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[thread] SCOTUS, Clarence Thomas, Charles Koch

* Koch: super secretive, ultra wealthy/conservative, anti-union, climate change denialist, funder of subversive neoliberal think tanks/agendae.
* s dangerous as Leonard Leo
* important unveiling/add. coverage of Koch's influence

#SCOTUS #ClarenceThomas #CharlesKoch #JudicialMisconduct #DefundBillionaires #DefundCorporations #KochIndustries #neoliberalism #ChristianRight #capitalism #GOP #GOPmenac #ClimateChangeDenial #CatoInstitute #MercatusCenter

https://persagen.com/#q=%22charles%20koch%22%20AND%20%22supreme%20court%22

"charles koch" AND "supreme court"

Charles Koch Is Trying to Gut the EPA's Power to Limit Carbon Emissions
Charles Koch
Funders
Liberty Justice Center
Pacific Legal Foundation
Americans for Prosperity Action
Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty
Daniel Kelly
New Civil Liberties Alliance
Independent Women_s Forum
Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta
Institute for Justice
Americans for Prosperity
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Foundation
Political Activities of the Koch Brothers
Jason Torchinsky
Janus v. AFSCME
Leonard Leo
Cato Institute
Alliance Defending Freedom
Antonin Scalia
George Mason University
Freedom Foundation
Ed Uihlein Family Foundation
Alliance Defending Freedom
John Birch Society
Bradley Foundation Bankrolled Right-Wing Reopen Effort Despite Rising Coronavirus Cases
Synopsis of Dark Money Campaign Financing and U.S. Constitution Article V Reform
Steve Baer
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
https://persagen.com/#q=%22charles%20koch%22%20AND%20%22jane%20mayer%22

"charles koch" AND "jane mayer"

Charles de Ganahl Koch
Charles Koch Is Trying to Gut the EPA's Power to Limit Carbon Emissions
Stand Together
Political activities of the Koch brothers
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
'A Combination of Forces Puts Our Postal Service at Grave Risk'
Koch Industries, Inc.
The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party
John Birch Society
When Mega-Donors Dominate Charitable Giving, Democracy Pays the Price
Tea Party Movement

Addendum 8

When Auto Workers Stand Up, Here's How to Stand w. Them
https://labornotes.org/2023/09/when-auto-workers-stand-heres-how-stand-them

* United Auto Workers' "Stand Up Strike" could be turning point for U.S. labor movement
* cross-union solidarity turns up heat on Big 3 to end tiers, make green jobs
* boosts strikers’ morale & builds enduring connections

Tips
Find a picket near you
On the picket line
If you’re far from a picket

#unions #TradeUnions #UAW #WorkersRights #solidarity #corporations #CorporateGreed #DefundCorporations

Addendum 4

Murdoch Succession: No one had bigger impact on modern American media, politics than Rupert Murdoch
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/22/briefing/rupert-murdoch.html

Murdoch’s Legacy Includes Giving Airtime to Climate Denialism & Far Right
https://truthout.org/video/murdochs-legacy-includes-giving-airtime-to-climate-denialism-and-the-far-right

* 92 y.o. right-wing media mogul will step down as chair of Fox Corporation & News Corporation 2023-11

#RupertMurdoch #FoxNews #disinformation #CultureWars #FarRight #Trumpism #GOP #neofascism #ClimateChangeDenial #DefundBillionaires #DefundCorporations

Addendum 11

Justin Trudeau’s Milquetoast Policies Aren’t Helping Hungry Canadians
Canadian workers are grappling with a cost-of-living crisis and struggling to afford housing and groceries. The Trudeau government's response? Politely requesting that grocery bosses be nicer
https://jacobin.com/2023/09/liberal-party-canada-grocery-oligopoly-policy-cost-of-living-crisis-food-prices/

* finally awakened to fact people are struggling, angry, expect government to act

#Canada #Trudeau #inflation #FoodSecurity #greedflation #corporations #DefundCorporations #neoliberalism #inertia

Addendum 19
See also addendae 6, 15

Los Angeles Tenants Consistently Organize to Defend Public Housing, Because It Works
Since 1990s Los Angeles privatizing its public housing even as its residents repeatedly organize to defend their homes
https://jacobin.com/2023/09/los-angeles-jordan-downs-public-housing-privatization-organizing

* organizing demonstrates importance of public housing, why the Left should demand we build more of it

#LosAngeles #TenantsRights #AffordableHousing #HumanRights #corporations #DefundCorporations #PrivateEquity #PublicHousing

A3 cont'd 5/

350.org Responds to Biden’s No Show at Vital Climate Summit
https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/350-org-responds-to-bidens-no-show-at-vital-climate-summit

* UN Climate Ambition Summit in NYC rep. key moment as we look to secure decisive action at UN Climate Talks in December (COP28)
* President Biden’s decision not to attend is betrayal to those who rallied for him
* missed opportunity for Biden to deliver on climate commitments

#COP28 #ClimateWeek #activism #ClimateCatastrophe #GlobalWarming #FossilFuels #Biden #neoliberalism #DefundCorporations

A3 cont'd 4/

“Stop Financing Fossil Fuels:” 149 Climate Activists Arrested Blocking NY Federal Reserve
https://www.democracynow.org/2023/9/19/climate_week_biden

* climate activists f. around world gather NYC
* Climate Week coincides w. U.N. General Assembly
* 75,000 people marched on the U.N. HQ
* demand President Biden end fossil fuels
* targeted financing for fossil fuel projects

#ClimateWeek #activism #protest #ClimateCatastrophe #GlobalWarming #FossilFuels #Biden #neoliberalism #corporations #DefundCorporations

Addendum 14

The unconscionable wealth of racist troll Elon Musk
https://mastodon.social/@persagen/111049297750914546

Elon Musk, $269.3 billion USD net worth 2023-09-11 up $17.9B; #1 in world
https://www.forbes.com/profile/elon-musk/?list=rtb%2F&sh=2da5720d7999
https://mastodon.social/@persagen/111049243450567496

If Musk spent $1 million/day:

* $269,000,000,000 / ($1,000,000/day) = 269,000 days
* 269,000 days / (365.25 days/year) = 736.481 years

#Musk #DefundBillionaires #plutocracy #oligarchy #meritocracy #racism #trolls #corporations #DefundCorporations #neofascism #FarRight #neoliberalism

A3 cont'd

Montana Judge Ruled State Constitution Bans New Fossil Fuel Plants
Young residents won a lawsuit charging that construction of new gas power plant barred by state constitution
But “pro-climate” President Joe Biden arguing fiercely against letting SCOTUS hear similar case
https://jacobin.com/2023/09/held-v-montana-court-constitutional-right-climate-change-youth-generations-environment

#Democrats #GOP #GOPmenace #Montana #SCOTUS #ClimateChange #ClimateCatastrophe #DoJ #FossilFuels #Biden #corporations #DefundCorporations #neoliberalism #StructuralViolence

@MHowell @Huntn00

Unconscionable, but still a small fish. Cf:

Elon Musk, $269.3 billion USD net worth 2023-09-11
* If Musk spent $1 million/day would take 736.5 CENTURIES to deplete wealth
https://mastodon.social/@persagen/111049297750914546

#capitalism #DefundCorporations #DefundBillionaires

A6 cont'd 4

UAW President Shawn Fain: “It Is Long Past Time to Stand Up for the Working Class”
https://jacobin.com/2023/09/shawn-fain-speech-uaw-stand-up-strike-working-class-unions-uaw/

* speech to United Auto Workers members, Shawn Fain laid into the Big Three
* explained the UAW's new “stand-up strike"

* [Oy! 🤨 ] invoked Bible to declare their battle a righteous fight for justice 🤦‍♀️

#UAW #TradeUnions #capitalism #corporations #CorporateGreed #DefundCorporations #DefundBillionaires #ShawnFein #populism

cont'd 3/

https://persagen.com >> search:
"cicero institute" OR "joe lonsdale"
"Reducing Street Homelessness Act"
"chip wilson" OR "pacific prosperity network"
"vancouver is dying"
homeless* AND discriminat*
"american legislative exchange council"

Billionaires, existential risk
https://mastodon.social/@persagen/111071729378344690

#JoeLonsdale #Musk #DefundBillionaires #homelessness #CiceroInstitute #corporations #DefundCorporations #neofascism #ModelActs #ModelLegislatin #discrimination #GOP #GOPmenace #capitalism

https://persagen.com/#q=%22Reducing%20Street%20Homelessness%20Act%22

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Cicero Institute
Vancouver Is Dying
Ken Sim
Involuntary commitment
Igniting Transformational Systems Change Through Policing
Pacific Prosperity Network
Vancouver_s Social Safety Net: Rebuilding the Broken
Discrimination against homeless people
Politicization
Joe Lonsdale
HelpSeeker Technologies
Eric Adams

A6 cont'd 3/

UAW Members Are Striking Against Corporate Power. Americans Overwhelmingly Back Them
https://jacobin.com/2023/09/uaw-members-strike-corporate-power-union-public-opinion-backing-autoworkers

* United Auto Workers president Shawn Fain said “We fight for the good of the entire working class”
* Americans believe him. In massive numbers, they tell pollsters they back UAW over Big Three auto companies

#UAW #TradeUnions #capitalism #corporations #CorporateGreed #DefundCorporations #DefundBillionaires #ShawnFein

A6 cont'd 2/
See aldo A5 cont'd

Big Three Autoworkers Striking Against Concessions While Shareholders Reap Bonanza
https://jacobin.com/2023/09/united-auto-workers-uaw-strike-big-three-automakers-stock-buyback-shareholders/

* 2023-09-15 UAW launched landmark strike vs. Big Three automakers for inadequate pay, job security
* m/w automakers auth. $5 billion stock buybacks

U.S. auto strike expected to affect Canada in deeply integrated industry
https://www.ctvnews.ca/autos/u-s-auto-strike-expected-to-affect-canada-in-deeply-integrated-industry-1.6563010

#UAW #TradeUnions #capitalism #corporations #CorporateGreed #DefundCorporations #DefundBillionaires #ShawnFein

A6 cont'd

United Auto Workers Strike Has Begun
https://jacobin.com/2023/09/united-auto-workers-strike-shawn-fain-big-three-automakers/

* UAW launched historic strike, 2023-09-15
* workers at 3 plants across Big Three walking out
* UAW leader Shawn Fain declaring an "all-out strike is possible"
* 1st time UAW has struck all three major automakers simultaneously

#UAW #TradeUnions #capitalism #corporations #CorporateGreed #DefundCorporations #DefundBillionaires #ShawnFein

Addendum 6

UAW on Strike: In Historic Move, Auto Workers Target All Big Three Automakers at Once
https://www.democracynow.org/2023/9/15/uaw_strike_big_three_automakers

* 1st time in history, United Auto Workers launched simultaneous strike against Big Three U.S. automakers: Ford; General Motors; Stellantis (parent company of Chrysler)
* UAW President Shawn Fein (https://uaw.org/executive-board-2-2/uaw-president-shawn-fain/) announced targeted strikes at 3 facilities

#UAW #TradeUnions #capitalism #corporations #CorporateGreed #DefundCorporations #DefundBillionaires #ShawnFein

Addendum5
See also A3 cont'd, above

Child Poverty More Than Doubled in 2022 After Congress Let Tax Credit Expire
https://truthout.org/articles/child-poverty-more-than-doubled-in-2022-after-congress-let-tax-credit-expire

* 2022: child poverty skyrocketed after lawmakers lewt pandemic stimulus provisions expire
* millions left to languish as pandemic/economic consequences raged on

Income, Poverty & Health Insurance Coverage in U.S. 2022: https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2023/income-poverty-health-insurance-coverage.html

#GOP #GOPmenace #poverty #ChildPoverty #PovertyIndustrialComplex #DefundCorporations #HumanRights #inflation

Addendum 12

DeSantis Didn’t Disclose Trips Paid by Wealthy Donors
https://truthout.org/articles/desantis-didnt-disclose-trips-paid-for-by-wealthy-donors-report

* FL home builder Mori Hosseini; DeSantis directed $92 million l/o COVID-19 federal relief funds to pay for highway interchange that directly benefited a housing project of Hosseini
* John Cwik

DeSantis took undisclosed private flights and lodging through wealthy donors
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/09/14/ron-desantis-private-flights

#DeSantis #neofascism #transphobia #GOP #GOPmenace #MoriHosseini #JohnCwik #corporations #DefundCorporations

Addendum 7

Cop City & the Silencing of Dissent
Officials in Georgia cover up police killing of protester; waging chilling assault on right to protest
https://www.thenation.com/article/activism/cori-bush-rashida-tlaib-cop-city

* started out as local fight over $90 million, 85-acre militarized police base near Atlanta, known as Cop City
* turned into 1 of most extreme cases of gov. overreach, oppression, & violence

#Atlanta #RICO #StopCopCity #RightToProtest #neofascism #DefundPolice #Tortuguita #MurderByCop #assassination #DefundCorporations

[thread] Right to repair

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_to_repair
* legal right for owners of devices, equipment to freely modify & repair products
* e.g. automobiles, electronics, farm equipment
* framed in opposition to restrictions such as requirements to use only the manufacturer's maintenance services, restrictions on access to tools & components, & software barriers

iFixit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IFixit

#iFixit #ConsumerRights #RightToRepair #corporations #DefundCorporations #JohnDeere #AppleInc

https://persagen.com/#q=%22Right%20to%20repair%22

John Deere
Business - Companies - John Deere

Right to repair
Economy - Consumers - Consumer protection - Right to repair

Alliance for Automotive Innovation
Consumers' Right to Repair
Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Maura Healey
Apple Inc.

The Evil List. Which tech companies are really doing the most harm?

Addendum 5 cont'd 2/

[2023-09-13] Big Three Autoworkers Getting Ready to Strike As Negotiations Come Down to Wire
United Auto Workers’ contract w. the Big Three automakers expires tomorrow at midnight
If no agreement is reached, UAW ready to strike to recoup concessions made over past 2 decades, end tiers, & boost wages
https://jacobin.com/2023/09/big-three-auto-industry-strike-deadline-uaw-wages-tiers

#UAW #TradeUnions #capitalism #corporations #CorporateGreed #DefundCorporations #DefundBillionaires

Addendum 5 cont'd

Automakers Hand Billions To Shareholders While Stiffing Workers
Big Three car companies authorized $5 billion in stock buybacks
https://www.levernews.com/automakers-hand-billions-to-shareholders-while-stiffing-workers/

* in past 12 mo. Big Three automakers - General Motors, Ford, Stellantis - auth. $5 billion in stock buybacks
* gives billions of dollars to shareholders that could have gone to autoworkers

Big Three: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Three_(automobile_manufacturers)

#UAW #TradeUnions #capitalism #corporations #CorporateGreed #DefundCorporations #DefundBillionaires

Addendum 1

Elon Musk Almost Hired Rudy Giuliani Until He Met Him in Person
Rudy Giuliani was too sleazy even for Elon Musk
https://newrepublic.com/post/175529/elon-musk-almost-hired-rudy-giuliani-met-person

* Musk wanted to recruit Rudy Giuliani in early 2000s to help turn PayPal into a bank
* outgoing NYC mayor was too skeezy even for Musk, according to Musk biography

#Giuliani #Musk #PayPal #Trumpism #neofascism #oligarchy #meritocracy #transphobia #CultureWars #corporations #DefundCorporations #DefundBillionaires

Addendum 3 cont'd 2/

Child poverty is a choice
https://popular.info/p/child-poverty-is-a-choice

* 2022: child poverty rate spiked to 12.4%
* 7.2% than 2021, per U.S. Census: https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/newsroom/press-kits/2023/iphi/20230912-iphi-slides-poverty.pdf
* children who exp. poverty endure immediate hardships: food insecurity/hunger; inadequate clothing; lack of health care; overcrowded/substandard housing/homelessness"
* long-term consequences of child poverty are severe: https://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/0713_dutta-gupta_testimony.pdf

#poverty #PovertyIndustrialComplex #DefundCorporations #HumanRights #GOP

Addendum 9

Section 230: Can We Talk About It?
https://cepr.net/section-230-can-we-talk-about-it/
2023-09-09 Dean Baker: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Baker

* Musk’s erratic behavior, fondness for far-right propagandists chased people f. Twitter/X
* still has reach dwarfing even largest traditional media outlets

Section 230: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_230
* immunity for online computer services wrt 3rd-party content generated by its users

#section230 #Musk #twitter #DefundCorporations #NewsMedia #disinformation #CultureWars #FreeSpeech

Center for Economic and Policy Research

Dean Baker

Evidence Grows of Left-Wing Twitter Purge Directed by Elon Musk

Talking Points Memo

Oxfam America Calls for Tax on 'Pandemic Profiteers' to Fund COVID-19 Recovery and the Common Good

Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Adopted a "Viva Death!" Approach to the Presidency

Addendum 1

Carbon capture draws millions in lobbying, billions in federal subsidies
https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2023/09/carbon-capture-draws-millions-in-lobbying-billions-in-federal-subsidies

* Occidental Petroleum’s federal lobbying spending soared to $5.9 million 1st 1/2 2023
* seeks government funding to vacuum CO2 f. atmosphere
* h/e: more efficient/cost effective ways of dealing w. greenhouse gas emissions

#CO2emissions #greenwashing #FossilFuels #CarbonCapture #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming #OccidentalPetroleum #corporations #DefundCorporations #lobbyists #profiteering

Addendum 1

From Feminist to Right-Wing Conspiracist
What Naomi Wolf’s odyssey can teach us about seeing patterns where they don’t exist
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2023/10/naomi-wolf-klein-doppelganger-book/675120

* Naomi Wolf’s descent into conspiracism, and collateral damage it inflicted on Canadian climate activist & anti-capitalist Naomi Klein

#NaomiWolf #NaomiKlein #neoconservatism #CultureWars #ConspiracyTheorists #populism #feminism #capitalism #ClimateChange #socialism #DefundCorporations

Addendum 7

Economists, Millionaires, Elected Officials to G20: Tax Extreme Wealth
"Accumulation of extreme wealth by world's richest individuals has become an economic, ecological, human rights disaster"
https://inequality.org/research/g20-tax-extreme-wealth

Open letter: G20 Leaders must tax extreme wealth
https://taxextremewealth.com

#G20 #DefundBillionaires #WealthConcentration #corporations #DefundCorporations #plutocracy #meritocracy #oligarchy #capitalism #neofascism #TransLivesMatter #CultureWars #ExtremeWealth #socialism

Addendum 2 cont'd

Planet Wreckers: 20 Countries’ Oil/Gas Extraction Guarantee Climate Chaos
https://priceofoil.org/2023/09/12/planet-wreckers-how-20-countries-oil-and-gas-extraction-plans-risk-locking-in-climate-chaos
https://priceofoil.org/content/uploads/2023/09/OCI-Planet-Wreckers-Report-Final.pdf

* 20 countries responsible for 90% of CO2 pollution
* hypocrites: USA, Canada, Australia, Norway, U.K.
* if UN guidelines followed 1,100 new coal plants would be kept in ground
* U.S. accounts for 1/3 of planned global oil, gas expansion thru 2050
* impossible to hold temperature rise to 1.5°C

#FossilFuels #GlobalWarming #DefundCorporations #capitalism

Addendum 2

5 Global North Countries Responsible for 51% of Planned Oil & Gas Expansion Through 2050
https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/new-research-exposes-5-global-north-countries-responsible-for-51-of-planned-oil-and-gas-expansion-through-2050

Oil Change International: https://priceofoil.org | @kylegracey
* research, communications, advocacy organization focused on exposing true costs of fossil fuels & facilitating ongoing transition to clean energy

#UN #ClimateAmbitionSummit #OilChangeInternational #FossilFuels #GlobalWarming #ClimateChange #WorldBank #EcologicalDestruction #DefundCorporations

United States, Canada Among World’s Top 5 ‘Planet Wreckers’
https://www.desmog.com/2023/09/12/the-united-states-and-canada-are-among-the-worlds-top-5-planet-wreckers-new-report

* U.N. Climate Ambition Summit, NYC
* calls on governments to halt planned gas & oil projects
* world’s top 20 oil/gas extractors have enough production planned to generate 173 billion tons of carbon pollution by 2050
* will blow past Paris Agreement commitments
* greatest polluter: U.S.

Climate Ambition Summit: https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/climate-ambition-summit

#UN #ClimateAmbitionSummit #FossilFuels #GlobalWarming #DefundCorporations

Addendum 6

Elon Musk, $269.3 billion USD net worth 2023-09-11 up $17.9B; #1 in world
https://www.forbes.com/profile/elon-musk/?list=rtb%2F&sh=2da5720d7999
https://mastodon.social/@persagen/111049243450567496

If Musk spent $1 million/day:

* $269,000,000,000 / ($1,000,000/day) = 269,000 days
* 269,000 days / (365.25 days/year) = 736.481 years
* 2023 A.D. - 736 = 1287 A.D.

#Musk #ElonMusk #DefundBillionaires #WealthConcentration #WealthInequality #DefundCorporations #plutocracy #meritocracy #oligarchy #capitalism #neofascism #transphobia #TransLivesMatter #CultureWars

[thread] cars, privacy

Cars Are Worst Product Category Ever Reviewed for Privacy
https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/privacynotincluded/articles/its-official-cars-are-the-worst-product-category-we-have-ever-reviewed-for-privacy
Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=37401563

* all 25 car brands researched
* worst product category ever reviewed
* all collect personal data
* 84% share or sell your data
* 92% give little/no control over personal data
* Tesla only 2nd product ever reviewed to receive all of privacy “dings”

#Mozilla #cars #privacy #security #surveillance #corporations #DefundCorporations #ethics #Tesla

Addendum 1 cont'd

* 39% respondents feel economic issues impact their mental health
* suicide ideation among Canadians experiencing financial challenges alarmingly high
* 41% reporting having thought about suicide 2022-2023
* inflation affecting Canadians: 24% report going into debt as result
...

#Canada #suicide #ideation #mhrc #MentalHealth #economy #inflation #profiteering #CorporateGreed #DefundCorporations #HumanRights #AffordableHousing #FoodSecurity #socialism

Addendum 2

After month-long strike Canadian union grocery workers ratify contract that improves wages, enhances benefits, sets major precedent for sector
https://jacobin.com/2023/09/metro-grocery-store-unifor-strike-part-time-work-wages

* Unifor announced 3,700 members of Local 414 ratified new contract
* ending a month-long strike at 27 Metro grocery stores in Greater Toronto Area

#Canada #Unifor #MetroInc #TradeUnion #grocers #unions #corporations #CorporateGreed #DefundCorporations #inflation #FoodSecurity #profiteering #WorkersRights

Addendum 8 cont'd

* purchasing power eroded by prices outpacing wage growth
* response to inflation f. Bank of Canada exacerbated cost-of-living crisis
* gov. failed to cushion blow of rising prices, let alone address sources of the problem
* throughout inflationary crisis corporations imposed higher prices on workers & consumers - using inflation to increase profits

#corporations #capitalism #neoliberalism #WealthInequality #globalization #profiteering #inflation #DefundCorporations

Addendum 8

While Canadians Struggle, Energy Corporations Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank
Interest rate hikes have brought Canada’s cost-of-living crisis to a fever pitch
While workers feeling the squeeze, energy corporations are reaping superprofits
https://jacobin.com/2023/09/bank-of-canada-inflation-inequality-cost-of-living-corporate-profits-energy-greed

* since inflation rose in 2021 workers & consumers have been attacked on multiple fronts

#corporations #capitalism #neoliberalism #WealthInequality #globalization #profiteering #inflation #DefundCorporations