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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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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

Institute for Public Accuracy
Panama Papers: * Whistleblowers * How Trade Deals Facilitate Dirty Money

Democracy Now!
Juan González Was at Bernie Sanders’ NY Daily News Editorial Board Meeting. What Really Happened?

In Shock to Wall Street & Washington, Puerto Rico Moves to Suspend Payments on $72B Public Debt

Special Report: Voices from Puerto Rico’s Students Leading an Anti-Austerity Movement

Iceland’s Pirate Party Gains Popularity After Prime Minister Walks the Plank over “Panama Papers”

Panama Papers: Could Pirate Party Co-Founder Birgitta Jónsdóttir Become Iceland’s Next PM?

The Cancer-Fighting Benefits of Flaxseed
by Ty Bollinger

How to Choose a Good Quality Multivitamin
by Yuri Elkaim


*Free rides to the polls

I’d call that uber considerate

(Well … maybe not)

Why Don’t We Feel as Burned by the Panama Papers as We Do by Donald Trump?
Outrage abounds these days, but the biggest story of all is hardly getting any attention
by Joe Brewer

BP Oil Spill Settlement Allows $15.3 Billion Tax Deduction

*A slap on the hand

Followed by a manicure

Amnesty International
Chile: Two-Tier Justice System Allows Police to Get Away with Human Rights Violations

DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving
Community Funeral to Mourn those Deported2Death

The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – April 4, 2016

Dr. King’s Politics Absent From U.S. Political Scene
Glen Ford, of, says that finding King’s politics in today’s presidential elections is hard to do. Anti-imperialism, anti-war and structural adjustments ending poverty are simply not present in 2016 election platforms across the board.

Panama Papers Expose Kleptocracy in Action
Investigative journalist James Henry describes how government officials are directly benefiting from the tax havens they are responsible for dismantling

Days of Revolt: Why the Brutalized Become Brutal
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and two US veterans lament the brutality of the American military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, which fuels the conditions for terrorism, and speak out about the painful struggle of coping with PTSD

*If you value your freedom

Thank *these* vets

The Black Lives Matter Legacy of Dr. King
Dr. Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University and part of the Black Lives Matter leadership team, discussed the legacy of Dr. King, #BlackLivesMatter and philosophies of activism

Petition update
Help Stop Eminent Domain in Disguise
by Charlie Birnbaum with the Institute for Justice

Petition update
Harvard Medicine: A Canary in the Coal Mine.
by Hooman Noorchashm

Oral Roberts University: Stop Grading Students on their Fitbit Activity
by Kaitlin Irwin

Panama Papers’ Publishers Don’t Need to Sell Out WikiLeaks
by Adam Johnson

*Pissing on your peeps to pander to the plutocrats

Democracy Now!
Did Bernie Sanders Predict the Panama Papers When He Opposed Clinton-Backed U.S.-Panama Trade Deal?

Panama Papers’ Reporters Explain How the Biggest Leak in Data Journalism’s History Materialized

*No gridlock on the gears of greed

Could Citizens United Help Foreign Billionaires Buy This Election? An FEC Commissioner Speaks Out

Thyroid Home Remedy Tonic
by Yuri Elkaim

Looks like a brain to me
by Leanne Ely


Tax Time: How Corporations Are Cheating Schoolchildren
by Paul Buchheit

*A neoliberal education

Looking the Basic Income Gift Horse in the Mouth
John Clarke

*Beware of sneaks bearing gifts

Institute for Public Accuracy
#PanamaPapers: “Poor Are Biggest Victims”

*Where the elite meet to cheat

Democracy Now!
Meet the Greenpeace Activist Who Confronted Hillary Clinton over Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry

How Much Money Has Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Taken from Fossil Fuel Companies?

*If her hubby is “Slick Willie”

Maybe we should dub her “Oil Slick Hillary” … ?

Voter ID Nightmare: Up to 300,000 Wisconsin Voters Could Be Barred from Polls Thanks to Scott Walker

*Strict constrictionism

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

Why all the Hype about the Ketogenic Diet for Cancer?
Dr. Charles Majors

The Hidden Reasons for a non-GMO Diet
by Jeffrey M. Smith

10 Cool New Ways to Use Tabata Training for Faster Fat Loss
Yuri Elkaim

How to start an organic garden (here’s how!)
by Leanne Ely


With Coal Crashing, Will Polluted Communities Be Left Holding the Bag?
Federal law requires coal companies to clean up and reclaim toxic mining sites. But what happens when a coal company’s gone bankrupt?
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Stuck with the shaft

Leader of Clinton’s Dark Money Alliance Files Ethics Complaints Against Sanders
by Kevin Gosztola

Ohio Forces Customers to Bail Out Aging Coal Plants

Center for Biological Diversity
EPA Approves Dangerous Water Quality Standard for Cadmium
Endangered Salmon, Sturgeon, Sea Turtles, Corals, Freshwater Animals Will Continue to Be Harmed After EPA Ignores Comments From Experts

*Why abolish the EPA, when they’re experts at self castration?

The Real News Network
Chicago Teachers Aim to Shut Down City With One-Day Strike
TRNN reports from the April 1st day of action in Chicago as the teachers union and 50 allied groups demand taxes on the wealthy to fund public services

ExxonMobil Investigation Reminiscent of Tobacco Wars of 1990s
Coalition of investigating attorneys general can protect the public’s health and welfare in almost any way legally possible, says Dan Zegart, Senior Fellow at the Climate Investigations Center

*You have to feel for all those tobacco execs rotting away in federal prison …

Facing Reality: Political Prisoner News and Updates
Jihad Abdulmumit was back for a Facing Reality update on political prisoners Mondo we Langa, Ruchell Magee, Jalil Muntaqim, Herman Bell, Dr. Mutulu Shakur and Sundiata Acoli

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Clinton’s Claims on Fossil Fuel Funding: Greenpeace Responds”

*Fueling the burn

(And no … I’m not a Sandersista)

Did Sanders Lie About Clinton’s Oil Money? NPR Factchecker Can’t Be Bothered to Check
by Jim Naureckas

*N o
P ublic
R esponsibility

Vox and the False Consensus of ‘Most Economists Agree’
by Adam Johnson

*One indisputable assumption

“‘Most experts’ cited will agree with us.”

Democracy Now!
Exclusive: Cherelle Baldwin on Being Found Not Guilty for Defending Herself Against Abusive Ex

*Living in a state of abuse

Human Rights Advocates: U.S.-Backed Saudi Offensive in Yemen a “Dark Mark” on Obama’s Presidency

How Barley Fights Cancer and Other Health Benefits
by Ty Bollinger

Can Seaweed Prevent Cancer?
by Ty Bollinger

Little house on the…forage?
by Leanne Ely

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Abortion-by-Mail Pilot Program Could Usher In Women’s Health Revolution
Groundbreaking telemedicine study could improve access, autonomy, and privacy
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Mississippi Goddamn’: State Sanctions Sweeping Discrimination
‘Mississippi has been down this road before’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Old times there are not forgotten

Because they never went away

(Take it from an estranged native son)

Nuclear Power Plants Are Pre-Deployed Weapons of Mass Destruction
We should close them all. Now.
by Karl Grossman

Playing with Guns (at the GOP Convention)
by Robert C. Koehler

*The cant of their convictions

And convention

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Radical Feminism Still Challenges Us Today
by Peter Dreier

Young and Homeless
LGBTQ+ youth are at greatest risk
by Jenny Peek

The Real News Network
Is Arizona Voting Chaos a Warning for Upcoming Elections?
Ari Berman, senior contributing writer for the Nation, discusses repeal of the Voting Rights Act and the possible two-tiered democracy developing between blue and red states

Happy Endings and Innocence: Media Myths of Mass Incarceration
Author, activist and former political prisoner James Kilgore joined us to discuss his argument that pop culture works to poorly frame the crisis of mass incarceration as one about “innocence” as opposed to one of civil/human rights

Trump Campaigns Against Conservative Establishment in Wisconsin
by Mary Bottari

*You’re tempted to call them “Chumps for Trump”, and there’s truth in that, but given the visceral and legitimate distrust of elites aligned with both major parties, and a corpress that is little more than a bureau of propaganda for them, shutting out any narrative that contradicts the conventional wisdom (save the Donald’s surrealism) their ignorance of their own best interest is to be expected, don’t you think?

Air Evac – Don’t destroy my family after saving my father’s life
by Jessika Holmes

*And you thought there were no such things as winged demons …

Institute for Public Accuracy
Ignoring Turkey’s “Dirty War” Against the Kurds

Democracy Now!
The Price of Fighting Back: How Woman Faces 60 Years in Prison for the Death of Her Abusive Ex

“Spain in Our Hearts”: Adam Hochschild’s New Book Gives Life to the Americans Who Fought Fascism

*A true humanitarian intervention

Fueling Fascism: The Secret History of How Texaco Supplied Oil to Fascists in Spain

*Hochschild’s apologia for FDR’s “shrewdness” is vomitous, if not surprising.

When your icon’s at issue, rationalization orders the day.

Myth Buster enclosed (you need to know this)
by Leanne Ely


No, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida’s Payday Law Doesn’t Rein in Loan Sharks
“Federal regulation designed after Florida’s payday law would continue to line the pockets of payday lenders with borrowers’ hard-earned wages”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

As Coal Use Drops, Investors Blow Nearly $1 Trillion Globally on Unnecessary New Plants
$1 trillion could provide electricity powered by renewable energy to 1.2 billion people—but it was funneled into extraneous coal projects instead
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

How the FBI’s Shadowy iPhone Hack is Putting Privacy (and Lives) at Risk
‘We have a new danger,’ warn digital rights experts, ‘a classified bomb held by the FBI and unknown third-party hackers—but not by Apple, the one party capable of defusing it’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Education in Crisis and the Threat of Privatization
There is a crisis regarding our public schools, but it is not the one you usually read about
by Diane Ravitch

*Bricks in a wall

Rather than stones for a bridge

The Disappearance of Hillary Clinton’s Healthcare Platform
What would happen if the media lifted the curtain on Clinton’s healthcare platform and introduced any level of scrutiny to her proposed improvements on the Affordable Care Act?
by Benjamin Day

ACLU and NCLC File Lawsuit Against US Department of Education Over Failure to Disclose Debt Collection Practice Data

Concerns That Practices May Disproportionately Harm Borrowers of Color on the visit of Japan’s Prime Minister to the U.S.

The Real News Network
UN Human Rights Council Will Monitor Corporations Operating in Occupied Palestine
The UN vote to expose corporations profiting from Israeli occupation demonstrates shifting global opinion on settlements, says the Institute of Policy Studies’ Phyllis Bennis

Days of Revolt: Junk Economics and the Future (2/2)
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges continues his discussion with UMKC economics professor Michael Hudson on his new book Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy

*The money changers own the mortgage on the temple

Scalia’s Death Clears Way for Union Win in Supreme Court
In a split 4-4 decision, deep-pocketed interests like the Koch Brothers & the John Birch Society lost ground in their decades-long battle against unions, says Center for Media and Democracy’s Lisa Graves

*Desvarieux declined to pursue the question of Democrat and union culpability, which is central to an understanding of the emasculation (poorly chosen word, I realize) of labor in the US.

Union “leadership”, and the party to which they’re joined at the hip, have “compromised” away many of the rights that union members fought and died for, in the name of “political realism”.

Well, they create their own “reality”, and it’s not one any working class person should wish to live in.

Belgium’s Domestic and Foreign Policies Perpetuate Muslim Alienation
Elites ignore 25% youth unemployment and engage in reckless foreign policy, which has led to the rise of jihadism in Belgium, says Brussels-based journalist Gilbert Doctorow

Green Party Senate Candidate Removed From Debate Stage
After Maryland Green Party candidate Margaret Flowers was escorted off the debate stage at last night’s forum just outside of Baltimore, she talked to the Real News about the two-party system’s chokehold on democracy and her decision to protest it

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Nuclear Security Summit” — Hypocrisy, Profiteering, Spectacle

Pakistan: How U.S. Adds “Fuel to Fire”

Ezra Klein and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Tax Calculator
by Jim Naureckas

*A calculating calculus

Democracy Now!
Family of Mexican Man “Tortured & Killed” by U.S. Border Agents Seeks Justice at International Tribunal

“2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back”: Will Obama’s New Opioid Proposal Continue the Failed War on Drugs?

*A band aid on the track mark

If Addiction is a Disease, Why is It Criminal? Maia Szalavitz Envisions a Compassionate Drug Policy

*Now if we could just figure out how to overcome the most dangerous addictions

To wealth and power

Plaintiff in HB 2 Suit: I Can’t Believe NC Is Passing Laws Requiring Anti-Trans Discrimination

These Three Dietary Supplements Can Lower LDL (“bad”) Cholesterol Levels
But beware of the one whose ingredient varies wildly
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Over 5 Million Nigerians Urge Government to Reject Monsanto Crops
Non-profits representing teachers, farmers, artists, environmentalists, and others oppose Monsanto’s efforts to bring GMO crops to Nigeria
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

US Doctor Group Demands Price Controls for Out-of-Control Drug Industry
American College of Physicians publishes policy paper on getting skyrocketing drug prices under control
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Heart disease* is the number one killer in America

*Also known as greed

Utah’s New Anti-Abortion Bill Based on Ideology, Not Medical Facts
“We have fetal medical specialists speaking and they were discounted by a citizen who said, ‘I read it on the Internet and therefore it must be true.'”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Beware the Blue State Model: How the Democrats Created a “Liberalism of the Rich”
by Thomas Frank

*A Clintonian wet dream

While the rest of us drown in the nightmare

Why Is It So Hard to Vote in America?
Over 100 million Americans will cast a ballot this November, amid the biggest voting rights rollback since Jim Crow. Here’s what we can do to fix that.
by Marissa Marzano

*That last sentence is a howler, but it doesn’t detract from the eminent righteousness of the remainder.

Of course, not being able to vote is only half the equation.

Not having someone or something truly worth voting for is just as much a diminution of democracy.

Center for Reproductive Rights
Peruvian Government Publicly Recognizes Human Rights Violations Against Rape Survivor As Part of Landmark U.N. Abortion Case

The Real News Network
What Trump’s Campaign Reveals About Race and Voting
Glen Ford, executive editor and founder of, says that Donald Trump’s campaign can teach us about the role of race in American elections

*Disenfranchisement also occurs inside the voting booth

Institute for Public Accuracy
Beyond DOJ vs Apple: Chipping Away at Civil Liberties in Secret

Democracy Now!
Tariq Ali on Lahore Bombing: Is the Pakistani Government Turning a Blind Eye to Taliban Violence?

Gluten-free “grain” or is it a seed?
by Leanne Ely


A Coup is in the Air: The Plot to Unsettle Rousseff, Lula and Brazil
Neoliberal parties, the corporate media, a conservative judiciary, oil lobbyists, the white elite and right-wing groups, with generous help from outside, have ganged up to derail the country’s government. And it’s all being made to look like a popular uprising against a corrupt regime
by Shobhan Saxena

Don’t Blame It All on Donald Trump
Entering uncharted territory in Washington
by Tom Engelhardt

Bernie Sanders Just Trounced Hillary Clinton in Three of the Ten Most Diverse States in America
by Seth Abramson

How the Kurds Will Save Syria
by Vijay Prashad
A minority group emerges as a likely force for a united Syria

Austerity Gathers Pace in Volatile South Africa
by Patrick Bond

Engaging the ISIS Threat
by Marc Pilisuk

*This is eminently rational, and so it will never occur, as things stand.

Terrorism is useful to both the perpetrator and the target.

Their acts mutually benefit the ends of the other.

Until that’s no longer the paradigm, there will no dialogue.

Review of “The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States”
by Robert Jensen

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Colombia: FARC Pact Risks Impunity for ‘False-Positives’
Ongoing Prosecutions Could be Closed, Convicted Perpetrators, Released

The Real News Network
World Economic Situation: Serious Difficulties Call For Bold Measures
Dr. Yilmaz Akyuz, Chief Economist of the intergovernmental organization South Centre, says that the 2008 financial crisis may be moving in a third wave that could devastate the Global South

DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving) and #Not1More
DHS and State Department Prepare Mass Deportation of Hundreds of Muslims

Defend Our Animals
Stop Animal Torture for Human Pleasure!

Institute for Public Accuracy
From Brussels: Blowback and Internal Divisions

Democracy Now!
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Angela Davis on Ferguson, Palestine & the Foundations of a Movement

Hands Off Assata Shakur: Angela Davis Calls for Radical Activism to Protect Activist Exiled in Cuba

The True Story of the Pentagon Spies Who Posed as Christian Missionaries to Surveil North Korea

Anal Cancer Symptoms: Speak Up if You See these Signs
by Ty Bollinger

Why I Said “No” to Chemo
by Chris Wark

13 Facts About Cancer You May Not Know
by Ty Bollinger

4 Medicinal Mushrooms That Fight Cancer
by Ty Bollinger

5 Powerful Reasons Why You Should Be Eating Turmeric
by Yuri Elkaim

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

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


Oceans ’16: Sanders Campaign Blasts $350K Dinner with Clooneys as ‘Obscene’
‘Now, most of us can agree that is an obscene amount of money,’ Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Friday
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”You gotta go slumming to get the votes

But it’s good to be back with my homies.”

Abortion Rights Activists Condemn Congressional ‘Witch Hunt’ against Medical Researchers
‘They’re threatening people’s lives’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Dear Media: Radovan Karadžić is a European Christian
by Christian Christensen

The Real News Network
Ethiopia’s Near Total Crop Failure Blamed on Global Warming, Disinvestment
African countries are facing an unprecedented drought due to climate change and inadequate investment in technology, says UN’s Dr. Shukri Ahmed

*I’d have liked to have seen another guest who could have questioned the provenance of these “improved seeds” and other “solutions” from a UN technocrat.

‘You Wouldn’t Use It for a Purely Humanitarian Drop’
by Janine Jackson

*A prioritized pitilessness

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Who’s Developing What for Who?’
Tom Tresser on why we are not broke
by Janine Jackson

*Our pot

Their piss

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Bush Would Have Nominated Garland”

*I think this nomination nicely encapsulates the “legacy” of Dear Misleader that’s of such concern to his acolytes.

Democracy Now!
Erik Prince in the Hot Seat: Blackwater Founder Under Investigation for Illegal Mercenary Biz

Blackwater Founder’s Latest Scheme: Money Laundering for Libyan Officials Through a Chinese Bank

Donald Trump’s Top Foreign Adviser, Joseph Schmitz, is a Former Blackwater Executive

Think the NSA Can’t Hack an iPhone Without Apple’s Help? Think Again.

Case of Navy SEAL Who Turned Over Photo of bin Laden Suggests SEAL Team Six Operates Above the Law

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

You’re a big girl now: eat your veggies!!
by Leanne Ely


Humanitarian Groups Refuse to Partake in ‘Mass Expulsion’ of Refugees
‘It is incomprehensible how Europe has basically suspended the rights of these people who are looking for protection in Greece’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Western civilization” goes south

US to Release Secret ‘Dirty War’ Files—But Argentinians Aren’t Satisfied
“I don’t believe there will be anything in those documents—they always black out the names and the important parts,” says one human rights protester
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Empty gesture

Emptier soul

Texas Mothers Jailed Five Days in Louisiana over Two Hot Dogs
by Bill Quigley

*As American as hot dogs

Center for Biological Diversity
Lawsuit Launched to Challenge Feds’ Dismantling of Red Wolf Recovery Program
Fewer Than 50 Red Wolves Survive in North Carolina

Friends of the Earth
Largest U.S. Restaurant Company Targeted over Treatment of Workers, Animals, Environment
50 Organizations Urge Olive Garden and Darden Restaurants to Improve Practices

Haymarket Books
China on Strike: Worker-Activists Speaking Tour

The Real News Network
Turkey’s Intensifying Conflict with Kurds
Prof. Fuat Keyman analyzes the history and background of the recently intensifying conflict between the government of Prime Minister Erdogan and Turkey’s Kurds

Sanders Vs. Clinton on Palestine-Israel: A Primer with Phyllis Bennis
An assessment of Clinton’s AIPAC speech and Sanders’ Middle East speech reveals their divergent approaches to the US’s closest ally, Israel

*I’d say that Israeliphilia is so hard wired into the American political psyche that even Sanders’ tepid divergence from the status quo can appear “really quite an extraordinary departure”.

Hedges: “We Bomb Them, They Bomb Us”
Chris Hedges, ​journalist and senior fellow at The Nation Institute, discusses the Brussels attacks

Tell Walker: Restore Food Assistance to Wisconsinites
by Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Institute for Public Accuracy
ISIS Attacks: Why?

*”They hate us for our way of life”

That destroys theirs

Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald: Cruz, Trump, Clinton “Playing into the Hands” of ISIL After Brussels Bombings

Glenn Greenwald: Hillary Clinton Has Embraced Some of the Most Brutal Dictators in the World

The #1 Exercise to Detoxify and Move Lymphatic Fluid
by Dr. Irvin Sanhi

Aloe Vera: End Skin Problems with THIS
by Natural Health Sherpa

5 Ways You Can Help Yourself Stay Secure Online
by Nadia Kovacs


Clinton Claims Victory but Arizona’s Voting Fiasco Dubbed “National Disgrace”
Shuttered polling places, endless lines, and widespread disenfranchisement—particularly for minority communities
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Nixon’s War on Drugs Began as Strategy to Attack ‘Antiwar Left and Black People’
Amid new global discussion about ending prohibition, a buried admission by a former presidential aide goes viral
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Bernie Sanders Is Currently Winning the Democratic Primary Race, and I’ll Prove It to You
by Seth Abramson

*It seems Abramson believes we should hope Madame Mayhem becomes more adept at posing as a “progressive”, should she be the nominee.

For a supporter of someone associated with “honest politics”, I find that odd.

But then, I’m not one.

Overthrowing Dilma Rousseff It’s Class War, and Their Class is Winning
by Alfredo Saad Filho

*An objective analysis, to my mind, excoriating the reactionary forces at play, while making plain the myriad contradictions of the government they seek to topple.

See what you think.

The ‘SYRIZA Experience’: Lessons and Adaptations
by Andreas Karitzis

*Live your principles

Or perish from their loss

Utah Officials Violated Firefighters’ Constitutional Rights by Searching Prescription Records Without a Warrant, Public Citizen Tells 10th Circuit
More Than 40 States Have Databases Containing Patients’ Prescription Records; Most Can Be Accessed Without Court Approval

The Real News Network
Defying AIPAC
Journalist and author Max Blumenthal speaks to leading dissenters of the right wing Israel lobby days before AIPAC’s annual summit

Gideon Levy: Americans “Are Supporting the First Signs of Fascism in Israel”
Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy talks to journalist Max Blumenthal about how the Israeli occupation has poisoned not only the region but much of the world, and how BDS might be the last standing hope to dismantle it

*The stench of death belies the claim that Dear Misleader has done “nothing” in the Middle East.

Obama’s Visit to Cuba: Dangers and Benefits to The Cuban Revolution
Alex Main and James Early delve into the risk benefit analysis of opening up to the United States

The Omaha Two Are Now One: The Death of Mondo We Langa
Jihad Abdulmumit, Co-Coordinator of the National Jericho Movement, and Dr. Tekla Agbala Ali Johnson discussed the life, politics, case and death of former Black Panther Party member and political prisoner Mondo We Langa

NYPD’s Arrests of Citizen Journalists Should Spark Outrage
by Josmar Trujillo

Brussels Bombings Destroy Fiction That All Terrorism Deaths Count as Equal
by Neil deMause

*The quick to qualify the dead

Democracy Now!
After Brussels Attack, Will Response Be More War or a Look at the Root Causes of Terrorism?

The People of Puerto Rico vs. the Hedge Funds: Supreme Court Hears Case on PR’s Bankruptcy Laws

Part 2: U.S. Citizen Sent to ICE After Trump Protest Says Agent Called Her “Pain-in-the-Ass Illegal”

Best Selling Author Patrick Quillin Talks About Nature’s Pharmacy
by Patrick Quillin

Seen the headlines that vegetarians have more mental illness?
A lesson in what passes for news these days
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


People’s Water Summit: Women and Girls “Bear Brunt” of Global Crisis
The World Water Day event is being billed as an alternative “People’s Summit” to the invite-only White House summit also taking place Tuesday
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Why Medicare for Libby and Medicaid for Flint?
PDA Demands Medicare for Life for All Poisoned People
by Donna Smith

Public Citizen
Win: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Class-Action Suit Against Tyson Foods

Cornucopia Institute
Environmental Advocates and Organic Industry Watchdog Ask USDA to Ban Use of “Produced” Wastewater from Oil and Gas Exploration in Organics

*Poison is organic to profit

The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: How We Got to Junk Economics
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews economist Michael Hudson on the history of classical economics and explores Marx’s interpretation of capitalism as exploitation

Preferred Jihadists and the Crisis in Syria
Glen Ford, executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report, was back to discuss suppressed aspects of the crisis in Syria, particularly, the fight among elite ruling circles and the continued use of preferred jihadists as “foot-soldiers” for Western empire

The Border’s Already A Mess, Even Without Trump’s Wall
The Real News speaks to a co-chair of the Sierra Club’s borderlands campaign down in McAllen, Texas about the current state of the wall, Trump’s vision and how feasible it is

Baltimore’s Flawed War on Drugs Destroyed Lawrence Christian’s Life Without a Conviction
A drug bust that wrongly targeted Christian reveals how the city’s continued investment in policing makes poverty worse and heightens the suffering and dysfunction of a community already wracked with violence

Two More Deaths in Canadian Immigration Custody
Rights groups call for urgent overhaul of Canada’s detention system following two most recent migrant deaths in immigration jail

*Huddling the masses in hell

Allow 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Wisconsin Primaries
by Samantha Schnoll

Petition update
Letter: Living Donor Protection Act needs our support
by James Myers

Newsweek Says Not to Worry About Trump, Who Would ‘End Up Like Jimmy Carter’
by Jim Naureckas

*It can’t happen here

(Because in large measure it already has)

Democracy Now!
As Twin Attacks Kill At Least 34 in Brussels, How Should Belgium and Europe Respond?

*The unceasing harvest of the whirlwind

Yousef Munayyer: Attacks in Brussels & Paris Underscore Need to Address Crisis in Syria

Is Clinton Moving to the Right of Trump on Israel-Palestine? A Debate on the Candidates & AIPAC

Meet the Activist Sent to ICE Despite Being Citizen After Blocking Arizona Highway to Trump Rally

For a sweet juicy snack pick cherries!
by Leanne Ely

Surprising Caffeine Levels in 10 Common Drinks
by Yuri Elkaim


Establishment Dems Hobbling DNC Chair’s Grassroots Challenger
“The Florida Democratic Party will not allow me access to our party’s database and software because I am running against an incumbent Democrat”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Red Alert’: Great Barrier Reef Severe Bleaching Raised To Highest Threat Level
‘The mining and burning of coal is driving climate change, warming our waters and bleaching the life and color out of our Reef’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Reef or madness

In First Use of Landmark Law, Minnesota Confirms Neonics Harm Bees
Two beekeepers have received compensation for their hives being damaged from a neighbor farm’s pesticide use
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Selling TPP as the Farm Economy Drops off a Cliff
by Ben Lilliston

*Another form of manure farmers are intimately acquainted with

Journalist Marta Rojas an Unrecognized Witness to Cuban History
by Ron Howell

Council of Canadians
Paris Becomes a Blue Community on the Eve of World Water Day

Center for Biological Diversity
Humpback Whale Monitoring Proposal Ignores Record Number of West Coast Entanglements

Public Citizen
Eighteen Years Too Late: FDA Finally Heeds Public Citizen’s Call, Moves to Ban Powdered Latex Surgical Gloves—and all Powdered Medical Gloves

*Working hand in glove to protect profit margins

The Real News Network
Sanders Campaign Could Win In Spite of Corporate Media Spin
Robert W. McChesney, Professor of Media and Communications at the University of Illinois, says that Sanders has a good fighting chance to secure the Democratic nomination in spite of the traditional media’s effort to undermine his success

Cuban Activists Say Telecommunications Infrastructure Must Stay In Cuban Hands
Sujatha Fernandes, Professor of Sociology at Queens College, discusses how Cuban advocates for greater internet connectivity are not willing to open the country to U.S. corporations in exchange for internet access

Barring Plastic Bag Bans, another ALEC Law Takes Aim at Local Democracy
by Jessica Mason

*Disposable democracy

House Republicans Get Secret Briefing from Koch Veterans Group
by Jessica Mason
PR Watch

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump vs. AIPAC — or Trump = AIPAC?

*Vultures of a feather

Reporting (or Not) the Ties Between US-Armed Syrian Rebels and Al Qaeda’s Affiliate
by Gareth Porter

NYT Promotes Study by Private Pension Company That Says Not to Trust Public Pensions
by Dean Baker

Democracy Now!
Obama Visits Cuba in Historic Trip, But Will U.S. Ever End Embargo & Give Back Guantánamo?

*One would hope this program would take a more critical view of Dear Misleader’s moves with respect to relations with Cuba – the velvet glove can strangle what the iron fist couldn’t crush.

(And no, I’m not ignoring the contradictions of the revolution, but criticism of the repression that exists can exist alongside steadfast opposition to those who seek to undermine its very real accomplishments.)

Does DN! still call itself “the exception to the rulers”?

If so, that posture isn’t evident in this segment, and that can be said for any number of others, as well.

Breast Cancer Survivor Story of June
by Ty Bollinger

Why Most People Have a Fear of Cancer
by Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy

9 Ways a Cancer Coach Can Help You Beat Cancer
by Marnie Clark

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

10 Smarter Workout Tips for Faster Fat Loss
by Yuri Elkaim

10 Little Known Ways to Lose Weight Without Exercise (or Dieting)
by Yuri Elkaim


Critics Condemn EU-Turkey Deal That Turned Refugees into Bargaining Chips
‘The best way to fight the demagogues in Europe who are currently profiting from the chaos in the Aegean is not to indulge their disregard for international law, but to offer sustainable, principled solutions’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

The US Is Becoming a Terrifying Nation for Women
by Sonali Kolhatkar

What We Talk about When We Talk about Millennials
When we speak about generational angst, we should not forget that we are really talking about class, and class expectations
by Laurie Penny

An Open Letter to President Obama on Encryption: This is About Math, Not Politics
Encryption Isn’t Something We Can Negotiate About, No Matter How Politically Convenient That May Seem
by Rainey Reitman

*I’m just as worried about “the good guys”

Human Rights Hypocrisy: US Criticizes Cuba
by Marjorie Cohn

*All this is valid in exposing US hypocrisy, and Cuba’s achievements, but these positives don’t negate the negatives – they only place them in context

And that fuller context is missing in this piece.

Could Hillary Clinton be Worse Than Trump?
by Andrew Levine

Puerto Rico Community Groups Challenge USDA’s Backing of Waste Incinerator Project
The proposed Arecibo waste incinerator would jeopardize communities and endangered species

The Real News Network
Merrick Garland and Judicial Restraint: How A ‘Moderate’ Judge is A Gift to Republicans
The Real Capitol Hill examines Obama’s Supreme Court nominee’s record, from campaign finance reform to labor issues

Petition update
Women’s Health Alert: Deadly Cancers of the Uterus Spread by Gynecologists. Stop Morcellating the Uterus in Minimally Invasive and Robot Assisted Hysterectomy
by Hooman Noorchashm

Don’t put cars on the road without spare tires
by William Scott

Media Love to Criticize Trump –When It Helps Disparage US Enemies
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
Slain Activist Berta Cáceres’ Daughter: US Military Aid Has Fueled Repression & Violence in Honduras

Flint Residents: “We Need a Public Health Disaster Declaration from President Obama”

A Look Inside The Cholesterol Myth and The Side Effects of Lipitor and Statin Drugs
by Yuri Elkaim

*Again, I’m not vouching for the reliability of this, but I think it’s worth passing along.

But what’s this about inmates being “force fed” … ?

I asked the author to provide more information about this disturbing remark, and never received a response.

Even if the description’s hyperbolic, and the inmates “volunteered” for the study, I’d like to know if doing so could have had adverse affects on their health.

If so, I have grave concerns about just how voluntary their choice was, given the incentive to agree to something that might lead to an improvement in their conditions, at the cost of their well being.

The issue of full disclosure arises, as well.

(Safety Issue) Meat Storage Tips
by Leanne Ely

Cancer Fighting Arugula & Sprout Salad Recipe
by Deborah Oke


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

*A famine of the factual

Most of the Coal Mined by the Biggest Coal Companies in the U.S. Belongs to the American Public
The biggest coal mining companies in the country depend on subsidized federal coal, even as they attack federal climate and clean air policies
by Joe Smyth

A Major Unexpected New Reality in Syria: What Does It All Mean?
Unpacking a series of surprising moves by the big players in Syria
by Vijay Prashad

Oil Won’t Stage A Serious Rebound Until This Happens
by Nick Cunningham

ACLU Sues for Federal Records on Grant to Religious Group That Obstructs Trafficking Victims’ Access to Reproductive Health Care
FOIA Lawsuit Demands Records on $2 Million Contract to U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Real News Network
Will Republican Elite Coalesce Around Trump or Sabotage Him to Save the GOP?
Thomas Ferguson and Max Blumenthal dissect Trump and the elites that control the Republican Party

*”[T]he Democratic industrial complex”

I’ll have to remember that …

Offshore Drilling Off the Table in the Atlantic, but What about the Gulf and the Arctic?
The Obama administration’s ban on offshore drilling will aid reaching the Paris climate change targets, say environmentalist Sierra Weaver of Southern Environmental Law Center and Michael LeVine of Oceana

*It’s always difficult to listen to these mainstream enviros like LeVine continually express their profound gratitude for the relative crumbs Dear Misleader tosses their way, while downplaying the moldy loaves that comprise the reality of his “climate legacy”.

Is the Russian Withdrawal a Message to Assad?
The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn says you can’t have negotiations to end the war when the largest armed opposition groups, al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State, are absent

When Your Media Are ‘Disappointed’ by Opposition to Bigotry
by Janine Jackson

*You are the “public” in “public radio”*

*Well, at least during pledge drives

Corporate Media’s ‘Ideal’ Supreme Court Nominee Embraced ‘Legal Black Hole’ Theory
by Jim Naureckas

*But of course “the Democratic industrial complex” – to steal Max Blumenthal’s eminently apt phrase – will be sending you endless emails extolling the virtues of standing with Dear Misleader against that dastardly Republican obstructionism, conveniently ignoring this schmenge’s judicial record.

I hope I don’t wear out my mouse clicking “Delete” …

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama’s Latin American Legacy: Support for Right-wing?

Flint Water Crisis: What Did the EPA Know?

Democracy Now!
Merrick Garland: Where Does Supreme Court Pick Stand on Guantánamo, Death Penalty, Abortion?

*Goddamn straight it’s “a pretty good deal” for the Republicans – and the neoliberal consensus in general.

What’d you expect?

As for Madame Mayhem nominating someone better …

Hold on

I have to wait till my rapidly rotating eyeballs deign to deaccelerate.

Buck v. Bell: Inside the SCOTUS Case That Led to Forced Sterilization of 70,000 & Inspired the Nazis

*”Make America Great Again”

History keeps making it clear that Trump is no exception to who has ruled, doesn’t it?

Book offer
The Hormone Reset Diet
by Dr. Sara Gottfried

6 Hot Tips To Avoid Freezer Burn (and stop throwing away your $$)
by Leanne Ely


Is it Okay to Kick People Out of Campaign Rallies? That Depends.
by Lee Rowland and Rachel Goodman

American Democracy: Progress and Relapse
by David Morris

*The Confounding Fathers, and their corruptive offspring

Putin Shuns Syrian ‘Quagmire’
by Ray McGovern

Brave New Films
Victims of gun violence deserve justice!

Institute for Public Accuracy
How Rank Voting Would Flip Trump’s Victories

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Everyone Is Not Watched Equally’
Alvaro Bedoya on facial recognition and the color of surveillance
by Janine Jackson


But not heard

Democracy Now!
North Carolina Voter ID Law Takes Effect, Disproportionately Bars Blacks, Young People from Polls

Dream Defenders Launch #SquaDD2016 “Presidential” Campaign: “We’re Black, Brown, Radical & Tired as Hell”

What Your Oncologist Isn’t Telling You About Chemotherapy and Radiation
by Elyn Jacobs

*As always, think for yourself. I’m just trying to give you something to hopefully help with that.

Urinary relief for men without drugs or surgery
The alternative solution is simple, says prostate expert
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

The 15 Best Bodyweight Exercises for Burning Fat
by Yuri Elkaim


Flint Hearing Reveals Disgraced Officials as ‘Unremorseful, Unrepentant’
‘I’m not so sure Flint is the community we want to go out on a limb for,’ wrote an EPA official back in September 2015, the hearing revealed
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The scum beyond the water

Global Actions Demand Fast Food Giants Get Antibiotics ‘Off the Menu’
Despite worldwide concern about the overuse of antibiotics, their use in agriculture is due to increase by two-thirds by 2030
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A drug war that makes sense

The Real News Network
Small is Beautiful: We Don’t Need to Go Big To Create New Energy Sources
PERI’s Robert Pollin, author of Greening the Global Economy, says community-owned renewable energy sources are the path to the future

*Bring the green in

Get the greed out

Sanders Now Leading in Illinois, Says He Doesn’t Want the Endorsement of Rahm Emanuel
Kari Lydersen, author of Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%, says Sanders is tapping into popular anger against the corporate Democrat who has longstanding ties to the Clintons

Washington Post Attacks Clinton’s Role in Honduran Coup
Mark Weisbrot of CEPR says Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices” included ousting democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras and swiftly acknowledging the coup as the legitimate government; this is now haunting her Democratic Party leadership race against Bernie Sanders

*No idea what the segment title refers to, but I thought there was some additional intel worth passing on beyond what I’ve previously posted.

No Clemency For You! Obama’s “Legacy-Defining” Program Struggles
Executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report Glen Ford was back for his Ford Report, this time to discuss the Obama administration’s struggling prison clemency program

Days of Revolt: Mr. Fish
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and political cartoonist Dwayne “Mr. Fish” Booth discuss the use of art to speak truth to systems of power in an age of corporate domination of information

Tell Bernie Sanders to Reject AIPAC’s Invitation

Vue/Xiong Family Memorial Fund
by Linda Xiong

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Risks in Putin’s Syria Withdrawal”

Ravitch: K-12 Education, Election Non-Issue

Denouncing Free College in the Name of the Poor
by Amber A’Lee Frost

Can This Trace Mineral Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk?
by A Von Butz

Cancer rates and cancer deaths are going up, right?
Wrong. Deaths from cancer have been steadily declining for decades in the United States.
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Why I love coconut milk (it’s probably not what you think!)
by Leanne Ely


Survival Under Threat, Canada’s Indigenous Unite Against Tar Sands Pipelines
The Grand Chief of the Mohawk Kanesatake First Nation calls the proposed Energy East pipeline ‘risky and dangerous’ to indigenous peoples’ survival
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Shame!’ Clinton Defends Death Penalty to Man Who Wrongly Served Years on Death Row
Ricky Jackson, an Ohio man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 39 years, asked Clinton defend her stance on the death penalty at Sunday’s town hall
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Madame Mayhem has effectively applied the death penalty countless times to innocents abroad and at home.

Her reptilian tears for Jackson’s ordeal bear the acrid stench of expedient hyprocrisy.

Women on the Front Lines Fighting Fracking in the Bakken Oil Shale Formations
In the rolling plains of North Dakota, companies like Halliburton, Hess, Crestwood Energy, Whiting Petroleum Corp. and Enbridge have crowned themselves king and are acting with a level of impunity beyond measure
by Emily Arasim and Osprey Orielle Lake

Unsure About Socialism? Here’s More Evidence That Capitalism Is Killing America
by Paul Buchheit

*I’d vote for a socialist, but let’s be clear

Socialism has diddley to do with reforming capitalism, any more than Christianity is concerned with turning down the thermostat in hell.

Building New ‘Nonviolent Cities’
by Rev. John Dear

For Indigenous Peoples, Megadams Are ‘Worse than Colonization’
These mega-projects expropriate land, spoil environments, and pollute democracies. Berta Cáceres gave her life resisting them.
by Sian Cowman and Philippa de Boissière

The Rise of Trump Shows the Danger and Sham of Compelled Journalistic “Neutrality”
by Glenn Greenwald

*I take the point, but “evenhanded” reporting would be an improvement over how anti-exploitocracy views are disappeared or demeaned by the corpress.

They are perfectly fine with offending us, aren’t they?

The Wall Street Bonus Pool and Low-Wage Workers
by Sarah Anderson

Amnesty International – USA
Lawyers for Indigenous Leader Jailed for Over 40 Years Request Clemency

The Real News Network
U.N. Report Finds Women and Children Targeted by Government Forces in South Sudan
Mel Duncan of Nonviolent Peace Force says gender-based violence and rape is used as a direct weapon against women by both government and paramilitary forces

Thousands Shut Down Trump Rally in Chicago
TRNN speaks to protesters who say they oppose Trump’s racist rhetoric that incites violence like that they witnessed on Friday

*Trump’s trumpet

A fanfare of fire in a crowded theater

The Life and Death of “Green” Fracking Titan Aubrey McClendon
DeSmogBlog’s Steve Horn profiles energy executive and billionaire Aubrey McClendon, who died in an Oklahoma car crash a day after the DOJ indicted him for alleged antitrust violations

Solitary Confinement is “Torture:” The Forthcoming Seminal Trial of Political Prisoner Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz
Shoatz attorney and Legal Director of the Abolitionist Law Center Bret Grote discussed this forthcoming trial about the issue of solitary confinement

Petition update
America Unites for Kids
Don’t Let EPA Get Away with Another Flint, MI

Students Against Cruelty to Animals at the University of Texas at Austin (SACA)
Relocate your monkeys to a sanctuary rather than euthanizing them

Help Animals Whose Lives Depend on ASPCA Pet Insurance
by Janel Sheehan

Institute for Public Accuracy
Turkey Wages Ethnic War; Increases Repression

Ben Bagdikian, Visionary
by Jeff Cohen

Standing Up for Free Speech Is Not a Threat to Free Speech
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
Saying No to Hate: Meet the Chicago Activists Who Forced Trump to Cancel Campaign Rally

Could Someone Be Killed at a Trump Rally? St. Louis Activist Speaks Out on Friday Campaign Chaos

Thanks to Jim Crow Era Law, 1 in 4 African-American Adults Can’t Vote in Florida’s Primary

Occupy Activists Return to Zuccotti to Phone Bank for Sanders, Sparking Debate over Political Role

Global Breast Cancer Rates: Is a Western Lifestyle Best for Women?
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

*A dangerous “development”

9 Tips to Maintain Good Kidney Health
by Ty Bollinger

How Systemic Proteolytic Enzymes Fight Cancer
by Dr. David Jockers

Why Science is Sweet on Lemon Essential Oil as a Cancer Fighter
by Ty Bollinger

4 Pervasive Myths Slowing Your Metabolism
by Yuri Elkaim

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Soda Drink
by Yuri Elkaim

13 Food Safety Guidelines (important–they change every year!)
by Leanne Ely


Survival Under Threat, Canada’s Indigenous Unite Against Tar Sands Pipelines
The Grand Chief of the Mohawk Kanesatake First Nation calls the proposed Energy East pipeline ‘risky and dangerous’ to indigenous peoples’ survival
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Shame!’ Clinton Defends Death Penalty to Man Who Wrongly Served Years on Death Row
Ricky Jackson, an Ohio man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 39 years, asked Clinton defend her stance on the death penalty at Sunday’s town hall
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Madame Mayhem has effectively applied the death penalty countless times to innocents abroad and at home.

Her reptilian tears for Jackson’s ordeal bear the acrid stench of expedient hyprocrisy.

Women on the Front Lines Fighting Fracking in the Bakken Oil Shale Formations
In the rolling plains of North Dakota, companies like Halliburton, Hess, Crestwood Energy, Whiting Petroleum Corp. and Enbridge have crowned themselves king and are acting with a level of impunity beyond measure
by Emily Arasim and Osprey Orielle Lake

Unsure About Socialism? Here’s More Evidence That Capitalism Is Killing America
by Paul Buchheit

*I’d vote for a socialist, but let’s be clear

Socialism has diddley to do with reforming capitalism, any more than Christianity is concerned with turning down the thermostat in hell.

Building New ‘Nonviolent Cities’
by Rev. John Dear

For Indigenous Peoples, Megadams Are ‘Worse than Colonization’
These mega-projects expropriate land, spoil environments, and pollute democracies. Berta Cáceres gave her life resisting them.
by Sian Cowman and Philippa de Boissière

The Rise of Trump Shows the Danger and Sham of Compelled Journalistic “Neutrality”
by Glenn Greenwald

*I take the point, but “evenhanded” reporting would be an improvement over how anti-exploitocracy views are disappeared or demeaned by the corpress.

They are perfectly fine with offending us, aren’t they?

The Wall Street Bonus Pool and Low-Wage Workers
by Sarah Anderson

Amnesty International – USA
Lawyers for Indigenous Leader Jailed for Over 40 Years Request Clemency

The Real News Network
U.N. Report Finds Women and Children Targeted by Government Forces in South Sudan
Mel Duncan of Nonviolent Peace Force says gender-based violence and rape is used as a direct weapon against women by both government and paramilitary forces

Thousands Shut Down Trump Rally in Chicago
TRNN speaks to protesters who say they oppose Trump’s racist rhetoric that incites violence like that they witnessed on Friday

*Trump’s trumpet

A fanfare of fire in a crowded theater

The Life and Death of “Green” Fracking Titan Aubrey McClendon
DeSmogBlog’s Steve Horn profiles energy executive and billionaire Aubrey McClendon, who died in an Oklahoma car crash a day after the DOJ indicted him for alleged antitrust violations

Solitary Confinement is “Torture:” The Forthcoming Seminal Trial of Political Prisoner Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz
Shoatz attorney and Legal Director of the Abolitionist Law Center Bret Grote discussed this forthcoming trial about the issue of solitary confinement

Petition update
America Unites for Kids
Don’t Let EPA Get Away with Another Flint, MI

Students Against Cruelty to Animals at the University of Texas at Austin (SACA)
Relocate your monkeys to a sanctuary rather than euthanizing them

Help Animals Whose Lives Depend on ASPCA Pet Insurance
by Janel Sheehan

Institute for Public Accuracy
Turkey Wages Ethnic War; Increases Repression

Ben Bagdikian, Visionary
by Jeff Cohen

Standing Up for Free Speech Is Not a Threat to Free Speech
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
Saying No to Hate: Meet the Chicago Activists Who Forced Trump to Cancel Campaign Rally

Could Someone Be Killed at a Trump Rally? St. Louis Activist Speaks Out on Friday Campaign Chaos

Thanks to Jim Crow Era Law, 1 in 4 African-American Adults Can’t Vote in Florida’s Primary

Occupy Activists Return to Zuccotti to Phone Bank for Sanders, Sparking Debate over Political Role

Global Breast Cancer Rates: Is a Western Lifestyle Best for Women?
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

*A dangerous “development”

9 Tips to Maintain Good Kidney Health
by Ty Bollinger

How Systemic Proteolytic Enzymes Fight Cancer
by Dr. David Jockers

Why Science is Sweet on Lemon Essential Oil as a Cancer Fighter
by Ty Bollinger

4 Pervasive Myths Slowing Your Metabolism
by Yuri Elkaim

Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Soda Drink
by Yuri Elkaim

13 Food Safety Guidelines (important–they change every year!)
by Leanne Ely


In Latin America and Beyond, Another World Is Still Possible
On the limitations of the Pink Tide and the increasing callousness of the global power elites
by Fionuala Cregan

The United States of Monsanto?
Why is it that so many politicians are all about letting states make decisions on controversial issues—until some states want to do something that Big Food companies oppose?
by Wenonah Hauter

*Denaturing democracy

Center for Biological Diversity
Government Report Slams EPA, USDA for Failing to Protect Bees

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)
Deutsche Bank Changes Coal Financing Policy
Deutsche Bank Continues Lack of Transparency on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining
Policy Falls Short of Commitments Needed to End this Practice and Address Climate Change

The Real News Network
Sanders Says Clinton Charges are Fabrications
Media critic Jeff Cohen praises Sanders for calling out Hillary for saying he stood with Minutemen vigilantes. Correction: Delegates in the Democratic primaries are awarded proportionally

*I’d have liked to have seen someone other than a Sanders partisan address this issue.

Undoubtedly the corpress connives in the service of Clintonismo, but the claim that Sanders is honesty personified belies numerous examples of the obverse.

In comparison to the likes of Madame Mayhem, Slippery William and their co-conspirators, he’s clearly the cleaner, but is that the height of the bar we should set for him?

Radioactive Waste Still Leaking Five Years After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, says decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi reactors could take decades and cost billions of dollars

Facing Reality: Political Prisoners and Propaganda Wars
Reactionary propaganda is used to deny parole to long-time political prisoners, says ex-political prisoner and current co-chair of the National Jericho Movement Jihad Abdulmumit, who was back to provide an update on the parole status of Mutulu Shakur, Sudiata Acoli, Jalil Muntaqim, Robert “Seth” Hayes and Herman Bell

Koch-ALEC Right to Work Power Play Exposed in a Small Illinois Village
by PRWatch Editors

Keep McDonald’s “Nutrition” Infomercial Out of our Children’s Schools!
by Bettina Siegel

*Living high on the hog

Off the fat of the land

Institute for Public Accuracy
The Threat Five Years After Fukushima

*Apparently, corpress coverage is impervious to radiation

Trump Islamophobia as Cover for Empire

*The “other” side of empire

Sanders, Redbaiting and the ‘Denouncing’ Double Standard

*”[I]t will help … our business community invest.”

Such cunning support of neocolonial capitalism by a conniving socialist.

Oy …

Democracy Now!
Before Her Assassination, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Backing Honduran Coup

The Vulture: How Billionaire Rubio Backer Paul Singer Made Billions off Argentina Debt Crisis

4 Reasons to Love Strawberries + a Smoothie Recipe
by Leanne Ely


Canada, US Unveil Plan to Slash Methane, But Where’s the Fracking Ban?
Joint plan announced by Trudeau and Obama to achieve Paris climate agreement goals gets praise from environmental groups, but Arctic drilling still a concern
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Dear Misleader’s “climate legacy” will be one of misdirection, fingers crossed firmly behind his back, while these green groups pathetically pine to bestow “the mantle of climate leadership” on him, haplessly hoping for the change that will always languish from his like.

In ‘David vs. Goliath’ Fracking Case, Families Handed Major Win
A court on Thursday handed down a $4.2 million verdict—and vindication—to two Pennsylvania families who said fracking contaminated their water
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

People Demand ‘Banks for the Common Good’ to Overthrow Multinational Behemoths
A coalition of social justice groups in Scotland looks at the economic and ecological dangers of corporate mega banks and mounts an argument for democratic reform
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”People’s banks” would be preferable to the current corporatismo

But why aren’t we thinking about an economy with no need for banking at all, because its currency would consist of cooperative care for and commitment from us all, rather than a medium of exchange for products and services?

Clyde River Inuit Granted Leave to Appeal Seismic Blasting Case at Supreme Court

Free Press Welcomes FCC Effort to Protect Broadband Users’ Privacy

The Real News Network
Obama to Cuba: New Visit, Old Politics
Glen Ford, executive editor and founder of, says Obama’s visit to Cuba extends rather than breaks old patterns of diplomacy between the two countries

*Will the velvet glove strangle what the iron fist couldn’t smash?

The Beloved Community of Greensboro North Carolina
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Pastor Nelson Johnson about the 1979 Greensboro massacre of five protestors and its connection to police violence today

Bernie Vs. Hillary: Who Will Stop the Fracking?’s Steve Horn says Clinton has received over $4.5 million in campaign funds from the fossil fuel industry, and that stops her from pulling the plug on fracking

*From Madame Mendacity, it’s all smoke and methane

Stop Raiding Social Security Benefits to Pay Loans

CREDO Action
Tell the USDA: Stop the high-speed slaughtering of animals

Institute for Public Accuracy
How NAFTA Pushed Mexican Migration

Democracy Now!
Clinton & Sanders Spar on Immigration Reform, Deportations & U.S. Imperialism in Latin America

*”Now, I happen to agree with President Obama on many, many issues. I think he’s done a great job as president of the United States.”

A “political revolution”?

(And if that’s his strategy for appealing to black voters … )

Chemicals in Food that Make You Fat
by Jonny Bowden

8 Proven Steps to Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome
by Yuri Elkaim

The Coffee Conspiracy
by Yuri Elkaim

How to Strengthen Your Core Without a Gym
by Yuri Elkaim


The Deeper, Darker Meaning Behind Not Closing Guantánamo
by John Perkins

Bernie Sanders and the question of Palestine
by Rania Khalek

*A Bern felt all too fiercely

Excellent piece exposing the expediency belying the “integrity”

Over 20,000 Tell Hillary Clinton to Give Saudi Arabia’s $10 Million to Peace Organizations and the People of Yemen

The Real News Network
“Mr. Trudeau Goes to Washington”
Rick Salutin and Dimitri Lascaris examine what happens when political celebrities tackle climate change

*As hollow as the pipelines he pimps

Black Panther Documentary Introduces Revolution to a New Generation
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway and Urban Researcher at Morgan State University Ray Winbush speak with students and faculty at Catonsville Community College about the Black Panthers, reparations, and the Baltimore Uprising

“Miracle Technology” Isn’t Needed to Stop Climate Change
Robert Pollin of PERI says investment in existing technology could create a zero-emissions economy within 35 years

Ferguson Solidarity Protesters Fight Charges For Blocking Busy LA Freeway
Hours before she faces trial, we speak with #BLMLA7 activist Rosa Clemente

45 Years After COINTELPRO FBI Continues to Monitor Activists
Chip Gibbons, Legal Fellow, says over 60 national groups have signed onto a letter calling on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to investigate FBI and DHS’s monitoring of activists

*”Terrorism” is the false threat

Dissent the true one

Institute for Public Accuracy
Muslim and Arab American Support for Sanders

*See the Rania Khalek piece above for a caveat

Shocker: WaPo Investigates Itself for Anti-Sanders Bias, Finds There Was None
by Adam Johnson



What’s in a name?

Democracy Now!
“We Are Pushing Real Revolution”: Black Lives Matter on Why They Don’t Have Faith in Any Candidate

Bernie, Hillary or Revolution in the Streets? Cornel West, Dolores Huerta & Black Lives Matter Debate

*I’m glad “[w]e just lost” Huerta, given the tripe she was spouting.

As with John Lewis and others, it’s sad to see folks who at one point in their lives put those lives on the line for justice succumb to the corruption of the soul that comes from too close contact with “friends in high places”.

We can appreciate their past courage without letting it lend credence to their present pathetic postures.

Tech CEOs & Republican Leaders Met Last Weekend to Plot to Stop Donald Trump

*Of course, West’s pious pimping for Sanders is its own unseemly spectacle, if not at the level of those “legendary” civil rights figures trading on their legacies to legitimize Madame Mayhem.

Bernie the anti-imperalist?

Oy gevalt …

Is Medical Kidnapping Big Pharma’s New Dirty Secret?
by Jefferey Jaxen

The Dangers of Sponges and Dish Cloths
How to keep them clean and your kitchen safe
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Auction Ends with No Bids as Protesters Disrupt Fossil Fuel Lease Sale
Protesters marched from the landmark Reno arch to the casino, holding banners and signs that read “Stand up to big oil” and “Keep it in the ground”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

With ‘Fierce Love and Conviction,’ Women Take Stand for Mother Earth
On International Women’s Day, activists honor Berta Cáceres and other females fighting against oppression and global capitalism
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Nobody Knows the Identity of the 150 People Killed by U.S. in Somalia, but Most Are Certain They Deserved It
by Glenn Greenwald

Free Press Welcomes Proposed Lifeline Reforms
Urges FCC to go further in addressing the choice and affordability problems that prevent many from getting online

Friends of the Earth
USDA Urged to Reform Scientific Integrity Policy after Allegations of Scientific Censorship

The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: The New Mexican Revolution
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews two activists from Mexico who explain the effects of US-imposed neoliberalism on Mexico, and their demands for a new constitution

Court Order Fails to Halt Protests Over $9bn Canadian Dam Project
Indigenous women and Treaty 8 First Nations are spearheading the fight against BC Hydro’s Site C mega-dam, which is being aggressively pushed by the province

Class and The Movement for Black Lives
In this special edition of imixwhatilike! we hosted a panel focused on class politics within the movement for Black lives

*You can’t lead if you can’t listen

Clinton Misleads Voters on Sanders’ Support for the Auto Bailout Ahead of Michigan Primary
Frank Hammer and Rev. Bullock Discuss Clinton and Sanders Positions on Jobs, Flints’ Water and Trade, as Michigan Voters Head to the Polls on Tuesday

National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON)
Let Francisco Aguirre Grieve His Son in Peace

Petition update
The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign
#WhatTheFork Success! @WholeFoods to sell “ugly” produce!!!

Institute for Public Accuracy
Drone Killings: Obama Administration “Wedded to Drive-by Shooting Strategy”

Washington Post Ran 16 Negative Stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 Hours
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
“Here’s to Flint”: An Unprecedented Look at the Battle for Clean Water in Flint From the ACLU

*Only the victims will be truly punished

Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres Died in Gustavo Castro Soto’s Arms; Now His Life is in Danger

*I’d like to see Sanders throw this in Madame Mayhem’s face

But the smart money’s on the opposite

What sweetener protects against allergies?
by Leanne Ely

Are turkey bacon and egg-less mayonnaise better for you?
Here’s the inside scoop
by Bonnie Liebman


Wave of Opposition Derails EU Bid to Extend Use of Toxic Herbicide
European Commission reportedly forced to postpone vote on extending use of glyphosate after member states rebel
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Reverse Robin Hood: Six Billion Dollar Businesses Preying on Poor People
by Bill Quigley

No Kids? Here’s Why You Still Have a Stake in Paid Family Leave
by Amy Traub

The Transformative Power of Democratic Uprisings
In praise of impractical movements: Three times when the world broke open—and two when it might again
by Mark Engler and Paul Engler

After Super Tuesday: Building a Sanders `Rainbow’ Campaign
by Joseph M. Schwartz

The Coddling of the Capitalist, White-Supremacist, Patriarchal American Mind
by Robert Jensen

*A closed heart is the inevitable consequence of a closed mind

Friends of the Earth
Green Climate Fund Must Say No to Partnerships with HSBC, Crédit Agricole

*Funny how these seemingly benevolent elite schemes always have some diseased insect in the ointment, isn’t it just?

The Real News Network
Increasing Flooding Linked to Climate Change
Climate Central’s Ben Strauss highlights his study that found that three out four coastal floods over the last decade have been caused by climate change

Arctic Sees June Temperatures in February
When snow must be imported for the Iditarod for the first time, Greenpeace USA’s Cassady Sharp says record temperatures and the alarming rate of sea ice melting should have us all on high alert

Media and Opposition Accuse Brazil’s Ex-President Lula da Silva of Corruption
Political scientist and media analyst Joao Feres Jr. talks about who is behind the latest corruption accusations against Brazil’s former President Lula da Silva and how these accusations are designed to undermine Lula’s probable run for president in 2018

*You don’t have to side with the reactionary elites and media in Brazil to acknowledge that there are contradictions extant in the PT leadership, and I’d have like to have seen those addressed in this segment.

NATO Sends Warships to the Aegean Sea to Stop the Mass Exodus of Refugees
Saskia Sassen, the author of Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy, says it is astounding that Europe and the US have missed opportunities to intervene and prevent this crisis

Alum: Teach for America Covertly Privatizing Public Education
T. Jameson Brewer, co-editor of Teach For America Counter-Narrative: Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out, discusses his journey from TFA corp member to outspoken critic

Swimming in Baltimore: How Poverty Works
The Baltimore Bureau of The Real News takes an in-depth look at the psychic toll of poverty, and how the enforcement of its invisible boundaries and social walls infects an entire city

Senate Confirms New FDA Commissioner With Close Ties to Big Pharma
Public Citizen’s Dr. Michael Carome describes the thousands in consulting fees new FDA commissioner Dr. Robert Califf received from pharmaceutical manufacturers and why only four senators voted against his confirmation

*No gridlock when it comes to greed

Trump Says Mexican Auto Industry to Blame for Detroit’s Economic Hardship
Ahead of the Michigan primary, Trump promises to return jobs to Motor City, but his plan would further suppress wages, say former UAW leader Frank Hammer and EPI’s Jeff Faux

*They want us at each other’s throats

As they stand on our necks

Don’t Say ‘Opposing Gay Rights’ When You Mean Discriminating Against Gays
by Jim Naureckas

Institute for Public Accuracy
Actually, Clinton Promoted Fracking Globally

*I must admit I’m torn

Should it be “Madame Mayhem”

Or “Mistress Mendacity”?

FBI’s New Plan to Spy on Students: General Repression, Muslims as Targets



And rattin’

The 2 Best Cancer Treatments of All?
by Dr. Francisco Contreras

Real Awareness About Triple Negative Breast Cancer Treatment Options
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

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

Is Lymph Node Removal with Cancer Surgery Really Necessary?
by Ann Fonfa

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: 5 Prevention Tips
by Dr. David Jockers


No More Excuses: Sen. Warren Lambastes DOE on Student Loans
Democrat from Massachusetts says US Department of Education goes to ‘extraordinary lengths’ to protect student loan companies—at borrowers’ expense
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Five Years After Fukushima, ‘No End in Sight’ to Ecological Fallout
And U.S. nuclear regulatory agency comes under fire for ‘half-baked’ reforms that fail to improve public safety
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Obama’s Education Secretary Pick a ‘Lackey of the Corporate Machine’
Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, education experts among those criticizing policies supported by John King
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Think the Republicans will stonewall this nomination?

How’s the weather on Mars?

‘Wholesale Destruction’ Awaits as Louisiana Public Defense System Goes Broke
Public defense offices in world capital of incarceration poised for massive shutdown by 2017, which could leave tens of thousands in jail indefinitely
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Party Loyalty in an Election Year Gone Mad
by Andrew Levine

This Shopping Is No Fun
Whether we like it or not, every December Labor Notes staffers get a firsthand look at how the new state health insurance exchanges are working
by Samantha Winslow

Forest Service Rejects Project That Would Have Spelled Disaster for Grand Canyon
Agency denies Stilo Development Group’s plan to build road, infrastructure through Kaibab National Forest

*An all too uncommon victory for the commons

Public Citizen
47 Groups Call on Department of Education to Halt Federal Funding for Predatory Schools That Deny Students’ Legal Rights
Coalition Expresses Strong Support for Public Citizen Petition to Department of Education to Deny Aid to Schools That Force Students to Sign Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses

Food & Water Watch Denounces Move to Push Ahead With Food Imports From China

*According to the USDA

You can make chicken salad out of chicken shit

The Real News Network
How Precedent and Judicial Restraint Protect Elite Interests at SCOTUS
Dean of UNC-Irvine Law School Erwin Chemerinsky discusses the history of the Supreme Court aligning itself with business interests and why today’s court is the most pro-business since the 1930s

Veterans To Trump: End Hate Speech
Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Zach Choate says he was kicked out of a Trump event this week to say no to racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia

Demand a Full Investigation on the Unjust Trial and Conviction of Michigan Rev. Edward Pinkney
by Jamani Montague

US Contribution to Death of Honduran Activist Goes Unmentioned in US Coverage
by Adam Johnson

*Another neocolonial calamity the corpress eschews affixing a “country of origin” label to

Democracy Now!
As Romney Warns Trump Will Lead U.S. into Abyss, Challengers Vow to Back Trump If He’s GOP Nominee


Harper 2.0? Trudeau Says Canada Needs More Tar Sands Pipelines
The Liberal prime minister argues that building more pipelines to transport dirty tar sands oil is necessary to fund Canada’s transition to a green future
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Oh dear …

But he’s *sooooo* photogenic

So Kennedyesque

I’m sorry …

That trumps reason and principle for us acolytes and apologists.

(Not that we’ll ever cop to it)

Why Trump?
by George Lakoff

*A bit too neat, but worth rumination

Center for Food Safety
Hawai’i House Judiciary Committee Blocks Right to Spray Bill to Protect Public Health

*Right to [H]arm

The Real News Network
Loyalty to Obama Drives Black Voter Support for Clinton
Lawrence Brown & Robert Greene discuss why Sanders is having trouble gaining support amongst black voters in the South

*Sanders could damage Clinton’s credibility with black voters by simply laying out her record as it regards the issues that resonate with them, and asking them to determine whether they believe that record merits support. It wouldn’t be posed as an “attack”, although that’s what the Clintonistas and the corpress would label it.

But he won’t do that, and I think one reason is that to do so would leave him open to accusations of harming her chances to win the election. I don’t think it would, as I believe the odds of a Republican victory are slim indeed, but that will be the line of attack from the Democratic establishment, and I don’t think he wants to burn those bridges.

His “political revolution” isn’t about fire, but what he conceives to be light.

Appointing a Justice: Do Partisan Politics Matter More Than Merits?
Dean of UNC-Irvine Law School Erwin Chemerinsky explains how the two major parties have created a system for selecting Supreme Court Justices who don’t prioritize public interest

What Will it Take for the Candidates to Talk About Public Education?
Nikhil Goyal, author of “Schools on Trial”, compares the Sanders and Clinton education platforms and responds to the calls of the leading Republican candidates to abolish the Department of Education

DeRay: Maryland’s Unionized Charter Schools Could Be Model For Nation
Democratic mayoral candidate DeRay McKesson tells The Real News he supports keeping charter schools under public control and defends teacher unionism

Institute for Public Accuracy
DNC Head Wasserman Backs “Loan Shark” Payday Lenders

*Mortgaging the temple to the money changers

Democracy Now!
Breaking: Honduran Indigenous Leader Berta Cáceres Assassinated, Won Goldman Environmental Prize

Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan Blast Texas Anti-Choice Law, But Will Their Male Colleagues Follow Suit?


New Arctic Battlelines Drawn as Industry Exploits Fragile Seas
Climate change is driving unprecedented warming and sea ice melt in the Arctic, opening up the ecosystem to a host of new threats
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Raiding the fridge

‘Devastated Lives’: Shell Sued Again over Catastrophic Spills in Nigeria
Two new lawsuits say Shell is liable for oil spills that have destroyed livelihoods, contaminated water supplies, and rendered some wetlands ‘lifeless’ in the fragile ecosystem
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Plan B’ and the Bankruptcy of US Syria Policy
The ‘Plan B’ episode shows another moment of failed US policymaking on the Syrian crisis, revealing a familiar pattern of deep division
by Gareth Porter

Hillary Clinton’s Dark Drug War Legacy in Mexico
Clinton’s State Department overlooked human rights abuses and corruption while keeping a lucrative flow of contracts moving to U.S. security firms working in Mexico
by Jesse Franzblau

Using Momentum to Build a Stronger Movement
by George Lakey

*A critical skill is the ability to step out of our comforting cocoon of moral certitude to try to envision how others view our actions, in order to be able to explain clearly just why we’re doing them

(As well as the necessity to provide that explanation).

You can preach to the choir

But you’re unlikely to enlarge it

Paying for Low-Wage Pollution
Economic justice activists are championing laws that shift the costs of toxic poverty wages from communities to corporations
by Liz Ryan Murray

The Real News Network
JNU Student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar Released On Bail After Being Arrested for Sedition
Subin Dennis, PhD student at India’s largest university (JNU) says that while the students are jubilant celebrating his release, they will not rest until all the students in custody are released and their demands are met

Sanders Wins Four States, No “Knock Out” for Clinton
Bhaskar Sunkara and Paul Jay discuss the significance of Bernie Sanders remaining competitive in the Democratic primary

*Do you think this barrage of electoral analysis is the best use of this network’s (or any other “alternative” outlet’s) resources?

It’s important, and needs to be covered, but look down the right hand margin and figure the percentage of segments devoted to it.

There’s a lot of “real news” that goes begging, don’t you think?

Trump Dominates Super Tuesday by Channeling Resentment
Frances Fox Piven & James Early talk with Paul Jay about Trump’s appeal to sections of the white working class

The Documentary the Koch Brothers Don’t Want You to See
Investigative journalist Bruce Livesey’s documentary was pulled days before it was set to air and he was fired from Global News. Watch the promo and see how you can help

Tell Hillary Clinton to Give Saudi Arabia’s $10 Million to Peace Organizations and the People of Yemen

*Another corrupt cog in Madame Mayhem’s money making machine

NYT Works Hard to Present Primary Race as More Boring Than It Is
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
It’s Time for a Basta Trump Campaign: Latino Leaders Launch Voter Registration Drive

“Trump’s Train Did Not Stop in Texas Last Night”: Cruz Wins Home State as SCOTUS Hears Abortion Case

*Don’t mess with Texas

It’s already done

Latino Vote Helps Bernie Sanders Surge to Victory in Colorado in Massive Democratic Caucus Turnout


Why We Should Teach About the FBI’s War on the Civil Rights Movement
by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca

A New Wave of Climate Insurgents Defines Itself as Law-Enforcers
by Jeremy Brecher

An Anti-Poverty Agenda That Excludes Access to Reproductive Healthcare is Woefully Incomplete
by Jared Bernstein

Fight for the Future
Group Behind Nationwide Apple vs FBI Protests Tells Congress: Backdoors in Encryption Make us Less Safe, Secure Phones Save Lives

The Real News Network
Max Blumenthal: GOP Elite Prefer Losing the White House over a Trump Presidency
Author and journalist Max Blumenthal says the Republican Party can’t stop the monster their policies helped birth

*From the dog whistle

To the bullhorn

Iranian Elections: A Blow to Hardliners As New Fault Lines in Iranian Politics Emerge
National Iranian American Council president Trita Parsi says it’s s no longer reformists versus conservatives as much as it is moderates with President Rouhani versus his opponents

Days of Revolt: Sacrifice Zones
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and two Native American activists discuss the violation of land and lives of Indigenous peoples, particularly the decades of open-pit uranium mining that is responsible for spreading nuclear contaminants across the continent today

Brokered Conventions and Party Breaks Ups Would Make Tuesday Truly Super
Glen Ford, executive editor and founder of, was back for this installment of The Ford Report in which he talked about the potential value to progressive movements should Trump and Sanders supporters break from their parties

*I don’t see Sanders breaking with the party. He’s a reformist, at best, not a renegade, and while he may use the convention to make some sort of statement, he will fall in line behind Madame Mayhem, perhaps adopting the posture of a muted loyal opposition.

When that occurs, will his followers still feel the Bern

Or just feel burned?

Is Mexico a Democracy?
John Ackerman speaks about political violence, corruption, what has made democracy so dysfunctional, and how the Obama administration’s policies towards Mexico are not helping

Groundings With Our Sisters: Incorporating Black Feminist Lenses
Morgan State University professors Drs. Anika Simpson and Jennifer Williams discuss their varied Black feminist approaches looking specifically at the work of Africana women, the 2016 elections and Beyonce’

Free Press Action Fund
Chairman Goodlatte:
Stop blocking email privacy!
It’s time to pass the most popular bill in Congress

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton’s “Crocodile Tears” for Latin American Immigrants

*If you want to know what a politician stands for

Look at whom they’ve stood on

FBI and Apple: Director Comey’s Undeserved Reputation

The Trump Campaign: Bad for America, but Good for CBS
by Jim Naureckas

*Counting the bread from the circus

Democracy Now!
Super Tuesday: Amid Protests over Racism, Donald Trump Appears Poised to Triumph in Key Contests

*Call him “Citizen KKKane”

Donald Trump Wants to Commit War Crimes and Neocons Still Think He’s Too Moderate

How restaurants maneuver us into eating and spending more
They know our weak spots
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

Check out this rad root – Horseradish!
by Leanne Ely

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Revealed: Big Oil’s Backroom Lobby Blitz to Drill in Arctic…Again
The government of Canada, caving to oil industry pressure, is considering extending Arctic drilling leases
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Incredibly Creepy’ Billboards to Track Behavior of Passers-By
‘People have no idea that they’re being tracked and targeted’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Don’t Shut Post Offices—Reinvent Them
by Naomi Klein

Media Consumption Crises
by Robert Jensen

*”Magical thinking” consists of neither

A short interview which serves as a sort of CliffsNotes to his talk

Amnesty International
GREECE: Chaos erupts at Idomeni border as Balkans routes shut down

Maine Family Planning Announces Increase to Abortion Access

Wisconsin Public Education Network
Property Taxpayers to Fund Private School Tuition Under New Bill

The Real News Network
Melissa Harris-Perry and the Fall of the “Negro Whisperers”
Political writer and founder of Yvette Carnell joined us to discuss the phenomenon she has dubbed the “Negro Whisperer” and the end of its run

Clinton and Sanders’ Record on Deportation and Guest Worker Policies
Author and activist David Bacon says increasing deportations will not increase wages, but strengthening unions and workers’ rights and raising the minimum wage will

New Law Would Track International Movement to Boycott Israel
Josh Ruebner says fears over the impact of the new law are overblown but many more anti-BDS measures are being considered nationwide

Was Clintonomics Good for Working People?
PERI’s Robert Pollin says the poverty rate decreased under President Clinton but his support of Wall Street deregulation set up a massive transfer of wealth from the working class to the elite

Feeling the Bern Become a Flame
Jacobin founder Bhaskar Sunkara discusses the strategies needed to keep the energy of the Sanders campaign thriving beyond presidential politics

*So what will be the reaction of the true believers if Bernie loses, and starts shilling for Madame Mayhem?

Stay tuned …

The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association
Give the Vietnam Blue Water Navy Veterans their presumptive rights for Agent Orange exposure

WaPo Factcheck Adds Confusion, Not Clarity, on Social Security
by Dean Baker

Why Did It Take an Activist to Bring ‘Superpredators’ Into the Campaign?
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
Did Bernie Sanders Run a White, “Northern Liberal” Campaign in South Carolina?

“Making America Great for White Males”: Activist Responds as Trump Refuses to Disavow KKK Support

16 States Face New Voting Restrictions in First Election in 50 Years Without Full Voting Rights Act

*If the Democratic Party truly wanted more people to vote, which would presumably be in their interest, they’d be fighting these laws tooth and nail, not to mention raising holy hell over having two presidential elections stolen this century.

Is that what the party’s pols in your state have been doing?

How to Know if You Have Cancer
By Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy

The Witch Hunt for “Alternative” Medicine Practitioners
by Ty Bollinger

12 Questions to Ask BEFORE Saying “Yes” to Chemotherapy Treatment
by Elyn Jacobs

The Truth About Cancer
Interview with Mike Adams (aka Health Ranger) about water filters

*A product’s being promoted, so caveat there, but I thought this contained useful intel to pass along.

Dangerous Cold and Flu Remedies (and Their #1 Most Toxic Ingredient)
by Yuri Elkaim

Fermented Foods: A Primer!
by Leanne Ely


New Report Issues Dire Warning About Global Decline in Pollinators
‘Their health is directly linked to our own well-being.’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

“We Are Not Denmark”: Hillary Clinton and Liberal American Exceptionalism
by Matthew Stanley

*No exception to the rule

Only the rational

Voces de la Frontera
Keep Up the Pressure on Gov. Walker Following Conflicting Comments on Anti-Immigrant Legislation

Center for Biological Diversity
U.S. House of Representatives Approves Bill Slashing Wildlife Protections
‘Sportsmen’s Heritage Act’ Threatens Wolves, Elephants, Polar Bears, Birds, People

Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV)
Activists Arrested For Entering Drone Base With Loaf Of Bread

The Real News Network
As Super Tuesday Approaches, Democratic Candidates Emphasis Racial Justice
Phd student Robert Greene argues that there are a lot of major fights going on at the state and local level that progressives have to be a part of, because the future of progressivism is inextricably linked with the future of the American South

UK Prime Minister Cameron Sets Trap For Himself Over Pledge to Leave EU
Economist John Weeks discusses the upcoming ‘Brexit’ referendum, arguing for reforming the European Union instead of leaving – a position also favored by Yanis Varoufakis and Labor Leader Jeremy Corbyn

EU Parliament Adopts a Call for an Arms Embargo Against Saudi Arabia
Arms expert Willian Hartung says a more concerted effort by global actors will be needed to stop Saudi aggression

Can Sanders Win Over South Carolina’s Black Working Class Vote?
Attorney Kamau Franklin says Bernie Sanders needs to make greater strides to get his message out to Black voters in the South in order to have a shot at the Democratic nomination

Argentina’s Presidential Giveaway to Vulture Funds
James S. Henry analyzes the new conservative Argentine president’s economic policies and his effort to appease “vulture” funds

Petition update
Bring a Resolution to your MN Caucus on Tuesday!
by Scott Slocum

FAIR CounterSpin
‘People Don’t Really Have Time to Dream’
Darnell Moore on Black Futures Month
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
What’s Wrong With Black South Carolina Voters Not “Feeling the Bern?”

Democracy Now!
Jose Antonio Vargas: GOP Debate on Immigration Marked by Misinformation & Lack of Empathy

Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis is Focus of 2 Congressional Hearings as Dems Propose a “Super-Bankruptcy”

Did Trump University Scam Low-Income Students Who Are Now Suing the GOP Front-Runner?

Lee Fang: TV Pundits Praise Hillary Clinton On Air, Fail to Disclose Financial Ties to Her Campaign

#WhichHillary? #BlackLivesMatter Activist Demands Apology from Clinton for “Superpredator” Comments

“Trump is a Mercenary”: Native Writer Gyasi Ross on GOP Debate & Why He’s Not Endorsed Anyone (Yet)

What Is Ghee and How Do You Use It?
by Leanne Ely


Rip-Off Tax Treaties ‘Making the World More Unequal’
These treaties ‘have no place in the 21st century,’ ActionAid declares in new report
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘We Do Not Need a Militia of Toddlers’: Handguns for Kids Law Advances in Iowa
If approved, bill would allow children of all ages to use handguns as long as they are under adult supervision
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Forget when a fetus can feel pain

When can it inflict it?

Electric Car War Sends Lithium Prices Sky High
by James Stafford

*Nothing about the working conditions in these mines and factories, or the environmental consequences, not to mention the profiteering potential.

Ohio Charter School Scandal Grows as Kasich Ascends National Stage
by Dustin Beilke

Did the Kochs Just Anoint Marco Rubio?
by PRWatch Editors

Fight for $15
Houston Fast-Food Workers To Strike for $15, Union Rights Ahead of GOP Debate
Walkout to Culminate in Massive March on Moores Opera House

Petition update
The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign
New Article in the Huffington Post Mentions @UglyFruitAndVeg #WhatTheFork Petition!

Article on Sanders’ Complaints About Journalism Demonstrates Why Sanders Complains About Journalism
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
Winning His Race: Is Trump the Poster Child for the Rise of U.S. Hate Groups?

Will FBI Take a Bite Out of Apple? Former CIA Agent on Showdown Between Apple & U.S. Government

Former CIA Agent Says Edward Snowden Revelations Emboldened Apple to Push Back Against FBI

*Promote the threat to “security”

Punish the threat to power

Part 2: Former CIA Agent Barry Eisler Turned Writer on Imagining/Predicting Gov’t Surveillance

*”[O]utraged congressional committee”

Not much in the way of realism there, eh?

Exclusive: U.S. Journalist Detained Covering Bahrain Protests Gives 1st Interview Since Release

Part 2: Freed from Detention in Bahrain, U.S. Journalist Describes Interrogation & Ongoing Crackdown

*I suppose you could call Day, as well as those in the opposition who have a delusional view of US beneficence, “brave fools”.

I hope her assessment of the latter is mistaken, as Rajab’s comments would seem to suggest, and for their own sake that many have a clearer eyed view of US “interests”.

How NOT to Overcook Meat
by Leanne Ely


Robin Hood in Reverse: Climate Change Takes from Poor, Gives to Rich
A new study finds that climate change is triggering a massive reallocation of resources to the world’s wealthiest countries
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

Clinton’s ‘Public Option’ is a Diversion: We Need Single Payer, Medicare for All
by Don McCanne

Walling off Common Sense
Why Trump’s border plan is such a loser
by Jill Richardson

Make Monsanto Pay
by Vandana Shiva

Sierra Club
World Trade Organization Undermines Homegrown Solar Energy in India

Organic Consumers Association Calls out Vilsack for ‘Fear Mongering’ about GMO Labeling
Agriculture Secretary’s comments show great concern about corporate profits, no concern for U.S. consumers and taxpayers who pay his salary

Public Citizen
Predatory Schools That Deny Students’ Legal Rights Should Not Receive Federal Funding
Public Citizen Petitions Department of Education to Deny Aid to Schools That Force Students to Sign Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses

The Real News Network
Carnage in Syria a Product of US Empowerment of Saudi Arabia
Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay discuss the demands Americans can make of the US government to create a cessation of hostilities (2/2)

Obama’s Plan to Close Guantanamo Too Little, Too Late
Omar Shakir, attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, says the proposal is very similar to the executive order Obama issued in 2009, which means he could have closed it then – and he could close it today without Congress

*Unlike DN!, no admin apologia extant

Is BDS Headed Towards Criminalization in Canada?
Grace Batchoun of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East says Canada’s Liberal government just passed a motion that could stifle or even suppress the voices behind the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement in Canada

*The only Bern Palestinians are feeling is the one torching their rights lit by Western liberalism.

Four Billion People Experience Water Scarcity
Author and scientist Arjen Y. Hoekstra says meat consumption, population growth and climate change are driving the global water crisis

Urge Congress to Support Common Sense Rape Survivor Rights
by Amanda Nguyen

Democracy Now!
Will Obama’s Guantánamo Plan Close the Prison or Just Relocate It to a New ZIP Code?

*So, of what benefit was having as a guest an apologist for Dear Misleader’s malfeasance on this matter?

I’m assuming Azmy might need stitches after biting his lip for so long.

Is Donald Trump Heading to the GOP Nomination? Billionaire Wins Nevada Caucus with 46% of Vote

MarShawn McCarrel: Remembering the Black Lives Matter Activist Who Shot Himself at Ohio Statehouse

Splenda and Sucralose: Avoid This Artificial Sweetener (Was Used in CHEMICAL Warfare)
by Natural Health Sherpa

Should You Avoid Frozen Fish If You Want Good-Quality, Nutritious Seafood?
Times have changed, says seafood expert
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


As Rivers Run Black in Peru, Indigenous Tribes Left Cleaning Big Oil’s Disaster
“Those responsible, where are they?” Water supply and delicate ecosystem contaminated by spate of oil spills in Amazon
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

We Need to Stop Using Fox News as an Alibi for Trump’s Islamophobia
by Christian Christensen

100% Renewable Energy: What We Can Do in 10 Years
It will take at least three decades to completely leave behind fossil fuels. But we can do it. And the first step is to start with the easy stuff.
by Richard Heinberg

It Ain’t The Promised Land… Part Four
by Stanley Cohen

Mexico is not a Functioning Democracy
by John M. Ackerman

RIP Scalia: Bye, Bye Tony Two-Vote
by Andrew Levine

The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: The Solution (2/2)
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein lay out the solutions to issues like economic inequality and climate change, and explain the need for sustained civil disobedience and a unified grassroots movement

Sanders Hits a Brick Wall of the Black Vote
Glen Ford says the majority of the black vote is wedded to Clinton and the right-wing of the Democratic Party in national elections, in-spite of being more left-wing on actual issues

*A refreshing reality check on Bernie boosterismo

Never let your longings cloud your logic

Institute for Public Accuracy
Failed Gitmo Policy; Is Torture Over? Was it Tool for War?

NYT Used to Report Delegate Count as if It Was Voters Who Mattered
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
Could the 2016 Election Be Stolen with Help from Electronic Voting Machines?

*A corrupt system for corrupt parties

The Republicans pull a switch, and the Democrats pull a disappearing act when it comes to calling them on it.

And why does the “alternative media” treat this with so little seriousness?

“[W]e’re going to leave it there for right now”

And when will DN! or anyone else come back to it, and give it the attention it merits?

Prisons for Profit: Under Kasich, Ohio Becomes Laboratory for Privatizing Public Jails

Coalition of Immokalee Workers Targets Wendy’s for Rejecting Fairer Standards for Farmworkers

Coconut Oil Pulling
by Wellness Mama

*I tried this today, and I’ll let folks know the results over the next couple of weeks.


Despite Taking Lead on Global Stage, Fiji Pays Price for Climate Crisis
Island nation was already struggling to adapt to rising oceans and increasing temperatures
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Why We Need Democratic Socialism to Fix Our Educational System
by Paul Buchheit

The Supreme Court’s Ultimate Coup: It Makes the Most Consequential Decisions
by John Buell

*The Supreme irony

GMO Labeling Next Steps: Who Will Sen. Stabenow Dance With Now?
by Katherine Paul

*If only pols were subject to truth in labeling laws

Team Clinton: Fools, Damn Fools and Democrats
by Andrew Levine

*The only “progressive” characteristic of boostering Madame Mayhem is the political and historical Alzheimer’s necessary to sustain it.

It Ain’t the Promised Land
by Stanley Cohen

*Hard time in the heart of “democracy”‘s darkness

It Ain’t The Promised Land… Part Two

It Ain’t The Promised Land… Part Three

Landmark Community Solar Initiative Moves Forward In Maryland
Aiming to be a leader in clean energy access, Maryland advances forward-thinking policies

Federal Court Again Backs Native American Families in ACLU Lawsuit
Nile Day emphasizes continued water scarcity experienced throughout Nile Basin

The Real News Network
Will the “Terrorists” Adhere to the Russia-US Brokered Truce in Syria?
Patrick Cockburn, journalist with The Independent, says the de-escalation of the conflict will be difficult to implement because it must apply to those who are deemed “terrorists”

Col. Wilkerson: All War Games Between China and US Lead to Nuclear Attacks
Discussing the tension in the South China Sea, former Bush administration official Larry Wilkerson says the US should ratify the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea treaty – but won’t because of big oil and mining interests

Some Major Oil Producers Freeze Production, But Glut Will Keep Prices Low
Analyst Michael Klare says though Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela and Qatar have agreed to freeze oil production, global production levels will maintain low oil prices for the foreseeable future

Ralph Nader: Scalia, Hillary, and the Upholding of Corporate Supremacy
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the both the Republican and Democratic parties are subservient to corporate power

A Theme Park for Democracy
The first states to caucus in the U.S. primaries are supposed to spearhead a proud American tradition of democratic rule. The Real News went out to Iowa to see how much of that was true

*A pantomime of popular participation

Center for Media and Democracy
It’s Time to Protect Workers with Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces!

Don’t Let Drunk Drivers Drive
by Michael Jeffers

*This is a complex issue, and I don’t think calls for increased incarceration are just or effective.

This approach makes sense to me. It seeks to protect the public from poor judgment (to put it mildly), while not engaging in moralistic judgment of the myriad factors that facilitate this dangerous behavior.

Get these folks off the road, and get them some help so that when they do return, they have the skills they need to no longer pose a threat.

NYT Contributor Has Multiple Motives for Denying Drone Crimes
by Jim Naureckas

Nutrition and Cancer: 5 Things Every Cancer Patient Needs to Know
by Patrick Quillin

Discover the p53 Gene that Controls Cancer Development
by Dr. David Jockers

Lycopene Benefits: Tomatoes and Prostate Cancer Risk
by Suresh Nair

10 Kitchen Tricks
by Leanne Ely

Anti-Aging Turmeric Elixir
by Yuri Elkaim

Are bottled waters with added electrolytes or vitamins better?
Maybe for the manufacturer, not necessarily for you
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Calling Clinton’s Bluff, Sanders Reveals What His Paid Speeches Look Like
Has Bernie Sanders thrown down the gauntlet after Hillary Clinton’s challenge at Thursday’s Democratic town hall?
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Amid Battle with Apple, Memo Reveals Big Brother’s Plan B for Encryption
“They said they wouldn’t seek to legislate ‘backdoors’ in these technologies. They didn’t say they wouldn’t try to access the data in other ways.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Historic Settlement’ Cheered as Harbinger of End to Toxic Pesticides’ Harm
Impacts of atrazine and glyphosate, other pesticides on endangered species to be analyzed by USFWS
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Conundrums of Justice Scalia
by Ralph Nader

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Afghanistan: Investigate Army Killings of Hospital Patients
Protect All Medical Facilities, Patients, Health Workers From Attack

Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)
New Report Links Pesticides Used in Combination Near California Schools to Increased Cancer Risk
Policymakers urged to support comprehensive new rules that would protect children from fumigants and other hazardous pesticides

Pakistan Hangs 351 Since 2014, but Only 1 in 10 Were ‘Terrorists’

Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Bombing Libya: “Operation Deja Vu”?

Looking for ‘Revitalization’ in All the Wrong Places
by Neil deMause

*The bread’s swallowed by the circus

Holy Mackerel!
by Leanne Ely


#DayWithoutLatinos: Thousands Protest Anti-Immigrant Bills in Wisconsin
‘Wisconsin needs Latino and immigrant workers, and today everybody knows it,’ says Voces de la Frontera
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Heating up a cold day in hell

Lessons from Flint and the Price of Water Privatization
U.S. communities are shifting toward keeping their water infrastructure public, and that’s a good thing. But stopping water privatization is only the first step.
by Mary Grant and Jo Miles

*A liquid asset we can’t afford to flush

Why India’s Leading University is Under Siege
by Vijay Prashad

The Past Is Never Dead: Peyton Manning and Today’s Jock-Rape Culture at Tennessee
An old college case against the star quarterback was never confronted. Today, women are letting the school know that they have paid the price for this negligence.
by Dave Zirin

*I was ignorant of this, and as someone who as a young’un thrilled to Archie Manning’s “heroics” at the University of Mississippi, and who would like to believe that the warm and fuzzy image of his family was authentic, I’m nauseated by his and his offspring’s actions.

The admonishment merits repetition

Never place anyone on a pedestal

They are inherently unstable objects, prone to topple over on those gathered in admiration around them.

ACLU Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Thousands of Kansans Blocked From Voting Over Illegal Documentation Requirement

Please sign these

Voces da la Frontera and One Wisconsin Now
Oppose the Anti-Immigrant Bills AB 450 and SB 533!
Governor Walker And State Legislators – Oppose The Anti-Immigrant Bills AB 450 And SB 533!

Jobs With Justice
Don’t Let Congress Run Out the Clock on 13.5 Million Workers

Fight for the Future
Sneak Attack on Net Neutrality

Institute for Public Accuracy
Whistleblowers on Apple’s Privacy Stance

Democracy Now!
Apple vs. the FBI: Inside the Battle Snowden Calls “The Most Important Tech Case in a Decade”

*Of course, the US supports some of those “repressive regimes”, and I’d argue that it fits the profile, as well.

What Is the Government Still Hiding? ACLU Continues Fight to Obtain Photos of Bush-Era Torture

*A picture can counter a thousand words of propaganda

Keep It in the Ground: Author Terry Tempest Williams Buys 1,750 Acres of Oil & Gas Leases in Utah

*Commons sense confronts common collusion

Targeting Transgender Children, South Dakota Passes Transphobic School Bathroom Bill


‘Reclaim Our Schools’: Cities Rally Nationwide to Save Public Education
Thousands gather to protest budget cuts, high-stakes testing, and state takeovers of public schools
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

About Time! FDA Will Begin Testing Foods for Toxic Weedkiller Residue
The agency has never tested for glyphosate, despite its status as the most heavily-used herbicide ever and a ‘probable carcinogen’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Methane-Spewing U.S. Linked to Global Surge in Potent Greenhouse Gas
New study shows U.S. may be responsible for up to ‘60% of the global growth of atmospheric methane seen in the past decade’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Obama’s ‘Moderate’ Syrian Deception
President Obama, who once called the idea of ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels a ‘fantasy,’ has maintained the fiction to conceal the fact that many ‘moderates’ are fighting alongside Al Qaeda’s jihadists, an inconvenient truth that is complicating an end to Syria’s civil war
by Gareth Porter

*You don’t have to be a cheerleader for empire to be doubtful of the claim that “Russian-Syrian success offers the most realistic prospect for an end to the bloodletting in Syria”, given the toll taken on civilian lives by those forces.

Every “player” here has blood drenched hands, and realpolitik ignores the stench.

No, I don’t have the answer, but I’ll be damned if that will deter me from asking questions that arise from conscience.

When Juanes and John Legend Performed Together to Raise Awareness About Immigration Detention
by Latino Rebels

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
After More Than 40 Years, EPA Will Act on Hazardous Industrial Spills

Oxfam International
The World’s Poorest Should Not Pay for the Security and Defense of Europe
Governments are considering diverting limited aid funds to security and defense, and may also increase the amount they use to cover refugee costs in rich countries

The Real News Network
Saudi Plans for Syria Ground Invasion: Bluff or a Disaster in the Making?
Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay discuss the potential consequences of a Saudi-Turkish invasion of Syria, more likely aimed at Assad than ISIS and on a collision course with Russia (1/2)

Rattling the Bars: 121 Days Without Sleep
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, TRNN producer Eddie Conway examines the institutional practice of sleep deprivation in California state prisons

The Ujima People’s Progress Party: Maryland’s First Black Worker Led Political Party
Nnamdi Scott of the Ujima People’s Progress Party joined us to discuss independent politics, the 2016 presidential election and Baltimore’s mayoral race

*If you wanna dance to your own music

You gotta have your own party

China Considers Putting Nukes Under Military Control
Colonel Larry Wilkerson explains the significance of China considering placing nuclear arsenal on high alert

*Climate cataclysm or nuclear Armageddon?

How fast does Nero fiddle?

Pass the Food Recovery Act to Fight Food Waste and Hunger!
by Jordan Figueiredo

Stand up for child care workers and the families who rely on us
Sign on to the Fight for $15 Child Care letter to the Obama Administration

Lyndhurst Residents Against Trap and Bolt
by Lyndhurst Deer Advocates

NYT Rounds Up ‘Left-Leaning Economists’ for a Unicorn Hunt
by Doug Henwood


But never standing

Kissinger? Kissinger Who?
by Jim Naureckas

*Maybe a lot of folks don’t know who the bastard is, but most likely don’t believe that war crimes are a feature of a “just and liberal order”.

I would like to know who Sanders’ foreign policy advisors are, though, given his contradictions in his proclaimed pursuit of that order.

Democracy Now!
“Thirsty for Democracy: The Poisoning of an American City”: Special Report on Flint’s Water Crisis

What Did GM and the Governor Know? GM Stopped Using Flint Water Over a Year Before Emergency Declared

*Only the corporate “person” is protected

Meet the Flint Official Whose Bid to Restore Safe Drinking Water Was Blocked by an Unelected Manager

Inside How Citizens, Journalists, Doctors & Scientists Exposed the Flint Water Crisis Cover-up

Michigan’s Water Wars: Nestlé Pumps Millions of Gallons for Free While Flint Pays for Poisoned Water


US Shrugs Off Yet Another Report of Cluster Bombs Launched By Saudis In Yemen
by Kevin Gosztola

Center for Food Safety
Fishing and Public Interest Groups File Challenge to Feds’ Unprecedented Decision to Establish Aquaculture in Offshore U.S. Waters
Industrial aquaculture would bring economic and environmental harms to Gulf of Mexico and beyond

Breaking: Chicagoans Halt Loop Traffic with “Defund Police, Dismantle ICE” Blockade

*Standing together to take apart oppression

The Real News Network
Latest Agreement in Syria Could Lead to Further Escalation
Phyllis Bennis says the war in Syria is being fought by outside powers to the last Syrian

Haiti’s New Interim President has Close Ties to Business Elite
CUNY’s Francois Pierre-Louis and Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford discuss how protesters forced former President Michel Martelly to step down, but the people could lose in the struggle for free and fair elections

Days of Revolt: The Problem
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and Green Party candidate Jill Stein diagnose the problems plaguing US politics, highlighting the dysfunction of a two-party system dominated by corporate interests

*The lesser evil becomes less of a lesser the longer we let it linger

Institute for Public Accuracy
On Syria, U.S. and Russia in “Game of Chicken”?

Go ape for bananas!
by Leanne Ely

Does Protein Really Curb Your Appetite?
Companies love to make this claim to sell you more food.
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


European Groups Expose ‘Terrifying Extent of Corporate Grab’ Within TTIP
‘The ability to enact effective and fair tax systems to finance vital public services is one of the defining features of sovereignty,’ says Global Justice Now—one that is threatened by corporate trade deals
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

UK Plan to Outlaw Boycotts Compared to Support for Apartheid South Africa
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is among the voices speaking out against new proposal, which he calls an “attack on local democracy”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Marco and the Media: The Boy Who Would be King
How the press is helping Marco Rubio bounce back after his fifth place finish in New Hampshire and a debate fiasco
by Neal Gabler

Why 2016 Will be the Best Year Yet for Climate Justice
by Kari Malkki

As Obama Moves To Replace Scalia, The Press Enables Radical GOP Obstruction
by Eric Boehlert

As the movement for black lives shifts to policy, several options emerge
by Kate Aronoff

A letter to Beyonce from a Palestinian
by Amer Zahr

*The silence in silos

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Iran: Arrest Shows Peril for Dual Nationals
No Way Back for Those Who Lived Abroad

Voces de la Frontera
ICYMI: Thursday, Feb. 18TH – A Day Without Latinos and Immigrants in Wisconsin
Latinos, immigrants, students, workers, business owners and allies will unite across Wisconsin to defeat racist, anti-immigrant legislation

Kidnapped Brit Spends 600th Day in Illegal Detention

The Real News Network
Jay-Z’s Black Lives Matter Philanthropy
Taureen “Tory” Russell, co-founder and director of the Hands Up United Coalition, discusses his group’s inclusion in Jay-Z’s funding, the work of their coalition, and his thoughts on the 2016 presidential elections and Baltimore mayoral candidacy of Deray McKesson

The History of State Repression Against Radical Social Movements
In this episode of imixwhatilike! TRNN Journalist Jared Ball speaks with Former U.S. political prisoner Eddie Conway about his book “The Greatest Threat: The Black Panthers and COINTELPRO”

Scalia: Hero of the Far-Right Dead at 79
Attorney Kamau Franklin says Justice Antonin Scalia participated in some of the most reactionary rulings affecting blacks, women, gays and workers in Supreme Court history

Congressional Black Caucus PAC Puts Up a Firewall for Clinton
Kamau Franklin says the Clintons have played a major role in destabilizing black communities through the welfare reform act, crime legislation, and economic policy

World Without War
Pass the New Bill to Abolish the Military Draft

‘Preserving the Balance’ by Maintaining a Conservative Supreme Court
by Steve Rendall

*”[L]et’s not do anything radical”

Like ruling that corporations are persons

Supreme Court Contention: It Didn’t Start With Bork
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
Scalia’s Death Leaves Split Court to Decide Major Abortion, Labor, Voting Rights, Immigration Cases

Who is on President Obama’s Shortlist to Replace Antonin Scalia?

*The nomination of an authentic liberal by Dear Misleader is as likely as Noam Chomsky being tapped to serve as Secretary of State in a Clinton administration

(Or a Sanders one, truth be told).

Stop Hate, Dump Trump: New Campaign Aims to Derail Presidential Bid Built on Racism & Xenophobia

Are Root Canals Really a Cause of Cancer?
by Dr. David Jockers

Anti-Cancer & Other Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin
by Sunil Pai

Nature’s Flu Shot and Cold Buster
by Yuri Elkaim

The19 Best Glute Exercises of All Time (The Definitive Guide)
by Yuri Elkaim

Use Your Muscles to Jumpstart Your Energy in the Morning
by Pedram Shojai

Focus on what you CAN have
by Leanne Ely


As Candidates Spar on Immigration, Rights Groups Sue for Answers
U.S. and Mexican rights groups sue State Department to find out how much it’s paying to stop migrants from reaching borders
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Climate Science Education in the US is Pretty Crappy, Survey Finds
‘At least one in three teachers bring climate change denial into the classroom’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It’s really not “themselves” that people need to be protected from, is it?

‘Just More Hot Air’? Utility Co. says Methane-Spewing Porter Ranch Well Plugged
‘This isn’t about if it happens again, but when,’ says one resident
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians
by Sonali Kolhatkar

Battle to Control Women’s Bodies
By defining all of us as “pre-pregnant”, women are afforded all the blame – but none of the control
by Laurie Penny

The Not-So-Hidden Fracking Money Fueling the 2016 Elections
by David Turnbull

Saudi Arabia’s Syria strategy: Rewriting the Middle East’s Political Map
by James M. Dorsey

What Next in the War on Clintonism?
by Andrew Levine

IRS Gives Up, Grants Karl Rove’s Dark Money Group “Social Welfare” Certification
by Brendan Fischer

Fight for $15
Ahead of Primary, Fast-Food Workers in South Carolina To Strike, March on GOP Debate
Fight for $15 Intensifies in Palmetto State with First-Ever Greenville walkout
Fifty-three percent of state’s workers paid less than $15/hour; First-time voters to call on candidates to come get their votes

Detroit Resisting Emergency Management
Media Misses the Mark, Vote Theft at Core of Flint’s Problems

Jubilee USA Network
US Judge Explores Lifting Argentina Sanctions After Country Offers $6.5 Billion to Hold-Out Investors

The Real News Network
Elections, Reparations and Beyonce: Class Politics in Black America
Founder of Yvette Carnell and columnist Pascal Robert joined us for a rousing round table discussion of leading topics of the day

*This is the stuff that attracts me to TRNN, not the endless repetitive reporting on the presidential primaries.

Of course the race needs to be covered, but it’s a matter of proportion. You have X number of minutes to deal with the world, and I think it’s a poor prioritization of that time to spend so much of it on US electoral politics.

What do you think?

Zika Linked to Deforestation
Evolutionary biologist Robert G. Wallace says we are seeing the reemergence of mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue, yellow fever and malaria

*Greed is the deadliest disease

Civil Disobedience and Free Speech Tested by Prayer in Ferguson
Rev. Sekou, arrested while in protest and prayer after Michael Brown was shot and kIlled in Ferguson, was found not guilty of failing to obey police orders

Guilt Abounds: Democrats and Republicans Struggle to Clean Up Their Image Over Flint’s Dirty Water
Executive editor and founder of was back with his Ford Report discussing the political calamity that is Flint Michigan’s water crisis

Running From the Climate Challenge
Chris Williams of Pace University and Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University say the presidential candidates have not given the issue of climate change the attention it merits given that the future of humanity is at stake

*Oppenheimer’s appearance is superfluous, in my opinion, and it seems we’re seeing more on this network from persons who don’t challenge systemic exploitation and injustice.

Is that an attempt at “balance”?

Call me “unbalanced” then, I suppose.

Stop denying our children their right to a birth certificate
by Marco Malagon

Petition update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
Exploding air bags claim another life — in a Ford

Police and Media Agree: Cops Just Need to Be Nicer
by Josmar Trujillo

*”Community policing”

Flip the words, and you have the reality

FAIR Action Alert
ACTION ALERT: Stop Mega-Cable Merger to Avoid a Second Comcast
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton and Sanders on Health Care: Do the Numbers Add up for Single-Payer?

Democracy Now!
Who Endorsed Hillary Clinton? The Congressional Black Caucus or Its PAC Filled with Lobbyists?

*Whether it’s the CBC or CBC PAC is rather immaterial. Both entities are part of what Glen Ford would label “the black misleadership class”.

Some CBC members may have relatively more integrity than others, but when ninety percent of its membership backs Madame Mayhem, that should tell you where their loyalties lie, don’t you think?

I just wish these segments on the presidential race, here and at other “alternative outlets”, included far more independent voices, not aligned with either campaign. Clinton is anathema to anyone with a scintilla of social conscience, but Sanders has numerous contradictions that shouldn’t be lost in the righteous renunciation of her actions.

Leave the cheerleading to the exploited eye candy on pro sport sidelines.


A Real ‘Political Revolution’ Would End the War in Iraq
Taking the diplomatic road on Iraq and Syria would let Sanders get back to the business he started in 2002 — making space between himself and Hillary Clinton on the Middle East
by Peter Certo

*It’s not “ideological purity” to care about the dire consequences of such contradictions for those in their crosshairs.

It’s an honest conscience.

Why I Have Hope For American Muslim Equality
by Hina Shamsi

Even if Sanders Wins the Popular Vote, Clinton Could Still Get the Nomination
The Democratic party decides its nominee in a massively undemocratic way – and is a ticking time bomb for the party and its voter base if Bernie keeps winning
by Trevor Timm

Congressional Progressive Caucus
81 House Democrats Offer Support, Guidance to FCC on its Plan to Expand Broadband Access through Lifeline Program

National People’s Action
House Financial Services Committee Kowtows to Payday Industry in Washington While Ignoring Voters Back Home

*In the pocket of the pocket pickers

International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
Hardliners Handpick Candidates to Block Moderates and Rig Elections

The Real News Network
Fire in the Belly: Black Arts in Baltimore with Rosiland Cauthen
Artist and educator Rosiland Cauthen of the Kuumba Collective in Baltimore talks about her work, the politics of art, and the continuing impact of the Black Arts Movement

*Art for our sake

SCOTUS Blocks Obama Clean Power Plan, Hinders Future of Environmental Legislation
Robert Pollin says legally halting executive order on power-plants poses possible “disaster” for future emissions reduction

Let Lottery Winners Remain Anonymous
by wakiekie Reid

FAIR CounterSpin
‘This “Independent” Academic Is Promoting Public Policy Issues for a Private Corporation’
Interview with Carey Gillam on food expert conflicts of interest
by Janine Jackson

*”He’s been quoted widely in many reputable newspapers”

How does not doing your job translate into being “reputable” … ?

(Actually, they are doing their job, but you know what I mean.)

Democracy Now!
Could Unelected Superdelegates Give Clinton the Nomination Even If Sanders Wins the Primaries?

*I only wish Sanders was as dangerous as these bastards make him out to be.

Justice Dept. Sues Ferguson, Missouri, to Force Police Reforms


‘Not Your Firewall’: Minority Voters Refuse To Be Token in Clinton Strategy Map
Pointing to Clinton’s historic support for policies that expanded mass incarceration, author Michelle Alexander writes, “there is such a thing as a lesser evil, and Hillary is not it”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*You don’t have to be feeling the Bern to know that Clintonismo has scorched folks of color for the past quarter century

But courting the right Reverend Sellout is one more reason the flame isn’t catching for me.

Netanyahu Wants Fence Around Israel to Keep Out ‘Wild Beasts’
‘In the environment in which we live we must defend ourselves from the wild beasts,’ Prime Minister says
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

After ‘Whipping Up Myth of Russian Threat,’ NATO Approves New Fighting Force
NATO ‘aggravating tensions’ with new deployment of thousands to Russian border
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

New Docs Link Polluted Drinking Water Supply to Massive US Military Base
Reports obtained by Japan Times show repeated accidents at base that released toxic chemicals into waterways
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Biodiversity Loss and the Doomsday Clock: An Invisible Disaster Almost No One is Talking About
As horrific as a nuclear war anywhere in the world would be, climate change is a much more urgent and fundamental problem
by Phil Torres

Contaminated Water Requires a National Public Health Mobilization
by Margaret Flowers and Jill Stein

*Glowing in the dark of denied light

Hillary Says the Darndest Things
by Andrew Levine

*Clinton is as progressive as The Donald is demure

Center for Biological Diversity
President Obama’s Proposed Budget Short-changes Endangered Species
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Funding Request Falls Far Short of What Is Needed to Protect, Recover Nation’s Endangered Species

Food & Water Watch
In Wake of Flint Water Crisis, Federal Slashes to Community Water Funding are Unacceptable

*Dear Misleader feels your pain

Doesn’t drink your water

Warehouse Worker Resource Center
Congressman Mark Takano Supports Eastvale Walmart Warehouse Workers
Plus updates on other struggles

Institute for Public Accuracy
Sanders Biographer: He’s a Pragmatic Populist

Flint-Type Crises “Will Continue Until EPA is Accountable”

Democracy Now!
Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Voting for Bernie Sanders Despite the Senator’s Opposition to Reparations

*Sanders’ platform is “radical” in a comparative sense, and absent that on the subjects of imperialism and militarism

And, clearly, true racial justice.

After Running Xenophobic & Racist Campaign, Donald Trump Wins Easily in New Hampshire

Is Weight Gain a Common Sign of Gluten Sensitivity?
Then why are people diagnosed with celiac disease usually underweight?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

*Again, a contradiction between mainstream health advocates and the naturopathic community.

Whadda I know? FYI, and please pass along any intel you consider enlightening.


‘Internet of Things’ an Absolute Goldmine for Big Brother, Admits Top US Spy
DNI James Clappers acknowledges “intelligence services might use the [web-connected home devices] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Artful Smear’ Attack Backfires as Clinton Accused of Denying Impact of Big Money
‘Clinton, like our Supreme Court, ignores thousands of years of human experience in how money corrupts politics’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Oligarchville: How Washington’s New Rich Live
The twin explosions of post-9/11 national security extravagance and Citizens United political spending bonanza have reshaped Washington — not only in its political outlook but physically, with this New Class preferring lavish McMansions to show off their newfound wealth
by Mike Lofgren

*Conspicuous corruption

Welcome to the United States of Flint
America’s Coast-to-Coast Toxic Crisis
by David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz

*Fuel for “the American Dream”

Fodder for an American nightmare

A Serious Response Is Needed, But Let’s Not “Wage War” on Zika
by Susan Sered

Advancement Project
State Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto to Restore Voting Rights for 40,000 Marylanders

The Real News Network
The Real News Tries to Attend Dixon Fundraiser
Former mayor of Baltimore holds shindig for donors behind closed doors

*Ye shall know them by their cahoots

Days of Revolt: Company Town
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges discusses the corporate takeover of Salinas, CA by a multi-billion dollar agricultural industry, and the ways in which a radical city councilman and a civil rights attorney have been able to fight against it

*Think we’ll see a Democratic presidential candidate visit Chinatown?

If you do, I have some toxic swampland you might be interested in.

Democracy Now!
“This Man Will Almost Certainly Die”: The Secret Deaths of Dozens at Privatized Immigrant-Only Jails

Part 2: Seth Freed Wessler on Uncovering the Deaths of Dozens at Privatized Immigrant-Only Jails

What Prevents Sunlight from Making Vitamin D in Your Skin?
Here’s an advantage to living in the South or Southwest
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Fight cancer and fungi with this versatile veggie
by Leanne Ely


India Rejects Facebook Plan to Exploit World’s Poorest with Private Internet
‘As the country with the second largest number of Internet users worldwide, this decision will resonate around the world.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

UN: Millions of Lives at Risk if Epidemic Response Not Improved
Ebola and Zika outbreaks show how quickly health crises can spiral out of control, panel finds
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*While this capacity is unquestionably necessary, the devil’s in the details.

It could easily serve as a Trojan horse for imperial expansion in Africa and elsewhere.

This must be an exclusively civilian undertaking.

Good luck with that.

Who the Election Should Be For: The 7 Most Beaten-Down Americans
by Paul Buchheit

The Super Bowl Promotes War
by David Swanson

*Circus of the centurions

Should journalists care if sources go off to prison?
by Norman Solomon

The Suicide of the Liberal Church
by Chris Hedges


Sue for defamation?

The Real News Network
Hollywood Glorifies Bankers, Ignores Unsung Whistleblowers
UMKC’s Bill Black reviews the highlights and holes of the film The Big Short

MD Delegate Wants to End the War on Drugs
Law to decriminalize possession of heroin and cocaine along with treatment on demand will prevent criminalizing addiction

Petition update
Victory! M&M’s is removing artificial dyes after 200,000 consumers spoke up!
by Renee Shutters and CSPI

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton, “Endless War” Candidate

*They (or, at least, I) don’t call her “Madame Mayhem” for nothing.

Herewith the something.

Would Bernie be better?

It’d be goddamn hard not to be.

Democracy Now!
Trump Leads GOP Charge Embracing Torture: “I’d Bring Back a Hell of a Lot Worse Than Waterboarding”

*Let’s be clear that the US gummint still tortures, and anyone who disputes that is welcome to undergo a forced feeding session.

Only the delusional would believe those are the only circumstances, and of course there is torture by proxy, with the US outsourcing these horrors to its allies.

So it’s not just a matter of not prosecuting those responsible in the previous regime, but of the current administration’s culpability for the same crimes.

Another Bush, Another Preemptive War? Jeb Supports U.S. Military Strikes Against North Korea

*Calling Dr. Strangelove …

Real Estate Magnate Trump Defends Using Eminent Domain to Seize Homes for Private Development

*Eminent domination

Beyoncé Wins the Super Bowl: Pop Legend Invokes Black Panthers, #BlackLivesMatter at Halftime Show

*I’ll reserve judgment on Beyoncé’s authenticity, as I really don’t know diddley about her. That her performance was presumably approved by the circus ringmasters gives me pause, but again, whadda I know?

There’s no ambiguity about how The City punishes poverty, though, is there?

The circus comes to town

And the bread’s reserved for those goddamn gold gnoshes.

Ozone Therapy: A Powerful Cancer Treatment & Healing Protocol
by Jane G. Goldberg

*Blowing smoke

Or blowing it away?

Decide for your own self.

World Cancer Day: Why Cancer Awareness Isn’t Enough
byTy Bollinger

*An abiding awareness of their bottom line

National Cancer Prevention Month: An Alternative to Empty Awareness
by Ty Bollinger

Why the USA is NOT the Best Place if You Have Chronic Disease
by A.J. Lanigan

Magnesium-Rich Foods Could Help Prevent Diabetes
Magnesium-rich foods aren’t just delicious, they also benefit your health

by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

10 Tips to Help You Successfully Navigate the Grocery Store
by Leanne Ely


To Break Big Oil’s “Stranglehold,” Obama to Propose $10-a-Barrel Oil Tax
Budget plan, set to be announced next week, proposes investing $300 billion in public infrastructure
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*You’d think these greenies would grow tired of kissing Dear Misleader’s dick after having swallowed so much of his piss.

You’d apparently be mistaken.

UN Human Rights Chief: To Battle Zika, Uphold Reproductive Rights of Women and Girls
Telling women not to get pregnant when ‘sexual and reproductive health services are criminalized, or simply unavailable’ a failed reponse to epidemic
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Thousands Rally for Chicago Teachers as Banks vs. Schools Battle Rages
“We need the political leadership of the city to know that schools can’t keep being the last priority”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Koch-Fueled Playbook against WV Working Families Exposed by CMD
by PRWatch Editors

Center for Biological Diversity
Obama Administration Weakens Critical Habitat Protections for Nation’s Endangered Species
New Regulation Allows Widespread Destruction of Habitat, Increasing Risk to Plants, Animals From Death-by-a-Thousand-Cuts

*I’ve never been “disappointed” in the actions of this administration.

That’s only possible if you placed trust in it in the first place.

The Real News Network
UAW Suppresses Local Union’s Vote to Support BDS
Labor activists Frank Hammer and Kumar Salehi discuss the United Auto Workers’ decision to nullify Local 2865’s resolution in support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement

Petition update
Time for local action: wildlife-killing contest in Marshall MN!
by Scott Slocum

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton: A “Progressive” Who Gets What Done?

*It’s instructive as to what Sanders does and doesn’t bring up re Clinton’s resumé now

And it’s worth pondering what he will and won’t say should she win the nomination.

Democracy Now!
Sanders & Clinton Spar on 2002 Iraq Vote; Clinton Praises Henry Kissinger

*I’ll be charitable and say that Lewis is a fool, rather than a shill, although I imagine the Clinton campaign was aware of her appearing on a prominent “alternative” program, and the possibility exists that a bit of prepping may have taken place.

I say that as a white male, if that matters, and as a skeptic of Sanders’ “revolutionary” credentials.

The bottom line is neither will question the fundamental goals of US imperialism and militarism, if their political careers are any indication. Madame Mayhem would cause more death and destruction, but this is a primary example of a matter of degree, not kind.

Recall that Dear Misleader likely would have voted against authorizing the invasion and occupation of Iraq, as well

And that Sanders, as did every other senator, voted for the same regarding Afghanistan.

It’s cold comfort for the grieving in the latter that he refrained from supporting another hell in the former.

When I consider these issues, I try to see them from the perspective of those most acutely affected.

I guess that puts me, in Lewis’ words, on “a perch from which [I] can be very pure”.

I’d call it trying to follow my conscience.

“A Significant Victory”: Julian Assange Hails U.N. Panel Calling for His Freedom

What’s the Best Oil to Cook With?
by Leanne Ely


To Feed the World, Tap Into Organic’s Potential: Study
‘It’s not just a matter of producing enough, but making agriculture environmentally friendly and making sure that food gets to those who need it.’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Carbon Tax: The Low Oil Price Opportunity
by Richard Heinberg

How the Media Hide Undocumented Workers
by Aviva Chomsky

*Practicing what they preach

Report Finds 63 Million Americans Endangered by Chlorine Bleach Plants
New report on chlorine bleach plants across the country finds 86 facilities continue to needlessly use huge quantities of highly toxic chlorine gas, in spite of the availability of safer alternatives

The Real News Network
Could Sanders Deliver on Medicare for All?
Green Party candidates Dr. Jill Stein and Dr. Margaret Flowers say the way to a single payer system is not through the Affordable Care Act nor the Democratic Party

*I’m not sure how Jackson and Sharpton made it into the same sentence as “principled”

(Not that Kucinich and Dean are Jesus on a stick, either)

But be that as it may, on the question of universal healthcare, Sanders and anyone else advocating for it have to pound on the history of those nations who have had it for decades, letting the empirical experience of better health outcomes and cost savings speak for itself.

How about testimonials from those who’ve benefited, as well as cautionary tales from those states where austerity has eaten away at it?

As Flowers said, this ain’t rocket science

So let’s launch this sucker.

Baltimore Residents to Challenge Tax Breaks for Developers
Community members from the Poe Homes in West Baltimore held a community meeting to push back against what they say is unfair policy

Sanders vs. Clinton on Wall St. Reform
Former financial regulator Bill Black and Roosevelt Institute Fellow Mike Konczal take on the policies of the two contenders for the Democratic nomination

Taking the Black Struggle to the United Nations
The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent were in Washington, DC last week for a town hall convened by Pan-African Community Action (PACA). We caught up with PACA’s Netfa Freeman and Garrett Harris to hear more about the working group’s findings and the goals of the organizers.

Protect Drivers from the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide: Pass Savannah’s Law
by John Bettis

Washington Post’s Food Columnist Goes to Bat for Monsanto–Again
by Stacy Malkan

*Haspel, like the product she pimps, is hard to swallow.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Party Bosses Rigging Debate Process

Clinton: Still Falsifying on Iraq War Vote

*Fixing the facts around the candidacy

Democracy Now!
Lori Wallach: Signing of TPP Marks Only Beginning of the Fight, Trade Deal Could Still Be Stopped

*If anything, aside from the GWoT ™, defines Dear Misleader’s “legacy”, this would be it, don’t you think?

“There’s a Jim Jones in Michigan”: Lawmaker Likens Flint Crisis to Cult Leader Who Poisoned Members

*Something tells me Chaffetz’ daughter wasn’t going to be moving to a municipality run by an emergency manager.

Exclusive Report: How Long Did Flint’s County Jail Inmates Drink Poisoned Water?

Zika Virus: Are Climate & Ecological Factors Driving Spread of Viral Diseases in the Americas?

Beat Winter Dehydration
by Leanne Ely


Professor Who Exposed Flint Crisis Says Greed Has Killed Public Science
Academic pressure and financial motives have prohibited scientists from asking important questions
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

This Is Not the Way the Democratic Campaign Should Be Conducted
Chris Matthews had a strange interview with Hillary Clinton today. It was ahistorical and out of bounds.
by Charles P. Pierce

*”Bernie Sanders is running a campaign completely within what can reasonably be called the mainstream of his party and of our politics.”

Yes … yes, he is.

And that’s why I’m not feeling the Bern.

(Parenthetically, Matthews should have “DNC” tattooed on his forehead.)

Center for Biological Diversity
Lawsuit Targets EPA’s Failure to Release Public Records on Toxic Herbicide

Western Environmental Law Center
Lawsuit Challenges Wildlife Services’ Authority to Kill Wolves in Oregon

The Real News Network
Speculators Misunderstood the Oil Wars and Market Meltdown
Journalist Steve LeVine says most investors thought high-priced US shale would cause a boom and that the economy would benefit from low oil prices – so far they are wrong on both counts

*Low oil prices may boost the “economy” (a nebulous term if ever there was) in the short term, but they will also boost the amount of poison spewed and the heat therefrom.

Whatever gains made will be gobbled up by the damage done.

My oh myopia …

How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (3/3)
Charlie Cobb, author of “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed,” says we must use the lessons of non-violence in the sixties to address the epidemic of violence plaguing inner-city neighborhoods today

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama in a Mosque After 7 Years in Office

*An empty gesture from an empty soul

As Much as Media Would Like Them to, Trump’s Supporters Are Unlikely to Evaporate
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
Privatization on Steroids: Emergency Manager Who Switched Flint Water Resigns From Detroit Schools

*The emperor has no clothes

And no conscience

Jewish Peace Groups Reveal Role in Spoof New York Times That Criticized Paper’s Stance on Israel

*All the news that isn’t printed to fit

Caffeine: The Dark Side of Caffeine Nobody Talks About
by Natural Health Sherpa


Not Science Fiction: Biotech Industry Pushing ‘GM 2.0’ Across Europe
Effort to exempt new techniques from existing regulations is nothing more than an attempt to get genetic modification in ‘through the back door’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

When It Comes to Public Schooling, US Gets a Failing Grade
New report finds no state measures up across six criteria, from resistance to privatization to chance for student success
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Center for Food Safety
Legal Petition Urges EPA to Protect Waters from Widespread Insecticide Contamination
EPA must fix key policies to stem imminent threats to aquatic life

Community and Environmental Groups Sue the EPA and Call on the Agency to Remove “Free Pass to Pollute” from National Standards for Oil Refineries
Petition and Lawsuit Urge EPA to Strengthen Protections from Cancer-Causing Air Pollution

*E mission
P romotion
A gency

The Real News Network
Unlock the Vote
In this special edition of Rattling the Bars, Eddie Conway speaks with former prisoners who are organizing to pass legislation that would allow all Maryland ex-felons to vote upon release from incarceration

How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (2/3)
TRNN Replay: Author Charlie Cobb discusses how famed activist Ella Baker inspired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s grassroots structure, as well as the little-known story of armed self-defense during the Civil Rights movement

City Takeovers and the Destruction of Democracy
Black Agenda Report Executive Editor Glen Ford says city takeovers are about dispossessing black and brown folks so corporations can put their tentacles into the furthest nook and cranny of local governments

Democracy Now!
The Road to the White House Begins in Iowa, But Is It Already Sold to Wealthy Donors?

Clinton Laughs Off Question on Goldman Sachs, But Can Millions in Special Interest Cash Be Ignored?

*I don’t think the Clintons are worried about their financial future, do you?

As for “the foundation”, you might ask the people of Haiti how their future looks after years of its “good works”.

Supplements: No evidence that Ester-C brand of vitamin C provides special protection against colds
Company studies didn’t look at whether Ester-C users are less likely to get sick
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Close-Fisted Wealthy Nations Are ‘Failing the People of Syria’: Oxfam
While some small European countries are donating more than their fair share to aid Syrians, the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Russia are still far behind
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The “Bernie Bros” Narrative: a Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social Activism
by Glenn Greenwald

*No “bitch”

Just a right bastard

Our Jobs Are Disappearing
by Paul Buchheit

Western Aggression: The Highest Form of Terrorism
by Edward Herman

What Does a Progressive Budget Look Like?
by David Swanson

Leadership Conference
New Report Connects Religious Exemptions from LGBT Equality to Historic Efforts to Deny Civil Rights

Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR Releases Results of Muslim Voter Survey Ahead of Primary Elections
73 percent of Muslim voters say they will go to the polls in state primaries, Islamophobia top issue

*I’ll speculate that “Foreign Affairs” is down the list for the same reason that “Islamophobia” is at the top of it. Many US Muslims are loath to criticize imperialism for fear of being seen as “soft on terrorism”.

That may account for their strong support for Madame Mayhem, as well, as she is the poster child for Democratic warmongerismo.

(And apparently, climate change was lumped in with “Other” issues … )

The Real News Network
Green Party on Sanders’ Health Care Plan
Green Party candidates Dr. Jill Stein and Dr. Margaret Flowers say Sanders is right about healthcare, but the Democratic Party will block him

*The virtue of being “a team player”

Depends on the virtue of the team

Digitizing Black Radio: The Black Talk Radio Network
Founder of the Black Talk Radio Network Scotty Reid joined us to discuss the history and politics of his digital network

Equity Sought in Baltimore’s Development Strategy
Advocates present solution to Baltimore’s housing crisis

Yanis Varoufakis on the Need for the Democratization of Europe
Former Finance Minister of Greece Yanis Varoufakis speaks with thePressProject, TRNN’s Greek collaborator, about Syriza, Greek austerity, and his future political plans

How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (1/3)
To mark Black History Month, TRNN’s Eddie Conway interviews Charlie Cobb, author of the book “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed,” who says he dropped out of Howard University to become active in the Civil Rights Movement

*Cobb makes the case plain, to my mind.

When faced with violence, you have a right to defend yourself and others. Force must be employed in a disciplined, principled manner, but there’s no moral obligation to forswear its use under such circumstances.

Those who choose non violence are indeed brave, and I admire their courage. But I don’t consider them any more righteous than those who decide differently in the name of self defense.

It’s a fearsome choice

But we live in a fearsome world.

How CA Came Close to Losing Solar Panel Benefits
California Solar Energy Industries Association’s Bernadette Del Chiaro says monopoly utility companies have spent $17 million on campaign contributions to get rid of net metering and consumer benefits

Baltimore, like Ferguson, Has a Warrant Problem
University of Maryland law school professor Doug Colbert is proposing amnesty for tens of thousands of people who have outstanding warrants for minor crimes, but Maryland’s judiciary branch is opposed despite widespread public support

Three Financial Crimes that Show How the DOJ “Went Easy” on Wall Street
Public Banking Institute’s Ellen Brown breaks down Senator Warren’s report which highlights how the DOJ and regulators give corporate criminals slaps on the wrists and free rein to operate outside the law

*A slap on their wrist

A slap in our face

Clayton Homes Is Selling a Lie

Congress: Stop Wasting Tax Dollars to Torture and Kill Monkeys for Bad Science!
by Dr. Ruth Decker

*Sometimes evolution seems little more than a theory

Petition update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
Feds crack down on dealers over sales of unsafe, recalled cars. Is CarMax next?

Institute for Public Accuracy
The Billionaire’s Election, The Sanders Exception

*I’d be curious to know who Sanders’ “top corporate donors” are.

Media Attacking Single-Payer Are Getting Paid Under Current Health System
by Adam Johnson

*Single payer double dealing

Biting the hand that won’t feed it

In Coverage of Planned Parenthood Smear, Partisan Conflict Crowds Out Reproductive Rights
by Janine Jackson

Lead in Drinking Water: It’s Not Just Flint residents Who Should Be Concerned
Lead in water can cause a decline in mental abilities in adults
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

How Do You Get Cancer?
by Dr. Charles Majors

Top 10 Cancer Causing Foods
by Ty Bollinger

The Standard American Diet & Increased Cancer Rates
by Dr. David Brownstein

Top 5 Essential Oil Pairs for Gut Health
by Dr. Eric Zielinski

How Beta Glucans Boost Immunity & Fight Cancer
by Dr. David Jockers

The 8 Worst Breakfast Foods to Eat in the Morning
by Yuri Elkaim

Healthy Meals for Picky Eaters
by Leanne Ely

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In Besieged Middle East, Food Becomes Weapon of War
Despite international laws prohibiting the use of starvation against civilians, forces on all sides preventing aid from reaching blockaded towns in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

State Department to Withhold Clinton Emails Labeled ‘Top Secret’
The Obama administration confirmed for the first time Friday that the emails contained the highest level of classification
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

A Poisonous Approach to Governing
Band-Aid solutions such as the ones seen in Flint or the push to privatize advocated by ALEC and its corporate cronies stem from a larger crisis—inadequate federal funding
by Wenonah Hauter

Court Orders Environmental Protection Agency to Finalize Rules so Polluters Pay for Their Own Toxic Messes
After decades of delay “financial assurance” regs will prevent polluters from leaving staggering cleanup cost to the public

*Making Dear Misleader’s “legacy” a bit less long lived?

The Real News Network
Will Senate Bill to “Save” Post Office Be Enough?
TRNN breaks down what’s in the bill, what it means to you, and how Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband is profiting from the sale of neighborhood post offices

When ICE is at the Door
The Real News speaks to Central American immigrants in Maryland and Georgia about the most recent wave of deportations and the crippling fear communities feel because of it

*The mendacity of “Nope”

Inside a caucus: Iowa 2008
TRNN Replay: Revealing look at an Iowa caucus: Is this democracy in action?

After Haiti Elections Postponed, Is the U.S. Rushing to Protect Clinton?
After massive protests and reports of election fraud, the U.S. continued to push for a presidential election runoff, but former OAS Haiti mission head says the US is protecting candidate Clinton’s record

UN Peace Talks in Syria Remain Stalled
Vijay Prashad says the government in Damascus has made significant gains inside Syria with the help of its allies, and this has changed the tenor of the Western response to Russia

Institute for Public Accuracy
Gates Foundation: Pushing “Values of Corporate America”

*The “good intentions” paving the road to the Gates of Hell

Democracy Now!

Maryville Rape Survivor Daisy Coleman Meets Mom of Teen Who Killed Herself After Similar Ordeal

Lower Calorie Winter Drinks
by Leanne Ely


What Zika And The Flint Water Crisis Have In Common
by Judy Stone

Center for Biological Diversity
New Study: Obama Administration Has Dramatically Increased Use of Obscure Provision to Weaken Federal Protections for Threatened Species
Broad Exemptions Sidestep Endangered Species Act’s Intent, Allowing Oil, Gas Drilling, Logging, Other Habitat Destruction

*Notice wind power’s turpitude here

Sometimes making green trumps being same

Amnesty International
Dutch Plan for EU Refugee Swap with Turkey is Morally Bankrupt

The Real News Network
LIBOR Traders Get Off Scot Free in Rate-Rigging Scandal
James Henry, former chief economist at McKinsey & Co., says the ruling demonstrates that there is no systemic or institutional accountability to prevent interest rate manipulation

How the U.S. Fuels the Drug War in Mexico
Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace, co-authors of “A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the ‘Mexican Drug War,'” trace the history of the war on drugs from prohibition in the early 20th century to the militarization of police forces today

Yanis Varoufakis: How The Greek People’s Magnificent “No” Against Austerity Became “Yes”
The former Finance Minister of Greece says that on the night of the July 5th referendum, he realized the pressure had gotten to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Since then, Varoufakis has been campaigning for that “No.”

Institute for Public Accuracy
Understanding Scandinavian Socialism

*No sane person would argue that things aren’t better overall for folks in the Nordic countries, as compared to these here United States, but we need to be clear that this is merely a “kinder, gentler” form of exploitation, as capitalism must always be.

This form simply has a more clear eyed view of the its long term interests.

And as such, it has nothing to do with socialism, as socialism has nothing to do with capitalism

Except the inherent imperative to end it.

Democracy Now!


Profits Over Rights as UK Sells Spy Gear to Repressive Regimes
‘What’s needed is that human rights considerations take precedence over financial incentives and security relationships’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

What Our Breasts Are Telling Us
Author Florence Williams and her daughter discovered they had high levels of toxins—like flame retardants—in their bodies. Getting rid of the chemicals was harder than they expected.
by Sarah van Gelder

Feds Cheerlead for Charter Schools, Aiding Private Philanthropy’s Takeover of America’s Public Schools
by Dustin Beilke

Center for Media and Democracy
“National School Choice Week” Fueled by Major Right-Wing Funders and Corporate Lobby Groups

*Make your “choice”

Lose your voice

The Real News Network
How Organizing and Social Movements Drove Changes to Federal Policy on Solitary Confinement
Alan Mills of Uptown People’s Law Center and Bernadette Rabuy of Prison Policy Initiative say lawsuits, psychological studies, and persistent grassroots pressure were behind Obama’s recent policy changes

How Baltimore’s Tax System Reinforces Poverty
Maryland Public Policy Visiting Fellow Louis Miserendino says even obscure tax breaks are distributed disproportionately to wealthier neighborhoods and exacerbate the inequality that drives many of the city’s social ills

Institute for Public Accuracy
On the Ground at Oregon Shootout

Democracy Now!
Embracing Autism: Journalist Ron Suskind on Supporting His Son’s Strengths, Advice for Other Parents

*I’m happy for Owen Suskind, and others who have benefited from this, but don’t you just know that Disney and other corps whose products are part of these stories will exploit them to promote a “caring” image.

And I’m sorry, but I don’t see “reinvent[ing] advertising someday” as contributing to society.


‘Dystopian Future’: Women Warned Against Pregnancy As Zika Spreads
Study suggests Zika virus could eventually reach regions of the United States ‘in which 60 percent of our population lives,’ says director of NIH
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Center for Biological Diversity
Feds Protect Nearly 40,000 Square Miles for Endangered Whales Along East Coast
Designation Will Protect Calving, Foraging Areas of Last 500 Right Whales

The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: The Death of the American City
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges speaks with two esteemed labor activists from Detroit about the desperation caused by industrial decline and deregulation, especially amongst Black people, and attest to the necessity and inevitability of revolt under such conditions

*As the song goes

When you ain’t got nothin’

You got nothin’ to lose

Democracy Now!
Josh Fox on His New Doc “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change”

Act Now, Cry Later: Tim DeChristopher, Aria Doe & Josh Fox on Civil Disobedience & Climate Activism

*The moral imperative of a change in climate

Making Vegetables a Hit with Kids
9 Tips for Getting Kids to Eat Veggies
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

Top tips for kale chips
by Leanne Ely


Pentagon Asks Psychologists to Reconsider Torture Ban, Argues ‘You Never Know…’
Following a damning investigation into the group’s complicity in US torture, the American Psychological Association demanded the government remove military psychologists from interrogations
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Great Potential of Poor Americans. And How Plutocrats Just Want Them to Go Away.
by Paul Buchheit

*The poor will always be with us

Until the rich are not

Overpass Light Brigade
From Flint to Madison: Our Water is Under Attack!

*Steal the best

Poison the rest

The Real News Network
The History of Military Dictatorship in Egypt
On the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian revolution against then-president Mubarak, TRNN returns to Gilbert Achcar’s analysis of military rule in Egypt since the overthrow of King Farouk

Clinton in Denial About Impact of Trade Policy on Immigration
David Bacon, author of “Right to Stay Home: How U.S. Policy Drives Mexican Migration”, says asylum seekers are being sent back to desperate conditions created by U.S. policy in Central America

Health Crises Among the (Politically) Imprisoned
Co-Coordinator of the National Jericho Movement Jihad Abdulmumit rejoins us for this week’s Political Prisoner Report to discuss the latest health crises facing the imprisoned

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton Laughs Off Calls for Wall St. Transparency; Santa Fe, Philly Consider Public Bank Solution

Democracy Now!
43 Years After Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court to Hear Case Threatening Women’s Right to Choose

“Trapped”: New Film Follows the Providers Who Are Fighting to Keep Abortion Accessible in the South

*It’s easy to forget that there are persons possessed of an immense courage of conviction

But to do so allows despair to sap our own.

Wicked Jezebel Feminist! Users Witness Anti-Choice Abuse in Virtual Reality Film “Across the Line”

#OscarsSoWhite: Black Filmmakers Call Out Hollywood Racism, Exclusion as Calls for Boycott Grow

3 Things Every Cancer Patient Needs to Do
by Dr. Charles Majors

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

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

New Cancer Drug Illustrates Ineffectiveness of Mainstream Cancer Treatment
by Tony Isaacs

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) & Breast Cancer: What You Need to Know
by A Von Butz

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

27 Body Transformation Habits That You Can’t Ignore
by Tyler Bramlett and Yuri Elkaim

*Some useful intel extant, I reckon. I was especially enlightened re sleep cycles.

See what you think.

The 4 Worst “Healthy” Snacks (and What to Eat Instead)
by Yuri Elkaim

*How to maintain a healthy profit margin

Crabby? 5 Ways to Boost Your Mood with Food
by Leanne Ely

Vitamin Supplements: The Best Multivitamins
What do the best multivitamins contain?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


As Opposition Builds, is Energy East Tar Sands Pipeline ‘Dead in the Water’?
Of Energy East, Montreal mayor says: “Let’s call a spade a spade: It’s a bad project.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Sanders Campaign Strikes Back at Clinton ‘Mudslinger’ for Attack on New Ad
Citing one of the strongest civil rights records in Congress, his campaign says Sanders “doesn’t need lectures on racial issues” from recovering “right-wing extremist” David Brock
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Looking at the ad, there’s a valid point being made

By an invalid pointer.

Even the worst liars sometimes speak truth

When the facts suit them.

‘Huge Victory’: Walmart Illegally Fired Striking Workers, Judge Rules
Retail giant fired 16 workers who participated in ‘Ride for Respect’ strike in Arkansas in 2013
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Always Low Principles”

Just working conditions should exist at Walmart

But Walmart just shouldn’t exist

Department of Education Promises New Transparency on Title IX Exemptions
Government announces it will launch a searchable database so students and parents can see which schools do not provide sex and gender protections
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Seven Stages of Establishment Backlash: Corbyn/Sanders Edition
by Glenn Greenwald

*Fear and Loathing in Elite Land

43 Years After Roe: We’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe?
by Jennifer Dalven

U.S. Right to Know
Why is the Gates Foundation Funding a GMO Propaganda Campaign at Cornell?

The Real News Network
Unions Are Split Over Hillary
Dr. Jane McAlevey, author of the forthcoming ‘No Shortcuts’, says Hillary has a track record on labor amounting to an “F”

*Despite the useful historical perspective provided of Madame Mayhem’s decades long debilitation of labor rights, it’s hard to listen to McAlevey’s mealy mouthing around the essential enabling role of union “leadership” in that effort.

Most union bureaucrats are little more than apparatchiks for the party, as evidenced by the “rescue” of the auto industry, to cite one of innumerable examples.

But if Sanders were to win the nomination, we should be leery of how his positions may become “pragmatized”. It’s an old and far too often told tale of rhetoric, and even previous record, yielding to “political reality”.

“Feeling the Bern” may come to mean something quite different.

UN Fact-Finding Mission to Investigate Racial Discrimination in the United States
Kali Akuno, co-director of Cooperation Jackson, says it will give greater exposure to the realities of African Americans and put the US government and the state of Mississippi on notice

Democracy Now!
Exclusive: Sickened by Gangrene in Utah Immigration Jail, Guatemalan Father Now Faces Deportation

Revered Poet Martín Espada Reflects on Struggles Past & Present in “Vivas to Those Who Have Failed”

*When we act from conscience and compassion

We write a poetry that speaks of our purpose


IMF’s Prescription for Europe: Exploit Refugees with Low Wages
Economist calls IMF ‘the sancta sanctorum of neoclassical/neoliberal thinking.’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Perhaps the rationale behind Madame Merkel’s and others’ “welcome”?

Skewed Courts Team Up with Debt Predators to Screw Nation’s Poor
‘Rubber stamping debt buyer suits threatens the rights of poor people and ultimately undermines the basic integrity of the courts’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Rubber stamps and robber stomps

Changing the Conversation Around HIV in 2016: Who’s Being Left Out?
by Doug Wirth

Cracks in democracy: The Turkish and Indian examples
by Vijay Prashad

*Breaking the bones to make sure the words will never hurt them

Progress Michigan
Snyder Cherry Picks Flint Water Crisis Emails
Governor admits he’s going to only release select emails from his office

*And the Detroit “Free” Press piece (of … well … ) in my local rag this morning happily laps up the self serving claptrap extant in these missives.

The Real News Network
Who is Really Ruling Saudi Arabia?
Bilal Ahmed of says the rivalry results from the fact that the King’s nephew Mohammad bin Nayef is currently the minister of interior and also the crown prince

The ‘Anti-Manning’ Positions of Hillary Clinton on National Security and Surveillance
Marcy Wheeler, national security and civil liberties reporter at, says Clinton supported secure communications for dissidents – except when it came to leaks from her own State Department to WikiLeaks

Institute for Public Accuracy
25 Years of Bombing Iraq

Democracy Now!
Pakistan Mourns New Taliban School Massacre in Latest Blowback from Internal Conflict, Afghan War

Detroit Student: “I Want to Be Able to Go to School Without Worrying About Being Bitten by Mice”

*The biggest rats run the school system

Detroit Rocked by Teachers’ “Sickout” Protesting Dire Conditions Under Emergency Management

Natural Ways to Fight Colds and Flu
by Leanne Ely


With Faith in Regulators at ‘All Time Low,’ Canadians Ask Trudeau: ‘Where Are You?’
Groups charge that the NEB—packed with fossil fuels executives appointed by Stephen Harper—makes no effort to meaningfully involve members of the public
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A Liberal dose of deceit

Birders, Green Groups, Defenders of Public Lands Unite, Tell Bundy Militants to ‘Go Home’
Hundreds showed up at demonstrations across the northwest while others have been camped out in counterprotest for weeks
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

A Healthy Way to Build Communities
Local gardens bring people together who might never become acquainted.
by Jill Richardson

Center for Biological Diversity
150,000 Comments Oppose Coal-mining Loophole on Colorado Forest
Subsidies to Arch Coal Slammed, Renewable Energy Groups Join Wildlife, Climate Advocates in Opposition

*”[A] much-needed and long-overdue halt to new federal coal leasing” that “specifically exempts Arch Coal’s proposed expansion plan.”

“Climate legacy”, indeed.

U.S. Senate Takes Aim at Endangered Species Protections for Gray Wolves in Wyoming, Great Lakes
‘Sportsmen’s Act’ Would Also Prohibit Regulating Lead Poisoning From Fishing Tackle, Allow Import of Trophy-hunted Polar Bear Parts

The Real News Network
Democratic Primary Candidates Define Their Foreign Policy
Gareth Porter says Hillary wants to support the Syrian opposition and overthrow Assad, while Bernie’s priority is to defeat ISIS

*They (or at least I) don’t call her “Madame Mayhem” for nothing, but what’s not addressed here is just how Sanders seeks to oppose ISIS.

His support for a Saudi role in that campaign is just one of a number of what can euphemistically be termed “problematic” foreign policy stances that are all but ignored by his admirers

But not by those who would be directly endangered by same.

Yes, he’s a lesser evil in this area, but don’t we have to ask ourselves whether we’d be persuaded by such theories of relativity were we in their shoes?

Confederate Supporters Steer Clear of Baltimore as Protesters Gather
Annual commemoration of Robert E. Lee at Baltimore monument does not take place as commission recommends removal of statue

*Toppling a putrid pedestal

Did Jerry Brown Delay Action on Gas Leak Because of His Sister’s Connections to Fossil Fuel?
Last week, activists in Washington, DC brought several questions to lawmakers in the nation’s capital. Among them: Did Governor Brown’s sister, who sits on the board of a San Diego-based natural gas utilities company, influence a 74-day delay in California’s response to the Los Angeles gas leak?

*Didn’t we know that when bump came to blowout, Jerry was a gas bag?

Why Fossil Fuel Giants Did Not Top the ‘Greenhouse 100 Index’
PERI’s Economics Chair Michael Ash explains the relation between a lower ranking and the use of renewable energy

*In the end, we don’t need to make these corps do better

We need to make them disappear.

You can roll your eyes till you’re dizzy at the “ideological purism” of that, but any honest assessment of what’s necessary to achieve true justice has to address just who controls energy production, don’t you think?

And as renewables become more attractive from a profit standpoint, these companies will try their damnedest to monopolize that market.

They may become “greener”, but their green will still come out of our pockets – as much as they can pull from them – and their exploitation of consumers and workers, as well as their influence on gummint, will remain as black as before.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Sanders Challenging “Primary Driver of Educational Disparities”

Is a Low Salt Diet Plan Healthy?
Clearing the air on low salt diets
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


In Landmark Ruling, UK Court Affirms “Journalism Isn’t Terrorism”
Court rules in favor of David Miranda, detained for nine hours at Heathrow airport in 2013 while transporting journalist documents on NSA revelations
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Profiting from Misery: Are Human Rights Abuses Powering Your Smart Phone?
Amnesty traces the sale of cobalt, used in batteries for cell phones and electric cars, from mines where children work in ‘perilous conditions’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Hillary Blames Bernie for an Old Clintonite Hustle, and That’s a Rotten Shame
by Robert Scheer

Under Pressure, Scholastic Recalls Racist Children’s Book
by Deborah Menkart

*A “No Massa” movement

Center for Biological Diversity
Rally at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to Call for Keeping Public Lands Public
Harney County Rally Will Be Joined by at Least 10 Others in Towns, Cities Across Oregon, Washington, Idaho

New Study Identifies Twelve of the Worst Highway Projects Across the Country, $24 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars Wasted

*Highways to Hell

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
Seeing Red: Report Finds FDA Fails to Protect Children in Light of New Evidence on Food Dyes

*The colors of money

The Real News Network
Canadian Student Shot by Israeli Sniper in the West Bank
The Trudeau government remains silent on the case of a Canadian government-funded PhD Student who was shot by Israeli sniper in the West Bank without legal recourse against her attacker – TRNN speaks with Rehab Nazzal and her legal council, Dimitri Lascaris

How MLK Went From ‘National Threat’ to ‘National Hero’
Corporation for Enterprise Development’s Dedrick Asante-Muhammad explains the whitewashing of Martin Luther King’s legacy, transforming him from a leader for racial and economic justice who died in struggle to a post-racial patriot who died in victory

*The disillusion of a dream

The delusion of a reality

Navy Schedules War Games in Washington State With No Public Disclosure
Truthout’s Dahr Jamail reveals his investigation into how Navy Seals will be practicing combat exercises in Washington state on public and private lands and why state government officials and the public are left in the dark

*Practice makes a perfect police state

Days of Revolt: All Life is Sacred
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges discusses the moral imperative of veganism with legal scholar, animal rights activist, and longtime vegan, Gary Francione

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton’s Healthcare Mythology

*Obamacare is devious déjà vu all over again

Democracy Now!
Shane Bauer, Former US Prisoner in Iran, Spars with Hillary Clinton over Her Call for New Sanctions

*Madame Mayhem strikes again

Is It Fair to Raise Rape & Harassment Allegations Against Bill Clinton in Hillary’s 2016 Campaign?

*If there’s a question of a crime (or crimes) being committed, and Clinton conspiring to cover it up

Um … I think that’s “fair to raise”.

Re Walters’ praise for “the real lines of similarity and commonality and shared vision and shared belief systems”

That just what scares me.

Photographing Drone War Protest Lands Peace Activist, Grandmother 6 Months in Prison

Which may affect your sleep: fiber, protein, sugar, or saturated fat?
A new study finds three of these influence sleep quality
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Hungry hungry for mahi mahi
by Leanne Ely

*Can’t vouch for the sustainability claim – hopefully, it’s veritas.


‘Crafted By and For Big Business’: TTIP Under Fire Across Europe
‘TTIP is a bonanza for big business, but a nightmare for everyone else,’ says War on Want
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Air Pollution Killing Millions, Threatening Global Health Systems
“We are storing up problems. These are chronic diseases that require hospital beds. The cost will be enormous.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Deep Ocean Warming Happening at ‘Alarming’ and Increasingly Rapid Rate
New study reveals ocean levels below 700 meters have already been affected by rising greenhouse gases
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Cameron Tells Muslim Women: Improve Your English or You May Have to Leave UK
Prime Minister’s new language test called ‘dog-whistle politics at its best’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Cameron isn’t the only politician who knows how to speak the language, is he?

UK Promotes Exports at Gulf Police Fair, as Families of Saudi Juveniles Appeal for Help

*Making the killing

Our Power Campaign
Environmental Justice Leaders to Converge on All EPA Regional Headquarters Jan. 19, Challenge Obama’s “Clean Power Plan”

*Pulling the pig from the poke

The Real News Network
‘Greenhouse 100 Index’ Names Top Polluters
PERI’s Economics Chair Michael Ash breaks down which companies ranked as top emitters of greenhouse gases and what this means for the future of climate change policy

The Black Elite and the Legacy of Martin Luther King
TRNN Replay: Glen Ford: Black upper class took advantage of legal victories won by MLK and the Civil Rights Movement and then helped to undermine the movement

*Obama is King in a fractured funhouse mirror

Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence
TRNN Replay: Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. made the comment that the U.S. government [was/is] “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today”. This was in context to a speech delivered on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City – exactly one year before his untimely death.

The Radicalization of Martin Luther King
TRNN Replay: Anthony Monteiro: Obama’s presidency has nothing to do with the legacy of King – it’s actually the opposite

*No streets are named for the murdered Martin

Save The Endangered Norwegian Wolves!
by Pam Siri

Bacteria is Best: Why a Healthy Gut Microbiome is Key to Cancer Prevention
by Ty Bollinger

10 Ways to Improve Your Lymphatic System Function
by Dr. David Jockers

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

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

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

*Pushing your own weight

“Slow Burn”: What You Don’t Know About Muscle Fibers and Lifting Tempo (but should if you want to be lean and strong)
by Yuri Elkaim

How to lose weight on a Paleo diet
by Leanne Ely


Ultra-Rich ‘Philanthrocapitalist’ Class Undermining Global Democracy: Report
As foundations and wealthy individuals funnel money into global development, what “solutions” are they pursuing?
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Beware geeks bearing gifts

‘Ludicrous’ as Flint Tells Residents: Pay for Poisoned Water or We’ll Cut You Off
‘All arrears should be cleared. No one should have to pay for this.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Poor and Seeking Justice in Louisiana? Get in Line.
ACLU class-action lawsuit cites violations of Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The line always forms to the rear

U.S. Radically Changes Its Story of the Boats in Iranian Waters: to an Even More Suspicious Version
by Glenn Greenwald

*Ask me no questions

And I’ll tell you more lies

Goldman Sachs Sees Silver Lining in $5 Billion Mortgage Settlement
Bank can claim $936.25 million tax windfall for deal

Government Must Clarify Whether UK Personnel are Under Saudi Orders

The Real News Network
Wage Pressures, Falling Commodity Prices Spell Trouble for the Global Economy
With no recovery in the Eurozone and the whole of Eastern Europe in trouble, greater turmoil in Asian economies could bring the world economy to a critical moment, says economist Heiner Flassbeck

*Instead of consumption and production, why don’t we talk about needs and what’s truly necessary?

China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Opens Without the US
Mark Weisbrot of CEPR says the institutions of global governance, especially the ones that have actual power, have historically been controlled by the United States – this bank marks a departure from that trend

The Good, Bad and Ugly in Oregon Standoff Coverage
By Chip Berlet

FAIR CounterSpin
‘This Really Is About Taking Away Access to Safe Abortion’
Interview with Jodi Jacobson on Planned Parenthood ‘sting’ videos
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton Doubling Down on False Healthcare Statements about Sanders

Democracy Now!
Flint Doctor Mona Hanna-Attisha on How She Fought Gov’t Denials to Expose Poisoning of City’s Kids

*First the water

Then the Kool-Aid

Emergency for Democracy: Unelected Manager Who Caused Flint Water Crisis Now Runs Detroit Schools


‘Richest Generation’? Baby Boomers Face Deep Inequalities
New report reveals profound disparities along race and gender lines
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Rare’ and ‘Remarkable’ January Hurricanes Hit Atlantic, Pacific Oceans
Simultaneous named storms in January in Atlantic and Central Pacific ‘would have been unimaginable a few decades ago’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

How Climate Change Could Decimate Millenia of First Nations Tradition
Study predicts declines in herring and salmon, ‘which are among the most important species commercially, culturally, and nutritionally for First Nations’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Here’s How to Solve the Student Debt Crisis: Make College Free
by Astra Taylor

Immigration Raids Inhumane No Matter Who They Target
by Mizue Aizeki

Center for Biological Diversity Statement on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Draft Policy for Prioritizing Protection of Species

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
End All U.S. Support for the Government of Saudi Arabia

*With friends like these

It’s no wonder the empire has so many enemies

The Real News Network
Ceasefire Needed in Turkey
Richard Falk says a new ceasefire and renewal of the peace process between the Turkish state and the Kurdish militants are required to end the bloodshed

The Limits and Missed Opportunities of Obama’s Energy Legacy
Professor Chris Williams and DeSmogBlog’s Steve Horne challenge the grandiose claims made by Obama in the State of the Union address

The Deeper, Uglier Side of TPP
In his State of the Union address, President Obama said the Trans-Pacific Partnership was about staying on top as a global economic power, but a close look at the text shows how that only applies to multinational corporations

Detroit Teachers Shutdown Public Schools in Protest of Deplorable Conditions
Public school parent Stephanie Beal says she supports the teacher protests and the idea of an elected school board to ensure a quality education for all students

El Chapo Arrest Won’t Change Narco-Governance in Mexico
John Mill Ackerman says the real problem facing the rule of law in Mexico is Obama’s blind support for the Nieto government

How Corporate Political Spending Will Stay Secret in Wisconsin
by Brendan Fischer

K12 Inc. Tries to Pivot from Virtual School Failures to Profit from “Non-Managed” Schools
by Dustin Beilke

Prohibit Wildlife Killing Contests in Minnesota
by Scott Slocum

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama’s “Reinvention of Energy Sector”

*”All of the above”

Look out below

Requiem for a News Channel
by Ari Paul

Democracy Now!
As California Methane Leak Displaces Thousands, Will U.S. Regulate Natural Gas Sites Nationwide?

Health or Lobbying? Experts Say U.S. Gov’t Caves to Meat Industry in New Dietary Guidelines

Natural Health Sherpa
Vitamin D: Enhance Bone Health and Balance Blood Pressure With This


With State Poised to Squash Rooftop Solar, Clean Energy Fight Heats Up In Nevada
Decision “puts Nevada embarrassingly out of step with the national and international agenda recently set in Paris to save our climate,” says local activist
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

The EPA’s Hush-Hush Response to the Flint Water Crisis
‘At that point, you do not just have smoke, you have a three-alarm fire and should respond immediately,’ charges water researcher
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

*No white horse for neoliberalism in black face

What Hillary Knew about Libya
In Official Washington’s propaganda world, the U.S. government and its “allies” are always standing for what’s right and good and the “enemies” are the epitome of evil doing the vilest things. But some emails to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton depicted a far different reality, writes Robert Parry.
by Robert Parry

*The road to hell is paved with the patina of good intentions

Haiti, Six Years Later
by Jake Johnston

*A natural disaster

Followed by a disaster natural to neocolonialism

The Real News Network
Supreme Court Poised to Strike Down Mandatory Dues for Public Union Representation
Center for Media and Democracy’s Brendan Fischer says the Bradley Foundation and Koch Brothers’ fingerprints are all over this case, which purports to have large grassroots support for individual rights but instead are backed by deep-pocketed donors

*There are no grassroots in Astroturf

The Racist History of the 2nd Amendment and Why it Matters Today
Historian Gerald Horne tracks the evolution of the gun debate starting from slavery during the country’s founding, the post-Civil War reconstruction in the south, and through today’s era of mass incarceration

Black Radical Activists call to Disarm the Police
TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway attends the Black Radical Tradition conference in Philadelphia, PA. During a protest, Conway speaks with activists and intellectuals about the various dynamics of Black Radical politics

Right-Wing Network Puts Friedrichs v. California Teachers in Samuel Alito’s Lap
By Mary Bottari

Institute for Public Accuracy
SOTU: “Don’t Blame the Robots”

*Automatons or autocrats

Neither have a soul

Democracy Now!
Why Has a Texas-Born Marine Veteran Been Left “Stateless” Under U.S. Immigration Policies?

This is Trauma: Erica Garner & Ramsey Orta on Coping with the Aftermath of a Police Killing (Pt. 2)

Petition update
The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign
As Grocers Sleep, a Farm to Food Bank Movement Grows

*What’s beautiful is a fed stomach


Bernie Nabs Double-Digit Lead in NH as Women Ditch Clinton for Surging Sanders
New poll shows Sanders leading by double digits in New Hampshire, thanks in part to a new edge among women
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Faux socialism trumps faux feminism, it appears.

Does Obama’s Nuclear Modernization Make the Unthinkable ‘Thinkable’?
Even those who have advised President Obama on his modernization plan are concerned about the risks posed by the updated weapons
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Oil Pricequake: Political Turmoil in a Time of Low Energy Prices
by Michael T. Klare

UK Intelligence Committee to be Denied Access to Drone Strike Information, Says PM

Days of Revolt: The New Black Militants
China Faces Challenges Over Currency Valuation and Wages
Economist Rob Johnson says China is undergoing a major transition from an export-led economy to a domestic demand-led economy

Liberation or “Asylum for Neoliberal Values?” Competing Visions of Black Politics
Glen Ford, executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report, discusses this past weekend’s Black Radical Tradition Conference at Temple University

In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges sits down with two activists from Ferguson’s Hands Up United, Rika Tyler and T-Dubb-O, to discuss the oppression of Black people in and around Ferguson, and the importance of international solidarity in the fight for racial justice

*Trite but true

If we don’t stand together

We’re bound to fall apart

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama’s SOTU Push for TPP — a “Death Sentence”

Democracy Now!
El Chapo is Caught, But Corruption, U.S. Consumption & Failed Drug War Keep the Cartels in Business

Mexican Writer Elena Poniatowska on the Missing 43 Students, 1968 Massacre & U.S.-Backed Drug War

Why is Ramsey Orta, Man Who Filmed Police Killing of Eric Garner, the Only One Criminally Charged?

Head Of the Vegetable Class
by Leanne Ely


Metadata Comes Home With New ‘Threat Score’ Policing Tools
Law enforcement agencies rolling out technology that lets them dig into metadata to determine a citizen’s potential for violence
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

When Does the Violation of Women’s Bodies Become a “Red Line”?
If people divide their understanding of militarized violence into normal and not normal, acceptable and not acceptable, it makes a terrible kind of sense: violence against women has been “normalized”
by Lauren Wolfe

Venezuela’s Food Revolution Has Fought Off Big Agribusiness and Promoted Agroecology
by Nick Dearden

*Sowing the seeds of sovereignty

The Real News Network
The Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War Report with Jihad Abdulmumit
Co-chairperson for the National Jericho Amnesty Movement and former Black Panther/Black Liberation Army political prisoner Jihad Abdulmumit introduces his new segment focusing on political prisoners and the politics surrounding their work and incarceration

Chinese Debt Bubble About to Burst
Economist James Henry and Ho-Fung Hung say China’s debt-to-GDP ratio above 240% is an indicator that there is a major disconnect between the market and the real economy

Arab Spring and Declining Oil Prices Drives Saudi Arabia’s Reactionary Barbarism
Bilal Ahmed of says accusations of religious degeneracy and charges of heresy are at the heart of the executions, for they advance and protect the national narrative of Wahhabism

How did North Korea Acquire the Technology for the Bomb?
Robert Kelley, former director at the IAEA, explains the role of Pakistan as well as what information is needed to know what was detonated

*Re Kelly’s closing comments, I think we’d be talking a whole other ball game were North Korea situated in the Middle East.

Just ask nukeless Iran.

Challenges Ahead for the Legalization of Marijuana in Canada
Donald MacPherson, Executive Director of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, says there’s a long road to travel, but it can be done

Brave New Films
To Prison For Pregnancy

*Save the fetus

Screw the child

Petition update
San Francisco Bans the Sale of Plastic Bottles!
by Trey Highton

Institute for Public Accuracy
Is U.S. Facilitating Rigged Elections Process in Haiti?

Democracy Now!
Muslim Woman & Jewish Man Booted from Trump Rally for Silent Protest Against Islamophobia

*Citizen KKKane

Historic Settlement over NYPD’s Anti-Muslim Spying Imposes Oversight & Bars Ethnic-Based Targeting

*As always, the question is whether what’s on paper will make it to the pavement.

Historic Trial Lets Activists Who Blocked Oil Train Cite Climate Change Threat in Their Defense

Tim DeChristopher on Bundy Takeover: Gov’t is More Afraid of Civil Disobedience Than Armed Militias

*The unpardonable sin is a threat to profit

Can Vaccine Ingredients Cause Cancer?
by Dr. Robert Scott Bell

Why the ‘Best’ Conventional Cancer Treatment Will Never Cure You from Cancer
by A Von Butz

What is Cancer?
by Webster Kehr

*Dunno … just passing along

Are you addicted to sugar?
Researchers see the signs in people and in animals
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

*Sweet profits for sugary poison

Fiber Starter Breakfast Bowl
by Yuri Elkaim


Look What We’ve Done: Human-Made Epoch of Nightmares Is Here
From throwing away tons of plastic to spewing carbon into the atmosphere, there’s no question humans have irrevocably changed the world
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Power corrupts

The planet

Under-the-Radar Supreme Court Case Poses Profound Threat to Unions Nationwide
Case could result in the enforcement of ‘Right to Work’ laws on all public sector labor unions in the United States
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

FBI to Track Animal Abuse Like Homicide—But Which Animals?
Activists say new system is step in the right direction, but reveals bias that favors household pets over farm animals
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Planning for More Surveillance? US Officials Hold ‘Shady Meeting’ With Tech Firms
Heads of intelligence agencies and other top officials head to Silicon Valley for private summit on counter-terrorism
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[O]ther authoritarian countries” … ?

I’d say this is “dangerously far-sighted”.

Where Were the Post-Hebdo Free Speech Crusaders as France Spent the Last Year Crushing Free Speech?
by Glenn Greenwald

“Bleeding-Heart,” Or Just Bloody? The GOP Poverty Show
by Isaiah Poole

*I fuel your pain

Will the Canadian Government Shed Light on the No-Fly List?
by Monia Mazigh

With the New Year, the American Parade of Politics and Prejudice Marches On
Philadelphia’s Mummer’s Parade brought flare-ups of racism and bigotry that parallel the rage and fear that grip much of the public in this election year
by Michael Winship

*History shows us it can be a short trip from brown face

To brown shirt

The Real News Network
Trudeau Pledge Tracker: Trudeau Ignores Executions and Proceeds with Saudi Arms Deal
Dimitri Lascaris says Minister of Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion met with Adel Al Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and considered him an important ally days before the executions were carried out

*Liberal lies kill as surely as their conservative cousins

Essure Problems
The horrors of a women’s contraceptive device called Essure could be a harbinger for what a new bill called the 21st Century Cures Act does more broadly to our medical regulatory system

*The hypocrites spin the money wheel

Hippocrates spins in his grave

Democracy Now!
Poisoned Democracy: How an Unelected Official Contaminated Flint’s Water to Save Money

Amid State & Fed. Cover-Up, the Story of How Researchers & Residents Exposed Flint’s Water Poisoning

*That’s Dear Misleader’s EPA, for those keeping honest score of the dishonesty extant.

“Gov. Snyder Should Be Arrested”: Flint Residents Demand Justice over Water Poisoning

*I don’t believe in “an eye for an eye”

But I’m sorely tempted to say these mother fuckers should be forced to swallow their poison for the rest of their worthless lives.

Of course, no one will get what they deserve

Perpetrator, or victim.

18 Guatemalan Ex-Military Leaders Arrested for Crimes Against Humanity During U.S.-Backed Dirty War

*Will the flowers bloom in the light of day?

Resistance & Outrage as Obama Administration Rounds Up Central American Refugees

Thyroid: it’s the key to weight loss
by Leanne Ely


The Most Vital Amicus Briefs for High Court’s Abortion Case: Women’s Stories
Individual stories ‘vividly demonstrate that access to abortion can be crucial to a woman’s ability to determine her future and achieve her dreams’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Saudi-Iran Dispute Won’t Cause Lasting Oil Price Rally
by Nick Cunningham

Saudi Leadership Defends Execution of Protestors

The Real News Network
Saudi Arabia Fueling Sectarianism to Destabilize the Region and Suppress Domestic Dissent (2/2)
Toby Craig Jones says Saudi Arabia is beholden to sectarian violence and it is not a stabilizing force in the Middle East

Grazing Rights, Cow-Bombing, and the Oregon Armed “Occupation”
Conservationist, activist and writer Andy Kerr says that the “occupiers” in Oregon are misrepresenting the law and too few recognize the impact on the environment involved in grazing and raising livestock

*Coming out of their mouths

And their cows’ rear ends

Bernie Sanders Decries Lack of Wall Street Prosecutions
Former financial regulator Bill Black says it’s important to reimplement the Glass-Steagall Act – but it’s not enough to prevent another financial crisis

*”[H]appy Sanders” … ?

There’ve been a number of TRNN segments that have pointed out contradictions in Sanders’ record, but that’s diminished lately.

The man’s got plenty of cheerleaders, including, apparently, Mr. Black.

What I need is objective analysis of his past, present and future politics, warts and all.

Institute for Public Accuracy
The Myth of Entrenched Sunni-Shi’i Conflict

Bombs Speak Louder Than Words: The Liberal Reinvention of George W. Bush
by John C. O’Day

*Speak softly

And carry a big bomb load

‘Environmental’ Comic Strip’s Author Wants Global Warming Believers to ‘Get Real’
by Jim Naureckas

*Comic relief of responsibility

Democracy Now!
TransCanada Sues the U.S. for $15B for Rejecting Keystone XL. Will This Be the New Normal Under TPP?

*This is Dear Misleader’s true “climate legacy”

And don’t you think he knew goddamn good and well that his “denial” of KXL would be undone via his baby?

So why didn’t McKibben and company?

Mystery Meat: After WTO Ruling, U.S. Tosses Meat Origin Labeling Law, Leaving Consumers in the Dark

*Roundly porked

As North Korea Says It’s Tested H-Bomb, Is It Time to Restart Peace, Disarmament Talks?

The Iran Model: Could Nuke Deal with Tehran Help Create Way to Address North Korean Crisis?

*”The Iran Model” involved immense harm to the Iranian people through sanctions, imposed to prevent a “nuclear armed Iran” that existed only in the empire’s manufactured nightmares, against a regime that was far from obdurate in seeking a resolution.

That’s the template we want to follow?

“A Travesty”: Is Japan’s Apology to Korean “Comfort Women” an Attempt to Silence Them?

Fort Dix Five: Prosecuted by Christie, Muslim Brothers Get Rare Day in Court in FBI Entrapment Case

The FBI & Entrapping Muslims: Web-Exclusive Interview with Fort Dix Five Attorney Bob Boyle

Slow down in order to slim down
by Leanne Ely


“About Time”: Jerry Brown Declares State of Emergency Over Porter Ranch
Organizers say the leak has ‘been a wake-up call for this community…. We’re all on the front lines of climate change’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Permanent State of Emergency? France Seeks Alarming Expanse of Police Powers
Debate to see state of emergency enshrined in the nation’s constitution will begin early next month
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Germany’s Superhighway for Bikes Offers Hope for ‘Transformative’ Transportation
Home of the modern highway opens part of 100-kilometer bicycle path that will connect 10 cities
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Ultimate Blowback from U.S. Foreign Policy? Donald Trump.
How the CIA, bad trade deals, and wanton military intervention caused the social crises that gave us the Donald. (Really.)
by Walden Bello

Center for Justice and Democracy
National Organizations Oppose Legislation That Would Destroy Class Actions and Harm Asbestos Victims

The Real News Network
UK Labor Party Departing from Austerity to Strengthen Economy
Economists for Rational Economic Policy: John Weeks, Ozlem Onaran and Jeremy Smith say Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Chancellor John McDonnell can break with previous neo-liberal economic policies and pursue an agenda that is focused on productive employment

*Call it “deficit learning disorder”

But we’re still talking about making capitalism better, and ignoring the reality that you can’t make it good.

For so many, there may be less chicken shit

But not nearly enough chicken salad.

The Cracks Begin To Show in The UK Economy (1/2)
Economists for Rational Economic Policies contributors John Weeks, Ozlem Onaran, and Jeremy Smith say nominal gains in economic performance are based on household debt

Pipeline Construction Expedited, Environment Oversight Reduced in Highway Bill
DeSmogBlog’s Steve Horn says the recently passed legislation will curtail democracy in decision-making around critical fossil fuel infrastructure in the United States

*Hope and change

Bait and switch

The Black Radical Tradition in Our Time Conference Starts Friday
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report explores the meaning of the gathering of black thinkers and activists set to start in Philadelphia on January 8th

*The revolution will not be teleprompted

Executions Show Saudi Arabia Beholden to Sectarianism
Professor Toby Jones says the Saudi royal family is trying to deflect attention from a growing domestic crisis

Institute for Public Accuracy
North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons

Folly of Giving Federal Land “Back”

The Clintons’ Paid-Speech Bonanza

*Walking the talk to the bank

Democracy Now!
“Every Time I Think About Those Kids It Gets Me Mad”: Obama Tears Up as He Orders New Gun Control

*Dry eyes for the drone dead

Gun Owners of America vs. American Constitution Society: A Debate on Obama’s Gun Executive Orders

*Seven years to take your first baby steps

When we needed an adult from the get go

Will U.S. Deport Kurdish Activist Ibrahim Parlak Back to Turkey Where He Was Jailed & Tortured?


Fortress Europe Looms as EU Countries Implement Heightened Border Controls
Do new border checks in Sweden and Denmark mean landmark Schengen Zone is dead?
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Closing the border to our better angels

Organic Farmers Score New Victory in ‘David and Goliath’ GMO Fight
Jackson County, Oregon wins new protections against cultivation of genetically engineered crops
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Upholding Power of the People, Court Says Voters Can Weigh In on Citizens United
‘Are we a democracy of, by, and for the people, or are we to be ruled by an elite, moneyed class?’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Venezuelan Supreme Court Suspends Swearing in of 4 Incoming Legislators
by Rachael Boothroyd Rojas

What’s Wrong With Laughing & Labeling Oregon Militants “Terrorists”
by Kevin Gosztola

You Can’t Report Truthfully on Israel Without Facing Its Wrath
by Richard Falk

Who Killed Sammy Younge Jr.? SNCC, Vietnam, and the Fight for Racial Justice
Statement by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee on the Vietnam War, issued three days after the murder of military veteran Sammy Younge Jr. on January 3, 1966
by Zinn Education Project

A New Political Situation in Latin America: What Lies Ahead?
by Claudio Katz

2016: UK Drops Death Penalty Strategy as Executions Spike in Iran, Pakistan & Saudi

*Sealing the stiff upper lip

The Real News Network
US Corporate Media Amplifies Saudi PR Machine
The Intercept’s Zaid Jilani says the Saudi Arabian government has been able to present its point of view free of any challenge in the Western mainstream media

Days of Revolt: America’s Death Squads
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and investigative journalist Allan Nairn break down the mechanics of U.S. intervention across the globe, and the consequences still unraveling today

*Democrats’ death and destruction

There is nothing “less” to their evil in the minds of the victims

The Shared Interests of the Oregon Militia Movement, Koch Brothers and LDS Church
Chris Zinda discusses how groups such as those involved in the armed standoff in Oregon are influenced by the likes of the Mormon Church, the John Birch Society and Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity

*Don’t look for “religious extremists” in any corpress coverage of this.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Is Saudi Gunning to Scuttle Mideast Peace?

Calls to Remove Head of DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz

*You can’t save the soul of a party

Bereft of one

Democracy Now!
Amid Armed Oregon Standoff, Report Finds “Skyrocketing” Number of Anti-Government Militia Groups

These Aren’t the First Armed Whites to Take Over That Oregon Land: Just Ask the Native Paiute People

“We Have Been Betrayed”: Activist Who Refused to Shake Obama’s Hand Decries Latest Immigration Raids

*These folks don’t have the luxury of rationalizing Dear Misleader’s malevolence, do they?

When We Fight, We Win: New Book Showcases Social Movements & Activists Transforming the World

Is chicken for dinner giving you a urinary tract infection?
Researchers are linking the bacteria in food to UTIs
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

3-Ingredient French Onion Slow Cooker Soup
by Yuri Elkaim


‘Volcanic’ Porter Ranch Gas Leak May Take Months to Close
According to state officials, safety concerns have slowed down efforts to close gas leak pumping thousands of tons of methane
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Even Tumbling Fossil Fuel Prices Can’t Deter Clean Energy Revolution
2015 saw ‘a global surge for wind and solar energy, which occurred despite oil, coal and natural gas selling at bargain rates’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[A] growing willingness by Wall Street to pour billions of dollars into projects once considered financially risky”

And both they and the corps receiving that loot are looking for a lucrative return on that investment.

There’ll be nothing clean about what those dirty hands will do to achieve it.

Notes from Kabul
by Carolyn Coe

Three Middle-Class-Killing Industries for 2016
by Paul Buchheit

US ‘Regime Change’ Madness in the Middle East
Bureaucratic self-interest trumped US military’s conviction that American security is being endangered by Obama’s policy of regime change
by Gareth Porter

*Does anyone else see a problem with the Pentagon defying civilian authority, regardless of whether they were “right” to do so?

I’m not speaking to the concept of refusing to comply with administration policy due to an overriding fealty to the Constitution. This was a covert act to thwart an admittedly dangerous strategy, rather than a principled objection to it.

That the military ultimately chose to protect its own imperial hand in the game makes plain that principle has precious little to do with the whole affair.

Palestine’s lost present: A journey in the Jordan Valley
by Vijay Prashad

Opportunistic Islamophobia
by Andrew Levine

How False Stories of Iran Arming the Houthis Were Used to Justify War in Yemen
by Gareth Porter

Human Research Loopholes: Alive and Well
by Yonatan Moskowitz and Lee Tien

*Science marches on


$10 Trillion Investment Needed To Avoid Massive Oil Price Spike Says OPEC
by Nick Cunningham

*Let’s hope this is an industry in deep denial over its coming demise.

If it isn’t, ours is assured.

Prepare for the Raids!

The Real News Network
How The Chinese Debt Bubble Led to the Stock Market Plunge
Johns Hopkins professor Ho-Fung Hung says we are seeing a continuation of the stock market collapse from the summer of 2015, and executive measures to rescue the market can only create more trouble in the long run

Inside Baltimore’s Outrageous Bail System
TRNN speaks to bail lobby insiders and those working to abolish it altogether

*A baleful bond

Take DEADLY Ingredients Out of Trident Gum
by Alexanderia Wickham

How Media Turned Right-Wing ‘Willing to Kill’ Extremists Into Peaceful ‘Rancher’s Rights Protesters’
by Ben Norton

*And the Klan were “states’ rights activists” …

But while the Klan were indisputably terrorists, if we take to term to mean those who utilize threatened or actual violence against civilians to sow fear and achieve their aims, then these “patriots” don’t fit the profile.

That doesn’t in any way diminish the danger they pose, but when every unfavored group that uses or epouses violence (regardless of its target) is demonized as “terrorists”, we should employ that label with circumspection.

Of course, you don’t have to have diddley to do with violence to be deemed an “extremist” or “terrorist” in these here United States, do you just?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Saudi Executions, Weapons and Influence

Eat THIS Healthy Breakfast Food for Faster Fat Loss (and Fewer Cravings)
by Yuri Elkaim

The Benefits of Salt & the Best Salt to Use
by Dr. David Brownstein

The Belly-Blasting and Stomach-Sculpting Trifecta
by Yuri Elkaim

Raise the barre for weight loss
by Leanne Ely

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Law, Order, and Social Suicide
by Robert C. Koehler

What About the Police Crime Rate?
by Vincent Warren

*The thick blue wall

The Real News Network
Top 3 Economic Stories of 2015
UMKC’s Michael Hudson breaks down how the increasing wealth gap, suppression of wages, and IMF rule changes are creating a battle between the classes

*One hand fingers the fiddle

The other fans the flame

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

Democracy Now!
Exxon’s Climate Cover-Up Just Got Bigger: Docs Suggest All Major Oil Giants Have Lied Since the 1970s

*Liar, liar

Planet on fire

Artichokes: Choke Out Chronic Illness With This Superfood
by Jonny Bowden


Michigan Governor ‘Sorry’ as Flint’s ‘Man-Made’ Water Catastrophe Continues
Michigan’s top environment official resigns in latest development of lead contaminated water crisis
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Crocodile tears from a right reptile

‘The Fight Is Still On’: Hundreds Protest Sex Slave Accord in South Korea
‘Japan took us to be comfort women and still tries to deny its crime,’ says one of 46 surviving ‘comfort women’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*You can’t forgive

Those who only wish to forget

An Open Letter to Young Muslims Everywhere: The Seed of Triumph in Every Adversity
by Ramzy Baroud

Center for Biological Diversity
EPA Misses Key Deadlines for Analyzing Pesticides’ Risks to People, Wildlife

*The EPA doesn’t need Congress to defang it

It’s a dab hand at self dentistry

The Real News Network
DOJ Suspends Asset Seizures
Former Deputy LAPD Chief of Police Stephen Downing explains why a law meant to target drug kingpins was harming everyday people since only 13 percent of seizure victims were ever charged with a crime

*Cops as robbers

No Charges for Cleveland Officer Who Killed 12-Year Old Tamir Rice
Attorney Kamau Franklin explains why the prosecutor’s approach in Tamir Rice’s case was flawed from the beginning and highlights the tools needed to bring a change beyond just criminal justice reform

Democracy Now!
“Groundbreaking” Exposé Shows Pentagon Thwarting Obama’s Bid to Transfer Guantánamo Prisoners

*If Dear Misleader truly viewed this as a priority, that hell hole would have been closed long ago.

But even if that were the case, it would have been replicated in the U.S., so we’re only talking about a matter of place, not perdition.

As Puerto Rico Nears Record Default, Island Complains to U.N. That U.S. Violating Sovereignty Rights

Six Benefits of Muscle-Strengthening Exercise You May Not Know About
How about making you smarter and better looking?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Spending Millions to Save Much More: How the Uber-Wealthy Avoid Paying Their Fair Share
New York Times investigation reveals how richest Americans exploit tax system in order to shield tens of millions
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

In Victory Against Pointless Plastic, Microbead Ban Signed Into Law
While Earth suffers ‘death by a thousand cuts,’ ban highlights much-needed environmental considerations
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Whole Paycheck’ Dodges Overcharging Claims with $500K Settlement
Investigation found overcharging ranged from $0.80 for a package of pecan panko to $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Clean” foods

Dirty pricing

‘Free Basics’ Will Take Away More Than Our Right to the Internet
by Vandana Shiva

*Toxic food

And tethered thought

Those Demanding Free Speech Limits to Fight ISIS Pose a Greater Threat to U.S. Than ISIS
by Glenn Greenwald

All Naughty, No Nice: 5 Worst Fracking Moments of 2015
It’s hard to choose just five, but here are some of the worst moments from the fracking industry this past year
by Kiley Fisher

#YearWithoutTamir or, Why GetEQUAL Staff Are in Cleveland This Week

The Real News Network
Ex-Israeli PM Olmert Sentenced in Bribery Scandal But Remains Popular
Shir Hever explains why the majority of Israeli society remain in strong support of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert despite his being sentenced to 18 months in jail for bribery

WaPo Tallies Police Killings–but Holds Back Some of the Numbers That Count
by Jim Naureckas

*The cops shoot first

The corpress asks skewed questions later

Democracy Now!
Tamir Rice Family “In Shock” After Grand Jury Clears Police for Fatally Shooting Boy Holding Toy Gun

*A “perfect storm”

Formed by a police state of mind

Prosecutors in Tamir Rice Case Accused of Rigging Grand Jury to Clear Two Officers with Troubled Pasts

When Will the Killings Stop? Calls for Justice as Tamir Rice Joins List of Unpunished Police Deaths

*It’s not the color of the tab

Connecticut Reporter Resigns After Boss “Pimps Out Paper” to Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson


What a concept

Why women especially need to know the signs of a stroke
Women can suffer the consequences more than men
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Eating Before Bed: The Ultimate Pre-Bed Meal
by Yuri Elkaim


The Illusion of Freedom
by Chris Hedges

*True freedom lies in the choice to care

The unbound soul is tethered to its cohorts

California Port Truckers Win $6.9 Million Wage Theft Ruling – Beginning Of End For Mis-Classification Scheme
by Doug Cunningham
Labor Radio

Brazilian Democracy in Distress: Unpacking Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment
by Alfredo Saad Filho

*What would be “inspiring” to me would be a party that embodied the ideal of honesty with the people as its innate policy.

I can dream, can’t I?

An ‘extremist’ in the United States
by Robert Jensen

*The “reasonable person”

Is far from standard

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Support CPD!

The Real News Network
The Function of Police in Modern Society: Peace or Control?
Scholar Sam Mitrani says the police were created to restrain the working class and the poor

*Excellent segment, worth a repost, providing the skinny that goes beyond a superficial “progressive” analysis.

But alluding to Mitrani’s comment about this nation’s wealth, it’s been produced by exploitation, so using it to address that situation is a contradiction, to my mind.

I don’t think the question is one of using wealth better, but of the concept of wealth itself, and with it the idea of working for someone else.

A “better job” is still one predicated on being paid a wage. With that comes control.

This dovetails with the subject at hand. The police don’t exist to “serve and protect” the population, and wage labor doesn’t exist to provide the population with dignity and freedom.

If we have to look at alternatives to policing, we have to do so as well with the nature of work, and the hierarchical relations that derive from work predicated on receiving a wage.

Okay, that’s all I got.

Democracy Now!
At End of Hottest Year Ever, Massive U.S. Storm Kills At Least 43 with More Extreme Weather to Come

*Hot air fuels a tsunami of stupidity

“A Badge to Kill”: Grief & Outrage as Chicago Police Shoot Dead 2 More Unarmed African Americans

*A rotten barrel ruled by Barry’s buddy

Mapping Police Violence: New Study Shows Cops Have Killed At Least 1,152 in 2015

The Link Between Stress and Cancer…How Fat Can Reverse Its Deadly Effects
by Daily Superfood Love

9 Common Nutrient Deficiencies (and How to Fix Them)
by Yuri Elkaim

Can’t Lose Weight? How Your Low Thyroid Is Making You Fat
by Yuri Elkaim

12 Big Fitness Trends and Health Predictions for 2016
by Yuri Elkaim

Are eggs from humanely-treated hens safer to eat?
And how can you know what you’re buying?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


John Ono Lennon and Yoko Ono
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Happy Holidays, Super PACs: FEC Removes Yet Another Block Against Dark Money
Little-noticed rule allows candidates to solicit money for super PACs as long as it’s done in a small meeting
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*F acilitating
E fficacious
C orruption

Russia Warming Over Two Times Faster Than Rest of Planet
Country’s environment ministry issues climate change warning in annual report
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Going Beyond Paris or Even “Sustainability”: A Meta-Narrative for Sharing the World with Natural Systems
by Elizabeth Oriel

*Humanity beyond humanity

“The Time of the End is the Time of No Room”
by George Capaccio

*We need to go beyond imagining ourselves in another’s shoes

And imagine ourselves in their souls

Neoliberalism Resurgent in Argentina
What to expect after Macri’s victory
by Matías Vernengo

Filipina Trafficking Survivors Launch a Co-Op—And They Own Their Jobs
After Judith Daluz escaped from an abusive employer and reunited with her children, she struggled to make ends meet. So she started a cleaning business with other Filipinas—where she’s her own boss.
by Abigail Savitch-Lew

The Real News Network
Netanyahu Says it’s Anti-Semitism to Accuse Israel of War Crimes or Violating Human Rights
Shir Hever: At the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, the Israeli military and political leadership’s attacks on critics reflects Israel’s isolation and the strength of the boycott campaign

*From a good while back, but still useful intel, I’d warrant.


Lobbyists, in Strategy Session, Conclude That Refugee Crisis “Helps Us” Defeat Regulations
by Lee Fang
The Intercept

The Real News Network
Will the Decline of Coal Solve the Climate Crisis?
Sharon Kelly says as coal companies face financial pressure, investors should be wary about shifting toward other fossil fuels if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change

*If there is a concerted corporate shift to renewables, we have to be aware that while the energy may be clean

The owners remain filthy.

The African Origins of Christmas
Historian, author, and educator Anthony Browder summarizes the African origins of Christmas

The Case of Alonzo Smith Transcends Local Colonial Boundaries and Jurisdictions
Activist and organizer with PACA – Pan-African Community Action – Adwoa Masozi discusses the latest developments in the mysterious death of Alonzo Smith while in private police custody

Is the African Union a Western Front for Civil War in Burundi?
Executive editor and founder of the Black Agenda Report Glen Ford discusses the latest in the apparent civil war in Burundi, describing much of the problem as originating in Western and other outside influences

The Odd (Yet Effective) Tips I Tell Clients To Help Them Maintain Their Weight
by Yuri Elkaim


‘Unprecedented Situation’ in Brazil as Number of Cases of Virus-Linked Birth Defect Explodes
Mosquito responsible for dengue epidemic also bringing Zika to drought-stricken Brazil
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Kentucky Lurches Right After New Governor’s Regressive Rampage
In one day, Tea Party ‘darling’ Matt Bevin revokes voting rights for tens of thousands and rolls back minimum wage hikes
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

A Call for Proof on Syria-Sarin Attack
by Ray McGovern

The Real News Network
$100 Billion in Tax Revenue Lost Every Year Due to Loopholes for Multinationals
On 60 minutes, Apple CEO Tim Cook says accusations of tax avoidance schemes are ‘total political crap’, but economist James Henry says it’s unfair for corporations to simply wash their hands of having to share the costs of government

Texas Grand Jury Rules Against Any Indictments in the Death of Sandra Bland
Activist, scholar and journalist Rosa Clemente says Sandra Bland’s death could be a COINTELPRO-like targeted assassination of Black activists

What Influence Does Wall Street Have Over Candidates Clinton and Sanders?’s Will Tucker and former financial regulator Bill Black respond to Hillary Clinton’s comments on her ties to Wall Street

*I wouldn’t put scared money on Sanders waging war against Wall Street if elected, but I’d bet my bottom piaster on what will happen under Madam Mayhem.

And as much as I despise what she represents, let’s stop calling her “Hillary”.

“That bastard” works fine my me.

Weirdly, Trump Is as Blase About Russia Killing Journalists as He Is About US Killing Journalists
by Jim Naureckas

Institute for Public Accuracy
Noam Chomsky & Abby Martin: Electing The President Of An Empire

Democracy Now!
Will Sandra Bland Get Justice? Family Speaks Out After Grand Jury Won’t Indict Anyone in Her Death

Free Speech Not Allowed? Mall of America Can’t Stop Black Lives Matter Rally over Jamar Clark Death

Is coconut oil a miracle cure for Alzheimer’s disease?
The idea is intriguing, but the evidence so far is lacking
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

4 Good Carbs to Eat for A Flat Belly
by Yuri Elkaim


Error 451: A New Dystopian Internet Code With a Very Important Meaning
‘If your government does that, it sends a strong message to you as a citizen about what their intent is.’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Antibiotics Expert Warns It’s ‘Almost Too Late’ to Stop Global Superbug
‘We have got a 50-50 chance of salvaging the most important antibiotics but we need to stop agriculture from ruining it again,’ says UK health expert
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Threatened by Powerful Voice, Industry ‘Attack Dog’ Hired to Discredit Teenage Anti-GMO Activist
“The agrichemical industry is plainly quite threatened by this teenage schoolgirl, so that’s why they’re after her.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Australia Approves ‘Irresponsible’ Coal Port Near Great Barrier Reef
“The federal Liberal and state Labor governments are teaming up to do Adani’s dirty work to turn our Great Barrier Reef into a highway for coal ships to cook the planet.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*More plunder Down Under

5 Lessons Trade Unions Can Teach the WTO
by Polly Jones

Trade unions test Qatari sincerity with demands for labour reform
by James M. Dorsey

Flowers from Guantanamo
by Kathy Kelly

Do Racists Like Fox News, or Does Fox Make People Racist?
by Sean McElwee and Jason McDaniel

*Call it “value added” racism

Center for Food Safety
Jackson County, OR GE-Free Zone Successfully Protected From Legal Challenge
Federal Court Decision Upholding County Ordinance Will Not Be Appealed

Fight for the Future
Facebook Is Trying to Mislead Users Into Helping Undermine Net Neutrality in India

The Real News Network
Podemos Breaks Two-Party System in Spain
ROAR Editor Carlos Delclos explains how Podemos has lead the call for structural change but will ultimately be limited in getting results

Initial Syrian Peace Talks Won’t Include Syrians
New Internationalism Project Director Phyllis Bennis says the U.N. Security Council resolution allows for the participation of all outside supporters of the opposition forces

For Democrats, Debate Night Means Being Quizzed From the Right by Corporate Media
by Jim Naureckas

*The questions reveal more about those posing them than those responding to them, don’t they?

FAIR CounterSpin
‘The Tendency Is to Just Publish the Police Blotter’
Jamie Kalven on the Laquan McDonald cover-up
by Janine Jackson

Is brisk walking always better for losing weight?
It depends on how long you do it
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Oven Roasted Chestnuts (and my favorite way to enjoy them)
by Leanne Ely


‘Outrageous and Totalitarian’: Mall of America Sues to Block Black Lives Matter Protest
But organizers said they have ‘no plans to halt the demonstration’ planned for Wednesday, December 23
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

On Both Sides of Atlantic, Muslims Organizing to ‘Reject Dehumanization’
‘For some of us, organizing and resisting against this system of anti-Muslim violence is survival’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Freakish Winter Warmth: It’s NOT Not Global Warming
by Erika Spanger-Siegfried

Porter Ranch Gas Leak a Catastrophe Not Seen Since the BP Oil Spill
by Erin Brockovich

*Greed is the most potent poison

Your Retirement Prospects Are Bleaker Than Ever
by Dean Baker

The occupation cannot hold back the Palestinians forever
by Vijay Prashad

Moral Monsters: What al-Baghdadi and Hitler Do and Do Not Have in Common
by Andrew Levine

*The equivocal embodiments of evil

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)
Palm Oil Giant Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK) Plagued By Ongoing Conflict and Exploitation, New Progress Report Finds
Report sets six month timeline for KLK to resolve cases and calls on KLK’s customers and financiers to cut all ties if the company does not

Revolution News
#ResurrectionVillage Tiny Homes – Denver Homeless Outloud by Unicorn Riot

*Mile high inhumanity

The Real News Network
Rwanda’s Kagame Eligible for Third Term Despite Civil Society Crackdowns
Rwanda genocide survivor Claude Gatebuke says the U.S., which spends $200 million a year on the Rwandan government, is starting to see president Paul Kagame more as a liability than an asset

Congress Cuts Taxes for the Rich While Majority of Americans Want Them to Pay More
Economist James Henry explains how the “activating finance” tax break permanently keeps billions of corporate revenue offshore, furthering the wealth gap in America

*Xmas for the exploitocracy

Petition update
Wildlife Services Must Follow Environmental Laws, Says State of Washington Court
by Robert Merrick

WaPo Gets Iran Missile Story Exactly Backwards
by Jim Naureckas

*Clearly, the Post has no interest in improving its accuracy.

Washington Post Promotes Dickensian Marketing Experiment on Poor Children
by Adam Johnson

*X rated Xmas exploitation

Find the Right Doctor and Triumph over Cancer
by Ty Bollinger

*If your doc ain’t a mensch

Send them to the bench

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting for Cancer Patients
by Dr. David Jockers

Promising Cancer Cure Cover-Up by Big Pharma
by G. Edward Griffin

*True? If you have any enlightening intel to share, please pass it along.

7 Anti-Aging Foods Everyone Over 40 Should Eat
by Yuri Elkaim

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

The 14 Best Ab Exercises for a Rock Solid Core
by Yuri Elkaim

Don’t be fooled by these claims about breakfast foods
They just want you to eat more of their foods
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


‘Landslide Victory’ for Farmers as Court Rules Against Shell
Nigerian farmer says Dutch court ruling ‘offers hope that Shell will finally begin to restore the soil around my village’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Change in Spain: Podemos or No Podemos?
We’re led to believe that the concept of basic income is just too radical for the present moment
by Belén Fernández

*”We Can”

But we won’t

Open Letter to John Kerry on Syria Peace Process

Amnesty International USA
Dow Must Show Up at Criminal Court Hearing in Bhopal

The Real News Network
Is the DNC Unfairly Targeting the Sanders Campaign?
Journalist Doug Henwood says Sanders’ campaign has the right to be suspicious of the Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, considering her close allegiance to the Clintons

New Education Bill: Downloading and Its Impact on Schools
Lois Weiner of New Jersey City University says the main issues facing public schools are privatization, testing, teacher performance and school budgets – and this bill won’t fix them

Yemen Peace Talks Turn into Crisis Management
A resolution to the conflict is at risk because key players that have enormous power in the conflict are not at the table, says associate editor Bilal Ahmed

A Crude Deal: Lifting Oil Export Ban Means Subsidy Windfall for Oil Industry
The proposal in the current spending bill could lead to a lot more carbon emissions and government handouts for the oil industry, says’s Steve Horn

Domestic abusers aren’t #RealHeroes
by Kenneth Tome

Admiring an athlete simply for being skilled at his profession is foolish.

We should save our respect for those who by their actions towards others show that they merit it.

Petition update
Ben & Jerry’s officially opposes tail docking
by Laura Yanne

FAIR CounterSpin
‘It’s Just One in a Long Series of Attacks on Planned Parenthood’
Jodi Jacobson on Colorado Spring massacre
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton: The “Temporary Populist”

*Clinton’s supply of sincerity?

Sold out

Democracy Now!
Did the U.S. Cover Up Navy SEALs’ Beating Death of Afghan Detainee & Pattern of Extreme Abuse?

*Does it take “immense courage” to not be a monster

Or just a solid handle on your humanity?

After 28 Years in Prison, Man Falsely Convicted in Botched Investigation to Walk Free

Ceasefire in Yemen Faces Collapse as U.S. Continues Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, Fueling Civil War


As Destruction of Philly Public Ed Looms, Kids Are Pawns in Budget Battle
‘Do we really need to bleed Philadelphia some more before we can heal the self-inflicted wounds caused by our conservative legislators?’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Not Just Oceans and Atmosphere, Rapid Warming Killing World’s Lakes
Rapidly warming lakes are warning sign of possible water insecurity, ‘substantial economic consequences,’ and, in some cases, ‘complete ecosystem loss,’ researchers found.
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

“People’s Injunction” Launched to Block Canadian Pipelines
‘The action on the ground starts now’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

There’s Nothing Funny About a Donald Trump Rally
At a rally on board an aircraft carrier, the true character of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is apparent – fascism with a cartoon face
by Laurie Penny

*There’s no chance this ubermiststück will be president

But that’s not what this is about, is it?

Trump’s on the mother of all power trips, his dick rigid as the rabble scream his name.

He doesn’t want the job

He wants the rapturous adulation of the mob

The rapt attention of the media

And the celebrity sine qua non to come.

Fight for the Future
Chelsea Manning Turns 28 in Military Prison
Supporters mobilize to celebrate heroic WikiLeaks whistleblower’s birthday; Fight for the Future launches site to send Chelsea a flurry of birthday cards

National Lawyers Guild Adopts Resolution Supporting Prison Abolition
“Prisons do not disappear problems, they disappear human beings.” -Angela Y. Davis

The Real News Network
Why You Should Be Concerned by the Fed’s Interest Rate Hike
PERI Co-director Gerald Epstein says while the interest rate hike is meant to demonstrate the growing strength of the US economy, it could actually end up slowing it down

Media Take Diet Advice From Coke-Funded Academics
by Stacy Malkan

*Apparently they think we’ll swallow anything.

Of course, that is their business model.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Anger in Streets of Baltimore

Democracy Now!
Mistrial: Justice for Freddie Gray Uncertain as Baltimore Jury Fails to Reach Verdict

How Flint, Michigan, Saved Money and Poisoned Its Children: City Declares Water Emergency

*Yeah, I know it’s a fantasy, but the bastards behind this should be given a choice

Go to prison for a long goddamn time

Or drink the water

6 ways to save money while eating healthy
by Leanne Ely


And Just Like That, “Free Trade” Pact Trounces US Law
Congress kills country-of-origin label law with provision tucked into omnibus budget
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

World’s Small Farmers Fighting Back as WTO Pushes Corporate Agenda
The WTO is aiming to strengthen a ‘corporate-driven free trade regime’ while ignoring solutions that would protect small-scale farmers and increase food security, says La Via Campesina
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Gas Prices Are Down and a Nation’s Love for SUVs Soars
Worldwide vehicle fuel economy needs vast improvement to stave off catastophic warming.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Literally driving over the cliff

Breaking Bread in Kabul
by Kathy Kelly

As We Adapt to Climate Change, Who Gets Left Behind?
by Robert Jensen

The Ungodly Type: So-Called Christian Shelter Boots Out Sinful Sex-Having Harlots Because, Duh, the Bible
by Abby Zimet, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Religion enlists the divine

To justify the all too human

The Real News Network
7 Arrested Demanding State Revoke Permit for New Baltimore Incinerator
TRNN speaks to concerned community residents and and public health experts on why they believe the Department of Environment should halt the construction of the largest incinerator in the country

Why America is Moving Away from the WTO
As WTO ministers meet in Nairobi, Tuft University’s Tim Wise explains the tensions between developing countries and developed countries and why America is pursuing asymmetrical negotiations in regional trade deals like the TPP

Institute for Public Accuracy
CNN: Must a President Kill Thousands of Children?

*P.T. Barnum was born too soon

CNN’s Debate on ‘Terror’ Omitted the Kind That Kills the Most Americans
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
Pt. 2: Black Women at the Intersection: Holtzclaw Case Links #BlackLivesMatter & Anti-Rape Struggles

*Holtzclaw focused on these women

And those that should have supported them, didn’t.

GOP Debate: Trump Defends Muslim Ban, Other Candidates Debate How to Restrict Rights & Go to War

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

Getting enough vitamin D to protect your bones
Few foods have adequate amounts of vitamin D
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Who Bought This Influential Newspaper? Its Own Journalists Don’t Even Know
Secrecy behind Las Vegas Review-Journal sale even more troubling because of the role Nevada holds in the upcoming 2016 presidential election
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

As Lead Poisons City’s Children, Mayor Declares State of Emergency
Study found dramatically elevated levels of the dangerous toxin in the blood of Flint, Michigan children under five
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

World without Context: Why the News Couldn’t Be Worse
Donald Trump, Mass Shootings With an Islamic Terrorist Flavor, and the Rise of the “Spectaculection”
by Tom Engelhardt

*Eyeballs glued

Brainpans emptied

Jesus in America Today: Spit Upon, Beaten, Banned
by Mark Morford

*All the sins sanctified in his name …


Sue for defamation of character?

When the State Department Tries to Choose Muslim Thought Leaders to Win “Hearts and Minds”
by Glenn Greenwald

*The ignorance is exceeded only by the arrogance

Jubilee USA Network
Federal Reserve Rate Increase Impacts Poor Country Debt

Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders Publishing Annual Worldwide Round-Up of Journalists Held Hostage, Imprisoned or Missing

Egypt Lobbies MEPs in Defense of Plans to Execute Irish Juvenile

The Real News Network
Media Hypes Potential Unrest as Jury Says It’s Deadlocked in Freddie Gray Case
Legal expert Doug Colbert and Baltimore activist Tariq Toure respond to developments on Day 12 of the trial of William Porter for the death of Freddie Gray

*Preparing for unrest

Or praying for it?

‘Fossil Fuels’ Nowhere to be Found in the Paris Agreement
Professor Chris Williams says 21 years of treaties and negotiations have all been stepping around the main problem: the production of fossil fuels

Days of Revolt: The Militarism of U.S. Diplomacy
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and author Vijay Prashad trace the acceleration of U.S. militarism since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and discuss the consequences of U.S. domination over global affairs

*The bullshitter in the china shop

Bill Black: A “Jihadist” Against the Banks?
While assisting the prosecution of JPMorgan and Countrywide in Florida by the Department of Justice, TRNN regular Bill Black was dismissed from the case by the assistant US Attorney, who described him as a “jihadist”

*Too big to flail

Democracy Now!
When Cops Rape: Daniel Holtzclaw & the Vulnerability of Black Women to Police Abuse

Does green tea prevent cancer?
The evidence is better for coffee
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


‘The Warning Bells are Deafening’: Super El Niño Threatening Global Hunger Crisis
Stark warning aimed at those likely to be ravaged by record weather system, as well as wealthy governments indebted to nations most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Tennessee Self-Abortion Arrest Highlights Dangers of War on Women
‘The Tennessee legislature is responsible for the coat hanger, however, Ms. Yocca is on trial and that is unacceptable.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Strippers Suffering From Low Oil Prices
by Michael McDonald

*Misleading title

Informative piece

A Holiday Note to Congress: Half of Your Country is In or Near Poverty
by Paul Buchheit

*A rude awakening from the American Dream

The Age of Stupidity is Upon Us
Andrew Levine

*A fool and his money

Are soon a party?

Fight for the Future
White House in the Spotlight as Controversial CISA-Like Cyber Spying Added to ‘Omnibus’ Must-Pass Budget Bill
President Obama must veto dangerous attack on Internet security and free speech

UK Torture Complicity
Jack Straw’s comments do not fit with facts

The Real News Network
D.C. Mayor Calls for Warrantless Searches of Ex-Prisoners
The most Democratic city in the country is also the site of some of the harshest and most racialized proposed crime legislation

*Capital offenses

Leaders Sidestep Pentagon’s Carbon Emissions at COP21
Transnational Institute’s Nick Buxton explains how the world’s greatest CO2 emitter has gotten a free pass at climate negotiations since the ’90s

*Al Gore … a climate criminal?!


(That anyone would believe otherwise)

America’s Surge of Islamophobia
Moustafa Bayoumi, author of This Muslim American Life, explains why calls to register Muslims and surveillance mosques aren’t just fringe GOP ideas

Saudi Elections a Minor Concession to Internal Democratic Pressure
Professor Toby Jones says the Saudi elections won’t affect the fundamental political order

Don’t Kill the Buffalo in Yellowstone
by Joyce ONeill

Institute for Public Accuracy
9/11 Whistleblower Rowley on Visas and Mideast War Root Causes

*But they do have a clue as to the induced ignorance of the American public, don’t they?

Paris Climate Deal a “Fraud”

*A right turd

That will flush us right down the toilet

Credulous Reporting of Deceptive Propaganda Made Planned Parenthood Attack Inevitable
by Jim Naureckas

*I don’t know what’s more vomitous

The lies

The pandering to the liars

Or the spineless response (or lack of same) from those who could refute those lies.

Pretty much a toss up, don’t you think?

FAIR CounterSpin
‘A Woman’s Ability to Pay Her Bills Should Not Be Dependent on the Whims of Customers’
Saru Jayaraman on the lower wage for tipped workers
by Janine Jackson

*There’s another issue in this that has public health implications, and that’s the poison served at not only fast food joints, but also the Olive Gardens and IHOPs and the high end restaurants, though the menu may be “haute cuisine”.

This shit is loaded with fat, salt and sugar, not to mention pesticides, and is a prime culprit in the health crisis of obesity and heart disease we’re confronting.

Workers in the industry should be treated fairly, but the bottom line is that the industry shouldn’t exist, same as fossil fuels.

So I realize the time crunch, as well as the lack of knowledge so many folks have regarding how to prepare healthy meals at home, but Jayaraman’s point about a living wage benefiting the industry flies in the face of the fact that this crap will kill you.

Democracy Now!
Protest in Paris: Climate Justice Activists Decry Accord as “Death Sentence” for Millions

7 Essential Steps for Preventing Breast Cancer
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

What Really Causes Cancer
by Webster Kehr

*FYI – I thought it better to pass it along than not.

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

Ranking protein from the healthiest to the least healthy
How do beans, nuts, fish, poultry, and dairy compare?
by Bonnie Liebman

Drink THIS First Thing in the Morning
This daily trick can help you detoxify, improve your digestion and boost your metabolism & energy levels
by Mike Geary

*Does it work?

Couldn’t hurt to see, right?


Channeling Nation’s Ugliness, Trump More American Than You Think
“Donald Trump’s racism, nativism, and bigotry are as American as apple pie,” says commentator
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The creature from the black lagoon of the American id

Despite Global Blowback, US Military Demanding Bigger, Badder Drone War
Questions also raised about whether civilian defense contractors hired as pilots are taking part in armed conflict
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

US Nuclear Weapons Complex Leaves ‘Legacy of Death on American Soil’
More than 100,000 Americans have been diagnosed with cancers and other diseases after building the nation’s atomic stockpile over last 70 years
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Dr. Strangelove’s deadly prescription

So Why Did Turkey Shoot Down That Russian Plane?
Powerful forces are maneuvering to torpedo any Syrian peace process that could leave room for Bashar al-Assad.
by Conn Hallinan

An Introduction to Mijente
by Marisa Franco
Director of #Not1More and co-founder of Mijente

The Real News Network
U.S. Remains Tight with Saudis In Spite of Support for Terrorism
Toby Jones, author of the book Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia, explains the depth of US-Saudi relations and why it remains solid in spite of the mounting evidence of its connection to terrorism on our soil

Oil Gushing Saudi Arabia Major Obstacle at COP-21 in Paris
Dimitri Lascaris gives us a run-down on all of the major obstacles in the draft agreement coming out of Paris COP21 meeting

*Determined to sign our death warrant

Former Baltimore Police Trainer: Porter Responsible for Freddie Gray’s Death
33-year law enforcement veteran Neill Franklin also says only accountability for police and ending policies such as the drug war can prevent more tragedies like the death of Freddie Gray

*The “war on drugs”, like the “war on terror”, won’t end until we understand that neither is about its alleged goal.

They’re about control – of resources, land, populations, power.

Ask yourself what benefit is derived for those in power by “winning” those wars, and by their endless prosecution.

How does the balance sheet look from their vantage point?

After San Bernardino, Some Reporters ‘Poke Around’–While Others Follow the Money
by Janine Jackson

*More toxic mold infesting the Fourth Estate

Institute for Public Accuracy
Dow – DuPont Merger: Perpetuating GMOs, Squeezing Farmers and Consumers?

*More malignant growth from the cancer of capitalismo

Democracy Now!
We are Sacrifice Zones: Native Leader Says Toxic North Dakota Fracking Fuels Violence Against Women

4 proven steps to reset your metabolism
by Yuri Elkaim

*Solid intel, as I see it

See if you assent

8 surprising uses for cranberries
by Leanne Ely


Listen to This Network CEO Revel in the Amazing Profits of Presidential Candidates “Throwing Crap at Each Other”
An inside look at why corporate media eggs on Trump’s divisive—and lucrative—braggadocio
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”We’re happy as hell, and we want to take more and more!”

Outlook is Sunny: Solar Energy On Track for Its Best Year Ever
“Year after year, we’re seeing the demand for solar energy in America skyrocket.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Without community control, we’ll be at risk for a severe case of sunburn.

The Deadly Results of This Nation’s Mental Healthcare Failure
New report details widespread systemic failures that have led to decline of healthcare access alongside rise in police interactions with mentally ill
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What we truly have is a moral health crisis

Abortion Access – No Matter How Much Money You Make
by Alexa Kolbi-Molinas

Healing Humanity’s Grief In The Face Of Climate Change
byDavid Suzuki

*Without humanity

There will be little left of humanity

Blair Must Answer for UK-US Rendition of Anti-Gaddafi Families at Parliamentary Appearance

MENA Solidarity Network-US
Human Rights TRUMP Oppression: Solidarity with Iraqi and Syrian Refugees

The Real News Network
Venezuela Opposition Secures “Supermajority” in National Assembly
Gabriel Hetland and Gregory Wilpert say that removing President Maduro from office appears to be its first order of business

Former Bolivian UN Ambassador: COP21 Draft Text Shows Plans to Further Commodify Nature
TRNN correspondent Dimitri Lascaris talks to former UN Ambassador of Bolivia Pablo Solon, who says the final Paris agreement is headed towards the creation of carbon markets with terms to be settled in future COP meetings

*So how much has all the hot air from Paris added to global warming?

The Canadian Environment Minister’s Cop-out at COP21
Dimitri Lascaris of TRNN, Carol Linnit of DeSmogCanada, and Ashley Renders of Vice News Canada challenge the new minister

Rattling the Bars: U.S. Prison Nation
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks to Prison Policy Initiative’s Bernadette Rabuy and Dignity and Power Now’s Mark-Anthony Johnson about a new report on mass incarceration in America

Institute for Public Accuracy
Netanyahu: * Oil from ISIS * Anti-Muslim

Actipedia is an open-access, community-generated wiki to document, share, and inspire Creative Activism

NYT Rewrites Scalia to Make Him Sound Less Racist
by Jim Naureckas

*”And, you know, there are only a few really competent blacks, and if they go to UT … goodness …

All you’ll have at the lesser schools are a bunch of dumb bunnies.”

Democracy Now!
“It’s Going to Burn Our Planet”: Hundreds Protest “Unacceptable” Draft Climate Accord Inside COP21

Obama Accused of Giving Poor Nations a “Poison Chalice” by Skirting U.S. Climate Responsibility

Why Is Saudi Arabia Undermining COP21 When Climate Change Could Make the Gulf Uninhabitable?

Treat Yourself with Tangerines
by Leanne Ely


Torture Report at One Year: Unread, Unpunished, and Still Up for Debate
For the White House to look the other way while the investigation is possibly buried, ‘sets a dangerous precedent by excusing major crimes like torture and forced disappearance’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Will Any Presidential Candidate Connect Federal Tax Policy and Police Killings?
Tax policy and police brutality are inextricably linked, yet no one’s talking about it. Here’s why they should.
by Karen Dolan and Bob Lord

*Death and taxes

How the Agri-Business Borg Tried to Assimilate Me at the Paris Climate Talks
by Kevin Smith

It Takes Roots Delegation
Indigenous, Migrant, and Black Communities from the US and Canada Unite With Refugees And Migrant Communities in Paris

The Real News Network
Day 9: No Meaningful Outcome From Paris
Dimitri Lascaris says the draft agreement is profoundly unsatisfactory and lacks enforcement procedures

*The fiddles and the flames

Israel Key Link in Exporting ISIS Oil
Vijay Prashad says that ISIS oil is smuggled through Turkey to Israel and is a major source of ISIS funding

*No good guys

Only good guise

Friedman Goes After Trump: Hey, Massive Bombing Was MY Idea!
by Jim Naureckas

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Elephant in the Room” — Terrorism and the U.S.-Gulf States Alliance

Trump: Making Muslim Bias “Explicit”

Democracy Now!
“I Don’t Want to Die. This War Is Not My War”: A Syrian in France’s Largest Refugee Camp Speaks Out

What Do Survivors of War Have to Do to Live in Peace?: Voices from France’s Largest Refugee Camp

*”It’s their game.”

The latest on preventing breast cancer
Different subtypes may have different risk factors
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Grassroots Groups Beg Scottish MPs to Stop US Corporate Power Grab
Call comes just one day after leaked docs show EU blocking discussion of measures to combat climate change that could ‘restrict international trade’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Obama’s “Legacy of Inaction” on Campaign Finance Reform Exposed
More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on the president to follow his rhetoric on Citizens United and take executive action against flow of money into politics
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Bold” isn’t the first label that leaps to mind when pondering Dear Misleader’s “legacy”.

“Perfidious”, on the other hand …

Supreme Court Takes Up ‘Fundamental Concept of Democracy’ in Voting Case
Court to decide if states should be required to draw legislative districts based on eligible voters or total populations
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The historical irony is that they wanted to count “the other” a century and a half ago

For the same reason

Donald Trump’s “Ban Muslims” Proposal is Wildly Dangerous But Not Far Outside the U.S. Mainstream
by Glenn Greenwald

*It’s what under the hair that’s truly askew

Center for Food Safety
Major Japanese and American Consumer Groups Oppose Genetically Engineered Salmon

Food & Water Watch
Precedent-setting Campaign to Block Nestlé and Others from Bottling Water in Oregon County Submits Three Times the Number of Signatures Needed to Qualify for Ballot

The Real News Network
Why did Obama Link San Bernardino Attack with his ISIS Strategy?
Vijay Prashad says there is no evidence of an operational relationship between ISIS and the terrorist attack

Days of Revolt: The Revolution Will Be Local
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges speaks with attorney Thomas Linzey and activist Mark Clatterbuck about the grassroots movements rising up against the fracking industry, and the legislative and direct action necessary to resist corporate power in the absence of a true democratic system

*Essential reading, one aspect of which is the betrayal by large enviro orgs, which serve the same purpose as what Glen Ford calls “the black misleadership class” – that is, to claim to speak for a movement, while attempting to act as a manager of same for the status quo.

Cover Midwife and Doula Services for Mothers in the United States
by Jennie Joseph
Every Mother Counts

Institute for Public Accuracy
Will Victims of U.S. Hospital Bombing be Heard?

* Obama Speech Translated * AP’s NSA “Propaganda”</