Will Trump Take The Country Down With Him?…


Date: October 06, 2019

01) Will Trump Take The Country Down With Him?


“Will Trump Refuse to Surrender?

Donald Trump is already taking his party

Donald Trump models himself off some of history’s worst leaders and many, including a Thom Hartmann caller, are worried he is going to take the country down with him, just like the leaders he admires so much did with their countries and cults.

We all need to consider what happens if Trump tries to take his followers with him.”

To Impeach or Not to Impeach? Chris Hedges & John Bonifaz Debate What Congress Should Do Next…


Date: October 06, 2019

01) To Impeach or Not to Impeach? Chris Hedges & John Bonifaz Debate What Congress Should Do Next


“House Democrats subpoenaed President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani Monday, seeking documents related to his work in Ukraine. Last week, Guliani admitted on television that he had urged the Ukrainian government to investigate Trump’s political rival and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. This comes as House Democrats continue to build their case for impeaching the president, following a whistleblower complaint focused on a phone call in which Trump asked the Ukranian president to do him a “favor” investigating the actions of Democrats, including Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, Trump is continuing to threaten lawmakers who are pushing impeachment, and publicly admitted he is trying to find out the identity of the anonymous whistleblower, in possible violation of whistleblower protection laws. We host a debate on impeachment with John Bonifaz, co-founder and president of Free Speech for People, one of the organizations demanding Trump’s impeachment, and Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, award-winning author and activist.”

The Decentralized Web Is Coming…


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Date: October 06, 2019

01) The Decentralized Web Is Coming


“Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Twitter are in the federal government’s crosshairs, but the technology necessary to undermine their dominance may already exist.

Google handles 88 percent of search traffic in the United States. Facebook has more than 2.4 billion active monthly users worldwide. Half of all U.S. online retail is projected to go through Amazon by 2021.

Both Democrats and Republicans have called for breaking up the tech giants, holding them legally liable for what others say on their platforms, and imposing new regulations that would stop them from misusing their customers’ personal information. But there’s also a growing movement, which includes some of the web’s early pioneers, to come up with technological ways to counter Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and Google.

The goal is to build a better, more decentralized web.

“There are so many different possible ways of decentralizing the internet, and what’s lacking is the legal right to interoperate and the legal support to stop dirty tricks from preventing you from exercising that legal right,” says Cory Doctorow, a science fiction author and tech journalist who’s been thinking and writing about the web since Tim Berners-Lee introduced it to the public in the early 1990s.

Berners-Lee and other web pioneers intended for their creation to be decentralized and open-source. “The cyber-utopian view was not merely that seizing the means of information would make you free, but that failing to do so would put you in perpetual chains,” says Doctorow.

There are many theories about why the web became centralized. Doctorow largely blames the abuse of intellectual property law to defeat the decentralized “free software” movement championed by the programmer and activist Richard Stallman. Stallman helped create the popular open-source operating system Linux after freely modifying Unix, Bell Labs’ proprietary system.

But the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, passed in 1998, became an impediment to the open and permissionless approach to software development. The law was intended to prevent duplication of copryrighted works and was eventually applied to all software. Breaking “digital locks” to learn from, interact with, and improve upon the code of dominant web platforms became a federal crime. It’s standard practice for today’s tech companies to shield their proprietary code from would-be competitors by wielding the power of an increasingly expansive intellectual property regime.

“And so this thicket of exclusive rights around products that can be invoked to prevent new entrants for making add-ons, compatible products, or even competing products is a really important change in the landscape,” says Doctorow. “One that has made it very hard for new entrants to emerge and I think is in large part responsible for the concentration in the industry.”

Despite these legal and political challenges, innovators are attempting to create new decentralized ecosystems of web services.

Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Camera by Alexis Garcia, John Osterhoudt, and Weissmueller. Opening graphic by Lex Villena. Additional graphics by Meredith Bragg.

Photo credits: Preston Ehrler/ZUMA Press/Newscom, Stefani Reynolds/CNP/Polaris/Newscom, ITU Pictures (under CC Attribution 2.0 License), Jeremy Hogan/Polaris/Newscom.”

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“Nothing Ends Homelessness Like a Home”: Advocates Slam Trump’s Attack on SF & Homeless People…


Date: October 05, 2019

01) “Nothing Ends Homelessness Like a Home”: Advocates Slam Trump’s Attack on SF & Homeless People


“President Trump is continuing an all-out attack on San Francisco’s homeless population and political leaders. On Wednesday, the Trump administration filed an environmental notice of violation against San Francisco, falsely claiming that the city’s homelessness crisis has caused water pollution. City officials have repeatedly rejected Trump’s unfounded claims that homelessness is connected to water quality. California is home to 12% of the country’s population but half of the country’s unsheltered homeless people. President Trump has been pushing for a crackdown on the crisis for weeks and threatened to destroy homeless encampments, increase police enforcement and even jail homeless people. For more on the issues surrounding the affordable housing crisis and homelessness, we speak with Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness, and Paul Boden, executive director of the Western Regional Advocacy Project.”

Leonard Skinner – How Much Does It Cost You To Work…


Date: October 05, 2019

01) Leonard Skinner – How Much Does It Cost You To Work


“Co-author of Escape Under Sail: Pursue Your Liveaboard Dream, Leonard lives and travels with his partner and her 2 teens on their 45-year-old sailboat. Having been in the technology and education sectors, he had explored many career paths without satisfaction. So by the age of 40, he and his partner restored an old boat and moved off-grid to explore the world.

He continues to write, speak and facilitate workshops on personal awareness and alternative thinking. You can find more about their travels and reach him on www.FaoinSpeir.com.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.”

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (full film) – FRONTLINE…


Date: October 05, 2019

01) The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia (full film) | FRONTLINE


“Note from FRONTLINE: This version of “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia” has sporadic technical glitches with the audio.

One year after the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, FRONTLINE investigates the rise and rule of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) of Saudi Arabia.

In a never before seen or heard conversation featured in the documentary, the Saudi Crown Prince addresses his role in Khashoggi’s murder exclusively to FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith. Smith, who has covered the Middle East for FRONTLINE for 20 years, examines MBS’s vision for the future, his handling of dissent, and his relationship with the United States.”

12 Most Amazing Abandoned Places…


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Date: October 05, 2019

01) 12 Most Amazing Abandoned Places


“There’s something haunting about walking around a place that’s abandoned, and yet at the same time, it’s beautiful, too. A place that used to host people but is now devoid of life can feel like a window into the past – a place where the hands of time haven’t moved since the last occupants walked away. See if you get that feeling from this video, as we go on a tour of some of the most amazing abandoned places in the world.”

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