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JUNE 27, 2017
1973 President Richard Nixon vetoes a
Senate ban on the Cambodia bombing.

Authoritarianism Is Making a comeback - Here's the Time-Tested Way to Defeat It. ... Tyrants’ tactics require the consent of large numbers of people. The first lesson, then, is not to obey in advance.

Arundhati Roy on the Rising Hindu Right in India, the Gujarat Massacre & Her Love of Eduardo Galeano. Democracy Now

Thinking Dangerously: The Role of Higher Education in Authoritarian Times. ... Across the globe, the forces of free-market fundamentalism are using the educational system to reproduce a culture of privatization, deregulation and commercialization while waging an assault on the historically guaranteed social provisions and civil rights provided by the welfare state, higher education, unions, reproductive rights and civil liberties. All the while, these forces are undercutting public faith in the defining institutions of democracy. TruthOut/Giroux

How the Supreme Court just dangerously undermined the separation of church and state. This Week

Ralph Nader: The Democrats Are Unable to Defend the U.S. from the “Most Vicious” Republican Party in History. The Intercept

Hersh’s New Syria Revelations Buried From View. Counter Punch

Oil ‘Is Going to Be a Worthless Commodity,’ and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Knows It. TruthDig

Saudi Arabia Wants to Reduce Qatar to a Vassal State. Counter Punch

JUNE 26, 2017
1971 The U.S. Justice Department issues a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.

The American Empire Is Now Effectively Being Run by Generals. ... The military has been given free rein to massacre at will, especially in the Muslim world.

Dakota Access-Style Policing Moves to Pennsylvania’s Mariner East 2 Pipeline. Intercept

The Saudi Regime Is Playing Donald Trump Like a Fiddle, With Potentially Disastrous Consequences. ... It could in the end destabilize the Middle East in ways not seen in our lifetimes. AlterNet

Qatar given 10 days to meet 13 sweeping demands by Saudi Arabia. ... Gulf dispute deepens as allies issue ultimatum for ending blockade that includes closing al-Jazeera and cutting back ties with Iran.
Guardian and Guardian

Deaths of despair are rising in America. They are claiming lives all around me. ... Half of my schoolmates are dead, in jail or battling addiction. My town does not have a mental health clinic so, faced with hopelessness, people self-medicate.

Prominent Democratic Fundraisers Realign to Lobby for Trump’s Agenda. The Intercept

It's not just Amazon coming for Whole Foods – Silicon Valley is eating the world. Guardian

Who Would Have Told Trump to Go Back to Demand a Patronage Relationship with Comey?
Empty Wheel

Republican Healthcare Bill Gives Tax Cuts to the Rich by Gutting Safety Net for Poor & Middle Class.
Democracy Now

The CIA Reads French Theory: On the Intellectual Labor of Dismantling the Cultural Left.
The Philosophical salon

Why is it that the British state could cope with the Blitz, but cannot deal with Grenfell Tower? ... It is disgusting but revealing that the Government has still not withdrawn a press release which is entitled ‘Government going further to cut red tape by £10 billion’. Independent

Roll of Shame. ... These are the 15 countries which shamefully voted against a UN General Assembly Resolution on Thursday which proposed to seek an opinion from the International Court of Justice on Britain’s continued colonial possession of the Chagos Islands. Craig Murray

1970 The U.S. Senate votes overwhelmingly to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

Summary of Senate Healthcare Bill impacts....Compared with House Bill Impacts...

What the House bill does: The House bill uses most of the savings from cutting marketplace subsidies and Medicaid to pay for about $660 billion in tax cuts that go primarily to the wealthy, insurers, and drug companies. By 2025, tax cuts would average over $50,000 per year for households with annual incomes exceeding $1 million.

What the Senate discussion draft does: The Senate would provide nearly identical tax cuts as the House bill – tax cuts that go primarily to the wealthy, insurers, and drug companies and that are paid for by cuts to health coverage.

Harsh Tradeoff at Core of GOP Health Bill: Keep Medicaid Expansion or Cut Taxes for Wealthy?

Optimism over Despair: On Capitalism, Empire, and Social Change - Noam Chomsky - In these recent, wide-ranging interviews, conducted for Truthout by C. J. Polychroniou, Chomsky discusses his views on the “war on terror” and the rise of neoliberalism, the refugee crisis and cracks in the European Union, prospects for a just peace in Israel/Palestine, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, the dysfunctional US electoral system, the grave danger posed to humanity by the climate crisis, and the hopes, prospects, and challenges of building a movement for radical change. Amazon

Myths of Globalization: Noam Chomsky and Ha-Joon Chang in Conversation. ... Since the late 1970s, the world's economy and dominant nations have been marching to the tune of (neoliberal) globalization, whose impact and effects on average people's livelihood and communities everywhere are generating great popular discontent, accompanied by a rising wave of nationalist and anti-elitist sentiments. But what exactly is driving globalization? Truth Out

How privatization could spell the end of democracy. ... Between Trump and tech, never before have so many powerful people been so intent on transforming government into a business. Guardian  

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems. ... Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative?

A Grain of Truth: RCEP and the Corporate Hijack of Indian Agriculture. ... The plight of farmers in India has been well documented. A combination of debt, economic liberalisation, subsidised imports, rising input costs and a shift to cash crops (including GM cotton) has caused massive financial distress. Counter Punch

In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates. AP and Democracy Now

As Yemen War Rages On, Saudi King Elevates the War's Architect—His Own Son—to Be Crown Prince. Democracy Now

Bloomberg says America should 'get behind' Trump because 'the public has spoken'. ABC

Orange Julius - If Trump is Julius Caesar, then Americans are a confused and violent mob.
The Nation

Invisible Empire Beneath the Radar, Above Suspicion. ... When the United States went to war with Spain in 1898, it did so in a media environment of “yellow journalism,” that played no small part in the advent of the Spanish-American War. Counter Punch

Medicare for All: A Prescription for What Ails Us ... President Donald Trump’s long-promised repeal of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, edges closer to reality, as the Senate releases its secretly written version of the House’s American Health Care Act—the very bill that Trump first championed, then recently reportedly called “mean.”. Truth Dig

There are deep forces in American society that are driving the current political crisis. ... In an obvious sense, the root cause of our political crisis is Donald Trump. This crude and delusional man is despoiling some of our most treasured national assets, not least of all our standing in the world. Raw Story

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June 26, 2017 -

Hundreds file protests against water application.

I would like to post a reminder of a meeting of the San Augustin Water Coalition (SAWC) in Datil on June 27th at 6:00pm at the Datil Baptist Church. Everyone is welcome.
Thank you, Linn Kennedy Chair
As you are aware from the recent meeting of the San Augustin Water Coalition, well monitoring is a good idea for all of us. Monitoring will give us data that we will need to show "impairment" if the APR get their project approved (heaven forbid!). Below is a message from the folks in the East Mountains who are also fighting a water grab attempt. I thought you might like to know their take on monitoring.
Note that the Office of the State Engineer is reluctant to use the data. By joining the well-monitoring effort we become added pressure to force the OSE to pay attention.
Carol Pittman P.S. If you need another copy of the Well Monitoring flyer from NM Tech, let me know and I will send it.

From the Deep Well Project: -
Sara Chudnoff was with Bernalillo County, hired by Dan McGregor to expand the well monitoring program here - and expand it she did. She is great to work with and I'm really glad she will be putting together a well monitoring program around the state. Here, she expanded the program to 200 wells, which are monitored at least twice a year using proper methods. And that program has documented a reduction in water levels all over the area of about 2 feet per year - a number which should qualify us for being a Critical Management area, according to the Morrison Criteria.

In any case, I hope many people in your area will get their wells monitored - it's really good data to have (although we find that the OSE is still reluctant to use the data. They would rather use well drilling data, which may be very old and is certainly from a wide variety of dates. Janet Winchester Silbaugh. Download this accouncement

NMT - Aquifer Maping Program
Well monitoring brochure
North 14 Deep Well Protest (E. Mountains)

The schedule hearing on July 19, 2017 at the Office of State Engineer re: APR, has been postponed.

[NEW] Border Water at Risk - Report on aquifers along the US/Mexico Border. Albuquerque Journal
or Download the report

Building on Regional Trend, Reading, Pa. Passes Anti-Privatization Measure. Food & Water Watch.

June 21, 2017 -
How privatization could spell the end of democracy. ... Between Trump and tech, never before have so many powerful people been so intent on transforming government into a business. Guardian

Neoliberalism turned our world into a business. And there are two big winners. ... Fearmongering Donald Trump and optimistic Silicon Valley seem to epitomize opposing ideologies. But the two have far more in common than you think. Guardian

(June 9, 2017) Congressional Progressive Cacus white paper on "21 Century New Deal for Jobs" including concerns regarding infrastructure. Download

Proposed House Bill by Juan Lujuan: "To rebuild and modernize the Nation’s infrastructure to expand access to broadband internet, rehabilitate drinking water infrastructure, modernize the electric grid and energy supply infrastructure, redevelop brownfields, strengthen health care infrastructure, create jobs, protect public health and the environment, and for other purposes"

March 21, 21017 - New Mexico Lobbyists report spending nearly $292K during session. New Mexico In Depth

June 19, 2017 -
Lessons from the Charter School Disaster in Indianapolis. ... A teacher in Indiana's thoughts on returning to teaching in the public schools. AlterNet

Defending New Mexico’s Public Lands.
ProgressNow NM

Trump's infrastructure plan is a pillar of his agenda. It also isn't very smart Guardian

Stealth Logging in the National Forests.
Counter Punch

June 14, 2017 - Important:
Update on the 500 Infrastructure Project list (initially 50), one of which was the APR (See below for details) ...
Rob MacGregor, Legislative Director, office of Steve Pearce (NM-02) contacted the white house and the list is “not something from the White House and not something we support.”.

Download the story and NM projects list

June 11, 2017 -
Nature Conservancy puts hold on Gila River diversion project. ... The Gila River diversion project has run into a snag: The Nature Conservancy, which owns the land at the proposed site, won’t grant access to the property.
Abq Journal

June 8, 2017 -
Socorro City Council talks electric study. Chieftain

Correspondance related to the new 500 infrastructure project list from Gail Armstrong (R-NM Dist. 2) to the NM Governor's office Click here.pdf And read the next paragraph for more information -

State requested projects:
I-10 corridor improvement
DHS Interoperability
New crime lab
Santa Teresa Intermodal facilities
Remediation of Carlsbad brine well

Not requested by the state:
Southline Transmission Project
SunZia Transmission Project
Augustin Plains Ranch

State Engineer Docketing Order - Hearing No.17-005.pdf
Note: Pre-hearing scheduling conference tentatively scheduled for July 19, 2017. Details later.

Related:The New Mexico Environmental Law Center Hereby Enters its Appearance in this Proceeding on Behalf of Protestants Identified Below...
Entry of Appearance list May 3, 2017.pdf

Robert Reich: Trump’s Infrastructure Scam. ... What Donald Trump is proposing is nothing but a huge and unnecessary tax giveaway to the rich. AlterNet

The thing about Trump's infrastructure plan is: it doesn't really exist. ... The Republican leaders of Congress killed off that plan months before Trump ever reached the Oval Office. What we are left with is a farce. Guardian

More than 500 infrastructure projects are pitched to Trump, who will favor private money and speed. ... States, unions, presidential advisers and consultants flood the White House with proposals. The president's pledge to cut regulations and his condition for funding — "If you have a job that you can't start within 90 days ... it doesn't help us" — risks leaving critical construction and repair behind. (Full list of the projects at the bottom of the article).
APM Reports

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More information on the "Private Public Partnerships" read below, or go to the link above.

Trump’s privatisation plans 'would hand America's most important assets to special interests'. ... Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer asserted that financiers would profit while average citizens will be stuck with the bill for infrastructure projects. Independent

Trump’s “America First“ Infrastructure Plan: Let Saudi Arabia and Blackstone Take Care of It. ... Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump blasted his rival for taking money from Saudi Arabia, which, he regularly charged, has a horrific human rights record and was behind the attack on September 11. Intercept

This Land is Your Land. ... America's public lands are under threat. The Guardian is seeking contributions to support our series on the great public land giveaway. Thanks to your generosity, we hit our $50,000 goal in just 31 hours. Additional funds will be used to support our coverage of critical environmental issues. Guardian

More than 500 infrastructure projects are pitched to Trump, who will favor private money and speed. ... States, unions, presidential advisers and consultants flood the White House with proposals. The president's pledge to cut regulations and his condition for funding — "If you have a job that you can't start within 90 days ... it doesn't help us" — risks leaving critical construction and repair behind. (Full list of the projects at the bottom of the article).
APM Reports

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NM DHS Interoperability
NM New crime lab Public Safety
NM Santa Teresa Intermodal facilities
NM Augustin Plains Ranch Water $600 million
NM Remediation of Carlsbad Brine well Water
AZ, CA, NM, TX I-10 Corridor Improvement
AZ, NM Southline Power Transmission
AZ, NM SunZia Power Transmission

How Business “Partnerships” Flopped at America’s Largest University, ...recent “partnerships” with private businesses have been far less productive.
Counter Punch

Inequality in the United States, which began its most recent rise in the late 1970s, continues to surge in the post–Great Recession era. During similar eras -
such as the New Deal - many of the public goods and services we value today were created to deliver widespread prosperity. But the way in which cities, school districts, states, and the federal government
deliver things like education, social services, and water profoundly affects the quality and availability of these vital goods and services. In the last few decades, efforts to privatize public goods and services have helped fuel an increasingly unequal society. This report examines the ways in which the insertion of private interests into the provision of public goods and services hurts poor individuals and families, and people of color.
How privitization increases inequality

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