Tag: Banana republic

US Poised to Approve Shipping LNG by Rail for Export With No New Safety Rules

By Justin Mikulka, a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in Trumansburg, NY. Originally published at DeSmog Blog On June 6, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced that the company Energy Transport Solutions LLC had applied for a special permit to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) in unit trains 100 cars long and […]

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Leaked Messages Confirm: Imprisonment of Brazil’s Lula da Silva was Politically Motivated

This week Glenn Greenwald and colleagues published in The Intercept articles based on initial analysis of a massive trove of internal communications between prosecutors and judges involved in Brazil’s corruption cases. An anonymous source had provided the material. To no one’s great surprise, these documents revealed that former president Lula da Silva’s prosecution and conviction […]

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Why Boeing May Never Recover From Its 737 Debacle

Lambert here: Yes, but is there a better way to cut back on air travel than to launch demonstrably lethal civilian aircraft? Let’s look on the bright side. By Marshall Auerback, a market analyst and commentator. This article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Most of us are […]

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Revealed: Americans Care More About Social Needs Than Deficits

Yves here. It’s frustrating that writers treat it as news that Americans want more social spending. It’s another example of how positions presented in the media as mainstream are actually to the right of the center of gravity of political opinion. As Richard Kline wrote in a classic post, Progressively Losing: “Progressive goals are not […]

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Charter Schools Are a Major Dividing Line for the 2020 Democratic Candidates—Education Fights in Pennsylvania Point the Way

By Jeff Bryant, a writing fellow and chief correspondent for Our Schools, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is a communications consultant, freelance writer, advocacy journalist, and director of the Education Opportunity Network, a strategy and messaging center for progressive education policy. His award-winning commentary and reporting routinely appear in prominent online news […]

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It’s Time to Stop Calling Natural Gas a ‘Bridge Fuel’ to a Safe Climate, Says New Report

Jerri-Lynn here.  The International Energy Agency (IEA) released its annual market report, Gas 2019, yesterday, forecasting that global demand for natural gas will continue to surge over the next five years, driven by strong consumption in Asian countries and the further development of international natural gas trade (see the IEA’s press releases launching the report […]

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China-Russia Partnership Threatens US Global Hegemony

This Real News Network interview describes how China is threatening America’s superpower status and how that rivalry is also exposing fractures in the US elites PAUL JAY: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay. Big power rivalry is heading into very dangerous waters. The rise of China as an economic and military superpower […]

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Richard Murphy: For MMT (Long and Wonkish)

Yves here. Even though Richard Murphy is debunking some UK-based complaints (they don’t rise to the level of being critiques) about MMT, similar arguments come up in the US, so I thought his piece would be instructive on this side of the pond too. By Richard Murphy, a chartered accountant and a political economist. He […]

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Protecting Yourself from Amazon Violating Your Air Rights and Privacy by Drone Trespassing

Amazon is planning to launch delivery by drone “within months” and announced it could send 75% to 90% of its packages by drone. The Associated Press reported that the FAA, the regulator of commercial drones, did not respond to a request for comment, but the article noted that the agency had given Google the go-ahead […]

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FANGMAN Stocks Crushed by Potential “Unprecedented, Wide-Ranging Probe” into Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon

Yves here. Who’d have thunk it? Curbing rentier capitalism would be bad for rentiers. It’s only recently that more and more economic research and press interest about the cost of monopolies has taken the sheen off tech giants like Google and Amazon as it becomes increasingly obvious that their outsized results result from the abuse […]

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Analysis: Why Alexa’s Bedside Manner Is Bad For Health Care

Yves here. I can’t understand why anyone would trust Amazon with health care data. However, the author’s closing comment is disconcerting, since she appears to be unaware of the fact that electronic medical records are optimized for billing, and as we’ve documented (courtesy Health Care Renewal) for at least four year, are a serious detriment […]

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‘Gatekeeper Mentality’ of DCCC Blacklist Adding to Divisions Within Democratic Party

Jerri-Lynn here. Surprisingly, this Common Dreams post doesn’t include a link to the New York Times article it analyzes, which discusses the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to blacklist vendors who work with anyone who challenges a sitting member of the House Democratic Caucus. Here it is: Insurgent Democrats, Many of Them Women, Worry a New Party […]

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Ecological Importance and Human Rights Be Damned, Trump Admin Says Fossil Fuel Pillaging in Arctic Refuge Coming Soon

Jerri-Lynn here. Trump has pledged to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to fossil fuel drilling, and as this post describes, Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash told an industry gathering last week in Alaska that leases will be offered for sale later this year. This move will undoubtedly be subject […]

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Why Democratic Presidential Candidates May Have to Choose Between Teacher Pay Raises and Charter Schools

By Jeff Bryant,  a writing fellow and chief correspondent for Our Schools, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is a communications consultant, freelance writer, advocacy journalist, and director of the Education Opportunity Network, a strategy and messaging center for progressive education policy. His award-winning commentary and reporting routinely appear in prominent online news outlets, […]

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Glyphosate Use Surges in Midwest, Lawsuits Mount: What Will the Supremes Say?

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Farmers’ use of glyphosate is surging throughout the midwestern United States. Glyphosate is a key ingredient in Roundup, the controversial herbicide that is the subject of more than 13,000 pending lawsuits against […]

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AOC Calls for Ban on Revolving Door as Study Shows 2/3 of Recently Departed Lawmakers Now Lobbyists

Jerri-Lynn here. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has called for a ban on former members of Congress becoming lobbyists. The revolving door between “public service” and personal profit is just one of many insidious ways in which money corrupts the US political system, so that public policies overwhelmingly mirror corporate priorities. AOC and Representative Ted Cruz have often […]

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Trump Admin’s Latest Rail Safety Rollback Sets up Industry to Make Its Own Rules

By Justin Mikulka, a freelance writer, audio and video producer living in Trumansburg, NY. Originally published at DeSmog Blog This week, the Trump administration’s Department of Transportation (DOT) withdrew another rail safety recommendation originally proposed during the Obama administration. In the process, the agency made quite clear that it has no plans to further regulate the rail […]

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Is Conservatism Running on Brand Fumes?

A provocative article in the Guardian, ‘A zombie party’: the deepening crisis of conservatism, is a must read. I am going to focus on a few key observations rather than attempt to summarize it. Among other things, it also gives some perspective on Brexit, about which I ought to be Saying Something. But we are […]

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Daniel Ellsberg on Julian Assange’s Espionage Charges

Yves here. While Daniel Ellsberg in this Real News Network interview describes why the Assange prosecution is a threat to journalists generally, this is not the first time the government has gone full bore after a reporter. It’s curious that none of the accounts I have seen so far mention the successful prosecution of New […]

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