October 2013


Report Exposes ‘Unprecedented, Corporate-Backed Attack on Workers’
Examination shows sinister state-level assault on collective bargaining, other labor protections in recent years
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Odd that ALEC receives no mention here, as it is the main maestro of this malevolence.


Will Clinton’s Paid Speaking Events for Goldman Sachs Draw Populist Scorn?
Pocketing big money from paid speaking events is nothing new, but neither is the revolving door between Wall Street and the heights of Washington power
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I’m trying hard to “hard to imagine a Democrat of national stature” that would do more than mouth populist platitudes.

Ummm …

Nothing’s coming.


The Companies Profiting from Police Militarization
by The Real News Network


Slicing the Baby in Two
by Robert C. Koehler

*I’ll listen to what Francis says when he empties the Vatican coffers of their filthy lucre

And asks forgiveness not only from his god, but from the victims of the Argentinian junta he supported with his silence, if not his speech

And the children and families that have suffered at the groping hands of his fellow “shepherds”.

Sound fair?


Millions Against Monsanto: Five Lessons from the Battle Against GMOs
by Ronnie Cummins


Chicago Students Union
CPS Students “Go Zombie” at CPS Headquarters and City Hall to Protest Death of Chicago Education


Violence Policy Center
Concealed Carry Killers Responsible for at Least 26 Mass Shootings in the Past Six Years


Democracy Now!
Pt. 2: Craig Steven Wilder on “Ebony & Ivy,” Race, Slavery and U.S. Universities



Japan Greenlights ‘Perilous’ Cleanup at Fukushima’s Reactor 4
Removal of 1,300 spent fuel rods deemed ‘humankind’s most dangerous moment since Cuban Missile Crisis’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


As Farm Bill Talks Resume, Who Will Fight for the Nation’s Hungry?
Proposals in both the House and Senate would see nutrition assistance to the nation’s neediest cut
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Fucking the poor

Is a bipartisan bawdiness


McDonald’s: Exploiting Charity to Deflect Criticism, Reap Benefits
New report scrutinizes philanthropy by fast food giant
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A Happy Meal of PR treats

Feeding the face of one scary ass clown


‘I Hope You Publish This’: NSA Broke Into Google, Yahoo Data Centers
‘The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot,’ reports the Washington Post
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*When you lie down with the dogs of war …


Eyes of the Nation on Colorado Towns’ Fracking Fight
‘Industry across the nation is looking to see what Colorado voters are going to do.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Alternative Media Outlets Launch Counter-Attack on Greek Austerity
‘We don’t want listeners, we want citizens’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The Times should be intimately acquainted with a corpress “intertwined in a kind of crony capitalism”, wouldn’t you say?


Targeting Wall Street, Robin Hood Tax Comes to Washington
by Karen Higgins

*Contradiction watch:

Sachs is one of the heavyweights pushing GMOs globally, along with Bill and Melinda Gates.

See Walden Bello’s piece posted today on Common Dreams.

As for the tax, it’s often sold as “a small tax” on these transactions, less than what you and I pay in sales tax.

Shouldn’t it be at least that much?

But beyond that, as with most every reform – even “non-reformist” ones – we have to ask if it will lead to greater successes, or stifle them.

Frederick Douglass said that “Power concedes nothing without a demand”

But power, once forced to make that concession, seeks to quarantine it.

All too often, its proponents acquiesce.


GMO Wars: The Global Battlefield
The case against GMOs has strengthened steadily over the last few years, even as the industry has expanded all over the world.
by Walden Bello


The Texas Abortion Law Is a Trial Run for the Right Wing’s Strategy Across America
Common sense prevailed in a court ruling striking down one provision of the Texas law. But three other provisions remain
by Amanda Marcotte


Detroit Will be Democracy’s Decisive Battle
Detroit is the battleground chosen by Wall Street to crush the last vestiges of American democracy by creating “the template for direct corporate rule.”
by Glen Ford

*Orr and Obama

Black hearts

In black face


Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS)
Environmental Group, 42,000+ People Tell Senate: “Stop Mobile Chernobyl – No Fukushima Freeways!”
Petition Opposes Senate Bill to Put Radioactive Trash on Roads and Rails; Calls for Safety-First Policy on Hardened, Secure Storage

*Note that Wyden is one of the supposed “heroes” of the surveillance struggle.

Feinstein, needless to say, is not.


Pakistan Government Releases Inaccurate Figures on Drone Victims


Music as a Weapon? It’s No Joke

*Reducing torture and acutely painful incapacitating weaponry to the level of plot ingredients in a comic book is sweet music to the security state’s ears, don’t you think?


Institute for Public Accuracy
Obamacare “Taking a Failed Market System to a Whole New Level”


Democracy Now!
Renewed Showdown over Texas Anti-Choice Law Highlights State-by-State Battle for Abortion Access


Shackles and Ivy: The Secret History of How Slavery Helped Build America’s Elite Colleges

*I’d be interested to know more about the mission that Stockton was involved with. Given the history of oppression and exploitation “Christianity” is an extricable part of, it would be a supreme irony for a freed slave to be complicit in those sins.

But that’s supposition, and that’s why I’d like to find out more about his particular mission, and whether it may have been an anomaly in the tradition of “conversion” and domination.


Filmmaker Uncovers Her Family’s Shocking Slave-Trading History, Urges Americans to Explore Own Roots

*I’m a white Southerner, and I believe we should feel guilt, not about what our ancestors did, but about our refusal to cop to it, and to the legacy of it, which we perpetuate every day, if we don’t actively work to end racism.

I think Wilder’s whistling in the dark when he expresses optimism about whites’ readiness to deal with these issues.

Of course there are many who are – myself among them – but I believe the vast majority don’t want to go beyond the superficial to confront the dark impulses that led to the slave trade and its aftermath of deep discrimination.

That’s not an expression of exclusive “white guilt”, but a recognition of the all too frequent failures of humanity characteristic of the species as a whole.



Congressional No-Show at ‘Heart-Breaking’ Drone Survivor Hearing
In “historic” briefing, Rehman family gives heartbreaking account of drone killing of 65-year-old grandmother… to five lawmakers
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*There are how many members of the “Progressive” Caucus?

There are how many members of the DC press corps?


How Science Is Telling Us All To Revolt
by Naomi Klein


Brave New Foundation / ACLU
Could Anyone Possibly Think This Phone Company Isn’t Horrible?


Perpetual War: How Does the Global War on Terror Ever End?
by Jeremy Scahill

*For all the useful intel and insight extant

I find it intriguing – if that’s the word – that I can’t find the word “empire” included.



Billionaires: Decline of the West, Rise of the Rest
by Robin Broad and John Cavanagh

*Regarding Gates and Buffett

Andrew Carnegie was a “philanthropist”, too

Although that might not be how striking steel workers would have viewed him.

And I honestly don’t know squat about Buffett – enlightenment would be appreciated – but given Gates’ efforts to “reform” education, I doubt many students, parents and teachers would view him as beneficent, either.

So I think we’re talking about a matter of degree, not kind, when comparisons with the Manson families of Koch and Walton are made.

And I think “fairer” is a more accurate description of long buried tax rates in the US than “fair”, don’t you?


Filmmaker Robert Stone, Other Pro-Nuke Advocates Should Make Expedition to Fukushima
by Harvey Wasserman

*I didn’t know about Hansen’s nuke friendliness

And given his visibility in the “alternative media”, I have to ask why that is.

Regardless, it should be an object lesson in the folly of placing anyone on a pedestal.

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


Oxfam International
Brazilian State Prosecutor to Investigate Land Grab Highlighted by Oxfam


Americans United for Separation of Church and State
For-Profit Florida Firm Has No Religious Freedom Right to Deny Workers Access to Contraceptives



*Call it a POS on the CIA (and by extension, the NSA, the FBI, the DOD and all the other ingredients in the toxic soup of “national security”).

But I guess it did save us taxpayers a bit of green to have CBS pick up the tab for this PR.



O’Reilly Factor the Go-From Place for ‘Facts About Obamacare’

*i ro ny (n) \ˈī-rə-nē also ˈī(-ə)r-nē\

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

Ex: “Millions of Americans want facts, not crazy political fanaticism, and we are here to give them to you.” – Bill O’Reilly, “The O’Reilly Factor”

See also

Deception, lie, propaganda


Democracy Now!
1 Year Later, Superstorm Sandy Strengthens Resolve for Community Solutions in Recovery, Rebuilding

*I frequently criticize this program, and I think for good reason, but this is one of the not infrequent instances when it does do it job, and I want to acknowledge that.


Stranded By Sandy: A Year After Hurricane, 22,000 Households Remain Displaced in New York Region


While Defenders Cry Foul, JPMorgan Chase’s $13 Billion Banking Settlement a “Screaming Bargain”


Pt. 2 of Yves Smith on $13B JPMorgan Settlement: Deal Fails to Ease Pain of Foreclosed Homeowners



Aquinas College: Provide safe housing for foster and homeless students during break periods, especially during the cold winter months
by Jessica McCormick


Big Oil’s Bid to Crush Small Town Stand Against Tar Sands
Industry cash and lobbyists pour into coastal Maine town in effort to defeat residents’ initiative to block dirty oil project
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Conquering KXL is meaningless without cutting off these other tar sands tentacles.


New Neighbors to Millions of Americans: Fracking Wells
New analysis reveals over 15 million homeowners now have a fracking well in their ‘backyard’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Vermont’s Single-Payer Plan: An Alternative to ‘Obamacare’
Coming at crucial point in healthcare debate, many hope Vermont’s single-payer will be model for the nation
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[A] step in the right direction

Or a stop in the wrong one?


Screens, Screens, Screens: The Worrying Childhood Impact of the Digital Revolution
New reports show the growing trend of mobile media as pediatricians warn families to get grip on their kids’ digital diets
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Chicago Communities Fight Back Against Koch Brothers ‘Petcoke’ Pollution
by The Real News Network


Our Invisible Revolution
by Chris Hedges

*Tragically, and condemnably, Hedges is one of the very few persons with any degree of visibility who’s speaking to these realities.

The “reform” prescribed in so much “progressive” commentary is not a prelude to transformation

But a preclusion of it, wittingly or not.

Before we can speak truth to power

We must speak it to others and among ourselves.

And our ability to empathize, our realization of a profound and inclusive humanity

Is, for me, the most vital component necessary both to triumph

And to assure that victory is not phyrric

But embodies the best qualities of our species.


The Climate Change Era Is Already Upon Us
We’re beyond debating the existence of climate change. Impacts we’re seeing now should compel us to reduce emissions further and start planning in earnest. It’s time to quit dithering.
by Jane Lubchenco and Thomas Lovejoy

*There is no Planet B

Once ours ceases to be


Environmental Working Group
EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” List of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals


Court Protects Abortion Access for Most Women in Texas, But Partially Upholds Some Restrictions
Decision Upholds Restrictions on Medication Abortion


Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Spying on Allies Shows “Institutional Obsession” with Surveillance


Glenn Greenwald: Media Venture Will Empower Adversarial Journalism to Hold the Powerful Accountable

*We’ll see where this goes, but I think one area to closely watch is how this new entity will deal with issues that go to the heart of the injustice inherent in capitalism and imperialism, and not just their “excesses”.

That can be said in a slightly different but related sense regarding many other “alternative” media outlets as well, of course.



Beyond Tipping Point: Global Warming Has Raised Arctic Temps to Hottest in 120,000 Years
Citing global warming, new study shows current temps surpass early Holocene period when northern hemisphere was closer to sun
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Swiss Fight to Curb Executive Pay Gaining Momentum
Campaign against corporate ‘fat cats’ will ‘pull out all the stops’ as vote around the corner
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Leaked Memos Reveal GCHQ Efforts to Keep Mass Surveillance Secret
Edward Snowden papers show UK spy agency fears legal challenge if scale of surveillance is made public
by James Ball
The Guardian


7.3 Earthquake Off Japan Coast; Fukushima Workers Evacuated
by Common Dreams staff



And roll the dice


Parents Organize Boycott To End Standardized Testing of 4-year-olds
New York School believed to be first to reject testing in grades K-2, principal and 90% of parents support boycott and hope it helps spark nationwide movement
by The Real News Network


Police Profiling, Harassment, and Violence Against Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People
by Jordan Flaherty
Al Jazeera America


Can Fracking Showdown on Native Land Help Break Canada’s Cycle of Colonialism?
by Leanne Simpson


Secret Trade Agenda Threatens Shift Toward Sustainable Food System
by Karen Hansen-Kuhn


United Students Against Sweatshops
California Students Pledge Support as Workers Prepare for Strike Vote


Brennan Center for Justice
Outside Spending Floods Judicial Elections at Record Levels, Report Finds


CNN Host Sticks Up for the Biggest Bank

*Is that a grimace on Burnett’s face in the accompanying photo

As this absurd lie exits her anus?


FAIR Action Alert
Fight CNN’s Pro-Nuke Propaganda
Network to air one-sided advocacy for nuclear power

*I’d be interested to know how the Time hack defines “bonkers”, wouldn’t you?

Aside from claiming that it’s an alien conspiracy, I’d be hard pressed to think of any reason for opposing nukes that I’d consider truly irrational.


Democracy Now!
As U.S. Faces New Scrutiny on Drones, U.N. Report Finds Hundreds of Civilian Deaths in Pakistan

*”And that type of transparency goes an awful long way to allaying people’s concerns that there is a disproportionate risk of civilian casualties.”

What a idiotic thing to say.

Transparency would serve to further validate our fears – not that they need gummint verification.

And isn’t any level of civilian casualties “disproportionate” in a war that’s immoral and unlawful?

This waste of precious air time with someone seeking “to do justice to the position of all sides in this debate” is another instance of this program falling far short of its potential.


Diagnosing the Online Health Exchange Debacle: “Proprietary” Software Needs a Dose of Open Source

*Johnson’s answer is to a question that won’t be asked, as long as corporate cash and government complicity rule the day.

In the case, though, I think there may be more at work here.

I don’t think we can dismiss the possibility that this was never meant to work efficiently, that these glitches are part and parcel of the attempt to associate this monstrosity with “gummint healthcare”, to doom the chances of universal care here that so many other nations provide their people.



We Need Equality without Asterisks!


Fuel Removal From Fukushima’s Reactor 4 Threatens ‘Apocalyptic’ Scenario
In November, TEPCO set to begin to remove fuel rods whose radiation matches the fallout of 14,000 Hiroshima bombs
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The deafening din of Nero’s fiddle

Is heard in the silence of the mainstream media


Hopes Dim to Protect World’s ‘Last Ocean’ from Human Destruction
Pristine waters and fragile Antarctic ecosystem could remain unprotected against human destruction if “political will” not found
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Urban Shield: ‘The Epitome of State Repression’ Coming to Town Near You
Meeting of SWAT teams and military contractors from around the world faces local opposition in Oakland, CA
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A police state of mind


How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*I really don’t think a “militant feminist” would be swayed by attack ads from anti-choice misogynists

But given the enthusiastically encouraged ignorance of much of the voting public, such efforts do have the effect Nichols describes.

But the real problem is not the lies promulgated, but the reality present.

As occurred with the attempted recall of Scott Walker in Wisconsin (and will occur in the next gubernatorial race), the Democratic challenger was singularly unappealing to most of those in dire straits, designed to appeal to the “swing voters” Democratic strategists have wet dreams over.

Democrats don’t want to “rile up the masses”. They want to keep the game confined to a predictable playing field. So why would anyone outside that desired demographic be inspired by the party’s offerings?

We’re left with damage control, the lesser of two evils.

That just don’t get many folks fired up enough give a fuck about voting.

And that’s just the way the major parties want it.


Running in Place: Where The Middle Class and The Poor Meet
by Jennifer Wheary


Always and Everywhere: The New York Times and the Enduring ‘Threat’ of Isolationism
by Andrew Bacevich

*How appropriate that the Times is headquartered in “The Empire State”, wouldn’t you say?


How the Sunni-Shia Schism is Dividing the World
The unprecedented Saudi refusal to take up its Security Council seat is not just about Syria but a response to the Iranian threat
by Robert Fisk


The Sectarian War at Hand: Redrawing the Middle East Again
by Ramzy Baroud


How the US Government Betrayed the Constitution and invented an Imaginary Fascist One
by Juan Cole

*Even when righteously condemning the crimes of the present, commenters like Cole still seem to cling to a comforting mirage of a more virtuous Americana of the past, one of “ideals and rule of law”

Such as slavery and genocide.

The Bill of Rights was intended only for those “Anglo-Saxons”

And only those blessed with testicular characteristics.


Minimum-Wage Hike Won’t Appease Bangladeshi Workers
by Michelle Chen


Guantanamo Authorities Block Detainee From Watching Film Depicting His Daily Ordeal


Democracy Now!
Exclusive: René González, Lone Cuban 5 Member Freed from U.S. Prison, Speaks Out from Havana


Ex-Cuban Foreign Minister on Threats by Militant Exiles & Why Obama Should “Free the 5”



How Much of JPMorgan’s $13 Billion Fine Will Taxpayers Foot?
Experts speculate settlement will allow bank to write off chunk of penalty as business expense
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Not only a “Get Out of Jail Free” card

(More accurately, “Stay Out of Jail Forever”)

But one that comes with cash rewards


Claim on “Attacks Thwarted” by NSA Spreads Despite Lack of Evidence
Disruption of terrorist attacks has been widely used to justify dragnet surveillance programs, but claims by spy agency and officials not supported by facts
by Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer
Pro Publica


Pepsi, Nestle, Coca Cola Revealed as Big Money Behind GMO Labeling Fight
In Washington state battle, pro-GMO lobbyists forced to expose illegally hidden donors
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I suppose these corps could argue that deviously defending their bloated bottom line is a “natural” and “organic” inclination

But I doubt many others would consider it “healthy”.


Why Snowden’s Passport Matters
by Norman Solomon


$40 Million Allocated for Drone Victims Never Reaches Them
by Medea Benjamin


How About Reviewing the Sunday New York Times?
by Ralph Nader

*Regarding Kristof

To get a fuller picture of his impact, you might search for references to him at the FAIR Blog (http://fair.org/blog).

You’ll find such “provoking” views as support for the devastating human toll sanctions have had on the Iranian people, and his pimping for “school reform”.


Common Cause
Big Deal, Big Money — an Interactive Online Comic That’s Not So Funny


Cultural Survival
Indigenous Women of the World Unite in Lima, Peru
Indigenous women leaders from every continent will join together in Lima, Peru, to demand that States eradicate violence.


Institute for Public Accuracy
New Study on Campaign Cash Behind the National Surveillance State


iPads, Flying Pets and Other Things More Newsworthy Than Deadly Drone Strikes

*Just wondering how many Apple ads aired alongside those newscasts

Aside from the freebies within them.


Democracy Now!
“How Do You Justify Killing a Grandmother?” Amnesty Says U.S. Drone Strikes May Be War Crimes

*The subtext here seems to be acceptance of the legality of the invasion and occupation of Aghanistan.

But is it legal?

If so, why shouldn’t Cuba have the right to attack the US for harboring the terrorists that destroyed one of its airliners in flight?


“Prisoners of Profit”: Despite Widespread Abuse, Private Juvenile Jail Firm Expands Empire


“Cash for Kids”: Firms Behind Juvenile Prison Bribes Reach $2.5 Million Settlement in Civil Suit



Food Activist Slams Obama for Failure in GMO Labeling Fight
Follows new statement by group of scientists denouncing false ‘consensus’ on GMO safety
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Democracy Under Threat as Media Giants Gobble Up Local TV: Study
‘TV consolidation is out of control, and communities are paying the price’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


India Opens Largest Nuclear Plant on Tsunami-Exposed Coast, Defying Mass Protests
Local residents worried Fukushima-style disaster could wreak havoc on people and environment
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Why Washington Just Can’t Stop Making War
The US ‘Blowback Machine’ and the coming era of tiny wars and micro-conflicts
by Tom Engelhardt

*While it’s true that these imperial aggressions haven’t gone precisely to plan, I think it’s foolish to say that major aims haven’t been realized.

Transnational corps have their mitts on Iraqi oil.

The fortress city of the Green Zone still stands in the midst of an ostensibly sovereign nation.

A vital area of central Asia is under US control, however imperfectly.

Africa is undergoing 21st century empire building via special ops, proxies and a drone filled sky.

It ain’t Grenada

But there’s still a return on investment that keeps the death dealing in the portfolio.

And it will remain so

Until we shut down the shock and awe exchange.


Grenada: Remembering ‘A Lovely Little War’
by Bill Bigelow


Educators Wary of Tech Fixes for College Affordability Crisis
by Michelle Chen


When Will the Government Officially Correct the False Claims It Made to the Supreme Court About NSA Surveillance?
by Trevor Timm


Federal Appeals Court Rules That Warrant Is Required for GPS Tracking


Friends of the Earth
Global Protests Target Coal – Warn of Dirty Energy’s Impact on Climate


Institute for Public Accuracy
JPMorgan “Laughing All the Way to the Bank”


Democracy Now!
Deadly 911 Calls: NYPD Kills African Immigrant Student Inside Home After Mother Calls for Ambulance


Deadly 911 Calls Pt. 2: Police Kill Bipolar Puerto Rican Artist After Concerned Wife Calls for Help


Memphis Model: Police Pioneer Use of Crisis Intervention Teams to Deal with Mentally Sick

*Certainly training is vital

But as long as police don’t see themselves as part of the community, but as “controlling” it, more tragedies are certain to happen.



United States House of Representatives: Pass a Fair and Commonsense Immigration Reform Bill
by OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates

*Imagine there’s no countries …


Spain’s ‘Partido X’: From Seeds of Anti-Austerity Movement, New Party Rises
From the public encampments that spurred a global movement, can a political party answer call of the ‘indignados’?
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Dirty, Destructive, Damaging’: Critics Slam UK Approval of First New Nuclear Plant in a Generation
Critics say government embrace of nuclear is danger to people and the environment
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Toxic Overflow of Thousands of Fukushima Tanks Following Heavy Rains
Environment Ministry announces clean-up delayed until 2017
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Shock Doctrine’ Americana: Endless War as the Ultimate Business Model
Disaster Capitalism on the battlefield and in the boardroom
by William Astore


Let’s Get This Class War Started
by Chris Hedges

*We should not cast our gaze around or below us

In search of our true tormentors

But rather we must lift our eyes up

For they are not of a different country or color

But of a different class


Website Woes and the Privatized Rollout of Obamacare
The Obama team outsourced Healthcare.gov to big corporations that rang up large bills without delivering what they promised
by Moira Herbst


Gummint can’t even do the job of making sure corps do their job.

So we should outsource gummint functions to those corps.

Wait …



Public Beats Private: Six Reasons Why
by Paul Buchheit


Organic Consumers Association: Statement on GMA Lawsuit and Food Corporations’ Donations to NO on I-522
Grassroots and Consumer Pressure Expose Food Manufacturers’ Efforts to Defeat GMO Labeling Laws


TV Host Tired of ‘Partisan Games,’ Keeps Playing Them Anyway

*And those guests – as well as Mr. Schieffer and ilk – promote policies that have and will increase that immiseration.

The math of mainstream media only works if two plus two never equals four.


What Next for Afghanistan?
by Aisha Maniar


Institute for Public Accuracy
Complexity “Baked into Obamacare”



Chile: Led by Students, Tens of Thousands March for ‘Free Public Education’
Students and teachers continue their demands that the privatized education system created under Pinochet be dismantled and reformed
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


This Land is Our Land?
by Raj Patel and Bob St. Peter


Canada-EU Deal Threatens Canada’s Water
by Maude Barlow


The Immokalee Way
by Greg Kaufmann

*I respect the work CIW’s done, which is more than I can say for some of the other recipients of this award.

And given that context, the fact that it was chosen gives me pause, as does its lauding by the State Department.

Cooptation is a constant danger for any organization that achieves notable success, and I just hope that its members are cognizant of that threat.


Global Protests Call for Release of Arctic 30 as Masked Men Break into Grounds of Greenpeace Office


NARAL Pro-Choice America and RH Reality Check Call on Nebraska to Investigate Judge Bataillon

*And once the child is born, this deep commitment to its well being tends to slope off sharply

Akin to a boulder dropped off a cliff.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Malala and the Courage of Speaking Against Drone Killing

*Heed your “older sister”‘s words, Malala


Democracy Now!
Vast Corruption in Information Technology Contracts in Spotlight as CityTime Trial Begins in NYC


U.S. Weapons and Arms Parts Continued to Flow to Egypt After June Coup & Deadly Crackdown


Journalists Find 12-Year-Old Girls Making Old Navy Jeans for Gap in Bangladeshi Factory

*See no evil

Hear no evil

Profit off evil



M&M’s Candies: Stop Using Artificial Dyes Linked To Hyperactivity
by Renee Shutters and CSPI


Pro-GMO Food Trade Group Sued for Campaign ‘Dirty Work’
State attorney files suit against GMA for hiding donors in bid to defeat GMO labeling
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


One Man’s Bid to Be Recognized as World’s First Official Climate Refugee
New Zealand case comes as tens of millions across the world are forced to flee their homes because of global warming
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Air Pollution a Leading Cause of Cancer: World Health Organization
“The air we breathe has become polluted with a mixture of cancer-causing substances.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Tea Party Darling Steve King: Hates the Constitution, Loves Dogfighting
by Bruce Friedrich


Can Richmond’s Bold Plan to Fix the Mortgage Mess Help Newark, NJ?
by GRITtv


The Media’s ‘New American Center’ Is Well to the Left of the Media

*”But that’s not what you are.”

I think that’s a telling remark, don’t you?

Just who is “you” supposed to be?

Might it be the people who “count”, or more accurately, who are purported to count, as media elites strive to create the illusion that they aren’t servants to power, but advocates for the everyperson?

In this equation, the “sensible center”, myth that it may be, is transmogrified into “the real America”

And all outside of it – well, at least those to the “left” of it – are to be ignored, or maligned.

And who the deuce comes up with these category labels?

Oy …


Institute for Public Accuracy
Did Wall Street and Tea Party Win? Does Obama Want to Cut Social Security?

*Shock troops for the Shock Doctrine


Democracy Now!
FBI Urged to Reopen Probe into 1985 Assassination of Arab-American Leader Alex Odeh in California


Arab-American Attorney Abdeen Jabara: I Was Spied on by the National Security Agency 40 Years Ago

*Do you find it problematic that Goodman congratulates Conyers on his “almost fifty years of service”?

Is that what a journalist should be doing, setting aside the contradictions of that near half century in Congress?



Congressional Democrats and other oversight entity: Investigate Governor Chris Christie and NJ Republicans for Using State Police to Harrass Journalist and Activists who Had Documentation of Poor Being Left Behind in Hurricane Sandy
by kristopher irizarry-hoeksema

*I don’t have any faith that the Dems will do diddley about this, but perhaps this petition will help shine some light on how both major parties strive to keep their misdeeds hidden from public view.


Clintons’ Pet Project for Privatized ‘Aid’ to Haiti Stealing Workers’ Wages: Report
‘This calls into question the sustainability and effectiveness of relying on the garment industry to lead Haiti’s reconstruction’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The slime keeps Willie slick


Amid ‘Plummeting Morale’ Experts Concerned Fukushima Workers ‘Will Collapse First’
‘Mistakes are often linked to morale,’ warns Japan nuclear regulator
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Doctors Without Borders: Where’s the Urgency Over Humanitarian Aid to Syria?
While world mobilized rapid response to chemical weapons, little political will to help those caught in path of war
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Outsourced Cities, Brought to You by CH2M Hill
by Brendan Fischer and Seep Paliwal
PR Watch


No Safe Havens in Increasingly Acid Oceans
by Stephen Leahy
Inter Press Service


Obama Admin Tries to Block Supreme Court Review of NSA Spying
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Iraq: Counting the Bodies
by Michael Reagan

*Unremembered horrors of a forgotten war


World Food Day: Cook Organic, Not the Planet
by Ronnie Cummins


Separate and Unequal Voting in Arizona and Kansas
by Ari Berman

*Old times there are not forgotten

They’re simply reformulated


Forest Peoples Programme
Photos Reveal Illegal Clearings in ‘Isolated’ Indigenous Peoples’ Reserve in Peru’s Amazon


National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
Harper Government Ignores Torture Opponents’ Call to Ban Dick Cheney from Canada or Prosecute Him

*The same should apply to Obama, as well

Unless you consider force feeding a form of “humanitarian intervention”.


‘Searing Memories of Defaults’–and Selective Memory at the New York Times

*Fudging the facts has always been the default mode for the corpress, hasn’t it?



‘Once in a Decade’ Storm Threatens Japan, Fukushima
Typhoon Wipha on track to bring damaging winds, rains
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


In Big Win for Defense Industry, Obama Rolls Back Limits on Arms Exports
by Cora Currier


‘Experimenting’ on a Death Row Inmate: Florida to Execute Man by Untested Drug
Critics slam this as the latest inhumane development in a state that holds record for putting most innocent people on death row
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Aaron Swartz’s Open-Source Whistleblower Project Lives On
Freedom of the Press Foundation announces they will carry forward the work of the late transparency advocate
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


We Are the Teachers of Kaplan, and We Demand Justice
by Teachers and Students for a Better Kaplan


Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson Reach New Heights of Hypocrisy in “Fix the Debt” Ad
by Mary Bottari


‘We Will Remain on Hunger Strike’
by Moath al-Alwi


South Dakota’s Cattle Cataclysm: Why Isn’t This Horror News?
Ranchers in South Dakota lost tens of thousands of cattle from a freak storm. Thanks to the shutdown, no one is paying attention
by Carrie Mess


Fossil Fuel Euphoria: Hallelujah, Oil and Gas Forever!
by Michael T. Klare


Low Wages Paid by Fast-Food Companies Cost the Nation Nearly $7 Billion Annually
The public cost of low-wage fast-food jobs in Illinois is fourth highest in the nation
Workers, Elected Officials, and Community Leaders React and Call for Immediate Hearings


Center for Biological Diversity
Ban Sought on Drilling, Mining, Logging on Public Lands During Government Shutdown


Is 60 Minutes Informing the Public–or Producing Informants?


Democracy Now!
Another U.S. Whistleblower Behind Bars? Investor Jailed After Exposing Corrupt Azerbaijani Oil Deal



US Court: Transcanada’s Keystone XL Profits More Important than Environment
by Steve Horn


Tens of Thousands Rally in Tokyo to Say: ‘No Nukes!’
“We need to win back a world where our future children can live.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result.

It’s also the definition of blind greed.


Activists Chain Themselves Together to Challenge Crisis of Immigrant Incarceration, Deportations
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Brazil Agribusiness Lobby Set to Appropriate Native Land and Timber
by The Real News Network


The Perfect Epitaph for Establishment Journalism
‘If MI5 warns that this is not in the public interest who am I to disbelieve them?’, says the former editor of The Independent
by Glenn Greenwald


In Photos: The Oil Spill North Dakota Tried to Keep Secret
by Phil Radford


The Folly of Empire
by Chris Hedges

*The certainty of a bang

If we can only utter a whimper


Acting with Impunity: The Case of General Electric
by Lawrence Wittner


The Four Most Exceptionally Bad Presidents
by Paul Buchheit

*The only list I place any president on is for the docket before the judgment of humanity for their acts of barbarism.

The verdicts are preordained.


The True Food Prize Goes to the Haitians
by Salena Tramel


Amazon Watch
Chevron Retaliation Trial Opens Against Victims of Pollution in Ecuador
Protestors rally for justice in Ecuador; Decry Chevron’s abuses
Protest in Foley Square, New York City: 9 am Tues., Oct. 15th


Complaint Filed Over UK Spying on Libyan Torture Victims’ Legal Communications



NY Fed Fired Examiner Who Took on Goldman
by Jake Bernstein


Big Media Mum on Syria Pundits’ Ties to Defense Industry
Report finds prominent corporate media pundits and highly-cited think tanks had largely undisclosed intelligence and arms industry links
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Missouri Gov. Calls Off Execution Using Experimental Drug Following EU Threats
Announcement comes a day after German drug manufacturer confirmed that it halted all shipments of Propofol after 20 vials were sent to Missouri for lethal injections
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


India Must Rename Cyclone Phailin and Call Attention to Global Warming
by Subhankar Banerjee

*Connecting the dots

And the deaths


How Obama Administration-Controlled Media Is Used to Avoid Scrutiny from the Press
by Kevin Gosztola

*Talk about whipping your lapdog


What ‘Defunding Obamacare’ Really Means
by Greg Kaufmann

*This is the way “reform” works.

When the consequences of the avarice of the exploitocracy become glaringly apparent, and business as usual can no longer be maintained, “reform” rides to the rescue, bringing with it undeniable but wholly insufficient benefits meant to stave off a true challenge to the system.

Additionally, the staleness of this half a loaf – the glitches from the get go and the complexity of dealing with multiple plans, copays, and deductibles – is designed to leave a very sour taste indeed in the mouths of millions in regard to “gummint health care”, making the struggle for truly universal coverage that much more daunting.

There is no “solid foundation” here

Other than for the gallows constructed to hang any possibility of the realization of what we so desperately need.


Budapest Water Summit: Fighting the Corporate Agenda in Budapest
by Meera Karunananthan


Food Democracy: Rule of the People or Corporations?
by John Parker


Cornucopia Institute
Federal Shutdown Forces Ceasefire in Organic War
USDA Organics Meeting Canceled in Louisville
Organic Advocates Railing Against Industry/Obama Administration Power Grab

*All too natural


To NPR, TPP Is a Poker Game With a Pot Full of Jobs

*NPR, and the rest of the corpress

(For all intents and purposes, the former is no different from the latter, is it?)

Are charged here with blurring the distinction between getting jobs

And getting jobbed.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Nobel Prize for OPCW: Examining Both Organizations


Democracy Now!
Chemical Weapons Watchdog Wins Nobel Peace Prize as U.S. Opposes Calls for WMD-Free Middle East

*A different take from the IPA piece above, isn’t it?

Zunes doesn’t repeat his criticism in the latter of the current OPCW bureaucracy, and Walker comes across as a unqualified booster of the organization and its being award the prize, as well as uninterested in challenging current US hypocrisy.

Reference his remark that “[t]he US has moved on from” its engineered ouster of Bustani.

And how does he make a remark about addressing nuclear weapons in the Middle East, lumping Israel’s very real arsenal with the unsubstantiated “allegations against Iran, of course, that they may be developing nuclear weapons, as well”, and Goodman makes no attempt to put that in proper context?



“They called me ‘faggot'”
Review Ole Miss policies to ensure that LGBT students, staff, and faculty are fully covered by non-discrimination protections
by Garrison Gibbons, GetEQUAL

*As an alumnus of UM, I’m revolted by this bald faced display of hatred, harkening back to James Meredith’s ordeal

But hardly surprised.

I have no great hope that the administration will be pressured into making the necessary changes, but that is irrelevant to the necessity to confront this baleful prejudice, isn’t it?

Parenthetically, or perhaps not, the term “Ole Miss” has its own blighted history.

It was the term house slaves used to address the wife of the plantation owner.

“Young Miss” would denote her daughter(s).

Few folks know that. I discovered it in the introduction to a school annual from the early ’40s.

Now you know, and I think in the spirit of this petition, ceasing to refer to the university as “Ole Miss” is appropriate.

I don’t consider that “PC” in the least.

Language is a virus

And we would do well to innoculate ourselves from its insidious effects.


Radiation Levels in Seawater Near Fukushima Spike to Two-Year High
TEPCO admits cesium levels measured Wednesday were 13 times higher than day before
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


NSA Spying Critics Adopt-a-Highway to Launch Creative Protest
Members of Restore the 4th movement to use “adopt a highway” program to highlight Utah facility that “has eroded and invaded every part of our 4th Amendment rights”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Austerity Brings Poverty, Despair, ‘Quiet Desperation’ to Europe: Report
‘We wonder if we as a continent really understand what has hit us’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Drowning in Ayn Rand’s wet dream


US Suspends More Military Aid to Egypt, Arousing Skepticism
by Jim Lobe
Inter Press Service

*Empty gestures

From empty souls


Google: Doing Evil with ALEC
by Norman Solomon

*I’ve never understood why some folks invest such trust and affection in a goddamn corporation.

It parallels that lavished on Dear Misleader

And is just as naive and self defeating.


Are Americans Dumb? No, It’s the Inequality, Stupid
The US and UK have pitifully low OECD test scores. They are also the countries with some of the greatest inequality
by Sadhbh Walshe

*Nothing stupid about it.

Heartless. Vicious. Selfish.

But not stupid.

The exploitocracy wants a small percentage of the population with higher end skills.

The rest are destined for dronedom.

You want fries with that austerity?


Libyan Torture Case: European Parliament Attacks UK for ‘Intention’ to Use Secret Courts


Prions in Plants? New Concerns Regarding Chronic Wasting Disease
by Ron Seely, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism


Democracy Now!
3 Months After Morsi Coup & Hundreds of Deaths, U.S. Scales Back Military Aid to Egypt


Report Finds Police Worldwide Criminalize Dissent, Assert New Powers in Crackdown on Protests

*Disturbing comments by Deshman on “the need” for the cops to respond to “violence”, don’t you think?

Violence in certain contexts may be justified, both morally and tactically. Of course, it may not in others.

But regardless, whatever her intent, she makes a distinction between violent and non-violent protesters that only serves the interests of those in power.

And this entire segment ignores the context in which this is all playing out.

Protests are seen as a threat

Because they are.

As things fall apart, repression will increase, as more people become immune to propagandistic pacification.

“Working with the police” will be seen as a fool’s errand

If not by the ACLU, then by those at the business end of the truncheon.


“Edward Snowden Has Done This Country a Service”: ACLU Praises Leaker for Kick-Starting NSA Debate

*Foolish remark, to be kind, by Romero regarding how “more pernicious” a Republican administration would be that this one already is.



Libyan Captive Faces Interrogation Aboard Floating US ‘Black Site’
Move signals Obama administration use of warship prisons to deny legal rights
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Are Utility Companies Out to Destroy Solar’s ‘Rooftop Revolution’?
In California, customers who install solar systems and battery arrays are finding themselves cut off from grid
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The “free marketeers” (the irony doesn’t drip – it gushes) preach the gospel of innovation through competition

Yet when threatened by that innovation, those they laud do all within their considerable power to coopt it (read control and profit from it), and destroy that which they can’t assimilate.

The “magic hand of the marketplace”

Comes sheathed in a iron glove.


Janet Yellen as Fed Chair No Victory for Progressive Economics
Though a far better choice than Larry Summers, will Yellen alter status quo as Federal Reserve head?
by Jon Queally, staff writer

*”Progressives” have an amazing capacity for dressing up the lesser evil as a greater good


In ‘Critical Step Towards Justice’ Cholera Victims Sue UN
The UN “violated its legal obligations through reckless actions that brought cholera to Haiti,” says human rights group
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Fukushima Workers Doused With Radioactive Water
Second mishap in a week marks ongoing nuclear disaster
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘When Frackers Come Calling’: Homeowners Increasingly Duped in Land Deals
Report: Thousands of home-buyers not informed that oil and gas companies can frack their land at any point
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Underground and underhanded


US Failing International Treaty as Chemical Weapons Stockpile Plagues Panama
As US maintains chemical weapons ultimatum over Syria, others point to US stockpiles
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Without a Net
by Robert Jensen

*In any historical era, those in power reinvent reality in response to the threat posed by the example of persons such as Jesus.

That distortion can take the form of demonization

Or a docile deification.

As to free will

Obviously, it’s a complex subject, but to address one element of it

For me, an essential conundrum involves how we assign moral responsibility for the harmful actions of those not considered mentally ill.

(And what the fuck does “mentally ill” mean, anyway?)

None of us are born “evil”. Hitler, Pinochet, US presidents …

They were all infants without “sin”, weren’t they?

So how do we acknowledge whatever factors that were beyond their control that played a role in inducing them to commit their acts of infamy

And yet still hold them culpable for the horrors they wreaked upon so many others?

How does free will enter into that equation?


More Than Jihadism or Iran, China’s Role in Africa is Obama’s Obsession
Where America brings drones, the Chinese build roads. Al-Shabaab and co march in lockstep with this new imperialism
by John Pilger


More Food Doesn’t Guarantee Less Hunger
Increasing the world’s food supply won’t end hunger unless we address inequality and injustice.
by Jill Richardson


Through Fukushima Lense, a Look at Looming US Nuclear Crisis
by Karl Grossman


Friends of the Earth
DOE Reveals Delays in Plutonium Disposition Program


Institute for Public Accuracy
“The Data Hackers: Mining Your Information for Big Brother”

*Our information

Is their power



Profiting from the Poor: Outsourcing Social Services Puts Most Vulnerable at Risk
by Nick Surgey and Katie Lorenze

*These bastards are never denied benefits, at our expense.

And there’s nothing “mistaken” about the push for privatization, is there?


Report: Ultimately, Divestment Will Make Fossil Fuel Giants Suffer
Fossil fuel divestment stigmatizes dirty energy giants and likely to cost fossil fuel companies billions in the long run
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


World Bank Admits: ‘Economic Growth’ in Africa = Resource Extraction, Inequality, Poverty
New report shows so-called growth is ‘bleeding Africa dry’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Cancer is also a growth


Is Japan’s Abe Honest About Global Help for Fukushima?
by Harvey Wasserman


Somalia Raid Gone Wrong–Anonymous Officials Explain Why

*I wonder what criteria are employed to determine what constitutes “too many” civilian deaths?


Institute for Public Accuracy
Will the Nobel Peace Prize Actually be Given to a “Champion of Peace”?




Democracy Now!
From Caspian Sea to Arctic to Middle East, How Oil Pipelines Threaten Democracy & Planet’s Survival

*Very informative piece, and the sort of segment DN! should do far more of, to my mind.

But I’m not sure why Mitchell says that the Afghanistan invasion wasn’t directly linked with securing pipeline access.

Of course it was, along with the geostrategic aims of the US and the West.

Perhaps he meant that it wasn’t solely about the pipelines. In any event, it’s one of the few times that connection has been mentioned in “the alternative establishment media”, and even in this instance, it was done so in passing.

And I really wish Goodman would stop asking guests what “surprised” them most.

Jesus …



FDA Policy: Big Pharma Firms Pay to Play
‘Instead of protecting the public health, the FDA has been allowing the drug companies to pay for a seat at a small table where all the rules were written.’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Fined for Trying to Find Out Who’s Funding Anti-GMO Labeling Campaign?
In Washington’s battle over I-522, group loses legal challenge for disclosure while millions continue to pour in
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Shutdown Shame: Deportations Proceed ‘On Pace’ as Vital Services Halt
For those under detention who face deportation, government functions as normal
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Spying for Economic Gain: Canada’s CSEC Targeted Brazilian Energy Firms
New documents revealed by Edward Snowden show how CSEC spied on mining and energy companies in South American country
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


How Redistribution to the Rich Has Broken the Back of America
by Paul Buchheit


One Billion Rising: ‘Imagine a World of Justice’
by Zillah Eisenstein


The Radical Christian Right and the War on Government
by Chris Hedges

*An eviscerated Golden Rule

An exalted Rule of Gold


Idle No More Global Day of Action, #Oct7Proclaim 55 Actions in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, and across the Planet


FAIR Extra!
Dreaming Away the Reality of Racism
Media misuse of Martin Luther King
by Janine Jackson

*Segregating reportage from reality


New York Times to New Yorkers: You’re Supporting the Wrong Mayoral Candidate!

*Breaking down those numbers on police tactics and personnel by race might be rather telling, don’t you think?


What Did 60 Minutes Get Wrong About Disability?

*It would appear the system is indeed broken

If “people with life-threatening illnesses can wait months if not years to receive benefits”, and “[m]any individuals are denied despite significant disabilities and chronic illnesses.”

And I don’t think CBS’ “excuse” for this hatchet job is terribly difficult to figure out.

One look at the well groomed, well dressed and undoubtedly well fed Steve Kroft spinning tales of “entitlement cheats” in front of that image of their grasping hands tells you all you need to know about whose side the corpress is on, wouldn’t you say?

And given my income bracket

I’m goddamn certain it ain’t mine.


Democracy Now!
Computer Glitches Plague Obamacare Launch as New York Accidentally Says Site Won’t Be Up Until 3013


Is Obamacare Enough? Without Single-Payer, Patchwork U.S. Healthcare Leaves Millions Uninsured


Lavabit: How One Company Refused to Give FBI “Unrestricted” Access to Emails of 400,000 Customers

*I wish Goodman had pressed the question of cooperating with the gummint had they wanted access only to Snowden’s account, because it raises a moral question regarding aiding his persecutors.

Levison may have been opposed to that, but the legality of it might have been the determining factor for him, as opposed to handing over the whole haystack.

I don’t know, and I think it’s an important point to pursue.



Shut It All Down: Report Calls for Nationwide Ban on Fracking
Hydraulic fracturing gas drilling turning America’s water into cancer-causing, radioactive waste
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Radiation Soars 6,700 Times Legal Limit as Fukushima Disasters Continue Unabated
‘Clean-up’ a litany of failures: near daily leaks, escalating danger, TEPCO and government cover-ups
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Gap, Old Navy, and the Living Hell of a Bangladeshi Sweatshop
Report exposes firing and overwork of pregnant workers, routine beatings and deep poverty wages in sweatshop backed by US mega-retailers
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Oil Drilling in Planet’s Most Biodiverse Area Gets Green Light
“Countless future generations will not understand why we carelessly destroyed the most biologically diverse areas of our planet, nor why we destroyed the indigenous cultures of people who lived in them.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Spending, Debt and the Shutdown: The Bi-Partisan “Disappearance” of Race and Class
by Ajamu Baraka


The NSA is Making Us All Less Safe
by Cindy Cohn and Trevor Timm


Federal Grand Jury Indicts 13 Members of Anonymous for Allegedly Engaging in ‘Worldwide Conspiracy’
by Kevin Gosztola


Greenpeace International Applauds Dutch Arbitration Over Arctic 30


The 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize: People, Not Corporations, Feeding the World
October 15 Ceremony Will Honor Grassroots Movements


When Can You Trust the NSA’s Claims About the NSA?

*All the news that’s printed to fit

And precious little that isn’t.

I’d like to say that those are astonishing remarks by Stoddard

But since bastards like him don’t give a rat’s ass about international law, or the deaths that accrue from its flouting

I may be revolted by them

But hardly shocked.


Democracy Now!
“A Corporate Trojan Horse”: Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws

*The bottom line is that the exploitocracy is trying to squeeze every last drop of profit out of capitalism before it collapses. They realize the implosion’s coming if the status quo is maintained, and rather than making any concessions that would stave off that fate, they rush like lemmings off the cliff, grabbing all they can carry with them over the edge.

I’m not saying that I want to see them maintain their control over our lives by acting in their own best interests. I’m simply saying that their addiction to greed and power prevents them from doing so.

And they’ll take us all down with them.

And why can’t Grayson tell us what he knows? Defy the gummint to prosecute him, just as bastards like Wyden and Udall should regarding what they know about the NSA.

They are public servants, aren’t they?

That’s how they can serve the public

Grow a pair.


As Congress Stalls on Immigration Deal, Obama Poised to Deport Two Millionth Immigrant


“Undocumented and Unafraid”: 30 Immigrants Detained Crossing Into U.S. at Border Protest


Max Blumenthal on “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel”

*It’s no great mystery why the NYT and other corpress outlets don’t reveal the virulent prejudice that defines Israelis society, is it?

This parallels South Africa before the supposed end of apartheid.

But there are sinister and profoundly ironic echoes of another time and place

One that Zionists employ in pursuit of their own “final solution”.


Part 2: Max Blumenthal on “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel”



Human Assault Pushes Ocean to Limit Unseen in 300 Million Years
‘We are entering an unknown territory of marine ecosystem change,’ warns report. ‘The next mass extinction may have already begun.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Amid Shutdown, Divided Government Agrees on One Thing: War
Bipartisan agreement exempts military operations; Critics outraged that failed wars not up for debate
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Budget cuts are never uniform

And never wear one


Nobel Laureates to EU: Classify Tar Sands Oil As ‘Dirty Fuel’ It Is
‘Extraction of unconventional fuels is having a particularly devastating impact on climate change,’ say noted scientists and peace advocates
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


What Do They Really Want, Part XXIV
by Digby

*You can’t get blood from a turnip

But it’s a cinch to get ours from a turncoat Dem


Set Marissa Alexander Free!
by Zillah Eisenstein


This Week, Let’s Help Burlington Kill the $1.5 Trillion F-35 Taxpayer Ripoff
by Robert Naiman

*The copious contradictions of Bernie’s bipartisan boondoggle


Federal Court Orders EPA to Move Forward on Coal Ash Regulations
Judge to offer more details in the next 30 days but takes first step towards federal enforceable safeguards


Institute for Public Accuracy
Climate: After the UN Report — an Action Plan


Democracy Now!
“Dramatic, Painful” Government Shutdown Disproportionately Impacts Working Poor, People of Color


“Imperialism & Fundamentalism Have Joined Hands”: Malalai Joya on 12 Years of U.S.-Led Afghan War



GOP: Crazy Like Foxes
by Digby

*”Who’s being played here?”

Anyone who believes that this political pantomime is about opposing visions.

The Obama presidency has been essential to reactionary successes as delineated here.

They would not have been achieved under a Republican administration.

Whatever internecine rivalry exists between the major parties, both have essentially the same goals

To undo the meager gains of the New Deal and the postwar Keynesian consensus that led to an enlarged, but far from inclusive, middle class.

Austerity is bipartisan.

Good cop

Bad cop

In the end, we’re all gonna get tasered.


Obama Quietly Okays Military Aid to Countries That Use Child Soldiers
Overrides law banning such aid; critics charge ‘Obama becoming an expert at waiving human rights laws’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Clearing kiddie cannon fodder

A Nobel endeavor, no?


Radioactive Water Streaming Out of Pennsylvania Fracking Waste Site
Report reveals ‘surprising magnitude of radioactivity’ in local water sources from fracking waste
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


With 2.3 Million People Incarcerated in the US, Prisons Are Big Business
by Liliana Segura


From Junk Bonds to Junk Schools: Cyber Schools Fleece Taxpayers for Phantom Students and Failing Grades
by Mary Bottari

*Everyone’s getting schooled

Except the kids


When the Levees Break: Disasters Converging on a Finite Planet
by Richard Heinberg


Idle No More National Day of Action – Unity in Action: Our Right To Say No


Institute for Public Accuracy
“The Real Netanyahu”

*Re Sarkozy’s and Dear Misleader’s kvetching about Bibi’s fibbing

They’re all the same inky hue of kitchen container, don’t you think?


The Government Shutdown — Hardly an Anarchist Dream


Democracy Now!
After 4 Decades in Solitary, Dying Angola 3 Prisoner Herman Wallace Freed, Conviction Overturned


Canadian Filmmaker and Doctor Imprisoned in Egypt Without Charges, Abused After Witnessing Massacre

*I think it’s problematic that Klein calls on the Canadian government to threaten to pull support for these exploitative corps salivating to lay waste to Egyptian land as they extract its wealth, as a bargaining chip.

Shouldn’t she be opposing this as a matter of principle?

If Harper did as she demands, and the Egyptian regime released these men, would she say that these destructive plans should then go forward?



As US Government Shuts Down the Poorest Set to Lose Most
US Congress fails to pass budget legislation before midnight deadline, shuttering large portions of the government
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Fukushima Failure: Radioactive Water Bursts from Tank
Heavy rains further strain efforts to contain toxic water; no strategy to safely store or dispose of ever-increasing quantities
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


The War on Drugs Has Failed: Report
Drugs should be considered public health rather than criminal justice issue, researchers suggest
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Government Leakers Who Truly Endanger America Will Never Face Prosecution
by Robert Scheer


The Forgotten War: 12 Years in Afghanistan Down the Memory Hole
by Ann Jones

*The price of empire

Is paid in blood, debt and fears


The IRS Scandal that Wasn’t
by Michael Winship

*”Wisely, Mac Walters locked the list in his safe and kept it there.”

He could’ve followed Ellsberg’s example, and blown the whistle.

But that would have required a conscience

And the cojones to do as it dictated.


The Demand for a Global Take-Over at Fukushima has Hit Critical Mass
by Harvey Wasserman


Penn Student Labor Action Project
Alliance of Penn Workers, Students Win Union Recognition for Penn Dining Workers


Oxfam International
New FAO Hunger Figures: Oxfam Warns of Alarmingly Slow Progress in Fight Against Hunger


CBS Wonders What Happened to Global Warming

*This ain’t just fiddling while Terra burns

It’s full scale symphonia


Anonymous Israeli Official Tells Post: You Can’t Trust Persians

*Gee …

Anti-Semites have said the same thing about Jews for centuries.

I wonder if the Post would grant anonymity to someone making that claim.

Ummm …


Democracy Now!
Tea Party Forces Government Shutdown with Obamacare Revolt; How Will It Impact Ordinary Americans?


“The Lawbreaking is Ongoing”: Louisiana Levee Board Sues BP, Exxon, Shell, Chevron for Coast Damage


Holding BP Accountable: Environmental Justice Struggle Continues in Gulf Region After 2010 Spill


Breaking: Federal Judge Orders Immediate Release of Herman Wallace, Held in Solitary For 40+ Years



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