Chevron Foe Steven Donziger Sentenced to Six Months in Contempt Case

1 October 2021. Wall Street Journal – NEW YORK—Disbarred attorney Steven Donziger was sentenced Friday to six months in prison for contempt of court after a federal judge concluded that he willfully violated orders stemming from a three-decade-long legal crusade against Chevron Corp. over pollution in the Ecuadorean rainforest.

COVID-19 vaccine boosters could mean billions for drugmakers.

25 September 2021. Associated Press – U.S. health officials late on Thursday endorsed booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine for all Americans 65 and older — along with tens of millions of younger people who are at higher risk from the coronavirus because of health conditions or their jobs.

How Accounting Giants Craft Favorable Tax Rules From Inside Government

19 September 2021. DNYUZ – The largest U.S. accounting firms have perfected a remarkably effective behind-the-scenes system to promote their interests in Washington. Their tax lawyers take senior jobs at the Treasury Department, where they write policies that are frequently favorable to their former corporate clients, often with the expectation that they will soon returnContinue reading “How Accounting Giants Craft Favorable Tax Rules From Inside Government”

US military admits it killed 10 civilians and targeted wrong vehicle in Kabul airstrike.

17 September 2021. CNN – A United States military investigation into a deadly Kabul drone strike on a vehicle in August has found it killed 10 civilians and the driver and that the vehicle targeted was likely not a threat associated with ISIS-K, announced Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top general of US Central Command, at the PentagonContinue reading “US military admits it killed 10 civilians and targeted wrong vehicle in Kabul airstrike.”

New disclosures show how Gen. Mark A. Milley tried to check Trump. They could also further politicize the military.

17 September 2021. Washington Post – A series of dramatic inside-the-room accounts, including one in which the chairman of the Joint Chiefs promised to alert China’s top officer if Trump was preparing to launch an attack, provides new insight into military leaders’ response to the previous administration’s fraught final period.

Betsy DeVos Is Still Underminng Public Schools. Next Target: Los Angeles

16 September 2021. Jacobin – In Los Angeles, Betsy DeVos is using the chaos of COVID-19 to push a voucher scheme that would force public schools to compete for students to stay open. After conquering LA, DeVos and friends aim to take the plan nationwide.

Allison Mack Begins 3-Year Prison Sentence Early for NXIVM Cult Involvement.

15 September 2021. Us Magazine – Allison Mack has officially begun her three-year prison sentence, two months after being sentenced for her involvement in NXIVM, a group that engaged in sex trafficking and forced labor.

France sees fifth weekend of protests against Macron Covid pass

14 August 2021. France24 –Macron sees the health pass — which essentially makes vaccination essential to carry on with routine activities like sipping a coffee in a cafe or travelling on a train — as the key to emerging from the pandemic and avoiding further lockdowns. But protesters — an eclectic mix of far-right, yellowContinue reading “France sees fifth weekend of protests against Macron Covid pass”

From Black Lung to BlackRock: Striking Alabama Miners Protest Wall St. Financiers of Warrior Met.

June 22 2021. Democracy Now! – More than a thousand coal miners at Warrior Met Coal are now in the third month of their strike in the right-to-work state of Alabama. The miners walked off the job on April 1 after their union, the United Mine Workers of America, called the first strike to hitContinue reading “From Black Lung to BlackRock: Striking Alabama Miners Protest Wall St. Financiers of Warrior Met.”