Daily Archives: February 17, 2020

2020-02-17: News Headlines

RT (2020-02-17). 'Blame it on Hamas': IDF posts bathroom selfie of young woman, Twitter laughs at claims it's part of cyber warfare. rt.com The IDF posted what appeared to be a bathroom selfie of a young woman on its social media accounts and, while it claimed…

RT (2020-02-17). WikiLeaks demands answers as Twitter account LOCKED ahead of Assange extradition hearing. rt.com WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson is seeking answers after the publisher's official account was mysteriously locked, ahead of an extradition hearing for founder Julian Assange, who faces life in a US jail (or worse). | Hrafnsson claimed the @wikileaks Twitter account had been locked "shortly before Assange extradition hearing" and for no apparent reason, in a post from his personal account on Monday. Lamenting he had been unable to "reach a human at Twitter" for answers, Hrafnsson tagged both the platform's tech support and CEO Jack Dorsey. | WikiLeaks twitter account has been locked, shortly before…

Staff (2020-02-17). 300 Cruise Passengers Are Quarantined at U.S. Military Bases. truthdig.com TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — More than 300 American cruise ship passengers, including 14 who tested positive for coronavirus, were being quarantined at military bases in California and Texas on Monday after arriving from Japan on charter flights overnight. | One plane carrying cruise passengers touched down at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California just before midnight Sunday, while another arrived at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas early Monday. The passengers will remain at the bases for two weeks. | Japan's Defense Minister Taro Kono tweeted earlier that Japanese troops helped transport 340 U.S…

RT (2020-02-17). Wrong kind of 'energy'? Bloomberg takes on the 'Bernie Bros'… using Hillary Clinton-style tactics. rt.com Democratic candidate Mike Bloomberg has deployed a new tactic against Bernie Sanders: accuse his supporters of harassment and mean tweets. Hillary Clinton used the same strategy in 2016, and suffered a devastating loss. | In little over two weeks, the race for the Democratic nomination has shifted to Bernie Sanders versus everyone else. Destroying former Vice President Joe Biden's lead in the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, the progressive senator from Vermont is now the frontrunner in nearly every national poll, with centrists like Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and now former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, ni…

RT (2020-02-17). 'Conscience-free journalism is great career choice': Guardian mocked over failure to mention Assange in 'press freedom' article. rt.com The Guardian newspaper has been mercilessly ridiculed on social media after it failed to highlight the plight of journalist Julian Assange in a piece on Amal Clooney's plans to "combat media repression globally." | The outlet's diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour published an Clooney, who represented the WikiLeaks co-fou…

RT (2020-02-17). Barcelona on the brink of civil war? Social media scandal will fuel speculation surrounding Messi's future at Catalan giants. rt.com Sensational claims that Barcelona hired a social media company to bolster the image of senior officials at the club while tarnishing that of players including Lionel Messi has added to the sense of a club approaching turmoil. | Barcelona were forced to deny in the strongest terms on Monday

Ilana Novick (2020-02-17). Michael Bloomberg's Racism Goes Well Beyond Stop-and-Frisk. truthdig.com Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is using his billions to pay for his presidential campaign ads, blanketing television, radio and social media feeds across the country. As pundits, including

The Canary (2020-02-17). John Pienaar leaves the BBC to join Times Radio. thecanary.co BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar is leaving the broadcaster to join Times Radio. | Pienaar, 63, said he was quitting after nearly three decades at the BBC. | His announcement follows reports that Times Radio, a new station from Rupert Murdoch's News UK, is making big-money offers to hire BBC stars. | Personal news: after nearly three decades at the BBC I am leaving to join the soon-to-be-launched Times Radio as Drive Time presenter. 1/2 | — John Pienaar (@JPonpolitics) Pienaar tweeted: "

yenisafak (2020-02-17). Admire my artwork, not my face, says Pakistani Muslim artist after Islamophobic attacks. yenisafak.com Today the internet and social media have become a prominent tool for many artists to reach a wider audience. This new technology that offers a two-way communication makes it easier for artists to interact and engage with their followers. On the other hand, they are forced to learn how to deal with cyber bullying and hate speech.Mia Malik, a U.K.-based Pakistani artist, is only one of many who has been subjected to Islamophobic attacks in the digital world.The 20-year-old niqab-clad Muslim painter, who only wants to be recognized by her art, expressed her feelings and ideas about how she deals with the social medi…

sputniknews (2020-02-17). Funny or Insulting? German Café's Blackface Pastries Spark Racism Debate on Twitter. sputniknews.com The confectionary shop in Cologne, which opened in 1893, said the pastries in question are specifically made for the annual carnival in the city and their design is a tradition that dates back to the 1960s.

sputniknews (2020-02-17). 'Desire to Increase India's Military Capabilities': Ad Seeking 'Patriotic' Bride Creates Uproar. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Matches are made in heaven, they say but in India most matches are arranged through 4 cm X 4 cm matrimonial ads in newspapers. The potential candidates are listed separately in different sections of castes, but many appear to focus on age, as well as a prospective bride or groom's physical appearance, rather than caste.

sputniknews (2020-02-17). NASA Publishes Astonishing 'Postcard From the Edge of Space' – Photo. sputniknews.com There are many natural wonders we can see from anywhere in the world — thanks to the Internet. However, some miraculous things are still so rare that they require much effort and the best technology available to spot them.

Kurt Nimmo (2020-02-17). Britain's OFCOM Regulating Social Media: The Beginning of the End of Free Speech. globalresearch.ca Boris Johnson, like Trump, is a phony populist. His political stepping stone to the position of PM was Brexit. He is a British blue blood raised au pair in the bucolic English countryside. Johnson identifies as a "conservative" but …

The Canary (2020-02-16). Labour leadership candidates call for action to 'diversify' the press. thecanary.co Labour leadership candidates have spoken out to condemn mainstream media behaviour.Labour leadership contender Sir Keir Starmer has signalled he would take action to "diversify" the press if he won the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.Following the death of TV presenter Caroline Flack, who took her own life, Sir Keir said the wider media had been responsible for "amplifying" the messages coming from social media.Speaking at the latest leadership hustings in London, he condemned the constant "vilification" of Labour politicians in the press.He said that both the traditional media and social media companies needed to…

Linda McQuaig (2020-02-16). Jason Kenney Treated with Kid-Gloves, Indigenous Protestors with Assault Rifles. commondreams.org Extinction Rebellion Ottawa marched through the city Friday in support of the Wet'suwet'en Nation. (Photo: @XROttawa/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-02-09_at_3.18.02_pm_0.jpg

RT (2020-02-15). Hillary for VP is 'speculation'? Bloomberg campaign brushes aside, but stops short of denying, Clinton 'running mate' claim. rt.com A spokesman for Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has brushed off a report he's considering taking on Hillary Clinton as a running mate without denying the rumor, and reaction on Twitter was unstoppable. | Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report claimed on Saturday that Bloomberg's campaign considers the idea of a Mike/Hillary ticket a "formidable force." Citing sources "close to" the campaign, Drudge said that Bloomberg would go as far as changing his official residence from New York to one of his properties in Colorado or Florida, "since the electoral college makes it hard for a POTUS and VPOTUS from…

RT (2020-02-14). Triggered liberal laments 'damage' done by 'South Park,' completely misses why it's the show this culture needs. rt.com A string of tweets from writer Dana Schwartz slamming the "cultural damage" done by 'South Park' have gone viral, and now fans are defending the controversial show, saying it's exactly what today's bubble-wrapped culture needs. | Don't count 'She-Hulk' writer Dana Schwartz as a 'South Park' fan anytime soon. | "It seems impossible to overstate the cultural damage done by 'South Park,'" Schwartz tweeted this week. She continued by saying the show, which has aired 23 seasons since 1997, "portrayed earnestness as the only sin and taught that mockery is the ultimate inoculation against all criticism." | In retrosp…

Fight Back (2020-02-14). Major anti-war groups join the Coalition to March on the DNC. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – As the July 13 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) draws closer, the Coalition to March on the DNC has risen to the occasion. Since the start of the new year, the coalition has seen tremendous gains. | Between leading a 2000-person demonstration against Donald Trump when he visited Milwaukee on January 14 and butting heads with the city while trying to host a press conference to announce a lawsuit for our right to protest, traffic to the Facebook page has increased dramatically, including numerous inquiries about how people can get more involved. | Perhaps the most significant indica…

Staff (2020-02-14). Headlines for February 14, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Passes Resolution Limiting Trump's War Powers Authority, Attorney General William Barr Criticizes Trump's Tweets, Bloomberg Criticized for Falsely Blaming 2008 Crisis on End of Redlining, Top Wall Street Executives on Biden Guest List for Manhattan Fundraiser, Ex-Ohio State Wrestler Says Rep. Jim Jordan Begged Him to Cover Up Sexual Abuse, Last Month Was Hottest January on Record, Indigenous Anti-Pipeline Blockades Cripple Canada's Rail Transportation, Intercept: Canadian Fossil Fuel Company "Bought" Oregon Sheriff Department Unit, Judge Temporarily Blocks Microsoft-Pentagon Contract After Amazon Lawsuit,…

RT (2020-02-13). US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution. rt.com The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…

RT (2020-02-13). 'Actually dangerous': Samantha Bee's denunciation of PragerU shows liberals still don't get the allure of the forbidden. rt.com Liberal comedian Samantha Bee has said she fears YouTube powerhouse PragerU is brainwashing kids by disguising right-wing propaganda as educational content — but her fear is the best endorsement the outlet could hope for. | Calling the popular conservative channel "actually dangerous," Bee warned it was "trick[ing] kids into thinking their videos are educational" in a tweet posted on Wednesday night.

RT (2020-02-13). 'Worst idea ever!' Plans for Greta mural on North Dakota bakery scrapped after community outcry & boycott threats on social media. rt.com A planned mural featuring teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in North Dakota has been tossed to the wind after news of the project stoked outrage among locals, who flooded social media with protests and threats to boycott. | The 7-foot mural was slated to be posted on an exterior wall of the Brick Oven Bakery in the city of Bismarck, however when local media outlet KFYR-TV brought the story to its Facebook page on Tuesday night, residents were immediately up in arms, with the

Staff (2020-02-12). Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth. democracynow.org "#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it and pass it out to all the cops." He continues, "They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That's true in New York. It's true…

RT (2020-02-12). 'Dirty streets and human waste?' Twitter not buying survey claiming San Francisco is 'healthiest' US city. rt.com A new report names San Francisco, California the healthiest city in the United States, but the public seems skeptical, considering the endless coverage of the city's homeless crisis and unsanitary streets. | Though WalletHub is typically used to check credit scores, it turned its attention recently to grading cities in the United States based on how 'healthy' they are. According to their experts and number crunching, San Francisco This has come a…

RT (2020-02-12). What about stopping endless wars? Trump urges GOP to vote down Iran war resolution because it's a partisan ploy by Democrats. rt.com US President Donald Trump says the resolution that would block him from using force against Iran is a partisan trick by Democrats, even though he campaigned on a peace platform and some of his closest allies support the proposal. | "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump tweeted on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would "have a field day" if his hands were tied. | "The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority. ….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad s…

Staff (2020-02-07). Laurie Garrett: World Can't Let Racist Attitudes Impact Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak. democracynow.org The Chinese doctor who warned the government about a possible coronavirus outbreak has died after contracting the virus while working at Wuhan Central Hospital. Thirty-four-year-old ophthalmologist Li Wenliang warned his fellow medical workers about coronavirus on December 30. He was then investigated by police and accused of "making false comments." His death has sparked a wave of anger and outrage in China, where the hashtag "We want freedom of speech" went viral on Chinese social media site Weibo this week. The death toll from the coronavirus has now topped 630 people in China, with more than 31,000 confirmed…

2020-02-17: Social Media Postees

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'The big one': WATCH huge crash at Daytona 500 take out HALF the racers
rt.com | 2020-02-18
With just 16 laps to go in the race, a massive pile-up at NASCAR's Daytona 500 has taken nearly half of the cars off the field, in a destructive chain reaction that smashed up some 19 vehicles. | #DAYTONA500 pic.twitter.com/QVXA5eBscX– NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 17, 2020 | THE BIG ONE pic.twitter.com/eZemBhMeNn– FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February…
rt.com/sport/481060-nascar-daytona-500-crash/

WikiLeaks demands answers as Twitter account LOCKED ahead of Assange extradition hearing
rt.com | 2020-02-17
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson is seeking answers after the publisher's official account was mysteriously locked, ahead of an extradition hearing for founder Julian Assange, who faces life in a US jail (or worse). | Hrafnsson claimed the @wikileaks Twitter account had been locked "shortly before Assange extradition hearing" and for no apparent reason, in a post from his personal account on Monday. Lamenting he had been unable to "reach a human at Twitter" for answers, Hrafnsson tagged both the platform's tech support and CEO Jack Dorsey. | WikiLeaks twitter account has been locked, shortly before…
rt.com/news/481049-wikileaks-locked-twitter-extradition-assange/

'Conscience-free journalism is great career choice': Guardian mocked over failure to mention Assange in 'press freedom' article
rt.com | 2020-02-17
The Guardian newspaper has been mercilessly ridiculed on social media after it failed to highlight the plight of journalist Julian Assange in a piece on Amal Clooney's plans to "combat media repression globally." | The outlet's diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour published an article on Monday focused on the 'Report on the Use of Targeted Sanctions to Protect Journalists,' a document drafted by prominent human rights barrister, Amal Clooney. | Clooney, who represented the WikiLeaks co-fou…
rt.com/uk/481019-assange-guardian-press-freedom/

'Conscience-free journalism is great career choice': Guardian mocked over failure to mention Assange in 'press freedom' article
rt.com | 2020-02-17
The Guardian newspaper has been mercilessly ridiculed on social media after it failed to highlight the plight of journalist Julian Assange in a piece on Amal Clooney's plans to "combat media repression globally." | The outlet's diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour published an article on Monday focused on the 'Report on the Use of Targeted Sanctions to Protect Journalists,' a document drafted by prominent human rights barrister, Amal Clooney. | Clooney, who represented the WikiLeaks co-fou…
rt.com/uk/481019-assange-guardian-press-freedom/

Barcelona on the brink of civil war? Social media scandal will fuel speculation surrounding Messi's future at Catalan giants
rt.com | 2020-02-17
Sensational claims that Barcelona hired a social media company to bolster the image of senior officials at the club while tarnishing that of players including Lionel Messi has added to the sense of a club approaching turmoil. | Barcelona were forced to deny in the strongest terms on Monday claims in the local media that bosses contracted social media company I3 Ventures to post messages on Facebook and Twitter accounts which burnished the reputation of President Josep Maria Bartomeu and his board, whi…
rt.com/sport/481047-barcelona-brink-civil-war-messi-social-media-claims/

'Blame it on Hamas': IDF posts bathroom selfie of young woman, Twitter laughs at claims it's part of cyber warfare
rt.com | 2020-02-17
The IDF posted what appeared to be a bathroom selfie of a young woman on its social media accounts and, while it claimed…
rt.com/news/481002-idf-catfish-blame-hamas/

Wrong kind of 'energy'? Bloomberg takes on the 'Bernie Bros'… using Hillary Clinton-style tactics
rt.com | 2020-02-17
Democratic candidate Mike Bloomberg has deployed a new tactic against Bernie Sanders: accuse his supporters of harassment and mean tweets. Hillary Clinton used the same strategy in 2016, and suffered a devastating loss. | In little over two weeks, the race for the Democratic nomination has shifted to Bernie Sanders versus everyone else. Destroying former Vice President Joe Biden's lead in the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, the progressive senator from Vermont is now the frontrunner in nearly every national poll, with centrists like Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and now former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, ni…
rt.com/usa/481043-bernie-bros-mike-bloomberg/

300 Cruise Passengers Are Quarantined at U.S. Military Bases
Staff | truthdig.com | 2020-02-17
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.

John Pienaar leaves the BBC to join Times Radio
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-17
BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar is leaving the broadcaster to join Times Radio. | Pienaar, 63, said he was quitting after nearly three decades at the BBC. | His announcement follows reports that Times Radio, a new station from Rupert Murdoch's News UK, is making big-money offers to hire BBC stars. | Personal news: after nearly three decades at the BBC I am leaving to join the soon-to-be-launched Times Radio as Drive Time presenter. 1/2 |

Wrong kind of 'energy'? Bloomberg takes on the 'Bernie Bros'… using Hillary Clinton-style tactics
rt.com | 2020-02-17
Democratic candidate Mike Bloomberg has deployed a new tactic against Bernie Sanders: accuse his supporters of harassment and mean tweets. Hillary Clinton used the same strategy in 2016, and suffered a devastating loss. | In little over two weeks, the race for the Democratic nomination has shifted to Bernie Sanders versus everyone else. Destroying former Vice President Joe Biden's lead in the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, the progressive senator from Vermont is now the frontrunner in nearly every national poll, with centrists like Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and now former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, ni…
rt.com/usa/481043-bernie-bros-mike-bloomberg/

Michael Bloomberg's Racism Goes Well Beyond Stop-and-Frisk
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2020-02-17
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is using his billions to pay for his presidential campaign ads, blanketing television, radio and social media feeds across the country. As pundits, including CNN's Brian Stelter, suggest, this national visibility blitz may have boosted Bloomberg's standing in national polls; it rose to 15% in a Quinnipiac survey last week. With that polling boost however, comes an increase in media and voter scrutiny

Admire my artwork, not my face, says Pakistani Muslim artist after Islamophobic attacks
yenisafak.com | 2020-02-17
Today the internet and social media have become a prominent tool for many artists to reach a wider audience. This new technology that offers a two-way communication makes it easier for artists to interact and engage with their followers. On the other hand, they are forced to learn how to deal with cyber bullying and hate speech.Mia Malik, a U.K.-based Pakistani artist, is only one of many who has been subjected to Islamophobic attacks in the digital world.The 20-year-old niqab-clad Muslim painter, who only wants to be recognized by her art, expressed her feelings and ideas about how she deals with the social medi…
yenisafak.com/en/life/admire-my-artwork-not-my-face-says-pakistani-muslim-artist-after-islamophobic-attacks-3512191

Funny or Insulting? German Café's Blackface Pastries Spark Racism Debate on Twitter
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-17
The confectionary shop in Cologne, which opened in 1893, said the pastries in question are specifically made for the annual carnival in the city and their design is a tradition that dates back to the 1960s.
sputniknews.com/society/202002171078335953-funny-or-insulting-german-cafs-blackface-pastries-spark-racism-debate-on-twitter-/

NASA Publishes Astonishing 'Postcard From the Edge of Space' – Photo
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-17
There are many natural wonders we can see from anywhere in the world

'Desire to Increase India's Military Capabilities': Ad Seeking 'Patriotic' Bride Creates Uproar
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-17
New Delhi (Sputnik): Matches are made in heaven, they say but in India most matches are arranged through 4 cm X 4 cm matrimonial ads in newspapers. The potential candidates are listed separately in different sections of castes, but many appear to focus on age, as well as a prospective bride or groom's physical appearance, rather than caste.
sputniknews.com/viral/202002171078333072-desire-to-increase-indias-military-capabilities-ad-seeking-patriotic-bride-creates-uproar/

Britain's OFCOM Regulating Social Media: The Beginning of the End of Free Speech
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-17
Boris Johnson, like Trump, is a phony populist. His political stepping stone to the position of PM was Brexit. He is a British blue blood raised au pair in the bucolic English countryside. Johnson identifies as a "conservative" but …
globalresearch.ca/ofcom-social-media-beginning-end-free-speech/5703764

Jason Kenney Treated with Kid-Gloves, Indigenous Protestors with Assault Rifles
Linda McQuaig | commondreams.org | 2020-02-16
Extinction Rebellion Ottawa marched through the city Friday in support of the Wet'suwet'en Nation. (Photo: @XROttawa/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2020-02-09_at_3.18.02_pm_0.jpg
commondreams.org/views/2020/02/16/jason-kenney-treated-kid-gloves-indigenous-protestors-assault-rifles?cd-origin=rss

Labour leadership candidates call for action to 'diversify' the press
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-16
Labour leadership candidates have spoken out to condemn mainstream media behaviour.Labour leadership contender Sir Keir Starmer has signalled he would take action to "diversify" the press if he won the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.Following the death of TV presenter Caroline Flack, who took her own life, Sir Keir said the wider media had been responsible for "amplifying" the messages coming from social media.Speaking at the latest leadership hustings in London, he condemned the constant "vilification" of Labour politicians in the press.He said that both the traditional media and social media companies needed to…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2020/02/16/labour-leadership-candidate-calls-for-action-to-diversify-the-press/

A video has exposed Johnson's 'cabinet of horrors' brilliantly
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-02-15
Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle has dominated the headlines this week. But to save you having to read page after page of information, one video has exposed this collection of 'horrors' brilliantly. | The cabinet: straight outta Hammer Horror: | Rachael Swindon is an activist, well known for her prolific tweeting, video shorts, and taking down unscrupulous politicians. Now, she's just released an…
thecanary.co/trending/2020/02/15/a-video-has-exposed-johnsons-cabinet-of-horrors-brilliantly/

Hillary for VP is 'speculation'? Bloomberg campaign brushes aside, but stops short of denying, Clinton 'running mate' claim
rt.com | 2020-02-15
A spokesman for Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has brushed off a report he's considering taking on Hillary Clinton as a running mate without denying the rumor, and reaction on Twitter was unstoppable. | Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report claimed on Saturday that Bloomberg's campaign considers the idea of a Mike/Hillary ticket a "formidable force." Citing sources "close to" the campaign, Drudge said that Bloomberg would go as far as changing his official residence from New York to one of his properties in Colorado or Florida, "since the electoral college makes it hard for a POTUS and VPOTUS from…
rt.com/usa/480941-bloomberg-hillary-running-mate-report/

Major anti-war groups join the Coalition to March on the DNC
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-14
Milwaukee, WI – As the July 13 start of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) draws closer, the Coalition to March on the DNC has risen to the occasion. Since the start of the new year, the coalition has seen tremendous gains. | Between leading a 2000-person demonstration against Donald Trump when he visited Milwaukee on January 14 and butting heads with the city while trying to host a press conference to announce a lawsuit for our right to protest, traffic to the Facebook page has increased dramatically, including numerous inquiries about how people can get more involved. | Perhaps the most significant indica…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/13/major-anti-war-groups-join-coalition-march-dnc

Triggered liberal laments 'damage' done by 'South Park,' completely misses why it's the show this culture needs
rt.com | 2020-02-14
A string of tweets from writer Dana Schwartz slamming the "cultural damage" done by 'South Park' have gone viral, and now fans are defending the controversial show, saying it's exactly what today's bubble-wrapped culture needs. | Don't count 'She-Hulk' writer Dana Schwartz as a 'South Park' fan anytime soon. | "It seems impossible to overstate the cultural damage done by 'South Park,'" Schwartz tweeted this week. She continued by saying the show, which has aired 23 seasons since 1997, "portrayed earnestness as the only sin and taught that mockery is the ultimate inoculation against all criticism." | In retrosp…
rt.com/usa/480884-south-park-cultural-damage-twitter/

'Worst idea ever!' Plans for Greta mural on North Dakota bakery scrapped after community outcry & boycott threats on social media
rt.com | 2020-02-13
A planned mural featuring teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in North Dakota has been tossed to the wind after news of the project stoked outrage among locals, who flooded social media with protests and threats to boycott. | The 7-foot mural was slated to be posted on an exterior wall of the Brick Oven Bakery in the city of Bismarck, however when local media outlet KFYR-TV brought the story to its Facebook page on Tuesday night, residents were immediately up in arms, with the post racking up over 1,000 comments…
rt.com/usa/480716-greta-mural-scrapped-outcry/

US Senate strikes symbolic blow against Trump by limiting war powers toward Iran with new resolution
rt.com | 2020-02-13
The US Senate has passed a resolution limiting President Donald Trump's war powers in the case of Iran. The measure would only allow the president authority to strike in the case of self-defense or an imminent attack. | Eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure, which was passed 55-45. The resolution fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, meaning this resolution is more symbolic than anything. | The president made his feelings on the War Powers Resolution clear on Wednesday when he tweeted that Iran would "have a field day" if his hands "were tied" due…
rt.com/usa/480793-war-powers-trump-senate/

'Actually dangerous': Samantha Bee's denunciation of PragerU shows liberals still don't get the allure of the forbidden
rt.com | 2020-02-13
Liberal comedian Samantha Bee has said she fears YouTube powerhouse PragerU is brainwashing kids by disguising right-wing propaganda as educational content

What about stopping endless wars? Trump urges GOP to vote down Iran war resolution because it's a partisan ploy by Democrats
rt.com | 2020-02-12
US President Donald Trump says the resolution that would block him from using force against Iran is a partisan trick by Democrats, even though he campaigned on a peace platform and some of his closest allies support the proposal. | "We are doing very well with Iran and this is not the time to show weakness," Trump tweeted on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would "have a field day" if his hands were tied. | "The Democrats are only doing this as an attempt to embarrass the Republican Party. Don't let it happen!" he urged the GOP majority. | ….If my hands were tied, Iran would have a field day. Sends a very bad s…
rt.com/usa/480702-trump-iran-war-senate/

Meet the Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg's Racist Defense of Targeting Black & Brown Youth
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-12
"#BloombergIsRacist." That's the hashtag that's trending on Twitter since audio of remarks made by 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg surfaced earlier this week. In the clip from the 2015 Aspen Institute, Bloomberg is heard defending the New York City Police Department's controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies, saying, "Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murdered victims fit one MO. You can just take the description, xerox it and pass it out to all the cops." He continues, "They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That's true in New York. It's true…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/12/michael_bloomberg_aspen_2015_unearthed_audio

'Dirty streets and human waste?' Twitter not buying survey claiming San Francisco is 'healthiest' US city
rt.com | 2020-02-12
A new report names San Francisco, California the healthiest city in the United States, but the public seems skeptical, considering the endless coverage of the city's homeless crisis and unsanitary streets. | Though WalletHub is typically used to check credit scores, it turned its attention recently to grading cities in the United States based on how 'healthy' they are. According to their experts and number crunching, San Francisco came out on top. | This has come a…
rt.com/usa/480705-san-francisco-healthiest-city-survey/

Making gaming open to everyone
Stuart Munckton | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-09
games Yaji SpencerIssue 1253 gamersFebruary 9, 2020As our media continues to go further down the neoliberal alley, with the likes of US President Donald Trump's Twitter feed haunting our social lives, you'd be surprised to find a bastion of progressive values beginning to embed itself within an unlikely sector of the economy, the gaming industry…
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Laurie Garrett: World Can't Let Racist Attitudes Impact Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-07
The Chinese doctor who warned the government about a possible coronavirus outbreak has died after contracting the virus while working at Wuhan Central Hospital. Thirty-four-year-old ophthalmologist Li Wenliang warned his fellow medical workers about coronavirus on December 30. He was then investigated by police and accused of "making false comments." His death has sparked a wave of anger and outrage in China, where the hashtag "We want freedom of speech" went viral on Chinese social media site Weibo this week. The death toll from the coronavirus has now topped 630 people in China, with more than 31,000 confirmed…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/7/laurie_garrett_china_coronavirus_response