Thursday, November 08, 2018

Common Dreams:
"The United States once again displayed its near total outlier status on Thursday after the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of a symbolic resolution denouncing the 58-year U.S. embargo against Cuba.

Following the trend of how the 193-member body voted over the previous 27 years on the resolution, 189 nations voted (pdf) in favor of the 'Necessity of ending the economic, commercial, and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba' resolution, while just two—the United States and uber ally Israel—voted against it."

-->The NYT doesn't like to portray the US as an outlier when it comes to imposing an economic blockade against Cuba. Israel is doing the same thing to Gaza, so the two countries stand alone against the world. Not a message that the NYT chose to print for its readers. 

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Common Dreams:
"At the tail end of a year full of egregious data mining scandals and privacy violations by corporate giants like Facebook, Google, and Equifax—behavior that went virtually unpunished in the United States—Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced a bill on Thursday that would dramatically strengthen internet privacy protections and hit executives who violate the rules with up to 20 years in prison.

'Today's economy is a giant vacuum for your personal information—everything you read, everywhere you go, everything you buy, and everyone you talk to is sucked up in a corporation's database. But individual Americans know far too little about how their data is collected, how it's used and how it's shared,'  Wyden said in a statement.

'It's time for some sunshine on this shadowy network of information sharing,' the Oregon senator added."

-->Sadly, the NYT kept this bit of sunshine off its pages. It didn't print this story. 

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Common Dreams and The Guardian UK:
"While some of the most famous ultra-rich Americans—such as Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and the Koch Brothers—have very public profiles and readily disclose where they stand ideologically or on key issues, new research reveals that a cabal of the U.S. billionaires largely operates in the shadows as they use their vast wealth and influence to maintain their status and undermine democracy.

In a piece published by the Guardian on Wednesday, Northwestern University professors Benjamin I. Page, Jason Seawright, and Matthew J. Lacombe lay out the findings of their 'exhaustive, web-based study of everything that the 100 wealthiest U.S. billionaires have said or done, over a 10-year period, concerning several major issues of public policy.'

The trio of researchers found that 'both as individuals and as contributors to Koch-type consortia, most U.S. billionaires have given large amounts money—and many have engaged in intense activity—to advance unpopular, inequality-exacerbating, highly conservative economic policies.' "

-->To the NYT, stories like this are just class warfare, and our newspaper of record did not print this story. All the news that fits the billionaire class. 

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