This site’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 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 here, or reach me via email at unlikelysource@gmail.com, on Twitter at @aspiringmensch, or at my Facebook page at https://facebook.com/unlikelysource.

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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, or of
course you can go directly to the program site at https://www.democracynow.org on those days when nothing is posted.

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.

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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 *





November 2018


‘A Staggeringly Bad Idea’: Outrage as Pelosi Pushes Tax Rule That Would ‘Kneecap the Progressive Agenda’
“This is a very bad idea, House Democrats. It makes no sense whatsoever to give Republicans veto power over progressive legislation”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It’s not “a very bad idea”, and it’s not “wrong-headed”. Those terms imply incompetence, not connivance.

The DNCistas aren’t obtuse

They’re abhorrent.


As Energy for Medicare for All Explodes, Steny Hoyer’s Plan Includes Waiting for Trump to Help Make Obamacare Better
A week after voters sent more than two dozen Medicare-for-All advocates to the House, second-ranking Democrat in the House has a less than inspiring plan
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Democratic “leadership” is a sick joke in any number of senses


‘It Keeps Getting Uglier’: As True Costs of HQ2 Scam Emerge, Public Housing and School Offices Getting the Boot to Make Room for Amazon
“The fact that massive public subsidies are helping eliminate affordable housing units is just the latest reason this bad deal needs to be torn up and thrown away”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


Green New Deal? Bring It! But Don’t Forget Your Union Card.
To be truly transformational, any bold green jobs proposal must be rooted in the right to organize
by Lauren Burke

*Point taken – silos are for grain, not gain – but anyone who believes that even an union-friendly GND is enough to ensure our survival is whistling past humanity’s looming graveyard.


The Real News Network
Month-Long Student Strike Paralyzes Colombia’s Public Universities
Colombia’s university students face on-going repression of their protests, while they continue their month-long university strike, demanding adequate funding for the public university system. Recently elected conservative president Ivan Duque faces his first crisis. We speak to Prof. Forrest Hylton


The Corporate Top 1% Control Over 50% of International Trade (1/2)
Taking an ever rising share of global income, the real benefits of global trade go to the profits of the top 2,000 TNCs. The flip-side is falling wages and government revenues, says Richard Kozul-Wright discussing UNCTAD’s 2018 Trade and Development Report


Brexit Agreement: A Deal Between German Manufacturing and UK Finance Sectors
As Britain’s Theresa May inches closer towards a final Brexit agreement for leaving the European Union, behind the scenes it is not quite the compromise politicians and the media make it out to be, says economist John Weeks


Democracy Now!
Exclusive: WikiLeaks Lawyer Warns U.S. Charges Against Assange Endanger Press Freedom Worldwide

*Shouldn’t the corpress’ complicity in this travesty been discussed here? The demonization of WikiLeaks has been aided and abetted by the mainstream media, who don’t give a good goddamn about “freedom of the press” if it in any substantive way challenges power.



California Recommends Few Restrictions on Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage
Restrictions fall far short of what is necessary to protect children and communities


The Real News Network
Once Fired, There’s No Calling a Nuke Back – Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (8/12)
There are many fingers on the nuclear missiles trigger, and once an attack begins, even the president can’t order it reversed, says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay

*The power of gods

The reason of fools


Counselors, Not Cops: Creating Safe and Supportive Environments in America’s Schools
Khalilah Harris reports on a new book, “Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out”, examining the sources of and solutions for dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, told through the voices of advocates


Lieberman Quits Netanyahu For Not Being Violent Enough to Gaza
The resignation of far-right Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman in protest of the Gaza truce could trigger early elections, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu already grapples with the biggest corruption scandal in Israel’s history. We speak to author and Real News correspondent Shir Hever


Brazil’s ‘Slow Motion Coup’ – General Admits Intimidating Court into Imprisoning Lula da Silva
The latest revelation about Brazil’s slow motion coup, designed to ensure that the center-left remains out of power and the far-right takes control, involves a general who admitted that he threatened the Supreme Court so it would imprison presidential front-runner Lula da Silva. We discuss the development with Brian Mier

*Keep in mind that this is also on Obama’s watch.

Imperialism biparties hearty.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Amazon Deal Taxpayer Costs “Far Understated, Exceed $4.6 Billion”

*Rotten apples and rancid oranges are the fruits of this folly


Who, Us? Corporate Media Ignore Their Role in Trump’s Refugee ‘Invasion’ Panic

*With “enemies” like these

Who needs friends?



How to Process Climate Grief Over the California Wildfires
It’s also worth remembering — every damn day — that a burned and broken world is not our destiny
by Eric Holthaus


Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Hormone-Disrupting Weed Killer Taints Tap Water for Millions in Corn Belt
Atrazine Spikes Up to 7x EPA Limit, but Utilities Dodge Testing to Stay Legal


Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Lawsuit Alleges ICE, DHS, and Vermont DMV Targeting Immigrant Leaders in Retaliation for Activism
Migrant Justice Leaders at Risk of Deportation for Engaging in Protected First Amendment Activity


The Real News Network
Finally Released: Censored Al Jazeera Documentary Exposes Israel-Backed Attacks on US Activists
Al Jazeera’s undercover film “The Lobby – USA”, censored by Qatar, has finally been published by The Electronic Intifada. Editor Ali Abunimah discusses the documentary’s explosive revelations, exposing Israel-backed attacks on US activists


Even for Local Taxes, the Rich Pay Far less Than the Poor
While much attention has been paid to Republican-backed tax cuts for the wealthiest, a new report reveals that even local levies take a greater share of income from the poor than the rich


Institute for Public Accuracy
Paul Ryan Tries to Keep Saudi Attack on Yemen Going


Democracy Now!
NY Politician: We Need to Block $3 Billion Handout for Amazon & Use Money to Forgive Student Debt


As Jeff Bezos Earns $191K Per Minute, Why Are NY & VA Giving Amazon $3 Billion in Corporate Welfare?

*No matter the party in power, it’s always a party for bastards like Bezos


Advocates: Trump Creating Border Crisis by Pitting Troops Against Women & Children Fleeing Violence


Fernando Garcia: The Militarization of the U.S. Border Will Spread If We Don’t Fight Back

*We know the DNCistas are stone back stabbers, and I wouldn’t turn mine to the “progressive wavers” until they prove there’s a walk to go with their talk.


Kathy Kelly: Trump Sides with Saudis & U.S. Defense Contractors While Yemeni Children Face Famine



Telling NRA #ThisIsOurLane, Doctors’ Photos Show Blood-Soaked Reality of America’s Gun Madness
“Since the first drop of blood, the first chest tube placed, and since the first mother on the floor crying, for us, it has ALWAYS been our lane”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I’d dearly love to believe Moore and Goldberg are right, but I can’t escape the skepticism borne of having lived in this sickening shooting gallery for sixty plus years.


As George W. Bush Gets “Liberty Medal,” Afghan People Suffer 17th Year in Nation “Made a Hell” by US Invasion
“After the Taliban we were expecting something good, but instead, day by day, it is getting worse”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The underlying premise here is that the war has “gone wrong”

Not that the war was wrong.


Secret CIA Document Shows Plan to Test Drugs on Prisoners
Documents long hidden by the agency reveal that CIA doctors were hunting for a “truth serum” to use on prisoners as part of a previously secret effort called Project Medication
by Dror Ladin

*And beatings were no more than “deep tissue massage” …


7 Economic Terms That Are Often Used to Trick People Out of Their Money
If it sounds too good to be true, take a closer look beyond the buzzwords
by Valerie Vande Panne

*The crime of commons assault


Crucifying Julian Assange
What is happening to Assange should terrify the press. And yet his plight is met with indifference and sneering contempt
by Chris Hedges

*The corpress won’t be next, because it serves power, and any posturing about a “free press” will be sacrificed on the altar of “national security”.


Center for Biological Diversity
Analysis: San Diego Projects to Put 40,000 People in High Fire-hazard Areas


The Real News Network
Canada’s Trudeau Attacks BDS, Joins Trump & Israel Blaming ‘Both Sides’ for Anti-Semitism
While apologizing for Canada’s shameful betrayal of Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi Holocaust, Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attacked the Palestinian rights movement BDS. Ali Abunimah discusses how his “both sides” rhetoric echoes the false equivalence made by Donald Trump and Israel’s far-right government


Institute for Public Accuracy
Amazon HQ2: “Massive Transfer of Wealth from Taxpayers to Shareholders”

*Let’s make a steal


When Media Say ‘Working Class,’ They Don’t Necessarily Mean Workers—but They Do Mean White
by John McCullough

*Can we call it the Archie Bunker mentality?


All the news that’s printed to fit with the MIC’s business plan

Democracy Now!
Gaza Is Already Unlivable: A Response to Israel’s Deadly Airstrikes Targeting TV Station & Homes



Killing the Messenger: Truth in a Time of Universal Deceit
The murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the case of Julian Assange, and freedom of the press
by Heather Wokusch


Armistice Day First
“You can no more win a war than win an earthquake”
by John LaForge


Amnesty International USA
Cruel European Migration Policies Leave Refugees Trapped in Libya With No Way Out

*No “European values” placed on the lives of refugees


Physicians for Social Responsibility
Woolsey Fire Burns Nuclear Meltdown Site that State Toxics Agency Failed to Clean Up
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory (Rocketdyne) Burned in the Woolsey Fire, Threatening Toxic Exposures From Contaminated Dust, Smoke, Ash and Soil. The Department of Toxic Substances Control Denies Risk That it Created by Delaying the Long Promised Cleanup


The Real News Network
U.S. Refuses to Adopt a Nuclear Weapon No First Use Pledge – Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (7/8)
Every president since Truman has used a nuclear first strike threat as leverage in U.S. foreign policy; it’s institutional insanity, says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay


Will Harvard’s Affirmative Action Case be a Referendum on Race Conscious College Admissions?
A discussion with Brenda Shum of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Nicole Ochi of Advancing Justice L.A., hosted by Khalilah Harris


The Taliban in Moscow: A Turning Point for the Afghan War?
As the Afghan government suffers more losses on the ground, a landmark peace conference hosted by Russia could mark a shift in the 17-year war. The Taliban is there in its highest level diplomatic engagement in years. We speak to author and historian Vijay Prashad

*I’d have liked to have heard something about the US’ motivation, which has shit to do with “revenge”, and certainly not “liberation”, but rather geopolitical and economic goals that receive scant mention in the “alternative media”.

I’d also have liked to seen discussion of whether the US believes it benefits from a continuation of this horror show, or, as in Vietnam, it finally has concluded that its interests are best served by cutting its losses and negotiating the best deal it can get.

Meanwhile, the blood soaks the Afghan soil.


French President Macron Praises Nazi-Collaborating Leader, Whitewashing World War I Bloodbath
France’s centrist President Macron ignited a firestorm for praising Nazi collaborator leader Philippe Pétain for his role in World War I. Historian Adam Hochschild argues war resisters are the real heroes who should be honored, as Trump visits Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI

*Whitewashing the blood stains from an horrific history


The War on Terror’s Toll, From Atrocities Abroad to Mass Shootings at Home
A new Brown University study says the US-led so-called “War on Terror” has killed around 500,000 people in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan — an “undercount,” it stresses. And as Ian David Long — an-ex U.S. Marine who served in the Afghan war — kills 12 people in Thousand Oaks, California, might we also count victims of mass shootings carried out by U.S. veterans? We speak to Vijay Prashad of the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research.

*It’s not that there is “no mission”

It’s that the mission is evil, if I may use that term. Both the ends and the means are baleful.


Democracy Now!
A Century After End of WWI, Trump Snubs Peace Summit While Macron Warns of Growing Nationalism

*Give the guy a break.

Rainy weather is bad for his bone spurs.


Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, Jane Addams: Honoring Antiwar Resisters on the 100th Anniv. of WWI’s End


A Century After WWI’s End, Adam Hochschild Cautions: “Think Long and Hard Before Starting a New War”

*Wars of aggression are always disasters, no matter how “well” they go.

The motivation is the original sin; not the “unforeseen consequences”.


On Veterans Day, Advocates Warn Against Pence & Trump-Led Attacks on VA Healthcare

*Ever notice that it’s the flag wavers who do the damage to those they claim to honor?

That’s the actual spitting on returning vets, and no parade will make up for that.


After Former Marine Kills 12 in Thousand Oaks, CA, a Discussion on Mental Health for Veterans



Half Million Killed by America’s Global War on Terror ‘Just Scratches the Surface’ of Human Destruction
“This new body count signals that, far from diminishing, the war is only intensifying”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Would “perfect execution and progress” justify the “mission”?

No matter how “surgical” the act, the intent is still abhorrent.


Evidence Shows US Navy Ignored Sinking Ship as Migrants Drowned and Screamed for Help
The naval ship did come, but survivors say it was about 30 minutes after spotting them after scores of passengers had already died
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real News Network
Voting Rights Restored to Felons in Florida: Could It Have Changed the Governor’s Race?
Ballot measure restoring rights to Felons was approved by 64% of the electorate in Florida. Desmond Meade of Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and Eddie Conway, Executive Producer at The Real News Network discuss battles won and the fight ahead

*I’ve wondered why reactionaries backed this, why there was no concerted opposition to it, and the racial breakdown of those who will benefit may explain that. As demographics change in Florida, this is a way to increase the white electorate, isn’t it?

And there’s a glaring omission here. Those convicted of murder or sexual offenses will still be barred from voting. Aside from the injustice of that, given that Conway was convicted of murder, and wouldn’t be covered under Amendment 4, I find the silence on that contradiction strange.


Will Kemp Get Away With Suppressing Georgia’s Black Votes?
Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, has declared victory in a heated gubernatorial race, but Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams is not conceding. Kemp purged tens of thousands of votes as part of a crackdown that adversely impacted black voters. We speak to attorney and activist Anoa Changa and investigative journalist Greg Palast.


U.S. Planned Nuclear First Strike to Destroy Soviets and China – Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (6/8)
The U. S. cold-war nuclear plan called for an all out attack on China, even if it was not involved in the war, says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Itself with Paul Jay


What Can Humanity Learn From The Great Law of Peace? (1/2)
Stuart Myiow of the Mohawk Traditional Council explains that the enduring peace depends on our respect for the laws of creation


Institute for Public Accuracy
* WWI * Shootings and Militarism * Armistice Day


‘Moderation’ and the Midterms
by Jim Naureckas

*Swing voting in the breeze


Democracy Now!
After Massacre in California Bar, Will a Democrat-Controlled House Take Action on Gun Control?

*The US is the most violent “developed” nation in the world, and until the sociopolitical and profit seeking causes for that are acknowledged and addressed, the killing will continue to occur.


“We Will Never Concede to Bigotry”: Florida Organizers Sound the Alarm over Voting Discrepancies

*Goodman again passes on a chance to look at just why reactionaries backed Amendment 4, and its exclusion of those convicted of murder and sex offenses.

Inconvenient facts for the narrative of an “historic” victory?



In ‘Loud and Clear’ Rebuke of Factory Farming, California Passes World’s ‘Strongest Animal Welfare Law’
While some animal rights advocates argue Proposition 12 won’t prevent routine cruelty, its passage “clearly shows pro-animal-rights voter sentiment”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It’s said that the best is often the enemy of the good

But doesn’t the good often become an impediment, rather than a path, to the truly just?


American Federation of Government Employees
Largest VA Union Slams Trump Administration Move to Silence Workers’ Voices
Agency moves to deny representation rights to health care workers


The Needle and the Damage Done
When Election Night insta-handicapping goes awry
by Reed Richardson

*Crystal balderdash


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s “Nuclear Option” Against a Free Press

*Can you imagine what he’d do if the courtiers actually had some cojones?


Democracy Now!
Trump Fires AG Sessions, Installs New Loyalist Whitaker to Oversee Mueller Probe



History in the Making as Maine’s New Ranked Choice Voting Likely to Decide Key Congressional Race
“If this reform were implemented throughout the country, it should result in a House of Representatives that actually looks and thinks like America”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Our “democracy” has a deep aversion to anything that makes too much sense


Most of the World Does Not Like U.S. Foreign Policy
But disregard for world opinion—as well as the opinion of the U.S. citizenry—defines the U.S. government
by Vijay Prashad

*”[I]ndispensible” … ?



The case against Amendment 4 on felon voting rights
by Paul Wright

*I’m assuming a determination was made that the amendment wouldn’t pass without these exceptions, and that may well have been the case, but Wright’s point is taken.

If we exclude justice for one group in order to realize it for another, can we honestly claim to be its champions?


The Real News Network
Green Ballot Initiatives Meet Massive Resistance From Big Oil
Greenpeace’s Janet Redman tells Marc Steiner that a carbon tax in Washington, drilling limitations in Colorado, and other initiatives were struck down by fossil fuel industries—but environmentalists did see some wins

*As politically unpalatable as it is, what must be done is to tell the truth about that future – that our way of life must fundamentally change if we’re to survive.

There will be no easy transition. Our task is to reduce the difficulties as much as possible.

People won’t want to hear that, and won’t accept it if we’re not utterly honest as to the unthinkable alternative.

Reality bites


Petition update
Great News! The Governor’s Office & State Board of Pharmacy Update
by Loretta Boesing


Democracy Now!
In Rebuke of Trump, Democratic Women Help Seize House & 7 Governorships in Historic Midterm

*A “progressive” (read “No Radicals Allowed”) analysis, but one I thought contained some intel worth passing along, and so …


“Love Prevails”: Floridians Celebrate Massive Restoration of Voting Rights to People with Felonies

*This is an important victory, but with the support of reactionaries (which Goodman irresponsibly didn’t delve into), and Meade’s mealy mouthing on its impact on their control of the state, I have to wonder if they see this as a sort of an “anti race card”, whereby they use their promotion of the amendment as cover for their agenda.

I hope we get some honest analysis elsewhere.



‘Absolute Fraud’: After Billions in Taxpayer Subsidies Championed by Trump, Ryan, and Walker, Foxconn to Import Chinese Workers for Wisconsin Jobs
“Apparently, Scott Walker gave billions in subsidies to a Tawainese company, so that it would despoil land in Wisconsin while paying Chinese workers to make iPhones”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*And if the empty roll of toilet tissue also known as Tony Evers does win, don’t expect him to push for much beyond some cosmetic changes to this Fox Conn job.

And yes, I did vote for the schmenge a few hours ago, somebody’s god help me …

And us all.


After Backlash Over ‘Cynical Effort to Suppress Latino Vote’ in Beto’s Hometown, Border Patrol Cancels Election Day Crowd Control Exercise
“It shouldn’t have taken outrage from us, congressmen, and the community for them to recognize that this would cause serious problems on #ElectionDay,” says the ACLU of Texas
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Medicare for All Will Destroy the GOP—Because of Voting!
If the national ID system were the key to getting your health care and medications, there’d be no need for “voter registration” and no ability for the GOP to purge voters
by Thom Hartmann

*Election rigging has never been challenged by the Democratic “leadership”, which really doesn’t want those most severely screwed by the system to become an active part of the electorate, as then demands would be made that would not be in the interest of their corporate donors.

They’d rather compete for “swing” votes than engage the darker and the poorer (and the younger), for whom triangulation has a distinctly dissonant timbre.


Good Jobs First Statement on Amazon HQ2 Site Location Reports

*Jobbed creator


The Real News Network
A Response to Trump’s Demonization of Single Payer Health Care
Former health insurance executive Wendell Potter addresses some of the main criticisms of single payer health care, which Republicans and President Trump have been demonizing during the midterm election campaign


Survey of Medical Treatment Wait Times in Canada – Designed to Mislead
Republicans, such as Rep. Lloyd Smucker of Pennsylvania, bring up research on the wait times in Canada’s single-payer health care system in order to dismiss progressives’ call for a public health insurance system in the US. But just how reliable are the studies?


‘Charleston and Tree of Life Are Connected Struggles’
CounterSpin interview with Audrey Sasson on antisemitism, racism and resistance
by Janine Jackson


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Going to France; 100 Years After World War I: Who to Celebrate?

*Approved history often exalts the infernal


Democracy Now!
36 Million in U.S. Cast Early Votes, Shattering Records for Young People & People of Color


“Smoking Gun” Evidence Shows Trump Admin’s Top Anti-Immigrant Officials Trying to Rig the Census


Oil & Gas Industry Giants Spend Millions in Attempt to Defeat Anti-Fracking Proposition in Colorado

*”Greenwashing” of another color, when money scrubs democracy



‘Crisis for American Democracy’: It’s 2018, in the Richest Nation on Earth, and Voting Machines Still Distorting Elections
“Voting machines that flip votes don’t need to be hacked by a malicious foreign actor to undermine public confidence in the integrity of our democracy. That’s being done for Americans, by Americans.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If they can’t rail against the Russkies, the DNCistas just really don’t give a good goddamn.


The Evidence Pours In: Poverty Getting Much Worse in America
Poverty—and the stress of being poor—is killing people every single day
by Paul Buchheit


Nuclear Power Will Not Save Us from Climate Change
How the IPCC’s solutions for reversing the Earth’s warming encourage business as usual
by M.V. Ramana and Robert Jensen


The Real News Network
Russian “Doomsday Machine” an Answer to U.S. Decapitation Strategy – Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (5/8)
The U.S. military still thinks that a nuclear war can be won by targeting Russian leadership in a bizarre Dr. Strangelove logic; it’s a recipe for unmitigated catastrophe, says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay

*Mutually Assured Dementia


Push Public Ownership to Challenge Power of Billionaires – Q&A with Paul Jay (4/5)
Paul Jay joins host Ben Norton to discuss the viewer question “how to overthrow the corporate state” – From a live recording on October 29th, 2018

*How do we get there?

By talking about how, instead of pimping New Deal liberalism as a stepping stone to … what?

And how long? The “long view” retracts with each passing day, and “pragmatism” simply accelerates the process.

I don’t have the answer, but the question has to be asked – honestly – because that fan the shit’s hitting is only blowing faster.


Trump’s US-Saudi Arms Deals Will Create Only a Few Hundred Jobs
An exclusive report from Reuters surveyed arms manufacturers about the jobs that the Saudi arms deals would create and found that the actual numbers are a tiny fraction of what Trump had promised. Arms industry researcher Andrew Feinstein explains


The Largest Act of Terrorism in Human History – Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (4/8)
The British bombing of Hamburg in 1942, and the American firebombing of Japan in March 1945 that killed as many as 120,000 people in one night, created the conditions for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were considered mere extensions of the firebombing tactics, says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay

*Regardless of the rationalization of the “necessity” for such acts, I can’t fathom how anyone with a functional conscience could even conceive of them, much less carry through on their use.

Cognitive dissonance shuts down our moral faculties, allowing the most heinous plans to be realized, in the name of whatever cause we deem paramount.

That’s for those who might be inclined to struggle with these fearsome questions.

Those with ultimate authority rarely possess that quality.


Trump Threatens to Shoot Migrants Fleeing US-Fueled Violence and Instability
While Donald Trump deploys troops to the Mexico border and orders them to shoot immigrants who throw rocks, many people in this migrant caravan in fact already fled US government-fueled violence in Central America. Eduardo García discusses impunity for Border Patrol killings and US-backed instability in Honduras and Guatemala

*Gaza on the Rio Grande?


China’s GDP Growth Slows Down: Is it Trump’s Trade War?
Prof. David Kotz argues that the trade war is counter-productive for everyone, including the US, because it does not include a plan for an industrial policy. The conflict foreshadows increasing unresolvable tensions between the two powers

*Can we talk about what may occur “in a few decades” without considering how climate change will impact that future?

It’s a goddamn big elephant in a very small room.


Assange Case Shows Support for Free Speech Depends on Who’s Talking
by Joe Emersberger

*Do fundraising appeals for these groups plead that “We can’t suck up to power without your generous donations?”


Petition update
PLEASE LOOK! Could This Be Why Many Patients Can Only Use Mail Order Pharmacy For Coverage?
by Loretta Boesing


Democracy Now!
“He Set Out to Kill Women”: Self-Proclaimed Misogynist Murders 2 Women at Florida Yoga Studio


A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty


Noam Chomsky: The Future of Organized Human Life Is At Risk Thanks to GOP’s Climate Change Denial

*And we’re hearing next to nothing about these existential threats from the so called “Justice Democrats”, aren’t we?

Without massive pressure from the people, don’t expect a sea change from any “blue wave”.



Why Bolsonaro won: beyond the cliches
If mind-stopping cliches of violence and corruption do not correspond with voting patterns or Bolsonaro’s governmental plan why did he win the election? It was not a free or fair process.
by Brian Mier


With Just Days to the Midterms, Russiagate Is MIA
And that’s a good thing
by Aaron Maté


The Real News Network
The Two Faces of Fascisization Inequality and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism – Q&A with Paul Jay (3/5)
Paul Jay says a significant section of the population supporting far right “populism” is part of the process of the development of fascism, but the acceptance of gross inequality is also a necessary condition for this process – From a live recording on October 29th, 2018

*Fear will always animate those without hope

And the loss of hope is a bipartisan project.


How Trump’s Racist Campaigning Serves ‘Rule by the Rich’
Unveiling a racist, anti-immigrant ad just days ahead of the midterms, Donald Trump is making unprecedented use of a decades-old “dog whistle” political strategy that demonizes people of color in the service of policies that benefit “rule by the rich,” says UC Berkeley law professor and author Ian Haney López


Trump Threatens 15,000 Troops Amid Unprecedented Militarization of U.S.-Mexico Border
Just days before the midterms, President Trump is threatening to send up to 15,000 troops to the US-Mexico border in response to a caravan of Central American migrants


Arms Races Increase Atomic Arsenals, Raising the Risk of Nuclear Winter
Climate scientist Alan Robock outlines the most recent research in the area of nuclear winter and how Trump’s withdrawal from the INF treaty dramatically increases the risk of a devastating nuclear winter that could wipe out practically all life on earth


Inequality and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism – Q&A with Paul Jay (2/5)
Paul Jay says anti-Semitism is deeply ingrained in Western culture​, and can easily become more widespread during economic crisis – From a live recording on October 29th, 2018


Truman Delayed End of WWII to Demonstrate Nuclear Weapons – Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (3/8)
To intimidate the Soviet Union and prove to Congress the nuclear program should be funded, Truman dropped nuclear weapons on Japan to end the war; no scientist came forward to warn of the dangers to life on earth, says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay

*It’s hard for me to follow much of this, but the gist is clear

Small souls always obscure the big picture.


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Rocks Are Not Guns”

*Goliath with an M16


Israeli Influence on Full Display; Russiagate MIA


Restricting Election Reporting to Issues That Don’t Matter
A guest perspective
by Don Fitz

*Democracy DOA in their darkness


Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky: Members of Migrant Caravan Are Fleeing from Misery & Horrors Created by the U.S.


Noam Chomsky on Pittsburgh Attack: Revival of Hate Is Encouraged by Trump’s Rhetoric



‘We Have Less Time Than We Thought’: Alarming New Study Shows Oceans Have Retained Far More Heat Than Previously Believed
“The planet warmed more than we thought. It was hidden from us just because we didn’t sample it right. But it was there. It was in the ocean already.”
by Common Dreams staff


‘This Is Our Darkest Hour’: With Declaration of Rebellion, New Group Vows Mass Civil Disobedience to Save Planet
“We have a right and duty to rebel in the face of this tyranny of idiocy—in the face of this planned collective suicide”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*We arouse from our stupor

Or we drown in our oblivion


Dire Warnings for Other States (and the Planet) as Big Oil Pushes Sneaky “Nuclear Option” to Protect Profits via Colorado Ballot
“Colorado Amendment 74, pushed by the fossil fuel industry, seems to be one of the most dangerous propositions in the country,” declared Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Nobody ever went broke overestimating the induced ignorance of the American voter

Quite to the contrary


Come to Nevada – Walk for Peace, Resist Nuclear Weapons, Stand for Indigenous People’s Rights and Fill the Jails!
An invitation from the Nevada Desert Experience, April 13-19, 2019
by Brian Terrell


Your Commander-in-Chief Is Lying to You: Veterans Issue Open Letter to Active Duty US Soldiers
By every moral or ethical standard it is your duty to refuse orders to “defend” the U.S. from these migrants
by Rory Fanning and Spenser Rapone


The Real News Network
Catastrophic Death Toll in US-Saudi War on Yemen Has Been Grossly Downplayed
The UN and corporate media have for years claimed only 10,000 Yemenis were killed in the US/UK-backed Saudi/UAE war. But Yemen’s actual death toll is 70,000 to 80,000. Patrick Cockburn on the whitewashing of the catastrophic war

*When lives literally don’t count


Kentucky Shooting of Two Blacks: ‘No Surprise,’ Given the Rise of Ultra-Right
Lost in the news of hate crimes over the past week was a random shooting of two Blacks in Kentucky by a white man. President Trump’s fanning of racial resentment is leading to an atmosphere where such attacks are becoming more and more common, says Prof. Gerald Horne

*I have a great deal of respect for Dr. Horne, but such a favorable account of President Erdogan’s insincere actions doesn’t comport with an allegiance to justice and freedom, in Turkey and the wider world.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Antisemitism: Does Israel Really Care?

*Which is the greater threat to Jews?


Or Zionism?


October 2018


New Research Exposes “Stealth Politics” of America’s 100 Richest Billionaires
Decade-long analysis shows “most U.S. billionaires have given large amounts money—and many have engaged in intense activity—to advance unpopular, inequality-exacerbating, highly conservative economic policies”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Silence is gilded


The Real News Network
Student Debt Dogs Millennials for a Lifetime and Drags Down the Economy
The student debt problem is exploding, growing three times as fast as any other kind of debt, yet the Trump administration is making it more difficult for students to seek debt relief. Ellen Brown of the Public Banking Institute outlines the implications


Israeli ‘Thought Police’ Lose Effort to Ban Student Over BDS
Lara Al-Qassem, an American student of Palestinian origin, has defeated an Israeli effort to ban and deport her over her prior support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, BDS. We speak to her attorney, Yotam Ben-Hillel


Hitler Wouldn’t Risk Doomsday, But The United States Did – Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (2/8)
Hitler ended the German nuclear weapons program in 1942 when told it could end life on Earth—the Americans were willing to take the risk; since the end of WWII the Cold War was to a very large extent, from beginning to end, a marketing campaign for subsidization of the aerospace industry, says Daniel Ellsberg on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay

*And you just know history textbook publishers are beating a path to Ellsberg’s door …


After White Supremacist Terror, Trump Doubles Down from Birthright to the Border
In the aftermath of a spate of white supremacist violence from Florida to Kentucky to Pittsburgh, President Trump is ramping up nativism and xenophobia. The U.S. is deploying up to 14,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, purportedly in response to a caravan of Central American asylum seekers. Trump also says he might revoke birthright citizenship for the babies of non-citizens. We are joined by historian Gerald Horne of the University of Houston


The Reckoning of The Turkish-Saudi Rivalry
Historian Vijay Prashad takes apart the Khashoggi murder and relates it to the deep-rooted ideological and historical conflict between Turkey and Saudi Arabia


Blaming ‘Both Sides’ for Hate Plays Into Hands of Right-Wing Media
by Justin Anderson

*Playing into the hands

Or pretty much playing the same one?


Democracy Now!
How African Americans Fought For & Won Birthright Citizenship 150 Years Before Trump Tried to End It


Birthright Citizenship Expert: This Is Not a Diversion, Trump Has Pushed Radical Plan for Years


As Bolsonaro Threatens to Criminalize Protests, a New Resistance Movement Is Emerging in Brazil



A Blatant Lie and ‘Obvious Stunt’: Trump Claims He Can End 14th Amendment Guarantee of Birthright Citizenship by Presidential Fiat
“To respond as if he’s ending birthright citizenship because he told an outlet he is ending birthright citizenship is to allow him to be our assignment editor,” said journalist Sam Stein of the Axios interview. “It’s an obvious stunt.”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
dvocates Ask FTC to Investigate Apps Which Manipulate Kids
Popular games for kids 5 and under lure them to watch ads and make in-app purchases

*Sleazy kid stuff


National Nurses United
Registered Nurses Call On VA Secretary To Sign Contract


The Real News Network
Bolsonaro Represents the Starkest Expression of Politics of Hatred in Brazil
Prof. Alfredo Saad-Filho says that disappointment with the presidency of Bolsonaro will be inevitable


Brazil’s Election ‘No Surprise’ – Are the Left’s Fears of Bolsonaro Justified?
While it was no surprise that right-wing extremist Jair Bolsonaro won Brazil’s presidential election with 55% of the vote, it was with a smaller margin than originally projected. Now comes the great danger for the country’s minorities and opposition forces, says Alex Hochuli


Change to Win
Tell Verizon: End Pregnancy Discrimination in your Supply Chain Now!


Democracy Now!
Lost in a Week of Hateful Violence, a White Man Killed Two Black Shoppers at a Kentucky Supermarket

*Just once, I’d like to hear a candidate say, “Damn straight, I’m a radical”

‘Cause that’s our only hope.


How White Supremacist Ideology & Conspiracies Have Fueled U.S. Domestic Terror & Hateful Violence


“We Stand with You”: HIAS Responds to Synagogue Massacre with Message of Hope for Refugees

*The US gummint also has been “the world’s leader” in fomenting that displacement



After Win by Brazilian Fascist Jair Bolsonaro, World’s Capitalists Salivate Over ‘New Investment Opportunities’
“Capitalism only asks whether fascism is profitable”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A jackpot in jackboots


The Pogrom in Pittsburgh: Darkness in America, Light in a Synagogue
I went to synagogue last night… And then woke up to the news
by Josh Healey


Does Anti-Muslimism Enable Anti-Semitism?
It seems clear that US far-right extremism is a hotbed of hatred against both Jews and Muslims, and that its proponents mix the two up
by Juan Cole

*I don’t think Netanyahu, Lauder and the like have anything to fear from feeding anti-Semitism.

Only Jews outside their elite circles will experience its horrors, and they’re acceptable “collateral damage” for the cause of Eretz Yisrael.


The Clock Is Ticking on Addressing Climate Change — Med Students Can Help
Climate change is here, climate change is in our face, and climate change is just as relevant to physicians as it is to lobbyists or politicians
by Sidhant Gugale


The Real News Network
The Doomsday Machine: The Big Lie of the Cold War – Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (1/8)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Daniel Ellsberg tells host Paul Jay that US intelligence agencies knew that Stalin was not planning to invade Western Europe or seek world domination, but based on the myth, the world came close to nuclear war – and it’s all happening again

*In the empire and arms racket, you can’t boogie without a boogeyman


The US Loves Dictators and Volatility in the Middle East – Q&A 5/6)
Paul Jay says US policy in the Middle East is not aimed at defending national security, but is primarily driven by the interests of arms and fossil fuel industries – From a live recording on October 16th, 2018


Don’t Forget The Saudi Role in 9/11 – Q&A (6/6)
Paul Jay says the Saudi dictatorship only exists to enable US domination of the Middle East, and has been committing war crimes for decades with American approval – From a live recording on October 16th, 2018


Erdogan Rehabilitates his Image With the Khashoggi Murder
The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul gave Turkey’s president Erdogan a unique opportunity to present himself as a truth-seeker and to manipulate information about the case in his favor and against Saudi Arabia. We discuss the case with Turkish journalist Ilhan Tanir


Calling Brazil’s Presidential Frontrunner ‘Neofascist’ is Accurate
Brazilians face a momentous decision on Sunday, between ‘neo-fascist’ frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro and the Workers Party’s Fernando Haddad. How did Brazil get to this point? We discuss the situation with Alex Hochuli

*The tragedy of fascism flourishes when democracy is perceived to be a farce


Brazilian Students Protest Police Raids Ahead of Presidential Election
Students and professors rallied across Brazil, following police raids at more than two dozen public universities, attempting to stop “partisan” activity on campus. Mike Fox reports


Can Washington’s Hawks Sabotage Korea’s Peace?
North and South Korea have made important new steps in their ongoing peace process. But U.S. “discontent” over military de-escalation, along with Trump’s planned withdrawal from the INF treaty, show that Washington neocons are still pushing back. We speak to Tim Shorrock of the Nation


Facebook Purge of Alternative Media Is ‘Just the Beginning,’ Boasts DC Neocon Operative (1/2)
As Facebook and Twitter are purging alternative media outlets, a neoconservative operative at a US government-funded think tank says more censorship is on its way. Max Blumenthal and Jeb Sprague discuss how scaremongering over Russia and China is being exploited to silence dissent on social media


Petition update
Due to Risk, Mail Order Pharmacy Is NOT Your Next Netflix & Blockbuster
by Loretta Boesing


Democracy Now!
Rabbi: Trump & GOP Have Blood on Their Hands for Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting & Hateful Violence


Glenn Greenwald on Bolsonaro: Brazil Has Elected “Most Extremist Leader in the Democratic World”


Glenn Greenwald: Violence Like Pittsburgh Shooting Is “Inevitable Outcome” of Racist Scapegoating


Glenn Greenwald on Election of Bolsonaro: Democratic Values & Human Rights Are At Risk in Brazil

*Greenwald (and oh so many others) persists in labeling the Democrats “the left”, when they themselves run screaming from the term

And that’s the problem.

An inauthentic left enables an authentic far right, and the only way for there to be an authentic left is to create one wholly outside of the establishment duopoly, and abandon Einstein’s alleged definition of insanity.



‘Warning Bells Going Off’ as NOAA Forecasts Entire Great Barrier Reef at Risk of Coral Bleaching and Death
“This is a wake-up call,” says one Australian marine biologist. “Given sea temperatures usually increase as we get towards March, this is probably conservative.”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


10 Reasons Medicare Advantage Plans Will Never Meet Our Needs
A robust national health insurance program should put people before profits
by Diane Archer

*To whose Advantage?


Ford, Put the Brakes on Breast Cancer
We can see through the pink-tinted smoke screen of Ford’s Warriors in Pink. Truth be told, Ford’s Warriors in Pink program is just another example of “pinkwashing.”
by Karuna Jaggar


Eco Crises: Doom & Gloom, Truth & Consequences
We must eat, sleep, and breathe with our environment in mind
by Kristine Mattis

*Will we choose our lifestyles over our lives?


Food & Water Watch
Shocking Study: 15 Million U.S. Residents Had Water Shut Off in 2016
First of its kind national survey by Food & Water Watch reveals hidden and massive water affordability crisis


Violence Policy Center
NRA Has Worked for Decades to Block Efforts to Regulate Type of Explosive Reportedly Contained in Bombs Targeting Political Figures, Media, and Others
NRA leadership and “Corporate Partners” benefit financially from lack of regulation


The Real News Network
Will The US Turn on the Saudi Crown Prince? Q&A (4/6)
Real News senior editor Paul Jay says the Saudi crown prince is becoming a liability for the Trump administration’s strategy for regime change in Iran – From a live recording on October 16th, 2018


European Parliament Bans Single-Use Plastics in Historic Vote
Dr. Jonathan Latham says 95% of table salt contains plastic due to plastics pollution in the oceans

*Capitalism creates disposable products

and disposable people


Is Orwell’s Big Brother Here? Bezos & Amazon Team up With Defense, CIA & ICE
Silicon Valley giants like Amazon & Palantir team up with ICE to hunt down immigrants, pick out the innocent as potential criminals, and build the cloud for Defense Department and CIA. Is Big Brother here? Bob Sheer outlines the problem


Institute for Public Accuracy
Disinformation and Anthrax Mailings


New York Times’ Trauma Tourism
by Jordan Holycross

*Journoporn “award” fodder


Democracy Now!
Trump Admin Opens Up Alaska for Drilling, Threatening Already At-Risk Arctic Biodiversity


While Trump Calls Climate Change a Hoax, Hurricane Michael Damaged US Fighter Jets Worth $6 Billion

*Oh, they’ll find the funds to replace these “literally irreplaceable” war machines, won’t they?

And it won’t come from any cuts in the budget for “national defense”, will it?


Saudi Ties to U.S. Universities Under Question Amid Ongoing Crisis over Khashoggi Murder



Hawaiian Island Swallowed Up By Rising Seas After Hurricane Walaka Reveals ‘What the Future Could Look Like’
“The take-home message is climate change is real and it’s happening now”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Don’t hang this on your deity of choice

It ain’t “holy shit”

It’s oh so very human shit.


Downplaying Deportations: How Textbooks Hide the Mass Expulsion of Mexican Americans During the Great Depression
What happened is that men, women, and children — immigrant and U.S.-born, citizen and noncitizen, long-time residents and temporary workers — all became the targets of a massive campaign of forced relocation, based solely on their perceived status as “Mexican”
by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

*History doesn’t repeat

It reloads


The Real News Network
Will Turkey Shield the Saudi Crown Prince from Khashoggi’s Murder?
Khashoggi’s murder was indeed premeditated and botched up. Did Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman send a package deal to President Erdogan to shield the Crown Prince from the Murder? We speak with Professor As`ad AbuKhalil


MBS Crimes a Distraction for US Regime Change Plan in Iran – Q&A with Paul Jay (3/6)
Lindsey Graham, a key spokesman for neocons and the military-industrial-complex, has said it’s time for MBS to go – From a live recording on October 16th, 2018 with Paul Jay and Ben Norton

*Will bin Salman be Saddamized?


Withdrawal From INF Nuclear Treaty Brings us “Closer to Doomsday” Than any Time Since 1950’s
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement is one of the most important international treaties, and its cancellation will mean a full return to the nuclear arms race and closer to nuclear disaster, says Peter Kuznick of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University

*If there is life on other planets

Do their program guides list this as a comedy or a tragedy?


Petition update
Cold Weather Can Cause Mail Order Medications to Lose Potency
by Loretta Boesing


ACTION ALERT: While Rangers Fight Wildfires, USA Today Fans Flames of Gun Paranoia
by Jim Naureckas


Democracy Now!
California Neo-Nazi Group Members Arrested for Role in Violence at Rallies in CA and Charlottesville

*Dog whistles to rabid pit bulls


Gustavo Arellano: Could Longtime GOP Stronghold Orange County Go Blue in Midterms?

*It’s hard to wrap my head around the concept that someone who praises bastards like McCain and Reagan qualifies as a “good Democrat”.

A Democrat, to be sure

But “good” … ?


Renters vs. Landlords: California’s Prop 10 Would Expand Rent Control Amid Affordable Housing Crisis



In ‘Historic’ Shift—and Catching Up With Voters—225 Democrats Running for Congress in 2018 Back Medicare for All
“Electoral candidates’ increasing embrace of Medicare for All means the issue will be supercharged when the next Congress convenes”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It isn’t how many back it now

It’s how many back it later.


On Strike for Equal Pay, Women of Glasgow Vow to ‘Be Heard Around the World’
“The voice of Glasgow’s working women will be heard around the world”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Literally Standing at a Weapons Show in Paris, France’s Macron Says Questions About Arms Sales to Saudis Are Off Topic
“This has nothing to do with what we’re talking about. Nothing. So I won’t answer that question. I’m sorry but as long as I’ll be in office this is how it will be, whether people like it or not.”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams



Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Asbestos Imports Surge as Trump White House Moves to Keep Deadly Carcinogen Legal
New government data: asbestos imports rise 2,000 percent between July and August


The Real News Network
Israel Forced to Delay Illegal Demolition of Palestinian Village Amid Growing International Pressure
Palestinians are claiming victory after Israel was forced to delay the demolition of the village of Khan al-Ahmar, in the occupied West Bank. The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor warned Israeli forced displacement of the Bedouin residents would likely be a war crime


Saudi Royals Consolidated Power by Destroying the Workers’ and Democratic Movements – Q&A with Paul Jay (2/6)
Paul Jay and host Ben Norton discuss how by destroying legitimate opposition movements, the Saudi royals created a vacuum the was filled by al Qaeda and other extreme Islamist forces


Are Attacks on Trans Rights Also Attacks on Women’s Liberation?
Transgender activist and researcher Mischa Haider says that the Trump administration’s proposed dismantling of trans rights are part of a larger strategy to dismantle gender equality

*”Diversity” within the context of a hierarchical, exploitative society is nothing but window dressing, isn’t it? I don’t give a rat’s ass how someone “identifies”; I want them to identify with the oppressed.

I’m unclear if Haider is “siloing” on that point at the end, but if she is, she’s vitiating her unarguably valid arguments precedent to that.


‘They’re Going to Pen You In and Charge You for It’
CounterSpin interview with Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on anti-protest rules
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Greg Palast Sues Georgia’s Brian Kemp for Purging 340,000 from Voter Rolls Ahead of Election


Who’s Behind ICE? How Amazon, Palantir, Microsoft & Tech Giants Are Powering Trump’s Deportations

*Killer Clown gets the evil eye here, but wasn’t this also occurring during Dear Misleader’s “Deporter in Chief” reign?

Technology will [en]s[l]ave us



Why Do Only Some Lives Matter?
Where is the outrage for the innocent civilians of Yemen?
by Robert C. Koehler

*And would Khashoggi’s life and death matter had he been an actual opposition figure, and not a disaffected courtier who worked for WaPo?


The Real News Network
Unintended Consequences: US Sanctions on Russia and Iran Weaken Dollar’s Rule
As the US tries to keep countries such as India from dealing with Iran and Russia, it is driving more and more countries to seek alternatives to the US dollar, threatening the dollar’s hegemony, says Vijay Prashad


Gaza Water Crisis: Political Solution Needed, not a Technological One
Water contamination is a serious problem in Gaza, but supposedly well-intentioned reports that call attention to the crisis offer technical solutions that are not only unworkable, but far more importantly they ignore the Israeli blockade


Saudis a Pillar for US Domination of Middle East – Q&A with Paul Jay (1/6)
Paul Jay with host Ben Norton discusses the history of how US foreign policy has used the Saudi claim to lead the Islamic world to fight nationalism and socialism in the Middle East – From a live recording on October 16th, 2018


Canadian Miner Eldorado Gold Demands 850 Million Euros From Greek Stated
Maria Kadoglou of Mining Watch Greece discusses resistance to the Skouries gold mine


Institute for Public Accuracy
Illegitimate Regime is Fueling the Honduran Refugee Crisis


Democracy Now!
The U.S. Helped Destabilize Honduras. Now Honduran Migrants Are Fleeing Political & Economic Crisis



Two Weeks Before Midterms, Trump Attacks Democracy With ‘One of the Most Naked Attempts to Promote Voter Suppression’ in Modern Times
“This is nothing more than an open and brazen attempt to use the threat of criminal prosecution to intimidate minority voters, an old and familiar tactic that dates back to the Jim Crow era”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The only thing more vomitous than Killer Clown’s rabid roar

Is the deafening silence from the DNCista mandarins.


In Softball Interview, Kushner Says Facts First, Then We ‘Determine What We Want to Believe’ About Khashoggi Murder
“We’re getting facts in from multiple places,” Trump’s son-in-law told CNN’s Van Jones. “Once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Jones et alia didn’t “blow” a goddamn thing.

They did the job they were tasked to do.

Keep that in mind the next time you get a fundraising appeal from some “progressive” grouping allegedly authored by this schmenge.


In Just Three Days, ‘Genius’ Fundraising Campaign by Progressive Group Pours $500,000 Into Overlooked State-Level Democratic Campaigns
Small donations through the think tank Data for Progress this week are going to state-level races—”where $10K means the difference between winning and losing, and can tip a whole state legislature”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The “party bosses” will always let us down.

The question is how much these candidates will lift us up.

The little amount of time that’s left will tell.


LGBTQ Community and Dissidents Main Targets as Israel Exports High-Tech Spying Tools to Despots Worldwide
“It’s a weapon—like selling a pistol. The thing is that in this industry people think about the technological challenges, not about the implications.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Rule of the Uber-Rich Means Either Tyranny or Revolution
Corporate capitalism, which has destroyed our democracy, has given unchecked power to the uber-rich
by Chris Hedges


An Arena Full of the Richest Americans Would Own as Much Wealth as 70% of the World
For 35 years Americans have been duped into believing that well-positioned individuals should be allowed to do whatever they want, and the result is the perverse level of inequality we now have
by Paul Buchheit

*They haven’t earned their wealth

They’ve expropriated ours


The Real News Network
How Germany Breaks its Own Laws to Arm Saudi Arabia
The German government is pursuing the interests of its arms industry, even as this means violating their own laws, their coalition agreement, and promises to the public

*Not worth the paper it’s PRed on


Assassins for Hire: US Citizens, Israelis, and Palestinians Kill for Money in Yemen
The US-based mercenary company Spear Group, headed by an Israeli and hired by a Palestinian on behalf of the UAE, conducts extra-judicial killings in Yemen. Antony Loewenstein discusses the details


Inside Nikki Haley’s Shocking Speech to Secretive Far-Right Group
Just days before she resigned as UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley delivered a private speech to the Council for National Policy, a secretive group of influential right-wing figures. Journalist Max Blumenthal obtained exclusive access and reveals shocking details — including Haley’s admission that she threatened the Chinese ambassador with a US invasion of North Korea.

*Don’t hold your breath waiting for any Democrat (including those “social dem” darlings) to denounce Haley over this.

Now, if the Russkies were the featured attraction …


Blaming Saudis for Corrupting Otherwise Human Rights–Loving US
by Adam Johnson

*With friends like these

We breed enemies


Action Alert: USA Today Says Climate Apocalypse Promises a Balmy Winter
by Jim Naureckas

*And burning down your house will take the chill off a cold winter’s night.

Oy gevalt …


Democracy Now!
“Counterproductive and Dangerous”: Nuclear Arms Race Feared as U.S. Quits Key Treaty with Russia


Trump Admin Attempts to Erase Existence of Trans People After Years of GOP-Led Attacks on Freedoms



Democrats Face Ridicule and Ire for Letting GOP Ram Through Six More Right-Wing Judges
“The ability of Senate Democrats to keep making the same strategic error over and over again is, in its own way, quite impressive”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It’s not a “strategic error”

It’s not being hoodwinked

These judges share the same affinity for corporate power as the DNCistas, and their vile rulings on our rights and lives will be of no consequence to the “party leadership”, aside from their utility as fodder for fundraising appeals.

Is that cynical, or empirical?

Aren’t most cynics idealists who have OD’d on reality?


For Next Weapon in Anti-Protest Arsenal, US Military Building Plasma Gun Capable of Vaporizing Human Flesh
At its highest setting, the new laser weapon would painfully vaporize the outer layer of skin from 100 meters away. Also, this so-called “non-lethal” weapon can kill people.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Undoubtedly to be deployed after every acquittal of a killer cop


Local Fury and Health Concerns as Japan Plans to Dump a Million Tons of Radioactive Fukushima Water Into Ocean
One nuclear specialist argued that the Japanese government’s reported plan “cannot be considered an action without risk to the marine environment and human health”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Whitewashing doesn’t result in “clean energy”


Found in 90 Percent of Table Salt Brands, Study Finds Average Adult Ingests 2,000 Pieces of Microplastic Per Year
“The more we consume plastics, the more we literally consume plastic”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Climate Activists Occupy Greenpeace UK Headquarters—Wait, That Can’t Be Right
British environmental activist group says Greenpeace is not radical enough to meet the dire climate situation
by Michael Molitch-Hou

*Patience is a vise


The Real News Network
Political Violence Escalates in Brazil as Historic Presidential Race Enters Final Phase
Supporters of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro have attacked dozens of his opponents, killing two, while social media campaign spins out of control with lies about Workers Party candidate Fernando Haddad. Michael Fox reports from Brazil


Why Do Natural Disasters Turn into ‘Poverty Disasters’?
Using the examples of Hurricane Michael in Florida, the recent Indonesian earthquake and tsunami, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Bill Black explains how it is that these natural disasters keep hitting the poor far more than anyone else

*Nature doesn’t discriminate

Humans do


As Canada Legalizes Marijuana the US Tightens Border Controls
Canada, the US’s largest trading partner, has legalized marijuana. In most states bordering Canada it is legalized or medicalized. However, the Trump administration plans to deny entry to Canadians who use or sell marijuana


Honduran Migrant Caravan 4000 Strong Marching To US Border, Trump Apoplectic
Thousands of self-organized Hondurans fleeing violence and poverty are marching to the US/Mexico border. Trump threatens to stop money for Honduras and send troops to the border


Facebook Erases Hundreds of Alternative Media Pages in Mass Purge (1/2)
Facebook is erasing popular alternative media pages that had millions of likes and suspending anti-war and anti-police brutality accounts, in coordination with Twitter. Journalist Max Blumenthal says this is part of a larger political crackdown; EFF’s David Greene says the implications are dangerous


Social Media Purge Silences Alternative Media Outlets that had Millions of Likes (2/2)

*If the state can enact and enforce consumer protection laws, why can’t it regulate how social media corps interact with their users? I understand, if not wholly agree with, the argument against content moderation, but shouldn’t the state be able to mandate how content is moderated by the platform in order to protect the free speech rights of users?


Why Is Russiagate Rumbling Into the 2018 Midterms?
by Alan MacLeod

*Drowning the democracy doldrums in Russian dressing


Democracy Now!
Indigenous Writers & Activists on Indian Child Welfare Act & Ongoing Struggle for Native Sovereignty



‘Are You Kidding Me?’ Outrage as Democrats Push ‘Incremental Steps’ Over Bold Agenda Needed to Save Planet from Climate Catastrophe
“Gradualism is fundamentally incompatible with protecting civilization and the natural world. It’s pathetic that the Democrats are continuing to pursue this approach.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The slower we move, the quicker we reach the abyss


In Latest Fit of Censorship, Facebook Deletes Video Detailing Brutal Legacy of Christopher Columbus
This piece of “journalism was about the airbrushing of history. Therefore, there is a great irony in the fact it has now been airbrushed” from Facebook’s platform.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Historical nonvisionism


The Real News Network
Israeli Private Intelligence Companies Turn Civilians into Enemies
Shir Hever talks about Psy-Group and other Israeli private intelligence companies and the role which they play in undermining democracy when intelligence gathering is privatized

*Shouldn’t that be “when intelligence gathering is politicized”?

Isn’t nefarious intent more important than the public or private nature of the surveilling entity?

I have to think it is to the victims – and to democracy.


‘The Media Continue to Promote a Narrative of Dependency’
CounterSpin interview with Teresa Basilio on Puerto Rico communications
by Janine Jackson


Why Coverage of Indigenous Issues Is So Lousy
by Dan David

*This piece misses the main reason

Indigenous justice challenges power, and the corpress serves power.

Oh, dear … I must be a conspiracy theorist

Or someone who’s seen this shit play out for half a century.

Take your pick, but keep your goddamn eyes (and mind) open, okay?


‘Their Policies Toward Indigenous People and Toward the Land Need to Change’
CounterSpin interview with Amrah Salomon on Indigenous Peoples Day
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Native Americans React to Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Test: Stop Making Native People “Political Fodder”

*Can someone tell me what’s “typically gracious and amazingly brilliant” about carefully concocted cover for a party cohort, instead of forthright critique of her actions?

Isn’t that business as usual for politics in this here US and A?


The UAE Hired Former U.S. Soldiers to Kill Leaders in Yemen. Is This the Future of War?

*Don’t you love the corpress speak?

“[F]ascinating character” … “I’m not saying whether it’s a credible argument” … “toyed with assassination” …

At least Goodman called him out – sorta – on that last one, which is more than she’s done in most other similar scenarios.



The Real News Network
Oscar Romero, Martyr for Salvadoran Revolution, Canonized by Pope Francis
The embattled Pope wore Archbishop Romero’s blood soaked rope belt as he announced his canonization. Father Roy Bourgeois brings the reality into context

*I keep seeing these parallels between the Catholic Church and the Democratic Party, and how this call to “save its soul” ignores the fact that both are essentially soulless institutions with no purpose other than to serve power.

Francis is PR and rife with contradictions. He’s “embattled” in the same way as Obama was. There’s always a tension between elites who play “good cop” and “bad cop”, but there’s never any questioning of the nature of policing, is there?

All this effort to “reform” is futilely wasted, while the call to transform is derided as “unrealistic”.

History teaches us that when reality bites, you either bite back, or you get chewed up and spit out.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Gaza’s Escalating Water Crisis

*Humanity runs dry


Democracy Now!
Jamal Elshayyal: Response to Khashoggi’s Death Will Determine Future of Saudi Arabia & Middle East


A History of Crushing Dissent: Before Khashoggi, Saudis Targeted Feminists Demanding Right to Drive

*Killer Clown and the killer crown prince


Investigation: As U.S.-Backed War in Yemen Raged, UAE Hired U.S. Mercenaries to Kill Yemeni Leaders

*The military teaches you values

Well, the value of your skills to the highest bidder.



As Judge Considers Letting Monsanto Off the Hook, Jurors Demand Court Respect Their Historic Verdict Holding Company to Account
“You may not have been convinced by the evidence, but we were”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Humanity Chopping Down Tree of Life, Warns New Research, ‘Including Branch We Are Sitting On’
“We’re entering what could be an extinction on the scale of what killed the dinosaurs”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Humanity is the only species wilfully incapable of reason


‘One of Most Disturbing Articles I Have Ever Read’, Scientist Says of Study Detailing Climate-Driven ‘Bugpocalypse’
“A truly scary new study finds that insect populations in protected Puerto Rican rainforests have fallen as much as 60-fold”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


Behind Trump’s Attack on Medicare for All – a Fear of Losing Political Power
Most revealing in Trump’s campaign invective and universally rebuked op ed are not the fabrications littering nearly every word, but the motivation behind it
by Chuck Idelson


Public Citizen
Perry’s Rejected Coal Bailout Proposal Isn’t the Only Bailout Threat


The Real News Network
LA Voters to Consider Creating Nation’s First Municipal Public Bank
A Los Angeles ballot measure could put the city one step closer to creating a public bank, which Phoenix Goodman of Public Bank LA says could help the city “transform banking from a source of evil” to a force that fights climate change and inequality

*Is a public bank better than private bloodsuckers?

Sure, but profit, no matter how well intentioned the goal, almost always comes at someone’s expense, and this “robbing Peter to pay Paul” aspect is one I’ve not seen addressed in the public bank discussion.

Can capitalism be made better?


Can it be made good?

That’s the true “elephant in the room”, to my mind.


Is Georgia’s GOP Governor Candidate Trying to Suppress the Black Vote?
Georgia’s neck-in-neck gubernatorial race is at the epicenter of the national fight against voter suppression. Brian Kemp — Georgia’s Secretary of State and its GOP gubernatorial candidate — has put more than 53,000 voter registration applications on hold, 70% of them black. It’s the latest voter suppression controversy for Kemp, whose opponent, Stacey Abrams has previously squared with him in court. We speak to attorney and activist Anoa Changa.

*Old times there are not forgotten

They’re reformatted.

But Eric Holder “actually standing up on values”?

What that a pig that just flew past?


Khashoggi Picked the Wrong Prince
The murder of Jamal Khashoggi should be denounced. Professor As`ad AbuKhalil says western media’s uncritical praise of Khashoggi is unworthy, he was a loyal member of the Saudi propaganda apparatus and chose the wrong side of the House of Saud


Institute for Public Accuracy
Women’s March on the Pentagon


Democracy Now!
Meet Desmond Meade, an Ex-Felon Trying to Restore Voting Rights to 1.4 Million Floridians


Ari Berman: Republicans in North Dakota Are Attempting to Disenfranchise Thousands of Native Voters

*The right to vote is one thing

The right to a meaningful vote, rather than one for the loathsome likes of Heitkamp, is something else, innit?


Trump Won in 2016 Thanks to Voter Suppression Says Carol Anderson, Author of “One Person, No Vote”



‘They’re Doing Us Like They Did New Orleans’: Anger at Trump Inaction as Hurricane Michael Leaves Millions Without Power and Basic Needs
“We’re not getting any help. We need food. It’s just crazy.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*How much will be spent on security to ensure there’s no disruption to Killer Clown’s circus act in Florida and Georgia?


Descendant of Racist Confederate Leader Voices Support for Anti-Racist Activists
A UNC-Chapel Hill student faces criminal charges for protesting a Confederate statue on campus
by Kali Holloway


Can President-Elect Lopez Obrador Pull Mexico out of its Slumber?
by Andre Vltchek

*While AMLO plays chess

Will the pawns continue to be sacrificed?


The Real News Network
As Far Right Marches in London, UK Teachers Organize Against Racism
Educators gathered in Leeds to share strategies on how to combat growing racism, xenophobia and and Islamophobia across the UK


‘No Turning Back’ – Rania Abouzeid on Reporting in Wartime Syria
Award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid discusses her book “No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria,” based on years of on-the-ground reporting since the 2011 uprising.

*You can’t cut to the truth with an ax to grind


Is The Battle Over the TransMountain Pipeline Expansion Over?
Trudeau’s government may have decided not to appeal the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal halting the TransMountain pipeline expansion, but the fight is far from over, says Eugene Kung of West Coast Environmental Law


US Unemployment Rate Hits 50-Year Low: What Does the Number Reveal and Conceal?
September’s unemployment rate dropped to a 50-year low, but what is behind this statistic, how does it affect ordinary citizens, and can Trump take credit for the drop? We discuss these questions with PERI’s Gerald Epstein


How Obama Paved the Way for the Kavanaugh Appointment
Eoin Higgins of The Intercept argues that had Obama investigated and prosecuted Bush administration officials, Brett Kavanaugh would probably never have made it to the Supreme Court


Berlin protests against far-right politics draw thousands
Berlin produced an absurdly hot and sunny fall day on Saturday to welcome an estimated 240,000 people demonstrating against racism and calling for solidarity against the rise of far-right populism across Germany


Greek State Prosecutes 21 Environmental Defenders for Opposition to Eldorado Gold Mine
After an arson attack on the Skouries gold mine in northern Greece, a major criminal trial begins in Thessaloniki


Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Officials Could Be Prosecuted with Saudis for War Crimes in Yemen

*Perhaps there would be concern in an administration that cared to project a pretense of observance of international law, but under Killer Clown, wouldn’t any attempt at prosecution simply be subjected to ridicule and rejection?


Democracy Now!
Trump Admin Hints It May Resume Family Separation at Border; ACLU Says “Public Outcry Is Critical”



‘This Is Pathetic’: Progressives Furious as Schumer Rubber Stamps 15 More Right-Wing Judges for Trump
Critics angrily denounced Senate Democrats for helping the Republican majority “shape our country in Donald Trump’s brutal image for decades to come”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A lesser evil unchallenged will always grow larger


Seniors Are Getting Slowly Strangled by Social Security’s Flawed Math—Here’s How to Fix It
2019 Social Security benefits will rise, but checks may not
by Nancy Altman


Global Justice Now
MPs Must Stop ‘Informing’ on Constituents to Home Office, Say Migrant Groups


The Real News Network
What Does Low Unemployment Rate Mean When Most Jobs Created Are Low Wage?
A 3.9% unemployment rate with almost half of new jobs being low wage no benefits. And how many stopped looking for work? Saurav Sarkar of the Institute for Policy Studies discusses what’s behind the numbers

*Jobbing the numbers


Israeli Authorities Step Up anti-BDS Policies: Political Test to Enter Israel
Israel border authorities have detained a US-Palestinian student for her alleged Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activism, denying her entry into Israel, despite having a visa. Tallie Ben-Daniel of Jewish voice for Peace discusses the case and what it means for the BDS movement


Democracy Now!
Prof. Jason Stanley in Wake of Kavanaugh’s Confirmation: Fascism Cannot Operate Without Patriarchy

*I don’t know if Stanley’s a staunch Democrat, but his omission of the role of the DNCistas, and indeed, more “liberal” Dems, in creating the conditions for demagoguery and protofascism may be telling.

The facade of “liberal democracy”, the betrayal of an alleged allegiance to fairness and justice, allows the far right to play on those contradictions. And, of course, the antipathy toward “radical leftists” is shared by the liberal elite, ensuring that any alternative that honestly adheres to those values (and I’m not speaking of Berniesmo) faces near insurmountable obstacles to political visibility and viability.



‘Better Later Than Never, I Guess’: Corporate Media Crawl Away From Saudis Over Suspected Murder of Journalist
“An attack on one journalist should be considered an attack on all”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Given that the Saudis’ sins on a global scale pale in comparison to those of the gummint with whom the corpress “engages” as a matter of course, perhaps the question never really occurred to them?


The Real News Network
What Is Behind The Conservative Win In Quebec?
For the first time since 1966 the Quebec governing party will not be the Liberals or the Parti Quebecois. The Conservatives won and the left surged


Is the U.S. Complicit in Saudi Journalist’s Disappearance?
President Trump says the US is pressing Saudi Arabia for answers on the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But new questions are being raised about the US role after a Washington Post report that U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture and “lay hands on” Khashoggi. We speak to Ali Al-Ahmed, founder and director of The Institute for Gulf Affairs


Trump Probably Engaged in Felony Tax Evasion
White collar criminologist Bill Black analyzes the New York Times investigation into Trump’s tax evasion and argues that if true, these would be considered felonies. However, he will probably never be held to account for this, before he leaves office

*Killer Clown would be in prison if Dems gave a good goddamn about “prioritizing” the wealthy’s weaseling, wouldn’t he?


Institute for Public Accuracy
The Saudi Lobby Juggernaut

*When in comes to foreign influence, for the corpress the Saudis are “The Invisible Kingdom”


WaPo Picks a Side in Maryland Race—the Side That’s Offering Billions to Amazon
by Justin Anderson

*Can you imagine the hit pieces if “radicals” like Jealous were worthy of the label?


Democracy Now!
Owner of Limo Involved in Deadly NY Crash Spent Years as FBI Informant Entrapping Muslim Men



ACLU Fights Back as Trump Pushes ‘Stealth Proposal’ to Limit Public’s Right to Protest Outside White House
“Trump might not like having protesters on his doorstep, but the First Amendment guarantees their right to be there”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The emperor’s new close


The Real News Network
Will Al Qaeda Leave Syria’s Idlib?
Under a deal that prevented a Syrian military assault on the province of Idlib, “radical” militant groups are supposed to withdraw by October 15th. The al-Qaeda affiliate Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) is said to control about 60% of Idlib but has not said if it will comply. We discuss the situation in Idlib with Rania Abouzeid, an award-winning reporter and author of “No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria.”

*Straightforward reporting on Syria

What a concept


Brazil’s Presidential Election is Part of a ‘Global Reactionary Cycle’
With the near first-round election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil last Sunday, the country is on the precipice of a neoliberal neofascism, which fits into a very dangerous larger global cycle towards the right, says Prof. Boaventura de Sousa Santos

*Goosestepping in Guccis


Publishing Police Press Releases as Local ‘Crime’ Reporting
by Adam Johnson

*Criminally negligent


Democracy Now!
Rashid Khalidi on the U.S. Backing of Brutal Saudi Regime & the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi



What’s Not in the Latest Terrifying IPCC Report? The “Much, Much, Much More Terrifying” New Research on Climate Tipping Points
“This is the scariest thing about the IPCC Report — it’s the watered down, consensus version”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I wouldn’t put scared money on our chances of survival

But we have no choice but to bet our lives on them


‘This Is a Scam’: ExxonMobil-Backed Carbon Tax Will Not Save the Planet
“It comes as no surprise that ExxonMobil and other oil companies are calling for anything and everything short of moving off fossil fuels entirely—most notably, the unwieldy and unproven concept of carbon taxes”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘One for the History Books!’: Dutch Court Puts World on Notice by Ordering Government to Move Faster on Emission Cuts
The government of the Netherlands, said the court, “has done too little to prevent the dangers of climate change and is doing too little to catch up”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


What Does Science Demand? A Global Energy Transformation With Focus on Inequality of Consumption
Until human society is prepared to acknowledge the huge asymmetry in consumption and hence emissions, temperatures will continue to rise beyond 1.5 and 2°C
by Kevin Anderson

*You won’t ignore the elephant in the room when he sits on you.


The Real News Network
Brazil: Extreme Right Candidate Nearly Wins Presidency in First Round
Jair Bolsonaro, the extreme right, or neofascist, candidate for Brazil’s presidency, nearly won with 46 percent of the vote, thanks to big business backing. He now faces Fernando Haddad for the October 28th run-off vote. Brian Mier analyzes the result and what comes next


Democracy Now!
Brazil’s Eroding Democracy: Rise of Far-Right Demagogue Follows Ouster of Dilma & Jailing of Lula

*It’s always disconcerting to hear red baiting from “progressives”. Here Mendonça emphasizes Haddad isn’t “far-left”, so we can all supposedly breath a sigh of relief.

You have to wonder if these people would be as freaked by the prospect of a true socialist in office as they are of a fascist winning.



“Stunning”: State Court Silences Climate Experts Set to Testify in Valve Turners’ Necessity Defense Trial
“Four days before trial, for no apparent reason, the court eviscerated our defense, and essentially overruled itself”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Justice” is blind

And seeks to keep us all in darkness


Letter From Indigenous Activists
Essential reading on, and beyond, Indigenous Peoples Day
by Jade Begay and Dallas Goldtooth

*The only way to get out of this is for us all to be in it together


Homeless America
These men and women, and increasingly children, are the collateral damage of the corporate state, their dignity and lives destroyed by the massive transference of wealth upward, deindustrialization and the slashing of federal investment in affordable housing begun during the Reagan administration
by Chris Hedges



The Real News Network
IPCC Report: 1.5 Degree Celsius by 2040 Will Lead to Massive Climate Change
The UN’s scientific body on climate change says the world could still stay below 1.5 C degrees of warming, but would need unprecedented action. Although impacts at 2 C degrees are likely to be more serious than anticipated, political action remains elusive.


Contrary to Popular Belief, IMF Continues to Push Neoliberalism on Countries’ Agricultural Policies
Economics Prof. Lawrence King discusses the new PERI report on loan conditionalities that the IMF imposes when it provides loans and that interfere with food production and encroach on the sovereignty of states battling poverty


Failed Regime-Change War Bled Syria of c. $400 Billion – and Human Cost of Imperialism Is Even Higher
The international proxy war on Syria destroyed more than $388 billion in physical capital, according to a UN commission. But political economist Ali Kadri says this conservative figure underestimates the damage imperialism does to humans, and how such destruction is inherent in capitalism


Institute for Public Accuracy
Roots of Kavanaugh’s Agenda

*You have to wonder, if Bush, Rubio or some other standard issue reactionary had weaseled his way into the White House, would the Dems have even engaged in the pathetic Kabuki with Kavanaugh that they felt obliged to with the Killer Clown act extant?


Is Brazil Slipping Back into Fascism?

*I have to ask whether it was indeed an “unintended effect”?


Democracy Now!
“They Did Not Care”: How the GOP Dismissed Assault Accusations & Confirmed Kavanaugh

*And now the corpress is doing its job – putting this all “into context” via false balance, then moving on to the next task, which may very well be cheering on yet another war and deeming their supposed bête noire to be of presidential timbre for launching it.


Glenn Greenwald on U.S. Hacking, Edward Snowden, the Dangers of Obsessing over Russia & More



The Real News Network
Afro-Brazilian Women Take on Brazil’s Establishment in Upcoming Election
Mae Flavia Pinto is one in a wave of Afro-Brazilian women running for public office, challenging Brazil’s deeply entrenched racist and classist establishment. A field report


NAFTA 2.0 Enshrines Deregulation for all of North America
Trump’s re-negotiated NAFTA, now called the USMCA, pushes food safety and other forms of deregulation to new extremes, making it more difficult to undo the damage even after Trump leaves office, says Patrick Woodall of Food and Water Watch

*The devil does the details


Brazil Faces a Momentous Choice
This coming Sunday Brazilians will choose a new president. The two front-runners, likely to make it to the run-off, are the far-right Jair Bolsonaro and the center-left Fernando Haddad. CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot analyzes how Brazil got to this point


Weak, Underfunded IRS Behind Trump’s Wealth and History of Avoiding Taxes
Investigative tax attorney James Henry talks about the New York Times’ investigation into the origins of Trump’s wealth, how it is related to tax evasion, and how the US tax system has systematically and increasingly favored the rich

*Considering who funds the Demorats, the bipartisanismo of tax fraud enablement is as American as Apple’s perfidious pie


Democracy Now!
Eve Ensler to White Women Supporting Kavanaugh: Stand with Survivors & Fight This Nomination



Urging Multi-Pronged Effort to Halt Climate Crisis, Scientists Say Protecting World’s Forests as Vital as Cutting Emissions
“Our message as scientists is simple: Our planet’s future climate is inextricably tied to the future of its forest”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Trump and the Wealth Dynasty Defense Industry
These professional enablers of inequality are part of national and global associations
by Chuck Collins


Fight for $15
Strike. Nationwide. NOW.


The Real News Network
Is India on its Way out of Poverty?
Jayati Ghosh discusses the UNDP report showing that poverty in India has halved in the last 10 years, and the newly unveiled healthcare plan for the bottom 40% of the population, nicknamed “Modicare”


Institute for Public Accuracy
Why the Rush on Kavanaugh? Why the “Presumption of Confirmation”?

*And no matter how much the Dems Pontius Pilate

The blood will not wash off their hands


‘How Many Other Laquan MacDonalds Are There?’
Classic CounterSpin interviews with John Conroy and Jamie Kalven on Chicago police abuse
by Janine Jackson

*Corpress cop out


Maintaining Media Omerta
by Reed Richardson



Sick of Being Confronted, McConnell Vows GOP ‘Will Not Be Intimidated by These People’ (aka Engaged Constituents Opposed to Kavanaugh)
Senate Majority Leader is simply sick of being confronted by people who believe Brett Kavanaugh is a horrible choice
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It’s so much more pleasant to be a public servant when the public isn’t involved


Making ‘Fringe’ Scientist Who Argues Exposure Good for People a Key Witness, Trump’s EPA Moves to Roll Back Radiation Safety Rules
“The agency is ignoring scientific evidence by instead claiming a little radiation is good for you. This is clearly an attempt to save industry money at the expense of women and children’s health.”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Think of the energy efficiency benefits from glowing in the dark


Have you been PURGED?
Georgia voters – you MUST check this NOW
by Greg Palast


Institute for Public Accuracy
Kavanaugh Showcases “Persecution Complex”

*Male pattern baldfaced lies


Democracy Now!
Lift Us Up: Meet the Activists on the Front Lines of the Battle for Educational Justice in America



Global Image of US Plummets as 70% of People Worldwide Have ‘No Confidence’ in Trump Leadership
Only 50 percent of the world currently has a favorable opinion of the U.S., according to Pew, compared with 64 percent of those surveyed at the end of Obama’s presidency
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Next you’ll be telling me half the world is copacetic with bladder cancer.


Airport Workers United
Our Power is Global


The Real News Network
German Far-Right Uses ‘Judeo-Christian’ Values to Polish its Racism
Shir Hever discusses the new Jewish section in the “Alternative for Germany” far-right party, and the way that pro-Israeli politics are used to mask Islamophobia, racism against Jews and xenophobia


LA Teachers May Be Forced to Strike for More School Funding
Los Angeles teachers are now in mediation over wages, evaluation, smaller class size and school funding. The teachers have authorized their union to call a strike if negotiations fail

*Red state, blue state

The color that matters is the green of the greedy


Democracy Now!
ACLU Formally Opposes Kavanaugh, Citing Credible Sexual Assault Allegations & Partisan Temperament

*Considering the history of the court, from Dred Scott to Korematsu to Citizens United, anyone with any faith in its integrity should not be allowed to operate heavy machinery.



The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly on NAFTA 2.0
I am still searching for any reference to Indigenous consent in the agreement
by Sujata Dey


The Real News Network
Will the Next Global Financial Crisis Begin in the Developing World?
Malaysian economist Jomo Kwame Sundaramk argues that the central banks of the developed world created so much liquidity that flooded developing countries’ economies, and now any financial hiccup could cause severe problems for these economies


Democracy Now!
Meet One of the Sex Assault Survivors Who Confronted Jeff Flake & Triggered FBI Probe of Kavanaugh


Ex-Senate Aide: Judge Brett Kavanaugh Has Lied Every Time He Has Testified Under Oath


Kimberlé Crenshaw: How Society Embraces Male Denials, from Clarence Thomas to Brett Kavanaugh


September 2018


“We’re F*cking Fed Up!”: This Survivor’s Impromptu Speech Against Kavanaugh Outside Susan Collins’ Office Says It All
“Every woman has met one of these Kavanaughs—in high school, in college, in business, it has affected all of our lives and you know what, we’re fucking fed up with it!”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


As Flake Demands One-Week Delay, Warnings That Key Senators Could Use FBI Probe as ‘Political Cover’ to Confirm Kavanaugh
“Of course there should be an FBI investigation,” says Sen. Chris Murphy. “But whatever they find doesn’t change the fact that Kavanaugh… is the most dangerous Supreme Court pick of our lifetime.”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Whitewashing the black robes


The ‘Burn It All Down’ Approach: Trump Uses Dire Warming Predictions to Justify Increasing Emissions
“The amazing thing they’re saying is human activities are going to lead to this rise of carbon dioxide that is disastrous for the environment and society. And then they’re saying they’re not going to do anything about it”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Rome burns while Nero fiddles faster


What Brett Doesn’t Know: Ten Lessons From the Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings
It’s fairly obvious that Kavanaugh cannot be trusted, but there’s more to it than that
by Kristine Mattis


The Real News Network
Right-Wing Eastern European States Honor Nazi-Collaborating Fascists as Anti-Communist ‘Heroes’ (1/2)
Far-right governments in Eastern Europe are rehabilitating past Nazi collaborators as national heroes, rewriting the history of the Holocaust to turn the Soviet Union into the villain. Historian Dovid Katz explains how the fascist-apologist “double genocide” myth is spreading


Eastern Europe’s Far Right Rewriting History of Nazi Holocaust (2/2)

*Katz is sadly engaging in another form of revisionism with his romanticized view of “great Western democracies”. Those paragons of virtue have always colluded with and enabled fascism when it suited their purposes, and today is no different, as they seek to surround Russia with NATO beachheads in the name of protecting these countries from “Russian aggression”.

Putin’s gummint is a nasty business, although to believe every lurid tale of its vileness is the very definition of geopolitical naiveté. But you don’t have to be an apologist for it to oppose a redux of the Cold War, with its potentially catastrophic consequences, do you?


Kavanaugh Hearings: Toxic Masculinity is ‘Endemic’ to the Far Right
Henry Giroux says Professor Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh betrays the kind of “anti-women and anti-just policies” that the fascistic far-right want to usher in


Institute for Public Accuracy
Kavanaugh Coverups


Washington Post Shows How Not to Talk About Free Speech
by Gregory Shupak

*Meanwhile, the Bezos empire is an exemplar of free speech and association




In Stark Contrast to Ford’s Measured Appearance, Kavanaugh Falls Apart With ‘Rage, Terror, and Fear’ on National TV
“This is the face of a man who is facing consequences for his actions for the first time in his life. At age 53.”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Learning from the master

When all else fails, throw a tantrum.

(Well, for Killer Clown, it’s usually sooner than later)


‘Unions Are Lying, Cheating Rats’: Leaked Video Reveals Amazon’s Belligerent Anti-Worker Tactics
“Jeff Bezos is a villain, plain and simple. His insane fortune is the grotesque manifestation of workplace oppression.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[N]ot neutral … “

Fifth gear


Center for Biological Diversity
Reviews of Glyphosate’s Cancer Risk Failed to Fully Disclose Monsanto’s Role
Publisher requests corrections of studies that contradicted World Health Organization findings

*The best lies money can buy


The Real News Network
In a blatant reversal of Obamacare policy of adding people to Medicaid, the Trump administration is allowing states to kick them off Medicaid by imposing new requirements to receive benefits


US Government Setting the Terms for Argentina’s Bailout?
In a rare admission, Trump’s economic advisor Larry Kudlow admits to the US government’s involvement in bailing out Argentina, even though officially it is the International Monetary Fund that is behind the deal. We speak to CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot about the implications


Johns Hopkins Graduate Students Launch Union Campaign
The students say they are fighting for better working conditions and better compensation, and were joined by nurses who are seeking to unionize Johns Hopkins Hospital


Democracy Now!
Trump Threatens Venezuela with New Sanctions Even as It Faces Economic & Humanitarian Crisis



The Real News Network
Israel’s Two-Tiered Legal System: Apartheid is Not Hidden Anymore
Diana Buttu explains the connection between the cancellation of parole committees for Palestinian prisoners, and the court which used the Law of the Nation to rule for extra compensation for Jews


Climate Activists Target World’s Largest Asset Manager
BlackRock manages over $6 trillion in assets. It claims to be environmentally conscious, but activists say it contributes more to climate change than almost any other company on Earth

*A “better capitalism” is but a band aid on a wound that will never heal


Ending Inequality!? What Does Real Equality Look Like?
Nation Senior Editor Atossa Araxia Abrahamian wrote a lead article, ‘The Inequality Industry,’ which takes a deep dive into its history, the present political struggle and the future

*What’s not addressed here (or rarely anywhere else) is what I see as the key questions we as a society, nationally and globally, have to ask

Should anyone have the power to decide the fate of others? Is an economic system that’s predicated upon working *for* others, rather than *with* others, perforce an unequal and exploitative one? Is wealth for some inevitably at the expense of the many?

If we believe that each of us is entitled to live a life of dignity, the answers to the above are clear, to my mind, as is their avoidance in most every “progressive” circle.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Is Kavanaugh a War Criminal?


Democracy Now!
World Laughs at Trump as He Boasts About Himself in U.N. Address Threatening Iran, Venezuela

*Standup tragedy



Beyond Neonics: New Study Shows Glyphosate Also Major Threat to World’s Honey Bee Population
“We need better guidelines for glyphosate use, especially regarding bee exposure, because right now the guidelines assume bees are not harmed by the herbicide. Our study shows that’s not true.”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Center for Food Safety
Court Shuts Down Offshore Aquaculture in Gulf of Mexico
Fishing and public interest groups stop unprecedented industrial aquaculture program


Center for Biological Diversity
EPA Watchdog: ‘Emergency’ Pesticide Approval Process Is Flawed
Pesticides commonly approved without demonstrated safety

*Environmental Pretension Agency


Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Analysis of Water Contamination at Military Sites Finds Health Risks Due to Toxic Chemicals Worse than Thought
Federal government must act to inform and protect military families, nearby communities


Facebook’s New Propaganda Partners
by Alan MacLeod

*”How many foxes does it take to guard a hen house?” is no joke


Democracy Now!
#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke on Sexual Assault Allegations Against Kavanaugh: “We Believe Survivors”

*It’s more a matter of Collins and Murkowski taking “very seriously” how they’re perceived to be reacting to these allegations, don’t you think?


Naomi Klein: A Year After Hurricane Maria, There Is Nothing Natural About Puerto Rico’s Disaster



Ten Years After Not One High-Level Banker Sent to Jail for Tanking Global Economy, This Man Gets 20 Years in Prison for Stealing Cigarettes
This is America
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What if those banksters (and the pols who enabled them) would serve approximately 3.65 days in prison for each life they destroyed?


The Real News Network
Brazil’s Historic Presidential Election: Left and Right Have Equal Chance of Winning
Now that frontrunner Lula da Silva of the Workers Party has been eliminated from the presidential race, his running mate, Fernando Haddad and far-right Jair Bolsonaro look likely to make the run-off after the first round vote on October 7th


Is a New Global Financial Crisis Imminent?
Economists Mark Weisbrot and Gerald Epstein face off to discuss whether 10 years after the Lehman Brothers collapse and the Great Recession of 2008 we are about to see another major financial crisis

*For the exploited, capitalism is always in a state of crisis


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump at the UN and the “P1”


Democracy Now!
Report: Senate Aides Knew of Second Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Claim & Tried to Rush His Confirmation


“Survivors Must Be Heard”: 1,100 Alumnae of Dr. Blasey Ford’s H.S. Demand FBI Investigate Kavanaugh

*”Boys will be boys”

That’s not an excuse

That’s a fearsome reality


Dr. Barbara Ransby: What the Defamation of Anita Hill Can Teach Us About the Kavanaugh Hearings


Dr. Barbara Ransby: 27 Years After Attacks on Anita Hill, Patriarchy & Misogyny Are “Alive and Well”

*Biden is Madame Mayhem in drag, and I dearly hope his “errors” here lead to his “getting it” in the ass should be make a run for the White House.



Millions of Women Join Forces in Brazil to Fight Back Against ‘Misogynist” and ‘Truly Fascist’ Presidential Candidate
“We need everyone to pull together to stop this disaster happening to our country”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


National Organization for Women (NOW)
Christine Blasey Ford: “I Thought He Might Inadvertently Kill Me.” Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Deserves Justice


The Real News Network
Alt-Right March for Israel, Human Rights Activist Smeared as Anti-Semitic
In Canada, Dimitri Lascaris called on B’Nai Brith to disavow a white supremacist who called for Trudeau’s execution. He then found himself accused of being an anti-Semite


Institute for Public Accuracy
Suing Over Israeli Nuclear Coverup That’s Allowed $222 Billion in Funding


Democracy Now!
The Business of Punishment: How Forced Prison Labor Has Generated Revenue Since the Colonial Era

*Profit will always find its way to depravity



‘Evil’: Worst Fears Realized as ICE Arrests Dozens of Family or Guardians Attempting to Retrieve Children From Detention
“If they can’t separate families, then lock them up, gut asylum standards, and, now, arrest family members who come forward to sponsor loved ones”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


How Does Trump ‘Even Sleep at Night’? Cuts to Cancer Research, Head Start, and Women’s Shelters Among $226 Million Diverted to Pay for Child Detention
“If you wrote this plot into a movie, I would have said it was over-the top”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No unrest for the wicked


Advocacy Groups Vow to ‘Protect the Protest’ as Government and Corporations Challenge First Amendment Rights
“If you go after one of us, you’re going to hear from all of us”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


3.4 Million Chickens, 5,500 Hogs Killed in Florence’s Flooding
“This was an unprecedented storm with flooding expected to exceed that from any other storms in recent memory.” And millions of animals have already paid the price.
by Lorraine Chow


Heavy-Handed Industry Maneuver to Crush Soda and Grocery Taxes Is on Oregon Ballot
by Rebekah Wilce


The Real News Network
Chicago Hotel Workers Strike for Decent Health Care
Chicago’s UNITE HERE union is engaged in one of the largest labor actions in the city in decades, for a new contract for service workers at 30 hotels, with simultaneous strikes at 26 of these. We speak to the Local 1 strike captain, Q Rivers

*The execrable hypocrisy of the “hospitality industry”


Free Press
Puerto Ricans Deserve Better
Urge the FCC to Investigate the Communications Crisis in Puerto Rico


Democracy Now!
Blasey Ford Lawyers: Kavanaugh’s Background Check Must Include FBI Probe into Attempted Rape Claims

*Don’t ask
Don’t tell
Don’t know
Don’t care


Right-Wing Network Spent Millions to Portray Questions for Kavanaugh on Abortion as “Anti-Religious”


South Carolina Prisoners Were Left in Cells as Florence Descended. Why Weren’t They Evacuated?

*And apparently no one from “the free press” asked the governor about the prison situation, either.


American Prison: Shane Bauer Traces History of U.S. For-Profit Prisons from Slavery to Today



As Collins Appears to Side With Kavanaugh Over Assault Allegation, Group Issues Warning: Women Won’t Forget
“If it’s truly Senator Collins’ intention to side with Brett Kavanaugh over Dr. Blasey Ford, she will never again be able to claim the mantle of an ally to women or survivors”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Of course, Collins has been “able to claim the mantle of an ally to women” in large measure due to many of these self same “feminist” orgs’ bestowing it upon her, same as Her Royal Clinton.

Call it “the sound of silos”.


Corporate Tech Giants Invited, But Consumer Advocacy Groups Shut Out of Senate Hearing on Data Privacy
“The absence of consumer representatives all but ensures a narrow discussion, focused on policy alternatives favored by business groups”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Assault
Delays should never be used to discredit accusers like Christine Blasey Ford
by Jill Richardson

Maiming the victim


Plutocrats Are Planning a Stealth Coup
How will American democracy resist their twisted goal of one-dollar, one-vote plutocracy?
by Leo Gerard


Fight for $15
Workers need our voices now


The Real News Network
10 Years Since Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy – Did the Economy Really Recover? (1/2)
The Lehman Brothers bankruptcy was the largest in U.S. history and unleashed a financial meltdown. The banks were saved but not people’s debt, savings or homes. Michael Hudson looks at the economic instability that we continue to live in


10 Years Since Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy – Did the Economy Really Recover? (2/2)

*A rigged economy

And a pigged economy


Jair Bolsonaro: Brazil’s Far-Right Version of Trump Leads the Presidential Race
We update our profile of Jair Bolsonaro, who is leading in the presidential race in opinion polls, now that Workers Party candidate Lula da Silva was forced out of the race on corruption charges. Michael Fox reports

*You see these sociopaths and their popularity with so many, and you realize the limits of evolution.


Biofuels: An Eco-Friendly Alternative to Fossil Fuels?
While biofuels, such as ethanol, are often touted as being environmentally friendly and renewable, they have many negative consequences that more than make up for their benefits, says Rachel Smolker, co-director of Biofuelwatch

*It ain’t a lack of energy options

It’s a plethora of energy stock options that elites wet dream of profits from.


‘When Governments Fail to Take Action, They Step In’
CounterSpin interview with Jamil Dakwar on the International Criminal Court
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Rev. Barber: North Carolina Has Two Storms—Florence & the Policies That Keep People in Poverty

*This is why this program can really get on my sodding wick

To prop a two faced SOB like Al Gore in the midst of a story about the misery inflicted upon the poor that the Clinton Administration (“End welfare as we know it” [tm]) contributed so greatly to.

The cognitive dissonance is deafening.



Facebook Job Ads That Let Employers Exclude Women Are Clear Civil Rights Violation, Says ACLU
“We can’t let gender-based ad targeting online give new life to a form of discrimination that should have been eradicated long ago”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


Fight for $15
McDonald’s: No. More. Harassment.

*No “special sauce” can render this perversity palatable


Help McDonald’s workers who’ve experienced sexual harassment on the job


The Real News Network
Bolton Mobilizes the Coalition of the Willing – This Time for Syria
John Bolton warns of joint action in Syria, calling on the UK and France to join. Talk of regime change. The excuse: weapons of mass destruction. Sounds familiar?

*Rallying ’round the false flag


How Global Warming and Arctic Ice Melt Intensifies Hurricanes
Arctic ice melt, due to global warming, not only intensifies hurricanes, but also steers them in previously uncommon directions, which is why Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas, says Prof. Jennifer Francis


‘The Rule Is Designed to Deter People From Reporting’
CounterSpin interview with Alyssa Peterson on campus assault rules
by Janine Jackson


Morning Edition’s Think Tank Sources Lean to the Right
by Jordan Holycross and Olivia Riggio

*”Despite this … “

Or perhaps because of it?

After all, you wouldn’t want a liberal audience leaning further to port, if you’re N oticeably P andering to the R ight

Would you?


Democracy Now!
Intercept Report Reveals Senate Ignored Federal Court Employees Willing to Testify Against Kavanaugh

*Hopefully Kavanaugh’s canned, and it would be a bonus if Feinstein’s political calculating led to her losing a primary challenge to someone with a smidge more integrity, which unfortunately is about all we can expect.


Immigrants Seeking Shelter After Hurricane Florence Fear Deportation as FEMA Shifts Funds to ICE

*The ill wind after the whirlwind



Free Press Advocates Alarmed by US Government’s “Terrifying” Secret Rules for Spying on Journalists
“It makes me wonder, what other rules are out there, and how have these rules been applied?”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Melting Permafrost Projections Reveal Paris Climate Goals at Risk: Study
“We have to prepare ourselves for the possibility that we may never get back to safer levels of warming”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Nature doesn’t negotiate


Internet Howls After Learning Trump Will Soon Be Able to Send Text Alerts to Every Single US Resident
Sorry. No opting out.
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I’ve never owned a cellphone, and I’ve never believed in psychic powers

But now I have to wonder …


Cooking the Books in the Trump Universe
Could Donald Trump be a one-man version of either Enron or Lehman Brothers, someone who cooked “the books” until, well, he imploded?
by Nomi Prins


The UN and Military Recruiting in the US
by Pat Elder


The Real News Network
Chevron Arbitration Ruling Against Ecuador ‘Completely Off Base’
A secret corporate arbitration panel in the Hague ruled that Ecuadorean courts’ $9.5 billion judgement against Chevron for environmental damages is illegal and should not be enforced. We speak to the plaintiffs’ lawyer Steven Donzinger about the ruling


Arms Manufacturers In UK Classrooms
Andrew Smith discusses how schools in the UK involve the arms industry to teach school children about weapons manufacture and trade. BAE Systems invests tens of millions of pounds in order to improve its image in the eyes of school children


US-Europe Alliance Will Outlast Trump, No Matter What He Does
Trump’s erratic behavior towards allies is causing pundits in the US and abroad to worry about the future of the Transatlantic Alliance between the US and Europe. The concern is misplaced, however, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot


Animal Hope in Legislation
Make LA Fur Free – The Los Angeles City Fur Ban


‘This Is an Unprecedented Level of Secrecy and Non-Transparency’
CounterSpin interview with Richard Kim on Brett Kavanaugh
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
As Blasey Ford Alleges Kavanaugh Assaulted Her, Will Senate Repeat Mistakes Made with Anita Hill?

*I have no reason to doubt Dr. Blasey Ford, but regardless, this bastard’s record should disqualify him from anything other than the disapprobation of anyone with an ounce of humanity.


Facebook Censors a ThinkProgress Story on Kavanaugh After a Conservative Site Calls It “Fake News”


Will Kavanaugh Overturn Roe v. Wade? SCOTUS Nominee’s Confirmation Is About “Life and Death for Women”

*And if he’s not confirmed, who will replace him, and how will the Dems play it?

History gives very little cause for optimism.


Botham Jean’s Family: Are Dallas Police Smearing His Reputation to Protect Officer Who Killed Him?



Facebook Condemned for Empowering Right-Wing Magazine to “Drive Liberal News Outlets Into the Ground”
What do you achieve when you let the Weekly Standard operate as a fact-checker for one of the internet’s most powerful platforms? “You achieve bullshit.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘What in Blazes Was Dianne Feinstein Thinking?’: Senator Under Fire for Concealing Accusations Against Kavanaugh
Feinstein “made an absolute disaster of things”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Feinstein and ilk’s “resistance” is a joke that the Republicans no doubt find hilarious.


As Florence Makes Landfall, Poorest Once More Likely to Suffer Most From Storm’s Destruction
“These disasters drag into the light exactly who is already being thrown away,” notes Naomi Klein
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Democracy Now!
Over 100 Indigenous Activists Decry California Gov. Jerry Brown’s Market-Based Climate Solutions

*Ever get the feeling that Big Greenies like Miller are more comfortable in the company of pols and policy wonks than of folks on the frontlines?

What does that tell you?


A Debate on Geoengineering: Should We Deliberately “Hack” Planet Earth to Combat Climate Change?



‘Major Victory’ as Top Court Says UK Snoopers Charter Violates EU Convention on Human Rights
“This sends a clear message: Similar programs, such as those conducted by the NSA, are incompatible with human rights”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Since ‘Citizens United,’ Just 15 Groups Account for 75 Percent of the $800+ Million in Dark Money Spent on US Elections
“Policy ideas and candidates’ positions should be promoted by organizations who are proud to be engaged in our public arena, not secretive front groups designed to deceive voters, hide donors, and deploy deceptive tactics”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Why John Bolton Really Hates the International Criminal Court
When Bolton expresses his desire to “strangle the ICC in its cradle,” what he really means is he wants US troops to be able to murder babies in their cradles with impunity
by Brett Wilkins


Pipeline in Hurricane Florence’s Potential Path Poses Added Danger
Southwest Virginians fear that Florence may exacerbate the threats from a different, manmade hazard
by Barbara Gottlieb


Amnesty International
A Year on from Hurricane Maria, New Evidence Shows How Puerto Ricans Were Denied Essential Water

*Apparently Killer Clown was disinterested in a photo op tossing them into the crowd.


Physicians for Human Rights
Suu Kyi’s Denials Will Not Erase Crimes against Humanity Committed by Myanmar Military

*Her feet of clay are soaked in blood


The Real News Network
California Energy To Go 100% Sustainable by 2045. Is It Enough?
Miya Yoshitani of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network says California Governor Brown must do more than sign SB100 to curb climate change and protect vulnerable communities

*Half steps hamstring long strides


Democracy Now!
NC Lagoons Hold Billions of Gallons of Hog Feces. The Hurricane May Blast That Waste into Waterways

*The execrable alchemy that transforms pig shit into profit


Big Coal Put Toxic Coal Ash in Unlined Dirt Ponds—Now a Hurricane is Heading Directly Toward Them

*Never let anyone tell you that crime doesn’t pay

But these criminals never do


Trump’s Friends Get Rich Off Oil Boom as Industry Limits Info on Pipeline Worker Injuries & Deaths



Tens of Thousands of People Raising Money to Defeat Collins If She Votes for Kavanaugh Is Not “Bribery,” Say Her Opponents, It’s Democracy
“The idea of Susan Collins attacking an effort by 35,000 small dollar donors as bribery is politics at its worst…Unlike Supreme Court judges, senators do not enjoy a lifetime guarantee of their seat; they are accountable to the people”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*So if she votes against Kavanaugh, she gets a free pass in 2020 from these people, and can continue to vote for exploitation and empire?

I fully understand the threat he poses on many fronts, but is this the most constructive strategy to defeat his nomination?


The Wealth Hiding in Your Neighborhood
From country farmland to big city skyscrapers, absentee billionaires may be hiding wealth in your town — and driving up your cost of living
by Chuck Collins


There’s at Least One More Ugly Battle Brewing in Syria
Hundreds of thousands may be displaced
by Vijay Prashad

*Only the dead know peace


Fight For $15
McDonald’s Workers Nationwide Go on First-Ever Strike Against Sexual Harassment

*Sleaze amid the grease


The Real News Network
Trump Abandons All Pretense of Being a ‘Fair Broker’ in the Israel-Palestinian Conflict
Gideon Levy explains that the US is doing everything to disempower, humiliate and weaken Palestinian representation. Contrary to common belief, the US is not doing the State of Israel any favors


The Economy Under Trump: Business Optimism Combined with Inequality
Trump’s Chair of Economic Advisors presented a glowing analysis of how business optimism and investment boomed with Trump’s election. But what do these figures mask and how accurate are they? We take a closer look at the data with PERI’s Gerald Epstein

*Doodoo economics


Establishment Media Shy Away From Claims of Perjury by Kavanaugh
by Justin Anderson

*Closing the curtains as “Democracy Dies in Darkness”


‘Maverick’ Media Use McCain Funeral to Shore Up US Imperialism
by Gregory Shupak

*If they don’t believe their propaganda, they’re complicit in war crimes

If they do, they’re dangerously deranged and should be committed to appropriate asylums.

In either instance, they’re a profound menace to the people of this country and the world.


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Climate Change Supercharging” Hurricanes


Democracy Now!
A New Form of Slavery? Meet Incarcerated Firefighters Battling California’s Wildfires For $1 An Hour


Amika Mota Fought Fires as a Prisoner For 53 Cents/Hour. Now Free, She Can’t Work as a Firefighter


Death on the Dakota Access: Oil & Gas Boom Generates Dangerous Pipeline Jobs Amid Lax Regulations

*The nightmares that fuel pipe dreams



As 1.5 Million Flee Hurricane Florence, Worries Grow Over Half Dozen Nuclear Power Plants in Storm’s Path
“Flooding-prone Brunswick Nuclear Plant among rickety old Fukushima-style reactors in likely path of Hurricane Florence”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Fueled by Floods, Storms, and Drought Made Worse by Climate Crisis, Global Hunger Levels Rise for Third Straight Year
“The inescapable fact is that climate change is now leaving people around the world without enough to eat”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Medicare for All and the Myth of the 40% Physician Pay Cut
A single payer system works by cutting administrative waste, not doctors’ income
by Dr. Carol Paris


A Perfect Storm in the Making for 17 Years: A Reflection and Call to Action
What could have happened if more Americans had heeded the alarm bells that community advocates were ringing about the dehumanization of entire groups of people, rather than capitulating to fear and tacitly accepting discriminatory policies?
by Deepa Iyer


The Real News Network
Leaked Clips from Censored Documentary on Israel Lobby Reveal Attacks on US Activists
Excerpts of the censored Al Jazeera undercover film on the Israel lobby in the US have started to be leaked. The Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah and the Grayzone Project’s Max Blumenthal explain how these clips show the Israeli government backing attacks on American pro-Palestinian activists and Black Lives Matter


Jackson Rising: An Interview with Kali Akuno (1/2)
We sat down with Kali Akuno, director of Cooperation Jackson, at the Fearless Cities conference to discuss the challenges of movement building in Jackson, Mississippi


Far-Right Gains in Swedish Election, Continuing European Trend
The far-right and anti-immigrant party, Sweden Democrats, increase their share of the vote from 13 to 18 percent, while neither of the two major party alliances, of the center-left and of the center-right has enough votes to form a government on its own. We analyze the result with Ali Esbati, an Iranian-Swedish member of parliament


Institute for Public Accuracy
Major Attack on Syria Approaching?

*And “#TheResistance” will patriotically applaud Killer Clown’s “presidentiality” as they rally ’round the false flag



While Staying Out of NY Governor’s Race, Sanders Endorses Zephyr Teachout and Jumaane Williams
“The progressive movement today is transforming American politics from coast to coast. This Thursday, New York state voters can take us a major step forward.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*St. Bernard dances around the big dawg again


Days After Endorsing Cuomo, NYT Calls His Party’s Anti-Semitism Smear Against Cynthia Nixon ‘Nearly as Sleazy as It Gets’
“This is an attack not only on my children and my character, but on all New Yorkers”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*So, if Cuomo is “lying about her position on Israel”, does that mean Nixon agrees that BDS is “racist” and “xenophobic”?


Holding the Line on Torture
One organization at a time
by Rebecca Gordon


The Real News Network
New ‘Poison Papers’ Leak: EPA Knew About Many Dangerous Toxins, But Kept Quiet
A new leak in the series of documents known as the “poison papers,” which were provided by whistleblower William Sanjour, show that unless regulatory bodies such as the EPA have real political backing, they will not act in the public interest. We speak to Jonathan Latham of the Bioscience Resource Project

*Regulators aren’t “forced” to collude with killers. They may not have the political capacity to take decisive action, but they can alert the public to the dangers. That they don’t implies a culture defined by more than a lack of power, don’t you think?


Petition update
Please Support the Opoids & STOP Pain Initiative Act, H.R. 4734/S. 2260!
by James Myers


This News Reporter States that Hot Mailboxes are Not Good for Medications – Neither are Hot Trucks
by Loretta Boesing


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Kavanaugh Lied Under Oath About Memos I Wrote”


Democracy Now!
Arundhati Roy on Hindu Nationalism, the Deadly Kerala Floods & the Lifting of India’s Gay Sex Ban

*Re Roy’s comments on comparisons between Killer Clown’s and the BJP’s bases, much attention has been focused on working class whites, downplaying the role of middle class and upper middle class whites in his “election”, and thus placing primacy on economic desperation, rather than the fear and loathing of “the other” that pervades all those social strata.

It ain’t an “either/or”, is it?



Chided for Working Against It as President, Obama’s Backing of Medicare for All Called ‘Thrilling’ Shift
“This headline would have been politically unthinkable just a few years ago. Grassroots organizing and kitchen table conversations have changed the tide on Medicare for All”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Do seven words constitute “vocal support”?

What’s the over/under on how many more will exit Dear Misleader’s mouth?

Regardless, I know which way I’m wagering.


What’s Taking So Long? Internet Defenders Demand Gov. Jerry Brown Sign California Net Neutrality Bill ‘Without Delay’
“Protecting access to the internet is critical to our democracy. We expect Gov. Brown to be on the right side of history”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”We expect Gov. Brown to be on the right side of history.”

And just what method of empirical analysis would justify that faith?


The Apathy in the Media Regarding Brett Kavanaugh Is a National Scandal
Normally, a Supreme Court nominee apparently committing perjury during a confirmation hearing would be explosive news that’s covered extensively
by Julie Millican

*”You’d think the press would be interested in covering it.”

There’s a world of difference between “would” and “should”.

The corpress makes that distinction clear every single goddamn day.


Why the Left Should Embrace Debt Forgiveness
It would assuredly receive enthusiastic backing from the tens of millions of Americans who are shackled to enormous debts incurred through spending on healthcare and higher education, both of which are considered basic human rights in nearly every developed nation except for the United States
by Scott Remer


Wholesale Crimes
Terracide—meaning the total destruction of the earth-system—next to which the common crimes committed by isolated individuals pale in magnitude
by Victor Wallis


Southern Poverty Law Center
SPLC Statement on Loss of Medicaid Benefits to Thousands of Arkansans


The Real News Network
Activists Arrested for Blocking Boeing Arms Plant Speak Out Against Yemen War
To protest the US-Saudi war on Yemen, peace activists blocked a Boeing weapons facility in Missouri with a bus — a symbol of the 40 Yemeni children on a school bus massacred by Saudi Arabia with a US-made bomb. The anti-war protesters speak with TRNN’s Ben Norton

*”And that’s just, that’s the U.S.”


Thousands to Rally for Climate, Jobs and Justice
San Francisco organizer Antonio Diaz and New Orleans organizer Anne Rolfes say that people will take to the streets on September 8 because rhetoric is not enough to fight the climate crisis

*We need zero emissions, and what we get from the mealy mouths of the Browns are Nero emissions.


Democrats Are Engaging in ‘Kabuki Theater’ in the Kavanaugh Hearings
In the hearings to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a new Supreme Court justice, Democrats are mostly focusing on hypothetical questions instead of questioning him on his record and releasing his documents. This is an inflection point in US democracy, says law Prof. Francis Boyle


Because the Demorats know the bastard will rule for their corporate donors and the security state, and they’ll get to righteously rail about him in their fundraising emails?


No more kids with cancer: clean up the Santa Susana Field Lab
by Melissa Bumstead


By Inviting and Disinviting Bannon, New Yorker Fell Into Its Own Trap
by Justin Anderson

*Torquemada had to decline his invite to the religious tolerance panel, owing to his status of advanced decomposition.


‘Punitive Discipline Policies Have Proven to Be Destructive to Children’
CounterSpin interview with Karen Dolan on racial and economic justice in education
by Janine Jackson


‘Voters Have to Remain Vigilant to Make Sure They Are on the List’
Transcript of CounterSpin interview with John Powers on voter suppression
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
As 400+ Children Remain Separated From Parents, Trump Admin Wants to Detain Kids Indefinitely



‘Gitmo for Children’: Trump Administration Reveals Plan to Imprison Families With Kids Indefinitely
“Locking up children indefinitely is cruel and heartless, even for the Trump administration. It is nothing less than an assault on child safety and fundamental human dignity”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Let freedom ring



Why Defending Indigenous Rights Is Integral to Fighting Climate Change
Historic conference asserts Indigenous peoples’ rights as a climate change solution
by Jade Begay and Ayşe Gürsöz


Center for Food Safety Calls for Court Decision on GE Labeling Delay
Consumer group seeks court ruling in response to USDA’s failure to issue GE food disclosure rules


The Real News Network
When Sea Turtles and Fisherman Collide
Ecologically sustainable fishing communities and marine life can coexist, great community-level efforts are underway to maintain their livelihood, says Bryan Wallace, senior scientist with Conservation Science Partners


Los Angeles Teachers Prepare to Strike: An Organizing Drive Long in the Making
LA teachers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, should contract negotiations fail. Each side accused the other of illegal tactics. However, teachers say this is not mainly about wages, but about improving children’s education. Jane McAlevey explains

*Competing with the Catholic Church for worst child abusers


Institute for Public Accuracy
Will the Public See Incriminating Kavanaugh Documents?

*The Dems are “serious” about posturing and performance art


Thomas Friedman’s Crazy Poor Economics
by Jim Naureckas

*Friedman’s a dab hand at burying any past (or present, or future) that contradicts his corroded conception of how the world should work, isn’t he just?


Democracy Now!
The Kavanaugh Cover-up? Role in Torture & Domestic Spying Policy Remains Unknown As Papers Withheld


No, You Are Not Part of the Resistance: A Response to Trump Official Who Penned Anonymous NYT Op-Ed

*Screw the people … spot on

Screw the party … “Resistance!”


Arundhati Roy: The U.S. Is Growing Closer to India Militarily As Modi Expands Crackdown on Dissent


“A Beautiful Moment”: Arundhati Roy Hails Indian Court Legalizing Gay Sex, Overturning Colonial Law



Progressives Denounce Pelosi for Obsession With ‘Economically Illiterate and Politically Insane’ Pay-Go Rule
“Instead of vowing budget chastity, Democrats should be articulating an agenda that excites voters so that they can unleash the full power of the public purse on their behalf”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The face that launched a thousand shipwrecks


Confirming Dangers of FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal, New Study Shows Telecoms Throttling YouTube, Netflix, and Other Apps
“ISPs are happy to use words like ‘unlimited’ and ‘no throttling’ in their public statements, but then give themselves the right to throttle certain traffic by burying some esoteric language in the fine print”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Seven Ways to Build the Solidarity Economy
We can transform capitalism by encouraging the ‘better angels of our nature’
by Emily Kawano


Hunger: A Warning
Hunger, that constant sound inside the head of the poor, has to be silenced
by Vijay Prashad


Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Local Limits on Spraying Monsanto’s Toxic Weed Killer in Parks, Playgrounds and Schoolyards Blocked by House Republican Farm Bill


Amnesty International – USA
Guatemala: Discriminatory Law Puts at Risk the Lives and Rights of Thousands of Women, Girls and LGBTI People

*In Jesus’ name



The Real News Network
Roger Waters on Lionel Messi, Lana Del Rey and the BDS Movement
Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters called on Lana Del Rey to “do the right thing; coincidentally she did. Waters says such victories by the BDS movement have the potential to be a game-changer


Why is Argentina Entering into a New Economic Crisis?
CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot lays out the roots of Argentina’s latest economic crisis, which have to do with the government’s massive foreign borrowing spree, deepening austerity measures, and rising Federal Reserve interest rates

*Regarding “confidence”, we all know the origin of the term “con”, don’t we?


Can Environmentalists and Labor Unions Unite?
Baltimore union organizers and environmentalists team up to examine policies that would promote a sustainable future for workers and the planet

*Only mold grows in a silo


Democracy Now!
Chaos Greets Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearing as Protesters & Dems Demand Postponement


As Amazon Hits $1 Trillion in Value, Its Warehouse Workers Denounce “Slavery” Conditions


Winona LaDuke & Indigenous Canadian Activist Back Campaign to Stop SLAPP Suits That Silence Protests


Exposed: Undercover Reporter at Amazon Warehouse Found Abusive Conditions & No Bathroom Breaks


Sen Sanders Introduces BEZOS Act, Named for Amazon CEO, as Retailer Impoverishes & Mistreats Workers

*”Robots don’t complain”

Neither do humans hanging on by their fingernails



‘Walk Out!’: Progressives Disgusted as Democrats Fold at Brett Kavanaugh Hearing
“Why legitimate the process by participating?”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Butter knives plunged in our backs

(And Garland might look good compared to the alternative

But so would a desiccated turd.)


Is the Government Planning to Surveil Keystone XL Protesters?
Indigenous communities, in particular, have been historically over-policed and subject to unwanted governmental surveillance, with the surveillance of the Dakota Access Pipeline Spirit Camp one of many examples
by Jacob J. Hutt

*Recall that Killer Clown’s tiny hands weren’t tweeting from the Oval Office the first go ’round.

That was on Dear Misleader’s watch.

Brutality is a bipartisan affair.


The Real News Network
What Does The Intercept’s NSA Leak Say About Russian Vote Hacking?
With Reality Winner sentenced to five years behind bars, The Intercept’s Jim Risen joins Aaron Maté to discuss the NSA leaker’s harsh sentence and what the document she revealed actually says. Is there solid evidence of Russian vote hacking?

*”I’m gonna take my ball and go home.”

That’s the kind of reasoned stance that should surely convince anyone of the righteousness of one’s argument, wouldn’t you agree?

Some people’s kids …


Kaepernick NFL Collusion Case Moving Ahead; Trump at the Center
An arbitrator ruled that a collusion hearing on the NFL preventing Colin Kaepernick from playing can move ahead. Trump’s divisive fingerprints are all over this case

*If a settlement would preclude exposure of owner collusion

How does that fit “within the context of social justice”?


Institute for Public Accuracy
Kavanaugh: “Stakes are Astronomical”

*The party “leadership” should threaten any Dem who votes for this blackguard with excommunication.

Dream on, MacDuff …


Democracy Now!
Indigenous Activists Win “David vs. Goliath” Victory as Court Rejects $4.5B Trans Mountain Pipeline


Natural Approaches for Preventing & Treating Cancer in Dogs and Cats
by Ty Bollinger



Healthy Babies at Risk, Warn Experts, as Trump Fearmongering Drives Immigrant Families Off Nutrition Assistance Program
“Even without any official order banning immigrants and their US-born children from utilizing life-saving services, the rumors are already traumatizing families”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


US Cuts to UNRWA Point to the Dark Future Being Readied for the Palestinians
There is a deeper and darker agenda afoot than simply reviving failed negotiations or pandering to the Trump administration’s well-known antipathy towards international institutions
by Jonathan Cook


Victory! California Passes Net Neutrality Bill
California’s fight is a microcosm of the nation’s. Net neutrality is popular across the country
by Katharine Trendacosta


The Real News Network
Does Russia Benefit If The U.S. Is Weak? Q&A (5/6)

*A sinister symbiosis


Fair Pay for People with Disabilities: Pass the TIME Act
by Kayla McKeon
National Down Syndrome Society


Infrared Sauna Benefits for Cancer & Other Healing: What You Need to Know
by Ty Bollinger

*Who knows, but I thought it worth passing along


August 2018


Trump’s Executive Order on Retirement Accounts Panned as ‘Cruel Joke on American Workers’
Republicans “will inevitably use this executive order as an additional excuse to cut Social Security”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Absolutely Repulsive’: After $1.5 Trillion Tax Giveaway to the Rich, Trump Cancels Modest Pay Raise for Federal Workers
“President Trump pushed through a tax scam that gave unprecedented handouts to billionaires and corporations—but believes it’s too expensive to pay hardworking federal workers a reasonable wage”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Great Victory for Indigenous Communities Everywhere’: Canadian Court Rescinds Trans Mountain Approval
“This is the consequence of the unholy alliance between the federal government and corporations taking shortcuts through consultation,” declared Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. “My faith in the judicial system is somewhat restored today.”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Plan to Train Saudi Pilots on US Soil Undermines Pentagon Denial of Complicity in Yemen Carnage
“The U.S. is a willing participant in the Yemen genocide despite claims to the contrary”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Bombing civilians is as American as Agent Orange

I’m sure John McCain, rest his soul, would have approved.


First Nations Celebrate Win Against Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion
Here’s how indigenous leaders pulled together a grassroots movement to resist the pipeline expansion
by Shannan Stoll


Catholic Support for War: Another Child Abuse Scandal
The Church cannot condemn child abuse by pedophiles and yet bless the government’s murder of children in its wars, if it wants to be consistent and faithful to Christ
by Brian Terrell

*Praise the Lord

And the ammunition


The Real News Network
Koch Brothers-Backed Conservative Archbishop Attacks Pope and “Homosexuals in the Church”
On the heels of the sexual abuse disclosures conservative archbishop accuses Pope of hiding sexual abuse and attacks “homosexual underground” in the Church. He is backed by the Koch brothers and other right wing Catholics

*Substitute Obama for Francis, and “birtherism” for sexual abuse accusations, and I think you have the same dynamic at play.

Francis’ charge, as was Dear Misleader’s, is to put an amenable face on a rancid institution. For Francis, this is the Catholic Church; for Obama, neoliberalism.

That both have truly vile opponents doesn’t cleanse them of their copious contradictions, and it’s a grave mistake to lose sight of those in a misguided attempt to support a facade of change.

As always, my entreaty is to place one’s faith in principles, and not personalities.


Who is Behind Nicaragua’s Turmoil?
This fourth part of the debate was cut out of the original debate due to length considerations. However we present the cut segment of the debate upon the request of Mary Ellsberg. It deals with the details of an analysis of who is responsible for the death of protesters in Nicaragua.


Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah Calls Israeli Military Weak: He is Correct
Nasrallah’s sources in the Israeli media indicate a continuing erosion of the Israeli military edge in the region. Shir Hever discusses the implications


‘We Would Be Opening the Heavens to War’
CounterSpin interview with Karl Grossman on the weaponization of space
by Janine Jackson


From Venezuela to McCain, Media and Human Rights Industry on Same Page
by Joe Emersberger

*Not knowing no better, many years ago I slapped an AI sticker on my car that I received for a donation.

I still have the car

The sticker, like any claim to a principled defense of human rights, has long since corroded.


Democracy Now!
Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara—A Rare Look Inside Africa’s Last Colony



Monsanto-Bayer: Eliminating the Name Will Not Erase the History
We will continue to reclaim citizens’ rights, as well as those of small and medium producers, who, despite being crushed by the current market mechanisms, are the only ones providing us with healthy and nutritious food
by Ruchi Shroff


Dissent Is Being Muzzled Across Our Planet
The arrests of five activists in India is part of a dangerous trend that demands more attention and public outcry
by Vijay Prashad


The Real News Network
Does Washington Want a Korean Peace, or Colony?
With U.S.-North Korea talks at an impasse, the Trump administration’s colonial attitude toward the Korean peninsula is threatening the prospects for peace, says Tim Shorrock

*US sincerity?

A peace of shit


With Reality Winner Sentenced, Does The Intercept Owe Answers?
Reality Winner has been sentenced to five years for leaking an NSA document to The Intercept alleging a Russian cyber-operation targeting the U.S. voting system. Shadowproof’s Kevin Gosztola joins Aaron Maté to discuss major questions surrounding The Intercept’s handling of Reality Winner’s document.


Will Putin Support Trump’s Plans for Iran? Q&A (3/6)
Part 3 of Paul Jay and Aaron Mate’s interactive discussion with viewers about the real reasons Trump should be considered a traitor by the American people – From a live recording on August 2nd, 2018


Petition update
Mail Order Pharmacy Often Causes Delay in Treatments for Cancer Patients & Many Others
by Loretta Boesing


Institute for Public Accuracy
Labor Day Today


Democracy Now!
“Mississippi Is Failing”: As Prisoner Deaths Reach 13 in August Alone, Advocates Demand Answers


Update on Prison Strike Demanding End of “Slave Labor”: After 10 Days, Protests Spread to 11 States



Sparking More Calls for His Ouster, ‘Utterly Useless’ Chuck Schumer Cuts Deal With McConnell to Fast-Track 7 Trump Judges
“Is there a way to impeach Schumer?”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I would say Schumer and ilk should switch parties

But how would you tell the difference?

(Yes, I know there’s a “difference”, however exiguous. Call it poetic license.)


This School Year, Let’s Keep Kids in Classrooms
There are better ways to help students learn from their behavior than suspension and expulsion
by Daniela Aspiazu


DNC Superdelegates Have Been Tamed—But Millions of Democratic Primary Votes Are Still Vulnerable
If Berniecrats want millions of new voters, they need to win big in state primaries like New York’s upcoming September 13 vote
by Steven Rosenfeld


American Federation of Government Employees
AFGE Statement on OPM EO Guidance


The Real News Network
Leak From Censored Israel Lobby Film Exposes Anti-Palestinian Operatives
The first leaked excerpt of Al Jazeera’s censored film on the Israel lobby in the U.S. claims to identify the funder behind the Canary Mission, an anonymous website devoted to smearing and silencing vocal supporters of Palestinian rights. We play a clip from the film and speak to Asa Winstanley of the Electronic Intifada, which exclusively revealed it


Countries Alarmed Over Venezuelan Migration Forget History of Venezuela’s Acceptance of Migrants
As governments in Latin America hold emergency meetings to discuss how to curtail the influx of Venezuelans escaping their country’s economic crisis, they forget how Venezuela for the longest time took in economic refugees escaping other countries’ crises


WaPo Uses Photo of John McCain Next to Nazi to Praise His ‘Human Rights’ Work
by Ben Norton

*Maybe they meant “human whites supporter” … ?

(And don’t we all love Chris Murphy?)


Democracy Now!
Top Student Loan Watchdog Resigns over Trump Admin Doing Bidding of Predatory Lenders


Meet Crystal Mason, the Black Texas Mother Facing 5+ Years in Prison for Voting in the 2016 Election



‘I Don’t Want to Lie to Myself Anymore’: Calling Macron’s Timid Steps on Climate Inadequate, French Environment Minister Resigns in Protest
“We strive to maintain an economic model that is responsible for all these climatic disorders,” declared Nicolas Hulot
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Can we measure the impact on global warming of the hot air from hypocrites?


Eyeing Landmark Verdict in Roundup Cancer Case, Vietnam Demands Monsanto Be Held Liable Over Agent Orange
“We believe Monsanto should be responsible for compensating Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange for the damages caused by the company’s herbicides”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


No One Ever Remembered a Teacher for Raising Standardized Test Scores
“I just wanted you to know that you taught me how to write. If it wasn’t for you I never would have made it anywhere. I just wanted to thank you so much for everything you did for me.”
by Steven Singer

*Are you creating cogs

Or cognition?


Environment America
Hearing Today on Toxic Algal Outbreaks: Will Senators Call for Reducing Pollution?


Democracy Now!
1968 DNC Protests, 50 Years Later: Organizers Recall Coalition Building & Running Pig for President



A Private Investigator on Living in a Surveillance Culture
Can we be forgotten anymore?
by Judith Coburn


Hurricane Season Not Only Brings Destruction and Death But Rising Inequality Too
Populations that are privileged in terms of education, race or homeownership gain wealth in the aftermath of natural disasters, exacerbating already wide economic inequities
by Junia Howell


Becoming Serfs
Income inequality in the United States has not been this pronounced in over a century
by Chris Hedges

*Do we want the exploitocracy to “do better” by us, or do we want to have the power to determine our own fate?

Do we want to be bought off, or do we want to buy in to the idea that no one should have the right to control our lives?


Center for Biological Diversity
Senate Urged to Block Super-Polluting Supersonic Flights Over U.S. Land
Bill provision would reverse decades-old ban

*Flights of fatal fancy


The Real News Network
US Government Admits It’s Making Fake Social Media Accounts to Spread Propaganda in Cuba
by Ben Norton

*Often imitated

Never duplicated


Kris Kobach’s Gubernatorial Campaign Hires White Nationalists
Kansas Republican Kris Kobach’s gubernatorial campaign hires white nationalists, giving momentum to the racist anti-immigrant movement and increasing their power in the GOP. We speak to Christina Lopez of Media Matters

*The DNCistas remain mum on this (aside perhaps from fundraising pitches to the party faithful) because to actually denounce this venom might alienate the all important “swing” voters, many of whom have some level of sympathy for it.


Erik Prince’s Push to Privatize the Afghanistan War
Former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince is now lobbying to deploy mercenaries instead of the US military in order to bring the 17-year war in Afghanistan to an end. We discuss the proposal with Antony Loewenstein, author of “Disaster Capitalism”

*Any “success” for the empire will always be a fatal failure for the Afghans.


Rapid GDP Growth: Does Trump Deserve the Credit?
Trump and his supporters argue that the 2017 corporate tax rate cuts are spurring economic growth. Is there any truth to this? We discuss the real effects of the tax cuts with economics professor Gerald Epstein of UMass Amherst

*That trickle has a distinct odor


Democracy Now!
Obit Omit: What the Media Leaves Out of John McCain’s Record of Misogyny and Militarism

*I dearly wish McCain actually had a maker to meet.


Pope Asks Forgiveness for Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal as New Letter Says He Knew, But Failed to Act

*It’s frustrating, and sad, as with the previous segment on the Democratic Party, to witness this forlorn hope that a thoroughly corrupt institution – corrupt by its very nature – can somehow be rebuilt.

You can’t rebuild a house on a rotten foundation


Is Coconut Oil Really a “Poison”?
by Ty Bollinger


What you need to know about coconut oil
According to a recent survey, 72% of Americans classify coconut oil as a “healthy food.” Here’s what the science says.
by Caitlin Dow

*As the song goes

“Two men say they’re Jesus
One of them must be wrong”

Keep in mind, though, that these are the folks who say GMOs are NBD.



After Verizon Throttling During Wildfire, California Firefighters Endorse Bill to Defend Net Neutrality
“Cable-and-phone-company greed is out.of.control,” said Free Press. “If you need proof, look no further than what just happened to the Santa Clara Fire Department.”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real News Network
How Flint Was Gentrified Through its Water Crisis
Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Flint resident and activist Abel Delgado on how the water crisis transformed his neighborhood


Big Tech Corporations Are Now Censoring Iranian Social Media Accounts – A Banned Student Journalist Speaks out
by Ben Norton

*An indelicious irony that in the name of “protecting democracy”, the polar opposite blows its chill winds across the cybersphere


Distorting Past and Present: Reuters on Nicaragua’s Armed Uprising
by Joe Emersberger

*You don’t have to believe a gummint is pure as the driven snow to oppose US attempts to subvert it. By the same token, you shouldn’t ignore its very real contradictions – whether in Nicaragua or Venezuela or Brazil (before the soft coup), et alia.

Of course, the corpress will edit out most every contradiction of the opposition, and paint any “official enemy” in the worst light, but that doesn’t absolve us of the duty to see the situation in as clear eyed a manner as possible.

Doing so can elicit bile from both sides.

Nobody said intellectual honesty was a good way to make friends.


Democracy Now!
17-Year-Old Helps Win Last-Minute Stay of Deportation For His Mom—Now She’ll See Him Start College



Fossil Fuel Industry Evokes Fury for Seeking Taxpayer Funds for Protection Against Climate Crisis It Created
“Big Oil is asking tax payers to pay for protecting their refineries from sea level rise that they caused by keeping us addicted to oil? Yeah…no.”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Applying “the Pottery Barn rule” to the planet

You broke it

You pay for it


‘Take Her Name Out of Your Mouth’: Family of Mollie Tibbetts Tell Right-Wingers, Led by Trump, to Stop Exploiting Her Death for Racist, Anti-Immigrant Narrative
“We are not so fucking small-minded that we generalize a whole population based on some bad individuals. Now stop being a fucking snake and using my cousins death as political propaganda.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*These hyper hypocrites care as much for Mollie Tibbetts as they do for the “unborn” once they are born.


Feminist Principles and Michael Kimmel
by Robert Jensen


The Real News Network
Greece Exits its Bailout but Remains Shackled by Debt and Austerity
Former Greek MP Costas Lapavitsas says Greece has been reduced to a ‘weak and marginal Balkan economy’


The Battle Over West Virginia’s Coal Country
Trump and the EPA are rolling back coal regulations. In 2013, a group of students travelled to West Virginia to learn about the mountains—and communities—being split apart by the coal industry
by Nicole Fabricant


The End For Trump, Or A Dead End for Mueller? (1/2)
The convictions of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen have led many of Trump’s media and political foes to declare the beginning of the end. Yahoo News correspondent and “Russian Roulette” co-author Michael Isikoff joins TRNN’s Aaron Maté to discuss


The End For Trump, Or A Dead End for Mueller? (2/2)


Banning Absurd Racist Alex Jones Threatens Us All
Digital media owners silenced the left; now it’s Alex Jones’ turn. How do we define the public commons when it’s all privately owned?

*I understand Strossen’s argument, but I also think that those who foment hate and violence toward the “other” and the oppressed and exploited should not have free reign to spew their bile. It has dire and deadly consequences.

I don’t have a clean and neat answer to this. There may not be one, but I do agree that the imposition of one from on high has its own fearsome fate to be frightened of.


Debate: Who Is Behind Nicaragua’s Turmoil? (1/3)
Recent months of deadly unrest in Nicaragua have fractured splits in the Sandinista movement, with critics accusing President Daniel Ortega of autocratic rule, and supporters accusing the opposition of attempting a US-backed soft coup. We host a debate between Dr. Mary Ellsberg of George Washington University and Max Blumenthal of the Grayzone Project


Debate: Who Is Behind Nicaragua’s Turmoil? (2/3)


Debate: Who Is Behind Nicaragua’s Turmoil? (3/3)

*Do you think the question posed in the segment title has been answered?

I don’t.

This was akin to listening to trial lawyers argue for their clients, trying to win a case, rather than getting at the truth of the matter.

I don’t support Ortega, or those who wish to topple his administration for their own nefarious aims. I support the aspirations of the people of Nicaragua for a better life – one they shape for themselves.

I’d hoped to have garnered intel here that would help me to better do so, but all the heat generated very little light for me.


That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality
by Alan MacLeod

*Was the Jones excision a feint to provide cover for attacking the intended targets?

And even given the dangers of corporate censorship, can a case be made for his being given the boot? Does the equation have to be an “either/or”?


‘Liberal’ MSNBC Runs All-Star Lineup of Awful Right-Wing Guests
by Justin Anderson

*Add to this the long list of valuable voices that have never set foot in an MSNBC green room.


Democracy Now!
Maya Little on the Fight Against Racist Confederate Statues (Part 2)


NC’s Sole Black Woman Historical Commissioner: Confederate Statues Don’t Belong at State Capitol

*I say this as a “son of the South”

The only “appropriate place” for these abominations is on the scrapheap of history.


White Nationalism in the White House: Administration Faces New Revelations About Ties to Far Right


Why Are Doctors Rushing Patients Into Conventional Cancer Treatments?
by Dr. Bita Badakhshan



As Lanny Davis Begs Americans to Donate to ‘Scumbag’ Michael Cohen, GoFundMe ‘Truth’ Campaign Decried as Brazen Con Job
“Michael Cohen doesn’t need half a million dollars to help him ‘tell the truth,’ and he’s not a #Resistance hero. He’s an absolute scumbag who is telling the truth because otherwise he’ll spend the rest of his life in jail.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Perhaps Madame Mayhem and The Slick Willie can spare some foundation smack for such a worthy “humanitarian cause”.


The Other ’68: Black Power During Reconstruction
Recalling a time when the empowerment of the most oppressed in our society paved the way for other social struggles also gives weight to today’s slogan that all lives will matter only when Black lives matter
by Adam Sanchez

*Old times there that shouldn’t be forgotten


Institute for Public Accuracy
Amazon and Pentagon

*Wiped from WaPo?

Ya think?


Democracy Now!
Meet Maya Little, UNC Student Whose Protest Ignited the Movement to Topple a Racist Confederate Statue

*I have nothing to add to Little’s eloquence.



‘Scary’: After Abnormally Warm Winter, Arctic’s Strongest Sea Ice Breaks Up for First Time on Record
Ice that’s generally about 65 feet thick has become much thinner due to warming trends, allowing the unusually warm winds blowing through the region to push the ice apart
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Public Citizen
100-Plus Corporate Executives Met With Trump Since Charlottesville Neo-Nazi Rally
Despite previously distancing themselves from the Administration, many companies have come crawling back


Or avarice?


Latest WTO Case Challenging U.S. State Renewable Energy Policies Illustrates Why Global Trade Rules Must Change


The Real News Network
Facebook Taps Militarist Think Tank Atlantic Council to Police its Content (1/2)
From Alex Jones to alleged Russian trolls, major internet companies are increasingly policing content on their platforms. Max Blumenthal of the Grayzone Project says the partnership between Facebook and the Atlantic Council highlights “the merger of the national security state and Silicon Valley.”


Russiagate Frenzy Targets Leftist Sites (2/2)
Russiagate has deepened the partnership between Washington and Silicon Valley, and leftist websites are among the first casualties. After falsely accusing an anti-white supremacist rally event page of being a fake, Facebook shut down the page of VenezuelaAnalysis.com for several hours without explanation. We speak to VA founder and TRNN host Greg Wilpert, as well as the Grayzone Project’s Max Blumenthal


Over 2,000 Cities with Higher Lead Levels than Flint
Baltimore, Milwaukee, Chicago and Cleveland all have been victim to high lead and other toxins in the water. Eddie Conway and Eugene Puryear discuss the frustrations of citizens and the struggles to get clean water in communities of color

*Their wealth trumps our well being?

A lead pipe cinch


Authoritarian Patriarchy Is the Root of Sexual Abuse in the Church
A Pennsylvania grand jury report uncovers 70 years of sexual abuse of at least a thousand children by 301 priests. We speak to theologian Matthew Fox about the scandal’s causes and consequences

*The Catholic Church is like the Democratic Party

There’s all this nonsense about “saving its soul”

And there’s no soul to save.

As the man said, “Imagine … no religion”

What we have here is an utter lack of imagination.

Do we need a belief in an afterlife to compel us to do good in this one?

Isn’t being a mensch its own reward?

I get a moral chubby when I do what my conscience demands and my courage allows, and I have no need for fairy tales, or the fear of “hellfire and damnation”, as incentives for that.

Maybe I’m just weird that way.


Venezuela’s New Economic Program: Will it Stop Hyperinflation?
President Maduro is introducing a series of deep economic reforms, to put an end to hyperinflation and to re-start the economy. But this can only happen if faith is restored in the currency and if US financial sanctions come to an end, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Overrides Minimal Protections in Yemen War

*A war without wanton hypocrisy is like a day without a drone attack


Democracy Now!
National Prison Strike Begins: Prisoners in 17 States Demand End to “Slave Labor” Behind Bars


From Attica to South Carolina: Heather Ann Thompson on the Roots of the Nationwide Prison Strike



‘We Are Climbing Rapidly Out of Humankind’s Safe Zone’: New Report Warns Dire Climate Warnings Not Dire Enough
“Climate change is now reaching the end-game, where very soon humanity must choose between taking unprecedented action, or accepting that it has been left too late and bear the consequences”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Will we face the future

Or be phased out of it?


As Arctic Warming Stalls Summer Weather, Study Warns of Intensifying ‘Very-Extreme Extremes’
“This is #climatechange, and the time to act on it is now”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Can we get our act together

Before the climate curtain falls?


Nearly Three Days Later, Jake Tapper Admits CNN “Fact Check” on Medicare for All Was, Uh, Not Factual
“Having now acknowledged the need for two corrections, he should consider whether he and the other people working on this understand the issue of Medicare for All well enough to appoint themselves as fact checkers”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*We need to stop conflating “misunderstanding” with misdirection.

The latter is the central function of the corpress.


Any Invites for Victims of Wall Street Greed? 10 Years After Global Meltdown, Lehman Brothers Planning ‘Disgraceful’ Reunion
“People will be absolutely disgusted about this unacceptable and highly inappropriate gathering”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Party heart[lessl]y


Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth
On the the dawn of the Anthropocene and how humanity has engineered our own march toward collective suicide
by Chris Hedges

*We were never as smart as we thought we were

Will we now see just how dumb we’ve been?


In Afghanistan, Our Need to Rethink the Institution of War
We’ve been thinking that we need armies to stop ‘terrorists’, but armies don’t stop ‘terrorists’. Instead, they give ‘terrorists’ reason to keep fighting
by Dr. Hakim

*There have always been those who stand for humanity

The question has always been if there will be enough


Fight for the Future
Internet Activists Turn Up the Heat on Salesforce over Border Patrol Contract
New DropSalesforce.com campaign targets company with crowdfunded bus ads near its headquarters in San Francisco, calls on speakers and vendors to pull out of flagship Dreamforce conference

*“Salesforce prides itself on (its PR of) being a socially aware and responsible company”


The Real News Network
U.S. Court Delays Keystone XL Pipeline Construction by Ordering Environmental Review
Diana Best of Greenpeace USA says many obstacles remain to the completion of Keystone XL

*Will a pipe dream become a nightmare for its purveyors?


Lula da Silva: “Brazil is Undergoing a Right-Wing Coup”
The unraveling of Brazil’s social safety net, put in place by the PT, combined with the legislative manipulations and extreme neoliberal austerity, constitutes a right-wing coup, explains Mark Weisbrot of CEPR


Revolution and the Third World: Exploring the Radical Ideas of Anti-Imperialist Economist Samir Amin
Samir Amin revolutionized economics by centering the Global South. TRNN’s Ben Norton explores the radical legacy of the Egyptian-French anti-imperialist Marxist with scholar Ali Kadri


New Information Reveals How Israel Covered-Up the Killing of Four Boys in Gaza
Shir Hever discusses the Intercept report, revealing that the Israeli military used an armed drone to kill four children playing football and injure four others. The Israeli investigation of the killing is exposed as a sham


Petition update
Medications can Lose up to 75% Potency In High Heat as This Reporter’s Investigation Indicates
by Loretta Boesing


Democracy Now!
Horror at TX Detention Center: ICE Guards Separate Fathers & Sons After They Had Just Been Reunited


In Memoriam: David McReynolds, the Gay Socialist Pacifist Who Twice Ran for President, Dies at 88


Study May Spare Thousands of Breast Cancer Patients From Unnecessary Chemotherapy
by Ty Bollinger



Jake Tapper’s Flawed ‘Happy Fact Check Friday’ on Medicare for All Widely Condemned
“Once again, the main impediment to the success of Medicare for All is actually liberals who are either stupid or dishonest about this stuff”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I assume there are a few Canucks working in the stateside corpress.

Tapper and ilk might ask them how well their homeland’s healthcare system worked for them, and it.

Might … but won’t.


Sea of Tears: The Tragedy of Families Split by the Korean War
‘How can there be a half-century of separation between brothers and sisters, between parents and children?’
by Simone Chun


Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)
Communities, Workers and Science Group Win Case Against EPA


The Real News Network
Kris Kobach, Trump’s Top Vote Suppressor, Wins Kansas Primary
Kris Kobach is the frontrunner to become the next governor of Kansas after winning the Republican primary. And even though Kobach’s vote suppression efforts have faced legal setbacks, Trump’s stacking of the Supreme Court may soon hand him another victory, says investigative journalist Greg Palast

*Unless they can somehow tie this to Russia, the Dems don’t give a good goddamn, do they?


After Attempted Killing of Indian Leftist Student Leader, Activists Accuse Government, Media of Incitement
Left-wing student leader Umar Khalid was shot at by a right-wing Hindutva extremist near India’s parliament. JNU Professor Jayati Ghosh says their school, the media, and the BJP government have incited this sectarian violence. Ben Norton reports


Remove sub-Asian boxes on Census Form 2020! Stop racist anti-Asian anti-immigrant legacy!
by Swan Lee


Stand Up KC and Fight for $15
Shae Edwards Funeral Expenses


Can Keeping Your Baby Too Clean Lead to Leukemia?
by Ty Bollinger



‘Complete Joke’: Democrats Ripped for Totally Failing to Grill FCC Chair Ajit Pai Over Net Neutrality Cyberattack Lies
“There were many opportunities to talk about how the FCC misled the press and mistreated reporters. That should have been the story of this hearing, but they didn’t make Pai sweat nearly enough.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Corporate Democrat” is a redundancy in terms

It’s akin to … I don’t know … “sleeping pajamas”.


The Workers Left Behind by the DNC’s Fossil Fuel Resolution
Why only a just transition framework will do
by Alycee Lane


The Trump-Media Logrolling
While the need for genuinely free sources of information is greater than ever, it is unclear to me if traditional newspapers can be part of the equation
by Sam Husseini

*Quite righteous, but “the seemingly perpetual U.S. government war machine” invaded Afghanistan before Iraq, if memory serves.


The Right To Be Afraid
There’s something wrong here that our legal system is, apparently, incapable of addressing
by Robert C. Koehler

*Is it possible what was coursing through the killer’s mind wasn’t fear, but the prime directive

“No nigger’s gonna shove me to the ground and get away with it”?


Center for Biological Diversity
Analysis: Most Oil Wells Approved by Gov. Brown Are in Low-income Areas, Communities of Color

*If he does the right thing due to political pressure, rather than, say, a conscious conscience

How would that make him “a champion for the health and future of all Californians”?

Screw his “legacy”


The Real News Network
Saudi-Canada Diplomatic Row Obscures Canada’s Support for the Deadly War on Yemen
Canadian Journalist Anthony Fenton Explains Canada’s Extensive Arms Sales to the Saudi Autocracy


Genoa Bridge Disaster Plays Into Hands of Italy’s Far-Right
The death toll from a bridge collapse in the Italian city of Genoa has reached at least thirty-nine. The tragedy has ignited national frustration with crumbling infrastructure and economic austerity — and it’s Italy’s far-right that has taken most advantage. We speak to Steve Hellman, professor emeritus at York University.

*It’s not that there’s no “space” for a left alternative

It’s that, like Syriza, there’s no spine to truly stand as one.


Public Citizen
Sign the Petition to Protect Workers from Rising Temperatures


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Trump-Media Logrolling”

*The media elite enabled Killer Clown

For that alone, “enemy of the people” is an ironically apt label.


Democracy Now!
Shocking Investigation Reveals Pennsylvania Priests Abused 1,000 Children and Covered Up the Abuse

*That an institution that blessed slavery, torture and genocide could be capable of this …

It just beggars the imagination, doesn’t it?


“This Church Is a Criminal Enterprise”: Former Priest & Survivor Speak Out on PA Catholic Sex Abuse

*Don’t you know Francis and his cabal are in crisis mode, trying to suss how to PR this as much as possible?

And they’ll have all sorts of assistance from pols and the corpress, who’ll “false balance” this to death.

It’s not a matter of what the pope “has to do”

It’s a matter of his going down with the whole vile enterprise.



‘How Many More Women Have to Die?” Days After Lawmakers Reject Legalization Bill, Argentine Woman Dies From At-Home Abortion
“Secrecy saves no life. Secrecy kills.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Belly Flop’: With Only One Percent of Leases Sold, Even Fossil Fuel Industry Understands Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan Is Ridiculous
“Even corporate polluters aren’t buying what Zinke’s selling”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Glyphosate—It’s What’s for Breakfast: Study Finds Cancer-Causing Weedkiller in Popular Oatmeal, Cereals, and Snack Bars
Concerned that “President Trump’s lawless EPA” won’t take action to protect children from the chemical, EWG calls on companies to end use of glyphosate
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Friends of the Earth U.S. Applauds Canada’s Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides, Urges EPA and Food Retailers to Follow


The Real News Network
Trump Explores Creating a Military Branch to Dominate Space
In violation of international accords, Trump wants to create a new branch of the military that will dominate the frontier of space with weapons

*Turning the heavens to hell


Right-Wing Reunion in Charlottesville, Portland and DC, Outnumbered by Anti-Racist
A year after Heather Heyer’s brutal murder, white nationalist rally in Portland and DC, but they are outnumbered by anti-racist opponents. We speak to Eugene Puryear.

*Violent resistance is a fraught choice

But turning the other cheek almost always results in another blow to the face


Impeach Judge TJ Hauler for Giving a Sexual Abuser No Jail Time
by Emily Jansen


Democracy Now!
Parents of Murdered Parkland Student Joaquin Oliver on Using Art to Demand End to Gun Violence


John Carlos Frey: Deported Parents Say Trump Administration Is Still Separating Families at Border


Military Cover-Up? 100s of Migrants Feared Dead in Mass Grave at AZ’s Barry Goldwater Bombing Range


Promising Early Cancer Tests Able to Detect Stage 0 Cancer
by Tony Isaacs



The Enemy Between Us: How Inequality Erodes our Mental Health
Inequality creates the social and political divisions that isolate us from each other
by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson


Terrified By ‘Hothouse Earth’? Don’t Despair — Do Something
This is our actual planet we’re talking about, the only place in the entire universe capable of supporting life as we know it
by Eric Holthaus

*I wouldn’t bet my money that we’ll survive

But I have no choice but to bet my life


Donald Trump, Gunrunner for Hire
The NRA and the gun industry in the global stratosphere
by William Hartung


Real News, Fake News
Real Resistance, Fake Resistance
by Pat Elder

*Madame Mayhem’s makeup kit


ACLU Files Complaint With DHS Over Unfair Blacklisting of U.S. Citizen


The Real News Network
After Emerging From An Israeli Prison, Freedom Flotilla Captain Accuses Canada’s Government Of Complicity In A “Slow Genocide”
Human Rights Activist John Turnbull Describes How Israel’s Navy Hijacked a Peaceful Vessel in International Waters and Kidnapped its Passengers and Crew


Deadly Taliban Offensive Exposes US-Afghan Forces’ Disarray
As the death toll from a Taliban assault on the Afghan city of Ghazni passes 300, journalist and author Ahmed Rashid says the attack underscores the the ineffectiveness of the US-NATO-Afghan government coalition, and the urgent need for talks to end the nearly 17-year war


Institute for Public Accuracy
Turning Space Into a War Zone

*From Killer Clown to Darth Vader


FAIR Counterspin
‘There is a Strong Reason for All Americans to Feel more Economically Insecure than they Did Before the Great Recession’
Janine Jackson interviewed Dedrick Asante-Muhammad about the racial wealth divide


Democracy Now!
Historic Ruling Against Monsanto Finds Company Acted with “Malice” Against Groundskeeper with Cancer

*The money here ain’t jack for Monsanto

It’s the precedent, which will hopefully open the floodgates to their coffers.

We know no one will go to jail for this, but if execs’ income were dramatically affected along with the corp’s cash, we might see a shift in their sinister ‘tude.


How Monsanto Plants Stories, Suppresses Science & Silences Dissent to Sell a Cancer-Linked Chemical

*Do you fantasize about making these bastards drink a “cancer cocktail” on a daily basis?


40 Yemeni Children Dead by U.S.-Made Bomb? Outrage Mounts Over U.S. Role in Airstrike on School Bus

*Loopholes large enough to launch a missile through


AP Investigation: Behind the Scenes in Yemen, U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Is Working with al-Qaeda



Google Tracking User Data Even When ‘Location History’ Is Off: AP
New investigation by Associated Press shows how iPhone and Android users’ location data is still recorded even when they have been misled to believe it isn’t
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Alex Jones Is Far From the Only Person Tech Companies Are Silencing
Facebook, Twitter, Apple and other companies routinely silence voices in marginalized communities around the world that struggle to be heard in the first place, replicating their offline repression
by David Greene


As America Burns From Climate Change, Trump Officials Attend Denial Conference to Discuss Why Climate Change is Fake
Trump represents the last chance for the fossil fuel industry to wreck this planet
by Andy Rowell

*Flattened Earth Society


The Real News Network
As Europe Goes Right, Some Cities Take a Different Path
At the Fearless Cities Conference, Barcelona en Comú’s Gala Pin says cities are the future of democratic governance


Business Models of NSA & Companies Like Google Are About the Same? (1/2)
In a wide ranging discussion on global internet governance issues, Richard Hill explains that at the international level the US is deliberately structuring internet governance to ensure unrestricted corporate freedom and to favor its own surveillance apparatus, and largely denies certain internet services should be public services or public goods


Can Big Internet Security Problems Be Fixed Retroactively? (2/2)
Cybersecurity, affordable internet access for all, market share concentration in US & Chinese internet giants, e-commerce and cross-border free flow of data, ownership of citizens’ collective data and the value-added of artificial intelligence are all material in a wide ranging discussion on global internet governance issues with Richard Hill


Trump’s Trade War with China: Undermining China’s Dependence on Neoliberalism
The unexpected ascension of Donald Trump to the US presidency caught the Chinese leadership off guard, and his launching of a trade war against China is undermining its strategy for global dominance, argues Prof. Minqi Li


Chicago Votes et alia
Support Voting In Jail! Eligible voters should be able to vote


Stop Forcing Mail Order Pharmacy as Only Choice of Coverage & Monitor Package Temperature
by Loretta Boesing

*Nickel and diming us to death


‘The Vast Majority of Tipped Workers in America Suffer from Three Times the Poverty Rate of the Rest of the US Workforce’


Democracy Now!
Meet the Two Protesters Who Confronted Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke over Corruption & Climate Change


Interior Sec. Zinke Blames “Radical Environmentalists,” Not Climate Change, as 100+ Wildfires Rage


Vaccine Damage: How to Minimize the Effects of Taking a (Forced) Vaccine
by Ty Bollinger

*For your consideration

I’m trying to suss this shit out for my own self.



In Latest ‘Shameful Abdication’ of Duty to Students, DeVos Moves to ‘Unshackle’ For-Profit Colleges Peddling Useless Degrees
“There is no line Secretary DeVos won’t cross to pad the pockets of for-profit colleges”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Progressives ‘Furious’ After Report of DNC Proposal to Reverse Ban on Fossil Fuel Donations
“Honestly, these people are bound and determined to deflate and demobilize their base,” declared author and activist Naomi Klein
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Old dog

Old tricks

What to do?

New party


As DefCon Begins, Child Hackers Ready to Crack US Voting Systems (Because Adult Hackers Find It Just Too Easy)
“These websites are so easy to hack we couldn’t give them to adult hackers—they’d be laughed off the stage”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Of course, if you built the machine, and your friends ask you nicely to futz with it, you don’t need to hack it, do you?


‘Peak Dystopia’: Chicago Police Bolster Distrust With ‘Bait Truck’ Full of Nikes in Poor Black Neighborhood
Critics called the sting operation “an appalling display of misplaced priorities and a step backwards on the path to trust and legitimacy”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Would it seem a logical disconnect to you to try to “build trust” between an abuser and their victim?

Is the analogy apt?


US Editorials Called the Polish Immigrant Grandparents of Laura Ingraham ‘Undesirables’
Ingraham’s typical Know-Nothing pronouncements on immigration to the US
by Juan Cole

*Isn’t it depressingly ironic that many of the countries whose residents were deemed “undesirable” are today viciously xenophobic?


The Real News Network
New US Sanctions on Russia and Iran Raise Tensions, May Backfire
The US has imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia over the Skripal poisoning in Britain, despite the absence to date of evidence. This follows the reimposition of Iran sanctions following Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The sanctions will further bleed the targeted countries, but could they backfire? We speak to journalist and best-selling author Max Blumenthal


Berkeley Police Dept Persecutes Counter-Protesters Who Opposed Far-Right Rally
In an unusual move, the Berkeley Police Department made public the mug shots and names of counter-protesters they arrested, who had come to oppose a far-right demonstration. Was this an effort to intimidate leftists and to favor the far-right? We discuss the action and implications with UC law professor Veena Dubal

*Do I need to point out which party dominates gummint in Berkeley and the Bay Area in general, and that some of the pols enabling this cop crap may have been protesters back in the day?


Laundering a Massacre By Labeling It a ‘Clash’
by Adam Johnson

*More fun with words

“Provocation” by the oppressed

“Reaction” by the rulers



The Knife in Iran’s Back: Trump Reinstates Sanctions, Opening the Door to Chaos in Asia and Europe
China, Russia and Turkey have already indicated that they will not buckle to U.S. pressure
by Vijay Prashad


The Ferguson Effect: Why Wesley Bell’s Primary Victory in St. Louis Matters
As we move toward the midterm elections of 2018, we would do well to pay attention to the continued influence of the movement for Black lives on local elections and on the changing face of criminal justice reform in America
by Frank Leon Roberts


Poverty, Violence, and Spiritual Wildfires
We’ve chosen, over the last half century, to perpetuate violence rather than take a complex, value-transforming stand against, or beyond, it
by Robert C. Koehler

*If there were profit to be made in ending poverty …

But, of course, that’s what makes it possible


Food & Water Watch
As Trump Seeks to Frack California, Gov. Brown Must Finally Resist

*Brown will do what’s best for Brown, which means he’ll have to believe that doing the wrong thing will cost him more than doing what’s right.

I guess that’s as succinct a definition of “politician” as any, innit?


Court Slams EPA Failure to Protect Children and Farmworkers From Toxic Pesticide
EPA ordered to ban chlorpyrifos within 60 days


The Real News Network
Greece’s Government and Creditors Downplay Austerity’s Effects in ‘National Tragedy’ Wildfires
Greek journalist Aris Chatzistefanou says austerity has degraded Greece’s ability to manage threats to public safety


Democracy Now!
$1 An Hour to Fight Largest Fire in CA History: Are Prison Firefighting Programs Slave Labor?

*If you’re holding out a carrot with a stick in your hand, that can’t be considered “voluntary”.

Inmates shouldn’t have to risk their lives to improve their lot. Firefighter training can be provided without exposing prisoners to possibly deadly consequences.


Cheerios Nutrition: Is This Popular Food Actually Healthy for Kids & Adults?
by Deborah Oke

*Cereal killer



Confirming Kavanaugh Is Not Affirming Democracy
Based on Kavanaugh’s own past decisions, of affirming, and likely expanding, constitutional rights of corporations at the expense of human rights, and limiting our ability to protect our ecosystem from further plunder and outright collapse
by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap and Greg Coleridge


Why We Need More Women Involved in Creating Environmental Policy
A new study shows female economists are more likely to support environmental policies than their male counterparts
by Lucy Goodchild van Hilten


Drug Policy Alliance
Stark Racial Disparities and Disturbing Growth in Washington D.C. Marijuana Arrests Despite Legalization
While possession arrests remain low, alarming growth in marijuana distribution arrests and public consumption charges


Food & Water Watch
FDA Investigating Possible Link Between Factory Farms and Tainted Lettuce


The Real News Network
Israel is Turning From a Security State to a Private Security State
TRNN’s Shir Hever discusses his book on the privatization of Israeli security, the role of the Palestinian Authority as a subcontractor, and the international impact of Israeli security firms

*Should we be optimistic about the possibility of a “political solution” similar to that in South Africa?

We might ask the non white residents of that land just how well that’s worked out for them.


Why Are Progressive Online Media Outlets Not Questioning Russiagate? Q&A (4/5)

*It seems entirely appropriate, when referring to Maddow and ilk, to place “progressives” in scare quotes, don’t it?


Get harmful chemicals out of sunscreen
by Arabella Hubbauer


The Deficit That Will Eat the Budget and Other Ever-Popular Scare Stories
by Dean Baker

*Deficit spin-ding


Democracy Now!
Do Historic Victories & Tight Races in Primaries Mean Dems Could Retake Senate & House in November?



‘Terrifying’: Poll Shows 43% of Republicans Think Trump Should Have Power to Shutter News Outlets for ‘Bad Behavior’
In an apparent win for the president’s hostile rhetoric, nearly half of Republicans also agree with his claim that “the news media is the enemy of the American people”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If obfuscation and fabrication in service to our exploiters is evidence of an “enemy”, then the corpress qualifies in spades.

That, of course, is not what has Killer Clown’s knickers in a twist, is it?


New Scorecard Shows Only 12 House Democrats Have Fully Embraced Game-Changing Progressive Agenda
“In today’s tumultuous world, it is important for all Americans to know exactly who in Washington is standing up for our most essential needs: a clean, livable environment, quality universal healthcare, and a more just, equitable society for all”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There are 78 reps in the “Progressive Caucus”

Do the math


Did Saudis Just Threaten Canada With 9/11-Style Attack for Crime of Criticizing Their Atrocious Human Rights Record?
“If you represent a kingdom which brought forth the majority of 9/11 attackers, don’t use a plane flying into a tower in North America when you have a disagreement with Canada. It doesn’t help.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Given that corpress fawning over bin Salman, don’t expect a fraction of the outrage aimed at Killer Clown’s interaction with Putin to be directed at this object of his bromantic affection.


A ‘Hothouse’ Future for Humanity: Scientists Behind Terrifying Climate Analysis Hope They Are Wrong
“This is, by far, the biggest political issue in the world. It is the one thing that will affect everyone on the planet for centuries to come. Why isn’t everyone shouting it from the rooftops?”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Tweeting may have replaced fiddling, but our Nero is dead set that far beyond Rome burns.


Call For An End To The Trump Administration’s No-Abortion Policy for Immigrant Teens


Fight for $15
Protect home healthcare workers’ rights


The Real News Network
Israeli Commandos Brutally Attack Freedom Flotilla Activists in International Waters
Indigenous leader Larry Commodore returns to Canada after being released from an Israeli prison


The Truth About the 2008 Financial Meltdown and How it Contributed to Trump’s Rise (1/2)
What is the truth behind the 2008 financial collapse, why was no one prosecuted and how did Obama’s not prosecuting the “banksters” and strengthening Glass Steagal lead to Trump in the White House? Economist Bill Black joins us bring clarity to this mystery

*It’s a mystery to me why anyone with an ounce of unmoldly brain matter can’t suss why pols of either major persuasion cover for corporate connivance.

How about you?


The Truth About the 2008 Financial Meltdown and How it Contributed to Trump’s Rise (2/2)

*The DNCistas don’t so seemingly politically stupid things because they’re fools, but because it fulfills their function within the electoral duopoly.

Given the enforced ignorance of the American public, you need only a slightly less awful option to give the illusion of choice.

And an illusion is essentially all it is, isn’t it?


Is Trump Being Tough on Russia? Q&A (3/5)
Watch Part 3 of Paul Jay and Aaron Mate’s interactive discussion with viewers about the controversy over Trump’s visit to Helsinki – From a live recording on July 18th, 2018

*In a different world, would we wish the US to confront Russia over its (actual) sins?

That world would necessitate an American gummint willing to first cast the beam out of its own eye, wouldn’t you say?


Baltimore Organizers Say Climate Justice Is Also Health, Housing, and Transit Justice
The Baltimore People’s Climate Movement says that climate isn’t just an issue for our natural world; it also impacts our infrastructure and most vulnerable communities


Democracy Now!
Documenting Hate: New Doc Lays Bare the Violent White Supremacy that Exploded in Charlottesville


New Charlottesville Doc Exposes Neo-Nazi Leaders & Their Ties to U.S. Military & Weapons Contractors

*Think about this

You have nonviolent protesters being surveilled, infiltrated and prosecuted “to the fullest extent of the law”, while these vicious bastards are treated with kid gloves, if touched at all.


Because the former are a threat to power

The latter are a force multiplier for it.


Mother of Heather Heyer, Killed 1 Year Ago: Everyone Needs to Pick Up the Baton & Stand Against Hate

*It’s vital to hear the stories of folks like Susan Bro, who remind us that humanity persists in the face of all the forces arrayed against it.

Acts of conscience may not lead to victory

But they are never in vain


Portland Protest Shows New Far-Right Trend: Multiethnic Groups with Fascist Heroes Like Pinochet

*You’d think someone like Thompson would suss just why “law enforcement” enforces the law selectively here, but he apparently doesn’t, and that’s concerning, to say the least.

None so blind …


Activists Nationwide Aim to Disrupt GEO Group Today for Profiting Off Jailing & Separating Families


20 Questions for your Oncologist
Do you know the right questions to ask?
by Chris Wark



‘Why Elect Progressives? THIS’: Shredding of Social Safety Net Blamed as Bankruptcies Soar for Older Americans
“None of this is a bug. These are features of an economy that transfers massive wealth to the very top, by hollowing out the middle class”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What happens when one party plays hardball

And the other serves up hanging sliders


In Bid for ‘Dystopian’ Surveillance Power, Facebook Asking Big Banks for Customer Data
“How much more of your personal existence are you willing to give up to continue to be a sieve of your data for a multi-billion dollar corporation?”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”All your database are belong to us”


‘Glut of Overpriced Apartments’ Has Made Rents Fall for Rich, Soar for Poor in Cities Nationwide
In some U.S. metro areas, rents for low-income residents have increased by more than 40 percent since 2011, new data shows
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


The American Sea of Deception
While we’ve never seen anything on Trump’s psychotic scale, the problem of U.S. presidential deception goes way back in American history
by Paul Street

*Mythplaced national pride


What are the responsibilities of pro-feminist men in the Michael Kimmel case?
by Robert Jensen


Alliance for a Green Economy
After Perry Visits FitzPatrick and Touts Nuclear Subsidies in NY, Groups Call on Cuomo to Exempt Renewable Energy Purchasers From Subsidizing Failing Nuclear Plant
Nuclear subsidies have already cost New York ratepayers about $650 million


The Real News Network
Does the Russiagate Narrative Protect Those with Power and Influence? Q&A (Pt 2/5)
Watch Part 2 of Paul Jay and Aaron Mate’s interactive discussion with viewers about the controversy over Trump’s visit to Helsinki – From a live recording on July 18th, 2018

*Look beyond the circus clown to the ringmasters


Is LeBron James Writing the Playbook for Quality Public Schools?
Khalilah Harris discusses LeBron James’ I Promise School opening with Jose Vilson, National Board-certified teacher and founder of EduColor. She also visits a Baltimore area community school and makes connections to the purpose of education in a democracy facing deep economic inequality


Democracy Now!
Venezuelan Pres. Nicolás Maduro Targeted in 1st Assassination Attempt by Drone Against Head of State



Earth’s Carbon Concentrations Have Soared to Levels Not Seen in 800,000 Years
One NOAA oceanographer warns that even if humanity “stopped the greenhouse gases at their current concentrations today, the atmosphere would still continue to warm for next couple decades to maybe a century”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Time’s running out

But we can’t


‘Insidious’: Emails Show Trump White House Lied About US Poverty Levels to Discredit Critical UN Report
With its attempt to falsify statistics and whitewash uncomfortable facts about poverty in America, the White House once again demonstrated its “contempt” for the poor, one critic argued
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Another effluent episode in this make your own reality show


‘An Insult to Our National Wildlife’: Trump Reverses Ban on GMOs and Bee-Killing Pesticides in Refuges
“Industrial agriculture has no place on public lands dedicated to conservation of biological diversity and the protection of our most vulnerable species”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Demanding Rahm’s Resignation, Anti-Violence Protesters Shut Down Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive in March to Wrigley Field
“#ResignRahm: End the Tale of Two Cities. Justice for ALL Chicagoans!”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The emphemerality of celebrity solidarity

The day the music didn’t die


Stop Meat Companies from Rigging the Grass-fed Market
The deceptive use of “Product of U.S.A.” in labeling imported beef hurts ranchers, consumers, and the environment
by Ben Lilliston


Trump’s Farmer “Bailout,” Explained
And what we really need to do to get agriculture back on track
by Patty Lovera


Witnessing Coal’s Death March
“Whether it’s coal to Asia, coal waste to oil, coal to plastics, or coal to rainbows and unicorns, that coal is mined from the bones and the lungs of people who can never be fairly compensated for their injuries or their lives”
by Vernon Haltom


Democracy Now!
A Slaughter in Silence: How Trump’s “America First” Policy Enabled Ethnic Cleansing in the DRC

*Can we pay more attention to the “Killer”, and less to the “Clown”?


Body of Olivia Lone Bear Found in N. Dakota as Native Women Face Crisis of Murders, Disappearances

*As is the case in so many other areas of the world, the blood flows along with the oil



‘We Need Healthcare Champions, Not Puppets’: Docs Expose Big Pharma’s Scheme to Turn Democratic Candidates Against Medicare for All
“Democrats running in a primary election will say they support ‘Medicare for All,’ but what do they say to lobbyists behind the scenes?”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


40 Senate Democrats Join GOP to Send $717 Billion Military Spending Bill to Trump’s Desk
“Not one op-ed or editorial or talking head on cable news will ask ‘how will we pay for it?’ Funding for bombs, guns, military bases, warships, fighter jets is simply factored in. Like gravity or entropy, it just is.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There’s never a gridlock on the war chest


Empire in Decline, Really? The American War Machine Continues to Grow
Everything the Trump administration does is geared toward intimidation and war
by Vijay Prashad


The Real News Network
The Privatization of Puerto Rico’s Public Schools Has Begun
Teacher and union activist Noelanie Fuentes Cardona says Puerto Rico’s Democratic governor and Betsy DeVos have teamed up to introduce charter schools and online schools to the struggling island

*The vultures circle, and so must the ring of solidarity


On Renewable Energy, Maryland Misses the Mark
Patrick Woodall of Food and Water Watch tells Dharna Noor that Maryland’s renewable energy policies are “cleanwashing” dirty energy sources like trash incineration and wood burning

*”Cleanwashing” is literally chicken sh-i-t, innit?


Democracy Now!
Rob Nixon: Gov’t Inaction on Climate Change Is “Slow Violence” That Hits World’s Poor the Hardest



NYT Magazine’s #LosingEarth Receives Scathing Reviews From Climate Action Movement
Critics argue the full-issue feature by the prominent publication “suppresses important facts, covering up how organized climate denial created our current predicament”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Why no mention of Barack “All of the above” Obama, Jerry Brown, Justin Trudeau or any of the other “climate heroes” who played “good cop” to arrest any truly potent policies to stave off the abyss?

The answer to that question ironically may justify Rich’s proclaimed pessimism. It’s up to us to prove him mistaken, but we can’t do so by ignoring the sins of our “allies”.


‘Racist Imbecile’ Trump Pushes Federal Voter ID by Claiming You Need Identification Just to Buy Stuff at Stores
Not since George H.W. Bush in 1992 has a president so obviously not been to a grocery store in his adult life
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*But you don’t have to show it when you buy politicians


The Real News Network
Extreme Heat Could Make One Third of Planet Uninhabitable
Climate scientist Michael Mann says that, under a business-as-usual scenario, the mass displacement of vulnerable populations could trigger an unprecedented national security crisis

*So, rather than frame this as an apocalypse for the people most directly affected by it, their rational reaction to climate change is presented as a “national security threat” to others – namely, the “developed” world – and “the national security community” is referenced as a corroborating source

You know … the same good folks who protect the system that produced this horror show.

Gotta love “alternative media” …


Sanders’ Plan to Eliminate Bail Could Hit Corporate Roadblock
Local advocates who have fought to eliminate bail at the state level say the well-funded bail lobby will fight to keep a system that monetizes criminal justice


General Elections in Zimbabwe: Results Uncertain, but 70 Percent Turned Out to Vote
From the ousting of Mugabe to the unprecedented voter turnout for this election, it is clear that the people are engaged and demanding change says Prof. Horace Campbell


‘Those Who Are Targeted Know What the State’s Agenda Has Been’
CounterSpin interview with Maha Hilal on Islamophobia
by Janine Jackson


Reporting on Medicare for All Makes Media Forget How Math Works
by Justin Anderson

*When it comes to doing the math on taxing the wealthy, for the corpress, 2 + 2 always equals “Too much”


Democracy Now!
A Threat to Global Democracy: How Facebook & Surveillance Capitalism Empower Authoritarianism


Nutrition Action
A leading researcher explains the obesity epidemic
One explanation: Extra calories from cheap, convenient, ultra-processed foods have increasingly flooded the food supply

*Left out of this is the impact of manipulative marketing, as well as the corporate sociopathy of “Profit über alles” that is its inspiration.


July 2018


Socialism on the Rise as Americans Seek Out Bold, Humane Alternatives to the Brutality of Trump and Capitalism
“Socialism is no longer a dirty word in the U.S.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Let’s not confuse “socialism” with social democracy, which is what “democratic socialists” advocate – not an end to capitalism.

If the goal is for every human being to lead a dignified life – not to mention have a planet on which to do so – then the exploitation that defines the profit system has to end

And it will, one way or another. Our task should be to ensure it does so in a way that doesn’t take us all down with it.


Lawyering Up on Immigration in the Trump Era
Immigrants are uniquely vulnerable to efforts to undermine the rule of law
by Joy Moses and Richard Rodriguez


The Real News Network
Ahed Tamimi’s Bravery Exposes Israeli, US Cowardice
Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi is free after eight months in an Israeli prison. While her bravery in confronting occupying Israeli soldiers has been celebrated around the world, Western media outlets have gone to great lengths to portray her as an aggressor. We speak to Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada


Israel’s Unrelenting Killings, Siege Try to Crush Gaza’s Protests
Israeli forces have shot dead three more Palestinians, including an 11-year old boy, protesting in Gaza’s Great March of Return. We speak to Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada


Institute for Public Accuracy
Even Koch-Backed Think Tank Finds Medicare for All Would Cut Health Care Spending

*Facts and fudged figures


Manafort Trial Begins

*Padlocking the Russiagate


Democracy Now!
“Quiet Skies”? Boston Globe Exposé Reveals TSA Is Secretly Surveilling Thousands of U.S. Travelers



Despite Ban and New Labels, Study Reveals ‘Large-Scale Illegal Presence’ of GMOs in India’s Food Supply
“We were shocked to know the scale in which GM foods have penetrated the Indian market”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The question to be posed to GMO “anti-alarmists” such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is

If GM foods are safe, why would their producers engage in these deceptions?

You always need to follow the money, and listen for the lies.


The Real News Network
Venezuela Introduces New Measures to Halt Hyperinflation: Will they Work?
Venezuela’s hyperinflation is now exceeding 200% per month. President Maduro plans to introduce a new currency that is tied to Venezuela’s oil basket, but will the measures work and how has inflation affected the general population? We discuss these issues with Cira Pasqual Medina of Venezuelanalysis.com and TRNN’s Greg Wilpert


Obama Joins Club of the Super-Rich – Defends Global Capitalism in Lecture
Prof. Leo Panitch and Paul Jay discuss Obama’s Mandela lecture; Obama wants the impossible – a world where the super-rich give up “a little” and there is no massive inequality

*Perhaps Dear Misleader misleads himself, and I could give a rat’s ass less.

It makes no difference to the exploited and oppressed how their antagonists see themselves, how they rationalize their vicious behavior.

If you believe that somehow Obama and ilk will ever be anything more than poster persons for posturation, then you are indeed an all day “sucker”.


International Afro-Latina Day 2018: Celebrating Culture, Centering Healing (1/2)
The 2018 U.S. Afro-Latina Day conference focused on survivors of sexual assault and strategies for healing through sisterhood, artistic expression, and fellowship across generations


The Role the US Played in Reversing Latin America’s ‘Pink Tide’
A mere ten years ago almost all countries in South and Central America had left or center-left governments in office. Now only a handful remain. How did this happen? We speak to CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot about how Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon might have described to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo the US effort to help bring this change about

*Tossing democracy on the grill at this “backyard” barbeque


Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Socialism – RAI with A. Buzgalin (12/12)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexandr Buzgalin says the conditions for socialism did not exist in the 1920’s but now they do, but there will be many zigs and zags getting there – with host Paul Jay

*We’ve always had a problem of “artificial intelligence”

We need a exponential uptick in the real thing.


Israel-Palestine’s Toughest Questions Have Simple Answers
We speak to Jamie Stern-Weiner, editor of “Moment of Truth: Tackling Israel-Palestine’s Toughest Questions”, which brings together dozens of prominent experts to discuss how peace can be achieved

*I’d have hoped that this would be an expanded segment, as often is the case with other topics of no greater significance.

As far as “the question” is concerned, no one should pretend that a two state “solution” has any relation to justice, any more than it did in South Africa.

We can argue about what’s “practical” and “pragmatic”, but I’d proffer that history is littered with the remains of compromises agreed to as “the lesser evil”, only to discover that modifier to be of next to no moment.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Israel Seizes Gaza Flotilla Boat, Another on the Way


Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky: U.S. Must Improve Relations with Russia and Challenge the Expansion of NATO


Noam Chomsky: Survival of Organized Human Life is at Risk Due to Climate Change & Nuclear Weapons

*”Me first” may well become “Me last”

With the push of a button


Noam Chomsky Condemns Israel’s Shift to Far Right & New “Jewish Nation-State” Law


Amid Deadly Israeli Crackdown on Gaza Protests, Chomsky Says U.S. Must End Support for “Murderers”


Is your seltzer habit harming your teeth?
Sparkling water has all the bubbly and none of the sugar of soda. But is there a downside?
by Caitlin Dow



‘Unprecedented’ Heat Wave Fueling Arctic Fires Made More Than Twice as Likely by Climate Change: Analysis
“The logic that climate change will do this is inescapable—the world is becoming warmer, and so heat waves like this are becoming more common”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer


One Year After Discovering Its Breach of Your Data, Equifax Still Hasn’t Paid a Price
Consumers should protect themselves with credit freezes


The Real News Network
Ex-Obama Officials Shill, and Bill, for Big Tech’s Pentagon Deals
As Google faced an internal employee revolt over its involvement in the Pentagon’s drone warfare program, the Obama-veteran firm WestExec stepped in to help. The case highlights the deep ties between the tech industry and government officials, says Yasha Levine, author of “Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet.”


Many Russians Think Climate Change is Propaganda to Weaken Their Economy – RAI with A. Buzgalin (11/12)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexandr Buzgalin says Russian oligarchs find an oil based economy too profitable to consider transitioning away from it – with host Paul Jay
Does the Cohen Tape Spell Trouble for Trump?

*A “green” economy is better than the present “black” one, to state the bleeding obvious, but if it’s run on the same principles, will it do anything other than slow our headlong rush toward the abyss?

It’s not simply what’s produced and not produced, but who makes those decisions.

An “green” exploitocracy will still seek to maximize profit, and so will never deal with this crisis in a manner that will avert catastrophe, will it?


Longtime Donald Trump fixer Michael Cohen has released a recording of him and Trump discussing the financing for a hush money deal with Karen McDougal. Allan Lichtman of American University, author of “The Case for Impeachment,” says that Trump’s “war on women is coming back to haunt him.”


The Utility of the RussiaGate Conspiracy
New McCarthyism allows corporate media to tighten grip, Democrats to ignore their own failings

*A useful tool to forge “useful fools”


by Alan MacLeod
Democracy Now!
Chomsky Criticizes “Autocratic” Nicaraguan Government, Urges Ortega to Call for New Elections


Noam Chomsky on Mass Media Obsession with Russia & the Stories Not Being Covered in the Trump Era



139 House Democrats Join GOP to Approve $717 Billion in Military Spending
“How are they going to pay for this? Oh wait, that question only gets asked when it comes to social programs that benefit the working class.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[H]e has no legal authority to use military force without explicit approval from Congress”

Which, of course, he will be granted, with plenty of Israelophile Dems cheering him on.


Trump Has Found a Way to Make Enemies of Breastfeeding Mothers
Trump bends over backward to help profit-hungry infant formula industry
by Vijay Prashad

*Killer Clown’s only the latest ringmaster for this circus of callous and calamitous commodification.


Amazon’s Face Recognition Falsely Matched 28 Members of Congress With Mugshots
The false matches were disproportionately of people of color
by Jacob Snow

*“[P]rofound negative unintended (?) consequences”


Trump’s Dirty Money
Now that Trump has improbably failed all the way up to the White House, Russian money may well be the cause of his political demise
by John Feffer
Common Dreams


How European Workers Coordinated This Month’s Massive Amazon Strike—And What Comes Next
“We Are Humans, Not Robots”
by Rebecca Burns


The Real News Network
Cuba’s New Draft Constitution: Institutionalizing Revolution and Reversing Personalization
Cuba’s National Assembly passed a new draft constitution, to replace its existing Soviet-era constitution via national referendum in a few months. Many changes are in the works, including the recognition of private property and gay marriage. But will it mean real change? We discuss the constitution with Prof. Liz Dore and James Early

*I think there’s a tension in US elite circles between those who want “regime change” the old fashioned way – via sanctions, subversion and violence (if “necessary”) – and those who seek to erode the imperfect (to put it mildly) socialism that exists in Cuba via “the market”, while making a pretty penny (many many) for themselves in the process.


The Flint Water Crisis: Detroit is Where it all Began
Eddie Conway speaks with Rev. David Bullock about how the largest municipal bankruptcy in the world gave birth to a public health crisis


Institute for Public Accuracy
Wall St. Gouging Billions on Electric Bills


Or, maybe more accurately, F*u*ck the watts


The Sanctification of NATO
by Gregory Shupak

*N othing so much
A s a
T ip to
O rwell


Tronc to Daily News: Drop Dead
by Ari Paul

*Extra! Extra!

Read less about it!


Democracy Now!
Despite Today’s Court-Ordered Deadline, More Than 900 Migrant Children Remain Separated from Parents


Iraqi-American Pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha on the Trauma of Child Separation & the Travel Ban


As Death Toll Rises in Flint, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha on Her Fight to Expose Lead Poisoning in City

*If there’s any justice in this world …

Well, there ain’t … not here … so never mind.



AMLO and Trump: NAFTA Best Friends Forever?
“A progressive agenda and the current NAFTA are incompatible”
by Sujata Dey


The Real News Network
Africa is a Creditor to the World
Capital flight from Africa, especially the illicit kind, is a far larger drain on the countries of the continent than previously thought, and exceeds foreign loans and investment flows. PERI’s Leonce Ndikumana discusses his research findings


Why Does the West Hate Putin? – RAI with A. Buzgalin (10/12)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexandr Buzgalin says the West doesn’t like Putin defying the American world order, but this does not make Russia a progressive country – with host Paul Jay

*In response to Buzgalin’s ending invitation, “enemies of our enemies” have a disturbing historical habit of voiding that qualifier.


Saudis Buy Former UK Prime Minister Blair for $12 Million
Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK and an architect of the Iraq War, is a mercenary that Saudi Arabia hired to present themselves as modernizers and cover for their invasion of Yemen, says Medea Benjamin, the author of “Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection”

*It’s not that the corpress “bought” the bin Salman bullshite

It’s that they sold it.


From the Gaza Freedom Flotilla: Norwegian Socialist Politician Calls for Sanctions on Israel
Mikkel Gruner, member of the city council of Bergen, Norway, says Europe has reached a “watershed” moment for Palestinian rights


Stop Defense Distributed From Releasing Downloadable Guns
by AJ Rubin


‘The Haitian Government Has Lavished Privileges Upon Themselves’
CounterSpin interview with Jocelyn McCalla on Haiti’s uprising
by Janine Jackson


‘Disability Issues Tend to Be Put on a Back Burner’
CounterSpin interview with Andrew Pulrang on disability and the election
by Janine Jackson

*Disabling our empathy


Institute for Public Accuracy
Myths of Pakistani Election

*Contrast Ahmad’s assessment with that of Tariq Ali



Democracy Now!
Profit Over Grizzlies: Trump Admin Tries to Gut Endangered Species Act for Oil & Mining Interests


Trump’s War on the Environment, from Attacking California Fuel Standards to Destroying Public Lands

*Killer Clown

A natural disaster


As Heat Wave Sweeps the Globe, New Study Warns of Deadly Link Between Rising Temps and Suicide

*What else should be expect from suicidal policies?


“Why Abolish ICE Doesn’t Go Far Enough”: Oscar Chacón on the Roots of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown


How some supplements interfere with medications
It’s not only certain foods that can spell trouble
by Lindsay Moyer
Nutrition Action



‘Putin’s War on America’ Is Nothing Compared With America’s War on Democracy
Missing from this media hysteria is the question of who will protect U.S. elections and purported “democracy” from the unmentionable malign influence of U.S. oligarchs
by Paul Street


Food & Water Watch
New Report Exposes “Cleanwashing” in California: State Renewables Program Includes Dirty, Polluting Energy Sources
California gets a C in renewable energy from advocacy group


The Real News Network
Julian Assange’s Asylum to be Rescinded
Since Julian Assange is now an Ecuadorian citizen, President Moreno must protect his rights, says Alfred de Zayas, former UN independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order


Michael Hudson: Argentina’s New $50 Billion IMF Loan Is Designed to Replay its 2001 Crisis
The recently elected neoliberal government of Mauricio Macri has decided to seek a $50 billion IMF credit line, which will only enable more capital flight for the upper class and greater unpayable debt for the rest of the population, says economist Michael Hudson


Democracy Now!
“Bring the War Home”: The Long History of White Power and Paramilitary Violence in the United States



To Make Sure They Know ‘The Internet Is Keeping Score,’ Net Neutrality Defenders Ramp Up Pressure on House Lawmakers
New “scorecard” lets constituents know which members of Congress stand with big ISPs and which back net neutrality
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


We Shouldn’t Take the Bait on ‘Catch and Release’
People are not fish, and using a phrase, even one with the valence of a humane practice, serves to dehumanize the human beings being led away in handcuffs
by Stacy Sullivan

*Language is a virus to which humans have little immunity


Inside WikiLeaks: Working With the Publisher That Changed the World
Like its work or not, WikiLeaks is an independent media organization that doesn’t have to rely on traditional media to publish its scoops
by Stefania Maurizi


Is Artificial Intelligence Too Dehumanizing to Succeed?
Giving corporations powerful technology to intrude even more deeply into the personal lives of consumers and employees and then analyze that data for financial gain is a dangerous combination
by Tom Valovic


Oil Change International
Report: Public Finance for Energy in Africa Focuses on Fossil Fuels, as Key Energy Access Solutions Are Left Behind


The Real News Network
Crown Prince of UAE has an Army of Private Military Contractors
Antony Loewenstein: War crimes are rampant among military contractors – they work off the books, work that is illegal and with much looser rules of engagement. Who are they accountable to?


Why is Putin so Popular When People Are so Poor? – RAI With A. Buzgalin (9/12)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexandr Buzgalin says under the slogans “liberal democracy” and “market capitalism” there was delivered chaos and crime; Putin stands for traditional Russian values and culture, social order and making Russia great again – with host Paul Jay


Is Putin’s Rule a Dictatorship? – RAI with A. Buzgalin (8/12)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexandr Buzgalin says while Putin heads a powerful state, this is not a system of one man rule; more than 100 billionaires and a stratum of top bureaucrats have political power – with host Paul Jay

*Meet the new bosses

Literally just the same as the old bosses


Is Trump Implementing the ‘Bannon Strategy’ by Courting Russia?
Prof. Gerald Horne examines the Trump-Bannon objectives of forming an alliance with Russia to isolate China and Iran, while Democrats spin out of control in their attacks against Trump

*This segment screams for a followup for Horne to expand on his theorem, which is SOP for many TRNN pieces, and yet all we get is Peries’ trenchant allusion to “a crazy week”.

Is an “Urf” in order here?


ACTION ALERT: It’s Been Over a Year Since MSNBC Has Mentioned US War in Yemen
Why is the No. 1 outlet of alleged anti-Trump #resistance completely ignoring his most devastating war?
by Adam Johnson

*#TheResistance to revealing a wretched reality


Key Fact Obscured in Immigration Coverage: MS-13 Was Made in USA
by Justin Anderson



With Much Focus on Russian ‘Troll Farms,’ Oxford Study Shows Social Media Misinformation Campaigns Are ‘Big Business’ Worldwide
“In emerging and Western democracies, data analytics and political bots are being used to poison the information environment, promote skepticism and distrust, polarize voting constituencies, and undermine the integrity of democratic processes”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Plenty of black pots and kettles to go around, eh?

So how’s about let’s drop the hypocrisy and focus on cleaning up the kitchen to keep anyone from cooking up these dirty dishes?


The Real News Network
Putin is Anointed King, but Big Capital has the Real Power – RAI with A. Buzgalin (7/12)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Aleksandr Buzgalin says after the chaotic ’90s, the Russian oligarchs needed a stronger central state to defend their class interests, but Putin’s individual power should not be exaggerated – with host Paul Jay


Israel Legislates Apartheid into Law
TRNN’s Shir Hever explains that Israel’s new Law of the Nation-State makes it impossible to pretend that Israel is a democracy. Unequal rights are recognized by the government as the essence of the state

*A sham with no shame


Tariq Ali: “No Real Choice” at the Ballot Box for the People of Pakistan
Corruption keeps growing like cancer in Pakistan. This, combined with military repression and ongoing terror attacks from the Islamic State, means Pakistanis will see a continuation of the status quo, says Tariq Ali


All Charges Dropped Against J20 Defendants, But Many Still Struggle To Heal
by S.J. Harper

*What if “progressives” had shown the same outrage and support for these folks as they have for children and their parents at the border?

It’s the same system, and it has to be confronted on all its fronts.


Calls to Abolish ICE Get Cold Shoulder on Newspaper Opinion Pages
by Jordan Holycross

*There is “a time-honored tradition” on immigration policy

And it bears a striking resemblance to this “aberration”.


Sam Husseini Locked Up for Committing Journalism in Public
by Janine Jackson

*”Journalists” question bona fides of journalist


Democracy Now!
Migrant Children Detained in Shelters Being Drugged, Told Not to Hug, Forced to Bathe in Sinks


Salvadoran Mother Reunited with 3-Year-Old Son Says He Shows Signs of Trauma & Aggressive Behavior

*Separations that may never be resewn


Psychologists: Migrant Parents Reunited with Detained Children Must Brace for Trauma & Long Recovery



Amnesty International USA
Iraq: Security Forces Deliberately Attack Peaceful Protesters While Internet is Disabled


The Real News Network
Shock Without the Therapy: A New Russia is Born in Chaos and Plunder – RAI with A. Buzgalin (6/12)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexander Buzgalin says the collapse of the Soviet Union was followed by the rise of billionaire oligarchs as the “free market” led to the impoverishment of the people – with host Paul Jay


British Labour Party’s Anti-Semitism Document: Criticizing Israel Is not Anti-Semitism
Moshé Machover discusses the advances and limitations of the Labour Party’s document on anti-Semitism, which represents an important step forward to diffuse an issue that has become an artificial controversy designed to undermine Jeremy Corbyn


What the Trump-Putin Summit Means for Syria (2/2)

*So you’ve got one group of warmongers stoking Russophobia and playing with nuclear Armageddon

And another group of warmongers trying to enlist Putin in setting the Middle East aflame.

If we could only get them to kill each other, and leave the rest of us the f-u-ck alone.


What the Trump-Putin Summit Means for Syria (1/2)
New talk of US, Russian, and Israeli cooperation likely means a return to the status quo with the Assad regime in power, as Washington and Tel Aviv double down on targeting Iran and its proxies, says As’ad AbuKhalil


Block Ohio House Bill 658
The Ohio legislature is about to make the lives of LGBTQ youth much harder. Ohio House bill 658 would require teachers, counselors, and medical professionals to inform parents if their child is transgender or gender non-conforming
by Margaret Meehan


Email Hacking Was ‘Pearl Harbor,’ Helsinki Presidency’s ‘New Low’: Welcome to the United States of Amnesia
by Janine Jackson and Jim Naureckas

*I’d add “invading Afghanistan” to that litany of horrors, as a reminder that “the good war” had nothing to do with “justice”, and everything to do with ringing in “A New American Century” ™.


Action Alert: Tell NYT Not to Present Center-Right as ‘Left’
by Adam Johnson

*When Killer Clown fêted the beheader bin Salman, there were no cries of “Treason!” at his deference to such darkness

Only approving appraisals and puff pieces aplently.

But the Saudis are our allies …

And what does that tell you about “the betrayal of American values” on both sides of the aisle?


Haitian ‘Mobs’ and ‘Mayhem’—or an Uprising?
by Jane Regan

*Riot in joy over your team’s Super Bowl victory

You’re a fan.

Rise in anger over your lives’ losses

You’re a felon.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Shock at Trump’s Putin Treatment, But Netanyahu Gets a Pass

*The selective definition of “sinister”


Democracy Now!
Deadly Suicide Bombing in Pakistan Ahead of Election Marred by Crackdown on Activists, Journalists



World’s Artificial Intelligence Experts Sign Pledge Aimed at Averting ‘Dystopian Future With Robots Flying Around Killing Everybody’
Experts warn autonomous weapons “could become powerful instruments of violence and oppression” and “easily spark an arms race” worldwide
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Musk and Google

Paragons of principle

Oy gevalt …


The Capitalism/Racism Partnership
Revulsion is building towards the smokescreens of hypocrisy, racism, and nationalism barely masking capitalism’s ongoing failure to provide the jobs and incomes people need
by Richard Wolff

*The New Deal didn’t confront capitalism

It made a bargain with it, which saved it, and which it spent the following decades decimating.

As the man said

“Capitalism cannot reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction.”

Can we doom it to oblivion, and raise a socioeconomy based on our better angels in its place?


Warner Slack—Doctor for the People Forever
Dr. Slack, in his pioneering, brilliant humane work, always focused on the lives of the American people whom he served in the millions, directly and indirectly
by Ralph Nader


Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
Big Meat and Dairy Companies are Heating up the Planet: New Report
A new report shows how the world’s 35 largest meat and dairy companies are pursuing growth strategies that will increase their emissions and derail global efforts to prevent dangerous climate change


The Real News Network
India’s Far-Right Government Honors Convicted Killers Who Lynch Muslim Meat Traders
An elite Harvard-educated minister from India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party BJP, Jayant Sinha, put garlands around the necks of convicted killers who lynched a Muslim meat trader. Journalist Sidharth Bhatia emphasizes that the upper class is the political base for the rising far right


Democracy Now!
Debate on Political Crisis & Violent Deaths in Nicaragua: Camilo Mejía vs. Julio Martinez Ellsberg

*Well, that resolved nothing, did it?

If you want to know what’s happening in the game, you don’t ask the cheerleaders.


Four Years After Eric Garner’s Killing in Police Chokehold, His Family Still Seeks Accountability


When foods and drugs don’t mix
A leading expert explains how the wrong combo could dampen a drug’s effect…or deliver a heftier dose
by Lindsay Moyer
Nutrition Action



As Bezos Becomes Richest Man in Modern History, Amazon Workers Mark #PrimeDay With Strikes Against Low Pay and Brutal Conditions
“The message is clear—while the online giant gets rich, it is saving money on the health of its workers”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Work in the shop till you drop


The Real News Network
Obama Abandoned Palestinian Rights, Will Ocasio-Cortez?
Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada discusses Barack Obama’s abandonment of Palestinian rights and why, after recent comments that drew concern, new progressive star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be encouraged to defend them

*Is that a bus I hear in the distance?

I guess we’ll know by the time November rolls around, won’t we?


“Inhuman”: Israeli Bombing Kills 2 More Children in Besieged Gaza
After weeks of fatal attacks on Palestinian protesters in Gaza, Israel has launched one of its worst airstrikes in years, killing two teenagers and wounding at least 25 people. We speak to Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada


Paul Jay on Trump-Putin and the Real Threats to Democracy
Whether the Kremlin meddled in the U.S. election or not, the hyper-focus on Russiagate overlooks bigger threats: Russian elites to the Russian people, and U.S. elites to the American people, says Paul Jay

*All this neo Cold Warring is taking the joy out of pissing on Killer Clown

And I’d call *that* akin to “treason”, y’know?


Public Citizen
Sign the Petition to Protect Workers from Rising Temperatures


Voters Shift Left—Thanks to Social Media?
by Jim Naureckas

*The bubble the corpress is concerned about is the one that will burst if we start thinking for ourselves, and acting for others.


Child Separation Coverage Focused on Beltway Debate, Not Immigrant Voices
by Jordan Holycross


Democracy Now!
Meet the Reporter Dragged from Trump-Putin Press Conference for Trying to Ask About Nuclear Treaty

*An inspiring display of journalistic solidarity in this “age of a threatened free press”


Debate: Is Trump-Putin Summit a “Danger to America” or Crucial Diplomacy Between Nuclear Powers?

*An unhinged Russiagate …

Works for me



As White House Declares Summit a Success, Sanders Rips Trump-Putin Presser as ‘Embarrassing Spectacle’
“Today is a good day for Putin and the oligarchs in Russia. It is a bad day for people in the United States and all over the world who believe in democracy and who are trying to understand what world our idiot president lives in”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This coming from one whose outrage at “interference in our elections” by the Clintonistas during the primary has been conspicuously absent.


Journalist Wielding “Nuclear Weapon Ban” Sign Forcibly Ejected From Trump-Putin Presser
“I want to ask about nuclear weapons,” said Sam Husseini, communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, as he was removed from the event
by Common Dreams staff

*As IPA is considered “a Russian agent” (or at best a “dupe”) by the corpress, I don’t envision “journalistic solidarity” on the horizon.

Maybe Killer Clown has a perverted point on that “enemy of the people” meme.


Tenants Accuse ‘Predatory’ Kushner Real Estate Firm of Exposing Families to Cancer-Causing Dust Then Forcing Them Out
“They made the building as unlivable as possible so they could get everyone out of there,” says one former tenant
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This is far bigger than Kushner, and Daddy in law’s dereg is designed to make goddamn certain it’s yuuuuge nationwide.


PBS Series,“The Vietnam War,” Receives Emmy Nomination. Should It?
If Americans are convinced that their stiff-upper-lip brand of silence in the face of collective murder is the true face of patriotism, then we are condemned as a nation to follow the path of empires that preceded us
by Doug Rawlings

*History is most often written to ensure its repetition


The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom
The ruling elites, who refuse to accept responsibility for profound social inequality or the crimes of empire, have no ideological veneer left to justify their greed, ineptitude and pillage
by Chris Hedges

*When this unhinged Russiagate springs back on the “progressive” groupings that have lined up behind this noxious narrative, they may find allies at a premium.

What goes around, dear …


New York Times Uses Old Tricks to Distort Israel’s Latest Attacks on Gaza
Distort the timeline to try and blame the Palestinians
by James North

*A more sincere slogan

“All the news that’s printed to fit”


Amnesty International USA
Afghanistan: Record High Civilian Casualties Make Returns Unjustifiable


The Real News Network
Was the Trump-Putin Meeting Constructive or a “Capitulation”?
Norman Solomon argues against condemning the meeting, saying reducing tensions between nuclear powers is constructive. Paul Jay asks if there is a hidden agenda that’s not so peaceful

*Do you think the Dems really care about “winning”, other than the presidency, and maybe the Senate? What do they gain from it, from their own self interested point of view?

More to the point, what do their corporate funders get out of a “blue wave”?


Trump, Putin and the Iran Agenda
Paul Jay and James M. Dorsey analyze the Helsinki meeting and the “Grand Bargain with Russia” pushed by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Israel

*Machinations amidst the murder


“I Returned from Vacation to Find the Soviet Union had Collapsed” – RAI with A. Buzgalin (5/12)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexander Buzgalin says that he returned from a vacation in the countryside to find Gorbachev was arrested, Yeltsin was leader and the Soviet Union was no more – with host Paul Jay


Turning Power into Money, the End of the Soviet Union – RAI with A. Buzgalin (4/12)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexander Buzgalin says that many Communist Party leaders supported Gorbachev’s perestroika reforms, but what they really wanted was to drop restrictions on accumulating great wealth – with host Paul Jay


Executive Coaching: Does It Increase Productivity and Growth?
Claims that coaches and consultants for corporate executives boost productivity and profits turn out to be completely false. White collar criminologist Bill Black takes apart the example of Nortel Networks

*Pimping producing the Patriots

When you’ve birthed the Browns


Has Mueller Caught the Hackers?
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 12 officials with the GRU, Russia’s main foreign intelligence agency, for allegedly meddling in the 2016 election, including hacking Democratic Party emails. Case closed? Author and investigative journalist Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News joins TRNN’s Aaron Mate to discuss

*Well, Isikoff managed to keep his knickers out of a twist this go ’round, as opposed to his pissy performance in the previous segment, but he still clearly holds anyone who disputes the “iron clad” evidence of Russkie rapscallionismo in low regard.

That’s his prerogative, but it doesn’t speak well to affirmation of an open mind on this matter, does it?

Be that as it may, whatever the reality here, and my sense is it will remain obscured in the same manner as 9/11 or the Kennedy assassination, what I think we have to keep in the forefront of our tiny little minds is that this is being used to gin up Cold War 2.0 by the neocons and their Democratic lapdogs, and to avert criticism of that party’s neoliberal addiction and the role it played in Madame Mayhem’s “loss” to Killer Clown.

The fallout from that will impact this country and the wider world far more gravely that anything in which Guccifer and friends may have colluded (which at whatever level pales in comparison to US skullduggery abroad, including the Yeltsin coup de mâitre).


Trump’s Real NATO Agenda? More Money for War
As prominent US media and political figures warned that he might dismantle NATO, President Trump wrapped up the summit by bragging that he had convinced allied members to spend more on the military. We speak to Bill Hartung, Director of the Arms & Security Project at the Center for International Policy


Can Truth Survive Trump? WaPo Fails to Ask How Well Truth Was Doing to Begin With
by Dean Baker

*Is “Democracy Dies in Darkness” an admonition

Or an aspiration?



With ‘Carefully Calculated Strategy’ to Slash Safety Net Underway, White House Claims War on Poverty ‘Largely Over’
New Trump administration report calls for imposing work requirements for federal benefits programs, which anti-poverty advocates warn would harm poor Americans
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Whatever sincere efforts have been made in the “War on Poverty”

They have always been eclipsed by those in an earnest war on the poor


Trump’s Visit Marks the Start of Shock Doctrine Brexit
The radical right want a no-deal Brexit so they can force Britain into a disaster capitalist trade deal with the USA
by Adam Ramsay


America’s New Revolutionaries Show How the Left Can Win
The little-known history of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in a New York primary hints at the coming transformation
by George Monbiot

*There will never be “a genuinely populist Democratic party”, as Sanders’ calculations here clearly attest to, and I hope that reality will be realized right damn quick by anyone truly committed to an end to the toxic circus that defines politics in these here United States.


“Medicare-for-all” Means Something. Don’t Let Moderates Water It Down.
Centrists want to co-opt the phrase and apply it to something weaker than a single-payer system
by Tim Higginbotham and Chris Middleman

*New name

Same old snake oil


The Real News Network
President’s UK Visit ‘An Opportunity for British People to Unite’ Against Trump
President Trump’s visit to the UK caused important upheavals both in British politics and society, when over 250,000 took to the streets against his visit. Thomas Barlow, of Real Media, talks about the visit’s impact


Success and Mutation in the Soviet Union – RAI with A. Buzgalin (2/12)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexander Buzgalin says the threat of European fascism propelled the militarization and bureaucratization of the USSR

*Part 3 was posted yesterday with this title, due to an error on the site’s part.


The Real News Network
Rightward Shift in Latin America Spelling End of Regional Integration
The Union of South American Nations – UNASUR – was an ambitious project to integrate South America not just on economic terms, but also on political and social terms, but the rightward drift in Latin America is leading to its dissolution, with the unfortunate help of Ecuador’s government, where its headquarters are, says former foreign minister Guillaume Long

*I’m no expert on Ecuador, to put it mildly, but I have read a number of what I consider reputable accounts of incidents of repression by the Correa government against indigenous peoples, and for Wilpert to exclude that from his conversation with Long is irresponsible journalism. You can decide for yourself as to the validity of these reports; they’re listed in my followup comment on the previous segment.

CONAIE may indeed be a bad actor here, but ignoring these actions in the context of an interview with someone who obviously wouldn’t be an objective source on the contradictions of the Correa administration doesn’t speak well for an commitment to “the real news”, to my mind.


Democracy Now!
Meet the Activist Who Called Piers Morgan an “Idiot” for Criticizing Anti-Trump Protests in Britain

*If Sarkar is indeed a communist, it would be a rare sighting indeed of one on this program, wouldn’t it?

And good on her for “losing [her] patience” with such a fatuous fart.


Will Parents Separated from Their Children at the Border Be Forced to Separate Again to Win Asylum?

*Sadism as “security”



Global Climate Movement Celebrates as Ireland Set to Become First Country to Fully Divest From Fossil Fuels
“Countries the world over must now urgently follow Ireland’s lead”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


By Exploiting and Mismanaging Public Pensions, Wall Street Has Cost Taxpayers $600 Billion Over Last Decade
“Most people (including policymakers) still have no idea that skimming fees off public employees’ retirement savings has become one of the largest sources of profits for Wall Street moguls”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Is it that policymakers “have no idea”

Or that they want to ensure we don’t?


Notorious War Profiteer Erik Prince Refuses To Give Up Dream of Mercenary Takeover of Afghan War
The billionaire’s pitch comes as the White House is reportedly “preparing for a government-wide appraisal” of the war strategy
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A massacre isn’t a “blunder”

But language is a virus


Confirming Progressive Fears, Facebook’s “Trustworthy” News Project Is Chock-Full of Fox News
Fox News is “the only news network that is a part of the Facebook-funded project to have a show on Facebook Watch every day of the week”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


Walmart Patents “Big Brother-Style” Surveillance Technology to Eavesdrop on Workers’ Conversations
One labor expert warns “there’s a lot of potential for misuse,” where a supervisor might determine, “as a cashier you’re too friendly, you’re talking too much, and therefore not moving people along, so let’s penalize you”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[I]t can actually ‘lead to this opposition feeling, where employees view the employer not as benevolent, but as dictators. And it can impact that attitude toward the higher-up and can lead to resistance.'”

Gee … that sounds like a good thing, doesn’t it?


Universal Voting Dissolves the Obstacles Facing Voters
U.S. voter turnout, not surprisingly, is lower than in any other Western country
by Ralph Nader


The Real News Network
Success and Mutation in the Soviet Union – RAI with A. Buzgalin (2/12)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexander Buzgalin says the threat of European fascism propelled the militarization and bureaucratization of the USSR

*Market fetishism is a literal buying into the system, isn’t it?


NATO Shields U.S. From Its Military Adventures
It is the U.S. that needs NATO, which allows the US to bypass the UN Security Council and engage in military adventures abroad, while keeping a safe distance across the Atlantic, says Eirik Vold of the Red Party of Norway

*I imagine Killer Clown will hang tariffs like a sword of Damocles over Europe to induce them to “Buy American” – be it guns or gas – and NATO will continue its Cold War redux.


Arrest Warrant for Ecuador’s Ex-President Correa: Based on “No Evidence”
The prosecution of ex-president Rafael Correa is a blatant attempt to prevent the return of Correa to Ecuador, as the country’s most prominent opposition leader, says former foreign minister Guillaume Long

*I must sound like a broken record, but I feel obliged to caution that we can oppose these sinister subversions of democracy without making their targets out to be shining martyrs to same.

Personalities are mutable

Principles aren’t


Immigration Story Missing Context of Hunger and Freedom
by Jane Regan

*Great irony in quoting Jefferson’s defense of “freedom of movement”, as Euros moved across the continent in a tsunami of brutality and exploitation in order to “establish new societies”.

Irony still lies in their descendants’ fear and loathing of those whose ancestors had every reason to dread the “rapists and murderers” “infesting” their lands in the name of “freedom”.


Democracy Now!
Tens of Thousands of Protesters to Welcome Trump with Orange Baby Blimp for His First U.K. Visit



Claims That ICE Agents Were ‘Just Following Orders’ Won’t Save Them From Liability for Children’s Suffering, Legal Scholars Warn
“While such employees may say they were ‘just following orders,’ their highest command is to uphold the Constitution. This overrides any contrary decision from ICE or even Trump himself.”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Rigged: New Report Details How Combined $5.1 Trillion in Tax Cuts by Bush, Obama, and Trump Went Mostly to Nation’s Richest
“When people demand specifics on how to pay for expansions to social insurance, income supports, and public investments, seems like part of the answer is just ‘we could stop doing this”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


While Trump Sets World on Fire, Former Obama Officials Blasted for Profiteering From “The Inferno”
New reporting in Huffington Post shows how former Obama officials are taking advantage of the revolving door
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Rats remaining on a stinking ship


‘New Walled Order’ for Migrants Worldwide as Governments Criminalize Compassion and Erect Barriers to Basic Services
“Every human being, especially people fleeing conflict and insecurity, should have unhindered access to basic human rights, in particular the right to protection, health care, education, and social services, at any phase of their journey”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


After an ‘Educator Spring,’ Teachers Storm Elections
By taking their cause to the streets and then to the ballot box, teachers have made education a top election issue – not just in states, like North Carolina, where walkouts occurred – but also in states, like Florida, where they didn’t
by Jeff Bryant


The Real News Network
Russia and Saudi Arabia to Form an Alternative to OPEC?
The world is in a slow energy transition to renewables, which has made it difficult for OPEC to maintain price stability. This transition lies at the heart of Saudi Arabia and Russia’s efforts to find new ways for stabilizing oil prices, says Prof. Timothy Mitchell


Ukraine President’s Adviser Writes ‘Heil Hitler’ Neo-Nazi Symbol on Facebook
by Ben Norton


Growing Up in the USSR – RAI with A. Buzgalin (1/12)
Prof. Alexander Buzgalin joins Paul Jay on Reality Asserts Itself. Born two years after the death of Stalin, he talks about growing up in the Soviet Union


Trump’s Supreme Court: Capitalism and Democracy Can No Longer Coexist
Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh pushes the Supreme Court towards defending a far-right corporate state, says Henry A. Giroux, the author of ‘American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism’


Color Of Change
Tell Amazon to stop doing business with racist hate groups!

*Certain to be front page news in the Washington Post

When pigs fly (instead of becoming President)


In Wake of AMLO Victory, US Media Fear Chavismo and Hope for ‘Business-Friendly’ Change
by Gregory Shupak

*Here’s hoping corpress fears prove well founded, but I’m not putting scared money on it just yet.


Mental Illness Serves as Easy Scapegoat in Mass Murder Accounts
by Olivia Riggio

*Perhaps we should search for signs of mental illness in those who perpetuate this irresponsible coverage?

Of course, it could just stem from the profit motive, and you can’t get much more “normal” than that, can you?


Democracy Now!
As Trump Admin Misses Deadline to Unite Families, HHS Head Calls Jailing Kids an Act of “Generosity”


Mark Weisbrot: Trump’s Threats to Invade Venezuela Are Part of U.S. Strategy of Regime Change


A New Era of IMF Riots: Protests Force Haiti to Rescind Fuel Hikes


Nevada Plans to Kill Condemned Prisoner with Fentanyl & Drug Linked to Botched Executions



Months After GOP Approved $1.5T Giveaway to Rich, Ocasio-Cortez Shreds Those Questioning How to Pay for Bold Proposals Like Medicare for All
As tweet goes viral, “I can’t get over how revolutionary these simple and obvious moral statements sound coming from a (soon-to-be) Democratic politician”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A few synonyms for “radical”

Thorough, complete, total, comprehensive, exhaustive, sweeping, far-reaching, wide-ranging, extensive, across the board, profound, major

Works for me … so let’s embrace the goddamn word, and its implications, and hope to hell we can realize them

Because it’s our only hope.


Endorsing ‘Violence and Extremism Among His Base,’ Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Who Inspired Right-Wing Militia’s Armed Takeover of Public Lands
“This pardon is a win only for those with no respect for life and basic decency”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What are the Vegas odds on Dylann Roof?


Human Zoos in the Age of Trump
Humans as “animals,” then and now
by Ariel Dorfman

*That concluding paragraph is very likely to be moot, as the same pathologies that led to those horrors are intent on ensuring there’s no one left to be appalled by the inhumanity of our present day.


The Real News Network
Israel Shuts Vital Crossing, But Gazans Will Not ‘Die in Silence’
Israel has intensified its crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip by closing the only crossing for commercial goods. Former Gaza health minister Dr. Basem Naim discusses the impact on a devastated health system and says that Palestinians will continue their weekly protests for freedom


The Near Release of Brazil’s Lula
Judge Sérgio Moro intervened from vacation to ensure that former president Lula would not be released, says Brian Mier of Brasil Wire. We talk to him about the process by which Lula was almost released on Sunday and how authorities managed to prevent it – all in order to derail his new presidential bid


As Brexit Throws UK Gov’t in Turmoil, ‘We See Only the Shadows’ of What is Really Happening
Prof. John Weeks talks about what is behind the Brexit maneuvering that has led to Boris Johnson’s and David Davis’s resignations from Theresa May’s cabinet and how this will affect the process by which the UK plans to leave the European Union


How the Capitalist System Survives on Neo-Colonial and Imperial Exploitation (3/3)
Activist Baba Aye concludes his interview with TRNN’s Ben Norton, discussing the ongoing harms of colonialism and imperialism in Africa and the Global South, and how they are an integral part of the capitalist system


Petition update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
UP IN FLAMES! CarMax sells cars that are prone to catching on fire

*A hot deal from hell


Institute for Public Accuracy
Kavanaugh and the Federalist Society


‘They’ve Been Doing This Massive, Anti-Democratic Model of Education Reform’
CounterSpin interview with Wayne Au on Gates’ educational failure
by Janine Jackson

*”[T]hey believe they know what’s right”

Only in the sense of “what’s right” for an education system that serves their profit producing interest



NYT Sees ‘Dystopia’ in Chinese Surveillance—Which Looks a Lot Like US Surveillance
by Jim Naureckas

*Hypocritical hyperopia


Democracy Now!
Who Is Brett Kavanaugh? Inside the Right-Wing History of Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee


“It’s a Very Scary Time for Women”: Cecile Richards on Brett Kavanaugh and the Future of Roe v. Wade


LGBT & Healthcare Advocates Warn Kavanaugh Confirmation Could Mean End of Affordable Care Act


ACLU vs. Trump: David Cole on the Fight to Reunite Children Separated from Parents at Border

*In an earlier segment, Cole seemed to guilt trip people for not voting for Madame Mayhem, and Richards and perhaps one or both of the other guests were lapdogs for her, and we saw the consequences of that.

I don’t know that Sanders would have won, and I’m certainly no Bernie Bro, but I’d like to think that he’d have appointed someone a bit better than Her Travesty.

It’s academic at this point, aside from the lessons hopefully learned, although certainly not by Cole and company.



UK Government Preparing for Anti-Trump Protests as “If London Was Burning Down”
“We need to show the world what millions of people in this country think of the bigotry and the hatred that he represents,” said one organizer
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


As World Busts Heat Records, Study Warns Global Warming Could Be Twice as Bad Climate Models Project
“The carbon budget to avoid 2°C of global warming may be far smaller than estimated”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Just Who Is ICE Targeting? Journalist Claims His Arrest Retaliation for Critical Reporting
At the time of his arrest while covering a protest, “I was doing my work and nothing more, like any other journalist does,” says Manuel Duran
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Con of Diversity
Diversity in the hands of the white power elites—political and corporate—is an advertising gimmick
by Chris Hedges

*The hand wielding the knife may be of any color

But the cuts will always run red


Will the Price of Oil Collapse Within a Decade, Driven Off Cliff By Electric Vehicles?
A million electric vehicles on the road reduces demand for petroleum by roughly 16,666 barrels a day
by Juan Cole

*How does another intense global economic shock impact these projections?


The Real News Network
France’s President Macron Tells Africans to Just ‘Move on’ After a Century of Murderous Colonialism (1/3)
France’s neoliberal President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly told people in Nigeria, Algeria and beyond to just “move on” after a century of murderous colonialism. Activist Baba Aye speaks with TRNN’s Ben Norton about the ongoing harms of imperialism and neo-colonialism in Africa


Neo-Colonialism Still Binds and Exploits Africa for Corporate Profits (2/3)
Activist Baba Aye continues his discussion with TRNN’s Ben Norton about French President Emmanuel Macron and the ongoing harms of colonialism and imperialism in Africa and the Global South


Is Capitalism In Crisis? Author of ‘Karl Marx’s Capital and The Present’ Responds
The fundamental proneness to crisis under capitalism was not overcome in the Golden Age of Capitalism, and crisis in the late 1960s ushered in an era of finance by opening new avenues for accumulating wealth and turning the illusory into real wealth, says C.P. Chandrasekhar

*The grand illusion

And the grim reality


Ukrainian Fascist Leader Speaks in US Congress, While Nazis Launch Racist Attacks
Journalist Max Blumenthal asked why a fascist leader was welcomed in the US Senate building. He discusses Andriy Parubiy, the founder of two neo-Nazi organizations and the chair of Ukraine’s parliament, and the violent white supremacist movement against Russia


Israel Is Arming Ukraine’s Blatantly Neo-Nazi Militia the Azov Battalion
A shocking new report in the Electronic Intifada reveals that Ukrainian neo-Nazis are using Israeli weapons to fight Russia. Journalist Max Blumenthal discusses the SS-wearing Azov Battalion, a neo-Nazi militia that uses Hitlerian symbols and is embedded in the National Guard of Ukraine, which also receives support from the US and Canada


Explosive Report Shows Unchecked Sexual Assaults in Chicago Public Schools
Troy LaRaviere, challenger for mayor of Chicago, says understaffing and mismanagement at CPS and by Rahm Emanuel has resulted in unchecked sexual assault of Chicago Public Schools students


Democracy Now!
CIA-Linked Military Contractor Used Arizona “Black Site” to Secretly Jail Dozens of Migrant Children


Human Rights Lawyer Jennifer Harbury on How Trump Is Punishing Cartels’ Victims—Not Its Members

*”[W]e’re all human beings”

Those responsible for these horrors qualify in little more than a biological sense.


From CIA-Backed Wars to Cartel Violence: Inside the Roots of the Refugee Crisis in Central America



Insiders Admit Trump’s EPA Burying Cancer-Causing Chemical Study Unfriendly to Industry
New reporting in Politico adds further weight to claims of suppression of report on formaldehyde
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Carcinogenic collusion


‘Hard to Fathom the Recklessness’: American Workers, Farmers at Risk as Trump Escalates Trade War With China
China immediately hit back with equivalent tariffs and slammed the Trump White House for “behaving like a gang of hoodlums”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


Team Internet Wins as California Bill Regains Key Net Neutrality Protections
Legislation that had been “eviscerated” just weeks ago sees key provisions restored—a development advocacy groups attribute to people power
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Mexico’s Lopez Obrador Has to Stand Up to Trump
The newly elected Mexican president will have to prove that his promises to confront Trump are more than just rhetoric
by Miguel Guevara


Center for Biological Diversity
Dozens of Small Business Owners, Religious Groups, Scientists Ask Supreme Court to Maintain Habitat Protections for Endangered Frogs

*Will the court be toadies for yet another corp?


The Real News Network
Germany’s Plan to Create Refugee Detention Centers ‘Is a Disaster’
In order to save her coalition government, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to introduce refugee centers along the southern border. However, the move could put an end to one of the European Union’s pillars: freedom of movement. Former Die Linke parliamentarian Annette Groth analyzes the situation

*Borderline sociopathy


‘Lots of Things That Impact Our Food System Come From the Farm Bill’
CounterSpin interview with Patty Lovera on the undercovered farm bill
by Janine Jackson


‘Data Needs to Serve a Public Safety Purpose’
CounterSpin interview with Tracy Rosenberg on ICE’s corporate collaborators
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Meet the Mother Who Confronted Scott Pruitt & Urged Him to Resign—Three Days Later, He Did

*Wheeler for Pruitt

Pence for Trump

Until the immune system is sound, the pathogens will keep replicating



‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words’: Prominent Group ‘End Citizens United’ Called Out for Backing Democrats Drowning in Corporate Cash
“If their organization only supported candidates who firmly pledged no PAC money, their contributions could breathe much-needed life into grassroots campaigns. Instead it looks more like an intentional obfuscation.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Caught with their PR pants down

And their Slick Willies hanging out.


After Popular Uproar, 20-Foot-Tall Angry Trump Baby Blimp Gets Okay to Fly Over London During President’s UK Visit
Not only is Trump “a big, angry baby with a fragile ego,” one organizer wrote, he is “also a racist demagogue who is a danger to women, immigrants, and minorities and a mortal threat to world peace and the very future of life on Earth”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Where does a gummint (a Labour one, no less) get off deciding what peaceful, unobstructive action is or isn’t “legitimate protest”?

Ain’t that straight up Killer Clown’s authoritarian alley?


EU Votes Down ‘Disastrous’ Copyright Proposal Aimed at Transforming Internet Into Virtual ‘Censorship Machine’
“The European Parliament has sent the copyright law back to the drawing board…Now let’s keep up the pressure to make sure we Save Your Internet!”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real News Network
Trump Admin’s Roll-Back of Affirmative Action will Reduce Black Enrollment
Trump officials announced that schools and colleges should no longer use racial diversity as guideline for admissions. The consequence will be lower enrollment figures for people of color and a set-up for a new Supreme Court challenge to eliminate affirmative action entirely, says Kamau Franklin


Fed Lets Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Off Hook, Investors Profit Billions
Even though Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley failed the so-called ‘stress test,’ to determine whether these banks can weather a financial crisis, the Fed allowed them to pay billions in dividends and stock buybacks to investors. Former financial regulator Bill Black explains the consequences

*Should I hold my breath till the corpress and Dems go ape sh*i*t wild over “Deutschegate” … ?


Occupy ICE Protesters Camp Outside Philadelphia Office, Despite Police Repression
The growing Occupy ICE movement demands the abolition of the abusive War on Terror-era agency. In Philadelphia, protesters are camping outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. Activists Tina Ngo and Jameson Rush stand in solidarity with immigrants, and speak about the violent repression by police.


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Congress Welcomes an Actual Fascist as Nazi Violence Rages in Ukraine”

*Let freedom ring



Democracy Now!
Asylum Seekers Win in Court as Federal Judge Rules Against Indefinite & Arbitrary Detention


From Separating Families to Jailing Asylum Seekers, Trump Admin Accused of Criminalizing Migration


As Gov’t Struggles to Reunite Families, Detained Mothers Are Organizing to Find Their Kids


Concentration Camps in the U.S.: Andrea Pitzer Decries Tent Cities for Detaining Kids Without Trial



Where Did Tax Benefits Trump Promised Average Americans Go? Straight to Big Oil, Big Pharma, and Their Crappy Insurance
“American families are seeing this tax cut law for what it is—a scam”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘I Can’t Afford That’: Trapped and Injured by Subway Car, Woman Begged Bystanders Not to Call Ambulance Due to Expense
“In the face of a grave injury, a series of calculations follow…This discord, between agony and arithmetic, has become America’s story, too”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Perhaps the Times could cease supporting a Democratic elite foursquare opposed to universal care (not coverage … care) to evince their fealty to same?


A Kiss For the Coach – Jim Jordan on the Mat
These “men” should not be in government. They don’t respect or feel a need to protect children.
by Bill C. Davis


The Real News Network
The battle for Iran: Policy or regime change?
by James M. Dorsey


Institute for Public Accuracy
Is NATO Obsolete? Does it Destabilize?

*I think it’s just to cover the cost of Killer Clown’s “salutes to the military”

(And himself).



Watch: Greenpeace Crashes Superman Drone Into Nuclear Power Plant to Expose Facility’s Dangers
“Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… it’s a drone dressed up as Superman, exposing how vulnerable French nuclear power plants are.”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A comic opera to forewarn of a tragedic fate


The Real News Network
Most Ignored and Most Far-Reaching Supreme Court Ruling Yet: Anti-Trust Law Hollowed Out
A major Supreme Court ruling, Ohio vs American Express, was completely ignored by most media outlets, even though it will have potentially devastating repercussions for consumers in the so-called ‘platform economy’: Uber, Lyft, AirBnB, Facebook, etc. White collar criminologist Bill Black explains the consequences

*Was it ignored due to its being obscure

Or was it obscured to ensure it was just that?


Trump, Putin, and ‘Russian Roulette’
Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo News and co-author of “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” joins TRNN’s Aaron Maté to discuss the evidentiary basis for claims of a Kremlin interference campaign in the U.S. and potential Trump campaign cooperation

*Is it telling that Isikoff becomes combative, dismissive and … I dunno … haughty when Maté presses him on the veracity of evidence?

If you’re dead solid certain of your sources, is that how you respond?

I’m just saying …


Mexico’s AMLO Gets Massive Mandate to Stand Up to the US
As the center-left candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wins the presidency by an overwhelming margin, Laura Carlsen and Alex Main talk about the election results, what this means for Mexico, and how it will affect U.S.-Mexico relations.

*Mañana … but history is not hopeful.

Y’know, TRNN made a big deal about interweaving climate change into all areas of its coverage.

Run a word search for it on this page.


Institute for Public Accuracy
If Catholic Anti-Nuclear Weapons Activists in North Korea or Iran Were Jailed

*Brave souls, but I have to point out that there are no nukes in Iran, nor any program to create them, and it’s dangerously remiss to imply otherwise.


Democracy Now!
Airport Worker “Heartbroken” Witnessing Waves of Migrant Children Silently Flown Around the Country

*Huddled masses yearning to breathe free



‘Vindictive and Cruel’: After Work Requirements Struck Down, GOP Governor Cancels Dental and Vision Medicaid Coverage for 460,000 in Kentucky
“After a federal judge blocked Kentucky’s gutting of Medicaid, which would throw 95,000 off coverage, the governor responded with a Trumpian tantrum”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


After Long Career Bailing Out Big Banks, Obama Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner Now Runs Predatory Firm That Exploits the Poor for Profit
“Your economy, rigged to redistribute wealth to the top”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The reality of “Hope and Change”

You keep hoping

They never change


As GOP Pushes Overhaul, Conservationists Mobilize to Save ‘Endangered Species Act From Extinction’
“This bill is all about politics. It’s not about science. It’s especially not about better ways to conserve endangered species.”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Timing of Kennedy’s Retirement Only Cements His Right-Wing Legacy
When it came to money and power, ‘moderate’ Justice Anthony Kennedy had always been an agent of the top one percent
by Larry Beinhart


America The Failed State
In the United States, ruling elites abjectly serve corporate power to exploit and impoverish the citizenry
by Chris Hedges


The Tyranny of Politeness
The proper time and place to protest, they say, is always the time and place where they feel they can most easily ignore us. When we show up at their churches, homes, and country clubs, we are no longer constrained by their rigged rules.
by Mike Ervin

*A polite request has never yet removed a boot from a neck


An Update for 2018: More Evidence That Half of Americans Are In or Near Poverty
The extreme level of inequality in the U.S. is battering the poor
by Paul Buchheit

*Poverty is immutable

As long as profit remains so


The Real News Network
Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Wins Mexican Presidential Election
by Tamara Pearson


143 Million Climate Refugees by 2050
A World Bank report: Groundswell, warns of the worsening impact of climate change in three regions of the world. It could lead to a tremendous humanitarian crisis, says Kanta Kumari Rigaud, the lead author of the study

*The World Bank does it homework

But the damn neoliberal dog keeps eating it


Exclusive: Nurse Speaks Out Over Johns Hopkins’ ‘Anti-Union Campaign’
Hopkins nurse Kate Phillips says the hospital has prevented nurses from discussing the benefits of a union, and that the hospital faces a high attrition rate and low staff to patient ratios


Democracy Now!
Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador Wins Mexican Presidential Election in Landslide Victory

*Like any politician, he’ll have to be held to his words

And forced to go beyond them.


“It’s a Humanitarian Crisis”: Texas Lawyer Describes Chaos, Terror of Family Separation at Border


June 2018



Citing ‘Deprivation’ They Would Cause, Federal Judge Blocks Kentucky’s Trump-Backed Medicaid Work Requirements
“Today’s win means that nearly 100,000 Kentucky residents will continue to be able to see their doctors, stay healthy, and take care of their families”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


New Study Warns of Deepwater Horizon Disaster Long-Lasting Impact on Marine Life’s “Building Blocks”
“At the sites closest to the spill, biodiversity was flattened,” says the lead author
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Draining the swamp”

Straight into the sea


Aaack! New Analysis Shows Superbugs Lurking on Three-Fourths of U.S. Supermarket Meat
“The public shouldn’t have to wait until 100 percent of the bacteria found on meat on supermarket shelves are untreatable by antibiotics before the FDA takes strong action”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


International Rescue Committee statement on EU Council Migration Summit


Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Loophole Could Exempt Over 10,000 GMO Foods from Disclosure Law


Parkland Student Calls for Adam Putnam’s Withdrawal from FL Office and Governor’s Race
by Spencer Blum


Petition update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
PA Gov. signs “car dealer license to kill” legislation, backed by CarMax

*Would you buy a used car from these pols?


Institute for Public Accuracy
Janus Decision: Why Does Labor Keep Losing?

*”We are caught in the devil’s bargain … “


Pogroms in Ukraine

*For bipartisan Russia bashers, apparently this doesn’t rise to the level of “dangerous incivility”


Democracy Now!
DNC Chair Tom Perez on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Upset Win & Obama’s Immigration Policies

*The insincerity and deceit ooze out of him like his sweat in the unforgiving Texas sun.



In ‘Major Step’ Toward Making Democratic Party More Democratic, DNC Votes to Roll Back Power of Superdelegates
“Thanks to all of the incredible activism, superdelegates will soon be a thing of the past”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[C]ongratulated” … “applaud” … “praised” … ?

One card removed does not a stacked deck topple.


How America’s Wars Fund Inequality at Home
What happens when you put endless Pentagon spending on the credit card
by Stephanie Savell

*The treasure flows as freely as the blood


Protest Isn’t Civil
Attacks on incivility are rooted more in preserving the status quo than in addressing ongoing harms and violence
by Vann R. Newkirk

*Clucking tongues in time with bashing heads


Papers Insist ‘We Need’ Secret Gang Databases—Just Like We ‘Needed’ Stop & Frisk
by Josmar Trujillo


Democracy Now!
Justice Kennedy’s Resignation Opens Door for Far-Right Supreme Court & Overturning of Roe v. Wade

*A feckless and forlorn “liberalism” embodied by the DNCistas always opens the door to demagogues, with these predictable results. That they continue to swear their fealty to financialismo and the war profiteers is a sin no amount of faux “feeling of pain” will wash away.


In Janus Case, Court Issues Major Anti-Labor Ruling, Eviscerating Power of Public-Sector Unions

*Again, the Dems and labor “leaders” have done an efficacious job of dismantling on their own, and a case can be made for their being just f*ucking fine with that.

They’re part of the political/economic structure regardless, their stations assured, and that’s all they care about, if their actions (and lack of) are an indication.


Meet an Immigration Lawyer Trying to Unite Migrant Families While Battling the Trump Administration


Jennifer Harbury: Today’s Refugee Crisis Is Blowback from U.S. Dirty Wars in Central America



The Real News Network
Protests in Ramallah Challenge Abbas over Gaza
Yara Hawari of the Palestinian Policy Network says the Palestinian Authority is resorting to violence against its own people because it has lost its legitimacy, as it collaborates with the Israeli siege on Gaza


Institute for Public Accuracy
Recent Pentagon Increases Exceed Russia’s Entire Military Budget


WaPo’s Civility Fetish Delegitimizes Opposition to Trump
by Gregory Shupak

*This from an outlet unperturbed by the “incivility” of incinerated wedding parties or tortured “guests” of black sites


Why Venezuela Reporting Is So Bad
Review of Alan MacLeod’s Bad News From Venezuela
by Joe Emersberger


Democracy Now!
Web Bonus: Psychologist Dana Sinopoli Warns Migrant Children Face “Systematic Traumatization”


SCOTUS Backs Muslim Travel Ban; Critics Liken It to Decisions on Segregation & Japanese Internment

*Judicial independence

From reason and common humanity


Federal Judge Orders U.S. to Reunite Migrant Children with Their Families After Separation at Border

*Perhaps Madame Pelosi should explain her views on “civility” to these children and their parents?


A Critic of Neoliberalism & Drug War, Andrés Manuel López Obrador Poised to Win Mexico’s Presidency

*We can hope he wins, but recall Tsipras and Syriza.



‘Schumer and Pelosi Have to Go’: Democratic Leaders Under Fire for Urging ‘Civility’ in Face of Trump’s Vicious Agenda
“All of the liberal politicians and pundits who shouted ‘this is not normal’ for a year are now telling us to be civil to the people ripping apart families”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I swear to someone else’s god, I look at that accompanying photo and I can’t imagine a more perfect image of clammy career politicians and corporate shills.

You couldn’t do better through Central Casting.


Who Is Making a Killing on Killing?
The merchants of war who have shaped U.S. foreign policy since the end of WWII have a foothold so strong, the act of extracting ourselves from the war economy has become incredibly complex
by Jodie Evans and Andrew Behar

*War is bad business

Divest your sums


On Purpose, In Kabul
The U.S. government “made things worse rather than better”
by Kathy Kelly

*This is what “liberation” looks like in the fun house mirror of US foreign policy.


Greenpeace Report: Trans Mountain “Oil Tanker Superhighway” Endangers Pacific Coast Marine Life, Communities and Billions in Economic Activity


Friends of the Earth
Kroger Releases New Policy to Limit Bee-Killing Pesticides on Garden Plants
Company must take immediate action eliminate toxic pesticides on food


The Real News Network
Is Flint Michigan’s Water Quality Really Restored?
Flint residents and activists argue Governor Rick Snyder’s claim of water restoration in Flint is based on flawed research as it excludes lead testing in schools

*Water under the bridge for the corpress


Mexico’s Economic Growth Failure: Decades in the Making
As Mexicans get ready to vote for a new president on Sunday, they will probably punish the political class that led the country into a 30-year economic slump. CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot analyzes Mexico’s economic performance and the prospects for its economic future after the election


Ex-CIA Interrogator Trains ICE Agents in ‘Counterterrorism’ as They Terrorize Immigrants
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement pays a private security firm run by former top CIA interrogator Barry McManus to train ICE agents in intelligence and “counterterrorism.” TRNN’s Ben Norton speaks with investigative journalist Ken Klippenstein.


US Gov’t Treats Dogs Better than Detained Immigrant Children
While the US Department of Homeland Security puts immigrant children in cages, Customs and Border Protection treats dogs to “plush double-sided sheepskin bedding” at a pet resort. TRNN’s Ben Norton speaks with investigative journalist Ken Klippenstein

*It’s a dog’s life

What else would you expect from sons of bitches?


US Gov’t Regime Change Machine Exacerbates Nicaragua’s Violent Protests
As Nicaragua’s leftist government faces a violent right-wing insurgency, journalist Max Blumenthal discusses with TRNN’s Ben Norton how the regime change machinery bankrolled by the US government’s National Endowment for Democracy boasted of “laying the groundwork for insurrection” against President Daniel Ortega

*I’m keen to hear Blumenthal’s take on the counter narrative from what I consider to be those who are utterly opposed to US intervention, yet feel Ortega has betrayed the spirit of Sandinismo.

As I’ve said before, we don’t have to feel a “leftist” gummint is Jesus on a stick to oppose internal and external attempts to overthrow it. Neither should we overlook its deep flaws in doing so.


‘AT&T Only Buys Time Warner Once in a Lifetime’
CounterSpin interview with Nilay Patel on AT&T/Time Warner ruling
by Janine Jackson


For WaPo, Subsidizing Bus Fare Is a Lot Like Giving the Rich $5 Trillion
by Gregory Shupak

*If only López Obrador (or Sanders) was as dangerous to the savage status quo as Killer Clown is to the rest of us.


Democracy Now!
Psychologist: Separating Children at the Border Creates Trauma Passed Down Through Generations



‘Most Important Surveillance Story You Will See for Years’: Report Reveals How AT&T Buildings Serve as Secret Hubs for NSA Spying
“AT&T has bent over backwards to help the U.S. government spy on essentially all internet traffic”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Your world. Delivered.

To Spook Central.


Detained Children Forced to Recite Pledge of Allegiance ‘Out of Respect’ for Country That Tore Them Away From Parents
“This is calculated sadism”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The national disgrace of a disgraceful nationalism


Warning to US: Erdogan Has Used Same Techniques as Trump to De-Democratize Turkey
Erdogan’s rise as an authoritarian strong man is a key lesson to America about how Trump could move the US in a similar direction
by Juan Cole

*From a hollow democracy to an infested autocracy?


Supreme Court’s Janus Ruling Will Hurt Children
The nation’s rightwing has taken a big swing at workers and unions, but kids will also be among those who get hit
by Jeff Bryant


The Soldier’s Tale: A Man Who Went to War and Realized His Side Was the Enemy
“I was blindly following orders. I was inflicting violence on the poorest people on earth. How is there any morality in that?”
by Chris Hedges

*A soul adrift in a sea of savagery


Nicaragua at the Barricades… And a Crossroads
“We will always be confronted by U.S. power …”
by Rebecca Gordon

*I don’t pretend to have a firm grasp on all this, although I think Gordon has provided some valuable context.

What I do have is an unshakable conviction that our faith can only be placed in principles, and not blindly in parties or personalities or movements, which must be measured by how they align with those principles.

To do other is to yield to the comforting certainty of dogma, rather than persevere in the often exasperating search for truth.


Amnesty International USA
Syrian Refugees Must Not Be Abandoned by Jordan


The Real News Network
General Motors Held Responsible for Abuses in its Plant in Colombia
A protest at the annual GM shareholders’ meeting in Detroit called attention to the fact that GM in Colombia regularly fires injured workers and fails to provide them with compensation. Frank Hammer, who recently visited the GM plant, reports on the protest and what is going on in Colombia


How Climate Change will Reduce Crop Yields and Spike Food Prices
A new study shows how climate change will impact global food security, particularly by reducing crop yields and increasing crop yield volatility. This, in turn, will have a strong effect on the prices of basic staples, particularly corn and rice. We speak Michelle Tigchelaar, one of the report’s authors

*No mention of how industrial and monocultural agriculture exacerbate the effects of climate change, or that even assuming two degrees isn’t reached, we’re still facing grave consequences, especially in the developing world.


Why Is the Anti-War Movement Still So Weak Under Trump?

*The question was never really answered, was it?

But I think it’s based on a faulty assumption – that there was this powerful anti war movement fifteen years ago. Afghanistan was never really opposed, it being “the just war” for revenge against 9/11, and the opposition to Iraq faded fairly quickly after the invasion.

As for today, as internationally ignorant and apathetic as most Americans were at the beginning of the century, that phenomenon has metastasized in the intervening years, and while individual blame can be laid to some extent, the role of the corpress is key in coloring every conflict as a noble struggle in the ongoing War on Terror ™, with only the occasional mildest of qualms.

Of course, that includes America on the Jordan, and its “mowing the lawn”.

The last sustained anti war movement in the US ended with the cessation of the draft, which subdued a sense of a personal stake in imperialism and militarism. Reviving it will require either a commitment to solidarity with the victims – something that’s never occurred on a massive scale in this country, or any other – or the overcoming of the propaganda propagated by the military industrial complex and its courtiers in the fourth estate to realize how the war machine harms us at home and abroad.

If both were to be evinced in an enlightened self interest, we might have the makings of a truly formidable frente a la guerra.

Stranger things have happened, although examples escape me at the moment.


Democracy Now!
Undocumented Mother: Stop Separation of Migrant Children by Dropping Charges Against Their Parents


What Does an Iodine Deficiency Have to Do with Cancer?
by Dr. David Brownstein



‘This Is Censorship’: Trump’s War on Facts Continues With Muzzling of USGS Scientists
New directive, LA Times reports, requires scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey to get approval for media interviews from U.S. Department of the Interior for most cases
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


“Slap in the Face” to Poor Americans: House GOP Passes Farm Bill Attacking Nation’s Hungriest Families
“This is just another attempt by Paul Ryan to pretend that the biggest problem with the federal deficit is lazy poor people, not the $1.5 trillion tax cut he and his colleagues just gave to the richest people in the country”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘No Justice, No Sleep!’ Protesters Blare Audio of Crying Detained Children Outside DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s Home
“There’s a child snatcher living in Alexandria, Virginia”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No rest for the wicked


Here’s the Story of How I Met Detained Minors on My Flight From Texas
“How old are you?” I asked in Spanish. “Sixteen,” she answered. “Did you come here with your families?” “Alone.” she said. “Are you scared?” I asked. “Yes.”
by Tim Wilkins


Trump’s Get-Tough Policies Will Make the Border Crisis Worse
Nothing about Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ approach is addressing the root cause of migration
by Ruth Conniff


The Real News Network
Why the Freedom Flotilla Must Sail: A Conversation with Portuguese MP Bruno Dias
The President of the Portugal-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Group Says the Oppressed People of Gaza Need Hope and Solidarity

*Did Dias sidestep on sanctions, and if he did, why didn’t Lascaris press him on it?

Inquiring minds want to know.


The Billionaire Class is Not Fit to Rule – Paul Jay

*A righteous rant, but if you’re not speaking to the limits of #TheResistance – and I don’t mean the fauxniness from the DNCistas – to turn this ship (or sh*it) around, rather than simply cheerleading for it, there will be no there there.

We have to be clear eyed about what’s necessary, and “progressive change” – no matter how well intentioned – is a half step that will cause us to stumble into the abyss, if only in slower motion.

We have to think beyond the “possible”, to the essential, or we’re pissing into a climate charged übercane

And that’s the whole truth, as I see it.


WaPo Can’t Believe White Supremacist Senate Candidate Really Means It
by Janine Jackson

*Is there a difference between fanning the flames

And setting the fire?


Clicks Over Ethics: Careless Coverage of Suicide
by Olivia Riggio

*Eyeballs over ethics


Democracy Now!
Immigrant Parents Search for Children Snatched by Gov’t at the Border, But Reunification Is Rare


Investigation: Substandard Medical Care in ICE Detention is Killing Immigrants, Endangering Lives


ICE Detention is “Soul-Destroying”: Eritrean Immigrant Dies by Suicide During Deportation

*Human Rights Watch is not the most reliable judge of the “world’s most oppressive governments”, but that doesn’t diminish the real fear Testfatsion had of being returned to Eritrea, or the inhumanity of doing so.



Look Deeper: Child Detention and the US’s Paramilitary Politics Abroad
Amidst the justifiable horror evoked by US authorities’ criminal treatment of these children there is too little examination of the conditions that spur many of these mass migrations
by John Buell


Jeff Bezos 1, Seattle Homeless 0. Now What?
Advocates are regrouping after city officials knuckled under to pressure from Amazon and repealed a tax on big employers
by Katie Wilson

*Bezos doesn’t have “more money than [he] knows what to do with”

He knows precisely what to do with it

And who to do it to.


What Have We Become? What We Have Always Been
We are a nation that has, since its earliest days, stolen children from their parents
by Brett Wilkins


The Real News Network
Left Candidate Lopez Obrador Leads Mexican Presidential Race by an Insurmountable Margin
Mexico’s July 1 presidential election is likely to lead to a historic result as the center-left candidate Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador leads the race by 25 percentage points over his closest rival. We talk to Laura Carlsen about the race, the murders of local candidates, and the impact of Trump’s immigration policy on the race


China Intensifies Efforts to Crush the Hong Kong Independence Movement
Edward Leung, Hong Kong’s most prominent independence activist, was sentenced to six years in prison for having organized protests that resulted in property damage. We speak to Prof. Sean Starrs and Polaris Tang of the City University of Hong Kong


Israel Kills 52 Syrian/Iraqi Anti-ISIS Fighters, as US Takes Aim at Iran
An air attack in eastern Syria killed 52 Syrian and Iraqi government-backed forces who were fighting ISIS. They blamed the US, but it said Israel is responsible. Max Blumenthal says this is part of a larger campaign to destabilize and fragment Syria and weaken its ally Iran


Trump’s Trade War with China: A Great Miscalculation
Trump and his advisors seem to be extremely ill-informed about the ways in which China can retaliate, even though the US can impose tariffs on more Chinese goods than China can impose on the US, says CEPR’s Dean Baker


Erdogan Accelerates Attacks on Syria and Iraq in Lead-up to Turkish Election
Turkish President Erdogan is escalating military intervention in northern Syria and Iraq as the snap election approaches. Scholar Baris Karaagac says this is part of a political strategy to unite right-wing nationalist forces. It is also a continuation of a decades-long war on Kurds


Petition update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
Help stop CarMax from getting away with selling unrepaired recalled cars with killer safety defects


Institute for Public Accuracy
“No Way to Treat a Child”


Ecosocialism — Interviews Available

*Capitalism is a rotten apple

And they can never be renewed


Elon Musk’s Latest Brainstorm Takes Aim at Meddlesome Media
by Justin Anderson

*Cult of personality disorder


Democracy Now!
Trump Admin to Indefinitely Detain Migrant Families Together; No Plan to Reunite Separated Children


GEO Group & Private Prisons Stand to Profit as Trump Pushes Indefinite Family Detention

*Killer Clown has always known how to make money from misery


Report from McAllen, Texas: No One Knows What Will Happen Now to Separated Migrant Children


Lawsuit Claims Detained Migrant Children Have Been Forcibly Injected With Powerful Psychiatric Drugs


Yemenis Accuse UAE Officers of Sexual Torture Inside Secret Prisons



Telecom-Backed Democrat in California Just “Mutilated” Nation’s Strongest State Net Neutrality Bill
“These California Democrats will go down in history as among the worst corporate shills that have ever held elected office. Californians should rise up and demand that at their Assembly members represent them.”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Internet Pioneers Warn New EU Rules Would Turn Web Into “Tool for Automated Surveillance and Control”
As key legislative panel approves measure, experts say copyright directive poses an “imminent threat” to online users and the network itself
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Copyright infringement on freedom


‘If Kids Don’t Eat in Peace, You Don’t Eat in Peace!’ Democratic Socialists Drive DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Out of Mexican Restaurant
“We will not stand by and let Secretary Nielsen dine in peace, while she is directing her employees to tear little girls away from their mothers and crying boys away from their fathers at our border”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*And the punditocracy will cluck their tongues and fret over “the decline in civil discourse”

To which I say

“Go fornicate your own orifi.”


‘Womp, Womp’: Lewandowski Epitomizes Trump Team’s Cruelty After Told of Down Syndrome Child Separated From Her Mother
A distillation of “Trumpian cruelty,” said one. Among “the most inhumane moments I’ve ever seen,” said another.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Make America Gag Again


The White House Didn’t Want You To Hear Stephen Miller’s Voice Defend Family Separation (And the NYT Said OK)
“Miller is orchestrating a systematic, criminal, human rights abusing, child abuse operation. Let the public hear his sick rationalization to understand how utterly evil this is”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*All the news that’s fit to print

(But apparently not to air without Killer Clown’s OK)


The Vivid Dangers of Our Indifference to a Hellish World
What if ignoring the world’s problems was the most morally fucked thing a person could do?
by Tamara Pearson

*No lack of caring is ever without consequence

No act of conscience is ever in vain


ALEC’s Deadly Asbestos Agenda Benefits Koch Industries, Nationwide
The ALEC bill offered by DeGroot would mean that many victims would not live to see their day in court
by Don Wiener and Mary Bottari

*Greed is the greatest toxin


Scholastic Under Fire for Children’s Book Portrayal of Trump
Parents and teachers aren’t angry over what the new book says about the president, but rather what it leaves out
by Lornet Turnbull

*But every child loves (killer) clowns, don’t they?


Is War With China on the Horizon?
The Pentagon’s provocative encirclement of China
by Michael T. Klare


That’s a copyright violation!”


The Real News Network
Bitcoin Does Not Protect Against Fraud
There is a common misconception that the cryptocurrency Bitcoin is safe and secure and will protect those who trade in it from fraud. However, as white collar criminologist Bill Black explains, Bitcoin is just as susceptible to fraud as any other type of transaction, and complacency makes the likelihood of fraud only greater

*The more things change …


Trump Worsens US Immigration System’s Cruelty
By separating immigrant children from their parents, Trump has taken the “nightmare” of the immigration system under his predecessors and “put it into overdrive,” says professor and author César García Hernández

*Hard to square the reality revealed here with the claim that the US is “the standard bearer for the human rights tradition among Western nations”, but maybe I’m just being too Vulcan.


Nicaraguan Opposition Suspends Negotiations: A Return to Violence? (1/2)
Following two months of protests and an estimated 170 dead, the violence briefly subsided, as opposition-government negotiations tried to resolve the situation. The opposition now says the government is reneging on commitments and will abandon negotiations. What led to this crisis and where will it go from here? We discuss the situation with Trevor Evans and Camilo Mejia


Nicaraguan Opposition Suspends Negotiations: A Return to Violence? (2/2)

*The Ortega gummint has contradictions galore, but that doesn’t mean the opposition is pure as the driven snow.

How’s that for not saying sh*it?

Okay, but I just don’t know enough to come to any kind of determination here, although I’d lean more to Evans’ analysis than Mejia’s.

I think we should keep an eye on how the corpress covers events. If we see a carbon copy of its smear campaign on the Maduro administration (which is no paragon of virtue, either), along with Killer Clown tweeting out insults aimed at Ortega, we can be certain that there are some bad hombres amongst the oppos as regards their intent towards the Nicaraguan people.

The Times will tell …


‘The Black Athlete Has Been Involved in the Political Struggle From the Beginning’
CounterSpin interview with Howard Bryant on African-American athletes and activism
by Janine Jackson


Institute for Public Accuracy
New Paper: Big Banks Again Putting Taxpayers on Hook with Complex Trades

*Déjà srcu all over again?


Democracy Now!
Remembering the My Lai Massacre: Seymour Hersh on Uncovering the Horrors of Mass Murder in Vietnam

*Don’t depend on Hersh to give you cogent context for the stories he’s done

But be glad he’s done them.


Investigative Reporter Sy Hersh: Working with Gene McCarthy’s Presidential Bid Shaped My Life Path

*I wonder if Hersh has ever considered that this “amazing man” was giving money to people in Latin America who were committing the same horrors there that were occurring in Southeast Asia?


Sy Hersh: I Knew Richard Nixon Beat His Wife in 1974, But Did Not Report the Story

*”Do you know what I’m saying?”

No, I really don’t

But I do know that you’re a conceited bastard who’s a dab hand at rationalization, and that the hosts should have challenged you on it.

But this is “DN!”, so …


Sy Hersh: Henry Kissinger Must “Count Burned and Maimed Cambodian & Vietnamese Babies” in His Sleep

*I don’t want to harp on this – Hersh has done a great deal of vital journalism – but he’s the king of cognitive dissonance, isn’t he?

The NYT is “a great newspaper”

And then he tells this tale of utter complicity with those it’s charged to hold to account?



The Real News Network
Turkey’s Erdogan Allies with Fascists for Election, Repressing Leftists and Kurds
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan formed a coalition with the fascist party MHP for the upcoming snap election. TRNN’s Ben Norton speaks with scholar Baris Karaagac about Turkey’s economic ills, the AKP’s neoliberal nationalist policies, and the repression of the HDP, leftists and Kurds


Far-Right Wins Presidency in Colombia: ‘A Frightening Result’
Ivan Duque, who is the candidate of former president Alvaro Uribe, won a solid victory for Colombia’s presidency and will probably take Colombia back towards civil war and internal repression, with the help of the US and other conservative governments, argues Manuel Rozental of PueblosEnCamino.org


Israel Turns Gaza into ‘Arms Race’ Laboratory, While Palestinians Fly Kites (1/2)
As Israel mows down protesters in Gaza with brutal military technology, Palestinians respond creatively, with kites and balloons. Shir Hever discusses the hidden rift within the Israeli military


Israel Turns Gaza into ‘Arms Race’ Laboratory, While Palestinians Fly Kites (2/2)


After France Condemns Israel’s Killings in Gaza, French Police Obstruct Freedom Flotilla
Human Rights Activist Claude Leostic Accuses Emmanuel Macron’s Government of “Political Harassment”





Institute for Public Accuracy
Are Voters Fixing Voting? *Gerrymandering * Ranked Choice Voting

*Vote fixing is a quintessentially American entrée

No Russian dressing necessary


* ICE Contracts Former CIA Interrogator * Who Speaks? Bush and Obama Policy

*Killer Clown follows in his foil’s footsteps


Democracy Now!
As Demonstrators Demand Nicaraguan President’s Resignation, Government Accuses Opposition of Coup

*So far we’ve had a repeat of “Rashomon” on this program, and I’d like to hear from some long time objective observers of Nicaragua who can give me the intel needed to make a rational judgment about the situation.


Extended Conversation With Nicaraguan Government Minister Paul Oquist on Escalating Crisis

*See preceding comment

And Oquist’s officiousness here certainly doesn’t get me any closer.



Cruel Separation of Families ‘Rooted in the Racism’ of Bannon, Miller, and Trump’s Xenophobic Base
As thousands of children are separated from their parents and detained, “proud racist” and senior adviser Stephen Miller is “setting immigration policy and using children as poker chips”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Study Shows 300,000 US Homes at Risk, $1 Trillion Price Tag as Rising Seas Trigger Chronic Flooding
Damage to homes in coastal areas could set off a domino effect—eroding property values, weakening tax bases, and affecting schools and infrastructure
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Florida Trial Lawyer Offers $100,000 Reward for Evidence That Corporations Are Behind Frivolous Lawsuits Against Corporations
“We know that big corporate interests have successfully attacked the credibility of our civil justice system by highlighting frivolous lawsuits. They do it so they can eliminate truly righteous lawsuits.”
by Russell Mokhiber


What Does Poverty Feel Like?
The poor in America
by Beverly Gologorsky


Why We Are Suing Ohio and Kansas
We CAN Reverse Purges
by Greg Palast

*Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not registered in Kansas anymore.


The Real News Network
Afghan Refugees Continue Daily Protest at Balikpapan Detention Center in Indonesia
Ehsanullah Sahil, a refugee from Afghanistan who is being held at the Balikpapan Detention Center in Indonesia, reports on the ongoing protests against miserable conditions at the center


Trudeau Imposes Retaliatory Trade Tariffs Against the U.S.
It is in the long term interest of Canada to unravel the intertwined economy between the two countries, says Dimitri Lascaris

*Partners in posturing

Pope and premier


Democracy Now!
Meet the Migrant Child Detention Center Whistleblower Now Speaking Out Against Family Separations


With Spotlight on Migrant Families Separated at the Border, Will Democrats Push to Abolish ICE?

*Will Dems prioritize prison stops over photo ops?


“Civilian Lives No Longer Matter”: Millions at Risk as Saudi-Led Coalition Attacks Yemeni Port City

*Brutality abroad is the most bipartisan of policies



On Prison’s 6,000th Day, Groups Demand Trump “Choose Justice Over Inhumanity” and #CloseGitmo
“It is outrageous that the U.S. government continues to perpetuate the myth of an ‘endless war,’ as a supposed justification for holding prisoners indefinitely”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer


Former Bank of Canada Head: Pipeline Protesters May Be Killed. So Be It.
“North American governments have shown the ‘fortitude’ necessary to kill indigenous people often enough that this is no idle threat,” warns Bill McKibben
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Historic First’: Nebraska Farmers Return Land to Ponca Tribe in Effort to Block Keystone XL
“We want to protect this land,” said the tribe’s state chairman. “We don’t want to see a pipeline go through.”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Why Project Maven Is the Litmus Test For Google’s New Principles
As AI technology advances, the question of who will be held accountable for associated human rights abuses is becoming increasingly urgent
by Rasha Abdul Rahim

*When you think about it, militarism has always been the epitome of artificial intelligence.


Ohio’s Junk Mail Trick Led The Supreme Court To Approve Jim Crow Vote Purge
by Greg Palast

*Republicans suppress the vote

And Democratic candidates depress it


The Real News Network
Colombia’s Choice: ‘Fascism’ or ‘Protest Vote Without Program’
As Colombians vote in the presidential runoff election this Sunday, they face a stark choice between the far right/fascist candidate Ivan Duque and the center left Gustavo Petro. Even though the center left has enough votes, infighting could very well keep Petro from winning, says Manuel Rozental of pueblosencamino.org


Trump’s Trade Wars: An Opportunity to Refashion the Intellectual Property Regime?
One of the main arguments for imposing tariffs on China is that China is undermining the intellectual property of US companies. China can now either retaliate against US tariffs or take this opportunity to help redesign the international intellectual property system, says CEPR’s Dean Baker


Seattle Buckles Under Corporate Pressure, Repeals ‘Amazon Tax’ to Fight Homelessness
Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant says that as long as corporate Democrats run government, we should expect them to buckle under Amazon’s and Starbucks’ pressure

*Let them eat cake

Al fresco


Saudi Arabia Tried to Blame Doctors Without Borders for Bombing Yemen Cholera Treatment Center
by Ben Norton


‘Religion Cannot Be Used to Justify Discriminatory Conduct in the Marketplace’
CounterSpin interview with Jennifer Pizer on Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Lawyer: Jeff Sessions’ Attacks on Migrant Domestic Violence Survivors Drags U.S. Back to “Dark Ages”



Huckabee-Sanders Defends Ripping Children From Parents, Because It’s “Very Biblical to Enforce the Law”
“That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible,” said the White House press secretary
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*She may be misunderstanding the whole “Suffer little children” thing

And something tells me this touching outpouring of corpress concern might not have occurred two years previous.


How Can World’s Richest Man Jeff Bezos Give Back? Staffers at the Washington Post Think Decent Wages and Benefits Would Be Good Start
“All we are asking for is fairness for each and every employee who contributed to this company’s success: fair wages; fair benefits for retirement, family leave and healthcare; and a fair amount of job security”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Is it just me, or is anyone else brought up short when screwed workers, at WaPo or Walmart, use terms like “contributed to this company’s success”, sussing just what that “success” entails to the greater society?


Children’s Detention Center Tour Reveals Trump Mural That Would Look ‘In Place In a Banana Republic’
“I have been inside a federal prison and county jails. This place is called a shelter but these kids are incarcerated.”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Scope that mural, and it’s clear that ain’t “history” that’s being taught, ese.


Amnesty International USA
State of Palestine: Amnesty Staff Member Arbitrarily Detained and Tortured by Palestinian Security Officers


The Real News Network
AT&T – TimeWarner Merger: A Disaster for Consumers when Combined with Net Neutrality Repeal (1/2)
The argument that this merger, which will create one of the world’s largest media giants, is not anti-competitive lacks all basis in reality, says Jeff Cohen of RootsAction.org and FAIR

*”Vertical integration” = horizontal penetration

(Don’t make me spell it out)


AT&T – TimeWarner Merger: A Disaster for Consumers when Combined with Net Neutrality Repeal (2/2)

*Screwed by a Slick Willie

(Okay … I spelled it out)


Presidential Campaign in Mexico Gets Dirty
Anonymous phone calls are going out with messages warning that the leading candidate is a danger to the country. At the same time, political violence has claimed more than a hundred lives. Laura Carlsen reports from Mexico

*Dialing for dystopia


Pundits Worry Threat of Nuclear War Is Being Reduced
by Gregory Shupak

*We tried to bomb you back to the Stone Age

But we did it because we care.


Democracy Now!
Trauma at the Texas-Mexico Border: Families Separated, Children Detained & Residents Fighting Back

*”Family values” for the investor vultures


Residents on Both Sides of the Border Try to Help Asylum Seekers Illegally Turned Away by U.S. Gov’t

*I lift up my lamp

And bring it down on your head


As Detention Centers Hit Capacity, Trump Eyes Tent Cities on Military Bases to Jail Migrant Children

*”A step too far”

For PR



In ‘Historic Victory’, Maine Voters Demand Ranked-Choice Voting in Statewide Elections…Again
Reaffirming support for the system, Mainers are “leading the way in pro-democracy reforms, non-partisan reforms that level the playing field, that open the political process to more voices and more choice”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Ranked rather than rank


The Democratic Party’s 2018 View of Identity Politics Is Confusing, and Thus Appears Cynical and Opportunistic
Given its rhetoric, how does the Democratic Party justify supporting white, male machine politicians over credible female challengers, LGBT people, and people of color?
by Glenn Greenwald

*Expecting the Democrats to act on principle is akin to assuming the Republicans will act on empathy


The Real News Network
Paul Jay on Trump’s Iran War Agenda and Liberals’ Korea Peace Panic
Paul Jay, Senior Editor of the The Real News, says that Trump’s North Korea diplomacy overshadows both his administration’s war-mongering on Iran and Koreans’ decisive efforts to make peace. Jay also discusses the partisan liberal angst over the prospect of reducing the U.S. military presence on the Korean peninsula

*The neocon game of Three country Monte


Incarceration Nation: How US Political Prisoners Live in Hellish Conditions
The US has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of its prisoners. TRNN’s Ben Norton speaks with Nino Brown, of the Jericho Movement and ANSWER Coalition, who says American political prisoners are ignored, while they try to survive on dirty water


Defiant Trump Ignites Trade War with Canada and G-7 Allies
Citing national security issues to get around WTO rules, Trump ordered tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum imports from Canada and EU countries. William Black and Gerald Epstein discusses the implications of these tariffs on the different economies


Institute for Public Accuracy
Yemen: “America’s Dirty War”


Why Do US Media Only Worry About One Authoritarian’s Nukes?
Trump, Kim and American exceptionalism
by John C. O’Day

*Brandishing the beam in thine own eye


Democracy Now!
“Relic of Jim Crow Era”: Ari Berman on Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold Ohio’s Voter Purge


Religious Leaders Shackled, Held in Jail Overnight, After Praying in Protest Outside Supreme Court

*What would Jesus do

And what would be done to Jesus if he did?



Putting Solar Panels in Pipeline’s Path, Campaign to Combine Power of Sun ‘With Power of the People’
Indigenous-led campaign that aims to block Keystone XL pipeline with solar arrays “models the massive overhaul our energy system needs to stop the worst of climate change”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Speaking From Experience, Iran Warns North Korea Trump Could Scrap Agreement Before He Even Gets Home
“We are not optimistic about these talks,” an Iranian government spokesman said following the Trump-Kim summit
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Maybe if they jacked up the Nobel Prize award to what Killer Clown considers *real* money … ?


A Just Dystopia: Climate Activism Must Include Planning for the Worst-Case Scenario
No matter how hard we organize, no matter how many “fossil fuel-free” resolutions we pass, no matter how often we march, we might still end up rushing inexorably toward climate change catastrophe
by Alycee Lane

*Our humanity has no expiration date


Trump’s Astronomically Misguided ‘Space Force’
Plans to create a US ‘space force’ will take global militarisation to another level
by Belén Fernández


If Trump Wants to Blow Up the World Order, Who Will Stop Him?
As horrified as we may be at Trump’s uncouth antics, it is important to understand the tectonic shifts underpinning them
by Yanis Varoufakis

*It’s gonna take a lot more than a neo New Deal to pull our fat from the fire

And if that’s “farfetched”, the world will end, not with a bang

But with a sizzle.


Vaccines and the Liberal Mind
Instead of demanding blue-ribbon safety science and encouraging honest, open and responsible debate on the science, too many online outlets are silencing critics and shutting down discussion on this key public health and civil rights issue
by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

*Cognitive dissonance is not a copyrighted characteristic of conservatives


The Real News Network
US Movement for Single-Payer Health Care Grows with Historic NY Bill
As the demand for single-payer health care in the US becomes mainstream, the New York Health Act could lead the way. TRNN’s Ben Norton speaks with Ursula Rozum of Physicians for a National Health Program, who says NY state could soon adopt a universal system


Democracy Now!
Trump Vows to End “Provocative” War Games on Korean Peninsula After Historic Summit with Kim Jong-un

*For the US, under any president, to lecture another country on human rights is – I suppose the intellectualized term would be “risible” (I’d opt for “utter bullshit”) – and the elite harping on this is epitomic hypocrisy.

But that doesn’t mean that others with some street cred on the subject shouldn’t speak to it, within the context of supporting a valid peace agreement. The North Korean regime is indeed “a brutal dictatorship”, and many have and continue to suffer under it.

That can’t be set aside, and it can’t be “weaponized” to mine the road to peace on the peninsula, either.


A New Day for the Korean Peninsula: Christine Ahn Hails Denuclearization Pledge & New Peace Process

*This is no dis to Ahn, who’s worked diligently for peace in Korea, but she did sidestep the human rights question (see previous comment), and while I realize the strategy for dealing with it is complicated, it isn’t to acknowledge that it exists, and has to be addressed, yet I’ve heard no one on “the left” who’s done so, and that leaves the field open for the warmongers to shed their copious crocodile tears about it, and accuse others of the hypocrisy they copyrighted long ago.


Prof. Bruce Cumings: U.S. Bombing in Korea More Destructive Than Damage to Germany, Japan in WWII

*It’s immensely frustrating to hear intelligent persons credit Killer Clown for any of this.

He says “provocative” today

And may well provoke tomorrow.

Please bear that in mind.


Rep. Ro Khanna: If U.S.-North Korea Summit Happened Under Obama, Democrats Would Be Cheering

*Is a conversion of North Korea into a clone of “pro-market” China the result we really want from this?



How Corporate Media Got the Trump-Kim Summit All Wrong
They have assumed that North Korea cannot live without nuclear weapons—without making any effort to understand North Korea’s strategy in regard to nuclear weapons
by Gareth Porter


A Mile in Their Shoes: In Praise of Afghans Walking for Peace
Can the a recently declared cease-fire lead to negotiations and an end to the war?
by Kathy Kelly


The Real News Network
Embarrassing Defeat for the US in Its Efforts to Expel Venezuela from the OAS
At the OAS, 19 member states voted in favor, 4 against, and 11 abstained when the U.S. tried to have Venezuela sanctioned. The U.S. will not hesitate to bring tremendous pressure to bear on member countries to get its way in Latin America. We speak to CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot about the vote and how it came about


A New Government in Ethiopia Promises Major Political Changes
Following three years of protests in Ethiopia, former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned in February and now a new government is taking over, which promises to recognize a peace treaty with Eritrea, possibly bringing a long period of tensions to an end. We speak to Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report about Africa’s second most populous country

*I have a great deal of respect for Ford’s view on many issues, and he may be spot on here, as well – as far as he goes.

But there are other voices who raise questions about Eritrea’s “revolutionary” and “socialist” nature, insofar as its commitment to human rights is concerned, who are not aligned with the West, and I have wonder if Ford has a blind spot in this area.

I’m far from an expert, but it’s a common phenomena that anti-imperialists who righteously denounce US actions are often not as rigorous in their criticism of the victims of those acts as intellectual honesty would dictate.

That could be the case here.


‘Freedom Flotilla’ Heading for Gaza to Raise Awareness
We speak with Ron Rousseau, the second vice president of Canada’s Yukon Federation of Labor, who is on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, which is now heading south along the coast of France


Livestock Industry Greatly Underestimates Carbon Emissions, Endangering Paris Climate Agreement
By greatly underestimating their greenhouse gas emissions, the livestock industry is placing the Paris Climate Agreement in jeopardy because we do not know just how big an impact this industry is having on climate change


Human Rights Watch Director Ordered Deported from Israel-Palestine (1/2)
TRNN speaks with Omar Shakir, the director of Human Rights Watch in Israel-Palestine, about his deportation order


Israeli Police Brutality Reaches New Extremes Against Israeli-Palestinian Protesters (1/2)
Jafar Farah, the head of the Mossawa Center for Equal Rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel, speaks to TRNN about how police shattered his knee and how what happened to him fits into more general colonial practices among the Israeli police


Israeli Police Brutality Reaches New Extremes Against Israeli-Palestinian Protesters (Pt 2/2)


Mexico’s Presidential Race: López Obrador has a 25% Lead, How Reliable are The Polls?
López Obrador of the MORENA party is polling at 51%, weeks before the July 1st election. We ask professor John M. Ackerman if such a lead is sustainable if PRI and PAN form an alliance to defeat him.

*You can always depend on Ackerman to paint AMLO’s actions in the best light, and I’d like to hear from others – perhaps from those “more radical sectors” – who have a more critical perspective on them.


Canada Update: Doug Ford Becomes Ontario Premier in Waiting, Trudeau ‘Heads for the Hills’ for the G-7 Summit
TRNN correspondent Dimitri Lascaris analyses the Ontario election results and the G-7 Summit taking place in Quebec

*They deserve each other

We don’t


Stop targeting Trans* YouTubers!
by Emmett Roden


Institute for Public Accuracy
North Korea: * Peace? * Hypocrisy of U.S. Nuclear Policy


NYT Carries IDF Attack on Murdered Medic–Reveals It’s a Smear in 20th Paragraph
by Adam Johnson

*The only credulity extant here is that which the corpress fervently hopes we possess, and strives mightily to encourage.


Anthony Bourdain: The Last Gasp of CNN’s Original Vision
by Sam Husseini

*Thought for food


Democracy Now!
123 Deaths a Day: Inside the Public Health Crisis of Rising Suicide Rates in the United States



Partisan Gerrymandering Could Soon Be Unconstitutional
Regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on two cases, anti-gerrymandering action at the state level is well underway
by Fran Korten


Following the Money to Nowhere
New York diverts pollution trading funds to “highly questionable” programs
by Nikita Naik


Killing the Myth of the Gig Economy
It seems the gig economy means much more to pundits than to workers
by Dean Baker


Direct Action Everywhere
Animal Rights Group Founder Arrested at Airport – Bail Set at $25,000
New felony charges for former law professor already facing decades in prison for animal rescue cases in Utah

*Crime of compassion


Amnesty International – USA
North Korea/US Summit: Horrific Human Rights Situation Must Not Be Ignored at Historic Meeting

*Killer Clown and his country have zero cred on human rights, so any mention of these signal sins would likely be met with utter derision by Kim.

Pots and kettles


The Real News Network
Argentine Soccer Team Cancels Match With Israel Over Gaza Killings
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement enjoyed its greatest success when Argentina’s national soccer team decided to cancel its friendly match against Israel’s national team, in protest against the recent killings of protesting Palestinians. We speak to the award-winning Palestinian journalist Daoub Kuttab


Protesters in India Are Massacred as Environmentally Destructive Corporations Have Impunity
Police in India killed a dozen protesters in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, after 100 days of demonstrations against the mining corporation Sterlite. Journalist Kavitha Muralidharan tells TRNN’s Ben Norton how UK-based Indian parent company Vedanta Resources enjoys impunity, despite its role in environmental destruction, pollution, and violence like the Thoothukudi massacre


US-Saudi-UAE War on Yemen Could Starve Millions of Civilians
As the UN warns 18.4 million Yemenis could soon face starvation, the US is considering more direct military intervention. Shireen al-Adeimi discusses with TRNN’s Ben Norton how a Saudi-UAE attack on the port city of Hodeida could lead to mass catastrophe


Media Treat Trump Administration’s Partisan Fear-Mongering as Objective ‘Government’ Report
by Adam Johnson

*When it comes to “fake news”, the corpress is far more a parrot than a ferret


Democracy Now!
Israeli Military Pushes Misleading Video in Attempt to Smear Slain Palestinian Medic Razan al-Najjar


Kathy Kelly on Afghanistan: Destitution, Unemployment & Hunger Must Be Addressed to Achieve Peace



After Countless Billions Lavished on Wealthy, Trump Plan Would Spike Rents of Poor Americans by 20%
“I saw public housing as an option to get on my feet,” says a pediatric assistant with four children. “But this would put us in a homeless state.”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Seen as Undermining Bold Agenda, Progressives Rip Dem Leaders’ Embrace of ‘Absurd’ Pay-Go Rule
“The old guard of this pathetic, impotent party needs to retire or be voted out”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Growing the mensch deficit


This Is How Net Neutrality Will End
The fight is far from over
by Chad Marlow


Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Corporate Financed Clinical Trials Stifle Important Data


The Real News Network
Community Organizers Gear Up for a Political Fight for DACA
Phoenix, Arizona has been called “ground zero” in the fight by Latinos against harsh immigration laws, which have been separating families and sowing fear in an entire community


Medicare’s Demise is Not Imminent, But Health Care Costs are Rising
The trustees of the Medicare and Social Security trust funds released their annual report, and the news was not good because shortfalls will come in eight years. However, it can be fixed, because the main problem is uncontrolled healthcare cost increases, says CEPR’s Dean Baker

*It ain’t that the AP “ought to know better”, but that its aim is to make damn sure you don’t.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Activist Just Back from Afghanistan as Ceasefire is Announced


Is Google Really Ending its Military Contracts?

*Don’t be evil

(Unless it pays really well)


Truth Commission to Investigate 43 Missing Mexican Students


Democracy Now!
Trump Frees Alice Johnson; What About Thousands Still Serving Life for Nonviolent Drug Offenses?

*Perhaps Killer Clown saw a chance to show up Dear Misleader, which in this instance he richly deserved?


Students Push to Oust Nicaraguan President Ortega as Death Toll Rises Amid Bloody Police Crackdown


The Country Is Crying: Nicaraguan Mother Demands Justice After Police Kill Her Son at Protest



Toward A Truly Indigenous Peace in The Korean Peninsula
It’s time that American politicians, both Democratic and Republicans, give Koreans a chance to shape their own destiny
by Simone Chun


Slogan Voters – The Road to Political Masochism
Make America Great Again, Drain the Swamp, and Lock Her Up!
by Ralph Nader

*The blinding leading the blind


A Climate Constitution in the Courts and the Streets
A stable climate system is quite literally the foundation of society, “without which there would be neither civilization nor progress”
by Jeremy Brecher


The Colonization of Palestine: Rethinking The Term ‘Israeli Occupation’
Israel has already, and repeatedly, violated most conditions of what constitute an ‘Occupation’ from an international law perspective
by Ramzy Baroud


War of Aggression: The Saudi & UAE Slaughter in Yemen Isn’t A Proxy Conflict With Iran
They are starving children under attack by filthy-rich monarchies wielding the most advanced weapons Britain and the United States have to sell
by Sheila Carapico


The Real News Network
Blaming Banks or Government for Not Enforcing Their Side of the Bargain? (Swiss Referendum 3/3)
There is no easy monetary fix for the problems of modern capitalist economies, says Jo Michell, who argues that deep problems in the economy cannot be solved by trying to control the money supply, while nothing is stopping the government from ensuring money gets created for good purposes, including government services and infrastructure


Study: Humans 0.01% of World’s Biomass, Cause 83% of Extinctions
The world’s population of 7.6 billion humans represent only 0.01% of earth’s biomass, but contribute to 83% of extinctions and have caused domesticated mammals to represent the 60% of earth’s mammals


California Progressive Alison Hartson Challenges Party Elite Dianne Feinstein
In California’s June 5th primary, Alison Hartson, a former public school teacher and political organizer, is challenging incumbent Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein from the left


Peace Corps: Stop Dismissing Volunteers with HIV and Provide Better Health Care
by Campaigns Lab
United States of America

*Worth passing along, despite the naiveté about the Peace Corps’ “mission”


Defend Glendale & Public Housing Coalition
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey & MPHA, Don’t Auction Off Our Homes to the Highest Bidder!


Institute for Public Accuracy
Tenant Rights Ballot Measure Wins in San Francisco


With Literal Nazis Running for Office, NYT Suggests Candidate’s Israel Criticism Is Antisemitic
by Adam Johnson

*For the corpress, the road to antisemitism has tellingly few right turns


The Empire’s Media and the Quest for Veto Authority in the Americas
by Joe Emersberger

*A “backyard” barbecue of democracy


Democracy Now!
Naomi Klein: 4,645 Deaths in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria Were “State-Sponsored Mass Killing”


“The Battle for Paradise”: New Intercept Doc Goes Inside Struggle over Puerto Rico’s Future


Puerto Rico Is a “Playground for the Privileged”: Investors Move In as Homes Foreclose & Schools Close


Will Trumpism Come to Canada? Naomi Klein on the Most Important Canadian Election of Her Lifetime


Nutrition Action
How a multivitamin could help if you’re taking a common blood-sugar drug



‘God Bless Uh…..”: It Once Again Looks Like Trump Doesn’t Know Words to Song All Truly Great American Patriots Know By Heart
“What an embarrassing, shabby, low rent period of history this is”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Echoes of the Nuremberg Rallies

And the response is to posture “more patriotic than thou” … ?


Anonymous Snipers and a Lethal Verdict
We may never know the name of the soldier who killed Razan al-Najjar. But we do know the names of those who gave the order enabling him to kill her
by Amira Hass


Civilians Paid A Very High Price for Raqqa’s Devastating “Liberation” by US-led Forces
Hundreds of civilians were killed: some in their homes; some in the very places where they had sought refuge; and others as they tried to flee
by Donatella Rovera and Benjamin Walsby

*I will never understand how you can present compelling evidence of wilful war crimes, and then label them “mistakes”

But I don’t work at a human rights NGO.


Minority Lawyers Hanging From Their Own Bootstraps
How law schools fail those who seek justice
by Erin L. Thompson


The Real News Network
Closer Turkey-Russia Relations Are Built on Fossil Fuels and Arms Sales (2/2)
Turkey has grown closer to Russia, despite their differences over Syria and NATO. Political analyst Ekrem Ekici says this growing alliance is based on natural gas exports and the sale of weapons systems like the S400

*Schemes amid screams


Turkey’s Erdogan Expands Militaristic Foreign Policy, Amid Economic Crisis at Home (1/2)
While Turkey suffers through a currency crisis, authoritarian President Erdogan is expanding his aggressive militaristic foreign policy in Syria and beyond. TRNN’s Ben Norton speaks with political analyst Ekrem Ekici, co-editor of Rupture Magazine


‘Wealthy People Saw Puerto Rico Could Be Attacked’
CounterSpin Interview with Julio Lopez Varona on Puerto Rico’s predators
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
“Hidden Horrors”: Reporter Debbie Nathan on Mass Trials & Kids Separated from Parents at the Border



For Minimum Decency, A Maximum Wage
Amid rising inequality, a new book argues, the notion of capping income has suddenly become politically plausible
by Sam Pizzigati

*What about mandatory minimums – but for corporate criminals?

What if slaps on the wrist became slams of cell doors?

Feckless fines became severe sentences?


The Trump Administration Is Splitting Up Families at the Border. Here’s What You Can Do About It.
by Claudia Flores


The Slippery Slope of Dehumanizing Language
It’s long been used to justify violence and destruction of minorities
by Allison Skinner

*The point of this piece is indisputable, but to place the Doyen of Dehumanization on a par with his victims is false balance incarnate, and Skinner’s example is a heaping helping of fruit salad (apples and oranges, you see).


The Real News Network
Democracy in Crisis: The Brady Bunch
Prosecutors in the J20 case sanctioned by judge for failing to inform the defense about more than 60 videos and other evidence
by Baynard Woods

*Ignored by the corpress as much as targeted by the feds


California’s High-Stakes Primary for Democratic Party’s Civil War
In California’s crucial June 5 primary, wealthy Democratic candidates and the state’s “top two” system are putting the squeeze on progressive hopefuls looking to move the party left in the November midterms. We speak to journalist and author David Dayen


Is Gaza Massacre a Turning Point for BDS and Anti-Occupation Activism? (3/3)
In the final part of our interview, Jewish Voice for Peace’s Rebecca Vilkomerson discusses coalition building within the Palestinian solidarity movement and using tactics like Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) to challenge the Israeli occupation


For a New Generation, Palestinian Rights Are No Longer Optional (2/3)
Whereas groups like the Anti-Defamation League have long defended Israeli government policies, a new generation of activists — young American Jews, college students, Black Lives Matter organizers — is standing up for Palestinian rights. Jewish Voice for Peace’s Rebecca Vilkomerson and TRNN’s Aaron Mate discuss

*Talking has to lead to walking, and I’d be wary of the appetite for exercise of the Sandersistas and some of these other groupings.


After Gaza Massacre, Has Israel Lost Liberal American Jews? (1/3)
Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace, discusses the American Jewish community’s growing disillusionment with Israel as it aligns itself closer with the Trump administration and massacres civilians in Gaza


Are the Swiss Going To Revoke The Privileges of Private Banking? A Referendum In Switzerland (1/3)
As a proposal to strip banks of their ability to create money goes to vote in Switzerland, economist Jo Michell discusses the issues at stake and their relevance to all modern capitalist economies


Grassy Narrows First Nation Afflicted by Mercury Poisoning, Study Finds
Mercury specialist Professor Donna Mergler discusses her new study on mercury poisoning in a First Nations community in Canada


Max Blumenthal Reveals Surveillance Program in Yemen Run by Cambridge Analytica Parent Company SCL Group
Journalist Max Blumenthal published documents showing how Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL Group ran a secret counter-insurgency operation in Yemen on behalf of a US-based military contractor, called Project Titania. The UK government likely contracted it, exploiting NGOs and spying on populations in the Middle East


Institute for Public Accuracy
Protests Against Austerity Force Jordanian PM Out


“End This Russophobic Insanity”

*Russia to judgement day


Democracy Now!
“A Source of Positivity All the Time”: Remembering Palestinian Medic Razan al-Najjar, Killed by IDF



Following Worker Revolt, Google to End Drone Technology Contract with Pentagon
“Kudos to all the Google employees who forced the company’s hand on this”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Announcing North Korea Summit Back On, Trump Says Letter From Kim He “Didn’t Open” Is “Very Interesting”
Despite latest bizarre behavior from Trump, peace advocates call announcement “good news for diplomacy”
by Common Dreams staff

*Maybe if it was a video file

With topless pole dancers


‘Like Talking to a Toddler’: Mother of School Shooting Victim Reveals How It Felt to Discuss Gun Policy With Trump
“In a normal presidency, this would be big/headline news, but with Trump, even for his supporters, such behavior is taken for granted. Baked in. Expected even. We shrug. We move on.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Tiny hands

Tiny brain

Tiny soul


‘Not Just Morally Wrong—It’s Against the Law’: Keith Ellison Calls Out Elon Musk for Anti-Union Threats
In letter, congressman asks Musk if he’ll stop “threatening employees with retaliation for exercising federally protected rights”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Clean cars

Dirty dealings


Needed Now: A Real and Radical Left
Without a functioning left able to fight and do things for ordinary working and poor people, we will have nothing to defend and sustain our households, families and communities when the next big capitalist meltdown comes—an event that is due in the very near future
by Paul Street

*A real live honest to godless socialist on Common Dreams

Almost as rare as an organic veggie on Killer Clown’s gold rimmed china.


What Fossil Fuels and Factory Farms Have in Common
Hint: They’re both issues of environmental injustice
by Wenonah Hauter

*We can’t stand for this load of cow shit

Literally and figuratively


The Real News Network
Unemployment at the Heart of Italy’s Economic Crisis
The Italian president calls on Five Star and Lega to choose another finance minister if they wish to form a government. Economist Bill Black and Mark Weisbrot discuss the political dynamics and the economic crisis


Institute for Public Accuracy
DNC Suing WikiLeaks: Part of the “Greatest Threat to Press Freedom”


Burying the One-State Solution in Palestine/Israel
by Gregory Shupak

*A single state of bloody mindedness


Democracy Now!
Origins of the Opioid Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew of OxyContin Abuse in 1996 But Covered It Up

*MIA in economics textbooks, this is how capitalism truly operates


“Pain Killer” Author Barry Meier on How West Virginia Became Ground Zero of Opioid Epidemic


Cities & States Sue Big Pharma, Targeting the Firms Who Profited from Peddling Addictive Opioids


Glenn Greenwald on Mueller, Chelsea Manning & New Martina Navratilova Doc with Reese Witherspoon


May 2018



The Real News Network
The Limits of Police Reform: The Origins and Ends of the Police
Alex Vitale talks about his new book “The End of Policing,” which casts a skeptical eye on the liberal calls for police reform, and calls for us to stop asking police to solve a wide variety of social problems


Exposing the OAS’ Anti-Venezuela, Pro-US Bias and Right-Wing Hypocrisy
The Organization of American States (OAS) is a Cold War-era group that acts as a vehicle for US influence, opposing leftist governments in Latin America. Journalist Max Blumenthal challenged the OAS on its extreme anti-Venezuela bias and enlisting of right-wing pro-Israel lobbyists to demonize Nicolas Maduro

*Corpress credo

“Democracy dies in our darkness”


Trump’s Pharma First Drug Plan
Trump’s plan for lowering the cost of drugs is to make citizens of other countries pay more for their drugs; it’s perverse, says economist Dean Baker

*Heaven forfend we call corps making money at the expense of our health and our lives “bad guys”

Or “anything” …


The New Sit-Ins
As incidents of racial profiling, discrimination, and police brutality are filmed in commercial spaces, activists re-invent the lunch-counter sit-ins of the 1960s

*If only Bull Connor had had adequate mental health care

Jesus …


NYT’s ‘Economic Logic’ Ignores Italy’s Economic Reality
by Dean Baker


WaPo Editors: We Have to Help Destroy Yemen to Save It
by Adam Johnson

*Constructed engagement


Democracy Now!
John Bolton Names Professional Islamophobe & Bush Official Fred Fleitz to National Security Staff

*What these bastards “believe” is that a white Christian America should dominate the world.

Whether they actually believe their own conspiracy theories is largely immaterial.


Palestinians Demand Human Rights & Medical Care in Fight to Break Israeli Naval Blockade of Gaza



Decrying Defaulted Loans of Deadbeat Corporations, One Million Indian Bank Workers Hold 48-Hour Strike
Rejecting banks’ excuses for paltry raise proposal, union leaders say ordinary employees shouldn’t have to pay to price for bad loans
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘No Such Thing as Cheap Meat’: New Global Index Shows Industry’s Failure to Combat Climate Crisis, Antibiotic Resistance
Index gauges how 60 suppliers, worth a combined $300 billion, are managing sustainability risks based on nine criteria
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real News Network
US, NATO Militarizing Scandinavia as Anti-Russia Hysteria Grows
Journalist Eirik Vold says the United States and NATO are further militarizing Scandinavian nations, while claiming Russia poses a threat of war. US military presence is growing in NATO members like Norway, as non-members Sweden and Finland are being pressured to join


Italy’s Political Crisis & New Elections: An Opportunity for the Far-Right?
Italy’s president Sergio Matarella has thrown the country’s politics into turmoil when he rejected the parliament’s chosen prime minister and instead chose a former IMF economist, in order to save Italy’s standing in the European Union. But he seems to have miscalculated and provided an opening for the far-right, explains Prof. Steve Hellman


Colombia Makes a Historic Shift in First-Round Presidential Vote

*So what is Petro’s platform, and how would it be affected by arranging a “frente amplio”?


Institute for Public Accuracy
Corporations Are Profiting From Immigrant Detainees’ Labor


Israel Stops Palestinian Freedom Flotilla


Democracy Now!
Deadlier than Katrina & 9/11: Hurricane Maria Killed 4,645 in Puerto Rico, 70 Times Official Toll


Glenn Greenwald: Why Did ABC Ignore Roseanne Barr’s Hateful Tweets Against Arabs & Palestinians?

*I just wonder what ABC’s reaction would have been if Barr’s latest targets weren’t figures firmly ensconced in the Democratic firmament.


39 Arrested Protesting Industrial Farm Supplying So-Called “Cage-Free” Eggs to Amazon & Whole Foods

*Machiavelli would envy this marketing


Bred to Suffer: Glenn Greenwald on the “Morally Unconscionable” U.S. Industry of Dog Experimentation

*Will the size of our souls ever match that of our brains?


Glenn Greenwald on Julian Assange, Ecuador & Threats to Press Freedom


Greenwald: FBI Informant in Trump Campaign Once Ran CIA Spy Operation Helping Reagan Win in 1980


Judge Rules Against Free Speech Claim by Immigrant Who Says His Activism Made Him Deportation Target


Why grapefruit doesn’t mix with some medications
by Lindsay Moyer
Nutrition Action



‘Immense Moral Cowardice’: Trudeau Trashed for Government Purchase of Climate-Killing Kinder Morgan Pipeline
“I hope Justin Trudeau knows that this decision is going to haunt him everywhere he travels in the world. Movements fighting for real climate action and Indigenous rights are everywhere.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*For all those who swooned over this schmenge (with apologies to Robert Palmer)

A pretty face don’t make no pretty heart
(You shoulda) learned that, buddy, from the start


Tomorrow’s Terror Today: Pentagon Documents Detail Dystopian Dangers
Narco-corruption, ISIS 3.0, and the terror drone attack that never happened
by Nick Turse

*Nightmares conjured in dreams of dominance


Gaza’s Great Return March Massacre: A Turning Point
Palestinians must mobilise and strategise to ensure that Israel’s latest assault will be its last
by Nada Elia


‘This Is Really an Effort to Undermine People’s Access to Birth Control’
CounterSpin interview with Kinsey Hasstedt on reproductive health restrictions
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Meet Two of the Activists Behind Ireland’s Historic Vote to Repeal a Ban on Nearly All Abortions


After Ireland’s Historic Abortion Vote, Calls Grow for Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland


“Don’t Treat Us Like Animals”: Outrage Builds After Border Agent Kills Indigenous Guatemalan Woman

*The true terrorists at the border



Shocker! Tax Cuts in Hand, CEOs Admit They Won’t Invest Record Profits in Worker Wage Hikes
“Of course the GOP tax scam didn’t help working people. CEOs would rather pay themselves than pay us.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Please recall how the corpress accepted this farce at face value, and who’s willing to wager they will now highlight this haughty hypocrisy?


EU Urged to Go Further to Save Trash-Filled Waters With New Proposed Plastics Ban
Conservationists celebrated the step but said the ban should “stretch to all single-use plastic products throughout the European Union”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Thousands of Italian Women March Across Country. Demand: ‘My Body, My Choice’
’40 years on from the passing of Law 194, there is still a long road ahead of us’
by Common Dreams staff


Memorial Day – 7 Facts Documenting Our Neglect of Millions of Veterans
Politicians who preach patriotism would do well to address these issues
by Bill Quigley

*A parade of hypocrisy


Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground is the Only Way to Save Polar Bears Ravaged by Climate Change
That’s why I’m working with the Brown’s Last Chance campaign to demand Jerry Brown stop new oil and gas drilling in California and devise a fair plan to phase it out entirely
by Kassie Siegel

*Greenwashing an ugly Brown stain


Homily for the Slain
Memorial Day is a facade, a misrepresentation
by Camillo Mac Bica

*A Memorial Day sale of malignant mythology


Pro Patria Mori: The Old Lie
by Abby Zimet, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

– John Winston Ono Lennon


The Real News Network
After Trump Cancels Summit, Koreas Try To Save It (Pt. 2/2)
After cancelling his June 12th summit with Kim Jong-un, President Trump now says talks are still possible. We speak to journalist Tim Shorrock about North Korea’s overlooked and misunderstood concerns and how Mike Pence and John Bolton stand in the way of peace


UK’s Labour Party Manifesto
While Britain’s Conservative government has taken definitive steps on Brexit, the Labour Party is no longer fighting the effort as a practical matter, but is looking to develop social democratic principles for the economy, says Professor John Weeks


Have Bolton and Pence Killed US-North Korea Peace? (Pt. 1/2)
After cancelling his June 12th summit with Kim Jong-un, President Trump now says talks are still possible. We speak to journalist Tim Shorrock about North Korea’s overlooked and misunderstood concerns, and how Mike Pence and John Bolton stand in the way of peace

*Gun bloat diplomacy


Russia Prosecutor General, investigate mass murder and torture of LGBT people in Chechnya
by Игорь Я.



Irish Women Turn Out in Droves to Repeal Constitutional Ban on Abortion
“This vote can change Ireland into a more caring, compassionate place”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real News Network
Activists Say Zero Waste is Not a Pipe Dream (2/2)
In the second part of their interview, representatives from Energy Justice Network describe concrete steps Baltimore could take to move toward zero waste

*Dealing with a load of garbage in more ways than one


Obama the Gentrifier? South Side Residents Resist Presidential Center Plans
Barack Obama wants to build his new Presidential Center in Chicago’s South Side, but is resisting calls to sign a community agreement that would protect residents from soaring rents and displacement. We speak to community activist Jawanza Malone

*Dear Misleader maintains his moniker


Sweden Scares Population with War Pamphlets amid Push to Join NATO
The Swedish government is distributing pamphlets warning of an impending war to all 4.8 million households, in what journalist Eirik Vold says is part of a larger propaganda campaign to convince the population to support joining NATO


US Forces Complicit in Murder of Banana Farmers in Somalia
US Special forces are in Somalia to assist the African Union in fighting al Shabaab and to help stabilize the country, not to murder civilians. What is missing is any attempt at an internal reconciliation process or a political solution to the raging conflict, says Bill Fletcher


US Supreme Court Ordered Desegregation, then Conservatives Worked to Demolish Public Education
In Part Two, author and historian Nancy MacLean discusses how Virginia pioneered voucher schools to thwart the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling


Colombia’s Presidential Race Wraps Up: Leftist Has a Real Chance
Colombians will choose a new president in a first-round vote this coming Sunday. Gustavo Petro, the candidate of a coalition of left parties, has a good chance of making it to the run-off, but the obstacles to the presidency are still very large, says Prof. Mario Murillo


Prevent Illinois from killing their police dogs
by Amanda Quinonez

*A putrid pot shot


Democracy Now!
As Trump Pulls Out of N. Korea Summit, Women Activists Head to DMZ to Promote Korean Peace Process


“It Is About Bloody Time”: Harvey Weinstein Assault Survivor Reacts to Arrest in NYC on Rape Charges


Bill Cosby Rape Survivor Says Black Women Face Disproportionate Pressure Not to Speak Out on Assault


Cuban Exile & CIA Agent Luis Posada Carriles Dies a Free Man in U.S. Despite Years of Terrorism



‘John Bolton Must Be Stoked’: Experts Put Blame for Canceled North Korea Talks Squarely on Trump’s Top Warmonger
“We can’t forget that many in Trump’s administration, including his national security adviser and secretary of state, are thirsty for war”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”I get a lousy million and a half for a Nobel?

Screw it.”


131 House Dems Help GOP Pass Massive Pentagon Budget That Includes Billions for Expanded Nuclear Arsenal
“Instead of a blueprint for peace and security, this NDAA continues the practice of endless war with no input or oversight from our congressional leaders,” lamented Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Democrazy in action


“People’s Climate Case”: Families Sue EU Demanding More Ambitious Action to Combat Climate Crisis
“If it is recognized by the court that climate protection is a human rights issue, then climate protection can be activated in the courts of all other jurisdictions in the world”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A much broader canvas for “the art of the possible”


Does TSA Really Need a Watch List for “Unruly” Travelers?
The Transportation Security Administration’s new “secret watch list” is purportedly meant to protect airport security screeners. But it could easily turn into an “enemies list” of people the TSA will target at airports.
by Faiza Patel

*Smoke screening


Empowering Kids Instead Of Arming Them
The more guns out there, the more dangerous the world is
by Robert C. Koehler

*A proposed addendum to that final sentence

“… and valuing others.”


We’re Demanding The Government Come Clean on Surveillance of Social Media
Our government should be fostering, not undermining, our ability to maintain obscurity in our online personas for multiple reasons, including individual privacy, security, and consumer protection
by Hugh Handeyside


Will Teacher Uprisings Change Democrats?
Seeing an NC governor, of any party, standing with organized teachers during a strike action is unprecedented
by Jeff Bryant


The Real News Network
US Sanctions on Iran and Venezuela: Illegal and Destructive
The Trump administration imposed new sanctions on both Iran and on Venezuela this week, which are both aimed at regime change, but in the case of Iran media and other countries are resisting them, while in Venezuela’s case they are not being questioned, explains CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot

*We’ll see how much “resistance” there is on Iran once the hefty duty flag waving and saber rattling begin in earnest.


Democracy in Chains: The Radical Right’s Stealth Attack on American Democracy
In Part One, Nancy Maclean reveals Nobel prize-winning economist James M. Buchanan as the architect of the Koch Brothers’ secret campaign to undermine public education, unions, and to reshape America

*Putting their money where they want their mouthpieces to be


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Korea Policy: Disarm, Then Attack? * Saudi Bombing Yemen


Democracy Now!
Malkia Cyril on Facebook’s Civil Rights Audit & How Amazon Sells Facial Recognition Tools to Police


NFL Bans National Anthem Protests On Same Day Video of Police Tasering of NBA Player is Released

*How about we question “patriotism”, and not whose view of it is blessed by the angels?

As the man said

“Imagine there’s no countries”

(And Aaron Rodgers likely wouldn’t have even gotten a ticket

But he might have been asked for his autograph.)


Volcano Lava Reaches Geothermal Plant and Pacific Ocean in Hawaii, Risking Public Health Disaster


“The Tale”: Astonishing New Movie Tackles Filmmaker Jennifer Fox’s Reckoning with Child Sexual Abuse

*Fox made the decision not to out this person, which means he is still fêted as “a great man”, I assume. That she didn’t expose him decades ago may have meant that other girls were victimized.

That’s not to condemn her for that, but I hope that’s addressed in the second segment.

I have my doubts that it will be.



As Documents Reveal ‘Pervasive Abuse’ of Immigrant Children Under Obama, Fears It’s Even Worse Under Trump
Thousands of government records “provide a glimpse into a federal immigration enforcement system marked by brutality and lawlessness”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses

I’m feeling extra nasty today.


Ruling Against ‘Pernicious and Unconstitutional’ Practice, Judge Says Trump Can’t Block People on Twitter
“We’re pleased with the court’s decision, which reflects a careful application of core First Amendment principles to government censorship on a new communications platform”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Thin skin gets a fat lip


Billionaire NFL Owners Rebuked for Announcing Fines for Teams If Players #TakeAKnee
The move comes after players across the league have locked arms, raised fists, and knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There’s an underlying assumption here that exercising one’s First Amendment rights has to be in some manner “patriotic” to be considered legitimate.

I find that odd in the context of a defense of same

But this is America, innit?


Huge Roaming Protests Aim to Make All of UK “No-Go Area” for Trump This Summer
Series of rallies and demonstration designed to make entire country a “no-go area” for U.S. president this summer
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real News Network
Mexico’s Presidential Candidates Debate Strategies to Resist Trump
Sunday’s presidential debate in Mexico showed that as AMLO maintains his almost insurmountable lead, the other candidates are trying to copy his platform about raising wages and resisting Trump. John Ackerman reports from Mexico


Pompeo’s Message to Iran: Submit or Suffer (Pt. 2/2)
In announcing new demands and threats, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made clear that the Trump administration will seek to threaten Iran into submission, says historian Eskandar Sadeghi of the University of Oxford


Serj Tankian: Armenia Protests ‘Changed the Face of the Country’ (Pt. 1/2)
Musician and activist Serj Tankian speaks with TRNN’s Ben Norton about the protest movement in Armenia, which ushered in a new government. He also criticizes the US government for refusing to recognize the Armenian Genocide.


Promoters of Saudi Prince as Feminist Reformer Are Silent on His Crackdown on Women
by Adam Johnson

*That “60 Minutes” screenshot …

Never a hair out of place

Never a step out of line


Media Delegitimize Venezuelan Elections Amid Complete Unanimity of Outlook
by Alan MacLeod

*Rigging the notes


Democracy Now!
The New COINTELPRO? Meet the Black Activist Jailed for Months After FBI Targeting & Surveillance


Supreme Court Deals Blow to Workers’ Rights in 5-4 Decision Against Collective Action

*Injustice is a work related injury



Humans Less Than 1% of Life on Earth, But Have Destroyed Half of Its Plants, More Than 80% of All Mammals
“It is pretty staggering,” said the lead researcher of the new study
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*From dominion to oblivion


‘User Manual for Authoritarian Surveillance’: ACLU Red Alert as Amazon Peddles Facial Recognition Tool to Police
“Once a dangerous surveillance system like this is turned against the public, the harm can’t be undone”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No WaPo exposé extant, I’ll warrant.


As Landmark Glyphosate Case Moves to Trial, Man Dying of Cancer to Have Day in Court With Monsanto
“We look forward to exposing how Monsanto hid the risk of cancer and polluted the science,” said plaintiff’s attorney
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘This Is Not Ok’: Guard Shoves Reporter as EPA Bars Multiple News Outlets From Water Pollution Event
“When the reporter asked to speak to an EPA public-affairs person, the security guards grabbed the reporter by the shoulders and shoved her forcibly out of the EPA building”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The corpress is perfectly capable of not doing its job without being barred from ostensibly doing so.


A Food Revolution: The Climate Case for a Factory Farm Ban
We need to take bold action over the next decade in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. This includes tackling the greenhouse gas emissions created by food production, including meat and other animal products
by Patty Lovera


Trump’s Authoritarian Grip Tightens
Changes implemented by the administration on every front add up to a frightening pattern
by Adele M. Stan


Scourging Yemen
by Kathy Kelly


National Nurses United
Nurses Condemn VA ‘Mission to Privatize’ Act, Urge Senate to Reject Endangering Healthcare for Veterans


Blair’s Comments Underscore Need For Independent Belhaj Inquiry


The Real News Network
Maduro Wins the Presidency in Venezuela – What Will the US Do Next?
Opposition candidate Henri Falcon cries foul. We speak with journalist Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanalysis.com, election observer Roger Harris, and Venezuela analyst Greg Wilpert about the legitimacy of the results, and what is next for Venezuela

*”Red points” and red herrings


Freedom Flotilla Sets Sail for Gaza after The Great March of Return
Activists Yudit Ilany and Heather Milton-Lightening explain why Israel’s blockade of Gaza must end


Does Iron Fist Imperialism Benefit US Workers?
We speak to economist Gerald Epstein, who did the cost-benefit analysis of the US invasion of Iraq. He found that the US military adventure cost US workers approximately two trillion dollars

*”False consciousness”

And fallow consciences


Democracy Now!
British Royals Rebrand with Royal Wedding, but Critics Say White, Neoliberal Monarchy Needs to Go

*With apologies to Steely Dan

This is the real deal Royal Scam



The Coming Collapse
It is impossible for any doomed population to grasp how fragile the decayed financial, social and political system is on the eve of implosion
by Chris Hedges

*The shit hits the fan

As the speed’s turned up


The Shooting Statistics Are Clear: It’s Not Schools That Are Dangerous
Schools are the sites of fewer than 3 percent of students’ gun homicides; the other 97 percent occur somewhere other than school
by Mike Males

*The mote blinds to the beam


Indigenous Environment Network
U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Landmark Case Challenging World Bank Group Immunity
This will be the first time the Supreme Court will address the scope of international organizations’ immunity


The Real News Network
Asylum Seekers In Israel Confronting an Agonizing Future
Israeli courts deemed it legitimate for municipalities to shut off electricity and water services to African refugees, says David Sheen, an independent journalist based in Dimona, Israel


The Rich Have an Escape Plan – RAI with Rana Foroohar (5/6)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Foroohar says many wealthy people understand that the climate crisis, deep recession and war are real threats, but they believe “apres moi le deluge” [“after me comes the floods”]; the Financial Times columnist and author of “Makers and Takers” says many of the rich have escape plans, thinking “they can avoid the apocalypse” – with host Paul Jay

*Foroohar may “quot[e] Marx”, but she’s a committed capitalist who believes a more “rational” form of it is all that’s needed to step back from the abyss, such as spreading a green tablecloth over its rotting wood.

What is being described here is an addiction, to greed and power, that can’t be cured with “reform”. It’s also a manifestation of delusional thinking, which she shares in her refusal to entertain any option other than TINA, albeit dressing her up in “pragmatic” apparel.

(I’m gonna wear out the quote key, ain’t I?)


Arms Industry Stocks Shoot up After Trump Withdraws from Iran Deal
As soon as Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal, and Israel bombed Syria, stocks of the top weapons corporations immediately increased. Author Andrew Feinstein says this sabotage of the JCPOA offers companies new opportunities for war profiteering

*Which flows faster

The money

Or the blood?


Arms Manufacturers Use Israel’s Massacres in Gaza to Test New Technology
As the Israeli military mows down unarmed Palestinian protesters, arms trade expert Andrew Feinstein explains how weapons companies use Gaza as a laboratory to test new products and rake in profits

*(So you know, if you’re experiencing déjà vu all over again with this comment, it’s due to TRNN placing this segment’s transcript with an earlier one featuring Feinstein, from May 15.)

Feinstein provides some useful intel, but his description of the Iran deal strikes me as naïve, in that, similar to Obama’s “opening” to Cuba, its primary purpose was to use “soft power” to effect US aims – economic carrots rather than militaristic sticks.

Of course, the threat of a catastrophic war that would do immense harm to those aims factored into the policy, as well, but to say Iran was a beneficiary – other than in a comparative sense regarding the consequences of a frightful alternative – or that it played any role in curbing an imaginary move toward a nuclear weapons program, is at odds with reality, in my view.

His contention that somehow the US is “trying to get rid of” terrorism likewise is muddle headed. Certainly the US wishes to manage it, but to boogie imperialistically, you need a reliable boogeyman as a dance partner, and the spectre of soulless fanatics fills the dance card just fine.


Trump Admin Halts Investigation of For-Profit Colleges
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ decision to stop investigating for-profit educational institutions for fraudulent practices is yet another reason to believe that the Trump presidency is the most corrupt in US history, says former financial regulator Bill Black

*Schools of hyped schlocks


Institute for Public Accuracy
Israeli and Gulf Collusion with Trump Team

*Wide open “Russiagate”

Closed and padlocked Israelgate


Media Ignore Government Influence on Facebook’s Plan to Fight Government Influence
by Adam Johnson


‘The Idea of Storytelling Is Just Essential’
CounterSpin interview with Mark Trahant on the new Indian Country Today
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
After Santa Fe HS Shooting, Texas Lawmakers Have “Focused on Anything But Guns”

*”[A] culture of violence” faulted by its fomentors


Soraya Chemaly on Mass Shootings: “Focus Should Be on Boys & Men Who Can’t Take No for an Answer”


Nutrition Action
What exercise can do for your heart
We all know that exercise is good for the heart, but do you know how much to do and what benefits to expect?



Congress Wants More Protections for Cops While Ignoring Police Reform
Giving hate crimes protections to police is “profoundly inappropriate” as “hate crimes laws are intended to extend protection to historically persecuted groups”
by Kanya Bennett

*You can’t reform rot

You can only remove it


The Real News Network
IDF Prepares to Kill More Peaceful Protesters in Gaza on Friday
May 17, 2018
Michael Omer-Mann, editor-in-chief of +972 Magazine, says the IDF does not care if you are protesting in peace or with violence; either way, if you are protesting you run the risk of being killed


Call Them by Their Names
Why are corporate media protecting white people’s identities in racial bias incidents?
by Miranda C. Spencer

*And heaven forfend there would be any digging into the callers’ past for a possible “criminal history”.

That’s reserved for black and brown victims, innit?


Democracy Now!
Trump’s EPA Doesn’t Want You to Know Chemicals in Teflon Are Poisoning Waterways & Firefighters

*The most toxic ingredient is greed


Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg: Civil Disobedience Against Vietnam War Led Me to Leak Pentagon Papers



‘Black Mark in Our History’: Six Democrats Join GOP to Confirm Torturer Gina Haspel as CIA Chief
“This was never just about Gina Haspel. This is about a nation that claims constantly to be exceptional and morally superior showing the world in clear terms that it supports torture and will never hold its own accountable”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Haspel should have been rejected not because she wouldn’t uphold “American values”

But because she would.


As DRC Ebola Outbreak Reaches City, Trump’s Slashing of Global Health Funds Decried as ‘Crazily Short-Sighted’
The president asked Congress to cut funding to fight infectious disease epidemics hours before a new Ebola outbreak was declared in Africa
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Trump: Making America Dread Again
“Let the buyer beware”
by Ralph Nader

*For the exploitocracy, Killer Clown is a man after their own missing heart.


Palestine: Our History Haunts Our Future
When Palestinians fight for their national rights, we are called “terrorists.” When we demonstrate in non-violent ways and are killed by the occupying forces, we are called “suicidal”
by Samah Jabr


Neither cis nor TERF
by Robert Jensen


Amazon Watch
Amazonian Leaders Call on California to Go Fossil Fuel-Free at Chevron’s Richmond Refinery
Bay Area environmental and indigenous organizations join protest to call attention to Chevron’s key role in causing destruction to people and planet


The Real News Network
Trump’s Jerusalem Move Caters to Religious Extremists
The opening ceremony of the US Embassy in Jerusalem featured billionaire Sheldon Adelson and prominent far-right evangelical Christian leaders John Hagee and Robert Jeffress. We discuss the alliance between Trump, Netanyahu, and far-right extremists in both the US and Israel with journalists Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen

*Cults of psychopathic personality


‘There Is No Opposition in Israel’ as Netanyahu Massacres Gazans, Israeli Journalist Says
Renowned Israeli journalist Gideon Levy says “the victims of Gaza hardly touch anybody in Israel,” as the IDF mows down protesters. Hardline right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a stranglehold on politics, and the left barely exists


Hot Picks from Tuesday’s Primaries with Blogger Howie Klein of DownWithTyranny
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is trying to discredit progressive candidates during this primary season, framing establishment candidates as moderates and progressives as “far left,” with the media’s cooperation, says Howie Klein of DownWithTyrannyblogspot.com

*So, is being “far left” a bad thing?

If you mean someone who susses the essential exploitative nature of capitalism and the inhumanity of imperialism, I’d take issue with that conclusion.

And if you use the above definition, Klein is spot on that no one in Congress (or pretty much any other office) fits that description.


Justice for Port Drivers
Home Depot: Respect Workers’ Rights


Blaming the Victims of Israel’s Gaza Massacre
by Gregory Shupak


Democracy Now!
Meet Tarek Loubani, the Canadian Doctor Shot by Israeli Forces Monday While Treating Gaza’s Wounded

*Dr. Loubani is very brave, and very naïve, if he believes Trudeau will do anything more than handwringing for public consumption, and that that will be any “political price to pay” for that PR.


50 Years Ago Today: Catonsville 9 Burned Draft Papers with Homemade Napalm to Protest Vietnam War

*Some things done in Jesus’ name I imagine he’d be quite proud of.


Planned U.S.-North Korea Peace Talks in Jeopardy as Trump Adviser Bolton Pushes for Regime Change

*A big stick disguised as an olive branch




While Many US Outlets Equivocate on Israel’s Massacre of Unarmed Palestinians, The Onion’s Piercing Satire Destroys IDF Talking Points and War Crime Apologists
The searing satire of headline writers at this outlet over the last two days have perhaps done more than most mainstream journalists to expose just how wantonly cruel the actions of the IDF have become and how ludicrous and vile the arguments of its defenders remain
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Many Deaths Due to Errant Iranian Rockets, Inquiry Finds


A Dozen Google Employees Resign Over Pentagon Drone Contract as 4,000 Workers Demand End to Project
“At some point, I realized I could not in good faith recommend anyone join Google, knowing what I knew. I realized if I can’t recommend people join here, then why am I still here?”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Trump-Obsessed Media Outlets Again Ignore Critical Net Neutrality News
As Democratic senators made a last-ditch effort to salvage net neutrality rules — which passed in the Senate — coverage by many media outlets is still nowhere to be found
by Dina Radtke


Boycott is Best Response to Illegal Israeli Killings
Ireland and EU complicit in enabling Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights
by Omar Barghouti


The Real News Network
Israel Slaughters Unarmed Palestinian Protesters While Trump Admin. Shouts ‘Hamas!’
The Israeli military killed 60 and wounded 2,200 Palestinians protesters in one day, as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner opened the US embassy in Jerusalem. Journalist Ali Abunimah says the Trump administration is misleadingly pointing the finger at Hamas to distract from Israel’s crimes


Italian Populist Parties About to Form “Highly Unstable” Government
The rightwing League and the progressive-populist 5-Star Movement are about to form a new coalition government in Italy. However, given the large number of differences between the parties and Silvio Berlusconi’s efforts to undermine the government, it might not last long, says Prof. Steve Hellman


Class and Corruption Take Center Stage in the Iraqi Election
Muqtada al-Sadr, the cleric known for organizing uprisings against the U.S. military and rejecting Iranian influence, led the Alliance of Revolutionaries for Reform to victory in Iraq. We speak to professor Sabah Alnasseri


Democracy in Crisis: The Future of Journalism
by Baynard Woods


NYT Edit Board Are Last Humans on Earth Who Believe US Neutral in Israel/Palestine Conflict
by Adam Johnson

*”Neutral” is the gear the corpress is stuck in on progress toward an honest view of US empirismo.


Writing Off Democracy in Venezuela, US Press and Politicians Dream of a Coup
by Alan MacLeod

*A democracy darkly wished dead


Institute for Public Accuracy
50 Years After Catonsville: “Resistance Needed to End Empire”


Democracy Now!
Norman Finkelstein: Outrage over Israeli Massacre Shows Power of Nonviolent Palestinian Resistance


Norman Finkelstein: Palestinians Have the Right to Break Free of the “Unlivable” Cage That Is Gaza


Koch Brothers-Backed Effort to Sabotage Unions Uses Secret “Tool Kit” to Encourage Members to Quit


Nutrition Action
Buyer beware: Ginkgo supplements often adulterated
Ginkgo biloba doesn’t prevent dementia or cognitive decline in older people, and doesn’t help boost memory in younger folks either, according to the best independent studies



‘Beyond Shameful’: Democrats Warner, Heitkamp, and Nelson Announce Support for Torturer Gina Haspel
There are now five Democratic senators “who have made clear they don’t give a shit about accountability for torture”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Scahill has it sussed.

“Credulous” people don’t engage in coverups.

These creeps are colluders, pure and simple.


‘This Is a Big Deal’: Fearing ‘Public Relations Nightmare,’ Pruitt’s EPA Blocked Release of a Major Water Contamination Study
Journalists, members of Congress, environmental and public health advocates, and water experts are all calling on the Trump administration to “immediately” release the report
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


“All Those Babies Are Dead. All Those People Are Dead’: Eddie Glaude Jr. Apologizes for Injecting Heartfelt “Moralizing” into MSNBC Roundtable on Gaza Massacre
Journalist Glenn Greenwald called the segment “fascinating” to witness, “as it temporarily broke the primitive, simple-minded matrix for how US cable news talks about things like the Israeli massacre of Gazans”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The sin of a sign of heart among the soulless


Americans for Tax Fairness
Will Corporations Announce Any Benefits For Workers On This Week’s Earnings Calls?
Only 4.2% of American workers have seen one-time bonuses or wage hikes result from the new tax law. Which businesses getting tax windfalls will be next to share the wealth with U.S. workers?

*Rebate and switch


The Real News Network
Arms Industry Stocks Shoot up After Trump Withdraws from Iran Deal

*Feinstein provides some useful intel, but his description of the Iran deal strikes me as naïve, in that, similar to Obama’s “opening” to Cuba, its primary purpose was to use “soft power” to effect US aims – economic carrots rather than militaristic sticks.

Of course, the threat of a catastrophic war that would do immense harm to those aims factored into the policy, as well, but to say Iran was a beneficiary – other than in a comparative sense regarding the consequences of a frightful alternative – or that it played any role in curbing an imaginary move toward a nuclear weapons program, is at odds with reality, in my view.

His contention that somehow the US is “trying to get rid of” terrorism likewise is muddle headed. Certainly the US wishes to manage it, but to boogie imperialistically, you need a reliable boogeyman as a dance partner, and the spectre of soulless fanatics fills the dance card just fine.


The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Goodwill Industries International: Pay Disabled Workers a Real Wage

*The wages of ill will


Institute for Public Accuracy
Israel, Religious Bigotry and Liberation


Media Can Tell Readers Who’s Killing Whom–When They Want To
by Jim Naureckas

*And they’ve been know to ascribe deaths to certain gummints under the most uncertain of circumstances, according to their malleability to US objectives.


Democracy Now!
Yanis Varoufakis on Iran Nuclear Deal Demise, US Trade Negotiations, Europe’s Far Right & Capitalism

*Varoufakis is a very intelligent, and I’d like to think, earnest person, and this is well worth the time invested, but in the end, he’s advocating for a reform of a system that can be made better, but can never be good.

For us to have a chance to survive, “better” won’t cut it. His enamorment of FDR’s New Deal, which was designed to save capitalism from itself, displays a resistance to a struggle for the “good”, even as he makes the case for it at times here.

The only way we will avoid the abyss is to make a leap of faith that will carry us over it.


Palestinians Mark 70th Anniversary of Nakba After Israel Kills 61 & Wounds 2,700 Protesters in Gaza

*Words are woefully inadequate, and the best I can muster is “grotesque”, in its most malignant context.


Gazan Writer: Protesters Are Seeking Freedom from World’s Largest Concentration Camp


For Palestinians, New U.S. Embassy Is a Symbol for Gaza Protests—But Mass Oppression Is Root Cause


While U.S. Refuses to Blame Israel, Int’l Court Could Launch War Crimes Probe into Gaza Killings



With Haspel Confirmation Pending, Torture Opponents Target Fence-Sitters Flake, Heitkamp, and Others
“The Senate must #BlockHaspel. We can’t accept a #CIA leader who oversaw #torture and sought to destroy the evidence”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It’s important to realize that every director has condoned torture in one manner or another, and if this bastard is blocked, whomever is approved will as well, no matter how “respectable” they may be.


At the Local and State Level, New Campaign Aims to Generate National Support for UN Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons
“Our campaign is about putting pressure on the U.S. government and the other nuclear nations to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Israel Repurposes Nakba Myths to Justify Today’s Massacre in Gaza
The only legitimate struggle for Palestinians, it seems, is keeping quiet, allowing their lands to be plundered and their children to be starved
by Jonathan Cook


Killing Gaza
Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen’s powerful new film, “Killing Gaza,” offers an unflinching and moving portrait of a people largely abandoned by the outside world, struggling to endure
by Chris Hedges


The Kindly 87-Year-Old Man Who Took All the Schoolkids’ Lunch Money
There seems to be no corporate recognition of the shameful act of taking decades of societal largesse and then doing everything possible to avoid paying for any of it
by Paul Buchheit

*All you can cheat Buffett


The Real News Network
Official Unemployment is at 3.9%? Economist Robert Pollin Says it is More Like 12%
Unemployment is low and standard economic theory says that when unemployment drops, wages should rise. However, the latest Department of Labor report shows that even though unemployment has reached historic lows at 3.9%, wages are not rising. Why? We explore the reasons with Prof. Robert Pollin

*Few of the fruits of our labor fall into our basket


Media Debate Best Way to Dominate Iran
by Gregory Shupak

*A view both reasoned and all too rare

But what does Trita Parsi have to say?

(Easy enough to find out, innit?)


Institute for Public Accuracy
As U.S. Moves Embassy, Israel Massacres Palestinians


Democracy Now!
Gaza: Israeli Soldiers Kill 50+ Palestinians Protesting Nonviolently as U.S. Opens Jerusalem Embassy

*The black smoke of burning tires

And the smokescreen for murder and mayhem of the corpress


Rev. Barber Slams Anti-Muslim, Anti-Semitic Pastors Trump Chose to Open U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

*Patriotism and religion are far from the last refuges of scoundrels



After Drug Plan Shows Trump ‘Will Do Nothing About Their Greed,’ Big Pharma Stocks Soar
“When big pharmaceutical companies’ stocks spike during your big reveal on lowering prices, you’re doing something wrong”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Follow the money

Up the indices


Message to Immigrants in Trump’s Latest ‘Hardhearted’ Proposal: If You’re Poor, Now or Ever, You Don’t Belong
Immigrants applying for green cards would be considered a “public charge” and would likely be passed over if they’ve used—or are deemed likely to use—government resources including Medicaid and SNAP benefits
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*And high up above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea

— Paul Simon, “American Tune”


Two Interrogations, Gina Haspel and Adolf Eichmann
Not to compare the evil of the holocaust with the CIA rendition and torture (as if evil could be measured by quantity), but the evasions and obfuscations of these two willing technicians of state terror are chillingly similar
by Brian Terrell

*Law and orders


Physicians for a National Health Program
California Doctors Aim to Educate 100,000 Patients & Their Physicians to Support Single Payer
Doctors’ state strategy meeting to follow on Sunday, May 20 at the Hyatt LAX

*Of course, many of those self same “interested … business[es]” are responsible for some of the worst health metrics among developed economies.


The Real News Network
How The Trump Administration Plans to Dismantle Public Housing Brick by Brick
A series of moves by HUD Secretary Ben Carson will raise rents, decrease repairs, and accelerate the process of transferring public housing to private firms

*None of the consequences are “unintended”


Can Carbon Pricing Reduce CO2 Emissions?
What is carbon pricing, how is it different from carbon emissions permits, and could such a policy reduce carbon dioxide emissions sufficiently to slow down global warming? We discuss these and many other questions with James Boyce of the Political Economy Research Institute


Gaza on the Brink (2/2)
We speak with Sari Bashi about how the occupation of Gaza and the de-development policies of Israel, which deny Gazan’s electricity, water and the right to produce and travel, making it an unlivable place


Can Gaza Survive the Occupation and Repression? (1/2)
In a new book, “Moment of Truth”, Sari Bashi discusses the 11 year blockade that has driven Gazans to the brink. With water unfit to drink, and the denial of education, healthcare and mobility, Gazans don’t have much to loose, she says.


Mexico’s Presidential Campaigns Struggle with Rampant Crime
Mexico’s crime problem has become increasingly intractable and is also affecting local races, which has left over 90 candidates murdered. Meanwhile, leftist candidate AMLO faces the wrath of Mexico’s business sector. John Ackerman analyzes the state of Mexico’s race for president

*I’d replace “leftist” with “leftish” as a description of Lopez Obrador – he’s far from alone in that – and keep that in mind when absorbing Ackerman’s angled analysis.


Argentina Turns to IMF, Despite Already Implementing a Neoliberal Program
President Mauricio Macri of Argentina is negotiating a $30 billion credit line with the IMF. The currency is devaluing rapidly and the government introduced a 40% interest rate to stop the slide. Now it turns to the IMF – as a cover for even harsher neoliberal measures? We speak to CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot


WaPo Positions Support for Torturer as Vote for Feminism
by Katherine Krueger

*Killer, torturer, liar



Who’s Reacting to Iran Deal Pull-Out? Why, It’s Women in Chadors, Walking Past Anti-US Mural
by Jim Naureckas


Complete with frame


Democracy Now!
Trump Withdrew from Iran Nuclear Deal. Now Israel May Be Trying to Provoke War

*If this is chess

We must pity the pawns


Laleh Khalili: Palestinian “Gandhis” Are Marching Every Day for Freedom from Israeli Apartheid


If Gina Haspel Is Confirmed at CIA, the U.S. Would Be Giving Other Nations Green Light to Torture


Black Mama’s Bail Out Is Freeing Black Women from Jail for Mother’s Day & Taking Aim at Cash Bail

*If Google and the Kochs are “address[ing] bail reform”, you know goddamn good and well it ain’t got sh*it to do with a commitment to justice, don’t you just?


Immigration Officials Are Using Pseudoscience to Justify Jailing Teenage Asylum Seekers with Adults



With Chance to Denounce Torture, Why Have These Democrats Not Said They Are a “No” on Haspel?
“What kind of #Resistance refuses to stop an actual torturer chosen by Donald Trump from being promoted to head the most powerful spy agency in the world?”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*All the fine liberals …


And what “great and respected nation” is Bernie prattling on about?

As for Pierce, torture has nothing to do with being “scared”, and everything to do with scaring.


‘You Watch Too Much Movies’: Watch ICE Refuse to Produce Warrant, Then Barge Into Home With Guns Drawn as Terrified Children Cry in Background
“An ICE warrant does not allow officers to enter a home without consent”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Game Never Named, the Addendum Never Spoken
The preservation of capitalism
by Kristine Mattis

*As I understand it, an end to capitalism would mean an end to wages and wealth (and profit and money)

So “livable wages”, “a universal basic income” and “a cap on individual wealth” are misplaced priorities, if we’re talking about the whole “From each … to each … ” thingie, yes?


The Real News Network
Police Brutalize 78-Year-Old CIA Whistleblower Protesting at Torturer Gina Haspel’s Senate
Ray McGovern, who worked as a CIA analyst for 27 years, disrupted the Senate confirmation hearing for CIA director nominee Gina Haspel, protesting her overseeing of torture. Police threw the 78-year-old whistleblower to the ground, dislocating his arm.

*How appropriate that a display of brutality would occur in the presence of one of its signal advocates.


Christian Right Groups Wage Crusade to Capture Courts
by ExposedByCMD Editors


15 Judges Object to State Funds for Federalist Society Conference Where WI AG Brad Schimel Plugged Campaign, Praised Hate Group
by David Armiak and Mary Bottari
Center for Media and Democracy


New Technology Allows Election Officials to Verify Votes Like Never Before—Will It Be Widely Used in 2018?
by Steven Rosenfeld
Independent Media Institute


Institute for Public Accuracy
Billionaires Fueling Trump on Iran Deal, Jerusalem Move

*The only thing Killer Clown understands is money

And Adelson, Marcus and Singer (and Mercer) understand that.


Fueling More Syria War: * Nixing Iran Deal and More Israeli Attacks * Pollack and Pundit Class


Democracy Now!
Jeremy Scahill: Obama Paved Way for Haspel to Head CIA by Failing to Hold Torturers Accountable

*Ask yourself if any Democrat of the Feinstein ilk would vote against Haspel if it meant she wouldn’t be confirmed.

When you know the result, there’s no honor in posturing.


Coming of Age in the Syrian War: Memoir by Journalist Marwan Hisham & Illustrator Molly Crabapple



While Advocates Declare #HandsOffSNAP, Trump Reportedly Wants Even Crueler Requirements for Nation’s Poor and Hungry
“Do you know who the #2018FarmBill would hurt? Well, just on the short list are: Women, veterans, children, people with disabilities, workers, and seniors”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Anyone with half a heart finds this horrendous

And how many Americans don’t?


The Real News Network
Primary Day Sets the Stage for Intra-Party Battles (2/2)
We continue our primary day coverage with John Nichols of The Nation by looking at Republican Don Blankenship’s loss in West Virginia and Democratic contests across the country that will shape the party’s mid-term playbook

*Can you guess which “issue” isn’t mentioned here, and unless it’s addressed, all the others, as vital as they may be, are rendered moot?

I knew that you could.


Artificial Intelligence in Whose Interests? – RAI with Rana Foroohar (6/6)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Ms. Foroohar and host Paul Jay discuss the merging of finance and big tech and the threat AI poses to working people and the economy; they also discuss the potential of AI in addressing the climate crisis and making a more rational and equal society possible – with host Paul Jay

*I wouldn’t put much faith in the mellifluousness of a Eurosolution, as long as the likes of Macron and Merkel are calling the tune.


Trump’s Shameful Choice of ‘Bloody Gina’

*McCain’s opposed to torture

Except when it comes in the form of bombs that kill, maim and dismember, to the tune of “Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran”.

Wonderful choice for a point prover.

Oy gevalt …


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Nixing Iran Deal Based on Fabrications

*Playing with Tonkin toys


CNN’s Iran Fearmongering Would Make More Sense Coming Directly From Pentagon
by Adam Johnson

*”FAKE NEWS!” Killer Clown won’t be castigating



Iran Will Never Trust America Again
“We were naive to think the Americans would stick to their promises in this deal, but are the American people and the rest of the world really that naive to fall for the same lies again?”
by Narges Bajoghli

*This was a deal that was never necessary to stop a bomb, but may have been, to stop a war

And now it may well have failed at that.


What the Deployment of Green Berets to the Saudi-Yemen Border Tells Us About America’s Dirty War
The U.S. tries to distance itself from Saudi war crimes in Yemen—but it’s always been America’s war too
by Shireen Al-Adeimi


The Real News Network
Israel Threatens Lebanon After Hezbollah Makes Gains in Election
May 8, 2018
After Hezbollah and political allies won seats in Lebanon’s first parliamentary election in 9 years, Israeli minister Naftali Bennett threatened to retaliate against the Lebanese state for Hezbollah’s actions. Journalist Jamal Ghosn says this is the latest in a long string of threats, and Israel violates Lebanese sovereignty every day.


‘Red Alert’ Campaign for Net Neutrality
Several dozen websites and organizations are launching a campaign in support of net neutrality ahead of an upcoming US Senate vote on whether to rescind the FCC’s decision to get rid of net neutrality. Craig Aaron on Free Press discusses the plan and the prospects


Hezbollah Coalition Declares ‘Victory’ in Lebanon’s First Parliamentary Election in 9 Years
Lebanon held its first parliamentary election in nine years, and Hezbollah and its political allies won seats, while Saad Hariri’s Western-backed, Saudi-allied coalition was weakened. Yet journalist Jamal Ghosn says the Lebanese political system is still stacked in favor of the rich.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Gina Haspel and Torture: * Wrong * Ineffective * A Tool for War

*The means that justify the end


Supposedly Taboo Ideas That Actually Appear Frequently in the Pages of the New York Times
by Jim Naureckas

* … or that the notion of wealth itself is a bar to a truly just world.

(That would apply to a hefty chunk of “alternative media” as well, wouldn’t it?)


Democracy Now!
Journalists Rise Up Against Wall Street Hedge Fund Decimating Newsrooms Across the Country



There is currently a “controversy” in my city of Madison, WI over the “northernmost Confederate cemetery”, where soldiers who died at Camp Randall are buried. “Historic preservationists”, along with Confederate apologists, are aghast at plans to remove a monument erected to them by the Daughters of the Confederacy long ago.

Of course, one of their talking points is that these men owned no slaves, and were fighting for their “homeland”, not slavery.

I have a number of questions for them.

What do you think those who survived to be repatriated did to black folks in the postwar years?

How many of them joined the Klan?

How many of them engaged in or supported the reign of terror after Reconstruction was duly dismantled by forces South and North?

Is there any reason to believe the dead would have acted any differently?

Old times there are no forgotten

Except when it’s convenient.

New Analysis Suggests GOP Has Finally Realized How Unpopular It Is to Lavish Corporations and the Rich With Huge Tax Giveaways
Some Republicans may finally be succumbing to the fact that “massive tax cuts to the wealthy, rich CEOs, and big corporations don’t resonate with voters”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The pig pokes his snout out the poke


Mirroring the Powerful They Often Cover, Major Newspapers Dominated by Graduates of Elite Schools, Study Finds
Social networks students obtain upon entry to schools like Harvard and Yale help to secure a path to jobs at influential media outlets
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The gilded gates of the fourth estate


Mnuchin Flips Tax-Scam Grift, Hopes Nobody Notices
When the final taxonomy of these Trump Era swamp creatures is conducted, a special category will be reserved for Mnuchin
by Richard Eskow

*The gravity of greed

What goes up, must come down

On our heads


Teachers and Parents of Puerto Rico Launch Historic Strike & Boycott Against Standardized Testing
Spread the word: “We want a just, equitable world for our children”
by Jesse Hagopian

*A test of won’ts


Where Are the Riots of Yesteryear? Remembering May 1968
by Richard Greeman

*Whether we are or not, it’s best to act as an optimist

Than not as a pessimist


The Real News Network
Hopkins Students Fight Against ‘School to War Pipeline’
At a gathering to honor Vietnam War protesters, students say their university is priming them to work for the country’s military industrial complex

*Ain’t gonna study war no more


US Interventions in Latin America Continue and Intensify
Most US citizens don’t realize it, but the US government has continued and even intensified its regime change agenda in Latin America and successfully helped reverse the so-called “pink tide” of left-of-center governments over the past ten years, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot

*The corpress isn’t oblivious to US intervention

It is an essential element of it, parroting propaganda and adding its own venom to the poison pills it force feeds the American public (those who are paying any attention).


200th Anniversary of the Birth of Marx and a Revolution in Understanding History
Historian Gerald Horne and host Paul Jay discuss the ongoing relevance of Marx’s “Materialist Conception of History”; to understand and fight ideas that defend injustice today, people must know the economic roots the give rise to, and perpetuate, such ideology

*Prejudice is the scion of profit


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Team Hired Israeli Spy Firm Used by Harvey Weinstein to Attack Obama Officials on Iran Deal


Trump to Send Back Hondurans Fleeing U.S.-Backed Repression There


Giuliani Takes Cash to Speak to Terrorist Cult; Media Find This Unnoteworthy
by Adam Johnson

*Is it a case of being “uninterested in conveying fundamental facts about what’s going on in Iran”

Or one of fervent interest in furthering the plot to effort to “undermine and overthrow that country’s government”?


Democracy Now!
Viet Thanh Nguyen & Ariel Dorfman on the Vietnam War, How Hollywood Reframes U.S. Imperialism & More


CIA Nominee Gina Haspel May Testify for First Time in Public About Her Role in Torture at Black Site

*Dropping the dark side down a black hole


Nearly 90,000 Hondurans May Be Deported to Danger and Poverty as Trump Ends Their Protected Status



French Unions & Students Mobilize Against Reforms: Another May ’68?
50 years after France’s legendary May 1968, which almost toppled the government, unions and students are again mobilizing against the government. However, while the establishment celebrates May ’68, its criticizes today’s protest movement, says Le Monde Diplomatique’s Renaud Lambert


Last Year, Amazon Paid No Federal Income Taxes. Now, It’s Trying to Kill a Local Tax That Aims to Help the Homeless
“This is what corporate power and oligarchy is all about,” says Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*How about making Amazon homeless?


‘Worst Mistake I Ever Made’: Union Support Nosedives as Workers Express Regret for Trump Votes
“Trump is for the rich,” one union member said
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*That any union member could have thought otherwise is a damning testament to the wilful class unconsciousness of so much union “leadership”.


Steve King Wants to Force States to Hurt Animals—and People
King’s amendment, if passed, wouldn’t just affect animal protection laws; it could also preempt countless laws meant to protect consumers
by Elizabeth Enochs


Six Animal Rights Activists Charged With Felonies for Investigation and Rescue That Led to Punishment of a Utah Turkey Farm
“In my 20 years of investigating animal abuse, I’ve never seen conditions this horrifying at a corporate farm”
by Glenn Greenwald

*Killing the messenger to send a message


Public Citizen
New Data Show Trump’s First Quarter 2018 China and Mexico Trade Deficits Largest on Record as All Eyes Focus on This Week’s Trade Discussions in China, Looming NAFTA Deadline
U.S. trade deficit with world largest since 2008 financial crisis, contrary to Trump’s campaign pledge to quickly reduce deficit to bring back manufacturing jobs


Earthrights International
Peruvian Farmers Appeal in Fight to Hold Newmont Accountable in U.S. Court


The Real News Network
Sixth Consecutive Week of Friday Gaza Protests Leaves Over 160 Wounded
For the sixth consecutive week Palestinians in Gaza headed to the Israeli border to demonstrate the “Great March of Return.” Israeli soldiers continued their attacks on the protesters, wounding over 160. Special correspondent Noor Harazeen reports from Gaza


Representatives Fight Water Crises With New Legislation
Reps. Ellison and Khanna’s WATER Act aims to combat the next Flint water emergency before it starts, but critics say its funding model is ineffective
by Dharna Noor


Saudi Crown Prince Tells Palestinians to ‘Shut up’ as He Cozies up to Israel
CIA Director turned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Saudi Arabia and Israel as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman abandons the Palestinians. Professor Asad AbuKhalil says this alliance has never been closer, noting Israel’s political allies have frequently been anti-Semites


UK’s ‘Windrush Scandal’ Shines Light on Who is an ‘Illegal’ Immigrant
The ‘Windrush Generation’ scandal, which has made tens of thousands of British immigrants unwelcome after living in the UK for decades, is calling attention to the conservative government’s demonization of immigrants

*Tory or Labour, the sun never sets on the soullessness of the British empire


US Gov. and Media Whitewash ‘Reformer’ Saudi Prince MBS as He Beheads Dissidents
While top American officials and media outlets praise Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a “revolutionary,” 12 people are beheaded per month. Professor Asad AbuKhalil says the Saudi monarchy “has become far more repressive than it has ever been.”


Fight for $15
McDonald’s: Time to raise pay worldwide!


How Did Benghazi Become a Ruin? NYT Ignores US Role—in Multiple Media
by Jim Naureckas

*History is written, rewritten and erased by the “victors” and their scribes


Democracy Now!
The Displaced: Refugee Writers Ariel Dorfman & Viet Thanh Nguyen on Migration, US Wars & Resistance


Arundhati Roy on the Rise of Fascism & Trump’s Embrace of India’s “Robber Barons”



Progressive Media Outlets—Including This One—Decry Facebook’s Plan to Act as Gatekeeper of “Trustworthy” News
“Fake news is bad, Zuckerberg acting as the world’s ultimate gatekeeper is bad, users deciding which news orgs are ‘trustworthy’ is bad, Facebook is bad”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A “Ministry of Truth” Orwell would recognize all too well


Food & Water Watch
Proposed USDA Rule on GMO Labeling Deceptive and Filled with Loopholes


The Real News Network
Natalie Portman’s Boycott of Netanyahu Prompts Attack by Billionaire-Backed Right-Wing Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
After Natalie Portman pulled out of an award ceremony in Israel, right-wing activist Rabbi Shmuley Boteach bought a full-page New York Times ad to attack the actress. Journalist Max Blumenthal details how billionaire Sheldon Adelson bankrolls Shmuley’s World Values Network and conservative activism


First Time in Decades Brazil’s Unions and Left Unite, Demanding Lula’s Freedom
The imprisonment of former president Lula da Silva has united Brazil’s unions and left parties and social movements for a historic International Workers Day. Mike Fox reports from Curitiba, Brazil, where Lula is being held


‘Poison Papers’: US and Canadian Regulators Colluded with Manufacturers of Highly Toxic Substances
Dr. Jonathan Latham explains how the EPA and Canada’s Health Protection Branch concealed fraudulent tests of dangerous pesticides

*And Democrats did this too?!



Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump, Confidentiality Agreements and “Endemic Lawlessness”

*Legally blind to injustice


Democracy Now!
As Caravan of Migrants Begins Entry at U.S.-Mexico Border, Trump Admin Attacks Legal Asylum Process


Arundhati Roy’s Latest Novel Takes on Fascism, Rising Hindu Nationalism in India & Abuses in Kashmir



Yes, a Jobs Guarantee Could Create “Boondoggles.” It also Might Save the Planet
There are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of shovel-ready jobs around the country that can help mitigate climate change and prepare for the levels of warming already locked in
by Kate Aronoff

*In addition to socially meaningful work, we have to change the operative preposition for work – from working “for”, to working “with” – if we’re serious about “the dignity of work”.


How Elites Scam Americans Out of Housing
The same guy who spent $31,000 of taxpayer money on office furniture wants to triple the rent America’s poorest people pay
by Olivia Alperstein

*Homelessness is where the heartlessness is


Shifting energy import patterns enhance China’s clout in the Middle East
by James M. Dorsey


Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Appeals Court Reinstates No-Fly List Lawsuit by American Muslims Coerced to Spy by FBI
Victims may sue agents who listed them for refusing to inform


The Real News Network
No Financial Protection from Trump Admin, But States Can Help
As acting CFPB director Mick Mulvaney admits his subservience to the financial industry, states are beginning to provide consumers with protection from financial abuse, such as with New York State’s new retirement system, explains CEPR’s Dean Baker


Israel Tries to Kill Iran Nuclear Deal with Cartoonish Netanyahu Speech
Days before Donald Trump is due to rip up the JCPOA, Benjamin Netanyahu used cartoonish props to accuse Iran of hiding nuclear weapons. Journalist Max Blumenthal says this is part of Israel’s strategy to escalate aggression against Tehran.


Koch Brothers’ Money went to George Mason University to Influence US Government
Recently released documents show that the Charles Koch Foundation’s millions of dollars in donations to GMU were tied to control over hiring and firing of professors. The ultimate target of their conservative agenda, though, is to influence DC politics, says Bill Black


Manchester University Develops Israeli Drone Technology, Despite Growing Student Opposition
Students at the University of Manchester uncovered secret cooperation agreements between the university and Israeli arms manufacturers, and now campaign to cancel the agreements, says Hudda Ammori, Chair of the Manchester BDS Campaign


10 of the Most Sociopathic Washington Post Columns
by Adam Johnson

*Humanity dies in this darkness


‘We Are Talking Billions of People Displaced by Sea Level Rise’
CounterSpin interview with Dahr Jamail on Antarctic ice
by Janine Jackson

*Heads stuck in the sand soon to be swallowed by the sea


Democracy Now!
May Day in Puerto Rico: Police Attack Anti-Austerity Protesters with Pepper Spray & Tear Gas


Puerto Rico Needs Help: Unelected Fiscal Board Pushes Austerity as Island Continues Slow Recovery


With Labor & Immigrant Rights Under Attack, May Day Protesters Rally in New York City


Arizona Joins Red State Revolt: Teachers’ Strike Reaches Day Five

*Okay, so the teachers are going back to work after getting some of what they demanded.

What’s next? That’s not addressed here, is it?

If “they’ve done as much as they’re willing to do”, what’s the strategy for increasing their willpower?


Detained and Then Deported: U.S. Human Rights Lawyers Barred from Entry into Israel


Six strategies to help you say no to junk food
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action



“You’re the One Creating the ‘Bad’ Schools”: Nation’s Top Teachers Denounce Devos During Closed-Door Session
“We had a listening session with Betsy DeVos today, but I don’t think she heard us”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Lawmakers’ Personal Tax Cuts Could Provide 10 Million Meals for Families in Need
Instead of listening to American voters, these lawmakers are not only pocketing their six- and seven-figure tax gains, they’re turning around and slashing billions of dollars from families’ nutrition benefits over the next decade
by Melissa Boteach and Rachel West


Fifty Killed in Gaza. Zero Israelis Injured.
Israel meanwhile continues to spin the protests as “Hamas riots,” accusing the political and resistance group of “attempting to disguise terror activities as a civilian-led riot”
by Maureen Clare Murphy


May Day: Arizona Teachers Have Resistance History on Their Side
Today’s teachers are calling out the same issues of unfair wages and tax giveaways to corporations that gave rise to Arizona statehood a century ago
by Jeff Biggers


The Real News Network
J20 Defendant Claims Vindictive Prosecution and Retaliation in Motion to Drop All Charges
Elizabeth Lagesse, a defendant in the J20 case stemming from protests during Trump’s inauguration and a plaintiff in an ACLU suit against D.C. police, filed a motion to drop all charges against her claiming that the prosecution is an inconsistent, vindictive response to her participation in the ACLU and communication with the press
by S.J. Harper

*Other than TRNN, I don’t know of any other relatively visible “alternative outlet” that’s displayed a commitment to covering this story. I’m thinking of the likes of “Democracy Now!” and Common Dreams.

Given the stakes, that’s inexcusable.

And four months for busting the window of a goddamn money changer … ?


Yemeni Journalist: I Was Afraid US-Saudi Coalition Would Bomb My Wedding Party too
After the US-backed Saudi coalition massacred dozens of civilians at a wedding party, journalist Ahmad Algohbary says he and other Yemenis cannot live a normal life without fear


French Politicians Shift Blame for Anti-Semitism onto Muslims
French politicians and celebrities signed a manifesto blaming French Muslims for anti-semitism in France. Yasser Louati addresses the hypocrisy in France’s human rights discourse

*The pot paints the kettle black


Korean War Finally Ending, in Huge Victory for Peace Activists
North and South Korea have agreed to sign a peace deal, after nearly 70 years of war. Christine Ahn says this is thanks to dedicated activism inside and outside of the Korean Peninsula.

*I’m glad to see credit given where it’s truly due – to Koreans at home and abroad. The “Great Man” theory is the frame for most all of the reportage and commentary on this subject – Kim, Moon and Killer Clown are the foci.

But without the monumental expression of the will of the people to lift the suffocating blanket of repression and a doomsday sword of Damocles, this moment is but a forlorn hope.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Netanyahu’s Prolonged Disinformation Campaign

*Liar liar

Past on fire


‘These Are Sanctions Directly Aimed at the Civilian Population’
CounterSpin interview with Joe Emersberger on Venezuela
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
“Talking About History Is Way to Liberate America”: New Memorial Honors Victims of White Supremacy

*We cannot bury what we keep alive


“Death Penalty Is Lynching’s Stepson”: Bryan Stevenson on Slavery, White Supremacy, Prisons & More

*I’m saddened to say it, but for all the seemingly heartfelt effort Stevenson has put into this, to speak of “education” and “understanding” when it comes to Supreme Court justices or politicians or those who control the media is to display a naiveté – perhaps wilful – that will undermine the powerful message this project could convey about the need to confront our past, and our present.

We don’t need evangelism

We need evisceration – of a system that by its very nature seeks to exploit and oppress.

To believe that those in power will “come to Jesus” in this age is as foolish as it would have been to hold out faith for such an outcome 150 or 100 or 50 years ago.

You don’t speak truth to power to enlighten it

But to expunge it