Tuesday

√ The bombast coming from the White House is merely meant to get the rubes into the voting booth. There is no threat to Americans from any caravan. There is no need for US combat soldiers at the border.

Trump’s claim that he can sign a piece of paper and eliminate “birthright citizenship” is bogus. Even if he signs such an executive order, it will go straight to the courts … and be decided long after the mid-term elections. His claim that the US is the only nation in the world to grant birthright citizenship is an outright lie.

These are tricks right out of the Fascist playbook. Shame on Axios for becoming Trump’s lapdog, and spreading his lies. The US media at all levels needs to stop accepting White House agit-prop as news. 

Since this isn’t a site for rubes, we move on  to the real news.

He once ruled Boston underworld, now murdered in prison
(Poor Whitey Bulger. What’d he ever do to anybody?)
Rolling Stone
— The 89-year-old was serving life in prison after being convicted in 2013 of participating in 11 murders and a litany of other crimes connected with organized crime in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the FBI’s most wanted fugitive for 16 years before being arrested in 2011 in Santa Monica, California. He was the inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character in Martin Scorsese’s 2006 film The Departed, and the more explicit subject of the 2015 film Black Mass, which starred Johnny Depp as Bulger.

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Note that this arrest occurred on the day before St. Patrick’s Day, which in Boston, amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

Special counsel Mueller accuses opponents of offering women money to make ‘false claims’ about him
CNBC


6 in 10 American jobs won’t support a middle-class life
USA Today
— Esther Akutekha, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, has a good job as a public relations specialist that pays more than $50,000 a year.
— But because of the $1,440 a month rent on her studio apartment in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhood, she never takes vacations, dines out just once a month and scrapes together dinner leftovers for lunch the next day.
— “I’m frustrated with the fact that I’m not going to be able to save anything because my rent is so high,” says Akutekha, who says she’s 30ish. “I don’t even know if I can afford” to have children.
Despite an unemployment rate that has reached a 50-year low of 3.7 percent, most jobs across the U.S. don’t support a middle-class or better lifestyle, leaving many Americans struggling, according to a new study.


OCEAN SHOCK

A rapid warming in the world’s oceans is radically changing the lives of its creatures
Reuters
— Salmon, lobsters, sardines, flounder among the many species on the move trying to find a habitat that suits them.
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Billionaires join quest for “holy grail of energy”
Bloomberg
— Not long before he died, tech visionary Paul Allen traveled to the south of France for a personal tour of a 35-country quest to replicate the workings of the Sun. The goal is to one day produce clean, almost limitless energy by fusing atoms together rather than splitting them apart.
— The Microsoft Corp. co-founder said he wanted to view the early stages of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in Cadarache firsthand, to witness preparations “for the birth of a star on Earth.”
— Allen wasn’t just a bystander in the hunt for the holy grail of nuclear power. He was among a growing number of ultra-rich clean-energy advocates pouring money into startups that are rushing to produce the first commercially viable fusion reactor long before the $23 billion ITER program’s mid-century forecast.


Home prices cool for 5th straight month
Yahoo finance


Study finds MDMA (“Ecstasy”) dramatically helps trauma recovery
Reason
— A newly published study of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for people diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder illustrates the striking results that led federal regulators to expedite the process for approving the drug, which has been banned since 1985, as a prescription medicine. One year after the last of three MDMA sessions, three-quarters of the 25 subjects who completed the study, reported today in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, no longer qualified for a PTSD diagnosis.


93% of world’s children breathing toxic air which ‘stunts brains’ and causes deadly disease, WHO warns

Exhaust fumes and pollution ‘uniquely damaging’ to children and causing deaths of half a million under-fives each year
The Independent

Danish leader mocks White House claim to higher living standards
BBC
— “Our children can get an education – no matter who you are and where you come from.”
— “We can get to the hospital and get help if we get sick… And if you become unemployed, run into problems or otherwise need a helping hand, then the community is ready to seize and help one back on the right track.”
— The only area where the US outperforms Denmark, Mr Rasmussen added, was in praising its own achievements: “Maybe we should just get better at bragging more about everything that we actually do really well?”


BEARS MAKING A COMEBACK —
AND THAT CAN MEAN TROUBLE

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Bears enjoy their lunch hour in Anchorage.

… AND NOT JUST IN THE WEST …
–New Jersey, which has the densest population of bears of any state, recently banned bear hunting on state land. State officials have previously said New Jersey’s bear population would double within four years without a hunt.
— In Connecticut, there is an increasing population of several hundred bears, state authorities say. In a recent incident, a 82-year-old woman woke up to find a bear in her bedroom in the town of Canton. The bear headed to the kitchen, where it rifled through her cabinets before fleeing into the woods after police officers fired bean bags at it. Another bear broke into a car. Yet another was shot after being found in a pen of goats.

Brazil’s new president plans to plunder the Amazon
Popular Science
— Among his many controversial statements, Bolsonaro vows to open up indigenous lands to resource exploitation, ban environmental NGOs like the World Wildlife Fund, place Brazil’s environmental ministry under the control of its ministry of agriculture, and relax laws safeguarding the Amazon from development.

German nurse admits he killed 100 patients
BBC
germankillernurse— An ex-nurse in Germany has admitted at the start of his trial that he murdered 100 patients, making him one of the world’s most prolific serial killers.
— Detectives say Niels Högel, 41, administered fatal doses of medication to the people in his care at two hospitals in northern Germany.
— His motive, prosecutors say, was to impress colleagues by resuscitating the very patients he had attacked.

Even in cloistered resorts, rape of Jamaica tourists has become common
USA Today
…. When the women reported the rape to hotel staff, management told them that they had never heard of this type of assault happening there before. Local officials took the same position, implying that sexual assaults were rare.
— But according to multiple victims interviewed by the Detroit Free Press, lawyers, lawsuits and hundreds of State Department and U.S. Embassy records, Jamaica has a sexual assault problem that it is not confronting. And the tourism industry is well aware of the problem.


HIGH WATER, EVEN BY VENICE STANDARDS
ABC NEWS

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Sirens sounded across the city early in the day when the water surpassed 43 inches. By late afternoon more than 70 percent of the city was flooded. The elevated levels shut down the city’s water bus service known as vaporetti except to the outer island.

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