The Breakfast Club (Early Warning)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

President Richard Nixon announces his breakthrough trip to China; Fashion designer Gianni Versace slain; Aerospace giant Boeing founded; Dutch painter Rembrandt born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

History is a vast early warning system.

Norman Cousins

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Slept too late and it wasn’t enough. No release (except temporarily) from the grind until Friday.

I’ll see what I feel like tonight, but if the reality is like the plan I could be completely horizontal and unconscious by 9 pm.

Six In The Morning Monday 15 July 2019


Trump tweets racist attacks at progressive Democratic congresswomen

Updated 0032 GMT (0832 HKT) July 15, 2019

President Donald Trump used racist language on Sunday to attack progressive Democratic congresswomen, falsely implying they weren’t natural-born American citizens.

Trump did not name who he was attacking in Sunday’s tirade but earlier this week he referenced New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when the President was defending House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

A group of Democrats, who are women of color and have been outspoken about Trump’s immigration policies, last week condemned the conditions of border detention facilities. The group of women joining Ocasio-Cortez were Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

Papua New Guinea massacre of 30 women and children is ‘worst payback killing’ in country’s history

Warring clans target women and children after tribe leader’s mother killed, police minister says

The brutal deaths of about 30 women and children in Papua New Guinea’s highlands amount to the “worst payback killing” in the country’s history, the police minister has said.

Bryan Kramer made the declaration after visiting Hela province, where 16 people were slaughtered by rival clansmen who the prime minister, James Marape, described as “warlords”.

The motive for the massacre was unclear last week, and the total death toll from a series of attacks had also varied, according to reports.

Toxic employers face jail as South Korea tackles workplace bullying

After enduring months of constant harassment at work, South Korean office worker Christine Jung finally confronted her aggressor — only to be fired and sued for defamation by her employer.

Her situation is not unusual in South Korea, where employees have traditionally been expected to turn a blind eye to abusive behaviour by those in power — a phenomenon so commonplace that locals have coined a word for it, “gabjil”. But that could soon change thanks to a revised labour law.

The new legislation that comes into effect on Tuesday will criminalise business owners who unfairly dismiss employees harassed at work.

Reporters in Turkey adopt a new beat: Imprisoned journalists

Three years ago, a failed coup in Turkey led to a media crackdown. Since then, journalists have banded together to document the cases of reporters imprisoned or changed with crimes against the state.

This brief notice was a part of the “Upcoming trials” series featured on the website and the Twitter account of the Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA), a media freedom and legal rights organization in Turkey. It was founded by journalist Evin Baris Altintas in 2017 to track and document the cases against journalists, writers and academics imprisoned or charged with crimes after the failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016. Parlak’s trial is one of dozens of cases that MLSA is monitoring.

Altintas believes the reason Turkish authorities targeted certain individuals is because they wanted to silence those willing to speak out against Erdogan and his policies. Freedom of expression and media freedom are protected by Turkish law.


THE BIG MAN with a little mustache sat slumped in his chair at an immigrant aid office in Ciudad Juárez. The Mexican city sits a block and a half from El Paso, Texas, across the shallow trickle of the Rio Grande. But proximity to the U.S. meant nothing in his case; the office might as well have been on another continent. The man was sobbing. “Soy un muertoUn muerto vivo,” he kept saying. “I’m a dead man. The walking dead.”

The man, whom I will call Franklin to protect him from retaliation, said he was being pursued by assassins. Back in his home country months earlier, covered from head to toe to conceal his identity, he had given testimony against cartel bosses who had extorted his and his common-law wife’s businesses. The extortionists were convicted and imprisoned, but the witness’s disguise had fooled no one. Post-trial, two of the bosses’ armed underlings pursued Franklin, first in his home country in Central America. Then, after he fled, they threatened his niece back home with death if she did not say where he had gone. “Juárez, Mexico,” the terrified woman told the hit men.

Japan weighs possible SDF dispatch to Strait of Hormuz as U.S. seeks coalition

Officials from major political parties on Sunday debated whether Self-Defense Forces troops should take part in a U.S.-proposed coalition to safeguard strategic waters near the Strait of Hormuz amid reports the government is mulling such a move.

Koichi Hagiuda, executive acting secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, stressed the need to consider a response to the proposal but said the current situation does not require the immediate dispatch of SDF troops to the Middle East.


La Marseillaise

Vive Le Quatorze Juillet!

(An Annual Tradition)

Arise, children of the Fatherland,
The day of glory has arrived!
Against us of the tyranny
The bloody banner is raised,
The bloody banner is raised,
Do you hear, in the countryside,
The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
They’re coming right into your arms
To slit the throats your sons and your companions!


To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let’s march, let’s march!
That tainted blood
Water our furrows!

What does this horde of slaves,
Of traitors and conjured kings want?
For whom are these vile chains,
These long-prepared irons?
These long-prepared irons?
Frenchmen, for us, ah! What outrage
What fury it must arouse!
It is us they dare plan
To return to the old slavery!

Aux armes, citoyens…

What! Foreign cohorts
Would make the law in our homes!
What! These mercenary phalanxes
Would strike down our proud warriors!
Would strike down our proud warriors!
Great God ! By chained hands
Our brows would yield under the yoke
Vile despots would have themselves
The masters of our destinies!

Aux armes, citoyens…

Tremble, tyrants and you traitors
The shame of all parties,
Tremble! Your parricidal schemes
Will finally receive their reward!
Will finally receive their reward!
Everyone is a soldier to combat you
If they fall, our young heroes,
The earth will produce new ones,
Ready to fight against you!

Aux armes, citoyens…

Frenchmen, as magnanimous warriors,
You bear or hold back your blows!
You spare those sorry victims,
Who arm against us with regret.
Who arm against us with regret.
But not these bloodthirsty despots,
These accomplices of Bouillé,
All these tigers who, mercilessly,
Rip their mother’s breast!

Aux armes, citoyens…

Sacred love of the Fatherland,
Lead, support our avenging arms
Liberty, cherished Liberty,
Fight with thy defenders!
Fight with thy defenders!
Under our flags, shall victory
Hurry to thy manly accents,
That thy expiring enemies,
See thy triumph and our glory!

Aux armes, citoyens…

(Children’s Verse)

We shall enter in the (military) career
When our elders are no longer there,
There we shall find their dust
And the trace of their virtues
And the trace of their virtues
Much less jealous to survive them
Than to share their coffins,
We shall have the sublime pride
Of avenging or following them

Aux armes, citoyens…

The Breakfast Club (Oeufs en Cocotte)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.


AP’s Today in History for July 14th

Bastille prison stormed during the French Revolution; Outlaw ‘Billy the Kid’ gunned down; Richard Speck murders student nurses in Chicago; Mariner 4 probe flies by Mars; Folk singer Woody Guthrie born.


Breakfast Tune La Marseillaise – Banjo


Something to think about, Breakfast News & Blogs below

US-trained troops shoot Honduran students protesting privatization
Anya Parampil, The Gray Zone / Video by Ben Norton

Anya Parampil reports from inside a student occupation at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), where US-trained troops shot activists protesting the Juan Orlando Hernandez government’s attempt to privatize education and healthcare.



Something to think about over coffee prozac

Ryan Grim, The Intercept

A SPECTER IS haunting the House of Representatives: the specter of primaries. All the powers of the status quo have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter. Blacklists have been drawn up; arms have been locked. The ferocity with which House Democratic incumbents have rallied around each other reached absurd new dimensions this week. With Crisanta Duran, the first Latina state House speaker in Colorado history, challenging Rep. Diana Degette, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus weighed into the primary — on behalf of Degette.

Democratic Reps. Dan Lipinski, Ill.; Eliot Engel, N.Y.; Henry Cuellar, Texas; Steny Hoyer, Md.; and Jerry Nadler, N.Y., are all facing primary challenges, and paranoia is being stoked inside the Democratic caucus. “The question that comes up all the time is, is there anybody internally assisting and abetting, encouraging people to run against incumbents?” Rep. Bill Pascrell, a Democrat from New Jersey, told Politico.

In 2018, primary challenges — including by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley — and progressive bids in open seats — from candidates like Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Katie Porter, Mike Levin, Lauren Underwood, and Jahana Hayes — yielded just a handful of victories, but those members, once elected, have had an outsized role in shaping the agenda of the new caucus and shifting the national conversation to the left.

Formula One 2019: Silverstone


So two weeks ago Mercedes seemed on the verge of a shutout season, racking up 8 – 0 of 21 total after what was arguably one of the dullest races in the last 20 years at Circuit Paul Ricard.

And then, appropriately enough Red Bull Racing won at Red Bull Ring.

For Silverstone the Stars seem to have settled back in their courses. Scuderia Marlboro was trying to set up some kind of fancy tire strategy, I have no idea whether that worked.

Indeed at race time I will be breathless at the gate trying to find a seat for my next connection so don’t expect me to be too topical.

Six In The Morning Sunday 14 July 2019


New leak claims Trump scrapped Iran nuclear deal ‘to spite Obama’

Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal to spite Barack Obama, according to a leaked memo written by the UK’s former ambassador to the US.

Sir Kim Darroch described the move as an act of “diplomatic vandalism”, according to the Mail on Sunday.

The paper says the memo was written after the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appealed to the US in 2018 to stick with the nuclear deal.

The latest leak came despite the Met Police warning against publication.

The first memos criticising Trump’s administration, which emerged a week ago, prompted a furious reaction from the US president and resulted in Sir Kim resigning from his role.

Impending immigration raids across US spark anxiety and protests

  • Raids expected to target 2,000 migrants in nearly a dozen cities
  • Vigils held from Los Angeles to Berlin

Immigration raids conducted by the Trump administration are expected in major US cities on Sunday, a prospect that has sparked vigils, protests, condemnation and fear.

The raids are expected to target roughly 2,000 migrants in the US illegally but the prospect has rippled terror through broad swaths of migrant communities. Vigils were held from Los Angeles to as far afield as Berlin on Friday, as a broad coalition of progressive groups condemned the raids.

“This administration’s deliberate terrorizing of immigrant families and communities grows worse every day,” Mary Bauer, deputy legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project, told the Guardian.

Far-Right AfDGermany’s Populist Party Embraces Its Extremist Wing

The far-right fringe of Germany’s populist Alternative for Germany party is gaining ground. Politicians in the party who once opposed the wing and its leader, Björn Höcke, have abandoned their resistance and are taking steps to embrace the extremists.

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It was the video that proved decisive. Four minutes of images of Björn Höcke, the leader of the far-right nationalist wing of the right-wing populist AfD party, the so-called “Flügel.” It showed him jogging through the golden autumn leaves of his village, shaking the hands of workers and women, feeding sheep and then firing people up in a speech. “When you celebrate me, I feel the passion,” Höcke says in the video. “I bow my head in humility for your efforts.”

A few days after Höcke’s image video was presented at the Flügel’s annual “Kyffhäusertreffen,” a yearly meeting of the far-right wing in the eastern German state of Thuringia, he combined the video with a combative speech against the arbitration tribunals and the federal executive committee of his party and the more than 100 AfD members who wrote an open letter appealing for the rejection of Höcke. In the letter, more moderate members of the party lambasted his “excessive cult of personality” and rejected his “divisive criticism” of internal party opponents. The letter also made clear that, “The AfD is not and will not become a Björn Höcke Party!”

Scores dead as monsoons hit India, Nepal, Bangladesh

Monsoon-triggered floods and landslides have killed at least 85 people in South Asia in the past few days. Almost 870,000 people have been affected by floods in India’s northeastern state of Assam.

The death toll from floods and landslides caused by two weeks of torrential monsoons in South Asia has reached 85, officials and news sources reported on Sunday. In Nepal alone, up to 50 people were said to have died in floods and landslides caused by monsoon rains across the country, while dozens more were missing.

Nepal’s weather department issued a high alert for the southern Koshi River and sent SMS warnings to people in the area. “Our first priority is lifesaving rescue,” Nepalese Home Ministry official Umakanta Adhikari told the AFP news agency, “and all our resources have been deployed.”

Demonstrators in Sudan demand justice for army crackdown victims

Thousands rally to mourn dozens of demonstrators killed in a brutal raid last month.

Thousands of Sudanese people have protested in Khartoum and other cities to mark the 40th day since the deadly dispersal of a sit-in outside the army headquarters that killed more than 100 people.

Dubbed the “Justice First” marches, Saturday’s demonstrations were called by the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which has been spearheading the protests since December that led to the removal of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir by the military in April.

Daily Mail: Leaked cables show British ambassador saying Trump abandoned Iran deal in act of ‘diplomatic vandalism’ to spite Obama

Updated 0225 GMT (1025 HKT) July 14, 2019

Kim Darroch, the former United Kingdom ambassador to the United States, said the Trump administration was “set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism” in its decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, the Daily Mail reported Saturday, citing leaked cables.

The report comes following news last week that Darroch sent diplomatic cables describing President Donald Trump as “inept,” “insecure” and “incompetent,” a UK government official confirmed to CNN. Darroch has since resigned.
According to the Daily Mail Saturday, the former ambassador said Trump seemed to be discarding the Iran nuclear deal for “personality reasons,” as the deal had been agreed to by former President Barack Obama. The paper also reported that Darroch hinted at discord brewing between Trump’s closest aides and said the White House had failed to produce a “day-after” plan on how to handle the aftermath of withdrawing from the deal.




It’s A Gravelanche!

It’s not so much that Joe Carson is a misogynous, transphobe, racist as it is that he champions the failed Neoliberal Agenda of the last 40 years.

Mike Gravel’s 2020 campaign to launch ad attacking Joe Biden on MSNBC
by Shira Tarlo, Salon
July 12, 2019

Former Democratic Sen. Mike Gravel’s presidential campaign announced Thursday that it would launch an ad attacking fellow presidential hopeful Joe Biden on MSNBC.

The first ad purchased by Gravel, which is set to begin airing Friday, shows various clips of the former vice president and senator defending his past positions on reproductive rights, the Iraq War and criminal justice.

“I served with Biden in the Senate. He’s dead wrong on many issues that have serious human consequences. His ideology is just off the rail,” said Gravel, an outspoken critic of Biden on a range of issues, including foreign policy and school integration.

The 60-second spot will air Friday afternoon following “Deadline: White House with Nicolle Wallace,” MSNBC’s fifth-highest rated show in the last quarter, which averaged 1.4 million daily viewers. It will also air on five local TV stations in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa.

“We bought this ad to show the hollowness of Joe Biden’s candidacy and his absurd claim to be the ‘most progressive’ candidate in the field. Too often politicians get a free pass in the media when they ‘evolve’ on clear-cut moral issues out of sheer political convenience,” campaign manager David Oks said in a statement. “Hopefully this ad exposes Biden’s actual beliefs and deeds instead of his empty rhetoric and plays a small role in his inevitable collapse.”

“Our goal has always been to draw attention to the flaws of centrists like Joe Biden, who masquerade as ‘progressives’ and peddle a made-up argument of ‘electability,'” Oks added. “Senator Gravel called out Biden for his right-wing policies in the 2008 debates and is prepared to do so again in the July debate.”

“If a few Iowans see this and discover that Biden is hardly a Democrat, or that his flip-flopping makes him an incredibly vulnerable potential nominee and we see his poll numbers go down in a few weeks, this will have been a success,” he continued.

Gravel is just short of hitting the 65,000 donor threshold to qualify for the second-round of Democratic presidential debates later this month, his campaign, which has reported more than 58,000 unique donors, said.

The campaign also revealed it amassed 8,000 new donors in the last two days following a “mutual fundraising effort” with 2020 presidential candidate and self-help author Marianne Williamson. A similar fundraising push is planned with 2020 contender and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.



Captain, My Captain!

Blinking and Flashing

Sheer Poetry

What Is Real?

You Better Run. You Better Take Cover.

Galileo? Galileo!

I will brook no discussion of who was the best Captain (it was Sulu actually, his board controlled everything and nobody ever seemed to realize it). Bill Shatner is as “American” as Selena Gomez and Martin Short. Only Selena Gomez was born in the States.

The Breakfast Club (Karma)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

Live Aid concerts held in London and Philadelphia; A French revolutionary is stabbed in his bath; Civil War draft riots erupt in New York; A power blackout hits the Big Apple; Actor Harrison Ford born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

I guess one of the ways that karma works is that it finds out what you are most afraid of and then makes that happen eventually. Cheech Marin

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Six In The Morning Saturday 13 July 2019


Facebook ‘to be fined $5bn over Cambridge Analytica scandal’

US regulators have approved a record $5bn (£4bn) fine on Facebook to settle an investigation into data privacy violations, reports in US media say.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been investigating allegations that political consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained the data of up to 87 million Facebook users.

The settlement was approved by the FTC in a 3-2 vote, sources told US media.

Facebook and the FTC told the BBC they had no comment on the reports.

How was the settlement reached?

The consumer protection agency the FTC began investigating Facebook in March 2018 following reports that Cambridge Analytica had accessed the data of tens of millions of its users.

New Zealand begins first round of gun buybacks after Christchurch attack

Government has set aside more than NZ$200m to remove military-style firearms from circulation

Dozens of Christchurch gun owners have handed over their weapons in exchange for cash in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events around New Zealand after the government outlawed many types of semi-automatics.

Police said they paid more than $NZ200,000 in total to 68 gun owners in the first few hours of the event held on Saturday.

In April, New Zealand lawmakers rushed through new legislation to ban military-style weapons after 51 people were killed at two Christchurch mosques on 15 March.

The story of ‘Mariam’, held captive as a sex slave in Tripoli

On February 13, InfoMigrants received a distress call from a 16-year-old Ivorian girl being kept as a sex slave in Tripoli. For several weeks, journalists at InfoMigrants communicated with her on WhatsApp. They have called her Mariam.

She said she was locked in a house in a residential area of the Libyan capital. She called her captor, “Monsieur.”

“Almost every day, he summons me to his room and forces me to have sex with him. Sometimes he hits me on the face or on the stomach. When I don’t want him to touch me, he hits me. I’m afraid to die.”

Mariam said that at first he wanted money in exchange for her freedom. “But since I have nothing, he abuses me.”

“He said if I tried to run away, he would kill my little sister. My 6-year-old sister was with me.”

Australia leads the Western world on media restrictions: UN rapporteur

By Nick Miller

It’s getting to be quite the list.

Federal police raids at the offices of the ABC and the home of a News Corp reporter. Police trawling metadata from journalists’ phone and internet records 58 times in a year. Police scouring the Qantas flight records of an ABC reporter who had published top-secret government materialthat revealed allegations of serious misconduct by Australian troops in Afghanistan.

Police – and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton – refusing to rule out laying charges over the act of publishing leaked information, the latter insisting on Friday that possession of top-secret documents by journalists is a crime that must be investigated.


WHEN NEWS BROKE that thousands of current and former Border Patrol agents were members of a secret Facebook group filled with racist, vulgar, and sexist content, Carla Provost, chief of the agency, was quick to respond. “These posts are completely inappropriate and contrary to the honor and integrity I see — and expect — from our agents day in and day out,” Provost said in a statement. “Any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable.”

For Provost, a veteran of the Border Patrol who was named head of the agency in August 2018, the group’s existence and content should have come as no surprise. Three months after her appointment to chief, Provost herself had posted in the group, then known as “I’m 10-15,” now archived as “America First X 2.” Provost’s comment was innocuous — a friendly clapback against a group member who questioned her rise to the top of the Border Patrol — but her participation in the group, which she has since left, raises serious questions.

Turkey: S-400 purchase ‘not a preference but a necessity’

Defence minister tells US counterpart Ankara needs the Russian defence system because it faces a ‘serious threat’.

Turkey‘s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system was “not a choice but a necessity” because it is under serious threat, its defence minister has told the United States.

The comments came after a second shipment of equipment needed to make the S-400s operational was delivered to Turkey on Saturday.

The US has strongly urged Turkey to pull back from the deal – the first such move between a NATO member and Russia – warning Ankara it will face economic sanctions, reportedly costing more than $2bn.





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