News 11/19

Pelosi’s bid for speaker imperiled as public opposition grows
Sixteen Democrats vowed Monday to oppose Nancy Pelosi for speaker on the House floor, placing the California Democrat’s bid to reclaim the gavel in serious jeopardy.In a highly anticipated letter that went public Monday, the Democrats called Pelosi “a historic figure.“But, they added, “Our majority came on the backs of candidates who said that they would support new leadership because voters in hard-won districts, and across the country, want to see real change in Washington. We promised to change the status quo, and we intend to deliver on that promise.“

Germany fully halts arms exports to Riyadh & hits 18 Saudis with travel bans over Khashoggi
Germany has imposed travel bans on 18 Saudis suspected of involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month, after its economic ministry confirmed all the arms deals with Riyadh have been fully canceled.

Australian Greens pursue right-wing coalition government with Labor in Victoria
The Australian Greens aims to hold the balance of power in both houses of Victoria’s parliament and form coalition government with the Labor Party after the November 24 state election. Its campaign underscores the party’s rightward shift. Resting upon a wealthy, upper-middle class base, it is determined to extend its influence within the political establishment.

Shouting 'Mexico First,' Hundreds In Tijuana March Against Migrant Caravan
The message for the migrant caravan was clear from marchers on Sunday in Tijuana, Mexico: We don't want you here."We want the caravan to go, they are invading us," said Patricia Reyes, a 62-year-old protester, hiding from the sun under an umbrella. "They should have come into Mexico correctly, legally, but they came in like animals."

French Protests Against Gasoline Taxes Stretch to Third Day
Protests against gasoline taxes in France continued for a third day Monday with sporadic actions around the country as the government held firm.Ten of France’s roughly 200 fuel depots were blockaded, including those near Rennes, La Rochelle, Toulouse and Marseille, BFM television reported. A highway to Belgium was also blocked as were roads near Belfort in the east and Lyon in the south. Police removed 30 people occupying a highway near Avignon in the south, the station said.

Pope condemns the "wealthy few" who hoard the riches that "belongs to all"
Pope Francis continues his streak of fighting for economic justice (though he's an unrepentant monster on abortion, women's rights, and the rights of queer people).His sermon last Sunday lamented the plight of exploited people, indigent people and migrants, blaming "the wealthy few" for hoarding the riches that "in justice, belongs to all."

No better Brexit deal available, EU ministers tell Britain
Germany and other European Union states told Britain on Monday their draft Brexit agreement could not be renegoitated .British Prime Minister Theresa May is battling at home to keep the last week’s deal alive and push it through the British parliament amid criticism from pro-Brexit politicians, Northern Ireland’s unionists and those who want to keep closer EU ties.

Netanyahu takes over as defense minister, tells crumbling govt times 'too difficult’ for early vote
Assuming the position of Defense Minister after several high-profile resignations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has, for the sake of national security, warned remaining ministers against pushing for an early election.While Netanyahu is known for cleverly playing the security card in the past, there’s no guarantee that it will be enough to hold his crumbling coalition together this time.

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Mexican here. How hard is for them to stay in their countries, man up and fight for their people? I guess you can draw the same comparison with mexican immigrants in the US, but they are not escaping violence; they are economic migrants.

All in all, they should man the fuck up and fight for their families. There's a shitton of violence and narcoterrorism where I live, yet I don't chicken out and migrate. Grow some balls and fix up your countries. You turned your homelands into complete shitholes then you want everyone to welcome you with open arms?

How hard it is to not be a fascist?
"""Brocialist""" blames the victim, I am not even surprised.

Trump has only distributed a fraction of promised bailout funds for farmers hurt by tariffs
The Trump administration has distributed only a fraction of the money it promised farmers hurt by the president’s ongoing trade war, The New York Times reported Monday.According to officials from the Department of Agriculture (USDA), just $838 million of a promised $12 billion bailout program for farmers affected by tit-for-tat tariffs has been paid out since September, when the administration made half the funds available. The remaining $6 billion is expected to be made available in December.

Ocasio-Cortez pushes for a leftist revolt in the Democratic Party
New York Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backs calls from fellow progressives to mount primary campaigns against moderate Democrats whose politics they believe are to the right of their constituents’.“Long story short, I need you to run for office,” Ocasio-Cortez said on a video conference call hosted by the leftist Justice Democrats, as the group launched a campaign dubbed #OurTime, Politico reported.Justice Democrats backed Ocasio-Cortez’s primary campaign against incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, the powerful Queens Democratic Party boss whose loss sent shock waves through the party’s centrist wing.

Disney's Fox deal gets China's approval
Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) on Monday received unconditional approval from China for its deal to buy Twenty-First Century Fox’s (FOXA.O) entertainment assets, clearing one of the last major hurdles for the deal to go through.Disney agreed to purchase Fox’s film and television assets for $71.3 billion and received approval from European Commission earlier this month, subject to certain conditions.

Facebook pledges £4.5 million to train local journalists in UK, a world first
Facebook has launched a £4.5 million ($6 million) fund to train around 80 new local journalists in the UK as part of a new “Community News Project.” The goal, according to Facebook, is to encourage more reporting from towns that have lost their local newspapers and reporters.. ..

De Blasio Fires Investigations Chief After Housing, Donor Probes
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio fired investigations commissioner Mark Peters, once one of his closest political allies, after his work grew into federal probes of city public-housing management and de Blasio’s fundraising practices.Peters’ appointment to lead the city Department of Investigations had been attacked by critics who questioned his independence from the mayor because of their close relationship, including his role as treasurer in de Blasio’s 2013 campaign. In the past two years that relationship turned frosty as Peters’ probes uncovered lead paint contamination in public housing and the administration’s permit for a mayoral political donor to convert a nursing home into luxury condominiums.

With GOP Once More Running Economy Into the Ground, Time to Start Worrying About the Next Crash
Sorry to deliver the news, but it’s time to worry about the next crash.The combination of stagnant wages with most economic gains going to the top is once again endangering the economy. Most Americans are still living in the shadow of the Great Recession that started in December 2007 and officially ended in June 2009. More have jobs, to be sure. But they haven’t seen any rise in their wages, adjusted for inflation.Many are worse off due to the escalating costs of housing, healthcare, and education. And the value of whatever assets they own is less than in 2007.

‘Like a Terror Movie’: How Climate Change Will Cause More Simultaneous Disasters
Global warming is posing such wide-ranging risks to humanity, involving so many types of phenomena, that by the end of this century some parts of the world could face as many as six climate-related crises at the same time, researchers say.This chilling prospect is described in a paper published Monday in Nature Climate Change, a respected academic journal, that shows the effects of climate change across a broad spectrum of problems, including heat waves, wildfires, sea level rise, hurricanes, flooding, drought and shortages of clean water.


Britain's enemy is not Russia but its own ruling class, UN report confirms
As the UK political establishment rips itself to pieces over Brexit, a far greater crisis continues to afflict millions of victims of Tory austerity.A devastating UN report into poverty in the UK provides incontrovertible evidence that the enemy of the British people is the very ruling class that has gone out of its way these past few years to convince them it is Russia.Professor Philip Alston, in his capacity as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, spent two weeks touring the United Kingdom. He did so investigating the impact of eight years of one of the most extreme austerity programs among advanced G20 economies in response to the 2008 financial crash and subsequent global recession.

The only answer to Brexit is the United Socialist States of Europe
The factional warfare over Brexit within Britain’s ruling elite is at fever pitch. Amid warnings of a crisis dwarfing Suez in 1956, threatening to permanently unravel the UK’s relations with Europe, advanced preparations are being made by the police, army and secret services for a national emergency.Yet this is a political conflict characterised above all by the deliberate exclusion of the working class from any influence over its outcome.The pro-Brexit faction of the Conservatives and their allies cite the sanctity of the 2016 referendum on British membership of the European Union as the declared will of the people, while pro-remain forces urge a second “People’s vote.” But the specialised lexicon of debate—“hard Brexit,” “soft Brexit,” “backstop,”—indicates the exclusive focus of this fall-out in high places.

American Politics Could Use More Conflict
Decrying “tribalism” is a favorite pastime of American elites, but the real problem is the unity among them.

Another Blow to the Biometric ID Fairy: Researchers Show ‘Master’ Fingerprints Can Bypass Smartphone ID Sensors
Motherboard ran a piece last week that suggests the biometric identification fairy’s days may be numbered – at least in her ability to protect smartphones, Researchers Created Fake ‘Master’ Fingerprints to Unlock Smartphones.The original paper announcing the research results is DeepMasterPrints: Generating MasterPrints for Dictionary Attacks via Latent Variable Evolution.According to Motherboard:AI can generate fake fingerprints that work as master keys for smartphones that use biometric sensors. According to the researchers that developed the technique, the attack can be launched against individuals with “some probability of success.”….In most cases, spoofing biometric IDs requires making a fake face or finger vein pattern that matches an existing individual. In a paper posted to arXiv earlier this month, however, researchers from New York University and the University of Michigan detailed how they trained a machine learning algorithm to generate fake fingerprints that can serve as a match for a “large number” of real fingerprints stored in databases.

Red Flag Gun Laws
Mark my words: red flag gun laws, which allow the police to remove guns from people suspected of being threats, will only add to the government’s power.These laws, growing in popularity as a legislative means by which to seize guns from individuals viewed as a danger to themselves or others, are yet another Trojan Horse, a stealth maneuver by the police state to gain greater power over an unsuspecting and largely gullible populace.

good, fuck Pelosi
wow boomers are procedural turds with zero understanding of and less than zero desire to understand the reality outside their bubble on that side of the border too, good to know
California Uber Alles: Beyond Thunderdome
Right, me starving is less important than whether or not I can be fired for looking funny at two dudes wrapping their peckers around each other's faces. Fucking fuck off, this is why we always attract SJW parasites instead of actual people
I sit in rapt anticipation of the bootlicking fuckfences posting whatever big number it is and expecting me to be impressed/btfo by it
good the news will be even more full of bullshit
because dronegro did such a bang-up job
that isn't a thing, edit moar

blow me
A few years ago the article on wiki had an entry on how Bertiglion measurements were retired in favor of fingerprinting because they generated false positives. That part is gone now for reasons.
you don't say

If by victim you mean someone that purposely elects far right politicians that fuck up their countries, then sure. They are "victims".

We were ruled by the far right for well over 70+ years, we dealt with massive corruption, violence and a terrible economy, yet we got our shit together and finally gave the middle finger to the far right and elected Lopez Obrador (a socdem, but still better than the far right assholes Meade and Anaya).

Flooding other countries with refugees fixes absolutely nothing. They must stay in their countries and fix them up, like we are trying to do in Mexico. Mexico is not their safe space. I don't want Mexico to become the next Sweden, flooded with rapefugees.

The problem isn't the caravan as such, but rather people chickening out and migrating. Of course they won't get to the US and we'll end like Sweden.

The solution is not to flood other countries with migrants. They must stay on their countries, man up and fix up their mess. It's not like they're in Syria or something.

As a matter of fact, I find quite funny that we elected a left leaning president, and, all of a sudden, they decided to migrate just now. Why didn't they migrate when we were ruled by the PRI (a far right political party)?

It is really the best that can be done electorally at the moment, aside from fixing FPtP voting via referenda.
I can only imagine what this "training" is

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Plenty of fascists are anti-immigrant, just like they're anti-free trade or anti-banker. The issue is that anti-immigration isn't an inherently fascist position, and is DEFINITELY an anti-capitalist position.

Thing is, they are causing a monumental clusterfuck right now. Haitians that were, for some reason, deported back to Mexico, are actually nice people. They were welcomed with open arms in Mexico because they actually appreciated our hospitality; not to mention that they bust their asses working, even on sundays and on +40°C degrees.

The caravan, on the other hand, are acting like a bunch of entitled pricks. They are actively demanding we give them free shit and are being condescending assholes. Crime has also skyrocketed since they arrived.

Even so, mass migration fixes nothing. Neither for the US, nor for Mexico.

fucking kek. yes there are economic migrants, but a shit ton of mexicans settle within america itself permanently, hence why california is majority hispanic now as are many border states becoming hispanic rapidly.

Yeah, it's not like burgerland has every interfered with Latin American elections or sponsored coups to unseat socdems. All leaders were fairly elected and there is no way their actions don't reflect the will of the people.

Well… I can't speak for that, since I actually live in Mexico and I'd never move to the US, however, as far as I know, none of them ask for gibsmedats and actually have jobs.

If they do, feel free to deport them; I couldn't care less. The thing is, these "refugees" are causing a shitstorm down here. We certainly had no problems with haitians, since they actually were peaceful and cooperative, but these caravan assholes are the textbook definition of a rapefugee. They want to turn us into Swedistan.

Fair point. None of that happened down there, however. Hondurans turned their country into a monumental shithole by allowing the far right to gain power.

If anything, they deserve what's happening to them, much like Brazil deserves Bolsonaro.

There was a coup in Honduras less than a decade ago and the current president likely lost the popular vote but stayed in power due to $$$voting irregularities$$$. In Brazil the massively popular socdem was coup'd and not allowed to run in the recent election while megacorps poured money into Bolsonaro. There ain't a place on earth where capital hasn't got its fingers on the wheel, acting as if regular people are to blame for their leaders is buying into the facade of democracy fed to us.

Kind of hard to fix droughts with protests and political revolution

So you chase after them life an animal yourself. Someone ought to bite her and take that umbrella.



Most of the Mexicans that live inside of Burgerland live in territory that used to belong to Mexico.
t Burger

That is hardly a surprise, since everything west of the Louisiana Purchase used to be Mexico.

holy shit do you actually have brain damage?

Red painted liberal opportunist blames US proles for what US bourgeois did to Latin America. Why am I not surprised.