JP124: Mother Jones



Injustice boils in men’s hearts
as does steal in its cauldron
ready to pour forth, white hot, in the fullness of time.

Mother Jones

Mary Harris Jones was born in 1830 in County Cork, Ireland. Her family left the devastation brought by the Irish Potato Famine and emigrated westward, first to Canada and then to American. Tragedy befell Jones when she lost her family to a yellow fever outbreak and then her home in the great Chicago fire. She went on to become a labor activist and was given the nickname “Mother Jones.” A champion of the working class, Jones was a campaigner for the United Mine Workers Union, founded the Social Democratic Party and helped establish the Industrial Workers of the World. Jones died in 1930. . . . continue reading

Weekly Roundup

“I’ve seen Betty Shelby, the Killer Cop Who Was Found Not Guilty of Killing an Unarmed Black Man”, Lawrence Ware, The Root

I live in Oklahoma. I teach at a university less than an hour from Tulsa. Much of the trial happened during my finals week, so I made the trip to Tulsa so I could see Betty Shelby in person. I was able to get into the courthouse because I work in ministry in Oklahoma City, but really, I went because something inside me needed to lay eyes on her for myself. What I saw was unimpressive.

“Balch Springs man who was tased while handcuffed believes officer acted based on race”, Claire Z. Cardona and Jennifer Emily, Dallas News

Almost a year before a Balch Springs police officer fatally shot a 15-year-old leaving a party, a sergeant used a Taser on a handcuffed man, recently revealed body-camera footage shows.

“Immigration arrests up 40% since Trump took office”, Denis Slattery, New York Daily News

The Trump administration is following through on the President’s promise to crack down on undocumented immigrants, with arrests up nearly 40% since Jan. 22, officials said Wednesday.

“Sweden Withdraws Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange, but he Still Faces Serious Legal Jeopardy”, Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

Swedish prosecutors announced this morning that they were terminating their seven-year-old sex crimes investigation into Julian Assange and withdrawing their August 20, 2010, arrest warrant for him. The chief prosecutor, Marianne Ny, said at a news conference this morning (pictured below) that investigators had reached no conclusion about his guilt or innocence, but instead were withdrawing the warrant because “all prospects of pursuing the investigation under present circumstances are exhausted” and it is therefore “no longer proportionate to maintain the arrest of Julian Assange in his absence.”

“Trump Administration Rejected a Plan to Seize ISIS’s Capital That One of the Countries Paying Michael Flynn Didn’t Like”, Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate

One of Donald Trump’s main campaign themes was that, as president, he would quickly “bomb the shit out of,” “crush,” “destroy,” and “totally obliterate” ISIS. As it happens, before Trump took office, his predecessors in the Obama administration had spent months preparing plans to attack and seize ISIS’s capital—the Syrian city of Raqqa. All that Trump transition officials had to do to authorize the attack was approve the plan. But Trump’s team refused to do so and has not yet launched its own offensive. ISIS still holds Raqqa.

“Puerto Rico’s $123 Billion Bankruptcy is the Cost of U.S. Colonialism”, Juan González, The Intercept

Last week Puerto Rico officially became the largest bankruptcy case in the history of the American public bond market. On May 3, a fiscal control board imposed on the island’s government by Washington less than a year ago suddenly announced that Puerto Rico’s economic crisis had “reached a breaking point.” The board asked for the immediate appointment of a federal judge to decide how to deal with a staggering $123 billion debt the commonwealth government and its public corporations owe to both bondholders and public employee pension systems.

“Buffet is Voting All Shares in Favor of Wells Fargo’s Board”, Laura J Keller and Noah Buhayar, Bloomberg

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is voting all of its Wells Fargo & Co. shares to support the re-election of the bank’s board.

Berkshire, Wells Fargo’s largest investor with a stake of about 10 percent, has already voted most of the holding, Debbie Bosanek, an assistant to Buffett, said in an email Thursday. Buffett, 86, is also voting shares he personally owns, she said.


Erdogan’s body guards attacking protesters. They were let off because diplomatic immunity… Another video has surfaced in which Erdogan sees this happening. It is unclear whether or not that attacks were by his order.

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! discusses one big failing of the media on AJ+

“We need a media that allows people to speak for themselves…When you hear someone speaking from their own experience, it changes you. I didn’t say you will agree with it. How often do we even agree with our family members? But you begin to understand where they’re coming from.”

Bernie Joins Rob Quist: Is the Political Revolution About to Sweep Montana?, The Young Turks


This week I rented Swiss Army Man aka “the farty boner corpse movie” for 99 cents. It was worth every farting penny. This movie really satisfied my juvenile sense of humor and I laughed out loud at more than one fart. Paul Dano takes deranged eccentric  seriously and Daniel Radcliffe plays an astoundingly charismatic corpse. Fun fun, currently 99 cents on iTunes.

Swiss Army Man
Written and Directed by:
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert
Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe


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