U.S. [In]justice for one who dared challenge Big Oil

Greg Palast is a very colorful character, with an ego the size of New Hampshire. However…! Wiki summarizes:


Palast then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Chicago, from which he graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and in 1976 with a Master’s of Business Administration.


It’s always tickled me that Palast, the leftiest of liberals, took courses at Chicago from … wait for it!  … Milton Friedman!


Palast is also an excellent writer and documentary film maker, and a terrific kick-ass investigative journalist.


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Famed indigenous human rights lawyer Steven Donziger had already been
under house arrest for over 800 days when he reported to prison on October
27 to begin a six-month sentence. His crime: winning the largest single
pollution judgment in history, $9.5 billion, for the Cofan people of the Amazon
rain-forest in Ecuador.

Was the human rights hero jailed in Brazil or China? No, he was sentenced to
prison in the USA.


AmazonWatch, 60 Nobel Prize winners and the bar associations of a dozen
nations have called for an end to this political prosecution. And, after a two-
year judicial review, the United Nations Human Rights Commission has
ordered the US to release the human rights lawyer.

Youngkins’s poor, innocent child…

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When a reporter asked Youngkin about his son trying to vote when he wasn’t legally old enough to do so, Virginia’s governor-elect responded, “It was silliness, I think. There’s real confusion on where a 17-year-old can vote or not. And so, he had a friend who suggested that he might be able to vote. He went up and asked…. And he presented his ID, and when they said he couldn’t vote, he said, ‘OK.’ And he went to school.”


But according to Rubashkin [journalist who researched the story], Youngkin “conveniently leaves out that half an hour after his son was told he couldn’t vote, he came back and tried to vote again.”


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Ben Jealous – Norman Lear – PFAW

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In a Washington Post op-ed earlier this year, People For co-founder and World War II vet Norman Lear wrote:


The right to vote is foundational…. It is at the heart of everything I have fought for in war and in peacetime.


The right of the People to choose our leaders and hold them accountable through elections when they don’t serve the People’s interests … to cast a vote and have that vote count … and the peaceful transfer of power based on the results of free and fair elections. American democracy has never been perfect but over our nation’s history it has been improved and expanded to be more inclusive.


The preservation and perseverance of American democracy is something generations of veterans have fought for, and our commitment to the freedom to vote and a peaceful transfer of power honors them.


Please take a few moments to join the fight here at home to preserve democracy and protect the right to vote.


1. If you have not already, please sign our petition urging the Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act, which includes groundbreaking protections for voting rights. >>


2. Find an event near you during this week’s grassroots week of action to show your support of this and other critical voting rights protections. >>


And please take a few minutes to read (or re-read) Norman’s op-ed about the right to vote; it’s well worth it.


Thank you for all that you do.


– Ben Jealous, President

Petition! More right-wing “blame the victim” bullshit!

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A 15 year old girl at Hawthorne Academy was suspended after she came forward about her Sexual Assault by another classmate. She had been harassed by this boy almost daily and one day he followed her into the girls bathroom, pushed her into a stall. and sexually assaulted her. She reported it to the school and the school contacted law enforcement. The boy admitted what he had done and was charged. The school then informed the mom of the 15 year old girl that they didn’t find any evidence that the assault took place so they were suspending her daughter and forcing her to take a calls called “Sexual Assault Is Preventable.” The mom told the school that the police had made an arrest and the boy admitted to the assault. The school informed her that the police’s investigation had nothing to do with their own. 

The girl now feels as if she is being punished for coming forward. The school staff and board members are refusing to make any statements on the matter. 
Victims of SA rarely come forward because they fear they won’t be believed. Situations like this prove them right. 

Hold the staff and school accountable. Sign this petition and call for their resignation.Stand with the victim.


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GQP response to passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

I wrote a post yesterday speculating about how Rubio, Scott, and Waltz might respond to passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and how Democrats might deal with their response. Didn’t take Nosferatu Scott long to provide evidence for testing my speculation!


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Scott said that of course he would claim credit for the good things the bill will provide! After all, he didn’t vote against it because it had no good parts. He voted against it because it also had bad parts. And, before you ask, no, of course he didn’t specify which was which. Remember, one of this guy’s nicknames is “Plead the 5th Rick.”


Another response we heard yesterday is far more dangerous. Republicans who voted for the bill (and this includes Mitch McConnell, remember!) are “traitors.” Not to the United States, mind you. To the Republican Party. What was the substance of their treason? They had given a victory to President Biden and to the Democratic Party. Was it actually a victory for the American people? Who cares?


Today’s GQP wants the following:


  • A one-party nation. As Nazi Germany had just one party. And Communist Russia and China and North Korea have/had only one party. They want a dictatorship.


  • They do not care about the welfare of America or of  most Americans. They want what they perceive (rightly or wrongly) as the welfare of themselves and “their kind.”


  • They do not want democracy. They want authoritarianism—a brutal, vicious authoritarianism that treats individual human lives as cheap, even worthless.

Romney’s strange take on the filibuster.

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Coincidentally, Mark Elias was just interviewed on the Nicole Wallace show. Without mentioning Romney, he made exactly the same argument as I do in the two paragraphs below!




If we keep the filibuster, we lose the right to vote—which won’t matter anyhow, because keeping the filibuster will allow GQP state legislatures to gerrymander democratic elections into a rueful memory and to pass state laws allowing them to toss out the results of elections that don’t favor them.


In other words, if we keep the filibuster, we are vastly more likely to see the next, more competent Trump in the White House. If we ditch the filibuster, we’ll have at least a chance to save our democracy. Romney’s position is absurd.