Posts Tagged 'Los Angeles Times'

Lambert Strether – “The Narrative,” Neoliberalism, and Identity Politics

I should start by saying that the headline isn’t exactly clickbait, because who writes clickbait on Boxing Day anyhow, but it does oversell what I’m about to write, which is not a Grand Unified Theory mutually contextualizing all three topics — perhaps another time — but a consideration of each topic, in linear order. That is, first I’ll consider “The Narrative,” then I’ll consider the neo-liberal dispensation that has ordered the governance of the country since the mid-70s, and lastly ...

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Sarah Lazare – Obama’s Pentagon Is Using a ‘War on Terror’ Slush Fund to Bankroll Dangerous Military Buildup Near Russian Border

The Pentagon is planning to pull billions of dollars from a slush fund earmarked for the war on terror to finance a major mobilization of tanks, troops and arms near the Russian border, as part of NATO’s largest military buildup in eastern Europe since the Cold War.

The plan underscores the role the war on terror plays in setting up a funding infrastructure that allows the Pentagon to sidestep budget caps and political debate to pursue military campaigns across the globe.

“We ...

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Nika Knight – Environmental Official Shot Dead in Brazil as Attacks on Land Defenders Rise in Latin America

An environmental official well-known for his aggressive enforcement of deforestation laws in his city in the Brazilian Amazon was gunned down in front of his family late Thursday, city officials reported Friday.

Two men shot the official, Luiz Araujo, seven times as he drove up to his home, local policetold the Associated Press.

“[T]wo men fled on a motorcycle without taking anything, leading to speculation that they were paid assassins,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

AP notes that Araujo, environmental secretary for the small ...

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AMANDA MARCOTTE – Fear, racism, and hatred: Why the gun industry makes so much money off mass shootings

Even though the mass shooting in Orlando over the weekend is the largest in our nation’s history, the fallout is following a standard pattern, a narrative so well-worn that it’s impossible not to become numb to it: Liberals call for gun control, conservatives act like you are trying to take away their precious babies, nothing gets done, everyone eventually drifts away until the next horrible mass shooting.

Oh yeah, and the gun industry makes an absolute mint.

I wrote ...

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Stephen Fox – In the California Primary, More Ballots Remain Uncounted than the Total Number of votes for Hillary Clinton!

I warned Californians that they would see their primary become as egregious as New York’s Primary!
California’s Uncounted Ballots, from several different sages, pundits, pollworkers, and commenters in California
compiled from extensive article by Michael Hertz in Los Angeles Progressive
First this: from Larry Wines
 
Brace yourself. The actual numbers are shocking. More ballots remain uncounted than the total number of votes for Hillary Clinton. 
 
As of close of business yesterday (the Friday ending election week)”
Official numbers from the ...
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Tony Geren – Bill Gates Could End World Hunger, Instead Gives $36 Billion To Corporate America

37% of Bill Gates’ net worth would end world hunger. Instead, he invests billions of dollars into corporations blamed for many of the same health issues the Gates Foundation seeks to cure.

The Los Angeles Times revealed back in 2007 that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made millions of dollars each year from companies blamed for many of the same social and health problems the Foundation seeks to address.

The LA Times investigation revealed the Gates ...

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Alex Kirby – El Niño and war drive aid agencies to the brink

Climate News Network, 30 December, 2015 – The global humanitarian system, designed to save those at risk of dying because of human or natural disasters, faces unprecedented demands in 2016 from levels of strain it has never before had to face, a leading development agency says.

With more than 10 million people in a single African country expected to need international help next year, Oxfam says the effects of a super El Niño will intensify the pressures ...

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Joel Edwards – VACCINES & COGNITIVE DISSONANCE – INSIDE THE PRO-VAXXER MIND

Along with the belief that vaccines are “safe and effective” come other beliefs. There is a belief that vaccines do not cause autism, that vaccine reactions are rare, and so on. This is what the public is told about vaccines through the mainstream media. Despite these beliefs having no basis in scientific reality, they are continually reinforced by propaganda-laden journalism.

Only six corporations control the mainstream media. Though their popularity is waning, the “mainstream media” still dominates news coverage. Many people ...

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Andy Bellatti – Was 2015 the Year Big Food Began to Lose Its Sway?

Today’s big food and agriculture companies work hard to protect their images. Companies like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Monsanto spend a lot of time and money diverting attention away from negative science related to their products and associating themselves with groups that promote healthy food and families.

For a long time, those tactics appeared to be working; but several of this year’s developments suggest that they may not work for much longer. In fact, you might say that 2015 was the year ...

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Justin Gardner – Police Depts in the US Have a KKK Problem – They’ve Long Been Infiltrated – Denying it Won’t Help

Los Angeles, Ca — In 1991, a neo-Nazi, white supremacist gang was terrorizing the streets of Lynwood in Los Angeles County. The reason these violent thugs could run amok was because they were deputies at the Lynwood Sheriff’s station, having the power of blue privilege.

A federal judge acknowledged that the gang of deputies carried out “systematic acts of shooting, killing, brutality, terrorism, house-trashing and other acts of lawlessness and wanton abuse of power.”

These maniacs were not the sudden ...

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