Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal shines a spotlight on a recent decision by the FBI to create a new category of threat: Black Identity Extremists (BIE). [Read more…]
Nancy Pelosi this Wednesday broke the record for longest speech on the House Floor, speaking for eight hours. What was that all about? [Read more…]
Vox’s Liz Sheltens and Mallory Brangan break down the issues for the case of online charter schools. [Read more…]
Newsbroke’s Francesca Fiorentini shines a light on an issue that will have a tremendous impact on the future of political representation: the 2020 census. Is it purposefully being starved of funding? Will it really try to find and account for everyone? Who’s in charge? [Read more…]
This first brief Chronicle Digital video is from October of last year, but succinctly describes how Cape Town came to be in the predicament it now faces: an insufficient supply of potable running water for the city.
This second video from The Real News channel is from just a few weeks ago and presents updated information on the situation from Patrick Bond, professor of Political Economy at Wits University in South Africa. Currently the estimated “Day Zero” is April 20th. That’s when the plan would call for setting up 200 water distribution sites for this city of 4 million people.
Can California learn from the events that Cape Town is experiencing? Consider what effects a water shortage would have on issues such as food production, tourism and other aspects of the economy. In the Cape Town region 60% of the water is reserved for agriculture, chiefly for the cultivation of grapes for wine and rooibos (redbush) for herbal tea. Is that supportable given the limited resources?
When people begin to grasp the nature of this struggle for resources, and as corporations attempt to profit from this situation, how will people fight back? What weapons do the poor have? [Read more…]
I’m in the mood for a bit of squeeze box sound and the L.A.-based group Santa Cecilia fits the bill. [Read more…]
What do marbles and magnets have to do with music? YouTuber DoodleChaos created a synchronized chain reaction marble contraption that had me mesmerized. [Read more…]
Now This correspondent Versha Sharma provides some context for the immigration policies and issues covered in this year’s State of the Union address, including the domestic origins of MS-13. She also points out the irony that the immigration policies being pushed by Trump would have made it impossible for his family to have immigrated. [Read more…]
Given the ongoing departures and dismissals from the current administration, I’m expecting an upcoming CARE2 campaign to support Sam Bee’s safe, welcoming and supportive Rescue Farm for Displaced Government Workers. Sam introduces us to a new arrival: Elizabeth Shackleford, a diplomat, who until last December, was serving as part of the U.S. Mission to Somalia. [Read more…]
MAGA vs. DACA. In a segment on his show following the State of the Union speech, Jimmy Kimmel takes on the DACA issue by trying to make it real. He assembles a small group of DACA opponents and introduces them to a family that is currently struggling with the current unresolved situation. At one point during the discussion, one of the opponents makes the claim that “we live in a most-loving, compassionate, exceptional country”. Jimmy pushes back, stating his disagreement, and his observation that “I think that this country has become cruel.” [Read more…]
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) agrees with Fox News commentator Shep Smith on the topic of the House Intelligence Committee secret memo. [Read more…]
ICYMI: For Saturday Night Live’s cold open, Will Ferrell gives us George W. Bush reminding anyone who may be waxing nostalgic for the Bush presidency, that it too was bad. Really, really bad. Historically bad. [Read more…]