "an act of war" comparable to these events isn't brand new. Senators from both parties, such as Republican John McCain and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, have long described Russian meddling in 2016 as an "act of war." Hillary Clinton, while promoting her book last October, described Russia's alleged hacking of the DNC and John Podesta's email inbox as a "cyber 9/11." And last February, the always war-hungry Tom Friedman of the New York Times said on "Morning Joe" that Russian hacking "was a 9/11-scale event. They attacked the core of our democracy. That was a Pearl Harbor-scale event." ...

BUT ...
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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 20 [9:03]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, February 20 (FULL) | 59:02
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  1. Headlines
  2. Mueller Probe Heats Up: 13 Russians Indicted, Ex-Trump Aide to Plead Guilty, Focus on Kushner Grows
  3. Robert Reich: Morality & the Common Good Must Be at Center of Fighting Trump's Economic Agenda
Why is a Russian Troll Farm Being Compared to 9/11? | TRNN | 02/20/18 | 16:11
Conservatives Attacking School Shooting Survivors Online | TYT | 02/19/18 | 6:36
Dan Rather Defends the Parkland Survivors | TYT | 02/19/18 | 26:36
The1a.org
The Columbine Generation | 1a.org | 02/20/18 | 1hr
In April 1999, two students killed 12 classmates, one teacher and themselves at Columbine High School in Colorado. Nineteen years later, a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In between, an estimated 150,000 students experienced a shooting at their school.

The students at Parkland were born after Columbine. And now some of the survivors are taking action to try to ensure children born today won't grow up in a world where school shootings are common occurrences.
What's In The Gun Background Check Plan The President Endorsed? | 1a.org | 02/20/18 | 1hr
After a national outcry over gun violence in Florida last week, there are the early signs of compromise in Washington: President Donald Trump has endorsed a bipartisan proposal to strengthen gun background checks. But what is this legislation, and could it have helped prevent last week's bloodshed?


Joe: White House Makes Smart Move In Mitt Romney Support | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/20/18 | 8:36
Historian Says President Donald Trump Ignoring Worst US Attack Since 9/11 | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/20/18 | 12:50
Indictment Rings Alarms On Facebook, So What Can Be Done? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/20/18 | 6:19
After Mueller Indictments Donald Trump Fails To Criticize Russia | The 11th Hour | MSNBC | 02/19/18 | 8:22
Lawrence: Advisers Held Off Donald Trump's Golfing, But Not His Tweeting | The Last Word | MSNBC | 02/19/18 | 7:46

02.20.2018. 12:34

Monday February 19, 2018
The Moral Issue of Our Time | Bernie Sanders | 02/14/18 | 17:27

Global sea level rise on faster pace than expected
theweathernetwork.com | Dr. Mario Picazo | 02/14/18

A recent studybased on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data shows how sea level rise on earth is increasing faster than originally thought. Water levels have been going upby accelerating incrementally in recent decades, rather than in the steady mode past studies had suggested.

Global warming and consequently the rapid ice meltoccurring in both Greenland and Antarctica, are responsible for this acceleration. The research project that has brought light to this new finding is led by Steve Nerem, a professor of aerospace engineering science at the University of Colorado Boulder, fellow at the Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and a member of NASA´s Sea Level Change team. ... Read more
NASA: We're Entering Waterworld | TYT | 02/18/18 | 8:47

The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

Former economic hit man John Perkins shares new details about the ways he and others cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Then he reveals how the deadly EHM cancer he helped create has spread far more widely and deeply than ever in the US and everywhere else -- to become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. Finally, he gives an insider view of what we each can do to change it. Economic hit men are the shock troops of what Perkins calls the corporatocracy, a vast network of corporations, banks, colluding governments, and the rich and powerful people tied to them. If the EHMs can't maintain the corrupt status quo through nonviolent coercion, the jackal assassins swoop in. The heart of this book is a completely new section, over 100 pages long, that exposes the fact that all the EHM and jackal tools -- false economics, false promises, threats, bribes, extortion, debt, deception, coups, assassinations, unbridled military power--are used around the world today exponentially more than during the era Perkins exposed over a decade ago. The material in this new section ranges from the Seychelles, Honduras, Ecuador, and Libya to Turkey, Western Europe, Vietnam, China, and, in perhaps the most unexpected and sinister development, the United States, where the new EHMs -- bankers, lobbyists, corporate executives, and others -- "con governments and the public into submitting to policies that make the rich richer and the poor poorer."
An Economic Hit Man Confesses and Calls to Action | John Perkins | TEDxTraverseCity | 06/24/16 | 18:35
Economic Hitmen Cartoon | 04/27/17 | 2:23
According to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock:
...what we have today with the intelligence business is something far more systemic: senior officials leaving their national security and counterterrorism jobs for positions where they are basically doing the same jobs they once held at the CIA, the NSA and other agencies-- but for double or triple the salary, and for profit. It's a privatization of the highest order, in which our collective memory and experience in intelligence -- our crown jewels of spying, so to speak -- are owned by corporate America. Yet, there is essentially no government oversight of this private sector at the heart of our intelligence empire. And the lines between public and private have become so blurred as to be nonexistent.
No, Oprah's not running for president in 2020 | 60Minutes | 02/15/18 | 6:04
Why the Rich are Getting Richer | Robert Kiyosaki | TEDTalk | 07/21/16 | 20:09
How Money Works Cartoon | 05/29/15 | 29:54
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 19 [10:24]
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, February 19 (FULL) | 59:02
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  2. WATCH: Parkland High School Shooting Survivor Emma Gonzalez's Powerful Speech Demanding Gun Control
  3. Five Months After Maria, San Juan Mayor Decries "Disaster Capitalism" & Privatization in Puerto Rico
  4. San Juan Mayor Calls for End to Puerto Rico's Colonial Status Amid Slow Hurricane Maria Recovery
Climate Change Costs Insurance Companies Billions, And Price is Rising | TRNN | 02/16/18 | 6:50
Another Trump Affair, Another Cover-Up | TYT | 02/18/18 | 11:19
Republicans: NO MUSLIMS ALLOWED!!! | TYT | 02/17/18 | 11:07
New Developments In Las Vegas Route 91 Massacre | TYT | 02/17/18 | 6:37
The1a.org
Why The AR-15? | 1a.org | 02/19/18 | 1hr
An AR-15-style rifle isn't just the weapon of choice for the perpetrators of mass shootings in San Bernardino, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs and Parkland, it's the weapon of choice for the nation. The NRA Blog even quipped in 2016 that the AR stands for "America's Rifle" (they do note that it officially stands for ArmaLite Rifle):

Today, the AR-15 has soared in popularity amongst gun owners, due to a wide-range of factors. It is customizable, adaptable, reliable and accurate that can be used in sport shooting, hunting and self-defense situations. Civilians can also modify and personalize their AR-15 from carbine-length, stocks, optics, barrels, etc. The AR-15s ability to be modified to your own personal taste is one of the things that makes it so unique.


The "So, SO, SOOOO many accessories" the post touts for the AR-15 can also make it hold more rounds and shoot more accurately. And since it can be customized to almost no end (there's even a Hello Kitty model out there), the AR-15 can be a reflection of the owner's personality. And when a gun is in the hands of potentially millions of Americans, many of whom will never shoot anyone, what does it say about the nation's personality?
How Do You Teach Slavery? | 1a.org | 02/19/18 | 1hr

Robert Mueller Surprises Again, Indicts Russians For Election Intrusion | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/17/18 | 21:12
LA Times: Ex-Trump aide to plead guilty | CNN | 02/18/18 | 7:39
Gun Control: Talk Vs. Action | The View | 02/16/18 | 6:25
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Building Bridges (Not Walls) in Mexico | Trevor Noah | 02/19/18 | 4:54
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Donald J. Trump's Guide to U.S. Presidents, Vol. 1 | Seth Meyers | 02/18/18 | 1:44

02.17.2018. 18:23

Friday February 16, 2018

President Trump's Proposed Budget Is Bad for U.S. National Security
americanprogress.org | author | older, 03/01/17

There are several issues surrounding President Trump's proposed defense budget increase, starting with the fact that U.S. defense spending is already incredibly high: It currently accounts for more than one-third of the world's total military expenditures. According to the latest numbers from the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the United States spent $604.5 billion on defense in 2016, more than four times the next-biggest spender, China, which spent $145 billion, and more than 10 times the third-biggest spender, Russia, which spent $58.9 billion. Further, the U.S. armed forces are already strong. According to Michael O'Hanlon and retired Gen. David Petraeus, "the United States has the best military in the world today, by far. ... Read more
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U.S. government spends 90% of its cyber budget attacking people and only 10% on defense.

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer
NYT | Max Fisher | older, 11/07/17

But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America's fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many mass shootings? Perhaps, some speculate, it is because American society is unusually violent. Or its racial divisions have frayed the bonds of society. Or its citizens lack proper mental care under a health care system that draws frequent derision abroad.

These explanations share one thing in common: Though seemingly sensible, all have been debunked by research on shootings elsewhere in the world. Instead, an ever-growing body of research consistently reaches the same conclusion.

The only variable that can explain the high rate of mass shootings in America is its astronomical number of guns. ... Read more
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America's Mass Shooting Problem EXPLAINED | TYT | 02/15/18 | 20:02

My son was a Columbine shooter - Good
Sue Klebold -> My son was a Columbine shooter. This is my story. | TEDTalk | 02/27/17 | 15:18
Sue Klebold is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the two shooters who committed the Columbine High School massacre, murdering 12 students and a teacher. She's spent years excavating every detail of her family life, trying to understand what she could have done to prevent her son's violence. In this difficult, jarring talk, Klebold explores the intersection between mental health and violence, advocating for parents and professionals to continue to examine the link between suicidal and homicidal thinking.

Inside the Senate's ugly immigration breakdown
Politics | Burgess Everett | 02/16/18

The failure of a months-long effort to help Dreamers is the latest display of legislative ineptitude.

A conservative senator from Oklahoma with a youthful visage, Lankford had been working since September to help so-called Dreamers. The 49-year-old Lankford dutifully attended bipartisan meetings, cobbling together ideas and trying to enlist support for a bipartisan deal. But when the group showed him the latest draft of their plan Tuesday night, Lankford was stunned. It was far from what he had expected.

"I looked through the outlines of the proposal and realized: 'This is nothing close to what we've talked about,'" Lankford said. ... Read more

Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, February 16 [10:27]
When Will This Stop? 17 Shot Dead in Florida School Massacre, the 18th School Shooting of Year | DN | 02/15/18 | 15:53
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  1. Headlines
  2. Trump Blames Mental Illness for Parkland Shooting, Ignores Easy Gun Access & Loose Background Checks
  3. White Supremacy, Patriarchy and Guns: FL Shooter Had Record of Death Threats, Violence Against Women
  4. Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's New President, Known for Moving Profits to Offshore Tax Havens
Economist John Weeks -> Democratic institutions are not under stress--they're under aggressive attack, as unconstrained financial greed overrides democratic decisions | TRNN | 02/16/18 | 25:09
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Charter School Principal: No Evidence Privatization Is Better For Students | TRNN | 02/15/18 | 13:07
Congress To Make Mass Shootings Even Easier | TYT | 02/15/18 | 3:55
Republican Tells THE TRUTH About Gun Control | TYT | 02/15/18 | 6:43
The1a.org
Friday News Roundup -- Domestic | 1a.org | 02/16/18 | 1hr
  1. We'll get the latest from Florida after a deadly school shooting. There have been the usual calls for thoughts and prayers, but at least one survivor has asked for something more.
  2. U.S. intelligence officials gave a dire warning about upcoming elections and Russian interests.
  3. In other international competitions, there was high drama at the Olympics.
Friday News Roundup -- International | 1a.org | 02/16/18 | 1hr
  1. A number of longtime world leaders made headlines this week
  2. South African President Jacob Zuma resigned. Zimbabwe lost a man of conscience and courage with the death of Morgan Tsvangirai. And the future of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes under more doubt.
  3. And why is Australia's Prime Minister banning sex between his ministers and their staff?
Trump Uses MS-13 To 'Sell Draconian Overhauls Of Border Issues,' Journalist Says | NPR Fresh Air | 02/15/18 | 1hr


Donald Trump Words On Gun Tragedy Ring Hollow Given Past Legislation | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/15/18 | 12:37
Donald Trump Team Uses Gun Tragedy As Cover, Reveals Financial Documents | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC | 02/15/18 | 9:29
Joe: Why Is President Donald Trump Impotent When It Comes To This? | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/16/18 | 8:55
Joe: President Donald Trump Knows Another Shooting Is Coming | Morning Joe | MSNBC | 02/16/18 | 8:12
WH briefing gets heated over school shooting question | CNN | 02/15/18 | 5:41
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
This Week in Chaos: Nunes & BIEs | Samantha Bee | 02/07/18 | 6:58
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Jimmy Kimmel on School Shooting in Parkland, Florida | Jimmy Kimmel | 02/15/18 | 4:49
http://EveryTown.org
We are all reeling after yet another senseless shooting that took place at a high school in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen people lost their lives and more than a dozen are hospitalized. Donald Trump gave a speech addressing the tragic events saying that no child or teacher should be afraid of their lives while at school. Jimmy agrees with Trump but in order to fix this SOMETHING has to be done. We need real laws that keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids. These Congressmen and lobbyists don't work for the NRA, they work for us. If you want to help go to www.everytown.org and write to your representatives. If they don't listen, vote them out.

02.16.2018. 11:11

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Wall Street and Banksters

Wall Street is an eight-block-long street running roughly northwest to southeast from Broadway to South Street, at the East River, in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan in New York City. Over time, the term has become a metonym for the financial markets of the United States as a whole, the American financial services industry (even if financial firms are not physically located there), or New York-based financial interests.
Intelligence Agencies/Deep State?

Intelligence Agencies/Deep State?

An intelligence agency is a government agency responsible for the collection, analysis, and exploitation of information in support of law enforcement, national security, military, and foreign policy objectives. Means of information gathering are both overt and covert and may include espionage, communication interception, cryptanalysis,.
The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone & Petere Kuznick

The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone & Petere Kuznick | 2014 | 10 Episodes

Oliver Stone and American University historian Peter J. Kuznick began working on the project in 2008. Stone, Kuznick and British screenwriter Matt Graham cowrote the script. It covers "the reasons behind the Cold War with the Soviet Union, U.S. President Harry Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, and changes in America's global role since the fall of Communism." Stone is the director and narrator of all ten episodes.
Kuznick Interviews

Kuznick Interviews

Historian Peter Kuznick says Eisenhower called for decreased militarization, then Dulles reversed the policy; the Soviets tried to end the cold war after the death of Stalin; crazy schemes involving nuclear weapons and the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba put the world of the eve of destruction - with host Paul Jay

The Untold History of the United States by Kuznick, Peter.mobi | Book | 6.99 MB
China Valley of Tunnels

China Valley of Tunnels

A report written by a Georgetown University team led by Phillip Karber conducted a three-year study to map out Chinas complex tunnel system, which stretches 5,000 km (3,000 miles). The report determined that the stated Chinese nuclear arsenal is understated and as many as 3,000 nuclear warheads may be stored in the underground tunnel network.
The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides--Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.
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