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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.

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


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

See if you agree.


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

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

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

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

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


* Do what your conscience demands

And your courage allows

And never be satisfied with the limits of either *




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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

Chicago Teachers Win Funding for Schools Without a Strike
Jacobin’s Micah Uetricht explains why the concessions won by the teachers are a credit to its militant leadership and why the union’s democratic nature might spur some teachers to reject the deal

Brave New Films
Society’s Parasite: A Look Inside The Treatment Industrial Complex

Democracy Now!
Leaked Hillary Clinton Emails: Could Bernie Sanders Have Won Primary If Leak Occurred Earlier?

Climate Direct Action: Activists Halt Flow of Tar Sands Oil by Shutting Off Valves of Five Pipelines

Will Racist, Anti-Immigrant Trump Supporter Sheriff Joe Arpaio Be Jailed for Contempt of Court?

Women’s Boat to Gaza: 13 Activists Detained by Israel, Weeks After U.S. OKs $38B in Military Aid

The nutrient that lowers your risk of colorectal cancer
How much of this mineral to consume
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Man-Made Climate Change Making Kindling of America’s Forestlands
Researchers found that wildfires will worsen exponentially until there are no longer enough trees to sustain them
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Big Pharma Spending Big to Defeat Drug Price Measure
Sanders lends support as battle over California’s price gouging ballot measure heats up
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

American Power at the Crossroads
A snapshot of a multipolar world in action
by Dilip Hiro

The New Slave Revolt
by Chris Hedges

*Gulags of greed

Debate Moderator Distorted Syrian Reality
The American people are receiving a highly distorted view of the Syrian war – much propaganda, little truth – including from one of the moderators at the second presidential debate
by Robert Parry

Public Citizen
Court Ruling Threatens Consumer Protection Agency’s Independence

The Real News Network
Second Presidential Debate A Missed Opportunity to Discuss the Need for Feminism
Liza Featherstone says that neither candidate put Trump’s remarks on sexual assault in the context of prevalent gendered violence and inequality

*Pots and kettles

Black only

Chris Hedges: It’s Our Bombs, Not Trump’s Comments, that Fuel Hatred Towards the United States
Veteran journalist Chris Hedges says though Clinton’s rhetoric on Muslims is more palatable, she has been an enthusiastic supporter of ‘bombing our way to peace’ in the Middle East

The ‘Ferguson Effect’ and Minimizing Demands for Police Reform
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford casts doubt on claims that media scrutiny is deterring police officers from doing their job

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton, Saudi Arabia and “Shadow Wars”

Blaming Millennials for Their Elders’ Trump Attraction
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
Bill Clinton’s Trade Policies Destroyed Haitian Rice Farming, Now Haiti Faces Post-Hurricane Famine

*Forces of a nefarious nature

Hurricanes Hillary and Hubby

Breaking: Activists Reportedly Shut Down Five Pipelines Carrying Tar Sands Oil Into U.S.

“All the President’s Misogynists”: Jodi Jacobson on Why It Took So Long to Derail the Trump Train

*Crossing a line that couldn’t be moved back any further


Indigenous Peoples Day Sweeps Nation as Battles Intensify for Native American Rights
While towns and cities across country abolish Columbus Day, water protectors face down riot police at Dakota Access construction site
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Wikileaks Drops E-Reader Version of Clinton Speeches Alongside New Email Dump
Emails lay bare what members of Hillary Clinton’s own inner circle believe to be her vulnerabilities—from ties to big money to scandal-laden husband
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Ever notice which way the arrow points on her campaign signs?

Trump May Go Away, But the People He Has Empowered Will Not
by Jeremy Scahill

*The duopoly of deplorability

Many Men Talk Like Donald Trump in Private. And Only Other Men Can Stop Them.
When we don’t stand up to the sexism around us, we’re all complicit
by Shaun Harper

*Boys will be boys

As long as there are so few real men

Rebuilding Haiti, One Commune at a Time: Experience from Haitian People in Zabriko and Elsewhere
by Mark Schuller

National Nurses United
Registered Nurse Response Network Sends Nurse Volunteers to Assist With First Aid at Standing Rock

The Real News Network
In Second Presidential Debate, Clinton Escalates Her Call for Military Solution in Syria
When it comes to their positions on Syria, Clinton’s is irresponsible and Trump’s has no content, says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies

Afghanistan War at 15th Year Without End in Sight
Trump and Clinton ignore the Afghanistan war because they both will continue it, says Afghan Women’s Mission co-director Sonali Kolhatkar

Does Colombian President Santos Deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?
The prize is important because it can help overcome the referendum vote against the peace agreement, says Cristin Espinel of the Colombian Human Rights Committee

The Crucial Campaign Day Most TV Journalists Won’t Tell You About
by Jim Naureckas

*Democracy inaction

In Pain? 7 Natural Pain Management Techniques to Consider
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

Baking Soda Uses for Cancer Prevention and Testing
by Dr. David Jockers

Reversing Heart Disease: 8 Proven Ways to Do It Naturally
by Yuri Elkaim

How to Do Belly Breathing Like a Pro
by Yuri Elkaim

The heart-unhealthy nutrient in red meat and some dietary supplements
Carnitine is bad news
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Healthy Eating Tips: What 23 of the World’s Top Food Bloggers Recommend
by Yuri Elkaim

Juicing vs. Blending
by Yuri Elkaim

Seeking to Keep Control of Senate, NRA Betting Big on Gun-Loving Republicans
“If Republicans maintain control of the Senate this November, they’ll have to be sure to thank the gun lobby”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[A]ggressive measures”?


But anything less than the unrestrained “right” to tote around the artillery of one’s choice whenever and wherever one chooses will face a fusillade of financial firepower from the manufacturers of mayhem, won’t it just?

Dirty and Deadly Oil Train Projects Meet Defeat in California and Washington
‘The American people have spoken: They do not want dirty and dangerous fossil fuel projects that will threaten their communities, their clean air and water, and the climate’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Train wrecks that save lives

Iceland, Where Bad Bankers Go to Jail, Finds Nine Guilty in Historic Case
Since its 2008 crisis, Iceland has received recognition for its strategy of prosecuting executives, letting banks go bust, and focusing on social welfare
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Nobel Hypocrisy as Colombia Marxists Excluded from Prestigious Peace Prize
Breaking precedent, annual award only given to leader on one side of peace agreement, Colombia’s conservative President Juan Manuel Santos
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Peace Prizes adorn many a bloody mantel

Six Million Adults Who Won’t Influence This Presidential Race
One in 40 Americans can’t vote because of a criminal conviction. But the rules aren’t exactly fair
by Matt Taibbi

*Equal justice under law?

Don’t bank on it

Needed Now: a Peace Movement Against the Clinton Wars to Come
by Andrew Levine

*I question whether there’s a “war weariness” among the US public sufficient to blunt Madame Mayhem’s march to possible Armageddon.

Most Americans have proven to be reliable supporters of calls to battle when the propaganda machine is turned up to 10, don’t you think?

Russia may no longer be red, but it’s still, embodied in Putin, a big ass boogeyman to most Yanks who pay any attention to affairs beyond our shores.

And the GWoT ™ still possesses the capability to frighten the holy hell out of ’em, as well. One large attack in the “homeland”, or a series of smaller horrors — enabled by our American Centuryons or not — and we’re back to “shock and awe”.

Let’s not forget Dear Misleader’s Asia pivot, either. The dragon doesn’t take kindly to being hemmed in any more than the bear.

Any or all of the above can light a fuse to set this planet on fire, and with the shit slamming into the fan on so many other fronts, it may be deemed that a heavy duty dose of holy crusade might be just the ticket to rally the dispirited to the cause, and drown out their murmurs of discontent with chants of “USA! USA!”

(I hate so often having to hope I’m wrong … )

The Real News Network
How the Red Cross, UN, and Foreign Governments Made Haiti More Vulnerable to Hurricane Matthew
Interventions, an ongoing cholera epidemic, and the devastating 2010 earthquake left much of the country in a condition that’s made the disaster worse

Economic ‘Recovery’ Feels Weak Because the Great Recession Hasn’t Really Ended
The IMF foretells of vulnerable banks in the US and EU while enabling unsustainable debt-leveraging, says economist Michael Hudson

*Rolling the dice off the cliff

Democracy Now!
Edwidge Danticat Predicts “Ongoing Disaster” in Impoverished Haiti After Hurricane Matthew

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

*Not vouching for this intel, but I felt it worth relating.


Up to 14 Million Children Exposed to Toxic Industrial Chemicals in Schools
Harvard researchers estimate toxic PCBs may be present in up to 26,000 U.S. schools
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet: Western States Face Decades-Long Megadroughts
If fossil fuel emissions continue as usual, droughts lasting as long as 35 years a “near certainty” in parched Western U.S. states
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Global Justice Now
Leaked EU declaration on Canada trade deal

The Real News Network
Economist: Both Trump and Clinton Turn A Blind Eye To Tax Abus
James Henry says that though Trump’s use of tax loopholes should not be forgiven, the Democratic Party has also been complacent with corporate tax benefits

*Abiding the hand that feeds you

NSA Sweep of Yahoo Emails Reflects Vulnerability of Consumers’ 4th Amendment Rights
The revelation underscores that the threats to private communications come not only from malicious foreign attackers but also from the US government, says the ACLU’s Ashley Gorski

*I’m not as sanguine as to the “assiduousness” of effort evinced by Wyden, Udall, Feingold et alia as Gorski, if the goal is truly confronting the nature and purpose of the surveillance state.

Call me a cynic

I’d simply say I try to have a keen eye for contradiction.

‘Neutral’ First Aid Responders in Syria Promoting Regime Change
Journalist Max Blumenthal shares his latest investigation into the public relations firm Syria Campaign and the USAID-backed White Helmets, both of which are calling for a no-fly zone in Syria

*Hiding dark aims under white helmets

Israel Seizes Yacht Attempting to Breach Gaza Blockade
Col. Ann Wright was among 13 female activists that were part of the Women’s Boat to Gaza

NYT Declares Snowden a Thief–and Journalism a Crime
by Jim Naureckas

*”Still, it’s unusual for the journalists to assume that someone accused of a crime is guilty, in effect taking the role of judge and jury upon themselves.”


Institute for Public Accuracy
A Second Snowden?

Democracy Now!
“America Divided”: New TV Series Explores Inequality from Water to Housing to Mass Incarceration

The Alternative Doctor’s 3 Pillars for Beating Cancer
by Prof. Keith Scott-Mumby MD, MB ChB, PhD

A Guide to the 11 Best Dynamic Stretches for Runners
by Yuri Elkaim

How to Build Core Strength without Moving a Muscle
by Yuri Elkaim


With Dakota Access Back in Court, Activists Ask (Again): Where’s Clinton?
Meanwhile, Greenpeace exposes Donald Trump’s financial ties to pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Where Is Justice’? Top UN Court Rejects Marshall Islands Nuke Case
International Court of Justice rejects three disarmament cases against U.K., Pakistan, and India, claiming it did not have jurisdiction
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

How to Cut Drug Prices? California Can Set a Model With Prop. 61
by Deborah Burger

In Arizona, An Election We Can Feel Good About Winning
by Marisa Franco

Navdanya International
The Monsanto Tribunal and the People’s Assembly
Announcing a Public trial of Monsanto for ecocide and violation of farmers rights at the Monsanto Tribunal and the People’s Assembly in the Hague

Fight for $15
McDonald’s: End Rampant Sexual Harassment at your stores TODAY

*Behavior far more awful than the food

What Got Left Out–and Right-Spun–at VP Debate
by Adam Johnson

*No left lane on the road to November

Democracy Now!
Allan Nairn: Regardless of Who Wins in November, U.S. Wars & Aggression Will Continue

Two of the Best Natural Cures for Diabetes Type 2
by Yuri Elkaim


Amid Escalating Tensions, 40 Million Russians Practice for Nuclear Emergency
Worries of ‘New Cold War’ intensify as United States suspends bilateral diplomatic channels for Syria conflict
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Peace prize as pissoir

Fracking Industry’s New Plan? Prosecute Those Who Push Drilling Bans
As communities seek to protect themselves from toxic drilling, Pennsylvania industry group mulls statute to deter such ordinances
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Canada Accused of Complicity in Mining Companies’ Abuse of Women and Girls
New report calls on Canada to stop financing and supporting companies that abuse and discriminate against Indigenous women living near mines abroad
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Government Rescinds Gag on Secret Surveillance Order After ACLU Intervenes
Subpoena Is First Ever Sent to Open Whisper Systems, Maker of Encryption Technology for Facebook, Google, and WhatsApp

The Real News Network
Discontent Over Amnesty May Have Helped Defeat Colombia-FARC Peace Deal
Rural and urban voters were divided over support for the accord, says human rights lawyer Dan Kovalik

Film Directors’ Peculiar Choice: Teaching Children That Nonwhite = Evil
by Jim Naureckas

*The unbearable blackness of being bad


Tens of Thousands in Streets, on Strike in Poland Over Draconian Abortion Ban
Solidarity protests were also held in Paris, Berlin, Brussels, London, and elsewhere in Europe and the United States
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

US Diplomacy and Interventionism in the Age of Endless War
Is the United States on the verge of enshrining humanitarian intervention as a bedrock principle of foreign policy?
by Conn Hallinan

*I thought R2P stood for “Right to Pillage”

Letter from Lewis Branscomb to the New York Times (which they didn’t publish), on political interference in a scientific work on terrorism
by Lewis M. Branscomb

UK Body Builds Cairo Court, as Irish Student Faces Death Penalty in Egypt

The Real News Network
David Cay Johnston: Trump Has Engaged in Lifelong Illegal Conduct
The investigative and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist takes a deeper look into the activities of the Donald J. Trump Foundation and the Clinton Foundation

*”[A] deeper look” into the Clinton Foundation … ?

I have this eerie sense of déjà vu.

During the ’92 election season, I was watching Charlie Rose interview some movie star — Ron somebody, I believe — who was righteously condemning Bush the elder’s administration

Then launched into a pathetic paean to Slippery William.

Why the deuce didn’t Noor bring up Haiti?

Jesus Marion Joseph …

How Wells Fargo Keeps Scamming Its Customers & Employees
CEO John Stumpf faces grilling from Congress on why his bank keeps breaking the law, but if no one goes to jail, nothing changes, says economist Bill Black

*It’s always a bank holiday for these bastards

Deutsche Bank is Too Big to Fail, Too Big For Big Fines?
The German bank that was at the center of the LIBOR scandal is likely to face upwards of $5 billion in a settlement with the Justice Department, says economist Bill Black

Trump’s Hypocrisy on NAFTA
Tim Wise and Paul Jay discuss how Trump’s call for import taxes would lead to trade wars and that his commitment to high profits is at odds with his plans to keep jobs in the US

Canada Approves Economically Inviable Pipeline Without Indigenous Consultation
The liberal government has failed to demonstrate a commitment to First Nations and climate change concerns, say Robyn Allan and Louisette Lanteigne

*Liberal promises

Lying in wait

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Poverty Is a Product of the Institutions We Have in Society’
Alice O’Connor on the politics of poverty
by Janine Jackson

*Poverty can’t exist without profit

And, needless to say, vice versa

Democracy Now!
Colombians Reject Peace Deal in Stunning Referendum, Advocates Cite Climate of “Intimidation & Fear”

What are the Ties Between Dakota Access Pipeline Company & North Dakota’s Attorney General?

Prostate Cancer Diagnosis: What Would The Health Ranger Do?
by Mike Adams

Why Pasteurized Milk is Bad for Your Health
by Ty Bollinger

*I can’t vouch for this view, but I thought it worth one

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

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

3 Huge Abdominal Training Mistakes
by Yuri Elkaim


This Is What A Healthy Cereal for Weight Loss Looks Like
by Yuri Elkaim

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Citing Environmental Risks, Scientists Back Tribes in Dakota Access Fight
Meanwhile, a Reuters investigation finds pipeline spill detection system severely flawed
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Victory in Alabama: State’s Anti-LGBTQ Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended
Decision effectively removes Moore from office for good, months after he urged state probate judges to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses
Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

TTP & TTIP: Map Shows How Trade Deals Would Enable ‘Polluter Power-Grab’
The new, interactive tool ‘gives people a chance to see if toxic trade is in their own backyard’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Ten Things That Should Have Come Up During the Debate But Didn’t
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*They are tales told by idiots

Full of sound and fury

Signifying nothing so much as the insanity of our age

U.S. Right to Know
FDA Tests Confirm Oatmeal, Baby Foods Contain Residues of Monsanto Weed Killer

The Real News Network
Obama Vetoed 9/11 Bill to Preserve U.S. Impunity
The U.S. president’s argument about the undermining of international sovereignty is real, but victims of attacks would otherwise have almost no other recourse in the face of state-sponsored terrorism, says international law professor John Quigley

Big Papers Want Foreign Companies, Not War Crime Victims, to Sue US
by Adam Johnson

*Only when the suits fit their frame

As Brazil’s New Ruler Admits Lie Behind Impeachment, US Press Closes Eyes
by Janine Jackson

*Blackouts and whitewashes

Democracy Now!
Medea Benjamin: If Americans Can Sue Saudis over 9/11, Drone Victims Should Be Able to Sue U.S.


Undermining Democracy, Corporations Pouring Millions into Local Ballot Fights
Public Citizen finds total corporate spending on just eight local measures has topped $139 million
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Cornucopia Institute
Triclosan Banned by FDA from Soaps but Still OK in Toothpaste
Scorecard Identifies Brands without Toxics

National Nurses United
NLRB Moves Forward with Another Massive Complaint Against Mega Hospital Chain CHS
Charges Also Issued for the First Time Against CHS Spin-off, Quorum Health Corporation

Progress Michigan
Congressional Leaders Fail to Deliver Immediate Funds to Flint Residents
Waiting to approve Flint Water Crisis funds until after the November 8th election will leave Flint residents without any solution

The Real News Network
US and EU Sanctions Are Devastating Syrian Civilians
They have resulted in a worsened humanitarian crisis and the empowerment of Assad, yet show no signs of being lifted soon, says journalist Rania Khalek

Chicago Teachers Union Set to Strike on Oct. 11th
Public school teacher Sarah Chambers and Jacobin Magazine’s Micah Uetricht say the teachers are fighting against the neoliberal reform agenda

Police Kill Unarmed Mentally Ill Black Man As Report Finds Law Enforcement Shootings Reminiscent of Lynchings
A United Nations group also says the United States owes reparations to African Americans

Institute for Public Accuracy
Confessing to Brazilian Coup * U.S. Complicity

Democracy Now!
Protests Continue in San Diego After Police Kill Mentally Ill, Unarmed Ugandan Refugee Alfred Olango

California Cop Who Shot Unarmed Black Man Was Demoted in 2015 for Sexually Harassing Female Officer

*The thick blue wall

Worse Than a Slaughterhouse: 250,000 Trapped in East Aleppo Amid Devastating Bombing Campaign


Memo for Armchair Strategists: Four Key Factors for Election Day
The system indeed is rigged, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be a winner
by David Morris

*It was inspiring to hear Madame Clinton’s searing denunciation of these tactics and her full throated defense of the right to vote during Monday’s debate.

Wait a tick …

Shimon Peres: Israeli War Criminal Whose Victims the West Ignored
by Ben White

*The dark prince of “peace”

SOA Watch
Victims of State Sponsored Terror Deserve Justice, Sponsors of Terror Need to be Held Accountable

Pakistan Says It ‘May Limit’ Death Penality, Amid Fears for Mentally Ill Prisoner

An Open Letter about Syria:
The Russia-US Bombing Deal Will Bring
Neither Peace Nor Justice

The Real News Network
Baltimore City Council Candidate: Gentrification is Not A Development Plan
Nnamdi Scott of Ujima People’s Progress Party discusses vacant housing, unemployment, and Port Covington

Trump and the Social Basis of Fascism
The threat of fascism is real, but it shouldn’t push the left to vote for Clinton in states where she will clearly win, says historian Gerald Horne

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump, Clinton and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity

*When you feel like you’re losing your prick

You tend to act like one

NYT Makes Bill Clinton’s Sex Life the Lead Story–Without Mentioning Trump’s
by Jim Naureckas

*Can we take this as a sign that the “liberal media” is so confident of Her Travesty’s ascension that they feel they can concentrate on selling papers and glueing eyeballs by playing the Trump card?

And what’s so “complex” about being a philanderer and a prick – literally and figuratively?

(This applies to all three)

Democracy Now!
Alabama Guards Stage Work Strike Months After Prisoner Uprising at Overcrowded Holman Facility

Hunger Strikes, Marches & Work Stoppages: Unprecedented National Prison Strike Enters Third Week

“I Called You to Help Me, But You Killed My Brother”: Police Shoot Dead Unarmed African-American Man

You are not the most important customer of supermarkets
It’s the big food companies who rent space on food shelves
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*Shelf life

And death


Pennsylvanians Beg Scotland to Reject First Shipment of US Fracked Gas
‘Fracking should not happen here in Scotland, and our country should not profit from it happening anywhere else’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Air Pollution Skyrocketing Worldwide in ‘Public Health Emergency’: WHO
Developing counties and vulnerable populations at particularly high risk for health impacts, new research finds
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Standing in Solidarity for a Humanity Without Borders
Much has been made of the basic unfairness in how responsibility is shared between nations for ameliorating the refugee crisis. But the real question is the level of economic sharing that is needed to deal with its root causes, when the international response continues to be woefully inadequate.
by Adam Parsons

Killing People, Breaking Things, and America’s Winless Wars
Win, Lose, or Draw: How U.S. Special Operations Command details dismal U.S. military record
by Nick Turse

*So what’s the point of this article?

Are Turse and Bacevich saying that if the US were 64-0, the world would be a better place?

What are the “political goals” that a person of conscience would wish the US to achieve?

Is “Mission Accomplished” – in the words of Martha Stewart – “a good thing”?

Hiroshima and Nagasaki (not to mention Tokyo and Dresden) were “plays” in a “win”.

To be all Albright about it, is “the price … worth it” if the dead and broken put the US in the “Win” column?

I’m just asking

And I really shouldn’t have to.

Seeds of Corporate Power vs Farmers’ Rights
We need to start tilting the playing field back in favor of farmers and the environment
by Karen Hansen-Kuhn

The Real News Network
Clinton vs. Trump Debate: Is One Section of the Oligarchy More Dangerous?
Glen Ford and Jeff Cohen agree that the exclusion of third parties left the “non-partisan” debate with candidates who have “very little light between them,” but disagree about strategic voting and the danger of Trump’s neo-fascism

*If “Vote for the Democrats, then organize” had any validity

It would have long ago become obsolete as a strategy.

Comply or Die: What the Shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte Reveal About Policing in America
Failure to comply with police can result in a death sentence for Black Americans, says Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report

*The loathing lights the flame of fear in which the loathed are immolated

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump and Clinton: * “No Fly, No Buy” * “Stop and Frisk”

Lester Holt Asks Zero Questions About Poverty, Abortion, Climate Change
by Adam Johnson

*Fitting that all three rings of this circus should be filled by clowns

Democracy Now!
Outside First Presidential Debate, 24 Arrested at Protests & Jill Stein Escorted Away by Police

*Farce inside

Force outside

The Complete List of Gluten-Free Grains (9 in Total)
by Yuri Elkaim


Why We Can’t Arrest Our Way to “Justice”
Should prison really be the American way?
by Rebecca Gordon

*It’s a shame that Gordon’s otherwise well reasoned argument for restorative justice is marred by her employment of the sham that was South Africa’s “reconciliation” as a example of same.

Apartheid ended only for black elites, Mandela included. The ANC betrayed the mass of non white South Africans, and the white exploitocracy operates as before, without the onus of de jure racism to hinder their greed.

Ask the Marikana miners about the “peace” that process wrought.

Center for Biological Diversity
Obama Administration Finalizes New Rules Impeding Citizens’ Ability to Use Endangered Species Act
Rules Impose Pointless Procedural Burdens Designed to Discourage Citizens, Scientists From Filing Petitions to Protect Imperiled Species

The Real News Network
Anti-BDS Campaign Aims to Undermine Academic Freedom and Free Speech on Palestine
Investigations into claims of anti-Semitism among Palestine solidarity groups often find the claims to be unfounded, says Dima Khalidi of Palestine Legal

Why the Federal Reserve Needs To Go Beyond Interest Rate Policy
The long-term decline of the U.S. economy won’t be reversed until there’s movement towards greater public investment, protections for workers, and a higher minimum wage, says PERI co-director Gerald Epstein

Recall Referendum on Maduro Moves to Next Phase in spite of “Irregularities”
Venezuelans are hoping for the political process to follow the constitution, says Jeanette Charles of Venezuela Analysis

Far-Right Runs With ‘Outside Agitator’ Lie Spread by CNN
by Adam Johnson

*What’s more inane

That protests are provoked by “outside agitators”

Or that Soros and the Dems would be behind them?

And red baiting (from reactionaries and liberals alike) only works if “progressives” accept the premise that being a “commie” is one step above (or below) child sex trafficker.

Institute for Public Accuracy
A Push for Closure of “War on Terror” Air Force Hub – Interviews Available

“Debates” — or “Televised Joint Appearances”?

Democracy Now!
Keith Lamont Scott’s Wife is Latest Black Woman Forced to Film State Violence Against a Partner

Lawyer for Gitmo Prisoners Released to Uruguay: They Haven’t Seen Their Families in 15 Years

Activism Works: Charlotte Police Release Dashboard & Body Camera Video in Keith Lamont Scott Killing

*The color of a race to judgment

Marc Lamont Hill Responds to Trump: “We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out of a Problem of State Violence”

TTAC Book Excerpt: Hyperthermia and the Power of Heat
by Ty Bollinger

Cannabis and Cancer: How Marijuana Helps the Body Heal
by Ty Bollinger

Heard that acid-blockers like Prilosec or Nexium can cause dementia?
Only a select few patients should be taking these drugs long term, say experts
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

How to Do More Push-Ups (Plus a Free Training Plan)
by Yuri Elkaim

Interval Training for Beginners: How to Get Started
by Yuri Elkaim


Earth Could Reach Critical Climate Threshold in Decade, Scientists Warn
Meanwhile, new research discovers soil may not be trapping carbon as fast as we hoped
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Court Says Ohio’s Voter Purge is Illegal, But Will Rolls Be Restored in Time for Election?
Ohio’s policy is said to be the most aggressive in the nation with more than 2 million registered voters removed since 2011
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Safe with ‘Oligarchs and Imperialists’ in US, Brazil’s New President Admits Coup Plot
Ousted President Dilma Rousseff wouldn’t enact austerity roadmap, so “a process was established which culminated with me being installed as president of the republic,” Temer says
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Travesty’: Nestlé Outbids Another Town for Control of Local Water Supply
Council of Canadians launches new Boycott Nestlé campaign in response to company’s continued water grabs
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Canada’s Founding Myths Hold Us Back from Addressing Climate Change
by Naomi Klein

How the Pentagon Sank the US-Russia Deal in Syria – and the Ceasefire
Was the first ever US strike against Syrian government forces an intentional hit by the Pentagon to block military cooperation with Russia?
by Gareth Porter

France and the Struggle over Labour Reforms
by Maxime Benatouil

The Meaning of the Trump Surge
by Andrew Levine

*Farce as tragedy

Or tragedy as farce?

Fight for the Future
Prison Disciplinary Board Decides to Punish Chelsea Manning with Solitary Confinement for Charges Related to Suicide Attempt

The Real News Network
US National Security Policy for Climate Change Seeks Security for Corporate-Controlled Assets
Nick Buxton, co-editor of ‘The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations Are Shaping a Climate Changed World,’ says the military’s prime concern is the continuation of its global imperial footprint

Berlin Election Outcome Signals Merkel’s Tenuous Grip on Chancellorship
The Social Democrats and Greens might attempt to partner with left parties in order to stay in power, says Victor Grossman

Justice for Port Drivers
Call on Michael Kors to Respect Port Drivers

Does your favorite restaurant limit antibiotic use in the meat and poultry it serves?
Here’s how the top 25 restaurant chains rate
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

The 7 Yoga Beginner Poses That Will Improve Your Flexibility
by Yuri Elkaim


Public Citizen
Patient Safety Threatened by HHS Refusal to Close Dangerous Loophole That Allows Health Care Providers to Evade Malpractice Reporting

*Doctoring the data

The Real News Network
MST Occupies Government Building in Salvador, Bahia
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with MST activists about the political and economic crisis in Brazil

Baltimore City Council Candidate: Neighbors Need to Organize to Change the City
Running for city council for the 7th district as part of Ujima People’s Progress Party – Maryland’s first Black workers-led electoral party – Nnamdi Scott discusses Baltimore police aerial surveillance, bold new creative leadership, and mass mobilization

SEC Accusations Against US Billionaire Highlights Centrality of Insider Trading to Hedge Fund Profits
Former financial regulator Bill Black discusses the case of Leon Cooperman, who once accused Obama of unfair treatment of the rich

*Cooperman knows full well that Dear Misleader’s populist rhetoric is designed to protect the exploitocracy, just as FDR’s New Deal was meant to save capitalism from its rapacious self.

Of course, the latter did place some limits on their greed, whereas Obama’s posturing is merely meant to assuage the growing rage of common folks at being fucked through every orifice available.

It’s a pantomime on both their parts

But we’re the ones played as clowns.

Dakota Access Blackout Continues on ABC, NBC News
by Jim Naureckas

*Disappearing the undeniable

Corpress (and cop shop) common practice

Democracy Now!
State of Emergency: Charlotte NAACP & Protesters Demand Police Release Video of Keith Scott Shooting

Protests Call for Arrest of Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby for Fatal Shooting of Terence Crutcher

Rashad Robinson: Let’s Implement Stop-and-Frisk on White Billionaires Like Trump

Connecticut State Troopers Unwittingly Film Themselves Fabricating Charges Against Protester


Because ‘We’re Running Out of Time,’ World Leaders Finally Commit to Tackling Superbug Scourge
“It’s clear that if we don’t begin to reverse it now, it’s going to be much harder in the future”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Does Fear of Black Men Satisfy the “Objective Reasonableness” Standard?
The case that set the standard on when police officers are justified in using excessive force is Graham v. Connor. But how that standard is applied needs deep consideration.
by Brian Purnell

Radicalized Nation: Fear and Hypocrisy in New York
Diagnoses of violent extremism are diligently wielded against Muslims but not against leaders or policies that indiscriminately kill civilians
by Belén Fernández

Justice for Berta: Honduran Women Activists Launch Land Rights Campaign
Women are banding together in Honduras and around the world to demand #LandRightsNow
by Vicki Gass

Courage Campaign, Story of Stuff Project, Center for Biological Diversity
BREAKING: Federal Court Denies Request to Turn Off Nestlé Spigot Despite Decades of Water-Taking in the San Bernardino National Forest
Despite Expired Permit Harming Strawberry Creek, Court Allows National Forest and Nestlé to Continue with Business as Usual

Center for Biological Diversity
Analysis: Monterey County Crude Worse for Climate Than Alberta Tar Sands Oil
San Ardo Is California’s Most Carbon-intensive Big Oilfield

The Real News Network
Police Killings from Charlotte to Tulsa Spark Calls for Boycotts and Justice
The Real News brings the latest on the police killings of Terrance Crutcher in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Keith Scott in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which took place 95 years after the Tulsa Race Riots

US Indifference to Congolese Repression Ensures Its Access to Nation’s Mineral Resources
With dozens killed in the Congo and opposition headquarters sacked, The Real News looks at the material interests of the United States in the Central African nation

Trudeau’s Liberals Adopt Harper Government’s Carbon Targets
Dimitri Lascaris says the transfer of Canadian taxpayer money to oil companies in the face of climate emergency casts doubt on the ability of the Liberal government to produce an adequate carbon pricing plan

*Neoliberal Neros

Corbyn and the Roots of Labour’s Discontent
Jeremy Corbyn’s rise is not due to the appearance of Momentum or the arrival of newcomers – it comes from the frustration of Labour’s base with the majority of the party MPs, says UK economist John Weeks

With Most of Dakota Access Pipeline Approved, Final Battle Remains Over Critical Portion
Concerns from NoDAPL protesters are seemingly justified with each pipeline safety failure, says DeSmogBlog’s Steve Horn

*Turning pipe dreams into natural nightmares

Does a Golden Parachute Await Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf?
Former financial regulator Bill Black explains why criminal prosecutions of executives time after time are not happening

*Golden parachutes and crash landings

Yale to Face Protests for Whitewashing Paul Kagame’s Human Rights Record
Journalist and Yale alum Anjan Sundaram says Yale is ignoring the Rawandan president’s atrocious record in both Rwanda and Congo

The Democratic Party Fatigue of Black Lives Matter Millennials
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says the Democrats’ attempts to get out the black vote for Hillary this election might not work

*”[I]nsult to my legacy”?

A legacy of insult

Petition update
End Female Genital Mutilation in the US
by Jaha Dukureh

Media Ask Which Candidate Can Better Exploit Our Irrational Fear of Terrorism
by Adam Johnson

*With fear in favor

Democracy Now!
Protests Erupt over Police Killings of Terence Crutcher & Keith Lamont Scott in Tulsa & Charlotte

U.N. Summit for Refugees & Migrants Creates New Urgency for Global Crisis of 65 Million Displaced

*Light the match

And lock the door


Thai Court Conviction of Activist Sends Shockwaves Through Global Human Rights Community
British activist Andy Hall was accused of criminal defamation by a company for his work exposing the abuse of migrant workers at their pineapple processing plant
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

TTIP 2.0? New Leak Exposes Threats of Lesser-Known TISA Trade Deal
‘The deal, a spiritual and practical sibling of the much-maligned TTIP and TPP free trade agreements, is designed to drive deregulation across the vast global services sector’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Environmental Working Group (EWG)
‘Brockovich’ Carcinogen Found in Tap Water of 200 Million Americans

The Real News Network
Israeli Arms Industry Faces Existential Threat in New US Aid Agreement
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now fighting to remove the influence of the military and security elite from the political process now that Israel can no longer finance its arms industry through US aid, says political economy Shir Hever

Chris Hedges: To Stop Terrorism, End U.S. Occupation of the Middle East
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges discusses the Manhattan bombing and the lack of media coverage of the impact of U.S. wars abroad

Can a Lebanon-Style Solution End the Syrian War?
The conflict will not come to an end until the US and Russia make their respective clients agree to an imposed settlement or else face an immediate arms embargo, says journalist Charles Glass

Save The Waves Coalition
Stop Trump’s Irish Wall

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama at UN, in Time of Perpetual War, a No War Conference

*From O-bomb-a to Madame Mayhem

A lethal legacy lingers on

Democracy Now!
U.S. Muslims Fear Hate Crimes & Overreaction by Law Enforcement In Wake of Chelsea Bombing

Could Cellphone Alerts Used to Search for New York Bombing Suspect Open Door for Attacks on Muslims?

Large Somali-American Community in St. Cloud Concerned About Backlash After Knife Attack

Professor Calls for Fighting Systemic Ignorance That Leads to Islamophobia in the Classroom

Calls to Treat Terror Suspects as “Enemy Combatants” Push U.S. Toward Totalitarianism

9 Tips to Maintain Good Kidney Health
by Ty Bollinger

How to Fix Your Rounded Shoulders (5 Simple Ways)
by Yuri Elkaim


As CETA Advances, Reports Warn Deal Will Ruin Economies, Cement Corporate Power
Germany’s minority Social Democratic Party backs trade agreement despite 300,000-strong protest on Saturday
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Canada Scrambles to Create National Climate Plan, But May Sign COP21 Without One
One step forward, two steps back? Trudeau prepares to sign COP21 while Alberta approves $4 billion worth of new tar sands projects
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A Liberal dose of doublespeak

The Public Option Is Back: Our Enthusiasm Should Be Tempered
by Don McCanne

How to “Stop the Violence”: March Up the Steps of the Traders Who Pay No Sales Tax
by Paul Buchheit


Or termination?

Center for Biological Diversity
Obama Administration Urged to Halt Dumping of Offshore Fracking Waste Into Gulf of Mexico
Proposed Permit Threatens Sea Turtles, Fish, Other Gulf Wildlife

The Real News Network
Rattling the Bars: Prison is Not a Residence
In this episode of ‘Rattling the Bars’, TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway discusses prison gerrymandering with Peter Wagner, the Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative, and Khalil Muhammad, author of ‘The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America’

Nurses Union Slams AFL-CIO’s Endorsement of Dakota Access Pipeline
Exclusive: National Nurses United, a member of the AFL-CIO, strongly rebuked the AFL’s decision to endorse the Dakota Access Pipeline

*Big Labor pains the planet

Trump’s Rejection of Birtherism An Attempt to Appeal to Uncomfortable White Middle Class Voters
Historian Gerald Horne explains the history of ‘birtherism’ and the ongoing ‘mainstreaming’ of Donald Trump

Baltimore Police Have Ruthlessly Fought Past Efforts of Civilian Oversight
Documents obtained by TRNN show a pattern of police resisting citizen input from an all but powerless civilian review board, raising troubling questions of hopes for real reforms

*To serve and protect their own

Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Violation of Syrian Ceasefire Prompts Emergency UN Meeting

The Stronger the Boycott, the Thicker the Hype
by Janine Jackson

*Ye shall know them by the fruits they fawn over

Democracy Now!
A Debate on Empire: Is Donald Trump One Terrorist Attack Away from the Presidency?

Ralph Nader: Bernie Sanders’ Opposition to Third Parties is Why His Movement is in Disarray

Nader: Trump is a Freeloading, Pontificating Empty Suit Who Has Cheated on Everything He’s Done

Ralph Nader: Calling a Third-Party Candidate a “Spoiler” is a “Politically Bigoted Word”

*You can’t spoil something that’s already rotten to the core

50 Years After Vehicle Safety Victory, Ralph Nader Talks “Silent Violence” by Corporations

*Give Nader his due. He’s been at this for over half a century, and he and those who’ve worked with him have made a discernible difference.

But his focus is on reform, on making corps and gummint “behave”, rather than eliminating the former and transforming the latter.

Those entities have been forced to act less egregiously due to his and others’ efforts, when it was deemed in their self interest to do so. Of course, there’s also been a tremendous amount of backsliding on that progress, as their tactics changed, and with them, the times.

What I’m trying to say is that you can’t make this economic and political system work. It’s not designed to, except for those who hold power in it.

If we accept the limits of this strategy, we also have to accept the limits that system places on all our lives.

Is that facing reality

Or a failure to imagine a far better one?

Pesticides and Cancer: The “Love Affair” Continues
by Ty Bollinger

Prostate Cancer Prevention: 12 Ways to Protect Your Prostate
by Dr. David Jockers

Is too much phosphorus in food a threat to your kidneys?
Why does FDA allow companies to add phosphates to foods without showing they’re safe?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

3 Good Reasons Why You Have Trouble Digesting Food
by Dr. Alison Chen


Confirming Big Pharma Fears, Study Suggests Medical Marijuana Laws Decrease Opioid Use
Study comes after reporting revealed fentanyl-maker pouring money into Arizona’s anti-legalization effort
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Discouraging Protest Vote, Sanders Says: Elect Clinton—Then Mobilize
The former presidential candidate reiterated his argument that the only way that the progressive agenda has a shot at being implemented is with Hillary Clinton at the helm and the grassroots force as her guide
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Well, he is kinda shaggy like a sheep dog, isn’t he?

With TPP on Ropes, It’s Corporate Power vs. People Power on Capitol Hill
Statements from Sen. Orrin Hatch suggest lame-duck Senate vote is not off the table
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Outraged Miami Residents Shut Down Town Meeting Over Zika Pesticide Spraying
‘If you’re going to spray, we want a say!’ chanted demonstrators
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

America’s New Demons and the Second Coming of the Neocons
by Andrew Levine

*In the empire game, you can’t boogie without a boogeyman

A Lesson for Trump From Scott Walker: If the Election Is Close, Cry Fraud
After a close Wisconsin election, conservative operatives made plans for “messaging ‘widespread reports of election fraud.’” Now Trump peddles a similar line.
by John Nichols

*The Democrats certainly know how to cheat — witness the primary sleaze to ensure Her Travesty’s ascension to the nomination — but if there’s to be fraud at any electoral level in November, the Republicans have proven practiced at the art, haven’t they?

The Real News Network
Don’t Celebrate Just Yet: Median Household Income In a 20-Year Decline
Recent statistics from the US Census Bureau show improvement from 2014-2015, but in reality, wages are in a real decline and no mechanisms have been put in place to prevent another crash, says economist Richard Wolff

Media Grossly Downplaying the Depths of the Wells Fargo Scandal
Former financial regulator Bill Black says media coverage has falsely portrayed Wells Fargo’s image as untarnished by previous financial fraud

*Slap (make that “tap”) on the wrist?

Take it to the bank

The Guardian Leaks Reveal $12 Million in Corporate Money Behind Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011 Fight Against Unions
The documents show Wisconsin judges ordered the destruction of court documents that revealed governor Scott Walker coordinating with right-wing billionaires to finance his recall campaign, says Matthew Rothschild of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

*The money was obviously important, but Walker twice won reelection primarily because of the intentionally pathetic candidates and campaigns the Democrats ran against him.

Tom Barrett? Mark Burke?

Jesus Marion Joseph …

And the recall sucked all the energy out of what might have been a true turning point in Wisconsin and nationally. Talk of a general strike and other aggressive strategies ended, and money, time and energy were channeled down the dead end street of electoral politics, because anything outside of that threatened both parties.

“Forward Wisconsin” was slammed into reverse.

Sing in Unison, David Brooks Tells Black Athletes
by Adam Johnson

*Queasy condescension in the key of B

Democracy Now!
Hit Man Recalls Violent Past of Philippine President as Wave of Killings Raises Human Rights Concerns

StoryCorps Launches #WhoWeAre Oral History Campaign to Feature Stories of Hope & Compassion

*Yeah … my damn eyes teared up.

Wanna make something of it?

You deal with so much shit in this life, that when you encounter true humanity, it has that effect on you.

Me, anyways.


Silent Skies: North America Lost 1.5 Billion Birds Since 1970s, Says Report
Most comprehensive survey of North American landbirds to date finds stunning and dramatic population decline over past 40 years
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Canaries aren’t the only casualties in the Anthropocene coal mine

Empire’s Religion: Arundhati Roy Confronts the Tyranny of the Free Market
by Jake Johnson

The Real News Network
‘What’s Different This Time Is that We Are Armed with Cameras’
The Obama administration’s intervention has not halted the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, says Desiree Kane

The Struggle to Defeat Dakota Access Pipeline Goes Global
On Tuesday, people across the world stood in solidarity with activists in North Dakota as they continue to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline and risk arrest

*Dear Misleader’s “legacy” is to have lead the naïve down the primose path to perdition, with the Big Greenies serving up the Kool Aid along the way.

Brazil’s New President Presents Neoliberal Economic Plan
President Temer’s economic plan represents a deepening of neoliberal economic policies that Rousseff had already begun and will not improve the economic situation, says Professor Alfredo Saad-Filho

Colleagues Mostly Fail to Rally for Amy Goodman, Threatened With Jail for Journalism
by Jim Naureckas

*The silence of the lambs

Nationwide Prison Strike Mostly Ignored by National Media
by Rohit Chandan

*Placing bars on the window to the world


Emergency Action Sought in Flint, Where Some Still Can’t Get Clean Water
As Donald Trump visits city, activists and environmental groups refuse to be his photo op
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

US Policy Perpetuating Stalemate in Syria
The Obama administration’s strategy includes arming the opposition forces just enough to keep them fighting Assad, but not enough for them to overthrow the government
by Edward Hunt

Monsanto and the Poisonous Cartel of GMOs in India
by Vandana Shiva

*The barrel bombs of Big Business

The Federal Poverty Line is Too Damn Low
by Shawn Fremstad

*There are lies

Damned lies

And statistics to hide them

The Real News Network
How Bipartisan Economic Policy Fuels White Working Class Support for Trump
Historian Gerald Horne responds to Hillary Clinton’s remark about ‘deplorables’

*It’s far more than half, isn’t it?

Of course, nearly every person in this country is a bigot to one degree or another. That’s what American society compels us to be. The question is whether we recognize our prejudices, and do something about them.

And one’s bias isn’t the sum total of who one is, is it? Hate must be confronted and condemned, but if we don’t accept the humanity of those who exhibit it, we will never make true progress toward ending it.

Ignorance is the base evil here. Ignorance of our shared humanity, and ignorance of one’s own best interests.

We must get in the faces of the racists, the sexists, the homophobes, the haters

But we must see our own face in theirs, and give them the opportunity to do likewise.

I’d like to think that’s not hopelessly naïve of me.

Catalan Independence Struggle Impedes Formation of Spanish Government
The issue is not just nationalism, but the struggle for more democracy against austerity and EU institutions, says Roar Magazines editor Carlos Delclos

African Refugees Fleeing War and Economic Strife on the Rise
Record numbers of refugee crossings are still taking place along the route from Libya to Italy, says Proactiva Open Arms coordinator Gerard Canals

New list of cancers linked to being overweight
“Women in particular should take note of the results,” says cancer expert
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

13 Exercises That Will Strengthen and Tone Your Legs
by Yuri Elkaim

How to Do Intermittent Fasting: 19 Popular Questions Answered
by Yuri Elkaim


The Planet’s Most Dangerous Predator Is Us
by David Suzuki

Harder Times for Palestine If Clinton Wins US Election
It is clear that Hillary Clinton will not be visiting any Arab capital with a proffered fig leaf
by Stanley L. Cohen

*Her Travesty should know from “deplorables”

Is Trump an Aberration? The Dark History of the “Nation of Immigrants”
by Aviva Chomsky

ACLU Statement on HUD Guidance on Nuisance Ordinances

UN Human Rights Chief ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Ethiopia Abuses

Brave New Films
Justice Served the Right Way

The Real News Network
Why Did The US Just Bar a Former British Diplomat From Entering the Country?
Former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray blew the whistle on how the Americans were using Uzbekistan’s medieval torture program to produce false intelligence in the war on terror

Institute for Public Accuracy
Whistleblowers Second Jill Stein’s Call for Real 9/11 Investigation — Interviews Available

Democracy Now!
“Everything Was Cut Immediately”: LIU Faculty and Students Protest Lockout & Class Cancellations

Lawyer for Imprisoned Whistleblower Chelsea Manning: Ongoing Pattern of Abuse Led to Hunger Strike

*A prisoner of a lack of conscience

North Carolina Sees Economic Fallout from Anti-LGBT Law as NCAA Moves Championships Out of the State

ACLU Attorney: Growing Number of Murders of Trans Women Can’t Be Separated from Anti-Trans Laws


Facebook and Israeli Government Team Up to Censor Posts
Justice minister says Facebook already complies with 95 percent of Israel’s take-down requests
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Hillary Clinton’s National Security Advisers Are a “Who’s Who” of the Warfare State
by Zaid Jilani, Alex Emmons and Naomi LaChance
The Intercept

*The callous company she keeps

The Big Difference at Standing Rock Is Native Leadership All Around
by Sarah van Gelder and Dallas Goldtooth

Five Deadly Sins of Big Pharma
by Paul Buchheit

*Drug double dealing

What If America Happened To Forget The September 11th Attacks?
by Kevin Gosztola

*Never forget the consequences

Never recall the cause

The Real News Network
New Poll Suggests Black Millennials Are Rejecting the Two Party Duopoly
The millenial generation of young black people raised in the language of Black Lives Matter are not buying into lesser evilism, says Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford

Voter Registries Face Purges in Republican-Controlled States
Investigative reporter Greg Palast says Republicans are raising alarm over multiple-voting in order to purge millions of minority voters from voter registries

*Even when our votes are counted, they often really don’t count, do they?

How Social Security Helps Alleviate Child Poverty
Peter Arno and Jeanette Wicks-Lim, co-authors of ‘Overlooked but Not Forgotten: Social Security Lifts Millions More Children Out of Poverty’, say it’s not just the elderly who benefit from this social safety net

US and Russia Agree to Cessation of Hostilities in Syria
As Syrian opposition groups retreat from the demand that President Assad step down, a ceasefire agreement becomes more feasible, says Vijay Prashad

Thousands of Prisoners Strike Against Forced Labor
On the 45th anniversary of the Attica uprising, Prison Radio’s Noelle Hanrahan explains how and why prisoners organized what may be the largest prison strike in US history

Media Undermine Democracy by Speculating Wildly About Undermining Democracy
by Adam Johnson

*I wonder how much space has been allotted to this asinine agitprop as opposed to investigation of the very real malevolent machinations in service of vote repression.

FAIR Extra!
Retaliation: Reality Vs. Pundit Fantasy
by Jim Naureckas

*Light the fire

Fan the flame

And posture as a fireman

Democracy Now!
Students Support LIU Professors in Contract Dispute: “End the Lockout, Negotiate & Let Us Learn”

Prebiotics and Probiotics: Why You Need Both For a Healthy Gut
by Ty Bollinger

Is Nitric Oxide a Cancer-Healing Powerhouse?
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

The Remarkable Health Benefits of Grape Seeds & Skins
by Ty Bollinger

The Hidden Danger of Calories in Drinks
Remember the quaint “family-size” bottle of Coca-Cola?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

2 Simple Steps to Reprogram Your Taste Buds and Curb Food Cravings
by Yuri Elkaim

The Best Homemade Electrolyte Drink for Quick Hydration
by Yuri Elkaim

Pulling with Coconut Oil: Everything You Need to Know
by Yuri Elkaim

My #1 Mouthwash Alternative (It’s not oil pulling)
by Yuri Elkaim

Protest Targets Expo ‘Spreading War on Our Communities’
Nearly two dozen arrested for protesting ‘Urban Shield’—the military and police expo in California
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Facebook Under Fire for Censoring One of the Most Iconic War Photos
‘Facebook’s censorship is an attack on the freedom of expression—and therefore on democracy’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What is the true obscenity?

Child Refugees Forced to Sleep in Dirty, Vermin-Infested Cells: Report
Human Rights Watch investigation reveals that Greece is violating both national and international law by detaining refugee children in unsanitary police and coast guard jail cells for months at a time
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

On Pricks and Politics: How to Measure Up This Election Season
by Stacy Keltner and Ashley McFarland

*When it comes to royally screwing us

They’re all prodigious pricks, aren’t they?

Rendition Victim “Staggered” as MI6 Official Implicated in His Abuse Breaks Silence

*The commissars of Christianity didn’t invent hypocrisy

They just made it their hallmark

The Real News Network
Baltimore Officials Tout Massive Giveback to Seal Tax Break Deal, But is it Fair?
Developers promise millions in community investments in exchange for subsidy to build Port Covington, but questions remain about how a massive $600 million tax break for Under Armor CEO Kevin Plank will address entrenched poverty and ongoing economic inequity in the city

*Fat deals for fat cats, while the city stays lean and mean

Baltimore Community Members Raise Concerns about DOJ’s Next Steps
Activists, legal experts, and victims of police brutality say the recommendations made by the Department of Justice in their report on the Baltimore police department don’t go far enough

*The task of “progressives” like Cummings is to manage the anger of the masses, to express “solidarity” while making certain nothing that truly challenges power comes to pass.

In that, they are a vital cog in the machine – a safety valve to release pressure when other components turn the screws too tight.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Whose Nukes to Worry About?

Why Prisoners Nationwide are Striking

Democracy Now!
National Guard on Standby in North Dakota Before Court Ruling on Dakota Access Pipeline

45 Years After Legendary Attica Prison Uprising, New Book Reveals State Role in Deadly Standoff

*Demonization be the province of demons

Which are the germiest spots in your house?
You may know the worst, but you’re probably not even thinking of the fifth most germy
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Fall of the Wild: Study Documents ‘Catastrophic Decline’ in World’s Untouched Places
With 10 percent lost in just 20 years, researchers say wilderness is being lost at a ‘staggering’ pace
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Making Case for Clean Air, World Bank Says Pollution Cost Global Economy $5 Trillion
Impact is most severe in developing nations where ’93 percent of deaths and nonfatal illnesses attributed to air pollution worldwide occurred’ in 2013
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*One hand wrings

The other writes the checks for the wrongs

FCC Poised to Break Up Big Cable’s Chokehold on Set-Top Boxes
‘These rules will open the door for innovation, spurring new apps and devices, giving consumers even more choice and user control’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

U.S. Healthcare System Culls the Wheat from the Working Class Chaff
by Donna Smith

Biden Is Dangerously Unaware Of The Tragedy Asylum Seekers Face
by Tom Andrews

*Empty rhetoric to veil a putrid purgatory

The Real News Network
The Powerful Interests Backing the Dakota Access Pipeline
Ahead of a major court ruling expected on Friday, TRNN examines the financial and political interests behind the Dakota Access pipeline

Robert Scheer: US Pledge of $90 Million to Laos for Cluster Munitions Legacy is ‘Chump Change’
If the word ‘terrorism’ has any meaning, it applies to the US bombings in Laos and Vietnam, says the Truthdig editor-in-chief

*A sincere and searing condemnation of imperialism from Scheer, yet you might ask Native peoples, not to mention the descendants of African slaves and others, about the virtuous “wisdom” of the “Founding Fathers” he approvingly quotes.

They set the template for the horrors he rightly reviles.

The Biggest Strike in World History? No Thanks, We’re Focusing on the New iPhone
by Jim Naureckas

*No Indian (or “Indian”) summer on the corpress calendar

‘What Is Aleppo?’ Asks Gary Johnson–and NYT Gives Three Wrong Answers
by Jim Naureckas

*The blinders leading the blind

Democracy Now!
Standing Rock Sioux Historian: Dakota Access Co. Attack Comes on Anniversary of Whitestone Massacre

*I’ll never understand this pride in fighting and dying for your oppressors, killing others who suffer that same oppression.

“America” is not their land, yet it is truly their land, which “America” stole.


Costa Rica Has Been Running on 100 Percent Renewable Energy for Months
Costa Rica’s electrical grid has relied solely on renewable energy sources for 76 days straight, aiming for an all-renewable future
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Renewable” isn’t always “clean”, is it?

And why does a tropical nation produce next to no sun power?

One Out of Every 200 Children in the World Is Now a Refugee: UNICEF
Nearly 28 million children are fleeing war and conflict worldwide
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

The US Superbug Crisis Growing as National Tracking Efforts Fall Far Short
‘No one at the state or federal level knows how many people are dying from drug-resistant infections,’ Reuters investigation finds
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

A Good Beginnning (to the End of Empire)
by Kathy Kelly

The Real News Network
Oil Companies Seek to Exempt California’s Underground Aquifers from Clean Water Act
In the midst of a 5 year drought, a new lawsuit is aiming to force the state and EPA to do environmental assessments about potential threats to drinking water from fracking waste

Rattling the Bars: US Prison Labor
On this episode of Rattling the Bars, TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway interviews Asatar Bair, Assistant Professor of Economics at Riverside City College, about prisons and the ownership of a person’s labor power vs. the ownership of a person

48 Words at 4 AM Is All Network News Has to Say About Pipeline Protests
by Jim Naureckas

*Black snake white out

Institute for Public Accuracy
76 Percent Want Independents in Debates

Democracy Now!
Who’s Investing in the Dakota Access Pipeline? Meet the Banks Financing Attacks on Protesters

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Lawyer: Judge’s Ruling Allows Dakota Access to “Desecrate” Sacred Ground

Water Protectors Lock Their Bodies to Machines to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline Construction

Iowa Landowners Sue to Stop Dakota Access Construction, Say Pipeline Provides No Public Service

Trauma, Then More Trauma: How Long is Too Long for Immigrant Children to Be Detained?

Activists Sit In at Sen. Kaine’s Office to Demand Release of Families Detained at Berks for 1+ Year

*Feeling a different kind of Bern

Does Cell Phone Radiation Cause Cancer?
by Lloyd Burrell


Linking Alzheimer’s to Pollution, Study Finds ‘Abundant’ Toxic Nanoparticles in Human Brains
Toxic magnetic particles suspected of link to Alzheimer’s disease discovered in brains of people living in heavily polluted areas
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Humans Have Pushed Oceans to Their Absolute Limit, Warns Report
Oceans protected us from worst effects of climate change by absorbing most of humans’ CO2 emissions, report finds, but they can’t take anymore—and will soon release that CO2 back into the air
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Are we to be as forlorn as frogs in boiling water?

Do immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally commit more crime?
by Franco Ordoñez
McClatchy DC

Japan’s Notorious Dolphin Hunt Is Where the World’s Aquariums Shop
by Peter Singer and Jordan Sosnowski

What If We All Used the Same Bathroom?
by Susan Etta Keller

*Pernicious potty training

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Employers Report Little Difficulty in Complying with New York City’s Paid Sick Days Law

*Crying wolves

The Real News Network
Study: Increased Pollution Does Not Bring More Jobs
Communities of color are also bearing burden from toxic facilities in large part without receiving the employment benefits, says Michael Ash of the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass Amherst

Massive Pro and Anti Government Demonstrations in Venezuela
Massive opposition protests cannot change the fact that the National Electoral Council is under constitutional obligations that will prevent it from moving the recall referendum to this year, says journalist Jeanette Charles

150 Million Indian Workers Take Part In Largest Strike in Centuries
This strike is a fight against the Modi government’s labor laws and a fight for the rights of informal sector workers to create trade unions and have them recognized within Indian labor law, says Vijay Prashad

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)

Democracy Now!
FULL Exclusive Report: Dakota Access Pipeline Co. Attacks Native Americans with Dogs & Pepper Spray

*The true “savages”

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Calls for Investigation of Dog Attacks on Native American Protesters

Did the Dakota Access Pipeline Company Deliberately Destroy Sacred Sioux Burial Sites?

Canine Expert Decries “Egregious” & “Horrific” Dog Attacks on Native Americans Defending Burial Site

New Investigation Names Wall Street Banks Behind $3.8 Billion Dakota Access Pipeline

The Best Vegetarian Sources of Omega 3 to Know
by Yuri Elkaim


Defending Arms Sales, Boris Johnson Says Yemen Carnage Is No ‘Serious Breach’
UK MPs are debating whether to impose an arms ban on Saudi Arabia in light of allegations that its military campaign has indiscriminately targeted civilians
byLauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What’s a few thousand dead ragheads among friends?

As Hermine Strengthens, Experts Warn Climate Change Could Worsen Effects
Hermine does not have “a good historical comparison,” which makes its future “harder to predict,” said meteorologist Eric Holthaus
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Super sizing the whirlwind

Why the Founder of Standing Rock Sioux Camp Can’t Forget the Whitestone Massacre
We must remember we are part of a larger story. We are still here. We are still fighting for our lives on our own land.
by LaDonna Bravebull Allard

Taking a Knee for Peace: Recalling the Veterans Who Sat
by Jerry Lembcke

*Disappearing those who couldn’t stand for hypocrisy

Nuclear’s Last Stand? New York’s Cuomo Rushes in to Save Dying Plants
by Harvey Wasserman

*A liberal dose of duplicity

No Liberty, No Equality, No Fraternity: The Death of French Secularism
France’s secularism was meant to ensure basic freedom for all creeds. Using it to ban burkinis shows how the law has been perverted
by Hanane Karimi

The Real News Network
Turkey Seeks to Crush Kurdish Aspirations for Statehood
Vijay Prashad, author of ‘The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution,’ says cracks are forming in the alliance between the US, Turkey, and the Gulf monarchies

Facing the Anthropocene: The Earth’s New Geological Era
Ian Angus, author of the new book ‘Facing the Anthropocene’, explains the significance of a new epoch marked by an unprecedented level of human impact on the Earth

US Shows Support for New Brazilian Government, But Did It Play a Role in Rousseff’s Ouster?
CEPR co-director Mark Weisbrot also discusses how mainstream reporting is reinforcing the false promises of austerity for Brazil

Baltimore Water Price Hike Will Disproportionately Impact Low-Income People and Senior Citizens
Jorge Aguilar of Food & Water Watch says that the city should instead opt for income-based water service billing in order to fund new infrastructure

Native Americans Hold Largest Gathering in a Century to Oppose Oil Pipeline
Krystal Two Bulls, a Water Protector of Red Warrior Camp, encourages the public to join the opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline which threatens the water supply of the local population

This Guardian Piece Touting Bill Gates’ Education Investment Brought to You by Bill Gates
by Adam Johnson

*A “newsmaker” by another meaning

The ‘Anti-Clinton Media’ Are Big Donors to Clinton Foundation–and to Clinton
by Michael Corcoran

*Bubula, they’re not out to get her.

They out to get her elected.

‘Invisibilizing the Workers Who Actually Do the Work’
Transcript of CounterSpin’s special Labor Day episode on workers and corporate media
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
VIDEO: Dakota Access Pipeline Company Attacks Native American Protesters with Dogs and Pepper Spray

Mental Stress Hits Women’s Hearts Harder Than Men’s
This may explain why young and middle-age women are more likely to die from their heart attacks
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Can Hot Foods and Drinks Cause Esophageal Cancer?
by Ty Bollinger

How to Do Cardio Training (Properly)
by Yuri Elkaim

‘Huge Victory for Health’: FDA Orders Antibacterials Removed from Soaps
Triclosan has been shown to disrupt hormones and muscle function, environmental groups say
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Sickening’ Killing of Wolf Pack Proceeds Despite Research Debunking Program
New research shows killing wild predators may not only be ineffective in protecting livestock, but can actually increase livestock deaths
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Alan Kurdi Symbolized an Army of Dead Children. We Ignore Them at Our Peril
One year on, has the world learned the lesson of the three-year-old boy washed up on a Turkish beach?
by Robert Fisk

*Ignoring the past

Igniting the future

How Clinton and US Government Benefit When New York Times Attacks WikiLeaks
by Kevin Gosztola

*Yet more Russia to judgment

Military Insiders and War Profiteers Will Be Reviewing Private Prisons for Homeland Security
by Jerri-Lynn Scofield

*Stacking the deck

And the bodies

The Importance of the September 2nd General Strike
What every working Indian needs to know about the all-India trade union strike – and why it matters
by Socialist Project

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
40 Civil Rights Groups Urge Census to Stop Miscounting Prisoners
Practice Leads to a “Discriminatory Census Result”

The Real News Network
Uproar Over Apple-Ireland Tax Deal Ruling Could Put Multinationals Under the Gun During G20
Economist James Henry explains why he thinks Apple’s position on the European Commission’s ruling is indefensible

*Nothing is certain but death and tax weaseling

Ignoring the Pentagon’s Multi-Trillion-Dollar Accounting Error
by Dave Lindorff

*The money flows like blood

Democracy Now!
Historic Colombian Peace Deal Must Include Women, Address Sexual Crimes on Both Sides, Say Advocates

Is an Arkansas Town Operating a “Hot Check” Court as an Illegal Debtors’ Prison?

The Criminalization of Poverty: Woman Describes Fines & Arrests After $1.07 Check Bounces

*The poor always pay when the rich don’t

Judge Denies Hepatitis C Cure for Mumia Abu-Jamal, But Finds Lack of Care in Prison Unconstitutional

*Disease within a disease

6 Super Foods for Cancer Prevention & Nutrient Deficiency (video)
by Dr. Robert Scott Bell


‘World Watching’ as Tribal Members Put Bodies in Path of Dakota Pipeline
United Nations official echoes call for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to have say with regard to $3.8 billion oil pipeline
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Snarling the black snake

‘Like Visiting a Cemetery’: Millions of Honeybees Dead After Zika Pesticide Spraying
‘I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that we spray poison from the sky,’ one beekeeper said
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

America’s True Role in Syria
by Jeffrey D. Sachs

*Dear Misleader’s “broken legacy” … ?

When was it ever intact?

How climate change is rapidly taking the planet apart. Part 2: amplifying feedbacks, divestment
by Will Denayer

Trump Going to Mexico is not the Real Irony. NAFTA Is.
by Sam Husseini

Why the New Sanders Group Our Revolution Is Leaving Many Bernie Backers Scratching Their Heads
by Steven Rosenfeld

*If you’re “scratching your head”

You weren’t opening your eyes

Holistic Life Foundation Uses Yoga To Uplift Communities in Baltimore
by Charise Wallace

*If you can change the inside

You have a better bet on changing the outside

Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR: Civil liberties and Human Services Groups Raise Concerns About DHS Countering Violent Extremism Grants

Center for Biological Diversity
Study Debunks Theory That Killing Predators Reduces Livestock Losses

Jewish Voice for Peace
Ahead of Hearing, Palestinian Poet Arrested for Social Media Posts Receives Widespread Support from Literary Figures

The Real News Network
Trump Would Intensify Bipartisan Immigration Policy Already in Place
Donald Trump’s critique of NAFTA neglects to mention that construction of the border wall – which already exists – began with the 1992 free-trade agreement, says journalist Todd Miller

FARC Members Ready for Peace, But Tensions Remain
While the final peace agreement between the FARC and the Colombian government must be ratified by a national referendum, prospects for ending almost 6 decades of civil war in a country with an extensive history of human rights violations and political crimes

Ending of TTIP Talks May Be Tactical But Should be Celebrated Nevertheless
If the left does not develop an alternative to failed trade agreements, the European far right or Trump-style economic nationalism will take their place, warns Global Justice Now Director Nick Dearden

Pena Nieto and Trump: Kindred Spirits?
Professor John Ackerman on Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto: ‘He’s Our Trump’

Institute for Public Accuracy
Does Trump’s Wall Already Exist?

*The only argument is about how tall a wall

PR Firm Says It Ghost-Wrote Thousands of Op-Eds in Major US Papers
by David Swanson

*Outsourcing agitprop

Democracy Now!
Trump’s Wall is Tantamount to Act of War: Outrage in Mexico as President Peña Nieto Meets with Trump

“Our Culture Will Prevail Against Hatred”: Arizona Activist Responds to Trump’s Immigration Speech

Protests Erupt in San Juan as Obama Forms Unelected Control Board to Run Puerto Rico

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Debtors’ Prison for Kids: Poor Children Incarcerated When Families Can’t Pay Juvenile Court Fees
First-of-its-kind report finds children are being imprisoned nationwide when families can’t pay fines levied by juvenile justice system
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Celebrations Abound as Angela Corey, ‘Cruelest Prosecutor in America,’ Ousted
Corey was defeated by former corporate lawyer Melissa Nelson, who once defended a 12-year-old Corey charged as an adult
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The World Must Save Yemen From This Man-Made Famine
How shameful is it that a famine is unfolding here in a region surrounded by some of the world’s richest countries
by Afrah Nasser

Do Libertarian Converts Know What the Party Actually Stands For?
by Bill Lueders

The Real News Network
#VeteransForKaepernick Support Protest Against Police Brutality
Veterans Rory Fanning and Ramon Mejia support the NFL quarterback because they say America perpetuates injustice home and abroad

Nearly 10,000 Current and Former Chipotle Workers Join Wage Theft Class Action Suit
Chipotle has one of the worst ratios of top management salaries to the average crew member wage, says Kent Williams, who is the lead attorney on this class action suit

The Crisis of the Left in Canada
Following the unceremonious dumping of Tom Mulcair from NDP and clear signals from the Liberals that they will not support pro-labor reforms, there’s a vacuum for the left to fill, says Dimitri Lascaris

*Ironic that “optics” are meant to blind us, isn’t it?

I could have done without the advertorial for the Greens at the end. I’d like to see an objective analysis of the party from someone without a stake in promoting it.

That applies to any political entity, it should go without saying.

Bolivian Government Efforts to Strengthen Mining Regulations Sets Off Conflict With Miners
This latest round of conflict including the death of Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes is over a new mining law that would restrict the ability of cooperative miners to sign contracts with international or private interests, explains Andean Information Network Director Kathryn Ledebur

US Taxpayers Are Subsidizing Mylan’s Profits
Citizens for Tax Justice’s Richard Phillip: Congress needs to act to close loopholes that allow ‘tax inversions’ that allow corporations to avoid nearly all federal taxes

He Faced 26 Years in Prison, But Still Stood Up to Police Brutality
Aaron Winston, whose arm was broken after he was chokeslammed by a Baltimore police officer, discusses his case alongside his lawyer J. Wyndal Gordon

Vice Photospreads Present ‘Girly, Teenage’ Side of Israeli Occupation
by Adam Johnson

*Girls just wanna have guns

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump in Mexico, NAFTA Ironies

Apple Avoiding Irish Taxes: Why is U.S. Government Doing Corporations’ Bidding?

Democracy Now!
Hero or Murderer? 15-Year-Old Bresha Meadows Faces Life in Prison for Killing Abusive Father

Glenn Greenwald: Obama Has Bombed 7 Nations, But Clinton Claims He Has Not Been Militaristic Enough

A New McCarthyism: Greenwald on Clinton Camp’s Attempts to Link Trump, Stein & WikiLeaks to Russia

Does the HPV Vaccination Prevent Cervical Cancer? You Decide
by Landee Martin

What Cirque du Soleil performers can teach us
How they maintain their muscle and bones
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

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


‘Won’t Accept Destruction’: Global Communities Line Up to Ban Fracking
‘This decision proves the power of grassroots advocacy. Individuals have won over powerful and influential mining companies’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Ireland’s Outrage Over EU’s Apple Ruling Reveals Fraudulent Global Tax System
‘It shows how subordinate to the corporations our establishment have become—they want a tax haven nation where workers pay countless charges and the wealthy pay nothing’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Taking a belated bite out of a royally rotten Apple

From the Battle of Seattle to the Financial Crisis
The decisive role of collective action in undermining neoliberal ideology and the continuing structural power of capitalism
by Walden Bello

Cry Me a River, Aetna
Retreating carriers whine that exchanges bruised their bottom lines; meanwhile, their profits are off the charts, thanks to … Obamacare
by Wendell Potter

*Insurers are making out like the bandits they are due to the ACA, as they made sure they would. Some just aren’t ever satisfied with their bloated bottom lines.

Potter agrees that they’re greedy, but seems to feel that’s fine, as long as they dial back their überavarice a mite.

As someone who’s had to deal with Obamacare for the last couple of years, and did without health insurance for years beforehand because of the death grip these bastards have on our well being, and isn’t oblivious to the far superior situation in other developed nations (at least before austerity became all the rage)

I beg to differ.

The anti-Semitism smearing campaign against Corbyn. An update: no decency left (with nice photos)
by Heiner Flassbeck

Global Justice Now
New Trade Deal Could Be Even Greater Threat to Public Services Than TTIP

The Real News Network
How Zero Tolerance Policing Destroyed Black Communities in Baltimore
Ten of thousands of city residents were swept up in a policy that the Department of Justice says lead to illegal arrests and unconstitutional policing focused solely on African-American neighborhoods

*Janis does some solid reportage, but it seems he can’t bring himself to look beyond “a broken system” to see that it’s doing precisely what it’s designed to do.

He sees “mistakes”, not strategies. He appears to think that those in power believe that their actions will lead to positive results, when they are intended to effect just the opposite.

It’s a disconnect that I find difficult to comprehend, but I guess he’s too deep in the trees to clearly discern the forest.

Fighting for Whose Freedom? Police Unions, Veterans, and Colin Kaepernick
The outrage over San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s comments on racism in America ignores the role of activism in improving the lives of veterans and Black Americans, says hip-hop historian Davey D

*Patriotism may be the last refuge of a scoundrel

But it’s often the first resort of a hypocrite

Corporate Media Casts Fog Over Wikileaks to Protect Clinton
Some voters won’t be able to ‘hold their nose’ and cast their ballot for Hillary Clinton after the next Wikileaks release, thereby denying her a strong mandate, says Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford

*Of course, this isn’t just about the size of the “mandate”, is it?

The Dems want a free hand for their neoliberalismo and imperialismo afterwards, and keeping their thumb on the “FEAR” button — whether it’s “terrorists” or Russkies or those repugnant Repubs — is their strategy for achieving same.

We’ll see how “Our Revolution”, MoveOn and other “progressive” entities respond to that, after having worked to elect the self same bastards dedicated to the hollowing out of their proclaimed goals

All in the name of “pragmatism”, needless to say.

Where have we heard that before?

Have we ever heard else before?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Colin Kaepernick and Racism of The Star-Spangled Banner

USA Today Helps Mylan Sell an Extortionate Price for EpiPen
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
Our Children’s Lives Depend on This Drug: A Mother’s Plea to CEO After EpiPen Price Jumped 400%

Why Are We Paying $300 for an EpiPen That Holds Only $1 Worth of Medicine?

Debate: Is Recalling Judge Persky a Victory for Sexual Assault Survivors or a Dangerous Precedent?

*I don’t think Persky exercised “judicial discretion” for anything other than nefarious reasons, but at the same time I agree with Khan regarding the “slippery slope” of mandatory minimums, and was disappointed to hear Dauber’s support for that change.


Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?
James Stafford

*These pieces provide some useful intel, but it’s hard to swallow their Gordon Gekko perspective.

How is lithium mined? How was the land acquired? Who’s going to make out like a bandit here?

Quick guess — the bandits?

As long as energy remains in the hands of those who care for nothing save their bulging bottom line, what will be truly “green” is the mammon they worship.

Here’s how Mexican journalist avoided iPhone spyware hack
by Tim Johnson
McClatchy DC

Overwhelming Evidence that a Guaranteed Income Will Work
by Paul Buchheit

The Duke of Westminster, feudalism, the history of social stratification, inequality and what to do about it
Heiner Flassbeck

Do the Brexiteers get it by now? A tsunami of misery
by Heiner Flassbeck
Momentum Continues to Grow in the Opposition to Fracking: More Than 70 Brazilian Cities Approve Fracking Bans

The Real News Network
Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Brings Attention to Racism in National Anthem
The 49ers quarterback refused to stand for the national anthem in the hopes it would spark a discussion about racism and police brutality

Architects and Organizers of BDS Reflect on Global Success, Fate Within Canada
Participants at the World Social Forum earlier this month in Montreal, Canada took up the questions of tactics, organizing, and the role of political parties in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel

How EU Policies Have Fueled Economic Stagnation
No nations in the European Union are experiencing a recovery, says economist Heiner Flassbeck

Max Blumenthal on Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
TRNN Replay: Max Blumenthal talks to Paul Jay about his new film on Islamophobia & anti-Semitism in France

*The Devil’s Triangulation

Why the G20 and Other Efforts to Address Tax Havens Are Failing
Only international schemes and the organization of ordinary people can counter the interests of the most powerful global industries, says economist James Henry

*Her Travesty will deal with this in the same manner as Dear Misleader has on so many other issues.

She’ll put a band aid over it.

Not to help it heal

But to help it hide.

Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire – Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)
TRNN Replay: Dr. Kumar says the roots of Islamophobia are to be found in a conflict between empires and economic interests, not a clash of civilizations

Tell Colin Kaepernick you support his brave stance for racial justice

*Going deep

Into his humanity

Clean up abandoned U.S. military base in Greenland
by Ken Bower


And poisoned pieces

Democracy Now!
Complete Reversal of Democracy: Glenn Greenwald on Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment

As Bernie Sanders Condemns “Coup” in Brazil, Why Have Obama & Clinton Been So Silent?

Greenwald: “Why Did Saudi Regime & Other Gulf Tyrannies Donate Millions to Clinton Foundation?”

*What would Madame Mayhem do without Donald Schmuck?

Sweat much more profusely.

Greenwald: Journalists Should Not Stop Scrutinizing Clinton Just Because Trump is Unfit for Office

Greenwald: The Olympics May Be Over, But the Anger, Disillusionment Among Brazilians Remains High

The Surprising Health Benefits of Coffee
by Ty Bollinger

*Elkaim begs to differ.

Search for his vid, “The Coffee Conspiracy”, and decide for yourself.

6 Ways Colostrum Helps You Fight Cancer
by Dr. David Jockers

10 Ways to Balance Hormones Naturally
by Dr. Josh Axe

Do you know what your water filter removes?
Not all filters are certified to remove lead
Lindsay Moyer
Nutrition Action

*Why no mention of fluoride?

(Rhetorical question, I realize)

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


Challenged Over ‘Racist’ Remarks, Maine Governor Leaves Unhinged Voicemail
‘Paul LePage is an increasingly menacing figure who does not reflect the values of our state,’ says chair of state Democratic Party
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The fact that this sociopath has been elected twice is as scary as anything on that voicemail, don’t you think?

Restoring the Climate: War Is Not the Answer
by Judith Schwartz

*Make loam, not war

What Makes a Hate Group?
by Brian Terrell

*What the police state truly can’t abide

Is principle

Word Games: What the NSA Means by “Targeted” Surveillance Under Section 702
by Cindy Cohn

How Not To Fund Infrastructure
by Michal Rozworski

*Defying commons sense

The Real News Network
Paramilitaries Pose Threat to FARC-Colombia Peace Deal
The peace deal, which now heads to referendum, comes after more than a century of US intervention in the nation, starting with breaking off Panama from Colombia, says labor and human rights lawyer Dan Kovalik

This DA is sending Black people to jail for being poor. Tell her to resign.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Turkey Invades Syria

Democracy Now!
Vijay Prashad: Turkey’s Offensive Against ISIS & Press Crackdown is Really Just War on Kurds

Regime Change in Libya Mirrors Iraq: Both Efforts Led to Failed States & Destabilized Region

Yemen & Palestine: Vijay Prashad on the Two “Ruthless” Bombing Campaigns

Vijay Prashad on India’s Crackdown in Kashmir: “If This is Not an Occupation, What Else is It?”

Why You Must Eliminate Pesticides in Food When Treating Cancer
by Dr. Robert Scott Bell

The Naked Abdominal Workout
by Yuri Elkaim

Diane Ravitch to Readers: Don’t Let Charter Industry Silence John Oliver
Oliver was targeted by privatizers after criticizing charter schools in a segment of his HBO show
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

“I Didn’t Serve, I Was Used”: How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home
Making America pain-free for plutocrats and Big Pharma, but not vets
by Ann Jones

*Things go bitter with Koch

With an assist from everyone’s favorite “socialist”

Organic Consumers Association
Non Profits Sue General Mills for False and Misleading Use of ‘Natural’
Tests Reveal Nature Valley Products Contain Glyphosate, an Ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup

The Real News Network
Baltimore Police Defend Secret Surveillance Program
Officials would not say why a private company using a plane to track city residents was hired and funded outside public purview

Turkey’s Incursion into Syria Will Escalate Conflict with the Kurds
ISIS is likely to retaliate with terrorist attacks in Turkey, says Trent University professor Baris Karaagac

Petition update
Stop the irresponsible and costly practice of airing drug ads on TV
by Denise Kinney

A Guided Tour of the ‘Alt-Right,’ by the Trump Campaign Chief’s Website
by Jim Naureckas

*If you can equate reason with rationalization (a rationalization in itself)

Then these schmenges are about as reasonable as you can get.

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Public Banks Could Break the Impasse Over Marijuana Money”

Democracy Now!
“Our Revolution”? Bernie Sanders Launches New Organization, But Key Staffers Quit in Protest

*Not that I think that even without this contradiction this group would go as far as it needs to in order to effect transformative change — note the utter absence of any mention of militarism, much less imperialism, and you can’t separate what needs to be done in this country from what this country is doing in others

But I think this internal dissent shows how principles become perverted by the pernicious pap of “pragmatism”, and I applaud the folks who could not in good conscience accede to that meme.

10 Questions to Ask BEFORE Accepting Radiation Therapy for Cancer
by Elyn Jacobs

Is Sodium Bad for You?
by Yuri Elkaim

*Salt of the earth

Not the ersatz

Baltimore Police Are Secretly Spying on Residents from the Air: Bloomberg
The BPD has been using aerial surveillance to investigate ‘all sorts of crimes, from property thefts to shootings,’ without telling public
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A jaundiced eye in the sky

U.S.-Backed Turkish Offensive in Syria Targets U.S.-Backed Kurds
Under guise of fighting ISIS, U.S. policy in Syria is growing increasingly incoherent, say critics
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If the US claims to back you

You’d best watch your back

Arms Industry Donating to Hawkish Clinton Over Incoherent Trump
‘My view is Hillary is far more aligned with the types of issues that are important to the defense industry than Trump is’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Knowing which side your bullets are buttered on

Mississippi Parents Demand an Answer: Are Charter Schools Constitutional?
Plaintiffs say privately-run, publicly-funded, corporate institutions do not qualify as “free” schools and shouldn’t get taxpayer money
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Let the Peace Games Begin
After the Olympic games in Rio drew to a close, another set of games have begun: military exercises between the United States and South Korea to prepare for a possible armed conflict with North Korea
by Christine Ahn

Ankara’s Climbdown on Assad
Turkey warms up to Russia and Iran in a bid to exit before a total rout of its proxies in Syria
by Vijay Prashad

OPEC’s Output Freeze: What Has Changed Since Doha?
by Rakesh Upadhyay

*A fool’s fuel errand

PBS Frontline
An Unauthorized History of the NFL

*I ran across this on YouTube, from decades ago.

Apparently, cold feet walked away from a hot trail.

Brave New Films
Get Gun Sales Off of Facebook Now – Here’s How!

The Real News Network
Baltimore Police Union Could Thwart Planned Civilian Oversight
A law that was supposed to allow civilian participation in the internal disciplinary process could be blocked by the city’s police union

EpiPen Prices Soar Because Our Current System Can’t Restrain Profit-Seeking Corporations
As Congress calls for an investigation into the price hikes of EpiPen, Jean Ross of National Nurses United says only a single-payer healthcare system will reign in corporate greed that puts lives at risk

More Social Programs For Ex-Prisoners Would Lower Recidivism
Walter Lomax of the Maryland Restorative Justice initiative says that he has watched ex-prisoners suffer from slashed social services despite the knowledge that such programs promote reintegration into society

ASCENSION HEALTHCARE: Keep St. Francis Hospital a community hospital!
by Marina Dimitrijevic
Working Families

Stoking Russia Panic for Partisan Gain Will Have a Long-Term Price for Peace
by Adam Johnson

*Updating red baiting is such a Russia

Democracy Now!
Day After Obama Tours Louisiana Flood Damage, Gov’t Holds Massive Gulf Oil & Gas Lease Auction

*Feigning concern while fomenting catastrophe

Embracing the Alt-Right: New Trump Campaign Chief “Created an Online Haven for White Nationalists”

*I imagine the schmenge would prefer to run a TV outlet than a government, don’t you?

It would be akin to a nonstop presidential address, without all the tedium that attends the office.

And it would pay better.

He’d make sure of that.

The Truth About Cholesterol, Statin Drugs, and Cancer
by Ty Bollinger

How to Make Sense of the Food Sensitivity Blood Test
by Yuri Elkaim

A more appealing way to do weight-lifting exercise
And get the same benefit
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*This might appear to contradict Elkaim’s advice to use heavier weights with fewer reps, but I think the bottom line’s the same — to challenge your muscles.

Of course, more reps take more time, don’t they?


Officials Pull Water Supply as Dakota Access Protest Swells in Number and Spirit
Thousands join protest camp as supporters are holding a rally in Washington D.C. on Wednesday outside of Army Corps hearing
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Louisiana Climate-Deniers Who Refused Sandy Victims Now Want Federal Flood Relief
Hypocrisy of lawmakers on display following disaster
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Denying relief as a form of revenge – or for political gain – would be as heartless as what these bastards did with Sandy.

Now, if it was their personal losses that were in question, I’d have no qualms about hoisting them with their own petard, but the victims shouldn’t suffer for the sociopathy of their representatives, should they?

Covering Up Whistleblowers’ Disclosures Should Be Illegal
by William Black

The Real News Network
Detroit Reverend: ‘Electing a Democrat Doesn’t Mean You Are Safe’
Clinton’s transition team includes former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, whose legacy includes austerity and the use of emergency managers, says Reverend David Alexander Bullock

The False Equivalence of ‘White Lives Matter’
NAACP’s James Douglas and activist Cedrick Smith respond to a ‘White Lives Matter’ protest in Houston that included assault rifles and Confederate flags

*Bad apples are borne from rotten barrels

Brazil: A State of Economic and Political Paralysis
Under President Michel Temer, Brazil’s economic and political paralysis has deepened. With the Dilma Rousseff impeachment vote at the Senate planned for after the 2016 Olympics, the situation is rife with alarming possibilities. – A Joint TRNN and Newsclick Production

Saudi Arabia Bombing Yemen To Quell Demonstrations for Democracy
The Saudi-led coalition is not just trying to deter Houthi leaders; they want to ensure that pro-democratic Yemeni demonstrations don’t touch the rest of the Arabian peninsula, says Bilal Zenab Ahmed of

Feds Say Locking Up the Indigent Because They Can’t Pay Bail is Unconstitutional
University of Maryland law professor Doug Colbert says the long overdue move by the Department of Justice could help overturn punitive pretrial detention measures nationwide

The Corporate Arbiters of Opinion
CBS and Fox News haven’t even listed Jill Stein of the Green Party in their latest polls, says Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford

*No amount of cologne can stem the stench of corporate collusion

Institute for Public Accuracy
“No Need to Build The Donald’s Wall, It’s Built”

Democracy Now!
Hate Crime in Tulsa: Khalid Jabara’s Family Speaks Out After His Murder by Racist White Neighbor

Father of Muslim Women Murdered in Chapel Hill to Jabara Family: “I Know How You Feel”


New Study Shows How Clinging to Nuclear Power Means Climate Failure
“By suppressing better ways to meet climate goals, evidence suggests entrenched commitments to nuclear power may actually be counterproductive”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

What Does It Mean When War Hawks Say, “Never Trump”?
The Enemies of My Enemy May Be War Criminals
by Rebecca Gordon

*The pots piss on the kettle

Clinton’s Transition Team: A Corporate Presidency Foretold
by Norman Solomon

*Anyone shocked by this should probably not be allowed to sign any sort of fudiciary contract without strict supervision.

Public Citizen
FTC Should Ban Forced Arbitration Clauses in Solar Leases

*Sunlight and shadow

The Real News Network
Afro-Colombians Place Hope in the Peace Process
After over 50 years of civil war, the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas are closer than ever to signing a final peace deal which is supported by much of country’s black and indigenous populations

Rattling the Bars: U.S. Prison Strikes
In this episode of Rattling the Bars we examine various prison strikes in the U.S. and the common thread of inhumane prison conditions

How Stock Buybacks Harm the Economy
Former financial regulator Bill Black explains how perverse executive compensation is leading to declines in productivity and prolonging post-recession unemployment

*Taking stock

Making a mock “recovery”

(Parenthetically, is anyone else frustrated by these poor, often unintelligible transcripts, and that some segments go begging for even that? I understand the resource crunch, but it’s difficult to believe that it’s not possible to improve this situation.

And what’s with the absence of apostrophes … ?)

Activists Call on Obama to Pardon U.S. Political Prisoners
On the eve of the DNC, activists from across the country gathered in Philadelphia urging president Obama to pardon U.S. political prisoners incarcerated in federal jails

Labor Rights Brazenly Violated In Global “Corporate Utopias”
Matt Kennard details his new investigative report for In These Times, which exposes first-hand the severe mistreatment of workers and union busting in Cambodian and Chinese Special Economic Zones

Institute for Public Accuracy
Time to End “Welfare as We Know It”

*Will Dems’ half steps progress to full strides?

Aspiring to the empirical, I’ll keep my wagering change in my pocket.

FAIR CounterSpin
‘It’s a Kind of Original Sin of the Modern Democratic Party’
Felicia Kornbluh on the 20th anniversary of welfare ‘reform’
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
“This is Our War & It is Shameful:” Journalist Andrew Cockburn on the U.S. Role in the War in Yemen

A Shocking Story of How a Chicago Cop Killed a Teen — Then Locked Up His Best Friend for the Murder

What Causes Cancer and What Is it Really?
by Tony Isaacs

The latest on how to avoid stomach cancer
The three most important lifestyle factors that matter
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

The Bodyweight Cardio Circuit That Will Skyrocket Your Metabolism
by Yuri Elkaim

How to Harness the Afterburn Effect for Massive Weight Loss
by Yuri Elkaim


‘Good to Be King’: The Very Good Loans Key Lawmakers Get from Wall Street Banks
Members of Congress who ostensibly oversee Wall Street ‘allegedly received preferential treatments from lenders’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Whistleblower Rejects Award to Protest SEC and Wall Street’s “Looting”
‘After suffering at the hands of the Deutsche [Bank] executives I will not join them simply because I cannot beat them’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Coincidence? Texas Slashed Women’s Health and Maternal Death Rate Soared
The rate of pregnancy-related deaths nearly doubled in Texas from 2011-2012, a trend researchers found ‘puzzling’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

China and the U.S. are Approaching Dangerous Seas
It’s not just the chilling rhetoric. In the past five months, warships from both sides have done everything but ram one another
by Conn Hallinan

*Start with cold war

Bring to a boil

The Real News Network
Departure of Health Insurers From Exchanges Demonstrates Need for Single Payer, Says Advocate
Physicians for a National Health Program founder Dr. Steffie Woolhandler: the fundamental problem is our reliance on market-based solutions to healthcare

*Purportedly insuring health

Purposely ensuring profit

UN Admits Role in Haiti’s Cholera Outbreak After Years of Denial
A lawyer representing the victims says there needs to be continued pressure on the UN to ensure the safety of the host communities where its missions are deployed

France’s Burkini Ban Rooted in Racist Colonial Past
French civil liberties activist Yasser Louati says you can’t ‘free women’ by denying them individual choice

Fraternité *

*Offer void where prohibited by law

Tell Louisiana governor it’s time to clean up!

#Not1More Deportation
Tell DHS to Cut Its Private Prison Contracts Too

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton Foundation’s Cynical Move

*Politics is good business

Invest your sums

Democracy Now!
In Historic Shift, U.S. Government to End Use of Deadly, Costly, Negligent Private Prisons

Private Prisons May Be Phased Out, But Industry Leaves Trail of Bodies from Medical Neglect & Abuses

As Feds Close Prisons Run by Private Companies, Will They Do Same for Immigrant Detention Centers?

Dave Zirin: Brazilians are Fed Up with U.S. Olympian Ryan Lochte and Privileged First-World Tourists

*American unexceptionalism

Back from Rio, Dave Zirin on Firsts at Olympics, Treatment of Russian Athletes, Future for Brazil

Which liquors and mixed drinks have the most calories?
A Margarita can have twice the calories of a martini
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


The Boy in the Ambulance Offers Glimpse of ‘Profound Horrors’ in Syria
“It didn’t stop & it won’t stop with Omran if the world doesn’t act”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This child has no proxy

Did Green Party Pitch for ‘Greater Good’ Resonate with National Audience?
‘I will have trouble sleeping at night if Donald Trump is elected. I will also have trouble sleeping at night if Hillary Clinton is elected.’—Jill Stein
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Independent Women’s Forum and Independent Women’s Voice Use “Independent” Brand to Push Right-Wing Agenda to Women Voters
by Lisa Graves, Kim Haddow and Calvin Sloan
Center for Media and Democracy (CMD)

Brian Terrell on Trial in Wisconsin: Sheriff’s Dept. Associates Nonviolent Demonstrators with “Hate Groups”; Pattern of Police Harassment Alleged
by Buddy Bell
Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV)

Owning Milwaukee’s Tragedy
by Fredrick McKissack Jr.

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
DOJ to End Use of Private Prisons: CCR Says DHS and ICE Must Do the Same

The Real News Network
Neofascism of the Law and Order Candidate
Henry Giroux tells Paul Jay that fear is an organizing principle of U.S. society

*Nothing “neo” about greed and power

Climate Change Will Prolong U.S. Mosquito Season, Lead to Spread of Zika Virus
Report from Climate Central shows warmer weather adds 30 extra days of mosquito-breeding time to areas across America

*We also need to be alert to the insects who are buzzing around the prospect of making a profit off of playing on people’s fears.

Does It Pay to Be White?
PERI’s Jeannette Wicks-Lim says race privileges go beyond interactions with the police and criminal justice system

*It’s not taking from one

And it’s not giving to “the other”

It’s sharing among us all

Yes Means Yes: A Conversation About Nate Parker and Affirmative Consent
April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite, unpacks the question of boycotting artists who are accused of rape

*There are contradictions aplenty when it comes to what we do with our money, and I appreciate Reign’s pointing out the complexity of that issue.

Perhaps a starting point is to adhere to the principle of not being a hypocrite about being a hypocrite, if that makes sense.

What I mean is that we acknowledge that complexity, and we don’t attempt to ignore or rationalize it.

Because we don’t have a ready answer doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be ready to do the heavy lifting in search of a solution.

Petition update
Arizona Legion
McCain Silent As Veterans Suffer

*No “war hero” worship here

Institute for Public Accuracy
How “Non-Opinion” Polls and Debate Commission Marginalize Independents

Democracy Now!
Open Up the Debates: Green Party’s Jill Stein Accuses Democrats & GOP of Rigging Debate Rules

Stein & Baraka to Bernie Sanders Supporters: Vote Green & Abandon the Party of War and Wall Street

*Now that there’s no question of Trump winning, the clamor from the Dems (and the MoveOns — and Bernie his own self) is that he needs to be routed.

But Stein’s spot on in saying that the pain that Trump has capitalized on will only continue under Her Travesty, and neofascism will remain a threat, enabled by neoliberalism.

I don’t consider the Greens the equivalent of Jesus on a stick, but I’ll cast my vote for their ticket as the best choice I can make.

At the risk of repeating myself, if at some point you don’t draw a line in the sand

You’ll find yourself buried up to your neck in it.


Koch Brothers Waging War Against Local Effort to Expose Dark Money
South Dakota residents in November will vote on Initiated Measure 22, which seeks to remedy the state’s problem of political corruption
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What’s that about vampires and sunlight … ?

Snowden Calls ‘Shadow Brokers’ Hack of NSA Hackers ‘Significant’ Turn in Spy Wars
Calling leak of sophisticated spy tools unprecedented, whistleblower says things ‘could get messy fast’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Complaint Says Baltimore Cops’ Use of Stingray Spy Tool Violates Civil Rights
Because devices are concealed from public, average mobile phone user doesn’t know what’s happening with their service
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

War to ‘Stop’ War: Why the Obama Doctrine is Ravaging the Middle East
On ‘Operation Odyssey Lightning’ in Libya and beyond
by Ramzy Baroud

*The price of gasoline thrown on the fire

Voces de la Frontera
Solidarity with Sherman Park

The Real News Network
Mexican Teachers Set Strike On First Day of School Over Neoliberal Education Reform
Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas program at the Center for International Policy in Mexico City, says the families of the 43 disappeared students joined teachers in protest of the legislation

*Teaching to the test of community

‘FAILED: What the “Experts” Got Wrong on the Global Economy’ – Mark Weisbrot (3/3)
CEPR economist Mark Weisbrot dispels the myths surrounding Latin America’s historic elections of left governments and their implementation of anti-poverty and social programs

Seismic Testing For Arctic Oil Will Deafen Whales
Chris Williams and Jerry Natanine say the testing will locate new drilling sites for fossil fuels that we shouldn’t even be burning

Turkey to EU: Forget Refugee Deal If No Visa-Free Travel
Baris Karaagac explains why it’s unlikely that Turkey will discard its 60-year-old alliance with the United States in favor of closer ties with Russia

Report: Obama Admin Paid $1 Billion to Private Prisons to Detain Asylum Seekers
The push to warehouse asylum-seeking women and children in a private facility as a deterrent violates US obligations to international law, says Mark Fleming of the National Immigrant Justice Center

*Huddled masses of money

I Volunteer to Help the U.S. Army Find its Missing $6.5 Trillion
by David Swanson

NYT Touts Honduras as Ad for ‘American Power’–Leaving Out Support for Murderous Coup Regime
by Jim Naureckas

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump, Clinton and Islamophobia

The Solution for Aetna

Democracy Now!
Why Did Clinton Just Tap a Pro-TPP, Pro-KXL, Pro-Fracking Politician to Head Her Transition Team?


I think this confirms the answers, if there was any need.


Tribal Activists Defy Lawsuit, Vow Continued Resistance Against Dakota Pipeline
‘When the president of the U.S. came to Cannonball, I did not ask him for anything,’ said leader of Standing Rock Sioux, ‘but knowing what I know now, I wish I would have asked President Obama to help us in this struggle’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A trail of tears

Leading to a road to resistance

NASA Study Nails Fracking as Source of Massive Methane ‘Hot Spot’
The 2,500-square mile plume is said to be the largest concentration of the potent greenhouse gas in the country
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Wildfires Are Getting Worse: Time to Rehydrate Our Landscapes
by Judith Schwartz

America’s Criminal Injustice System
The annals of a private eye
by Judith Coburn

*Bullet the blue sky

What Happened to the Pink Tide?
by Kyla Sankey

*Deals with the devils leave the better angels grounded

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Trump Campaign’s Voter Intimidation Effort

Friends of the Earth
New Tests Find Significant Decrease in Bee-Killing Pesticides in “Bee-Friendly” Plants

Cornucopia Institute
Report Finds Toxins/Carcinogens in Popular Brands of Toothpaste
Scorecard Identifies the “Dirtiest” and Safest, Even Organic, Alternatives

*Only the avarice is “natural”

The Real News Network
Anti-Muslim Policies Are Already in Place – Trump Just Makes It Explicit in Rhetoric
Scholar Arun Kundnani says Trump’s new anti-Muslim proposals are mainstreaming the marginal far-right Islamophobes

Milwaukee and National Aggression Against Black People
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford: Mass incarceration begins with hypersurveillance of the Black community and ends in death as it did in Milwaukee

“FAILED: What the ‘Experts’ Got Wrong on the Global Economy” – Mark Weisbrot (2/3)
CEPR economist Mark Weisbrot says the collapse of the IMF’s power over low and middle-income countries is one of the most significant changes in the international financial system

Foreign Policy Analyst: Trump Doesn’t Flip Flop, He Plays Roulette
Robert Naiman says real foreign policy would call out Saudi Arabia for its role in the rise of ISIS and the devastating war on Yemen

*Madame Mayhem and her coven of “humanitarian” interventionists were as responsible for the evisceration of Libya as France and Britain, don’t you think?

Of course the US did “practically everything” in that horror show. However reluctant many in the Pentagon may have been initially, once the “Go” button’s pushed, they’re going to call the shots and run the show.

They (meaning “we”) pay for that privilege. NATO is a wholly owned subsidiary of “Empire Inc.”

Democracy Now!
Matt Taibbi on Trump’s Position on NATO, Russia & his Campaign Head’s $13 Million Scandal in Ukraine

“What Would She Do in Iraq?”: As Clinton Slams Trump for ISIS Speech, We Look at Her Own Positions

5 Amazing Stretches for Better Posture
by Yuri Elkaim

5 Ways to Turn Your Child into a Veggie Lover!
by Leanne Ely


Florida Keys Residents Resist Controversial GMO Mosquito Trial
“It’s about human rights—this can’t be pushed down our throats without consent,” said one Key West resident
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Are Climate-Related ‘Hot Blobs’ Spreading and Killing Marine Life Worldwide?
Marine heatwaves have killed whales, birds, sea lions, mangroves, and coral—and research suggests they are increasing as the climate warms
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Milwaukee Sheriff Provokes Outrage, Blames ‘Urban Pathology,’ ‘War on Police’ for Police Brutality
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, a regular commentator on Fox News, places blame on impoverished, segregated communities for fatal police shootings
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Right wing dream

A black face

With a black heart

The Movement for Black Lives, the Palestinian Struggle, and a Creeping Genocide
by Zeina Azzam

The Exoneration of Milosevic: the ICTY’s Surprise Ruling
by Andy Wilcoxson

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
CEPR to Investigate Restructuring in the Health Industry and Implications for Less Skilled Workers

British Journalist, 81, Facing Death Penalty, Enters 4th Month of Bangladeshi Detention

The Real News Network
Iraqi City of Mosul Faces the Bloody Prospect of ‘Liberation’
Sabah Alnasseri: Corruption and factional fighting within the parliament will soon be accompanied by intensified conflict as the army attempts to take Mosul from the Islamic State

Venezuelan Opposition Unlikely To Secure Recall Referendum Before Year’s End
Steve Ellner: The image of Venezuela as an oppressive failed state is really very far from what’s happening on the ground

Aerial Bombardment in Libya Unlikely to Have Defeated ISIS
Vijay Prashad: It’s more likely that ISIS fighters have fled the city of Sirte

The Dangers of Climate Change Aren’t Coming: They’re Already Here
Professor Chris Williams says even the U.S. Department of Defense is speaking of climate change in the present tense

The Fairytale of Olympic ‘Legacies’
Jules Boykoff, author of “Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics”, says protest mobilizations have brought attention to the corruption and mis-spending around Rio’s ‘corporate sport party for the 1 percent’

*A circus sucks up the bread

The #FightFor15 Heads For Round Two on Monday’s Baltimore City Council Vote
Ricarra Jones of SEIU: Some councilmembers have forgotten that they previously voiced support for a $15 hourly wage

Petition update
New Ugly Produce Petition by @UglyFruitAndVeg! This one for @Target!

Institute for Public Accuracy
The “Fraud” of Bipartisan Debates

*An undebatable duopoly

Humanitarian Nightmare for Colombia’s Wayuu Fails to Awaken Corporate Media
by Janine Jackson

*The unnotable “savage”

Election Meddling: Bad if Done to USA, Bad to Complain About if Done by USA
by Adam Johnson

*A mighty massive mote

Your Parents Aren’t Your Parents, an Announcer Tells an Olympian
by Janine Jackson

*”[B]roken home”?

Broken humanity

Cancer Immunotherapy and Other Targeted Cancer Therapies
by Ty Bollinger

Is Your Multivitamin Supplement a Multi-Waste of Your Money?
by Ty Bollinger

The Unexplored Health Benefits of Fulvic Acid
by Ty Bollinger

The Hidden Danger of Foods Rich in Estrogen
by Yuri Elkaim

How Skipping Breakfast Can Actually Boost Your Weight Loss
by Dan Go

Which beers and wines have the most calories?
They can differ by 150 calories or more
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


EPA’s Own Advisory Board Demands Revision of Deeply Flawed Fracking Report
Panel of independent scientists tells EPA to revise report that said fracking did not have “widespread, systemic impacts” on drinking water
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Revealed: Private Federal Prisons More Abusive and Violent
Damning Department of Justice report finds that privately owned federal prisons cause more bodily injuries and even death
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘They’re Trying to Poison Our Future,’ Resistance Heats Up to Stop ‘Black Snake’ From Slithering Through Midwest
Native tribes, landowners, environmental activists trying to stop pipeline that rivals Keystone XL in length
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Paul Ryan: ‘Eunuch’ or ‘Powerhouse’?
by Roger Bybee

How to Break the Power of Money
We can refuse to accept the pervasive, but false, claims that money is wealth and a growing GDP improves the lives of all
by David Korten

*Money talks

Can we learn not to listen?

Climate Science: Revolution is Here
A host of innovations in energy technology is transforming the climate-change outlook – one of the world’s three required paradigm shifts
by Paul Rogers

*Certainly “cause for just a little celebration”, but I’d like to see a more critical view of wind power as regards noise, wildlife harm, etc.

I don’t claim to be an expert in this area, but I’ve seen too many examples of overlooking contradictions in the promotion of what advocates deem an unalloyed good.

In the end, their proclaimed objective suffers from that lack of objectivity. Honest appraisals engender trust, and with it essential popular support.

Green Party of the US
Jill Stein and the Green Party Add More Ballot Lines This Week