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Yesterday, the former president of the United States singled out American Jews, calling them ungrateful.

Donald Trump took to his Truth Social platform and posted a bizarre, antisemitic rant about how American Jews do not appreciate him enough and need to “get their act together…before it is too late.”

“Somewhat surprisingly, however, our wonderful Evangelicals are far more appreciative of this than the people of the Jewish faith,” he claimed.

The former president’s words echo one of the darkest periods of world history. Unfortunately, they may signal a growing tolerance for open antisemitism in the modern Republican Party. Rightwing hero and rapper Kanye West made antisemitic remarks on Twitter and then went on Tucker Carlson’s primetime Fox News show and doubled down. Carlson edited out the remarks for the broadcast without acknowledging them, as STATUS COUP shows.

Over the summer, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made headlines when he refused to condemn neo-Nazis rallying at a Turning Point USA event in Tampa with swastika flags alongside flags that read “DeSantis country.”

Fried reflects on tumultuous political atmosphere, criticizes DeSantis following federal search of Trump’s FL home - Florida Phoenix
A day after former President Donald Trump’s home was searched by the FBI, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried held a press conference near the Florida Governor’s Mansion, where Gov. Ron DeSantis, First Lady Casey DeSantis and their three young children live. The governor last evening had tweeted, i…
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Antisemitism rose as the world plunged into the depths of a pandemic and resulting economic woes. Antisemitic incidents rose sharply in 2021 in the U.S. and other nations, according to research from Tel Aviv University.

Bigotry often roils below the surface of society, awaiting disruptions and uncertainty, opportunities to ooze out and burn everything in its path. In periods of upheaval and rising hate, honest reporting is an essential antidote to conspiracy theories and prejudices that are all too ready to fill in gaps in people’s understanding.

So here’s some important work from the last week by OptOut’s network of financially independent, trustworthy news outlets!

Your Weekly Independent News Roundup


HEATED published a fascinating read on the emerging "anti-ESG" or "anti-woke capitalism" movement to combat climate action.

Anti-ESG proponents want to stop corporations from following environmentally and socially conscious investing principles, commonly referred to as Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) principles.
The curious origins of the anti-ESG movement
The anti-“woke investing” movement was not created by financial experts. It was created by two of the fossil fuel industry’s most notorious climate disinformers.
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Speaking of the anti-ESG movement, Matt Binder released an episode on his DOOMED podcast this week discussing the “bullshit” of Elon Musk, who called corporate ESG “the Devil incarnate.”

‎DOOMED with Matt Binder: 231: Elon Musk’s B******t, Herschel Walker’s B******t (w/ Mike Figueredo of Humanist Report) on Apple Podcasts
‎Show DOOMED with Matt Binder, Ep 231: Elon Musk’s B******t, Herschel Walker’s B******t (w/ Mike Figueredo of Humanist Report) - Oct 14, 2022
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GRIST covers a promising development in the fight against climate change. Nearly 200 countries agreed to cut aviation greenhouse gas emissions. The International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency that represents 193 member states, announced an “aspirational” goal of reaching net zero for aviation emissions by 2050.

UN countries adopt ‘aspirational’ net-zero goal for aviation
A new framework will require countries to buy carbon offsets if their air travel emissions keep growing.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the new bivalent COVID-19 booster shots for all Americans ages 5 to 11 this week. STATES NEWSROOM via COLORADO NEWSLINE tells you what you need to know about the jab.

FDA, CDC greenlight updated COVID-19 booster for kids 5 to 11 - Colorado Newsline
The federal government recommended an updated COVID-19 booster for kids between 5 and 11, expanding use of the new bivalent shots.
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FLORIDA PHOENIX covers the fierce backlash from the medical community to Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo’s recommendation against COVID vaccines for young people.

Ladapo defends anti-COVID vax guidance amid protests from medical community - Florida Phoenix
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo continues to defend his agency’s new guidance against COVID-19 vaccines among adult men as medical experts point out flaws in the Florida Department of Health study intended to justify the recommendation. Ladapo, who has consistently expressed skepticism about C…
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THE NATION released a necessary article on a cholera outbreak in Haiti’s National Penitentiary. The inmate population is significantly larger than the facility is designed for, and the outbreak could lead to hundreds of deaths.

A Cholera Outbreak in a Haitian Prison Threatens to Kill Hundreds Within Days
A deadly epidemic is surging in a penitentiary built for 800 people but containing nearly 4,000. Without immediate inmate release and medical care, hundreds may soon be dead.
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This week, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, who is running against television personality Dr. Oz in a hotly contested Senate race, made headlines for an interview he gave with NBC’s Dasha Burns in which he discussed a number of topics, including his recovery from a stroke. Media honed in on Fetterman’s health with several high-profile pundits questioning his ability to do the job. DISCOURSE BLOG wrote a scathing review of this coverage.

The Media Has Gone Full Ableist On John Fetterman
This sucks, man.
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THE AMERICAN PROSPECT reports on a critical piece of news that flew under the radar last week. President Joe Biden’s Labor Department is considering a new rule that would correctly classify drivers for Uber, Lyft, and FedEx as employees, not “independent contractors.” The change would mean higher pay and required overtime. It would compel those companies to pay into Social Security and unemployment insurance.

One More Pro-Worker Move From Biden
Today on TAP: The Labor Department says if you make your living driving for Uber, Lyft, or FedEx, you’re an employee, not an ‘independent contractor.’
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Want to know what’s happening with Trader Joe’s unionization efforts? PRISM’s report is a must-read about the challenges facing workers seeking better conditions at the chain grocery store.

Putting a face to a movement: Trader Joe’s unionization
Trader Joe’s workers have attempted different unionization strategies across stores but have been met with similar union-busting tactics
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In Other News

JACOBIN has a new piece about political corruption. Author Luke Savage notes that favor-trading and the revolving door have made America its most corrupt since the 19th century.

American Political Corruption Is the Worst It’s Been Since the 19th Century
With the proliferation of favor-trading and the use of public office as a stepping stone to lucrative private gigs, America’s political institutions have become as debased and corrupt as they were in the 1800s.
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This week, a Fox Business contributor claimed to have gone to Taco Bell for lunch and paid $28 thanks to inflation. The announcement set off a round of mockery online. Well, now DEFECTOR has weighed in, taking the challenge and reporting, in delicious detail, on what eating $28 at Taco Bell is actually like.

I Just Ate $28 Worth Of Taco Bell Because Some Dingus On TV Claimed He Did | Defector
I have undertaken this dreadful quest because Scott “ScottyMarkets” Martin went on some Fox Business show to complain about President Joe Brandon’s reckless pro-inflation governance. He used a baffling and bafflingly specific example to illustrate the damage done to working families by inflation: Hi…
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