Thursday, February 22, 2018

Russiamania: Glenn Greenwald v. James Risen

See this Intercept podcast including transcript. I prefer the latter because I can read much faster. There is also a link to the video therein. The blurb:

"James Risen and Glenn Greenwald have both won Pulitzer Prizes. They both have found themselves in the crosshairs of the U.S. government for their journalism. And they both write for The Intercept. But Jim and Glenn have taken very different approaches to covering the Trump/Russia story. This week on Intercepted, they go head-to-head in a debate. Glenn is one of the most high-profile critics of the official story that has been put forward by the U.S. intelligence community, the Democrats, and many media outlets, including some of this country’s most powerful papers and news channels. Jim battled both the Bush and Obama administrations — under threat of imprisonment — for refusing to name his sources in some of the most sensitive national security reporting of the modern era. Jim broke a key story on a secret NSA channel to Russia and his first column for The Intercept, about the Trump/Russia investigation, posed the question: Is Donald Trump a traitor?"

The GOP and blood money

Apt cartoon.

Scientific American: More guns are linked to more crimes

But the word 'science' is in the title so you know gun nuts are going to cry fake news. But in this article the three main points are:
  • The claim that gun ownership stops crime is common in the U.S., and that belief drives laws that make it easy to own and keep firearms.
  • But about 30 careful studies show more guns are linked to more crimes: murders, rapes, and others. Far less research shows that guns help.
  • Interviews with people in heavily gun-owning towns show they are not as wedded to the crime defense idea as the gun lobby claims.
See the link for the scientific details that having more guns only leads to more, not less, crime.

Olympics update

The US women's hockey team wins gold by beating Canada in overtime shootout. Mikaela Shiffrin wins the silver in the super combined with a great slalom performance. Unfortunately Lindsey Vonn missed a gate in the slalom and was out. Jamie Anderson gets a silver in the women's big air competition. David Wise comes back on his last run to take the gold in men's freestyle half pipe. See the video here.

The time to act is now and these kids are doing it

Colbert on student activism for gun control. He applauds them for doing what adults should be doing but won't.

Colbert on goop's coffee enemas

Funny bit about a real product for the idle and idiotic rich. Colbert then sells his own enema product.

The Dance of the Greasy Son

Colbert turns Dump Jr.'s comment about India's poor into a Bollywood production.

Colbert on the fake news about student gun protests

These kids are validly concerned and doing something about it. Since the Repugnantans usually depict them as lazy and entitled, and the kids are dispelling that lie, then the next strategy is to call them paid actors with an agenda. That's not working either you Repugnantan bastards.

Kimmel on the student gun protests

And the fake news calling them fake news. As usual, he doesn't hold back in calling out despicable people haters and gun lovers.

Our right to life

You tell 'em George. Repugnantans are always harping on the fetus' right to life. How about after they're born?