The danger this poses is clear. Comey’s moment will pass, but eventually his predecessor at the FBI, special counsel Robert Mueller, will deliver his report into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia. Already Trump’s Fox News outriders are trashing Mueller – another Republican-appointed straight arrow whose honesty has never been credibly questioned – branding him biased, corrupt, even “the head of a crime family”. That will make it easier to ignore his findings, however damning. If Richard Nixon were in office now, even Watergate would not be Watergate: his own tribe would simply dismiss the hard, factual evidence against him. … [Read more...] about The great divide of our times is not left v right, but true v false
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Thousands of coalminers are currently at risk of losing their pensions. The coalminers’ pension fund is estimated to become insolvent by 2022 as many of the companies that were paying into the fund have filed for bankruptcy. The Black Lung Disability Trust Fund that was founded to provide benefits to coalminers with black lung disease – a progressive disease that eventually suffocates sufferers – is also severely underfunded. … [Read more...] about ‘Coal is over’: the miners rooting for the Green New Deal
Writing in the Observer on behalf of the group, which includes Iain Duncan Smith, John Redwood and Owen Paterson, the chair of the public administration select committee, Bernard Jenkin, says: “A growing number of people support a speedy and clean break with the EU.” He adds that May must be ready to play hardball with Brussels. “We need to be aware that article 50, as intended, could tie us up in knots. So we must be prepared to leave without any formal agreement if necessary, or the commission has us over a barrel.” … [Read more...] about Hard Brexit will breed new bigotry, warns former Tory minister
No 10 refuses to condemn adviser's remarks PM's aide Cummings calls for civil service changes No 10 urged to examine vetting after aide quits Prof Tetlock then asked thousands of people to come up with figures for the chances of a range of things happening, such as a nuclear test by North Korea in the next three months. … [Read more...] about Andrew Sabisky: What is superforecasting?
If the people united will not be divided, then shaming our consensual forms of sex and sexuality is the best way to prevent this most poignant form of union. We don’t have to buy into it, however, and one way to fight this trickle-down sexual shame is by insisting our politicians talk frankly and positively about sex. A tall order, I know – some of us may recall how long it took Ronald Reagan to even say the word “Aids” in public – so in the meantime, we need to lead the conversations ourselves. Call out your politicians when they reproduce attitudes of sexual shame. Ask them potentially uncomfortable questions about birth control, comprehensive sex education and decriminalizing sex work. … [Read more...] about It’s time politicians embraced the revolutionary power of sex