√ Democracy going down in flames.
— By a 5-4 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a controversial Ohio voter-purge law.
— It’s known as the “use-it-or-lose-it” law, and it’s the most aggressive voter-purge system in the country. The state currently strikes voters from the registration rolls if they fail to vote in two consecutive elections — and if they fail to return a mailed address confirmation form.
— Those challenging the law said it violated the National Voting Rights Act, which says that a state cannot strike someone from the rolls for failure to vote.
>>> “The Supreme Court just cleared the way for the mass disenfranchisement of voters.”
— Judd Legum on Twitter
>>> “Voting is not a use it or lose it right. It is a permanent right guaranteed by our Constitution.”
— Rep. Terri A. Sewell on Twitter
Dead broke and fiercely patriotic
(One man’s quest to understand the loyalty of the poor)
√ This is the most insightful article I’ve read in quite a while. It may well change your view of the “other America.”
… poor and working-class Americans are extremely patriotic and nationalistic — much more so than any other group in the country, but….
… What is a puzzle for you and me is actually not a puzzle for them at all. It is in fact the opposite. It is precisely because so many things have gone wrong for them that they get so much mileage out of being an American, which still happens to be a very prestigious national identity. One could argue that in a way it gives them a sense of identity like nothing else. They’re hanging on to it precisely because they have nothing else to hang on to.
London newspapers expose Russia’s support for Brexit campaign
— Efforts to expose Moscow’s long-suspected meddling in the U.K.’s 2016 Brexit referendum gained substantial ground Sunday after a bombshell report in Britain revealed deep ties between the Kremlin and the Leave campaign — which also had significant links to the Trump election campaign.
Crypto-currencies lose $42 billion after S. Korea hack
— The 2018 selloff in cryptocurrencies deepened, wiping out $42 billion of market value over the weekend and extending this year’s slump in Bitcoin to more than 50 percent.
— Some observers pinned the latest retreat on an exchange hack in South Korea, while others pointed to lingering concern over a clampdown on trading platforms in China.
Mob beats men to death over WhatsApp rumors
— Police in India say the pair were attacked when they stopped at a village to ask for directions. Residents reportedly believed they were the “kidnappers” they had been warned about on WhatsApp.
√ It can happen here. See this story about the Qanon hysteria in the US. Or click the headline below:
>>> Fake news web site engineers pedophile scare
Net neutrality is dead, but not buried
A lawsuit filed by 23 state attorneys general to block the net neutrality repeal is still pending. We’ve also seen 100 US mayors pledge to refuse to do business with any internet service providers who violate net neutrality protections and states are working to create their own laws that could have national ripple effects. California inched closer to passing its own net neutrality laws last week, and New York is working on similar legislation.
China is buying up ports, and influence, across Europe
The National Interest
— China comes brandishing almost unlimited investment funds, and Beijing has set up shop from Valencia to the Bosporus and from the North Adriatic to the Suez Canal.
ICE came for Tennessee town’s immigrants …
… but the town fought back
New York Times
“My first thought was one of sorrow. Oh my goodness, this is going to hurt so many people in the community. It’s going to hurt their kids, our kids. It’s going to have a ripple effect throughout the entire community because these people are part of Morristown. Immediately, I drive over to the parish center to see what I can do to help. I had to park way at the end because it was so packed. I go in, I said, I’m an attorney, how can I help?”
— Angela Smith, Morristown Tennessee
Salvation? Or just another con job
Entrepreneurs offer to “rescue” failing rural hospitals
Kaiser Health News
— The community of Surprise Valley, Calif., wrestled with the idea of selling its tiny, long-cherished hospital to a Denver entrepreneur who sees a big future in lab tests for faraway patients. Last summer, another exec had a similar idea but left town.
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The big one:
Trump-Kim so-called Summit
— I urge the President to remain clear-eyed about north Korea’s long history of violating previous denuclearization promises. He must not sell out our South Korean and Japanese allies or undermine our own national security interests in search of a dramatic television moment consisting of more style than substance. Details matter here and, when it comes to Kim Jong Un, could very well be the difference between life and death for millions of human souls in the region.
— US Sen. Tammy Duckworth
The little one:
IHOP flip flops on pancakes, becomes ‘burger joint
— Newsweek, NPR and many others fall for PR stunt.