Monthly Archives: January 2019

Bernie Goes Off: Trump Cannot Continue to Threaten to Shut Down the Government

Senator Bernie Sanders
Published on Jan 31, 2019

The time is long overdue for the American people to tell Donald Trump that he is not a dictator, he is not a king, he is not the despotic ruler of Saudi Arabia, he is not his authoritarian friend Vladimir Putin of Russia. He is the president of the United States and he cannot and must not continue to threaten to shut down this government and hold hundreds of thousands of federal workers hostage.

How America fell in love with Nuclear Bombs – BBC

  Published on Jan 31, 2019

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In the 1950s, American’s went crazy for the nuclear bomb, going as far as to travel out to Atomic hotels in Las Vegas to watch the explosions themselves.

Lucy Worsley reveals the myths and manipulations behind American history, revealing the historic myths and deceptions told following the United States’ emergence as a superpower after the Second World War. We often remember the 1950s and early 1960s in America as a golden era of abundance, harmony and the American dream made real. This film reveals that to be a carefully constructed illusion. In truth, the era of America’s supremacy was a time of government deception, racial conflict and fears of nuclear annihilation.

American History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley | Series 1 Episode 3 | BBC



Striking for Our Lives

Workday Minnesota
Published on Nov 28, 2014 Black Friday, 11/28/14 More than 150 janitors and supporters picketed at Quarry Shopping Center in Minneapolis to call for living wages for the workers who clean stores like Home Depot. Janitors who work for five cleaning companies and clean 50 stores in the Twin Cites went on strike today. CTUL organizer Veronica Mendez told the crowd that a recent Minnesota Department of Health study found that low wage workers live an average of eight years fewer than people who earn adequate levels of pay. She said that companies who pay employees less than living wages, “steal years form the lives of workers and their children.”

Record-Breaking Polar Vortex Grips the Midwest

Jan 30, 2019


Back in the U.S., the polar vortex enveloping the Midwest is causing record lows across the region, with temperatures in some areas, including Detroit, dipping below temperatures in Antarctica. The wind chill temperature in Chicago hit -49 degrees Fahrenheit this morning. President Trump used the extreme weather to once again deny climate change, tweeting Monday, “In the beautiful Midwest, windchill temperatures are reaching minus 60 degrees, the coldest ever recorded. In coming days, expected to get even colder. People can’t last outside even for minutes. What the hell is going on with Global Waming?”—he wrote W-A-M-I-N-G—”Please come back fast, we need you!”

Meanwhile, raging wildfires in Australia’s record-breaking heat are bringing about widespread power failures.

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Deadly polar vortex hits swathes of US – BBC News

Cities are all but shutting down across the US Midwest as the region shivers in a deadly cold snap known as a polar vortex.

At least eight people have been killed in several states as a result of the Arctic weather.

Temperatures fell to -30C (-22F) in Chicago – colder than parts of Antarctica – and -37C in North Dakota.

Freezing weather will chill 250 million Americans, and 90 million will experience -17C (0F) or below.

…(read more).

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Daphne Gallagher: ‘Reflecting on Medieval West Africa: Archaeological Perspectives from Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal’ (11-12-2018)

Hutchins Center   Published on Dec 22, 2018

‘Reflecting on Medieval West Africa: Archaeological Perspectives from Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal’

Part of the Africa in the Medieval World Lecture Series

Co-sponsored with the Committee on Medieval Studies ( and the Department of African and African American Studies (

Allan Nairn: Trump’s Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide

Democracy Now!

Published on Jan 30, 2019 – In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump’s new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Abrams was also linked to the 2002 coup in Venezuela that attempted to topple Hugo Chávez. We look at Abrams’s track record with prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn, who has closely tracked Abrams for over three decades. Nairn is two-time winner of the George Polk Award and a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award.