Following up on a successful donation campaign last year, the developer behind the highly popular iOS Reddit app Apollo is again giving 100% of proceeds to the SPCA animal shelter tomorrow, July 20. The campaign comes during an important busy season for shelters.
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Deplatforming works, but not for ratings apparently.
Pwn20wnd has updated the unc0ver jailbreak again on Friday to version 3.3.6, this time to resolve an issue that would prevent certain 4K devices from being jailbroken with the Sock Port exploit.
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Apple’s Health app is a great place to see a summary of your activity and other health data. But if you have multiple devices that are acting as sources for the same data, you may get the best results by choosing which devices are prioritized for different measurements like steps, heart rate, distance traveled, and more.
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● 2020 Census: In a major victory for democracy and the rule of law last week, Donald Trump capitulated and agreed that there will be no citizenship question on the 2020 census, and a federal court permanently blocked him from adding one. Instead, Trump directed the Census Bureau to match existing administrative records with future census responses to determine citizenship status, something the Bureau had already planned on doing.Campaign Action
However, Trump issued an executive order directing officials to produce suitable data for redistricting so that states that want to can draw new district lines based on the number of adult citizens instead of the total population, as has long been standard practice. Trump's directive lays bare the fact that the pretextual justification his administration had repeatedly told the courts—that the citizenship question was needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act—was an outright lie.
Relatedly, House Democrats voted on Wednesday to hold Commerce Secretary WIlbur Ross and Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for their efforts to stonewall congressional oversight by refusing to turn over documents related to their attempt to add the question to the census—documents that likely would have revealed the GOP's real motives.
Trump's executive order also confirms what the recently disclosed files of deceased GOP redistricting consultant Thomas Hofeller also revealed: Their real reason for wanting citizenship data was to allow Republicans to abandon traditional redistricting practices and instead rely only on adult citizens. As Hofeller's archives made explicit, this effort was born out of a plan to deprive Democrats and Latinos of their rightful levels of representation.
The battle over citizenship data is still far from over, but opponents of Trump's efforts to weaponize the census still won a critical victory, thanks in no small part to the administration's own incompetence. Without the question on the census itself, immigrants should have less reason to be intimidated about truthfully answering the census, which could help mitigate the climate of fear Trump deliberately created by pushing to add his question in the first place.
Furthermore, there's now also a chance to stop the Census Bureau from releasing citizenship data suitable for redistricting, and Democratic presidential candidates swiftly vowed to do just that. In addition, further litigation seeking to stop the release of the data or block its use over potential inaccuracies seems all but certain.
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White nationalist John Tanton is dead, but the hateful organizations he founded live on like racist zombies. Once called the “most influential unknown man in America,” immigrant rights advocacy group America’s Voice notes, Tanton, an ophthalmologist by training and a racist by heart, founded the Center for Immigration Studies and the Federation for American Immigration Reform, two anti-immigrant hate groups whose ideology, through the Trump administration, has now become official immigration policy.
“Trump action items like ending DACA and curtailing both legal and undocumented immigration have been on FAIR and CIS’ wish list for years,” America’s Voice continued, and while Tanton’s reach into the White House was new, his festering in the background was not. Tanton’s groups championed then-Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III’s successful effort to derail a comprehensive immigration reform package in 2007, with another Tanton group, NumbersUSA, awarding him a “Defender of the Rule of Law” award.
Staffers from Tanton’s groups have frequently been invited by anti-immigrant members of Congress to testify at their hearings, because “Center for Immigration Studies” sounds pretty innocuous, right? Except CIS has distributed writings from anti-Semites and Holocaust-deniers, one of whom called Jewish people “truly subversive,” “manipulative,” and “evil.” Tanton himself said that “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that,” immigration historian Carly Goodman writes.
Media has been complicit in spreading Tanton’s messages, because even through today, immigration reports commonly quote officials from CIS and FAIR as if they offer a legitimate stance on policy, in large part because they don’t throw around outright racist slurs like Trump, and their “neutral names” really do fool many. “This has allowed these groups to shift the terms of the debate far to the right,” Goodman also said. “Without proper context, readers and viewers don’t understand how outside the mainstream these groups’ views really are.”
Outside of the mainstream indeed, but it’s now the wretched stance of the federal government. Ron Vitiello, who served as Trump’s acting Customs and Border Protection acting deputy commissioner, Border Patrol chief, and acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, attended a FAIR event in his official capacity, while L. Francis Cissna, ousted from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for not being fringy enough, attended a CIS event in his official capacity.
Tanton is dead, but as immigration reported Tina Vasquez tweeted, “his legacy lives on. So much of what the Tanton groups advocated for has come to fruition under Trump, and many leaders of anti-immigrant hate groups now hold positions in federal immigration agencies.” With Stephen Miller there, they’ll continue to have an open ear in the White House. Remember the next election isn’t just about defeating one man, it’s also about pulling the rot out by the root.
A court ruling requiring that the EPA make a decision on banning pesticides that cause brain damage in children ended this week in the worst possible way, as EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler overrode the recommendation of the—now gutted—EPA scientific advisory board and announced that the EPA will not move to ban chlorpyrifos. The decision represents a big win for the chemical industry, and a major demonstration of how, in the Trump White House, lobbyists beat scientists every time.
As The New York Times reports, this action follows the agency’s recent refusal to ban asbestos, despite the recommendation of the agency’s experts, and despite knowing that the fibrous mineral is the leading cause of mesothelioma. That action led to multiple, still-ongoing lawsuits in an attempt to force the EPA to act.
But the chlorpyrifos decision on Thursday was actually the end result of a series of lawsuits that were kicked off in 2017. The Obama administration had announced a ban on chlorpyrifos in 2015 after initial reports showed that it causes brain damage in children. But the ban had not gone into effect when Trump took office. Scott Pruitt immediately reversed the announcement when he took control of the EPA in 2017 and decided the agency would simply … not decide. It would allow the pesticides to stay on the market by simply not making a decision.
That generated a series of lawsuits, which eventually resulted in a ruling that the EPA had to make a decision on the child-threatening pesticide. And then, after stretching it out to the last moment, Wheeler did decide—to allow the pesticide to remain on the market. Taken together, the pesticide and asbestos nonactions show that, under Donald Trump and coal lobbyist Wheeler, even the most blatantly obvious cases of public harm aren’t enough to generate any restrictions that might cause some industry to lose a dollar.
And the means by which Wheeler made his “decision” show that, from the very beginning, officials under Trump have planted the seeds to destroy any effective regulation and provide free rein to every industry. Or, at least, to every industry that can pay for it.
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Since March of 2018, I’ve written a weekly column called Making the Grade covering Apple in K-12 education. A lot of the content I’ve wanted to cover has leaned a little into the enterprise (corporate world), so I’ve created a new column called Apple @ Work where I will talk about more enterprise content with how it relates to Apple. I will be moving Making the Grade to every other Saturday, with Apple @ Work publishing on the other Saturday.
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Sen. Susan Collins, the Maine Republican, told 60 Minutes that a grassroots funding drive for her eventual Democratic opponent was "classic quid pro quo" and bribery. "I think that if our politics has come to the point where people are trying to buy votes and buy positions, then we are in a very sad place."
That same Susan Collins just uploaded a bunch of stock videos for those "unaffiliated" Super PACs to use for ads that are totally not coordinated with her campaign but are totally in support of her campaign. So, yes, the woman who freaked out over Ady Barkan's CrowdPAC trying to buy the election and the flood of out of state money is ... inviting PACs to flood the state with out of state money to buy the election.
So American Bridge PAC (our side) accepted the invitation. The result is fabulous.x
Donald Trump’s racist tirades against four elected Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives and his ongoing nativist appeals to his base of supporters are not meeting resistance from members of the Republican Party. People who are not Republicans, however, are condemning the vile rhetoric spewing from the Oval Office and at Trump campaign rallies.
In addition to Democrats, including those running to replace Trump in 2020, condemnation of Trump’s racist spewing has come from leaders of countries that are nominally still U.S. allies, despite all the administration continues to do to encourage them to give up on us.
Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, was asked about Trump’s attacks on Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, whom he suggested should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Merkel did not hesitate in her answer. “Yes. Yes. I distance myself from this decidedly and feel solidarity with the women who were attacked," she said at a press conference in Berlin, according to her translated remarks. She also said, “People of very different nationalities have contributed to the strength of the American people, so these are ... comments that very much run counter to this firm impression that I have. This is something that contradicts the strength of America.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed the unacceptability of the comments, saying, “I think the comments made were hurtful, wrong and completely unacceptable. I want everyone in Canada to know these comments are completely unacceptable and should not be allowed or encouraged in Canada.”
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The BBC is reporting that forces of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard have followed through on threats to seize a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. The Stena Impero has apparently been taken over by the Iranian forces, directed away from its destination in Saudi Arabia, and is currently bound for Iran with 23 crew still aboard.
This follows an incident on July 4 in which British Marines boarded and detained a tanker near Gibraltar after suspecting it of breaching EU sanctions by carrying Iranian oil to Syria. That ship, the Grace 1, is still being held under U.K. control.
Since the capture of the Grace 1, Iranian forces have tried, and failed, to board another U.K. tanker. But the Stena Impero was taken in international waters on Friday, apparently by parties aboard small speedboats.
It also appears that Iran has captured the Panamanian-flagged tanker Riah, after initially claiming the ship was halted in their waters because of mechanical issues.
This situation is developing rapidly, and comes on the heels of a series of clashes between the U.S. amphibious landing ship Boxer and smaller Iranian craft, that included several close passes from helicopters and ended with the apparent shooting down of an Iranian drone. Tensions in the region remain very high, and the possibility of a military strike on Iran from the U.S., the U.K., or both would appear to be increasing.
It’s been a long week for Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar—first, she was told by the president to “go back” to her home country of Somalia rather than criticize his policies, and then she faced chants of “send her back” from the crowd at one of Trump’s rallies. Still, none of that seemed to dampen her spirits as she returned home to Minnesota on Thursday. A crowd of nearly 100 supporters greeted her with chants of “welcome home, Ilhan” in a touching display of solidarity.x
IÃ¢ÂÂm still emotional after being there to welcome @IlhanMN HOME. Hundreds of people chanting Ã¢ÂÂWelcome home, Ilhan!Ã¢ÂÂ was exactly what I needed to restore some faith in humanity. #IStandWithIlhan #WelcomeHomeIlhan pic.twitter.com/OTPSIc7feS— Amanda (@amandakegs) July 18, 2019
Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is 'R' is for Racist:
What’s coming up on Sunday Kos:
- The alt-right has a plan to win 2020, and it involves YOU—so listen up, by Chris Reeves
- #CowardTrump can't disavow racist 'send her back' chant a day later. When it counted he said nothing, by Ian Reifowitz
- Ignore conservatives' advice on how to pick the Democratic nominee, by Sher Watts Spooner
- It took a lot more than a small step to land on the moon, by Mark E Andersen
- We must stop Trump from winning with the race card. It starts with the traditional media, by Egberto Willies
- 'Mapping Resistance': Activism past and present and the New York Young Lords, by Denise Oliver Velez
- Why you can't be nice to neo-Nazis or their enablers in the GOP, by Frank Vyan Walton
- How the press rewards GOP cowardice in the age of Trump, by Eric Boehlert
• UNESCO inscribes 29 new properties as World Heritage Sites: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adds World Heritage properties based on those that are “unique in some respect as a geographically and historically identifiable place having special cultural or physical significance (such as an ancient ruin or historical structure, building, city, complex, desert, forest, island, lake, monument, mountain, or wilderness area). It may signify a remarkable accomplishment of humanity, and serve as evidence of our intellectual history on the planet.” Among the additions this week: the archaeological ruins of Liangzhu City in the Yangtze River Basin on the southeastern coast of China; Bagan, a site on the Ayeyarwady River on the central plain of Myanmar that includes a broad range of Buddhist art and architecture, including temples, stupas, and frescoes dating from the 11th–13th centuries CE; a megalithic jar site in Xiengkhuang in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, featuring 2,100 tubular-shaped stone jars used for funerary rituals in the Iron Age dating from 500 BCE to 500 CE; eight scattered U.S. properties displaying the 20th century architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, including Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House in Madison, Wisconsin.
Dow, a chemical company, gave $1 million to TrumpÃ¢ÂÂs inauguration.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 19, 2019
Now one of their chemicals, which is known to cause brain damage in children, conveniently wonÃ¢ÂÂt be banned by TrumpÃ¢ÂÂs EPA.@MikeLevinCA has the story linked Ã¢Â¬ÂÃ¯Â¸Â https://t.co/FrIEOHZhrb
• Appalachian fracking operation not going so well financially: Leaders of EQT, the nation’s largest independent producer of natural gas, don’t agree with each other on how to proceed. EQT acquired Rice Energy, a major Appalachian fracker, but Toby and Derek Rice convinced shareholders last week that they, not EQT’s team, can manage the company better. Since 2010, EQT has lost $8 billion, which is pretty good evidence that new leadership was needed. The Rices said they can lower production costs using expensive new technology that so far has been commercially unproven. EQT’s former CEO, Steve Schlotterbeck thinks this approach won’t do what its adherents claim for it. Not too long ago, he called the natural gas fracking industry “an unmitigated disaster for any buy-and-hold investor.” He said the industry is “self-destructing from the success of the shale gas technologies [...] They continue to believe that volume growth is necessary for them to be successful, although we now have several years of data that demonstrates the opposite.”
• Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 would lift pay for 33.5 million workers: That’s a fifth of the entire U.S. workforce. On Thursday, with just three Republicans in favor, and six Democrats opposed, the House of Representatives voted to raise the federal minimum to $15 an hour from the paltry $7.25 set a decade ago. A full-time worker earns a gross annual income of $15,000 at the current rate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who never sees a piece of Democratic legislation he can’t shelve, said there won’t be a Senate vote on the House bill because the higher hourly wage “would kill jobs and depress the economy.” That’s BS, as noted in a number of studies.
• Wyoming, the nation’s largest coal-producing state, faces a tough economic future: As Mark Sumner wrote on Wednesday about a new report, many communities, regions, and entire states are facing big financial troubles as the coal industry continues its nationwide decline. One of those is Wyoming, which, at 580,000 people, is the least populated state. Nearly 40% of U.S. coal is mined in Wyoming, which has been the leading coal-producing state for 33 years. The industry had 5,535 employees as of the end of 2018. from coal extraction, taxes pulled in more than $1 billion in revenue for state and local governments in Wyoming last year:
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: SDNY unseals Cohen search warrant documents, and we find Trump all over the hush money deals. (Duh.) There’s an alternate theory about that, by the way. Hey, what is it with right-wing pedophilia projection? Will Epstein take even more big names under? x Embedded Content LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
The diminishing value of coal draws ominous parallels to the subprime mortgage bubble that precipitated the Great Recession of 2008. But the coal free-fall is likely to be even worse than the housing market crash, because houses always retained some value, while coal mines could end up worthless if investors see costs that outstrip potential income, said energy analyst Clark Williams-Derry of the Sightline Institute, a sustainability think tank.
With mines likely to close, Wyoming is entering a new and untested paradigm for coal — reclamation without production. Typically, mines clean up their mess as they go; if they don’t, then the state can shut down operations until they do. But once a company goes broke and the mine shuts down, the only funds for cleanup are reclamation bonds, which critics say are inadequate in Wyoming.[...]
Meanwhile, coal’s collapse is delivering a one-two punch of unemployment and unpaid taxes to Campbell County, where more than one-third of all coal in the U.S. is mined from the Powder River Basin. The Blackjewel bankruptcy put nearly 600 miners out of work, and the county may never get $37 million in taxes owed by the company, which was run by Appalachian coal executive Jeff Hoops. This is partly because of the county’s lenient approach to collecting back taxes.
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Here is Hopper soaking up the midday sun and waiting for me to finish up the catblogging pictures so I can rub her tummy. It’s always a good day for a tummy rub.