Monthly Archives: October 2016

JUST ANOTHER DAY ON PLANET EARTH: DemocracyNow! Headlines For Thursday, October 13, 2016! Features Include Donald Trump, President Obama, USA In Yemen, Wells Fargo CEO (John Stumpf), Russia In Syria, Honduras’ 2 Assassination Attempts, Another Murdered Transsexual In Cleveland, Oregon Arrests 10 BLM Activists After Pepper Spraying Them 1st, Iowa Lockup, North Dakota Return & On The Brighter Side, Bob Dylan Wins 2016 Nobel Prize In Literature!

And an update on our coverage of the Dakota Access pipeline and the resistance to it: Democracy Now! will be heading back to North Dakota to continue our coverage of the standoff at Standing Rock. As has been reported here and elsewhere, as a result of Democracy Now!’s reporting over Labor Day weekend last month, Amy Goodman was charged by the state of North Dakota with criminal trespass. A warrant was issued for her arrest on September 8—five days after we released video of the Dakota Access pipeline company’s security guards physically assaulting nonviolent, mostly Native American land protectors, pepper-spraying them and unleashing attack dogs, one of which was shown with blood dripping from its nose and mouth.

Protester: “These people are just threatening all of us with these dogs. And she, that woman over there, she was charging, and it bit somebody right in the face.”

Amy Goodman: “The dog has blood in its nose and its mouth.”

Protester: “And she’s still standing here threatening us.”

Amy Goodman: “Why are you letting their—her dog go after the protesters? It’s covered in blood!”

Goodman will be turning herself in to authorities at the Morton County jail in North Dakota on Monday morning at 8 a.m. North Dakota time and intends to vigorously fight this charge as she sees it as a direct attack on the First Amendment, freedom of the press? and the public’s right to know. More information is available at democracynow.org. Continue reading

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GLOBAL WARMING Exacerbates Earth’s Weather & Turns ‘Not Even A Tropical Depression’ Into A Category 5 HURRICANE MATTHEW Because Of Deep Warm Waters In The Caribbean! Media Weathermen Discuss Hurricane Matthew, But Persist In Blackout Of ‘CLIMATE CHANGE LINK’ TO MATTHEW That Is Its Cause. Republican Political Pressure On Media Is Obviously The Source Of That Silence! Donald Trump & Mike Pence Are CLIMATE CHANGE DENIAL DREAM TEAM. Those ‘Lost Souls’, Who Believe Donald Trump Will Change Things In Their Favor, Have Only To Look At This Issue To Know They Are Being Deceived BIG TIME! Trump Will Only Serve Corporate Capitalism, Not We The People! But Undereducated People Are Reality Show ‘Feeling’ People, Who Do Not Analyze & Cannot Cogitate! This Is The Main ‘Achilles’ Heel’ Of Democracy – Democracy Will Never Work Well If The General Population Is Undereducated! Mainstream Republicans Cannot Understand Difference Between Real Sincerity & Political Promises. Saying It’s So Does NOT Make It So!

MICHAEL MANN: Thanks, Amy! You know, it’s unfortunate that some in the weather community are not providing that critical context for understanding this trend towards increasingly devastating tropical storms and hurricanes. Matthew is a very good example of a storm that was unique, unprecedented, in certain respects. It intensified far more quickly than any other storm that we’ve seen in modern history, basically going from not even a tropical depression to a near-hurricane-strength storm over the course of, you know, less than half a day, and then, the next day, of course, strengthening into a major hurricane, a Category 5 hurricane. It’s weakened a little bit, but now it’s restrengthening.

And where that intensification, where that rapid intensification occurred was in the region of the Caribbean that has the greatest heat content, not just that the ocean surface temperatures are warm, but there’s a very deep layer of warm water. And that’s important, because that helps sustain these storms as they churn up the ocean. The churning doesn’t bring cold water to the surface to weaken the storm, if there’s a deep layer of warmth. And that all has a climate change signature with it, not just the fact that the ocean surface temperatures in the Caribbean are at near-record levels, but the—just the sheer depth of that warm water is unprecedented. And as the surface warming penetrates into the ocean, we are seeing increases in ocean heat content. Last year was the warmest our oceans have ever been on record. And that’s critical context. It’s that warmth that provides the energy that intensifies these storms. And it isn’t a coincidence that we’ve seen the strongest hurricane in both hemispheres within the last year. Continue reading

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SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY! (S 2040: Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act – JASTA) Congress Overrides Obama’s Veto 1st Time Allowing 9/11 Victims’ Families To Sue Saudi Arabia, Which Violates Sovereign Immunity. The President Warns USA Setting A Dangerous Precedent, Which Could Come Back To Bite USA; Obama Is Right If Your Prime Directive As President Is To Protect US World Interests Whether We Are Right Or Wrong! But Tabacco Sees Silver Lining! Just Maybe Our Politicos Have Sown The Seeds Of Our Own Comeuppance! Those, America Has Exploited & Oppressed, May Now Sue USA For Our Own Inappropriateness, Iniquitousness & Incautiousness! The World Can Now ‘Hoist US On Our Own Petard’! We Bemoan ISIS, When We Should Fear Our Own Congress & Our Own Irresistible & Unrestrained Military Superiority Combined With A Callous Disregard For The Lives Of Weaker Foreign Peoples! Has Congress Accomplished What ISIS & All Its Terror Cannot?

ZAKARIA: President Obama has been in office for 2,812 days. And that time, he has vetoed exactly 12 bills. This week, congress voted overwhelmingly to override a veto for the first time in his presidency. The law allows the family members of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. The White House called the override the single most embarrassing thing the senate has possibly done in more than 30 years.

In return, congress wondered why the administration would stop victims from seeking justice. Let me bring in CNN’s Jeff Toobin and the former CIA director, Michael Hayden to give us some much-needed context here.

Jeff, let me ask you, what exactly does this law do and how unprecedented is it?

JEFF TOOBIN, LEGAL ANALYST: Well, the law is designed very specifically so that the 9/11 family members, victims of the terror attack, can sue Saudi Arabia and at least initially begin a lawsuit alleging involvement by the government in the attacks. Continue reading

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