April 2013


Backlash, Protests Follow ‘Hateful’ U-Turn of Bradley Manning Gay Pride Honor
‘They say court martial!—We say Grand Marshal!’ exclaim supporters of anti-war whisteblower
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Single issue

Double dealing

Sadly, nothing queer about that


‘Torture Reinforcements’ Not ‘Medical Personnel’ Arrive to Combat Gitmo Hunger Strike
US Military Calls in ‘Force-Feeding Teams’ as Guantanamo Hunger Strike Continues
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Flood of Highly Radioactive Wastewater’ Overwhelms Fukushima Crews
Latest crisis reveals intractable nature of nuclear cleanup
by Common Dreams staff


Oregon Legislation Aims to Criminalize Environmental Civil Disobedience
ACLU charges that bills that target actions against logging companies “effectively criminalize civil disobedience for one particular group.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A conscience is being defined as a dangerous weapon

Which, if the actions it prompts are worth engaging in

Is precisely what it must be


In Blow to ‘Water, Culture, Wildlife,’ Feds Back Re-Opening of Grand Canyon Uranium Mine
The Forest Service shouldn’t be “shielding the uranium industry’s dangerous plans from public, tribal, environmental and scientific scrutiny,” warned conservation group
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Dislike: Facebook’s Zuckerberg Under Fire for Promoting Dirty Tar Sands Pipeline
Groups launch campaign, protest against Facebook for Zuckerberg’s promotion of Keystone XL, drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Spreading Community and Love of Books ‘Little Free Libraries’ Sprout Worldwide
“Take a Book. Return a book.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Book binding


Report: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Repeated Requests for a Lawyer Were Ignored
There is zero legal or ethical justification for denying a suspect in custody this fundamental right
by Glenn Greenwald


Tragedy in Bangladesh: Time for a Different Response?
Empowering workers is one way to prevent more tragedies like the deadly Bangladesh garment factory collapse.
by Ananya Mukherjee and Darryl Reed


Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama Can Transfer Hunger Strikers from Guantanamo


Syria and the ‘Red Line’ Nonsense

*Gummint or corpress

Everybody’s red line is painted with more of the blood of Syrians


An Invitation to a Live-Action Infomercial

*When money talks

Ethics are silenced


Kimberly Rivera, Pregnant Mom of 4, Sentenced to Military Prison for Refusing to Serve in Iraq



Warehouse Workers for Justice
Tell Walmart and Great Kitchens to End Wage Theft!


New Research: Economic Austerity in US and Europe ‘Is Killing People’
HIV/AIDS, malaria outbreaks, shortages of essential medicines, lost healthcare access, and an epidemic of drug abuse, depression and suicide
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Climate Collision Course: CO2 Levels About to Hit 400 PPM
In a first in human history, “it looks like the world is going to blow through the 400-ppm level without losing a beat.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Northeast US Ocean Temperatures Highest on Record: Report
Temperature spikes causing drastic shifts in ecosystem
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


A Win for the Bees: EU Votes to Ban Bee-Harming Pesticides
Victory for bees, but more must be done to ensure safety of bee population, global food
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


TransCanada: Small-Scale Protests Against KXL Not Slowing ‘Overall Construction Progress’
Two arrested after latest tar sands pipeline blockade in Oklahoma
by Common Dreams staff


Pharmaceutical Extortion: Pay Up, or Die
Group of global cancer experts criticizes exorbitant drug costs that prevent access to life-saving treatments
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


You and Your Family Are Guinea Pigs for the Chemical Corporations
How Americans Became Exposed to Biohazards in the Greatest Uncontrolled Experiment Ever Launched
by David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz

*The poison of propaganda

The propaganda of poison


Sequester Closes Cancer Clinic Doors, Congress Does Nothing
by Dave Johnson

*A cancer of collusion


Earthjustice et al.
Wildlife Conservation Groups Join Fight to Ban d-CON Rat Poisons
Manufacturer rejected safeguards against accidental poisonings

*d-CON’s execs should know from rats, don’t you think?


The Sick Madness of Tom Friedman’s Culture

*Friedman understands the reasons behind such an act all too well

Which is why he’s intent on decoupling cause from effect.

His may be a sick madness

But it’s also a calculating one, as well.

And I think we need to be clear that US terrorism in this century is not motivated by “revenge”, but merely a continuation of the violence perpetrated upon other peoples in previous centuries for the same purposes as those in the present

Power and treasure.

You don’t have to condone terrorism against American civilians to acknowledge that its core rationale *is* revenge for the death and destruction wrought by empire, and an attempt to end it.

That motivation may be manipulated by those with another agenda, but there’s no denying that causational link, is there?

Anyone committed to ending terror from all sources must understand that distinction.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama’s “Economic Race Legacy”

*The audacity

And the inhumanity

Of “Nope”


Courage to Resist
Interview with war resister Kimberly Rivera, trial Monday


Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV)
Ed Kinane’s Closing Statement
DeWitt Town Court
Judge Robert Jokl Presiding
18 April 2013 Trial for “Trespass”
At Hancock Air Base 5 Oct 2012



Warehouse Workers for Justice
Walmart, Tell Your Contractor to Reinstate Javier Rodriguez


‘We Speak for the Bees’: Marchers Urge EU-Wide Ban of Killer Pesticides
‘This is not abstract theorizing. Bees are dying out. Now.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*An extremely serious buzzkill


San Onofre Whistleblower Cites “Potentially Catastrophic” Design Flaw
Inside source tells local news channel that cracked generator pipes at nuclear power plant could cause a full or partial meltdown
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Arctic Ho! Canadian Official Proposes Yet Another Tar Sands Pipeline
Energy minister exploring northern option for transporting 500,000 gallons a day of tar sands oil to Arctic ports
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Pipe dreams

And northbound nightmares


Study: Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Linked to Cancer, Autism, Parkinson’s
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, may be “the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment,” say authors
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


As Death Toll Rises, Report Shows Big Retail Brands Chose Profit over Safety in Bangladesh
Hundreds of thousands protest dangerous “sweatshop” conditions as police fire tear gas, rubber bullets
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A low price on life


Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever
The Illuminati were amateurs. The second huge financial scandal of the year reveals the real international conspiracy: There’s no price the big banks can’t fix
by Matt Taibbi

*The difference between reformists and transformists

A reformist says the system is broken

And needs to be fixed

A transformist says the system is fixed

And needs to be broken


Reduce, Reuse, Rebrand? Coca-Cola and Chicago Team Up to Greenwash
by Anna Lappé

*The paws that enmeshes

(Pardon the sacrifice of syntax for symmetry)


‘Obamacare’ Failures Beg the Questions that ‘Medicare-For-All’ Answers
by Donna Smith


Why Federal Labeling of Genetically-Engineered Food Matters
by Anna Ghosh


27 Years Since Chernobyl and What Have We Learned?
by Justin McKeating


Friends of the Earth
Keystone XL: What is Foggy Bottom Hiding?
State Department denies request for quick release of lobbyist documents; appeal filed


Witness Against Torture
Activists Pressure to Close Guantanamo as Hunger Strike Escalates and Senator Feinstein Calls for Restart of Transfers from the Prison
Protests in DC, Chicago, NY – April 29 Global Fast to “Save Shaker” – Calls to SouthCom – Rolling Fast


Reporting ‘Says’ Rather Than ‘Says It Believes’ Could Make a War of Difference

*Add AP to the list

“Chemical weapons used, U.S. contends”

The subhead reads

“The proof isn’t solid, the White House says, but lawmakers are impatient.”

So, while it’s to be expected that gummints will “contend” something is the case, without offering “solid” evidence to substantiate their claims

You might expect journalists to look askance at the practice, rather than amplifying its impact.

Well, you might expect that

If you have pronounced psychotic tendencies.


Texas Fertilizer Plant Disaster: Little Coverage, Much of It Wrong

*Ward’s comment is true if you don’t consider the Koch Brothers and their ilk terrorists.

Yet they’re responsible for how many deaths due to their greed and lust for power?

If the definition of terrorism is causing the death of innocents in the service of an agenda, their actions easily fit that category.

And the coverage the corpress gives to their constricted conception of terrorism flows from the same font as their coverup of corporate crimes.

Both are designed to facilitate the control of those in power.

Fear and ignorance are their aims.

And we’re in the crosshairs.


Did FBI Focus on Controversial Stings Distract from Pursuit of Tsarnaev Before Boston Attacks?

*You continually hear the rhetoric about “creating terrorists” due to US actions abroad, yet these stings do that literally, don’t they?

And they do so for a specific purpose – to sow fear, while at the same time assuring the public that we’re being kept safe.

The only way to be truly “safe”, of course, is to surrender our rights and submit to the dictates of the surveillance state.

So if there is valid criticism of how the Tsarnaev case was handled, that shouldn’t translate into support for increased “security measures” that are ultimately aimed not at ensuring our safety

But our servility.


“Love Has No Color”: Georgia High School Students Set to Hold First Integrated Prom

*Old times there are not forgotten

Because they never really went away.

But this effort by black and white students, and those who’ve supported them, gives me some hope that one day

They will be dumped into the dustbin of history.


“The Trials of Muhammad Ali”: Boxing Champ’s Refusal to Serve in Vietnam Was the Fight of His Life

*Ali took a courageous stand, and that should be recognized.

But he was an extremely arrogant person, and while that in part might be a reaction to being devalued as a black person in this country, I still consider it a character flaw, and it makes me hesitant to proclaim him a hero, despite the above.

There’s also an intense contradiction in this hailing of him as a great boxer, given the violence of the sport, and the fact that DN! did a segment not long ago on the impact of and the acceptance of head injuries in sports.

He was an incredible athlete.

I just wish his talents had been on display in a different venue.



As Senate Plans to Double-Down, New Report Calls Border Drones ‘Absurd’
New immigration law puts focus on using drones to monitor border activity, but data shows huge cost outlays with paltry results
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


US Accused of Skirting Responsibilities for Egregious Philippine Reef Disaster
‘I don’t buy their alibi’ says Philippine Senator
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Climate Activist Buries Arm in Concrete Block to Halt Keystone XL
‘Red River Showdown’ week of action takes on toxic tar sands
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Let George W. Bush Discuss His Legacy However He Likes… from the Hague
by Jodie Evans and Charles Davis

*And never will be heard a discouraging word from the present occupant of the White House.

Quite the contrary.

Official congratulations and good wishes will no doubt have been offered

And all the good liberal boot lickers will no doubt dutifully ignore or rationalize them

Just as they do his emulation of his predecessor’s dark deeds.

It’s the American way, isn’t it?



Shows how much I know.

Dear Misleader, Slippery William, and everybody’s favorite ex-presidential peacenik, James Earl Carter, Jr., all blessed this abomination with their presence at the opening ceremonies.

Never say bipartisanship is dead

Only its victims.


Challenging Einstein: Kerry’s ‘New’ Diplomacy in the Middle East
The United States must oppose the occupation and settlements, and support a Palestinian right to freedom, equality and statehood.
by Phyllis Bennis


Scrap the Map
Join the May Day International Day of Solidarity with the Seattle MAP Test Boycott
Seattle’s test boycotting teachers need your support for an “educators’ spring” uprising against the MAP test


Government Accountability Project
USDA Whistleblowers: Chemical Use in Poultry Plants a Serious Health Hazard
Affidavits Released as Part of Ongoing Two-Year Investigation; Findings Raise Red Flags with USDA Poultry Plan


Campaign for Peace and Democracy (CPD)
Protest Nikos Dendias, Greece’s Chief of Repression and Anti-Immigrant Violence


Bill O’Reilly’s Dangerous Islamophobia

*And this from Biden, at a memorial service, no less

“They can never defeat us. They can never overthrow us. They can never occupy us. So why? Why? Whether it’s al-Qaeda central out of the Fatah or two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis here in Boston, why do they do what they do?”

Ask O’Reilly, Joe.

Of course, they both know the answer

And do all they can to obfuscate it.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Boston Bombing and Immigration Reform: The Risks of Expanding Biometric Cybersurveillance

*Big Brother’s bottomless toy box


Over 200 Killed in Bangladesh Factory Collapse After Workers Forced to Ignore Building’s Dangers

*It makes you sick to your stomach to hear a comment like Yglesias’, doesn’t it?

You wish he could be forced to work under the conditions he calls “appropriate”.

Underneath the vomitous rationalization, the attitude is clear

“Life is cheap over there.

And it should be.”


Survivor of Bangladesh’s Tazreen Factory Fire Urges U.S. Retailers to Stop Blocking Worker Safety

*So what are these US unions that back Dear Misleader doing about this?

Is solidarity simply empty rhetoric?

Is that a rhetorical question?



Low Wage Workers Strike in Chicago for ‘Dignity and Respect’ and a Living Wage
Fast food and retail workers hit the streets of downtown Chicago on Monday in a “fight for 15” an hour
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Whole Foods

Sparse wages


GM Salmon’s Global HQ – 1,500m high in the Panamanian Rainforest
Supersized genetically modified salmon grown fast and fat and after years of wrangling, are ready for market – but is the market ready for them? And why is the firm hidden away in Panama?
by Suzanne Goldenberg
The Guardian


Hundreds of Chicago Students Walk Out of Standardized Test
“We are over-tested, under-resourced and fed up!”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Flunking the fairness test


Report: Wealthy Thrive and Poorest Dive as Surge in US Inequality Continues
Researcher: “The income recovery thus far for a wide swath of US households has not existed”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


In Protest, Climate Activists Board Coal Ship Off Great Barrier Reef
Absent action by political leaders, activists call on public citizens to fight climate change by physically preventing fossil fuel expansion through peaceful civil disobedience
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Chileans Rise Up Against Privatization of Nation’s Water Supply
Mining and logging companies ‘leaving all of Chile without water’, due to privatized water management
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Beyond Obamacare: How a Single-Payer System Can Save US Health Care
by Dave Dvorak, MD


Tackling “Monoculture of the Mind”
Billionaires forgo iron-rich crops in push for GM bananas in India
by Vandana Shiva


The High Price of Our Fertilizer Addiction
Compared to the lifetime of grieving ahead for the people of West, Texas, a few years of reduced crop yields is a small price to pay for converting from “conventional” to organic farming.
by Jill Richardson


Public Citizen
10 Questions for the Corporate Witnesses at Today’s Senate Committee on Finance Hearing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership


Center for Biological Diversity
Sierra Nevada Frog and Toad Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection, With 2 Million Acres of Protected Habitat


Institute for Public Accuracy
Bangladesh Workers Were “Ordered Back to Work” Before Building Collapse


As Obama Shuns Hearing, Yemeni Says U.S. Drone War Terrifying Civilians, Empowering Militants

*Although I commiserate with al-Muslimi over the deaths of those in his village, and across Yemen, it’s difficult to listen to this utter disconnect between the America he loves, and the empire that commits these horrors.

The latter is America to his people and so many others around the world, and that view is not something to regret.

It’s something to acknowledge as reality, and struggle to end the reasons for it.

I wish I could concur in his belief that if only Americans knew the facts, they’d reject these crimes committed in their name

But that ignorance, while propagated by government and media, is in some measure willful.

Dark skinned people of other nations just don’t qualify as fully human to many Americans, and coupled with the fear propaganda fosters, that deeply ingrained prejudice short circuits their impulse to empathize.

That’s the America I’ve come to know over half a century.


The World Is a Battlefield: Jeremy Scahill on “Dirty Wars” and Obama’s Expanding Drone Attacks

*It’s hard not to believe that “blowback” is welcomed by the administration. There’s no political price to be paid for it, no laying of blame for allowing it to happen.

Instead, it permits Dear Misleader to pretend to be the embodiment of the nation, thundering for “justice”, and lays the groundwork for a further tightening of the screws of the edifice of the national security state.

These “terrorist” stings serve the same purpose, perpetuating a backdrop of fear to our lives that dissuades most people from questioning the Orwellian descent into a police state

One that isn’t intended to keep us safe

But to keep those in power safe from us.



After More Than 200 Days on Hunger Strike, Palestinian Gains Freedom
Deal designed to avoid massive unrest if Samir al-Assawi was to die in Israeli custody
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Community Residents Reject ExxonMobil’s Claims of ‘No Oil in Lake’ Following Tar Sands Spill
Mayflower, Arkansas residents say tests prove tar sands has reached Lake Conway as chemist issues warnings of health effects
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*As the poison spreads

The coverage recedes


No Charges for Police Who Punched, Pepper-Sprayed Occupy Protesters
DA office says alarming videos not enough for conviction
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Report: Deadly Human-Made ‘Cocktail’ Threatening World’s Pollinators
Decline of ‘unsung heroes’ will have drastic impacts on world’s ecosystems, food supply
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Terrorism and Other Religions
by Juan Cole

*Holy terrors


The Cluster Bombs of Boston and Drone Strikes of Yemen
by Matthew Behrens


An Explosion the Media Ignores: The Texas Fertilizer Plant Disaster Cannot Be Forgotten
by Mike Elk

*There’s a reason the corpress doesn’t cover work safety or other labor issues

And it has nothing to do with ratings or readership.


The United States Shows Its Contempt for Venezuelan Democracy
Washington’s clumsy efforts to de-legitimise Venezuela’s election mark an escalation of its push for regime change
by Mark Weisbrot


John Kerry Objects to a Presidential Election – Thirteen Years Too Late
by Tom Gallagher


Court Upholds EPA’s Power To Protect Communities From Mountaintop Removal Mining


Senator Bernie Sanders
Senate Panel Examines Ways to Address Primary Care Crisis


Erin Burnett Wants a Different Kind of Terrorism Suspect

*If the definition of an enemy combatant is anyone who commits an act of terror directed against the US

Why weren’t Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier designated as such?

A crime was committed in Oklahoma City. A crime was committed on September 11, 2001.

We have a legal system to deal with crimes. We have a defense structure to deal with warfare.

But what must not be forgotten in all this is that those crimes, those acts of terror, were begotten by the acts of terror perpetrated by that “defense” structure.

Ending terror against this country begins with ending its terror against others.


George W. Bush Is a Swell Guy, Just Ask His Friends


Institute for Public Accuracy
Qatar “Deforming” Arab Uprisings


Jeremy Scahill: The Secret Story Behind Obama’s Assassination of Two Americans in Yemen



Fukushima Clean-Up Will Last More Than Forty Years, says Nuclear Watchdog
TEPCO must urgently ‘improve the reliability of essential systems’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There’s a rat problem

And it has nothing to do with rodents


KXL ‘Public Comment’ Period Ends, But Climate Activists Pledge Renewed KXL Resistance
Activists ready for next phase of fight against controversial tar sands pipeline
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Taylor’s remarks are pretty much the quintessence of the single issue mindset, even if climate change ultimately is the most important issue on the table.

No matter how many people Dear Misleader murders, one way or another, if, as extremely unlikely as it would be, he decides against the pipeline, “he is going to get so much love.”

Of course, even by her myopic standards, that action is only one among many which must be taken to avert the worst outcomes.

Can love endure?

And just what qualifies as undignified civil disobedience?


Chorus of Voices Demands Justice Three Years After BP Gulf Disaster
“The Gulf and its people can’t wait any longer”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


How Capitalism Is Dismembering America
by Paul Buchheit

*”If there’s any way capitalism can work … “

If by “work”, you mean provide a dignified life for every single person on this planet

It’s had centuries to prove its case

And failed not only abysmally

But perversely.


Why is Boston ‘Terrorism’ But Not Aurora, Sandy Hook, Tucson and Columbine?
Can an act of violence be called ‘terrorism’ if the motive is unknown?
by Glenn Greenwald

*”Why did young men who grew up and studied here, as part of our communities and our country, resort to such violence?”

We could ask him the same question.


Released Tim DeChristopher Finds a Movement Transformed by His Courage
A climate justice activist’s cause for celebration
by Melanie Jae Martin

*It’s heartening to hear about PeaceUp’s attempt at mirroring the world they say they want within their group. It’s something that’s all too rare in my experience.

I’m concerned about the potential for cooptation. I think Martin puts too much faith in just how much commitment 350.org and certainly Sierra have to working for the profound transformation necessary to avoid “Game over”, and I don’t want to see the promise of Peaceful Uprising eroded by their practice of realpolitik.

Perhaps that suspicion will turn out to be unwarranted, but I believe my observations of and adventures in activism give me good reason for caution.


Let’s Be on Mother Earth’s Side
by Winona LaDuke


The Persecution of Lynne Stewart
by Chris Hedges


What Rights Should Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Get and Why Does It Matter?
The Obama DOJ says it intends to question the Boston bombing suspect “extensively” without first Mirandizing him
by Glenn Greenwald


U.S. Helps Push Privatization Scheme in El Salvador
A cross-border fight erupts against a public-private partnership law.
by Hilary Goodfriend


Bangladeshi Activists Bring Fight to Wal-Mart’s Doorstep
by Michelle Chen


An Earth Day Message: Take Heart from the Abolition Movement
by Bill Bigelow

*Of course, slavery was to a large degree abolished in name only. Exploitation continued under a revised economic model.

If we’re to avoid the end of the world as we know it, we’ll have to achieve a more profound paradigm shift.

I think the odds are heavily against that, but I agree with Bigelow that that is no reason to give in to despair.

We may not save the planet

But we will have maintained our sense of humanity, which is a goal no one but ourselves can control.


Small Farms Fight Back: Food and Community Self-Governance
by Tory Field and Beverly Bell

*What’s not mentioned here is just how profoundly underregulated factory farming is, which makes the overregulation of small farms that much more of an injustice, although my inexpert feeling is that some level is appropriate to protect consumers.


Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance
Activist Locks Himself to Keystone XL Heavy Machinery Launching a “Red River Showdown” Over KXL South
On the final day of the US State Department’s Keystone XL public comment Texans and Oklahomans send a clear message: This is our environmental impact statement


Al Neuharth’s Front-Page Sexism


Don’t Quote Me by Name, But My Friends the Koch Brothers Respect the Hell Out of Press Freedom


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Neocons Backed Chechens * Bush/Putin Deal


Earth Day: “No Profit” When You Add Environmental Costs


Apartheid Regime Bomb Victim Father Michael Lapsley on Using Forgiveness to Heal From Tragedy

*Lapsley makes the vital point that forgiveness cannot be given to those who will not do what is necessary to receive it.

They must not only be willing, but dearly desire, to atone for the harm they’ve done.


Earth Day Exclusive: Tim DeChristopher Speaks Out After 21 Months in Prison for Disrupting Oil Bid

*DeChristopher strikes me as the kind of activist we need many more of.

He’s humble, admitting that he doesn’t know “the way” – only that we have to begin the journey – and the road he’s traveled so far obviously took a great deal of courage.

And I thought his remarks about “the big greenies” were telling in regards to the deep disconnect between their talk and their walk. I wonder what his view is of McKibben and company, who I don’t see as a viable alternative to the NRDC et al.

This would have been a perfect opportunity to do a second part, and to focus on his critique of those groups, but that would have marked a distinct departure for DN!, wouldn’t it?



Sanctions as a Tool of War:
A Comparative Look at Iraq and Iran


Study: $6 Trillion “Carbon Bubble” Will Burn Investors and Planet Earth
World’s estimated fossil fuel reserves must remain underground if the global community hopes to avoid ‘climate catastrophe’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”We think you’ll do nothing about climate change for decades.”

Seems like a safe bet, given present behavior.

And even if action is taken, it will be too little, too late

Unless there’s a massive movement to end this insanity and force transformative change.

And I’m not talking about photo op arrests in front of the White House.


‘People’s History’ of Gulf Oil Disaster Reveals Deadly Truth Behind Dispersant Corexit
Report released on eve of Deepwater Horizon anniversary tells of BP lies and government collusion in oil ‘clean-up’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Don’t Race On Our Blood’: Protesters Rally Ahead of Grand Prix
Demonstrators repeat call for cancellation of Formula One race on basis of Bahrain’s egregious human rights abuses
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


And dire circumstances


Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence?
Feelings of fear and powerlessness are driving the cycle of violence that surrounds us. To change that, we need to recognize that we need each other to thrive as individuals.
by Frances Moore Lappé

*And those in power have always understood this dynamic, and have made a science of manipulating it to their benefit.

Fear is at the core of the strategy of “divide and conquer”, isn’t it? We are taught to fear “the other”, and to fear the consequences of being labeled “the other”.

Thus the need for belonging is perversely transformed from a motivation for inclusive community, to an incitement to exclusion and hatred.

And with us at each other’s throats

We are oblivious to the chains around our necks


Exonerated While Black: America’s Guilty Secret about Convicting Innocents
Seeing how the US justice system treats the people it mistakenly locks up, you’d have to call it a racial injustice system
by Sadhbh Walshe


Shut It Down Vermont
Shut It Downers on Fourth Day of Vermont Yankee Protest


We Are All Ideological Now (and Always Have Been)
An excerpt from Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialog
by Robert Jensen

*I think this points to the imperative of self criticism, and the willingness to accept honest criticism from others, which is vital to the success of any struggle.


Democrats Can’t Blame Guns for ’94 Losses

*It’s not just the corpress that promotes these fantasies, is it?

Democrats portray them as facts as well, in order to claim that “political realities” prevent them from pushing for policies that poll after poll reveal are backed by the majority of Americans.

The actual “political reality” is that the Democratic Party’s function is to provide a pantomime of populism, to create the illusion that there is some fundamental difference between the two major parties

When time and again its rhetoric is antithetical to its actions.


Bill O’Reilly Gets Angry Because He Proved David Sirota’s Point

*Of course, O’Reilly’s reasoning is identical to those who commit acts of terror.

They make no distinction between governments and civilians. In their view, the nation as a whole is responsible for whatever crimes have been perpetrated against the people they claim to defend by their acts.

The difference is that their claims often are valid, whether or not they are merely rationalizations for another agenda.

O’Reilly’s bloodlustful rants are part and parcel of the imperial project.


Genocide Trial of Former Dictator Ríos Montt Suspended After Intervention by Guatemalan President


Exclusive: Allan Nairn Exposes Role of U.S. and New Guatemalan President in Indigenous Massacres

*As always, a bipartisan bloodletting



Nebraskans Take on Keystone XL in Public Hearing
Nebraskan: “Our remote, conservative, flyover state seems like an odd place to make a stand for clean water and fertile land, but we will be at the heart of those battles.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Pipher nails it, don’t you think?

Only our selflessness will satisfy our self interest.


Sandra Steingraber, Others Get 15 Days in Jail for Civil Disobedience Against Gas Co.
‘My Small, Non-Violent Act vs. Larger, More Violent, Toxic Trespass’ of Inergy Corporation
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Did a Spreadsheet Error Cost You Your Job?
by Dean Baker


Violence on the Home Front
by Erika Eichelberger

*Home is where the heartbreak is


The Senate’s Drone and Trigger-Happy Immigration Bill
by Aura Bogado

*Liberty trades her torch for a Taser


Cutting the Budget, Bleeding Us Dry
by Michelle Chen


Tribe Opposes Proposal to Turn Grays Harbor into an Industrial Crude Oil Zone
Full environmental review of “pipelines-on-wheels” requested


Institute for Public Accuracy
Deadly Texas Explosion: Key Facts

*The devastation of Dear Misleader’s deregulatory dance of death


“Devastation Beyond Description”: Dozens Feared Dead in Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast, 100+ Wounded


No OSHA Inspections at Texas Plant in 5 Years: Are We Doing Enough to Protect Workplace Safety?

*This was an accident waiting to happen

But there was nothing accidental about it.

As long as “Profit uber alles” is the creed of companies such as West Fertilizer, and as long as lip service is paid to workplace safety, rather than paying for the resources needed to ensure it, these tragedies will continue to occur as regular as clockwork

As will the crocodile tears of the politicians responsible for them.


A Rush to Misjudgment: CNN Faulted for Racially Charged, Erroneous Reports on Boston Marathon Case

*Awad’s mistaken.

This is extremely “American”

And it has to do with more than simply filling airtime and media competitiveness.

It’s the conscious aiding and abetting of a climate of fear that allows for the demonization of “the other”, and for the continuing evisceration of our rights and freedoms.

Those in power have always understood the necessity to divide and conquer

And the corpress has always stood ready to facilitate that strategy.



AKNY-Greece Solidarity Network et al.
Greece, April 21, 1967—–NEVER AGAIN!
In Remembrance of the Victims of the Dictatorship
In Protest against State Authoritarianism and Neo-Nazism
In Defense of Democracy and Economic Justice for the Greek People


Stalling on a Burning Planet: World’s Energy as Dirty as it Was 20 Years Ago
“The overall lack of progress should serve as a wake-up call,” says International Energy Agency
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Orwellian Warfare State of Carnage and Doublethink
by Norman Solomon


Corporate Tax Dodgers: 10 Companies and Their Tax Loopholes
by Sarah Anderson and Scott Klinger and Javier Rojo


Deadly Sins in the Brazilian Amazon
The trampling of indigenous rights, military force used against protesters, impunity, megadams and environmental destruction. Is Brazil returning to the bad old days?
by Bianca Jagger

*This is an object lesson in looking beyond the branding of a particular government, to how its actions affect those it supposedly serves.

That lesson should be applied regardless of the relationship a government may have with the US.

To confront its contradictions is not equivalent to being “an imperialist lackey”.


Congress and Obama Quietly Collude to Undo ‘Insider Trading’ Law
“If there was ever any doubt this latest gutting of transparency and oversight of Washington Insiders by President Barack Obama has surely secured his legacy as just another politician that betrayed the public’s trust.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No, there was never any doubt

At least for those of us with synapses in operational order.

And note that this was done by congressional “unanimous consent”.

That includes all those liberal icons with Capitol Hill offices.

I don’t imagine there’ll be anything about this in Bernie Sanders’ next press release, do you?


U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Shell in Nigeria
by Pratap Chatterjee
CorpWatch Blog


Institute for Public Accuracy
Use of “Terrorism”

*The name, and the blame, game


Thatcher Lifted Millions–Says Who?

*Burns may have meant

“[A]nd, for millionAIREs beyond the coal fields, MORE prosperity.”

What do you think?


Al-Qaeda Pressure Cookers?

I think it’s fair to point to the Al-Qaeda (spelling of the day) magazine piece as one possibility, but the overarching impression you get is that there’s much fervent hope that that is indeed the case.

And given the choice between knowing with certainty who’s responsible, and being able to continue to insinuate the above

You have to question which they would choose, don’t you?


Why We Need the New Yorker to Correct Its Error on Venezuelan Inequality

*Given the decline in readership in the magazine industry, it might be a cost saving measure.

It’s less expensive to make up the facts

Than to make sure of them.


Steve Emerson Gets It Wrong–Again

*Is Emerson trying to “get it right”

Or is he attempting to sow fear and hatred in the furtherance of a policy that requires them?


Venezuela Accuses U.S. of Plotting Coup After Deadly Post-Election Protests


After Obama Shuns Probe, Bipartisan Panel Finds “Indisputable” Evidence U.S. Tortured Under Bush

*I think Pitter put her finger on the reason for this panel, that it was an attempt to “preserve U.S. moral credibility in the world”, although she doesn’t view that effort in the same light as I do.

First, of course, the only “moral credibility” the US has has been manufactured by its own propaganda, and I think this is essentially more of the same.

This report allows an admission of “mistakes” without making one officially, and whatever superficial actions follow from it will be designed to remove the taint of torture without anyone ever facing justice for having authorized or engaged in it

Or for failing to prosecute those who have.

It also doesn’t speak to the reasons for having done so in the first place.

The policy is assumed to be valid. Only the methods are questioned.

It is a pantomime of penitence

While the pain continues to be inflicted.



Iranian Official Calls Boston Tragedy a “Source of Sorrow”
Foreign Ministry official: “Acts of extremism and terrorism have to be uprooted across the world and no effort should be made to justify violence”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Yeah, this is transparent taking political advantage of tragedy

But ask yourself if a State Department spokesman would have made similar remarks were the situation reversed.


We are Better Than This
by Erin Niemela

*Do we need to believe that a world without violence is possible to struggle for it

Or can we see it as worth our efforts regardless?

I understand the power of hope

But I’m convinced of the imperative of obligation, of purpose.

Our better angels don’t need a flight plan

They just need to get airborne.


The Boston Bombing Produces Familiar and Revealing Reactions
As usual, the limits of selective empathy, the rush to blame Muslims, and the exploitation of fear all instantly emerge
by Glenn Greenwald


How We Can Break the Cycle of Pain From Mass Violence
by Rinku Sen


San Onofre: NRC Opens Public Comment on Edison’s Dangerous Nuclear Experiment
Friends of the Earth: ‘No significant hazard’ ruling proves regulator ‘in the pocket’ of utility


‘Terror Returns’–but When Did It Go Away?

And while “terrorism” in this country may have declined in the past dozen years

Acts of terror perpetrated by its government have increased exponentially around the world.

The GWOT has a misplaced preposition.


USA Today: Venezuelans Voted for High Unemployment and Food Shortages

We need to talk about those “significant problems”, and not simply allude to them in a perfunctory manner, as is usually the case here and elsewhere.

I don’t think we do the people of Venezuela, or the cause of justice globally, any favors by neglecting to engage in an honest critique of Bolivarismo or any other movement that it is opposed by the US.

Indeed, it’s essential to do so, if those movements are to realize their stated goals.

There is no contradiction between that and exposing corpress propaganda about them for what it is, is there?


Institute for Public Accuracy
Parents Boycott Testing


Kermit Gosnell Trial: Separating Truth From Lies


Boston Marathon a “Horrifying Scene” After Twin Blasts Kill 3 and Leave Scores Maimed, Wounded


Peace Activist Carlos Arredondo Hailed as Hero for Aid to Boston Marathon Bombing Victims


“Like a War Scene”: From the Streets to Hospitals, Citizens Rushed to Help Bombing Victims

*I wish that the impulses that spurred Arredondo and so many others to risk their safety to help others, the profound humanity that evinces, could be present at every moment, that it would be utterly unexceptional, found not only in horrible situations such as this, but in how we interact with each other as a matter of course.

And if we are to give ourselves our best shot at survival, that wish must be made reality.


Sportswriter Dave Zirin: Prayers For the People in Boston, Baghdad and Mogadishu



Does God have a gender?
by Robert Jensen


Corporate Control of Human Genes Before Supreme Court
Corporation’s claim of ownership on human gene threatens “untold cost” to research, medical treatment and patients
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Eco Heroes Win Goldman Environmental Prize
Winners showcase grassroots struggles across the globe to achieve environmental justice
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Tax Havens for the 99 Percent! Art & Activism by Paolo Cirio
by Grit TV


The Truth About Extreme Global Inequality
Global inequality is growing in part because of the neoliberal economic policies imposed on developing countries.
by Jason Hickel


As Marketing to Children Intensifies, What Can Society Do?
by Diane Levin and Christina Asquith


Sweatshops on Wheels
by Chris Hedges


Friends of the Earth
Keystone XL: Friends of the Earth Files for Release of State Department Records on Massive Lobbying Operation by TransCanada and Province of Alberta
FOIA request shines light on Kerry and Obama links to pipeline proponents

*How do you get from having direct connections to lobbyists for “Game Over”

To being “a champion of bold action on climate change”?

You can get there from here, can you?


Cutting Social Security on PBS–From Left to Right

*If being brave is about hurting those you purport to care about

Then I guess those child abusing priests must be frigging heroic.


Institute for Public Accuracy
New Poll: Small Business Owners Reject Corporate Tax Avoidance


Will Chávez Revolution Continue in Venezuela? A Debate After Maduro’s Close Election Victory

*I’d have liked to have seen a discussion that looked honestly at the contradictions of Chavismo, without apologies for them, or harping on them.

I think it’s telling that Carroll never once criticized the opposition, and dismissed US skulduggery in recent years, but that doesn’t mean that he might not have some valid criticisms of the government.

Weisbrot came across as more of a defense lawyer than an objective analyst, but he may have legitimately countered some of Carroll’s claims.

But it’s difficult to know what is valid and legitimate when you have this sort of debate, rather than an honest, impartial assessment of the situation.

That said, I think Weisbrot’s view is closer to the reality than Carroll’s.

One lesson we should take from all this is to be clear eyed about any individual or regime that engenders such levels of acclaim and condemnation as this one

And the motivations behind those reactions.


Tax Day: While Millions Rush to Meet Deadline, Resisters Continue Longstanding Refusal to Fund War

*The tea party hypothetical is an interesting question. It relates to the tension between acting on your conscience, and the “fairness” principle – that laws apply to everyone, one view is essentially as valid as another (e.g., opposing war and opposing government benefits for others), and laws can’t be violated because one finds them morally objectionable.

I don’t think there is a “logical” answer to that. By that I mean one that satisfies that sense of “evenhandedness”. I believe you should try to do what your humanity demands, that that is voice you should heed.

I don’t know that there is a way to reconcile that with the need for rules for all in a society.

And while it’s a subject worth deliberation

In the end, it’s moot as far as what I consider the higher law is concerned.



Thatcher’s Funeral: World Elites, ‘Death Parties’… Rubber Bullets?
Police debate how to handle both ‘pomp and circumstance’ and public protest
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*You’re gonna have to disrespect somebody.

Will it be this latter day Bloody Mary

Or those who suffered from her inhumanity

And continue to suffer from her neoliberal legacy?


Palestinian on 8-Month Hunger Strike Refuses ‘Deportation’
Samer Issawi writes: “I do not accept to be deported out of my homeland. I do not accept your courts and your arbitrary rule.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Leaked Report Reveals Egyptian Army Doctors ‘Operated on Protesters without Anesthetic’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Three Key Lessons from the Obama Administration’s Drone Lies
by Glenn Greenwald

*But what if the administration were only targeting those it claims?

How is the criterion of “an imminent threat” determined?

Is execution the only effective method to protect against that threat?

On those occasions when al-Qaida members are assassinated, are details of those purported threats forthcoming?

We’re talking about extrajudicial execution, and that’s an issue that goes beyond lying about who is being killed

To the legitimacy of the rationales for the killing itself.


States Should Not Curb Health Care for Women
by Cecile Richards


Look out Monsanto: The Global Food Movement Is Rising
The book Harvesting Justice isn’t just a look at the world’s most exciting food justice groups—it’s also a knockout organizing tool.
by Daniel Moss


Banks Got Nowhere to Run To, Baby
by Greg Kaufmann


Food & Water Watch
National Organic Board Decision a Victory for Organics, Preservation of Antibiotics
A joint statement of Consumers Union, Food & Water Watch and The Center for Food Safety


Survivor International
Paris Judge Rejects Attempt to Halt Auction of Hopi Sacred Objects

*Only mammon is sacred in the marketplace


Reagan Didn’t Get Thatchered

*I’d imagine the difference can be explained in large part by the lack of class consciousness in these here United States, which, despite the best efforts of New Labour, still exists within Britain.

In other words, the old union hymn, “Which Side Are You On?” has a good deal more resonance there than it does in its homeland.

And, of course, the corporate media have played no small role in the realization of that reality.


North Korea Has Deliverable Nuclear Warhead! Or Maybe Not!

*This seems to be an attempt at calibrating the fear quotient.

Whether it’s North Korea or Iran, painting your adversary as aggressive and irrational, while appearing to be calm and deliberative about how to respond to them, is the desired narrative.

North Korea, admittedly provoked by US actions, has played to type, making the propagandists’ task that much easier.

The objective is to keep the pot simmering, without reaching a boil.

And the corpress is an able and enthusiastic cook’s assistant.


Institute for Public Accuracy
See Where Each 2012 Tax Dollar Went



National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
Alabama Worker Denied Prosecutorial Discretion! Why is the New Orleans Office Denying Him A Chance to Stay With His US Citizen Wife?


The State of Nuclear Power in US: Bad and Worse
New report says NRC is ill-prepared for massive meltdown, which former NRC chair says is likely
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer

*[T]hey should be replaced with newer technology.”

I don’t think Jaczko is pushing renewables

But we better.


Despite Compromise, Bipartisan Consensus Remains: Assault Weapons OK
Gun safety groups applaud movement on background checks, but NRA’s grip on legislators remains intact
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*So how did we go from outrage to “cautious applause” in the space of four months?

And who’s to blame?

The question is better put

Who isn’t?

Both parties, the corpress, and “gun control advocates” all played their parts in this pro forma pantomime.

I said at the time

“This is about profit.

And that is why, in the end, for all the tears and laments of Dear Misleader, the most we can expect from him and the Democrats is some watered down band aid that doesn’t come close to addressing the problem.

Why would this issue be any different that any other?”

That’s not prescience

Just empiricism.


Fourth Radioactive Water Leak Found at Disaster-Plagued Fukushima Plant
Newest leak follows TEPCO admission that the “underground tanks are not reliable”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”All of the above”?

Look out below


Avoiding Corporate Crime
by Russell Mokhiber


How America’s Fast Food Industry Makes a Quick Buck
The gulf between CEO pay and staff McWages is shockingly wide: a strike serves this system of super-exploitation right
by Sadhbh Walshe


Witness Against Torture
As Guantánamo Hunger Strike Continues, Activists Rally Nationwide for “Day of Action to Close Guantánamo & End Indefinite Detention”
Protests in D.C., NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, and Over 26 Cities Pressure Obama to Close the Prison


Institute for Public Accuracy
Exxon Arkansas Tar Sands Pipeline Gash: 22 Feet Long


Who Gets to Remember Margaret Thatcher?

*The monuments rise

As the country crumbles


Juan González: Immigration Debate “A Battle Over What America Will Look Like in 21st Century”

*As always, business gets

While immigrants get the business


Sharif Kouddous & Lina Attalah on Egypt’s Media, Sectarianism & State Violence from Mubarak to Morsi



UN: Clean Energy Could Save Millions of Lives
Air pollution, one of the “greatest hazards to human health,” is killing millions while causing climate change
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


New Global Warming Education Plan “Buries” Role of Fossil Fuels, Industrialization
New education guidelines introduces climate change for first time but falls short of making important connection
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Acknowledging the obvious

While promulgating the oblivious


At Occupy the DOE, A Push for Democratic, Not Corporate, Education Reform
by Alleen Brown


Food & Water Watch
Obama Administration Caves to Poultry Industry By Proceeding With Privatized Inspection
Statement of Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch

*The chicken shit piles up in more ways than one


Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
Federal Pipeline Safety Vacuum Magnifies Risks
Lack of Surprise Inspections and Independent Review Targeted in Lawsuit


The Way of the Knife: NYT’s Mark Mazzetti on the CIA’s Post-9/11 Move from Spying to Assassinations

*Quintessential DN! segment, with a corpress reporter on to talk about his “exposé”, through his own skewed context, and Goodman and company disinclined to confront the contradictions of it.

Nothing “surprising” (as Goodman invariably asks her guests) about that, is there?



Guantánamo Officials Release Names of Prisoners Tortured by Force Feeding
Attorney: “He said he had never felt anything like it in his life.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Report Uncovers ‘Water-Apartheid’ in the Occupied West Bank
Study of Israel’s discriminatory practices links water grab to settlement expansions in occupied Palestinian territory
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


The 40 Year Recession: The Modern Economy’s Long Downward Spiral
How the “Long Recession” led to the “Great Recession”
by Barbara Garson

*”The vast majority of them thought that they knew when to get out.”

This speaks to the essential ethic of capitalism, doesn’t it?

Everyone for themselves

But I think it’s misleading, in that these bastards knew they would be bailed out, so why not make as much as they can until it all fell apart?

It may have been gambling

But when your homies own the casino …


Why Would Anyone Celebrate the Death of Margaret Thatcher? Ask a Chilean
by Dave Zirin

*I will show as much remorse for Thatcher’s death

As she showed for those of her and her “friends”‘ victims.

Fair is fair.


‘Crop Waste’: The Price of Perfection
by JoAnne Berkenkamp

*The ugly truth about pretty produce


Occupy Toronto
Torontonians Protest with Farmers to Stop Release of GM Alfalfa
38 actions across Canada respond to farmer call for action


Center for Biological Diversity
Court Victory for Opponents of Fracking in California
Judge Rules Federal Agency Failed to Address Fracking Risks in Auctioning Off Monterey County Public Lands


Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance
Oklahoma Grandmother Locks Herself to Keystone XL Heavy Machinery
Halts Construction of Tar Sands Pipeline

*If only oil spills were as simple to remove from the water and soil as they are from the pages and broadcasts of the corpress.


On Thatcher, What’s the Difference Between PBS & Fox News?

*There is a distinct difference between PBS and FOX.

We get a bill for the excrement served us from the former.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Drones in Your Backyard

*A buzz kill for Big Brother


Equal Pay Day

*A woman’s work is never done

Being devalued


Undercover Activist Details Secret Filming of Animal Abuse & Why “Ag-Gag” Laws May Force Him to Stop


Debate: After Activists Covertly Expose Animal Cruelty, Should They Be Targeted With “Ag-Gag” Laws?


Former Animal Rights Prisoner on Ag-Gag Laws, Secretive Prison Units & Detention of Daniel McGowan

*A cage for those who would open them



Climate Change to Bring ‘Superstorm Sandys’ to Europe
Hurricanes and extratropical storms will bring ‘far reaching consequences’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Sowing the wind

Repeating the whirlwind


US Navy Gets ‘Slap on the Wrist’ Fine for Ramming Into Pristine Philippine Reef
Philippine officials announce Monday a $1.5 million fine for US government
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Other Side of the Coin in Spain
by Inés Benítez
Inter Press Service


The Corporate Betrayal of America
by Paul Buchheit

*Feeding at the trough

While we deal with what comes out the other end


Farmers and Consumers V. Monsanto: David Meet Goliath
by Tory Field and Beverly Bell


A Recipe for a Sounder Diet
There are ways to make healthy food affordable that don’t require abusing farmworkers.
by Jill Richardson

*Or we could dispense with the notion of wages and employment altogether, and redefine work as what we do with and for each other as equals, and divorce what we need to live a healthy life from the need to purchase it.

That can be seen as improbable

But I can’t see it as impractical.


The Hijacking of Human Rights
by Chris Hedges

*I don’t see evidence of naiveté or ignorance here.

I do see Machiavellian calculation, callous hypocrisy and inhumanity.

Some contradictions may be the born of the former

But I think you’d have to possess those qualities in some measure yourself to believe that to be the case in this instance.


It’s Time to Start Paying Close Attention to the Mechanisms of the Deregulation Machine
by Ralph Nader

*It is indeed a reactionary fiction that regulation is “anti-business” and “anti-capitalism”.

The reforms that emerged from the New Deal were more than anything meant to save the profit system from its rapacious self, as were the regulations enacted a few decades later.

That these had undeniable benefits, as far as they went, and resulted from hard fought struggles, is beside the point. They were not about transforming, but modulating, capitalism.

That regulation has been unquestionably “modest”, and “necessary” for the system to survive.

That the plutocracy’s addiction to greed may overwhelm that regulatory regime is a testament to the fact that we are the only species willfully incapable of reason.

The question isn’t whether capitalism will end, but how.

With a bang, taking us with it

Or a whimper, as it is replaced by socioeconomic relationships that value our common humanity.


Why the Most Powerful Thing in the World is a Seed
“The Seed Underground” is a love letter to the quiet revolutionaries who are saving our food heritage.
by Abby Quillen


Center for Constitutional Rights
BOP Invents Special Restriction for Environmental Activist Daniel McGowan: No Publishing Articles
McGowan Released from MDC Prison Friday, Returned to Halfway House


ACLU Asks President Obama to Take Executive Action on Equal Pay
More Than 100 Organizations Urge President to Help End Wage Discrimination


Demand Progress, Internet Defense League Launch Week Of Action To Reform Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
CFAA Criminalizes Basic Internet Use and is Used in Abusive Prosecutions


To NYT, Nuclear Facts Become Iranian Claims

*Beyond this issue, the NPT has a profound contradiction, in that it purports to promote the abolishment of one deadly scourge – nuclear weapons

While enthusiastically supporting another – nuclear energy.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima are inextricably linked by those twin pillars of the amorality of scientific “progress”.


Cutting Social Security and Medicare? That’s the ‘Middle’

*About the only line “liberal” Democrats won’t cross these days is a repeal of the 13th Amendment.

But give it time …


Institute for Public Accuracy
“I’m a Nation to Myself:” Iraqi Refugees in the United States


“The Kissinger Cables”: Three Years After “Collateral Murder,” WikiLeaks Explores U.S. Diplomacy

*”The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.”

Not as catchy as “The audacity of hope”

But as apt for Dear Misleader’s motto as it was for Kissinger’s.


Icelandic Lawmaker Birgitta Jónsdóttir on Challenging Gov’t Secrecy from Twitter to Bradley Manning


Birgitta Jónsdóttir on Criminalization of Cyber-Activists, Bradley Manning & Iceland’s Pirate Party (Pt. 2)


Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013): Tariq Ali on Late British PM’s Legacy from Austerity to Apartheid

*Maggie and Ronnie

Sitting in a tree

K – I – L – L – I – N – G



National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
Art and Organizing to Say “Not One More”


Hearts, Minds and Dollars: Condolence Payments in the Drone Strike Age
by Cora Currier

*A bloodless consideration of blood money

Notice not one reference to – or advocate for – the concept of reparations, which encapsules both an admission of a grave wrong on a broad scale, and an honest attempt at just redress for its commission.

Of course, that would require a forthright questioning of the rationale for the GWOT ™.

And that’s not something this piece appears too keen to contemplate, does it?


Fukushima Nuclear Cooling System Goes Down (Again)
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Keeping Yet Another Government Secret

*Corpress complicity

Another sort of “secret service”


North Korea’s Attack Plan: Apocalypse Never Mind

*Well, if you can’t cover a real war

The next best thing is to have “experts” theorize about the strategies and tactics for a nonexistent one.

Should we label it “pointer rattling”?


FAIR Extra!
Keeping the Government’s Secrets
Official/press collusion to keep public uninformed
by Steve Rendall


Joe Biden, Aesthetic Populist
A track record of screwing the little guy
by Andrew Bard Epstein

*A natural back stabber


Lost in Translation
The Quebec student strike in Anglo-American corporate media
by Isabel Macdonald


At National Conference for Media Reform, Activists Hope to Stop Murdoch, Koch-Backed Consolidation

*I think one of the most important issues facing independent media is the lack of self criticism, and the unwillingness to hear it from others, which could be said for most every group claiming to work for a more just world.

I’ve tried to engage both DN! and FAIR in an honest discussion of what I see as their contradictions, not to denigrate, but to push them to walk the walk, only to be met with silence.

I don’t come at this from a position of superiority, as I’m fully aware of my own shortcomings, but I try to be honest about them, and that’s what I think is vital for any struggle to progress.

We must be willing to speak truth to power

And we also must be willing to speak it to each other


Digital Disconnect: Robert McChesney on “How Capitalism Is Turning the Internet Against Democracy”

*The world may be digital

But the threat is the hardest of copy


Colorado Independent: Suspect in Killing of Prisons Chief Tormented by Years of Solitary Confinement


“Shadows of Liberty”: New Film Explores How Corporate Control of Media Erodes Press Freedoms



Exxon’s Unfriendly Skies: Why Does Exxon Control the No-Fly Zone Over Arkansas Tar Sands Spill?
by Steve Horn
DeSmog Blog


Study: Global Warming to Intensify Already Extreme Rainfalls
“We have high confidence that the most extreme rainfalls will become even more intense,” said the study’s lead author
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Tax Haven Leak Promises ‘Seismic Stir’ Among World’s Richest
UK’s Guardian names the financial elite who hide billions in offshore accounts
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Global State of Humanity
by Thomas Ponniah


Where Are the Activists as Austerity Bites? They Have Been Beaten Back
Protesters face violence, arrest and serious charges. Only the brave dare face this savage suppression
by Laurie Penny


To Build a Community Economy, Start With Solidarity
How residents who can’t afford to buy in still get the benefits of co-op work and housing.
by Abby Scher


Making Disaster Pay
From the San Francisco Earthquake to Superstorm Sandy, How Capitalism Stacks the Deck on Disaster
by Steve Fraser


Food & Water Watch
Privatized Water Systems More Costly than Loans 

New Food & Water Watch Analysis Highlights Public Costs Associated With Water System Privatization Deals

*A liquid asset that should never be liquidated


ACLU Report Exposes Debtors’ Prison Practices in Ohio
Investigation into Eleven Ohio Counties Finds Seven Are Illegally Jailing People for Inability to Pay Fines


AP Ditches ‘Illegal’ Label

*How do you drop a term “incrementally”?

You do

Or you don’t

Don’t you?

And let’s award the Don Young Prize for Sensitivity in Media to the Trib for its nonsensical response.


Institute for Public Accuracy
The Koreas: Lurching Towards War

*Deady deja vu all over again


New Era of Nuclear-Armed North Korea Forces U.S. to Reconsider War
Games at Regime’s Door


On 45th Anniversary of His Death, Martin Luther King Jr. on the Power
of Media and the Horror of War

*I’d like to have heard King’s view on the role of the media in
warmongering, but there’s nothing in the excerpt.

As to what is, there’s a deep contradiction in calling the US “our
great nation” while condemning it for its war crimes, which
it has perpetrated throughout its history, at home and abroad.

The damage done to its image through those acts was not to be

As I’m sure King said many times

The truth shall make you free.

That image was, as is, a false one.

Until this country’s deeds align with its claim to morality

Until it earns a reputation for standing for justice

Its opprobrium is richly deserved.

But that said, King’s break with liberal support for empire was his most profound contribution to the cause of humanity, and nothing I’ve said should be construed as a diminution of that.


Testimony, Recordings at Trial Reveal the Racial Biases and Arrest Quotas Behind NYPD’s Stop & Frisk

*The judge asks what should be done.

Those responsible for these crimes

And they are crimes

Must be prosecuted and sentenced according to the severity of their actions.

That would be the most effective deterrent

And the surest path to justice.


40 Years After Secret U.S. War in Laos Ended, Millions of Unexploded Bomblets Keep Killing Laotians

*US and Honeywell culpability are soft pedaled here by Khamvongsa, I imagine because she’s trying to secure vital funds for this mission, and believes that condemning these criminals would harm that effort.

If that’s the case, it’s deeply frustrating to hear her mute her criticism

As I’m sure it is for her to do so.



Help Iranians Access Lifesaving Medicine


Hanford Nuclear Waste Site at Risk of Hydrogen Explosion, Report Warns
Following report of leaks, nuclear safety board finds dangerous hydrogen build up in waste holding tanks
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Chemical Disasters, Agent Orange, and GMOs: Monsanto’s Legacy Traced in Exposé
Food & Water Watch highlights toxic ‘corporatization and industrialization of our food supply’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Efforts to Deliver “Kill Shot” to Paid Sick Leave Tied to ALEC
by Brendan Fischer and Mary Bottari


Water for Profit: Seizing Climate Change as a Chance to Corporatize the Commons
“Not enough people are thinking long term of [water] as an asset that is worthy of ownership,” says one executive
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

*You see remarks like these, and it puts the lie to any notion of those making them being unaware of the consequences of their acts, doesn’t it?

They are fully cognizant of what they’re doing, and the outcome

And they don’t care.

Whatever produced that psychopathy

The only term for its manifestation is “evil”.


US Intelligence Report: Expect Water Wars Soon
Report sees biotechnology, agricultural exports and virtual water trade as the way forward
by Common Dreams staff


Activists on Both Sides of Atlantic Denounce US/EU FTA as Corporate Power Grab
President Obama’s plan for a trade liberalization called
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Rewarding Polluters and Locking Up People Who Want to Save the Planet
The climate campaigners should be given a medal for their outstanding bravery and public service, not prison sentences
by Andrew Simms


Why the AP’s Choice to Drop the I-Word Is a Crucial Victory
by Rinku Sen

*Nothing “illegal” about removing this label


Victory! The Stopping of Owlcatraz
by Dave Zirin

*Prison profit thrown for a loss


Friends of the Earth
Civil Society and Entrepreneurs Call on World Bank to Clean Up Energy Lending


North Korea ‘Rattles Sabres’; Meanwhile, U.S. Pretends to Drop Nuclear Bombs on Them


Keystone Polling and an Oil Spill Time Machine

It appears the timeline’s as reliable as the pipeline.


Misreporting Israel/Gaza Cease-Fire


Silent on Assault Weapons Ban Defeat and NRA-Backed Dems, Has Obama Collapsed on Gun Control?

*No hope

No change

No surprise


NRA’s “School Shield” Call for Armed Guards Seen as Path to Further Criminalize Youth of Color

*The weapons manufacturers sell guns.

The NRA sells fear.

And both want to sell us the first as the solution to the second.



Fukushima Meltdown Driving Increased Abnormalities Among US Infants
In wake of disaster, children on the west coast almost one-third more likely to suffer from thyroid abnormalities
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Austerity Continues: Privatization of Greece’s Rail Underway
Greek government made the announcement on Monday as it fulfills the troika-imposed bailout conditions
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


From Growing Profit to Growing Food: Challenging Corporate Rule
by Tory Field and Beverly Bell


Communism, Welfare State – What’s the Next Big Idea?
Any attempt to challenge the elite needs courage, inspiration and a truly groundbreaking proposal. Here are two to set us off
by George Monbiot

*I think if we’re interested in true justice, we need to question the concept of “employment” – of working for someone else, rather than with others as equals for the benefit of all.

If our goal is a dignified existence for every single person on this planet

(And if not, whom do we exclude?)

Then the ideals of cooperation and community must be our signposts.

We contribute what we can

And receive what we need.

We may not reach that destination

But if that isn’t the road we choose to travel

I can’t see the point in the journey.


Challenges of Arab Uprisings Reflected at World Social Forum
by Medea Benjamin


Chris Hedges Resigns From Human Rights Organization PEN
by William Pfaff


Oil Change International Statement on ‘Ludicrous’ Exxon Tax Break for Arkansas Spill


Institute for Public Accuracy
Launch of Campaign to Revoke Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize


Paid Sick Days: Spreading Across the Country


The Monsanto Protection Act? A Debate on Controversial New Measure Over Genetically Modified Crops

*Jaffe’s views come across as naive at best, but a little cybersearching turned up this bit of intel from years ago that I think still is germane to the issue of just why CSPI takes the position it does:


So, why isn’t this considered relevant to the conversation?


Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America from Monsanto to Wal-Mart

*Force fed a diet of disaster



Study: ‘Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card’ Doesn’t Exist for Climate Peril
Unintended consequences of geoengineering would harm world’s most vulnerable
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Study: Arctic ‘Greening’ Will Bring Global Ecological Consequences, More Warming
“Such widespread redistribution of Arctic vegetation would have impacts that reverberate through the global ecosystem,” said study lead author
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Arkansas’ Pegasus Pipeline Spill Exposes Dramatic Risks of Tar Sands
by Anthony Swift

*Pipe dreams

And recurring nightmares


Atlanta Test Cheating: Tip of the Iceberg?
by Valerie Strauss

*Well, you can’t say the kids aren’t getting a solid education in the way the world works

If nothing else


The Methane Beneath Our Feet
by Bill McKibben


My Coke Rewards, Pepsi Refresh, and the Rise of “Philanthro-Marketing”
by Anna Lappé

*Soda jerks


Modern Capitalism’s Hall of Hypocrisy
by Paul Buchheit

*I guess it makes sense that a top dog

Would act like a son of a bitch


Everyone’s Rich Again–Problem Solved!

*”We’re Feeling Rich Again”

This is the only sort of “inclusiveness” the corpress has any interest in, isn’t it?


David Stockman’s American Economic Horror Story


Did the Public Really Give Up on Gun Control?


Texas DA Killed Two Months After Deputy Shot Dead; Aryan Brotherhood Probed in Killings


Prosecutor Seeks Stay of Execution for Texas Prisoner Duane Buck, Sentenced to Death for Being Black

*If a person is a “future danger”, then you don’t release them. It makes no moral or logical sense to put someone to death for that reason, even if the discriminatory testimony weren’t the rationale for it.

But beyond that, we need to rid ourselves not only of the barbarism of the death penalty, but also the concept of life without parole.

It may be that someone can never re-enter society, but that should be re-evaluated on a frequent basis, if we’re going to do more than pay lip service to the idea of rehabilitation.


Texas Prosecutor Linda Geffin, Victim of Brutal Attack at Home, on the Killing of DA Mike McLelland


ExxonMobil Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Ruptures in Arkansas as Obama Ponders Fate of Keystone XL

*You can bet scared money on the corpress downplaying this story, and especially the tar sands aspect.

Forgive me for stating the bleeding – make that leaking – obvious.



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