January 2014


The Real News Network
Mexico’s Vigilante Groups Are a Force to Reckon with for Drug Cartels and Army
The Mexican Federal Government negotiated a deal with the “Autodefensas”, or community militias, as they fight to loosen the drug cartel’s monopoly on power and violence in the Mexican state of Michoacan


Why is China’s Economy Slowing Down?
Minqi Li: State funded expansion of infrastructure projects is creating over capacity as wages and domestic consumer demand remains low

*No, I don’t understand a lot of it

But I sure as hell won’t if I ignore it.


Is Syrian “Peace” Conference Laying the Foundation for War? Those opposed to war in Syria better get ready to prevent war again.
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers


With Review in Hand, Obama Must Now Reject Dirty Pipeline: Groups
McKibben: “The State Department has given Obama all the room he needs to do what he promised in both campaigns: to take serious steps against global warming.”
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Without a broader vision, rejection would be a hollow victory.

Rail, other pipelines …

These bastards always have a Plan B, C and D

And we’d better fuckin’ A realize it.


O (No) Canada!: Free Airport Wi-Fi Hacked for Mass Surveillance
Program allowed surveillance agency to bulk collect metadata from all passengers passing through terminals
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Nearly Half of Americans Living Paycheck to Paycheck
Report finds 44 percent of people in U.S. have less than three months’ worth of savings, leaving them one emergency away from disaster
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Clipping the fingernails

Of those hanging on by them


If Friedman Got “The Kerry Plan” Right—No Deal, says Senior Palestinian Official
Given the history and position of the US role, it will surprise few if the current talks between Israel and the PA fail. The question remains, what comes next?
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If it’s the case that “for many Palestinians, Israelis and those who advocate on their behalf for a lasting and sustainable peace, the only just solution has long been that of a single, democratic state”

And I also believe it is

Why does that view have so little currency in much of the “progressive” media?


Approval Given to Make Great Barrier Reef Dump Site for Coal Terminal Project
‘We wouldn’t throw rubbish on world heritage sites like the Grand Canyon or the Vatican City, so why would we dump on the reef?’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


If We Don’t Put People Before Profits, Spills Like West Virginia Are Our Future
Stronger regulation of the coal and chemical industries are the only way to ensure clean water and healthy communities
by Jeff Biggers

*Hauling Mr. Peabody’s coal train away


Ten Principles to Guide the Young Activist
by Ramzy Baroud

*Do what your conscience demands

And your courage allows

And never be satisfied with the limits of either


An Austerity Storm Hammers Georgia
by John Nichols

*A snow job on their failure to do theirs


Student Assembly Against Austerity
Students to Hold National Week of Action to Stop the Privatisation of Student Debt


Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands (MI CATS)
3 Activists Facing 2-3 Years Awaiting Verdict Now


Democracy Now!
“We Will Not Break the Law to Enforce the Law”: NYC to Reform Stop & Frisk, End Racial Profiling


VIDEO: Pete Seeger Recalls the 1949 Peekskill Riot Where He And Paul Robeson Were Attacked

*Yes, this was America

Where a man from Washington made clear the gummint wouldn’t do shit about assaults and potential murders by racists.

And although the forms may have changed

The functions remain.



Pass TEACH Act: Equal Access to Educational Materials for Students with Disabilities
by Jamie Principado


The Real News Network
Why is the Fed Pushing Interest Rates Higher?
Gerald Epstein: The big banks will benefit from higher interest rates in emerging markets but this does not benefit the US economy


Congress Cuts Food Stamps by $8 Billion, Expands Corporate Farm Welfare by $7 Billion
Jason Rano: The vast majority of farm subsidies and crop insurance go to the largest corporate farms


Africa: Incredible Wealth, Exploitation, Corruption and Poverty for its People.
by David William Pear


‘Insane, Disgusting’ and ‘Epic Treachery’: NSA Spied on Climate Talks
‘Obama admin. clearly never wanted Copenhagen talks to work,’ says Bill McKibben following latest NSA revelations concerning climate talks
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This is Dear Misleader’s “climate legacy”

And maybe this will finally awaken McKibben and company to that fact.

Maybe …


Report: Detained Palestinian Children Face Staggering Rate of Violence
Growing up Palestinian in the Israel-occupied West Bank means enduring brutality, night arrests, and solitary confinement
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Drinking Water for 17 California Communities About to Run Dry?
Warning issued as drought continues to grip the state
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Connecting the Dots for a Better World
by Rethinking Schools Editorial

*We’re all in this together

Or none of us are getting out


No Pipe Dream: Why We’re All Living on the Frontlines of Fracking
Is Fracking About to Arrive on Your Doorstep?
by Ellen Cantarow

*The only way to prevent fracturing

Is to stick together


New York’s Outrageous Attempt to Ban Academic BDS
by Michelle Goldberg


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Thousands to Die from State Medicaid Opt-Out * Food Stamps Cut as Corporations Profit


NYT Most Interested in Kids US Killed if US Might Not Have Killed Them

*The lives mean nothing

Only the “lies”


Democracy Now!
From Al Jazeera on Trial to Bloggers Behind Bars, Army-Run Egypt Sees Growing “Silencing of Dissent”


Sharif Abdel Kouddous: 3 Years After Revolution, Egypt Faces Deadly Polarization & Growing Militancy


Debate: Is Ukraine’s Opposition a Democratic Movement or a Force of Right-Wing Extremism?

*Not that I know my ass from my elbow regarding Ukraine, but my sense is that Cohen’s contentions are closer to the reality in that country, although that doesn’t mean I accept them in their totality without having a better grasp of the situation.

The corpress’ coverage mitigates mightily against that, of course, but there hasn’t been much in the way of substantive analysis in the more visible alternative media, has there?



Showering in Formaldehyde? Fresh Fears in West Virginia
Scientist says there’s ‘a lot more we don’t know’ about the safety of West Virginia water
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Geneva Talks Falter as Secret US Flow of Arms to Syrian Opposition Revealed
Weapons were approved by Congress in closed-door meetings
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Gun bloat diplomacy


A Petrodollar and a Dream
by Adam Hanieh

*Salient intel on the confluence of Western and Gulf state interests in the Middle East, and the imperative for solidarity with those in its crosshairs


Justin Bieber is Lucky That He’s Rich. Poor Immigrants Don’t Get Off So Lightly
Bieber will likely be fine, but most other legal immigrants convicted of a felony are detained and deported
by Sadhbh Walshe


Pete Seeger: ‘It’s Hard for Me to Talk About the Media Without Getting Angry’

*Seeger seemed to understand that the corpress wasn’t “duped” or “deluded” by those in power

But sought to do those very things to the public, in service to power.

It’s a lesson many more need to learn.

And while I can criticize him for the foolishness of performing at Dear Misleader’s inauguration

I have no hesitancy in saying that he was a good man, and a great artist.

Pete Seeger



Institute for Public Accuracy
“Obama’s Underwhelming Plan to Tackle Inequality”


SOTU: * Equal Pay: Why No Executive Order? * Fracking and Pete Seeger * Education: Obama Denounces “Bubble on a Test” While Backing Those Policies

*Sweet nothings

And bitter somethings


Democracy Now!
In SOTU, Obama Tells Divided Congress to Expect Executive Action in Face of Continued Obstruction


“A Silent Coup”: Jeremy Scahill & Bob Herbert on Corporate, Military Interests Shaping Obama’s SOTU

*Scahill’s comments are righteous, but I’m always disturbed by the use of the term “failed” when describing these wars of empire.

What if they had “succeeded”?

What would that mean?

The sin isn’t in the execution, but in the decision.

“Splendid little wars” are as morally despicable as languishing “failures”.

The blood shed runs just as red.


“Dirty Wars” Filmmaker Jeremy Scahill on the “Drone President” & Obama’s Whitewashing of NSA Spying



Coal Mine Blockaded: ‘The Forest Has Brought Everyone Together’
Ongoing resistance to coal mining project in New South Wales ‘wont stop until this forest gets a reprieve’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


FDA Concealed the ‘High Risk’ Livestock Antibiotics Pose to People
Documents obtained by NRDC show FDA documented danger but allowed antibiotics anyway
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


AP Distorts Poll to Support Obama’s Inequality Dodge

*”[H]is rhetoric” isn’t “exploiting the gap between haves and have-nots”

But his actions are expanding that gulf.


Institute for Public Accuracy
State of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars



UK to Shred Over 80,000 Pages of Environmental Protections
‘The Government must stop making the environment a scapegoat for the economic challenges we face,’ critics warn
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Call it “the British Evasion”


US Slams Afghan Decision to Not Indefinitely Hold Bagram Prisoners as ‘Step Backward in Rule of Law’
“Foreign forces do not have the right to condemn the decision of the judicial authorities of an independent and sovereign country.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”This extra-judicial release of detainees is a major step backward in further developing the rule of law in Afghanistan.”


In an old bottle


The Two Faces of Empire
Melville Knew Them, We Still Live With Them
By Greg Grandin

*Fine piece, but I have to take issue with Grandin’s use of the term “oblivious” at the end.

How can you order the butchering of fellow human beings, and perhaps participate in it, as Delano did, and not be confronted by the consequences of your inhumanity?

So I wouldn’t deem it obliviousness, but rather an ability to justify even the most heinous of acts in the name of a perverse set of principles that place one’s own wealth and power, and the paradigm that enables them, above all else, varnishing a malodorous veneer of “morality” over the darkest impulses of our species.

The road to hell is not paved with good intentions

But with their debasement.


Cut Off the NSA’s Juice
by Norman Solomon


Today’s Peasant Movement – Sophisticated, Threatened, and Our Best Hope for Survival
by Carol Schachet


Why the FCC Can’t Actually Save Net Neutrality
by April Glaser


NARAL Pro-Choice America
Under Pressure, the Rape Audit Bill Gets A Makeover: New Bill Expected for Floor Vote This Week

*Ramming their pens up our pussies


Food & Water Watch
On the Heels of Alarming New Information, Americans Against Fracking and Over 200 Groups Call on President Obama to Re-Open Investigations into Connection Between Fracking and Water Contamination in Parker County, Texas

*When will the talk of this bastard’s “legacy” end

And talk of his legal culpability, and appropriate punishment, begin?


Richard Sherman’s Winning Rant

*What’s missing from this is any sense that Sherman’s comments are anathema to any sense of sportspersonship, however much of a hypocritical facade that may be in the sports world.

Just as I can criticize Ali’s arrogance while still abhoring the racism that infused much of the condemnation of it, and just as I realize that it really wasn’t about that character flaw, but about the fact that a black person evinced it, and even more about his righteous stand against that racism

So I can find Sherman’s, and Manning’s, and every other athlete’s who feels compelled to behave like an ass (unlike the Jerry Rices and Tim Duncans of sportsdom) idiocies worthy of rebuke.

While the virulent prejudice that suffuses the castigation of Sherman is the more important story here

Let’s not lose sight of the culture of self centered machismo of which his comments are emblematic

Or the corporations which seek to profit off the promotion of that culture by associating themselves with him.


Domestic Terror Story Gets Media Cold Shoulder–Guess Why

*I can just see the daily screaming headlines in the New York Post, can’t you?

But don’t you find it interesting that these Jewish groups apparently didn’t contact law enforcement about this?

(More in Comments section)


Bill Moyers on Dark Money, the Attack on Voting Rights & How Racism Stills Drives Our Politics

*Bill, tell the people of Southeast Asia that Johnson’s “heart was always in the right place”

And see how they respond to that.

And while LBJ didn’t resign over his “moral dilemma”

Why didn’t you?



JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon Rewarded With 74% Pay Increase
Neither the bank’s paying $20 billion in fines last year nor criminal behavior a barrier Dimon’s $20 million compensation
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*JPMorgan’s slogan is “The right relationship is everything”.

When it comes to federal regulators

Holy kid gloves, Batman

They nailed that one, didn’t they?


Inmates Who Insult Sheriff’s “Patriotism” Get Only Bread and Water
‘We will take action against those who act this way,’ says notorious Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel” – Samuel Johnson, 1775

“It’s a disgrace … this is government property that they are destroying, and we will take action against those who act this way.” – Joe Arpaio, 2014


Military Surveillance Blimps to Hover Over East Coast
Revelation prompts outcry as well as hopes ‘to relate and connect people in Baltimore to folks in Kandahar’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Though it’s accepted wisdom – or should be – that 9/11 was exploited for foreign policy aims (a euphemism for imperialist aggression)

Less acknowledged is the domestic repression agenda it enabled through the climate of fear fostered by the state.

Even today, with what’s been verified via Snowden’s actions, and should have come as no surprise, many seemingly intelligent persons still don’t connect the dots between the GWOT ™ and the emerging police state

And that’s frightening and dangerous in its own right.


In Poland, CIA Paid $15 Million in Cash for Torture Site
New details about infamous “black site” may lead to new prosecutions in Poland
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Fukushima Secrecy Syndrome – From Japan to America
by Ralph Nader

*If you can’t say something nice

You won’t say nothin’ at all


The Rise (and All-Around Awesomeness) of Open Streets
by Cat Johnson

*Takin’ it [in]to the streets

(Yeah .. it’s a Doobie Brothers ref.

Wanna make something of it?)


Bailout Architect Runs For California Governor; World Laughs
by Matt Taibbi

*Now watch the schmenge win.

Remember Ronald and Arnold …


Experts Reject Food Industry’s Bogus Legal Claims About GMO Labeling
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins


The Berne Declaration, et al.
The Public Eye Awards 2014: Gap and Gazprom Receive “Awards of Shame”


Center for Biological Diversity
State-Sanctioned Wolf Kills in Northern Rockies, Midwest Hit 2,500
Grim Milestone Highlights Need for Ongoing Federal Protection in Lower 48


Snowden Is a Janitor Working for the Russians

*It’s always amusing to me

(Well, perhaps “amusing” isn’t the right word … )

How the corpress coughs up “dispassionate” analysis of how effective some PR strategy is

When they in large measure determine its efficacy.

It’s like pouring gasoline on a fire

And then reporting on its spread.


O’Reilly Brings You Stories Big Media Won’t Touch!

*Why would a maggot worry about sand fleas?

That’s terrible of me, isn’t it?

Of course, it pales in comparison to salivating over the spectacle of someone being hanged

But still …


Democracy Now!
South Sudan Reaches Ceasefire, But Will Nascent State Survive Oil-Fueled Neocolonialism


We Are the Giant: Bahrain’s Top Family of Activists Pays Heavy Price for Challenging US-Backed Gov’t

*I think there’s a crucial distinction between a view of the US, the UK and other nations as bystanders refusing to get involved, and as aiders and abettors who see the demands of protesters as inimicable to their elites’ interests.

That distinction needs to be kept in mind when the question of what these nations “should do” is posed, as it reveals the rationale for what they are doing.


Romantic Comedy “Obvious Child” Offers Groundbreaking Cinematic Take on Abortion

*I have to question whether the abortion rights movement

(And let’s call it that. “Pro choice” has its place, but running from the “A word” only plays into the hands of the fanatics and those who manipulate them, to my mind.)

has done an effective job of presenting the stories of women who have had abortions – to humanize them, to portray them as the ordinary folks they are, and to demystify their experiences.

One way to do so might be to focus on what I’d imagine is the significant percentage of women who already have children who choose to abort, to show how much they care for their kids, to combat the propaganda designed to paint them as heartless and selfish.

What do you think?



by Bettina Siegel, Nancy Huehnergarth and Barbara Kowalcyk


Court Deals ‘Victory for Arctic,’ Blow for Big Oil
Ruling says federal government didn’t fully assess environmental impacts when it offered up Chukchi Sea to oil drilling
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Beyond Our Broken Dreams
by Robert C. Koehler

*Our most powerful, and yet most unrealized, resource

Is our own humanity


In Chiapas, A Revolution That Won’t Go Away
Now You See Me: A Glimpse into the Zapatista Movement, Two Decades Later
by Laura Gottesdiener

*It takes a village to raise a revolution


Institute for Public Accuracy
Pro-Drone Lawyer Up for Judgeship while Drone Protesters Face Prison


Democracy Now!
“Cesar’s Last Fast”: How Cesar Chavez Risked Death to Protect the Lives of Farmworkers He Championed

*I’d have liked to have heard more about the conflict within the UFW mentioned at the end.

Why couldn’t this segment have been expanded online, as many others have?

What were Perez’s specific criticisms of Chavez, and also why did he consider his fast to be “reckless”?


Freedom Summer: How Civil Rights Activists Braved Violence to Challenge Racism in 1964 Mississippi

*Why would anyone be surprised by LBJ’s moral turpitude?

And I think his actions speak more to the perception of the threat to power posed by the MFDP than to his worries over one to his nomination.

The right to vote is, of course, inviolable

But for it to be efficacious, there must be something worth voting for.


Through a Lens Darkly: How African Americans Use Photography to Shape Their Cultural Representation



Ukraine’s Big Brother Text: “Dear Subscriber, You Are Registered as Participant in Mass Riot”
Text comes amid clashes as new anti-protest laws take effect
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Officials Reveal Second Chemical Spilled in W. Virginia Waters
Media groups slam ‘lack of openness,’ say official response ‘aggravated an alarming situation’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Yeah, it ain’t gonna happen

But it sure as shit should

“Make ’em drink it

Till they fix it”


EU Climate Plan Betrays Planet, Justice, and Science: Critics
‘This is not what justice and science require’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


They’re ‘All Shook Up’ and They Want the Fracking Wells to Stop
Residents of north Texas communities demand regulatory body put end to injection wells they say are behind spate of earthquakes
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


“Fakethrough!” New Report Shows How Easily Media Was Duped by Claims of GMO “Breakthroughs”
by Rebekah Wilce

*Words matter.

The corpress wasn’t “duped”

They were duplicitous.

When you deliberately leave out challenges to this propaganda, you’re not clueless

You’re complicit.


Davos: Peeling Back the Veneer of the World Economic Forum
by Alex Jensen


Color of Change
Civil Rights Group Targets Principal Financial Over Massive Investment in For-Profit Private Prison Industry


Tar Sand Blockade
TX and OK Residents Start New Chapter as Keystone XL South Begins Hazardous Materials Transport Through Region
Shoddy KXL South Pipeline Connects Communities United in Opposition to Tar Sands


Democracy Now!
Private Violence: Survivors & Advocates Confront Victim Blaming & the Epidemic of Domestic Abuse


Alive Inside: How the Magic of Music Proves Therapeutic for Patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

*Restoring the soundtrack to the movies of our lives

An object lesson in the power of music



What Else Is China Exporting to US? Huge Amounts of Air Pollution
‘We’ve outsourced our manufacturing and much of our pollution, but some of it is blowing back across the Pacific to haunt us.’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Study: Ready Access to Guns Kills People
First ever meta-analysis of gun research shows those with firearms in home much more likely to die by homicide or suicide
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Guns don’t kill people

People with guns kill people

And more people

With more guns

Kill more people


Gruesome Ohio Execution Brings Death Penalty Debate Back to Fold
‘Even if execution itself has not (yet) been found a violation of the US Constitution’s ban on ‘cruel’ and unusual punishment, certainly a torturous death using experimental drug combinations is’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Prominent Canadians Join Neil Young’s Call: Honor the Treaties, Stop the Tar Sands
‘Will we disregard the treaties we have with First Nations? Will we continue to allow oil companies to persuade our government to gut laws?’ asks open letter
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Far from “Helpless”


The ACA and America’s Health-Care Mess
by Gerald Friedman


Center for Biological Diversity
Emperor Penguins Closer to Endangered Species Act Protection
Icons of Wild Antarctica Are Threatened by Climate Change


Bill O’Reilly Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

*You can’t make this shit up.

But O’Reilly can.


Journalists Grade US Schools: Average Is Failure

*It might be illuminating to review the funding data for education in other nations.

I have a feeling that there’s likely a fairly strong correlation between being sufficiently resourced and student achievement.

Given the defunding of public education in these here United States, which these bastards either ignore or pimp for, in favor of “market based solutions”

I’d say it’s to schools’ – meaning mainly teachers’ – credit that kids here do as well as they do, wouldn’t you?


Institute for Public Accuracy
Is Geneva 2 a Real Attempt at Peace in Syria, or a Path to Continued “Proxy War”?

*Human tragedies are the bitter fruit of diplomatic farces


Democracy Now!
The Internet’s Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist’s Struggle for Online Freedom

*I don’t know why Peters says the gummint didn’t appreciate or care who Swartz was, and doesn’t understand why they tried to break him.

It’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?

The JSTOR charges were a convenient pretext. They saw him as someone whose knowledge and actions benefited their enemies – us – and they wanted to make an example of him to dissuade others from acting as he had.

I’m sure they believed his suicide would be as effective a deterrent as his sentence.

It’s up to all of us to prove them wrong.



The Real News Network
Direct Action Must Be Remembered As Part of Dr. King’s Legacy
Glen Ford: The Civil Rights Movement ended official racial discrimination in the U.S., but many of its leaders broke with grassroots organizing and direct action and instead chose to become business leaders or members of the Democratic party.

*And if we want to see just how King has been castrated to serve the needs of both the white power structure, and the black elite that colludes with it – including those “lieutenants” Ford alluded to – we need look no further than the “keynote speakers” at many of today’s “tributes to his legacy”

Such as Andrew Young in Madison, Wisconsin, close to me, and I’m certain Jesse Jackson is mouthing empty platitudes somewhere today.


MLK and Black Identity – Dayvon Love on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
Baltimore activist Dayvon Love discusses King’s concept of the importance a developing a black identity that people can use to organize independent institutions


Now Deemed ‘Safe,’ Water Supply Sickens Over a Hundred W. Virginia Residents
Dozens of residents protest ‘for profit’ utility’s rush to turn on taps
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


What Obama Really Meant Was …
by Chris Hedges

*Translation available in Newspeak


Another Shocking Wealth Grab by the Rich — In Just One Year
by Paul Buchheit

*Capitalism isn’t “supposed to provide everyone the opportunity to benefit from our country’s productivity.”

It claims to do so, despite never having done so

In the last thirty-five years

Or the preceding centuries.

It is a system that rewards success

Regardless of how it was achieved by the “winners”

And punishes failure

Regardless of how stacked the odds are against the “losers”.

It is the epitome of amoral accounting

Caring nothing for what we do for others

And everything for what we are able to do to them.

It is the scoreboard for sociopathy.


China’s Too Good for Our Trash. Yay?
The country that used to take the majority of U.S. scrap now has higher standards, which is helping to improve recycling operations here at home.
by Elizabeth Royte


Physicians for a National Health Program
Oncologists call for Single Payer in Leading Cancer Journal
Article in leading cancer journal calls on oncologists to support single-payer national health insurance

*The deadliest cancer suborns the soul


Institute for Public Accuracy
The NSA Threat and MLK



The Real News Network
Net Neutrality Ruling Will Disempower Communities of Color
Jessica Gonzalez: As US Court of Appeals rules against net neutrality, internet service providers will restrict access for communities of color


Effort to ‘Normalize’ NSA Spying, ‘Mollify Public’ Rebuked
“Reform” proposals designed to “make the system prettier and more politically palatable… while leaving the system fundamentally unchanged.”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Brazen Enough to Gut Public Education, Governor Cowers as Students Protest
Gov. Corbett backs out of first-ever visit to Philadelphia public school after students, workers, and community members mobilize
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Israel Lobby Thwarted in Iran Sanctions Bid For Now
by Jim Lobe


Pentagon & NSA Officials say They Want Snowden Extrajudicially Assassinated
by David Sirota

*Thrilling to kill the messenger


NYT: The Center Is Right in France

*What the Democrats here, Labour in the UK, and other “good cop” parties in the industrialized world are engaged in really shouldn’t be labeled “cring[ing]”.




But not “cringing”.


USA Today: Fracking Makes You Rich! (And Also Maybe Sick, Too)

*You can’t drink money

But a lot of folks swallow its lies


Democracy Now!
“We Want to Fight For This Cause”: Nuclear Refugees from Fukushima Join Anti-Nuke Protests


Mayor of Town That Hosted Fukushima Nuclear Plant Says He Was Told: “No Accident Could Ever Happen”

*You have fools like James Hansen opposing fossil fuels, and promoting nukes.

Then you have fools like Idogawa advocating the opposite, judging by his comments about “shale gas”.

Of course it’s imperative, as he also says, to be more energy efficient

But if the energy you do use is killing the planet, it’s a futile endeavor, isn’t it?

Goodman might’ve pointed that out

But predictably, she didn’t.


Volunteers Crowdsource Radiation Monitoring to Map Potential Risk on Every Street in Japan

*Brilliant idea

Which scares the shit out of those who are acutely aware that the people’s lack of information

Is essential to the maintenance of their power.


Juan Gonzalez: New York City Overrules its Own Assessors and Lowers Google’s Taxes by $21 Million



The Real News Network
Leaked TPP Document Reveals No Regard for Environment in Trade Agreement
President Obama’s fast track process for TPP gets dealt another blow by leaked environment chapter

*”There are no profits on a dead planet.”

And there can be no profits on a living one

If it’s to remain so.

(And I really don’t give a good goddamn about Dear Misleader’s “legacy”.)


Are the Saudi’s Fueling a Sunni-Shia War? – Toby Jones on Reality Asserts Itself (2/2)
Toby Jones, a Prof. at Rutgers University specializing in Middle East history, tells Paul Jay the Saudis are committed to victory in their rivalry with Iran and use money and sectarian ideology to achieve their geo-political interests

*I find it interesting that “a lefty academic” can’t bring himself to use the term “imperialism”.

And I think it’s apparent that the US ruling class has no interest in “restructuring” anything, regardless of the suicidal consequences of the status quo.

An addict doesn’t ponder the future. He’s fixated on his fix, and that’s all that matters.

These bastards are addicted to the unending pursuit of wealth and power. For them, life isn’t worth living without it.

And they’ll end ours along with their own

If we’re wilfully ignorant enough to let them.


NC Republicans Raise Taxes on Working Families While Giving Huge Tax Breaks to Millionaires and Corporations
Bill Black: NC drops progressive tax code by instituting a flat tax and eliminating earned income tax credit

*See “Wisconsin”.

See “ALEC”.

See our future

If we don’t wake up.


Under Pressure, Whole Foods Agrees to Stop Selling Produce Grown in Sewage Sludge
by Rebekah Wilce

*I’m not particularly inclined to thank Whole Foods for doing what they’re supposed to do

After not doing what they’re supposed to do

If they do indeed do it.

And it would seem justice would be better served if there were some punishment for their previous duplicity.

But there I go trying to be all morally rational again …


Is the USDA Really Dumb Enough To Approve Agent Orange Corn?
Could this be the dumbest thing the USDA has ever done?
by John Robbins

*I think the adjective in the title should be “Duplicitous”.

Quite a racket, innit?

Sell a product to solve a problem

Which makes the problem worse.

Then convince the buyer that using more of the product will solve the problem

Which makes the problem worse.

Then sell another product to solve the problem

Which makes the problem worse.

I think that’s what’s known as “value added”

Or “valueless profiteering”.


Center for Biological Diversity
Expanded Habitat Protection Sought for Endangered Killer Whales on West Coast
Declining Salmon Populations, Pollution, Ocean Noise Threaten Iconic Species Off Coasts of Washington, Oregon, California


Democracy Now!
Okinawa’s Revolt: Decades of Rape, Environmental Harm by U.S. Military Spur Residents to Rise Up


Japan’s Peace Boat Journeys to Confront Buried Crimes of the Past & Build Ties for a Hopeful Future



The Real News Network
Al Qaeda and the Saudi Agenda – Toby Jones on Reality Asserts Itself (1/2)
Toby Jones tells Paul Jay that the Saudis use of terrorism is driven by a fear of democracy and a desire to be the regional superpower and preserve oil hegemony

*I think it’s a fairly simple feat to fashion “a good explanation” as to why the corpress is mute on these matters.

Those they serve wish it so.

There may be rivalry among the elites, but it’s “a family affair” whose dirty laundry must not be aired in public, to a public that must be kept ignorant of the Machiavellian maneuvers of those in power.

It also points to the farce of “The Global War on Terror” ™

But you didn’t need to know about Saudi complicity to figure that one out, did you?


With Internet Under Attack, Who Will Slay the Telecom Giants?
A court ruling gives FCC chance to reset the clock on “net neutrality,” but will it seize historic moment or let central tenet of internet die a corporate death?
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Poorest at Risk, Skepticism High as Officials OK Water Safety in West Virginia
Though officials announce water back at ‘safe’ limit, scientists and vulnerable residents not so sure
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Want to convince folks this shit’s safe?

Drink it.


LA Takes the Lead With Highest Minimum Wage Proposal
As pressure mounts nationwide to raise minimum wage, LA could see historic victory
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Growing Number of Canadians Say: No to KXL
Poll shows that pipeline opposition by First Nations and environmental groups has growing impact on public opinion
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


NAFTA at 20: A Model for Corporate Rule
NAFTA gave multinational corporations the right to sue governments to block regulations they don’t like, undermining democracy and local sovereignty.
by Manuel Pérez Rocha and Stuart Trew

*Or we could strive to do away with the notion of “trading and investing” altogether.

But that butts up against the wall of acceptable reformism, doesn’t it?


Drone Surveillance of Border Far Greater Than Previously Known
Customs and border protection loaned predator drones to other agencies 700 times in three years according to ‘newly discovered’ records
by Jennifer Lynch


The Real Chris Christie Scandal: His Policies
by Peter Dreier and John Atlas

*Keep in mind that Dear Misleader was an all too willing accomplice to this bastard’s callous efforts to spin the tragedy of Sandy into PR gold.

Of course, he did so to burnish his own “bipartisan” image.

These two deserve each other

But we don’t.


NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts on the Supreme Court’s Consideration of the Massachusetts Clinic Protection Law

*NARAL, if you didn’t know – and apparently the organization isn’t keen on telling you – stands for, or did stand for, “National Abortion Rights Action League”.

Seeking to obscure that title plays into the hands of these fanatics, and those who exploit the issue for political gain.

Words matter. PR consultants don’t win struggles.

Honest action does.


Can We Persuade CBS to Abandon Its Inaccurate Rhetoric on Iran?

*One myth

“The liberal media”

Propagates another


Democracy Now!
Shock Doctrine in Japan: Shinzo Abe’s Rightward Shift to Militarism, Secrecy in Fukushima’s Wake


From Atomic Bombings to Fukushima, Japan Pursues a Nuclear Future Despite a Devastating Past

*I have to question McNeill’s assessment of radiation dangers, although of course I’m no expert.

Who decides what is and isn’t a harmful level of exposure? What have we learned from Chernobyl and elsewhere regarding this?

And while he does mention the fuel pool 4 situation, others, such as Harvey Wasserman, deem it a potential global catastrophe.

I’d have liked to have seen someone else as a guest who has a graver concern regarding radiation and the cleanup program make their case.


For Fukushima’s Displaced, a Struggle to Recover Lives Torn Apart by Nuclear Disaster



How Toxic Are Your Personal Care Products? California Wants You to Know
New database lets consumers see if product has ingredient known to cause cancer, reproductive harm
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*And it only took a little less than a decade to get the goddamn database up …


Rising Seas, Sinking Coasts Spell Doom for Eastern US
New scientific evidence reveals East Coast as ‘global hot spot’ for rising sea levels
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


$10.10: The Low-End of Minimum Wage Hopes Gets DC Push
Though a full third less than the $15 “living wage” advocated by grassroots organizers, congressional push to increase federal minimum wage gets prominent backing
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*As always, the question is whether slices will ultimately add up to a loaf.

If this passes, will it make it easier or more difficult to achieve a true living wage?

Does timid reform promote justice

Or preclude it?

How many half steps does it take to get to the whole Sheboygan?


The Ideology Problem: A Failed Technocratic Deam for Journalism
by Robert Jensen


CREDO et al.
Californians Submit 100,000 Public Comments Opposing Gov. Brown’s Dangerous Fracking Regulations


New Report from NARAL Pro-Choice America Details State-by-State Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the U.S., Highlights Winning Agenda for 2014
In 2013, 24 States Passed 53 Anti-Choice Measures, Compared to 10 States that Enacted 16 Pro-Choice Measures


Chris Christie’s Real Problem? Our ‘Feminized’ Culture

*”[T]here are political risks associated with that.”

Such as … ?

The bastard was a corpress darling until they couldn’t ignore this scandal.

See Chris Hedge’s piece , “The Trouble With Chris Christie”, for some deep dish skinny on Christie’s channeling of Richard Daley’s machine politics

And take note of the Democrats’ collusion with it.


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Net Neutrality” Ruling Poised to Make Web into “Something that Looks Like Cable TV”


West Virginia Chemical Spill


Democracy Now!
Erin Brockovich: After Chemical Spill, West Virginians Organizing “Stronger Than I’ve Ever Seen”

*Any takers on whether anyone will do hard time for this?

I mean, other than the folks living with it right now, and for god knows how much longer.


West Virginia Water Crisis: Behind Chemical Spill, Gaping Holes in State and Federal Regulation

*It appears Mokhiber (see the IPA item above) has a less charitable view of Goodwin’s doggedness than Elk.

I’ll trust the former’s assessment on this one.

And don’t you think that maybe the time alloted to a goddamn film trailer that added nothing to the discussion of the subject at hand might’ve been better utilized?


Dog Whistle Politics: How Politicians Use Coded Racism to Push Through Policies Hurting All



Beyond W. Virginia, Unregulated Toxins Number in Tens of Thousands
‘West Virginia is getting a hard lesson in how little we know about these chemicals.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Ditty for the day

Pay a fine with pocket change

And merrily off we go again …


Antarctic Glacier’s ‘Irreversible’ Melting Threatens ‘Considerable Increase’ to Sea Level Rise
New study on Pine Island Glacier shows ‘striking vision of the near future,’ says co-author
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Radioactive Fish at 124 Times ‘Safe’ Levels Caught Near Fukushima
Government research group unearths stunning radioactivity in black sea bream
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A fish story gummint and corpress want to keep underwater


Fracking Battle to Burn Hot as UK Goes “All Out for Shale”
Industry and government ready joint counter-attack against anti-fracking campaigners and local communities opposed to drilling
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real News Network
Israel’s Bedouin Face Displacement Despite Apparent Gov’t Concessions
While seemingly abandoning plan to forcefully urbanize Bedouin of Negev Desert, Israeli gov’t continues to push forward the multi-billion dollar Prawer plan


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


What Would You Do If You Ran Baltimore Housing Policy? – Marisela Gomez on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)
Marisela Gomez tells Paul Jay that redevelopment in Baltimore must start with revitalizing the community, not to gentrify and raise real-estate values, but for the benefit of people who historically lived there


Four Years After Haiti’s Cataclysmic Earthquake
A look at how Haiti has rebuilt since the earthquake and how much has really changed in the Caribbean nation. – A photo essay by Jessica Desvarieux


The War On Poverty Was Aimed at Quieting The Popular Movements of the 60’s
Glen Ford: 50th years after the launch of the War on Poverty, Democrats and Republicans still refuse to address the systemic causes driving poverty in the US today


The Trouble With Chris Christie
by Chris Hedges


Seems like a pretty easy target for Dems to hit, don’t he?

Wonder why none of ’em do …


Ten Examples of Welfare for the Rich and Corporations
by Bill Quigley


Violence Policy Center
At Las Vegas Trade Show, Gun Industry Puts a Happy Face on Weapons of War


ACLU Stops Suspicionless Home Searches in Etowah County, Alabama


How the Big Papers Remember Ariel Sharon

*A bloodless recounting of a blood drenched history


Democracy Now!
Noam Chomsky on the Legacy of Ariel Sharon: Not Speaking Ill of the Dead “Imposes a Vow of Silence”


Noam Chomsky: Sabra & Shatila Massacre That Forced Sharon’s Ouster Recalls Worst of Jewish Pogroms


Rashid Khalidi & Noam Chomsky: For Peace Today, US Must End Support for Sharon’s Expansionist Legacy

*I’d like to hear Chomsky and others who support a two state solution explain just how this situation differs from South Africa.

Why was separation unacceptable there, and not here?

Perhaps it is the only workable “solution”

Perhaps not.

But I don’t believe it can ever be said to be a truly just one.



Blowback for Disney As Pro-Fracking Elementary School Tour Exposed
Disney withdraws from “Rocking in Ohio” tour following public anger, as concerned parents say ‘not enough’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Malice in Wonderland


As Predators Vanish, Ecosystems Thrown Off Balance: Scientists
‘Ironically, they are vanishing just as we are learning about their important ecological effects’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


As Inequality Soars, Congress a ‘Millionaires’ Club’
‘A watershed moment’ as millionaires fill seats of Congress, decide on issues of poverty, extreme inequality
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


To Save a Generation from Despair, It’s Not Enough to Hassle Them into Low-Paying Jobs
The most important political battles are fought on the territory of the imagination. Young and unemployed people need to know: you are more than your inability to find a job.
by Laurie Penny


One Year Since Our Test Boycott, Fight Against Corporate Education Reform Just Beginning
by Jesse Hagopian


After 20 Years, NAFTA Leaves Mexico’s Economy in Ruins
by Sonali Kolhatkar


Wait–Chris Christie Might Be a Vindictive Bully?!

*Not in the least surprising that no corpress headline hack took advantage of the obvious irony in all this

“From ‘Bridge Builder’ to Bridge Blocker?”


Why Did the US Invade Iraq? The Answer in 2013

*And Wounded Knee was a vital and valiant effort to combat “domestic terrorism” …


Democracy Now!
Amiri Baraka (1934-2014): Poet-Playwright-Activist Who Shaped Revolutionary Politics, Black Culture

*I’m always leery of hagiography, regardless of its subject, but assuming Baraka is being accurately portrayed here

Why are those who espouse similar views, and engage in similar actions, so rarely invited on this program?

How often was he a guest? How many other folks who might lay some legitimate claim to the label “radical” or “revolutionary” have been on?

And how many who would run screaming from that appellation have appeared?

Of course, that goes for the whole of the “alternative establishment media”, doesn’t it?



Amazon.com Drones Raise Red Flags Regarding Privacy Rights
by Maxwell Abbott


FDA Finally Moves to Regulate Proliferating Antibacterial Soaps
by Rebekah Wilce

*Shouldn’t a product be proven safe and effective *before* it’s on the market?

Yeah, I know …

What planet are *you* from?


Retired Cops, Activist Pensioners, and the Economic Blowback over Snowden
by David Sirota


The Real News Network
Washington State Boeing Workers Accept Pension Concessions
Mike Elk: Boeing workers new contract a blow to worker pensions nationwide


Peak Oil Is Dead, Long Live Peak Oil!
by Michael T. Klare


I Wear the Badge of Socialist With Honor
The full text of the new Seattle city council member’s inauguration speech
by Kshama Sawant

*Stirring words

Hopefully to be matched by a commitment to mix it up


Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Four Years after Earthquake, Housing, Sanitation, Health Care are Still Pressing Needs in Haiti


Goldman Sachs Withdrawal Signals Dim Outlook for US Coal Export Proposals

*Rats deserting a sinking shipping terminal


Democracy Now!
As U.S. Rushes Weapons to Iraq, New Assault on Fallujah Threatens Explosion of Sectarian Conflict


From COINTELPRO to Snowden, the FBI Burglars Speak Out After 43 Years of Silence (Part 2)



‘Running Scared’: Industry’s Strategy Wants ‘Voluntary’ GMO Labeling
Strategy documents reveal food and biotech giants think “soft” federal rules could end battle, but GMO opponents welcome the national conversation, vow fight
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Geoengineering: As Bad As Climate Change?
Risky plan to mitigate climate change could dry out the tropics: study
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If we’re so smart

How’d we end up here in the first place?


Center for Biological Diversity
Obama’s Power Plant Standards Give Natural Gas Free Pass to Pollute Climate
Newly Published EPA Rules Fall Far Short of Addressing Climate Crisis, Could Undermine President’s Climate Legacy

*Does anyone else think it bizarre to speak of the “environmental legacy” of a president who’s thrown open the oceans and the Arctic to fossil fuel drilling, approved one half of the Keystone XL pipeline, and will give the green light to the other, unless he deems it politically advantageous to make a show of demurring, once other options to mainline these poisons have been secured?


It’s Cold Outside, So CNN Debates Climate Change

*Nothing short of Central Park renamed Lake Manhattan will silence this pernicious propaganda

And even then, I suspect it would be blamed on a sewer backup.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Debate on Disclosure as Petition Spotlights $600 Million Ties Binding Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, the Washington Post and the CIA


Democracy Now!
“It Was Time to Do More Than Protest”: Activists Admit to 1971 FBI Burglary That Exposed COINTELPRO

*It’s a sad, but by no means surprising, fact that such a courageous act had so little lasting impact.

I think the reaction, as far as it went, was in part due to the ignorance – not wholly unwilful – among the public as to what power will do to protect its position.

That ignorance doesn’t, or shouldn’t – again, the wilfulness factor – exist today, and yet Snowden’s revelations are met with mostly shrugged shoulders.

When you have a corporate media serving those in power, I suppose that’s to be expected

But what does that tell you about Americans’ sense of just what democracy means, and our obligations attendant to it?

As for the segment itself, you might think that the morality of McGovern’s actions and inactions would merit more than a fleeting mention, given his status as a liberal icon, wouldn’t you?


Noam Chomsky: 1971 Burglary of FBI Office Proved Agency Had Become a “National Political Police”



Campaign for Peace and Democracy
No Threat of New Sanctions on Iran!
No to the U.S.-led Sanctions Program on Iran!
Yes to a Nuclear-Weapons-Free and Democratic Middle East!


Controverisal Insecticides Could Have Bigger Impact on Biodiversity ‘Than We’ve Ever Seen Before’
New research on “neonics” shows lasting impact on wetlands with “domino effect”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Poor, Jobless Hit Hardest By Assistance Program Tech Glitches
New York Times report highlights how underfunded technology upgrades on the state level have left many of the neediest on hold
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A glitch in the system

Caused by a hole in the heart


Goodbye, Manatees: Record Number of Deaths in 2013
For first time since records began in 1970s, number of manatee deaths for year in Florida top 800
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Legislators Launch Effort to Stop State-Enabled NSA Snooping
California senators introduce bill because ‘state-funded public resources should not be going toward aiding the NSA or any other federal agency from indiscriminate spying on its own citizens.’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real News Network
Frigid ‘Polar Vortex’ Puts Homeless in Extreme Danger
Adam Schneider: Cities have taken action to house their homeless populations in face of record cold temperatures but fail to prevent and end homelessness

*Homelessness is where the heartlessness is


Institute for Public Accuracy
War on Poverty: How it Succeeded and How it Failed


Democracy Now!
Weather Whiplash: As Polar Vortex Brings Deep Freeze, Is Extreme Weather Linked to Climate Change?


From Funding Climate Deniers to Shadowy Groups, Koch Brothers Network Spent $400 Million in 2012



Investigation Confirms Widespread Fears about Fracking
Despite roadblocks by industry and state officials, well water contamination found in four states
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Thing is, this piece really doesn’t “confirm” the actual scope of the problem.

As you might expect from the AP, the story’s framed as a PR challenge for the industry, rather than wilful malfeasance.


“And while the confirmed problems represent only a tiny portion of the thousands of oil and gas wells drilled each year in the U.S., the lack of detail in some state reports could help fuel public confusion and mistrust.”

So the true issue isn’t the danger to our health posed by fracking

But how to allay our ignorant aversion to Energy Independence ™.


CIA Lawyer: Stopping Torture ‘Would Have Been Easy,’ But I Approved It Anyway
John Rizzo describes how he decided not to put halt to torture; Calls Bush “stand-up guy” for his role
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition

Or anyone to ever pay for it


Doctors Blame US War as Afghan Child Hunger Crisis Worsens
NGO’s report larger numbers of severely malnutritioned kids under the age of 5
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Sea Shepherd Captures Video of ‘Illegal’ Japanese Whale Slaughter
Conservationists chase Japanese whaling fleet from protected Southern Ocean
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real News Network
Study Reveals Dangerous Levels of Radioactivity Near Fracking Waste Sites
Greg Palast: Signs of radioactivity should be no surprise since Halliburton spent $25 Million to be excluded from Clean Water Act regulating fracking


Retirement Theft in Four Despicable Steps
by Paul Buchheit


The Last Gasp of American Democracy
by Chris Hedges

*Silence means security
Silence means approval
On Zenith, on the TV
Tiger run around the tree
Follow the leader
Run and turn into butter

– “Begin the Begin”, R.E.M.


Dr. King’s Lessons for the Climate Justice Movement
by Jose-Antonio Orosco

*Our banners must hang together

Or our bodies assuredly will


No Madoff Write-Off for JPMorgan
Taxpayers Could Shoulder $700 Million Hidden Tax Subsidy Unless Agencies Prevent JPMorgan from Deducting Expected $2 Billion Settlement for Allegedly Enabling Madoff Ponzi Scheme


As Abortion Restrictions Soar, Abortion Coverage Dwindles

*A dribbling of abortion coverage

While roundball receives a full court press

Hardly sporting, that.


Forgetting Fallujah

*Searching the pages and pixels of the corpress for the truth of empire

Will always be a mission undertaken “in vain”.


New York Turns to the Left? Let’s Ask Our Center-Right Panel

*I wouldn’t be in the least surprised if de Blasio turns out to be much more acceptable to these bastards than advertised

(See Bratton appointment)

But regardless, any opportunity to impugn and invalidate even the most timid “liberal” positions (Is that redundant?) will never be passed on by the custodians of this particular – and perverse – variant of political correctness

Will it just?


How Racist Do You Have to Be Before the New York Times Calls You a Racist?

*To answer the question posed in the post heading

Short of sporting a swastika … ?


Democracy Now!
Rethinking Marijuana: As Colorado Opens World’s First Pot Retail Stores, NY to Allow Medical Usage

*I’d like to know more about Cuomo’s “change of heart”

Since I don’t think he has one.

And I wouldn’t expect that to come from Sayegh.

So why wasn’t another guest invited who could skinny us on his political calculus?


“Drugs Aren’t the Problem”: Neuroscientist Carl Hart on Brain Science & Myths About Addiction

*Imperative to read and consider, but Hart’s comments about mass murderers (aka US presidents) “[meeting] their responsibilities”, and parents being proud of them …

I understand the point he’s trying to make

But he has a truly fucked up way of making it, don’t you think?


A Socialist Elected in Seattle: Kshama Sawant on Occupy, Fight for 15, Boeing’s “Economic Blackmail”

*I would like to have heard Sawant present her vision of socialism, as the term has been perverted by so many who claim allegiance to it.

Let’s hope she and her colleagues won’t add to that number.

This will bear watching, won’t it?



In Wake of Explosive Derailments, Warnings Issued on Crude by Rail
Crude oil from ‘Bakken region may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil,’ and may be transported in the ‘Ford Pintos’ of railcars
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


As Australia Burns, Anger at Prime Minister’s Climate Policies Boils
Critics slam Tony Abbott for ‘listening to people who are part of the tinfoil hat brigade’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Small Is Really Beautiful
by Vandana Shiva


Israel Cages Palestinian Children in Outdoor Holding Pens During Freezing Storm
by Annie Robbins


Democracy Now!
Texas Student: After Reporting Rape, I Was Accused of “Public Lewdness,” Sent to Disciplinary School


NAFTA at 20: Lori Wallach on U.S. Job Losses, Record Income Inequality, Mass Displacement in Mexico


Zapatista Uprising 20 Years Later: How Indigenous Mexicans Stood Up Against NAFTA “Death Sentence”



‘Nothing to Live For’: Youth Unemployment, Depression, and Austerity
New study finds long-term youth unemployment taking severe mental health toll
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Despite Promise, US Clings to Control over Afghan Prison
Tensions high between two countries as US pressures Karzai over Bagram, security deal
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Prisoners of an absence of conscience


Merely an “Inconvenience”: Judge OKs Border Search of Private Electronics
ACLU calls decision total defeat for personal privacy of innocent people crossing border
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Fukushima Ghost Towns Struggle to Recover Amid High Radiation Levels
Post-tsunami reconstruction and radiation cleanup could take 10 years, but officials say something has been permanently lost
by Simon Tisdall
The Guardian


The Real News Network
TRNN REPLAY: Detroit Anti-Eviction Campaign Keeping Families in Their Homes
Community groups and Occupy Detroit using “any means necessary” to save homes from foreclosure

*When folks got your back

It makes it hard for the bastards to stab you there


BDS: Permanent Address for Palestinian Solidarity
by Ramzy Baroud


Physicians for a National Health Program
Medicare’s 1966 Glitch-Free Rollout a Sharp Contrast with Obamacare: Health Affairs Blog
CUNY researchers say new health law’s ‘contortions to appease private insurers’ have resulted in costly complexity, with enrollment price tag alone exceeding Medicare’s by nearly 700 percent


FAIR Extra!
Why Aren’t Big Bankers in Jail?
Why ask why, say their enablers in financial press
by Janine Jackson

*In this here country

It can be a crime to be homeless

But rarely ever to make someone so


Nuclear Stalemate
When will PBS air exposé on deadly Pacific bomb tests?
by Lane Wollerton


Time Journalists: Report to the Business Department


Institute for Public Accuracy
Drone Trial Friday in New York


Democracy Now!
Exclusive: Dying Lawyer Lynne Stewart’s Jubilant Return Home After Winning Compassionate Release



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