Symantec: refreshingly honest about identifying government-sponsored hacking

This is how every allegation against (wild accusations about) Russia made by the Clintonites and neocons should have been handled in all government and mainstream and alternative media. Why? It's honest.

... the hackers infected computers that controlled the satellites, so that they could have changed the positions of the orbiting devices and disrupted data traffic, Symantec said.
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... Symantec did not directly blame the Chinese government for the hack. It said the hackers launched their campaign from three computers on the mainland. In theory, those machines could have been compromised by someone elsewhere.

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The West’s real interest in Chechnya isn’t gay rights

There are 74 countries worldwide where homosexuality is still illegal  — Russia isn’t one of them. It is even punishable by death in some countries, a few of which happen to be close allies of the United States, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates. In fact, just last year the U.S. was one of 13 countries to vote against a UN resolution condemning countries with the death penalty for gays so as not to upset those allies.

It's true that The West’s real interest in Chechnya isn’t gay rights. That doesn't stop plenty of people in the US clamoring for real against Russia over what they mistakenly call homophobia.

The article expresses a number of things as emphatic statements where I see questions at best. The Moscow Apartment Bombings is a case in point. I read in great detail about them from both sides of the story. The involvement of FSB agents was never shown to be incorrect, only censored. As to whether Putin knew, I can't say. He may not have. I don't know the fates of the particular agents involved, as the whole thing was flushed down the memory hole. None of that should be construed as an endorsement of all entities who put forth the FSB as Moscow-apartment bombers. I disagreed with plenty of them over plenty of other issues.

Furthermore, I totally disagree about Glasnost. It was a good attempt and certainly not designed to reduce the People's rights but enhance them. Frankly, it was a huge mistake on the part of the Russian people not to get behind Gorbachev's efforts. Gorbachev wanted to keep the country intact while incrementally bringing in needed reforms. I don't think the People were prepared (educated) for it. That was Gorbachev's mistake, but how could he have known? It was all rather new to everyone there.

With Perestroika, Gorbachev was trying to usher in a more democratic (social democracy) style government. That was not a bad idea at all, as the central planning of the Soviet system before was a disaster in the end. Perestroika was experimental and needed to have been designed to be modified as various aspects proved counter-productive; however, again, the People weren't prepared for that level of democracy at the time.

Gorbachev receive no help from the West either because the West was anxious for the dissolution of the USSR and even Russia itself.

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What's happening in Nicaragua is being systematically distorted via the greedy behind US false-propaganda. Video: Part 1 & 2

Part 1

Part 2

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On "Conversion Therapy," California is about to pass legislation based upon completely outdated information and outright cognitive dissonance

... Brad Dacus, founder of Pacific Justice Institute. Is conversion therapy effective? Dacus: “Countless numbers testified before the state Legislature—ex-gays, ex-lesbians, ex-transgenders—telling their story of how they received counseling, support, and were no longer bound by such feelings.” (See testimony in the June 16 Saturday Series article at wng.org.)

Dacus said they were ignored. He called AB 2943 “legislation that attempts to make it a scientific fact that such transformations are simply impossible and that these people don’t exist”—but since they do, the bill is “ugly and so inhumane.”

Read the whole article.

I'm not in full agreement with the article, as I find plenty of legislation put forth under the Democratic banner to be quite good relative to that of the Republicans'. Environmentalism is a strong case in point. I also don't care for the "conservative"/"liberal" spectrum usage in this case about banning all "conversion therapy" even for consenting/seeking adults.

I wholeheartedly agree, however, that sexual orientation and gender identity are fluid things for millions of people and that to deny that fact, once the evidence for it is put forth, is a sign of some degree of mental illness. To deny the existence of people who have changed is some huge mental blockage when such people are right there explaining the changes they experienced. I'll go so far as to say it is sinister, downright evil.

Also, I've known for decades now that the vast, vast, vast majority of so-called "conversion" therapists have not used torture or coercion of any kind in dealing with children or adults concerning sexuality and identity issues.

Lastly, the California law will not survive the US Supreme Court, if it even makes it beyond the district and appellate levels. The First Amendment of the Constitution would have to be amended itself to carve out an exception for the free exercise of religion in matters of personal, individual, sexual orientation and gender identity and also how clergy (though they aren't paid for it in some singled-out service fashion) interact with individuals during religious confession and counseling, etc.

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Unless you're a bankster, Trump is lining up bankster donors for 2020 against you

... Mulvaney’s agenda has been to drastically reduce the size and scope of the CFPB. He told reporters last week that he wants to cut the bureau’s budget by at least 20%. He has also sought to restructure the agency and reduce enforcement actions against banks and other financial companies. Since Mulvaney took office in late November, the CFPB has issued just two enforcement actions ....

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Supreme Court throws out Wisconsin electoral map manipulation case

I often find the "legal standing" argument to be fundamentally misapplied. In this case for example, any US citizen should be deemed as having legal standing for the simple reason that a rigged district anywhere impacts all US citizens in very direct ways.

Who gets to vote in the US legislature is a matter of Constitutional concern and protection for every citizen.

Of course, most supposed Constitutional legal so-called experts would disagree, but that's because most of them are out to protect the plutocracy from the citizenry. Most such Constitutional legal-experts refuse to follow logical legal arguments. They don't seek to overturn things that are earthshakingly important.

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Maine Becomes the First State To Test Ranked-Choice Voting

I was instantly for RCV when I first heard of it many years ago. We should have had it all along. Why is it taking so long to get?

Under RCV, a victor who is reviled by more than half of the voters will be a thing of the past. And progressives can express their support for likeminded candidates without fear of vote-splitting.

“I’m very excited,” says Lisa Miller, an attendee from Somerville who has supported RCV in its long journey to the primary ballot. “I am no longer hedging my bets. I am voting for the person that my values really resonate with. And voting for a second person who’s pretty close.”

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Mattis: Putin Is Trying To "Undermine America’s Moral Authority." Caitlin Johnstone rightly asks, "What moral authority"?

"How does a guy named “Mad Dog” get to be such a thin-skinned little snowflake?"

This would be the same James Mattis who’s been overseeing the war crimes committed by America’s armed forces during their illegal occupation of Syria. This would be the same United States of America that was born of the genocide of indigenous tribes and the labor of African slaves, which slaughtered millions in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Libya and Syria for no legitimate reason, which is partnered with Ukrainian Nazis, jihadist factions in Syria and Iranian terror cultists, which supports 73 percent of the world’s dictators, which interferes constantly in the electoral processes of other countries as a matter of policy, which stages coups around the world, which has encircled the globe with military bases, whose FBI still targets black civil rights activists for persecution to this very day, which routinely enters into undeclared wars of aggression against noncompliant governments to advance plutocratic interests, which remains the only country ever to use nuclear weapons on human beings after doing so completely needlessly in Japan, and which is functionally a corporatist oligarchy with no meaningful “democratic model” in place at all.

A casual glance at facts and history makes it instantly clear that the United States has no “moral authority” of any kind whatsoever, and is arguably the hub of the most pernicious and dangerous force ever assembled in human history.

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Are you breathing plastic air at home? Here’s how microplastics are polluting our lungs

More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year. Half of that plastic becomes trash in less than a year.

The whole article is like reading a nightmare. Unfortunately, it's no dream.

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Israel is what fascism looks like: Israel targets rights groups with bill to outlaw filming of soldiers

Definitely:

"This decision aims to cover up crimes committed by Israeli soldiers against our people, and to free their hands to commit more crimes," Deputy Palestinian Information Minister Fayez Abu Aitta told Reuters.

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