And so the month of August ends along with the end of summer for me. Still, a weekend featuring some improv should be helpful. Don’t forget the Book Salons on Saturday and Sunday folks. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

International Politics

Overall

- We know the U.S. sanctioned Russian financial institutions for Russia’s action in Ukraine. However, it seems one Russian company was not targeted. It might be because they hold American advisers; Comical

- Roger Waters: “Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning

- What country is benefiting the most from the oil obtained by the Islamic State?  Turkey.

Middle East

- The Iraqi government is dropping needed supplies to some civilians and attempting to rescue others from IS forces

- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas: Hamas fought with Israel for unnecessary reasons and it extended the conflict

Asia and Oceania

- Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stated the army was never called as a mediator over turmoil

Africa

- In Libya, the interim government announced it will dissolve in order to make a new government

Europe 

- Russian President Vladimir Putin: We did not invade Ukraine and our interest lies with the Arctic; NATO, however, disagreed and said Russia was involved in “illegal military actions

- Sweden announced it raised its military alert status as a result of the situation in Ukraine

- Britain also raised its terror threat although this was due to what was happening in Iraq an Syria

- A German official warned the situation in Ukraine was “slipping out of control

- Despite FIFA head Sepp Blatter calling for fewer stadiums for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Putin rejected such recommendations

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

- The Ecuadorean government announced it will turn to a digital currency although they said it would not be like other crypto-currencies

Surveillance Planet

- It seems Google blocked Disconnect, software to prevent malicious malware from affecting users, on its app store for mobile users because it violated a rule

- Emptywheel: “Missing from the EO 12333 Discussion: Its Classified Annex Michael Hayden Revised on March 11, 2004

Financial Matters

- Good news as it seems certain sectors in Israel are being affected by the BDS movement

- David Sirota: “Microsoft’s Staggering Tax Dodge Alone Would Fund the Entire State of Washington for Two Years

- It can be argued there is some good with the Affordable Care Act as executives of major health care companies received less in their executive compensation after the passage of the law

- Looks like bad news for the Rousseff government in Brazil as new economic data showed Brazil entered in a recession in first half of the year

- In the first half of the year, the GDP for the U.S. grew at 1.1 percent. That is not good news although the mainstream narrative believes it is.

- Financial telecommunication companies call for the FCC to block public-owned telecom systems found in some cities to be expanded

Labor’s a-Brewing

- Gallup: Full-time workers, on average, work 47 hours in a week with 42 percent of workers stating they work the “40-hour” workweek.

- A tragic story out of Newark, N.J., where a woman who worked four jobs died while trying to nap between shifts in her car

- Farm workers in New Mexico, despite some progress made on their salaries, still face discrimination and neglect by owners and employers

Politics US

Washington USA

- Jason Leopold: “A Detainee Claims There’s a New Crackdown on Prisoners at Guantanamo

- Some disturbing quotes from those in attendance of a heavily Koch sponsored event back in June

- The Pentagon announced it spends around $7.5 million a day for operations in Iraq

- In response to Britain raising its terror threat, the White House announced it would make no changes. However, the New York Police Department will closely follow the situation; Ridiculous a local police department would be worried over something miles away

Anytown USA

- Professor Adolph Reed, Jr. talks about lessons from Ferguson, Mo., considering it is likely more resistance with follow in other cities due to the deteriorating state of the U.S.

- In what is definitely a case of discrimination, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, a Republican, called a Hispanic student undocumented while addressing a group of students. The issue was the student in question is a U.S. citizen and called him out for his comment.

- In spite of the slow recovery of New Orleans, La., the city is facing a growth of income inequality among residents

We Don’t Need No Education

- In what is indicative of for-profit colleges, Corinthians College was cited by the Department of Justice as a misleading organization for students

Health, Hunger and Homelessness

- With temperatures rising as a result of climate change, it brings the threat of viruses through vectors like mosquitoes

- Bad news as a judge in Hawaii ruled the state’s regulations on pesticide use was wrong and sided with the large companies promoting GMOs

- 22 companies submitted their bids to sell marijuana in Uruguay as the country prepares to implement its plan

The Second Sex

- Dave Zirin: “Yes I ‘Question The NFL’s Commitment’ To Being A Force Against Domestic Violence

- In California, lawmakers passed a bill to prevent sexual assault by stating sexual relations are fine if parties involve consent to it

Planet Earth

- There can be a bridge between environmentalists and workers when it comes to climate change for the way forward

- In Pennsylvania, there have been 243 cases where fracking led to the contamination of drinking water

- In what is indicative of the state of democracy today, government seeks out fossil fuels despite civilians preferring alternative energy

- It is important for American environmentalists to know what the right-wing reactionary government in Canada is doing on environmental issues

- It looks like Charles Koch created a front group to protect the oil industry and bash environmentalists at every turn

Mixed Bag

- Fareed Zakaria, an infamous plagiarist, also is arrogant in his approach to issues. Although, he isn’t really smart when it comes to talking about major issues.

- The Department of Agriculture was able to stop giant African snails (ew) from invading certain environments

Break Time

- Fake Drugs [Hollerado]