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ARETHA FRANKLIN— R.I.P. (8-16-18)

courtesy of Simon Hattenstone, theguardian.com, December 30, 2015 You want to know why Aretha is the indisputable Queen of Soul? Watch this. You want to know why hacks like me send her fan mail by the week pleading for an interview, knowing there is sod-all hope, but not resenting her one smidge? Watch this.

ORANGE BARBER OF SEVILLE

Courtesy of Operatico Politico,  June 1, 2017 Real Fake News – Opera vs. Trump (Rossini Edition) Believe it or not, in an aria with so many words, we actually still did not manage to fit in everything we wanted to say about “45”!  Singers: Rebecca Nelsen (1st and 3rd) and Eric Stoklossa.

OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING

Courtesy of ConsumerWatchdog.org, June 20, 2018 Map Shows Jerry Brown Has 4 Times More Offshore Oil Wells Than Trump Los Angeles, CA — Consumer Watchdog today launched a web site that allows you to compare California offshore wells under the control of Governor Jerry Brown and President Donald Trump. Brown has called Trump’s federal offshore oil...

DEMOCRACY UNDER ATTACK

Courtesy of Committee to Investigate Russia A Conversation with James Clapper and John O. Brennan Published February 7, 2018

2017 IN SEVEN CHARTS

Courtesy Mona Chalabi, Guardian US data editor, December 29, 2017 When we try to remember 2017 (or more likely, try to forget it), there is a list of names and places that immediately come to mind: Trump, Weinstein, and Las Vegas, where the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history happened. But what were the...

MEMBERS-ELECT OF THE 116TH CONGRESS

Courtesy of Ben Jacobs, TheGuardian.com, November 14, 2018. Proportion of Democrats who are white men will drop from 41% to 38% while Republican figure will climb from 86% to 90%. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images Democratic members-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Florida, Abby Finkenauer of Iowa and Sharice Davids of Connecticut pose...

NEW LAWS AFFECTING CALIFORNIA IN 2018

Courtesy Melody Gutierrez, SFChronicle.com, December 29, 2017 SACRAMENTO  Whether you cross the street, head to college or apply for a new job, one of the hundreds of new laws that California will add to the books on New Year’s Day is likely to affect you. The biggest change, however, is that licensed dispensaries can legally...

THE 14 CHARACTERISTICS OF FASCISM

Political scientist Dr. Lawrence Britt recently wrote an article about fascism (“Fascism Anyone?,” Free Inquiry, Spring 2003, page 20). Studying the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile), Dr. Britt found they all had 14 elements in common. He calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism. The excerpt...

THE 19 WOMEN WHO ACCUSED PRESIDENT TRUMP OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Courtesy of Matt Ford, The Atlantic, December 7, 2017 It’s been two months since the reckoning began. In early October, The New York Times and The New Yorker first published the alarming accounts of women who said they’d been assaulted by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Rare is the day since then that women, and some...

TO THE IDIOTS WHO REJECTED CLINTON AS NO DIFFERENT FROM TRUMP

Courtesy of DailyKos.com, by Erasmussimo, June 25, 2017 A goodly number of progressives rejected Hillary Clinton on the grounds that she wasn’t good enough for them. Their most common claim was that she is just as bad as Mr. Trump. I have a few questions for them:

Pre-register To Vote Online at Age 16!

Courtesy Jorge Rivas, fusion.net, March 9, 2017 In a move to get more young people to vote, 16 year olds in California can pre-register to vote online. The pre-registration does not change the voting age, which is still 18 but the hope is this new option will facilitate and encourage more young people to vote....

Gender Wage Gap

Women can’t educate their way out of the gender wage gap Courtesy EPI.org, Economic Snapshot , By Elise Gould and Teresa Kroeger, March 6, 2017 Wednesday, March 8th is “A Day Without a Woman,” a national day of action where women and allies will strike from paid work, refrain from domestic work, and boycott certain...

Assault on Abortion

Courtesy Guttmacher.org,  First published online: January 2, 2018 States continued their assault on abortion in 2017, with 19 states adopting 63 new restrictions on abortion rights and access. That total is the largest number of abortion restrictions enacted in a year since 2013. In addition, Iowa, Kentucky and South Carolina all moved to restrict public...

Retirement Insecurity

Courtesy Sarah Anderson and Scott Klinger, Institute for Policy Studies (IPS-dc.org), December 15, 2016 As working families face rising retirement insecurity, CEOs enjoy platinum pensions.  This report compares the retirement assets of top CEOs with those of all African-American, Latino, female-headed, and white working class households. Find shareable graphics here. Key findings: Just 100 CEOs have...
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