Environmental activist killed in cold blood while protesting destruction of woods for police training area

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jan/21/protester-killed-georgia-cop-city-police-shooting ‘Assassinated in cold blood’: activist killed protesting Georgia’s ‘Cop City’ Killing of Manuel Esteban Paez Terán, who opposed training facility, is ‘unprecedented’ in history of environmental activism, experts say Manuel Esteban Paez Terán. Photograph: Gabe Eisen Timothy Pratt in AtlantaSat 21 Jan 2023 05.00 EST Belkis Terán spoke with her child, Manuel, nearly every day by … Continue reading Environmental activist killed in cold blood while protesting destruction of woods for police training area

Anti-choice tactic now attacking free speech

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/03/opinion/abortion-first-amendment-free-speech.html GUEST ESSAY The Next Anti-Abortion Tactic: Attacking the Spread of Information Dec. 3, 2022, 9:00 a.m. ET Credit...Illustration by Erre Gálvez; photographs by D&C Photography, Javier Zayas and milosluz, via Getty Images By Michele Goodwin and Mary Ziegler Ms. Goodwin and Ms. Ziegler are law professors who specialize in reproductive rights and justice. With the dismantling of Roe … Continue reading Anti-choice tactic now attacking free speech

There’s no scientific/genetic basis for race — it’s a made-up concept

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/article/race-genetics-science-africa? MAGAZINE THE RACE ISSUE There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It's a Made-Up Label It's been used to define and separate people for millennia. But the concept of race is not grounded in genetics. The four letters of the genetic code—A, C, G, and T—are projected onto Ryan Lingarmillar, a Ugandan. DNA reveals what skin … Continue reading There’s no scientific/genetic basis for race — it’s a made-up concept

Mother Jones’ hero of 2022 — Dwight Garner who wrote a perfect review of Jared Kushner’s book

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2022/12/hero-of-2022-dwight-garner-whose-evisceration-of-jared-kushners-book-is-perfection/? The review itself is below Mother Jones paean to its perfection but can be found also at: http://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/17/books/review-breaking-history-jared-kushner.html? (Surprised the article below doesn't give a cite.) Hero of 2022: Dwight Garner Whose Evisceration of Jared Kushner’s Book Is Perfection Someone had to read Kushner’s book. We’re lucky it was Garner. by MARIANNE SZEGEDY-MASZAK Washington … Continue reading Mother Jones’ hero of 2022 — Dwight Garner who wrote a perfect review of Jared Kushner’s book

GOP wants to cut funding to the IRS which collects the cash needed to run the country

http://www.wsj.com/articles/gop-house-takes-first-swipe-at-irs-money-11673284367 GOP House Takes First Swipe at IRS Money Bill expected to be first legislation from new Republican majority would rescind billions in funding for tax agency Republicans’ House majority will give them more leverage and oversight over the Internal Revenue Service, located in Washington.PHOTO: ERIC LEE FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL By Richard Rubin Follow Updated … Continue reading GOP wants to cut funding to the IRS which collects the cash needed to run the country

Look back to Gingrich for the root of a movement for chaos and support for insurgency

http://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/07/us/politics/speaker-mccarthy-gingrich-trump.html From Gingrich to McCarthy, the Roots of Governance by Chaos Mr. Gingrich began the zero-sum politics that mutated into the brand of the Tea Party and Trump M.A.G.A. Republicans and that presaged the raucous speaker battle in the House. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s scorched-earth strategy in the 1990s was the starting point for Republicans’ … Continue reading Look back to Gingrich for the root of a movement for chaos and support for insurgency

An OpEd from the U.K. about how the Republicans are “governing” in the U.S. House of Representatives

After Brexit and Trump, rightwing populists cling to power – but the truth is they can’t govern Jonathan Freedland The farcical scenes among US Republicans have echoes in our Tory party. Both promise disruption, then deliver exactly that House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (second from right) with staffers during the ninth round of voting at … Continue reading An OpEd from the U.K. about how the Republicans are “governing” in the U.S. House of Representatives

WSJ describes the huge price paid by McCarthy to become House Speaker (and the risks to the U.S.)

http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-price-for-speaker-mccarthy-11673047871? The Price for Speaker McCarthy His concessions to get the job may cost vital U.S. defense spending. By The Editorial Board Updated Jan. 7, 2023 12:39 am ET Rep.Kevin McCarthy, Jan.6.PHOTO: OLIVIER DOULIERY/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES Kevin McCarthy finally won enough votes to become Speaker of the U.S. House early Saturday, on the 15th roll call. His … Continue reading WSJ describes the huge price paid by McCarthy to become House Speaker (and the risks to the U.S.)

Good news story — voluntary repatriation of appropriated antiquities

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/nov/11/man-repatriates-19-antiquities-after-reading-guardian-article Heritage Man repatriates 19 antiquities after reading Guardian article Exclusive: John Gomperts returned ancient objects worth up to £80,000 he had inherited from his grandmother One of the Cypriot vases that John Gomperts inherited from his grandmother. Photograph: handout Dalya Alberge, Fri 11 Nov 2022 01.00 EST An American man has returned 19 antiquities to … Continue reading Good news story — voluntary repatriation of appropriated antiquities

Y’all is a “Texan” word I couldn’t leave behind — I’m not alone

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/18/magazine/yall.html LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION Y’all: the Most Inclusive of All Pronouns The South’s default collective form of address is the best of the American vernacular. Credit...Illustration by Clay Hickson By Maud Newton Oct. 18, 2022 Growing up in Miami, I dreaded being told that I sounded like a hick. In my teens, a boyfriend pointed out … Continue reading Y’all is a “Texan” word I couldn’t leave behind — I’m not alone

Tony Fauci produced miracles — he’s more than COVID’s Dr Fauci

http://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/31/opinion/anthony-fauci-hiv-aids-act-up.html GUEST ESSAY Anthony Fauci Quietly Shocked Us All Dec. 31, 2022 Dr. Fauci meeting with ACT UP members at New York City’s L.G.B.T. Center in October 1989. From left, Peter Staley, Jay Funk, Mark Harrington, Simon Watney, Peggy Hamburg (the assistant director of NIAID), Anthony Fauci, Richard Elovich and Charlie Franchino.Credit...Tracey Litt By Peter Staley … Continue reading Tony Fauci produced miracles — he’s more than COVID’s Dr Fauci

Evaluation of books published in 2022 about politics and/or Trump

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/dec/11/trump-books-2022-politics-bestsellers-haberman-woodward ‘That’s Hitler, Bannon thought’: 2022 in books about Trump and US politics Donald Trump announces he will run for president in 2024 at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach in November. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The former president continues to dominate political bestseller lists, from staffers’ tell-alls to his own compulsion to tell all to Maggie … Continue reading Evaluation of books published in 2022 about politics and/or Trump