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First, The Serious Stuff
November 15: National Day of Action
On Tuesday, November 15th, join a massive day of action across the country to demand that this administration and the next reject this pipeline. Join an action near you - and if one doesn’t exist, organize an action in your community.
Army Corp of Engineers Pwned by Jordan Chariton
“Is the road being blockaded a public or private road?”
“I believe it is a public roadway.”
~ Jordan Chariton with Army Corps spokesman Gene Pawlik
Published on Nov 5, 2016
TYT Politics Reporter Jordan Chariton (https://twitter.com/JordanChariton) did a phone interview with Gene Pawlik, the spokesperson for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in order to get clarity on what land the Dakota Access Pipeline is being built on: federal or tribal land?
“We can have fun building community- based resistance. We need to celebrate our victories while we learn from our defeats. We have to continue to support one another.”
~ Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News
Jane says....Public Pressure Works!
Take to the Streets - Call the White House Pound Social Media - Donate to Camps!
“Sometimes people think those things don’t work, but I got a call from the White House a couple days ago saying they are starting to feel the same momentum and pressure they did on Keystone. ...So keep doing that.”
~ Jane Kleeb, Nebraska DNC Chair
on the Dakota Access Pipeline
Do What You Love… Take to the Streets if You Can
“My Litmus test for Climate Action as it is for Political Action...is that you’ve left your house...Clicking on things...it’s a little too late for that. What we need now is Organized Political Action...make sure that you’re with a group that is politically active and is getting people active in the streets…
Having said that… you must give your creativity and what you love to the movement.”
~ Josh Fox on The #ClimateRevolution
Break it Down, Cenk...
Published on Nov 1, 2016
Wikileaks reveals emails that show the depth of the corruption at the Clinton Foundation. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
Email from Doug Band to John Podesta and Cheryl Mills
“When top Bill Clinton aide Douglas Band wrote the memo, he was a central player at the Clinton Foundation and president of his own corporate consulting firm. Over the course of 13 pages, he made a case that his multiple roles had served the interests of the Clinton family and its charity.
In doing so, Band also detailed a circle of enrichment in which he raised money for the Clinton Foundation from top-tier corporations such as Dow Chemical and Coca-Cola that were clients of his firm, Teneo, while pressing many of those same donors to provide personal income to the former president.
The system has drawn scrutiny from Republicans, who say it allowed corporations and other wealthy supporters to pay for entree to a popular former president and a onetime secretary of state who is now the Democratic presidential nominee.
Band wrote the memo in 2011 to foundation lawyers conducting a review of the organization amid a brewing feud with the Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea Clinton, who was taking a stronger role in leading the foundation and had expressed concerns about Teneo’s operations.”
1. What is WikiLeaks?
WikiLeaks is a non-profit organization created to protect whistleblowers and journalists who have sensitive materials to communicate to the public. They believe that transparent governments leads to better governments and less corruption. Led by Australian, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks was started 10 years ago with the goal of "opening governments" to help prevent criminal corruption. No information is leaked that could harm innocent civilians or those not involved in corruption.
2. Can we believe WikiLeaks?
In short, yes. In its 10 year history, not one single leak has ever proven to be false, something WikiLeaks prides itself on. If the leaks were false, everyone implicated in them would have immediately and aggressively denied their claims rather than simply change the subject in speculating if Russia did it. For more hard proof within the emails, read this source.
3. Is WikiLeaks related to Wikipedia?
No. Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, WikiLeaks cannot. The only thing they share in common are their first 4 letters. According to their website, "WikiLeaks combines the protection and anonymity of cutting-edge cryptographic technologies with the comfortable presentation style of Wikipedia, although the two are not otherwise related."
4. Why are they only going after Hillary Clinton?
10 years ago, WikiLeaks became famous for exposing elements of the Bush administration and the Iraq wars, and quickly became heroes to the left. This year, Hillary Clinton is being exposed because of the unprecedented levels of corruption throughout her history. Julian Assange, who is not necessarily pro-Trump, has stated that if any controversial Trump material is found, it will be published. However, everything controversial they have has already been said by Trump himself, according to Assange.
5. Why is the media barely covering them?
Because almost 100% of mainstream media sources, as well as several prominent publishing news sources are implicated in the leaks in colluding with the Clinton campaign. These "news" sources (as you will find in the leaks below) have conspired to get Hillary elected, by only reporting anti-Trump smear pieces, manufacturing or exaggerating scandals, and hiding anything damaging to Hillary. Most are even donating big money to the Clinton campaign in order to keep the globalist status-quo. These revelations are the stories journalists dream of, but CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, Huffington Post, AP, and several more are all implicated in the leaks. This is why the media has been so one sided this election season, and why only 6% of people trust the mainstream media. Trump hasn't helped with some past comments, but as CNN said here, the media is doing everything they can to help Hillary and give her a free ride.
6. Is Russia behind the leaks?
Despite Hillary stating at the third debate that 17 intelligence agencies have said Russia is behind it, there is no proof that Russia is responsible for these leaks against her and the DNC. In fact, even Politico (who has been implicated in these leaks several times with Glenn Thrush) gave her claim a negative fact-check. There is no definitive proof, even from Hillary, only theories that it "could" be Russia. The reason for this constant claim by the media (as if it is 100% truth) is to pivot away from what is actually in the damning leaks and get your attention onto "evil" Russia. This immature approach by Hillary and the media, in conjunction with other recent foreign policy blunders, has led to extremely increased levels of tension with Russia, not seen since the Cold War. Julian Assange has strongly indicated that insiders in the DNC and US government are responsible for the leaks, including hinting at one DNC insider who was killed shortly after the DNC leaks. Regardless of who the hacker is, it does not take away from the validity of what is actually in the leaks.
1. What data sources do you use?
Our data is entirely sourced from WikiLeaks, and was last updated on Fri Nov 4, 2016 (Podesta 30). In particular, we used the Hillary Clinton Email Archive, The Podesta Emails, and the DNC Email Archive.
2. How do you construct these networks?
For all three networks, nodes (a.k.a. circles) are people and links (a.k.a. lines) between nodes indicate that two people were on a common e-mail thread. The size of a node shows the number of email threads in which a person participated. The size of a link denotes the number of shared email threads between two people. Each node is algorithmically assigned to a community (a group with a disproportionately large number of links among them), which is shown by node color.
3. Why did you create this tool?
At the MIT Media Lab Macro Connections group, we build tools to transform data into stories. ClintonCircle was not created to visualize these emails, but it is a fork of a tool called Immersion that we launched in 2013 and that helps people visualize and understand the networks they weave through email interactions.
Some of the other tools we have built include the Observatory of Economic Complexity, which is the world’s leading site visualizing international trade data, Pantheon, a project exploring our species collective memory, and DataUSA, the most comprehensive visualization of US Public Data. We build all of these tools to improve people’s ability to understand and explore data, and to democratize the benefits of data exploration and visualization.
4. Who is ClintonCircle built for?
This tool is designed for anyone that would like to more easily explore the Hillary Clinton Email Archive, The Podesta Emails, and the DNC Email Archive.
5. Can the media and TV use the images and interactives from ClintonCircle?
6. Who are you?
Our team is composed of Kevin Hu and Jingxian Zhang (graduate students at the Macro Connections group at The MIT Media Lab), and led by Professor César Hidalgo.
Kevin Hu is a doctoral candidate working on tools for accessible data visualization and analysis. Jingxian Zhang is a masters student creating e-mail network visualization tools for organizations. Professor César Hidalgo, PhD, is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Macro Connections group at the MIT Media Lab.
We thank Jeremy Rubin for helping formulate the initial idea, and Daniel Smilkov and Deepak Jagdish for working on the original version of Immersion.
A Captive Hero
“I haven’t seen the sun in so long, I’ve forgotten what it’s like...
~ Julian Assange
Published on Nov 5, 2016
Whistleblower Julian Assange has given one of his most incendiary interviews ever in a John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films, in which he summarizes what can be gleaned from the tens of thousands of Clinton emails released by WikiLeaks this year.
HRC represents a network, a centralizing cog. That is the power base now...the establishment or DC consensus
Libya was HRC’s war
Link to vimeo download https://vimeo.com/ondemand/shadowworld
Link to YouTube download https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rmmh7g5cBs
Link to movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90CkXVF-Q8M&spfreload=5
Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.
About Before the Flood:
Before the Flood, directed by Fisher Stevens, captures a three-year personal journey alongside Academy Award-winning actor and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio as he interviews individuals from every facet of society in both developing and developed nations who provide unique, impassioned and pragmatic views on what must be done today and in the future to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.
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The Revolution Continues
The two-party system has failed us for the past 16 years. Both parties have given us a gridlocked government ignoring important issues. The people need a universal healthcare system, immigration reform, tax code reform, effective financial regulation, solid financial backing for Social Security and Medicare, and an end to war as the first option.
~ Bill Ellis - Veteran, Community Leader
Two Reasons Why Iceland is Badass...
“If I were a man, I might have earned my paycheck by now, so I’m taking the rest of the afternoon off and demanding change.”
On Monday, around 2:38 PM, thousands of women left work early and headed to Austurvollur square in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. Punctuality mattered: They were trimming a typical 9-to-5 workday by precisely two hours and 22 minutes, or around 30 percent.
Thirty percent also happens to be the gap in average annual income for men and women in Iceland; for every dollar a man makes, a woman makes 72 cents
Those assembled at Austurvollur shouted Ut, or “Out,” to discrimination against women. They were essentially saying: If I were a man, I might have earned my paycheck by now, so I’m taking the rest of the afternoon off and demanding change.
The protest put a complex issue into the simple terms of hours and minutes. We’re all intimately familiar with the workday; it’s how many of us mark time. And we can all appreciate how early in the day 2:38 PM is—especially if you’re living in Iceland and women suddenly leave offices and stores and schools en masse.
One father who had to pick up his daughter from preschool before 2:38 told the public broadcaster RUV that he supported the demonstration despite the inconvenience. “She should get a better salary in the future like the men,” he explained, as he held his daughter in his arms.
We can also easily translate the lesson across cultures. If women in the United States had staged the same protest, for example, they would have left work at 2:12 PM. In South Korea, it would have been 12:36 PM. In Pakistan, 10:50 AM.
Plus, since women’s-rights organizations and labor unions in Iceland have organized the demonstration in the past, we can actually measure, in minutes, the country’s advances on pay equity. On October 24, 2005, women in Iceland left work at 2:08 PM. On October 24, 2010, they departed at 2:25.
It’s encouraging that progress has been made. But the pace of that progress is dispiriting nonetheless. On Monday, women in Iceland left work only half an hour later than they did 11 years ago. If “the same trend continues,” Vala Hafstad writes in Iceland Review, “not until 2068 will women and men enjoy equal pay.”
The struggle, moreover, began well before 2005. On October 24, 1975, 90 percent of women in Iceland—that’s nine with a zero after it—went on strike to campaign for equal rights. The BBC has more on that extraordinary day:
It is known in Iceland as the Women’s Day Off, and [Vigdis Finnbogadottir, Iceland’s first female president] sees it as a watershed moment.
Banks, factories and some shops had to close, as did schools and nurseries—leaving many fathers with no choice but to take their children to work. There were reports of men arming themselves with sweets and colouring pencils to entertain the crowds of over-excited children in their workplaces. Sausages—easy to cook and popular with children—were in such demand the shops sold out.
It was a baptism of fire for some fathers, which may explain the other name the day has been given—the Long Friday.
“We heard children playing in the background while the newsreaders read the news on the radio, it was a great thing to listen to, knowing that the men had to take care of everything,” says Vigdis. …
“Things went back to normal the next day, but with the knowledge that women are as well as men the pillars of society,” she says. “So many companies and institutions came to a halt and it showed the force and necessity of women—it completely changed the way of thinking.”
Yet here Iceland’s women were, in Austurvollur square exactly 41 years later, yelling Ut. What’s most sobering about Monday’s rally is that it occurred in what is arguably the most gender-equal nation on earth. Iceland has had either a female president or a female prime minister for 20 of the last 36 years.
Every year for the last eight years, Iceland has finished first among 100-plus countries in the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Gender Gap ranking, which quantifies disparities between men and women in health, politics, education, and employment (the higher a country’s ranking, the smaller its gender disparities).
In its latest report, released on Wednesday, the World Economic Forum noted that while Iceland has become the world leader on measures of political empowerment and educational attainment, it has yet to close gaps in earned income and wages for similar work. (Both of these metrics are important because the gender pay gap is frequently less the result of unequal pay for equal work than of women entering different professions from men and occupying fewer high-level positions.) Iceland is still way ahead of most countries on pay equity, but it hasn’t solved the riddle of how to make the workplace more just.
More broadly, the report found that global progress toward economic parity between men and men has suffered setbacks in the past few years—and that the gap might not close for another 170 years!—largely because of chronic gender imbalances in salaries, labor-force participation, and representation in senior positions. “We’re now hitting a bit of a wall” in terms of policy reforms to address these imbalances around the world, Saadia Zahidi, one of the report’s co-authors, told The Guardian, and sluggish economic growth in many countries isn’t helping.
In The Guardian this week, Noreena Hertz puzzled over why the gender pay gap has persisted in Iceland despite the government’s many policies to eliminate it, including generous paid leave for new mothers and fathers, state-subsidized childcare, and gender quotas for corporate boards. “Explanations vary,” she wrote, “from women going into less well-paid professions, to the penalty paid for working part-time that we’ve found in the UK as well, to the time it takes for employers’ implicit gender biases to shift.”
That time, however, can seem excruciatingly long. As Gylfi Arnbjornsson, the president of the Icelandic Confederation of Labor, told RUV, “No one puts up with waiting 50 years to reach a goal. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a gender pay gap or any other pay gap. It’s just unacceptable to say we’ll correct this in 50 years. That’s a lifetime.”
The Pirate Party!
The Pirate Party has benefited from a wave of dissent that has swept through Europe and the United States, upending traditional politics and fracturing mainstream parties.
REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Iceland’s prime minister announced on Sunday that he would resign, as the insurgent, anti-establishment Pirate Party capitalized on a wave of anger over corruption to come in second place in the country’s general election.
The prime minister, Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson, announced his departure on national television after his center-right Progressive Party’s share of seats in the 63-seat Parliament collapsed to eight from 19 in the previous election, in 2013.
Mr. Johannsson’s predecessor as prime minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, was forced from office in April amid accusations of conflicts of interest after revelations in leaked documents, known as the Panama Papers, of the hidden wealth of the country’s elite.
The conservative Independence Party, which has been in a governing coalition with the Progressives, came in first with 21 seats, up from 19 in the last election.
But the big winner in the election on Saturday was the four-year-old Pirate Party, which took 10 seats, more than tripling its showing of three seats in the last general election. The Left-Green Party also won 10 seats. The left-leaning parties — the Left-Greens, the Pirates and two allies — won 27 seats over all, just short of a majority.
The liberal Regeneration Party, which is expected to play the role of kingmaker, has ruled out joining a coalition with the current governing establishment parties. This means that left-leaning parties could potentially form a governing coalition.
While the conservative Independence Party made gains, “it is not a return to the status quo,” said Andres Jonsson, a political consultant. To form a government, the party will have to extend its hand to smaller, more rebellious groups, he said.
“The traditional party system has been disrupted,” Mr. Jonsson said. “We are not seeing big movements of people who feel that they are able to relate with the messages of the big coalition parties. Changes are going to come from the outside, not from inside the old parties.”
The election for Iceland’s Parliament, the world’s oldest, highlighted the fragmentation of the political landscape. A dozen parties fought for power over an electorate of about 260,000, barely enough to fill three American football stadiums.
Birgitta Jonsdottir, the anarchist leader of the Pirate Party, said she was satisfied with the result. “Whatever happens, we have created a wave of change in the Icelandic society,” she told a cheering crowd here early Sunday.
About 40 percent of Pirate supporters are under the age of 30. They had pinned their hopes on a party that has promised to install a more inclusive and transparent government.
The Pirates have pledged to enhance direct democracy by passing the world’s first “crowd-sourced constitution,” drafted by Icelandic civilians rather than politicians. Parliament blocked the document in 2013.
The party also wants to redistribute wealth and increase the government’s anticorruption powers. (The country is already the 13th least corrupt country in the world, according to Transparency International, a watchdog group, ahead of the United States.)
“We want to see trickle-down ethics rather than make-believe trickle-down economics,” Ms. Jonsdottir, 49, who is also a former WikiLeaks activist, said in an interview on the eve of the election.
Strong anti-establishment feeling has swept through Iceland since the financial crisis, and has been aggravated by the Panama Papers scandal in April, which sent thousands of protesters into the streets. The Pirate Party has benefited from a wave of dissent that has swept through Europe and the United States, upending traditional politics and fracturing mainstream parties.
In 2008, Iceland’s economy collapsed after its banking sector, fresh from deregulation, grew exponentially. In the years before that, Icelanders binged on credit, some becoming billionaires overnight. By 2006, the average Icelander was 300 percent wealthier than three years earlier. Cronyism became rampant.
When the crisis hit, Icelanders were plunged into debt and banks racked up losses of billions of dollars, many times more than the size of Iceland’s economy.
Today, the economy has recovered, partly thanks to booming tourism. But public anger still runs deep.
“We are a platform for young people, for progressive people who shape and reshape our society,” Ms. Jonsdottir told Agence France-Presse. “Like Robin Hood, because Robin Hood was a pirate, we want to take the power from the powerful to give it to the people.”
If You Had Told Me...
I love the value proposition of the Democratic Party. We have always stood for social justice, for voting rights and other things that promote and push us toward a more perfect union. And because I love the value proposition of this party, and because I have been up until this point a lifelong Democrat, I reserve the right to critique this party.
~ Nina Turner
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