Article- In 2001 GW Bush withdrew from the ABM treaty, and now Trump is withdrawing from the INF treaty. Missile sites on Russia's border could be fitted with cruise missiles armed with nuclear weapons which could launch a first strike. Now Trump claims that Russia is violating the INF treaty by making more intermediate range missiles. Russia and the US need to talk instead of playing oneupmanship with nuclear bombs.
Seymour Hersh's book Reporter- He recommends the reporting on 4 websites: Vice, Buzzfeed, Politico, and Truthout. He wrote that a reporter needs to read all the pages that he finds. He also does research on his subjects before contacting them. He has many insider contacts because he treats them fairly. He values the truth more the public relations slant that governments or institutions may be pushing. He tells how he got the most threats of lawsuits when he was investigating the corporations like Gulf and Western. He was given death threats when he wrote about organized crime. He protects his sources and the official mission of institutions such as the military, rather than the PR slant that a particular general or president wanted.
Reveal report on how private debt collection companies and the privatized Sallie Mae rip off students. High fees and high interest rates along with private debt collection companies that call and threaten students at 5 am, leave students almost in the position of indentured servants. The government insures the loans and then hires private companies to collect them. Private equity funds controlled by Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase bought the collection companies. SEc'y of Education Betsy DeVos recently tried to prevent students from getting relief from for profit colleges that went out of business and that were guilty of false advertising. Colleges raised their rates knowing that many loans were available, and states cut back their funding. Consumer Reports lists articles about student loan debt crisis. Politicians get paid off. CEOs make over $ 200 million per year. The private collection companies break the rules over and over, yet are not punished much, as they are "politically connected" . A tyrannical law was passed to prevent students from using bankruptcy to escape. Wages are garnisheed.
Step Away We need to "Step way from Nuclear Weapons, reduce the number of first-strike missiles, and limit the ability of lots of US and Russian officers to independently launch nuclear attacks. We should reduce the number of nuclear bombs, get missiles off of hair-trigger alert, and set up better communication directly between the US , Russia, China, France, Britain, India, Pakistan, Israel, and Korea to deal with accidents and false alarms.
Great interview on NPR's 1A. Fewer bees, ladybugs, butterflies, and pollinators. so less food and fewer flowers, bushes, and trees. Citizen science can report trends and help us learn how to save insects and biodiversity. Kids and adults can count ladybugs and other insects to discover trends. The solution is to reduce pesticide use and to protect habitat. Get out an explore!
It is amazing! I have met Ellsberg at protests at the polluting nuclear weapons plant here in Colorado. The Reveal radio show and transcript shows how Daniel Ellsberg went from a Harvard grad to an on-the-ground-marine; to a top level analyst for the Dept of Defense about the Vietnam war; to an insider who leaked about the lies that the US general Westmoreland and President Johnson were telling about the Vietnamese war. Later , he revealed lies My Lai, Abu Gharaib, etc. The Pentagon Papers: Secrets, lies, and Leaks.
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