By Joseph Nevins, Associate Professor of Geography, Vassar College
In The Conversation
… American companies “built railroads, established their own banking systems, and bribed government officials at a dizzying pace.” As a result, the Caribbean coast “became a foreign-controlled enclave that systematically swung the whole of Honduras into a one-crop economy whose wealth was carried off to New Orleans, New York, and later Boston.”
Meanwhile, the Dog & Pony show continues
Many news outlets took the bait and ran stories under headlines such as: DHS CHIEF NIELSEN SAYS MIGRANT CARAVAN “NOT GETTING IN.”
Among those who fell into this trap were: The Washington Times, Politico, Fox News, Talking Points Memo, The Blaze, The Hill, and of course the right wing nut sites such as Breitbart and Newsmax.
— Plainly, this is Kirsten Nielsen, a proven liar,(*) doing her master’s bidding, trying to fan the flames of immigration hysteria. She’s also trying to keep Trump from firing her. (See article in Salon)
Attention news editors: Learn to tell the difference between a PR stunt and news. Hint: A PR stunt usually starts with a press release …
(* recall that Nielsen once denied that the Feds were holding migrant children in custody.)
Goddamn it, blasphemy to be legal in Ireland
The Irish Times
— Every single one of the 40 constituencies in Ireland voted to remove the word “blasphemous” from article 40.6.1 of the Constitution in a unanimity unique in recent Irish referendums.
— Last Friday’s vote was closest in constituencies along the Wild Atlantic Way. In Donegal 51.5 per cent voted Yes to 48.4 per cent No, while those in Sligo-Leitrim voted 56.1 per cent to 43.9 per cent to change the Constitution.
US passes landmark decision in ‘right to repair’ movement
— A victory for consumers and a blow to Apple and other companies that want to monopolize the tech repair business.
Boy, 13, recognized for dramatically improving pancreatic cancer treatment
Good News Network
— A 13-year-old boy has just been named America’s Next Top Young Scientist in recognition of his ingenious method for making pancreatic cancer treatment more effective.
— Rishab Jain was awarded the prize for creating an algorithm that used artificial intelligence to accurately locate and target the pancreas in real-time during a cancer patient’s MRI radiotherapy.
Complete local report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
11 now dead in synagogue shooting
— Eleven people are dead and six more are wounded — including four police officers — after a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood Saturday morning.
— The shooter, who officials said had an assault-style rifle and three handguns, is in custody, Pittsburgh police report. Officials have confirmed he is Robert Bowers, 46, of Baldwin Borough. He is in Allegheny General Hospital in fair condition with multiple gunshot wounds, officials said.
— The U.S. Attorney’s office Saturday night filed 29 charges against Bowers. The Anti-Defamation League said it believed it was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the U.S. history.
ROME SAYS ENOUGH!
The Eternal City is going straight to hell and a lot of its residents are fed up
“Rome has become an open sewer, a scandal, full of rats, foxes, wild boar and rubbish,” said Rome resident Salvatore Golino. “We are drowning in trash and we can’t take it anymore.”
If this story doesn’t point out the stupidity
and obtuseness of Trump cultists,
I don’t what does …
— CESAR SAYOC, THE Donald Trump-loving Floridian who was taken into custody in relation to pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats, was foreclosed on in 2009 by a bank whose principal owner and chair is now Trump’s treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin.
— The documents used to enact the foreclosure were signed by a prominent robo-signer and seemingly backdated. Nonetheless, the evidence was good enough for the famously inattentive Florida foreclosure courts to wave the case through. Years later, Sayoc became a supporter of Trump, who came into office and appointed a treasury secretary who ran the bank that snatched Sayoc’s house.
Single fingerprint led FBI to ‘MAGAbomber’: Trump-supporting, bodybuilding strip club worker is charged with five federal crimes and faces 58 years in prison for mailing 14 packages to liberals
- Cesar Altier Sayoc, 56, was taken into custody on Friday morning in Plantation, Florida
- He is an avid Trump fan with an interest in bodybuilding who says he is a member of the Seminole tribe
- Seminole Tribe of Florida has disavowed him however, saying he has never been a member of the tribe
- Sayoc had reportedly been kicked out of his parents’ home and was living in his van when he was arrested
- Four additional suspicious packages discovered on Thursday and Friday brought the total to 14
- On Friday afternoon, postal officials in Burlingame, California intercepted a package for billionaire Tom Styer
- Earlier Friday a package addressed to Senator Kamala Harris was intercepted in Sacramento, California
- A postal inspector intercepted another package to James Clapper in Manhattan Friday morning
- FBI also discovered suspicious package addressed to Senator Cory Booker in Florida on Thursday night
- Discoveries marked suspicious packages targeting outspoken critics of President Trump
–Senior law enforcement officials identified the suspect as 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
— He reportedly has a criminal history and ties to New York. Sayoc, a registered Republican, was a resident of Brooklyn in the mid-1980s. It was unclear if authorities were seeking additional suspects in the domestic terror investigation.
— He was arrested near Plantation, Fla., in the district represented by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), whose office was listed as a return address on several of the packages.
— A police source indicated to the NY Daily News that Sayoc, the target of a coast-to-coast manhunt, was tracked down via his cell phone after using the device in a Florida post office.
— FBI agents were seen in media footage from near where the suspect was arrested covering up a white van that appeared to be covered in political stickers and decals.
— Investigators quickly covered the vehicle, a likely source of evidence in the case, with a blue tarp before moving the van from its space. An assortment of law enforcement officials stood in the parking lot of the residential neighborhood after the suspect was cuffed to end the national search.
“Republicans are doing so well in early voting, and at the polls, and now this “Bomb” stuff happens and the momentum greatly slows – news not talking politics. Very unfortunate, what is going on. Republicans, go out and vote!”
— D.J. Trump, president of the Electoral College
New species of “first bird” uncovered
— A new species of the famous ‘first bird’, Archaeopteryx, supporting its status as the transitional fossil between birds and dinosaurs, has been published by in the journal Historical Biology.
— Contrary to some previous studies, Archaeopteryx can now be conclusively shown to be a primitive bird antecedent, and an evolutionary intermediate between birds and dinosaurs, which possessed teeth and clawed fingers.
No, eating less meat won’t do much to slow climate change
— The author, a professor at UC Davis, says the research that showed animal husbandry as a significant factor in climate change was deeply flawed. His analysis puts the contribution of animal farming at 2.6%, far less than other factors, such as transportation. And an all-vegetarian diet wouldn’t necessarily be ideal anyway, he writes.
“One job should be enough”
Marriott hotel workers’ strike hits eight US cities
— Eight thousand members of the Unite Here union are demanding a living wage from the company that made $3.2bn last year.
Brown University study
Apparently, you CAN drink away your troubles, for a little while
— Just one glass of wine could be enough for you to dismiss your bad memories and focus only on the good times, a new study suggests.
— Researchers say that alcohol ‘hijacks’ the pathway that forms memory on a fundamental, molecular level.
— It affects a gene involved with encoding whether a memory is pleasing or unpleasant and changes a protein the gene makes, which in turn makes you form ‘craving memories’.
— One drink only changes the pathway for an hour, but three can change the pathway for 24 hours – which could explain why we forget being sick or stumbling home.
— The team, led by Brown University in Rhode Island, says its findings may help explain why recovering alcoholics find it hard to stay on the wagon and that this could lead to forms of treatment that help decrease how long the craving memories last, or how intense they are.
Hedge fund trendies take a hit as Wall Street tanks
“It’s a bloodbath out there across almost every strategy with very few exceptions,” said Vaqar Zuberi, head of hedge funds at Mirabaud Asset Management.
US secretly shackled JP Morgan, but no longer
— For almost six years, Washington secretly shackled JPMorgan Chase & Co., the nation’s biggest bank.
–Now the chains are off, thanks to bank-friendly regulators in the Trump administration.