News and Noteworthy

From the week of August 21 to August 27

  1. Rent-to-Own Homes: A Win-Win for Landlords, a Risk for Struggling Tenants
  2. Whose Lives Should Be Saved? Researchers Ask the Public
  3. Is Clinton a secret Occupier?
  4. U.S. Defense Contractors Tell Investors Russian Threat Is Great for Business
  5. FEC Commissioner Wants Help Getting Foreign Money Out of U.S. Elections
  6. What Detroit Needs Now: More Squatters
  7. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on why we need to stop the TPP. 5 minute video. Posted before but too important to miss. Fight on TPP is coming up. We need to be ready.
  8. Native American Pipeline Protest Halts Construction in N. Dakota
  9. In Landmark Decision, NLRB Allows Grad Students at Private Universities to Unionize
  10. Justice Department Says Poor Can’t Be Held When They Can’t Afford Bail
  11. 140,000 people petitioned President Obama to declare Black Lives Matter a terrorist organization. His response was pathetic “The U.S. government does not generate a list of domestic terror organizations, and therefore we are not able to address the formal request of your petition.” Read it in full. Why can’t Obama state the obvious that Black Lives Matter is NOT a terrorist org.? Is that asking too much?
  12. Activists ask Facebook to alter dealings with police after video stream of Korryn Gaines’ confrontation with police was cut off
  13. Washington threatens Brussels over plan to demand billions in unpaid taxes from Apple
  14. Why It’s Impossible to Indict a Cop
  15. Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

From the week of August 14 to August 20

  1. Obama puts Congress on notice: TPP is coming
  2. Ecuador’s Correa: ‘Neoliberalism Has Failed, Not Socialism’
  3. Stark New Evidence On How Money Shapes America’s Elections
  4. Reforms must address “the destabilization caused by concentrated wealth and power,” says new report
  5. Snapchat Finds Itself on the Wrong Side of a Racial Lens. Again.
  6. Why the NAACP is Calling for a Moratorium on Private Charter Schools
  7. How To Ensure Inclusive Four-Person Debates In Presidential Race
  8. I’m Sick of The So-Called “News”
  9. Corporations moving to partially privatize national parks
  10. Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons. The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government.
  11. Does Blockchain Tech Solve Security Problems or Cause New Ones?
  12. Independent drivers no more…Uber buys self-driving truck startup Otto
  13. Nightmare on Main Street: America’s housing system was at the center of the last crisis. It has still not been properly reformed
  14. Comradely capitalism: How America accidentally nationalised its mortgage market
  15. Iran Payment Used As ‘Leverage’ In Prisoner Swap, State Department Says
  16. Here’s why a Deutsche Bank whistleblower turned down a $8.25 million reward

From the week of August 7 to August 13

  1. At last week’s meeting, we agreed that we should have substantive discussions on each of the planks of the Movement for Black Lives platform. Please review it especially the first two planks as they will be discussion topics soon.
  2. Think Tank Scholar or Corporate Consultant? It Depends on the Day
  3. A shamed AARP withdraws from right-wing lobbying organization ALEC
  4. Money, corporations and politics
  5. The Millions of Americans Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Barely Mention: The Poor
  6. Next System Project: Volume 3
  7. Justice Department report: Baltimore police routinely violated civil rights
  8. End Prisons-for-Profit – the Marshall Project

From the week of July 31 to August 6

  1. Black Lives Matter and other groups publish a broad policy platform also in Spanish: Una Vison para las Vidas Negras
  2. Blaming the victim: NYPD Cracks Down on Cyclists After Driver Deliberately Kills Cyclist
  3. Environmental records shattered as climate change ‘plays out before us’
  4. Dear Canada: it’s time to pay for your part in climate change
  5. Republicans just escalated the war over ExxonMobil and climate change
  6. Who should Bernie supporters vote for? Debate between Robert Reich and Chris Hedges on Democracy Now!
  7. We can’t fix policing without talking about race. Explained in simple charts
  8. Rethinking the Role of Government in Society
  9. Has Wall Street Been Tamed?
  10. Homeownership is at a 50-year low. So What?
  11. Trans-Pacific Partnership Updates:
  12. Hacking new money, and old:
  13. Missouri’s head public defender assigns case to Gov., cites overburdened staff
  14. Abolish Civil Asset Forfeiture

From the week of July 24 to July 30

  1. Occupy Hillary? NY Times thinks Clinton may be a secret occupier. If only…
  2. Democratic Convention and related items
  3. Pharma’s Orders Connection between Congressional votes and contributions (this story you can believe).
  4. ‘Reverse Robin Hood’ school vouchers divide Nevada ahead of court ruling
  5. Donald Trump, Peter Thiel and the death of democracy They think capitalism and democracy are incompatible. So, democracy has got to go.
  6. Overcharged: The High Cost of High Finance Finance is costing the U.S. about $1 Trillion per year, on average.
  7. Why JPMorgan’s wage hike is not worth celebrating
  8. Nina Turner speaks at the People’s Convention
  9. Just in case anyone is not yet convinced or wants to show it to friends, here is a new Sierra Club video on how the TPP will undermine environmental efforts. 91 seconds long.
  10. Prosecutors Say Baltimore Police Mishandled Freddie Gray Case
  11. Facebook may owe $5 billion in taxes

From the week of July 17 to July 23

Upcoming events:

People’s Convention on July 23
March for a Clean Energy Revolution on July 24

  1. The global economic benefits of immigration and free borders (pdf)
  2. The Times reports a study claiming that police violence is not biased

    Brian D’Alessandro responds at MathBabe
    We can end police violence in America
    End Broken Windows Policing

  3. A dilemma for the blockchain and cryptocurrency
  4. Michigan’s Governor Snyder (of recent Flint memory) appoints oil lobbyist to run the Dept. of Environmental Quality
  5. #WallOffTrump demonstration at the RNC
  6. Fences: A Brexit Diary
  7. Crispr: Chinese scientists to pioneer gene-editing trial on humans
  8. Kaine Pick Won’t Help Clinton Win Over Anti-Wall Street Critics

From the week of July 10 to July 16, 2016

  1. Higher minimum wage, increased earned income tax credit or a basic income guarantee — what are the pros and cons?
  2. How to build a movement?
  3. We can end police violence in America
  4. Reposting: Elizabeth Warren on why we must stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  5. Philly airport workers vote to strike during the DNC
  6. The South China Sea: Explaining the Dispute
  7. How technology disrupted the truth
  8. Citibank and Venezuela – Perils of Centralized Monetary Systems
  9. This Man Traveled The World For 18 Months Spending Only Bitcoin

From the week of July 3 to July 9, 2016

  1. Neoliberal globalization and its discontents in one graph
  2. Banks and developers collude to eliminate affordable housing, throw out existing tenants
  3. States, like NY, without payday loans are doing just fine without them
  4. How Do We Build a Mass Movement to End Runaway Inequality You may want to skip the 10:00 minute introduction
  5. Michael Sandel: “The energy of the Brexiteers and Trump is born of the failure of elites”
  6. Is it Time for a New Deal Federal Jobs Program?
  7. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Hit With RICO Lawsuit For Flint Water Disaster
  8. Jim Hightower: Banks Don’t Commit Crimes, Bankers Do
  9. Mexican Teachers Fight on Despite Repression
  10. Economic Democracy: An Ethically Desirable Socialism That Is Economically Viable
  11. 505, 509, 514, 518 people have been shot and killed by police in 2016 so far
  12. Elizabeth Warren on why we must stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  13. Hillary Clinton’s email problems might be even worse than we thought
  14. The Iraq war, Tony Blair and the Chilcot report
  15. Get in the Streets Right Away: Justice for Alton Sterling & Philando Castile
  16. Within a Decade, Retail Banks will be Dead
  17. Sen. Warren on America’s Monopoly Problem — and how wonderful competitive markets are.

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