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Confederate memorials being removed at Wisconsin cemetery

(AP) The mayor in traditionally liberal Madison, Wisconsin, has ordered the removal of a cemetery's monuments to Confederate soldiers, saying the Civil War was "a defense of the deplorable practice of slavery" and "an act of insurrection and treason."

One of them, a plaque called "Confederate Rest" that lauds the Confederate soldiers buried at the Forest Hill Cemetery as "valiant," was taken down Wednesday. The other, a large stone monument that lists the names of the soldiers, will require heavy machinery to be removed, Mayor Paul Soglin told The Associated Press on Thursday.


WikiLeaks Turned Down Leaks on Russian Government During U.S. Presidential Campaign

(Foreign Policy) In the summer of 2016, as WikiLeaks was publishing documents from Democratic operatives allegedly obtained by Kremlin-directed hackers, Julian Assange turned down a large cache of documents related to the Russian government, according to chat messages and a source who provided the records.

WikiLeaks declined to publish a wide-ranging trove of documents — at least 68 gigabytes of data — that came from inside the Russian Interior Ministry, according to partial chat logs reviewed by Foreign Policy. The logs, which were provided to FP, only included WikiLeaks’s side of the conversation.


Larry Wilmore on Confederate symbols and the airbrushing of history

“Confederate statues and Confederate imagery, these are not symbols and images to remind Southern whites of their vaulted history or that type of thing. These are images to remind black people that they are n*****s. OK? That’s what it was put there for. ‘Black people, you are n*****s, and this is the symbol to remind you of that.’”

“Most of this shit started in the 1920s when the Klan was at their peak. That’s when most of these statues were put in place. And a black person living in this area knows that that’s what those symbols are there to remind them of — their place. Their place in society. ‘These symbols are to remind us that we are above you, and you are a n****r.’ That’s what those symbols are. That’s what they represent, and that’s why they need to get away.”

“Can you imagine, if you’re a Jew living in Germany, and there’s all these images of the Nazi past that you’re just supposed to accept as somebody celebrating their culture? ‘So how do I get to the store?’ ‘Just go down Goebbels Lane and it’s right by Mengele Parkway. Just go down there and it’s next to the Hitler Auditorium. You know where that is, right?’ Could you imagine having to live with that shit every day just thrown in your fucking face? That’s what Confederate symbolism is for blacks living in the South. That’s what it feels like, you have to understand that.”


Line of residents in Durham, NC attempting to turn themselves in

for 'crime' of removing Confederate Monuments


Fox News debate on Confederate monuments blows up in their faces.

Abby Huntsman (center) hosts what she intends as a balanced debate about Confederate monuments, but finds to her dismay that Wendy Osefo (left) and Gianno Caldwell (right) are on the same side and the issue on their minds is not statues.


Booker will introduce bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol

(GMA) Senator Cory Booker on Wednesday said he would introduce legislation to remove Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol building.

Booker, D-New Jersey, announced his plans on Twitter, but he did not layout a timeline for the proposal.

"I will be introducing a bill to remove Confederate statues from the US Capitol building," he tweeted. "This is just one step. We have much work to do."


Dept of Agriculture censors use of "climate change"

(Guardian) Staff at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been told to avoid using the term climate change in their work, with the officials instructed to reference “weather extremes” instead.

A series of emails obtained by the Guardian between staff at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a USDA unit that oversees farmers’ land conservation, show that the incoming Trump administration has had a stark impact on the language used by some federal employees around climate change.

A missive from Bianca Moebius-Clune, director of soil health, lists terms that should be avoided by staff and those that should replace them. “Climate change” is in the “avoid” category, to be replaced by “weather extremes”. Instead of “climate change adaption”, staff are asked to use “resilience to weather extremes”.


President Obama Just Got His Very Own Holiday

(Washington Journal) Trump supporters in Illinois must be either simply fuming or else be planning moves to another state as their Republican Governor, Bruce Rauner, signed a bill on Friday declaring August 4th a new state holiday, Barack Obama Day.

Senate Bill 55, designating the birthday of the former president a state holiday, was passed by both houses of the Illinois legislature without a single dissenting vote. The new holiday is “set apart to honor the 44th President of the United States of America who began his career serving the People of Illinois in both the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate, and dedicated his life to protecting the rights of Americans and building bridges across communities.”

The new holiday is strictly commemorative, meaning that banks will remain open, and no one will get any mandatory paid time-off from work, but instead it will be treated as a “day of acknowledgment and celebration.”

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