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César Chávez

César Chávez was a folk hero and symbol of hope to millions of Americans. In 1962, he and a few others set out to organize a union of farm workers. Nearly everyone told them it was impossible. But for a time they succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest imaginings. An ardent advocate of nonviolence, Chávez was one of the most inspirational labor leaders of the 20th century, with an influence that stretched far beyond the California fields.

Weekly Roundup

“Leaked NSA Malware is Helping Hijack Computers Around the World”, Sam Biddle, The Intercept

In mid-April, an arsenal of powerful software tools apparently designed by the NSA to infect and control Windows computers was leaked by an entity known only as the “Shadow Brokers.” Not even a whole month later, the hypothetical threat that criminals would use the tools against the general public has become real, and tens of thousands of computers worldwide are now crippled by an unknown party demanding ransom.

“No Left Turns”, Chris Lehmann, The Baffler

So as our toddler-tyrant chief executive continues raging into the void, let’s briefly review the past month’s worth of canny ideological machinations in our elite liberal media. The com-symps at the helm of the New York Times rejiggered their op-ed lineup with the addition of former Wall Street Journal deputy opinion editor (and rainy-day Islamophobe/climate-change denier) Bret Stephens. MSNBC, the cable megaphone for the anti-Trump resistance, rejiggered its pundit lineup with the addition of noted Tory reactionary (and rainy-day climate-change denier) George Will, who’s already an op-ed fixture at the pinko Washington Post. Getting fully into the swing of things, James Bennet, the erstwhile Atlantic magazine caretaker now captaining the Gray Lady’s opinion franchise, sought to capitalize on the abortion debate roiling the activist wing of the Democratic party with a deranged sermonette from a right-to-life apparatchik deriding the economic case for reproductive rights as “dehumanizing,” “patronizing, and patently dishonest.”

“Democratic Socialist, Kamau, Elected to South Fulton City Council”, Gloria Tatum, Atlanta Progressive News

(APN) ATLANTA — On April 18, 2017, the voters of the City of South Fulton, the newly created city in south Fulton County, elected a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, khalid kamau, to the District 6 South Fulton City Council seat.

“The Folk Singer vs. the Millionaire: A Berniecrat Aims for Montana’s House Seat”, Joseph Bullington, In These Times

I first heard of Rob Quist last fall, when I saw him play in White Sulphur Springs, Mont., the conservative ranch town of 900 people where I grew up. Until recently, this is how most Montanans knew him: a folk musician they had seen in bars, gymnasiums and fairgrounds across the state. Quist grew up on a ranch outside the small town of Cut Bank, on the border of the Blackfeet Nation, and has made his living playing music since the 1970s.

“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.

“Pressure on Democrats Pays Off as Chuck Schumer Picks Consumer Advocate for FTC Nominee”, David Dayen, The Intercept

As reported by The Intercept in March, Schumer had previously been considering his ex-Chief of Staff David Hantman — a former lobbyist for Yahoo and Airbnb who opposed regulation on Silicon Valley firms — for the position. After details of Hantman’s past work became public, Schumer last month told the International Business Times that he would not be submitting Hantman’s name.

“Apple Raises $7 Billion in Debt Ahead of Trump’s Proposed Tax Holiday”, Joe Rossingnol, post

Apple has raised $7 billion in debt in a six-part bond sale, according to the company’s final pricing term sheet filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today. The fixed and floating notes mature between 2020 and 2027.


“Global Capitalism: The US Position Weakens”, Dr. Richard Wolff, Democracy at Work

Bernie Sanders interview Bill McKibbon, The Bernie Sanders Show

“No Desk Duty This Time: Cop Quickly Charged in Murder of Unarmed Teen”, Kim Brown interview Nina Turner, The Real News Network



“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Directed by: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Kurt Russell

I went and saw Guardians 2 last week and thought it was great — basically as good as the first one. It trips up a little on your usual sequel problems with a shot through exposition and some relationship manufacturing, but none of that matters because this cast is incredible. They have some great chemistry and it keeps this movie fun — even if it does drag a teensy bit in the middle. Also looks good — love the very colorful palette we were introduced to in the first movie — and, of course, the mixtape vol. 2 is also incredible. Been listening to it all week.

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