Saturday, September 23, 2017

Episcopal bishops gather in Alaska with focus on indigenous culture, environmental justice



By David Paulsen | September 22, 2017

[Episcopal News Service – Fairbanks, Alaska] The bishops of the Episcopal Church are gathered in this small city in the center of Alaska’s northern wilderness for their six-day House of Bishops meeting and to immerse themselves in local examples of creation care and racial reconciliation. There’s no better place than Alaska to discuss themes of environmental and racial justice, Diocese of Alaska Bishop Mark Lattime told Episcopal News Service on Sept. 21 at the midpoint of the meeting’s first day. “Alaska is your lab,” Lattime said. “This is the laboratory to experience that and see that.” Two Native elders, Will Mayo and Steve Ginnis, joined Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in welcoming bishops as they kicked off the first morning at Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Convention Center. Mayo is a past president of the Tanana Chiefs Conference. Ginnis is the executive director of the Fairbanks Native Association. The meeting will feature discussions of how Alaska’s changing culture is having an impact on the environment and on indigenous peoples’ ways of life, and the bishops will travel over the weekend to visit villages and congregations to hear their first-hand stories. “Being here in Alaska and listening to and learning from the people of Alaska … helps the word become flesh for us,” Curry told ENS on Sept. 22 after presentations on Native Alaskan culture and natural resources like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. “For the Arctic Wildlife Refuge and the Gwich’in people, protecting land that is sacred to them from development and oil drilling is not just an abstract idea,” Curry continued. “People’s sacred laws and spiritual lives are at stake. And being here we are experiencing that.” As the bishops take in as much Alaska experience as they can from Sept. 21 to 26, the sheer scale of the state can be daunting.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Groups: Harvey Recovery Must Serve Vulnerable Victims, Not Corporate Polluters



byJake Johnson, staff writer

A statement signed by over 130 organizations warns Texas and Louisiana officials against using recovery money to subsidize fossil fuel giants byJake Johnson, staff writer 4 Comments Paul Morris checks on neighbors homes in a flooded district of Orange as Texas slowly moves toward recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey on September 7, 2017 in Orange, Texas. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Prompted in part by the appointment of former Shell CEO Marvin Odum to lead Texas recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a coalition of over 130 organizations released a joint statement directed at elected officials in Texas and Louisiana on Thursday demanding that hurricane relief funds be delivered to communities in need, not to big polluters—"the same corporate actors that caused or contributed to many of these problems in the first place." "Harvey must be the event that changes our government from industry lackeys into public leaders who accept the reality of climate change and act on it." —Priscilla Villa, Earthworks"For years, Texas state government has prioritized oil, gas, and chemical industry profits ahead of the public interest, and Texans have paid the price with their health, their property, and their environment," said Priscilla Villa, an organizer with Earthworks. "Harvey must be the event that changes our government from industry lackeys into public leaders who accept the reality of climate change and act on it by quickly moving away from dirty fossil fuels and plastics and towards a renewable energy future."

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HOW THE RIGHT LOST ITS MIND AND EMBRACED DONALD TRUMP



BY CHARLES SYKES ON 9/21/17 AT 8:00 AM

This is a painful story for me to write. For a quarter of a century, I was a major part of the conservative movement. But like many on the right, in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory I had to ask some uncomfortable questions. The 2016 presidential campaign was a brutal, disillusioning slog, and there came a moment when I realized that conservatives had created an alternate reality bubble—one that I had helped shape.Keep Up With This Story And More By Subscribing NowDuring the 2016 election, conservatives turned on the principles that had once animated them. Somehow a movement based on real ideas—such as economic freedom and limited government—had devolved into a tribe that valued neither principle nor truth; luminaries such as Edmund Burke and William F. Buckley Jr. had been replaced by media clowns such as Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos. Icons such as Ronald Reagan—with his optimism and geniality—had been supplanted by the dark, erratic narcissism of Donald Trump. Gradualism, expertise and prudence—the values that once were taken for granted among conservatives—were replaced by polls and ratings spikes, as the right allowed liberal overreach in the Obama era to blind them to the crackpots and bigots in their midst.Some have argued that the election was a binary choice, that Hillary Clinton had to be defeated by any means. I share many of their concerns about Clinton, but the price was ruinous. The right’s electoral victory has not wiped away its sins. It has magnified them, and the problems that were exposed during the 2016 campaign haven’t disappeared. Success does not necessarily imply virtue or sanity. Kings can be both mad and bad, and the courtiers are usually loath to point out the obvious—just look at Caligula or Kim Jong Un.

  
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How Steve Bannon Is the Ultimate 'Cafeteria Catholic'



By Patricia Miller / Religion Dispatches September 21, 2017, 11:04 AM GMT

How Steve Bannon Is the Ultimate 'Cafeteria Catholic' Bannon is a master of pick-and-choose Catholicism that conservatives usually decry. The phrase “cafeteria Catholic” first gained currency in the mid-1980s to describe—mostly disparagingly—progressive Catholics who pick and chose from church doctrine, following the precepts they like on poverty and peace while ignoring those they didn’t like on sex—particularly regarding birth control and abortion, homosexuality and divorce. Ever since then, there’s been no more damning invective that conservative Catholics could throw at their progressive brethren, suggesting that the only “good Catholics” are those who accept the full suite of church teaching. But Steve Bannon’s much discussed interview with Charlie Rose revealed the true extent to which many conservative Catholics have jettisoned core church teaching in favor of a distinctly Republican cafeteria Catholicism. Ross described Bannon as a “good Catholic” when he reminded him “that Cardinal Dolan is opposed to what’s happened with DACA” after Donald Trump announced he would end the program protecting the children of undocumented immigrants.

  
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It's time medicine stop being the art of the deal and return to the art of healing.


U.S. and Syria are now the only nations that don’t support the Paris climate agreement



NATASHA GEILING SEP 21, 2017, 9:20 AM

Nicaragua announced Wednesday its intention to join the Paris climate agreement, leaving the United States and Syria as the only two countries that do not support the accord. According to a report from a Managua-based television station 100% Noticias, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said his country plans to sign on to the agreement “soon,” though he did not provide a specific timetable on joining or ratifying the agreement to limit global temperature rise to 2° Celsius. Nicaragua had previously declined to join the agreement because it felt that it did not go far enough to curb emissions and did not require enough financial help from wealthy, developed nations for climate adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.

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Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey launches stunning campaign inspired by the history of ‘No Irish Need Apply’



Tullamore D.E.W., the world’s second largest Irish whiskey, has launched a stunning new campaign inspired by the journey of Irish emigrants across the globe, the struggles of the days of 'No Irish Need Apply', and the strong, diverse communities that have been forged since then. The Beauty of Blend campaign celebrates the blended world as a more interesting, eclectic place, in addition to the triple blend of whiskeys that makes Tullamore D.E.W. stand out from the rest. It embraces the power of social migration, inclusion, and diversity. One of the brilliant new ads, launching globally, harkens back to the days of No Irish Need Apply when Irish immigrants to the US and the UK faced discrimination in housing and employment as they attempted to build new lives.

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Bono should refuse George W Bush award and apologize to Donald Trump




“Bono’s passion for ending poverty and disease is the real deal. He uses his celebrity not for personal gain, but to improve and save lives,” Bush said in a written statement. The mutual admiration society was evident. Bono said: “More than 11 million people are alive today thanks to this man’s (George W. Bush) creation of PEPFAR, the U.S. AIDS program that has been saving lives and preventing new HIV infections for over 10 years, with strong support from political leaders right, left, and center.” At the same time Bono went ballistic in “Rolling Stone” slamming President Donald Trump saying the “moral arc” of the universe had been disturbed by him since he was elected. Bono said: “For the first time in many years, maybe in our lifetime, the moral arc of the universe, as Dr. King used to call it, was not bending in the direction of fairness, equality and justice for all. The baseness of political debate, the jingoism, the atavistic fervor of Trump's verbiage reminded us that we were dreaming if we thought evolution applied to consciousness. Democracy is a blip in history and it requires a lot of focus and concentration to keep it intact.” Sorry, Bono. If anyone bent the moral arc it was Bush and his unwarranted war on Iraq that has left up to 500,000 dead and millions injured and a country and region devastated.

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Trump supporters dig up personal information on thousands of Trump opponents



BY ALI BRELAND - 09/21/17 06:33 PM EDT

Supporters of President Trump have compiled a list containing personal information on thousands of people they believe are either opposed to Trump or associated with left-wing "anti-fascist" or "antifa" groups. The list, reported by BuzzFeed, has been circulated and added to on the internet since at least April. The list, which began on 4Chan’s controversial /Pol/ board as a loose collection of names, phone numbers, addresses and social media accounts of Trump critics, has since grown into an organized document spread across the internet. The list has also been posted on text repository site Pastebin. Several versions of the list appear to have been removed either by moderators of /Pol/, a haven for white supremacist and anti-Semitic material, or Pastebin. The list, which is still on Pastebin, appears to violate the company’s terms of use, which bars users from posting email lists, hacked data and personal information. Versions of the list are also being hosted on other domains by pro-Trump and or far-right individuals.

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Credit agency Experian says it can protect you from the 'dark Web' — sort of



David Lazarus

The ad opens with quick cuts of creepy-looking hackers in sinister surroundings. A serious male voice asks: “Is your personal information already being traded on the dark Web?” Then the imagery brightens — a sunny kitchen, a family playing with a fluffy white dog. “Find out with Experian,” says a friendly female voice. “Act now to help keep your personal information safe.”

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South Korea approves $8m aid package for North Korea



Justin McCurry in Tokyo Thursday 21 September 2017 03.08 EDT

South Korea has approved an $8m (£5.9m) aid package for North Korea, in a humanitarian gesture at odds with calls by Japan and the US for unwavering economic and diplomatic pressure on Pyongyang. South Korea’s unification ministry agreed to provide the funds, which will go towards programmes for infants and pregnant women, days after the UN security council agreed a further round of sanctions in response to the regime’s recent nuclear test. The ministry, which oversees cross-border relations, said humanitarian aid to impoverished North Korea should remain unaffected by rising political tensions on the peninsula. The aid package did not include cash payments, the ministry said, and there was “realistically no possibility” that it could be of any use to the North Korean military. South Korea’s unification minister, Cho Myung-gyon, said the government had “consistently said we would pursue humanitarian aid for North Korea in consideration of the poor conditions there among children and pregnant women”.

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This New York priest is on a mission to help children trapped in sex trafficking at hotels



Amy Sowder

She strode through midtown Manhattan with purpose, her black tote bag held close as she dropped a dollar into the jangling coffee can of a street person stationed on a corner. Weaving around the city sidewalks in her flowered pencil skirt, black flats and black tank with a clerical collar, the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser had four destinations on her list that evening — all upscale hotels where she hopes her efforts make a dent in revealing the horrific secret right under everyone’s noses. Child sex trafficking happens at pretty much every hotel, whether it’s glitzy or seedy, Dannhauser and survivors say. The average age a child is forced into prostitution is 13. Human trafficking, for labor or sex, is the second-leading crime in the world, including the United States, according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). And one in three children is solicited for sex within 48 hours of running away or becoming homeless. A mother of a daughter who’s almost 9, Dannhauser wants every hotel employee to be trained to recognize the signs and know what to do about it. She wants the children, usually girls, forced by threats, violence and drugs to have sex with countless men behind the hotel room doors, to find a soap in the hotel bathroom with a sticker on the wrapper providing a toll-free hotline to call for help.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Manafort offered to give Russian billionaire ‘private briefings’ on 2016 campaign



By Tom Hamburger, Rosalind S. Helderman, Carol D. Leonnig and Adam Entous

Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions. Paul Manafort made the offer in an email to an overseas intermediary, asking that a message be sent to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate with whom Manafort had done business in the past, these people said. “If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort wrote in the July 7, 2016, email, portions of which were read to The Washington Post along with other Manafort correspondence from that time. The emails are among tens of thousands of documents that have been turned over to congressional investigators and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team as they probe whether Trump associates coordinated with Russia as part of Moscow’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election. There is no evidence in the documents showing that Deripaska received Manafort’s offer or that any briefings took place. And a spokeswoman for Deripaska dismissed the email ex­changes as scheming by “consultants in the notorious ‘beltway bandit’

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Manafort offered ‘private briefings’ with Russian billionaire during Trump’s presidential campaign




In the middle of Donald Trump's presidential run, then-campaign Chairman Paul Manafort said he was willing to provide "private briefings" about the campaign to a Russian billionaire the U.S. government considers close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Manafort's offer was memorialized in an email exchange with a former employee of his political consulting firm in July 2016. It was first reported by the Washington Post, which said portions of Manafort's emails were read to reporters.

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Nurses Condemn Latest Bill to Decimate Care ‘Graham-Cassidy Targets the Most Vulnerable in Our Society’



Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 2:15pm

WASHINGTON - National Nurses United today condemned the renewed effort by Republicans in the United States Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and deny healthcare to millions of low and middle-income Americans. “This last ditch attempt to repeal the ACA poses a mortal threat to the health and wellbeing of patients across the United States,” said NNU Co-President Deborah Burger, RN. “The provisions in the Graham-Cassidy Amendment would be devastating for millions of our patients,” said Burger. “We already have tens of millions of people that lack health insurance, and this amendment would throw an additional 32 million people off of healthcare insurance at the least. It is outrageous that any United States Senator would vote for this vicious legislation.” “What is most disgraceful,” Burger continued, “is the apparent deliberate targeting of the most vulnerable in our society, low income people who depend on Medicaid, who would be most directly affected by the block grant scheme, and those who need the ACA subsidies to pay for the ever rising premiums demanded by the insurance companies.”

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Gun Stocks Surge as Trump Pushes to Ease Export Regulations for Assault Weapons



byJessica Corbett, staff writer

The Trump administration is reportedly preparing to ease export rules to allow American arms manufacturers to sell more weapons, including assault rifles, to foreign buyers, despite concerns that weakened oversight will fuel global conflict and threaten national security. "There will be more leeway to do arms sales. You could really turn the spigot on if you do it the right way." —anonymous U.S. official"Aides to President Donald Trump are completing a plan to shift oversight of international non-military firearms sales from the State Department to the Commerce Department," Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing four U.S. senior officials at various agencies. The plan is part of a broader revision of the nation's weapons export rules that officials said is nearly finalized.

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Lee church changes name: Confederate general dropped to return to ‘Grace’



[Episcopal News Service]

R.E. Lee Memorial Church in Lexington, Virginia, where Robert E. Lee once served as senior warden will no longer honor the Confederate general in its name. After two years of tense debate in the congregation, the vestry voted, 7-5, on Sept. 18 to change the church’s name to its previous Grace Episcopal Church. The decision had been backed publicly by Southwestern Virginia Bishop Mark Bourlakas, who spoke to the congregation earlier this month. “It’s been a costly process both spiritually, financially and emotionally for the congregation, but I’m proud of their work and encouraged by it,” Bourlakas told Episcopal News Service by phone Sept. 19.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

JUST IN: Jeb Bush Defects From GOP & Trump; Issues Stunning Statement To America

JUST IN: Jeb Bush Defects From GOP & Trump; Issues Stunning Statement To America


Justin Isaacs - September 19, 2017

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is less than satisfied with the Trump administration.

In remarks to the United Against Nuclear Iran conference, which took place not far from where Trump was speaking to the United Nations, Jeb Bush assaulted Trump’s foreign policy (or lack thereof). Referring to Trump’s habit of conducting diplomacy via twitter and rapidly changing positions with no real coherency or consistency, Bush said, “At some point the president is going to have to go from this ad hoc diplomacy, or whatever the foreign policy is, to something that’s clear and coherent. Because at the end of the day, too much chaos, and being unreliable, creates real dangers.”

  

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