Thursday’s news links – Oct. 8, 2020

Election Officials Scramble to Avert Conflicts at Polling Places NYTimes

Election experts say President Trump’s messaging, the pandemic and other factors are creating a tension around casting ballots not seen since the Jim Crow era.

DOJ Frees Federal Prosecutors to Take Steps That Could Interfere With Elections, Weakening Long-standing Policy ProPublica

In an internal announcement, the Justice Department created an exception to a decadeslong policy meant to prevent prosecutors from taking overt investigative steps that might affect the outcome of the vote.

Rosemary McCoy fought for the passage of a landmark Florida law allowing felons to vote. She registered to vote but won’t cast a ballot in this election because she owes restitution from a five-year-old conviction.

In Florida, the Gutting of a Landmark Law Leaves Few Felons Likely to Vote ProPublica

‘Where are all of the arrests?’: Trump demands Barr lock up his foes Politico

Muslims sue for being targeted by the FBI Washington Post

Justice Dept. Eases Election Fraud Inquiry Constraints as Trump Promotes False Narrative NYTimes

The move comes as President Trump promotes a false narrative of widespread voter fraud ahead of the election.

Head of White House security office is ‘gravely ill with coronavirus and has been hospitalized since September’ – raising suspicions that it was him who brought the virus to the center of government Daily Mail

New Healthcare Executive Order Angry Bear

Trump believes he took action on Healthcare with an Executive Order protecting people with pre-existing conditions and also by eliminating surprise billing. He did not.

New Study Finds No Direct Link Between Subway & COVID-19 Spread Gothamist

America’s internet wasn’t prepared for online school The Verge

Big Oil

Did The U.S. Really Become The World’s Top Oil Producer Under Trump? OilPrice

From Pam Martens and Russ Martens at Wall Street on Parade, Oct. 7:

Then there is the fact that a front group for Koch Industries, Freedom Partners, spread staff throughout the Trump administration and mapped out their marching orders for Trump in a formal memorandum on which he delivered: withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord; massive tax cuts for corporations and the one percent; turning the Environmental Protection Agency into a shadow of its former self. And on the very day of Trump’s inauguration, Koch Industries’ law firm, Jones Day, sent 12 of its law partners to take on key posts in the Trump administration. (See How Did Koch Industries’ Law Firm Grab Control at the White House?)

The bottom line is … Koch Industries … put Donald Trump in the White House and right-wing Republicans in Congress by funding a climate of fear, hate and distrust. There is growing evidence that the scene is being replayed in this election.


The Crime of Barbados Resumen

Today marks the 44th anniversary of the horrendous crime of 1976 when a terrorist bomb blew a Cubana airliner out of the sky over Barbados. Seventy-three people died and their memory will forever be a scar-proof wound in the very heart of the Cuban Homeland.

Greek court declares fascist Golden Dawn party a criminal organization Peoples Dispatch

Protests against police brutality continue in Chile Peoples Dispatch


Kissinger Warns U.S. and China Must Set Limits to Avoid a Blowup Bloomberg

The situation may be ‘similar to World War I’ [well, not World War I, but the U.S. is engaged in a war buildup]

John McCain a war criminal, not a war hero Liberation

Before Big Bang

An Earlier Universe Existed Before the Big Bang, and Can Still Be Observed today, Says Nobel Winner Telegraph

Eco-socialism and/or De-growth RISE

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