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

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

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

Let’s do the mensch thing.

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

And a note on DEMOCRACY NOW! posts:

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

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

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

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

I also have a Facebook page

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


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

See if you agree.


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

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

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

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

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


* Do what your conscience demands

And your courage allows

And never be satisfied with the limits of either *




Written by Doug Latimer

05/02/2008 at 4:15 PM

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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

The Real News Network
The Realignment of Turkish and Russian Relations
Vijay Prashad: Turkey suggests it’s no longer willing to play the role of NATO’s Islamists for the United States

Militarization of Local Police Skyrockets Under Obama
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says President Obama may eliminate the ban on military grade weapon transfers to local police departments

Justice Department Report Reveals Just How Racist Baltimore’s Police Policies Are
Targeting of African-Americans with illegal arrests, unconstitutional stops, and harassment is widespread and systemic

*Damning reports

Desultory reforms

Petition update
Sign the @Feedbackorg Petition to Fix “Expiration” Date Labels!
by Jordan Figueiredo

NYT Reveals Think Tank It’s Cited for Years to Be Corrupt Arms Booster
by Adam Johnson

*Can you be a pimp

And a prostitute?

Democracy Now!
Did Companies & Countries Buy State Dept. Access by Donating to Clinton Foundation?

*When it comes to working the system, it’s beyond question that Her Travesty is “eminently qualified”, isn’t it?

Donald Trump Claims Obama & Clinton Founded ISIS, But Bush Negotiated U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq

“Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart”: NYT Mag Examines Region Since 2003 U.S. Invasion

*The better corpress journalists can be useful in providing salient facts, but their analysis is almost invariably clouded by their ingrained biases.

Anderson speaks of how the intervention of the European powers, then later the US, is the primary driver of the hell the people of the Middle East endure, yet he then asks how to “deactivate” the terrorism that they are overwhelmingly the main victims of.

He’s answered his own question, yet doesn’t seem capable of making that logical deduction, does he?


LGBTQ Youths Face ‘Heartbreaking,’ ‘Unacceptable’ Violence: Study
‘This is a call to action to support and protect our young people….We all must do more to put an end to anti-LGBTQ stigma’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘High Alert’: Ukraine and Russia Building Up Military at Crimean Border
‘The events are developing according to a pretty negative scenario. Neither side has any trust in the other.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Everything cold is new again

How America Rising Ties the GOP to the Stalkers Harassing Bill McKibben and Tom Steyer
by Ben Jervey

ACLU Challenges South Carolina ‘Disturbing Schools’ Law
Students Channeled Into Criminal Justice System for Loitering, Cursing, Questioning Police Behavior, or ‘Obnoxious’ Actions

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
National Parks Should Not Be Billboards for Corporate Advertising
More Than 200,000 Petition Signatures Delivered to National Park Service Demanding It Abandon Plans to Allow Corporate Sponsorships, Naming Rights and Park Branding

Center for Biological Diversity
U.S. to World: Protect Dolphins, Whales or Lose Access to U.S. Seafood Market
New Rules Ban Seafood Imports That Don’t Meet Strict U.S. Standards for Marine Mammal Protection

The Real News Network
City Councilman Will Withhold Potentially Deciding Vote on Baltimore’s Minimum Wage
Carl Stokes says he’s ‘betwixt and between’, will abstain from Monday’s vote

*To wax Shakespearean about it

Methinks he doth protest too much

How Media Distorted Syrian Ceasefire’s Breakdown
by Gareth Porter

Democracy Now!
Racist & Illegal: Justice Department Slams Baltimore Police for Targeting Black Residents

Crisis Engulfs Fox News as Roger Ailes Sexual Harassment & Spying Scandal Grows

How Did Susan Estrich Go from Feminist Icon & Roger Ailes Foe to His Attorney in Harassment Case?

*The question’s not answered, is it?

But we can surmise that Estrich’s “feminism” ran no deeper than the balance in her bank account.

Part 2: Calls Grow for NY Gov Cuomo to Reform Parole Board That Denies Release of Eligible Prisoners


At Least Six Million Americans Are Drinking Toxic ‘Teflon Chemicals’ With Their Water
‘The available data only reveals the tip of the iceberg of contaminated drinking water’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Non stick regulation

Experiments Involving GMO Animals Are Skyrocketing, Study Finds
Growing industry of genetically engineering animals requires unnecessary torture and deaths of tens of thousands of animals, Germany’s Green Party argues
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I think we know who the real rats are here

Win for Telecom Giants as Court Puts Dagger in Municipal Broadband
‘Industry-backed state laws to block municipal broadband only exist because pliant legislators are listening to their Big Cable and Big Telecom paymasters’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

To Stop Climate Change, Don’t Just Cut Carbon. Redistribute Wealth.
Climate disruption is inextricably linked to economic inequality. Serious climate solutions must be, too.
by Jorge Villarreal

Free People from ‘Dictatorship’ of the 0.01%
by Vandana Shiva

The Real News Network
With Aleppo Under Siege, Al-Nusra Front Rises in Strength
Journalist Patrick Cockburn says the rebel group is ideologically identical to the Islamic State, and its recent break with Al-Qaeda is likely a PR move that will allow countries like Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey to support them without being accused of being allied with Al-Qaeda

Green Party VP Candidate on How Elections Can Advance People Power
From the 2016 Green Party national convention, Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka says that though no party alone can advance revolutionary change, the Green Party presents an opportunity to push a radical electoral strategy

*It’s not an easy choice, but at some point, if you don’t draw that line in the sand

You end up buried in it

Taking the Plight of Injured ex-GM Workers to Shareholders’ Doors
Paige Shell-Spurling and Joe Soto are riding up and down America’s East Coast in an effort to get board members and shareholders to care about the thousands of Colombian GM workers who get injured on the job and then fired without compensation in Bogota

Green Party of Canada Challenges Israeli Apartheid
Green Party shadow cabinet member Dimitri Lascaris says the passage of the resolution in support of BDS could embolden other Canadian parties to take on the occupation

TRNN in Greece: A Refugee Recounts Her Journey From Turkey to Greece
Dimitri Lascaris interviews Maisa about her experience with fraudulent smugglers and her passage to Greece with her mother and sister, only to have them now face deportation

Democracy Now!
“The Making of Donald Trump”: David Cay Johnston on Trump’s Ties to the Mob & Drug Traffickers

*As American as pesticidal apple pie

After Being Denied Parole 10 Times, Elderly Prisoner Allegedly Commits Suicide at Fishkill Prison


Colorado Readies for ‘All Out War’ as Anti-Fracking Measures Advance to Ballot
Citizen-led efforts to override the government and fossil fuel industry could be devastating for Big Oil in the state
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Clexit’: New Fears for UK as Brexit Planners Push to Withdraw from COP21
Friends of the Earth warned vote would be ‘huge challenge to decades of progress on improving the environment and tackling climate change’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Brexit” and “Clexit” are not siblings, even if they share the same sociopathic parentage.

The former was in large measure engendered by legitimate anger and fear over neoliberal EU policies that had manifestly degraded the quality of life for many.

The latter is a transparent attempt to capitalize on the ignorance propagated by the very forces behind it.

Both are infested with vipers

One is pure snake oil.

Humans are Poisoning the Ocean—and It’s Poisoning Us Back
New study shows deadly bacteria levels spiking in North Atlantic as ocean temperatures rise
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Election from Hell
How billions of words, tweets, insults, and polls blot out reality in campaign 2016
by Tom Engelhardt

*Farce feeding

Details Abound in Drone ‘Playbook’ — Except for the Ones That Really Matter Most
by Brett Max Kaufman

*A death shroud of silence

Could a re-focused World Social Forum tackle the 1 per cent, globalization, and neo-liberalism?
by Nick Fillmore

Center for Biological Diversity
Californians Deliver 350,000 Signatures Calling on State, Gov. Brown to Stop Irrigation of Crops With Oil Wastewater
Asm. Mike Gatto Joined Statewide Coalition to Outline Major Health, Safety Concerns on Capitol Steps

*Soiled of the earth

Center for International Environmental Law
Deadly Shade of Green
New report reveals scale of threat to environmental defenders and indigenous communities in Latin America

The Real News Network
Economist: Most Concerns about Baltimore’s $15 Wage Hike are Unfounded
EPI Senior Analyst David Cooper says raising minimum wage hike has historically not led to job losses, but higher local demand and decreased turnover

Robert Fitrakis: Sanders May Have Lost Due to Election Fraud
Robert Fitrakis says that the partisan firms which manage election data and technology targeted young Sanders supporters to ensure a Clinton victory

*Sanders déjà vued Gore and Kerry, didn’t he? Republicans can scream about (and legislate to their liking on) nonexistent voter fraud, but no Democrat (and Bernie is a Democrat, and no “socialist”) will ever make a peep about having an election stolen from them.

Some will even endorse their robber.

Trump Economic Advisor Took Billions In Auto Industry Bailout
Investigative reporter Greg Palast tells Paul Jay that John Paulson made billions in the mortgage market collapse and by holding the auto industry hostage for taxpayer money

*Vultures of a feather fuck us together

Trump Adopts Reaganomics
Economist Robert Pollin and journalist Doug Henwood discuss the return to classical Republican economics outlined by Trump

*Of course, the mote in the guests’ eyes is a faith in perfecting capitalism, a quixotic quest if ever there was.

Yes, it can be made better

It can never be made good.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Report: “Failing to Address the Status Quo Will Drive the Racial Wealth Divide for Centuries to Come” — Interviews Available

Democracy Now!
Pakistan Mourns After Bombing at Hospital Kills At Least 74, Including Dozens of Lawyers

Matt Taibbi on Libor, Cartel-Style Finance & How Failure to Fix Wall St. Has Propelled Trump’s Rise

Handcuffed While Dying: Police Killing of Black Teenager Paul O’Neal Sparks Protests in Chicago

Murdered by a SWAT Team for Traffic Tickets: Inside the Police Killing of Black Mother Korryn Gaines

An Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic That Will Boost Your Health
by Yuri Elkaim


Despite GOP Opposition, Mounting Evidence That Medicaid Improves Health
New research comes as Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin attempts to dismantle the state’s Medicaid expansion program as part of crusade against Obamacare
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Humanity Just Ate Through Planet’s Annual Resource Budget Faster Than Ever
…and it’s only August. That’s the fastest pace yet.
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*An apocalyptic appetite

British Authorities Demand Encryption Keys in Case with “Huge Implications”
by Ryan Gallagher
The Intercept

Why Neocons Can’t Stomach Trump
Neocons are jumping off the Republican ship for Hillary Clinton even though Donald Trump has shifted their way on Israel and military spending. The big reason is his resistance to a new Cold War with Russia.
by JP Sottile

*Even if Donald Schmuck were to channel the ghost of Curtis LeMay, which he likely will in an effort to save his sinking yacht, I imagine it wouldn’t do him much good.

Madame Mayhem is a known imperial entity, and this is a case of the devil you know

And network with.

Center for Biological Diversity
Study: Endangered Species Protection Taking Six Times Longer Than Law Allows
Delays Raise Risk of Extinction, Lawsuits Hasten Process for Protections

Council of Canadians
Risk of Energy East to Water and Atlantic Coast Too Great Groups Tell NEB on First Day of Hearings in Saint John
A bitumen spill would bring widespread, devastating economic and environmental impacts to region

*The nightmare in a pipe dream

The Real News Network
Down-ticket Green Party Candidate: Third Parties Can Reshape Local Politics
During the 2016 Green Party national convention, Green Party candidate for Texas county commissioner says an alternative party could help forge a break with the usual white liberal platform in her local district

How the Gutting of the 4th Amendment Enables Police Killings
ACLU Massachusetts Legal Director Matthew Segal says the judicial gutting of constitutional protections against unreasonable searches must be addressed

Do Black Lives Matter for the Green Party?
At the 2016 US Green Party Convention in Houston, Bruce Dixon of the Georgia Green Party and Black Agenda Report says that Greens have learned from the Sanders movement that political change must be funded by ordinary people

Is the IMF’s Neoliberal Base Unraveling?
Former financial regulator Bill Black discusses the significance of the criminal charges faced by IMF head Christine Lagarde, and its economists preaching austerity over stimulus

Party of Nelson Mandela Suffers Defeat in South African Local Elections
Political economist Patrick Bond says the outcomes in the cities Johannesburg and Cape Town reflect that a great many of the urban and middle class blacks have turned away from the traditional party of Liberation

*The book never seems to close on the old story of corruption and betrayal

One Year After Gold King Spill, Navajo Nation Left With Uncertain Future
Janene Yazzie of the Little Colorado River Watershed Chapters Association says the EPA has failed to explain the impact of the Gold King mine wastewater spill on agriculture or ensure a plan for future emergencies

New York Times Could Kick Voter Suppression While It’s Still Up
by Janine Jackson

FAIR CounterSpin
‘The Real Battle Is, Who’s Going to Own the Energy Supply?’
Harvey Wasserman on renewables and nuclear energy
by Janine Jackson

*Remember this the next time you hear some energy megacorp pimp its “commitment to clean energy”.

There’s nothing clean that’s touched by their filthy fingers.

Democracy Now!
Julian Assange: Leaked DNC Emails Shows Democrats Waged “Propaganda” Campaign Against Sanders

*How do you endorse someone who literally made you “feel the burn”?

Ask the Bern his own self.

Google in the White House? Assange Warns of Close Ties Between Hillary Clinton & Internet Giant

*Don’t be evil

That’s our job

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange: Attacks Against Jill Stein Are “Going to Go Through the Roof”

*Choosing what we consider the lesser evil is like putting off fixing your brakes. The longer you delay confronting the problem, the worse it grows, until you find you’re headed for a crash, and there’s not a goddamn thing you can do about it.

WiFi Radiation: An Invisible Threat to Your Health?
by Lloyd Burrell

Is PSA Testing for Prostate Cancer a Good Idea?
by Dr. David Brownstein

7 of the Best Tips for Detoxing the Body Naturally
by Yuri Elkaim

4 Exercises to Sculpt Jaw-Dropping Glutes
by Yuri Elkaim

Is CrossFit Dangerous? 5 Shocking Truths You Need to Know
by Yuri Elkaim

The question to ask when buying fish for dinner
This might save you money, too
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Spying’s New Frontier: Private Firm Collects Data on ‘Every American Adult’
“We have data on that 21-year-old who’s living at home with mom and dad”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The information sociopathy

Sanders Tells Backers Immediate Aim of Political Revolution Must Be to Defeat Trump
The revolution ‘will continue until we create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1 percent,’ Sanders writes in new op-ed
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Whip me

Beat me

Make me write op-eds endorsing you”

Ex-CIA Chief and Torture Defender Endorses Clinton—Why Are Democrats Cheering?
‘Whose endorsement would Democrats not treat as a benefit, at this point? How bad of an actor does someone need to be?’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Madame Mayhem and her malevolent mavens

Melting Greenland Ice Cap Will Expose Military’s Cold War-Era Toxic Waste
Study finds that rapidly melting ice will unearth radioactive waste, toxic PCBs, and raw sewage left behind by secret U.S. military base in the 1960s
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

AARP To Drop ALEC after Members’ Outcry
by Jessica Mason
Center for Media and Democracy

*I think it’s telling that, even if you give AARP honchos the benefit of the doubt, they would choose to shell out to “engage with state legislators [to] advance our members’ priorities”, rather than standing with others in the street to demand they be treated justly.

I’ll keep that in mind next time I get an unsolicited come on from them.

Baby Teeth of Iraqi Children Tell Troubling Tale of War’s Toxic Impacts
New study finds exposure to heavy metals and other toxins having severe impact on generation who have grown up amid endless bombings and violence
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

National Whistleblowers Center
Four-Year Campaign Results In Historic-Win For Tax Whistleblowers

CPS Refuses to Prosecute UK Government for Plotting Libyan Renditions to Torture

The Real News Network
Using Theatre and Performance Art to Empower the Community
In this special episode of iMiXWHATiLiKE we feature WombWork Productions. For nearly two decades they have provided Afrikan-centered social change theatre and performance art for the Baltimore community.

Petition update
Victory: Judge Sides With Piano Man Against Government Land Grab
by Charlie Birnbaum
Institute for Justice

Democracy Now!
Lee Fang on How Citizens United Opened Floodgates for Foreign Corporate Money in U.S. Elections

*I really wish Goodman would stop asking guests “what surprised them most” about the subject at hand

And I really can’t fathom why Fang would be surprised that the corpress hasn’t covered this.

Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: 2016 Rio Olympics Begin with Government Dysfunction & Police Violence

Dave Zirin: Protests by Athletes and Displaced Rio Residents Accompany Opening of 2016 Olympic Games

*A spiteful spectacle

10 Tips for Preventing Cancer in Young Adults
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

What Is the Healthiest Oil to Cook With?
by Yuri Elkaim


Revealed: AARP Is Funding ALEC
by Nick Surgey and Calvin Sloan
Center for Media and Democracy

*Elder abuse of trust

World Bank’s New Rules Condemned for Disregarding People and Planet
New policies threaten human rights and the environment, groups say
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Big Pharma Plans Massive Ad Blitz to Fight Criticism of Drug Prices
‘The idea that they are going to bring in more resources, borders on petrifying’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Big farce by Big Pharma

Partnership for Civil Justice
Lawsuits Filed Over Donald Trump’s Privatization of Pennsylvania Avenue, “America’s Main Street”
Civil Rights Group Challenges Buffer Zone that Restricts Free Speech at New Trump International Hotel

Center for Biological Diversity
‘Bundy Militia’ Pocket Constitution Tops Amazon Charts Amidst Trump-Khan Feud
NCCS Constitution Cloaked in Recruitment Materials for Sagebrush Rebel Movement Steeped in Racism, Anti-federal Domestic Terrorism

The Real News Network
Deep Depression in Italy Gave Germany an Absolute Advantage
Economist Heiner Flassbeck says there’s no debt crisis in Europe, it is Germany’s absolute competitive advantages that drove deflation throughout Europe

Frozen Sovereign Funds Behind the Libyan ‘invitation’ to Bomb Sirte
Vijay Prashad said the Libyan Government of National Accord has been under pressure to invite the US bombing campaign because Western governments won’t grant access to $67 billion in sovereign funds until the Islamic State is defeated

*”There’s a direct kind of religious belief that aerial bombardment works on the war on terror. So far the evidence suggests that this is not true at all.”

Mistaking the imperial for the empirical

Courts Rebuke Restrictive Voting Measures in Six States
The Nation’s Ari Berman says despite recent victories, the gutting of the Voting Rights Act leaves the door open to further restrictive voting measures

FAIR CounterSpin
‘We Have to Have Disability as Part of Our Discussion’
David Perry on disability and police violence
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
First Evidence Surfaces of Foreign Money Pouring into U.S. Elections After Citizens United

*Dear Misleader warning of the dangers of corporate money in politics …

Sort of like The Donald ™ inveighing against ad hominem attacks on the campaign trail, n’est-ce pas?


Missoula Wins Right to Control Its Own Water in Victory Against Privatization
Montana Supreme Court says city’s use of its water system is ‘more necessary’ than its use by a private company
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Mega-Utility Dodges $500M ‘Bullet’ as Feds Slash Potential Fine for Pipeline Explosion
New possible penalties add up to approximately one percent of original $562 million fine for explosion that killed eight people in California
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Just desserts not on the menu

There’s a Hunger Problem in Every County in America—and It’s Solvable
We cannot address hunger without strong federal nutrition programs
by Diana Aviv

*A hunger for simple humanity

Is Solar Energy Really Too Expensive?
Utilities are lobbying against the expansion of rooftop solar, and that’s no good for anyone
by Jill Richardson

*Re that last para

Do we want the corporations responsible for the problem profiting off the manufacture and sale of a major part of the solution?

Their “wins” never seem to dovetail with ours in the end, do they?

Amnesty International
UN Refugee Summit Talks End in Abject Failure

DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving
Eckshate Liberation Dhaba: Transform Our Public Spaces for Gender Justice

The Real News Network
Brazil’s PT Failed to Disengage from Corrupt Elements of Its Political Class
Alex Cuadros, author of Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country, says the PT, under the leadership of Lula and Rousseff, has failed to disrupt corporate influence over politics

*I see far too little of this sort of analysis of the contradictions of “left” parties in Latin America and elsewhere.

Acknowledging those in no way condones the attempts by national elites and foreign powers (read “Western gummints, primarily the US and A”) to undermine those administrations.

I’d say that such is essential in defending democracy in those countries, as opposed to “singing songs, and carrying signs; mostly say ‘Hooray for our side'”.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Struggle for Labour Leadership
London-based economist John Weeks says the current struggle in the Labour party will continue whether the party remains hierarchical and neoliberal or becomes mass-based and social democratic

Will the Death of Korryn Gaines Lead to Change in Policing?
LEAP Executive Director Neill Franklin talks about the role of “police culture” in how law enforcement interacts with black communities

Pundits Lament Loss of a Reasonable, Competent GOP That Never Was
by Adam Johnson

*Brilliant at marketing

Beastly at product

Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Bombing Libya May Destabilize Tunisia

Democracy Now!
Amid City Hall Protests, NYPD Chief Bill Bratton Resigns, But “Broken Windows” Continues Nationwide

*”Community policing”

Transposition yields the truth

NYPD Chief Bill Bratton’s Next Stop: Private Consulting Firm Tied to the Clintons

“When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers”: How Private Equity Profits off Our Daily Lives

*The only charges for these capital offenses accrue to the victims

Chelsea Manning Faces Indefinite Solitary Confinement & Extra Prison Time After Suicide Attempt

*This Orwellian ordeal brought to you by the first black president (and Nobel Peace Prize winner), and the likely first female president of these here United States.

Why can’t I get Phil Ochs’ “Love Me, I’m a Liberal” out of my head?

7 Ways to Keep Your Mind Sharp at Any Age
by Ty Bollinger

Don’t feed these foods to your dog
And don’t let your dog eat this sweetener
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Global Surveillance Industry Database Helps Track Big Brother Worldwide
The US is a top exporter of invasive surveillance tools, according to Privacy International
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Of course, it’s not just in (at least nominally) “non-democratic and authoritarian” nations that this Orwellianismo poses a primal threat to democracy, is it?

New York’s Woeful $7.6 Billion Nuclear Bailout Package
by Karl Grossman

*Nuclear fiction

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Scorecard of 50 Local Police Body Camera Programs Shows Nationwide Failure to Protect Civil Rights and Privacy

*Camera shysters

The Real News Network
Movement For Black Lives Releases a Political Agenda That Stretches Far Beyond Police Violence
Janae Bonsu and Montague Simmons say their demands for black power, freedom and justice go beyond reform and require transformative change

Advocates Push Law Requiring Affordable Housing for Billionaire Tax Break
A new bill introduced by low income housing groups would roll back the ruling that Under Armor CEO Kevin Plank’s Port Covington development does not have to build affordable housing despite seeking hundreds of millions in taxpayer support

2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio Eclipsed By Controversy
Dave Zirin, the author of “Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy”, says it’s the perfect opportunity for the anti-democratic forces in Brazil to market themselves as if they are the saviors of the country

Petition update
Urge Congress to Support Common Sense Rape Survivor Rights
Want to help more? Visit our forum!
by Amanda Nguyen

Institute for Public Accuracy
Get Out of Jail Broke Cards

Trump and the Roots of Anti-Muslim Hate

*Garnering political gain over the dead body of “the good Muslim”

For Corporate Media, Bloomberg Is the Better Billionaire
by Molly Knefel

*”I know what a con looks like.”

Everyone quoted here does

Every time they look in the mirror.

Meet the Press Grills WikiLeaks on Source, Ignores Substance of DNC Emails
by Adam Johnson

*Russia to judgment

NYT Leads With Russia Hack Conspiracy–Despite ‘No Evidence’ (in Next-to-Last Paragraph)
by Ben Norton

*All the skews that’s printed to fit

Democracy Now!
“All He Has is a Toy Truck”: The Shocking Police Shooting of Therapist Caring for Autistic Patient

*Miami vile

Movement for Black Lives Calls for Reparations & “End to War Against Black People”

The Never-Ending War: U.S. Announces New Front Against ISIS in Libya

*Whipping up the whirlwind

The Best Way to Train If You’re Overweight
by Yuri Elkaim

How to Make Homemade Kimchi (The Easy Way)
by Yuri Elkaim


Superbugs, Sewage, and Scandal: Are Rio Olympics Poised for Disaster?
Companies at center of grafting scheme construct Olympic Village, raw sewage pours into Rio de Janeiro, and protests sweep nation
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Melting Permafrost Releases Deadly, Long-Dormant Anthrax in Siberia
“This week’s anthrax outbreak signals that global warming is transforming Siberia’s lonely wilderness into a feverish nightmarescape”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*And the other party pays lip service while incrementalizing us into the abyss.

“Pow, Pow, Yous Are Dead!”
Children, Toy Guns, and the Real Thing
by Frida Berrigan

*Playing with free fire

Fast-Growing Corporate Evils That Should Be Media Issues…and Campaign Issues
by Paul Buchheit

*Giving us the Big Business

Washington State: Charter School Backers Want to Oust Judge Who Authored Anti-Charter Decision
by Diane Ravitch

*Unplug the technocracy

Green Party Gains Ballot Access in Six More States as Signature Counts More than Double State Requirements

The Real News Network
Kshama Sawant Tells Rania Khalek Voting For the Lesser Evil Is What Brought Us Trump
Journalist Rania Khalek spoke to Seattle City Council Member and Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant on the final day of last week’s DNC about the Democratic Party’s inability to change, and what progressive voters must do about it

Big Oil and the Battle for Our Future
Wenonah Hauter, author of Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment explains the history of the oil industry’s collusion with the state and how the fate of the planet depends on challenging fracking

Bernie Supporter at DNC: ‘I Thought This Only Happened At Trump Rallies’
TRNN speaks to activists at the DNC who had their credentials taken by police. One said he was assaulted by someone while protesting during the convention.

*A unity of intolerance

Strengthening Russo-Turkish Alliance Stokes US-Russian Cold War
John Helmer, Russian-based Anglo-American journalist says that Russia feels threatened by US, NATO, Turkey, and the turbulence at its borders

Italian Bank Failures Could Disintegrate the EU
Gerry Epstein and Dimitri Lascaris say that the banks are in such trouble that they need to be nationalized with their management removed

The Turkish Pivot Towards Russia
Political economist Aleksandr Buzgalin says that Turkey’s relative independence from NATO is of interest to the Russian elite

*Difficult to suss what’s being said, but I thought it worth passing along.

Democracy Now!
Courts Strike Down Voter Restriction Laws That Target African Americans with “Surgical Precision”

Are Mammograms the Best Breast Cancer Test?
by Dr. David Jockers

Drug Interactions & Drug-induced Dementia
by K C Craichy

Journaling: Therapeutic Enrichment for You and Your Family
by Ty Bollinger

The Truth About Drinking Liquids with Your Meals
by Yuri Elkaim

The 10-Minute Total Body Conditioning Workout
by Yuri Elkaim

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ISIS is Escalating Its Violence Against Iraqi Civilians. Why Doesn’t the World Care?
Outside Iraq there are no speeches made, no flags lowered in response to the almost daily terror attacks. And yet our people continue to show resilience and hope
by Haider Newman

Millennial Sanders Activists Give New Energy to Southern Organizing
by Mike Elk

Turkey: Atlanticism versus Rabiism
by Sungur Savran

Amnesty International
Syria: Safe Passage for Civilians Will Not Avert Humanitarian Catastrophe in Aleppo City

The Real News Network
How Erdogan Destabilized Turkey
Vijay Prashad explains how the Turkish pivot towards Russia is propelled by the failure of relationship building with Europe and the war with Syria

Trump’s Bigotry Reminds US Media of Anywhere but Home
by Adam Johnson

*Covering up the country of origin label

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Hillary and Her Hawks”

*Jumping the guns

Democracy Now!
“Eat, Pray, Starve”: Greg Grandin on Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton & the U.S. Role in Honduras

15 Awesome Exercises for Abdominals That Will Keep Your Spine Safe
by Yuri Elkaim


Texas Women Strike Back Against State-Mandated Abortion ‘Propaganda’
Booklet given to women seeking abortion uses ‘your baby’ when describing gestation development as early as four weeks, rather than medical terms, such as ‘fetus’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Everything’s bigger in Texas

Especially the lies

Landmark Human Rights Complaint Lodged Against World’s Worst Polluters
In unprecedented case, Filipino governmental body accuses carbon-polluting corporations of violating people’s rights to “life, food, water, sanitation, adequate housing, and to self determination”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

“Most Progressive Dem Platform in History” Disturbingly Hawkish on Foreign Policy
by Stephen Zunes

*Empire is always invited to the party

ACLU Joins Lawsuit to Defend Confidential Medical Records from Warrantless Federal DEA Searches

The Real News Network
Mosby: ‘Inherent Bias’ of Justice System Thwarted Prosecution
TRNN talks to legal experts about the historic implications of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s efforts to try six officers for the death of Freddie Gray

*My question would be just how sincere was this prosecution?

Was it a dog and pony show to quell protest?

Determining that would indeed constitute real news.

Institute for Public Accuracy
“No More War!” Chants at DNC

What Kaine Didn’t Learn in Honduras


Blasting “McCarthy-Like Overreach,” State AGs, Climate Groups Won’t Comply With GOP Subpoenas
‘During the hottest year on record, Congress should be going after the polluters, not the people’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Scorching Global Temps Astound Climate Scientists
As wildfire rages in California, flooding affects millions in India and China, and eggs are fried on sidewalks in Iraq, scientists say global climate catastrophe is surpassing predictions
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Hillary’s Choice: Why Tim Kaine Isn’t a ‘Safe’ Pick
The Virginia senator represents an all-clear signal to potential donors in high finance
by Nomi Prins

Doctors Without Borders
Nigeria: Catastrophic Malnutrition in Borno State

Institute for Public Accuracy
* Poverty in Philly * Cáceres at TPP Rally

This supplement may dramatically lower the risk of miscarriage
Results from a new government-funded study of couples in Michigan and Texas
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Compound Dumbbell Exercises
by Yuri Elkaim


Worse Than Keystone XL? TransCanada’s Terrifying “Plan B”
“TransCanada’s Energy East proposal is truly Keystone XL on steroids,” says Natural Resources Defense Council
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Bernie Delegates Take on Bernie Sanders
by Russell Mokhiber

*The talk takes a walk

Public Citizen
HHS Must Close Loophole Allowing Health Care Providers to Evade Malpractice Payment Reporting
Public Citizen Sues to Compel HHS to Act on a 2014 Citizen Petition to Close the Dangerous Loophole

Center for Biological Diversity
New Federal Policy on Endangered Species Decision Process Will Push Less-studied Species to Extinction

The Real News Network
The European Revolt Against the Neoliberal EU (2/2)
Catarina Príncipe, co-editor of “Europe in Revolt”, discusses the struggle against austerity in Portugal

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
#UnidosConFrancisco: As Francisco Fights for Community, Help Pay For His Work Permit Fee!

Petition update
Texas Department of State Health Services: Stop denying our children their right to a birth certificate
by Marco Malagon

When Is a Drug Not a ‘Drug of Any Kind’? When It Kills 16 Times More Often Than Opioid ODs
by Jim Naureckas

*The drug war’s separate peace with tobacco

Democracy Now!
“It’s a Sad Day for Many of Us”: Bernie Delegates Boo Sanders After Endorsing Clinton

*We can argue endlessly about how to vote, but what I want to know is what the fuck are we gonna do once the election’s done?

All this unstinting praise for Madame Mayhem sticks viscerally in my craw, when I think of the death and destruction she’s wreaked here and around the globe.

Will all those who choose The Lesser Evil ™ work from day one of her reign to ensure the evil emanating from the Oval Office is the absolute least it can be?

If my vote would put Trump’s slimy sphincter on the Presidential Potty, I’d let out a primal scream as I cast my ballot for Her Travesty

But it won’t, and thus I won’t.

What I will do is try to tell the unvarnished truth about whomever is leading us into the abyss, and what I can to avert that all but certain fate.

What about you?

Who Should Bernie Voters Support Now? Robert Reich vs. Chris Hedges on Tackling the Neoliberal Order

*It’s alternately amusing and appalling to witness Reich contorting himself in a pathetic attempt to both pimp for (insert pithy moniker for Clinton here) and declare his fealty to “the political revolution”, isn’t it?

But why would you want Sanders to head a third party challenge, given his identical contradictions?

Regardless, Hedges “wins”, hands down

And regardless, come November

We’re all going to lose.

6 Popular Yoga Postures You Need to Fix
by Yuri Elkaim


Who’s Paying for the Democratic Convention?
by Nikil Saval

*A quintessentially Democratic convention

As DNC Delegates Gather in the ‘Birthplace of Democracy’, Local Communities Fight for their Right to Breathe
by Emma Pike

*”Whether delegates at the DNC in South Philadelphia choose to take progressive steps on climate change and environmental justice remains to be seen.”

The suspense ain’t killing me

But the outcome, after a pathetic pantomime, just might.

Politics Aside, the RNC Was Onto Something When They Said Porn Is a Public Health Crisis
by Gail Dines and Robert Jensen

Sierra Club
Six Years After Massive Spill, Enbridge Continues to Threaten the Great Lakes Region

EPA Admits Airplane Pollution’s Climate Danger But Drags Feet on Emissions Rules
Agency releases long-awaited endangerment finding acknowledging that planet-warming pollution from airplanes poses threat to human welfare

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
CCFC to Niantic: Don’t Use Pokemon GO to Lure Children to Sponsors’ Locations

*Which came first

The playing

Or the pimping?

Friends of the Earth
Fueling the Fire: New Report Shows Underground Coal Gasification a Reckless Experiment

The Real News Network
The European Revolt Against the Neoliberal EU (1/2)
Catarina Príncipe, co-editor of “Europe in Revolt”, says a left movement against austerity must pursue the restructuring of public debt, nationalization of key sectors, and public control of the banking system, but none of this can be done within the European Union

World Beyond War
The World Must Support Ireland Against U.S. Wars

WNBA’s attack on players for speaking out is unacceptable

Institute for Public Accuracy
* DNC “Naked Conspiracies” * Tim Kaine’s Wall St. Ties

*The “left” painting peels off

With DNC Leaks, Former ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Is Now True––and No Big Deal
by Adam Johnson

At RNC, Media Put a Happy Face on Suppression of Speech
by Gunar Olsen

*A velvet glove still strangles

US Media Find European Terror Deaths 19 Times More Interesting Than Mideast Terror Deaths
by Adam Johnson

FAIR CounterSpin
‘The Impact That It Had on People Was Not Really Covered’
Cristina Jiménez on the Supreme Court’s immigration ruling
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Kaine: Wall Street VP

*Was there ever any doubt where that arrow on the “Hillary” yard signs was pointed?

Democracy Now!
EXCLUSIVE: WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange on Releasing DNC Emails That Ousted Debbie Wasserman Schultz

*How can a campaign have legs when it keeps shooting itself in the foot?

Assange: Why I Created WikiLeaks’ Searchable Database of 30,000 Emails from Clinton’s Private Server

Julian Assange: Choosing Between Trump or Clinton is Like Picking Between Cholera or Gonorrhea

*You’re sorely tempted to say “A plague on both their houses”

But in truth it’s on our houses, isn’t it?

National Puerto Rican Agenda: New Group Forms to Address Island’s Unprecedented Economic Crisis

12 Things a Cancer Doctor Should Never Say
by Elyn Jacobs

Can Sunscreen Ingredients Increase Your Risk of Cancer?
by Dr. David Jockers

Bacillus Clausii: The European Probiotic You’ve Likely Never Heard Of
by Ty Bollinger

The 7 Most Nutritious Greens: Health Benefits and How to Eat Them
by Yuri Elkaim

5 No-Brainer Reasons to Start Bodyweight Training
by Yuri Elkaim

Want True Energy? Here Are 5 Superior Caffeine Substitutes
by Ben Greenfield


As Major Parties Embrace Fracking, Report Shows Natural Gas ‘Bridge to Climate Disaster’
‘Currently planned gas production expansion in Appalachia would make meeting U.S. climate goals impossible,’ says Oil Change International
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Want Police Reform? Charge Rich People More for Speeding Tickets
Municipal coffers are being filled by fining those who can least afford it. If fees were tied to wealth, that calculus would shift.
by Astra Taylor

T. Boone’s Windy Misadventure
by Robert Bryce

*It may well be that Bryce is right (apologies to Bob Barker), at least in the main. I also have concerns on the impact of wind power.

But his provenance [] gives me pause, and I’d encourage you to keep it in mind here.

The decline of the American empire and rise of Donald Trump
by Bruce Livesey

National Network of Abortion Funds
Indiana Appeals Court Sends Mixed Message with Purvi Patel Decision

Alaska Supreme Court Overturns Parental Notice Law for Teenagers Seeking Abortion

The Real News Network
United States of Amnesia and the Economics of the RNC
Former financial regulator Bill Black responds to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s speech, and says the RNC chairperson has created a false image about the reality of unemployment, interest rates, and inflation under the Obama presidency

FAIR CounterSpin
‘The Public Is Viewed Not as Someone to Be Helped, but as an Enemy to Be Contained’
Alex Vitale on overpolicing
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
As RNC is Held in Quicken Loans Arena, Learn the Inside Story of Company’s Trumpian CEO Dan Gilbert

How Safe is an Airport Full Body Scanner?
by Ty Bollinger

Seven reasons to be good to your kidneys
They’re trying to take good care of you
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Greenpeace: ‘Extremely High’ Jump in Post-Fukushima Radioactive Chemicals
Concerns are ‘both ongoing and future threats, principally the continued releases from the Fukushima No. 1 plant itself and translocation of land-based contamination’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Yesterday’s news”

Today’s and tomorrow’s nightmares

From Nice to the Middle East: Only One Way to Challenge ISIS
by Ramzy Baroud

*Only the stilling of the wind can stay the tempest of the whirlwind

If Democrats Think Mike Pence Is An Extremist, Will They Stop Supporting His Education Policies?
by Jeff Bryant

*That anyone would give the slightest bit of credence to any “progressive” policy utterance by Madame Mayhem evinces a distinct and disturbing lack of ability to learn the lessons of political expediency.

A signal case for actual education reform, I’d submit.

Environmental Working Group
EWG Lists the Top Ten Toxic Chemicals EPA Should Review Now
Americans are exposed daily to these chemicals found in consumer products

The Real News Network
Decades of Money Laundering by HSBC Ignored by Holder at DOJ
Bill Black says the Republicans could embarrass Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Loretta Lynch by demanding further investigation into the failure to prosecute HSBC for its world-historical money laundering operation

*HSBC could care less if Iran actually had an illegal nuclear weapons program that led to the sanctions, but they didn’t, thus the sanctions are a sham that has caused a great deal of misery for the people of that nation.

So Black’s assertion that Iran’s evasion of sanctions could help “screw up the world” falls into Mr. Spock’s category of “Highly illogical, Captain”, don’t you think?

Ending Tax Dodging by Utilities Can Prompt Clean Energy Transition
Janet Redman of the Institute for Policy Studies explains how ending subsidies to utilities can help fund clean jobs and clean energy transition

Petition update
The 21st Century Cures Act Is Coming Up for a Vote in the United States Senate
by Hooman Noorchashm


Fracking Tycoon Admits Democrats Better for Business Than GOP
Whether the Democratic Party will continue to support fracking has become a hot-button issue during this year’s presidential campaign
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The bread’s buttered on both sides

Gruesome Film Shows US-Funded Syrian Rebel Group Behead Child
Members of Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki, which has received funds and weapons from the U.S., filmed themselves brutally beheading a child
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The dull edge of the imperial sword

Cashing in on a failed coup
Turkish President Erdogan is using the botched bid to unseat him to further his authoritarian agenda
by Vijay Prashad

The Real News Network
Trump and the Enablers of American Authoritarianism (2/2)
Scholar Henry Giroux in conversation with Paul Jay says ‘lesser evilism’ is the wrong way to frame the elections – it’s about what’s better for the strategic interests of an independent people’s struggle

As Baltimore’s Police Union Attacks Reform Efforts, The ACLU Fights Back
The ACLU is challenging a lawsuit filed by the FOP to undermine the civilian review board, a body that has little power but is the only form of civilian oversight in the city

US-Led Airstrikes Kill as Many Civilians as Nice Attack–but Get No Front-Page Headlines in Major US Papers
by Adam Johnson

*Death counts only count if the deaths count

Democracy Now!
John Nichols: The GOP is More United in Disdain for Hillary Clinton Than in Support for Donald Trump

*God blows a trumpet

Not a dog whistle

The Fall of Roger Ailes: Can Sexual Harassment Claims Oust the Biggest Man in Conservative Media?

Debunking Republican Claims Linking Immigration to Crime

“Wall Off Trump”: Activists Erect Mock Wall Outside RNC to Protest GOP Border & Immigration Policy

Meet the Student Fighting Case Western U. for Shutting Down Campus to House 1,900 Police Officers

The Correct Squat Form (And the Best Squat Variations to Do)
by Yuri Elkaim


Despite Nationwide Assault on Voting Rights, DOJ Guts Election Observers
‘This news creates an open invitation for more voting discrimination and voter suppression to go unchecked in the November election’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Steve King Marks RNC Kickoff with White Supremacist Comments
Iowa congressman says white people did more for civilization than ‘any other subgroup’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A white flight of fancy

‘Mr. Coal’ and a Climate Change Skeptic Given Key Energy Posts in Aussie Cabinet
New Minister of Environment and Energy’s views on climate change are “an embarrassing relic from a different era,” says Greenpeace
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

53 Arrested Protesting Gas Storage Near Seneca Lake
by Sandra Steingraber

What is the world? Who are we? What are we going to do about it?
by Robert Jensen

*We seek to control everything, save ourselves

Which is the only way we can

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Greece: Migrant Children in Police Cells
Dreadful Conditions; Transfer Them to Open Facilities

Center for Biological Diversity
Investigation: EPA Approved Nearly 100 Pesticide Products Without Accounting for Dangers of Chemical Mixtures
Synergistic Effects Found for More Than Two Thirds of Recently Approved Multi-ingredient Products

The Real News Network
Trump and the Fascization of America (1/2)
Scholar Henry Giroux tells Paul Jay that Donald Trump is not an eccentric populist, but the representative of a neofascist politics that ignores evidence, believes truth is merely an opinion, and says dissent is unpatriotic

Erdogan Moves to Consolidate Power After Failed Military Coup
Baris Karaagac and Ariel Salzmann discuss the July 15th coup attempt and say the Turkish president will use the crisis to eliminate all dissent from the judiciary and the military

Baton Rouge Killer: What is Driving Violent Retaliation By Lone Gunmen?
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says shootings like those in Baton Rouge and Texas will continue as long as the power structure continues to refuse to hold police accountable

Who is Trump VP Pick Indiana Governor Mike Pence?
Journalist Amber Stearns says Pence has close ties to Koch brothers-backed ALEC, enjoys popularity among Christian evangelical voters and Tea Party types, and is a friend of the coal industry

Justice for Port Drivers
Who calls the shots in Georgia? XPO Logistics!

Petition update
Increase Research Funding For ME/CFS
New News: We Made the News!
by Mary Gelpi

Institute for Public Accuracy
9/11 Widow/Activist on Declassified Saudi Arabia Pages

Can Chiropractic Care Improve Your Body’s Ability to Self Heal?
by Dr. David Jockers


Theresa May Says “Yes,” She’s Prepared to Kill Hundreds of Thousands in Nuke Attack
The UK Parliament on Monday debated whether to renew Trident, Britain’s aging nuclear weapons system
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

How Extrajudicial Executions Became “War” Policy in Washington
The Trojan Drone: An illegal military strategy disguised as technological advance
by Rebecca Gordon

Beyond Panic and Punishment: Brock Turner and the Left Response to Sexual Violence
A familiar and narrow framework has crowded out any consideration of how we can address sexual violence without reanimating calls for harsh sentences
by Sarah Cate

*Cate’s argument is well reasoned, and while I understand her perspective on the consequences of recalling Persky, for me this wasn’t an example of a case where a judge imposed a lesser sentence in the interest of fairness, but did so because he identified on a race, class and gender basis with the defendant.

He protected his own.

Recalling him may well have a deleterious impact on the inclination of judges to indeed seek fairness in sentencing, and that must be resisted, but to my mind Persky’s decision had nothing to do with that quest.

Five Conspirators in the Eradication of the Middle Class
by Paul Buchheit

Very Turkish Abduction from the Seraglio and Crocodile Tears of the ‘West’
The international “friends of Turkey” bear a great deal of responsibility for Turkey’s predicament, a fact that the crocodile tears they shed today could not easily conceal
by Umut Özkirimli

The Real News Network
Turkey in Crisis: Understanding the Erdogan/ Gulen Split
TRNN Replay: Baris Karaagac: The events of the past two years has plunged Turkey into crisis, pitting two of the country’s most powerful figures and former allies against each other Turkish PM Erdogan and Islamic preacher Gulen, currently in self-imposed exile in the United States

Airport Workers Call to Strike During DNC to Bring Attention to Worker’s Struggles
Ronald Blount of the Philadelphia Taxi Alliance calls on the Democratic Party to join the fight for living wages, affordable housing, and good education

Study: U.S. Financial System Imposes ‘Overcharge’ of at Least $40,000 on Every Citizen
Gerald Epstein of the Political Economy Research Institute discusses his new report titled ‘Overcharged: The High Cost of High Finance’, which describes how the financial system is a net drag on the American economy

Odious Debt and the Betrayal of the Popular Will in Greece
After Syriza’s “treason”, Zoe Konstantopoulou, ex-Speaker of Greece’s Parliament, founds a new party to unburden Greece of its odious debt

US-NATO Border Confrontation with Russia Risks Nuclear War and Loss of European Partners
Michael Hudson says that the US-led confrontational approach of NATO with Russia is driving European countries to consider disbanding or leaving the military alliance due to increased security risks

Exonerees in the Era of Mass Incarceration (1/2)
In Part 1, TRNN executive producer Eddie Conway and Alison Flowers, author of Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity, discuss the ramifications of exoneration in a country that already imprisons more of its people than any country in the world

Come On New Jersey …. When Are You Going to Start Screening Newborns For ALD?
by Taylor Kane

Petition update
Arizona Legion
This Is Not Acceptable

A Prime Day to Celebrate the Boss’s Business
by Janine Jackson

*A more apt heading

Amazon’s Ad Budget Saves Big!

A Mass Murderer Becomes a ‘Terrorist’–Based on Ethnicity, Not Evidence
by Jim Naureckas

*Dialing 9/11

Democracy Now!
Kurdish Activist: Erdogan Should Be Pushed Out, But by the People, Not the Military

Medea Benjamin: Why Is Government Downplaying Saudi-9/11 Docs After Keeping Them Secret for Years?

*Money talks every language

Meet the RNC Activists Questioned by Authorities Ahead of This Week’s Convention

Many Who Opposed Coup in Turkey Came Out in Support of Democratic Process, not the President

How to Kill Cancer Stem Cells
by Dr. Bradford Weeks

How to Protect Your kids from Harmful EMF Radiation
by Lloyd Burrell

Sun Exposure: Cancer Cause or Part of the Solution?
by Elyn Jacobs

4 Ways Calorie Restriction Stops Cancer Growth
by Dr. David Jockers

Here’s an easy way to significantly lower your risk of 13 types of cancer
And it doesn’t have to cost a dime
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

The Best Advice on How to Use Oral Probiotics to Improve Your Teeth and Gums
by Jamie Morea

Should You Be Worried About Phytic Acid In Legumes?
by Yuri Elkaim


New Rules Could Help Big Oil Escape Scrutiny at Fossil Fuel Auctions
‘It says a lot when the public is so disgusted with Big Oil that they have to retreat and hide’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Dear Misleader’s “climate legacy” is assured

As is his place in purgatory

‘Shocking,’ ‘Plain Stupid’: Theresa May Shuts Climate Change Office
‘This reshuffle risks dropping climate change from the policy agenda altogether—a staggering act of negligence for which we will all pay the price’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Dream is Over: Bye, Bye Bernie
by Andrew Levine

*A Bern that never had the fire

The Real News Network
No Case Against Suspended President of Brazil But Rousseff May Still be Impeached
Professor of Media Studies Joao Feres Jr. says a recent report exonerates Rousseff but the constitutional procedure will likely be used to remove her from office anyway

Countries’ Pledges to Cut Emissions Won’t Stay Within 2 Degrees Limit Set by UN Paris Agreement
Dr. Joeri Rogelj, research scholar at the energy program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, says we need significant transitions in energy production, transportation, and agricultural systems

Rattling the Bars: Black Panther Freed from Solitary (2/2)
Eddie Conway continues his discussion with Theresa Shoatz, the daughter of former Black Panther Russell Maroon Shoatz, who just won a legal victory against the Pennsylvania Department of Correction, ending his 22 years in solitary confinement

Democracy Now!
As Bastille Day Attack in France Kills 84, Is the War on Terror a “Self-Fulfilling Prophecy”?

*The West’s response is what ISIS wants, and what those in power in the West want, as well.

Why else would the obvious path to ending this carnage be rejected?

Lust for wealth and power has reaped the whirlwind, and it won’t dissipate until the drive for domination is consigned to the dustbin of history.

Puerto Rico’s Payday Loans: The Shocking Story Behind Wall Street’s Role in Debt Crisis

Exclusive: Meet Yale Dishwasher Corey Menafee, Who Smashed Racist Stained-Glass Window

Craig Steven Wilder on How Georgetown & U.S. Catholic Church Expanded Thanks to Slave Holdings

*Menafee had every right to do it

For every wrong that image represented

Listeria continues to plague food manufacturers this year
John McKissick knows firsthand it can mean a life sentence of disability
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Is What’s Good For Facebook Not So Good For Democracy?
Why the social-media honeymoon may be over for some activists
by Sarah Jaffe

Hooked! The Unyielding Grip of Fossil Fuels on Global Life
by Michael Klare

*Greed and power are the most insidious addictions, from which all others flow

Scientists: Window for avoiding 1.5C global warming ‘closed’
by Megan Darby
Climate Change News

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

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

Rattling the Bars: Black Panther Freed from Solitary (1/2)
Eddie Conway talks to the daughter of former Black Panther Russell Maroon Shoatz about the release of her father from solitary confinement after 22 years

A History of Lynching
Dr. Lawrence Brown tells guest host Janaya Khan that recent police shootings of unarmed black men remind him of the 4000 lynchings between 1877 and 1950, the murder of Emmett Till, and bombings of black churches

NYT Looks at the Political Exploitation of White Supremacism–but Not Too Hard
by Jim Naureckas

In Campaign Against Venezuela, NYT Cites Former Member of Death Squad Alliance
by Mark Cook

Democracy Now!
Ex-Seattle Police Chief Condemns Systemic Police Racism Dating Back to Slave Patrols

Black Ohio Cop to Prejudiced White Officers: Take the Uniform Off and Put on KKK Hoodie

Ex-Seattle Police Chief Defends Citizens Filming Cops: It’s 100% Lawful for an American to Do It

Black Father in Letter to His Son: “I Thought of You When I Saw the Son of Alton Sterling Weeping”

How to Get Rid of a Headache without Medicine
by Yuri Elkaim

Did a vitamin B-12 deficiency drive Mary Todd Lincoln mad?
Important advice about B-12 for those older than 50
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


In Attempt to Dodge Suit, White House Argues Funding War Makes War Legal
U.S. Army captain sued President Obama over legality of sprawling ISIS conflict
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Privacy Critics Raise Alarm over Pokémon GO’s Collect-It-All Power
Sen. Al Franken questioning “extent to which Niantic may be unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users’ personal information”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Baton Rouge: “Put Those Damn Weapons Down!”
by Bill Quigley

*”Retrain” them?

They’re doing the job they’re meant to do, in the manner those they truly “serve and protect” wish to have them do it.

Or have I misinterpreted the purpose of “policing” since the slave patrols?

The Real News Network
Two Years of BJP, Growing Communalism and Intolerance
Two years of the BJP government has seen a rise in attacks on minorities and growing intolerance. Teesta Setalvad discusses how PM’s silence is a tacit consent to the RSS, which is pushing its Hindutva agenda further.

New British PM Appoints Brexit Proponent Boris Johnson to Foreign Secretary
Bill Black says Boris Johnson’s demonization of the EU and virtually all of its leaders in his role as an alleged journalist makes him the worst conceivable person to put in a top diplomatic post

New British PM Will Govern to the Right of Cameron
Economist John Weeks says Theresa May will negotiate Brexit to completion despite her previous opposition to leaving the European Union

Progressive Source Communications
Stop the Monsanto Doctrine from Poisoning Democracy

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Abortion Is a Fundamental Component of a Full Spectrum of Healthcare’
CounterSpin interview with Jessica Mason Pieklo on abortion ruling
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
Police Arrest, Detain Air Force Vet for 26 Hours After He Posted Alton Sterling Shooting Video

*Doing the right thing in a very wrong world

Two Years After Eric Garner’s Death, Ramsey Orta, Who Filmed Police, Is Only One Heading to Jail


From South Africa to Ireland, #BlackLivesMatter Finds Solidarity Worldwide
Protests against police brutality in the U.S. resonate around the world
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘War on Terror’ Blowback Hits Dallas
The blowback from America’s “war on terror” swept into Dallas last Friday when an Afghan War veteran allegedly killed five police officers and was killed in turn by a remote-controlled robot deploying a bomb
by Ann Wright

Legalized Murder and the Politics of Terror
by Chris Hedges

The Next Step for Organized Labor? People in Prison
by Mike Elk

Can the United States transcend white supremacy?
by Robert Jensen

Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
Corporate Meat’s Takeover through TTIP

SOA Watch
Close the SOA/WHINSEC Included in the Platform of the Democratic Party

Public Citizen
Report: Pharmaceutical Industry Funding Influences Lawmakers in Contentious Medicare Part B Reform Battle
U.S. Representatives Who Sided with Big Pharma Received 82 Percent More Contributions From Industry for 2016 Election Campaigns

The Real News Network
Jeremy Corbyn Wins Right to Defend His Leadership of Labour Party
Economist John Weeks says pro-austerity forces were defeated in the decision of the Labour Party leadership to allow him on the ballot

Discussion of Police Shootings Ignore Need for Systemic Change
Before President Obama’s Dallas address, author Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor says mainstream discussion ignores the root causes of violence

The Clinton Email Scandal Is About Double Standards, But Not In The Way House GOP Defines It
When FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the House Oversight Committee last week, Republicans decried double standards for the rich and powerful but said nothing about America’s war on whistleblowers

Philando Castile Was Killed Because He Was Black, Not Because He Had A Gun
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says that the police officer who killed Philando Castile was not just “reacting to the presence of a gun,” and that gun policy won’t stop racist policing

Officers Give Contradictory Testimony of Freddie Gray’s Behavior During Cross Examination
As Judge Barry Williams drops assault charge against Lt. Brian Rice, Officers William Porter and Edward Nero offer conflicting accounts of what happened on the day Gray died in their custody

Police Killings Spark Nationwide Protests, Hundreds Arrested
Organizer Kali Akuno says the movement refuses to retreat in fear in the face of an increasingly militarized police response

Mosul Offensive Will Create More Refugees, Displacement, and Humanitarian Disaster
Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Phyllis Bennis says the fightback against ISIS requires the abandonment of more military force, and the pursuit of diplomacy with Russia and Iran

Rattling the Bars: Restorative Justice
In this special episode of Rattling the Bars, Eddie Conway visits social entrepreneur and former prisoner Chris Wilson in his furniture restoration shop to speak about the need for support amongst formerly incarcerated individuals, and about his support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders

Holding Corporations Accountable for a Living Wage in the Garment Industry
Trade unionist Anannya Bhattacharjee on the global supply chain framework, the state of workers, and the campaign called the Asia Floor Wage Alliance that aims to hold global corporations accountable for the payment of a living wage in the garment industry – Newsclick and TRNN Joint Production

Defund Police Departments that Don’t Value Black Lives

Institute for Public Accuracy
Are Police Targeting People Who Take and Distribute Damning Videos of Them?

*Camera shy, but not gun shy

NYT Lets $27 Million Man Brag About What He’s Doing for Income Inequality
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
Historian: “You Can’t Disconnect History of the 2nd Amendment From the History of White Supremacy”

Decision fatigue can lead to poor choices of what to buy and eat
What strategies do you use to stay focused?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*Eating real food and seeing and feeling the benefits of doing so is a powerful impetus to avoid poor choices.

The increased energy and mental capacity I’ve experienced as a result of the changes I’ve made dissuade me from ever going back to the crap I used to consume.

Focus on progress, not perfection. These habits took years to form, and they won’t be overcome overnight. You might be surprised, though, at how quickly you develop new ones when you begin to feel and look better.

And I can testify that real food tastes real good. You don’t have to be a cordon bleu chef to whup some tasty grub. Some imagination is all that’s required.

If I can do it …


The Real News Network
Syria’s Complex Chessboard and its Continuing Tragedy
Vijay Prashad discusses how the various warring forces in Syria are locked together in a complicated way. Meanwhile, Syria continues to bleed, with no immediate end in sight – Newsclick and TRNN Joint Production

France’s Parliament Deals Major Blow to Labor
French PM fast tracks bill that radically changes collective bargaining practices, leading citizens to take to the street and pressure a vote for his ouster

White-Collar Crime Kills and Maims More Than the Crimes of the Poor
Former financial regulator Bill Black says fraud and corruption result in significantly more death and violence, and aren’t even counted in traditional stats by conventional criminologists

*Cops and CEOs – in some cases – may not intend to harm others, but they sure as hell are gonna do everything they can to make sure they suffer no harm due to their actions, aren’t they just?

Police Brutality Exacts Widespread Trauma on People of Color
Dr. Lawrence Brown and TRNN executive producer Eddie Conway say the protests and conversations around police brutality aren’t just about systemic solutions, but the real and immediate pain

*A different world would have a different role for “policing”, which
was created to oppress, not protect, the populace, especially the
“other”. It “evolved” from the slave patrols, and serves the same
function in the present day.

Individual sociopaths are mere symptoms of a sociopathic system. Even
if every one was charged, tried and convicted for their crimes, more
would follow in their blood stained shoes.

Like the capitalism it serves and protects, no amount of “reform” will
alter its basic nature.

Just as we have to reimagine economic relationships, we have to
reenvision the concept of “law enforcement”.

No number of consent decrees will achieve that goal.

I wish I was intelligent enough to identify the answer

But at least I can posit the problem.

Is CBC’s Call For Gun Control Amidst Anti-Police Brutality Protests a Red Herring?
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says the Congressional Black Caucus is distracting the public with side issues, while 80% of its members voted against restricting police militarization and voted in favor of tough on crime policies which disproportionately hammered black communities

UK Elites Oppose Brexit – Their Party to be Led by a Leader Promising to Leave EU
Bill Black tells Paul Jay that the Conservatives risk political annihilation if they don’t respect the results of the referendum, in spite of the bulk of the ruling class’s opposition to the move

Institute for Public Accuracy
Dem Platform “Colonialism” and NATO’s “Provocations”

Copspeak: 7 Ways Journalists Use Police Jargon to Obscure the Truth
by Adam Johnson

USA Today Ducking the Question of Militarism
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
Marc Lamont Hill & Mychal Denzel Smith React to Police Killings of Alton Sterling & Philando Castile (Pt. 2)

As Protests Sweep Country, New Video Shows Off-Duty NY Cop Fatally Shooting Black Man Delrawn Small

Death, Abuse and Sexual Assault: The Horrific and Unregulated Private Prison Van Transport Business

Why You Need a Strong Immune System to Fight Cancer
by James W. Forsythe, M.D., H.M.D.


Legal Experts Raise Alarm over Shocking Use of ‘Killer Robot’ in Dallas
‘The fact that the police have a weapon like this…is an example of the militarization of the police and law enforcement—and goes in the wrong direction’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The Illusion of Security
by Robert C. Koehler

*A “lack of training” doesn’t excuse a lack of humanity, but who engenders that sociopathy?

It is a conscious decision by those in power, designed to perpetuate their positions.

Accountability exists at all levels, but responsibility is reserved for the rules makers.

Until they are brought into the dock, there will be no true justice.

The Real News Network
Police Killings Won’t Stop Until U.S. Comes to Grips with its Racist Foundations
Gerald Horne and Paul Jay discuss the roots of police killing people of color in the American history of slavery, the elite policy that produces poverty and racism, and the laws that police officers are expected to enforce in order to maintain superexploitation and economic inequality

The Last Dance of Ramadan at a Greek Refugee Camp
Dimitri Lascaris speaks to people about their treacherous journey crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Lesbos, Greece

Medical Examiner: Police Brushed Aside Requests for Evidence in Gray Case
On the first day of testimony during the trial of Lt. Brian Rice, the fourth officer to be tried in the death of Freddie Gray, state medical examiner Carol Allan revealed how she battled to complete the investigation, which ultimately lead her to rule Gray’s death a homicide

Despite Facing Threats of Force, Mexican Teachers Continue to Strike
As Mexico’s general strike spreads to the political centers of Mexico City and Monterrey, John Ackerman says international solidarity can play a role in preventing the use of governmental force

Is the Real Scandal the Clinton Foundation?
Michael Hudson says the media has failed to look beyond the emails and into potential conflicts of interest during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state

Activist: Organizing Local Communities is the Only Way to End Police Killings
Former Green Party vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente says reform measures like civilian review boards have failed to hold police accountable

Institute for Public Accuracy
Escalating Militarization of Police

Some Pundits Think the Solution to Right-Wing Populism Is Less Democracy
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
Dallas: Five Police Officers Shot Dead; Obama Condemns “Vicious, Calculated and Despicable Attack”

“They Are Here to Kill Us Because We Are Black”: Girlfriend of Philando Castile On Police Shootings

*From Rockwell to Munch

Why Your Gut Badly Needs These 4 Healthy Super Starches
by Yuri Elkaim

Heard the advice to eat yogurt when taking antibiotics?
There’s something else that has better evidence
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low for June Amid Escalating Warnings
The area’s sea ice cover shrank 56,900 square kilometers (22,000 square miles) per day last month
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Sham’ GMO Bill Advances in Senate Amid Widespread Opposition
‘It is a non-labeling bill disguised as a labeling bill, a sham and a legislative embarrassment’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

NARAL Pro-Choice America
Texas Leaders Sink to New Low, Push Measure That Would Require Fetal Tissue to Be Buried or Cremated

Physicians for a National Health Program
Wealthier Americans Now Receive Much More Health Care than Middle Class or Poor, Reversing a 50-year Trend: Harvard Study

The Real News Network
U.S.-Controlled Chaos and Corruption Fuels ISIS Terrorism in Iraq
Professor Sabah Alnasseri says ISIS attacks poor working-class neighborhoods in order to turn the people further against an already despised government

60 Black Democrats Sign Letter in AIPAC-Backed Effort to Discredit Cornel West and BDS
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says AIPAC sent a long-time member to discredit Cornel West and give the impression that blacks oppose the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement

Black Lives Matter Toronto Protests Police and Corporate Presence at LGBTQ Pride Parade
LeRoi Newbold of BLM Toronto says that the Toronto Pride festival needs to be taken back to its roots and make more space for queer Black and Brown people

*Identity non politics

Move Away from Nonstop War
Close the Ramstein Air Base

Petition update
Unanimous Passage in Committee – Call Speaker Ryan
Urge Congress to Support Common Sense Rape Survivor Rights
by Amanda Nguyen

Institute for Public Accuracy
WaPo on Hillary’s Attempted “Sister Souljah Moment” on Charter Schools

Clinton, Trump and the “War on Terror” Hub

Democracy Now!
“You Shot Four Bullets Into Him, Sir”: Girlfriend Livestreams Philando Castile’s Death by Police

Alton Sterling, Father of Five, Murdered by Police Two Months After “Blue Lives Matter” Bill Signed

Murderers With Badges, Licensed to Kill: Nation Reels from Alton Sterling’s Death at Hands of Police

*One percent of cops may kill

Ninety-nine point nine percent collude

Marc Lamont Hill & Mychal Denzel Smith: We Must End State Violence Against Black Bodies

10 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight (No Sleeping Pills Required)
by Yuri Elkaim

Hormone-Sensitive Lipase: 3 Clever Ways to Make This Enzyme Burn More Fat
by Yuri Elkaim


ExxonMobil May Have Friends In High Places, But Fraud Is Not Constitutionally Protected
by Elliott Negin

Over 70 Groups Urge Rep. Chaffetz to Cancel Hearing on Anti-LGBT Legislation Scheduled a Month After Orlando Shooting

The Real News Network
Chris Hedges: Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy
Chris Hedges and Paul Jay discuss the history of Saudi-promoted Jihadism and blowback as ISIS attacks their former allies

Killing of Baltimore Rapper Draws Attention to Gun Violence, Lack of Opportunity
TRNN speaks to Baltimore residents, pastor Jamal Bryant, and Green Party mayoral candidate Joshua Harris about the path forward after the shooting of Lor Scoota

Institute for Public Accuracy
Chilcot Report Avoids Smoking Gun

*No damning

Only faint censure

FAIR CounterSpin
‘What Is a Journalist if Not an Advocate on Behalf of the Public?’
by Janine Jackson

*There’s always a point of view

The question is, where is it pointing?

Bush, Blair and the Lies That Justified the Illegal Iraq War
by Robin Andersen

Democracy Now!
Iraqi Exile: U.K. Iraq Inquiry Confirms the War Was Based on a Lie

Tariq Ramadan: Iraq War Waged for U.S. Economic Interests Has Destabilized All of Middle East

Tariq Ramadan on Medina Bombings: Saudi Regime is Not a Victim But Perpetrator of Regional Violence

U.S. Policies Have Not Changed: Banned Under Bush, Tariq Ramadan Speaks Out Against Obama & Clinton

After Siege of Dhaka Restaurant Kills 20, Bangladesh Confronts Threat to Secular Traditions

7 Easy Mindfulness Exercises to Think Your Way to a Better Body
by Dr. Alison Chen, ND

What veggie can I not get enough of right now?
by Leanne Ely


Growing Opposition Forces EU into ‘Humiliating Climbdown’ on CETA
Corporate-friendly trade deals on the ropes in wake of Brexit vote
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Thousands of Teachers Across England Go on Strike Against Austerity
‘No parent wants this for their children. No teacher wants this for their school or pupils.’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

#ISISAttackingMuslims: Twitter Users Remind World Who Most Terror Victims Are
“Before blaming Muslims for Isis, remember that Isis terrorist attacks [are] targeting more Muslims than any other groups”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Leaker, Speaker, Soldier, Spy
The charmed life of David Petraeus
by Nick Turse

Imperial NATO: Before and After Brexit
Our interests and survival depend on Common Security diplomacy rather than the repeated and deadly failures of militarism
by Joseph Gerson

Center for Biological Diversity
Agreement: Monarch Butterfly to Get Endangered Species Act Protection Decision by 2019
Butterfly Declined by 80 Percent Over Past Decades

Public Citizen
Handouts to Manufacturers Will Not Curb Opioid Abuse Epidemic

*Feeding the addiction to avarice

Central Role of Torture ‘Evidence’ in Iraq War Shows Need for Independent UK Torture Inquiry

The Real News Network
Is it Time for a New Deal Federal Jobs Program?
Bernie Sanders advisors Bill Black and Stephanie Kelton tell Paul Jay that the public-private partnership model is a disaster, and increased infrastructure spending combined with austerity would throw the economy into a recession

Narrative of Brexit ‘Leave’ Voters as Racist and Anti-Immigrant Ignores Real Anti-Austerity Sentiment
Economist Michael Hudson argues that a vote for Europe is not a vote for socialism, but for a very right-wing, hard right, corporatist Europe where the laws will be made by bureaucrats acting on behalf of the large financial centers

TTIP: A Grave Threat to the Domestic & International Order
Independent Expert Alfred de Zayas says activities of investors and transnational corporations not only interfere in the regulatory space of states, but attack the very essence of sovereignty and self-determination

Why Bankers and Financiers Benefit from Low Inflation Policy
PERI’s Gerald Epstein explains why financial institutions like the IMF promote fiscal policy that reduces investment, economic growth, and employment

Spanish Election Signals End of Governance by Absolute Majorities
ROAR Magazine editor Carlos Delclos discusses how the Brexit vote might explain why Unidos Podemos did not poll as well as anticipated

‘They’re Making Racism and Xenophobia Into a Legitimate Voice’
by Janine Jackson

*From dog whistles to baying hounds

Democracy Now!
Trump’s “Greatest Mentor” was Red-Baiting Aide to Joseph McCarthy and Attorney for NYC Mob Families

How Donald Trump Threatened an Investigative Reporter, Attempting to Bribe Him with a Free Apartment

Wayne Barrett on Donald Trump’s Broken Promises, Tax Returns & Potential VP Pick Chris Christie

*He couldn’t exist in a rational world

Thus he thrives in this one.

As Workers at Trump’s Taj Mahal Casino Go on Strike, a Look at Trump’s Long History of Labor Abuse

Trump’s Unofficial Biographer Wayne Barrett: “The Way He Has Treated His Wives is Just Deplorable”

The Best Cancer-Fighting Foods
by Yuri Elkaim

Report Shows How War Profiteers Are Now Refugee Profiteers, Too
Arms dealers flood war-torn Middle East with weapons and then lobby EU to militarize borders against refugees—profiting from both ends of conflict
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Iraq Mourns After Weekend Bombing Deathtoll Rises Above 200 People
Promises for security unrealized as war-torn country experiences single most deadly bombing in years
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Is Coup Against Corbyn a Plot to Spare Blair from War Crimes Probe?
One politician posits that Labour Party leadership’s turn against Corbyn is a move to protect Blair from damning Chilcot findings
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Real News Network
The Counter-Revolution of 1776 and the Construction of Whiteness – Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself (3/6)
TRNN REPLAY: On Reality Asserts Itself Mr. Horne says that the defense of massive profits from the slave trade and fear of slave rebellions was an important impetus for the American Revolution

Pledging Allegiance to the Denial of the Racist History of America
Historian Gerald Horne says the resolute insistence upon the Pledge of Allegiance plays into the collective denial that the American Republic was founded on the enslavement of people of African descent along with the expropriation of the land and property of the Native Americans

*Who controls the past controls the future

Who controls the present controls the past

As Orwellian as it gets

Will Brexit Lead to Grexit?
Dimitri Lascaris says so-called leftist or socialist governments throughout the EU are engaging in self-immolation by embracing austerity, and then become wildly unpopular with the electorate

Oakland City Council Adhering to Social Demands Blocks Coal Project
Earthjustice’s Irene Gutierrez says the labor movement wants good, healthy jobs, and not jobs that are going to lead to the development of respiratory illnesses in workers or in the general population

Petition update
They Did It Again! Dirty Politics In DC Leaves Veterans Hanging

The Busted Theory of ‘Broken Windows’ Still Has Media Defenders
by Josmar Trujillo

*Window dressing for a war on the unwanted

Democracy Now!
“What to the Slave is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech


And debasement

Take no holiday

A Better Model for How to Treat Cancer
by Dr. David Brownstein

Could You Benefit From Ayurvedic Treatment For Cancer?
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

How Emotional Freedom Technique Can Help You Fight Cancer
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

Will a Tax on Sugary Drinks Lead to Better Choices?
by Ty Bollinger

*I don’t see a simple solution to this, but I believe it starts with education and listening to the folks most affected.

Give people the facts about this poison, and how their purveyors place profit over the pain it causes. Then solicit their views on how best to confront this crime.

The attitude of “This is for your own good”, without engaging those affected in the determination of how that good is achieved, is disrespectful and ultimately self defeating to the goal of healthier lives.

For many, sugar is an addiction, and it will be very difficult to kick that habit. It’s vital that any policy prioritize early education to prevent this scourge from consuming yet another generation, as well as sensitive strategies for breaking its hold on those already in its grasp.

Any plan must be developed by all those with a stake in the outcome, or the problem will not be solved.

Healthy Grilling Tips to Minimize Carcinogens in Your Food
by Ty Bollinger

*The meat and the heat of the matter

The Definitive Guide to the 12 Best Vegan Protein Sources
by Yuri Elkaim

Grass-fed cattle produce same amount of greenhouse gases as grain-fed
Still, there are other reasons why grass-fed may be better
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

The Best Homemade Electrolyte Drink
by Yuri Elkaim

25 Farmers’ Market Buys
by Leanne Ely


As World Burns, Richest Nations Can’t Decide When to End Fossil Fuel Handouts
Despite ambitious pledges, global energy ministers could not agree on a target date to phase out billions in subsidies to dirty energy
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Paris, Orlando and Turkey: Displacing the Narrative of Western Innocence
by Ajamu Baraka

*I wouldn’t place the Orlando horror in the same category as others mentioned, as there’s no evidence of outside direction, or even that the killer’s motive was indisputably aligned with those of such forces.

Such a construct plays into the hands of the security state and its corpress colluders, who use such tragedies to their advantage, and our and innocents’ abroad deadly detriment.

STRIKE! Nearly 1,000 Trump Taj Mahal Workers Walk-Off Job Ahead of Atlantic City’s Biggest Weekend of the Year
Carl Icahn-owned Casino Has Cut Wages & Benefits by 35% for Workers Who Average Less than $12/hour

The Real News Network
Mass Arrests Expected at Republican and Democratic Conventions
Activist and author Kris Hermes and the ACLU’s Steve David discusse a recent victory against free speech restrictions on protests in Cleveland, and the long history of mass arrests and harassment against political speech

Media Exaggerations of Apocalyptic Venezuela Plays into Regime Change Narrative
Gabriel Hetland and Rachael Boothroyd say that the crisis in Venezuela is real, but the international media descriptions of horror stories are far from representative of the real situation on the ground

Redskins and Crackers: What’s In a Name?
Veteran journalists and educators Kevin Blackistone (Washington Post/University of Maryland) and Dave Zirin (journalist, author and host of Edge of Sports), discuss the flawed methodology of (and worse history behind) a recent poll claiming that nine of ten Native Americans are not offended by the term “redskins”

*Waiting for the Raleigh Ragheads

Institute for Public Accuracy
Administration Accused of Whitewashing Drone Killings

AlterNet Cites FAIR on NYT’s ‘Normalizing Fascism’

It’s July 1st. Did you get your Consumer Confidence Report?
It’s all about the water you drink and cook with
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

This Resistance Training Trick Will Get You Leaner and Stronger
by Yuri Elkaim

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At Home and Abroad, Most People Agree That Americans Are Greedy and Arrogant Jerks
New Pew poll shows that in the 16 countries surveyed, a median of 54 percent associated arrogance with Americans
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

iCensor: Apple Patents Remote ‘Kill Switch’ for iPhone Cameras
Technology could allow police and government forces to stop citizens from recording abuses of force
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Influence of Influence: On Worshipping Money in Washington, D.C.
A closer look at the influential, the influencers, and those looking—for the right price—to be influenced in the nation’s capital
by Thomas Frank

Victory for We Are Seneca Lake Campaign as Mistrial Declared Amid Charges of Bias
by Sandra Steingraber

Abortion Isn’t an Outlier Medical Procedure, It’s a Constitutional Right
by Dorothy Samuels

The Real News Network
Tired of Tax Breaks, Baltimore Activists Disrupt Developer Fete
Protesters demand more affordable housing for Port Covington, a project to be funded with a $535 million tax break

Baltimore Police New Use-of-Force Policy Relies on Orders Officers Say They Routinely Ignore
New strategy calls for de-escalation and proportional force, but guidelines will be part of general orders which officers testified in the Freddie Gray case were routinely brushed aside

In Their Own Words: Brazilian Artists Speak Out Against Coup Government
In a nation-wide occupation movement, artists in Brazil fight the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and lead a protest against the newly instated right-wing government

Petition update
Call a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women like my cousin Loretta Saunders
Our Meeting with Minister Bennett and Minister Hajdu
by Holly Jarrett

Institute for Public Accuracy
‘Transgender Troops’ Should Be an Oxymoron

*”Liberation” courtesy of obeisance to the oppressor

What Economic Realities Mean for the 2016 Election

BuzzFeed’s Obama Coverage Is 99 Percent Uncritical–and Borderline Creepy
by Adam Johnson

*Dopin’ for Dear Misleader

Democracy Now!
“A Classic State Capitalist”: How Donald Trump Profited from Public Subsidies & Political Favors

Report from Istanbul: Uptick in Bombings Comes as Turkey Drifts Toward Islamist, Authoritarian Rule

The 7 Best Ways for Balancing Your Hormones Naturally
by Yuri Elkaim

The 7 Worst “Healthy Food” Impostors …
by Jonny Bowden


Obama Insiders Angling to Buy For-Profit College Amid Crackdown
One helped with ‘effort to more tightly regulate for-profit colleges at the very agency now charged with approving the ownership change’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Institute of higher earning

From Paris to Istanbul, More ‘War on Terror’ Means More Terrorist Attacks
As ISIS loses territory, it returns to mass-casualty attacks against civilians. That’s why military-first approaches to terrorism are doomed to failure.
by Phyllis Bennis

So How Many VW Executives Are Going to Jail Exactly?
Volkswagen’s emissions cheating was a crime, so why aren’t the Feds treating it that way?
by Robert Weissman

*Pinstripes to prison stripes?

Fahrvergnügen …

The Syria ‘Dissent’ Memo and US Bureaucratic Support for Kerry War Strategy
The supposed dissenters knew very well that Kerry has been advocating essentially the same policy they were articulating for years
by Gareth Porter

What’s Wrong with the Obama Administration’s Plan to Help Student Debtors
The public has until August 1st to weigh in on the Department of Education’s proposed new regulations.
by Ann Bowers

The Media Has a Huge Blind Spot on Terrorism
Corporate media outlets just aren’t that interested in reporting on the violent far right — even when their crimes are international news
by Jim Naureckas

*No right turn onto Terror Street

Global Justice Now
EU Grants Temporary Extension to Glyphosate Licence

Food & Water Watch
Scientists, Groups Urge National Academy to Reverse Decades of One-Sided GMO Science
Letter Urges Academy to Publicly Disclose Conflicts of Interest

The Real News Network
Turkey’s Regional Ambitions Fuel Attacks Within its Own Borders
Baris Karaagac says the Turkish state must give up its aggressive, Neo-Ottomanist foreign policy if it wants to contain terrorist attacks

Brexit and the Fate of the United Kingdom
Economist Bill Black says the arrogance, incompetence, and ignorance by the elites was a major factor in pushing people to vote to leave the EU

Riot Police Confront Mourners of Slain Baltimore Rapper Lor Scoota
Residents and Democratic mayoral nominee Catherine Pugh condemn the militarized police response to the largely peaceful vigil for the beloved Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota

*Always reading the riot act

The Corbyn No-Confidence Vote and the Bleeding of the Labour Party
Political scientist Leo Panitch says the mass support for keeping Jeremy Corbyn in leadership might split the Labour Party, which could lead to a renewed progressive class revolt that goes beyond social democracy

French Labor Law, Brexit, and Greek Austerity: Class War Against European Workers
Economist Richard Wolff says the old European elite believed it could fix their broken capitalism on the backs of the masses, and that has proved to be a fatal mistake

Institute for Public Accuracy
How NAFTA Created Poverty and Desperate Mexican Migration

Istanbul Attacks and Syrian “Nation Destruction”

Lewandowski Hire Makes Journalists Choose Between Defending Their Profession and Embracing Its Demise
by Jim Naureckas

*”And some of them are such lying, disgusting people.”

Of course, he should know from lying and disgusting

And, of course, this move proves his point, if not his perspective.

Democracy Now!
“A Dark Day for the People of Puerto Rico”: U.S. Senate Moves to OK “Colonial Control Board”

*What’s in a name?

Nothing “progressive”

Meet the Attorney Who Just Won the Historic Abortion Rights Case at the Supreme Court

Former Chilean Army Officer Found Liable for 1973 Murder of Víctor Jara After U.S.-Backed Coup

Know someone with a big gut and skinny legs?
Why “they’re probably in trouble,” according to a fat expert
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Forget about these two memory supplements
The evidence isn’t as good as the companies claim
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Oakland Ban on Dirty Coal Kills Plan for Massive Export Terminal
Port developers were quietly planning new port facility which would have shipped up to ten million tons of coal out of Oakland each year, increasing national coal exports by 19 percent
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Who Got Rich Off the Student Debt Crisis
42 million people owe $1.3 trillion in student debt. It’s a profit center for Wall Street and the government. Here’s how we got into this mess.
by James B. Steele and Lance Williams
Center for Investigative Reporting

Common Good Under Attack as Civil Society Groups Targeted Worldwide
Annual report by CIVICUS documents a year shaped by conflict and popular resistance
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Repeat Oil Spills Turning Peruvian Amazon into ‘Sacrifice Zone’ for Big Oil
‘The situation is criminal’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Five Takeaways from the Spanish Election
The 2016 vote may have been a disappointment to Spain’s insurgent progressives. But they’ve proven they’re here to stay.
by Oscar Reyes

BREXIT Part 2: Roger Cohen
by William Black

Center for Food Safety
Food Movement Opposes “Backroom Deal” on GMO Labeling
Coalition of 70 groups condemn “compromise” bill that would keep the public in the dark

The Real News Network
Clinton Forces Dominate DNC Platform, Demolishing Key Sanders Issues
Platform Committee positions Clinton so that she offends no one except Sanders’ supporters, says Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report

*When you lie down with Democratic dogs

You get fleeced

Brexit sends Europe into Political and Economic Crises
Heiner Flassbeck says the UK is in a leadership crisis without a ruling party leader to implement the will of the people, and the Eurozone is also in a crisis that Germany is largely responsible for causing

Petition update
Urge Congress to Support Common Sense Rape Survivor Rights
Calling for Help!
by Amanda Nguyen

Institute for Public Accuracy
Despite Juno Arriving at Jupiter, NASA Still Pursuing Nuclear Power

Benghazi: Was the Consulate a CIA Front?

Democracy Now!
Plaintiff in SCOTUS Abortion Case Celebrates Historic Win But Says Struggle for Clinics Isn’t Over

Once-in-a-Thousand-Year Flooding Devastates West Virginia, Killing At Least 23

Get the Most Bang for Your Buck Out of Your Training
by Yuri Elkaim

Wheat-Free Diet: A 5-Step Detox Plan to Lose Your Belly
by Yuri Elkaim


Turkey-Israel Deal Leaves Gaza Siege Intact
by Ali Abunimah

Brexit and the Diseased Liberal Mind
by Jonathan Cook

The Most Important Election of Your Life (Is Not This Year)
by John Feffer

BREXIT: Populism and Democracy: Part 1
by William Black

ATL is Blocking Road to ICE

We are looking for answers: trump’s lies = violence against QTPOC people!

The Real News Network
Extreme Heatwaves, More Wildfires, and Dying Trees
Michael Mann, author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, discusses the link to climate change, and why he is still optimistic

Lapavitsas: The Left Needs to Develop an Alternative Plan for Europe
Economics professor Costas Lapavitsas says Britain’s vote to leave is a direct result of the EU’s lack of democracy

*I’ve been posting varying perspectives on this issue, and I feel Lapavitsas’ take is the most cogent I’ve seen so far.

That doesn’t mean folks in favor of remaining in the EU haven’t made salient cases for the negative consequences of a Brexit, but just as with a Grexit, a choice must be made based on the long term prospects for justice and democracy, and I think the argument for a break has been well presented here.

Activist: You Won’t Find Justice in an Unjust System
Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, says the trials of the six officers for the death of Freddie Gray should not distract from fighting to end systemic police abuse

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote
Michael Hudson argues that military interventions in the Middle East created refugee streams to Europe that were in turn used by the anti-immigrant right to stir up xenophobia

Petition update
Where’s The Safety Net? Living Organ Donors Are People, Too
by James Myers

Petitioning U.S. House Committee on Education and Workforce (HR 5003)
Don’t take food out of the mouths of hungry children
by Rebecca Applegate

Petition update
BWH Nurses Are Rising In Defense of Medical Ethics and Good Stewardship From Corporate Corruption
by Hooman Noorchashm

Institute for Public Accuracy
Brexit Freak Out and the Reaction to Interventions and Austerity

Orlando Shooter’s Motive

FAIR CounterSpin
‘It’s Amazing How Little These Issues of Unequal Access Come Up’
Jamila Michener on expanding voting rights
by Janine Jackson

‘Minority Communities Bear the Brunt of Police Abuses’
Nirej Sekhon on Supreme Court ruling on illegal searches
by Janine Jackson

On Brexit, Experts Leave Much to Be Desired
by Dean Baker

Putin Conspiracies, Obama Nonintervention Blamed for Brexit
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
Making Sense of Brexit: Paul Mason on Britain’s Growing Economic & Political Crisis

Trump Hails Brexit Vote: When the Pound Goes Down, More People Come to My Scottish Golf Course

“My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard”: Shane Bauer Goes Undercover to Expose Conditions

14 Cancer-Fighting Plants for Your Indoor Herb Garden
by Deborah Oke

How to Stop Sugar Cravings
by Yuri Elkaim

The Truth About Iodine and Hypothyroidism
by Yuri Elkaim


Food Advocates Race to Stop Destructive GMO Labeling “Compromise”
‘I am going to everything I can to defeat this legislation,’ says Bernie Sanders
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No label needed

This smells to high heaven

‘Captivity is Degrading’: Historic and Controversial Buenos Aires Zoo to Close
140-year-old venue will shut down after years of criticism over its treatment of animals
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Grieve Now If You Must – But Prepare for the Great Challenges Ahead
A working-class revolt has taken place, and frustration is spilling out in all sorts of directions. If Britain is to have a future, the escalating culture wars have to stop
by Owen Jones

Is the Ideology of the Transgender Movement Open to Debate?
by Robert Jensen

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
EU Authorities Should Pledge to Assure a Smooth Transition, Abandon Threats and Punishment, and Change Failed Economic Policies in Europe

Left Unity
EU Referendum: A Disastrous Outcome

Friends of the Earth
Brexit – Fight on to Save Environmental and Climate Progress

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
CAIR-NY Calls for Stepped-up Security at Mosques After Hate Incident

The Real News Network
Would the Cops Be Convicted if #FreddieGray was White?
In the wake of the acquittal of Officer Caesar Goodson on all charges in the death of Freddie Gray, leading Baltimore civil rights attorney A. Dwight Petitt says Gray was a victim of “walking, driving, breathing, and living while black”

Britain Votes to Leave the European Union
John Hilary and John Weeks discuss the meaning and impact of Britain’s historic 52-48 vote to leave the EU

Commentary: Oaxaca Teachers Strike Is About Defending The Revolutionary Educational Tradition
John Ackerman of UNAD says that acts of state violence, like the police killings at the Oaxaca teacher strike and the “disappearance” of 43 students Guerrero, show that Mexico is not a democracy

Justice for Port Drivers
Port Truck Drivers Hardship Fund

Petition update
Smucker’s: Bring back pet-food donations immediately!

Institute for Public Accuracy

WSJ Fakes a Green Shift Toward Nuclear Power
by Miranda C. Spencer

Democracy Now!
Debate: After Shocking Vote, Can U.K.’s Radical Left Navigate a “Left Exit” from EU Neoliberalism?

As SCOTUS Deadlocks on Obama’s Immigration Plan, Immigrants “Continue to Live in Daily Fear”

Undocumented Mother & U.S. Citizen Daughter Call on Obama to Stop Deportations Despite SCOTUS Ruling

SCOTUS Ruling on Race-Conscious College Admissions a Great Victory for Equal Educational Opportunity

Second Baltimore Officer in Freddie Gray Death Cleared of Depraved-Heart Murder & Rough Ride Charges

*Another cop out

Sotomayor “Tells It Like It Is” & Slams Racial Profiling, Illegal Search and Seizure in Scathing Dissent

*The “logic” of a police state of mind

Part 2: Will Peace Agreement Between Colombia and FARC End Years of War, Unrest and Destabilization?

*Peace at what commodity price?

Are Vaccines Safe for Children? Global Survey Reveals the Truth
by Ty Bollinger


Brexit or Bremain? No Matter the Outcome, Hedge Funds Stand to Profit
Hedge funds are using private exit pollsters to capitalize on outcome of referendum vote before public finds out the result
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Real News Network
Outrage after Officer Accused of Murder in Freddie Gray Case Found Not Guilty of All Charges
TRNN speaks to Baltimore activists and a legal scholar about Judge Barry Williams’ not-guilty ruling in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, who had been charged with murder

Can the EU be Reformed from Within?
Prof. Neil Davidson presents the left argument for why Britain should leave the EU

Green Party Candidate Margaret Flowers on Healthcare, Climate Change, and Community Economics
Green Party Senate candidate Margaret Flowers tells Paul Jay that we don’t need another kind of a Hillary Clinton in the Senate

How Union Contracts Shield Police Departments from DOJ Reforms
Adeshina Emmanuel speaks about his new investigative report for In These Times, which proves that police unions’ collective bargaining agreements often thwart reforms mandated by the federal government

Is Foreign Direct Investment Driving Capital Flight from Africa?
Leonce Ndikunuma says African countries need to adopt development strategies that encourage domestic investment

Institute for Public Accuracy
Slain Activist Reportedly on Honduran Hit List; State Dept. and Clinton Facing Scrutiny

Democracy Now!
Colombia & FARC Agree to Ceasefire in Historic Peace Deal, Begin Long Process of Implementation

The Know-it-All Guide to Brain-Boosting Foods
by Yuri Elkaim


As Quietly as Possible, the Government is Renewing Its Assault on Your Privacy
Having failed to secure an anti-encryption bill, the FBI and justice department are now engaged in a multi-pronged attack on all sorts of other privacy rights
by Trevor Timm

Democrats’ War on Due Process and Terrorist Fearmongering Long Predate Orlando
by Glenn Greenwald

*”Democrats” (including the unpressed icon of the moment) and “hypocrisy” have far more in common than mere word length, wouldn’t you say?

The Real News Network
The History of the Kurdish Struggle in Turkey
Baris Karaagac gives an overview of the Kurdish movement, from its centuries of rebellions against the Turkish-controlled state to becoming the only credible opposition today against Erdogan’s authoritarianism

Days of Revolt: From the Ghetto to Auschwitz (2/5)
In Part 2 of this episode of Telesur’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews Holocaust survivor Lola Mozes. Lola recounts her harrowing experience living in Nazi-occupied Poland

*Video is for Part 3. I haven’t found the video that matches the transcript.

Nine Killed in Police Crackdown on Oaxaca Teacher’s Strike
Laura Carlsen of the Center for International Policy says that Oaxacan teachers are protesting not only teacher evaluations, but also the entirety of neoliberal reform under Pena Nieto

Banking for a Baltimore Undivided
Joshua Harris, Baltimore mayoral hopeful, explains that he is running on the Green Party ticket because Baltimore is ready for fresh ideas, like his public banking proposal

Democracy Now!
Meet the FBI Informant Who Organized Neo-Nazi Gathering Attended by Jo Cox Murder Suspect in 2000

*Blodgett would seem to prefer dog whistles to bullhorns, judging by his support of those adept at their use.

He might like to think of himself as “not a bigot or a racist or anything”, and perhaps there’s some validity to that view

But when you lie down with those dogs …

“Struggling for Our Lives”: Gustavo Esteva on Oaxaca Police Killings, 2006 Rebellion & Ayotzinapa

The Surprising Reasons Why Male Breast Cancer is on the Rise
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

21 Healthy Eating Facts and Statistics That Will Shock You
by Yuri Elkaim

Coconut Oil Myths Persist in Face of the Facts
Who doesn’t want a miracle?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*Obviously, this is at odds with naturopathic sources whose views I’ve posted.

I use organic (at least that’s what the label says) coconut oil for dental hygiene via oil pulling, and for cooking.

As always, the best judgment emerges from the most open mind.


Unprecedented Bleaching Event Portends Mass Death of World’s Coral Ecosystems
‘It’s time to shift this conversation to what we can do to conserve these amazing organisms in the face of this unprecedented global bleaching event’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

In Four-Party Race, Clinton’s Lead Takes a Hit
Lead against Donald Trump tightens when also pitted against Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

“Less Meat, Less Heat”: China’s Plan to Drop Meat Consumption Gets Praise
New dietary guidelines would reduce the country’s livestock-related carbon emissions by 1 billion tons by 2030
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Save the planet?

Drop the “e”

And eat ’em

The Case for a Child-Centered Energy and Climate Policy
by Dr. Frederica Perera

Dominating the Skies – and Losing the Wars
Air supremacy isn’t what it used to be
by William Astore

*Raining death

Showering profits

DNC Platform Committee Members Offended By Key Single-Payer Healthcare Advocate
by Kevin Gosztola

*A sickening response

In every sense

Center for Biological Diversity
Analysis: 85 Percent of Continental U.S. Birds Protected by Endangered Species Act Have Increased or Stabilized Since Being Protected
Average Increase Was 624 Percent

All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice
by Robert Jensen

*Free PDF of the book

The Real News Network
UN Report: A Record 65.3 Million Displaced
On World Refugee Day, Glen Ford says that the US has had a hand in almost all displacement described in UN High Commissioner for Refugees report

Europe Will Drift Further to the Right if Britain Leaves EU
John Weeks presents progressives’ arguments for British citizens to vote to remain in the European Union on June 23rd

Greek Austerity Leading to Brain Drain with No Economic Recovery in Sight
Dimitri Lascaris says the latest unemployment figures in Greece show the indifference of the EU elite to the hardships of austerity and the democratic will of the European people

FAIR CounterSpin
‘We Have to Look at How Tolerant We Are of Violence in Homes’
Soraya Chemaly on the Orlando massacre
by Janine Jackson

‘It Was Important to Center the LGBTQ Latino Community in All of This’
Interview with Jorge Gutierrez about the Orlando massacre
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Orlando: FBI Only Releasing What Makes Government Look Good

*Spoon feeding the stenographers

Democracy Now!
An Attack on Democracy Itself: UK Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn Pays Tribute to Murdered MP Jo Cox

Jeremy Corbyn: Why I Am Voting for Britain to “Remain” in European Union in Historic Brexit Vote

Police Department or Frat House? 3 Oakland Police Chiefs Resign in 9 Days Amid Sex Crime Scandal

#BlackLivesMatter Activist: Oakland Needs to Name the “Predatory” Cops Who Raped & Trafficked Girl

*But … the mayor’s a liberal female!

Just like Madame Mayhem

“The Battle Has Just Started”: Activists Denounce Police Killings & Crackdowns on Teachers in Oaxaca

3 Powerful Stretches For Tight Hamstrings
by Yuri Elkaim


Hot Mess: States Struggle to Deal with Radioactive Fracking Waste
Potentially dangerous drilling byproducts are being dumped in landfills throughout the Marcellus Shale with few controls
by Jie Jenny Zou
Center for Public Integrity

The Growing Case for Massive Taxes on the Rich
by Paul Buchheit

The Issues the Candidates Aren’t Talking About
by Ralph Nader

Con vs. Con
by Chris Hedges

Think You’ve Got It Locked, Hillary? Meet Jill Stein.
The Green Party candidate insists it’s her year to get noticed—and she may make it onto 47 state ballots
by Bill Scher

Brain-Dead Diplomats: Why Did 51 American State Dept. Officials ‘Dissent’ Against Obama and Call for Bombing Syria?
A troubling internal cable signed by a host of U.S. diplomats blames Obama for not striking Syria earlier
by Vijay Prashad

Center for Biological Diversity
3.2 Million Animals Killed by Federal Wildlife-destruction Program in 2015
Ignoring Calls for Reform, Wildlife Services Kills Half-million More Coyotes, Bears, Wolves, Foxes, Other Animals Than Previous Year

Center for Food Safety
Millions of Dead Bees in D.C. Send S.O.S. for Pollinators
National Keep the Hives Alive Tour visits Washington during Pollinator Week

Milwaukee IWW
Solidarity with Waupun prisoners on hunger strike

The Real News Network
Hollande Capitulates to EU Pressure on Labor Laws Risking His Own Presidency
Renaud Lambert of Le Monde Diplomatique says Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, came to France to endorse Hollande and his decree on restrictive labor reforms

Why Big Oil and Gas Get Exclusive Access to Public Lands as Low as $1.50 an Acre
DeSmogBlog’s Steve Horn discusses how Tim DeChristopher’s 2008 act of civil disobedience triggered a response by the oil and gas industries to move to online restrictive bidding

Another Koch Criminal Justice Reform Trojan Horse: Reentry and Privatization
by Lisa Graves

UPDATE Koch Candidates? Where Is the Koch Machine Spending in 2016 So Far
by Lisa Graves and David Armiak

*Koch heads, Koch heads
Oily, soily Koch heads

Smucker’s: Bring back pet-food donations immediately!
by Leslie Chadwick

Institute for Public Accuracy
Post-Coup Brazil: Indigenous Killings, Land Grabbing, TIAA Profits

*The fat living off the land

Before Orlando Massacre, FBI Tried To “Lure” Mateen in Terror Plot

No, Sanders’ Secret Service Detail Isn’t Costing ‘Taxpayers’ $38,000 a Day
by Adam Johnson

*Perhaps Madame Mayhem might consider donating her speaking fees … ?

Democracy Now!
If Australia Can Do It, Why Not Us? How a Conservative Gov’t Enacted Gun Reform After Mass Shooting

Why You Need to Stop Carrying Your Mobile Phone in Your Pocket or Bra
by Tony Isaacs

4 Early Warning Signs of Prostate Cancer
by Ty Bollinger

The Link Between Xenoestrogens and Cancer (video)
by Dr. Roby Mitchell

Why are women more likely to suffer from osteoarthritis?
The problem may be muscles
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

The 8 Best Foods Rich in Probiotics Your Gut Badly Needs
by Yuri Elkaim


Is Leaked Cable Greasing Skids for Clinton’s Next Regime Change Disaster?
Nobody is challenging Hillary Clinton enough on what her plan for a no-fly zone and military escalation in Syria will mean. And the slope is very, very slippery.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Protesting ‘Shameful’ Refugee Policies, Doctors Without Borders Rejects EU Funds
“Once again, Europe’s main focus is not on how well people will be protected, but on how efficiently they are kept away”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Caving to Post-Orlando Fear, House Betrays Civil Liberties
Massie-Lofgren amendment fails 198-222 in turnaround for House
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Less a matter of “fear” than a manifestation of favor for the police state of mind

Making Sense of Orlando
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*The boxes in which humanity is buried

Why Is the Killer of British MP Jo Cox Not Being Called a “Terrorist”?
by Glenn Greenwald

Voces de la Frontera
Immigrant Community Responds to Wisconsin ICE Raids

The Real News Network
French President Threatens to Outlaw Protests Against Labor Reforms
Le Monde Diplomatique’s Renaud Lambert says France is in a state of emergency; under these conditions the President can prevent labor protests

How Erdogan Consolidates Power in Turkey by Eliminating the Kurds
Baris Karaagac explains the history of the Turkish state’s repression of the leftist and Kurdish movements

Neo-Nazi Group Linked to Murder of British MP Has Long Been Ignored by US Media
by Jim Naureckas

*I daresay there’s been more mainstream mention of “feminazis” than the real thing.

Not Neutral on Net Neutrality: All Things Considered Considered Only One Side
by Lisa Lynch

Democracy Now!
As Britain Mourns MP Jo Cox, Her Killer Is Linked to Neo-Nazi National Alliance & Pro-Apartheid Club

NYPD Surveillance Unveiled: City Claims to Lose Docs on 1960s Radicals, Then Finds 1 Million Records

Latest CIA Torture Docs Show “Evidence of War Crimes” & Level of Brutality That Even Shocked Bush

*Bush shocked?


But shocking Bush?

There’s a thought …

Although I have enough humanity to never advocate it.

Why doesn’t fish oil prevent heart attacks anymore?
Maybe it depends on the drugs you’re taking
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Picnic (and general “outdoor”) Season Food Safety Tips
by Leanne Ely


Congresswoman Calls for Drug-Testing the One Percent, Not the Poor
‘We might really save some money by drug-testing folks on Wall Street, who might have a little cocaine before they get their deal done’ — US Rep. Gwen Moore
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Is there a test for avarice addiction?

Guccifer 2.0? Lone Hacker Takes Credit for DNC Cyber Attack, Publishes Docs
‘Hacktivists, possibly state-sponsored, now demonstrating intent—and capability—to influence elections,” says Edward Snowden
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

As Brexit Battle Enters Final Week, New Poll Shows Shift Towards Leaving EU
Campaigns for both sides were suspended Thursday following fatal shooting and stabbing of Labour Party MP Jo Cox
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Pentagon’s Real $trategy: Keeping the Money Flowing
by Andrew Cockburn

Plain Speaking About Complex Things
Robert Jensen on his book Plain Radical and the friendship that inspired it
by Michael King
Austin Chronicle

Allow American Farmers to Grow Industrial Hemp
by Micah Nelson

‘Allegedly’ Disappears as Russians Blamed for DNC Hack
by Adam Johnson

*Russia to judgment

Democracy Now!
How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Casinos, Left Contractors Unpaid, Ruined Investors & Made Millions

Dishwashers, Plumbers, Waiters & Lawyers: Hundreds Accuse Trump of Failing to Pay for Their Work

*The Donald ducks

David Cay Johnston: There is “Incredibly Strong Evidence” Donald Trump Has Committed Tax Fraud


Exposed: Pesticide Industry Deployed Aggressive Lobby Effort to Quash Bee Protections
Bayer, Monsanto, and Syngenta are effectively “shaping new pollinator ‘protection’ plans nationwide that do little to protect bees, but a lot to protect industry profits”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Majority Want Assault Weapons Ban, So Why Don’t Dems Filibuster for That?
Outrage over government inaction on gun control has reached a fever pitch days after the Orlando shooting massacre
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

5 Years of Failure – Why UN Voluntary Measures Aren’t Stopping Bad Business Behavior
Marking the 5th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
by Anne van Schaik and Lucia Ortiz

Why Global Capital Fears ‘Brexit’
We are not trying to tell UK readers how (or even whether) to vote; we are asking you to help us shed light on and bring sanity to this volatile situation
by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Rupert Read and Thomas Wallgren

A Plea to My Friends Who Want Lexit – This Is Not the Time
The British Left needs to decide whether to make or break the EU, but an exit on 23 June would represent an exit on the Little Englander’s terms, not ours
by Nick Dearden

Building a Progressive Agenda for Public Schools
by Educators for Defending Public Schools

Tiptoeing Through the Renewable Energy Minefield
by Richard Heinberg

The Real News Network
Peru’s New Conservative President A Close Ally of the US

Eritrea in US Crosshairs
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says the US is trying to use Ethiopia and the International Criminal Court to do to Eritrea what it did to Libya

*Ford’s points on US designs are taken, but I’d like to see a more objective analysis of the contradictions of the Eritrean government, in the same sense as Cuba or any other state that finds itself a target of empire, which we can stand against, without ignoring those internal aspects that none of us would wish to be subjected to.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Is Clinton’s Campaign Controlling Haitian Policy?

*The Queen of Chaos seeks a royal flush of incovenient facts

Attacks, Foreign Policy and Homophobia

NPR Retracts False Claim About Terror and Politics, But Doesn’t Tell Listeners the Truth
by Jim Naureckas

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Pharmaceutical Companies Have Pressured Doctors, Suppressed Evidence’
Lee Fang on industry’s role in the opioid crisis
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
In Honor of Berta Cáceres, Rep. Hank Johnson Introduces Historic Bill to Stop U.S. Aid to Honduras

Successor to Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres: Her Death Is Tied to “Capitalist Neoliberal Policies”

Puerto Rico Is Being Left Voiceless: San Juan Mayor Condemns Bill to Create “Colonial Control Board”

Puerto Rico in Mourning: Nearly Half of the Orlando Massacre Victims were from the Island

How Will Elizabeth Warren Vote on Setting Up Fiscal Control Board in Puerto Rico?

*From darling to quisling?

How to Make Turmeric Tea Part of Your Anti-Cancer Diet (Recipe)
by Charlene Bollinger

Prebiotic vs Probiotic: This is What You Need to Know
by Yuri Elkaim

These Fruit Smoothies Are Pretty Slick
But not in a particularly good way
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


The Mass Murder in Orlando Was a Hate Crime
There has been reticence from many quarters to name the violence as a hate crime—a reluctance that stems from several sources
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Democrats’ Anger at Lack of Gun Control Belies History of Inaction
On the floor of the U.S. House on Monday, a handful of Democrats shouted, “Where’s the bill?”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Donald Trump Has the Traits of a Wife Abuser and Women Know It
Millions of women see through him, even if the media don’t
by Ann Jones

Can We Do Anything About Murderous Assault Weapons?
by Bernie Horn

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)
New Report Finds Banks Betting on Climate Change
Seventh Annual Bank Finance Report Card Reveals Major Banks Poured Hundreds of Billions into Extreme Fossil Fuels

Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Hundreds of Cancer-Causing Chemicals Pollute Americans’ Bodies
From EWG, First Complete Inventory of Carcinogens in the U.S. Population

Huge Win for the Internet, as U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds Hard-Won Net Neutrality Rules
Key ruling prohibiting Internet slow lanes sends strong signal to Canada and the European Union which are currently reviewing their own Net Neutrality rule

The Real News Network
Orlando Shooter Proclaimed Allegiance to Rival Terrorist Organizations
Vijay Prashad says that terms like “radical jihadist terrorism” explain nothing and only spread fear

Profound Social Alienation Underlies America’s Mass Atrocities
Gun culture, rampant homophobia, and U.S. imperialism – not Islam – is behind the Orlando shootings, says scholar Junaid Ahmad

Why is the Orlando Shooter Branded as a Muslim Instead of a Homophobe?
Yasmin Nair says we need to go behind discussions of love and understanding, think critically about hate-crime legislation, and consider the role of U.S. wars

Dear NCAA: My Mom Is a Rape Survivor and You Can Help
by Darius Adams

Institute for Public Accuracy
LGBT Activists Against Militarization and Surveillance

When Media Learned Killer’s Ethnicity, Then They Knew to Call It ‘Terrorism’
by Eoin Higgins

Democracy Now!
Nephew of Slain Gay Icon Harvey Milk: Orlando Massacre Marks One of the LGBT Movement’s Darkest Days

Activist: Latinx LGBTQ Community & Its Stories of Survival Should Be at Center of Orlando Response

When It Comes to Orlando Massacre, Domestic Violence is the Red Flag We Aren’t Talking About

The Real Causes of Type 2 Diabetes (And How to Cure It)
by Yuri Elkaim

How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally
by Yuri Elkaim


Post-Orlando Demagoguery Described as Trump’s Most Horrifying to Date
‘I think this is the most horrifying speech Trump has ever given, which is a high bar’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Did he high five his entourage when this popped on CNN?

Report: Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Set to Pass 400ppm—Permanently
Carbon emissions and extreme weather events poised to push CO2 levels past symbolic threshold for good, new study finds
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Stop Exploiting LGBT Issues to Demonize Islam and Justify Anti-Muslim Policies
by Glenn Greenwald

*The only good queer is a dead queer

And the best dead queer is one we can exploit for our own iniquitous ends

Public Citizen Commends Education Department for Combating Arbitration Clauses in Higher Education, Urges a Stronger Approach
Public Citizen’s Petition Galvanized Coalition Pressure on U.S. Department of Education to Deny Aid to Schools That Use Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses Against Students

The Real News Network
Fanny Lou Hamer Challenged Corporate Dems in 1964
Civil rights leader Hamer led the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party delegation to the ’64 Democratic Party Convention demanding to be recognized – President Johnson called an “urgent” press conference so there would be no TV coverage of her statement

*If any movement to emerge only embraces old school liberalism, then the wind once again overpowers the piss

New Unity Government in Libya Overly Optimistic in Claiming an Offensive Against ISIS in Sirte
It is important to recognize that ISIS is not precisely a territorial group, says historian Vijay Prashad

Decades-Long Israeli Military Occupation Drives Palestinian Revenge Attacks
Filmmaker and former TRNN correspondent, Lia Tarachansky, says the messianic extreme far right has filled the political void in Israel following the 2014 attacks on Gaza known as Operation Protective Edge

Modi’s US Visit: High on Atmospherics, Short on Substance
Newsclick interviews senior journalist Seema Mustafa on Modi’s visit to Washington, and she says while both countries spoke of being “allies” and “partners”, there were no serious agreements

Modi Eager to Make India Another Lily Pad for the Projection of American Power
Vijay Prashad says the Indian Prime Minister is eager to have a Logistical Support Agreement with the United States and participate in the US-led encirclement of China

Institute for Public Accuracy
Orlando, Trump, Clinton, FBI & Connecting Dots to “War on Terror”

Orlando Shooting, Queer Thoughts

Commenting on Orlando, NPR Terrorism Reporter Reverses Political Lesson of Madrid Blast
by Sam Husseini

Comcast-Funded Website Plugs Comcast-Owned TV Show Promoting Comcast-Backed Trade Pact
by Adam Johnson

*Can we call them “megaphonies” … ?

Democracy Now!
Deadliest Attack Ever on LGBT Community Claims Lives of 50 People in Orlando, Mostly Young Latinos

Nightclubs are Our Safe Havens: Longtime Patron of Orlando LGBT Club Reacts to Mass Shooting

Openly Gay Muslim Imam Reacts to Orlando: Clubs Like Pulse are Safe Havens for LGBT Muslims, Too

Orlando Massacre Comes After Lawmakers in U.S. Filed More Than 200 Anti-LGBT Bills

“How Many Shootings Must We Have?” Florida State Senator Calls for Gun Control After Pulse Massacre

Australia Stopped Mass Shootings After 1996 Massacre, So Why Doesn’t the U.S. Follow Suit?

*Oz an island of relative sanity?

Who’da thunk?

Obviously, them …

Girls, Puberty & Breast Cancer Risk: What Moms Need to Know Now
by Elyn Jacobs

The Best Foods to Prevent Cancer
by Dr. Bradford Weeks

The Amazing Cancer-Fighting Benefits of Curcumin
by Ty Bollinger

How Can Modified Citrus Pectin Halt Cancer Cell Growth?
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

Is there a Link Between Tattoo Ink & Cancer? Let’s See…
by Suresh Nair

Know Someone Who Drinks Pomegranate Juice to Prevent Prostate Cancer?
Break this news gently
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Natural Energy Boosters: 6 Ways to Increase Your Energy Without Caffeine
by Yuri Elkaim

19 Highly Alkaline Foods That Will Benefit Your Body
by Yuri Elkaim

The #1 Dieting Mistake You Need to Avoid
by Yuri Elkaim

*The perfect path to disappointment

Podemos Rises in Polls Amid Anti-Austerity Fever in Spain
Podemos could unseat the long-established Socialist party for the first time in modern Spanish history
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

In Name Change Case, Judge Rules by ‘Sexist Stereotype’
‘I felt insulted and objectified to be told by the court that I would not be able to have the name that my family, my friends, and my co-workers all call me’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What’s in a name?


Partial Victory for Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards
by Sonali Kolhatkar

Amazing Grace: The Gift of a Transgender Child
by Kay Davis

Trident Ploughshares
Fwd: Day 5 of the blockade at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Burghfield, Near Reading

Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)
We escaped abuse & violence to find safety in the U.S. but only found more abuse there

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Media Money Matters With the Olympics’
Jules Boykoff on the Rio Olympics
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
As California Admits 2 Million Ballots Remain Uncounted, Sanders Pushes for Changing Primary Process

*Feeling the Bern out

Food Intolerances: How to Know If You Have One (And What to Do About It)
by Yuri Elkaim


Before #ExxonKnew, Industry Hid Perils of Smog with #SmokeAndFumes
‘How the oil industry handled smog is a template for how it handled a bunch of issues, the most significant being climate change’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Whistleblower: EPA Officials Covered Up Toxic Fracking Emissions for Years
‘The cover-up has allowed the industry to dig in for years of delay in cutting emissions—at the worst possible time’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Fracturing a fairy tale

Globalization and the American Dream
by Helena Norberg-Hodge and Steven Gorelick

*A dream from which we desperately need to awaken

School Days and Grenade Launchers
by Robert C. Koehler

*”[G]enuine anguish”, my ass.

Mad props to the folks for hanging tough, but the city and county cops have all the toys of war they need (read “want”), so why not score some PR points with a “sincere” show of disarming?

“Apology” excepted.

The Real News Network
NATO Exercises Encircling Russia: U.S. Might be Sleepwalking into a Doomsday Scenario
As U.S. destroyers and warships enter the Black Sea for the first time since the Cold War, NATO’s ten-day military exercise encircling Russia threatens peace in Europe, says Richard Sakwa, Professor of Russian and European Politics at University of Kent

*Madame Mayhem may yet make manifest her wet dream

Days of Revolt: The Ghetto (1/2)
In Part I of this episode of Telesur’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews Holocaust survivor Lola Mozes as she recounts her harrowing experience living in Nazi-occupied Poland

Refugees Risk Perilous Journeys, Fleeing War and Years of IMF-type Policies
Vijay Prashad says refugees are escaping wars, eviscerated economies, and religious conflict

For NYT, Fair Use Depends on Who’s Doing the Using
by Jim Naureckas

*Don’t do what I do

Pay what I say

Democracy Now!
Jill Stein to Bernie Sanders: Run on the Green Party Ticket & Continue Your Political Revolution

*Run, Bernie, run

(Your “revolution” into the ground)

Isn’t it a bit pathetic to hear Stein entreating him to “join forces”, when he has time to kibitz with Dear Misleader, but not her?

Green Party’s Jill Stein: What We Fear from Donald Trump, We Have Already Seen from Hillary Clinton

*Stein talks a talk that you won’t hear from any major party candidate

But angling to walk with one in large measure mutes that message.

As 13 Million People Read Stanford Victim’s Letter, Advocates See “Watershed” Moment in Fight Against Rape

*Ziering deserves credit for the work she’s done, but for her to give credit to the military for finally acknowledging the disease infecting it, after ignoring it for decades, and engaging in a PR exercise “to take care of it” – not to say that some benefit won’t come from it – displays a disheartening naiveté about the nature of that institution.

It deserves an “attack”, not a “critique”.

Just Before Giving Stanford Rapist 6 Months, Judge Dealt Another Light Sentence to Domestic Abuser

Are Canned Foods Safe?
by Yuri Elkaim

A Resistance Band Workout Routine That Will Make You Lean and Toned
by Yuri Elkaim


Trillions Spent on Violence as World Continues Downwards Spiral Away From Peace
Latest Global Peace Index shows that chipping away at trillions spent on violence could render huge ‘peace dividend’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I have to look askance at an analysis that highlights the symptoms, while ignoring the primary causes

Namely, greed and lust for power, to list the literally bleeding obvious.

Surveying Damage on World Oceans Day, Experts Say Worst is Yet to Come
‘We cannot continue to treat our seas as an out-of-sight, out-of-mind dumping ground.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Anti-Fracking Momentum Grows with Another People’s Victory in California
Measure E passed with an overwhelming 71 percent, making Butte County the fourth in the state to ban fracking
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
UN: Return Saudi-Led Coalition to ‘List of Shame’
Secretary-General’s De-Listing Opens Door to Political Manipulation

Oil Change International
Cowboy & Indian Alliance Plant “Seeds of Resistance” Ponca Corn in Paths of Atlantic Coast & Mountain Valley Fracked Gas Pipelines

The Real News Network
U.S. and Secretary General of OAS Defeated in Effort to Sanction Venezuela
Alexander Main of CEPR says OAS members are concerned that the organization could become a tool of the U.S. State Department for intervention in the region

*Old imperial impulses die hard

Depoliticizing Anti-Trump Protests Plays Into Right-Wing Narrative
by Aaron Cantú

*Play nice

While your lives are played with by a Machiavellian megalomaniac

Institute for Public Accuracy
FBI is “Cooking up” Cases Against Muslims

*FBI DIY “plots” thicken the propaganda porridge we’re fed

Hillary Clinton’s “Faux Feminism” — Interviews Available

*It’s not the gender

It’s the generosity

Democracy Now!
Meet the Law Professor Leading a Bid to Recall the Judge Who Sentenced Stanford Rapist to 6 Months

Treating Your Sleep Apnea May Make You More Attractive
People look more youthful soon after starting therapy
by David Schardt

*Poor choice of a headline for a serious condition

Read on

10 Reasons You Should Consider Chiropractic Therapy
by Dr. David Jockers

The 5 Healthiest Dairy-Free Milk Alternatives
by Yuri Elkaim


Republicans Show Just How Much of Trump’s “Textbook Racism” They Will Tolerate
As many Republicans rush to disavow latest comments, has the presumptive nominee finally gone too far?
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Dog whistlers don’t do bullhorns

Despite ‘Moral Angst’ About Inequality, World’s Richest Just Keep Getting Richer
‘Unless companies rein in executive salaries, pay their fair share of taxes, and invest in decent jobs the yawning gap between the haves and have-nots will continue to grow’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The rising tide that only lifts the yachts

Most Dems Want Open Primaries: Poll
As more voters reject major political parties, some argue closed primaries mean disenfranchisement
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

New Traceability Rule Doesn’t Go Far Enough to Stop Seafood Fraud in US

Action Alert: AP’s Premature Call for Clinton Does Disservice to Democracy
by Jim Naureckas

*Mind readers?

For primary voters

More like mind fuckers

Democracy Now!
Will Decision to Call Race a Day Before Primary Deter Californians from Voting in Key Race?


Campaign Launched to Remove Judge in Controversial Stanford Rape Case
“The message to women and students is ‘you’re on your own’, and the message to potential perpetrators is, ‘I’ve got your back'”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Paving Way for Glyphosate Recall, EU Punts on Relicensing Weed Killer
If no decision is made by June 30, products containing glyphosate like Monsanto’s Roundup will have to be pulled from European shelves
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

I Told Paul Ryan What It’s Like to Live in Poverty. Here’s What Happened Next.
by Tianna Gaines-Turner

The Lie That “China Wins” if the TPP Kangaroo Tribunals are Stopped
by William Black

Beyond Nuclear Response to Court Ruling on Nuclear Waste Confidence

ACLU Challenges Major Health System’s Denial of Insurance for Transgender Employee
Lawsuit Argues Dignity Health’s Denial of Medically Necessary Care Violates Civil Rights Act and Affordable Care Act

The Real News Network
Could The Anti-Trump Latino Vote Tip the Scales in the California Primary?
Bernie Sanders has broken with Obama’s legacy of record deportations, which could earn him the support of Latinos who have mobilized against Trump, says writer Gabriel San Roman

Obama Defends Nuclear Attack on Civilians – RAI with Peter Kuznick (1/2)
With vague language about evil in his Hiroshima speech, President Obama essentially defended the mythology that the nuclear attack “saved lives,” says historian Peter Kuznick on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay

Millions Around the World Fleeing from Neoliberal Policy
Economist Michael Hudson says neoliberal policy will pressure U.S. citizens to emigrate, just as it caused millions to leave Russia, the Baltic States, and now Greece in search of a better life

Leaks Expose IMF Chief Overruling Pro-Debt Relief IMF Negotiator
Securities lawyer Dimitri Lascaris says recent leaks to the press show that IMF Chief Lagarde forced her negotiator to give up the previously stated position to insist that creditors offer debt relief to Greece

Inadequate UN Refugee Convention Putting Thousands in Danger
Vijay Prashad says limitations in the UN Refugee Convention give latitude to Western countries to reject non-Syrian refugees

The Real Weather Report: Paris Deluged
Paris and Bavaria are both experiencing extreme weather conditions as scientists predicted for Europe, says Dimitri Lascaris

Stop lawbreakers from doing business at ports!
by Humberto Canales, XPO Port Driver and Fausto Torres, Cal Cartage Warehouse Worker

Petition update
Transplant incentives may help cut shortage
by Joshua Morrison

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton Foundation Opaque “Fundraising Arm of Campaign”

*Trump only wishes he had these corrupt connections

Media Cite Architect of Last Recession as Expert on Preventing Another One
by Adam Johnson

Cable News Conversation Is Far Removed From Reality of Abortion
by Janine Jackson

NYT’s Edsall Stands Up for ‘Grievances of White America’
by Jim Naureckas

*The unbearable being of whiteness

Democracy Now!
“The Greatest”: Ishmael Reed on the Untold History of Muhammad Ali

*Too much precious air time spent, but I thought there was some interesting intel extant, so …

John Legend Reads Muhammad Ali’s 1966 Antiwar Speech: “The Real Enemy of My People is Right Here”

How Medicare Doctors are Paid to Keep You Sick
by Dr. Irvin Sahni

*First do no harm

To the income stream

Frightening HPV Vaccine Side Effects
by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

SIBO: How to Treat This Growing Digestive Problem
by Yuri Elkaim

Do you know the leading source of sodium in the American diet?
Most people don’t
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

10 Proven Ways to Lose Weight (Without Dieting or Exercising)
by Yuri Elkaim

4 Big Reasons Women Should Never Do Steady State Cardio
by Yuri Elkaim

Eat THIS Healthy Breakfast Food for Faster Fat Loss (and Fewer Cravings)
by Yuri Elkaim


House GOP Again Trying to Gut Climate Science Funding
GOP lawmakers seek to cut funding for climate labs run by NOAA by 17 percent below 2016 levels
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Call to ‘Save Oceans, Protect Workers’ Goes Airborne as Greenpeace Targets Walmart
‘Walmart can no longer hide the very real threat of labor abuse and ocean destruction with its insufficient policy statements and greenwashing’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Always Low Principles!”

Six Questions for Monsanto
by Katherine Paul

The Real News Network
Debate: Green Economic Growth Vs. Slow Growth (2/2)
Economists Robert Pollin and Peter Victor continue their discussion over whether economies can grow while simultaneously reducing their greenhouse gas emissions

*What do we really need to live a decent life, and how do we assure everyone can?

So much of what is produced is superfluous or antagonistic to that goal.

Sanders Draws Huge Crowds in California While Clinton Holds Exclusive Meetings With Black Leadership Class
The rift between Black millennials and the Black political leadership class is widening ahead of the California primary, says Margaret Prescod, host and producer of Sojourner Truth

Air France Pilots Join Labor Protests Cancelling Flights Ahead of European Soccer Tournament
Jacobin editor Jonah Birch says the French right could come to power in 2017 if the Socialist Party continues to lose favor over its unpopular labor code reform

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Local Influence in Two Maps
by Calvin Sloan

Increase Funding For ME/CFS So We Can Find a Cure
by Mary Gelpi

Media Trumpwash Clinton’s Reckless Foreign Record
by Adam Johnson

*Their sort of sociopath

The People Are the Story–and Corporate Media Are Missing It
by Janine Jackson

*We suffer from their attention deficit disorder

Democracy Now!
“I Refuse to Serve as an Empire Chaplain”: U.S. Army Minister Resigns over Drone Program


Say “Way to go, bro” … ?

“I Refuse to Support U.S. Armed Drone Policy”: Army Chaplain Reads Resignation Letter to Obama

“A School for Suicide”: How Kalief Browder Learned to Kill Himself During 3 Years at Rikers Jail


McCarthy of the Great Woods: Unhinged Maine Governor Targets Donors of Local Green Group
‘This seems like something Sen. Joseph McCarthy would have done in the 1950s, not a governor of Maine in 2016’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Oxfam International
Two Years Since War, Gaza Blockade Plunging Palestinians Deeper into Poverty

Environmental Protesters Fight Defamation Lawsuit Filed by Coal Ash Landfill
ACLU Makes Free Speech Case Defending Residents of Low-Income, Majority Black Alabama Town

National People’s Action
Grassroots Group Responds to CFPB Payday Lending Rule, Pledges to Continue Fight to Protect Families from Predatory Lenders
National People’s Action joins hundreds of advocates arriving in Kansas City today to comment on proposed rules for payday, car title and payday installment lending. More events being held nationwide calling for strong rules.

*Money changers never change

The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: The Return of the Radical
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges hosts disbarred civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart and activist Ralph Poynter in a discussion on the outcomes of 1960s and 1970s radicalism, and where that political consciousness is today in the face of worsening social and economic conditions

Debate: Green Economic Growth Vs. Slow Growth
Economists Robert Pollin and Peter Victor discuss whether ecological sustainability and economic growth can be achieved simultaneously

Sanders Supports Universal Healthcare Amendment 69 in Colorado, Will Hillary?
We speak with T.R. Reid, Chair of the Colorado Foundation for Universal Healthcare

*I don’t imagine Reid truly believes the horseshit he’s shoveling about Clinton’s humanity. He just kissing her ass in the forlorn hope that she’ll support this campaign.

It’s enough to make you sick to your stomach, so hopefully you already have health coverage.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Are New Payday Reforms Meaningful? Is Postal Banking a Solution?

*Of course, we could always eliminate the need for loans by eliminating the need for money

But that’s the thirdiest of rails, innit?

California Frackin’

Press Can’t Get Enough of Trump Dumping on Them
by Mark Karlin

*Whip me

Beat me

Make me cash big checks to November

NYT Calls for Stronger Copyright Protection Without Calculating the Costs
by Dean Baker

Democracy Now!
Part 2: In Wake of Coup, Should Brazil’s Olympics Be Moved or Become a Site of Protest?

*A contest of ills

“The System Is Set Up to Protect Officers”: Activists React to Lack of Charges in Jamar Clark Case

Black Lives Matter Activist Convicted of Felony Lynching: “It’s More Than Ironic, It’s Disgusting”

Africa’s Last Colony: Western Saharan Independence Movement Mourns Loss of Polisario Front Leader


Passing Ban, Scottish Parliament Declares: ‘No Ifs, No Buts, No Fracking’
Non-binding fracking ban signals ‘growing consensus that stopping
climate change means we have to say no to new fossil fuels like
fracked gas’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

2015 Saw Renewable Energy Boom, Led by Developing Nations
‘What is truly remarkable about these results is that they were
achieved at a time when fossil fuel prices were at historic lows’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What we don’t need to renew is corporate control of energy, whatever
its source.

Amazon Tribes Resist US Anthropologists’ Attempt to Forcibly Contact
the Uncontacted
In the absence of government support, Indigenous peoples are
increasingly speaking out in defense of uncontacted tribes
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Big Banks Can Be Beaten
Working families are turning their anger at Wall Street into action
by Sarah Anderson

Clinton and Media Outlets Are Still Counting Superdelegates in Voter
Tallies, Despite Pleas from DNC Exec
by Shaun King

Horse Racing’s Shame — And Ours
The death of two horses at a Triple Crown race encapsulates our
conflicted relationship with animals
by John Morlino

The right to intervene
by Vijay Prashad

*Call in the cavalry!

(Ask the “Indians” where that leads)

A Call to Reopen Investigation of Terror Campaign Against Journalists
by A.C. Thompson

Amnesty International
Niger Delta: Government Clean-Up Does Not Let Shell Off the Hook

MI5 Chief ‘Right to Be Disgusted’ over MI6 Involvement in CIA
Rendition & Torture

Cornucopia Institute
Leading Organic Industry Watchdog Blasts USDA
Calls “Animal Welfare” Rulemaking a Betrayal to Farmers and Consumers

The Real News Network
U.S. and Iran: Vying to Defeat ISIS in Iraq
As the two major international forces in Iraq work with the Iraqi army
to push back the Islamic State from Fallujah, neither wants the other
to be able to secure a position of power

Growing Labor Protests Paralyzing France
Renaud Lambert of Le Monde Diplomatique says the growing resistance to
Hollande’s labor policies is similar to anti-austerity movements in
Spain and Greece

Clinton Actively Promoted Fracking as Secretary of State
Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog investigates another set of Hillary Clinton’s
emails and finds the truth about Clinton’s role in promoting fracking

*How many times can you use the “fracturing fairy tale” line?

I think I’m at the limit.

(Parenthetically … “Shell”?


Tell the DOJ: No Privacy Act exemption for the FBI

Democracy Now!
As 1,000 Refugees Drown Under European Policies, Meet the Volunteers
Who Are Trying to Save Lives

In Wake of Coup, Should Brazil’s Olympics Be Moved or Become a Site of Protest?

*Fuck the bread

Bring on the circuses

Are bio-identical hormones safer and more effective, as Suzanne Somers claims?
The risks if you go the compounding pharmacy route
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*FYI – I’m ignorant of the validity of either claim

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World’s Low-Cost Economy Built on the Backs of 46 Million Modern Day Slaves
‘Business leaders who refuse to look into the realities of their own supply chains are misguided and irresponsible’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Dow-DuPont Merger Will Cripple Farmers and Food Sovereignty, Groups Warn
‘Today’s wave of agribusiness and food company mega-mergers is surrendering our food system to a corporate cabal’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Ahead of Election, Native Americans Rise Up Against Repressive Voting Laws
“This is merely the continuance of a long history of limiting the right to vote, so this isn’t new. Voter suppression has been the reality since the beginning.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

3 Years Of Painful Cuts Sets Markets Up For Serious Supply Crunch
Total global oil production could decline for the next several years in a row as scarce new sources of supply come online
by Nick Cunningham

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Brooklyn College Students Cleared at Controversial Disciplinary Hearing

Amnesty International
Afghanistan: Number of People Internally Displaced by Conflict Doubled to 1.2 Million in Just Three Years
The number of Afghans who have fled violence and remained trapped in their own country – where they live on the brink of survival – has dramatically doubled over the past three years, a new report by Amnesty International highlights

*”[T]he very people the international community set out to help”

I wonder if the very people hold the same view of their intent.

Get Prisons Out of Pride!

*Pinkwashing prison profits

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Employers Have an Incentive to Work People Long Hours’
Ross Eisenbrey on overtime rules
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
In Historic Ruling, Ex-Dictator of Chad Hissène Habré Convicted of Crimes Against Humanity

From U.S. Ally to Convicted War Criminal: Inside Chad’s Hissène Habré’s Close Ties to Reagan Administration

*Since Habré’s no longer of any use to the US, it makes Machiavellian sense to be “squarely behind” his prosecution, doesn’t it just?

Yet Brody finds it necessary to praise such bald faced two facedness, with nary a peep from Goodman about such a glaring contradiction.

What can you say?

“Oy” doesn’t cut it, does it?

It’s Not Just the Speeches: Hillary Clinton Questioned over Son-in-Law’s Ties to Goldman Sachs

DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz Faces Criticism for Bias & Opening Up DNC to Lobbyists

Meet the Bernie Sanders Supporter Who Debated Bill Clinton for 30 Minutes at a New Mexico Restaurant

*Slippery William gets off scripted

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

The #1 Cause of a Slow Metabolism
by Yuri Elkaim

12 Crucial Dynamic Warm-up Exercises to Do Before Your Workout
by Yuri Elkaim


‘Europe, This is Unbearable’: Deadly Crossings Drive Migrant Fatalities to New Heights
Record numbers of children are now making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea, aid groups say
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The numbers may numb the mind

They must never numb the soul

Hillary Clinton’s Memoir Deletions, in Detail
by Ming Chun Tang

*A blue pencil in service to a white wash

The Clearing Barrel
Military Counseling Network e.V. GI-Rights Hotline

538 Sacrifices Integrity to Go After Sanders on Independents
by Jim Naureckas

*Silver’s previous work earned him some cachet – in other words, a “brand”.

What do you do with a brand?

You sell.

Is there any correlation between providing “data” that bolsters the party poobahs’ arguments, and the desire to “grow” one’s business?

7 Signs of Testicular Cancer (and How to Prevent It)
by Tony Isaacs

Preventing Cancer is Like Growing a Garden
by Patrick Quillin

Can Holistic Nursing Lead the Way to Better Cancer Care?
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

The Role of MTHFR Gene Mutation in Cancer Development
by Dr. David Jockers

Gut Flora and Cancer – The Link Exposed!
by Prof. Keith Scott-Mumby

Top 13 Cleansing Spices to Add Into Your Diet
by Yuri Elkaim

4 Lies to Avoid If You Want to Boost Your Metabolism
by Yuri Elkaim

How to Improve Your Digestion Power (8 Essential Steps)
by Yuri Elkaim

The 13 Best Natural Energy Boosters (That Aren’t Food)
by Karen Wojciechowski

Green Lemonade: A Natural Remedy for Seasonal Allergies
by Yuri Elkaim

Three Tricks for Eating Less from One of the Nation’s Experts
Which foods should you see first at a meal?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


In Oil-Soaked Niger Delta, ‘Avengers’ Bombing Pipelines in Struggle for Compensation
Niger Delta Avengers say they are behind a spate of recent attacks on fossil fuel infrastructure
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Dreaded ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ Resistant to All Antibiotics Is Finally Here
Superbug could mean ‘the end of the road’ for antibiotics, CDC warns
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Moms of Trans Kids Wonder, Where’s Hillary Clinton?
“Secretary Clinton, we want to believe in you. We want to know that you’ll have our kids’ backs.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Getting things done” …

Trump on Immigrants and Health Care Costs: Just Plain Wrong
by Leah Zallman and Steffie Woolhandler

Public Citizen
Groups Demand Answers From Obama Administration Regarding Alleged U.S. Interference in Colombian Health Measure
Embassy Letters Suggest U.S. Support for Colombia Peace Plan Threatened in Closed-Door Meeting to Protect Big Pharma Profits

The Real News Network
IMF-Eurozone Deal Hailed as a Breakthrough, But No Relief for Greeks
Dimitri Lascaris, securities class actions lawyer, says the Troika is lending money with one hand and taking it back with the other, perpetuating the fiction that Greece’s debt is sustainable

Clinton’s Candidacy Will Unite the Corporate World
Glen Ford says Hillary Clinton views this election as an opportunity to build a ‘big tent’ for the Democrats, welcoming Republican refugees from Trump

‘We’ve Become Accustomed to the System Doing Nothing for the Killing of Black People’
Baltimore activists chart a path forward after the the not guilty verdict in the trial of Officer Edward Nero

Ban shark fins in Georgia!
by Amanda Sargent

Petition update
America Unites for Kids
Monsanto is held liable for $46.5 million for PCBs, but our nation’s kids are still being poisoned!

FAIR CounterSpin
‘What Happens to These Hundreds of Thousands of People That Are Being Deported?’
Suyapa Portillo on Central American deportees
by Janine Jackson

Rare Media Interest in Native American Views–on Behalf of Indian Mascots
by Janine Jackson

In Nine Democratic Debates, Not a Single Question About Poverty
by Adam Johnson

*The place where the poor will never be with us

Institute for Public Accuracy
Turkey’s Hidden War Against the Kurds

Democracy Now!
A Colonial Takeover: Proposed Puerto Rican Debt Bill to Give “Dictatorial Powers” to Unelected Board

“We Learned to Step over the Dead”: Hiroshima Survivor & Anti-Nuclear Activist Recalls U.S. Bombing

“I Want the World to Wake Up”: Hiroshima Survivor Criticizes Obama for Pushing New Nuclear Weapons

*It’s disheartening that someone who has experienced firsthand the horror of nuclear weapons and struggled to end that horror seems to accept our “leaders”‘ lie that they are designed for “deterrence”.

They are the empire’s sword of Damocles, hung over humanity in a grim game of “chicken” to ensure its geopolitical dominance.

They only deter peace and reason.

How to Avoid Getting Sick from Mechanically-Tenderized Meat
What to look for on the new labels
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

The Truth About Sitting and Your Health (And What to Do)
by Yuri Elkaim


How Anti-Choice Groups Push Message “Directly Into Women’s Phones”
New investigation by Rewire finds that ‘pregnancy crisis centers’ use geofencing to target women seeking abortions
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Ain’t technology Grand Guignol?

Hillary Clinton’s New Anti-Trump Ad Misses the Mark
Clinton accuses Trump of “rooting” for a crash caused by her own donors
by Matt Taibbi

*A black hole of a pot boils

Here Comes the Next Crop of ‘Free Market’ Authoritarian Leaders Across the Planet, Stifling Dissent and Enriching the Elites
by Vijay Prashad

The Real News Network
Koch Funded Free Market Universities in Arizona
Arizona’s state legislators, many with Koch campaign funds, pass a budget that creates a “right-wing laboratory”, says independent investigative journalist Alex Kotch

*Hired “education”

Justice for Port Drivers
Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach
Stop lawbreakers from doing business at ports!

Petition Update
Urgent action to protect farmers
by Rudy Howell and Food Integrity Campaign

Institute for Public Accuracy
Debbie Wasserman Schultz out as Head of DNC?

*Nothing “New” about “Dems” on the take

Hiroshima Trip Myths: A-bomb Ended War; Obama’s Against Nuclear Weapons

*Nuking the truth

Democracy Now!
“Significant Security Risks”: State Department Says Clinton Broke Rules Using Private Email Server
Texas and 10 Other States Escalate Attacks on Trans People with “Political Stunt” Bathroom Lawsuit

*Burr’s “reasonableness” and Lynch’s “King moment” are as hollow as the hearts of those grandstanding queer bashing governors.

Call it playing politics with pissoire.

Is Working Out Every Day Smart (or Safe)?
by Yuri Elkaim


Government Report on Clinton Email Scandal Much Worse Than Expected
Report could spell trouble for former secretary of state in final stretch of election as favorability ratings drop
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

GOP Lawmakers Capitalize on Zika Threat to Pass Bill Dubbed ‘Making Pesticides Great Again’ Act
House Democrats and Obama administration, meanwhile, criticize bill’s assault on Clean Water Act
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*You’d think vermin would have an aversion to pesticides

Bayer and Monsanto: A Marriage Made in Hell
by Martha Rosenberg and Ronnie Cummins

The Bruenig Firing: ‘Civility’ As A Tool To Control Political Dissent
by Roqayah Chamseddine

How to Disappear Money, Pentagon-Style
Slush funds, smoke and mirrors, and funny money equal weapons systems galore
by William Hartung

How porn makes inequality sexually arousing
by Robert Jensen

McDonald’s and Global Seafood Providers in Landmark Move for Arctic Protection

The Real News Network
Why Austrians Nearly Elected a Far Right Candidate as President
The political and democratic crisis in Austria coupled with the economic conditions nearly handed the presidency to the far right, says economist Walter Baier

Free Press Action Fund
Tell Congress: Stop the Sneak Attacks on Net Neutrality

Institute for Public Accuracy
New Brazil Minister Out After Revelations of Coup Plotting

Democracy Now!
39,000 Verizon Workers Enter Sixth Week on Strike in Biggest U.S. Labor Action in Years

*I think Master’s sidestepping Mook’s (telling name, that) pathetic painting of Madame Mayhem as Wall Street’s and corporatedom’s worst nightmare speaks volumes about how many unions are so joined at the hip to the Democrats that they will speak no ill of anyone of influence in it, no matter how much of a neolib they are.

Why is it that “smart politics” are often a synonym for “stupid strategies”?

Our Lives are on the Line: Protesters Blockade Planned Pipeline Site Near Nuclear Plant Outside NYC

Natural Strategies for Melanoma Skin Cancer Prevention
by Dr. David Jockers

Can you get non-alcoholic fatty liver disease from non-alcoholic drinks?
Preliminary evidence implicates certain popular drinks
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

3 Simple Things You Can Do to Avoid the Dreaded Afternoon Slump
by Yuri Elkaim


Anti-Frackers Vow Fierce Resistance as UK Goes Back ‘Up for Shale’
North Yorkshire council’s “appalling” decision comes just days after UK celebrated five years “frack-free”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

What the Media and Congress Are Missing on Zika and Poverty
by Jamila Taylor

Hammering for Peace
by Kathy Kelly

Shock and Awe, The Chevron Way
How the oil giant made itself a victim—and launched a nearly unprecedented legal offensive—after poisoning a region and its people
by Nick Meynen

Donald Trump: He Can’t Win, Can He?
by Duncan Cameron

*Much comical, but nothing funny about this wizard of id

Public Citizen
Activists, Teachers, Parents and Youth Tell McDonald’s: End McTeacher’s Nights, Stop Using Teachers as Marketing Agents
30,000 Petition Signatures Delivered to McDonald’s Executives

Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV)
NO Thomson Prison
De-Incarceration Walk

Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)
Worker’s Unite Film Festival

Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Defending Dissent Foundation
Support the Isolated Confinement Restriction Act in Illinois

Provide Patients with Critical Test Results — Pass House Bill 1233
by Lisa MacGregor

NYT: Protesters and Prosecutor Should Be Friends
by Josmar Trujillo

Institute for Public Accuracy
State Dept. Emails: How Clinton Pushed Fracking

*Madame Mayhem’s claimed “climate legacy”

A truly fractured fairy tale

Democracy Now!
Pastor: Acquittal in Freddie Gray Case Highlights Deep Distrust in Legal System in Black Community

Obama Urged to Stop Funding Honduran Military as Questions Grow over US Role in Berta Cáceres’ Death

“Free Wildin”: Teen Picked Up by ICE on His Way to High School Faces Deportation to Honduras


Colorado’s Tenacious Anti-Fracking Movement Explores “Last-Ditch Options”
With little recourse after state Supreme Court ruling, Coloradans seek legal and electoral means to protect communities against oil and gas drilling
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Small Farmers Are Foundation to Food Security, Not Corporations Like Monsanto
by Vandana Shiva

Disposable Americans: The Numbers are Growing
by Paul Buchheit

*The middle of nowhere

A Hint of Hell: Fires in Canada and Pipeline Dishonesty
by Winona LaDuke

What Does The Next OPEC Meeting Have In Store?
by Rakesh Upadhyay

Fight for $15
10,000 Underpaid Workers to Flood McDonald’s Shareholder Meeting Demanding $15, Union Rights
Biggest-Ever Series of Protests at Golden Arches’ HQ to Kick Off with Strike by Chicago Fast-Food Workers

*Employment as unhealthy as the food

The Real News Network
Erdogan Targeting the 59 Pro-Kurdish HDP Parliamentarians with 445 Police Investigations
Baris Karaagac says Erdogan is continuing to consolidate power by appointing his friend and current Transportation Minister as Vice President

Climate Change Fueled Droughts Pushing Africa to the Brink
Environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey says Africa remains on the front lines of climate change impacts, while wealthy nations fail to act with urgency

The Occupation of the American Mind – RAI with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters (3/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, legendary musician Roger Waters and producer Sut Jhally say Rachel Maddow and most liberal media express one-sided support for Israel, while Bernie Sanders has staked out a more balanced position

The Occupation of the American Mind – RAI with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters (2/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, legendary musician Roger Waters and Sut Jhally discuss how after its invasion of Lebanon in 1982, Israel intensified its propaganda machine in the U.S. – one that continues to shape American political thought

*Will Amy Goodman bring up the blackout at Sundance with Redford the next time they road trip there?

Anyone keen to pony up for that proposition?

The Financial Invasion of Greece
Economist Michael Hudson says the IMF’s concern over Greece’s debt is bogus, this is full scale financial war, forcing Greece to give up ports, pensions, properties and much more

*A sell off succeeding a sell out

Demand a 2016 Election Day Holiday!

*If only our choices were far more of a cause for celebration

Thousands of Georgia Prisoners Are Never Given a Release Date
by Jamani Montague

Wisconsin Legislators: Save IRIS. Leave our Long-term Care Alone.
by Nancy Gapinski

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Putting the Lie” to Clinton and Obama’s Deceit on Snowden

*Follow the rules

To ruin

Bill Clinton Brought Democrats Back to Life: A Zombie Idea That Won’t Die
by Jim Naureckas

*Slicking up Slippery William

Are Microwaves Safe? (Must Read if You Use a Microwave Oven)
by Lloyd Burrell

Tamoxifen Alternatives for Estrogen Dominant Breast Cancer
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

How Emotional Freedom Technique Can Help You Fight Cancer
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

How to Fix 9 of the Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies… Naturally
by Yuri Elkaim

The Toll of Visual Impairment Increasing in the United States
The biggest group affected: white women
David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Establishment Dems Fight to Defeat ‘Medicare-for-All’ in Colorado
Pro-Clinton Democrats join Big Pharma and state Republicans in fighting to defeat first-in-the-nation ballot measure for statewide single-payer plan
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Abandoning Doubt & Denial, School District Officially Embraces Climate Literacy
Portland, Oregon schools call for climate justice and student activism
by Bill Bigelow
Common Dreams contributor

The Foreign Policies of Sanders, Trump, and Clinton: America and the World In 2016 and Beyond
by Joanne Landy

*Perhaps not peas in a pod

But bitter fruits off the same tree

#NuitDebout Protests Are Part of a Global Movement Challenging a Broken Economic System
by Sam Cossar-Gilbert

The ALEC Attack on Solar Power
Net metering is the key to expanding solar electricity. Guess who’s attacking it?
by Mitch Jones

*Sunshine and shady dealings

Do You Think Palestine Has the Right to Exist?
To say that those who criticize Israel are hateful because they deny its right to existence are repeating a fabrication
by Vijay Prashad

Center for Reproductive Rights
Salvadoran Court Releases Woman Wrongfully Imprisoned

Amazon Watch
Chevron CEO Faces Pressure Cooker Over Ecuador, Climate Change at Shareholder Meeting

The Real News of the Day – May 19, 2016
EgyptAir crash; Trump proposes Supreme Court judges; Oakland introduces drug war reparations; Pentagon accuses China; Argentina to allow US bases; Venezuela opposition protest; refugee crisis and child trafficking; Norway licenses arctic drilling; Israel names right-wing defense minister

The Occupation of the American Mind – RAI with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters (1/3)
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, legendary musician Roger Waters and Sut Jhally discuss their new film about the Israeli public relations campaign to influence U.S. public opinion

First, Do Some Harm: How to Smear a Disfavored Candidate on NYT’s Front Page
by Jim Naureckas

Despite Confession, CIA’s Role in Mandela’s Capture Can Still Hardly Be Told
by Janine Jackson

Obama Plays a Dove in NPR’s Historical Fiction
by Jim Naureckas

*Nothing Nobel about Dear Misleader’s dark dealings

Democracy Now!
Canada Apologizes for Racist Incident 100 Years After Rejecting Komagata Maru Ship of 370 Immigrants

*An empty apology for a past that still informs the present

Occupied Canada: Indigenous & Black Lives Matter Activists Unite to Protest Violence & Neglect

The Effect of Alcohol on Breast Cancer
Is wine safer than liquor?
David Schardt
Nutrition Action

5 Startling Green Tea Side Effects You Need to Know About
by Yuri Elkaim


Michigan Corporations to Pay $0 in Taxes This Year, Despite Crises in Flint and Detroit
Under Michigan’s tax code, businesses will “effectively contribute nothing to the state coffers” this year—while Flint residents pay for poison water and lawmakers defund Detroit schools
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Pulling (us down with) their own weight

Defying Hateful Governments, People Worldwide Say ‘Refugees Welcome’
Amnesty International survey finds “governments’ inhumane responses to the refugee crisis are badly out of touch with the views of their own citizens”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

On Climate, America’s Least-Respected Lawmakers Come to Defense of Most-Hated Corporations
House Republicans request documents from green groups and attorneys general related to the effort against fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

40% of Detroit Will be Deprived of Life Sustaining Water: the UN Investigates Human Rights Violations
by Marsha Cole

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
US: Raped in Military—Then Punished
Unjust Discharges Cause Lasting Harm

The Real News of the Day – May 18, 2016
Sanders wins Oregon primary; CEOs earn 355 times as much as workers; ExxonMobil sued over climate change denial; Massachusetts teens win climate change case; South Africans fight over Zuma; Floods in Sri Lanka; Greenpeace blasts Japan coal plan; Mexico to legalize same-sex marriage

Activists Protest Celebration of Israeli Independence Day in Fells Point, Baltimore
Pro-Israel groups Charm City Tribe and IMPACT celebrated Israel’s 68th anniversary at a bar in Fells Point while protesters outside mourned for the Palestinians killed and displaced during the land grab

Kochs’ Grassroots Leadership Academy Training Astroturf Army
by Mary Bottari and David Armiak

Is the EPA Being Pressured on Atrazine? New Findings of Environmental Concerns about Syngenta’s Crop Chemical Removed from EPA Site
by Lisa Graves

Brave New Films
Unlabeled: The Most Dangerous Product on the American Market

Institute for Public Accuracy
Realities of “Terrorism”

Democracy Now!
Robert McChesney: Mainstream Corporate Media Covering 2016 Election Through Eyes of Clinton Campaign

Trump Vows to Sue New York Times in Latest Show of Disregard for Freedom of Press

Robert McChesney: Facebook’s Monopoly & Surveillance Antithetical to Free Press and a Free Society

In Obama’s Backyard, Father of 5 US-born Kids Seeks Sanctuary in Chicago Church to Avoid Deportation

Rebel Reporter: Late Poet and Activist John Ross Remembered in New Book on Independent Journalism


People Power Just Trumped Corporate Power: Oregon County Rejects Nestle Water-Grab
‘This is really a resounding victory for everyone who cares about protecting not only our water supply, but water supplies around the world’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

As EU Weighs Approval, More Evidence Industry is Rigging the Glyphosate Game
Suspicious donation from Monsanto emerges after WHO seemingly flipped in its assessment of the dangers posed by the chemical
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

GMOs Safe to Eat, Says Research Group That Takes Millions From Monsanto
“We won’t have good public policy on new technologies like GMOs until these rampant conflicts of interest are exposed,” says Food & Water Watch
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The biased science money can buy

As Kinder Morgan Decision Looms, Trudeau’s New Pipeline Panel Denounced as “Smokescreen”
First Nations reject new Kinder Morgan pipeline review panel, call for “nation-to-nation” consultation
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

How to Provide Medicare for All
by Marcia Angell

A Commencement Address for the Most Indebted Class Ever
The system is trying to squeeze you harder than any generation before you
by Chuck Collins

Slandering Single Payer
by Russell Mokhiber

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Vietnam: Crackdown on Peaceful Environmental Protesters
Respect Rights to Demonstrate and Freedom of Expression

The Real News of the Day – May 17
Democratic primaries; more Snowden documents; school segregation; Obamacare and birth control; AFL-CIO and environmentalism; Canada law to protect transgender persons; Alberta wildfire flares up; global warming and the poor; Senate passes 9/11 bill; French truckers join protest

Republicans Would Rather Lose the 2016 Election than Win with Donald Trump
Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report says Trump’s candidacy is throwing both the Democratic and Republican Party into crisis

How Far Will the Sanders Insurgency Go?
Bernie Sanders says he wants superdelegates to support him as he tries to reform and even weaken their influence within the Democratic electoral system, but how far is he willing to go with this fight?

*I think the superdelegate issue is telling in illuminating just how steadfastly Sanders will stick to his professed principles. Inspiring slogans and speeches can’t conceal those contradictions.

And if the goal is to “reform” the party, then this talk of “revolution” is foolish on its face. Perhaps Sanders sees himself as some sort of Pope Francis bringing light to a benighted institution.

That’s not truly his crusade, of course, but were that the case, both are doomed to a quixotic demise. The nature of both beasts makes a moral imperative of their slaying

Not their inconceivable salvation.

Koch Candidates? Where Is the Koch Machine Spending in 2016 So Far
by Lisa Graves and David Armiak

World Beyond War
Appeal from U.S. to World: Help Us Resist U.S. Crimes

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama, Clinton, Malcolm X, and the Novocaine Effect



Brazil’s Neighbors Warn of President’s ‘Dangerous’ Ouster–but US Press Isn’t Listening
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
How Donald Trump Risks Trade War, Crosses Lines on Racism, Wreaks Havoc on U.S. Conservatism

Will 712 Democratic Officials Decide 2016 Election? Uncovering the Secret History of Superdelegates

Rekia Boyd’s Killer Resigns as Activists Call for End to “Reign of Terror” by Chicago Police

Buying the Eggs You Want
Do you know what all the claims on the labels mean?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

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

The Best Homemade Electrolyte Drink for Quick Hydration
by Yuri Elkaim


“Please Free Us”: EU’s Outsourcing of Refugees Drives Crisis to New Low
Conditions for asylum seekers in wake of EU/Turkey deal are so inhumane that residents of one refugee camp in Greece launched a hunger strike in desperate plea for help
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Gender Explained: How the Obama Administration Is Getting It Right on Gender Identity
While society catches up with science, we need legal protections to stop discrimination and violence against people who identify as transgender
by Karen Dolan

In Sweden, Children are Citizens… Not Overheads
by Christian Christensen

Privatizing America’s Public Land
How the raid on Malheur screened a future raid on real estate
by William deBuys

No, the UN Has Not Given Glyphosate a ‘Clean Bill of Health’
News headlines today suggest that a UN report on glyphosate residues has given the controversial herbicide a clean bill of health, but that’s seriously misleading
by Georgina Downs

France Erupts in Defiance of Employer-Friendly Labour Reforms
by Duncan Cameron

Zuma’s Denialism and Betrayal
by Zwelinzima Vavi

*No massive concerts for this cause

Friends of the Earth
Potentially Hazardous Nanoparticles Found in Powdered Baby Formula
Select Gerber (NESN VX), Enfamil (MJN), Similac (ABT), and Well Beginnings (WBA) products tested

Amnesty International
Kenya: Investigate Police Crackdown Against Protesters
The brutal crackdown by Kenyan police against protesters must be urgently and impartially investigated

The Real News of the Day – May 16, 2016
Worldwide protests against fossil fuels; April breaks records; India to divert rivers; Trump appoints climate skeptic; Kerry supports arming Libya; protests against new Brazil government; Venezuela to take over idle factories; incumbent wins in Dominican Republic

Ky Peterson Defense Committee
Justice for Ky Peterson!
Black transgender man sentenced to 20 years in prison for defending himself against sexual assault

FAIR CounterSpin
‘An Entire Neighborhood Was Defamed’
Marcia Gallo on Kitty Genovese
by Janine Jackson

*Figuratively and literally ad nauseum

“All the news that’s printed to fit”

Institute for Public Accuracy
How the NSA Pushed Iraq Invasion


When the System Feels Rigged, How Surprising is Convention Mayhem?
Nevada’s Democratic convention devolved into mayhem on Saturday as party pushed controversial new rules and disqualified Sanders delegates
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Party favors for the plutocrats’ favored puppet

Supreme Court Punts Birth Control Case, Leaving Women’s Rights “in Limbo”
Court is only forcing women to “wait longer to learn who in this country has the ‘right’ to interfere with a woman’s personal health care,” NARAL says
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

If You’re Low-Income, America Is Still an Oligarchy
by Jeremy Slevin

*Immiseration without representation

Global Justice Now
EU to Decide on “Probably Carcinogenic” Glyphosate Relicensing—Global Justice Now Comment
EU pesticides committee to meet this week to make glyphosate decision

The Real News of the Day – May 13, 2016
Obama preparing more deportations; Judge rules against Obamacare; new rules for school restroom access; voter ID in Missouri; documents show more 9/11 connections to Saudis; Brazil’s VP takes over; Turkey-PKK conflict intensifies; strikes and protests in France continue

Petition update
USA Today: Time to ban skin shocks to disabled
by Gregory Miller

Petition update
Help bring an end to “McTeacher’s Nights”
by Bettina Siegel
The Lunch Tray

*You want lies with that?

Tell the Fed: End Wall Street’s $7 billion public subsidy!

Vox’s CIA-Backed ‘Democracy’ Standard Is OK With Slavery and Women Not Voting
by Adam Johnson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Sykes-Picot and What Would Have King-Crane Brought?

*Why the latter is considered “altogether different” from the former eludes me.

Velvet gloves always sheath iron fists.

Afghanistan as “Longest War” Highlights Invisibility of Indigenous and Iraq Wars

Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky: Climate Change & Nuclear Proliferation Pose the Worst Threat Ever Faced by Humans

Chomsky on Trump’s Climate Denialism: He Wants Us to March Toward the Destruction of the Species

*That a Chomsky has to talk about a Trump makes clear just how dangerous is this moment, don’t you think?

Chomsky: Hillary Clinton Fears BDS Because It Counters Decades of US Support for Israeli Aggression

Chomsky on Supporting Sanders & Why He Would Vote for Clinton Against Trump in a Swing State

Chomsky: Today’s GOP is a Candidate for Most Dangerous Organization in Human History—Part 2

This Popular Breast Cancer Drug is a Known Carcinogen
by Dr. Ben Johnson

The 3 Best Breast Cancer Prevention Tips for Women at Any Age
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

Selenium for Thyroid: The Missing Ingredient You Need to Know
by Yuri Elkaim

Don’t fall for these dietary supplement ad tricks
See what you get when you google this “testimonial”
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Verizon Calls in SWAT Team to Keep Exploited Overseas Workers Under Wraps
‘It seems Verizon is going to great lengths to try to hide their strategy of outsourcing middle-class American jobs in favor of poverty wages abroad’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Can you fear me now?”

Tensions Simmer as Moscow Calls New US Missile Site in Romania a ‘Direct Threat’
Russia’s Putin sees US ‘steps towards destabilizing the international security system and the start of a new arms race’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Just what the doctor (Strangelove, that is) ordered

What the Obituaries Missed About My Uncle, Dan Berrigan
by Frida Berrigan

The New Chauvinists Try to Defend Women – But Who Will Defend Us from Them?
Groups such as the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) have taken up the old banner of chaperoning white womanhood. But nothing about them makes me feel safe.
by Laurie Penny

The Coal vs. Fracking Canard
It’s not coal versus fracking that we should be debating; it’s fossil fuels versus renewables
by Mitch Jones

Amnesty International
Syria: Armed Opposition Groups Committing War Crimes in Aleppo City

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Uzbekistan: Massacre’s Abusive Aftermath
11 Years After Andijan, International Monitoring Needed

Courage Campaign
Top 12 wins of 2015

The Real News of the Day – May 12, 2016
Brazil’s Rousseff removed from office; Ryan and Trump attempt to unify party; Michael Ratner dies at 72; Chelsea Manning wins free speech prize; Saudi Arabia implicated in 9/11; second trial in Freddie Gray death begins; Walter Scott shooting indictment; decline in US median income; decline in bee colonies; Italy legalizes same-sex civil unions

The Resurrection of a Honduran Journalist
Days after suffering a double attempt on his life, Felix Molina gets back to work covering the case of slain indigenous leader Berta Caceres

Petition update
Ban shock devices used on special needs people
We need your help
by Gregory Miller

Petition Update
Keep McDonald’s “Nutrition” Infomercial out of our Children’s Schools!
McDonald’s 540 Meals petition – VICTORY!!!
by Bettina Siegel

NYT’s Glass Is Half Full of Half-Truths
by Jim Naureckas

*Would that be a “looking glass” … ?

FAIR CounterSpin
‘They Place These Kids on a Superpredator Pedestal’
Josmar Trujillo on police raids in the Bronx
by Janine Jackson

‘A Corporate Agenda Is Really What’s Driving the Process’
Karen Hansen-Kuhn about TTIP leaks
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
With Rousseff Out, Brazil’s Interim President Installs Conservative All-White, All-Male Cabinet

Amid Ongoing Conflict in Syria, Activists Work to Keep Alive Revolutionary Spirit of 2011 Uprising

*A missing perspective that needs to be heard

Alabama Prison Strike Organizer Speaks from Behind Bars: We Are Engaged in a Struggle for Our Lives

Part 2: Alabama Prison Strike Organizer Joins with Pastor to Achieve Criminal Justice Reform

Save Doctor Burzynski’s Life-Saving Cancer Treatment
by Supporters and Patients of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski


‘Wholly Inadequate’: Environmentalists Decry EPA’s New Methane Rules
EPA released first rules to reduce methane leaks from oil and gas wells, but regs don’t apply to old facilities responsible for majority of toxic emissions
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Half steps never get to full strides

Monsanto Takeover? Corporate Cabal’s Control of Food Supply Continues
Mergers like Bayer’s rumored takeover of Monsanto ‘would make it even harder for farmers, consumers and communities to build a vibrant, sustainable food system’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Hillary’s Email Bombshell: Saudi’s Financed the Benghazi Attack
by Gar Smith

ACLU Lawsuit Reveals One in Six Massachusetts Drug Convictions Tainted by Dookhan Scandal

Government Accountability Project
President Signs “Defend Trade Secrets Act” – Includes Key Whistleblower Protections
Bipartisan Whistleblower Provision Establishes Whistleblower Immunity and Notice

ROC United
New Report Reveals Payroll Cards’ High Costs to Low Wage Workers
7.4 Million Americans Compensated With Costly Payroll Cards, Including Nearly 50% at Darden Restaurants, One of US’s Largest Employers

Brave New Films
Use Brave New Films in the classroom, free of charge!

The Real News Network
Israeli General Compares Modern Israel to 1930s Germany
Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center says Golan is an elite member of the military and his statements on Holocaust Remembrance Day are sparking a national debate

Rites of Passage Programs as Cultural Science
In this edition of imixwhatilike! we took a look at DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia) area Afrikan Rites of Passage programs by talking with those who run, coordinate and have experienced them

‘Recall Gov. Richard D. Snyder’ Campaign in Michigan Gains Momentum
Frank Hammer and Reverend David Bullock say growing outrage over unelected emergency managers, Flint’s water crisis and Detroit’s crumbling school system will help collect the 790,000 signatures needed to recall Governor Rick Snyder

End Cell Phone Surveillance

Institute for Public Accuracy
Brazil: Why It’s a Coup

Democracy Now!
Suing Dictators Around the World: A Look at How Michael Ratner Helped Reshape Human Rights Law


Renewable Windfall as Germany’s Green Energy Meets 90 Percent of Demand
Sunday’s milestone was made possible because of a people-powered “energy revolution”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Oxfam International
EU Ministers Must Change Course on Migration Cooperation with Africa

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
How Private Equity Makes Its Fortune at the Expense of Its Limited Partners and U.S. Taxpayers

The Real News of the Day – May 11, 2016
Sanders wins in West Virginia; Alabama prison strike; Brazil Senate vote on impeachment; CO2 concentration to reach 400ppm; France implements labor reform; Baghdad bombs kill nearly 100; Bangladesh executes Islamic leader; Iran to sue the US

West Point ‘Fists-Up’ Photo Is About Unity and Pride, Not Political Affiliation
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report says the photo of West Point cadets with fists raised is a gesture of solidarity in a conservative military environment

Carbon-Free Energy Systems At Our Fingertips
Transition to large scale carbon-free systems will require strong government intervention, says Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Sussex Energy Group

Tell Your Member of Congress: End Money Bail

President Obama: Appoint Envoy for Palestinian Children

Washington Post Squeezes Four Anti-Sanders Stories Out of One Tax Study Over Seven Hours
by Adam Johnson

*As I’ve said before, I wish the man was as dangerous as these bastards’ efforts would indicate.

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Orwellian” Visit to Hiroshima as Obama Modernizes U.S. Nuclear Weapons

*The cynicism of symbolism

Brazil Impeachment Agenda: Stop Corruption Investigations

*You don’t have to be a saint

To be a martyr

Democracy Now!
Trump Picks White Supremacist Leader as California Delegate, Then Blames Selection on Database Error

*”Well, he kept going on about “whites only”

But honestly, I just thought he was talking about dress shirts.”

Tortured, Killed & Driven to Suicide: Whistleblower Exposes Abuse of Mentally Ill in Florida Prison

Should You Take a Probiotic Every Day?
What if you don’t have a GI tract problem?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Lavender Essential Oil Uses and its Benefits for Cancer Patients
by Marnie Clark


Farm Workers Sue Over Labor Rights in Landmark Case for ‘Dignity and Humanity’
“It’s a shame for New York that in 2016, a holdover, racist policy from the Jim Crow era prevents prevents farm workers from organizing to improve their brutal work conditions”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Nigeria Oil Well Protest Spotlights ‘Destroyed Livelihoods and Betrayed Hopes’
‘The time has come to make fossil fuels history and give our environment and peoples a chance to recover from decades of unrelenting oil pollution’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

First Nation Wins Historic Victory Over Mammoth Coal Export Terminal
US Army Corps of Engineers denies permit for proposed Cherry Point terminal, which would have been the largest in North America
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

It’s Time for Turkey to Break Free from Coal
by Bahadır Doğutürk

Why Millennials Have the Greatest Stake in Social Security Expansion
by Stephanie Connolly

Friends of the Earth
USDA Says U.S. Beekeepers Lost 44 Percent of Colonies Last Year
Bee losses heighten urgency for immediate action on pesticides

The Real News of the Day – May 10, 2016
Clinton and Trump tied in swing states; Obama to visit Hiroshima; more implicated in Panama Papers; impeachment of Brazil’s president proceeds; many plant species face extinction; South Sudan food crisis; Spain’s leftist parties unite

The Real News of the Day – May 9, 2016
North Carolina sues federal government; Republican Party division deepens; impeachment against Brazil’s president annulled; Philippine election results; Greek parliament approves austerity; Australian coal protest; Panama Papers database released

$12 Trillion Looted from Developing Countries and Hidden Offshore
Tax Justice Network’s James S. Henry says authoritarian regimes account for over $11 trillion of “missing” offshore financial wealth from emerging economies

Network Newscasts Ignore Global Warming’s Role in Canada’s Wildfires
by Miles Grant

*Fanning the flames

Smothering the spark

Institute for Public Accuracy
Urban Institute Attack on Sanders’ Medicare-for-All Plan is “Ridiculous”

Democracy Now!
Ralph Nader: Sanders Should Stay in Democratic Race, Is Only Losing Due to Anti-Democratic System

Nader: TV Networks Give Trump a “Free Ride” on Public Airwaves & Cash In on the Election

Glenn Greenwald on Brazil: Goal of Rousseff Impeachment is to Boost Neoliberals & Protect Corruption

Unexplained Weight Gain: The Hidden Way Your Brain is Making You Fat
by Yuri Elkaim


Breaking News: ‘There Is No Migrant Crisis’
In fact, the world is facing ‘a crisis of global injustice caused by war, poverty, and inequality,’ says Global Justice Now
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Trapped in ‘Vicious Circle,’ Greece Passes Crushing New Austerity Package
‘Every day they destroy our country a little more,’ says protester in Athens
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Why the Economy Should Stop Growing—And Just Grow Up
“How do we grow the economy?” is an obsolete question. Local initiatives across the world are looking for maturity instead as they rebuild caring, place-based communities and economies.
by David Korten

Masters of Mankind: American Power and the Challenges of 2016
by Noam Chomsky

For Upcoming Conventions, Secret Service Aims to Handcuff First Amendment
by Peter Van Buren

What’s Next?
by Michael Albert


(What will justice dictate?)

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Rights Group Challenges Law that Punishes Animal Rights Activists as “Terrorists”
AETA Denies Freedom of Speech and Due Process Say Attorneys

The Real News of the Day – May 6, 2016
Speaker Ryan doesn’t endorse Trump; anti-Muslim violence is up; North Carolina to defy DOJ; Verizon strike enters fourth week; job growth slows; Labour party wins London; Greece general strike; plans for coal are disastrous; North Korea party congress; Israel strikes Gaza; Philippines votes on Monday

Petition update
Ban shock devices used on special needs people
The FDA needs to hear from you
by Gregory Miller

Institute for Public Accuracy
Panama Papers, How Global Rich Siphon Wealth and Obama’s “Window Dressing”

Ballot Choices Beyond Clinton and Trump

Why Don’t Entitlement ‘Reformers’ Ever Talk About Military Spending and Tax Shelters?
by Adam Johnson

*Directions: Cut from bottom, taking care to avoid contact with essential elements

Democracy Now!
#StopTrump Protesters Lock Themselves to Ladders to Block Traffic Outside Trump Rally in Washington

*You call call them dumbasses

But the problem lies in higher areas of the anatomy

Driscoll’s Workers Call for Global Boycott over Alleged Abuses at World’s Biggest Berry Distributor

7 Strategies for Preventing & Healing Brain Tumors
by Dr. David Jockers DC, MS, CSCS

How Fluoride in Water Actually Destroys Teeth & Bones (video)
by Dr. Dan Nuzum

The Neem Tree: A Modern Day Medical Miracle?
by Suresh Nair


FCC Officially Approves Merger to Create ‘Price-Gouging Cable Giant’
Open internet advocates warn that the acquisition will only send cable prices skyrocketing and hurt low-income communities
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Information highway robbery

Transcending Ugly Campaign, London Elects First-Ever Muslim Mayor
Progressive Labour candidate Sadiq Khan, the son of an immigrant bus driver, battled nasty smears from opponent Zac Goldsmith
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Inside the right-wing lie factory: Secrets of a Koch-funded propaganda machine more insidious than Fox News
As daily papers cut back on local news and politics, the Koch brothers are rushing into the void with slanted news
by Jeff Nesbit

Doctors Without Borders
MSF to Pull out of World Humanitarian Summit

MSF Reaction to the United Nations Secretary General Report on HIV/AIDS

The Real News of the Day – May 5, 2016
Republicans opposing Trump; anti-LGBT law violates civil rights; oil industry bankruptcies; FDA to regulate e-cigarettes; Alberta wildfire; NATO missile defense begins; UK local elections; Brazil’s speaker of House removed; Syria refugee camp hit; Turkey Prime Minister resigns

U.S. Chamber Works Behind the Scenes to Gut Whistleblower Protections
by Jessica Mason

ED: No Records on Closed Charters Mentioned in Its “Commitment to Transparency,” CMD Appeals
by Lisa Graves

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Hillary Clinton Killed Berta!”

*Madame Mayhem wasn’t alone

Ask “Mr. Legacy”

What is Homeopathy?
by Prof. Keith Scott-Mumby MD, MB ChB, PhD

Gene Tests for Breast Cancer and Alzheimer’s Risks
They’re revealing, but not absolute
David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Trump as Unifier: Are Hillary Clinton and Neoconservatives Ready to Join Forces?
‘Neocon elites are probably the likeliest faction to defect to Clinton, and what they’d want is blood-curdling aggressiveness overseas and Benjamin Netanyahu in charge of Middle East policy’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[N]ational interests”

The maintenance and expansion of the profit margins of corporations supplying the military with the tools of the trade, and those whose business model is predicated on their use to assure global access to resources.

New Report Reveals 1 in 6 U.S. Hospital Beds Are in Catholic Facilities That Prohibit Essential Health Care for Women
Women Who Have Been Denied Medically Necessary Health Care at Catholic Hospitals Speak Out

The Real News of the Day – May 4, 2016
Trump and Sanders win; Detroit sickout ends; Obama in Flint; medical errors the third greatest cause of death; water shortage to impact economies; British coal mine occupied; UK local elections; EU to fine countries over refugees; Brazil prosecutor to investigate Rousseff

Institute for Public Accuracy
More Panama Papers and $12 Trillion Offshore

Separating Super PACs From ‘Campaign Spending,’ Media Embrace Core Myth of Citizens United
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
Former Death Row Prisoner Moreese Bickham Dies at 98: He Served 37 Years for Killing Klansmen Cops

How to Sleep Better (2 Quick Tips)
by Yuri Elkaim

10,000 Filipinos Demand Government ‘Break Free’ from Coal
‘We are facing a planetary emergency. Now more than ever, we need leaders who are pro-people and pro-environment, not pro-coal and pro-climate change.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Oil Industry Facing Collapse that Rivals Tech Bubble Burst
U.S. oil companies are filing for bankruptcy almost as fast as tech companies during 2002 and 2003 collapse, Reuters reports
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Amid Superbug Scourge, Study Finds 1 in 3 Antibiotic Prescriptions Unnecessary
‘Reducing the needless use of antibiotics will slow the emergence of antibiotic-resistant microbes, so-called superbugs, which are among the most urgent public health threats of our time’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Pro-Corporate TTIP on the Ropes as Top French Officials Lambaste ‘Bad Deal’
“At this stage, France says ‘No,'” says president François Hollande
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The sound of rats scuttling across the deck

What President Obama Needs To Do in Flint
A few suggestions from the investigative reporter who broke the story about the city’s toxic water
by Curt Guyette

*Toxic water

Fetid Kool-Aid

It’s dangerous to swallow either

Free Markets Mean Zero Economic Profit – or a 99% Profit Markup
by William Black

*The heeling profession

DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving
Street Vendors Lead May Day Showdown in Jackson Heights

Together: Gender Justice Project

The Real News of the Day – May 3, 2016
Detroit schools closed for 2nd day; Middle East and North Africa may be uninhabitable in 2050; gas and oil phase out best option; Indiana primaries; US Navy Seal killed in Iraq; Spain parliament dissolved; murder arrests in Honduras; Kirchner accused of corruption; Brazil’’s former presidential candidate accused of corruption; Whatsapp closed in Brazil; Venezuelan opposition recall referendum

Days of Revolt: The Assault of the Animal Agriculture Industry
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews the directors of the film “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” to discuss the impact of the animal agriculture industry on accelerating climate change and environmental degradation, and the surprising silence on the part of environmental groups


With no thought

Spontaneous Protests in Baghdad Green Zone Show Cracks in the Security Apparatus
Sabah Alnasseri of York University says the non-sectarian and non-ethnic character of these protests are a significant development

Indiana Primary: Trump Knocks Out Cruz & Sanders Upsets Clinton
Emerging victorious in Indiana, billionaire Donald Trump has all but secured the Republican nomination; meanwhile Sanders vows to fight for every vote and keep campaigning into the Democratic convention

Institute for Public Accuracy
Mother’s Day: Voices of Mothers of Incarcerated Youth

Democracy Now!
“Slickest Con Man Out of NYC”: Donald Trump Set to Be GOP Nominee Despite Links to Organized Crime

*Idiotic comments at the end about Madame Mayhem being “a tremendous candidate”, but the main point is taken about Trump’s travels through the underworld.

Since the corpress craves another round of Clintonismo (read “neoliberalism with a facade of social liberalism”), it may be that these tales will see more light, and thus more heat on the Donald. He was their darling due to ratings and readers, and tearing him down would elicit more of the same, wouldn’t you think?

As the same time, associating a major party nominee with organized crime might be a bridge too far, calling into question just how the hell he got there.

Stay tuned …

It’s what the bastards are counting on.

What Happened to TV’s Biggest Losers Six Years Later?
The findings stunned researchers
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


“Nature Won’t Wait”: Break Free 2016 Begins with UK Coal Mine Occupation
The action in Wales marks the start of Break Free 2016, an international civil disobedience campaign spanning six continents
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Italian Court Rules Stealing Food is Not a Crime If You are Poor and Hungry
The case is ‘a new principle, and it might lead to a more frequent application of the state of necessity linked to poverty situations’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

EPA Using Industry-Funded Research to Determine if Glyphosate Causes Cancer
A since-deleted analysis posted the agency’s website shows it is relying on unpublished reports from groups linked to biochem industry
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Verizon Accused of Deceiving Customers as Historic Strike Perseveres
Verizon’s fiber-optic cable policy proves ‘only profits—not customer service—motivates this company,’ says union
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Fair deal from these fuckers?

You ain’t got a ghost of a chance.

Backtracking on Clean Energy, Clinton Turns Chameleon on Coal
Democratic frontrunner accused of flip-flopping on fossil fuels after she is confronted by protests in coal country
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Say anything

Mean nothing

This Fracking Setback Will Only Lead to More Victories
We must keep up the pressure on decision-makers to keep fossil fuels in the ground
by Wenonah Hauter

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
CAIR-OK Welcomes Hate Crime Probes of Attack on Gas Station Clerk Called ‘Terrorist’

Amnesty International
More Than 1,000 Detained in Shocking Conditions at Counterterrorism Centers in Anbar in Iraq

MiningWatch Canada
Health & Community Impacts: Kamloops Delegation Learns Hard Lessons from Malartic Open Pit Mine

Center for Biological Diversity
EPA Finds Atrazine Likely Harming Most Species of Plants, Animals in U.S.

The Real News of the Day – May 2, 2016
Greenpeace leaks TTIP documents; Trump and Clinton ahead in Indiana; FISA accepted all surveillance requests; Washington must respond to climate change; Detroit schools closed; Puerto Rico defaults again; refugees drown in Mediterranean; Iranian moderates win run-offs; protesters leave Iraqi Parliament; Daniel Berrigan dies

Chris Hedges: Activist Rev. Berrigan Targeted by Church Hierarchy
Chris Hedges reflects on Berrigan’s legacy as a writer and activist

“Soft Coup” in Brazil is Destroying the Workers’ Party and Social Programs
Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report says Brazil’s whole political system is corrupt and on the verge of collapse, not just the presidency of Dilma Rousseff

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Detroit Teachers Strike: Local Education Experts”

Democracy Now!
“The Assassination Complex”: Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Probe Secret US Drone Wars in New Book

*A liberal interpretation of empire

“This Isn’t a War on Leaks, It’s a War on Whistleblowers”: Snowden Pens Foreword to New Scahill Book

Jeremy Scahill: Clinton is Legendary Hawk, But Sanders Shouldn’t Get Pass on Role in Regime Change

*Feeling the Bern

But feeling no burn of conscience when it comes to lives lost to the bombs of bipartisanship.


Detroit Teachers Hold Sickout to Protest Broken Funding Promises
‘By refusing to guarantee that we will be paid for our work, [Detroit
Public Schools] is effectively locking our members out of the
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

State Party Officials Reportedly Displeased with Clinton-DNC ‘Laundering’ Scheme
Sanders campaign lambastes Clinton for ‘looting funds meant for the
state parties to skirt fundraising limits on her presidential
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Hillary Clinton’s Damning Emails
Ray McGovern
Before the Democrats lock in their choice for President, they might
want to know if Hillary Clinton broke the law with her unsecure emails
and may be indicted, a question that ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern

Let’s Get Serious About Inequality and Socialism
by Michael D. Yates

*Socialism doesn’t even have a capital letter

Courage to Resist
End draft registration – don’t extend it to women

*Equal opportunity imperialism

The Real News Network
A Global Roundup of May Day Marches and Protests
Cities around the world both celebrated the history of the labor
rights struggle and carried on its tradition by protesting for higher
wages, better working conditions and an end to austerity

Media Convicts Scores of ‘Gang Members’ on NYPD’s Say-So–No Trials Necessary
by Adam Johnson

*Judge, jury and exhibitioner

When NYT Real Estate Stories Read Like 19th Century Colonial Dispatches
by Adam Johnson

*And the “indigenous”, as always, are disappeared, figuratively and literally

Institute for Public Accuracy
Berrigan’s Death — And Work He Inspired

*Walking the long walk

Democracy Now!
In 2006 Interview, Fr. Dan Berrigan Recalls Confronting Defense
Secretary McNamara over Vietnam War

Friends Remember Fr. Dan Berrigan: “He Said He Didn’t Believe in
Heroes, He Believed In Community”

How Emotional Trauma Can Create Cancer… and 4 Ways to Stop it
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

How to Beat Cancer on a Shoestring Budget
by Tony Isaacs

How Big Pharma Censors Knowledge of Natural Healing
by Mike Adams

Does America Have the World’s Worst Food Quality & Safety?
by Ty Bollinger

Are Probiotics Good For You?
by Yuri Elkaim

The Pros and Cons of Probiotics You Need to Know
by Yuri Elkaim

The Ultimate Exercise Plan for Beginners
by Yuri Elkaim

Farmers Market Guide (print this off)
by Leanne Ely

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Supreme Court Quietly Approves Rule to Give FBI ‘Sprawling’ Hacking Powers
Absent action by Congress, the rule change will go into effect in December
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Joke of U.S. Justice and “Accountability” When They Bomb a Hospital
by Glenn Greenwald

The Real News of the Day – April 29, 2016
Protests against labor law in France, against President Macri in Argentina, against Rousseff impeachment in Brazil, and against Trump in California; Zika test now available; Supreme Court broadens FBI digital search powers; run-off elections in Iran

The Real News of the Day – April 28, 2016
Sanders reduces campaign staff, House passes electronic privacy bill, economic growth slows, Biden visits Iraq, Syria airstrikes kill 27, violence against civilians increases, climate change to cause health problems, China regulates NGOs, Germany promotes electric cars

Tired of Waiting for the Courts, Students Get Their Own Measure of Justice for Freddie Gray
TRNN Exclusive: Students at Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis High stage a mock trial for Officer Caesar Goodson, one of six officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray

Air Strikes on Aleppo Hospital Indiscriminate or Targeted?
Patrick Cockburn and Joseph Daher discuss the escalation of bombing in Syria that has killed 200 people in six days and undermined the peace talks in Geneva

Hypersegregation Is At the Root of Baltimore’s Public Health Crises
Margaret Flowers, Joshua Harris and Lawrence Brown discuss the severity of Baltimore’s public health issues and the Green Party’s strategy for confronting present-day structural racism in the upcoming municipal elections

Exposed by CMD: KIPP’s Efforts to Keep the Public in the Dark while Seeking Millions in Taxpayer Subsidies
by Lisa Graves

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Brazil Is One of the Most Unequal Countries in the World’
Maria Luisa Mendonça on Brazil’s president under fire
by Janine Jackson

Talking to Nike’s Knight About ‘Entrepreneurial Edge,’ Worker Abuses Are Beyond the Pale
by Janine Jackson

*Just do it

To ’em

Institute for Public Accuracy
Socialism and May Day

Democracy Now!
After 36-Day Student Occupation, University of California at Davis Chancellor Is Put on Leave

Northern Arizona U. Students Launch Sit-In as Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement Sweeps Country

Historian Peter Linebaugh on “The Incomplete, True, Authentic & Wonderful History of May Day”

Is Trump’s Rhetoric Reigniting Anti-Immigrant Legislation in Arizona?

Lena Rothman: A Trump Supporter Assaulted Me at a Rally — Then Police Arrested Me Instead of Him

The “Healthy” Vegetable Many People Shouldn’t Eat Raw
They can be a breeding ground for nasty bacteria
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Herbaliciousness! (I’ll explain…)
by Leanne Ely


Why is Congress Trying to Give Military Half a Wildlife Refuge it Doesn’t Want?
The National Defense Authorization Act was amended to give the Air Force control over half of one of the largest wildlife refuges in the country
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Dark Money Group Spends $58,000 Attacking Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
by Libby Watson
Sunlight Foundation

Save the Starfish: Deoxygenated ‘Dead Zones’ Threatening Marine Life
Widespread deoxygenation is possible between 2030 and 2040, study finds
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Coming World of “Peak Oil Demand,” Not “Peak Oil”
Debacle at Doha and the collapse of the ‘Old Oil Order’
by Michael T. Klare

Is a GMO Labeling Victory within Our Grasp?
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins

Can We Feel the Heat?
by Cathy Breen

The Real News of the Day – April 27, 2016
Trump and Clinton win Tuesday primaries, Trump presents foreign policy, former speaker sentenced to prison, TTIP only risks and no benefits, Mexicans march for 43 disappeared students, Venezuela declares two-day workweek for public sector, India drought deepens

Trump Embraces Israel and Promotes “Western Civilization”
Phyllis Bennis says Trump pulls back from the language of regime change, but threatens Iran and promises to make America great again

Tell Congress: Hold the Gun Industry Accountable

FAIR CounterSpin
‘It’s Remarkable How Little Real News Comes From Saudi Arabia’
Sheila Carapico on Obama’s Saudi Arabian visit
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Ukraine’s Rightists Return to Odessa — Monitors Now Arriving as Well

Democracy Now!
Former Greek Finance Minister: Massive IMF Bailouts are “Ponzi Austerity” Scheme

Yanis Varoufakis: Bailouts of Greece are Pretense for Massive Payout for German and French Banks

“We Were Elected to Say No to the Creditors”: Varoufakis on Resigning as Greek Finance Minister

Yanis Varoufakis: Europe’s “Hot Spot” Refugee Registration Centers are “Concentration Camps”

What Does It Mean When Your Poop Floats? (Plus 9 More Common Poop Questions)
by Yuri Elkaim


Snowden Revelations Led to ‘Chilling Effect’ on Pursuit of Knowledge: Study
“If people are spooked or deterred from learning about important policy matters…this is a real threat to proper democratic debate”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Rejection of Montana Coal Train a ‘Big Win’ for Ranchers and Environmentalists
Federal board sides with grassroots opposition to Arch Coal’s Tongue River Railroad project
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Let the Rich Pay More Taxes’: Thousands Take to Streets in Costa Rica
Public sector workers have a long list of demands that includes salary increases, higher taxes on the wealthy, and land rights for peasants
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Taking Page from Israel War Tactics, US Military Employs Controversial ‘Roof Knocking’
Tactic criticized by UN commission used “extensively” during Israel’s deadly 2014 bombing of Gaza
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Geopolitics of Generosity
by James McEnteer

Center for Biological Diversity
Lawsuit Launched to Fight Dangerous Sulfur, Nitrogen Pollution

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Austria: Drastic, Unjustified Measures against Asylum Seekers

The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: Coping with Reality
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews climate change activist Tim DeChristopher about the social tension and injustice triggered by the deadly failure of the industrial world to confront climate change

*Humanity is not who we are

But what we do

Brave New Films
The current punitive justice system doesn’t work
We need Restorative Justice

The Diet That Improves Thinking Speed Within 4 Months
Adding exercise will also improve planning ability and memory
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Obama’s Offshore Drilling Proposal Based on Fossil Fuel Industry Research
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management used industry-funded reports to tout economic benefits of offshore drilling in Gulf and Arctic
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Austerity vs. the Planet: The Future of Labour Environmentalism
by Trish Kahle

30 Ways Chernobyl and the Dying Nuke Industry Are Killing Us All
by Harvey Wasserman

*Greed seeds insanity

From Brady to MH-17, Power Defines Reality
From the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down to Tom Brady’s NFL suspension, reality gets defined not by facts and reason but by power and propaganda
by Robert Parry

Interview With João Pedro Stédile: “Dilma’s mistake was to promote class conciliation”
by The Dawn News

Center for Biological Diversity
New Report: Rooftop Solar Power Blocked by Sunny States With Bad Policy
Analysis IDs 10 States That Must Adopt Rooftop Solar-friendly Policies to Reduce Emissions, Transition to Renewable Energy

The Real News of the Day – April 26, 2016
Primaries in five states, judge okays North Carolina voter ID law, countries ratify climate agreement, 30-year anniversary of Chernobyl, protests in Egypt and Iraq, Spain to vote again, Venezuelan opposition begin recall process, Brazil senate begins impeachment, Bangladesh gay rights activist murdered, British doctors strike against NHS

The Real News of the Day – April 25, 2016
Obama deploys special ops to Syria, Egypt blocks protests, Senators urge more money for Israel, Israel releases 12 year old girl, Obama dismisses North Korea offer, Obama pushes TTIP, Cruz and Kasich make a deal, Constitution fracking gas pipeline canceled, Tamir Rice settlement, 43 Mexican students’’ disappearance

$6 Million Dollar Settlement for the killing of Tamir Rice Lets Cleveland Police off the Hook
Cleveland has a disturbing history of trying to stiff victims of police abuse after losing in court, says Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report

Warehouse Worker Resource Center
No Retaliation at the Port of Los Angeles!

Democracy Now!
30 Years After Chernobyl, World’s Worst Nuclear Disaster, U.S. Activists Warn of Ongoing Risks


Australian Politician Sets Methane-Laden River on Fire to Protest Fracking
‘This is the future of Australia if we do not stop the frackers’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

TTIP is a Very Bad Excuse to Vote for Brexit
by Nick Dearden

Meet The Press Panel Fooled By Trump’s Temporary, Moderate Position On Anti-LGBT ‘Bathroom Bills’
by Timothy Johnson


With the ratings and readership bonanza awaiting a Trumped up march for six more months

Gullibility could be said to be good business.

The Real News of the Day – April 22, 2016
Climate accord signed, Trump playing a part, elections clerk suspended, Virginia restores voting for convicts, suicide rates, Chicago mayor ignores recommendations, Obama opposes Brexit, UK spying on citizens, looser rules of engagement, Venezuela ordered to pay $100 million

Forget Bernie Bros — the Worst Trolls Work in Corporate Media
by Adam Johnson

*Black pot boilers

Democracy Now!
Is the Obama Admin Ignoring the Role of Turkey & Saudi Arabia in Syria’s 2013 Sarin Gas Attacks?

Sy Hersh’s Book on Bin Laden Killing Rejects U.S. Story, Says Saudis Financed Hiding of Qaeda Leader

*Hersh has done a lot of good work, but I don’t always trust his interpretation of the material he digs up.

In this case, I still have a great deal of difficulty accepting that “we” didn’t know Bin Laden’s whereabouts, and simply bided their time until the most politically advantageous moment to assassinate him.

The man was hiding in plain sight, for pity’s sake.

Now, it may be that it just wasn’t a priority to find him for years. What would have been the payoff? Having “Public Enemy #1” on the loose may have been seen to give added gravitas of the GWOT ™.

I’m spitballing, but given the resources available, I have to look askance at the suggestion that the spooks were so inept in their assigned mission.

Part 2: Seymour Hersh’s New Book Disputes U.S. Account of Bin Laden Killing

*FYI – if you can decipher his ambling argot

And even then …

Can a Lutein Supplement Save Your Eyes?
Why you’re better off getting it from food
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

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

Perpetual Salad! (love this idea!)
by Leanne Ely


‘Historic Day for Democracy’: Voting Rights Restored for over 200,000 Virginians
‘The disenfranchisement of people who have served their sentences was an outdated, discriminatory vestige of our nation’s Jim Crow past’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Although I don’t know that I’d agree with the broader proposition that even those still incarcerated should be able to vote – although I’m willing to be persuaded – I do believe society would be well served by restoring that right to those no longer separated from it, but still subject to “supervised release, parole or probation”.

If release is intended to indicate one’s fitness to reenter public life, the rights attendant to that sphere should accompany that transition.

Death to America: Suicide Surge Parallels Era of Economic Woes
Across nearly all demographics, thirty-year trend shows increasing numbers of people living in the United States would rather not live at all
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Fracking Executive Says Rich Neighborhoods Safe from Drill Sites
At a closed-door seminar earlier this month, Range Resources official says drilling companies avoid ‘big houses’ of wealthy and influential people
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


(Not in my manicured back yard)

US-Funded Conservation in African Rainforests is Resounding Failure: Report
New report finds “current approach to protecting rainforests is not only unfair on local communities, but ineffective in protecting nature”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Clinton’s Digital Task Force Breaks Barriers To Defend Her Donors
by Kevin Gosztola

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Iraqi Kurdistan: Christian Demonstration Blocked
Sought to Protest Kurdish Land “Encroachment”

Amnesty International – USA
EU-Turkey: Merkel, Tusk and Timmermans Must Not Close Their Eyes to Catalogue of Human Rights Abuses against Refugees

The Real News of The Day – April 21, 2016
NY State AG to investigate voting problems, police officers plead guilty in Katrina case, Harriet Tubman on $20 bill, drone strikes outnumber warplane strikes, Obama in Riyadh, dangers of 2 degree Centigrade warming, Ecuador tax increases, EU-Turkey deal illegal, Prince dies

Will the Paris Agreement Save the Earth?
Chris Williams says that most countries have no objection to signing the agreement because the bar is set so low and there are no legal ramifications for not implementing it

FAIR CounterSpin
‘The Japanese Were Already Defeated and Were Seeking Peace’
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
Colorado’s First Black Woman Pot Entrepreneur on Edibles, Incarceration & the Industry’s Whiteness

#EarthDay: As Paris Deal Is Signed, Gulf Coast Residents Demand End to Drilling — Entirely

Earth Day by the Numbers
66 is the percentage of grain fed to animals, 4500 is the number of gallons of water needed to produce a quarter-pound of beef
Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

*The meat of the madness

Special Report – Expired Condiments
by Leanne Ely


As Support Plummets, Is EU Moving Closer to Becoming ‘TTIP Free Zone’?
The next round of negotiations over the corporate-friendly trade deal will start in New York next week
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

You May Hate Donald Trump. But Do You Want Facebook to Rig the Election Against Him?
The company’s dominance means it can easily manipulate voter behavior. Though it claims it won’t, just the possibility is a threat to democracy
by Trevor Timm

*An “unlike”ly prospect

The Fight to Stop Oil Trains in Benicia Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

Drug Policy Alliance
Maine Governor Vetoes Legislation Seeking to Increase Access to Life-saving Overdose Antidote Naloxone
Implies Saving Lives Perpetuates Addiction and It Is Better to Let People Die

MSF Concerned About New Threat to Affordable Medicines in Trade Negotiations with India and ASEAN

*There is no comity between the health of the needy, and the wealth of the greedy

The Real News of the Day – April 20, 2016
Clinton and Trump win, 500 refugees feared drowned, Obama in Saudi Arabia, N. Carolina anti-LGBT law, charges filed in Flint water crisis, new UN approach to drugs, drought in India, EU and BP, Brazilians favor removal of VP

Trampling Science to Boost Nuclear Power
by Jim Naureckas

*Call it “scientific method acting”

As for phasing out nuke plants, if one of those blows up real good near your neighborhood before that occurs, you’ll be in jeopardy of reaching the end of your useful life.

Makes you wish WaPo’s distortion of Sanders’ stance was in fact factual, don’t it just?

Democracy Now!
As Officer Who Killed Akai Gurley Gets No Jail Time, Asian Americans Debate Role of White Supremacy

*Liang did not receive the penalty his actions deserved.

That he was punished to any degree may well speak to a racial bias from which white officers are exempt, as well as Liu’s contention that the focus has been placed primarily on him to distract from the systemic causes of this tragedy.

Does that translate into an injustice against him?

Time to get rid of the winter grime!
by Leanne Ely


Revealed: After Big Oil Pressure, EU Dropped Key Environmental Measures
‘Arm-twisting tactics of Big Oil’ exposed in letter sent from BP executive to EU energy commissioner
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Is Obama Objection to 9/11 Bill Attempt to Prevent Lawsuits for US Overseas Terrorism?
Obama said legislation would mean ‘opening up the United States to being continually sued by individuals in other countries’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Sovereign impunity

Climate Change Has All But Destroyed Great Barrier Reef, Study Confirms
More than 90 percent of world’s largest living ecosystem has been hit by “severe” coral bleaching
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Reefless madness

Closed New York Primary Helps Democratic Party Maintain Status Quo
by Kevin Gosztola

Guinness Book of Warmongering
by David Swanson

*Top of the heap

Bottom of the pile

The Real News of the Day – April 19, 2016
New York State primaries, US ambassador’s convoy kills boy in Africa, global warming and humans, new findings on dinosaur extinction, Iraqi parliament suspended, largest bombing in Kabul, Yemen peace talks, arrest of German far-right leader, Ecuador death toll climbs

Republic of Congo Government Fails to Investigate Targeted Killings
DRC president Joseph Kabila may remain in power past his constitutionally mandated two-term limit if the December election is delayed, say Jason Stearns of the Congo Research Group and Kambale Musavuli of Friends of the Congo

Institute for Public Accuracy
BP’s Settlement, Six Years After

*The needle and the damage done

Democracy Now!
Is the U.S. Backing Rousseff’s Ouster in Brazil? Opposition Holds Talks in D.C. as Obama Stays Quiet

Hearing Loss May Lead to Memory Loss
Could that be why you may have trouble remembering?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

Liver Detoxification: What You Need to Know About Taking Care of Your Liver
by Yuri Elkaim


New Leak at Hanford Nuclear Waste Site is ‘Catastrophic,’ Worker Warns
‘This is probably the biggest event ever to happen in tank farm history’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Why Art Matters, Even in Poverty
by Alison Stine

*Art for our sake

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Russia: Constitutional Court Backs Selective Justice
Overrules Binding European Court of Human Rights Judgment

The Real News of the Day – April 18, 2016
Impeachment of Brazil’s president, Saudis to retaliate, lawsuit for open NY primary, 300 Democracy Spring arrests, Supreme Court hears immigration case, more troops to Iraq, oil producers fail to agree, Ecuador death toll climbs, Goldman prize for Baltimore activist

Days of Revolt: Letting Go of the World
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews documentary filmmaker Josh Fox to discuss the catastrophe of climate change and Fox’s new film “How to Let Go of the World”, which showcases the role of art and culture in helping us embrace what climate can’t change

*Death is inevitable

Life is a choice

“The Quadrennial Duopoly Sham” and the Black Vote
On April 9, 2016 The Black Is Back Coalition held its National Conference on the theme of The 2016 Election and The Struggle for Self-Determination at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church – Harlem, NY. BIB coalition member and senior commentator with Black Agenda Report Margaret Kimberley gave this address on the question of the elections, Bernie Sanders and the Black vote.

*Feeling the Bernout

Voting Rules and Big Unions Favor Clinton in New York Primary
Glen Ford, executive editor of Black Agenda Report, tells Paul Jay the best thing to come out of this race would be a fracturing of the electoral duopoly

Institute for Public Accuracy
Hamilton: “Captain of the One Percent”

*Foundering Fathers

Democracy Now!
Millions of New Yorkers Disenfranchised from Primaries Thanks to State’s Restrictive Voting Laws

As Anti-LGBT Laws Sweep U.S., How Did GOP-Led Utah Pass a Landmark Nondiscrimination Bill?

*I imagine the Mormons and their allies could foresee the fallout from corps if they aped Miss’ssippi et alia, thus this “collaboration” and “compromise” to avoid their fate.

“We’re not there yet.”

Will there ever be a “there” there?

What common condiment may protect against cancer?
by Leanne Ely


Is Hillary Clinton Above the Law?
Ray McGovern
Secretary of State Clinton was harsh on subordinates who were careless with classified information, but those rules apparently weren’t for her, a troubling double standard, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern

Council of Canadians
CETA: Canada’s Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland Visits the European Union Trade Committee, Council of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow Will Respond

The Real News of the Day – April 15, 2016
Sanders and Clinton face off in last debate, Fight for $15 protest, new DC statehood effort, fracking releases billions of gallons of toxic water, Canada minimum sentencing, Spanish minister resigns, Brazil’s court allows impeachment, Burundi cross-border violence

Sanders Vs. Clinton on Israel’s 2014 Attacks on Gaza
Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada says that in spite of the mounting denunciation of Israel’s war on Gaza in 2014, Hillary Clinton continues to defend it

Congress, make it easy to file our taxes
by Elizabeth Warren

Institute for Public Accuracy
Coup in Brazil?

Democracy Now!
“This is Not a Bathroom Bill, This is a Hate Bill”: Rev. William Barber on NC’s HB 2

Is the Seafood You Eat Caught by Slaves? Meet the Pulitzer Winners Who Broke Open a Global Scandal

*So why not have someone else on who would do more than wring her hands at this?

AP, and other corpress outlets, will sometimes do important investigative reporting, as here, but when it comes to how to confront these issues, they’re careful not to question the system of profit that leads to these horrors. They may chastise corporations to “do a better job”, but the reason they act as they have – and will continue to, after “damage control” – is never open to discussion, is it?

That Goodman doesn’t pursue it either is a failing that can’t be considered an aberration, if you’re at all familiar with the program.

Is your dietary supplement laced with an illegal drug?
FDA finds a new contaminated one every three days
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

The Ultimate Spice Cabinet Clean Out!
by Leanne Ely


Vindication: Protesters Who ‘Put Arms Trade on Trial’ Acquitted
“We invite you to question why it is us—and not the war makers and profiteers—that are on trial,” protesters had said
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

What Would Society Look Like with Universal Basic Income?
It may seem blasphemous to neoliberals, but a universal basic wage may be the only choice we have
by Laurie Penny

*Isn’t the larger question why we need any income at all?

If we don’t have to buy anything – meaning we don’t have to sell anything – then competition as the basis for an economy is rendered moot.

A family doesn’t engage in acts of commerce

And if a family is what we desire humanity to be

Why should we?

Did Administration Offer New Balance A Big Contract For TPP Silence?
by Dave Johnson

What Die Linke Should Do
by Bernd Riexinger

The Real News of the Day – April 14, 2016
Sanders’ largest rally in NYC, regulators reject bank bankruptcy plans, oil companies knew of climate change since 60’s, cell phone data collection, Syria elections, letter urges end to war on drugs

40,000-Strong “Workers’ Rebellion” at Verizon
Despite earning more than $39 billion in annual profits Verizon is cutting benefits previously guaranteed in union contracts, says Sarah Jaffe, Reporting Fellow at the Nation Institute

Demand Progress
Tell the FCC to end Big Cable’s monopoly on cable boxes

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton, Sanders, Israel and The Occupation of the American Mind

Democracy Now!
Juan González: Clinton Has “Really Distorted” What Happened When NY Daily News Interviewed Sanders

“No Racism in New York”: 1,000 People Rally Against GOP Front-Runner Donald Trump in Manhattan

*The disease produces the symptoms

“First Amendment Rights!” Two Democracy Now! Journalists Arrested Filming Anti-Trump Rally in NYC

*Nothing “neo” about how this “liberal” city gummint deals with protests and those who document them, is there?

Good oil/bad oil. Now you’ll know the difference.
by Leanne Ely


Warning: Superbugs on Track to Kill More People Than Cancer
UK Chancellor’s statement follows World Health Organization warning of ‘alarming rise’ in antibiotic-resistant bacteria
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams



Maybe we should pay a premium to surgeons to ensure they sew up patients?

UC Davis Spent $175,000 in an Attempt to Scrub This Story from the Internet
Documents reveal university contracted with firm to “clean up” the school’s online reputation after November 2011 pepper-spraying of students
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Why Peabody’s Bankruptcy Requires a Just Transition
by Jenny Marienau

Why Progressives Need a National Electoral Strategy-and Fast
We face a potential right-wing populist threat
by Bill Fletcher, Jr.

*I agree that half a loaf is better than none, but that only applies when you’re ultimately aiming to take over the bakery.

Reformism only seeks to secure the crumbs, with a promise of bigger portions that never seems to come to pass.

Half steps have to lead to full strides.

Okay … I’m out of aphorisms.

Public Citizen
Six Years Is Too Long to Wait for Safeguards to Prevent Another BP Oil Disaster

*With all deliberate delay

The Real News of the Day – April 13, 2016
Cruz to block Trump, Verizon workers strike, NC governor backtracks, Flint water still bad, Greenland ice melting, IMF warning, 28 countries to fight tax evasion, 6,000 missing refugee children in Germany, 2nd party leaves Brazil government

Closing Panama Tax Haven Will Require Fighting the Most Powerful Lobby In the World
Economist Michael Hudson says oil and mining industries and the State Department created Panama and Liberia for the express purpose of tax evasion

*Must read

Capitalism, corruption and criminality share much more than an alliteration

Institute for Public Accuracy
Vatican Conference Rejects “Just War” Theory

*JC doesn’t do camo

Syria and Libya: Avaaz: Interventionist Tool in Progressive Guise?

Media Asking Wrong Questions on North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Law’
by Janine Jackson

Protests Against Money in Politics Hold Little Interest for Beltway’s ‘Political Junkies’
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
As Clinton Backs Closer U.S.-Israel Ties, Sanders Criticizes Settlements & 2014 Assault on Gaza

*Those inches will never turn to feet, much less yards

Who’s Teaching Us?: Stanford Students Demand Faculty Diversity & Support for Ethnic Studies


It’s Time to Get Cops Out of Schools
by Karen Dolan

4 Things to Know About the Peabody Energy Bankruptcy
Peabody Energy, the largest private sector coal mining company in the world, just declared bankruptcy—this is a big deal
by Kelly Mitchell

Free Press Action Fund Opposes House Bill That Limits Program Designed to Bridge the Digital Divide

Hydropower Is New Threat At The Heart Of The Amazon

Environmental Working Group (EWG)
The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

The Real News of the Day – April 12, 2016

Wealth of the Russian Elite and the Growing Poverty of its People (1/3)
Professor Aleksandr Buzgalin of Moscow State University says 1% of Russians own 70% of its wealth while 20.3 million are living in official poverty

Argentina Represses Telesur and other “Undesirable Media”
Pedro Brigier, journalist and professor at the University of Buenos Aires, says Argentinians view the government’s dissociation from TeleSUR as the loss of one of the only alternative voices for news in Latin America

RootsAction et alia
Tell Government: Stop Selling Homes to Wall Street

Institute for Public Accuracy
New York and Fracking: Clinton vs Sanders

An ‘Unqualified’ Success at Media Manipulation
by Robin Andersen

*Madame Mayhem and minions are loathsome, but it’s queasy time for me as well when I hear “Mr. Integrity” praise her (and Dear Misleader) out of political expediency.

Call a shady spade just that, if your principles mean more than merely “branding”.

Democracy Now!
As John Kerry Visits Hiroshima, U.S. Quietly Launches $1 Trillion Effort to Upgrade Nuclear Arsenal

*What a peace prize buys

The Health Bridge – Insomnia

The 3 Workout Cool Downs You Should Absolutely Be Doing
by Yuri Elkaim


Libya: Obama Admits Clinton’s “Greatest Moment” Was His “Worst Mistake”
The president’s ‘classified’ double standard coupled with Libya discord underscores rocky support for former secretary of state
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Despite Panama Papers, EU Pitching Another Tax Evasion ‘Smokescreen’
‘The Commission has once more taken the side of tax dodging multinationals against the European public’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Fever Pitch: This Crucial Moment In The Fight To Stop Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
by Kaitlin Butler and Patrick Robbins

Five Reasons to Care About Verizon Contract Negotiations
by Mackenzie Baris

Help the Air Force Name Its New Bomber
by Gar Smith

*The Curtis Emerson LeMay Memorial Massacre Machine?

Jewish Voice for Peace
Academics Urge McGraw-Hill Education to Reverse Decision to Destroy Textbook
Dozens of Prominent Academics Urge McGraw-Hill Education to Reverse Decision to Censor Palestinian Loss of Land Maps

The Real News of the Day – April 11, 2016
Sanders wins Wyoming, Democracy Spring, Obama: no post-intervention plan biggest mistake, global warming and earth’s wobble, Canada indigenous suicides, Peru presidential election

Disaster Capitalism’s Coming Use of The Lead Water Pipe Crisis
Glen Ford, founder of the Black Agenda Report, says the water pipe crisis will be used to justify previous goals of gentrifying more urban areas and creating massive wealth for elite corporations

*A lead pipe stench

Days of Revolt: Beyond the Vote
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and Green Party MD Senate candidate Dr. Margaret Flowers confront corporate power’s influence in the U.S. two-party electoral system, and detail the forms of resistance that can transcend it

Why Krugman’s Latest Attack on Sanders’ Economic Plans Is Wrong
Economists Bill Black and Michael Hudson respond to Paul Krugman’s latest New York Times column, “Sanders Over the Edge”

Can GDP Growth and Carbon Emissions be Delinked?
Nate Aden of the World Resource Institute identifies 21 countries that succeeded in maintaining economic growth while also decreasing carbon emissions – can this feat be replicated elsewhere?

Colombian GM Workers Engaged in 5-Year Long Protest
Frank Hammer, a retired GM worker from Detroit and labor activist, reports on his visit with GM workers in Colombia and their 5-year protest at the US embassy

*Solidarity for never

Free Press Action Fund
Tell Congress: Oppose H.R. 2666 and Protect the Open Internet

*Net neutering

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Why Is It That the Safety of Those Coal Miners’ Lives Does Not Matter Enough?’
Bruce Stanley on coal-industry crimes
by Janine Jackson

*The cold hearts that covet coal hard cash

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton Claims on Honduran Coup “Full of Falsehoods”

Democracy Now!
Lee Fang: Dark Money & Lobbyists Serving as Superdelegates Could Decide the 2016 Race

*Madame Mayhem’s fracturing fairy tale

Beauty Secrets of the Spies: CIA Begins Investing in Skin Care Products That Collect DNA

Death by Gentrification: Alex Nieto Killed by Hail of Police Bullets in a Changing San Francisco

*Priced out of a life

Death by Gentrification in SF Part 2 with Rebecca Solnit & Adriana Camarena

*This is DN! at its best

And should be its default button

How do you cure brain fog?
by Yuri Elkaim

Red, yellow, green or orange?
by Leanne Ely


Canada’s Progressive Party to Consider Radical ‘Leap’ to Green Economy
In wake of massive job losses from oil price crash, NDP launches nationwide debates about Naomi Klein’s call to swiftly transition Canada to a green economy
by Nika Knight, staff writer

Why Every Child Should Opt Out of the Standardized Tests
by Diane Ravitch

The Pentagon’s Military Waste Machine Is Running Full Speed Ahead
by William Hartung

The Real News of the Day – April 8, 2016
Bill Clinton confronts BLM, Pope calls for family tolerance, Kerry in Iraq, US attack in Afghanistan, faster global warming, end of presidential campaign in Peru

The Israel Lobby’s Growing Assault on Free Speech
Journalist and author Max Blumenthal talks about the growing BDS movement and the efforts to muzzle it

Hillary Met with Protests over Foreign Policy and Criminal Justice in Baltimore
TRNN reports from a Clinton rally in Baltimore, Maryland, where demonstrators were ejected after protesting Hillary’s criminal justice and foreign policy stances

*How irrational can rationalization get?

Anything Can Happen in Peru’s Presidential Election
Prof. Gerardo Renique talks about the candidates and how the far right and left both have a genuine chance of winning in Sunday’s election

Institute for Public Accuracy
Is Kerry’s Hiroshima Visit Cover for Nuclear Buildup?

*Nuclear winter soldier

Some of Globe’s ‘Predictions’ for Trump’s America Have Already Come True
by Adam Johnson

*Not an anomaly

An analogy

Senate Crime Bill Unscrutinized by the Press
by Steven Dudley

*What a difference two decades doesn’t make

Democracy Now!
Black Lives Matter Activist: Bill Clinton’s Defense of “Superpredator” Policies Dehumanizes Us

*Slippery William pockets his pique and speaks of “get[ting] the show on the road” with “our friends”.

It’s a show, all right

A shadow theatre of the most cynical sort.

Black Lives Matter vs. the LAPD: Are the Police Unfairly Targeting & Surveilling the Movement?

Seven Decades Ago the U.S. Detained 120,000 Japanese Americans, Could It Happen Again?

*We never learn the lesson, do we?

Liberal icons were responsible for this.

FDR, Baldwin, Warren

A hierarchy of hypocrisy.

What a Cancer-Free Declaration by Your Doctor Really Means
by Tony Isaacs

6 Massive Health Benefits of Chlorophyll You Should Want
by Yuri Elkaim

Happy Mouth: A Simple Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
by Yuri Elkaim

10 Mason Jar Meals That Make Healthy Eating Easy
by Yuri Elkaim


‘Of Course’ Hillary Clinton is Qualified to Be President, Sanders Clarifies
In attempt turn conversation backs towards issues voters care about, Sanders walks back charge levied earlier this week
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Of course Clinton’s qualified, by the stagnant standards of those who’ve held the office.

The question is why Sanders won’t hold her to a higher one

And what that says about his own fitness for the job.

The Kidapawan Standoff—The Real Face of the Global Climate Crisis
In the Philippines, farmers are fighting for their lives but the state has met their demands for rice and justice with brutality and bullets
by Zephanie Repollo

Why the Panama Papers Are a Feminist Issue
Those shifting and hiding their wealth are failing to pay back into the ‘care economy’ – the people who produce and reproduce the workforce of today and tomorrow
by Chiara Capraro and Francesca Rhodes

The Myth that Obama’s Taking Huge Contributions from Wall Street Was Fine
by William Black

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Morocco: Victims of Attack Jailed for “Homosexual Acts”
Attackers Who Filmed Home Invasion Also Charged

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day: April 7, 2016
Sanders and Clinton Tied, ACLU Sues US Gov’t, Increasing Global Military Spending, Panama Papers Fallout, Puerto Rico Suspends Debt Payment, Greeks Strike, Haiti Election Postponed

Protesters Highlight Bill Clinton’s Legacy of Expanding Mass Incarceration
Writer Yvette Carnell responds to Bill Clinton’s comments to protesters: “You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter”

*Now, Slippery William’s a sweet talker, we all know, so why the hissy fit, which of course his bitter half has been known to indulge in, as well?

I think it comes down to arrogance on both counts.

They were all ready to resume the dynasty, and with that in some degree of jeopardy, the angst of entitlement endangered occasionally leads them to pop off without calculating the political consequences, diminished though they may be by a colluding corpress.

Sometimes even the most Machiavellian prove all too human.

“It’s a Felony to Rip Off Shareholders but Violating Safety Regulations is a Misdemeanor.”
Coal River Mountain Watch’s Bob Kincaid says ripping off shareholders comes with a harsher punishment than killing 29 people

Unprecedented Student Involvement in French Labor Protests
Trade unions and students are preparing for a massive demonstration this Saturday against the overhaul of longstanding worker protection laws in France, says Renaud Lambert of Le Monde Diplomatique

EU Deports Refugees from Greece to Turkey
The EU deportations do not solve the problem that refugees fleeing from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere confront, says Hazel Healy of The New Internationalist

U.S. Radioactive Weapons Fueling Birth Defects in Iraq
Investigative journalist Barbara Koeppel examines how the U.S. is getting away with using radioactive weapons that are causing spikes in birth defects and cancer in both Iraqi citizens and U.S. veterans

*Keeping the ghastly glow in the dark

Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Air Wars Denounced by Recently Released Catholic Worker Grandmother


(What Would We Do to Jesus?)

CIA’s Work With Filmmakers Puts All Media Workers at Risk
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
Juan González: Kasich May Look Like a “Moderate,” But He’s Still Dangerously Conservative

*Focus on the “evil”

Not the “lesser”

#Deported2Death: Why Did Obama Deport 85 Muslim Asylum Seekers?


Changing Everything
by Steven Gorelick

*There’s a mighty difference between being green in the broadest sense, and seeing green (the color of money) in the narrowest sense.

You can’t solve our global political, economic and environmental crises by enlisting the same forces that have promulgated them.

But I’d go further than Gorelick, who seems to think that the scale of capitalism is the source of our looming dystopia, rather than the idea itself.

A system based on profit and competition will perforce lead to inequality and commodification. Its “logic” demands it. There must be winners, and therefore, losers.

Cooperation and community have no place within its catechism. “Good intentions” are sacrificed on the altar of “success”, which brooks no deviation from its text.

When the system stinks, it really doesn’t matter how much you bathe.

Common Cause
Gerrymandering Shields Legislators from Thinking About All Constituents or the Common Good
North Carolina Legislators Protected from Public Backlash Over Anti-LGBT Discrimination Law

Exposed: Most CEOs Support Paid Sick Leave, Increased Minimum Wage, and More But Chamber Lobbyists Told How to “Combat” These Measures
by PRWatch Editors

The Kochs Make News in Wisconsin as Voters Threaten to Turn Races Upside Down
by Mary Bottari

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day: April 6, 2016

Noam Chomsky – German Weapons Exports to Israel & Saudi Arabia and the Refugee Crisis
Noam Chomsky discusses the impacts of German arms and weapons exports into Saudi Arabia and Israel. He also talks about the refugee and Syrian crisis that is engulfing neighbouring states as well as the European continent.

Global Tax Haven Network Means Americans Can Hide Wealth At Home
Economist James Henry describes the network of international banks, law firms, accountants, and trust companies that allow wealth to be hidden in tax havens like Delaware

How the French Elite Created the War Against the Veil
French minister’s statement comparing wearing headscarves to slavery demonstrates an ongoing struggle over freedom of religion and citizenship, says Yasser Louati, spokesperson for the Collective Against Islamophobia in France

Fraternité *

*Offer void where prohibited

Justice for Port Drivers
Port of LA’s Dirty Little Secret

Institute for Public Accuracy
Panama Papers: Pritzkers, American Oligarchs

Panama Papers: Some U.S. Connections Emerging

Democracy Now!
A Torturer’s Confession: Former Abu Ghraib Interrogator Speaks Out

Ex-Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Israelis Trained U.S. to Use “Palestinian Chair” Torture Device

Former Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Because of Trump & Cruz, Door Still “Wide Open” for U.S. to Torture

*As there is no formal declaration of war in any area of conflict, I assume those detained by the US can’t be considered prisoners of war. If so, then wouldn’t they be classified as criminal suspects, and accorded full constitutional rights?


In Fact, Sanders Has a Very Clear Plan on How to Break Up Too-Big-to-Fail Banks
Sanders campaign, analysts counter media frenzy lambasting Daily News interview
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I truly wish this guy was as dangerous to the exploitocracy as all the corpress collusion to discredit him makes it seem.

Center for Biological Diversity
Obama’s Interior Department Pushes Oil Shale Plan Threatening Massive Climate Pollution, Water Use

*Apparently, after over seven years, these green groups still haven’t “gotten the memo” that this is emblematic of Dear Misleader’s “climate legacy”.

Federal Appeals Court Reaffirms Arizona Unconstitutionally Denied Driver’s Licenses to Immigrant Youth

The Real News Network
Leaked Report Reveals Unsanitary Conditions At UN Bases During Haitian Cholera Epidemic
The United States is actively discouraging countries from holding the UN accountable for bringing cholera to Haiti, says Brian Concannon, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Zuma Dodges Impeachment Despite Court Ruling
The focus on the South African president’s personal corruption is obscuring his embrace of austerity policies that are harming everyday people in South Africa, says Patrick Bond, Director of the Centre for Civil Society

Calls For Fossil Fuel Divestment Ignite Across Canadian Campuses
Students at McGill University take action against the administration’s refusal to divest, while new divestment campaigns emerge in Alberta, ground zero of tar sands production

Detained Teens and Teachers Urge Clinton Step-in to Assure their Release