2019-10-12: News Headlines

RT (2019-10-12). Dramatic VIDEO shows LA firefighters battling Saddleridge fire. rt.com A fast-moving brushfire has swept through LA's San Fernando Valley, traveling some 7,500 acres and threatening thousands of homes in the area. Remarkable footage shows firefighters keeping the blaze at bay. | Starting late on Thursday evening, the conflagration has already consumed an estimated 31 structures in Los Angeles, where over 100,000 residents have fled their homes, some in response to mandatory evacuation orders. The blaze is 13 percent contained, according to the LA Fire Department. | #SaddleridgeFire Los Angeles…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-10-12). Warren Challenges Facebook's Political Advertising Policy—With Ad That Falsely Claims CEO Zuckerberg Endorsed Trump. commondreams.org Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren this week targeted Facebook's advertising policy—which allows politicians to circulate lies—with an ad of her own, which falsely claims that the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg endorsed President Donald Trump for re-election. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/elizabeth_warren_gottleib_pfizer_0.jpg

RT (2019-10-12). 2 wounded in New Hampshire wedding shooting, NYPD counter-terrorism bureau 'closely monitoring'. rt.com Two people have been injured in a shooting incident in a church in the town of Pelham, New Hampshire. The shooter opened fire during a wedding ceremony. | Pelham Police Department officers responded to the incident at the New England Pentecostal Church just after 10 am, and found the gunman being subdued by wedding guests. | The suspect was placed under arrest and the two injured people were brought to nearby hospitals for treatment. | Video from Pelham, NH scene. A number of ambulances, state, and local police pic.twitter.com/uyQ2cOeoT0— Korey O'Brien (@koreyobrienT…

The Canary (2019-10-11). John McDonnell speaks out as it emerges Facebook only paid £28.5m in UK tax despite £1.65bn revenue. thecanary.co Facebook only paid £28.5 million in UK taxes last year despite reporting growing revenue of £1.65 billion from advertising sales.The tech giant's latest UK accounts reveal that pre-tax profits jumped by more than 50% from the year before to £96.6 million.Its total tax bill for 2018 came in at £30.4 million, but this was reduced by £1.9 million due to deferred tax and effects of changes in tax rates — up from the £15.8 million it paid in tax for 2017.Labour's shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said: How many more examples of large-scale tax avoidance does this Government nee…

Lawrence Davidson (2019-10-11). Donald Trump, the Christian Warrior. counterpunch.org It turns out that President Donald Trump has a "top religion advisor." This is surprising because there is no evidence that President Trump has a "top religion," or any religion at all. The only regular activities to occupy this president's church-going Sundays are rounds of golf and the composing of malicious Twitter messages. To understand just More

Michael Otto and Zoila Ramirez (2019-10-11). A massive people's strike explodes in Ecuador. workers.org Oct. 10 — The great people's strike has exploded in Ecuador. Today is the eighth day that road traffic in Ibarra, a city with a population of 250,000, has been completely shut down, with no buses or taxis running. It is the sixth day of suspended classes for all students. . . . | Continue reading A massive people's strike explodes in Ecuador at Workers.org

Eds. (2019-10-11). Struggle for climate change is a struggle against capitalism. mronline.org The struggle against inequality and for destruction of capital is innately linked with struggle for man-nature dialectics of the higher order where earth does not remain a commodity to be exploited. | Source

Ed Sykes (2019-10-11). Corbyn says sanctions on Turkey could be needed if 'appalling' attacks on Kurdish areas of Syria continue. thecanary.co The British government has faced criticism for failing to act over Turkey's invasion of northern Syria. The UK's NATO ally is attacking largely-Kurdis…

RT (2019-10-11). 'This is the Left': Police intervene after violence & MAGA hat burning mars anti-Trump protest in Minneapolis (VIDEOS). rt.com Police were forced to intervene after a demonstration against Donald Trump's campaign stop in Minneapolis turned ugly. Videos show protesters assaulting the president's supporters and burning stolen MAGA hats. | Trump gave a stump speech at the city's Target Center on Thursday — but those who wanted to hear the president speak first had to brave the thousands of protesters who had surrounded the arena. | Footage shared on social media shows demonstrators burning a pile of MAGA hats which had been forcibly taken from Trump supporters, according to multiple eyewitnesses. The Minneapolis Star Tribute reporte…

Aída Chávez (2019-10-11). Twitter Tips the Scale Toward Incumbents by Refusing to Verify Primary Challengers. theintercept.com Twitter is refusing to verify the accounts of primary challengers running for Congress in 2020, a policy that many candidates say is hurting their campaigns and helping keep the same handful of politicians in power. | Cori Bush, a community activist who challenged 10-term incumbent William Lacy Clay in the St. Louis-based district last cycle, still hasn't been verified on Twitter. She's running in Missouri's 1st Congressional District again in 2020, and even starred in a documentary about her first attempt. "Knock Down the House," the Rachel Lears film Netflix bought for a record $10 million, followed the insurge…

Roger D. Harris (2019-10-11). Why Trump Is Facing Impeachment. dissidentvoice.org The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE….. — Tweet, Donald J. Trump, October 9, 2019. Granted …

Roger Harris (2019-10-11). Why Trump is Facing Impeachment. counterpunch.org "The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE….." Tweet, Donald J. Trump, October 9, 2019. Granted Trump More

Bill Van Auken (2019-10-11). Trump Admits US Killed Millions in War Based on Lies . "We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION" globalresearch.ca Amid the storm of denunciations—extending from right-wing Republicans to the Democratic Party, the New York Times and the pseudo-left Jacobinmagazine—of his decision to pull US troops out of Syria, President Donald Trump issued an extraordinary tweet on Wednesday in defense …

United Nations (2019-10-11). Friday's Daily Brief: Day of the Girl Child, mayors lead on climate emergency, Turkey Syria offensive, new statelessness pledges, extremism in social media. un.org Our top stories for Friday: Day of the Girl Child celebrated around the world; city mayors lead on climate fight; humanitarian alarm rising over Turkey's Syria offensive; history's made as countries step forward to tackle global statelessness; Burkina Faso violence forces 500,000 from their homes; 'white extremist' use of social media in attacks must be curbed.

Staff (2019-10-11). Pentagon: U.S. Not Abandoning Kurds in Face of Turkish Attack. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Top Pentagon officials on Friday denied the U.S. is abandoning its Syrian Kurdish allies in the face of a Turkish military offensive, although the future of a counterterrorism partnership with the Kurds was in grave doubt. | "We have not abandoned the Kurds. Let me be clear about that," Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters. "We have not abandoned them. Nobody green-lighted this operation by Turkey — just the opposite. We pushed back very hard at all levels for the Turks not to commence this operation." | Esper's remarks appeared aimed at strengthening the Trump administration's arg…

susan_p (2019-10-11). West Papua – Australia's shame. greenleft.org.au self-determination Susan PriceIssue 1240 West Papua Indonesian occupation of West PapuaOctober 11, 2019The recent uprising in West Papua was sparked by racist attacks on Papuan students in the Indonesian city of Surabaya. However, the West Papua…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-10-11). Less Than 24 Hours After Saying 'Time to Bring 'Em Home,' Trump Orders 1,800 US Troops to Saudi Arabia. commondreams.org "Remember when Donald Trump tweeted that he was 'trying to end the endless wars?' That was yesterday." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/us_military_.png

Staff (2019-10-10). As Dems Focus on Impeachment, Trump Heads to "Imperial Governance" therealnews.com The Trump administration is undermining our nation from immigration to the environment, while his tweets and impeachment distract us. Add it all up, says our guest, we can see how he threatens what remains of U.S. democracy.

RT (2019-10-10). Mark Ruffalo called out for selective outrage over tweet shaming Ellen Degeneres and George Bush's war crimes. rt.com Actor Mark Ruffalo was shredded for double standards after he posted a "callout" tweet assailing George Bush for the sins of the Iraq War, with many netizens noting his aversion to slamming Barack Obama's military adventures. | Weighing into a controversy kicked off by TV personality Ellen Degeneres, who came under fire for schmoozing it up with former President George W. Bush at a football game last weekend, Ruffalo insisted no quarter or kindness should be offered to perpetrators of heinous war crimes until they face consequences, including Bush. | "Sorry, until George W. Bush is brought to justice for the c…

RT (2019-10-10). War, sanctions or deal: Trump says US has 'three choices' with Turkey in Syria. rt.com US President Donald Trump has laid out three choices for Washington in dealing with Turkey's incursion into Syria, including a "deal" between Ankara and the US-allied Kurdish militias. | Noting that the Kurds and Turkey have been "fighting each other for 200 years" and that no US troops are in the area of Syria under attack by Turkish troops, the US president spelled out the options of his administration on Twitter, seemingly inviting a response from the general public. ….We have one of three choices: Send in thousands of troops and win Militarily, hit Turkey very hard Financially and with Sanctions, or me…

teleSUR (2019-10-10). Trump Backs Bolsonaro for OECD Membership, But Only After Macri. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump and his top diplomat said on Thursday they supported Brazil's taking steps toward joining the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), although it is first backing accession by Argentina. | RELATED: | Chile 2nd in OECD Rank of Most Obese Countries, US Leads | Trump said in a Twitter post that a joint statement he released with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in March "makes absolutely clear that I support Brazil beginning the process…

William Hawes (2019-10-10). Translating Neoliberal-Speak: Your 2020 Democratic Candidates. dissidentvoice.org Presented here is a short list of some of the most ridiculous statements, absolute gems really, from some of the hopefuls for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President. These are all either verbatim quotes from speeches, interviews, or official Twitter posts from the candidates. After I was initially rendered catatonic by examining the collective ignorance, …

Ed Sykes (2019-10-10). Anti-austerity protesters force Ecuador's president to flee the capital. thecanary.co Thousands of anti-austerity protesters have converged on Ecuador's capital Quito, forcing the country's controversial president to flee the city.The protests have persisted since last week, when President Lenín Moreno's decision to end subsidies led to a sharp increase in fuel prices. They have spread from transport workers to students and then to indigenous demonstrators. And the governme…

Akela Lacy (2019-10-09). Mark Zuckerberg Buckles and Will Testify to Congress on Facebook's Cryptocurrency. theintercept.com The hearing comes after Chair Maxine Waters and committee Democrats sent a letter to Facebook calling on the company to suspend plans to launch the cryptocurrency, Libra.

Aaron Maté (2019-10-09). Russian social media debate: clickbait or information warfare? thegrayzone.com What is the Internet Research Agency, and are the claims of a Russian influence campaign against the U.S. well-founded? Aaron…

Staff (2019-10-08). China vs NBA: That Tweet Is No Slam Dunk. therealnews.com A tweet from Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey provoked Chinese TV into banning an upcoming NBA game. So instead of talking about Uighur concentration camps, the murder of Chinese protestors, or the upcoming trade war, US media is asking about the future of NBA-China relations.

Hatewatch Staff (2019-10-03). Militia Movement Rhetoric Elevated to National Level. splcenter.org A weekend tweet by President Donald Trump mirrors the language of a militia movement that has been calling for civil war for at least three years and gives extremist groups a powerful seal of approval.

Rob Dunn (2019-10-02). Black Dean of Students Jamie Riley fired in Alabama for telling the truth. liberationnews.org Riley fired for tweets about racist foundations of US society.

2019-10-12: Social Media Postees

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2 wounded in New Hampshire wedding shooting, NYPD counter-terrorism bureau 'closely monitoring'
rt.com | 2019-10-12
Two people have been injured in a shooting incident in a church in the town of Pelham, New Hampshire. The shooter opened fire during a wedding ceremony. | Pelham Police Department officers responded to the incident at the New England Pentecostal Church just after 10 am, and found the gunman being subdued by wedding guests. | The suspect was placed under arrest and the two injured people were brought to nearby hospitals for treatment. | Video from Pelham, NH scene. A number of ambulances, state, and local police pic.twitter.com/uyQ2cOeoT0– Korey O'Brien (@koreyobrienT…
rt.com/usa/470801-new-hampshire-church-shooting/

Warren Challenges Facebook's Political Advertising Policy—With Ad That Falsely Claims CEO Zuckerberg Endorsed Trump
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-12
Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren this week targeted Facebook's advertising policy—which allows politicians to circulate lies—with an ad of her own, which falsely claims that the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg endorsed President Donald Trump for re-election. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/elizabeth_warren_gottleib_pfizer_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/12/warren-challenges-facebooks-political-advertising-policy-ad-falsely-claims-ceo?cd-origin=rss

Twitter Tips the Scale Toward Incumbents by Refusing to Verify Primary Challengers
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-10-11
Twitter is refusing to verify the accounts of primary challengers running for Congress in 2020, a policy that many candidates say is hurting their campaigns and helping keep the same handful of politicians in power. | Cori Bush, a community activist who challenged 10-term incumbent William Lacy Clay in the St. Louis-based district last cycle, still hasn't been verified on Twitter. She's running in Missouri's 1st Congressional District again in 2020, and even starred in a documentary about her first attempt. "Knock Down the House," the Rachel Lears film Netflix bought for a record $10 million, followed the insurge…
theintercept.com/2019/10/11/twitter-verification-2020-candidates-incumbents/

'This is the Left': Police intervene after violence & MAGA hat burning mars anti-Trump protest in Minneapolis (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2019-10-11
Police were forced to intervene after a demonstration against Donald Trump's campaign stop in Minneapolis turned ugly. Videos show protesters assaulting the president's supporters and burning stolen MAGA hats. | Trump gave a stump speech at the city's Target Center on Thursday — but those who wanted to hear the president speak first had to brave the thousands of protesters who had surrounded the arena. | Footage shared on social media shows demonstrators burning a pile of MAGA hats which had been forcibly taken from Trump supporters, according to multiple eyewitnesses. The Minneapolis Star Tribute reporte…
rt.com/usa/470685-trump-protesters-maga-hats-burn/

Why Trump Is Facing Impeachment
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-11
The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE….. — Tweet, Donald J. Trump, October 9, 2019. Granted …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/why-trump-is-facing-impeachment/

Trump Admits US Killed Millions in War Based on Lies . "We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION"
Bill Van Auken | globalresearch.ca | 2019-10-11
Amid the storm of denunciations–extending from right-wing Republicans to the Democratic Party, the New York Times and the pseudo-left Jacobinmagazine–of his decision to pull US troops out of Syria, President Donald Trump issued an extraordinary tweet on Wednesday in defense …
globalresearch.ca/trump-admits-us-killed-millions-war-based-lies/5691688

Why Trump is Facing Impeachment
Roger Harris | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
"The United States has spent EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS fighting and policing in the Middle East. Thousands of our Great Soldiers have died or been badly wounded. Millions of people have died on the other side. GOING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST IS THE WORST DECISION EVER MADE….." Tweet, Donald J. Trump, October 9, 2019. Granted Trump…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/11/why-trump-is-facing-impeachment/

John McDonnell speaks out as it emerges Facebook only paid £28.5m in UK tax despite £1.65bn revenue
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-10-11
Facebook only paid £28.5 million in UK taxes last year despite reporting growing revenue of £1.65 billion from advertising sales.The tech giant's latest UK accounts reveal that pre-tax profits jumped by more than 50% from the year before to £96.6 million.Its total tax bill for 2018 came in at £30.4 million, but this was reduced by £1.9 million due to deferred tax and effects of changes in tax rates — up from the £15.8 million it paid in tax for 2017.Labour's shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, said: How many more examples of large-scale tax avoidance does this Government nee…
thecanary.co/uk/2019/10/11/john-mcdonnell-speaks-out-as-it-emerges-facebook-only-paid-28-5m-in-uk-tax-despite-1-65bn-revenue/

Donald Trump, the Christian Warrior
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-10-11
It turns out that President Donald Trump has a "top religion advisor." This is surprising because there is no evidence that President Trump has a "top religion," or any religion at all. The only regular activities to occupy this president's church-going Sundays are rounds of golf and the composing of malicious Twitter messages. To understand just…
counterpunch.org/2019/10/11/donald-trump-the-christian-warrior/

Friday's Daily Brief: Day of the Girl Child, mayors lead on climate emergency, Turkey Syria offensive, new statelessness pledges, extremism in social media
United Nations | un.org | 2019-10-11
Our top stories for Friday: Day of the Girl Child celebrated around the world; city mayors lead on climate fight; humanitarian alarm rising over Turkey's Syria offensive; history's made as countries step forward to tackle global statelessness; Burkina Faso violence forces 500,000 from their homes; 'white extremist' use of social media in attacks must be curbed.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/10/1049101

Less Than 24 Hours After Saying 'Time to Bring 'Em Home,' Trump Orders 1,800 US Troops to Saudi Arabia
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-10-11
"Remember when Donald Trump tweeted that he was 'trying to end the endless wars?' That was yesterday." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/us_military_.png
commondreams.org/news/2019/10/11/less-24-hours-after-saying-time-bring-em-home-trump-orders-1800-us-troops-saudi?cd-origin=rss

As Dems Focus on Impeachment, Trump Heads to "Imperial Governance"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-10
The Trump administration is undermining our nation from immigration to the environment, while his tweets and impeachment distract us. Add it all up, says our guest, we can see how he threatens what remains of U.S. democracy.
therealnews.com/stories/trump-alters-us-impeachment

Mark Ruffalo called out for selective outrage over tweet shaming Ellen Degeneres and George Bush's war crimes
rt.com | 2019-10-10
Actor Mark Ruffalo was shredded for double standards after he posted a "callout" tweet assailing George Bush for the sins of the Iraq War, with many netizens noting his aversion to slamming Barack Obama's military adventures. | Weighing into a controversy kicked off by TV personality Ellen Degeneres, who came under fire for schmoozing it up with former President George W. Bush at a football game last weekend, Ruffalo insisted no quarter or kindness should be offered to perpetrators of heinous war crimes until they face consequences, including Bush. | "Sorry, until George W. Bush is brought to justice for the c…
rt.com/usa/470572-mark-ruffalo-bush-tweet/

Trump Backs Bolsonaro for OECD Membership, But Only After Macri
telesurenglish.net | 2019-10-10
U.S. President Donald Trump and his top diplomat said on Thursday they supported Brazil's taking steps toward joining the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), although it is first backing accession by Argentina. | RELATED: | Chile 2nd in OECD Rank of Most Obese Countries, US Leads | Trump said in a Twitter post that a joint statement he released with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in March "makes absolutely clear that I support Brazil beginning the process…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Backs-Bolsonaro-for-OECD-Membership-But-Only-After-Macri-20191010-0027.html

War, sanctions or deal: Trump says US has 'three choices' with Turkey in Syria
rt.com | 2019-10-10
US President Donald Trump has laid out three choices for Washington in dealing with Turkey's incursion into Syria, including a "deal" between Ankara and the US-allied Kurdish militias. | Noting that the Kurds and Turkey have been "fighting each other for 200 years" and that no US troops are in the area of Syria under attack by Turkish troops, the US president spelled out the options of his administration on Twitter, seemingly inviting a response from the general public. | ….We have one of three choices: Send in thousands of troops and win Militarily, hit Turkey very hard Financially and with Sanctions, or me…
rt.com/usa/470657-war-sanctions-trump-turkey/

Translating Neoliberal-Speak: Your 2020 Democratic Candidates
William Hawes | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-10-10
Presented here is a short list of some of the most ridiculous statements, absolute gems really, from some of the hopefuls for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President. These are all either verbatim quotes from speeches, interviews, or official Twitter posts from the candidates. After I was initially rendered catatonic by examining the collective ignorance, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/10/translating-neoliberal-speak-your-2020-democratic-candidates/

Mark Zuckerberg Buckles and Will Testify to Congress on Facebook's Cryptocurrency
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-10-09
The hearing comes after Chair Maxine Waters and committee Democrats sent a letter to Facebook calling on the company to suspend plans to launch the cryptocurrency, Libra.
theintercept.com/2019/10/09/mark-zuckerberg-will-testify-house-financial-services-committee/

Russian social media debate: clickbait or information warfare?
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-10-09
What is the Internet Research Agency, and are the claims of a Russian influence campaign against the U.S. well-founded? Aaron…
thegrayzone.com/2019/10/09/russian-social-media-debate-clickbait-or-information-warfare/

China vs NBA: That Tweet Is No Slam Dunk
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-10-08
A tweet from Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey provoked Chinese TV into banning an upcoming NBA game. So instead of talking about Uighur concentration camps, the murder of Chinese protestors, or the upcoming trade war, US media is asking about the future of NBA-China relations.
therealnews.com/stories/china-nba-tweet-no-slam-dunk

Militia Movement Rhetoric Elevated to National Level
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-10-03
A weekend tweet by President Donald Trump mirrors the language of a militia movement that has been calling for civil war for at least three years and gives extremist groups a powerful seal of approval.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/10/03/militia-movement-rhetoric-elevated-national-level

Black Dean of Students Jamie Riley fired in Alabama for telling the truth
Rob Dunn | liberationnews.org | 2019-10-02
Riley fired for tweets about racist foundations of US society.
liberationnews.org/black-dean-of-students-jamie-riley-fired-in-alabama-for-telling-the-truth/