U.N. report: With 40M in poverty, U.S. most unequal developed nation

It didn’t begin under Trump. And has been getting worse under Democratic and Republican administrations. Our government is controlled by the 1 percent. And they are plundering the economy with the help of the two-party system:

A study for the U.N. Human Rights Council has concluded 40 million people in the United States live in poverty — and more than half of those live in “extreme” or “absolute” poverty.

The 20-page report by Philip Alston, U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, says U.S. policies benefit the rich and exacerbate poverty.

“The United States has the highest income inequality in the Western world, and this can only be made worse by the massive new tax cuts overwhelmingly benefiting the wealthy,” Alston said in a statement about the report.

The report cites vast numbers of middle-class Americans “perched on the edge,” with 40 percent of the adult population saying they would be unable to cover an unexpected $400 expense.

Trump Says Wind Turbine Noise Causes Cancer. (It Does Not.)

I’m pretty sure listening to Donald Trump on a regular basis causes illness, though.

President Trump has long despised wind power. He has repeatedly blamed wind turbines for killing birds (which they do at a lower rate than other energy sources) and for allegedly causing electrical power to halt when the wind stops blowing (in fact, electricity grids using mixed power sources and battery storage have solved this problem.) In a speech tonight to House Republicans, Trump claimed that wind turbines cause cancer.

“They say the noise causes cancer,” the president of the United States asserted.

Wind turbines do not cause cancer. Some people blame the noise for causing a variety of other health ailments, but these charges have zero scientific validity. Cancer is not caused by noises of any kind.

A power source that does cause many health problems, including cancer, is coal, an extremely dirty fuel Trump loves and has attempted to bolster, with almost no success. Aside from costing more to produce energy than other sources of power, and in addition to enormous air pollution side effects, coal also emits greenhouse gases in large amounts. Though this of course is another aspect of science Trump rejects.

Jonathan Chait: My Article Saying Trump Was Compromised by Russia Was Right

I’ve been saying for some time that we don’t the Mueller Report to tell us that Donald Trump is a Russian agent of influence (a Manchurian Candidate):

The story argued that the breadth and depth of connections between Trump and Russia suggested the scandal was probably worse than most reporters and pundits perceived at the time. The media was giving too much weight to the unlikely outcomes on one side of the distribution — that Trump’s relationship with Russia was completely innocent — and discounting unlikely outcomes on the other side — that Trump was very deeply compromised. “The media has treated the notion that Russia has personally compromised the president of the United States as something close to a kook theory,” I wrote. The most likely possibility, I proposed, was that Russia was exerting some kind of hidden leverage over Trump.

The conclusion has proven completely correct. We now know that during the campaign, Trump was pursuing a building deal in Russia worth several hundred million dollars in profit, according to an indictment by Robert Mueller that Trump has not disputed. This deal created two forms of secret leverage for Vladimir Putin. First, the money was a powerful incentive for Trump to stay in Putin’s good graces. And second, since Trump was publicly denying that he had any dealings with Russia, Putin had access to secret information that he could use to embarrass Trump if he so desired.

Trump: I Didn’t Know AMI Was Investigating Amazon’s Jeff Bezos


Uuuh, yes you did. And now there is an investigation:

President Trump claimed Tuesday that he was not aware that National Enquirer publisher American Media, Inc., was investigating Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in preparation for their blockbuster report about his extra-marital affair. When Trump was asked if he was aware of the investigation, CNN’s Brian Stelter reports, Trump shook his head and responded, “No, no I wasn’t.” Bezos has accused the publisher of blackmailing him with threats to publish his private texts and photos with his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, a claim AMI has denied. Sources told The Daily Beast that Sanchez’s brother, Michael Sanchez, supplied the messages to the Trump-friendly National Enquirer. Documents show that Michael Sanchez thought the tabloid was chasing down the Bezos story with “President Trump’s knowledge and appreciation.” Sanchez also told The Washington Post that AMI staffers had told him the Enquirer was working on “a takedown to make Trump happy.”

Russians Flock to Trump Properties to Give Birth to U.S. Citizens

I hope there is a hearing on this. Even if there is no crime the public scrutiny of Trump’s shameless hypocrisy would be upsetting to the liar-in-chief and some of his followers:

While Trump rails against U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants, his Florida properties have become a playground for birth tourists from Russia’s upper crust. The Daily Beast has discovered several companies are advertising rentals in Trump properties to expectant Russian parents.

We now know that Trump has used ‘illegal aliens’ to maintain/build his properties:

A pipeline of undocumented workers for Donald Trump ran from Costa Rica to N.J.: ‘My whole town practically lived there’

Abuse of Force: Body camera video shows man tased 11 times by Glendale officers

Many hoped that bodycams would serve as deterrent to police brutality. It hasn’t. It continues unabated. There is no longer any doubt that we live in a police state, where the rights of law abiding citizens mean very little:

On July 27, 2017, Johnny Wheatcroft was a passenger in a silver Ford Taurus when a pair of Glendale police officers pulled in front them in a Motel 6 parking lot.

The stop was for an alleged turn signal violation.

Minutes later, Wheatcroft was handcuffed lying face down on the hot asphalt on a 108-degree day. He’d already been tased 10 times, with one officer kneeling on his back as another, Officer Matt Schneider, kicked him in the groin and pulled down his athletic shorts to tase him a final time in his testicles, according to a federal lawsuit and body camera footage obtained by ABC15.

The scene was witnessed by his 11- and 6-year-old sons.

Multiple independent law enforcement experts, who agreed to review the incident, said the officers’ conduct was unlawful, potentially criminal, and one of the most cruel and troubling cases of police misconduct they’ve ever seen.