How the US Wants to Overthrow Your Government and Facebook Wants to Pervert Your Daughter
Welcome back after yet another weekend for our USA Really daily podcast for November 19. Time really flies, does it not? Are you all ready for Thanksgiving? I hope you’ve got your turkeys and you’re ready to get cooking! And, as always, several pieces went up over the weekend on our site, so we’ll take a look at a few of those, as well as all the hottest news for today.
First, I want to remind you about our two chances for you to win wheelbarrows full of cash—our Global Democracy Award where we’re looking for original works on the US government’s interference in other states, and our Zuckerberg Wanted action where we’re looking for solid evidence of the government enforcing illegal censorship. In both cases, you could find yourself the happy owner of several thousands of dollars, so check both of these items out!
With that mind, definitely check out Saturday’s opinion piece which was a submission for our Global Democracy contest. It’s called “IRAN AND THE 1953 COUP BY THE CIA: UNITED STATES TEMPLATE FOR REGIME CHANGE,” by Luis Lázaro Tijerina. He writes: ”In assessing the political and military coup first developed by British intelligence, and further enhanced and finally orchestrated by the United States' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) against the Mosaddeq Iranian Government in 1953, one sees the first modern overthrow or coup initiated by American Imperialism that would serve as a murderous template for the many subsequent coups to come in countries in which the magnitude of death, torture and imprisonment of thousands of ordinary people, besides destroying the country physically and financially. The Iranian coup would be the first notable clumsy experimentation of direct interference by a modern country upon another country in which economic exploitation -- oil reserves -- coupled with fear of encroachment of Soviet influence and power, would be laid bare for the world to take notice.” This one makes for some pretty fascinating reading, so definitely check it out.
Next, let’s take a look at our “This Weekend in History” piece, focused on student life and some treaties. On November 17, 1911 the Omega Psi Phi Frat was founded at Howard University. I had no idea frats were that old! And what’s more, this was the first predominantly black frat, founded at the traditional black college of Howard U. Their motto is “Friendship is Essential to the Soul.” And this is cool: On November 18, 1901 the Hay-Paunceforte Treaty was signed, and on November 18, 1903 the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty. Have you forgotten what these treaties are about? Well, be sure to check out our piece to refresh yourself! And on November 18, 1999 we saw the Aggie Bonfire collapse that killed 12 and injured 27. No clue what that is? I didn’t know either, but it involves an age-old rivalry between two Texas colleges. Head on over to the piece for all the details!
New shocking information has come out about many children in New York City being addicted to alcohol or drugs from birth. According to Mount Sinai NICU Follow-Up Clinic data, the figure ranges from 100,000 to 150,000 children born in the United States who have the so-called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Nationally, the rate of American children born with NAS has quadrupled over the past 15 years and a child is now born with the disease every 20 minutes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The sharpest increase in such cases, according to doctors is recorded in New York.
And in case you’ve just been itching for some Julian Assange news, well we’ve got it for you! “Copy-paste error reveals Assange already facing US indictment.” The US Department of Justice is gearing up for a prosecution of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and is now "optimistic" about the prospect of doing so, according to a new report citing "people in Washington familiar with the matter."Mere hours after the Wall Street Journal reported that the DOJ was preparing to indict Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange, the Washington Post discovered that Assange has already been charged under seal by the Eastern District of Virginia, which has been handling the years-long probe into Wikileaks' disclosures of classified government information.The revelation was apparently the result of a copy-and-paste error in another, unrelated, court filing. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but such a ridiculous error is pretty hilarious.
Then on with today, we’ve got two pieces for you from Charles Lee Gillenwater submitted for our Global Democracy Award contest. First is “Butina the Patsy” submitted for the John Reed Best Essay division. He opens by saying: “If the Russia-Gate investigation, which is headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, is viewed through the lens of a conspiracy-theorist mindset, and believed to be an ongoing Deep-State or Shadow-Government operation, designed to destabilize the affairs and efficiency of the current administration, one should not be shocked if Maria Butina’s plea-deal proposal, submitted by her attorneys to the Court on 16 November 2018, is refused by Judge Tanya Chutkin of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, pursuant to discretionary power afforded to her by Congress through Court Rules.” And what happens if the judge refuses? Well, read the piece to find out!
He also has a great meme for you called “Black Fryday, 23 November 2018.”
And as for Monday’s “This Day in History” piece, well, on this day in 1794, the Jay Treaty was signed between the US and Great Britain which cleaned up some of the loose ends left after the Revolutionary War and the Treaty of Paris that ended it—stuff like drawing borders. On this day in 1863, Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address. I really hope I don’t have to say any more about that—you’d better know already. And on this day in 2004, the Malice at the Palace went down, which was a brawl right at the end of the Pacers-Pistons basketball game. Who doesn’t love a good sports brawl, eh? Especially when the crowd gets involved too!
And apparently there’s this place in San Diego called Friendship Park, where people in the US can go and talk to people in Mexico—through a fence. It’s good for separated families and what not. However, it seems some yoohoos tried to bypass the fence and swim to America, since this is right on the coast. Well, in response, US authorities shut down the park over the weekend. Most people have heard and have stopped going to the park, though some are still going, hopeful to see a loved one’s face. This is what happens when a few morons ruin things for everyone.
And some fun in Yellowstone—apparently it’s illegal to fly drones there and take pictures. It’s noisy, and it can have deleterious effects on wildlife. But, one New York photographer claims he didn’t know, and he’s whining about the prospect of having to pay a fine for taking pictures there. “I’ve never had to remove a post over some bulls**t before,” McGurr wrote on his page. “I’m one part livid, two parts amazed by the hate people can project towards me for putting up a photo I basically traveled 24 hours straight for and that I’d been wanting to get for a few weeks…”
And of course you all remember that lovely migrant caravan that is coming our way (and in fact, many have already reached the border and have tried to cross)? And you remember how you have to be an evil racist to oppose the caravan? Well, it seems the Hispanic people of Tijuana, Mexico are now evil racists against the Hispanic people of Honduras. These caravaners are now camped out in Tijuana while they wait to be received into America—which will take about 6 months to process them all, and in the meantime they’re loud, they’re dirty, they’re a drain on funds, and the people are worried about the diseases and crime they’re bringing. Realistic fears, or eeeevil racism? But so a bunch of Tijuanans got together recently to officially tell them to get OUT! This is definitely a story to continue watching.
Next up is part 12 of our series “Voting problems, fraud, scandals plague polling places across America,” on Hawaii. Just like everywhere else, on Election Day November 6, ballot scanners and voting machines were not working properly at several polling locations on Oahu. Moreover, turnout in Hawaii County was among the lowest in its history as well as the lowest of any county in the state this year. Hawaii County’s rate this general election was higher only than the most recent nonpresidential election of 2014, when only 47.7% of registered voters cast ballots, according to the state Office of Elections. Between absentee and in-person votes throughout the Big Island’s precincts, only 51.5% of the county’s 115,406 registered voters took part in the general election. That’s pretty weak. But, as always, there’s much more detail in the full piece, so check it out!
And it seems Kansas Farmers are in a panic as their harvests are dying due to wet weather. Obviously the crops need that good rain lovin’, but too much of a good thing, you know. They’re in a true panic as they stand to lose a significant part of this year’s harvest due to wet weather this upcoming winter season, as it has presented challenges for those getting soybeans and milo out of the fields and winter wheat in the ground. As the state is considered one of the most important agricultural centers of the country, this could also affect the economy of all neighboring states as well. I sure hope not!
Next up: some depressing stats on how American households are sinking further into debt. The total amount of US household debt for the third quarter of 2018 increased by 1.6%, or $219 billion, amounting to a record $13.5 trillion.Americans’ debt exceeds the pre-crisis level and has been growing for 17 consecutive quarters due to an increase in mortgage lending. Hopefully this is not the case for you and yours, but check out this piece to get the full scoop.
And we’ll close things out for the night with a nice, disturbing headline: “FB coaxing teen girls to befriend topless middle-aged men.” Yup, Facebook is encouraging girls as young as 13-years to befriend topless middle-aged men, an investigation conducted by the Telegraph found. Teenage girls who join the network are given up to 300 recommendations for people who they might know, as predicted by Facebook’s algorithm, and can therefore add as friends. Many of these suggestions include middle-aged men who are topless in their profile pictures. These men mostly are sexual groomers, who try to find and lure young girls for their perverted sexual pleasures. And, as can be expected, Facebook’s response was underwhelming. It’s always something with these yahoos.
Well all you beautiful people, that’ll do it for the night. Thanks for listening, thanks for reading, and keep it right here for all the news you need to know.