Daily Archives: September 4, 2019

2019-09-04: News Headlines

Staff (2019-09-04). Hong Kong Withdraws Extradition Bill That Sparked Protests. truthdig.com HONG KONG—Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced Wednesday the government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that sparked months of demonstrations, bowing to one of the protesters' demands in the hope of ending the increasingly violent unrest. | But lawmakers warned that the bill's withdrawal was not enough to end the turmoil, which has increasingly focused on alleged police brutality against protesters and democratic reforms. A youth activist also rejected the move as insincere and warned it could be a precursor to a clampdown. | The bill would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to…

Conor Lynch (2019-09-03). Bernie Sanders Is Coming to American Journalism's Rescue. truthdig.com Criticizing the media has become a sensitive issue for many on the left in the age of Trump. With an authoritarian president in office who seeks to discredit the media at every turn and regularly calls the press the "enemy of the people," being too critical of the journalism business in 2019 can feel a bit like kicking someone when they're down. Journalists in and beyond the U.S. not only must deal with a hostile president who attacks reporters and publications that don't offer a steady stream of fawning coverage, but they are also grappling with the fact that their industry is in rapid decline. | At a time when…

David Cantor (2019-09-03). Racist Ideology and Practice Rooted in Speciesism. dissidentvoice.org When perceived authorities like President Trump designate immigrants "animals," they authorize abuse of those officially disparaged people. Conscience-challenged people predictably seek to enhance their status by carrying out apparent or explicit wishes of adored "leaders." Trump probably has not personally killed or rounded up anyone. Neither have many other authoritarian despots whose policies and rhetoric …

WSWS (2019-09-03). Courts back Trump administration as ICE continues to force-feed immigrants. wsws.org Force-feeding typically can causes excruciating pain, is dangerous when performed on unwilling participants, and is recognized by international doctors' associations as a form of torture.

United Nations (2019-09-03). UN experts decry torture of Rakhine men and boys held incommunicado by Myanmar's military. un.org Allegations of torture and ill-treatment leading to the death of ethnic Rakhine men and boys being held in incommunicado detention by Myanmar's military, has prompted three independent UN rights experts to call for an end to the practice and for "credible, independent" investigations.

The Canary (2019-09-03). Artificial intelligence used to detect risk of heart attack. thecanary.co Artificial intelligence can identify people most likely to have a deadly heart attack five years before it strikes, scientists have found. | Researchers from the University of Oxford used machine learning to develop a new biomarker that detects changes to blood vessels supplying the heart. | Described as a fingerprint, it can identify "biological red flags" such as inflammation, scarring and new blood vessel formation, which are pointers to a future heart attack. | Currently scans known as coronary CT angiograms (CCTA) check the coronary arteries for any narrowed or blocked segments, but there are no methods rout…

Staff (2019-09-01). Refugees Returned to Mexico Face Physical & Psychological Torture in US, Danger in Mexico. therealnews.com Laura Carlsen spoke to asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico, who were turned back at the US-Mexico border. They tell about harrowing experiences with US border patrol and the dangers they face in Mexico…

José Olivares (2019-08-29). How Solitary Confinement Kills: Torture and Stunning Neglect End in Suicide at Privately Run ICE Prison. theintercept.com Guards at an ICE jail put Efraín Romero de la Rosa in solitary confinement despite a diagnosis of schizophrenia. He killed himself after 21 days.

Basav Sen (2019-08-24). Brazil Isn't the Only Far-Right Government Destroying the Planet. progressive.org As the Amazon burns, the terrifying parallels between the U.S. and Brazilian governments highlight the damage authoritarian leaders are doing.

2019-09-04: Social Media Postees

Hong Kong Withdraws Extradition Bill That Sparked Protests
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-04
HONG KONG–Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced Wednesday the government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that sparked months of demonstrations, bowing to one of the protesters' demands in the hope of ending the increasingly violent unrest. | But lawmakers warned that the bill's withdrawal was not enough to end the turmoil, which has increasingly focused on alleged police brutality against protesters and democratic reforms. A youth activist also rejected the move as insincere and warned it could be a precursor to a clampdown. | The bill would have allowed Hong Kong residents to be sent to…
truthdig.com/articles/hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-announces-withdrawal-of-extradition-bill-that-sparked-months-of-protests/

Racist Ideology and Practice Rooted in Speciesism
David Cantor | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-03
When perceived authorities like President Trump designate immigrants "animals," they authorize abuse of those officially disparaged people. Conscience-challenged people predictably seek to enhance their status by carrying out apparent or explicit wishes of adored "leaders." Trump probably has not personally killed or rounded up anyone. Neither have many other authoritarian despots whose policies and rhetoric …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/racist-ideology-and-practice-rooted-in-speciesism/

Courts back Trump administration as ICE continues to force-feed immigrants
wsws.org | 2019-09-03
Force-feeding typically can causes excruciating pain, is dangerous when performed on unwilling participants, and is recognized by international doctors' associations as a form of torture.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/03/forc-s03.html

Bernie Sanders Is Coming to American Journalism's Rescue
Conor Lynch | truthdig.com | 2019-09-03
Criticizing the media has become a sensitive issue for many on the left in the age of Trump. With an authoritarian president in office who seeks to discredit the media at every turn and regularly calls the press the "enemy of the people," being too critical of the journalism business in 2019 can feel a bit like kicking someone when they're down. Journalists in and beyond the U.S. not only must deal with a hostile president who attacks reporters and publications that don't offer a steady stream of fawning coverage, but they are also grappling with the fact that their industry is in rapid decline. | At a time when…
truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-is-coming-to-american-journalisms-rescue/

UN experts decry torture of Rakhine men and boys held incommunicado by Myanmar's military
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-03
Allegations of torture and ill-treatment leading to the death of ethnic Rakhine men and boys being held in incommunicado detention by Myanmar's military, has prompted three independent UN rights experts to call for an end to the practice and for "credible, independent" investigations.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1045442

Artificial intelligence used to detect risk of heart attack
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-09-03
Artificial intelligence can identify people most likely to have a deadly heart attack five years before it strikes, scientists have found. | Researchers from the University of Oxford used machine learning to develop a new biomarker that detects changes to blood vessels supplying the heart. | Described as a fingerprint, it can identify "biological red flags" such as inflammation, scarring and new blood vessel formation, which are pointers to a future heart attack. | Currently scans known as coronary CT angiograms (CCTA) check the coronary arteries for any narrowed or blocked segments, but there are no methods rout…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/2019/09/03/artificial-intelligence-used-to-detect-risk-of-heart-attack/

Refugees Returned to Mexico Face Physical & Psychological Torture in US, Danger in Mexico
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-01
Laura Carlsen spoke to asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico, who were turned back at the US-Mexico border. They tell about harrowing experiences with US border patrol and the dangers they face in Mexico…
therealnews.com/stories/refugees-returned-to-mexico-face-physical-psychological-torture-in-us-danger-in-mexico

How Solitary Confinement Kills: Torture and Stunning Neglect End in Suicide at Privately Run ICE Prison
José Olivares | theintercept.com | 2019-08-29
Guards at an ICE jail put Efraín Romero de la Rosa in solitary confinement despite a diagnosis of schizophrenia. He killed himself after 21 days.
theintercept.com/2019/08/29/ice-solitary-mental-health-corecivic/

Brazil Isn't the Only Far-Right Government Destroying the Planet
Basav Sen | progressive.org | 2019-08-24
As the Amazon burns, the terrifying parallels between the U.S. and Brazilian governments highlight the damage authoritarian leaders are doing.
progressive.org/dispatches/brazil-far-right-destroying-planet-sen-190824/