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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.

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

There’s a link to them at the top right of each segment I post, and of
course you can go to http://www.democracynow.org on the rare days when
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Thanks for visiting.   I hope you’ll find it worth your while.

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

See if you agree.

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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.

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* Do what your conscience demands

And your courage allows

And never be satisfied with the limits of either *

 

 

 

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October 2017

 

10/17

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/17/victory-valve-turners-judge-allows-necessity-defense-climate-trial

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

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

And ensuring the world remains one

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/17/stop-fawning-critics-say-mccains-jingoistic-revisionism-nothing-applaud

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/17/halt-race-bottom-bidding-war-community-leaders-issue-key-demands-amazon

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20238:Why-didn%27t-Kurdish-Forces-Fight-Back-the-Iraqi-Invasion%26%238203%3B-of-Kirkuk%3F

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20240:Venezuelan-Regional-Election%3A-Opposition-Claims-Fraud-in-Areas-They-Won

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20241:Many-Parties-Complicit-in-Rohingya-Ethnic-Cleansing

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/17/mogadishu_massacre_hospitals_run_out_of

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/17/meet_tarana_burke_the_activist_who

10/16

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/16/2-or-3-things-i-know-about-late-stage-capitalism

Mexicans Denounce Canadian Mega-Mining Projects
by Richard Fidler

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3354

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

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3353

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

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/10/16/new-report-illustrates-why-usda-must-not-allow-chinese-poultry-or-brazilian

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

*Tropical storm trooper

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20236:Florida-Governor-Declares-State-of-Emergency-Ahead-of-White-Nationalist%27s-Speech

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20233:As-the-Rich-Get-Richer%2C-Public-Schools-Suffer

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20228:Organizers-and-Activists-Gather-in-Chicago-to-Launch-a-New-Network

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20211:Empire-Files%3A-Rosa-Clemente-%26-Abby-Martin—No-Savior-in-2020

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20209:Real-Media%3A-The-Value-of-Data

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

*Call it the lifeblood money of the profit system

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20208:Real-Media%3A-Councils%2C-Kickbacks%2C-and-the-KCTMO

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20219:Colombian-State-Escalates-Violence-Against-Activists

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20226:Climate-Change-and-Fire-Suppression-Fuel-Deadliest-Blazes-in-California-History

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20222:US-and-Israel-Show-UNESCO-their-Anti-Palestinian-Bias

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

*This doesn’t drip with irony

It’s a three minute piss

http://www.accuracy.org/release/62207

10/13

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/13/taxing-wealthy-pay-universal-home-care

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/132-more-blog-posts-from-vijay-prashad/3352-indias-hindu-right-wing-extremists-are-increasingly-turning-to-violence-

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/703-thomas-marois/3351–costa-ricas-banco-popular-shows-how-banks-can-be-democratic-green-and-financially-sustainable

Loyalty to the Don
by Andrew Levine

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/379-andrew-levine/3350-loyalty-to-the-don

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20213:Trump%27s-Obamacare-Sabotage-Burdens-the-Sickest

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

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20212:US-Cuba-Relations-Unravel-as-State-Dept-Alleges-%27Sonic-Attack%27

10/12

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

*Neo Nero fiddles while Cali burns

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/10/12/nurses-call-stepped-federal-effort-fires

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

*Orwell turns over in his grave

And bumps into Kafka

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20196:UK-Activist-Convicted-Under-Terror-Law-for-Refusing-%27Digital-Strip-Search%27

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

*”Democracy Dies in Darkness”

And we control the light switch

http://fair.org/home/corporate-media-have-few-apologies-for-getting-irs-scandal-backwards

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

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/12/tomi_ann_roberts_on_her_encounter

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/12/louise_godbold_my_encounter_with_harvey

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

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/12/nbc_reportedly_axed_the_harvey_weinstein

10/11

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/11/your-boss-shouldnt-get-have-religious-objections-your-health-care

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/702-richard-gott/3349-che-in-bolivia-a-rough-draft-of-history

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20197:Trump-Targets-Hezbollah%2C-and-ISIS-May-Benefit

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20195:A-Way-Out-for-Spain-and-Catalonia%3F

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20190:Anti-Nuclear-Group-Wins-Nobel-Peace-Prize-as-US-Arsenal-Expands

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20194:Judge-Reconsiders-Gag-Order-in-J20-Case

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

*Jerry took a knee, if you recall.

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20187:Trump-Race-Baits%2C-NFL-Kneels

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20188:Protests-Erupt-Over-Massive-ICE-Deportation-Raids

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

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

From my local rag

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/vandal-desecrates-fire-circle-honoring-native-americans-at-uw-madison/article_af5cb2ce-d6da-5ccf-80f0-b82ec60f5255.html

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

Can you imagine this?

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20192:Trump-Blames-Leftists-For-Unpopularity-of-Columbus-Day

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/assessing-karzais-charge-of-u-s-backing-isis-in-afghanistan

Jailing a Grandma for Allegedly Protesting Drone Killings

*The steady drone of justice denied

http://www.accuracy.org/release/jailing-a-grandma-for-allegedly-protesting-drone-killings

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

*The best dark side dark money can buy

http://fair.org/home/republicans-have-a-starting-line-advantage-of-10-percent

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

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

Can we call credulity what it essentially is

Collusion?

http://fair.org/home/marias-other-victims-puerto-rican-bondholders

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/11/as_deadly_wildfires_rage_in_california

10/10

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

*Where is he?

Where he has always been

And will always remain.

Why ask the cat to bark?

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/10/trump-carves-path-destruction-nader-asks-obama-where-are-you

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

*Thinking while black

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20177:FBI-Report-Targets-Black-Activists

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

*”New Labour”

Same old dirty tricks

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20173:Labour-Expels-Jewish-Anti-Zionist-for-%27Anti-Semitism%27

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/russiagate-is-more-fiction-than-fact

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

*A funny thing about terrorism

http://fair.org/home/american-made-a-largely-true-story-with-some-not-so-fun-lies

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/10/as_catalonia_plans_independence_from_spain

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/10/julian_assange_marks_55_years_inside

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/10/julian_assange_accusations_of_wikileaks_trump

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/10/judge_denies_bail_to_whistleblower_reality

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/10/new_yorkers_protest_for_removal_of

10/9

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/08/filling-gaps-left-trump-nurses-and-labor-unions-join-puerto-rico-relief-efforts

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/09/vietnam-war-not-history-victims-agent-orange

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

*The fragility and resilience of our humanity

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/09/faces-pain-faces-hope

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/08/think-religiously-motivated-discrimination-cant-affect-you-guess-again

Trump: Anomaly in Continuity
by Andrew Levine

*The singer may be dissonant

But the song remains the same

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/379-andrew-levine/3347-trump-anomaly-in-continuity

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20174:Will-Congress-Help-Trump-Kill-the-Iran-Deal%3F

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20172:Puerto-Rico-Faces-a-Medicaid-Crisis

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20149:Real-Media%3A-Rona-Fairhead%2C-HSBC-and-the-BBC

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20169:Document-Shows-Washington-D.C.-Police-Threw-More-Than-70-Grenades-at-Inauguration-Protesters

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20150:Macron-Leans-Further-Right-as-His-Popularity-Tanks

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20100:How-Does-Dental-Care-Fit-Into-the-Healthcare-Debate%3F

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20127:Real-Media%3A-Challenging-the-Narrative-with-Grenfell-MediaWatch

What Cirque du Soleil performers can teach us
by David Schardt

https://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/exercise-for-health/what-cirque-du-soleil-performers-can-teach-us

10/6

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/06/warming-soils-could-trigger-potentially-unstoppable-climate-feedback-loop-study

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/06/tainted-honey-bee-poisoning-pesticides-found-globally

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/06/christopher-columbus-no-monuments-murderers

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/06/las-vegas-harbinger-americas-future

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/06/why-do-so-many-super-rich-despise-poor

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/06/journalist-and-fixer

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

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/10/06/flint-water-summit-participants-vow-end-nestles-water-takings

U.S. PIRG
CFPB’S Final Rule To Stop Payday Loan Debt Traps

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/10/06/us-pirg-statement-cfpbs-final-rule-stop-payday-loan-debt-traps

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20166:Ecuador-VP-Arrested-for-Corruption-as-Divisions-Deepen-Within-Governing-Party

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20159:Over-300-Arrested-in-St.-Louis%3A-It%27s-About-More-Than-Police-Brutality

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20153:20-Week-Abortion-Ban-Bill-Treats-Abortion-as-an-Issue-of-Criminality%2C-not-Health-Care

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20156:Trump-Plans-to-Decertify-Iran-Nuclear-Deal

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20151:Pot-Arrests-Grow-Despite-Increasing-Support-for-Legalization

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

https://www.change.org/p/carmax-stop-selling-unsafe-recalled-cars-to-consumers-2/u/21601114

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

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

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

Remember what Moonves said about Trump …

http://fair.org/home/we-need-thoughtful-coverage-of-gun-violence-not-slow-pans-over-arsenals

Institute for Public Accuracy
Nuclear Ban Treaty Group Gets Nobel

http://www.accuracy.org/release/nuclear-ban-treaty-group-gets-nobel

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/6/special_report_puerto_ricans_in_vieques

10/5

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

*The problem isn’t bump stocks

It’s gun stocks

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/05/beyond-banning-bump-stock-go-after-guns-themselves

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

*Living off the fetid fat of the land

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/05/global-demand-meat-amounts-appetite-destruction-says-new-study

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

*Pox Americana

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/05/violence-comes-home-again

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

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

https://theintercept.com/2017/10/05/factory-farms-fbi-missing-piglets-animal-rights-glenn-greenwald

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/701-ingo-schmidt/3345-german-federal-elections-chauvinistic-identity-policies-outperform-left-economic-alternatives

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20155:People-Power-Defeats-an-Oil-Pipeline-in-Canada

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20145:Senator-Warren%3A-Equifax-Profits-from-Data-Hack-While-Consumers-Pay-the-Price

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20110:Trump%27s-Tax-Plan-Helps-Wall-Street%2C-Not-Main-Street

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

*Paying for it in every sense

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20134:U.S.-Dirty-Energy-Depends-on-Subsidies-and-Climate-Denial

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/puerto-rico-debt-burden-medicaid-crisis

10/4

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/700-jennifer-berkshire/3344–betsy-devos-vision-goes-way-beyond-privatizing-educationand-she-is-alarmingly-close-to-realizing-it

Great Hunger
by Kathy Kelly

http://vcnv.org/2017/10/01/great-hunger

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

*An urban landscape pruned of the poor

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20142:Amid-Flurry-of-Tax-Breaks-for-Developers%2C-Equitable-Housing-Law-Languishes

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

*A tale told by useful idiots

Full of soundbites and fury

Signifying the “chaos” of nothing

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20147:Did-the-Russians-%27Meddle%27-Just-for-Clicks%3F

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

*No balls to deal with the penis substitutes

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20137:Gun-Laws-Save-Lives%2C-But-the-Gun-Lobby-Prevails

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20138:Can-the-Spain-Catalan-Crisis-Be-Resolved%3F

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20126:Real-Media%3A-Property-Rights%2C-Deregulation-and-Think-Tanks-%2822%29

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

http://fair.org/home/two-charts-on-the-gun-crisis-one-hopeful-one-hopeless

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/4/could_trump_actually_cancel_puerto_ricos

10/3

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

*Happiness is the sale of a warm gun

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/03/guns-and-profit-why-well-do-absolutely-nothing-new-after-las-vegas-shooting

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

*”Unite” and conquer

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20122:This-Week-in-Russiagate%3A-Facebook-and-Black-Lives-Matter

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

*The dominating seek to delude

None more so than themselves

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20130:Empire-Files%3A-Israelis-Speak-Candidly-to-Abby-Martin-About-Palestinians

RootsAction
Tell U.S. to Pay Reparations It Promised Vietnam

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

https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13075

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

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

Or quarter.

Six versus two billion or so

That should even things up, eh?

http://fair.org/home/wapo-defends-boss-against-sanders-charge-that-hes-extremely-wealthy

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

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

Foreign or domestic

http://fair.org/home/after-las-vegas-massacre-media-again-help-isis-terrorize

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/guns-terrorism-and-a-culture-of-killing

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

*A “lone wolf”

Enabled by the jackals who pray for campaign contributions

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/3/as_las_vegas_massacre_toll_rises

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/3/after_las_vegas_massacre_republicans_in

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/3/they_dont_care_who_the_guns

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

*A sham to obscure the shame

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/3/puerto_ricans_protest_trumps_visit_denounce

10/2

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/02/groups-slam-trumps-tax-loophole-corporations-massive-con-job

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/02/three-insidious-ways-overtaxed-corporations-are-cheating-america

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/02/republican-tax-cuts-could-be-paved-fossil-fuel-giveaways

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

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/02/supreme-court-case-could-make-partisan-gerrymandering-illegal

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

*The bitter harvest of an induced ignorance

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/02/end-empire

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

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3340

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

*A gift for the goon squad

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20113:Dakota-Access-Pipeline-Rewards-Police-For-Harassing-Protesters-With-%2415-Million

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20119:Real-Media%3A-The-UK-Obsession-with-Property-Rights-%2812%29

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20118:Calls-for-PM-Rajoy-to-Resign-Over-Police-Violence-During-Catalan-Independence-Referendum

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20107:A-Challenge-to-Saudi%27s-War-on-Yemen%3F

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

*From Kennedy to Obama to Trudeau

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20114:Trudeau%27s-UN-Indigenous-Rights-Speech-Rings-Hollow-at-Home

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20109:Puerto-Rico%27s-Recovery-is-a-Battle-Against-Austerity

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20108:Will-Harvey-Disaster-Relief-Go-to-Climate-Polluters%3F

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/2/juan_gonzalez_puerto_ricos_financial_control

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/2/voices_from_san_juan_puerto_rico

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/2/san_juan_activist_after_hurricane_maria

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

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/is-tap-water-safe-to-drink

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

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/remedies-for-dry-mouth

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

https://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/heart-and-disease-cat/5-things-you-should-know-about-high-blood-pressure

September 2017

 

9/29

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/29/trump-accused-burying-research-showing-trickle-down-tax-cuts-just-snake-oil-scam

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/29/trumps-tax-plan-act-political-domination-rich

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/29/marias-wake-could-puerto-rico-go-totally-green

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

*A paper tiger heads to the paper shredder

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/699-asbjorn-wahl/3338–norwegian-elections-another-right-wing-victory-and-a-serious-labour-defeat

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20099:Black-Lives-Matter%3A-New-Tactics-for-the-Trump-Era

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/trump-and-republicans-propose-abolishing-the-estate-tax

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

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

A desperately sad rhetorical question, I realize.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/29/as_death_toll_rises_in_puerto

9/28

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/28/snubbing-glyphosate-hearing-eu-parliament-bans-monsanto-lobbyists

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/28/shadow-puerto-ricos-nightmare-virgin-islands-and-others-facing-intense-struggle

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20091:Empire-Files%3A-Voices-From-The-Anti-Trump-Resistance

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20088:Trump-Confronts-North-Korea-With-Japanese-PM%27s-Help

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20083:Kurdistan-Independence-Vote-Faces-Fierce-Opposition-%2812%29

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

*Acknowledging the obvious

To obscure the abominable

http://fair.org/home/ken-burns-vietnam-war-an-object-lesson-in-the-failures-of-the-objective-lens

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/behind-spanish-govt-attempts-to-halt-catalonias-independence-vote

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/28/french_activist_emmanuel_macron_is_younger

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/28/journalist_gwen_lister_on_namibias_colonial

9/27

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

*Par for the collusive course

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/09/27/new-environmental-protection-agency-rule-benefit-trump-inc-public-interest


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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20074:Climate-Change-Is-the-Real-Job-Killer%27%3A-Can-the-Labor-Movement-Go-Green%3F

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20077:Is-Public-Housing-a-Playground-for-Sexual-Predators%3F

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

*WWJD?

Whadda I care?

I’m a “Christian”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/theocrat-roy-moore-may-be-the-next-u-s-senator-from-alabama

Killer Drone Protesters Arrested

http://www.accuracy.org/release/killer-drone-protesters-arrested

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

http://fair.org/home/while-us-north-korea-both-make-threats-only-one-has-killed-millions-of-the-others-people

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

*These vultures create their own carrion

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/27/profits_vs_puerto_rican_lives_trump

9/26

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

*”Protected speech” in the most literal sense

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/26/snowflake-sessions-ripped-carving-out-anti-dissent-safe-space-free-speech-lecture

Merkel Clobbered While Rightists Threaten
by Victor Grossman

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/698-victor-grossman/3332-merkel-clobbered-while-rightists-threaten

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20068:Lindsey-Graham-Insists-On-Trying-to-Be-On-Wrong-Side-of-History-In-Healthcare-Debate

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

*As is the case in most every Western state

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20062:Far-Right-Enters-Germany%27s-Parliament-for-First-Time-in-60-Years

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20067:Trump-Ignites-New-Round-of-Black-Athlete-Activism

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20063:Trump-Imposes-Travel-Ban-3.0

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

*”It’s strange … “

Is it?

“For some unknown reason … “

Unknown to whom?

http://fair.org/home/corporate-media-analysts-indifference-to-us-journalists-facing-70-years-in-prison

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

*No safe harbor for this port in a storm

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/26/puerto_ricans_call_for_aid_amid

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

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

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

Goodman might have mentioned that.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/26/fenceline_communities_on_gulf_coast_face

9/25

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

*Starving the best

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/25/how-privatization-cuts-us-two-while-public-institutions-make-us-better-people

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

*Only dreams stay the nightmares

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/25/abuses-history

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/25/yemen-needs-united-nations-not-united-nations

Give RPS A Chance
by Michael Albert and Justin Podur

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3330

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

*As the old ad adage admonishes

“Don’t be fooled by imitations!”

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/231-kevin-zeese-and-margaret-flowers/3329-is-health-care-a-commodity-or-right

Catalonia: Mass resistance greets Spanish state coup
by Dick Nichols

https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/catalonia-mass-resistance-greets-spanish-state-coup

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/23/silent-terrorism-our-doorsteps

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20003:Spain%27s-Economy-is-Growing%2C-but-Leaving-Most-Spaniards-Behind

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20058:US-Saudi-Alliance-Fragments-the-Middle-East

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

*Rent to be owned

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20053:Renters-vs.-Slumlords%3A-Activists-Nationwide-Rally-for-Renter%27s-Rights

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20028:Real-Media%3A-New-Warfare-%26-Transparency

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

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

Al Gore, anyone … ?

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20052:Germany%27s-Angela-Merkel%3A-The-World%27s-Eco-Villain%3F

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

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

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

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

At least one inquiring mind wants to know.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20047:US-Lawmakers-Accuse-Russian-Outlet-of…-Time-Travel%3F

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/vietnam-war-and-the-killing-of-history

9/22

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/22/new-research-links-flint-water-crisis-horrifyingly-large-spike-fetal-death-rates

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/22/trade-panel-ruling-gives-trump-authority-cripple-nations-solar-industry

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/22/calls-stopbetsy-after-education-secretary-takes-horrific-step-back-title-ix

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/22/nuclear-plants-plus-hurricanes-disasters-waiting-happen

In Defence of Democratic Rights in Catalonia
by José Luis Martínez

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3327

Syrian Wars and Colonial Bores
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3326

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

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

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

Oy …

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20048:Bernie-Sanders-Calls-Out-%27International-Oligarchy%27

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

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20039:Neocons-and-Hollywood-Liberals-Go-to-%27War%27-on-Russia

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20029:Real-Media%3A-The-Nomadic-War-Machine

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19900:Turkey%27s-Erdogan-Extends-Repression-to-European-Critics-of-his-Administration

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

*Speak no evil of evil

http://fair.org/home/legislators-criminalize-practices-that-led-to-wrongdoings-being-exposed

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/22/amnesty_international_reveals_the_bomb_that

9/21

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

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/21/capitalism-nightmare

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

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/09/21/more-1600-women-murdered-men-one-year-new-study-finds

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20038:Earthquake-in-Mexico-Unearths-Years-of-Corruption

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

*Fuck resigning, Mr. Bill

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20037:Massachusetts-First-to-Sue-Equifax-Over-Massive-Hack

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

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

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

As for hopelessness

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20005:Killer-Robots%3A-The-War-Over-Artificial-Intelligence

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

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

http://fair.org/home/the-world-may-conclude-the-us-is-no-longer-capable-of-diplomacy

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

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

http://fair.org/home/new-york-times-csis-pentagon-funding

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/21/environmental_disaster_looms_in_puerto_rico

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/21/one_long_night_writer_andrea_pitzer

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

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/21/a_look_at_the_global_history_of

9/20

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/20/gun-stocks-surge-trump-pushes-ease-export-regulations-assault-weapons

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

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/20/exposing-problematic-role-news-arbiter-facebook-under-fire-over-myanmar

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/364-socialist-project/3325-first-nations-and-ontarios-ring-of-fire

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20041:The-Earthquake-Just-Keeps-Going-in-Mexico

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

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

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

Just sayin’ …

http://healthoverprofit.org/2017/09/08/senate-health

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

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/09/20/us-consumer-product-safety-commission-calls-removal-class-toxic-chemicals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20031:Trump%27s-Threat-to-%27Totally-Destroy%27-North-Korea-is-Illegal

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

*Half steps only lead down dead ends

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20033:New-Clean-Energy-%26-Jobs-Campaigns-Launches-With-Less-Ambitious-Goal

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20020:Applicant-Says-Federal-Judge-%27Hijacked%27-Process-to-Pick-Police-Monitor

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

https://www.change.org/p/ask-the-ceos-of-equifax-experian-and-transunion-for-credit-freezes-to-be-freefromall3

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

http://fair.org/home/is-facilitating-a-paid-informant-program-part-of-journalisms-job

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

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

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

http://fair.org/home/media-extremes-on-healthcare-universal-coverage-or-taking-healthcare-from-millions

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/20/hundreds_dead_in_mexico_after_earthquake

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/20/hurricane_maria_strikes_puerto_rico_threatening

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/20/governors_come_out_against_gops_latest

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

*Aung San Suu Kyi hasn’t “evolved”

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

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/20/advocates_warn_all_rohingya_may_be

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

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

Again … ?

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/20/cuban_lawyer_slams_trump_as_enemy

9/19

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/19/new-research-reveals-there-are-more-40-million-slaves-worldwide

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

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/09/19/report-gas-pipeline-construction-leading-massive-risks-utility-ratepayers

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

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

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20018:GOP-Retries-ACA-Repeal-as-Single-Payer-Surges

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20016:White-Police%2C-Black-Unarmed-Suspects

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20017:Uproar-over-Ultra-Orthodox-Military-Service-Deepens-Old-Israeli-Rift

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

*Art for our sake

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20019:Real-Media%3A-Art-%26-Militarism

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/u-s-trained-warlords-committing-atrocities-in-afghanistan

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

*It’s only a joke

Even after someone (many someones) get hurt

http://fair.org/home/medias-instinct-to-rehabilitate-the-powerful-has-not-changed-under-trump

9/18

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

*I’m SHOCKED!!!

(That the bastard waited this long)

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/18/after-failing-prosecute-bankers-obama-cashes-wall-street-speeches

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/18/bolstering-single-payer-case-report-shows-how-profit-insurers-fuel-opioid-crisis

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

*Pissing on the poseurs

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/18/refusing-be-bargaining-chips-dreamers-shut-down-pelosis-pro-dreamer-event

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

*They may now embrace the Shrubberies

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/18/if-george-w-bush-can-be-ellen-course-sean-spicer-will-be-emmys

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

*Making the players pay

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/18/3-americans-who-should-pay-medicare-all

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/596-rania-khalek/3322-in-the-field-with-yazidi-fighters-tales-of-genocide-at-isiss-hands-and-more-conflict-to-come

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/695-nasa/3321-in-a-warming-world-the-storms-may-be-fewer-but-stronger

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20010:Baltimore%27s-Water-Affordability-Crisis

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20007:Real-Media%3A-Women%27s-Narratives—The-Real-Cost-of-Selling-Weapons

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20002:UK-Activist-Risks-Prison-Challenging-%27Digital-Strip-Search%27

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20006:Real-Media%3A-Drones%2C-Nationalism-and-the-Future-of-Warfare

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

*Republicans fuck with Democratic voters

Democrats fuck with … um …

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:20008:Green-Party-files-election-fraud-lawsuit-against-Democratic-Party-in-Pennsylvania

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

*Courting disaster

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19988:Trump%27s-Judicial-Makeover-is-White-and-Far-Right

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19981:Russian-Progressives-Challenge-Putin-From-Below

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

*If you want to see the true face of capitalism

Look into the eyes of its victims

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19999:Florida-Nursing-Home-Deaths-Highlight-Industry%27s-Dangers

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

*Wading in the shallow end of the Big Muddy

http://www.accuracy.org/release/does-burns-novik-pbs-vietnam-doc-let-u-s-government-off-hook

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

*Watering down Paris

Waterboarding the planet

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/18/naomi_klein_warns_europe_may_agree

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/18/naomi_klein_we_are_seeing_the

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

https://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/what-to-eat/can-healthy-microbiome-prevent-depression-cancer

9/15

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/15/eu-watchdog-under-fire-monsanto-analysis-copypasted-roundup-safety-report

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

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

And I would #StandWithJemele

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/15/standing-espn-journalist-against-trumps-white-supremacy-nazibucketchallenge-goes

Can emissions shrink while the economy grows?
by David Suzuki

*Size isn’t everything

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3319

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19994:UK-Parliament-%27Beheads-Democracy%27-With-EU-Exit-Bill

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

*It ain’t Foxconn

But that last syllable still holds true

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19987:Hosting-Amazon%27s-New-Headquarters%3A-Burden-or-Benefit%3F

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

*Going beyond the authorization

To the rationalization

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19997:Senate-Refuses-to-Stop-Endless-War

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

*”Prestigious” pusillanimy

http://www.accuracy.org/release/harvard-called-disgraceful-following-cia-pressure-on-manning-fellowship

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

*Climate ignorance is Big Energy bliss

Until there’s nothing to laugh about

http://fair.org/home/murdoch-owned-medias-radical-climate-denial-in-the-face-of-disaster

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/15/deregulated_unaccountable_for_profit_nursing_homes

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/15/the_forgotten_americans_why_did_us

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

*We won’t get out of this together

If we’re not in this together

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/15/south_asia_1_300_dead_40

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

https://yurielkaim.com/foods-eat-arthritis

9/14

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/14/global-crises-accelerate-tax-havens-hide-trillions-worlds-greedy-few

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19991

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

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/09/14/oil-change-international-statement-congressional-efforts-extend-45q

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19984

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

http://fair.org/home/undocumented-immigrants-are-constantly-used-as-a-bargaining-chip

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

*PBS ExcuseHour?

http://fair.org/home/action-alert-newshour-treats-ethnic-cleansing-in-myanmar-as-matter-of-opinion

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

*Pulling down the bricks in the wall of apartheid

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/14/pink_floyd_founder_roger_waters_bds

9/13

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/13/racial-wealth-gap-leading-almost-nonexistent-middle-class

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/13/warning-letter-harvey-and-irma-survivors-katrina-survivor

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/13/walker-and-trumps-foxconn-deal-may-be-worst-american-history

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19989:FBI%2C-DOJ-Eye-Russian-Media-Outlets-as-%27Foreign-Agents%27

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19925:Former-Nuclear-Inspector%3A-Calling-North-Korea-Nuclear-Capable-is-a-%27Gross-Exaggeration%27

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19979:Brazil%27s-Corruption-Scandals%3A-No-Winners%2C-No-End-in-Sight

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19980:Unpopular-Abbas-Targets-Palestinian-Critics

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

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/sanders-single-payer-plan-politicians-must-take-a-stand

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

*Some things will never change

See “Abraham Lincoln Brigade”

http://fair.org/home/in-month-after-charlottesville-papers-spent-as-much-time-condemning-anti-nazis-as-nazis

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/13/background_checks_for_voting_inside_the

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

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/13/will_the_9_11_case_finally

9/12

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/12/macron-youre-screwed-tens-thousands-march-france-against-anti-worker-reforms

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/12/warnings-race-bottom-amazon-holds-nationwide-tax-break-contest

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/12/road-extinction-maybe-its-not-all-about-us

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/12/dont-punish-dreamers-punish-corporations-driving-forced-migration

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

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/09/12/bosnia-and-herzegovina-last-chance-justice-over-20000-wartime-sexual-violence

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

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/09/12/eu-countries-authorized-their-vessels-fish-unlawfully-african-waters

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19973:School-Segregation-is-Making-a-Comeback

Petition
Justice for Port Drivers
We Need Clean Air + Good Jobs

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/we-need-clean-air-good-jobs

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/with-children-heading-back-to-school-educators-say-politicians-should-too

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

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

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

http://fair.org/home/cnn-celebrates-joy-of-mccain-a-day-after-his-genocidal-threat

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/24/puerto_rico_resistance_to_coal_fired

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

*What’s worse for Cubans

His Travesty’s closings

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/12/after_irma_a_look_at_why

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/12/austerity_divestment_irma_juan_gonzalez_on

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/12/special_report_how_decentralized_mutual_aid

9/11

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

*Deep down the Orwell

Survival is “looting”

Disaster capitalism is “recovery”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/11/amid-food-shortage-and-slow-relief-efforts-post-irma-survival-not-looting

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

*We are human, in all that means

Therein lies our slim chance of survival

Or our certain date with demise

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/11/great-flood

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

*Unquestionably required reading

And if you understand anything about the impetus for imperialism

Put your money on the Martians

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/11/pentagons-new-wonder-weapons-world-dominion

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/11/kris-kobach-pushes-voter-fraud-lies-while-meeting-fellow-suppression-activists

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

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

“Vegan ISIS” …

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/10/alt-right-we-need-courage-and-truth-not-false-equivalencies

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/132-more-blog-posts-from-vijay-prashad/3313-americas-north-korea-war-a-moroccos-rebellions

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19948:The-Disappearing-Act-in-the-United-Arab-Emirates

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

*A patent on perfidy

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19958:US-Pharma-Industry-Converts-Monopoly-Power-into-Political-Power

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19963:Venezuela%27s-President-Maduro-Presents-New-Economic-Measures

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19954:%27The-Model-Economy%27-in-Germany-is-Growing-a-Class-of–Working-Poor

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

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

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19903:The-Rise-and-Fall-of-Syriza%3A-Finding-a-New-Way-Forward-for-Greece%27s-Radical-Left-%2833%29

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19956:Rwanda%27s-Paul-Kagame-Tightens-Hold-on-Power

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19964:Real-Media%3A-Biggest-Arms-Deal-in-History

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

*A revolting “development”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/florida-and-how-the-world-breaks-interviews-available

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

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

http://fair.org/home/corporate-medias-soft-spot-for-ivanka-trump-and-jared-kushner

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

*The geography of racism has no bias

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/8/extended_interview_nikole_hannah_jones_on

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

*If we could choose which parasites will go extinct

I’d vote for the exploitive human ones

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/11/the_sixth_extinction_climate_change_may

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

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

Aren’t we talking Katrina in the Caribbean

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/11/irma_destroys_haitian_farmland_as_recovery

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

https://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/tap-water-ever-cloudy

9/8

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/231-kevin-zeese-and-margaret-flowers/3297-single-payer-movement-criticizes-sanders

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/08/2009-max-baucus-had-people-arrested-demanding-single-payer-now-he-supports-it

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/08/most-brazen-corporate-wrongdoer-maneuvers-memory-equifax-forces-potential-victims

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/08/inspired-standing-rock-first-nations-tiny-house-warriors-protest-pipeline-project

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/08/people-electric-cars-arent-trapped-miami-beach-no-gasoline

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/225-mark-weisbrot/3311-the-trump-sanctions-against-venezuela-is-economic-recovery-possible

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

http://fair.org/home/companies-that-got-huge-tax-breaks-didnt-create-a-single-job

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

http://fair.org/home/the-sickness-of-american-healthcare

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

*Taking a knee

In the back

And a gun to the head

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/8/dave_zirin_stand_with_nfl_star

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/8/texas_prisoners_are_facing_horrid_conditions

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

*Old times there are not forgotten

They’re simply recycled

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/8/nikole_hannah_jones_how_wealthy_white

9/7

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

*If you think rape is underreported now …

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/07/pushing-false-equivalence-between-survivors-and-accused-devos-roll-back-title-ix

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19936:Israel%27s-Jewish-Only-Right-of-Return-Displaces-Palestinians-for-2nd-Time

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19938:Low-Rate-of-Unionization-in-US-Consequence-of-Deregulation

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/7/talks_can_work_as_tensions_rise

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/7/is_the_burmese_military_carrying_out

9/6

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

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/06/applauded-stances-social-issues-poll-highlights-silicon-valleys-disdain-unions-and

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/06/study-83-tap-water-around-globe-tested-positive-tiny-plastic-fibers

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

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/09/06/civil-liberties-groups-release-first-comprehensive-report-ag-gag-laws

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

*Hawks playing chicken

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19927:Sanctions-Against-North-Korea-Is-a-Dangerous-Dead-End

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

*Playing to the basest

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19935:Historian%3A-Trump%27s-Attacks-on-Immigrants-is-History-Repeating-Itself

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19930:BRICS-Summit-in-China%3A-A-Missed-Opportunity

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/cuba-perfected-the-art-of-hurricane-preparedness

9/5

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

*Wreaking the whirlwinds

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/05/irma-intensifies-youve-never-experienced-hurricane

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

*Another “Nobel savage”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/05/more-120000-worlds-most-persecuted-people-flee-violence-myanmar

Nikki Haley: Neocon Heartthrob
by Jim Lobe

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/05/nikki-haley-neocon-heartthrob

How EIA Guestimates Keep Oil Prices Subdued
by Nick Cunningham
Oilprice.com

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/389-nick-cunningham/3305-how-eia-guestimates-keep-oil-prices-subdued-

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19923

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19920:Texaco-Chevron-in-Ecuador%3A-Benefitted-from-Dumping-Oil-Beyond-Saving-Money

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

*Discrimination does not compute

http://fair.org/home/women-were-in-fact-pioneers-in-computing-work

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

*Hell in high water

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/5/petro_metro_a_toxic_tour_of#transcript

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

*The storm of injustice after the flood

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/5/will_houston_s_post_harvey_recovery

9/4

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

*Is this grandstanding by the Trudeau administration?

Would you be surprised if it was

Or if it wasn’t?

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/04/nafta-talks-canada-demands-us-drop-anti-union-right-work-laws

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/689-david-z-morris/3300-leaked-chats-show-charlottesville-marchers-were-planning-for-violence

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

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/04/green-energy-jobs-top-7-pieces-rare-good-news-us-workers-labor-day

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

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3304

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

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

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

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

These events can spark such nitty gritty organizing

But they can’t replace it.

I hope that makes sense.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19901:What-Happened-to-Veterans-for-Standing-Rock%3F

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19910:Big-Business-Dominates-Brexit-Negotiations

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

*”Liberation” from living

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19908:Hezbollah%27s-Victory-Over-ISIS-Undermined-as-US-Bombs-Evacuation-Route

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

*A drought of corpress coverage

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19911:Media-Downplays-Millions-Affected-by-Climate-Change-Linked-Floods-in-Asia

9/1

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/01/war-medicaid-moving-states

Single payer movement criticizes Sanders
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

*Principles always take precedence over personalities

Sanders is the non exception that proves the rule.

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/231-kevin-zeese-and-margaret-flowers/3297-single-payer-movement-criticizes-sanders

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

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/09/01/government-settles-first-lawsuit-filed-against-trumps-muslim-ban

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19893:Patriot-Act-Foils-Uruguay%27s-Marijuana-Sales

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19898:Monsanto-Writes-Food-Policy-in-Malawi

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19905:Shocking-New-Scandals-Underscore-Need-for-Civilian-Led-Policing

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19866:Black-August-and-Black-Rebellion

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19906:Rattling-the-Bars%3A-Supporting-Returning-Citizens

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

http://fair.org/home/before-trump-pardoned-him-arpaio-was-promoted-by-media

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

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

http://fair.org/home/disaster-coverage-still-has-blind-spot-for-low-income-victims

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/1/should_texas_residents_know_the_chemicals

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

*What’s truly toxic is the utter inhumanity

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/1/texas_republicans_pushed_to_kill_safety

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/9/1/greenpeace_indigenous_water_protectors_respond_to

August 2017

 

8/31

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/31/downplaying-risks-texas-sheriff-says-inhaling-chemical-plume-standing-over-campfire

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

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

Watch us.

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/31/sinister-side-effect-amazing-new-cancer-drug-one-dose-costs-nearly-500k

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

*A dense but worthwhile read

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3296

Fascism in the United States
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3295

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19896:Climate-Change-Is-Creating-A-New-Urban-Crisis

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19891:Warlords-of-the-World-Assemble-at-UK-Arms-Fair

Institute for Public Accuracy
* Houston * Confederacy

*Venality and villainy span the centuries

http://www.accuracy.org/release/houston-confederacy

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

*I wouldn’t bother waiting for

“Video Shows Swords Beheading Prisoners in Iraq”

http://fair.org/home/media-yemen-us-saudi-airstrikes-killing-civilians

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/31/surrounded_by_oil_refineries_port_arthur

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

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

I’d offer “climate corrosion”.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/31/george_monbiot_we_cant_be_silent

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/31/deandre_harris_was_savagely_beaten_by

8/30

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/30/internal-documents-reveal-right-wing-plan-strike-public-unions-mortal-blow

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

*Hackneyed, but all too true

“Making the world safe from democracy”

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/08/30/investigation-reveals-new-details-us-role-2009-honduras-military-coup

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

*Whitewashing the White Helmets

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19889:The-Murder-of-Seven-White-Helmets-in-Syria%3F

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

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

There’s no “politicizing” of the tragedy

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19886:Mainstream-Media-Misrepresents-Hurricane-Harvey%27s-Climate-Change-Connection

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19864:Why-Did-U.S.-Suspend-300-Million-in-Aid-to-Egypt%3F

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19837:The-Rise-and-Fall-of-Syriza%3A-Finding-a-New-Way-Forward-for-Greece%27s-Radical-Left-%2823%29

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

*Dear Misleader’s feet of clay

Clad in jackboots

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19876:Trump-Reverses-Obama%27s-Ban-on-Transfer-of-Some-Military-Equipment-to-Police

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19887:North-Korea-Fires-Missile-Over-Japan%3A-What-Happens-Next%3F

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

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

What epithet would capture Amazon’s conspiracismo?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19885:Amazon-Whole-Foods-Price-Cuts-Could-Have-A-Short-Shelf-Life

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

*All the Prince that’s fit to pimp

http://fair.org/home/nyt-only-the-latest-corporate-media-outlet-to-give-free-publicity-to-mercenary-profiteer

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/30/environmental_crisis_unfolding_in_houston_as

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/30/texas_prisoners_evacuated_as_floodwaters_rise

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/30/the_red_cross_wont_save_houston_texas

8/29

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/29/historic-flooding-grips-texas-groups-demand-nuclear-plant-be-shut-down

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

*When we need a tug on the heart

We get a turn of the stomach

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/29/stores-accused-price-gouging-wake-hurricane-harvey

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

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

Jesus Marion Joseph …

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/29/no-mention-victims-what-turnout-trump-declares-texas

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/29/trumps-call-more-war-afghanistan-was-vicious-racist-rant

Taking the Fight Against White Supremacy Into Schools
by Adam Sanchez

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/29/taking-fight-against-white-supremacy-schools

The Whale Wars Continue
by Paul Watson

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/29/whale-wars-continue

The NAFTA Consensus
by Richard Roman and Edur Velasco Arregui

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3294

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

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3293

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19860:Racial-Profiling-Policies-Israeli-Style

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

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

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19843

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19882:The-Rise-and-Fall-of-Syriza%3A-Finding-a-New-Way-Forward-for-Greece%27s-Radical-Left-%2812%29

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19881:Outrage%2C-Protests-After-Driver-Mows-Down%2C-Kills-Two-Black-Men-in-Long-Island

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

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

As Jackson states, “language is so important.”

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

“Heartless bastard” works just fine for me.

http://fair.org/home/medias-first-instinct-is-to-strip-ideology-from-the-conversation

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/29/dr_robert_bullard_houston_s_unrestrained

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/29/hurricane_harvey_zip_code_race_determine

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/29/immigrants_in_houston_face_triple_threat

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/29/1_200_die_as_devastating_climate

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/29/just_before_harvey_trump_admin_revoked

8/28

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

*Reverse NIMBY

Now It’s My Back Yard

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/28/two-faced-texas-gop-seeking-hurricane-relief-after-rejecting-sandy-aid

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

*Paris wasn’t a stepping stone

But a brick in the wall

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/28/not-without-us-organizing-our-way-solve-climate-crisis

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

*Revving and reaping the whirlwinds

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/28/top-5-ways-man-made-climate-change-made-hurricane-harvey-much-worse

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

*Gou, Walker and Trump are the Foxes

No need to name who’s being Conned

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/28/wisconsins-foxconn-deal-enriches-billionaires-taxpayer-cash

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19862:Exxon-Mobil-Knew-and-Hid-Oil%27s-Link-to-Catastrophic-Climate-Change

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19869:Albert-Woodfox-of-the-%27Angola-3%27%3A-The-US-Hasn%27t-Really-Changed

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

*Not seeing the diseased forest for the fetid trees

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19870:Another-Moment-in-the-Long-History-of-White-Reconstruction

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19863:New-US-Sanctions-Against-Venezuela-to-Cause-Greater-Economic-Instability

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19828

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/making-harvey-worse-ecology-biolab

Trump Administration “Rubber Stamps” Amazon-Whole Foods Merger

*If only the actual Amazon had this kind of clout

http://www.accuracy.org/release/trump-administration-rubber-stamps-amazon-whole-foods-merger

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

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

http://fair.org/home/the-confederacy-was-brought-about-by-a-small-class-of-wealthy-slaveholders

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

*The disasters of capitalism

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/28/as_catastrophic_flooding_hits_houston_fears

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/28/this_is_the_new_normal_inside

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/28/a_dilemma_for_undocumented_in_texas

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

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/almond-milk-cancer-causing-ingredient

8/25

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

*An utter evacuation of empathy

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/25/positively-evil-immigrant-checkpoints-remain-open-harvey-forces-evacuations

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

*One disaster leads to another

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/25/trump-charge-heightened-fears-hurricane-harvey-petrochemical-nightmare

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/25/defunding-clinics-gop-governor-throws-women-under-bus-south-carolina

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

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3288

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

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/25/cia-and-me-or-how-i-learned-not-love-big-brother

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

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

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3289

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19847:UN-Report%3A-Saudi-Coalition-Massacred-Hundreds-of-Children-in-Yemen

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

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

Because a concept’s pretty much all we actually have

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19856:Can-Big-Money-Silence-a-Free-Press%3F

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19842:%27Donald-Trump-of-Brazil%27-Runs-for-President

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19858:Another-Way-Ending-the-War-on-Drugs-Could-Save-Lives-and-Resources

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/new-venezuela-sanctions-trump-trying-regime-change

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

*Imperialism and the MSM

The Mother of All Bonds

http://fair.org/home/trump-presidential-us-wars-afghanistan-syria

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/25/despite_protest_from_johnson_johnson_florida

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/25/new_dna_evidence_cited_as_missouri

8/24

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/24/problem-shutting-down-abortion-clinics-rural-and-low-income-areas

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

*When you’re a threat to everyone

Everyone’s a threat

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/24/i-was-detained-protesting-trump-heres-what-secret-service-asked-me

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

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19844:Social-Security-A-Success-Story%3A-Can-It-Withstand-Republican-Privatization-Attacks%3F

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

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/24/tariq_ramadan_as_muslims_condemn_spain

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

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

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

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

That’s from a legal perspective

The moral view should be literally bloody obvious.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/24/trapped_in_raqqa_amnesty_says_civilians

8/23

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

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

But on its iniquity

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/23/trump-planning-permanent-occupation-afghanistan

Will Nothing Rid Us of President WTF?
by Andrew Levine

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3285

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

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19846:Why-Plutocrats-Like-Carl-Icahn-Are-Almost-Never-Held-Accountable

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19834:Litigation-Stops-%27Potentially-Devastating%27-Fracking-Gas-Pipeline-in-New-York-State

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19838:Israel-Demolishes-Bedouin-Village-to-Build-Jewish-Only-Town

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

https://www.change.org/p/defense-attorney-of-new-york-18-year-old-high-school-football-player-has-been-charged-with-murder-defending-his-mom

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

*”The White House’s Burden”

Man …

http://fair.org/home/reporting-on-trumps-afghan-escalation-omits-dead-afghan-civilians

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/trumps-war-presidency-pakistan-and-geopolitics-ellsbergs-stalemate-machine

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

*In his deplorable element

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/23/thousands_protest_in_az_as_trump

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/23/arizona_migrant_justice_activist_pardon_the

8/22

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/22/pipeline-victory-could-have-major-implications-climate-fights-ahead

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

*Greed is an historical constant

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/22/150-years-das-kapital-how-relevant-marx-today

Trump And The Infrastructure Of Fascism
by Gerald Epstein

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

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

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/22/trump-and-infrastructure-fascism

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19822:Bolivia%27s-Evo-Morales-Re-Launches-Controversial-Forest-Reserve-Road

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

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19749:How-the-US-Helped-Set-%27Ukraine-on-Fire%27

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

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19819:Trump%27s-New-Afghanistan-Strategy%3A-Windfall-for-the-Military-Industrial-Complex%26%238203%3B

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

*It’s not the monument

It’s the foundation on which it rests

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19820:Tens-of-Thousands-Oppose-Hatred-and-Racist-Policies-Nationwide

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

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

I imagine the people living that hell are similarly curious.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/trumps-afghanistan-strategy-only-good-for-the-arms-peddlers

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

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

But we’re not on Vulcan, are we?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/22/state_dept_official_who_quit_in

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/22/with_no_timetable_for_withdrawal_trump

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/22/billionaire_carl_icahn_resigns_as_trump

8/21

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/21/giving-middle-finger-appalachian-communities-trump-kills-study-mountaintop-removal

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

*Either way, heartlessness is the order of the day

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/21/demanding-ban-killer-robots-tech-experts-warn-opening-pandoras-box

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/21/moms-group-sounds-alarm-over-worst-gop-bill-youve-never-heard

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

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/21/how-not-challenge-racist-violence

The Corruption of the Law
by Chris Hedges

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/21/corruption-law

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/21/why-us-resistance-should-support-protests-okinawa

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

*Ensuring the poor will always be with us

Those still alive

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3282

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

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

I’m sure there are such folks.

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

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

http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Critical-questions-need-to-be-answered-in-11943242.php

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19813:Paul-Ryan-Challenger-Ironstache-Dodges-Debate-With-Primary-Opponent

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

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/08/21/statement-national-low-income-housing-coalition-president-and-ceo-diane-yentel

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19814:Why-Urban-Policing-Cannot-be-Reformed

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

*Focus on the bull

Not the turd its turpitude shat out

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19812:Corporate-Lobbyists-and-Neo-Liberals-Love-the-Idea-of-President-Pence

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

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19805:Bannon-Fired-from-White-House

Institute for Public Accuracy
Afghanistan and Korea: Exploding the Myths

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

http://www.accuracy.org/release/afghanistan-and-korea-exploding-the-myths

8/18

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

*This raises an interesting question

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

Hopefully they can discern apples from oranges …

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/18/aclu-shifts-position-defending-armed-demonstrations-after-charlottesville

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/18/dont-believe-alarmist-propaganda-about-north-korea

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

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/08/18/netherlands-kills-300000-hens-after-eggs-found-contaminated

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19809:Max-Blumenthal-and-Paul-Jay-live-on-firing-of-Steve-Bannon

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19799:US-Begins-Korea-War-Games%2C-Not-Peace-Talks

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19796:Israel-Withholds-Secret-List-of-BDS-Supporters

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

*Where “green” is anything but clean

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19787:Nearly-8-Million-Face-Starvation-in-Congo-as-Kabila-Clings-to-Power

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19655:Brexit-and-the-Single-Market

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19797:Alt-Right-and-Ultra-Zionist-Alliance-against-National-Security-Advisor-McMaster

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

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

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

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

I guess that’s my answer, isn’t it?

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

Or maybe they’re too human.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19801:CIA-Torture-Architects-Settle-With-Victims-to-Avoid-Trial

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

*Kettling the net

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19800:US-Government-Wants-Online-Data-of-Anti-Trump-Protesters

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

*History is written by the winners’ scribes

http://fair.org/home/action-alert-nyt-claims-us-opposed-honduran-coup-it-actually-supported

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

*Nothing neutral about corpress coverage of corporate concerns

http://fair.org/home/net-neutrality-reduced-to-mogul-vs-mogul-in-corporate-medias-shallow-coverage

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

https://www.democracynow.org/categories/web_exclusive

8/17

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/17/support-eight-arrested-toppling-durham-statue-hundreds-turn-themselves

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

*Driving while black hearted

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/17/after-charlottesville-republicans-defend-bills-protect-drivers-who-hit-protesters

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

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3277

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

*The rabble is his cudgel

The rich his clique

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/17/alt-right-and-1

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/17/when-will-united-states-transcend-white-supremacy

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

*”Am I making sense here”?

No question

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19782:Fighting-Rahm-Emanuel%27s-Privatization-of-Chicago%27s-Schools—RAI-with-LaRaviere-%2834%29

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19789:Intellectual-Property-Rights-Protect-Massive-Profits-of-Corporations

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19791:Ending-Legalized-Slavery-in-the-US-Once-and-for-All

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

http://fair.org/home/the-fight-doesnt-end-until-we-stop-it-at-the-source

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

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

Let them know that a hand is extended

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/17/life_after_hate_trump_admin_stops

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/17/vile_hateful_racist_a_fargo_family

8/16

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/16/new-drone-footage-exposes-scale-factory-animal-farming-never

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19778:Ecuador%3A-President-Moreno-In-Battle-with-Former-President-Correa

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19786:Baltimore-Removes-Confederate-Statues-After-Activists-Gave-City-Ultimatium

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

*Law endorsement

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19784:Witnessing-the-Terror-in-Charlottesville

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

*”Preservation” porn

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19785:Real-Media%3A-%27This-is-all-a-lie%27—William-Hawk-Birdshead-at-the-British-Museum

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

*Why?

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

An authentic left, if it’s doing its job

Does.

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

http://fair.org/home/centrist-pundits-paved-way-for-trumps-alt-left-false-equivalence

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

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

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

Only profit.

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

http://fair.org/home/this-is-a-company-that-is-essentially-producing-trump-tv

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

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

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/16/meet_the_college_student_who_pulled

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

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/16/antifa_a_look_at_the_antifascist

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

*Sobering thoughts, and imperative that we ponder them now

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/16/part_2_antifa_a_look_at

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

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/16/video_full_remarks_of_heather_heyer

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

https://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/dietary-supplements/probiotics-101

8/15

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

*Playing the base on a nauseating number

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/15/sick-unscripted-and-unhinged-trump-reverts-defending-neo-nazis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/15/white-supremacist-chaos-charlottesville-just-beginning

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

*The color of clemency

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19775:White-on-Black-Killings-8-Times-More-Likely-to-Be-Cleared

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

*Demoratcy in action

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19777:Despite-Protests%2C-Baltimore-Turns-Back-the-Clock-on-Criminal-Justice-Reform

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

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19773:Taking-on-Rahm-Emanuel-and-the-Chicago-Democratic-Party-Machine—RAI-with-LaRaviere-%2824%29

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19577:The-Nina-Turner-Show%3A-Hygiene-as-a-Human-Right-with-Dr.-Javad-Aghaloo


8/14

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

*From Colorado to Charlottesville

White faces keep cops in their places

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/13/police-stood-mayhem-mounted-charlottesville

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/13/misguided-attacks-aclu-defending-neo-nazis-free-speech-rights-charlottesville

Minority Rule in Trump’s America
by Andrew Levine

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/379-andrew-levine/3272-minority-rule-in-trumps-america

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

*Where’s the borscht?

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3273

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

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19759:Secret-Safe-Injection-Site-Responds-to-US-Drug-Crisis

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19756:States-Prepare-to-Fight-Back-Against-Jeff-Sessions%27-Absurd-War-on-Pot

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19737:Media-Downplays-Wells-Fargo%27s-Latest-Scandals

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19520:Empire-Files%3A-The-Roots-of-the-Philippines-Trafficking-Epidemic

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

*From dominion to dissolution

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19762:Endangered-Species-Act-Under-Attack-As-Extinction-Crisis-Hits-U.S.

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19757:30%2C000-Mexicans-Have-Disappeared-in-Past-10-Years

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19761:Economic-Development-for-Transformative-Structural-Change-%28pt-44%29

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19758:Gabor-Mate-on-the-Opioid-Crisis

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19754:Israel-Is-Arresting-Palestinians-At-Highest-Rate-in-Years

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

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

Anything to diminish a reality the corpress refuses to acknowledge.

http://fair.org/home/for-media-driving-into-a-crowd-of-protesters-is-a-clash

Institute for Public Accuracy
Misconceptions about Charlottesville

*A monumentally malicious mangling of history

http://www.accuracy.org/release/61051

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

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/14/survivor_of_white_supremacist_attack_in

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/14/cornel_west_rev_toni_blackmon_clergy

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/14/uva_professor_on_schools_historical_ties

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

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

I want anyone with an ounce of humanity to condemn him

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/14/part_2_charlottesville_black_lives_matter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/11/lee_fang_on_how_a_little

8/11

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

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/11/us-bombs-kill-more-afghan-women-and-kids-mccains-plan-more-war

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/11/little-kids-big-fears-how-talk-about-nuclear-war-and-donald-trump-2nd-graders

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

*Lessons in larceny

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/11/betsy-devoss-school-choice-looks-more-crony-capitalism

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

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3268

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

*The basest of behavior

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19753:The-History-of-Guam

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19748:As-Trump-Threatens-North-Korea%2C-US-Preps-War-Games-Next-Door

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19751:Federal-Court-Nixes-Environmental-Law-Trump-Actually-Supports

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19752:Economic-Development-for-Transformative-Structural-Change-%28pt.24%29

8/10

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/10/analysis-shows-trumpgop-sabotage-blame-coming-insurance-premium-hikes

Terrorism for Profit
by Robert C. Koehler

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/10/terrorism-profit

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

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/10/saudis-are-killing-their-own-people-help-us-and-canada

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

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

Tokyo
Dresden
Berlin

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19741:72-Years-After-Bombing-Nagasaki%2C-US-Threatens-Another-Nuclear-War

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19743:The-Nauseating-Racial-Discrimination-of-Rahm-Emanuel%27s-Chicago-Public-Schools

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19739:Netanyahu%27s-Billionaire-Backer-May-Help-Bring-Him-Down

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19738:Stock-Market-Boom-is-Bad-News-for-Wages

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19742:Economic-Development-for-Transformative-Structural-Change%3A-Lack-of-Alternatives-Is-Not-the-Problem-%28

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

http://fair.org/home/access-is-about-knowing-how-to-get-the-future-right

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/10/why_is_us_threatening_war_with

8/9

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/09/critics-slam-trumps-substance-free-plan-address-opioid-crisis

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

*P3s

P illaging the P ublic P urse

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/09/pences-indiana-cautionary-tale-privatizing-infrastructure-projects

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/09/canada-builds-border-camp-asylum-seekers-fleeing-us

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

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

Hanging chads, and carnivoric homo sapiens, among others.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/09/inconvenient-sequel-doesnt-talk-about-animal-agriculture-and-thats-absurd

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

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/08/09/persuader-rule-would-have-shined-spotlight-union-avoidance-industry-trump

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19731:Has-Trump-Threatened-Nuclear-War-on-North-Korea%3F

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19735:UN-Human-Rights-Report-on-Venezuela-Ignores-Opposition-Violence

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19729:The-Fight-over-the-FBI%27s-Ugly-History-of-Surveilling-and-Infiltrating-Dissent

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19734:Native-American-Tribes-Continue-Fight-to-Shut-Down-Dakota-Access-Pipeline

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19518:Empire-Files%3A-Buying-a-Slave—The-Hidden-World-of-US-Philippines-Trafficking

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

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/forget_russia_is_provoking_a_nuclear

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/journalist_allan_nairn_on_trump_administrations

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/at_urging_of_blackwater_founder_trump

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

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

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

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/a_rightist_revolution_allan_nairn_on

8/8

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

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/08/blackwater-founders-disturbing-plan-privatize-afghan-war-gains-ground

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

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

But the attempt to ensure it isn’t

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/08/liberals-strike-back-against-single-payer

The United States and the Crucifixion of Yemen
by Paul Street

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/08/united-states-and-crucifixion-yemen

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

*It’s not “political poison for Democrats”

It’s political poison by Democrats

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

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3264

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

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/08/08/aclu-and-splc-sue-end-racketeering-scheme-forced-people-awaiting-trial-pay-fees

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

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

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

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

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19714:A-New-Generation-of-Paramilitary-Groups-is-Killing-Social-Activists-in-Colombia-%28pt.-22%29

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19727:Why-Trump%27s-Immigration-Policies-Are-Really-a-War-on-Workers

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19717:Shifting-Battlefield-in-Syria%27s-Proxy-War

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

*Canton’s my home town, long removed

And I’m cheering for my home team

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19726:Nissan-Workers-Plan-to-Push-Back-Following-Loss

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

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19716:Baltimore-Ceasefire-Weekend-Is-Just-the-Beginning

8/7

Why on Earth Is Trump Attacking Nation’s Nursing Home Population?
Proposed rule called “disturbing” new direction for federal agency which “should be protecting patients, not making it easier for facilities to harm them and cover it up”
by Common Dreams staff

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/07/why-earth-trump-attacking-nations-nursing-home-population

Even More Evidence the US Is a Kleptocracy, Not a Meritocracy
Data shows inequality is spiraling out of control
by Paul Buchheit

*Horatio Alger does a headstand

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/07/even-more-evidence-us-kleptocracy-not-meritocracy

The Thawing Arctic Beyond Flags
by Annika Nilsson, Miyase Christensen and Tom Buurman

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/07/thawing-arctic-beyond-flags

Is Back-to-School More Expensive This Year? Yes, and Here’s Why
by Jeff Bryant

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/07/back-school-more-expensive-year-yes-and-heres-why

What is Behind Israel’s Attempt to Ban Al Jazeera?
Does Netanyahu need a smoke screen for his corruption scandal or is there a more sinister reason for banning Al Jazeera?
by Mark LeVine

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/07/what-behind-israels-attempt-ban-al-jazeera

The Gulf crisis: Qatar’s 2022 World Cup moves into the firing line
by James M. Dorsey

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/473-james-m-dorsey/3263-the-gulf-crisis-qatars-2022-world-cup-moves-into-the-firing-line

Fight for the Future
BREAKING: former FCC security employee destroys agency’s claims of DDoS Attacks Following John Oliver Net Neutrality Segments
Bombshell story from Gizmodo underscores need for FCC to address serious issues with its public comment process before making any decision on net neutrality. 15,000+ people call on lawmakers to demand that FCC comply with transparency laws

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/08/07/breaking-former-fcc-security-employee-destroys-agencys-claims-ddos-attacks

The Real News Network
Does Mueller’s Russia Probe Threaten Trump?
Marcy Wheeler of EmptyWheel.net and TRNN’s Aaron Mate discuss the significance and scope of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, which is apparently focusing on Trump’s financial dealings

*I don’t know why Maté said he hopes he’s “wrong in all of this”, when if Wheeler’s right, it could lead to a potentially catastrophic confrontation with a country bristling with nukes.

I agree with him that the election end of this equation is as clear as mud, and that’s what the hawks have hung their hater hats on, so I hope it turns out to be a red herring, and I would think he would, as well.

His Travesty’s as guilty as sin on the RussoMafian ties to his financial finagling, and if that’s what bursts his bullious bubble – well, as the hep cats say

“Solid, Jackson.”

I don’t think Maté is disputing that connection, so again, the comment’s confusing to me.

Of course, if the election interference angle has some meat to it, expose on

But whatever comes from this, reheating the Cold War is to no one’s benefit, aside from the Military Industrial Complex ™ and the aligned political opportunists on both sides of the aisle.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19713:Does-Mueller%27s-Russia-Probe-Threaten-Trump%3F

Will The Catastrophic Drought In Kenya Affect Its Presidential Election?
Odenda Lumbumba of Kenya Land Alliance says that Kenya’s drought is not just the result of climate change – it’s also the result of failed public policy

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19694:Will-The-Catastrophic-Drought-In-Kenya-Affect-Its-Presidential-Election%3F

A Rare Pause in Violence as Baltimore Ceasefire Efforts Continue
A silent walk through a labyrinth marked the second full day of citywide efforts by activists to bring a halt to homicides for 72 hours

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19715:A-Rare-Pause-in-Violence-as-Baltimore-Ceasefire-Efforts-Continue

Democrats Help Trump Sabotage Iran Nuclear Deal
US isolation will only deepen if Trump and Congress continue to undermine the Iran nuclear deal, says Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19712:Democrats-Help-Trump-Sabotage-Iran-Nuclear-Deal

GOP and Democrats Push Trump on Tax Reform
Former financial regulator Bill Black says the Democrats’ demands are the result of bad economics and bad politics, while Trump’s vision is “the type of thing that comes from ingesting too much peyote”

*Of course, by invoking deficit concerns, the Demorats can pretend to be for more just policies, but are constrained by “budgetary reality”.

Our enforced ignorance on such matters lets them get away with it.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19681:GOP-and-Democrats-Push-Trump-on-Tax-Reform

How Much Will Methane From Thawing Permafrost Speed Up Global Warming?
Methane “seeps” on the tundra may be more problematic than previously thought, according to a new report co-authored by Torsten Sachs, a researcher at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Germany

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19646:How-Much-Will-Methane-From-Thawing-Permafrost-Speed-Up-Global-Warming%3F

Real Media: The Special Relationship Between UK and Saudi Arabia
Adam Smith of Campaign Against the Arms Trade calls for a judicial review of the UK government’s continued approval of arms sales to Saudi Arabia

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19710:Real-Media%3A-The-Special-Relationship-Between-UK-and-Saudi-Arabia

Real Media: Northern Ireland, Conservatives & Dark Money (2/2)
Open Democracy editor Adam Ramsay discusses who the Democratic Unionist Party is and what Theresa May’s potential deal will mean for the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Irish politics and the future (Part 2)

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19706:Real-Media%3A-Northern-Ireland%2C-Conservatives-%26-Dark-Money-%2822%29

FAIR
Remembering the Gulf of Tonkin, and the Consequences of Wanting to Believe
by Janine Jackson

*There’s nothing “innocent” about ignoring or distorting facts, is there?

Perhaps reporters – at least some of them – are “credulous”, but those who control the corpress know the who, what, when, where and why, and actively collude to obscure that reality.

That’s a function of class interest, which doesn’t require clandestine communication among conspirators

It just needs dark souls in service of domination.

http://fair.org/home/remembering-the-gulf-of-tonkin-and-the-consequences-of-wanting-to-believe

‘You’re in Danger of Ignoring an Entire Section of the Population’
CounterSpin interview with Talia Buford on environmental justice policy
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/youre-in-danger-of-ignoring-an-entire-section-of-the-population

Democracy Now!
Meet Houston’s Latino Police Chief Standing Up to Texas’s Anti-Immigrant “Show Me Your Papers” Law

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/7/meet_the_latino_police_chief_standing

As Downtown Detroit Gentrifies, Longtime Black Residents Fight Illegal Tax Foreclosures

Green Party’s Jill Stein: Our Voting System is Wide Open for Hacking

*A dark age posing as a “renaissance”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/7/as_downtown_detroit_gentrifies_longtime_black

Charlottesville VA Backs “Reparations” Fund for Black Residents & Votes to Sell Robert E. Lee Statue

*This ol’ Southern boy says that the only “appropriate” place for that statue is “the dustbin of history”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/7/charlottesville_va_backs_reparations_fund_for

*Stein certainly goes beyond Sanders in speaking to the disease that infects our body politic, but neither she nor anyone else with any visibility on the left in the US provides a vision that goes beyond “radical reform” (a contradiction in terms) of the profit system

And that’s the only thing that will save us from apocalypse.

And I’d have liked to have heard her explain why so many Greens would have filled in His Travesty’s soulless black oval.

Again, the vision thing, and what it says about her and other party leadership.

As much as I despise Clintonismo, I could never stomach such an act.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/4/green_party_s_jill_stein_our

Testosterone and Prostate Cancer: What’s the Connection?
by Ty Bollinger

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/testosterone-prostate-cancer-connection

8/4

Court Throws Out Blackwater Guards’ Sentences for 2007 Baghdad Massacre
Three former mercenaries who killed and injured 31 unarmed Iraqis in Nisour Square will be resentenced, and a fourth may be retried
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/04/court-throws-out-blackwater-guards-sentences-2007-baghdad-massacre

New Report Reveals Water Threats Posed by the “Dirty Three’s” Pipeline Routes
Greenpeace analysis found tar sands oil projects could cause multiple significant spills over the next 50 years
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/04/new-report-reveals-water-threats-posed-dirty-threes-pipeline-routes

India’s Authorities Are Drowning 40,000 Families
The Sardar Sarovar Dam in India was already competing to become the world’s most controversial dam. Last month’s decision to forcibly displace another 40,000 families without proper rehabilitation or compensation is both cruel and criminal.
by Nick Meynen

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/04/indias-authorities-are-drowning-40000-families

Dear Media: Trump’s “Beautiful, Clean Coal” Is Another Lie. Please Hold Him Accountable.
by Jeff Biggers

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/04/dear-media-trumps-beautiful-clean-coal-another-lie-please-hold-him-accountable

Trump is Guilty, of Something
by Andrew Levine

*”[H]onest and determined”

Those are not qualities prized by many in the power structure who have their own dark dealings in the shadows of the Kremlin’s spires to shield from the light, don’t they?

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3261

Jewish Voice for Peace
Muslim, Christian, Jewish leaders join Quaker farmers’ market campaign for Palestinian human rights

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/08/04/muslim-christian-jewish-leaders-join-quaker-farmers-market-campaign-palestinian

Rainforest Action Network Responds to PepsiCo’s Release of Palm Oil Action Plan Progress Report
Calls it “masterful window dressing” while workers continue to suffer and forests continue to fall

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/08/04/rainforest-action-network-responds-pepsicos-release-palm-oil-action-plan

The Real News Network
Portland Pledges To Defend Ban on Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Projects
The City Council votes to appeal overturn of their historic ban of all new fossil fuel infrastructure projects. Nick Caleb, Staff Attorney at the Center for Sustainable Economy, says local governments should be able to protect residents from the dangers of fossil fuels

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19688:Portland-Pledges-To-Defend-Ban-on-Fossil-Fuel-Infrastructure-Projects

NAACP Travel Advisory for Missouri
NAACP cites, racism, discrimination, hate crimes, and weakening of legal recourse for the travel warning. Professor Gerald Horne puts the measure in its contemporary and historical context in Missouri

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19689:NAACP-Travel-Advisory-for-Missouri

Trump is Turning Against the White Working Class that Elected Him
Rising stock prices is not an indicator of financial health like Trump would have you believe, specially when you examine who is buying that stock, says economist Michael Hudson, the author of “Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy”

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19687:Trump-is-Turning-Against-the-White-Working-Class-that-Elected-Him

UK Court Protects Tony Blair from War Crimes Suit
The UK High Court has blocked a war crimes suit against Tony Blair for the Iraq invasion, but that won’t stop the effort to hold him accountable, says author and activist Chris Nineham

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19686:UK-Court-Protects-Tony-Blair-from-War-Crimes-Suit

Empire Files: Privacy, Control & the Darknet
Out of the periphery of most online users, there’s a vast, hidden space used by people who want to remain anonymous, which filmmaker Alex Winter explores in his documentary Deep Web. The film focuses on the Silk Road, a black market hosted on the Darknet using bitcoin cryptocurrency, and the trial of Ross Ulbricht, who was given a double life sentence without the possibility of parole for creating and hosting the site.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19517:Empire-Files%3A-Privacy%2C-Control-%26-the-Darknet

Real Media: Northern Ireland, Conservatives & Dark Money (1/2)
Adam Ramsay of Open Democracy discusses his investigation into the Democratic Unionist Party and dark money during the Brexit campaign (Part 1)

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19690:Real-Media%3A-Northern-Ireland%2C-Conservatives-%26-Dark-Money-%2812%29

Democracy Now!
Why Emma Lazarus’s Iconic Poem “The New Colossus” is Under Attack by the Trump Administration

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/4/why_emma_lazaruss_iconic_poem_the

U.S. Ramps Up Border Militarism as Trump Appoints DHS Head General John Kelly to Chief of Staff

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/4/us_ramps_up_border_militarism_as

Will the U.S. War in Afghanistan Ever End? A Discussion with Kathy Kelly & Jodi Vittori

*Vittori foolishly believes that the rapist should have a role in the rehabilitation of the victim.

Kelly knows better, and I’m glad she was present to present that view.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/4/will_the_us_war_in_afghanistan

Setting the record straight on bone health
News reports about the pros and cons of taking calcium and vitamin D and the importance of diet have left many people, including doctors, confused
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/dietary-supplements/setting-record-straight-bone-health

8/3

Asylum Seekers, Fleeing Trump’s Hostility, Overwhelm Quebec’s Refugee Resources
Crossing at remote locations along the border, thousands have left the U.S. for Canada in hopes of attaining refugee status
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/03/asylum-seekers-fleeing-trumps-hostility-overwhelm-quebecs-refugee-resources

Don’t Lie to Poor Kids About Why They’re Poor
Those at the bottom—and the top—deserve to know why their experiences are so different.
by Josh Hoxie

*In an inherently unjust system that is inherently unjustifiable

“Fairness” is a fool’s errand.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/03/dont-lie-poor-kids-about-why-theyre-poor

The Real News Network
Bannon and Blackwater Want to Outsource Afghan War
With the Afghan war in a violent stalemate, President Trump and his top advisers have considered proposals to outsource the anti-Taliban fight to private mercenaries

*Outsourcing the empire

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19682:Bannon-and-Blackwater-Want-to-Outsource-Afghan-War

Backroom Deal Shutters Baltimore Daycare Center Serving Public Housing Residents
Residents voice concerns after a critical facility serving low-income parents is forced out of a city-owned building on short notice

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19680:Backroom-Deal-Shutters-Baltimore-Daycare-Center-Serving-Public-Housing-Residents

American Role in Creating Russian Kleptocracy Missing in Financier’s Senate Testimony
Investigative economist James S. Henry and TRNN’s Paul Jay discuss Bill Browder’s accusations of corruption and murder against Vladimir Putin; Henry says Trump’s dubious Russia connections are more about Russian oligarch’s investments and secret loans than election manipulation

*Whatever His Travesty’s done to blunt the investigation around the election could be based on a belief that it could lead to these financial crimes, but if so, I’d say that’s paranoia on his part, because, as has been laid out here, an awful lot of arms from every angle are up to their elbows in this shit.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19685:American-Role-in-Creating-Russian-Kleptocracy-Missing-in-Financier%27s-Senate-Testimony

Institute for Public Accuracy
Russia Sanctions: A Dangerous Political Football

http://www.accuracy.org/release/russia-sanctions-a-dangerous-political-football

FAIR
Media’s Grim Addiction to Perseverance Porn
by Adam Johnson

*Somehow, stories of folks walking many miles to highlight the injustice illustrated here don’t merit the same cachet, do they?

And is that really “mindless”?

http://fair.org/home/medias-grim-addiction-to-perseverance-porn

Democracy Now!
Nikole Hannah-Jones on DOJ’s Attack on Affirmative Action & How School Segregation Never Ended

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/3/nikole_hannah_jones_on_dojs_attack

Trump Considers Prolonging Afghan War to Secure $1 Trillion in Untapped Mineral Deposits

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/3/trump_considers_prolonging_afghan_war_to

8/2

Docs Reveal Monsanto’s Attempts to Influence Reports About Roundup
Law firm releases trove of “secret documents” detailing employees’ messages to writers and scientists
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Blinding us with bought science

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/02/docs-reveal-monsantos-attempts-influence-reports-about-roundup

Land Taken From Freed Slave’s Descendants for Amazon Data Center?
by Richard Eskow

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/02/land-taken-freed-slaves-descendants-amazon-data-center

The Real News Network
Russians See Sanctions Regime as a Blessing in Disguise
Despite existing sanctions against Russia, German exports to Russia have gone up by twenty percent, and investments are increasing in the domestic economy, says Richard Sakwa, professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19660:Russians-See-Sanctions-Regime-as-a-Blessing-in-Disguise

Pentagon Plan to Arm Ukraine Means Escalation with Russia
As U.S. and Russian relations hit a new low, the Pentagon and State Department have drafted a plan to arm Ukraine’s fight against Russian-backed rebels, a move that would escalate the country’s three-year war

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19671:Pentagon-Plan-to-Arm-Ukraine-Means-Escalation-with-Russia

A New Generation of Paramilitary Groups is Killing Social Activists in Colombia
Colombia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for social activists. We speak to Bladimir Sanchez Espitia, a TRNN collaborator who documents cases of human rights violations and has received a “death letter” himself

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19673:A-New-Generation-of-Paramilitary-Groups-is-Killing-Social-Activists-in-Colombia

Hacked Emails Reveal How UAE Buys Influence in D.C.
Hacked emails from the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the US show the Gulf monarchy has strong ties, including financial, to influential and politically connected Washington think-tanks, says The Intercept’s Zaid Jilani

*Patriotism may be the last (or first) refuge of a scoundrel

But mercenarism pays better

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19667:Hacked-Emails-Reveal-How-UAE-Buys-Influence-in-D.C.

DNC TakeBack: DNC Offers Progressives What they Want to Hear
The DNC has a subtle unveiling of a platform aimed at progressives in support of Medicare For All, Basic Universal Income, and a ban on Corporate Lobbyists
by Michael Sainato

*The side was picked a very long time ago, long before neoliberalism was a gleam in Hillary’s and Bill’s beady little eyes.

For decades, the Dems sought to save capitalism from itself, not us from it.

Now they’re content to let it commit the ultimate murder-suicide.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19674:DNC-TakeBack%3A-DNC-Offers-Progressives-What-they-Want-to-Hear

Petition
Stand with Nissan workers
by Joel Solow

https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/stand-with-nissan-workers-1

FAIR
‘Boycotts to Achieve Political Change Are Forms of Political Speech’
CounterSpin interview with Josh Ruebner on anti-BDS bill
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/boycotts-to-achieve-political-change-are-forms-of-political-speech

Institute for Public Accuracy
Enough About Russia? U.S. Openly Interfering in Venezuela, Violating OAS Charter

*How black does a pot have to be before you concede its color?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/enough-about-russia-u-s-openly-interfering-in-venezuela-violating-oas-charter

Democracy Now!
Wray Confirmed as FBI Director as Questions Swirl over His Past Record & Close Ties to Big Business

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/2/wray_confirmed_as_fbi_director_as

Death at the Border: How CBP Agents Urged Mexican Teen to Drink the Liquid Meth That Killed Him

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/2/death_at_the_border_how_cbp

Explosive Lawsuit: White House & Fox Peddled Seth Rich Conspiracies to Distract from Russia Probe

*One possibility that comes to mind is that His Travesty is deathly afeared of the exposure of his business dealings with the Russian oligarchy, and sees the election hacking narrative as the royal road to his ruin, regardless of its veracity, or, if true, whether it had any measurable impact on it.

Stay tuned …

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/2/explosive_lawsuit_white_house_fox_peddled

The Dangers of High Estrogen Levels, Even for Women
by Ty Bollinger

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/high-estrogen-levels

8/1

I Am Not A Hero Teacher
by Steven Singer

*Building without bricks

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/08/01/i-am-not-hero-teacher

Playing both sides against the middle: Saudi engages with Iraqi Shiites
by James M. Dorsey

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3254

Center for Reproductive Rights
Updated Report from the Center for Reproductive Rights, Ibis Reproductive Health: States with Most Abortion Restrictions have the Fewest Supportive Policies for Women, Children

*Pro(scribe) life

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/08/01/updated-report-center-reproductive-rights-ibis-reproductive-health-states-most

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Jordan: Seize Opportunity to End Impunity for Rape

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/08/01/jordan-seize-opportunity-end-impunity-rape

Parliament to Vote on Controversial Penal Code Article
The Real News Network
Biological Annihilation: Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Event is Under Way
Earth is entering its sixth mass extinction event, posing a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilization,” says a new study co-authored by Professor Gerardo Ceballos at the University of Mexico Donald

*Godawful transcript, but I think the point comes through regardless

To survive, human beings can no longer be the only species wilfully incapable of reason.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19607:Biological-Annihilation%3A-Earth%27s-Sixth-Mass-Extinction-Event-is-Under-Way

Trump Sanctions Maduro
Over 8 million Venezuelans vote for a National Constituent Assembly. We discuss the implications with author Steve Ellner and historian Miguel Tinker Salas

*Not “fit to print” on the pages of the Times, don’t you reckon?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19666:Trump-Sanctions-Maduro

Dems, GOP Join Hands for Sanctions
President Trump will sign a Congressional measure imposing new sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea, showing a bipartisan — and dangerous — preference for confrontation over diplomacy, says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies

*Dear Misleader’s “diplomatic successes” should be viewed in the context of US aims, don’t you think?

Paris was a fig leaf for “all of the above”

Cuba was a way to open the door for US corps to “penetrate” the Cuban market, and lead to the end of the beneficial aspects of the revolution

And Iran, while it may have forestalled military aggression, was based on the lie of nefarious nuclear intentions.

There was no “there” there

And I’d submit that these “achievements” share that assessment, regardless of their being arguably “better” in some sense than the status quo.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19665:Dems%2C-GOP-Join-Hands-for-Sanctions

Democracy Now!
Jill Stein on Trump as a “Grave Danger” & Why She was at 2015 Moscow Dinner with Putin & Flynn

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/1/jill_stein_on_trump_as_a

July 2017

 

7/31

Team Trump’s Bible Study: Weekly Worship Meeting at the White House
While Christian groups protest Trump’s policies, cabinet meets with pastor to study scripture
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*In Jesus’ name

Mayhem

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/31/team-trumps-bible-study-weekly-worship-meeting-white-house

Strife in Jerusalem: Fears of popular revolts bring Israel and Arabs together
by James M. Dorsey

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3252

Questions and Implications of the French Elections:
Mélenchon, La France Insoumise, Populism
by Pierre Rousset

*Loyalty resides in the province of principles, not personalities

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/675–pierre-rousset/3248-questions-and-implications-of-the-french-elections

Global Justice Now
Hormone-Treated Beef and the UK-US Trade Talks

*Grasping hands across the water

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/07/31/hormone-treated-beef-and-uk-us-trade-talks

The Real News Network
Trump Stacking The National Labor Relations Board to Favor Corporations
Labor reporter Michael Arria says NLRB appointments are taking place that will shock you, while the media is preoccupied with Russiagate

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19656:Trump-Stacking-The-National-Labor-Relations-Board-to-Favor-Corporations

Subprime Auto Loan Defaults on the Rise
Bill Black, the white collar criminologist, says it is a very severe problem for consumers who are going to lose not only their cars, but their credit ratings

*No worries about not “be[ing] too nice” here, are there?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19641:Subprime-Auto-Loan-Defaults-on-the-Rise

Trump Blasts Hezbollah as it Ousts al-Qaeda
President Trump claims Lebanon “is on the front lines in the fight” against Hezbollah, apparently not realizing that Hezbollah is a partner in the Lebanese government–and just as Hezbollah scores a key victory against al-Qaeda

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19652:Trump-Blasts-Hezbollah-as-it-Ousts-al-Qaeda

Dems Add Neocons to Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’
After pushing disastrous policies and wars, prominent neoconservatives are reinventing themselves as members of the anti-Trump “resistance” with the help of top Democrats and MSNBC, says The Nation’s James Carden

*Follow the money

Right up to the Russian border

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19624:Dems-Add-Neocons-to-Anti-Trump-%27Resistance%27

What Nawaz Sharif’s Ouster Means for Pakistan
The resignation of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over a corruption scandal signals that Pakistani politics could head in a more independent path at home and abroad, says Junaid Ahmad of the University of Lahore

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19658:What-Nawaz-Sharif%27s-Ouster-Means-for-Pakistan

Petition
Public Citizen
Our Seniors Shouldn’t Sacrifice their Rights to Protect Corporate Profits

http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13583

Institute for Public Accuracy
Venezuela: Demonization of Government, Glamorization of Opposition

http://www.accuracy.org/release/venezuela-demonization-of-government-glamorization-of-opposition

Democracy Now!
Retired Police Detective: Trump’s Comments Endorsing Police Brutality are “Treasonous”

*The question I have to ask is why aren’t all these “good officers” “com[ing] forward” when they see this shit going down?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/31/retired_police_detective_trumps_comments_endorsing

Is Trump Trying to Sabotage the Nuclear Deal to Lay Groundwork for War with Iran?

*Do you wonder whether His Travesty’s mindset is that if he’s going to go down

He’s going to take the rest of the world with him?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/31/is_trump_trying_to_sabotage_the

Uterine Leiomyoma: This Common Tumor Isn’t Cancer, but Women Should Still Seek to Avoid It
by Ty Bollinger

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/uterine-leiomyoma

7/28

‘Revolting’: Trump Openly Calls for Police Brutality in Long Island Speech
“America is once again a nation of laws, says Trump, who just told cops to beat the shit out of people they arrest”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A sea of blue

A pool of red

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/28/revolting-trump-openly-calls-police-brutality-long-island-speech

For Defeat of Trumpcare, Thank Disability Rights Activists, Not John McCain
“Folks praising Murkowski, Collins, and McCain: I think you misspelled Hirono, ADAPT, and every activist resisting the Republican agenda”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Credit where credit is denied

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/28/defeat-trumpcare-thank-disability-rights-activists-not-john-mccain

A Healthcare Story to Celebrate: Oregon’s Reproductive Equity Act
by Laura Flanders

*Singles leave runners stranded

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/28/healthcare-story-celebrate-oregons-reproductive-equity-act

Enter Scaramouche, Stage Right
by Andrew Levine

*Driving a clown car over the cliff

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3249

National Nurses United
Nurses Challenge Rep. Blake Farenthold to Duel of Healthcare Facts Sunday, July 30
“On behalf of Texas patients, we challenge Rep. Farenthold to step outside and settle this healthcare debate Medicare-for-All style,” say nurses

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/07/28/nurses-challenge-rep-blake-farenthold-duel-healthcare-facts-sunday-july-30

The Real News Network
Trump’s ‘Fantasy’ Military Budget Hides the Real Costs
To spend even more than the staggering amounts already given to the military, U.S. lawmakers have used the foreign war budget as a “slush fund” to circumvent Pentagon budget caps imposed by law, says William Hartung

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19647:Trump%27s-%27Fantasy%27-Military-Budget-Hides-the-Real-Costs

Tyrone West’s Sister Refuses 1 Million Dollar Settlement for Her Brother’s Death
Tawanda Jones told the BCPD: “I Will Not Settle” for the wrongful death of her brother. The settlement had a gag order that would have meant shutting down “West Wednesdays” protests demanding justice for her brother’s death

*A voice that won’t be boxed

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19657:Tyrone-West%27s-Sister-Refuses-1-Million-Dollar-Settlement-for-Her-Brother%27s-Death

Empire Files: The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters
With all the discussion of the contentious 2016 election, the most shocking fact is often ignored: that millions of people had their votes stolen through malicious, means. The Republican Party is currently working to purge millions more voters leading up to the 2018 election. Abby Martin interviews investigative reporter Greg Palast, who has done the most extensive work uncovering this massive disenfranchisement campaign.

*Clinton and the DNC won’t talk about it

Sanders won’t talk about it

So what is talked about?

Those goddamn Rooskies.

Is Trump financially beholden to some foreign fiends?

He’s dead solid certainly in hock to our own vile villainry, isn’t he?

And the corpress that His Travesty loves to hate makes sure that what got him where he is never sees the light of our TV screens, laptops and smartphones, or the pages of our Papers of Record.

It’s as American as Apple’s plenteous piece of the pie.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19516:Empire-Files%3A-The-Hidden-Purging-of-Millions-of-Voters

Institute for Public Accuracy
Pakistan’s Sharif Out: A New Independence?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/pakistans-sharif-out-a-new-independence

FAIR
World’s Richest Person Escapes Scrutiny From His Own Paper—and Its Rivals
by Adam Johnson

*Breathless

Yet still blowing smoke

http://fair.org/home/worlds-richest-person-escapes-scrutiny-from-his-own-paper-and-its-rivals

Democracy Now!
As Trump Targets Teenagers for Deportation, Immigrants Push Back with Direct Action

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/28/as_trump_targets_teenagers_for_deportation

Heart attack signs in women may differ
Here’s what you need to know
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/heart-and-disease-cat/heart-attack-signs-women-may-differ

7/27

With Kentucky’s Last Clinic ‘Under Siege,’ Anti-Choice Activists Display Abortion on Jumbotron
As activists descend on Louisville for a week of protests, state threatens to shutter its only abortion provider
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If this is “in Jesus’ name”, I think the guy’s got a conclusive case for defamation of character.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/27/kentuckys-last-clinic-under-siege-anti-choice-activists-display-abortion-jumbotron

“Poison Papers” Snapshot: Transcript Illustrates EPA Collusion with Chemical Industry
by Rebekah Wilce

*His Travesty wants to gut the EPA

But if it’s already gutless …

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/27/poison-papers-snapshot-transcript-illustrates-epa-collusion-chemical-industry

Justice for Port Drivers
Our STRIKE caused huge back ups

https://www.facebook.com/Justice4PortDrivers/videos/882933991875861

The Real News Network
Congress Unites on Russia Sanctions, But at What Cost?
As the House overwhelmingly backs new sanctions on the Kremlin, Russian lawmakers vow a “painful” response and the European Commission mulls retaliation of its own

*”Rational”?

No

But there are plenty of reasons behind this, as anyone in the least familiar with the intentions of the Military Industrial Complex ™ and the aims of the US hegemon surely suss.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19643:Congress-Unites-on-Russia-Sanctions%2C-But-at-What-Cost%3F

FAIR
Body Count Comeback
Corporate media routinely repeat Pentagon kill estimates that defy reality
by Reed Richardson

*Count on corpress credulity

http://fair.org/home/body-count-comeback

Media Mourn End of CIA Killing Syrians and Strengthening Al Qaeda
by Ben Norton

http://fair.org/home/media-end-cia-training-syrian-rebels-al-qaeda

Democracy Now!
What Role Should the Military Play in the Fight for Transgender Rights?

*Dawson refuses to exit her issue silo, while Spade stands outside it, and sees the larger picture.

Of course, that’s emblematic of what’s problematic about “identity politics”, isn’t it?

The personal particulars of the person firing the bullet or the bomb doesn’t matter to the dead, does it?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/27/what_role_should_the_military_play

7/26

Colonialism and Greed: Trump Considers Afghan War Expansion to Exploit Minerals
Trump is reportedly being encouraged by corporate executives to take advantage of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*So, the US shouldn’t rape Afghanistan because it would fuel Taliban propaganda about … um … raping Afghanistan?

That would be “dumb”

Not heinous?

The US doesn’t give a good goddamn about “winning hearts and minds”

Only eviscerating them.

The PR is for domestic consumption, while the rubble and severed body parts tell the locals a different and deathly tale.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/26/colonialism-and-greed-trump-considers-afghan-war-expansion-exploit-minerals

ACLU Objects After Capitol Hill Police Tell Journalists to Delete Protest Photos
At least one journalist reported being forced to delete his photos of the scene
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/26/aclu-objects-after-capitol-hill-police-tell-journalists-delete-protest-photos

Utilities Knew, Too: Despite Warning Decades Ago, Industry Lied and Deceived on Climate
New report reveals the utilities industry encouraged coal use and public doubt while conducting “cutting-edge” climate research
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Please recall this the next time you see one of those oh so warm and fuzzy ads from your local “energy provider” and all the “green”ishness they’re “committed” to.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/26/utilities-knew-too-despite-warning-decades-ago-industry-lied-and-deceived-climate

Remembering ‘The Americans with Disabilities Act’ and the Movement that Generated It
by Felicia Kornbluh

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/26/remembering-americans-disabilities-act-and-movement-generated-it

Home-from-War War Stories: Myth, Media & the Ken Burns Vietnam Series
by Jerry Lembcke

*Unasked here is the question of just why the myth is propagated.

As with other myths (aka “lies”) such as the Gulf of Tonkin attack and Saddam’s WMDs, the corpress colludes with the warmongers in the knowledge that knowledge is power, and ignorance the currency with which it is purchased by the powerful.

That’s the “allure”.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/26/home-war-war-stories-myth-media-ken-burns-vietnam-series

The Real News Network
Is Extreme Heat the New Normal?
The Real News team spoke with first responders and science and medial experts in Arizona, where high temperatures have grounded planes and significantly increased health emergencies

*So much heat

So little light

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19639:Is-Extreme-Heat-the-New-Normal%3F

Gideon Levy: Israelis Shut Out Palestinian Calls for Freedom
The Palestinian protest against restrictions on the Al-Aqsa mosque is the latest challenge to a 50-year occupation, but self-denial and racism preclude Israelis from listening, says veteran Israeli journalist Gideon Levy

*The corpress in Israel, as in the US and every other nation, serves power.

It’s not a matter of “commercial considerations” – of this reporting “not selling”

But of selling a narrative of government and corporate “good intentions”, with the occasional “wart” revealed to certify the mainstream media’s “independent” bona fides.

It’s all the news that’s printed to fit.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19635:Gideon-Levy%3A-Israelis-Shut-Out-Palestinian-Calls-for-Freedom

Germany Bans Arms Shipments to Turkey
The freeze sets an important precedent of linking arms exports to human rights, says TRNN’s Shir Hever

*The subheading really doesn’t connect with the substance of the segment, does it?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19632:Germany-Bans-Arms-Shipments-to-Turkey

Institute for Public Accuracy
The Plot to Scapegoat Russia

*“This doesn’t mean Russia and Vladimir Putin are beyond serious criticism.”

But I don’t see much of that from those who, with goddamn good reason, oppose this Russia to judgment.

It’s not enough to tick off the US’ innumerable sins. We have to be as clear eyed about all gummints’ iniquities as our own. And be clear that I’m not referring to deep state talking points on Russia, Venezuela, Iran et alia, but about verifiable contradictions that honest reportage is obliged to relate.

That gives credibility to a stand against the regime changers and warmongers by making plain that those taking it are not apologists for their targets, don’t you think?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/the-plot-to-scapegoat-russia

Democracy Now!
Is Trump’s Base Turning on the President over His Humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/26/will_trump_fire_attorney_general_jeff

Joshua Green on the “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump & the Storming of the Presidency”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/26/joshua_green_on_the_devils_bargain

A Look at How a Racial Theorist Tied to Mussolini & Hitler Influenced Steve Bannon

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/26/joshua_green_on_how_steve_bannon

Joshua Green on How Bannon’s Experience with Video Gamers Gave Rise to the Alt-Right

*Apparently Bannon recognized that actual adolescents would be attracted to a terminal one.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/26/joshua_green_on_how_bannons_experience

7/25

Scary Dairy: You Scream, I Scream… Monsanto Roundup Ice Cream
Traces of “probable human carcinogen” found in samples from ten Ben & Jerry flavors
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Unjust desserts

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/25/scary-dairy-you-scream-i-scream-monsanto-roundup-ice-cream

Five Pro-Democracy Activists Sentenced for Disrupting the U.S. Supreme Court
by David Schwenk

*Blox populi

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/25/five-pro-democracy-activists-sentenced-disrupting-us-supreme-court

Environmental Working Group (EWG)
To Save $10 Billion, Cut Subsidies for Big Ag, Not Nutrition for Kids and Seniors

*Stop feeding the pigs

Not the people

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/07/25/save-10-billion-cut-subsidies-big-ag-not-nutrition-kids-and-seniors

The Real News Network
Foreign Investment and The UK Housing Crisis
Real Media speaks to Anna Minton, the author of “Big Capital: Who Is London For?” about the causes, effects and potential remedies for the housing crisis that has been growing for 30 years in London and beyond

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19634:Foreign-Investment-and-The-UK-Housing-Crisis

Palestinian Protesters Defend Their ‘Right to Exist’
As the Al-Aqsa protests continue despite a deadly Israeli crackdown, writer Mariam Barghouti says Palestinians across the Occupied Territories “are reiterating their right to exist”

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19622:Palestinian-Protesters-Defend-Their-%27Right-to-Exist%27

Vijay Prashad: Trump is Setting Up a ‘Dangerous Confrontation’ With Iran
Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay discuss the American, Saudi and Israeli ​campaign a​gainst Iran and the new Cold War with Russia

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19620:%26%238203%3BVijay-Prashad%3A-Trump-is-Setting-Up-a-%27Dangerous-Confrontation%27-With-Iran

RussiaGate Drowns Out U.S.-Russia Discord
As Jared Kushner’s collusion denial dominates the airwaves, the RussiaGate fixation overshadows a new round of U.S. sanctions on Russia and other developments that fuel continued tensions, says The Nation’s James Carden

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19627:RussiaGate-Drowns-Out-U.S.-Russia-Discord

FAIR
How Media Spread CIA’s Sectarian, Anti-Iran ‘Mideast Cold War’ Narrative
by Ben Norton

*Mirroring the smoke

http://fair.org/home/vox-cia-iran-saudi-arabia-middle-east-cold-war

Democracy Now!
Death of 10 Migrants in San Antonio Spotlights Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding on U.S.-Mexico Border

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/25/death_of_10_migrants_in_san

Sonia Nazario: The Tragedy in San Antonio is “Predictable Outcome” of Trump’s Immigration Crackdown

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/25/sonia_nazario_the_tragedy_in_san

The Rebellions That Changed U.S. History: Looking Back at the 1967 Newark & Detroit Uprisings

*”[W]e’ve put so much emphasis on taking over the power structure, and we became prisoners of it.”

Is anyone trying to “take over” the Democratic Party listening to Bogg’s wisdom?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/25/the_rebellions_that_changed_us_history

7/24

Middle School Suicides Double As Common Core Testing Intensifies
by Steven Singer

*Can society pass this test of common humanity?

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/24/middle-school-suicides-double-common-core-testing-intensifies

Saving Illinois: Getting More Bang for the State’s Bucks
Illinois is teetering on bankruptcy and other states are not far behind, largely due to unfunded pension liabilities; but there are solutions. The Federal Reserve could do a round of “QE for Munis.” Or the state could turn its sizable pension fund into a self-sustaining public bank.
by Ellen Brown

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/24/saving-illinois-getting-more-bang-states-bucks

How the Food and Drug Companies Ensure that We Get Sick and They Make Money
by Paul Buchheit

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/24/how-food-and-drug-companies-ensure-we-get-sick-and-they-make-money

Trump and the Christian Fascists
by Chris Hedges

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/24/trump-and-christian-fascists

The Real News Network
UK Banks Profit from Israeli Crimes against Palestinians
A new report from War on Want reveals that some of the UK’s top banks and financial institutions are investing in companies known to supply Israel with weapons and technology used in the oppression of Palestinians

*Banking on barbarity

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19606:UK-Banks-Profit-from-Israeli-Crimes-against-Palestinians

Family Income’s Critical Role in Child Development
As Trump and the Republicans target vital social programs in their budget, a new study from the London School of Economics shows that poverty has a huge impact on children’s cognitive, social-behavioral and health outcomes

*Pols love to talk about “family values”

Except when it comes to the value of their income

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19596:Family-Income%27s-Critical-Role-in-Child-Development

Petition
No Justice No Pride
Break DC Capital Pride’s Ties with Police, Prisons and Pipelines!

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/capital-pride-break-your-ties-with-police-prisons-and-pipelines

FAIR
WaPo Worships Principled, Humanitarian McCain That’s Never Existed
by Adam Johnson

*A man after their own dark heart

http://fair.org/home/wapo-worships-principled-humanitarian-mccain-thats-never-existed

Reuters vs. UN Cancer Agency: Are Corporate Ties Influencing Science Coverage?
by Stacy Malkan

*Scientific method acting

http://fair.org/home/reuters-vs-un-cancer-agency-are-corporate-ties-influencing-science-coverage

Institute for Public Accuracy
How Trump Helps Netanyahu Push Palestinians into a Corner

http://www.accuracy.org/release/how-trump-helps-netanyahu-push-palestinians-into-a-corner

Democracy Now!
Minneapolis Police Chief Resigns over the Cop Shooting of Unarmed Woman. Will the Mayor Be Next?

*Bullets belong to no party

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/24/minneapolis_police_chief_resigns_over_the

Criminologist Phil Stinson: Police Kill Three People Every Single Day in the United States

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/24/criminologist_phil_stinson_police_kill_three

Newly Declassified Documents Confirm U.S. Backed 1953 Coup in Iran Over Oil Contracts

*Cold War cover for a gold war grab

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/24/newly_declassified_documents_confirm_us_backed

Epstein Barr Virus Connection to Breast Cancer & Autoimmune Disorders
by Elyn Jacobs

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/epstein-barr-virus-breast-cancer-connection

9 Strategies to Overcome a “Healing Crisis” During Detox & Treatments
by Dr. David Jockers

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/strategies-healing-crisis

Your chances of choosing a cocoa product with lots of flavanols
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/heart-and-disease-cat/chances-choosing-cocoa-product-lots-flavanols

7/21

Message to Democrats: Get on Board With Medicare For All or Go Home
For universal healthcare to become a reality, “it’s going to take a movement of movements, and it’s going to take the American people making it toxic for our elected officials not to get on board”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/21/message-democrats-get-board-medicare-all-or-go-home

How Budget Austerity Puts Public School Parents On Par With Criminals
by Jeff Bryant

*Readin’

Writin’

And revulsive ‘rithmetic

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/21/how-budget-austerity-puts-public-school-parents-par-criminals

It’s Not Only Necessary to Develop an Alternative to Globalization — It’s Entirely Possible
It was the left who diagnosed the ills of globalization. So why is the right eating our lunch?
by Walden Bello

*To have vision

We have to open our eyes

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/21/its-not-only-necessary-develop-alternative-globalization-its-entirely-possible

California Votes to Extend Landmark Cap-and-Trade Program—While Allowing Big Polluters to Get Away With Murder
The new legislation makes huge concessions to the fossil fuel industry
by Reynard Loki

*In Cali, it’s called “Brownwashing”

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3237

The Real News Network
Baltimore to Lose Two Progressive Media Outlets Just When It Needs Them Most
TRNN speaks to City Paper editors Brandon Soderberg, Rebekah Kirkman and Baynard Woods, as well as the Steiner Show’s Marc Steiner, about what Baltimore will lose when their outlets close

*Time will tell whether “a paper for the working class” emerges in Chicago, won’t it?

How “cool” will those “lefties” be?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19602:Baltimore-to-Lose-Two-Progressive-Media-Outlets-Just-When-It-Needs-Them-Most

Data, Algorithms & Artificial Intelligence: Where is AI Innovation Taking Society?
Safeguards need to be put in place so artificial intelligence can be used safely for everybody, says Catherine Saez of Intellectual Property Watch, reporting on events at the Artificial Intelligence summit hosted at ITU, the UN specialized agency for Information & Communications Technologies

*Artificial Intelligence

Isn’t that what the CIA produces?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19601:Data%2C-Algorithms-%26-Artificial-Intelligence%3A-Where-is-AI-Innovation-Taking-Society%3F

Russiagate: Kooky Characters, Cold War Liberals
The media frenzy over Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with an eclectic group of Russian nationals was followed by another over an undisclosed private conversation between President Trump and Vladimir Putin. Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi and The Real News’ Aaron Mate discuss the latest Russiagate news, the story behind the Magnitsky Act, the Clintons’ $500,000 Russia conflict-of-interest question, and how the liberal fixation on Russia could have long-term consequences

*Enlightening segment, as opposed to much of what’s posted at “Democracy Now!” or Common Dreams (and I’m not saying that as an unalloyed booster of this outlet)

But I don’t know why Taibbi considers the Demorats’ strategy “strange” or “odd”, do you?

Obviously this Russia to judgment is in the MIC’s (Military-Industrial Complex) interest, as he himself points out, and that’s always been a bipartisan priority.

And while this likely will not achieve the intended political effect (we can only hope, if there is to be any hope, for through the Dems lies nothing but the road to ruin), the DNCistas are desperately clinging to it to avert any authentic shift to the “left”, however woefully inadequate it might be.

I’d like to think this will be a self-inflicted wound that proves fatal

But predicting the political future in these here United States is an errand best left to the fools populating our putrid punditry.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19600:Russiagate%3A-Kooky-Characters%2C-Cold-War-Liberals

Petition
Color of Change
Justice for Jasmine
First Black valedictorian in 110 years denied honors

*As someone who grew up in apartheid Miss’ssippi in the ’60s, I’m not surprised that “old times there are not forgotten”

Because they’ve never really left, have they?

Of course, in many ways that applies to the whole of these here United States, don’t it just?

https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justice-jasmine

Institute for Public Accuracy
Wray for FBI: Russia Obsession Eclipses Other Issues

*u·nan·i·mous
/yo͞oˈnanəməs/
adjective

(of two or more people) fully in agreement.
“the doctors were unanimous in their diagnoses”
synonyms: united, in agreement, in accord, of one mind, of the same mind, in harmony,

concordant, undivided, as one
“doctors were unanimous about the effects”
(of an opinion, decision, or vote) held or carried by everyone involved.
synonyms: uniform, consistent, united, concerted, congruent
“a unanimous vote”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/wray-for-fbi-russia-obsession-eclipses-other-issues

Democracy Now!
Has Jared Kushner’s Failed Deal with Qatar Fueled Trump’s Stance on Gulf Diplomatic Crisis?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/21/has_jared_kushners_failed_deal_with

Sen. McConnell Plans Vote on Repealing Obamacare Despite Lacking Enough Support from GOP Senators

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/21/sen_mcconnell_plans_vote_on_repealing

7/20

NYT Trump Interview Makes Waves, But Did Reporters Go Too Easy?
Critics demand accountability from Trump for lies on healthcare
by Julia Conley, staff writer

*Seen the corpress ads proclaiming the essential need for a free press in a democracy?

Seen the corpress behave like one?

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/20/nyt-trump-interview-makes-waves-did-reporters-go-too-easy

Condemnation Grows for Bipartisan Attack on Free Speech Rights of BDS Supporters
Lawmakers urged to reject bill that would punish Americans for supporting boycotts of Israel
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Hypocrisy is the most bipartisan of policies

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/20/condemnation-grows-bipartisan-attack-free-speech-rights-bds-supporters

The Public Option – Doomed From the Start
There’s a significant danger that a public option would not only fail to improve the ACA, it could undermine the movement for Medicare for All
by RoseAnn DeMoro

*Demorats will try to coopt the surge for “single payer” (see Gore, Albert Arnold, Jr.), only to “pragmatically” offer this “public option” in the end.

We’ve seen this movie so many times

And damn us if we can’t recall the ending.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/20/public-option-doomed-start

Trump’s Action Plan With China Puts Global Agribusiness First
by Ben Lilliston

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/20/trumps-action-plan-china-puts-global-agribusiness-first

Organics: Ferreting Out the Fraudulent Few, While Demanding Higher Standards, Better Enforcement
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/20/organics-ferreting-out-fraudulent-few-while-demanding-higher-standards-better

The Real News Network
Morgan State Students Give Back to the Community
Morgan State University students conducting research on the African Diaspora worked with Eddie Conway and the Coalition of Friends on the urban farm in Gilmor homes

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19593:Morgan-State-Students-Give-Back-to-the-Community

Ex-Cops Say Harsher Sentences Won’t Stem Murder Epidemic
As the Baltimore City Council prepares to debate a proposal for one year mandatory sentences for firearm possession, some say the move could do more harm than good

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19595:Ex-Cops-Say-Harsher-Sentences-Won%27t-Stem-Murder-Epidemic

Trump Can’t Vote Down Obamacare, so He’s Strangling It Instead
Republican governors aren’t ‘letting Obamacare fail,’ they’re actively sabotaging it, says Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy

*The ACA isn’t a “step forward”

It’s a “stop forward”.

As someone who’s covered by it, I speak from bitter experience. If I didn’t qualify for the United Way’s Health Connect premium subsidy, which covers the balance of my payment after the tax credit, I’d be fucked royal.

But speaking on the macro scale, reform like the ACA offers some benefit, often a meaningful one, in order to forestall that next step, in this case to universal care.

The Demorats may well adopt the rhetoric of “single payer”, but in the end what will be on offer will be unrecognizable from what other developed nations have long had

All in the name of the “pragmatism” that Baker promulgates.

As with climate change, half steps only slow our march over the cliff.

We must turn ’round, and take long strides from the abyss.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19582:Trump-Can%27t-Vote-Down-Obamacare%2C-so-He%27s-Strangling-It-Instead

Yemen Needs Aid, But US Aids Saudi-Led War
As Yemen’s cholera epidemic deepens the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, fighting and Saudi-led airstrikes prevent international organizations from getting aid to massive numbers of people in desperate need, says Anas Shahari of Save the Children

*The gruesome gist of geopolitics

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19579:Yemen-Needs-Aid%2C-But-US-Aids-Saudi-Led-War

Rising Sea Levels Put Coastal Cities At Risk
With the current rate of sea level rise roughly twice as fast as it was over the course of the 20th century, coastal cities should brace for more flooding, says climate policy scholar Robert Kopp

*Drowning in dawdling

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19564:Rising-Sea-Levels-Put-Coastal-Cities-At-Risk

FAIR
‘How Can the Arsonists Be the Firefighters Today?’
Interview with Maurice Carney on Congo’s crisis
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/how-can-the-arsonists-be-the-firefighters-today

Democracy Now!
David Cay Johnston: GOP Budget Redistributes Money to the Rich & Helps Make U.S. a “Police State”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/20/david_cay_johnston_gop_budget_redistributes

Rights Advocates: Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity Set Up as a Pretext for Voter Suppression

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/20/rights_advocates_trumps_commission_on_election#transcript

“Trump and the Russian Money Trail”: Trump’s Ties to Oligarchs Go Back Decades

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/20/trump_and_the_russian_money_trail

Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia

*Facts are one thing, and what’s being related here may well be reality.

Conclusions from those facts are another.

Trump is dirty. There’s no doubt about that. But whether that translates into Russian “control” is a topic on which I’d like to see another, reasoned, perspective.

When I do, be assured I will post it here.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/20/married_to_the_mob_investigative_journalist

7/19

“Fundamental Existential Threat”: Lawmakers Warned of the Risks of Killer Robots
Top U.S. general and inventor Elon Musk join those sounding alarm on artificial intelligence
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*My concern is that robots would display the same consideration for “moral and ethical issues” as our “leaders”.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/19/fundamental-existential-threat-lawmakers-warned-risks-killer-robots

Spying, surveillance and sabotage – what will it take to bring an end to political policing?
Is it possible to hold undercover policing to account? Not without redistributing wealth and power within society.
by Mohamed Elmaaz

*Have you noticed that motto omits just whom they’re sworn to “serve and protect”?

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/670-mohamed-elmaazi/3232-spying-surveillance-and-sabotage-what-will-it-take-to-bring-an-end-to-political-policing

Bernie and Jesse Jackson vow to stop Crosscheck
by Greg Palast

*I have qualms about any involvement by the Reverend Jackson, given his less than honorable history, but the intel regarding the duplicity of the Repugnancan SoS’s is welcome, and I hope it garners attention at “alternative” outlets, to counter the accepted narrative, among them as well as the corpress, that there’s this broad rejection of the commission’s data requests.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iD0iyqt9djU&feature=youtu.be

Global Justice Ecology Project
USDA Receives Near Unanimous Public Rejection of Genetically Engineered Trees

*Not saving the forests for the trees

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/07/19/usda-receives-near-unanimous-public-rejection-genetically-engineered-trees

The Real News Network
Marking the 140th Anniversary of the Great Railroad Strike of 1887
Labor historian Bill Barry tours viewers through a B&O Railroad Museum exhibit honoring the strike in which over 100,000 workers participated, and over 100 people were killed

*If you don’t know your past

You can’t claim your future

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19571:Marking-the-140th-Anniversary-of-the-Great-Railroad-Strike-of-1887

Corporate Media Silence Helps Maintain Warfare in Syria
Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron made important remarks about the Syria ceasefire that the corporate media ignored in favor of Russiagate, says Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19565:Corporate-Media-Silence-Helps-Maintain-Warfare-in-Syria

Trump Jr. Took a Meeting, Bill Clinton Took $500K
Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian nationals, apparently about Magnitsky Act sanctions, has caused a frenzy. But the Clintons might have a Magnitsky-tied conflict of their own, says journalist Michael Sainato

*It will be interesting to see how other “alternative” outlets deal with this, don’t you think?

Maybe “interesting”‘s not the right word …

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19570:Trump-Jr.-Took-a-Meeting%2C-Bill-Clinton-Took-%24500K

Institute for Public Accuracy
Lawmakers Seek to Prohibit Criticism of Israel

http://www.accuracy.org/release/lawmakers-seek-to-prohibit-criticism-of-israel

FAIR
Corporate Media Largely Silent on Trump’s Civilian Death Toll in Iraq
by Adam Johnson

*Word crimes trump war crimes

http://fair.org/home/corporate-media-largely-silent-on-trumps-civilian-death-toll-in-iraq

‘There’s an Effort Around the Country to Curtail People’s Fundamental 1st Amendment Rights’
CounterSpin interview with Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on the right to protest
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/theres-an-effort-around-the-country-to-curtail-peoples-fundamental-1st-amendment-rights

Democracy Now!
Guardian Investigation of Ivanka Trump Factory in Indonesia Reveals Worker Abuse, Deplorably Low Pay

*A “work-life balance”

On the backs of the exploited

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/18/guardian_investigation_of_ivanka_trump_factory_in_indonesia

Activist & Father of Four Faces Deportation to Devastated Haiti Because of Decades-Old Conviction

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/19/activist_father_of_four_faces_deportation

NetLingo
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

http://www.netlingo.com/word/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-cts.php

7/18

The post-IS proxy war
The defeat of the Islamic State is inevitable. But the next conflict has already begun, with Iran in the gunsights of U.S.
by Vijay Prashad

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/132-more-blog-posts-from-vijay-prashad/3231-the-post-is-proxy-war

The Coastal Elite Is Real. I’m Part of It.
Progressive circles are still not equipped to wrestle with imbalances of political power
by Linda Tirado

*The difference between claiming to fight for the oppressed

And actually fighting with them

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/18/coastal-elite-real-im-part-it

Trump Team, ALEC, Koch Industries Debate Gerrymandering the U.S. Senate in Denver
by Mary Bottari and David Armiak

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/18/trump-team-alec-koch-industries-debate-gerrymandering-us-senate-denver

The Real News Network
New York Times Joins Trump and Saudi Arabia in Targeting Iran
Prof. Sabah Alnasseri and Paul Jay discuss a front page NYT article that blames ‘Iranian expansionism’ for sectarian war in Iraq and the region; says the U.S. invaded Iraq to establish democracy

*All the news that fits the prince

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19562:New-York-Times-Joins-Trump-and-Saudi-Arabia-in-Targeting-Iran

New York Times Beats War Drums Against Iran
Vijay Prashad and Trita Parsi join Paul Jay to discuss the New York Times article, ‘Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over”

*Empire always has a ticket to both parties

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19563:New-York-Times-Beats-War-Drums-Against-Iran

Israeli Restrictions at Al-Aqsa Mosque Spark Protests
Western media is missing important context behind the deadly gunfight at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, says journalist and filmmaker Dan Cohen

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19561:Israeli-Restrictions-at-Al-Aqsa-Mosque-Spark-Protests

RootsAction
Help Stop the Epidemic of Guard Violence in Prisons

https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13002

Democracy Now!
Amnesty Accuses U.S. Coalition of War Crimes in Mosul: Scale of Death Much Higher Than Acknowledged

*”Liberated” from their lives

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/18/amnesty_accuses_us_coalition_of_war

Still Not Free: New Documentary “Life on Parole” Follows Former Prisoners Navigating Early Release

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/18/still_not_free_new_documentary_life

7/17

To Block Pipeline, Nuns in Court to Defend Cornfield Chapel
‘We’re not looking for money. We want to preserve this land.’
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/17/block-pipeline-nuns-court-defend-cornfield-chapel

The Planet Is Warming. And It’s Okay to Be Afraid
Why being fearful can be part of a healthy, heroic response to the climate crisis
by Margaret Klein Salamon

*While we can’t live in fear

We have to live with it

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/17/planet-warming-and-its-okay-be-afraid

How to Sustain Perpetual War? Easy: Hide the Bodies
by Peter Van Buren

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/17/how-sustain-perpetual-war-easy-hide-bodies

Eugene Debs and the Kingdom of Evil
by Chris Hedges

*Our charge is to think for ourselves

And act for others

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/17/eugene-debs-and-kingdom-evil

Time for the “International Left” to Take a Stand on Venezuela
by Gregory Wilpert

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/161-more-blog-posts-from-gregory-wilpert/3228-time-for-the-international-left-to-take-a-stand-on-venezuela

Center for Biological Diversity
Republicans Push Bill to Delay Reducing Ground Level Ozone
Latest in String of Trump Administration Delays Cleaning Up Air Pollution

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/07/17/republicans-push-bill-delay-reducing-ground-level-ozone

The Real News Network
Ida B Wells Speaks Through Her Descendants on Trump’s War on the Media and Black Lives Matter
In the second part of the series celebrating Wells’ 155th birthday, her great grandson explores how Wells would have reacted to Trump’s hostility to the media and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19559:Ida-B-Wells-Speaks-Through-Her-Descendants-on-Trump%27s-War-on-the-Media-and-Black-Lives-Matter

Ida B Wells: The Story of America’s First Black Female Investigative Journalist
In Part One of our series celebrating her 155th birthday, the great grandson of Wells tells the story of how the pioneering reporter risked her life to report on lynchings and racism during the tumultuous period of Reconstruction

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19557:Ida-B-Wells%3A-The-Story-of-America%27s-First-Black-Female-Investigative-Journalist

How US-Russia Ceasefire in Syria Impacts Iran
The ceasefire agreement reached by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in southwest Syria appears aimed at weakening Iran and containing its influence inside Syria, says Alternet reporter Ben Norton

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19551:How-US-Russia-Ceasefire-in-Syria-Impacts-Iran

Real Media: Big Pharma & Brexit
Community activist Emma Friedmann explains the caution needed regarding Pharma, Brexit and regulation

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19500:Real-Media%3A-Big-Pharma-%26-Brexit

Gaza Crisis, Global Silence
After 10 years of Israeli siege, the UN warns Gaza is becoming ‘unlivable.’ Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Israel, with the Palestinian Authority’s help, is responsible for the crisis, as most of the world looks on in silence.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19554:Gaza-Crisis%2C-Global-Silence

Local Community ‘Put Their Bodies On the Line’ to Protest UK Fracking Site
Anti-fracking activists have joined the local community in Lancashire for a ‘rolling resistance’ month of direct action protests, after the UK government overruled the local government’s ban on fracking

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19553:Local-Community-%27Put-Their-Bodies-On-the-Line%27-to-Protest-UK-Fracking-Site

Trump, Putin and Russiagate Collide at G20
Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate discuss the long-awaited first meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, where Syria and Russiagate topped the agenda

*Somehow I missed this from a week back.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19496

Democracy Now!
In Precedent-Setting Trial, Lawyers Say Arizona’s Ethnic Studies Ban is Discriminatory & Illegal

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/17/in_precedent_setting_trial_lawyers_say

From Pence to Price: How Big Tobacco Gained Massive Influence Under Trump, Plans to Expand in Africa

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/17/from_pence_to_price_how_big

Does Smoking Marijuana Cause Lung Cancer?
by Ty Bollinger

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/does-smoking-marijuana-cause-lung-cancer-video

Natural Allergy Relief: Supplements & Lifestyle Tips to Combat Seasonal Allergies
by Dr. David Jockers

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/natural-allergy-relief

7/14

Labor’s Legitimacy Crisis Under Trump
by Barry Eidlin

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/667-barry-eidlin/3221–labors-legitimacy-crisis-under-trump

RussiaGate
by Andrew Levine

*As salient a synopsis as I’ve seen so far

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3223

Americans for Tax Fairness
The 8 Largest Health Insurance Companies Will Get a $72 Billion Tax Cut From GOP Health Care Repeal Over Next Decade
Top insurers’ profits are up one-third since Obamacare kicked in, to $25 billion

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/07/14/8-largest-health-insurance-companies-will-get-72-billion-tax-cut-gop-health-care

The Real News Network
War & Cholera Decimate Yemen, But Saudi Bombing Gets More US Help
As Yemen’s cholera epidemic spirals out of control and millions face famine, Alternet reporter Ben Norton says the U.S. is complicit in the humanitarian crisis caused by Saudi-led war

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19549

New Rules for Banks: ‘Honest Bankers Please Step Forward
Former financial regulator Bill Black offers bankers a challenge: Step forward if you support the new rule issued by The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau allowing consumers to bring about class-action litigation against banks who defraud them

*Is “honest banker” an oxymoron?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19538

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump and Macron Meet, Clinging to Nuclear Weapons

http://www.accuracy.org/release/trump-and-macron-meet-clinging-to-nuclear-weapons

Democracy Now!
Citizen Lab’s Ron Deibert Exposes How Nations Use Cyberwarfare to Target Activists & Journalists

*Deibert has no doubts about Russiagate.

He could be correct, but I’ll remain agnostic, given the contradictory intel I’ve encountered elsewhere.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/13/from_mexico_to_russia_to_uae

New GOP Healthcare Bill Still a Huge Tax Cut for the Rich, Gutting Women’s Care & Slashing Medicaid

*The Grim Reaper of ever more riches

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/14/new_gop_healthcare_bill_still_a

Justice Neil Gorsuch Ends First SCOTUS Term Voting Consistently on Court’s “Most Conservative Side”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/14/justice_neil_gorsuch_ends_first_scotus

“Care in Chaos”: New Documentary Uncovers Rising Tide of Attacks on Abortion Clinics Under Trump

*In Jesus’ name …

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/14/care_in_chaos_new_documentary_uncovers

Oscar-Nominated Actor James Cromwell Speaks Out Before Jail Time for Peaceful Anti-Fracking Protest

*”Not all environmentalists do [take on capitalism]. Can you comment on that?”

I find Goodman’s inquiry ironic, given that “Democracy Now!” so very rarely does so. You can bet scared money on Cromwell’s comments being the exception to the rule on a program that bills itself as “the exception to the rulers”.

And that’s one reason why so few members of “the #Resistance” echo Cromwell’s critique.

Knowledge is power. When the sources we rely on for that knowledge shirk their responsibility (and “DN!” is no outlier here) to provide us with what we need to clearly see the way the world works, those who work that world in the name of profit and power benefit from our ignorance.

The disease cannot be confronted until it properly diagnosed. Whatever useful –
indeed vital – information we glean from “Democracy Now!” and other “alternative outlets” is viscerally diminished if it isn’t placed in the context of the struggle for the transformation – not reformation – of capitalism.

It’s a matter of our lives

And its death

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/14/oscar_nominated_actor_james_cromwell_speaks

7/13

‘Slap In the Face’: DeVos Under Fire for Including Fringe Men’s Rights Group in Sexual Assault Talks
Betsy DeVos equates the experiences of sexual assault survivors with those of the accused, critics say
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/13/slap-face-devos-under-fire-including-fringe-mens-rights-group-sexual-assault-talks

Tenants March to Stop Giveaways to Wall Street Landlords
While Republicans are proposing severe cuts to low-income housing assistance, they are continuing to subsidize Blackstone and other private equity housing profiteers
by Aditi Katti

*Bleeding us out of house and home

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/13/tenants-march-stop-giveaways-wall-street-landlords

Physicians for a National Health Program
Medicare ACOs Won’t Tell How They Pay Doctors: American Journal of Public Health Study
Organizations contracting to care for millions of Medicare enrollees won’t disclose whether they penalize doctors for ordering tests, referrals or other expensive care

*First do no harm

To the bottom line

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/07/13/medicare-acos-wont-tell-how-they-pay-doctors-american-journal-public-health

Global Justice Now
Campaigners Warn ‘Great Repeal Bill’ in UK Could Have “fundamental long-term effects on rights, poverty and the environment”

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/07/13/campaigners-warn-great-repeal-bill-uk-could-have-fundamental-long-term-effects

The Real News Network
Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets the Venezuelan Opposition
Abby Martin goes on the deadly front lines of the anti government protests in Venezuela and follows the evolution of a typical guarimba — or opposition barricade. Watch more on TeleSur

*A valuable, and brave, exposé of the opposition violence rendered invisible by the corpress, but Martin seems to take government supporters’ assertions at face value, and I’d like to see her evince more skepticism of their declared allegiance to “dialogue” and “reason”.

I don’t mean to be equating the sides, but no one’s Jesus on a stick here, and an honest appraisal of that reality is required, to my mind.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19521:Empire-Files%3A-Abby-Martin-Meets-the-Venezuelan-Opposition

Lula Expected to Appeal Conviction: What Does It Mean for the 2018 Election?
Judge Sergio Moro presented no hard evidence in convicting former President Lula on corruption charges and his family’s political connections renders his judgment questionable, says Independent Journalist Mike Fox

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19541:Lula-Expected-to-Appeal-Conviction%3A-What-Does-It-Mean-for-the-2018-Election%3F

Massive Iceberg Breaks Free in Antarctica: How Worried Should We Be?
The iceberg, which is about the size of Delaware, is an important reminder that ice on Earth is changing–and not just in Antarctica, says Dr. Twila Moon, a glacial expert with the National Snow and Ice Data Center

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19539:Massive-Iceberg-Breaks-Free-in-Antarctica%3A-How-Worried-Should-We-Be%3F

Weapon Corruption Scandal Threatens Netanyahu’s Administration
Israeli police investigate three corruption cases involving the prime minister

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19537:Weapon-Corruption-Scandal-Threatens-Netanyahu%27s-Administration

FAIR
Mass Arrests of Protesters: Outrageous in Russia, Barely Worth Mentioning in US
by Adam Johnson

http://fair.org/home/mass-arrests-of-protesters-outrageous-in-russia-barely-worth-mentioning-in-us

NPR’s ‘Varied Mix’ Spotlights Right-Wing Advocacy, Not Progressive Populism
by Glen Frieden

*N o
P lace for a
R adical

http://fair.org/home/nprs-varied-mix-spotlights-right-wing-advocacy-not-progressive-populism

‘There Is Myopia in Western Media Covering the Refugee Crisis’
CounterSpin interview with Vijay Prashad on displaced people
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/there-is-myopia-in-western-media-covering-the-refugee-crisis

Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald: Donald Trump Jr.’s Emails Aren’t a “Smoking Gun” or Evidence of Criminal Collusion

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/13/glenn_greenwald_donald_trump_jrs_emails

Whistleblowers Shouldn’t Be Prosecuted Like Spies: Greenwald on Alleged NSA Leaker Reality Winner

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/13/whistleblowers_shouldnt_be_prosecuted_like_spies

7/12

Trump’s Worst Collusion Isn’t With Russia — It’s With Corporations
The billionaires who backed Trump are making out a lot better than Putin
by Peter Certo

*Collusion begins at home

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/12/trumps-worst-collusion-isnt-russia-its-corporations

The Real News Network
Seattle Answers Trump’s War on Workers by Taxing the Rich
The measure faces an imminent legal challenge, but co-sponsor Kshama Sawant says the Tax the Rich movement will persevere

*That’s the key, innit?

You can’t reform rot

You can only replace it.

I hope Councilmember Sawant believes that as fervently as her words suggest.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19531:Seattle-Answers-Trump%27s-War-on-Workers-by-Taxing-the-Rich

Why Israel Doesn’t Want UNESCO to Recognize Hebron
International law practitioner and researcher Dr. Valentina Azarova discusses the politics involved in UNESCO’s decision to rule Hebron a Palestinian World Heritage Site in danger

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19528:Why-Israel-Doesn%27t-Want-UNESCO-to-Recognize-Hebron

Jerry Brown: Climate Champion or Big Oil Ally?
California Gov. Jerry Brown poses as an anti-Trump climate-change savior, but his policies support Big Oil’s agenda, says Adam Scow, California director at Food & Water Watch

*Isn’t it refreshing to hear someone call these Democratic “climate heroes” (or any other type) what they truly are?

Remember the old Monty Python skit about dead bishops?

I imagine if you checked, you’d find “Hypocrat” tattooed on the back of Jerry’s neck.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19508:Jerry-Brown%3A-Climate-Champion-or-Big-Oil-Ally%3F

Democracy Now!
Trump White House in Crisis as Emails Confirm Campaign Embraced Russian Effort to Defeat Clinton

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/12/trump_white_house_in_crisis_as

122 Countries Overcome U.S. Opposition and Pass Landmark U.N. Global Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/12/122_countries_overcome_us_opposition_and

7/11

UAW Files For Historic Union Vote at Nissan in Mississippi
Today, the United Auto Workers filed a petition with the NLRB asking for a vote for the 6,500- worker plant in Canton, Mississippi
by Mike Elk
Payday Report

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19525:UAW-Files-For-Historic-Union-Vote-at-Nissan-in-Mississippi

CNN’s Man of the ‘Resistance’ Is the Person Most Responsible for Trump Being President
Blame Trump on Jeff Zucker, and throw in Morning Joe and Mika while you’re at it
by Adam Johnson

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3220

A Resistance Movement for the Planet
Climate change is out of control. It is already too late to avoid soaring temperatures, scarce water, and extreme weather. But the financial structure of capitalism is tied to fossil fuels. Market-based solutions are ineffectual. John Bellamy Foster, a professor of sociology at the University of Oregon and the editor of Monthly Review, speaks about the kind of program necessary to stop this catastrophe.
by Juan Cruz Ferre

*To avoid the abyss, we must first unflinchingly acknowledge it

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/666-john-bellamy-foster/3219–a-resistance-movement-for-the-planet

The Real News Network
G20 Protestors Call for An Alternative To the Neoliberal Order
South African activist Patrick Bond says beyond the media focus on burning cars in Hamburg, tens of thousands of protestors called for the G20 to adopt policies that tackle inequality and climate change

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19510:G20-Protestors-Call-for-An-Alternative-To-the-Neoliberal-Order

World’s Largest Tuna Company Commits to Major Fishing Reforms
Greenpeace USA’s Ocean Director John Hocevar discusses the success of an intense two-year campaign to reform Thai Union’s fishing practices, and what the big victory means for oceans on the brink of collapse

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19530

Do Trump Jr.’s Russia Emails Live Up to the Hype?
Journalist Marcy Wheeler says Donald Trump Jr.’s newly released emails are a big development, but we should be careful to distinguish normal opposition research from collusion

*For me, at this point this whole situation is as clear as mud, and I wouldn’t wager scared money either way.

What I do know is that hypocrisy hangs heavy over this whole affair, and that while the air’s being sucked out of the room by Russiagate, the life and death issues are being suffocated.

I’m not saying to dismiss it, but let’s put it in proper perspective. Even if it leads to His Travesty’s demise, we still have a world of trouble to tend to.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19532

Baltimore Man Starts Hunger Strike to End Violence, City’s Addiction to Policing
City resident Kevin McCamant says he will not eat until the killings stop and the city emphasizes methods other than policing to cure violence

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19524:Baltimore-Man-Starts-Hunger-Strike-to-End-Violence%2C-City%27s-Addiction-to-Policing

7/10

Nation “Too Broke” for Universal Healthcare to Spend $406 Billion More on F-35
There always another $27 billion or lying around, it seems, when Lockheed Martin needs more money for expensive weapons system
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I’m sure Bernie will stand strong against this deathly boondoogle.

Won’t he … ?

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/10/nation-too-broke-universal-healthcare-spend-406-billion-more-f-35

Eating Our Way to Disease
by Chris Hedges

*When “making chicken salad out of chicken shit” departs the realm of the metaphorical

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/10/eating-our-way-disease

Stunning Truths about the Bloated Safety Net for the Wealthy
by Paul Buchheit

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/10/stunning-truths-about-bloated-safety-net-wealthy

Rahm Emanuel Imposes Military Draft on Chicago
by David Swanson

*Be all we compel you to be

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/72-more-blog-posts-from-david-swanson/3216-rahm-emanuel-imposes-military-draft-on-chicago

U.S. PIRG Statement on the CFPB’s New Arbitration Rule
“CFPB Rule Will Prevent Wells Fargo and Other Wrongdoers from Blocking Groups of Consumers from Taking Them to Court”

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/07/10/us-pirg-statement-cfpbs-new-arbitration-rule

The Real News Network
A Brief History of the KKK with Gerald Horne
As the KKK rallies in Charlottesville, VA, author and historian Gerald Horne charts its history from Reconstruction to the rise of Donald Trump

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19509:A-Brief-History-of-the-KKK-with-Gerald-Horne

Israelis Demand Truth on Violations Against Yemeni Immigrants
Richard Silverstein discusses Israel’s silenced history of racially motivated medical malpractice

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19427:Israelis-Demand-Truth-on-Violations-Against-Yemeni-Immigrants

Real Media: Grenfell, Housing & Local Councils
At the #NotOneDayMore rally on July 1st, Green Party’s Sian Berry called on Jeremy Corbyn to deal with Labour councils who continue to treat social housing tenants with disdain

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19502:Real-Media%3A-Grenfell%2C-Housing-%26-Local-Councils

Max Blumenthal on How the Media Covers Syria
As the U.S. and Russia reach a new ceasefire in Syria, Max Blumenthal of Alternet’s Grayzone Project and TRNN’s Aaron Mate discuss foreign involvement in the Syrian war and how Western media across the political spectrum has covered it

*”Democracy Now!”‘s contradictions extend beyond Syria, as a look at its guest list should make plain. How often is someone on who could be considered a “radical” opponent of capitalism and imperialism?

Yes, it’s capable of doing very good work, which is why I continue to click on its link. But I find myself electing to read fewer and fewer segment transcripts, as my time could be better spent elsewhere.

Common Dreams … ditto.

Not that TRNN is without its own faults, but it does provide a platform for folks who I’d deem fit the above description to reach a wider audience, like Glen Ford and Rania Khalek (misnamed “Rani Ahalik” here – poor transcription being one of those flaws).

In the end, we all have to think for ourselves, and then act for others, but we can disagree with an analysis, yet still have trust in its presenter’s honest attempt to get at the truth.

That’s all I ask from any “alternative outlet”.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19506:Max-Blumenthal-on-How-the-Media-Covers-Syria

Who is Served by Militarized Aid to Palestine?
Nora Lester Murad warns that aid to Palestine serves the Israeli occupation

*Strangling with the strings attached

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19455:Who-is-Served-by-Militarized-Aid-to-Palestine%3F

Join The Dots: The Deregulators
In Real Media’s new show Join The Dots, senior editors Ranjan Balakumaran and Kam Sandhu discuss the meaning and role of deregulation in the UK

*From “red tape” to yellow tape

“CRIME SCENE – DO NOT CROSS”

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19503:Join-The-Dots%3A-The-Deregulators

Institute for Public Accuracy
122 Nations Vote to Outlaw Nuclear Weapons, U.S., Russia Collude Against Effort

*Sometimes cooperation between Russia and the US isn’t such a positive development.

I’d also place bombing the shit out of Syria in the name of the GWOT ™ in that queue.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/122-nations-vote-to-outlaw-nuclear-weapons-u-s-russia-collude-against-effort

FAIR
‘All These Changes Do Affect Jobs and Affect People’
CounterSpin interview with Dan Zukowski on climate disruption
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/all-these-changes-do-affect-jobs-and-affect-people

Democracy Now!
Devastation in Mosul: Iraq Seizes City from ISIS, But Battle Left Thousands Dead & 700,000 Displaced

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/10/devastation_in_mosul_iraq_seizes_city#transcript

Award-Winning Journalist Amy Wilentz on Just How Little Jared Kushner Knows About Foreign Politics

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/10/award_winning_journalist_amy_wilentz_on

Why Good Posture Matters & 3 Key Strategies to Improve Posture
by Dr. David Jockers

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/good-posture

Restoring Your Sense of Smell After Cancer Treatment (+ Recipe)
by Ty Bollinger

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/sense-of-smell-after-cancer

7/7

A World in Trouble: Drought, War, Food, Flight
The disruptions of climate and conflict are sparking perilous global insecurity
by Paul Rogers

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/07/world-trouble-drought-war-food-flight

The Fortress World of Capitalism vs. the Beautiful Possibilities of Cooperation
Building a sustainable world in these very quickly changing times requires that we understand clearly what we are up against
by Cynthia Kaufman

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/07/fortress-world-capitalism-vs-beautiful-possibilities-cooperation

Trump’s Majesty
by Andrew Levine

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/379-andrew-levine/3215-trumps-majesty

Instead of Trying to Sabotage the Trump-Putin Meeting, Democrats Should Support Vital Proposals
by Norman Solomon

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/185-more-blog-posts-from-norman-solomon/3214-instead-of-trying-to-sabotage-the-trump-putin-meeting-democrats-should-support-vital-proposals

The Real News Network
Trump Fumbles Syria, and So Does the Media
Historian and author Vijay Prashad discusses the Trump administration’s apparent policy shift on Syria and how Western media often get it wrong on the Middle East

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19498:Trump-Fumbles-Syria%2C-and-So-Does-the-Media

Secret Memo Reveals How Trump Plans to Deport Millions of Immigrants
ProPublica’s Marcelo Rochabrun discusses an internal ICE memo that instructs officials to ramp up deportations of undocumented immigrants, including those without criminal records

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19497:Secret-Memo-Reveals-How-Trump-Plans-to-Deport-Millions-of-Immigrants

How G20 Governments are Financing Climate Disaster
The G20 nations provide four times more public financing to fossil fuels than to clean energy, according to a new report from Oil Change International’s Alex Doukas

*Left unmentioned are the subsidies for nuclear energy, without which the industry, at least in the US, couldn’t survive.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19484:How-G20-Governments-are-Financing-Climate-Disaster

Trump Tells Russia to Stop ‘Destabilizing’ Ukraine, But What’s Really Going On?
Western powers fuel the Ukrainian conflict — and wider tensions with Russia — by treating Ukraine as a strategic prize, says Nicolai Petro, Silvia-Chandley professor of Peace Studies and Nonviolence at the University of Rhode Island

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19485:Trump-Tells-Russia-to-Stop-%27Destabilizing%27-Ukraine%2C-But-What%27s-Really-Going-On%3F

Did Clinton’s Pro-War Record Cost Her the Election?
A new study ties Hillary Clinton’s election defeat to a backlash from voters directly impacted by wars she supported, with Trump gaining key votes in communities where military casualties were highest

*Certainly an angle to be analyzed, but Shen’s allusion to recruiting veterans as candidates seems contradictory, as that would be playing to patriotism and the exaltation of the military, rather than any indication of a commitment to ending the carnage that’s caused so much grief domestically (but far more intensely abroad), don’t you think?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19491:Did-Clinton%27s-Pro-War-Record-Cost-Her-the-Election%3F

‘Welcome to Hell’: 100,000 Protesters Aim to ‘Kettle’ G20 Over Inequality, War and Climate Change
TRNN speaks to demonstrators and South African activist Patrick Bond, who say tens of thousands are taking to the streets to challenge corporate power at the G20 summit

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19490:%27Welcome-to-Hell%27%3A-100%2C000-Protesters-Aim-to-%27Kettle%27-G20-Over-Inequality%2C-War-and-Climate-Change

FAIR
Stigma Over Solutions
How corporate media are enabling the opiate epidemic
by Michael Corcoran

*Hooked on heartless hype

http://fair.org/home/stigma-over-solutions

Democracy Now!
Dystopian Nightmare: Eyewitness Decries Police Repression at G20 Summit as 100,000 Take to Streets

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/7/welcome_to_hell_100_000_people

Srećko Horvat on “Democracy in Europe Movement” & Uniting Leftists Against Failed Policies of G20

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/7/srecko_horvat_on_democracy_in_europe

Berta Cáceres’s Daughter Speaks Out After Surviving Assassination Attempt in Honduras

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/7/berta_caceress_daughter_speaks_out_after

7/6

The Enemy of My Enemy Is My…?
The Saudi-American-Iranian-Russian-Qatari-Syrian conundrum
by Dilip Hiro

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/06/enemy-my-enemy-my

Global Justice Ecology Project
Overwhelming Opposition to USDA Proposal to Legalize Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees
A Quarter of a Million People Say NO to First-Ever GE Forest Tree

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/07/06/overwhelming-opposition-usda-proposal-legalize-genetically-engineered-eucalyptus

Center for International Environmental Law
Report: CETA Threatens European Union Pesticide Protections

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/07/06/report-ceta-threatens-european-union-pesticide-protections

The Real News Network
Trump Talks Tough Instead of Talking to North Korea
North Korea’s latest missile test underscores the need for direct negotiations with Pyongyang, not the bellicose rhetoric coming out of the White House, says journalist Tim Shorrock

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19479:Trump-Talks-Tough-Instead-of-Talking-to-North-Korea

Modi’s Israel Trip Continues India’s Rightward Drift
Historian and author Vijay Prashad says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel underscores the Indian government’s shift to the right and abandonment of the Palestinian cause

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19477:Modi%27s-Israel-Trip-Continues-India%27s-Rightward-Drift

Democracy Now!
Embraced by Far-Right Govenment in Poland, Trump Claims Future of Western Civilization is at Stake

*”Right at home” takes on a whole new meaning, don’t it?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/6/embraced_by_far_right_govt_in

Tens of Thousands of Protesters Plan to Protest Trump at G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/6/tens_of_thousands_of_protesters_plan

7/5

Patriotism
by Robert Jensen

*”Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”

I’ve always felt Samuel Johnson got the sequence backward, as amply illustrated by the current chief executive, not that he’s an anomaly by any means.

http://robertwjensen.org/articles/by-topic/politics/citizens-of-the-empire-chapter-3-patriotism

Moral Injury of War and the Invisible Wound of Empire
“Every time we shield memories of our own aggression upon our fellow man through historical revisionism, denial and deflection, we forsake the young whom our society sacrificed in its self-righteous suicide”
by Nozomi Hayase

*The soul is as fragile as flesh and blood

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/04/moral-injury-war-and-invisible-wound-empire

The Real News Network
A Small City’s Big Lessons About Progressive Organizing
“Over the last 10 to 15 years, we’ve seen the emergence of a broad-based, working-class oriented, multiracial progressive movement in Richmond that has challenged Chevron’s long-time dominance over municipal affairs,” says author and labor activist Steve Early

*A hopeful story, but if the Progressive Alliance in Richmond and movements elsewhere aren’t willing to go beyond the limits of Sandersismo, ultimately it will be one without a gratifying ending.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19273:A-Small-City%27s-Big-Lessons-About-Progressive-Organizing

Empire in Decay: Federal Government Falling Apart as Spying Allegations Fly
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson says there is a theory circulating in the intelligence community that the CIA asked the British to spy on Trump on behalf of the Democratic Party; the politicization of the intelligence agencies is a reflection of a dying empire

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18593:TRNN-Replay%3A-Empire-in-Decay%3A-Federal-Government-Falling-Apart-as-Spying-Allegations-Fly

Institute for Public Accuracy
* Russia * Poland * Korea

*Keeping the beat on the drums of war

http://www.accuracy.org/release/russia-poland-korea

Democracy Now!
Will Trump Seek Talks with North Korea or Counter Missile Test with More U.S. Military Aggression?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/5/will_trump_seek_talks_with_north

44 States Say No to Trump: Resistance Grows as Trump’s Election Commission Seeks Private Voter Data

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/5/44_states_say_no_to_trump

Ari Berman: Kris Kobach Is Helping Trump Lay Groundwork for Nationwide Voter Suppression Effort

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/5/ari_berman_kris_kobach_is_helping

7/3

The Qatar Crisis
by Adam Hanieh

*Recommended reading

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3211

How sexual assault becomes ‘normal’ in patriarchy
by Robert Jensen

*Male pattern barbarism

https://crossingenres.com/how-sexual-assault-becomes-normal-in-patriarchy-125e0d0a4d9c

Now is Not the Time to Come to the Aid of the Party
by Andrew Levine

*Neutering the party animals

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/379-andrew-levine/3210-now-is-not-the-time-to-come-to-the-aid-of-the-party

350.org
EU Urged to Honour Paris Agreement, Withdraw Support for Gas Mega-Pipeline

*TAPping into an inexhaustible reserve of hypocrisy

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/07/03/eu-urged-honour-paris-agreement-withdraw-support-gas-mega-pipeline

The Real News Network
The New NRA Video and Trump’s Media Attacks Are Symptoms of America in Decline
Historian and author Gerald Horne says if we are not armed with history, we’ll be unable to stop right-wing efforts to turn back the clock

*Missing out on the chance of a just future

By mything out on the acknowledgment of an unjust past

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19470:The-New-NRA-Video-and-Trump%27s-Media-Attacks-Are-Symptoms-of-America-in-Decline

£1.5BN Tory-DUP Deal Could Rupture the Northern Ireland Peace Pact
The way the money is actually being spent could create greater rift in an already divided community in Northern Ireland

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19454:%26pound%3B1.5BN-Tory-DUP-Deal-Could-Rupture-the-Northern-Ireland-Peace-Pact

Venezuelan Opposition Largely Responsible for the Rising Death Toll and Violence in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanalysis.com says the death toll and violence are on the rise but according to the Attorney General’s reports more of these deaths are being instigated and attributed to opposition supporters

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19459:Venezuelan-Opposition-Largely-Responsible-for-the-Rising-Death-Toll-and-Violence-in-Venezuela

UK Judge Rules: Illegal to Ban Palestine’s BDS Movement
Palestine Solidarity Campaign wins case against the UK Government as judge rules government acted unlawfully by restricting local councils from pursuing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel, says Hugh Lanning

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19423:UK-Judge-Rules%3A-Illegal-to-Ban-Palestine%27s-BDS-Movement

Indigenous Activists See Canada’s 150th as ‘Celebration of Colonization’
“The past 150 years have been some of the most brutal, violent, and lethal genocidal years in all of indigenous history,” says Pamela Palmater, Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19449:Indigenous-Activists-See-Canada%27s-150th-as-%27Celebration-of-Colonization%27

Trump Places Drinking Water on the Deregulation Block
The Trump Administration’s plan to rescind federal regulation safeguarding drinking water will mean more Flint-like disasters, says Scott Edwards of Food & Water Watch

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19437:Trump-Places-Drinking-Water-on-the-Deregulation-Block

Wailing Wall of Exclusion and Orthodoxy
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s misguided policies of “trading the long-term strategic interest of the Zionist movement and the state of Israel in exchange for short-term political gains, is a mistake”, says TRNN correspondent Shir Hever

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19456:Wailing-Wall-of-Exclusion-and-Orthodoxy

Brazil’s Labor Unions Stage Second Strike Against Neoliberal Labor Law Reform
The new labor law would disempower unions and lower standards of living more generally. Meanwhile, President Temer faces unprecedented charges for corruption, explains Michael Fox from Brazil

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19458:Brazil%27s-Labor-Unions-Stage-Second-Strike-Against-Neoliberal-Labor-Law-Reform

Real Media: Syria, Anarchism & Visiting Rojava
In the last part of Real Media’s interview, a special discussion with anthropologist David Graeber about anarchism, Syria, the bureaucracy of activism and his visit to Rojava where a new kind of society is developing

*I’ve only seen a couple of things on Rojava – both by persons supportive of what’s occurring there – and I’d like to see someone take a more objective look at this experiment, not least as concerns US support for its military aspect.

What’s the quid pro quo for “having to back” them?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19461:Real-Media%3A-Syria%2C-Anarchism-%26-Visiting-Rojava

Viatical Settlement: A Little Known Way to Finance Your Alternative Cancer Treatment
by Ty Bollinger

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/viatical-settlement

June 2017

 

6/30

The Cynical Opposition of Some Democrats to Universal Health Care
by Joshua Cho

*”#Resistance”

To *our* right

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/30/cynical-opposition-some-democrats-universal-health-care

Reality Check: The End of Growth in the Tar Sands. So Now What?
A managed decline is highly preferable to an unmanaged one, but it requires recognition that the decline part is inevitable
by Hannah McKinnon

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/30/reality-check-end-growth-tar-sands-so-now-what

How the US Can Prevent a Fire Like Grenfell Tower
by Miriam Pierson and Sarah Edelman

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/30/how-us-can-prevent-fire-grenfell-tower

The Real News Network
London Grenfell Inferno: Who’s to Blame?
The Grenfell Tower Block fire in London is a predictable consequence of policies that can be traced to Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, as well as those of David Cameron and Theresa May, says former financial regulator Bill Black

*A towering inferno of inhumanity

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19435:London-Grenfell-Inferno%3A-Who%27s-to-Blame%3F

Debate: Is Putin a Threat to Democracy?
Atlantic Magazine contributing editor Jeffrey Taylor and former White House Clinton counselor Bill Curry debate the proposition that demonizing Putin is justified

*Putin does what’s in his interest. He sees a threat to his regime in the actions of the West, and he’s right.

Regardless of the reality of electoral interference, it’s clear that he supports proto and straight up fascism in the West as a counter to that.

I imagine if he had his druthers, he’d like Russia to be part of the Western political and military alignment, as long as it maintained autonomy.

I wouldn’t like to see that, for the reasonable reasons that Curry enumerated, rather than those he exaggerated.

The reality is that as long as the West is … well … the West, the chances for blowing ourselves up real good will remain.

I don’t want to see “us” making nice with Putin’s Russia. I don’t want to see “us” inflating the threat it poses to “us”.

I want to see “us” and Russia move toward what could legitimately called “democracy”.

Until that time, I’d like to think that simple self interest would lead us to doing whatever’s necessary to ensure our continued existence.

But an addiction to greed and power complicates matters, don’t it just?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19447:Debate%3A-Is-Putin-a-Threat-to-Democracy%3F

Real News Roundtable: The RussiaGate Distraction & Trump’s Free-For-All Capitalism
From climate change to the brewing war in the Middle East, we’re in one of the most dangerous moments in human history, says TRNN’s Paul Jay. So why are we talking about RussiaGate?

*Jay and Maté do a serviceable job of analysis here, but can you describe this segment as a “roundtable”?

Isn’t it more of a breakfast nook?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19448:Real-News-Roundtable%3A-The-RussiaGate-Distraction-%26-Trump%27s-Free-For-All-Capitalism

Does Trump Want to Redo 1953 CIA Coup in Iran?
Historian and author Ervand Abrahamian of Baruch College analyzes the recently revealed files on the CIA’s role in the 1953 Iran coup, as Trump officials and allies float the possibility of regime change in Tehran

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19445:Does-Trump-Want-to-Redo-1953-CIA-Coup-in-Iran%3F

Canada Undermines Targets for Protecting Oceans by Increasing Oil Exploration
Canada has signed an international commitment to protect its ocean estate. However, Trudeau’s plans to increase offshore oil exploration will undermine protection targets, explains Sabine Jessen, Ocean Programs Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19426:Canada-Undermines-Targets-for-Protecting-Oceans-by-Increasing-Oil-Exploration

98-Year Old Woman Arrested Protesting Oil Pipeline That Threatens Native American Sites
Oil company claims they can’t avoid destroying Native American ceremonial sites in pipeline construction
by Michael Sainato

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19443:98-Year-Old-Woman-Arrested-Protesting-Oil-Pipeline-That-Threatens-Native-American-Sites

FAIR
As Democratic Voters Shift Left, ‘Liberal Media’ Keep Shifting Right
by Adam Johnson

*”MSNBC and the New York Times are not veering right despite Democratic voters’ increasing embrace of left policies; they’re doing so precisely because of it.”

And one would hope the obverse will be true.

http://fair.org/home/as-democratic-voters-shift-left-liberal-media-keep-shifting-right

Should Media Expose Sources Who Lied to Them?
by Sam Husseini

http://fair.org/home/should-media-expose-sources-who-lied-to-them

Democracy Now!
Disability Rights Activist Arrested for Protesting Trumpcare: We Won’t Be Silent While You Kill Us

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/30/disability_rights_activist_arrested_for_protesting

6/29

Forcing Canada to Confront Past, First Nations Erect Symbolic Teepee in Nation’s Capitol
Protest meant to draw attention to historical mistreatment of Indigenous peoples by nation’s government
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/29/forcing-canada-confront-past-first-nations-erect-symbolic-teepee-nations-capitol

Tom Perez Stumbles on Pledge to Eliminate Unpaid Internships at the DNC
by Mike Elk
Payday Report

*Happy to walk in Selma

Nothing but talk when it counts

So what is there to “unify” with … ?

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/661-mike-elk/3208-tom-perez-stumbles-on-pledge-to-eliminate-unpaid-internships-at-the-dnc

The Only Way to Get Arkansas Legislators Out of the Exam Room Is To Take Them To Court
by Talcott Camp

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/29/only-way-get-arkansas-legislators-out-exam-room-take-them-court

The Real News Network
Dozens Greet Ben Carson in Baltimore to Decry his Cruel Cuts to Public Housing
Activists rallied in Baltimore to say the deep cuts to public housing proposed by Trump’s HUD Secretary Ben Carson will destabilize communities and hurt the city’s most vulnerable residents

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19442:Dozens-Greet-Ben-Carson-in-Baltimore-to-Decry-his-Cruel-Cuts-to-Public-Housing

US Voters Aren’t Buying the Russiagate Fixation
Award-winning author and journalist Max Blumenthal and The Real News’ Aaron Mate discuss the ongoing media frenzy over Trump and Russia, as polls showing Americans are tiring of RussiaGate and U.S.-Russia tensions remain high

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19441:US-Voters-Aren%27t-Buying-the-Russiagate-Fixation

Politics and Campaign Donations Hold Up California’s Single Payer Health Law
Bonnie Castillo of the Registered Nurse Response Network says that California State Assembly Speaker Rendon’s excuse for withdrawing the single payer Healthy California Act has no basis in reality

*When push comes to shove

We know who Democratic “leadership” will try to toss off the cliff

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19430:Politics-and-Campaign-Donations-Hold-Up-California%27s-Single-Payer-Health-Law

Jayati Ghosh On Imperialism in the 21st Century (Part 3/3)
New forms of economic territory, including privatized commons, cannot lift capitalism out of the stagnation that it pushed itself into because it has suppressed wage incomes, says renowned economist Jayati Ghosh

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19440:Jayati-Ghosh-On-Imperialism-in-the-21st-Century-%28Pt.-33%29

State Violence is Directly Linked to the Creation of Extremist Groups (Pt. 3/3)
The Canadian and the US state are trying to manage domestically the threats they themselves have created because of their foreign policies, explains Jeremy Kowalski, author of “Domestic Extremism and the Case of the Toronto 18”

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19439:State-Violence-is-Directly-Linked-to-the-Creation-of-Extremist-Groups-%28Pt.-33%29

Institute for Public Accuracy
“My Medicaid, My Life”

*”When Republicans talk about freedom and choice, they don’t realize that Medicaid gives those very things to people with disabilities.”

Of course they do.

That’s why they’re trying to take that away.

The only “freedom and choice” they promote is that which allows their patrons to profiteer at the expense of the rest of society.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/my-medicaid-my-life

Democracy Now!
Historian: Republican Push to Replace Obamacare Reflects Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/29/republican_push_to_replace_obamacare_reflects

Republicans Have Trifecta Control of 25 States & Need 6 More to Call for a Constitutional Convention

*Buchanan was “appalled” by the Kochs’ “grotesque use of the political system … to get what they want”

But not by his Chilean clientele’s butchery to achieve their ends.

A man of admirable integrity, indeed.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/29/republicans_have_trifecta_control_of_25

Part 2: Lee Fang on Koch Brothers’ Demand for Obamacare Repeal & Lobbyists Flourishing Under Trump

*Never turn your back on an elite Democrat

Unless you’re wearing Kevlar

(Okay, it’s not terribly witty … but it’s still goddamn good advice)

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/29/part_2_lee_fang_on_koch

6/28

‘Victory’: Irish Lawmakers Ban Fracking
It’s “a day for #ClimatePride,” says Friends of the Earth Ireland after historic vote
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No fracking fuck of the Irish

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/28/victory-irish-lawmakers-ban-fracking

With Nation’s Attention Elsewhere, Trump Quietly Intensifies War on Workers
Trump has nominated two corporate lawyers to the NLRB as Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch gears up to rule on a key labor case
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What will it take for the Trump Chumps to wise up?

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/28/nations-attention-elsewhere-trump-quietly-intensifies-war-workers

How the Student Loan Industry, Trump, and Neoliberals Are Creating a Nation of Serfs
by Binta Baxter

*When the money changers own the temple

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/28/how-student-loan-industry-trump-and-neoliberals-are-creating-nation-serfs

Wall Street: It’s “Icky and Un-American” to ‘Short’ Frauds
by William K. Black

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/75-william-black/3206-wall-street-its-icky-and-un-american-to-short-frauds

The Real News Network
Is Trump’s ‘Warning’ to Syria a Prelude to Another Strike?
Award-winning author and journalist Max Blumenthal says that with its recent military escalation in Syria and its backing of Saudi Arabia, the Trump administration might be de-prioritizing the fight against ISIS in order to confront Iran

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19418:Is-Trump%27s-%22Warning%22-to-Syria-a-Prelude-to-Another-Strike%3F

Jayati Ghosh On Imperialism in the 21st Century (Part 2/3)
Large capital, when on its knees, makes concessions to labor. But now, with disproportionate bargaining power under new global forms of capitalist organization, it is pushing down the share of wages in national income, says renowned economist Jayati Ghosh

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19432:Jayati-Ghosh-On-Imperialism-in-the-21st-Century-%28Pt.-23%29

State Violence is Directly Linked to the Creation of Extremist Groups (Part 2/3)
Ultimately, we do not know if the Toronto 18 would have turned to domestic terrorism if the state had not becomes involved, says Jeremy Kowalski, author of “Domestic Extremism and the Case of the Toronto 18”

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19431:State-Violence-is-Directly-Linked-to-the-Creation-of-Extremist-Groups-%28Pt.-23%29

Democracy Now!
“America is on Trial”: Historian Ibram X. Kendi on the Failure to Convict Cops Who Kill Black People

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/28/america_is_on_trial_historian_ibram

Stamped from the Beginning: Ibram X. Kendi on the History of Racist Ideas in U.S.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/28/stamped_from_the_beginning_ibram_x

D.C. Police Accused of Using “Rape as Punishment” Targeting Some Arrested During Trump Inauguration

*Recall just which party controls municipal gummint in D.C. before you go off on “Trump’s storms troopers”.

This is bipartisan brutality, and no doubt.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/28/dc_police_accused_of_using_rape

6/27

‘Scary’: CO2 Rates Climb Even as Emissions Stabilize
Scientists say the earth’s natural “sponges” may be unable to absorb CO2 at the usual rate
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There’s no negotiating with nature

We do what it demands

Or we die

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/27/scary-co2-rates-climb-even-emissions-stabilize

Senate Health Bill Would Kill Essential Homecare Jobs
Caregivers are protesting legislation that would deliver a tax-cut windfall to the wealthy and devastate a fast-growing workforce and the millions of elderly and disabled Americans who rely on homecare services
by Elly Kugler and Marzena Zukowska

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/27/senate-health-bill-would-kill-essential-homecare-jobs

America at War Since 9/11
Reality or Reality TV?
by Rebecca Gordon

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/27/america-war-911

Mainstream Trump Resistance Tries to Rehab Bill Clinton’s Image
After George W. Bush received a boost in favorability ratings for speaking out in line with the Trump Resistance, Bill Clinton makes appearances and receives uncritical reporting in an effort to reboot his presidential legacy after Hillary Clinton’s failed presidential campaign

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19422:Mainstream-Trump-Resistance-Tries-to-Rehab-Bill-Clinton%27s-Image

The Real News Network
Only Community Control Will Stop Police from Killing with Impunity
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford discusses the recent failed prosecutions of the officers who killed Samuel DuBose, Sylville Smith and Philando Castile

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19415:Only-Community-Control-Will-Stop-Police-from-Killing-with-Impunity

Jayati Ghosh On Imperialism in the 21st Century (Part 1/3)
Imperialism – whether explicit or implicit – is about the struggle to control economic territory such as markets, workers and labor, natural resources and new kinds of markets that are developed, explains renowned economist Jayati Ghosh

*When a conscious decisions are made to immiserate, poison or kill other people, other species and the planet itself

What is that other than “bloody mindedness”?

However the perpetrators choose to rationalize it is perforce meaningless, isn’t it?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19420:Jayati-Ghosh-On-Imperialism-in-the-21st-Century-Pt.13

RussiaGate Overshadows How Foreign Powers Buy Influence
While U.S. media focuses on alleged Russian election meddling, reporter and author Jonathan Marshall says influence-peddling from other foreign governments has been ignored

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19393:RussiaGate-Overshadows-How-Foreign-Powers-Buy-Influence

Institute for Public Accuracy
Are Claims About Syrian Sarin Attacks Propaganda Leading to More War?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/are-claims-about-syrian-sarin-attacks-propaganda-leading-to-more-war

FAIR
‘Amazon Now Has Monopoly Power in Online Commerce’
CounterSpin interview with Stacy Mitchell on Amazon/Whole Foods
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/amazon-now-has-monopoly-power-in-online-commerce

Democracy Now!
Senate GOP Healthcare Bill Estimated to Kill 28,600 More in U.S. Each Year & Drop 22M from Insurance

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/27/senate_gop_healthcare_bill_estimated_to

Supreme Court Allows Part of Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect Before Ruling on Constitutionality

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/27/supreme_court_allows_part_of_trump

In Major Church-State Decision, Supreme Court Sides with Religious Institution

*There’s a perverse kismet to this decision, in that the funds will go to providing poisonous material to that playground, and the victims will be innocent children and others.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/27/in_major_church_state_decision_supreme

Court: Bush Administration Officials Can’t Be Held Liable for Post-9/11 Mass Roundup of Muslims

*The interpretation of law and the administration of justice often travel distinctly divergent paths

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/27/court_bush_administration_officials_cant_be

Dahlia Lithwick: Justice Neil Gorsuch Proving to Be “Far to the Right” of Antonin Scalia

*”[T]aking less”

Please realize that we’re talking about people’s lives here, and the “disasters” they will endure through the practice of such “pragmatism”.

I understand the conundrum Warren posits, but resignation shouldn’t be the reaction to it.

There should be a visceral outrage evinced at the prospect, and an indomitable determination to do whatever is humanly possible to confront it in every theater of political and legal action.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/27/dahlia_lithwick_justice_neil_gorsuch_proving

6/26

The Word “Women” Literally Never Appears in the US Senate’s 142-Page Healthcare Bill
by Heather Timmons

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/26/word-women-literally-never-appears-us-senates-142-page-healthcare-bill

The Neoliberal Writing on the Wall:
Ontario’s Basic Income Experiment
by John Clarke

*Pimping a pittance to perpetuate poverty

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/510-john-clarke/3205-the-neoliberal-writing-on-the-wall

How radicals are offering realistic solutions to our spiraling political problems
by Robert Jensen

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/06/21/radicals-offering-realistic-solutions-spiraling-political-problems

Qatar diplomatic crisis: what are Trump’s financial links to the region?
US president has long history of lucrative investment deals with Saudi Arabia but few ties to small Gulf nation
by Stephanie Kirchgaessner

*EnGulfed by greed

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3204

The Single Party French State … as the Majority of Voters Abstain
by Diana Johnstone

*And the corpress high fives

But what “common ground” could a legitimate “left” movement find with a party of proto-fascismo?

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3203

Prominent Democratic Fundraisers Realign to Lobby for Trump’s Agenda
by Lee Fang

*It’s not that there’s no semblance of difference in the two major parties

It’s that there’s no sense of decency

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3200

The Real News Network
Big Pharma Puts the Squeeze on Cities Battling Opiate Crisis
Exponential price increases for the life saving drug Narcan have pushed Baltimore to the brink of running out as overdose deaths soar

*Death by addiction

To greed

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19404:Big-Pharma-Puts-the-Squeeze-on-Cities-Battling-Opiate-Crisis

Estimates of Sea Level Rise by 2100 Have Tripled in the Past Few Years
Environmental activist Peter Sinclair examines the growing threat of sea level rise

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19241

State Violence Linked to Domestic Extremism (Part 1/2)
Jeremy Kowalski, author of “Domestic Extremism and the Case of the Toronto 18,” explains how his investigation of the “Toronto 18” uncovered a link between state violence and the development of domestic extremist groups

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19410

Egypt’s Alliance with Saudi Arabia Shows Signs of Stress
President Sisi of Egypt’s transfer of two Islands to Saudi Arabia is unprecedented and rejected by much of its population. However, it is part of a new larger reversal in the Arab world’s effort to normalize relations with Israel, explains Professor Seif Da’na

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19384

64 Years Later, CIA Details Long-Hidden Role in Iran Coup
The quiet release of long-awaited and long-hidden CIA documents offers key details on how the U.S. and Britain overthrew Iran’s democratic government in 1953, says the National Security Archives’ Malcolm Byrne

*Byrne comes across as something of an apologist for imperialism, and “The Real News” would have better lived up to its label to have had a guest who took a more clear eyed perspective on US intentions.

Perhaps in a later segment …

As for it not being Dear Misleader’s or his administration’s “attitude”

You might ask the people of Honduras how they view the veracity of that surmise.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19382

Community Organizes to Reclaim West Baltimore Resident’s Home
Beatrice Johnson of Sandtown Winchester struggles to reclaim her house of 17 years after it was sold for a $2,100 unpaid water bill

*Homelessness lives where heartlessness resides

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19408

Historic Rivalry for Regional Dominance at the Root of Saudi-Qatar Crisis
The battle for regional power between Saudi Arabia and Qatar dates back to the very creation of the State of Qatar; back then, just as it is now, it was about regional dominance, explains Professor Seif Da’na

*The conventional wisdom is that Saudi Arabia plays the US, and this no doubt has been true in some instances. But Professor Da’na’s suppositions would suggest the shoe is now on the other foot.

Regardless, it’s abundantly apparent that there’s no honor among these thieves

Or, more aptly, murderers.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19402:Historic-Rivalry-for-Regional-Dominance-at-the-Root-of-Saudi-Qatar-Crisis

Mexico Uses Israeli Spyware to Target Lawyers, Journalists and Activists
“We have an alliance between the Mexican government and the Trump administration against the Mexican people,” says John Ackerman, editor-in-chief of the Mexican Law Review. “We’re being massacred and spied on systematically in Mexico.”

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19392:Mexico-Uses-Israeli-Spyware-to-Target-Lawyers%2C-Journalists-and-Activists

Canada’s Fossil Fuels Lobby Issues Dubious Data in a Bid for More Pipelines
Adam Scott of Oil Change International offers a critical analysis of new data from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

*Peddling pipe dreams

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19369:Canada%27s-Fossil-Fuels-Lobby-Issues-Dubious-Data-in-a-Bid-for-More-Pipelines

FAIR
After US-Backed Bombing Sparks Famine in Yemen, WaPo Editor Insists ‘US Not the Problem’
by Adam Johnson

*This isn’t cognitive dissonance

This is collusive dissembling

http://fair.org/home/after-us-backed-bombing-sparks-famine-in-yemen-wapo-editor-insists-us-not-the-problem

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trumpcare Targets Medicare as well as Medicaid

http://www.accuracy.org/release/trumpcare-targets-medicare-as-well-as-medicaid

Democracy Now!
Indian PM Modi Was Once Banned from Entering U.S., Today He Meets Trump at White House

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/26/indian_pm_modi_was_once_banned

Jackson, Miss. Mayor-elect Chokwe Lumumba: I Plan to Build the “Most Radical City on the Planet”

*Encouraging words

Will there be the will to put them into practice

Because there will certainly be the will to prevent it.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/26/jackson_miss_mayor_elect_chokwe_lumumba

The Surprising Connection Between Cancer and Sports
by Ty Bollinger

*Fields of nightmares

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/artificial-turf-cancer

Beware of red yeast rice dietary supplements
You won’t know which ones can or cannot lower cholesterol
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/dietary-supplements/beware-of-red-yeast-rice-dietary-supplements

6/23

‘Conned’ by Trump: Hundreds of Boeing and Carrier Workers to Lose Their Jobs
“When he spoke at our plant, he acted like no one was going to lose their job”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”It’s a system that exploits everyone”

And “everyone” – workers across the world – must be in solidarity to put an end to their shared subjugation.

“Divide and conquer” has to be confronted with “Unite and Resist”.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/23/conned-trump-hundreds-boeing-and-carrier-workers-lose-their-jobs

Why the Trump Administration Could Be America’s Last
We are between climate catastrophe and wars of extinction
by Vijay Prashad

*When the amble toward the abyss accelerates to an all out sprint

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/132-more-blog-posts-from-vijay-prashad/3199–why-the-trump-administration-could-be-americas-last

ACLU Demands Details on U.S. Involvement in Torture at Secret UAE Prison Network
U.S. officials interrogated people held at secret facilities where torture is reported

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/06/23/aclu-demands-details-us-involvement-torture-secret-uae-prison-network

The Real News Network
Dean Baker: Interest Rate Hike Will Hurt Jobs Growth
The Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike will slow jobs growth, but is probably being done to please Wall Street, says CEPR’s Dean Baker

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19378

Institute for Public Accuracy
Portugal Wildfires: Result of Timber Industry?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/portugal-wildfires-result-of-timber-industry

Democracy Now!
By Defunding Planned Parenthood, Republicans Would Reduce Services That Make Abortion Unnecessary

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/23/by_defunding_planned_parenthood_republicans_would_reduce

Support Grows for Single-Payer Medicare-for-All Plan Instead of Massive Cuts to Healthcare

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/23/support_grows_for_single_payer_medicare

Is South Sudan Government Engaged in Ethnic Cleansing, Triggering Africa’s Biggest Refugee Crisis?

*No mention of precisely why the US supported this murderous regime.

You’d have thought that would be essential intel for a better understanding of this horrific situation, wouldn’t you?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/23/is_south_sudan_government_engaged_in

6/22

Wage Love to End Debt’s Stranglehold
Instead of using debt to punish communities of color and the poor, we should invest in everyone and defend our civic legacies for future generations
by Sarah van Gelder

*The only debt we should owe

Is to one another

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/22/wage-love-end-debts-stranglehold

The Real News Network
ISIS Flees Raqqa, Trump and Putin Escalate the War
With the potential defeat of ISIS in Syria, the U.S. and Russia are stepping up their operations in an effort to fill the likely power vacuum, says Chris Davidson, a reader of Middle East politics at Durham University in the UK

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19342:ISIS-Flees-Raqqa%2C-Trump-and-Putin-Escalate-the-War

Barclays and Its Executives Are Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Fraud
Bill Black, author of “The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One”, says don’t expect much – sadly, the British Serious ‘Farce’ Office that brought the charges may not have the wits to carry out the prosecution

*Pinstripes to prison stripes … ?

Place your bets

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19379:Barclays-and-Its-Executives-Are-Charged-With-Conspiracy-to-Commit-Fraud

FAIR
Syria the Latest Case of US ‘Stumbling’ Into War
by Adam Johnson

*Points taken, certainly, but is the assertion of imperial domination at the cost of countless lives considered a “broad, conspiratorial assumption”

Or simply stating the literally bleeding obvious?

http://fair.org/home/syria-the-latest-case-of-us-stumbling-into-war

‘Millions of People Will Lose Their Coverage Under Whatever Comes Out’
CounterSpin interview with Trudy Lieberman on covering Trumpcare
by Janine Jackson

*Getting to the heart of the heartlessness

http://fair.org/home/millions-of-people-will-lose-their-coverage-under-whatever-comes-out

Democracy Now!
Austerity and Neglect Blamed as 79 Die in U.K. Apartment Fire Housing Immigrants & Low-Income Workers

*Do you think those Tory landlords view this as a preventable tragedy

Or a profitable opportunity?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/22/austerity_neglect_blamed_as_79_die

6/21

Beyond ‘No’ and the Limits of ‘Yes’: a review of Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
by Robert Jensen

*Hope lies in acts of conscience

Not in their desired results

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/opinion/Beyond-No-and-the-Limits-of-Yes-A-Review-of-Naomi-Kleins-No-Is-Not-Enough-20170619-0017.html

The Tax Plan Moms Need
A modest proposal: Tax corporations to help working moms afford childcare and stay-at-home moms save for retirement
by Martha Burk

*A woman’s work is never done

Being viscerally undervalued

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/21/tax-plan-moms-need

Beyond Nuclear
Permanently Closed U.S. Nuclear Reactor Should Be “Autopsied”
Examination could identify potential safety flaws in operating reactors with parts from same controversial French forge

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/06/21/permanently-closed-us-nuclear-reactor-should-be-autopsied

The Real News Network
Trump Risks War with Russia and Iran in Syria
Increasing U.S. military strikes against Assad-allied forces in Syria threaten to undermine the fight against ISIS and spark direct conflict with Russia and Iran, says Ben Norton of Alternet’s Grayzone Project

*ISIS is indeed “horrific”

And so is “the fight” against it, from whatever force.

That needs to be acknowledged in every consideration of this hellish situation.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19367:Trump-Risks-War-with-Russia-and-Iran-in-Syria

Canadian First Nation Battles Pipeline Expansion
Charlene Aleck, spokesperson for the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, discusses the indigenous group’s fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline and the struggle to protect its traditional way of life

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19372:Canadian-First-Nation-Battles-Pipeline-Expansion

FAIR
Eager for World War III on MSNBC
by Eoin Higgins

*First the ratings

Then the rubble

http://fair.org/home/eager-for-world-war-iii-on-msnbc

To Defeat Transparency, NYPD Turns to Journalist-Turned-Cop-Turned-Journalist-Turned-Cop
by Josmar Trujillo

http://fair.org/home/to-defeat-transparency-nypd-turns-to-journalist-turned-cop-turned-journalist-turned-cop

Vitamin D: Nature’s Medicine Chest
by Ty Bollinger

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/vitamin-d-natures-medicine-chest

6/20

“Would You Like a Drink of Water?” Please Ask a Yemeni Child
by Kathy Kelly

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/20/would-you-drink-water-please-ask-yemeni-child

The Real News Network
The Fight Within the Democratic Party Over California Universal Health Insurance Plan
Michael Lighty of National Nurses United tells Paul Jay how the California Senate passed the “Healthy California” plan and discusses the coming battle to make it into law

*It always worrisome to me to hear talk of “the inside game”.

Recall the admonition against lying down with dogs?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19356:The-Fight-Within-the-Democratic-Party-Over-California-Universal-Health-Insurance-Plan

Israel Secretly Aids Anti-Assad Forces in Syria Proxy War
Beirut-based journalist Nour Samaha has uncovered extensive Israeli government support of anti-Assad forces in southern Syria

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19361:Israel-Secretly-Aids-Anti-Assad-Forces-in-Syria-Proxy-War

$15 Dollar Minimum Wage and Free College Education – What’s Going On In San Francisco?
San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim tells Paul Jay that she helped lead successful ballot initiatives that won a higher minimum wage, free college for all, and a much higher affordable housing component in new developments; much of this fight has been against corporate Democrats

*”Everyone … is progressive until money’s involved”

What’s that about money and mouths … ?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19366:%2415-Dollar-Minimum-Wage-and-Free-College-Education—What%27s-Going-On-In-San-Francisco%3F

RootsAction
Sign the petition to PBS: Schools Inc. is right-wing propaganda

*Didn’t that PBS logo used to face to the left?

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-to-pbs-schools-inc-is-right-wing-propaganda?source=20170619swRA

Institute for Public Accuracy
Foreign Influence in U.S. Politics

*”Patriots” to their paymasters

http://www.accuracy.org/release/foreign-influence-in-u-s-politics

Democracy Now!
Arundhati Roy on Returning to Fiction, Redefining Happiness & Writing about Worlds Ripped Apart

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/20/arundhati_roy_on_returning_to_fiction

Arundhati Roy Reads from Her Acclaimed New Novel, “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/20/arundhati_roy_reads_from_her_acclaimed

Acclaimed Novelist Arundhati Roy on Telling the Truth of the Atrocities in Kashmir Through Fiction

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/20/acclaimed_novelist_arundhati_roy_on_telling

Arundhati Roy on Upcoming Meeting Between Indian PM Modi & Trump at White House

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/20/arundhati_roy_on_upcoming_meeting_between

Full Extended Interview: Arundhati Roy on Democracy Now!

*Goodman seems to have this thing about notoreity – I wouldn’t guess at how many times she’s proclaimed someone “an icon” or “legendary” – and it’s heartening to hear Roy’s humbleness when confronted with that.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/20/full_extended_interview_arundhati_roy_on

6/19

Supreme Court Delivers ‘Dangerous Message’: Immunity for Former Bush Officials Over 9/11 Detentions
‘This decision regrettably provides constitutional immunity for some of the most high-level officials responsible for gross abuses in the aftermath of September 11,’ said ACLU’s Hina Shamsi
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/19/supreme-court-delivers-dangerous-message-immunity-former-bush-officials-over-911

Mourning Philando Castile at a Anti-Nuke Rally
by Michael McPhearson

*All of a peace

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/19/mourning-philando-castile-anti-nuke-rally

We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves
by Chris Hedges

*We can’t change what we refuse to see clearly

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/19/we-cant-fight-climate-change-if-we-keep-lying-ourselves#

Why Israel and Hezbollah are heading for a new, devastating war in the Middle East
In 13 years of watching these two bitter opponents, I have never seen such a high degree of anxiety that war is coming
by Nicholas Noe

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3195

The Real News Network
Venezuela’s Opposition Receives Solid Support from International Media
Media analyst Joe Emersberger takes apart recent international media coverage of Venezuela, which is openly siding with the country’s opposition in portraying the government as a dictatorship

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19291:Venezuela%27s-Opposition-Receives-Solid-Support-from-International-Media

The Need for a Sense of Urgency About War and the Climate Crisis: Katie Halper Interviews Paul Jay
The host of the Katie Halper Show and Paul Jay discuss Trump’s plans for confrontation with Iran and the existential threat of the climate crisis

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19354:The-Need-for-a-Sense-of-Urgency-About-War-and-the-Climate-Crisis%3A-Katie-Halper-Interviews-Paul-Jay

Isolating Qatar and the Implications for Hamas and the People of Gaza
Qatar is an important supporter of Hamas and as the hostility towards Qatar grows in the region, it will be difficult to deliver aid, and the consequences for Hamas and the Gaza Strip will be severe, explains Imad Alsoos of the Free University of Berlin

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19341:Isolating-Qatar-and-the-Implications-for-Hamas-and-the-People-of-Gaza

Independent Media Was Crucial for Calling Attention to Actions at Standing Rock
Providing an on-the-ground perspective of the actions and activism at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline was essential for getting the word out, explains Lorenzo Serna of the independent media outlet Unicorn Riot

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19345:Independent-Media-Was-Crucial-for-Calling-Attention-to-Actions-at-Standing-Rock

US White Phosphorus Bombs Won’t Eradicate Terrorism In Syria
US-backed forces are using tactics that cause a ‘staggering’ number of civilian deaths, but military action won’t defeat ISIS, says Phyllis Bennis, director the New Internationalism Project at IPS

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19344:US-White-Phosphorus-Bombs-Won%27t-Eradicate-Terrorism-In-Syria

Israel Reduces Power Supply to Gaza, Intensifying Humanitarian Crisis
Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu says the power cut to Gaza is the fault of the Palestinian Authority, but actually it is the result of a power play between Abbas and Netanyahu in the run-up to peace negotiations, explains TRN’s Shir Hever

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19325:Israel-Reduces-Power-Supply-to-Gaza%2C-Intensifying-Humanitarian-Crisis

In Canada, Indigenous Groups are Litigating – And Winning
Lawyer Eugene Kung of West Coast Environmental Law discusses the protection of indigenous rights under the Canadian constitution

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19349:In-Canada%2C-Indigenous-Groups-are-Litigating—And-Winning

Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul Buck Party Consensus on Russia and Iran Sanctions
Investigative journalist Max Blumenthal explains that these sanctions punish Russia and Iran and unnecessarily intensifies the conflict between the US and these countries

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19337:Bernie-Sanders-and-Rand-Paul-Buck-Party-Consensus-on-Russia-and-Iran-Sanctions

Petition update
Ban Toxic Chinese Drywall, Provide Medical Monitoring, Injunctive Equitable Relief, Public Awareness
by Crystal Kinler

https://www.change.org/p/study-health-effects-from-chinese-drywall/u/20576057

Institute for Public Accuracy
Bombing Syria: * Impeachable * Carve-Up Agenda

http://www.accuracy.org/release/bombing-syria-impeachable-carve-up-agenda

Anti-Muslim Terrorism

*Double standard operating procedure

http://www.accuracy.org/release/60208

FAIR
Media Use Attack on Mosque to Smear Mosque
by Adam Johnson

*Culture coded terror outrage

http://fair.org/home/media-use-attack-on-mosque-to-smear-mosque

Democracy Now!
“Philando Can Be Any of Us”: Black Lives Matter Protests Acquittal of Officer in Minnesota Killing

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/19/philando_can_be_any_of_us

Civil Rights Lawyer: Philando Castile’s Skin Color Ended Up Being a Death Sentence

*Rotten barrels bear bad apples

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/19/civil_rights_lawyer_philando_castiles_skin

Crackdown in Egypt: Seven Men Tortured in State Custody Face Execution; 90 News Websites Blocked

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/19/crackdown_in_egypt_seven_men_tortured

Egyptian Writer Omar Robert Hamilton: Saudi’s Bankrolling of Egypt Is Tied to Internal Crackdown

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/19/egyptian_writer_saudi_arabia_bankrolling_authoritarian

A single meal “changed my life forever”
The culprit: ground beef contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/a-single-meal-changed-my-life-forever

TheTruth About Cancer
Foods With Fructose: Why They’re a Problem & Natural Alternatives

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/foods-with-fructose

6/16

‘We Want Justice’: Prime Minister Forced to Flee as Londoners Protest Deadly Fire
“People should be held to account,” said Labour MP David Lammy
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Let’s hope that they don’t prevent this fire, either.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/16/we-want-justice-prime-minister-forced-flee-londoners-protest-deadly-fire

Amazon Extends Tentacles Further With Purchase of Whole Foods
‘This is extreme consolidation of the food system in action, which will lead to higher prices, fewer choices for consumers, and bigger profits for billionaires like its owner, Jeff Bezos,’ says Wenonah Hauter of Food & Water Watch
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Swallowed “Whole”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/16/amazon-extends-tentacles-further-purchase-whole-foods

Leaving Paris for All The Wrong Reasons
by Sara Mersha and Carol Schachet

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/16/leaving-paris-all-wrong-reasons

Feed the Hungry, Treat the Sick: A Crucial Training
by Kathy Kelly

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/16/feed-hungry-treat-sick-crucial-training

Labour’s Permanent Reformation
by Benjamin Selwyn

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/654-benjamin-selwyn/3193–labours-permanent-reformation

Arms Industry-Funded Democrats Vote to Help Saudi Arabia Continue Slaughtering Civilians in Yemen
Five Democratic senators joined Republicans in narrowly voting to approve Trump’s arms deal
by Ben Norton

*Blood money filling campaign coffers

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/523-ben-norton/3192–arms-industry-funded-democrats-vote-to-help-saudi-arabia-continue-slaughtering-civilians-in-yemen

The Real News Network
Criminal Charges Filed Against Six State Officials Over Flint Water Scandal, But Problem Goes Far Deeper
While the criminal charges against the officials is an important first step, the root causes of the crisis have not been tackled, explains Rev. David Alexander Bullock of Change Agent Consortium

*”Regret” and forget

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19334:Criminal-Charges-Filed-Against-Six-State-Officials-Over-Flint-Water-Scandal%2C-But-Problem-goes-Far-De

Anti-Muslim Manchester Demo Unites Britain’s Far-Right
An anti-Muslim protest in Manchester brought together far-right groups that had until recently been in decline, and they’re organizing across borders, says Dr. Joe Mulhall, Senior Researcher at Hope Not Hate

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19333:Anti-Muslim-Manchester-Demo-Unites-Britain%27s-Far-Right

Trump Infrastructure Plan Lays the Foundation to Build Corporate Corruption and Greed
Trump’s infrastructure plan will further privatize public assets and derail the interests of the American people, says Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19326:Trump-Infrastructure-Plan-Lays-the-Foundation-to-Build-Corporate-Corruption-and-Greed

Democracy Now!
Standing Rock Sioux Launch Wind & Solar Renewable Energy Projects After Winning Henry Wallace Award

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/16/standing_rock_sioux_launch_wind_solar

6/15

Amid Trump Chaos, Republicans Keep Their Eyes on the Big Prize: The Courts
“Control the Supreme Court, stack the judiciary, and you can stop the progressive movement… for decades,” Corey Robin wrote
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No Russians

No rush to arms

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/15/amid-trump-chaos-republicans-keep-their-eyes-big-prize-courts

Deadly London Fire Shows How Concerns of Poor ‘Constantly Neglected’
“We need to deal with this—we need people to be safe living in high rise buildings,” said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A “state of emergency” the Tories will never espouse

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/15/deadly-london-fire-shows-how-concerns-poor-constantly-neglected

A Planet’s Future Threatened by the Fate of Its Children
In this age of grief, where have all the children gone?
by Karen Greenberg

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/15/planets-future-threatened-fate-its-children

Review of “Always with Us? What Jesus Really Said about the Poor”
by Liz Theoharis and Bruce Parry

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3191

Robert Jensen on Millennial men, climate change, and the increasing need for radical politics
Zoë Goodall interviews Robert Jensen about his most-recent book, “The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men”

http://www.feministcurrent.com/2017/06/14/robert-jensen-millennial-men-climate-change-increasing-need-radical-politics

Koch Convention to Rewrite Constitution Runs Into Roadblocks
by Arn Pearson

http://www.exposedbycmd.org/2017/06/12/koch-convention-rewrite-constitution-roadblocks

The Real News Network
EITC Not Only Reduces Poverty, But Improves Health of Communities
While Trump seeks to dramatically reduce federal spending for the poor, a study shows that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits not only the lives of those who receive it, but also entire communities, Jeanette Wicks-Lim and Peter Arno of PERI explain

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19319:EITC-Not-Only-Reduces-Poverty%2C-But-Improves-Health-of-Communities

FAIR
Threats to Campus Speech Don’t Alarm Media When They Come From the Right
by Eoin Higgins

*Speak (of) no evil

http://fair.org/home/threats-to-campus-speech-dont-alarm-media-when-they-come-from-the-right

Action Alert: With Sleazy Innuendo, NYT Lays Virginia Attack at Bernie Sanders’ Feet
by Adam Johnson

*Will His Travesty tweet kudos to the Times for “finally printing some Real News!”?

http://fair.org/home/action-alert-with-sleazy-innuendo-nyt-lays-virginia-attack-at-bernie-sanders-feet

Democracy Now!
Web Exclusive: Naomi Klein on How to Resist Trump’s Shock Politics

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/14/part_2_of_naomi_klein_interview

Greg Palast: How Racist Voter Suppression Could Cost Jon Ossoff the Georgia Election

*Ossoff’s a DNC darling, so a victory would be hollow in large measure, but should he lose, how much would you be willing to wager that he’ll bring up any of this to challenge his defeat?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/15/greg_palast_how_racist_voter_suppression

6/14

Trump, DeVos ‘Betray’ Students With Gift to Predatory For-Profit Schools
The Department of Education will delay Obama-era rules designed to help students defrauded by for-profit colleges
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/14/trump-devos-betray-students-gift-predatory-profit-schools

Trump Hearts Methane. Kids? Not So Much.
EPA, Interior Departments push off implementing Obama-era rules to limit methane emissions
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/14/trump-hearts-methane-kids-not-so-much

‘Reign of Terror’: ICE Chief Says Immigrants Should Be Looking Over Their Shoulders
He also said “no population of persons” in the U.S. illegally is safe from deportation
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A jackal attack on the scapegoats

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/14/reign-terror-ice-chief-says-immigrants-should-be-looking-over-their-shoulders

The Long Term Threat to Europe Isn’t Le Pen. It’s Capitalism.
by Conn Hallinan

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/14/long-term-threat-europe-isnt-le-pen-its-capitalism

Amnesty International – USA
Gaza: Electricity Cuts by Israeli Authorities Could Have Catastrophic Consequences

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/06/14/gaza-electricity-cuts-israeli-authorities-could-have-catastrophic-consequences-0

Friends of the Earth and SumOfUs
New Poll: Americans Believe Bayer-Monsanto Merger Poses Serious Threats to Jobs, Independent Farmers, and Food Safety
Americans, including Trump voters, want administration to take aggressive stance on corporate monopolies

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/06/14/new-poll-americans-believe-bayer-monsanto-merger-poses-serious-threats-jobs

The Real News Network
Right-Wing Militia Helps Police Arrest Portland Protesters
Independent journalist Arun Gupta reports on recent anti-Muslim rallies and growing concern that far-right militia groups have an “informal” alliance with U.S. police forces

*A fascist fattening of “the Thin Blue Line”

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19317:Right-Wing-Militia-Helps-Police-Arrest-Portland-Protesters

Rollback of Financial Regulations Has Nothing to do with Complexity or Boosting the Economy
Former financial regulator Bill Black explains that the Republicans’ effort to eliminate Dodd-Frank Act financial regulations serves the interests of the big financial institutions and has nothing to do with rules’ complexity or impact on the economy

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19320:Roll-Back-of-Financial-Regulations-Has-Nothing-to-do-with-Complexity-or-Boosting-the-Economy

Earning Minimum Wage Puts Affordable Housing Out of Reach
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report discusses a National Low Income Housing Coalition report that finds affordable housing is next to impossible for U.S. workers earning minimum wage

*It’s not how much you make

It’s how much you can make with it

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19315:Earning-Minimum-Wage-Puts-Affordable-Housing-Out-of-Reach

The Forgotten History of White Flight in America: Part 3
In Part Three, Richard Rothstein discusses how Spiro Agnew and George Romney lead a failed attempt to halt white flight in the 1960s

*I’d be curious to know why Romney and Agnew took that stand, assuming it had nothing to do with a desire for justice.

That’s a no brainer with Agnew. I don’t know diddley about Romney, so perhaps he was motivated by something approximating a conscience.

Did they feel that a safety valve needed to be turned to relieve the pressure building in the American sociopolitical culture – that a carrot had be tossed in with the sticks of Nixon’s “law and order” crackdown?

Inquiring minds pine to perceive.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19323:The-Forgotten-History-of-White-Flight-in-America%3A-Part-3

Corporate Democrats’ Ties to Wal-Mart’s Long Record of Fighting Workers’ Rights: Part 1
Part One of our conversation with former and current Wal-Mart Associates with the labor organization Our Wal-Mart who talk about current issues facing Wal-Mart employees and the failure of the Democratic Party to stand up for workers

*It’s heartening to hear someone like Andrews, who sees the deep dish contradictions baked into the Democratic Party.

I just hope there are many more like him.

But I’d ask him, and others fighting for justice at Walmart, how they view their struggle as connected with folks in other countries who are exploited far worse than they.

Do they feel a moral obligation to stand with them, or even from the standpoint of their own self interest, do they see the necessity of solidarity in securing their own labor rights?

Recall that the so called golden age of upward mobility for blue collar workers in the ’50s and ’60s came at the expense of fierce exploitation abroad, and that ultimately, when capital perceived the need to squeeze workers on the home front, the lack of an international movement to confront that clawback contributed to the end of that era.

We have to suss that the side that we’re on extends beyond our shores.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19322:Corporate-Democrats%27-Ties-to-Wal-Mart%27s-Long-Record-of-Fighting-Workers%27-Rights%3A-Part-1

Petition
Fight for $15
Tell McDonald’s: End sexual harassment and LGBTQ discrimination at all stores IMMEDIATELY

*I’m loathin’ it

http://fightfor15.org/s-petition/6917-laray-reed-petition

Institute for Public Accuracy
Russophobia and Islamophobia

http://www.accuracy.org/release/russophobia-and-islamophobia

FAIR
Media Help Republicans Gut Obamacare Behind Closed Doors
by Adam Johnson

*Have you hugged your health care killer today?

http://fair.org/home/media-help-republicans-gut-obamacare-behind-closed-doors

Gluten Clippers
Do products that claim to pre-digest gluten live up to the hype?
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/eating-gluten-free/gluten-clippers

6/13

America Last: Will Trump Set a Record for the History Books?
by Tom Engelhardt

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/13/america-last-will-trump-set-record-history-books

A Year After Pulse, We Are More Than Survivors
by Audrey Juarez

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/13/year-after-pulse-we-are-more-survivors

The US Intelligence Community Can Share Your Personal Information With Other Governments, and We’re Demanding Answers
by Brett Max Kaufman

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/13/us-intelligence-community-can-share-your-personal-information-other-governments-and

Progress Michigan
Message in a Bottle: Flint Sending Out More Than an SOS
1,000+ “You Owe Me” letters from Flint residents delivered to Snyder, Schuette

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/06/13/message-bottle-flint-sending-out-more-sos

The Real News Network
America’s Broken Healthcare System is Creating More Single-Payer Advocates
The Real News speaks to advocates of universal healthcare and affordable prescription drugs at the 2017 People’s Summit

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19318:America%27s-Broken-Healthcare-System-is-Creating-More-Single-Payer-Advocates

Canada’s Increased Military Budget Will Fuel the US War Machine
Boosting Canada’s military spending is “a way of enhancing the American empire… done under the guise of lessening Canadian dependence on the U.S.,” says author and activist Yves Engler

*Remember all the enthusiasm for Trudeau (aka “Obama in White Face”)?

Remember Einstein’s supposed admonition on insanity?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19296:Canada%27s-Increased-Military-Budget-Will-Fuel-the-US-War-Machine

France’s New President Wins Parliament Vote, But Faces Problems Implementing Program
Even though French president Francois Macron will probably have an overwhelming majority in the new National Assembly, the low turnout and on-going resistance to neoliberalism will complicate his program, says CEPR’s Alex Main

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19316:France%27s-New-President-Wins-Parliament-Vote%2C-But-Faces-Problems-Implementing-Program

Petition
Justice for Port Drivers
Stop Wage Theft at the Ports

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stop-wage-theft-at-the-ports

Institute for Public Accuracy
DUP Deal Highlights British Anti-Catholicism, Threatens Peace in Ireland

http://www.accuracy.org/release/59947

Democracy Now!
Naomi Klein: Trump is the First Fully Commercialized Global Brand to Serve as U.S. President

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/13/naomi_klein_trump_is_the_first

6/12

Now Just Five Men Own Almost as Much Wealth as Half the World’s Population
by Paul Buchheit

*The poor will always be with us

As long as there are rich to make certain of it

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/12/now-just-five-men-own-almost-much-wealth-half-worlds-population

Trump’s Apocalypse Has Been a Long Time Coming
by Betsy Hartmann

*A sacred psychosis

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/12/trumps-apocalypse-has-been-long-time-coming

UK Election: Labour Surge Gives Unions a Chance
by Gregor Gall

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/651-gregor-gall/3188–uk-election-labour-surge-gives-unions-a-chance

Fight for the Future
15,000 People Call On the FCC to Remove and Investigate Fake Anti-Net Neutrality Comments Using Stolen Names and Addresses
Following weeks of inaction from the FCC thousands have signed a petition calling for the agency to remove fake comments from the docket and publicly disclose any information it may have about the group submitting them

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/06/12/15000-people-call-fcc-remove-and-investigate-fake-anti-net-neutrality-comments

The Real News Network
How Government Policy Created White Wealth and Concentrated African American Poverty: Part 2
In Part Two, author Richard Rothstein says the explicit unconstitutional housing policy of the 20th century created America’s enormous racial wealth gap

*No politician, no matter how “progressive”, will ever speak of this, will they?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19312:How-Government-Policy-Created-White-Wealth-and-Concentrated-African-American-Poverty%3A-Part-2

Sea Level Rise due to Global Warming Threatens Vancouver
Deborah Carlson of WCEL explains the consequences of sea level rise for Vancouver and what local actions are being taken to counter the threat

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19313:Sea-Level-Rise-due-to-Global-Warming-Threatens-Vancouver

The Forgotten History of How the Government Segregated America: Part 1
In Part One, author and scholar Richard Rothstein says explicit government policy, not personal choice or redlining was the main force that segregated America

*New Deal

Same old dealer

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19271:The-Forgotten-History-of-How-the-Government-Segregated-America%3A-Part-1

Abby Martin: World Ignores Opposition Violence at Venezuela Protests
Empire Files host Abby Martin just returned from Venezuela where she saw first hand how violent opposition protesters attempt to intimidate reporters and thereby give a false impression of what is happening

*Truth

And consequences

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19279:Abby-Martin%3A-World-Ignores-Opposition-Violence-at-Venezuela-Protests

Hung Parliament a Stunning Victory for Corbyn’s Labour Party in UK Elections
Election produces a breakthrough for left socialist Jeremy Corbyn, something only weeks ago was considered impossible – with Thomas Barlow and Kam Sandhu of Real Media and Aaron Bastani of Novara Media

*There are lessons us Yanks can learn, but perhaps the most important is that the US isn’t the UK, and while I don’t claim to be an expert on the lay of that land, it may well be that Labour can serve as an effective vehicle for just change, to go beyond its manifesto, whereas the Democratic Party has proven itself a dead letter in that respect.

All the energy being poured into “the #Resistance”, the attempt to “retake” the party, is an exercise in futility, I fear, and I don’t see Sanders, Ellison et alia as the standard bearers for what’s necessary for our chance at a truly dignified life for everyone, even were that faction to supplant the Hillaristas.

On another note, I’d like to know just what circumstances in Scotland led to such a poor showing by the SNP and Labour.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19294:Hung-Parliament-a-Stunning-Victory-for-Corbyn%27s-Labour-Party-in-UK-Elections

Labour Prevented the Tories from Increasing their Grip on Government
Theresa May’s objective of improving her position in Brexit talks failed and will lead to extremely difficult negotiations now, says Economics Prof. John Weeks of London University

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19295:Labour-Prevented-the-Tories-from-Increasing-their-Grip-on-Government

Corbyn Lost Labour Party Elites, But Won Over Voters
“Corbyn has proven that there is a way forward for the Labour Party,” says Leo Panitch, a professor at York University–but it isn’t the future the Blairites envisioned

*There shouldn’t be “euphoria” should a Labour government come to be.

There should be a clear eyed determination to hold Corbyn to his promises – and more – and avoid what has been shown to be a betrayal of the Greek people by Syriza, in the name of “pragmatism”.

There will be tremendous pressure for Labour to do likewise, and only a steadfast movement that puts principles before personalities or party loyalty will be able to foil that fearsome force.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19297:Corbyn-Lost-Labour-Party-Elites%2C-But-Won-Over-Voters

GetEQUAL
Break DC Capital Pride’s Ties with Police, Prisons and Pipelines!

*No Pride in plutocracy

And vice versa

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/capital-pride-break-your-ties-with-police-prisons-and-pipelines

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Saudi Arabia is Destabilizing the World”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/saudi-arabia-is-destabilizing-the-world

Left-Right Alliance to Break Up the Banks

http://www.accuracy.org/release/left-right-alliance-to-break-up-the-banks

Democracy Now!
Cholera Death Toll Tops 859 in War-Torn Yemen as U.S.-Backed Saudi Assault Continues

*A sickness of the soulless

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/12/cholera_death_toll_tops_859_in

Puerto Rico Backs Statehood in Referendum Boycotted by Opposition Groups

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/12/puerto_rico_backs_statehood_in_referendum

Freed Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera Joins Tens of Thousands at NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/12/freed_political_prisoner_oscar_lopez_rivera

The Beleaguered Tenants of “Kushnerville”: Jared Kushner Accused of Slumlord Practices in Baltimore

*Of slumlords and slimeballs

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/12/the_beleaguered_tenants_of_kushnerville_jared

Trump Associate & “Slumlord” Tom Barrack Resigns One Day After Probe of Housing Crisis

*Of course His Travesty would trust this loathsome leech.

He’s a man after his own heartlessness.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/12/trump_associate_slumlord_tom_barrack_resigns

The fastest growing cause of cancer death
What to drink to lower your risk of liver cancer
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*This goes against other intel I’ve reposted regarding the issues with caffeinated coffee.

As always, use your best judgment, and be prepared to adjust it.

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/caffeine-in-food/the-fastest-growing-cause-of-cancer-death

6/9

To Defend Against Trump, Delaware Just Preemptively Enshrined Abortion Rights
Even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the state’s new law ensures right to choose is law of state
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/09/defend-against-trump-delaware-just-preemptively-enshrined-abortion-rights

Promise in the Land of Despair: The Crisis Is Not Over in Flint, Michigan
While the state and federal governments have failed, two outposts of citizen aid are providing support and fostering hope
by David Schwenk

*If there is any hope, it lies in the humanity on exhibit here.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/09/promise-land-despair-crisis-not-over-flint-michigan

Sunday’s French Election
by Richard Greeman

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/648–richard-greeman/3183-sundays-french-election

Food & Water Watch
Food Safety Advocates File Lawsuit to Shed Light on Privatized Poultry Inspection
As USDA sets its sights on hog slaughter, Food & Water Watch demands previously withheld information on poultry plants seeking to privatize inspection

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/06/09/food-safety-advocates-file-lawsuit-shed-light-privatized-poultry-inspection

Real News Network
How Far Will US & Saudis Go to Remake the Middle East?
Junaid Ahmad of the Center for Global Dialogue says the U.S.-backed Gulf campaign against Qatar is part of a broader strategy to crush the remnants of the Arab Spring and spark a confrontation with Iran

*What do you do when you’re getting burned at home?

Light a fuse abroad.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19287:How-Far-Will-US-%26-Saudis-Go-to-Remake-the-Middle-East%3F

How Have 50 Years of Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Land Changed Israel?
Denial and lies about the occupation have allowed Israelis to cover up the reality of what the occupation has done to Palestinians, and so the occuption could continue for another 50 years, says Israeli journalist Gideon Levy

*”I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.” – Antonio Gramsci

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19267:How-Have-50-Years-of-Israeli-Occupation-of-Palestinian-Land-Changed-Israel%3F

Comey Hearing: Little New, and More Doubt About “RussiaGate”
Journalist, best-selling author Max Blumenthal and former FBI special agent Coleen Rowley say that while former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony offered almost nothing new, that won’t slow the fixation on Trump’s alleged Russia ties, not his actual policies

*Sound and fury, signifying the sickening state of our political culture.

But aside from that, I believe Blumenthal and Rowley have their own contradictions to confront on “cooperation” with Russia and Iran regarding ISIS and their ilk. They rightly speak of the horror show the US has visited upon the people of the region, and the blowback that has led to the tragedies outside it.

But how would collaboration with these other governments do anything other than increase the suffering? The US “coalition”, Russia and Iran all have bloody hands here, and I can’t see how their partnership would benefit the victims caught in the crossfire.

I’m well aware that force must play a role in dealing with these groups, but should we be entrusting its implementation to those who have shown no regard for the “collateral damage” their actions have caused?

I don’t know the answer to this dilemma, aside from an overarching realization that the whirlwind has been reaped, and we must sow the seeds of justice for this scourge to end

But I do know that it requires clear thinking as to the players involved, and I don’t see that evinced in this instance.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19293

FAIR
The Day After Corbyn’s Surprise Surge, NPR Would Rather Talk About Buckethead
by Jim Naureckas

*There was another joke candidate in May’s constituency

But I don’t think many people found her amusing.

http://fair.org/home/the-day-after-corbyns-surprise-surge-npr-would-rather-talk-about-buckethead

Democracy Now!
Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn Rides Leftist Tide in U.K. Election in Rebuke of Austerity & Conservatives

*”Let bygones be bygones”

Translation: Here’s the knife. Now let me turn around.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/9/labours_jeremy_corbyn_rides_leftist_tide

The sleep-weight connection
Not getting enough zzz’s at night can lead to counting more lbs. on the scale
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/diet-and-weight-loss/the-sleep-weight-connection

6/8

Trump’s Needless Fight With Qatar Will Hurt American Interests and Empower ISIS
All to appease Saudi Arabia
by Vijay Prashad

*I’m always interested in Prashad’s take, but that term “American interests” is so amorphous, and I’m unclear on just how he intends it to be taken.

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/132-more-blog-posts-from-vijay-prashad/3179–trumps-needless-fight-with-qatar-will-hurt-american-interests-and-empower-isis

The Real News Network
Brazil Gets Ready to Roll Back Labor Rights
Brazil’s labor reform is set to pass the legislature and workers fear a dramatic worsening of their living conditions as a result. A special report from Brazil by Mike Fox

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19284:Brazil-Gets-Ready-to-Roll-Back-Labor-Rights

FAIR
Corporate Media Hope Labour’s Corbyn Loses Election—and Badly
by Ben Norton

*I have little hope that Corbyn, like Sanders (“socialist” must always be placed in quotes with both, if we’re honest), will prove truly worthy of this vitriol, but I dearly desire to see him afforded the opportunity to prove me wrong.

http://fair.org/home/jeremy-corbyn-media-bias-uk-election

Democracy Now!
Oscar López Rivera Speaks Out on Newfound Freedom, Becoming Politicized & Decolonizing Puerto Rico

*López Rivera speaks to his own innocence when it comes to acts that resulted in the death of innocents, and I’ll accept that, but he avoids confronting the issue writ large – whether such acts can be justified in the name of a just struggle – and I’d have liked to have had heard his views on that difficult subject.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/8/oscar_lopez_rivera_speaks_out_on

Oscar López Rivera on Declining Honorific at National Puerto Rican Day Parade After Controversy

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/8/national_freedom_hero_oscar_lopez_rivera

6/7

Kansas Kills Trump-Like Tax Cuts in ‘Repudiation of Right-Wing Orthodoxy’
The cuts had devastating effects on the state’s public services
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*How many lives were destroyed before legislators decided it wasn’t in their electoral interest to pour more gasoline on this Kansas prairie fire?

Why should they be congratulated for that?

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/07/kansas-kills-trump-tax-cuts-repudiation-right-wing-orthodoxy

Palestinian Children’s Lives Are Shaped By 50 Years of Military Occupation
Five decades of occupation have turned military violence into the norm for Palestinian children
by Jennifer Bing

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/07/palestinian-childrens-lives-are-shaped-50-years-military-occupation

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Civil Rights Attorneys: Racial Disparities Persist in NYPD Stop and Frisk
Attorneys Say Report by Monitor Overseeing Reforms Misleads

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/06/07/civil-rights-attorneys-racial-disparities-persist-nypd-stop-and-frisk

Center for Biological Diversity
Inspector General Investigating Potential Collusion Between Monsanto, Top EPA Official
Controversy Casts Doubts on EPA’s Cancer Assessment of Roundup’s Main Ingredient

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/06/07/inspector-general-investigating-potential-collusion-between-monsanto-top-epa

The Real News Network
UK Election Polls: Can Corbyn Win?
Opinion polls for the June 8 UK General Election indicate an increasingly tight race between Labour and Conservatives, but most still give Conservative Theresa May an advantage, despite May’s weaknesses as Prime Minister, says Real Media’s Thomas Barlow

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19268:UK-Election-Polls%3A-Can-Corbyn-Win%3F

Trump, Israel Back Saudi Power Play Against Qatar
Max Blumenthal of Alternet’s Grayzone Project says President Donald Trump’s backing of the Saudi Arabian campaign against Qatar could be the “pilot program” for a wider regional agenda of U.S.-backed Saudi hegemony

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19270:Trump%2C-Israel-Back-Saudi-Power-Play-Against-Qatar

Perpetual Crisis in Public Schools By Design
Cuts to public school funding sustained over a decade is a deliberate strategy to ensure privatization, says Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19222:Perpetual-Crisis-in-Public-Schools-By-Design

Institute for Public Accuracy
FBI Whistleblowers on Russia-gate’s Mythical “Heroes”

*Ginned up “noble G-men”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/whistleblowers-on-russia

Qatar Crisis and Iran: A “Win-Win” for the U.S. Establishment?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/qatar-crisis-and-iran-a-win-win-for-the-u-s-establishment

Democracy Now!
China Watchdog: China’s Arrest of Activists Investigating Ivanka Trump-linked Factory Unprecedented

*But it ain’t about the Rooskies, so who cares, right?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/7/china_watchdog_chinas_arrest_of_activists

Worst Epidemic in U.S. History? Opioid Crisis Now Leading Cause of Death for Americans Under 50

*There’s one addiction for which incarceration is an appropriate response

The addiction to greed

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/7/worst_epidemic_in_us_history_opioid

6/6

Want to See US Climate Progress? Support City and State Leaders and the Grassroots Groups Who Hold Them Accountable
by Elizabeth Sawin

*Act local

Impact global

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/06/want-see-us-climate-progress-support-city-and-state-leaders-and-grassroots-groups

Rural Communities Lose Most With Health Repeal
by LeeAnn Hall

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/06/rural-communities-lose-most-health-repeal

Farmworker Justice
Groups Appeal EPA’s Refusal To Ban Dangerous Pesticide
Chlorpyrifos is linked to long-term damage in children’s developing brains

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/06/06/groups-appeal-epas-refusal-ban-dangerous-pesticide

The Real News Network
Rattling the Bars: MIT No Aramark
Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Pastor Kenneth Glasgow, prison activist and founder of the Ordinary People’s Society, about building a broad coalition to boycott the businesses that are tied to prison slavery

*Sharpton’s pimping his own product – himself – of course, and I just hope to hell that doesn’t diminish the impact of these imperative efforts.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19157:Rattling-the-Bars%3A-MIT-No-Aramark

Food Integrity Campaign
President Trump’s Pork Recipe for America

*Hogwash that never comes clean

https://www.foodwhistleblower.org/president-trumps-pork-recipe-for-america

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Israeli Lies and the Six Day War”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/israeli-lies-and-the-six-day-war

FAIR
The Washington Post’s War on the Disabled Continues
by Dean Baker

*A mean streak nine columns wide

http://fair.org/home/the-washington-posts-war-on-the-disabled-continues

Democracy Now!
NSA Contractor Charged for Leak After Intercept Exposé Reveals Russian Cyberattack of 2016 Election

*Whatever the truth is, there are two points that must be kept in mind.

One, that this is a textbook case of pots dissing kettles

And two, that Madame Mayhem’s fealty to the the financier class was the proximate cause of her “loss”.

(You don’t “lose” when the game is rigged, but neither she, nor any other Dem, will ever confront the actual voter fraud that has been a Republican ace in the hole for decades, will they? Opening that can of worms would call into question institutional assumptions that neither party wish to see examined.)

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/6/nsa_contractor_charged_for_leak_after

Meet Larry Krasner: Civil Rights Attorney, Death Penalty Opponent & Democratic Philly DA Candidate

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/6/meet_larry_krasner_civil_rights_attorney

6/5

So in this era of constant protest (a good thing, I need say), why is it that the mainstream media never gaze out their englassed edifices onto the multitudes outside righteous with rage at their malefactory “manufacturing of consent”?

Part of the problem may be this romantic notion of “the Fourth Estate” as this intrepid defender of “truth, justice and the American Way” (I’ll concede the veracity of the last, although not as intended by its adherents), fostered by the fanciful history of opposition to the Vietnam War and Nixon’s high crimes and misdemeanors, and don’t forget Murrow and McCarthyism.

I don’t mean to be simplistic, but I believe a large measure of the antagonism that did exist, at least in the ’70s, was based on pragmatic considerations and personal distaste for the régime actuel.

Nixon, Agnew and ilk were singularly unlikeable cusses, and the war had become toxic to other endeavors of the exploitocracy.

Hollywood immortalized this myth in “All the President’s Men”, and generations of liberals and progressives have swallowed it whole ever since.

Which brings us to the present. While there is considerable criticism of the corpress from the “left” (however you wish to define it), calling it out for its outright collusion with its class brethren and sistren appears to be considered tres gauche, don’t it?

And heaven forfend we actually view it as “the enemy”, lest we be tarred as fellow travelers with His Travesty.

Yet that’s what it is, because that’s what it does. It provides the context by which nothing outside of our duopolistic political milieu is ascribed any value. Thus we have these surrealistically absurd skirmishes over “Obamacare” versus “Trumpcare”, or Paris versus Perdition

Or which excretable miscreant’s oval to fill in.

There’s a deep dish cognitive dissonance extant among those who by all indications should know better, and it will entail someone with sharper synapses than I to suss precisely why that’s the case.

Grand Canyon Pillagers Hope to Harness Trump’s Disdain for Natural World
The 20-year ban on new uranium mining is under threat
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/05/grand-canyon-pillagers-hope-harness-trumps-disdain-natural-world

Texas Lawmakers Indifferent to State’s Outrageously High Maternal Death Rate
Recent studies show poor state of affairs for women giving birth in Texas, but state lawmakers criticized for taking little action to rectify the situation
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/05/texas-lawmakers-indifferent-states-outrageously-high-maternal-death-rate

If Trump So Quick to Exploit London Violence, What Would Attack in US Bring?
Trump called “Opportunist-in-Chief” for using latest violence in the UK to justify travel ban from Muslim countries
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*And the corpress and the vast majority of the public would fall right into line, if history is any indication.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/04/if-trump-so-quick-exploit-london-violence-what-would-attack-us-bring

The Unwanted ‘Bride’: Can the 1967 War Offer Opportunity for Peace?
by Ramzy Baroud

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/05/unwanted-bride-can-1967-war-offer-opportunity-peace

Antonio Gramsci and the Battle Against Fascism
“Mass culture is a potent and dangerous counterrevolutionary force,” says Hedges. “It creates a herd mentality.”
by Chris Hedges

*Our limbs cannot be unchained

Before our minds

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/05/antonio-gramsci-and-battle-against-fascism

After a Terrorist Attack, Spain Rejected Its Hawks. Will Britain?
Spanish voters turned against the incumbent conservative party after the 2004 Madrid bombings
by Sam Husseini

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/05/after-terrorist-attack-spain-rejected-its-hawks-will-britain

In praise of Trump pulling out of the Paris climate pact
by Ken Ward

*Smacking the puppy right square on the nose

(A violent metaphor – my apologies)

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/646-ken-ward/3172-in-praise-of-trump-pulling-out-of-the-paris-climate-pact

The Real News Network
Why American Jews Embraced Israel After the June 1967 War
In the second part of our three-part interview special, author and scholar Norman Finkelstein analyzes the material, emotional and psychological factors behind the American Jewish embrace of Israel after the June 1967 war

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19231:Why-American-Jews-Embraced-Israel-After-the-June-1967-War

Max Blumenthal Grills Progressive Rep. Jamie Raskin about Russia Allegations
Part one of Real News coverage from the the March for Truth in Washington, D.C.

*Maybe that should be “The March on Truth” … ?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19247:Max-Blumenthal-Grills-Progressive-Rep.-Jamie-Raskin-about-Russia-Allegations

Sluggish Economic Growth in Britain Fails to Compensate for Austerity
Kam Sandhu, co-founder of Real Media, explains how slow economic growth means that the Tories have not been able to achieve any of their economic objectives and have instead caused a “food bank crisis”

*A less job crisis

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19240:Sluggish-Economic-Growth-in-Britain-Fails-to-Compensate-for-Austerity

Arctic Climate Warming Twice as Fast As Anywhere Else
Prof. Subhankar Banerjee, editor of “Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point,” talks about the effect President Trump’s climate policies will have on the Arctic and on the rest of the planet

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19220

Six-Day War, 50-Year Occupation: What Really Happened in June 1967?
In the first of an extended three-part interview on the 50th anniversary of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war, author and scholar Norman Finkelstein debunks the enduring myths surrounding that historic confrontation — myths that have sustained​ the ensuing Israeli ​occupation of Palestinian lands​

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19230

U.S. & Russia Bomb Syria’s Civilians When They Could Help End its War
Veteran Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn of The Independent analyzes the latest developments in Syria and says the war could end if the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Iran were willing to make an agreement

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19244

Palestinian Prisoner Hunger Strike Suspended After 40 Days, but Could Resume
Sahar Francis of the Adameer Prisoner Support Association talks about what the Palestinian prisoners hunger strike achieved and explains why strike leader Marwan Barghouti says that it could resume if the agreement is violated

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19205

Kabul Bombing and Afghan War are a Result of Deep Contradiction in US Policy
Long-time Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn explains that the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the recent massive bombing in Kabul are the result of contradictory US support for Sunni factions in the region and will not end until US pressures Pakistan

*Forgive me for stating the literally bleeding obvious, but the US has no interest in “winning” the “GWOT” ™.

It wants to manage it for its own geostrategic and domestic political ends.

In the empire game, you can’t boogie without a boogeyman.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19243

Theresa May in Election Jitters Caught Lying About Tory Plans to Cut The National Health Service
Kam Sandhu of Real Media says there is evidence that the Tories plan to sell off assets to service NHS; this is the first sign of distress and it will lead to privatization

*I’ll never understand this confusion as to why the corpress – in the UK and elsewhere – acts in accordance to its class interests, or why there aren’t protests aimed directly at their complicity in manufacturing consent.

Have hundreds, let along thousands, ever appeared in front of The Times of London’s or the BBC’s offices demanding they do their fucking job as journalists?

Of course, that goes as well for the NYT, LAT, WaPo, CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, NPR et alia on this side of the pond.

Trump’s right – with repulsive reasoning – that “the media is the enemy”.

We can defend a “free press”, and demand that there actually be one, can’t we?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19239

Mijente
A Guide on Organizing as Defense Against Federal Investigations and Prosecutions

https://mijente.net/2017/06/05/guide-organizing-defense-federal-investigations-prosecutions

Institute for Public Accuracy
Manchester Bombing: “Blowback from British Collusion with Jihadists”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/59495

FAIR
After US Bombs Syrian Government for Third Time in 8 Months, Media Ask Few Questions
by Ben Norton

*Shoot first

Ask no questions later

http://fair.org/home/after-us-bombs-syrian-government-for-third-time-in-8-months-media-ask-few-questions

Democracy Now!
Trump Attacks London’s Mayor & Jeremy Corbyn Calls for Theresa May’s Ouster After Terror in London

*I’d like to share Mason’s faith that Corbyn “represents a real change”, but I’ve seen far too much rhetoric remain aloof from the realm of reality.

Does he have the actual will, and if so, the political courage to stand against a foreign policy establishment and military industrial profiteers that will fight any challenge to the status quo tooth and nail?

I hope we’ll have the opportunity to see.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/5/trump_attacks_londons_mayor_jeremy_corbyn

Trump Uses London Attack to Call for SCOTUS to Back Travel Ban Blocked by Multiple Courts

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/5/trump_uses_london_attack_to_call

Lawyer for Tortured Detainees: U.S. Created ISIS Through Misguided Detention, Interrogation Policies

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/5/lawyer_for_tortured_detainees_us_created

Six steps to youthful, supple arteries
How to slow down vascular aging
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/heart-and-disease-cat/six-steps-to-youthful-supple-arteries

6/2

‘Literal Colonialism’: Blackwater Founder Calls for ‘American Viceroy’ to Rule Afghanistan
Given Prince’s past connections to Trump, his recommendations could have some measure of influence
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/02/literal-colonialism-blackwater-founder-calls-american-viceroy-rule-afghanistan

Trump, the Paris Agreement and the Breakdown of Multilateralism
The problem is not only about Trump’s trashing of an already weak climate agreement and process. What just happened is that the lynchpin of the world order is breaking down the world order.
by Dorothy Grace Guerrero

*Why are we trying to preserve Paris?

It’s a woefully inadequate and ultimately counterproductive agreement. It can’t be “built upon”, yet, eerily similar to the health care battle in the US, enormous energy is wasted on maintaining the status quo, rather than recognizing its deadly limitations, and fighting for solutions that give us our only chance to achieve what we claim to desire.

The Paris Agreement and the ACA are predicated on averting that outcome. They were constructed by the very forces that stand to lose control were honest efforts pursued to deal with these crises.

Our delusions of “pragmatism” are a death sentence for so many with each passing day.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/06/02/trump-paris-agreement-and-breakdown-multilateralism

The Real News Network
Clinton Blames Election Loss on Trump Helping Russians Weaponize Fake News
Journalist Michael Sainato and Paul Jay analyze Hillary Clinton’s recent interview, where she lists the reasons she lost the presidential elections and contends little of the responsibility is hers or her politics

*It comes down to “She could have lied better”, because no matter what she’d have said to appear more progressive – or human – anyone with a lick of sense (who are few and far between, it appears) knows she would never walk her talk.

There’s some data from Obama she ignored.

He’s a much better liar.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19228

Poll Finds British Agree that UK Foreign Policy Contributes to Terrorism
Thomas Barlow, co-founder of Real Media, analyzes the latest poll results in light of UK foreign policy, the Manchester bombing, and Thursday’s general election

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19237

Justice for Port Drivers
Join our League of Working Class Heroes

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/join-our-league-of-working-class-heroes

Institute for Public Accuracy
50 Years After 1967 War: Environmental and Cultural Impact

http://www.accuracy.org/release/50-years-after-1967-war-environmental-and-cultural-impact

Democracy Now!
As Oil Starts to Flow Through Dakota Access Pipeline, Resistance Faces Paramilitary Security Force

*Another blast of “blowback”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/2/as_oil_starts_to_flow_through

Part 2: Private Security Firm TigerSwan Targets Pipeline Protesters in COINTELPRO-Like Operation

*Only the dangerously naïve would think that this is an isolated phenomenon, or that it’s somehow separate from gummint – local, state and federal – response to resistance

Or that it won’t intensify as things fall further apart

Or that it wouldn’t occur had the presidential election result been different.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/2/part_2_private_security_firm_tigerswan

6/1

Bradley Foundation Floated Wisconsin Watchdog While Franklin Center Floundered
by David Armiak and Mary Bottari

http://www.exposedbycmd.org/2017/05/25/bradley-foundation-floated-wisconsin-watchdog-franklin-center-floundered

The Real News Network
Denying Trade Deficit Problem Is Almost Like Climate Change Denial
CEPR co-director Dean Baker explains that Trump’s attention to the link between trade deficit and loss of manufacturing jobs is legitimate, even though many pundits continue to deny it. However, Trump’s solutions probably won’t help

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19223

A Personal Take on The Modern History of Iraq – RAI with Sabah Alnasseri (5/6)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri says Trump’s strategy is to use the war against ISIS as an excuse to build up US troop levels in Iraq to control the oil and create a pro-American government

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19224:A-Personal-Take-on-The-Modern-History-of-Iraq—RAI-with-Sabah-Alnasseri-%2856%29

UK Election Polls Tighten to Three Points Between May and Corbyn
Tom Barlow, co-founder of Real Media, talks about how Britain’s June 8 general election race is tightening between Labour and the Tories and how the mainstream British media is losing credibility in the process

*I’d like to know why the “terror bump” hasn’t materialized here. That obviously requires both party and media pimping.

Is there something peculiar to the UK’s political milieu that mitigates against its utility, as opposed to the US?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19211

Institute for Public Accuracy
“How I Lost By Hillary Clinton”

*”If Democrats persevere with a politics that prioritizes well-off professionals rather than ordinary Americans, they will leave the field open to right-wing populism for many years to come.”

What it could do is spell the end of the Democratic Party, and its facade as “the people’s party”, leaving an opening for a movement that could authentically claim that mantle, which would entail not being content with “reform” of an inherently rotten system, but striving to bring about a transformation of our social, economic and political lives – the only path to our survival.

I have an infinitesimal amount of faith that that will occur, but anything less leaves us staring hopelessly into the abyss.

http://www.accuracy.org/release/how-i-lost-by-hillary-clinton

May 2017

5/31

End the Greedy Silence – Enough Already!
Why do we tolerate our fellow Americans dying in the tens of thousands each year because they cannot afford health insurance to get diagnosed and treated in time?
by Ralph Nader

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/31/end-greedy-silence-enough-already

The Real News Network
How Insurance Companies and Prisons are Making the Opiate Crisis Worse
A longtime addiction specialist says health insurance companies’ reluctance to treat heroin addiction as an emergency and prison officials’ refusal to allow inmates access to methadone are only making a bad situation worse

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19218

Canada’s Political Landscape Undergoing Realignment?
Nora Loreto, author of “From Demonized to Organized,” talks about four important political shifts that took place in Canada in the past week and what this means for Canadian politics

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19213

A Personal Take on The Modern History of Iraq – RAI with Sabah Alnasseri (4/6)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri explains why so many Shia fought for Iraq against Iran during a war that killed more than 1.8 million people; he continues the story of his family, and how from prison, his brother was able to help Sabah escape the country

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19216:A-Personal-Take-on-The-Modern-History-of-Iraq—RAI-with-Sabah-Alnasseri-%2846%29

Advocates See A Brighter Future With Zero-Waste and Renewable Energy
On this episode of The Real Baltimore, United Workers members Greg Sawtell, LaQeisha Greene and Charles Graham say Baltimore could be transformed by eliminating waste, embracing renewable energy and investing in green jobs

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19210:Advocates-See-A-Brighter-Future-With-Zero-Waste-and-Renewable-Energy

Institute for Public Accuracy
Manchester and the British Election’s “Unsayable”

*”Why wasn’t he apprehended and the network around him prevented from planning and executing the atrocity on May 22?”

Of course, a “terror attack” shortly before the election would be presumed to be to the Tories’ advantage.

I’m just sayin’ …

http://www.accuracy.org/release/manchester-and-the-british-elections-unsayable

FAIR
WaPo’s Laziest Columnist Calls Protesters ‘Fascists,’ Equates Them to Manchester Bomber
by Adam Johnson

http://fair.org/home/wapos-laziest-columnist-calls-protesters-fascists-equates-them-to-manchester-bomber

Democracy Now!
The Intercept: As the U.S. Ramps Up Airstrikes on ISIS, Are Syrian Civilians Paying the Price?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/31/the_intercept_as_the_us_ramps

Private Mercenary Firm TigerSwan Compares Anti-DAPL Water Protectors to “Jihadist Insurgency”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/31/private_mercenary_firm_tigerswan_compares_anti

5/30

To Restrict Abortion Access Even Further, Kansas Says Font Size Matters
Called “simply harassment” by opponent, new law would stipulate that physicians’ disclosure be “on white paper, in a printed format, in black ink, and in 12-point Times New Roman font”
by Common Dreams staff

*Killing abortion access with the death of a thousand paper cuts

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/30/restrict-abortion-access-even-further-kansas-says-font-size-matters

Government Austerity Demands That We Die Within Our Means
Most people still don’t fully understand the true scale of the human cost that government imposed austerity has unleashed
by Victoria Cooper and David Whyte

*Living within the mean

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/30/government-austerity-demands-we-die-within-our-means

The Real News Network
From Libya to Manchester, Western Intervention Endangers Civilians
Max Blumenthal, Senior Editor for Alternet’s Grayzone Project, says the Manchester bombing’s ties to NATO intervention in Libya exemplify how Western policies overseas can help lead to attacks at home

*I think “hint” is the right term for Corbyn’s reference to Western responsibility for these attacks, and while that’s further than any other US or UK politician with any visibility has been willing to go, it’s still couched in rhetoric that accepts the “national security” narrative.

It’s akin to acknowledging the destitution engendered by austerity, without truly confronting the visceral underpinnings of the system that promotes it.

We’ll see whether the hint becomes a holler, but I wouldn’t wager the rent money on it.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19206

Institute for Public Accuracy
Tillerson Present as Exxon Signed Deal with Saudi Arabia During Trump Visit

http://www.accuracy.org/release/tillerson-present-as-exxon-signed-deal-with-saudi-arabia-during-trump-visit

Postol: NYT Claims on Syria Attack Unsupported

http://www.accuracy.org/release/postol-nyt-claims-on-syria-attack-unsupported

Democracy Now!
Did Trump Campaign Rhetoric Empower the White Extremist Who Killed Two Bystanders on Portland Train?

*I think there are lines to be drawn when it comes to speech. Those lines are hard to draw, but I believe they must be in an instance such as this, or four decades ago in Skokie.

Rights often come into conflict, and simply saying, as the ACLU and others do, that free speech rights trump those of “the others” who would be subjected to such vileness, even under such acute circumstances, evinces an absolutism that diminishes our sense of humanity.

We can’t be cavalier in our restriction of speech, or in our consideration of the effect that speech has on those it targets.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/30/did_trump_campaign_rhetoric_empower_the

5/29

‘Real Men’ Talk: Interviews between Robert Jensen and Barry Doak
by Barry Doak

*As always, Jensen provides much to ponder, but I’d like an elaboration on his comments regarding “transgenderism’s policy demands” and their hindering the goals of radical feminism

And so I’ll ask him, and post whatever I receive in response.

Update

I got a quick reply

“This is the piece I wrote about the bathroom debate.
http://www.feministcurrent.com/2016/12/28/how-feminists-can-challenge-liberal-bathroom-politcs/
there are other questions that I discuss in the book, such as use of puberty blockers on children and health consequences.
bob”

I’d forgotten that I’d asked him about this earlier. Here’s what I wrote at the time, after reading the piece above

“I understand Jensen’s concerns, but his stance appears to omit consideration of how transgender folks feel about being compelled to use facilities based on their biological sex.

What discomfort, and possible harassment and harm, might someone who identifies as female face if forced to use “Men Only” facilities? How about those who ID as male in a “Female Only” environment?

I asked for his thoughts on that, and was … disappointed … in his reply. If you’re interested, I can pass along the thread if you contact me at the email in the site intro.”

No one did, and I no longer have the thread.

https://www.nationofchange.org/2017/05/29/real-men-talk-interviews-robert-jensen-barry-doak

One Hundred Eighth Graders Boycott Paul Ryan Photo Op
“It’s not just a picture,” said one. “It’s being associated with a person who puts his party before his country.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/28/one-hundred-eighth-graders-boycott-paul-ryan-photo-op

DAPL Company Hired War on Terror Contractors to Suppress Native Uprising
Leaked docs reveal the collusion between local police forces, pipeline company, and defense contractors as they executed ‘military-style counterterrorism measures’ to suppress the water protectors
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/27/dapl-company-hired-war-terror-contractors-suppress-native-uprising

The Artist as Prophet
by Chris Hedges

*Art for our sake

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/29/artist-prophet

Want to Get “Back to the Land?” You’re Not Alone
Each generation has had one common desire: to live a more honest, ethical life of self-sufficiency and oneness with nature
by Nancy Matsumoto

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/29/want-get-back-land-youre-not-alone

Russia Calls House Bill an “Act of War.” Will the Senate Block H.R. 1644?
by Gar Smith

*So every member of the Congressional “Progressive” Caucus voted for this, or at least none voted against it?

If I said I was shocked

Would you believe me?

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/525-gar-smith/3164-russia-calls-house-bill-an-act-of-war-will-the-senate-block-hr-1644

Socialist Project
Dump Hydro Privatization, Build Public Power

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/364-socialist-project/3163-dump-hydro-privatization-build-public-power

Hunger strike ends, prisoners declare victory
by Ali Abunimah

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/427-ali-abunimah/3160-hunger-strike-ends-prisoners-declare-victory

Tulsi Gabbard Is Not Your Friend
Tulsi Gabbard is hailed as a progressive champion. But her views on Islam and support for far-right leaders suggest otherwise
by Branko Marcetic

*The “resistance” within the Democratic Party is shot through with “PR progressives” such as Gabbard.

Don’t look for Sanders and his brood to question her contradictions

And don’t expect Marcetic to be invited to appear on “Democracy Now!” to enumerate them.

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/642-branko-marcetic/3159-tulsi-gabbard-is-not-your-friend

The Real News Network
Brazil’s Most Important News Outlet Plays Kingmaker
Globo TV withdraws support from President Michel Temer by leaking incriminating recording and issues retraction that implicated former presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff: report from Mike Fox in Brazil

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19189:Brazil%27s-Most-Important-News-Outlet-Plays-Kingmaker

Does NATO Confront Threats, or Create Them?
As President Trump is criticized for declining to endorse NATO’s mutual aid clause, Professor David Gibbs of the University of Arizona argues that the alliance creates threats that previously didn’t exist

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19192:Does-NATO-Confront-Threats%2C-or-Create-Them%3F

Training Makes Killing Civilians Acceptable (1/4)
Josh Stieber, a member of the Army company that came upon the Iraqis murdered by the US helicopter crew, discusses the Wikileaks video and Army training that makes killing civilians acceptable

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=5079

Canadian Logging Giant Attempts to Silence Critics Using Anti-Mafia Law
Todd Paglia, Executive Director of Stand.Earth, discusses a $300 million lawsuit brought against his environmental organization and Greenpeace by Resolute Forest Products under the US Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Practices Act

*Money talks

To silence its adversaries

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19183

IMF Concedes: No Debt Relief for Greece
Economist Heiner Flassbeck reports that Germany’s “shocking” position on no debt reduction of Greece’s debt prevailed, even though its debt is completely unpayable

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19186

A Personal Take on The Modern History of Iraq – RAI with Sabah Alnasseri (3/6)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri tells the story of his militant working class family, class struggle in Iraq and the sectarian conflict created by the U.S. invasion

*For those (like myself) ignorant of this history, this is highly recommended reading.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19196

UK Tory’s Theresa May Coming Undone at the Seams with ‘Dementia’ Tax
Kam Sandhu of Real Media says ‘strong and stable’ May is showing her incompetencies and polling is beginning to reflect that as UK heads to an election on June 8th

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19188

Institute for Public Accuracy
Pro-Democracy Protests in Brazil

http://www.accuracy.org/release/pro-democracy-protests-in-brazil

Understanding Meat Labels: What Grass-fed, Grain-fed, and Organic Really Means
by Dr. David Jockers

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/understanding-meat-labels

How the 5:2 diet may prevent diabetes and cognitive decline
Intermittent fasting may strengthen your defenses
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/what-to-eat/how-the-52-diet-may-prevent-diabetes-and-cognitive-decline

5/26

In Face of TrumpCare ‘Abomination,’ New Jersey Latest State to Join Single Payer Push
‘TrumpCare is not the way forward.’—New Jersey State Assemblyman John Wisniewski
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A 21st century struggle for a 20th century idea

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/26/face-trumpcare-abomination-new-jersey-latest-state-join-single-payer-push

Experts: US Still ‘Needlessly Vulnerable’ to Fukushima-Style Disaster
Nuclear industry pressured regulatory commission into low-balling consequences of meltdown, especially in case of reactor fire, new article says
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/26/experts-us-still-needlessly-vulnerable-fukushima-style-disaster

DAPL Photographer Cleared of Charges After Drone Footage Proves His Case
Prosecutors said Aaron Turgeon had put police plane and water protectors in harm’s way when he used a drone to capture footage over pipeline site
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/26/dapl-photographer-cleared-charges-after-drone-footage-proves-his-case

Iraq and Afghanistan: The $6 Trillion Bill for America’s Longest War Is Unpaid
by Linda Bilmes

*No thought given to the cost of just reparations to the nations ravaged by this endless atrocity

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/26/iraq-and-afghanistan-6-trillion-bill-americas-longest-war-unpaid

Trump’s Latest Disastrous Raid Kills More Civilians in Yemen While U.S. Media Obediently Echoes the Pentagon
A human rights group exposes the bloodbath
by Ben Norton

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3158

Yet Another Video Shows U.S.-Funded White Helmets Assisting Public Executions in Rebel-Held Syria
The shocking regime change scandal mainstream media refuses to touch
by Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal

*Buying white hats for the White Helmets

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3157

The Manchester Bombing is Blowback from the West’s Disastrous Interventions and Covert Proxy Wars
How the US and UK helped bring jihadists like Salem Abedi to Libya and Syria
by Max Blumenthal

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3156

The Real News Network
Chuck Schumer: War Hawk or Progressive?
The Senate Democratic leader has tried to pivot to the left after Donald Trump’s win in November, but how much of the progressive agenda has he adopted?

*The question’s not whether Schumer is “progressive”, but whether “progressives” will call him on his hypocrisy, or remain silent, highlighting their own.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19191

A Personal Take on The Modern History of Iraq – RAI with Sabah Alnasseri (2/6)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri tells the story of his militant working class family, class struggle in Iraq and the sectarian conflict created by the U.S. invasion

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19174

Post Brexit Trade Deals – Who Will be the Winners and Losers?
Trade campaigner Linda Kaucher discusses the dangers that lie ahead for the UK public in post Brexit trade deals. Will banks and corporations win at the expense of the population?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19177:Post-Brexit-Trade-Deals—Who-Will-be-the-Winners-and-Losers%3F

Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald: Ousting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Empowered Criminality & Corruption

*I wanted to repost this, as Greenwald acknowledges that Rousseff and Lula have “baggage”, which is frequently omitted from “alternative outlet” coverage of the Brazilian crisis.

You don’t have to put anyone on a pedestal to expose the vileness of those determined to topple it.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/26/glenn_greenwald_ousting_brazilian_president_dilma

5/25

Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia
by Rebecca Gordon

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/25/down-memory-hole-living-trumps-united-states-amnesia

Socialist Project
Urgent Call On Day 40 of Palestinian Hunger Strike

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/364-socialist-project/3155–urgent-call-on-day-40-of-palestinian-hunger-strike

The Real News Network
Manchester Mourns as the Right Attempts to Tie Labour’s Corbyn to Terrorism
Theresa May’s dwindling campaign gets the “terror attack” bump considered necessary for a victory on June 8th, while the right attempts to connect Jeremy Corbyn to the memory of the 1996 IRA Manchester bombing, says Richard Seymour of Salvage

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19172

Trump Budget: Foundation for Great American Misery
Every time we move money out of education or building a green economy and move it into the military we are losing jobs for every dollar we spend, says Prof. Emeritus Robert Pollin of the Political Economy Research Institute

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19166:Trump-Budget%3A-Foundation-for-Great-American-Misery

‘There’s going to be a lot of people who vote for Theresa May who will deeply regret it’
Tax specialist Richard Murphy describes the looming crash ahead for the UK after GE2017, and the myth of a ‘strong and stable’ conservative government

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19175:%27There%27s-going-to-be-a-lot-of-people-who-vote-for-Theresa-May-who-will-deeply-regret-it%27

Petition
Color of Change
GEO Group paid Trump off. Now Sessions is filling their prison beds.

https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/no-pay-for-play/?t=4&akid=7498.2467085.mhWIqM

FAIR
Elite Media Need to Recognize Assaults on Reporters as a Pattern–and a Threat
by Janine Jackson

*”One wonders, and worries, what it will take for elite media to change their minds about that.”

Thomas Friedman sucker punched by Peter King?

(Not that he’d ever have reason to)

http://fair.org/home/elite-media-need-to-recognize-assaults-on-reporters-as-a-pattern-and-a-threat

For USA Today, Healthcare Glass Is 1/24th Full
by Michael Corcoran

*#BREAKING British authorities revise Manchester attack death toll to only 21

http://fair.org/home/for-usa-today-healthcare-glass-is-124th-full

Democracy Now!
Jeremy Scahill on Trump’s Embrace of Duterte’s Deadly War on Drugs in the Philippines

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/25/jeremy_scahill_on_trumps_embrace_of

Scahill & Greenwald: What If All Victims of War Received the Media Attention of Manchester Victims?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/25/scahill_greenwald_what_if_all_victims

Journalist Desmond Cole on How the Toronto Star Tried to Silence His Activism for Black Liberation

*Writing while black

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/25/journalist_desmond_cole_on_how_the

5/24

Brazil’s Political Rupture and the Left’s Opportunity
Fora Temer – eleições diretas já!
“Out with Temer – direct elections now!” Amid meltdown in Brazil, the left calls for democracy, while the right must find ways to deny the people a voice
by Alfredo Saad-Filho

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3154

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
DEA Agents Oversaw Notorious 2012 Deadly Force Incident in Ahuas, Honduras, US Government Report Concludes
Quick Review of Report Shows it Contradicts Previous Drug Enforcement Agency Claims of Only a “Supportive” Role in Joint US-Honduran Operation

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/05/24/dea-agents-oversaw-notorious-2012-deadly-force-incident-ahuas-honduras-us

The Real News Network
Art as a Form of Nonviolent Resistance: Palestine
Palestinian political cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh talks about his art and its importance to him and to the Palestinian people

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19151:Art-as-a-Form-of-Nonviolent-Resistance%3A-Palestine

Another US Housing Bubble?
Economist Michael Hudson explains that even though housing prices are back up at 2008 levels, homeownership is at a much lower level and banks have their loans guaranteed by the US government

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19153:Another-US-Housing-Bubble%3F

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump-DeVos: A Budget that Will “Decimate Public Education”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/trump-devos-a-budget-that-will-decimate-public-education

FAIR
Deficit Scare Tactics Are What Citizens Should Really Be Afraid Of
by Dean Baker

*Deficit Attention Disorder

http://fair.org/home/deficit-scare-tactics-are-what-citizens-should-really-be-afraid-of

Democracy Now!
Tariq Ali: Manchester Bombing is Part of Vicious Cycle, Likely Blowback from Ongoing War on Terror

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/24/tariq_ali_manchester_bombing_is_part

Tariq Ali on Upcoming U.K. Elections & Why Raising the Threat Level is a Largely Psychological Move

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/24/tariq_ali_on_raising_the_threat

5/23

‘You Can’t Make This Up’: Comcast Threatens Legal Action Against Net Neutrality Proponents
If FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s plan “is enacted, there would be nothing preventing Comcast from simply blocking sites like Comcastroturf.com that are critical of their corporate policies”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/23/you-cant-make-comcast-threatens-legal-action-against-net-neutrality-proponents

School Choice Is a Scam in Segregated Neighborhoods
by Jitu Brown

*A “a robust, rigorous and relevant curriculum” would perforce include an honest examination of the factors that lead to such inequity.

Regardless of how well endowed a school may be, what are the odds of that aspect being extant?

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/23/school-choice-scam-segregated-neighborhoods

Why Care About Other People’s Children
by Steven Singer

*Giving a shit

So we don’t become it

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/23/why-care-about-other-peoples-children

Tom Perez Bombs Speech, California Dem Chair Tells Protesters ‘Shut the Fuck Up’
DNC Chair offers same meaningless rhetoric that incited protests and criticisms of his ability to lead
by Michael Sainato

*I have deep misgivings about the sincerity of Turner and her faction, as far as walking the walk to the end of the road, but there’s no doubt about Perez and the DNC’s double dealership.

Would you buy an overused bromide from this man?

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/587-michael-sainato/3152-tom-perez-bombs-speech-california-dem-chair-tells-protesters-shut-the-fuck-up

The Real News Network
Manchester Mourns as the Right Attempts to Tie Labour’s Corbyn to Terrorism
Theresa May’s dwindling campaign gets the “terror attack” bump considered necessary for a victory on June 8th, while the right attempts to connect Jeremy Corbyn to the memory of the 1996 IRA Manchester bombing

*So, given that the corpress won’t, will Corbyn make plain the literally bleeding obvious hypocrisy of the Tories regarding “terrorism”?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19158:Manchester-Mourns-as-the-Right-Attempts-to-Tie-Labour%27s-Corbyn-to-Terrorism

John Pilger: Julian Assange is Cleared of Rape Charges, but Far From Free
Filmmaker and journalist John Pilger says Swedish authorities should be ’embarrassed’ for pursuing what he called trumped up accusations against Assange, and also speaks about how journalists are increasingly targeted as enemies of the state

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19142:John-Pilger%3A-Julian-Assange-is-Cleared-of-Rape-Charges%2C-but-Far-From-Free

Trump’s Mideast ‘Peace Opportunity’ Ignores Palestinian Rights & Threatens Iran
On a visit to Israel, President Donald Trump claims to see “a rare opportunity for peace” in the Middle East, but Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Trump is only offering more U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestinians and hostility towards Iran

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19150:Trump%27s-Mideast-%27Peace-Opportunity%27-Ignores-Palestinian-Rights-%26-Threatens-Iran

Trudeau’s Carbon Reduction Plan Inadequate
Dimitri Lascaris says Trudeau’s pricing scheme is defective and not even close to what is necessary to enforce reductions

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19143:Trudeau%27s-Carbon-Reduction-Plan-Inadequate

Petition update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
New York Attorney General caves in, allows car dealers to sell unsafe recalled used cars

https://www.change.org/p/carmax-stop-selling-unsafe-recalled-cars-to-consumers-2/u/20353292

Institute for Public Accuracy
Roots of Terror: Is Trump Enabling ISIS?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/roots-of-terror-is-trump-enabling-isis

Democracy Now!
As Last Confederate Statue Is Removed in New Orleans, Will School Names & Street Signs Follow?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/23/as_last_confederate_statue_is_removed

U.S. Extends Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, But Will Mass Deportations Follow in 6 Months?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/23/us_extends_temporary_protected_status_for

NYC Councilmember Defends Puerto Rican Day Parade Honoring Oscar López Rivera

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/23/nyc_councilman_on_parade_honoring_oscar

5/22

Trump Official Praises Autocratic Rule: ‘Not a Single Hint of a Protester’ in Saudi Arabia
No ‘bad placards’ in nation where such political dissent is punishable by death
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The silence of the slaughtered lambs

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/22/trump-official-praises-autocratic-rule-not-single-hint-protester-saudi-arabia

Moving by Stealth or Blatantly, Texas Advances Discriminatory Bills
‘The Texas lawmakers of the 85th legislative session are on the wrong side of history’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/22/moving-stealth-or-blatantly-texas-advances-discriminatory-bills

Don’t Let Trump Drama Distract You While Congress Dismantles Medicaid
I’m obsessed with what this Congress is doing to the funding for health care, especially Medicaid, which insures 62.3 million Americans
by Mark Trahant

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/22/dont-let-trump-drama-distract-you-while-congress-dismantles-medicaid

The Death of the Republic
by Chris Hedges

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/22/death-republic

There Is No Getting Around the Fact That Restricting Abortion Access Has Economic Consequences for Women
by Jennifer Dalven

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/22/there-no-getting-around-fact-restricting-abortion-access-has-economic-consequences

MST Leader Joao Pedro Stedile: ‘We need direct elections now and an emergency plan for the people’
After Temer falls, we need to stay on the streets, Stedile says
by Joana Tavares

*Why hasn’t a presidential candidate with fewer contradictions than Lula emerged after all these years?

Regardless, any movement capable of making the changes necessary can’t be based on the political capital of one personage, and must hold that person to account to work for justice for the exploited in Brazil.

I have a penchant for stating the eminently obvious.

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/391-joana-tavares/3150-mst-leader-joao-pedro-stedile-we-need-direct-elections-now-and-an-emergency-plan-for-the-people

Iran’s presidential election: the cynical moderate versus the representative of the deep state
As the incumbent moderate president faces off the Islamic Republic’s deep state, potential variations and the shadow of previous disputed elections looms menacingly
by Ehsan Abdoh-Tabrizi

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/637-ehsan-abdoh-tabrizi/3147-irans-presidential-election-the-cynical-moderate-versus-the-representative-of-the-deep-state

Legitimation Crises
by Andrew Levine

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/379-andrew-levine/3146-legitimation-crises

The Real Aim of Trump’s Trip to Saudi Arabia
by Robert Fisk

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/197-more-blog-posts-from-robert-fisk/3145-the-real-aim-of-trumps-trip-to-saudi-arabia

Center for Food Safety
Landmark Report Shows Bee-killing Seed Coatings Aren’t Worth the Harm
Farmer and environmental friendly alternatives should replace toxic neonic seed coatings

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/05/22/landmark-report-shows-bee-killing-seed-coatings-arent-worth-harm

The Real News Network
Israel Siphoning Natural Gas from Gaza Says Dutch Report
US and Israeli companies are working with Israeli approval to siphon natural gas from Gaza’s territorial waters, even though this is illegal according to international law, says TRNN’s Shir Hever

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19133:Israel-Siphoning-Natural-Gas-from-Gaza-Says-Dutch-Report

Collusion is the Focus, But Trump Finances May Have More Answers
Economist and attorney James Henry analyzes the latest developments in the Russiagate probe, and the unanswered questions surrounding Donald Trump’s business dealings abroad

*Perhaps the US corpress doesn’t want to deal with the financial finagling because those they serve don’t wish them to?

Who profits from a narrative of treachery with the Russkies?

Who profits from one that shines light on the dark dealings of global capital?

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19131:Collusion-is-the-Focus%2C-But-Trump-Finances-May-Have-More-Answers

Brazil’s Spiraling Corruption Scandal Deepens with Temer at the Centre
A political earthquake hits Brazil again as the highly unpopular president Michel Temer is implicated in new corruption allegations and the calls for immediate elections grow stronger, reports Mike Fox from Brazil

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19132:Brazil%27s-Spiraling-Corruption-Scandal-Deepens-with-Temer-at-the-Centre

Laotian Victim of Sex Tourism Awarded Almost $1 Million in US Court
In an unprecedented judgement, a woman raped as a teen by an American visiting Laos was awarded $950,000 by a federal jury. Her lawyers, Linda Miller and Patrick Arenz, spoke with TRNN about this groundbreaking outcome

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19127:Laotian-Victim-of-Sex-Tourism-Awarded-Almost-%241-Million-in-US-Court

UK’s Conservative Party Manifesto Amounts to a Heist (2/2)
In Part II with Real Media’s Kam Sandhu, she explains how the Conservative Party’s manifesto promotes fracking and robs the elderly of their pension and care

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19141:UK%27s-Conservative-Party-Manifesto-Amounts-to-a-Heist–%2822%29

UK Conservative Party Presents its Austerity Election Program (1/2)
The Conservative Party presents itself as a good economic manager, but its austerity policies have so far only increased Britain’s debt, explains Real Media’s Kam Sandhu

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19140:UK-Conservative-Party-Presents-its-Austerity-Election-Program-%2812%29

Can Europe Stop the Far Right if It Doesn’t Stop Neoliberal Austerity?
As a second German soldier is arrested in an alleged plot to frame Syrian refugees for a shooting attack, Liz Fekete of the Institute of Race Relations in London says Europe’s far-right movements are fueled in part by the impacts of neoliberal austerity

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19126:Can-Europe-Stop-the-Far-Right-if-It-Doesn%27t-Stop-Neoliberal-Austerity%3F

FBI Investigations Are Conducted at the Discretion of its Director
White collar criminologist Bill Black explains the history and dynamics of FBI investigations, which show that they are not as unstoppable or unimpeachable as they are being made out to be

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19136:FBI-Investigations-Are-Conducted-at-the-Discretion-of-its-Director

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Pretends Horrific Saudi Attack on Yemen Helps Security

http://www.accuracy.org/release/trump-pretends-horrific-saudi-attack-on-yemen-helps-security

FAIR
Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For
by Adam Johnson

*Fairy tales for the Black Magic Kingdom

http://fair.org/home/arms-deal-stories-omit-war-crimes-arms-will-be-used-for

5/19

Global Study Shows Americans Dying from Preventable Causes at Shocking Rates
‘Having a strong economy does not guarantee good healthcare’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/19/global-study-shows-americans-dying-preventable-causes-shocking-rates

GOP Proposes ‘Draconian’ Bills to Criminalize Millions of Immigrants
The legislation would “turn millions of Americans into criminals overnight,” says Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/19/gop-proposes-draconian-bills-criminalize-millions-immigrants

The Real News Network
Is Russia the “Adversary” of the United States?
Moscow based journalist Jeffrey Taylor and Paul Jay challenge the underlying assumption of the furor in Washington, that Russia is the enemy of the American people

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19124:Is-Russia-the-%22Adversary%22-of-the-United-States%3F

How I Met Roger Ailes, Political and Sexual Predator
Media critic Jeff Cohen and Paul Jay discuss the critical role Roger Ailes played in creating Fox News and Presidents Bush and Trump; Ailes died today at age 77

*Any wagers on the likelihood that “the liberal media” will be oh so circumspect in their retrospectives of his repugnant reign?

Yes, the sexual predation will receive mention, but the fact that he fucked with the lives of billions … ?

I know what my money’s on.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19129

Bernie Sanders Supporters Are Suing the DNC for Fraud
In an overlooked class-action case, Bernie Sanders supporters are suing the Democratic National Committee for fraud over revelations party officials sought to help Hillary Clinton defeat Sanders in the primary. Elizabeth Lee Beck, the plaintiffs’ co-counsel, reports

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19130:Bernie-Sanders-Supporters-Are-Suing-the-DNC-for-Fraud

Trump Pushed Conspiracy Theories, Now Liberal Detractors Do Too
Donald Trump’s path to the White House was paved by his embrace of conspiracy theories, most notably the “birther” lie. Sarah Jones of the New Republic warns that an alarming number of Trump’s liberal detractors are following suit

*The bastard’s killing people.

That’s what presidents do.

Focus on that.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19138:Trump-Pushed-Conspiracy-Theories%2C-Now-Liberal-Detractors-Do-Too

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s Syria Bombing Impeachable

http://www.accuracy.org/release/trumps-syria-bombing-impeachable

FAIR
At CNN, Imagining an Absurd Iranian/ISIS Alliance
by Jim Naureckas

*A 360 degree turn of the facts

http://fair.org/home/at-cnn-imagining-an-absurd-iranianisis-alliance

Chelsea Manning Is Free–but Whistleblowers Still Face Prison
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/chelsea-manning-is-free-but-whistleblowers-still-face-prison

‘Puerto Rico Is Emblematic of the Excesses of These Financial Systems’
Counterspin interview with Ed Morales on Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/puerto-rico-is-emblematic-of-the-excesses-of-these-financial-systems

Democracy Now!
Human Rights Lawyer: Sweden Dropping Investigation of WikiLeaks’ Assange is “Long Overdue Decision”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/19/human_rights_lawyer_sweden_dropping_investigation

5/18

The Establishment Remains Hostage to the ‘Rules of Espionage’
But that doesn’t mean we should participate
by Robert C. Koehler

*Sound and fury

And the stultifying significance of nothing

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/18/establishment-remains-hostage-rules-espionage

The post-Trump era?
by Doug Henwood

*There’ll be celebrating in the streets

While Pence and party pop the champagne

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3144

The Real News Network
Special Counsel Investigating Trump Campaign Has Deep Ties to the Deep State
Former FBI agent and 9/11 whistleblower Coleen Rowley says former FBI head Robert Mueller, now appointed to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, participated in covering up the pre 9/11 role of the U.S. intelligence agencies and the Bush Administration, helped create the post 9/11 national security/surveillance state, and helped facilitate the pre-Iraq war propaganda machine

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19120

CO2 Emissions Decline in India and China
Climate scientist Bill Hare says that China’s and India’s moves towards renewable energy could counter the negative effects of the Trump administration’s climate policies

*I’d like to share in Hare’s optimism, but without massive public pressure to force truly transformative change – a factor he doesn’t speak to – gummints will always place political considerations before climate necessity, no matter how “rational” he deems their policies to be.

“Progress” is meaningless if it simply means a slower descent into the abyss.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19116

UK Corruption, the Election, and Austerity
David Whyte of Liverpool University explains how the Conservatives’ election slogans are bound to deliver the opposite of what they are promising

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19117

Chelsea Manning is Free, and Her Impact is Worldwide
U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is free after serving seven years behind bars. Kevin Gosztola of Shadowproof and Nathan Fuller of the Courage Campaign have remained deeply involved in her case, discuss Manning’s freedom and her global impact

*There aren’t that many mensches in the world

Manning’s one of them, by any measure.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19121

Petition
National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
Sign to support Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians in the U.S.

http://action.ndlon.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=24851

Institute for Public Accuracy
The Israeli-ISIS Accommodation and Other Inconvenient Realities

http://www.accuracy.org/release/the-israeli-isis-accommodation-and-other-inconvenient-realities

Democracy Now!
Saying “No to Silence”: Hear Murdered Mexican Journalist Javier Valdez in His Own Words

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/18/saying_no_to_silence_hear_murdered

Anabel Hernández on the Death of Javier Valdez & Mexican Journalists Confronting a Surge in Violence

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/18/anabel_hernandez_on_the_death_of

5/17

If China Can Fund Infrastructure with Its Own Credit, So Can We
by Ellen Brown

*Own to rent

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/17/if-china-can-fund-infrastructure-its-own-credit-so-can-we

Is Trump’s Infrastructure Plan an Attack on Democracy?
by John Buell

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/17/trumps-infrastructure-plan-attack-democracy

Ignored By Western Media, Syrians Describe the Nightmare the Armed Opposition Brought Them
Trapped between a police state and Al Qaeda, average Syrians explain why they fear regime change
by Rania Khalek

*The simplistic rarely leads to the solution

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/596-rania-khalek/3143–ignored-by-western-media-syrians-describe-the-nightmare-the-armed-opposition-brought-them

ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging Pensacola Panhandling Ordinance
Lawsuit on behalf of local citizens and charity organization argues law set to go into effect tomorrow violates free speech and due process

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/05/17/aclu-files-lawsuit-challenging-pensacola-panhandling-ordinance

The Real News Network
Tired of Tax Breaks for Wealthy Developers, Baltimore Activists Offer Affordable Housing Solution
A broad coalition of Baltimore housing advocacy groups are proposing a dedicated trust fund managed by community members to finance fixing vacant homes and build more affordable housing

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19104:Tired-of-Tax-Breaks-for-Wealthy-Developers%2C-Baltimore-Activists-Offer-Affordable-Housing-Solution

Advocates Want Zero Waste Without Incineration
Local and national advocates praise Baltimore moving towards zero-waste but warn of the dangers of further contamination by trash incinerators

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19111

Upcoming Presidential Vote in Iran Tight Race Between Conservative and Moderate Incumbent
The sluggish Iranian economy is the main issue for President Rouhani’s reelection, says Trita Parsi, author of “Losing an Enemy”

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19108

Donald Trump is a Classic Corporatist
Radical anthropologist David Graeber analyzes how Trump fits into US history, who represents real estate interests above all else

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19109

Why Did the FBI Leak the Comey Memo?
Prof. Robert English, who worked for the U. S. Department of Defense, tells Paul Jay that a deep Russophobia and the interests of the military industrial complex are driving the permanent state to exaggerate the significance of Trump’s transgressions so they can torpedo a more rational approach to U.S. Russia relations; that said, Trump and friends’ financial corruption involving Russian oligarchs may emerge as the real story

*This “Russia to judgment” is transparently hypocritical and self serving, but the question I have is whether we really want the US and Russia “cooperating” in Syria and other areas.

It’s one thing to avoid antagonism with another nuclear power, and another to “forge a strategic relationship” at the expense of the rights and lives of the people living in those “areas of cooperation”, don’t you think?

White hats are in short supply at the geopolitical warehouse.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19110

FAIR
‘Many More People Would Die if Republicans Are Successful’
CounterSpin interview with Margarida Jorge on GOP attack on ACA and Medicaid
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/many-more-people-would-die-if-republicans-are-successful

Institute for Public Accuracy
Whistleblower Manning Appeals as Trump Escalates Threats to Journalism

http://www.accuracy.org/release/58872

Democracy Now!
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Probe U.S. Border Patrol over Killing of Mexican Father

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/17/inter_american_commission_on_human_rights

Border Angels Resist Trump’s Immigration Crackdown with Services and Water for Border-Crossing Migrants

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/17/border_angels_resist_trumps_immigration_crackdown

Activists Sue to Block Plans to Bury 3.6 Million Pounds of Nuclear Waste Near California Beach

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/17/activists_sue_to_block_plans_to

5/16

To Fight ‘Surveillance Culture,’ Activists Release Kid-Focused Privacy Toolkit
“You shouldn’t need a PhD or law degree to ensure that your child’s sensitive student data isn’t shared with commercial entities”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/16/fight-surveillance-culture-activists-release-kid-focused-privacy-toolkit

FCC Anti-Net Neutrality Plan Sparks All Out Comment War, Bots Included
Chairman Ajit Pai slammed for one-sided portrayal of debate, painting net neutrality proponents as racist trolls
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/16/fcc-anti-net-neutrality-plan-sparks-all-out-comment-war-bots-included

Ruthless Coal CEO, Blamed for 29 Deaths, Asks Trump Not to ‘Punish’ Executives
Coal executive responsible for deadly mine explosion tells President Donald Trump in letter that “coal supervisors are not criminals”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A heart as black as coal

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/16/ruthless-coal-ceo-blamed-29-deaths-asks-trump-not-punish-executives

The Real News Network
Israel Begins to Confiscate 20% of Asylum-Seekers’ Incomes
Documentary filmmaker Lia Tarachansky explains that the income garnishing measure targets African refugees and is intended to discourage asylum in Israel

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19084

Corbyn’s New Labour Manifesto Fires Up Base, Angers UK Elites
Thomas Barlow of UK’s Real Media says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s new “For the Many, Not the Few” manifesto puts sweeping progressive change on the table, much to the chagrin of the British political and media establishment

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19106

Trump Heads to Saudi Arabia – Target Iran and Iraq?
Sabah Alnasseri and Paul Jay discuss the Trump/Saudi plan for an anti-Iran Arab alliance and to use ISIS as justification for increasing American troop levels – with Iraq’s oil as the prize

*Climaxing Cheney’s wet dream?

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19099

Trump Appoints Voter Suppression Expert as “Voter Integrity” Director
Investigative reporter Greg Palast explains how Kris Kobach has used voter registration databases to purge millions of legitimate voters and now he is in charge of “voter integrity”

*There is vote fraud

These malevolent maneuvers by the Republicans

And the pretense that the DNC gives a shit, while blaming the Russians for everything.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19101

Institute for Public Accuracy
Mnuchin and Congress Plotting Tax Cuts for Wealthy Opposed by Majority

http://www.accuracy.org/release/mnuchin-and-congress-plotting-tax-cuts-for-wealthy-opposed-by-majority

5/15

Fate of LA’s Public Schools Hangs in Balance in Major Trump-Era Election
If two industry-supported candidates unseat public education advocates on school board, they will ‘squash democratic control of public schools’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/15/fate-las-public-schools-hangs-balance-major-trump-era-election

Trying to Explain the Disdain for Poor Americans
by Paul Buchheit

*#4 Possible Reason for the Disdain — Simple Sociopathy

Wealth is based on exploitation, directly or indirectly, and those addicted to it simply don’t care about the consequences for the exploited. How else to explain the hell inflicted on indigenous populations and others in the name of corporate profit, to take one example?

The contempt doesn’t lead to the crime

It justifies it.

(Actually, I’d place that as #1.)

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/15/trying-explain-disdain-poor-americans

We Are on Cusp of ‘Deepest, Most Consequential Disruption of Transportation in History’
by Andy Rowell

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/15/we-are-cusp-deepest-most-consequential-disruption-transportation-history

Cornucopia Institute
Massive Fraud in Organic Grain Imports Uncovered
Industry Watchdog Reinforces Call for New Leadership at USDA National Organic Program

*The only thing organic is the utter duplicity

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/05/15/massive-fraud-organic-grain-imports-uncovered

The Real News Network
Britain’s Plans to Fight Air Pollution is “Weak and Incoherent”
James Thornton of Client Earth explains that Britain has one of the worst records in air pollution in Europe and the government’s plan of “malign neglect” will do nothing to reverse this

*I could’ve done without the pimping for California’s pollution policies, which have numerous contradictions and look good only in comparison to the criminal neglect and active promotion of climate catastrophe practiced in so many other places.

As for the driving restrictions, without truly efficient and affordable public transit, there is a very regressive element to such a scheme, don’t you think?

Given the Tories’ zeal to privatize that area among innumerable others, the prospects don’t appear promising.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19098

Trump Expanding War From Syria to Afghanistan As Media Focuses on Comey
VJ Prashad and Paul Jay: while the media continues its frenzy over Comey’s firing and the “Russia connection”, Trump is readying his “global war against Islamic Fascism” to be fought “without restraint”

*Wouldn’t you have liked to have heard something about the economic and geostrategic reasons the US remains in Afghanistan – something about “Pipelineistan”, to employ Pepe Escobar’s phrase?

It’s a common omission in pieces about this war, innit?

(And wouldn’t like to read a decipherable transcript? I have any number of criticisms of “Democracy Now!”, but they consistently produce accurate transcripts in a timely manner.

It’s a matter of priorities, and I guess TRNN doesn’t consider providing its audience with information they can actually understand a mission to place at the top of their list.)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19092

Trump Reiterates Support for a New Glass-Steagall Act, But It Will it Pass Congress?
Trump administration support for reinstating Glass-Steagall Act is an effort to appeal to Trump’s base, but won’t go anywhere. It would be beneficial, though, if it doesn’t mean also deregulating the finance sector, says Gerald Epstein of PERI

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19061

Canada’s Housing Bubble is Larger than that of the US Before 2008
In most of Canada fewer and fewer people can afford housing because of a massive housing bubble, explains white collar criminologist Bill Black

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19033:Canada%27s-Housing-Bubble-is-Larger-than-that-of-the-US-Before-2008

FAIR
Is Hannity, the Last of the Longtime Fox Stars, Looking for the Door?
by Eoin Higgins

http://fair.org/home/is-hannity-the-last-of-the-longtime-fox-stars-looking-for-the-door

How much sodium do we salt our foods with at home?
Not as much as you may think
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/salt-in-food/how-much-sodium-do-we-salt-our-foods-with-at-home

5/12

The Real News Network
Venezuelan Government’s Call for a Constitutional Assembly is a “Mixed Bag”
Steve Ellner considers the government’s call for a constitutional assembly a positive step for breaking the political deadlock, but it still won’t solve the country’s most pressing problems

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19059:Venezuelan-Government%27s-Call-for-a-Constitutional-Assembly-is-a-%22Mixed-Bag%22

Can UK Labour Woo the Young and the Restless on June 8th?
Thomas Barlow of Real Media says the large number of young people that are registering to vote in this general election could mean unexpected results

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19065:Can-UK-Labour-Woo-the-Young-and-the-Restless-on-June-8th%3F

Why are British Columbians Voting Liberal, Against Their Own Interest?
British Columbia is giving away lumber at a half cent an acre and the Green Party holds the balance of power at a tipping point on energy policy, says Michael Hudson

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19064:Why-are-British-Columbians-Voting-Liberal%2C-Against-Their-Own-Interest%3F

Rattling the Bars: MIT Students Demand Divestment From Prison Profiteering Corporations
Eddie Conway speaks with two graduate student organizers who are working with the Ordinary People’s Society to take on Aramark, a company that has faced many human rights complaints in prisons

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19050:Rattling-the-Bars%3A-MIT-Students-Demand-Divestment-From-Prison-Profiteering-Corporations

Conservatives Are Getting Closer to the first Constitutional Convention since 1787
Max Parthas and Eddie Conway discuss the danger of corporate forces controlling a process of rewriting the constitution and the importance of education and mobilization of the grassroots to counter it

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19080:Conservatives-Are-Getting-Closer-to-the-first-Constitutional-Convention-since-1787

UK: Progressive or Regressive on Tax?
Most people think the UK has a progressive tax system, but huge cuts to the corporation tax since 2010 alongside rises in VAT mean the system is becoming more regressive

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19074:UK%3A-Progressive-or-Regressive-on-Tax%3F

Trump Fires Comey for Actions He Once Praised
President Trump says he fired FBI Director Comey over his handling of the Clinton email investigation, which Trump previously praised. Roll Call columnist Jonathan Allen says
Trump may be trying to weaken FBI probe of his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19066:Trump-Fires-Comey-for-Actions-He-Once-Praised

Witnessing the Horrors of the War on Drugs Made this Physician an Outspoken Opponent
Maryland Delegate Dan Morhaim says ending the drug war is the first step to addressing the root causes of addiction

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19068:Witnessing-the-Horrors-of-the-War-on-Drugs-Made-this-Physician-an-Outspoken-Opponent

FAIR
Media Are Literally Copy-and-Pasting ICE Press Releases
by Adam Johnson

*”C&P” has another connotation

“Collude and propagate”

http://fair.org/home/media-are-literally-copy-and-pasting-ice-press-releases

Big Media Need to Fight for the Right to Protest
by Janine Jackson

*The thing is, these protesters aren’t opposing a disfavored gummint in Venezuela, so I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the corpress to come to their defense.

http://fair.org/home/big-media-need-to-fight-for-the-right-to-protest

Democracy Now!
Donald Trump Orders “Election Integrity” Commission Headed by Architects of Voter Suppression

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/12/donald_trump_orders_election_integrity_commission

Jailed Reporter Barrett Brown on Press Freedom, FBI Crimes & Why He Wouldn’t Do Anything Differently

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/12/jailed_reporter_barrett_brown_on_press

On Black Mama’s Bail Out Day, “Goal is to Free Our People from These Cages” Before Mother’s Day

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/12/on_black_mamas_bail_out_day

5/11

‘Huge Victory’ in Seneca Lake: After Years of Protest, Gas Storage Project Abandoned
“Don’t think people can’t make a difference. People can prevail.”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/11/huge-victory-seneca-lake-after-years-protest-gas-storage-project-abandoned

What I Learned from Susan Burton, a Modern-Day Harriet Tubman
Reading her life story will change the way you view the world
by Michelle Alexander

*It is often those with little reason to hope that give us reason to

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/11/what-i-learned-susan-burton-modern-day-harriet-tubman

The Corruption of a Dream
by Oupa Lehulere

*South Africa’s treasonous tragedy

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3140

The Palestinian Hunger Strike Continues as Trump Prepares for His Israel Visit
The ugly face of the occupation is on display as 1,500 prisoners refuse to eat
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3139

Fight for $15
McDonald’s, STOP stealing from employees

*If the food don’t make you sick

The fraud will

https://www.facebook.com/Fightfor15/posts/1534122756618436

Petition
Russia Prosecutor General, investigate mass murder and torture of LGBT people in Chechnya
by Игорь Я.

https://www.change.org/p/russia-prosecutor-general-investigate-mass-murder-and-torture-of-lgbt-people-in-chechnya

FAIR
‘Chevron Was Just Fabricating a Lie to Get Out of Paying for a Cleanup’
Counterspin interview with Paul Paz y Miño on Chevron’s oil spill in Ecuador
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/chevron-was-just-fabricating-a-lie-to-get-out-of-paying-for-a-cleanup

Democracy Now!
Historian of Fascism: Why Trump Firing FBI Director Comey Amid Russia Probe is So Worrisome

*I think Ben-Ghiat, as with so many others, is overplaying the “Russian puppet” meme, but she makes some salient points about his authoritarian tendencies, the testing of limits, and the litmus test of loyalty über alles.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/11/historian_of_fascism_why_trump_firing

Kshama Sawant: Don’t Wait for Authoritarian Trump to Be Impeached, This is the Moment to Revolt

*At some point, folks like Sawant – if they’re serious about deep dish change – are going to have to acknowledge the contradictions that make plain that Sanders and “progressive Democrats” aren’t committed to it.

The only “unity tour” we should be on is the one that takes us to a destination beyond yet another cycle of “reform” of the unreformable, wasting the most precious time in our species’ existence.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/11/kshama_sawant_dont_wait_for_authoritarian

Human Rights Lawyers Are Fighting a Justice Department Order to Stop Legal Aid for Immigrants

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/11/human_rights_lawyers_are_fighting_a

Workers Fear Radiation Exposure After Nuclear Waste Storage Tunnels Collapse in Washington

*Call it “glowback”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/11/workers_fear_radiation_exposure_after_nuclear

5/10

Graduates Turn Their #BackstoBetsy DeVos at HBCU Commencement Speech
Education secretary’s selection described as “very tone deaf, not only to the students of the university and its supporters, but to African-Americans”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/10/graduates-turn-their-backstobetsy-devos-hbcu-commencement-speech

Public Citizen
Groups Call on Facebook to Disclose and Explain Its Collection of Psychological Insights About Its Youngest Users
Facebook Told Marketers It Can Detect Teens Feeling ‘Insecure’ and ‘Worthless’; Data Could Be Used to Drive Products Based on Mood and Using Manipulation

*An emoji hasn’t yet been created that adequately expresses my reaction to this.

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/05/10/groups-call-facebook-disclose-and-explain-its-collection-psychological-insights

The Real News Network
Comey Affair Sign of a Fractured American State
Historian Gerald Horne and Paul Jay dig deeper into Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the forces driving great divisions in the elites, the political class and the state apparatus

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19060

Assassination of 41 Activists in Colombia Threatens Peace Process
The Colombian government’s peace agreement with the FARC rebels requires the government to protect activists and former FARC fighters, but the government is not living up to this requirement, says Prof. Mario Murillo

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19032:Assassination-of-41-Activists-in-Colombia-Threatens-Peace-Process

Hunger Strike to Get King’s College to Divest from Fossil Fuels
Roger Hallam’s 8-week civil disobedience and hunger strike at King’s College London, finally resulted in fossil fuel divestment

*We can put our ass on the line

Or we can kiss it goodbye

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18953:Hunger-Strike-to-Get-King%27s-College-to-Divest-from-Fossil-Fuels

Institute for Public Accuracy
Comey Firing

http://www.accuracy.org/release/comey-firing

FAIR
‘The New York Times Wants to Have a Very Circumscribed Discussion’
CounterSpin interview with Jim Naureckas on Bret Stephens
by Janine Jackson

*All the “nuance” that’s printed to fit

http://fair.org/home/the-new-york-times-wants-to-have-a-very-circumscribed-discussion

Action Alert: Asking Questions of Government Figures Is Not a Crime
by Jim Naureckas

*Ask me no questions, so I can tell you more lies

http://fair.org/home/action-alert-asking-questions-of-government-figures-is-not-a-crime

Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald on Trump’s “Shocking” Firing of FBI Chief James Comey Amid Russian Probe

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/10/glenn_greenwald_on_trumps_shocking_firing

Glenn Greenwald: Independent Probe Needed to Uncover Truth Behind Russia’s Role in 2016 Election

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/10/glenn_greenwald_independent_probe_needed_to

Greenwald: Hillary is to Blame for Losing 2016 Election, Not James Comey

*No “viable alternative” to this regime can have any place for the Democratic Party, if I understand the meaning of “viable”.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/10/greenwald_hillary_is_to_blame_for

Could Firing of James Comey Mark the Beginning of the End for Trump Presidency?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/10/could_firing_of_james_comey_mark

Greenwald: Supporting U.S.-Russia Relations Should Be Encouraged, Not Viewed as Sign of Treason

*Does Greenwald view how Bush and Obama (aka Dear Leader and Dear Misleader) used Big Brotherismo as “responsible”?

And I don’t want to see the US and Russia “somehow working together” in Syria, if it means anything other than trying to end the horror that engulfs its people, which neither have shown any sincere inclination toward, have they?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/10/greenwald_supporting_us_russia_relations_should

Glenn Greenwald Unveils New Project to Build Animal Shelter in Brazil Staffed by Homeless People

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/10/glenn_greenwald_unveils_new_project_to

5/9

Wisconsin ID Law Kept 200,000 Voters From Polls—And Trump Won by Just 22,748 Votes
‘The lost voters skewed more African-American and more Democrat’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/09/wisconsin-id-law-kept-200000-voters-polls-and-trump-won-just-22748-votes

GOP Rep Finds Himself in Hot Seat Even After Abruptly Cutting Off Interview
‘You voted for this bill in a rush. There were no committee hearings. This is my life,’ one constituent said to Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) on Monday night
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I have to wonder who allowed this bastard to use those black kids as props for his abortive dog doo and pony poop show.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/09/gop-rep-finds-himself-hot-seat-even-after-abruptly-cutting-interview

ISIS Gains Power and Innocents Die as Syria Retreats From Peace
Trump’s failed leadership is only making the sectarian violence worse
by Vijay Prashad

http://therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/132-more-blog-posts-from-vijay-prashad/3138–isis-gains-power-and-innocents-die-as-syria-retreats-from-peace

The Real News Network
5 Types of Bullsh*t Jobs with David Graeber
David Graeber talks bullshit jobs and the concept of work under capitalism with Real Media and the Real News Network

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19054:5-Types-of-Bullsh%2At-Jobs-with-David-Graeber

U.S. Deepens Support for Saudi War on Yemen Even as Al-Qaeda Benefits
In Part Two of our interview, Professor Sheila Carapico of the University of Richmond says that while the U.S.-backed Saudi-led war on Yemen has caused a humanitarian crisis for civilians, two beneficiaries include the U.S. weapons industry and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19048:U.S.-Deepens-Support-for-Saudi-War-on-Yemen-Even-as-Al-Qaeda-Benefits

Democrats Are Out of Step with Their Base on Israel-Palestine
Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Democratic politicians, even progressives like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, are out of touch with their supporters when it comes to defending Palestinian rights

*Anyone with a ounce of understanding of how politics is played in these here United States shouldn’t be surprised in the least by any contradiction on the part of any politician

Including Saint Bernard.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19049:Democrats-Are-Out-of-Step-with-Their-Base-on-Israel-Palestine

French President Elect: Unveiling The Golden Boy Emmanuel Macron
Macron takes 90% of the vote in bourgeois Paris but Le Pen got 56% of the workers across France, says Serge Halimi of Le Monde Diplomatique

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19045:French-President-Elect%3A-Unveiling-The-Golden-Boy-Emmanuel-Macron

The US Middle Class is Shrinking and Moving Towards a “Dual Economy”
MIT Economist Peter Temin, the author of “The Vanishing Middle Class,” explains how the US is moving towards two economies, one for the lower 80% and one for the upper 20%

*Our most pressing educational imperative is a widespread understanding of the how the exploitocracy exerts its power, and how we can stand against it.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19018:The-US-Middle-Class-is-Shrinking-and-Moving-Towards-a-%22Dual-Economy%22

Prime Minister Theresa May Accuses EU of Interfering in UK Elections
Kam Sandhu of Real Media explains that May is adopting far-right UKIP discourse towards EU in an effort to win votes and a better Brexit deal

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19031:Prime-Minister-Theresa-May-Accuses-EU-of-Interfering-in-UK-Elections

Third Mysterious Death of a Black Ferguson Activist
Edward Crawford is the third mysterious death of a young Black activist man in Ferguson over the past three years. Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report argues that this cannot be a coincidence

*Ford’s speaking to self defense, which is never the province of the oppressed.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19046:Third-Mysterious-Death-of-a-Black-Ferguson-Activist

FAIR
NPR Can’t Help Hyping North Korean Threat
by Glen Frieden

*N ationalistic
P ropaganda
R egurgitation

http://fair.org/home/npr-cant-help-hyping-north-korean-threat

Democracy Now!
Show Me Your Papers, Texas-Style: Lawmakers Condemn SB4 as Greatest Legislative Threat to Immigrants

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/9/show_me_your_papers_texas_style

5/8

What Would It Look Like to Build a Politics That’s Open to People But Closed to Big Money?
For the left to work out where it is headed, and how it can dismantle its true enemy of unfettered finance while defending vulnerable people, it needs to be able to have serious debate
by Christine Berry

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/08/what-would-it-look-build-politics-thats-open-people-closed-big-money

Weaponized Philanthropy: Document Trove Details Bradley Foundation’s Efforts to Build Right-Wing “Infrastructure” Nationwide
by Mary Bottari

*Even with all this money and maneuvering, if the Democratic Party and labor “leadership” had an ounce of political acumen – leaving aside political integrity – these efforts would have been for naught.

Godawful gubernatorial candidates like Barrett and Burke, and the funneling of the energy unleashed at the Capitol into the recall, rather than building an aggressive grassroots movement against all that Walker represented, ensured Bradley’s and its allies’ successes.

The fact that the Democratic coalition has raised nary a peep regarding voter suppression and outright election theft illustrates just how removed it is from any commonly understood definition of “resistance”.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/08/weaponized-philanthropy-document-trove-details-bradley-foundations-efforts-build

ACLU Challenges Madison County Sheriff’s Department’s Systematic Targeting of Black Residents for Unconstitutional, and Often Violent, Searches and Seizures
Madison County Deputies Routinely Subject Black Residents to Suspicionless Stops, Searches, and Seizures, Using Show-ID Checkpoints, Roadblocks, “Jump Outs,” and Home Invasions

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/05/08/aclu-challenges-madison-county-sheriffs-departments-systematic-targeting-black

The Real News Network
French Presidential Elections: Choice of Lesser Evil Between a White Supremacist or Ultra Neoliberalist
Yasser Louati, says French voters face an impossible choice of an openly racist candidate or an uberneoliberal former investment banker that will implement policies that will fuel, ignite and spark even more competitive hatred among French

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19030:French-Presidential-Elections%3A-Choice-of-Lesser-Evil-Between-a-White-Supremacist-or-Ultra-Neoliber

It’s Destroying Communities, and Tearing Apart Families
Youth advocate Bobby Marvin Holmes describes the trauma inflicted on Baltimore by the ongoing Drug War

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19043:It%27s-Destroying-Communities%2C-and-Tearing-Apart-Families

Is Venezuela’s Withdrawal from the OAS Justified?
Mark Weisbrot of CEPR argues that the Organization of American States is not a true multilateral body because the US largely controls it, often against the interests of individual member states

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19034:Is-Venezuela%27s-Withdrawal-from-the-OAS-Justified%3F

The Working Poor Will Lose Health Insurance Under GOP Health Plan
Patty Eakins of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses explains that hospitals that serve the working poor would suffer especially and could close under GOP plan

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19037:The-Working-Poor-Will-Lose-Health-Insurance-Under-GOP-Health-Plan

New Conflicts of Interest Uncovered for Trump’s Son-In-Law Jared Kushner
TRNN’s Shir Hever analyzes the financial ties that Jared Kushner has to the Steinmetz family, whose members have been accused of corruption in Africa

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19029:New-Conflicts-of-Interest-Uncovered-for-Trump%27s-Son-In-Law-Jared-Kushner

The War on Drugs Failed by Not Addressing Root Causes of Addiction
Renowned Canadian physician and author Gabor Maté says programs like Vancouver’s safe injection sites have proved to be widely successful alternatives to criminalizing addiction

*It’s not a “War on Drugs”

It’s a war on some drug users, based on class and race, as a method of control, and thus will never be based on what works

Because it does work, for that purpose.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19042:The-War-on-Drugs-Failed-by-Not-Addressing-Root-Causes-of-Addiction

Greece Passes New Austerity for New Loans
Bond holders, banks, and the IMF bear responsibility for having made irresponsible loans to Greece, so it is not right for them to force yet more austerity on Greece, says Michael Hudson

*Syriza

“We can’t do anything

(Because we won’t do anything)”

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19021:Greece-Passes-New-Austerity-for-New-Loans

Turks Challenge Erdogan’s Referendum Result Amid Ongoing Repression
Erdogan’s narrow win in the constitutional reform referendum means he feels insecure and therefore continues his crackdown on opponents, says journalist Guney Isikara

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19027:Turks-Challenge-Erdogan%27s-Referendum-Result-Amid-Ongoing-Repression

Petition
Color of Change
Eventbrite: Stop sponsoring hate groups!

https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/eventbrite-stop-sponsoring-hate-groups

Institute for Public Accuracy
Drone Killings: “Making Children Afraid of Sunny Days”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/drone-killings-making-children-afraid-of-sunny-days

FAIR
Lockheed Martin-Funded Experts Agree: South Korea Needs More Lockheed Martin Missiles
by Adam Johnson

http://fair.org/home/lockheed-martin-funded-experts-agree-south-korea-needs-more-lockheed-martin-missiles

Trump Uses Power of FCC to Pay Back Friends at Sinclair Broadcasting
by Michael Cocoran

*A multitude of megaphonies

http://fair.org/home/trump-uses-power-of-fcc-to-pay-back-friends-at-sinclair-broadcasting

Democracy Now!
Neoliberal Investment Banker Macron Defeats Openly Xenophobic & Racist Le Pen in French Election

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/8/neoliberal_investment_banker_macron_defeats_openly

Puerto Rico’s Financial Future Now in the Hands of a Single Judge Overseeing Massive Bankruptcy

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/8/puerto_ricos_financial_future_now_in

Exclusive: Meet the Arkansas Judge Who Faces Impeachment for Protesting Against the Death Penalty

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/8/exclusive_meet_the_arkansas_judge_who

5/5

In Face of Government Apathy, Activists Launch Wave of Global Divestment Actions
‘The movement is stepping up at a time when governments are failing their people and climate impacts are taking us into uncharted territory’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/05/face-government-apathy-activists-launch-wave-global-divestment-actions

It’s Not Too Late To Save Net Neutrality From a Captured FCC
The current Trump-appointed FCC chairman, has ushered in a virulent strain of market libertarianism. He can and must be stopped.
by Victor Pickard

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/05/its-not-too-late-save-net-neutrality-captured-fcc

How Public Participation Saved Canada’s Internet (Or: What Happens When Decision-Makers Actually Listen)
Net Neutrality is on everyone’s mind, and for good reason: Last week FCC Chairman Ajit Pai unveiled a plan to hand over the internet to companies like Comcast by eliminating Title II protections
by Cynthia Khoo

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/05/how-public-participation-saved-canadas-internet-or-what-happens-when-decision

Center for International Environmental Law
EU Supports Toxic Regulations, Immediately Creates Loopholes to Undermine Them

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/05/05/eu-supports-toxic-regulations-immediately-creates-loopholes-undermine-them

ACLU-TN Statement on Passage of “LGBT Erasure” Legislation

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/05/05/aclu-tn-statement-passage-lgbt-erasure-legislation

The Real News Network
GOP Attack on Obamacare Won’t Slow Calls for Dems to Back Single-Payer
Carol Paris, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, says the Republican vote to repeal Obamacare won’t deter the movement pressuring Democrats to back Medicare-for-All

*We can work to keep a piece of shit from becoming a pile of it, or we can flush ’em both and take this out of the toilet altogether.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19028:GOP-Attack-on-Obamacare-Won%27t-Slow-Calls-for-Dems-to-Back-Single-Payer

Hunger Strike by Palestinian Prisoners Reaches Day 18
Abby Martin and Paul Jay discuss the significance of the resistance by over 1,000 prisoners in Israeli jails

*Palestinians aren’t feeling the Bern.

Well, actually I suppose they are.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19013:Hunger-Strike-by-Palestinian-Prisoners-Reaches-Day-18

Code Pink Activists Convicted for Disrupting Jeff Sessions Hearing
Desiree Fairooz and Lenny Bianchi of the activist group Code Pink tell about their protest and the verdict, which they say was unjustifed

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19020:Code-Pink-Activists-Convicted-for-Disrupting-Jeff-Sessions-Hearing

Institute for Public Accuracy
As Saudis Threaten Port, Yemen Famine Leaves Refugee Chief “Shocked to the Bones”

http://www.accuracy.org/release/as-saudis-threaten-port-yemen-famine-leaves-refugee-chief-shocked-to-the-bones

FAIR
‘It Comes Down to Monopoly Control of the Aftermarket’
CounterSpin interview with Kyle Wiens on copyright overreaching
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/it-comes-down-to-monopoly-control-of-the-aftermarket

Declining to Label Lies, NPR Picks Diplomacy Over Reality
by Adam Johnson

*Can we call this a “lie”?

http://www.npr.org/about-npr/178659563/our-mission-and-vision

http://fair.org/home/declining-to-label-lies-npr-picks-diplomacy-over-reality

Democracy Now!
Protests Erupt After House Republicans Pass Healthcare Bill That Could Hike Premiums for Millions

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/5/protests_erupt_after_house_republicans_pass

French Voters Face Presidential Election Between Xenophobic Candidate & Centrist Investment Banker

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/5/french_voters_face_presidential_election_between

NAACP Calls on Louisiana to Charge Police Officers Who Shot & Killed Alton Sterling in Viral Video

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/5/naacp_calls_on_louisiana_to_charge

NAACP Renews Demands for Police Reform After Police Shooting of Black Teen Jordan Edwards in Dallas

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/5/naacp_renews_demands_for_police_reform

5/4

Killer Drones in the Empire State
by Norman Solomon

*One might ask Bernie these same questions about building the F-35 in Vermont

And “one” is being optimistic, isn’t it?

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3136

The Real News Network
Hamas Party Moves Towards Practical Politics
Imad Al-Soos discusses the new Hamas declaration of principles, and how it differs from the old Hamas charter of 1988

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19008:Hamas-Party-Moves-Towards-Practical-Politics

Palestinian Leader Abbas Meets with Trump, Praising Him
Abbas flattered Trump in an effort to gain favor with him, but the US president offered nothing new in terms of US policy towards Palestinians, says Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19015:Palestinian-Leader-Abbas-Meets-with-Trump%2C-Praising-Him

Donald Trump & Theresa May Spell Climate Disaster say UK Protesters
UK protesters demand a million climate jobs, a halt to fracking and divestment from fossil fuels

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19016:Donald-Trump-%26-Theresa-May-Spell-Climate-Disaster-say-UK-Protesters

Justice for Port Drivers
Working Class Hero

https://www.facebook.com/Justice4PortDrivers/photos/a.173092929526641.1073741828.173020596200541/834624563373471

Institute for Public Accuracy
Horizon on Healthcare: Single Payer?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/horizon-on-healthcare-single-payer

The Religious Freedom Strategy of the Christian Right

http://www.accuracy.org/release/the-religious-freedom-strategy-of-the-christian-right

Democracy Now!
Florida Lawmakers Apologize to Family of “Groveland Four,” Black Men Falsely Accused of Rape in 1949

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/4/fla_lawmakers_apologize_to_family_of

Marissa Alexander, Jailed for 3 Years, Speaks Out on Intimate Partner Violence & Building Movements

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/4/marissa_alexander_jailed_for_3_years

5/3

Wanted: 1.5 Billion Immigrants
Surely any country that hoards a planet’s wealth should expect to care for a proportional number of that planet’s people
by Mona Younis

*A fair share of a shared fare

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/03/wanted-15-billion-immigrants

350.org
Fossil Fuel-Funded Report Shows Industry Making Its Last Stand

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/05/03/fossil-fuel-funded-report-shows-industry-making-its-last-stand

The Real News Network
May Day Protests As Much About Democrats as GOP and Trump
Since the 1990s, Washington, DC has been a sanctuary city for immigrants. Now, Republicans want to dismantle that protection status in cities across the United States and Democrats are doing little to stop them and in some cases are working with them.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18995:May-Day-Protests-As-Much-About-Democrats-as-GOP-and-Trump

Hate Crime Legislation: Does it Work?
Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report discusses the spread of hate crime legislation, which he argues tends to cause more problems than it solves

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18992

70 Million Africans In Danger of Famine
We tend to believe that famine is primarily the result of natural disaster, but the African countries affected by famine are all ones that have all been severely affected by political instability and war

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18994

Afghanistan: The Longest U.S. War is Deadlier Than Ever
Matthew Hoh, a military veteran and diplomat who resigned his State Department post in protest of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, says the 16-year Afghan war won’t end until the U.S. drops its strategy of sporadic escalation and insistence on Taliban surrender, with Afghan civilians suffering the worst consequences

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18993

May Day: Hundreds of Thousands Celebrate International Workers Day
In the face of different manifestations of social and economic injustice, demonstrators across the world rose up for workers’ rights

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18998

FAIR
NYT’s 100 Day Apologism Shows Danger of ‘Both Sides’ Reporting
by Adam Johnson

*I’m assuming there were no “FAKE NEWS!” Twitter tantrums after this pap was published.

http://fair.org/home/nyts-100-day-apologism-shows-danger-of-both-sides-reporting

Institute for Public Accuracy
Budget Funds Wall

http://www.accuracy.org/release/budget-funds-wall

Democracy Now!
Up to 55,000 Haitians Face Deportation If Trump Refuses to Extend Temporary Protected Status

*Dear Misleader didn’t give a damn about Haiti “recovering”. The US has made certain that its people have lived in misery for many decades.

And fuck Disney, who could care less about anything other than its bottom line.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/3/up_to_55_000_haitians_face

Full Interview: Anand Gopal on Syria, Iraq, U.S. Policy in Middle East & More

*Certainly Gopal’s assessment of the situation in Syria differs from others I’ve reposted by folks I have respect for.

I’m no expert, it goes without saying, and I’ll take his views, along with the others, and try my best to suss what’s occurring, and remain open to further intel.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/3/full_interview_anand_gopal_on_syria

NC Lawmakers Side with Factory Farms as Communities of Color Suffer from the Spraying of Hog Manure

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/3/nc_lawmakers_side_with_factory_farms

Six strategies to help you say no to junk food
Here’s how to navigate around powerful cravings, hunger, and weak satiety cues.
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/how-to-diet/six-strategies-to-help-you-say-no-to-junk-food

5/2

Despite Win in Court, Net Neutrality Facing Battles on Multiple Fronts
Critical open internet protection under attack by FCC and Republicans in Congress
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/02/despite-win-court-net-neutrality-facing-battles-multiple-fronts

Feinstein Hosts Industry Fundraiser Days After Dissing Single Payer
Bucking growing momentum in support of a national single-payer system, as well as a trailblazing effort within her home state, Feinstein told voters recently: “I am not there.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/02/feinstein-hosts-industry-fundraiser-days-after-dissing-single-payer

How Much to Buy a Congressional Vote? New Research Seeks Answer
Looking at Democrats who stopped supporting banking rules, authors conclude: ‘Substantial numbers of legislators sell out the public interest in exchange for political money’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/02/how-much-buy-congressional-vote-new-research-seeks-answer

The Empire Expands: Not the American One, But Trump’s
by Nomi Prins

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/02/empire-expands-not-american-one-trumps

Council of Canadians
Back from the Grave — Secret TPP Talks to Resume in Toronto
As Toronto hosts two days of high-level TPP talks in an undisclosed location, civil society groups warn that TPP cannot be the basis for Canada’s future trade relationships

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/05/02/back-grave-secret-tpp-talks-resume-toronto

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
“The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left” Book Tour

http://www.cpdweb.org/events/SyrizaWave.shtml

Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Breakthrough on Nuclear First Strike Threatens Stability

*From MAD to madder

http://www.accuracy.org/release/u-s-breakthrough-on-nuclear-first-strike-threatens-stability

FAIR
Three Reasons Bret Stephens Should Not Be a NYT Columnist–and the Real Reason He Is One
by Jim Naureckas

http://fair.org/home/three-reasons-bret-stephens-should-not-be-a-nyt-columnist-and-the-real-reason-he-is-one

Democracy Now!
Immigrant Workers Lead Thousands in NYC May Day Protests: “Without Our Labor, the City Cannot Move”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/2/immigrant_rights_are_worker_rights_voices

May Day Protests Held at NC State Capitol as GOP Lawmakers Push Bill Defunding “Sanctuary Cities”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/2/may_day_protests_held_in_north

ACLU Fight Persists in North Carolina: NCAA Basketball Has Returned, But Anti-Trans HB 2 Remains Law

*NCAA’s flagrant foul

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/2/aclu_fight_persists_in_north_carolina

Is North Carolina Still a Democracy? How Unfettered Conservative Rule Reshaped Tar Heel State

*That ain’t tar your heel’s stepping in

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/2/is_north_carolina_still_a_democracy

Chris Kromm: The South’s Political Clout Is Rising Under Trump

*Southern comfort for soulless scumbags

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/2/chris_kromm_the_souths_political_clout

5/1

The Absurd Amount of Entitlements That Go to Rich People
by Paul Buchheit

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/01/absurd-amount-entitlements-go-rich-people

How the Russia Spin Got So Much Torque
by Norman Solomon

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/01/how-russia-spin-got-so-much-torque

Reign of Idiots
Donald Trump. King of the horrifingly dumb and dangerously greedy
by Chris Hedges

*Neo Nero twitters while Home burns

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/01/reign-idiots

Center for Democracy & Technology
D.C. Circuit Denial of En Banc Review on Net Neutrality Case a Win for Internet Users

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/05/01/dc-circuit-denial-en-banc-review-net-neutrality-case-win-internet-users

The Real News Network
Britain’s Labour Party Leader Undermined by Labour Members of Parliament
Thomas Barlow, the Senior Editor of Real Media, analyzes the electoral panorama for the upcoming June 8 general election in Britain

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18947:Britain%27s-Labour-Party-Leader-Undermined-by-Labour-Members-of-Parliament

Iran Can Work With U.S. if Trump Drops the Threats
In Part Two of our interview, former senior Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian discusses the threat of a worsening proxy war in Yemen, Iran’s support for Bashar al-Assad, the upcoming Iranian presidential elections, and the possibility for Tehran-Washington cooperation on Syria and other Middle East issues

*What does “cooperation to fight terrorism” mean?

Whether it’s Iran or Russia, allying with either or both to engage in the type of brutal military action we’ve seen that sacrifices innocents in Syria and Iraq is not something we should wish to see occur, is it?

I realize force is a necessary component of any strategy to effectively confront ISIS and other extremist groups, but we can’t simply make that assertion while ignoring its consequences.

We have an moral obligation to determine how force can be employed with the least harm to civilians. This is not something any of the actors has shown any inclination toward.

It also must be said that these parties oppose “terrorism” only to the degree that it impacts on their geostrategic goals, and indeed some, including the US, have sought to use these groups to advance those interests.

There are no white hats here.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18950:Iran-Can-Work-With-U.S.-if-Trump-Drops-the-Threats

Democracy Now!
Watch the Indigenous Water Ceremony That Opened the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/1/watch_the_indigenous_water_ceremony_that

Indigenous Leader Kandi Mossett: “It’s Not OK for Our Women to Die Because We Want to Protect Water”

*Note what Mossett said

“[S]mall-scale-distributed renewable energies”.

If renewables are dominated by corps, the shift to them will be in large measure a hollow victory.

Public control of what we need for life must be a paramount demand.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/1/indigenous_leader_kandi_mossett_its_not

Berta Cáceres’ Sister Speaks Out About the Ongoing Assassinations of Land Defenders in Honduras

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/5/1/berta_caceres_sister_speaks_out_about

Eat By Date
How long does food last – past its printed date? Information on sell-by, use-by, best-by and other dates and how to calculate the actual shelf life of food.

https://www.eatbydate.com

Are There Toxic Chemicals in Your Yoga Pants?
by Elyn Jacobs

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/toxins-synthetic-fabrics

The Safest Artificial Sweetener: Does it Really Exist?
by Yuri Elkaim

https://yurielkaim.com/safest-artificial-sweetener

Does Running Burn Muscle? (Here’s the Truth)
by Yuri Elkaim

https://yurielkaim.com/does-running-burn-muscle/

April 2017

4/28

Women, Be Warned: Trump Just Nominated Radical Anti-Choice Activist for Key HHS Post
“Charmaine Yoest has spoken at length about her desire to ban abortion in this country, and has spent her career working to abolish women’s most basic constitutional right to bodily autonomy”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/28/women-be-warned-trump-just-nominated-radical-anti-choice-activist-key-hhs-post

How This Earth Activist Risked All and Won Everything
The epic story of this Goldman Environment Prize winner from India
by Nick Meynen

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/28/how-earth-activist-risked-all-and-won-everything

The Real News Network
Activism Won Net Neutrality – Can it Stop Trump’s FCC from Rolling it Back?
Craig Aaron of Free Press says the fight to stop FCC chair Ajit Pai’s attempt to undo net neutrality, which protects equal access to internet content, depends on a resurgence of the grassroots activism that helped push it through in 2015

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18946:Activism-Won-Net-Neutrality—Can-it-Stop-Trump%27s-FCC-from-Rolling-it-Back%3F

Environmental InJustice: The Poisoning of East Chicago
Lead in the water. Arsenic in the soil. East Chicago residents sound off on representatives from EPA and HUD, about how their community resources were contaminated for decades by industry. (Extended version at https://tinyurl.com/lgcgblu)

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18943:Environmental-InJustice%3A-The-Poisoning-of-East-Chicago

Israel Acknowledges Use of Computer Algorithm For Palestinian Arrests
Mass arrests of over 400 Palestinians were the result of a computer algorithm based on their social media usage, explains TRNN’s Shir Hever

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18929:Israel-Acknowledges-Use-of-Computer-Algorithm-For-Palestinian-Arrests

Petition
Color of Change
Justice for the Jax 5
Jacksonville protesters are beaten while Trump supporters taunt and chant

https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/Justice_JAX5/?t=4&akid=7369.2467085.2efo4F

Institute for Public Accuracy
Ellsberg: Trump Threats to WikiLeaks “Nuclear Option” Against the First Amendment

http://www.accuracy.org/release/ellsberg-trump-threats-to-wikileaks-nuclear-option-against-the-first-amendment

FAIR
‘1 Percent of Taxpayers Receive More Than the Bottom 80 Percent’
CounterSpin interview with Jeremie Greer on the tax code and inequality
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/1-percent-of-taxpayers-receive-more-than-the-bottom-80-percent

15 of the Best Natural Remedies for PCOS
by Yuri Elkaim

https://yurielkaim.com/natural-remedies-for-PCOS

4/27

This Is What It Will Look Like When New Orleans, New York City, and Mar-A-Lago Disappear Under Rising Seas
New research finds that most previous estimates for sea level rise were too conservative, while visualizations show what U.S. cities may look like by 2100
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/27/what-it-will-look-when-new-orleans-new-york-city-and-mar-lago-disappear-under-rising

Trump’s Reviled Hotline for “Criminal Aliens” Flooded with Reports of UFOs
‘Just tried to call to report the theft of my tractor by space cadets—on hold for 8 minutes had to abandon, will call again!’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/27/trumps-reviled-hotline-criminal-aliens-flooded-reports-ufos

Killing Net Neutrality Is a Critical Goal in Trump’s Campaign Against Free Speech
President Trump’s playbook to curb free speech and silence dissenting voices goes far beyond his Twitter rants and his verbal attacks on the press
by Joseph Torres

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/27/killing-net-neutrality-critical-goal-trumps-campaign-against-free-speech

Terrorizing the Vulnerable
by Chris Hedges

*Huddling the masses

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/27/terrorizing-vulnerable

A Public Plan for Peace
Something is dangerously loose at the American core: a need for endless war combined with a nuclear recklessness uncontained by public scrutiny
by Robert C. Koehler

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/27/public-plan-peace

Palestine, Trump
by Vijay Prashad

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3130

The Real News Network
District Courts Continue to Challenge Trump’s Travel Bans
Bill Black, former financial regulator, says banning Muslims is unconstitutional, we can not discriminate based on religion in this country

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18940:District-Courts-Continue-to-Challenge-Trump%27s-Travel-Bans

Renewable Energy Can Create Jobs, Reduce Greenhouse Gases, and Lower Energy Costs
Basav Sen, of the Institute for Policy Studies, presents an analysis of the many benefits of renewable energy

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18932:Renewable-Energy-Can-Create-Jobs%2C-Reduce-Greenhouse-Gases%2C-and-Lower-Energy-Costs

Judge Blocks Trump’s Targeting of “Sanctuary Cities,” Ahead of May 1st Immigrant Rights Protest
Scholar Aviva Chomsky says while Trump has ramped up anti-immigrant rhetoric, he’s continuing policies that originated under Democratic administrations

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18935:Judge-Blocks-Trump%27s-Targeting-of-%22Sanctuary-Cities%2C%22-Ahead-of-May-1st-Immigrant-Rights-Protest

Dutch Arms Dealer Who Fueled Liberian Civil War Convicted
Andrew Feinstein, the author of “The Shadow World”, recounts the background of Guus Kouwenhoven’s involvement in arms dealing for Liberia’s civil war

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18930:Dutch-Arms-Dealer-Who-Fueled-Liberian-Civil-War-Convicted

U.S. Threatens Nuclear Deal it Admits Iran Respects – How Will Tehran Respond?
In Part One of our interview, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former senior Iranian diplomat, analyzes the Trump administration’s “review” of the Iran nuclear agreement despite acknowledging that Tehran is fulfilling its obligations

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18926:U.S.-Threatens-Nuclear-Deal-it-Admits-Iran-Respects—How-Will-Tehran-Respond%3F

Democracy Now!
“A Land Grab by the Ruling Elites”: Trump’s Tax Plan Derided for Benefiting the Rich

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/27/a_land_grab_by_the_ruling

ICE Detains Mexican Man Who Sought Sanctuary in Denver Church for Nine Months

*I have to wonder just how many words Time has expended on covering Vizguerra’s, Hernández’ and others’ work for justice for the undocumented.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/27/ice_detains_mexican_man_who_sought

4/26

Obama Under Fire for $400K Speech to Wall Street ‘Fat Cats’
Former President Barack Obama’s first speech since leaving office will be a richly-compensated appearance at Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Silver tongued” indeed

And a shit pot more than thirty pieces’ worth

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/26/obama-under-fire-400k-speech-wall-street-fat-cats

Because It’s Time for ‘New, Radical Ideas,’ TED Talk on Universal Basic Income Gets Thunderous Applause
‘Just imagine how much talent we would unleash if we got rid of poverty once and for all,’ said historian Rutger Bregman during talk
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

*If we’re going to have money, then we need to do this

But why do we need money?

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/26/because-its-time-new-radical-ideas-ted-talk-universal-basic-income-gets-thunderous

Women Beware: Saudia Arabia Charged with Shaping Global Standards for Women’s Equality
Who let the Saudi fox in the hen house?
by Medea Benjamin

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/26/women-beware-saudia-arabia-charged-shaping-global-standards-womens-equality

The Real News Network
Unemployment Rate Hides the Historically Low Employment Rate
Doug Henwood explains how employment relative to total population reveals a better image of employment than the unemployment rate. Using this measure, employment is nowhere near where it was before the Great Recession.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18921:Unemployment-Rate-Hides-the-Historically-Low-Employment-Rate

Trump Team Turns On Wikileaks Co-Founder Julian Assange
Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report says Trump is trying to “normalize” his presidency by doing what US intelligence services want

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18924:Trump-Team-Turns-On-Wikileaks-Co-Founder-Julian-Assange

Maryland Disproportionately Arrests Blacks for Marijuana but Rejects Diversity in Medical Licenses
The Maryland Black Caucus has called for a special session to address the fact that not one predominantly African-American owned firm has received a license to grow medical marijuana in the state

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18916:Maryland-Disproportionately-Arrests-Blacks-for-Marijuana-but-Rejects-Diversity-in-Medical-Licenses

French Elections: Macron Headed to the Presidential Polls on May 7th is Expected to Knock Out Le Pen
French media and the economic establishment made Macron the winner in the Sunday presidential ran-off, says Alex Main of the Center for Economic Policy and Research

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18925:French-Elections%3A-Macron-Headed-to-the-Presidential-Polls-on-May-7th-is-Expected-to-Knock-Out-Le-P

The System is Based on Profit
In Part One of a two-part interview, artist and activist Paul Rucker discusses his work and how it relates to mass incarceration in the United States. Rucker also touches on the upcoming Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March and what it should address.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18920:The-System-is-Based-on-Profit

Debate: Green Economic Growth Vs. Slow Growth
TRNN Replay: Economists Robert Pollin and Peter Victor discuss whether ecological sustainability and economic growth can be achieved simultaneously

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18917:Debate%3A-Green-Economic-Growth-Vs.-Slow-Growth

FAIR
NYT’s ‘Impossible to Verify’ North Korea Nuke Claim Spreads Unchecked by Media
by Adam Johnson

*Forecast

“Mushroom clouds”, with a 100% chance of prevarication

http://fair.org/home/nyts-impossible-to-verify-north-korea-nuke-claim-spreads-unchecked-by-media

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s Korea Threat

http://www.accuracy.org/release/trumps-korea-threat

Democracy Now!
Chomsky on North Korea & Iran: Historical Record Shows U.S. Favors Violence Over Diplomacy

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/26/chomsky_on_north_korea_iran_historical

Chomsky on Syria: We Must Help Fleeing Refugees & Pursue Diplomatic Settlement

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/26/chomsky_on_syria_we_must_help

Chomsky: CIA Targeting of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks is “Disgraceful Act”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/26/chomsky_cia_targeting_of_julian_assange

38 Different Types of Squats (Bodyweight Only)
by Yuri Elkaim

https://yurielkaim.com/different-types-of-squats

One and Done?
Is the one-minute workout the new exercise solution for people short on time?
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/exercise-for-health/one-and-done

4/25

Ivanka Trump Is Booed, Hissed in Germany for Defending Donald Trump
German audience also appeared confused by prominent role president’s daughter is playing in the administration
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/25/ivanka-trump-booed-hissed-germany-defending-donald-trump

Ontario to Launch North America’s First Test of Universal Basic Income
“We want to find out whether a basic income makes a positive difference in people’s lives”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/25/ontario-launch-north-americas-first-test-universal-basic-income

Why Was Heath Mello Thrown Under the Bus?
Was the candidate for mayor of Omaha held to a different standard than other Democrats?
by D.D. Guttenplan

*This article contains a more comprehensive relating of Mello’s record on abortion than an earlier item I reposted, and based my accompanying comment upon.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/25/why-was-heath-mello-thrown-under-bus

Everything Wrong with Charter Schools on Display in New Orleans
Major challenges of ctiy’s charter schools exposed at recent NAACP Hearing
by Bill Quigley

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/25/everything-wrong-charter-schools-display-new-orleans

The Real News Network
France’s Presidential Election Is Wide Open
If leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon wins, he does not have enough of a social movement behind him to fulfill his campaign promises, says Jean Bricmont

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18905:France%27s-Presidential-Election-Is-Wide-Open

London’s March for Science Targets Brexit
Scientists and activists in London also organized a March for Science on Earth Day. One of the issues was how Brexit would impact Britain’s commitment to counter climate change

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18928:London%27s-March-for-Science-Targets-Brexit

Temporary Truce in a Democratic Party Civil War: The Sanders & Perez Unity Tour
Bernie Sanders says fight the billionaire class and DNC Chair Tom Perez refuses to say it; the TRNN panel asks if/when Bernie should leave the party

*They asked for feedback on what and how they’re doing

So how about giving some space to those who would speak to the contradictions of both wings of the party, who would posit that Sanders’ pimping for Clinton and other less than “revolutionary” actions aren’t solely due to his Berning desire to “stop Trump”?

Glen Ford’s about it, and he gets a weekly slot that deals with many other issues.

“Real news” doesn’t travel on a bandwagon, ignoring the droppings of its draft horses.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18919:Temporary-Truce-in-a-Democratic-Party-Civil-War%3A-The-Sanders-%26-Perez-Unity-Tour

Real News Roundtable: Maddow Response & Liberal Hawkishness on Russia, Iran
In part one of our roundtable, The Real News Network’s Paul Jay, Kim Brown, and Aaron Mate discuss the response to Mate’s critique of Rachel Maddow’s Russia coverage

*Labels are meaningless.

Does what you do advance the transformation from an exploitative socioeconomic system to a cooperative and communal one, that leaves no one without what they need to live a dignified life?

We can discuss how to do that, but if that’s not your goal, I don’t care what you call yourself.

You’re not someone I could depend on to have my back when the shit hits the fan.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18898:Real-News-Roundtable%3A-Maddow-Response-%26-Liberal-Hawkishness-on-Russia%2C-Iran

FAIR
‘Many Banks Are Problematic, but Wells Fargo Is the Worst’
CounterSpin interview with Saqib Bhatti on Wells Fargo
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/many-banks-are-problematic-but-wells-fargo-is-the-worst

Institute for Public Accuracy
How Clinton and Obama Laid Groundwork for Trump’s Immigration Policies

http://www.accuracy.org/release/how-clinton-and-obama-laid-groundwork-for-trumps-immigration-policies/

After the “Science Marches,” Highest “Security Priority” Is Nuclear Weapons

http://www.accuracy.org/release/after-the-science-marches-highest-security-priority-is-nuclear-weapons

Democracy Now!
Witnesses to Double Execution in Arkansas Say Inmates May Have Suffered Botched, Painful Death

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/25/witnesses_to_double_execution_in_arkansas

BDS Leader Omar Barghouti Dedicates His Gandhi Peace Award to Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/25/bds_leader_omar_barghouti_dedicates_his

The Research-Backed Guide to the Top Benefits of Taking Turmeric
by Yuri Elkaim

https://yurielkaim.com/benefits-of-taking-turmeric

4/24

Against Liberal Nostalgia
The Left shouldn’t counter the logic of “Make America Great Again” with nostalgia for an idealized liberal democracy
by Stephen Maher

*The poetry of it

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/let-america-be-america-again

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3127

Could a Leftist Bring Growth Back to France?
by Mark Weisbrot

http://www.therealnews.com/t2/component/content/article/3128

The Real News Network
Noam Chomsky: The Prospects for Survival
Replay of address at the Mullin Centre, UMASS Amherst

*No transcript, but well worth the time invested, as always with Chomsky.

What I found lacking was a sense of a radical … transformative … whatever term you care to use … vision, amongst all the useful intel and insight. I’d have like to have seen him address the clear contradictions of this “insurgent” movement within the Democratic Party in that regard.

The “better” (in some respects) isn’t good enough at this point, and indeed has never been, when considering those inevitably left out (meaning immiserated or killed) by its “pragmatic” limits.

Can we place ourselves in their shoes? If we can’t, can we call ourselves truly committed to a life of dignity for every single person on this planet, which is the only purpose worth pursuing, to my mind?

Of course it won’t be easy, and there’s no guarantee of success.

Our souls ask, “So what?”

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18875

FAIR
Giving NY’s Governor a $783,000 Bribe Is Business as Usual for Rupert Murdoch
by Jim Naureckas

*Literary influence

http://fair.org/home/giving-nys-governor-a-783000-bribe-is-business-as-usual-for-rupert-murdoch

4/21

Le Pen Accused of Exploiting Paris Shooting Days Before Election
President Donald Trump also appeared to throw weight behind right-wing candidate in highly unpredictable election
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/21/le-pen-accused-exploiting-paris-shooting-days-election

Marking Earth Day, Indigenous People Worldwide to Fight Corporate Forces
‘I know we are only of the size of a grain of sand but we make a huge difference’ says Antonio Dace, of the Munduruku community in the Brazilian Amazon
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/21/marking-earth-day-indigenous-people-worldwide-fight-corporate-forces

Sanders’ Stumping for Anti-Choice Mayoral Candidate Draws Ire
Reproductive rights group says move is ‘not only disappointing’ but ‘politically stupid’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There’s a “unity” among all these Dems

And it’s the reason “the #Resistance” should be well shorn of them.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/21/sanders-stumping-anti-choice-mayoral-candidate-draws-ire

Food & Water Watch
Detroit Needs Affordable Water, Not More Shutoffs

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/04/21/detroit-needs-affordable-water-not-more-shutoffs

The Real News Network
Massive Pro and Anti Government Protests in Venezuela
While international media focused almost exclusively on the opposition protests and clashes with the police, the pro-government protests were equally as large, says Lucas Koerner from Venezuelanalysis

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18900:Massive-Pro-and-Anti-Government-Protests-in-Venezuela

Erdogan’s Deviant Referendum Manipulations Likely to Undermine His Presidency
The irregularities in Turkey’s constitutional reform referendum were numerous and well documented, says Conn Hallinan of Foreign Policy in Focus

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18887:Erdogan%27s-Deviant-Referendum-Manipulations-Likely-to-Undermine-His-Presidency

Trump’s “Hire American, Buy American” Is More Show than Action
CEPR co-director Dean Baker says Trump’s executive order “Hire American, Buy American,” to change the H-1B work visa, does nothing, but the program should be changed to attract higher skilled workers

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18892:Trump%27s-%22Hire-American%2C-Buy-American%22-Is-More-Show-than-Action

Over 1,000 Palestinian Prisoners On Hunger Strike in Protest Against Inhumane Conditions
Sahar Francis, Director of the Adameer prisoner support NGO, explains how this is the largest such strike since 2012 and how it has its roots in the different legal systems for Palestinians and Israelis

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18878:Over-1%2C000-Palestinian-Prisoners-On-Hunger-Strike-in-Protest-Against-Inhumane-Conditions

Petition update
The Humane League
Customers Urge Walmart: Stop Abusing Animals In Mexico!

https://www.change.org/p/tell-walmart-to-stop-this-cage-free-hypocrisy/u/20071649

FAIR
What’s Wrong With This Picture? Fawning Praise of Bush’s Veteran Art Ignores Iraqi Victims
by Adam Johnson

*Art, artifice and amoral absolution

http://fair.org/home/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-fawning-praise-of-bushs-veteran-art-ignores-iraqi-victims

Democracy Now!
As U.S. Preps Arrest Warrant for Assange, Glenn Greenwald Says Prosecuting WikiLeaks Threatens Press Freedom for All

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/21/glenn_greenwald_trumps_doj_prosecuting_wikileaks

Shocking Exposé Reveals Trump Associates & ISIS-Linked Vigilantes Are Attempting Coup in Indonesia

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/21/shocking_expose_reveals_trump_associates_isis

Shane Bauer on the Berkeley Clashes & How Trump Has Emboldened the Far Right & White Nationalists

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/20/shane_bauer_on_the_berkeley_clashes

Food Intolerances: How to Know If You Have One (And What to Do About It)
by Yuri Elkaim

https://yurielkaim.com/food-intolerances

4/20

Trump’s “Buy American” Order Looks Weak as DAPL Company Pushes Back
“As with Trump’s campaign promises, the executive order is full of loopholes that are designed to protect Wall Street interests and multinational corporations—at the expense of American workers and communities”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/20/trumps-buy-american-order-looks-weak-dapl-company-pushes-back

What’s Worse? Trump Dropping ‘Mother of All Bombs’ or That 70% of Americans Approve
Widespread support comes despite the lack of information from the Pentagon about damage from the “Mother of All Bombs” in Afghanistan
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The toxic triplets that enable imperialism

Ignorance
Indifference
Inhumanity

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/20/whats-worse-trump-dropping-mother-all-bombs-or-70-americans-approve

TrumpCare 3.0: GOP’s Zombie Healthcare Plan Keeps Getting Worse
Under reported ‘compromise,’ states could gut protections for those with pre-existing conditions
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/20/trumpcare-30-gops-zombie-healthcare-plan-keeps-getting-worse

DAPL Developer Spills Drilling Fluids Into Wetlands While Constructing Another Pipeline
The latest incident is just another ding on Energy Transfer Partners’ spotty record
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/20/dapl-developer-spills-drilling-fluids-wetlands-while-constructing-another-pipeline

ACLU Statement on Florida Supreme Court Approving Voting Rights Restoration Ballot Language

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/04/20/aclu-statement-florida-supreme-court-approving-voting-rights-restoration-ballot

Center for Biological Diversity
Dow Pressures Trump Administration to Abandon Work to Protect Endangered Species From Pesticides
Chemical Giant Wants Trump Officials to Scuttle Legally Mandated Studies Identifying Risks to Wildlife

*A literal “poison pen”

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/04/20/dow-pressures-trump-administration-abandon-work-protect-endangered-species

The Real News Network
Profits Can be Made from Catastrophes With Disaster Capitalism
Antony Loewenstein, author of Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe, says companies that make profits from disasters around the world also have a vested interest in maintaining these disasters

*”Left” governments, such as Ecuador’s, have a – let’s employ a euphemism here – “problematic” record when it comes to upholding human rights in general, and indigenous rights in particular, in the area of exploitation of natural resources.

We might ask why that fact is left out of this segment.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18889:Profits-Can-be-Made-from-Catastrophes-With-Disaster-Capitalism

Lead Poisoning: Baltimore’s Forgotten Public Health Crisis (2/2)
In Part Two, our expert panel discusses how to solve Baltimore’s lead poisoning epidemic

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18895:Lead-Poisoning%3A-Baltimore%27s-Forgotten-Public-Health-Crisis-%2822%29

UK Elections Called Before Full Impact of Austerity Kicks In
While May’s decision to call a snap election is an opportunistic move, she also has an eye on the electoral arenas in France and Germany, says Prof. Leo Panitch, co-editor of the 2016 Socialist Register titled “The Politics of the Right”

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18886:UK-Elections-Called-Before-Full-Impact-of-Austerity-Kicks-In

Brazil’s Corruption Investigation Expands to Almost Entire Political Class
The corruption investigation of Brazilian politicians expanded dramatically and is less biased against the center-left. However, the danger is that it will lead to de-politicization and opportunistic anti-politics, explains Brazil analyst Alex Hochuli

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18885:Brazil%27s-Corruption-Investigation-Expands-to-Almost-Entire-Political-Class

FAIR
‘If We Don’t Change the Mission of Police, Reforms Will Not Work’
CounterSpin interview with Alex Vitale on de-policing
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/if-we-dont-change-the-mission-of-police-reforms-will-not-work

At NYT, Climate Denial and Racism Don’t Make You Fringe–but Single-Payer Does
by Adam Johnson

*As much as I appreciate Johnson’s perspective in the main

“All perfectly fine positions … likely arrived at … in total good faith” … ?

Lying (aka “falsely claim[ing]”) and pimping for a person who never passed up a chance to prostitute herself for her political ambitions — at the expense of others’ misery and deaths —
doesn’t jibe with my notion of the description above.

And so you know, this is coming from someone who finds it quite amusing that Friedman shunned Sanders on the basis of his “socialism”.

Marx gyrates in his grave …

http://fair.org/slider/at-nyt-climate-denial-and-racism-dont-make-you-fringe-but-single-payer-does

Democracy Now!
First Roger Ailes, Now Bill O’Reilly: Sexual Harassment Scandal Ousts Top Men at Fox News

*”[T]rue justice” would be Faux News imploding, don’t you think?

I appreciate Bloom’s dedication and ability, but quoting Her Travesty on women’s rights, given her hubbie’s past (and possibly present and future), as well as her own betrayal of them, displays a troubling cognitive dissonance, if not outright hypocrisy.

(You’ll also notice she didn’t give diddley in credit to groups that organized on this, either.)

And while no woman should have to endure what Walsh went through, let’s not forget that she was seeking a spot on the shit pile know as “The O’Reilly Factor”, and would have been perfectly happy to promote his putrid bile, as long as it wasn’t directed toward her.

Separating issues only enables bastards like Murdoch and company to continue spreading their slime across the globe.

It’s fine to be a “feminist attorney”, but unless that’s subsumed within an overarching commitment to be a “humanist lawyer”, patriarchy has nothing to really worry about, does it?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/20/first_roger_ailes_now_bill_oreilly

Kleptocracy?: How Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Personally Profit from Their Roles in the White House

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/20/kleptocracy_how_ivanka_trump_jared_kushner

“Biggest Humanitarian Catastrophe Since 2003 Invasion”: Journalist Anand Gopal on Battle for Mosul

*”They’ve targeted members of the legitimate opposition.”

I’d have liked to have had this expounded on, including who is considered “legitimate”.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/20/biggest_humanitarian_catastrophe_since_2003_invasion

4/19

The Real News Network
Lead Poisoning: Baltimore’s Forgotten Public Health Crisis (1/2)
On the latest episode of The Real Baltimore we host an expert panel on “the most preventable public health threat” facing the city

*Two aspects of this that you’ll never see in corpress coverage — what little there is of it:

How much it costs not to deal with lead, and the benefits from doing so

And the culpability of the manufacturers and colluding gummint entities for these harms, both financially and criminally.

If there’s any justice, they should pay with their pocketbooks

And prison time.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18888:Lead-Poisoning%3A-Baltimore%27s-Forgotten-Public-Health-Crisis-%2812%29

Vaughn Rebellion Continues to Underscore Need for Prison Abolition, Activist Says
Kim Wilson and Eddie Conway discuss the ongoing nationwide repression of prisoners demanding human rights, ahead of the Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March on August 19th

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18866:Vaughn-Rebellion-Continues-to-Underscore-Need-for-Prison-Abolition%2C-Activist-Says

Democracy Now!
Was a Police Report Altered to Convict a Man for Murder? Inside a Woman’s Quest to Free Her Brother

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/19/was_a_police_report_altered_to

Massachusetts to Throw Out 21,000 Drug Convictions After State Chemist Tampers Evidence for 9 Years

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/19/massachusetts_to_throw_out_21_000

Meet Timothy Taylor, Convicted on Drug Evidence Handled by a State Chemist Who Falsified Tests

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/19/meet_timothy_taylor_convicted_on_drug

White Nationalists, Neo-Nazis & Right-Wing Militia Members Clash with Antifascist Protesters in Berkeley

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/19/white_nationalists_neo_nazis_right_wing

4/18

Wilder Fires and Rising Waters, Climate Impacts Coming to America’s Door
Pair of new studies show how American climate refugees will ‘reshape’ population landscape of the nation
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/18/wilder-fires-and-rising-waters-climate-impacts-coming-americas-door

Paving Way for Abuse and Scams, IRS Hires Private Debt Collectors
“The incentive there could be strong to be very aggressive. They’re not working for you, they’re working for the government and the government wants its money”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/18/paving-way-abuse-and-scams-irs-hires-private-debt-collectors

Tribunal Finds Monsanto Endangers Right to Food, Health, Environment
If the crime of ‘ecocide’ were recognized in international criminal law, the activities of Monsanto could constitute such a crime, panel declares
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/18/tribunal-finds-monsanto-endangers-right-food-health-environment

War and Peace and War
The untold story of the Colombian Civil War and the potential for genuine peace
by Martin Winiecki

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/18/war-and-peace-and-war

ACLU Statement on NCAA Awarding Championship Events to North Carolina

*Playing games with human rights

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/04/18/aclu-statement-ncaa-awarding-championship-events-north-carolina

The Real News Network
El Salvador Passes Historic Ban on Metal Mining
The Central American country is the first country in the world to establish a blanket ban on metal mining, protecting the environment following a 12-year political struggle

*And the company takes what the company wants
And nothing’s as precious as a hole in the ground
— “Blue Sky Mine”, Midnight Oil

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18826:El-Salvador-Passes-Historic-Ban-on-Metal-Mining

Opposition Protests in Venezuela Lead to Six Deaths
Clashes between protesters and police continued throughout the week in Venezuela, but polls indicate that the government is recuperating popularity and most Venezuelans disagree with opposition tactics, says Lucas Koerner of Venezuelanalysis.com

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18874:Opposition-Protests-in-Venezuela-Lead-to-Six-Deaths

Petition update
Five Ways You Can Support Survivors During Sexual Assault Awareness Month
by A.J. Walton and Joshunda Sanders

https://www.change.org/p/urge-congress-to-support-rape-survivor-rights/u/20034605

Institute for Public Accuracy
* Drone Killings * Korea * Turkey * French Election

http://www.accuracy.org/release/drone-killings-korea-turkey-french-election

Democracy Now!
Mexican Writer Valeria Luiselli on Child Refugees & Rethinking the Language Around Immigration

*This segment is emblematic of what this program can offer, and all too often doesn’t.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/18/mexican_writer_valeria_luiselli_on_child

4/17

The Battle to Feed the World: David vs. Goliath
by Stanka Becheva

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/17/battle-feed-world-david-vs-goliath

What Our Grandchildren Will Do When the Jobs Are Gone
by Paul Buchheit

*Call it a revolutionary preposition

We need to move from working “for” another

To working “with” each other

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/17/what-our-grandchildren-will-do-when-jobs-are-gone

Center for Biological Diversity
Protest to Urge Feinstein to Resist GOP Attacks on Wildlife, Civil Rights
Groups Demand Democrats Oppose Funding for Trump’s Border Wall, Budget Riders to Defund Planned Parenthood, Gut Environmental Laws

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/04/17/protest-urge-feinstein-resist-gop-attacks-wildlife-civil-rights

The Real News Network
France’s Left Presidential Candidate Melenchon Rising Rapidly in Polls
Jean-Luc Melenchon’s rise in the polls could lead to a political upheaval in France, should he make it to the run-off vote on April 23, says Renaud Lambert of Le Monde Diplomatique

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18867:France%27s-Left-Presidential-Candidate-Melenchon-Rising-Rapidly-in-Polls

Standard of Living Declined in Britain Due to Government Austerity
A new study shows that the standard of living in the UK has dropped for the first time since 2014. This is the result of government austerity, says economist John Weeks

*A decline in joblessness

An increase in job-less-ness

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18873:Standard-of-Living-Declined-in-Britain-Due-to-Government-Austerity

British Rendition Process “Worse than Guantanamo”
Britain has a rendition and detention process in place that is worse than the US system, says Clive Stafford Smith of the human rights group Reprieve

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18872:British-Rendition-Process-%22Worse-than-Guantanamo%22

Iran’s Deep State is Unhappy with President Rouhani
Professor Muhammad Sahimi explains how Iran’s behind-the-scenes powers are trying to position a hardliner for Iran’s next presidential election. Trump’s hard line on Iran would encourage Iran’s “deep state” to respond accordingly.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18862:Iran%27s-Deep-State-is-Unhappy-with-President-Rouhani

Steve Bannon on the Crisis of Capitalism and the Divine Right of Billionaires
Matthew Fox and Paul Jay discuss Bannon’s alliance with the far-right Catholic Opus Dei, and his vision of the Judeo-Christian West

*Opes Dei and ilk’s view of Francis is similar to the right’s view of Obama.

Both mouth platitudes that we all nod our heads to, but in practice they seek to simply manage the systems they serve. That means pretty words and small deeds, never truly affecting the power structures of church, state and society.

But even that elicits bile from those who see any mention of social justice, no matter how empty, as an assault on their divine right to rule as they see fit.

They need the Francises and Obamas (and FDRs) to save the system from its rapacious and irrational self, but they’ll never acknowledge that.

Precisely the opposite.

And at this point, their efforts are inadequate to prevent things falling apart.

It’s up to us to decide if we’re ready to accept the risks imperative to transform the way the world works, or to put our faith in the false prophets of reform, which is the most foolish risk of all.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18819:Steve-Bannon-on-the-Crisis-of-Capitalism-and-the-Divine-Right-of-Billionaires

Institute for Public Accuracy
CIA Head Threatens WikiLeaks — and a Free Press

http://www.accuracy.org/release/cia-head-threatens-wikileaks-and-a-free-press

Democracy Now!
Advocates Urge Trump to De-escalate with North Korea, Not Ratchet Up Threats & Military Aggression

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/17/advocates_urge_trump_to_de_escalate

Legal Chaos in Arkansas as Judges Halt State Plan to Carry Out Unprecedented Spate of Executions

*No surprise that the Clintons are mute on this, is there?

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/17/legal_chaos_in_arkansas_as_judges

Is Turkey Becoming a Dictatorship?: Erdogan Claims Victory in Vote to Give President Sweeping Powers

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/17/is_turkey_becoming_a_dictatorship_erdogan

What you can do now to bounce back from a stroke in the future
Here’s what the experience of 18,000 people tells us
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

http://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/exercise-for-health/what-you-can-do-now-to-bounce-back-from-a-stroke-in-the-future

4/14

Will Turkey Hand Erdoğan Authoritarian Rule With Referendum Vote?
Polls show the public is split ahead of historic vote, but the government’s crackdown on dissent has silenced the opposition
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/14/will-turkey-hand-erdogan-authoritarian-rule-referendum-vote

With Message for Trump, Citizen Group Launches First Space Protest
‘From out there on the Moon, international politics look so petty,’ the late NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell once declared
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/14/message-trump-citizen-group-launches-first-space-protest

Censorship at the Border Threatens Free Speech Everywhere
by Jameel Jaffer

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/14/censorship-border-threatens-free-speech-everywhere

The Real News Network
Trump’s Massive Bomb and Syrian Strike Both Deadly Propaganda Events
Vijay Prashad and Paul Jay ask if the US “mother of all bombs” dropped on Afghanistan and the missile attack on a Syrian airbase are PR events to show Trump and the US military will “fight without restraint” and “take on Russia”

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18870:Trump%27s-Massive-Bomb-and-Syrian-Strike-Both-Deadly-Propaganda-Events

Institute for Public Accuracy
* Korea * Is Case Against Syria Falling Apart?

http://www.accuracy.org/release/korea-is-case-against-syria-falling-apart

Democracy Now!
U.S. Drops Its Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb on Afghans, Already Traumatized by Decades of War

*If Osman truly believes that “aid” from the US is meant to empower Afghans, that is a rather striking display of naïveté on her part, to my mind.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/14/us_drops_its_biggest_non_nuclear

Afghans Respond to Insult of U.S. Dropping Massive Bomb: “Would a Mother Do That to Any Children?”

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/14/afghans_respond_to_insult_of_us

700 Immigrants on Hunger Strike at For-Profit Prison to Protest Conditions & $1/Day Wages

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/14/700_immigrants_on_hunger_strike_at

Immigrants on Hunger Strike over Conditions as Trump Admin. Plans to Gut Protections for Detainees

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/14/immigrants_on_hunger_strike_over_conditions

Ralph Nader Explains Why United Airlines Has “Total Unbridled Discretion to Throw You Off a Plane”

*”Fly the friendly skies”

The ground’s a whole other matter

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/14/ralph_nader_explains_why_united_airlines

4/13

‘The Resistance’ That Doesn’t Resist War
by Dan Kovalik

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/13/resistance-doesnt-resist-war

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Saudi Arabia: Investigate Transgender Woman’s Death
Free 5 Pakistanis Still Held After February ‘Morality’ Raid

https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/04/13/saudi-arabia-investigate-transgender-womans-death

The Real News Network
South African Demonstrators Demand Zuma’s Resignation
ANC’s leadership called into question – as Zuma’s corruption ridden Presidency is headed to an end, who will lead the country next, ponders Trevor Ngwane of the Johannesburg United Front and Professor Patrick Bond

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18861:South-African-Demonstrators-Demand-Zuma%27s-Resignation

Wells Fargo’s Board Investigation of Itself Amounts to a Farce
Bill Black explains how the Wells Fargo scandal is emblematic of the bank’s corporate culture and that the fined executives are only scapegoats

*There are few terms more insidiously ironic than “bank and trust”

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18865:Wells-Fargo%27s-Board-Investigation-of-Itself-Amounts-to-a-Farce

The Overlooked Past Behind U.S.-North Korea Tensions & How South Korea Could Forge Peace
Christine Hong of UC Santa Cruz and the Korea Policy Institute discusses the overlooked history behind U.S.-North Korea tensions and says the best hope for resolving them is a progressive government in South Korea willing to engage

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18857:The-Overlooked-Past-Behind-U.S.-North-Korea-Tensions-%26-How-South-Korea-Could-Forge-Peace

Trump’s Syria Attack Sanctioned by the Media
Media critic Norman Solomon says US media’s uncritical coverage of Trump’s Syria attack is typical and has its roots in ratings spikes and in economic ties to the military-industrial complex

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18856:Trump%27s-Syria-Attack-Sanctioned-by-the-Media

FAIR
Thomas Friedman’s Perverse Love Affair With ISIS
by Adam Johnson

http://fair.org/home/thomas-friedmans-perverse-love-affair-with-isis

Democracy Now!
Stephen Cohen: This is Most Dangerous Moment in U.S.-Russian Relations Since Cuban Missile Crisis

*Of course, anyone who questions this Russia to judgment will be labeled a “Putin apologist”, but Cohen at some level seems to merit the epithet. He almost comes across as a defense lawyer for the Russian government.

There are many holes to punch in this “Kremlingate” narrative, but I don’t see Cohen as the unbiased point person to do so.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/13/stephen_cohen_this_is_most_dangerous

Russia Vetoes U.N. Resolution on Syria as Questions Linger over Deadly Chemical Attack

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/13/russia_vetoes_un_resolution_on_syria

4/12

DeVos Just Put Interests of ‘Predatory Profiteers’ Over Student Loan Borrowers
Memo DeVos sent Tuesday rescinds student loan borrower protections put in place by Obama administration
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/12/devos-just-put-interests-predatory-profiteers-over-student-loan-borrowers

What Is It Like to Live Without Running Water? Detroit Families Know
A recent study predicts that in the next five years, more than one-third of Americans will not be able to afford their water
by Zenobia Jeffries

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/04/12/what-it-live-without-running-water-detroit-families-know

Amazon Watch
Tested, Cost-effective, and Practical: Secure Community Land Rights Can Help Protect the Earth and Prevent the Climate Crisis
Indigenous Peoples and community advocates in Brazil, Guatemala, Kenya, Taiwan, and 21 other countries to take action for community land rights, April 22-29 (Earth Day)

*The culpability of “leftist” governments in Latin America in the denial of indigenous rights, often violently, is often ignored by “progressive” commentators and media outlets.

Principled condemnation of their actions has nothing to do with support for US and allies’ attempts to subvert democracy in those countries, it should go without saying.

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/04/12/tested-cost-effective-and-practical-secure-community-land-rights-can-help

The Real News Network
Free College Tuition in New York State Draws Both Praise and Criticism
Approved by the state legislature and the governor, in-state tuition for households making under $125,000 a year will be free, but it excludes part-time and undocumented students – people that activist/organizer Denise Romero says ought to be included in the plan

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18855:Free-College-Tuition-in-New-York-State-Draws-Both-Praise-and-Criticism

Trump Lifts Moratorium on Coal Mining and Eliminates Regulations
Jace Killsback, President of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and Jenny Harbine of EarthJustice talk about the impact the lifting of the coal mining moratorium will have on communities and on climate change

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18840:Trump-Lifts-Moratorium-on-Coal-Mining-and-Eliminates-Regulations

FAIR
‘Regardless of What the President Says, the Laws Are Still There’
CounterSpin interview with Jennifer Reisch on women in the workplace
by Janine Jackson

*A woman’s work is never done

Being devalued

http://fair.org/home/regardless-of-what-the-president-says-the-laws-are-still-there

When WaPo Calls for ‘Honest’ Debate, Check for Your Wallet
by Dean Baker

http://fair.org/home/when-wapo-calls-for-honest-debate-check-for-your-wallet

Democracy Now!
Allan Nairn: Civilian Deaths Are Spiking in Syria & Iraq as U.S. Launches Unrestrained Bombing Raids

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/12/allan_nairn_civilian_deaths_are_spiking

Trump Is Moving “Full Speed Ahead” in War in Yemen, Despite Massive Civilian Casualties

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/12/allan_nairn_trump_is_moving_full

Allan Nairn: Only Mass Disruption From Below Can Stop Right-Wing Revolution & Trump’s Absolute Power

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/12/allan_nairn_only_mass_disruption_from

4 Big Reasons Women Should Never Do Steady State Cardio
by Yuri Elkaim

https://yurielkaim.com/steady-state-cardio

4/11

Trump Administration Considering ‘Back-Door Way’ to Cut Social Security
‘If Trump proposes this Trojan horse, it would be the newest shot in the ongoing Republican war against Social Security’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/11/trump-administration-considering-back-door-way-cut-social-security

Republicans Hide, Plan ‘Sham Town Halls’ to Duck Angry Constituents
Voters are resorting to billboards, protests, and petitions to highlight absentee officials
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/11/republicans-hide-plan-sham-town-halls-duck-angry-constituents

U.S. PIRG Press Release: New Report Shows Victims of Aggressive Tactics From Medical Debt Collectors

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/04/11/us-pirg-press-release-new-report-shows-victims-aggressive-tactics-medical-debt

The Real News Network
India and Israel Sign Unprecedented $2 Billion Arms Deal
New Israeli missiles in the arms deal serve no real purpose for India, says TRNN’s Shir Hever

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18846:India-and-Israel-Sign-Unprecedented-%242-Billion-Arms-Deal

What’s Causing the Winter Haze in China?
Attempts to slow down the existing conditions with emission reduction legislation and a return of Eurasian sea ice will take a substantial amount of time, says Professor Yuhang Wang of the Georgia Institute of Technology

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18847:What%27s-Causing-the-Winter-Haze-in-China%3F

Heritage Foundation Provided Blueprint for Trump’s Budget
The Heritage Foundation’s ties to the Trump administration are very extensive and his budget proposal shows it, according to In These Times writer Theo Anderson

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18723:Heritage-Foundation-Provided-Blueprint-for-Trump%27s-Budget

Did Bipartisan Russia Hysteria Help Fuel Trump’s Rush to Bomb Assad?
In Part Two of our interview, journalist Rania Khalek argues that the U.S. strike on the Assad regime continues policy that tacitly helps Al Qaeda and ISIS, all the while raising the threat of conflict with Russia – a threat exacerbated by the recent bipartisan frenzy over President Trump’s ties to Moscow

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18844:Did-Bipartisan-Russia-Hysteria-Help-Fuel-Trump%27s-Rush-to-Bomb-Assad%3F

As U.S. Politicians and Pundits Cheer Syria Bombing, Will ISIS and Al Qaeda Benefit?
Independent journalist Rania Khalek discusses the near-uniform media and political support for President Trump’s decision to bomb a Syrian military airfield, the need for an independent investigation into the Idlid chemical attack, and why she thinks the U.S. strike may benefit ISIS and Al Qaeda

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18836:As-U.S.-Politicians-and-Pundits-Cheer-Syria-Bombing%2C-Will-ISIS-and-Al-Qaeda-Benefit%3F

Jesse Hagopian: Fight Back Continues after Seattle Teachers Reject May- Day Strike
Author, activist and Seattle Public Schools teacher Jesse Hagopian says teachers, parents and students remain united to defend public schools, and proposes how parents and labor can unite to take on Trump’s privatization agenda

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18835:Jesse-Hagopian%3A-Fight-Back-Continues-after-Seattle-Teachers-Reject-May-Day-Strike

Victims of political policing demand accountability at Undercover Policing Inquiry in London
Two years have passed since the establishment of the Pitchford Inquiry into Undercover Policing. Participants say that as of yet, no oral evidence has been taken and that the police are seeking to delay the process in perpetuity. TRNN Researcher Mohamed Elmaazi attended the first Hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice on April 4th, and interviewed participants and their supporters.

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18825:Victims-of-political-policing-demand-accountability-at-Undercover-Policing-Inquiry%2C-in-London

FAIR
‘The Only Sensible Path at This Point is Dialogue’
CounterSpin interview with Hyun Lee on North Korea
by Janine Jackson

http://fair.org/home/the-only-sensible-path-at-this-point-is-dialogue

Out of 46 Major Editorials on Trump’s Syria Strikes, Only One Opposed
by Adam Johnson

*”The game is lethal and dangerous, and there is no good reason for it to continue.”

Iron fisted irony

http://fair.org/home/out-of-46-major-editorials-on-trumps-syria-strikes-only-one-opposed

Institute for Public Accuracy
Spicer: “Goal is to Destabilize Syria”

*RTP?

RIP

http://www.accuracy.org/release/spicer-goal-is-to-destabilize-syria

Democracy Now!
El-Sisi Widens Crackdown on Egyptian Civil Society, Journalists After Palm Sunday Church Bombings

*Abdel Kouddous talks about these attacks underming el-Sisi’s credibility, but I have to wonder if that’s a price he feels worth paying – especially since he has the power to mitigate that damage – to increase his powers under the state of emergency.

What I’m positing is based on the reality that a security state doesn’t seek to exterminate “terrorism”, but to exploit it, and Egypt’s may have allowed this horror for that purpose.

I have no intel to back up that supposition, but I do think it’s worth keeping in mind as events unfold.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/11/el_sisi_widens_crackdown_on_egyptian

“We’re Coming for You”: Florida Sheriff Records Anti-Drug Message Surrounded by Masked SWAT Team

*Neither guest speaks to the actual purpose of policing – to control, rather that “protect” – but given their provenances, I really wouldn’t have expected them to do so.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/11/were_coming_for_you_florida_sheriff

4/10

Time Running Out to Halt Arkansas’s “Execution Assembly Line”
Governor’s plan could lead to “torturing prisoners to death”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/10/time-running-out-halt-arkansass-execution-assembly-line

Great Barrier Reef Faces ‘Terminal’ Stage in Climate Change Fight
New aerial surveys show damage has spread to two-thirds of reef, up from one-third last year
by Nadia Prupis, staff wri