Daily Archives: July 11, 2016

Former British PM Tony Blair Faces Contempt Vote over Iraq War


July 11, 2016 Headlines

In news from Britain, former Prime Minister Tony Blair could be barred from future public office in the United Kingdom. Members of the British parliament are hoping this week to vote on whether Blair deceived the British parliament in order to go to war in Iraq. The move for a contempt vote comes after the release of the Chilcot report, which blames Tony Blair for deliberately exaggerating the threat posed by Saddam Hussein in the lead-up to the Iraq War. The International Criminal Court is also considering proceedings against British soldiers accused of torturing Iraqi prisoners in 2003. This comes as the Pentagon has announced it carried out 10 strikes in Iraq and 13 strikes in Syria over the weekend. U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is in Iraq today.

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Don’t Let Coal Destroy Our Wildlife and Landscapes


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Published on Jul 11, 2016
“We have the ability to hold on to a spectacular, beautiful planet and pass that on to our kids and our grandkids.”

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A Greener World Through Cinema: Connect4Climate at World Premieres Film Festival


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Published on Jul 11, 2016

https://www.film4climate.net – Connect4Climate partnered with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) to present the Cine Verde section at the World Premieres Film Festival in Manila. It showcased film producers that use the power of film to encourage more debate on environmental and climate issues. #PabsyLive takes us behind-the-scenes and speaks with film executives on sustainable filmmaking and climate-related themes. The global video competition, #Film4Climate, was also announced during the festival.

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Inside the Garbage of the World – Trailer


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Published on Jul 11, 2016

Inside the Garbage of the World: A glimpse into the disturbing effects of plastic pollution

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On Contact: Scale of known exonerations in the US


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Published on Jul 11, 2016

RT Correspondent Anya Parampil measures the scale of known exonerations in the US in this week’s episode of On Contact w/ Chris Hedges.

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Science Proves the Donald Is a Textbook Narcissist

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It’s as if psychologists decided on the definition for “unprincipled narcissist” from within a Trump rally.

By Jeff Carter / Salon   July 11, 2016

Many people have pointed out that Donald Trump is a narcissist, but what does that actually mean? The late Theodore Millon, one of the co-developers of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, devised the subtypes of personality disorders and described the attributes of the “unprincipled narcissist” disorder as: deficient conscience; unscrupulous, amoral, disloyal, fraudulent, deceptive, arrogant, exploitive; a con artist and charlatan; dominating, contemptuous, vindictive. These personality attributes shape behavior patterns which, in the unprincipled narcissist, tend toward self-absorbed egotism. Symptoms include an excessive need for admiration, disregard for others’ feelings, an inability to handle criticism, and a sense of entitlement.

Identifying an unprincipled narcissistic disorder sheds a lot of light on Trump’s actions. For instance, his apologists are forever praying for and assuring themselves that soon Trump will stop promoting patently egregious lies, and that soon, very soon, Trump will pivot and become more presidential; and soon, very soon, Trump will quit attacking his former and now vanquished Republican rivals and move on to the main task of demonizing Hillary; and soon, surely, very, very soon, Trump will seriously up his campaign game. Nope. None of that is going to happen. They don’t understand the self-absorbed egotism that is the fundamental driving essence of Trumpness.

Noticing the lies and shifting policy positions misses the point. A Trump speech is just a story starring Trump. To Trump, lies are not bad in the sense that there are negative moral attributes attached to them. Lies are just convenient tools that he uses to stroke his self-indulgent puffery, to incite his followers, or to provide a means of damaging his opponents. There are no moral components in Trump’s considerations about whether to say a particular thing or not, only whether a narrative will advance Trump’s ambitions as he sees them at that time. So Ted Cruz’s dad was in on the Kennedy assassination, Barack Obama was complicit in the Orlando terrorist attack, Hillary Clinton sold uranium to the Russians, the United States is allowing in hundreds of thousands of immigrants from the Middle East without any background checks at all, and on and on and on. So many lies that teams of fact-checkers can’t keep up any more than Ethel and Lucy could package all the chocolates.

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