H.R. 4082: To prohibit the private purchase or sale of a firearm or ammunition except through a federally licensed firearms dealer, to impose additional requirements on such a dealer, and for other purposes.

Introduced: Sponsor: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18]

This bill was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX18] is a member of the committee.

Trump Adviser Tom Barrack Pushed for Saudi Nuclear Deal — and Planned to Profit From It — ProPublica

Documents released by a congressional committee reveal Barrack’s plan to team up with Arab princes to buy a U.S. nuclear company. Federal prosecutors are investigating foreign influence.

Source: Trump Adviser Tom Barrack Pushed for Saudi Nuclear Deal — and Planned to Profit From It — ProPublica

Not-so-random acts of violence

Stephen Romero, 6, who died to protect our freedoms

When a teenager with a semi-automatic rifle kills three people, including a six-year-old and a 13-year-old, at a public event, it’s not much of a story anymore, because America. The gunman was apparently inspired by a white supremacist text:

An Instagram account, which was created four days ago under the suspect’s name,posted two messages shortly before the attack began.
One included a photograph of people walking around the Garlic Festival with the words “Ayyy garlic festival time Come get wasted on overpriced sh**.”

The other, which included a photo of Smokey the Bear and a sign saying “Fire Danger High Today,” stated: “Read Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard. Why overcrowd towns and pave more open space to make room for hordes of mestizos and Silicon Valley white tw**s?”

A mestizo is a person of mixed descent, commonly white and Hispanic or white and American Indian.

“Might is Right,” first published in the late 1800s, has been described as a white supremacist text that promotes anarchy while vilifying Christianity. The book calls Jesus the “true Prince of Evil” and says that the natural order is a world at war in which the strong must vanquish the weak and white men must rule over those of color.

(1) The use of asterisks to avoid printing certain words in these sorts of circumstances reminds me of Kurtz’s rant in Apocalypse Now:

They train young men to drop fire on people. But their commanders won’t allow them to write fuck on their airplanes because it’s obscene!

(2) “Mestizo” is a Mexican word that means a person who has both European and Amerindian heritage, as the vast majority of Mexicans do.

“Hispanic” is a word that means a person who is either from or whose ancestors came from a primarily Spanish-speaking country. It isn’t a racial classification.

“Latino” means a person who is from or whose ancestors came from Mexico, Central America, or South America. It also isn’t a racial classification. (Hence Brazilians are Latino but not Hispanic, and Spaniards are Hispanic but not Latino).

If we’re going to have a white supremacist state, keeping these terms straight is going to be increasingly important.

(3) Not listing the shooter as a fatality in these circumstances, which is becoming a standard media practice, is just another way of absolving the society that put this gun and this book in the hands of this barely-more-than a child from any responsibility for the deaths of the children he killed.

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Navalny blogs from jail: ′I′ve never had allergies′ | News | DW | 29.07.2019

Russian activist Alexei Navalny said his eyebrows had swollen to the size of “Ping-Pong balls” before he was hospitalized for an alleged allergic reaction. Writing from jail, he also commented on possible poisoning.

Source: Navalny blogs from jail: ′I′ve never had allergies′ | News | DW | 29.07.2019

Greta Thunberg to sail across Atlantic for UN climate summits

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Teenage activist to travel to US on racing yacht to cut environmental impact of travel

Greta Thunberg is to sail across the Atlantic in a high-speed racing yacht next month to attend UN climate summits in the US and Chile as part of a sabbatical year the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist will spend in the US.

“Good news! I’ll be joining the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, COP25 in Santiago … I’ve been offered a ride on the 60ft racing boat Malizia II. We’ll be sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to NYC in mid August,” Greta tweeted. The journey will take two weeks.

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Putin’s treatment of protesters and rivals shows weakness, not strength | Simon Tisdall

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The shocking treatment of Alexei Navalny and the arrest of hundreds of protesters expose the dark underside of the presidency

Vladimir Putin is no ordinary two-faced politician. For Russia’s Janus-like president, double-speak, disingenuousness and duplicity are a way of life. For 20 years, he has shown himself the master of having it both ways. But is he about to be found out? As riots shake Moscow, with the promise of more to come, is an end to the long, dark night of the Putin supremacy a dawning possibility?

On the infrequent occasions when Putin openly presents himself to the Russian public, he cultivates the persona of a caring, fatherly figure, not unlike a tsar, valiant in the cause of people and nation. Kremlin publicists project images of a bare-chested, no-nonsense tough guy and stern, stalwart patriot, as was the case on Sunday when he was pictured reviewing a St Petersburg naval parade.

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‘Dangerous’ UK government intent on forcing no deal, says Sturgeon

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Scotland’s first minister criticises Boris Johnson’s ‘hardline position’ on Brexit

Boris Johnson has been accused by Nicola Sturgeon of intentionally pushing the UK towards a no-deal Brexit, despite his “bluff and bluster” about wanting an agreement with EU leaders.

After meeting Johnson face-to-face in Edinburgh, the Scottish first minister said she believed he was pursuing a “dangerous” hardline strategy with EU leaders, with the likely outcome of no-deal Brexit.

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