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The Roundup for June 23rd, 2015

Thank Kevin again for the above video!

Charleston Shooting, Day 5

– The FBI said Dylann Roof should not be labeled a terrorist; Wh-what?

– It’s thanks to two people, one of them a communist, that Dylann Roof’s website was found; Another reason why we need #FullCommunism

– South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) also called for the removal of the Confederate flag

– Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., criticized those calling for removal of the flag as “people that have an agenda seeking to exploit a tragedy”

– It is good to keep focus on Roof, but we need to keep in mind the system allowing such hatred to bred; Personally, the outrage about Roof getting Burger King is an example of neglecting the system

– Dave Zirin: “Steve Spurrier Was Right: We Need to Get Rid of ‘That Dang, Damn Confederate Flag’

– Wal-Mart announced it would no longer sell the Confederate flag; Wait, who decided that was a good idea?

– The creator of a white supremacist website and aspiring vice presidential candidate lives in the same hometown Roof lived

– Someone identifying as Roof’s cousin said Roof changed once he listened to white power music and saw a girl he liked date a black person

International Politics

Overall

– U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: The U.S. will provide weapons and other equipment to NATO members

– Gareth Porter: “How the Bush Administration Created the Iran ‘Nuclear Confession’ Scam

– A French official said they would prefer a “strong agreement, a not bad agreement”

Middle East

– A report by the United Nations accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes during the bombings of Gaza last summer. Hamas praised the report

– Ali Abunimah: “‘Balance’ in UN Gaza report can’t hide massive Israeli war crimes

– In Syria, two boys were tied to a pole from their wrists, done by the Islamic State, after accusations of them eating Ramadan

– A U.S.-led airstrike in Iraq killed a “person of interest” involved in the Benghazi bombings

– The Pentagon said rebels operating in Syria are getting between $250 and $400 per month

Asia and Oceania

– An attack, by the Taliban, took place at the Afghan parliament, but failed 

Europe 

– While Greece proposed a potential deal to European allies, only time will tell whether they will avert a default

– Russia announced it would cut more money from the budget for the 2018 FIFA World Cup despite costs still rising

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Brazilian prosecutors asked U.S. help to deal with the Petrobras scandal

– The Dominican Republican will gladly give free bus riders for migrants to leave the country

– Mexican authorities jailed 49 percent more minors in this past year

Surveillance Planet

– Blocking your face on Facebook to avoid being detected? Don’t worry, the firm already created an algorithm to move around that issue

– GCHQ in the United Kingdom was able to hack computers with a secret, yet questionable warrant

– It, along with the NSA, subverted all privacy software on computers

– A sub-unit of GCHQ, in spite of officials saying it investigates international terrorism, typically worked on normal law enforcement cases

– A compliant was sent to the Federal Trade Commission over Uber’s ability to track users

– Jeb Bush criticized President Barack Obama for failing to act before data of government employees was stolen

Financial Matters

– Gallup: Only 28 percent of Americans greatly trust banks; Too high

– Professor Leo Panitch joins The Real News to explain geo-political motives behind the Greek negotiations with international creditors

– In Greece, at least 70 percent of mortgages have not been paid

– Vulture funds will still loom over countries for another decade

– Dean Baker: “The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Drug Patents and President Clinton

Labor’s a-Brewing

– Employers often do not respect women who are pregnant and, thus, regulations must be put in place to prevent such discrimination

Politics US

Washington USA

– Gallup: Americans are more likely to vote for a Muslim or atheist for president than a socialist; There is no definition of a socialist by Gallup so it should be taken with a grain of salt

– David Sirota: “Jeb Bush’s Audacious Announcement

– The U.S. government will pay millions to veterans affected by Agent Orange during the Vietnam War

– After the fall of Muammar Qaddafi in Libya, Sidney Blumenthal praised Hillary Clinton’s “successful strategy” in the country

Anytown USA

– Due to a new deal by federal prosecutors, guard-on-inmate violence at Rikers Island will be curbed 

– Two Albuquerque officers who killed James Boyd, a schizophrenic homeless man, were charged with second-degree murder

– The Los Angeles Police Department called for witnesses who saw an unarmed man shot by police

– A settlement in principle was reached between the New York Police Department and Muslims spied on by the former

We Don’t Need No Education

– Once again, it should be noted adjunct professors are over-worked and under-paid

– Saudi Arabian students in the U.S. were told by Saudi Arabia to return home in order to avoid the consequences of a cheating scandal, according to Wikileaks

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

– It is possible to help prison inmates with their addictions, although prison authorities have other ideas

– General Mills announced it would no longer use artificial flavors in its cereal

The Second Sex

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch revealed personal details of a a woman sexually assaulted in the city

– Jessica Valenti: “All abortions should be safe and easy, including ones women have at home

– Men in Gamergate cried because John Oliver talked about harassment against women online

A new report found female prisoners in Syria are used as “weapons of war” by the government

Planet Earth

Part two of two with Janet Redman, co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network, and Blase Bonpane, director of the Office of the Americas, to discuss more on the Pope’s encyclical along with the military and its contributions to greenhouse gases

– Some countries will face new flood alerts as the tides rise thanks to global warming

– A new study found Tea Party supporters use ideology, not science, when understanding climate change

– Santiago, Chile, shut down in a smog emergency on June 21, although it later lifted the emergency

– Authorities in California say many farmers passed a deadline when reporting water cuts

Mixed Bag

Part four of 10 with Robert Scheer, editor-in-chief of Truthdig, about his time as a journalist during the Vietnam War-era

– Good for Taylor Swift to stand up to Apple and demanding royalties for musicians

– Actually, circulation of the $20 bill dwarfs that of the $10 bill, which makes the case to remove Andrew Jackson even stronger

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  • Alice X

    Vote in the Senate probably today on Fast-Track. Will we remember where we were when they sold us down the river?

  • Abdul Abulbul Amir

    Regarding your question concerning Walmart and the confed flag, Hillary was on the Walmart board and was paid in part from selling those flags.

  • Alice X

    The Senata cloture vote on TPA (rubber stamp TPP/TTIP/TISA and any other damn thing that comes along) started at 11:04 EDT. This is C-Span-2 streaming but it is not working for me.

    http://www.c-span.org/networks/?channel=c-span-2

  • disqus_tu7SEHpgGp

    1986 to 1992. She got out as the Walton “sons” went Mitt Romney on Walmart, turning it into a trailer trash store. A lot of the offending merchandise is sold on the Web, which really did not exist back then. I really don’t know how much activity occurred back then to unionize the workers. Perhaps you could supply a source?

  • disqus_tu7SEHpgGp

    Yeah, someone has to define the bottom.

  • stella blue

    The ruling class has spoken on TPP. Just like the NSA, make a few superficial changes to provide cover, say it’s fixed, and get it passed.

  • Alice X

    I object to the term “trailer trash”. Those are working class people.

    The term is a devolution of the Lippmann/Dewey debate.

    Proponents of Lippmann’s manufacturing consent win, working class people lose.

  • Alice X

    It is over. I wonder if the Obots will remember where they were when he sold working class people down the river.

    Will the Hillbots learn anything?

  • bsbafflesbrains

    Where was the Grandstand with Rand filibuster or the feel the Bern filibuster?

  • Alice X

    The cloture vote (60 required) cuts off debate/filibuster.

    If they don’t get cloture someone can filibuster.

    They got 61-37.

    Tomorrow they vote on the bill which then only requires a majority.

    It’s over. We have been sold down the river.

  • CattyNineTails

    Re: Dylann Roof & Burger King … this is intended only as FYI, not a “correction.”

    While it certainly seems (to me, anyway) like white suspects are generally treated far better than non-whites — like, riding in a police car vs. a coroner’s wagon? — the question of Roof being fed may have been an attempt to preclude any legal challenges based on his treatment by law enforcement after his arrest.

    Per Snopes.com: “… the explanation for the Burger King detail in the story involving Dylann Roof could stem from laws pertaining to the rights of a prisoner in custody. A post-arrest rights violation checklist published on FindLaw details circumstances under which an individual could later claim their rights were violated, one of which is a withholding of food …”

    A Snopes commenter who claims to be a Shelby, NC attorney added: “When Roof was arrested by Shelby PD he was taken to the Shelby police department and held there in a conference room until FBI and Charleston SC authorities could arrive. Shelby PD has no holding cells. Nor do they have meal preparation facilities. It is not a jail it is an administrative building. When Roof was hungry they sent an officer to get him something to eat. No more. No less …”

    http://m.snopes.com/2015/06/22/dylann-roof-burger-king/#OzGFr9SFDpviWILr.99

    Whether or not that’s the reason, it begs the question: is such consideration given equally to African-American suspects? (I somehow doubt it …)

  • bsbafflesbrains

    It was over before it started. The Senate is owned by the beneficiaries of TPP. I say again- Let the Boycotts begin!

  • Bluedot

    Murray and Wyden led the dems in the vote. Remember them well.

  • stella blue

    Next on the agenda the export import bank. Corporate crony capitalism at it’s finest.

  • Roy Blakeley

    The answers are no and no. They will continue to be mystified as the country and world goes to hell.

  • Hugh

    It is always good to understand just exactly how you got screwed. Fast track was attached to an innocuous pedestrian bill HR 2146 as an amendment. What is HR2146 you ask? It is described as “A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Federal law enforcement officers, firefighters, and air traffic controllers to make penalty-free withdrawals from governmental plans after age 50, and for other purposes.” One of those other purposes was screwing us.

    The cloture vote on HR 2146 was 60 to 37, with Corker (R-TN), Lee (R-UT), and Menendez (D-NJ) absent. We used to do a lot of vote analysis here at FDL back in the day when we still thought it meant anything. Nowadays, it’s a lot rarer, just an exercise to expose the cynicism.

    The first thing to note is that the fix was already in and all Senators knew and had acquiesced to it.

    The second thing, as evidence to the first, is that no there was no filibuster where a Senator takes the floor and keeps it preventing any other business being done.

    The third is the number of yeas, 60 or just enough to invoke cloture. What this means is that there were other votes among the nays who could be called upon to vote yea, if their vote was needed.

    The fourth is that based on points two and three, it doesn’t matter who voted against cloture. Doesn’t mean a thing if you look up the vote (here’s the link: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=114&session=1&vote=00218 ) and see your Senator(s) voted no. He, she, they were all in on the con.

    The fifth is who voted yea to invoke cloture. Now we know that most of the Republicans were going to vote for it. So it really comes down to which Democrats supported it. These are the guys who were willing to go on the record to sell you out. Here’s the list: Bennet (D-CO), Cantwell (D-WA), Carper (D-DE), Coons (D-DE), Feinstein (D-CA), Heitkamp (D-ND), Kaine (D-VA), McCaskill (D-MO), Murray (D-WA), Nelson (D-FL), Shaheen (D-NH), Warner (D-VA), Wyden (D-OR).

  • Ronald Pires

    The FBI not wanting Roof to be classified as a terrorist is understandable. The FBI is charged with finding terrorists before they strike, and they have nothing in their bag of tricks capable of finding his type of terrorist in advance. If they can avoid classifying him as a terrorist, their performance measures stay high (via entrapment and the like). If Roof’s type is classified as a terrorist, the FBI’s performance measurements go way down (to where they should be, considering they ignore white terrorism.)

  • http://Smilejamaicakrcl.com Bobbylon

    what do these dozen ASSHOLES have in common?

    Bennet (CO)
    Cantwell (WA)
    Carper (DE)
    Coons (DE)
    Feinstein (CA)
    Heitkamp (ND)
    Kaine (VA)
    McCaskill (MO)
    Murray (WA)
    Nelson (FL)
    Shaheen (NH)
    Wyden (OR)

  • Hugh

    I saw an article today in the FT (no link) that said that Tsipras had pretty much caved to the troika. I mean even his previous position was a cave. So this was pretty much a cave on a cave.

    Re Jeb Bush criticizing Obama over the OPM hack, just typical campaign BS. The fact is there are a whole bunch of second and third tier government bureaucracies that we seldom hear about or even know exist (and some like the VA that we do). They are lost somewhere back in the 1970s, don’t have the budgets or the personnel, and contract out work (leaving them even more open to hacks) without any awareness of the vulnerabilities that entails.

  • Hugh

    Finally, as near as I can tell, this is the text of HR 2146 as amended: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2146/text
    Considering what we know about Obama’s trade position, the objectives listed are Orwellian, that is the opposite of what is stated.

  • Screwtape

    Regarding “cave.”

    It’s not a good idea to be drawing lines, at least publicly, when in negotiations with others who have a tad more leverage.

    OTOH the entire construct we see emerging now might have been at least in draft awhile ago. The rest could be posturing, part of a plan as well.

  • ironcomments

    With all the talk about removing the confederate flag in the media, why are they not talking about how that racist symbol always show up at Tea party rallies?

    With the FBI not calling Dylan “Stormfront” Roof a terrorist just makes what I wrote back in 2011 more pertinent. http://firedoglake.com/2011/01/12/why-are-we-afraid-to-call-jared-loughner-a-terrorist/

  • Screwtape

    .

  • ironcomments

    It is about keeping the American people conditioned to a particular stereotype and the label of “terrorist”. White males can not have that label because it goes against the media conditioning of the American masses.

  • Brandon Jordan

    Ah, that makes things clearer. I guess, in hindsight, it was a good idea not to link to the story.

    Although, you are right to doubt equal consideration is given to black suspects.

  • karenjj2

    I (II) “unfair restrictions such as labeling” .. “new technologies”

    also tariffs no greater than us … which are around 1-1.5%.

    treasonous corps contract which includes a slave trade country as base for trade in services.

    I am sickened that the congress put corps above country

  • karenjj2

    they are traitors to their country and abdicated their oath to defend the Constitution