Have a mellow, thoughtful holiday

Remembering the folks I lived and worked with in the Navajo Nation. Especially – this morning – the brothers I used to shuck and jive with hanging out in front of Basha’s. And most especially a hard-working freedom fighter I was fortunate enough to engage when he and his wife were living in the Chinle neck of the prairie – Russell Means. We miss your thoughts as well as your deeds.

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Court Rejects Western Colorado Coal Mine


RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post

❝ Last week, a federal court blocked the Trump Administration’s illegal approval of a coal mine expansion in western Colorado’s backcountry.

We’ve been fighting for years to stop this expansion, which threatens to despoil thousands of acres of roadless National Forest lands. This latest ruling literally stops Arch Coal’s bulldozers in their tracks, a much-needed reprieve for these wildlands!

Importantly, it’s a BIG win for the climate…

❝ Not only is coal from West Elk burned in power plants in other states, releasing massive amounts of carbon, but the mine is also a huge source of methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas.

Arch Coal had planned to expand into roadless National Forest lands so it could build roads and drill dozens of methane venting wells above the mine, as well as dig millions more tons of coal…

❝ With our latest legal victory, we’re one step closer to the clean energy future we need to save our climate, our public lands, and our American West.

Jeremy Nichols, Climate & Energy Program Director, WildEarth Guardians

Ignoring Women Costs $700 Billion a Year

The male-dominated finance industry is missing out on more than $700 billion a year in revenue by failing to listen to or tailor products for women, according to management consultancy Oliver Wyman.

“Women are arguably the single largest under-served group of customers in financial services,” Jessica Clempner, the report’s lead author, said…“Firms are leaving money on the table by not listening to and understanding their women customers.”

❝ The problems are compounded by lack of women in senior management in the finance industry. Just 20% of finance executives globally are women, up from 16% in 2016, the report said. The industry continues to grapple with many of the same challenges as it has in the past, including the mid-career gap that holds many women back, it said.

NSS. Every few years some “open-minded” analysts roll out a report like this one. Gets a couple hours coverage on a Bloomberg afternoon show. Vanishes. Financial industry in America is about as self-aware as a clam.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Receiving $1Million Award

❝ Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the winner of this year’s $1 million Berggruen Prize for philosophy and culture. The award announced Wednesday by the Los Angeles-based Berggruen Institute honors Ginsburg, who started the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project in the 1970s, for her pioneering legal work for gender equality and her support for the rule of law. The institute says Ginsburg will direct the money to charity…

Of course, she will. Of course, she would.

Judge blocks lawsuits against opioid producers to help them save money to pay for lawsuits

And it goes downhill from there!


Erik McGregor/LightRocket

❝ OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma and its billionaire owners, the Sacklers, on Friday got a temporary reprieve from lingering court battles over their alleged role in fueling the opioid crisis. In exchange, they may have to be more forthcoming about what happened to all the OxyContin money.

❝ US bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain temporarily halted state lawsuits against Purdue as well as the Sacklers — though only Purdue has filed for bankruptcy protections. In pausing the states’ cases, Judge Drain cited Purdue’s mounting legal expenses, which he noted is money that could otherwise go toward addressing the opioid crisis and its victims…

❝ Purdue is estimated to have made more than $35 billion from OxyContin sales, and the Sacklers reportedly siphoned off as much as $13 billion of that into their own pockets.

Out of the kindness of their collective hearts, the Sacklers have in return promised the court they’ll stop hiding the money and even answer questions truthfully. What fracking planet did these greedy bastards grow up on? These are the sort of rules the rest of us are required to live by our whole lives.

First Minister of Scotland rips Johnson and Trump, Turkish invasion

It is truly delightful to hear a nationalist leader strengthen her position as a vote-getter by condemning the populist politics of Brexiteers and Trumpublicans.

Fake President Fail


Cyrus Vance

❝ Donald Trump has made sweeping claims of presidential immunity in a rush to federal court to block Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s subpoena of eight years of tax returns.

❝ Such assertions, Federal Judge Victor Marrero ruled in a persuasive opinion, “would stretch to cover every phase of criminal proceedings, including investigations, grand jury proceedings and subpoenas, indictment, prosecution, arrest, trial conviction and incarceration,” setting up a situation “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.”

Sockit to’em, sockit to’em!

300+ former national security officials support impeachment inquiry

❝ More than 300 former national security officials have come out in support of an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump, arguing the President’s actions in regard to Ukraine are a “profound national security concern.”

“President Trump appears to have leveraged the authority and resources of the highest office in the land to invite additional foreign interference into our democratic processes…that would constitute an unconscionable abuse of power.”…

❝ The bulk of the statement’s signees are former Obama officials, but the list also includes officials who have served in both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Former officials of the intelligence community, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Security Council staff are among the signees.

In the same vein, I’m confident there are large numbers of traditional centrist and conservative Republicans who support the impeachment inquiry. No chance of any of them speaking out, though, if they hold a position of significance in the Republican Party…if they wish to keep their job.

Employers Used Facebook to Keep Women and Older Workers From Seeing Job Adverts


DO NO HARM, EH?

❝ Two years ago, ProPublica and The New York Times revealed that companies were posting discriminatory job ads on Facebook, using the social network’s targeting tools to keep older workers from seeing employment opportunities. Then we reported companies were using Facebook to exclude women from seeing job ads.

Experts told us that it was most likely illegal. And it turns out the federal government now agrees.

❝ A group of recent rulings by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found “reasonable cause” to conclude that seven employers violated civil rights protections by excluding women or older workers or both from seeing job ads they posted on Facebook.

The agency’s rulings appear to be the first time it has taken on targeted advertising, the core of Facebook’s business…

I stopped being surprised by crap like this from social media long, long ago.