Monday's HOT MIC
President Trump removed climate change from the list of national security threats and added...TERRORISTS! I just shot a quick FB Live vid about it:
Wow, 20 years already:
No matter what, the New York Times's first instinct is always to blame America first:
Forty-one percent of North Koreans, about 10.5 million people, are undernourished, and 28 percent of children under 5 years old have stunted growth. When my 4-year-old daughter visited Pyongyang in 2013, she, all of three feet, towered over children twice her age. The hunger is devastating. And it’s our fault.
We are trying to inflict pain on the North Korean regime to stop the development of nuclear weapons and missiles. That’s understandable. But in the process, we are also punishing the most vulnerable citizens and shackling the ability of humanitarian agencies to deliver aid to them.
As I like to say on Twitter (@dkahanerules) all the time: Gee, that's too damn bad. And so is this:
Deaths from malnutrition have remained a closely guarded secret by the Venezuelan government. In a five-month investigation by The New York Times, doctors at 21 public hospitals in 17 states across the country said that their emergency rooms were being overwhelmed by children with severe malnutrition — a condition they had rarely encountered before the economic crisis began.
Which "economic crisis" might that be?
Before Venezuela’s economy started spiraling, doctors say, almost all of the child malnutrition cases they saw in public hospitals stemmed from neglect or abuse by parents. But as the economic crisis began to intensify in 2015 and 2016, the number of cases of severe malnutrition at the nation’s leading pediatric health center in the capital more than tripled, doctors say. This year looks even worse.
Spiraling from what? You have to read all the way down to the bottom of this sob story to find the hint of an answer:
The Venezuelan government has used food to keep the Socialists in power, critics say. Before recent elections, people living in government housing projects said they were visited by representatives of their local Socialist community councils — the government-aligned groups that organize the delivery of boxes of cheap food — and threatened with being cut off if they did not vote for the government.
But hey -- it's the centenary of the Bolshevik revolution in the Times's favorite former country, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Celebrate diversity!
An old joke from the 1980s: " I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out." Fighting almost ruined professional hockey in that decade. Every team had one or two players who couldn't skate, couldn't shoot, couldn't pass, and couldn't score, but who excelled in the pugilistic arts on the ice.
The NHL mostly put an end to the thuggish behavior and the "enforcers" and bullies were almost tamed.
There is still fighting in pro hockey today but the penalties for mixing it up make them much rarer. So, it's not news when a hockey fight breaks out, even in Austria where a lot of failed American pros end up trying to earn a living before their bodies give out.
Hockey fights may not be news -- except when they happen during a TV interview between periods. That's what happened at a professional game in Austria just prior to an interview with two players from opposing teams.
Intermission interviews during hockey games are usually benign, with players giving cliché comments before waddling off to the dressing room. But in Austria's Erste Bank Eishockey Liga on Sunday, the intermission report was anything but ordinary, as a chaotic fight broke out between Chris DeSousa of HC Bolzano and Tom Zanoski of Medvescak Zagreb during a live television interview.
Zanoski, a 33-year-old winger who played in the Carolina Hurricanes' system, was about to be interviewed on Servus TV when he and DeSousa, a former Chicago Blackhawks prospect, started trading stick jabs, including one that appeared to strike the intermission reporter.
Both players are old school, classic enforcers, piling up penalty minutes for fighting and rough play through their minor league careers.
The incident cost both players and their teams:
Zanoski and DeSousa were both given fighting majors and game misconduct penalties at 20:00 of the second period, and five other players were given roughing minors. There's no word yet on supplemental discipline from the league for this off-ice incident.
Check out this list of the top 10 hockey enforcers of all time.
ISIS shouldn't be the only terrorist group under suspicion for the Amtrak derailment in Washington this morning.
The anarchist group "It's Going Down" last April bragged online about sabotaging railroad tracks in the Pacific Northwest to block fracking equipment from getting to its destination. The group has since deleted the post, possibly in reaction to today's Amtrak disaster.
This antifa parody account has a screen-grab of the post:
It's Going Down
Puget Sound Anarchists
Early in the morning of April 20th we poured concrete on the train tracks that lead out of the Port of Olympia to block any trains from using the tracks. We took precautions to notify BNSF (the train company) - we called them and we used wires to send a signal that the tracks were blocked. We did this not to avoid damaging a train, nothing would bring bigger grins to our faces, but to avoid the risk of injuring railway workers.
This action was done to disrupt the movement of trains carrying proppants used in natural gas fracturing. These train tracks are part of a system of pipelines, fracking wells, mines, clearcuts, control centers, fiberoptics, dams, highways and factories that cover the planet and are physical manifestations of a process that is destroying the ecosystems, cultures, and inhabitants everywhere. Behind this network of infrastructure there are politicians, CEOs and bureaucrats who have private security, cops, prison guards, non-profit directors, PR consultants and the legacy of 500 years of colonization to back them up. We oppose all of these manifestations, infrastructural, personal and ideological. We blocked the train tracks because we want to blockade the entire web of domination that is slowly killing us.
Anti-fracking activists and anarchists have been blocking rail tracks in Olympia, Washington, for the past month.
On Nov. 30, an anonymous anarchist wrote about rail sabotage on the Puget Sound Anarchist website.
A few days ago, inspired by the Olympia train Blockade, we used copper wire to signal a blockage and disrupt rail traffic near Medford Oregon. Railways are easily accessible and everywhere. Sabotage is fun and easy.
-some more anarchists