Even if John Stewart is Gone, We all Need to Keep taking on FOX and all the Media


I am going to put a lot of John Stewart videos in the comment section, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO_om3iK9kE

You probably heard the great news – after a few years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!

Ten years ago, Media Matters launched with a revolutionary mission: to systematically monitor the U.S. media for conservative misinformation every day, in real time. We’ve been calling out right-wing lies for a decade — and we’re not done yet. Will you contribute now to help us raise $10,000 for our 10th anniversary?

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For ten years, we’ve successfully fought back against the bad actors that poison our media with right-wing lies and smears. It’s been an amazing beginning, and we couldn’t have done it without your support.

We’re in this for the long haul. Make an anniversary gift today to kickstart the next ten years of media accountability.

Dear Kevin,
You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show.
Beck was targeted after he slandered President Obama by saying, “This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don’t know what it is… This guy, I believe, is a racist.”
Activists at ColorOfChange, Media Matters, StopBeck, FoxNewsBoycott, and of course Democrats.com responded with a boycott of advertisers on Glenn Beck’s show. Ultimately over 300 advertisers pulled their ads from Beck, costing FOX over $40 million.
Advertiser boycotts work! And it’s time to boycott all FOX News advertisers:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
We’re starting our boycott of all FOX News with Proactiv, which sells acne medicine to teenagers and young adults. Why?
First, there are lots of other acne treatments. Second, young adults above all are hurt by FOX News, which promotes right-wing policies on race, education, healthcare, the environment, and war. Let’s get our future leaders to lead the fight against FOX News!
Sign the petition to Proactiv and enter the email address of every young adult over 18 you know:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
Beyond President Obama, FOX regularly slanders nearly everyone: Democrats, unionized workers, the unemployed (including veterans and 99ers), environmentalists, feminists, blacks, Hiics, Jews, Muslims, progressives, scientists, and any other group it disagrees with.
FOX News broadcasts rightwing extremist slander, incitement to violence, political propaganda, and outright lies to promote its rightwing political agenda. This is not “news,” but rather a never-ending “war on news” – and it’s all documented in our petition.
Why would any decent company want to fund it? Tell Proactiv to stop advertising on FOX News:
http://www.democrats.com/boycott-proactiv
Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

GLEN BECK ADMITTED in 2007, “I Am RACIST and Barack Obama is very White” THIS MAKES Boycotting FOX NEWS needed NOW

By Kevin Stoda

Dear, American supporters of the Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) news networks.

AMERICANS are getting less tolerant of your racism and stronghold on our major media.

For example, we have noted that in his 2007 TV program from FOX (See on You-Tube), Glen Beck admitted he himself was racist. Further, Beck then, in contrast to 2009, called Barrack Obama much more white than black. (Apparently, Beck now he has other nonsense to mush men’s minds.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0tgvWxC_6A

Using a major news platform to promote racism and to tell people to disrespect a whole presidential administration through mixed truths, outright lies, and xenophobia, is not to be tolerated any more.

On Democracy Now today, Amy Goodman asked Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP what he thought of Wal-Mart’s pull-out from advertising on the Glen Beck program on FOX.

NOTE: Goodman had simply asked , “The whole attack by Glenn Beck that drove this (resignation)? In your response from the NAACP to Van Jones, it says, ´The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary.` Do you support the continued boycott of companies like Wal-Mart of Beck’s show on Fox?”

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/8/white_house_environmental_adviser_van_jones

This is a particularly important point because Glen Beck´s HATE CAMPAIGN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION led recently to a great American policy maker, Van Jones, quitting the government this week.

http://thinkprogress.org/2009/09/06/van-jones-resigns/

Mr. Jealous said, “We certainly support them (Walmart) choosing with their dollars who they’re going to support. I mean, it’s—Glenn Beck is somebody who’s told a seven-year-old girl, a seven-year-old black girl, that he would buy her a ticket back to Africa, that she needed to go back to Africa. And then he comes out, and he says that healthcare is the beginning of reparations. I mean, this guy plays the race card on a weekly basis. He does it very aggressive—you know, in a very hateful way.”

Recall, first, that Van Jones is one of the most important and thoughtful men in America—however, the FOX (Fascist Oddball Xenophobic) news network chose to support a man, like Glen Beck, rather than seeing that tens of millions of Americans need to get health care from promoters like Jones and that our America economy needs to move starting today to the kind of economy that its competitors worldwide are already doing.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/95963/what_will_the_green_economy_look_like/

Let’s quote the wisdom and influential words of Van Jones on the absolute necessity to green the American economy NOW!

“I think it’s really important to point out that we’re sort of at the end of an era of American capitalism, where we thought we could run the economy based on consumption rather than production, credit rather than creativity, borrowing rather than building, and also, most importantly, environmental destruction rather than environmental restoration.”

Jones continued, “We’re trying to make the case in this book that that era is over. We now have to move in a very different direction. And key to that will be basing the US economy not on credit cards, but based on clean energy and the clean energy revolution that would put literally millions of people to work, putting up solar panels all across the United States, weatherizing buildings so they don’t leak so much energy and put up so much carbon, building wind farms and wave farms, manufacturing wind turbines. We argue you could put Detroit back to work not making SUVs to destroy the world, but making wind turbines, 8,000 finely machine parts in each one, twenty tons of steel in each wind tower, making wind turbines to help save the world.”

Finally, Van Jones wisely noted, “So we think that you can fight pollution and poverty at the same time. We think that you can actually power our way through this recession by putting people to work, but we’re going to have to start building things here and re-powering, retrofitting, retooling America, and that that’s the way forward both for the economy, for the earth and for everyday people.”

Note: These statements came from a program on DN from October of last year:

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/28/van_jones_on_the_green_collar

Van Beck has written a book of the same title, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.

http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780061650758/The_Green_Collar_Economy/index.aspx

America needs such voices as Van Jones in government leadership in America—not Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) types.

Clean up the American airwaves of all its fascism and racism, today.

http://www.pittsburghurbanmedia.com/a-petition-against-fox-conservative-host-glenn-beck.aspx

NOTE: One way to change the noise of Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) media moguls is to support alternative media organizations

http://aan.org/alternative/Aan/index

and alternative monitoring websites.

http://americas.mediamonitors.net/content/view/full/64380

Another way, is to demand that local radio and TV channels put better programming on, such as Democracy Now or news sources promoted by serious progressive journalists:

http://www.tacomapjh.org/progressive_news.htm

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How To Wield Influence And Sell Weaponry In Washington


How To Wield Influence And Sell Weaponry In Washington

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by William Hartung

Until recently, few of us woke up worrying about the threat of nuclear war. Such dangers seemed like Cold War relics, associated with outmoded practices like building fallout shelters and “duck and cover” drills.

But give Donald Trump credit.  When it comes to nukes, he’s gotten our attention. He’s prompted renewed concern, if not outright alarm, about the possibility that such weaponry could actually be used for the first time since the 6th and 9th of August 1945. That’s what happens when the man in the Oval Office begins threatening to rain “fire and fury like the world has never seen” on another country or, as he did in his presidential campaign, claimingcryptically that, when it comes to nuclear weapons, “the devastation is very important to me.”

Trump’s pronouncements are at least as unnerving as President Ronald Reagan’s infamous “joke” that “we begin bombing [the Soviet Union] in five minutes” or the comment of a Reagan aide that, “with enough shovels,” the United States could survive a superpower nuclear exchange.

Whether in the 1980s or today, a tough-guy attitude on nuclear weapons, when combined with an apparent ignorance about their world-ending potential, adds up to a toxic brew.  An unprecedented global anti-nuclear movement — spearheaded by the European Nuclear Disarmament campaign and, in the United States, the Nuclear Freeze campaign — helped turn President Reagan around, so much so that he later agreed to substantial nuclear cuts and acknowledged that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”

It remains to be seen whether anything could similarly influence Donald Trump. One thing is certain, however: the president has plenty of nuclear weapons to back up his aggressive rhetoric — more than 4,000 of them in the active U.S. stockpile, when a mere handful of them could obliterate North Korea at the cost of millions of lives.  Indeed, a few hundred nuclear warheads could do the same for even the largest of nations and those 4,000, if ever used, could essentially destroy the planet.

In other words, in every sense of the term, the U.S. nuclear arsenal already represents overkill on an almost unimaginable scale.  Independent experts from U.S. war colleges suggest that about 300 warheads would be more than enough to deter any country from launching a nuclear attack on the United States.

Despite this, Donald Trump is all in (and more) on the Pentagon’s plan — developed under Barack Obama — to build a new generation of nuclear-armed bombers, submarines, and missiles, as well as new generations of warheads to go with them.  The cost of this “modernization” program?  The Congressional Budget Office recently pegged it at $1.7 trillion over the next three decades, adjusted for inflation. As Derek Johnson, director of the antinuclear organization Global Zero, has noted, “That’s money we don’t have for an arsenal we don’t need.”

Building a Nuclear Complex

Why the desire for so many nukes?  There is, in fact, a dirty little secret behind the massive U.S. arsenal: it has more to do with the power and profits of this country’s major weapons makers than it does with any imaginable strategic considerations.

It may not surprise you to learn that there’s nothing new about the influence the nuclear weapons lobby has over Pentagon spending priorities. The successful machinations of the makers of strategic bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles, intended to keep taxpayer dollars flowing their way, date back to the dawn of the nuclear age and are the primary reason President Dwight D. Eisenhower coined the term “military-industrial complex” and warned of its dangers in his 1961 farewell address.

Without the development of such weapons, that complex simply would not exist in the form it does today.  The Manhattan Project, the vast scientific-industrial endeavor that produced the first such weaponry during World War II, was one of the largest government-funded research and manufacturing projects in history.  Today’s nuclear warhead complex is still largely built around facilities and locations that date back to that time.

The Manhattan Project was the first building block of the permanent arms establishment that came to rule Washington.  In addition, the nuclear arms race against that other superpower of the era, the Soviet Union, was crucial to the rationale for a permanent war state.  In those years, it was the key to sustaining the building, funding, and institutionalizing of the arms establishment.

As Eisenhower noted in that farewell address of his, “a permanent arms industry of vast proportions” had developed for a simple enough reason.  In a nuclear age, America had to be ready ahead of time.  As he put it, “We can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense.”  And that was for a simple enough reason: in an era of potential nuclear war, any society could be destroyed in a matter of hours.  There would be no time, as in the past, to mobilize or prepare after the fact.

In addition, there were some very specific ways in which the quest for more nuclear weapons and delivery vehicles drove Eisenhower to give that farewell address.  One of his biggest fights was over whether to build a new nuclear bomber.  The Air Force and the arms industry were desperate to do so.  Eisenhower thought it a waste of money, given all the other nuclear delivery vehicles the U.S. was building at the time.  He even cancelled the bomber, only to find himself forced to revive it under immense pressure from the arms lobby.  In the process, he lost the larger struggle to rein in the nation’s nuclear buildup and corral the burgeoning military-industrial complex.

At the same time, there were rumblings in the intelligence community, the military establishment, the media, and Congress about a “missile gap” with the Soviet Union.  The notion was that Moscow had somehow jumped ahead of the United States in developing and building intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). There was no definitive intelligence to substantiate the claim (and it was later proved to be false).  However, a wave of worst-case scenarios leaked by or promoted by intelligence analysts and eagerly backed by industry propaganda made that missile gap part of the everyday news of the time.

Such fears were then exaggerated further, thanks to hawkish journalists of the era like Joseph Alsop and prominent Democratic senators like John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, as well as Stuart Symington, who just happened to be a friend and former colleague of an executive at the aircraft manufacturing company Convair, which, in turn, just happened to make ICBMs. As a result, he lobbied hard on behalf of a Pentagon plan to build more of that corporation’s Atlas ballistic missiles, while Kennedy would famously make the nonexistent missile gap a central theme of his successful 1960 campaign for the presidency.

Eisenhower couldn’t have been more clear-eyed about all of this.  He saw the missile gap for the fiction it was or, as he put it, a “useful piece of political demagoguery” for his opponents. “Munitions makers,” he insisted, “are making tremendous efforts towards getting more contracts and in fact seem to be exerting undue influence over the Senators.”

Once Kennedy took office, it became all too apparent that there was no missile gap, but by then it hardly mattered. The damage had been done.  Billions of dollars more were flowing into the nuclear-industrial complex to build up an American arsenal of ICBMs already unmatched on the planet.

The techniques that the arms lobby and its allies in government used more than half a century ago to promote sky-high nuclear weapons spending continue to be wielded to this day.  The twenty-first-century arms complex employs tools of influence that Kennedy and his compatriots would have found familiar indeed — including millions of dollars in campaign contributions that flow to members of Congress and the continual employment of 700 to 1,000 lobbyists to influence them. At certain moments, in other words, there have been nearly two arms lobbyists for every member of Congress.  Much of this sort of activity remains focused on ensuring that nuclear weapons of all types are amply financed and that the funding for the new generations of the bombers, submarines, and missiles that will deliver them stays on track.

When traditional lobbying methods don’t get the job done, the industry’s argument of last resort is jobs — in particular, jobs in the states and districts of key members of Congress. This process is aided by the fact that nuclear weapons facilities are spread remarkably widely across the country.  There are nuclear weapons labs in California and New Mexico; a nuclear weapons testing and research site in Nevada; a nuclear warhead assembly and disassembly plant in Texas; a factory in Kansas City, Missouri, that builds nonnuclear parts for such weapons; and a plant in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, that enriches uranium for those same weapons.  There are factories or bases for ICBMs, bombers, and ballistic missile submarines in Connecticut, Georgia, Washington State, California, Ohio, Massachusetts, Louisiana, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Such a nuclear geography ensures that a striking number of congressional representatives will automatically favor more spending on nuclear weapons.

In reality, the jobs argument is deeply flawed.  As the experts know, virtually any other activity into which such funding flowed would create significantly more jobs than Pentagon spending.  A study by economists at the University of Massachusetts, for example, found infrastructure investment would create one and one-half times as many jobs as Pentagon funding and education spending twice as many.

In most cases it hasn’t seemed to matter that the jobs claims for weapons spending are grotesquely exaggerated and better alternatives litter the landscape. The argument remains remarkably potent in states and communities that are particularly dependent on the Pentagon.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, members of Congress from such areas are disproportionately represented on the committees that decide how much will be spent on nuclear and conventional weaponry.

A Field Guide to Influencing Nuclear Thinking in Washington

Another way the nuclear weapons industry (like the rest of the military-industrial complex) tries to control and focus public debate is by funding hawkish, right-wing think tanks.  The advantage to weapons makers is that those institutions and their associated “experts” can serve as front groups for the complex, while posing as objective policy analysts. Think of it as an intellectual version of money laundering.

One of the most effective industry-funded think tanks in terms of promoting costly, ill-advised policies has undoubtedly been Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy.  In 1983, when President Ronald Reagan first announced his Strategic Defense Initiative (which soon gained the nickname “Star Wars”), the high-tech space weapons system that was either meant to defend the country against a future Soviet first strike or — depending on how you looked at it — free the country to use its nuclear weapons without fear of being attacked, Gaffney was its biggest booster.  More recently, he has become a prominent purveyor of Islamophobia, but the impact of his promotional work for Star Wars continues to be felt in contracts for future weaponry to this day.

He had served in the Reagan-era Pentagon, but left because even that administration wasn’t anti-Soviet enough for his tastes, once the president and his advisers began to discuss things like reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.  It didn’t take him long to set up his center with funding from Boeing, Lockheed, and other defense contractors.

Another key industry-backed think tank in the nuclear policy field is the National Institute for Public Policy (NIPP).  It released a report on nuclear weapons policy just as George W. Bush was entering the White House that would be adopted almost wholesale by his administration for its first key nuclear posture review.  It advocated such things as increasing the number of countries targeted by the country’s nuclear arsenal and building a new, more “usable,” bunker-busting nuke.  At that time, NIPP had an executive from Boeing on its board and its director was Keith Payne.  He would become infamous in the annals of nuclear policy for co-authoring a 1980 article at Foreign Policy entitled “Victory Is Possible,” suggesting that the United States could actually win a nuclear war, while “only” losing 30 million to 40 million people.  This is the kind of expert the nuclear weapons complex chose to fund to promulgate its views.

Then there is the Lexington Institute, the think tank that never met a weapons system it didn’t like.  Their key front man, Loren Thompson, is frequently quoted in news stories on defense issues.  It is rarely pointed out that he is funded by Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and other nuclear weapons contractors.

And these are just a small sampling of Washington’s research and advocacy groups that take money from weapons contractors, ranging from organizations on the right like the Heritage Foundation to Democratic-leaning outfits like the Center for a New American Security, co-founded by former Obama administration Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy (who was believed to have the inside track on being appointed secretary of defense had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election).

And you may not be surprised to learn that Donald Trump is no piker when it comes to colluding with the weapons industry.  His strong preference for populating his administration with former arms industry executives is so blatant that Senator John McCain recently pledged to oppose any new nominees with industry ties.  Examples of Trump’s industry-heavy administration include Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a former board member at General Dynamics; White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who worked for a number of defense firms and was an adviser to DynCorp, a private security firm that has done everything from (poorly) training the Iraqi police to contracting with the Department of Homeland Security; former Boeing executive and now Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan; former Lockheed Martin executive John Rood, nominated as undersecretary of defense for policy; former Raytheon Vice President Mark Esper, newly confirmed as secretary of the Army; Heather Wilson, a former consultant to Lockheed Martin, who is secretary of the Air Force; Ellen Lord, a former CEO for the aerospace company Textron, who is undersecretary of defense for acquisition; and National Security Council Chief of Staff Keith Kellogg, a former employee of the major defense and intelligence contractor CACI, where he dealt with “ground combat systems” among other things.  And keep in mind that these high-profile industry figures are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the corporate revolving door that has for decades been installed in the Pentagon (as documented by Lee Fang of the Intercept in a story from early in Trump’s tenure).

Given the composition of his national security team and Trump’s love of all things nuclear, what can we expect from his administration on the nuclear weapons front?  As noted, he has already signed on to the Pentagon’s budget-busting $1.7 trillion nuclear build-up and his impending nuclear posture review seems to include proposals for dangerous new weapons like a “low-yield,” purportedly more usable nuclear warhead.  He’s spoken privately with his national security team about expanding the American nuclear arsenal in a staggering fashion, the equivalent of a ten-fold increase.  He’s wholeheartedly embraced missile defense spending, pledging to put billions of dollars more into that already overfunded, under-producing set of programs.  And of course, he is assiduously trying to undermine the Iran nuclear deal, one of the most effective arms control agreements of recent times, and so threatening to open the door to a new nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

Unless the nuclear spending spree long in the making and now being pushed by President Trump as the best thing since the invention of golf is stopped thanks to public opposition, the rise of an antinuclear movement, or Congressional action, we’re in trouble.  And of course, the nuclear weapons lobby will once again have won the day, just as it did almost 60 years ago, despite the opposition of a popular president and decorated war hero.  And needless to say, Donald Trump, “bone spurs” and all, is no Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Reprinted, with permission, from TomDispatch. A version of this article originally appeared in Sleepwalking to Armageddon, published by the New Press.

William D. Hartung, a TomDispatch regular, is the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy and the author of Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex.  An earlier version of this essay appears in Sleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation, edited by Helen Caldicott (the New Press). Follow TomDispatch on Twitter and join us on Facebook. Check out the newest Dispatch Book, Alfred McCoy’s In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power, as well as John Dower’s The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War II, John Feffer’s dystopian novel Splinterlands, Nick Turse’s Next Time They’ll Come to Count the Dead, and Tom Engelhardt’s Shadow Government: Surveillance, Secret Wars, and a Global Security State in a Single-Superpower WorldCopyright 2017 William D. Hartung.

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Call your representative and senators NOW and demand a NO vote for this giveaway to the rich while limiting the deduction on state and local taxes


Kevin,

Your House member is a potential deciding vote as Congress votes on the Trump tax cut for corporations and billionaires as early as this week. The current version of the legislation limits state and local tax deductibility for working families while providing huge tax cuts for corporations and billionaires. Even though your representative is a Republican, elimination of your tax deduction while providing huge cuts for the wealthy may lead them to vote NO.

Call your representative NOW and demand a NO vote for this giveaway to the rich while limiting the deduction on state and local taxes. When you call, also mention that you oppose cutting Medicare, Medicaid, and other public services to provide tax giveaways for the wealthy.

The current version of the legislation will limit state and local tax deductibility for working families while providing huge tax cuts for corporations. By emphasizing the elimination of your tax deduction and the huge tax cuts for the wealthy, you have the ability to sway your Republican Representative’s vote to “no.”

Under their plan, 1 in 4 working families will pay more in taxes each year while wealthy corporations and businesses will receive 75% of all tax breaks. On Thursday, this plan will go from the Ways and Means committee to the floor of the House for a vote, and the vote is going to be close.

We have three days to urge our Representatives to vote NO on this plan. Call your Representative today and demand a tax system that works for all of us, not just the wealthy few.

The leaders of the Republican Party are fighting hard to secure every last vote they need for their plan. We have to fight even harder by coming together and speaking our minds so our Representatives reconsider their position on this plan.

CALL NOW

Let’s bring the political revolution to Congress.

In Solidarity,

Larry Cohen
Board Chair

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Trotz neuer Medien ist Vinyl weiterhin gefragt. Auch eine deutsche Firma produziert die schwarzen oder auch bunten Scheiben wieder.


ALLTAGSDEUTSCH – PODCAST
Im Schallplattenwerk
Sie war früher der einzige Tonträger für Musikgenuss: die Schallplatte. Trotz neuer Medien ist Vinyl weiterhin gefragt. Auch eine deutsche Firma produziert die schwarzen oder auch bunten Scheiben wieder.
DAS SAGT MAN SO!
Viele Köche verderben den Brei
Alleine arbeitet man manchmal am besten. Denn wenn viele Menschen mit unterschiedlichen Meinungen und Methoden zusammen etwas machen wollen, kann das zu Schwierigkeiten führen. Das sagt auch ein deutsches Sprichwort.
SPRACHBAR
Aufforderung zum Tanz
Getanzt wird und wurde zu allen Zeiten und in allen Kulturen. Tanz ist nicht nur Bewegung, Sport, Spaß und Freude. Auch die deutsche Sprache „tanzt“. Tanzen wir durch die Begriffswelt des Tanzes.
WORT DER WOCHE
Der Firlefanz
Wertlos und unsinnig ist er, der Firlefanz. Aber Achtung: Was für manchen völlig unattraktiv ist, findet woanders doch seine Anhänger.
BERLIN 24-7
Kolumne: Märchentage in Berlin – Merkel und die Marmeladenoma
Märchentage in Berlin? Das inspiriert auch unseren Kolumnisten Gero Schließ. Denn in Berlin gehen die Märchen weit über die Welt von Schneewittchen oder Rapunzel hinaus. Man denke nur an all die Fake- und Lügenmärchen.
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   ⇒ Latino youth (77.8%) are more likely than all youth (70%) to face poverty, neglect, abuse, or household dysfunction (i.e., divorce, violence). 28% of Latino kids suffer four or more of these traumas.    ⇒ Latino kids exposed to many traumas tend to have higher obesity rates, future health issues, aggression, and substance use. They also have lower language, literacy, and math skills.    ⇒ Only 40% of Latino kids participate in preschool programs vs. 53% of white kids.


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4 in 5 Latino kids suffer a life-changing trauma.

Whether its neglect, abuse, poverty, or household dysfunction, 77% of Latino kids suffer one childhood trauma and 28% suffer four or more traumas and lack the environment they need for healthy early development, according to a new research review by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio.

Check out The State of Latino Early Childhood Development.

Here’s a few startling facts:

⇒ Latino youth (77.8%) are more likely than all youth (70%) to face poverty, neglect, abuse, or household dysfunction (i.e., divorce, violence). 28% of Latino kids suffer four or more of these traumas.
⇒ Latino kids exposed to many traumas tend to have higher obesity rates, future health issues, aggression, and substance use. They also have lower language, literacy, and math skills.
⇒ Only 40% of Latino kids participate in preschool programs vs. 53% of white kids.

Fortunately, the new research also explores emerging policies and practices to help Latino kids, from stimulating early education to active spaces to home visits.

“There is a great need for culturally-sensitive programs and policies to prevent trauma and improve education, health, and social and emotional development for Latinos in early childhood,” according to the new research.

–> State of the Latino Kids
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Over 80% of the fish caught are illegal catches–worldwide


Up to 1 in 5 Fish Sold Is Illegally Caught
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Illegal fishing is depleting fish populations, robbing communities of livelihoods, and may coincide with smuggling, trafficking, and other crimes. But now we have new tools to stop it.

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Act Now: Protect Whales and the Fish They Feed On
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More than 50 species of marine wildlife in the California Current ecosystem depend on anchovies, including whales and sea lions. Yet catch limits remain unsustainably high, which is why we need you to urge the Pacific Fishery Management Council to act today.

Speak up—it takes only a moment »

Big Wilderness Expansion to Link Vital Areas?
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Logging and other development threaten thousands of acres of rugged Virginia wilderness, even though they are within a national forest. A Senate bill could add much-needed protections, however.

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This Week, Their Fate Hangs in the Balance
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Many tuna and shark species’ populations are depleted. In the coming days, governments have a chance to help change that at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas.

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Photos: Agents Probe Ship for Illegal Fishing
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A hidden compartment is just one oddity that agents look for when investigating illegal fishing. See what happens when they board a vessel heavy with tunas in Thailand.

What they look for »

Troubling Findings on Shark Fin Trade
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About a third of the species found in the shark fin retail market are endangered, according to a new study co-funded by Pew. Researchers sampled trimmings from more than 4,000 fins for sale in Hong Kong, the global hub of the fin trade

What genetic research showed »

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Donald Trump just put one of the Most Famous Torture Advocates in his Administration


Kevin,

Donald Trump just put one of the most infamous torture advocates in his administration.

Steven Bradbury’s confirmation to a top Department of Transportation post undermines the progress we’ve made since the Bush years and goes against our most basic American values. Bradbury authored the gruesome 2005 torture memos, which helped provide the legal architecture to implement barbaric interrogation techniques like waterboarding and sleep deprivation. Trump saw this and thought to himself, “Now that’s a guy I need in my administration!”

We fought tooth and nail in the halls of Congress to oppose his nomination. But the war-hungry powers that be had the deck stacked against us, and just now, the Senate voted to confirm Bradbury’s appointment. But this battle is far from over. Bradbury’s confirmation further legitimizes the wishes of a president who has said — repeatedly — that he wants to reinstate Bush-era torture programs. We cannot let that happen.

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We’re at a pivotal crossroads, Kevin: Trump has spent the first 10 months of his presidency antagonizing foreign leaders, launching attacks and missile strikes all over the Middle East, and tweeting our nation to the brink of nuclear war. Just this past weekend, he strolled around the Philippines and praised the human rights abuses committed by President Rodrigo Duterte. Donald Trump is a threat to global stability.

Together, we will stand in his way, and your contribution will make all the difference.

Thank you for working for peace,

Stephen, Michelle, Cassandra, and the Win Without War team

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Where are you on the road through Jerusalem to Jericho?


Brian McLaren is Calling All #SoulsToEnroll: Health Care for All.

Jarrod McKenna issues An Altar Call to Support the Captives on Manus.

Brittany Winn Lee gives us Hope’s Drums: A Call and Response Litany.

Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.”

Luke 10:30-31

Hopefully none of us wants to be the priest or Levite. Not that they were bad people per se, but we can see in the traditional understanding of the text, that they put religious formalism above love; orthodoxy above orthopraxy. Ultimately, what the parable is calling us to be is God and neighbor lovers, and given it is Jesus telling us to do this, followers of him as well. (A Climate of Justice, p. 114)

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Is Life for Women in Afghanistan Changing?


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A Woman’s Place is Changing in Afghanistan Thanks to Parween
There is a saying in Afghanistan, “Women should stay home or in the grave.”
This sentiment is a remnant of the Taliban-era, when women could be whipped in public for baring their ankles, lose a finger for painting their nails, or be thrown down a flight of stairs for hosting an informal school in their homes.
 Kamp-e Farm Hada Girls’ High School is at the forefront of change for women. Its teachers and students fervently oppose the old ideology, and are actively working to replace the bigoted philosophy with a more egalitarian way of thinking.
At the forefront of this struggle is their fearless leader, Parween Dedarn.
You can read an excerpt of Parween’s story on the blog or get the story and more in this year’s Journey of Hope magazine.
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Peace through education

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Central Asia Institute (CAI) works with communities in remote areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan, to promote education, especially for girls. At home and abroad, CAI is committed to sharing its expert knowledge with the public. Together we can cultivate peace, nurture hope, and change the world, one child at a time.
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Many Farmers are Thankful and Looking to Meet Climate Change Gas Reduction Targets


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It’s been a busy week—last week I had the chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and speak on a panel about the Future of Sustainable Food Systems.And we’re gearing up for conferences and meetings in Milan, Sao Paolo, and New York City over the next month.

The international community is currently gathering in Germany to evaluate the progress that the 196 signatory countries to the Paris Climate Agreement have made since 2015. This will be the first global meeting of the signatories since President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw the United States, the world’s second most significant emitter, from the agreement.

In light of the Trump Administration’s position on the Paris Agreement, thousands of businesses and organizations from across U.S. civil society have signed the “We Are Still In” declaration, committing to pursue the goals of the Agreement. More than 1,700 businesses and investors signed, alongside 327 colleges and universities. Simultaneously, the mayors of 381 cities signed the #ClimateMayors pledge and the governors of 12 states plus Puerto Rico joined the United States Climate Alliance. Both groups support the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Food Tank is highlighting 24 farmer-led and farmer-focused organizations working in the U.S. who are committed to supporting the goals of the Paris Agreement and working towards them: California Climate and Agriculture Network, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Central Appalachian Network, Community Alliance with Family Farms, Friends of Family Farmers, Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, IFOAM, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Kansas Rural Center, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Michigan Food and Farming Systems, Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance, Minnesota Food Association, Montana Organic Association, National Family Farm Coalition, National Farmers Union, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, National Young Farmers Coalition, Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, Northeast Organic Farming Association, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, and Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group.

NYC Summit
The Crop Trust is scaling up a ten-year effort to catalog, conserve, and prepare the genetics of wild relatives of major food crops, called crop wild relatives (CWRs), in light of increasing stresses to agricultural systems including climate change and population growth.
NYC Summit
Can artificial intelligence save our food system? In part two of her three-part series, Chiara Cecchini explores artificial brains working to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being.
NYC Summit
Recent unprecedented wildfires in California wine country, where agriculture and tourism are key industries, have brought uncertainty for winemakers, farmers, laborers, and communities trying to assess damage and rebuild.
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Food Policy Action has released its annual National Food Policy Scorecard to help the public track actions taken by lawmakers in the United States Congress. Scores were down this year because neither the House nor the Senate spent much time on food issues this year.
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Val Dolcini is passionate about helping pollinators and American farmers. Before joining P2, an organization dedicated to promoting the health of pollinators, he held numerous positions in government, businesses, and nonprofits including the USDA Farm Service Agency.
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GOP bill isn’t just about lining the pockets of the already-rich- it’s about taking away healthcare from working families, sending jobs overseas, and cutting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other vital services


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Dear Kevin,

We just came back from a great rally in D.C. demanding #NotOnePenny in more tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires, and giant corporations.

The government should be working to improve the lives of ordinary families, not just the one percent and big business.

The GOP bill isn’t just about lining the pockets of the already-rich- it’s about taking away healthcare from working families, sending jobs overseas, and cutting Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other vital services. They promise that some of this wealth will trickle down to working families– but it’s really a con job, and we’re not buying it. The GOP tax bill is a scam, and ordinary working families are going to get fleeced.

The House GOP is going after some pretty bizarre things. They’re cutting tax deductions for teachers who pay for school supplies out of their own pockets. They’re cutting the tax deduction for medical expenses, which particularly hurts seniors, people with disabilities, and people with life-threatening illnesses. They’re cutting the Child Tax Credit for ordinary working families and low-income families, who rely on the credit to care for their children, while giving an extra child tax credit to rich families who don’t even need it. They’re even cutting $25 billion from Medicare, because that’s really going to break the bank compared to the $1.5 trillion addition to the deficit that would result from this bill.

The House will be voting shortly on the GOP tax bill: Can we count on you today to help fight back against this blatant attack on working families?

Please take a minute to call your Representatives using this handy call number from our good friends at Americans for Tax Fairness and Communication Workers of America: 877-795-7862.

 

Thank you for all you do. When we fight, we win. See you out there in the fight.

— Progressive Congress Action Fund

P.S. After the House votes, the fight then goes to the Senate. Stay tuned for ways to take action from us and our movement allies on the Senate tax bill, which is just as bad for working families.

 

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