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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 .

And a note on DEMOCRACY NOW! posts:

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

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

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

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

I also have a Facebook page

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


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

See if you agree.


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

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

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

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

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


* Do what your conscience demands

And your courage allows

And never be satisfied with the limits of either *




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05/02/2008 at 4:15 PM

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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

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 writer
Common Dreams

War in the Gulf (No, Not That Gulf!)
The U.S. Navy’s Anti-Environmental Broadside in the Gulf of Alaska
by Dahr Jamail

The Public Should Pay Only For Public Schools, Not Religious Schools
But the issue might soon end up in front of the Supreme Court
by Diane Ravitch

Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump to Attack Syria — and Increases the Risks of Nuclear Annihilation
by Norman Solomon

Global Witness
New Leaks Show Shell Oil Executives At Center Of Billion Dollar Bribery Scheme Involving Some Of The Most Powerful Officials In Nigeria

Campaign for Peace and Democracy

*Moral relativism is the luxury of the living

The Real News Network
Will Hamas Party Charter Accept a Two State Solution?
The leaked Hamas charter suggests a willingness to accept a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, says Imad Alsoos, a scholar of the Hamas party and Palestinian nationalism

Venezuelans Hold Demonstrations For and Against OAS Effort to Isolate Venezuela
Efforts to invoke the OAS Democratic Charter against Venezuela would only lead to more confrontation in Venezuela, says Steve Ellner

Trump Attack on Syria a Deadly Political Game and Reflection of Deep Systemic Crisis
Gerald Horne and Paul Jay discuss the cynical politics behind the attack and the decay and dysfunctionality of the American state

*Like Horne, I’d love to be heartened by “the #Resistance”, but this has to be all of a piece.

It’s one thing to rally against a reactionary Supreme Court nominee, and quite another to understand the necessity for unyielding opposition to the imperial aggression promulgated by both major parties.

We come out of our issue silos

Or watch the missiles launch from theirs.

Black Lives Matter Portland Case Awaits a New Judge

*Why would Conway or anyone else be surprised?

Maine’s in the US, innit?

US Syria Strike Was Illegal, No Matter Who Carried Out Gas Attack
Trump is receiving praise for his swift decision to bomb the Syrian airbase allegedly responsible for carrying out Tuesday’s gas attack, but Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Phyllis Bennis says the President’s grounds for action are shaky at best

*If truth is the first casualty of war

Context follows close behind

Congress’ Assault on Climate Science Intensifies
In an unprecedented action, scientists plan march on Washington to oppose the Trump administration’s position on climate change

*Mann focuses on Trump’s climate sins, which are manifest, but wouldn’t what preceded his regime – a pantomime of concern and action – simply have slowed our inevitable march over the cliff?

Defeated Ecuadorian Presidential Candidate Refuses to Concede
Guillermo Lasso, the conservative who lost Ecuador’s presidential vote, is aiming to delegitimize the leftist winner, Lenin Moreno, before he takes office, says TRNN’s Greg Wilpert

Is Trump Right to Claim he was Spied on?
Glen Ford says it’s likely that Trump’s communications were spied on as part of the national security state’s bulk data collection

Institute for Public Accuracy
Russia and Iran Warn of “Red Lines” on Syria

Five Top Papers Run 18 Opinion Pieces Praising Syria Strikes–Zero Are Critical
by Adam Johnson


We’re always ready

The Essential Pundit Take: ‘Trump Became President’ by Bombing Syria
by Jim Naureckas

*A war of warped words

Democracy Now!
A New McCarthyism: Julian Assange Accuses Democrats of Blaming Russia & WikiLeaks for Clinton Loss

Exclusive: Julian Assange on WikiLeaks’ Release of the Largest Leak of Secret CIA Documents

Julian Assange vs. Allan Nairn: Did WikiLeaks Inform Voters or Aid Trump’s Right-Wing Revolution?

*Well, that didn’t resolve a goddamn thing, did it, other than to strengthen my resolve to never put personality before principle.

I’m not on Nairn’s or Assange’s or Klein’s or anyone’s “side”. I can respect what they do, and criticize what they do, according to how I determine their actions further or harm what I want to see in the world.

I want to know the dirt on the Dems. We all should.

Was there some ulterior motive in how that was accomplished? I really can’t say.

Is Nairn saying that the leaks should have been delayed until after the election? Wouldn’t his contention about “the lesser evil” hold even then? I really can’t say just what he’s positing, either.

Did this serve any useful purpose?

What do you think?

Functional Movement Screen: Why You Need to Get One
by Yuri Elkaim

15 Posterior Chain Exercises to Target Your Butt, Back, and Hams
by Yuri Elkaim


Trump Hits His Target: Domestic Critics Who Think He’s Too Close to Putin and Not Interventionist
Six thoughts on the US bombing of Syria
by Greg Grandin

*War is not the answer

But the question doesn’t get asked

Democrats, Neoconservatives Unite In Support Of Strikes In Syria As Trump Launches Attack
by Kevin Gosztola

Kissinger Is the Dark Side of Trump in Syria
by Nafeez Ahmed

Is Trump Going to Intervene to Save Al-Qaeda’s ‘Heartland’ in Syria?
Western intervention would save Syria’s beleaguered al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels
by Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton

Nebraska Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay and Lesbian Foster Parents
Ban on Adoption or Fostering by LGBT People Last in U.S. to Fall

Free Press
Trump’s FCC Chairman Meets with Phone and Cable Lobbyists to Unveil Plan to Destroy the Open Internet

The Real News Network
Running Government Like a Business is Bad for Citizens
Trump and Kushner say that the government should be run like a business, but that would mean eliminating regulations and expenses that benefit the people, says Michael Hudson

Does Canada Have a Foreign Policy Independent of the US?
Canada likes to portray its foreign policy as being independent and different from the US, but according to Yves Engler it actually almost always follows US lead

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Bombing “Illegal”

The Return of the Dangerous ‘Obama Did Nothing’ Narrative on Syria
by Reed Richardson

6 Foods to Buy Organic (Never in Conventional Form)
by Yuri Elkaim

How to find a better granola
And why muesli is worth a try
by Leah Ettman
Nutrition Action


Trump, Syria, and Chemical Weapons: What We Know, What We Don’t, and the Dangers Ahead
Further military engagement by the U.S. is not the way to end the horrific carnage
by Phyllis Bennis

Public Pressure On White House Could Help Prevent Mass Starvation In Yemen
If you have never called your representative in Congress, now would be a good time to do it
by Mark Weisbrot

Is Trump Going to Commit the Next Great American Catastrophe in Syria?
It’d be extremely foolhardy to take military action when the details of the recent horrific gas attack lack expert examination
by Vijay Prashad

*A cooler head, and thus unlikely to prevail

Food & Water Watch
Trans-Pecos Pipeline Represents a Threat to West Texas Safety and National Energy Security
Global Banks Seek to Maximize Profits of Oil and Gas Flow at Expense of Texas’ Wellbeing

The Real News Network
Sanders and Warren Behind Act to Control Prescription Drug Costs
Improving access to affordable prescription drugs would significantly lower costs of health care and allow the government to fund clinical drug trials and produce generics says Dean Baker of CEPR

*Generic greed

President of Richmond Fed Leaks Insider Information and Gets to Walk Free
According to Bill Black, the investigation into leaking of inside information shows how banks and the Federal Reserve are riddled with conflicts of interest

UK Police Intensifies Crackdown on Environmental Protests
Police observer group Netpol has documented an increasingly harsh crackdown on anti-fracking protesters in the UK, often in collusion with fracking companies

Mayor’s $15 Veto has Unions Rethinking their Support of Democrats
Union leaders say Catherine Pugh’s veto of a $15 minimum wage bill has them considering supporting independent or third party candidates in future elections

*Demoratcy in action–Democrats

Trump’s Tough Talk on Trade Deals is Absent from New Executive Orders
Commerce department given 90 days to report reasons for trade deficits, but the rest of the order is vague, says Justin Akers Chacon, professor at San Diego City College

Torturing Language to Put Best Light on Police Misconduct
by Adam Johnson

*Wordplay into the hands of the powerful

NYT’s BDS Debate Excludes BDS Proponents
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
Meet the Lawyer Who Is Going After Bill O’Reilly & Donald Trump for Sexual Harassment

Boycotting Bill O’Reilly: Over 50 Advertisers Pull Ads on Fox Show over Sexual Harassment Scandal


‘Beyond a Red Line’: Trump Might Just Launch Surprise Attack on Syria
Despite no hard evidence yet about who is behind horrific chemical-related massacre, president indicates he will just do whatever he wants
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Just as every cop is a criminal …

Center for Biological Diversity
House Republicans Push to Dismantle Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
Legislative Hearing Is Part of Broad GOP Anti-public-lands Agenda

National Iranian-American Council
Joint Statement of Iranian-American Organizations on Detentions of Iranians

The Real News Network
After Deadly Navy SEAL Raid, Yemeni Villagers Suffer More U.S. Attacks
In Part Two of our interview on the U.S. role in Yemen’s turmoil, independent journalist Iona Craig discusses her recent reporting that challenged Trump administration claims about the deadly U.S. operation in January that claimed the lives of at least 25 Yemeni civilians and one Navy SEAL. Weeks later, U.S. drone strikes killed more civilians.

*The “success” or “failure” of these attacks has nothing to do with their morality, does it?

“Mission Accomplished”, even if true, is nothing to celebrate for anyone with a conscience.

Rattling the Bars: How the 13th Amendment Perpetuates Prison Slavery
The National Million Prison Family March will take place on August 19 to demand the repeal of the 13th amendment, which legalizes prison slavery, explains Max Parthas, host of New Abolitionist Radio

Petition update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
Is Your Used Car a Timebomb? Loophole lets Auto Dealers Sell Millions of Recalled Cars

FAIR CounterSpin
‘It Shouldn’t Be a Privilege to Use the Internet Safely’
Evan Greer on internet privacy
by Janine Jackson

Talking About My Generation–So We Don’t Have to Talk About the Rich
by Dean Baker

*Boomer blame busted

7 of the Most Important Steps to Prevent Osteoporosis
by Yuri Elkaim


“On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient?

And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic?

Vanity asks the question, is it popular?

Conscience asks the question

Is it right?”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., March 31, 1968

When will we ask that last question first?

Outcry as Trump Slashes Funding for World’s Most Vulnerable Mothers and Newborns
Trump’s State Department falsely claims that UN agency supports “a program of coerced abortion or involuntary sterilization”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Unions Help Narrow the Gender Wage Gap
by Elise Gould and Celine McNicholas

Fifty Years On: MLK’s Giant Triplets Still Plague Us, Including Militarism
by Kevin Martin and Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry

The Much-Maligned Views of Rania Khalek on Syria
Rania Khalek interviewed by Justin Podur

The Real News Network
Ilan Pappe: The Only Option is Prison
In Part Two of their discussion, journalist Max Blumenthal talks to Israeli historian Ilan Pappe about how the mere presence of Palestinians in Israel threatens the Israeli narrative

‘There Are No Signs That Iraq Can Be Bombed Into Stability’
Raed Jarrar on Mosul massacre
by Janine Jackson

The Antarctic Ice Shelf Is Breaking Up–and USA Today Tells Us to ‘Chill Out’
by Jim Naureckas

*Ever wonder how corpress climate coverage would differ if “TERRORISTS!” were responsible for global warming?

Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky: Trump Administration Is Aiming to Decimate All Programs to Help Working People

Chomsky: Our Privatized U.S. Healthcare Program is an “International Scandal”

*The “public options”, today and eight years back, are not universal healthcare or a step toward it, but a deception to render its prospects null and void, and I don’t know why Chomsky seems to conflate the two.

Extraordinarily Dangerous: Chomsky on How Trump’s Threats Toward N. Korea Could Backfire

When Scapegoating Immigrants No Longer Works, Would Trump Stage an Attack to Maintain Power?

Full Interview: Noam Chomsky on Trump’s First 75 Days & Much More


As Clock Ticks for Internet Privacy, Calls for Trump to Show “Whose Side He’s On”
Some say the bill is ‘a test’ of whether President Donald Trump will side with consumers or big business
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*And if he does make a political calculation and veto the bill, will he then be roundly praised for doing so?

And will he be any less a heartless bastard?

Arkansas’ Howard Zinn Witch-Hunt Fizzles
Why the great historian would have loved what transpired over the past few weeks
by Bill Bigelow

Most Americans Are Getting Poorer. How “Healthcare for the Rich” Is Killing Many of Them
by Paul Buchheit

Putin Derangement Syndrome Arrives
Whatever the truth about Trump and Russia, the speculation surrounding it has become a dangerous case of mass hysteria
by Matt Taibbi

*Russia to Judgment Day

Pocan, Amash Invoke War Powers as Trump Mulls Pushing Yemen Into Famine
by Robert Naiman

Why This Isn’t the Time for a Public Option or Medicare for Some
by Margaret Flowers

*When you’re down by three with a second left

You don’t make a layup

The Real News Network
Trump Administration Formally Abandons Regime Change Policy in Syria
Tillerson and Haley say regime change in Syria is no longer the goal, which leaves US policy in the region riddled with contradictions, says Vijay Prashad

Britain’s Brexit Bill Gives Government Unprecedented Powers
The “Great Repeal Bill” repeals EU laws and gives the executive massive powers to rule by decree in the Brexit transition, says Nick Dearden of Global Justice Now

UPDATED: With Veto Override in Jeopardy, Advocates Say Action Needed to Save $15 Wage Effort
Advocates say now only mass grassroots efforts can save Baltimore’s $15 wage bill that would lift wages of 100,000 workers

As Mosul’s Civilian Toll Grows, U.S. & Iraq Continue War Tactics that Helped Give Rise to ISIS
Sabah Alnasseri of York University argues that the increasing civilian death toll in Mosul shows the U.S. and Iraqi governments are repeating the same approach that helped launch ISIS in the first place

*The security state thrives on the threat of “terrorism”, so why would it adopt a policy that would lead to that threat being greatly diminished?

It wants to be seen to be waging the GWOT ™, while ensuring that it’s never “won”.

Ilan Pappe: The Myth of Israel (1/2)
Journalist Max Blumenthal sits down with renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe to talk about the first of his forthcoming books, “Ten Myths About Israel”

Petition update
CALL TO ACTION — Gynecologists Are Continuing to Morcellate Tumors of the Uterus Manually
by Hooman Noorchashm

Tell Walmart to stop this cage-free hypocrisy!
by The Humane League

Institute for Public Accuracy
50 Years After Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam”

*There is always a cost for standing by one’s convictions

It is a premium paid toward a world that reflects them

Democracy Now!
North Carolina Claims It Repealed HB 2, But LGBTQ Activists Say New Law May Be Just As Dangerous

*A pol’s promise isn’t worth the toilet paper it’s written on

Trump Meets Egypt’s el-Sisi, Amid Wave of Repression, Jailings & Extrajudicial Killings in Egypt

5 Unique Characteristics of Cancer Cells
by Dr. David Jockers

The Best Anti-Rotation Exercises for a Strong Core
by Yuri Elkaim

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Borrowers ‘Chilled to the Bone’ as DOE Reneges on Student Loan Forgiveness
Young people who took low-paying, public-sector jobs with promise of loan forgiveness now ‘hosed’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

GOP Lawmakers’ Many Privacy Hypocrisies
by Dana Floberg

Cornucopia Institute
Organic Industry Watchdog Wins Major Antitrust Victory
France’s Groupe Danone Sheds Stonyfield in WhiteWave Acquisition
Merger would have combined Stonyfield, Horizon, and Wallaby to Dominate Organic Dairy

*As with renewable energy, just because the product’s clean

Doesn’t mean the company follows suit.

Take Me Off Trump’s Kill List, Journalists Urge US Courts

The Real News Network
Behind Michael Flynn’s Turkish Lobbying Controversy, An Israeli Gas Pipeline
TRNN Correspondent Shir Hever highlights what may have driven ex-National Security Advisor’s Michael Flynn controversial lobbying work tied to Turkey: an unknown Israeli natural gas company seeking a Turkish pipeline

Brazil’s Tainted Meat Scandal Exposes Another Corruption Scheme
While corruption scandals proliferate, Brazilians take to the streets to oppose new austerity measures imposed by President Temer, says Mike Fox from Brazil

*It would be a tragedy if all this energy gets diverted into Lula’s and the PT’s electoral campaign. Their contradictions necessitate a break from this institutionalized “people’s party”, and the creation of a truly popular movement that holds principles paramount to personalities and tradition.

Take the Pledge: Protect Black Girls
by Samantha Davis and Chioma Iwuoha

Petition update
The Ron Finley Project
Keep Up the Momentum! Less Than Week to #SaveTheGangstaGarden

Institute for Public Accuracy
Gorsuch: Using “Originalism” for a Right-wing Agenda

*“Where Does Gorsuch Stand on Torture? It’s Hard to Say.”

Typical corpress headline hedging. What’s so goddamn “hard to say”?

To be fair, Savage may have had naught to do with this obfuscation.

Study: Sean Spicer’s Handpicked Press Corps
45 percent of reporters he’s called on come from the right
by Michael Corcoran

Democracy Now!
Is ICE Targeting Undocumented Activists for Arrest? Organizers Speak Out After 11 Days in Jail

*Ben & Jerry’s isn’t made with the milk of human kindness


EPA Rejects Own Science to Greenlight Brain-Damaging Pesticide
“EPA chief Pruitt’s move rejecting his scientists’ advice to ban a pesticide? That’s exactly what the pesticide maker, DowChem, asked for.”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Ten years …

That would be a couple prezes back, if you’re keeping count.

How Many Civilians Can We Kill?
by Robert C. Koehler

*The bodies that are not counted

And do not count

The Real News Network
Democrats Must Take on Corporate Power If they Want to Win
In part two, Mike Elk says a winning strategy for Democrats must elevate the struggle to improve income inequality and working conditions, and discusses his new media project PayDay Report, that seeks to amplify labor struggles in the South

*Elk’s counting on the “progressive” wing of the Democratic Party to advance workers’ interests, when time after time it’s talked the talk, then taken a walk.

You’d think by now folks like him would be Berned out, but I guess new tricks don’t come easy to old donkeys.

Right-Wing Populism Permeates French Presidential Elections
The discontent of ordinary people with the political elite to deal with the effects of globalization is benefiting Marine Le Pen in the polls, says Le Monde Diplomatique’s Renaud Lambert

UK Faces Loss of Labor, Environmental Protections as Brexit Unfolds
Because it is not politically feasible to push for a second referendum, British progressives should pressure the state to maintain regulations that will be lost as the country exists the European Union, says economist John Weeks

Turkish Citizens Set to Vote on Referendum Further Centralizing Power in Erdogan’s Hands
Trent University lecturer Baris Karaagac says if the ‘yes’ vote wins, the state will have a limited ability to restrain President Erdogan’s heightened executive powers

Media Spin Headlines to Downplay US Responsibility for Mosul Massacre
by Ben Norton

*Language is the virus that transmits the disease of deceit

Democracy Now!
Amnesty: Hundreds of Iraqi Civilians Killed in U.S. Airstrikes After Being Told Not to Flee Mosul

Yemen: Trump Expands U.S. Military Role in Saudi War as Yemenis Brace for Famine

Iona Craig on What Really Happened When U.S. Navy SEALs Stormed a Yemeni Village, Killing Dozens

*As is so often the case with mainstream journalists like Craig, expressed concern for the victims of Western aggression is paired with worry over how it will affect the West’s unquestionably righteous aims.

The “how” always aces the “why”, and Goodman, as again is so often the case, lets it lie.


Nuclear Power Suffers Major Blow With Westinghouse Bankruptcy
Chapter 11 filing marks a ‘defining moment in the decades-long downward spiral of the global nuclear power industry’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Turning the Ingenious Tables: Buying the Right To the Privacy Of Those Who Sold Yours
by Abby Zimet, staff writer
Common Dreams

Trump’s Big Boost to Law Enforcement Won’t Make Us Safer — It Will Make Corporations Richer
The Trump administration’s recent steps backward provide us with a critical opportunity
by Emily Verdugo

A New Way to Close the Gender Pay Gap
New research suggests the gap between men and women won’t close till 2059 — unless cities and states try this new fix.
by Martha Burk

*A woman’s work is never done

Being devalued

Toronto’s Buried History: The Dark Story of How Mining Built a City
by Niko Block

*”[C]yanide, arsenic, dynamite, [ … ]

[A]nd lawyers”

Reality Virus Infects Kansas Legislators, Brownback Immune
by William K. Black

*We’re not in quite as crazy a Kansas anymore

The Real News NetworkJeff Sessions Targeting of So-Called Sanctuary Cities Likely Unconstitutional, Experts Say
Analysts say the assault makes communities less safe and likely will be challenged in courts

At AIPAC Protest, Young American Jews Voice Rejection of Israeli Policies
Journalist and author Max Blumenthal says the vocal Jewish-led protests at this year’s AIPAC Policy Conference highlight a growing generational divide on Israel-Palestine

Empire Files: The Sikh Experience in America
People of the Sikh faith, commonly mistaken for both Muslims and Hindus, are frequent targets of bigoted hate crimes-in fact, the first victim of post-9/11 hate crimes was a Sikh man. Promoting respect and understanding of this religious and cultural tradition, The Empire Files profiles this minority community with a long and rich history in America, and explores the roots of anti-Sikh racism with Georgetown Professor and civil rights attorney Arjun Singh Sethi.

Is the US Ready for Universal Health Care? This Physician Says ‘Yes’
Physicians for a National Health Program’s Adam Gaffney warns that incremental steps can turn into diversions and prevent us from fixing the fundamental problems with our current health care system

LGBTQ Activists Call for Accountability Following Murder of Trans Woman of Color in Baltimore
Baltimore Trans Alliance’s Executive Director Ava Pipitone sits down with The Real News to talk about the recent murder of Black Trans woman Alphonza Watson – the eighth Trans murder victim of 2017 in the United States – and how the Baltimore community can organize against transphobia

Institute for Public Accuracy
Dangers with Russia

Conspiracy Theorists Welcome in Corporate Media–if They Have the Right Targets
by Adam Johnson

*A saliently ironic surname, don’t you think?

Democracy Now!
As Trump Complains About Alleged Surveillance, Republicans Gut Internet Privacy Rules


Maryland Ban Shows Fracking is Not a Partisan Issue
Recent support by state Republican leaders for fracking bans puts heat on Democratic leaders who still support fracking
by Wenonah Hauter

*While we should expose the hypocrisy of poseurs like Brown, lauding pols of any party who may align with us on a certain issue, even one as acute as this, while ignoring their malfeasance and malevolence in other areas, leaves us isolated in our silos, diminished in our ability to make progress on any of our demands for a just society.

You can’t paint the big picture without a broad brush.

The Real News Network
Will Dems Derail Sanders’s Push for Public Option?
Wendell Potter, a health insurance executive turned whistleblower, on the GOP failure to repeal Obamacare and what lessons the 2009 defeat of the public option – when Democrats controlled Congress – can offer today

*The public option is a single, and singles lead to runners stranded on base.

Home run hitters often strike out, but swinging for the fences is the only way we’re gonna knock this one out of the park.

Growing Discontent with Corruption Brings Thousands of Russians to the Streets
The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Tayler says the opposition does not offer much of a political program beyond calling for removing Putin from power

Arrest of Omar Barghouti Comes Amidst Upsurge in International Support for Boycott of Israel
After the P5+1 nuclear deal made it difficult for the Israeli government to continue to appeal to the right-wing through casting Iran as the bogeyman, depicting BDS as a ‘delegitimization’ campaign became its next means of generating fear and paranoia among voters, says journalist Richard Silverstein

Baltimore Mayor’s Veto of $15/Hr Bill Shows Corporate Wing of Democrats Alive and Well
Labor reporter Mike Elk discusses the potential backlash faced by Maryland Democrats as well as the significance of the Mississippi Nissan workers struggle – Part 1/5

*Canton’s my home town, long since departed from, and it’s heartening to hear that folks are challenging a plantation mentality that is still alive and ill willed, whether the commodity is cotton or cars.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Ambassador Haley: Moms for Nukes
U.S. Violating Treaty Obligations in Attacking Nuclear Weapons Ban


Away … ?

Advocate of Saddam/Al Qaeda Conspiracy Will Save Us From Fake News
by Jim Naureckas

*When the cesspool makes the clogged toilet look clean

Democracy Now!
Local Lawmakers Fight Back Against AG Sessions’s Threats to Cut Funding to Sanctuary Cities

ICE Retaliates Against Immigrants in Austin After Sheriff Limits Cooperation with Federal Agents

As ICE Retaliates Against Austin, Learn How New Haven Fought Back Against a 2007 ICE Crackdown

Immigrant Communities in Fear as Trump Ups ICE Raids Targeting Sanctuary Cities

Web Exclusive: Rebecca Solnit Reads from “The Mother of All Questions”; Discusses Hope & Resistance

Inulin Fiber: What It Is, Why You Need It, and How to Get It
by Yuri Elkaim


FBI Face Recognition Technology Has ‘No Limits,’ Congressional Hearing Reveals
Law enforcement has access to photos of 50 percent of all adult Americans without their knowledge or consent
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

UTC fires reporter over bathroom bill reporting after local lawmaker complaints
by Kendi A. Rainwater
Chattanooga Times Free Press

*Note NPR’s righteous stance against press intimidation, which will surely be touted during the next pledge drive.

The Feuding Kleptocrats
by Chris Hedges

Why did Preet Bharara Refuse to Drain the Wall Street Swamp?
by William K. Black

Committee for Better Banks
Workers Shut Down Santander Headquarters in Mass Protest

The Real News Network
Sixth Year of War in Syria Marked by Tremendous Civilian Casualties
In the last week alone there were several attacks against Daesh in Iraq and Northern Syria led by the United States in which civilian casualties were considerable, says Vijay Prashad

Study Links Extreme Weather Events to Climate Change
Dr. Michael Mann says the way climate change affects the jet stream is intensifying and increasing the regional scale of droughts and flooding

The Protest-Resignation of UN Under-Secretary Dr. Rima Khalaf
UN Secretary General Guterres caves under pressure from Israel and United States and orders Under-Secretary Rima Khalaf to withdraw an incriminating investigative report on Israeli apartheid policies against Palestinians, says Vijay Prashad

Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March in D.C. Set for August
Organizer Krystal Roundtree says this is a call to end legalized slavery in the United States

*Strict constrictionism

Nebraskan Landowners Resist Keystone XL By Refusing to Sell Their Property to TransCanada
Retired school teacher and farmer Art Tanderup says he and nearly a hundred other landowners are pushing the Public Service Commission in Nebraska to deny permits for the pipeline

Rattling the Bars: Women and Incarceration
Truthout Editor-in-Chief Maya Schenwar discusses her work as a journalist, organizer, and prison abolitionist

Baltimore Mayor’s Veto of $15 Wage Protects Policy of Subsidizing Wealthy, Councilperson Says
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the measure may have lost its veto-proof support among city council members

*Pugh is a hole

And it ain’t got diddley to do with doughnuts.

In that, she’s in the company of countless other Democratic mayors, including the one in office in my “progressive oasis” of Madison, WI.

NYT Says Congress Has ‘Duty’ to Make War–Rather Than the Right to Reject It
by Adam Johnson

*A “liberal” dose of bloodlust

Institute for Public Accuracy
Will Sanders Introduce Medicare for All, or Just for Some?

*When push comes to shove

Don’t let Bernie behind you anywhere near a cliff

Democracy Now!
After Republican Infighting Dooms GOP Healthcare Plan, Trump Vows to Let Obamacare “Explode”

Medicare for All? Sen. Bernie Sanders Poised to Push for Single Payer after GOP Plan Falls Apart

*Bernie may be “poised to push”

But … well … see above

More Than 1,000 Civilians Reportedly Killed by U.S.-Led Airstrikes as Trump Expands War on Terror


What Is Sex For?
by Robert Jensen

The Real News Network
The Truth Behind the War on Immigrants
Historian Gerald Horne explains how the demonization of immigrants is designed to divide the working class and prevent white and non-white workers from acting in solidarity

*The reasons for demonizing “the other”

Are always the same

Were Haitian Police Behind Assassination Attempt on Aristide?
Jeb Sprague-Silgado says the firing on the former president’s motorcade took place in the context of mass voter disenfranchisement and an attempt to rearrange the country politically away from left forces

18 Million U.S. Citizens Exposed to Lead-Contaminated Water Systems
Trump’s cuts to the EPA will make it nearly impossible for the agency to track down violations of lead standards and enforce public health protections, says Erik D. Olson of the Natural Resources Defense Council

Neil Gorsuch’s Woeful Record on Civil Rights
Glen Ford says it’s not specific statements or positions that have led many, including the NAACP, to oppose Trump’s Supreme Court nominee; it’s Gorsuch’s whole legal philosophy

Democracy Now!
Florida’s First Black State Attorney Faces Death Threats After Refusing Death Penalty for Cop Killer

*Even if the death penalty “worked” in some sense, it would still be utterly immoral to carry it out.

Killing can only be justified in reaction to a grave threat. Once that threat no longer exists, justice is not satisfied, only revenge.


Latest WikiLeak Dump Shows CIA Hacking iPhones Since 2008
Outlet says it is likely that CIA “infected” Apple’s supply chain, including by “interdicting mail orders”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Stubborn Facts and the Lies That Kill Democracy
by Ralph Nader

Inventing enemies
The motivation behind the attacks on Indian Americans is a combination of seeing South Asians as terrorists and Indians as usurpers of high-tech jobs
by Vijay Prashad

Courage to Resist
Support US Army Private Ryan Johnson, Imprisoned a decade after refusing crimes of his country

The Real News Network
Why Further Revelations on Trump’s Russian Connections Might Fail to Bring Him Down
Investigative journalist James Henry argues that the revelations on Manafort and further inquiry into Trump’s ties to oligarchs are unlikely to produce a ‘silver bullet’ against the administration – and says there’s no substitute for grassroots organizing in preparation for the 2018 elections

Russia vs. USA: Who is the Threat, Who is the Aggressor? (2/2)
Jeffrey Tayler, contributing editor to The Atlantic, tells Paul Jay there are steps the Trump administration can take if it is serious about reducing tensions with Russia

Will the NDP Adopt Pro-BDS Platform?
Journalist Nora Loreto discusses the ongoing leadership races in Canada’s Conservative and NDP parties

Whistle Blower Teacher Says Charter Schools Draining Students, Resources from Public Education
In the third installment of TRNN’s investigation into the decline of public education another whistle blower teacher says Baltimore’s focus on charter schools is threatening the viability of public education

Hundreds Rally to Demand A Fix to Baltimore’s School Budget Deficit
In a surprise move, City Schools announced $30 million dollars for classrooms, but students, teachers and advocates say funding remains woefully inadequate

Petition update
Urge Ugandan President Museveni to pass the acid attack bill now.
by Hanifa Nakiryowa

Health Alert: Many Women Have Died Unnecessarily Because Dangerous Cancers of the Uterus and Ovaries Are Being Spread using MORCELLATORS. Stop MORCELLATION in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery.
by Hooman Noorchashm

Institute for Public Accuracy
London Attack

*The mirror of malevolence

Democracy Now!
Jane Mayer on Robert Mercer & the Dark Money Behind Trump and Bannon

*Of course, the Clintons are murderers, and the corpress is an “enemy of the people”.

And Stalin called Hitler evil, and vice versa.

Truth can come from the vilest of voices.

Dark Money Billionaires Push for Pro-Nuclear Radiation Climate Denier for White House Science Post

Dark Data: Trump Backers Bankroll Firm Developing Psychological Profiles of Every U.S. Voter


Mississippi Bill Helps Enable Trump’s “Sinister” Immigration Crackdown
Days after Trump administration issues report aimed at scaring “jurisdictions into becoming deportation agents,” Mississippi poised to enact anti-sanctuary cities law
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Coal in ‘Freefall’ Worldwide, Report Finds
‘No amount of rhetoric from Donald Trump will be able to stop the fall of coal in the U.S. and across the globe’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Immigrant Food Factory Workers Threatened with Mass Termination Choose Resistance
‘Not One Step Back’ – ‘Ni Uno Paso Atras’
Dozens at Tom Cat Bakery in Queens given 10 days’ notice of dismissal following investigation by Trump’s Department of Homeland Security

ACLU of Northern California Files Claims Against Customs And Border Protection for Sexual Assault
Two Sisters Were Sexually Assaulted by CBP Officer in Texas

The Real News Network
US Interfered in More Elections Than Any Other Nation
Glen Ford says that even if the US does prove that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections, the actions don’t match the scale of America’s interference in elections across the world

*I’m afraid Ford, who provides much righteous analysis, has his own blinkers on at the end of this segment, as regards Russian benevolence.

No “favor” was done to the world, much less the people of Syria, with its intervention to assist its ally. The calculations were coldly geopolitical. That doesn’t in any way legitimate US actions in this area, or this neo Cold War horseshit spewing from Democratic orifi, but it’s folly to take American turpitude as reason to praise Russia acting on similar impulses.

One could say, “A pox on both their houses”, but the wretched reality is the deathly one devastating their victims.

Federal Judge Orders Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Pocomoke, State of MD to Move Forward
Judge Frederick Motz’s ruling means the case alleging government officials discriminated against the city’s first black police chief has cleared a key legal hurdle and will now enter discovery and possible depositions

Justice for Port Drivers
Make XPO the poster child for the illegal mistreatment of port workers in the South

Black Man Stabbed to Death by White Supremacist–Then Smeared by Media
by Adam Johnson

Right-Wing Foundation, Scary Nuke Maps Drive Narrative on North Korea ‘Threat’
by Adam Johnson

*A Heritage of histrionic hype

Institute for Public Accuracy
Leading Expert: Congress Can Release Trump’s Tax Returns

Democracy Now!
A Driver Fled His Truck to Avoid Freezing to Death. Only One Judge Ruled Against Him: Neil Gorsuch

*A heart as cold as that winter night in Illinois

Neil Gorsuch, Backed by $10 Million in Dark Money, Refuses to Weigh In on Citizens United

Meet 2 U.S. Citizens Detained at Airports: A Police Chief and a Lawyer Who Sued Trump Administration


Reality and the ‘Made in the U.S.A.’ Famine in Yemen
by Kathy Kelly

The Real News Network
Russia vs. USA: Who is the Threat, Who is the Aggressor? (1/2)
GOP and Democratic Party leaders and media pundits like Rachel Maddow are raising their anti-Russian rhetoric to cold-war levels. Jeffrey Tayler, contributing editor to The Atlantic, says they are ignoring the history of broken American promises, NATO expansion and attempts to develop American first strike nuclear capability.

Was the Georgian Conflict Started to Elect John McCain President in 2008? Pt.1
TRNN REPLAY: As thousands demand Saakashvili’s resignation, Paul Jay investigates roots of 2008 Russia-Georgia War

Democrats Fail to Dig into Trump’s Shady Financial Ties During Hearing
Economist James Henry says the overlooked story is the longstanding role of Russian flight capital and organized crime ties in funding Trump’s ventures

*There was no “effort to make Russia a more democratic society” by the Clintons or anyone else in the US power structure, so it wasn’t “a kind of missed opportunity”, which might explain why Democrats aren’t too keen on delving into DDT’s criminogenic contacts with Russian oligarchs, as they assisted in their ascension during the Yeltsin years.

Why is the Capitalist West Fighting with Capitalist Russia?
TRNN Replay: Alexandr Buzgalin and Paul Jay discuss the antagonism between Russia and US despite the former adopting ‘Jurassic Park capitalism’ since the demise of the USSR

*This segment sorely needed a translator, but I think there’s enough that can be gleaned from it to merit reposting.

UN Report Finds Apartheid Exists Within Israel
TRNN’s Shir Hever says although the reality of apartheid is obvious and uncontroversial to most Israelis, the recent United Nations report establishes an important legal basis for describing what exists beyond the Occupied Territories as apartheid

Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes Steve Bannon
Steve Bannon has been propelled over the last year from fringe media outlier to top propagandist of the U.S. empire as Trump’s chief strategist

*Rasputin of the alt-Reich

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Housing, Community, Land Are Human Rights’
Tony Romano on HUD cuts
by Janine Jackson

*A roof over our heads

Rather than a sword of Damocles

Democracy Now!
Inside How the Federalist Society & Koch Brothers Are Pushing for Trump to Reshape Federal Judiciary

*Lipton, good “objective journalist” that he is, “wouldn’t call the Federalist Society a right-wing group”

But ducks quack, don’t they?

How to Create Healthy Eating Habits That Actually Stick (The CPR Method)
by Yuri Elkaim

*A journey of a thousand miles does not end with a single misstep


Tax Cuts for the Rich at Heart of Paul Ryan’s Attack on Medicaid
Ryan makes it clear that cutting Medicaid to pay for the health bill’s tax cuts for the wealthy enables deeper corporate tax cuts in tax legislation to follow
by Chye-Ching Huang

A Last Chance for Resistance
by Chris Hedges

*Imagine the worst before there’s no longer a need to

New Evidence that Poor Americans Pay the Highest Taxes and Get Little of the Safety Net
by Paul Buchheit

The Real News Network
Baltimore Poised to Pass $15 Min. Wage as Business Lobby Launches Nationwide Rollback Campaign
The American Prospect’s Justin Miller says corporate lobbyists working with Republicans and even some Democrats are trying to undermine the highly popular and successful Fight for $15 movement across the country

Wealthiest U.S. Households Save Big Under GOP Health Care Bill
PERI’s Peter Arno says the elderly, disabled, and the poor would be hardest hit by the repeals of Medicaid expansion and taxes on the rich that fund Medicare

Trump Adds Another Former Goldman Sachs Official to His Administration
James Donovan’s area of expertise, like most Goldman Sachs folks, is not economics or finance, but law – because that’s how Goldman Sachs makes its money: by evading, controlling and writing the laws

*Sachs and pillages

Color Of Change
Credit card companies should not be funding hate groups

Institute for Public Accuracy
Intel Committee “Political Theater” as Trump Escalates Wars

The Political Economy of ‘Moral Authority’
by John O’Day

*Mything the point

Democracy Now!
Ari Berman: Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch Has Praised Discriminatory Voter ID Laws

College Classmate: Neil Gorsuch Attacked Anti-Apartheid & Civil Rights Protesters & Defended Contras

Amid Spike in Civilian Deaths from U.S. Strikes, Trump Requests Lifting Policy Limiting Casualties

Organizer: ICE Detention of Immigrant Rights Activists in VT is Clear Case of Political Retaliation


Trump Sends Hate Group to Represent US at UN Women’s Rights Conference
“The members of the president’s delegation to the United Nations’ annual summit on women are opposed to the U.N. as a whole and the fundamental rights of women in particular”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*More foxes than henhouses

UN Praises Iran’s “Exemplary” Leadership in Hosting Refugees
“It’s a story that’s not told often enough,” said a representative for UN high commissioner for refugees
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Of course there’s a political calculus here

But it’s a rare instance where the folks involved actually benefit from it.

The Real Irish-American Story Not Taught in Schools
by Bill Bigelow

*History repeats when it is unremembered

The Public is Clueless About the Federal Budget and It’s the New York Times’ Fault
Wow. That’s a big number!
by Dean Baker

*”What’s the problem here?”

Dean, if you don’t suss that, you’re exposing your own ignorance on just whom the corpress serve, which I imagine is why you took the Times at its word.

Economic Policy Institute
Trump Delay of the ‘Fiduciary Rule’ Will Cost Retirement Savers $3.7 Billion
Public Citizen

U.S. Supreme Court’s Assumption That Outside Groups Are Independent Is Proven False at the State and Local Levels
Seven Years Later, the Foundation of Citizens United Is in Ruins; At Next Week’s Hearing, Judge Gorsuch Likely to Be Asked About Money in Politics

The Real News Network
U.K. Increases Use of Stripping Citizenship as Anti-Terrorism Policy
Helena Wray and Caterina Aiena say the U.K. is showing a willingness to deprive people of their human rights and place them into a zone of lawlessness and statelessness

BJP Wins India’s Largest State in Elections, Further Consolidating Modi’s Power
NewsClick founder Prabir Purkayastha says the secular and social inclusion agendas have lost to the pro-business, anti-Muslim agenda of Narendra Modi – and no oppositional force looks ready to challenge the BJP in the 2019 elections

Anti-Boycott Law Denies London BDS Activist Entry to Israel
London Palestinian Solidarity Campaign Chairman Hugh Lanning says these laws are exposing the anti-democratic nature of the state

Democracy Now!
Trump’s Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Insists Cutting Meals for Poor Seniors is Compassionate

*Orwellian overdrive

Is Trump Counterterrorism Aide Sebastian Gorka a Sworn Member of Hungarian Nazi-Allied Group?

Decoding the bread aisle
What those claims on your bread really mean
by Leah Ettman
Nutrition Action


Amid Renewed Nuclear Worries, Dozens of Classified Bomb Test Videos Made Public
‘If we capture the history of this and show what the force of these weapons are and how much devastation they can wreak, then maybe people will be reluctant to use them’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”We hope that we would never have to use a nuclear weapon ever again.”

We never had to use them at all.

President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home
by Tom Engelhardt

*The empire strikes home

Trump is Considering Expanding Killing Powers Abroad. The Consequences for Civilians Will be Disastrous.
by Hina Shamsi

*The sham removed

The shame revealed

What Betsy DeVos Means When She Says ‘Public Schools’
by Jeff Bryant

The Real News Network
Netherlands Far-Right Leader Wilders Contained, But Far From Defeated
Alternet’s Ben Norton says ‘The Dutch Donald Trump’ is going to remain a fixture in national politics – and this is just the beginning of a larger wave of far right movements across the globe

Trump’s 2005 Tax Forms: ‘Like Going to Dinner And Being Served Pictures of Food’
Economists James Henry and Bill Black hypothesize that there are fraudulent and criminal activities lurking within Trump’s unreleased tax forms

Intel Buys Israeli Tech Firm in Largest Tech Deal in Nation’s History
TRNN’s Shir Hever says Intel is attempting to add prestige to its brand while Israeli politicians strive for a political victory to create the appearance of an international foothold in the nation’s economy

FAIR CounterSpin
‘That Violence Against Our Community Is Often Not Told by Media’
Kris Hayashi on trans non-ruling
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Brazil: As “Coup” Government Targets Retirement Benefits, General Strike Rocks Nation

Democracy Now!
In Stinging Blow to President, Hawaii & Maryland Judges Block Trump’s Second Muslim Ban

ACLU Lawyer Esha Bhandari on Your Rights If Border Agents Try to Seize Your Cellphone at the Border

In Historic Report, U.N. Agency Says Israel Is Imposing an “Apartheid Regime” on Palestinian People


Trump’s New Medicaid Head Wastes No Time Urging States to Make System More Cruel
Seema Verma was architect of program in Indiana that imposed “unprecedented co-payments and premiums”; her letter to governors says states may consider insurance premium requirements, emergency room co-payments
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Beyond Wetiko Agriculture: Saving Ourselves from the Soil Up
The diagnosis is clear. Now what are we going to do about it?
by Tom Newmark and Steven Farrell

Jubilee USA Network
Federal Reserve Raises Rates and Poor Countries Pay More Debt

Public Citizen
Trump Rollback of Fuel Economy Standards Would Cost Americans $5,700 Per Car, $8,200 Per Truck
Auto Industry and Trump Collude in a Myopic and Cruel Move

7 Ways To Take Action To #ProtectTransWomen Today

The Real News Network
February Job Growth Barely Made Dent in Record Low Labor Force Participation
Newest government data still show trends of low wage job creation, racial disparities in employment, and workers continuing to leave the labor force, says economist Bill Black

Attorney Fired By Trump Set Dangerous Precedent for Wall Street Prosecutions
Former financial regulator Bill Black says Preet Bharara was the most aggressive federal prosecutor, but was still easy on the elite Wall Street bankers – yet we shouldn’t expect Trump to nominate a replacement who isn’t ethically challenged

*Another liberal “hero” simply for getting pissed on by His Travesty

Institute for Public Accuracy
Arab Women Leaders Point to Arms Sales as Cause of Insecurity

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Trumpcare Is Very Destructive to Both Medicare and Medicaid’
Nancy Altman on Trumpcare
by Janine Jackson

Media Find Room for ‘Trumpcare Too Progressive,’ but Not for Single-Payer
Right-wing critics of GOP health plan get near-constant media attention–while single-payer advocates’ challenges to ACA were never taken seriously
by Michael Corcoran

Democracy Now!
David Cay Johnston Speaks Out About Receiving & Revealing 2 Pages of Trump’s 2005 Tax Returns

David Cay Johnston: How Trump Pays So Little in Taxes and Plans to Change Tax Law to Pay Even Less

Aid Worker Decries U.S.-Backed “Relentless War” in Yemen Causing Widespread Threat of Starvation

*A famine of fundamental humanity

Trump Considers Slashing U.S. Funding to U.N. Amid Warnings of Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since WWII

Arkansas Rushes to Execute 8 Men Using Drug Linked to Painful, Botched Executions


Is the Vault 7 Source a Whistleblower?
by Jesselyn Radack

Center for Biological Diversity
New Story Map Shows What’s Really at Stake With Trump’s Border Wall

2.7 Million Animals Killed by Federal Wildlife-destruction Program in 2016
Ignoring Calls for Reform, Wildlife Services Continues Killing Coyotes, Bears, Wolves, Other Animals

Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV)
Yemenis Endure World’s Largest, Rapidly Worsening Humanitarian Crisis While Subject to a Sea Blockade and Constant Bombing

The Real News Network
New Mike Brown Footage Discredits Ferguson Police Account
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says the police consistently manipulate public opinion with character assassinations and lies to justify the killing of black men

Russian, U.S. Geopolitical Interests in Growing Tension with Netanyahu’s Political Self-Interest
Russia and the United States are in a strong position to protect their respective geopolitical interests in spite of Netanyahu’s attempts at political self-preservation, says TRNN’s Shir Hever

Portions of Keystone XL, Dakota Access Built By Oligarch Who Helped Bring Putin to Power
DeSmogBlog’s Steve Horn says the steel used in the construction of the pipelines will be produced in the US or Canada, but nonetheless will be owned by foreign multinationals

Rattling the Bars: Blacks More Likely to Be Wrongly Convicted Than Whites
Eddie Conway talks to Alison Flowers, author of ‘The Exoneree Diaries,’ who discusses a new report which reveals a troubling level of racial bias in the U.S. criminal justice system

Democracy Now!
Healthcare or Wealthcare? 24 Million to Lose Insurance Under GOP Plan While Rich Get Big Tax Breaks

*Let’s don’t be labeling a piece of shit “fair and just” simply because it may smell a bit like it compared to the yuuuuuge pile of it DDT’s pimping.

ALEC & For-Profit Health Industry Embrace GOP Bill Despite Opposition from Doctors & Nurses

*No single payer due to the multi payers to pols

Was Firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Done to Cover Up Probes of Trump & Fox News?

Is Jared Kushner Breaking the Law with $400M Real Estate Deal with Firm Tied to Chinese Gov’t?

*America First

(Void where prohibited by lawlessness)

From Lobbyists to Reality Show Stars, Meet the Hundreds of Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed

*Swamp things


Cambodia Outraged as US Demands Repayment of ‘Blood-Stained’ War Debt
The US dropped more than 500,000 tons of bombs on Cambodia during the Vietnam War
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Texas Lawmaker Takes Aim at Anti-Choice Laws With Fine for Male Masturbation
‘Although HB 4260 is satirical, there is nothing funny about current healthcare restrictions for women and the very real legislation that is proposed every legislative session,’ wrote Rep. Jessica Farrar (D)
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Cities Worldwide Take on Climate Fight—And See Pushback From National Governments
Many cities are outpacing national governments in the climate fight, setting the stage for power battles
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Dance of Death
by Chris Hedges

The Oligarch Files: Did a billionaire fertiliser baron bail out Trump by paying millions over the odds for this gaudy pleasure palace? And is THIS the Russian connection that could return to haunt the presidency?
Trumps’s election campaign was bedevilled by allegations of links with Kremlin
Story of Maison de l’Amitie is example of Donald Trump’s connections to Moscow
Close scrutiny of The Donald’s business history now suggests that if there is a real concern about Russian connections, it may instead lie in hard financial facts
by James S Henry

Striking York University Food Service Workers Win $15 and Fairness
by Alia Karim and David Bush

Rights Organizations Call for No Borders on Gender Justice

The Real News Network
Thousands Protest Against Dakota Access in Front of White House
Indigenous activists and their supporters gathered in D.C. to condemn executive and state-level plans for continued pipeline construction and expansion of fracking

US Deploys More Troops to Syria to Fight ISIS
Vijay Prashad provides analysis of why US troops will be fighting alongside a coalition of opposing allies to retake Raqqa

Trump and The War Within the American Oligarchy
TRNN senior editor Paul Jay discusses how the Real News covers the Trump administration as well as the struggle between those who want to ‘reign in the excesses of capitalism’ and those who want to destroy the ‘administrative state’

*Extenuating exploitocracy

The egg-centrics and the goose gobblers

Institute for Public Accuracy
How Liberals Collaborated with McCarthyism: Then and Now

Covering the Critics of Conway, Not the Murders of Transgender Women
by Tegan Jones

Democracy Now!
How to Remove a President: Mass Protests Force Out South Korean Leader Amid Corruption Scandal

Bruce Cumings: North Korea Timed Recent Missile Test to Take Place During Trump-Abe Dinner

China Warns U.S. & North Korea Are Set for “Head-On” Collision Amid Rising Tensions & Provocations

The lowdown on fermented foods
Here’s a look at the evidence
by Lindsay Moyer
Nutrition Action

*As always, weigh the conflicting views as best you can, and be open to further developments


‘We Exist, We Resist, We Rise’: Thousands March for Native Nations
‘Standing Rock was just the beginning’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Another Sign Just Came in That Tar Sands Operations Are on Life Support
‘Societal acceptance of the energy system as we have it is just disappearing,’ Shell chief executive said
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Bush-Era Foreign Policy Delusions Are Alive and Well in 2017
Trump’s foreign policy advisers are plainly unhinged. But the old establishment isn’t much better.
by Conn Hallinan

*All empires ultimately crumble

This one may leave nothing in its train

As Their Trials Begins, Climate Protecting “Valve Turners” Say “Shut It Down” Is “Necessity”
by Jeremy Brecher

*A necessity defense of the planet

Education for Sale?
School choice and the future of American education
by Linda Darling-Hammond

The Rehabilitation of George W. Bush, War Criminal
Don’t be fooled by the watercolors; he’s still responsible for the death of a million Iraqis
by Vijay Prashad

*Painting a false face of humanity

Public Citizen
Corporate Interests Give Tens of Millions to Dismantle Legal Rights of Consumers and Patients
Lobbying Disclosures Reveal Undermining Accountability Is a Top Priority for Big Business

*Ruling class action

Allow Parents the Option to Protect Kids from Military Recruiters in High Schools

The Real News Network
Israel Bans Entry to Supporters of the Boycott Movement
TRNN correspondent Shir Hever says the ban could be used to prevent re-entry of Palestinians who oppose the Israeli occupation of their land

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Meet the New Muslim Ban, Harsher Than the Old Muslim Ban”

With White House Embracing Climate Denial, Will Corporate Media Treat It as Science?
by Reed Richardson

*”Equal time”

Is running out

Democracy Now!
Immigrant Rights Leader Released After Hundreds Rally Outside His Check-in with Deportation Officer

Palestinian Hip-Hop Star Tamer Nafar Fights Racist Israeli Policies in New Film, “Junction 48”

EFF Director: WikiLeaks Move to Share CIA Hacking Tools with Tech Giants Could “Make Us All Safer”


Special Statement by National Low Income Housing Coalition President and CEO Diane Yentel: Don’t Make America Homeless Again

*Homelessness is where the heartlessness is

The Real News Network
Trump Supporters Call For Imprisoning Liberals at Phoenix Rally
In this shocking video, Dan Cohen documents the toxic atmosphere of Trump’s political allies and most fervent supporters

*Nuremberger with a side of lies

GOP’s Deadly Obamacare Replacement
Workers living in right-to-work states would become especially vulnerable to the cost-cutting machinations of the insurance industry, says Jane McAlevey

‘Liberating’ Iraqi Cities Often Reduces Them to Ghost Towns
Many ISIS fighters retreated from Mosul prior to the current military campaign, and therefore the existence of organization is not threatened by the ongoing campaign, says Sabah Alnasseri

Chinese Telecom Giant Pays DoJ $892 Million Fine for Practices Trump Wants Legal For U.S. Firms
Bill Black says Trump wants to gut the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to enable U.S. firms to engage in corruption

*No dishonor among thieves

Black Lives Matter on International Women’s Day
We must bring the movement to those who are most marginalized, says Black Lives Matter – Canada co-founder janaya khan

Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Korea Deployment and Korean Elections

Trump Didn’t Teach Foreign Regimes to Cry ‘Fake News’–Corporate Media Did
By Adam Johnson

FAIR CounterSpin
‘We Are Conditioned by Mass Media to Choose Up Sides’
Norman Solomon on Trump and Russia
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
Exclusive: Facing Possible Deportation, Immigrant Activist Ravi Ragbir Speaks Out Before ICE Check-in

Yoga Hip Openers: 23 Simple Poses Most People Should Be Doing
by Yuri Elkaim


Honduran Farmers Sue World Bank Lending Arm for ‘Profiting From Murder’
A private lending arm of the World Bank is not ‘ending poverty,’ it is ‘ending the lives of the poor,’ says one farmer
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The deathly cost of “doing business”

Wikileaks Dumps CIA’s Hacking Tools
by Marcy Wheeler

Memory, Fire and Hope: Five Lessons from Standing Rock
The North Dakota camp may have been evicted but the movement hasn’t lost. Here are five lessons activists around the world can learn from the water protectors.
by Alnoor Ladha

*We can’t create the world we want

Until we live it in the world we don’t

Let’s Give the CIA the Credit It Deserves
by Norman Solomon

*Yankee disingenuity

CIA Torture Architects Ordered to Testify Over Cover-up Involving Trump Appointee

Food & Water Watch
Dozens of Advocacy Groups Challenge EPA on Factory Farm Pollution
Rural Communities Demand Clean Water, Not Environmental Rollbacks

Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV)
3rd Annual Shut Down Creech! – Spring 2017

Statement: National Day of Action for Trans Women of Color

The Real News Network
From Strikes to Symbolic Acts, ‘A Day Without a Woman’ Embraces Broad Front of Resistance
International Women’s Day builds upon the Women’s March on Washington with more leadership from women of color and deeper politicization among its participants, says journalist Margaret Prescod

Building Pipelines Leads to Growth – Not in Jobs, But Carbon Emissions
TRNN’s Dimitri Lascaris says despite their difference in style, Trudeau and Trump share the same support for disastrous climate/fossil fuel policy—Not-in-Jobs%2C-But-Carbon-Emissions

Bail Reform: Should the Poor Continue to Pay?
Eze Jackson heads to Annapolis to talk to advocates for House Bill 1390 which will eliminate cash bail for non-violent offenders who cannot afford to pay

European, North American Campuses Observe Israeli Apartheid Week
Students and faculty held events including mock checkpoints and poetry readings to draw attention to the occupation of the Palestinian territories and settler-colonialism, says scholar-activist Yara Hawari

Empire Files: Chris Hedges & Abby Martin – Trump, Fascism & the Christian Right
For the first time in modern history, a fringe wing of Christian extremists have obtained the highest seats of power in the US government-from Mike Pence to Betsy DeVos

*What will be the role of the corpress in this?

What happened in that regard in Germany, Italy, Spain?—Trump%2C-Fascism-%26-the-Christian-Right

Fight for $15
Tell Burger King to STOP sexual harassment at their stores today

NY Daily News: Broken Windows ‘Works,’ and if It Hurts Immigrants–‘Too Bad’
by Josmar Trujillo


How the GOP’s Healthcare Plan Helps Make Case for Medicare-for-All
State efforts toward single-payer healthcare, like California’s, could be bolstered by GOP’s Medicaid-gutting proposal
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Amid Trump’s Deregulatory Bonanza, UN Report Details ‘Catastrophic’ Impact of Pesticides
Study accuses agro-chemical industry of ignoring scientific studies on toxic impact while pushing ‘myth’ that pesticides are aiding world hunger
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

On International Women’s Day, Honoring Women Land and Human Rights Defenders
Across the wide world, women are rising up to protect the Earth, one another, and the common good
by Osprey Orielle Lake and Emily Arasim

DayWithoutAWoman: For Domestic and Low-Wage Workers, the Stakes Are Higher Than Ever
by Ai-jen Poo

*A woman’s work is never done

Being devalued

Don’t Let Corporations Control Vulnerable Americans’ Water
by Wenonah Hauter

World Beyond War
A Sample Local Resolution to Resist and Overcome
How your town can resist Trump’s military spending

The Real News Network
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

Did UAE Buy $5 Billion in Arms Anticipating Intensified Regional Conflict?
Trump has added to tension in the region with his warmongering statements on Iran, says filmmaker Andrew Feinstein

Judge Accepts Class Action Lawsuit Against Use of Slave Labor in Private Detention Centers
The case could open up a Pandora’s box of challenges against constitutional provisions for exploiting prison labor, says Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford

High Frequency Trading in the Trump Era
White-collar criminologist Bill Black sits down with the Real News to spell out how the ballooning HFT industry works exactly, and where it’s headed under President Trump

*Ain’t technology grand (larceny)?

Petition update
Gynecologists Are Continuing to Perform Morcellation Operations Without Adequate Informed Consent
by Hooman Noorchashm

George W. Bush Now on Right Side of Press Corps’ Nostalgia Machine
by Eoin Higgins

*What’s the ratio of words in service of Dear Leader’s rehab to the lives he destroyed?

(And why do those lives lost and devastated in Afghanistan seem rarely to be enumerated among his sins?)

Democracy Now!
The GOP Fix for Obamacare: Rich Get Tax Breaks While Millions of Others Lose Healthcare

*From a piece of shit, to a pile of it, and no mention of the one option that doesn’t smell of it

SCOTUS Deals Setback to Trans Rights, But Trans Teen & Activist Gavin Grimm Vows to Push Forward

Part 2: Are Trump’s Ties to Russia a Dangerous Security Issue or Critics’ Fodder for New Red Scare?


Trump Guts Air and Water Rules as WHO Warns Pollution Harms Youngest Kids Most
One in four children die preventable deaths each year as a result of unhealthy environments
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

How 90% of American Households Lost an Average of $17,000 in Wealth to the Plutocrats in 2016
by Paul Buchheit

*Defying commons sense

“Sex work” or “prostitution”? Language choices reveal views on male dominance
by Robert Jensen

The Real News Network
Business Lobby Fails to Sway City Council As $15 Min. Wage Measure Advances
With mounting evidence raising the minimum wage does not hurt business or employment, Baltimore is getting closer to a $15 minimum wage by 2022

Israel Creating Nationwide Database of Citizens’ Faces, Fingerprints
TRNN’s Shir Hever says Hewlett Packard first used Palestinians under occupation as test subjects for the program and have now convinced the Israeli government to create a second database for its citizens

*As things fall apart

Repression comes together

Tens of Thousands Demonstrate to Protect Britain’s Heathcare System
Stuart Tuckwood said participants call on the government to fund the NHS properly and to end the move towards privatization

*Can they throw cold water on Maggie’s wet dream?

Real News Doesn’t Side with Russian or American Oligarchs
Kim Brown and Paul Jay discuss TRNN’s approach to covering Jeff Sessions and the Trump-Russia connection controversy

*Call it the Red Herring Menace in many respects, but the focus here should be on Trump and cabal’s use of the tools of gummint to enrich themselves not only in Russia, but wherever an opportunity has or will present itself.

It’s the Art of the Steal on a yuuuuuuge scale.

‘J is for Junk Economics’: Michael Hudson on TRNN (5/5)
Economist Michael Hudson explains why Social Security does not need to be ‘pre-funded’ by its beneficiaries

How Pro-Israel Politics and Anti-Semitism Coexist in the Alt-Right
Journalist Richard Silverstein says Trump’s nativist populism has emboldened hate groups to commit anti-Semitic attacks

*Israel responds to anti-Semitic violence when it’s in their interest, when they can claim it emanates from Muslim sources. Right wing attacks are mostly ignored, whether in the US or elsewhere, for reasons made plain here.

Inmates Involved in Vaughn Prison Rebellion Denied Medical Treatment
Professor Kim Wilson says the inmates are reporting destruction and confiscation of their private property

Petition update
The Ron Finley Project
Our Collective Voice is Being Heard!

Democracy Now!
Meet Jocelyn Avelica, Whose Dad Was Detained by ICE While Driving his Daughter to School

Debate: Are Trump’s Ties to Russia a Dangerous Security Issue or Critics’ Fodder for New Red Scare?

*I’m not interested in one side or the other here presenting their case as would a lawyer in court, advocating for their client, rather than stepping back, assessing what we know and don’t know, laying out the possible motives among the players, and adjusting analysis as information becomes available, “without fear or favor”.

That approach is what we depend on to make rational judgments, which is what journalism’s supposed to be about, in my view.

17 Ways to Minimize Exposure to Dirty Electricity & EMFs
by Lloyd Burrell


So of this I’d take to heart. I don’t know about the full meal deal, and they are trying to sell you something, aren’t they?


Trump’s ‘School Choice’ Plan: Religious Fundamentalism At Taxpayer Expense
by Jeff Bryant

*Praise the Lord and pass the propaganda

How “Family Values” Conservatives Are Hurting Families
Congressional Republicans’ health care plans would roll back access to birth control and prenatal care
by Livia Gershon

*”Family Values”

It comes down to whose families are valued, doesn’t it?

Saturday: Politicians, Civil Rights Leaders Turn Up Heat on Nissan Over Treatment of African-American Workers
Bernie Sanders, Danny Glover to Lead Massive March on Automaker’s Factory in Canton, MS
Coalition to Demand Nissan Respect Workers’ Right to Vote for a Union Free from Fear, Intimidation

*Old times there are not forgotten

They’re forwarded

The Real News Network
NHS Hospitals Have Run Out of Beds
The British Red Cross has described the situation for British healthcare as a humanitarian crisis, says Dr. Margaret Ridley

*Brexit from the social contract

‘J is for Junk Economics’: Michael Hudson on TRNN (4/5)
Economist Michael Hudson takes on the mythology surrounding government budgets and explains how the term ‘stability’ has been used as a cover for financial fraud

*We all know what’s on the ground in a “stable”, don’t we?

New UK Secrecy Laws Include Harsh Sentences For Journalists Working With Whistleblowers
Open Rights Group’s Executive Director Jim Killock says PM Theresa May has demonstrated a preference to defend the right to government secrecy over the right to a free press

*I thought it interesting that Brown let slide Killock’s diss of WikiLeaks (≠ “responsible journalists”). Maybe she didn’t catch it, but I’d have liked to have had her question him on the basis for that assertion.

Why Was a 2016 Summit for a US-Proposed Peace Plan Involving Israel Kept Secret?
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to believe he can secure a regional peace agreement without resolving the Palestinian issue, says Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy

*Levy’s right that the two state “solution” is dead, but from the standpoint of justice, it’s always been so.

And I don’t know how he can speak of democracy and equal rights in one state and still accept the injustice of Jewish settlements in the Occupied Territories. Any just solution requires that land to be returned to its rightful owners, or truly fair reparations be made to them.

Otherwise there will be a gaping wound in the body politic of that state that will never heal.

Honduran Activist Berta Caceres Stood Up Against Racism, Patriarchy, and Capitalism
Filmmaker Jesse Freeston marks the first anniversary of the assassination of Berta Caceres, an outspoken critic of US imperialism and environmental activist

How Bannon and Milo Repackage Hate Speech
Trump supporters at CPAC told the Real News they admired Breitbart’s provocative rhetoric because it legitimized their own sentiments, which they feel the mainstream misconstrues as racist and bigoted

*”How can you blame me for being born superior?”

Institute for Public Accuracy
Drone Resisters Acquitted, Juror Tells Them: “Keep Doing It”

*A just verdict for a just act

Democracy Now!
Trump’s Proposed EPA Cuts Threaten Health & Lives of Tens of Millions of Americans

The 10 Push-up Variations You Need to Know (For All Levels)
by Yuri Elkaim


Six Democrats and Independent Sen. Angus King Vote to Confirm Inexperienced Safety-Net Foe Ben Carson
Carson will now lead agency with $47 billion budget that oversees fair housing practices and assists low-income renters and homeowners
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Warren’s vote was meaningless, in that it had no impact on the outcome, and given her initial support, I have to wonder just what she’d have done if it would have made the difference.

Free Trade vs Protectionism: Weapon of Mass Distraction
by Richard D. Wolff

Has Van Jones Lost His Mind, Or Are Sane People Missing the Point?
by David Swanson

*Crucifixes in camo

Bank of International Settlements Paper Confirms That High Levels of Household Debt Hurt Growth
by Yves Smith

The Real News Network
Feds Indict 7 Baltimore Cops for Racketeering, Drug Dealing
Charges of stealing money from innocent people and filing fraudulent times slips further tarnishes a department that was the recent subject of a scathing Justice Department report

*I believe Rosenstein meant to say that “the Attorney General’s committed to perpetrating criminals”.

I assume he meant “criminality”, but you’d have to confirm that with him.

Trump Seeks Ease on Restrictions for Polluting Drinking Water
Research shows regulations cause virtually no layoffs, says Environmental Integrity Project’s Tom Pelton

‘J is for Junk Economics’: Michael Hudson on TRNN (3/5)
Trump is planning to turn the U.S. economy into a Russian-style kleptocracy, says economist Michael Hudson

*”Oh, I wanted to help you folks. Congress wouldn’t let me.”

Gee, where have I heard that before?

Oh, yeah …

Baltimore School Principals Rally Against Devastating Budget Cuts
TRNN speaks to school administrators and elected officials who are outraged at the $130 million school deficit and potential layoff of 1,000 workers

Breaking Campaign Promise, Trudeau Abandons Move to Democratize Electoral System
The Canadian Prime Minister has likely stopped pursuing implementation of a proportional system of representation because his party – the Liberals – stand to lose the most with such a change, says Dimitri Lascaris

*No need to mourn Obama’s absence

Merely move to Canada

Institute for Public Accuracy
Breaking the Yemen Central Bank: Is Saudi Arabia Using Starvation as a Weapon?

WaPo Spins Its Scoop to Minimize Damage to Sessions
by Jim Naureckas

FAIR CounterSpin
‘The Basis of a Humane Immigration Policy Is to Respect People as Human Beings’
Mizue Aizeki on criminalizing immigrants
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
David Cay Johnston: As Jeff Sessions Scandal Brews, We Need a Public Probe of Trump’s Ties to Russia

Asylum Seeker Battling Brain Tumor Removed from Texas Hospital in Handcuffs, Taken to Private Jail


Flint Residents Now Have to Pay for Water They Still Can’t Drink
State government ends program that helped residents of Flint, Michigan with their water bills after widespread lead poisoning was revealed
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Study Shows Massive Global Permafrost Melt Underway While Trump Mentions Climate Not Once
Research shows immense expanses of permafrost rapidly disintegrating and releasing huge carbon stores in Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia, and Siberia
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

In the Face of Hatred, Americans Can Speak Up or They Can Look Away
by Leonard Pitts Jr.

Fight for $15
Trump’s child care plan is for the wealthy by the wealthy

*Sleazy kid stuff

The Real News Network
In Speech to Congress, Trump Pits Black and Latino Communities Against Each Other
Historian Gerald Horne says Trump was attempting to disrupt working class unity while ignoring that the police are the greatest threats to these communities

New Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Tied to Russian Oligarchs, Money- Laundering Bank
Economist James Henry says the Senate failed to seriously investigate the networks of Trump’s new billionaire cabinet member

With Transparency Rule Eliminated, Extractive Industries Can Hide Billions in Payments to Foreign Governments
Corinna Gilfillan of Global Witness says the change will prop up big oil’s corrupt business model

Institute for Public Accuracy
Confronting Military Recruitment of Students

Media Fawn Over Trump’s Success at Saying Words in Semi-Coherent Fashion
by Adam Johnson

*Vetting the vile

Democracy Now!
“Trump Is Resurrecting the Scare Tactics”: Prof. Kelly Lytle Hernández on Trump’s Deportation Plans

Linda Sarsour: Muslim Americans Have Now Raised Over $125,000 for Vandalized Jewish Cemeteries

In Move Recalling Nazi-Era Policies, Trump to Create Office to Track Crimes Committed by Immigrants

Trump Honors Widow of Navy SEAL Killed in Yemen, But Ignores His Father’s Calls for Investigation

*A shameless sham

And every Dem stood for it

How to Increase Iron Absorption: The Complete Guide
by Yuri Elkaim

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Groups Raise Alarm About Under-the-Radar, ‘Extremist’ Healthcare Nominee
Maternity coverage, Medicare, and Medicaid all at risk under Trump nominee Seema Verma, poised to be “the most powerful woman you’ve never heard of”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*But she’s “diversifying” the administration

And isn’t that what really matters … ?

Outcry Kills Anti-Protest Law in Arizona, But Troubling Trend Continues Nationwide
Rash of anti-protest laws and effort to dismiss demonstrators as ‘paid agitators’ are ‘standard operating procedure for movement opponents,’ says expert
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Beware of Another Reichstag Fire
by Helene Sinnreich

*PNAC had 9/11

What date will DDT dial up?

‘It’s just porn’: Coming to terms with a sexually corrosive culture
by Robert Jensen

National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON)
Know Your Rights

The Real News Network
Over 217 Inauguration Protestors Face Up to Decade in Prison
Attorney Mark Goldstone says the felony indictments are unprecedented and many of the protesters were not given warnings or proper opportunity to disperse

*Warnings weren’t being given then

But they’re assuredly being given now

Is Trump Preparing a Wave of Mass Criminalization?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said ‘future needs’ were behind the reason to reversal Obama’s ban on the DoJ’s use of private prisons, but Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford points out that violent crime is currently on the decline

*If you’re going to criminalize protest, you need someplace to put the perps, don’t you just?

‘J is for Junk Economics’: Michael Hudson on TRNN (2/5)
Trump’s infrastructure plan will privatize all the benefits for the financiers and make sure that the population at large gets zero benefit from it while paying the costs, says economist Michael Hudson

Armed Conflict, Global Warming Intensify Mass Famines
Nnimmo Bassey explains why many of the world’s poor are forced to migrate due to policies that allow Western industries to continue polluting

Reform RICO

University of Denver- Hate speech makes us less free
by Cate Daniels

Institute for Public Accuracy
Resisters to Militarism on Trial Today

Shotgun Pointed at Black Children Trivialized as ‘Confederate Flag Incident’
by Adam Johnson

*Images frame a story, as well, needless to say.

The Faux News photo attempts to elicit sympathy for the convicted, victims of “political correctness” in that liberal bastion known as the state of Georgia.

(I’m surprised Citizen KKKane didn’t tweet out his outrage at this gross injustice.)

NYT Reporting on Trump’s Budget Outline Is Seriously Confused
by Dean Baker

Democracy Now!
As Trump Pushes for Historic $54B Military Spending Hike, Which Programs Will He Cut to Pay for War?

*”Diplomacy and foreign aid” have the same end as militarism. It’s just “soft power” as opposed to naked aggression, both tools in the empire’s arsenal

Which is why all those secretaries of defense and all those generals and admirals want more funding for them, wouldn’t you think?

“Decade of Betrayal”: How the U.S. Expelled Over a Half Million U.S. Citizens to Mexico in 1930s

*History doesn’t repeat itself

Its viciousness merely waxes and wanes

“Are You Muslim?”: Muhammad Ali’s Son & Former Wife on their Detention & Interrogation at FL Airport


What Happens When the ‘Bad Hombres’ Are ICE Agents? The Finer Points of Immigration Law Get Ignored
by Sandra Hernandez

Trump Is Lowering the Bar for Canada’s Healthcare System Too
by Julie Devaney

Trump is right to criticize NAFTA—but he’s totally wrong about why it’s bad for America
by Jeff Faux

How ‘New Cold Warriors’ Cornered Trump
The U.S. intelligence community’s extraordinary campaign of leaks claiming improper ties between President Trump’s team and Russia seeks to ensure a lucrative New Cold War by blocking detente
by Gareth Porter

Can Canada Get Out of the War Business?
by David Swanson

A Mood Is Not a Movement: Five Ideas for the Anti-Trump Forces
by Richard Rubenstein

‘Fake News’ in America: Homegrown, and Far From New
by Chris Hedges

*Through the looking glass, darkly

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
New Report On the Importance of Social Security to African-Americans

The Real News Network
‘J is for Junk Economics’: Michael Hudson on TRNN (1/5)
Michael Hudson, author of the newly released ‘J is for Junk Economics,’ says the media and academia use well-crafted euphemisms to conceal how the economy really works

*The sticks and stones that words make unknown

Mountains of Uninvested Corporate Cash, Not Mexico, Most Responsible for Job Loss
Heiner Flassbeck tells Paul Jay that unspent and uninvested wealth held by the elites is a bigger drag on employment than free trade with Mexico

Erik Prince is Back: Former CEO of Blackwater Offering Services to the Trump Administration
Oakland Institute founder Anuradha Mittal says Prince may exercise considerable influence over Trump’s policy towards ISIS and push for the use of private contractors in national defense

*Prince of dark ops

UK ‘Deradicalization’ Program Shrouded in Secrecy
Islamic Human Rights Commission co-founder Arzu Merali says her organization will no longer participate in consultations about anti-terror laws because the government treated them as a mere rubber-stamping exercise

German University Suspends Course After Instructor Criticized Israel
Eleonora Roldán Mendívil, who was set to teach an introductory course on political theory, says she was unable to defend herself against accusations of anti-Semitism

Will Social Democracy Prevail in Mexico’s 2018 Election?
Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the Morena party could revive left-wing politics in Latin America, says National Autonomous University of Mexico’s John Ackerman

Trump at CPAC: Tax Cuts, Massive Military Build-up
Phyllis Bennis, Bhaskar Sunkara and Paul Jay discuss Trump’s CPAC speech and promise to “make the GOP also the party of the American worker” along with ‘”one of the great military build-ups in American history” and Steve Bannon’s promise to defend America’s “cultural identity”

*Red meat, white people and blue streaks of demagogy

Help make XPO a great place to work!
by Trina Tocco
Justice for Port Drivers

Petition update
The Ron Finley Project
Bigger Than the Ron Finley Project

Downplaying US Contribution to Potential Yemen Famine
by Adam Johnson

*Cry for the children

And keep quiet on the cause

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Neo-McCarthyite Furor” on Russia and Threat of More War

Democracy Now!
We Will Not Be Intimidated: Philly Rabbi Decries Desecration of Over 500 Graves at Jewish Cemetery

Keith Ellison Loses DNC Chair Race After Smear Campaign over His Support for Palestinian Rights

*Everyone seems to be on board “for the good of the party”

But what if there’s no good in the party?

From Standing Rock to the Red Power Movement: New Series “RISE” Focuses on Indigenous Resistance

What Is Vitamin P and How Can It Help Prevent Cancer?
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

7 Best Abdominal Exercises for Seniors (Do These Anywhere)
by Yuri Elkaim

This is the Only Guide to Food Combining Rules You’ll Ever Need
by Yuri Elkaim


‘Chilling, Undemocratic, Totalitarian’: White House Bars Critical News Outlets
New York Times, CNN, Los Angeles Times, and Politico all reportedly barred from afternoon gaggle
by Common Dreams staff

*Of course this is bullyshit, but it’s hard to leap to the defense of a corpress that is only “adversarial” toward any attempt to sincerely challenge the status quo they serve.

And you’ll notice the touching solidarity of CBS, NBC, ABC and others …

Contrived Chaos and States of Confusion
by Randall Amster

Trial of the Century Pits Trump Climate Denialism Against ‘Right to a Climate System Capable of Sustaining Human Life’
Why ‘Climate Kids’ vs. Trump is no ordinary lawsuit
by Jeremy Brecher

Paul Ryan’s Next Attack on Workers’ Retirement a Win for Wall Street
On the “Small Savers Tax”
by Dean Baker

*Robbing hoodwink

Yes, We Can Fight Trump’s Deportation Force
by Mehrdad Azemun

100 Years of Using War to Try to End All War
by David Swanson

*War is not a video game

Yet it’s still one we can’t afford to play

The Real News Network
Mexican President Nieto Acquiesces to Trump’s Border and Deportation Policies
Law professor John Ackerman explains why President Enrique Pena Nieto offers no pushback despite the fact that Donald Trump’s policies and Nieto himself are both deeply unpopular among Mexicans

As Baltimore Police Spending Spikes, Baltimore Students Protest to Fix School Budget Gap
Hundreds of students descended on Annapolis to demand the state fund a $130 million budget gap and question the city’s priorities as police overtime spending skyrockets

*A school to police pipeline

Be Thankful for a Dysfunctional, Chaotic White House
Henry Giroux and Paul Jay discuss the Trump-Bannon-Pence administration, a naked display of the 1% ruling without apologies and damn what comes tomorrow

*The velvet gloves are off

The Blue State Where Progressive Reforms go to Die
Maryland is blocking police reforms despite damning DoJ report and pleas from activists

*Might Pugh and Davis be posturing on civilian oversight, knowing full well Zirkin’s and others’ power to prevent it?

NPR Spins Trump’s ‘Restrained’ Foreign Policy–Ignoring Threats, Bans and Escalation
by Adam Johnson

*And he wants to cut funding for public broadcasting … ?

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Ajit Pai Wants to Shut Down the Way We Communicate and Organize’
Jessica Gonzalez on Trump’s FCC
by Janine Jackson

*A devious and despicable denial of service attack


New Law Would Let Arizona Treat Organized Dissent as Organized Crime
The Republican-dominated Arizona Senate voted to expand racketeering laws to include protesters and protest organizers, meaning police could arrest demonstrators and seize their assets
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Is Trump Moderating on Foreign Policy? Not in the Least.
Trump’s leading foreign policy advisers are obsessed with Iran and making dangerous moves from East Asia to the Middle East
by Conn Hallinan

*Getting ready to boogie with the boogeymen?

Trump’s New Immigration Crackdown Has Private Prison Investors Salivating
by Lee Fang

*Cornering the captive market

A foreign policy of cruel populism
by Vijay Prashad
Indigenous Leaders to Call on Mayor de Blasio to #DefundDAPL
Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline Grows as Trump Pushes its Completion

*Taking your money from where your mouth says it shouldn’t be

The Real News Network
Standing Rock Faces Media Blackout During Militarized Operation to Clear Camps
Independent journalist Jihan Hifaz says the remaining water protectors are not just resisting the pipelines but asserting their treaty rights

Would a Trade Deficit be Good for Workers
CEPR co-director Dean Baker says that Trump’s haphazard proposals for tariffs are dangerous, but he’s right about the relationship between the trade deficit and the value of the dollar

Evidence Emerges of Tropical Parasites in Rural America
The Trump administration’s attitude towards the EPA doesn’t bode well for the fight to eliminate third world conditions right here in the United States, says Catherine Flowers of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise

Standing Rock and the Struggle Against Corporate Power
Even if oil ultimately begins to flow through the pipeline, the movement has learned how to resist in spite of corporations’ endless money and political influence, says journalist Desiree Kane

*There is no defeat in defending ourselves

Greece’s Debt Relief Conundrum
SYRIZA has failed to a develop the political capacities within its base that would provide room for the party to maneuver in case of a shift in the international balance of forces, says political science professor Leo Panitch

Argentina’s President Macri Faces Increasing Scandals and Resistance to His Return to Neoliberalism
The political panorama for Argentina’s conservative government looks increasingly difficult, according to Prof. Atilio Boron

Trump Didn’t ‘Revoke’ Protections for Trans Students–Because He Can’t
by Jim Naureckas

*The imperial press-idency

Democracy Now!
“Kids Will Be Harmed by This”: Trump Admin Rolls Back Protections for Transgender Students

We Have to Keep Fighting: Water Protectors Vow Continued Resistance to #DAPL as Main Camp Is Evicted

*Not exactly the story I got from my local corpress rag this morning.

Not exactly surprised by that, either, as you might surmise.


The Republican Bid to Kill the ACA Is a Trojan Horse
Though they are having a hard time explaining what their replacement for the Affordable Care Act will look like, the GOP message on healthcare is crystal clear: You’re on your own
by Julie Chinitz

Ten Examples of Direct Resistance to Stop Government Raids
by Bill Quigley

Kenneth Arrow’s (Ignored) Impossibility Theorem
by William K. Black

*Black magical thinking

The Real News Network
Trump Wants to Defeat ISIS By Using Policies that Gave Rise to It
Professor Sabah Alnasseri says that there’s no way to resolve security, political or diplomatic issues in Iraq without cooperating with Iran

*Is it odd that Alnasseri outlines the horrors that have befallen the Iraqi people from the invasion and occupation of their country, yet then bemoans how the US has attempted to achieve its ends, rather than calling for its withdrawal?

Did I miss something?

Whistleblower Teacher Says Defunded Public Schools Vulnerable to Mass Privatization
In TRNN’s ongoing investigation into Baltimore schools, a teacher says the long-term trend of over-testing and starving public schools of funds has made them an easy target for controversial education secretary Betsy DeVos

*Ignorance is the oligarch’s bliss

Sentencing of Israeli Soldier for Killing of Palestinian Exposes Contradictions of Occupation
TRNN’s Shir Hever explains how the military court put itself on trial

Trump’s Job Promises are Fiction and Free Trade is Fiction Too
Heiner Flassbeck tells Paul Jay that neither a high tariffs wall nor neoliberal free trade will provide jobs and higher wages – but there are policies that will

*Jay asked for questions, and a constant one I have about economic discussions here and at other “alternative” outlets is why they’re almost always concerned with improving the profit system, rather than posing alternatives (that word again) to it.

If we’ve abandoned that possibility, I feel we’ve consigned ourselves to conversations over how quickly we go over the cliff, rather than how we can avoid the abyss altogether.

Sirius XM: Broadcasting White Supremacy
by Chris Pearce

*Maintaining radio violence

Democracy Now!
“A Deportation Force on Steroids”: Millions of Immigrants Could Face Removal Under New Trump Rules

Advocate: Trump’s Deportations are Possible Because Obama & Congress Failed to Protect Immigrants

*The setup man

And the closer

Anne Frank Center: Trump’s Remarks on Anti-Semitism are Too Little, Too Late

White House Refuses to Condemn Rise of Islamophobia as Radical Right Enters Political Mainstream

*The corroded cream rises to the top

FDR Rejected Anne Frank Twice as a Refugee, Advocate Urges Trump Not to Close U.S. Borders Again

*No one “urged” the bastard to do anything, did they?

We were urged to stand with each other against him.

Got high blood pressure? This nutrient may help.
Too much salt raises blood pressure. But getting enough potassium can lower it
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action


System Change Will Not Be Negotiated
by Nnimmo Bassey

DHS Immigration Memo Underscores Urgent Need for National Guard Reform
by Ben Manski

Neoliberalism: the deep story that lies beneath Donald Trump’s triumph
by George Monbiot

*The sanctification of sociopathy

They defied sanctions to bring aid to Iraq’s people
by Kathy Kelly

The Real News Network
X: Malcolm’s Final Years
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death, X Final Years re-examines the life and legacy of Malcolm X

Trump’s Turn from Two-State Solution Sows Crisis for Fatah, Hamas
A one-state solution threatens the Palestinian government’s raison d’etre, framed in the Oslo Agreements as an intermediary step towards an independent Palestinian state, explains TRNN correspondent Shir Hever

Baltimore Students Push For Statewide Styrofoam Ban
Following similar initiatives in cities across the country, city students are organizing to prohibit the use of this synthetic material in schools and businesses across Maryland

Survey Shows Support Growing For Palestinians Among Canadians
Dimitri Lascaris and Earl Washburn discuss a national survey that shows an increasing number of Canadians recognizing that Israel is violating the human rights of the Palestinian people and that the Canadian state is complicit

Democracy Now!
Black Edge: New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar on Wall Street’s Biggest Insider Trading Story in History

A Message to Trump from a Swede: My Real Concern is Rise of Militant Anti-Muslim Neo-Nazis, Fascists

#StopTrump: Protests Erupt Across Britain as Lawmakers Debate Canceling Trump’s State Visit

Tapping Your Way to a Healthier Life With EFT
by Ty Bollinger


Morbid Inequality: Now Just SIX Men Have as Much Wealth as Half the World’s Population
by Paul Buchheit

*If “the poor will always be with us”

It is solely due to the rich remaining, as well

James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness
by Chris Hedges

Resistance and Resolve in Russia: Memorial HRC
by David Smith-Ferri

*With all the opportunistic Red Square scaremongering extant in the US, it’s good to see a piece that can delineate the very real repression that exists in Russia while placing it in the context of the shrinking of space for dissent here, which has never suffered from “partisan gridlock”.

MoveOn and ilk could learn something from it, although I’m quite certain of the utter unlikelihood of that outcome.

Syria and the Antiwar Movement
by Judith Deutsch

Ida B. Wells-Barnett : Iola, Princess of the Press & Feminist Crusader for Equality and Justice
by Kiilu Nyasha

Why Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban?
by Andrew Levine

UK Trains Ethiopian Security Forces, as MPs Call for Action on Death-Row Dad

The Real News Network
Trumponomics: Empowering Proto-Fascists
PERI’s Gerald Epstein says that we need to understand Trump’s economic policy as aimed at amassing as much power as possible in order to stifle opposition

*Pigs in protofascist pokes

How E.U.’s Migration Policy Enables Migrant Smuggling
Statewatch’s Chris Jones says the European Union Border and Coast Guard Agency is less concerned with human rights and far more preoccupied with border control, surveillance and the interception of migrants

Pope Francis Calls for Broad Front Against Tyranny and Savage Capitalism
Matthew Fox and Paul Jay discuss the Pope’s message to social movements and comparing the European far right and the rise of Trump to Hitler (1/2)

*You’ll forgive me for not having much faith (pardon the pun) in Francis’ fealty to JC’s message, when the Vatican doesn’t seem to have any problem praying to “the god of money” in its investments.

Fox speaks of his “sensitivity” to fascism, due to his family history, which one might suppose would have mitigated against his being “pretty naive” regarding the nature of the Argentinian junta, don’t you think?

Like Dear Misleader, Francis succeeds a regime that had done great damage to the “enterprise”, and a “kinder, gentler” face was deemed necessary to restore its legitimacy.

Both are dab hands are pretty words, and doing just enough to persuade those desperately desiring to believe that there’s some reason to do so.

Maybe TRNN should add another guest to this segment who’s a mite more skeptical of Francis’ “moral awakening”?

Are Liberals Helping Trump? Not Much, Apparently
by Jim Naureckas

*I’m having a hard time sussing how anyone who supports Citizen KKKane, given all he’s said and done, could in any way, shape, manner or form be deemed a “moderate”

And why “moderates” would need anyone to “persuade” them to not do so.

Democracy Now!
Daniel Ramirez Medina’s Lawyer: “Absolutely No Evidence” to Support DREAMer’s Continued Detention

Did Jeff Sessions Foreshadow New Immigration Crackdown in a Memo Before Becoming Attorney General?

The Gift of Cancer: 3 Ways You Can Choose to Benefit From a Cancer Diagnosis
by Ty Bollinger

*Mind over metastasis

4 Natural Ways to Prevent Radiation Burn (Radiodermatitis)
by Marnie Clark

My Travels to Washington D.C. – Meetings With Congress About Vaccine Safety & Freedom of Choice
by Ty Bollinger

*Could those who laud the likes of Hannity have it right here?

I made the decision to forego the shingles vaccine after turning sixty. I felt the cons outweighed the pros. And I don’t get flu shots.

Am I a fool?

What do you think?

The Importance of Emotional Clearing for Health & Healing
by Ty Bollinger

One out of three U.S. adults have prediabetes
Nine out of ten of them don’t know it
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action


Planting Seed for Strikes in the Trump Era, #Strike4Democracy Sweeps Nation
“It’s a moment we’re in, where all the typical rules don’t entirely apply”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

America Is Problem Now
by Abby Zimet, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free


Five GOP Health Care Buzz Phrases You Need to Inoculate Yourself Against
by Julie Chinitz

*Language is a virus whose complications won’t be covered

The Real News Network
Flynn’s Resignation Won’t Stop Trump Administration From Targeting Iran
Ben Norton, reporter for Alternet’s Grayzone Project, discusses the fallout from the resignation of Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn

*There is hypocrisy and danger aplenty in this “Russia to judgment”, but as horrific as Saudi Arabia and other US allies are regarding human rights, to say that Russia’s sins are “nothing” compared to theirs is to dismiss the suffering of the victims of that regime.

That may not have been Norton’s intent, but language is a virus that can carelessly infect others with callousness should we not exercise due deliberation in our choice of words.

Did the Deep State Facilitate Flynn’s Resignation?
Former FBI agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley says there’s a difference between leaking and whistleblowing, and it’s likely that the former took place in the ongoing power struggle between the deep state and the executive branch of government

*It’s very frustrating when folks you have some respect for offer contradictory explanations on something like this.

I’d like one or more of those persons to step back and objectively lay out just what we actually know, what is reasonable to assume, while not committing to it, what we don’t know, and what appears to be disinformation.

One thing that confuses me is Rowley’s contention that Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador was SOP, using the example of contact with Israeli officials.

If so, why did he lie about it? Did he lie about it?

Two and two aren’t close to four here.

What I can say is that I wouldn’t trust anything from those in authority at Spook Central as far as I could toss it. That doesn’t mean it might not be true, but to see “the resistance” suddenly place full faith and credit in these duplicitous bastards simply because they’re fucking with DDT for their own ends worries the bejesus outta me.

“The enemy of my enemy” here is another enemy just as fearsome, and not remaining fully cognizant of that may well lead to consequences truly fearsome to contemplate.

Trump and Netanyahu Acknowledge the Death of the Two-State Solution
Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah says there should be no territorial partition and forced segregation between Israelis and Palestinians, but instead a single democratic state that equally protects the rights of everyone

*Of course, an end to apartheid here, as with South Africa and the US South, is by no means the end of the struggle against injustice and oppression.

Indeed, it’s only the end of its first chapter.

EU-Canada Trade Deal Will Undermine Domestic Regulations
Trade deals like CETA are in part a result of undemocratic policymaking, says Global Justice Now’s Jean Blaylock

Trump’s Tax Returns Key to Clarifying Russian Connections
Economist James Henry explains why we should take Deutschebank’s findings about Trump’s assets with a grain of salt

*Should we be paying less attention to the whole “Post Red Menace subversion of our democracy” meme, and more to industrial grade greed and corruption as the focus of our concern over “the Russian connection”?

IMF Lent to Greece Knowing It Could Never Pay Back Debt
There’s a real need for international debtor rights, says economist Michael Hudson

Scrutiny for Supreme Court Pick Fails to Focus on Rights of Disabled
by Janine Jackson

*You’d think the corpress would be more empathetic toward disabled folks, given their own acute disability to question the perogatives of power.

But then, that’s a wilful impairment, isn’t it?

Democracy Now!
Why Did ICE Arrest & Imprison a 23-Year-Old DREAMer and DACA Recipient Living Legally in the U.S.?

Undocumented Mother in Sanctuary in Denver Church: I’ve Paid Taxes for 20 Years, Why Hasn’t Trump?

Denver Church Gives Sanctuary to Immigrant Mother Facing Deportation: “We Are Not Breaking Any Laws”

Does New Labor Secretary Nominee Alex Acosta Have the Perfect Résumé to Sabotage a Federal Agency?

*Castigation of the current administration shouldn’t equate to acclamation for the previous regime, yet that appears a not infrequent quality among guests on this program, doesn’t it?


One Way You Can Help Fight Against Political Interference in Science: Tell Us About It
by Michael Halpern

The Real News Network
As Opposition Mounts to Cash Bail in MD, Industry Wines and Dines
The Real News was there as protesters gathered at a high-priced steak house where the bail business plied politicians with food and liquor to stop reform efforts

Can Somalia’s New President Help Rebuild the Country?
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed faces many challenges posed by war lords, the war on terror, and U.S. intervention, says professor Abdi Samatar

Upward Distribution of Wage Income Behind Social Security’s Shortfall
CEPR’s Dean Baker says Republicans often omit the role of stagnant wage growth in the discussion around the growing deficit in this social insurance program

*Isn’t Social Security an antiquated program instituted at a time when entitlement programs were unheard of?

Shouldn’t it be replaced with a needs based scheme?

The counter argument is always that there wouldn’t be public support, because only a portion of the population would see benefits from it, but that applies to many aspects of gummint funding, doesn’t it?

Not everyone directly benefits from Medicare or Medicaid, or from funding for needs in areas other than theirs, yet there’s still support for these.

Isn’t that contention based on a jaundiced view of how we relate to the commons, which sadly has some justification, but as regards providing the elderly and disabled the means to a dignified life, I’d like to believe it’s unwarranted.

Lockout of Honeywell Workers Signals Broader Corporate Offensive Against Collective Bargaining
Professor Paul Mishler, who organized a rally in support of UAW workers in Indiana, says there’s a need for community support for labor struggles and tactics outside of traditional collective bargaining

In the Trump Era, Is Canada’s Trade Relationship with the U.S. a Blessing or a Curse?
Following the first meeting between U.S. President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, Nora Loreto discusses the future of US-Canada relations

Institute for Public Accuracy
After Trump-Netanyahu Meeting: What Kind of One-State Solution?

ACTION ALERT: WaPo’s Post Live Series Is a Love Letter to Corporate Conflicts of Interest
by Adam Johnson

*He who pays the pimper …

Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald on Flynn-Russia Leaks: Highly Illegal & Wholly Justified

Greenwald: Democrats Seem to Consider Snowden’s & Manning’s Leaks Evil & Leaks Under Trump Heroic

Greenwald: Empowering the “Deep State” to Undermine Trump is Prescription for Destroying Democracy

Gluten and Joint Pain: Is Gluten Making You Sore?
by Yuri Elkaim


Welcome to Trumpcare! Proposed Changes Raise Costs, Weaken Coverage
‘Today the insurance lobby got its wish list’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Trumpcare” and “Obamacare” (personal experience speaking) deserve each other.

We deserve “Omnicare”, if Article 25 of the Declaration of Human Rights is worth more than the parchment it’s printed on.

The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn’s Lie Committed Serious — and Wholly Justified — Felonies
by Glenn Greenwald

*Loving the leaker

Unless the urine is on your shoes

Netanyahu Comes to Trump Meeting Under Pressure to Kill Palestinian State
by Allison Deger

The Real News Network
New Whistleblower Teachers Say Baltimore Schools Designed to Fail to Speed Privatization
In a follow-up exclusive interview with another Baltimore school teacher, TRNN delves deeper into the threats to public education that involve over testing, defunding of the arts, and the preference for charter schools

On Valentine’s Day, Baltimore Restores Free Bus Passes For Students
Corporations, nonprofits and citizens raised tens of thousands of dollars to restore free bus passes for students to attend after school programs, but advocates knowledge it’s a temporary fix to a systemic problem of underfunding city school services

Rattling the Bars: The Unconstitutional Practice of Life Without Parole
Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with legal Activists and family members of incarcerated persons advocating for policy that would take the power of parole out of the governor’s jurisdiction and allow parole boards to make the ultimate decision

*Retrieving the key

Empire Files: Post-Soviet Russia, Made in the U.S.A.
Abby Martin interviews Mark Ames, an American journalist who spent a decade reporting from Russia and witnessed the country’s transformation from an American “colony” to its “number one threat”

*Somehow I don’t think this will make it on MSNBC

Or “Democracy Now!”

The question is whether this context will find safe harbor at any relatively visible “alternative” outlet, as Putinophobia is to be deemed too vital a weapon against DDT to let a little thing like reality get in the way.

“Intelligence community” may describe the alphabet soup of spookdom

But you can’t reasonably apply it to the vast bulk of “the resistance”, can you?

Trump’s Immigration Order Sets Barriers on Fighting Deportation at the Local Level
Erika Andiola says citizens can help protect undocumented communities by pushing elected officials in their states and cities to declare sanctuary status

Vaughn Correctional Center Inmates Rose Up Against Decades of Oppression
The rioters who took hostages at the Delaware prison were rising up against policies that “are meant to sound reasonable,” but are really “extremely repressive,” says Professor Kim Wilson

Secretive Proceedings Over CETA Trade Deal Draw Public Ire
With the European parliament set to vote on CETA this week, Jean Blaylock of Global Justice Now says the deal has little to do with trade, but instead emphasizes deregulation, privatization and increased corporate control over the economy

Institute for Public Accuracy
Netanyahu’s “Blatant” Violations of International Law Now Becoming “Unhinged”

Trump Supporters Support Trump: To Maintain ‘Balance,’ Media Resort to Tautology
by Reed Richardson

*Foregoing facts not a fit for the “Forgotten America” frame

Spin Control Through Censorship
The Pentagon Manages the News

*I didn’t know that “media hero” Moyers had engaged in self censorship, per that last paragraph.

I don’t pay much attention to him. He’s your typical liberal with contradictions aplenty with it comes to putting two and two together.

But I always assumed he had a rep for journalistic integrity when it came to matters such as this.

Silly me …

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

Meditation Techniques for Beginners: 5 Easy Ways to Get Started
by Yuri Elkaim

How To Naturally Sweeten Your Smoothie


Pence Places Conservative, Evangelical ‘Allies’ in All Corners of White House
Vice president opens revolving door to far-right former staffers and aides from Indiana and Capitol Hill
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Flynn Resignation Shows Leaks Under Trump Are Working. Keep ‘Em Coming.
by Trevor Timm

The Real News Network
DNC Chair Candidates Agree: Unity Is Better Than Division
While many are calling the race between top contenders for chair of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez and Keith Ellison an extension of Clinton vs. Sanders, candidates at this weekend’s forum seemed to prioritize politeness and consensus over the question many think is tearing the Democrats apart

*The face may change

The farce remains

FAIR CounterSpin
‘School Choice Is Not Serving the Most Disenfranchised’
Kevin Kumashiro on Betsy DeVos
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Did “Intelligence Community” Take out Flynn?

Democracy Now!
Pipeline Partners: Trudeau & Trump Meet as They Push for Keystone XL & Other Big Oil Projects


Crossing the Northern Border: Immigrants in U.S. Flee into Canada Seeking Refuge from Trump

Clayton Thomas-Muller: Rising Fascism in U.S. Is Emboldening White Supremacists in Canada

FCC Under Trump: Net Neutrality & Internet Freedom Face New Attack

Criminalization & Trump’s ICE Raids: Two Immigrant Rights Organizers Facing Deportation Speak Out

9 Important Stretching Exercises for Seniors to Do Every Day
by Yuri Elkaim


From #DayWithoutLatinos to Rapid Response Teams, Deportation Resistance Builds
More than 120 businesses are closed in Wisconsin on Monday to protest Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s immigration crackdown
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Is President Trump Headed for a War with China?
All options are “On the table”
by Rajan Menon

Food & Water Watch
Advocacy Group Mounts Legal Challenge to Nutrient Trading Permit in Pennsylvania

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
Federal Employee Free Speech Tied in Knots
Ethical Quagmires Line Narrow Path of Federal Workers’ Ability to Speak Out

The Real News Network
50 Years Later, Film on Algerian War of Independence Continues to Inspire Freedom Struggles (1/2)
Sohail Daulatzai, author of “Fifty Years of The Battle of Algiers: Past as Prologue,” sits down with former Black Panther Eddie Conway to discuss why the 1966 movie remains highly influential in the age of the war on terrorism and authoritarian capitalism

As Tensions Rise Between Greece and its Creditors, Is Grexit Back on the Table? (3/3)
Former SYRIZA MP Costas Lapavitsas responds to the argument that the costs of transitioning from the Euro to the drachma would outweigh the benefits

As Tensions Rise Between Greece and its Creditors, Is Grexit Back on the Table? (2/3)
Former SYRIZA MP Costas Lapavitsas explains that, so long as Greece remains in the Eurozone, it will not be able to reverse austerity and direct its fiscal policy towards unemployment

Miami May Not Survive Climate-Driven Sea Level Rise
A trillion-dollar coastal property real estate bubble could burst as sea level rise begins to pose an imminent threat, says’s Joseph Romm

*Pardon the godawful pun, but what we need is an extreme “see” level rise

Behind Romania’s Protests, A Struggle Between Unaccountable Judiciary and Corrupt Politicians
CriticAtac co-editor Florin Poenaru says Romania’s political crisis is likely to deepen after the protests begin to recede

How U.S. States and Cities Can Take on Climate Change in Spite of Trump’s Denialism
Daphne Wysham warns that a carbon tax plan proposed by Republican elder statesmen would roll back critically important environmental regulations

How Money Bail Imprisons People For Being Poor – And What Can Be Done About It
Bail reform advocates in Maryland are pushing legislation which will eliminate money bail, a key step they say in broadening movement to eliminate jail time for people who cannot afford to pay

*The rich get bail outs

The poor get bail ins—And-What-Can-Be-Done-About-It

World Beyond War
To the organizers of the April 29 People’s Climate March
Will you stand for peace?

*You can’t wave the red flag for climate catastrophe

And the red white and blue flag for “our brave men and women defending freedom overseas”

Unless you have an acute case of cognitive dissonance.

(Welcome to “the resistance”, American style)

Institute for Public Accuracy
Amnesty International “Stokes Syrian War”

*If AI is indeed being duplicitous here, it’s yet another example of “Democracy Now!” being considerably less than “the exception to the rulers”.

We’ll see if Sterling or someone else critical of this report is asked on to present their views.

I have my doubts.

Democracy Now!
Secretary of Labor Violations? Opposition Grows to the Nomination of Fast-Food CEO Andy Puzder

Former Carl’s Jr. Worker Recalls Sexual Harassment & Wage Theft at Andrew Puzder’s Restaurant Chain

*Breaking free from their fast food chains

Saru Jayaraman: Trump Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder Does Not Respect Women At All

The Truth About Cholesterol Levels & Cancer Most MDs Don’t Know
by Dr. Jack Wolfson

5 things you should know about high blood pressure
And how to keep yours from climbing
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action

Gut Health Alert: 4 Factors That Put Your Gut Microbiome at Risk
By Ty Bollinger


Fake News is Not New and Huxley, Not Orwell, is the Messenger
Why it’s time to reread Neil Postman
by Jerry Lembcke

*Well, it’s both, innit?

A collusive corpress works velvet hand in iron glove with Big Bro, accepting his nefarious narrative, while creating the cretinous context that allows its insidious infestation.

I imagine Orwell, Huxley and Postman would find much in common in commiserate on.

“I’ve Never Been So Ashamed To Be an American.” Really?
These are shameful times, but the current ugliness did not start simply with Donald Trump
by Christian Christensen

*All too terribly true, but isn’t leapfrogging over the “good war” in Afghanistan reflective of the same historical denial that Christensen so righteously condemns?

Aren’t those lost lives as precious as those of Iraqis?

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Voting Advocates Announce a Settlement of “Exact Match” Lawsuit in Georgia
Minor Typos and Data Entry Errors will No Longer Deny Eligible Georgians the Right to Register and Vote

Institute for Public Accuracy
Price at HHS: Is Trump Undermining Medicare and Medicaid?

*An invidious quack attack

Democracy Now!
Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump’s Muslim Ban, Says “No Evidence” of Attacks from 7 Listed Countries

Trump Launches “Blue Lives Matter Regime” with Three New Executive Orders on Law Enforcement

*I’m weary of saying it, but needs must

A police state of mind

ICE Raids Speed into Overdrive: Advocates Say Obama’s Deportations Reaching “100 MPH” Under Trump

In Real Bowling Green Massacre, a White Supremacist Planned Attack Against African Americans & Jews

*Notice how many of these murderers and would be killers have been in the military, that hallowed bastion of “duty and honor”.

See the Signs of Terror: Journalists Call on Trump to Condemn White Supremacist-Led Attacks & Plots

*From malign neglect to malefic inspiration

Do These 9 Exercises to Strengthen Weak Knees
by Yuri Elkaim


Eight Countries Join Global Fight Against Trump’s Anti-Abortion Move
Belgium, Canada, Cape Verde, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden join Netherlands’ effort, launched in response to “global gag rule”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Traitor’: West Virginia Democrat Manchin Under Fire for Pro-Sessions Vote
“Manchin, by voting Sessions, voted for race-based voter suppression. He’s a traitor to his voters and the party.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[A] traitor to his … party”?

That would be the party of Dixiecrats, spooking of the civil rights movement and “welfare reform”?

In the Trump Era, The Enemies of Our Enemy Are Not Our Friends
by Rebecca Gordon

The Mass Grave We Call Collateral Damage
by Robert C. Koehler

*Out of the mouths of baby killers

The Real News Network
Attempts to Silence Elizabeth Warren Backfire on GOP
Warren’s reading of Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter shed light on Jeff Session’s prosecution of voting rights activists and highlighted the need for massive opposition against the future Attorney General, says attorney Kamau Franklin

Cruz’s Plan to End State Regulation of Health Insurers Would Nationalize Worst Market Practices
Responding to the Sanders-Cruz debate, CEPR’s Dean Baker says the Republican’s plan would deprive sick people of their ability to afford healthcare care

*I’m no expert, but let me suggest in response to Baker’s last comments about insurance company profits, that while the ACA may not have been a “bonanza” for them, or all of them, they supported it because they saw it as staving off pressure for the creation of a true universal system.

Better half a loaf (or considerably more) than none.

Behind the Scenes of the Investigation of Pocomoke’s 1st Black Police Chief
Recently unsealed court documents reveal defendants in Kelvin Sewell’s discrimination lawsuit worked closely with state prosecutors to produce charges against the former Baltimore homicide supervisor

*The filthy dig for dirt

Army Approves Final Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline Without Assessing Environmental Impact
Nick Tilsen, Executive Director of Thunder Valley Community Development Corp, says the decision reflects the long history of the U.S. government ignoring treaties and environmental protections

Maryland Democrats Spar Over Measure Blocking Baltimore Minimum Wage Hikes
The contentious hearing involving state and local Democrats took place the day after a majority of Baltimore’s city council said it supports raising its minimum wage to $15 by 2022

NYT: Unlike Russian Wars, US Wars ‘Promote Freedom and Democracy’
by Adam Johnson

*A liberal dose of duplicity

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s Terrorism

*The black pot in the back of the corpress cupboard

Democracy Now!
Human Slaughterhouse: Amnesty International Says Up to 13,000 Hanged at Syrian Prison

*This is horrific, and that word is insufficient, but recall that the US used to render “terrorist suspects” to Syria to be tortured, so please take any outrage by American officials and politicians with a sea’s worth of salt.

Meet the ACLU Attorney Interrogated by Border Agents About Her Work, Nationality & More

Which Foreign Group Will the Trump Administration Designate as a Terrorist Organization Next?


Sean Spicer: Anyone—and He Means “Anyone”—Who Criticizes Yemen Raid Owes Apology to Dead U.S. Soldier
“That’s my message to anybody who says that, anybody,” Spicer said. “I don’t know how much clearer I can be”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”But even Senator John McCain—”

Spare me.

McCain didn’t give a good goddamn about American blood and treasure when it came to Afghanistan, Iraq, et alia (or if it comes to Iran)

And it goes without saying how much he cared about the hell wrought in those wretched lands, other than to cheer it on.

Taking Cues from Trump, UK Quietly ‘Shuts Door’ on Child Refugees
‘Do we really want to be joining Donald Trump in slamming the door on vulnerable refugee children?’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Don’t Play Into Trump’s Hands on the Muslim Ban
Even some critiques of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban contain unfortunate stereotypes
by Dina El-Rifai

*Another stereotype of “the good Muslim” in play here is applied to those who assisted US occupiers in their home countries.

Such actions are deemed heroic. After all, we’re the good guys.

Of course, those propagating this meme often don’t portray the US as such, reflecting the undeniable reality.

So, two plus two ends up equaling forty-one. Many who righteously decry imperialism posit those who made common cause with it as somehow virtuous.

There is doubtless a profound hypocrisy in the harm done to these persons on the basis of their religion and nationality after having been promised benefits based on their “service”, and there are a variety of reasons why such “service” was performed, including seeking protection from sectarian violence.

Some could be said to have betrayed their fellow countrypersons, having been in league with an invader who wreaked death and destruction across their land. That’s a topic for another time.

My focus here is on the ease with which some opponents of this vile regime abandon their proclaimed resistance to US militarism in an effort to denigrate it, whether that involves iconizing “those who risked their lives for our troops”, or, as El-Rifai alludes to, joined the military themselves.

We don’t have to forsake our principles to make plain a lack of same.

Protecting Militants: China blocks UN listing of Pakistani as a globally designated terrorist
by James M. Dorsey

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
US: Don’t Target Muslim Brotherhood

The Real News Network
Emmett Till in Israel: How False Allegations of Rape Are Used to Lynch African Refugees and Palestinians
Top officials implicated in sex crime scandals occupy top positions within the Israeli state, says journalist David Sheen

Greece’s Creditors Demand New Austerity Measures As Condition for Next Bailout
By focusing on serving an unsustainable debt rather than addressing high unemployment, Syriza has set the stage for a right-wing victory in future elections, says former parliamentarian Costas Lapavitsas

*Call it a massive reduction in principles

Israel Announces Expansion of West Bank Colonization Amid Rise in Corruption Scandals
Political economist Shir Hever says the consequences of recent legislation will lead to a deterioration in foreign relations and deliver a major blow to the nation’s culture industry

US Public Is Waking Up To Islamophobia, But Will the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Follow?
Dr. Maha Hilal says that Trump’s Muslim ban is another attempt to criminalize followers of Islam and justify further violence against Middle Eastern nations

Democracy Now!
ACLU: We’re in a Dangerous Situation as Gov’t Claims That Courts Have No Role Reviewing Muslim Ban

Water Protectors Call for Global Mass Mobilizations as Army Plans to Approve Dakota Access Pipeline


Landfill Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Community Activists, Agrees to Environmental Protections
ACLU Represents Residents of Low-Income, Majority Black Alabama Town in Settlement Victory

*SLAPPing back

The Real News Network
Why Trump’s Threat to Defund the Palestinian Authority Worries Israel
Neither Israel, Saudi Arabia, or Jordan want to see the emergence of a grassroots liberation struggle in the Palestinian territories, says TRNN correspondent Shir Hever

Will Correa’s Party Survive Past Ecuadorian General Election?
President Rafael Correa has not built a movement in Ecuador capable of mobilizing in support of his chosen successor and current vice president Lenin Moreno, says TRNN correspondent Greg Wilpert

‘Geriatric Gulags’: Most Sentences of Life With Parole Mean ‘Die in Prison’
Incarceration rates remain high in the United States because people are kept behind bars there for far longer than any other country in the world, says The Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford

New Republican Strategy: Acknowledge Climate Change, Obscure Human Role
Professor Chris Williams says the definition of climate denial should not be limited to Republican’s rejection of scientific fact; it should include the refusal to take the necessary course of action, as exemplified by the Obama presidency

*The dismal difference between doing nothing

And doing nothing of note

On Iran, SPLC’s ‘Extremist’ Is NPR’s ‘Expert’
by Adam Johnson

*You might think DDT would want to increase NPR’s funding off of reportage like this, rather than seeking to gut it.

And you might think that could be the reason for it.

Just a thought …

Institute for Public Accuracy
Billionaire DeVos “Ignorant of the Most Basic Federal Programs”

Democracy Now!
Iranian Student Blocked from Entering U.S.: Trump Remarks on Muslim Ban Remind Me of the Nazis


How to Help Immigrant and Muslim Neighbors
People are turning their frustrations with the Trump administration into finding ways to make a meaningful difference in the lives of vulnerable citizens
by Lornet Turnbull

Make America Ungovernable
by Chris Hedges

*I understand Hedges’ rationale for nonviolence, but I can’t accept that we don’t have a right to defend ourselves and others with the use of force, if necessary.

That right has to be exercised with principle and discipline, and its use has to be assessed strategically and tactically in every instance, but it is one we can’t forfeit in the uncertain hope that our forebearance will be rewarded with support from the general population.

That doesn’t “transform [us] into the monsters we seek to defeat”, any more than armed freedom fighters throughout history could be deemed such.

I don’t mean to romanticize. Violent force is a fearsome tool, and can easily lead to dehumanization, if we don’t hold fast to those principles and evince the discipline they require to avoid such a fate.

But I don’t believe it is a tool we can afford to foreswear, given the menace we face.

Field of Fright: The Terror Inside Trump’s White House
by Ira Chernus

Research Finds Hope in Slowing Arctic’s Climate-Warming Black Carbon
With rare data from the Siberian Arctic, scientists find a way to pinpoint the source of pollution, a known accelerator of global warming
by Sabrina Shankman

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Saudi Arabia: Intensified Repression of Writers, Activists

The Real News Network
Rattling the Bars: The Case of the Omaha Two
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with freelance journalist Kietryn Zychal about political prisoners Ed Poindexter and David Rice

California Struggles with Groundwater Depletion Following End of Drought
Climate change will result in more rainfall and less snowfall, leading to flooding in the winter and shortages in the summer, says Pacific Institute’s Heather Cooley

Natural Gas Fuels Cyprus Reunification Efforts (1/2)
Reunification of the Island is being marketed as a solution to its economic crisis along with the development of natural gas infrastructure enabled by better relations with Turkey, says political scientist Leandros Fischer

Why Rolling Back Dodd-Frank Won’t Benefit Small Businesses
Wall Street is sitting on billions – instead of giving loans to those who need it, the banks use it for speculation and CEO bonuses, says PERI co-director Gerald Epstein

*Goldman Sachs and Pillages

(It’s too easy, I admit … )

Trump Administration Covers Up Saudi War Crimes in Yemen, Exaggerates Iran’s Role
Ben Norton tells Paul Jay that the U.S. and Saudis are overwhelmingly responsible for the atrocities committed in Yemen

Industry-Funded Regulatory Agency Set to Vote on Approving Gas Pipeline and Terminal in Earthquake Zone
Policy advisor Ted Gleichman says the billions spent on the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and Jordan Cove Energy Project in Oregon should be used for creating jobs in renewables instead of a project that will worsen climate-related disasters

Baltimore Whistleblower Teacher Says ‘All Systems Down’ in City Schools
Longtime educator gives an inside view of deplorable conditions and a poor learning environment as city officials prepare to layoff nearly 1000 employees to address budget deficit crisis

*Starving the fever

Help Me Make it Easier to Visit Loved Ones In Jail
by Maya Schenwar

How Corporate Media Paved the Way for Trump’s Muslim Ban
by Adam Johnson

A Lesson Media Missed About the Dangers of Scapegoating
by Jim Naureckas

*The devil you sow

Institute for Public Accuracy
DeVos’ Education Agenda: “Privatize, Monetize, Weaponize”

Democracy Now!
Trump Reportedly Scraps Anti-LGBT Executive Order, But Vows to Give Churches More Political Power

*The bully pimps for the pulpit

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

Why U.S. Cancer Doctors Are Forced into Giving Chemo, Radiation, and Surgery to Their Patients
by Dr. Bradford Weeks

Prescription drugs or arsenic in your drinking water?
Should you be concerned?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*I’d question just how much confidence we should have in the Consumer Confidence Report

And how exactly is “a compromise between what’s safe and what’s practical” arrived at, and who’s at the table to determine that?

Do You Have Low Iodine?: The Link Between Iodine Deficiency & Cancer
by Elyn Jacobs

5 of the Most Effective Natural UTI Remedies
by Yuri Elkaim


Analyzing the Mindset of President Trump: Does Antisocial Personality Disorder Fit?
by Katherine Van Wormer

*Many of these traits can be said to apply to the socioeconomic system that allowed someone like DDT to rise within it, don’t you think?

The Real News Network
Lies Promote Trump’s Economic War Against Iran
Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s accusation that Iran’s ballistic missile test violated a UN resolution is not backed by any evidence, and Press Secretary Spicer’s allegation of an Iranian attack on a U.S. ship is a complete fabrication – Paul Jay interviews Ben Norton

*The vulture becomes the hawk

Greenland Ice Sheet Melting 600 Percent Faster Than Predicted by Current Models
The climate is very capable of changing to another stable state unfavorable to the human species, and this is a real danger of our global experiment with unmitigated greenhouse gas emissions, says Arctic ice specialist David Barber

*I’ll need someone to explain to me, as it was ignored here, how, given what was just presented, “transitioning to more greenhouse gas-friendly types of hydrocarbons” will do anything other than slow our approach to the cliff from a dead sprint to a brisk run, if that.

The only transition we should be working toward is to renewables.

How fast?

How about yesterday …

Raising Medicare Eligibility to 67 Would Leave Nearly 2 Million Uninsured
If the ACA is also repealed, nearly 4 million seniors will lose their health insurance, says PERI’s Peter Arno

Discontent with Politics of the Extreme Center Underlies French Presidential Race
Left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon could face a very popular right-wing candidate in Marine Le Pen; if victorious, Melenchon would find himself surrounded by hostile actors like Syriza did when they took power in Greece, says Renaud Lambert

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Calls for Major Escalation in Syria

30 Washington Post Articles on Gorsuch’s Nomination–Not a Single One Opposed
by Adam Johnson

*Court of corporate opinion

Democracy Now!
Yemen: Jeremy Scahill & Advocates Question “Success” of Trump Raid That Killed 24 Civilians

*Does it matter to the victims whether the terrorist is a Peace Prize “winner”, or a certifiable sociopath?

Meet Lewis Wallace: Trans Reporter Fired for Writing About Journalistic Integrity in Trump Era

*How do you cover evil without speaking it?

Trans Reporter Lewis Wallace: In Trump Era, Journalists Urgently Need to Know What We Stand For


Trump Seeks to Take Wrecking Ball to Division Between Church and State
Draft executive order ‘reads like the administration was challenged to see how many violations of the Bill of Rights can be contained in one policy change’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A new and nefarious meaning to “the bully pulpit”

The Great American “Welcoming” Break-Out: What’s Not to Like?
Why we should not forget the role our endless wars over the last sixteen years have played in creating the refugee crisis we now so earnestly decry
by Jerry Lembcke

*Never let historical contradictions get in the American Way of a comforting and comfortable national myth

The Real News Network
Dozens Arrested at Standing Rock as Veterans Vow to Block Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline
Michael Wood, a leader of Veterans for Standing Rock, says his commitment to opposing the $3.8 billion dollar pipeline is rooted in his experience as a former Baltimore police sergeant and Marine Corps veteran

Republicans Launch Federal Battle to Undermine Trade Unions
Bill Fletcher Jr. says the right to work legislation is aimed at keeping down the living standard of workers

Private Sector Will Make a Killing Off of Infrastructure Bank
Democrats and Republicans appear willing to offer public-private partnerships and tax credits to the benefit of Wall Street, says former financial regulator Bill Black

Trump Administration Looms Over Consent Decree Hearing in Baltimore
A federal judge citing shifting politics in Washington DC sought details from the city and the DOJ on how they plan implement a major overhaul of the police department

Brazil’s Corrupt Politicians, Media and the Courts in Cahoots
Officials close to President Temer could face indictment in the Car Wash Scandal, says Joao Feres Jr.

Judge Presiding Over Car Wash Investigations Dies in Plane Crash
Plane crash occurred just as the judge was about to accept the testimonies of Odebrecht employees, says Joao Feres Jr.

Trump Nominates ‘Scalia Clone’ Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court Vacancy
The Atlanta Black Star’s Kamau Franklin says if confirmed, Gorsuch will mirror Scalia’s reactionary rulings affecting blacks, women, the LGBT community and workers

Media Need to Treat Presidential Lawbreaking as a Matter of Fact
by Jim Naureckas

*A grasp of reality (not to mention a sense of decency)

Stuck in neutral

Democracy Now!
Meet the Attorney Suing Trump for Barring Children from Entering U.S. to See Their Parents

Lizzy Ratner: “Nobody Wanted to Take Us In: The Story of Jared Kushner’s Family, and Mine”

*Alluded to here is the reality that the Zionists in Palestine weren’t the saviors of European Jews, which gives the lie to their claim of Israel being created as a “haven against persecution”.

Little wonder that today the Israeli government has no qualms about a US administration laced with anti-Semites and apologists for same, and celebrated by neofascists the world over, as long as it champions its apartheid and occupation even more than previous regimes of both major parties.

Nightshade Vegetables: Do You Need to Avoid Them?
by Yuri Elkaim


Taking Iraq’s Oil… The Trump Edition
by Edward Hunt

The Real News Network
British Trident Missile Test Misfired Near Florida
David Webb of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament says the Houses of Parliament debated renewing its nuclear weapons system without any knowledge of the dangerous malfunction

Trump Set to Rollback Financial Regulation Passed After the 2008 Crisis
By refusing to challenge Clinton and Bush-era deregulation and also explain the causes of the financial crisis to the public, the Democrats failed to build a defense against what the new administration is about to do, says former financial regulator Bill Black

A Mickey Mouse Reason to Support the TPP
by Dean Baker

*Sometimes rats protect mice

After the Apocalypse: Trying to Describe Reality in Unreal Times
by Sarah Jaffe

Democracy Now!
Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Supreme Court Pick, Has History of Ruling Against Workers, Women & Regulation

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Whither the Resistance?
by Fran Shor

Don’t Give In To Coup Fantasies; Power Is More Straightforward
by Arun Gupta

The Real News Network
Executive Order on Regulations Will Benefit Large Corporations, Not Small Businesses
The Trump administration is using small business as an excuse for wholesale assault on regulation, says former financial regulator Bill Black

Erdogan Poised to Consolidate Authoritarian Regime in Upcoming Referendum
Over the past year and a half, we’ve seen the emergence of an increasingly totalitarian regime centered around one individual who aims to radically shape and transform Turkish society, says Baris Karaagac

European States Pushing for Unbridled Retention of Its Citizens’ Data
Mass surveillance policies often appease populist sentiment in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, but result in laws that are ambiguous and put citizens in danger, says former intelligence officer Asaf Lubin

FAIR CounterSpin
‘People Have the Right to Take to the Streets’
Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on the inauguration protests
by Janine Jackson

‘We Should Not Be Subsidizing an Industry That Is Hurting Our Communities’
David Turnbull on pipeline politics
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Yemen Starvation — From Air War Worse Than Aleppo

*Selective outrage = defective decency

Democracy Now!
Trita Parsi: If Ban is How Trump Approaches Iran, We Fear Nuclear Deal Won’t Withstand Tensions

Nonproliferative Diabetic Retinopathy: How to Stop It from Stealing Your Eyesight
by Yuri Elkaim


German Ambassador 1933: “Hostility to Jews Aimed Mainly at ‘Immigrants'”
by Juan Cole

*The past is prolonged

Does Rachel Maddow Want Russia Bombed?
by David Swanson

*And this was “the lesser evil” …

Listening to golf banter taught us teenage caddies that it’s OK to objectify women
by Robert Jensen

The Real News Network
How the Black Panther Party Changed Community Organizing
Executive Producer and former Black Panther Eddie Conway interviews former Central Committee member Albert “Big Man” Howard

Incubed Learning Center Serves the Baltimore Community
Eddie Conway visits Incubed Learning Center and speaks with director Nicole Love about the services they provide for the community

*An appropriate surname, don’t you think?

Rick Perry’s Deep Ties to Dakota Access Pipeline
Trump’s potential Secretary of Energy has major conflicts of interest with the Dakota Access Pipeline and would push forward a dangerous proposal for nuclear waste management, say Steve Horn and Diane D’Arrigo

Executive Order on Pipelines Will Benefit Billionaire Trump Donor
Harold Hamm is the CEO of a major fracking company that would see its product flow through the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, says DeSmogBlog’s Steve Horn

Baltimore City Councilers Slam Maryland State Democrat’s Plan to Block Local Minimum Wage Increases
Progressive members of the Baltimore City Council are calling for mass opposition to a proposal that strips away the ability of local jurisdictions to raise the minimum wage law – measures passed in over a dozen states nationwide and backed by the conservative lobbying group ALEC

*This is what Demoratcy looks like

Some Syrian Opposition Groups Begin to Abandon Armed Struggle
The mood at the Syria Peace Talks in Asnam suggests that the armed Syrian opposition’s external supporters, like Saudi Arabia, have decided to wind down the war, says Vijay Prashad

Visa Ban Excludes Countries with Direct Links to Terrorism and Where Trump Has Commercial Holdings
The executive order is an effort to keep Muslims out of the country and has nothing to do with security, says New Internationalism Project director Phyllis Bennis

State Duma, adopt the domestic violence law in Russia
by Alena Popova

Color Of Change
Mayors: #DontGiveIn to Trump. Expand Sanctuary.

First They Came for the Immigrants–and NYT Said People Should Anonymously Inform on Them
by Jim Naureckas

*Laws (ideally) exist to promote good and prevent harm.

When considering the harm in breaking a law, we have to ask who is harmed by doing so, and who is harmed by not doing so.

If “jumping the queue” meant that someone who’s legally applied for citizenship would be denied their place, the harm is obvious, but in this instance, no one is harmed in this manner.

We don’t know this person’s circumstances. She may have a valid reason for her action, based on her situation in her homeland. Even if that weren’t the case, who would be harmed if she were turned in? Does she have children or others who depend on her?

You have to wonder why Appiah the Ethicist apparently either doesn’t consider these factors, or finds them unworthy of consideration, don’t you just?

ACTION ALERT: Tell CNN to Stop Using Trump Propaganda Term ‘Terror-Prone Countries’
by Adam Johnson

*I can think of a country that would be more accurately termed “terror producing” …

Democracy Now!
Sudanese Stanford Ph.D. Student Speaks Out After Being Detained at JFK Under Trump Muslim Ban

NYC Taxi Drivers Stage Airport Strike to Protest Trump’s “Inhumane & Cruel” Executive Order

Hundreds of Texas Muslim Leaders Receive Alarming Survey Investigating Their Views on Islam

What is Sarcoma Cancer?: How to Prevent Sarcoma and Other Cancers
by Tony Isaacs

Understanding Meat Labels: What Grass-fed, Grain-fed, and Organic Really Means
by Dr. David Jockers

4 Ways to Keep Your Lymphatic System Healthy
by Ty Bollinger

Are Toxic Glyphosates in Your Food? (An Important Warning)
by Yuri Elkaim

Feeling Stressed and Overwhelmed? Here’s How to Beat It
by Yuri Elkaim


‘Resistance Means Resisting’: Dems Accused of Being Too Soft on Trump
“Senate Dems’ response to millions taking to the streets is beyond disappointing. It is outright shameful,” says Shaunna Thomas of advocacy group UltraViolet
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What this putrid excuse for a “people’s party” needs

Is to be put out of our misery

Meet Ava: The Chicken I Risked My Freedom For
by Eva Hamer

*Perhaps the Humane Society should speak with Ms. Hamer before declaring “victories” in changing the practices of Walmart and their avaricious ilk (see below).

The Big (Ag) Cover-Up: Will Factory Farming Finally Stop Its Culture of Abuse?
It is well beyond the time that our farms adapt to 21st Century expectations of transparency by ending the concealment of their mistreatment of animals
by Kenny Torrella

*As with “organic”, the reality of “cage-free” and “crate-free” may not match the reasonable assumption of such.

A corporate pledge isn’t worth the paper the press release is written on.

Distrust, and verify.

Will Washington’s New Pro-Moscow, Anti-Beijing Gang Drive a Wedge Through the BRICS in 2017?
by Patrick Bond

Trump’s Decision to Leave the TPP Was to Protect One Faction of the Super Rich
If workers benefit, so be it, goes the thinking in Trumpland
by Vijay Prashad

The Real News Network
Mexican President Faces Crisis of Legitimacy Following Trump Feud
The end of NAFTA and the building of a wall along with a resurgent left movement in Mexico gives an opportunity for the nation to turn away from the neoliberal fantasy of North American integration, says Professor John Ackerman

Before Obama Left Office, He Gave Domestic Agencies Warrantless Access to NSA Surveillance
By allowing access to NSA data, the FBI and other agencies can look for criminal activity without reasonable suspicion or going to a judge, says The Intercept’s Alex Emmons

Am I impacted by changes to Medicaid?

Media Consensus on ‘Failing Schools’ Paved Way for DeVos
by Molly Knefel

*A matter of decree, not kind

NYT Amazed That Republicans Are Embracing Republican Ideas
by Jim Naureckas

5 Dangers of Statin Drugs Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You About
by Yuri Elkaim


From Tweet to Trade War, Trump Shreds US-Mexico Relations in 24 Hours
President Donald Trump has bragged throughout his career that he makes “great deals—the best deals,” but it took him less than a week to create a major international rift with one of the nation’s neighbors and chief trading partners
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Posturing by pricks on both sides of the border

One might ask why Peña Nieto has no problem with paying for a southern wall to keep out desperate folks from Central America, with US assistance.

How Mexico’s President Laid the Foundation for a Wall
Enrique Peña Nieto helped put Trump in the White House
by John Mill Ackerman

Fight for $15
Workers File More Than Thirty Wage Theft, Harassment, Intimidation Complaints Against Brands Owned by Trump’s Embattled Labor Secretary Nominee
Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s Cooks, Cashiers Announce Slew of Filings With Protests in 30+ Cities From Coast to Coast
Fast-Food Mogul Andy Puzder Calls His Workers “Worst of the Worst,” Forces Them onto Public Assistance, and Spent $10,000 Trying to Block a Minimum Wage Hike of Just $1

*Should that be “fas(cis)t food mogul”?

The Real News Network
Demonstrator Against Demolition of Bedouin Village Challenges Account of Israeli Police Shooting
Israeli mathematician Kobi Snitz, who participated in the action in Umm al-Hiran, says the evidence undermines the police’s version of the story as a terrorist attack

How the Small Business Administration Will Be Used to Destroy Regulations
Former financial regulator Bill Black says Linda McMahon’s career involved exploiting workers as independent contractors and sabotaging small businesses

UK Court Ruling on Brexit Emboldens Right-wing of the Tory Party
Parliament must be consulted before the government can trigger an exit from the European Union, and Jeremy Corbyn has come under a lot of pressure to oppose attempts to negotiate quickly, says economist John Weeks

Transmountain Pipeline Approved Despite Lack of Proven Clean Up Protocols
There’s no proven way to clean up the toxic diluted bitumen that will travel through Kinder Morgan’s pipeline despite B.C. government claims of ‘world-class oil spill response,’ says DeSmogBlog’s Emma Gilchrist

Without Industrial Policy, Trump Can’t Revive U.S. Manufacturing
Trump will nonetheless try to look tough on China to appease his supporters, says economist John Weeks

NPR’s No-‘Lie’ Policy and the Limits of Impartiality in the Trump Era
by Adam Johnson

*N ot
P artial to
R eality

NYT Apologies Depend on Whose Lives Are Distorted
by Jim Naureckas

*Soda jerks

Democracy Now!
Trump’s Executive Actions Reverse Obama Policies on Torture, Healthcare & Guantánamo Bay

Vitamin D2 vs D3: What You Need to Know So You Don’t Waste Your Money
by Yuri Elkaim


Get Ready for the First Shocks of Trump’s Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein

*For DDT and his guilded ghouls, any missed opportunity to make money is a disaster.

The Real News Network
Trump Signals Major Shift from 30 Years of Free Trade Policy
The new administration has not shown any indication that it wants to engage in a dialogue with those who organized against the TPP, says Ben Lilliston

Indigenous Leaders Call for Mass Resistance Against Trump’s Orders to Revive Oil Pipelines
Native groups and environmentalists have called for civil disobedience against Trump’s resumption of Keystone and Dakota Access, two of the largest fossil fuel extraction projects in history

Freedom for Ramsey Muniz, Chicano Advocate
by Ruben Botello

*Bipartisan bastardliness in the Lone Star State

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Targets Sanctuary Cities — Public Banks a Solution?

Pence Assembling “Dream Team of Christian Right”

*The Guilded Rule

Democracy Now!
Winona LaDuke: Trump’s Push to Build Dakota Access & Keystone XL Pipelines is a Declaration of War

“Water is Life, Water is Sacred”: Standing Rock’s Bobbi Jean Three Legs Speaks Out Against Trump

Thousands Take Part in Emergency Protests over Trump’s Move to Revive Pipeline Projects

“I’m Afraid They Are Out to Kill”: Water Protectors Testify to Police Violence at Standing Rock

7 Big Time Benefits of Power Naps (And How to Do It)
by Yuri Elkaim


The Real News Network
Can the Democrats Build a Progressive Movement Against Trump?
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says a progressive movement can’t be build out of the pro-war, pro-CIA, and McCarthyite politics coming from Democratic leadership

*And the “revolution” marches through the looking glass …

Trump’s Forgotten People
Supporters of the President express their hopes and fears on inauguration day

*Well, not a few of them have certainly forgotten their humanity …

Rattling the Bars: The gradual abolition of prisons across the United States except for California
As prisons close across the United States due to deficits in state economies, California refuses to follow this rational trend by continuing to invest millions of its state budget into prisons and jails

David Brooks’ Anti-PC Screed: Women’s March Edition
by Adam Johnson

*There is an “identity politics” that is indeed “ineffectual” and “harmful”.

It’s embodied in the cult of personality around charlatans such as Dear Misleader and Madame Mayhem, based almost solely on race and gender.

Fighting for the dignity of the group you identify with is a wholly other proposition, made more powerful through making common cause with others engaged in same.

That, of course, is what Brooks and his elitist ilk truly fear.

Democracy Now!
“Nobody Speak”: New Documentary Probes Billionaire Peter Thiel’s Destruction of News Outlet Gawker

*Anyone who believes the corpress will suddenly “do their job” because DDT pisses poison at them has no concept of what their job is.

If they actually did what their job should be, he wouldn’t be in any position to, because his arrogant ass would have been in prison stripes instead of pinstripes decades ago.

But they serve power — even when those with it don’t play the game the way they would prefer it.

Jeremy Scahill on Trump Team: A Cabal of Religious Extremists, Privatization Advocates & Racists


Reinstating ‘Global Gag Rule,’ Trump Attacks Women Worldwide
“To be clear, this policy is an attack on women’s bodily autonomy and freedom, and we will see an increase in unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions as a result”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

We Need an Alternative to Trump’s Nationalism. It Isn’t the Status Quo
The answer to neoliberalism’s Waterloo cannot be a retreat to barricaded nation-states and the pitting of ‘our’ people against ‘others’ fenced off by high walls
by Yanis Varoufakis

*The New Deal saved capitalism from itself

Don’t we need to save ourselves from capitalism?

Revolt Is the Only Barrier to a Fascist America
by Chris Hedges

*Beware the false prophets who have found their way to the podium these last few days

The personalities for whom “progressivism” is a brand, devoid of sincere principle.

The revolution will not be telegenic

Or it will remain one in name only.

Israel’s shadowy role in Guatemala’s dirty war
by Gabriel Schivone

At site of 1936 sit-down strike: UAW Members Resisting Honeywell Lockout, Now in 8th Month
by Frank Hammer

When Was America Great?
by Andrew Levine

Center for Food Safety
Public Interest Groups, Farmers File Lawsuit Challenging Monsanto’s Toxic Pesticides
Illegal approval of dicamba use on engineered crops will harm farmers, environment

The Real News Network
Women of Color March on Washington
Amid controversy and concerns about inclusivity, marchers of color call for continued resistance to all forms of oppression

*If the “identity feminists” (for lack of a better term) and others who refuse to go beyond the constricted boundaries of “progressive” politics in this country lead this “revolution”

That word will never shed its scare quotes.

Iran in Crosshairs of New Administration
Although the Trump presidency is going to preside over a weakened empire, it may have a hard time reversing the nuclear deal with Iran, says journalist Reese Erlich

Trump’s Inauguration and the Reverence of the State
Paul Jay says the notion of a ‘peaceful transition of power’ is best understood like the feudal aristocracy’s upholding of the prestige of the monarchy and church

*Prodigious pomp

Pernicious circumstances

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan: Public Investment, Private Profit
The newly inaugurated president says his plan will benefit all Americans, but the 99% are likely to pay for it while the 1% profit, says economist Michael Hudson

Hey, NYT–the ‘Relentless Populist’ Relented Long Ago
by Jim Naureckas

*Mirroring the smoke

How to Rebuild Your Health after Cancer Surgery
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

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

*While I certainly wouldn’t discount corporate greed leading to yet another environmental crisis, this is the first I’ve heard of this, and so I put it out for your consideration, and hopefully we’ll hear more on it to determine how much credence to lend it.

Our self-control can fatigue just like a muscle
Leads to quick food choices based on appearance and convenience
David Schardt
Nutrition Action


‘The Resistance Starts Now’: Harsh Crackdown on Anti-Trump Protesters in DC
The militarized police response—which reportedly impacted both protesters and journalists—was a troubling harbinger of what’s to come under Trump
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

In First Hour, President Trump Delivers ‘Punch in the Gut to Middle Class’
“Today’s action is all the proof we need to know whose side the Trump administration is on”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I admit to no little amount of irritation at those who lecture about how we must “feel the pain” of Trump voters, and reach out to them, without any call for them to ponder the pain their choice will cause their fellow human beings (and many of them, as well, if they are capable of such unclouded consideration).

But calling them “suckers” serves no useful purpose, and simply plays into the meme of “liberal elitism” that the bastard himself played so well.

We can, and should, be unstintingly critical of those who overlooked the hate and hubris Citizen KKKane embodies in order to “send a message” to the status quo, but that doesn’t preclude offering our hand to those willing to see the folly of their actions, and willing to work together to challenge the forces unleashed by them, which were in no small measure enabled by all the “good liberals” who embraced the soulless siren song of “New Democraticism”.

That hand is extended to them, as well.

A Beginning, Not an End: My Open Letter To You on Inauguration Day
by Yifat Susskind

The Facade of Breast Cancer Awareness, Susan G. Komen and the Pink Ribbon
by Donna Pinto

*Pink stink

Indigenous Environment Network
Indigenous Groups Protest Outside Trump Gala Sponsored by Kochs and Phillips 66

*Black snake dance

The Real News Network
Theresa May Reassures British and Foreign Capital Over Brexit
Leaving the European Union won’t have a major impact on capitalist globalization, but it reflects the political rise of a xenophobic right that could soon undermine the remaining environmental, labor, and social protections in Britain, says political scientist Leo Panitch

The Union Non-union Gap
(Part 4) Elaine Bernard: A successful labor movement socializes their gains – or they weaken themselves

FAIR CounterSpin
‘What Communities Are Doing Is Making Homelessness Less Visible’
Megan Hustings on Food-Sharing
by Janine Jackson

Trump’s Inauguration and the Legitimacy Fetish
by Jim Naureckas

*You don’t have to discount Lewis’ courageous actions a half century ago to look askance at those in the present day.

Unfortunately, today, he, like many other “civil rights veterans”, is a card carrying member of the “black misleadership class” (Glen Ford’s term), fully invested in the status quo of a rotting Democratic Party.

His reasoning for boycotting the inauguration is in line with that posture, blaming those nasty Rooskies, without anything approaching solid evidence, for the failure to defeat the most loathsome major party presidential candidate in modern US history.

Anyone with a shred of human decency can enumerate any number of reasons to reject DDT’s legitimacy. Basing one’s repudiaton on a dishonest gambit to lay blame for his ascension at the feet of “foreign intrigue” doesn’t speak well for a person who at one point in life was willing to suffer greatly for his principles.

Institute for Public Accuracy
“A Field Guide to Trump’s Swamp”

9 Tips for Reducing Your Heating Bills
by Teresa Traverse

How to Relieve Heartburn Naturally (7 Ways That Actually Work)
by Yuri Elkaim


Democrats need to stop throwing everything they can at Trump
by Norman Solomon

Magician’s dust
Donald Trump takes office with an agenda so toxic that it could curdle milk. But the Democratic leadership seems to be in no mood for a fight, and much of the anti-Trump discourse is obsessed with the alleged Russian role in the presidential election.
by Vijay Prashad

*It’s pretty goddamn frightening that Democratic apparatchiks like MoveOn and Berniecrats quixotying to “take over” the party’s rotting edifice are posturing as “the vanguard of the resistance” to the POTUS (Piece of Terminally Unbridled Shit) and his cabal of guilded ghouls.

Call it “the Blue Menace”.

Can we finally kick the donkey to the curb and create an independent movement that places principles above personalities and “pragmatism”?

I fear that plaintive query to be the very epitome of a rhetorical question.

‘A cat in hell’s chance’ – why we’re losing the battle to keep global warming below 2C
A global rise in temperature of just 2C would be enough to threaten life as we know it. But leading climate scientists think even this universally agreed target will be missed. Could dramatic action help?
by Andew Simms

The Real News Network
Sensing Trump Will Give Free Pass to Israel, Palestinians Announce Plans for Unity Government
If the Trump administration is serious about peace, they will quickly realize that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem will make it impossible, says journalist Daoud Kuttab

Bernie Sanders Hammers Tom Price Over Right to Healthcare in Senate Hearing
Trump’s nominee for the Secretary of Health and Human Services is in favor of Paul Ryan’s plan, while the Republicans look like they will implement a system that exacerbates the shortcomings of the Affordable Care About, says physician Adam Gaffney

Wilbur Ross’s Economic Expertise: Exploiting Tax Law
White collar criminologist Bill Black says Donald Trump is the only president in modern times who has not disclosed, nor will end, his massive conflicts of interest before taking office

Petition update
Texas Court of Appeals Denies Dismissal of Charges for Facebook Comment
by Jennifer Carter

NYT Ignored Reality at 2001 Bush Inauguration; Now Ignorance Is History
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
On Final Day of Obama Presidency, a Look at His Mixed Legacy & the Rise of Neo-Fascism in Washington

*Dear Misleader to the bitter end

Trump Picks Agribusiness & Chemical Industry Darling Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture


Raising Kobanî from Rubble
by Manisha Ganguly

More on the Economic Hardship of Young Adults
by Yves Smith

*Youth must be served

On a platter to the exploitocracy

If We’re Honest, We All Know Trump’s America
Trump articulates ideas that are closer to what is considered “normal” in the United States than many of us are willing to acknowledge
by Robert Jensen

*This is not “#NotNormal”

This is #NormalonSteroids

The Real News Network
Former Black Panther: Trump Win Gives Us Unique Opportunity to Organize the Ongoing Freedom Struggle
Elaine Brown talks to Eddie Conway about the role of women in the party, state repression against the Panthers, Black Lives Matter, Obama, and Trump

Institute for Public Accuracy
Tillerson’s Exxon Often Sought State Department Assistance, Docs Show

Manning Sentence Commuted–No Thanks to Corporate Media Opinion
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
Chelsea Manning’s Attorneys: Obama’s Commutation Will Help Save Life of Jailed Army Whistleblower

Jeremy Scahill on Obama’s Commutation of Chelsea Manning & Continued Demonization of Edward Snowden

Oscar López Rivera to Be Freed as Obama Commutes Sentence of Puerto Rican Independence Activist

Activists Call on Obama to Pardon Leonard Peltier, Warning He’ll Die in Prison Otherwise

Jeremy Scahill: Did Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Lie to Senate About Ties to Anti-LGBT Foundation?

Scahill: Blackwater Founder Erik Prince, the Brother of Betsy DeVos, Is Secretly Advising Trump

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

Most people have no idea how well their kidneys are working
If only I’d known earlier, says Arizona woman
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Anti-Choice Republicans Likely to Ignore Key Reason for Abortion Rate Decline
Experts credit improved contraceptive use with historic decline in abortion rate—so why do Republicans want to gut access to birth control?
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Milton Friedman, Betsy DeVos, and the Privatization of Public Education
by Joanne Barkan

Another Demand for Russian ‘Hacking’ Proof
More than 20 U.S. intelligence, military and diplomatic veterans are calling on President Obama to release the evidence backing up allegations that Russia aided the Trump campaign – or admit that the proof is lacking
by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

Jewish Voice for Peace
Companies Cut Ties with Anti-Muslim Hate Group Following Pressure from Interfaith Community
Campaign victory proves local communities can resist Trump’s anti-Muslim agenda

The Real News Network
Rattling the Bars: Juvenile Life Without Parole
Executive Producer Eddie Conway looks at the human toll of incarceration in the United States with regard to the imprisonment of children, many of whom have spent 30 to 40 years in prison

Climate Change-Induced Droughts in Africa Spawn Food Shortages, Mass Child Malnutrition
Transnational corporations in pursuit of minerals, oil, and land have sown the seeds of corruption and conflict across the African continent, says environmental activist Nnimmo Bassey

Trump’s Biggest Donor Firm Bankrolls Israeli Right Extremism
Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has also provided major support to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for years, but that relationship might collapse in the coming days, says Shir Hever

*Strained bedfellows

Petition update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
FTC threat: May Allow CarMax to advertise cars with safety defects as “safe”

Democracy Now!
Special Report: Obama’s Controversial Policy of Immigrant Family Detention Could Expand Under Trump

*A “legacy” only a mother fucker could love

How to Fix Adrenal Fatigue (5 Things You Must Do)
by Yuri Elkaim


Despite Growing Disapproval and Protest, Corporate Cash Floods Trump Inauguration
Donald Trump’s inaugural committee has raised a record $100 million from private donors
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Gilding the swamp lily

‘Shocking’: North Dakota Republicans Want to Legalize Running Over Protesters
Bill introduced last week would protect any driver who ‘unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Overwhelmed by Voters Angry About ACA Repeal, GOP Rep Sneaks Out Backdoor
While police put up crime scene tape allowing Rep. Mike Coffman to flee the library, voters broke into a chorus of ‘This Land is Your Land’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Building the Institutions for Revolt
by Chris Hedges

*All we have is each other

And if we do, it’s all we need

How American Life Continued to Deteriorate in 2016
by Paul Buchheit

*There are lies

Damn lies

And the statistics that give the lie to them

King CONG vs. Solartopia
by Harvey Wasserman

*Clean energy must be controlled by clean hands.

Corps want their filthy mitts on anything that makes money. Keeping them from cornering the renewable market has to be a core principle for anyone claiming to care about environmental justice.

Amnesty International
EU: Orwellian Counter-Terrorism Laws Stripping Rights Under Guise of Defending Them

*Is it the terrorists who “hate our freedoms”?

The Real News Network
How MLK Went From ‘National Threat’ to ‘National Hero’
Corporation for Enterprise Development’s Dedrick Asante-Muhammad explains the whitewashing of Martin Luther King’s legacy, transforming him from a leader for racial and economic justice who died in struggle to a post-racial patriot who died in victory

*The disillusion of a dream

The delusion of a reality

Investors Bet Big on Trump for Big Pharma
Even with the recent tremendous drop in the stock market, the actual net rise for the pharmaceutical sector is two and a half times positive since the election, says economist Bill Black

*If you could bet on DDT not backing up his blather, you wouldn’t have to worry about paying for your prescriptions.

Protest Against Mass Rapes in Korea During WW2 Prompts Recall of Japanese Envoy
The Japanese government has refused to accept the responsibility of being a former colonizer, says Aisa Kiyosue

Obama and Congress Just Made it Easier For Trump to Arm Syrian Rebels
Anti-aircraft weapons sent to vetted moderate rebels could end up in the hands of extremist groups as many work in coalition together, says journalist Ben Norton

WaPo, Organ of Extreme Center, Calls MLK ‘True Conservative’
by Adam Johnson

*”Normalizing” hope goes hand in hand with “normalizing” hate these days, doesn’t it?

Radiation Detox: How to Rebuild Your Health after Radiation Therapy
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

Epstein Barr Virus Connection to Breast Cancer & Autoimmune Disorders
by Elyn Jacobs

Can These Common Medical Tests & Treatments Give You Cancer?
by Dr. Ben Johnson

*His name wasn’t Hypocrises

9 Little-Known Benefits of Taking Liquid Chlorophyll
by Yuri Elkaim


Obamacare Repeal = $7 Million Tax Cut for Nation’s Richest 400 People
New report from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows getting rid of healthcare law would deliver windfall tax cut for top earners
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Arizona Bill Would Ban Discussion of Social Justice, Solidarity in Schools
State lawmaker proposes legislation that would ban classes and extracurricular activities that “promote” social justice or solidarity
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

EPA Acknowledges Neonics’ Harm to Bees, Then ‘Bows to Pesticide Industry’
‘This is like a doctor diagnosing your illness but then deciding to withhold the medicine you need to cure it’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Why This Nuclear Engineer Says Every Nuke Plant in the US Should Be Shut Down Yesterday
“I’d like to see every nuclear plant shut down­ yesterday”
by Karl Grossman

*”Accidents” waiting impatiently to happen

Donald Trump’s Plan for Our Water is Just as Bad as You’d Imagine
While modernizing key infrastructure systems is laudable, the devil is in the details
by Kate Fried

The Real News Network
Childhood Obesity Rates Steady, But Remains at High Levels
The childhood obesity epidemic is rooted in poverty, neighborhood deprivation and the political economy of our industrial food system, says Peter Arno

Trump Far More Interested in Business Deals than the Business of the Nation
Former financial regulator Bill Black says not only is handing off his business to his children a conflict of interest, but it’s a violation of the U.S. Constitution

Institute for Public Accuracy
Cory Booker Joins Republican Sen. Majority to Kill Cheaper Meds

*Didn’t we learn anything about identity politics from Dear Misleader and Madame Mayhem?

Fox News Going All-In on Trump in the New Era
by Eoin Higgins

*The malignant mouth and the malevolent megaphone

NYT: If Only We Knew What We Already Know About Jeff Sessions
by Janine Jackson

*But you see, none of this was in an intelligence report …

Dossier’s Russia Charges Should Be Treated Skeptically–but Taken Seriously
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
Trump’s Pick for Defense Sec’y Made Millions in Defense Industry After His 2013 Retirement

*”Progressive” pols prattle about “peace”, while making certain their districts and states are served a piece of the imperial pie.

Three big reasons to get enough sleep
Healthier brains, fewer colds, less flab, anyone?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome and Reach Your Health Goals
by Yuri Elkaim

*We can reach a certain level of success through control and avoiding risk, but we can never achieve what we’re truly capable of until we face our fear of failure, let go of that control and allow ourselves to learn from the risks we take.

It don’t come easy, but with each try, a bit of that wall we’ve built between what we can do and what we want to do chips away, and we get a clearer view of what’s on the other side.


Big Pharma-Backed Dems Join GOP to Block Sanders Effort to End Drug Price Gouging
Sen. Cory Booker and others draw sharp rebuke from observers, who pointed out that many who voted “no” receive substantial contributions from the pharmaceutical industry
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Easy to piss on turds like Sessions

Harder to bite the excremental hand that feeds you

Court Stays Execution of Mentally Ill Ex-Policeman in Pakistan

First-Ever National Report on How Solitary Confinement Harms People With Physical Disabilities
Wheelchairs, Braille Materials, Hearing Aids, and Other Vital Devices Are Often Denied in Solitary

The Real News Network
The Bizarre Far-Right Billionaire Behind Trump’s Presidency
When all seemed to be falling apart for Trump this summer, one shadowy billionaire offered up his own massive political infrastructure, which included Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, and saved Trump’s campaign from demise

*You read something like this, and you hope it will be pursued — that it won’t simply slide to the bottom of the news heap, as is so often the case with stories that aren’t pedaling on the news cycle.

This has far more import than yet another recitation of Donald Dicktat’s tweet tantrums, don’t you think?

Democracy Now!
Part 2: Intercept Exposé on How SEAL Team 6 Killed Osama bin Laden, “Canoeing” & Other Atrocities

*I find it interesting that Cole can delineate these horrific acts, and then feel compelled to state that he’s “not vilifying [Team 6] in any way.”

Perhaps he’s trying to be “professional” by not passing judgment, just laying out the facts, but do you think that this might also be indicative of a general deference to the military that pervades American culture, even among those critical of it?

Do those critics see the military as essentially an honorable institution that’s “lost its way” to some degree, but can be “reformed” to carry out its vital mission, rather than as an instrument of death and destruction in service to an imperialistic impulse fueled by a lust for wealth and power?

Do Exxon’s Climate Denial & “Trail of Carnage” on Human Rights Make Tillerson Unfit for State Dept?

PART 2: Gen. James Mattis’s Role in Fallujah & Haditha Massacre, Views on Women & LGBT in Military

How to Barbell Deadlift Properly (Plus 8 of the Best Variations)
by Yuri Elkaim


MLK’s Big Mistake: Love and Strategy in the Age of Trump
by Ira Chernus

*Without love, our humanity inhabits an empty shell of existence

The Real News Network
Prime Minister Trudeau Prepares to Resurrect Keystone XL With Cabinet Shuffle
The move signals that the Trudeau government is unlikely to depart from the corporate-friendly trade policies of his predecessor, says Dimitri Lascaris

*If you’re sorry to see Dear Misleader go, you can always cheer for his white faced clone in Canada.

Democrats Go Soft on Jeff Sessions and Why That Should Concern Us All
Historian Gerald Horne says Jeff Sessions as Trump’s Attorney General signals a frontal assault against the gains of the Civil Rights Movement

*Why wouldn’t the Democrats show deference?

After all, he ain’t no Russkie …

FAIR CounterSpin
‘We’re Seeing the Result of a 40-Year Assault on the Liberal Mainstream’
Ellen Schrecker on the New McCarthyism
by Janine Jackson

In Absence of Evidence, Media Evoke ISIS in Jerusalem Attack
by Adam Johnson

WaPo’s Factcheck of WikiLeaks Highlights Paper’s Strange View of Facts
by Michael Corcoran

Institute for Public Accuracy
* Obama * Sessions * Tillerson

*Biparty animals

Dietary supplement company’s chilling lawsuit to silence Harvard researcher
Company loses case, but hopes it has scared off other scientists
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


GOP Further Eviscerate Oversight by Changing Little Known Records Rule
Some documents are no longer the property of the U.S. government, giving lawmakers the ability to hide critical information from an investigation
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Ticking Carbon Clock Warns We Have One Year to Avert Climate Catastrophe
Under the most pessimistic scenario, the planet has just one year until global temperatures surpass 1.5ºC of warming
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

For Anti-Trump Protesters: Lessons From the First White House Protests—For Women’s Suffrage—100 Years Ago
by Peter Dreier

*Playing by the rules only works for those who wrote them

Food & Water Watch
Sessions’ Family Invested in Oil & Gas Company the Same Year He Aimed to Deregulate Fracking
Advocacy Group Raises New Questions Around Wife’s Big Investment In Energen

*Public self servant

The Real News Network
No ‘Pause’ in Global Warming: Oceans Heating Up and Sea Levels Rising at Alarming Pace
UC-Berkeley climate scientist Zeke Hausfather details the findings of a new report that confirms NOAA findings about climate change

Is the Baltimore Police Union Running the City?
The recent snubbing of the mayor and resistance against deployment changes raise questions about who’s in charge of the city’s largest and most expansive bureaucracy

*The “thin blue line” wields a big red pencil

Al-Jazeera Investigation Reveals Israel Lobby’s Influence in the UK
Electronic Intifada’s Asa Winstanley says Israel has set up astroturf organizations in the UK whose purpose is to sabotage Palestine solidarity

How ‘Misinvoicing’ Masks Foreign Resource Exploitation in Africa
Leonce Ndikumana of the Political Economy Research Institute explains why as much as 67% of exports in some countries are simply not registered in trade data

Institute for Public Accuracy
Democrats Playing with Fire on Russia

*Russian roulette

And all the silos are loaded

FAIR CounterSpin
‘We Need to Give Voice to the People Who Feel Terrified’
by Janine Jackson

US Government Tries and Fails to Play Media Critic on RT
by Adam Johnson

*Don’t do as I say I don’t

Democracy Now!
Florida Prepares to Expand Gun Rights After Second Mass Shooting in Six Months

*Locked and loaded lunacy

New Intercept Exposé Uncovers SEAL Team 6’s Ghastly Trail of Atrocities, Mutilations, Killings

*Barbarians bearing “civilization”

Part 2: If Obamacare Is Repealed, Advocates Expect “Meaner and Skimpier” Replacement for the Poor

*I fear the “change” Woolhandler perceives in the Democratic Party will prove as illusory as the “hope” dashed against the rocks of Dear Misleader’s mendacity.

Is Aspartame Dangerous? with Dr. Daniel Nuzum
by Ty Bollinger

*Sickeningly sweet


National Nurses United
NNU Nurses to Testify in D.C., Call for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings
RNs Demand Occupational Safety and Health Administration Take Action to Save Lives

The Real News Network
House Passes Koch Brothers-Backed Legislation that Weakens Gov’t Regulatory Agencies
Donald Trump criticized Republican candidates for being the “puppets” of the Koch Brothers, but now he’s set to do their bidding if the Senate passes the REIN Act, says DeSmogBlog’s Steve Horn

Trump is Obama’s Legacy
Paul Street tells Paul Jay that in the first two years of Obama’s first term when the Democrats controlled both houses, he “stood between the bankers and the pitchforks” rather than use the moment for real reform

*Hollow “hope” from a hollow soul

Opening Borders to Extremists Comes Back to Haunt Turkey
For Turkey, the difference between 2016 and 2017 might be very little, says Vijay Prashad

*Coloring in black and white

How Russian and American Oligarchs Benefit from Mutual Demonization
The US has sent observers to watch Russian elections for decades now, so why not have Russia send observers to the US, asks Professor Aleksandr Buzgalin

Mexican Gov. Faces Crisis of Legitimacy After Consumption Tax on Oil Catalyzes Popular Protests
Deep disdain for President Enrique Peña Nieto has opened up the possibility of an electoral victory for the left, says Professor John Ackerman

The Ron Finley Project
Do Not Allow Strategic Aquisitions Inc. to Destroy The Ron Finley Project’s Gangsta Garden

*Feed the need

Not the greed

FAIR CounterSpin
‘That Punishment of Women Is Already Happening’
Destiny Lopez on abortion rights under Trump
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
Protests Erupt in Kentucky After GOP Supermajority Passes Extreme Anti-Choice, Anti-Union Bills

*Snakes in the bluegrass

Repeal & Run? Republicans Move to Axe Obamacare, But What Will Replacement Look Like?

*From watered down snake oil to full potency

How to Cancer Proof Your Home
by Ty Bollinger

*Causing cancer is a cash cow

Chemotherapy Detox: How to Rebuild Your Health after Chemo
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

11 Quick and Easy Ways for Lowering Blood Sugar Naturally (And Losing Belly Fat)
by Yuri Elkaim

The BEST Time to Drink Lemon Water
by Yuri Elkaim

At Least 50 Trump Electors Were Illegitimately Seated as Electoral College Members
More evidence surfaces as calls mount to challenge congressional ratification of Electoral College vote
by Steven Rosenfeld

Brazil’s Neoliberal U-Turn: Wishful Thinking in the Face of Class Antagonism
by L. E. Melin and Franklin Serrano

*A rare critical assessment of the contribution of a “left” government in Latin America to its own woes

The Real News Network
Jovenel Moise Awarded Haitian Presidency as Opposition Parties Allege Massive Election Fraud
Haiti’s electoral council limited access to the voter tally sheets as the opposition began uncovering fraud, says radio host Margaret Prescod

Signs Look Grim for Media Picking the Side of Liberty and Dissent
by Janine Jackson

*The corpress is factually inaccurate

Like a rug

NYT Makes the Case for Trump Via Racialized Rural Mythology
by Jim Naureckas

*There is no small irony in deeming those enthralled by someone determined to sow the earth with salt to be “the salt of the earth”.

Institute for Public Accuracy
CIA and NSA Veterans on Russia, Trump and Obama

Democracy Now!
From Keystone XL Pipeline to #DAPL: Jasilyn Charger, Water Protector from Cheyenne River Reservation

*This isn’t a profile in courage

It’s the full 360

What Impact Will Trump Presidency Have on Freedom of Edward Snowden & Julian Assange?

Glenn Greenwald: Democrats Eager to Blame “Everybody But Themselves” for Collapse of Their Party

Alcohol and the prostate
New research finds as little as one drink a day can fuel cancer growth
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

The Safest Artificial Sweetener: Does it Really Exist?
by Yuri Elkaim


Conservatives Want to Cut Medicaid. If They Were Serious About Creating Jobs, They’d Expand It.
by Livia Gershon

Leaving the Age of Disconnect
by Robert C. Koehler

The Real News Network
Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem Would Be a Dangerous Provocation
The Trump administration might make a historic break with US policy and draw international outrage by following through on its rhetoric, warns New Internationalism director Phyllis Bennis

Dr. Jill Stein: Jim Crow is Built into Our Voting Machines
The former Green Party presidential candidate discusses her efforts to examine voter integrity problems in Wisconsin, what the Greens do between elections, and what we can do to build a trustworthy voting system in the US

*All this nonsense about “taking over” the Democratic Party …

How about reforming the Greens to be a bona fide socialist (a limiting term) grouping?

By that I mean a party that seeks to build a society based on cooperation and community, rather than profit?

And not “obscene” profit, or “excessive” profit, but the very idea of profit?

I mean, a party in which around thirteen percent of members would have voted for Citizen KKKane, according to Dr. Stein, would seem to be in serious need of a reboot, don’t you think?

Yeah, I know … dream on

But the impossible remains so if it’s dismissed out of hand in favor of “the art of the possible”.

Look where that’s gotten us, and is taking us.

Illusion of Accountability in Israeli Soldier’s Manslaughter Conviction
The case is an attempt by Israel to head off intervention from the International Criminal Court to order to maintain the occupation, says economist Shir Hever

Democracy Now!
NAACP President on Dylann Roof’s Lack of Regret for Massacre: “It’s About the State of America”

Glenn Greenwald on “Dearth of Evidence” Linking Russia to WikiLeaks Release of DNC Emails

Glenn Greenwald: Mainstream U.S. Media is Culpable for Disseminating Fake & Deceitful News on Russia

*Isn’t it rich to hear Hannity inveighing against corruption and collusion, and why is Assange giving interviews to someone who wanted him strung up by his balls?

And of course the corpress shares Clinton’s neoliberal imperialist agenda. Anyone with a any grasp on reality who can stomach imbibing their bile would suss that.

Which is why Greenwald’s closing remark about the Democrats’ prospective role in “a cohesive and focused and effective opposition” to Donald Dicktat raises uncertainty about his own grip on it.

What You Should Know About Losing Weight with Cold Thermogenesis
by Yuri Elkaim

*Interesting intel, if irresponsible on the AC suggestion


ALEC’s Little Brother, ACCE, Has Big Plans for 2017
by Steve Arnold

Public Citizen
Disregarding Public Concern, the National Park Service Finalizes Commercialism Policy and Opens Parks to Industry Influence

WaPo Spreading Own Falsehoods Shows Real Power of Fake News
by Adam Johnson

*You want fake news?

“Singular Corpress ‘Agenda’ Is to ‘Speak Truth to Power'”

In Syria, Western Media Cheer Al Qaeda
by Rania Khalek

Institute for Public Accuracy
Healthcare: Obama Vs. Pence?

*The ACA is the epitome of the disaster that is Democratic policy, which we are then exhorted to defend – and castigated if we don’t – against the threat of something worse.

Democracy Now!
Trump Treasury Pick Steven Mnuchin’s Bank OneWest Accused of Widespread Misconduct

Privacy Advocates Warn of Potential Surveillance Through Listening Devices Like Amazon Echo, Google Home

American University Removes Leonard Peltier Statue After FBI Letter Amid Urgent Push for Clemency

*Statue of limitations

Part 2: Robert Meeropol on Trump Mentor Roy Cohn’s Role in Prosecution of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg


Trump Fear-Mongers on Gitmo as White House Readies for Additional Transfers
“You know what is dangerous?” Amnesty International asks president-elect. “Betraying our country’s ideals of dignity & justice.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

In 2017, Fusing Identity and Class Politics in “Trumpland”
by Zoltán Grossman

Defying Donald Trump’s Kleptocracy
by Chris Hedges

The Real News Network
Latin America in 2016: The Resurgence of the Right Continues (1/2)
In Part One, we look at how in Brazil, Peru, and Argentina, governments shifted to the right in Latin America in 2016, imposing neoliberal economics in a context of high dissatisfaction with government

Latin America in 2016: The Resurgence of the Right Continues (2/2)
The second part of our look at how governments shifted to the right in Latin America in 2016, imposing neoliberal economics in amidst high dissatisfaction with government

*Nary a word about indigenous issues, and how gummints left and right have violated rights in the name of “economic progress”.

Democracy Now!
Craig Holman: Trump Administration Gearing Up to Be “Most Scandal-Ridden in History”

“Strange Fruit:” History of Anti-Lynching Song Rebecca Ferguson Has Demanded to Sing at Inauguration


Apple CEO Tim Cook Met With Trump to “Engage” on Gigantic Corporate Tax Cut
by Jon Schwarz
The Intercept

*Taking a teeny bite out of an rapaciously rotten Apple

Scientists “too frightened” to tell truth on climate impacts
Professor Peter Wadhams says peers are failing in their duty, and warns China is planning huge land grabs as warming hits crop production
by Paul Brown
Climate News Network

*The shit speeds up, and the fan’s on high

Preparing for the Normalization of a Neofascist White House
by Juan Cole

*This is not normal.

This is what normal leads to

Which will then become normal.

The Real News Network
Cracking Down On Dissent: The U.S. Government Has Essentially Created A Ministry of Truth
Obama’s recently signed National Defense Authorization Act includes a ‘Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act’. The Intercept’s Alex Emmons explains…

*”Truth” and chilling consequences

Media Fell for Nazi-Manufactured ‘White Genocide’ Scandal
by Adam Johnson

*White flights of farcical fantasy

9 Foods to Stimulate Appetite in Cancer Patients (+ Recipe)
by Deborah Oke

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As Resistance Grows, Trump’s Deportation Plans Unravel
Cost, impossible logistics, political opposition, and community resistance could spell the end of the president-elect’s anti-immigrant scheme
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*So maybe he’ll just continue the current deportation regime.

What a relief for undocumented folks.

Buoyed by DAPL Fight, Canadian Chiefs Launch Legal Battle Against Enbridge Pipeline
Oil pipeline will face fierce opposition in Canada as well as in the United States, where the permitting process is currently underway
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Guardian’s Summary of Julian Assange’s Interview Went Viral and Was Completely False
by Glenn Greenwald

The Real News Network
Russia Announces Syria Ceasefire Deal That Excludes the US
Author Reese Ehrlich details the many reasons why the deal could fall apart

Former FBI Agent: Russia Sanctions Moves the US Closer to Another Cold War
Former FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley says the evidence the Russian government hacked and interfered with US elections must be made public

*Burnishing that Nobel legacy

Petition update
Walmart Must End Unfair Double Standards!!!
by Paola Gaviño + The Humane League


Theresa May Seeks to Pull UK from European Convention on Human Rights
Unelected prime minister to run in 2020 on bid to cut ties with outside judicial system and replace Human Rights Act with regressive rules
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What “rules” do those UK cluster bombs “play by” in Yemen?

Trump Takes Credit for New Sprint Jobs He Had Nothing To Do With
…and the corporate media lets him
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Do snow jobs count?

Syria and the Antiwar Movement
by Judith Deutsch

Don’t Look Now, But Gaddafi’s Political Movement Could Be Making a Comeback in Libya
by Vijay Prashad

The Real News Network
Rhetorical Battles Over Settlements Overshadow Massive US Military Aid and Protection of Israel at the UN
There’s no fundamental shift in US policy, but Kerry’s remarks suggest that the US is opposed to Israel as a Jewish state as part of a two-state solution, says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies

*No sticks or stones

Just words that I’ll pretend hurt me

UN Vote Reveals Growing Rift Between Israeli Settlements and US Interests
Netanyahu’s response reveals that the Israeli government has no strategic plans beyond hoping that Palestinians will accept life under occupation, says economist Shir Hever

Aleppo, Mosul, and the US Strategy of Permanent War
The United States attempts to secure its national security interests in Syria and Iraq by sustaining conflict rather than pursuing political solutions, says professor Sabah Alnasseri

*Humanitarian in—vention

An Interview with a Leader from Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement
MST’s Gilmar Mauro on the struggle to build a mass organization as an alternative to fascism amidst Brazil’s ongoing political crisis

Reflections from Cubans on Castro (2/2)
James Early and Paul Jay discuss the potential role of independent trade unions in Cuban politics and the future of relations with the US under President Trump

Pressure Mounts in Baltimore to Complete Police Consent Decree Before Trump Takes Office
Advocates says Mayor Catherine Pugh needs to complete the agreement with the Department of Justice to ensure police reform efforts continue

Democracy Now!
Scientists Scramble to Protect Decades of Climate Research Before Trump Takes Office

Obama Urged to Take U.S. Nukes Off High Alert Before Trump Takes Office

Facing Possible Threats Under Trump, Internet Archive to Build Server in Canada

Sons of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg Ask Obama to Exonerate Their Mother in Nuclear Spy Case


For-Profit Schools See Veterans as ‘Nothing More Than Dollar Signs in Uniform’
A new report from the Department of Education shows that nearly 200 colleges are profiting from a legal loophole that allows them to target veterans for G.I. bill money
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Israel Punishes the World After UN Vote
by Ali Abunimah

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe On the Occasion of Your Visit to Pearl Harbor

Christmas in Karbala
by Cathy Breen

How feminists can challenge liberal bathroom politics
by Robert Jensen

*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.

The Real News Network
Reflections from Cubans on Castro (1/2)
Street interviews with Cubans and a conversation with the Smithsonian’s James Early about the future of the Caribbean island after the passing of Fidel Castro and a growing US presence

Researchers Fault Mass Incarceration for Black-White Wage Gap Returning to 1950’s Levels
Black labor has become superfluous in the US economy, and the ruling class is responding with more incarceration and police oppression, says Glen Ford

Democracy Now!
Report: After Legislative Coup, North Carolina Can No Longer Be Considered a Democracy

CIA Interrogator: At Time of U.S. Invasion, Saddam Hussein Was Focused on Writing Novel, Not WMDs

The World is a Toxic Place, but This Powerful Herb Can Help
by Ty Bollinger


Global Cheetah Population ‘Crashing,’ Raising Risk of Species Extinction
Just 7,100 cheetahs remain around the world
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Nowhere to run, no matter how fast you are

Behind the Real US Strategic Blunder in Syria
Obama’s failed Syria policy was provoked by the inability to anticipate Iranian and Russian intervention on behalf of the Syrian regime
by Gareth Porter

RRM Inc.
Remove Judge Randy Stoker from the bench for decision in John Howard rape case.

*Perhaps the president-unelect will tweet a “thumbs up” for the justness of this outcome.

Democracy Now!
Former Rockette: Troupe Should Not Perform at Inauguration; Trump Has Degraded, Objectified Women

*Well, there’s always Ted Nugent

Did Trump Team Offer Ambassadorships in Order to Lure Celebrities to Perform at Inauguration?


New Study ‘Sounds Alarm’ on Another Climate Feedback Loop
“What we know from this study is that warming will result in the loss of stored carbon in a wide variety of ecosystems—and that has potentially harmful effects in terms of future global warming”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Under Cover of Christmas, Obama Establishes Controversial Anti-Propaganda Agency
“It owns all these not-at-all-important laws are smuggled into NDAAs that are signed on Christmas Eve with basically no public debate,” wrote media critic Adam Johnson
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A “legacy” of roasting our chestnuts

In the Time of Trump, All We Have Is Each Other
by Chris Hedges

*It is possible that we may hang together

It is certain that we must

Arctic Waters Have Been Rescued From Drilling, But What About the Land?
Time is running out for Obama to say no to Big Oil and permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—and the people who depend on it
by Brennan Lagasse

Why Donald Trump’s China policy is a trade war in the making
by John Weeks

The Real News Network
Israeli Journalist: The ‘Real Landlords’ of Israel Are the Settlers
Gideon Levy discusses how the government’s preoccupation with a small Israeli colony in the occupied West Bank reflects the political power of settlers in Israel

US Fines Deutsche Bank to the Applause of Shareholders
The fines for mortgage fraud had to be low so as not to endanger the viability of Deutsche Bank or Credit Suisse – but now it’s not a real punishment, says economist John Weeks

*Alternatives to incarceration are nothing new when it comes to bank biggies, are they just?

‘A Marriage Made in Hell’: Construction Companies and the Brazilian State
Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht was recently fined $4.5 billion by the U.S. Department of Justice. The case shows the role played by nefarious infrastructure deals in Brazil’s economic growth over the last 40 years, says Professor Rafael Ioris

How Will Trump Wield Obama’s Modernized Nukes?
The President-elect’s off-the-cuff, ignorant and inconsistent remarks suggests he’s either a cynical war profiteer or a true believer in the American myth that more militarism leads to fewer wars, says Noble Prize nominee David Swanson

*The insanity doesn’t stem from the presidency

But the policy

Tell Walmart to stop this cage-free hypocrisy!
by Paola Gaviño + The Humane League

*Of course, even in the good ol’ US and A, “cage free” doesn’t necessarily mean what we would want it to.

Why I’d Nebulize Colloidal Silver to Treat Lung Cancer
by Dr. Robert Scott Bell

How Holy Basil Helps Your Body Adapt to Stress & Reduce Cancer Growth
by Dr. David Jockers


US Government Quietly Starts Asking Travelers for Social Media Accounts
Controversial program met with opposition from civil liberties groups when first proposed in June
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Trump’s Vineyard Looks to Hire Foreign Workers for U.S. Jobs
Moreover, incoming Trump administration will have power to approve requested foreign worker visas
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Climate Scientist Wins Important Legal Battle in Conservative War on Science
Michael Mann will now be able to proceed with defamation case against conservative writers who attempted to smear his work on global warming
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Cyber Security Takes on New Urgency for Groups Targeted by Trump
by Sarah Aziza

Democratize Now!
by Andrew Levine

Jubilee USA Network
Bahamas: Another Victim of Caribbean Debt Crisis

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Yemen: Brazil-Made Cluster Munitions Harm Civilians
Saudi-Led Coalition Rockets Nearly Hit Schools in Saada

The Real News Network
Trump and Putin Share Ties to the Post-USSR Kleptocracy
Economist James Henry traces the rise of both Putin and Trump to the West’s failed reconstruction of the former Soviet states in the 1990’s

Italy Needs Expansionary Fiscal Policy to Escape Six-Year Recession
Further cuts in government expenditure to compensate for the bailout will worsen the situation, says economist Heiner Flassbeck

UK Fuels Carnage in Yemen Through Political and Military Support to Saudi Arabia
Theresa May’s apologetics for arming Saudi Arabia reflects the arms industry’s role in shaping British foreign policy, says Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade

Democracy Now!
Obama Administration Dismantles Idled Muslim Registry Ahead of Trump Inauguration

NYC Council Speaker: Solidarity Efforts Needed to Fight Trump as He Targets Muslims & Immigrants

Part 2: Marcus Garvey’s Family Asks President Obama for a Posthumous Pardon

The 3 Best Breast Cancer Prevention Tips for Women at Any Age
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

Can a Lutein Supplement Save Your Eyes?
Why you’re better off getting lutein from food
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Even Before Taking Office, Trump Has Made a Mess
President-elect’s policy toward China already a disaster
by Mark Weisbrot

Black Snake Bleeding Out: How DAPL Is Duping Investors
by Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright

Turkey Is Now Acting Independently of the U.S. and NATO on Syria
by Vijay Prashad

Court Finds Mandatory Drug Testing of College Students Unconstitutional
State Technical College of Missouri No Longer Allowed to Require Testing of Incoming Students

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
UAE: Extend Labor Law to Domestic Workers
Change in Supervision Will Improve Protection

The Real News Network
Will President Obama Grant Clemency to Leonard Peltier Before He Leaves Office?
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway examines the political motivations behind mass imprisonment in the US and why so many people incarcerated can be considered “political prisoners.”

*As with any president, there is the irony of petitioning for the release from prison of someone by someone who should take their place.

Paul Jay and Abby Martin Say Goodbye to 2016
TRNN’s Senior Editor and the host of Empire Files discuss the critical events of the year, including Trump’s victory, the Sanders breakthrough, and the worsening prospects for federal action on climate change

*If all that will come of “fight back” is a cry to return to some “glory days” of New Deal politics, embodied in the effort to “take back” the Democratic Party, then we’re utterly and ultimately screwed.

The contradictions inherent in that strategy doom us to a terminal future of “too little, too late”. “Progressive” politics was always a death sentence for those left out of the bargain, but now we’re all disposable.

If we can’t wrap our minds around the necessity of transformation, and waste our energy and blood on reforming the unreformable, we will have signed our and other species’ death warrant in indelible ink.

The “impossible” has to be our dream

Anything less leads us to nightmare

Following Deadly Truck Attack, Islamophobia Fails to Gain Ground Among Germans
Liberal left and anti-fascist forces in Germany are keeping anti-Muslim politics at bay for the moment, says political scientist Lars Bretthauer

IMF Board Response to Lagarde Conviction Reaffirms Institutional Indifference to Corruption
Former financial regulator Bill Black says the case reveals how power and money protect the elite

Tell the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to revoke their 100% rating of DAPL and prison profiteer, Wells Fargo!

*It seems eminently appropriate that two of the preeminent pinkwashers in these here United States share the same initials, doesn’t it just?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Noted Activist Gets S.S. Checks Stopped Following Drone Protests

Columnist Thought Syria Conflict Worth Murdering Over–but Not Worth Writing About
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
The Future of Syria: As Aleppo Falls, What Comes Next in a Country Shattered by War?

Marcus Garvey Inspired Millions, from MLK to Mandela; Now His Son Is Asking Obama to Pardon Him

How to Relieve Sciatic Nerve Pain (Do These 9 Odd Exercises)
by Yuri Elkaim


Trump Hotel Workers Just Proved ‘We Can Take On the Powerful and Win’
Union announces that agreement has been reached with luxury Las Vegas hotel co-owned by president-elect
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Trudeau Touts Trump’s Support for KXL, Sparking Fears of Pipeline Resurrection
President-elect Donald Trump is ‘very supportive’ of Keystone XL, the Canadian prime minister said
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Black snake oil salesman

The Invention Of The White Working Class
by Les Leopold

The ‘Good Girls Revolt’ is the Untold Political Story of 2017
by Will Bunch

Student Loan Crisis Increasingly Snares Seniors’ Social Security Benefits
by Jerri-Lynn Scofield

Amazon Watch
Ecuador Moves To Close Leading Environmental Organization as Part of Crackdown on Civil Society
Reprisal comes after the group’s public defense of Shuar indigenous peoples in conflict over Chinese copper mine

The Real News Network
20 Killed In Protests Demanding Congo President Step Down and Respect Term Limits
Friends of the Congo’s Maurice Carney says the West shares responsibility for Congo’s latest crisis because it backed corrupt Congo leaders when it served their interests

Greg Palast on Why Clinton Didn’t Push for Michigan Recount – Part 2 of 2
Greg Palast tells Paul Jay that there are 75,000 uncounted Clinton votes, but she won’t push for a recount because the elite will defend the fake monstrosity called the US electoral system even when their personal interests are at stake

*No honor among vote thieves—Part-2-of-2

FAIR CounterSpin
‘The Trump Administration Looks Like Bad News for Almost Every Element of Drug Policy Reform’
Ethan Nadelmann on John Kelly
by Janine Jackson

*Nadelmann’s view on Plan Columbia is a salient example of how a single issue mindset can ignore blatant contradictions of a policy when perceived benefits for that cause are deemed present.

And Jackson could have pushed back harder on his position, beyond observing that Santos is “hardly a big softie”.

Democracy Now!
Flint: As 2 Unelected Emergency Managers Are Charged over Water Poisoning, Will Gov. Snyder Be Next?

Free Leonard Peltier: Obama Urged to Grant Clemency to Native American Activist Jailed for 40 Years

“Her Life Depends on Obama Taking Action Now”: 100,000+ People Demand Obama Free Chelsea Manning

How Emotional Trauma Can Create Cancer… and 4 Ways to Stop it
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers


Waivers and Pardons? Mounting Ethics Concerns for Trump’s Ultra-Wealthy Cabinet
President-elect could present a waiver, to the tune of $150 million, if Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson balks at selling stock
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Pardon my plutocracy

Nearly 3,000 US Communities Have Lead Levels Higher Than Flint: Reuters
Advocates hope new investigation will spur action from community leaders, as aid and attention have been slim
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Sanders Calls for Investigation of Big Pharma Drug Pushers Over Shocking New Report
From 2007-2012, the Big Three wholesalers earned a combined $17 billion while they collectively shipped 423 million pain pills to West Virginia
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Greed is the deadliest drug

Trumping It Up: Neoliberalism on Steroids
Trump’s ascendency should not be seen as marking neoliberalism’s demise, but rather as ushering in its newest stage
by Catherine Rottenberg

Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy
by Norman Solomon

*Russian roulette

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Monday, December 19—Monday%2C-December-19

The Real News of the Day – Tuesday, December 20—Tuesday%2C-December-20

Russian Ambassador Assassination Part of Retaliatory Attacks Following Retake of Aleppo
As the Syrian government takes control of more territory, fighters pushed out of the country may take out their rage on Russia and regional governments like Turkey and Jordan, says Vijay Prashad

Greg Palast on Why Clinton Didn’t Push for Michigan Recount – Part 1 of 2
Greg Palast tells Paul Jay that in order to rig and steal elections today, Jim Crow has gone into cyberspace

*Maybe those little stickers should say

“I Voted … ?”—Part-1-of-2

Congo Youth Defy Repression, Protest President Refusing to Leave Office
Friends of the Congo’s Kambale Musavuli says the fate of Congo’s democracy hangs in the balance

The Polynesian Black Panthers
Executive Producer Eddie Conway interviews members of the Polynesian Black Panthers at the 50th Anniversary in Oakland

Kidnapping, Drug and Refugee Trafficking Behind the Financing of ISIS (2/2)
The story of refugee trafficking begins with the disruptions to drug smuggling caused by the Patriot Act, says journalist Loretta Napoleoni

Petition update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
CarMax under fire over how it advertises cars that are unsafe

Institute for Public Accuracy
What Kind of Resistance to Trump?

FAIR CounterSpin
‘We’ve Seen Exxon Leading the Charge to Go After Groups That Criticized Them’
Zorka Milin on Rex Tillerson
by Janine Jackson

Malcolm Gladwell Likes Leaks When They Bolster Government Power
by Jim Naureckas

*If Gladwell’s a “deep thinker”

There’s a distinctly odiferous quality to what it is he’s so deep into

Democracy Now!
A Deadly Day: Russian Ambassador Assassinated; 12 Dead in Berlin Truck Crash; Zürich Mosque Attacked

*Sowing the wind in the midst of the whirlwind


Commandos Without Borders: America’s Elite Troops Partner with African Forces But Pursue US Aims
by Nick Turse

The UK’s ‘National Security’ Plan? It’s a Blueprint for a Police State
The report offers no insight on how Britain has destroyed the national security of other countries – and thereby threatened its own
by Nafeez Ahmed

There’s more propaganda than news coming out of Aleppo this week
by Patrick Cockburn

The Left and the Syria Debate
by As`ad Abukhalil

*Take the time to read this

Earthrights International
The U’wa Nation Continues Lawsuit Against Colombia at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Friday, December 16—Friday%2C-December-16

EU Immigration ‘Assistance’ to Italy and Greece Seeks to Block Migrants From Leaving
Yasha Maccanico says suspicion of terrorism is often used as a pretext to ensure that people cannot have any possibility of determining their fate

Kidnapping, Drug and Refugee Trafficking Behind the Financing of ISIS (1/2)
Author and journalist Loretta Napoleoni discusses how jihadists make enormous amounts of money by taking freelancing journalists and aspiring aid workers hostage

Trump’s Realignment with Putin’s Russia
Leo Panitch and Paul Jay discuss how Trump’s admiration for Putin’s authoritarianism and his close alliances with capitalist oligarchs leads away from neoliberal international rule-making and towards crude deal-making

Trump Win Propels White Nationalism and Chauvinism to Center of US Politic
Historian Gerald Horne says social movements will need to adopt an international strategy in order to push back against the coming reign of terror for communities of color

Eddie Conway Reflects on the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Party
Conway says the lessons and legacy of the Panthers are more relevant than ever

*Wise words from Conway on the necessity of learning from the past, not to idealize it, but to apply its lessons of success and failure to a divergent present and future.

Trump Picks His Bankruptcy Lawyer Who Supports Colonization of Palestine as Ambassador to Israel
David Friedman’s extreme views concerns many in Israel, his attitudes are reflected in his use of a term ‘Kapo’ for Jewish collaborators in the Nazi death camps, a term he used to describe a pro-peace Israeli organization that supports a two-state solution, says political economist Shir Hever

‘Shadow World’: The Documentary Governments and Defense Contractors Don’t Want You to See
Andrew Feinstein discusses the documentary ‘Shadow World,’ which explores the world’s largest and most corrupt arms deals through those involved in perpetrating and investigating them

*It appears St. Nelson kept his whistle in his pocket

Help People with Orphan Diseases Get their Life-saving Medications
by Susan Dolin

Institute for Public Accuracy
Motives of the “Cold-War Hysteria” in U.S. Establishment

Media Legitimizing GOP’s ‘Universal’ Health Plan That Doesn’t Exist
by Michael Corcoran

*Single palaver

Democracy Now!
Jewish Voice for Peace: Trump Election Has Empowered Anti-Semitism & Islamophobia in United States

Ari Berman: How Voter Suppression Helped Pave Way for a Legislative Coup in North Carolina

*That ain’t tar on these assholes’ heels

Why There Can Never be a Cure for Cancer
by Bill Henderson

Are You Unknowingly Eating GMOs From These Hidden Sources?
by Dr. Ben Johnson

How to Minimize Your EMF Exposure When Traveling
by Lloyd Burrell

How to Do Interval Training… The Right Way
by Yuri Elkaim


Amid Finger Pointing at Russia, US Brings Tanks Back to Cold War Depot
‘We need to take action,’ says President Obama
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Sun Solution Rises as Solar Fast Becoming World’s Cheapest Electricity Source
‘Solar investment has gone from nothing—literally nothing—like five years ago to quite a lot’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The energy may be “clean”

But are the hands of those who profit from it?

Beyond Standing Rock: Communities Along DAPL Route Fear for Drinking Water
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is far from the only community fearing that a spill from the Dakota Access Pipeline will poison its drinking water
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Culture of Torture in the Trump Era
by Robert Crawford

Demonization of Putin as “Personally” Behind Clinton Hack Is Old Propaganda Technique
by Juan Cole

*Inducing boogeyman fever

Chelsea Manning Support Network
Happy birthday Chelsea!
International actions, December 17th

The Real News Network
Brazilian President Temer Signs Constitutional Amendment Imposing 20 Years of Austerity
Rousseff was ousted to shift economic policy towards neoliberalism, and now Temer is rewarding the banks and financial investors for backing the legislative coup, says SOAS Professor Alfredo Saad-Filho

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama Could Pardon Immigrants

NYT’s False Choice for Democrats: Move to the Right or Divide by Race
by Jim Naureckas

Hypocrisy of Russia-Did-It Stories Is Hard to Stomach
by Janine Jackson

*It’s not just the corpress pimping this pap. “Progressive” outfits like MoveOn and the Working Families Party are screaming “Russkies!” from the top of their lungs in a desperate bid to reverse the Electoral College vote from Citizen KKKane to Madame Mayhem.

Funny how the CIA is suddenly the Font of Truth, innit?

Of course the Demorats themselves view this as a godsend, diverting attention from their starring role in this fiasco of an election.

Whatever role Vlad the Vampire may have played, it pales in comparison to their betrayal of poor and working folks here and abroad.

Democracy Now!
“Pirates of the Caribbean”: Bankers Who Created Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis Now In Charge of Fixing It

Do you use a standing desk or have you seen others with one?
What the research shows
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


As Prices ‘Skyrocket,’ 20 States Sue Drug Companies for Collusion, Conspiracy
‘We have evidence of widespread participation in illegal conspiracies across the generic drug industry,’ says Connecticut attorney general
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Bitter pills at a bastardized price

Navigating War: Has the War in Syria Also Destroyed Journalism?
by Ramzy Baroud

*Truth is the first casualty of war

Its riddled corpse a prop for all sides

Algerian lessons for the Syrian War
Blood has flowed in Aleppo and will likely flow for the foreseeable future
by Vijay Prashad

Investigation Finds Thai Fishing Fleet Moving to Indian Ocean to Avoid Regulation

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Thursday, December 15—Thursday%2C-December-15

Following Rebel Defeats in Aleppo, Will Trump and Putin Keep Assad Regime in Power?
Zenad Ahmed of discusses how the battle of Aleppo will weaken international law and the changes in relations between the US, Russia, Syria and Iran that could come when Trump takes office

War in Yemen Tests Influence of Saudi Royal Family
Zenab Ahmed of says while Obama’s decision to limit shipment of armaments may effect the standing of royal family, it’s the prolonged nature of the war and dissatisfaction of its junior partners that’s weakening the family’s influence in the state

Institute for Public Accuracy
* Couldn’t NSA Determine Election Hack? * Why Would Russians Leave Traces?

FAIR CounterSpin
‘We Don’t Need to Get to Standing Rock to Be Part of the Front Line’
Kelly Hayes on what’s next for #NODAPL
by Janine Jackson

*The only way to avoid errors is to avoid acting

‘For Whites, Fewer Jobs’: NYT Chart Divides and Deceives
by Dean Baker

*Wonder if Trump will tweet this twaddle out?

Seth Rogen and Six More White Men Discuss Race, Gender in Animation
by Jim Naureckas

*At least the movies are in color

Democracy Now!
Journalist Iona Craig: The U.S. Could Stop Refueling Saudis & End Devastating War in Yemen Tomorrow

“The Price of a Second Chance”: NY Times Exposé on How the Rich Pay to Expunge Criminal Records

The Dirty Secrets of Feminine Hygiene Products Most Women Don’t Know
by Ty Bollinger

Craving Salty Foods? Here’s What You Need to Know
by Yuri Elkaim


Despite Being Taken as Fact, ‘Case Against Russia’ Rests on Insufficient Proof
‘Do we want to make major foreign policy decisions with a belligerent nuclear power based on suggestions alone, no matter how strong?’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Fall of Aleppo
by Aaron Lund

President-Reject: Don’t Say His Name
‘If he craves the spotlight, pull the plug. If he desperately needs attention, starve him of it.’
by Randall Amster

*The loathe that dare not speak its name

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Wednesday, December 14—Wednesday%2C-December-14

The General’s Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights – RAI (3/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul Jay that he’s come to understand that the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands began in 1948 and he broke with the liberal zionist belief in the “secularization of the bible” and the mission of a Jewish state; he says BDS is an effective strategy that should be supported

*I said yesterday that I hoped Peled would expand upon his view that one state for all is the only just solution, and I’m gratified that he did so.

As for whether TRNN or other “progressive media” outlets will keep that view in the public eye …

Well, let’s just say it’d be foolish to put a fiver on the prospect, given past performance.—RAI-%2833%29

Will the ‘Stop Arming Terrorist Act’ Force the US to Adhere to International Law?
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says the legislation would provide a legal basis for uncovering facts about US covert operations and keep arm transfers at bay

*If this bill were to pass, something tells me that there will be an exemption for “our closest friend and ally in the [Middle East]”, to quote Secretary Carter.

Former Financial Regulator: White Collar Crime Will Have a Field Day Under Trump
Bill Black says none of Trump’s economic picks – which now include three people from Goldman Sachs – were picked for their knowledge of economics

*Goldman Sachs and Pillages

The End of the Battle of Aleppo Won’t Stop the Syrian Civil War
”Inside Syria” author Reese Erlich says widespread propaganda combined with a lack of independent reporting makes it difficult to get an accurate picture of the reality on the ground in Aleppo

Congress Just Passed an Enormous Health Bill, And Few People Noticed
Last week, the Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a controversial bill that provides funding for NIH in exchange for the rolling back of a slew of regulations for drugs and medical devices

*I assume there are more than five self proclaimed “progressives” in the Senate, and twenty-six in the House, which amply illustrates just how meaningless such terms are in American politics, wouldn’t you say?

FAIR CounterSpin
‘We Can Stop Committing Interstate Job Fraud’
CounterSpin interview with Greg LeRoy on Trump’s Carrier deal
by Janine Jackson

*Jobbed creation

Daily Kos Founder Gleefully Celebrates Coal Miners Losing Health Insurance
by Adam Johnson

*Anyone who voted for Citizen KKKane has a lot to answer for

But they’re not obligated to respond to this condescending Clintonista questioning.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s Energy Agenda

Why You Need to Strengthen Your Hip Flexors (And the 5 Best Exercises)

by Yuri Elkaim

Democracy Now!
Trump Picks Perry to Head Energy Dept., an Agency the Former Texas Governor Wants Abolished (Pt. 2)


Ties to Putin Are Nothing Compared to Rex Tillerson’s Vast Climate Crimes
“Does Rex Tillerson understand that democracy, the Earth’s climate, and human rights matter more than profits and petroleum?”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*You could say Tillerson’s a man after Trump’s own heart

But that implies its existence.

Obama Must Declassify Evidence of Russian Hacking
by Jeremy Scahill and Jon Schwarz

Cops of the Pacific? The U.S. Military’s Role in Asia in the Age of Trump
by Tim Shorrock

*Exceptional piece, not only in the sense of providing essential intel about the issues, but in the rarity of such articles, reflecting a myopia we can ill afford.

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Tuesday, December 13—Tuesday%2C-December-13

The General’s Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights – RAI (2/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul Jay that he fulfilled a childhood dream and became a member of the IDF Special Forces; then he came to realize that everything he’d believed in was a lie

*It’s truly frustrating to hear Peled expose the two state “solution” as a farce, which I hope he’ll expand upon in the final segment, and know that most likely that’s the last we’ll hear about one state for all in the “progressive media” for a good while.

That’s been my experience, at any rate.

He speaks of the Nakba being verboten even among “liberal” Israelis.

I get the something of the same sense about one state on TRNN, Democracy Now! et alia.—RAI-%2823%29

Were the DNC Emails Hacked or Leaked?
Former FBI agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley says we’ve heard from the FBI and the CIA, but it is the NSA that would be the critical agency because of how it monitors communications

*So, instead of challenging the very real machinations around vote rigging perpetrated by Republicans, the Democrats turn to Russia rogering.

Pure coincidence that such coincides with Madame Mayhem and neocon company’s addiction to replaying “Red Menace”, I’m sure.

Stop the Sabal Trail Pipeline
by Tim Canova

Institute for Public Accuracy
After Aleppo: Will Trump Shift Syria Policy?

Campuses Don’t Need Affirmative Action for Trumpism
by Adam Johnson

*It ain’t Chobani Kristof’s feeding us

But it sure smells like some that’s gone sour

Venezuela Brings Toys to Poor Kids, Gets Called ‘Grinch’ on CNN
by Ben Norton

*No lack of Xmas jeer when it comes to Latin non lackeys

NPR Guest Warns Against Living Wages With Fantasies of $16 Apples
by Jim Naureckas

*Just another compelling reason to give to public radio during the winter pledge drive …

Democracy Now!
Greg Palast: By Rejecting Recount, Is Michigan Covering Up 75,000 Ballots Never Counted?

Vowing to “Stop Political Correctness,” Gen. John Kelly to Head Department of Homeland Security


Sanctuary Cities Vow to Defend ‘Basic Human Decency’ From Trump
“We’re going to keep bringing people together, making sure we remain a sanctuary for all”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Oxfam Names World’s Worst Tax Havens Fueling ‘Global Race to Bottom’
Corporate tax dodging is ‘propping up a dangerously unequal economic system that is leaving millions of people with few opportunities for a better life’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Methane Emissions Are Soaring, Report Finds, and Agriculture Is to Blame
Research suggests agriculture is the main culprit for recent rapid increase in atmospheric methane—a greenhouse gas 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Literal bullshit aligning with the metaphorical

by Chris Hedges

The CIA’s Absence of Conviction
On why a little simple logic demolishes the intelligence agency’s claims
by Craig Murray

*Russia to ginned up judgment

Don’t Certify Electors and Electoral College Vote Without Full Recount
by Marjorie Cohn and Jeanne Mirer

How Capitalism Kills… And May Be Getting Deadlier
by Paul Buchheit

*Capitalism can’t be “reformed” any more than cancer can

It’s in the nature of both beasts to be hazardous to our health

It’s 2016. Do You Know Where Your Bombs Are Falling?
On yet another undeclared U.S. war
by Rebecca Gordon

My Former Professor Is Now On a Watchlist for Teaching Feminism
by Larisa Manescu

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Monday, December 12—Monday%2C-December-12

The General’s Son: From Privileged Zionist to Activist for Palestinian Rights – RAI (1/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Miko Peled tells Paul jay that his father, a famous Israeli general, was ostracized for saying it was necessary to negotiate with the PLO and respect Palestinian self-determination; but he never gave up his belief that the expulsion of 1948 and creation of a Jewish state was justified—RAI-%2813%29

Climate Change is Ravaging Coral Reefs Throughout the World’s Oceans
Constructing new coal mines is the wrong response to the historic devastation we are seeing happen to this key part of the ocean ecosystem, says Dr. Selina Ward

Obama and the Decline of the Left in Latin America
Obama’s presidency treated the prospect of democratic nationalism in Latin America similarly as other US presidents, and nearly everybody who was allied with Chavez is now gone, says Consortium News contributor Ted Snider

President of Brazil’s Senate Renan Calheiros Joins the Ranks of Corruption Riddled Political Leaders
Leaders that carried out the legislative coup against Dilma Rousseff, embroiled in corruption scandals, are systematically destroying political institutions and social progress in Brazil, says journalist Shobhan Saxena

Obama Calls for Investigation into Russian Hacking, Still No Evidence Made Public
Former FBI agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley says accuracy in the report must be put above all else because the results could have grave consequences for foreign policy

Rojava: An Experiment in Radical Direct Democracy Within a War-Torn Country
Janet Biehl discusses the significance and the achievements of the political project in Northern Syria that’s led by the Kurds

Institute for Public Accuracy
“It’s a Leak, Not a Hack”

*Reality checked

Trump State Dept: A Cross Between Exxon and NeoCons?


Veterans at Standing Rock Ready to Take Clean Water Fight to Flint
‘Our people are suffering. They are suffering in Standing Rock. They are suffering in Flint.’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Washington State Launches Suit Against Monsanto for Toxic PCB Pollution
‘Monsanto knew the dangers of PCBs yet hid them from the public to generate profits,’ said Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Donald Trump Deserves to Be Ridiculed—It’s the One Thing That Terrifies Him
by Sonali Kolhatkar

A Clinton Fan Manufactured Fake News That MSNBC Personalities Spread to Discredit WikiLeaks Docs
by Glenn Greenwald

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Thursday, December 8—Thursday%2C-December-8

The Real News of the Day – Friday, December 9—Friday%2C-December-9

Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier Facing Potentially Fatal Medical Emergency
Eddie Conway speaks with organizer Jasmine Heiss about ongoing efforts to get President Obama to grant a pardon to Peltier, who has been a political prisoner in the US for more than 4 decades

New Anti-BDS Bill in Senate Would Criminalize Criticism of Israel
Journalist Charlotte Silver says the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act doesn’t do anything to counter or address anti-semitism, but instead targets Palestinian activism

*Unanimous passage in the Senate …

How many “progressive icons” inhabit that august body?

Green Party of Canada Adopts Endorsement of Sanctions Against Israel
Diana Ralph and Dr. Tarek Loubani discuss its significance for the future of the solidarity movement in Canada

Protect La Jolla’s Native California Sea Lion Population
by Skylar Rains

Worst False Equivalencies of 2016
by Adam Johnson

*There is further false equivalency in the view that the gatekeepers of what can honestly be labeled “political correctness” deem protofascismo to be as dangerous as principled opposition to the exploitocracy.

The former is normalized

The latter is demonized.

If We Were ‘Staggered’ by Police Brutality, Wouldn’t Walter Scott Mistrial Have Knocked Us Over?
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Billionaire Carl Icahn Vetted Trump EPA Nominee, Has Business Before Agency

Democracy Now!
Oakland Fire Survivor: Create Affordable, Safe Living Spaces & Stop Treating Artists Like Criminals

*Disaster capitalizing

Green Party’s Jill Stein on Obstacles to Vote Recount: “This is Not What Democracy Looks Like”

Don’t let your doctor make these 9 blood pressure measurement mistakes
They can lead to incorrect readings
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


The March of the Billionaires: On Trump’s Bait and Switch
How to swamp Washington and double-cross your supporters big time
by Nomi Prins

*Prosperity for the people?

That’s rich

The Real News of the Day – Wednesday, December 7—Wednesday%2C-December-7

Vijay Prashad: The Battle for Aleppo is Over
Several U.S. administrations have pursued a strategy of arming rebels to fight in proxy wars, and it has created a catastrophe in the Middle East, says Vijay Prashad

Trump Nominee for Homeland Security John Kelley Favors Draconian Immigration Policy
We could see a further militarized border and expansion of Guantanamo Bay, says journalist Dahr Jamail

Trump Picks Leading Climate Denier to Head EPA During Time of Climate Crisis
This year is going to be the hottest on record – and Trump and his cabinet couldn’t have come to power at a worse time, says journalist Dahr Jamail

*For many of the Big Greens, it’s a matter of going from kissing Dear Misleader’s ass to getting theirs kicked by Citizen KKKane

And no number of PR paeans to the Standing Rock protectors will change the fact that they sat on their hands for eight years while “All of the Above” placed us on the precipice of doom, making it that much easier for He Who Must Be Obeyed to push us over.

Will he?

As in North Dakota, that will depend on what we do

Because they didn’t.

Following Oakland Fire, Baltimore Evicts Residents of DIY Arts Space
Residents say the Bell Foundry was a safe space for people of color and LGBTQ artists. A GoFundme campaign has raised over $16,000 for evictees

Institute for Public Accuracy
A New McCarthyism?

*This has nothing to do with “irrational fear”, other than its fomenting among a public all too easily scared shitless by the designated “enemy within” and without.

Those in power have a very reasonable fear for their position, and will do what they deem necessary to protect it. The discrediting, demonization and destruction of anyone posing a threat to their order has been their modus operandi for millenia.

“Liberals” who serve that power have no compunction in enabling the toxic atmosphere that allows such inquisitions. They realize the danger principled persons pose to them, as well.

Rather Than Exposing Propaganda, WaPo Shows How It’s Done
by Dave Lindorff

*Fake left

Go right

Democracy Now!
Constitutional Lawyer: It’s an “Outrage” That Judge Halted Michigan Presidential Election Recount


Carrier Union Leader on Trump’s Jobs Claim: “I Almost Threw Up in My Mouth”
Trump ‘lied his ass off’ in telling Indianapolis plant workers that 1,100 jobs would be saved from outsourcing, says union head
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Blowing smoke

Mirrors courtesy of corpress

Senate Republicans Block Sanders-Backed ‘Trump Proposal’ on Rx Drugs
‘It is incomprehensible to me that we have a major bill dealing with prescription drugs and yet we are running from the most important issue and that is the greed of the pharmaceutical industry’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Drug double dealing

What Trumponomics Means for Women
The new president’s plan to “fix the economy” will put women workers in a fix indeed
by Martha Burk

Center for Food Safety
Victory! GE Mosquitoes Will Not Be Let Loose on Florida Community
Citizens/environment will not be impacted by novel experiment releasing millions of GE mosquitoes

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Tuesday, December 6—Tuesday%2C-December-6

Little-Known Gov. Bank Gave $34 Billion to Overseas Fossil Fuel Projects Under Obama’s Tenure
Boeing, General Electric, and Exxon Mobil among the beneficiaries, says researcher Susanne Rust

*Money talks louder than “legacy”

Trump Taiwan Phone Call Not an Impulsive Act
Professor Ho-Fung Hung tells Paul Jay that Trump’s call to the President of Taiwan signals a deeper shift in Washington’s China policy

Institute for Public Accuracy
Kissinger in Norway: Calls for Prosecution

FAIR CounterSpin
‘We’ve Got to Start Talking About How Are We Going to Build an Alternative’
Craig Aaron on funding local media
by Janine Jackson

Fast Food Automation, an Old Idea, Gets New Life to Bash Fight for 15
by Adam Johnson

*Lee’s spot on that the minimum wage shouldn’t be the same for everyone.

If you’re in a high cost of living area, you should make a good deal more than $15 an hour.

I doubt that’s the solution that “makes sense” for him, however.

Of course, we should prefer folks were making a living wage from work that didn’t do such harm to our health, which is invariably missing from the discussion, isn’t it?

Democracy Now!
Housing Advocate: It’s Scary That Trump HUD Secretary Pick Ben Carson Thinks Poverty is a Choice

*Poverty is a choice

Not made by the poor

Omega 3: Is Your Fish Oil Poisoning You?
by Natural Health Sherpa

How to choose the best beans?
What to look for
by Lindsay Moyer
Nutrition Action

Grow your own lettuce bowl indoors
by Leanne Ely


Michigan Recount Marred by Partisanship, Legal Battles, Broken Machines
‘Partisan attempts to halt a good-faith effort to ensure all votes have been counted fairly should be met with intense skepticism’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Women the World over Have Shown the US How to Deal with Sexism and Racism
From Liberia to Colombia and beyond, women have compiled a vast archive of methods to combat threats to their rights. The US need only follow their lead
by Yifat Susskind

The Smear Campaign Against Keith Ellison Is Repugnant but Reveals Much About Washington
by Glenn Greenwald

*Can you imagine the depthless degree of defamation if Ellison were someone AIPAC and ilk truly needed to worry about?

Center for Biological Diversity
Analysis: North Dakota Pipelines Average Four Spills Per Year; 3 Million Gallons Spilled in Past 21 Years
Dakota Access Pipeline Reroute Should Not Endanger Indigenous Lands, Communities or Climate

Center for Food Safety
New Report Confirms Bee-Killing Pesticides Cause Other Widespread Environmental Harm
Economic analysis also reveals neonicotinoids do not increase crop yields

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Monday, December 5—Monday%2C-December-5

The Global Networks of the Resurging Far Right
It’s no exaggeration to say that Trump has ties to neo-Nazi parties, says investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed

Austrian Presidential Election Shows How United Front Politics Can Defeat the Far Right
Walter Baier, former national chairman of the Communist Party of Austria, says the next challenge will be to maintain alliances against the far right in the upcoming parliamentary elections

Italian Referendum Defeat is No Victory for the Right Wing
Luciana Castellina says Italian trade unions, youth, and students led the vote against technocracy

Guilty Verdict for Pocomoke’s 1st Black Police Chief Divides Town as Violence Flares
Residents say repercussions from the fall-out over chief’s dismissal continue to affect the small town on Maryland’s lower eastern shore

The #NoDAPL Struggle in the Context of 500 Years of Indigenous Genocide
Native American historians Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker discuss the historic role of Native American veterans, the significance of the growing movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and what a Trump presidency could mean for native struggles

With Trump’s Margins of Victory Shrinking, Lawsuits Filed to Block Recount in Two States
Lawyer Robert Fitrakis says Jill Stein is planning to give a press conference in front of Trump Towers on Monday demanding to know why the president-elect is obstructing the recount efforts

Institute for Public Accuracy
Recount Upshot: “Victories” by Mere Pluralities

Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky: Trump’s Victory Recalls Memories of Hitler & Fascism’s Spread Across Europe

Noam Chomsky: Trump’s Climate Change Denialism Will Accelerate Global Race to Destruction

From Climate Change to Nuclear War, Noam Chomsky Warns of Literal Threats to Our Survival

3 Quick Tricep Workouts for Women (Bye-Bye Arm Jiggle)
by Yuri Elkaim


With Air of Caution, Water Protectors Celebrate Victory Over ‘Big Black Snake’
‘We have to be ready and we will be ready but we are going to take this victory right now,’ said Tom Goldtooth
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Sounding ‘Death Knell’ for Reef, Massive Australian Coal Project Heads Towards Completion
Indian energy giant Adani has secured approval for permanent rail line, temporary construction camp for its Carmichael project
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Reef or madness

Trump’s Advisers Want to Privatize Native Lands for Big Energy: Reuters
Co-chairs of Native American Affairs Coalition say they want to ‘take tribal land away from public treatment’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Deadly Oakland Fire Was Symptom of Bay Area Housing Crisis: Advocates
‘No one should die this way. No one should have to live without proper fire safety measures in their home just to try to make ends meet, just to try to make art, just to be in the city’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

What the Robots Are Doing to the Middle Class
by Paul Buchheit

Publish, Punish, and Pardon
Nine Things Obama Could Do Before Leaving Office to Reveal the Nature of the National Security State
by Pratap Chatterjee

Food & Water Watch
The Fight Against the Dakota Access Pipeline Goes On

*That’s what I’m talking about

And what we all should be, ’cause we’re all in the same back yard.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Neo-McCarthyite Push in Congress and Media

*False flagging

Blaming Trump’s Win on the Age Group Least Responsible for It
by Jim Naureckas

*Of course, this would have nothing to do with millenials being the least likely to cleave to the status quo of duopoly “democracy”, with the intent of scaring them shirtless into doing so.

Pish and tosh, I say.

Democracy Now!
Standing Rock Sioux Chair Hails Army Corps of Engineers Decision to Reroute Dakota Access Pipeline

*I don’t know who Archambault speaks for. It certainly isn’t many of the people who’ve braved violence to stop this black snake, if he’s “not opposed to pipeline construction”, if to him this is only about how it impacts Standing Rock Sioux sacred sites and water, however righteous that struggle is.

Perhaps he’s supposed to represent “the voice of reason”, but there ain’t nothing reasonable about the harm a rerouted line will do, is there?

If GOP Gets Climate ‘Science’ From Breitbart, God Help the Planet
by Rohit Chandan and Jim Naureckas

As Thousands of Vets Descend on Standing Rock, U.S. Army Backs Down and Halts Pipeline Construction

Tara Houska: Denying #DAPL Permit is “Momentous Occasion,” But We Must Remain Vigilant

*No one seems to be talking about the larger picture. Houska mentioned “[m]ov(ing) to renewable energy”, but aside from that, the issue of full stop for the DAPL, and its fellow rapacious reptiles slithering across the land, hasn’t been addressed in any of today’s segments, has it?

And why is that?

“Financial Disaster”: Could Dakota Access Pipeline Lose Its Contracts with Oil Companies on Jan. 1?

Flu Shot Warning: The Controversial Flu Shot Pros and Cons You Need to Know
by Yuri Elkaim

8 Easy Yoga Poses to Relieve Sciatica Pain in 16 Minutes or Less
by The Hearty Soul


Trump Allies in Battleground States Rush to Stop Jill Stein’s Recount Efforts
Lawyers and super PACs in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania file federal lawsuits to halt or block efforts, some already underway
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Much ado about “nothing”, methinks

Anti-Choice GOP Doubles Budget for ‘Witch-Hunt’ Panel
‘It is appalling that the House of Representatives just gave the dangerous Select Investigative Panel an $800,000 pat on the back for its work to peddle lies’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Many Ways to Help Standing Rock
Even if you can’t show up at the wintry encampments, you can join water protectors in other ways: from calling the North Dakota governor to breaking up with your bank
by Sarah van Gelder

The CETA Vote: Will the European Parliament Learn From BREXIT and Trump?
by Shefali Sharma

Is winning at college football worth losing moral standing?
by Robert Jensen

*It is “a children’s game”

And that’s the problem.

It’s a violent game, which I played in junior high and high school, and was fortunate enough to escape lasting injury, or having caused same (as far as I know).

If adults wish to freely put their health, even their lives, at risk, that’s their irrational choice, but how many kids have faced the consequences of concussions and other injuries that diminish the quality of the remainder of their lives?

There are many other sports that theoretically can “build character”, without busting bodies, although my experience has been that it’s not high on the priority list, regardless.

Add to that the militaristic character of football, the influence of organized crime at the higher levels through gambling, and the sexual objectification of cheerleaders (as well as their wage exploitation in the pro game), in addition to the perverted priorities parsed in this piece, and there ain’t much to recommend it on the moral front, is there just?

It’s just one more circus to distract us, while the bread goes bye bye.

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Friday, December 2—Friday%2C-December-2

Investigation Turns Ugly Against Pocomoke Officers Who Suffered Discrimination
Residents of the Eastern shore town say investigators have been asking about the personal lives of officers who the Justice Department says were illegally fired as a criminal trial against the former chief is set to proceed

Pocomoke’s First Black Police Chief Convicted of Misconduct
A nearly all-white jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning a guilty verdict against the former top cop who has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city

Pro-Regime Forces in Syria Respond to Trump’s Election by Escalating Military Offensive
The only way to stop counterrevolutionary forces like the Islamic State is to end imperialist support for authoritarian regimes and foreign intervention in the region, says Joseph Daher

*Syria’s an extremely complex situation, to state the literally bleeding obvious.

I don’t pretend to understand all its permutations, and so I present the sometimes conflicting views of others who appear to have the Syrian people’s interest at heart.

What I do know without any doubt is that the various outside actors on all sides do not.

Shady Submarine Deal Ties Netanyahu to Another Corrupt Scandal, Threatens Israeli-Germany Ties
The German arms company ThyssenKrupp also pushed enormously expensive weapons on Greece while Germany was imposing austerity on the nation, says political economist Shir Hever

Trump’s Carrier Deal: Job Saver Or Photo Op?
The closure of another plant is leaving some workers in other parts of Indiana feeling abandoned again, says Workers’ Project Executive Director Tom Lewandowski

NYT Protects Its Pundit Who Dismissed Trans Rights as ‘Boutique Issue’
by Jim Naureckas

*Something tells me Bruni and the Times don’t consider kowtowing to corporate CEOs, of whom there are considerably fewer than trans folks, to be a matter of a “boutique issue”.

Ironic when you consider where their shopping habits lead them, isn’t it?

Democracy Now!
Expert on Trump Business Conflicts: “There are Hard Ethical Questions in Life. This Not One of Them”

Veterans Helped Trump Win, But Critics Warn He May Dismantle Their Public Medical Care

John McCain Tears into Reporters Who Exposed Deceptive Recruiting at For-Profit University of Phoenix

*A “hero” to hucksters everywhere

Can the U.S. Detain Immigrants Indefinitely? Supreme Court Hears Case as Trump Prepares for Office


As Rule 41 Quietly Passes, Trump to Inherit Expanded Hacking Powers
Changes to rule allow FBI agents to remotely hack into computers that are outside of the judicial district where warrant was issued
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Six Reasons We’ll Need to Ramp Up the #ConsumerRevolution under Trumpism
by Katherine Paul

Amnesty International
Colombia: Peace Agreement Must Open the Door to Justice

Center for Biological Diversity
Number of Species on Waiting List for Endangered Species Act Protection Drops to Lowest Level in History
Number of Species Needing Help Remains High

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Thursday, December 1—Thursday%2C-December-1

The Real News of the Day – Wednesday, November 30—Wednesday%2C-November-30

Trump Picks Ex-Goldman Banker Known as ‘King of Foreclosures’ to Head Treasury
The joke’s on you if you thought Trump was going to do anything less than deregulate Wall Street, says former financial regulator Bill Black

Protesters in Haiti Say Moise Victory Amounts to ‘Electoral Coup’
Some parties maintain their supporters were denied the right to vote and many are taking to the streets despite a campaign of intimidation, says journalist Margaret Prescod

How Did Workers and Campaign Finance Reform Fare During This Past Election?
Right to work legislation, minimum wage laws, and public financing of elections were at stake on many state ballots

Billionaire ‘King of Bankruptcies’ to Head Commerce Under Trump
Despite promises to ‘drain the swamp,’ Trump chose a man for Deputy Secretary of Commerce who enriched himself at expense of labor and consumers and shipped jobs overseas, says University of Missouri-Kansas City professor Bill Black

*I’ve been casting about for an appropriate epithet for the bastard.

“Citizen KKKane” came to mind, and I feel “Swamp Thing” would suffice for a serviceable alternative, wouldn’t you agree?

World Beyond War
Public Pensions Must Divest from Weapons Dealers

*War is bad business

Don’t invest your funds

Institute for Public Accuracy
Carrier Deal: Using Workers as Hostages?

*Sounds as much like a capital idea as “a Soviet system”, doesn’t it?

Why Are Media Outlets Still Citing Discredited ‘Fake News’ Blacklist?
by Adam Johnson

*The only surprise here is that Snowden isn’t smeared as the mastermind.

Democracy Now!
Public (School) Enemy No. 1: Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Pick for Education Secretary

The Alkaline Acid Food Chart (Use This to Rejuvenate Your Health)
by Yuri Elkaim

Bonfire Cider: The Natural Flu Remedy
by Yuri Elkaim

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Obama Quietly Undercutting Climate Legacy With Foreign Fossil Fuel Investments: Investigation
Under Obama, Ex-Im Bank has gotten three times more financing than during George W. Bush’s terms
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Choking smoke and mirrors

Corporate Giants’ “Sustainable” Palm Oil Revealed as Sham
Nestlé, Kellogg’s, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and others are linked to child labor and forced labor in Indonesia
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Does What Happened to This Journalist at the US-Canada Border Herald a Darker Trend?
by Hugh Handeyside

Food & Water Watch
Administration Must Admit to Political Meddling in Fracking Contamination Report, Clarify and Finalize Findings of Harm
President Must Meet with Those Harmed by Fracking and Protect Communities Like Standing Rock from Future Peril

*Screw meeting with him

How about meting out justice to him?

Earthrights International
Human Rights Claims against Chiquita for Funding Colombian Paramilitaries Will Proceed in U.S. Court

The Real News Network
The Resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline Undaunted by Threats of Evictions and Fines
With two thousand veterans expected to join the opposition to the pipeline, water protectors say they remain resilient despite eviction orders

Paul Jay and Abby Martin on Trump and ‘Fake News’
Paul Jay and Abby Martin discuss Trump’s cabinet appointments, the Green Party effort to recount the vote, and who’s really producing the fake news

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s HHS Nominee Wants to Destroy Medicare

Corporate Welfare Will Bring Back Jobs vs. Jobs Will Never Come Back
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
Jill Stein: Recounts are Necessary Because Electronic Voting Invites Tampering, Hacking, Human Error

Lawrence Lessig: The Electoral College Is Constitutionally Allowed to Choose Clinton over Trump

*I think it’s obvious that if Trump had won the popular vote, this segment wouldn’t have aired.

Lessig is a Democratic Party shill, unless you believe that proclaiming a warmonger and Machiavellian greed and power addict — in other words, a “criminal” — to be a “completely qualified candidate for president” is a rational view to hold.

I’d beg to differ.

That said, had indeed the situation been reversed, I wouldn’t be making the argument that Trump should be the president elect.

When the winner of the game makes losers of all but those who share his sociopathy

Following its rules is a sure sign of psychopathy.

Cybersecurity Expert Bruce Schneier: American Elections Will Be Hacked

This One Simple Exercise Will Help Tighten Your Core and Lower Body
by DailyHealthPost


Security Experts Back Up Jill Stein’s Demand for Manual Recount
‘To determine whether the reported winner actually won requires verifying the results as accurately as possible, which in turn requires manually examining the underlying paper records’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Why Professor Watchlist gets my teaching values completely wrong
by Robert Jensen

Center for Biological Diversity
New Landmark Study: Tighter Pesticide Regulations Key to Reversing Pollinator Declines

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Tuesday, November 29—Tuesday%2C-November-29

Can Trump’s Gangster Capitalism Manage the Global Economy?
Leo Panitch and Paul Jay discuss what the consequences of Trump’s plans to deregulate Wall Street, reduce taxes, create an infrastructure boondoggle, attack unions and foreign policy adventures will have on the global economy

Canadian Supreme Court Set To Hear First Nations Challenge to Seismic Testing and Pipeline Construction
Justin Safayeni and Jerry Natanine argue that the law should be interpreted to halt certain gas and oil projects involving seismic testing and pipeline construction

FAIR CounterSpin
‘We Completely Misunderstand the Most Important Thing That Ever Happened in the Country’
James Loewen on misreporting history
by Janine Jackson

‘There Is Nothing at All That Replaces Grassroots Organizing’
Sumi Cho and Alicia Garza on intersection and the election
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
South Koreans to Launch General Strike and Civil Disobedience for President’s Ouster

The Best and Cheapest Sources of Protein (All Dairy-Free)
by Yuri Elkaim


Still Without Clean Water, Flint Demands Aid From Lame-Duck Congress
‘For our government to have done this and then turned its back on our citizens—there is no way that three years into this we should still be suffering with this’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Twelve Ideas Post-Election from Front Line Organizers
by Bill Quigley

The Washington Post’s Propaganda about Russian Propaganda
by William K. Black

What to Do About ‘Fake News’
by Robert Parry

Fight for $15
Strikes, Civil Disobedience by Fast-Food, Airport, Uber Workers to Headline Nationwide Fight for $15 Day of Disruption
Home Care, Child Care, Higher Education Workers to Join Tens of Thousands in Streets to Show They Won’t Back Down Following Election Defined by Frustration with Rigged Economy

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
Alto Trump Resources

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Monday, November 28—Monday%2C-November-28

Trump’s Dark Web of Far Right Militarists Who Want to Attack Iran
Filmmaker Robbie Martin and Paul Jay discuss Trump’s and Pence’s foreign policy appointments and advisors which include many of the neocons who created The Project for the New American Century, led the U.S. into war with Iraq – and are now targeting Iran

Fidel Castro and Political Rights in Cuba
James Early and Paul Jay discuss the death of Fidel Castro and how corporate media deals with the question of political freedoms and human rights in Cuba

Fidel Castro a Fighter for Global Revolution
A leader of a small island nation, Fidel Castro became a figure of global historic importance who led his people in revolution and defied the U.S. empire

Justin Trudeau Not Fulfilling Promises Made to First Nations
Canada is about to see struggles like the one against the Dakota Access Pipeline within its own borders, says Pamela Palmater

*A Liberal dose of deceit

Incarcerated Women in LA County Jails Face Threat of Valley Fever Illness
Diana Zuniga of Californians United for a Responsible Budget says her coalition is pressing officials to address public safety by providing communities with necessary social services

Iranian Government Preferred Trump But Will Have Second Thoughts Now That His Team is Emerging
Trita Parsi tells Paul Jay that the Iranians thought Trump’s anti-interventionist language would be better that Clinton’s declared antagonism; but now that Flynn, Pompeo, and Pence have been chosen, regime change is likely back on the table

Petition update
Brigham and Women’s Hospital Found In Violation of Federal Reporting Requirements on Morcellators
by Hooman Noorchashm

Institute for Public Accuracy
Is U.S. Policy the Ultimate Cause of Cuban Repression?

Appeal to the Working Class? Don’t Bother, Says Krugman
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
After Surviving 600 Assassination Attempts & Outlasting 11 U.S. Presidents, Fidel Castro Dies at 90

The Untold Story of Cuba’s Support for African Independence Movements Under Fidel Castro

How Fidel Castro Showed Latin America There was a Way to Resist U.S. Imperialism

Will Trump Roll Back Efforts to Normalize Relations Between Havana & Washington?

*The hypocrisy of many critics should be self evident, but so should the assertion that while there may be valid reasons for repression

To the victims, there is never a valid excuse.

7 Anti-Aging Foods Everyone Over 40 Should Eat
by Yuri Elkaim

Barbell Hip Thrust: How to Do It (The Right Way)
by Yuri Elkaim


Warning of Global Havoc as Possible Arctic ‘Tipping Points’ Pile Up
The signals ‘are getting louder,’ says scientist involved in new comprehensive Arctic study
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Veterans Plan “Deployment” to Join Water Protectors’ Battle Against DAPL
“Let’s stop this savage injustice being committed right here at home. If not us, who? If not now, when?”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A call to true duty

Awakening Courage in the Era of Trumpism
by Nozomi Hayase

Black Friday and White Noise
by Randall Amster

*Observing the hollow day

The Donald and the Jewish Question
by Andrew Levine

Trump’s National Security Adviser Facilitated the Murder of Civilians in Afghanistan
by Gareth Porter

What About the Black Working Class?
Amid all of the talk about economic populism this election cycle, one group has been largely left out: working class Americans of color
by Tanzina Vega

The Yemen Files

Navdanya International
People’s Assembly on Dow-DuPont crimes of Genocide and Ecocide
Remembering the Bhopal Gas Genocide and Call for Organic India

Compassion in World Farming
USDA: Don’t let the factory farm industry define animal welfare claims on food labels

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Race Is at the Bottom of His Immigration Policy’
Kica Matos on Trump and deportation
by Janine Jackson

‘People Can Protect the Rights of Everyone in Their Community’
Sue Udry on civil liberties under Trump
by Janine Jackson

Euphemism as Journalism: Distracting the Audience by Focusing on Trump’s Skill at Distraction
by Norman Solomon


Trump Nominates ‘True Enemy’ of Public Schools for Education Secretary
Billionaire Betsy DeVos ‘has consistently pushed a corporate agenda to privatize, de-professionalize, and impose cookie-cutter solutions to public education’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Trump Just Put Net Neutrality on Death Row
Jeff Eisenach and Mark Jamison, appointed to Trump FCC transition team, ‘have deep financial ties to the telecom industry’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Shockingly Stupid’ Attack on Science: Trump to Eliminate NASA Climate Research
President-elect plans to entirely slash climate science in favor of deep space exploration
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Blinding us without science

6 Worst Things About Trump Tax Plan
If Congress takes up tax reform in early 2017, the White House will push cuts that would benefit the wealthy, including the president-elect himself and his family members.
by Frank Clemente

Get an IUD While You Can
With a new Congress threatening birth control access, millions of women are looking at long-term solutions
by Olivia Alperstein

The Dark Side Of Jewish Consciousness: Manufactured Anti-Semitism
by Lillian Rosengarten

Stop Genocide!
by Ruth Needleman

Amnesty International
Jamaica: Illegal Police Tactics Fuel Scores of Murders and Sow Culture of Fear

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Wednesday, November 23

Institute for Public Accuracy
An Education Secretary to Dismantle Public Education?

“Exit Polls Sow Doubt About the Vote Count”

Confronting White Supremacists

*Citizen KKKane

From “Rosebud” to “White Blood”

Hey Media, We Don’t Need Another Glossy Profile on That Nazi Dork
by Adam Johnson

*From SS to GQ

Fashionable fascism on parade

Democracy Now!
“Nothing Short of a Slaughter”: 1 Million Syrians in Aleppo Under Siege with No Hospital, Food

Are Trump’s Plans to Expand Obama’s Surveillance State & Activate Muslim Registry Unconstitutional?

Father of Activist Injured at Standing Rock Calls on Obama to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline Drilling

*The worst is yet to come

But the horrific is already here

Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on Thanksgiving: “It Has Never Been About Honoring Native Americans”

Could certain foods and nutrients affect your hearing?
The tantalizing clues from studying 250,000 men and women
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Lower Back Rehab Workout
Sore lower back? Try these 5 rehab exercises

Plant Based Protein vs Whey Protein Showdown: Which is Better?
by Yuri Elkaim

Thousands Gather at 50+ Vigils Opposing Kinder Morgan Pipeline
Trudeau to face major opposition across Canada if pipeline is approved

Center for Food Safety
Advocates Challenge FDA on First Ever GE Mosquito Release
Government fails to assess risks to dozens of endangered species from novel experiment releasing millions of GE mosquitoes

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Tuesday, November 22

Will the Revised Colombia Peace Accord Succeed?
The proposed revisions came primarily from the right wing while social movements and peace activists around the country were left outside of the renegotiation, says Professor Mario Murillo

‘Nothing to See Here’ Headlines Conceal Police Violence at Dakota Access
by Jim Naureckas

*All the news that’s bent to fit

Institute for Public Accuracy
Republicans Targeting Medicare

*From Romneycare

To Obamacare

To Ryancare?

How careless can you get?

Democracy Now!
Sweeping New Rutgers Report Reveals University’s Ties to Slavery & Displacement of Native Americans

Immigrants Fighting for Sanctuary Cities & Campuses to Protect Millions from Trump Deportation Push

Is Hypothyroidism an Autoimmune Disease? Here’s the Truth
by Yuri Elkaim


Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Could Spell Chaos for Consumers
Insurers could leave marketplace early to avoid losses, as new report warns 25 percent of already-insured children still lack healthcare
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Listening to Trump
What I learned by going down a weeks-long, late-night, YouTube rabbit hole
by Christian Parenti

We Are All Deplorables
by Chris Hedges

*Can righteous anger against prejudice be honestly expressed without denying the humanity of the bigot?

Can we get in the faces of the haters while still seeing ourselves in them?

Can we not give one inch in deploring their deplorable views, and yet see, and make plain to them that we see, that they spring from a vileness not of their making, that wounds us both?

I believe our anger as well as our empathy are necessary to reach across the divide.

Respect arises from honesty.

We both have to acknowledge our common pain, and our common humanity, if we are to find common cause.

The Terrorism Targeting Our Grandchildren
by Paul Buchheit

Thanksgiving Anxieties, Political and Personal
by Robert Jensen

*Death takes a holiday, as we hide the bodies

While bloating our own

Food & Water Watch
Renewed Calls to Address Fracking as EPA Administrator Touts Environmental Legacy

Fight for $15
November 29:
Massive Protests in 340 Cities
Airport & Fast Food Worker Strikes
Civil Disobedience Across the Nation
We Won’t Back Down

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Monday, November 21—Monday%2C-November-21

Is War with Iran in the Cards with the Trump Foreign Policy Team?
Max Blumenthal and Paul Jay discuss the appointments of Flynn, Pompeo, and Huckabee and whether they will follow through on their calls to rip up the Iran agreement and promote regime change

How Taxes Were Shifted off the Donald Trumps of the World and onto Homeowners
Economist Michael Hudson, author of ‘J is For Junk Economics’, explains how the rising prices of homes came at a great cost to the middle and working classes

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Advisor Who Played Key Role in Iraq Occupation

Trump’s Threat to Liberty, Enabled by Bush and Obama

*Taking the (peace) prize for empty promises

Lashing Out at ‘Identity Politics,’ Pundits Blame Trump on Those Most Vulnerable to Trump
by Adam Johnson

*The true issue with identity politics is the uncritical support of many for neoliberal imperialists like Clinton and Obama due to their identities.

But Maher et alia’s enmity aligns in some measure with a joke popular among whites when I was growing up in apartheid Miss’ssippi in the ’60s

“What does ‘NAACP’ stand for?

Niggers Ain’t Acting like Colored People.”

Democracy Now!
Neocons, War Criminals & White Nationalists: Jeremy Scahill on Trump’s Incoming Advisers & Cabinet

Jeremy Scahill: TigerSwan Security, Linked to Blackwater, Now Coordinates Intel for Dakota Access

Find the Right Doctor and Triumph over Cancer
by Ty Bollinger

Does sugar, fiber, or constipation affect your risk of colon cancer?
What the best research shows
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Wheat-Free Diet: A 5-Step Detox Plan to Lose Your Belly
by Yuri Elkaim

Tight Hips? 9 Powerful Glute Stretches That Will Help


UK Set to Approve Most Extreme Spy Bill in ‘History of Western Democracy’
“Snooper’s charter” poised to become law by end of 2016 after passing both houses of Parliament this week
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A Brexit from the Magna Carta

‘Climate Emergency’: North Pole Sees Record Temps, Melting Ice Despite Arctic Winter
Arctic is losing ice and heating up despite seasonal onset of 24-hour darkness—phenomena that break all previous records
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Where to Turn
by Kathy Kelly

At Risk of Being Dupes
by David Smith-Ferri

Can Keeping It in the Ground Be Fair?
by Dipti Bhatnagar and Sara Shaw

Friends of the Earth International
Global Momentum for Action Unstoppable – But We Are Still on Track for Dangerous Levels of Warming

Center for Biological Diversity
Feds Block Offshore Arctic Drilling, Allow New Oil and Gas Leases in Gulf
Step Forward, But Five-Year Plan Fails to Safeguard Against Trump-fueled Climate Change

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Reports from the European Left

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Friday, November 18

Michael Hudson: Donald Trump Wants to Make the 1% Even Richer
Economist Michael Hudson explains how economic terms like capital gains are deployed to mislead the public about who is benefiting from economic policy and where wealth is going

Spinning Bannon as ‘Provocateur’ Who ‘Relishes Combativeness’
by Janine Jackson

*Don’t speak ill of the morally dead

Extreme Center Goes After Anti-Trump Protesters
by Adam Johnson

*Wait for the other shoe to drop

While the first one’s on your neck

Institute for Public Accuracy
Pompeo at CIA: Iran Belligerence, Pro-Torture, Pro-Surveillance

Democracy Now!
Africa’s Last Colony: Morocco’s Monarchy Pursues Neoliberal Policies in Occupied Western Sahara

East Timor Minister Constâncio Pinto Reflects on 25th Anniversary of Santa Cruz Massacre

Why Is the World Closing Borders on Us? A Plea from a 13-Year-Old Syrian Refugee Living in Morocco

Global South Pushes Developed Nations to Avoid “Climate Catastrophe” by Turning Words into Action

*Hot air can’t cool the planet

Marshall Islands Poet to U.N. Climate Summit: At 2 Degrees, My Islands Will Already Be Under Water

*Dying by degrees

Good tips for finding and cooking your Thanksgiving turkey
Should you rinse the bird before roasting it?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Gilded Giving: What Happens When Billionaires Dominate the Charitable Sector
New report details dangers of a top-heavy philanthropy in age of extreme inequality
by Chuck Collins and Helen Flannery

*Doing well by doing good PR

A Blueprint for a New Party
by Seth Ackerman

Indigenous Environment Network
Indigenous Representatives from Across the World Stand with Standing Rock During COP22 Marrakech

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Thursday, November 17

The Economic Consequences of a Trump Presidency
Economist Heiner Flassbeck says the worst way to pursue public spending would be through the failed model of public-private partnerships

Advocates Call for Wall Street Firm to Halt Foreclosures in Baltimore
Struggling homeowners have joined with city council members, UNITE HERE, and United Workers to also demand an end to discriminatory lending practices in the city

Institute for Public Accuracy
Will Trump Keep Promise to Get Rid of “Common Core”?


Fearing Trump, Calls Grow for ‘Sanctuary Campuses’ for Undocumented Students
‘We are trying to tell…students, [you] are not alone and we are going to come together to fix this problem’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The System Has Failed. Time for an Energy Transformation That Benefits People
The dirty energy system is an illegitimate system. Now we must reclaim the system and produce energy that is democratic, sustainable, and safe.
by Lucy Cadena and Godwin Ojo

Why We Must Fiercely Defend Those Who Defend the Earth
The urgency for recognition and protection for environmental defenders at COP22 and beyond
by Payal Parekh

*Putting the lives on the line

So that the planet doesn’t cross it

Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in US History
by Jeremy Scahill

*In Jesus’ name, we prey

Is Trump Bringing “White Zionism” to the White House?
by Ali Abunimah

Indigenous Environment Network
View from the Ground: Seven Days of DAPL Successes and Setbacks

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Wednesday, November 16

Democracy Now!
Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Spread to 300 Cities as Pipeline Owner Sues to Continue Construction

Do You Know These 6 Health Benefits & Uses for Rosemary Essential Oil?
by Ty Bollinger

Glute Bridge Exercise: 7 Simple Variations to See and Feel Better Results
by Yuri Elkaim


Local Gun Restrictions Could be ‘Eviscerated’ Under Trump
Gun control advocates say the right-wing Congress is expected to pass a national right-to-carry law
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

We Can No Longer Hope to Win This By Simply Voting or Speaking Out
‘We do this work out of love, and we know that nothing has ever been more necessary’
by Emily Johnston

*There is no greater risk than doing what our conscience demands

Other than not doing so

The Normalizer-in-Chief
by Thomas S. Harrington

*I dubbed him “Dear Misleader” a long time ago

And this is the unequivocal embodiment of the epithet.

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Tuesday, November 15

Native Women Bring Shovels to North Dakota Cemetery to Highlight the Destruction of Sacred Sites

Will Trump Erase the ”Progress” of the Obama Administration?
Tens of thousands continue to protest the election of Donald Trump to the White House, yet Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report says they should’ve been demonstrating against President Obama’s policies too

*Wrong propositions

Wrong prepositions

We don’t need to “take over” the Democratic Party

We need to take it down.

Veterans Head To Standing Rock To Support ‘We The People’
Reporting from Standing Rock in North Dakota

*The true meaning of “defense”

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Treasury Pick: Was This Election Goldman vs. Sachs?

*Another “Wall” he has a hankering for

How Trump’s ‘Chief Strategist’ Provided a ‘Platform for the Alt-Right’
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
A Look at the Other Morocco: From Protests Against Austerity to Occupation of Western Sahara

Nnimmo Bassey on the Catch-22 at COP 22: Rich Nations Continue to Pollute as Temps Keep Rising


There’s No Normalizing President-Elect Trump (Or at Least, There Shouldn’t Be)
‘Keep reminding yourself, this is not normal’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This is not “not normal”

This is “normal” on steroids

In Trump We Trust: Israelis Edge Towards Burying the Two-State Solution for Good
Israeli settlement leaders welcomed Trump’s election with cheers. Will his victory hasten their initiatives towards the annexation of the West Bank?
by Meron Rapoport

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Monday, November 14

Chris Hedges: The Surrender of the Liberal Left to Neoliberalism Gave Us Proto-fascism
The demonization of third parties misses the fact that roots of our current situation are austerity, deindustrialization, and the impoverishment of half the nation, says journalist Chris Hedges

*We have to go beyond the prescriptions of Nader, the Greens and every other visible political formation in this country. But we can’t do that until we acknowledge that a system based on profit and competition can never deliver a just society.

Just the opposite.

At the core of any fair socioeconomic structure are the principles of shared responsibility, and shared benefit. Winning and losing aren’t part of the equation.

I have no faith that that penny will drop among the mass of Americans, given the capitalist religiosity we’ve been force fed

But truth doesn’t change because it’s not understood, does it?

Chris Hedges: Trump Will Crush Dissent With Even Greater Violence and Savagery
The tools of state repression that will end up in the hands of a Trump administration were built by both Republicans and Democrats, says the Pulitzer prize-winning journalist

*Anyone who didn’t see this coming, under whomever would be president (degree, not kind), was driving with their headlights off.

RAI with Former Weatherman Bill Ayers (3/3)
In an interview that took place days before Trump was elected President, Bill Ayers discusses what needs to be done as we head into a ”form of friendly looking and familiar fascism or some other form of extreme social disintegration”

*Democrats tell us that we have to play the game

And the game is what got us here.

Sanders and what comes out of his campaign don’t reject the game. They simply want to change some of the rules. Greens and most other “alternatives” pretty much align with that.

See “Syriza”.

And that’s not going to get us out of here, to where we need to get to.

A truly radical break is necessary, if we truly believe that everyone — everyone — has the right to a dignified life. If you believe that you have no more right to that than anyone else.

And if you believe that the only way to get there is through cooperation and community, not competition and profit, you can’t devote your energy to changing the rules of a game based on the latter.

That only leads to a different spot on the same game board, with the same players making the moves, and the rest of us as only slightly less malleable pawns.

Flipping over the table is a fearsome prospect, and a lot of people — and that could well include you or me — who don’t deserve to be deeply harmed will be.

Fairy tales don’t come true

But perhaps a fair world might emerge from the maelstrom.

It’s our only hope

And always has been.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Sanders Delegates Call on Brazile to Resign as DNC Head

*“[T]he DNC must either change or it will die.”

Let it

Democracy Now!
As U.S. Elects Global Warming Denier, Thousands March in Marrakech Calling for Climate Justice

*”All of the above” was going to push us over the abyss, pretty promises still ringing in our ears.

Now that the charade is over in the US, the new boss’ blatant fealty to profit over planet will remove any illusions that we can place our faith in anyone over than ourselves, and perhaps — perhaps — that will be our salvation.

Climate Activist at COP 22: “The Global Community Cannot Allow Trump to Poison These Negotiations”

How to Support a Loved One With Cancer: 4 Ways to Nurture Them & You
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

10 Cancer Causing Toxins You Need to Avoid
by Dr. David Jockers

The 6 Workout Mistakes That Will Stop You from Losing Weight
by Yuri Elkaim

FTP Syndrome [this causes 80% of back pain]
by Jesse Cannone

*Not pimping any product — I just thought the extant intel might be of benefit.

Functional Movement Training: 3 Big Reasons You Should Be Doing It
by Yuri Elkaim


Climate Change Has Already Altered Nearly Every Ecosystem on Earth
Some animals are already shrinking, as a smaller body mass helps stay cool on rapidly heating planet
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

From Birth Control to Passports: Embattled Groups Prepare for Trump
Women, immigrants, people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and others likely to suffer under looming right-wing administration share survival tips
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

On Surviving the Trump Years with Our Spirits Intact
by Cynthia Kaufman

*Our humanity must grow in direct proportion to the inhumanity we seek to diminish

Discrimination More Appealing than Experts Thought Possible
by Christian Christensen

Informed Rant
The Donald Trump win and Putin’s Useful Idiot

*No idea of the veracity of this, but I thought it worth passing along, and hopefully later intel will either vet or disprove it.

Foreign Office Loses Contact with British Dad ‘in Fear for His Life’ on Ethiopian Death Row Reacts to Kenya’s Government Revocation of the Lamu Coal Plant Project

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Friday, November 11

FAIR CounterSpin
‘What Open Borders Mean for Corporations Is Really About Restricting Workers’ Rights’
Michelle Chen on Samsung’s labor and environmental abuses
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Didn’t Kill TPP, but TPP Helped Elect Trump

Veterans Groups Support Drone Documentary at Veterans Day Parade

Democracy Now!
“They Knew What was at Stake”: 2016 Latino Voter Turnout Higher for Clinton Than for Obama in 2012

Will Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Be a “Cash Machine” for Military & Private Prison Contractors?

Allan Nairn Returns to East Timor on 25th Anniversary of Dili Massacre When U.S. Weapons Killed 270+

Millions Sign Onto Call for Electoral College to Award the Presidency to Popular Vote Winner Clinton

*Unquestionably the presidential electoral system is undemocratic, and should be changed, but something tells me there wouldn’t be more than two million signers to the petition mentioned had the situation been reversed.

I’m not saying there should be, but it does present an ethical conundrum, don’t it?

3 Things Every Cancer Patient Needs to Do
by Dr. Charles Majors


‘Game Over’ for Climate? Report Warns Warming Is Still Underestimated
Researchers say “business as usual” could actually put planet on track for 4.78°C to 7.36°C rise by 2100
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Heartbreak and Outrage as Minorities Recount “Day 1 in Trump’s America”
Kids as young as kindergartners are being harassed across the US
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Just wondering if Dear Misleader (whom Jones reveres, even after throwing him under the bus) brought this vile viciousness to A Donald’s attention when they met today.

Whaddaya think … ?

With Trump, a Renewed Call to Radical Feminist Men
Our task is to reject men’s claim to control women’s reproductive power and sexuality, while calling out White supremacy and a widening equality gap
by Robert Jensen

Trumping Disbelief
On why denial is not a viable political strategy
by Randall Amster

*I would just add

Invest in your principles

Not in personalities

Italy Trains Egyptian Judges Despite Death Sentences and Torture

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Thursday, November 10

Why the Radical Left and Radical Right in Israel Are Celebrating Trump’s Win
The right sees it as carte blanche for its political activities while the left sees it as potentially leading to less U.S. support for the occupation, says political economist Shir Hever

‘Wall Street Plus Identity Politics’ Formula is Over for the Democrats
If the Democrats want to win, they have to speak to the real concerns of working people; but how can they when Wall Street dominates the party? – Tom Ferguson in conversation with Paul Jay

*The talk was all about Trump destroying the Republican Party.

Maybe, in winning, he saved it.

We can only hope not.

But maybe, by losing, Clintonismo has destroyed the Democratic Party, at least as we know it?

We can only hope.

If so, what follows won’t be the answer by any means.

That lies outside any design of the duopoly, doesn’t it?

The Final Bill for TPP May Include Trump
by Dean Baker

Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald: Bernie Sanders Would Have Been a Stronger Candidate Against Donald Trump

Greenwald on “Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit”

*To me it’s not an either/or — to either condemn Trump voters or “try to understand their anger”.

You can righteously denounce hatred without denying the humanity of those expressing it. You can make it clear that you honestly “feel their pain” (you’re in the same boat to one degree or another, after all), without in any way excusing their ignorant and bigoted response to it by blaming “the other”.

And you can do your damnedest to show them who’s truly responsible for that pain — the exploitocracy that is an equal opportunity immiserator.

Call them on their shit

And then try to show them a way to crawl out of the toilet we’ve all been dropped in.

Colon Hydrotherapy: Everything You Need to Know
by Yuri Elkaim

How to Do Russian Kettlebell Swings (The Right Way)
by Yuri Elkaim


We Need to Understand What Happened on Election Night, and Fast
by Sonali Kolhatkar

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Wednesday, November 9

The Urgency of Now – A Message from Paul Jay
Paul Jay concludes our election night coverage with a promise to our viewers to be a platform for movements trying to organize

This Election Year, A Significant Increase in Violence Against Muslims
Mark Potok, Senior Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, says the Trump campaign bears responsibility for most anti-Muslim violence this year

The Comey Non-Story and the Problem of Meta-Scandals
by Adam Johnson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Economic Dynamics Behind Trump Victory

Democracy Now!
Just Like After Reconstruction, Trump Vote Highlights White Backlash to Recent Racial Progress

*Dear Misleader’s election was “racial progress” only in the most superficial sense, but the point’s broadly valid.

What Happens Now to the Millions of Immigrants Facing Possible Deportation Under Trump?

Allan Nairn: Did the FBI Hand the Election to Donald Trump?

*I’m still not sure of the motivations for Comey’s actions, or the impact of them (though I doubt they were the deciding factor in Madam Mayhem’s demise), but I’m certain that only a Democratic Party so devoted to neoliberalism could have lost to the likes of A Donald.

That’s what “swung the election”, don’t you think?

Trump Biographer Wayne Barrett on Donald Trump’s Shocking Rise to the White House

In Victory for Immigrants’ Rights Activists, Sheriff Joe Arpaio Loses Re-election in Arizona

What Led to Trump’s Victory? From Racial Fear to Economic Populism

“It Might Not Be Good for America, But It’s Good for Us”: How the Media Got Rich on Trump’s Rise

*The “liberal” corpress didn’t want him to win

Her Travesty was their neolib wet dream

But they were damned if they were going to lose out on all that filthy lucre

And so damned we are

Lee Fang: Donald Trump Recruits Corporate Lobbyists to Select His Future Administration

The most valuable real estate in a grocery store
Why stores devote so much space to refrigerated single-serving bottles of soda
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


November 8 Is (Finally) Here: An Abridged Election Day Resource Guide
Where do you vote? What’s on the ballot? And what to do if your access is denied?
by Common Dreams staff

Drone Operators’ Brains May Be Zapped With Electricity to “Improve Performance”
U.S. Air Force finds electric pulses to the brain an effective technique for keeping soldiers on task
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*At some point these tasks will be automated, and there will be no concern for a lack of concentration

Or a presence of conscience.

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Abortion Should Not Be A Crime

Amnesty International
Iran: Musicians and Activists Launch Campaign to Free Jailed Artists

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Tuesday, November 8

RAI with Former Weather Bill Ayers (2/3)
Bill Ayers tells Paul Jay the Weathermen were delusional about armed struggle because they mistakenly thought the American people were in a revolutionary crisis during the Vietnam War

Democracy Now!
35 States Set to Vote on 160+ Initiatives on Pot, Universal Healthcare, Minimum Wage, Death Penalty

Greg Palast in Ohio on GOP Effort to Remove African Americans from Voter Rolls in Battleground State

*The big rig is painted red

Beyond the Electoral College: A State-Based Plan for Electing the President by National Popular Vote

Election Day 2000: Bill Clinton Faces 30 Minutes of Questioning by Amy Goodman During GOTV Call-in

*Slick Willie slips up

The Simple 19 Stretches That Will Improve Your Flexibility
by Yuri Elkaim

ONE Muscle to Relieve the #1 Cause of Hip & Back Pain
by Yuri Elkaim


DOJ to Spread Poll Monitors Thin Despite Widespread Concerns
2013 gutting of Voting Rights Act means fewer full-access election observers will be stationed at polling places
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

With Charges Dropped, Climate Documentarian Vows, ‘We Fight On’
Filmmaker Lindsey Grayzel, who was detained after filming pipeline direct action, said her arrest is part of a ‘disturbing trend’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Chilling the messenger

The Struggle Continues for a Binding Treaty to #StopCorporateAbuse
A binding treaty to regulate the activities of corporations could provide a vital counterpoint to controversial free trade and investment agreements, with potentially radical implications for a new international political, economic and legal order
by Adam Parsons

How a Disappearing and Deluded Middle Class Awaits the New President
by Paul Buchheit

The Era Of Climate Migration Meets Violent Borders
by Alexandra Tempus

‘Do not blame Israelis for settlements or excessive use of force’ – Clinton stance was clear a year ago
by Philip Weiss

Oxfam International
EU Can’t Afford to Fudge Tax Haven Blacklist

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – Monday, November 7

RAI With Former Weatherman Bill Ayers (1/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself Bill Ayers joins Paul Jay to discuss his journey from an apolitical life to the militant group the Weatherman to social activism and organizing

Petition update
New Petition: Support The Medigap Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 6265)!
by James Myers

Institute for Public Accuracy
Pence and the “Christian Right”: Election a “Win-Win”

*In Jesus’ name

We prey

Democracy Now!
This is Voting in 2016: Armed Intimidation Squads, Purged Rolls, 868 Fewer Polling Stations

*Voting rights are like housing rights

Just because you have them doesn’t mean you’ll get much by exercising them.

Disenfranchised by Misinformation: Victoria Law on the Millions Who Can Vote—But Might Not Know It

*Ironic that so many out of prison can’t vote for so many who should be in prison

How to Use Essential Oil Massage for Cancer Healing
by Ty Bollinger

Is “Movember” Just Another Pink Ribbon Scam Targeting Men?
by Ty Bollinger

How to Reduce Lactic Acid (Better Workouts, Less Pain)
by Yuri Elkaim

The surprising extra calories people eat after too little sleep
Be on guard after staying up late for sports championships and election results
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


A Prayer for People and Planet: 500 Clergy Hold ‘Historic’ Mass Gathering for Standing Rock
Roughly a hundred protesters and clergy members shut down the North Dakota state Capitol with a lawn prayer circle
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Congressman Warns US Could Be Prosecuted for War Crimes in Yemen
U.S. may be violating laws of war ‘if U.S. personnel are not aware if targets are civilian or military…or if the operation is even militarily necessary’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If the war itself is a crime, observing its “laws” is no defense

With Voting Rights Protections Gutted, Polling Places Shuttered on ‘Massive Scale’
‘Polling place closures are a particularly common and pernicious tactic for disenfranchising voters of color,’ says civil rights group
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Why ‘There Are No Acceptable Rerouting Options’ for Dakota Access
Obama, extortion and what #NoDAPL really means
by Gyasi Ross

The Real News Network
Are the CIA and Western Intelligence Services Covering Up Algerian Sponsorship of Islamist Jihadists?
A report by SOAS Professor Jeremy Keenan unveils the role of the Algerian intelligence agencies in running al-Qaeda camps in northern Africa with the knowledge of the CIA, reports Dr. Nafeez Ahmed of Insurge Intelligence

Indo-Russian Arms and Energy Deals Is Not What India Needs
The Modi government’s desire to project India as a military power will intensify an existing arms race with Pakistan and continue to impoverish South Asia, says Vijay Prashad

Ghee vs. Butter: Is One Actually Better for You?
by Yuri Elkaim

Wake Up Your “Dormant” Glutes With This ONE Simple Trick
by Yuri Elkaim


Environmentalists Argue ‘We Can Do Better’ Than Washington Carbon Tax
“Washington has an amazing climate justice movement and a progressive tradition—it’s a realistic place to win a better precedent”—Naomi Klein
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Ruling Against Pro-GMO Lobby Highlights Dark Money’s “Egregious” Role in State Ballot Fights
Ruling comes as states prepare to vote on major progressive ballot initiatives, which are also facing unprecedented corporate spending
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Anti-Brexit Ruling Gives Surprise ‘Victory for Parliamentary Democracy’
High court ruled government does not have unilateral power to withdraw the U.K. from the E.U. by triggering Article 50
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Tags and Numbers
by Sabia Rigby

The Real News Network
Turkey Abandons the European Integration Project in Favor of Extreme Power Consolidation
Turkish media, Kurds and Kurdish supporters, and Gulanists, anyone who gets in the way of this consolidation of power will endure severe state repression, says Baris Karaagac

Whether Clinton or Trump, Tensions Will Escalate with China and Russia Under Next U.S. President
Journalist John Pilger tells Paul Jay that the very real prospect of another world war is not being taken seriously by the American media

*Smoking mushroom clouds

Are the U.S. Claims that Iran Is Arming the Yemeni Houthis Credible?
Investigative journalist Gareth Porter scrutinizes the claims made by the U.S. and finds the credibility of its evidence highly questionable

Help reduce teen suicide rates
by Denise Denslow

Tell prison administrations: lift ban on SF Bay View newspaper

*You can imprison the body

But not the mind

Democracy Now!
Standing Rock Chair: Obama Could Stop the Dakota Pipeline Today & Preserve Indigenous Sacred Sites

*Archambault appears to be taking a broader view than his comments indicated a couple of days ago, but it’s still not clear to me if merely rerouting this “black snake” is acceptable to him.

Of course, the larger question is whether it’s acceptable to the protectors, isn’t it?

Who is Kelcy Warren, the Texas Billionaire and Folk Music Fanatic Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline?

“I Do Not Play for Oil Interests”: Jackson Browne to His Biggest Fan, the Billionaire Behind #DAPL

The Indigo Girls Launch #NoDAPL Boycott to Protest Pipeline Owner Who Runs Major Folk Music Festival

*The day the music lied

Do This ONE “No Movement” Exercise to Relieve Tight Hips and Back Pain
by Yuri Elkaim

3 Powerful Stretches For Tight Hamstrings
by Yuri Elkaim


In Sign of ‘Overwhelming Support,’ Water Protectors Raise Over $3 Million to Fight Dakota Access
Supporters from around the world are sending money to fund the Standing Rock Sioux’s battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Damn Right’: Sanders Calls for Stopping Dakota Access as Obama Waffles
Former Democratic presidential candidate elevates stance against project as president says Army Corps considering pipeline “reroute”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*They are tales told by hypocrites

Bereft of sound and fury

Signifying nothing

(And Sanders shills for one, and by extension, both)

Public Servants or Corporate Security?: An Open Letter to Law Enforcement and National Guard in North Dakota
by Winona LaDuke, Ann Wright and Zoltán Grossman

Organic Consumers Association
Nonprofits File Lawsuit Against Sioux Honey Over ‘100% Pure’ and ‘Natural’ Labels on Products Contaminated with Glyphosate
Beyond Pesticides, Organic Consumers Association allege deceptive and misleading labeling, after FDA testing confirms contamination

The Real News Network
Hillary Clinton Expresses Regret For Not Interfering in Palestinian Elections in 2006 Tape
The policy of a Clinton administration towards the Palestinians would reflect her patronizing and colonialist remarks recently published by the Observer, says TRNN correspondent Shir Hever

3 Recent Wikileaks Revelations You Should Know About
The whirlwind of news just days before the elections – from speculation on Trump-Russia ties to the FBI’s new Clinton email investigation – has thrown shade on some of the most recent Wikileaks revelations. Here are three you should know about

Obamacare: A Stepping Stone or Barrier to Single-Payer?
A single-payer system would save the federal government the equivalent of the Pentagon’s budget, says Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford

*Call it Health Inc.’s insurance

Help me save my children from Boko Haram
by Nkechinyere Jonathan

Justice for Port Drivers
Hold Trucking Companies Accountable

Institute for Public Accuracy
How Clinton’s Elite Corruption Breeds Trump’s Demagoguery

*No two presidential candidates have needed each other more, have they?

A sinister symbiosis if ever there was

Democracy Now!
9 States to Vote on Marijuana Initiatives: Will They Stop Jailing Young People of Color over Weed?

*Madam Mayhem may (or may not) support liberalization in the US, but do you really think she’s going to dismantle the GWOD ™ (Global War on Drugs), which is an integral component of imperialist policy?

Rhetorical question, innit just?

Shut Down Rikers: Meet Akeem Browder, Who Is Fighting to Close Jail That Took His Brother’s Life

15 of the Best Natural Remedies for PCOS
by Yuri Elkaim


As Flint Suffers, Nestlé Plans Dramatic Expansion of Water Privatization in Michigan
What’s more, the biggest food company in the world gets to pump that water at no cost
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

From Citizens United to Ranked-Choice Voting: Democracy on the Ballot 2016
‘We can no longer allow wealthy special interests to continue to drown out the voices of everyday Americans’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

The War in Syria Cannot Be Won. But It Can Be Ended.
The left is profoundly divided over the conflict, but we should at least agree on a set of principles to end it
by Phyllis Bennis

Nasty Women vs. The Greatest Victim in the History of the World Donald Trump
by Ann Jones

*Jones nails the sickening sociopathy of A Donald, and is spot on in praising the bravery of the women who have exposed it by recounting their horrific experiences with him

But lauding Her Travesty as a “fighter”, and all the female Republicans who found it politically expedient to finally break with their nominee, speaks to a blind spot inherent in the expression of identity politics.

I could care less whether an office seeker is female (or black or queer et alia)

I care about what they’re going to try to do for women, minorities and every other “other”.

The only identity that matters to me is the hue of their humanity.

Vote ‘No’ on Charter Schools
by Jonathan Kozol

Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)
EPA Ignores Concerns Over Pesticide Drift, Proposes Expanded Use of Dow’s Product
Cornucopia Institute

Industry Watchdog: USDA Allowing Illegal “Organic” Produce Production
Corporate Interests Lobbying to Approve Hydroponics — Growing without Soil


You’re soaking in it.

The Real News Network
Green the Church Summit: Bringing Race, Religion and Environmental Justice Together
Last week, church leaders from around the country met in Baltimore, MD for a two-day conference that aims to anchor today’s social and environmental movements within the church as a way of providing meaning and purpose to the upswell

Democracy Now!
Democrats Sue Trump & GOP Under 1871 KKK Act for Threatening Voters of Color

Meet Birgitta Jónsdóttir: The Ex-WikiLeaks Volunteer Who Has Helped the Pirate Party Reshape Iceland

Morocco: Massive Protests Against Neoliberalism, Privatization Follow Death of Fish Seller

The 8 Best Foods Rich in Probiotics Your Gut Badly Needs
by Yuri Elkaim

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As Media Gatekeeper, 70+ Groups Call on Facebook to End Censorship
“Because the stories that don’t get shared are as important as the ones that do”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Big Pharma’s “Stranglehold” on Congress Worsening Opioid Epidemic
Former DEA official tells the Guardian how hundreds of millions are being spent to protect pharmaceutical industry
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Report Collects Government Spying Cases from 10 Countries
“Surveillance and Democracy” Shows Effects of Uncontrolled Spying Around the World

*Big Brotherhood
Historic Win for Frontline Communities: Plans for Coal Power Project in Turkey Shelved
Fossil fuel giant SOCAR abandoned coal power project in Aliağa, İzmir

The Real News Network
TRIPS: The Story of How Intellectual Property Became Linked to Trade (7/7)
Professor Peter Drahos says a global effort will be needed to keep knowledge in the public domain

TRIPS: The Story of How Intellectual Property Became Linked to Trade (6/7)
Professor Peter Drahos says the story of the trade agreement is not just a story of power, it’s also a story of clever psychology

Clinton Will Be More Confrontational with Russia and China
Gerald Horne tells Paul Jay that globalization has led to the rise of Russia and China as global powers as well as Trumpism, the social basis of American fascism

*Gee, don’t say nothin’ ’bout all that in the latest MoveOn missive …

Will the U.S. Lose Its Southern Anchor in the Pivot to China?
Whether President Duterte is threatening more than a rhetorical break is still an open question, says Walden Bello

Police Are Shooting Down Aerial Drones Over Standing Rock
Protesters and protectors say the shootings of drones are meant to undermine reporting on #NoDAPL

Institute for Public Accuracy
FBI Whistleblower on Comey and Clinton

NYT’s Kristof Blames Poverty on Too Many TVs, Not Too Little Money
by Neil deMause

*The pathology of the pathologist

Democracy Now!
The October Surprise: Michael Isikoff on the FBI’s Clinton Email Investigation That Could Jolt Race

Did #DAPL Security Worker Wielding an AR-15 Rifle Try to Infiltrate Native Water Protectors?

Standing Rock: Dallas Goldtooth on Suspicious Fire Near Resistance Camp & Repression of Movement

*While the corpress continue to ignore and distort the literally bleeding obvious

Bundys vs. #NoDAPL: Armed White Militia Leaders Walk Free as Native Americans Face Police Violence

The Dangers of (and Alternatives to) Breast Lumpectomy and Biopsy
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

Natural Health Insiders
This Supplement Could Harm Your Brain


With Progressives Ready in the Wings, No Post-Election Honeymoon for Clinton
If she’s elected, groups and lawmakers on the left intend to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for promises made on the campaign trail
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Sound and fury

With past as prologue

Signifying next to nothing?

Just Weeks After Matthew, Global Community Has Forgotten Haiti
United Nations criticized for raising paltry amount of promised aid package to compensate cholera victims
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

To Diversify Agriculture, We Must Diversify the Questions We Ask
Why narrowly- defined indicators of agricultural performance fail to capture many of the benefits of diversified and organic systems
by Emile Frison

Selling ‘Regime Change’ Wars to the Masses
Propaganda is now such a pervasive part of Western governance that any foreign leader who resists the prevailing power structure can be turned into a demon and made a target of a “regime change” war
by John Pilger

*Cluster bombing our conscience

In the “Jungle”: Report from the Refugee Camp in Calais, France
by Sabia Rigby

The Real News Network
TRIPS: The Story of How Intellectual Property Became Linked to Trade (5/7)
Professor Peter Drahos explains that the TRIPS Agreement gave multinational corporate owners of intellectual property rights a global form of private taxing power

Do Wars Make Us Safer? The People Aren’t Feeling It
by David Swanson

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Historic” U.N. Vote for Nuclear Ban

Democracy Now!
Will the DOJ or FCC Stop the AT&T Merger from Creating World’s Largest Media Conglomerate?

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Police Depts. Paid AT&T Millions to Scrutinize Our Texts & Chats

“A Shameful Moment for This Country”: Report Back on Militarized Police Raid of DAPL Resistance Camp

*Add corpress cover up and Clinton quiescence (not to mention Dear Misleader muteness) to the shameless and shameful columns

Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chair: DOJ Must Investigate Use of Force Against #DAPL Resistance

*What I’m hearing from Archambault is that he isn’t looking at the bigger picture, that rerouting the pipeline is his goal, and what’s going to come through it and what it’s going to do to the wider world doesn’t enter into the equation.

I imagine there are a lot of folks out there putting their bodies on the line who’d take issue with that narrow and narrow minded stance. And I think Goodman should have pointed that out, don’t you?

Is the Venezuelan Opposition’s Call for Referendum on Maduro a Push to Overthrow the Government?

5 Artificial Sweeteners & Flavor Enhancers That Increase Your Risk of Cancer
by Dr. David Jockers

*Sweet’N Low down

11 Best Kettlebell Ab Exercises of All Time
by Yuri Elkaim


FCC Passes Sweeping Internet Privacy Rules in ‘Big Win for Civil Rights’
New rules require internet service providers to get customers’ explicit consent before sharing data with third parties
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Silence Is Not Acceptable’: Indigenous Youth Demand Clinton Take Stand on DAPL
‘By refusing to stand against DAPL, Hillary is putting our environment, wildlife, culture, and land at risk,’ says 16-year-old William Brownotter
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*While Hillary and hubby posture to “feel our pain”

They and their class mates literally fuel it.

As CETA Rises from Ashes, Campaigners Vow: ‘The More You Insist, the More We Resist’
Belgium delegates reached 11th-hour consensus, which grants the Court of Justice of the European Union the ability to rule on final inclusion of ISDS
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Robin Hood of Power: Iceland’s Pirate Party On Track To Win Upcoming Election
by Abby Zimet, staff writer
Common Dreams

Wallonia Has Shown Us the Way to Stop CETA and TTIP
by Ruchi Shroff and Manlio Masucci

Let’s Treat Our Patients, Not Trick Them with Private Insurance
This Halloween, medical students are refusing to endorse the horrifying for-profit healthcare system as it exists
by Emily Kirchner

*A Hippocratic Hallowe’en

Friends of the Earth
Ireland Votes to Ban Fracking

*Pluck of the Irish

The Real News Network
TRIPS: The Story of How Intellectual Property Became Linked to Trade (4/7)
The globalization of intellectual property rights will not improve trade, competition, or the livelihood of workers; it leads to underdevelopment, says professor Peter Drahos

*Competition, seemingly paradoxically, leads to monopoly.

Competition creates winners and losers, and winners will always seek to maximize their advantage.

Only a cooperative, democratic economic system, one shorn of the profit motive, can provide what we truly need, and do so equitably.

I’m no economist, but I don’t think you have to be one to suss that.

In fact, I think it helps not to be.

Media Roll Out Welcome Mat for ‘Humanitarian’ War in Syria
by Belén Fernández

*A catastrophe of contrived conscience

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton’s America: Wall Street in the Saddle

Israeli “General’s Son” Facing Sentencing, on U.S. Election

Democracy Now!
Bassam Haddad: We Have a Duty to Call for End to Killing in Syria & How We End It Matters

Shane Bauer Infiltrates Armed Militia “Hunting Mexicans” & Collaborating with U.S. Border Patrol

9 Proven Ways to Overcome Sugar Detox Symptoms
by Yuri Elkaim


With New Study in Hand, Pennsylvanians Reiterate Call for Fracking Ban
Latest analysis specifically expresses concern about the potential link between childhood leukemia and oil and gas drilling
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Water is Life’: Al Gore, Jesse Jackson Support Dakota Access Protesters
‘This is an opportunity to acknowledge and learn from the traditional values being expressed by the Standing Rock Sioux to protect life on Earth’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Grandstanding Rock?

Leaked Audio Shows How Florida Utilities Sought to Deceive Public Into Believing Amendment 1 is Pro-Solar
by Nick Surgey and David Pomerantz
Center for Media and Democracy

Trump and Clinton Camps Engaging in Super PAC Coordination Says Watchdog Group
by David Armiak
Center for Media and Democracy

Center for Biological Diversity
Study: Protected Forests on Public Land Burn Less Severely Than Logged Areas

Pakistan Sets Execution Date for ‘Insane’ Prisoner

The Real News Network
The Story of How Intellectual Property Became Linked to Trade (3/7)
Countries like India and Brazil saw early on how excessive monopoly protection due to intellectual property rights would be an impediment to development, says professor Peter Drahos

Support the EPA proposal to remove the dioxin-filled San Jacinto River Waste Pits!
by Jackie Young

Interval Running for Weight Loss: Here’s the Best Way to Do It
by Yuri Elkaim


‘Terrifying’: AT&T Spying on Americans for Profit, New Documents Reveal
‘If companies are allowed to operate in this manner without repercussions, our democracy has no future’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Big Brother is watching you

And making you pay Big Business for the binoculars

Rising Student Debt Places Living Wage Even Farther Out of Reach: Report
‘When it comes to buying food versus making a student debt payment, the choice for most people is clear’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Endangered Species ‘Get Fighting Chance’ with Climate Change Ruling
Appeals court says federal agencies may list species as ‘threatened’ based on climate change projections
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

In Iceland, Women Leave Work at 2:38pm to Protest Gender Wage Gap
Protesters say they are effectively working without pay in the afternoons, given the 14 percent wage gap
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A woman’s work is never done

Being devalued

Food & Water Watch
New Study Highlights the Hazards of Imported Seafood, Demonstrates Risks from the TPP
Food & Water Watch Analysis Shows 98% of Imported Seafood Goes Unchecked

The Real News Network
Broken Treaties Central to the Injustice of the Dakota Access Pipeline
As water protectors occupy unceded tribal lands, experts detail the treaties violated by the US government that have enabled the Dakota Access Pipeline

The Industrial Agricultural System is Limiting Food Access and Driving Climate Change
Kirtana Chandraeskaran of Friends of the Earth International explains why the UN Conference on World Food Security stopped short of recognizing that the industrial food sector is the greatest agricultural contributor to climate change

Institute for Public Accuracy
Affordable Care Act: “Imploding and Beyond Repair”

*Reform isn’t a step toward transformation

It’s a step on it

Sometimes You Need to Dig a Little to Unearth the Point of an NYT Story
by Jim Naureckas

*Welcome to Point Oblique

Population: As few pennies dropped as possible

Reversing Heart Disease: 8 Proven Ways to Do It Naturally
by Yuri Elkaim


Democracy Prevails as People’s Revolt Leaves Corporate Trade Agenda “In Tatters”
Rejecting the deal, Belgium residents are ‘voicing the concerns of millions of citizens’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Over 75 Arrested in Ottawa as Youth Demand Climate Action from Trudeau
‘Climate leaders don’t build pipelines’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*(Default comment for Trudeau related travesties)

A Liberal dose of deceit

An All-American Slaughter: The Youthful Carnage of America’s Gun Culture
by Gary Younge

The Future of the Euro Area
by Frederic Heine and Thomas Sablowski

Health, Environment & Children’s Groups Call for National Strategy to End Lead Poisoning and Lead Exposure
Coalition asks federal agencies to make National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week more than symbolic

Food & Water Watch
Washington State Shouldn’t Replicate British Columbia’s Failed Carbon Tax Experiment
Food & Water Watch Issues Report Debunking Carbon Tax Scheme Widely Heralded as a Successful Model

The Real News Network
How Washington’s Money-Machine Stays Ahead of Democracy
Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party have created America’s largest network of donors and fundraisers, and together they’re delegating Wall Street’s favorites to unelected positions within government

*Is the goal to push her to the left

Or push her and her iniquitous ilk out of the way?

TRIPS: The Story of How Intellectual Property Became Linked to Trade (2/7)
The architects of this trade agreement saw great profit from controlling the building blocks of the biological and digital technologies of the future, says Professor Peter Drahos

TRIPS: The Story of How Intellectual Property Became Linked to Trade (1/7)
In this seven part series, Professor Peter Drahos explains how multinationals from the US, Europe and Japan collaborated to create a global platform for multinationals to privatize knowledge

*The power of an imprisoned idea

A Bloodier Battle for Mosul Might Begin After the Ouster of ISIS
The competing territorial claims of the Turks, Kurds, and Iraqi central government could result in an ethno-sectarian conflict after the military offensive, warns York University professor Sabah Alnasseri

Institute for Public Accuracy
Iceland: Pirate Party Victory?

AT&T&Time&Warner vs Democracy

Democracy Now!
Standing Rock: Police Arrest 120+ Water Protectors as Dakota Access Speeds Up Pipeline Construction

*Never fear

The First Female President ™ will soon set this to rights.

(Parallel universe not included)

North Dakota: Water Protectors Erect New Frontline Camp Directly in Path of Dakota Access Pipeline

Meet the Journalist Facing 45 Years in Jail for Filming Tar Sands Pipeline Protest in North Dakota

Josh Fox: Arrest of Journalists and Filmmakers Covering the Dakota Pipeline is a Threat to Democracy

*Repression on the outside

Suppression on the inside

Part 2: Native Americans Most Likely to Be Killed by Police Than Other Groups, Investigation Reveals

*When “the other” is seen as “the enemy”, which is what policing is about at its core, it’s naive to talk about “new models” as though there’s any desire to alter that equation.

How to Use Eccentric Training to Get A Better Body
by Yuri Elkaim


‘Final Death Blow’ to CETA as Delegates Hold Firm Against Pro-Corporate Deal
“It’s time for a fundamental shift toward international agreements that put people and the planet before corporate profits. That’s the message from Europe today.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Appeals Court Reinstates Torture Case Against Infamous Military Contractor
Ruling rejects CACI’s argument that its conduct was outside the court’s bounds, stating, “It is beyond the power of even the president to declare [torture] lawful”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Trump’s Racist “Rigged Election” Attack Is as Old as America
by Harvey Wasserman and Bob Fitrakis

*Call it a surrogate screwing.

Republicans roger Democrats (who don’t seem to mind)

But we’re the ones who really get fucked.

Amnesty International
Greece: Reported Illegal Returns of Syrian Refugees to Turkey ‘Dangerous’

Organic Consumers Association Launches Consumer Advocacy Campaign Network in Mexico
La Asociación de Consumidores Orgánicos Will Unite North and South American Consumers in Food, Farming, Health and Climate-Related Campaigns

The Real News Network
Two More Land Rights Activists Assassinated in Honduras
Honduran activists continue to suffer repression at the hands of state authorities and private companies, says filmmaker Jesse Freeston

*Ask Caceras’ family and fellow fighters about Madame Mayhem’s “feminism”

Democracy Now!
Chicago Cops Who Broke “Code of Silence” to Report Police Drug Gang Face Deadly Retaliation

*The thin blue lie


Naomi Klein and Glenn Greenwald Tackle Ethics of WikiLeaks’ Podesta Emails
‘There’s debate, even among people who believe in radical transparency, over the proper way to handle information like this’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Long March Against Monsanto: A Letter from The Hague
by Ronnie Cummins

UK Taught Bahrain Police how to Whitewash Custody Deaths

Color of Change
Black Children Punished for Anthem Protests

The Real News Network
Clinton Reaffirms Commitment to No-Fly Zone in Syria
In the final presidential debate, host Chris Wallace challenged Clinton by saying a no-fly zone would lead to confrontation with Russia in Syria. Not a single word was said about climate change.

Elites Outraged At Trump’s Refusal to Accept Election Result
Military veteran and Empire Files producer Mike Prysner says the final presidential debate affirmed movements have critical work ahead regardless of who wins the White House

*It’s not Trump’s lies that the elitocracy despise.

It’s his perverse flirtation with the truth.

Justice Department Sues Pocomoke For Violating Rights of Fired Black Police Chief
After a year long Real News investigation the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division has joined a lawsuit alleging the city and state violated federal anti-discrimination laws when they fired the town’s first black police chief

Brave New Films
The Truth Behind the Koch-Funded LIBRE Initiative

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton’s “Incredibly Dangerous” Nuclear Brinkmanship

The Debates Are Over, and No One Asked About Climate Change
by Adam Johnson

*Whistling past our prospective graveyard

Democracy Now!
Green Party’s Jill Stein on “Donald Trump’s Psychosis and Hillary Clinton’s Distortions”

Chris Hedges vs. Eddie Glaude: Should Progressives Vote for Hillary Clinton or Jill Stein?

*As I’ve said before, if my vote decided this election, I’d let out a primal scream, then cast it for Her (and our) Travesty.

It doesn’t, and so I won’t.

The larger question is just what voting for the lesser evil time and again has achieved, and I think it’s clear that its signal impact has been to enable the rightward slide of the Democratic Party — not that it was ever anything more than “the good cop” in the interrogation room.

Are all the “good progressives” that advocate that strategy going to hit the streets come November 9th?

Did you see them out there denouncing Dear Misleader these last eight years?

We know what the MoveOns et alia will be doing, don’t we?

It’s long past time for us to move on from rear guard actions.

A shark has to constantly move forward, or it dies.

It’s a fish story we’d best pay heed to.


Class-Action Lawsuit Seeks Justice for At-Risk Children of Flint
‘There must be responsibility to do everything humanly possible to mitigate the damage done to the residents of Flint—especially its children’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Plan Colombia, Permanent War, and the NO Vote
by Laura Carlsen

The Real Reason to Worry About Immigrant Voting
Hint: It has nothing to do with Trump’s “rigged election” allegations
by Emily Schwartz Greco

The Real News Network
TiSA Agreement Leaks Show Corporations Pushing Privatization of Public Services
For one thing, the leaks show prohibitions on requiring foreign companies to employ local workers, says Deborah James

Opposition Calls for a General Strike As Congolese President Wins Election Delay
The usually bustling streets of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital were mostly empty on Wednesday as the opposition has called for a general strike after the president was awarded a two-year election delay

Voter ID in Wisconsin, a Slow-Motion Train Wreck
by Mary Bottari
Center for Media and Democracy (CMD)

*Driving the big rig

Industry-Funded Research Downplayed Sugar Health Effects
by Jamie Corey
Center for Media and Democracy

*Tell me sweet little lies

Institute for Public Accuracy
Mosul and the “Shadow Wars”

Democracy Now!
“Ramshackle” Battle to Retake Mosul from ISIS Led by U.S. Despite Obama Vow Against Boots on Ground

“The Police Killings No One Is Talking About”: Native Americans Most Likely to be Killed by Cops


Norwegian Youth Taking Government to Court Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Arctic Drilling
Expansion of Arctic oil drilling after ratification of the Paris climate agreement is labeled a ‘dangerous act of hypocrisy’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Good Deaths in Mosul, Bad Deaths in Aleppo
As the U.S.-backed offensive in Mosul, Iraq, begins, the mainstream U.S. media readies the American people to blame the terrorists for civilian casualties but the opposite rules apply to Syria’s Aleppo
by Robert Parry

Cornucopia Institute
Amid Controversy, Secrecy, and Lawsuits, 5,000 Organic Stakeholders Calling for New Management at USDA National Organic Program
Secret Documents Released: Reading Room Established for Material Obtained from USDA through Federal Lawsuits

The Real News Network
What the NYT Left Out About Obama’s ‘Secret War’ in Somalia
With hundreds of US special ops now in Somalia, Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford recounts the more than two decades of US involvement

Seattle Teachers in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter
Educator Jesse Hagopian says teachers see a need to affirm the value of Black life amidst the reality of segregation and racial disparities in public schools

For Indigenous Lenca People in Honduras, Rebellion Is a Centuries-Old Story
The assassination of one of the world’s most celebrated activists earlier this year is a reminder that indigenous peoples in Honduras and other parts of Latin America face the same sort of plutocracy they faced hundreds of years ago

Institute for Public Accuracy
Did the U.S. Assist the Disastrous Bombing of a Funeral in Yemen?

‘Nothing to See Here’ Is Pundit Takeaway on DNC Leaks
by Adam Johnson

*Aren’t we all “more assured and less awkward” when we’re hanging with our homies?

Democracy Now!
“We’re Going to Call That a Win”: Water Protectors Promise More Protests as Felony Charges Dropped

Standing Rock Sioux Pediatrician: Threat from Fracking Chemicals is “Environmental Genocide”

Midwives at Dakota Access Resistance Camps: We Can Decolonize, Respect Women & Mother Earth

*For all the criticisms I have of this program, it’s segments like this that make it critical to follow it.

What Are the Most Iron-Rich Foods? (These 12)
by Yuri Elkaim


Millions Face Hunger by 2030 Without ‘Deep Transformation’ of Agriculture: UN
An additional 122 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty and hunger as a result of climate change impacts on small-scale farmers
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

What Hillary Clinton Privately Told Goldman Sachs
by David Swanson

*Empire state building

Center for Biological Diversity
Feds to Reconsider Endangered Species Act Protection for Wolverine

Environmental Groups in Court Tomorrow to Overturn Federal Approval of GM Salmon

The Real News Network
Eddie Conway Interviews Brazilian Youth Militants
While visiting Brazil, TRNN’s executive producer spoke to members of several socialist organizations as they congregated for their annual movement building retreat in Brazil

Clinton Emails Admit Counterrevolutionary Role of Saudi Arabia in Middle East
Saudi Arabia has been accused by the Congressional 9/11 investigation of facilitating the 9/11 attacks and by Clinton emails of funding ISIL, so why does the monarchy get so much leeway from the US?’s associate editor Zenab Ahmed takes up this question.

Mock Tribunal Held Against Monsanto in the Hague
Activists are attempting to persuade the World Court to take up the case, says Ronnie Cummins

Charges Dropped Against Amy Goodman–No Thanks to Corporate Media
by Jim Naureckas

*Expecting the corpress to give a rat’s ass about Goodman’s persecution is akin to presuming that Madame Mayhem would care about the hell endured by mothers around the world because she happens to be one as well.

(Of course, she’s helped raise much of that hell, hasn’t she?)

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Real Estate Investors Should Be Treated Like Any Other Businessmen’
Richard Phillips on Trump’s taxes
by Janine Jackson

*In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and diddling on taxes

Democracy Now!
Report from Standing Rock: 100+ Militarized Police Deployed Against Native American Water Protectors

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chair: Obama’s Legacy Rests on Whether He Stops Dakota Access Pipeline

*If you’re depending on Dear Misleader to do the right thing

Then you’d better hope to hell he sees a political opportunity in it.

Dakota Excess Pipeline? Standing Rock Protectors Strip-Searched, Jailed for Days on Minor Charges

*Custer in Kevlar

Part 2: Winona LaDuke & Tara Houska on the Indigenous Resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline


A Child Dies by Accidental Gunshot Every Other Day in US: Report
New analysis finds that more than 1,000 minors were accidentally shot and killed between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2016
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

As Flint Suffers, Big Pharma Slammed for Lead Poison Drug Price Hike of 2,700%
Drug company Valeant described as ‘poster child for pharmaceutical greed’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Aid Groups Warn of More ‘Unnecessary Deaths’ in Haiti as Cholera Outbreak Threatens
As death toll from Hurricane Matthew reaches 1,000 with almost 800 people missing, aid agencies warn that Haiti may be struck by fresh cholera outbreak
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Imperial Privilege: On War and Violence Near and Far
by Rashna Batliwala Singh and Peter Matthews Wright

*True conscience cannot be compartmentalized

Mass Media, the Wetiko Virus and the Future of Humanity
by Tanja Andrejasic Wechsler

No Moral Superpower: Arundhati Roy, Edward Snowden, and the Crimes of Empire
by Jake Johnson

Hope in times of crisis
by Vijay Prashad
The inheritance of Portugal’s 1974 revolution was squandered in the 30 years of neoliberal policies and the past decade of austerity. With the Socialists at the wheel and the Left at their shoulder, a brief window is now open to restore public trust in the country’s institutions.

Lighthouse Resources Backs Off Coal Export On The Columbia River In Oregon
Decision to ship coal out of British Columbia puts communities at risk across Pacific Northwest

ACLU Responds to Florida Supreme Court Ruling State’s Death Sentencing Statute Unconstitutional

The Real News Network
US Escalates Involvement in Yemen
The missile attacks on a US navy ship might serve the role the Gulf of Tonkin incident did in providing justification for US war in Vietnam, says’s associate editor Zenab Ahmed

*Why does it seem that only the horrors of history repeat themselves?

We’re Not in a New Cold War – It’s Far Worse
Between nuclear weapons, election-time informational warfare, and the conflict in Syria, we’re dancing on the edge of a volcano, says professor Richard Sakwa

A Missed Chance to Put Discriminatory Policing on Campaign Agenda
by Janine Jackson

Hiding US Role in Yemen Slaughter So Bombing Can Be Sold as ‘Self-Defense’
by Adam Johnson

*Another Tonkin to toy with?

Democracy Now!
Is Trump’s Rise a Result of America Declaring War on Institutions That Make Democracy Possible?

*Knowledge is power

Ignorance is how it’s held

2 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally
by Yuri Elkaim

‘We’re Dying Like Flies’: Sick, Retired Coal Miners Betrayed by GOP Senators
Right-wing senators are blocking bill that would provide pensions for retired workers suffering from years spent in coal mines
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*You wouldn’t think it possible to turn your back on someone, and piss on them at the same time, would you?

ACLU Takes Legal Action to Protect Rights of Minnesota Transgender Student

The Real News Network
Why is the Airline Industry Exempt from the Paris Climate Agreement?
The airline industry’s emissions are as large as Germany’s and threaten the globe from meeting targets set at COP21, says Vera Paradee of the Climate Law Institute

ACLU Nabs Firm Using Facebook, Twitter to Help Police Investigate Protesters
Promotional materials obtained by civil rights organization show Geofeedia tapped social media feeds to track activists on behalf of police in Baltimore and Ferguson

*Big Brother’s terrible toy box

Is Duterte Bluffing?
The Philippines president’s snub of the military alliance with the US might signal a desire for a more independent foreign policy and more Chinese aid, says Walden Bello

Law Enforcement Might Be Sweeping Up Your Private Data Without a Warrant
Several US Senators wrote to the FCC Commissioner expressing concerns over the use of Stingray devices in communities of color and whether police are operating it lawfully

Who Really Is Tim Kaine?
For most Americans, last week’s Vice Presidential debate is the only time voters will get acquainted with the relatively unknown Tim Kaine, so the Real News asks: ‘What about Kaine was left out of the discussion?’

*A perfect match for Madame Mayhem

Institute for Public Accuracy
Climate Disinformation: Ken Bone, Clinton, Trump

*Different gears

Same destination

Haiti’s Man-made Disasters

*A truly “humanitarian” disaster

U.S. Strikes on Yemen: Ensuring Proxy Wars and Stalemate?

*The blood flows to ensure the cash does

Democracy Now!
The White Helmets: As Syria Death Toll Mounts, Meet the Rescue Workers Saving Thousands of Lives

*Given Max Blumenthal’s critical investigation of the organization

Why not invite him on to make his case?


‘Hate Crime’: Video Shows Truck Plowing Into Indigenous Rights Rally
‘The truck drove into the crowd while revving its engine before plowing through our people’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Well, he didn’t have a broken tail light

And he wasn’t black

Ending a Century of Ecocide and Genocide, Seeding Earth Democracy
Putting Monsanto on trial is only the beginning of what the world’s people must do to regain control of their food systems
by Vandana Shiva

*Sowing the seeds of survival

History (of Health Insurance Greed) Repeats Itself
It doesn’t take a psychic to predict that health insurance carriers will return to the Obamacare fold in 2017 with dollar signs in their eyes
by Wendell Potter

*Insuring a healthy profit

The Real News Network
Standing Rock Sioux Attorney: Deliberate Destruction of Sites Should Invalidate Pipeline Permit
Energy Transfer says protests against the pipeline are taking place on private property, but an attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux government says the land was long ago given to the tribe in a treaty with the U.S.

Report: California Prisoners Regularly Exposed to Contaminated Water
Diana Zuniga of Californians United for a Responsible Budget hopes her organization’s new report will deter plans to construct a new women’s jail in Los Angeles