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This blog’s been created in the hope that knowledge is power, and the
certainty that ignorance is its antithesis.   It’s mainly a compilation
of information and insight from various sources that I thought worth
passing along.

I’ll be tossing in my grossly overvalued two cents, as well (denoted
by asterisks).   That said, I’d like to think I’m smart enough to know
what I don’t know, and that I’ll make that clear when necessary.

I’m happy to hear from folks.   Disagreement is welcome, but only if
it’s civil.  You can be as vociferous as you wish, but personal attacks
will simply be flushed as soon as they’re apparent.

Let’s do the mensch thing.

Make sense?   If so, you can leave a comment or reach me at .

And a note on DEMOCRACY NOW! posts:

I may be stating the obvious, but it’s a good idea to check the DN!
Headlines every weekday.

There’s a link to them at the top right of each segment I post, and of
course you can go to on the rare days when
I don’t have anything from the program.

And in addition to what’s here, I occasionally receive responses to my comments at sites such as Common Dreams, The Real News Network and the FAIR Blog, which I reply to.

If you’re interested in those, just click on the page link and search on “Doug Latimer” in the comments section to read them.

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Thanks for visiting.   I hope you’ll find it worth your while.


ADDED 10/27/11 —  THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES page, where I park aphorisms et alia that I think are worth their own separate space.

See if you agree.


5/10/15 — Lately, I’ve been including a good bit of health and nutrition intel here, and I do see it intimately related to the other issues extant.

The posts on the duplicity and venality of food and medical corps provide obvious parallels, but I also want to focus on what we can do to improve our health, as we can’t follow our principles as assiduously as we’re obligated to if we’re not in the best condition we can be.

That said, I want to be clear that I’m no expert in these fields.  I’m trying to learn, and unlearn, what I need to do to be healthy.  In doing so, I may wander down some dead ends.  I present this information with the entreaty that you accord it both serious consideration and scrutiny.

What makes seeming sense today may be disproved tomorrow.  What appears outlandish in the present could well be validated in the future.

I hope what I pass along will be of benefit to you.


* Do what your conscience demands

And your courage allows

And never be satisfied with the limits of either *




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05/02/2008 at 4:15 PM

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Exxon Targets Journalists Who Exposed Massive Climate Cover Up
‘We’ve often wondered if Exxon actually hates our children because they so consistently stand in the way of safeguarding their future,’ campaigner said, ‘it turns out they apparently hate good journalism as well.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Guess Who’s Against a “Safe Zone” in Northern Syria? U.S.-Backed Kurds
by Robert Naiman

*And most of those folks in Peoria could care less if civilians die in those airstrikes, whomever carries them out.

The Politics of Children’s Literature
What’s Wrong with the Rosa Parks Myth
by Herbert Kohl


The Real News Network
How the Criminal Justice System Protects Police
Todd Oppenheim compares the treatment of the six officers charged with killing Freddie Gray to the clients he represents as a Baltimore public defender

Huey P. Newton and the Untold Story of the Black Panther Party
Former Black Panther Party Chief of Staff David Hilliard and award-winning filmmaker Dante James discuss their forthcoming film on the Black Panther Party and Huey Newton

Days of Revolt: The Moral Bankruptcy of the Left on Prostitution
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and anti-prostitution advocates Lee Lakeman and Alice Lee discuss the Left’s absence in confronting male violence against women, and the role of colonialism in perpetuating prostitution

*There is no “freedom” in fear

Climate Protesters Defy State of Emergency in Paris
Janet Redman of IPS and Dimitri Lascaris of The Real News report on the COP 21 challenges in Paris that could isolate the US

*Misleading title, as there’s next to nothing about the Paris protests in the segment, is there?

But the main point’s important – that this is a dog and pony show designed to make as little change to business as usual as possible.

It’s utter insanity

But isn’t that what addicts do best?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Why Blue Collar Whites Are Dying

*When you’re in the same boat

You’d best be rowing in the same direction

Paris Talks, Paris Myths

Democracy Now!
Naomi Klein Extended Interview on Role of Obama, Trudeau & Austerity at U.N. Climate Summit

*I included this for the intel Klein provides about the impacts of climate change, and the perverse reaction to it by those in power, but I find her less and less convincing as a voice for truly transformative change.

I think it’s telling that she can refer to a mass murderer (as all presidents are) as “likable”, as well as her infatuation with a PR pope desperately trying to take the focus off the myriad scandals that infect his sect.

To my mind, that evinces a worldview that all too readily is willing to overlook intense contradictions when they prove nettlesome.

As the song goes, sometimes

“Facts don’t do what [you] want them to”.

“The Paris Agreement Will See the Planet Burn”: Former Bolivian Climate Negotiator Pablo Solón

Quick Weight Loss Tips to Drop the Thanksgiving Pounds
by Yuri Elkaim

Do you use this ancient fruit?
by Leanne Ely

Do sugar substitutes really help people lose weight?
Or do they cause weight gain?
Lisa Lefferts
Nutrition Action

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After Shooting, Anti-Choice Rhetoric Denounced for Creating Culture of Hate
“You are not free from the judgement of the consequences of your hate-filled rhetoric,” says NARAL leader after Colorado attack
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Ye shall know them by their fruits

And nuts

The Real Trouble With Bernie
by Andrew Levine

*In the end, any sense of global humanity isn’t even an afterthought.

Friends of the Earth
Should Our Children Be Genetically Engineered?
Call for ban on germline genetic engineering of human beings

*Isn’t there a difference between not knowing about the consequences

And not caring about them?

And were they always “unintended”?

Amnesty International
Northern Ireland: Amnesty Welcomes Landmark Court Decision on Abortion Law
“It is shameful that the Courts have had to step in because politicians have repeatedly failed Northern Ireland’s women”

The Real News Network
HBCU’s and Maryland Clash Over Higher Ed
TRNN Producer David Tigabu speaks with Morgan State University President David Wilson and alumnus David Burton about the ongoing struggle for equity in higher education

Sheltering Liberation: A Short History of Maroon Settlements
This week on teleSUR’s The Global African, Dr. Msomi Moor and Dr. Sheila Walker discuss the legacy of the maroon presence in Panama and Colombia

Who Is Supporting Trump?
Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Thomas Ferguson examines the poll numbers and explains why the lower and middle white-working classes are connecting with the billionaire’s messaging

Beauty Lies Truth
Tell Procter and Gamble to Make Safer Tampons and Pads For All Women and #DETOXTHEBOX

In New York Times, Blue Eyes ‘Wince and Cloud’ at the Terror of a ‘Gentle Loner’
by Jim Naureckas

*Push the white button for empathy

Institute for Public Accuracy
“The Real Reason for Turkey’s Shoot-Down of the Russian Jet”

Democracy Now!
Global Protests Demand Climate Justice as World Leaders Open Pivotal Paris Summit

Indigenous Climate Activists: Paris “Police State” is the Reality Frontline Communities Live With

French Farmer-Activist José Bové on Paris Protest Ban: “We Are in Prison in Our Own Home”

Naomi Klein on Paris Summit: Leaders’ Inaction on Climate Crisis is “Violence” Against the Planet

*The black art of the “politically possible”

Are You Getting the Benefits of Organic Food You Paid For?
by Ty Bollinger

*Unlabeled GMOs

Mislabeled “organics”

And a disabled regulatory regime

A recipe for disease and disaster

Serves 320 million

What a Doctor Should Never Say to a Cancer Patient
by Bill Henderson


Oil Jobs Lost: 250.000 And Counting, Texas Likely To See Massive Layoffs Soon
by Charles Kennedy

Forget ISIS: Humanity is at Stake
by Ramzy Baroud

The Biggest Man-Made Environmental Disaster Preceding the Paris Climate Conference
by Thuy Anh

Can porn be good for us?
The Economist magazine sponsored an online debate on the question “Can porn be good for us?” I argued against pornography and Cindy Gallop argued for, with guest commentaries. At the end of the 10-day debate, readers voted 81% against pornography.
by Robert Jensen

Jensen’s rebuttal is at

His closing statement is at

America’s Empire of African Bases Spreads
The U.S. military has built an extensive archipelago of African outposts, transforming the continent into a laboratory for a new kind of war.
by Nick Turse

*Empire state building

REI Will #OptOutside on Black Friday. Can It Change Retail (and the Economy)?
All 143 REI stores will be closed on Black Friday. But what more can the co-op do to live up to its values and transform the conversation in the United States?
by Parag Rajendra Khandhar


At Gates of Guantanamo, Activists Counter Unjust Detention With ‘Powerful Act of Compassion’
‘We are here to say: We know you are suffering; we have come to stand with you.’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Stronger Locks, Better Security
by Cindy Cohn

*It’s not a matter of “know[ing] better”

It’s a matter of wanting to know everything

Koch “Alliance” on Criminal Justice Reform Exposed as Trojan Horse
by Dan Froomkin

*I’m shocked

That anyone believed this shit in the first place.

Jobs With Justice
Stand With Retail Employees – During the Holidays and All Year-Round!

The Real News Network
Indigenous Peoples’ History is More Complicated Than a Holiday Myth
Tara Houska, tribal rights attorney and co-founder of, discusses often omitted nuances of Indigenous peoples’ history and outlines some current struggles being waged

Pentagon Must Be Thankful for the Turkey Washington Post Gave Its Readers
by Jim Naureckas

*Our bombs care more than theirs


EPA Turnaround on Toxic Herbicide ‘Huge Victory for Future of Food’
Revoking Enlist Duo approval, agency sides with green groups and pulls brake on ‘lethal cocktail of chemicals’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

US Represents Cautionary Tale about Media System Dominated by Market Values
Until corporate libertarianism is dismantled, it is difficult to achieve an effective “media democracy” which protects collective rights held by publics, audiences, and communities over the individual rights of corporations
by Victor Pickard

A Holiday Reminder: Give Thanks for the Groups Who Resettle Refugees, and Live Up to American Ideals
On this holiday that celebrates gratitude, be thankful that religious and non-profit refugee aid workers are also fighting Islamophobia
by Joan Walsh

Showdown on the Syrian border
by Vijay Prashad

The Real News Network
Turkey’s Intentions Behind the Downing of a Russian Jet (1/2)
Trent University’s Baris Karaagac explains why Turkey would risk a close business relationship with Russia and assist Islamic extremists in Syria


Is America Powerless to Stop Pfizer Merger?
Pfizer-Allergan deal will create world’s largest pharmaceutical company, higher drug prices, and hundreds of millions in lost tax revenue, but economist James Henry explains why Congress is turning a blind eye

“Being a Founding White Father Ain’t What It Used To Be:” Student Protests on College Campuses
Glen Ford, executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report, says that student protests around the world against racist legacies of former leaders and a lack of diversity at their universities speaks to a resurgence of old political struggles

*Much more than monuments need to be dismantled

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Myth of Thanksgiving” and Mideast Policy Today

*Holy war

Wholly hypocritical

‘They’re Not Americans’: CNN Guest Justifies Massive Attacks on Civilians
by Jim Naureckas

*A circus complete with killer clowns

Democracy Now!
Chicago Police Officer Charged With Murder After Video Shows Him Shooting Laquan McDonald 16 Times

Eyewitness Recalls Shooting by Alleged White Supremacists at Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Protest

The 10 Worst Ab Exercises That Waste Your Time and Kill Your Spine
by Yuri Elkaim

*I guess you could say that these “burns” lead to a meltdown.

Or not …


The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: Militarizing Education
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges discusses the militarization of higher education institutions with journalist Alexa O’Brien to uncover the trail of money and influence from the national security state to college programs

Maryland Among Lowest Number of Hate Crimes in the Nation
Latest FBI report shows state relatively hate crime free, but some question stats

Turkey Plants with Poor Food Safety Records Avoid Oversight
by Sarah Damian
Food Intergrity Campaign

Petition update
Mercy for Animals
Don’t Buy Foster Farms’ Cruel Thanksgiving Lies

A Day in the Quality of Life at the Manhattan Institute
by Josmar Trujillo

*MI will never host a panel on “The Quality of Mercy”.

I’ll put scared money on that, I tell you what.

Once Again, Media Terrorize the Public for the Terrorists
by Adam H. Johnson

*Terrorists from all camps benefit from this scare mongering, as well as the mongers themselves.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Debunking Trump — and his Critics — on 9/11 and Torture

Tweets in a Time of Terror: Clinton and Carson Target Free Speech

Democracy Now!
Journalist on Shooting of Laquan McDonald By Chicago Police Officer: “It Was An Horrific Execution”

*What Emanuel’s truly “appalled” by is the truth coming out, don’t you think?

Chicago Activist: City’s Call for Peace over Laquan McDonald Video Does Not Extend to Police Department

*It’s immensely frustrating to hear comments like “restoring trust” from someone who should know better.

There’s never been trust, and will never be trust, in an institution dedicated to one’s oppression.

And it’s not “a relatively small subset” of officers that engages in that oppression, but a system designed to implement it.

Do we need another couple of centuries to admit that as established fact?

The Okinawan Secret to a Long, Lean Life
by Yuri Elkaim


As Cameron Bangs War Drum, Voices for Peace Rally Around Corbyn
‘Another destructive bombing campaign is no solution whatsoever,’ anti-war campaigners warn. ‘It risks intensifying and widening what is already a catastrophic war.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It’s damnably difficult to say who is the greater friend to whom

The jihadists

Or the warmongers and profiteers?

New Report Digs the Dirt on the Corporate Criminals Sponsoring Climate Talks
Inviting major polluters to pay for the talks compared to ‘hiring a fox to guard a hen house’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

What’s Really at Stake at the Paris Climate Conference Now Marches Are Banned
By banning protest at COP21, Hollande is silencing those facing the worst impacts of climate change and its monstrous violence
by Naomi Klein

Signs of a Dying Society
by Paul Buchheit

The New Great Game Between China and the US
Will chess, not Battleship, be the game of the future in Eurasia?
by Pepe Escobar

The Realism of Audacity: Rethinking Revolutionary Strategy Today
by Panagiotis Sotiris

*The truly open heart cannot exist without the truly open mind

ACLU Renews Call for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Following Florida Legislature Report

The Real News Network
Report: The Population of Women in Prison Has Tripled Since the 90’s
A recently published report by the Prison Policy Initiative brings to light staggering statistics about incarcerated women

History Will Judge America on Syrian Refugee Crisis As “Shameful”
Trinity College’s Vijay Prashad says lawmakers anti-refugee stance is more about politics than technicalities, as many refugees have been screened for more than two years

What’s Fueling Boko Haram Attacks in Nigeria?
Baba Aye of Nigeria’s United Action for Democracy argues that the West’s obsession with military solutions will ensure the dominance of groups like ISIS

Is Obama Walking Into COP21 With An Empty Hand?
NYU’s Christian Parenti says international agreements will remain largely symbolic if the Obama administration fails to aggressively push for green economic policies

Pull All Drug Ads from TV
by Denise Kinney

*A pusher’s a pusher

In the street

Or the corporate suite

Keep politics out of science — stop the passage of H.R.1806
by Evin Lambert

*Ignorance is only bliss for those threatened by the facts

Institute for Public Accuracy
Saudi Arabia: * Death for “Apostasy” * U.S. Weapons Fueling Wars

Hollande and Obama: Doubling Down on “Imperialism”?

Abuse Charges Against a Former Cop Are Disturbing–as Is the Lack of Media Interest
by Janine Jackson

*The right victims for the perp

The wrong ones for the press

Democracy Now!
Brussels Is Under High Security Alert, But Will Europe Address Muslims in “Marginalized Ghettos”?

*Those “ghettos”, and the way their residents are treated – in Europe and the US – are more of a reflection of “Western values” than those Bouckaert speaks of, wouldn’t you say?

A Paris Every Day: As 100 Americans Die from Guns Daily, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka Calls for Reform

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Elected After Popular Uprising, Defends Local Control of Schools

“A Mayor That’s Radical”: Newark Mayor Ras Baraka Reflects on His Poet Father & 1st Year in Office

*Perhaps Baraka is “radical” in the context of U.S. electoral politics, but it’s always sound counsel to put one’s faith in principles rather than personages, and to hold the latter to the former.

How they respond to that accountability is the true measure of their radicalism.

Why Your MD Won’t Recommend a Natural Treatment
by Dr. Linda Isaacs

A single meal “changed my life forever”
The culprit: ground beef contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Biodegradable is Bunk: World’s ‘Ocean Waste Baskets’ Still Filled With Plastic Trash
Such products ‘will not bring about a significant decrease either in the quantity of plastic entering the ocean or the risk of physical and chemical impacts on the marine environment,’ UN report states
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A throw away society

A thrown away environment

CNN Punished Its Own Journalist for Fulfilling a Core Duty of Journalism
by Glenn Greenwald

*No profit in principle

Who’s Leading The Charge For Change? Women
by Laura Flanders

*Sisters are doing it for themselves

And any of the rest of us willing to do it with them

‘Terrorism for Dummies’: Clinton’s Neo-Conservativsm Is Simply Dangerous
by Peter Bloom

*Sanders is far from the “anti Clinton” in his cheerleading for Saudi involvement in the “GWOT” ™, among other stances, but the point’s taken

“Madame Mayhem” is an apt moniker.

Climate Change Is Violence
by Rebecca Solnit

*Ignomonies of scale

Amnesty International
Abortion is Not a Crime, Doctors Warn Governments

Sierra Club
World Trade Organization Puts Dolphins At Risk

Western Environmental Law Center
In Advance of Paris Climate Talks, Washington Court Recognizes Constitutional and Public Trust Rights and Announces Agency’s Legal Duty to Protect Atmosphere for Present and Future Generations
“[I]f ever there were a time to recognize through action this right to preservation of a healthful and pleasant atmosphere, the time is now”

*Kids save the dearest things

Statement by Friends of the Earth International in Reaction to the French Government Ban of the Paris Climate Justice Mobilizations Due to the Heightened Security Situation

The Real News NetworkBack to Square One, Obama Says Assad Must Go
After Vienna international talks created a political transition in Syria, Trinity College’s Vijay Prashad says Obama’s precondition that Assad must go is lock in step with Turkish and Saudi interests

Between ISIS and Intervening Powers, Perpetual Conflict is Common Goal
York University Professor Sabah Alnasseri discusses the strategy of ISIS and regional actors following the attacks in Paris and Beirut

The Pentagon and Bernie Sanders Agree: Terrorism Linked to Climate Change
NYU’s Christian Parenti explains how we can connect the dots between droughts, neoliberal policies and terrorism

Cancer-Causing Processed Meats Largely Affect Low Income Neighborhoods
According to a recent WHO study, processed meats cause cancer – but in many Baltimore neighborhoods, that’s the only food that’s available

*Feasting on a real food famine

Institute for Public Accuracy
Mali: Libya Bombing and Saudi Power as Sources of Instability

FAIR CounterSpin
‘You No Longer Have Your Constitutional Right to Civil Jury Trial’
Joanne Doroshow on forced arbitration
by Janine Jackson

*Court of lost resort

David Brooks’ ‘$120,000 Vacation’ Is No Joke
by Janine Jackson

*Conspicuous condescension

Democracy Now!
Exclusive: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to Warn Drone War Kills Civilians, Fuels Terror

“Numbing & Horrible”: Former Drone Operator Brandon Bryant on His Haunting First Kill

Exclusive: 2 Air Force Vets Speak Out for First Time on Why They Want the Drone War to Stop

From Console to Trigger: How Pentagon “Exploits” Video Game Culture to Wire Youth for War

*Support these troops

And maybe the child molesters won’t find it as easy to mindfuck the next generation.


Emergency Lawsuit Filed To Fight FDA Approval of ‘Frankenfish’
In addition to profound potential for ecological impacts, critics say move by FDA ignores fundamental right of consumers to know how their food is produced
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Anti-Transparency Bill Implies Pennsylvania Police Have ‘Something to Hide’
‘We give our police officers a great deal of power. It is crucial that transparency is coupled with that power.’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

G20 Media, Did the Cat Get Its Tongue?
News of the G20 Summit focused on Paris, Syria, and yes, cats. Where was the media on other issues?
by Lacy MacAuley

Snowden Reveals Obama Ordered NSA and CIA to Spy on Venezuela
by Charles Davis and Andrew Fishman

Week of Action on the Anniversary of DAPA

The Real News Network
Remembering Joe Hill
On the 100th anniversary of the execution of labor organizer and songsmith Joe Hill, Alexis Buss, contributor to the book The Letters of Joe Hill, speaks on Hill’s life, work, and legacy

*The song remains the same

Institute for Public Accuracy
Drone Whistleblowers: U.S. Assassination Program Ignites Terrorism

ISIS Killed More Americans in Beirut Than in Paris–but Only Their Hometown Papers Noticed
by Neil deMause

*The “other” victims

Death-Squad Organizer Is NYT’s Source on Ben Carson’s Lack of Foreign Policy Smarts
by Adam Johnson and Jim Naureckas


Ignoring the color that would be

Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald: “Shameless” U.S. Officials Exploit Paris Attacks to Defend Spying & Attack Snowden

*Malefactoring consent

Glenn Greenwald on “Submissive” Media’s Drumbeat for War and “Despicable” Anti-Muslim Scapegoating

*The sick

And the dead

9 Health-Boosting Reasons Chlorella Was Thought to End World Hunger
by Yuri Elkaim


Hysterical Corporate Media Fueling War Fervor, Xenophobia in 24/7 Cycle
‘Not since 2003 have I witnessed anything as supine and uncritical as the CIA-worshipping stenography that has been puked forward this week.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Terror (and/or war) is good business

Invest your airtime

Was the media’s “objective” ever to “inform”?

And can we stop referring to war crimes and the flouting of international law as “mistakes”?

Jesus, Mary and Joseph …

Center for Food Safety
Alarming Public Health Study Documents Effects of Bee-killing Insecticides on People in Japan
Center for Food Safety Concerned Rural Americans Face Similar Risks

The Real News Network
Jamar Clark’s Killer Cops Identified Amid Growing Protests in Minneapolis
Minneapolis Black Lives Matter activist and attorney Nekima Levy-Pounds describes the events, case and protests over the police killing of unarmed African American Jamar Clark

Terrorism Expert: Islamic State Sustains Itself Through a War Economy
Loretta Napoleoni, author of ‘Islamic Phoenix,’ discusses how the Islamic State is financed

Silent for the Sake of Arms Sales? contributor Daniel Lazare says U.S. officials have known for years that their Gulf partners are funding groups like the Islamic State

*Saber rattling

To obscure saber selling

Coverage of Russian Plane Bombing Shows What a Difference an Enemy Makes
by Jim Naureckas

FAIR CounterSpin
‘We Are in a Whole New Struggle Over the Right to Vote Now’
Ari Berman on Voting Rights
by Janine Jackson

*The right to vote is vital

The more so when there’s some reason to

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton Foundation a “Money Laundering Operation” for “Influence Peddling” by Dictators

*The dirty dynamic behind the dynasty

Democracy Now!
Desperate Journey: Shocking Video Shows Risks Refugee Families Take to Reach Europe Safely

*”Je Suis un Réfugié” … ?


US Quest for Oil Exacerbates Global Thirst
New study highlights the growing crisis at the intersection of energy policy and international trade
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Drilling us dry

ISIS Wants to Destroy the ‘Grey Zone’. Here’s How We Defend It
After the Paris attacks, it is imperative that we safeguard this arena of co-existence, where people of all faith and none remain unified on the principles of common humanity.
by Nafeez Ahmed

Thanks Amazon, But We Don’t Need Your Solidarité
Companies aren’t people. Maybe that’s why their ‘grief’ at the Paris attacks leaves a bitter taste in my mouth
by Jessica Reed

*Your pain is our gain

Metadata Surveillance Didn’t Stop the Paris Attacks
by Marcy Wheeler

*Is mass surveillance focused on threats to people

Or threats to power?

Life Goes On Under the Helicopters and the Terrible Cost of Avoiding the Dangers of Kabul
by Brian Terrell

Artists and Activists Re-Imagine ‘Trans Day of Remembrance’

The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: The Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and organizer Kevin Zeese break down the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and detail the upcoming demonstrations organized against it

*Corporations aren’t persons

They have far more rights

France’s Colonial Past and Blowback
Glen Ford, executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report, says that France’s colonial legacy is again being ignored in the response and media coverage to the attacks in Paris

Petition update
Congress: Don’t force survivors of sexual assault to go to the police. Vote no on the #UnsafeCampusAct
McCaskill responds to our petition, NIC & NPC withdraw support
by Jillian Murray and Know Your IX

Petition update
We did it! Kikkoman will stop testing on animals!
by Kacey Kogachi

Democracy Now!
There is No Military Solution: Could ISIL Be Strengthened by U.S., French, Russian Bombing?

Lydia Wilson: What I Discovered from Interviewing Imprisoned Islamic State Fighters


Viewers Tune Out, Voters Lose Out as DNC Buries Democratic Debate
Democratic party heads face renewed criticism as Republican candidates, with millions more tuning in, are dominating the conversation
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Which is more ironic

“Democratic” or “Republican”?

(And I think “nimbly” may have been a typo.)

One Night in Kunduz, One Morning in New York
by Laura Gottesdiener

Non-French War Deaths Matter
by David Swanson

*The man was reading my mind, and beat me to speaking it.

Those who promise security at home are those who guarantee the opposite by creating chaos abroad.

Blowback doesn’t occur in a vacuum, but an inferno of one’s own making.

The dead of Paris are no less and no more to be mourned than those murdered in the charade of “The War on Terror”.

That terror breeds this terror, and will do so until it is neutered by an ascendant sense of humanity.

New Anti-Capitalist Party (France)
The cruelty of imperialist wars results in the cruelty of terrorism




Three strikes and you’re out

The Real News Network
France Seeks Revenge Against ISIS in Syria
France launches massive airstrikes against ISIS in Syria after terror attacks in Paris kill at least 129 and injure hundreds more

Warren Investigation Finds Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for $10 Trillion in Risky Derivatives
After Congress rammed through a ‘cromnibus’ spending bill last year that repealed parts of Dodd-Frank financial regulation, UMKC’s Bill Black explains how with or without this repeal another Wall Street bailout is still a real possibility

ACLU Releases Mobile Justice App
Representatives from ACLU of MD present Mobile Justice App in partnership with Coppin State University and community leaders

*Let’s hope this spreads as swiftly as the next celebrity embarrassment

Infrastructure, Food Security, and Syria to Dominate G-20 Summit
Trinity College’s Vijay Prashad says world leaders will need to wrestle with a no-job growth economy, food insecurity, and the effect of a possible rise in interest rates by the Federal Reserve [This interview took place before the Paris attacks]

Institute for Public Accuracy
After Paris: What Needs to Be Changed? * Interventions * Saudi

Syria and Climate Change: Does Global Warming Fuel Conflict?

After Paris: Is the “War on Terror” Feeding Terror?

*The very definition of a rhetorical question

But the security state feasts, as well, doesn’t it?

Ending the buffet for both necessitates an end to empire and exploitation

And that will be how we truly honor their victims.

Context-Free Coverage of Terror Helps Perpetuate Its Causes
by Jim Naureckas

Torturing animals for soy sauce?
by Kacey Kogachi

*Sadism in the pursuit of profit is not heart healthy

Democracy Now!
Voices from a City in Mourning: Paris Reels After 129 Killed in Deadliest Attacks in Decades

“We Shouldn’t Play into the Hands of ISIS”: Vijay Prashad on Danger of Military Escalation in Syria

“We Are Scared, We Are Grieving”: Muslim Activist in Paris Condemns Attacks, Rising Islamophobia

*Reason and humanity amongst the hysteria and hate

What are Chemtrails and How Are They Harming Our Food and Water?
by Ty Bollinger

*This is news to me. If anyone has any intel they feel is valid on the subject, please pass it along.


With ‘Off-Planet’ Mining Bill, US Congress Seeks to Privatize Outer Space
Extraterrestrial ‘Finders Keepers’ law allows US citizens and companies to legally claim ‘abiotic’ natural resources including water and minerals
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Declining Snowpack Threatens Water Supply for Billions Worldwide
‘Water managers in a lot of places may need to prepare for a world where the snow reservoir no longer exists.’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Elephant in Paris – Guns and Greenhouse Gases
by Nick Buxton

The Campus Race Protests Are About Systemic Racism That’s Never Gone Away
These movements, most recently at Yale, Mizzou and Ithaca, have been happening since the first person of color stepped on to a college campus
by Luna Olavarría Gallegos

Demystifying US and Israeli Power
by Susan Cain and Mark Mason

*A bit too neat to my mind, but there are undeniable truths and useful intel extant.

The Real News Network
Is the ISIS Bombing in Beirut a Product of US Policy in the Region?
Rania Masri and Vijay Prashad say the Western media’s reporting on the ISIS bombing in Lebanon is deeply racist and accepts the ISIS narrative by describing the southern Beirut neighborhood as a “Hezbollah bastion”

General Strike In Greece Reignites Anti-Austerity Battle
Greek port worker and union leader Giorgos Gogos says most of the demonstrations across the country were peaceful and unified against austerity measures imposed by the lenders and accepted by SYRIZA

#MillionStudentMarch: Thousands Walkout Across The Country
As thousands demonstrate at over 100 campuses across the country, TRNN speaks to UC Berkeley student Lauren Butler, who explains why students are fighting against tuition, debt and racism

Fossil Fuel Companies Under Investigation for Role in Climate Change Denial
Dan Zegart, senior fellow at the Climate Investigation Center, says New York State Attorney’s settlement with Peabody Energy is not satisfactory given the damage caused by denying climate change

The Global African: Reparations in the Caribbean?
Did UK Prime Minister David Cameron inadvertently give life to the Reparations movement in the Caribbean? We also talk to the leader of a new project cutting down on energy consumption and empowering local women in Tanzania

Puente Movement
Palestinian Refugees Facing Deportation

Media Turn Civilian ISIS Victims in Beirut Into Hezbollah Human Shields
by Ben Norton

Democracy Now!
Terror in Little Saigon: The Shocking Story of a Vietnamese Death Squad Killing 5 Journalists in US Pt. 2

*It’s not a matter of not having control over these killers. It’s obvious there was no desire to – then or now.

So “blowback” is an inappropriate term in this instance, isn’t it?

In Nationwide Student Revolt over Campus Racism, NY’s Ithaca College is Latest School to Erupt

Gobble up your turkey!
by Leanne Ely


Worried TPP Will Hurt Workers? This Case Will Provide Some Clues.
“If the administration fails to take strong action, critics will see it as a signal that the U.S. is falling short on linking trade, investment, and labor rights.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

To Evade NSA, Microsoft Begins Building Data Centers in Germany
Data stored in new centers will only be accessible with permission of user or ‘data trustee’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Saudi-Led Coalition ‘Deliberately’ Targeting Hospitals in Yemen: ICRC
With a stockpile of Western arms, the Saudi siege of Yemen has hit nearly 100 healthcare facilities in war-torn country since March
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Monsanto Accused of Knowingly Polluting SF Bay with Toxic PCBs
Oakland city attorney says the chemical giant ‘chose profits over people, and American cities and citizens are still suffering the consequences.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Germany’s Spy Targets Included FBI, UNICEF, US Weapons Makers
New reporting adds to controversy over intelligence agency’s activities
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Remaking the Middle East: How the US Grew Tired and Less Irrelevant
by Ramzy Baroud

Energy Democracy: Inside Californians’ Game-Changing Plan for Community-Owned Power
Large utility companies control about 75 percent of the electricity market in California. A hybrid between a public agency and private utility, the new Community Choice program is a model for communities that want greener, cheaper energy.
by Al Weinrub

Puerto Rico Community Overburdened by Pollution Pushes Back on Incinerator Project
Proposed Arecibo Waste Incinerator would further harm community encircled by pollution, if given federal funding

Center for Biological Diversity
Bat-killing Fungus Reaches Nebraska

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Settlement Reached in Case of Professor Fired for ‘Uncivil’ Tweets

The Real News Network
“Generation Mix:” Is All This Talk of “Multiracialism” An Advance?
Artist, activist and creator of the multimedia comic book Hafrocentric, Juliana “Jules” Smith, and Dr. Rainier Spencer, author of Reproducing Race: The Paradox of Generation Mix, discuss their various critiques of popular approaches to “multiracial” identity

*The premeditation of “post racial”

ACLU: Baltimore Body Cam Regs Another Setback for Police Accountability
Former investigator also says decision to allow officers to review body camera footage before giving statements could hinder internal probes

*A nefarious night at the movies

Baltimore Workers Rally For Higher Wages During National Day of Action
Over 100 gathered at the Amazon warehouse in Baltimore as 500 actions to raise wages were held across the country; New York state and Pittsburgh agreed to a $15 minimum wage for their employees

*Crookie crumbs

Jobs With Justice
Tell the Postmaster General to Make Postal Banking a Reality Now

Public Citizen
Tell Vanguard to Keep Retirement Savings Out of Secret Money Politics

*Paying for the privilege of being pissed on

Institute for Public Accuracy
Documents Expose FBI’s Targeting of School of the Americas Watch

Democracy Now!
Center for American Progress Hosts Netanyahu as Leaked Emails Show Group Censored Staff on Israel


The Internet Needs a New Economy
by Nathan Schneider and Trebor Scholz

Are We Training Cops to Be Hyper-Aggressive ‘Warriors’?
Thanks in part to the Black Lives Matter movement, police training is coming under fresh scrutiny
by Joshua Holland

*The training won’t change beyond the cosmetic, as long as the purpose of policing remains the same.

Control is the goal, and has been since the slave patrols.

Veterans for Peace
Veterans Recall the Original Intent of November 11th

*If you care about vets

Work for the day when there won’t be any

Government Accountability Project
GAP Whistleblowers Available to Speak on Food Safety Concerns at Largest Hormel Pork Plant

*Bacon, and the lettuce to lobby for this rotten tomato

The Real News Network
Legal Challenge Led by 26 State Governors Blocks Obama Immigration Order
Salvador Sarmiento, Legislative Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, says President Obama has numerous options to pursue reform and halt mass deportations beyond appealing the decision

An Insider’s Look at Baltimore’s Dysfunctional Housing Authority
In Part Two, fired veteran public housing worker Lucky Crosby discusses how the lack of accountability has fueled neglect and deplorable conditions in Baltimore’s public housing

Republicans Push to Privatize Disability Insurance Despite 99.9% Payment Accuracy
After the GAO finds $11 billion in disability payment fraud, some members of Congress push for privatization to solve a problem which accounts for only one fifth of one percent of cases, says CEPR’s Nicole Woo

*Disabling the empathy gene

‘Google This’ Is Good Advice From Netanyahu, Since NYT Won’t Check His Claims for You
by Jim Naureckas

*Think that ThinkProgress piece would’ve been published if CAP hadn’t caught shit for inviting the bastard in the first place?

Democracy Now!
The Price We Pay: Inside the World of Big Corporate Tax Havens and Offshore Finance (Pt. 2)

*We can tax the rich

Or we can ax the rich

I don’t mean that literally, but is there any legitimate reason that anyone should have more than what’s needed to meet their and their families’ material needs?

Wealth should be measured by what one gets back from giving

Not what one gains from greed

Cuban-American Candidates Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio Tout Immigrant Narratives Despite Stances on Reform

Terror in Little Saigon: New Doc Ties US-Allied Kill Squad to Unsolved Murders of Vietnamese Journos

*It’s maddening to hear words like “far-fetched”, “strange” and “surprising” used here, when anyone with the slightest understanding of the darkness at the heart of empire wouldn’t find any of this shocking in the least.

Anyone who does evinces a disturbing level of naiveté – especially someone engaged in investigative journalism – wouldn’t you say?

Listeria-tainted cheese led to “life sentence” of suffering
You may never get over it, victim warns
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

15 Surprising Foods That Fight Fat
by Yuri Elkaim


Belgium Tells Facebook: Quit Tracking Us…Or Pay Up
Court gives tech giant 48 hours to stop using data-sweeping cookies to store data of visitors who are not members of social network
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Don’t Thank Me Anymore… Just Care for Veterans Who Return and Work To End All War
by Michael McPhearson

*The parades of perfidy

The West’s ‘Fail-Anthropy’
by Vandana Shiva

ACLU Sues on Behalf of Black Transgender Woman Illegally Profiled and Jailed in Iowa
Civil Rights Complaint Says Hotel Discriminated Against Meagan Taylor Based on Her Gender Identity and Race

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)
Ongoing Clearance by Palm Oil Industry Spurs Imminent Species Extinction and Massive Climate Impact, Says New Progress Report on Critical Leuser Ecosystem
Rampant Plantation Expansion Devastates Deep Peatlands and Major Sumatran Elephant Habitat; Fate of Region Depends on Collective Action by Industry Giants and Local, National Governments

The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: The Death of Electoral Politics
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader analyze Bernie Sanders’ campaign and the role of the two-party system in shutting out third parties

*Any wagers on how long those Sanders signs will remain on lawns and in windows once he kisses Madame Mayhem’s bejeweled slipper?

Netanyahu to Meet With Obama, Appear at Center for American Progress
Journalist Max Blumenthal explains why a President Clinton would preserve the status quo in the Israel/Palestine conflict, and why a progressive think tank invited the Israeli prime minister to speak at their organization

Justice for Port Drivers
Support workers on strike and protesting across U.S. today!

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
Tell Congress to Fully Fund FDA Efforts to Prevent Foodborne Diseases

Bezos’ Stake in Uber Goes Under the Radar at Washington Post
by Adam Johnson

*Uber alles

Institute for Public Accuracy
Fast Food Protests Today

*”Top down” don’t get the bottom up

Democracy Now!
Black Student Revolt Against Racism Ousts Two Top Officials at University of Missouri

How Black Football Players at the University of Missouri Changed the Game on Racism

“Another Yale is Possible”: Students Confront Racism at Ivy League School

*Poison Ivy

Egypt Frees Top Reporter Hossam Bahgat After Chilling Reminder That Crackdown Continues


SeaWorld to End Orca Shows—But Not Captivity of ‘Incredible Creatures’
Animal rights activists say move is motivated by mounting protests as well as tanking profits
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Detention Camp Uprising Highlights Australia’s Appalling Treatment of Refugees
“We have grave concerns about what’s happening on Christmas Island. This is a stain on our national character.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Disposable Children
by Paul Buchheit

Waging Endless War From Vietnam to Syria
Kissinger, the Bombardier: How diplomacy by air power became an All-American tradition
by Greg Grandin

*The pretexts differ

The carnage remains the same

’60 Minutes’ Pushes National Security Propaganda To Cast Snowden, Manning As Traitors
by Kevin Gosztola

*The “libelous media” would be the apt epithet in this instance

The Digital Dog Ate Our Civil-Liberties Homework: “It’s Just the Way It Is”
by Norman Solomon

What does 1917 represent in 2015?
by Vijay Prashad

The sham Syrian peace conference
by Gareth Porter

Center for Biological Diversity
Men Encouraged to ‘Get Whacked for Wildlife’ on World Vasectomy Day
World Vasectomy Day Highlights Role of Men in Family Planning, Environmental Protection

*Sliced is nice

Making the cut for the critters

The Real News Network
Balochistan: The Largest, Most Resource-Rich, Yet Poorest Province of Pakistan
Journalist Jahanzeb Hussain talks about who’s profiting from the Pakistani province’s natural gas, and the suppression of the Baloch people

Democracy Now!
Rejecting U.S. Claims, MSF Details Horrific Bombing of Afghan Hospital & Demands War Crimes Probe

“A Devastating Decision”: No Charges for Border Guards in Beating, Taser Death of Mexican Immigrant

We Are Many: The Story of the Largest Global Protest That Would Change the World Forever (Pt. 2)

Is Your Child Crawling Towards an Increased Risk of Cancer?
by Ty Bollinger


‘Bright Spots’ Worldwide Show 100% Renewable Can and Must be Done
It ‘is the only way to ensure the world does not descend into catastrophic climate change.’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*2045? 2050?

With apologies to Jerry Ragovoy

Time ain’t on our side.

Leaked Emails From Pro-Clinton Group Reveal Censorship of Staff on Israel, AIPAC Pandering, Warped Militarism
by Glenn Greenwald

*The machinations of Madame Mayhem and her minions

The Real News Network
Fraud Allegations Fly as Haitian Presidential Election Heads to Runoff
As Haiti’s two leading presidential candidates head to a runoff, Queens College’s Francois Pierre-Louis and CEPR’s Jake Johnston discuss the lack of violence and implications of the international community’s backing of the election results

Release of TPP Full Text Shows Victory for Corporate Rights
Margaret Flowers challenges President Obama’s claim that the trade deal will promote a strong middle class

Institute for Public Accuracy
What About the “Keystone XL Clone”?

*You can’t “quietly [approve]”

Unless there’s no screaming about it.

The myopic focus on XL by the large enviros will make the struggle against the other heads of the hydra that much harder.

Kissing Dear Misleader’s member for engaging in political expediency, instead of excoriating him for his true “climate legacy”, will make the climb that much steeper, as well.

Democracy Now!
Locked Up & Neglected After Fleeing Danger, Immigrant Women Detainees Launch Hunger Strike in Texas

The End of Family Detention? PA Immigration Jail Could Be Forced to Stop Locking Up Parents & Kids

No Kids Behind Bars: For-Profit Texas Immigration Jails Challenged over Child Detention

Butternut squash stew
by Leanne Ely


Patriotism for Sale: The Pentagon’s Pro-War Propaganda Scheme with Pro Sports
Department of Defense said secretive contracts were intended to boost military recruitment
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The bread paid for the centurions at the circus

Morocco Claims It ‘Never Gave Assurances to US’ on Treatment of Former Gitmo Prisoner

Jobs With Justice
Are You Eligible? Student Loan Forgiveness 101

The Real News Network
Regardless of Keystone XL, Tar Sands Oil Will Still Flow to the Gulf
DeSmogBlog’s Steve Horn says the pipeline company Enbridge is still planning a $5 billion terminal expansion
(Note: After the publication of this story, the State Department announced it rejected Transcanada’s request to suspend it’s review of the Keystone XL pipeline)

*Ever heard of a hydra with only one head?

New Research Says Income Inequality Worsened Under Fed’s Quantitative Easing Policy
PERI’s Gerald Epstein also says there’s no evidence that raising already-low interest rates will narrow the gap

Stop the price-gouging at the for-profit Hospital Corporation of America
by Joe Weinzettle

Petition update
Mercy for Animals
Busted! McDonald’s McNuggets Supplier Convicted of Animal Cruelty

*Paying bird seed for brutality

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Reliance on Police Cannot Be Consistent With What We Want to Happen in Public Schools’
Interview with Kimberlé Crenshaw about Spring Valley High police assault
by Janine Jackson


In Victory for Public Ed, Colorado Boots Koch-Backed School Board
“What an incredible thing: We the people pushed back against big money, pushed back against an agenda that was not good for our schools.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Things go bitter with Koch

Islanders Unite to Resist a New Pacific War
by Koohan Paik

The Real News Network
Trudeau Pledge Tracker: Cabinet is Fifty Percent Women
Dimitri Lascaris and Nora Loretto say new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered on his pledge to appoint 50% women to his cabinet, but appointed a political conservative as his Minister of Finance

*The dissonance of a Dear Misleader duet

Is Obama Banning the Box?
Executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report Glen Ford casts doubt on Obama’s latest executive order

*One more example of “The Audacity of ‘Nope'”

Petition update
Ben & Jerry’s Still Isn’t There Yet!
by Laura Yanne

Institute for Public Accuracy
Electoral Reform Wins in Tuesday’s Election

* Russia and Kurds * U.S. Troops and Chalabi * Haitian Election

Some Use Chalabi’s Death to Lay Blame for Iraq War at His Feet
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
The Puerto Rican Debt Crisis: Tax Breaks Offered to Rich While Austerity Measures Imposed on Poor

Facing Health Crisis, Puerto Rico Protests Unequal Federal Payments for Medicare, Medicaid

Election Day 2015: GOP Takes Kentucky, Ohio Rejects Pot Monopoly, and Houston Shuns LGBT Equality

*It’s a lesson the Demorats (no misspelling) refuse to learn, because that’s not their role in the system.

It’s to be a relatively lesser evil to maintain the pretense of a choice, and they will tack starboard in tandem with the extremism of the reactionaries, as the dictates of the exploitocracy demand.

So, in essence, the “choice” is presented as

“You have no choice”

And the “pragmatists” spread the guilt tripping gospel.

With Historic Release of Drug Offenders & Help for Re-Entry, US Takes “First Step” on Prison Crisis


Calling for ‘Radical Shift’ in Drug Policy, Ireland Moves to Decriminalize
Drug minister announces medically supervised injection facilities will begin opening next year
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

New Study Shows Antarctic Melting Approaching ‘Unstoppable’ Tipping Point
‘What we call the eternal ice of Antarctica unfortunately turns out not to be eternal at all,’ says lead author of new study
byDeirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Is This War World III?
by Thea Paneth

Globalization and Terror
The rise of divisions, violence, and civil disorder around the world are a predictable effect of the attempt to force diverse cultures and peoples into a consumer monoculture
by Helena Norberg-Hodge

Taking on the Most Difficult Undertaking in Prison (So Far)
Not shooting from the hip — writing opinions and a bill in prison is hard work
by Chelsea Manning

National Fracking League: On Protesting Bank of America During Monday Night Football
Activists rappel from upper deck during nationally televised professional football game to big bank funding of dirty fuel projects
by Dustin Axe

*Illegal procedure

Ethical effort

How the Wheels Fell off the EPA’s Fracking Study
Five harmed but unsilenced residents of Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Texas showed up at last week’s EPA fracking study review panel, and they completely flipped the script
by Hugh MacMillan

Congress wants to cheat Black car buyers

The New Yorker Doesn’t Factcheck What ‘Everyone Knows’ Is True
by Gareth Porter

Democracy Now!
Co-ops Collapse: How GOP & HMOs Undercut Obamacare’s Nonprofit Option, Leaving 500K Uninsured

*We don’t need coverage

We need care

The Price We Pay: As US Becomes a Top Tax Haven, How Hiding Wealth Offshore Robs the People at Home

*The making of the taking

Keep Celery Fresh for a Month!
by Leanne Ely


New FBI Program Trains Teachers, Students to Snoop On Muslims
Civil rights groups warn that new FBI tool “Don’t Be a Puppet” violates civil liberties of Muslims
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

From Pot to ‘Democracy Vouchers,’ Election Day 2015 Races to Watch
From clean elections to transgender rights to marijuana legalization, voters across the US will weigh in on progressive issues Tuesday
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

South African Student Protesters Win First Big Victory: Decolonization, Race and Class Politics Fused in Epic Battle
by Patrick Bond

*The backlash against betrayal

The Nation magazine’s shameful history of aiding ethnic cleansing in Palestine
by Rania Khalek

*Phil Ochs once penned, “Love Me, I’m a Liberal”.

As did he, I’ll decline that invitation.

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
Prison Profiteers Unmasked

Forest Peoples Programme
Peruvian Indigenous Leader in London to Denounce Illegal Deforestation of 5000 Hectares of Peru’s Amazon for Palm Oil

The Real News Network
‘Ed Snowden of Banking’ Refuses to Appear in Swiss Trial
After Herve Falciani leaked more than 100,000 HSBC account records of tax evaders to government tax agencies, the Swiss government has been on a witch hunt, says economist James Henry

Who Benefits From Sovereign Debt Crises? (5/5)
Economist Jayati Ghosh continues her discussion of the 136-nation move to address sovereign debt in the context of global finance

Board Rules Pocomoke City Council Violated Open Meetings Act
Town in turmoil also has first homicide since 2010, when the fired black police chief took over

City Clears Art From Confederate Monument
Officials use police to remove sculpture intended to bring context to symbol of city’s racist past

*Art and the artifice of apartheid

Institute for Public Accuracy
A Tale of Two Retirements

Democracy Now!
The Endless War Grows: Obama Sends U.S. Forces to Syria, Reversing Pledge of No Boots on the Ground

Turkish President Erdogan Regains Parliamentary Majority in Vote Held Amid Violence & Fear

10 Blatant Workout Myths, Finally Debunked
by Yuri Elkaim

Are Nuts All They’re Cracked Up to Be?
Nut ads tout weight loss, energy, and a healthy heart
by Jayne Hurley
Nutrition Action

Plump, sweet and juicy red raspberries
by Leanne Ely

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Revealed: As Baltimore Rose Up from Below, FBI Spied from Above
Flights raise questions about ‘whether aerial surveillance has the effect of chilling First Amendment–protected speech and assembly,’ says ACLU
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Being ‘Let Out’ May Not Equal Freedom As Release of 6,000 Drug Offenders Begins
Development met with praise, but concern remains for many, including those heading for immigration detention
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Choking on the crumbs

Obama Regrets ‘Taking the Joy Out of Teaching and Learning’ with Too Much Testing
by Jesse Hagopian

*This is about far more than greedy testing corps. What’s left out of this piece is the raison d’être for “education reform”

To align education policy with corporate desires.

They don’t want critical thinkers. They want drones – that is, the students lucky (?) enough to be hired. And they want beaucoup surplus labor to make goddamn certain that folks are too frightened of starving or being homeless to worry about luxuries like worker safety and a just wage.

Please keep that in mind the next time some “liberal” pundit lauds Bill Gates for his “philanthropic bent”.

Preempting Democracy: What’s Not Being Voted on This November Is Sinister
From minimum wage increases to anti-fracking measures, the right of local citizens to vote on key issues is now in the crosshairs
by Simon Davis-Cohen

Warehouse Worker Resource Center
Amazon-serving warehouse workers have joined strikes at the ports, & they need your help!

The Real News Network
Iran Agrees to 6-Month Transition for Assad
Trinity College’s Vijay Prashad discusses how no Syrian voices were represented at the Vienna peace talks, but geopolitical interests were front and center

Baltimore Still Debating what to do with Confederate Statues
Testimony before commission recounts how the monuments coincided with the city’s efforts to segregate

*Strap on your skis

And let’s slide on down that slippery slope

Who Benefits From Sovereign Debt Crises? (4/5)
Economist Jayati Ghosh continues her discussion of the 136-nation move to address sovereign debt in the context of global finance

A Look at Speaker Ryan’s Record on “Fighting” for the Middle Class
Wisconsin-based The Progressive’s Ruth Coniff analyzes Ryan’s voting record and the effect of his policy on his district

*Gerrymandering is certainly one factor, but so is wilful ignorance, and the propensity to cut one’s nose off to spite one’s face when the “divide and conquer” card is played.

EU Passes Resolution to Protect Edward Snowden from Prosecution
Marcy Wheeler of says European governments still have to adopt and implement the resolution that whistleblower Edward Snowden is calling a “game changer”

Democracy Now!
Russia’s Entry into Syria Worsens Killings of Medical Workers on War’s Front Lines

*White hats are out of stock in this story

While Condemning Assad, U.S. Bombs Afghan Hospital & Backs Devastating Saudi War on Yemen

Freedom for Shaker Aamer: After 13 Years Behind Bars, British Prisoner Released from Guantánamo


The Real News Network
Who Benefits From Sovereign Debt Crises? (3/5)
Economist Jayati Ghosh continues her discussion of the 136-nation move to address sovereign debt in the context of global finance

As Violence Soars in the West Bank, Leaders Seek Coexistence Between Peace and Occupation
Ali Abunimah, author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse, says no one has the gumption to deal with the real problem – and that is Israel

What’s at Stake for Iran in Syria? (1/2)
Prof. Cyrus Bina says during the Iran-Iraq war, Assad’s Syria was the only Arab state that supported Iran

Are Teachers Unions Fighting for Social Justice?
In the first of a two-part discussion, education professor and author Lois Weiner and the AFT-MD’s Ray Baker discuss the role teachers unions and their members do and can play in supporting #Blacklivesmatter and other social justice movements

*I could have used more of Weiner’s wisdom, and less of Baker’s blather.

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Laws Are Incredibly Deferential to Police Using Lethal Violence’
Chase Madar on prosecuting abusive police officers
by Janine Jackson

For Halloween, NY Post Dresses Up ‘Anarchist Plot’ Warning as Journalism
by Adam Johnson

*A tricky treat for the truth twisters

(I won’t ask you to say that three times fast)

Institute for Public Accuracy
Is the Administration Finally Fessing up on School Testing?

Dem Bones!
by Leanne Ely


EU Toughens Against TTIP as Top German Lawmaker Blasts Anti-Democratic Deal
Parliament president’s remarks are just the latest example of growing opposition to the corporate-friendly pact
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

From ‘Sustainable’ to ‘Regenerative’—The Future of Food
by André Leu and Ronnie Cummins

School-Sponsored Violence Against Children: When Will We End Corporal Punishment?
by Anthony Cody

About That Delta Force Guy Killed in Iraq…
Why all the public attention to Wheeler’s death, and why now? One reason stands out: we, the public, are being readied for a larger U.S. combat role in Iraq and Syria.
by Peter Van Buren

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors Should Feel Safe Seeking Police Help, Not Shame, Hostility, or Indifference
by Sandra Park

*Blaming, shaming and maiming the victim

Stop Blaming OPEC For Low Prices
by Nick Cunningham

New Oceana Study Reveals Scary News about America’s Favorite Fish

The Real News Network
Iran to Join Syria Talks
Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies says the invitation to Iran is late but an essential move for a diplomatic regional solution, made possible by Russia’s escalated involvement in Syria

Businesses Will Be Off the Hook for Providing Employee Health Benefits in Bipartisan Budget Deal
President Obama and Congressional leaders propose deal that would repeal not yet in effect automatic enrollment in health programs for employees working for large companies

*The art of the steal

Bernie and the Big Banks (3/3)
Are Sanders’ proposals to rein in the excesses of Wall St. meaningful, is public banking possible? Bill Black and Leo Panitch discuss and debate

*Why is it that there is next to no discussion of the role of profit at these “alternative” outlets?

I don’t mean “excessive” profit, but the very concept of profit itself. That there must be competition, with the winners realizing that profit, for an economic system to function.

Why is it as rare as a kind word from The Donald’s lips that anything other than “reforming” capitalism is on the table?

Is a cooperative and communal model possible?

Not if we never say a goddamn thing about it.

Who Benefits From Sovereign Debt Crises? (2/5)
Economist Jayati Ghosh continues her discussion of the 136-nation move to address sovereign debt in the context of global finance

Police Abuse in School is Further Evidence of the Absence of Value for Black and Female Life
Dayvon Love of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle discusses the context and methods of responding to the abuse of a Black female teenager by police in a South Carolina school

Justice for Port Drivers
Amazon, Clean Up Your Supply Chain

Buckraking on the Food Beat: When Is It a Conflict of Interest?
by Stacy Malkan

*Truth in labeling is an imperative in any number of instances, isn’t it?

Democracy Now!
When School Cops Go Bad: South Carolina Incident Highlights Growing Police Presence in Classrooms

*It’s not about “training”, goddammit.

Why would you expect a sociopathic institution to not employ sociopaths?

Texas Student Spent 52 Days in Coma After Being Tased by Police at School

Criminalizing the Classroom: Inside the School-to-Prison Pipeline


National Outrage as Videos of Brutal Police Assault on Black Student Go Viral
Attack speaks to ongoing issues such as school-to-prison pipeline and police violence on minority communities
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I can just imagine the figurative high fives on “white rights” chat boards

So I suppose I have a sick imagination.

The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: Neoliberalism as Utopianism
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and author John Ralston Saul discuss neoliberalism as an ideology, the breakdown of that ideology, and what comes next

*Sticks and stones will break your bones

So words will never hurt me

Left Parties In Portugal Vow to Topple New Center-Right Government
In a two-part interview, Catarina Principe of the Left Bloc in Portugal says the left needs to unify on an economic and anti-austerity platform to avoid an interim caretaker government of the president’s party

Bernie and the Big Banks (2/3)
Is Sanders proposal to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act a serious way to counter the power and concentrated wealth of Wall St., or just window dressing? Bill Black and Leo Panitch discuss and debate the plan.

Is Obama’s Education Reversal Political “Theater”?
Executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report Glen Ford says that the Obama administration claim to want a reduction in time spent on standardized tests is election time insincerity

Who Benefits From Sovereign Debt Crises? (1/5)
Economist Jayati Ghosh discusses the 136-nation move to address sovereign debt in the context of global finance

Protect Children, Enforce the Law, and Remove Toxic Chemicals from our Nation’s Schools
by Joshua Malina

Institute for Public Accuracy
* Paul Ryan * Holding Social Security Hostage

The Fake News Food Chain
by Jim Naureckas

*With apologies to “Scoop” Nisker

If you don’t like the news

Go out and make up some of your own

Democracy Now!
Despite Military Crackdown in Papua & Other Rights Abuses, Obama Hosts Indonesian President in D.C.

*With friends like these

Is it any wonder we have plenty of enemies?

Massive Indonesian Plantation Fires Create Environmental Catastrophe Spewing Haze & Carbon Emissions

With Military Backing, TV Comedian Wins in Guatemala in First Vote Since Jailing of Ex-President

Who wants a date?
by Leanne Ely


Top-Secret Pentagon Program Exploited Aid Workers as Covert Spies
Experts warn that Department of Defense espionage program places international NGOs at great risk
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The Peace Corps has been at this for decades, so you could view it as another example of privatization.

Mississippi’s Women Are Some of the Poorest in the Country. But We’re Getting Organized.
by Kenisha Potter-Stevenson

Women Can’t Have It All – Because the Game Is Rigged
Work-life balance is a myth. It’s time for women to stop blaming themselves and start demanding change.
by Laurie Penny

Higher Education: Capitalism At Its Most Despicable
by Paul Buchheit

Standardized Tests are a Form of Racial Profiling
by Christine Brigid Malsbary

Collapse of the Orange Wave: The NDP Was Sunk by its Turn to Austerity, Not the Niqab
by Roger Rashi

The Problem of Agriculture
by Robert Jensen

*Soiling the soil and sowing the seeds of our ceasing

Cuba’s Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine For Years, And Now It’s Coming To The U.S.
by Erin Schumaker

*Do you think Big Pharma is drooling over the possibility of getting their greedy little hands on these “commodities”, exponentially jacking up the price in the process?

Will the Cuban government justify that as “economic development”?

The Real News Network
Thousands Protest Police Brutality in New York City
Families of victims of police brutality lead a march in lower Manhattan on Saturday, demanding alternatives to increased policing like affordable housing, education and universal health care

Bernie and the Big Banks (1/3)
Is Sanders’ proposal to break up the big banks a solution to the power and concentrated wealth of Wall St.? Bill Black and Leo Panitch discuss and debate the plan.

Clinton Emails Reveal Foreign Meddling in Last Haitian Presidential Election (1/2)
As Haitians vote for their next president, Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network president Ezili Danto and IJDH attorney Nicole Phillips discuss the past and present influence of the international community in election results

Clinton Benghazi Hearing Fails to Address Double Standard of Classified Information Law
NSA whistleblower Diane Roark says there’s no equity under classification laws and no disincentives for those who over classify and punish those seeking to alert the public of abuses

Some Burned Ferguson-Area Churches Defended Police During Ferguson Uprising
After authorities deem 7 church fires deliberate, St. Louis Rev. Sekou argues that black faith community members, who sided with police during Ferguson protests, will now be forced to look at larger systemic issues, not just respectability

Democracy Now!
Knife-Wielding Israeli Settler Attacks Founder of Rabbis for Human Rights


“We’re Baaack…”: DNC Reverses Ban on Corporate Cash to Fund Convention
The Democratic National Committee is luring corporate lobbyists with VIP rewards
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”It’s our party

And we’ll lie if we want to”

Women with Facts Fight Back Against Fracking… and Sexism
‘Women, for whatever reason, have not been persuaded by the facts,’ said Averil Macdonald, newly-appointed chair of UK Onshore Oil and Gas
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*More of a case for men as ignorami, wouldn’t you say?

‘Mass Struggle Works’: South African Student Uprising Wins Tuition Hike Freeze
‘A famous victory won by the hard struggle of students. We are all humbled.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I wonder if we’ll ever see “Artists United Against Post Apartheid”?

NAFTA’s ISDS: Why Canada Is One of the Most Sued Countries in the World
by Maude Barlow

The Real News Network
Will Pakistan Push Afghan Taliban Towards Peace?
As President Obama meets with Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif, we explore why the two “allies” have struggled to foster a political solution in Afghanistan

Can Kerry Contain Netanyahu?
Samah Sabawi, Palestinian author and playwright says Palestinians are waking up to the reality of political separation and the system of an apartheid

Democracy Now!
“Seeking Asylum is Not a Crime”: European Rights Chief on Refugee Crisis & “Shameful” U.S. Response

Victims of U.S. Rendition & Torture Starting to Reclaim Rights Says Council of Europe Rights Chief

by Global Gourmet Consulting


Robin Hood in Reverse: How Hotter Planet Takes from Poor, Gives to Rich
Global warming ‘is essentially a massive transfer of value from the hot parts of the world to the cooler parts of the world,’ says UC Berkeley researcher
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Because the ‘Time for Climate Action Is Now,’ Oslo Makes Landmark Move to Ban Cars
‘The reduction in pollution will make the city even better to live in, and ensure that we take our global responsibility’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

America’s Civilian Killings Are No Accident
by Peter Van Buren

*Indiscriminate inhumanity

The Real News Network
Is #BlackLivesMatter Supporting U.S. Policy in Syria?
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report says the #BlackLivesMatter activist meetings with Democratic party front-runners is ushering in new Black Misleadership

*Power concedes nothing without a demand

And condones only those who make none

Netanyahu’s Record on Inciting Violence Against Palestinians
Max Blumenthal, author of The 51-Day War: Resistance and Ruin in Gaza, says Netanyahu absolved Hitler of the final solution by placing the blame for the Holocaust on the Palestinians

*Goebbels would be proud

Justice Requires an End to Israeli Jewish Supremacy Over Palestinians – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)
TRNN Replay: On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Abunimah says that justice in Palestine does not require Israeli Jews giving up any legitimate rights, but they must give up the “right” to supremacy

Trudeau Pledge Tracker: Reinstating 40 Million in Science Funding and Appointing a Chief of Science
Alana Westwood of Evidence for Democracy says Harper cancelled long form census data collection, it will take years to recover such data gaps for evidence based decision making, Trudeau pledged to reinstate science funding and appoint a Chief of Science

*What does the science say about Liberals honoring their promises?

If it’s anything akin to the empirical evidence regarding Democrats

“[L]ots of luck” will be a stone necessity.

Public Citizen
Tell the FEC: Do Your Job!
“I’m not a person?” Join Commissioners Ravel and Weintraub in Calling on the FEC to Combat Citizens United Corruption

Institute for Public Accuracy
Killer Drones: Analysis and Protest of the “Bureaucracy of Murder”

*The murder machine drones on and on

Democracy Now!
Shaker Aamer: After 5,000 Days of Torment, Last British Prisoner at Guantanamo is Set for Release

*Please somebody’s god, let’s stop calling these “mistakes”.

It was known there was no Iraqi government connection to al-Qaeda, so no “mistake” was made. “[T]he intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

This is deliberate deception that signed the death warrants for hundreds of thousands, and those involved are no less than mass murderers and accessories to same.

No “blunders”. No “incompetence”.

Nothing but the cold blooded calculations of callous souls.

“Where Does This End?”: After Drone Papers Leaks, U.K. Gov’t Has a Kill List of Its Own


Landmark Look at US Charter System Reveals Waste, Fraud, ‘Ghost Schools’
‘The bottom-line is taxpayers know far too little about how much their federal tax dollars are being used to fund charters,’ says Center for Media and Democracy
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams



And rigged ‘rithmetic

US Government Accused of Stifling Medical Marijuana Research
With its widespread usage and support, research into the drug has never been so critical
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The shit of not getting off the pot

Tip of Iceberg? EU Rules Against Sweetheart Tax Deals for Corporations
‘All companies, big or small, multinational or not, should pay their fair share of tax,’ says European Commission
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

From Streets to Cells, Harrowing Violence Inflicted on LGBTQ Prisoners
New report finds LGBTQ people—especially those who are brown, black, or poor—are disproportionately targeted by incarceration and violence
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Taking Out the Trash Burners
The fight against a dirty incinerator in Baltimore is an inspiration for all of us.
by Annie Leonard

*Don’t burn, baby, burn

The Rise, Fall, and Return of 1.5°C in the Global Climate Negotiations
by Joe Solomon

*1.5 degrees C doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in James Inhofe’s hot little hands, and folks like McKibben and Klein wouldn’t be resigned to 2 degrees if it was a whole bunch of well off white people who faced treading water, would they?

Am I a cynic

Or an all too realist?

The Imaginary Cuban Troops in Syria
by Matt Peppe

The Real News Network
Black Media to Take Another Hit? The Potential Sale of Howard University’s WHUT Considered
Media scholar, author and journalist Dr. Todd Steven Burroughs says the potential sale of Howard University’s WHUT to the FCC would damage the already worn Black media landscape

Biden: The War on Drugs Candidate
If Vice President Joe Biden chooses to run, he’ll have to face a legacy of swelling the prison population here as well as in Latin America

*Not if the corpress have anything to say about it

Which, of course, they won’t.

“Little Guantanamos” in the United States
Investigative journalist Will Porter discusses the secret prisons that the ACLU says are violating inmates’ rights

*McCarthy spins in his grave

With glee

Free Press
Tell St. Louis County: Journalism Is Not a Crime

Institute for Public Accuracy
Benghazi and Emails: The Ignored Substance Behind the Circus

Democracy Now!
How a $100M Facebook Donation for Neoliberal School Reform Sparked a Grassroots Uprising in Newark

*This is what drives me spare about so much of this program’s content.

You have a story about destroying public education, and the forces, public and private, determined to do so, and and yet your “explainer” is someone who may relate useful details but is incapable, wilfully or not, of seeing the larger picture.

She proceeds to make excuses for the antagonists’ behavior, even as she delineates the harm they’ve caused, and the hosts allow her to paint them as well intentioned but misguided, when anyone with more than a superficial understanding of the issues is painfully aware of this unholy alliance between neoliberal “philanthropists” (see “Gates, Bill and Melinda”) and politicians.

Ending with a paean to Booker’s “caring” just puts a capper on the whole sad segment.


‘We Are Not Ashamed’: How Abortion Providers Are Pushing Back Against Stigma and Intimidation
‘It is time for all of us to stand up and say what we do is good’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Warehouse Worker Resource Center
California Cartage Strike Ends, Workers Successfully Return to Work

Friends of the Earth
Wendy’s Says No To GMO Apple “No Demand For This New GMO” As Dark Act Approaches

*Bad apples from a rotten barrel

The Real News Network
Harper Defeated, the Next Fight Begins
Jeremie Bedard-Wien of Ricochet, Kelly Dowdell of Leadnow, Sandy Hudson of Black Lives Matter, discuss the progressive movements and the lack of faith in the Trudeau led Liberals

*We’ll see who fights

And who feints

Prostitution: Being Raped for a Living
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges speaks with author and former prostitute Rachel Moran about the violence and disempowerment inherent in prostitution

*You can’t say capitalism was the progenitor for prostitution

But you might make a case for the obverse

Institute for Public Accuracy
50th Anniversary of Immigration Overhaul: How it Opened and Closed Border

First Journalist Reports From U.S.-Based “Little Guantanamo”

*Orwell, Kafka, McCarthy

And you … ?

Democracy Now!
Canadians Oust Stephen Harper, Right-Wing PM Who Ignored Climate Change & Shunned First Nations

*I’ll never understand this persistent “hope” for corporate charlatans like Obama and Trudeau, in the face of the acknowledged history of hypocrisy in both nations.

They won’t have to “wait” long to “see” déjà vu all over again, don’t you think?

“Heritage of Hate”: Univ. of Miss. Students Seek Removal of Confederate Battle Flag from Campus

*This is my alma mater, and it’s inspiring to see these folks taking a stand against the “old times there” that “are not forgotten”

Because they are very much still present.

Joe Biden for President? Media Buzz Ignores How Veep Worsened Student Debt on Big Banks’ Behalf

*The bastard’s a party animal, isn’t he just?


EU Trade Deals with US and Canada Blasted as ‘Attacking Public Services’
TTIP and CETA ‘could lock public services into a commercialization from which they will not recover—no matter how damaging to welfare the results may be’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*An invasion of privateers

Syrian War Forces First-Ever Withdrawal from Global Seed Vault
After armed conflict destabilized Aleppo gene bank, scientists withdraw seeds from Arctic repository in order to safeguard critical research
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

9/11 Military Commission Stalls Again Over Defense Representation Rights
by Daphne Eviatar

New 2015 Wealth Data: U.S. Inequality at its Ugliest
According to new Credit Suisse data, nearly 50 million of America’s 243 million adults are part of the world’s poorest 10%
by Paul Buchheit

Naturalizing hierarchies
by Robert Jensen

Criminalized Indigenous Women Environmental Defenders from Ecuador Demand their Rights at Inter-American Commission for Human Rights

*Apparently concern for human rights extends only as far as the gates of the London embassy.

The Real News Network
Class Struggle in Palestine – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)
TRNN Replay: Mr. Abunimah says there’s conspicuous consumption in Palestine but the reality for the vast majority in the West Bank and Gaza is increasing poverty

Does the US Have a Plan in Afghanistan?
Author Anand Gopal discusses why a US strategy of arming 350,000 Afghan men will only perpetuate endless war

*Can we dispel the myth that this war has anything to do with Al-Qaeda (spelling of the day)?

It’s about Pipelineistan, the resources within the country, and geostrategic advantage.

It isn’t about “revenge” or “terrorism” or “liberty and democracy”.

It’s about what it’s always about

Money and power.

That’s the empiricism of empire.

Does Israel Have a Right to Exist as a Jewish State? – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)
Mr. Abunimah says no state exists as an absolute right, but there is a people’s right to self-determination

Canadian Elections: How Strategic is Strategic Voting?
Jamie Biggar of and David Bush of debate whether such a strategy is useful or effective

*As in the US, it doesn’t appear that “strategic voting” has done diddley to lessen the evil of the lesser evil, does it?

Who Are the Targets of Russian Airstrikes in Syria?
Russia claims to be targeting ISIS while the United States says the strikes are hitting pro-Western rebel forces, but London Metropolitan University’s Sami Ramadani says these two groups are practically one in the same

Palestinians Can Learn from the African-American Struggle – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Ali Abunimah, founder of Electronic Intifada, says that Palestinians need to know that even in a country with formal legal equality, the reality can mean mass incarceration, economic inequality and racism

A Quick Word on TPP and Canada Before Monday’s Elections
Unifor economist Jordan Brennan told the Real News how the TPP is part of an old trend in opening up Canada’s markets

Roots Action
More Empty Homes than Homeless People

South African Government: Please Ban the Cruel Breeding of Blood Lions!
by Samar Khan

*The only failed hunt

Is that for a conscience

What can I have while intermittent fasting?
by Yuri Elkaim


Lawsuits Rack Up Against Monsanto Over Cancer-Linked Herbicide
Agrochemical giant conducted ‘prolonged campaign of misinformation’ to convince users and government that Roundup was safe
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

New Reporting Reveals Much More Expansive CIA Water Torture Program
“Whether you call it ‘waterboarding’ or ‘water dousing’, that’s torture—plain and simple,” says Human Rights Watch
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Can anyone who has conceived these abominations, much less executed them, lay any serious claim to a shred of humanity?

Study Reveals Corporate Media’s Refusal to Acknowledge Civilian Victims of US Wars
New research finds, through their silence, mainstream news outlets are ‘legitimating’ U.S. military’s burn pits on civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Obama Won’t Admit the Real Targets of Russian Airstrikes
No one is discussing the reality that the Russian offensive is targeting the biggest militant threat to the Assad regime
by Gareth Porter

I Went to Prison at Age 60. Here’s What I Learned.
by Evie Litwok

The Real News Network
No End to The War in Afghanistan (1/2)
Junaid S. Ahmad, Professor of Law at Lahore University, says after fourteen years of occupation nothing has improved, none of the objectives have been met, the situation is far worse and the US is in greater threat

*Malevolence in perpetual motion

Protesters Arrested Inside Baltimore City Hall as Frustration Over Policing Mounts
Civil disobedience part of growing movement demanding community input on law enforcement policies

Awakened by the Palestinian Intifada – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
TRNN Replay: Mr. Abunimah, founder of Electronic Intifada, says after the Israeli 2006 invasion of Lebanon and the 2008 attack on Gaza, he knew what he had to do

Democracy Now!
Drone War Exposed: Jeremy Scahill on U.S. Kill Program’s Secrets & the Whistleblower Who Leaked Them

*Let the machines sort ’em out

Then kill ’em all

“The Drone Papers” Reveals How Faulty Intel & Secret “Kill Chain” Mark Suspects, Civilians for Death

The Longest U.S. War, Prolonged: After Vowing Afghan Pullout, Obama Extends Occupation Indefinitely

*I think what can get lost in all this is that the core moral issue isn’t how this war is being waged.

It’s that it’s being waged at all.

Beets: Use THIS to Lower Blood Sugar and Strengthen Your Heart
by Jonny Bowden

4 Sweet Benefits of Dark Chocolate
by Leanne Ely


Want Babies? Maybe Move Away From Fracking Country, New Studies Suggest
Research ‘may have implications for the fertility of men living in regions with dense oil and/or natural gas production’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Think “pro lifers” might rush to “protect the unborn” here, as they have in their holy war against Planned Parenthood?

. (of a question) asked in order to produce an effect or to make a statement rather than to elicit information.

Set Artists Hack ‘Homeland’ to Expose Show’s Racist Narrative
Thanks to creative intervention, Arabic graffiti stating ‘Homeland is racist’ featured in key scene
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Ameliorating the agitprop

Fight for the Future
Trade Group Representing Google, Facebook, Yahoo, T-Mobile, Sprint, & Netflix, Says That It Does Not Support CISA, Controversial Cyber Bill

Center for Food Safety
New Campaign Targets Popcorn Companies’ Use of Bee-Toxic Insecticide
Consumers demand Pop Secret and Pop Weaver stop using neonicotinoid-coated corn seeds

The Real News Network
Breaking Western Union’s Remittance Monopoly
Economist James Henry says remittance transfer costs combined with the foreign exchange amounts to 15%, which is simply unaffordable for the poor who depend on remittence as a life line

*In the temple of finance

It’s the money changers who carry the big stick

Police Tactics of Mass Arrests, Violence and Overcharging Protesters First Developed in 2000
Kris Hermes tells Paul Jay that police suppression of protests at the Republican National Convention set the pattern for breaking up legal protests across North America

*Disappointing segment, in that while there was certainly useful intel extant, not placing this in the context of preparing for a mass uprising as things fall further apart just ignores reality.

Hermes comes off as incredibly naive about the overarching purpose of this repression (“I don’t know what they could be preparing for”), and Jay, after touching on this larger context, lets it drop.

Now, the local cops may indeed have these short term goals in mind, but there is a broader coordination occurring within the “national security” state – fusion centers being one manifestation – that is MIA from the conversation

And I have to ask why that’s the case.

Will Islamophobia and Racism Influence Canadian Election?
Harsha Walia of No One is Illegal says the effects of the “war on terror”, racism against refugees and immigrants and fear mongering have been decisive in previous elections

Democracy Now!
Norman Solomon: Clinton’s Debate Comments on Snowden “Give Hypocrisy a Bad Name”

*I don’t understand Solomon’s praise for Sanders here, unless it’s another case of “Saint Bernard Syndrome”.

How is justice served by Snowden spending a nanosecond of time in prison? Why should he suffer a “penalty” for doing what his conscience demanded, and doing it the only way he could, by violating a lesser law to uphold a higher one?

It’s like convicting someone of assault and battery for tackling an armed assailant.

Far from a full throated defense of Snowden’s actions, Sanders tried to have it both ways, to my mind.

What’s in Solomon’s to come to such a divergent conclusion is beyond me.

Avocados: The Perfect Fuel for your Fat-Burning Metabolism
by Jonny Bowden

Do you really need to walk 10,000 steps a day for good health?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


UN Warned That Without Women in Peace Process, There Will Be No Peace
Women are often the ‘true unsung heroes’ in conflict situations, said head of UN women’s agency
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Challenging Racism in the Food System
The Federation of Southern Cooperatives fights for Black lands, agriculture, and equal justice
by Andrianna Natsoulas and Beverly Bell

Another US Nuke Bites the Dust
by Harvey Wasserman

*We need to shun nuclear energy like it’s radioactive.

Wait a tick …

Fracktivists Turn to Twitter to Expose Invenergy’s Fracked Gas Power Plants
by Trevor Culhane

BP Finally Admits Not All Oil Will Be Burnt
by Andy Rowell

When Peace Activists Met With the U.S. Institute of Peace
by David Swanson

What Does “Antibiotic-Free” Really Mean? Insight from a Contract Chicken Farmer
by Sarah Damian

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
3 Million Teachers to McDonald’s: We’re Not Lovin’ It
Adding to corporation’s woes, nation’s largest teachers union rejects McTeacher’s Nights, marketing in schools

*”You want lies with that?”

Values Statement

Brave New Films
The Big Game: College Football Stealing Your Education

*The Jock Shock Doctrine

The Real News Network
Palestinians ‘Living Under Two Occupations’: Violence Spikes in Israel and the West Bank
Jeff Halper says Israel and the Palestinian Authority are partners in repression

Protester Acquitted for Role In Freddie Gray Uprising
Lawyer says Baltimore jury affirmed first amendment rights with swift verdict

Rattling the Bars, Ep. 1: ‘The Real Cost of Calls’
What’s the real human toll that the inmate calling industry is taking on prisoners and their loved ones? Host Eddie Conway talks to the affected families, the FCC, and those seeking to change the industry’s predatory policies.

Don’t force survivors of sexual assault to go to the police
by Jillian Murray and Know Your IX

Washington Post Reduces Palestinian Victims to a Word Problem
by Jim Naureckas

*Subtracting the “subhuman”

Institute for Public Accuracy
Debate Fallout: * Clinton’s Emails and Whistleblowers * Big Banks

Award in Iowa: Black Farms Matter

Democracy Now!
The Rise of America’s Secret Government: The Deadly Legacy of Ex-CIA Director Allen Dulles Pt. 2

*It’s always amazing to me how intelligent people can check their reason, and their morals, at the door as they engage in hero worship, as Talbot does here with JFK.

If he’s correct about who killed Kennedy, then it’s an instance of elite fratricide. Kennedy wasn’t a psychopath, and knew the path Dulles, LeMay and others wanted to lead the US down would result in Armageddon, just as FDR – another favorite for hagiographers – saved capitalism from self immolation.

To make any more of it is to construct a fairy tale of gallantry that has no relation to the world of realpolitik, no matter how badly we may yearn for it to be so.

Please keep that in mind as you gaze longingly at that poster of Saint Bernard on your bedroom wall.


UK Ditches Saudi Prison Deal After Human Rights Outcry
Prime Minister David Cameron canceled a £5.9m deal for the Ministry of Justice to provide prison services to Saudi Arabia
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Question: When Is Shooting a 12-Year-Old Child Reasonable?
by Vince Warren

US Violence Breeds a Language of the Grotesque
We are surrounded by phrases devised to convert the grotesque and unpalatable into the everyday and banal
by Christian Christensen

Is the TPP the Bull Connor Moment for Access to Medicines?
by Fran Quigley

*Re the Bull Connor analogy

That “reform” was carefully circumscribed.

Will we settle for the same?

Bureau of Sex Slavery
For Yanar and my sisters in Iraq and Syria.
by Eve Ensler

Keeping Coal Out of Oakland
by Irene Gutierrez

“We Are the Masters,” Says Israeli Mayor, As 3 More Palestinians Are Killed
by Charlotte Silver

*The supreme irony of the “master” racists

The Real News Network
3 Supreme Court Cases You Should Be Aware Of
Public Citizen’s Scott Nelson outlined three Supreme Court cases to the Real News that threaten the consumer and employee protection tool known as class action litigation

Days of Revolt: The 51 Day War
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews Max Blumenthal about his latest book and the brutal tactics used by the Israeli state in attempt to suppress Palestinian resistance

*Stomach turning and soul sickening

Democracy Now!
Outsourcing a Refugee Crisis: U.S. Paid Mexico Millions to Target Central Americans Fleeing Violence

*Will any of the Democratic candidates, even Saint Bernard, address this horror story tonight, or will they simply mouth platitudes about “fixing the broken immigration system”?

The very definition of a rhetorical question, I realize.

3 super benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
by Leanne Ely


MoveOn is asking for questions to be posed to the Democratic presidential candidates.

Here are mine:

Do you believe the fate of folks in this country is inextricably linked to that of those in others, and if you do, do you see your task as president to be to do all you’re able to secure a life of dignity for every single one of us? Do you see the pursuit of profit and power (known outside acceptable discourse as capitalism and imperialism) as wholly inimicable to that goal?

I wish I could put every cent I own on the certain proposition that they won’t.

‘I’ll Show You Obscene’: Campus to Protest Concealed Guns with Unconcealed Dildos
Campus community will protest fact that, starting in August 2016, they will be allowed to carry sex toys but not guns on school grounds
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Dicking off for good reason

UK Privatization Puts Final Nail in Royal Mail’s Coffin
Leading trade union decries sell-off, saying Tory party ‘has made it abundantly clear that they are only interested in privatization dogma and making the rich richer’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Five Great American Hypocrisies
by Paul Buchheit

A Soil Pilgrimage
by Vandana Shiva

*We will save the earth

By saving the earth

‘A Pipeline Straight to Jail’
by Chris Hedges

*Read only if you aren’t allergic to reality

The Emperor Has No Clothes, and Neither Do Monsanto’s ‘Scientists’
by Katherine Paul

*Scientific method acting

Politicizing Columbus Day
Although the movement to stop honoring Christopher Columbus with a holiday is gaining support, most of white America would prefer to avoid the subject
by Robert Jensen

*Those who distort history

Are determined to repeat it

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Washington and Moscow: Halt The Bombing and Stop Supporting Dictators in the Middle East!

The Real News Network
Don’t Drink the Water in Flint, Michigan
Rev. David Alexander Bullock and investigative reporter Curt Guyette explain why it took so long for officials to act to address growing corrosive elements, and lead toxins in the city’s water

*Forced to swallow the poison

But not the perfidy

What The Changing Workplace Has to Do With Mass Shootings
Journalist Mark Ames explains how the pro-privatization and anti-labor measures of the Reagan years and beyond have bred a more hostile work environment, triggering more mass shootings in workplaces and schools

Did the UN Meet Its 2015 Water & Sanitation Goals for Sub-Saharan Africa?
UMass-Amherst PERI’s Leonce Ndikumana says resource-rich economies like Nigeria need to reform tax codes to make real impacts on poverty

Opposition Party Leaders Avoid Canada’s Role in Global Arms Trade and Wars
Richard Sanders and Justin Podur say Canada’s leading role in the global arms trade and its participation in war coalitions are in contradiction with the prevailing myth of the nation as a peacemaker

Israel Escalates Punitive Measures Against Palestinians in Jerusalem
Economist Shir Hever says more repression will not subdue the anger stemming from decades of occupation, but resistance could potentially undermine Israel’s arms export industry and the state’s practice of managing conflict without political compromise

The Future of Popular Unity in Greece (2/2)
Stathis Kouvelakis, member of Popular Unity, says the future of Popular Unity will depend on the Greek people’s reaction to the economic tsunami unleashed as a result of Syriza’s surrender to the creditors

Earth Balance – Stop Using Palm Oil
by Nicki Rodriguez

Institute for Public Accuracy
Turkey: “Lust for Power” threatening Civil War

Democracy Now!
Shock & Panic in Turkey: Deadliest Terrorist Attack in Country’s History Leaves as Many as 128 Dead

5 Rarely Discussed Breast Cancer Early Warning Signs
by Ty Bollinger

Why Canola Oil is Not the Healthy Oil You’ve Been Led to Believe
by Roxanne McDonald

*Obviously there’s contention with the advice of groups such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Use the intel here to make the best determination you can.


To Offer In-Depth Look at Issue, This Paper Gave Refugees Full Editorial Control
‘Today it is the refugees who speak to us’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Perverse Rise of Killer Robots
by César Chelala

*You don’t have to train robots to be killers

The Constant Cruelty of the Israeli Occupation: A No-go Zone in The NY Times
by Barbara Erickson

*All the news that’s printed to fit

Lithium Market Set To Explode – All Eyes Are On Nevada
by James Stafford

The Real News Network
A Syria Without Assad?
Journalist Patrick Cockburn, who just returned from Syria, speaks about the impact of the Russian airstrikes in Syria and weather it can play a role in bringing the civil war to an end

Defeat and Demoralization in Greece
Stathis Kouvelakis, member of Popular Unity, says the SYRIZA capitulation to creditors was followed by a voter turnout of 44%, the lowest in the country’s history

Countdown to Paris: Are the Pledges to Cut Emissions Enough to Save the Planet?
Andrew Jones and Chris Williams discuss the UN submissions from 130 countries and the road blocks to averting climate disaster

Russians Could Force New Negotiations Over Syria
Phyllis Bennis of IPS says there are many players that need to be at the table for negotiations that could be conducted in phases to bring about a real solution

Media Reports ISIS Nuclear Plot That Never Actually Involved ISIS
by Adam Johnson

*Such derring-do

“‘Danger’ is my middle name.

‘Lying about’ is my first.”

Democracy Now!
Making Money from Misery? Disaster Capitalism from the Migrant Crisis to Afghanistan and Haiti

*”Disaster capitalism” is the very epitome of redundancy


Lead Poisoning Fears Finally Stir Action, But Does It Come Too Late for People of Flint?
‘Governor Snyder’s announcement confirmed what we already knew, that his emergency manager poisoned children and families in Flint.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Language is a virus. Words matter.

It’s not a “tragedy”

It’s a crime.

And those responsible should “learn” from it by doing hard time.

Listen to Syrians: The Media Jackals and the People’s Narrative
by Ramzy Baroud

Welcome to a New Planet: Climate ‘Tipping Points’ and the Fate of the Earth
by Michael T. Klare

*Speeding down a dead end street

Why Bombing a Hospital Is a War Crime
by Robert C. Koehler

*An inhumanitarian intervention

How a Billionaire is Trying to Control Los Angeles Public Schools
by Valerie Strauss

*The only “magic bullet” here

Is the one aimed at the heart of public education

The Real News Network
MSF Hospital Targeted by Afghan Government Forces in July
Phyllis Bennis says three months ago the hospital was attacked by US backed Afghan troops seeking Taliban militants

Should Canadians Vote Strategically to Defeat Harper?
Amara Possian of Leadnow and Dimitri Lascaris of the Green Party, London-West, debate the consequences of strategic voting in the Canadian October 19th federal elections

*Regardless of the captain, the ship’s going to sink

Unless there’s a mutiny

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Poverty Is Not a Lifelong Identity’
Interview with Rebecca Vallas about shaming the poor
by Janine Jackson

*That’s the purpose of the perpetuation of the myth of “the undeserving poor”

(As in, “I don’t use *my* SNAP card to buy lobster”)

To keep folks in the same boat

From rowing in the same direction.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Nobel Peace Prize’s Betrayal

*Lies on the Prize

Vitamin B12: One Crucial Vitamin You are NOT Getting Enough Of
by Natural Health Sherpa

10 Fall Super Foods
by Leanne Ely


From Anti-Fracking Movement to OPEC: Shale Drives New Geoeconomics of Oil
As Saudi Arabia aimsto keep the United States from becoming a major exporter, public opposition to fracking and other development is only increasing
by Emilio Godoy
IPS News

Recess in Seattle: How We Won the Right to Play
by Jesse Hagopian

*Brought this to mind

Time to Abolish Columbus Day
by Bill Bigelow

*History is written by the victors

Writing out the victims

Why Is the U.S. Refusing An Independent Investigation If Its Hospital Airstrike Was An “Accident”?
by Glenn Greenwald

*”The fog of war”

Develops after the fact

The Art of Balancing the Ledger While in Poverty
by Stephanie Land

From the State Bank of Lake Park to a Critique of Capitalism
by Robert Jensen

*If you’re only looking out for yourself

You’ll find that you’re the only one looking out for you

Guantánamo Reinstates Genital Searching Policy to Prevent Lawyer-Client Meetings

Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
Keyless cars can cause carbon monoxide poisoning

The Real News Network
Another Suspicious Death Raises More Concerns About Black Life Behind Bars
Lawrence Grandpre, Director of Research for The Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, discusses the case of Darrell Murray, the incarcerated and slain brother of a fellow activist

Saudi Arabia Silences UN Human Rights Council Over Its War Crimes in Yemen (2/2)
Omer Aziz says the Saudis are blocking an inquiry into one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent times

US Military Attack on MSF Hospital in Afghanistan Considered a War Crime
Sune Engel Rasmussen, The Guardian reporter in Kabul describes the local reaction to the bombing and questions the verification process that the US military exercises before bombing targets

US Ruling Circles Split On Use of Jihadists in Syria
Executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report, Glen Ford, says that objections to Russia’s bombing of Syria expose policy rifts within the U.S. ruling elite

Institute for Public Accuracy
China and the TPP

*The peril never yellows

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Polluter Interests Have Been Spending Millions on Disinformation Campaigns’
Interview with David Baron about air polluters
by Janine Jackson


And muddied mirrors

Democracy Now!
Does Free Speech Have a Palestine Exception? Dismissed Professor Steven Salaita Speaks Out

Tenant Resource Center
Lead Paint

How to Choose the Healthiest Nuts and Seeds
Plus our tips for making nuts and seeds part of a healthy diet
Lindsay Moyer
Nutrition Action


Rejecting Government Hostility, People of Denmark Issue Welcome Letter to Refugees
‘As ordinary Danes we wish to extend our sympathy and compassion to anyone fleeing war and despair’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*They’re only human

#GlobalGoals? The Truth about Poverty and How to Address It
It’s high time UN agencies and the mainstream media acknowledge the true scale of global poverty and engage in a long overdue public debate on how ambitious and transformative the international development agenda really is
by Rajesh Makwana

The Real News Network
The Revolutionary Age
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and Sabah Alnasseri dissect the genesis of political revolutions in the Middle East, and discuss the role of religion and the reasons for the increased prevalence of fundamentalism

Dependency on War Lords Led to U.S. Attack on MSF Afghan Hospital
Sonali Kolhatkar tells Paul Jay that the American perpetual war strategy has created a criminal narco-state and generated support for the hated Taliban

*Intent is immaterial here, except for the intent to deceive.

But I still can’t discount that this was deliberate, in the sense of “taking out” Taliban forces trumping the sanctity of a hospital zone, given that there doesn’t appear to be any way that US commanders couldn’t have known that this was a hospital.

Priorities are priorities.

Do the Taliban represent the Pashtuns?
TRNN Replay: Muhammad Junaid: Pashtun traditional code conflicts with Taliban law, but US attacks creating support

Saudi Arabia Silences UN Human Rights Council Over Its War Crimes in Yemen
Omer Aziz says the Saudis are blocking an inquiry into one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent times

The House Freedom Caucus: Tea Party 2.0 Behind Boehner’s Resignation
A look at how the secretive Congressional House Freedom Caucus espouses populist rhetoric while backed by billionaire Koch brothers and mid-level southern capitalists

*Not much to cripple there, is it?

I suppose the Kochs et alia would like to eviscerate any semblance of a “climate legacy” for Dear Misleader, but what we’re talking about here is smoke and mirrors facing fire and brimstone, don’t you think?

Institute for Public Accuracy
* War Crimes * Activists Against Killer Drones

Democracy Now!
NAFTA on Steroids: Consumer Groups Slam the TPP as 12 Nations Agree to Trade Accord

The sweet potato . . . how sweet it is!
by Leanne Ely


Outrage Stirred as Police Deploy Snipers to ‘Observe’ Anti-Austerity March in UK
As more than 60,000 people marched against Tory’s attack on the economy, sharp-shooters took up positions on rooftops
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Is that a finger on your trigger

Or are you just happy to “see” me?

Will BP’s Record Gulf Spill Settlement Amount to a Record Tax Break?
Groups are warning that much of the $20.8 billion in settlement payments could be written off as the ‘cost of doing business’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*We all pay “the cost of doing business”

The Many Ways Women Are Beaten Down in America
by Paul Buchheit

*A woman’s work is never done

Being devalued

Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?
by Tom Hall and Barry Grey

*If Sanders is a socialist

Clinton’s a radical feminist

And Obama’s a Black Panther.

The Real News Network
GMO Anti-Labeling Law Heads to Senate After House Approval
Tuft University’s Tim Wise says in the face of uncertain science what’s needed is more science not deregulation

*Do you need to be a scientist to suss that if they’re trying to keep something from being labeled

That something might not be as harmless as they claim?

The Syrian Civil War and Big Power Rivalry
Sami Ramadani: The US and allied regional powers pushed early militarization of struggle as outside powers try to control outcome of Syrian revolution

The Global African: Alicia Garza on BLM & Oprah’s Diamond Controversy
We talk to Alicia Garza in depth on the subject of Black Lives Matter and Patrick Connors about Lev Leviev’s diamonds and his connection to settlements in the West Bank

*Diamonds are a ghoul’s best friend.

“O” dear …

Inter-Imperial Feuds and the Lost Revolution in Syria (2/2)
Joseph Daher and Jennifer Loewenstein debate what are the real goals of the U.S. in Syria

Evolution of A Black Panther Part 2
Kathleen Cleaver discusses moving to Oakland to join the Black Panther Party (BPP), assisting with the “Free Huey” Campaign, and becoming the BPP’s Communications Secretary

Is There a Path Forward for Baltimore After Freddie Gray?
Scholars and activists debate the future of a city still dominated by aggressive policing strategies and tax breaks for downtown developers

Why Drug Prices Are Out of Control, And What We Can Do About It
Jamie Love of Knowledge Ecology International told the Real News that our system does little to curb outrageous drug prices, and it’s not because there aren’t good alternatives

Evolution of A Black Panther (1/2)
Kathleen Cleaver discusses her parents’ influence on her political activism and her work in the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S.’s Unreported War in Afghanistan

*Something tells me this will be pedaled out of the corpress news cycle real quick like.


Empiricism, my dear Watson.

Department of Education: From Disaster to Disaster?

*Close enough for rock and ruin

Meet the new boss …

Media Are Blamed as US Bombing of Afghan Hospital Is Covered Up
by Ben Norton

*(See comment on IPA piece above)

Of course, it has to go through the spin cycle first.

FAIR CounterSpin
‘These Are the Crimes That Really Matter’
Interview with Brandon Garrett on corporate criminals
by Janine Jackson

*It’s not a “Get out of jail free” card

If you’re never booked

Democracy Now!
War Crime in Afghanistan?: Outrage After U.S. Airstrike on Hospital Kills 22 Patients & Staff

Mission Accomplished Redux: 1 Year After “End” to War in Afghanistan, Aid Workers Reveal Real Story

The Vaccine Safety Lesson Every Doctor Needs
by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

*I’m just trying to suss this shit my own self.

Do the two most popular supplements for relieving hot flashes really work?
How to pick out a good one
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

How to Strengthen Your Core
by Yuri Elkaim


A US Drone Killed This Man’s Family. He Asked For Simple Apology. US Said ‘No’
Faisal bin Ali Jaber had offered to drop a lawsuit against the president in exchange for a public apology for his loss. He was denied.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Club of One’: US Now Lone UN Member Outside Children’s Rights Treaty
The U.S. helped draft part of the Convention on the Rights of the Child—so why hasn’t it ratified it?
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Ratification would be an empty gesture, judging by the level of adherence to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights over nearly seven decades.

That said, “misconceptions” have nothing to do with the matter.

Lies, on the other hand …

Opt-Outs Abound as Majority of EU Says No to GMOs
15 out of 28 European Union member states declare their intention to send territorial exclusionary requests to agrochem companies
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Frankenfood can’t conquer the continent

Refugees Face Fences and Force in ‘Prison-Like’ European Hotspots
Italy will allow a “proportionate” use of force to obtain fingerprints from asylum-seekers, which it has not done regularly in the past
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

In Aristotle’s Homeland, Canadian Mining Giant Fights Ban To Get Its Gold
“Eldorado Gold must realize that beautiful Halkidiki is not its property, nor Halkidiki a ‘lab rat’ of environmental destruction for its profits.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

PIRG Questions Experian/T-Mobile Giving 15 Million Experian Breach Victims Credit Monitoring, Since Only the Credit Freeze Stops Identity Theft

The Real News Network
38% of American Workforce Still Jobless
UMass Amherst’s Richard Wolff discusses why labor force participation is the lowest since 1977 and what’s really needed to stimulate the economy

Proposed Sentencing Reforms Would Keep Drug War Policies Intact
Retired 32-year veteran Federal Marshall Matthew Fogg says the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act is a positive step but fails to address racist law enforcement or drug war policy

Media Coverage Is ‘a Sort of Advertisement to Mass Murder’
by Jim Naureckas

*Perhaps a truly valid case for “classified information” on the grounds of “national security”?

FAIR Action Alert
New York Post Gets Ethel Rosenberg History Wrong
by Jim Naureckas

FAIR CounterSpin
‘We Could Have All These Drugs Available at Generic Prices’
Interview with Dean Baker about why medicine costs so much
by Janine Jackson

*To employ Baker’s analogy, when your house is on fire, you don’t comparison shop among local fire departments. So why are we talking about paying any price for vital meds?

Health care should be a right, not a commodity, at any price. Article 25 of the UDHC guarantees such.

Pretty words ignored for decades, I realize. But the principle holds, if we are at all serious about a humane society.

Baker advocates for a kinder, gentler capitalism.

I can’t think of a more cogent example of an oxymoron.

Democracy Now!
“This Has Become Routine”: Obama Speaks Out After 10 Killed in Oregon in Year’s 294th Mass Shooting

*”Somehow this has become routine.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go over my kill list.”

What symbol of fall may help you beat the blues?
by Leanne Ely


Alabama Makes Photo IDs Mandatory for Voting, Then Shutters DMV Offices in Black Counties
The ‘decision to cut out ID services to almost all counties with a majority black population is discriminatory and wrong,’ says ACLU of Alabama.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Trumpocrisy: How ‘The Donald’ Became a Billionaire and What That Means for the Rest of Us
On finances and the art of ignoring conflicts and contradictions
by Nomi Prins

You Knew the TPP Was Bad. Here’s How It Gets Even Worse
by Dave Johnson

The Real News Network
Abbas UN Speech: “Bombshell” or Wet Firecracker?
Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas remains dismally uncourageous

*The hollow huffing of a hireling

A Critical Look at VICE’s Story on Mass Imprisonment with Obama and Holder
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report says the story by the news magazine Vice on mass incarceration features massive hypocrisies in the policy decisions of Obama and Holder

Institute for Public Accuracy
Saudi Beheading, Bombing Yemen — and on Human Rights Panel

* Trade Deal “Death Sentence Clause” * Killer Coal Mine CEO Trial

Democracy Now!
Rashid Khalidi on Syria: The Beginning of This Mess was the 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq

*It would seem that ISIS targets were included in the air strikes

“The Questioning Was Clearly Sexist”: Rep. Brenda Lawrence on Republican Planned Parenthood Hearings

Dead Man Walking: Richard Glossip vs. The Death Penalty

Pathogens On Produce And How Best To Avoid Them
Food poisoning from vegetables is just as serious as food poisoning from meats and dairy. Here are some things to look out for.
by Nils Fischer
Nutrition Action

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‘Exxons of Agriculture’ Wielding Power to Block Real Climate Solutions: Report
The industry ‘fuels a model of agriculture that is destroying the planet,’ report states.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Groups Challenge Wyoming’s ‘Downright Un-American’ Censorship Laws
State laws place citizen scientists and advocacy groups ‘in jeopardy for acting to protect public health, the environment, and animal welfare’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Monsanto Under Fire: Maker of Cancer-Causing Herbicide Sued by US Workers
Two separate lawsuits allege agrochemical giant deliberately misled public and regulators over dangers of product exposure
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

How US Colleges Have Become Ground Zero for Suppression of Palestine Solidarity
Two new reports highlight the systematic intimidation, harassment, and censorship that is silencing free speech critical of Israel
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Black Panthers are Back
by Reese Erlich

Single Payer and the Case Against ‘Clicktivism’
by Russell Mokhiber

*The mouse doesn’t roar

Friends of the Earth
A Flaring Shame: New Report Exposes Hidden Fracking Subsidy

The Real News Network
Is Obama Fighting ISIS, Assad or Russia?
Prof. Sabah Alnasseri of York University says Obama speech at the UN pushes anti-ISIS forces towards Russian strategy

African Leaders at the UN Speak for Imperialism, Not Our Continent, Says Activist
Analysts and activists Ajamu Baraka and Andile Mngxitama discuss subversion of African attempts for liberation at the United Nations

*The black faces blunt the black fists

Marginalizing the Momentum of the BDS Movement
by Gunar Olsen


Rank-and-File Teachers Object As Nation’s Biggest Union Weighs Early Clinton Endorsement
Mirroring similar rifts within other unions, National Education Association members prepare to protest Sanders snub
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I’m obviously no Sandersista, but this still smells of the rot that’s corroded unionism for literally donkey’s years.

As Shell Scraps Arctic Drilling Plan, Gov. Declares: ‘We Need To Get Some Oil in that Pipeline… Quick’
Governor Bill Walker pivots on Shell announcement to renew calls to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and fill Alaska’s trans-state pipeline
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Near-Total Meltdown of Fukushima Reactor 2 Confirmed
Researchers say between 70 and 100 percent of fuel inside reactor 2 melted during 2011 disaster
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

An Important New Reason to Keep Pesticides Away from Children
by Megan Boyle

The Superpower as Victim: Three Exceptional Facts About America
Why it’s safe to be paranoid in the U.S.
by Tom Engelhardt

The Yemen Catastrophe: Beset by Contradictions of Will and Intellect
by Richard Falk

Veterans for Peace
Iowa Presidential Race Targeted by Military Vets and Anti-Drone Television Commercials on Major News Networks

The Real News Network
ISIS, The New Israel
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and Sabah Alnasseri discuss how US foreign policy and class struggle created the conditions for the rise of ISIS, and compare ISIS’s colonialist strategies to those of the Israeli independence movement in Palestine

Sex for Repairs Scheme Alleged in Gilmor Homes
Federal lawsuit alleges residents of city housing project where Freddie Gray grew up were asked to have sex in exchange for maintenance work

Obama Versus Putin at the U.N.
Paul Jay and Vijay Prashad discuss President Obama and President Putin’s UN addresses on their strategies for fighting the Islamic State

Institute for Public Accuracy
Behind Modi at Facebook

Obama vs. Putin: Syria and Ukraine

*A black face

On a very black pot

Democracy Now!
Thousands Protest Indian PM Narendra Modi in U.S. over Human Rights Record

A Voice for Dalit Women in India: Ruth Manorama Speaks Out Against Caste-Based Discrimination


Will TTIP Get Terminated? Negotiations Falter as Europe Balks
As EU-US trade talks flounder, France doesn’t rule out ‘an outright termination of negotiations’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture: Solution or Mirage?
by Rashmi Mistry

The Painful Facts, State-by-State: How We’re Victimized by Corporate State Tax Avoidance
by Paul Buchheit

Beyond Reform vs. Rupture
Greece still has alternatives. What mix of compromise and confrontation could yield something better than more austerity?
by Nantina Vgontzas

The Real News Network
Pope Calls UN to Focus on Climate Solution Not Just Commitments
Pace University’s Chris Williams and IPS’ Janet Redman say UN commitments have not made substantial difference because the elite refuse to address fossil fuels

*I’ll listen to the preaching

When it’s paired up with some practicing

Majd Kayyal & The Trial of Hissene Habre
We talk to Palestinian activist Majd Kayyal about the importance of forging solidarity with the African American struggle, and we also look at the trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre

Top Pope Advisor Says Vatican Will Not Divest From Fossil Fuels
Pace University’s Chris Williams and IPS’ Janet Redman discuss the Vatican’s contradictory policy in light of the Pope’s call to fight climate change

*No amount of mouth makes up for no amount of money

Institute for Public Accuracy
Is the UN Working for Peace?

Democracy Now!
Journalist Peter Greste Calls on Australia to End Secrecy over Offshore Asylum Detention Centers

Why California and New York Cancer Rates Could Reach New Epidemic Proportions
by Jefferey Jaxen

Didn’t Vaccines Wipe Out Diseases? The Untold Truth About Vaccines2
by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

7 Things Every Mother Needs to Tell Her Daughter About Breast Cancer Prevention
by Marnie Clark

Nutrition Action
Food Safety: Kitchen Safety Tips Revealed!

Is the Paleo Diet Healthy?
Should we all be eating like cave men and women? Do we know what they ate?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*Makes sense to me. See what you think.

Controversial Exercise Advice That Speeds Fat Loss
by Yuri Elkaim

*Don’t let the sensational title fool you. I think there’s some eminently reasonable intel extant.

See if you agree.


Million-Liter Cyanide Spill in Argentina Highlights Canadian Mining Crimes
‘They cannot continue to handle affairs that are so delicate, that affect the environment and people this way.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Record Cold ‘Blob’ in North Atlantic: Sign of Future Climate Woes?
Some scientists are saying new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration could point to weakening of a North Atlantic ocean current
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

China Cap-and-Trade Program Not What the Climate Needs
by Wenonah Hauter

*I’m happy to see this, after Kumi Naidoo’s inane comments on the subject here

There are dinghies

And just plain dingy.

Murder, Mayhem and Rape in Afghanistan: Made in the U.S.A.
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*The black light of “freedom”

National Iranian-American Council
Iranian Americans to Hold Press Conference and Vigil in Honor of Shayan Mazroei

The Real News Network
What Pope Francis’ Call to Abolish Death Penalty Could Mean For Republicans
TRNN’s Jessica Desvarieux speaks with author Patricia Miller on how Pope Francis’ pro-life position on abolishing the death penalty expels conservatives’ use of abortion as a trump card over social justice issues

Priests to Pope: Stop the Sexism
A group of excommunicated priests staged a die-in Wednesday morning in protest of the Vatican’s refusal to let women take leading roles in the church

*A woman’s work (and worth) is never done

Being devalued

The Pope Mutes Message in Congress Speech
Pope Francis restrained his critique of finance and demand for urgent action on climate change, as he called for an end to capital punishment, more open immigration and concern for the environment

*You read the subheading here, and you think this will be a continuation of the serious critique of Francis’ pontification, so to speak, that has been previously presented on TRNN.

Sadly, the segment proper is more in the vein of the cheerleading you find at Democracy Now! and Common Dreams.

If TRNN is to be what it purports to be, it will need to assume the task of being the alternative to the “alternative media”, as represented by those two outlets, among others.

Prosecutors Drop False Imprisonment Charges Against Baltimore Pastor
ACLU says remaining charges of inciting a riot are overreaching and could discourage civil disobedience

War Crimes and Land Reform in the Colombian Agreement with FARC
Joshua Large, professor of international relations at the Universidad Eafit in Medellin, Colombia says, the agreement was made possible because of the increasing weakness of FARC and the neoliberal economic interests of the Colombian government

Fight for $15
There are children working the fryer at McDonald’s stores?!

*Golden arches

Blackened souls

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Can We Hold Noncitizens to a Different Standard of Justice?’
Interview with Rachel Meeropol on justice for 9/11 detainees
by Janine Jackson

*This has nothing to do with “protecting the public”

And everything to do with protecting power.

9/11, whether abetted, allowed, or simply taken advantage of, set the stage for the expanded “security” state, which the exploitocracy recognized as vital to its survival, as it proceeded to squeeze every drop of profit from those in its thrall.

We see the results in myriad manners, from quantum surveillance to the militarization of the police to immigrant detention to “ecoterrorist” prosecutions.

Fear makes folks do awful things

But this was coldly calculated to play upon those very failings of humanity.

PolitiFact Is Right That Ted Cruz Is Wrong, But Still Botches Iran Deal Facts
by Nima Shirazi


‘No Consent’: First Nations Women Shut Down Tar Sands Pipeline Hearing
‘This is Kanien’ke, this is Mohawk Land, and we are tired of occupation’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

#FreeKaren: The Hysterical Campaign to Free Australia’s Hypothetical Eco-Terrorist
So-called ‘radicalization awareness kits’ for Australian educators linking climate Activism with terrorism prompt outrage—and a great hashtag
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There’s really no need for those in power to engage in “divide and conquer”

When the “respectable” opposition is so eager to take on the task.

“[S]abotaging logging machinery” …

Horrors! We would never think to commit such acts of terrorism!

Future Doctors Rising Up for ‘Medicare for All’
Why med students are taking action for single-payer on October 1
by Vanessa Van Doren

A Secret War in 135 Countries
2015 Proves to Be Record-Breaking Year for the Military’s Secret Military
by Nick Turse

Exclusive: Bankruptcy Is a “Huge Opportunity” to Privatize Schools, Says EdBuild
by Jonas Persson

Koch PR Games: College Football Brought to You by Koch Industries
by Nick Surgey
PR Watch

The Real News Network
A Progressive Pope or Greenwashing the Vatican?
Paul Jay asks Chris Hedges if the Pope’s rhetoric on climate change and capitalism is a positive force or a dangerous illusion

*Are faux populists, secular and religious, as damaging to the cause of justice as bona fide members of the exploitocracy?

Does an unjust system need straw opponents to divert the oppressed from true resistance?

Are these rhetorical questions?

The Pope is Dishonest About Zero Tolerance for Child Sex Abuse
Pam Spees of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Barbara Blaine of SNAP say the Catholic Church and Pope Francis are not serious about addressing the church’s on-going struggles with child sexual abuse

*Suffer the little children

Netanyahu Meets Putin Looking for Existential Threat to Israel
Shir Hever says Netanyahu made misleading statements after his trip to Russia about coordinated military action in Syria

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Pt.8
TRNN Replay: Ha-Joon Chang: Financial markets need to become less–not more–efficient

*We need to ask, even if everyone were “well intentioned”, can a system based on competition and profit create a world with a dignified life for every single person on the planet?

If that’s your goal, my answer would be “No.”

A system of that sort inevitably creates animosity, as we compete with one another to capture that profit, and exploitation, as we seek to lower our costs of production.

A communal and cooperative system obliges us to put our skills, talents and efforts toward the good of all, and in return, we receive what we need for that life of dignity. That’s not decreed from on high, but through the equitable participation of all.

Is that idealistic?

Damn straight.

But it’s also eminently self interested, if you consider it in our own best interests to save the only rock we have to roll on.

Institute for Public Accuracy
The Pope and Dorothy Day

*Contrast this with Democracy Now!’s segment today on Day’s legacy

And you might suss why I find that program a far cry from its claim (which it may no longer make – points for some semblance of honesty, if so) to be “the exception to the rulers”.

Pope’s Blind Spots: * Sex Abuse * Militarism

*Are you blind if you wilfully close your eyes?

Farmers Market Guide – 52 In Season for September
by Leanne Ely


Confidential Charter School Memo Blasted as ‘Outline for a Hostile Takeover’
Critic says billionaire’s plan to “charterize” Los Angeles public schools is “a ham-handed effort to circumvent democracy in a major American city.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A mind is a terrible thing to waste

Making a tidy profit from

Tech CEOs Branded Privacy Traitors For Their Quiet Push to Pass CISA
‘Internet users are fed up, companies that abandon their commitment to user privacy and security should expect the Internet to abandon them.’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Don’t be evil

We’ve already got that covered

The Real News Network
Israel’s War on Children
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges sits down with author and activist Laila el-Haddad to discuss the psychological repression of Gaza’s youth by Israeli state violence and occupation

Palestinian Elections Could Cement Antidemocratic Leadership
Noura Erekat explains the fight taking place in the Palestine Liberation Organization as PA President Mahmoud Abbas speculates about a coming Intifada

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Pt.7
TRNN Replay: Ha-Joon Chang: Despite the fall of communism, we are in fact living in planned economies

Institute for Public Accuracy
Why is “Radical Pope” Canonizing an Enslaver of Native Americans?

*Cover your ears! Close your eyes!

Lest anything that would shatter your rhapsodic belief in The Second Coming embodied by Francis invade your consciousness.

(Much less your conscience)

If Jesus did return, he’d still be offed

Only this time in his name.

Democracy Now!
Q&A with Noam Chomsky on U.S. Foreign Policy, Iran, Donald Trump & More

Pope Francis in the USA: Calling for Revolution of Tenderness, Pope Touches Down in Richest Nation

Native Groups Protest Pope Francis’ Canonization of Junípero Serra over Role in California Genocide


Son of Victim Arrested for Protesting Military Exploitation of 9/11
‘Using Sept. 11 as a justification for an unnecessary war, torture, drone strikes and civilian casualties compounds my grief and is wrong-minded and counterproductive.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

In Canada, Harper’s Conservatives Seem to Have Forgotten a Cherished Tradition about Refugees
Harper’s been talking oddly of ‘old-stock Canadians’ – effectively excluding hundreds of thousands
by Robert Fisk

What David Cameron Did to the Pig, His Party Is Now Doing to the Country
by Laurie Penny

*Haven’t the foggiest why this tune popped into my head

The Real News Network
Clinton Says U.S. Policy in Syria “Failure”
Glen Ford of discusses his qualified agreement with Hilary Clinton on the “failure” of U.S. policy In Syria

*Watch for the new Sanders stickers

“Sheik It Up!”

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Pt.6
TRNN Replay: Ha-Joon Chang: Making the rich richer doesn’t make the rest of us richer

*Well, something does trickle down

And it has a singular smell to it

Ban Toxic Chinese Drywall, Provide Medical Monitoring, Injunctive Equitable Relief, Public Awareness
by Crystal Kinler

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Prison for the Corporate Criminal Elite”

*Suite deals for corporate killers

Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky on George Orwell, the Suppression of Ideas and the Myth of American Exceptionalism

*Speaking of exceptionalism, Chomsky is clearly an exception to the usual parade of guests on this program, who by and large would feel very much at home propounding their “loyal opposition” on MSNBC.

Is that too harsh? Look over the guest list and see how many folks go beyond merely treating the symptoms of the disease that is capitalism, who make the case for a society based on cooperation and community, which has no place for the profit motive in it.

Ask yourself why that is, and how it jibes with the claim to be “the exception to the rulers”.

Noam Chomsky: The United States, Not Iran, Poses Greatest Threat to World Peace

Noam Chomsky on Trump: “We Should Recognize the Other Candidates are Not That Different”

Do Vitamins and Minerals Keep You From Getting Sick?
Can you really trust “immunity” claims?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

The 3 best shrimp to buy (and which to avoid)
by Leanne Ely


Melting Permafrost Could Cost World Economy $43 Trillion by 2100: Study
Doing nothing to slow the fast-warming Arctic carries an enormous economic price tag, warns new research
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Kindness of Strangers: Today’s Refugees in Hungary and My Family During WWII
Why the lines of donated shoes at a train station in Budapest carry the opposite meaning of the line of bronzed shoes that now sit along the Danube
by Zoltán Grossman

Why Are Two Aging Pacifists on the Federal No-Fly List?
(or How to Censor Yourself Before the Government Even Has the Chance)
by Rebecca Gordon

The Other Refugee Crisis: From Central America to the US
by Clara Long

*No note made of the US’ role in creating the conditions these folks fled in fear from.

Might HRW’s familialismo with the State Department provide a clue as to why?

Guantanamo Prisoner Tells of Release Trauma in First Meeting with Lawyer

The Real News Network
Is SYRIZA’s Win a Hollow Victory?
Michael Nevradakis, scholar and host of Dialogos Radio in Athens, says the low voter turnout of 55% reflects widespread disenchantment with the Greek political system and SYRIZA

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Pt.5
TRNN Replay: Ha-Joon Chang: US does not have the highest living standard

*”We’re Number One!”

Is a load of Number Two

The Case of a Clock: America’s School to Prison Pipeline Personified
Over-policing? Islamophobia? Writer Jamilah King discusses how Ahmed’s case is a part of a disturbing trend.

*Use a mind

Go to jail

Institute for Public Accuracy
Is the Pope Just Verbiage?

*A bully pulpit

Heavy on the bullshit

Down the Memory Hole: NYT Erases CIA’s Efforts to Overthrow Syria’s Government
by Adam Johnson

*It’s easy to be a spook

When the truth doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance

The Health Supplement Ingredient That Could be Causing Cancer
by David Jockers

Sitting is the New Smoking Says the Media, But What Did They Leave Out?
by Jefferey Jaxen

Lose Weight by Eating Pancakes for Dinner?
by Yuri Elkaim


Up 72 Percent From Just Six Years Ago, Organic Farm Sales Soar
“We need a higher rate of growth in order to get close to meeting the demand,” said Laura Batcha, chief of the Organic Trade Association
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Nixon Connection: Why Black Lives Still Don’t Matter
by Andrew Levine

Pakistan plans to hang paralysed man on Tuesday

Center for Biological Diversity
Opposition Mounts Over Obama Administration Proposal Making It Harder to Protect Species From Extinction
Proposed Regulations Set Dangerous Precedent for All Types of Citizen Petitions Seeking Stronger Environmental Standards

The Real News Network
Will SYRIZA Survive Sunday’s Election?
Harry Konstantinidis of U. Mass, Boston says that the SYRIZA base is disappointed, the youth are feeling demobilized and inactive, and the Sunday election will be a close call

Presidential Guard Behind the Coup in Burkina Faso
The coup is about the new election rules that exclude former members of the Compaore government from standing for the election next month

Yemeni Government Returns from Exile as al-Qaeda Expands Foothold
Yemen expert Sama’a Al-Hamdani says it’s in the interests of all parties to achieve a political solution as soon as possible because the alternative may be far worse

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Pt.4
TRNN Replay: Ha-Joon Chang: We do not live in a post-industrial age

Pocomoke City Officials Get Testy as Black Residents Demand Accountability
Firing of first black police chief continues to divide community even as new top cop says he won’t live in the city

*It’s hard to “heal”

When you keep twisting the knife in the wound.

NYT Plays Up Risks to Bomber Pilots, Downplays the Civilians They Kill
By Jim Naureckas

*”Death defying”

And death denying

Democracy Now!
Mother of GM Crash Victim: Why Is Justice Dept. Allowing GM Write a Check to Get Away with Murder?

GM Did the Crime, Drivers Do the Time: Ralph Nader on Failure of U.S. to Prosecute Car Executives

*Capital punishment is essential for justice in this country

And I’m not talking about the death penalty.

“Criminal in Blue”: Should NYPD Officer James Frascatore Be Arrested for Assault? (Pt. 2)

Is your tea making you sick?
by Leanne Ely


‘They Throw Away Our Lives’: Honolulu Sued Over Homeless Crackdown
“Using arrests to solve homelessness…is contrary to a fair and just community.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A “paradise” without pity

Health Advocates: To Combat Opioid Epidemic, Target Big Pharma
Initiatives to help addicts highlight links between legally prescribed pain medication and opioid addiction
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The deadliest addiction

Is to profit

Uruguay Shows the Way by Leaving Secret Trade Deal
A strong coalition of trade unions, environmentalists and farmers working together on an effective public campaign were able to take on the interests of the world’s biggest companies and win.
by Viviana Barreto and Sam Cossar-Gilbert

Outrage Over Gaza Drove Iceland’s Capital to Back Israel Boycott
by Ali Abunimah

Quebec Left Debates Perspectives in Canada’s Federal Election
by Richard Fidler

Breaking With Austerity Europe
by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Stefano Fassina, Zoe Konstantopoulou, Oskar Lafontaine and Yanis Varoufakis

The Real News Network
Australian PM Tony Abbott Toppled By His Own Former Communications Minister
Dr. Binoy Kampmark discusses the political situation that has led to the fourth prime minister of Australia since 2013

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism Pt.3
TRNN Replay: Ha-Joon Chang: Most people in rich countries are paid more than they should be

Institute for Public Accuracy
Over 100 Killed, Government Lets GM Off, Ignores Legal Tools

Corporate Press Fails to Trump Bigotry
by Chip Berlet

*A clown act cum horror show

Democracy Now!
Remembering Everett Parker (1913-2015), Father of Media Reform Movement


European Commission Accused of ‘Putting Lipstick on a Pig’ With Rebranded Corporate-Friendly Trade Mechanism
‘This new proposal doesn’t change the fundamental problem of giving corporations frightening new powers at the expense of our national democracies.’—Nick Dearden, Global Justice Now
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Physicians for a National Health Program
More Americans Gain Health Coverage, But Many Can’t Afford to Use It: Doctors Group

The Real News Network
The Guardian Reveals the West Ignored Russian Offer to Depose Assad in 2012
Policy analyst Phyllis Bennis says the United States has a moral responsibility to address the Syrian refugee crisis after The Guardian UK reveals Russia offered to help depose Assad three years ago

British PM David Cameron Says Jeremy Corbyn is a National Threat
Professor Leo Panitch says Jeremy Corbyn is a principled opponent of British involvement in the American Empire and supporter of a more decentralized European Union

Tell Ben and Jerry’s: Cows Need Their Tails!
by Laura Yanne

Major Papers Reject the Opt-Out Option
by Molly Knefel

Democracy Now!
Oklahoma Set to Execute Richard Glossip Despite Mounting Evidence of His Innocence

As James Blake Calls for James Frascatore’s NYPD Badge, Hear Firsthand Account of Cop’s Violent Past

*”Bad apples” come from a rotten barrel.

And de Blasio “knows”.

Maybe one day DN! will know better than to trust the empty words of “progressive” pols.

Here’s One of the Nutrients That Many of Us Get Too Little Of
We’re better off consuming it from food rather than dietary supplements.
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Which Side Are We On?
by Kathy Kelly

Day of Reckoning for DuPont Over Teflon Chemical
by Bill Walker

Bernie Sanders Again Insists That Saudi Arabia Should Kill More People
by David Swanson

*Feeling Bernie’s burn

Global Justice Now
Statement on DSEI arms fair and the refugee crisis

Worldwatch Institute
Global Consumption Trends Break New Records
Vital Signs exposes latest global peaks of production and consumption, as well as associated impacts

The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: We Are All Greeks Now
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges continues his conversation with Leo Panitch on global neoliberalism and the possibilities for revolutionary change in Greece

Music for Revolution
Firebrand Records’ Son of Nun and Ryan Harvey discuss the new label’s Baltimore roots and say they aim to take revolutionary music to the mainstream

Democracy Now!
Man Who Filmed Freddie Gray’s Arrest: Power of a Copwatch Camera is “Almost Like Live Bullets”

*It’s so easy to think no one gives a shit.

We need to hear the stories of folks like Kevin to remind us that mensches aren’t only in fairy tales.

Seattle Strike Enters Fifth Day as Teachers Protest Testing Policies, Racial Inequity & Low Wages

Operation Naked King: Secret DEA Sting in Bolivia Confirms Evo Morales’ Fears About U.S. Meddling

Julian Assange: U.S. Spying on WikiLeaks Led to Mistaken Downing of Morales Plane in Snowden Hunt

Pear with Me!
by Leanne Ely


Record El Niño Puts the ‘Icing’ on Global Warming Cake
Human induced climate change will exacerbate the naturally-occurring phenomenon known as El Niño to push global temperatures to record highs
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

In Bible Belt, Sanders Seeks Common Ground on Morality and Justice
‘I came here today because I believe from the bottom of my heart that it is vitally important for those of us who hold different views to be able to engage in a civil discourse.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Sanders isn’t a “democratic socialist”.

He’s a pre DLC liberal for the most part domestically, and a facilitator of militarism for the most part globally.

And I’m sure being a staunch supporter of Israeli apartheid had nothing to do with his appearance at a training ground for “Christian” Zionists.

Common ground, indeed …

Why So Many Americans Defend the Failed Capitalist Experiment
by Paul Buchheit

*For so many, it’s easier to look down on someone else

Than to look out for each other

Why (We As) Climate Activists Stand with Refugees
by Nicolò Wojewoda

*Suffering doesn’t occur in silos

And neither does justice

A new Tahrir moment?
Protests for civic services in Baghdad and Beirut bring hope, even as sectarianism rages in West Asia
by Vijay Prashad

With the Growth of Catholic Hospital Systems, Women’s Health is Put at Risk by Religious Rules

*First do no harm

Unless God’s cool with it

The Real News Network
“The Chemicals Are Within Us”: Toxic Tour with Aamjiwnaang First Nation
TRNN’s Shaghayegh Tajvidi travelled to Aamjiwnaang First Nation on Sept. 5th to capture the largest tour ever of the industrial zone that engulfs the community

Why Sanders & Trump Are More Alike Than You Think
Georgetown History Professor Michael Kazin discusses the right-wing and left-wing platforms of “producerism” that divide society into takers and makers, and what its popularity says about America

*The nativist aspect of producerism is toxic, as it disdains solidarity among the exploited globally in favor of protecting ‘mericans.

Of course, this plays right into the hands of neoliberal globalization, who pit one nation’s poor and workers against another’s in an accelerating race to the bottom.

And I haven’t heard Sanders speak to global solidarity, have you?

Whistleblower: Modern Policing Rooted in Racist Policies
TRNN brings you the second part of our interview with former Baltimore Police Sergeant Michael Wood

*Sometimes the clearest view is from the belly of the beast

Afghan Refugees in Greece in Limbo
Former Afghan Refugee and advocate Mohamad Mizray in Greece reports that Afghan refugees are being deprioritized in favor of Syrians, he argues that they should all be treated equally and with dignity no matter what country they are arriving from

Democracy Now!
In Upset, Socialist Jeremy Corbyn Elected as U.K. Labour Leader on Antiwar, Pro-Refugee Platform

“A Political Insurrection in Britain”: Tariq Ali on Election of Jeremy Corbyn as New Labour Leader

*If Corbyn indeed merits Ali’s props, comparing him to Sanders does a grave disservice to the man, don’t you think?

Conservative Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Ousted by His Own Party

Is Oklahoma Set to Execute an Innocent Man? Inside the Case of Richard Glossip

*My assumption is that Prejean is opposed to the death penalty under any circumstances, but that doesn’t come across clearly here, does it?

As for Coburn, if Glossip were black or Latino – and especially if he were a Muslim – his silence would be deafening

Unless he was among the chorus of the lynch mob.

Five benefits of muscle-strengthening exercise you may not know about
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

4 Odd Ways Your Gut is Sabotaging Your Weight Loss
by Yuri Elkaim

*Reposted for the intel on the intestine, not for the plug for the book (which could well be worthy of one – I’m simply pleading ignorance).


‘Won’t Back Down’: Seattle Teacher Strike Continues for Third Day
Organized educators take stand for their profession, their students, and ‘people everywhere who are working for vital public schools and social justice.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No classes

But a most valuable lesson being taught

New Debate on Police Body Cameras Pits Privacy Against Accountability
In face of police brutality epidemic, middle ground between two concerns remains elusive
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The TPP Will Finish What Chile’s Dictatorship Started
Salvador Allende warned against neoliberalism’s disastrous effects just before he was overthrown. He was right to be worried.
by Greg Grandin

A Bad Summer for Miscreants: AIPAC and GOP Grandees Take a Hit
by Andrew Levine

Community to Lawmakers: Stop the Showcase of Military and Surveillance Technology in Alameda County
by Nadia Kayyali

With Force-Feedings Ordered, ACLU Calls for End to Disparate Policies for People Seeking Asylum and Mistreatment of Hunger-Striking Detainees in Florida ICE Facility

Beyond Nuclear
Nuclear Agency Squandered $350 Million on Redundant Building but Claims $8 million Too High and Timeframe Too Long for Cancer Study

The Real News Network
Kerry Exaggerates Recent Russian Role in Syria
Patrick Cockburn, correspondent for the Independent, says Russia is the main arms supplier to the Syrian government, but the John Kerry protests are exaggerated and about two ships and a small landing craft

Is the European Right Exploiting the Refugee Crisis?
Ruth Wodak, co-author of Right-Wing Populism in Europe: Politics and Discourse, says many parties across Europe are appealing to voters through nationalistic, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric

*Wodak’s rather naive about Merkel’s and other politicians’ “welcoming” posture and defense of “European values”, considering the neoliberal dismemberment of the social compact that reflects those values, don’t you think?

How much of their largesse is merely a cover for a militaristic response to the crisis, and geopolitical stratagems in the areas these desperate folks are coming from?

Pro-Kurdish Party’s Offices Attacked as Turkey Escalates Operations Against the PKK
The escalating violence in Turkey prior to the November elections can not be delinked from President Erdogan’s goal to weaken the pro-Kurdish HDP party, says Baris Karaagac

The Movement for Black Lives National Convening
TRNN’s Eddie Conway went to Cleveland to meet the young people developing the critical mass for Black self-worth and movement building

RootsAction et alia
Don’t Garnish Social Security to Pay Student Loan Debt!

Institute for Public Accuracy
Regime Change Refugees

FAIR CounterSpin
‘This Deal Affirms the Peaceful Nature of the Iranian Nuclear Program’
Interview with Nima Shirazi on Iran deal
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
“I Saw with My Own Eyes That They Killed People”: Afghan Speaks Out as U.S. Reopens War Crimes Probe

*America’s finest …

Seven reasons to be good to your kidneys
How what you eat and drink can affect you in so many ways via the kidneys
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Finland Proposes Taxing the Rich to Take in More Refugees
As Obama administration considers taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees, Finland plans on accepting 30,000
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

DOJ Vows to Crack Down on Corporate Criminals, But Watchdogs Skeptical
A set of new guidelines aimed at going after Wall Street execs do not, in themselves, constitute bold action, say observers
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Food Dharma
by Vandana Shiva

Massive Protest Wave in Iraq Challenges Sectarianism
by Ali Issa

Federal Court Overturns EPA Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticide

Center for Biological Diversity
Report Details Obama’s Authority to Keep 450 Billion Tons of Greenhouse Gas Pollution in Ground
Laws Allow President to Ban New Oil, Gas and Coal Leases on Public Lands, Ocean Areas

*The power

But not the passion

The Real News Network
Judge: Trials for Officers Charged With Killing Freddie Gray to Stay in Baltimore
On Thursday morning judge Barry Williams rejected the defense’s argument, that the six officers charged in the killing of Freddie Gray could not get fair and impartial trials in Baltimore

*Changing venue isn’t meant to eliminate prejudice against police

But to emigrate to prejudice in their favor.

Exodus from the Syrian Ruins
Patrick Cockburn, correspondent for the Independent, says we are in an era of extreme violence where nine bloody and cruel civil wars are at the root of the refugee crisis

The “Other” Socialist In the Presidential Race: An Introduction to Gloria la Riva
Presidential nominee for the Party for Socialism and Liberation Gloria la Riva discusses her campaign

*It would be interesting to know how many times “socialist” Sanders has mentioned capitalism in his campaign

Not to mention – literally – imperialism.

Campaign for Peace and Democracy (CPD) et alia
NYC Solidarity with Syrian Refugees: Let Them In!

ICE Refuses to Release Federal Civil Rights Witnesses from Detention

Institute for Public Accuracy
Will the DOJ Finally Go After Corporate Criminals?

Democracy Now!
“La Jaula de Oro”: New Feature Film is an “Epic Poem” of Migration through Mexico

Chef Alice Waters Shares Her Secrets to Cooking Fresh Food
Tips on finding, enjoying, and cooking fresh food from one of America’s foremost fresh food experts, Alice Waters
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Nutrition Action
Eating Gluten Free: What to Eat – and Not to Eat – on a Gluten-Free Diet


Global Leaders Using Refugee Plight to Push Military Escalation
Observers say war is the cause—not the solution—of the ongoing humanitarian crisis
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Researchers Warn Melting Permafrost May Awaken ‘Giant Viruses’
The researchers plan to ‘wake up’ the 30,000-year-old giant virus, but not until they verify that the bug cannot cause animal or human disease
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

As Europe’s One Percent Flourishes, Millions Sink into Poverty
‘To tackle inequality in Europe, we must reduce the influence the rich and powerful have in shaping government policies at the expense of the majority of European people.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

As McDonald’s Signals Major Shift, A Reminder That ‘Cage-Free’ Does Not Equal ‘Cruelty-Free’
Lauded as important development, major fast-food chain commits to sourcing only ‘cage-free’ eggs within ten years
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Typical for reformist groups

Articulate an artificial and inadequate standard

Declare victory when it’s met

Then kiss the pisser of the corps that sacrificed next to nothing to do so.

The US Military and the Myth that Humanity is Predisposed to Violence
by Maria Santelli

The Real News Network
Will the $6.4 Million Freddie Gray Settlement Change Policing in Baltimore?
Breaking: The Baltimore city Board of Estimates has just unanimously approved the $6.4 million dollar wrongful-death settlement for the family of Freddie Gray

Black People and Their Labor are “Disposable”?
Activist, organizer and producer of “An American Nightmare: Black Labor and Liberation” Kali Akuno discusses the “disposable” nature of Black life and labor

Right Wing’s False Narrative on Scott Walker Probe Fueling Attack on Election Watchdog
by Brendan Fischer

Institute for Public Accuracy
Iran Deal: “Nonsense” and Realities

Iran’s ‘Nuclear Ambitions’ Go Unquestioned in Coverage of Iran Deal Momentum
by Gunar Olsen

Comcast-Owned Vox Explains the Great Deal You’re Getting From Comcast
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
German Lawmaker: At the Root of Refugee Crisis are Wars Led by the United States in the Middle East

“Open Up, Europe! Let Migrants In”: Former EU Adviser Urges Opening of Borders

“There is No Safe Place”: Syrian Refugee Recounts Harrowing Journey by Boat to Escape Violence

“Protect People, Not Borders”: Report from the Macedonian-Greek Border

Why You Should Worry About Germs in the Kitchen
Do you think about germs in the kitchen when you are making dinner? You probably should be.
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Monsanto Favorite Glyphosate Soon to Join California’s Cancer List
Announcement from state’s EPA chapter is ‘important step toward protecting people and wildlife’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Fracking Fallout: New Analysis Reveals Over 100 Million Gallons of Toxic Wastewater Spilled Since 2009
Associated Press investigation finds more than 180 million gallons of fracking byproduct spilled from 2009 to 2014, tainting agricultural land, poisoning drinking water, and sparking the mass die-off of plant and animal life
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Apple Privacy Push Faces First Big Test From US Government
With tech companies stepping up privacy protections for users, law enforcement looks for new ways to access data
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Women On The Frontlines, An Untold Climate Story
by Osprey Orielle Lake

Beyond Nuclear
Agency to Leave Children Unprotected and Public in the Dark on Cancer Risks Around Nuclear Power Facilities

The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: The Making of Global Capitalism
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with author and professor Leo Panitch to discuss how global imperialism and capitalism are upheld by economic and cultural forces, and debate the roles of ignorance, myth, and malevolence in the perpetuation of systems of inequality

FAIR CounterSpin
‘They Were Willing to Pay the Price With Other People’s Bodies’
CounterSpin interview with Felicia Kornbluh on the legacy of ‘welfare reform’
by Janine Jackson

*I don’t know why it is that even steadfast critics of neoliberalism have this compelling urge to paint its proponents as somehow well intentioned – the whole “the road to hell” thing.

Almost every evil, on a macro level at least, is justified in the minds of its perpetrators as noble, or at least necessary. No one envisions themselves as a heartless bastard.

But self delusion isn’t the same as honest but deeply flawed intent. When we conflate these, we simply set the stage for the next human catastrophe.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Government Considering Increasing Public Exposure to Radiation

*And think of the energy savings if we glow in the dark!

Democracy Now!
French Secret Service Agent Who Led Fatal 1985 Bombing of Greenpeace Ship Breaks His Silence

*A hollow apology from a minion

A studied silence from his masters

As Candidates Tied to Guatemalan Army & Oligarch Vie for Power, What’s Next for Popular Uprising?

Allan Nairn: Donald Trump Meets, Praises Indonesian Leaders Despite Ties to Mass Killings

*Trump’s color blind

When it comes to black hearts

New Report Rejects Mexican Government’s Story About the Disappearance of 43 Students from Ayotzinapa

How to Do a 1-Day Fast
by Yuri Elkaim

Which fruit can decrease the risk of asthma and regulate blood sugar?
by Leanne Ely

How To Reduce the Calories in Meat
It seems like it should be straightforward, but figuring out the amount of calories in meat and poultry can be tricky. Here’s how to keep calories in check.
by Jayne Hurley
Nutrition Action


At Heart of Humanitarian Crisis, Israel Building Wall to Keep Syrian Refugees Out
Israeli prime minister cites demographic purity, stokes fear about ‘terrorists’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Climate Warning Coming From Three Wolves on a Michigan Island
‘It’s an issue that will set precedent on how the National Park Service will make decisions about climate change’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Why We Need a Guaranteed Income. Soon.
by Paul Buchheit

Ten Troubling Numbers Labor Day 2015
by Bill Quigley

It’s the Surreal Thing
Why should the country’s most obese state help Coca-Cola peddle obesity?
by Russell Mokhiber

Food Fight 2015: Taking Down the Degenerators
by Ronnie Cummins

Nuclear War Theme Parks: Mass Destruction for the Whole Family
by John LaForge

Big Phone and Cable’s Summer Hack-a-thon
by Timothy Karr

*Common carriers of corporate collusion

The Real News Network
Not Just for Better Pay: Seattle Teachers Vote to Strike for Social Justice
Teacher Jesse Hagopian says Seattle educators will walk the picket lines beginning Wednesday, September 9, if their demands are not met

Ignoring the Cause of Welfare: Not Laziness but Low Wages
by Ben Norton

*Solid piece, but you might ask whether folks on welfare feel that it “make[s] up for the rest.”

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the ‘Do Something’ Lie
by Adam Johnson

*Promising deliverance from evil

Assuring a further descent into hell


After Canadian Court Ruling, Has Law ‘Finally Caught Up With Chevron’?
Decision is ‘the beginning of the end of Chevron’s abusive and obstructionist litigation strategy,’ says Ecuadorian activist
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

In Escape from Brutality, Refugees March on Foot Towards Austria
March for freedom comes after Hungarian authorities spent days preventing thousands of refugees, many fleeing war in Syria, from boarding trains to Germany
by Common Dreams staff

Beware! Monsanto Turns Its Attention to the Produce Aisle
by Genna Reed

What the Sea Looks Like from the Desert
by Fernando Lopez

*The suffering is shoreless

So must be the solidarity

Pass the Sugar
An argument about history and memory as Pope Francis is about to declare Father Junípero Serra a saint in recognition of his 19th century missionary work as “the evangelizer of the West in the United States” and founder of a chain of Catholic missions throughout Alta California
by Tony Platt

*Fête and forget

Compassionate Conservatism: a Reconsideration and an Appreciation
by Andrew Levine

The Real News Network
10 Years After Katrina, Test Scores Tell One Story, Residents Tell Another
Investigative reporter Colleen Kimmett discusses her three-month In These Times investigation that reveals cracks in the education reform narrative

*Après le déluge

Le sécheresse

Deep Contradictions in Obama’s Arctic Policies
Roxanne Dunbar Oritz, author of “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States”, says that Native Americans need more than name restoration from the Obama Administration

Court Rules Argentina Creditors Can’t Seize Its Central Bank
Former bank regulator Bill Black discusses the significance of a U.S. court ruling regarding Argentina’s debt

USA Today Provides a Platform for Anti-Immigration Think Tank’s Flawed Study
by Ben Norton

Democracy Now!
Allan Nairn: U.S. Backers of Guatemalan Death Squads Should Be Jailed Alongside Ex-President

Chicago Hunger Strikers Enter Day 19 Challenging Rahm Emanuel’s Push to Privatize Public Schools

10 foods you should never eat
by Leanne Ely

Is it True that Overweight People Live Longer?
Some evidence suggests that overweight people live longer, but the evidence is suspect. Here’s the lowdown.
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


‘Despair of a Generation’ as Violence Blocks Education for Millions
UNICEF report finds nearly 14 million children across the Middle East and North Africa prevented by war and conflict from attending school
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Latest SAT Scores Raise New Alarms Over ‘Test-and-Punish’ Education
“Test-and-punish policies, such as ‘No Child Left Behind’ have clearly failed to improve college readiness or narrow racial gaps.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

More Bad News for Coal Country as Common Byproduct Found to be Radioactive
Coal ash, which polluted North Carolina’s Dan River in 2014, contains high levels of radioactive contaminants
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Humankind Has Halved the Number of Trees on the Planet
Trees ‘store huge amounts of carbon, are essential for the cycling of nutrients, for water and air quality, and for countless human services’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Halving the trees

And we still can’t see the forest

New Research Documents Growth of Extreme Poverty
by Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Peter Edelman and LaDonna Pavetti

*All poverty is “extreme” to those in extremis

The Rebellion Against Standardized Tests Is Exploding
But New York State is cracking down on “opting out.”
by Michelle Chen

*A test of ills

ACLU of Florida and CAIR Florida File Lawsuit Challenging Policy Denying Religious Meals to Muslim Inmates at Miami-Dade Jails

The Real News Network
Why is There Systemic Police Abuse in Baltimore?
TRNN’s Taya Graham speaks to Paul Jay talks about the connection between poverty and policing

Democracy Now!
Guatemalan President Resigns in “Huge Victory” for Popular Uprising

“Did God Tell You to Treat Us Like This?”: Protests Grow over Clerk’s Denial of Same-Sex Marriages

As Syrian Colonel Faces Charges in Maher Arar Torture Case, Will U.S. Ever Apologize?

The Hidden Danger of Calories in Drinks
We all know we should watch our calories, but the calories in drinks often hide under our radar
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*Say “Ugh!” to the glug

(It’s a reach, I realize.)


‘Refugees Welcome’: As EU Slams Door on War Survivors, People Show Another Way
Many EU residents are staging welcome rallies and opening their homes to survivors of war, poverty, and the dangerous voyage across the Mediterranean
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams



Obama Announces New Plan to Save Arctic: More Icebreakers!
During his controversial Alaska visit, the US president continues his trend of lofty, climate change speeches coupled with more support for Arctic drilling
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Why would any sentient being still be “mystified” by Dear Misleader living up to his label?

What’s “painful” to me is hearing his “critics” express “disappointment” regarding someone they had no rational excuse to place their trust in in the first place.

Okay … I’m all out of quotation marks.

One Day Soon, That Drone Overhead May Be Pointing a Taser at You
by Marjorie Cohn

The Real News Network
Eyewitnesses Say Protester Hit By Car, Arrested Outside Freddie Gray Pre-Trial Hearings
Before his arrest, Baltimore activist Kwame Rose spoke to the Real News about why people are protesting outside the hearing

Former Cop Says Freddie Gray Slowdown Didn’t Prompt Crime Spike
Ex-Baltimore Officer Michael Wood, who came to fame for tweeting about corruption inside the agency, says there is no evidence showing aggressive policing reduces crime

In Landmark Ruling, California Prisons Halt Solitary Confinement
Prisoner advocate Marie Levin and attorney Anne Weills explain how this will impact some 80,000 prisoners nationwide

Veolia Pulls Out of Israel
Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah says Veoila has lost billions due to the BDS movement

Is Erdogan Creating a Perfect Storm to Get His Party in Power?
With escalating violence with the Kurds and the arrest of VICE reporters, Trent University’s Baris Karaagac explains how the AKP is appealing to their base

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama-Saudi Meeting: War and Sectarianism

* Ousting Guatemalan President * Icebreaker Gap? * Denali and Native Names

Did ‘Ferguson Effect’ Cause Murder Wave? No. Is There a Murder Wave? Unclear
by Jim Naureckas

*Never let the facts, or lack of same, get in the way of a scary story

Democracy Now!
After Mass Hunger Strikes & Lawsuits, Prisoners Force California to Scale Back Solitary Confinement

Is Guatemala’s President Going to Jail? Legislature Strips Pérez Molina of Immunity After Protests

With a Record Backing Coups, Secret War & Genocide, Is Kissinger an Elder Statesman or War Criminal?

*Fêting the fetid

Are Foods with High Fiber Really That Good for You?
Do foods with high fiber deserve all the health-benefits accolades they are given?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

Whey: The Ancient Secret to Building Lean Muscle and Shedding Fat
by The Sherpa


As ‘Muslim-Free Zones’ Flourish, Groups Demand DOJ Probe
Broad coalition says such declarations violate Title II of the Civil Rights Act and encourage Islamophobia
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Fukushima Report Dangerously Downplays Ongoing Health Risks: Greenpeace
“The IAEA report actively supports the Abe government’s and the global nuclear industry’s agenda to make it appear that things can return to normal after a nuclear disaster.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

UK Killing by Police Underscores Depth of Crisis in US
Shooting of London-area man marks first fatality by British police since 2011
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Georgia Woman Paroled in Case Highlighting Abuse of Trans Inmates
Ashley Diamond vows to continue ‘fight for justice’ after receiving unexpected release from Georgia prison
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Chilling Effects of the Ashley Madison Scarlet Letter
by Jake Laperruque and Alex Bradshaw

The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: The Revolutionary, Caged
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges continues his conversation with two black revolutionaries and former political prisoners, Eddie Conway and Ojore Lutalo, to discuss their resistance within the prison system

Is Obama Greenwashing His Climate Record in Alaska?
Investigative journalist Steve Horn says the National Petroleum Council has institutionalized pro-gas and pro-oil policy regardless of which political party is in power

*If a Nobel Peace Prize winner can have a kill list

Why can’t “the greatest President on the environment” have as his “legacy” its denouement?

Key Pocomoke Councilwoman Says City Doesn’t Speak for Her in Secret Meeting Controversy
In a letter to the compliance board, the sole black member of the council says her views were misrepresented in the city’s response to an open meetings act complaint

A Broken System Breaks Families
Bobbi Smallwood, whose son was arrested during the Baltimore uprising, talks about how the judicial system is literally killing her

DC Mayor’s New Plan to Stem City Violence: More Policing
Glen Ford of discusses the plan of DC’s Mayor Bowser to address increased levels of city homicides

US Leads World in Credulous Reports of ‘Lagging Behind’ Russia
by Adam Johnson

*And yet Democracy Now! (aka “the exception to the rulers”) gives James Bamford copious airtime today to make the same case.

Little wonder I find myself skipping an increasing number of segments on the program, is there?

The Washington Post and the Federal Reserve Cult
by Dean Baker

The 12 Best Reasons You Should Exercise
There are a lot of reasons you should exercise. Here are some lesser-known benefits.
by David Schardt

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New Nationwide Push to Keep GE Salmon Out of Waters, Off of Shelves
Week of action targets Costco, one of the largest seafood retailers in the country
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Great Unraveling
by Chris Hedges

*Shall we embrace our humanity

Or entomb it?

How Extreme Energy Leads to Extreme Politics
Authorities in Argentina and beyond are cracking down on indigenous communities that protest resource extraction — while re-writing laws to promote fossil fuels.
by Aldo Orellana López and Sian Cowman

No Time for Women’s Health in an Age of Austerity
by Elizabeth Renzetti

Hedge Funds Attack Baltimore
by Hedge Clippers

*Vampire rats

Why the Iran nuclear deal is essential
by Vijay Prashad

*This is important to read as one defense of the deal not tainted by ignorant or wilful misconceptions about the need to “stop” Iran from getting “the bomb”.

Jail to Explain Tomorrow How it will Hang Disabled Prisoner

*When it comes to human depravity as practiced by those in power, the use of the term “unusual” seems misplaced

The Real News Network
India’s Economy Can Grow Without Increasing Carbon Emissions
Shouvik Chakraborty discusses how India can maintain healthy economic growth while reducing unemployment, generating more jobs, improving public health, and lowering CO2 emissions

Extraordinary Brutality Inflicted on Civilians in Yemen
As Saudi ground troops enter Northern Yemen with US backing, Amnesty International charges Saudis with alleged war crimes

As Legal Proceedings Commence in Gray Case, Feds Probe Past Police Killings
Top civil rights attorney says he has turned over records from past wrongful death suits involving police to the Justice Department’s civil rights division

Pocomoke to Attorney General: Reason for Secret Meeting is Secret
The city says it cannot disclose why the council met without public notice to fire its first black chief

Mediterranean Refugee Crisis Escalating
As the UN announces that the number of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean this year exceeds 300,000, Vijay Prashad says the superpowers must move towards a ceasefire in Syria as soon as possible to stem the tide

As Trial Approaches, What Has Changed Since Freddie Gray’s Killing?
TRNN visits Penn & North, a short distance from where Freddie Gray lived and died, and this is what we witnessed

*Policing will change only when its purpose changes

Who “Recovered” in Post-Katrina New Orleans?
Author Gary Rivlin discusses how white homeowners disproportionately benefited from the multibillion federally funded Road Home program while working and middle class black families still await relief

Missing From Reports of Yemeni Carnage: Washington’s Responsibility
by Jim Naureckas

*A simple task to keep your hands clean

When the corpress provides the sanitizer

Democracy Now!
Preserving Borders vs. Preserving People: Death Toll Rises as Refugees Head to Europe Seeking Safety

As Al Jazeera Journalists Are Jailed for 3 Years in Egypt, Will U.S. Stop “Cozying Up” to Regime?

Saving a friend’s home/moving
Please help this activist out any way you can
by Concerned Friend

Mercy for Animals
Stop Torturing Chickens for McNuggets
WORSE THAN PINK SLIME! Hidden-Camera Exposes Nasty Secret Behind McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets

Almond Milk — It’s Unlikely Cancer Causing Ingredient
by Dr. David Jockers

Why Whit​e​ Vinegar is on the Blacklist
by Leanne Ely


Cover Up? TTIP Negotiators Outed for Secret Talks With Big Tobacco About [Redacted]
Forced by freedom of information request, officials release documents scrubbed of all content and names
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Smoke’s screen

Call It What It Is: A Global Migration Shift From Climate, Not a Migrant or Refugee Crisis
by Jeff Biggers

The Katrina Oil Spill Disaster: A Harbinger for the Atlantic Coast?
by Sue Sturgis

*Oil and water do mix

A dressing of death and destruction

The Real News Network
Members of Syriza’s Central Committee Defecting to Popular Unity
Dimitri Lascaris also discusses the significance of bailout critic Vassiliki Thanou serving as the first female Prime Minister in the interim Greek government

Bullock Trial Begins Friday
18-year-old Allen Bullock broke a police car window during the Baltimore uprisings. Having turned himself in, he faces life in prison and a bail that is higher than those set for the six police officers charged in the killing of Freddie Gray

Sanders Lead: Why is He Silent on U.S. Foreign Policy?
RootsAction.Org’s Jeff Cohen says Bernie Sanders cannot just denounce corporate power without denouncing militarism

*Cohen’s whistling past the graveyard, or whatever the appropriate metaphor is for wilfully ignoring reality. For one, to call Sanders a “socialist” is nonsense, if you define that term as someone who is committed to replacing a system based on profit, not simply making it “fairer”.

For another, there’s no mention of his unswerving support for apartheid and oppression as practiced by the state of Israel. You’d have to ask Ball why he didn’t bring up the matter.

Is he better than Clinton or O’Malley or Webb or Biden or whoever else decides to run for the nomination?

That’s an awfully low bar to clear, isn’t it?

I’m imploring you to just keep your eyes open, for somebody’s god’s sake, and your focus on principle, not personage.


Katrina’s ‘Golden Opportunity’: 10 Years of Corporate Media Celebrating Disaster
by Adam Johnson

*”Disaster capitalism” is the ultimate anti oxymoron

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Corporate Media Really Want to Be Able to Say the Story Is Over’
CounterSpin interviews with Rosa Brooks, Colette Pichon Battle, A.C. Thompson and Jordan Flaherty on Katrina’s 10 years of media neglect
by Janine Jackson

*Don’t ask

Don’t tell

Don’t care

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama in Alaska: PR to “Greenwash his Climate Legacy”?

*The title is a rhetorical question, if ever there was.

And Steiner’s definition of “good” varies dramatically from mine.

Democracy Now!
Shock Doctrine: A Look at the Mass Privatization of NOLA Schools in Storm’s Wake & Its Effects Today

New Orleans Actor & Activist Wendell Pierce on the “Greatest Crime” in Wake of Hurricane Katrina

“George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People”: Reflections on Kanye West’s Criticism 10 Years After

A Quick History of The Omniheart Diet
The Omniheart diet has come a long way since the first study. Here is where it began.
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

The 8 Best Alcohol Options When Dieting
by Leanne Ely

Are You Wasting Your Money On
Green Superfood Powders?
Discover 3 “Cover Ups” Green Superfood
Companies Use to Fool You
by Yuri Elkaim

*I’ve used Elkaim’s powder, and it did lower my pH level and didn’t taste terrible, although far from “great”. It may be the “best tasting” greens powder, but consider the competition.

I’d likely have continued with it, but the price is beyond my meager budget.


Striking Fear Into Corporate Hearts, Labor Board Hands Big Win to Workers
‘Employers will no longer be able to shift responsibility for their workers and hide behind loopholes to prevent workers from organizing,’ say Teamsters
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

WTO Ruling Against India’s Solar Push Threatens Climate, Clean Energy
“The U.S. should be applauding India’s efforts to scale up solar energy—not turning to the WTO to strike the program down.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

When It Comes to Global Arms Control, US May Not Get Customary Veto Power
Conference on the global regulation of conventional weapons announces decisions to be made by majority vote
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Alarm Sounded as TransCanada Set to Drill in Bay of Fundy
‘No consent for Energy East’: New Brunswick groups say they weren’t consulted or warned
by Derrick O’Keefe

New Study Reveals Yet More Risks to Bees from Controversial Pesticides
‘The evidence of harm is clear,’ says environmental advocacy group Friends of the Earth
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Rewriting the Human Story
by Robert C. Koehler

New Orleans’ Deadly Floodwaters: Now From Gentrification
by Laura Flanders

*No saints marching in the halls of government and commerce in this land of demolished dreams

Civil Legal Aid Must Play a Larger Role in Disaster Recovery
by Laura Tuggle

‘Islamic State’ Pretence and the Upcoming Wars in Libya
by Ramzy Baroud

The Real News Network
What Would Happen to the Eurozone if Greece Leaves?
Economist Gerard Dumenil argues the Eurozone will face minimal impact and its leaders are already preparing for a possible Grexit

Katrina Victims: Relocated or Forced into Exile?
Black Agenda Report Executive Editor Glen Ford says The New Yorker is marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by attempting to show the benefits of relocating black communities, but it’s not simply a matter of “starting over”

Five Years Later, Canadian Officer Convicted for 1,000+ Mass G-20 Arrests
Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s Laura Berger and TRNN’s former video journalist Jesse Freeston discuss the police’s motivations behind mass arrests and the legacy of the G-20 in current policing practices

International Law and “The Responsibility to Protect” – Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself pt4
TRNN Replay: In the final segment of Paul Jay’s interview with Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself, the subject is the undermining of international law and military interventions in the name of human rights

Institute for Public Accuracy
Cooking the Books: The Danger of Bad Intel on “Islamic State”

Bernie Sanders Gets Petition: 25,000 Push on Foreign Policy

*Plenty of “blind spots” to go around here.

See Husseini’s salient critique for one example of why that’s the case.

FAIR CounterSpin
‘People With Disabilities Are Telling Their Own Stories’
CounterSpin interview with Beth Haller on disability rights
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
Guatemala President Faces Arrest as Business Interests and U.S. Scramble to Contain Uprising

New Orleans After Katrina: Inequality Soars as Poor Continue to Be Left Behind in City’s “Recovery”

If You are Poor, It’s Like the Hurricane Just Happened: Malik Rahim on Katrina 10 Years After

The Alkaline Life Saver?
by Leanne Ely

Is There a Good Way to Exercise to Reduce Diabetes Risks?
How can I exercise to reduce diabetes risks? It’s not as difficult or time-consuming as you might think.
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


‘Significant Design Vulnerabilities’ Plague Massive Nuclear Waste Site, Leaked Internal Review Reveals
‘The fact that the Department of Energy has not released this report, prepared last year, is alarming and indicative of a safety-last culture.’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Breaking from Abbott and Fossil Fuel Titan, Australian Coal Port Votes to Divest
City council for the world’s largest coal export community says ‘writing on the wall’ for fossil fuel industry
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

How Low Can It Go? Collapsing Crude in Canada’s Election Season
by Hannah McKinnon

Josh Duggar-led Group Funded via Koch Brothers Freedom Partners Operation
by Lisa Graves


*Temporary employees

Permanent exploitation

The Real News Network
Why is Saudi Arabia Now Supporting the Iran Deal?
Over the past few weeks, the Saudi royal family seems to have warmed up to an agreement it used to strongly oppose

The PLO’s “Game of Musical Chairs”
Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada discusses the recent resignations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s executive committee

The Sky Is Not Falling? China’s Stock Market Impact
Economist James Henry discusses China and its impact on global markets

The Bottom Line: Foods with Trans Fat are Lingering
Foods with trans fat are finally on the way out, but the food industry is working to keep this deadly ingredient in foods
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action


Answering ‘Resistance From All Sides,’ Germany Moves to Ban GMO Crops
Following Scotland’s lead, Germany becomes latest in EU to pursue opt-out clause in GMO rules
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Anti-Tar Sands Activists Take Pipeline Opposition to John Kerry’s Front Door
‘This illegal deal zigzags the oil across the international border on a different pipeline,’ environmental groups say of Alberta Clipper project
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘A Fresh Start’: Ferguson to Withdraw Thousands of Arrest Warrants
Scrutiny placed on Ferguson’s courts and law enforcement agencies revealed endemic racism coursing throughout the criminal justice system
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Trump’s Medicine Show – An email to Autoworkers
by Frank Hammer

Under Threat of Lawsuit, Catholic Hospital Approves Previously Denied Health Care for Pregnant Woman
With Growth of Catholic Hospital System, Women’s Health Put at Risk by Religious Directives

The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: State Violence and Counter Violence
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with former Black Panther Eddie Conway and former member of the Black Liberation Army Ojore Lutalo to discuss their roles in the radical movements in the 1960s and early 1970s and the state violence used to crush them

*The use of violence to defend ourselves shouldn’t be condemned or romanticized. It is a tool, a tactic, that must be employed with great care, discipline and principle, with the fearsome understanding of the great difficulty inherent in doing so.

But we have the unassailable right to use force to protect ourselves and others.

Nonviolence is a tactic, as well, but that is all it is. The preference is to avoid bloodshed if at all possible. Our humanity compels us to choose that default setting.

Against this foe, however, we have to fight back by any means necessary, as the man said, always on guard that we do not become what we despise in the process.

Smoke and Mirrors of Corporate Buybacks Behind the Market Crash
Michael Hudson, the author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy, says the stock market crash on Monday has very little to do with China and all to do with shortermism and buybacks of corporations inflating their own stocks

Institute for Public Accuracy
New Orleans: Recovery or Removal?

Media and Nuclear Deal Opponents Continue to Spread Debunked Myth Iran Will Monitor Itself
by Ben Norton

*”AP is one of the most well-respected sources of journalism in the world” … ?

I realize they’ve done some solid investigative reporting, but they’re daily output is putrid, judging by what I see every day in my local rag, the Walker … er … Wisconsin State Journal, where it comprises around 95% of the outside front section news content.

A helluva lot more Hyde than Jekyll, from my perspective.

Democracy Now!
As Peace Talks Collapse in South Sudan, Film Shows “Pathology of Colonialism” Tearing Apart Nation

Hip-Hop Legend Boots Riley on #BlackLivesMatter & How His Cousin Was Accused of Shooting a Cop


Cutting Tropical Deforestation is Key to Curbing Climate Change, And It’s Cheap
New studies shows how easy it could be to curb one driving force of climate change, and the devastating consequences if we don’t
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Not seeing the forest

For the greed

The Evidence Keeps Pouring In: Capitalism Just Isn’t Working
by Paul Buchheit

How the Harper Government has Helped Mining Companies Plunder Africa
Public money has subsidized Canadian extraction across the continent
by Yves Engler

What Climate Justice Means to Me
by Ruth Breech

80,000 in United Kingdom Demand Netanyahu Arrest
by Ali Abunimah

Eulogy for a Friend
by Chris Hedges

*Our worth is measured by caring

Not currency

Greece: “Popular Unity” is born!
by Stathis Kouvelakis

Anti-Hillary: Across the Spectrum
by Andrew Levine

Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Vandalism Targeting Nebraska Mosque

Amnesty International
Greece: Chaos and Squalid Conditions Face Record Number of Refugees on Lesvos

The Real News Network
Sanders: Great White Hope or Hype?
Paul Street says Bernie Sanders is a non-option for Black or progressive America

*Why is it that we seem to place so much faith in the latest “godsend”

(Remember “Hope and Change”?)

And so little in ourselves?

Decades of Relentless Austerity in Canada Could Defeat the Conservatives
Nora Loreto, the author of From Demonized to Organized: Building the New Union Movement, and Dru Oja Jay of Unite Against Austerity Campaign discuss how an anti-austerity platform could make a difference in the upcoming Canadian elections

Chicago Parents Launch Hunger-Strike for Community Input in School’s Future
Chicago parent-activist Jitu Brown and professor Pauline Lipman say the fight for community input into the future of Dyett High School mirrors those happening across Chicago and the country

Amazon – Stop Selling RooshV (Daryush Valizadeh) Rape Books
by Caroline Charles

Rise Up Georgia
Tell Coke to stop bankrolling hate

*Remember “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony” … ?

The poison it profits from supports the poison it promotes

Institute for Public Accuracy
What Do Iranian Jews Say About the Nuclear Accord?

The Stock Market Is Not the Economy
by Dean Baker

LA Times’ ‘Independent’ Education Project Bankrolled by Charter School Backers
by Molly Knefel

Democracy Now!
Sarah Shourd, Hiker Jailed in Iran, Says Nuclear Deal Could Lead to Release of Detained Americans

*How many right wing outlets was Garrett channeling with the phrasing of that question to Dear Misleader?

“Opening the Box”: After Being Jailed in Iran, Sarah Shourd Examines Solitary Confinement in U.S.

Facebook Accused of Censoring Hundreds of Prisoners by Purging Profile Pages Without Cause

In Guatemala, Protests Threaten to Unseat President, a U.S.-Backed General Implicated in Mass Murder

*Please recall that the church hierarchy lent crucial legitimacy to these blood soaked Latin America dictatorships.

Anything it does in the present is nothing more than PR.

Beware of These Effects of Caffeine on the Body
Like any drug, the effects of caffeine on the body are not wholly good or bad. Here are the facts.
David Schardt
Nutrition Action

The Truth About Your Garlic Supplement
Is garlic cholesterol’s natural enemy? This definitive study of garlic sandwiches and garlic pills says no way.
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Armed With ‘Advanced Killing Technology,’ Humans Act as Planet’s ‘Super-Predators’
‘Transformation requires imposing limits of humanity’s own design’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

With Corbyn at Helm, Labour Party Would Apologize for Iraq War
Under his leadership, he says the party ‘will never make the same mistake again, will never flout the United Nations and international law’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I don’t want apology

I want penology

I Learned More By Leading a Student Debt Strike Than I Did At College
After graduating from Everest College with a bad education and no job prospects in sight, I refused to pay my student loans. Now I’m helping lead the first student debt strike in America.
by Nathan Hornes

The Dystopian Danger of Police Body Cameras
by Rachel Levinson-Waldman

Obama Administration Supports Privacy-Invasive “Cybersecurity” Bill
by Mark Jaycox

ACLU and SPLC: Private Youth Prison in Palm Beach County Must Be Replaced with Sensible Solutions for Youth

National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
In Effort to Stifle Dissent, St. Louis County Charges At Least 100 Protesters One Year Later
Legal coalition condemns recent move after multiple jurisdictions chose not to charge activists

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Home Care Workers’ Fight for $15 Gains Momentum with Obama Administration Win On Wage, Overtime Protections
More than 2 million home care workers ‘invisible no more’

First Nation Launches Solar Project In the Heart of the Oil Sands

The Real News Network
Typhoid Outbreak Latest Catastrophe for Palestinian in Besieged Yarmouk Refugee Camp
Independent journalist Patrick Strickland says the international community is failing its duty to protect civilians displaced in the ongoing Syrian civil war

Clinton Takes Soft Swipe at “Shortermism”
Gerald Epstein of PERI, U. Mass. Amherst, argues that Clinton does not go far enough by just calling for transparency in “shortermism” because buybacks of corporate stocks should be made illegal

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Tenders His Resignation
Reporting from Greece, Dimitri Lascaris explains the constitutionality of the move and weighs in on the calculation to hold another general election on September 20th

*I said a while back that time will tell as to just what Tspiras’ and his allies’ intentions are.

At this point, I’d say time is screaming its fucking head off.

Public Citizen
Stand Up for Senior Rights
Sign the Petition to Stop Nursing Homes from Using Forced Arbitration to Deny Residents Rights

Petitioning Nick Coe CEO Bath & Body Works
Stop Dumping and Start Donating
by Samantha Heard

Democracy Now!
Greek PM Tsipras Resigns, Calls for New Election as Left Wing of Syriza Splits to Form New Party

Salt in Soup Gives You More Than Flavor
Why is there so much salt in soup and other canned goods? The reasons may not be worth the risk.
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Executive in WV Spill Pleads Guilty, Gets His Bentley and Millions Back
Former Freedom Industries president Gary Southern also faces up to three years in prison for role in massive 2014 chemical leak
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It depends on the size of the check, and of course the two aren’t mutually exclusive, are they?

As Fight Goes Global, McDonald’s Under Fire for ‘Low Road’ Business Model
Brazil hearing marks ‘major escalation of the global effort to hold McDonald’s accountable for its mistreatment of workers and bad corporate citizenship’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Rogue States and Nuclear Dangers
Dissecting the “Iranian Threat”: Who Is the Gravest Danger to World Peace?
by Noam Chomsky

*The boiling bombast of the blackest pot

Our Perceptions About the “Unworthy Poor” Haven’t Changed
by Serena Rice

*There’s precious little opprobrium for the “undeserving rich”, isn’t there just?

Environmental Working Group
Tiny Concentrations of Teflon Chemical Harmful to Public Health

*If we want our waters restored without delay, make these murderers drink from their own poisoned chalice.

“Lickety split” wouldn’t begin to describe the alacrity.

The Real News Network
Former IAEA Inspector: Iranian “Self-Inspection” Won’t Undermine Deal
Robert Kelley says the entire process will remain under IAEA supervision

*”AP” might not be an acronym for “Abject Propaganda”

But it would be an eminently appropriate one.

In Confronting Hillary, Did Black Lives Matter Miss Opportunity to Make Demands?
Adam Jackson and Dayvon Love of Baltimore’s Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle discuss the recent exchange between Black Lives Matter activists and Hillary Clinton

Black Scholars and Activists Renew Palestinian Solidarity
Activist and journalist Kristien Bailey discusses a new letter signed by more than 1000 to support Palestinian liberation

Baltimore Mothers Accused of Lead Poisoning Their Own Children
Author and economist Bill Black discusses claims of a Maryland official that Baltimore mothers might poison their own children for free housing and money

*Talk about mother fuckers

Fight for $15
Is McDonald’s breaking the LAW?

*Let’s not forget the poison pumped into its customers.

Fast food, like fossil fuels, needs to be consigned to the dustbin of history, and the folks working in it transitioned to jobs that foster their and everyone else’s health and well being.

Nothing to See Here: WaPo Pooh-Poohs Sanders’ Surging Crowds
by Michael Tkaczevski

*You play a major role in whether a candidate or idea is “viable”

Then proceed to “analyze” same.

Welcome to the corpress circle game.

Giving War a Chance
Peace is almost always an alternative—but you won’t hear that from US politicians or news media
by John C. O’Day

*For most Yanks, war is a video game

Where no real blood spatters the screen

Institute for Public Accuracy
Greece Elections: Why Now?

Democracy Now!
The Beat Up Squad: NY Prison Guards Accused of Brutally Killing Prisoner & Covering Up Death

After NY Prison Escape, Other Inmates Faced Beatings, Solitary Confinement, Threats of Waterboarding

Paleo versus Primal. What’s the difference?
by Leanne Ely


Notorious Insecticides Found in Half of Sampled Streams in US
‘Neonics’ have been linked to decline in bee populations
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Conflict Mineral Ruling ‘Sets Dangerous Precedent’ on Corporate Personhood
‘A corporation is hiding behind the First Amendment to avoid accountability for their actions, and the Court has ruled their right to secrecy is more important than the public’s right to know.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Greece for Sale: First Wave of Privatization Begins with Airport Buyout
‘The purpose of the bailout has little to do with repaying debt and everything to do with creating a corporate paradise in the Mediterranean.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Shutting Down a Coal Mine on the Road to Paris
by Morten Thaysen

Defying Saudis and Iran: Muslim Thinkers Call for Action on Climate Change
by Juan Cole

Public Citizen
FDA’s Big Mistake: Expect Flibanserin to Be Pulled From the Market in a Few Years

The Real News Network
“Racism Still Lives Here” Banner Raised to Mark Mike Brown’s Killing
Activists Quintin Savage and Elizabeth Vega say racism continues to destroy Black Lives a year after Mike Brown’s killing and a 160 years after a St. Louis Court ruled Dred Scott was property, not a person

Compton, Comcast and Commercialism: NWA, Hip-Hop and Rape Culture
Author Sikivu Hutchinson discusses the new film Straight Outta Compton

“Failure Factories”: How a Florida School District Wrecked Schools for Black Students
Tampa Bay Times investigative reporter Michael LaForgia discusses how after re-segregation, wealthy and majority-white Pinellas County became the worst place for Black students to attend public school in Florida

Pocomoke Councilwoman Gives Inside Story of How City’s First Black Chief was Fired
During unannounced, secret meetings with the mayor, the council’s only black member was pressured to support the dismissal of Kelvin Sewell despite what she says was lack of evidence

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Welfare Reform” Entering 20th Year of Ensuring Poverty?

*Anyone with any illusions as to the beneficence of Al Gore should examine the accompanying photo closely.

Loss of Manufacturing Jobs Isn’t ‘Tectonic’–It’s a Policy Choice
by Dean Baker

Democracy Now!
“Privileged Bloodlines”: Is Trump’s Stance Against Birthright Citizenship Setting Tone for GOP?

David Cay Johnston: 21 Questions for Trump on Kickbacks, Busting Unions, the Mob & Corporate Welfare


Newly Exposed Methane Threat Trumps Latest ‘False Solution’ on Emissions
Previously overlooked natural gas gathering facilities spewing as much methane as 37 coal-fired power plants
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Artificial “reform”

From natural gas bags

‘Out of Step’: Investigation Uncovers Striking Paid Leave Divide in US
In post-recession US, nearly a quarter of women surveyed went back to work within two weeks after giving birth
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Tony Abbott and Co. Declare War on ‘Vigilante’ Green Groups
Australian Conservation Society says the political maneuver is ‘nothing short of an attempt to strip communities of their right to a healthy environment’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Unoriginal, but apt

“If you can’t beat ’em

Enjoin ’em”

Gazans March for Dignity as UN Funds Dwindle and Schools Shutter
UN aid agency’s decision to reduce services amid humanitarian crisis called “unacceptable” and “catastrophic”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

World’s Nuclear Facilities Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks
Stuxnet, the computer virus introduced into the Iranian nuclear program by Israel and the US has now escaped into other countries
by Thalif Deen
IPS News

Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us—Revisited
by Ralph Nader

*Artificial intelligence is the reason we’re gazing into the abyss from any number of angles

Grassroots Pressure Escalates to Shut Down Diablo Canyon Nuke Plant
by Harvey Wasserman

TPP’s Copyright Term Extension Isn’t Made for Artists—It’s Made By and For Big Content Companies
by Andrew Hunter

Time to Work Out a Plan C for Greece
What Greece desperately needs now, explains Georgiadi, “is a plan of solidarity, collaboration and resilience.”
by Pavlos Georgiadis

A Win for Pittsburgh Public Transit
by Paul Le Blanc and Jonah McAllister-Erickson

*The irony of fighting to be taken for a ride

Propaganda, Intelligence and MH-17
by Ray McGovern

Worldwatch Institute
Overfishing and Climate Change, Combined, Intensify Ocean Threats
Millions of people and billions of dollars depend on healthy oceans, but human actions create complex interactions that endanger oceans

The Real News Network
The Long Distance Revolutionary – Chris Hedges
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges sits down with the People’s Organization for Progress founder Larry Hamm to dissect periods of American resistance and explain how shifts in the political climate shape community organizing

*No serious discussion of the future for this country, and the world, can occur without acknowledging the overarching impact of climate change, and how it has to be incorporated into any analysis of how we organize for a just society.

We’re at a point where dire outcomes are already occurring, and will get worse, even if we’re able to make profound changes in how we consume energy and natural resources. “Environmentalism” as practiced by the Sierras and 350s cannot – will not – go beyond woefully inadequate reforms.

The movement necessary to mitigate and adapt to the new normal, as well as fight for justice and dignity, must be holistic in both its recognition of how those struggles are inextricably intertwined, and in how it organizes among all segments of the exploited.

In truth, it may already be too late, but if we’re here for any particular purpose, I’d contend that it is to do right by each other as long as any of us are left to do so.

California Moves Towards Banning Grand Juries for Police Killings executive editor Glen Ford discusses the latest in banning the often-flawed grand jury process in police brutality cases

The Second Intifada Was Our Ferguson: Palestine and the Politics of Hip Hop
DAM rapper Tamer Nafar talks about how music showed him the connection between the Palestinian struggle and the Black American experience

Democracy Now!
As Chelsea Manning Speaks Out on Trans and Prison Issues, Authorities Threaten Her with Solitary

“A State of Emergency”: At Least 17 Transgender Women Have Been Murdered This Year


ACLU Threatens Action over McCarthy-Era Loyalty Oath for Teachers
Teachers required to inculcate students with ‘a love and devotion to the policies and institutions that have made America the finest country in the world in which to live’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Throughout the Country, Potential Black Jurors Face High Rejection Rates
In Louisiana’s Caddo Parish, attorneys rejected 46 percent of potential black jurors on arbitrary grounds, a trend which is reflected in nationwide statistics
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Absurd, Cowardly, and Morally Bankrupt NLRB Decision Against the Northwestern Football Union
The National Labor Relations Board may have ruled against the Northwestern football players’ efforts to organize, but this fight is far from over
by Dave Zirin

Prison Education Reduces Recidivism By Over 40 Percent. Why Aren’t We Funding More of It?
Giving prisoners access to financial aid for college tuition is the first step towards “de-carceration”
by Michelle Chen

Drug Policy Alliance
White House Opiate Overdose Program Announced Today is One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Advocates: Public Health Goals Are Positive, But Overreliance on Law Enforcement Destined to Fail
Obama Administration Urged to Take More Meaningful Steps to Treat Drug Use as a Health Issue

The Real News Network
Greece Buying Israeli Drones Tested on Palestinians
Shir Hever says they will be used against refugees, asylum seekers approaching the Greek border, and on Greek citizens who are protesting government policy

Clinton Emails and The Privatization of Mexico’s State Owned Oil and Gas Company (2/2)
Steve Horn of discusses Hillary Clinton’s role in breaking up the state-owned oil and gas company Pemex as well as her climate track record in the context of her State Department tenure

Climate Change: Have We Reached the Point of No Return?
Dahr Jamail and Guy McPherson say according to many new studies and modelling, reversing climate change is a pipe dream, brace for impact and human extinction

*Even if there were a Planet B

You think the folks there would let us move in?

But if this is the way the world ends, let’s go out banging on the machine that’s taking us over the cliff

Rather than whimpering in self pity in the back seat.

Greek Bailout Approved in Parliament Causing a Rebellion in SYRIZA
Dimitri Lascaris Report: Tsipras is facing a no confidence vote, in the meantime the Eurogroup approves the deal

Institute for Public Accuracy
Chelsea Manning Facing Indefinite Solitary Confinement; Legal Team Cites “Harassment and Abuse”

AT&T WhistleBlower on Company’s Partnership with NSA

*”Your world. Delivered.”

Truth in advertising

How to Avoid Cancer Causing Plastics
by Ty Bollinger

*A perfidiously poisonous package deal

The Hidden Reasons for a non-GMO Diet
by Jeffrey M. Smith

*Bitter living through science

The CR Diet Truth: Will Calorie Restriction Prolong your Life?
A calorie restriction diet, or CR diet, may offer the benefit of a longer life, but is it worth it?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Sugar in Drinks May Be Good for Stress, But Bad For Everything Else
Is the natural sugar in drinks like fruit juice as bad as the sugar in a soda? The answer may surprise you.
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


US Consulate to Citizens: Stay Away From New Zealand TPP Protest
“This week’s national day of action, including in Auckland, will send a simple message to the government: now it the time to walk away from the negotiations.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Rights Campaigners and Doctors Face Off With Israel Over Force-Feeding
As Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan falls unconscious, physicians and advocates say only way to save his life is to release him
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Government’s ‘Predictive Judgments’ Land Innocent Travelers on the No Fly List Without Meaningful Redress
by Hina Shamsi

*No trick to predicting future state transgressions, is there?

AIPAC: Headed for Defeat (But That’s Not Why It’s Bad for the Jews)
by Andrew Levine

Color of Change
Civil Rights Group Responds to DOJ investigation into Police Killing of Zacchary Hammond

The Real News Network
Multiple Scandals in Haiti Expose Weakness of Current Development Model
TRNN’s Jessica Desvarieux explores the root cause of the scandals involving USAID and the American Red Cross, and looks at whether there is a way to get donations directly to local communities with accountability

*Red Double Cross

Devaluation of the Chinese Yuan Sends Markets into Flux
Liberalization of the Chinese market place means less central government control over it, says Economist Zhun Xu

*We’re all neoliberals now

Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Bombs from Turkey as Turkey Steps Up Attack on Kurds

Democracy Now!
U.S. Raises Flag in Cuba After 54 Years, Prisoner Exchanges and “Stork Diplomacy;” Embargo Remains

*You don’t have to believe that Cuba’s some sort of socialist paradise to have a sense of foreboding over just what “normalized relations” with the US will lead to, do you?

Mayhem didn’t work

So money gets its shot.

Britain Challenges Julian Assange’s Asylum in Ecuadorean Embassy as Sweden Vows to Continue Inquiry

Chelsea Manning Faces Solitary Confinement for Having Vanity Fair’s Caitlyn Jenner Issue in Her Cell


Renewable Energy: Why Emissions and the Economy Don’t Tell the Whole Story
by Tara Ritter

*The fine print

And the false promise

The Saudi Oil Price War Is Backfiring
by Gaurav Agnihotri

Organic Consumers Association
OCA Cites President Obama’s Executive Order on Preemption; Calls on the President to Veto the DARK Act
Leading Consumer Group Asks Obama to Honor Campaign Pledge to Label GMOs

The Real News Network
Cherry Hill: The “Model Negro Village”
Dr. Ray Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University talks about their recently published report on the history, current state and proposed future of this legendary Baltimore community
Dr. Ray Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University, continues his discussion of Cherry Hill by comparing and contrasting circumstances there and in Ferguson, MO which have led to very different responses to very similar conditions

How to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer through Exercise
The topic comes up a lot. You want to know how to reduce your risk of cancer. Even without specific answers, there is a lot we do know that will reduce the risk.
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Clinton Campaign Shuts Down Black Lives Matter Protest
After being given advanced warning of possible protest, a “respectful” closed-door meeting results instead
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This is becoming more Rashomon by the moment, isn’t it?

Harper Government Spent Millions to Push Tar Sands on First Nations
‘They seem to think that if they spend enough money, they can fool all of the people all of the time,’ said Greenpeace analyst
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Navajo Nation ‘Lifeline’ Under Threat from Toxic Mine Spill
As EPA Chief Gina McCarthy plans to tour affected communities, tribal leaders say they’ve been ignored by the Obama administration
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

To Become 21st Century City, Los Angeles Plan Aims To Curb Car Culture
“The car capital of America is officially changing its tune.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Get the GMO Out of My Mustard
Sarson Satyagraha to stop terminator technology
by Vandana Shiva

The Real News Network
Greek Bailout Goes to Servicing the Debt
Budget surplus targets were reduced, but this is no victory since it will be impossible to achieve and it will throw Greece into a perpetual depression, says Dimitri Lascaris

From Watts to Ferguson: 50 Years of Lessons (Not) Learned
Dr. Gerald Horne of the University of Houston and Makani Themba, executive director of the Praxis Project, discuss the history and continuing impact of the 1965 Watts rebellion

Jobs With Justice
Tell Google: Families need living wages!

Working Families
Netflix: Give all your workers unlimited paid family leave!

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton State Dept. Emails, Mexico Energy “Reform” and the Revolving Door

Democracy Now!
Artist Emily Jacir Brings the Palestinian Experience to the Venice Biennale

Artist Mariam Ghani, Daughter of Afghan President, Takes on U.S. Abuse from Guantánamo to Abu Ghraib

*You’d have thought Goodman might have asked Ghani about her father’s actions as president, and how they relate to the inhumanity she critiques in her art.

Well, *you* might have thought that …

As for that inhumanity, why Ghani purports that it was somehow not envisioned, let alone intended, by those making “the rules” is another question left unasked, isn’t it?

She clearly sees the intent of isolation in prison, so it’s a puzzling contradiction.

Trained Pigeons Challenged the Embargo Before U.S. Embassy was Set to Open in Havana, Cuba


Nutritionists Slam Coca-Cola Funded Scientists Over Deceptive Soda Message
“Just how dumb are you, average American?” writes Mark Morford. “If you’re the Coca-Cola company…the answer is: Very.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Hoping we’ll swallow anything

Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go?
(Or What It Means When You Kill People On the Other Side of the Planet and No One Notices)
by Tom Engelhardt

Celebrity Activists Get It Wrong on Amnesty International’s Sex Work Policy
by Rebecca Hiscock

On Remorselessness
by Erica Etelson

*A conscience is a toxic asset

Pentagon War Manual Gives Military License To Target and Attack Journalists
by Kevin Gosztola

*Shoot first

No more questions to ask later

The Real News Network
Black Lives Do Matter But Do They Move?
Executive editors at Glen Ford and Bruce Dixon discuss the latest and potential future of Black Lives Matter

Greek Dockworkers Against the Troika
Dockworker and Union Leader, Giorgos Gogos, who is also a member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA, says the workers are very ready for the struggle against privatization and austerity in the Memorandum

Despite Violence, Low Voter Turnout Int’l Community Calls Haitian Elections Good Enough
Joining us from Haiti, CUNY’s Francois Pierre-Louis and CEPR’s Jake Johnston discuss why average Haitians are disillusioned with the electoral process and the international forces invested in its results

A Secret High Protein Source
by Leanne Ely

Do Probiotics Restore Digestive Balance?
Digestive balance may be a key to your overall good health
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Canadian Candidate States ‘Basic Scientific Fact’ About Tar Sands, All Hell Breaks Loose
Author, activist, and Toronto New Democratic Party candidate Linda McQuaig pilloried by conservatives and her own party after suggesting tar sands should be left ‘in the ground’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If only the poison could be buried as deeply as the truth

Taking Firm Stance, Scotland Pushes GMO Ban
But government will permit genetic modification for scientific research
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Racialized Poverty in America has Nearly Doubled in 21st Century
New report finds mid-sized cities like Detroit and Milwaukee are ground zero for dramatic rise in segregation
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

5 Ways Congress Disposes of Poor Minorities
by Paul Buchheit

*The poor will always be with us

Until the wealthy aren’t

404 Error: Why Internet Access is Still a Problem for Many in Poverty
by Erin Simpson

Ten Years Later, the “Halliburton Loophole” and America’s Dirty Fracking Boom
by Wenonah Hauter

Evoking the Wrath of Nature
by Chris Hedges

Why the Police Killing of Football Player Christian Taylor Matters
Without the resilience of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the shooting of this unarmed black man would have gone unnoticed
by Dave Zirin

Tragedies of San Francisco’s Pier 14
by Susanne Jonas

Soft Power Dictatorships Versus A Soft and Hard Power Failing Imperial Democracy
by Edward Herman

The Republican Candidates Agree that the System is Rigged for the Rich
by William Black

The Real News Network
A Year of Uprisings, Then Murders?
Officials say homicides across the country are up because of guns, drugs and gangs, but the Real News spoke to people in Baltimore who say that the causes for violence run much deeper

Ex-Felons and Advocates Rally for Voting Rights
MD Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed an important piece of legislation that would have allowed for 40,000 of Maryland’s ex-felons to vote. Protestors talk to TRNN’s Eddie Conway about their efforts to overturn the decision.

Stop the cruel blood sport of Hog Dogging
by Jordan Cera

Institute for Public Accuracy
Chuck Schumer: “Friend Of Wall Street and War”

Democracy Now!
No More Torture: World’s Largest Group of Psychologists Bans Role in National Security Interrogations

Art & Protests at the Venice Biennale Highlight Labor Conditions, Climate Change and Austerity

*Art for our sake

Five Diet Rules to Live By
by Yuri Elkaim

Foods That Prevent Diabetes are Right in your Kitchen
Finding foods that prevent diabetes is easy once you know what to look for
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

Is Fiber Good For You?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Shell Cuts Off ALEC, But Greenpeace Says PR Stunt Won’t Save Arctic
Oil giant cuts ties with right-wing lobbying group, still plans to drill for oil in the Arctic
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

On Shooting the ‘War Thug’ Presidents in the (Paint) Balls
by Sam Husseini

Why We’re Losing the Planned Parenthood Debate, and How We Can Win
by Erin Matson and Pamela Merritt

How Pathetic! Why Donald Trump May be the Best Thing Going
by Andrew Levine

Exit the Euro? Polemic with Greek Economist Costas Lapavitsas
by Paula Bach

Global Oil Supply More Fragile Than You Think
by Nick Cunningham

The Real News Network
AKP Efforts to Undermine the HDP Will Worsen Kurdish Oppression
Baris Karaagac of Trent University says Erdogan’s presidential ambitions are coming in conflict with the political alternative offered by the pro-Kurdish HDP – and it could bring violence to Turkey not seen since the 1990s

The Winners & Losers in Iran Sanctions Relief
TRNN’s Jessica Desvarieux explores who’s racing to deal with Tehran as it prepares to open for business in the global marketplace

The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign
Stop contributing to massive food waste in the US

Democracy Now!
James Risen: In Sharp Break from Past, APA Set to Vote on Barring Psychologists from Interrogations

Gitmo is a “Rights-Free Zone”: Dissident Psychologists Speak Out on APA Role in CIA-Pentagon Torture

First Republican Debate of 2016 Presidential Race Kicks Off on Fox News with Roger Ailes Favorites

*A reality show

That’s all too real

Breaking: APA Votes to Bar Psychologists from Nat’l Security Interrogations After Torture Scandal

*From the hypocritical

To the Hippocratic


Amid Planned Parenthood Hubbub, a Rallying Cry to the Pro-Choice Majority
‘We need to say that women have sex, have abortions, are at peace with the decision and move on with their lives,’ argues author Katha Pollit. ‘We need to say that is their right.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

In ‘Great Day for People Power,’ Welsh Town Council Rejects Open-Pit Coal Mine
Following a sustained community campaign, town representatives voted no to a new open-pit coal mine, defying company’s threats to sue
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It’s not the pits

Russia Restakes Claim as Race for Arctic Resources Continues
‘The protection of the Arctic is a defining issue for our time’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Under the Mushroom Cloud—Nagasaki after Nuclear War
(or Entering the Nuclear Age, Body by Body)
by Susan Southard

Europe’s Big Banks Are Fueling the Continent’s Far-Right Fascists
Greece’s left-wing government stood up to their creditors, only to be politically executed. Is the far right set to pick up the mantle?
by Walden Bello

The Real News Network
Voting and Civil Rights Acts Won Not With Votes, But Through Struggle executive editor Glen Ford and founding member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation Eugene Puryear discuss the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

*Filling in the ovals is no substitute for filling up the streets

Is Netanyahu Fueling Anti-Semitism?
Shir Hever questions Netanyahu’s maneuvers and the effectiveness of his strategies in generating support for Israel in the United States and around the world

Youth Activists Consider the Role of Voting in Freedom Struggles
Student activist Makayla Gilliam-Price, Dayvon Love, Director of Public Policy for the Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and community activist DeJuan Patterson discuss 50 years of voting rights

Reviving the Myth of the ‘Superpredator’
by Aaron Miguel Cantú

Democracy Now!
On Hiroshima Anniversary Peacemakers March on Los Alamos Nuclear Weapons Lab, Birthplace of Atomic Bomb


Black and White: Survey Reveals Huge Disparities in Assessing Police Violence
Nearly three-quarters of black respondents consider violence against civilians by law enforcement officers to be an extremely or very serious problem, while less than 20 percent of white people feel the same
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Left unmentioned is how corpress outlets like AP contribute to these delusional views among whites with their skewed reporting on incidents of police violence, the Sandra Bland case being a prime example.

As Anniversary Nears, Atomic Bomb Survivors Speak Out Against Nuclear Power
Those who experienced the horrors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki say they ‘must pass on what we know of the risks of nuclear energy to future generations.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

In Midst of Shutoffs, Protesters ‘Liberate’ Water from Detroit Mayor’s Mansion
‘Denying tens of thousands of people the right to water ought to be criminal. Doing it while living in a publicly-funded, city-owned mansion is just despicable.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Center for Biological Diversity
GAO Senate Testimony, Report Debunk Republican Criticism of Environmental Lawsuits
Trade, Industry Groups File 50 Percent More EPA Lawsuits Than Conservation Groups

The Real News Network
The Anti-Capitalist Greek Left Says No to Austerity and Bailouts (2/2)
Thanos Andritsos and Kostas Fourikos, members of the Greek anti-capitalist Left party ‘Antarsya’, explain how the radical left in Greece is building an alternative to austerity from the grassroots

Hip-Hop and Black August: A Brief History of Cultural Militancy
Journalist and historian Davey D discusses the particular role played by hip-hop in radical traditions of Black liberation

Dirty Truth About Obama’s Clean Power Plan
Daphne Wysham and Chris Williams unravel the contradictions in President Obama’s Clean Energy Plan and his “all of the above strategy” the last seven years that has been less than desirable in curbing catastrophic climate change

*Williams, and to a lesser extent, Wysham, provide much needed clarity here. McKibben and his ilk may kvetch about Dear Misleader’s “lack of ambition”, but they couch their entreaties (rather than demands) in appeals to his “legacy”, “urging” him to be more “proactive”

As the fucking planet melts down.

Oy gevalt …

And I thought Peries did a pretty good Amy Goodman imitation, don’t you?

(And I don’t mean that as a compliment.)

From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much – Thomas Drake on RAI (4/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Drake tells Host Paul Jay that mass surveillance is not about protecting people, in the end it’s about social control

*Wealth and power are inseparable. One can’t exist without the other.

The Global African: Addressing Race & Mediterranean Refugee Crisis
TeleSUR’s The Global African explores the politics of class and race, and examines the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean

Public Citizen
Corporate Recklessness Exposes Families to Lead
Tell the EPA: Stand Up to the Landlord Responsible for Property Where Residents Were Exposed to High Levels of Lead Dust

Add graphic environmental warning labels to single-use plastic water bottles
by Trey Highton

Democracy Now!
Juan González: Puerto Rico’s Economic “Death Spiral” Tied to Legacy of Colonialism

Ari Berman: Virtually Every GOP Candidate Has Been on Wrong Side of Voting Rights Issues

*The lip service paid to voting rights by Democrats underlines their complicity, don’t you think?

Even when it’s in their own interest to defend and expand the franchise, their fealty to those who hold true power takes precedence.

Truths About the Benefits of Green Tea
You’ve heard about the benefits of green tea, but is it much ado about nothing?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


State Dept. Accused of Watering Down Human Rights Ratings to Advance Obama Trade Agenda
Reuters investigation shows American diplomats played politics with annual human trafficking report
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Fight Against ‘Big Brother’ Heats Up as CISA Bill Advances in Senate
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is advancing in the Senate thanks to the aggressive push of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Global Glaciers Melting up to Three Times Rate of 20th Century
New study finds glaciers disappearing at ‘historically unprecedented’ pace worldwide
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

W. E. B. Du Bois to Malcolm X: The Untold History of the Movement to Ban the Bomb
by Vincent Intondi

The Palestinian Bubble and the Burning of Toddler, Ali Dawabsha
by Ramzy Baroud

Amnesty Must Stand Firm on Support for Decriminalizing Sex Work
Human rights group’s backing will make sex workers less vulnerable to violence and help those who don’t have many other options
by Luca Stevenson and Agata Dziuban

Koch Brothers As Freedom Fighters
by Abby Zimet

*”Gallons of blood” spilled

All too true for those sacrified for those fortunes.

My Township Calls My Lawn ‘A Nuisance.’ But I Still Refuse to Mow It.
Manicured lawns are ruining the planet.
by Sarah Baker

*Of property values

And the properly valued

Institute for Public Accuracy
Netanyahu’s “Disastrous” Appeal and “Obsession with Jewish Identity”

To LA Times, Meth in Skid Row Victim’s Blood More Important Than Gun in His Flesh
by Janine Jackson

*More interest in what’s inside the blood of the victim

Than how it ended up outside of him

China’s Cyberspying Is ‘on a Scale No One Imagined’–if You Pretend NSA Doesn’t Exist
by Janine Jackson

*Don’t do as I do to you

Do as I say I don’t do to you

Democracy Now!
Naomi Klein: Obama Is Beginning to Sound Like a Climate Leader, When Will He Act Like One?

*If you take one step away from the precipice, and five steps toward it

Where do you think you’ll end up?

Naomi Klein on Visiting the Vatican & the Radical Economic Message Behind Papal Climate Encyclical

*I’m sure Francis is acutely aware of the violence visited upon Argentinians and other folks in Latin America

And he kept silent about it during the dictatorships, didn’t he?

It would behoove us all to remain intensely skeptical of his “conversion” due to that, as well as the absence of divestment from dirty energy in the Vatican’s investment portfolio.

As for wishing a mass murderer “Happy birthday”

Jesus, Mary and Joseph …

Are Journalists & Activists Safe Anywhere in Mexico? Protests Erupt over Killing of 5 in Mexico City

Gluten Free: Fruits With Added Benefits
Whether or not your diet is gluten free, fruits can benefit your health in other ways
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Red Hot Chili Pepper Primer
by Leanne Ely


Great Embarrassments of an Unequal Society
by Paul Buchheit

The Mass Killer and the National Security State
On funding our children, not our wars
by Karen Greenberg

The War on Planned Parenthood Is Also an Assault on Poor Women of Color
The Right’s war on federal funding to health clinics is putting public health at risk.
by Michelle Chen

Farm Sanctuary: A Haven From the Animal Holocaust
by Chris Hedges

Social Democracy or Revolutionary Democracy: Syriza and Us
by Michael A. Lebowitz

*Socialism often frightens the “revolutionary”

As much as the plutocrat

Iranians’ View of the Nuclear Deal: Optimistic, With Significant Caveats
by Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain

The Making of Leopoldo López
by Roberto Lovato

Kentucky Case Spotlights Problem of Untrained Law Enforcement Disciplining Students with Disabilities

BREAKING: Trans/Women Shut Down Traffic in Seattle over Quota to Fill Detention Center

The Real News Network
Germans Get Debt Relief Twice in 20th Century, But Demand Greeks Pay Up
Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics at Nehru University, discusses the economic history of Germany’s debt relief in both the 1930s and 1950s and why policies of growth rather than austerity led them to become an economic powerhouse

Republican Rank-and-File Line Up Against Financial Regulation
Former financial regulator Bill Black mocks Republican claims of ‘bigotry’ against ‘the success of CEOs’

*Making the world safe for exploitocracy

The Anti-Capitalist Greek Left Says No to Austerity and Bailouts (1/2)
Thanos Andritsos, member of the Greek anti-capitalist Left party ‘Antarsya’, explains why leaving the Euro is the only just alternative for Greece

The Return of the Troika (2/2)
James K. Gailbraith says the IMF is demanding a substantial reduction of the Greek debt to participate in any new deal, and meanwhile German lawmakers are refusing to approve a new bailout without the IMF

Tsipras Defends Varoufakis Preparation for Grexit (1/2)
James K. Galbraith, a member of the working group advising the former finance minister Varoufakis on ‘Plan B’, says there were great impositions imposed on the Greek government, including certain procedures that removed control from the government and placed them in the hands of creditor institutions

Prisoners Now Eligible for Pell Grants to Earn College Degrees
TRNN’s Eddie Conway, who used Pell Grants to earn three degrees while in prison, says Obama’s pilot program to offer Pell Grants to prisoners will help reduce mass incarceration by reducing recidivism and combating the impact of mass incarceration

*The opponents of these crumbs (valuable crumbs to those able to access them, but nothing more than a political ploy on Dear Misleader’s part as he seeks to burnish his “legacy” and give Madam Mayhem some skin among minorities) aren’t “short sighted”.

They don’t give a shit about the benefits to society, and certainly not to the folks in stir. Educated prisoners like Conway was pose a threat to the jailers, and educated ex cons throw a wrench in the recidivism that’s aimed at keeping black and brown down.

That’s why Pell Grants were banned to begin with, to state the obvious.

Governor Hogan Orders Closing of Notorious Baltimore Detention Center
Power Inside’s Jacqueline Robarge says Gov. Larry Hogan’s move to close the Baltimore Detention Center raises questions of what happens to the prisoners who will be moved, as well as questions about the women’s jail still open

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama Climate Change Action Goes “Nowhere Near Far Enough”

*Incremental immolation

Urging Bernie Sanders to “Speak Out” on Foreign Policy, Petition Gathers More Than 8,000 Signers in First Day

*Whizzing in the wind, I’ll wager

US Politicians’ Racist Anti-Iranian Remarks Don’t Make Headlines
by Ben Norton

At NY Observer, Trump’s Too Close to Cover–but Promoting Publisher’s Real Estate Is No Problem
by Jim Naureckas

*But I’m certain deBlasio has all manner of wonderful programs to help the homeless

Just like Soglin

With apologies to Phil Ochs

“Love me, I’m a liberal.”

How Food Poisoning from Vegetables and Fruit Occurs
Food poisoning from vegetables is just as serious as food poisoning from meats and dairy. Here are some things to look out for.
by Nils Fischer
Nutrition Action

Top Ten Fibrous Foods
by Leanne Ely

5 Reasons to Start Bodyweight Training Today
by Yuri Elkaim

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Battered By Drought, Forests Lose Ability to Fend Off Climate Change
‘Some forests could be in a race to recover before the next drought strikes’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Solarizing Greece Is A Way Out of the Crisis
by Kumi Naidoo

Our 70th Anniversary Homework: Confronting the Myths and Learning the Lessons of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
by Joseph Gerson

From “Terrorism” to Activism: Moving from the Green Scare to Animal Rights
by Lauren Gazzola

The Real News Network
The Silent & Unseen Victims of the Greek Debt Crisis
Costas Giannopoulos, president of Greek children’s aid organization “The Smile of the Child,” says thousands of children and refugees are failing to receive basic services needed for survival

Placating Israel Over Iran Nuclear Deal By Releasing Convicted Spy Pollard?
Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah says those arguing for Pollard’s release after serving 30 years of a life sentence should also demand the release of others, including Palestinian American prisoners who are serving much greater sentences for questionable convictions

Democracy Now!
Police Remove Greenpeace Activists from Portland Bridge After They Forced Shell Ship Back to Port

Are Undercover Attacks on Planned Parenthood Part of a Broader Effort to Outlaw Abortion?

Exposed: The Faces and Fake Names of the People Behind Planned Parenthood Attack Videos

*I think the term “responsible venues” is telling, in that the corpress has covered this hoax in its usual “balanced”, “She said, he said” fashion, thus lending credence to these bastards’ lies.

The hypocrisy is, to quote Cruz, “grotesque”. The “pro lifers”, by making it their mission to destroy a primary provider of services for women, many of whom are struggling to care for their children, make it abundantly clear that their mantra might as well be

“Life begins at conception

And ends at birth”

Will Prosecutors Charge Officers Who Lied to Protect Ray Tensing After He Fatally Shot Sam DuBose?

*Deters, even while posturing as a righteous prosecutor, manages to reveal his bias, doesn’t he?

Murder isn’t “asinine”, unless one feels that the life taken has little worth. I think it’s a telling slip of the tongue.

How Much is Too Much Sugar?
Do you ever wonder “how much is too much sugar?” The research is clear.
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


No Warlords Need Apply—A Call for Credible Peacemaking in Afghanistan
by Kathy Kelly and Buddy Bell

Africa to Obama: Mind Your Own Business
Like all imperial powers before it, the US seeks to dominate the world in order to exploit it
by Andrew Mwenda

The Kurdish Elephant and the Great Middle East War
In their latest deal to fight ISIS, Washington and Turkey are treating the Middle East’s largest stateless minority like pawns. That’s a huge mistake.
by John Feffer

Yes, Racism Is Rooted in Economic Inequality
Notes on a recent controversy
by Seth Ackerman

*The class act commands center stage

California immigrant youth will not be scapegoat for Democrats’ nativist proposals
by Luis Ojeda and Deyaneira Garcia

Center for Biological Diversity
Brown Administration Sued for Ignoring Risk Report on Fracking
Oil Agency OK’d Fracking Without Considering Scientists’ Warnings on Water, Health, Safety

The Real News Network
A New War is Unfolding on Turkey’s Eastern Border
Erdogan and the AKP are resuming the war against the Kurds in order to take back control of parliament, and it will make a messy situation even messier and not help defeat ISIS, says Patrick Cockburn, author of “The Rise of the Islamic State”

What Obama Didn’t Say in His African Union Address
American policies have left the masses of Africa behind and propped up strongmen, says Executive Director of Friends of the Congo Maurice Carney

Prosecutor Charges Cop, Releases Video of Sam Dubose Killing
Cincinnati-based activist Iris Roley discusses yet another police killing of an unarmed and lawful Black man

*Breathing while black

Not breathing while black

Institute for Public Accuracy
Afghanistan’s “Most Formidable Warlord”

Shooting of Sam DuBose: Are Cams on Police the Answer?

*How many bad apples does it take to prove the barrel’s rotten?


Darker Horizons Ahead: Rethinking the War on ‘IS’
by Ramzy Baroud

“Saucy Suffragettes” Party as Voting Rights Are Rolled Back
by Mary Bottari

The Real News Network
Varoufakis Sued for Alleged Treason While Syriza’s Left Platform is Accused of Conspiracy
Dimitri Lascaris reports on the charges against Varoufakis and critiques the media for engaging in a smear campaign that accuses the former Energy Minister Lafazanis and the leaders of the Left Platform of being covert plotters

Sandra Bland and Black Girls Matter
Kimberle Crenshaw, law professor and co-founder of the African American Policy Forum, discusses the death of Sandra Bland in the context of her report, “Black Girls Matter: Pushed-Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected”

Movement for Black Lives Conference Demonstrates Power of Organized Community
Activist and journalist Rosa Clemente discusses The Movement for Black Lives Conference held in Cleveland last weekend

Institute for Public Accuracy
70 Years After U.S. Nuked Japan: Calls for Nuclear Abolition

Fight for $15
We need child care for all!

Democracy Now!
“Deplorable”: Federal Judge Condemns For-Profit Texas Detention Centers for Immigrant Families

This is Child Abuse: Social Worker Breaks Silence over Conditions Inside Immigrant Detention Center


European Mining Dispute Illustrates Risks of Corporate-Friendly Trade Deals
A Canadian corporation is seeking damages after being blocked from creating an open-pit mine over environmental concerns
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Turkey-Kurdish Conflict: Every Regional Power Has Betrayed the Kurds So Turkish Bombing Is No Surprise
You would have thought that, by now, the Kurds might have learnt their lesson
by Robert Fisk

Obama’s line on the Iran nuclear deal: A second false narrative
by Gareth Porter

Center for Biological Diversity
Analysis: Republican Attacks on Endangered Species Up 600 Percent Per Year
Unprecedented Assault Undermines Landmark Law Protecting America’s Most Vulnerable Animals, Plants

The Real News Network
Ending Mass Incarceration? The Shortcomings of Left-Right Coalition Politics (2/2)
Bret Grote, legal director of the Abolitionist Law Center, discusses Obama’s call for criminal justice reform and the odd Left-Right coalition forming to carry it out

*Incarcerating the alternatives

Donald Trump and Liberal Media: The Joke’s On You
Celebrity candidates and the liberal media have created a clown show that viewers can laugh at, but it’s at your expense


And FOX likes

In Turkey, Kurds See Airstrikes and Protest Crackdowns as Political Revenge
Scholar and activist Sardar Saadi discusses the political context of the recent airstrikes launched by Turkey against the Islamic State and Kurds in Iraq and Syria

Will the Greek Left Unite to Oppose Austerity?
Dr. Panagiotis Sotiris, member of Antarsya, talks to Dimitri Lascaris about Syriza’s failure to implement its anti-austerity program and the political options that are now available to the left in Greece

*Isn’t it interesting how solidarity with oppressed peoples is tossed overboard when some “shining light” comes on the scene, whether that be Syriza or Sanders?

Or am I being an “ideological purist” for caring about their fate?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Medicare’s 50 Years of Low Overhead vs. ACA’s Increasing Bureaucratic Bloat, “Merger Mania”

*The Hypocritical Oath of “Obamacare”

First do no harm

To the profit margin

Democracy Now!
In Ethiopia, Obama Hails Democracy Despite Recent Election Where Ruling Party Won 100% of Seats

438 Days Imprisoned in Ethiopia: Journalist Recounts Facing Arrest, Mock Execution & Terror Charges

Are you eating this superfood?
by Leanne Ely


Mexico Investigation Unearths More Mass Graves, but Still No Answers
On Sunday, parents of the Ayotzinapa students, missing for 10 months, led hundreds through the streets of Mexico City to call for justice
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Whistleblower Exposes Torture and Child Abuse at For-Profit Prison
Social worker Oliva López, formerly employed at a family immigrant detention center in Texas, testifies that prison is plagued by mistreatment
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel
by Chris Hedges

Three Ways The Energy Policy Act Ushered In The Frackopoly
by Wenonah Hauter

The Real News Network
UN Reports Blasts Canada’s Human Rights Record on Violence Against Indigenous Women
Aboriginal Legal Service of Toronto’s Christa Big Canoe explains why government policies are leaving indigenous women four times more likely to be murdered than non-indigenous women – and what can be done about it

How the Greek Shipping Industry Schemed to Win Big in the Debt Crisis (1/2)
James Henry says Greek shipping tycoons created a pipeline for laundering billions of taxable income out of Greece and into Swiss bank accounts

Meet ALEC’s Little Brother, ACCE
The right-wing lobby’s newest offshoot is equipping city and county officials with the tools to promote special-interest bills at the local level
by Brendan Fischer and Mary Bottari

Hot Topics at ALEC’s 2015 Meeting in San Diego
by Brendan Fischer

ALEC Admits School Vouchers Are for Kids in Suburbia
by Jonas Persson

How San Diego Is a Petri Dish for the ALEC Agenda
by Brendan Fischer

Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Approval of Turkey’s Bombing: Disaster in the Making?

‘Swiftboating’ J Street to Smear Iran Deal as ‘Anti-Israel’
by Robert Naiman

*”[P]ro-Israel peace group”

Is that anything like “anti-choice feminist group”?

Democracy Now!
Sandra Bland Laid to Rest; First Black Judge in Waller County Demands Sheriff Resign over Her Death

*Try to find this context in the corpress coverage of Bland’s death.

The sins of omission and commission comingle among the pages and pixels of the mainstream mediacracy.

“I Was Almost Another Dead Black Male”: Denver Teen Recalls Police Beating After 2009 Traffic Stop

“Collective Healing” at Nat’l Black Lives Matter Convergence Ends with Police Pepper-Spraying Teen

Part 2: #BlackLivesMatter Founders on Immigration & the Fight for “Safety Beyond Policing”

10 Big Fat Exercise Myths Causing You to Stall
It’s time to put the brakes on these exercise myths and get started on a better, healthier you
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

Should I Take a Multivitamin?
This question comes up a lot: Should I take a multivitamin for my health, at least for dietary insurance?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Exposed: Big Brother Targets Black Lives
Government spying can be an ‘effective way to chill protest movements,’ warns Center for Constitutional Rights
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No “mission creep”

Just a sinisterly creepy mission to control

Healthcare ‘Oligopoly Wave’ Continues As Anthem Gobbles Cigna
Human rights campaigners say mega consolidation will erode healthcare access and hike prices, illustrating deep problems with for-profit model
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Beppe: Nationalize Banks to Throw Off ‘Anti-Democratic Straitjacket’ of Eurozone
Populist comedian-turned-politician calls for Italy to exit the Euro
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Guess Who Else Is Fundraising for Clinton: Private Prison Lobbyists
‘It is bad for all of us when these multibillion dollar companies use their considerable financial influence to try to pressure lawmakers’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The malevolence of Madam Mayhem’s money makers

With New Spy Bill, France OKs Mass Surveillance
‘[T]he French Constitutional Council legalizes mass surveillance and endorses a historical decline in fundamental rights,’ says digital rights group
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Condemnation After UK Lifts Ban on Bee-Killing Neonics
Temporary reversal on pesticide will allow farmers to access harmful chemicals for 120 days
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Trump’s Hair and My Teeth: Healthcare in the Age of Oligarchy
(Or Why You Should Never Trust a Person with Plush Carpeting)
by Donna Smith

*Getting drilled

In every sense of the term

Reports of Capitalism’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
by Kate Aronoff

After the Iran Deal: Israel is Down But Far From Out
by Andrew Levine

National Nurses United
NNU Statement on Black Lives Matter and the Health Impact of Societal Racial Disparitie

The Real News Network
Cash-Strapped Puerto Rico at Hedge Funds’ Mercy (2/2)
TRNN’s Jessica Desvarieux explores how investment funds OppenheimerFunds and Franklin Advisers are pressuring Puerto Rico to pay in full, while Congress won’t grant the island nation authority to file for bankruptcy. But is this a ploy to further privatize Puerto Rico?

Revolutionary Expectations and the Fight Against Austerity – Catarina Principe on RAI (5/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Principe says that German workers, who have not yet felt the brunt of the crisis, are starting to realize that they must fight in solidarity with Greek workers

Justice Department Details Investigation of Black Police Chief’s Firing as Community Calls for Mayor’s Resignation
Probe will include election irregularities and possible misuse of federal grants by Pocomoke city official

US Condemns Israel’s Plan to Demolish West Bank Village – Just Lip Service?
After Israel’s high court orders demolition of homes in the West Bank village of Khirbet Susiya, Gaza Unsilenced Co-Editor Refaat Alareer says this reflects a move away from a two-state solution

ISIS Attacks Kurds in Turkey…With Tacit AKP Approval?
Scholar and activist Sardar Saadi discusses the political context of the recent ISIS attacks in Turkey

A Short History of Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors discusses the history of BLM, its politics, goals and future

5 Things You Can’t Do In Angola
Regional Advocacy Director for the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) Muluka Miti-Drummond discusses the state of state repression in Angola

Tell Congress to protect family farmers from big business bullying
by Rudy Howell and Food Integrity Campaign

Politico Finds ‘Capital of American Jihad’–Based on 2 Cases, 6 Years and 268 Miles Apart
by Adam Johnson

Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Criticized for Drones Killings and Backing Kenyan and Ethiopian “Fragmentation of Somalia”

Democracy Now!
Sandra Bland’s Sister Responds to Suicide Allegations, Lawyer Says Waller County Withholding Details

“I Don’t Believe Sandy Committed Suicide”: #BlackLivesMatter Co-Founders Speak Out on Sandra Bland


‘I Stand With Planned Parenthood’: Fact Checkers Expose Anti-Choice Smear Campaign
Lawmakers, reproductive justice advocates, and the New York Times editorial board raise concerns about deceptive video
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The problem isn’t so much FOX’s poisoned pixels, but how the mainstream corpress covers this in “balanced” fashion, lending credence to a blatantly bogus “exposé”.

But PP has well placed allies, and so I don’t imagine a great scandal will grow from this ACORN clone. It gives the Repungnacans, especially the presidential candidates, something to fulminate about, which, considering the timing of it, may have been its primary purpose.

Beyond PETA : SeaWorld Spy Also Attended 2014 Orca Conference
by Adam Federman

Food & Water Watch
Senate ‘Compromise’ on Country of Origin Labeling Unacceptable

The Real News Network
Max Blumenthal on Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
Max Blumenthal talks to Paul Jay about his new film on Islamophobia & anti-Semitism in France

*The Devil’s Triangulation

The Human Face of Greece’s ‘Unprecedented’ Refugee Crisis
On a visit to a park in Athens that hundreds of refugees have made their home, TRNN documents the arrest of two Afghan refugees and a Greek journalist, as well as learning the story of Fatima, an 11-year old recently arrived refugee from Afghanistan

Thousands Protest As Greek Parliament Approves Second Round of Austerity Measures
Demonstrators tell TRNN’s Dimitri Lascaris why they oppose reforms demanded by Greece’s creditors and why they support leaving the Eurozone

*Whatever you think of the Syriza leadership’s strategy and tactics, it’s clear that there has been a “democracy deficiency” as to how they’ve engaged the Greek public, as evidenced by the attitudes on display here.

The referendum appears to have been merely an attempt to gain some advantage in negotiations with the Troika, rather than a solicitation of the people’s will to which the party would adhere. That’s a fundamental contradiction to any sense of democratic process, and that, perhaps more than acquiescence to the Eurobastards’ demands, has caused this loss of confidence in Tsipras and his allies.

That leaves the door open for the fascisti to claim the mantle of “the people’s champion”, not only in Greece, but across Europe.

Greeks wanted above all an honest government, one which they could disagree with, yet still believe was acting in their best interests.

That yearning for trust has been betrayed, and the consequences will be dire.

Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Reopening Philippines Bases Met with Protests

On Eve of Obama Visit, Rich Nations Block Tax Reform at Ethiopia UN Meeting

5 Reasons to Start Reducing Salt Intake Today
Reducing salt intake is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of future hypertension.
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Study: When Human Consumption Slows, Planet Earth Can Heal
New research debunks myth of climate-friendly fracking revolution
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Perhaps you can “[sustain] economic growth” in a green economy, but what does “growth” entail?

If it’s to be equated with consumption, aren’t we talking about continued consumerism, with the attendant giant sucking sound of natural resource depletion, accompanied by the pungent aroma of persistent pollution and mountainous mounds of waste?

The thought seems to be that we can’t go on the way we have, if we want to go on with the ways we have.

Highly illogical, Captain.

California Community’s Techno-Fix to Drought: A Path Towards More Climate Problems?
‘I think that one of the myths, besides the myth of abundance, is the myth that technology will fix whatever we’re doing, so it’s OK to foul those waters because some technology is going to come along and clean it up.’—Maude Barlow
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Assassination of Sandra Bland and the Struggle Against State Repression
by Ajamu Baraka

The U.S. Aids and Abets War Crimes in the Philippines
by Marjorie Cohn

Center for Reproductive Rights
Seventy-One Human Rights Organizations Call on President Obama to End Unnecessary Reproductive Health Restrictions That Harm Women

Oceana Calls for ‘One Name for One Fish’ for All U.S. Seafood

The Real News Network
SYRIZA’s Stability Rocked by New Memorandum (3/3)
Leo Panitch in favor of preparing for the Inevitable Grexit, but one has to factor in geopolitical power relations that will get in the way

What’s the U.S. Role In the Greek Crisis?
CEPR Economist Mark Weisbrot discusses the role of the U.S.-dominated institutions in the current crisis in Greece

Big Games, Bigger Scandals! A Look at Toronto’s Pan-Am Games
Award-winning journalist Nick Fillmore discusses his latest reporting into the “gross public over-spending” associated with the Pan-Am Games

*Shining “image”

Shabby reality

Institute for Public Accuracy
Iraqi Nuclear Scientist Debunks Nuclear Myths

1. Whisper to NYT 2. Demand Anonymity 3. Truth!
by Jim Naureckas

*Whispering sweet nothings

To do with the truth

Democracy Now!
Juan González: Ride-Sharing Service Uber “Using Any Means Necessary” to Stop Regulation Attempts

Would You Like to Know How to Detect Cancer Early?
Here is how to detect cancer early for four common cancers, and what you can do to lower your risk
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Snowden’s Plea to Top Technologists: Build an Internet for the People
‘Everybody should be safe all the time, else we let others choose who will be safe or not,’ whistleblower tells meeting of independent internet engineers
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Terrorism 101: Occupy and Student Groups Labeled ‘Extremist Threat’ by London Police
Conflating of liberal groups with terrorism shows that they threaten ‘the capitalist establishment of which the police are employed to protect’ says activist
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Rights Groups Fight Back Against Canada’s ‘Stomach-Churning’ Spy Bill
Bill C-51 poses grave threat to personal freedoms and violates constitutional rights, warn civil liberty and press freedom groups
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

On 25th Anniversary of ADA, We Need to do More
by Kathi Wolfe

The Problem With the Fight for 15
On the need for workers to look beyond city councils and form a radical new labor movement
by Boots Riley

*The resonance of a real class act

Over 7,000 Comments Submitted to Department of Labor: Consumers Support Closing “Retirement Advice Loophole”

Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR Urges Repudiation of ‘Reckless’ Anti-Muslim Proposals by Rand Paul, Wesley Clarke, Franklin Graham

Food & Water Watch
New Infrastructure Bill Could Exacerbate Weaknesses of WIFIA

The Real News Network
SYRIZA’s Stability Rocked by New Memorandum (2/3)
Leo Panitch says the latest memorandum is a shell game

*Panitch decries finger pointing

Unless he’s aiming the digit.

That doesn’t mean his views are to be dismissed, but he certainly seems all too eager to do so when it comes to those with whom he disagrees, doesn’t he?

Revolutionary Expectations and the Fight Against Austerity – Catarina Principe on RAI (4/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Principe and Paul Jay talk about making decisions in a new kind of party

Council Seeks to Change Park Named After Confederate General
Residents, council say mayor needs to move faster to take down symbols of the Confederacy in a majority black city

*This talk of “treason” is nonsensical, to my mind.

This was an internecine conflict between elites who shared an ideology of white supremacy and exploitation of the masses.

There is a valid point to be made regarding why those who waged war against a nation are revered within a region of it, but to posit that somehow there was a fundamental moral divergence between the sides defies the historical reality, made plain by the fact that the victors evinced no umbrage at the erection of these monuments to the defeated.

So just what was being “betrayed”?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Is U.S. Already Violating Iran Deal?

Democracy Now!
“Africa’s Pinochet”: Former U.S.-Backed Chadian Dictator Hissène Habré Faces War Crimes Trial

*The US has no more use for this butcher, I don’t imagine its role in his reign of terror will be examined at trial, so why not score some brownie points on the “human rights” front?

The Connection Between Red Meat and Diabetes You Need to Know
More evidence suggests a distinct link between red meats and diabetes.
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

25 Farmer’s Market Buys – July 2015
by Leanne Ely


Seeking War to the End of the World
Despite the disastrous Iraq War, neocons still dominate Official Washington’s inside-outside game, government policymakers coordinating with think-tank opinion leaders to keep world tensions high and money flowing to military projects, a process personified by Robert Kagan and Victoria Nuland
by Robert Parry

Private Health Care as an Act of Terrorism
by Paul Buchheit

Wesley Clark Calls for Internment Camps for “Radicalized” Americans
by Murtaza Hussain

New Orleans Katrina Pain Index at Ten: Who Was Left Behind
by Bill Quigley

*Going down hard in The Big Easy

My Teacher
by Chris Hedges

*The mind is useless

Without the heart

Greece: Alternatives and Exiting the Eurozone
by Eric Toussaint

GM and Kid Rock – A question of kissing a__
by Frank Hammer

*The issue really isn’t what white folks think about what the Confederate flag represents, however deluded they may be in their belief.

It’s what the flag symbolizes in any objective assessment of its history, and what it embodies in our national zeitgeist, regardless of region.

But it is a symbol, and expedient disassociation with it doesn’t change the reality of racism that is hardwired into the dark heart of America.

As a Southerner, I can say that growing up in the ’60s, I never thought about slavery or oppression in connection with the flag. I waved it at University of Mississippi football games for the same reason a Badger fan dresses in red at Camp Randall Stadium.

But as soon as I made that association, my association with it ended, and it didn’t cost me a ounce of angst.

If my fellow Southerners are looking for something to truly feel pride in

They could do the same.

Doctors Without Borders
MSF Response to START Trial Data Showing All People with HIV Should Be Treated Immediately

Sea Shepherd Global
Two Sea Shepherd Crewmembers Arrested In The Faroe Islands With Assistance Of Danish Navy

The Real News Network
Revolutionary Expectations and the Fight Against Austerity – Catarina Principe on RAI (3/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Principe and Paul Jay discuss building a movement and an electoral strategy, and what happened to the mass protests in Portugal

*I keep beating this very live horse, because it’s the only way the sort of movement/party/organization/group discussed here can truly succeed

And that’s to mirror within that formation the world it claims it wants to create.

People want to be respected. They want their voice to matter. And they want to actually like and care about those they work with.

That exists only with a dedication to community.

If you feel you’re part of something bigger than yourself, but that values you as much as anyone else, you will place your trust and your energy into that entity.

In the US, we are either atomized and left with a profound sense of disconnection, or lured into false religions, “sacred” and secular, that exploit even as they claim to exalt us.

If we’re serious about building a mass movement, the first step is to treat each individual in that mass with as much menschiness as we can muster.

Seems simple enough, so you have to ask why ain’t it happening?

If I ever find the answer, I’ll let you know.

Are Incarcerated People Poorer Than Non-Incarcerated People?
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Bernadette Rabuy from the Prison Policy Initiative about her new report on income levels of incarcerated persons

SYRIZA’s Stability Rocked by New Memorandum (1/3)
Leo Panitch interviewed by Sharmini Peries at SYRIZA Headquarters in Athens: In spite of the differences within SYRIZA over the new deal, the government remains enormously popular

*All this balance between gummint supporters and critics reminds me of a lyric from an old Dire Straits song

“Two men say they’re Jesus
One of them must be wrong”

I realize this is a complex situation, and valid points can be made on both sides, but simply giving equal time to each isn’t providing us the insight necessary to come to our own conclusions, is it?

Maybe I’m just frustrated by having to rely on someone else to pass along the intel I need to make a rational determination.

China Bails Out Stock Market with $209 Billion Stimulus, But Who’s Getting Saved?
Political economist Zhun Xu of Beijing’s Remnin University says China is bailing out its own public enterprises as part of a flawed plan to jumpstart the economy through the stock market

The Good, the Bad, and the Hypocrisy of the Every Child Achieves Act (2/2)
Teacher and researcher Mercedes Schneider evaluates the No Child Left Behind reform bill that recently passed in the Senate

*A test of ills

FAIR Action Alert
PETITION: NYT, Washington Post: Provide Sustained Coverage of US-Backed Civilian Deaths in Yemen

*Blacked out lives

Don’t matter

Institute for Public Accuracy
How the Iran Deal “Snap Back” Could be Manipulated

*A victory for diplomacy

Or duplicity?


How Three of the Iran Negotiations’ Toughest Issues Were Resolved
by Gareth Porter

The Real News Network
The Global African: Repression in Egypt & Black Transgender Lives Matter
The Global African host Bill Fletcher looks at these stories with Sharif Abdel Kouddous, a Cairo-based independent journalist, and Monica Yorkman, a Baltimore-based transgender activist

Black Police Chief Makes Community Policing Work…Then Gets Fired
Despite record low crime, Lawyers for Kelvin Sewell says top cop was fired for refusing to terminate officers who filed discrimination complaints against Pocomoke City

SYRIZA Forced to Choose Disorderly Grexit or Terrible Deal
In an interview with Dimitri Lascaris, Minister of Education Aristides Baltas of Greece explains the conflict between responsibility and conviction in the decision to accept the new deal

*This was difficult for me to follow, but Baltas’ remarks on responsibility versus conviction are clear, so I’ll speak to that.

We should ask what brought the government to a point where that choice seemed unavoidable. Naiveté, perhaps hubris, and the resulting lack of the development of an alternative strategy figure into that equation, don’t they?

But is it now a matter of learning from mistakes, but having to live with them? Is the government’s position so circumcised?

I’m no expert, but I’ve heard folks like Lapavitsas and Lascaris himself proffer another path, and thus raise serious doubts about the limits of the options extant.

What I’m trying to say is that it may be true that, confronted with such a constrictive reality, responsibility takes precedence over conviction

But we have to think hard on whether we can Houdini out of that straitjacket, before we accept being strapped into it.

Revolutionary Expectations and the Fight Against Austerity – Catarina Principe on RAI (2/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Principe discusses the rise of the anti-austerity movement in Portugal that culminated in a 2013 protest of more than a million people

The Good, the Bad, and the Hypocrisy of The Every Child Achieves Act (1/2)
The Senate-passed No Child Left Behind reform bill gives states the option to dictate assessment criteria, while a range of outside interest groups continuously lobby to promote standardized tests, says teacher and researcher Mercedes Schneider

Interview with Costas Lapavitsas
Dimitri Lascaris of The Real News interivews Syriza MP Costas Lapavitsas

Lapavitsas Calls for Exit as the Only Strategy for Greek People
In an intense speech in Athens, Costas Lapavitsas says the Syriza plan was to achieve radical change within the Eurozone – and that’s impossible

The REAL Energy of Foods
by Yuri Elkaim

*Ignore the sales pitch at the end, or not. I just want to be clear that’s not the reason for the repost.

The intel is.

The Best Foods for Eye Health Include Lutein-Rich Vegetables
The best foods for eye health are also good for your overall health.
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


US and Philippines Face People’s Tribunal for Torture, Disappearances, Murder
Witnesses and survivors deliver emotional testimony about the impact of both governments’ collaboration in the so-called War on Terror
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Large Pipeline Spill in Alberta ‘Stark Reminder’ of Dangers of Tar Sands
Rupture near Fort McMurray may be one of province’s largest
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Five Things to Know About the Scott Walker John Doe Ruling
by Brendan Fischer

When Talking About U.S. Broadband, Don’t Say the ‘I’ Word
by Timothy Karr

*No common carriers on this fast track

Senate Coal Ash Bill Derails First-Ever Protections despite Major Contamination
Earthjustice statement on Senators Hoeven (R-ND) and Manchin (D-WV) bill

UK Pilots Conducted Strikes in Syria

Los Jornaleros del Norte 15th Anniversary Album!
by Xochi Flores
National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)

The Real News Network
Revolutionary Expectations and the Fight Against Austerity – Catarina Principe on RAI (1/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Principe talks about growing up in Portugal expecting the promise of the social state to be fulfilled, and becoming an activist in the fight against forces dismantling the achievements of the Portuguese revolution

Greeks Protest Austerity, But Is Leaving the Eurozone Their Only Option?
University of Greenwich’s Ozlem Onaran argues that the government should create its own currency and fall out of love with the eurozone

The Confluence of African Politics: Brazil, Cuba and the U.S.
Author and scholar Dr. Ollie Johnson discusses his recent work on Africans in Brazil and Malcolm X’s relationship to the Cuban Revolution

The Black Radical Tradition Confronts False Leadership and “Stealth History”
Former political prisoner, Black Panther and Black Liberation Army activist Dhoruba bin-Wahad discusses his most recent commentaries critical of the state of Black leadership and politics

More Lesson than Commemoration: The 153rd Birthday of Ida B. Wells
Dr. Paula Giddings, author of Ida: A Sword Among Lions, discusses the significance of the life and work of Ida B. Wells for today’s struggles

*I think it’s a telling lesson in how white supremacy pits its victims against each other that Wells encourages blacks to migrate to Oklahoma, to escape the vicious racism in that region, but of course the land they gain title to in the west was obtained by its sellers via the genocide of Native peoples. The “Buffalo Soldiers” saga speaks to this contradiction as well.

Petition update
An easy thing you can do to keep the pressure up on Nestle
by Nick Rodman

Democracy Now!
The War on Drugs is a War on Minorities: Former El Reno Prison Inmate Freed by Obama Speaks Out

*Could it be that these reactionaries’ support for “prison reform” is motivated by what they see as a wonderful investment opportunity, while also reaping some prime PR?

One person’s cynicism is another’s empiricism.

Outrage Grows After Mysterious Death of #BlackLivesMatter Activist Sandra Bland in Texas Jail

*It’s not that Dear Misleader “can’t do everything.”

It’s that he does next to nothing.

Most of the time, he’s doing something that makes things even worse.

That’s how things go.

Newly Released Dashcam Video Shows California Police Shooting Unarmed Man with Hands Up

Mass Shootings on the Rise: 4 Marines Killed in Tennessee While Aurora Theater Gunman Found Guilty

*How much violent media imagery do you think these persons have been exposed to?

And given the race of the vast majority of mass killers, why isn’t this viewed through the prism of race, as it is for deadly acts committed by non whites?

Apache Stronghold Caravan Calls to Protect Sacred Sites After Clause Slipped into NDAA Allows Mining

Want to Know How Much Caffeine is in Tea?
How much caffeine is in tea? Is tea really good for me? Let’s take a look.
by Paige Einstein
Nutrition Action

4 Uses for Lavender That You Won’t Believe!
by Leanne Ely


Watchdogs Reveal Chamber of Commerce ‘Blowing Smoke’ for Big Tobacco
New report sheds light on joint efforts to undermine public health protections against tobacco
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Can Simply Living Near a Fracking Site Send You to the Hospital?
Residents living near shale gas wells are more likely to be admitted to hospitals for heart, nervous system, and other medical issues
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Fire Next Time: On the Next Gaza War
Before Homes Are Even Rebuilt in the Ruins of the Gaza Strip, Another War Looms
by Max Blumenthal

Lighting a Legal Fuse
People from Seattle to Fiji are filing lawsuits over global warming.
by Emily Schwartz Greco

The Multi-Trillion Dollar Oil Market Swindle
by Leonard Brecken

Brennan Center for Justice
Wisconsin Supreme Court Ends Walker Investigation, Eviscerating State’s Campaign Finance Limits and Raising Questions about Judicial Impartiality

The Real News Network
Obama’s Carceral Reform Neglects Unemployment
TRNN host and producer Eddie Conway responds to Obama’s recent speech calling for changes in mass incarceration policies

*A coalition of the shilling

Protests Erupt in Athens As Greece Approves Eurozone Bailout
TRNN’s Jaisal Noor speaks to protestors in Athens, Greece about why they oppose the $96 billion dollar Eurozone bailout the Greek Parliament passed late Wednesday by a vote of 229 to 64

A Fury Rising as Greek Parliament Votes to Accept Eurozone Agreement
Reporting from Athens, Dimitri Lascaras says there is deep anger against the humiliating deal forced on Greece by Eurozone leaders, but the whole agreement might fall apart as the IMF says the debt load is unmanageable

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama Visits Prison

*A paltry pardon from the unpardonable

Democracy Now!
Former Iran Ambassador: Nuclear Deal is Model for Closing Path to Militarization and Weaponization

*Of course there’s dissembling here by Mousavian on the Iranian government’s peaceful nature — not that it’s this Axis of Evil entity bent on regional domination — but his points about its keeping its end of the bargain, and the need to hold other nations to the same standard, are unquestionably valid.

As I’ve said before, though, this is a cure in search of a disease. The Iranian people should never have been subjected to the profound damage to their economic and physical health that sanctions have caused.

And just as with Cuba, it’s naive to believe this represents some golden age of diplomacy over hostility. Sheathing the iron fist for the present doesn’t portend a sudden forswearing of regime change.

The poisoned carrot can work as well as the big stick, and if it doesn’t, it will be back to business as usual.

Mass Graves of Immigrants Found in Texas, But State Says No Laws Were Broken

*The huddled in mass graves


The United States: Where Climate Change Is Not Seen as a Top Threat
Pew survey finds that U.S. respondents see ISIS, Iran’s nuclear program as far greater threats
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

With Zero Accountability, Big Oil Wringing Profit from Developing Countries
The $1.55 trillion in ‘lost’ oil revenues represents five times the existing funding gap for 42 of the world’s poorest countries in both education and health, says Oxfam America
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Food Smart Cities: Join the Food Revolution
by Vandana Shiva

*Food from thought

John Oliver 1, Big Chicken 0?
by Vanessa Rodriguez

Demanding That Nestlé Pay More Is Not Enough
by Emma Lui

*The cost of a price

How a weaker Iran got the hegemon to lift sanctions
Iranian counter-pressure on the US, through its nuclear programme, finally compelled the Obama administration to begin negotiations
by Gareth Porter

*My question would be why the US and the West had any “concern” for a nuclear program that their intelligence agencies were telling them had no weaponization component?

Was it that the warmongers would use Iran’s upscaling as proof that an attack had to be carried out, the insanity of which was the true concern, thus prompting negotiations?

I’m frankly flummoxed.

Greece: The Struggle Continues
by Sebastian Budgen and Stathis Kouvelakis
A definitive account of what has transpired over the last few weeks in Greece, and what’s next for Syriza and the European left

Veterans for Peace
Military Vets Sponsor ‘Uncensored’ Counter U.S. Drone War TV Commercial on CNN, FoxNews, ESPN Near Cannon AFB/Special Ops Drone Control Center in Clovis, New Mexico

The Real News Network
The Real News Goes to Greece: Democracy Rising World Conference 2015
Paul Jay and Creston Davis of the Advanced Studies for Global Studies discuss the conference taking place on July 16th that will see leading activists and intellectuals from around the world converge on Athens, Greece

Shot, Paralyzed, & 16
Reverend and activist Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou discusses the police shooting of 16 year old Brandon Claxton in St. Louis, MO

Former IAEA Inspector: Agreement Effectively Ends Iranian Breakout Capacity
Robert Kelley says the Iranians compromised on everything, and the IAEA’s push for sweeping site access is quite a big demand against a country that hasn’t lost a war

*Iran has a legal right to a “peaceful” nuclear program, as every state does, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a grave danger in it having one, as is the case for every other state.

Fukushima mon amour?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Israel Silently Lapping Field in “Mideast Nuclear Arms Race”

Democracy Now!
PETA: SeaWorld Employee Infiltrated Animal Rights Group, Called for Grabbing “Pitchforks & Torches”

The Best Ways To Prevent Food Poisoning
If you want to know how to prevent food poisoning, these tips will help you stay safe.
by Caroline Smith DeWaal
Nutrition Action


House Ag Committee Says ‘No’ to GMO Labeling, What’s Next?
Committee chair clearly focused on how to promote the profits of corporations, rather than on how to protect people from foods that have not been proven safe
by Katherine Paul

*Frankenfood Conquers the Congress

Natural Systems and an Agricultural Philosophy in Punjab
by The 9×9 Film Festival

Worldwatch Institute
Beyond the Climate Refugee: Migration as Adaptation
Misconceptions about climate-induced migration could lead to inadequate support for affected populations, according to the Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2015

Food & Water Watch
Retiring Toxic CA Farmland Better Deal Than Tunnels
SPECIAL REPORT: Retiring Toxic Farmland in Western San Joaquin Valley Would Save Water, Environment and Taxpayer Money
Land retirement 25x cheaper than Tunnel plan and could save 450,000 acre-feet of water

The Real News Network
How Tax Dodging Put Puerto Rico on the Road to Debt
TRNN’s Jessica Desvarieux reports on how Puerto Rico’s tax policy exempts billions of big pharmaceutical companies’ profits, leaving at least $15 billion out of the revenue stream while the country wallows in debt

A Soft Coup in Greece (1/2)
Nantina Vgontzas and Paul Jay have an extended discussion about the Greek Eurozone deal and the reaction of the Greek left

A Soft Coup in Greece (2/2)

Greek Deal Will Erode Sovereignty and Deepen Recession
Dimitri Lascaris says the deal is a collective punishment of the Greek people for supporting a party that attempted to moderate neoliberalism in Europe

*Whatever you think of the options the party leadership had available, there was a profound disrespect of the Greek public evinced in not laying out the situation honestly to them. That is essential to democracy, and that duty was ignored.

Add to that the disregard shown for their vote against the Troika’s demands, and you have a strong argument for a betrayal of the people’s trust, regardless of how you view its negotiation strategy.

Is Greece’s New Debt Deal Worse Than Plan Rejected By Referendum?
University of Athens’ Creston Davis argues that the Syriza party platform looks more like the Democratic Party in the ’60s rather than a leftist party

Puente Movement
ICE Out of 4th Ave. Jail!

Democracy Now!
Could Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Transform the Middle East?

*This is a charade. It is “prevention” for a non-existent “disease”. Iran has no desire to build nuclear weapons.

This deal was pursued by the US to avert the insanity of war with Iran, which would not be in its imperial interests. The administration doesn’t give a damn about “peace”, with the immiseration and death produced by sanctions on its hands.

It will work with the Iranian government in the furtherance of those interests, and when circumstances change, it will drop this facade of diplomacy to continue to do so.

Is this deal better than war? Of course, but let’s not delude ourselves that it has anything to do with “a more humane and constructive foreign policy in the Middle East”.

The Austerity Candidate? Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Launches Presidential Bid on Anti-Union Record

An apple (Cider Vinegar) a day keeps the doctor away?
by Leanne Ely


Killing by Committee in the Global Wild West
The Perpetrators Become the Victims of Drone Warfare
by Pratap Chatterjee

Teachers Say No Freaking Way to AFT Endorsement of Hillary Clinton
by Candi Peterson

ANALYSIS: US slowdown on Iran talks has dark side
By Gareth Porter
Delays may head off Congressional and Israeli criticism on final agreement at cost to Kerry’s leverage in talks

Yanis Varoufakis opens up about his five month battle to save Greece
by Harry Lambert

Treating Syriza Responsibly
by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

*This is one bugger of a Rorschach test for lefties, innit?

The Myth of the Iranian Military Giant
Saudi Arabia’s military outspends the Islamic Republic’s 5-to-1; the UAE’s does by 50 percent. And ending the arms embargo after a nuclear deal won’t change that.
by Trita Parsi and Tyler Cullis

“Tsipras Has Just Destroyed Greece”
by Yves Smith

*All these criticisms may be valid, but can someone tell me what Smith thinks the party leadership should have done, because I don’t see that here.

He says, “This has been the basis of our criticism, that Syriza by engaging in an open war against an opponent it could never hope to vanquish, was doing not just itself but also the Greek people and the left, lasting damage.”

What was his prescription?

The Real News Network
Why Was Baltimore’s Police Chief Fired?
Paul Jay asks veteran cops Neill Franklin and Kenneth Butler if Batts was thrown under the bus to appease the police union

*Now, there’ve been any number of segments on the network that deal with the true purpose of policing — to control the population in defense of those in power — yet this isn’t put to Franklin and Butler.

The premise is accepted that police are there to “serve and protect” the public, and the disagreement is over how to do that job, when that isn’t their job.

It doesn’t matter what an individual cop believes about her or his role, just as it doesn’t matter what a soldier believes about her or his role in the defense of empire. What matters is how what they do promotes those aims.

These are fundamentally unreformable institutions. No amount of “training” will change that. In the end, it’s about power, and only one side — the exploited or the exploiters — can own it.

The humiliating offer presented by Eurozone finance ministers to the Greek government is designed to bring down Syriza – discussed by Dimitri Lascaris and Michalis Spourdalakis, interviewed by Paul Jay

BRICS Challenges the “Double Standard” of the West
Newsclick talks to Vijay Prashad about the Declaration of the 7th Summit of the BRICS countries held in Ufa, Russia

Denton Gears Up For Bigger Fight Over Fracking
After last month’s decision to repeal Denton’s ban on fracking, activists are looking to build a coalition of cities across the state of Texas before taking a second swing at HB 40, the bill that disempowers municipal governments in favor of oil and gas industries

Wikileaks Revelations Expose US NSA Tentacles Reaching into Allied Governments Around The World
CCR’s Michael Ratner breaks down how documents expose United States economic and political spying as CCR calls on UN to protect publishers as well as whistleblowers

BRICS Establishes A Development Bank
Patrick Bond, Co-Author of BRICS: An Anti-Capitalism Critique, finds BRICS to be largely neoliberal and unequal, evident by the appointees to the bank board

*Never bank on a bank

Unless you’re a banker

Yellen Signals Interest Rate Hike, Will It Increase Inequality?
PERI’s Gerald Epstein says the Fed needs to expand its toolbox to get finance to Main Street because raising interest rates will hurt workers

Baltimore Police Chief Allowed Looting to Discredit Protestors, Says Union
Veteran police officers Kenneth Butler and Neill Franklin discuss a report issued by the Fraternal Order of Police that accuses recently fired Chief Batts of ordering police to stand down during looting so protestors would be blamed as the aggressors

*Does anyone with even the most tenuous hold on reality not believe that the security state takes every opportunity to prepare for the coming collapse of the facade of “democracy”?

How many examples do we need? How many “fusion centers” need to be created before we suss that power protects itself “by any means necessary”, to turn that phrase on its head?

These are domestic war games.

The games are already all too real for many of us, and as things fall apart, everyone on the downside of the dividing line between the exploited and the exploiters will need to get real to deal with it.

The Global African: Not a Rapper & Black-Palestinian Solidarity
TeleSUR’s The Global African talks to DC-based artist and activist Bomani Armah, and examines African American solidarity with Palestinians

Debate Rages in SYRIZA Over Austerity Plan
During the early hours of Saturday morning, the Greek Parliament passed the motion by a majority vote of 250 – 300, but Dimitri Lascaris says this is one of the worst political debacles in modern European history

Democracy Now!
Psychologists Collaborated with CIA & Pentagon on Post-9/11 Torture Program, May Face Ethics Charges

Four Ways to Make Exercise Enjoyable
by Yuri Elkaim

5 Quick Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Budget
by Leanne Ely


Welcome to Canada But Don’t Get Too Comfortable
New legislation not only creates two classes of Canadians, but it makes Canada an ‘outlier’ among nations
by Antonia Zerbisias

Are Foreign NGOs Rebuilding Haiti Or Just Cashing In?
Haiti plays host to over 10,000 NGOs, whose foreign workers make up an affluent class of their own
by Nathalie Baptiste

*Doing well by pretending to do good

Nearly 2,500 Bridges to Nowhere: Congress Considers Expanding Charter Program Despite Millions Wasted on Closed Schools
by Jonas Persson

The Greeks Fight Back: Oxi to Austerity
by Andrew Levine

The Real News Network
President Hillary Clinton, Vice-President Binyamin Netanyahu
by Vijay Prashad

*We know about Madam Mayhem

But Beneficent Bernie as an Israel Lobby lackey … ?

Shut up!

Capitalism and Government Debt at Odds in Greece
Michael Hudson says unlike personal and corporate debt, there is no legal framework for writing off government debt, so there is deliberate anarchy in place

The Inevitable Grexit and Banking Collapse
Dimitri Lascaris Report: Credibility of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is hanging by a thread, in the meantime 15 out of 18 European governments support ousting Greece from the Eurozone

*Is Tsipras Greece’s Obama, someone whom reactionaries love to villify, but who in actuality is an enabler of austerity?

If not, just what the fuck are he and his party allies thinking?

And why can’t I get this song out of my head?

Governor Jerry Brown Demands Canadian PM Harper Reexamine His Climate Policy
Tings Chak and Merran Smith examine the Economic and Climate Summit proposals being discussed inside and outside the Summit

*A waste of precious air time to have someone like Smith on to pimp the “responsible solutions” to climate change, don’t you think? She’ll get plenty of it elsewhere.

And the segment title

Does posturing by Brown constitute “real news”? Did he really “demand” anything?

TRNN can do better. It usually does.

Two-Year Anniverary of Lac Megantic Oil Train Disaster Spurs Week of Action Against Crude by Rail
A photo essay by Shaghayegh Tajvidi

Chinese Economy Running Off the Cliff and There Is Nothing Beneath It
Rob Johnson of the Institute for New Economic Thinking says the People’s Bank of China is behind the market plunge


Institute for Public Accuracy
Massive Friday “March of the Torches” in Honduras Against “Coup-ism”

When Candidates Talk Education, Media Rarely Go Beyond Buzzwords
by Molly Knefel

*Education is dedicated to overcoming ignorance

Reporting on it is a wholly other matter

Got to Be Thwarting Something: FBI Claims It Stopped Unspecified Mayhem, Possibly on July 4
by Adam Johnson

*Fireworks and fearmongering on the Fourth

An American tradition

Democracy Now!
Mother of Eric Garner Praises New York’s Appointment of Special Prosecutor to Probe Police Killings

“A Hostage Situation”: Greece Yields to Austerity Demands Just Days After Historic “No” Vote


Are Human Rights Violations Already Being Trumped By Corporate Trade Deal?
AP, Reuters report that Obama administration about to upgrade Malaysia’s human trafficking status, seen as move merely ‘for political expediency’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This mendacious maneuver isn’t a rationale for denying Malaysia’s inclusion in the TTP, and inclusion shouldn’t be a carrot to impel improved behavior.

The goddamn thing shouldn’t exist, period. I’m frankly flummoxed by Powell’s addled analysis that leads to the cart leaving the horse in its dust.

Locked Up for Surviving: The Untold Story of the Sexual-Abuse-to-Prison Pipeline
New study concludes that a history of abuse is not just a predictor of future incarceration—it is a cause
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Maiming the victim

London Subways Shut Down in Mass Strike ‘for Workplace Justice’
Tens of thousands of workers walk off the job in biggest Tube strike since 2002
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Arne Duncan Era Has Not Been Good for Students
WaPo’s Lyndsey Layton: Arne Duncan will stay on until the last buzzer
by Diane Ravitch

The Anglo-American Empire is Preparing for Resource War
The control of resources remains a core factor in US considerations for sustaining global US hegemony in the face of rising geopolitical influence of its major rivals
by Nafeez Ahmed

A Pain in the Athens: Why Greece Isn’t to Blame for the Crisis
by Mark Blyth

The Yes Men and FunnyOrDie
Skipping showers for beef: funny, but the reality is no joke

Wisconsin Legislature Rebuffs Gov. Walker by Refusing Highway Mega-Expansion and Requiring Audit of Inaccurate Forecasts and Wasteful Projects

*Drive-by looting

Common Cause, Allies, Win Major Victory Over Gerrymandering in Florida
State’s Highest Court Orders Legislature to Draw New Congressional Boundaries

Obama Fights US Press on Guantánamo Force-Feeding Video Release

*Yet again, the audacity of “Nope”

Jobs With Justice
Tell the CFPB: Rein in student loan servicers

The Real News Network
Comrade on Culture, Community and Creativity
Baltimore rapper Comrade talks to The Real Music about growing up in Baltimore, being a community activist, and how hip-hop culture influences young people

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt – Chris Hedges on RAI (3/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss the role of violence in revolution and the Bernie Sanders campaign

*I can’t see mentioning persons like Sanders, Nader and Kucinich in the same breath as “revolution”. They have no transformative vision, futilely seeking to fashion chicken salad out of the chicken shit of capitalism.

If they’re the artists of the possible, then life as we know it will no longer be.

Our only hope exists in solidarity among the exploited, which is goddamn hard to do when you’re valuing some lives over others. Folks don’t cotton to being told “pragmatism” demands they suffer and die.

The same applies to the use of force. We have a right to defend ourselves and others. That force has to be principled and disciplined to be both effective and morally valid, but I can’t tell someone to not fight back when their body and their breath are on the line.

What I believe is vital is an articulation of just why those means are necessary. There is no glory in violence. Killing the most vile of our oppressors should bring no joy for its own sake. It’s a means to an end, and that end should always be placed in the context of a defense of our dignity, our right to live without fear and misery.

That fealty to principle could well help precipitate what Hedges speaks to regarding the loss of will to defend the exploitocracy. Knowing that they would be treated humanely, that their humanity would be respected, should they lay down their arms may have a salient effect on the Praetoriani.

Nothing is certain, except the abyss, should we continue to delude ourselves that there’s a way to drain the swamp while swimming around in it.

BP Deal: Path to a ‘Cleaner Gulf’–or Guaranteed Future Disasters?
by Janine Jackson

*“If that isn’t a deterrent to careless behavior by the oil companies, it’s hard to know what is.”

How about hard time for heartless bastards, and putting ’em to work on the clean up while they’re there?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Beyond Greece: BRICS Enabling a New Economic Path?

Democracy Now!
A Mounting Humanitarian Catastrophe in Yemen: War Death Toll Tops 3,000, Fear of Famine Grows

Did BP Get Off Cheaply? Antonia Juhasz on $18.7B Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

HEART ALERT: The Ugly Side of Statin Drugs
by Yuri Elkaim

Are You Addicted to Sugar? (You Could Be)
Asking yourself, “Am I addicted to sugar?”
Here is one true story of addiction.
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


With New Focus on Racial and Economic Justice, ‘Bold’ Bill Seeks to Lift Abortion Funding Ban
“None of us, especially elected officials, should be interfering with a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions just because she is poor.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

CVS Quits US Chamber of Commerce Over ‘Craven’ Ties to Tobacco Industry
Pharmacy giant no longer member of ‘the lobby group for Big Business.’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Something’s Missing From Pope Francis’ ‘Radical’ Vision of Equality: Women
by Roisin Davis

*Out of lip service

Permission to Kill in Gaza
by Noura Erakat

Reproductive Justice Helped Deliver Supreme Court’s Historic Marriage Decision
by Rea Carey

Bipartisan Poverty Shaming: The Moynihan Report at 50
by Susan Greenbaum

Will Greece, or won’t Greece be destroyed to save her from Russia, like Ukraine?
by John Helmer

The Real News Network
Gaza Defiant
One year after the Israeli attack that killed 2,100 civilians and wounded 10,000, Refaat Alareer and Laila el-Haddad say the people of Gaza will not turn on Hamas and submit to the occupation

Iran Deal Could Include Lifting of Arms Embargo
Reporting from Vienna, Austria, journalist Gareth Porter says we could see a final agreement on Thursday

Cosby Revelations Challenge Notions of Gender, Race and Sexual Violence
Activist and blogger Janessa Robinson discusses the latest reports about Bill Cosby, rape and the impact of patriarchy and White supremacy on interpretations of violence against women

Toronto Protest Unites Environmental, Labor, and Indigenous Movements
Sanjay Talreja reports on the July 5th March for Jobs, Justice & the Climate in Toronto, Canada

Democracy Now!
The End of Encryption? NSA & FBI Seek New Backdoors Against Advice from Leading Security Experts

Has the World Abandoned Gaza? Region Remains in Ruins a Year After Deadly Israeli Assault

What is Vitamin D Good For?
If you’re wondering what Vitamin D is good for, some of the answers may surprise you.
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


#BlockTheFactory: One Year After Gaza War, Protesters Shut Down Drone Plants
Four Israeli arms factories in UK and Australia shut down in Palestine solidarity action
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Hillary Clinton Pledges to Defend Israeli Apartheid and Fight BDS Movement in Letter to Mega-Donor
by Kevin Gosztola

*Please keep in mind that Bernie could have written this, as well.

Anyone willing to overlook that fact for “the greater good” should ask themselves how they’d explain that rationale to a child in Gaza.

The Confederate Flag at War (But Not the Civil War)
by Greg Grandin

*The Confederacy lost the war

But won the battle

Tax Laws Should Not Be A Shroud for ‘Dark Money’ Donors
Common Cause Urges IRS to Enforce the Law

*The “IRS scandal” had nothing to do with these big money operations, and its free pass to them has nothing to do with the “scandal”.

Like all regulatory agencies, they defer to power. Their purpose isn’t to cleanse the system, but to provide a veneer of legitimacy to it. Occasionally, they’re compelled to take some comparatively mild action to maintain the pretense.

But that isn’t the case here as yet, is it?

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
Anatomy of a Supermarket Purchase

*Food for thought control

(That should be “Thought control for food”, shouldn’t it … ?)

The Real News Network
New Greek Finance Minister a Change in Style, Not Substance
Dimitri Lascaris says the Troika is sending the message to Syriza that despite the vote of the Greek people, the only options are complete capitulation or exit from the Eurozone

Germany Caused the Crisis, Germany Must Solve It
Heiner Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, says German economic policy put Greece into crisis and progressive Germans must stop the irrational bleeding of the Greek people

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt – Chris Hedges on RAI (2/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss Ferguson, Baltimore and the need to build a movement with candidates that targets white supremacy and corporate capitalism

Eric Holder: Return to Sender
Glen Ford, Executive Editor of the Black Agenda Report, says Eric Holder is returning to his “ideological home” of corporate law to defend the big banks and TPP

Not Oz, Not Orange, Not Shawshank Either: The Real History of Black Radicalism and the Prison Abolitionist Movement
Author Dan Berger discusses his latest book, Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era

Syriza MP: It’s Time to Take Over the Banks
Paul Jay discusses the results of the Greek referendum with Costas Lapavitsas and asks whether Syriza was prepared for this moment

For Mumia and Us, All The Writing Is On The Wall
Author, activist, and professor of Black and Latin Studies at Baruch College Dr. Johanna Fernandez discusses her new edited volume, Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jama

An NSA Whistleblower’s Guide to Encryption
Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the NSA turned whistleblower, sat down with the Real News to talk about the USA Freedom Act as ersatz reform and how the public can take matters into their own hands by encrypting their phones and computers

Institute for Public Accuracy
Yemen: Carnage from Saudi Bombing “Not the Worst Part”

Democracy Now!
“A Europe of Equals”: Report from Athens as Greek Voters Seek Alternatives to Austerity

Economist Richard Wolff on Roots of Greek Crisis, Debt Relief & Rise of Anti-Capitalism in Europe

Three Ways to Lose Weight… Even When You Can’t
by Yuri Elkaim

Which Exercise is Best for Weight Loss?
Are you wondering which exercise is best for weight loss? This list will tell you how many calories common exercises burn.
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Dominoes of Democracy? Europe’s Left Finds Hope in Anti-Austerity Vote
Irish observer says vote is ‘potentially the most important political event since the collapse of the Berlin Wall’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Two Years After Oil Train Disaster, Profound Scars Remain in Lac-Mégantic
Activists prepare for demonstrations across Canada and US this week to ‘Stop Oil Trains’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

For This ‘Shark Week,’ Grassroots Alliance Targets Predators of the Poor
Payday loans ‘trap 12 million Americans in a devastating cycle of debt annually,’ National People’s Action says
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Eric Holder Returns as Hero to Law Firm That Lobbies for Big Banks
by Lee Fang
The Intercept

*Coddling crime

Pays big time

America’s Endless Air Wars
by Nicolas J. S. Davies

For All the Hereafter: On the 14th Amendment and Clarence Thomas’ Ridiculous Dissent
The Fourteenth Amendment is a living document, and Clarence Thomas is a terrible historian
by Patrick Rael

Europe’s Greek Moment
For European elites, Greece is a convenient scapegoat
by Yanis Varoufakis

Corporate Capitalism Is the Foundation of Police Brutality and the Prison State
by Chris Hedges

The Greek Burden: Confronting Neoliberal Authoritarianism on 5 July
by John Weeks

Drug Policy Alliance
Marijuana Legalization in Washington State: One-Year Status Report
New Report Finds Major Fiscal Benefits, Decrease in Violent Crime, No Increase in Youth Marijuana Use or Traffic Fatalities – And Massive Drop in Marijuana Arrests
Popular Support for Marijuana Legalization Remains Strong in Washington

Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR Seeks Federal Investigation of Maryland Teacher’s Anti-Muslim Statements
Teacher told student: ‘You terrorist. You little Osama. You have a bomb in your locker.’

Privacy International
Surveillance Company Hacking Team Exposed

The Real News Network
Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Chris Hedges discusses his new book with Paul Jay. In part one, they focus on the revolutionary significance of the life of Tom Paine, a man who understood the moral imperative of revolt and was willing to pay the price.

*Rebellion isn’t a calculation

It’s a calling

Greek Voters Deliver Stunning Rebuke to Austerity
Michael Spourdalakis, Dean of the School of Economics and Politics at the University of Athens, in an interview with Dimitri Lascaris, says it is time for the Greek government to play hardball with the Troika

Eddie Conway Talks Activism and Shares His Life Story With Seniors
The Real News Executive Producer Eddie Conway talks to senior citizens about his book and how Baltimore city has changed since the time of the ’68 riots

How Greening Europe’s Economy Could Get It Out of Debt
PERI Co-Director Bob Pollin discusses the potential impact of green policies for Spain and why no-growth policies of austerity do more harm than good

TRNN REPLAY: The Untold History of Independence Day
Historian Peter Linebaugh: The rights and freedoms that we celebrate on the Fourth of July are the product of vast human struggle that remains unfinished

The Global African: Right-Wing Extremism & Who Stole the Soul
TeleSUR’s the Global African examines right-wing terrorism and Soul!, an early African-American variety show

Institute for Public Accuracy
“BP Got off Cheap”

*The price of another accident waiting to happen

After Greece Cuts a Quarter of Its Budget, WaPo Asks if It’s Willing to ‘Trim Spending’
by Jim Naureckas

*They want to hear Greece scream.

Well, Greece just screamed

“Go fuck yourself!”

Democracy Now!
“Democracy Cannot Be Blackmailed”: Greek Voters Overwhelmingly Reject Creditors’ Austerity Demand

The Polio Vaccine Cancer Cover-up
by Landee Martin

*I don’t know

And I won’t know with a closed mind.

The Dangers of Quorn Products You Should Know
If you frequently eat meat substitutes, look out for Quorn products, or you may suffer their not uncommon and sometimes deadly side effects
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

7 Healthy Ways to Naturally Reduce Anxiety
by Yuri Elkaim


The Fight Over Obamacare Was a Giant Political Charade
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*The shame of the sham

Dumping on Dixie Again
by Andrew Levine

The Real News Network
One Baltimore Neighborhood Proves Police Alone Aren’t the Answer
Despite desperate conditions, Cherry Hill teamed up with Safe Streets to stop murders for over 400 days

The Politics of Fear Ahead of Greek Referendum
Elite interests aim to keep Greece on the path of further austerity, say University of Greenwich’s Ozlem Onaran and University of London’s John Weeks

Puerto Rico’s Debt Is Not Financial, It’s Colonial: The Political Imprisonment of Oscar Lopez Rivera
Vicente “Panama” Alba joined us from Puerto Rico to discuss the political imprisonment and repression of Puerto Rican Nationalists

Survivor of Israeli Attack on USS Liberty: It Could Not Have Been a Mistake (2/2)
TRRN speaks to survivor Sgt. Bryce Lockwood and former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern about the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty

*And in the improbable event that Sanders becomes president, the status quo will hold, won’t it just?

Democracy Now!
“What to the Slave is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech


And debasement

Take no holiday

Healthy Food Quiz: Questions and Answers to Help You Fight Disease
This healthy food quiz – questions and answers included – will test your knowledge on what to eat
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

Just for the dill of it
by Leanne Ely


Will US Government Be Made to Answer for Fueling Yemen’s Approaching Famine?
UN official warns country of 26 million ‘one step’ from mass starvation
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Inhumanitarian intervention

Greece: No to Austerity, Yes to Democracy
by Dale Wiehoff

The Real News Network
Why BP’s $18.7 Billion Gulf Spill Settlement Falls Short
Settlement fails to address health and lost livelihood damages while infrastructure for oil transport continues to be built, says Bridge the Gulf Project fellow Cherri Foytlin

*Who gets a slap on the wrist

And who gets a kick in the balls?

Puerto Rico on the Brink of Financial Collapse
Economist James Henry breaks down the hedge funds, bond holders, and wealthy individuals who have benefited from Puerto Rico’s triple tax exempt status

The Birth of Patrice Lumumba and the Assassination of a Free Africa
Congolese human rights advocate and Student Coordinator and National Spokesperson for the Friends of the Congo Kambale Musavuli talks about the 90th birthday of slain revolutionary Patrice Lumumba and the continuing negative impact of that assassination on all of Africa

*I’m certainly no expert on the life and legacy of Lumumba, but I’m always uncomfortable with iconization.

I feel it bears repeating that pedestals are inherently unstable objects, prone to topple over on those gathered in admiration around them.

Our fealty should be to the principles we assign, accurately or not, to these personalities, and not to the persons themselves.

If they are whom we wish they would be, they would concur with that context.

North Korea’s “Hate America Month”?
Activist and author Brian Becker discusses the most recent naval incident between North and South Korea and gives much needed political and historical context to ongoing media coverage of that region

*You can accept Becker’s delineation of US turpitude in Korea without acceding to his rather rose colored portrayal of a Stalinist state, can’t you?

Ball could have questioned that depiction, but chose not to, appending not a little irony to his outlet’s appellation, wouldn’t you say?

Ida B. Wells and Lessons to Learn from South Carolina
Dr. Paula Giddings discusses the South Carolina massacre, church burnings, Ferguson and more in the context of her work on the life and politics of Ida B. Wells

Institute for Public Accuracy
Cuba: Will U.S. Stop Interventionist Policies?

*Of course, from the US side, this is all being driven by the dreams of profits to be made in a Cuba open for business. Overt and covert ploys to achieve that will proceed apace.

Democracy Now!’s segment today made scant mention of this — to my mind, focused to a large degree on praise for Dear Misleader’s “leadership” on the matter — so I didn’t deem it worth reposting. You can check it out for yourself, if you’re so inclined.

National Plutocrat Radio
Corporate One-Percenters dominate NPR affiliates’ boards
by Aldo Guerrero

*A “public” disgrace

Democracy Now!
As France Suspends Soldiers for Child Sexual Abuse, Will UN Tackle Impunity for Western Peacekeepers?

Magnesium-Rich Foods Could Help Prevent Diabetes
Magnesium-rich foods aren’t just delicious, they also benefit your health
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Fracking with the Happy People
How the search for shale gas is exposing cracks in Denmark’s showcase democracy
by Anders Vang Nielsen

How We Make Change Is Changing, Part I
Open Source Campaigns for the 21st Century
by Marisa Franco, B Loewe and Tania Unzueta

U.S. Right to Know
Is Coke Illegally Claiming ‘Diet’ Soda is a Treatment for Obesity?

*The skinny on a big fat lie

Jewish Voice for Peace
US State Department Tacitly Accepts Settlement Boycotts

The Real News Network
Survivor of Israeli Attack on USS Liberty: It Could Not Have Been a Mistake
To mark the 48th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty,
TRNN speaks to survivor Sgt. Bryce Lockwood and former CIA Analyst Ray

SCOTUS Case Could Bring “Right to Work” to All 50 States
Labor Notes’ Samantha Winslow explains how the Supreme Court could
weaken public sector worker unions

Turkey Planning Next Move After ISIS Commits Massacre in Kobani
Patrick Cockburn and Baris Kaargaarc discuss recent news that Turkey
is considering military intervention in northern Syria

No Labor Protections in Obama’s Overtime Plan
Activist and author Eugene Puryear challenges the Fair Labor Standards
Act and the president’s claims that this will indeed be a benefit to
working people

Zero for 40 at Predicting Attacks: Why Do Media Still Take FBI Terror
Warnings Seriously?
by Adam Johnson

*A favor of fear

Institute for Public Accuracy
Failed State: Greece or European Union?

Democracy Now!
Is Puerto Rico America’s Greece? U.S. Commonwealth Seeks Bankruptcy
Help in Face of Crushing Debt

Rep. Nydia Velázquez: Freedom for Oscar López Rivera Unites Puerto
Ricans Across Political Lines

*Velázquez mealy mouths on Dear Misleader, and Goodman and González
are content to let her.

So what else is new?

After Marriage Equality & Obamacare, Mixed Results from SCOTUS on
Abortion, Pollution, Executions

*”Well, why am I going to pay to join the union when I get all the
benefits of being a member for nothing?”

Well, besides being a selfish prick, if you don’t join the union, all
those benefits you pay nothing for will ultimately become just that —

No union, no benefits.

And you’ll have the right to work for the pay and conditions your boss
thinks will work best for his bottom line.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Faces Economic Turmoil at Home as He Seeks GOP
Presidential Nomination

*Another turd in the toilet

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Following Dutch Footsteps, Activists to Sue Aussie Government on Climate
Landmark ruling raised ‘energy and appetite of the community to stand up and use the courts when government fouls them,’ says environmental lawyer
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Apparently, no “lentil-eating, sandal-wearing idealist liberals” exist among the Dutch citizenry, to hear Howard tell it.

And I’m sure the actions of many of them to place their bodies on the line in defense of this rock is of little consequence to her.

Needless to say, she’d never deign to do so her own self.

That would be horribly PC, wouldn’t it just?

Organic Under Attack: Report Exposes Big Food’s Tobacco-Style PR Blitz
Food and chemical companies are spending hundreds of millions to spread false information about the safety of pesticides, GMOs, and antibiotics in food
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Center for Biological Diversity
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rejects Plan to Reclassify Wolves, Keep Wolf Recovery Going

The Real News Network
US Hedge Funds Get Bailed Out If Greeks Pass Bailout Referendum
Foreign banks want to bleed the patient when a policy of debt cutting and tax reform would revive the Greek economy, say UMKC’s Bill Black and Michael Hudson

How China’s Infrastructure Bank Threatens U.S. Hegemony
Glen Ford: 57 nations, many of them U.S. allies, sign on to become members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, providing an alternative to U.S. military might and World Bank dominance

Like Grandfather, Like Grandson: The Life and Death of Malcolm Latif Shabazz
Artist, activist and educator Ras Ceylon discusses the recent sentencing of Malcolm Shabazz’s killers and the many misconceptions about the life and work of Malcolm X’s grandson

Everyone Gets Cosmetic Procedures, Says Time–and by ‘Everyone,’ They Mean Almost No One
by Jim Naureckas

*Time are experts on cosmetic procedures

If we’re talking about makeovers on reality.

Democracy Now!
As Greece Heads for Default, Voters Prepare to Vote in Pivotal Referendum on More Austerity

The Centenary of a Revolutionary: Legendary Activist, Organizer Grace Lee Boggs Turns 100

Egypt’s Power Struggle Intensifies with Killing of Prosecutor Behind Mass Jailings of Islamists

Amid Warnings of Famine, Yemeni Civilians Trapped Inside Conflict with No End in Sight

5 Ways to Turn Your Child into a Veggie Lover!
by Leanne Ely


Victory for Democracy as Court Sides with Voters over ‘Self-Dealing Legislators’
SCOTUS upholds ‘the right of We the People to take redistricting out of secret backrooms run by politicians and into the public light of citizen-driven commissions.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

High Court’s Ruling, Say Critics, Endorses ‘Torturing People to Death’
“Under the Court’s new rule, it would not matter whether the State intended to use midazolam, or instead to have petitioners drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death, or actually burned at the stake,” write dissenting justices.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

US Supreme Court Backs Coal Profits Over Public Health
Campaigners warn that power plant ruling threatens to delay critical safeguards, fails to account for savings to human health and environment
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Stupidity and Intelligence: Science, GMOs and Our Food
How industrial-scale farming is actually becoming anti-science
by Vandana Shiva

The Lonely American
by Chris Hedges

*It’s been my sad experience that organizations place precious little priority on creating the conditions for community. I’ve been labeled “needy” for seeking that connection, for the expectation that my commitment should be reciprocated with respect and comradeship.

They’ve been by and large fraternal free zones, devoid of humanity other than the most superficial sort.

There’s a deep disconnect between their stated goals for realizing a better world and the one they create within their walls.

You have the walk the talk in your own house before anyone’s going to listen to you outside it.

Be a mensch, dammit.

Spain: ‘Popular Unity’ ‬Councils Sworn In Amid Huge Enthusiasm‭
by Dick Nichols

Robert Jensen on the art of journalism
by The Hand On Heart Review/South Africa

Medical Kidnapping – Big Pharma’s New Dirty Secret?
by Jefferey Jaxen

The Real News Network
Will the Greek Referendum Force the Troika Back to the Bargaining Table? (1/2)
Dimitri Lascaris and Leo Panitch discuss the possible consequences of a ‘no’ vote in the July 5th referendum on the bailout conditions offered by international creditors

Will the Greek Referendum Bring the Troika Back to the Bargaining Table? (2/2)
Dimitri Lascaris and Leo Panitch discuss the possible consequences of a ‘no’ vote in the July 5th referendum on the bailout conditions offered by international creditors

Why Are Indians Eating Less If Incomes are Growing?
PERI’s Deepankur Basu says families in India are paying more out of pocket for services that used to be state sponsored, causing them to make tough choices in their diets

*Democracy on a starvation diet

Why Chicago Won’t Go Bankrupt – And Detroit Didn’t Have To
Saqib Bhatti argues cities can avoid financial crises through progressive taxation and forcing the wealthy to pay their fair share

Can the United Nations Stop War?
Has the UN failed to deliver on its founding mission? Follow the discussion with Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report and Robert Naiman, policy director of Just Foreign Policy

*The UN has failed because it was set up to do so. Pretty words (think of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which next to nobody in the US knows squat about) were proclaimed to mask the ugly reality.

So I think Ford’s view matches that reality better than Naiman’s.

But the UN is a tool, however flimsy, and just like electoral politics, can be used to some benefit on occasion. The best way to do so is to understand its severe limitations, and not waste time with it when the odds argue against it.

Gay Marriage Victory Is Not About Equality
Queer activist Yasmin Nair says that the fight for gay marriage was driven by an elitist, conservative movement

*To figure out which side you’re on

You have to know what the sides are

Freedom Flotilla III: Activists Sail to Break Gaza Blockade
Robert Lovelace speaks to TRNN via satellite phone from the Freedom Flotilla III, twelve boats that are attempting to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza to deliver humanitarian aid

Mercy for Animals
Tell American Humane Association to Stop Certifying Factory Farm Cruelty

Institute for Public Accuracy
Israeli Siege of Gaza Halts Freedom Flotilla

Obama Administration Disavowed Report on Rightwing Violence

*A burial

Without a eulogy

Greece: Economic Elites vs Democracy?

Democracy Now!
With Marriage Equality Won, LGBTQ Activism Continues for Bias Protections & Overlooked Trans Issues

*I think the way Gutiérrez was treated by her “fellow” LGBTQ community members when she confronted Dear Misleader is a harbinger for how these fundamental rights issues will be addressed by them.

They got theirs, and with few exceptions, they won’t care to help anyone else get what deserve, as well. Class and race will play out here in the same manner as other areas of the American sociopolitical scene.

I’d love to be mistaken, but I’d advise against putting scared money on it.

“This Flag Comes Down Today”: Bree Newsome Scales SC Capitol Flagpole, Removing Confederate Flag

Discover Which Diseases You’re At Risk For Based on Birth Month
by Yuri Elkaim

*No, it’s not about astrology. Read on …

5 Foods That Will Cool You Down
by Leanne Ely


Harper Blasted for ‘Offensive,’ ‘Grotesque’ Mother Canada Statue Plans
Public monument meant to emulate World War II memorial in France received as ‘hubristic, ugly and just plain wrong’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Today’s Court Ruling, Though Expected, is Still Shocking – Especially for Those Who Grew Up LGBT in the US
by Glenn Greenwald

America is the Worst Polluter in the History of the World. We Should Let Climate Change Refugees Resettle Here.
by Michael Gerrard

Think California’s Drought Is Bad? Try Palestine’s
While Israelis water their lawns and swim in Olympic-sized pools, Palestinians a few kilometers away are literally dying of thirst
by Laith Shakir

Jubilee USA Network
Nepal Post Earthquake Aid Falls Short of Goals
No Debt Relief Pledged at Nepal Recovery Conference

I support the LGBTQ Bill of Rights!

The Real News Network
UN Report: Israel Committed Unprecedented Devastation and Killings in 2014 Gaza War
Next step: Palestine submits thousands of pages documenting Israeli war crimes to the International Criminal Court; if the prosecutor fails to act, legitimacy of the court will further erode, says CCR’s Michael Ratner

Why Is the Health Care Industry Celebrating Obamacare’s Supreme Court Victory?
Six million people remain insured, but as many as 58 percent of federal exchanges provide one or two healthcare plans, meaning the profit-driven healthcare industry limits coverage, says Dr. Margaret Flowers

Institute for Public Accuracy
“The Secret History of Gay Marriage”

Washington Post Reserves Dignity in Death for Some Women
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
“Slavery Deeply Embedded” in South Carolina: Emanuel AME Church on Street Named for Racist Lawmaker

*As grotesque as McConnell’s comments are, are they any more repulsive than the presence of poseurs and opportunists like Sharpton, Jackson and Dear Misleader?

Black lives don’t matter to the lot.

Nutrition Action
Food Safety: How to Keep Your Kitchen from Making you Sick


World Must Pick Up Pace in Tackling HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Experts
‘The next five years provide a fragile window of opportunity to fast-track the response and end the AIDS epidemic by 2030,’ says UN official
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Racial ‘Neighborhood Gap’ Fuels Social, Economic Inequality
Stanford research found that ‘black and Hispanic families effectively need much higher incomes than white families to live in comparably affluent neighborhoods’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Old, Disabled People, and Social Security: A Study in Depression
by Diana Bulgarelli

Would Jeffrey Sterling Be in Prison If He Were White?
by Norman Solomon

The Real News Network
Roof, Dolezal and the Violence of White Appropriation
Dr. Baruti Kopano continues his discussion with us of Soul Thieves: The Appropriation and Misrepresentation of African American Popular Culture

Did Anti-Fast Track Senators Miss an Opportunity to Slow Down TPP?
Senate passes fast track, but why didn’t any Senators use a talking filibuster to change the fate of the TPP?

*Talking would have been walking

But no one laced up their Reeboks

Greek Pensioners Demonstrate Against Inhumane Austerity Demands
45% of Greek pensioners already live in poverty due to previous austerity measures but now the troika is demanding more cuts to their pensions, says Dimitri Lascaris

*This is a choice for the Greek people to make, and you have to ask why Syriza’s leadership seems determined to avert that verdict.

This is more than a matter of misguided judgment, to my mind.

Fast Track Vote Not the End Game
Kevin Zeese says Senate passing fast track legislation is the beginning of another round in the struggle over TPP trade bill

*It’s disappointing to hear Zeese mealy mouth on Cruz’ and other reactionaries’ opposition to fast track. I assume it’s based on the premise of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”, but it’s disingenuous, and in the end, self defeating.

Giving these bastards any credit only allows them to better pose as “populists” while they do their masters’ bidding.

And I don’t mean to sound as though I think Warren, Brown, Sanders et alia are Jesus on a stick here, either. Anyone with a firm grasp on the reality of politics in these here United States should easily suss that.

Root Action
Bring down the killer flag… of poverty

*As beneficial as this would be, in essence it’s only a band aid on the gaping wound slashed across our body politic by the exploitative nature of the profit system.

Only an end to incentivized greed will heal the trauma of lives devoid of dignity.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obamacare Wins; 6 Million Keep Insurance — 35 Million Remain Uninsured

That Most Terrorists Aren’t Muslim May ‘Come as a Surprise’–if You Get Your News From Corporate Media
by Jim Naureckas

Federal Documents Debunk Baltimore ‘Gang Threat’ Narrative
by Adam Johnson

*”Credible threats”

And increditable coverage

Democracy Now!
The Death Penalty is Revenge, Not Healing: Father of OKC Victim on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Sentencing

Does U.S. Ignore Right-Wing Terror? More Killed by White Extremists Than Jihadists Since 9/11

*When it comes to violence from these right wing extremists, even direct attacks against the government aren’t viewed as the threats that jihadi activity is, are they?

German’s relating of how his investigations were sidelined exemplifies that, doesn’t it?

Goodman’s cringeworthy “roof” remark displays a profound ignorance of just how deep Dixie dwells in the hearts and minds of so many Southerners, speaking as someone from the region.

The removal of flags and a few other symbols is nothing more than political cosmetology. Soon enough the stage will grow dark on this pantomime, and the South will rise again, if in a slightly more muted form.

That will be due to not just a sectional sociopathy, but one of nationwide breadth.

Did Chris Christie Send Entrapped Innocents to Jail? Re-examining the Case of the Fort Dix 5

*There have been set ups since there’s been “law enforcement”. What do you think COINTELPRO was about?

9/11 didn’t change anything, as far as intent is concerned.

The disease was already present. The attack allowed it to metastasize.

Undocumented Trans Activist Jennicet Gutiérrez Challenges Obama on Deportations at White House Event

*I’d be interested to know if anyone defended her, or were they all good little identity politics lapdogs?

From the Vault: Amy Goodman on “The Orangeburg Massacre”


Greece ‘Shoved Over Red Line’ as IMF Pushes Even Harsher Cuts
Syriza leader accuses European lenders of capitulating to “special interests” with unreasonable demands
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

After 13 Years of Hell, Human Held Without Charges Has One Question for US
‘If the war in Afghanistan is over,’ asks prisoner languishing at offshore prison, ‘why am I still here?’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A frail body

A formidable will

Closing the Historical Circle: White Terrorism at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church
by Ajamu Baraka

Equality California (EQCA)
Coalition Prepared to Fight Ballot Initiative Targeting Transgender Californians

Center for International Environmental Law
Credit Rating Agencies Miscalculating Climate Risks

Report Warns that Business as Usual Could Repeat Global Credit Crisis
North Carolina NAACP Continues Fight Against Restrictive Voter ID Requirement

The Real News Network
What Is the REAL Symbol of White Supremacy?
Eddie Conway and Dr. Gerald Horne discuss media coverage of the Charleston massacre and whether the particular focus on the Confederate flag misses the mark when looking to unpack racist symbolism and its impact on society

What is the REAL Symbol of White Supremacy? (2/2)
Eddie Conway and Dr. Gerald Horne discuss media coverage of the Charleston massacre and whether the particular focus on the Confederate flag misses the mark when looking to unpack racist symbolism and its impact on society

The Most Racist Flag
With new announcements about flag removals and anti-Confederacy political posturing we continue our critical coverage of the subject with attorney, activist and author Mr. Kamau Franklin

Race and the Theft of Soul
Dr. Baruti Kopano of Morgan State University discusses his new co-edited anthology Soul Thieves: The Appropriation and Misrepresentation of African American Popular Culture

Institute for Public Accuracy
UN at 70: “Foxes in Charge of Global Chicken Coup”?

Charleston Massacre Media Coverage: Recognizing the Crime, Downplaying the Causes
by Ben Norton

For Media Factcheckers, It’s ‘Mostly False’ to Say Mass Violence Is More Frequent in US
by Jim Naureckas

*And I think we know what those chips are composed of, don’t we just?

Democracy Now!
“I Am Not Nonviolent”: New Nina Simone Film Captures Singer and Activist’s Uncompromising Voice


The Lancet: Fossil Fuels Are Killing Us… Quitting Them Can Save Us
Comparing coal, oil, and gas addiction to the last generation’s effort to kick the tobacco habit, doctors say that quitting would be the best thing humanity can do for its long-term health
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Climate change is a symptom

Greed is the disease

Not ‘If’ But ‘How’: New Study Shows Why All Extreme Weather Is Climate Related
New research explains why people debating whether or not specific events are caused by climate change have it all wrong
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

National Movement to Lower Flag of Racial Hatred, 150 Years Overdue
“The Confederate flag should come down because it is embarrassing to all Americans,” writes columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This isn’t progress.

Progress connotes forward movement.

This is political theater deliberately designed to thwart that motion.

Symbols represent substance, and their removal only has meaning to the degree those structures crumble.

A whitewash of their walls only obscures their presence.

Cancel All Corinthian Colleges Student Debt
by Astra Taylor and Ann Larson

How Politicians, Media, and the Gun Lobby Enable Racist Terror
The Charleston Massacre is a product of simmering racial tensions that elites continue to deny. Will the attack be a turning point for change?
by Sonali Kolhatkar

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
Don’t miss the 90-second film that Coke won’t want you to see

*It’s the ill thing

The Real News Network
Hawaii To Leave Fossil Fuels for 100% Renewable Energy by 2045 (1/2)
State Rep. Chris Lee and Professor Mark Jacobson discuss a new state that makes Hawaii the first state to mandate a 100% renewable energy grid

US Police Killings Violate International Law
Glen Ford: Amnesty International finds all 50 states and Washington DC fail to comply with international law and standards on the use of lethal force by law enforcement officers

*Shoot first

Deflect questions later

You Sure You Want to Be Black?
Economics and Race Consultant Algernon Austin discusses his latest op-ed, “Yes You Can Be Black. And It Won’t Cost You Much at All.”

Institute for Public Accuracy
Despite Public Opposition, Obama and Republicans Ramming “Fast Track” Through

*And don’t you think that many of the Democrats who voted against did some vote counting of their own, and knew that this would pass — the result they really wanted — letting them pose as “standing with the people”, with the White House’s blessing?

Is that too “cynical”?

Is it possible to be too cynical when it comes to Congress?

Despite Public Opposition, Obama and Republicans Ramming “Fast Track” Through
Tricks, Tips and a Recipe: Coconut Butter
by Leanne Ely


South Carolina Governor Calls for Confederate Flag to be Removed from State House
Confederate flag ‘does not represent the future of our great state,’ Nikki Haley says
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A false flag operation, focused on symbol to stave off substance

‘Not Here, Not Now, Not Ever’: Reef Defenders Rise Up in Australia
Direct action organizers say protest ‘foreshadows a sustained campaign of civil disobedience’ against Abbot Point coal project
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Two Other Ways Racists Kill
by Paul Buchheit

America’s Slave Empire
by Chris Hedges

We Are Greater Than The Fracked Gas Lobby
by Lee Stewart

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)
Conflict Palm Oil In An Instant: Activists Call On Instant Noodle Giant to Clean Up Its Supply Chain
Protesters gather outside corporate headquarters in wake of recent report calling out popular instant noodle companies as ‘worst performing’ laggards among the ‘Snack Food 20’

Public Citizen
Tell Your Senators to Oppose Legislation that Makes Our Roads Less Safe

Two Things White People Should Never Say
by Robert Jensen

*I think it’s useful for white folks like myself (who grew up in apartheid Miss’ssippi) to see ourselves as “recovering racists”.

As with alcohol addiction, we have to remain aware that there will always be the temptation to relapse into the disease. It never really leaves us.

That in no way precludes honest criticism of people of color. That in itself is a form of disrespect. But we have to closely question just how and why we are engaging in that criticism.

Racism is an insidious little bastard, and even when the point is valid, its conveyance may carry that infection.

The Real News Network
Tsipras Deals Another Hand to EU Leaders Before Summit on Greece
Ukraine gets debt reduction and additional loans from IMF, Greece gets further squeezed, in a despicable demonstration of the geo-strategic games being played

Steelworkers Left “Disappointed” As Dems Help Pass Fast Track
Democratic Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell is one of the 23 Democrats who claims to be pro-labor yet has relinquished her authority to add amendments to the final TPP deal

*The color of money is the only one that matters to sellouts like Sewell, and as long as black folks, labor, environmentalists et alia servilely support the party of pusillanimity — really, much more a matter of collusion than cowardice — they should expect to be continually “disappointed”.

O ye of far too much faith …

European Leaders In Emergency Meeting Over Greece
The question is weather the Euro itself can be maintained without Greece says, Ann Pettifor, the author of Just Money: How Society Can Break the Despotic Power of Finance

South Carolina Church Massacre in “Ideological Home” of White Supremacy
As confessed church killer Dylann Roof is arrested, South Carolina activist Kevin Alexander Gray traces the history of white supremacy and the struggle for black liberation as the context for the killing of nine worshippers

The Myths and Realities About Juneteenth
Preeminent historians Mr. Hari Jones and Dr. Gerald Horne discuss the many misunderstandings related to myths of Black freedom and notions of progress associated with Juneteenth celebrations

Children of Smog in Delhi
Professor James K. Boyce of PERI says there are solutions to the urgent problem of air pollution in Delhi that has put over 2.2 million school children at risk of irreversible lung damage

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
Tell Congress: Stop Threatening the Scientific Process on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Institute for Public Accuracy
The Racial Divide Remains in a “Squint Society”

WaPo: Don’t Say ‘Terrorist’ About ‘White People Like Ourselves’
by Jim Naureckas

*I grew up white in apartheid Miss’ssippi, with a daddy as a member of the White Citizens’ Council

And I don’t identify with Dylann Roof in any way, shape, manner or form.

I don’t know Bump’s lineage, but I have to wonder how he comes to make the connection between “experiencing weird anger in a difficult time” and a racist act of terror.

I suspect he’d have a harder time identifying with a Muslim experiencing grief and rage at the death of family and friends that induces him to attempt to extract “a tooth for a tooth”.

He’s hardly alone in that, of course.

Democracy Now!
Dylann Roof’s White Supremacist Views, Links to Hate Group Revealed After Charleston Church Massacre

“That Flag Represents White Supremacy”: Confederate Flag Still Flies at South Carolina State Capitol

“A Classic Case of Terrorism”: Is FBI Ignoring White Violence by Refusing to Call Roof a Terrorist?

Exclusive: Green Party’s Jill Stein Announces She Is Running for President on Democracy Now!

*I’m glad to hear Stein mention Sanders’ support for Israeli aggression and his silence on imperialism, however mild her criticism may have been, as it’s often left out of the conversation in the “alternative media”.

But calling poseurs like Sharpton and Jackson — perhaps the label is a little less apt with Kucinich — “visionary” doesn’t speak well to the Greens’ own political vision, to my mind.

That’s not to say that Stein wouldn’t be the best choice

Only that it’s a limited one, if your own vision is of a dignified life for all.

There’s a difference between acknowledging, and accepting, limits.

What can be done in the present should never diminish our determination to do what must be done in the future.

Why Canola Oil is Not the Healthy Oil You’ve Been Led to Believe
by Roxanne McDonald

*Now, the group responsible for the post below would vehemently disagree with the intel presented here.

As I try to, use your best judgment.

The 4 Safest Sugar Substitutes and a Few to Avoid Completely
Here are what we found to be the safest sugar substitutes currently available.
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action


UK Readies for Massive Protest Against ‘Austerity on Steroids’
Tens of thousands are expected to march against ‘nasty, destructive cuts to the things ordinary people care about’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘You Have a Choice’: Veterans Call On Drone Operators to Refuse Orders
Joint statement signed by 45 US military veterans urges drone operators to follow their consciences and say ‘no’ to surveillance and assassination missions
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

As Nation Mourns Racist Murders, Flag of Hate Still Flies over South Carolina
While the US Supreme Court on Thursday made clear that state governments have the right to control their own speech, outrage abounds over what South Carolina chooses to say
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Old times there are not forgotten.

How can they be, when this repulsive rag serves as a recidivistic reminder?

History Disappears Down the Memory Hole in Iraq
by Tom Engelhardt

Despite Soaring Popularity, Women’s Sports Got More Coverage a Generation Ago
by Cheryl Cooky

Organic Consumers Association
GMA Threatens to Pull Toxic Twinkies from Vermont Grocery Shelves

The Real News Network
Vigil for Charleston Church Shooting Victims Dispersed by Bomb Threats
South Carolina has a long history of hate crimes against African Americans, says Efia Nwangaza of the Malcom X Grassroots Movement

Institute for Public Accuracy
South Carolina Church Killings and Roots of White Supremacy

Why Are Persons Unknown More Likely to Be Called ‘Terrorist’ Than a Known White Supremacist?
by Jim Naureckas

*Three died in Boston.

Nine in Charleston.

Three times the coverage?

Even a third?

Can we gauge from that how much black lives matter to the media

Or how little white terrorism?

Democracy Now!
As Nation Mourns 9 Black Victims of Church Massacre, Details of Suspect’s White Supremacy Emerge

Massacre at South Carolina’s Emanuel AME an Attack on Historic Landmark of African-American Freedom

South Carolina Massacre: Why Don’t We Call Killing of 9 Black Churchgoers an Act of Terrorism?

*There is a war against true Christianity — the whole Golden Rule thing

And FOX wages it 24/7.

“[A] bar” … “[A] basketball court” …

Jesus fucking Christ.

Antioxidants and Cancer: What Are the Antioxidant Benefits?
Maybe those antioxidant benefits aren’t so beneficial after all
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

Nutrition Action
Dietary Supplements – How to Read a Multivitamin Label


‘Unspeakable’ Hate Crime: Murderer Who Aimed to ‘Shoot Black People’ Arrested
Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white male, wanted in connection with the mass shooting of nine black people at a church prayer meeting has been taken into custody by law enforcement
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Now we’ll be witness to the spectacle of those who have made it abundantly clear that black lives don’t matter to them by their actions and inaction cynically exploiting this horror to prove otherwise.

Police, pols and pundits will all decry this abominable act, since it was perpetrated by someone they can safely sacrifice on the altar of Orwellian “justice”, even as they deny it in every other instance.

And there will be those who posture as “leaders of the community” who will be all too glad to promote this pernicious pantomime on behalf of the police state of mind

For it’s only the killer who can’t hide under the color of law.

As Ocean Warms, ‘Extensive and Unprecedented’ Toxic Algae Blooms
‘What we can say is that this is the type of condition we would expect to see more often with climate change,’ said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researcher
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Congress Accused of ‘Moral Cowardice’ for Enabling Endless War in Iraq and Syria
The House of Representatives rejected a measure that would have forced them to debate and vote on military intervention
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Jobs With Justice
Are You Eligible? Student Loan Forgiveness 101

The Real News Network
How Big Business Fuels Haitian-Dominican Tensions
With hundreds of descendants of Haitian migrants facing deportation, Haitian Lawyer Network’s President Ezili Danto explains how Haitian and Dominican oligarchs exploit Haitian laborers and fuel xenophobia

U.S. Counter-Terrorism and the Saudi-Turkish-Israeli Strategic Alliance to Overthrow Assad (1/2)
Investigative journalist Gareth Porter and TRNN’s Paul Jay discuss U.S. policy in Syria and Iraq as its allies in the region push for the overthrow of the Assad regime

Israel’s Foreign Ministry Report Says Attacks on Palestinian Children and Civilians Were “Legitimate”
Vijay Prashad says that according to this report, even the killing of the boys playing ball on the beach by Israeli military last year before the international press was deemed a legitimate act of war

An American Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates (2/2)
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway discusses reparations and the Black Lives Matter movement with Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates

Institute for Public Accuracy
Pope Connects Climate and Poverty, Latest of Political Encyclicals

*We need action, not encyclicals.

If Francis truly wants to confront climate change, let him physically stand with those who put their bodies on the line to do so, defying the state to arrest him, as well.

I won’t hold my breath.

Why Corporate Media Want to Blame California’s Drought on Your Eating Avocados
by Jim Naureckas

*A guilt trip to the wrong destination

41 Fruits and Veggies in Season Right Now!
by Leanne Ely

5 USELESS Exercises (Don’t Do Them!)
by Dr. Kareem F. Samhouri

*I can’t vouch for Samhouri’s own program, but I thought his cautions against these exercises was worth consideration.


Exposed: How Walmart Spun an ‘Extensive and Secretive Web’ of Overseas Tax Havens
Report is first-ever comprehensive documentation of the company’s tax avoidance schemes
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

92-Year-Old Texas Woman Jailed for Protesting Pro-Fracking State Law
Despite overwhelming citizen support, Denton City Council repeals local anti-fracking ordinance
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

I Spent the Night in the Tate Gallery, Listening to the Quiet Sounds of Art Activism
by Ellen Booth

How Canada made the Koch brothers rich
by Bruce Livesey

*Putting their money where they mouthpieces are

Violence Policy Center
Self-Defense Gun Use is Rare, Study Finds
Federal data shows guns are rarely used to kill criminals or stop crimes; 13 states reported no justifiable firearm homicides in 2012

Aid Donors’ Flagship Investment Deal Causing Hardship and Displacement in Tanzania

July 7 – 11: End Detention Week of Action

The Real News Network
One Year of Modi’s Rule in India: Systematic Attack on Constitutional Values
In an interview with Newsclick, prominent Indian social activist Harsh Mander says resistance to Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s authoritarian and fundamentalist government is bound to grow

Institute for Public Accuracy
Why is Russia Expanding Its Nuclear Arsenal?

Democracy Now!
As Rachel Dolezal Breaks Silence, a Roundtable Discussion on Race, Appropriation and Identity

*What I haven’t seen discussed in any depth here or elsewhere is Dolezal’s work with the NAACP, which is part of the black elite “leadership” that has sacrificed true change on the altar of “the politically possible”, and sought to manage black rage, rather than work to enable it to act as a transformative force.

So did she push beyond that context, or was she content to stay within it?

I also would like to know if the threats she said she was subjected to are true. If not, she has caused palpable damage to those who have actually experienced such viciousness, whose claims are often questioned.

The Dominican Republic’s “Ethnic Purging”: Edwidge Danticat on Mass Deportation of Haitian Families


‘Many Paddles, One Canoe’: Allies Back First Nations as They Ready Tar Sands Pipeline Fight
Week of fundraising events mark one year since Canada government gave greenlight to controversial Northern Gateway project
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Guilty of Killing Journalists, Israel Mocks Foreign Correspondents in Gaza
Government ministry’s animated video draws ire of journalists and rights campaigners
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Facial Recognition-Fest: UK Police Scan 100,000 Concertgoers
Leicestireshire police planted series of ‘strategically placed cameras’ at outdoor concert under guise of crime prevention
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

In the Age of Global Neoliberalism, Solutions Must Come From Below
by Faramarz Farbod

*I’m glad to see that Farbod felt no need to attach some superfluous adjective, such as “corporate” or “unregulated”, to “capitalism”.

The disease is inherent in the core of the system, not in some supposedly aberrant manifestation. Profit and competition create the conditions for exploitation.

Even positing the existence of some theoretical “benign intent”, those factors force actors toward an unjust society, which can only be ameliorated to some degree, but never made fair.

If the goal of an economy is to ensure the dignity of every life, cooperation and communality must be at its heart.

And, unlike capitalism, it would have one.

Center for Biological Diversity
Eastern Puma Declared Extinct, Removed From Endangered Species List
With Tolerance, Apex Predators Like Cougars Can Return, Restore Ecosystems

Physicians for Human Rights Denounces Israel’s Proposed Force-Feeding Law

Environmental Working Group (EWG)
FDA Orders Three-Year Phase-out of Artificial Trans Fat Source

The Real News Network
Baltimore Residents Hold Lock-in Opposing School Closing
TRNN’s Megan Sherman and Anton Woronczuk speak to West Baltimore community members and activists fighting to keep Langston Hughes Elementary School in Park Heights from closing

Democracy Now!
As Yemenis Suffer from Strikes, Conflict and Siege, Will Geneva Peace Talks Offer Any Relief?

Bombing the Arctic: US Navy War Games in Gulf of Alaska Threaten One of World’s Most Pristine Areas

“Battling the Death Star”: Seattle “Kayaktivists” Slow Arctic-Bound Shell Oil Rig as Fight Goes On

The Yes Men Are Revolting: In New Film, Legendary Pranksters Take On Polluters Behind Climate Change


‘On the Offensive’ Against Monsanto, France Removes Roundup from Store Shelves
Monsanto product will no longer be sold in aisles of nurseries frequented by amateur gardeners
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Amid Torture, Experts Say CIA’s Other Crime Was ‘Human Experimentation’
Formerly classified document exposes how agency’s attempt to legitimize abusive interrogation program was itself another layer of crime
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Truth About Diego Garcia: 50 Years of Fiction About an American Military Base
by David Vine

*More a boot heel than a “footprint”

Ella Taught Me: Shattering the Myth of the Leaderless Movement
by Barbara Ransby

*Permit me to posit a pair of aphorisms

True leaders don’t have followers

But fellow travelers

True leaders don’t accept being held accountable

They demand it

Egypt Solidarity
Solidarity with Egyptian political prisoners: 20-21 June 2015

Not Over Yet, Some Tough Votes Ahead on Fast Track
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

The Real News Network
The Global African: The Great Migration & An Update on Baltimore
TeleSUR’s The Global African looks at similarities between the Great Migration and immigration today & also gives an update on the situation in Baltimore

Meet John Malone: The Billionaire to Benefit from Charter-TimeWarner Merger
Investigative Reporter David Cay Johnston explains the growing power of monopolies and how a for-profit model Internet does a disservice to consumers

Should Fed Taper QE If Banks Get Most of the Benefits?
UMKC professor of economics Michael Hudson explains how the bond-buying program helps keep interest rates low for everyday people but has also shored up bad mortgage loans of corrupt banks

America’s Nuclear Waste: A Forgotten Ticking Timebomb
Journalist Paul DeRienzo discusses his investigation into widespread nuclear disposal sites leaking radiation into the environment

Rare Victory for ‘Illegally’ Fired Workers Shows Labor Laws Stacked Against Union Drives
Union organizer Jody Mauller discusses the National Labor Relations Board’s decision to reinstate 13 workers who were fired for organizing a Terex plant in Minnesota

Climate Change Causing Massive Shifts in Marine Ecosystems
Richard Kirby of the Marine Biological Association says the worst case scenario is a greater disruption to marine life than has occurred in the last 3 million years

Pro-Kurdish Left Party Garners 13% of the Turkish Vote
The pro-LGBT, multi-ethnic HDP has 80 seats in the new Turkish Parliament and 50% of its delegates are women

“Insanity”: Critics React to the Troop Increase in Iraq
The Real News spoke to former Army Lt. Col. and Iraq vet Daniel Davis, journalist Dahr Jamail and policy expert Stephen Miles about the recent decision to build a new military base and send some 500 ‘advisors’ to Anbar province

Puente Movement
Support Hunger Strikers at Eloy Detention Center!

Reinstate the lunch worker fired for giving hungry kids free meals
by Brad Berman

Petitioning CBS
Stop turning financial hardship into entertainment. Cancel “The Briefcase.”
by Elizabeth Caton-Phelps

*Turning our need for bread into a cynical circus is a salient sign of sociopathy, but what would you expect from an “entertainment” industry dedicated to appealing to our most iniquitous impulses, which it has insidiously inculcated in us from infancy?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Boehner and Obama: Ramming Through “Rigged Trade”?

Democracy Now!
As Democrats Walk Out on Obama’s TPP Deal, Where Does Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Stand?

*So what is the prospective Dear Ms. Leader saying that’s any different from what Dear Misleader said seven years ago, and we see what those words were worth, don’t we?

And I can’t bring myself to “thank” pols who, with a possible few exceptions, are simply making calculations based on preserving their careers, or to engage in idiocy about “reclaiming the soul of the Democratic Party”, when it clearly has none.

I have a better grip on reality than that.

What Do 800-Year-Old Magna Carta & Black Lives Matter Have in Common? A People’s Historian Explains

Myths about Cancer Exposed!
by Ty Bollinger

The Fundamentals of Energy Nutrition
by Yuri Elkaim

5 Real Reasons Artificial Sweeteners Are Worse Than Sugar
by Yuri Elkaim

Why Sitting is Bad (And How to Get Off Your Duff)
Research shows why sitting is bad for your health, especially if you have diabetes.
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

Diet suggestions for healthy teeth
by Leanne Ely


‘No Justice’: Israel Clears Itself for 2014 Killing of Children on Gaza Beach
Families and witnesses respond with outrage and calls for ‘international community to act’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Iceland Jailed Bankers and Rejected Austerity—and It’s Been a Success
Instead of imposing devastating austerity measures and bailing out its banks, Iceland let its banks go bust and focused on social welfare policies. It has now repaid 85 percent of U.K. claims, and the Icelandic finance minister announced recently that all will be settled by the end of the year.
by Roisin Davis

Arne Duncan’s Patently False Promise to Forgive Student Debts at For-Profit Schools
The U.S. government has funneled hundreds of billions of dollars into corporate accounts by bankrolling for-profit schools that systematically fleece their mostly low income and minority students. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan promises to forgive the student loans of those who have been defrauded. Unfortunately, Duncan is lying through his teeth
by Glen Ford

150 Years Later, Two Universities Answer for Their Founder’s Role in the Sand Creek Massacre
Under pressure from students and community members, Northwestern University and University of Denver take the first steps towards righting historic wrongs.
by Ned Blackhawk

Magna Carta Messed Up the World, Here’s How to Fix It
The “logic” of capitalist development has left a nightmare of environmental destruction in its wake
by Noam Chomsky

The Real News Network
Murdoch Among the Most Corrupt Oligarchs in the World
Bill Black Report: The Murdoch empire, including Rupert’s son James, is riddled with scandals, corruption and bribery

Institute for Public Accuracy
800th Anniversary of Magna Carta: What it Means Now

Vote Buying for Corporate Trade Deals

WaPo Thinks if You Knew What You Wanted, You’d Want Lindsey Graham
by Jim Naureckas

*When it comes to most of the things most folks don’t want, for good reason

We’ve got all the “bipartisanship” any Beltway bozo could want, don’t we just?

Democracy Now!
“A Monster of a Facility”: Amid Manhunt for Fugitives, Advocate Urges Reforms at Dannemora Prison

From Solitary to the Street: Coping with Freedom After Years in Prison Isolation

The Wanted 18: Israel Blocks Palestinian Filmmaker from Making NYC Film Premiere About Intifada Cows

Four Coconut Oil Myths and the Facts You Should Know
Coconut oil myths you’ve probably heard but don’t know the truth about.
David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*The piece contradicts others I’ve posted touting the benefits of coconut oil.

As I try to, use your best judgment, and be willing to revise your conclusions according to it.

Nutrition Action
Fat in Food: Measuring Your Fat and Counting Calories


‘From the Ground Up’: A National Action Plan for Community Policing and Racial Justice
‘While media attention waxes and wanes, the groundswell of anger and grief has started to translate into meaningful policy reform,’ groups say
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Sen. Graham’s Abortion Bill: Threat to Women’s Lives, Assault on Their Dignity
After similar legislation passed in the U.S. House last month, Republican candidate for president reintroduces bill based on faulty science
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Big Pharma’s Hidden Hand In Rise of Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs
New report exposes role of irresponsible drug waste dumping in fueling public health crisis
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

When I Lost My Hands Making Flatscreens I Can’t Afford, Nobody Would Help Me
Injured workers like me don’t ask for much of the billions these companies make off of our work. We just want enough to take care of our families
by Rosa Moreno

Ezell Ford’s Shooting Death Shines Light on LAPD Brutality
by Sonali Kolhatkar

Expelled for Life: A Palestinian Family’s Struggle to Stay on Their Land
by Jen Marlowe

Sunni Alliances Trump Obama Administration Terrorism Concerns in Syria
by Gareth Porter

*Devils making deals

Roger Cohen Laments his Inadequate Schadenfreude because the Greeks Don’t Suffer Enough
by William Black

Policy Interferes with Trans Student’s Course of Treatment for Gender Dysphoria

The Real News Network
An American Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates about his childhood and dedication to journalism

Troika Demands Could Create Rupture Within SYRIZA
Dimitri Lascaris Report: The IMF knew that the Greek debt was unsustainable and demanded that it be written down, but this proposal was rejected by the Troika, with consequences that could include a rupture within SYRIZA

UN Peacekeepers in Haiti Force Girls to Trade Sex for Food, Medicine
IJDH executive director Brian Concannon and Code Blue co-founder Paula Donovan discuss the lack of accountability within the UN and the reforms needed for victims seeking justice

How the Media & EPA Mislead the Public on Fracking
Environmental activist Josh Fox, who was recently kicked off Fox News, says a recent EPA study contradicts itself on fracking safety

Fight for $15
Restaurants lobby to KILL Fight for $15?!

Institute for Public Accuracy
Impending Fast Track Vote: Impacts on Recovery, Food Safety, Medicare…

Democracy Now!
After Iraq-Syria Takeover, the Inside Story of How ISIL Destroyed Al-Qaida from Within

*So, another advocate for imperial intervention is given voice on this program, and left unchallenged.

What was that about “the exception to the rulers” … ?

As Ruling Threatens to Gut Abortion Access in Texas, Providers Vow to Take Fight to Supreme Court

8 Easy To Grow Root Vegetables
by Leanne Ely

The Best Yogurts For Your Health: Greek or Regular?
We’ve weeded through the yogurt aisle to create a list of the best yogurts that are both delicious and healthy.
Jayne Hurley
Nutrition Action


Don’t Be Fooled: New Bipartisan AUMF Greenlights Endless War
Proposal would allow “significant” troop deployments and geographically-limitless military intervention against a broadly-defined enemy
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

I am Racist and (If You’re White) You Probably Are, Too
by Steven Singer

*Singer’s alcoholic analogy is apt. I certainly know that I’m a recovering racist, and that’s all that I ever can be.

Just as a recovering alcoholic knows they can never take another drink, I know that I must be constantly on guard for my own latent racism.

And that doesn’t have a goddamn thing to do with “white guilt”, or being “politically correct”.

It’s a commitment to my humanity, to my ability to empathize, without which any sense of purpose in this life is illusory.

I grew up in apartheid Miss’ssippi in the ’60s. One telling anecdote of the insanity of that time — not that we’re very far removed from it — is a recollection of asking my uncle if it was okay to draw a picture of a black football player (John Mackey, a Hall of Fame tight end for the Colts — of course, there were no black players on any college sports team in the state at the time).

I remember doing so, so he must have given his assent, but just to feel compelled to pose the question demonstrates the utter disconnect between black and white in that society.

So I know whereof I speak.

This is only about blame if we refuse to accept reality

Or, to echo Singer’s admonition

If we refuse