Mar. 18th, 2017

solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
LET'S GO. Right out the gate I'm starting with my own shit, a couple of tweetstorms that got like 20,000 viewers: FASCISTS RUIN EVERYTHING. Because they DO.

Moving on:

"Unspeakable Realities Block Universal Health Coverage In The US." That's called racism. The neofascists, a lot of them? A lot of them outright want a whites-only welfare state, the key phrase being "whites-only."

Lies, lies, and more lies: "Sean Spicer’s angry, lonely defense of Trump’s wiretapping claim, annotated" talks about some. "Senate Intel leaders were 'fully briefed' on wiretapping allegations: report" should be pretty neat if we ever get to hear about it. "How Big Tobacco invented Donald Trump and Brexit (and what to do about it)" is a bit misleading, but there is a connection - specifically, how to tell stories that override science, which the tobacco companies perfected. "Debunking a Myth: The Irish Were Not Slaves, Too" gets to a white supremacist talking point that they use to downgrade actual chattel slavery. And it's kind of a budget story, but "White House says Meals on Wheels is “not showing any results.” Research says otherwise" is about lies too, so let's have that up here.

Relatedly, "White House Tries to Soothe British Officials Over Trump Wiretap Claim" - at least for three and a half hours, between the apology and Trump going back to the 'the UK helped Obama bug my campaign' again less than four hours later.

Aaaand then there's the budget. "Trump’s Budget Would Break American Science, Today and Tomorrow." "Scientists Brace for a Lost Generation in American Research." "Tom Cole: Trump's Proposed Cuts To NIH, CDC Are 'Short-Sighted'" - that's one way to describe them, sure. But pulling back to the larger picture, let's talk about how this is a WAR WAR WAR 5EVA budget, which is what it is - nothing fucking matters if it's not about killing somebody, which is how you get articles like "Trump’s Budget Blueprint: Pulling Up the Diplomatic Drawbridge" and "Now America knows what a tinhorn dictator budget looks like."

And hey, let's talk about war, shall we? "US says 'strategic patience' on NK is over." and "Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program." Remember how Marmalade Hitler kept going on about 'why can't you use nukes' during the campaign? We might be about to find out why.

Oh, and Republicans can shut the fuck up about the UN's human rights bodies now - if you're going to send rabid anti-queer/anti-women's-quality groups to the UN Women's Commission, you've got nothing to stand on. (See: US Sends Group Rejecting Rights to UN Women’s Commission)

Remember GamerGate? Remember how the FBI had videotaped confessions from GamerGaters sending out death and rape threats and refused to act against them? Well, once it's a man targeted, suddenly, it matters. "Twitter User Accused of Sending Journalist Seizure-Inducing GIF: 'Let's See If He Dies'" and "The FBI, Which Still Won't Address Online Threats Against Women, Arrested Someone For Tweeting a GIF at a Male Journalist" both talk about that. Don't get me wrong: I hope they lock this motherfucker up. But still.

A few last stories don't really group into anything else: "Mayo to give preference to privately insured patients over Medicaid patients," which is part of a trend just being made more explicit; "White Nationalist Richard Spencer Gets His Money From Louisiana Cotton Fields—and the US Government" (via farm subsidies); "The Lesson of Trump’s 1040," and finally, "Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Said to Have Been Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price." I'd rank that last one higher but it's all unnamed sources, so... yeah. May be true, but we don't really know. Get somebody on the record, goddammit.

It's March 18, 2017; this is the news )

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