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Wolverton | White House in Chaos / media.cagle.com

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Special Report | How Privatization Could Spell the End of Democracy

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Between Trump and tech, never before have so many powerful people been so intent on transforming government into a business.

 

Ben Tarnoff, The Guardian / AlterNet

 

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June 27, 2017 | It’s a hot day in New York City. You’re thirsty, but your water bottle is empty. So you walk into a store and place your bottle in a machine. You activate the machine with an app on your phone, and it fills your bottle with tap water. Now you are no longer thirsty.

 

This is the future envisioned by the founders of a startup called Reefill. If the premise sounds oddly familiar, that’s because it is: Reefill has reinvented the water fountain as a Bluetooth-enabled subscription service. Customers pay $1.99 a month for the privilege of using its machines, located at participating businesses around Manhattan.

 

Ben Tarnoff writes about technology and politics.

 

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Here's how much Americans pay in taxes compared with the rest of the world

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With a tax burden of 25% — a measurement that includes income, property, and various other taxes — the US is near the very bottom, well below the average of 34%. It ranks below all the measured countries except Korea, Chile, and Mexico.

Ian Salisbury, Money / Business Insider 

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July 26, 2017 | As the Republicans in Washington prepare to dig into the coming round of budget negotiations, their top priorities will include a systemic overhaul for US taxes, which President Donald Trump has characterized as "just about the highest in the world."

But how much do Americans really pay compared with other nations? It may be less than you think.

Ian Salisbury is a staff writer for Money magazine. Previously he was an investment columnist for Dow Jones.

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Seymour M. Hersh | Trump's Red Line

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Retaliation: Tomahawk missiles from the 'USS Porter' on the way to the Shayrat Air Base on April 6, 2017. (photo: Quelle/Robert S. Pri/dpa Picture-Alliance/Robert S)

  • Hersh writes: "Trump, who had campaigned as someone who advocated making peace with Assad, was bombing Syria 11 weeks after taking office, and was hailed for doing so by Republicans, Democrats and the media alike." 
  • Donald Trump’s war on journalism has begun. But journalists are not his main target 

Seymour M. Hersh, Die Welt

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https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540  25.06.2017 | On April 6, United States President Donald Trump authorized an early morning Tomahawk missile strike on Shayrat Air Base in central Syria in retaliation for what he said was a deadly nerve agent attack carried out by the Syrian government two days earlier in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. Trump issued the order despite having been warned by the U.S. intelligence community that it had found no evidence that the Syrians had used a chemical weapon.

The available intelligence made clear that the Syrians had targeted a jihadist meeting site on April 4 using a Russian-supplied guided bomb equipped with conventional explosives. Details of the attack,  including information on its so-called high-value targets, had been provided by the Russians days in advance to American and allied military officials in Doha, whose mission is to coordinate all U.S., allied, Syrian and Russian Air Force operations in the region.

Seymour M. Hersh "Sy" Hersh is an American investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine on military and security matters. He is writing an alternative history of the war on terror.

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Donald Trump’s war on journalism has begun. But journalists are not his main target … , Peter MaassThe Intercept / Rise Up Times

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  • [Snowden] fled because if you are indicted under the Espionage Act, as he was, you are not allowed to present a public-interest defense — meaning, you are not allowed to justify the crime of leaking by arguing it was done to disclose to the public even greater crimes the government was committing.
  • Related: Australian Journalist’s Devastating Take On Trump At G-20 Goes Viral

 

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Fake Government & Politics News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You, Week Ending July 29, 2017

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If you solely rely on the Western media for enlightenment, your acquired knowledge is plain ignorance. You will never learn the truth because they simply manipulate the news. Learn the truth in our selection of articles below. 

  • Chomsky: Trump is a Distraction, Used by the Deep State to ‘Systematically Destroy’ America
  • It’s Not About Hating Trump: It’s About Regaining Comity
  • Trump Enablers: You’re The F*cking Reason We Can’t Have Nice Things
  • It's Time for Jared and Ivanka to Go, Jackie Speier

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Smashing the two party paradigm Noam Chomsky called out deep state democrats and republicans alike for using Trump as a distraction to destroy America.

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07/20/2017 | Comity has virtually disappeared from the White House.

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  • July 21, 2017 | You’re fucking up America, it truly is your fault, it’s not politics as usual, and when the shit hits the fan, you’re on your own. You are why we can’t have nice things. You don’t need “elitist liberals” and their fancy “civil rights” and “government protections.” You’re winners. You win bigly.
  • The sad part is I’m starting to believe the only way America will likely ever be great again, or even functional again, is if we let this train wreck play out to its grisly conclusion, casualties be damned.

https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/ivanka-jared-01-1500481356.jpeg?crop=1xw:1xh;center,top&resize=768:* It's Time for Jared and Ivanka to Go, Jackie Speier, Cosmopolitan

Jul 19, 2017 | 

  • Their conflicts of interest are not just unfair and unethical, but potentially dangerous.
  • Nepotism is something more closely associated with dictatorships or puppet regimes, but it’s now been accepted with a shrug by Republicans as just how the Trump administration does business.

 

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