Fueled by drug crisis, U.S. life expectancy declines for a second straight year

We are becoming a third world country…if not already there:

American life expectancy at birth declined for the second consecutive year in 2016, fueled by a staggering 21 percent rise in the death rate from drug overdoses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

The United States has not seen two years of declining life expectancy since 1962 and 1963, when influenza caused an inordinate number of deaths. In 1993, there was a one-year drop during the worst of the AIDS epidemic.

Gallup: Hillary Clinton favorable rating at 36%

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More than a year after the 2016 presidential election, former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s favorability rating has dropped to a new low, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.

The poll showed 36% of respondents rated Clinton favorably compared to 61% who rated her unfavorably, which is a new high for that measure. Gallup said this beat out her previous low of 38% at the outset of the general election last year and in 1992 when she was not yet a household name.

Source: Gallup: Hillary Clinton favorable rating at 36% – CNNPolitics

“We’re witnessing the wholesale looting of America”

It’s literally true. The government has been completely turned over to big business and the wealthy. The GOP is primarily to blame. But the Democrats are sitting around and watching it happen. And that’s because both parties are beholden to the 1 percent:

Over the course of 2017, both in Congress and in the executive branch, we have watched the task of government devolve into the full-scale looting of America.

Politicians are making decisions to enrich their donors — and at times themselves personally — with a reckless disregard for any kind of objective policy analysis or consideration of public opinion.

A businessman president who promised — repeatedly — that he would not personally benefit from his own tax proposals is poised to sign into law a bill that’s full of provisions that benefit him and his family. Congressional Republicans who spent years insisting that “dynamic scoring” would capture the deficit-reducing power of tax cuts are now plowing ahead with a bill so fast that they don’t have time to get one done, because it turns out they can’t be bothered to meet their own targets.

More than 100,000 people vow to protest if Trump fires Mueller

We need constant protest. But the ultimate event should be an occupation of Washington,D.C. until Trump is forced out. There is such an even planned for January. Hopefully enough of us will be involved. The alternative is a fascist dictatorship. It’s already happening. #Resist:

A coalition of groups opposed to President Trump and his agenda has assembled tens of thousands of individuals pledging to protest if Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller.Over 100,000 Americans have vowed to take part in more than 500 protests across the country should the firing occur, according to a press release.The effort includes groups like the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Truman National Security Project, Public Citizen, Stand Up America, MoveOn.org Civic Action, March for Truth, Indivisible, People for the American Way, Common Cause and Democracy 21.

Trump privately calling Rosenstein a threat to his presidency: report

You can fire as many as you want, Donald. It won’t save your administration:

President Trump has referred to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Robert Mueller as the special counsel for the Russia probe, as “a threat to his presidency,” according to a report in The Washington Post.

The report, published Sunday, said Trump has referred to Rosenstein as “weak” and made fun of the deputy attorney general’s testimony last week in front of the House Judiciary Committee.

The president has also complained about Rosenstein being “a Democrat,” although the Justice Department official is actually a Republican, the Post said.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller the special counsel in May, after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Poll: Donald Trump Most Unpopular First Year President Ever, 70 Percent Say Country Heading In Wrong Direction

A new national poll finds that President Donald Trump is the most unpopular first-year president ever, while another survey concludes that 70 percent of voters are convinced the country is “headed in the wrong direction.”

In an Associated Press-NORC poll, only 32 percent of the respondents expressed approval for Trump’s performance, while a staggering 67 percent disapproved.

Among Trump’s critics in the poll, more than half of the respondents added they “strongly disapprove” of his job performance.

In addition, seven in 10 respondents, or 70 percent of voters, said they believe the country is “headed in the wrong direction.”

Source: Poll: Donald Trump Most Unpopular First Year President Ever, 70 Percent Say Country Heading In Wrong Direction

Florida police arrest 93-year-old woman for refusing to leave her retirement home

This is the kind of evil system with live under. There is no respect for the elderly much less the poor. The government controlled by a two-party system exists only to serve big business and the wealthy. We have a president who made a career out of stiffing people. And he’s never been arrested. I rest my case:

Police in Eustis, Florida have arrested a 93-year-old woman who refused to leave her retirement home after being evicted for falling behind with the rent.

Bodycam footage shows Juanita Fitzgerald being dragged away by officers who were also trying to calm her down.

The woman appears to be crying and shouting “ow” and “no”. At the same time, an officer insists that he and his colleagues are not trying to hurt her.

Poverty in America is a moral outrage. The soul of our nation is at stake

The government has declared war on the poor, the working class, people of color, etc.: So it’s up to the 99 percent to fight back. We need to take to the streets. The same way the civil rights movement did in the 1960s. Either we agitate or descend into a totalitarian state. It’s already happening under Trump and the GOP (the Democrats are awol):

Half a century later, the conditions that motivated the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign have only worsened, making the need for a new moral movement more urgent than ever. Compared to 1968, 60% more Americans are living below the official poverty line today – a total of 41 million people. The gap between our government’s discretionary spending on the military versus anti-poverty programs has grown from two-to-one at the height of the Vietnam war to four-to-one today.

That’s why, this month, poor and disenfranchised people along with clergy and moral leaders nationwide launched the Poor People’s Campaign: a National Call for Moral Revival, to challenge the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation, and our distorted national morality.

The most radical, progressive shifts in US history occurred when concerned citizens across racial lines come together.

The observations by the United Nations published this week are an urgent alarm bell for the moral emergency facing the country. As King did 50 years ago and Alston did earlier this month, we will travel the country to make sure the poor are not ignored. But it is not enough to bear witness. If we are to save the soul of this country from the poverty that is killing us, we must act, we must agitate, we must cause some righteous trouble.

Buried in 503-page tax bill, a new provision that personally benefits Trump

He always has to benefit personally. Everything is about Trump and his family. This legislating is like what you see in most dictatorships. Including his friend, Putin:

But the final tax legislation contains a brand-new provision that wasn’t included in the House or Senate bills. It benefits real estate developers like President Donald Trump and his family. The provision was first highlighted by the International Business Times.

Trumpism never existed. It was always just Trump.

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Bottomline: Trump is fraud. But that’s what he does. He did it as a businessman. Now he’s doing it as a politician. And he’s conned lot’s of good Americans. Nevertheless, he is a reflection of a corrupt two-party system:

But Trump’s own “Trumpism” seemed to die a rapid death when Trump entered office. While doing markedly little abroad to earn his campaign reputation as a foreign policy “dove,” President Trump has supported a markedly unpopular health care policy and a tax bill aligned with long-standing GOP priorities while doing very little on trade. As Trump has jostled with journalists and black athletes on Twitter, the long-promised massive infrastructure investment has yet to take place, NAFTA remains intact, and China has yet to be named a currency manipulator. (And, of course, the wall remains unbuilt.)

The “Trumpism” of the 2016 presidential campaign was thus largely imaginary, a selling point rather than an overarching policy.

The Actual Rohingya Death Toll Is 22 Times Higher Than Official Estimate, Survey Shows

Genocide and mass murder are being ignored by the world. We all will suffer the consequence. All of history if proof of what happens when is allowed to exist without being challenged:

The outbreak of violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority has reportedly killed thousands more people than the government admits.

At least 9,000 Rohingya died in Myanmar from Aug. 25 to Sept. 24, Doctors Without Borders, also known as Médecins sans frontieres, said Thursday. That’s 22.5 times the official government estimate of 400 deaths.

Most of the deaths in that month-long period ― 6,700 ― were from violence, the group said, citing surveys it conducted with survivors in refugee resettlement camps in Bangladesh. The toll includes at least 730 children younger than 5. Causes include gunfire, arson and beatings.

Defeat of Net Neutrality could be the Death of Democracy in America

The corporate state has achieved it’s goal of destroying net neutrality. This paves the way for undermining free speech in America:

Billion-dollar corporations scored a victory on Thursday as the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality protections. Back in 2015, these rules were put in place to prevent internet service providers, such as Comcast, Spectrum and Verizon, from treating some internet content differently.

Now these companies can legally do just that. But restrictions on internet content could go beyond charging consumers a premium for certain high-bandwidth services, like Netflix. With net neutrality repeal, internet service providers, or ISPs, are free to block or throttle any content they don’t like.

That could include video, text and images distributed by people whose voices are underrepresented in mainstream society, including women and people of color.

If an ISP chooses to charge the largest internet companies, such as Facebook and Google, for faster service, those companies will likely be able to foot the bills. But if ISPs choose to throttle websites maintained by smaller platforms, organizations and individuals, the added cost may hinder their ability to spread a message.

Erin Shields, who works as the Center for Media Justice’s national field organizer for internet rights, told HuffPost that she sees that potential for censorship as a problem.


Putin: Trump can claim ‘fairly serious achievements’

If I were a Republican I would be very suspicious of a President who was praised by a sworn enemy of the United States. Especially since Russia was believed to have interfered our elections in 2016. In return, Trump can’t seem find anything bad to say about the bloody dictator Putin. The GOP leadership doesn’t to be too concerned. They spend most of their time attacking those who have legitimate concerns about whether Donald Trump is an agent of influence (i.e., a traitor):

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that his US counterpart Donald Trump had made some “fairly serious achievements” since he took office and derided what he called the “espionage mania” surrounding meetings held by Trump associates with Russian officials.

The Trump administration has been embroiled for months in investigations into potential collusion between Russian operatives and Trump associates during the 2016 US presidential campaign and transition — a claim Trump fiercely denies.
Asked for his assessment of Trump’s first year in office during his annual end-of-year press conference in Moscow, Putin said that “objectively we can see a number of fairly serious achievements over the short period he’s been working.”

Intel Officials Avoid Discussing Russia With Trump So He Doesn’t Fume

Trump undermines our national security just by occupying the White House. Because this president has been compromised by the Russians he is incapable of protecting the U.S. from Putin. He has to be impeached before irreparable harm is done to our country:

The Washington Post reports that we are now engaged in “a situation in which the personal insecurities of the president — and his refusal to accept what even many in his administration regard as objective reality — have impaired the government’s response to a national security threat.” It’s not a question of whether it’s politically expedient for Donald Trump to strategically downplay Russia’s activities. Instead, the president is reportedly emotionally incapable of digesting the information presented to him by top CIA officials — and that’s preventing the United States from clapping back against the Kremlin.

Poor, Middle and Working Class Slammed in Tax Reform

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The Republican tax reform bill that passed through the Senate is an insult to the middle class who will pay more taxes under “this scheme while the super-rich and big corporations get a windfall,” said Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, one of many Democrats to lash out at the measure.

“Congress should be working in a bipartisan way to make our tax system simpler and fairer, but the Senate Republican plan does just the opposite,” Casey said.

Source: Poor, Middle and Working Class Slammed in Tax Reform | | The Washington Informer

Anti-Pipeline Group Goes Back To Work Against Keystone XL

Nebraska’s main anti-pipeline group is trying to rally opposition to the TransCanada Keystone XL project’s recently approved route through the state, tracking down landowners it says were not given a voice in the regulatory process.

If it succeeds, Bold Nebraska could throw up new roadblocks to the controversial project to move Canadian oil to U.S. refineries, backed by U.S. President Donald Trump, by pressing regulators to revisit TransCanada’s application, or by suing if they refuse.

Source: Anti-Pipeline Group Goes Back To Work Against Keystone XL

Trump angered by Haley saying his accusers ‘should be heard’: report

President Trump is reportedly furious with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley for saying that the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct “should be heard.”

Source: Trump angered by Haley saying his accusers ‘should be heard’: report | TheHill

Donald Trump wrong that black homeownership rate is at a record high

Man just can’t stop lying:

According to Census Bureau data, black homeownership peaked in 2004 at 49.1 percent. It has fallen incrementally almost every year since. In fact, the rate is now about one-sixth lower than it was at its peak.

African-Americans are less than two-thirds as likely as non-Hispanic whites to own a home, and the most recent rate for African-Americans, 41.6 percent in 2016, ranks behind each of the other four major groups — non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics, Asian-Americans and Native Americans.

In fact, in 2005 the Hispanic homeownership rate overtook that of African-Americans, with the two groups diverging ever since.

Trump’s FCC Wants To Kill A Free And Open Internet

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This struggle is part of the fight for our democratic freedoms. Don’t give up the fight again. Because we might not get another chance to save our republic:

The Moyers team has been in the fight for net neutrality from the very beginning. Our documentary Net at Risk was perhaps the first on television to alert the nation to the danger of a corporate takeover of the internet. When the mainstream media largely ignored the story, we gave advocates for net neutrality a national hearing. We followed former FCC commissioner Michael Copps and others to unofficial town meetings when the George W. Bush FCC refused to sanction such events. And we celebrated in the public interest when the Obama FCC voted in 2015 to protect and enforce net neutrality.

But every time we think the battle to protect the internet is won, the forces of greed, power and control come right back at us. After he and the Republicans won the 2016 election, Donald Trump appointed Ajit Pai, a former executive from Verizon, to head the FCC. Pai is leading the corporate crusade to overturn net neutrality, doing his best to give Verizon and the other telecommunications giants exactly what they want. It’s classic regulatory capture, a government agency capitulating to the very industry it’s supposed to oversee, the old fox in the henhouse switch that means death to the chickens.

The crucial FCC vote to reverse the net neutrality rules is Thursday, Dec. 14. There remains time to make your voice heard. Follow the instructions in this link to file comments. Or you can call 1-888-225-5322 or email Chairman Pai at Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov. Twitter: @FCC or @AjitPaiFCC. Facebook: Federal Communications Commission.

Source: Trump’s FCC Wants To Kill A Free And Open Internet | HuffPost

Don’t Be Fooled: DNC Will Continue to Rig the Primary

“The Democratic Party told us everything that we needed to know when it reminded us that as a private corporation, it can pick its candidates in ‘cigar filled back rooms.’ In other words, the primaries are a charade, designed to create the illusion of choice,” states the Movement for a People’s Party.

Source: Don’t Be Fooled: DNC Will Continue to Rig the Primary

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

This article confirms the obvious truth: more guns means more gun violence. Millions of Americans are being sacrificed so that the gun lobby can make ever greater profits. The fact that nothing is done when hundreds of the innocent are slaughtered is all the proof you need. If the mass shooter is a “jihadi” there is instant outrage and demands we retaliate. Can you imagine if the shooter in Las Vegas had the name Muhammad? We know there would talk of war and spending billions. But because the shooters are usually white there is nothing. And both parties are to blame. There is only lipservice. The media is also a big part of the problem. Every mass shooting, no matter how devastating, is forgotten after 2 or 3 days. But the ultimate blame goes not to the NRA but the politicians that take money to remain silent. It’s up to us to demand it be done. The next victim of gun violence could be you or your loved one.

After Mining Deal, Financier Donated to Clinton

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That’s called corruption by any standard. Time for the establishment press to call the Clintons the crooks that they are. This article is a small step in that direction:

A Canadian financier who traveled to Kazakhstan with Bill Clinton and won a big mining deal later donated millions to Mr. Clinton’s charitable foundation.

Watch: Trump Petulantly Walked out of Interview Because Reporter’s ‘Demeanor Was Inaccurate’

During one extraordinary 1990 CNN interview, Trump whined about something he called the interviewer’s inaccurate demeanor, then unclipped his lapel microphone and stormed out of the interview because the reporter was a “very negative guy.”

The trouble started when CNN’s Charles Feldman asked Trump about Trump’s as-yet-unopened and eventually bankrupted Trump Taj Mahal casino.

Trump went into a now-familiar rant about the need to make journalists “pay a price” for coverage he doesn’t like, and when pressed to explain, told Feldman that he didn’t like his inaccurate demeanor.

Source: Watch: Trump Petulantly Walked out of Interview Because Reporter’s ‘Demeanor Was Inaccurate’

Angry About the DNC Scandal? Thank Obama.

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Time to face the fact: Barack Obama was a disaster for the Democratic Party. He took majorities won in 2008 and quickly turned them over the GOP. And he is principally responsible (along with Hillary, of course) for the Trump takeover:

In the fall of 2015, a year before the presidential election, the Democratic National Committee, we now know, was bought for the equivalent of a pawn shop by the campaign of Hillary Clinton.

The party organization was still deeply in debt from the 2012 campaign, owing millions to banks and vendors, burning through what little cash it had at a stunning rate of some $3 million to $4 million per month. By August 2015, the DNC was becoming unable to make payroll and approaching the equivalent of bankruptcy, according to a former senior party official, who requested anonymity, arguing that being quoted publicly criticizing the DNC in a news outlet connected to Intercept founder Glenn Greenwald, who is a critic of the DNC, would be damaging professionally.

And so the DNC, to save itself, sold everything to the only bidder. The Clinton campaign bailed out the DNC and, in exchange, effectively took it over, according to Donna Brazile, who served as the organization’s acting chairperson from July 2016 to February 2017.

Jake Tapper: Media Bias Allowed Obama to Get Away With Falsehoods

The truth once again has gotten out:

In an interview with Rolling Stone, CNN anchor Jake Tapper suggested that while President Donald Trump’s told many more falsehoods than his predecessor, the media was “much more supportive” of former President Barack Obama who, as a consequence, “got away with it more.”

Donna Brazile Admits Nomination Rigged for Hillary Clinton

The truth finally comes out. Like we suspected all along. Brazile only admits the obvious:

I told Bernie I had found Hillary’s Joint Fundraising Agreement. I explained that the cancer was that she had exerted this control of the party long before she became its nominee. Had I known this, I never would have accepted the interim chair position, but here we were with only weeks before the election.

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Researcher discovers over 250 of Trump’s web domains are communicating with Russian servers, sharing weird files

We are getting closer to the truth as to whether Trump committed high treason:

The US Presidential election is almost a full year in the rear view mirror, but many are still working diligently to determine whether or not everything that happened during the course of the campaigns and voting process was above board. A new report from researchers at Unhack The Vote alleges that Donald Trump’s various web properties could hold a clue as to the President’s communication ties with Russia, and the evidence is quite substantial.

The report, which cites over 250 different subdomains belonging to the Trump organization, reveals that the web properties have hidden connections to servers that route through Russia — more specifically, through St. Petersburg. What’s most interesting is that these subdomains are named and cataloged in such a way as to avoid the chances that any random web user might accidentally stumble upon them.