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21 thoughts on “Suggestions for Posts?

  1. Moe says:

    According to a newly published United States Department of Defense (DoD) “cost of war” report, U.S. taxpayers have shelled out $1.46 trillion for war since September 11, 2001. This amounts to around $250 million per day. The report was published by the Federation of American Scientists Secrecy News blog and covers the period of September 11, 2001 to mid-2017.
    The Trump administration has proposed a $603 billion defense budget, which well exceeds the cap of $549 billion, and would require the U.S. Congress to make spending cuts in other areas.
    In July, the House of Representatives approved $696.5 billion in defense spending, which includes a base budget of $621.5 billion and $75 billion in ‘Overseas Contingency Operations dollars’, commonly referred to as ‘war money’. Conversely, the Senate passed a $640 billion base defense budget with a $60 billion allocation for war money. Both versions of the budget well exceed the Trump administration’s proposal, making this defense budget, by far, the largest defense budget in U.S. history.
    While the U.S.’ current and proposed military spending is massive, the DoD’s “cost of war” report did not take into account other collateral costs of war, including veteran’s benefits and other related costs. The International Business Times notes: “The report’s costs include only direct war-related expenses such as operating and maintaining bases, procuring equipment, and paying for and feeding troops.” The report does not include intelligence spending on the War on Terror, nor does it include veteran’s benefits. Current estimates project veteran’s benefits to be $674 billion over the next 40 years. The U.S. intelligence apparatus currently operates under a $52.6 billion annual operating budget. The report also does not take into account the large military-contractor economy that has surged around the War on Terror, which is currently valued at around $674.4 billion. https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Report-US-Spends-250-Million-per-Day-for-the-War-on-Terror-20171101-0013.html

  2. Condescending Liberal™️ says:

    “Cliven Bundy’s extremist insurrection goes on trial” http://therevelator.org/cliven-bundy-trial/
    As the Bunkerville trial nears, experts and witnesses say that the roots of the Bundy family’s uncompromising approach over the use of America’s public lands can be traced to their belief in the historic Mormon entitlement to the promised land of Zion and their fringe interpretation of the U.S. Constitution first posed by a far-right Mormon writer.
    Also: “U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador talked to Attorney General Jeff Sessions about looking into the prosecution, bail and sentences of four Idahoans caught up in the 2014 standoff between federal law enforcement officers, a Nevada rancher and 1,000 private militia members.” http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/letters-from-the-west/article182186081.html
    The Southern Poverty Law Center provides daily trial reports at https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/10/30/bundy-trial
    “In October 2016, an Oregon jury acquitted Ryan and Ammon Bundy and five others charged with the armed, 41-day takeover of the Malheur refuge. Last March, four others involved were convicted of misdemeanors. In Nevada, a mistrial was declared in April in the first trial of six Bunkerville defendants — so-called “follower-gunmen” who prosecutors alleged were part of an antigovernment conspiracy hatched by the Bundys. Burleson and Engel were both convicted. In July, Burleson, who said he was “hell bent on killing federal agents” at Bunkerville and was sentenced to 68 years in prison. Engel’s sentencing was postponed at his request until December. After a retrial of the first group ended in August, a Las Vegas jury acquitted defendants Steven Stewart and Ricky Lovelien of all 10 charges they faced. But the panel couldn’t unanimously agree on charges facing Scott Drexler and Eric Parker, resulting in mistrials. They were then joined in as defendants in the Cliven Bundy trial before striking plea agreements with federal prosecutors and pleading guilty to obstruction of a court order, a misdemeanor, earlier this month. The six other remaining Bunkerville “tier 2” defendants, Cliven Bundy’s other sons, David H. Bundy and Melvin D. Bundy, along with Joseph D. O’Shaughnessy, Brian Cavalier, Jason Woods and Micah McGuire are scheduled to go to trial 30 days after the conclusion of the Cliven Bundy prosecution.”

  3. Mike says:

    “Inside Trump’s Cruel Campaign Against the U.S.D.A.’s Scientists” (Vanity Fair Nov 2, 2017) https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/11/usda-food-stamps-school-lunch-trump-administration
    “The folks at the Department of Agriculture laid on a friendly welcome for the Trump transition team, but they soon discovered that most of his appointees were stunningly unqualified. With key U.S.D.A. programs—from food stamps to meat inspection, to grants and loans for rural development, to school lunches—under siege, the agency’s greatest problem is that even the people it helps most don’t know what it does.”
    In “The 5th Risk,” in the September issue of Vanity Fair, Michael Lewis exposed the president’s takeover of the Department of Energy. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/department-of-energy-risks-michael-lewis In his new article, “Made in the U.S.D.A.,” Lewis looks at the Department of Agriculture—another federal agency whose name belies its true function. No, it does not primarily pay farmers to grow or not grow crops. The vast majority of its budget—in 2016, $110 billion of its $164 billion—goes to feed impoverished Americans: mostly schoolchildren, pregnant women, veterans, and retirees. Lewis focuses on four of the government’s former employees, many of whom have been displaced by absurdly boneheaded Trump apparatchiks. (In the U.S.D.A., these include a country-club attendant and the owner of a scented-candle company.) What most of the former career public servants have in common is that, although they grew up in strained circumstances, their families survived and flourished because of various forms of federal aid. To show their gratitude, they have devoted their lives to helping the less privileged fight their way out of poverty. What comes across in Lewis’s account is their absolute decency.
    If the president’s buffoonery has distracted you from the true, devastating—and lasting—damage he is doing to our country, Lewis’s article is a must-read. Perhaps the most celebrated journalist currently working, he goes straight to the heart of the matter: America is now run by people whose only watchword is greed. They may want to rethink that approach, if only out of grim self-interest. The penthouse is not a comfortable place to live—even in tacky old Trump Tower—if the floors below are on fire. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/11/the-good-the-bad-and-the-truly-meaningfully-dangerous-ed-letter

  4. Negligent entrustment says:

    “The eyes of the legal world and both sides of the growing debate about the role of guns in society is focused on the Connecticut Supreme Court Tuesday as justices began hearing arguments in a lawsuit by the victims of the Sandy Hook school massacre against the manufacturer of the weapon used in the shooting.” http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-sandy-hook-gun-supreme-court-20171110-story.html “The hearing began at 10 a.m. with an attorney for the family telling justices the case is specific to the conduct of Remington Outdoor Co. when it came to the marketing of the AR-15 weapon used by Adam Lanza to kill 20 first-graders and six adults.” (includes live updates)

  5. P. F. Sloan says:

    “15,000 scientists just signed the largest-ever warning about Earth’s destruction” https://qz.com/1128362/15000-scientists-just-signed-the-largest-ever-warning-about-earths-destruction/ “On Nov. 13, the journal BioScience published the “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice” https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/doi/10.1093/biosci/bix125/4605229
    “1992 World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” (Union of Concerned Scientists) http://www.ucsusa.org/about/1992-world-scientists.html Some 1,700 of the world’s leading scientists, including the majority of Nobel laureates in the sciences, issued this appeal in November 1992. http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/attach/2017/11/World%20Scientists%27%20Warning%20to%20Humanity%201992.pdf

  6. Cathar says:

    “When people feel targeted because of their religious identity, they can experience a psychological threat that may undermine psychological well-being and increase prejudice toward other groups, according to a new study by Penn State psychologists.” https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/ps-res111417.php “The findings, which appear online in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science, suggest that in the United States, highly religious Protestants and religious minorities — Jews and Muslims — feel the most targeted for their religious group membership and religious beliefs. This perception, which the researchers term “religious threat,” leads people to feel socially isolated, be less comfortable sharing their religion with others and to be more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes towards others.
    “American society is in a downward spiral of interreligious intolerance,” said Michael Pasek, a doctoral student in social psychology and the lead investigator on the research. “When people see their religion or religious beliefs mocked in the public domain or criticized by political leaders, these experiences signal to members of entire religious groups that they don’t belong.”

  7. Chump-O-Gram says:

    World’s richest 1% control more than half of all wealth https://www.cbsnews.com/news/richest-1-percent-control-more-than-half-of-all-wealth/ Since the Great Recession, the richest global citizens have benefited far more from the worldwide increase in wealth than their poorer countrymen, according to a new report from investment bank Credit Suisse. http://publications.credit-suisse.com/tasks/render/file/index.cfm?fileid=168E2808-9ED4-5A5E-19E43EA2A731A4ED “The result? The top 1 percent of global citizens own 50.1 percent of all household wealth, up from 45.5 percent in 2000, the study found.
    Widening wealth inequality has been a hallmark of the post-recession economy, causing policy experts and lawmakers to question whether the impact could do everything from stunt the U.S. economy to shorten people’s lives. The wealth gap recently spurred credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s to warn that worsening inequality could hamper long-term economic growth by dampening social mobility and creating a less-educated workforce.”
    List of people and organizations named in the Paradise Papers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_and_organizations_named_in_the_Paradise_Papers
    “Here in the United States, the top one-tenth of 1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. Incredibly, according to a recent report from the Institute for Policy Studies, three of the richest people in America — Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett — now own more wealth than bottom 160 million people in our country. …According to Berkeley economist Gabriel Zucman, individuals in the US are avoiding $36 billion through offshore tax schemes and US corporations are avoiding more than $130 billion through these schemes.” (Bernie Sanders 11/13/17) http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/13/opinions/oligarchy-paradise-papers-bernie-sanders-opinion/index.html

  8. Uncle Joe says:

    “Russia’s Ministry of Defense has provoked a torrent of mockery from its own followers after it published “irrefutable evidence” that the U.S. is in league with the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) that turned out to be footage from a 2015 video game.” http://www.newsweek.com/russias-evidence-us-helping-isis-comes-2015-computer-game-710474 Military research site Conflict Intelligence Team and the investigative website Bellingcat, which has previously debunked Russian state-supported stories about events in Ukraine, also identified another one of the images as a shot from footage of Iraq taken in 2016. See https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2017/11/14/russian-ministry-defence-publishes-screenshots-computer-games-evidence-us-collusion-isis/ See also Facebook “Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation” post (in English) @ https://www.facebook.com/mod.mil.rus/posts/2007062896203123

  9. Drill Baby Drill says:

    “The U.S. will be a dominant force in global oil and gas markets for many years to come as the shale boom becomes the biggest supply surge in history, the International Energy Agency predicted. By 2025, the growth in American oil production will equal that achieved by Saudi Arabia at the height of its expansion, and increases in natural gas will surpass those of the former Soviet Union, the agency said in its annual World Energy Outlook. The boom will turn the U.S., still among the biggest oil importers, into a net exporter of fossil fuels. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-14/iea-sees-u-s-shale-surge-as-biggest-oil-and-gas-boom-in-history
    See also “World Energy Outlook 2017” @ https://www.iea.org/weo2017/ and other International Energy Agency publications https://www.iea.org/publications/

  10. Rev 6:5-6 says:

    “Gene discovery may halt worldwide wheat epidemic” (University of California – Davis) https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/uoc–gdm111617.php
    Wheat and stem rust have been in an evolutionary arms race for more than 10,000 years. In the 1950s, a major epidemic of the disease spread through North America and destroyed up to 40 percent of the wheat crop, the world’s second most important grain next to rice.
    Since then, scientists have developed rust-resistant varieties to boost wheat’s immunity to stem rust. But the pathogens are making a comeback. A new strain of the stem rust — called Ug99 after it was discovered in Uganda in 1999 — is spreading throughout the region. About 90 percent of the wheat varieties grown worldwide are susceptible to Ug99.
    “Ug99 has expanded to most of the wheat-growing regions in Africa and has crossed the Red Sea to Yemen and Iran,” said Dubcovsky, a professor with the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. “Ug99 is now at the door of the Punjab region — the bread basket of Asia — and identification and deployment of effective resistance genes are critical to mitigate this threat.”

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