Here And There with Dave Marash

Luis Ignacio da Silva…Lula, the most popular ex-President in Brazilian history has been sentenced to 9 ½ years in jail for corruption.  The present President Michel Temer seems likely to be indicted, and the guy next in line for the Presidency is also under investigation.  The corruption crisis that’s crippling Brazil.  Meanwhile President Temer is fighting back, trying to cripple the now globally famous Operation Car Wash investigation.  AP Correspondent Mauricio Savarese has the story in depth.

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Look at the pictures of the Old City of West Mosul, Iraq…utter devastation, buildings pulverized and flattened, block after block…but even in the ruins, unexploded ordinance and intentional boob-traps make every step dangerous.  Tony Cheng of CGTN spent the last 2 weeks reporting on the aftermath of the Battle for Mosul, and the administrative nightmare just unfolding.  Just sorting out genuine refugees from would be ISIS sappers hidden among them is slow and difficult…and deadly mistakes are inevitable.

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Why do we lie?  There are, of course, a million specific reasons, but the important general reason is, we lie because we can.  So what is it about human nature that leads us to mislead?  Yudhijit Battacharjee wrote about the fascinating science behind lying and deceiving for National Geographic…not just why we lie, but who lies most often…can you guess mankind’s prime years for untruth? 

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On the surface, where most real property and rivers and streams are found, the border between Mexico and the United States has begotten volumes of lows, rule and codes, strictly laying out shares and responsibilities.  But Lauren Villagran, now of Search Light NM, just did a 5 part series of the ABQ Journal on the absence of rules or treaties or even explicit agreements on underground water, like the massive cross-border aquifer, the Mesilla Bolson.  It’s a big problem for sharing today and building towards tomorrow. 

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I’m an old guy.  I love my Medicare.  But for my oral health, I’m on my own.  Why is that? and how does it explain the inequality of America’s dental care?  Mary Otto, the author of an excellent new book called Teeth, knows the answers and the history behind them.  The economics of taking care of what’s in your mouth…the differences between medical care and dental care in America…they may not put a smile on your face. 

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All those recent articles on President Trump’s options in the face of North Korea’s test flight of a missile capable of hitting Alaska, were anticipated and excelled in Mark Bowden’s Atlantic Magazine analysis.  Bottom line: none of the options is good.  The biggest reason, the 25 million people living in the Seoul metropolitan area are unprotected hostages to Kim Jung Il’s nuclear threats.

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Some call Donald Trump, the first Facebook President, the first Tweeter-in-chief.  Twitter may be where Trump sounds off, but deep data soundings purchased from Facebook, may have been what got him the White House platform from which he Tweets.  Nina Burleigh of Newsweek on her recent cover story on big data and high-stakes politics in the US and the UK where the same data miners and propaganda marketers, financed by the same ultra-conservative American billionaire also did BREXIT. 

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In 2013, to the staff of safety engineers at Los Alamos Labs’ Plutonium Unit, safety had become a dangerously low priority, that 12 out of 14 of them quit, and the Unit, PF-4 had to shut down.  4 years later it still is. Investigative reporter Patrick Malone of the Center for Public Integrity just published a 5 part series on safety issues at the National Labs.  A tale of 2 photo opportunities: 1 almost caused a catastrophe, the other covered up the consequences.

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State-sponsored domestic terrorism, that’s what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has unleashed to keep his hold on power.  One of his “colectivos” – armed gangs, who have long  threatened or beaten up Maduro ‘s opponents, stormed the National Parliament Building and savagely attacked opposition legislators, while government security forces stood by.  AP Andean Bureau Chief Joshua Goodman has been in Caracas as the Venezuelan political crisis has spun closer to the brink. 

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I asked America’s Money Answers Man, Jordan Goodman, to take a look at an op-ed written by NM Congressman Steve Pearce.  It defends what’s called The Financial Choice Act, passed by the Republican majority in the House and presently bogged down in the Senate.  Goodman, one of America’s top financial journalists says Pearce has some legitimate points, but overall the bill mostly benefits the already rich and powerful.  For one thing it protects predatory pay day lenders and guts the Consumer Financial Protection Board, which has taken back from financial cheaters some $12 billion in 6 years.

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