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Obama supports registering women for military enslavement

December 2, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"President Obama supports requiring women to register for Selective Service when they turn 18, becoming the first president to endorse universal draft registration since Jimmy Carter. 'As old barriers for military service are being removed, the administration supports (as a logical next step) women registering for the Selective Service,' said Ned Price, a spokesman for Obama's National Security Council. The White House had previously expressed neutrality on the controversy, but took a position in a statement to USA TODAY on Thursday. But the timing of Obama's support makes it mostly symbolic, coming in the final weeks of his presidency and the day before the House will vote on a defense policy bill that strips a Senate-passed provision to add women to Selective Service. Instead, the compromise version now calls only for a commission to study two related issues: Whether women should be included in Selective Service, and whether the Selective Service system itself should be abolished." [editor's note: Option B, please; end this imperialst nonsense - SAT] (12/01/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/01/obama-supports-registering-women-military-draft/90449708  

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Jamie Raskin has a fierce, funny message for dispirited Democrats

December 2, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Graham Vyse  

"On Wednesday, House Democrats doubled down on the same old, same old, voting for Nancy Pelosi and a leadership team with an average age of 76 -- a group that, for all its virtues, doesn’t exactly offer a fresh message to inspire the left. But on Wednesday night in the D.C. suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland, a vibrant new left-wing voice in the House made himself heard—with exactly the message that Democrats across the country sorely need. 'The resistance begins right here and the revival begins tonight,' said Representative-elect Jamie Raskin, whipping up the crowd at a rally he called 'the first true-blue, overflow Democratic revival meeting of 2016.' The curly-haired 53-year-old representative-elect is already a household name in Silver Spring." (12/01/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/139092/jamie-raskin-fierce-funny-message-dispirited-democrats  

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The terrifying lessons of the Philippines’ vigilante president

December 2, 2016
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Reuters Reuters
by Peter Apps  

"Every morning in the Philippines, a handful of bodies are found littering the streets. Their faces are often covered in black plastic tape. Sometimes there are signs of torture. Usually, they have been shot in the head. Few bother police; they are usually suspected of being responsible. No one, frankly, should be surprised that it is happening. The country’s democratically elected leader, after all, was elected promising to do just this, cracking down on what he has described as a 'drug menace' in the country. If one world leader exemplifies some of the more alarming trends taking place in politics this decade, it is Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte. His election and the policies he has pursued since entering office represent a comprehensive rejection of decades, if not centuries, of hard-won moves toward respect for human rights and the rule of law." (12/01/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-duterte-philippines-commentary-idUSKBN13Q4RD  

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Study: Cannabis might held treat sexual dysfunctions

December 2, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"Sexually frustrated couples may have to try marijuana to spice up the bedroom, a new study finds. In a recently published study featured by the National Institutes of Health, experts from Italy’s University of Catania and the Czech Republic’s Charles University and Masaryk University found that both sexes can use cannabis to treat sexual dysfunctions such as Erectile Dysfunction or Sexual Arousal Disorder. 'For centuries, in addition to its recreational actions, several contradictory claims regarding the effects of cannabis use in sexual functioning and behavior (e.g. aphrodisiac vs anti-aphrodisiac) of both sexes have been accumulated,' the study reads. 'The identification of delta-9 THC and later on, the discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) have opened a potential therapeutic target for sexual dysfunctions, given the partial efficacy of current pharmacological treatment.'" [editor's note: Or at least it can make them matter less? - SAT] (12/01/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/12/01/study-marijuana-may-help-treat-sexual-dysfunctions  

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Mexican billionaire Slim: Trump could be good for Mexico

December 2, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim says a Donald Trump presidency could be good news for Mexico. At a forum with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday, Slim discarded the pessimistic narrative about how Trump's hard-line views on immigration and free trade could shake Mexico. The telecommunications magnate, who is one of the world's richest people, said that if Trump achieves his promises to expand the U.S. economy, create millions of jobs and lower middle-class taxes, it will be 'fantastic' for Mexico by increasing U.S. consumption. And Trump's promise for big spending on infrastructure projects would mean more jobs for Mexicans because there are not enough Americans to fill them, Slim said. He added that Trump's tough talk toward Mexico should spur the country to refocus on investing in its own economy." (12/01/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Mexican-billionaire-Slim-says-Trump-could-be-good-10653476.php  

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Signs of a creepy government conspiracy at Standing Rock

December 2, 2016
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Cracked
by Robert Evans & Tamlin Magee  

"The demonstration at Standing Rock, North Dakota is the largest gathering of indigenous people in modern American history. Over 280 tribes and thousands of non-native volunteers have gathered to protect the Sioux's ancestral water supply, which they believe will be poisoned when the North Dakota Access Pipeline inevitably leaks. Most of the coverage you've seen has probably come in the form of Twitter and Facebook rage-screaming in all-caps gibberish, or it looks like this: '... hundreds clash with police over Dakota Access Pipeline.' That vague title leaves a lot open to interpretation. And if the internet has taught us anything, it's that interpretation is not the average person's strong suit ... or even their medium suit, for that matter. 'Clash' suggests an equal meeting of force, and that's really not the case when one side has military hardware and the backing of a multi-billion-dollar corporation, and the other side ... well, doesn't. " (12/01/16)

http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2418-the-standing-rock-hacks-cracked-unravels-real-conspiracy.html  

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Putin: Russia “not seeking conflict”

December 2, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Russia is 'not seeking conflict with anyone,' President Vladimir Putin has said in his annual Kremlin speech to parliament and the nation. 'Unlike some foreign colleagues who see Russia as the enemy, we do not seek (and never sought) enemies. We need friends,' he said. But 'we will not permit harm to our interests,' he added. He said Russia was ready to work with the new US administration to fight terrorism. Mr Putin has previously said he hopes for better relations with the US once President-elect Donald Trump takes office. He praised the courage of Russian military personnel fighting rebel groups in Syria, in support of President Bashar al-Assad, and drew applause in the ornate Kremlin hall." (12/01/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38167590  

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Johnson & Johnson hit with over $1 billion verdict on hip implants

December 1, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"A federal jury in Dallas on Thursday ordered Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay more than $1 billion to six plaintiffs who said they were injured by Pinnacle hip implants, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said. The jurors found that the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants were defectively designed and that the companies failed to warn consumers about the risks. The six plaintiffs in this case are California residents who were implanted with the hip devices and experienced tissue death, bone erosion and other injuries they attributed to design flaws. Plaintiffs claimed the companies promoted the devices as lasting longer than devices that include ceramic or plastic materials. J&J and DePuy are facing nearly 8,400 lawsuits over the devices, which have been consolidated in federal court in Texas. Test cases have been selected for trial, and their outcomes will help gauge the value of the remaining claims." (12/01/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-johnson-johnson-verdict-hipimplants-idUSKBN13Q5XF  

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A cabinet for the deep-pocket ages

December 1, 2016
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Sam Pizzigati Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati  

"People holding personal fortunes worth over $5 million this year make up less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the world’s adult population. People worth over $5 million may also this year make up nearly 100 percent of the picks Donald Trump chooses for his cabinet and inner circle. President-elect Trump’s choices for top slots so far include at least two billionaires, two former Wall Street executives at Goldman Sachs, and assorted other mega-millionaire heirs and corporate honchos. Donald Trump, notes the Washington Post, 'is assembling the richest administration in modern American history.' The Trump choice for commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, holds all by himself ten times more personal wealth than the entire cabinet George W. Bush appointed back in 2001." (12/01/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161201/a-cabinet-for-the-deep-pocket-ages  

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CT: Top court to hear appeal in frivolous Sandy Hook suit

December 1, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to hear a direct appeal by families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, whose lawsuit against makers and sellers of the assault rifle used in the 2012 attack was dismissed in October. Connecticut’s highest court on Tuesday said it would consider whether families of nine victims, plus one survivor, can recover damages from Remington Outdoor Co and others over the gunman’s use of a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle in the attack in Newtown, Connecticut, which killed 20 students and six staffers. The court’s decision to take the case, just two weeks after the families requested it, was announced on Thursday in a statement from the families’ lawyers. Other defendants include the gun’s distributor, and the gun shop where Adam Lanza’s mother Nancy had bought the AR-15." (12/01/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/connecticuts-top-court-to-hear-sandy-hook-gun-appeal  

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The legal marijuana middle ground

December 1, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Beau Kilmer  

"With more than 65 million people living in states that have passed marijuana legalization, and a Gallup poll showing that 60% of the country supports legalizing marijuana use, national legalization may seem inevitable. ... California was the first state to allow medical marijuana, starting nearly 20 years ago. Its approach was extremely loose; over time it became easy for essentially any adult to obtain a medical recommendation, and dispensaries abounded. ... There are many ways to legalize marijuana supply besides the for-profit approach. I understand why some may be worried about creating an industry that will likely be incentivized to lobby against regulation and taxation to maximize profits. And if the marijuana businesses end up following the lead of alcohol companies, they will work hard to create and maintain heavy users, since they account for the vast majority of sales." [editor's note: A good analysis of the variances between limited "legal" cartels and decriminalization - SAT] (11/30/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/30/marijuana-legalize-states-medical-recreational-column/94553192  

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The indefensible Electoral College

December 1, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Scott Lemieux  

"When someone as manifestly unfit for office as Donald Trump can be elected president of the United States, it represents a collective institutional failure. But it is important to keep one crucial fact front and center: The American electorate did not choose him. By the time the vote counting is finished in California, Hillary Clinton will have received roughly 2.5 million more votes than Trump. This is a larger margin than Richard Nixon in 1968 or JFK in 1960 had achieved. The people’s choice did not become president because an indefensible anachronism malfunctioned for the second time in less than two decades. The lessons of this should be clear. In the long term, the Electoral College must be eliminated or circumvented; in the short term, the fact that Donald Trump was not the choice of the American people needs to be front and center to the progressive opposition to his administration." [editor's note: Another whine from the "progressive" front, ignoring the incompetence of "their own" troops and the unfit nature of "their own" candidate(s) - SAT] (11/30/16)

http://prospect.org/article/indefensible-electoral-college  

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Now that he’s leaving, Obama starts talking sense about marijuana

December 1, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"Outgoing president Barack Obama now believes that marijuana should be legally taxed and regulated similar to cigarettes and alcohol. In his final interview as acting president with Rolling Stone, Obama shared his insight on a number of important topics, including the current legal status of marijuana. Rolling Stone co-founder and publisher Jann Wenner brought up the issue of marijuana legalization by mentioning that cannabis can now be purchased legally throughout the entire West Coast, before asking the president why the failed War on Drugs continues to this day." [editor's note: Okay, then stop just talking about it and DO it! You have the Executive authority to stand down the DEA, all by yourself. SAT] (11/30/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/11/30/obama-says-government-should-handle-marijuana-the-same-as-cigarettes-or-alcohol  

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Don’t let Clinton off the hook

December 1, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Tom Fitton  

"President-elect Donald Trump seems to be harboring misgivings about the investigation and possible prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her email, national security and Clinton Foundation pay-for-play scandals. The president-elect has said that he 'does not want to hurt the Clintons,' and that is very gracious. But Clinton’s transgressions were not committed against him personally; they were committed against the nation at large. And it is to the American people that she must be held accountable." (11/29/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/29/let-clinton-hook-opposing-view/94629732  

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The real reason Hillary asked for a recount

December 1, 2016
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Town Hall
by Ed Klein  

"Why did Hillary Clinton join Jill Stein, the Green Party’s oddball presidential nominee, in asking for a recount of the votes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania when everyone knows that such a recount won’t change the outcome of the 2016 election? Part of the answer is that people close to Hillary (Huma Abedin, Chelsea Clinton, and Sidney Blumenthal) encouraged her to ask for a recount as a way of lifting her spirits. ... In addition, President Obama convinced Hillary that it was in the best interest of the Democratic Party if the Clinton legal team got involved with the recount and didn’t leave it to Jill Stein." (11/30/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/edklein/2016/11/30/the-real-reason-hillary-asked-for-a-recount-n2252841  

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US regime to forgive at least $108 billion in student debt in coming years

December 1, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"The federal government is on track to forgive at least $108 billion in student debt in coming years, according to a report that for the first time projects the full cost of plans that tie borrowers’ payments to their earnings. The report, to be released on Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office, shows the Obama administration’s main strategy for helping student-loan borrowers is proving far more costly than previously thought. The report also presents a scathing review of the Education Department’s accounting methods, which have understated the costs of its various debt-relief plans by tens of billions of dollars. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi [R-WY] ordered the report last year amid a sharp increase in enrollment in income-driven repayment plans, which the Obama administration has heavily promoted to help borrowers avoid default. The most generous version caps a borrower’s monthly payment at 10 percent of discretionary income, which is defined as any earnings above 150 percent of the poverty level." [editor's note: So what's all this talk about the need for "free college" then?- SAT] (11/30/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/30/us-to-forgive-at-least-108b-in-student-debt-in-coming-years.html  

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What safe spaces & trigger warnings actually are

December 1, 2016
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Cracked
by Isaac Cabe  

"The American university is quite the weird place to be right now. Despite it being harder and harder to get into a lot of schools, the current climate of the country tends to show less respect and more ever-growing middle fingers for kids in college. Universities aren't the bastions of education they used to be. Instead, everyone from 'grrrrrr, I'm angry' comedians to President Obama has told them to buck up and ditch the 'trigger warnings' and 'safe spaces.' I want this on record. Mr. President, you're wrong. And it starts with a fundamental misunderstanding of what these things actually are." [editor's note: This is actually a pretty objective consideration of this topic - SAT] (11/30/16)

http://www.cracked.com/blog/safe-spaces-arent-new-they-shouldnt-make-you-angry  

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Thompson’s widow to sell his personal strains of marijuana

December 1, 2016
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Over a decade after his death, people can soon smoke some of 'Gonzo' journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s personal strains of marijuana thanks to the efforts of his wife, Anita Thompson. The late writer’s widow told the Aspen Times last week of her plan to cultivate and sell the author’s strains of cannabis. Thompson said she was working with a marijuana company to grow and distribute six kinds of marijuana that she saved, which were once smoked by her husband. 'Since it became legal I get approached probably once a month by cannabis growers, dispensaries,' Thompson reportedly said. 'I’ve had probably 10 meetings in the last three years and I always ended up saying "No" because it’s the same story every time: Somebody wants to slap Hunter’s name on their strain ... If I put Hunter’s name on somebody else’s strain, I can never go back and say, "No, this is the authentic one."' She joked that she was 'looking forward to being a drug lord,' but put those plans on hold for so long on purpose." (11/30/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/hunter-s-thompsons-widow-to-sell-his-personal-strains-of-marijuana  

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The left’s fidelity to Castro-ation

November 30, 2016
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In These Times
by Slavoj Zizek  

"I am critical of Cuba not because I am anti-Communist but because I remain a Communist. We all remember the classic scene from cartoons: a cat walks over the precipice and magically goes on, floating in the air; it falls down only when it looks down and becomes aware that it has no ground under its feet. In the same way, one can say that, in the last decades, Cuban 'socialism' continued to live only because it didn’t yet notice it was already dead. ... One gets tired of the conflicting stories of the economic failure and human rights abuses in Cuba, as well as of the twins of education and healthcare that are always trotted out by the friends of the revolution. One gets tired even of the really great story of how a small country can resist the biggest superpower (yes, with the help of the other superpower)." [editor's note: This one is here only to make you think a bit on this - SAT] (11/30/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19677/the-left-fidelity-castration-slavoj-zizek-fidel-castro-cuba-che-communism  

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After OPEC deal, oil expected to rally

November 30, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"Oil's blistering rally of up to 10 percent to $50 a barrel on Wednesday should continue into next week, analysts and fund managers said, after the world's top producers announced a historic deal to rein in output. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries reached its first deal to cut oil output since 2008 -- signaling its return to managing supply in world markets. The path ahead for the oil market, however, is expected to be volatile, as those who positioned for a rally unwind their trades to book profits. The possibility that OPEC will be unable to meet its commitment to cut production could also undermine prices as well. That makes the long-term path for oil more uncertain, as few expect the commodity to reach $60 a barrel soon." (11/30/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-markets-oil-opec-idUSKBN13P2MZ  

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Colombia: Leaked tape shows Brazilian plane “ran out of fuel”

November 30, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The plane carrying Brazilian footballers which crashed in Colombia had run out of fuel, according to a leaked audio recording. In the air traffic tower tape, a pilot can be heard repeatedly requesting permission to land due to a 'total electric failure' and lack of fuel. Just before the tape ends, the pilot says he is flying at an altitude of 9,000 ft (2,743m) Just six of the 77 people on board the plane survived. The plane was carrying most of Brazil's Chapecoense football team and 20 journalists were also among those killed. The recording, which has been published by several Colombian media outlets, confirmed earlier reports that a lack of fuel might have contributed to the crash." [editor's note: I was going to say "soccer" in the headline, but restrained myself - SAT] (11/30/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38160713  

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The Democrats’ circular firing squad

November 30, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner  

"If you are like me, you are probably very weary of debates about Who Lost America to Donald Trump. The debate goes something like this: Hillary blew it! What a terrible campaign. What a blemished candidate. What horrible judgment to take those speaking fees from Wall Street, to keep classified data on her personal server, to fail to ask her top aide Huma Abedin to leave her employ once the Anthony Weiner mess blew up, yet again. She handed her enemies a loaded gun. And now we’re stuck with Trump!! Hillary screwed up; we pay the price. Hold on, misogynist pig. Hillary won! She won the popular vote by more than two million. Even apart from the alleged hacking of election results, old-fashioned voter suppression ... probably cost her at least three swing states where the winning margin was razor thin. ... Yeah, but a decent candidate would have beat Trump by ten points. There was no excitement for Hillary outside the bubble. Did you even see Hillary lawn signs, or bumper stickers?" (11/29/16)

http://prospect.org/article/democrats%E2%80%99-circular-firing-squad  

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Words as weapons of authoritarian control

November 30, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by "Primary Concerns"  

"When the public can not agree upon a shared reality (when confusion and distrust and propaganda reign), politics devolves into a pre-democratic struggle for power, which will disfavor resisters. Donald Trump may not understand this dynamic academically, but it was a hallmark of his campaign and has become a hallmark of his pre-presidency. Sometimes his false pronouncements are buffoonish and ill-considered, but make no mistake: he is taking a hammer to one of liberal society’s guardrails. Dartmouth College Political Scientist Brendan Nyhan has studied the ways information and disinformation affect political processes extensively. He joins us to explore why propaganda and conspiracy theory are so prevalent today, how this plays neatly into Trump’s hands, and what can be done about it." (11/30/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/139060/primary-concerns-episode-38-words-weapons-authoritarian-control  

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Android malware infects 1M phones globally

November 30, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"A new variant of a well-known malware program has infected more than one million phones that run older versions of Google's Android operating system, mostly outside the U.S., a security firm reported Wednesday. The malware, dubbed Googlian, is delivered via apps downloaded from non-approved, third-party app sites. That's made users outside the U.S., who are more likely to use these sites, more vulnerable. It affects an estimated 1,000 users in the United States." (11/30/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/11/30/android-malware-infects-1-million-phones-globally/94676546  

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North Dakota law dogs to block pipeline protesters’ supplies

November 30, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"North Dakota law enforcement will begin to block supplies from reaching protesters at a camp near the construction site of an oil pipeline project in an effort to force demonstrators to vacate the area, officials said on Tuesday. Activists have spent months protesting plans to route the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, saying the project poses a threat to water resources and sacred Native American sites. Supplies, including food and building materials, will be blocked from entering the main camp following Governor Jack Dalrymple's signing of an 'emergency evacuation' order on Monday, said Maxine Herr, a spokeswoman from the Morton County Sheriff's Department. ... The order was effective immediately. As of Tuesday morning, however, no vehicles carrying supplies had been turned back, said Cecily Fong, a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services." (11/29/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-north-dakota-pipeline-idUSKBN13O2FD  

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