All the news that was fit to p̶r̶i̶n̶t̶ get put on the Internet… for December 14, 2016
Failed ceasefires have become a common occurrence in Syria. The latest deal could be the last best hope for civilians…foreignpolicy.com
The initial cease-fire deal, which Russian officials earlier said would have allowed rebels to leave Aleppo and provided humanitarian “arrangements” to civilians, fell apart Wednesday morning. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, shelling and airstrikes prevented the evacuations from even beginning.
This week, desperate messages from Syria broke through the bubble of news about impending political upheaval in the U.S…fusion.net
This has some good links to charities^
At 2:35 Graham starts explaining why Syrian refugees shouldn’t come to the U.S., and 3:20 he brushes off the fact that Russia may be responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths…
Trump and Related
On Tuesday night, the documentary filmmaker Michael Moore posted a mini-essay on his Facebook page excoriating Donald…www.thedailybeast.com
(Don’t sleep on Michael Moore. He called the election perfectly.)
To you, Mr. Trump, I say this: When this next terrorist attack takes place, it is YOU who will be charged by the American people with a gross dereliction of duty. It was YOUR job to pay attention, to protect the country. But you were too busy tweeting and defending Putin and appointing cabinet members to dismantle the government. You didn’t have time for the daily national security briefing.
President-elect Donald Trump's team is struggling so hard to book A-list performers for his inaugural festivities that…www.thewrap.com
The bookers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said they were approached by members of Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee in recent weeks with offers of cash or even plush diplomatic posts in exchange for locking in singers.
Listen to Playbook in 90 Seconds http://bit.ly/2hsI15Z ... Subscribe on iTunes http://apple.co/2eX6Eay ... Visit the…www.politico.com
It’s significant that Don Jr. took a hands-on role in hiring a Cabinet secretary. Either Trump’s boys — Don and Eric — are running the Trump Organization, or they’re helping advise their father, the next president of the United States. Doing both is exactly what Republicans and Democrats alike are worried about. If he’s running the company, why is he helping his father assemble his Cabinet?
On (the) Media
As the child of a firearms collector tagging along to gun shows and shooting ranges in the 1980s and '90s, I soaked up…www.thetrace.org
This is the best writing about the NRA I’ve ever come across.
The 1980s and early ’90s saw a surge in gun violence as crime increased, and the facts on how guns were used in America were not in the NRA’s favor. Numerous studies into the causes and prevalence of gun deaths clearly showed that access to firearms made a difference, and that guns were statistically likelier to harm their owners than to successfully be used in self-defense. None of this information necessarily meant that the NRA was wrong about the Second Amendment conferring an individual right, or even wrong to promote gun ownership. But it had no good answers for how to slow the pace of violent crime carried out with guns.
So the gun lobby adopted an age-old strategy: Destroy the credibility of the institutions that would challenge it, through direct attacks, and then create a competing set of “facts.” Crime was up because government was incompetent and heavy-handed. The alleged dangers of personal firearms were fictions created by reporters and researchers with anti-freedom agendas. Only your weapons and your lobby could help you.
In recent days, efforts have sprung up to archive climate data on federal sites. They've been spurred by fears that the…www.climatecentral.org
A number of independent groups of scientists, technologists and journalists are working to get a snapshot of crucial U.S. government datasets and mirror it on private servers should access be curtailed…
American data is crucial for understanding everything from big questions about how carbon dioxide moves around the globe to tiny ones like how tides are affecting sand crabs on South Padre Island in Texas. Its usefulness extends beyond pure science questions to ones about infrastructure, forest management, climate negotiations and insurance rates…
“What strikes me the most over those 20 years is that even when researchers aren’t specifically looking for evidence of climate change or anthropogenic influence, they often find it,” said Laura Naranjo, a science writer at the National Snow and Ice Data Center…
Trump's Energy secretary pick has a pretty serious conflict of interest.www.motherjones.com
Perry has been a vocal advocate for the Dakota Access Pipeline. In early 2015 — just days before he joined ETP’s board and four months before he officially launched his presidential bid — Perry said on local Iowa TV that he favored building the pipeline, which would pass through Iowa if completed. “We probably have as safe a pipeline industry in the country as there is in the world,” he boasted.
If Donald Trump wants to purge the Department of Energy of climate science-accepting employees, he'll have to find…www.slate.com
“We are going to respect the professional and scientific integrity and independence of our employees at our labs and across our department,”
- Energy spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder
Residents of a coastal village on the Red Sea in western Yemen recovered evidence of cluster weapons after an attack…theintercept.com
A report by the group Cluster Munitions Monitor found that civilians made up 97 percent of all worldwide cluster bomb casualties, primarily due to their use by the Assad government in Syria and the U.S.-backed bombing coalition in Yemen.
Due to their civilian toll, cluster bombs were banned by a 2008 treaty signed by 119 countries, but not by the U.S., Russia, and Saudi Arabia.
The U.S. has sold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia in recent years. In 2010, the State Department authorized the sale of 1,300 CBU-105 bombs to Saudi Arabia as part of a $30 billion arms sale, and in 2011, another 400, for $355 million.
There are some good reasons to believe Russians had something to do with the breaches into email accounts belonging to…theintercept.com
It must be stated plainly: The U.S. intelligence community must make its evidence against Russia public if they want us to believe their claims. The integrity of our presidential elections is vital to the country’s survival; blind trust in the CIA is not.