Daily Archives: February 17, 2019

A Weak and Rambling President Declares a Fake National Emergency | The New Yorker

President Trump’s fictitious border crisis is a central element of the political narrative he has constructed for his white-nationalist base, and it’s one he can’t easily back away from.

Photograph by Sarah Silbiger / NYT / Redux

On Friday morning, Donald Trump walked up to a lectern in the White House Rose Garden to make an announcement of monumental importance that clearly couldn’t wait a moment longer. “Before we begin,” he said, “I’d like to just say that we have a large team of very talented people in China. We’ve had a negotiation going on for about two days. It’s going extremely well.” Then Trump brought up North Korea, Syria, and the state of the U.S. economy. Finally, he moved on to the business of the moment: a desperate effort to put the best possible face on the humiliating defeat that he suffered on Capitol Hill over funding for his border wall. “We are going to be signing today, and registering, a national emergency,” he said. “And it’s a great thing to do because we have an invasion of drugs, an invasion of gangs, an invasion of people, and it’s unacceptable.”

He didn’t leave it at that; he doesn’t know the concept. Instead, he sought to justify his action by trotting out some of his old lies about undocumented immigrants, and some he’s added to his repertoire more recently. “We have far more people trying to get into the country today than probably we’ve ever had before.” (The number of interdictions at the southern border is running at roughly half the level it was a decade ago.) The crime and drug problem in El Paso is “a hundred per cent” better since the construction of a border barrier. (El Paso has long had one of the lowest crime rates of any city in the country.) Federal prisons are full of illegal immigrants. (Even setting aside people being held for immigration offenses, undocumented immigrants make up a tiny proportion of the federal-prison population.)

Trump’s description of the situation at the border is almost entirely fictitious, of course, but in one sense it is real. It’s a central element of the political narrative he has constructed for his white-nationalist base over the past three and a half years, and, as he helpfully sought to explain, it’s one he can’t easily back away from at this stage. “I ran on a very simple slogan: ‘Make America Great Again,’ ” he said. “If you’re going to have drugs pouring across the border, if you’re going to have human traffickers pouring across the border in areas where we have no protection, in areas where we don’t have a barrier, then it’s very hard to make America great again.”

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Iran claims U.S. is world’s single biggest source of destabilization

CGTNPublished on Feb 17, 2019

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slammed the United States on Sunday as “the single biggest source of destabilization” in the world today. Zarif criticized the U.S. for having an “unhealthy fixation” with his country.

Review of Chang’e-4 lunar probe’s journey

Published on Feb 17, 2019

After 26 days in space, China’s Chang’e-4 lunar probe has achieved several historic milestones, including sending back the first close images of the moon’s far side and leaving the first print of the probe on that area of the moon.

Stockman: The Crashing Economy Is Going to Bring Down Trump

David Stockman
Published on Jan 27, 2019

David Stockman appears on “The Final Round” (Yahoo! Finance, Jan. 25, 2019)

Earth Catastrophe Cycle | Lucky Head Start


Published on Feb 17, 2019

Episode 18 – Mars/Moon Evidence & More Advice on What To Do/Have Ready in a Catastrophe Event This video utilized many licensed animations from VideoBlocks. Copying this video without their license will violate about a dozen of their copyrights.

Police Officers Are Working With Far Right Extremists, Text Messages Show

The Ring of Fire

Published on Feb 17, 2019

A bombshell new report shows that far right extremists in Portland, Oregon had been having friendly text message conversations with police officers. The texts show that the leaders of the far right groups were working with police officers to prevent the arrests of their members, even if they became physically violent against protestors who showed up at their rallies. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains what’s happening.

Nathan J. Robinson interviews Noam Chomsky

Current Affairs
Published on Feb 11, 2019

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Natural gas in China: Hainan project taps into the country’s reserves

Dark Money Trailer

Published on Jun 12, 2018

Check out the new trailer for Dark Money directed by Kimberly Reed! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Dear World
Published on Jan 13, 2019

In the wake of the Citizens United ruling, dark money floods elections nationwide, but Montanans are standing up to stop history from repeating itself in a struggle that has the potential to change the way elections happen across the U.S.

Jane Mayer, “Dark Money”

Politics and Prose
Published on Feb 16, 2016

In her fourth book Mayer draws on court records, extensive interviews, and many private archives to examine the growing political influence of extreme libertarians among the one percent, such as the Koch brothers, tracing their ideas about taxation and government regulation and their savvy use of lobbyists to further an agenda that advances their own interests at the expense of meaningful economic, environmental, and labor reform. Mayer is in conversation with James Bennet, the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic. http://www.politics-prose.com/book/97…
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