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 or reach me at unlikelysource@gmail.com .

And a note on DEMOCRACY NOW! posts:

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

There’s a link to them at the top right of each segment I post, and of
course you can go to http://www.democracynow.org on the rare days when
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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 *





October 2017



Victory for ‘Valve Turners’ as Judge Allows ‘Necessity Defense’ for Climate Trial
“The whole planet will be inside a single courtroom the day this trial begins,” says Bill McKibben. “It’s a rare chance to explain precisely why we need to act, and act now.”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Stop Fawning’: Critics Say McCain’s ‘Jingoistic Revisionism’ Nothing to Applaud
“McCain’s speech was designed to flatter Americans with self-glorifying tales of exceptionalism and nobility. And of course, it worked”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*McCain’s entire political career has been based on being a prisoner of war

And ensuring the world remains one


To Halt ‘Race to the Bottom’ Bidding War, Community Leaders Issue Key Demands to Amazon
“We built these cities, and we want to make sure they remain ours”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A better deal with the devil still leaves you on the path to hell


The Real News Network
Why didn’t Kurdish Forces Fight Back the Iraqi Invasion​ of Kirkuk?
The Iraqi military quickly conquered the oil-rich area of Kirkuk in an effort to block Kurdish statehood. But why didn’t Kurdish forces put up more of a fight? TRNN speaks with Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for the Independent


Venezuelan Regional Election: Opposition Claims Fraud in Areas They Won
The governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela won 17 out of 23 governor races in Sunday’s regional vote, prompting the opposition to claim fraud once again, without evidence. Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanlaysis.com analyzes the situation


Many Parties Complicit in Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing
The persecution of Rohingya Muslims goes beyond religious intolerance, says Dr. Elizabeth Hurd, professor of politics at Northwestern University


Democracy Now!
Mogadishu Massacre: Hospitals Run Out of Blood, Antibiotics for Victims in Mass Bombing Killing 300+


Meet Tarana Burke, Activist Who Started “Me Too” Campaign to Ignite Conversation on Sexual Assault



2 or 3 Things I Know About Late-Stage Capitalism
(With apologies to Jean-Luc Godard)
by Phil Rockstroh


Mexicans Denounce Canadian Mega-Mining Projects
by Richard Fidler


The Political Economy of Obama/Trump
by Richard D. Wolff


Food & Water Watch
New Report Illustrates Why USDA Must Not Allow Chinese Poultry or Brazilian Fresh Meat Imports
Inspector General Finds Weak FSIS Oversight of Equivalence


The Real News Network
Florida Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of White Nationalist’s Speech
The University of Florida has taken several measures that benefit white supremacist Richard Spencer and his alt-right group ahead of their October 19 event on campus

*Tropical storm trooper


As the Rich Get Richer, Public Schools Suffer
During a hearing on how to create more equitable funding for public schools in Maryland officials revealed how tax breaks for wealthy developers in Baltimore could threaten future funding


Organizers and Activists Gather in Chicago to Launch a New Network
The ‘National Workers Conference to Organize the Fightback’ met in Chicago Oct. 6-8, to share experiences and to launch a new solidarity network


Empire Files: Rosa Clemente & Abby Martin – No Savior in 2020
Renowned Afro-Latinx leader Rosa Clemente sits down with Abby Martin to discuss her experience running for Vice President, organizing in the Trump era, advice for new activists, identity politics and more


Real Media: The Value of Data
Tom Fisher of Privacy International talks to Real Media about why and how companies are able to exploit users’ personal data


Real Media: Councils, Kickbacks, and the KCTMO
Financial journalist Joel Benjamin discusses evidence passed to the Grenfell inquiry regarding the connections between KCTMO ex-Councilor Tom Fairhead, Rona Fairhead, Council Tax Rebate schemes, and HSBC

*Call it the lifeblood money of the profit system


Colombian State Escalates Violence Against Activists
Coca cultivation and the lack of alternatives to escape poverty continue to lie at the root of the ongoing violence in Colombia, despite the peace accords, explains Mario Murillo of Hofstra University


Climate Change and Fire Suppression Fuel Deadliest Blazes in California History
Professor Matthew Hurteau says 100 years of fire suppression and human-caused climate change are fueling California’s historic wildfires


US and Israel Show UNESCO their Anti-Palestinian Bias
The U.S. and Israel are pulling out of UNESCO over what they call an ‘anti-Israel bias,’ but the move may actually underscore their bias towards basic Palestinian rights. Meanwhile, Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have reached a new unity deal


Institute for Public Accuracy
Is “Fake News” Scare Being Used to Stifle Dissent?

*This doesn’t drip with irony

It’s a three minute piss



Taxing the Wealthy to Pay for Universal Home Care
Activists in Maine are mobilizing to a path-breaking proposal on the 2018 ballot that would fund in-home services for the states elderly and disabled
by Sarah Anderson


The Hindu right tries to suffocate Indian politics, but runs into a wall on the left
by Vijay Prashad


Costa Rica’s Banco Popular Shows how Banks can be Democratic, Green – and Financially Sustainable
by Thomas Marois


Loyalty to the Don
by Andrew Levine


The Real News Network
Trump’s Obamacare Sabotage Burdens the Sickest
President Trump’s new effort to undermine Obamacare through “association plans” would increase the healthcare costs of those who need it most, says Michael Lighty of National Nurses United


US-Cuba Relations Unravel as State Dept Alleges ‘Sonic Attack’
While the accusations against Cuba sound like ‘something out of a bad sci-fi film,’ the impact of reducing diplomatic staff in Havana and Washington DC has serious consequences for relations between the two countries, explains Prof. Michael Bustamante

*I’d have liked to have heard some “real news” about what effect US “business interests” will have on the elements of Cuban socialism that provide visceral benefits to the people.

As with Iran, this uncritical approach to any “rapprochement” overlooks just what the US hopes to gain from it

And it ain’t got diddley to do with “detente”, do it?



National Nurses United
Nurses Call for Stepped Up Federal Effort on Fires

*Neo Nero fiddles while Cali burns


The Real News Network
UK Activist Convicted Under Terror Law for Refusing ‘Digital Strip-Search’
The British anti-terrorism measure Schedule 7 has just been used to convict Muhammad Rabbani for an offense that has nothing to do with terrorism: refusing to give authorities his computer password

*Orwell turns over in his grave

And bumps into Kafka


Corporate Media Have Few Apologies for Getting IRS Scandal Backwards
by Justin Anderson

*”Democracy Dies in Darkness”

And we control the light switch


Democracy Now!
Tomi-Ann Roberts on Her Encounter with Harvey Weinstein & the Shame Women Feel After Assault

*You think Dear Misleader and Madame Mayhem didn’t know?

Possible, I suppose, but certain that they didn’t want to know.


Louise Godbold: “My Encounter with Harvey Weinstein and What It Tells Us About Trauma”


NBC Reportedly Axed the Harvey Weinstein Story as Hollywood Made Rape Survivors the Butt of Jokes

*It’s not just men women shouldn’t trust to be allies, is it?

A count of the contradictions of female pols and public figures who get a stamp of approval from mainstream “feminist” groups would make “War and Peace” look like an advert insert.



Your Boss Shouldn’t Get to Have ‘Religious’ Objections to Your Health Care
Expanding “corporate citizen” rights into health care could ultimately affect everybody, not just women
by Martha Burk


Che in Bolivia: a Rough Draft of History
by Richard Gott


The Real News Network
Trump Targets Hezbollah, and ISIS May Benefit
The Trump administration is offering a bounty on two Hezbollah leaders and making unfounded warnings of a potential attack by the group “on the homeland.” Author and Trinity College professor Vijay Prashad says the US targeting of Hezbollah may ultimately benefit groups like ISIS


A Way Out for Spain and Catalonia?
The Catalan leadership has stopped short of declaring independence from Spain, calling instead for talks with the Spanish government. We speak to Fusion host Nando Vila and Professor Sebastiaan Faber of Oberlin College


Anti-Nuclear Group Wins Nobel Peace Prize as US Arsenal Expands
As the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to a group that was instrumental in pushing through the landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons, the U.S. has quietly made its nuclear arsenal even more lethal


Judge Reconsiders Gag Order in J20 Case
First amendment issues are at stake in a hearing to reassess a protective order that prohibits defendants arrested during Inauguration protests from sharing discovery evidence


Trump Race-Baits, NFL Kneels
Donald Trump is continuing a long tradition of attacking prominent African-Americans, and the NFL is caving to his demands, says historian Gerald Horne

*Jerry took a knee, if you recall.

That was a “false start”, which hopefully will be penalized far greater than five yards.


Protests Erupt Over Massive ICE Deportation Raids
Attendees of the National Workers’ Conference joined activists at Gary/Chicago International Airport to protest the Trump administration’s sweeping deportations of undocumented immigrants


Trump Blames Leftists For Unpopularity of Columbus Day
Donald Trump sent out an email to supporters on October 8, claiming liberals and leftists were erasing the history of Christopher Columbus
by Michael Sainato

*Just who “eras[es] the history of Columbus”?

From my local rag


“[I]ndigenous people whose ways of life were drastically altered by the colonialism that followed Europeans’ arrival in the Americas.”

Can you imagine this?

“[J]ewish people whose ways of life were drastically altered by the coming to power of the Nazis in Germany.”

Even “acknowledgment” is sanitized for “America”‘s protection.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Assessing Karzai’s Charge of U.S. Backing ISIS in Afghanistan


Jailing a Grandma for Allegedly Protesting Drone Killings

*The steady drone of justice denied


‘Republicans Have a Starting-Line Advantage of 10 Percent’
CounterSpin interview with Steven Rosenfeld on gerrymandering
by Janine Jackson

*The best dark side dark money can buy


Maria’s ‘Other’ Victims: Puerto Rican Bondholders
by Eoin Higgins

*”[A]nd yet news reports credulously repeated the talking point ad nauseam.”

Can we call credulity what it essentially is



Democracy Now!
As Deadly Wildfires Rage in California, a Look at How Global Warming Fuels Decades of Forest Fires



As Trump Carves Path of Destruction, Nader Asks Obama: Where Are You?
While list of programs and rules under attack grows, a call for former president to fight back against “Trump-led assault on our weakening democracy”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Where is he?

Where he has always been

And will always remain.

Why ask the cat to bark?


The Real News Network
FBI Report Targets Black Activists
The FBI terrorism unit’s report warning that ‘black identity extremists’ are a violent threat is only the latest in a long tradition of targeting black activists, says the Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford

*Thinking while black


Labour Expels Jewish Anti-Zionist for ‘Anti-Semitism’
Moche Machover, an Israeli-born mathematician, philosopher and radical activist, received an expulsion letter from the Labour Party for his article, ‘Anti-Zionism Does Not Equal Anti-Semitism’

*”New Labour”

Same old dirty tricks


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Russiagate Is More Fiction Than Fact”


American Made: A Largely True Story With Some Not-So-Fun Lies
by Jim Naureckas

*A funny thing about terrorism


Democracy Now!
As Catalonia Plans Independence from Spain, Julian Assange Advises Organizers on Secure Messaging


Julian Assange Marks 5.5 Years Inside Ecuadorean Embassy as UK & US Refuse to Confirm Arrest Warrant


Julian Assange on Roger Stone & Accusations About WikiLeaks and Trump Campaign Ties to Russia


Judge Denies Bail to Whistleblower Reality Winner, Citing Her Admiration for Snowden and Assange


New Yorkers Call for Indigenous Peoples’ Day & Removal of Columbus Statue



Filling Gaps Left By Trump, Nurses and Labor Unions Join Puerto Rico Relief Efforts
“We are united in lifting up our fellow Americans”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Vietnam War is Not History for Victims of Agent Orange
The actions of the US government and the US manufacturers of Agent Orange and other deadly herbicides is a moral outrage
by Marjorie Cohn and Jonathan Moore


Faces of Pain, Faces of Hope
“The bottomless narcissism and hunger of consumer culture cause our darkest and most depraved pathologies”
by Chris Hedges

*The fragility and resilience of our humanity


Think Religiously Motivated Discrimination Can’t Affect You? Guess Again.
In the past, courts have largely rejected attempts to use religion to discriminate. But our opponents haven’t given up.
by James Esseks

*Ever notice how “deeply held religious beliefs” almost always contradict the basic tenets of the bigot’s faith?


Trump: Anomaly in Continuity
by Andrew Levine

*The singer may be dissonant

But the song remains the same


The Real News Network
Will Congress Help Trump Kill the Iran Deal?
President Trump is just days away from his expected decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, leaving the deal — and a whole lot more — in the hands of Congress, says scholar William Beeman


Puerto Rico Faces a Medicaid Crisis
On top of the devastating impact of recent hurricanes and an ongoing debt crisis, Puerto Rico’s Medicaid funding will run out as early as the end of the year unless Congress acts, explains CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot


Real Media: Rona Fairhead, HSBC and the BBC
Real Media interviews HSBC whistleblower Nicholas Wilson about the UK’s newly appointed International Trade Minister Rona Fairhead and her controversial past as BBC Trust chair and HSBC director


Document Shows Washington D.C. Police Threw More Than 70 Grenades at Inauguration Protesters
MPD documents show the extent of police weaponry used against largely peaceful protesters in response to “black bloc” on Inauguration Day, raising questions about their own crowd control policies
by Baynard Woods


Macron Leans Further Right as His Popularity Tanks
As French President Emmanuel Macron continues his push for a stronger EU, it’s becoming ‘very clear that his agenda is a traditionally right-wing, pro-business agenda,’ says author and journalist Laura Raim


How Does Dental Care Fit Into the Healthcare Debate?
We need to not just cover an infection or a big-time emergency, but also comprehensive care and preventative care,’ says activist and dentist Javed Aghaloo of the Sage Initiative


Real Media: Challenging the Narrative with Grenfell MediaWatch
Toyin and Angie from Grenfell MediaWatch discuss the misleading stories and PR campaigns surrounding the Grenfell Tower disaster, and what justice would look like to them


What Cirque du Soleil performers can teach us
by David Schardt



Warming Soils Could Trigger Potentially Unstoppable Climate Feedback Loop: Study
Increased temperatures led to microbial activity that led to surges of carbon emissions
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Tainted Honey: Bee-Poisoning Pesticides Found Globally
Lead researcher says there were “relatively few places where we did not find any” samples contaminated with neonics known to harm bees
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Christopher Columbus: No Monuments for Murderers
The world is still sliced in two between the worthy — the owning classes, the corporate masters, the generals — and the nobodies. The invaded, the owned, the bombed, the poisoned, the silenced
by Bill Bigelow


Is Las Vegas a Harbinger of America’s Future?
“No one thinks that their neighborhood will become a war zone until they hear the first gunshots”
by Lisa Fuller


Why Do So Many Super Rich Despise the Poor?
Donald Trump’s putdown of suffering Puerto Ricans reflects a mindset that has long afflicted the awesomely affluent
by Sam Pizzigati


The Journalist and the Fixer
Who Makes the Story Possible?
by Nick Turse


Council of Canadians
Flint Water Summit Participants Vow to End Nestlé’s Water Takings


CFPB’S Final Rule To Stop Payday Loan Debt Traps


The Real News Network
Ecuador VP Arrested for Corruption as Divisions Deepen Within Governing Party
The Odebrecht corruption scandal enveloping Ecuador’s Vice President Jorge Glas is related to a conflict between former President Correa and current President Moreno, both from the same party. But how much of the scandal is about corruption, and how much of it is political?

*I have to wonder if the folks who were displaced by “the construction of several dams” share Wilpert’s view of that being a “positive thing”.


Over 300 Arrested in St. Louis: It’s About More Than Police Brutality
ACLU organizer Mustafa Abdullah says police brutality and economic inequality are deeply intertwined in St. Louis, Missouri


20-Week Abortion Ban Bill Treats Abortion as an Issue of Criminality, not Health Care
Jenny Brown of National Women’s Liberation says that if representatives are concerned about pain, they should support access to health care and not force women into labor


Trump Plans to Decertify Iran Nuclear Deal
Before decertifying the Iran nuclear deal, the US should approach the UN Security Council and the P5+1 with evidence that Iran is not in compliance. This is a multilateral deal, says Professor Vijay Prashad


Pot Arrests Grow Despite Increasing Support for Legalization
The FBI’s latest local law enforcement report reveals arrests for marijuana-related offenses grew slightly in 2016, despite the fact that a majority of Americans prefer legalization of decriminalizing pot


Petition update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
CarMax sells even MORE deathtrap cars without getting FREE repairs to fix killer safety defects


We Need Thoughtful Coverage of Gun Violence, Not Slow Pans Over Arsenals
by Janine Jackson

*I’m not saying sensationalistic coverage is meant to encourage such horrors, with an eye toward the outlet’s bottom line

But do you think that knowing that it does will in any way change the corpress’ approach?

Remember what Moonves said about Trump …


Institute for Public Accuracy
Nuclear Ban Treaty Group Gets Nobel


Democracy Now!
Special Report: Puerto Ricans in Vieques Cope with Devastation & Fear Toxic Contamination from Maria



Beyond Banning the Bump Stock: ‘Go After the Guns Themselves’
“You have to go after the guns themselves. Guns are the problem”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The problem isn’t bump stocks

It’s gun stocks


Global Demand for Meat Amounts to ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ Says New Study
Report points to massive need for land to grow feed crops as an overlooked cost of industrial farming
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Living off the fetid fat of the land


The Violence Comes Home Again
I’m not against gun control measures, but they’re not enough
by Robert C. Koehler

*Pox Americana


The FBI’s Hunt for Two Missing Piglets Reveals the Federal Cover-Up of Barbaric Factory Farms
by Glenn Greenwald

*That we might label these abominations “swinish” is a visceral irony


German Federal Elections: Chauvinistic Identity Policies Outperform Left Economic
by Ingo Schmidt


The Real News Network
People Power Defeats an Oil Pipeline in Canada
Indigenous and environmental groups are celebrating TransCanada’s cancellation of the Energy East tar sands pipeline, and setting their sights on the next fight


Senator Warren: Equifax Profits from Data Hack While Consumers Pay the Price
Economist Bill Black says he’s skeptical that either Equifax or its former CEO Richard Smith will be held accountable for the breach that affected an estimated 145.5 million people

*Who needs a “Get Out of Jail Free” card

When you know you’re never going to wear an orange jumpsuit?


Trump’s Tax Plan Helps Wall Street, Not Main Street
‘It should be called the Leona Helmsley tax plan’, says economist Michael Hudson. ‘Only the little people will pay taxes’


U.S. Dirty Energy Depends on Subsidies and Climate Denial
Fossil fuel subsidies are costing U.S. taxpayers $20 billion each year, says Janet Redman, U.S. Policy Director of Oil Change International and principal author of a new report entitled “Dirty Energy Dominance: Dependent on Denial”

*Paying for it in every sense


Institute for Public Accuracy
Puerto Rico: * Debt Burden * Medicaid Crisis



Betsy DeVos’ Vision Goes Way Beyond Privatizing Education—And She Is Alarmingly Close To Realizing It
by Jennifer Berkshire


Great Hunger
by Kathy Kelly


The Real News Network
Amid Flurry of Tax Breaks for Developers, Equitable Housing Law Languishes
A Real News investigation of the city’s inclusionary housing law reveals that despite a consensus change is needed, little has been done to fix it

*An urban landscape pruned of the poor


Did the Russians ‘Meddle’ Just for Clicks?
After an uneventful Senate intelligence update, Max Blumenthal unpacks the latest on Russiagate and raises the possibility that alleged Russian attempts to sow social media ‘chaos’ were just troll-farm clickbait

*A tale told by useful idiots

Full of soundbites and fury

Signifying the “chaos” of nothing


Gun Laws Save Lives, But the Gun Lobby Prevails
As more details emerge on the Las Vegas massacre, Rebecca Peters discusses how gun control, like the kind she helped win in her native Australia, helps prevent mass shootings

*No balls to deal with the penis substitutes


Can the Spain-Catalan Crisis Be Resolved?
The only way to diffuse the situation would be for Madrid and Catalonia to sit down and discuss a serious reform of Spain’s constitution–but current Spanish leadership is unlikely to take that step, says Oberlin professor Sebastian Faber


Real Media: Property Rights, Deregulation and Think Tanks (2/2)
Open Democracy’s Laurie Macfarlane talks about the UK government’s deregulation strategy and its effects on housing, as well as the influence of think tanks on national debate and an explanation of the ‘positive feedback loop’


Two Charts on the Gun Crisis: One Hopeful, One Hopeless
by Jim Naureckas


Democracy Now!
Could Trump Actually Cancel Puerto Rico’s Wall Street Debt After Devastation of Hurricane Maria?

*How many rolls of paper towels would it take to clean up the bloody mess he’s made of every vital issue his tiny hands have touched?



Guns and Profit – Why We’ll Do Absolutely Nothing New After This Las Vegas Shooting
Anything for a buck: for-profit healthcare, privatized education, and gun sales over all
by Steven Singer

*Happiness is the sale of a warm gun


The Real News Network
This Week in Russiagate: Facebook and Black Lives Matter
The response to reports of Russian-linked Facebook ads reveals the disdain by elite pundits and lawmakers for dissenting voices like Black Lives Matter, says Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report

*”Unite” and conquer


Empire Files: Israelis Speak Candidly to Abby Martin About Palestinians
On the streets of Jerusalem, Abby Martin interviews Jewish Israeli citizens from all walks of life. In several candid interviews, disturbing comments reveal commonly-held views about Palestinians and their future in the region

*The dominating seek to delude

None more so than themselves


Tell U.S. to Pay Reparations It Promised Vietnam

*No amount of money can never atone for the crimes, but it would signal to the people of Vietnam, and the wider world, that this country has some sense of humanity, however attenuated.


WaPo Defends Boss Against Sanders’ Charge That He’s Extremely Wealthy
by Jim Naureckas

*Let’s say they have the same wealth as the bottom third

Or quarter.

Six versus two billion or so

That should even things up, eh?


After Las Vegas Massacre, Media Again Help ISIS Terrorize
by Adam Johnson

*The corpress can’t resist sinister self promotion from sociopaths

Foreign or domestic


Institute for Public Accuracy
Guns, Terrorism and a “Culture of Killing”


Democracy Now!
As Las Vegas Massacre Toll Rises, Calls Grow for Background Checks on Nevada Gun Sales

*A “lone wolf”

Enabled by the jackals who pray for campaign contributions


After Las Vegas Massacre, Republicans in Congress Push Bills That Could Make Mass Shootings Deadlier

*Prejudice and a sense of superiority are also “deep values and deep principles”, aren’t they?


“They Don’t Care Who the Guns Go To”: Experts Warn Trump Admin. Plans to Widen U.S. Weapons Exports


Puerto Ricans Protest Trump’s Visit, Denounce Militarization Amid Lack of Aid Distribution

*A sham to obscure the shame



Groups Slam Trump’s Tax Loophole for Corporations as Massive ‘Con Job’
Contrary to Trump administration talking points, the president’s tax plan would “rig the rules” in favor of corporations that send jobs overseas
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


Three Insidious Ways ‘Overtaxed’ Corporations Are Cheating America
Big companies are deceiving us and the media won’t report it
by Paul Buchheit


Republican Tax Cuts Could Be Paved with Fossil Fuel Giveaways
In the wake of climate chaos, the Trump Administration and Senate Republicans are giving new handouts to billionaires and the fossil fuel industry
by Mitch Jones


A Supreme Court Case Could Make Partisan Gerrymandering Illegal
Justice Anthony Kennedy could provide the deciding vote in Gill v. Whitford, an upcoming case that looks at gerrymandering in Wisconsin. Oral arguments begin Tuesday.
by David Daley

*Don’t hear Dems talking much about this, do you?

I guess they just can’t figure a way to blame the Russians for it.


The End of Empire
The brutality abroad is matched by a growing brutality at home
by Chris Hedges

*The bitter harvest of an induced ignorance


Kurds Have Overwhelmingly Voted for Independence, but Having Their Own Country Is a Long Way Off
It’s a symbolic first step
by Vijay Prashad


Dakota Access Pipeline Rewards Police For Harassing Protesters With $15 Million
Dakota Access Pipeline Company paid off the State of North Dakota’s debt incurred from protecting its interests in harassing and attacking water protectors at Standing Rock
by Michael Sainato

*A gift for the goon squad


The Real News Network
Real Media: The UK Obsession with Property Rights (1/2)
Open Democracy’s Laurie Macfarlane on the recent history of UK property ownership, the obscene rise in property values that is mirrored in rent increases and personal debt, and some possible solutions to consider


Calls for PM Rajoy to Resign Over Police Violence During Catalan Independence Referendum
Mayor of Barcelona and others called for Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to resign in the wake of police violence against Catalonia citizens during Sunday’s vote, in which 90% voted in favor of independence


A Challenge to Saudi’s War on Yemen?
The United Nations has overcome Saudi Arabian opposition to establish a human rights probe of the war on Yemen, just as Congressmembers seek a debate over the critical US military role


Trudeau’s UN Indigenous Rights Speech Rings Hollow at Home
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ‘can talk a really good game, but at the end of the day, he’s not doing anything substantive to make any changes’ for indigenous people in Canada, says Pamela Palmater of Ryerson University

*From Kennedy to Obama to Trudeau

“Empty Rhetoric” is the cosmetic of choice for pretty liberals


Puerto Rico’s Recovery is a Battle Against Austerity
As the Trump administration touts its relief effort in Puerto Rico as a ‘good news story’ and threatens more austerity, writer Ed Morales argues the island’s devastation is a wake-up call against neoliberal excess


Will Harvey Disaster Relief Go to Climate Polluters?
Many are concerned that most of the aid will go toward Texas businesses–including the fossil fuel industry, which contributed to the climate-change related catastrophe in the first place. TRNN speaks with Reggie James, director of the Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter


Democracy Now!
Juan González: Puerto Rico’s Financial Control Board Worsened Crisis After Hurricane Maria


“We Cannot Wait”: Puerto Rico’s Residents Organize to Provide Food & Water After Hurricane Maria


Activist: U.S. Response to Puerto Rico “Lifts the Veil of Colonialism” & 119 Years of Exploitation


Is Tap Water Safe to Drink? Minimizing Your Risk of Carcinogens in Drinking Water
by Ty Bollinger


Home Remedies for Dry Mouth From Cancer Therapy (+ Recipe)
by Deborah Oke


5 things you should know about high blood pressure
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action


September 2017



Trump Accused of Burying Research Showing Trickle-Down Tax Cuts Just ‘Snake Oil’ Scam
“Big Brother in action—Treasury sends study contradicting Trump ideology down the memory hole”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


Trump’s Tax Plan Is An Act Of Political Domination By The Rich
But at least we don’t have to pretend it isn’t
by Zach Carter


In Maria’s Wake, Could Puerto Rico Go Totally Green?
In a sun-drenched eco-system, renewable energy would foster incredible opportunity and help protect the island from it’s next natural disaster
by Harvey Wasserman


Norwegian Elections: Another Right-Wing Victory, and a Serious Labour Defeat
by Asbjørn Wahl

*A paper tiger heads to the paper shredder


The Real News Network
Black Lives Matter: New Tactics for the Trump Era
The Black Lives Matter movement hasn’t gone quiet–it’s just engaging with electoral politics in new ways, says Dani McClain of The Nation


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump and Republicans Propose Abolishing the Estate Tax


Democracy Now!
Report from Puerto Rico: Death Toll Higher Than Reported Amid Water Shortage & Health Crisis

*What if the money that will go for a photo op of His Travesty hugging a little brown child were spent on helping that child and all the others in dire straits?

A desperately sad rhetorical question, I realize.



For Snubbing Glyphosate Hearing, EU Parliament Bans Monsanto Lobbyists
“Those who escape democratic accountability must be excluded from access to lobbying”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


In Shadow of Puerto Rico’s Nightmare, Virgin Islands and Others Facing Intense Struggle
The economy of the U.S. Virgin Islands “evaporated pretty much overnight”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real News Network
Empire Files: Voices From The Anti-Trump Resistance
On September 16-17 a major national gathering was held in Washington, D.C. called the People’s Congress of Resistance, a broad and diverse coalition of organizers and community leaders formed to build the class-struggle wing of the anti-Trump movement


Trump Confronts North Korea With Japanese PM’s Help
President Trump is siding with right-wing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over South Korea President Moon Jae-in on North Korea, says journalist Tim Shorrock


Kurdistan Independence Vote Faces Fierce Opposition (1/2)
Defying threats from Baghdad and nearly every other state in the region, Kurdistan overwhelmingly voted for independence–but it’s unlikely to lead to formal statehood, and the timing of the vote could be a costly mistake, explains Sabah Alnasseri, a professor at York University


Ken Burns’ Vietnam War: An Object Lesson in the Failures of the Objective Lens
by Reed Richardson

*Acknowledging the obvious

To obscure the abominable


Institute for Public Accuracy
Behind Spanish Gov’t Attempts to Halt Catalonia’s Independence Vote


Democracy Now!
French Activist: Emmanuel Macron is “Younger, Prettier” Face of Anti-Worker Reforms & a Police State


As Trump Struggles to Pronounce “Namibia,” Meet One of the Country’s Best-Known Journalists



Free Speech for People
A New Environmental Protection Agency Rule to Benefit Trump Inc., Public Interest Groups Urge the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to Reconsider
Over 7,000 citizens submitted comments to the EPA warning that a new proposed rule to rescind the definition of the “waters of the United States” would confer financial benefit to President Trump and would be unconstitutional

*Par for the collusive course


The Real News Network
Climate Change Is the Real Job Killer’: Can the Labor Movement Go Green?
If trade unionists truly want to protect jobs, they must also protect the planet from the effects of climate change, says Joe Uehlein, president of the Labor Network for Sustainability


Is Public Housing a Playground for Sexual Predators?
A Real News Investigation has found additional allegations of sexual harassment in Baltimore’s public housing system


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Theocrat” Roy Moore May Be the Next U.S. Senator from Alabama


Whadda I care?

I’m a “Christian”


Killer Drone Protesters Arrested


While US, North Korea Both Make Threats, Only One Has Killed Millions of the Other’s People
Eoin Higgins


Democracy Now!
Profits vs. Puerto Rican Lives: Trump Admin Blocks Aid from Reaching Devastated Island

*These vultures create their own carrion



‘Snowflake’ Sessions Ripped for Carving Out Anti-Dissent Safe Space at ‘Free Speech’ Lecture
“An opportunity to express our freedom of speech today was taken from us”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Protected speech” in the most literal sense


Merkel Clobbered While Rightists Threaten
by Victor Grossman


Lindsey Graham Insists On Trying to Be On Wrong Side of History In Healthcare Debate
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is pushing a flawed bill to repeal Obamacare in fear that single payer healthcare is on the horizon
by Michael Sainato


The Real News Network
Far-Right Enters Germany’s Parliament for First Time in 60 Years
The Alternative for Germany party, which has moved so far right that it includes neo-Nazis, now has a seat at the table. Meanwhile, both the Christian Democrats and the social democrats lost big, explains TRNN’s Shir Hever

*As is the case in most every Western state

There’s just not a whole lot left, is there?


Trump Ignites New Round of Black Athlete Activism
Donald Trump’s attack on black NFL players has sparked a wave of anti-racist sports activism with a rich history, says historian and author Gerald Horne


Trump Imposes Travel Ban 3.0
Trump figured out that the courts won’t go along with what looks like a blanket ban on Muslims, so he decided to include some non-Muslim countries, says Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford


Corporate Media Analysts’ Indifference to US Journalists Facing 70 Years in Prison
by Adam Johnson

*”It’s strange … “

Is it?

“For some unknown reason … “

Unknown to whom?


Democracy Now!
Puerto Ricans Call for Aid Amid Catastrophe: “We’re American Citizens. We Can’t Be Left to Die”

*No safe harbor for this port in a storm


Fenceline Communities on Gulf Coast Face Mass Displacement & Toxic Pollution One Month After Harvey

*There’s never 24/7 coverage of the disaster after the disaster, is there?

And while I’m glad Kelley and other folks were able to get Dear Misleader to do something for Port Arthur, there are plenty of other places in dire need that he decided didn’t qualify for a PR posing, aren’t there?

Goodman might have mentioned that.



How Privatization Cuts Us in Two, While Public Institutions Make Us a Better People
A nation of profit-makers and their crusade to deregulate and monopolize public systems
by Paul Buchheit

*Starving the best


The Abuses of History
“History is what the present chooses to remember about the past”
by Chris Hedges

*Only dreams stay the nightmares


Yemen Needs United Nations, Not the United Nations
As the UN Human Rights Council looks once again at launching an independent inquiry into war crimes in Yemen, I have one thing to say to the organisations pushing for it: good luck
by Afrah Nasser


Give RPS A Chance
by Michael Albert and Justin Podur


Is Health Care A Commodity Or Right?
by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

*As the old ad adage admonishes

“Don’t be fooled by imitations!”


Catalonia: Mass resistance greets Spanish state coup
by Dick Nichols


The Silent Terrorism on Our Doorsteps
Why aren’t mass killings related to domestic violence given the same media attention as Islamic terrorism?
by Christian Christensen


The Real News Network
Spain’s Economy is Growing, but Leaving Most Spaniards Behind
CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot explains that even though Spain’s economy has been growing recently, this is mostly due to external factors, without benefitting the majority of the population, making Spain Europe’s most unequal country


US-Saudi Alliance Fragments the Middle East
The consequences of US meddling and Saudi Wahhabism have decimated Iraq and pitted multiple Middle East groups against the other, says independent journalist Rania Khalek


Renters vs. Slumlords: Activists Nationwide Rally for Renter’s Rights
Organizers in Minneapolis say it’s about more than just rents increasing: affordable housing is basically disappearing, and the city’s policies leave the door wide open for predatory landlords

*Rent to be owned


Real Media: New Warfare & Transparency
Chris Cole of Drone Wars UK talks about the current state of the technology, the march to lethal autonomous warfare, and the absolute secrecy and lack of democratic scrutiny around the developing drone program

*Wars of aggression have never been prosecuted by those possessed of humanity


Germany’s Angela Merkel: The World’s Eco-Villain?
As Germany gets ready for parliamentary elections this Sunday, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s reputation as an environmentalist is being called in question by activist and author George Monbiot

*Hardly surprising that a pol with eco cred is a fraud

Al Gore, anyone … ?

But I’d have liked Wilpert to query Monbiot a bit more closely on the nuclear energy issue. It’s unclear if he’s one of those climate campaigners, such as James Hansen, who foolishly feel that it can be part of the solution.

With Harvey and Irma fresh in our minds, you have to wonder what’s in theirs.


US Lawmakers Accuse Russian Outlet of… Time Travel?
Lawmakers want the FCC to investigate the Russia-backed Sputnik Radio for using “U.S. airwaves to influence the 2016 presidential election,” apparently not realizing that Sputnik wasn’t on the radio until July 2017, says Max Blumenthal

*The “Russia to judgment” is patently disingenuous and dangerous, but I’m curious as to how legitimate criticism of that gummint’s actions is dealt with on Sputnik.

Maté says he hasn’t heard much, and you’d think he’d ask Blumenthal about the possible ethical implications of that for hosts and guests appearing on it.

Do they self censor in order to garner precious airtime for their views? If so, however valuable they may be, is it a devil’s bargain to do so?

At least one inquiring mind wants to know.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Vietnam War and “The Killing of History”



New Research Links Flint Water Crisis to ‘Horrifyingly Large’ Spike in Fetal Death Rates
“In the future we would like to have a government that is more responsive and more active in ensuring that the water that comes out of people’s taps is safe”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Don’t expect “pro lifers” to raise holier than thou hell about an actual “murder of the innocent”, since it was perped by their favored pols.


Trade Panel Ruling Gives Trump Authority to Cripple Nation’s Solar Industry
ITC’s decision has appearance of a win for two American solar companies—but could harm larger industry
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Calls to #StopBetsy After Education Secretary Takes ‘Horrific Step Back’ on Title IX
“Today, Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration chose to tip the scales in favor of rapists and perpetrators”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Nuclear Plants Plus Hurricanes: Disasters Waiting to Happen
Throughout the world, some 430 reactors are in various stages of vulnerability to natural disaster, including ninety-nine in the United States
by Harvey Wasserman

*We need discourse about these dangers to glow in the dark


In Defence of Democratic Rights in Catalonia
by José Luis Martínez


Syrian Wars and Colonial Bores
by Vijay Prashad


The Real News Network
Bernie Sanders Calls Out ‘International Oligarchy’
After mobilizing millions of supporters around progressive policies at home, Senator Bernie Sanders unveils a foreign policy vision that criticizes US militarism and ‘international oligarchy’

*It’s almost amusing how Maté projects this sense of “I want to believe” when it comes to Sanders’ supposed “progressive” bona fides on foreign policy, but at least he has the honesty to question them to some degree, whereas most of the rest of the “alternative media” (Common Dreams, anyone?) will swoon over this speech.

“Bernie lays it on the line! Take that, naysayers!”

Oy …

I’d have liked to have seen someone with a more critical eye than Naiman dissect Sanders’ stance. Hopefully we’ll see something from Glen Ford or similar at TRNN.


Neocons and Hollywood Liberals Go to ‘War’ on Russia
The promotional video of the Committee to Investigate Russia features actor Morgan Freeman in what is ‘probably his worst role since Driving Miss Daisy,’ says AlterNet’s Max Blumenthal

*More “To Russia with Loathe”, which I appreciate Blumenthal calling out, but this “working with Russia” against ISIS …

What does that mean? Both the US and Russia are killing civilians left and right in Syria. What does “defeat[ing] ISIS” entail, aside from death and destruction?

Isn’t there a difference between standing against a fearsome bellicosity toward Russia, and collaborating with them at the expense of the Syrian people?


Real Media: The Nomadic War Machine
Paul Watt discusses the fight against social cleansing and gentrification, and specifically what he calls the ‘Nomadic War Machine,’ where campaign groups occupy spaces to shift the power balance with the landlord or local authority

*Whether Blairite Labour or DNC Dems in the States, it’s not about winning

It’s about playing a game that always pisses on the people


Turkey’s Erdogan Extends Repression to European Critics of his Administration
President Erdogan of Turkey is blackmailing Europe with the way he uses refugees, while journalists and activists are being persecuted for criticizing Erdogan in Europe, explains Giran Ozcan, of KurdishQuestion.com


‘Legislators Criminalize Practices That Led to Wrongdoings Being Exposed’
CounterSpin interview with Chip Gibbons on ag-gag laws
by Janine Jackson

*Speak no evil of evil


Democracy Now!
Amnesty International Reveals the Bomb That Killed 16 Civilians in Yemen Was Made in the U.S.A.



Capitalism: The Nightmare
The gross injustices of the American dream
by Paul Street

*To be “radical” in the present era simply means to lack a death wish

And there is nothing of even nominal visibility in the current political context, at least in these here United States, that acknowledges that stark reality.


Violence Policy Center
More Than 1,600 Women Murdered by Men in One Year, New Study Finds
Annual Study Released in Advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October Ranks States by Rate of Women Killed by Men


The Real News Network
Earthquake in Mexico Unearths Years of Corruption
The Mexican government learned some lessons after the devastating earthquake of 1985, but there hasn’t been an end to corruption, says Laura Carlsen of the Center for International Policy


Massachusetts First to Sue Equifax Over Massive Hack
Several government agencies and at least 34 state attorneys general have opened investigations into the Equifax data-breach scandal–which is ‘the gift that keeps on giving,’ says white-collar criminologist Bill Black

*Fuck resigning, Mr. Bill

How ’bout changing the wardrobe for these bastards from pinstripes to prison stripes?


Killer Robots: The War Over Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence companies and other AI experts are urging the UN to ban the technology in weapons, but are they exaggerating the danger and threat for their own interests?

*Well, that was clear as mud, at least to dopey ol’ me.

All I can say is that the taking of human life is the most fearsome act in which we can engage, and to program a machine to make that decision is abhorrent to everything I understand to constitute a moral universe.

As for hopelessness

No act of conscience is ever in vain, is it?


‘The World May Conclude the US Is No Longer Capable of Diplomacy’
CounterSpin interview with Murtaza Hussain on Iran deal sabotage
by Janine Jackson

*Has anyone thought of the sanctions the US would be under in any just world?


NYT Lets Think Tank Funded by Gov’t and Arms Industry Claim Huge US Military Budget Isn’t Huge Enough
by Ben Norton

*Yet another execrable example of the risible “#Resistance” of the “lib’rul media” and Demorats to the bipartisan imperative of empire


Democracy Now!
Environmental Disaster Looms in Puerto Rico, Lashed by Hurricane Maria & Left Without Power


“One Long Night”: Writer Andrea Pitzer on History of Concentration Camps & Rise of Intolerance Today


A Look at the Global History of Concentration Camps, from Pre-WWII to the Ongoing Rohingya Crisis

*Am I wrong in feeling that Pitzer comes across as something of an apologist for the reasoning behind these horrors, at least in the context of rebellions and The Global War on Terror ™?

Does she accept the rationale in those cases, while criticizing how it was realized?



Gun Stocks Surge as Trump Pushes to Ease Export Regulations for Assault Weapons
Human rights expert warns against flooding “world with the American disease” of gun proliferation
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Exposing Problematic Role as News Arbiter, Facebook Under Fire Over Myanmar
Rohingya activists report being banned by the social media site for reporting on atrocities in Myanmar
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Don’t you think that FB’s reaction to criticism makes it clear that either this doesn’t have a goddamn thing to do with “algorithms”, or that there’s no intention to change them, despite their bias

Or perhaps it’s a matter of currying favor with an administration that treats the First Amendment as an historical typo.


First Nations and Ontario’s Ring of Fire
The Ring of Fire continues to divide First Nations and suck up money that should go to healing communities
by the Socialist Project


The Earthquake Just Keeps Going in Mexico
Central Mexico’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake has over 225 casualties so far, but it had help from a government that let infrastructure and buildings crumble long before the quake hit
by Tamara Pearson


Senate Debates Billions for Insurers while Public Demands Medicare for All
by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

*Glad to see improvement from St. Bernard, but wouldn’t it be nice if “progressive icons” didn’t have to be watched like hawks to ensure their rhetoric matches reality

And weren’t mindlessly cheerleaded for by much of the “alternative media”?

Just sayin’ …


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Calls for Removal of a Class of Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products
Victory: Votes to begin rulemaking process to protect consumers, firefighters from hazardous flame retardant chemicals in furniture, mattresses, kids’ products and electronic casings


The Real News Network
Trump’s Threat to ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea is Illegal
Donald Trump’s comments at the UN General Assembly violate international law, and the world should hold him to account, says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies

*It’s frustrating to hear someone like Bennis speak of the Iran deal as this unalloyed good thing, when it was something that government was forced into, to avoid war.

They’d done nothing to merit the restrictions placed on them, and the hypocrisy inherent in the US being the driving force behind it is galling.

That’s not to be an apologist for a repressive regime. It’s to acknowledge that in the area of nuclear weapons programs, there was no crime to fit the punishment.

As well, positive talk of Iran being “allied” with the US in the GWOT ™ ignores the immense death and destruction both nations are visiting upon the people of Iraq and Syria.

The US is aligned with Saudi Arabia in Yemen, yet I wouldn’t think Bennis and others would consider that a mark in that kingdom’s good books.

As with so much regarding the Middle East, there is a visceral imperative to go beyond superficial analyses that only cloud the myriad contradictions in that tragic land.


New Clean Energy & Jobs Campaigns Launches With Less Ambitious Goal
Some advocates question why a new green jobs proposal is only demanding 50% renewable energy by 2030

*Half steps only lead down dead ends


Applicant Says Federal Judge ‘Hijacked’ Process to Pick Police Monitor
After Judge James Bredar handpicked a group to monitor the consent decree between the Baltimore Police and the Department of Justice, one of the finalists says community input was ignored, setting a bad precedent going forward


Ask the CEOs of Equifax, Experian and Transunion for credit freezes to be #FreeFromAll3
by Eva Velasquez
Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)


Is Facilitating a Paid Informant Program Part of Journalism’s Job?
by Josmar Trujillo


Media ‘Extremes’ on Healthcare: Universal Coverage or Taking Healthcare From Millions
by Michael Corcoran

*There are deep flaws in Sanders’ version, as Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese have pointed out (https://tinyurl.com/yb3ms6re), but those aren’t what the corpress is castigating, are they?

And none of its detractors have any worries about their healthcare, do they?


Democracy Now!
Hundreds Dead in Mexico After Earthquake Strikes on Anniversary of Devastating 1985 Quake


Hurricane Maria Strikes Puerto Rico, Threatening to Be the Most Catastrophic Storm in a Century


Senate Republicans Scramble to Secure Votes for Last-Ditch Effort to Repeal Affordable Care Act


Advocates Warn All Rohingya May Be Driven Out of Burma If Military’s Ethnic Cleansing Continues

*Aung San Suu Kyi hasn’t “evolved”

She’s devolved – into yet another “Nobel savage”.

“Democracy Now!”, with its penchant for focusing on personalities, fêted her on numerous occasions, and until recently remained silent on that “evolution”.

A mea culpa is in order, but I’m not holding my breath.


Trump Slammed as “Enemy to Most of the World” as He Vows Not to Lift Sanctions on Cuba

*”[G]et somebody sane in the White House again.”

Again … ?

The “opening” to Cuba is being salivated over by corps who see it as another market to exploit, and by imperial strategists who hope to use “soft power” to erode the commitment to a decidedly imperfect socialism.

As with the Iran deal, the benefits shouldn’t blind us to what those in power hope to accomplish with “diplomacy”, which has nothing to do with a more just world.



New Research Reveals There Are More Than 40 Million Slaves Worldwide
Reports released during the UN General Assembly meetings suggest global leaders need to increase efforts to end modern slavery and child labor
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Oil Change International
Report: Gas Pipeline Construction Leading to Massive Risks to Utility Ratepayers
Self-dealing, manufactured need, lax oversight exposed by new analysis


The Real News Network
GOP Retries ACA Repeal as Single-Payer Surges
After failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act earlier this year, Republicans are trying to sneak through an equally dangerous last-ditch attempt, says Dr. Ed Weisbart of Physicians for a National Health Program

*I have to say that this was a very disappointing segment, with a guest who sings the praises of the ACA, repeating Democratic Party talking points, and says next to nothing about universal care, let alone framing it as a fundamental right.

Of course, the problems with Sanders’ version of it receive no mention, as mindless cheerleading is the order of the day among most of the “alternative media”.

I’ve seen one piece that outlines its flaws, and a mention that it has “come in for criticism” from some universal care advocates in another, with a link to another piece.

That’s been it, and that’s no way to have an informed discussion about such a vital issue, is it?


White Police, Black Unarmed Suspects
Glen Ford discusses the recent acquittal of White St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley and the uprising that followed


Uproar over Ultra-Orthodox Military Service Deepens Old Israeli Rift
Journalist and documentarian Lia Tarachansky discusses the decision by the Israeli Supreme Court to overturn a law exempting ultra-Orthodox Jews from military service


Real Media: Art & Militarism
From the ‘Conference at the Gates’ organized by ‘Stop The Arms Fair’, Real Media explores a workshop on art and militarism that was held during protests against the 2017 Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair in London

*Art for our sake


Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S.-Trained Warlords Committing Atrocities in Afghanistan


Media’s Instinct to Rehabilitate the Powerful Has Not Changed Under Trump
by Eoin Higgins

*It’s only a joke

Even after someone (many someones) get hurt



After Failing to Prosecute Bankers, Obama Cashes In With Wall Street Speeches
The former president is reportedly raking in $400,000 per speech to massive financial firms
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


(That the bastard waited this long)


Bolstering Single-Payer Case, Report Shows How For-Profit Insurers Fuel Opioid Crisis
“In case you didn’t know, the opioid epidemic is fueled in part by systemic failures in healthcare”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Refusing to Be Bargaining Chips, Dreamers Shut Down Pelosi’s Pro-Dreamer Event
“Just stop it now!” House Minority Leader demanded as protesters hijack press conference devoted to promoting deal on DACA
by Common Dreams staff

*Pissing on the poseurs


If George W. Bush Can Be on Ellen, Of Course Sean Spicer Will Be at Emmys
“There should be nothing whatsoever surprising about any of this, as it is the logical and necessary outcome of the self-serving template of immunity which DC elites have erected for themselves”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*They may now embrace the Shrubberies

But the liberal elite never stopped hugging (and kissing the sexual organs of) Obama and Clinton, ignoring the blood that bathed them both.


The 3 Americans Who Should Pay for Medicare-for-All
While anticipating inevitable resistance from monied interests, it can nevertheless be accurately demonstrated that three Americans—or, rather, groups of Americans—have received the most benefits from years of national productivity, and should provide most of the initial funding
by Paul Buchheit

*Making the players pay


In the Field With Yazidi Fighters, Tales of Genocide at ISIS’s Hands and More Conflict to Come
Yazidi fighters are joining the Iraqi-run PMF in droves, and see a new war on the horizon
by Rania Khalek


In a Warming World, the Storms May Be Fewer But Stronger
NASA / Earth Observatory


The Real News Network
Baltimore’s Water Affordability Crisis
Water rates in Baltimore have been skyrocketing, more than tripling since 2000–and a $500 unpaid water bill could cost residents their homes


Real Media: Women’s Narratives – The Real Cost of Selling Weapons
Two women from conflict zones in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe explain the costs of war and the arms trade for their homelands, and in particular the impact on women


UK Activist Risks Prison Challenging ‘Digital Strip-Search’
CAGE International Director Muhammad Rabbani is about to stand trial for refusing to give UK police the password to his laptop, which contained information about torture survivors. He’s using his case to challenge Britain’s anti-terrorism legislation, Schedule 7


Real Media: Drones, Nationalism and the Future of Warfare
Author of “Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade” Andrew Feinstein talks about the the future of warfare, the effects of drones on the military industrial complex and the role of nationalism in an increasingly unstable world


Green Party files election fraud lawsuit against Democratic Party in Pennsylvania
Candidate for Pennsylvania’s 197th ward and former Green Party VP Candidate in 2012, Cheri Honkala, discusses the election fraud lawsuit she filed last week against the Democratic Party

*Republicans fuck with Democratic voters

Democrats fuck with … um …


Trump’s Judicial Makeover is White and Far-Right
Through his nominees of federal judges and prosecutors, Donald Trump is overseeing a radical overhaul of the US judicial system, says Kamau Franklin, attorney and political editor of Atlanta Black Star

*Courting disaster


Russian Progressives Challenge Putin From Below
A grassroots coalition has made gains in Moscow’s municipal election, signaling opportunities for Russian progressives at the local level, says Russian-American independent journalist Alyona Minkovski


Florida Nursing Home Deaths Highlight Industry’s Dangers
The deaths of eight Florida nursing home residents during Hurricane Irma bring new attention to a powerful industry serving the vulnerable, and a Trump administration effort to nix a critical safeguard

*If you want to see the true face of capitalism

Look into the eyes of its victims


Institute for Public Accuracy
Does Burns-Novik PBS Vietnam Doc Let U.S. Government Off Hook?

*Wading in the shallow end of the Big Muddy


Democracy Now!
Naomi Klein Warns Europe May Water Down Paris Accord to Win Support from Trump

*Watering down Paris

Waterboarding the planet


Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

*Giving the rapist the key to the victim’s home


Can a healthy microbiome prevent depression or cancer?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



EU Watchdog Under Fire for Monsanto Analysis Copy/Pasted into Roundup Safety Report
Ahead of vote to determine whether farmers can continue using Monsanto’s popular pesticide, new Guardian report raises concerns that agency failed to fully analyze Roundup’s risks
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Standing With ESPN Journalist Against Trump’s White Supremacy, #NaziBucketChallenge Goes Viral
Calling out Trump’s racist views, critics stand in solidarity with ESPN anchor
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*ESPN’s “politics” are the same as its corporate parent, but His Travesty has never been loath to piss on his fellow profiteers when piqued, has he?

And I would #StandWithJemele

But as difficult as it might be for her, she needs to take a stand, and stay there, as well.


Can emissions shrink while the economy grows?
by David Suzuki

*Size isn’t everything


The Real News Network
UK Parliament ‘Beheads Democracy’ With EU Exit Bill
Public interest organisations and opposition leaders slammed the EU Withdrawal Bill as the biggest threat to parliamentary democracy in decades, explains journalist Steve Topple


Hosting Amazon’s New Headquarters: Burden or Benefit?
Cities across the U.S. are in a bidding war to host Amazon’s $5 billion investment, but Seattle journalist Richard Silverstein cautions that having Amazon as a neighbor isn’t a ‘honeymoon romance’

*It ain’t Foxconn

But that last syllable still holds true


Senate Refuses to Stop Endless War
Sixteen years after its passage, the Senate has rejected an effort to repeal the Congressional authorization that has been used as a blank check for military action around the globe, says David Swanson of World Beyond War

*Going beyond the authorization

To the rationalization


Institute for Public Accuracy
Harvard Called “Disgraceful” Following CIA Pressure on Manning Fellowship

*”Prestigious” pusillanimy


Murdoch-Owned Media’s Radical Climate Denial in the Face of Disaster
WSJ’s glib snark over Harvey completes its Fox News-ification
by Adam Johnson

*Climate ignorance is Big Energy bliss

Until there’s nothing to laugh about


Democracy Now!
Deregulated & Unaccountable: For-Profit Nursing Homes in Florida Face Scrutiny After Irma Deaths


The Forgotten Americans: Why Did U.S. Media Ignore U.S. Virgin Islands Devastated by Irma?


South Asia: 1,300 Dead, 40 Million Impacted in Climate Change-Linked Flooding

*We won’t get out of this together

If we’re not in this together


6 Important Foods You Should Eat for Soothing Arthritis Pain
by Yuri Elkaim



Global Crises Accelerate as Tax Havens Hide Trillions for World’s Greedy Few
While new research suggests 10 percent of world GDP held in offshore shelters, UN human rights expert says poorest paying enormous price
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


How Florida’s Native Americans Predicted and Survived Hurricanes
Betty Osceola, a member of the Miccosukee tribe and Panther clan, shared several stories about her family’s own experiences dealing with hurricanes and tornadoes in South Florida
by Michael Sainato


Oil Change International Statement On Congressional Efforts to Extend 45Q
Forthcoming analysis reveals program would be largest US fossil fuel subsidy


The Real News Network
Catalonia and Spain ‘Playing Chicken’ Ahead of Independence Vote
One million people took to the streets in Barcelona to support Catalonian independence from Spain. The movement plans for a referendum on Oct. 1, in violation of a court ruling declaring the referendum unconstitutional, explains Carlos Delclos of Roar Magazine


‘Undocumented Immigrants Are Constantly Used as a Bargaining Chip’
CounterSpin interview with Tina Vasquez on DACA
by Janine Jackdon


ACTION ALERT: NewsHour Treats Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar as Matter of Opinion
by Janine Jackson

*PBS ExcuseHour?


Democracy Now!
Pink Floyd Founder Roger Waters: BDS is One of “Most Admirable” Displays of Resistance in the World

*Pulling down the bricks in the wall of apartheid



The Racial Wealth Gap Is Leading to An Almost-Nonexistent Middle Class
With people of color projected to make up the majority of Americans by 2043, a new study warns against policies that keep many black and Latino households out of the middle class
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Warning Letter to Harvey and Irma Survivors from Katrina Survivor
Above all, watch out for one another and care for one another
by Bill Quigley


Walker and Trump’s Foxconn Deal May Be Worst in American History
It’s like paying $900,000 for a $150,000 house you might not get to live in
by Robert Kraig

*A “conn” this monumental merits an additional “n”


The Real News Network
FBI, DOJ Eye Russian Media Outlets as ‘Foreign Agents’
The US Justice Department and FBI are scrutinizing the Russian state-owned Sputnik and RT networks as potential ‘foreign agents,’ raising questions of press freedom, says independent journalist Alyona Minkovski


Former Nuclear Inspector: Calling North Korea Nuclear-Capable is a ‘Gross Exaggeration’
Robert Kelley, former IAEA director of nuclear inspections, says we still lack evidence needed to determine whether North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb

*”The North Koreans have pretty well pulled wool over the eyes of the American media.”

Those eyes are looking for anything that bolsters the US narrative. It just so happens that both it and North Korea see it in their interests to push the hydrogen bomb line.


Brazil’s Corruption Scandals: No Winners, No End in Sight
The political elite has completely lost control of the situation, but the left is unable to take the reins, says blogger Alex Hochuli, who produces the Aufhebunga podcast


Unpopular Abbas Targets Palestinian Critics
The Palestinian Authority’s arrest of prominent human rights activist Issa Amro is part of a wider crackdown on critics of Mahmoud Abbas’ rule, says Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada


Institute for Public Accuracy
Sanders’ Single-Payer Plan: “Politicians Must Take a Stand”

*Ignore Weissman’s boosterism, and scroll to the last two paras.


In Month After Charlottesville, Papers Spent as Much Time Condemning Anti-Nazis as Nazis
by Adam Johnson

*Some things will never change

See “Abraham Lincoln Brigade”


Democracy Now!
Background Checks for Voting?: Inside the Trump Election Commission’s Contentious Second Meeting


“Will the 9/11 Case Finally Go to Trial?”: Andrew Cockburn on New Evidence Linking Saudis to Attacks

*What about the US’ role – at the least comprised of monumental incompetence, to at most active collusion?

My best guess is neither – rather consisting of precedent knowledge unacted on to realize the PNAC’s wet dream of a “Pearl Harbor” to jumpstart a Pax Americana.



‘Macron, You’re Screwed’: Tens of Thousands March in France Against Anti-Worker Reforms
“My grandparents and great-grandparents fought to have social security, to get rights which are now being stripped away”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


Warnings of ‘Race to the Bottom’ as Amazon Holds Nationwide Tax Break Contest
“Whichever city ‘wins’ Amazon’s headquarters will do so by ceding to the enormously powerful company money that should, by normal laws, be going into the public till”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Communities “partnering” with corps in whatever fashion is a recipe for domestic abuse


On The Road To Extinction, Maybe It’s Not All About Us
The devastating consequences of human superiority over nature
by Elizabeth West


Don’t Punish the Dreamers—Punish the Corporations Driving Forced Migration
The perpetrators of the “crime” are those who wrote the trade treaties and the economic reforms that made forced migration the only means for families to survive
by David Bacon


Amnesty International
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Last Chance For Justice For Over 20,000 Wartime Sexual Violence Survivors


EU Countries Authorized Their Vessels To Fish Unlawfully In African Waters
Oceana’s investigation exposes unlawful fishing by EU-flagged vessels from Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain, and calls for global reforms to increase transparency in international fisheries governance


The Real News Network
School Segregation is Making a Comeback
The U.S. education system was designed to favor the white and the rich, and you ‘don’t have to wave a confederate flag or have a statue of Robert E. Lee to effectively secede from your court-mandated school-desegregation order,’ says the Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford


Justice for Port Drivers
We Need Clean Air + Good Jobs


Institute for Public Accuracy
With Children Heading Back to School, Educators Say Politicians Should Too


CNN Celebrates ‘Joy’ of McCain a Day After His Genocidal Threat
by Adam Johnson

*Offhand, I can’t think of a Beach Boys parody that works with “North Korea”

But I’m sure it would be a joy to Tapper’s and Cillizza’s ears.


Democracy Now!
Puerto Rico: Resistance to Coal-Fired Power Plant & Toxic Coal Ash Dumping Spreads Across Island


After Irma, a Look at Why Cubans are 15 Times Less Likely to Die from Hurricanes Than Americans

*What’s worse for Cubans

His Travesty’s closings

Or Dear Misleader’s “openings” to the exploitocracy?


Austerity, Divestment & Irma: Juan González on Why 300,000 in Puerto Rico are Without Power


Special Report: How Decentralized Mutual Aid Networks Are Helping Houston Recover from Harvey



Amid Food Shortage and Slow Relief Efforts, Post-Irma ‘Survival’ Is Not ‘Looting’
“When there’s no food, no water…there’s no such thing as ‘looting.’ It is called survival”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Deep down the Orwell

Survival is “looting”

Disaster capitalism is “recovery”


The Great Flood
“We are entering this final phase of civilization, one in which we are slashing the budgets of the very agencies that are vital to prepare for the devastation ahead”
by Chris Hedges

*We are human, in all that means

Therein lies our slim chance of survival

Or our certain date with demise


The Pentagon’s New Wonder Weapons for World Dominion
Or Buck Rogers in the 21st Century
by Alfred W. McCoy

*Unquestionably required reading

And if you understand anything about the impetus for imperialism

Put your money on the Martians


Kris Kobach Pushes Voter Fraud Lies While Meeting With Fellow Suppression Activists
Incidentally, there are more people on Kobach’s commission than people the Kansas secretary of state has convicted of voter fraud
by Brian Tashman


The ‘Alt-Right’: We Need Courage and Truth, Not False Equivalencies
We are living in an extraordinary moment in history, and this is no time to blame “both sides” for the chaos that has engulfed our country.
by Eladio Bobadilla

*Ask any Dem pol to “choose sides”, and see what transpires.

“Vegan ISIS” …

I’m surprised His Travesty hasn’t poached that putridness.


America’s North Korea War & Morocco’s Rebellions
by Vijay Prashad


The Real News Network
The Disappearing Act in the United Arab Emirates
UAE law on cybercrime is providing a legal basis for disappearances and crackdowns on cyber-dissent, says Joe Odell of the International Campaign for Freedom


US Pharma Industry Converts Monopoly Power into Political Power
An Ohio ballot initiative aims to lower prescription drug prices, but the pharmaceutical industry is circumventing campaign finance laws, according to an investigation. Economics professor Lawrence King explains how the pharma industry converts intellectual property rights into inordinate profits and uses these for political power to maintain its privileged position

*A patent on perfidy


Venezuela’s President Maduro Presents New Economic Measures
CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot explains that the new measures can help alleviate some of Venezuela’s economic problems, but do not address the heart of the problem, which is an inflation-depreciation spiral that has given the country an extraordinarily high inflation rate. Trump’s recent illegal sanctions will make the situation even more difficult


‘The Model Economy’ in Germany is Growing a Class of Working Poor
The general election campaign is in full swing in Germany but little attention is being paid to the high proportion of working poor, explains economist Heiner Flassbeck


The Rise and Fall of Syriza: Finding a New Way Forward for Greece’s Radical Left (3/3)
Syriza’s influence on the European Left: there are popular aspirations welling from below, but Syria has also had a negative effect on the European left, says author and historian Helena Sheehan

*What has happened with Sanders might be an expression of a desire to go beyond politics as usual, but if it remains in this futile context of trying to “reclaim the Democratic Party”, and this canonization of Saint Bernard, it will be nothing more than a unfulfilled aspiration.

The situation may be somewhat more hopeful in the UK, with Corbyn and those aligned with him, but it will still not be sufficient to address the dire circumstances that confront us on the national and international levels.

We can talk about “pragmatism” till we’re blue in the face

But it’s akin to a debate over how tight the rope will be that will hang us.


Rwanda’s Paul Kagame Tightens Hold on Power
Western backers are looking the other way as Rwandan President Paul Kagame grows increasingly authoritarian, says Claude Gatebuke of the African Great Lakes Action Network


Real Media: Biggest Arms Deal in History
As the world’s largest arms fair gets underway in London, author of “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade” Andrew Feinstein talks to Real Media about corruption and justification of arms deals


Institute for Public Accuracy
Florida and “How the World Breaks” — Interviews Available

*A revolting “development”


Corporate Media’s Soft Spot for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
by Reed Richardson

*If only the sweatshop slaves could see her through the corpress’ eyes


Democracy Now!
Extended Interview: Nikole Hannah-Jones on the Resegregation of American Schools

*The geography of racism has no bias


Scientists: Climate Change May Wipe Out a Third of World’s Parasites, with Disastrous Ripple Effects

*If we could choose which parasites will go extinct

I’d vote for the exploitive human ones


Irma Destroys Haitian Farmland as Recovery Goes On from Recent Natural Disasters & Cholera Outbreak

*I don’t know much about Branson, other than he’s a uberrich mofo who pals around with the likes of our erstwhile Dear Misleader, but I do know that any “Marshall Plan” he pimps for will only magnify the disaster that capitalism wreaks upon the most vulnerable.

Aren’t we talking Katrina in the Caribbean

And why is Goodman not talking about it in that context?


Is your tap water ever cloudy?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



In 2009, Max Baucus Had People Arrested for Demanding Single Payer. Now He Supports It
Single payer is “going to happen,” the former senator said
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I’d advise folks to look closely at just what Sanders is proposing, as it might not align with what they conceive to be “a single payer system”



‘Most Brazen Corporate Wrongdoer Maneuvers in Memory’: Equifax Forces Potential Victims to Give Up Legal Rights
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) calls data breach “Exhibit A for why we must stop GOP from reversing the CFPB’s rule protecting your right to join class actions”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Inspired by Standing Rock, First Nations ‘Tiny House Warriors’ Protest Pipeline Project
“As Kinder Morgan tries to force through a pipeline without our consent—risking polluting the land and poisoning our rivers—we are rising up to create a resistance rooted in family, community, and hope”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


People With Electric Cars Aren’t Trapped in Miami Beach With No Gasoline
Some South Florida residents are struggling to flee Hurricane Irma because many gas stations are closed or have extremely long lines
by Juan Cole


The Trump Sanctions Against Venezuela: Is Economic Recovery Possible?
The new financial embargo will worsen shortages, inflict suffering, and restrict Venezuela’s policy options
by Mark Weisbrot


‘Companies That Got Huge Tax Breaks Didn’t Create a Single Job’
CounterSpin interview with Sarah Anderson about corporate tax cuts
by Janine Jackson


The Sickness of American Healthcare
Media fixation on small fraction of patients distorts system’s real problems
by Mike Casey and John Canham-Clyne


Democracy Now!
Dave Zirin: Stand with NFL Star Michael Bennett, Who Refused to Be Silent About Racial Profiling

*Taking a knee

In the back

And a gun to the head


Texas Prisoners Are Facing Horrid Conditions After Hurricane Harvey & Retaliation for Reporting Them


Nikole Hannah-Jones: How Wealthy White Communities Are Resegregating Alabama’s Public Schools

*Old times there are not forgotten

They’re simply recycled



Pushing ‘False Equivalence’ Between Survivors and the Accused, DeVos to Roll Back Title IX
After meeting with fringe “mens’ rights” group, Education Secretary will re-examine guidance that protects campus assault survivors
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If you think rape is underreported now …

That’s the sort of “choice” DeVos will give victims


The Real News Network
Israel’s Jewish-Only Right of Return Displaces Palestinians for 2nd Time
TRNN’s Shir Hever says the eviction of a family in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah is part of a larger Israeli strategy to displace Palestinians, but it could inadvertently set a precedent for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who lost their homes in 1948


Low Rate of Unionization in US Consequence of Deregulation
Bill Black points out that former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers’ recent plea for greater unionization contradicts his actions as a member of the Clinton and Obama administrations, when he promoted financial deregulation, increasing the power of capital

*A major part of the problem is that there’s no one in Big Labor “leadership” who anyone in management would bother to toss off an overpass.


Democracy Now!
“Talks Can Work”: As Tensions Rise on Korean Peninsula, Advocates Call for Demilitarization


Is the Burmese Military Carrying Out a Genocide Against Rohingya, World’s Most Persecuted Minority?



Applauded for Stances on Social Issues, Poll Highlights Silicon Valley’s Disdain for Unions and Regulation
While tech leaders tout their socially liberal views, new survey exposes hostility toward organized workers and government oversight
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Did we really need “researchers” to “find” this?

And it’s hardly surprising that someone like Reich considers “a major backer of Hillary Clinton” to be on the “left”, or could come up with a singular oxymoron such as “a giant left-leaning corporation”, is it?


Study: 83% of Tap Water Around the Globe Tested Positive for Tiny Plastic Fibers
Widespread microplastic contamination of drinking water samples has scientists worried about its impact on human health
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Civil Liberties Groups Release First Comprehensive Report on Ag-Gag Laws


The Real News Network
Sanctions Against North Korea Is a Dangerous Dead-End
Veteran North Korea journalist Tim Shorrock explains that Russia’s Putin is right that sanctions will not cause North Korea to back down on its nuclear weapons program. Negotiations that put U.S. military maneuvers on the table are necessary

*Hawks playing chicken


Historian: Trump’s Attacks on Immigrants is History Repeating Itself
Following Jeff Sessions’ announcement ending DACA, we get a response from author, historian, and Houston resident Gerald Horne, who will also discuss efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey

*Playing to the basest


BRICS Summit in China: A Missed Opportunity
Patrick Bond, who made a keynote address at the BRICS counter-summit in Hong Kong, says that critics consider the 9th BRICS summit in Xiamen, China, a missed opportunity to challenge corporate led globalization


Institute for Public Accuracy
Cuba “Perfected the Art of Hurricane Preparedness”



As Irma Intensifies, “You’ve Never Experienced a Hurricane Like This”
With a “monster eye” and sustained winds that could reach 200pmh, Hurricane Irma causes dread ahead of expected landfall
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Wreaking the whirlwinds


More Than 120,000 of ‘World’s Most Persecuted People’ Flee Violence in Myanmar
Thousands of Rohingya people from Myanmar have flooded into Bangladesh, attempting to escape the “deadliest outbreak of violence in the area for decades”
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Another “Nobel savage”


Nikki Haley: Neocon Heartthrob
by Jim Lobe


How EIA Guestimates Keep Oil Prices Subdued
by Nick Cunningham


The Real News Network
Unmasking the Horror of Duterte
Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Nerissa Balce, professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at SUNY Stonybrook in Long Island, examining the extra-judicial killings in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte


Texaco-Chevron in Ecuador: Benefitted from Dumping Oil Beyond Saving Money
A study of the Texaco-Chevron oil dumping case in Ecuador reveals that oil companies have an incentive to pollute that goes beyond saving money from oil dumping, explains Lindsay Ofrias, the study’s author


‘Women Were in Fact Pioneers in Computing Work’
CounterSpin interview with Marie Hicks on women in tech
by Janine Jackson

*Discrimination does not compute


Democracy Now!
Petro Metro: A Toxic Tour of Houston from Refineries to Superfund Sites in Wake of Harvey

*Hell in high water


Will Houston’s Post-Harvey Recovery Exacerbate Inequities or Build a More Just City?

*The storm of injustice after the flood



In NAFTA Talks, Canada Demands US Drop Anti-Union ‘Right to Work’ Laws
Right to work laws are “a sledgehammer that dilutes worker organization and bargaining, paving the way for lower wages and a host of labor violations”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Is this grandstanding by the Trudeau administration?

Would you be surprised if it was

Or if it wasn’t?


Leaked Chats Show Charlottesville Marchers Were Planning for Violence
by David Z. Morris


Green Energy Jobs: Top 7 Pieces of Rare Good News for US Workers on Labor Day
by Juan Cole

*But don’t we have to ask just who controls those jobs?

“Green” greed may be better than the dirty kind, but is it the best we can do?


Global Banks Sabotage Uruguay’s Efforts to Legalize Marijuana
by Don Quijones


The Real News Network
What Happened to Veterans for Standing Rock?
The struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline- the valuation of elite property over the lives of oppressed classes – is ongoing, says Marine Corp veteran Michael Wood

*I really appreciate Wood’s self critical analysis, whether one agrees or disagrees with it in this instance.

Such thoughtfulness is often lacking in movements’ consideration of strategy and tactics, which can focus more on what is of propaganda value (“propaganda” here simply means publicity for political effect, and not that the action is dishonest in some way), rather than what is the most effective path to take to achieve your aim.

I’m not saying such spectacles can’t be beneficial – only that in a culture in which acts are deemed of little value unless they receive mass media visibility, we have to be careful of the desire to “make a splash”, rather than the deep dives necessary to sustain a struggle.

These events can spark such nitty gritty organizing

But they can’t replace it.

I hope that makes sense.


Big Business Dominates Brexit Negotiations
Brexit ministers in the UK had six corporate lobby meetings for every one meeting with civil society groups, says Nick Dearden of Global Justice Now


Hezbollah’s Victory Over ISIS Undermined as US Bombs Evacuation Route
The problem with the U.S. analysis is that ‘it’s based on the idea that the only way to deal with ISIS fighters is to kill them,’ says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies

*”Liberation” from living


Media Downplays Millions Affected by Climate Change-Linked Floods in Asia
Over 1200 people have been killed in rains that have inundated a third of Bangladesh along with portion of India, Nepal and Pakistan

*A drought of corpress coverage



The War on Medicaid Is Moving to the States
by Greg Kaufmann


Single payer movement criticizes Sanders
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

*Principles always take precedence over personalities

Sanders is the non exception that proves the rule.


Government Settles in First Lawsuit Filed Against Trump’s Muslim Ban


The Real News Network
Patriot Act Foils Uruguay’s Marijuana Sales
U.S. banks say the 2001 Patriot Act prevents them from doing business with banks in Uruguay that provide services for newly legalized pot sales. The politics in all of it is ‘rank hypocrisy,’ says economist Bill Black


Monsanto Writes Food Policy in Malawi
Tim Wise from the Small Planet Institute explains how Monsanto ended up writing the national seed policy for southern African country of Malawi where most people survive on subsistence farming


Shocking New Scandals Underscore Need for Civilian-Led Policing
From an Atlanta cop saying ‘We only kill black people,’ to a Baltimore sergeant’s indictment for federal racketeering charges, the scandals highlight a need for fundamental reform, says police whistleblower Michael Wood

*It’s the rotten barrel that yields the bad apples


Black August and Black Rebellion
In celebration of Black August, Leaders of A Beautiful Struggle and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum organized a symposium in Baltimore to talk about various strategies for black liberation


Rattling the Bars: Supporting Returning Citizens
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, Eddie Conway talks to organizers of the annual Returning Citizens Cookout in Baltimore, which seeks to support and empower people released from prison


Before Trump Pardoned Him, Arpaio Was Promoted by Media
by Janine Jackson


Disaster Coverage Still Has Blind Spot for Low-Income Victims
by Neil DeMause

*It’s not a “blind spot” if you close your eyes


Democracy Now!
Should Texas Residents Know the Chemicals They’re Breathing After the Arkema Plant Explosion?


Texas Republicans Pushed to Kill Safety Regulations for Arkema Chemical Plant Before Explosion

*What’s truly toxic is the utter inhumanity


Greenpeace & Indigenous Water Protectors Respond to Lawsuit Accusing DAPL Activists of Eco-Terrorism


August 2017



Downplaying Risks, Texas Sheriff Says Inhaling Chemical Plume Like ‘Standing Over Campfire’
“Toxicity is a relative thing,” said an Arkema executive
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Note that Gonzalez didn’t deign to expose himself, and the certainty that Rennard or any other Arkema exec doesn’t live anywhere near that plant.


The Sinister Side Effect of Amazing New Cancer Drug: One Dose Costs Nearly $500K
Revolutionary new therapy could “transform medicine” and cure kids battling leukemia… for an incredible price
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*You can’t put a price on your health?

Watch us.

But beyond the gruesome display of greed, why isn’t there a determined effort to vet holistic cancer treatments that don’t involve chemo, radiation and/or surgery, and why isn’t the prevention of cancer by promoting healthy diets and lifestyles, as well as focusing on the environmental causes of it, given the prominence they merit?

I guess that really isn’t beyond the gruesome display of greed, is it?


Left-wing Perspectives on Political Islam: A Mapping Attempt
by Leandros Fischer

*A dense but worthwhile read


Fascism in the United States
by Vijay Prashad


The Real News Network
Climate Change Is Creating A New Urban Crisis
As storms hit the U.S. and South Asia, investigative journalist Christian Parenti says we have the laws and technology to protect humanity from climate disaster, but we need to rip away the veil of the ‘free market’


Warlords of the World Assemble at UK Arms Fair
Defence & Security Equipment International, one of the world’s biggest arms fairs, will showcase cutting-edge military equipment to some of the most brutal and repressive regimes in the world. TRNN speaks to CAAT’s Andrew Smith about the campaign to stop it

*Kudos to the campaign, but I have to wince at Smith’s naïve comments on Saudi “cooperation with the UK on matters of international terrorism”, as neither nation has any interest in ending its threat – only managing it to its own advantage.


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Houston * Confederacy

*Venality and villainy span the centuries


How Media Obscure US/Saudi Responsibility for Killing Yemeni Civilians
by Ben Norton

*I wouldn’t bother waiting for

“Video Shows Swords Beheading Prisoners in Iraq”


Democracy Now!
Surrounded by Oil Refineries, Port Arthur, TX Faces New Environmental Crisis Following Harvey Floods


George Monbiot: We Can’t Be Silent on Climate Change or the Unsustainability of Capitalist System

*Goodman’s term – “climate chaos” – works.

I’d offer “climate corrosion”.


Deandre Harris Was Savagely Beaten by White Supremacists in Virginia. Why Only Two Arrests So Far?



Internal Documents Reveal Right-Wing Plan to Strike Public Unions With ‘Mortal Blow’
The goal: ‘Defund and defang’ unions to kill progressive political efforts nationwide
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Investigation Reveals New Details of US Role in 2009 Honduras Military Coup
US Officials Were More Concerned With Protecting Military Relationship Than Overturning Coup

*Hackneyed, but all too true

“Making the world safe from democracy”


The Real News Network
The Murder of Seven White Helmets in Syria?
US State Department and Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria join in condemning the killing of seven White Helmet aid workers in Idlib province, which Max Blumenthal explains are part of Al Qaeda

*Whitewashing the White Helmets


Mainstream Media Misrepresents Hurricane Harvey’s Climate Change Connection
It’s ‘extremely annoying when all of these extreme events occur, whether it’s a wildfire or an extreme hurricane like this, and there’s no mention of the fact that climate change has actually exacerbated the situation,’ says Dr. Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research

*It’s a foolish remark to make regarding setting aside “the politics” involved, isn’t it?

There’s no “politicizing” of the tragedy

There’s an effort to confront one of its causes while the spotlight’s bright, so that further tragedies might be diminished or avoided.


Why Did U.S. Suspend 300 Million in Aid to Egypt?
The U.S. cites human rights violations for the suspension of aid, but the real reasons are more complex, says Seif Da’na of the University of Wisconsin, Parkside


The Rise and Fall of Syriza: Finding a New Way Forward for Greece’s Radical Left (2/3)
Syriza is the culminating expression of the long history of the Greek Left, says Helena Sheehan


Trump Reverses Obama’s Ban on Transfer of Some Military Equipment to Police
Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report explains that the reversal is less significant than it appears because before his ban Obama increased the transfer of military weapons to police by a factor of 24

*Dear Misleader’s feet of clay

Clad in jackboots


North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan: What Happens Next?
The U.N. Security Council will likely try to pass another round of sanctions, but sanctions have done nothing to stop North Korea from advancing its nuclear missile program, and will probably exacerbate an already volatile situation, says Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ


Amazon-Whole Foods Price Cuts Could Have A Short Shelf Life
Food and Water Watch’s Patrick Woodall says that the incredible wave of mega-mergers in recent years shows that “regulators have been asleep at the switch”

*If we can call Walmart “The Low Life Leader” ™

What epithet would capture Amazon’s conspiracismo?


NYT Only the Latest Corporate Media Outlet to Give Free Publicity to Mercenary Profiteer
by Adam Johnson

*All the Prince that’s fit to pimp


Democracy Now!
Environmental Crisis Unfolding in Houston as Oil & Chemical Industry Spew Toxic Pollutants into Air


Texas Prisoners Evacuated as Floodwaters Rise, Houston Jail Keeps Inmates Next to Flooded Bayou


The Red Cross Won’t Save Houston. Texas Residents Are Launching Community Relief Efforts Instead

*Red Double Cross and the folks who do the real deal



As Historic Flooding Grips Texas, Groups Demand Nuclear Plant Be Shut Down
“This storm and flood is absolutely without precedent even before adding the possibility of a nuclear accident that could further imperil millions of people who are already battling for their lives”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Stores Accused of Price Gouging in Wake of Hurricane Harvey
“Best Buy doesn’t need to sell water at $43 a case. They don’t need the money.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*When we need a tug on the heart

We get a turn of the stomach


No Mention of the Victims, But ‘What a Turnout!’ Trump Declares in Texas
“Even one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history is just another campaign rally to Trump”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*And don’t you just adore Melania’s “FLOTUS” chapeau?

Jesus Marion Joseph …


Trump’s Call for More War in Afghanistan Was a Vicious Racist Rant
President’s speech on August 21 promising more war is hate speech, pure and simple
by Brian Terrell


Taking the Fight Against White Supremacy Into Schools
by Adam Sanchez


The Whale Wars Continue
by Paul Watson


The NAFTA Consensus
by Richard Roman and Edur Velasco Arregui


Why Trump’s New Strategy for Afghanistan Is the Disaster You’d Expect It to Be
A battlefield for an endless American war
by Vijay Prashad


The Real News Network
Racial Profiling Policies Israeli Style
Shir Hever examines the privatization of security, which undermines Israel’s racial policies


Trump’s Afghan Military Solution Will Fail
James Dorsey tells Paul Jay that Trump’s plan is to force the Taliban to negotiate, but there is no reason for them to do so

*So why is an “alternative media” outlet discussing how to have a “successful” outcome for the US in Afghanistan, rather than talking about the best way to end its presence there as quickly as possible?

Trump, like his predecessors, doesn’t give a damn about “ending terrorism”. The US largely created the phenomenon in the region, and has used it for its own ends. This includes the need for a “boogeyman” to boost arms sales and Pentagon spending, while scaring the shit out of an intentionally ignorantized American public.

Far from ending, they wish to manage terrorism, and milk its horror for all it’s worth.

For all the useful intel extant in this segment, that Dorsey, and presumably Jay, don’t seem to suss that simple conclusion is a stone mystery to me.


The Rise and Fall of Syriza: Finding a New Way Forward for Greece’s Radical Left (1/2)
Author Helena Sheehan details her experience with Syriza, a Greek coalition of radical leftist groups, from its victory at the polls in 2015 to its surrender to the austerity measures it once promised to stand against

*An object lesson for “#TheResistance” in the US, and one they should take to heart

But I have no faith that that will be the case.


Outrage, Protests After Driver Mows Down, Kills Two Black Men in Long Island
Protests and petitions planned for Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office to take further action after 19 year old Keenen King and 20 year old Anthony Holmes-Garriques were mowed down with a mini-van and killed over a dirt bike


‘Media’s First Instinct Is to Strip Ideology From the Conversation’
CounterSpin interview with Adam Johnson on Charlottesville
by Janine Jackson

*It’s a bit jarring to hear someone who righteously excoriates the corpress for its maliciously misleading choice of terms then soft pedal what was not infrequently pretty goddamn vicious misogyny by “Bernie bros” as being “kind of mean online.”

As Jackson states, “language is so important.”

And this is coming from someone who despises everything Madame Mayhem stands for, but I’d never call her a “heartless bitch”.

“Heartless bastard” works just fine for me.


Democracy Now!
Dr. Robert Bullard: Houston’s “Unrestrained Capitalism” Made Harvey “Catastrophe Waiting to Happen”


Hurricane Harvey: Zip Code & Race Determine Who Will Bear Burden Of Climate Change


Immigrants in Houston Face Triple Threat: Flooding, Racist Texas Law SB4 & Potentially Losing DACA


1,200 Die as “Devastating” Climate Change-Linked Floods Submerge Parts of South Asia


Just Before Harvey, Trump Admin Revoked Rules Requiring New Infrastructure to be Climate Resilient



‘Two-Faced’ Texas GOP Seeking Hurricane Relief After Rejecting Sandy Aid
Ted Cruz, who voted against a relief package for states impacted by Hurricane Sandy, urged President Trump on Friday to quickly deliver aid to Texas
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Reverse NIMBY

Now It’s My Back Yard


Not Without Us – Organizing Our Way to Solve the Climate Crisis
by Mark Decena

*Paris wasn’t a stepping stone

But a brick in the wall


Top 5 Ways Man-Made Climate Change Made Hurricane Harvey Much Worse
by Juan Cole

*Revving and reaping the whirlwinds


Wisconsin’s Foxconn Deal Enriches Billionaires With Taxpayer Cash
by Sam Pizzigati

*Gou, Walker and Trump are the Foxes

No need to name who’s being Conned


The Real News Network
Exxon Mobil Knew and Hid Oil’s Link to Catastrophic Climate Change
Leading expert on the climate denier playbook, Naomi Oreskes, discusses her groundbreaking new study and larger story of disinformation and doubt about climate change that has been promoted in U.S. for almost three decades


Albert Woodfox of the ‘Angola 3’: The US Hasn’t Really Changed
Speaking with Eddie Conway at the Millions for Prisoners March in D.C., Albert Woodfox, a recently released political prisoner held in solitary confinement for over 40 years, says that most of the changes in America have been “superficial”–but the fight goes on


Another Moment in the Long History of White Reconstruction
Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Dylan Rodriguez, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at UC Riverside, about White Reconstruction, the false narrative that the term mass incarceration creates, and more

*Not seeing the diseased forest for the fetid trees


New US Sanctions Against Venezuela to Cause Greater Economic Instability
US sanctions against Venezuela, which VP Pence announced Wednesday, target Venezuelan debt and will make borrowing more expensive, hurting the people Trump claims to help, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot


The Social Cleansing of London
Rapper and artist Potent Whisper discusses how London is being deliberately turned into a ‘playground for the rich’ by dispossessing Londoners from their communities and their roots via a process known as ‘regeneration’


Institute for Public Accuracy
Making Harvey Worse? * Ecology * Biolab


Trump Administration “Rubber Stamps” Amazon-Whole Foods Merger

*If only the actual Amazon had this kind of clout


‘The Confederacy Was Brought About by a Small Class of Wealthy Slaveholders’
CounterSpin interview with Keri Leigh Merritt on Southern history
by Janine Jackson

*Maybe instead of spending money on monuments, we should direct it toward furthering the principles they would stand for.


Democracy Now!
As Catastrophic Flooding Hits Houston, Fears Grow of Pollution from Oil Refineries & Superfund Sites

*The disasters of capitalism


“This Is the New Normal”: How Climate Change Is Fueling Massive Storms like Harvey


A Dilemma for Undocumented in Texas: Wait Out Hurricane Harvey or Seek Help and Risk Deportation?

*Think His Travesty will do a photo op hug with any of these folks?


Almond Milk: Its Unlikely Cancer-Causing Ingredient
By Dr. David Jockers



‘Positively Evil’: Immigrant Checkpoints to Remain Open as Harvey Forces Evacuations
“Safety should be a priority regardless of immigration status.”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*An utter evacuation of empathy


With Trump in Charge, Heightened Fears of a Hurricane Harvey Petrochemical Nightmare
The president’s aggressive deregulatory push “has increased the risk of environmental disaster without increasing disaster preparation”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*One disaster leads to another


Defunding Clinics, GOP Governor “Throws Women Under the Bus” in South Carolina
Facing a tough primary challenge, Gov. Henry McMaster accused of “political stunt” for banning public funds for state’s abortion clinics
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly Assumes Parliamentary Powers
by Ryan Mallett-Outtrim
Venezuela Analysis


The CIA and Me (Or How I Learned Not to Love Big Brother)
by Alfred W. McCoy

*Will “#TheResistance” that laps up every Russophobic tidbit tossed to them by these bastards, regardless of its veracity, learn a lesson from this?

I could use the easy money a wager on such would realize.


NAFTA, Trumped
Simply because Trump said NAFTA was bad for American workers, doesn’t mean it wasn’t. Just don’t look to him for a fix.
by Jeff Faux

*Knowing full well that it ain’t gonna happen, Trudeau can posture for “some strengthening of worker and human rights language” to his hypocritical little heart’s content, can’t he just?


The Real News Network
UN Report: Saudi Coalition Massacred Hundreds of Children in Yemen
A leaked draft of the United Nations report recommends that the Saudi-led coalition be placed on the U.N.’s list of countries that kill and maim children, but its exclusion from last year’s list shows the power of wealthy Gulf States to blackmail the U.N., says Codepink’s Medea Benjamin


Can Big Money Silence a Free Press?
In a country with a free press but also unrestrained finance, can big money scare media outlets into silence? The question is explored in the new Netflix documentary, “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press”.

*It’s vital to defend the concept of a free press

Because a concept’s pretty much all we actually have


‘Donald Trump of Brazil’ Runs for President
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s bombastic, homophobic, sexist, and dictatorship-defending presidential candidate is rising in the polls. Mike Fox reports from Brazil


Another Way Ending the War on Drugs Could Save Lives and Resources
A new study by a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health professor estimates Baltimore could save millions of dollars with just one safe injection site for heroin users


Institute for Public Accuracy
New Venezuela Sanctions: Trump Trying Regime Change?


Trump ‘Presidential’ Again—for Ramping Up War in Afghanistan
by Ben Norton

*Imperialism and the MSM

The Mother of All Bonds


Democracy Now!
Despite Protest from Johnson & Johnson, Florida Executes Man Using Untested Drug Cocktail

*I suspect that these corps’ objections to their products’ use in executions has a whole hell of a lot more to do with “in corporate terms, in commercial terms, you risk legal liability” – as well as, at least abroad, the negative publicity – than it does with any principled opposition to human suffering.


New DNA Evidence Cited As Missouri Governor Stays Execution of Prisoner Marcellus Williams



The Problem With Shutting Down Abortion Clinics In Rural And Low-Income Areas
Forcing women to travel long distances to access abortions is bad for both the woman and the state
by Jenavieve Hatch


I Was Detained for Protesting Trump. Here’s What the Secret Service Asked Me.
by Melissa Byrne

*When you’re a threat to everyone

Everyone’s a threat


The Real News Network
Social Security A Success Story: Can It Withstand Republican Privatization Attacks?
Republicans continue to launch efforts to privatize and dismantle the very efficient Social Security program, says economist Dean Baker

*We need a program that provides for a dignified life for all who need it, and that would perforce include much of the middle class, wouldn’t it?

The conventional wisdom that it wouldn’t have popular support would seem to be at odds with that reality.

I also wonder why Baker didn’t mention the taxable income cap (currently at $127,200, according to a search), that leaves so much funding off the table.


Democracy Now!
Tariq Ramadan: As Muslims Condemn Spain Attack, Americans Must Denounce U.S. Killings in Syria, Iraq

*I can see why Ramadan says that Muslims have an obligation to denounce violence in the name of Islam, but it’s utter hypocrisy for non Muslims to demand they do, when there is no similar call for other religious groups to do so when proclaimed adherents to their faiths commit such acts.

We all have a duty to decry inhumanity in whatever form, as well as to try to understand its roots – if we truly wish to see it ended.


Trapped in Raqqa: Amnesty Says Civilians Caught in “Deadly Labyrinth” As U.S. Intensifies Airstrikes

*What I’m not hearing here is any condemnation of the policy – only its implementation.

If the US’ presence in Syria is in violation of international law, any action, no matter how well it adheres to “the rules of war”, is illegal, isn’t it?

That’s not to legitimate any other party’s actions – such as Russia’s – in creating this hell, but the GWOT ™ does not give the US license to violate the sovereignty of Syria, even if it weren’t doing so for its own nefarious ends.

That’s from a legal perspective

The moral view should be literally bloody obvious.



Is Trump Planning Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan?
What will 4,000 more US troops do that 100,000 troops couldn’t do before?
by Reese Erlich

*Opposition to imperialism shouldn’t be based on its inefficacy

But on its iniquity


Will Nothing Rid Us of President WTF?
by Andrew Levine


The Real News Network
Why Plutocrats Like Carl Icahn Are Almost Never Held Accountable
Former financial regulator Bill Black says Trump promised to “drain the swamp” but instead filled his administration with Washington insiders and elite billionaires like Carl Icahn

*I’m glad to see Black make the point about ethanol greenwashing. There’s this knee jerk positive reaction to any sort of “renewable energy”, but even supposedly certifiably “pure” sources such as wind have facets that mitigate against their benefits.

That’s not to place them in the same category as ethanol, but to remain aware of their flaws, and assiduously strive to reduce them.

Beyond that, of course, is the question of just who will control them. No matter how “green” they may be, if they’re simply another money maker for corporatismo, our “green” will continue to be sucked up into their corruptible coffers.


Litigation Stops ‘Potentially Devastating’ Fracking Gas Pipeline in New York State
Moneen Nasmith, attorney for Earthjustice, talks about the importance of stopping the Constitution Pipeline, which would have transported fracking gas from Pennsylvania and affected 251 waterways, along with many other environmental impacts


Israel Demolishes Bedouin Village to Build Jewish-Only Town
Despite protests, the Israeli government will displace the Bedouin population of Umm al-Hiran to a temporary area until a new neighborhood is built for them nearby. However, residents won’t be welcome to return to the new Jewish-only city of Hiran


Luis was defending his mom
18-year-old high school football player has been charged with murder
by Monique Santiago


Reporting on Trump’s Afghan Escalation Omits Dead Afghan Civilians
by Adam Johnson

*”The White House’s Burden”

Man …


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s War Presidency: * Pakistan and Geopolitics * Ellsberg’s “Stalemate Machine”


Democracy Now!
Thousands Protest in AZ as Trump Threatens Government Shutdown over Border Wall & Defends Charlottesville Remarks

*In his deplorable element


Arizona Migrant Justice Activist: Pardon the Immigrants Arpaio Criminalized, not the Racist Sheriff



This Pipeline Victory Could Have Major Implications for Climate Fights Ahead
The federal commission charged with analyzing climate impacts of major fossil fuel project didn’t do its job, says appeals court
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


150 Years of ‘Das Kapital’: How Relevant Is Marx Today?
The seminal work of the 19th century economist still provides a framework for understanding contemporary capitalism
by Jayati Ghosh

*Greed is an historical constant


Trump And The Infrastructure Of Fascism
by Gerald Epstein

*Trumpka and ilk are neither fools, nor were they fooled.

They know what the game is, and they willingly play it to their own advantage.

These Democratic and labor “leaders” are responsible for His Travesty’s ascendance, having led their constituencies down the “third way” to nowhere.

Any “principle” on their part is solely for public consumption, determined by what they deem to be politically expedient at the moment.


The Real News Network
Bolivia’s Evo Morales Re-Launches Controversial Forest Reserve Road
NACLA’s Emily Achtenberg explains the background of President Morales’s decision to re-launch the TIPNIS road and how the move is being received among different sectors of Bolivia’s population


How the US Helped Set ‘Ukraine on Fire’
The documentary “Ukraine on Fire” from producer Oliver Stone tells the hidden story of how the ongoing conflict began, including the pivotal US role

*Putin’s a nasty piece of work – though not the devil incarnate – as much as any POTUS, and I’d like that acknowledged in segments such as these that expose just how black is the US’ pot.

This isn’t a sporting event, and you root for one team or the other.

This is about power, and who it harms, and ignoring one side’s flaws to make a legitimate point about the other’s isn’t increasing our understanding of the matter at hand, which is supposedly the goal of journalism.


Trump’s New Afghanistan Strategy: Windfall for the Military-Industrial Complex​
After 16 years and over a trillion dollars’ worth ​of fighting, the U.S. has accomplished none of its stated goals–except the goal of​ enriching the ​flourishing military-industrial complex

*I appreciate Hoh’s analysis, and his passion, but there are reasons beyond MIC engorgement, aren’t there?

Afghanistan is strategically situated, and control of it plays a vital role in US imperial designs, not least due to its being part of “Pipelineistan”, as Pepe Escobar has termed it.

Of course, there’s the mineral wealth, for which, as in every “developing country”, the people pay dearly.


Tens of Thousands Oppose Hatred and Racist Policies Nationwide
Glen Ford says Confederate statues and racist government policies need to be removed

*It’s not the monument

It’s the foundation on which it rests


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy: Only Good for the Arms Peddlers?

*It’s good to see this attention on Afghanistan, but I have to wonder just how long it will last.

I imagine the people living that hell are similarly curious.


Democracy Now!
State Dept. Official Who Quit in 2009 over U.S. War in Afghanistan Speaks Out on Trump’s Troop Surge

*I’ll never understand how seemingly extremely aware persons can continue to buy into the myths of “Ike” and “JFK”

But we’re not on Vulcan, are we?


With No Timetable for Withdrawal, Trump Expands War in Afghanistan While Threatening Pakistan


Billionaire Carl Icahn Resigns as Trump Adviser After Reaping Millions From His Time in White House



Giving Middle Finger to Appalachian Communities, Trump Kills Study of Mountaintop Removal Health Impacts
Stopping the study “without warning or adequate reason is beyond heartless”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Demanding Ban on Killer Robots, Tech Experts Warn of Opening “This Pandora’s Box”
“Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare,” robotics and artificial intelligence experts warn
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Either way, heartlessness is the order of the day


Moms’ Group Sounds Alarm Over Worst GOP Bill “You’ve Never Heard Of”
“From car safety to clean air and water, Congress is threatening these lifesaving standards”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


How (Not) to Challenge Racist Violence
“Protesters are eager to expend extraordinary energy denouncing small-scale racist actors. But what about the large-scale racist actors?”
by Aviva Chomsky

*I feel Chomsky’s dogmatic in her dismissal, but her overarching point is indisputable

No disease was ever cured by merely tending to its symptoms.


The Corruption of the Law
by Chris Hedges


Why the U.S. Resistance Should Support Protests in Okinawa
by Jon Rainwater


The Human Carnage From Billionaires Trying to Carve Up the Planet to Build Their Empires Is Astounding
From Yemen to Haiti and everywhere in between, the poorest citizens are punished for unknown crimes
by Vijay Prashad

*Ensuring the poor will always be with us

Those still alive


Critical questions need to be answered in transgender debate
by Robert Jensen

*Instead of having someone else inform us of what transgender activists assert, I’d like to hear from one or more who have considered Jensen’s critique, and who respond to it in a “coherent” manner.

I’m sure there are such folks.

As for the “predator” argument, I could be mistaken, but I haven’t heard of any incidents caused by allowing transgender biological males access to female facilities, and prospective predators certainly and sadly have many other opportunities to assault females in other circumstances.

To be clear, I feel Jensen raises important issues, and I’d like to see them discussed and debated in a civil fashion.


Paul Ryan Challenger Ironstache Dodges Debate With Primary Opponent
Randy “Ironstache” Bryce has been elevated by establishment organizations and mainstream media pundits as Paul Ryan’s congressional challenger, ignoring the existence of a Democratic Primary he still has to win
by Michael Sainato

*Apparently this faction of “#TheResistance” resists electoral openness when it interferes with their strategy.


Statement By National Low Income Housing Coalition President And CEO Diane Yentel On HUD’s Worst Case Housing Needs Report


The Real News Network
Why Urban Policing Cannot be Reformed
The Real News talks to reform advocates, defense attorneys, and former cops who say policing cannot be reformed without fully understanding its underlying imperative


Corporate Lobbyists and Neo-Liberals Love the Idea of President Pence
Increasing calls to Impeach Trump don’t take into account that the same toxic policies that would have to be dealt with under President Mike Pence

*Focus on the bull

Not the turd its turpitude shat out


Bannon Fired from White House
Paul Jay speaks with Political Economy Research Institute’s Gerald Epstein on Steve Bannon’s exit and what’s next for “economic nationalism”

*It’s truly frustrating to have a segment on TRNN, which has trumpeted its commitment to climate change coverage, that ignores the impact it will have on this subject.

In “25 or 30 years” who the hell knows what the world will be like? What’s certain is that the cumulative effect of climate change will have enormous economic consequences.

The destruction wrought by the lust for profit and power has to be factored into every discussion of the future.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Afghanistan and Korea: Exploding the Myths

*If Moon was a “peace candidate”, what’s he doing to confront the South Korean military’s collaboration with US strategy?



ACLU Shifts Position on Defending Armed Demonstrations After Charlottesville
In wake of violence at white supremacist rally in Virginia, legal group revises policy for demonstrators who insist on carrying weapons
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This raises an interesting question

Will the ACLU decline to defend the right to protest when armed antifa are present for protection?

Hopefully they can discern apples from oranges …


Don’t Believe the Alarmist Propaganda About North Korea
by Andrew Cockburn


Mercy for Animals
Netherlands Kills 300,000 Hens After Eggs Found Contaminated


The Real News Network
Max Blumenthal and Paul Jay live on firing of Steve Bannon
Max Blumenthal and Paul Jay talk about the forces that backed Bannon and what his firing from the White House means for far right politics in the US


US Begins Korea War Games, Not Peace Talks
As top Trump officials give conflicting statements on North Korea and the US begins war games on the peninsula, veteran journalist Tim Shorrock says the confusion and bellicosity helps bury the peaceful solutions that have long been on the table

*I’d be interested to know the dynamics between Moon and the South Korean military, and how that relates to his silence, as far as I’m aware, on the war games.


Israel Withholds Secret List of BDS Supporters
The Israeli government is compiling a list of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activists who are not allowed to travel to Israel. Asa Winstanly of the Electronic Intifada talks about the effort to expose this secret list


Nearly 8 Million Face Starvation in Congo as Kabila Clings to Power
Maurice Carney says Congo’s crisis can be traced to its mineral wealth, long exploited by the west, and the country’s elites who refuse to let go of their power

*Where “green” is anything but clean


Brexit and the Single Market
Professor emeritus of economics, John Weeks, goes through the labyrinth of misconceptions around the EU, single market, and the customs union all within the context of Brexit


Alt-Right and Ultra-Zionist Alliance against National Security Advisor McMaster
Pro-Israeli groups are pushing the White House to transition from neoconservativism to Alt-Right, says Shir Hever


CIA Torture Architects Settle With Victims to Avoid Trial
Psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the architects of the CIA’s torture program, have reached a historic settlement in the case of three victims. John Kiriakou, the former CIA analyst who went to prison for exposing the torture program, says the duo settled to avoid accountability.

*I’m sure Kiriakou will be sorely disappointed in his hope that these bastards will “not ever carry anything out like this again”

Because they’re still doing it – if not directly, by proxy in many countries, aren’t they?

How can any human being conceive of these horrors, much less implement them?

I guess that’s my answer, isn’t it?

They aren’t human – or their actions aren’t

Or maybe they’re too human.


US Government Wants Online Data of Anti-Trump Protesters
In an unprecedented act, the Justice Department is seeking the personal internet information of 1.3 million visitors to http://www.disruptj20.org, an anti-Trump website that organized Inauguration Day protests

*Kettling the net


ACTION ALERT: NYT Claims US Opposed Honduran Coup It Actually Supported
by Janine Jackson

*History is written by the winners’ scribes


Net Neutrality Reduced to Mogul vs. Mogul in Corporate Media’s Shallow Coverage
by John O’Day

*Nothing neutral about corpress coverage of corporate concerns


Democracy Now!
Nephew of Fascist Who Marched in Charlottesville & Former Neo-Nazi on Confronting Racists



In Support of Eight Arrested for Toppling Durham Statue, Hundreds Turn Themselves In
“The people will continue to keep making the right choices until every Confederate statue is gone, until white supremacy is gone”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


After Charlottesville, Republicans Defend Bills to Protect Drivers Who Hit Protesters
Despite Heather Heyer’s death, GOP still standing by controversial proposals
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Driving while black hearted


Court Lets Exxon Off Hook for Pipeline Spill in Arkansas Neighborhood
by Georgina Gustin
Inside Climate News


The Alt-Right and the 1%
When President Trump equated white supremacists with anti-racism protesters, he was sending a message to the thugs in the streets and to some in executive suites
by Sarah Anderson

*The rabble is his cudgel

The rich his clique


When Will the United States Transcend White Supremacy?
The unfortunate, but likely answer: Never
by Robert Jensen

*It’s never happened in human history, that I’m aware of

Which is why only active struggle, by any means necessary (and I understand the fearsome implications of that), is the only path to justice.

Transformation, not reformation, is the only route to transcedence of a system based on exploitation.

Easy words to say, I realize, but none the less true for their facileness, are they?

In any event, that’s the conclusion this white boy who grew up in apartheid Miss’ssippi has come to after a half century of keeping his eyes and – I believe – heart, open.


The Real News Network
Fighting Rahm Emanuel’s Privatization of Chicago’s Schools – RAI with LaRaviere (3/4)
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, the president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, Troy LaRaviere, says there’s no evidence that giving corporations tax breaks or putting schools in competition with each other makes for better education; in fact, the evidence says the opposite

*”Am I making sense here”?

No question

But how LaRaviere ever conceived of Emanuel as “as appealing an option as anyone else” is truly baffling, and his reasoning equally so.

Hopefully that level of naïveté and just plain messed up thinking has long since dissipated.


Intellectual Property Rights Protect Massive Profits of Corporations
We need to debate and revise the intellectual property rights regime, which is not only dysfunctional for us, but especially for developing countries, says Dean Baker, co-director of CEPR


Ending Legalized Slavery in the US Once and for All
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, Eddie Conway speaks with Krystal Roundtree, the lead organizer for the Millions for Prisoners March in D.C. It is a national day of action which seeks to abolish the Thirteenth Amendment in the U.S. constitution


‘The Fight Doesn’t End Until We Stop It at the Source’
CounterSpin interview with Kandi Mossett on No DAPL update
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Life After Hate: Trump Admin Stops Funding Former Neo-Nazis Who Now Fight White Supremacy

*I appreciate Picciolini’s journey, and the work his group’s doing, but unfortunately we’re not going to be able to “reach out” to all the haters, and we need to make it clear that we have a right, indeed a duty, to defend ourselves and others from their violence, by any means necessary.

Let them know that a hand is extended

But it will close into a fist if it’s rejected.


“Vile, Hateful & Racist”: A Fargo Family Disowns White Supremacist Relative After Charlottesville



New Drone Footage Exposes the Scale of Factory Animal Farming Like Never Before
by Mark Devries


The Real News Network
Ecuador: President Moreno In Battle with Former President Correa
Ecuador’s former president Rafael Correa is accusing recently elected president Lenin Moreno of moving the country to the right, using corruption accusations against Vice-President and Correa friend Jorge Glas as cover


Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues After Activists Gave City Ultimatium
Baltimore became the latest city to remove Confederate statues after neo-Nazis in Charlottesville killed one and injured dozens


Witnessing the Terror in Charlottesville
At the scene of Saturday’s car attack on anti-racist protesters, Michael Payne of the Charlottesville Democratic Socialists of America walks us through what he witnessed

*Law endorsement


Real Media: ‘This is all a lie’ – William Hawk Birdshead at the British Museum
This film records the reactions of William Hawk Birdshead, a DAPL water protector from the Oglala Nakota tribe, as he visits the JP Morgan Chase-sponsored North American gallery at the British Museum

*”Preservation” porn


Centrist Pundits Paved Way for Trump’s ‘Alt-Left’ False Equivalence
by Adam Johnson


Trumpism doesn’t threaten the DNCistas and allied elites, at least in the short term.

An authentic left, if it’s doing its job


(Whether Sandersismo constitutes same is … um … arguable.)


‘This Is a Company That Is Essentially Producing Trump TV’
CounterSpin interview with Craig Aaron on Sinclair merger
by Janine Jackson

*Even without monopoly control, which certainly must be countered, local stations defer to local power in their coverage, so let’s not make them out to be something they’re not.

As for other right wing outlets being concerned about Sinclair’s grab, as Aaron later remarks, they’ll be looking to join it if they can’t beat it, won’t they? There’s no principle involved

Only profit.

Lastly, Aaron doesn’t address Jackson’s query regarding “where does dissent get air”, and we desperately have to get down to the business of figuring that out, so that not only “dissent”, but an inspiring alternative vision can be presented to the public.


Democracy Now!
Meet the College Student Who Pulled Down a Confederate Statue in Durham & Defied White Supremacy

*Why shouldn’t every statue that ignores and distorts history come down

But beyond that, should there be any statues of anyone?

Let’s build monuments to flawless principles, not flawed persons, no matter how much they may merit our respect by their actions.


Antifa: A Look at the Antifascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets

*I’d like to see Greenwald or someone from the ACLU respond to Bray’s critique, because I’m pingponging on this, with my heart firmly with the Antifa, but my mind able to see to some degree the validity of the defense put forth for defending the fascists’ ability to spew their bile.

DN! loves their debates, don’t they? This issue cries out for one.


Part 2 || Antifa: A Look at the Anti-Fascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets

*Sobering thoughts, and imperative that we ponder them now


Video: Full Remarks of Heather Heyer’s Mother at Charlottesville Memorial Service

*You know it took a lot of strength and love for Bro to do this

And you know Heather’s goddamn proud of her mom.


Probiotics 101
What probiotics are, what they do (and don’t do), and what we’re still learning
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action



‘This Is Sick’: Unscripted and Unhinged Trump Reverts to Defending Neo-Nazis
David Duke among white supremacists thanking president for standing up for “the truth” on Charlottesville
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Playing the base on a nauseating number


White Supremacist Chaos In Charlottesville Is Just the Beginning
I was in Charlottesville when the Nazis moved in. Here’s what to expect if they come to your town.
by Adele M. Stan

*Valuable reportage, even if Stan can’t resist dissing armed resistance in the face of a violent threat.

Force is a fearsome choice, but we have a right to defend ourselves and others with it, in a principled and disciplined fashion.

I realize that’s a bit too neat, but I think the fundamental proposition holds.

I didn’t know that the ACLU had opposed the moving of the rally. I thought that their involvement was solely on the grounds of the prospect of it being disallowed.

As such, I don’t feel their stance can be justified, given the probability of mayhem at the original downtown location, with its problematic layout.

Of course, violence would have erupted at McIntire Park, as well, and “law enforcement” would have still done shit all to mitigate it.

But the ostensible reason for moving the rally was to decrease the exacerbating physical conditions at Emancipation Park, and why the ACLU would have felt that these bastards’ “free speech rights” trumped that aim eludes me.


The Real News Network
White-on-Black Killings 8 Times More Likely to Be Cleared
A new report from the Marshall Project finds that when a white person kills a black man in the U.S., the killer often faces no legal consequences. We speak to reporters Daniel Lathrop and Anna Flag

*The color of clemency


Despite Protests, Baltimore Turns Back the Clock on Criminal Justice Reform
A bill that would impose mandatory minimums on gun possession cleared a key legislative hurdle, as activists urge the council to seek more humane solutions to violence

*Demoratcy in action


Taking on Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Democratic Party Machine – RAI with LaRaviere (2/4)
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Troy LaRaviere says growing up in poverty prepared him for a fight to defend public education in Chicago, even when it threatened his own job as a school principal

*After hearing his story, I think anyone with a sense of humanity would have tremendous respect for LaRaviere, but I hope he realizes that there will be great pressure to compromise his principles once he enters the political realm, and I don’t mean just from the status quo.

The “Resistance” has its own deep flaws, and if he’s to remain true to his mission, he’ll have to confront those.

How and if he does so is a tale I hope TRNN will tell, with objectivity and insight, eschewing the Berniecrat cheerleading it’s prone to.


The Nina Turner Show: Hygiene as a Human Right with Dr. Javad Aghaloo
At the 2017 People’s Summit, rural dentist Javad Aghaloo speaks about the need to include dental hygiene in calls for Medicare for All

*No hypocrisy in Aghaloo’s fealty to the Hippocratic Oath

My current ACA plan doesn’t cover dental (big surprise), and I get teeth cleanings and X-rays at the local community college for $35 a pop. If there’s anything further that needs to be done, I’m on my own, as the list for free or low cost dental work is as long as His Travesty’s Pinnochio nose.



Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville
State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters
by A.C. Thompson and Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, and Karim Hajj, special to ProPublica

*From Colorado to Charlottesville

White faces keep cops in their places


The Misguided Attacks on ACLU for Defending Neo-Nazis’ Free Speech Rights in Charlottesville
by Glenn Greenwald

*Greenwald makes a compelling case, and my problem isn’t so much the defense of the rights of the morally indefensible, but the defense of the defense.

There’s this air of moral superiority and condescension often emanating from responses to criticism of the ACLU, which minimizes the very real anger and anguish felt by those who are the targets of their clients.

Who with any sense of humanity couldn’t empathize with Holocaust survivors in Skokie enduring the spectacle of Nazis marching in their town, or students whose fees are used to facilitate the appearance of someone who advocates for their subjugation to “the master race”?

Make the case, as Greenwald does effectively here, for your actions

But don’t denigrate the reactions of those for whom these issues lie at the heart of their very existence.


Minority Rule in Trump’s America
by Andrew Levine


Time to Reassess the Roles Played by Guccifer 2.0 and Russia in the DNC ‘Hack’
by Scott Ritter

*Where’s the borscht?


The Real News Network
Secret Safe Injection Site Responds to US Drug Crisis
As President Trump calls the opioid crisis an emergency, it’s emerged that a US social services agency has secretly run supervised drug injections at an undisclosed location. We speak to Maia Szalavitz, author of “Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction”.

*There’s no argument that there shouldn’t be any legal consequences for drug users and abusers, but drug addiction and abuse – whether of alcohol or heroin – is a function of the need to escape the pain of the negative aspects of one’s life.

In doing so, the abuser and addict simply compound the damage, so I have to take issue with Szalavitz’ seeming unconcern for that dynamic.

It goes without saying that the struggle for a more just and humane society is integral to the diminution of that damage.


States Prepare to Fight Back Against Jeff Sessions’ Absurd War on Pot
Letters sent by the current Attorney General hint of upcoming federal action against state’s that have already legalized it, but a marijuana policy expert says Sessions may face resistance on multiple fronts


Media Downplays Wells Fargo’s Latest Scandals
Bill Black says the real scandal isn’t just the 20,000 people who wrongfully lost their cars, but that fraudulent financial products are allowed to be sold in the first place


Empire Files: The Roots of the Philippines Trafficking Epidemic
In this sequel to The Empire Files’ report on trafficked Filipina domestic workers, Damayan’s Linda Oalican provides a deeper context to the epidemic of human trafficking by guiding us through the history of colonialism, resistance and US domination of the islands


Endangered Species Act Under Attack As Extinction Crisis Hits U.S.
William Snape III of the Center for Biological Diversity says “special interests” are pushing Republicans to roll back regulations that have been successful at protecting wildlife and natural habitat

*From dominion to dissolution


30,000 Mexicans Have Disappeared in Past 10 Years
Laura Carlsen of the Center for International Policy says that as thousands disappear the Mexican government has turned a blind eye instead of investigating and preventing disappearances


Economic Development for Transformative Structural Change (Part 4/4)
Change comes when enough people in a society realize what’s going on doesn’t work, says co-editor of “The Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development” in emphasizing that this landmark volume shows comprehensive alternatives exist but barely get any media coverage


Gabor Mate on the Opioid Crisis
As President Trump says he’ll declare opioid overdoses a national emergency, physician and author Dr. Gabor Mate says an effective response would address the emotional pain and adverse conditions at the root of addiction

*Is there an effective treatment for the addiction to greed and power?


Israel Is Arresting Palestinians At Highest Rate in Years
TRNN’s Shir Hever discusses the reasons for the rapid rise in Palestinian incarceration, including hundreds of children


For Media, Driving Into a Crowd of Protesters Is a ‘Clash’
by Adam Johnson

*Note also how the deaths of the two officers in the copter accident receives equal weight to the murderous mayhem visited on the protesters.

Anything to diminish a reality the corpress refuses to acknowledge.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Misconceptions about Charlottesville

*A monumentally malicious mangling of history


Democracy Now!
Survivor of White Supremacist Attack in Charlottesville: There’s No Question, This was Terrorism

*No question that the pathetic pols should be taken to task, and while Glenn Greenwald’s defense of the ACLU has much merit, the organization has an absolute responsibility to explain its rationale, and to do so without engaging in any holier than thou rhetoric.

We’ll see if they feel compelled to do so.


Cornel West & Rev. Traci Blackmon: Clergy in Charlottesville Were Trapped by Torch-Wielding Nazis


UVA Prof on UVA’s Historical Ties to KKK & White Nationalist Alums Richard Spencer & Jason Kessler


Part 2: Charlottesville Black Lives Matter Activist on Racist Threats, City’s Confederate History

*I don’t want Trump to condemn a goddamn thing

I want anyone with an ounce of humanity to condemn him


Lee Fang on How a Little-Known U.S. Libertarian Think Tank Is Remaking Latin American Politics

*Fang spoke of “outmaneuver[ing] the left”

It certainly helps when exposés such as this don’t get much exposure themselves.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant, as they say, and posting this as a “Web Exclusive”, which many listeners and viewers will be unaware of, doesn’t do too terribly good of a job of letting the sunshine in.

And how many other “alternative outlets” will give this the attention it deserves?

Beyond that, what about labor unions and other targets of this subterfuge, as well as “progressive” politicians?

A lot of people need to hear this tree make a very loud sound.



As US Bombs Kill More Afghan Women and Kids, McCain’s Plan? More War
“Ordinary Afghans—who are always left out of the calculations of American experts—are the first to suffer and the last to be included in war plans.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*McCain will never have to worry about a heart attack, will he?


Little Kids, Big Fears: How to Talk About Nuclear War and Donald Trump with 2nd-Graders
We aren’t protecting children by not engaging them in conversation around tough topics
by Rethinking Schools Editorial


Betsy DeVos’s ‘School Choice’ Looks More Like Crony Capitalism
by Jeff Bryant

*Lessons in larceny


Inequality: A Tale of Two One Percents, the High and the Low
by Ben Leet


The Real News Network
The History of Guam
Guam is a virtual US colony, whose residents have been denied the rights afforded to other Americans, says professor David Vine

*The basest of behavior


As Trump Threatens North Korea, US Preps War Games Next Door
President Trump has doubled down on his “fire and fury” threat to North Korea, saying maybe it “wasn’t tough enough.” Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ says that despite dangerous bluster from both sides — and upcoming US-South Korea war games — peaceful solutions are still within reach


Federal Court Nixes Environmental Law Trump Actually Supports
William Snape III, of The Center for Biological Diversity, discusses US Court of Appeals overturning of EPA ban on hydrofluorocarbons, which are thousands of times more powerful greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide


Economic Development for Transformative Structural Change (pt.2/4)
1947 was a year of political ambition, says a panelist for the book launch of The Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development in posing the question, “Do we have that same level of ambition in the current crop of international leaders?”



Analysis Shows Trump/GOP Sabotage to Blame for Coming Insurance Premium Hikes
Republicans’ healthcare efforts have rattled insurers, meaning millions of Americans will likely see insurance costs increase
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Terrorism for Profit
by Robert C. Koehler

*The bottom line at the bottom of the pile of bodies


Saudis Are Killing Their Own People, With Help from the US and Canada
by Brienne Kordis


The Real News Network
72 Years After Bombing Nagasaki, US Threatens Another Nuclear War
TRNN examines the myth that using nuclear weapons on civilian populations was necessary to force Japan to surrender

*”This was barbarism. I wasn’t taught to kill children and women.”



The Nauseating Racial Discrimination of Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Public Schools – RAI with LaRaviere (1/4)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay talks to the president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, Troy LaRaviere, about his new report that found systemic racial discrimination in the way Chicago Public Schools receive special education funding


Netanyahu’s Billionaire Backer May Help Bring Him Down
The growing corruption scandal threatening Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political future now includes casino mogul Sheldon Adelson


Stock Market Boom is Bad News for Wages
The record-setting stock market is likely rooted in forecasts that corporate profits will grow at the expense of workers’ wages, says economist and “Rigged” author Dean Baker


Economic Development for Transformative Structural Change: Lack of Alternatives Is Not the Problem (pt 1/4)
Historically all major thinkers about the economy were development economists as they saw the economy going through transformative structural changes, and that is what they studied, says co-editor of The Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development


‘Access Is About Knowing How to Get the Future Right’
CounterSpin interview with Heather Ann Thompson on prison access
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Why Is U.S. Threatening War with North Korea Instead of Pushing for Negotiations? 



Critics Slam Trump’s ‘Substance-Free’ Plan to Address Opioid Crisis
The crisis killed more than 33,000 Americans in 2015 and is responsible for 142 deaths per day
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Pence’s Indiana ‘Cautionary Tale’ for Privatizing Infrastructure Projects
White House plan touts partnerships with private sector while Indiana residents navigate aftermath of roadway privatization approved by Pence, their former governor
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


P illaging the P ublic P urse


Canada Builds Border Camp for Asylum Seekers Fleeing US
Hundreds of Haitians, fearful of deportation under President Donald Trump, have crossed the border to seek refugee status in Quebec
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


An Inconvenient Sequel Doesn’t Talk About Animal Agriculture—and That’s Absurd
by Rachel Krantz

*Gore has a penchant for ignoring “inconvenient truths”, doesn’t he?

Hanging chads, and carnivoric homo sapiens, among others.


Economic Policy Institute
The Persuader Rule Would Have Shined a Spotlight on the Union-Avoidance Industry – but the Trump Administration is Rescinding It


The Real News Network
Has Trump Threatened Nuclear War on North Korea?
As President Trump threatens North Korea “with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen,” the need for diplomacy is as urgent as ever, says veteran journalist Tim Shorrock


UN Human Rights Report on Venezuela Ignores Opposition Violence
Prof. George Ciccariello-Maher of Drexel University analyzes the latest developments in Venezuela, including a new UN human rights report, US sanctions, and the begrudging admission by President Maduro’s foes that he still has popular support


The Fight over the FBI’s Ugly History of Surveilling and Infiltrating Dissent
Documentary filmmaker Nina Gilden Seavey talks about her battle with the FBI to obtain documents that recount new revelations about the notorious COINTELPRO program and government efforts to monitor anti-war activists at Washington University in the 60s and 70s


Native American Tribes Continue Fight to Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline
EarthJustice Attorney Jan Hasselman, an attorney representing the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux, discusses a brief filed this week to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline’s operation
by Michael Sainato


Empire Files: Buying a Slave – The Hidden World of US-Philippines Trafficking
The Philippines is one of the largest labor exporters in the world. Tricked by placement agencies, thousands end up living as virtual slaves. Abby Martin speaks to several members of the anti-trafficking organization Damayan about how this exodus of women has devastated a generation of families, and how they are fighting back

*Forced to clean “the shining city on the hill”


Democracy Now!
Forget Russia. Is Provoking a Nuclear War with North Korea Grounds for Impeachment?

*Nairn’s comments on the corpress are spot on, and its deference to presidential power presents a clear and present danger not only to any part of our political system that could arguably be considered democratic, but to our ability to survive what many call “#NotNormal”

But which I believe should be viewed as “#NormalonSteroids”.


Journalist Allan Nairn on Trump Administration’s Revolutionary Dismantling of U.S. Government


Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Urges Trump to Privatize Afghan War & Install Viceroy to Run Nation


A Rightist Revolution: Allan Nairn on Trump Admin’s Radical Agenda to Roll Back Social Progress

*If the mainstream media did its job, there’d be no need for an alternative one, for all its flaws, would there?

Of course, you could say the corpress actually do their intended job, can’t you?



Blackwater Founder’s ‘Disturbing’ Plan to Privatize Afghan War Gains Ground
“There’s a bad record of contractors and human rights abuses”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


Liberals Strike Back… Against Single Payer
In the name of political reality, some liberal pundits, politicians and policy wonks are scolding progressives to give up on Medicare for All. They are dead wrong.
by Michael Lighty

*”Political pragmatism” isn’t the acknowledgment of what can’t be done

But the attempt to ensure it isn’t


The United States and the Crucifixion of Yemen
by Paul Street


Pressure Mounts for Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Testify Over Latest Scandal
One of her former aides tried to flee the country to Pakistan
by Michael Sainato

*It’s not “political poison for Democrats”

It’s political poison by Democrats

Wasserman Schultz is the embodiment of Demoratismo, second only to Her Travesty herself, and finally ridding themselves of her baggage doesn’t change their spots, does it?


ACLU and SPLC Sue to End Racketeering Scheme that Forced People Awaiting Trial to Pay Fees to Private Company for Freedom
Thousands of Dollars Extorted from Pretrial Detainees After Bail Was Paid


The Real News Network
A New Generation of Paramilitary Groups is Killing Social Activists in Colombia (pt. 2/2)
On July 30th, 2017 armed gunmen went looking for Bladimir Sanchez Espitia at a relative’s house in Bogota, Colombia, and forced their way into the building, terrorizing the housekeeper and some neighbors. Sanchez was not there, because he is hiding, sleeping in a different house every night

*Very confusing remarks about the relationship of the FARC to mining toward the end.

Were the rebels profiting off mining in some way, and agreed to end that, or were they opposed to it, and acceded to allowing it in the areas they controlled?

That would seem to be a subject in dire need of clarification, don’t you think?

Beyond that, it’s literally bloody obvious that Santos’ Nobel turns a more crimson hue with each passing day.


Why Trump’s Immigration Policies Are Really a War on Workers
Trump’s proposal to cut legal immigration by half as well as the targeting of undocumented immigrants who have filed wage disputes will drive down wages for all workers, says Garment Worker Center’s Mariela Martinez


Shifting Battlefield in Syria’s Proxy War
The Trump administration’s halt to a CIA program arming anti-Assad militants makes the Syrian battlefield less complicated, but only the cooperation of outside powers can end the war, says veteran reporter Charles Glass


Nissan Workers Plan to Push Back Following Loss
After an ugly campaign, Nissan workers in Canton, Mississippi, lost an historic union election by a margin to 2244 to 1307 last week. The union immediately pledged to challenge the results at the National Labor Relations Board.

*Canton’s my home town, long removed

And I’m cheering for my home team


Baltimore Ceasefire Weekend Is Just the Beginning
Eze Jackson and Dharna Noor cover Baltimore’s call for a murderless 72-hour weekend



Why on Earth Is Trump Attacking Nation’s Nursing Home Population?
Proposed rule called “disturbing” new direction for federal agency which “should be protecting patients, not making it easier for facilities to harm them and cover it up”
by Common Dreams staff


Even More Evidence the US Is a Kleptocracy, Not a Meritocracy
Data shows inequality is spiraling out of control
by Paul Buchheit

*Horatio Alger does a headstand


The Thawing Arctic Beyond Flags
by Annika Nilsson, Miyase Christensen and Tom Buurman


Is Back-to-School More Expensive This Year? Yes, and Here’s Why
by Jeff Bryant


What is Behind Israel’s Attempt to Ban Al Jazeera?
Does Netanyahu need a smoke screen for his corruption scandal or is there a more sinister reason for banning Al Jazeera?
by Mark LeVine


The Gulf crisis: Qatar’s 2022 World Cup moves into the firing line
by James M. Dorsey


Fight for the Future
BREAKING: former FCC security employee destroys agency’s claims of DDoS Attacks Following John Oliver Net Neutrality Segments
Bombshell story from Gizmodo underscores need for FCC to address serious issues with its public comment process before making any decision on net neutrality. 15,000+ people call on lawmakers to demand that FCC comply with transparency laws


The Real News Network
Does Mueller’s Russia Probe Threaten Trump?
Marcy Wheeler of EmptyWheel.net and TRNN’s Aaron Mate discuss the significance and scope of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, which is apparently focusing on Trump’s financial dealings

*I don’t know why Maté said he hopes he’s “wrong in all of this”, when if Wheeler’s right, it could lead to a potentially catastrophic confrontation with a country bristling with nukes.

I agree with him that the election end of this equation is as clear as mud, and that’s what the hawks have hung their hater hats on, so I hope it turns out to be a red herring, and I would think he would, as well.

His Travesty’s as guilty as sin on the RussoMafian ties to his financial finagling, and if that’s what bursts his bullious bubble – well, as the hep cats say

“Solid, Jackson.”

I don’t think Maté is disputing that connection, so again, the comment’s confusing to me.

Of course, if the election interference angle has some meat to it, expose on

But whatever comes from this, reheating the Cold War is to no one’s benefit, aside from the Military Industrial Complex ™ and the aligned political opportunists on both sides of the aisle.


Will The Catastrophic Drought In Kenya Affect Its Presidential Election?
Odenda Lumbumba of Kenya Land Alliance says that Kenya’s drought is not just the result of climate change – it’s also the result of failed public policy


A Rare Pause in Violence as Baltimore Ceasefire Efforts Continue
A silent walk through a labyrinth marked the second full day of citywide efforts by activists to bring a halt to homicides for 72 hours


Democrats Help Trump Sabotage Iran Nuclear Deal
US isolation will only deepen if Trump and Congress continue to undermine the Iran nuclear deal, says Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran


GOP and Democrats Push Trump on Tax Reform
Former financial regulator Bill Black says the Democrats’ demands are the result of bad economics and bad politics, while Trump’s vision is “the type of thing that comes from ingesting too much peyote”

*Of course, by invoking deficit concerns, the Demorats can pretend to be for more just policies, but are constrained by “budgetary reality”.

Our enforced ignorance on such matters lets them get away with it.


How Much Will Methane From Thawing Permafrost Speed Up Global Warming?
Methane “seeps” on the tundra may be more problematic than previously thought, according to a new report co-authored by Torsten Sachs, a researcher at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Germany


Real Media: The Special Relationship Between UK and Saudi Arabia
Adam Smith of Campaign Against the Arms Trade calls for a judicial review of the UK government’s continued approval of arms sales to Saudi Arabia


Real Media: Northern Ireland, Conservatives & Dark Money (2/2)
Open Democracy editor Adam Ramsay discusses who the Democratic Unionist Party is and what Theresa May’s potential deal will mean for the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Irish politics and the future (Part 2)


Remembering the Gulf of Tonkin, and the Consequences of Wanting to Believe
by Janine Jackson

*There’s nothing “innocent” about ignoring or distorting facts, is there?

Perhaps reporters – at least some of them – are “credulous”, but those who control the corpress know the who, what, when, where and why, and actively collude to obscure that reality.

That’s a function of class interest, which doesn’t require clandestine communication among conspirators

It just needs dark souls in service of domination.


‘You’re in Danger of Ignoring an Entire Section of the Population’
CounterSpin interview with Talia Buford on environmental justice policy
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Meet Houston’s Latino Police Chief Standing Up to Texas’s Anti-Immigrant “Show Me Your Papers” Law


As Downtown Detroit Gentrifies, Longtime Black Residents Fight Illegal Tax Foreclosures

Green Party’s Jill Stein: Our Voting System is Wide Open for Hacking

*A dark age posing as a “renaissance”


Charlottesville VA Backs “Reparations” Fund for Black Residents & Votes to Sell Robert E. Lee Statue

*This ol’ Southern boy says that the only “appropriate” place for that statue is “the dustbin of history”


*Stein certainly goes beyond Sanders in speaking to the disease that infects our body politic, but neither she nor anyone else with any visibility on the left in the US provides a vision that goes beyond “radical reform” (a contradiction in terms) of the profit system

And that’s the only thing that will save us from apocalypse.

And I’d have liked to have heard her explain why so many Greens would have filled in His Travesty’s soulless black oval.

Again, the vision thing, and what it says about her and other party leadership.

As much as I despise Clintonismo, I could never stomach such an act.


Testosterone and Prostate Cancer: What’s the Connection?
by Ty Bollinger



Court Throws Out Blackwater Guards’ Sentences for 2007 Baghdad Massacre
Three former mercenaries who killed and injured 31 unarmed Iraqis in Nisour Square will be resentenced, and a fourth may be retried
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


New Report Reveals Water Threats Posed by the “Dirty Three’s” Pipeline Routes
Greenpeace analysis found tar sands oil projects could cause multiple significant spills over the next 50 years
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


India’s Authorities Are Drowning 40,000 Families
The Sardar Sarovar Dam in India was already competing to become the world’s most controversial dam. Last month’s decision to forcibly displace another 40,000 families without proper rehabilitation or compensation is both cruel and criminal.
by Nick Meynen


Dear Media: Trump’s “Beautiful, Clean Coal” Is Another Lie. Please Hold Him Accountable.
by Jeff Biggers


Trump is Guilty, of Something
by Andrew Levine

*”[H]onest and determined”

Those are not qualities prized by many in the power structure who have their own dark dealings in the shadows of the Kremlin’s spires to shield from the light, don’t they?


Jewish Voice for Peace
Muslim, Christian, Jewish leaders join Quaker farmers’ market campaign for Palestinian human rights


Rainforest Action Network Responds to PepsiCo’s Release of Palm Oil Action Plan Progress Report
Calls it “masterful window dressing” while workers continue to suffer and forests continue to fall


The Real News Network
Portland Pledges To Defend Ban on Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Projects
The City Council votes to appeal overturn of their historic ban of all new fossil fuel infrastructure projects. Nick Caleb, Staff Attorney at the Center for Sustainable Economy, says local governments should be able to protect residents from the dangers of fossil fuels


NAACP Travel Advisory for Missouri
NAACP cites, racism, discrimination, hate crimes, and weakening of legal recourse for the travel warning. Professor Gerald Horne puts the measure in its contemporary and historical context in Missouri


Trump is Turning Against the White Working Class that Elected Him
Rising stock prices is not an indicator of financial health like Trump would have you believe, specially when you examine who is buying that stock, says economist Michael Hudson, the author of “Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy”


UK Court Protects Tony Blair from War Crimes Suit
The UK High Court has blocked a war crimes suit against Tony Blair for the Iraq invasion, but that won’t stop the effort to hold him accountable, says author and activist Chris Nineham


Empire Files: Privacy, Control & the Darknet
Out of the periphery of most online users, there’s a vast, hidden space used by people who want to remain anonymous, which filmmaker Alex Winter explores in his documentary Deep Web. The film focuses on the Silk Road, a black market hosted on the Darknet using bitcoin cryptocurrency, and the trial of Ross Ulbricht, who was given a double life sentence without the possibility of parole for creating and hosting the site.


Real Media: Northern Ireland, Conservatives & Dark Money (1/2)
Adam Ramsay of Open Democracy discusses his investigation into the Democratic Unionist Party and dark money during the Brexit campaign (Part 1)


Democracy Now!
Why Emma Lazarus’s Iconic Poem “The New Colossus” is Under Attack by the Trump Administration


U.S. Ramps Up Border Militarism as Trump Appoints DHS Head General John Kelly to Chief of Staff


Will the U.S. War in Afghanistan Ever End? A Discussion with Kathy Kelly & Jodi Vittori

*Vittori foolishly believes that the rapist should have a role in the rehabilitation of the victim.

Kelly knows better, and I’m glad she was present to present that view.


Setting the record straight on bone health
News reports about the pros and cons of taking calcium and vitamin D and the importance of diet have left many people, including doctors, confused
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action



Asylum Seekers, Fleeing Trump’s Hostility, Overwhelm Quebec’s Refugee Resources
Crossing at remote locations along the border, thousands have left the U.S. for Canada in hopes of attaining refugee status
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


Don’t Lie to Poor Kids About Why They’re Poor
Those at the bottom—and the top—deserve to know why their experiences are so different.
by Josh Hoxie

*In an inherently unjust system that is inherently unjustifiable

“Fairness” is a fool’s errand.


The Real News Network
Bannon and Blackwater Want to Outsource Afghan War
With the Afghan war in a violent stalemate, President Trump and his top advisers have considered proposals to outsource the anti-Taliban fight to private mercenaries

*Outsourcing the empire


Backroom Deal Shutters Baltimore Daycare Center Serving Public Housing Residents
Residents voice concerns after a critical facility serving low-income parents is forced out of a city-owned building on short notice


American Role in Creating Russian Kleptocracy Missing in Financier’s Senate Testimony
Investigative economist James S. Henry and TRNN’s Paul Jay discuss Bill Browder’s accusations of corruption and murder against Vladimir Putin; Henry says Trump’s dubious Russia connections are more about Russian oligarch’s investments and secret loans than election manipulation

*Whatever His Travesty’s done to blunt the investigation around the election could be based on a belief that it could lead to these financial crimes, but if so, I’d say that’s paranoia on his part, because, as has been laid out here, an awful lot of arms from every angle are up to their elbows in this shit.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Russia Sanctions: A Dangerous Political Football


Media’s Grim Addiction to Perseverance Porn
by Adam Johnson

*Somehow, stories of folks walking many miles to highlight the injustice illustrated here don’t merit the same cachet, do they?

And is that really “mindless”?


Democracy Now!
Nikole Hannah-Jones on DOJ’s Attack on Affirmative Action & How School Segregation Never Ended


Trump Considers Prolonging Afghan War to Secure $1 Trillion in Untapped Mineral Deposits



Docs Reveal Monsanto’s Attempts to Influence Reports About Roundup
Law firm releases trove of “secret documents” detailing employees’ messages to writers and scientists
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Blinding us with bought science


Land Taken From Freed Slave’s Descendants for Amazon Data Center?
by Richard Eskow


The Real News Network
Russians See Sanctions Regime as a Blessing in Disguise
Despite existing sanctions against Russia, German exports to Russia have gone up by twenty percent, and investments are increasing in the domestic economy, says Richard Sakwa, professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent


Pentagon Plan to Arm Ukraine Means Escalation with Russia
As U.S. and Russian relations hit a new low, the Pentagon and State Department have drafted a plan to arm Ukraine’s fight against Russian-backed rebels, a move that would escalate the country’s three-year war


A New Generation of Paramilitary Groups is Killing Social Activists in Colombia
Colombia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for social activists. We speak to Bladimir Sanchez Espitia, a TRNN collaborator who documents cases of human rights violations and has received a “death letter” himself


Hacked Emails Reveal How UAE Buys Influence in D.C.
Hacked emails from the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the US show the Gulf monarchy has strong ties, including financial, to influential and politically connected Washington think-tanks, says The Intercept’s Zaid Jilani

*Patriotism may be the last (or first) refuge of a scoundrel

But mercenarism pays better


DNC TakeBack: DNC Offers Progressives What they Want to Hear
The DNC has a subtle unveiling of a platform aimed at progressives in support of Medicare For All, Basic Universal Income, and a ban on Corporate Lobbyists
by Michael Sainato

*The side was picked a very long time ago, long before neoliberalism was a gleam in Hillary’s and Bill’s beady little eyes.

For decades, the Dems sought to save capitalism from itself, not us from it.

Now they’re content to let it commit the ultimate murder-suicide.


Stand with Nissan workers
by Joel Solow


‘Boycotts to Achieve Political Change Are Forms of Political Speech’
CounterSpin interview with Josh Ruebner on anti-BDS bill
by Janine Jackson


Institute for Public Accuracy
Enough About Russia? U.S. Openly Interfering in Venezuela, Violating OAS Charter

*How black does a pot have to be before you concede its color?


Democracy Now!
Wray Confirmed as FBI Director as Questions Swirl over His Past Record & Close Ties to Big Business


Death at the Border: How CBP Agents Urged Mexican Teen to Drink the Liquid Meth That Killed Him


Explosive Lawsuit: White House & Fox Peddled Seth Rich Conspiracies to Distract from Russia Probe

*One possibility that comes to mind is that His Travesty is deathly afeared of the exposure of his business dealings with the Russian oligarchy, and sees the election hacking narrative as the royal road to his ruin, regardless of its veracity, or, if true, whether it had any measurable impact on it.

Stay tuned …


The Dangers of High Estrogen Levels, Even for Women
by Ty Bollinger



I Am Not A Hero Teacher
by Steven Singer

*Building without bricks


Playing both sides against the middle: Saudi engages with Iraqi Shiites
by James M. Dorsey


Center for Reproductive Rights
Updated Report from the Center for Reproductive Rights, Ibis Reproductive Health: States with Most Abortion Restrictions have the Fewest Supportive Policies for Women, Children

*Pro(scribe) life


Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Jordan: Seize Opportunity to End Impunity for Rape


Parliament to Vote on Controversial Penal Code Article
The Real News Network
Biological Annihilation: Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Event is Under Way
Earth is entering its sixth mass extinction event, posing a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilization,” says a new study co-authored by Professor Gerardo Ceballos at the University of Mexico Donald

*Godawful transcript, but I think the point comes through regardless

To survive, human beings can no longer be the only species wilfully incapable of reason.


Trump Sanctions Maduro
Over 8 million Venezuelans vote for a National Constituent Assembly. We discuss the implications with author Steve Ellner and historian Miguel Tinker Salas

*Not “fit to print” on the pages of the Times, don’t you reckon?


Dems, GOP Join Hands for Sanctions
President Trump will sign a Congressional measure imposing new sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea, showing a bipartisan — and dangerous — preference for confrontation over diplomacy, says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies

*Dear Misleader’s “diplomatic successes” should be viewed in the context of US aims, don’t you think?

Paris was a fig leaf for “all of the above”

Cuba was a way to open the door for US corps to “penetrate” the Cuban market, and lead to the end of the beneficial aspects of the revolution

And Iran, while it may have forestalled military aggression, was based on the lie of nefarious nuclear intentions.

There was no “there” there

And I’d submit that these “achievements” share that assessment, regardless of their being arguably “better” in some sense than the status quo.


Democracy Now!
Jill Stein on Trump as a “Grave Danger” & Why She was at 2015 Moscow Dinner with Putin & Flynn


July 2017



Team Trump’s Bible Study: Weekly Worship Meeting at the White House
While Christian groups protest Trump’s policies, cabinet meets with pastor to study scripture
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*In Jesus’ name



Strife in Jerusalem: Fears of popular revolts bring Israel and Arabs together
by James M. Dorsey


Questions and Implications of the French Elections:
Mélenchon, La France Insoumise, Populism
by Pierre Rousset

*Loyalty resides in the province of principles, not personalities


Global Justice Now
Hormone-Treated Beef and the UK-US Trade Talks

*Grasping hands across the water


The Real News Network
Trump Stacking The National Labor Relations Board to Favor Corporations
Labor reporter Michael Arria says NLRB appointments are taking place that will shock you, while the media is preoccupied with Russiagate


Subprime Auto Loan Defaults on the Rise
Bill Black, the white collar criminologist, says it is a very severe problem for consumers who are going to lose not only their cars, but their credit ratings

*No worries about not “be[ing] too nice” here, are there?


Trump Blasts Hezbollah as it Ousts al-Qaeda
President Trump claims Lebanon “is on the front lines in the fight” against Hezbollah, apparently not realizing that Hezbollah is a partner in the Lebanese government–and just as Hezbollah scores a key victory against al-Qaeda


Dems Add Neocons to Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’
After pushing disastrous policies and wars, prominent neoconservatives are reinventing themselves as members of the anti-Trump “resistance” with the help of top Democrats and MSNBC, says The Nation’s James Carden

*Follow the money

Right up to the Russian border


What Nawaz Sharif’s Ouster Means for Pakistan
The resignation of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over a corruption scandal signals that Pakistani politics could head in a more independent path at home and abroad, says Junaid Ahmad of the University of Lahore


Public Citizen
Our Seniors Shouldn’t Sacrifice their Rights to Protect Corporate Profits


Institute for Public Accuracy
Venezuela: Demonization of Government, Glamorization of Opposition


Democracy Now!
Retired Police Detective: Trump’s Comments Endorsing Police Brutality are “Treasonous”

*The question I have to ask is why aren’t all these “good officers” “com[ing] forward” when they see this shit going down?


Is Trump Trying to Sabotage the Nuclear Deal to Lay Groundwork for War with Iran?

*Do you wonder whether His Travesty’s mindset is that if he’s going to go down

He’s going to take the rest of the world with him?


Uterine Leiomyoma: This Common Tumor Isn’t Cancer, but Women Should Still Seek to Avoid It
by Ty Bollinger



‘Revolting’: Trump Openly Calls for Police Brutality in Long Island Speech
“America is once again a nation of laws, says Trump, who just told cops to beat the shit out of people they arrest”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A sea of blue

A pool of red


For Defeat of Trumpcare, Thank Disability Rights Activists, Not John McCain
“Folks praising Murkowski, Collins, and McCain: I think you misspelled Hirono, ADAPT, and every activist resisting the Republican agenda”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Credit where credit is denied


A Healthcare Story to Celebrate: Oregon’s Reproductive Equity Act
by Laura Flanders

*Singles leave runners stranded


Enter Scaramouche, Stage Right
by Andrew Levine

*Driving a clown car over the cliff


National Nurses United
Nurses Challenge Rep. Blake Farenthold to Duel of Healthcare Facts Sunday, July 30
“On behalf of Texas patients, we challenge Rep. Farenthold to step outside and settle this healthcare debate Medicare-for-All style,” say nurses


The Real News Network
Trump’s ‘Fantasy’ Military Budget Hides the Real Costs
To spend even more than the staggering amounts already given to the military, U.S. lawmakers have used the foreign war budget as a “slush fund” to circumvent Pentagon budget caps imposed by law, says William Hartung


Tyrone West’s Sister Refuses 1 Million Dollar Settlement for Her Brother’s Death
Tawanda Jones told the BCPD: “I Will Not Settle” for the wrongful death of her brother. The settlement had a gag order that would have meant shutting down “West Wednesdays” protests demanding justice for her brother’s death

*A voice that won’t be boxed


Empire Files: The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters
With all the discussion of the contentious 2016 election, the most shocking fact is often ignored: that millions of people had their votes stolen through malicious, means. The Republican Party is currently working to purge millions more voters leading up to the 2018 election. Abby Martin interviews investigative reporter Greg Palast, who has done the most extensive work uncovering this massive disenfranchisement campaign.

*Clinton and the DNC won’t talk about it

Sanders won’t talk about it

So what is talked about?

Those goddamn Rooskies.

Is Trump financially beholden to some foreign fiends?

He’s dead solid certainly in hock to our own vile villainry, isn’t he?

And the corpress that His Travesty loves to hate makes sure that what got him where he is never sees the light of our TV screens, laptops and smartphones, or the pages of our Papers of Record.

It’s as American as Apple’s plenteous piece of the pie.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Pakistan’s Sharif Out: A New Independence?


World’s Richest Person Escapes Scrutiny From His Own Paper—and Its Rivals
by Adam Johnson


Yet still blowing smoke


Democracy Now!
As Trump Targets Teenagers for Deportation, Immigrants Push Back with Direct Action


Heart attack signs in women may differ
Here’s what you need to know
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action



With Kentucky’s Last Clinic ‘Under Siege,’ Anti-Choice Activists Display Abortion on Jumbotron
As activists descend on Louisville for a week of protests, state threatens to shutter its only abortion provider
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If this is “in Jesus’ name”, I think the guy’s got a conclusive case for defamation of character.


“Poison Papers” Snapshot: Transcript Illustrates EPA Collusion with Chemical Industry
by Rebekah Wilce

*His Travesty wants to gut the EPA

But if it’s already gutless …


Justice for Port Drivers
Our STRIKE caused huge back ups


The Real News Network
Congress Unites on Russia Sanctions, But at What Cost?
As the House overwhelmingly backs new sanctions on the Kremlin, Russian lawmakers vow a “painful” response and the European Commission mulls retaliation of its own



But there are plenty of reasons behind this, as anyone in the least familiar with the intentions of the Military Industrial Complex ™ and the aims of the US hegemon surely suss.


Body Count Comeback
Corporate media routinely repeat Pentagon kill estimates that defy reality
by Reed Richardson

*Count on corpress credulity


Media Mourn End of CIA Killing Syrians and Strengthening Al Qaeda
by Ben Norton


Democracy Now!
What Role Should the Military Play in the Fight for Transgender Rights?

*Dawson refuses to exit her issue silo, while Spade stands outside it, and sees the larger picture.

Of course, that’s emblematic of what’s problematic about “identity politics”, isn’t it?

The personal particulars of the person firing the bullet or the bomb doesn’t matter to the dead, does it?



Colonialism and Greed: Trump Considers Afghan War Expansion to Exploit Minerals
Trump is reportedly being encouraged by corporate executives to take advantage of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*So, the US shouldn’t rape Afghanistan because it would fuel Taliban propaganda about … um … raping Afghanistan?

That would be “dumb”

Not heinous?

The US doesn’t give a good goddamn about “winning hearts and minds”

Only eviscerating them.

The PR is for domestic consumption, while the rubble and severed body parts tell the locals a different and deathly tale.


ACLU Objects After Capitol Hill Police Tell Journalists to Delete Protest Photos
At least one journalist reported being forced to delete his photos of the scene
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Utilities Knew, Too: Despite Warning Decades Ago, Industry Lied and Deceived on Climate
New report reveals the utilities industry encouraged coal use and public doubt while conducting “cutting-edge” climate research
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Please recall this the next time you see one of those oh so warm and fuzzy ads from your local “energy provider” and all the “green”ishness they’re “committed” to.


Remembering ‘The Americans with Disabilities Act’ and the Movement that Generated It
by Felicia Kornbluh


Home-from-War War Stories: Myth, Media & the Ken Burns Vietnam Series
by Jerry Lembcke

*Unasked here is the question of just why the myth is propagated.

As with other myths (aka “lies”) such as the Gulf of Tonkin attack and Saddam’s WMDs, the corpress colludes with the warmongers in the knowledge that knowledge is power, and ignorance the currency with which it is purchased by the powerful.

That’s the “allure”.


The Real News Network
Is Extreme Heat the New Normal?
The Real News team spoke with first responders and science and medial experts in Arizona, where high temperatures have grounded planes and significantly increased health emergencies

*So much heat

So little light


Gideon Levy: Israelis Shut Out Palestinian Calls for Freedom
The Palestinian protest against restrictions on the Al-Aqsa mosque is the latest challenge to a 50-year occupation, but self-denial and racism preclude Israelis from listening, says veteran Israeli journalist Gideon Levy

*The corpress in Israel, as in the US and every other nation, serves power.

It’s not a matter of “commercial considerations” – of this reporting “not selling”

But of selling a narrative of government and corporate “good intentions”, with the occasional “wart” revealed to certify the mainstream media’s “independent” bona fides.

It’s all the news that’s printed to fit.


Germany Bans Arms Shipments to Turkey
The freeze sets an important precedent of linking arms exports to human rights, says TRNN’s Shir Hever

*The subheading really doesn’t connect with the substance of the segment, does it?


Institute for Public Accuracy
The Plot to Scapegoat Russia

*“This doesn’t mean Russia and Vladimir Putin are beyond serious criticism.”

But I don’t see much of that from those who, with goddamn good reason, oppose this Russia to judgment.

It’s not enough to tick off the US’ innumerable sins. We have to be as clear eyed about all gummints’ iniquities as our own. And be clear that I’m not referring to deep state talking points on Russia, Venezuela, Iran et alia, but about verifiable contradictions that honest reportage is obliged to relate.

That gives credibility to a stand against the regime changers and warmongers by making plain that those taking it are not apologists for their targets, don’t you think?


Democracy Now!
Is Trump’s Base Turning on the President over His Humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions?


Joshua Green on the “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency”


A Look at How a Racial Theorist Tied to Mussolini & Hitler Influenced Steve Bannon


Joshua Green on How Bannon’s Experience with Video Gamers Gave Rise to the Alt-Right

*Apparently Bannon recognized that actual adolescents would be attracted to a terminal one.



Scary Dairy: You Scream, I Scream… Monsanto Roundup Ice Cream
Traces of “probable human carcinogen” found in samples from ten Ben & Jerry flavors
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Unjust desserts


Five Pro-Democracy Activists Sentenced for Disrupting the U.S. Supreme Court
by David Schwenk

*Blox populi


Environmental Working Group (EWG)
To Save $10 Billion, Cut Subsidies for Big Ag, Not Nutrition for Kids and Seniors

*Stop feeding the pigs

Not the people


The Real News Network
Foreign Investment and The UK Housing Crisis
Real Media speaks to Anna Minton, the author of “Big Capital: Who Is London For?” about the causes, effects and potential remedies for the housing crisis that has been growing for 30 years in London and beyond


Palestinian Protesters Defend Their ‘Right to Exist’
As the Al-Aqsa protests continue despite a deadly Israeli crackdown, writer Mariam Barghouti says Palestinians across the Occupied Territories “are reiterating their right to exist”


Vijay Prashad: Trump is Setting Up a ‘Dangerous Confrontation’ With Iran
Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay discuss the American, Saudi and Israeli ​campaign a​gainst Iran and the new Cold War with Russia


RussiaGate Drowns Out U.S.-Russia Discord
As Jared Kushner’s collusion denial dominates the airwaves, the RussiaGate fixation overshadows a new round of U.S. sanctions on Russia and other developments that fuel continued tensions, says The Nation’s James Carden


How Media Spread CIA’s Sectarian, Anti-Iran ‘Mideast Cold War’ Narrative
by Ben Norton

*Mirroring the smoke


Democracy Now!
Death of 10 Migrants in San Antonio Spotlights Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding on U.S.-Mexico Border


Sonia Nazario: The Tragedy in San Antonio is “Predictable Outcome” of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown


The Rebellions That Changed U.S. History: Looking Back at the 1967 Newark & Detroit Uprisings

*”[W]e’ve put so much emphasis on taking over the power structure, and we became prisoners of it.”

Is anyone trying to “take over” the Democratic Party listening to Bogg’s wisdom?



Middle School Suicides Double As Common Core Testing Intensifies
by Steven Singer

*Can society pass this test of common humanity?


Saving Illinois: Getting More Bang for the State’s Bucks
Illinois is teetering on bankruptcy and other states are not far behind, largely due to unfunded pension liabilities; but there are solutions. The Federal Reserve could do a round of “QE for Munis.” Or the state could turn its sizable pension fund into a self-sustaining public bank.
by Ellen Brown


How the Food and Drug Companies Ensure that We Get Sick and They Make Money
by Paul Buchheit


Trump and the Christian Fascists
by Chris Hedges


The Real News Network
UK Banks Profit from Israeli Crimes against Palestinians
A new report from War on Want reveals that some of the UK’s top banks and financial institutions are investing in companies known to supply Israel with weapons and technology used in the oppression of Palestinians

*Banking on barbarity


Family Income’s Critical Role in Child Development
As Trump and the Republicans target vital social programs in their budget, a new study from the London School of Economics shows that poverty has a huge impact on children’s cognitive, social-behavioral and health outcomes

*Pols love to talk about “family values”

Except when it comes to the value of their income


No Justice No Pride
Break DC Capital Pride’s Ties with Police, Prisons and Pipelines!


WaPo Worships Principled, Humanitarian McCain That’s Never Existed
by Adam Johnson

*A man after their own dark heart


Reuters vs. UN Cancer Agency: Are Corporate Ties Influencing Science Coverage?
by Stacy Malkan

*Scientific method acting


Institute for Public Accuracy
How Trump Helps Netanyahu Push Palestinians into a Corner


Democracy Now!
Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns over the Cop Shooting of Unarmed Woman. Will the Mayor Be Next?

*Bullets belong to no party


Criminologist Phil Stinson: Police Kill Three People Every Single Day in the United States


Newly Declassified Documents Confirm U.S. Backed 1953 Coup in Iran Over Oil Contracts

*Cold War cover for a gold war grab


Epstein Barr Virus Connection to Breast Cancer & Autoimmune Disorders
by Elyn Jacobs


9 Strategies to Overcome a “Healing Crisis” During Detox & Treatments
by Dr. David Jockers


Your chances of choosing a cocoa product with lots of flavanols
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



Message to Democrats: Get on Board With Medicare For All or Go Home
For universal healthcare to become a reality, “it’s going to take a movement of movements, and it’s going to take the American people making it toxic for our elected officials not to get on board”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


How Budget Austerity Puts Public School Parents On Par With Criminals
by Jeff Bryant



And revulsive ‘rithmetic


It’s Not Only Necessary to Develop an Alternative to Globalization — It’s Entirely Possible
It was the left who diagnosed the ills of globalization. So why is the right eating our lunch?
by Walden Bello

*To have vision

We have to open our eyes


California Votes to Extend Landmark Cap-and-Trade Program—While Allowing Big Polluters to Get Away With Murder
The new legislation makes huge concessions to the fossil fuel industry
by Reynard Loki

*In Cali, it’s called “Brownwashing”


The Real News Network
Baltimore to Lose Two Progressive Media Outlets Just When It Needs Them Most
TRNN speaks to City Paper editors Brandon Soderberg, Rebekah Kirkman and Baynard Woods, as well as the Steiner Show’s Marc Steiner, about what Baltimore will lose when their outlets close

*Time will tell whether “a paper for the working class” emerges in Chicago, won’t it?

How “cool” will those “lefties” be?


Data, Algorithms & Artificial Intelligence: Where is AI Innovation Taking Society?
Safeguards need to be put in place so artificial intelligence can be used safely for everybody, says Catherine Saez of Intellectual Property Watch, reporting on events at the Artificial Intelligence summit hosted at ITU, the UN specialized agency for Information & Communications Technologies

*Artificial Intelligence

Isn’t that what the CIA produces?


Russiagate: Kooky Characters, Cold War Liberals
The media frenzy over Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with an eclectic group of Russian nationals was followed by another over an undisclosed private conversation between President Trump and Vladimir Putin. Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi and The Real News’ Aaron Mate discuss the latest Russiagate news, the story behind the Magnitsky Act, the Clintons’ $500,000 Russia conflict-of-interest question, and how the liberal fixation on Russia could have long-term consequences

*Enlightening segment, as opposed to much of what’s posted at “Democracy Now!” or Common Dreams (and I’m not saying that as an unalloyed booster of this outlet)

But I don’t know why Taibbi considers the Demorats’ strategy “strange” or “odd”, do you?

Obviously this Russia to judgment is in the MIC’s (Military-Industrial Complex) interest, as he himself points out, and that’s always been a bipartisan priority.

And while this likely will not achieve the intended political effect (we can only hope, if there is to be any hope, for through the Dems lies nothing but the road to ruin), the DNCistas are desperately clinging to it to avert any authentic shift to the “left”, however woefully inadequate it might be.

I’d like to think this will be a self-inflicted wound that proves fatal

But predicting the political future in these here United States is an errand best left to the fools populating our putrid punditry.


Color of Change
Justice for Jasmine
First Black valedictorian in 110 years denied honors

*As someone who grew up in apartheid Miss’ssippi in the ’60s, I’m not surprised that “old times there are not forgotten”

Because they’ve never really left, have they?

Of course, in many ways that applies to the whole of these here United States, don’t it just?


Institute for Public Accuracy
Wray for FBI: Russia Obsession Eclipses Other Issues


(of two or more people) fully in agreement.
“the doctors were unanimous in their diagnoses”
synonyms: united, in agreement, in accord, of one mind, of the same mind, in harmony,

concordant, undivided, as one
“doctors were unanimous about the effects”
(of an opinion, decision, or vote) held or carried by everyone involved.
synonyms: uniform, consistent, united, concerted, congruent
“a unanimous vote”


Democracy Now!
Has Jared Kushner’s Failed Deal with Qatar Fueled Trump’s Stance on Gulf Diplomatic Crisis?


Sen. McConnell Plans Vote on Repealing Obamacare Despite Lacking Enough Support from GOP Senators



NYT Trump Interview Makes Waves, But Did Reporters Go Too Easy?
Critics demand accountability from Trump for lies on healthcare
by Julia Conley, staff writer

*Seen the corpress ads proclaiming the essential need for a free press in a democracy?

Seen the corpress behave like one?


Condemnation Grows for Bipartisan Attack on Free Speech Rights of BDS Supporters
Lawmakers urged to reject bill that would punish Americans for supporting boycotts of Israel
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Hypocrisy is the most bipartisan of policies


The Public Option – Doomed From the Start
There’s a significant danger that a public option would not only fail to improve the ACA, it could undermine the movement for Medicare for All
by RoseAnn DeMoro

*Demorats will try to coopt the surge for “single payer” (see Gore, Albert Arnold, Jr.), only to “pragmatically” offer this “public option” in the end.

We’ve seen this movie so many times

And damn us if we can’t recall the ending.


Trump’s Action Plan With China Puts Global Agribusiness First
by Ben Lilliston


Organics: Ferreting Out the Fraudulent Few, While Demanding Higher Standards, Better Enforcement
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins


The Real News Network
Morgan State Students Give Back to the Community
Morgan State University students conducting research on the African Diaspora worked with Eddie Conway and the Coalition of Friends on the urban farm in Gilmor homes


Ex-Cops Say Harsher Sentences Won’t Stem Murder Epidemic
As the Baltimore City Council prepares to debate a proposal for one year mandatory sentences for firearm possession, some say the move could do more harm than good


Trump Can’t Vote Down Obamacare, so He’s Strangling It Instead
Republican governors aren’t ‘letting Obamacare fail,’ they’re actively sabotaging it, says Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy

*The ACA isn’t a “step forward”

It’s a “stop forward”.

As someone who’s covered by it, I speak from bitter experience. If I didn’t qualify for the United Way’s Health Connect premium subsidy, which covers the balance of my payment after the tax credit, I’d be fucked royal.

But speaking on the macro scale, reform like the ACA offers some benefit, often a meaningful one, in order to forestall that next step, in this case to universal care.

The Demorats may well adopt the rhetoric of “single payer”, but in the end what will be on offer will be unrecognizable from what other developed nations have long had

All in the name of the “pragmatism” that Baker promulgates.

As with climate change, half steps only slow our march over the cliff.

We must turn ’round, and take long strides from the abyss.


Yemen Needs Aid, But US Aids Saudi-Led War
As Yemen’s cholera epidemic deepens the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, fighting and Saudi-led airstrikes prevent international organizations from getting aid to massive numbers of people in desperate need, says Anas Shahari of Save the Children

*The gruesome gist of geopolitics


Rising Sea Levels Put Coastal Cities At Risk
With the current rate of sea level rise roughly twice as fast as it was over the course of the 20th century, coastal cities should brace for more flooding, says climate policy scholar Robert Kopp

*Drowning in dawdling


‘How Can the Arsonists Be the Firefighters Today?’
Interview with Maurice Carney on Congo’s crisis
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
David Cay Johnston: GOP Budget Redistributes Money to the Rich & Helps Make U.S. a “Police State”


Rights Advocates: Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity Set Up as a Pretext for Voter Suppression


“Trump and the Russian Money Trail”: Trump’s Ties to Oligarchs Go Back Decades


Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia

*Facts are one thing, and what’s being related here may well be reality.

Conclusions from those facts are another.

Trump is dirty. There’s no doubt about that. But whether that translates into Russian “control” is a topic on which I’d like to see another, reasoned, perspective.

When I do, be assured I will post it here.



“Fundamental Existential Threat”: Lawmakers Warned of the Risks of Killer Robots
Top U.S. general and inventor Elon Musk join those sounding alarm on artificial intelligence
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*My concern is that robots would display the same consideration for “moral and ethical issues” as our “leaders”.


Spying, surveillance and sabotage – what will it take to bring an end to political policing?
Is it possible to hold undercover policing to account? Not without redistributing wealth and power within society.
by Mohamed Elmaaz

*Have you noticed that motto omits just whom they’re sworn to “serve and protect”?


Bernie and Jesse Jackson vow to stop Crosscheck
by Greg Palast

*I have qualms about any involvement by the Reverend Jackson, given his less than honorable history, but the intel regarding the duplicity of the Repugnancan SoS’s is welcome, and I hope it garners attention at “alternative” outlets, to counter the accepted narrative, among them as well as the corpress, that there’s this broad rejection of the commission’s data requests.


Global Justice Ecology Project
USDA Receives Near Unanimous Public Rejection of Genetically Engineered Trees

*Not saving the forests for the trees


The Real News Network
Marking the 140th Anniversary of the Great Railroad Strike of 1887
Labor historian Bill Barry tours viewers through a B&O Railroad Museum exhibit honoring the strike in which over 100,000 workers participated, and over 100 people were killed

*If you don’t know your past

You can’t claim your future


Corporate Media Silence Helps Maintain Warfare in Syria
Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron made important remarks about the Syria ceasefire that the corporate media ignored in favor of Russiagate, says Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford


Trump Jr. Took a Meeting, Bill Clinton Took $500K
Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian nationals, apparently about Magnitsky Act sanctions, has caused a frenzy. But the Clintons might have a Magnitsky-tied conflict of their own, says journalist Michael Sainato

*It will be interesting to see how other “alternative” outlets deal with this, don’t you think?

Maybe “interesting”‘s not the right word …


Institute for Public Accuracy
Lawmakers Seek to Prohibit Criticism of Israel


Corporate Media Largely Silent on Trump’s Civilian Death Toll in Iraq
by Adam Johnson

*Word crimes trump war crimes


‘There’s an Effort Around the Country to Curtail People’s Fundamental 1st Amendment Rights’
CounterSpin interview with Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on the right to protest
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Guardian Investigation of Ivanka Trump Factory in Indonesia Reveals Worker Abuse, Deplorably Low Pay

*A “work-life balance”

On the backs of the exploited


Activist & Father of Four Faces Deportation to Devastated Haiti Because of Decades-Old Conviction


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)



The post-IS proxy war
The defeat of the Islamic State is inevitable. But the next conflict has already begun, with Iran in the gunsights of U.S.
by Vijay Prashad


The Coastal Elite Is Real. I’m Part of It.
Progressive circles are still not equipped to wrestle with imbalances of political power
by Linda Tirado

*The difference between claiming to fight for the oppressed

And actually fighting with them


Trump Team, ALEC, Koch Industries Debate Gerrymandering the U.S. Senate in Denver
by Mary Bottari and David Armiak


The Real News Network
New York Times Joins Trump and Saudi Arabia in Targeting Iran
Prof. Sabah Alnasseri and Paul Jay discuss a front page NYT article that blames ‘Iranian expansionism’ for sectarian war in Iraq and the region; says the U.S. invaded Iraq to establish democracy

*All the news that fits the prince


New York Times Beats War Drums Against Iran
Vijay Prashad and Trita Parsi join Paul Jay to discuss the New York Times article, ‘Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over”

*Empire always has a ticket to both parties


Israeli Restrictions at Al-Aqsa Mosque Spark Protests
Western media is missing important context behind the deadly gunfight at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, says journalist and filmmaker Dan Cohen


Help Stop the Epidemic of Guard Violence in Prisons


Democracy Now!
Amnesty Accuses U.S. Coalition of War Crimes in Mosul: Scale of Death Much Higher Than Acknowledged

*”Liberated” from their lives


Still Not Free: New Documentary “Life on Parole” Follows Former Prisoners Navigating Early Release



To Block Pipeline, Nuns in Court to Defend Cornfield Chapel
‘We’re not looking for money. We want to preserve this land.’
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Planet Is Warming. And It’s Okay to Be Afraid
Why being fearful can be part of a healthy, heroic response to the climate crisis
by Margaret Klein Salamon

*While we can’t live in fear

We have to live with it


How to Sustain Perpetual War? Easy: Hide the Bodies
by Peter Van Buren


Eugene Debs and the Kingdom of Evil
by Chris Hedges

*Our charge is to think for ourselves

And act for others


Time for the “International Left” to Take a Stand on Venezuela
by Gregory Wilpert


Center for Biological Diversity
Republicans Push Bill to Delay Reducing Ground Level Ozone
Latest in String of Trump Administration Delays Cleaning Up Air Pollution


The Real News Network
Ida B Wells Speaks Through Her Descendants on Trump’s War on the Media and Black Lives Matter
In the second part of the series celebrating Wells’ 155th birthday, her great grandson explores how Wells would have reacted to Trump’s hostility to the media and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement


Ida B Wells: The Story of America’s First Black Female Investigative Journalist
In Part One of our series celebrating her 155th birthday, the great grandson of Wells tells the story of how the pioneering reporter risked her life to report on lynchings and racism during the tumultuous period of Reconstruction


How US-Russia Ceasefire in Syria Impacts Iran
The ceasefire agreement reached by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in southwest Syria appears aimed at weakening Iran and containing its influence inside Syria, says Alternet reporter Ben Norton


Real Media: Big Pharma & Brexit
Community activist Emma Friedmann explains the caution needed regarding Pharma, Brexit and regulation


Gaza Crisis, Global Silence
After 10 years of Israeli siege, the UN warns Gaza is becoming ‘unlivable.’ Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Israel, with the Palestinian Authority’s help, is responsible for the crisis, as most of the world looks on in silence.


Local Community ‘Put Their Bodies On the Line’ to Protest UK Fracking Site
Anti-fracking activists have joined the local community in Lancashire for a ‘rolling resistance’ month of direct action protests, after the UK government overruled the local government’s ban on fracking


Trump, Putin and Russiagate Collide at G20
Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate discuss the long-awaited first meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, where Syria and Russiagate topped the agenda

*Somehow I missed this from a week back.


Democracy Now!
In Precedent-Setting Trial, Lawyers Say Arizona’s Ethnic Studies Ban is Discriminatory & Illegal


From Pence to Price: How Big Tobacco Gained Massive Influence Under Trump, Plans to Expand in Africa


Does Smoking Marijuana Cause Lung Cancer?
by Ty Bollinger


Natural Allergy Relief: Supplements & Lifestyle Tips to Combat Seasonal Allergies
by Dr. David Jockers



Labor’s Legitimacy Crisis Under Trump
by Barry Eidlin


by Andrew Levine

*As salient a synopsis as I’ve seen so far


Americans for Tax Fairness
The 8 Largest Health Insurance Companies Will Get a $72 Billion Tax Cut From GOP Health Care Repeal Over Next Decade
Top insurers’ profits are up one-third since Obamacare kicked in, to $25 billion


The Real News Network
War & Cholera Decimate Yemen, But Saudi Bombing Gets More US Help
As Yemen’s cholera epidemic spirals out of control and millions face famine, Alternet reporter Ben Norton says the U.S. is complicit in the humanitarian crisis caused by Saudi-led war


New Rules for Banks: ‘Honest Bankers Please Step Forward
Former financial regulator Bill Black offers bankers a challenge: Step forward if you support the new rule issued by The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau allowing consumers to bring about class-action litigation against banks who defraud them

*Is “honest banker” an oxymoron?


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump and Macron Meet, Clinging to Nuclear Weapons


Democracy Now!
Citizen Lab’s Ron Deibert Exposes How Nations Use Cyberwarfare to Target Activists & Journalists

*Deibert has no doubts about Russiagate.

He could be correct, but I’ll remain agnostic, given the contradictory intel I’ve encountered elsewhere.


New GOP Healthcare Bill Still a Huge Tax Cut for the Rich, Gutting Women’s Care & Slashing Medicaid

*The Grim Reaper of ever more riches


Justice Neil Gorsuch Ends First SCOTUS Term Voting Consistently on Court’s “Most Conservative Side”


“Care in Chaos”: New Documentary Uncovers Rising Tide of Attacks on Abortion Clinics Under Trump

*In Jesus’ name …


Oscar-Nominated Actor James Cromwell Speaks Out Before Jail Time for Peaceful Anti-Fracking Protest

*”Not all environmentalists do [take on capitalism]. Can you comment on that?”

I find Goodman’s inquiry ironic, given that “Democracy Now!” so very rarely does so. You can bet scared money on Cromwell’s comments being the exception to the rule on a program that bills itself as “the exception to the rulers”.

And that’s one reason why so few members of “the #Resistance” echo Cromwell’s critique.

Knowledge is power. When the sources we rely on for that knowledge shirk their responsibility (and “DN!” is no outlier here) to provide us with what we need to clearly see the way the world works, those who work that world in the name of profit and power benefit from our ignorance.

The disease cannot be confronted until it properly diagnosed. Whatever useful –
indeed vital – information we glean from “Democracy Now!” and other “alternative outlets” is viscerally diminished if it isn’t placed in the context of the struggle for the transformation – not reformation – of capitalism.

It’s a matter of our lives

And its death



‘Slap In the Face’: DeVos Under Fire for Including Fringe Men’s Rights Group in Sexual Assault Talks
Betsy DeVos equates the experiences of sexual assault survivors with those of the accused, critics say
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Tenants March to Stop Giveaways to Wall Street Landlords
While Republicans are proposing severe cuts to low-income housing assistance, they are continuing to subsidize Blackstone and other private equity housing profiteers
by Aditi Katti

*Bleeding us out of house and home


Physicians for a National Health Program
Medicare ACOs Won’t Tell How They Pay Doctors: American Journal of Public Health Study
Organizations contracting to care for millions of Medicare enrollees won’t disclose whether they penalize doctors for ordering tests, referrals or other expensive care

*First do no harm

To the bottom line


Global Justice Now
Campaigners Warn ‘Great Repeal Bill’ in UK Could Have “fundamental long-term effects on rights, poverty and the environment”


The Real News Network
Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets the Venezuelan Opposition
Abby Martin goes on the deadly front lines of the anti government protests in Venezuela and follows the evolution of a typical guarimba — or opposition barricade. Watch more on TeleSur

*A valuable, and brave, exposé of the opposition violence rendered invisible by the corpress, but Martin seems to take government supporters’ assertions at face value, and I’d like to see her evince more skepticism of their declared allegiance to “dialogue” and “reason”.

I don’t mean to be equating the sides, but no one’s Jesus on a stick here, and an honest appraisal of that reality is required, to my mind.


Lula Expected to Appeal Conviction: What Does It Mean for the 2018 Election?
Judge Sergio Moro presented no hard evidence in convicting former President Lula on corruption charges and his family’s political connections renders his judgment questionable, says Independent Journalist Mike Fox


Massive Iceberg Breaks Free in Antarctica: How Worried Should We Be?
The iceberg, which is about the size of Delaware, is an important reminder that ice on Earth is changing–and not just in Antarctica, says Dr. Twila Moon, a glacial expert with the National Snow and Ice Data Center


Weapon Corruption Scandal Threatens Netanyahu’s Administration
Israeli police investigate three corruption cases involving the prime minister


Mass Arrests of Protesters: Outrageous in Russia, Barely Worth Mentioning in US
by Adam Johnson


NPR’s ‘Varied Mix’ Spotlights Right-Wing Advocacy, Not Progressive Populism
by Glen Frieden

*N o
P lace for a
R adical


‘There Is Myopia in Western Media Covering the Refugee Crisis’
CounterSpin interview with Vijay Prashad on displaced people
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald: Donald Trump Jr.’s Emails Aren’t a “Smoking Gun” or Evidence of Criminal Collusion


Whistleblowers Shouldn’t Be Prosecuted Like Spies: Greenwald on Alleged NSA Leaker Reality Winner



Trump’s Worst Collusion Isn’t With Russia — It’s With Corporations
The billionaires who backed Trump are making out a lot better than Putin
by Peter Certo

*Collusion begins at home


The Real News Network
Seattle Answers Trump’s War on Workers by Taxing the Rich
The measure faces an imminent legal challenge, but co-sponsor Kshama Sawant says the Tax the Rich movement will persevere

*That’s the key, innit?

You can’t reform rot

You can only replace it.

I hope Councilmember Sawant believes that as fervently as her words suggest.


Why Israel Doesn’t Want UNESCO to Recognize Hebron
International law practitioner and researcher Dr. Valentina Azarova discusses the politics involved in UNESCO’s decision to rule Hebron a Palestinian World Heritage Site in danger


Jerry Brown: Climate Champion or Big Oil Ally?
California Gov. Jerry Brown poses as an anti-Trump climate-change savior, but his policies support Big Oil’s agenda, says Adam Scow, California director at Food & Water Watch

*Isn’t it refreshing to hear someone call these Democratic “climate heroes” (or any other type) what they truly are?

Remember the old Monty Python skit about dead bishops?

I imagine if you checked, you’d find “Hypocrat” tattooed on the back of Jerry’s neck.


Democracy Now!
Trump White House in Crisis as Emails Confirm Campaign Embraced Russian Effort to Defeat Clinton


122 Countries Overcome U.S. Opposition and Pass Landmark U.N. Global Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons



UAW Files For Historic Union Vote at Nissan in Mississippi
Today, the United Auto Workers filed a petition with the NLRB asking for a vote for the 6,500- worker plant in Canton, Mississippi
by Mike Elk
Payday Report


CNN’s Man of the ‘Resistance’ Is the Person Most Responsible for Trump Being President
Blame Trump on Jeff Zucker, and throw in Morning Joe and Mika while you’re at it
by Adam Johnson


A Resistance Movement for the Planet
Climate change is out of control. It is already too late to avoid soaring temperatures, scarce water, and extreme weather. But the financial structure of capitalism is tied to fossil fuels. Market-based solutions are ineffectual. John Bellamy Foster, a professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and the editor of Monthly Review, speaks about the kind of program necessary to stop this catastrophe.
by Juan Cruz Ferre

*To avoid the abyss, we must first unflinchingly acknowledge it


The Real News Network
G20 Protestors Call for An Alternative To the Neoliberal Order
South African activist Patrick Bond says beyond the media focus on burning cars in Hamburg, tens of thousands of protestors called for the G20 to adopt policies that tackle inequality and climate change


World’s Largest Tuna Company Commits to Major Fishing Reforms
Greenpeace USA’s Ocean Director John Hocevar discusses the success of an intense two-year campaign to reform Thai Union’s fishing practices, and what the big victory means for oceans on the brink of collapse


Do Trump Jr.’s Russia Emails Live Up to the Hype?
Journalist Marcy Wheeler says Donald Trump Jr.’s newly released emails are a big development, but we should be careful to distinguish normal opposition research from collusion

*For me, at this point this whole situation is as clear as mud, and I wouldn’t wager scared money either way.

What I do know is that hypocrisy hangs heavy over this whole affair, and that while the air’s being sucked out of the room by Russiagate, the life and death issues are being suffocated.

I’m not saying to dismiss it, but let’s put it in proper perspective. Even if it leads to His Travesty’s demise, we still have a world of trouble to tend to.


Baltimore Man Starts Hunger Strike to End Violence, City’s Addiction to Policing
City resident Kevin McCamant says he will not eat until the killings stop and the city emphasizes methods other than policing to cure violence



Nation “Too Broke” for Universal Healthcare to Spend $406 Billion More on F-35
There always another $27 billion or lying around, it seems, when Lockheed Martin needs more money for expensive weapons system
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I’m sure Bernie will stand strong against this deathly boondoogle.

Won’t he … ?


Eating Our Way to Disease
by Chris Hedges

*When “making chicken salad out of chicken shit” departs the realm of the metaphorical


Stunning Truths about the Bloated Safety Net for the Wealthy
by Paul Buchheit


Rahm Emanuel Imposes Military Draft on Chicago
by David Swanson

*Be all we compel you to be


U.S. PIRG Statement on the CFPB’s New Arbitration Rule
“CFPB Rule Will Prevent Wells Fargo and Other Wrongdoers from Blocking Groups of Consumers from Taking Them to Court”


The Real News Network
A Brief History of the KKK with Gerald Horne
As the KKK rallies in Charlottesville, VA, author and historian Gerald Horne charts its history from Reconstruction to the rise of Donald Trump


Israelis Demand Truth on Violations Against Yemeni Immigrants
Richard Silverstein discusses Israel’s silenced history of racially motivated medical malpractice


Real Media: Grenfell, Housing & Local Councils
At the #NotOneDayMore rally on July 1st, Green Party’s Sian Berry called on Jeremy Corbyn to deal with Labour councils who continue to treat social housing tenants with disdain


Max Blumenthal on How the Media Covers Syria
As the U.S. and Russia reach a new ceasefire in Syria, Max Blumenthal of Alternet’s Grayzone Project and TRNN’s Aaron Mate discuss foreign involvement in the Syrian war and how Western media across the political spectrum has covered it

*”Democracy Now!”‘s contradictions extend beyond Syria, as a look at its guest list should make plain. How often is someone on who could be considered a “radical” opponent of capitalism and imperialism?

Yes, it’s capable of doing very good work, which is why I continue to click on its link. But I find myself electing to read fewer and fewer segment transcripts, as my time could be better spent elsewhere.

Common Dreams … ditto.

Not that TRNN is without its own faults, but it does provide a platform for folks who I’d deem fit the above description to reach a wider audience, like Glen Ford and Rania Khalek (misnamed “Rani Ahalik” here – poor transcription being one of those flaws).

In the end, we all have to think for ourselves, and then act for others, but we can disagree with an analysis, yet still have trust in its presenter’s honest attempt to get at the truth.

That’s all I ask from any “alternative outlet”.


Who is Served by Militarized Aid to Palestine?
Nora Lester Murad warns that aid to Palestine serves the Israeli occupation

*Strangling with the strings attached


Join The Dots: The Deregulators
In Real Media’s new show Join The Dots, senior editors Ranjan Balakumaran and Kam Sandhu discuss the meaning and role of deregulation in the UK

*From “red tape” to yellow tape



Institute for Public Accuracy
122 Nations Vote to Outlaw Nuclear Weapons, U.S., Russia Collude Against Effort

*Sometimes cooperation between Russia and the US isn’t such a positive development.

I’d also place bombing the shit out of Syria in the name of the GWOT ™ in that queue.


‘All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People’
CounterSpin interview with Dan Zukowski on climate disruption
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Devastation in Mosul: Iraq Seizes City from ISIS, But Battle Left Thousands Dead & 700,000 Displaced


Award-Winning Journalist Amy Wilentz on Just How Little Jared Kushner Knows About Foreign Politics


Why Good Posture Matters & 3 Key Strategies to Improve Posture
by Dr. David Jockers


Restoring Your Sense of Smell After Cancer Treatment (+ Recipe)
by Ty Bollinger



A World in Trouble: Drought, War, Food, Flight
The disruptions of climate and conflict are sparking perilous global insecurity
by Paul Rogers


The Fortress World of Capitalism vs. the Beautiful Possibilities of Cooperation
Building a sustainable world in these very quickly changing times requires that we understand clearly what we are up against
by Cynthia Kaufman


Trump’s Majesty
by Andrew Levine


Instead of Trying to Sabotage the Trump-Putin Meeting, Democrats Should Support Vital Proposals
by Norman Solomon


The Real News Network
Trump Fumbles Syria, and So Does the Media
Historian and author Vijay Prashad discusses the Trump administration’s apparent policy shift on Syria and how Western media often get it wrong on the Middle East


Secret Memo Reveals How Trump Plans to Deport Millions of Immigrants
ProPublica’s Marcelo Rochabrun discusses an internal ICE memo that instructs officials to ramp up deportations of undocumented immigrants, including those without criminal records


How G20 Governments are Financing Climate Disaster
The G20 nations provide four times more public financing to fossil fuels than to clean energy, according to a new report from Oil Change International’s Alex Doukas

*Left unmentioned are the subsidies for nuclear energy, without which the industry, at least in the US, couldn’t survive.


Trump Tells Russia to Stop ‘Destabilizing’ Ukraine, But What’s Really Going On?
Western powers fuel the Ukrainian conflict — and wider tensions with Russia — by treating Ukraine as a strategic prize, says Nicolai Petro, Silvia-Chandley professor of Peace Studies and Nonviolence at the University of Rhode Island


Did Clinton’s Pro-War Record Cost Her the Election?
A new study ties Hillary Clinton’s election defeat to a backlash from voters directly impacted by wars she supported, with Trump gaining key votes in communities where military casualties were highest

*Certainly an angle to be analyzed, but Shen’s allusion to recruiting veterans as candidates seems contradictory, as that would be playing to patriotism and the exaltation of the military, rather than any indication of a commitment to ending the carnage that’s caused so much grief domestically (but far more intensely abroad), don’t you think?


‘Welcome to Hell’: 100,000 Protesters Aim to ‘Kettle’ G20 Over Inequality, War and Climate Change
TRNN speaks to demonstrators and South African activist Patrick Bond, who say tens of thousands are taking to the streets to challenge corporate power at the G20 summit


Stigma Over Solutions
How corporate media are enabling the opiate epidemic
by Michael Corcoran

*Hooked on heartless hype


Democracy Now!
Dystopian Nightmare: Eyewitness Decries Police Repression at G20 Summit as 100,000 Take to Streets


Srećko Horvat on “Democracy in Europe Movement” & Uniting Leftists Against Failed Policies of G20


Berta Cáceres’s Daughter Speaks Out After Surviving Assassination Attempt in Honduras



The Enemy of My Enemy Is My…?
The Saudi-American-Iranian-Russian-Qatari-Syrian conundrum
by Dilip Hiro


Global Justice Ecology Project
Overwhelming Opposition to USDA Proposal to Legalize Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees
A Quarter of a Million People Say NO to First-Ever GE Forest Tree


Center for International Environmental Law
Report: CETA Threatens European Union Pesticide Protections


The Real News Network
Trump Talks Tough Instead of Talking to North Korea
North Korea’s latest missile test underscores the need for direct negotiations with Pyongyang, not the bellicose rhetoric coming out of the White House, says journalist Tim Shorrock


Modi’s Israel Trip Continues India’s Rightward Drift
Historian and author Vijay Prashad says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel underscores the Indian government’s shift to the right and abandonment of the Palestinian cause


Democracy Now!
Embraced by Far-Right Govenment in Poland, Trump Claims Future of Western Civilization is at Stake

*”Right at home” takes on a whole new meaning, don’t it?


Tens of Thousands of Protesters Plan to Protest Trump at G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany



by Robert Jensen

*”Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”

I’ve always felt Samuel Johnson got the sequence backward, as amply illustrated by the current chief executive, not that he’s an anomaly by any means.


Moral Injury of War and the Invisible Wound of Empire
“Every time we shield memories of our own aggression upon our fellow man through historical revisionism, denial and deflection, we forsake the young whom our society sacrificed in its self-righteous suicide”
by Nozomi Hayase

*The soul is as fragile as flesh and blood


The Real News Network
A Small City’s Big Lessons About Progressive Organizing
“Over the last 10 to 15 years, we’ve seen the emergence of a broad-based, working-class oriented, multiracial progressive movement in Richmond that has challenged Chevron’s long-time dominance over municipal affairs,” says author and labor activist Steve Early

*A hopeful story, but if the Progressive Alliance in Richmond and movements elsewhere aren’t willing to go beyond the limits of Sandersismo, ultimately it will be one without a gratifying ending.


Empire in Decay: Federal Government Falling Apart as Spying Allegations Fly
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says there is a theory circulating in the intelligence community that the CIA asked the British to spy on Trump on behalf of the Democratic Party; the politicization of the intelligence agencies is a reflection of a dying empire


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Russia * Poland * Korea

*Keeping the beat on the drums of war


Democracy Now!
Will Trump Seek Talks with North Korea or Counter Missile Test with More U.S. Military Aggression?


44 States Say No to Trump: Resistance Grows as Trump’s Election Commission Seeks Private Voter Data


Ari Berman: Kris Kobach Is Helping Trump Lay Groundwork for Nationwide Voter Suppression Effort



The Qatar Crisis
by Adam Hanieh

*Recommended reading


How sexual assault becomes ‘normal’ in patriarchy
by Robert Jensen

*Male pattern barbarism


Now is Not the Time to Come to the Aid of the Party
by Andrew Levine

*Neutering the party animals


EU Urged to Honour Paris Agreement, Withdraw Support for Gas Mega-Pipeline

*TAPping into an inexhaustible reserve of hypocrisy


The Real News Network
The New NRA Video and Trump’s Media Attacks Are Symptoms of America in Decline
Historian and author Gerald Horne says if we are not armed with history, we’ll be unable to stop right-wing efforts to turn back the clock

*Missing out on the chance of a just future

By mything out on the acknowledgment of an unjust past


£1.5BN Tory-DUP Deal Could Rupture the Northern Ireland Peace Pact
The way the money is actually being spent could create greater rift in an already divided community in Northern Ireland


Venezuelan Opposition Largely Responsible for the Rising Death Toll and Violence in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanalysis.com says the death toll and violence are on the rise but according to the Attorney General’s reports more of these deaths are being instigated and attributed to opposition supporters


UK Judge Rules: Illegal to Ban Palestine’s BDS Movement
Palestine Solidarity Campaign wins case against the UK Government as judge rules government acted unlawfully by restricting local councils from pursuing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel, says Hugh Lanning


Indigenous Activists See Canada’s 150th as ‘Celebration of Colonization’
“The past 150 years have been some of the most brutal, violent, and lethal genocidal years in all of indigenous history,” says Pamela Palmater, Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University


Trump Places Drinking Water on the Deregulation Block
The Trump Administration’s plan to rescind federal regulation safeguarding drinking water will mean more Flint-like disasters, says Scott Edwards of Food & Water Watch


Wailing Wall of Exclusion and Orthodoxy
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s misguided policies of “trading the long-term strategic interest of the Zionist movement and the state of Israel in exchange for short-term political gains, is a mistake”, says TRNN correspondent Shir Hever


Brazil’s Labor Unions Stage Second Strike Against Neoliberal Labor Law Reform
The new labor law would disempower unions and lower standards of living more generally. Meanwhile, President Temer faces unprecedented charges for corruption, explains Michael Fox from Brazil


Real Media: Syria, Anarchism & Visiting Rojava
In the last part of Real Media’s interview, a special discussion with anthropologist David Graeber about anarchism, Syria, the bureaucracy of activism and his visit to Rojava where a new kind of society is developing

*I’ve only seen a couple of things on Rojava – both by persons supportive of what’s occurring there – and I’d like to see someone take a more objective look at this experiment, not least as concerns US support for its military aspect.

What’s the quid pro quo for “having to back” them?


Viatical Settlement: A Little Known Way to Finance Your Alternative Cancer Treatment
by Ty Bollinger


June 2017



The Cynical Opposition of Some Democrats to Universal Health Care
by Joshua Cho


To *our* right


Reality Check: The End of Growth in the Tar Sands. So Now What?
A managed decline is highly preferable to an unmanaged one, but it requires recognition that the decline part is inevitable
by Hannah McKinnon


How the US Can Prevent a Fire Like Grenfell Tower
by Miriam Pierson and Sarah Edelman


The Real News Network
London Grenfell Inferno: Who’s to Blame?
The Grenfell Tower Block fire in London is a predictable consequence of policies that can be traced to Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, as well as those of David Cameron and Theresa May, says former financial regulator Bill Black

*A towering inferno of inhumanity


Debate: Is Putin a Threat to Democracy?
Atlantic Magazine contributing editor Jeffrey Taylor and former White House Clinton counselor Bill Curry debate the proposition that demonizing Putin is justified

*Putin does what’s in his interest. He sees a threat to his regime in the actions of the West, and he’s right.

Regardless of the reality of electoral interference, it’s clear that he supports proto and straight up fascism in the West as a counter to that.

I imagine if he had his druthers, he’d like Russia to be part of the Western political and military alignment, as long as it maintained autonomy.

I wouldn’t like to see that, for the reasonable reasons that Curry enumerated, rather than those he exaggerated.

The reality is that as long as the West is … well … the West, the chances for blowing ourselves up real good will remain.

I don’t want to see “us” making nice with Putin’s Russia. I don’t want to see “us” inflating the threat it poses to “us”.

I want to see “us” and Russia move toward what could legitimately called “democracy”.

Until that time, I’d like to think that simple self interest would lead us to doing whatever’s necessary to ensure our continued existence.

But an addiction to greed and power complicates matters, don’t it just?


Real News Roundtable: The RussiaGate Distraction & Trump’s Free-For-All Capitalism
From climate change to the brewing war in the Middle East, we’re in one of the most dangerous moments in human history, says TRNN’s Paul Jay. So why are we talking about RussiaGate?

*Jay and Maté do a serviceable job of analysis here, but can you describe this segment as a “roundtable”?

Isn’t it more of a breakfast nook?


Does Trump Want to Redo 1953 CIA Coup in Iran?
Historian and author Ervand Abrahamian of Baruch College analyzes the recently revealed files on the CIA’s role in the 1953 Iran coup, as Trump officials and allies float the possibility of regime change in Tehran


Canada Undermines Targets for Protecting Oceans by Increasing Oil Exploration
Canada has signed an international commitment to protect its ocean estate. However, Trudeau’s plans to increase offshore oil exploration will undermine protection targets, explains Sabine Jessen, Ocean Programs Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society


98-Year Old Woman Arrested Protesting Oil Pipeline That Threatens Native American Sites
Oil company claims they can’t avoid destroying Native American ceremonial sites in pipeline construction
by Michael Sainato


As Democratic Voters Shift Left, ‘Liberal Media’ Keep Shifting Right
by Adam Johnson

*”MSNBC and the New York Times are not veering right despite Democratic voters’ increasing embrace of left policies; they’re doing so precisely because of it.”

And one would hope the obverse will be true.


Should Media Expose Sources Who Lied to Them?
by Sam Husseini


Democracy Now!
Disability Rights Activist Arrested for Protesting Trumpcare: We Won’t Be Silent While You Kill Us



Forcing Canada to Confront Past, First Nations Erect Symbolic Teepee in Nation’s Capitol
Protest meant to draw attention to historical mistreatment of Indigenous peoples by nation’s government
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Tom Perez Stumbles on Pledge to Eliminate Unpaid Internships at the DNC
by Mike Elk
Payday Report

*Happy to walk in Selma

Nothing but talk when it counts

So what is there to “unify” with … ?


The Only Way to Get Arkansas Legislators Out of the Exam Room Is To Take Them To Court
by Talcott Camp


The Real News Network
Dozens Greet Ben Carson in Baltimore to Decry his Cruel Cuts to Public Housing
Activists rallied in Baltimore to say the deep cuts to public housing proposed by Trump’s HUD Secretary Ben Carson will destabilize communities and hurt the city’s most vulnerable residents


US Voters Aren’t Buying the Russiagate Fixation
Award-winning author and journalist Max Blumenthal and The Real News’ Aaron Mate discuss the ongoing media frenzy over Trump and Russia, as polls showing Americans are tiring of RussiaGate and U.S.-Russia tensions remain high


Politics and Campaign Donations Hold Up California’s Single Payer Health Law
Bonnie Castillo of the Registered Nurse Response Network says that California State Assembly Speaker Rendon’s excuse for withdrawing the single payer Healthy California Act has no basis in reality

*When push comes to shove

We know who Democratic “leadership” will try to toss off the cliff


Jayati Ghosh On Imperialism in the 21st Century (Part 3/3)
New forms of economic territory, including privatized commons, cannot lift capitalism out of the stagnation that it pushed itself into because it has suppressed wage incomes, says renowned economist Jayati Ghosh


State Violence is Directly Linked to the Creation of Extremist Groups (Pt. 3/3)
The Canadian and the US state are trying to manage domestically the threats they themselves have created because of their foreign policies, explains Jeremy Kowalski, author of “Domestic Extremism and the Case of the Toronto 18”


Institute for Public Accuracy
“My Medicaid, My Life”

*”When Republicans talk about freedom and choice, they don’t realize that Medicaid gives those very things to people with disabilities.”

Of course they do.

That’s why they’re trying to take that away.

The only “freedom and choice” they promote is that which allows their patrons to profiteer at the expense of the rest of society.


Democracy Now!
Historian: Republican Push to Replace Obamacare Reflects Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America


Republicans Have Trifecta Control of 25 States & Need 6 More to Call for a Constitutional Convention

*Buchanan was “appalled” by the Kochs’ “grotesque use of the political system … to get what they want”

But not by his Chilean clientele’s butchery to achieve their ends.

A man of admirable integrity, indeed.


Part 2: Lee Fang on Koch Brothers’ Demand for Obamacare Repeal & Lobbyists Flourishing Under Trump

*Never turn your back on an elite Democrat

Unless you’re wearing Kevlar

(Okay, it’s not terribly witty … but it’s still goddamn good advice)



‘Victory’: Irish Lawmakers Ban Fracking
It’s “a day for #ClimatePride,” says Friends of the Earth Ireland after historic vote
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No fracking fuck of the Irish


With Nation’s Attention Elsewhere, Trump Quietly Intensifies War on Workers
Trump has nominated two corporate lawyers to the NLRB as Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch gears up to rule on a key labor case
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What will it take for the Trump Chumps to wise up?


How the Student Loan Industry, Trump, and Neoliberals Are Creating a Nation of Serfs
by Binta Baxter

*When the money changers own the temple


Wall Street: It’s “Icky and Un-American” to ‘Short’ Frauds
by William K. Black


The Real News Network
Is Trump’s ‘Warning’ to Syria a Prelude to Another Strike?
Award-winning author and journalist Max Blumenthal says that with its recent military escalation in Syria and its backing of Saudi Arabia, the Trump administration might be de-prioritizing the fight against ISIS in order to confront Iran


Jayati Ghosh On Imperialism in the 21st Century (Part 2/3)
Large capital, when on its knees, makes concessions to labor. But now, with disproportionate bargaining power under new global forms of capitalist organization, it is pushing down the share of wages in national income, says renowned economist Jayati Ghosh


State Violence is Directly Linked to the Creation of Extremist Groups (Part 2/3)
Ultimately, we do not know if the Toronto 18 would have turned to domestic terrorism if the state had not becomes involved, says Jeremy Kowalski, author of “Domestic Extremism and the Case of the Toronto 18”


Democracy Now!
“America is on Trial”: Historian Ibram X. Kendi on the Failure to Convict Cops Who Kill Black People


Stamped from the Beginning: Ibram X. Kendi on the History of Racist Ideas in U.S.


D.C. Police Accused of Using “Rape as Punishment” Targeting Some Arrested During Trump Inauguration

*Recall just which party controls municipal gummint in D.C. before you go off on “Trump’s storms troopers”.

This is bipartisan brutality, and no doubt.



‘Scary’: CO2 Rates Climb Even as Emissions Stabilize
Scientists say the earth’s natural “sponges” may be unable to absorb CO2 at the usual rate
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There’s no negotiating with nature

We do what it demands

Or we die


Senate Health Bill Would Kill Essential Homecare Jobs
Caregivers are protesting legislation that would deliver a tax-cut windfall to the wealthy and devastate a fast-growing workforce and the millions of elderly and disabled Americans who rely on homecare services
by Elly Kugler and Marzena Zukowska


America at War Since 9/11
Reality or Reality TV?
by Rebecca Gordon


Mainstream Trump Resistance Tries to Rehab Bill Clinton’s Image
After George W. Bush received a boost in favorability ratings for speaking out in line with the Trump Resistance, Bill Clinton makes appearances and receives uncritical reporting in an effort to reboot his presidential legacy after Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign


The Real News Network
Only Community Control Will Stop Police from Killing with Impunity
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford discusses the recent failed prosecutions of the officers who killed Samuel DuBose, Sylville Smith and Philando Castile


Jayati Ghosh On Imperialism in the 21st Century (Part 1/3)
Imperialism – whether explicit or implicit – is about the struggle to control economic territory such as markets, workers and labor, natural resources and new kinds of markets that are developed, explains renowned economist Jayati Ghosh

*When a conscious decisions are made to immiserate, poison or kill other people, other species and the planet itself

What is that other than “bloody mindedness”?

However the perpetrators choose to rationalize it is perforce meaningless, isn’t it?


RussiaGate Overshadows How Foreign Powers Buy Influence
While U.S. media focuses on alleged Russian election meddling, reporter and author Jonathan Marshall says influence-peddling from other foreign governments has been ignored


Institute for Public Accuracy
Are Claims About Syrian Sarin Attacks Propaganda Leading to More War?


‘Amazon Now Has Monopoly Power in Online Commerce’
CounterSpin interview with Stacy Mitchell on Amazon/Whole Foods
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Senate GOP Healthcare Bill Estimated to Kill 28,600 More in U.S. Each Year & Drop 22M from Insurance


Supreme Court Allows Part of Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect Before Ruling on Constitutionality


In Major Church-State Decision, Supreme Court Sides with Religious Institution

*There’s a perverse kismet to this decision, in that the funds will go to providing poisonous material to that playground, and the victims will be innocent children and others.


Court: Bush Administration Officials Can’t Be Held Liable for Post-9/11 Mass Roundup of Muslims

*The interpretation of law and the administration of justice often travel distinctly divergent paths


Dahlia Lithwick: Justice Neil Gorsuch Proving to Be “Far to the Right” of Antonin Scalia

*”[T]aking less”

Please realize that we’re talking about people’s lives here, and the “disasters” they will endure through the practice of such “pragmatism”.

I understand the conundrum Warren posits, but resignation shouldn’t be the reaction to it.

There should be a visceral outrage evinced at the prospect, and an indomitable determination to do whatever is humanly possible to confront it in every theater of political and legal action.



The Word “Women” Literally Never Appears in the US Senate’s 142-Page Healthcare Bill
by Heather Timmons


The Neoliberal Writing on the Wall:
Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment
by John Clarke

*Pimping a pittance to perpetuate poverty


How radicals are offering realistic solutions to our spiraling political problems
by Robert Jensen


Qatar diplomatic crisis: what are Trump’s financial links to the region?
US president has long history of lucrative investment deals with Saudi Arabia but few ties to small Gulf nation
by Stephanie Kirchgaessner

*EnGulfed by greed


The Single Party French State … as the Majority of Voters Abstain
by Diana Johnstone

*And the corpress high fives

But what “common ground” could a legitimate “left” movement find with a party of proto-fascismo?


Prominent Democratic Fundraisers Realign to Lobby for Trump’s Agenda
by Lee Fang

*It’s not that there’s no semblance of difference in the two major parties

It’s that there’s no sense of decency


The Real News Network
Big Pharma Puts the Squeeze on Cities Battling Opiate Crisis
Exponential price increases for the life saving drug Narcan have pushed Baltimore to the brink of running out as overdose deaths soar

*Death by addiction

To greed


Estimates of Sea Level Rise by 2100 Have Tripled in the Past Few Years
Environmental activist Peter Sinclair examines the growing threat of sea level rise


State Violence Linked to Domestic Extremism (Part 1/2)
Jeremy Kowalski, author of “Domestic Extremism and the Case of the Toronto 18,” explains how his investigation of the “Toronto 18” uncovered a link between state violence and the development of domestic extremist groups


Egypt’s Alliance with Saudi Arabia Shows Signs of Stress
President Sisi of Egypt’s transfer of two Islands to Saudi Arabia is unprecedented and rejected by much of its population. However, it is part of a new larger reversal in the Arab world’s effort to normalize relations with Israel, explains Professor Seif Da’na


64 Years Later, CIA Details Long-Hidden Role in Iran Coup
The quiet release of long-awaited and long-hidden CIA documents offers key details on how the U.S. and Britain overthrew Iran’s democratic government in 1953, says the National Security Archives’ Malcolm Byrne

*Byrne comes across as something of an apologist for imperialism, and “The Real News” would have better lived up to its label to have had a guest who took a more clear eyed perspective on US intentions.

Perhaps in a later segment …

As for it not being Dear Misleader’s or his administration’s “attitude”

You might ask the people of Honduras how they view the veracity of that surmise.


Community Organizes to Reclaim West Baltimore Resident’s Home
Beatrice Johnson of Sandtown Winchester struggles to reclaim her house of 17 years after it was sold for a $2,100 unpaid water bill

*Homelessness lives where heartlessness resides


Historic Rivalry for Regional Dominance at the Root of Saudi-Qatar Crisis
The battle for regional power between Saudi Arabia and Qatar dates back to the very creation of the State of Qatar; back then, just as it is now, it was about regional dominance, explains Professor Seif Da’na

*The conventional wisdom is that Saudi Arabia plays the US, and this no doubt has been true in some instances. But Professor Da’na’s suppositions would suggest the shoe is now on the other foot.

Regardless, it’s abundantly apparent that there’s no honor among these thieves

Or, more aptly, murderers.


Mexico Uses Israeli Spyware to Target Lawyers, Journalists and Activists
“We have an alliance between the Mexican government and the Trump administration against the Mexican people,” says John Ackerman, editor-in-chief of the Mexican Law Review. “We’re being massacred and spied on systematically in Mexico.”


Canada’s Fossil Fuels Lobby Issues Dubious Data in a Bid for More Pipelines
Adam Scott of Oil Change International offers a critical analysis of new data from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

*Peddling pipe dreams


After US-Backed Bombing Sparks Famine in Yemen, WaPo Editor Insists ‘US Not the Problem’
by Adam Johnson

*This isn’t cognitive dissonance

This is collusive dissembling


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trumpcare Targets Medicare as well as Medicaid


Democracy Now!
Indian PM Modi Was Once Banned from Entering U.S., Today He Meets Trump at White House


Jackson, Miss. Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba: I Plan to Build the “Most Radical City on the Planet”

*Encouraging words

Will there be the will to put them into practice

Because there will certainly be the will to prevent it.


The Surprising Connection Between Cancer and Sports
by Ty Bollinger

*Fields of nightmares


Beware of red yeast rice dietary supplements
You won’t know which ones can or cannot lower cholesterol
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



‘Conned’ by Trump: Hundreds of Boeing and Carrier Workers to Lose Their Jobs
“When he spoke at our plant, he acted like no one was going to lose their job”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”It’s a system that exploits everyone”

And “everyone” – workers across the world – must be in solidarity to put an end to their shared subjugation.

“Divide and conquer” has to be confronted with “Unite and Resist”.


Why the Trump Administration Could Be America’s Last
We are between climate catastrophe and wars of extinction
by Vijay Prashad

*When the amble toward the abyss accelerates to an all out sprint


ACLU Demands Details on U.S. Involvement in Torture at Secret UAE Prison Network
U.S. officials interrogated people held at secret facilities where torture is reported


The Real News Network
Dean Baker: Interest Rate Hike Will Hurt Jobs Growth
The Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike will slow jobs growth, but is probably being done to please Wall Street, says CEPR’s Dean Baker


Institute for Public Accuracy
Portugal Wildfires: Result of Timber Industry?


Democracy Now!
By Defunding Planned Parenthood, Republicans Would Reduce Services That Make Abortion Unnecessary


Support Grows for Single-Payer Medicare-for-All Plan Instead of Massive Cuts to Healthcare


Is South Sudan Government Engaged in Ethnic Cleansing, Triggering Africa’s Biggest Refugee Crisis?

*No mention of precisely why the US supported this murderous regime.

You’d have thought that would be essential intel for a better understanding of this horrific situation, wouldn’t you?



Wage Love to End Debt’s Stranglehold
Instead of using debt to punish communities of color and the poor, we should invest in everyone and defend our civic legacies for future generations
by Sarah van Gelder

*The only debt we should owe

Is to one another


The Real News Network
ISIS Flees Raqqa, Trump and Putin Escalate the War
With the potential defeat of ISIS in Syria, the U.S. and Russia are stepping up their operations in an effort to fill the likely power vacuum, says Chris Davidson, a reader of Middle East politics at Durham University in the UK


Barclays and Its Executives Are Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Fraud
Bill Black, author of “The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One”, says don’t expect much – sadly, the British Serious ‘Farce’ Office that brought the charges may not have the wits to carry out the prosecution

*Pinstripes to prison stripes … ?

Place your bets


Syria the Latest Case of US ‘Stumbling’ Into War
by Adam Johnson

*Points taken, certainly, but is the assertion of imperial domination at the cost of countless lives considered a “broad, conspiratorial assumption”

Or simply stating the literally bleeding obvious?


‘Millions of People Will Lose Their Coverage Under Whatever Comes Out’
CounterSpin interview with Trudy Lieberman on covering Trumpcare
by Janine Jackson

*Getting to the heart of the heartlessness


Democracy Now!
Austerity and Neglect Blamed as 79 Die in U.K. Apartment Fire Housing Immigrants & Low-Income Workers

*Do you think those Tory landlords view this as a preventable tragedy

Or a profitable opportunity?



Beyond ‘No’ and the Limits of ‘Yes’: a review of Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
by Robert Jensen

*Hope lies in acts of conscience

Not in their desired results


The Tax Plan Moms Need
A modest proposal: Tax corporations to help working moms afford childcare and stay-at-home moms save for retirement
by Martha Burk

*A woman’s work is never done

Being viscerally undervalued


Beyond Nuclear
Permanently Closed U.S. Nuclear Reactor Should Be “Autopsied”
Examination could identify potential safety flaws in operating reactors with parts from same controversial French forge


The Real News Network
Trump Risks War with Russia and Iran in Syria
Increasing U.S. military strikes against Assad-allied forces in Syria threaten to undermine the fight against ISIS and spark direct conflict with Russia and Iran, says Ben Norton of Alternet’s Grayzone Project

*ISIS is indeed “horrific”

And so is “the fight” against it, from whatever force.

That needs to be acknowledged in every consideration of this hellish situation.


Canadian First Nation Battles Pipeline Expansion
Charlene Aleck, spokesperson for the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, discusses the indigenous group’s fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline and the struggle to protect its traditional way of life


Eager for World War III on MSNBC
by Eoin Higgins

*First the ratings

Then the rubble


To Defeat Transparency, NYPD Turns to Journalist-Turned-Cop-Turned-Journalist-Turned-Cop
by Josmar Trujillo


Vitamin D: Nature’s Medicine Chest
by Ty Bollinger



“Would You Like a Drink of Water?” Please Ask a Yemeni Child
by Kathy Kelly


The Real News Network
The Fight Within the Democratic Party Over California Universal Health Insurance Plan
Michael Lighty of National Nurses United tells Paul Jay how the California Senate passed the “Healthy California” plan and discusses the coming battle to make it into law

*It always worrisome to me to hear talk of “the inside game”.

Recall the admonition against lying down with dogs?


Israel Secretly Aids Anti-Assad Forces in Syria Proxy War
Beirut-based journalist Nour Samaha has uncovered extensive Israeli government support of anti-Assad forces in southern Syria


$15 Dollar Minimum Wage and Free College Education – What’s Going On In San Francisco?
San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim tells Paul Jay that she helped lead successful ballot initiatives that won a higher minimum wage, free college for all, and a much higher affordable housing component in new developments; much of this fight has been against corporate Democrats

*”Everyone … is progressive until money’s involved”

What’s that about money and mouths … ?


Sign the petition to PBS: Schools Inc. is right-wing propaganda

*Didn’t that PBS logo used to face to the left?


Institute for Public Accuracy
Foreign Influence in U.S. Politics

*”Patriots” to their paymasters


Democracy Now!
Arundhati Roy on Returning to Fiction, Redefining Happiness & Writing about Worlds Ripped Apart


Arundhati Roy Reads from Her Acclaimed New Novel, “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”


Acclaimed Novelist Arundhati Roy on Telling the Truth of the Atrocities in Kashmir Through Fiction


Arundhati Roy on Upcoming Meeting Between Indian PM Modi & Trump at White House


Full Extended Interview: Arundhati Roy on Democracy Now!

*Goodman seems to have this thing about notoreity – I wouldn’t guess at how many times she’s proclaimed someone “an icon” or “legendary” – and it’s heartening to hear Roy’s humbleness when confronted with that.



Supreme Court Delivers ‘Dangerous Message’: Immunity for Former Bush Officials Over 9/11 Detentions
‘This decision regrettably provides constitutional immunity for some of the most high-level officials responsible for gross abuses in the aftermath of September 11,’ said ACLU’s Hina Shamsi
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Mourning Philando Castile at a Anti-Nuke Rally
by Michael McPhearson

*All of a peace


We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves
by Chris Hedges

*We can’t change what we refuse to see clearly


Why Israel and Hezbollah are heading for a new, devastating war in the Middle East
In 13 years of watching these two bitter opponents, I have never seen such a high degree of anxiety that war is coming
by Nicholas Noe


The Real News Network
Venezuela’s Opposition Receives Solid Support from International Media
Media analyst Joe Emersberger takes apart recent international media coverage of Venezuela, which is openly siding with the country’s opposition in portraying the government as a dictatorship


The Need for a Sense of Urgency About War and the Climate Crisis: Katie Halper Interviews Paul Jay
The host of the Katie Halper Show and Paul Jay discuss Trump’s plans for confrontation with Iran and the existential threat of the climate crisis


Isolating Qatar and the Implications for Hamas and the People of Gaza
Qatar is an important supporter of Hamas and as the hostility towards Qatar grows in the region, it will be difficult to deliver aid, and the consequences for Hamas and the Gaza Strip will be severe, explains Imad Alsoos of the Free University of Berlin


Independent Media Was Crucial for Calling Attention to Actions at Standing Rock
Providing an on-the-ground perspective of the actions and activism at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline was essential for getting the word out, explains Lorenzo Serna of the independent media outlet Unicorn Riot


US White Phosphorus Bombs Won’t Eradicate Terrorism In Syria
US-backed forces are using tactics that cause a ‘staggering’ number of civilian deaths, but military action won’t defeat ISIS, says Phyllis Bennis, director the New Internationalism Project at IPS


Israel Reduces Power Supply to Gaza, Intensifying Humanitarian Crisis
Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu says the power cut to Gaza is the fault of the Palestinian Authority, but actually it is the result of a power play between Abbas and Netanyahu in the run-up to peace negotiations, explains TRN’s Shir Hever


In Canada, Indigenous Groups are Litigating – And Winning
Lawyer Eugene Kung of West Coast Environmental Law discusses the protection of indigenous rights under the Canadian constitution


Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul Buck Party Consensus on Russia and Iran Sanctions
Investigative journalist Max Blumenthal explains that these sanctions punish Russia and Iran and unnecessarily intensifies the conflict between the US and these countries


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


Institute for Public Accuracy
Bombing Syria: * Impeachable * Carve-Up Agenda


Anti-Muslim Terrorism

*Double standard operating procedure


Media Use Attack on Mosque to Smear Mosque
by Adam Johnson

*Culture coded terror outrage


Democracy Now!
“Philando Can Be Any of Us”: Black Lives Matter Protests Acquittal of Officer in Minnesota Killing


Civil Rights Lawyer: Philando Castile’s Skin Color Ended Up Being a Death Sentence

*Rotten barrels bear bad apples


Crackdown in Egypt: Seven Men Tortured in State Custody Face Execution; 90 News Websites Blocked


Egyptian Writer Omar Robert Hamilton: Saudi’s Bankrolling of Egypt Is Tied to Internal Crackdown


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


TheTruth About Cancer
Foods With Fructose: Why They’re a Problem & Natural Alternatives



‘We Want Justice’: Prime Minister Forced to Flee as Londoners Protest Deadly Fire
“People should be held to account,” said Labour MP David Lammy
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Let’s hope that they don’t prevent this fire, either.


Amazon Extends Tentacles Further With Purchase of Whole Foods
‘This is extreme consolidation of the food system in action, which will lead to higher prices, fewer choices for consumers, and bigger profits for billionaires like its owner, Jeff Bezos,’ says Wenonah Hauter of Food & Water Watch
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Swallowed “Whole”


Leaving Paris for All The Wrong Reasons
by Sara Mersha and Carol Schachet


Feed the Hungry, Treat the Sick: A Crucial Training
by Kathy Kelly


Labour’s Permanent Reformation
by Benjamin Selwyn


Arms Industry-Funded Democrats Vote to Help Saudi Arabia Continue Slaughtering Civilians in Yemen
Five Democratic senators joined Republicans in narrowly voting to approve Trump’s arms deal
by Ben Norton

*Blood money filling campaign coffers


The Real News Network
Criminal Charges Filed Against Six State Officials Over Flint Water Scandal, But Problem Goes Far Deeper
While the criminal charges against the officials is an important first step, the root causes of the crisis have not been tackled, explains Rev. David Alexander Bullock of Change Agent Consortium

*”Regret” and forget


Anti-Muslim Manchester Demo Unites Britain’s Far-Right
An anti-Muslim protest in Manchester brought together far-right groups that had until recently been in decline, and they’re organizing across borders, says Dr. Joe Mulhall, Senior Researcher at Hope Not Hate


Trump Infrastructure Plan Lays the Foundation to Build Corporate Corruption and Greed
Trump’s infrastructure plan will further privatize public assets and derail the interests of the American people, says Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research


Democracy Now!
Standing Rock Sioux Launch Wind & Solar Renewable Energy Projects After Winning Henry Wallace Award



Amid Trump Chaos, Republicans Keep Their Eyes on the Big Prize: The Courts
“Control the Supreme Court, stack the judiciary, and you can stop the progressive movement… for decades,” Corey Robin wrote
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No Russians

No rush to arms


Deadly London Fire Shows How Concerns of Poor ‘Constantly Neglected’
“We need to deal with this—we need people to be safe living in high rise buildings,” said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A “state of emergency” the Tories will never espouse


A Planet’s Future Threatened by the Fate of Its Children
In this age of grief, where have all the children gone?
by Karen Greenberg


Review of “Always with Us? What Jesus Really Said about the Poor”
by Liz Theoharis and Bruce Parry


Robert Jensen on Millennial men, climate change, and the increasing need for radical politics
Zoë Goodall interviews Robert Jensen about his most-recent book, “The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men”


Koch Convention to Rewrite Constitution Runs Into Roadblocks
by Arn Pearson


The Real News Network
EITC Not Only Reduces Poverty, But Improves Health of Communities
While Trump seeks to dramatically reduce federal spending for the poor, a study shows that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits not only the lives of those who receive it, but also entire communities, Jeanette Wicks-Lim and Peter Arno of PERI explain


Threats to Campus Speech Don’t Alarm Media When They Come From the Right
by Eoin Higgins

*Speak (of) no evil


Action Alert: With Sleazy Innuendo, NYT Lays Virginia Attack at Bernie Sanders’ Feet
by Adam Johnson

*Will His Travesty tweet kudos to the Times for “finally printing some Real News!”?


Democracy Now!
Web Exclusive: Naomi Klein on How to Resist Trump’s Shock Politics


Greg Palast: How Racist Voter Suppression Could Cost Jon Ossoff the Georgia Election

*Ossoff’s a DNC darling, so a victory would be hollow in large measure, but should he lose, how much would you be willing to wager that he’ll bring up any of this to challenge his defeat?



Trump, DeVos ‘Betray’ Students With Gift to Predatory For-Profit Schools
The Department of Education will delay Obama-era rules designed to help students defrauded by for-profit colleges
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


Trump Hearts Methane. Kids? Not So Much.
EPA, Interior Departments push off implementing Obama-era rules to limit methane emissions
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Reign of Terror’: ICE Chief Says Immigrants Should Be Looking Over Their Shoulders
He also said “no population of persons” in the U.S. illegally is safe from deportation
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A jackal attack on the scapegoats


The Long Term Threat to Europe Isn’t Le Pen. It’s Capitalism.
by Conn Hallinan


Amnesty International – USA
Gaza: Electricity Cuts by Israeli Authorities Could Have Catastrophic Consequences


Friends of the Earth and SumOfUs
New Poll: Americans Believe Bayer-Monsanto Merger Poses Serious Threats to Jobs, Independent Farmers, and Food Safety
Americans, including Trump voters, want administration to take aggressive stance on corporate monopolies


The Real News Network
Right-Wing Militia Helps Police Arrest Portland Protesters
Independent journalist Arun Gupta reports on recent anti-Muslim rallies and growing concern that far-right militia groups have an “informal” alliance with U.S. police forces

*A fascist fattening of “the Thin Blue Line”


Rollback of Financial Regulations Has Nothing to do with Complexity or Boosting the Economy
Former financial regulator Bill Black explains that the Republicans’ effort to eliminate Dodd-Frank Act financial regulations serves the interests of the big financial institutions and has nothing to do with rules’ complexity or impact on the economy


Earning Minimum Wage Puts Affordable Housing Out of Reach
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report discusses a National Low Income Housing Coalition report that finds affordable housing is next to impossible for U.S. workers earning minimum wage

*It’s not how much you make

It’s how much you can make with it


The Forgotten History of White Flight in America: Part 3
In Part Three, Richard Rothstein discusses how Spiro Agnew and George Romney lead a failed attempt to halt white flight in the 1960s

*I’d be curious to know why Romney and Agnew took that stand, assuming it had nothing to do with a desire for justice.

That’s a no brainer with Agnew. I don’t know diddley about Romney, so perhaps he was motivated by something approximating a conscience.

Did they feel that a safety valve needed to be turned to relieve the pressure building in the American sociopolitical culture – that a carrot had be tossed in with the sticks of Nixon’s “law and order” crackdown?

Inquiring minds pine to perceive.


Corporate Democrats’ Ties to Wal-Mart’s Long Record of Fighting Workers’ Rights: Part 1
Part One of our conversation with former and current Wal-Mart Associates with the labor organization Our Wal-Mart who talk about current issues facing Wal-Mart employees and the failure of the Democratic Party to stand up for workers

*It’s heartening to hear someone like Andrews, who sees the deep dish contradictions baked into the Democratic Party.

I just hope there are many more like him.

But I’d ask him, and others fighting for justice at Walmart, how they view their struggle as connected with folks in other countries who are exploited far worse than they.

Do they feel a moral obligation to stand with them, or even from the standpoint of their own self interest, do they see the necessity of solidarity in securing their own labor rights?

Recall that the so called golden age of upward mobility for blue collar workers in the ’50s and ’60s came at the expense of fierce exploitation abroad, and that ultimately, when capital perceived the need to squeeze workers on the home front, the lack of an international movement to confront that clawback contributed to the end of that era.

We have to suss that the side that we’re on extends beyond our shores.


Fight for $15
Tell McDonald’s: End sexual harassment and LGBTQ discrimination at all stores IMMEDIATELY

*I’m loathin’ it


Institute for Public Accuracy
Russophobia and Islamophobia


Media Help Republicans Gut Obamacare Behind Closed Doors
by Adam Johnson

*Have you hugged your health care killer today?


Gluten Clippers
Do products that claim to pre-digest gluten live up to the hype?
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action



America Last: Will Trump Set a Record for the History Books?
by Tom Engelhardt


A Year After Pulse, We Are More Than Survivors
by Audrey Juarez


The US Intelligence Community Can Share Your Personal Information With Other Governments, and We’re Demanding Answers
by Brett Max Kaufman


Progress Michigan
Message in a Bottle: Flint Sending Out More Than an SOS
1,000+ “You Owe Me” letters from Flint residents delivered to Snyder, Schuette


The Real News Network
America’s Broken Healthcare System is Creating More Single-Payer Advocates
The Real News speaks to advocates of universal healthcare and affordable prescription drugs at the 2017 People’s Summit


Canada’s Increased Military Budget Will Fuel the US War Machine
Boosting Canada’s military spending is “a way of enhancing the American empire… done under the guise of lessening Canadian dependence on the U.S.,” says author and activist Yves Engler

*Remember all the enthusiasm for Trudeau (aka “Obama in White Face”)?

Remember Einstein’s supposed admonition on insanity?


France’s New President Wins Parliament Vote, But Faces Problems Implementing Program
Even though French president Francois Macron will probably have an overwhelming majority in the new National Assembly, the low turnout and on-going resistance to neoliberalism will complicate his program, says CEPR’s Alex Main


Justice for Port Drivers
Stop Wage Theft at the Ports


Institute for Public Accuracy
DUP Deal Highlights British Anti-Catholicism, Threatens Peace in Ireland


Democracy Now!
Naomi Klein: Trump is the First Fully Commercialized Global Brand to Serve as U.S. President



Now Just Five Men Own Almost as Much Wealth as Half the World’s Population
by Paul Buchheit

*The poor will always be with us

As long as there are rich to make certain of it


Trump’s Apocalypse Has Been a Long Time Coming
by Betsy Hartmann

*A sacred psychosis


UK Election: Labour Surge Gives Unions a Chance
by Gregor Gall


Fight for the Future
15,000 People Call On the FCC to Remove and Investigate Fake Anti-Net Neutrality Comments Using Stolen Names and Addresses
Following weeks of inaction from the FCC thousands have signed a petition calling for the agency to remove fake comments from the docket and publicly disclose any information it may have about the group submitting them


The Real News Network
How Government Policy Created White Wealth and Concentrated African American Poverty: Part 2
In Part Two, author Richard Rothstein says the explicit unconstitutional housing policy of the 20th century created America’s enormous racial wealth gap

*No politician, no matter how “progressive”, will ever speak of this, will they?


Sea Level Rise due to Global Warming Threatens Vancouver
Deborah Carlson of WCEL explains the consequences of sea level rise for Vancouver and what local actions are being taken to counter the threat


The Forgotten History of How the Government Segregated America: Part 1
In Part One, author and scholar Richard Rothstein says explicit government policy, not personal choice or redlining was the main force that segregated America

*New Deal

Same old dealer


Abby Martin: World Ignores Opposition Violence at Venezuela Protests
Empire Files host Abby Martin just returned from Venezuela where she saw first hand how violent opposition protesters attempt to intimidate reporters and thereby give a false impression of what is happening


And consequences


Hung Parliament a Stunning Victory for Corbyn’s Labour Party in UK Elections
Election produces a breakthrough for left socialist Jeremy Corbyn, something only weeks ago was considered impossible – with Thomas Barlow and Kam Sandhu of Real Media and Aaron Bastani of Novara Media

*There are lessons us Yanks can learn, but perhaps the most important is that the US isn’t the UK, and while I don’t claim to be an expert on the lay of that land, it may well be that Labour can serve as an effective vehicle for just change, to go beyond its manifesto, whereas the Democratic Party has proven itself a dead letter in that respect.

All the energy being poured into “the #Resistance”, the attempt to “retake” the party, is an exercise in futility, I fear, and I don’t see Sanders, Ellison et alia as the standard bearers for what’s necessary for our chance at a truly dignified life for everyone, even were that faction to supplant the Hillaristas.

On another note, I’d like to know just what circumstances in Scotland led to such a poor showing by the SNP and Labour.


Labour Prevented the Tories from Increasing their Grip on Government
Theresa May’s objective of improving her position in Brexit talks failed and will lead to extremely difficult negotiations now, says Economics Prof. John Weeks of London University


Corbyn Lost Labour Party Elites, But Won Over Voters
“Corbyn has proven that there is a way forward for the Labour Party,” says Leo Panitch, a professor at York University–but it isn’t the future the Blairites envisioned

*There shouldn’t be “euphoria” should a Labour government come to be.

There should be a clear eyed determination to hold Corbyn to his promises – and more – and avoid what has been shown to be a betrayal of the Greek people by Syriza, in the name of “pragmatism”.

There will be tremendous pressure for Labour to do likewise, and only a steadfast movement that puts principles before personalities or party loyalty will be able to foil that fearsome force.


Break DC Capital Pride’s Ties with Police, Prisons and Pipelines!

*No Pride in plutocracy

And vice versa


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Saudi Arabia is Destabilizing the World”


Left-Right Alliance to Break Up the Banks


Democracy Now!
Cholera Death Toll Tops 859 in War-Torn Yemen as U.S.-Backed Saudi Assault Continues

*A sickness of the soulless


Puerto Rico Backs Statehood in Referendum Boycotted by Opposition Groups


Freed Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera Joins Tens of Thousands at NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade


The Beleaguered Tenants of “Kushnerville”: Jared Kushner Accused of Slumlord Practices in Baltimore

*Of slumlords and slimeballs


Trump Associate & “Slumlord” Tom Barrack Resigns One Day After Probe of Housing Crisis

*Of course His Travesty would trust this loathsome leech.

He’s a man after his own heartlessness.


The fastest growing cause of cancer death
What to drink to lower your risk of liver cancer
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*This goes against other intel I’ve reposted regarding the issues with caffeinated coffee.

As always, use your best judgment, and be prepared to adjust it.



To Defend Against Trump, Delaware Just Preemptively Enshrined Abortion Rights
Even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the state’s new law ensures right to choose is law of state
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Promise in the Land of Despair: The Crisis Is Not Over in Flint, Michigan
While the state and federal governments have failed, two outposts of citizen aid are providing support and fostering hope
by David Schwenk

*If there is any hope, it lies in the humanity on exhibit here.


Sunday’s French Election
by Richard Greeman


Food & Water Watch
Food Safety Advocates File Lawsuit to Shed Light on Privatized Poultry Inspection
As USDA sets its sights on hog slaughter, Food & Water Watch demands previously withheld information on poultry plants seeking to privatize inspection


Real News Network
How Far Will US & Saudis Go to Remake the Middle East?
Junaid Ahmad of the Center for Global Dialogue says the U.S.-backed Gulf campaign against Qatar is part of a broader strategy to crush the remnants of the Arab Spring and spark a confrontation with Iran

*What do you do when you’re getting burned at home?

Light a fuse abroad.


How Have 50 Years of Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Land Changed Israel?
Denial and lies about the occupation have allowed Israelis to cover up the reality of what the occupation has done to Palestinians, and so the occuption could continue for another 50 years, says Israeli journalist Gideon Levy

*”I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.” – Antonio Gramsci


Comey Hearing: Little New, and More Doubt About “RussiaGate”
Journalist, best-selling author Max Blumenthal and former FBI special agent Coleen Rowley say that while former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony offered almost nothing new, that won’t slow the fixation on Trump’s alleged Russia ties, not his actual policies

*Sound and fury, signifying the sickening state of our political culture.

But aside from that, I believe Blumenthal and Rowley have their own contradictions to confront on “cooperation” with Russia and Iran regarding ISIS and their ilk. They rightly speak of the horror show the US has visited upon the people of the region, and the blowback that has led to the tragedies outside it.

But how would collaboration with these other governments do anything other than increase the suffering? The US “coalition”, Russia and Iran all have bloody hands here, and I can’t see how their partnership would benefit the victims caught in the crossfire.

I’m well aware that force must play a role in dealing with these groups, but should we be entrusting its implementation to those who have shown no regard for the “collateral damage” their actions have caused?

I don’t know the answer to this dilemma, aside from an overarching realization that the whirlwind has been reaped, and we must sow the seeds of justice for this scourge to end

But I do know that it requires clear thinking as to the players involved, and I don’t see that evinced in this instance.


The Day After Corbyn’s Surprise Surge, NPR Would Rather Talk About Buckethead
by Jim Naureckas

*There was another joke candidate in May’s constituency

But I don’t think many people found her amusing.


Democracy Now!
Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn Rides Leftist Tide in U.K. Election in Rebuke of Austerity & Conservatives

*”Let bygones be bygones”

Translation: Here’s the knife. Now let me turn around.


The sleep-weight connection
Not getting enough zzz’s at night can lead to counting more lbs. on the scale
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action



Trump’s Needless Fight With Qatar Will Hurt American Interests and Empower ISIS
All to appease Saudi Arabia
by Vijay Prashad

*I’m always interested in Prashad’s take, but that term “American interests” is so amorphous, and I’m unclear on just how he intends it to be taken.


The Real News Network
Brazil Gets Ready to Roll Back Labor Rights
Brazil’s labor reform is set to pass the legislature and workers fear a dramatic worsening of their living conditions as a result. A special report from Brazil by Mike Fox


Corporate Media Hope Labour’s Corbyn Loses Election—and Badly
by Ben Norton

*I have little hope that Corbyn, like Sanders (“socialist” must always be placed in quotes with both, if we’re honest), will prove truly worthy of this vitriol, but I dearly desire to see him afforded the opportunity to prove me wrong.


Democracy Now!
Oscar López Rivera Speaks Out on Newfound Freedom, Becoming Politicized & Decolonizing Puerto Rico

*López Rivera speaks to his own innocence when it comes to acts that resulted in the death of innocents, and I’ll accept that, but he avoids confronting the issue writ large – whether such acts can be justified in the name of a just struggle – and I’d have liked to have had heard his views on that difficult subject.


Oscar López Rivera on Declining Honorific at National Puerto Rican Day Parade After Controversy



Kansas Kills Trump-Like Tax Cuts in ‘Repudiation of Right-Wing Orthodoxy’
The cuts had devastating effects on the state’s public services
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*How many lives were destroyed before legislators decided it wasn’t in their electoral interest to pour more gasoline on this Kansas prairie fire?

Why should they be congratulated for that?


Palestinian Children’s Lives Are Shaped By 50 Years of Military Occupation
Five decades of occupation have turned military violence into the norm for Palestinian children
by Jennifer Bing


Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Civil Rights Attorneys: Racial Disparities Persist in NYPD Stop and Frisk
Attorneys Say Report by Monitor Overseeing Reforms Misleads


Center for Biological Diversity
Inspector General Investigating Potential Collusion Between Monsanto, Top EPA Official
Controversy Casts Doubts on EPA’s Cancer Assessment of Roundup’s Main Ingredient


The Real News Network
UK Election Polls: Can Corbyn Win?
Opinion polls for the June 8 UK General Election indicate an increasingly tight race between Labour and Conservatives, but most still give Conservative Theresa May an advantage, despite May’s weaknesses as Prime Minister, says Real Media’s Thomas Barlow


Trump, Israel Back Saudi Power Play Against Qatar
Max Blumenthal of Alternet’s Grayzone Project says President Donald Trump’s backing of the Saudi Arabian campaign against Qatar could be the “pilot program” for a wider regional agenda of U.S.-backed Saudi hegemony


Perpetual Crisis in Public Schools By Design
Cuts to public school funding sustained over a decade is a deliberate strategy to ensure privatization, says Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report


Institute for Public Accuracy
FBI Whistleblowers on Russia-gate’s Mythical “Heroes”

*Ginned up “noble G-men”


Qatar Crisis and Iran: A “Win-Win” for the U.S. Establishment?


Democracy Now!
China Watchdog: China’s Arrest of Activists Investigating Ivanka Trump-linked Factory Unprecedented

*But it ain’t about the Rooskies, so who cares, right?


Worst Epidemic in U.S. History? Opioid Crisis Now Leading Cause of Death for Americans Under 50

*There’s one addiction for which incarceration is an appropriate response

The addiction to greed



Want to See US Climate Progress? Support City and State Leaders and the Grassroots Groups Who Hold Them Accountable
by Elizabeth Sawin

*Act local

Impact global


Rural Communities Lose Most With Health Repeal
by LeeAnn Hall


Farmworker Justice
Groups Appeal EPA’s Refusal To Ban Dangerous Pesticide
Chlorpyrifos is linked to long-term damage in children’s developing brains


The Real News Network
Rattling the Bars: MIT No Aramark
Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, prison activist and founder of the Ordinary People’s Society, about building a broad coalition to boycott the businesses that are tied to prison slavery

*Sharpton’s pimping his own product – himself – of course, and I just hope to hell that doesn’t diminish the impact of these imperative efforts.


Food Integrity Campaign
President Trump’s Pork Recipe for America

*Hogwash that never comes clean


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Israeli Lies and the Six Day War”


The Washington Post’s War on the Disabled Continues
by Dean Baker

*A mean streak nine columns wide


Democracy Now!
NSA Contractor Charged for Leak After Intercept Exposé Reveals Russian Cyberattack of 2016 Election

*Whatever the truth is, there are two points that must be kept in mind.

One, that this is a textbook case of pots dissing kettles

And two, that Madame Mayhem’s fealty to the the financier class was the proximate cause of her “loss”.

(You don’t “lose” when the game is rigged, but neither she, nor any other Dem, will ever confront the actual voter fraud that has been a Republican ace in the hole for decades, will they? Opening that can of worms would call into question institutional assumptions that neither party wish to see examined.)


Meet Larry Krasner: Civil Rights Attorney, Death Penalty Opponent & Democratic Philly DA Candidate



So in this era of constant protest (a good thing, I need say), why is it that the mainstream media never gaze out their englassed edifices onto the multitudes outside righteous with rage at their malefactory “manufacturing of consent”?

Part of the problem may be this romantic notion of “the Fourth Estate” as this intrepid defender of “truth, justice and the American Way” (I’ll concede the veracity of the last, although not as intended by its adherents), fostered by the fanciful history of opposition to the Vietnam War and Nixon’s high crimes and misdemeanors, and don’t forget Murrow and McCarthyism.

I don’t mean to be simplistic, but I believe a large measure of the antagonism that did exist, at least in the ’70s, was based on pragmatic considerations and personal distaste for the régime actuel.

Nixon, Agnew and ilk were singularly unlikeable cusses, and the war had become toxic to other endeavors of the exploitocracy.

Hollywood immortalized this myth in “All the President’s Men”, and generations of liberals and progressives have swallowed it whole ever since.

Which brings us to the present. While there is considerable criticism of the corpress from the “left” (however you wish to define it), calling it out for its outright collusion with its class brethren and sistren appears to be considered tres gauche, don’t it?

And heaven forfend we actually view it as “the enemy”, lest we be tarred as fellow travelers with His Travesty.

Yet that’s what it is, because that’s what it does. It provides the context by which nothing outside of our duopolistic political milieu is ascribed any value. Thus we have these surrealistically absurd skirmishes over “Obamacare” versus “Trumpcare”, or Paris versus Perdition

Or which excretable miscreant’s oval to fill in.

There’s a deep dish cognitive dissonance extant among those who by all indications should know better, and it will entail someone with sharper synapses than I to suss precisely why that’s the case.

Grand Canyon Pillagers Hope to Harness Trump’s Disdain for Natural World
The 20-year ban on new uranium mining is under threat
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Texas Lawmakers Indifferent to State’s Outrageously High Maternal Death Rate
Recent studies show poor state of affairs for women giving birth in Texas, but state lawmakers criticized for taking little action to rectify the situation
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


If Trump So Quick to Exploit London Violence, What Would Attack in US Bring?
Trump called “Opportunist-in-Chief” for using latest violence in the UK to justify travel ban from Muslim countries
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*And the corpress and the vast majority of the public would fall right into line, if history is any indication.


The Unwanted ‘Bride’: Can the 1967 War Offer Opportunity for Peace?
by Ramzy Baroud


Antonio Gramsci and the Battle Against Fascism
“Mass culture is a potent and dangerous counterrevolutionary force,” says Hedges. “It creates a herd mentality.”
by Chris Hedges

*Our limbs cannot be unchained

Before our minds


After a Terrorist Attack, Spain Rejected Its Hawks. Will Britain?
Spanish voters turned against the incumbent conservative party after the 2004 Madrid bombings
by Sam Husseini


In praise of Trump pulling out of the Paris climate pact
by Ken Ward

*Smacking the puppy right square on the nose

(A violent metaphor – my apologies)


The Real News Network
Why American Jews Embraced Israel After the June 1967 War
In the second part of our three-part interview special, author and scholar Norman Finkelstein analyzes the material, emotional and psychological factors behind the American Jewish embrace of Israel after the June 1967 war


Max Blumenthal Grills Progressive Rep. Jamie Raskin about Russia Allegations
Part one of Real News coverage from the the March for Truth in Washington, D.C.

*Maybe that should be “The March on Truth” … ?


Sluggish Economic Growth in Britain Fails to Compensate for Austerity
Kam Sandhu, co-founder of Real Media, explains how slow economic growth means that the Tories have not been able to achieve any of their economic objectives and have instead caused a “food bank crisis”

*A less job crisis


Arctic Climate Warming Twice as Fast As Anywhere Else
Prof. Subhankar Banerjee, editor of “Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point,” talks about the effect President Trump’s climate policies will have on the Arctic and on the rest of the planet


Six-Day War, 50-Year Occupation: What Really Happened in June 1967?
In the first of an extended three-part interview on the 50th anniversary of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war, author and scholar Norman Finkelstein debunks the enduring myths surrounding that historic confrontation — myths that have sustained​ the ensuing Israeli ​occupation of Palestinian lands​


U.S. & Russia Bomb Syria’s Civilians When They Could Help End its War
Veteran Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn of The Independent analyzes the latest developments in Syria and says the war could end if the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Iran were willing to make an agreement


Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike Suspended After 40 Days, but Could Resume
Sahar Francis of the Adameer Prisoner Support Association talks about what the Palestinian prisoners hunger strike achieved and explains why strike leader Marwan Barghouti says that it could resume if the agreement is violated


Kabul Bombing and Afghan War are a Result of Deep Contradiction in US Policy
Long-time Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn explains that the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the recent massive bombing in Kabul are the result of contradictory US support for Sunni factions in the region and will not end until US pressures Pakistan

*Forgive me for stating the literally bleeding obvious, but the US has no interest in “winning” the “GWOT” ™.

It wants to manage it for its own geostrategic and domestic political ends.

In the empire game, you can’t boogie without a boogeyman.


Theresa May in Election Jitters Caught Lying About Tory Plans to Cut The National Health Service
Kam Sandhu of Real Media says there is evidence that the Tories plan to sell off assets to service NHS; this is the first sign of distress and it will lead to privatization

*I’ll never understand this confusion as to why the corpress – in the UK and elsewhere – acts in accordance to its class interests, or why there aren’t protests aimed directly at their complicity in manufacturing consent.

Have hundreds, let along thousands, ever appeared in front of The Times of London’s or the BBC’s offices demanding they do their fucking job as journalists?

Of course, that goes as well for the NYT, LAT, WaPo, CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, NPR et alia on this side of the pond.

Trump’s right – with repulsive reasoning – that “the media is the enemy”.

We can defend a “free press”, and demand that there actually be one, can’t we?


A Guide on Organizing as Defense Against Federal Investigations and Prosecutions


Institute for Public Accuracy
Manchester Bombing: “Blowback from British Collusion with Jihadists”


After US Bombs Syrian Government for Third Time in 8 Months, Media Ask Few Questions
by Ben Norton

*Shoot first

Ask no questions later


Democracy Now!
Trump Attacks London’s Mayor & Jeremy Corbyn Calls for Theresa May’s Ouster After Terror in London

*I’d like to share Mason’s faith that Corbyn “represents a real change”, but I’ve seen far too much rhetoric remain aloof from the realm of reality.

Does he have the actual will, and if so, the political courage to stand against a foreign policy establishment and military industrial profiteers that will fight any challenge to the status quo tooth and nail?

I hope we’ll have the opportunity to see.


Trump Uses London Attack to Call for SCOTUS to Back Travel Ban Blocked by Multiple Courts


Lawyer for Tortured Detainees: U.S. Created ISIS Through Misguided Detention, Interrogation Policies


Six steps to youthful, supple arteries
How to slow down vascular aging
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



‘Literal Colonialism’: Blackwater Founder Calls for ‘American Viceroy’ to Rule Afghanistan
Given Prince’s past connections to Trump, his recommendations could have some measure of influence
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams


Trump, the Paris Agreement and the Breakdown of Multilateralism
The problem is not only about Trump’s trashing of an already weak climate agreement and process. What just happened is that the lynchpin of the world order is breaking down the world order.
by Dorothy Grace Guerrero

*Why are we trying to preserve Paris?

It’s a woefully inadequate and ultimately counterproductive agreement. It can’t be “built upon”, yet, eerily similar to the health care battle in the US, enormous energy is wasted on maintaining the status quo, rather than recognizing its deadly limitations, and fighting for solutions that give us our only chance to achieve what we claim to desire.

The Paris Agreement and the ACA are predicated on averting that outcome. They were constructed by the very forces that stand to lose control were honest efforts pursued to deal with these crises.

Our delusions of “pragmatism” are a death sentence for so many with each passing day.


The Real News Network
Clinton Blames Election Loss on Trump Helping Russians Weaponize Fake News
Journalist Michael Sainato and Paul Jay analyze Hillary Clinton’s recent interview, where she lists the reasons she lost the presidential elections and contends little of the responsibility is hers or her politics

*It comes down to “She could have lied better”, because no matter what she’d have said to appear more progressive – or human – anyone with a lick of sense (who are few and far between, it appears) knows she would never walk her talk.

There’s some data from Obama she ignored.

He’s a much better liar.


Poll Finds British Agree that UK Foreign Policy Contributes to Terrorism
Thomas Barlow, co-founder of Real Media, analyzes the latest poll results in light of UK foreign policy, the Manchester bombing, and Thursday’s general election


Justice for Port Drivers
Join our League of Working Class Heroes


Institute for Public Accuracy
50 Years After 1967 War: Environmental and Cultural Impact


Democracy Now!
As Oil Starts to Flow Through Dakota Access Pipeline, Resistance Faces Paramilitary Security Force

*Another blast of “blowback”


Part 2: Private Security Firm TigerSwan Targets Pipeline Protesters in COINTELPRO-Like Operation

*Only the dangerously naïve would think that this is an isolated phenomenon, or that it’s somehow separate from gummint – local, state and federal – response to resistance

Or that it won’t intensify as things fall further apart

Or that it wouldn’t occur had the presidential election result been different.



Bradley Foundation Floated Wisconsin Watchdog While Franklin Center Floundered
by David Armiak and Mary Bottari


The Real News Network
Denying Trade Deficit Problem Is Almost Like Climate Change Denial
CEPR co-director Dean Baker explains that Trump’s attention to the link between trade deficit and loss of manufacturing jobs is legitimate, even though many pundits continue to deny it. However, Trump’s solutions probably won’t help


A Personal Take on The Modern History of Iraq – RAI with Sabah Alnasseri (5/6)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri says Trump’s strategy is to use the war against ISIS as an excuse to build up US troop levels in Iraq to control the oil and create a pro-American government


UK Election Polls Tighten to Three Points Between May and Corbyn
Tom Barlow, co-founder of Real Media, talks about how Britain’s June 8 general election race is tightening between Labour and the Tories and how the mainstream British media is losing credibility in the process

*I’d like to know why the “terror bump” hasn’t materialized here. That obviously requires both party and media pimping.

Is there something peculiar to the UK’s political milieu that mitigates against its utility, as opposed to the US?


Institute for Public Accuracy
“How I Lost By Hillary Clinton”

*”If Democrats persevere with a politics that prioritizes well-off professionals rather than ordinary Americans, they will leave the field open to right-wing populism for many years to come.”

What it could do is spell the end of the Democratic Party, and its facade as “the people’s party”, leaving an opening for a movement that could authentically claim that mantle, which would entail not being content with “reform” of an inherently rotten system, but striving to bring about a transformation of our social, economic and political lives – the only path to our survival.

I have an infinitesimal amount of faith that that will occur, but anything less leaves us staring hopelessly into the abyss.


May 2017


End the Greedy Silence – Enough Already!
Why do we tolerate our fellow Americans dying in the tens of thousands each year because they cannot afford health insurance to get diagnosed and treated in time?
by Ralph Nader


The Real News Network
How Insurance Companies and Prisons are Making the Opiate Crisis Worse
A longtime addiction specialist says health insurance companies’ reluctance to treat heroin addiction as an emergency and prison officials’ refusal to allow inmates access to methadone are only making a bad situation worse


Canada’s Political Landscape Undergoing Realignment?
Nora Loreto, author of “From Demonized to Organized,” talks about four important political shifts that took place in Canada in the past week and what this means for Canadian politics


A Personal Take on The Modern History of Iraq – RAI with Sabah Alnasseri (4/6)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri explains why so many Shia fought for Iraq against Iran during a war that killed more than 1.8 million people; he continues the story of his family, and how from prison, his brother was able to help Sabah escape the country


Advocates See A Brighter Future With Zero-Waste and Renewable Energy
On this episode of The Real Baltimore, United Workers members Greg Sawtell, LaQeisha Greene and Charles Graham say Baltimore could be transformed by eliminating waste, embracing renewable energy and investing in green jobs


Institute for Public Accuracy
Manchester and the British Election’s “Unsayable”

*”Why wasn’t he apprehended and the network around him prevented from planning and executing the atrocity on May 22?”

Of course, a “terror attack” shortly before the election would be presumed to be to the Tories’ advantage.

I’m just sayin’ …


WaPo’s Laziest Columnist Calls Protesters ‘Fascists,’ Equates Them to Manchester Bomber
by Adam Johnson


Democracy Now!
The Intercept: As the U.S. Ramps Up Airstrikes on ISIS, Are Syrian Civilians Paying the Price?


Private Mercenary Firm TigerSwan Compares Anti-DAPL Water Protectors to “Jihadist Insurgency”



To Restrict Abortion Access Even Further, Kansas Says Font Size Matters
Called “simply harassment” by opponent, new law would stipulate that physicians’ disclosure be “on white paper, in a printed format, in black ink, and in 12-point Times New Roman font”
by Common Dreams staff

*Killing abortion access with the death of a thousand paper cuts


Government Austerity Demands That We Die Within Our Means
Most people still don’t fully understand the true scale of the human cost that government imposed austerity has unleashed
by Victoria Cooper and David Whyte

*Living within the mean


The Real News Network
From Libya to Manchester, Western Intervention Endangers Civilians
Max Blumenthal, Senior Editor for Alternet’s Grayzone Project, says the Manchester bombing’s ties to NATO intervention in Libya exemplify how Western policies overseas can help lead to attacks at home

*I think “hint” is the right term for Corbyn’s reference to Western responsibility for these attacks, and while that’s further than any other US or UK politician with any visibility has been willing to go, it’s still couched in rhetoric that accepts the “national security” narrative.

It’s akin to acknowledging the destitution engendered by austerity, without truly confronting the visceral underpinnings of the system that promotes it.

We’ll see whether the hint becomes a holler, but I wouldn’t wager the rent money on it.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Tillerson Present as Exxon Signed Deal with Saudi Arabia During Trump Visit


Postol: NYT Claims on Syria Attack Unsupported


Democracy Now!
Did Trump Campaign Rhetoric Empower the White Extremist Who Killed Two Bystanders on Portland Train?

*I think there are lines to be drawn when it comes to speech. Those lines are hard to draw, but I believe they must be in an instance such as this, or four decades ago in Skokie.

Rights often come into conflict, and simply saying, as the ACLU and others do, that free speech rights trump those of “the others” who would be subjected to such vileness, even under such acute circumstances, evinces an absolutism that diminishes our sense of humanity.

We can’t be cavalier in our restriction of speech, or in our consideration of the effect that speech has on those it targets.



‘Real Men’ Talk: Interviews between Robert Jensen and Barry Doak
by Barry Doak

*As always, Jensen provides much to ponder, but I’d like an elaboration on his comments regarding “transgenderism’s policy demands” and their hindering the goals of radical feminism

And so I’ll ask him, and post whatever I receive in response.


I got a quick reply

“This is the piece I wrote about the bathroom debate.
there are other questions that I discuss in the book, such as use of puberty blockers on children and health consequences.

I’d forgotten that I’d asked him about this earlier. Here’s what I wrote at the time, after reading the piece above

“I understand Jensen’s concerns, but his stance appears to omit consideration of how transgender folks feel about being compelled to use facilities based on their biological sex.

What discomfort, and possible harassment and harm, might someone who identifies as female face if forced to use “Men Only” facilities? How about those who ID as male in a “Female Only” environment?

I asked for his thoughts on that, and was … disappointed … in his reply. If you’re interested, I can pass along the thread if you contact me at the email in the site intro.”

No one did, and I no longer have the thread.


One Hundred Eighth Graders Boycott Paul Ryan Photo Op
“It’s not just a picture,” said one. “It’s being associated with a person who puts his party before his country.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


DAPL Company Hired War on Terror Contractors to Suppress Native Uprising
Leaked docs reveal the collusion between local police forces, pipeline company, and defense contractors as they executed ‘military-style counterterrorism measures’ to suppress the water protectors
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Artist as Prophet
by Chris Hedges

*Art for our sake


Want to Get “Back to the Land?” You’re Not Alone
Each generation has had one common desire: to live a more honest, ethical life of self-sufficiency and oneness with nature
by Nancy Matsumoto


Russia Calls House Bill an “Act of War.” Will the Senate Block H.R. 1644?
by Gar Smith

*So every member of the Congressional “Progressive” Caucus voted for this, or at least none voted against it?

If I said I was shocked

Would you believe me?


Socialist Project
Dump Hydro Privatization, Build Public Power


Hunger strike ends, prisoners declare victory
by Ali Abunimah


Tulsi Gabbard Is Not Your Friend
Tulsi Gabbard is hailed as a progressive champion. But her views on Islam and support for far-right leaders suggest otherwise
by Branko Marcetic

*The “resistance” within the Democratic Party is shot through with “PR progressives” such as Gabbard.

Don’t look for Sanders and his brood to question her contradictions

And don’t expect Marcetic to be invited to appear on “Democracy Now!” to enumerate them.


The Real News Network
Brazil’s Most Important News Outlet Plays Kingmaker
Globo TV withdraws support from President Michel Temer by leaking incriminating recording and issues retraction that implicated former presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff: report from Mike Fox in Brazil


Does NATO Confront Threats, or Create Them?
As President Trump is criticized for declining to endorse NATO’s mutual aid clause, Professor David Gibbs of the University of Arizona argues that the alliance creates threats that previously didn’t exist


Training Makes Killing Civilians Acceptable (1/4)
Josh Stieber, a member of the Army company that came upon the Iraqis murdered by the US helicopter crew, discusses the Wikileaks video and Army training that makes killing civilians acceptable


Canadian Logging Giant Attempts to Silence Critics Using Anti-Mafia Law
Todd Paglia, Executive Director of Stand.Earth, discusses a $300 million lawsuit brought against his environmental organization and Greenpeace by Resolute Forest Products under the US Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Practices Act

*Money talks

To silence its adversaries


IMF Concedes: No Debt Relief for Greece
Economist Heiner Flassbeck reports that Germany’s “shocking” position on no debt reduction of Greece’s debt prevailed, even though its debt is completely unpayable


A Personal Take on The Modern History of Iraq – RAI with Sabah Alnasseri (3/6)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri tells the story of his militant working class family, class struggle in Iraq and the sectarian conflict created by the U.S. invasion

*For those (like myself) ignorant of this history, this is highly recommended reading.


UK Tory’s Theresa May Coming Undone at the Seams with ‘Dementia’ Tax
Kam Sandhu of Real Media says ‘strong and stable’ May is showing her incompetencies and polling is beginning to reflect that as UK heads to an election on June 8th


Institute for Public Accuracy
Pro-Democracy Protests in Brazil


Understanding Meat Labels: What Grass-fed, Grain-fed, and Organic Really Means
by Dr. David Jockers


How the 5:2 diet may prevent diabetes and cognitive decline
Intermittent fasting may strengthen your defenses
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



In Face of TrumpCare ‘Abomination,’ New Jersey Latest State to Join Single Payer Push
‘TrumpCare is not the way forward.’—New Jersey State Assemblyman John Wisniewski
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A 21st century struggle for a 20th century idea


Experts: US Still ‘Needlessly Vulnerable’ to Fukushima-Style Disaster
Nuclear industry pressured regulatory commission into low-balling consequences of meltdown, especially in case of reactor fire, new article says
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


DAPL Photographer Cleared of Charges After Drone Footage Proves His Case
Prosecutors said Aaron Turgeon had put police plane and water protectors in harm’s way when he used a drone to capture footage over pipeline site
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Iraq and Afghanistan: The $6 Trillion Bill for America’s Longest War Is Unpaid
by Linda Bilmes

*No thought given to the cost of just reparations to the nations ravaged by this endless atrocity


Trump’s Latest Disastrous Raid Kills More Civilians in Yemen While U.S. Media Obediently Echoes the Pentagon
A human rights group exposes the bloodbath
by Ben Norton


Yet Another Video Shows U.S.-Funded White Helmets Assisting Public Executions in Rebel-Held Syria
The shocking regime change scandal mainstream media refuses to touch
by Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal

*Buying white hats for the White Helmets


The Manchester Bombing is Blowback from the West’s Disastrous Interventions and Covert Proxy Wars
How the US and UK helped bring jihadists like Salem Abedi to Libya and Syria
by Max Blumenthal


The Real News Network
Chuck Schumer: War Hawk or Progressive?
The Senate Democratic leader has tried to pivot to the left after Donald Trump’s win in November, but how much of the progressive agenda has he adopted?

*The question’s not whether Schumer is “progressive”, but whether “progressives” will call him on his hypocrisy, or remain silent, highlighting their own.


A Personal Take on The Modern History of Iraq – RAI with Sabah Alnasseri (2/6)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri tells the story of his militant working class family, class struggle in Iraq and the sectarian conflict created by the U.S. invasion


Post Brexit Trade Deals – Who Will be the Winners and Losers?
Trade campaigner Linda Kaucher discusses the dangers that lie ahead for the UK public in post Brexit trade deals. Will banks and corporations win at the expense of the population?


Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald: Ousting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Empowered Criminality & Corruption

*I wanted to repost this, as Greenwald acknowledges that Rousseff and Lula have “baggage”, which is frequently omitted from “alternative outlet” coverage of the Brazilian crisis.

You don’t have to put anyone on a pedestal to expose the vileness of those determined to topple it.



Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia
by Rebecca Gordon


Socialist Project
Urgent Call On Day 40 of Palestinian Hunger Strike


The Real News Network
Manchester Mourns as the Right Attempts to Tie Labour’s Corbyn to Terrorism
Theresa May’s dwindling campaign gets the “terror attack” bump considered necessary for a victory on June 8th, while the right attempts to connect Jeremy Corbyn to the memory of the 1996 IRA Manchester bombing, says Richard Seymour of Salvage


Trump Budget: Foundation for Great American Misery
Every time we move money out of education or building a green economy and move it into the military we are losing jobs for every dollar we spend, says Prof. Emeritus Robert Pollin of the Political Economy Research Institute


‘There’s going to be a lot of people who vote for Theresa May who will deeply regret it’
Tax specialist Richard Murphy describes the looming crash ahead for the UK after GE2017, and the myth of a ‘strong and stable’ conservative government


Color of Change
GEO Group paid Trump off. Now Sessions is filling their prison beds.


Elite Media Need to Recognize Assaults on Reporters as a Pattern–and a Threat
by Janine Jackson

*”One wonders, and worries, what it will take for elite media to change their minds about that.”

Thomas Friedman sucker punched by Peter King?

(Not that he’d ever have reason to)


For USA Today, Healthcare Glass Is 1/24th Full
by Michael Corcoran

*#BREAKING British authorities revise Manchester attack death toll to only 21


Democracy Now!
Jeremy Scahill on Trump’s Embrace of Duterte’s Deadly War on Drugs in the Philippines


Scahill & Greenwald: What If All Victims of War Received the Media Attention of Manchester Victims?


Journalist Desmond Cole on How the Toronto Star Tried to Silence His Activism for Black Liberation

*Writing while black



Brazil’s Political Rupture and the Left’s Opportunity
Fora Temer – eleições diretas já!
“Out with Temer – direct elections now!” Amid meltdown in Brazil, the left calls for democracy, while the right must find ways to deny the people a voice
by Alfredo Saad-Filho


Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
DEA Agents Oversaw Notorious 2012 Deadly Force Incident in Ahuas, Honduras, US Government Report Concludes
Quick Review of Report Shows it Contradicts Previous Drug Enforcement Agency Claims of Only a “Supportive” Role in Joint US-Honduran Operation


The Real News Network
Art as a Form of Nonviolent Resistance: Palestine
Palestinian political cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh talks about his art and its importance to him and to the Palestinian people


Another US Housing Bubble?
Economist Michael Hudson explains that even though housing prices are back up at 2008 levels, homeownership is at a much lower level and banks have their loans guaranteed by the US government


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump-DeVos: A Budget that Will “Decimate Public Education”


Deficit Scare Tactics Are What Citizens Should Really Be Afraid Of
by Dean Baker

*Deficit Attention Disorder


Democracy Now!
Tariq Ali: Manchester Bombing is Part of Vicious Cycle, Likely Blowback from Ongoing War on Terror


Tariq Ali on Upcoming U.K. Elections & Why Raising the Threat Level is a Largely Psychological Move



‘You Can’t Make This Up’: Comcast Threatens Legal Action Against Net Neutrality Proponents
If FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s plan “is enacted, there would be nothing preventing Comcast from simply blocking sites like Comcastroturf.com that are critical of their corporate policies”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


School Choice Is a Scam in Segregated Neighborhoods
by Jitu Brown

*A “a robust, rigorous and relevant curriculum” would perforce include an honest examination of the factors that lead to such inequity.

Regardless of how well endowed a school may be, what are the odds of that aspect being extant?


Why Care About Other People’s Children
by Steven Singer

*Giving a shit

So we don’t become it


Tom Perez Bombs Speech, California Dem Chair Tells Protesters ‘Shut the Fuck Up’
DNC Chair offers same meaningless rhetoric that incited protests and criticisms of his ability to lead
by Michael Sainato

*I have deep misgivings about the sincerity of Turner and her faction, as far as walking the walk to the end of the road, but there’s no doubt about Perez and the DNC’s double dealership.

Would you buy an overused bromide from this man?


The Real News Network
Manchester Mourns as the Right Attempts to Tie Labour’s Corbyn to Terrorism
Theresa May’s dwindling campaign gets the “terror attack” bump considered necessary for a victory on June 8th, while the right attempts to connect Jeremy Corbyn to the memory of the 1996 IRA Manchester bombing

*So, given that the corpress won’t, will Corbyn make plain the literally bleeding obvious hypocrisy of the Tories regarding “terrorism”?


John Pilger: Julian Assange is Cleared of Rape Charges, but Far From Free
Filmmaker and journalist John Pilger says Swedish authorities should be ’embarrassed’ for pursuing what he called trumped up accusations against Assange, and also speaks about how journalists are increasingly targeted as enemies of the state


Trump’s Mideast ‘Peace Opportunity’ Ignores Palestinian Rights & Threatens Iran
On a visit to Israel, President Donald Trump claims to see “a rare opportunity for peace” in the Middle East, but Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Trump is only offering more U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestinians and hostility towards Iran


Trudeau’s Carbon Reduction Plan Inadequate
Dimitri Lascaris says Trudeau’s pricing scheme is defective and not even close to what is necessary to enforce reductions


Petition update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
New York Attorney General caves in, allows car dealers to sell unsafe recalled used cars


Institute for Public Accuracy
Roots of Terror: Is Trump Enabling ISIS?


Democracy Now!
As Last Confederate Statue Is Removed in New Orleans, Will School Names & Street Signs Follow?


U.S. Extends Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, But Will Mass Deportations Follow in 6 Months?


NYC Councilmember Defends Puerto Rican Day Parade Honoring Oscar López Rivera



Trump Official Praises Autocratic Rule: ‘Not a Single Hint of a Protester’ in Saudi Arabia
No ‘bad placards’ in nation where such political dissent is punishable by death
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The silence of the slaughtered lambs


Moving by Stealth or Blatantly, Texas Advances Discriminatory Bills
‘The Texas lawmakers of the 85th legislative session are on the wrong side of history’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Don’t Let Trump Drama Distract You While Congress Dismantles Medicaid
I’m obsessed with what this Congress is doing to the funding for health care, especially Medicaid, which insures 62.3 million Americans
by Mark Trahant


The Death of the Republic
by Chris Hedges


There Is No Getting Around the Fact That Restricting Abortion Access Has Economic Consequences for Women
by Jennifer Dalven


MST Leader Joao Pedro Stedile: ‘We need direct elections now and an emergency plan for the people’
After Temer falls, we need to stay on the streets, Stedile says
by Joana Tavares

*Why hasn’t a presidential candidate with fewer contradictions than Lula emerged after all these years?

Regardless, any movement capable of making the changes necessary can’t be based on the political capital of one personage, and must hold that person to account to work for justice for the exploited in Brazil.

I have a penchant for stating the eminently obvious.


Iran’s presidential election: the cynical moderate versus the representative of the deep state
As the incumbent moderate president faces off the Islamic Republic’s deep state, potential variations and the shadow of previous disputed elections looms menacingly
by Ehsan Abdoh-Tabrizi


Legitimation Crises
by Andrew Levine


The Real Aim of Trump’s Trip to Saudi Arabia
by Robert Fisk


Center for Food Safety
Landmark Report Shows Bee-killing Seed Coatings Aren’t Worth the Harm
Farmer and environmental friendly alternatives should replace toxic neonic seed coatings


The Real News Network
Israel Siphoning Natural Gas from Gaza Says Dutch Report
US and Israeli companies are working with Israeli approval to siphon natural gas from Gaza’s territorial waters, even though this is illegal according to international law, says TRNN’s Shir Hever


Collusion is the Focus, But Trump Finances May Have More Answers
Economist and attorney James Henry analyzes the latest developments in the Russiagate probe, and the unanswered questions surrounding Donald Trump’s business dealings abroad

*Perhaps the US corpress doesn’t want to deal with the financial finagling because those they serve don’t wish them to?

Who profits from a narrative of treachery with the Russkies?

Who profits from one that shines light on the dark dealings of global capital?


Brazil’s Spiraling Corruption Scandal Deepens with Temer at the Centre
A political earthquake hits Brazil again as the highly unpopular president Michel Temer is implicated in new corruption allegations and the calls for immediate elections grow stronger, reports Mike Fox from Brazil


Laotian Victim of Sex Tourism Awarded Almost $1 Million in US Court
In an unprecedented judgement, a woman raped as a teen by an American visiting Laos was awarded $950,000 by a federal jury. Her lawyers, Linda Miller and Patrick Arenz, spoke with TRNN about this groundbreaking outcome


UK’s Conservative Party Manifesto Amounts to a Heist (2/2)
In Part II with Real Media’s Kam Sandhu, she explains how the Conservative Party’s manifesto promotes fracking and robs the elderly of their pension and care


UK Conservative Party Presents its Austerity Election Program (1/2)
The Conservative Party presents itself as a good economic manager, but its austerity policies have so far only increased Britain’s debt, explains Real Media’s Kam Sandhu


Can Europe Stop the Far Right if It Doesn’t Stop Neoliberal Austerity?
As a second German soldier is arrested in an alleged plot to frame Syrian refugees for a shooting attack, Liz Fekete of the Institute of Race Relations in London says Europe’s far-right movements are fueled in part by the impacts of neoliberal austerity


FBI Investigations Are Conducted at the Discretion of its Director
White collar criminologist Bill Black explains the history and dynamics of FBI investigations, which show that they are not as unstoppable or unimpeachable as they are being made out to be


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Pretends Horrific Saudi Attack on Yemen Helps Security


Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For
by Adam Johnson

*Fairy tales for the Black Magic Kingdom



Global Study Shows Americans Dying from Preventable Causes at Shocking Rates
‘Having a strong economy does not guarantee good healthcare’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


GOP Proposes ‘Draconian’ Bills to Criminalize Millions of Immigrants
The legislation would “turn millions of Americans into criminals overnight,” says Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real News Network
Is Russia the “Adversary” of the United States?
Moscow based journalist Jeffrey Taylor and Paul Jay challenge the underlying assumption of the furor in Washington, that Russia is the enemy of the American people


How I Met Roger Ailes, Political and Sexual Predator
Media critic Jeff Cohen and Paul Jay discuss the critical role Roger Ailes played in creating Fox News and Presidents Bush and Trump; Ailes died today at age 77

*Any wagers on the likelihood that “the liberal media” will be oh so circumspect in their retrospectives of his repugnant reign?

Yes, the sexual predation will receive mention, but the fact that he fucked with the lives of billions … ?

I know what my money’s on.


Bernie Sanders Supporters Are Suing the DNC for Fraud
In an overlooked class-action case, Bernie Sanders supporters are suing the Democratic National Committee for fraud over revelations party officials sought to help Hillary Clinton defeat Sanders in the primary. Elizabeth Lee Beck, the plaintiffs’ co-counsel, reports


Trump Pushed Conspiracy Theories, Now Liberal Detractors Do Too
Donald Trump’s path to the White House was paved by his embrace of conspiracy theories, most notably the “birther” lie. Sarah Jones of the New Republic warns that an alarming number of Trump’s liberal detractors are following suit

*The bastard’s killing people.

That’s what presidents do.

Focus on that.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s Syria Bombing Impeachable


At CNN, Imagining an Absurd Iranian/ISIS Alliance
by Jim Naureckas

*A 360 degree turn of the facts


Chelsea Manning Is Free–but Whistleblowers Still Face Prison
by Janine Jackson


‘Puerto Rico Is Emblematic of the Excesses of These Financial Systems’
Counterspin interview with Ed Morales on Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Human Rights Lawyer: Sweden Dropping Investigation of WikiLeaks’ Assange is “Long Overdue Decision”



The Establishment Remains Hostage to the ‘Rules of Espionage’
But that doesn’t mean we should participate
by Robert C. Koehler

*Sound and fury

And the stultifying significance of nothing


The post-Trump era?
by Doug Henwood

*There’ll be celebrating in the streets

While Pence and party pop the champagne


The Real News Network
Special Counsel Investigating Trump Campaign Has Deep Ties to the Deep State
Former FBI agent and 9/11 whistleblower Coleen Rowley says former FBI head Robert Mueller, now appointed to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, participated in covering up the pre 9/11 role of the U.S. intelligence agencies and the Bush Administration, helped create the post 9/11 national security/surveillance state, and helped facilitate the pre-Iraq war propaganda machine


CO2 Emissions Decline in India and China
Climate scientist Bill Hare says that China’s and India’s moves towards renewable energy could counter the negative effects of the Trump administration’s climate policies

*I’d like to share in Hare’s optimism, but without massive public pressure to force truly transformative change – a factor he doesn’t speak to – gummints will always place political considerations before climate necessity, no matter how “rational” he deems their policies to be.

“Progress” is meaningless if it simply means a slower descent into the abyss.


UK Corruption, the Election, and Austerity
David Whyte of Liverpool University explains how the Conservatives’ election slogans are bound to deliver the opposite of what they are promising


Chelsea Manning is Free, and Her Impact is Worldwide
U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is free after serving seven years behind bars. Kevin Gosztola of Shadowproof and Nathan Fuller of the Courage Campaign have remained deeply involved in her case, discuss Manning’s freedom and her global impact

*There aren’t that many mensches in the world

Manning’s one of them, by any measure.


National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
Sign to support Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians in the U.S.


Institute for Public Accuracy
The Israeli-ISIS Accommodation and Other Inconvenient Realities


Democracy Now!
Saying “No to Silence”: Hear Murdered Mexican Journalist Javier Valdez in His Own Words


Anabel Hernández on the Death of Javier Valdez & Mexican Journalists Confronting a Surge in Violence



If China Can Fund Infrastructure with Its Own Credit, So Can We
by Ellen Brown

*Own to rent


Is Trump’s Infrastructure Plan an Attack on Democracy?
by John Buell


Ignored By Western Media, Syrians Describe the Nightmare the Armed Opposition Brought Them
Trapped between a police state and Al Qaeda, average Syrians explain why they fear regime change
by Rania Khalek

*The simplistic rarely leads to the solution


ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging Pensacola Panhandling Ordinance
Lawsuit on behalf of local citizens and charity organization argues law set to go into effect tomorrow violates free speech and due process


The Real News Network
Tired of Tax Breaks for Wealthy Developers, Baltimore Activists Offer Affordable Housing Solution
A broad coalition of Baltimore housing advocacy groups are proposing a dedicated trust fund managed by community members to finance fixing vacant homes and build more affordable housing


Advocates Want Zero Waste Without Incineration
Local and national advocates praise Baltimore moving towards zero-waste but warn of the dangers of further contamination by trash incinerators


Upcoming Presidential Vote in Iran Tight Race Between Conservative and Moderate Incumbent
The sluggish Iranian economy is the main issue for President Rouhani’s reelection, says Trita Parsi, author of “Losing an Enemy”


Donald Trump is a Classic Corporatist
Radical anthropologist David Graeber analyzes how Trump fits into US history, who represents real estate interests above all else


Why Did the FBI Leak the Comey Memo?
Prof. Robert English, who worked for the U. S. Department of Defense, tells Paul Jay that a deep Russophobia and the interests of the military industrial complex are driving the permanent state to exaggerate the significance of Trump’s transgressions so they can torpedo a more rational approach to U.S. Russia relations; that said, Trump and friends’ financial corruption involving Russian oligarchs may emerge as the real story

*This “Russia to judgment” is transparently hypocritical and self serving, but the question I have is whether we really want the US and Russia “cooperating” in Syria and other areas.

It’s one thing to avoid antagonism with another nuclear power, and another to “forge a strategic relationship” at the expense of the rights and lives of the people living in those “areas of cooperation”, don’t you think?

White hats are in short supply at the geopolitical warehouse.


‘Many More People Would Die if Republicans Are Successful’
CounterSpin interview with Margarida Jorge on GOP attack on ACA and Medicaid
by Janine Jackson


Institute for Public Accuracy
Whistleblower Manning Appeals as Trump Escalates Threats to Journalism


Democracy Now!
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Probe U.S. Border Patrol over Killing of Mexican Father


Border Angels Resist Trump’s Immigration Crackdown with Services and Water for Border-Crossing Migrants


Activists Sue to Block Plans to Bury 3.6 Million Pounds of Nuclear Waste Near California Beach



To Fight ‘Surveillance Culture,’ Activists Release Kid-Focused Privacy Toolkit
“You shouldn’t need a PhD or law degree to ensure that your child’s sensitive student data isn’t shared with commercial entities”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


FCC Anti-Net Neutrality Plan Sparks All Out Comment War, Bots Included
Chairman Ajit Pai slammed for one-sided portrayal of debate, painting net neutrality proponents as racist trolls
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Ruthless Coal CEO, Blamed for 29 Deaths, Asks Trump Not to ‘Punish’ Executives
Coal executive responsible for deadly mine explosion tells President Donald Trump in letter that “coal supervisors are not criminals”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A heart as black as coal


The Real News Network
Israel Begins to Confiscate 20% of Asylum-Seekers’ Incomes
Documentary filmmaker Lia Tarachansky explains that the income garnishing measure targets African refugees and is intended to discourage asylum in Israel


Corbyn’s New Labour Manifesto Fires Up Base, Angers UK Elites
Thomas Barlow of UK’s Real Media says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s new “For the Many, Not the Few” manifesto puts sweeping progressive change on the table, much to the chagrin of the British political and media establishment


Trump Heads to Saudi Arabia – Target Iran and Iraq?
Sabah Alnasseri and Paul Jay discuss the Trump/Saudi plan for an anti-Iran Arab alliance and to use ISIS as justification for increasing American troop levels – with Iraq’s oil as the prize

*Climaxing Cheney’s wet dream?


Trump Appoints Voter Suppression Expert as “Voter Integrity” Director
Investigative reporter Greg Palast explains how Kris Kobach has used voter registration databases to purge millions of legitimate voters and now he is in charge of “voter integrity”

*There is vote fraud

These malevolent maneuvers by the Republicans

And the pretense that the DNC gives a shit, while blaming the Russians for everything.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Mnuchin and Congress Plotting Tax Cuts for Wealthy Opposed by Majority



Fate of LA’s Public Schools Hangs in Balance in Major Trump-Era Election
If two industry-supported candidates unseat public education advocates on school board, they will ‘squash democratic control of public schools’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Trying to Explain the Disdain for Poor Americans
by Paul Buchheit

*#4 Possible Reason for the Disdain — Simple Sociopathy

Wealth is based on exploitation, directly or indirectly, and those addicted to it simply don’t care about the consequences for the exploited. How else to explain the hell inflicted on indigenous populations and others in the name of corporate profit, to take one example?

The contempt doesn’t lead to the crime

It justifies it.

(Actually, I’d place that as #1.)


We Are on Cusp of ‘Deepest, Most Consequential Disruption of Transportation in History’
by Andy Rowell


Cornucopia Institute
Massive Fraud in Organic Grain Imports Uncovered
Industry Watchdog Reinforces Call for New Leadership at USDA National Organic Program

*The only thing organic is the utter duplicity


The Real News Network
Britain’s Plans to Fight Air Pollution is “Weak and Incoherent”
James Thornton of Client Earth explains that Britain has one of the worst records in air pollution in Europe and the government’s plan of “malign neglect” will do nothing to reverse this

*I could’ve done without the pimping for California’s pollution policies, which have numerous contradictions and look good only in comparison to the criminal neglect and active promotion of climate catastrophe practiced in so many other places.

As for the driving restrictions, without truly efficient and affordable public transit, there is a very regressive element to such a scheme, don’t you think?

Given the Tories’ zeal to privatize that area among innumerable others, the prospects don’t appear promising.


Trump Expanding War From Syria to Afghanistan As Media Focuses on Comey
VJ Prashad and Paul Jay: while the media continues its frenzy over Comey’s firing and the “Russia connection”, Trump is readying his “global war against Islamic Fascism” to be fought “without restraint”

*Wouldn’t you have liked to have heard something about the economic and geostrategic reasons the US remains in Afghanistan – something about “Pipelineistan”, to employ Pepe Escobar’s phrase?

It’s a common omission in pieces about this war, innit?

(And wouldn’t like to read a decipherable transcript? I have any number of criticisms of “Democracy Now!”, but they consistently produce accurate transcripts in a timely manner.

It’s a matter of priorities, and I guess TRNN doesn’t consider providing its audience with information they can actually understand a mission to place at the top of their list.)


Trump Reiterates Support for a New Glass-Steagall Act, But It Will it Pass Congress?
Trump administration support for reinstating Glass-Steagall Act is an effort to appeal to Trump’s base, but won’t go anywhere. It would be beneficial, though, if it doesn’t mean also deregulating the finance sector, says Gerald Epstein of PERI


Canada’s Housing Bubble is Larger than that of the US Before 2008
In most of Canada fewer and fewer people can afford housing because of a massive housing bubble, explains white collar criminologist Bill Black


Is Hannity, the Last of the Longtime Fox Stars, Looking for the Door?
by Eoin Higgins


How much sodium do we salt our foods with at home?
Not as much as you may think
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



The Real News Network
Venezuelan Government’s Call for a Constitutional Assembly is a “Mixed Bag”
Steve Ellner considers the government’s call for a constitutional assembly a positive step for breaking the political deadlock, but it still won’t solve the country’s most pressing problems


Can UK Labour Woo the Young and the Restless on June 8th?
Thomas Barlow of Real Media says the large number of young people that are registering to vote in this general election could mean unexpected results


Why are British Columbians Voting Liberal, Against Their Own Interest?
British Columbia is giving away lumber at a half cent an acre and the Green Party holds the balance of power at a tipping point on energy policy, says Michael Hudson


Rattling the Bars: MIT Students Demand Divestment From Prison Profiteering Corporations
Eddie Conway speaks with two graduate student organizers who are working with the Ordinary People’s Society to take on Aramark, a company that has faced many human rights complaints in prisons


Conservatives Are Getting Closer to the first Constitutional Convention since 1787
Max Parthas and Eddie Conway discuss the danger of corporate forces controlling a process of rewriting the constitution and the importance of education and mobilization of the grassroots to counter it


UK: Progressive or Regressive on Tax?
Most people think the UK has a progressive tax system, but huge cuts to the corporation tax since 2010 alongside rises in VAT mean the system is becoming more regressive


Trump Fires Comey for Actions He Once Praised
President Trump says he fired FBI Director Comey over his handling of the Clinton email investigation, which Trump previously praised. Roll Call columnist Jonathan Allen says
Trump may be trying to weaken FBI probe of his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia


Witnessing the Horrors of the War on Drugs Made this Physician an Outspoken Opponent
Maryland Delegate Dan Morhaim says ending the drug war is the first step to addressing the root causes of addiction


Media Are Literally Copy-and-Pasting ICE Press Releases
by Adam Johnson

*”C&P” has another connotation

“Collude and propagate”


Big Media Need to Fight for the Right to Protest
by Janine Jackson

*The thing is, these protesters aren’t opposing a disfavored gummint in Venezuela, so I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the corpress to come to their defense.


Democracy Now!
Donald Trump Orders “Election Integrity” Commission Headed by Architects of Voter Suppression


Jailed Reporter Barrett Brown on Press Freedom, FBI Crimes & Why He Wouldn’t Do Anything Differently


On Black Mama’s Bail Out Day, “Goal is to Free Our People from These Cages” Before Mother’s Day



‘Huge Victory’ in Seneca Lake: After Years of Protest, Gas Storage Project Abandoned
“Don’t think people can’t make a difference. People can prevail.”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


What I Learned from Susan Burton, a Modern-Day Harriet Tubman
Reading her life story will change the way you view the world
by Michelle Alexander

*It is often those with little reason to hope that give us reason to


The Corruption of a Dream
by Oupa Lehulere

*South Africa’s treasonous tragedy


The Palestinian Hunger Strike Continues as Trump Prepares for His Israel Visit
The ugly face of the occupation is on display as 1,500 prisoners refuse to eat
by Vijay Prashad


Fight for $15
McDonald’s, STOP stealing from employees

*If the food don’t make you sick

The fraud will


Russia Prosecutor General, investigate mass murder and torture of LGBT people in Chechnya
by Игорь Я.


‘Chevron Was Just Fabricating a Lie to Get Out of Paying for a Cleanup’
Counterspin interview with Paul Paz y Miño on Chevron’s oil spill in Ecuador
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Historian of Fascism: Why Trump Firing FBI Director Comey Amid Russia Probe is So Worrisome

*I think Ben-Ghiat, as with so many others, is overplaying the “Russian puppet” meme, but she makes some salient points about his authoritarian tendencies, the testing of limits, and the litmus test of loyalty über alles.


Kshama Sawant: Don’t Wait for Authoritarian Trump to Be Impeached, This is the Moment to Revolt

*At some point, folks like Sawant – if they’re serious about deep dish change – are going to have to acknowledge the contradictions that make plain that Sanders and “progressive Democrats” aren’t committed to it.

The only “unity tour” we should be on is the one that takes us to a destination beyond yet another cycle of “reform” of the unreformable, wasting the most precious time in our species’ existence.


Human Rights Lawyers Are Fighting a Justice Department Order to Stop Legal Aid for Immigrants


Workers Fear Radiation Exposure After Nuclear Waste Storage Tunnels Collapse in Washington

*Call it “glowback”



Graduates Turn Their #BackstoBetsy DeVos at HBCU Commencement Speech
Education secretary’s selection described as “very tone deaf, not only to the students of the university and its supporters, but to African-Americans”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Public Citizen
Groups Call on Facebook to Disclose and Explain Its Collection of Psychological Insights About Its Youngest Users
Facebook Told Marketers It Can Detect Teens Feeling ‘Insecure’ and ‘Worthless’; Data Could Be Used to Drive Products Based on Mood and Using Manipulation

*An emoji hasn’t yet been created that adequately expresses my reaction to this.


The Real News Network
Comey Affair Sign of a Fractured American State
Historian Gerald Horne and Paul Jay dig deeper into Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the forces driving great divisions in the elites, the political class and the state apparatus


Assassination of 41 Activists in Colombia Threatens Peace Process
The Colombian government’s peace agreement with the FARC rebels requires the government to protect activists and former FARC fighters, but the government is not living up to this requirement, says Prof. Mario Murillo


Hunger Strike to Get King’s College to Divest from Fossil Fuels
Roger Hallam’s 8-week civil disobedience and hunger strike at King’s College London, finally resulted in fossil fuel divestment

*We can put our ass on the line

Or we can kiss it goodbye


Institute for Public Accuracy
Comey Firing


‘The New York Times Wants to Have a Very Circumscribed Discussion’
CounterSpin interview with Jim Naureckas on Bret Stephens
by Janine Jackson

*All the “nuance” that’s printed to fit


Action Alert: Asking Questions of Government Figures Is Not a Crime
by Jim Naureckas

*Ask me no questions, so I can tell you more lies


Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald on Trump’s “Shocking” Firing of FBI Chief James Comey Amid Russian Probe


Glenn Greenwald: Independent Probe Needed to Uncover Truth Behind Russia’s Role in 2016 Election


Greenwald: Hillary is to Blame for Losing 2016 Election, Not James Comey

*No “viable alternative” to this regime can have any place for the Democratic Party, if I understand the meaning of “viable”.


Could Firing of James Comey Mark the Beginning of the End for Trump Presidency?


Greenwald: Supporting U.S.-Russia Relations Should Be Encouraged, Not Viewed as Sign of Treason

*Does Greenwald view how Bush and Obama (aka Dear Leader and Dear Misleader) used Big Brotherismo as “responsible”?

And I don’t want to see the US and Russia “somehow working together” in Syria, if it means anything other than trying to end the horror that engulfs its people, which neither have shown any sincere inclination toward, have they?


Glenn Greenwald Unveils New Project to Build Animal Shelter in Brazil Staffed by Homeless People



Wisconsin ID Law Kept 200,000 Voters From Polls—And Trump Won by Just 22,748 Votes
‘The lost voters skewed more African-American and more Democrat’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


GOP Rep Finds Himself in Hot Seat Even After Abruptly Cutting Off Interview
‘You voted for this bill in a rush. There were no committee hearings. This is my life,’ one constituent said to Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) on Monday night
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I have to wonder who allowed this bastard to use those black kids as props for his abortive dog doo and pony poop show.


ISIS Gains Power and Innocents Die as Syria Retreats From Peace
Trump’s failed leadership is only making the sectarian violence worse
by Vijay Prashad


The Real News Network
5 Types of Bullsh*t Jobs with David Graeber
David Graeber talks bullshit jobs and the concept of work under capitalism with Real Media and the Real News Network


U.S. Deepens Support for Saudi War on Yemen Even as Al-Qaeda Benefits
In Part Two of our interview, Professor Sheila Carapico of the University of Richmond says that while the U.S.-backed Saudi-led war on Yemen has caused a humanitarian crisis for civilians, two beneficiaries include the U.S. weapons industry and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula


Democrats Are Out of Step with Their Base on Israel-Palestine
Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Democratic politicians, even progressives like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, are out of touch with their supporters when it comes to defending Palestinian rights

*Anyone with a ounce of understanding of how politics is played in these here United States shouldn’t be surprised in the least by any contradiction on the part of any politician

Including Saint Bernard.


French President Elect: Unveiling The Golden Boy Emmanuel Macron
Macron takes 90% of the vote in bourgeois Paris but Le Pen got 56% of the workers across France, says Serge Halimi of Le Monde Diplomatique


The US Middle Class is Shrinking and Moving Towards a “Dual Economy”
MIT Economist Peter Temin, the author of “The Vanishing Middle Class,” explains how the US is moving towards two economies, one for the lower 80% and one for the upper 20%

*Our most pressing educational imperative is a widespread understanding of the how the exploitocracy exerts its power, and how we can stand against it.


Prime Minister Theresa May Accuses EU of Interfering in UK Elections
Kam Sandhu of Real Media explains that May is adopting far-right UKIP discourse towards EU in an effort to win votes and a better Brexit deal


Third Mysterious Death of a Black Ferguson Activist
Edward Crawford is the third mysterious death of a young Black activist man in Ferguson over the past three years. Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report argues that this cannot be a coincidence

*Ford’s speaking to self defense, which is never the province of the oppressed.


NPR Can’t Help Hyping North Korean Threat
by Glen Frieden

*N ationalistic
P ropaganda
R egurgitation


Democracy Now!
Show Me Your Papers, Texas-Style: Lawmakers Condemn SB4 as Greatest Legislative Threat to Immigrants



What Would It Look Like to Build a Politics That’s Open to People But Closed to Big Money?
For the left to work out where it is headed, and how it can dismantle its true enemy of unfettered finance while defending vulnerable people, it needs to be able to have serious debate
by Christine Berry


Weaponized Philanthropy: Document Trove Details Bradley Foundation’s Efforts to Build Right-Wing “Infrastructure” Nationwide
by Mary Bottari

*Even with all this money and maneuvering, if the Democratic Party and labor “leadership” had an ounce of political acumen – leaving aside political integrity – these efforts would have been for naught.

Godawful gubernatorial candidates like Barrett and Burke, and the funneling of the energy unleashed at the Capitol into the recall, rather than building an aggressive grassroots movement against all that Walker represented, ensured Bradley’s and its allies’ successes.

The fact that the Democratic coalition has raised nary a peep regarding voter suppression and outright election theft illustrates just how removed it is from any commonly understood definition of “resistance”.


ACLU Challenges Madison County Sheriff’s Department’s Systematic Targeting of Black Residents for Unconstitutional, and Often Violent, Searches and Seizures
Madison County Deputies Routinely Subject Black Residents to Suspicionless Stops, Searches, and Seizures, Using Show-ID Checkpoints, Roadblocks, “Jump Outs,” and Home Invasions


The Real News Network
French Presidential Elections: Choice of Lesser Evil Between a White Supremacist or Ultra Neoliberalist
Yasser Louati, says French voters face an impossible choice of an openly racist candidate or an uberneoliberal former investment banker that will implement policies that will fuel, ignite and spark even more competitive hatred among French


It’s Destroying Communities, and Tearing Apart Families
Youth advocate Bobby Marvin Holmes describes the trauma inflicted on Baltimore by the ongoing Drug War


Is Venezuela’s Withdrawal from the OAS Justified?
Mark Weisbrot of CEPR argues that the Organization of American States is not a true multilateral body because the US largely controls it, often against the interests of individual member states


The Working Poor Will Lose Health Insurance Under GOP Health Plan
Patty Eakins of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses explains that hospitals that serve the working poor would suffer especially and could close under GOP plan


New Conflicts of Interest Uncovered for Trump’s Son-In-Law Jared Kushner
TRNN’s Shir Hever analyzes the financial ties that Jared Kushner has to the Steinmetz family, whose members have been accused of corruption in Africa


The War on Drugs Failed by Not Addressing Root Causes of Addiction
Renowned Canadian physician and author Gabor Maté says programs like Vancouver’s safe injection sites have proved to be widely successful alternatives to criminalizing addiction

*It’s not a “War on Drugs”

It’s a war on some drug users, based on class and race, as a method of control, and thus will never be based on what works

Because it does work, for that purpose.


Greece Passes New Austerity for New Loans
Bond holders, banks, and the IMF bear responsibility for having made irresponsible loans to Greece, so it is not right for them to force yet more austerity on Greece, says Michael Hudson


“We can’t do anything

(Because we won’t do anything)”


Turks Challenge Erdogan’s Referendum Result Amid Ongoing Repression
Erdogan’s narrow win in the constitutional reform referendum means he feels insecure and therefore continues his crackdown on opponents, says journalist Guney Isikara


Color of Change
Eventbrite: Stop sponsoring hate groups!


Institute for Public Accuracy
Drone Killings: “Making Children Afraid of Sunny Days”


Lockheed Martin-Funded Experts Agree: South Korea Needs More Lockheed Martin Missiles
by Adam Johnson


Trump Uses Power of FCC to Pay Back Friends at Sinclair Broadcasting
by Michael Cocoran

*A multitude of megaphonies


Democracy Now!
Neoliberal Investment Banker Macron Defeats Openly Xenophobic & Racist Le Pen in French Election


Puerto Rico’s Financial Future Now in the Hands of a Single Judge Overseeing Massive Bankruptcy


Exclusive: Meet the Arkansas Judge Who Faces Impeachment for Protesting Against the Death Penalty



In Face of Government Apathy, Activists Launch Wave of Global Divestment Actions
‘The movement is stepping up at a time when governments are failing their people and climate impacts are taking us into uncharted territory’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


It’s Not Too Late To Save Net Neutrality From a Captured FCC
The current Trump-appointed FCC chairman, has ushered in a virulent strain of market libertarianism. He can and must be stopped.
by Victor Pickard


How Public Participation Saved Canada’s Internet (Or: What Happens When Decision-Makers Actually Listen)
Net Neutrality is on everyone’s mind, and for good reason: Last week FCC Chairman Ajit Pai unveiled a plan to hand over the internet to companies like Comcast by eliminating Title II protections
by Cynthia Khoo


Center for International Environmental Law
EU Supports Toxic Regulations, Immediately Creates Loopholes to Undermine Them


ACLU-TN Statement on Passage of “LGBT Erasure” Legislation


The Real News Network
GOP Attack on Obamacare Won’t Slow Calls for Dems to Back Single-Payer
Carol Paris, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, says the Republican vote to repeal Obamacare won’t deter the movement pressuring Democrats to back Medicare-for-All

*We can work to keep a piece of shit from becoming a pile of it, or we can flush ’em both and take this out of the toilet altogether.


Hunger Strike by Palestinian Prisoners Reaches Day 18
Abby Martin and Paul Jay discuss the significance of the resistance by over 1,000 prisoners in Israeli jails

*Palestinians aren’t feeling the Bern.

Well, actually I suppose they are.


Code Pink Activists Convicted for Disrupting Jeff Sessions Hearing
Desiree Fairooz and Lenny Bianchi of the activist group Code Pink tell about their protest and the verdict, which they say was unjustifed


Institute for Public Accuracy
As Saudis Threaten Port, Yemen Famine Leaves Refugee Chief “Shocked to the Bones”


‘It Comes Down to Monopoly Control of the Aftermarket’
CounterSpin interview with Kyle Wiens on copyright overreaching
by Janine Jackson


Declining to Label Lies, NPR Picks Diplomacy Over Reality
by Adam Johnson

*Can we call this a “lie”?



Democracy Now!
Protests Erupt After House Republicans Pass Healthcare Bill That Could Hike Premiums for Millions


French Voters Face Presidential Election Between Xenophobic Candidate & Centrist Investment Banker


NAACP Calls on Louisiana to Charge Police Officers Who Shot & Killed Alton Sterling in Viral Video


NAACP Renews Demands for Police Reform After Police Shooting of Black Teen Jordan Edwards in Dallas



Killer Drones in the Empire State
by Norman Solomon

*One might ask Bernie these same questions about building the F-35 in Vermont

And “one” is being optimistic, isn’t it?


The Real News Network
Hamas Party Moves Towards Practical Politics
Imad Al-Soos discusses the new Hamas declaration of principles, and how it differs from the old Hamas charter of 1988


Palestinian Leader Abbas Meets with Trump, Praising Him
Abbas flattered Trump in an effort to gain favor with him, but the US president offered nothing new in terms of US policy towards Palestinians, says Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada


Donald Trump & Theresa May Spell Climate Disaster say UK Protesters
UK protesters demand a million climate jobs, a halt to fracking and divestment from fossil fuels


Justice for Port Drivers
Working Class Hero


Institute for Public Accuracy
Horizon on Healthcare: Single Payer?


The Religious Freedom Strategy of the Christian Right


Democracy Now!
Florida Lawmakers Apologize to Family of “Groveland Four,” Black Men Falsely Accused of Rape in 1949


Marissa Alexander, Jailed for 3 Years, Speaks Out on Intimate Partner Violence & Building Movements



Wanted: 1.5 Billion Immigrants
Surely any country that hoards a planet’s wealth should expect to care for a proportional number of that planet’s people
by Mona Younis

*A fair share of a shared fare


Fossil Fuel-Funded Report Shows Industry Making Its Last Stand


The Real News Network
May Day Protests As Much About Democrats as GOP and Trump
Since the 1990s, Washington, DC has been a sanctuary city for immigrants. Now, Republicans want to dismantle that protection status in cities across the United States and Democrats are doing little to stop them and in some cases are working with them.


Hate Crime Legislation: Does it Work?
Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report discusses the spread of hate crime legislation, which he argues tends to cause more problems than it solves


70 Million Africans In Danger of Famine
We tend to believe that famine is primarily the result of natural disaster, but the African countries affected by famine are all ones that have all been severely affected by political instability and war


Afghanistan: The Longest U.S. War is Deadlier Than Ever
Matthew Hoh, a military veteran and diplomat who resigned his State Department post in protest of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, says the 16-year Afghan war won’t end until the U.S. drops its strategy of sporadic escalation and insistence on Taliban surrender, with Afghan civilians suffering the worst consequences


May Day: Hundreds of Thousands Celebrate International Workers Day
In the face of different manifestations of social and economic injustice, demonstrators across the world rose up for workers’ rights


NYT’s 100 Day Apologism Shows Danger of ‘Both Sides’ Reporting
by Adam Johnson

*I’m assuming there were no “FAKE NEWS!” Twitter tantrums after this pap was published.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Budget Funds Wall


Democracy Now!
Up to 55,000 Haitians Face Deportation If Trump Refuses to Extend Temporary Protected Status

*Dear Misleader didn’t give a damn about Haiti “recovering”. The US has made certain that its people have lived in misery for many decades.

And fuck Disney, who could care less about anything other than its bottom line.


Full Interview: Anand Gopal on Syria, Iraq, U.S. Policy in Middle East & More

*Certainly Gopal’s assessment of the situation in Syria differs from others I’ve reposted by folks I have respect for.

I’m no expert, it goes without saying, and I’ll take his views, along with the others, and try my best to suss what’s occurring, and remain open to further intel.


NC Lawmakers Side with Factory Farms as Communities of Color Suffer from the Spraying of Hog Manure


Six strategies to help you say no to junk food
Here’s how to navigate around powerful cravings, hunger, and weak satiety cues.
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action



Despite Win in Court, Net Neutrality Facing Battles on Multiple Fronts
Critical open internet protection under attack by FCC and Republicans in Congress
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Feinstein Hosts Industry Fundraiser Days After Dissing Single Payer
Bucking growing momentum in support of a national single-payer system, as well as a trailblazing effort within her home state, Feinstein told voters recently: “I am not there.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


How Much to Buy a Congressional Vote? New Research Seeks Answer
Looking at Democrats who stopped supporting banking rules, authors conclude: ‘Substantial numbers of legislators sell out the public interest in exchange for political money’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Empire Expands: Not the American One, But Trump’s
by Nomi Prins


Council of Canadians
Back from the Grave — Secret TPP Talks to Resume in Toronto
As Toronto hosts two days of high-level TPP talks in an undisclosed location, civil society groups warn that TPP cannot be the basis for Canada’s future trade relationships


Campaign for Peace and Democracy
“The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left” Book Tour


Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Breakthrough on Nuclear First Strike Threatens Stability

*From MAD to madder


Three Reasons Bret Stephens Should Not Be a NYT Columnist–and the Real Reason He Is One
by Jim Naureckas


Democracy Now!
Immigrant Workers Lead Thousands in NYC May Day Protests: “Without Our Labor, the City Cannot Move”


May Day Protests Held at NC State Capitol as GOP Lawmakers Push Bill Defunding “Sanctuary Cities”


ACLU Fight Persists in North Carolina: NCAA Basketball Has Returned, But Anti-Trans HB 2 Remains Law

*NCAA’s flagrant foul


Is North Carolina Still a Democracy? How Unfettered Conservative Rule Reshaped Tar Heel State

*That ain’t tar your heel’s stepping in


Chris Kromm: The South’s Political Clout Is Rising Under Trump

*Southern comfort for soulless scumbags



The Absurd Amount of Entitlements That Go to Rich People
by Paul Buchheit


How the Russia Spin Got So Much Torque
by Norman Solomon


Reign of Idiots
Donald Trump. King of the horrifingly dumb and dangerously greedy
by Chris Hedges

*Neo Nero twitters while Home burns


Center for Democracy & Technology
D.C. Circuit Denial of En Banc Review on Net Neutrality Case a Win for Internet Users


The Real News Network
Britain’s Labour Party Leader Undermined by Labour Members of Parliament
Thomas Barlow, the Senior Editor of Real Media, analyzes the electoral panorama for the upcoming June 8 general election in Britain


Iran Can Work With U.S. if Trump Drops the Threats
In Part Two of our interview, former senior Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian discusses the threat of a worsening proxy war in Yemen, Iran’s support for Bashar al-Assad, the upcoming Iranian presidential elections, and the possibility for Tehran-Washington cooperation on Syria and other Middle East issues

*What does “cooperation to fight terrorism” mean?

Whether it’s Iran or Russia, allying with either or both to engage in the type of brutal military action we’ve seen that sacrifices innocents in Syria and Iraq is not something we should wish to see occur, is it?

I realize force is a necessary component of any strategy to effectively confront ISIS and other extremist groups, but we can’t simply make that assertion while ignoring its consequences.

We have an moral obligation to determine how force can be employed with the least harm to civilians. This is not something any of the actors has shown any inclination toward.

It also must be said that these parties oppose “terrorism” only to the degree that it impacts on their geostrategic goals, and indeed some, including the US, have sought to use these groups to advance those interests.

There are no white hats here.


Democracy Now!
Watch the Indigenous Water Ceremony That Opened the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C.


Indigenous Leader Kandi Mossett: “It’s Not OK for Our Women to Die Because We Want to Protect Water”

*Note what Mossett said

“[S]mall-scale-distributed renewable energies”.

If renewables are dominated by corps, the shift to them will be in large measure a hollow victory.

Public control of what we need for life must be a paramount demand.


Berta Cáceres’ Sister Speaks Out About the Ongoing Assassinations of Land Defenders in Honduras


Eat By Date
How long does food last – past its printed date? Information on sell-by, use-by, best-by and other dates and how to calculate the actual shelf life of food.


Are There Toxic Chemicals in Your Yoga Pants?
by Elyn Jacobs


The Safest Artificial Sweetener: Does it Really Exist?
by Yuri Elkaim


Does Running Burn Muscle? (Here’s the Truth)
by Yuri Elkaim


April 2017


Women, Be Warned: Trump Just Nominated Radical Anti-Choice Activist for Key HHS Post
“Charmaine Yoest has spoken at length about her desire to ban abortion in this country, and has spent her career working to abolish women’s most basic constitutional right to bodily autonomy”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


How This Earth Activist Risked All and Won Everything
The epic story of this Goldman Environment Prize winner from India
by Nick Meynen


The Real News Network
Activism Won Net Neutrality – Can it Stop Trump’s FCC from Rolling it Back?
Craig Aaron of Free Press says the fight to stop FCC chair Ajit Pai’s attempt to undo net neutrality, which protects equal access to internet content, depends on a resurgence of the grassroots activism that helped push it through in 2015


Environmental InJustice: The Poisoning of East Chicago
Lead in the water. Arsenic in the soil. East Chicago residents sound off on representatives from EPA and HUD, about how their community resources were contaminated for decades by industry. (Extended version at https://tinyurl.com/lgcgblu)


Israel Acknowledges Use of Computer Algorithm For Palestinian Arrests
Mass arrests of over 400 Palestinians were the result of a computer algorithm based on their social media usage, explains TRNN’s Shir Hever


Color of Change
Justice for the Jax 5
Jacksonville protesters are beaten while Trump supporters taunt and chant


Institute for Public Accuracy
Ellsberg: Trump Threats to WikiLeaks “Nuclear Option” Against the First Amendment


‘1 Percent of Taxpayers Receive More Than the Bottom 80 Percent’
CounterSpin interview with Jeremie Greer on the tax code and inequality
by Janine Jackson


15 of the Best Natural Remedies for PCOS
by Yuri Elkaim



This Is What It Will Look Like When New Orleans, New York City, and Mar-A-Lago Disappear Under Rising Seas
New research finds that most previous estimates for sea level rise were too conservative, while visualizations show what U.S. cities may look like by 2100
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


Trump’s Reviled Hotline for “Criminal Aliens” Flooded with Reports of UFOs
‘Just tried to call to report the theft of my tractor by space cadets—on hold for 8 minutes had to abandon, will call again!’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Killing Net Neutrality Is a Critical Goal in Trump’s Campaign Against Free Speech
President Trump’s playbook to curb free speech and silence dissenting voices goes far beyond his Twitter rants and his verbal attacks on the press
by Joseph Torres


Terrorizing the Vulnerable
by Chris Hedges

*Huddling the masses


A Public Plan for Peace
Something is dangerously loose at the American core: a need for endless war combined with a nuclear recklessness uncontained by public scrutiny
by Robert C. Koehler


Palestine, Trump
by Vijay Prashad


The Real News Network
District Courts Continue to Challenge Trump’s Travel Bans
Bill Black, former financial regulator, says banning Muslims is unconstitutional, we can not discriminate based on religion in this country


Renewable Energy Can Create Jobs, Reduce Greenhouse Gases, and Lower Energy Costs
Basav Sen, of the Institute for Policy Studies, presents an analysis of the many benefits of renewable energy


Judge Blocks Trump’s Targeting of “Sanctuary Cities,” Ahead of May 1st Immigrant Rights Protest
Scholar Aviva Chomsky says while Trump has ramped up anti-immigrant rhetoric, he’s continuing policies that originated under Democratic administrations


Dutch Arms Dealer Who Fueled Liberian Civil War Convicted
Andrew Feinstein, the author of “The Shadow World”, recounts the background of Guus Kouwenhoven’s involvement in arms dealing for Liberia’s civil war


U.S. Threatens Nuclear Deal it Admits Iran Respects – How Will Tehran Respond?
In Part One of our interview, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former senior Iranian diplomat, analyzes the Trump administration’s “review” of the Iran nuclear agreement despite acknowledging that Tehran is fulfilling its obligations


Democracy Now!
“A Land Grab by the Ruling Elites”: Trump’s Tax Plan Derided for Benefiting the Rich


ICE Detains Mexican Man Who Sought Sanctuary in Denver Church for Nine Months

*I have to wonder just how many words Time has expended on covering Vizguerra’s, Hernández’ and others’ work for justice for the undocumented.



Obama Under Fire for $400K Speech to Wall Street ‘Fat Cats’
Former President Barack Obama’s first speech since leaving office will be a richly-compensated appearance at Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Silver tongued” indeed

And a shit pot more than thirty pieces’ worth


Because It’s Time for ‘New, Radical Ideas,’ TED Talk on Universal Basic Income Gets Thunderous Applause
‘Just imagine how much talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all,’ said historian Rutger Bregman during talk
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

*If we’re going to have money, then we need to do this

But why do we need money?


Women Beware: Saudia Arabia Charged with Shaping Global Standards for Women’s Equality
Who let the Saudi fox in the hen house?
by Medea Benjamin


The Real News Network
Unemployment Rate Hides the Historically Low Employment Rate
Doug Henwood explains how employment relative to total population reveals a better image of employment than the unemployment rate. Using this measure, employment is nowhere near where it was before the Great Recession.


Trump Team Turns On Wikileaks Co-Founder Julian Assange
Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report says Trump is trying to “normalize” his presidency by doing what US intelligence services want


Maryland Disproportionately Arrests Blacks for Marijuana but Rejects Diversity in Medical Licenses
The Maryland Black Caucus has called for a special session to address the fact that not one predominantly African-American owned firm has received a license to grow medical marijuana in the state


French Elections: Macron Headed to the Presidential Polls on May 7th is Expected to Knock Out Le Pen
French media and the economic establishment made Macron the winner in the Sunday presidential ran-off, says Alex Main of the Center for Economic Policy and Research


The System is Based on Profit
In Part One of a two-part interview, artist and activist Paul Rucker discusses his work and how it relates to mass incarceration in the United States. Rucker also touches on the upcoming Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March and what it should address.


Debate: Green Economic Growth Vs. Slow Growth
TRNN Replay: Economists Robert Pollin and Peter Victor discuss whether ecological sustainability and economic growth can be achieved simultaneously


NYT’s ‘Impossible to Verify’ North Korea Nuke Claim Spreads Unchecked by Media
by Adam Johnson


“Mushroom clouds”, with a 100% chance of prevarication


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s Korea Threat


Democracy Now!
Chomsky on North Korea & Iran: Historical Record Shows U.S. Favors Violence Over Diplomacy


Chomsky on Syria: We Must Help Fleeing Refugees & Pursue Diplomatic Settlement


Chomsky: CIA Targeting of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks is “Disgraceful Act”


38 Different Types of Squats (Bodyweight Only)
by Yuri Elkaim


One and Done?
Is the one-minute workout the new exercise solution for people short on time?
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action



Ivanka Trump Is Booed, Hissed in Germany for Defending Donald Trump
German audience also appeared confused by prominent role president’s daughter is playing in the administration
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


Ontario to Launch North America’s First Test of Universal Basic Income
“We want to find out whether a basic income makes a positive difference in people’s lives”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Why Was Heath Mello Thrown Under the Bus?
Was the candidate for mayor of Omaha held to a different standard than other Democrats?
by D.D. Guttenplan

*This article contains a more comprehensive relating of Mello’s record on abortion than an earlier item I reposted, and based my accompanying comment upon.


Everything Wrong with Charter Schools on Display in New Orleans
Major challenges of ctiy’s charter schools exposed at recent NAACP Hearing
by Bill Quigley


The Real News Network
France’s Presidential Election Is Wide Open
If leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon wins, he does not have enough of a social movement behind him to fulfill his campaign promises, says Jean Bricmont


London’s March for Science Targets Brexit
Scientists and activists in London also organized a March for Science on Earth Day. One of the issues was how Brexit would impact Britain’s commitment to counter climate change


Temporary Truce in a Democratic Party Civil War: The Sanders & Perez Unity Tour
Bernie Sanders says fight the billionaire class and DNC Chair Tom Perez refuses to say it; the TRNN panel asks if/when Bernie should leave the party

*They asked for feedback on what and how they’re doing

So how about giving some space to those who would speak to the contradictions of both wings of the party, who would posit that Sanders’ pimping for Clinton and other less than “revolutionary” actions aren’t solely due to his Berning desire to “stop Trump”?

Glen Ford’s about it, and he gets a weekly slot that deals with many other issues.

“Real news” doesn’t travel on a bandwagon, ignoring the droppings of its draft horses.


Real News Roundtable: Maddow Response & Liberal Hawkishness on Russia, Iran
In part one of our roundtable, The Real News Network’s Paul Jay, Kim Brown, and Aaron Mate discuss the response to Mate’s critique of Rachel Maddow’s Russia coverage

*Labels are meaningless.

Does what you do advance the transformation from an exploitative socioeconomic system to a cooperative and communal one, that leaves no one without what they need to live a dignified life?

We can discuss how to do that, but if that’s not your goal, I don’t care what you call yourself.

You’re not someone I could depend on to have my back when the shit hits the fan.


‘Many Banks Are Problematic, but Wells Fargo Is the Worst’
CounterSpin interview with Saqib Bhatti on Wells Fargo
by Janine Jackson


Institute for Public Accuracy
How Clinton and Obama Laid Groundwork for Trump’s Immigration Policies


After the “Science Marches,” Highest “Security Priority” Is Nuclear Weapons


Democracy Now!
Witnesses to Double Execution in Arkansas Say Inmates May Have Suffered Botched, Painful Death


BDS Leader Omar Barghouti Dedicates His Gandhi Peace Award to Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike


The Research-Backed Guide to the Top Benefits of Taking Turmeric
by Yuri Elkaim



Against Liberal Nostalgia
The Left shouldn’t counter the logic of “Make America Great Again” with nostalgia for an idealized liberal democracy
by Stephen Maher

*The poetry of it



Could a Leftist Bring Growth Back to France?
by Mark Weisbrot


The Real News Network
Noam Chomsky: The Prospects for Survival
Replay of address at the Mullin Centre, UMASS Amherst

*No transcript, but well worth the time invested, as always with Chomsky.

What I found lacking was a sense of a radical … transformative … whatever term you care to use … vision, amongst all the useful intel and insight. I’d have like to have seen him address the clear contradictions of this “insurgent” movement within the Democratic Party in that regard.

The “better” (in some respects) isn’t good enough at this point, and indeed has never been, when considering those inevitably left out (meaning immiserated or killed) by its “pragmatic” limits.

Can we place ourselves in their shoes? If we can’t, can we call ourselves truly committed to a life of dignity for every single person on this planet, which is the only purpose worth pursuing, to my mind?

Of course it won’t be easy, and there’s no guarantee of success.

Our souls ask, “So what?”


Giving NY’s Governor a $783,000 Bribe Is Business as Usual for Rupert Murdoch
by Jim Naureckas

*Literary influence



Le Pen Accused of Exploiting Paris Shooting Days Before Election
President Donald Trump also appeared to throw weight behind right-wing candidate in highly unpredictable election
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


Marking Earth Day, Indigenous People Worldwide to Fight Corporate Forces
‘I know we are only of the size of a grain of sand but we make a huge difference’ says Antonio Dace, of the Munduruku community in the Brazilian Amazon
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Sanders’ Stumping for Anti-Choice Mayoral Candidate Draws Ire
Reproductive rights group says move is ‘not only disappointing’ but ‘politically stupid’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There’s a “unity” among all these Dems

And it’s the reason “the #Resistance” should be well shorn of them.


Food & Water Watch
Detroit Needs Affordable Water, Not More Shutoffs


The Real News Network
Massive Pro and Anti Government Protests in Venezuela
While international media focused almost exclusively on the opposition protests and clashes with the police, the pro-government protests were equally as large, says Lucas Koerner from Venezuelanalysis


Erdogan’s Deviant Referendum Manipulations Likely to Undermine His Presidency
The irregularities in Turkey’s constitutional reform referendum were numerous and well documented, says Conn Hallinan of Foreign Policy in Focus


Trump’s “Hire American, Buy American” Is More Show than Action
CEPR co-director Dean Baker says Trump’s executive order “Hire American, Buy American,” to change the H-1B work visa, does nothing, but the program should be changed to attract higher skilled workers


Over 1,000 Palestinian Prisoners On Hunger Strike in Protest Against Inhumane Conditions
Sahar Francis, Director of the Adameer prisoner support NGO, explains how this is the largest such strike since 2012 and how it has its roots in the different legal systems for Palestinians and Israelis


Petition update
The Humane League
Customers Urge Walmart: Stop Abusing Animals In Mexico!


What’s Wrong With This Picture? Fawning Praise of Bush’s Veteran Art Ignores Iraqi Victims
by Adam Johnson

*Art, artifice and amoral absolution


Democracy Now!
As U.S. Preps Arrest Warrant for Assange, Glenn Greenwald Says Prosecuting WikiLeaks Threatens Press Freedom for All


Shocking Exposé Reveals Trump Associates & ISIS-Linked Vigilantes Are Attempting Coup in Indonesia


Shane Bauer on the Berkeley Clashes & How Trump Has Emboldened the Far Right & White Nationalists


Food Intolerances: How to Know If You Have One (And What to Do About It)
by Yuri Elkaim



Trump’s “Buy American” Order Looks Weak as DAPL Company Pushes Back
“As with Trump’s campaign promises, the executive order is full of loopholes that are designed to protect Wall Street interests and multinational corporations—at the expense of American workers and communities”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


What’s Worse? Trump Dropping ‘Mother of All Bombs’ or That 70% of Americans Approve
Widespread support comes despite the lack of information from the Pentagon about damage from the “Mother of All Bombs” in Afghanistan
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The toxic triplets that enable imperialism



TrumpCare 3.0: GOP’s Zombie Healthcare Plan Keeps Getting Worse
Under reported ‘compromise,’ states could gut protections for those with pre-existing conditions
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


DAPL Developer Spills Drilling Fluids Into Wetlands While Constructing Another Pipeline
The latest incident is just another ding on Energy Transfer Partners’ spotty record
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


ACLU Statement on Florida Supreme Court Approving Voting Rights Restoration Ballot Language


Center for Biological Diversity
Dow Pressures Trump Administration to Abandon Work to Protect Endangered Species From Pesticides
Chemical Giant Wants Trump Officials to Scuttle Legally Mandated Studies Identifying Risks to Wildlife

*A literal “poison pen”


The Real News Network
Profits Can be Made from Catastrophes With Disaster Capitalism
Antony Loewenstein, author of Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe, says companies that make profits from disasters around the world also have a vested interest in maintaining these disasters

*”Left” governments, such as Ecuador’s, have a – let’s employ a euphemism here – “problematic” record when it comes to upholding human rights in general, and indigenous rights in particular, in the area of exploitation of natural resources.

We might ask why that fact is left out of this segment.


Lead Poisoning: Baltimore’s Forgotten Public Health Crisis (2/2)
In Part Two, our expert panel discusses how to solve Baltimore’s lead poisoning epidemic


UK Elections Called Before Full Impact of Austerity Kicks In
While May’s decision to call a snap election is an opportunistic move, she also has an eye on the electoral arenas in France and Germany, says Prof. Leo Panitch, co-editor of the 2016 Socialist Register titled “The Politics of the Right”


Brazil’s Corruption Investigation Expands to Almost Entire Political Class
The corruption investigation of Brazilian politicians expanded dramatically and is less biased against the center-left. However, the danger is that it will lead to de-politicization and opportunistic anti-politics, explains Brazil analyst Alex Hochuli


‘If We Don’t Change the Mission of Police, Reforms Will Not Work’
CounterSpin interview with Alex Vitale on de-policing
by Janine Jackson


At NYT, Climate Denial and Racism Don’t Make You Fringe–but Single-Payer Does
by Adam Johnson

*As much as I appreciate Johnson’s perspective in the main

“All perfectly fine positions … likely arrived at … in total good faith” … ?

Lying (aka “falsely claim[ing]”) and pimping for a person who never passed up a chance to prostitute herself for her political ambitions — at the expense of others’ misery and deaths —
doesn’t jibe with my notion of the description above.

And so you know, this is coming from someone who finds it quite amusing that Friedman shunned Sanders on the basis of his “socialism”.

Marx gyrates in his grave …


Democracy Now!
First Roger Ailes, Now Bill O’Reilly: Sexual Harassment Scandal Ousts Top Men at Fox News

*”[T]rue justice” would be Faux News imploding, don’t you think?

I appreciate Bloom’s dedication and ability, but quoting Her Travesty on women’s rights, given her hubbie’s past (and possibly present and future), as well as her own betrayal of them, displays a troubling cognitive dissonance, if not outright hypocrisy.

(You’ll also notice she didn’t give diddley in credit to groups that organized on this, either.)

And while no woman should have to endure what Walsh went through, let’s not forget that she was seeking a spot on the shit pile know as “The O’Reilly Factor”, and would have been perfectly happy to promote his putrid bile, as long as it wasn’t directed toward her.

Separating issues only enables bastards like Murdoch and company to continue spreading their slime across the globe.

It’s fine to be a “feminist attorney”, but unless that’s subsumed within an overarching commitment to be a “humanist lawyer”, patriarchy has nothing to really worry about, does it?


Kleptocracy?: How Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Personally Profit from Their Roles in the White House


“Biggest Humanitarian Catastrophe Since 2003 Invasion”: Journalist Anand Gopal on Battle for Mosul

*”They’ve targeted members of the legitimate opposition.”

I’d have liked to have had this expounded on, including who is considered “legitimate”.



The Real News Network
Lead Poisoning: Baltimore’s Forgotten Public Health Crisis (1/2)
On the latest episode of The Real Baltimore we host an expert panel on “the most preventable public health threat” facing the city

*Two aspects of this that you’ll never see in corpress coverage — what little there is of it:

How much it costs not to deal with lead, and the benefits from doing so

And the culpability of the manufacturers and colluding gummint entities for these harms, both financially and criminally.

If there’s any justice, they should pay with their pocketbooks

And prison time.


Vaughn Rebellion Continues to Underscore Need for Prison Abolition, Activist Says
Kim Wilson and Eddie Conway discuss the ongoing nationwide repression of prisoners demanding human rights, ahead of the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on August 19th


Democracy Now!
Was a Police Report Altered to Convict a Man for Murder? Inside a Woman’s Quest to Free Her Brother


Massachusetts to Throw Out 21,000 Drug Convictions After State Chemist Tampers Evidence for 9 Years


Meet Timothy Taylor, Convicted on Drug Evidence Handled by a State Chemist Who Falsified Tests


White Nationalists, Neo-Nazis & Right-Wing Militia Members Clash with Antifascist Protesters in Berkeley



Wilder Fires and Rising Waters, Climate Impacts Coming to America’s Door
Pair of new studies show how American climate refugees will ‘reshape’ population landscape of the nation
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Paving Way for Abuse and Scams, IRS Hires Private Debt Collectors
“The incentive there could be strong to be very aggressive. They’re not working for you, they’re working for the government and the government wants its money”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Tribunal Finds Monsanto Endangers Right to Food, Health, Environment
If the crime of ‘ecocide’ were recognized in international criminal law, the activities of Monsanto could constitute such a crime, panel declares
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


War and Peace and War
The untold story of the Colombian Civil War and the potential for genuine peace
by Martin Winiecki


ACLU Statement on NCAA Awarding Championship Events to North Carolina

*Playing games with human rights


The Real News Network
El Salvador Passes Historic Ban on Metal Mining
The Central American country is the first country in the world to establish a blanket ban on metal mining, protecting the environment following a 12-year political struggle

*And the company takes what the company wants
And nothing’s as precious as a hole in the ground
— “Blue Sky Mine”, Midnight Oil


Opposition Protests in Venezuela Lead to Six Deaths
Clashes between protesters and police continued throughout the week in Venezuela, but polls indicate that the government is recuperating popularity and most Venezuelans disagree with opposition tactics, says Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanalysis.com


Petition update
Five Ways You Can Support Survivors During Sexual Assault Awareness Month
by A.J. Walton and Joshunda Sanders


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Drone Killings * Korea * Turkey * French Election


Democracy Now!
Mexican Writer Valeria Luiselli on Child Refugees & Rethinking the Language Around Immigration

*This segment is emblematic of what this program can offer, and all too often doesn’t.



The Battle to Feed the World: David vs. Goliath
by Stanka Becheva


What Our Grandchildren Will Do When the Jobs Are Gone
by Paul Buchheit

*Call it a revolutionary preposition

We need to move from working “for” another

To working “with” each other


Center for Biological Diversity
Protest to Urge Feinstein to Resist GOP Attacks on Wildlife, Civil Rights
Groups Demand Democrats Oppose Funding for Trump’s Border Wall, Budget Riders to Defund Planned Parenthood, Gut Environmental Laws


The Real News Network
France’s Left Presidential Candidate Melenchon Rising Rapidly in Polls
Jean-Luc Melenchon’s rise in the polls could lead to a political upheaval in France, should he make it to the run-off vote on April 23, says Renaud Lambert of Le Monde Diplomatique


Standard of Living Declined in Britain Due to Government Austerity
A new study shows that the standard of living in the UK has dropped for the first time since 2014. This is the result of government austerity, says economist John Weeks

*A decline in joblessness

An increase in job-less-ness


British Rendition Process “Worse than Guantanamo”
Britain has a rendition and detention process in place that is worse than the US system, says Clive Stafford Smith of the human rights group Reprieve


Iran’s Deep State is Unhappy with President Rouhani
Professor Muhammad Sahimi explains how Iran’s behind-the-scenes powers are trying to position a hardliner for Iran’s next presidential election. Trump’s hard line on Iran would encourage Iran’s “deep state” to respond accordingly.


Steve Bannon on the Crisis of Capitalism and the Divine Right of Billionaires
Matthew Fox and Paul Jay discuss Bannon’s alliance with the far-right Catholic Opus Dei, and his vision of the Judeo-Christian West

*Opes Dei and ilk’s view of Francis is similar to the right’s view of Obama.

Both mouth platitudes that we all nod our heads to, but in practice they seek to simply manage the systems they serve. That means pretty words and small deeds, never truly affecting the power structures of church, state and society.

But even that elicits bile from those who see any mention of social justice, no matter how empty, as an assault on their divine right to rule as they see fit.

They need the Francises and Obamas (and FDRs) to save the system from its rapacious and irrational self, but they’ll never acknowledge that.

Precisely the opposite.

And at this point, their efforts are inadequate to prevent things falling apart.

It’s up to us to decide if we’re ready to accept the risks imperative to transform the way the world works, or to put our faith in the false prophets of reform, which is the most foolish risk of all.


Institute for Public Accuracy
CIA Head Threatens WikiLeaks — and a Free Press


Democracy Now!
Advocates Urge Trump to De-escalate with North Korea, Not Ratchet Up Threats & Military Aggression


Legal Chaos in Arkansas as Judges Halt State Plan to Carry Out Unprecedented Spate of Executions

*No surprise that the Clintons are mute on this, is there?


Is Turkey Becoming a Dictatorship?: Erdogan Claims Victory in Vote to Give President Sweeping Powers


What you can do now to bounce back from a stroke in the future
Here’s what the experience of 18,000 people tells us
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



Will Turkey Hand Erdoğan Authoritarian Rule With Referendum Vote?
Polls show the public is split ahead of historic vote, but the government’s crackdown on dissent has silenced the opposition
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


With Message for Trump, Citizen Group Launches First Space Protest
‘From out there on the Moon, international politics look so petty,’ the late NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell once declared
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Censorship at the Border Threatens Free Speech Everywhere
by Jameel Jaffer


The Real News Network
Trump’s Massive Bomb and Syrian Strike Both Deadly Propaganda Events
Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay ask if the US “mother of all bombs” dropped on Afghanistan and the missile attack on a Syrian airbase are PR events to show Trump and the US military will “fight without restraint” and “take on Russia”


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Korea * Is Case Against Syria Falling Apart?


Democracy Now!
U.S. Drops Its Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb on Afghans, Already Traumatized by Decades of War

*If Osman truly believes that “aid” from the US is meant to empower Afghans, that is a rather striking display of naïveté on her part, to my mind.


Afghans Respond to Insult of U.S. Dropping Massive Bomb: “Would a Mother Do That to Any Children?”


700 Immigrants on Hunger Strike at For-Profit Prison to Protest Conditions & $1/Day Wages


Immigrants on Hunger Strike over Conditions as Trump Admin. Plans to Gut Protections for Detainees


Ralph Nader Explains Why United Airlines Has “Total Unbridled Discretion to Throw You Off a Plane”

*”Fly the friendly skies”

The ground’s a whole other matter



‘The Resistance’ That Doesn’t Resist War
by Dan Kovalik


Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Saudi Arabia: Investigate Transgender Woman’s Death
Free 5 Pakistanis Still Held After February ‘Morality’ Raid


The Real News Network
South African Demonstrators Demand Zuma’s Resignation
ANC’s leadership called into question – as Zuma’s corruption ridden Presidency is headed to an end, who will lead the country next, ponders Trevor Ngwane of the Johannesburg United Front and Professor Patrick Bond


Wells Fargo’s Board Investigation of Itself Amounts to a Farce
Bill Black explains how the Wells Fargo scandal is emblematic of the bank’s corporate culture and that the fined executives are only scapegoats

*There are few terms more insidiously ironic than “bank and trust”


The Overlooked Past Behind U.S.-North Korea Tensions & How South Korea Could Forge Peace
Christine Hong of UC Santa Cruz and the Korea Policy Institute discusses the overlooked history behind U.S.-North Korea tensions and says the best hope for resolving them is a progressive government in South Korea willing to engage


Trump’s Syria Attack Sanctioned by the Media
Media critic Norman Solomon says US media’s uncritical coverage of Trump’s Syria attack is typical and has its roots in ratings spikes and in economic ties to the military-industrial complex


Thomas Friedman’s Perverse Love Affair With ISIS
by Adam Johnson


Democracy Now!
Stephen Cohen: This is Most Dangerous Moment in U.S.-Russian Relations Since Cuban Missile Crisis

*Of course, anyone who questions this Russia to judgment will be labeled a “Putin apologist”, but Cohen at some level seems to merit the epithet. He almost comes across as a defense lawyer for the Russian government.

There are many holes to punch in this “Kremlingate” narrative, but I don’t see Cohen as the unbiased point person to do so.


Russia Vetoes U.N. Resolution on Syria as Questions Linger over Deadly Chemical Attack



DeVos Just Put Interests of ‘Predatory Profiteers’ Over Student Loan Borrowers
Memo DeVos sent Tuesday rescinds student loan borrower protections put in place by Obama administration
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


What Is It Like to Live Without Running Water? Detroit Families Know
A recent study predicts that in the next five years, more than one-third of Americans will not be able to afford their water
by Zenobia Jeffries


Amazon Watch
Tested, Cost-effective, and Practical: Secure Community Land Rights Can Help Protect the Earth and Prevent the Climate Crisis
Indigenous Peoples and community advocates in Brazil, Guatemala, Kenya, Taiwan, and 21 other countries to take action for community land rights, April 22-29 (Earth Day)

*The culpability of “leftist” governments in Latin America in the denial of indigenous rights, often violently, is often ignored by “progressive” commentators and media outlets.

Principled condemnation of their actions has nothing to do with support for US and allies’ attempts to subvert democracy in those countries, it should go without saying.


The Real News Network
Free College Tuition in New York State Draws Both Praise and Criticism
Approved by the state legislature and the governor, in-state tuition for households making under $125,000 a year will be free, but it excludes part-time and undocumented students – people that activist/organizer Denise Romero says ought to be included in the plan


Trump Lifts Moratorium on Coal Mining and Eliminates Regulations
Jace Killsback, President of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and Jenny Harbine of EarthJustice talk about the impact the lifting of the coal mining moratorium will have on communities and on climate change


‘Regardless of What the President Says, the Laws Are Still There’
CounterSpin interview with Jennifer Reisch on women in the workplace
by Janine Jackson

*A woman’s work is never done

Being devalued


When WaPo Calls for ‘Honest’ Debate, Check for Your Wallet
by Dean Baker


Democracy Now!
Allan Nairn: Civilian Deaths Are Spiking in Syria & Iraq as U.S. Launches Unrestrained Bombing Raids


Trump Is Moving “Full Speed Ahead” in War in Yemen, Despite Massive Civilian Casualties


Allan Nairn: Only Mass Disruption From Below Can Stop Right-Wing Revolution & Trump’s Absolute Power


4 Big Reasons Women Should Never Do Steady State Cardio
by Yuri Elkaim



Trump Administration Considering ‘Back-Door Way’ to Cut Social Security
‘If Trump proposes this Trojan horse, it would be the newest shot in the ongoing Republican war against Social Security’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Republicans Hide, Plan ‘Sham Town Halls’ to Duck Angry Constituents
Voters are resorting to billboards, protests, and petitions to highlight absentee officials
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


U.S. PIRG Press Release: New Report Shows Victims of Aggressive Tactics From Medical Debt Collectors


The Real News Network
India and Israel Sign Unprecedented $2 Billion Arms Deal
New Israeli missiles in the arms deal serve no real purpose for India, says TRNN’s Shir Hever


What’s Causing the Winter Haze in China?
Attempts to slow down the existing conditions with emission reduction legislation and a return of Eurasian sea ice will take a substantial amount of time, says Professor Yuhang Wang of the Georgia Institute of Technology


Heritage Foundation Provided Blueprint for Trump’s Budget
The Heritage Foundation’s ties to the Trump administration are very extensive and his budget proposal shows it, according to In These Times writer Theo Anderson


Did Bipartisan Russia Hysteria Help Fuel Trump’s Rush to Bomb Assad?
In Part Two of our interview, journalist Rania Khalek argues that the U.S. strike on the Assad regime continues policy that tacitly helps Al Qaeda and ISIS, all the while raising the threat of conflict with Russia – a threat exacerbated by the recent bipartisan frenzy over President Trump’s ties to Moscow


As U.S. Politicians and Pundits Cheer Syria Bombing, Will ISIS and Al Qaeda Benefit?
Independent journalist Rania Khalek discusses the near-uniform media and political support for President Trump’s decision to bomb a Syrian military airfield, the need for an independent investigation into the Idlid chemical attack, and why she thinks the U.S. strike may benefit ISIS and Al Qaeda


Jesse Hagopian: Fight Back Continues after Seattle Teachers Reject May- Day Strike
Author, activist and Seattle Public Schools teacher Jesse Hagopian says teachers, parents and students remain united to defend public schools, and proposes how parents and labor can unite to take on Trump’s privatization agenda


Victims of political policing demand accountability at Undercover Policing Inquiry in London
Two years have passed since the establishment of the Pitchford Inquiry into Undercover Policing. Participants say that as of yet, no oral evidence has been taken and that the police are seeking to delay the process in perpetuity. TRNN Researcher Mohamed Elmaazi attended the first Hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice on April 4th, and interviewed participants and their supporters.


‘The Only Sensible Path at This Point is Dialogue’
CounterSpin interview with Hyun Lee on North Korea
by Janine Jackson


Out of 46 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Only One Opposed
by Adam Johnson

*”The game is lethal and dangerous, and there is no good reason for it to continue.”

Iron fisted irony


Institute for Public Accuracy
Spicer: “Goal is to Destabilize Syria”




Democracy Now!
El-Sisi Widens Crackdown on Egyptian Civil Society, Journalists After Palm Sunday Church Bombings

*Abdel Kouddous talks about these attacks underming el-Sisi’s credibility, but I have to wonder if that’s a price he feels worth paying – especially since he has the power to mitigate that damage – to increase his powers under the state of emergency.

What I’m positing is based on the reality that a security state doesn’t seek to exterminate “terrorism”, but to exploit it, and Egypt’s may have allowed this horror for that purpose.

I have no intel to back up that supposition, but I do think it’s worth keeping in mind as events unfold.


“We’re Coming for You”: Florida Sheriff Records Anti-Drug Message Surrounded by Masked SWAT Team

*Neither guest speaks to the actual purpose of policing – to control, rather that “protect” – but given their provenances, I really wouldn’t have expected them to do so.



Time Running Out to Halt Arkansas’s “Execution Assembly Line”
Governor’s plan could lead to “torturing prisoners to death”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Terminal’ Stage in Climate Change Fight
New aerial surveys show damage has spread to two-thirds of reef, up from one-third last year
by Nadia Prupis, staff wri